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Hiking tobacco tariffs to discourage smoking called into question

A record 200 percent import duty hike in 2012 failed to reduce demand and the number of cigarettes imported to the Maldives increased to 497 million in 2016 from 460 million the previous year despite a further hike in April 2015 that jacked up prices to MVR48 a pack.

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Police officers offered temporary housing in Malé area

According to amendments brought on Monday to regulations on housing for police, applicants will be awarded points based on an interview, rank, marital status, number of children, and years of service.

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Indian mechanic’s death prompts concern over safety for migrant workers

Maheshwaran Mariappan, 27, was caught under a dump truck that he was repairing on Maamigili, Alif Dhaalu Atoll on Wednesday. The vehicle fell on his head and he died within minutes.

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Clerics launch legal bid to overturn niqab-ban in schools

The petition said: “There is no doubt amongst Islamic scholars that the niqab is permissible in Islam. The only doubt is on whether it is compulsory or not.”

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Teachers sacked, suspended for wearing niqab

The ministry of education has sacked a Qura’n teacher because she refused to take off her niqab, or full-face veil, for work.

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Dhiraagu apologises for internet outage, offers a special discount

Apologising for the outage, Dhiraagu said the discount will be included in January’s internet bill. A discount rate has not been finalised yet.

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Tax authority introduces new measures to avoid remittance tax evasion

Overseas money transfers made by either a dependent of a foreign worker or a Maldivian on behalf of the worker will now be subject to the controversial three percent remittance tax. A fine equal to the amount of money remitted will be imposed for tax evasion.

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Major cyber attacks disrupt internet service across the Maldives

Disgruntled internet users are calling on telecoms companies for compensation after cyber attacks disrupted internet services across the Maldives for more than a week.

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Couple found mysteriously dead buried in same grave

Qasim and his wife Razeena’s bodies were found dead in their bed on Sunday. The cause of their death remains a mystery.

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School recalls textbooks after controversy over pictures of churches

A school in Hulhumalé has recalled all of its textbooks in the wake of a controversy over pictures of churches and Roman gods in its social studies textbooks that prompted accusations that the school was spreading Christianity and Paganism.

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Sangu TV embroiled in ownership dispute

Ibrahim Waheed ‘Asward,’ managing director of Sangu TV, has asked the police to investigate alleged threats of arrest and physical violence amid a dispute with ruling party MP Abdulla Yameen over ownership of the private station.

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Energy drinks banned in schools and hospitals

Energy drinks have been banned in public schools as well as the government-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé and the hospital in the capital’s suburb Vilimalé.

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Carnival cafés closed after raid for undocumented workers

Four cafés at the carnival area in Malé remain closed after 50 expatriate staff were taken into custody Tuesday morning in a joint operation conducted by the police and the immigration department.

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No injuries in fire at seventh-floor terrace

The military’s fire and rescue service on Tuesday afternoon put out a fire that broke out on the seventh-floor terrace of a house in Malé. Three major fire incidents have occurred in the densely packed capital island in 2016.

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Government’s claim of providing housing for tsunami victims disputed

The island council of Vilufushi in the south-central Thaa atoll has disputed the government’s claim of providing permanent shelter for families displaced by the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

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NGOs demand justice for woman attacked with bleach

A group of civil society organisations has called on the authorities to ensure justice for a 50-year-old woman from the island of Lhaimagu in Shaviyani atoll who was attacked with bleach on Saturday morning.

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State utility company hires 100 individuals with disabilities

According to the Fenaka Corporation, the 79 men and 21 women will work at its branches and powerhouses in the atolls. President Abdulla Yameen and First Lady Fathmath handed out letters of employment at a ceremony Sunday morning.

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