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Republic of Maldives
ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ޖުމްހޫރިއްޔާ

(Divehi Rājjey ge Jumhuriyyā)
Flag Coat of arms
AnthemQaumii salaam
"National Salute"

Capital Malé
Official language(s) Divehi (Mahl)
Ethnic groups (2001) ≈98% Mahls (Divehin)
≈2% Others (Foreign labourers)
Demonym Maldivian
Government Presidential republic
 -  President Mohamed Nasheed
 -  Vice President of Maldives Mohammed Waheed Hassan
 -  Speaker of the Majlis Abdulla Shahid
 -  Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed
Independent
 -  from United Kingdom 26 July 1965 
Area
 -  Total 298 km2 (206th)
115 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) negligible
Population
 -  2009 estimate 396,334[1] (176th1)
 -  2006 census 298,842[2] 
 -  Density 1,036.9/km2 (11th)
2,866.9/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2008 estimate
 -  Total $1.713 billion[3] 
 -  Per capita $4,967[3] 
GDP (nominal) 2008 estimate
 -  Total $1.261 billion[3] 
 -  Per capita $3,654[3] 
HDI (2007) 0.771[4] (medium) (95th)
Currency Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)
Time zone (UTC+5)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .mv
Calling code 960
.The Maldives (en-us-Maldives.ogg /ˈmɒldaɪvz/ or /ˈmɒldiːvz/), (Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ Dhivehi Raa'je) or Maldive Islands, officially Republic of Maldives, is an island country in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls stretching in a north-south direction off India's Lakshadweep islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago.^ The Maldives ( /ˈmɒldaɪvz/ ( help · info ) or /ˈmɒldiːvz/ ), Hindi : मालदीव ( Dhivehi : ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ Dhivehi Raa’j ) or Maldive Islands , officially the Republic of Maldives , is an island country consisting of a group of atolls stretching south of India 's Lakshadweep islands between Minicoy Island and the Chagos Archipelago , and about seven hundred kilometres (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea of Indian Ocean .
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^ Countries and territories bordering the Indian Ocean .
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^ Indian Ocean atolls .
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.It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about seven hundred kilometres (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka.^ The Maldives ( /ˈmɒldaɪvz/ ( help · info ) or /ˈmɒldiːvz/ ), Hindi : मालदीव ( Dhivehi : ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ Dhivehi Raa’j ) or Maldive Islands , officially the Republic of Maldives , is an island country consisting of a group of atolls stretching south of India 's Lakshadweep islands between Minicoy Island and the Chagos Archipelago , and about seven hundred kilometres (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea of Indian Ocean .
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^ They consist mainly of people from the neighbouring South Asian countries of India , Sri Lanka , Bangladesh and Nepal .
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.The atolls of Maldives encompass a territory spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making it one of the most disparate countries in the world.^ Nature has fragmented the archipelago into 1,190 tiny islands that occupy a mere one per cent of its 90,000 sq km territory.
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^ Of the thirteen genera common to both regions, not one is peculiarly Pacific; and the most characteristic Pacific forms, the Rhizostomae, were not found at all in the Maldives.
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^ Alfian Sa’at Brief Professional CV in Chinese 15malaysia.com: One Future Pitcairn Islands, the world's most remote politica...
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It features 1,192 islets, of which two hundred are inhabited.[5] .The Republic of Maldives's capital and largest city is Malé, with a population of 103,693 (2006).^ I am now in Male, capital of Republic of Maldives.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Republic of Maldives has a parliamentary style of government with a strong executive and, according to current estimates, a population of approximately 360,000.
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^ Main article: Demographics of the Maldives Malé , the capital of the Maldives.
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It is located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll, in the Kaafu Atoll. .It is also one of the Administrative divisions of the Maldives.^ Any one has open eye on Maldives for last 26 years, its obvious from every corner of Maldives, there is a big failure of administration.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Main article: Administrative divisions of the Maldives Sunset in the Maldives The Maldives has 7 provinces each consisting of the following administrative divisions (the capital Malé is its own administrative division): .
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^ The Maldives has twenty-six natural atolls and few island groups on isolated reefs, all of which have been divided into twenty-one administrative divisions (twenty administrative atolls and Malé city).
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Traditionally it was the King's Island, from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located.
.The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in both population and area.^ The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of both population and area; it is the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world.
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^ Maldives enjoy the highest GDP per capita $4,600 (2007 est) amongst south Asian countries excluding rich Persian Gulf countries.
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^ Maldives, as a non-Arab country with a generally liberal population can play a unique role in this and other debates that the Islamic world face these days.
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With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the lowest country on the planet.[6] .It is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 metres (7 ft 7 in).^ With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, [ 5 ] it is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 metres (7 ft 7 in).
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^ Today, nepotism and cronyism in the Maldives is the highest in any country in the world.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

[6]

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Etymology of "Maldives"

.The name "Maldives" may derive from ދިވެހިރާއްޖެމާލެ Maale Dhivehi Raajje ("The Island Kingdom [under the authority of] Malé"), the local name for the Maldives.^ See also: Names of Maldives The name "Maldives" may derive from Maale Dhivehi Raajje ("The Island Kingdom [under the authority of] Malé "), the local name for the Maldives.
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^ He studied the ancient mounds, called havitta or ustubu (these names are derived from chaitiya or stupa ) ( Dhivehi : ހަވިއްތަ ) by the Maldivians, which are found on many of the atolls.
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^ During the colonial era, the Dutch referred to the country as Maldivische Eilanden in their documentation, while "Maldive Island" is the anglicized version of the local name used by the British, which later came to be written as Maldives.
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.The island nation was synonymous with its capital "Malé" and sometimes called 'Mahaldeeb', and the people were called Maldivian 'Dhivehin'. The word Dheeb/Deeb (archaic Dhivehi, related to Sanskrit dvīp (द्वीप)) means 'island' and Dhives (Dhivehin) means 'islanders' (i.e., the Maldivians).^ Special Announcement Dear reform seeking people, I believe it is the duty of each and every Maldivian to seek reform and means to rid ourselves and fellow Maldivians from atrocities of Gayyoom, his family and followers.
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^ I have a feeling that The Maldivian and Dhivehi Observer is run by the same people.
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^ He studied the ancient mounds, called havitta or ustubu (these names are derived from chaitiya or stupa ) ( Dhivehi : ހަވިއްތަ ) by the Maldivians, which are found on many of the atolls.
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.During the colonial era, the Dutch referred to the country as Maldivische Eilanden in their documentation, while "Maldive Island" is the anglicized version of the local name used by the British, which later came to be written as Maldives.^ During the colonial era, the Dutch referred to the country as Maldivische Eilanden in their documentation, while "Maldive Island" is the anglicized version of the local name used by the British, which later came to be written as Maldives.
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^ The official name of the country was changed from Maldive Islands to the Maldives .
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^ Strewn across the equator in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives archipelago possesses an exceptionally unique geography as a small island country.
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[citation needed]
.The ancient Sri Lankan chronicle, the Mahawamsa refers to an island called Mahiladiva or 'Island of Women' (ंअहिलदिभ) in Pali.^ Later she had an affair with a Sri Lankan smuggler called Hanifa.
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The Mahawamsa is derived from an even older Sinhala work dating back to the 2nd century BC.[citation needed]
.Some scholars theorize that the name "Maldives" derives from the Sanskrit mālādvīpa (मालाद्वीप), meaning "garland of islands".[7] None of the names are mentioned in any literature, but classical Sanskrit texts dating back to the Vedic times mention the "Hundred Thousand Islands" (Lakshadweepa), a generic name which would include not only the Maldives, but also the Laccadives and the Chagos island groups.^ Terms of the walkout would be 1 - Calling the president to give his resignation date (before the end of year, or other specific time) within 2 weeks time.
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^ And in the same way a person with PhD and good work experience abroad but with none in Maldives, doesn't mean he is well suited for a high level job in Maldives.
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^ We need to get the people of the islands more actively involved in this process of bringing true democracy to the country, and the only means to reach them is by radio.
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[8]
.Some medieval Arab travelers such as Ibn Batuta called the islands "Mahal Dibiyat" (مهل دبيأت) from the Arabic word Mahal ("place").^ Some medieval Arab travelers such as Ibn Batuta called the islands "Mahal Dibiyat" from the Arabic word Mahal ("palace")."
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^ Obviously he would bring me to some overpriced place where he would collect a commission and also demand a higher taxi fare from me on the basis that he had travelled a longer way than what I had prepaid for.
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^ Great explorers and travelers such as Ibn Battuta, Zhenghe and Vasco da Gama visited Aden too.
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[9] This is the name currently inscribed in the scroll of the Maldive state emblem. The classical Yemeni name for Maldives is Dibajat.[10]
.Philostorgius, an Arian Greek historian who relates (circa AD 354) about a Divoeis (the Divaeans, pronounced Divians) hostage after fulfilling his mission to the Homerites, sailed to his island home known as "Divus" (Maldives).^ Philostorgius , an Arian Greek historian who relates (circa AD 354) about a Divoeis (the Divaeans, pronounced Divians) hostage after fulfilling his mission to the Homerites, sailed to his island home known as "Divus" (Maldives).
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^ According to the Mahavansa , one of the ships that sailed with Prince Vijaya who went to Sri Lanka around 500 BC, went adrift and arrived at an island called Mahiladvipika, which is the Maldives.
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^ From the 2nd century AD the islands were known as the ‘Money Isles’ by the Arabs who dominated the Indian ocean trade routes [ citation needed ] — The Maldives provided enormous quantities of cowry shells, an international currency of the early ages .
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[11] The current name 'Maldives' also might have come from the Sinhalese word මාල ඩිවඉන Maala Divaina, which means Necklace Islands, perhaps referring to the shape of the archipelago.[citation needed] Some sources say that the Tamil malai (மலை) or Malayalam mala (മല‌): "mountain(s)", and Sanskrit diva (दिव): "island", thus, "Mountain Islands".

Geography

Malhosmadulhu Atoll seen from space. "Fasdutere" and Southern Maalhosmadulhu Atoll can be seen in this picture
A view of an island in the Maldives.
Cross section of a coral reef in the Maldives.
.The Maldives consists of approximately 1,190 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making this one of the most disparate countries in the world.^ Maldives—a chain of 1190 small coral islands, grouped into 26 atolls A view of an island in the Maldives.
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^ The Maldives ( /ˈmɒldaɪvz/ ( help · info ) or /ˈmɒldiːvz/ ), Hindi : मालदीव ( Dhivehi : ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ Dhivehi Raa’j ) or Maldive Islands , officially the Republic of Maldives , is an island country consisting of a group of atolls stretching south of India 's Lakshadweep islands between Minicoy Island and the Chagos Archipelago , and about seven hundred kilometres (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea of Indian Ocean .
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^ Nature has fragmented the archipelago into 1,190 tiny islands that occupy a mere one per cent of its 90,000 sq km territory.
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.The atolls are composed of live coral reefs and sand bars, situated atop a submarine ridge 960 kilometers long that rises abruptly from the depths of the Indian Ocean and runs from north to south.^ The islands themselves extend from 8• north to 1• south latitude; and the long axis of the group nearly coincides with the 73d meridian of east longitude.
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^ Is this how the people of the so-called "Tropical Paradise" of the Indian Ocean have to live?.
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.Only near the southern end of this natural coral barricade do two open passages permit safe ship navigation from one side of the Indian Ocean to the other through the territorial waters of Maldives.^ The TV Maldives, is only interviewing ignorant Maldivians or who are on the Government, side who get a good benefit from the Cronies in one way or the other Bye for now and I will keep on writing as soon as I get another chance.
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^ No other chymiferous vessels open into this enlarged cavity, except that it usually anastomoses with the neighboring radial canal on either side.
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^ One in five people living today does not have access to safe drinking water, and half the world's population does not have adequate sanitation.
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.For administrative purposes the Maldives government organized these atolls into twenty one administrative divisions.^ The Maldives has twenty-six natural atolls and few island groups on isolated reefs, all of which have been divided into twenty-one administrative divisions (twenty administrative atolls and Malé city).
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^ One of these is broad, short, and runs to the otocyst the other two form a horseshoe, embracing the otocyst, and run into the two marginal papillae, near the outer edges.
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^ As there are certain islands in different atolls that have the same name, for administrative purposes this code is quoted before the name of the island, for example: Baa Funadhoo, Kaafu Funadhoo, Gaafu-Alifu Funadhoo.
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.The largest island of Maldives is Gan, which belongs to Laamu Atoll or Hahdhummathi Maldives.^ The twenty-six atolls of Maldives encompass a territory featuring 1,192 islets , of which two hundred islands are inhabited.
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^ Maldives—a chain of 1190 small coral islands, grouped into 26 atolls A view of an island in the Maldives.
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^ The largest monuments of the Buddhist era are in the islands fringing the eastern side of Haddhunmathi Atoll.¡± Maldives does not promote mass tourism.
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.In Addu Atoll the westernmost islands are connected by roads over the reef and the total length of the road is 14 km (9 mi).^ The Maldives has twenty-six natural atolls and few island groups on isolated reefs, all of which have been divided into twenty-one administrative divisions (twenty administrative atolls and Malé city).
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[citation needed]
.The Maldives is the lowest country in the world, with a maximum natural ground level of only 2.3 metres (7 ft 7 in), with the average being only 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, although in areas where construction exists, this has been increased to several metres.^ With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, [ 5 ] it is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 metres (7 ft 7 in).
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^ A whale shark in the Maldives, one of many animals that inhabit the reefs that make up the country Main article: Geography of the Maldives See also: Atolls of the Maldives and List of islands of the Maldives The Maldives holds the record for being the lowest country in the world, with a maximum natural ground level of only 2.3 m (7½ ft) with the average being only 1.5 m above sea level, though in areas where construction exists this has been increased to several metres.
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^ Wikinews has related news: Maldives to become the world's first carbon-neutral country .
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.The reef is composed of coral debris and living coral.^ The reef is composed of coral debris and living coral.
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This acts as a natural barrier against the sea, forming lagoons. .Other islands, set at a distance and parallel to the reef, have their own protective fringe of reef.^ Other islands, set at a distance and parallel to the reef, have their own protective fringe of reef.
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^ About 2 years ago they were all using their own community gen-sets to provide electricity to the island.
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^ The barrier reefs of the islands protect them from the storms and high waves of the Indian Ocean.
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.An opening in the surrounding coral barrier allows access to the calmer lagoon waters.^ Science, March, 1901), allows free access to the water on all sides, and strong currents sweep through the passages and lagoons in all directions.
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The barrier reefs of the islands protect them from the storms and high waves of the Indian Ocean.[citation needed]
A whale shark in the Maldives, one of many animals that inhabit the reefs that make up the whole country
A layer of humus 15 centimetres (6 in) thick forms the top layer of soil on the islands. .Below the humus layer are 60 centimetres (2 ft) of sandstone, followed by sand and then fresh water.^ Below the humus layer are two feet of sandstone, followed by sand and then fresh water.
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.Due to high levels of salt in the soil near the beach, vegetation is limited there to a few plants such as shrubs, flowering plants, and small hedges.^ Due to high levels of salt in the soil near the beach, vegetation is limited there to a few plants such as shrubs, flowering plants, and small hedges.
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^ The Internet was widely present and used within the capital, but there was limited Internet availability in outlying atolls due to infrastructure constraints.
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^ Local NGOs claimed in 2005 that there were thousands of persons with disabilities due to high levels of malnutrition during pregnancy.
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In the interior of the island, more vegetation such as mangrove and banyan grow. .Coconut palms, the national tree, are able to grow almost everywhere on the islands and are integral to the lifestyle of the population.^ Coconut palms, the national tree, are able to grow almost everywhere on the islands and are integral to the lifestyle of the natives.
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[citation needed]
The limited vegetation and land wildlife is supplemented by the abundance of marine life. .The waters around the Maldives are abundant in rare species of biological and commercial value, with tuna fisheries being traditionally one of the main commercial resources of the country.^ Traditionally, instead of a complex caste system, like the Vedic one, there was merely a distinction between noble (bēfulhu) and common people in the Maldives.
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^ She is being taken around Male', and asking her, about the development of Maldives.
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^ A species of Aglaura apparently identical with the Aglaura prismatica of Maas was one of the most abundant Medusae in the tow.
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.The Maldives have an amazing diversity of sea life, with corals and over 2,000 species of fish, ranging from reef fish to reef sharks, moray eels, and a wide variety of rays: Manta rays; Stingray; and Eagle ray.^ Infact, I was just looking for pictures of the Maldives, information on scuba diving, coral reefs etc.
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^ The Maldive islands form in every respect a typical tropical coral reef region, and a comparison of their Medusa fauna with that of similar regions in the Pacific and Atlantic is therefore of interest.
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The Maldivian waters are also home for the whale shark.[citation needed]

Climate

Sunset in the Maldives
.The Indian Ocean has a great effect on the climate of the country by acting as a heat buffer, absorbing, storing, and slowly releasing the tropical heat.^ Dr Munavvar and Suood have served the country to a great extent and you have no right to harm them simply because they act professionally in serving the Maldivian community.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The occurrence of Dipurena in the Indian Ocean is of interest, since this genus has never been taken in the tropical Pacific, though in the tropical Atlantic and Mediterranean it is represented by numerous species.
  • Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 20 September 2009 10:010 UTC www.mbl.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Is this how the people of the so-called "Tropical Paradise" of the Indian Ocean have to live?.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.The temperature of Maldives ranges between 24 °C (75 °F) and 33 °C (91 °F) throughout the year.^ Yameen & Hameed .Co Maldives - Friday, August 20, 2004 at 07:33:24 (MDT) .
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Although the humidity is relatively high, the constant cool sea breezes keep the air moving and the heat mitigated.^ The heat is further mitigated by cool sea breezes.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[citation needed]
.The weather in the Maldives is affected by the large landmass of South Asia to the north.^ The Maldives is the richest country in South Asia and hence the larger middle class.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Meanwhile, in a smaller place in South-east Asia, Maldives, another kind of 'Olympics' was in full swing.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

