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MPs debate raising state disability benefits

Presenting her amendment to the Disability Act to the Majlis floor, MP Anara Naeem said persons with special needs deserved the same “care and protection” provided by the state to the elderly as the current administration has raised old age pensions to MVR5,000 a month.


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Preparations conclude for the start of Ramadan

Preparations for the month of prayer and fasting have included the the re-opening of the Al-Furqan mosque in addition to the provision of a temporary mosque in Maafannu and an extended fresh market.


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Unsurprising developments: Malé and the atolls

With few being shocked by the recent disparities revealed in the UNDP’s Human Development Index report, what are the the prospects of regional development keeping pace with the capital?


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Immigration detains 58 migrant workers in Laamu Gan

“This operation will continue, that was the number of people we could transport yesterday. As soon as we get seats from a boat traveling to Malé, more people will be taken in,” said Laamu Gan Council President Ahmed Salah.


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Maldives off US State Department trafficking watchlist

After four years on the list, the Maldives has avoided relegation to the bottom rung of the benchmark rankings after introducing anti-trafficking legislation last year. The report, however, notes that the country has yet to comply with minimum standards.


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Foreign minister calls for Muslim self-assesment over negative image of Islam

“Let us recommit ourselves to work together to overcome our challenges. United and strong we can once again become the standard bearers of tolerance and innovation,” Dunya told fellow ministers at the OIC.


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Women’s rights NGO criticises altered Ramadan work hours

Hope for Women argues that working hours during Ramadan have been changed without considering the disproportionate affect on women, who bear the majority of responsibilities for additional cooking during the period.


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Human Development Report highlights Maldives’ regional divide

The Maldives second UNDP Human Development Report today focused on the disparities between the high-level development in the capital Malé and the inferior access to health, education, and employment in the atolls.


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Government temporarily extends cafe hours for World Cup

With the Ministry of Economic Development extending opening hours for the FIFA World Cup, Malé City Council has said it will renew its efforts to bring back 24 hour opening times for selected businesses.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories