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Two in critical condition after accident at sea

A speedboat from the Summer Island Resort collided with a docked fishing vessel around 10:30 pm on Tuesday night, injuring 14 staff members from the resort in North Malé atoll.

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Japan grants US$25m for digital broadcasting project

The Japan International Cooperation Agency signed an agreement with the government Tuesday to provide up to ¥2,792 million (US$25 million) in grant aid for a project to develop a digital terrestrial television broadcasting network.

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Free ferry arranged to surf island near Malé

A daily ferry service free of charge from Malé to a nearby island has been arranged for surfers who lost access to the capital’s main surf point with the construction of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge last year.

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ACC orders re-evaluation of Hajj group bids

The anti-graft watchdog concluded after an inquiry that the unfairness of the bid evaluation process raised “suspicion that this was done to provide undue benefit to a particular party.”

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Police summons issued to liberal bloggers with threat of trial in absentia

Dr Azra Naseem, Muzaffar ‘Muju’ Naeem, and Hani Amir were told to present themselves to the police within 14 days to speak in their defence against unspecified allegations.

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STELCO warns of more power cuts in Malé

The State Electricity Company has warned of more power cuts in Malé after damage to a high-voltage cable left two-third of the capital without electricity in the early hours of Sunday.

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Sheikh under fire over claim of island with non-fasting majority

Sheikh Ali Zaid said he was told during a visit to an unnamed southern island that the majority of people have been eating during daytime at Ramadan for years.

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Maldives greets Ramadan

After traditional pre-fasting preparations and communal feasts, Maldivians joined Muslims around the world on Saturday to begin the holy month of Ramadan.

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Coral stone mosques: the last architectural masterpieces

The Maldives Independent spoke to renowned architect Mauroof Jameel following the publication of his book, “Coral Stone Mosques of Maldives, The Vanishing Legacy of the Indian Ocean.”

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Seaplane crash lands in airport island lagoon

The nine passengers and three crewmembers were rescued and survived with minor injuries after the TransMaldivian Airways seaplane crash landed in the Hulhulé lagoon.

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Police block march for murdered blogger

About 150 people gathered at the artificial beach in Malé when a police officer warned that the march will be stopped if they move to the street.

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Anti-graft watchdog stops awarding of Hajj quotas

The Anti-Corruption Commission has ordered the Islamic ministry to halt the process of awarding Hajj quotas to five companies that submitted winning bids for taking Maldivian pilgrims to Mecca.

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US citizen in immigration detention facility since January

The immigration department was planning to deport the 76-year-old on February 10 over the lack of a passport or valid work visa when the civil court ordered the authorities to halt the deportation until several ongoing cases are concluded.

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Missing landing craft found by Indian navy

The Maria-3 vessel was located 130 nautical miles north-west of the island of Isdhoo in Laamu atoll by an Indian navy aircraft

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Teacher suspended over poem deemed offensive towards first lady

The poem featured a Maldivian folktale she-demon called Santhi Mariyanbu who lugs around a sack of teeth. It recounted a nightmare in which the poor could not afford to pay goods and services tax after the monster finished removing teeth.

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Finance ministry defends Ramadan bonus policy

The finance ministry has defended the government’s policy on issuing the annual Ramadan bonus for civil servants after media reports focused on the exclusion of employees on paid and non-paid leave.

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Man arrested for raising Islamic State flag

Superintendent Ahmed Shifan told Maldives Independent that the suspect was arrested earlier this week and the criminal court has since remanded him to police custody for seven days.

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