The presence of this landmass causes differential heating of land and water. .These factors set off a rush of moisture-rich air from the Indian Ocean over the South Asia, resulting in the southwest monsoon.^ Local and foreign trading ships used to load these products in Sri Lanka and transport them to other harbors in the Indian Ocean.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Two seasons dominate Maldives' weather: the dry season associated with the winter northeast monsoon and the rainy season brought the end of April to the end of October and brings strong winds and storms.^ The best days of Maldives are ahead of us and soon we will bring this regime to end.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

The shift from the moist southwest monsoon to the dry northeast monsoon occurs during October and November. .During this period, the northeast winds contribute to the formation of the northeast monsoon, which reaches Maldives in the beginning of December and lasts until the end of March.^ It was during this period, that the culture of the Maldives, as we know it now, flourished and developed.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Humour Last year when "Ibulees" was on a promotional tour in SAARC region and visited Maldives towards the end of the tour.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I have known until end of last year) .............its better not to talk about the corruption on STO ......
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.However, the weather patterns of Maldives do not always conform to the monsoon patterns of South Asia.^ The Maldives is the richest country in South Asia and hence the larger middle class.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Meanwhile, in a smaller place in South-east Asia, Maldives, another kind of 'Olympics' was in full swing.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

The annual rainfall averages 2,540 millimeters in the north and 3,810 millimeters in the south.[citation needed]
Climate data for Maldives
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 32
(90)
32
(90)
33
(91)
37
(99)
37
(99)
34
(93)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
33
(91)
33
(91)
32
(90)
37
(99)
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
29
(84)
30
(86)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
30
(86)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
24
(75)
25
(77)
27
(81)
26
(79)
25
(77)
24
(75)
25
(77)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
23
(73)
25
(77)
Record low °C (°F) 17
(63)
17
(63)
22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
21
(70)
21
(70)
22
(72)
21
(70)
20
(68)
21
(70)
17
(63)
Precipitation mm (inches) 46
(1.81)
18
(0.71)
23
(0.91)
58
(2.28)
178
(7.01)
295
(11.61)
226
(8.9)
198
(7.8)
160
(6.3)
185
(7.28)
140
(5.51)
86
(3.39)
1,613
(63.5)
Source: BBC Weather[12] 2009-12-10

Environmental issues

.Over the last century, sea levels have risen about 20 centimetres (8 in);[13][14] further rises of the ocean could threaten the existence of Maldives, being the lowest country in the world, with a maximum natural ground level of only 2.3 metres (7 ft 7 in), with the average being only 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level.^ The sea level is rising.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Extremist Male, K Maldives - Sunday, August 01, 2004 at 13:51:20 (MDT) .
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Aiminath Lahufa Adam Male', Maldives - Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at 20:05:14 (MDT) Well Lahufa has finally spoken just like a Mullah!
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

However, around 1970, the sea level there dropped 20–30 centimetres (8–12 in).[15] .In November 2008, President Mohamed Nasheed announced plans to look into purchasing new land in India, Sri Lanka, and Australia, due to his concerns about global warming and the possibility of much of the islands being inundated with water from rising sea levels.^ The sea level is rising.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The global imperative is to ensure that at least 95 percent of human beings have safe water and sanitation by 2025 (World Water Council 1999).
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ India Today, a prominent weekly news magazine, had a recent special cover story about an annual survey on sex among married urban couples in India.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.Current estimates place sea level rise at 59 centimetres (23 in) by 2100. The purchase of land will be made from a fund generated by tourism.^ The sea level is rising.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

[16] The President has explained his intentions:
"We do not want to leave the Maldives, but we also do not want to be climate refugees living in tents for decades".[17]
.A tsunami in the Indian Ocean caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake caused serious damage to the socioeconomic infrastructure which left many people homeless, and irreversible damage to the environment.^ If you arrange for a bank account or something many people would be willing to contribute to this cause.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Is this how the people of the so-called "Tropical Paradise" of the Indian Ocean have to live?.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I have known people who have discarded many articles , 'cause they are too long to read.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

After the disaster, cartographers are planning to redraw the maps of the islands due to alterations caused by the tsunami.[citation needed]
.On 22 April 2008, then Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom pleaded for a cut in global greenhouse gas emissions, warning that rising sea levels could submerge the island nation of Maldives.^ The sea level is rising.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Another question that would have been very timely for the BBC to ask H. E. President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I'm confused now, I thought Maumoon is the President of Maldives but a name called Yameen is been used through..
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

[18] In 2009, subsequent president Mohamed Nasheed pledged to make the Maldives carbon-neutral within a decade by moving to solar and wind power.[19] .Most recently, President Nasheed held the world's first underwater cabinet meeting on October 17, 2009 to raise awareness of threats from climate change to low-lying nations such as the Maldives.^ But ofcourse this is not the first time he lied to the people of Maldives and to the international world.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world."
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

[20]

History

.Comparative studies of Maldivian oral, linguistic and cultural traditions and customs confirm that the first settlers were Dravidian people[21] from Kerala in the Sangam period (300 BCE – 300 CE), most probably fishermen from the southwest coasts of what is now the south of the Indian Subcontinent and the western shores of Sri Lanka.^ I am now in Goa on the western coast of India.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Dear 'for the people by the people' Let me first address a few assumptions you make about the Western world.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Less than 12 hours later, Indian paratroopers arrived on Hulele, causing some of the mercenaries to flee toward Sri Lanka in their freighter.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.One such community is the Giraavaru people descended from ancient Tamils.^ There is not ONE such state - that cares for the people - on the planet.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This is a major human tragedy; provision of such services to all people should be one of the highest priorities of all governments.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.They are mentioned in ancient legends and local folklore about the establishment of the capital and kingly rule in Malé.^ Ask any expatriate in the Maldives, what is the strict instruction for them from the Government about not to get involved in the local politics, Simply they are being intimidated from the 1st entry in to the Maldives.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They collect taxes (yes, called "donations") from local businesses and as mentioned earlier, dispense justice, albeit rough and sometimes unfair ones.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.They are considered to be the earliest community of settlers on the islands.^ About 2 years ago they were all using their own community gen-sets to provide electricity to the island.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.A strong underlying layer of Tamil population and culture is present in Maldivian society, with a clear Tamil-Malayalam substratum in the language, which also appears in place names, kin terms, poetry, dance, and religious beliefs.^ From the narratives of the Fareed brothers, the protagonists of the houses of Athireege and Velaanaage to the present momentum for change, to name a few, appear to succumb to the same gaping hole.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In the pursuit of the free, prosperous and strong Maldives, he/she will preserve the Maldivian culture and 'progressively protect and promote' the faith of Islam.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I would like to see a more just society with freedom of expression and religious beliefs for all as long as it does not infringe in anyway the rights of the majority.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

Keralan sea faring led to Tamil settling of the Laccadives, and the Maldives were evidently viewed as an extension of the archipelago. Some argue that Gujaratis also were an early layer of migration. Seafaring from Gujarat began during the Indus valley civilization. The Jatakas and Puranas show abundant evidence of this maritime trade. Another early settlers might have been from Southeast Asia.[22] .The arrival of Sinhalese, who were descended from the exiled Kalinga (India) Prince Vijaya (Vijaya was a Banga or Bengal Prince whose maternal ancestor was Kalinga) and his party of several hundred, in the Maldives occurred between 543 to 483 BCE. They were made to leave their native regions of Orissa and the Sinhapura kingdom in north west India.^ Are you aware of Air Maldives case, and what happened to the criminals who misused hundreds and millions of dollars?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Many plantation workers belong to the 5 million strong "Tea Garden Tribes", descendants of indentured workers from the Adivasi (tribal) regions of Central India .
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ According to Wikipedia, ¡°although the mercenaries quickly gained the nearby airport on Hulule, they failed to capture President Gayoom, who fled from house to house and asked for military intervention from India, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.According to the Mahavansa, one of the ships that sailed with Prince Vijaya who went to Sri Lanka around 500 BC, went adrift and arrived at an island called Mahiladvipika, which is the Maldives.^ One year later the Suvadive republic was scrapped and Abdulla Afif went into exile to the Seychelles, where he died recently.¡± Since full independence from the UK, Maldives had experienced a few attempted coup d¡¯etats, including one organized by two Sri Lanka-based businessmen who engaged Tamil mercenaries to invade Male¡¯.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It is with great sadness that we note that the dogs who welcomed our guests at the airport have been sent back to Sri Lanka because the authorities in Male have decided that the dogs are mad.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ EU must also act soon to stabilize the Maldives political conflict before it got any worse and should assist to unrest the political prisoners who are getting unfair torture in Gayyoom's prison so called infamous "Dhoonidhoo Island" of Maldivian.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.It is also said that at that time the people from Mahiladvipika used to travel to Sri Lanka.^ I don't mind even if you don't update the site, use the time to help the people to escape from Maumoon.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Don't under any circumstance let Gayyoom get away like this, he has said last time that if a riot takes place like this gain he would not hesitate in using force?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Wait and see end of this school year all most all able people will send their children's to Sri Lanka, India and Australia or New Zealand.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Their settlement in Sri Lanka and some of the Maldives marks a significant change in demographics and the development of the Indo-Aryan language Dhivehi.There are some signs of Arab and east Asian inhabitants mostly in southernmost atolls.^ On more than one occasion, other tourists have watched us communicating in broken Spanish, bewildered by the sight of an East Asian speaking with an Arab in Spanish.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If and when change does come I hope we will continue down the same moderate path, there are some points where Gayyoom got it right and I believe this is one.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Less than 12 hours later, Indian paratroopers arrived on Hulele, causing some of the mercenaries to flee toward Sri Lanka in their freighter.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

[citation needed]
.Buddhism came to the Maldives at the time of Emperor Ashoka's expansion and became the dominant religion of the people of the Maldives until the 12th century AD. The ancient Maldivian Kings promoted Buddhism and the first Maldive writings and artistic achievements in the form of highly developed sculpture and architecture are from that period.^ Have we ever had a government formed to look after the people of Maldives?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But ofcourse this is not the first time he lied to the people of Maldives and to the international world.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Buddhism became the dominant religion in the Maldives and enjoyed royal patronage for many centuries, probably as long as over one thousand and four hundred years.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

Isdhoo Lōmāfānu is the oldest copper-plate book to have been discovered in the Maldives to date. The book was written in AD 1194 (590 AH) in Evēla form of the Divehi akuru with the exception of the first plate, during the reign of Siri Fennaadheettha Mahaa Radun (Dhinei Kalaminja). .Tusites Maakri, the god of war in Maldivian mythology was said to overtake any leader that may have done wrongful deeds while wearing the crown.^ Ladies and gentlemen the time has come Just do what we have to do and lets do it on the 16th of August May god bless This beautiful country and peace loving Maldivians.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You may be wrong, because eye witness a reliable informer said the wound is very serious.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Just do what we have to do and lets do it on the 16th of August May god bless This beautiful country and peace loving Maldivians.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.First archaeological study of the remains of early cultures on the Maldives began with the work of H.C.P. Bell, a British commissioner of the Ceylon Civil Service.^ Serious studies on the archaeological remains of the Maldives began with the work of H. C. P. Bell, a British commissioner of the Ceylon Civil Service.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ These stupas and other archaeological remains, like foundations of Buddhist buildings Vihara, compound walls and stone baths, are found on many islands of the Maldives.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Maldives remained a British crown protectorate until 1953 when the sultanate was suspended and the First Republic was declared under the short-lived presidency of Muhammad Amin Didi.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.Bell was shipwrecked on the islands in 1879, and returned several times to investigate ancient Buddhist ruins.^ Bell was shipwrecked on the islands in 1879, and he returned several times to investigate ancient Buddhist ruins.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We have complained several times, about the situation in the islands to the puppet commissioner of elections but he simply ignored us after lying to us saying that he will look into it.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ BTW, the museum, which has little explanatory captions, display some Buddhist artifacts and photos of ruined stupas on some outer atoll islands.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.He studied the ancient mounds, called havitta or ustubu (these names are derived from chaitiya or stupa) (Dhivehi: ހަވިއްތަ) by the Maldivians, which are found on many of the atolls.^ The ancient Buddhist stupas are called "havitta", "hatteli" or "ustubu" by the Maldivians according to the different atolls.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ These stupas and other archaeological remains, like foundations of Buddhist buildings Vihara, compound walls and stone baths, are found on many islands of the Maldives.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.Although Bell asserted that the ancient Maldivians followed Theravada Buddhism, many local Buddhist archaeological remains now in the Malé Museum display in fact Mahayana and Vajrayana iconography.^ Practically all archaeological remains in the Maldives are from Buddhist stupas and monasteries, and all artifacts found to date display characteristic Buddhist iconography.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Bell was shipwrecked on the islands in 1879, and he returned several times to investigate ancient Buddhist ruins.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The ancient Buddhist stupas are called "havitta", "hatteli" or "ustubu" by the Maldivians according to the different atolls.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.In the early 11th century the Minicoy and Thiladhunmathi also possibaly other northern Atolls was conquered by the medieval Chola Tamil emperor Raja Raja Chola I, becoming a part of the Chola empire.^ Buddhist remains have been also found in Minicoy Island, then part of the Maldive Kingdom, by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), in the latter half of the 20th century.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

Illustration which appeared in an article in The Graphic depicts veranda sing (Fendaamathi Undholi) of royal palace, by the Englishman CW Rosett. He visited Maldives on 25 October, 1885 and stayed in Malé, his purpose was to exhibit his findings at the Colonial and Indian exhibition.
.According to a legend from the Maldivian Folklore, in the early 12th century AD a medieval prince named Koimala nobleman of the Lion Race from Ceylon, sailed to Rasgetheemu island (literally King's Town) in North Maalhosmadulu Atoll and from there to Malé and established a kingdom there.^ Following the Islamic concept that before Islam there was the time of Jahiliya (ignorance), in the history books used by Maldivians the introduction of Islam at the end of the 12th century is considered the cornerstone of the country's history.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Ahom kingdom lasted till early 19 th century when it was invaded by the Burmese and suffered terribly during the Burmese occupation when one third of the population perished.
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^ The ancient Buddhist stupas are called "havitta", "hatteli" or "ustubu" by the Maldivians according to the different atolls.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

By then, the Aadeetta (Sun) Dynasty had for sometime ceased to rule in Malé, possibly due to invasions by the Cholas of Southern India in the Tenth Century. The indigenous people in Malé Atoll, the Giraavaru invited Koimala to Malé and permitted him to be proclaimed king. Koimala Kalou (Lord Koimala) reigned as King Maanaabarana, was a king of the Homa (Lunar) Dynasty, which some historians call House of Theemuge. Since Koimala's reign, the Maldive throne was also known as the Singaasana (Lion Throne).[23] Before then, and in some situations since, it was also known as the Saridhaaleys (Ivory Throne).[24] Some Historians accredit Koimala of freeing the Maldives from Tamil Chola rule.
Queen Siri Raadha Abaarana Mahaa Rehendhi (Sultana Khadija), a 14th century queen and her husband Mohamed El-Jameel giving an audience. .The drawing is allegedly based on the writings of the fourteenth Century Moorish traveller Ibn Batuta, who on visiting Maldives was invited to stay as the Chief Justice (1347–1349).^ Is it really the President who invited UN to Maldives on this 'fact finding mission?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Great explorers and travelers such as Ibn Battuta, Zhenghe and Vasco da Gama visited Aden too.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I find in the statistics book of Maldives, number of people who has PC in atolls and Male', number of people employed by locality, countries most visited by Maldives and their reasons.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.For annotated selections from his writings, see Travels of Ibn Battuta (tr.^ Great explorers and travelers such as Ibn Battuta, Zhenghe and Vasco da Gama visited Aden too.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

by H. A. R. Gibb, 3 vol., rev. ed. 1958–71)
.Several foreign travellers, mainly Arabs, had written about a kingdom over the Maldives ruled by a queen.^ And yet the Maldivian language, the first Maldive scripts, the architecture, the ruling institutions, the customs and manners of the Maldivians originated at the time when the Maldives were a Buddhist Kingdom.
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This kingdom pre-dated Koimala's reign. .al-Idrisi referring to the writings of earlier writers mentions the name of one of the queens.^ They collect taxes (yes, called "donations") from local businesses and as mentioned earlier, dispense justice, albeit rough and sometimes unfair ones.
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Her name was Damahaar. She was a member of the Aadeetta (Sun) dynasty. The Homa (Lunar) dynasty sovereigns inter-married with the Aaditta (Sun) Dynasty. This was why the formal titles of Maldive kings until 1968 contained references to "kula sudha ira" which meant "descended from the Moon and the Sun". No official records exist of the Aadeetta dynasty's reign.[24]
.The conversion to Islam is mentioned in the ancient edicts written in copper plates from the end of the 12th century AD. There is also a locally well-known legend about a foreign saint (a Persian from the city of Tabriz or a Moroccan Berber according to the versions) who subdued a demon known as Rannamaari.^ Well at least there are many who are honest in NSS. Perhaps the majority!!!
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^ Following the Islamic concept that before Islam there was the time of Jahiliya (ignorance), in the history books used by Maldivians the introduction of Islam at the end of the 12th century is considered the cornerstone of the country's history.
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^ Don't you have any regard for the well-being of the average Maldivian who cannot either afford to live abroad or do not want to seek asylum in foreign soils by selling lies about the state of affairs here to their media?
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Dhovemi Kalaminja who succeeded Koimala converted to Islam in the year AD 1153.
.Over the centuries, the islands have been visited and their development influenced by sailors and traders from countries on the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.^ For centuries both Male and Female have been equally participating in the development and governing of the country an doing the fishing and woman doing the cooking.
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^ I watched sunset by the shores of Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin), also the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent, which as the Indians called it, "the meeting place of three oceans – Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal".
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^ Both countries are already major trader partners and most of the trade is currently via the sea instead of through their common frontiers.
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In 1953, there was a brief, abortive attempt to form a republic, but the sultanate was re-imposed. .In 1959, objecting to Nasir's centralism, the inhabitants of the three southernmost atolls protested against the government.^ Does this mean that you personally believe that if there is a protest against the government, the crowd should incite violence?
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^ The short-lived state (1959-63), called the United Suvadive Republic, had a combined population of 20,000 inhabitants scattered in the southernmost atolls Huvadu, Addu and Fua Mulaku.
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^ If this is illegal, so was all the protest against Nasir which he organized!!!
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.They formed the United Suvadive Republic and elected Abdullah Afeef as president and Hithadhoo as capital of this republic.^ This group cut ties with the Maldives government and formed an independent state with Abdullah Afif as president.
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^ They elected me as their sole candidate in the field of four candidates who presented their credentials to become the President.
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^ This was the old capital of the former Marxist People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, or South Yemen, which merged with North Yemen in 1990 to form the Republic of Yemen of today.
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Although governed as an independent Islamic sultanate from 1153 to 1968, the Maldives was a British protectorate from 1887 until 25 July 1965.

