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MP Nihan slams police over dismantling of youth huts on Villimalé thumbnail

MP Nihan slams police over dismantling of youth huts on Villimalé

Villimalé’s youth population had built huts on public land for social gatherings for over 20 years. Destroying the huts – which the youth call home – without showing them alternatives will only cause more social problems, claimed the MP.


Are efforts to keep Malé City clean going to waste? thumbnail

Are efforts to keep Malé City clean going to waste?

Malé City Mayor Mohamed Shihab explains the mounting problems facing the council in its attempt to manage the millions of tonnes of waste produced in the densely populated capital every day.


High Court upholds jail sentence of man found guilty of forcing women into prostitution thumbnail

High Court upholds jail sentence of man found guilty of forcing women into prostitution

In August last year, Abdul Latheef Ali, 64, of Henveiru Philadelphi, was found guilty of running a brothel in the capital Malé and forcing three female expatriates into prostitution after bringing them to the Maldives ostensibly to work as massage therapists.


Taxi drivers brand calls to introduce Dhivehi taxi boards “ridiculous” thumbnail

Taxi drivers brand calls to introduce Dhivehi taxi boards “ridiculous”

Suggestions from the Dhivehi Academy that the law requires precedence be given to the local language have been attacked by drivers who question the timing and the practicality of further changes to new taxi regulations.


Ihavandhoo islanders to pray for rain after twelve month drought thumbnail

Ihavandhoo islanders to pray for rain after twelve month drought

The council has called for a communal prayer after the island, situated in the country’s northernmost atoll, ran out of fresh drinking water. The government has pledged more supplies this week.


“Remarkable” tournament taking Maldivian football to the next level, says FA thumbnail

“Remarkable” tournament taking Maldivian football to the next level, says FA

“I think this is one the best things the FA has done to take us to the next level, as we are one step closer to the biggest tournament in Asia and we are pretty optimistic that we have a good chance to qualify,” said the FAM’s Mohamed Nasir.


Police dismantle Villimalé hangout, take in six for disobedience thumbnail

Police dismantle Villimalé hangout, take in six for disobedience

Six young people were temporarily detained following the police’s dismantling of an outdoor leisure area in the suburb of the capital Malé. The city council has denied authorising the operation.


India and Maldives cultural ties go from “strength to strength” as cultural center expands activities thumbnail

India and Maldives cultural ties go from “strength to strength” as cultural center expands activities

The new collection at the ICC’s library will be of use to all ages, an ICC spokesperson explained while an enhanced online presence will be used as a platform to engage the local community.


Union leaders’ dismissal leads to staff arrests on Full Moon Sheraton thumbnail

Union leaders’ dismissal leads to staff arrests on Full Moon Sheraton

The Tourism Association of Maldives said key leaders were dismissed following their organisation of Labour Day celebrations earlier this month. Police attempts to remove the employees resulted in the arrest and firing of a further four staff members.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories