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Protesting islanders pay electricity bills

Residents of central Kaafu Atoll who protested a recent hike in electricity prices have resolved to pay their bills, as the government continues to drag its heels on a promise to revise tariff rates.

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Government unveils ‘zero tolerance’ counter-terrorism policy

The government has promised “swift measures” against Maldivians involved with terrorist organisations in a new state policy on combating terrorism and violent extremism. A seven-page policy paper made public on Thursday broadly outlined plans to improve security and conduct de-radicalisation and rehabilitation programmes.

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First lady dubbed ‘date thief’

First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim has sparked a firestorm of criticism after it emerged that a charity organisation she founded was distributing packets of dates gifted by Saudi Arabia to the people of the Maldives in its name.

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Man arrested on suspicion of ‘torturing’ Bangladeshi worker

“The Bangladeshi man came to the police station and complained that he was being beaten up and ill-treated by his sponsor. External signs of physical abuse were found on his body on inspection,” the police spokesman told The Maldives Independent.

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Father of toddler arrested in custody battle

The father of a two-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday when he refused to comply with a court warrant ordering the return of his toddler to the mother.

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Three Maldivians join extremist group in Syria

The news of the latest Maldivian recruits for jihad comes after President Abdulla Yameen submitted a policy paper on terrorism and violent extremism to the People’s Majlis, seeking the views of lawmakers on “further steps to be taken to address the issue.”

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President inaugurates US$140m hospital tower project

President Abdulla Yameen laid the foundation for a National Diagnostic Centre at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé at a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday night.

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Maldivians welcome holy month of Ramadan

After communal feasts and traditionally extensive preparations, Maldivians joined Muslims around the world today to begin observing rituals of the holy month of Ramadan.

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Speedboat catches fire near Biyaadhoo resort

A speedboat carrying eight tourists from the Biyaadhoo Island Resort in Malé atoll caught fire on Saturday afternoon. The tourists and three crew members escaped unhurt.

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Maldives averts ban from international football

The Football Association of Maldives was facing automatic suspension from FIFA, world football’s governing body, if it did not adopt revised statutes and hold an election before a deadline of May 31. The polls have been delayed for nearly two years due to infighting, corruption allegations, and government interference

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Mental health clinics swamped after new criteria disqualifies staff

Mental health clinics in the Maldives are struggling to treat hundreds of patients after a new regulation rendered a majority of staff ineligible to become licensed professionals.

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Teacher arrested on suspicion of links to terror groups

A senior teacher at the Kunahandhoo island school was arrested last night on suspicion of links to terrorist organisations. But islanders are incredulous. “He is a good, pious man, the community trusts him,” the council president said.

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Customs seize sauce bottles with wine and pork

The Maldives Customs Service launched a special operation on Tuesday night to seize sauce bottles containing white wine and pork on sale at a shop in Malé.

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Nations mourns passing of state dignitary Zahir Naseer

Mohamed Zahir Naseer, “father of sports in the Maldives” and honorary chairman of the Maldives Olympic Committee, passed away at the age of 87 in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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Elderly woman dies in third dengue fatality

A 61-year-old woman died Sunday night while undergoing treatment for dengue fever at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé. Her death is the third fatality from dengue so far this year.

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Three injured in speedboat fire

A speedboat en route from the island of Maafushi in Kaafu atoll caught fire this afternoon just outside Malé’s eastern harbour, injuring two crewmembers and a tour guide.

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President sells his private home

President Abdulla Yameen has swapped his private residence for a larger plot of land located near the construction site for the China-Maldives friendship bridge.

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