Independence

.The agreement giving the Maldives full political independence was signed on behalf of His Majesty the Sultan by Ibrahim Nasir Rannabandeyri Kilegefan, Prime Minister and on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen by Sir Michael Walker British Ambassador designate to the Maldive Islands.^ Please write to President of USA, Prime Minister of UK, The Queen and the President and the Prime Minister of India and other world leader to please look in to this matter.
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^ The city centre, which could well be considered prime real estate elsewhere, was full of buildings with sign boards saying " Unsafe Building – No Entry".
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^ Ironically, this also led to political consciousness and the aspiration not only for republicanism but also for union with an India independent from the British Empire.
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.The Ceremony took place at the British High Commissioner's Residence in Colombo on 26 July 1965. After independence from Britain in 1965, the sultanate continued to operate for another three years under King Muhammad Fareed Didi.^ The British Empire forces were besieged in Imphal, Manipur, while pitch battles took place in Kohima, Nagaland.
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^ Maldives remained a British crown protectorate until 1953 when the sultanate was suspended and the First Republic was declared under the short-lived presidency of Muhammad Amin Didi.
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^ This year, the festival was officially opened by the British Deputy High Commissioner for Eastern India, and many diplomats and other dignitaries also graced the occasion.
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.On 11 November 1968, the monarchy was abolished and replaced by a republic under the presidency of Ibrahim Nasir, although this was a cosmetic change without any significant alteration in the structures of government.^ There is no Law and order in this country since, Gayyoom took over from President Ibrahim Nasir.
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^ The President never would want a reform he is under pressure from the international authorities and he is forced to talk all big about reforms and bringing changes to the nation.
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^ Ahmed Zahir (Seenaa) thought he was a lawyer and tried very hard to pretend as a lawyer, but president Nasir's government did not recognize this.
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.The official name of the country was changed from Maldive Islands to the Maldives.^ Republic of Whatever, that's what our country's name should be changed to.
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Tourism began to be developed on the archipelago by the beginning of the 1970s.
.However, political infighting during the '70s between President Nasir's faction and other popular political figures led to the 1975 arrest and exile of elected prime minister Ahmed Zaki to a remote atoll.^ Guess who are the other most popular figures in Yemen?
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^ Please write to President of USA, Prime Minister of UK, The Queen and the President and the Prime Minister of India and other world leader to please look in to this matter.
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^ An Indian newspaper reported: "One of the first to greet the party president was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who drove to her house early in the morning.
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Economic decline followed the closure of the British airfield at Gan and the collapse of the market for dried fish, an important export. .With support for his administration faltering, Nasir fled to Singapore in 1978, allegedly with millions of dollars from the treasury.^ Millions of dollars from the countries treasury were used to his propagandas against his own people and the rest is stashed for safe in foreign bank accounts.
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.Maumoon Abdul Gayoom began a 30-year role as President in 1978, winning six consecutive elections without opposition.^ "A democracy isn't a dictatorship and in a democracy presidents are elected, not selected, If this year is going to be remembered for anything, it will be for the final, definite and unshakable confirmation of dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom as the man who is leading Maldives to a total devastation!
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^ Another question that would have been very timely for the BBC to ask H. E. President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom.
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^ As we all know our beloved president , Mr. Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom, has taken the best education that anyone at that time could take.
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His election was seen as ushering in a period of political stability and economic development in view of Gayoom's priority to develop the poorer islands. .Tourism flourished and increased foreign contact spurred development in the islands.^ No individual should be allowed to lease any island for tourism development.
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However, his rule is controversial, with some critics saying Gayoom was an autocrat who quelled dissent by limiting freedoms and political favoritism.[25]
.A series of coup attempts (in 1980, 1983, and 1988) by Nasir supporters and business interests tried to topple the government without success.^ He first tried to marry into a rich family, dating the daughters of the rich and powerful, without much success.
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^ Ahmed Zahir (Seenaa) thought he was a lawyer and tried very hard to pretend as a lawyer, but president Nasir's government did not recognize this.
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.While the first two attempts met with little success, the 1988 coup attempt involved a roughly 200-person force of the PLOTE Tamil militant group who seized the airport and caused Gayoom to flee from house to house until the intervention of 1600 Indian troops airlifted into Malé restored order.^ One year later the Suvadive republic was scrapped and Abdulla Afif went into exile to the Seychelles, where he died recently.¡± Since full independence from the UK, Maldives had experienced a few attempted coup d¡¯etats, including one organized by two Sri Lanka-based businessmen who engaged Tamil mercenaries to invade Male¡¯.
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^ An Indian newspaper reported: "One of the first to greet the party president was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who drove to her house early in the morning.
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^ According to Wikipedia, ¡°although the mercenaries quickly gained the nearby airport on Hulule, they failed to capture President Gayoom, who fled from house to house and asked for military intervention from India, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
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.In November 1988, a group of Maldivians headed by Muhammadu Ibrahim Lutfee, a small time businessman, used Tamil mercenaries from Sri Lanka to stage a coup against President Gayoom.^ "He [Sobir] explained that the authorities were concerned that the demonstration was perceived as the start of a Islamic revolution or coup against the government of President Gayyoom, so it had to be dealt with firmly."
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^ Since long time a go I have realized that the Maldivians are not free from this group of people led by Mr. Gayyoom.
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^ Less than 12 hours later, Indian paratroopers arrived on Hulele, causing some of the mercenaries to flee toward Sri Lanka in their freighter.
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.After an appeal by the Maldivian government for help, the Indian military intervened against the mercenaries in order to reinstate Gayoom in power.^ The Indian Government should intervene.
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^ The media is involved with high treason against the people, helps the corrupt government officials, Ministers and thugs working for the government to hide their criminal activities against the people of Maldives.
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^ At least the Indian Government should intervene and force the Maldivian regime to conduct its affairs according to her constitution.
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On the night of 3 November 1988, the Indian Air Force airlifted a parachute battalion group from Agra and flew them non-stop over 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) to the Maldives. The Indian paratroopers landed at Hulule and secured the airfield and restored the Government rule at Malé within hours. The brief, bloodless operation, labelled Operation Cactus, also involved the Indian Navy.

2004 Tsunami

People in Malé removing sand bags from a nearby construction site, to be used as a barrier to protect their homes from the flood, shortly after being hit by the tsunami generated by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake
.On 26 December 2004, following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, the Maldives were devastated by a tsunami.^ The following day, I proceeded westwards where the sun sets, to Maldives in the Indian Ocean and then subsequently to Yemen in the Middle East.
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Only nine islands were reported to have escaped any flooding,[citation needed] while fifty-seven islands faced serious damage to critical infrastructure, fourteen islands had to be totally evacuated, and six islands were decimated. A further twenty-one resort islands were forced to shut down due to serious damage. .The total damage was estimated at over 400 million dollars or some 62% of the GDP.[citation needed] A total of 108 people, including six foreigners, reportedly died in the tsunami.^ In ADB's DMCs, an estimated 737 million people in rural areas and 93 million in urban areas still have no access to safe drinking water.
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^ Nineteen people reportedly died in the fighting, and several taken hostage also died.
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^ Millions of dollars from the countries treasury were used to his propagandas against his own people and the rest is stashed for safe in foreign bank accounts.
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[25] .The destructive impact of the waves on the low-lying islands was mitigated by the fact there was no continental shelf or land mass upon which the waves could gain height.^ There's no point as this cheap guy tells lies in day light and foils it rather nicely, infect he cannot be counted among normal human characters.
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^ There would be no difference if the said committee consists of 5, 10, or 50 members, or for that matter it could very well have been Gayyoom alone.
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^ If these kinds of schmucks are there to run atolls, need no mention of what will happen to innocent mass.
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The tallest waves were reported 14 feet (4.3 m) high.[citation needed]

Multi-party democracy

.Violent protests in 2004 and 2005 led to a series of reforms by President Gayoom to legalize political parties and improve the democratic process.^ The "ruling party" is openly opposing change and so there is no way that the president can go ahead with any reform agenda which reduces his or his family's power.
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^ Agree, an Anti democrats like President has no place in our society, and we will never give up the rally for democratic reform.
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.Multi-party, multi-candidate elections were held on 9 October 2008, with 5 candidates running against incumbent Gayoom.^ One party, one candidate election.
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A 28 October runoff election between Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed as the Presidential Candidate, a former journalist and political prisoner who is a staunch critic of the Gayoom regime, resulted in a 54-percent majority for Nasheed and his vice-president candidate Dr. Waheed. In a speech prior to handing over power to his successor on 11 November 2008, Gayoom said: "I deeply regret any actions on my part ... (that) led to unfair treatment, difficulty or injustice for any Maldivian." At the time, Gayoom was the longest serving leader of any Asian nation.[25]
Mohamed Nasheed became the first President to be elected by a multi-party democracy in the Maldives, and Dr. Waheed was the first elected Vice President in the Maldives. Their election victory ended the 30 year rule of President Gayoom.
.The new government of President Nasheed faces restoring the islands and economy after the 2004 tsunami, addressing concerns for the effect of global warming on the future of the islands, unemployment, government corruption, and increasing drug use, especially among youth.^ "He [Sobir] explained that the authorities were concerned that the demonstration was perceived as the start of a Islamic revolution or coup against the government of President Gayyoom, so it had to be dealt with firmly."
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^ The new PM of Singapore was delighted to see this report of abuse by the government using Singapore as it as a base.
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^ BREAKING NEWS: In the next one or two days the Government will ban www.proxify.com which is used by lots of Maldivians to read DO .
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.On 10 November 2008, Nasheed announced an intent to create a sovereign wealth fund with money earned from tourism that could be used to purchase land elsewhere for the Maldives people to relocate should rising sea levels due to climate change inundate the country.^ The sea level is rising.
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^ These funds should be made available to the people through the Ministry of Social Security.
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^ I think its better off for the people to allow practice only Islam as their religion in the Maldives, as it is now, rather than paving way to create religious instabilities in the country.
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The government is reportedly considering locations in Sri Lanka and India due to cultural and climate similarities, and as far away as Australia.[25] Climate Change so far has had no effect on the sea level of land mass of the Maldives.
.No Maldivian administration has been able to ensure that citizens enjoy basic freedom of conscience, as noted in a recent Forum18 report.^ It has been ages that we "Maldivian citizens" locked in this darkness and today we began to see even little brightness of freedom.
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^ The Maldivian constitution ensures freedom of expression etc.
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^ Specially the relative freedom I enjoy as a Maldivian women.
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[26]

Politics

.Politics in the Maldives takes place in the framework of a presidential republic, whereby the President is the head of government.^ The government has arrested many prominent figures in Maldives and this has hindered the political reforms that Gayyoom himself has promised.
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^ Ask any expatriate in the Maldives, what is the strict instruction for them from the Government about not to get involved in the local politics, Simply they are being intimidated from the 1st entry in to the Maldives.
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^ This group cut ties with the Maldives government and formed an independent state with Abdullah Afif as president.
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The President heads the executive branch and appoints the cabinet which is approved by the Parliament. .The President is nominated to a five-year term by a secret ballot of the Majlis (parliament), a nomination which is confirmed by national referendum.^ Does anyone know how the president is going to be elected this time when the Majlis is convened , I mean is it still going to be a show of hands or a secret ballot?
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^ Terms of the walkout would be 1 - Calling the president to give his resignation date (before the end of year, or other specific time) within 2 weeks time.
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^ We have been changing things for the past twenty five years [Indeed you have Mr. President.
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.The unicameral Majlis of the Maldives is composed of fifty members serving five-year terms.^ I vote Gasim to be the first President of Maldives after this unfaithful regime to GOD. But, Gasim should resign after 2 years as President before completing his term of 4 years as a gentleman.
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^ This term cancelled and they cannot run for the coming five years.
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Two members from each atoll are directly elected. Eight are appointed by the president, which is the main route through which women enter parliament.
.The country introduced political parties for the first time in its history in July 2005, six months after the last elections for the parliament.^ This first elected president of the country introduced several reforms.
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^ Dear People and Members of the Special Majlis I have just read for the first time the constitution of our bellowed country published in the Presidents office website.
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^ I ate pork for the first time in one month.
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.Thirty-six members of the parliament joined the Dhivehi Raiyyathunge Party (the Maldivian People's Party) and elected Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to the presidency.^ I have a feeling that The Maldivian and Dhivehi Observer is run by the same people.
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^ Where the office of President or that of Vice-President of the said Majlis becomes vacant prior to the dissolution of the People's Special Majlis, a new member shall be elected to fill such vacancy.
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^ Another question that would have been very timely for the BBC to ask H. E. President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom.
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.Twelve members of parliament formed the opposition as members of the Maldivian Democratic Party, and two members remained independent.^ Even the opposition members of parliament are helpless and they even do not have the freedom of expressing their concern.
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^ Dhivehi Observer and the Maldivian Democratic Party do not have proposals on making the lives of our lot any better.
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.In March 2006, President Gayoom published a detailed roadmap for his reform agenda, providing a time-line to write a new constitution, and modernize the legal framework.^ Imagine the New York Times congratulates President George W Bush for Christmas.
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.Under the roadmap, the government has submitted to the Parliament a raft of reform measures.^ Dear All Why can't the bloody Gayyoom Government give the public information about the reformers fate under bloody NSS custody?
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.The most significant piece of legislation passed so far is the Amendment to the Human Rights Commission Act, making the new body fully compliant with the Paris Principles.^ I am, although very far away from home, DEMANDING the rights I have as a human being and am voicing out really LOUD, we want you out of power!
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^ He also told to the international media that Maldives has a Human rights commission to cross check what is happening in the investigation process.
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^ DO should also inform the UNDP permanent representative in Male' and Human Rights Commission in Male' about this barbaric act by our so called 'democratically elected' President and his Government.
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Muliaa'ge- the Presidential Palace of Malé, Maldives.
.The fifty members of parliament sit with an equal number of similarly constituted persons and the Cabinet to form the Constitutional Assembly, which has been convened at the initiative of the President to write a modern liberal democratic constitution for the Maldives.^ Allow the democratic reform Special Majlis to be convened, which and where Mr. President have taken the Law in to his own hand with out any regard to the constitution and with out reason and a double game the Government have played under the crude intention of some of the very corrupted members of Gayyoom's cabinet and cronies.
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^ We demand you to respect and fully comply with the constitution of the Republic of Maldives and abstain from using your ministerial and personal powers to abuse the Honorable Members of the Citizens Special Majlis.
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^ Please reply Sons of Maldives I am a person who is fighting again the regime and if you are here with me you can assume the Maumoon and his brothers fire form their eyes and lightning from his ass.
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The Assembly has been sitting since July 2004, and has been widely criticised for making very slow progress. .The Government and the Opposition have been blaming each other for the delays, but independent observers attribute the slow progress to weak parliamentary traditions, poor whipping (none of the MPs were elected on a party ticket) and endless points of order interventions.^ If Gayyoom is so innocent and concerned for the MP's who are in custody, why did he send 02 of his cabinet Ministers, why not an independent party.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Power, be it with the government, be it with the binary 'other' of the government in the form of opposition, or be it with the people, when given qualities of absoluteness, corrupts.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Some NSS officers and other staff have agreed to carry out an operation to topple the government, provided the political parties can come together and work together.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

Progress has also been slow due to the commitment of the main opposition party, MDP, to depose President Gayoom by direct action ahead of the implementation of the reform agenda, leading to civil unrest in July-August 2004, August 2005 and an abortive putsch in November 2006. Significantly, the leader of the MDP, Ibrahim Ismail (MP for the biggest constituency - Malé) resigned from his party post in April 2005 after having narrowly beat Dr. Mohammed Waheed Hassan only a couple months earlier. He eventually left MDP in November 2006 citing the intransigence of his own National Executive Committee. .The government had engaged the services of a Commonwealth Special Envoy Tun Musa Hitam to facilitate all party dialogue, and when the MDP boycotted him, enlisted the services of the British High Commissioner to facilitate a dialogue.^ Serious studies on the archaeological remains of the Maldives began with the work of H. C. P. Bell, a British commissioner of the Ceylon Civil Service.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Before embarking on these high ideals, have you engaged in a dialogue with the people of Maldives on these issues?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But the very belligerent act by the government appointed Speaker to the parliament and the short sight of the President to solve this problem quickly have made me to make a choice, to support the MDP and all reform parties.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.The ensuing Westminster House process made some progress but was abandoned as MDP called for the November revolution.^ Allegations of bacon eating, budwieser friendly, atheistic nature have and continue to be made against some of the most vocal members engaged in the promotion of the reform process.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And I made some statements that were misleading, but legally accurate, but you can't call it 'bearing false witness' because, as far as I know, it didn't meet the legal standard of perjury."
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Sappe, I have noticed that quite the number of members in this forum raising concerns about the call MDP made to boycott tourism.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

