Much like the Lebanese who continued to celebrate as bombs rained down on Beirut, heavy metal fans refused to cancel the show even as government hospitals declared a state of emergency.
A museum official said that a group of five to six men stormed into the building twice, “deliberately targeting the Buddhist relics and ruins of monasteries exhibited in the pre-Islamic collection, destroying most items “beyond repair”.
None of the nine passengers or crew were injured, and officials were unclear of the cause of the accident. An investigation is underway.
Qatar canceled flights to Male’ on Monday, after a flight last night was delayed an hour and 20 minutes in an ongoing payment dispute before GMR allowed it to depart “on compassionate grounds.”
“Unfortunately the Maldives was until recently a dictatorship, and maybe they still have some of the bad habits of a dictatorship,” New7Wonders Director, Jean-Paul de la Fuente, told South Korean media. The Maldives withdrew from the competition last year.
Tourist deaths – usually while snorkeling – are disproportionately higher among the Chinese, which now statistically accounts for the largest tourist market for the Maldives, compared to the traditional European market.
Sounds of Identity is a series of articles that look at Maldivian musicians and performing artists. The first in the series is a profile of the pioneering music movement in the Maldives Dinba Family.
The Maldives tuna industry’s dolphin-safe reputation is under threat after US-based environmental NGO Earth Island Institute (EII) has threatened to withdraw the ‘dolphin-safe’ label from the fisheries industry, in protest against a proposed dolphin lagoon in the Maldives.
The group to which the clerics belonged to remains “controversial” among the Muslim community and has been criticised even by the some local religious NGOs in the Maldives.