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200 searched and 79 arrested at music festival in Maldives thumbnail

200 searched and 79 arrested at music festival in Maldives

Local lawyers have explained that those detained have been taken to Malé’s Athuluvehi custodial centre after being detained during the two-day OTUM music festival on the uninhabited island of Anbaraa in Vaavu atoll.


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Heritage department to hold coral mosque exhibition

“The purpose of hosting an exhibition for this theme is because recently 6 coral stone mosques of Maldives have been inscribed on the tentative list of world heritage sites and now we are trying to inscribe the mosques on the permanent list,” said the department’s Director Ali Waheed.


Kuda Bandos will be accessible to locals after resort development, says government thumbnail

Kuda Bandos will be accessible to locals after resort development, says government

The Tourism Ministry has assured that the Malé-area’s only remaining picnic island will remain accessible to locals after its development as a resort, though many still fear the industry’s continued encroachment on public recreational areas.


DhiFM Plus airs upside down photo of broadcasting commission chair thumbnail

DhiFM Plus airs upside down photo of broadcasting commission chair

The commission warned yesterday of possible action for the repeated display of upside-down photos of EC members. The current photo of commission chair, Shaheeb, is accompanied by a message labelling the commission’s warnings ‘a step backwards for democracy’.


Fisheries Ministry and MNDF at odds over decision to destroy confiscated pets thumbnail

Fisheries Ministry and MNDF at odds over decision to destroy confiscated pets

Disagreements continue to surround the destruction of over 120 pets deemed to have been illegally imported into the country. The animals – including an owl – were destroyed after being confiscated by police last weekend.


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Authorities pass responsibility for decision to destroy confiscated animals

While the MNDF have admitted putting down the animals confiscated by police last weekend, they allege that the procedures were taken upon the police’s request. The claim has been denied by police, who have subsequently pointed the finger at the customs department.


Taxi drivers protest against implementation of new regulations thumbnail

Taxi drivers protest against implementation of new regulations

As well as opposing the mandatory installation of vacancy signs, protesters placards also read ‘Insurance is useless’, ‘Establish equal policies for all land transport’, and ‘Stop enslaving drivers’.


Growing for the future: Hydroponics in the Maldives thumbnail

Growing for the future: Hydroponics in the Maldives

With little fertile land and an over-reliance on imports of staple food, Mohamed Shafeegu of Seagull Maldives argues that the water-based system of agriculture could be the answer to sustainable agriculture in the country.


Amendments to religious unity law brings mosques under Islamic Ministry, outlaws independent congregations thumbnail

Amendments to religious unity law brings mosques under Islamic Ministry, outlaws independent congregations

The new amendments also stipulate that permission must be sought in writing from the Islamic Ministry for preaching or delivering sermons, offering religious advice, or publishing books concerning religion.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories