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Probe into seaplane crash

A Maldivian Seaplane aircraft, operated by state-owned Island Aviation Services, crashed while attempting to land at the airport lagoon on Thursday afternoon due to a sudden gust of wind.

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Maldives death penalty delays will be resolved by October 8

Delays in carrying out the death penalty due will be resolved by October 8, the home minister has said, despite international condemnation about the country resuming executions. The Maldives in

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Maldives’ anti-black magic legal measures need ‘streamlining’

Sorcery-related arrests have been common in recent years, but suspects are often released soon after without charge due to the complexity of legal action. The current penal code does not have a specific provision for black magic and sorcery.

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Maldives ministry stats show rising child sexual abuse

The gender ministry’s monthly statistics of reported cases have shown a drop from 260 cases in July to 246 in August, despite a rise in cases of child sexual abuse.

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‘Hahdhu’ film touches upon controversial issues in the Maldives

Flogging. Pre-marital sex. Suicide. Maverick film-maker Abdul Faththaah’s latest flick touches on taboo subjects in the Maldives.

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Almost 100 expats detained for screening

Almost 100 expatriates suspected of being undocumented have been taken for screening to the expat detention centre in Hulhumalé Thursday. The Immigration and Emigration Department’s media official Hassan Khaleel told

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Final flat winners list made public despite ongoing corruption probe

The housing minister on Wednesday defended a decision to publish an anonymous list of flat winners as a corruption probe continued into the social housing scheme and despite thousands of people complaining about its lack of transparency.

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Short films aim for big change

Maldivian-made films on mental health, gender equality and plastic pollution will debut on social media Wednesday following a joint project between a United Nations body and telecoms firm Dhiraagu.

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Fire destroys Bileyfahi powerhouse

The powerhouse on the northern island of Bileyfahi in Shaviyani atoll has been completely destroyed by a fire that broke out late Saturday night.

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Concrete structure completed for 25-storey hospital tower

The Maldives will enter a new era of healthcare service delivery with the opening of the 25-storey Dharumavantha hospital next year, Health Minister Abdulla Nazim said at a topping off ceremony

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Housing minister defends anonymised flat winners list

Muiz denied allegations that applicants of the government’s social housing programme were phoned by the first lady’s campaign office to check their political allegiance. 

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Anonymised flat winners list prompts anti-corruption probe

The anti-corruption watchdog launched a probe after an anonymised list of 661 flat winners caused an uproar from unsuccessful applicants of the government housing programme.

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New tobacco rules to introduce graphic warnings, ban sale of single sticks

The sale of single sticks of cigarettes needs to be banned because “it is a tactic mainly used to lure children and young adolescents into smoking,” said Dr Aishath Aroona, vice chair of the Tobacco Control Board.

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Port worker burned after accidental explosion

A port worker was severely burned and two others injured when an oil barrel exploded Tuesday morning near the welding workshop at the Maldives Ports Limited’s commercial harbour in Malé.

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‘Maldives with Rohingya’: Raajje TV raises MVR4m for refugees

Several groups have been organising fundraising activities amidst an outpouring of sympathy for the fellow Sunni Muslims.

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Maldives conferred WHO Excellence in Public Health award

The Maldives became the first member state of the WHO Southeast Asia region to be verified malaria-free in 2015 and went on to eliminate lymphatic filariasis and measles during the past two years.

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Amitabh Bachchan cancels visit to attend WHO meeting in Maldives

The cancellation comes after a social media campaign launched by MP Ahmed Mahloof, the spokesman for the four-party opposition coalition, urging the legendary actor to boycott the Maldives in protest against the deteriorating human rights situation.

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