Mosque in Hulhumalé
The Roadmap provides the deadline of 31 May 2007 for the Assembly to conclude its work and to pave the way for the first multi-party elections in the country by October 2008. The election was close enough to trigger a second run-off election in which challenger Mohamed Nasheed and Dr. Mohammed Waheed Hassan prevailed.Dr. Mohammed Waheed Hassan will come to Maldives to participate in elections. President Nasheed and Vice President Dr. Waheed was sworn into office on 11 November 2008.
.Despite the passage from monarchy to republic, the contemporary political structure shows a continuity with the feudal past in which power was shared among a few families at the top of the social structure.^ I mean for the past few decades we have known only one thing, that never to question the ruling power let alone if you have a different opinion than them.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ She just showed her true colours when it comes to her power hungry family members.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In these systems, individuals are prohibited from expressing public opposition to the incumbent leaders, to their policies and ideology, and to the major social, economic, and political structures.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.In some islands, the offices have remained within the same family for generations.^ At the same time you must guard Ilyas, he is an opportunist, with lots of support left in NSS and some in the islands.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.In the modern day, the village is ruled by an administrative officer called Katību, who serves as the executive headman of the island.^ When she accompanied a British tourist to a village, an elderly Naga village chief who once served the British soldiers during WWII produced a letter written by a British army officer during the war.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.Above the Katībus of every atoll is the AtoỊuveriya (Atoll Chief).^ The poor Katheeb's and atoll chiefs have come to Male' (with huge expenditure from the budget) and they are 'voting' infront of him in every way he wishes.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.The power of these local chiefs is very limited and they take few responsibilities.^ They make electricity prices extremely high in islands and say 'look very few people use it and we have to run it at a loss'.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Very few are even repaying these loans.
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^ Very powerful and able parliament members are being summoned by Mr. President and they are being offered bribery in million, if they will cooperate.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.They are trained to report to the government about the situation in their islands and to merely wait for instructions from the central power and to follow them thoroughly.^ The tea shops (Sai Hotaa) are a places where you could know more about the situation in this highly unstable island.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Interviews of people who know facts about the government corruption, if they have documented evidence as stills that would be good too 2.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ No electricity in most of the islands, if there is its either private or bloody expensive so that they have to give their total earnings to the government's golden chicken The State power company.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Although islands are of considerably long distances from the governing capital, administrative rights over the lawmaking body of a particular island is withheld to a minimum, hence centralizing representatives from islands to a general parliament; the People's Majlis located in Male' which houses members from all over the country.^ Now people know why there is all this delay in reconvening the People's Special Majlis.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A President and a Vice-President of the People's Special Majlis shall be elected from among its members at the first sitting of the said Majlis.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Look now, our sanitation in Male, STELCO engines, Hospitals, Our great mosque and the peoples Majlis and every bit of development comes from foreign aid.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

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Administrative divisions

Each administrative atoll is marked, along with the thaana letter used to identify the atoll. Natural atolls are labelled in light blue. Full view of the map
The Maldives has 7 provinces each consisting of the following administrative divisions (the capital Malé is its own administrative division):
  1. Mathi-Uthuru Province; consists of Haa Alif Atoll, Haa Dhaalu Atoll and Shaviyani Atoll.
  2. Uthuru Province; consists of Noonu Atoll, Raa Atoll, Baa Atoll and Lhaviyani Atoll.
  3. Medhu-Uthuru Province; consists of Kaafu Atoll, Alifu Alifu Atoll, Alifu Dhaalu Atoll and Vaavu Atoll.
  4. Medu Province; consists of Meemu Atoll, Faafu Atoll and Dhaalu Atoll.
  5. Medhu-Dhekunu Province; consists of Thaa Atoll and Laamu Atoll.
  6. Mathi-Dhekunu Province; consists of Gaafu Alifu Atoll and Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll.
  7. Dhekunu Province; consists of Gnaviyani Atoll and Seenu Atoll.
These provinces correspond to the historic divisions of Uthuru Boduthiladhunmathi. Dhekunu Boduthiladhunmathi, Uthuru Medhu-Raajje, Medhu-Raajje, Dhekunu Medhu-Raajje, Huvadhu (or Uthuru Suvadinmathi) and Addumulakatholhu (or Dhekunu Suvadinmathi).
.The Maldives has twenty-six natural atolls and few island groups on isolated reefs, all of which have been divided into twenty-one administrative divisions (twenty administrative atolls and Malé city).^ The largest monuments of the Buddhist era are in the islands fringing the eastern side of Haddhunmathi Atoll.¡± Maldives does not promote mass tourism.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Maldives could potentially be one of the first countries (the other is Tuvalu in the Pacific) to disappear into the sea because its elevation is too low.
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In addition to a name, every administrative division is identified by the Maldivian code letters, such as "Haa Alif" for Thiladhunmati Uthuruburi (Thiladhunmathi North); and by a Latin code letter.
The first corresponds to the geographical Maldivian name of the atoll. The second is a code adopted for convenience. .It began in order to facilitate radio communication between the atolls and the central administration.^ This is a deliberate attempt to increase the economic gap and disparity between the larger community and the civil servants, especially, between atolls and Male'.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

As there are certain islands in different atolls that have the same name, for administrative purposes this code is quoted before the name of the island, for example: Baa Funadhoo, Kaafu Funadhoo, Gaafu-Alifu Funadhoo. .Since most Atolls have very long geographical names it is also used whenever the name of the atoll has to be quoted short, for example in the atoll website names.^ I have uploaded over 60 photos of my Nagaland trip including the most amazing and colourful Hornbill Festival (simply very National Geographic!
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

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.This code denomination has been very much abused by foreigners who didn't understand the proper use of these names and have ignored the Maldivian true names in publications for tourists.^ We can provide housing for all Maldivian who don't have proper shelter.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If this is true, he must be able to show the Maldivian public the Bills he has sent to parliament to bring about these change and prove to people that those Bills were rejected by our MPs!
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Some of the foreign tourists who arrive here for the first time are so moved by this exotic welcome that they tremble in joy.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

[30] Maldivians may use the letter code name in colloquial conversation, but in serious geographic, historical or cultural writings, the true geographical name always takes precedence. The Latin code letter is normally used in boat registration plates. The letter stands for the atoll and the number for the island.
Each atoll is administered by an Atoll Chief (Atholhu Veriyaa) appointed by the President. .The Ministry of Atoll Administration and its Northern and Southern Regional Offices, Atoll Offices and Island Offices are collectively responsible to the President for Atolls Administration.^ Email to the Defence Ministry and Presidents office voicing your opposition against these tactics.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

The administrative head of each island is the Island Chief (Katheeb), appointed by the President. .The Island Chief's immediate superior is the Atoll Chief.^ It is not too late to charge the Atoll Chiefs, Island Chiefs for high treason, who openly disregarded the constitution of the Maldives.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ All this is done under the capable guidance and supervision of atoll and island chiefs.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Atoll Chief from his side sent out instructions to the islands, schools, hospitals etc.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

The introduction of code-letter names has been a source of much puzzlement and misunderstandings, especially among foreigners. .Many people have come to think that the code-letter of the administrative atoll is its new name and that it has replaced its geographical name.^ Does he think he can still ask island people to come out and demonstrate for him?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ DO should try to think of some new ways to reach all those people who used to read DO .
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ However I also think their association with People like Mr. Zaki does not help them in fact many Maldivians regard this association as betrayal.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Under such circumstances it is hard to know which is the correct name to use.^ I had to dig hard from the depths of memory for what little Spanish I used to know when I travelled through Latin America during the first half of 2002.
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Demographics

Malé, the capital of the Maldives.
.The Maldivian ethnic identity is a blend of the cultures reflecting the peoples who settled on the islands, reinforced by religion and language.^ Views expressed in this forum are that of the people who choose to contribute to this forum and does not necessarily reflect that of Dhivehi Observer .
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This is a man who has perfected the art of abusing language, people, religion to meet his whims.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Maldivian people who barely get a goddamn fair, square meal a day.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.The earliest settlers were probably from southern India and Sri Lanka.^ They have also informed bankers in Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Singapore to monitor the transfer of the funds by the regime and Gayyoom's cronies.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A few Days back he went to Thailand, India, Sri Lanka for holidays.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Wait and see end of this school year all most all able people will send their children's to Sri Lanka, India and Australia or New Zealand.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.They are linguistically and ethnically related to the Indo-Aryan people in the Indian subcontinent They are ethnically known as Mahls (locally as Dhivehis).^ I was told that they could relate more to the Koreans than the Indians.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ My Naga friends told me they could not relate to Indian movies at all – the people look so different and culture totally alien.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I have known people who have discarded many articles , 'cause they are too long to read.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

Some social stratification exists on the islands. It is not rigid, since rank is based on varied factors, including occupation, wealth, Islamic virtue, and family ties. .Traditionally, instead of a complex caste system, there was merely a distinction between noble (bēfulhu) and common people in the Maldives.^ Given the nature of these distinct functions of government it is clear that an independent, yet symbiotic, relationship should be maintained between the three complexes of government.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are more clever people even within the system who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the betterment of all.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We know that still there are many people in the Maldives who do not get the true benefits of tourism.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

Members of the social elite are concentrated in Malé. Outside of the service industry, this is the only location where the foreign and domestic populations are likely to interact. The tourist resorts are not on islands where the natives live, and casual contacts between the two groups are discouraged.
A census has been recorded since 1905, which shows that the population of the country remained around 100,000 for the next sixty years. Following independence in 1965, the health status of the population improved so much that the population doubled ( 200 000 ) by 1978, and the population growth rate peaked at 3.4% in 1985. By 2007, the population had reached 300,000, although the census in 2000 showed that the population growth rate had declined to 1.9%. Life expectancy at birth stood at 46 years in 1978, while it has now risen to 72 years. Infant mortality has declined from 127 per thousand in 1977 to 12 today, and adult literacy stands at 99%. Combined school enrollment stands in the high 90s.
.As of April 2008, more than 70,000 foreign employees live in the country and another 33,000 illegal immigrants sums up more than one third of Maldivian population.^ International foreign aid, assistance and investment is more likely to occur in a stable country.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ On more than one occasion, other tourists have watched us communicating in broken Spanish, bewildered by the sight of an East Asian speaking with an Arab in Spanish.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Gov't of Gayyoom who spend more than Mrf.200, 000.00 per day at the residence and office of the President.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.They consist mainly of people from the neighbouring South Asian countries of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.^ People have said in the past that the EU or the US would not directly intervene mainly because they have no strategic interest in the Maldives.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If we also bomb say, Sri Lanka, the whole country can be united once again.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In 1947, the tribes living in the Excluded Areas were suddenly told they were about to be part of independent India , a country that neither conquered nor ruled them.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

Economy

Maldives market
In ancient times the Maldives were renowned for cowry shells, coir rope, dried tuna fish (Maldive Fish), ambergris (Maavaharu) and coco de mer (Tavakkaashi). .Local and foreign trading ships used to load these products in Sri Lanka and transport them to other harbors in the Indian Ocean.^ Less than 12 hours later, Indian paratroopers arrived on Hulele, causing some of the mercenaries to flee toward Sri Lanka in their freighter.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.From the 2nd century AD the islands were known as the 'Money Isles' by the Arabs who dominated the Indian Ocean trade routes[citation needed] — The Maldives provided enormous quantities of cowry shells, an international currency of the early ages.^ An Indian newspaper reported: "One of the first to greet the party president was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who drove to her house early in the morning.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ President, we invested every penny we had to this resort and borrowed money from every source who were willing to provide us with funds.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The following day, I proceeded westwards where the sun sets, to Maldives in the Indian Ocean and then subsequently to Yemen in the Middle East.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

The cowry is now the symbol of the Maldives Monetary Authority.
The Maldivian Government began an economic reform program in 1989, initially by lifting import quotas and opening some exports to the private sector. .Subsequently, it has liberalized regulations to allow more foreign investment.^ International foreign aid, assistance and investment is more likely to occur in a stable country.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

Real GDP growth averaged over 7.5% per year for more than a decade. .Today, the Maldives' largest industry is tourism, accounting for 28% of GDP and more than 60% of the Maldives' foreign exchange receipts.^ The Nagas of today, are more literate than people in many parts of India and speak good English, which allows them to compete internationally.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Maldives could not afford to have more than one religion, it would divide us too much and might bring more than political instability in future.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We're all with you DO. The whole economy of the Maldives depends on the tourism industry, if the EU imposes restrictions it would mean the end of the Maldivian economy as we know it.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

Fishing is the second leading sector.[citation needed]
.In late December 2004, the major tsunami left more than 100 dead, 12,000 displaced, and property damage exceeding $400 million.^ The Gov't of Gayyoom who spend more than Mrf.200, 000.00 per day at the residence and office of the President.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ All this years we have been living for rent, up to now; only for rent we have paid more than ONE and HALF MILLION MRF...
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Basic wage of a civil servant [in Male'] can't be more than 100 a month even with the recent wage 'increase'.
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.As a result of the tsunami, the GDP contracted by about 3.6% in 2005. A rebound in tourism, post-tsunami reconstruction, and development of new resorts helped the economy recover quickly and showed a 18% increase on 2006. 2007 estimates show the Maldives enjoy the highest GDP per capita $4,600 (2007 est) amongst south Asian countries excluding rich Persian Gulf countries.^ Simply writing pointless 'Ottareh neiy' articles about movie stars and their insipid social lives aren't going to help develop our country, is it?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Category one countries tend to be rich developed countries or developing countries whose people have the necessary software to transform into developed country status.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ No need to mention anything particular, the whole system in Maldives is a total one-man show, as a result it is on the brink of collapse.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

[citation needed]

Tourism

Typical Maldivian beach with tall palm trees and blue lagoons.
The Maldives was largely terra incognita for tourists until the early 1970s. .Strewn across the equator in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives archipelago possesses an exceptionally unique geography as a small island country.^ The following day, I proceeded westwards where the sun sets, to Maldives in the Indian Ocean and then subsequently to Yemen in the Middle East.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We are a small island country but we have become the envy of the world in many ways."
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^ In a TV quiz of a very small country in the South Pacific was asked a question about Maldives.
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.Nature has fragmented the archipelago into 1,190 tiny islands that occupy a mere one per cent of its 90,000 km2 territory.^ This is nothing if the value of your ancestral land had risen from Rs 500,000 (US$12,500) per acre to Rs 50,000,000 (US$12,500,000) per acre in one decade.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.Only 185 islands are home to its 300,000 population, while the other islands are used entirely for economic purposes of which tourism and agriculture are the most dominant.^ What a JOKE! The media, TV, Radio, speakers, microphone and other such gadgets are owned by the regime and only can be used on their behalf and for their propaganda.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ With only less than 300,000 people, the cost of operating here must be very high.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We are a nation at the present dependent up on the tourism and if the tour operators jointly warn the Mr. Gayyoom to streamline his affairs and abide the Law of the Country, giving him 3 or 6 months notice, we can solve the grave condition in this island nation of 300,000 populations scattered in 200 inhabited islands.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Tourism accounts for 28% of GDP and more than 60% of the Maldives' foreign exchange receipts.^ Maldives could not afford to have more than one religion, it would divide us too much and might bring more than political instability in future.
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^ Rather than imposing trade sanctions, I think it would be more practical and ideal to cut off all the foreign aid.
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^ Democracy is nothing more than a foreign word to them, put a meaning in it.
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Over 90% of government tax revenue comes from import duties and tourism-related taxes..October 2008" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] The development of tourism has fostered the overall growth of the country's economy.^ Among developing countries or emerging economies, China and Thailand pass the taxi test and are definitely in this category.
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It has created direct and indirect employment and income generation opportunities in other related industries. The first tourist resorts were opened in 1972 with Bandos island resort and Kurumba Village.
Maldives beach.ogv
Maldivian beach video
According to the Ministry of Tourism website, the emergence of tourism in 1972 transformed the economy of the Maldives, moving rapidly from the dependence on the fisheries sector to the tourism sector. .Just in three and a half decades, the industry has become the main source of income and livelihood of the people of the Maldives.^ If we have all options on the table and we have people in Maldives now just to do that.
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^ The people of Maldives have judged you decades ago, few years after you came to power.
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Tourism is also the country's biggest foreign currency earner and the single largest contributor to the GDP. Today, there are 89 resorts in the Maldives with a bed capacity of over 17,000, providing world class facilities for tourists whose annual arrival figure exceeds 600,000.[31]
.The number of resorts has increased from 2 to 92 between 1972 and 2007. As at 2007, over 8,380,000 tourists had visited Maldives.^ I am going on and on because of the increasing number of women (especially younger women) who are being 'brought back' to the house and covered up in the Maldives by the so called 'wahhabis'.
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^ I find in the statistics book of Maldives, number of people who has PC in atolls and Male', number of people employed by locality, countries most visited by Maldives and their reasons.
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^ It's no wonder that the number of tourists arriving in the Maldives is increasing by the year, if not by the month.
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[32]
.Practically all visitors arrive at Malé International Airport, located on Hulhulé Island right next to the capital Malé.^ I calls for the equality in any means, there has to be equal rights given for every citizen of this nation whether his from islands or from capital...
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^ At police checkpoints just outside Sana'a, all visitors entering the city border had to deposit their firearms and then collect them when they leave the capital.
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.The airport is served by a wide array of flights to India, Sri Lanka, Dubai and major airports in South-East Asia, as well as an increasing number of charters from Europe.^ Buddhism probably spread to the Maldives in the 3rd century BC, at the time of the Mauryan emperor Asoka the Great, when it extended to the regions of Afghanistan and Central Asia, beyond the Mauryas' northwest border, as well as South to the island of Sri Lanka and the Maldive Islands.
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.Many flights stop in Colombo (Sri Lanka) on the way.^ Air Maldives flights to take Gayyoom's family to Sri Lanka.
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^ Kaleem Colombo, Sri Lanka - Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 16:45:02 (MDT) .
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^ Waheed Colombo, Sri Lanka - Friday, August 13, 2004 at 09:29:09 (MDT) .
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Gan Airport, on the southern atoll of Addu, also serves an international flight to Milan several times a week.

