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In Fiyoaree, Maldives, Leena wakes up every day just a little before sunrise for her morning prayer. She prepares breakfast for her family and gets her two children, 9-year-old Fathimah and 5-year-old Ahmed, ready for school, which starts at 7:30 a.m. Once she returns home, she tidies her house and takes care of the laundry, before she heads out to her parents’ farm, located 1.5 km away, to help water their vegetables. Approximately two hours later, Leena returns home to prepare lunch for her children.

 

The police took Maldives Independent journalists Hassan Mohamed and Hassan Moosa into “protective custody” on the island of Nilandhoo, Faafu Atoll, on Wednesday night after ruling party supporters threatened them with assault.

 

Just over a 100 kilometres south-west of Malé, rising up from the deep blue lagoon, are 26 islands forming the atoll formally known as Faafu. This beautiful reef structure, one of twenty such natural island chains in the Maldives archipelago, is roughly 30 kilometres long and 25 kilometres wide. Five of the atoll’s islands are inhabited. Of the rest, four are under the jurisdiction of the Tourism Ministry, five leased on varuvaa[1], and five under the atoll council.

 

Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz is due to visit the Maldives in early March during a five-nation Asian tour, the Saudi Gazette reported Monday.

 

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has urged India to ensure that free and fair elections take place in his country in 2018, as he prepares to contest polls again.

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has urged India to ensure that free and fair elections take place in his country in 2018, as he prepares to contest polls again.

 

The People’s Majlis approved Wednesday contentious legal changes to pave the way for individuals with criminal records to contest in April’s local council elections.

 

Disgruntled internet users are calling on telecoms companies for compensation after cyber attacks disrupted internet services across the Maldives for more than a week.

 

The anti-graft watchdog has dismissed corruption allegations against First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim’s charity, declaring legal the Sadaqat Foundation’s distribution of dates gifted by Saudi Arabia in its name. The Anti Corruption Commission said Tuesday that some 500 boxes of 50 tonnes of dates donated annually by the King of Saudi Arabia was given to the Sadaqat Foundation so that the dates “may be distributed more quickly”.

 

 

A school in Hulhumalé has recalled all of its textbooks in the wake of a controversy over pictures of churches and Roman Gods leading to accusations of promoting Christianity and paganism.

 
 

Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muiz has blamed the ousted Maldivian Democratic Party government for the high price and poor quality of flats built in Malé by a subsidiary of India’s Tata Group.

Flat winners under the MDP government’s Veshi Fahi Malé social housing programme were told earlier this month to either pay MVR2 million (US$130,000) upfront or obtain home loans with a down payment of at least MVR400,000 (US$25,940), a price out of reach for middle or low-income families.

 
 


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