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Imam injured in minister car prang

The man was discharged after getting treated for his injuries and getting an X-ray, a hospital official told Mihaaru.

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Applications to open for housing project

The Hiyaa housing project involves the construction of 36 towers with one, two and three-bedroom apartments to house 80,000 people, according to the President’s Office.

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Jihadi paradise: extremist material still online in Maldives despite government pledge

The defence minister told media in January that online extremist content would be blocked. But several websites — including those known to be linked to Maldivians fighting in the Syrian war — are still accessible.

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HPA warns of dengue increase

There are annual dengue outbreaks in the Maldives, with cases reported every year although most are not life-threatening.

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Sangu TV pays off defamation fine

The private station started a fundraising drive to meet the Maldives Broadcasting Commission penalty, imposed after the airing of colourful language about President Abdulla Yameen from opposition MP Mohamed Musthafa last December.

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Rule of law and fundamental freedoms ‘under attack’ in Maldives

Authorities have repressed all forms of dissent including “violently breaking up peaceful demonstrations, arbitrarily arresting and detaining protesters, attacking journalists and threatening news organisations with closure,” said a report.

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President’s Office announces Ramadan working hours

The President’s Office said if the first day of Ramadan falls on Wednesday May 16 the following day will be a public holiday, giving Maldivians a three-day weekend.

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Tributes pour in for celebrated poet Mariyam Saeed

Mariyam Saeed is one of the most celebrated poets of her generation and came from a family of well-known poets including her father, Hussain Salahuddeen, who himself was a renowned linguist and writer.

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Indian teacher flees after boxcutter threat from students

An eyewitness said the grade 10 students were unhappy with the way an assignment had been marked and initially attacked the expat teacher with a chair.

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President mocked over Malé congestion remarks

Malé, a 2.2 square mile island that has already been reclaimed to the edge of its house reef, has a population of 133,000 people. It is one of the mostly densely populated cities in the world, with more than 59,000 people per square mile.

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School teachers end strike

The teachers downed tools after a member of staff was suspended for allegedly assaulting a student.

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Maldives falls again in press freedom index

The Maldives is now ranked between Nigeria and Angola on the 2018 press freedom index.

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Watchdog aims to clear corruption case backlog

The Anti-Corruption Commission is aiming to reduce its backlog of cases to below 500 by the end of the year.

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‘Indecent’ model show under investigation by Islamic ministry

The pageant drew criticism over the ‘indecent clothes’ worn by Maldivian models.

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Diving robot assists search for missing teens

The military has expanded the search area for two teenage boys from Addu City who have been missing since Saturday morning.

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Islamist NGO to give food aid to poor during Ramadan

This year’s Ramadan is expected to begin mid-May after the sighting of the new moon as per the Islamic lunar calendar.

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Hot and bothered: Government under fire after ‘indecent’ beauty pageant

The criticism comes as top government figures are keen to stress the country’s Islamic purity and identity ahead of presidential elections.

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