Fishing industry

A dhoni without lateen sails.
Maldives rudder fish (Kyphosus cinerascens)
.For many centuries the Maldivian economy was entirely dependent on fishing and other marine products.^ We're all with you DO. The whole economy of the Maldives depends on the tourism industry, if the EU imposes restrictions it would mean the end of the Maldivian economy as we know it.
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.Fishing remains the main occupation of the people and the government gives special priority to the development of the fisheries sector.^ With Munnawwar who could give legal guidance to reformist MPs and Gasim Ibrahim who was contesting for the chair of the Special Majlis among other reformist MPs, out of the way, the government cronies in parliament will intimidate the remaining reformist MPs.
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^ I call upon the Government and the people to realize this fact and make room with in our hearts and society for these reformers rather than giving our hearts and mind to people with corrupt minds!
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^ All the developments in this country are due to the hard work of the people without assistance from government.
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.The mechanization of the traditional fishing boat called dhoni in 1974 was a major milestone in the development of the fisheries industry and the country's economy in general.^ For centuries both Male and Female have been equally participating in the development and governing of the country an doing the fishing and woman doing the cooking.
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^ Among developing countries or emerging economies, China and Thailand pass the taxi test and are definitely in this category.
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^ He has failed to deliver to the hopes and aspirations of the majority of the people As president he failed to understand the minds of the majority As president he is failing to run the economy of the country and could not find solutions to the problems Maldives is faced with.
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A fish canning plant was installed in the island of Felivaru in 1977, as a joint venture with a Japanese firm. .In 1979, a Fisheries Advisory Board was set up with the mandate of advising the government on policy guidelines for the overall development of the fisheries sector.^ Infact all the policies of the government lack direction and all development projects in the atolls are just cosmetic facelifts timed for every 5 year presidential elections.
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Manpower development programs were begun in the early 1980s, and fisheries education was incorporated into the school curriculum. Fish aggregating devices and navigational aids were located at various strategic points. .Moreover, the opening up of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Maldives for fisheries has further enhanced the growth of the fisheries sector.^ Economic growth struggles to keep up with population growth.
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Today, fisheries contribute over fifteen percent of the country's GDP and engage about thirty percent of the country's work force. It is also the second-largest foreign exchange earner after tourism.

Agriculture and Cottage industries

Agriculture and manufacturing continue to play a lesser role in the economy, constrained by the limited availability of cultivable land and the shortage of domestic labor. .Most staple foods must be imported.^ Most staple foods must be imported.
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^ Most food served in tourist resorts is imported.
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.Industry, which consists mainly of garment production, boat building, and handicrafts, accounts for about 7% of GDP.[citation needed] The development of the tourism sector gave a major boost to the country's fledgling traditional cottage industries such as mat weaving, lacquer work, handicraft, and coir rope making.^ I've often wondered why reformists work so relentlessly to bring about changes to our country when the majority says why bother and look the other way.
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^ The lack of hotel infrastructure presents another major problem for tourism development here.
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^ On some occasions where gun battles broke out when the government attempted rescue, tourists had been killed or injured, which is a prospect that continue to adversely affect Yemen's tourism industry which otherwise could have developed into a key sector.
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New industries that have since emerged include printing, production of PVC pipes, brick making, marine engine repairs, bottling of aerated water, and garment production.

Judiciary

.As a Republic the Constitution came into force in 1968 by a (and amended in 1970, 1972, and 1975) has been repealed and replaced by another Constitution assented to by the President Gayoom on 27 November 1997. This Constitution came into force on 1 January 1998. All stated that the president was the Head of State, Head of Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Police of the Maldives.^ At the present time all the Ministers and the head of state of Maldives is doing what ever they deem necessary against the Law of this nation.
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^ Apart from the president, prime minister, cabinet ministers and Supreme Court judges, members of the Gandhi family were on the VVIP list, which entitles them to free 1 st class air tickets and the right not to be examined at Indian airports, something not even the chief commanders of the three armed forces enjoyed.
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^ Maumoon should be aware that he has been as president with total power including the Finance, Defense, Monitory authority, Commander in chief for almost 26 years, together with his family and friends (not always according the constitutions and Laws ) as the way he and his family and friends likes to be.
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Under Intense pressure from the opposition a new Constitution was Ratified, dated 7 August 2008, whereby the power of judiciary was separated from the head of state.
.According to the constitution of Maldives, "The judges are independent, and subject only to the constitution and the law.^ This is the independent choice of the people of Maldives; it is enshrined in our constitution.
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^ Give them the opportunity to defend them selves with the real process of the Law and through the Lawyers, according to the constitution.
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^ A spokesman for the Defences said that walking on large open was roads really, really illegal according to the constitution of the Republic of Maldives.
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When deciding matters on which the Constitution or the law is silent, judges must consider Islamic Shari'ah."
The independent Judicial Services Commission is the core of the judiciary, who oversee the appointment and dismissal of judges, and act as a 'watchdog' to ensure that Judges uphold their own codes of conduct. .Currently in an interim stage, one is appointed by the president other member from the Civil Service Commission, parliament, the public, high court judge, lower court judge and a supreme court member.^ Apart from the president, prime minister, cabinet ministers and Supreme Court judges, members of the Gandhi family were on the VVIP list, which entitles them to free 1 st class air tickets and the right not to be examined at Indian airports, something not even the chief commanders of the three armed forces enjoyed.
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^ First thing that came to my mind was whether the democracy coming from the president would be better than a one which is coming from the public or through their MPs.
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^ When the current constitution was formulated Maumoon promised the Maldivian public that the term of office for the president will be not more than two consecutive terms and other sweeping reforms including more freedom for the people.
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Contradiction in the commission's makeup, which requires a Supreme Court member to be present on the commission, even though the Supreme Court must be composed with the advice of the commission.
.There has been raised concerns over the independence of the commission, given that of eight interim members, the President appoints one and all current judges were appointed by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom under the previous constitution, of them two were appointed to the commission.^ Last night there was an offer to one of our very senior member.
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^ It is unlikely that they will make a deal (as did Nasir, Ilyas and Maumoon at the end of the previous presidency) and work things out among themselves.
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^ Another question that would have been very timely for the BBC to ask H. E. President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom.
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The Supreme Court of Maldives is headed by a Chief Justice, who is the head of judiciary. .Right now at an interim stage the President appointed 5 judges, who was approved by the Parliament.^ However, up to now according to the information Gayyoom is not able to bribe those 24 parliament members who have worked out on the Special Majlis members, the reformers of this nation.
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The interim court will sit until a new permanent Supreme Court is nominated under the constitution. Underneath the Supreme Court a High Court and a Trial court. The constitution requires an uneven number rulings in the High Court of Maldives, therefore three justice is appointed. Any verdict there must be reached by a majority, but must also include a 'minority report'.
.As part of the newly independent judiciary a Prosecutor General is appointed, who is responsible for initiating court proceedings on behalf of the government, will oversee how investigations are being conducted and have a say in criminal prosecutions, duties previously held by the Attorney General.^ So how could you trust such a man who has mixed up personal interest with that of national well being and public opinion?
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^ Looks like he himself does not understand this - maybe the title should be changed to government attorney general instead of state).
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^ He told that Government has established a committee consists of MPs to oversee the investigation process.
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Also has the power to order investigations, monitor detentions, lodge appeals and review existing cases. .The Prosecutor General of Maldives is appointed by the President and has to be approved by the Parliament.^ Hello, Mr Self Claimed President of Maldives, Don't think we are going to applaud coz you appointed new Chairperson to a dozen companies.
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.The Maldives have, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), undertaken to write the world's first Muslim criminal code.^ He (Sobir) said tourism had lifted the Maldives from the least developed nation status to a middle-income nation.
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^ But ofcourse this is not the first time he lied to the people of Maldives and to the international world.
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^ Why not Maldives, the famous 100% Muslim nation!
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.This project would formalize the proceedings of criminal justice in this tiny nation to one of the most comprehensive modern criminal codes in the world.^ It is laudable that this new political party is espousing freedom, prosperity and strength, not for a coterie of individuals, one would presume, but for a community, a nation.
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^ Of cause Shari'ah does not cover modern procedural issues and because of that modern Islamic countries criminal justice system has been appalling.
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The code has been written and awaits action by the parliament.
.Meanwhile, Islam remains the only official religion of The Maldives.^ Islam remains the state religion in the 1990s.
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^ I think its better off for the people to allow practice only Islam as their religion in the Maldives, as it is now, rather than paving way to create religious instabilities in the country.
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^ He is trying to keep the people of Maldives away from our religion, i.e., Islam.
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.The open practice of all other religions is forbidden and such actions are liable to prosecution under the law of the country.^ What we all need is Law and Order in this country.
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^ We should not let any other religion practice in Maldives.
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^ If we talk multi-religious practice here, there will be lots of pressure from other countries as well, to help us for this.
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.According to the revised constitution, in article two, it says that the republic "is based on the principles of Islam."^ Dear Maldivians, The article 35 of the constitution says, "The President shall be elected by a public vote in a secret ballot".
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^ If an opponent of him talks about his corruption and that Gayyoom is not following the principles of Islam then Gayyoom says to the public that his opponent is an extremist.
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^ According to the Constitution of the Maldives, and the country's law, it is strictly forbidden to call for any religion in the Maldives such as Christianity or the like, other than Islam.
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.Article nine says that "a non-Muslim may not become a citizen of the Maldives"; number ten says that "no law contrary to any principle of Islam can be applied in the Maldives."^ If Haveeru newspaper and its website is registered and legally approved by the government of Maldives, this act contravening Islam and the country's supreme law by Haveeru shall be addressed as provided by law.
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^ What I am trying to say here is that the 100% Muslim government here in the Maldives, are really worse than the Israelis Sharon.
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^ It's no wonder that the number of tourists arriving in the Maldives is increasing by the year, if not by the month.
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.Article nineteen states that "citizens are free to participate in or carry out any activity that is not expressly prohibited by sharia or by the law."^ Maldives should remain an Islamic country - but the state should not make any law that prohibits the free practice of whatever faith certain citizens choose to follow in their own way without infringing on the rights of the greater majority - which are Muslims.
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^ If we were so open as to allow them to walk on the streets, attend work, and carry out normal daily activities- they would be out and about.
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^ Firstly, I want to say majority of the Maldivians are afraid of participating in any activity freely in fighting for their rights because of the govt.
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The requirement to adhere to a particular religion and prohibition on public worship in other religions would seem to be contrary to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which the Maldives has recently become party[33] and was thus addressed in the Maldives' reservation in adhering to the Covenant claiming that "The application of the principles set out in Article 18 of the Covenant shall be without prejudice to the Constitution of the Republic of the Maldives."[34]

Military of Maldives

.The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) is a combined security force responsible for defending the security and sovereignty of the Maldives, having the primary task of being responsible for attending to all internal and external security needs of the Maldives, including the protection of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).^ At the present time all the Ministers and the head of state of Maldives is doing what ever they deem necessary against the Law of this nation.
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^ The people are being harassed by the government implementing numerous rules and regulations to protect the regime from the people of Maldives.
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^ Further to this, there are numerous reports about the "organised mobs" that led off the attack on civilians together with the forces of National Security Service.
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Fire & Rescue Service boats.
The MNDF component branches are the Coast Guard, the Fire & Rescue Service, Infantry Services, Defence Institute for Training & Education (Training Command), and Support Services.

Coast Guard

As a water-bound nation much of the security concerns lie at sea. .Almost 90% of the country is covered by sea and the remaining 10% land is scattered over an area of 415 km (258 mi) x 120 km (75 mi), with the largest island being not more than 8 km2 (3 sq mi).^ A brutal racist, he used the faith of more than a billion people as an advantage to destroy a country that can be much better off without him.
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^ From what he tells me the problem is a lot more than Hameed being a homosexual in secret.
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^ Only people who get more than 90% you may keep in the same job.
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.Therefore the duties assigned to the MNDF of maintaining surveillance over Maldives' waters and providing protection against foreign intruders poaching in the EEZ and territorial waters, are immense tasks from both logistical and economic view points.^ However, because this is no longer the case, at least in principle when men and women both are dependent on the rule of law and when women are relatively more economically independent, the basis of the particular reading against women cannot now be maintained.
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^ In my point of view the Maldivian police are not fit for there duties.
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^ Anyone who opposes taking out Maumoon is actually against Maldives and her peace loving people on their campaign for their own protection.
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.Hence, for carrying out these functions, it is the Coast Guard that plays a vital role.^ Maldives, as a non-Arab country with a generally liberal population can play a unique role in this and other debates that the Islamic world face these days.
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To provide timely security its patrol boats are stationed at various MNDF Regional Headquarters.
Coast Guard is also assigned to respond to the maritime distress calls and to conduct search and rescue operations in a timely manner. Maritime pollution control exercises are conducted regularly on an annual basis for familiarization and handling of such hazardous situations.
.Coast Guards also undertake armed sea transport of troops and military equipment around the country.^ Military checkpoints continue to guard the road from Aden to Sana'a, as rebellious and heavily armed tribes were never very far away.
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^ Sightseeing with Armed Guards & Military Convoy (again) .
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^ Becoming Yemeni Sightseeing with Armed Guards & Military Convoy (a...
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The Indian Ocean Commission

Satellite image of the Maldives by NASA. The southernmost atoll of the Maldives, Addu Atoll, is not visible on the image.
.Since 1996, the Maldives has been the official progress monitor of the Indian Ocean Commission.^ The following day, I proceeded westwards where the sun sets, to Maldives in the Indian Ocean and then subsequently to Yemen in the Middle East.
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.Since 2002, the Maldives has expressed interest in the work of the Indian Ocean Commission but has not applied for membership.^ The following day, I proceeded westwards where the sun sets, to Maldives in the Indian Ocean and then subsequently to Yemen in the Middle East.
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The interest of the Maldives relates to its identity as a small island state, especially in relation to matters of economic development and environmental preservation, and its desire to forge close relations with France, a main actor in the IOC region. .The Maldives is a founding member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, SAARC, and as former protectorate of Great Britain, joined the Commonwealth in 1982, some 17 years after gaining independence from Great Britain.^ Humour Last year when "Ibulees" was on a promotional tour in SAARC region and visited Maldives towards the end of the tour.
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^ He was the mastermind behind the stolen of ambergris found by one of his fellow islanders some 20 years ago.
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^ We call upon all the Maldivians to come over to the venue with all the family members, friends and relatives and join this rally for democracy and reform in Maldives.
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.The Maldives enjoys close ties with Seychelles and Mauritius, who like the Maldives are members of the Commonwealth.^ EU can put pressure on Gayyoom who runs Maldives like a Police State.
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^ Just don't think by giving death treats to people like us, who are also very close friends of you.
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The Maldives and Comoros are also both members of the Organisation of Islamic Conference. The Maldives has refused to enter into any negotiations with Mauritius over the demarcation of the maritime border between the Maldives and the British Indian Ocean Territory, pointing out that under international law, the sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago rests with the UK, with whom negotiations were started in 1991.

