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No injuries in fire at seventh-floor terrace

The military’s fire and rescue service on Tuesday afternoon put out a fire that broke out on the seventh-floor terrace of a house in Malé. Three major fire incidents have occurred in the densely packed capital island in 2016.

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Government’s claim of providing housing for tsunami victims disputed

The island council of Vilufushi in the south-central Thaa atoll has disputed the government’s claim of providing permanent shelter for families displaced by the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

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NGOs demand justice for woman attacked with bleach

A group of civil society organisations has called on the authorities to ensure justice for a 50-year-old woman from the island of Lhaimagu in Shaviyani atoll who was attacked with bleach on Saturday morning.

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State utility company hires 100 individuals with disabilities

According to the Fenaka Corporation, the 79 men and 21 women will work at its branches and powerhouses in the atolls. President Abdulla Yameen and First Lady Fathmath handed out letters of employment at a ceremony Sunday morning.

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Two Maldivians test positive for Zika

Two Maldivians have tested positive for the Zika virus since the authorities began a surveillance programme to determine if the mosquito-borne virus is spreading in the country.

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Yet another policy reversal puts affordable housing out of reach for Malé residents

When Malé’s landless families drew lots to choose flats in the newly built Tata blocks in October, the keys to their new homes seemed all but assured. But yet another policy reversal appears to have put the flats out of reach.

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Fire breaks out at warehouse in Malé

A massive fire broke out at a warehouse in Malé on Monday, destroying MVR40million (US$2.6million) worth goods, injuring two fire-fighters and spreading to five other buildings in the vicinity before it was put out.

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China donates MVR7 million for Malé redevelopment

The Chinese embassy has donated MVR7 million (US$454,000) to develop seven pedestrianised roads in Malé and a children’s park in the capital’s suburb Vilimalé.

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Infant who died in state care had a broken arm

An informed source told the Maldives Independent on the condition of anonymity that the infant had “a broken arm which was not treated” before he died. “It was apparent from the scans that the injury was days old,” the source said.

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Corruption alleged in the awarding of school contract

The anti-graft watchdog has launched an investigation into the education ministry’s awarding of a contract to manage a school to a company partly owned by the wives of two prominent judges

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New lawyers granted licenses after year-long wait

More than 130 graduates have been granted licenses to practice law following a delay of more than a year after the supreme court took over regulating the legal profession from the Attorney General’s office.

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Umar Naseer under fire over ‘sexist’ tweet

Naseer insisted today that his tweet suggesting that women are among three negative influences that “makes good people bad” was misinterpreted: “Women was used in the context of womanising. It’s about men who has a thirst for women, not women.”

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No red flags in death of infant under state care

Mohamed Shakeeb, executive coordinator at the gender ministry, said the authorities have not learned of any suspicious incidents related to the death. The police investigation will determine if negligence by staff at the Fiyavathi children’s home was to blame, he said.

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FAM dismisses claim of ‘government interference’ in top footballer’s exclusion

The Football Association of Maldives has dismissed claims of politicization as controversy grows around its exclusion of a top footballer, who is also a leading opposition activist, from the Maldives campaign for the 2019 Asian Cup

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Bid to prevent relocation of Malé’s ancient mosque rejected

The civil court has rejected a bid by heritage campaigners to prevent the relocation of a 200-year-old mosque from the capital city Malé to a southern island

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Court throws out one of two challenges filed against work ban on Haveeru staff

The dismissal came after the lawyer representing Haveeru’s former staff failed to turn up to a hearing. Husnu Suood, a former attorney general, had failed to inform the court that he would be out of town.

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Zika testing begins at government hospital

The government-run tertiary hospital in Malé has started testing fever patients for the Zika virus as part of a surveillance programme to determine if the mosquito-borne disease is spreading in the Maldives.

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