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Civil servants unlikely to report corruption over lack of justice, finds survey

Maldivian civil servants are unlikely to report government corruption due to delays in or lack of justice and lack of action by relevant authorities, a corruption perception survey has found.

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Court splits Haveeru ownership

The High Court ruling clears the way for three founding members of Haveeru News Agency to sue its current owner, Dr Zahir Hussain, for a share of the newspaper’s profits for the past 35 years.

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UN unveils development agenda for Maldives

The government and the United Nations signed the UN Development Assistance Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) yesterday, a four-year strategic programme framework to deliver results in the areas of youth and children, gender, governance, environment and climate change.

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Fiqh Academy issues fatwa on Jihad

“Travelling to Islamic countries where groups belonging to Islamic countries create havoc and instability in the name of jihad will open avenues for enemies of Muslims to interfere in the affairs of Muslim countries,” reads a fatwa (legal opinion) issued by the academy of religious scholars today.

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Government to develop second artificial beach in Malé

The capital’s second artificial beach is to be developed with a recreational area fishing pier, waterfront pavilion, beachfront park, waterfront promenade, underground parking facility, cafés, dive spots, waterfront residential mix, and a fort.

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Parliament approves legal changes for registering small plots of land

The parliament today approved amendments  to the land law to allow registration of plots of land smaller than 600 square feet. The amendment bill submitted by Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP

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New regulations allow children to be placed under foster care

The ministry of law and gender has enacted new regulations governing foster care for children under state care, the first institutional and legal framework of its kind in the Maldives.

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Sexual harassment within Maldives Police Service under-reported

A quarter of women police officers interviewed for the study -“Rough Roads to Equality: Women Police in South Asia” by the New Delhi-based Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) – said they had faced harassment, but only half referred the incident to a higher authority.

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Damaged pitch forces Maldives to play World Cup qualifying matches in China

The Maldives will have to play both legs of its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against China away from home after Independence Day celebrations left the national stadium’s pitch damaged beyond use.

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Hulhumalé hospital flooded after heavy rainfall

“The way the hospital is built there is an open area of about 30 feet. The roof spills water on to the area when it rains heavily. If the water cannot drain it seeps inside the hospital. The water had seeped in under the doors,” the hospital’s director Ahmed Shakir explained.

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Abdulla Hameed’s body brought back for state funeral

Former atolls minister and speaker of parliament, Abdulla Hameed – younger brother of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and half-brother to President Abdulla Yameen – passed away at the age of 76 on August 18 while undergoing treatment in Bangalore, India.

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Complaint filed over pepper spray use, obstruction of Find Moyameehaa walk

The mother of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan filed a complaint with the human rights watchdog today over police obstruction of a peaceful memorial walk held on August 8 to mark one year after her son’s unexplained disappearance.

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Government to open second children’s home, mental health hospital

The cabinet’s social council has revealed plans to open a second children’s home in Hulhumalé and a mental health hospital on the island of Guraidhoo in Kaafu atoll.

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Island at center of ‘End Surf Exclusivity’ campaign to become heritage site

The government has terminated a contract to develop a boutique surf resort on the island of Thamburudhoo in Kaafu atoll, and pledged to keep the island open to the public as a “surfing heritage site.”

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Vilimalé health centre upgraded to tertiary hospital

The health centre in the capital’s suburb Vilimalé has been upgraded and reopened as a tertiary hospital.

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Most of debris from Maldives not from MH370, says Malaysia

Most of the debris found in the Maldives were not from missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, the Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lal has said.

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More ‘MH370 debris’ found from uninhabited Maldivian island

The latest piece of debris was found washed ashore on the island of Maamendhoo in Laamu atoll by a man who went to the uninhabited island for fishing. He described the debris as “a metal object with greyish colour and two-feet long.”

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