Language and culture

Thaana script
Pre-Islamic Buddhist Stupa of Maldives, excavated in Thoddoo in the 1950s
.Maldivian culture is heavily influenced by geographical proximity to Sri Lanka and southern India.^ A few Days back he went to Thailand, India, Sri Lanka for holidays.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Wait and see end of this school year all most all able people will send their children's to Sri Lanka, India and Australia or New Zealand.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They have also informed bankers in Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Singapore to monitor the transfer of the funds by the regime and Gayyoom's cronies.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

The official and common language is Dhivehi, an Indo-European language having some similarities with Elu, the ancient Sinhalese language. The first known script use to write Dhivehi is Eveyla akuru script which is found in historical recording of kings (raadhavalhi). Later a script called Dhives akuru was introduced and used for a long period. The present-day written script is called Thaana and is written from right to left. Thaana is said to be introduced by the reign of Mohamed Thakurufaanu. English is used widely in commerce and increasingly as the medium of instruction in government schools.
The language is of Indic Sanskritic origin, which points at a later influence from the north of the subcontinent. .According to the legends, the kingly dynasty that ruled the country in the past has its origin there.^ Today the country is under emergency rule, which means the constitution is not respected and the military is running the show according to their own whims and fancies.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Possibly these ancient kings brought Buddhism from the subcontinent, but the Maldivian legends don't make it clear.^ Dear Ordinary Maldivian, Gayyoom don't have the guts to make the TV Maldives make a live broadcast of the Peoples Special Majlis Meeting?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Reformists have brought this upon themselves and now it is not clear whether these particular members would be able to attend the Special Majlis sessions.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Even many educated Maldivians don't understand these things.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.In Sri Lanka there are similar legends; however, it is improbable that the ancient Maldive royals and Buddhism both came from that island because none of the Sri Lankan chronicles mention the Maldives.^ So it will not be compromised just because there are families on both sides.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It is with great sadness that we note that the dogs who welcomed our guests at the airport have been sent back to Sri Lanka because the authorities in Male have decided that the dogs are mad.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Western SideEarly scholars like H.C.P. Bell, who had been residing in Sri Lanka most of his life, claimed that Buddhism came to the Maldives from Sri Lanka)¡­ There is also a small Porites stupa in the Museum where the directional Buddhas (Jinas) are etched in its four cardinal points as in the Mahayana tradition.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.It is unlikely that the ancient chronicles of Sri Lanka would have failed to mention the Maldives if a branch of its kingdom had extended itself to the Maldive Islands.^ Air Maldives flights to take Gayyoom's family to Sri Lanka.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Seaman Sri Lanka, Maldives - Friday, August 06, 2004 at 04:37:31 (MDT) .
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Buddhism probably spread to the Maldives in the 3rd century BC, at the time of the Mauryan emperor Asoka the Great, when it extended to the regions of Afghanistan and Central Asia, beyond the Mauryas' northwest border, as well as South to the island of Sri Lanka and the Maldive Islands.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

[35]
The Abu al Barakat Tomb, housed in the Old Friday Mosque, Hukuru Miskiiy
After the long Buddhist[36] period of Maldivian history, Muslim traders introduced Sunni Islam. Maldivians were converted, by the mid-12th century. The island has a long history of Sufic orders, as can be seen in the history of the country such as the building of tombs. .They were used until as recent as the 1980s, for seeking the help of buried Saints.^ Recently my uncle applied government welfare for medical assistance for his son, although they refused to help him.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.They can been seen today, next to some old mosques of the Maldives and are considered today as, Cultural heritages.^ Today some are still unaccounted for and children are still being held at various locations in the Maldives.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Today they have informed Bank of New York at New York, where Maldive Government keeps their reserves to hold on to the funds before they are abused by the regime.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Flying to Maldives on Monday Kerala: More icons new and old Where is Wee Cheng now and where next?
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.Other aspects of tassawuf such as ritualized dhikr ceremonies called Maulūdu (Mawlid), the liturgy of which included recitations and certain supplications in a melodical tone existed until very recent times.^ And that time has become very fatal to us, these political thugs as organized well and established in such a way that its almost impossible to to approach them.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Such moves had satisfied some and not other groups, and new groups split from existing groups, which further complicates the picture.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ According to the Constitution of the Maldives, and the country's law, it is strictly forbidden to call for any religion in the Maldives such as Christianity or the like, other than Islam.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

These Maulūdu festivals were held in ornate tents specially built for the occasion. At present Sunni Islam is the official religion of the entire population, as adherence to it is required for citizenship.
The Islamic Centre, housing the mosque Masjid-al-Sultan Mohammed Thakurufaanu-al-A'z'am
.Since the 12th century AD there are also influences from Arabia in the language and culture of the Maldives because of the general conversion to Islam in the 12th century, and its location as a crossroads in the central Indian Ocean.^ Following the Islamic concept that before Islam there was the time of Jahiliya (ignorance), in the history books used by Maldivians the introduction of Islam at the end of the 12th century is considered the cornerstone of the country's history.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Tomorrow, we will proceed to Aden, the strategic port located at where the Red Sea meets Indian Ocean.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If a pure democracy--like the USA, an example I take because it is quite well known--were to be established in the Maldives: where would Islam go?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.This was due to the long trading history between the far east and the middle east.^ Old Kochi was a renowned trading port with strong links to both the Middle East and China.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

Somali pirates then later discovered the island for gold in the 13th Century before the Portugese. Their brief stay later ended in a bloody conflict known by the Somalis as "Dagaal Diig Badaaney" in 1424.
.According to Moroccan traveller Ibn Batuta, the person responsible for this conversion was a Sunni Muslim visitor named Abu al Barakat sailing from Morocco.^ As a practising Muslim I still object to following the leads of Arab countries where state is able to control every aspect of a persons life (specially a women's) in the name of religion.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

However, more reliable Maldivian tradition says that he was a Persian saint from Tabriz called Yusuf Shamsuddin. He is also referred to as Tabrizugefaanu. His venerated tomb now stands on the grounds of the Friday Mosque, or Hukuru miski, in the capital of Malé. Built in 1656, this is the oldest mosque in Maldives.

See also

References

  1. ^ CIA Population Division (2009) (.html). CIA World Fact Book. 2009 revision. US. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/mv.html. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  2. ^ http://www.planning.gov.mv/publications/PRELIMINARY_RESULTS_FINAL_25032006.zip
  3. ^ a b c d "Maldives". International Monetary Fund. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2009/02/weodata/weorept.aspx?sy=2006&ey=2009&scsm=1&ssd=1&sort=country&ds=.&br=1&c=556&s=NGDPD%2CNGDPDPC%2CPPPGDP%2CPPPPC%2CLP&grp=0&a=&pr.x=83&pr.y=10. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  4. ^ "Human Development Report 2009. Human development index trends: Table G". The United Nations. http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDR_2009_EN_Complete.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  5. ^ http://www.smartmaldives.com/maldives-island.html
  6. ^ a b http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/nov/11/climatechange-endangered-habitats-maldives
  7. ^ J Hogendorn and M Johnson, The Shell Money of the Slave Trade, pp 20-22.
  8. ^ Apte, Vaman Shivram (1985). Sanskrit-English Dictionary. Motilal Banarsidass, New Delhi, 1985.
  9. ^ Ibn Batuta, Travels in Asia and Africa. translated by A.R. Gibb.
  10. ^ Akhbar al-Sin wa 'l-Hind (Notes on China and India), which dates from 851
    http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200504/the.seas.of.sindbad.htm Saudi Aramco world Magazine, Volume 56, Number 4, The seas of sinbad, By Historian and Arabist Paul Lunde
  11. ^ http://www.maldivesroyalfamily.com/maldives_roman_links.shtml Maldives Royal Family Website
  12. ^ "Average Conditions Maldives". BBC Weather. http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/city_guides/results.shtml?tt=TT004820. Retrieved December 10, 2009. 
  13. ^ Bruce C. Douglas (1997). "Global Sea Rise: A Redetermination". Surveys in Geophysics 18: 279–292. doi:10.1023/A:1006544227856. 
  14. ^ A 20th century acceleration in global sea-level rise
  15. ^ Mörner N.-A.; Tooley M., Possnert, G (2003-05-07). "New Perspectives for the future of the Maldives" (PDF). http://stephenschneider.stanford.edu/Publications/PDF_Papers/MornerEtAl2004.pdf. 
  16. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/nov/10/maldives-climate-change
  17. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/nov/10/maldives-climate-change Paradise almost lost: Maldives seek to buy a new homeland. The Guardian
  18. ^ http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hULNt_1Dmy3xyZGEcVABqoMh6I5Q Maldives president seeks help for 'paradise drowning'. AFP.
  19. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7944760.stm Carbon-neutral goal for Maldives. BBC.
  20. ^ Lang, Olivia. "Maldives leader in climate change stunt". http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8312320.stm. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  21. ^ Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom
  22. ^ Maloney, Clarence. "Maldives People". http://www.iias.nl/iiasn/iiasn5/insouasi/maloney.html. Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  23. ^ "Maldives Royal Family". http://www.maldivesroyalfamily.com/maldives_proclamation_sultan.shtml. 
  24. ^ a b "Maldives Royal Family". http://www.maldivesroyalfamily.com/maldives_koimala.shtml. 
  25. ^ a b c d CNN. "Sinking island nation seeks new home". http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/11/11/maldives.president/index.html. Retrieved 2008-11-12. BAT
  26. ^ http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1383
  27. ^ http://www.maldives-ethnography.com/ Maldives
  28. ^ http://www.statoids.com/umv.html Maldives Atolls from statoids.com
  29. ^ a b Divehiraajjege Jōgrafīge Vanavaru. Muhammadu Ibrahim Lutfee
  30. ^ like Thor Heyerdah's book The Maldive Mystery for example
  31. ^ Ministry of Tourism website;http://www.tourism.gov.mv/ ; accessed on 03 April 2009
  32. ^ Report 'Fathuruverikamuge Tharaggeege Dhuveli, 35 Aharu' translated to english 'Pace of Tourism, 35 years'Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, volume 23. http://tourism.gov.mv/pubs/35_years_of_tourism_final.pdf ; accessed on 03 April 2009
  33. ^ http://www.foreign.gov.mv/v3/?p=menu_item&sub_id=21&submenu=Human%20Rights%20and%20Democracy
  34. ^ http://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&q=cache:vDo8t9r8544J:www.internat-recht.uni-kiel.de/veranstaltungen/lehrveranstaltungen/ss09/giegerich/vrII/materialien/PubIntLIIMaldives.pdf+maldives+%22international+covenant%22&hl=en&gl=us&sig=AFQjCNH5ZrO4bqRO0D_sET5MrodSBbxEpg
  35. ^ Clarence Maloney; People of the Maldive Islands
  36. ^ http://www.maldivesstory.com.mv/site%20files/after%20islam/latest/conversion-frames.htm Untitled Document at www.maldivesstory.com.mv

Further reading

  • Divehiraajjege Jōgrafīge Vanavaru. Muhammadu Ibrahim Lutfee. G.Sōsanī. Malé 1999.
  • H. C. P. Bell, The Maldive Islands, An account of the Physical Features, History, Inhabitants, Productions and Trade. Colombo 1883, ISBN 81 206 1222 1
  • H.C.P. Bell, The Maldive Islands; Monograph on the History, Archaeology and Epigraphy. Reprint Colombo 1940. Council for Linguistic and Historical Research. Male' 1989
  • H.C.P. Bell, Excerpta Maldiviana. Reprint Colombo 1922/35 edn. Asian Educational Services. New Delhi 1999
  • Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999, ISBN 84 7254 801 5
  • Divehi Tārīkhah Au Alikameh. Divehi Bahāi Tārikhah Khidmaiykurā Qaumī Markazu. Reprint 1958 edn. Malé 1990.
  • Christopher, William 1836-38. Transactions of the Bombay Geographical Society, Vol. I. Bombay.
  • Lieut. I.A. Young & W. Christopher, Memoirs on the Inhabitants of the Maldive Islands.
  • Geiger, Wilhelm. Maldivian Linguistic Studies. Reprint 1919 edn. Asian Educational Services. Delhi 1999.
  • Hockly, T.W. The Two Thousand Isles. Reprint 1835 edn. Asian Educational Services. .Delhi 2003.
  • Hideyuki Takahashi, Maldivian National Security –And the Threats of Mercenaries, The Round Table(London), No.^ Re:" Ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Maldives rejected proper assistance to a 14 years old Maldivian boy detained by Egyptian National Security" .
    • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

    351, July 1999, pp. 433–444.
  • Malten, Thomas: Malediven und Lakkadiven. Materialien zur Bibliographie der Atolle im Indischen Ozean. Beiträge zur Südasien-Forschung Südasien-Institut Universität Heidelberg, Nr. 87. Franz Steiner Verlag. .Wiesbaden, 1983.
  • Vilgon, Lars: Maldive and Minicoy Islands Bibliography with the Laccadive Islands.^ Buddhist remains have been also found in Minicoy Island, then part of the Maldive Kingdom, by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), in the latter half of the 20th century.
    • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

    Published by the author. Stockholm, 1994.

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Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Asia : South Asia : Maldives
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Capital Male
Government Republic
Currency Rufiyaa (MVR)
Area total: 300 km2
water: 0 km2
land: 300 km2
Population 359,008 (July 2006 est.)
Language Maldivian Dhivehi, English spoken by most government officials
Religion Sunni Muslim
Electricity 220V/50Hz (European or British plugs)
Calling Code +960
Internet TLD .mv
Time Zone UTC+5
.The Maldives (Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ Dhivehi Raajje) [1] are an archipelago of 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts) in the Indian Ocean.^ Inhabited islands of the Maldives .
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The former sultanate Maldives is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, it comprises of 1190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts); The Republik of Maldives has strategic location astride and along major sea lanes.
  • Maldives - Dhivehi Raajje - Indian Ocean, Maldives travel and tourism 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nationsonline.org [Source type: News]

^ The Maldives (or Maldive Islands) ( or ), officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island nation consisting of a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean.
  • Maldives - Avashya - India Web 2.0 News 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.avashya.com [Source type: Academic]

.They lie south-southwest of India and are considered part of Southern Asia.^ They lie south-southwest of India and are considered part of Southern Asia .
  • Maldives Hotel Bookings - Special rates hotels in Maldives 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.besthotelasia.com [Source type: General]

^ Gandhi intended India's quick response to underscore New Delhi's growing military role in southern Asia.
  • Maldive Islands Heading Them Off at the Atoll - TIME 20 September 2009 10:010 UTC www.time.com [Source type: General]

^ The British did not leave an administrative or cultural stamp as they did in India, except for their base in Gan in the south.
  • Maldives People 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.iias.nl [Source type: Original source]

Understand

History

.Formerly a Sultanate under Dutch and English protection, the Maldives are now a republic.^ I am now in Male, capital of Republic of Maldives.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Maldives was long a sultanate, first under Dutch and then under British protection.
  • CIA - The World Factbook -- Maldives 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.cia.gov [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 1965, Maldives declared its independence from Britain, and in 1968 the Sultanate was replaced by a Republic.

.Long ruled over with an iron fist by Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who did not hesitate to jail dissidents and was re-elected five times in more or less rigged elections, resistance to his rule culminated in violent rioting in 2003 and 2004. Much to everybody's surprise, free and fair elections were finally held in 2008, and Gayoom gracefully conceded defeat to opposition leader Mohamed "Anni" Nasheed.^ He has been elected as the president not by a fair election.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Gayoom was elected to a sixth five-year term in 2003.
  • Maldives: History, Geography, Government, and Culture — Infoplease.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.infoplease.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Even Gayoom’s son Farish Maumoon, when he visited New Delhi in July 2008, was given a red carpet welcome.
  • Dhivehi Observer Maldives News: Plea for a Change in New Delhi’s Neighbourhood Policy 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC doreview.blogspot.com [Source type: News]

.The Tsunami of 26 December 2004 caused extensive damage to the Maldives - of a population of only 290,000, over a third was directly affected by the tsunami and more than 29,000 people were left homeless.^ On 26 December 2004 , the Maldives were devastated by a tsunami following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake .
  • Maldives - Anarchopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 26 December 2004 the Maldives were devastated by a tsunami following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
  • Science > Social Sciences > Archaeology > Regional > Asia > Maldives 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC maldives.generalanswers.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A tsunami in the Indian Ocean caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake caused parts of Maldives to be covered by sea water and left many people homeless.

.The economic damage alone was over 62% of the GDP or US$470 million.^ Note: Per Capita GDP in US dollars, source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

^ The total damage was estimated at over 400 million dollars or some 62% of the GDP. A total of 108 people, including six foreigners, reportedly died in the tsunami.
  • Maldives - Anarchopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The total damage was estimated at over 400 million dollars or some 62% of the GDP. [ citation needed ] A total of 108 people, including six foreigners, reportedly died in the tsunami.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Some islands, including Thaa atoll Vilufushi, felt the brunt of the wave, and residents on the island are now living in temporary shelters on the island of Buruni in the same atoll.^ As there are certain islands in different atolls that have the same name, for administrative purposes this code is quoted before the name of the island, for example: Baa Funadhoo, Kaafu Funadhoo, Gaafu-Alifu Funadhoo.
  • Maldives - Anarchopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Mushimashmagili Named after the masses of small brown fusiliers that shoal here, this site is some 2.5 miles south of the uninhabited island of the same name in North Ari Atoll.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The islands comprise some 1800 small atolls and sandbanks built on the summits of old, submerged volcanoes.
  • Maldives – Dictionary definition of Maldives | Encyclopedia.com: FREE online dictionary 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.More than a year later, there are in excess of 11,000 people in temporary shelters across the country.^ Maldives attracts more than 500,000 tourists every year, who provide an estimated two thirds of its income.
  • Maldives News | Dhivehi Observer | South Asia 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: News]

^ The Maldives, a group of more than 1,000 small islands, has been a British Protectorate, an independent sultanate and, since 1968, a republic.
  • University of Minnesota Human Rights Library 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www1.umn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Resort developers, most of whom have a 50-year contract with Maldivian landowners, have since rushed in to add to the more than 85 resorts in existence.
  • Maldives: Paradise threatened? - Travel - LATimes.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC travel.latimes.com [Source type: General]

.It was a brutal shock to the small island state which is so vulnerable to environmental disasters and global warming.^ The interest of the Maldives relates to its identity as a small island state, especially in relation to matters of economic development and environmental preservation, and its desire to forge close relations with France, a main actor in the IOC region.
  • Maldives - Anarchopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ With global warming and the shrinking of the polar ice caps, the Maldives is directly threatened, as none of its islands rises more than six feet above sea level.
  • Maldives: History, Geography, Government, and Culture — Infoplease.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.infoplease.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Small island states on Friday unveiled a draft dea...

Economy

.Tourism, Maldives largest industry, accounts for 20% of GDP and more than 60% of the Maldives' foreign exchange receipts.^ Tourism is the largest industry in the Maldives.
  • Maldives Holidays - An online guide to the information on Maldives Resort Islands, Holidays, Travel and Tourism 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.maldivesonlineguide.com [Source type: News]

^ It is also the second-largest foreign exchange earner after tourism .
  • Maldives - Anarchopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Today, the Maldives' largest industry is tourism , accounting for 28% of GDP and more than 60% of the Maldives' foreign exchange receipts.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Over 90% of government tax revenue comes from import duties and tourism-related taxes.^ Over 90% of government tax revenue comes from import duties and tourism-related taxes.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ With no system of direct taxation, government revenue relies on import taxes, tourism taxes, and income generated by state-owned enterprises.
  • Maldives information on economic freedom | Facts, data, analysis, charts and more 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.heritage.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Major industries: tourism (including import duties and tourist taxes), fishing, agriculture, manufacturing.
  • University of Minnesota Human Rights Library 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www1.umn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Almost 400,000 tourists visited the islands in 1998. Fishing is a second leading sector.^ Fishing is the second leading sector.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Dec., 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami caused severe damage to many of the country's low-lying islands, and hurt the important fishing and tourist industries.
  • Maldives Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Maldives 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 1998, a 10-year moratorium banning shark fishing was imposed to cover the seven atolls where tourism had been established on the assumption that many tourists visited the Maldives to see sharks.
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.The Maldivian Government began an economic reform program in 1989 initially by lifting import quotas and opening some exports to the private sector.^ The Maldivian Government began an economic reform program in 1989, initially by lifting import quotas and opening some exports to the private sector.
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^ Maldivian demands for constitutional reform began in the 1930s; internal self-government was achieved in 1948 and full independence in 1965.
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^ It is home to all government ministries and departments, all of the larger private companies, banks, communications and the key institutions that control the nation's economic and social life.

