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Resettlement of Gaadhoo islanders underway

Resettlement of Laamu atoll Gaadhoo islanders to Fonadhoo of the same atoll has begun on Monday, with 38 families having moved completely.

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Policeman fired for theft wins high court bid to get job back

The High Court ruled that the dismissal of former Chief Station Inspector Mohamed Habeeb in February 2014 was unfair as he was not convicted of a crime in a court of law. The Maldives Police Service was ordered to reinstate the ex-policeman and provide compensation for lost wages.

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Plans unveiled for an ‘industrial village’ in Malé

The ministry of housing and infrastructure awarded projects to two state-owned companies yesterday to develop an “industrial village” and a foodcourt in Malé’s southwestern harbour.

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Schools open for new academic year

Schools across the Maldives opened today for the new academic year with more than 75,000 students enrolled in 223 schools.

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Doctor suspended after Kulhudhuffushi mother bleeds to death

A 33-year old mother’s death has sparked outcry over poor services in the Maldives’ remote atolls. Hospitals lack qualified doctors and medical equipment. The words “state of emergency” was sprayed onto the walls of the Kulhudhuffushi hospital today.

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Maldives sportswomen allege discrimination in selection for South Asian Games

Sportswomen have alleged discrimination in a government decision to reduce the number of sports teams competing at the upcoming South Asian games in India. Of the 96 athletes slated to compete in the games, only 27 will be women.

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Group of teenage skaters detained in Hulhumalé

Police officers advised the teenagers “not to skate in a manner that is unsafe for themselves and other citizens” and took them to the police station. One of the teenagers has since accused the police of subjecting the group to “physical and verbal abuse.”

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Marital rape victim’s body sent to India for autopsy

The body of a marital rape victim who died of life-threatening injuries last week has been sent to India for a postmortem examination. The 37-year-old woman from the island of Thinadhoo in Gaaf Dhaal atoll was hospitalised in Malé last month. Her husband was arrested on December 11 and remains under police custody.

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Five arrested from president’s flight

Five Maldivians were arrested from a Bangkok Airways flight on Thursday after a family of tourists complained to the crew and refused to travel on the plane. All five have since been released after the police determined that they had not endangered the airplane’s security.

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Elderly woman arrested on suspicion of practicing sorcery

“Some islanders had lodged complaints with the police over the course of several days about the Gemanafushi woman practicing sorcery and threatening to use sorcery,” the police said.

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Three men arrested in Vilufushi on charges of sorcery

A police spokesperson told The Maldives Independent that the suspects were arrested with warrants after complaints from islanders alleging that they were practicing black magic in houses and boats. The islanders accused the men of causing damages to households using black magic.

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Government plans to relocate ancient mosque to ‘heritage island’

The government is planning to relocate the ancient Kalhuvakaru mosque in Malé to a heritage island to be developed on the capital’s suburb Hulhumalé. Built in the late 18th century, it came to be known as the “travelling mosque” due to its history of relocation.

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More than half a million rufiyaa stolen in phone scams

Scammers pose as staff from large companies, offer financial rewards and gifts under fake promotions, and seek credit card information to steal money from unsuspecting victims, the police explained.

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Introducing Dhivehi braille is just the first step for blind literacy

First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim’s unveiling of a braille code in Dhivehi earlier this month was hailed as a milestone that would improve literacy among blind Maldivians. Advocates for the disabled are now urging the government to make braille accessible by introducing the code in schools, printing books in braille, and training teachers to teach braille.

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Filmmaker hopes to kickstart discussion with documentary on street harassment

‘Street Harassment: The Daily Menace’ by Hulhevi Media – uploaded to YouTube on Friday – shows women telling stories of facing harassment on a daily basis, including lewd remarks, exhibitionism, stalking, and groping.

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International Migrants Day march in Malé called off

A walk to mark the International Migrants Day was cancelled on Friday following alleged interference by the police.

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Government reneges on promise for new hospital in Addu

The government has backtracked on a pledge to build a new hospital in southern Addu City, promising to improve services at the existing Hithadhoo Regional Hospital instead.

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