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Woman dies in second H1N1 fatality as cases rise above 100

According to the Health Protection Agency, the number of confirmed H1N1 cases has reached 105 out of 335 suspected cases tested as of Tuesday.

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Makeshift flu clinics swamped as H1N1 cases rise to 82

Both the government-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital and the private ADK hospital have also started offering the influenza vaccine to pregnant women.

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State electricity company allotted land for new powerhouse

The new powerhouse for the capital’s industrial village will also be used as a backup plant “when electricity goes out from time to time in Malé,” Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muiz said.

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Human rights watchdog assures probe of hunger strike in Maafushi jail

HRCM Vice President Shifaq Mufeed told the press that the hunger strike was prompted by “tightened security measures” but an informed source alleged that electricity was cut off and some inmates were beaten.

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Schools closed after H1N1 cases reach 51, fatality identified

The national health alert has been raised to level three based on the “rapid increase of cases” since February, the discovery of severe disease among high-risk patient groups, and the death of one flu patient.

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Swine flu incidence growing in Maldives

With 27 cases so far this year, the incidence of swine flu is increasing in the Maldives but the situation does not warrant emergency measures such as issuing travel alerts or closing down schools, health officials said.

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Maldives celebrates International Women’s Day

As the government marked the day with special activities at offices and the handing out of annual awards for women, the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party pledged financial support to 44 female candidates contesting in the upcoming local council elections.

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Citywide power outage in Malé disrupts water and telecom services

A city-wide electricity outage in Malé for more than two hours on Sunday afternoon disrupted water and telecommunication services in the capital.

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Gender ministry official on trial for negligence dismissed unfairly, court rules

Ahmed Shuzad, the employee found to have been dismissed unfairly, is among four gender ministry staff presently on trial along with a policeman over negligence in the child’s murder.

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First lady’s women’s expo branded a success

“What I see is this government probing ladies more towards staying home and doing cookery. Why would anyone at any level of the government think that handicraft work only belongs to women?” asked Shifa Mohamed, president of the MDP’s women’s wing.

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Nationwide measles vaccination campaign underway

A mass measles and rubella vaccination campaign is underway across the Maldives with an ambitious goal of vaccinating all Maldivians between the ages of eight and 25 within two weeks.

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Police unable to protect Maldives’ oldest cemetery from vandalism

The police have decided to appeal a magistrate court order to protect a 900-year-old cemetery in the Meedhoo ward of Addu City after ancient tombstones were vandalised.

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Government unveils campaign to promote ‘Islamic unity and patriotism’

After purportedly establishing public order and undertaking numerous efforts for economic and social development, Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar said the president’s focus now is “building youth who loves Islam, is loyal to the nation, and is ready to provide an adequate service”.

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Saudi embassy stirs controversy with cash handout to journalists

The Saudi Arabian embassy in Malé has stirred controversy after handing out envelopes with MVR500 (US$32) in cash to journalists who were invited to cover an event on Sunday.

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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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