.Subsequently, it has liberalized regulations to allow more foreign investment.^ Subsequently, it has liberalized regulations to allow more foreign investment.
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^ International foreign aid, assistance and investment is more likely to occur in a stable country.
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^ In recent years the government has encouraged more foreign investment.
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.Agriculture and manufacturing continue to play a minor role in the economy, constrained by the limited availability of cultivable land and the shortage of domestic labor.^ Agriculture and manufacturing continue to play a lesser role in the economy, constrained by the limited availability of cultivable land and the shortage of domestic labor.
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^ Equally relevant is to underline the fact that the Tamil minority groups look to India and want New Delhi to play an assertive role for restoring their dignity.
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^ A: In a nation with less than one percent land and over 99 percent sea, the weather obviously plays a significant role in day-to-day life.

.Most staple foods must be imported.^ Most staple foods must be imported.
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^ Most food served in tourist resorts is imported.
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.Industry, which consists mainly of garment production, boat building, and handicrafts, accounts for about 18% of GDP. Maldivian authorities worry about the impact of erosion and possible global warming on their low-lying country; 80% of the area is one meter or less above sea level.^ The highest point is 2.4 meters above sea level.
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^ The Maldivians we met didn't seem as worried by global warming as we.
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^ Industry is limited, consisting primarily of fish and coconut processing, shipping, boat building, garment and handicraft production, and coral and sand mining.
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Culture

.Maldivians are almost entirely Sunni Muslim, and the local culture is a mixture of South Indian, Sinhalese and Arab influences.^ Ethnic groups: South Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs.
  • Maldives - Dhivehi Raajje - Indian Ocean, Maldives travel and tourism 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.nationsonline.org [Source type: News]

^ Maldives: Encyclopedia - Culture of the Maldives Maldivian culture is derived from a number of sources among them, its proximity to Sri Lanka and South India, its conversion to Islam in the 12th century , and its location as a crossroads in the central Indian ocean.

^ No one is entirely sure where the Maldivian people -- almost all Sunni Muslim -- came from, but it is assumed South India or Sri Lanka.
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.While alcohol, pork, dogs and public observance of non-Muslim religions are banned on the inhabited islands, the resort islands are allowed to exist in a bubble where anything goes.^ The country embraces travellers from around the world allowing them the freedoms holiday makers require without compromising the islands’ deep Muslim faith one bit.
  • Maldives Travel Information and Travel Guide - Lonely Planet 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.lonelyplanet.com [Source type: General]

^ At least 75 humans perished, including sise foreigners, & a lot infrastructure was misused in Xiii of the inhabited islands & Twenty-nine of the resort islands.
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^ IDD facilities are available on all resorts and card phones are available on all inhabited islands.

.Note that the weekend in the Maldives runs from Friday to Saturday, during which banks, government offices and many shops are closed.^ Weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.

^ Maldives Travel Tips Business Offices : 07:00 to 14:30, Sunday to Thursday Banks : 07:00 to 14:30, Sunday to Thursday Post Offices : 07:00 to 14:30, Sunday to Thursday Shops : 08:30 to 23:00, Saturday to Thursday; 13:30 to 23:00, Fridays .
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^ Today they have informed Bank of New York at New York, where Maldive Government keeps their reserves to hold on to the funds before they are abused by the regime.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.You won't notice this at the resorts though, except that lunch hours may be shifted for Friday prayers.^ This schedule is liable to alteration and cancellation on a day to day basis so you may spend a night in Male or be forced to wait up to 4 hours for a connection at Male airport.
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^ The Government yesterday announced it will award Yacht Tours an island, after an independent committee ruled the company may have won the Biyadhoo Resort if its bid had not been disqualified in 2004.
  • Maldives News | Dhivehi Observer | South Asia 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: News]

^ Dear peace loving Maldivian Brothers and Sisters, Please join me in this prayer, "May Allah bless you all".
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

Climate

.The Maldives are tropical, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures around 30°C throughout the year.^ The Maldives has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year round and a great deal of sunshine.

^ Climate The Maldives have a tropical climate with warm temperatures year round and a great deal of sunshine.
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^ Cowry shells (also spelled "cowrie"), are marine snails of the genus Cypraea (family Cypraeidae), found chiefly in tropical regions, especially around the Maldives or the East Indies.

.However, rainfall increases considerably during the April-October southwest monsoon, particularly from June to August.^ The rainy season , from May to August, is brought by the southwest monsoon; from December to March the northeast monsoon brings dry and mild winds.
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^ Although it is warm throughout the year there are slight variations in the temperature during certain periods determined by the monsoon from November to April is mostly dry with very little wind, while the Southwest monsoon from May to October brings some rain and the temperature varies very little.

^ February is the driest with January to April being relatively dry, May and October records the highest average monthly rainfall.

Regions

.The Maldives are formed of 26 atolls, or atholhu in Dhivehi — the source of the English word.^ Groups of these islands are clustered into 'Atolls', the word derived from a word 'Atholhu' in Dhivehi, a Maldivian language.
  • Maldives Hotels and Resorts - Special DISCOUNT & RESERVE NOW! 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.asia-discovery.com [Source type: General]

^ The Maldives is a nation consisting of 26 natural atolls , comprising 1192 islands .
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^ Atoll: The only word in English derived from the Dhevehi language, it translates into 'administrative district'.
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.These are not single islands, but giant ringlike coral formations hundreds of kilometers wide that have fragmented into countless islands.^ The Maldives is located south of India's Lakshadweep islands, and about seven hundred kilometers (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka.
  • Maldives - Avashya - India Web 2.0 News 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.avashya.com [Source type: Academic]

^ Nature has fragmented the archipelago into 1,190 tiny islands that occupy a mere one per cent of its 90,000 sq km territory.
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^ Large numbers of these islands combined with other coral growth form an atoll, encompassing a lagoon.

.Atoll naming is complex, as the atolls have both lengthy traditional Dhivehi names like Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi, and snappy code names like Baa that refer to administrative regions and may consist of more than one geographical atoll.^ For this reason, several atolls have both an old traditional name and a name for its administrative region, some of which can be one and the same, for example, the administrative region of Lhaviyani Atoll is the geographical atoll of Faadhippolhu.
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^ He studied the ancient mounds, called havitta or ustubu (these names are derived from chaitiya or stupa ) ( Dhivehi : ހަވިއްތަ ) by the Maldivians, which are found on many of the atolls.
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^ He studied the ancient mounds, called havitta or ustubu (these names are derived from chaitiya or stupa ) ( Dhivehi : ހަވިއްތަ) by the Maldivians, which are found on many of the atolls.
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.The code names are actually just the letters of Dhivehi alphabet, but being easier for non-Maldivians to remember and pronounce, the code names are popular in the travel industry and are hence also used here.^ This code denomination has been very much abused by foreigners and tourists who didn't understand the proper use of these names and have ignored the Maldivian true names in publications for tourists.
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^ In addition to a name, every administrative division is identified by Maldivian code letters, such as " Haa Alif " for Thiladhunmati Uthuruburi (Thiladhunmathi North); and by a Latin code letter.
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^ This code denomination has been very much abused by foreigners who didn't understand the proper use of these names and have ignored the Maldivian true names in publications for tourists.
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Of the 20 administrative atoll groups, only (parts of) 10 are open to tourism, and from north to south these are:
Lhaviyani (Miladhunmadulu Uthuruburi)
Raa (Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi)
Baa (Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi)
.Kaafu (North and South Male Atoll)
Site of the capital Male and the airport, home of most Maldivian resorts.^ Area: Kaafu Atoll (South Male Atoll), 50 rooms.
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^ North Male atolls is pretty impressive.
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^ Kaafu Atoll (north Male Atoll), Maldives .
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.Alifu (Ari)
To the west of Kaafu, the second most popular group.^ Alifu Atoll (North Ari Atoll) , Alifu Atoll (South Ari Atoll) , Baa Atoll , Dhaalu Atoll , Faafu Atoll , Kaafu Atoll (North Male Atoll) , Kaafu Atoll (South Male Atoll) , Lhaviyani Atoll , Male (Capital Island) , Meemu Atoll , Raa Atoll , Seenu Atoll .
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Vaavu (Felidhu)
Meemu (Mulak)
Faafu (Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi)
Dhaalu (Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi)
.Seenu (Addu)
The southernmost atoll, the second-largest in population and site of Gan International Airport.^ Government ministers, foreign journalists and leading businessmen had gathered in Addu atoll today for the opening of the four hundred bed resort, which will be the Maldives' second largest.
  • Maldives News | Dhivehi Observer | South Asia 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: News]

^ The first ever commercial Sky-Diving (Boogie) event in the Maldives will be held in Gan (Addu Atoll) from 13th to 21st February 2007.
  • Maldives Holidays - An online guide to the information on Maldives Resort Islands, Holidays, Travel and Tourism 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.maldivesonlineguide.com [Source type: News]

^ Flight Equator Village organised our flights from Malé International (domestic terminal) to Gan Airport.
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

.The other atolls are Gaafu Alifu, Gaafu Dhaalu, Gnaviyani, Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Laamu, Nyavinani, Seenu, Shaviyani, and Thaa.^ As there are certain islands in different atolls that have the same name, for administrative purposes this code is quoted before the name of the island, for example: Baa Funadhoo, Kaafu Funadhoo, Gaafu-Alifu Funadhoo.
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^ Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll .
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^ Dear People of Laamu Atoll, Everyone knows that this so called delegation from your atoll is none other but a staged event.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

  • Male - The capital and largest city
  • Hithadhoo - Second-largest city and short-lived home of the Suvadive secessionist movement

Get in

.The Maldives have a remarkably easy visa policy: everybody gets a free 30-day visa on arrival, provided that they have a valid travel document, a ticket out and proof of sufficient funds, defined as either a confirmed reservation in any resort or US$100 + $50/day in cash.^ The best days of Maldives are ahead of us.
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^ Have reasonable grounds (not necessarily solid proof) that the person is carrying fraudulent travel documents.

^ The small group of mercenaries arrived in the Maldives smuggling their light arms in diving equipment, but did not carry out the mission because Gayoom had been tipped about their arrival and they found that they had been misinformed about the popularity of Gayoom.
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.This can be extended up to 90 days at Male, but you'll need to indicate where you're staying for that long.^ Loads of Atolls and reefs, pristine crystal clear water, and great surfing: you'll need a boat though!
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^ This schedule is liable to alteration and cancellation on a day to day basis so you may spend a night in Male or be forced to wait up to 4 hours for a connection at Male airport.
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^ I wish you could wake up under tyranny just one day and then you would be praying for the chance to salute the Maldivian flag.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

See the Department of Immigration and Emigration website [2] for details.
.Importing alcohol, pork or pornography (very broadly defined) into the Maldives is forbidden and all luggage is X-rayed on arrival.^ X X-Rays: Prepare to have all your luggage X-rayed at Customs on arrival.
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^ Customs: Strict laws prohibit the importing of alcohol, narcotics, pornography and pork products.
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^ Indian Ocean Paradise: Kanuhura and Huvafen Fushi - Maldives This itinerary combines 2 of our favorite resorts into a trip that touches on all the best features of the Maldives .
  • Maldives honeymoon packages | Maldives vacations | Maldives travel specials 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.thebigday.com [Source type: General]

On the way out, note that exporting sand or seashells is also forbidden.

By plane

.Practically all visitors arrive at Malé International Airport (IATA: MLE, ICAO: VRMM), located on Hulhulé Island right next to the capital Male.^ Malé is the capital and the largest island.
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^ The capital of the Maldives shall be the island of Male´.
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^ Maldives Victory There will always be speculation about what caused the Maldives Victory to sink, but we do know that the 3500 tonne cargo vessel went down on Friday 13th in 1981 close to Hulule island, site of Male International Airport.
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.The airport is served by a wide array of flights to India, Sri Lanka, Dubai and major airports in South-East Asia, as well as an increasing number of charters from Europe.^ The national language is Dhivehi that has affinities with several languages in India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia.
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^ The First settlers may well have been from Sri Lanka and Southern India.
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^ Maldives: Encyclopedia - Culture of the Maldives Maldivian culture is derived from a number of sources among them, its proximity to Sri Lanka and South India, its conversion to Islam in the 12th century , and its location as a crossroads in the central Indian ocean.

.Many flights stop in Colombo (Sri Lanka) on the way.^ Legend has it that a prince and his wife, the daughter of the King of today’s Sri Lanka, stopped at Raa Atoll during a voyage and were invited to stay as rulers.
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^ Maldivian culture shares many aspects with Sri Lanka and Kerala, namely a strong matriarchal tradition.

^ Air Maldives flights to take Gayyoom's family to Sri Lanka.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Gan Airport (IATA: GAN, ICAO: VRMG), on the southern atoll of Addu, also serves an international flight to Milan several times a week.^ Flight Equator Village organised our flights from Malé International (domestic terminal) to Gan Airport.
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

^ Breaking News Charter flight to Addu to be diverted to Male' Addu - 02:30 - Reliable sources are reporting that the Condor flight which was due to land in Gan Addu will now be diverted to Male' tomorrow.
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^ Two years later, the United Kingdom obtained permission to reestablish its wartime airfield on Gan in the southernmost Addu Atoll .
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Departure taxes are included in your ticket.
British Airways now fly direct from London Gatwick to Male 3 times a week (Sunday, Tuesday and Friday)
.Singapore Airlines flies daily direct from Singapore to Male, with late night timings.^ It is the first service British Airways has run to the Maldives and it will be flying to Male, whilst the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh spells a return for the airline.

^ A private airline company in Singapore has been given the task of evacuating the "family and associates" from Male' if the time comes.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

By boat

.There are no regular passenger boats to the Maldives.^ There is no problem with a women being the President, as long as She is capable and accepted by the citizens of the Maldives.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There were also sessions in the morning and at sunset where no one was out, surfing 4 foot Sultans while the sun went down with 2 other guys from my boat...
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^ Of course neutering the cats would be the most effective way to keep control of the feline population, but as I understand there are no vets in the Maldives.
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Even yachts usually steer clear, as navigating around the reefs is hazardous and permits are expensive.

Get around

.Getting around in the Maldives takes three forms: boats, sea planes (air taxis) and private yachts.^ The boat is excellent for surfers and even groups of couples who want to experience a romantic break whilst surfing and taking in the breathtaking islands of the Maldives.
  • Maldives Surf Charter Maldives Surf Trip Surfing Maldives Surfing Holiday Surf Charters 25 September 2009 5:59 UTC www.xoxxisurf.com [Source type: General]

^ Islam was introduced around A.D.800, and the moderate form practiced in Maldives has remained virtually unchanged.

The boats are the Maldivian equivalent of a car, while planes and private yachts are mainly reserved for tourists.
.Air taxis and boats prefer not to operate at night, so if you arrive at the airport after dark and are going to a distant resort, you may have to spend the night in Male or at the airport hotel in Hulhule.^ This schedule is liable to alteration and cancellation on a day to day basis so you may spend a night in Male or be forced to wait up to 4 hours for a connection at Male airport.
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^ Ok if you're expecting 5* luxury then please dont go to this resort and slag it off when you return, its just not that type of place.
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^ Hotel Fresco from USD 100 Hulhule Island Hotel (Airport Hotel) from USD 248 Kam Hotel from USD 112 .
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.Private transfers, though expensive can be opted for resort transfers, instead of spending the whole night at Male.^ This schedule is liable to alteration and cancellation on a day to day basis so you may spend a night in Male or be forced to wait up to 4 hours for a connection at Male airport.
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^ The cheapest being the larger resorts such as Sun Island , Male itself and Kuredu and the most expensive being the Hilton Rangali and comparable five plus star resorts.

.Private transfers could cost anywhere between 500-800 USD. On the way back, there may also be a significant gap between the time your transfer arrives and your flight departure.^ There was a time when your country ruled half the world, but see how now your sun has set?
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^ Or will you turn back the ship and try to undo what can't be undone, and turn back time to find your way back home when its too late?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ May Allah bless your little brother and family at this very difficult moment in time.
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Check with your resort or travel agent.
.Independent travel to inhabited islands other than Male requires an Inter Atoll Travel Permit from the Ministry of Atolls [3], and receiving one requires Rf.10, a copy of your passport and — the hard part — an invitation from a resident of the island you wish to visit.^ If you are keen for a boat to penaitan (one palm, napalms, plus other world class waves), read my thread in travel section, ignore my overly stoked ramblings and dial rocky's number.
  • Realsurf.com • View topic - Mentawais Vs Maldives 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC forum.realsurf.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Maldives, a group of more than 1,000 small islands, has been a British Protectorate, an independent sultanate and, since 1968, a republic.
  • University of Minnesota Human Rights Library 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www1.umn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Whether on sea, underwater, or on one of the most beautiful tropical islands you have ever seen, Vermillion Travels offers you the best of all worlds.
  • Welcome to Vermillion Maldives Resorts, SPECIAL RATES direct from Maldives and vacation Maldives packages 25 September 2009 5:59 UTC www.vermillionmaldives.com [Source type: General]

.Permits are not necessary for the organized island-hopping tours arranged by resorts and liveaboards.^ The Government yesterday announced it will award Yacht Tours an island, after an independent committee ruled the company may have won the Biyadhoo Resort if its bid had not been disqualified in 2004.
  • Maldives News | Dhivehi Observer | South Asia 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: News]

^ (Maldives Tourism Promotion Board) Once again Sun Island Resort & Spa have been awarded top accolades from two of the UK's leading tour operators...
  • Maldives: travel, news, maldives news, news maldives, maldives updates, maldives reports, maldives tourism news, travel news maldives, maldive news 25 September 2009 5:59 UTC www.innermaldives.com [Source type: News]

By plane

.No point in the Maldives is more than 45 minutes away by plane from Male, and visitors to the more far-flung resorts use air taxi services.^ For more on the different resorts try Resorts of Maldives .

