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Ruins of ancient mosque dug up on southern island

A limestone wall with stonework has been found within the boundaries of the abandoned Friday mosque on southern Thinadhoo Island.

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Housing ministry inspecting construction sites, buildings in Malé

The housing ministry says several buildings and construction sites in the capital “are not practicing safety precautions and construction practices as per regulations.” Survey teams will inspect sites for “the proper use of hoardings, safety nets and other necessary precautions as well as the use of proper safety clothing for the construction workers.”

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First couple’s cash handouts to single parents spark concern

Cash handouts to single mothers from President Abdulla Yameen and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim has sparked concerns of corruption and a return to the patronage systems of old.

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Death of Addu boy revives calls for mandatory helmets

The death of a 17-year old in an accident in Addu City on Friday, the sixth fatality this year, has revived calls for a law on mandatory helmet wearing.

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A reward for sexual harassment?

A court ruling ordering MVR421,733 (US$27,000) in compensation for a top government official, removed by the parliament for sexual harassment, has caused outrage online.

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Saudi Arabia to help maintain Maldives religious unity

Saudi Arabia and the Maldives signed an MOU today to enhance ties in Islamic affairs, including maintaining religious unity, and training Imams and religious scholars.

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‘Failed system’ blamed for death of Milandhoo heart-attack patient

A 57-year-old victim of a heart attack from the island of Milandhoo in Shaviyani atoll died yesterday before boarding a plane to the capital after an oxygen tank ran out. “We are all destined to die someday. Some naturally and some by others’ fault. My mother died because of a failed system,” her son said.

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STO recalls shipment of tainted flour

The State Trading Organisation (STO) has warned its customers not to use flour that contains impurities. An STO media official said samples from the contaminated batch have been sent to Maldives Food and Drug Authority for testing.

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Maldives publishes child sex offenders registry

The online registry lists more than 70 individuals with their photos, full names, national identity card numbers, date of birth, age, address, date of conviction, date of imprisonment, date of scheduled release and name of the detention center the individual is being held.

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Population consolidation keystone of 2016 state budget

As the dispersion of the Maldivian people in 188 islands is an obstacle to economic development, Jihad said the government’s population consolidation policy is to settle 70 percent of the population to Hulhumalé.

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Killed, exiled or deposed

There were only two ways to dethrone a Maldivian ruler, according to historian and linguist Naseema Mohamed. “One is death, natural or assassination, and the other by a coup d’état.”

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Government hospital introduces MRI scanning

MRI scans were previously only available at the privately-owned ADK hospital in Malé. Customers often had to wait weeks for appointments.

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Chinese company to construct 1,500 flats in Hulhumalé

The ministry of housing and infrastructure signed a contract with the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) today for the construction of 1,500 medium-end housing units in the capital’s suburb Hulhumalé.

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World Cup qualifier to take place in Maldives despite state of emergency

The Hong Kong Football Association’s chairman said the Maldivian defence ministry has assured the Hong Kong team’s safety to FIFA “as the state of emergency is declared only to cope with the demonstration in their country this weekend.” The constitutional right to freedom of assembly was suspended two days ahead of a mass protest planned by the main opposition party.

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Maldives introduces new banknotes

The new Maldivian rufiyaa note series unveiled last night “represents the Maldives, and the identity of Maldivians” and “attempts to encapsulate all the innate factors that define our country, and our ancestral identity,” the central bank said.

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Home minister vows to ‘find the truth’ behind Rilwan’s disappearance

Home Minister Umar Naseer met with the family of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan today and assured them of the government’s commitment to “find the truth” behind the unexplained disappearance.

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Captain remains lost at sea, two crew members rescued

A boat traveling to Alif Alif Atoll sank yesterday, stranding three crewmembers at sea. Two have been rescued today, but there has been no sign of the boat’s captain yet.

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