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Probe demanded into defamation, threats against NGO chief

Shahinda Ismail has become the focus of criticism, threats and even a police probe for saying that Allah allowed for other faiths in the Maldives after the president said he would only permit Islam to be practiced in the country.

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Islam ‘only religion’ permitted in Maldives, says ministry

The remarks follow media criticism of a human rights defender who tweeted that Allah allowed for other faiths, challenging President Abdulla Yameen’s assertion that he would only permit Islam to be practiced in the Maldives.

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Human rights defender investigated over tweet

Shahindha Ismail, from the Maldives Democracy Network, tweeted that Allah allowed for other religions after President Abdulla Yameen said the only religion he would permit in the Maldives was Islam.

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MTCC contracts Singapore firm to build two housing towers

MTCC signed agreements with RI Engineering Private Limited to build two 15-storey towers with 362 apartments.

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Resort takes down ‘idols’ before police arrive

The Four Seasons Kuda Huraa resort in Malé atoll on Saturday removed sphinx statues lined up alongside its arrival pier after complaints to the police.

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‘Jealousy’ over Maldives 100 percent Muslim status: president

The president said the economic, social and political progress of the country depended on how much Maldivians adhered to Islam.

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Critical condition: Are airports the cure-all to island development?

The proposed construction of an airport in Kulhudhuffushi has caused controversy, but some locals welcome it because they see it as much needed development.

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Missing Chinese dive instructor drowned

A Chinese dive instructor at the Centara Grand Resort who was reported missing after going snorkelling has been found dead.

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Lawyer Mahfooz barred from court

Mahfooz Saeed, who was attacked while he was part of the legal team representing former president Mohamed Nasheed, has been barred from court by the Department of Judicial Administration.

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Sports Commissioner resigns

Ahmed Nasheed, known as TC Dave, made the announcement on Facebook without stating a reason. “If I have acted wrongly towards anyone in sports during my time as commissioner, I urge you not to consider that as intentional,” he wrote. 

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Millions spent illegally on independence celebrations

Auditors found that MVR66 million (US$4 million) was spent on the 2015 festivities without putting the projects out for tender, as required by law before awarding projects worth more than MVR1.5 million.

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Drugs, deaths and tripping in the Maldives

The Maldives Independent is exploring the country’s party drug culture through interviews with users aged 16 to 25 and people who know them.

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‘Mosque cafe’ plans stall after backlash

The Male’ Friday Mosque, built in 1658, is on UNESCO’s Tentative World Heritage List and is described as “the most important heritage site of the country” and “one of the finest coral stone buildings in the world.”

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High Court overturns unfair dismissal ruling on protesting resort workers

The High Court overturned an Employment Tribunal unfair dismissal ruling over Sheraton’s Full Moon Resort sacking of three staff in 2014. 

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Member sues media council over refusal to investigate Raajje TV protest

Assad Shareef, a member of the Maldives Media Council, sued the regulatory body for declining to investigate a silent protest staged by Raajje TV staff at this year’s journalism awards ceremony.

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More than 100 social housing units put up for sale

The flats were put up for sale after its original recipients under a previous government’s social housing programme were unable to secure loans.

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Education ministry hits out at professor ‘ban’ reports

A local news outlet said Professor Hassan Ugail was banned by the Education Ministry. The report was later edited to say he faced “challenges” to appear at local schools.

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