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Fire breaks out at house in Malé

“The fire was put out within minutes. No one was seriously injured but one person who suffered suffocation from smoke was taken to the hospital,” a police spokesperson said.

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Sudden power outage at Maldives international airport

A sudden power outage at the Malé international airport tonight disrupted passenger services, but caused no major delays in flight arrivals or departures.

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Maldives risks suspension from FIFA with cancellation of polls

The Football Association of Maldives (FAM) said in a statement that the poll was called off “because the relevant governmental authorities failed to provide the necessary approvals” to hold an extraordinary congress to elect its executive committee. The Maldives faces suspension from FIFA over the long-delayed election.

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News website hacked after repeated threats to journalists

Hassan Zaheen, senior journalist at Addu Live, told The Maldives Independent that suspects acquitted by the criminal court had often called reporters and demanded the removal of articles on corruption of judges and news items critical of the government.

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Maldives moves to halt polls for national football body again

Despite the threat of suspension from international football, the home ministry has requested the Football Association of Maldives (FAM) to call off long-awaited elections scheduled for Thursday.

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Survey reveals barriers for women’s political participation

A majority of Maldivians believe that men make better leaders than women and only 39 percent agree that a woman could serve as president, a nationwide survey conducted by Transparency Maldives has revealed. Nine out of ten Maldivians also believe that “a good wife will always obey her husband, even if she disagrees with him.”

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Five-year-old’s death revives concern over dengue

A five-year-old boy died from dengue fever on Sunday in a southern atoll as the spread of the mosquito-borne disease continues unabated with unusual rainfall caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

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Maldives faces suspension from international football over delayed elections

The governing body of Asian football has warned that the Maldives could face suspension “from all football activities” over government interference in the long-delayed elections of the Football Association of Maldives.

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Foreigners banned from mobile phone business

“The ministry believes that the mobile phone business has much potential. We would like to encourage and pave way for locals to invest in the trade,” Ali Abdulla, economic development ministry spokesperson, told The Maldives Independent.

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Supreme Court strikes down sentence of death by stoning

The magistrate court verdict marked the first time a person was sentenced to death by stoning in the Maldives and sparked heated debate and outrage on social media. Invoking powers under “supervisory jurisdiction,” the Supreme Court said the magistrate court decided the case “in violation of judicial and legal procedures”.

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Maldives court sentences woman to death by stoning

An island magistrate court has sentenced a woman to death by stoning after she confessed to committing adultery. However, the new penal code does not allow the punishment. The verdict marks the first time a person has been sentenced to stoning in the Maldives.

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16-year-old injured by falling electric drill

A 16-year-old boy was hospitalised yesterday after being struck on the head by the screwdriver of an electric drill that fell from the sixth floor of a house in Malé.

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Government promises end to seasonal water shortages

The government is aiming to solve annual water shortages during the dry season in islands across the Maldives within two years, State Minister for Environment Abdul Matheen Mohamed said at a ceremony held to hand over rainwater harvesting systems to the island councils of Rasgetheemu, Angolhitheemu, and Vaadhoo in Raa atoll.

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Toddler dies of injuries after falling into open elevator shaft

“She died because of serious brain injuries suffered from the fall. The impact of the fall had caused internal bleeding of the brain. Furthermore her skull was fractured in multiple areas causing some of the fractured bones to go into the brain,” said Dr Abdulla Niyaz, chief medical officer at ADK.

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Toddler in critical condition after falling into open elevator shaft

An eight-month-old toddler is in critical condition after falling into an open elevator shaft with her 57-year-old grandmother from the sixth floor of a residence in Malé today. The woman is reportedly recovering from injuries, but the condition of the child is serious as she had suffered a broken foot and skull fractures.

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Staff injured in fire at Olhuveli resort

An employee at the Olhuveli Beach and Spa Resort in South Malé atoll was injured in a fire last night. A police media official told The Maldives Independent that the was reported around 7:40pm. The victim suffered minor burns and was brought to Malé for treatment.

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Japan grants US$20m for digital broadcasting network project

“With the adoption of the ISDB network, Maldivian broadcasters can cost efficiently send their broadcasting signals across Maldives with ease,” Home Minister Umar Naseer said after signing the agreement with the the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA). ISDB-T is a technical standard for digital broadcasting developed by Japanese and Brazilian experts.

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