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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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Drinking water shortage continues in Malé

Businesses and households in Malé have been struggling to buy drinking water for the past five weeks after a fall in production coupled with high demand during the dry season led to an acute shortage.

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Private healthcare providers excluded from insurance scheme

Consultation and treatment sought at private healthcare providers will no longer be covered by the state’s free health insurance scheme after an abrupt policy change was implemented without notice on Saturday night.

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Police reject letters from Yameen’s family

Yameen’s father Hussain Rasheed was told that each of the 811 letters must be submitted by the individual who signed it.

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Hundreds sign petition calling for credible investigation of Yameen’s murder

Hundreds of people have been signing a petition to be sent to parliament and the commissioner calling for a credible investigation into the murder of liberal blogger Yameen Rasheed and the abduction of journalist Ahmed Rilwan.

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Majlis passes new construction law, breaks for recess

The bill was introduced, debated, reviewed by a committee, and passed on the same day. After the normal sitting in the morning, Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed scheduled a sitting at night to vote on the bill.

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Schools reopen after flu outbreak

Schools in the capital reopened on Sunday after a health alert issued in response to a seasonal outbreak of the flu and viral fever was cancelled last week.

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Schools forced shut in Malé as parents keep children at home over flu outbreak

All schools in capital city Malé have been shut once again after parents refused to send their children to school amid widespread panic over a flu outbreak that has claimed six lives

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Pregnant woman dies in fifth H1N1 fatality

According to the Health Protection Agency, 185 out of 501 suspected cases tested as of Friday have tested positive for the H1N1 subtype of influenza. Some 31 patients were hospitalised as of Friday and 12 patients were discharged in the two days prior.

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Schools to open after flu outbreak

The decision to resume the first term after a week-long mid-term break was based on “the spread of the flu during the past 10 days and the social situation”, the education ministry announced on Thursday.

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H1N1 death toll rises to three

A 46-year-old expatriate who died while undergoing treatment at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé on Sunday night was the third fatality from the H1N1 flu virus this year.

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