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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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Police step up Addu traffic monitoring to prevent fatal accidents

Police have begun monitoring traffic on southern Addu City’s link road in a bit to prevent fatal accidents, which have killed at least six people this year.

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Islamic ministry scraps special prayer for president’s safety

“Protect and save our ruler, our people, and our country from the evil plots of schemers, acts of terrorism, the deceit of deceitful, and the envy of the envious,” reads the prayer. Worshippers and Imams at some mosques as well as prominent religious scholars have objected to the mandatory prayer, contending that it is a bid’ah (heretical innovation).

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Addu’s historical port suffers major damage

A large section of the harbor fell away under the weight of a tractor carrying gravel for construction. According to Addu Online, the tractor was carrying more than 70 tonnes of rock.

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Supreme Court strikes down court order over “inappropriate language”

“[D]o you not know what was said in the court order? Is that why you are depositing different amounts of money on different months? I thought you are intelligent people. You must adhere to this court’s ruling. Even Pallambe, Ammakalhey, and Yahya would know to follow the order. This is a bit too much,” said the order in question.

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Government reduces working hours

“The President’s decision was made in order to provide the opportunity for government employees to spend quality time with their families, to work in the private sector apart from the government, and to facilitate youth to be more involved in sports activities, further education and technical professions,” the president’s office said.

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Battery malfunction causes speedboat fire, 24 injured

Some 24 people, including Chinese, Japanese, and Indian tourists, were injured this afternoon after a speedboat caught fire near the Hulhulé airport island. A Chinese couple and their five-year-old child are undergoing treatment for severe burns at the ADK private hospital in Malé.

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Food supplies reach Makunudhoo ending shortage

The National Disaster Management Center has transported rice, flour and sugar to an isolated northern island facing a food shortage after prolonged bad weather grounded food supply boats.

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Maldives continues to report ‘plane debris’

An unidentified metal object that appears to be part of an airplane was discovered on a Maldivian resort today, police have said.

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Fishermen barred from Malé north harbor

Fishermen are complaining of lack of dock space at Malé’s harbors after vessels were cleared out from the new presidential jetty, Izzuddin pier. Some are now swimming to shore with their catch because they are unable to unload at the congested local market harbor, the only area now open to fishermen.

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Food shortage in Makunudhoo amid bad weather

“To be honest, we are barely surviving, my family has only eaten biscuits and bread in the past few days. During this difficult time, families who have food are sharing it with others,” said a Makunudhoo shop owner.

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More than 300 passengers rescued at sea

The coastguard has rescued some 181 passengers on a Thaa Atoll ferry and another 130 passengers on a Haa Alif Atoll ferry on Saturday amidst bad weather that has foiled Eid travel plans for thousands.

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Chairman of state broadcaster now heads ruling party TV station, news website

Manik, who chairs the state’s Public Service Media (PSM) board, was appointed as the chief operating officer of PPM’s Channel 13 in August. He has now taken on the role of chief executive officer of Avas, a news website set up by Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.

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More ‘plane debris’ discovered in the Maldives

Debris suspected to be parts of an airplane were discovered on two separate islands in the Maldives today.

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81 people survive unharmed after ferry sinks en route to Maamigili

A ferry en route to Alif Dhaal Maamigili from Malé sank around 5:30am this morning with 81 people onboard, including tourists, women, and children. All 81 people are safe and unharmed. They were rescued at sea by the coastguard and resort vessels.

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Government reverses decision on shortened Eid holiday

The government has reversed its decision to shorten the Eid Al Adha holiday break following a public outcry. The president’s office declared this morning that September 20 to 27 will be public holidays.

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Shortened Eid holiday sparks anger

September 20 and 21, previously designated as public holidays in connection with Eid Al Adha, will now be working days, the government has announced. The reversal has sparked anger.

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