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Emergency water supplied to Alifushi bacteria infested, says council thumbnail

Emergency water supplied to Alifushi bacteria infested, says council

Alifushi Council has said the emergency drinking water supplies sent to the island by the National Disaster Management Center to alleviate a seasonal water shortage contains bacteria and dust.


Pioneering desalination project launched in the Maldives thumbnail

Pioneering desalination project launched in the Maldives

The “groundbreaking” approach, which utilises excess heat from electricity generation to produce drinking water, could change the way the world looks at desalination, says the CEO of the Aquiva Foundation Florian Bollen.


Maldives Olympic Committee to increase women’s participation in sports thumbnail

Maldives Olympic Committee to increase women’s participation in sports

The MOC has established new guidelines aiming for all Maldivian contingents competing in international games to be women, with a particular emphasis on female participation in coaching and officiating.


Government shuts down mosque due to congregation of “extremists” thumbnail

Government shuts down mosque due to congregation of “extremists”

Malé’s Dharumavantha Rasgefaanu mosque has been temporarily closed on the orders of Home Minister Umar Naseer as a “as a first step” against unauthorised Friday prayers performed by a group the Islamic minister has previously described as “extremists”.


Government pension plans reliant on MVR1 billion investment return thumbnail

Government pension plans reliant on MVR1 billion investment return

After allocating MVR470 million in the budget for cash pensions of MVR2,300 per month, the government intends to disburse MVR5000 to pensioners from the end of February, financing the rise through “innovative” future investments.


Government introduces Arabic lessons as part of Islamic education drive thumbnail

Government introduces Arabic lessons as part of Islamic education drive

Vice President Jameel said the introduction of Arabic language will bring a “special happiness” to the people of Maldives, as the government seeks to enhance Islamic learning throughout the education sector.


Teachers Association threatens strike over pay discrepancies and education sector reform thumbnail

Teachers Association threatens strike over pay discrepancies and education sector reform

The Teachers Association of Maldives warns that if the government fails to resolve concerns over pay discrepancies and other education sector issues, four thousand local teachers would go on a nationwide strike.


Malé City Council urges local hotel owners to beware of bikinis thumbnail

Malé City Council urges local hotel owners to beware of bikinis

Following a letter of complaint from the Islamic Ministry, Malé Mayor Ali Manik has called upon all local guest house and hotel owners to ensure that guests are aware of the appropriate form of dress in the Islamic nation’s inhabited islands.


Figh Academy VP endorses female genital mutilation thumbnail

Figh Academy VP endorses female genital mutilation

Dr Iyaz Abdul Latheef said several credible hadiths demonstrate female circumcision is obligatory, while the UNFPA has condemned it as a “human rights violation” as it marks the international day of zero tolerance to the practice.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories