A young coconut suspected to have a ‘fanditha’ (black magic) curse, with Arabic writing and suspicious symbols burned into the husk, was found in the garden of a home located in Fuvahmulah’s Dhiguvaadu ward yesterday.
Minivan News takes the mood on the streets of Male’ two days prior to Saturday’s voting, however rainy forecasts may temper election enthusiasm with 40-60 percent chance of rain over the weekend.
“The four-inch coconut had a Sura [Qur'anic verse] written in Arabic and was lying on the ground near the school, easy for the public to see,” said a source from Guraidhoo with knowledge of the incident.
As teams across Male’ work to decorate the city in party colours before the presidential elections, Minivan News learned about the motivations of these ‘volunteers’. Idealism and loyalty came high on the list, but financial gain appears as important for many.
Government officials have described the awards as an obligation, and in keeping with the improved financial capability of the state. The opposition has called the schemes a return to ‘patronage’.
The Maldives national football team put ten past Sri Lanka in their first game in the 2013 South Asian Football Federation championship yesterday. Captain Ali Ashfaq scored six, becoming the competition’s all-time top goalscorer.
Azra Naseem visits the Jumhoree Coalition in an attempt to learn about the party’s election manifesto.
“I could never do it on the world tour, I had to come to the Maldives and learn off these guys and as Kelly Slater said ‘I’m one of the best surfers but not a good competitor’ but that’s changing now,” said winner of the Four Seasons Surfing Champions competition Taylor Knox.
The Maldives national football team begins this year’s South Asian Football Federation championship this evening against Sri Lanka. Talismanic team captain Ali Ashfaq has urged fans to be the “12th player”.