^ Maldives attracts more than 500,000 tourists every year, who provide an estimated two thirds of its income.
  • Maldives News | Dhivehi Observer | South Asia 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: News]

^ The Maldives, a group of more than 1,000 small islands, has been a British Protectorate, an independent sultanate and, since 1968, a republic.
  • University of Minnesota Human Rights Library 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www1.umn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There are two main operators: Maldivian Air Taxi, with red and white planes, and Trans Maldivian Airways, with yellow and blue planes.^ The resident super-male Napoleon wrasse seems comfortable in the presence of divers, and there are thousands of yellow blue-striped snappers.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Dubai and Sharjah (and perhaps Abu Dhabi but I hadn't taken taxis there) in the UAE are category one states too whereas the smaller emirates in UAE belong to category two.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

.The services are largely identical, with both flying DHC-6 Twin Otter seaplanes that take around 10 passengers.^ Seaplane: Travelling between islands is best effected by Twin Otter seaplane or fast speedboat.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Scheduled inter-island services are provided by Island Aviation [4], which flies from Male to Gan, Hanimaadhoo, Kaadeddhoo and Kaddhoo.^ Island Aviation which provides the transfers from Male to Gan runs a scheduled service and a timetable can be found on the web.
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

^ Airport: The main airport is on the artificially extended island of Hulhule near Male, and linked by a ferry service.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This event is being organized by Skydive-Nuggets of Germany and Island Aviation Services.
  • Maldives Holidays - An online guide to the information on Maldives Resort Islands, Holidays, Travel and Tourism 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.maldivesonlineguide.com [Source type: News]

Travel permits are required.

By boat

.The taxi boats generally take tourists to and from the islands in the North and South Male atolls.^ North Male atolls is pretty impressive.
  • Realsurf.com • View topic - Mentawais Vs Maldives 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC forum.realsurf.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Although some larger atolls are approximately 50 kilometers long from north to south, and 30 kilometers wide from east to w ...

^ Banana Reef: Named for its shape, and also known as the Washing Machine, this reef is close to Club Med in the south of North Male Atoll and subject to strong currents and equally strong eddies from the ocean.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.They come in all different shapes and sizes depending on the quality of the resort you stay in — the Four Seasons has a large enclosed motor cruiser with drinks and food, while the lesser resorts have open sided dhoni fishing boats.^ A large resort, more modern and expansive than the other resorts, it was a different experience with 83 villas and beach-side houses, three bars, three restaurants, a dive center, tennis courts, a gym and an enormous spa.
  • Maldives: Paradise threatened? - Travel - LATimes.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC travel.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Government ministers, foreign journalists and leading businessmen had gathered in Addu atoll today for the opening of the four hundred bed resort, which will be the Maldives' second largest.
  • Maldives News | Dhivehi Observer | South Asia 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: News]

^ The serious diving resorts include Biyadoo - very good food as they grow their own fruit and vegetables and Elaidoo - popular with Germans and Belgians.

Talk

.Maldivian Dhivehi, a close relative of Sinhala (spoken in Sri Lanka) but with borrowings from Hindi, Arabic and many other languages, is the official language.^ He studied the ancient mounds, called havitta or ustubu (these names are derived from chaitiya or stupa ) ( Dhivehi : ހަވިއްތަ ) by the Maldivians, which are found on many of the atolls.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He studied the ancient mounds, called havitta or ustubu (these names are derived from chaitiya or stupa ) ( Dhivehi : ހަވިއްތަ) by the Maldivians, which are found on many of the atolls.
  • Maldives - Anarchopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ No one is entirely sure where the Maldivian people -- almost all Sunni Muslim -- came from, but it is assumed South India or Sri Lanka.
  • Maldives: Paradise threatened? - Travel - LATimes.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC travel.latimes.com [Source type: General]

.It is written in a remarkable hybrid script called Thaana, which uses Arabic and Indic numbers as the base of the alphabet, written from right to left with Arabic vowel signs.^ Unlike former scripts thaana is written from right to left.

^ The present-day written script is called Thaana and is written from right to left.
  • Maldives - Anarchopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The traditional system consisted of children gathering in homes called ‘edhuruge’ to learn the Holy Quran, Dhivehi language, and the Arabic script and to learn to recite the Noble Quan.
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.The script is thought to have originated as a secret code for writing magical formulas so that outsiders can't read them, which would also explain why the ordering of the alphabet is, as far as linguists can tell, completely random!^ Please be aware, if you think it is only people who know how to read and write simple DHIVEHI, then I would say you are simply not aware of what has been going on in the world.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Explaining why he has to resort to anonymous sources, he writes: .
  • Quadrant Online - Australian Apologetics for Islam 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.quadrant.org.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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.English is widely spoken, particularly by government officials and those working in the tourism industry.^ English is used widely in commerce and increasingly as the medium of instruction in government schools .
  • Maldives - Anarchopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In Maldives, sharks have a particularly valuable role in the tourism industry, which generates some 30 per cent of the country’s GDP. .
  • Maldives Holidays - An online guide to the information on Maldives Resort Islands, Holidays, Travel and Tourism 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.maldivesonlineguide.com [Source type: News]

^ About 20 percent of the workforce in 1999 worked in the fishing industry; 15 percent in industry; 10 percent in tourism, and 55 percent in other sectors.
  • Culture of Maldives - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 25 September 2009 5:59 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Powderblue surgeonfish, one of the most common reef fish in the Maldives
Powderblue surgeonfish, one of the most common reef fish in the Maldives
.Aside from making the water bungalow rock on your honeymoon, the primary activity on the Maldives is scuba diving.^ Wrecks: As the water is so deep, the Maldives is not noted for wreck-diving.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Infact, I was just looking for pictures of the Maldives, information on scuba diving, coral reefs etc.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Jump in at the north-east corner on the south side of the channel and make your way to the underwater cliff, where the ancient rock drops down into the depths.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The atolls are all coral reefs hundreds of kilometers away from any major landmass, meaning that water clarity is excellent and underwater life is abundant.^ Nearly all bony coral reef fishes produce pelagic young (meaning they live in the water column for a period of time before settling on reefs), and the length of the stage is highly variable, from only a week in some damselfishes to greater than 64 weeks in some porcupine fishes .

^ Maldives: Encyclopedia - Atoll An atoll is a type of low, coral island found in tropical oceans and consisting of a coral-algal reef surrounding a central depression.

^ The Maldives has twenty-six natural atolls and few island groups on isolated reefs, all of which have been divided into twenty-one administrative divisions (twenty administrative atolls and Malé city).
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Manta rays, sharks, even a few wrecks, you name it, you can find it in the Maldives.^ According to surveys, about 30 per cent of tourists visit the Maldives for its underwater marine with life, viewing sharks and manta rays as their top priorities.
  • Maldives Holidays - An online guide to the information on Maldives Resort Islands, Holidays, Travel and Tourism 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.maldivesonlineguide.com [Source type: News]

^ You will see both whitetip reef sharks and large marble rays hunting in close proximity and octopus too, out looking for food.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Blacktip Reef Shark: Not to be confused with the similarly named blacktip Carchahinus limbartus, the melanopterus of the Maldives is a pretty little shark that hunts in shallow water on top of the reef.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.While diving is very good by world standards even in the immediate vicinity of Male, visibility and the chance of encountering large pelagics increases as you head to the outer atolls.^ South Male Atoll: The atoll south of Male has good current flows, so good diving.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The serious diving resorts include Biyadoo - very good food as they grow their own fruit and vegetables and Elaidoo - popular with Germans and Belgians.

^ A difficult dive with strong currents and visibility not always good.

.Many divers opt for liveaboards, which can actually work out much cheaper than paying high resort fees.^ Summary: A very basic, simple resort, where you get what you pay for (it’s much cheaper than most resorts).
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

^ While many people, especially in the business of fisheries, assumed short lifespans for many fish, researchers are starting to find that many live much longer than previously expected.

.Currents vary considerably, with generally little inside the atolls but some powerful streams to be found on the sides facing the open sea.^ We found it first on January 1, off the east face of Suvadiva atoll, anti inside the atoll, when it was St, abundant that it filled regular lanes in the water, and the tow brought in nothing else.
  • Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 20 September 2009 10:010 UTC www.mbl.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The narrow channel faces out of the atoll into the vast expanse of the open ocean.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The ocean currents were relentlessly rolling in from the North-east, and this side of the Maldivian archipelago was the first obstruction to the flow after thousands of miles of open ocean.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Water in the Maldives is warm throughout the year and a 3mm shorty or Lycra diveskin is plenty.^ The highest level of visibility that one could expect- sometimes exceeding 50 metres - and warm temperatures throughout the year makes diving in the Maldives a delight you would want to experience over and over again.
  • Male Hotels Maldives - Cheap Hotels in Male 85% Off. 9 October 2009 20:37 UTC www.hotelsguru.com [Source type: General]

^ The warm tropical climate results in relatively minor variations in daily temperature throughout the year.

^ Maldives: Encyclopedia II - Geography of the Maldives - Climate The temperature of Maldives ranges between 24 and 33 °C throughout the year.

.Decompression chambers can be found on Bandos in Kaafu (15 min from Male) and at Kuramathi on Alifu.^ Alifu Atoll (North Ari Atoll) , Alifu Atoll (South Ari Atoll) , Baa Atoll , Dhaalu Atoll , Faafu Atoll , Kaafu Atoll (North Male Atoll) , Kaafu Atoll (South Male Atoll) , Lhaviyani Atoll , Male (Capital Island) , Meemu Atoll , Raa Atoll , Seenu Atoll .
  • Maldives Hotels & Resorts DISCOUNT RATE Up to 75% off with HotelsMaldives.com - Discount Maldives hotels Bookings - Cheap Room Rates. 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.hotelsmaldives.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The one downside to diving in the Maldives is that it's quite expensive by Asian standards.^ For someone just dropping by from India, Maldives looks expensive but that is an unfair comment because the standard of living is higher here.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "Dived the Maldive Victory in November 2005 and it was one of the most challenging dives that me and the wife have ever done.

^ If you're up to it, HP Reef offers one of the best dives in the Maldives.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Prices vary considerably from resort to resort, with specialist dive resorts offering better prices, but in general, you'll be looking at around US$50 for a single boat dive with your own gear and closer to US$75 without.^ I would recommend that if you have luggage space, take your own snorkel gear including fins(flippers) as these can be quite expensive to buy when you are out there, but if you don't mind contributing to the local economy these can be bought from one of the shops just outside of the resort for about $80.
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

^ Maldives Islands and Maldives Forum - holidays, travel, photo, resort, map, cruise, safari boat, dive, weather, useful information for travel to Maldives with over 90 island tourist resorts offering the lowest rates .
  • Maldives Islands and Maldives Forum - holidays, travel, photo, resort, map, cruise, safari boat, dive, weather, useful information for travel to Maldives with over 90 island tourist resorts offering the lowest rates 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC hellomaldives.com [Source type: General]

^ The serious diving resorts include Biyadoo - very good food as they grow their own fruit and vegetables and Elaidoo - popular with Germans and Belgians.

.Beware of surcharges: you may be charged extra for boat use, guided dives, larger tanks, etc.^ You may think a dive here is somewhat unnatural but it's a chance to see these large creatures in dramatic close-up.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This surfing charter is fully equipped with a separate dingy boat and an experienced surfing guide to show you the best surfing of the Maldives.
  • Maldives Surf Charter Maldives Surf Trip Surfing Maldives Surfing Holiday Surf Charters 25 September 2009 5:59 UTC www.xoxxisurf.com [Source type: General]

^ Alternatively you can do boat dives, for which there is a US$ 10 charge per boat trip.

.On the upside, safety standards are usually very high, with well-maintained gear and strict adherence to protocol (check dives, maximum depth, computer use, etc) being the rule rather than the exception.^ A unique feature of Maldivian society is a very high divorce rate by either South Asian or Islamic standards, which demonstrates the high ...

^ They make electricity prices extremely high in islands and say 'look very few people use it and we have to run it at a loss'.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Leisure divers are asked to limit maximum depths to 30m and carry safety devices such as SMBs or flags, which many dive boats supply on free loan to clients.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Buy

.The local currency is the Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR, Rf), divided into 100 laari.^ The unit of currency of the Maldives shall be Rufiyaa, which shall be divided into one hundred Laari.
  • Constitution of the Republic of Maldives 1998 9 October 2009 20:37 UTC www.asianlii.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The Local Market: The Local Market, just a block away from the Male’ Fish Market on the northern waterfront, is divided into small stalls.

^ Currency: The Maldivian Rufiyaa is rarely used in resorts.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.However, by law resorts price services in US dollars and require payment in hard currency (or credit card), so there's absolutely no need to change money if you're going to spend all your time at the resorts.^ Payments in the resorts and hotels can be made in most hard currency in cash, travelers’ cheques or credit cards.

^ But there is no need now to change it.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There is no need of all this bullshit to topple them.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Most hotels have a shop but this is limited to diving and holiday essentials (sun cream, sarongs, disposable cameras, etc.^ Have their own yachts for charter plus do resort and hotel bookings, operate luxury tours, air tickets, dive trips, cruising, surfing, safris etc.

^ InterContinental Hotels Group to manage Holiday Inn Malé (e-Travel Blackboard) - InterContinental Hotels Group has signed an agreement with Malé Hotel Associates Sourcing Limited, to manage the Holiday Inn Malé in Maldives, scheduled to ...
  • Maldives: travel, news, maldives news, news maldives, maldives updates, maldives reports, maldives tourism news, travel news maldives, maldive news 25 September 2009 5:59 UTC www.innermaldives.com [Source type: News]

^ Dive Sites of the Maldives • Maldives Dive Operators • Maldives Accommodation • Books to Take to the Maldives • Your Comments • Underwater photos of the Maldives • Compare Maldives Holiday Prices (with Kelkoo) • Find a Hotel in the Maldives • Find a flight to the Maldives .

) .Some excursions from resorts will take you to local islands where there are handicraft type things to buy, but there are typically made outside the Maldives and sold at outrageous markups.^ There is some fishy thing going on.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I would recommend that if you have luggage space, take your own snorkel gear including fins(flippers) as these can be quite expensive to buy when you are out there, but if you don't mind contributing to the local economy these can be bought from one of the shops just outside of the resort for about $80.
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

^ Mosquitos Not a plague like on some local islands or on Filitheyo (the resort we visited before going to Equator Village), but if you are prone to get bitten, take some mossie repellent with you as I don’t think Equator Village gets “fogged” with anti-mossie stuff like other resorts do (for a start, Equator Village is only part of a larger island, so even if they fogged the resort, they mossies would still come in from outside the resort), and of course the linked local islands don’t get fogged either.
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

.If you are heading to Male or the other inhabited atolls, exchanging some rufiyaa will come in handy.^ However in some cases, some large geographical atolls are divided into two small administrative regions whereas some other two small geographical atolls are grouped into one administrative region.
  • Maldives Hotels and Resorts - Special DISCOUNT & RESERVE NOW! 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.asia-discovery.com [Source type: General]

^ Who paid the travel cost and accommodation and food in Male' of all the delegations coming to you from the atolls ministry.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The poor Katheeb's and atoll chiefs have come to Male' (with huge expenditure from the budget) and they are 'voting' infront of him in every way he wishes.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

The coins, in particular, are quite attractive and make an interesting souvenir in themselves. The official exchange rate to the US dollar is fixed at 12.75:1, but while dollars are near-universally accepted, shops usually exchange them at 12:1 or even 10:1.

Costs

.There's no way around it: the Maldives are expensive, and there is effectively no budget accommodation or transport.^ Transport within the Maldives is expensive.
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^ The "ruling party" is openly opposing change and so there is no way that the president can go ahead with any reform agenda which reduces his or his family's power.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ (But keep in mind there is no way that you get the right person as a body guard...
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Resorts have a monopoly on services for their guests and charge accordingly: for mid-range resorts, $1000 per week per couple is a conservative budget for meals, drinks and excursions, above and beyond the cost of flights and accommodation.^ All-Inclusive We booked directly with Equator Village and were only given the option of all inclusive, at a very reasonable price ($136 per room per night inclusive of service charge).
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

^ I got bitten a couple of times when I forgot to reapply the repellent, but found the mossies far less annoying than on Filitheyo, the resort we'd been to the week before.
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

.Practically anything — including hotel rooms if booked locally — gets slapped with an arbitrary 10% "service charge", but tips are expected on top.^ "Real-time Hotel Room Availability" "Instant Confirmation upon Booking Completion" "Receive Hotel Voucher Instantly upon Booking Completion" "No Hidden Charges, the Price you see is the Price you pay!"
  • Maldives Hotels & Resorts - Best Price Hotel Resort in Maldives with Instant Confirmation & Last Minute Bookings. 25 September 2009 5:59 UTC www.southtravels.com [Source type: General]

^ TripAdvisor LLC is not a booking agent and does not charge any service fees to users of our site...
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

^ Yet Desperate Tip Seeker 2, in his course voice, claimed ignorance, and then asked, "You have booking at hotel?
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

Eat

.All the resorts are self contained so they have at least one restaurant, which generally serve the type of cuisine expected by their guests.^ Q: Do they all live in one island?

^ It has been reported in the Singapore press that new Indian immigrants to Singapore, mostly IT professionals, missed this type of "Chinese food" so much that at least five Indian style Chinese restaurants have opened in Singapore to serve this market.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They have to face you all one way or another, the smartest way of doing things is get hold of them one by one, make them testify to you all ,come on after all what have they done?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

( i.e. modern European or generic Asian). .Breakfast is almost always included, and most resorts offer the option of half-board, which means you get a dinner buffet, and full board, which means you get a lunch and dinner buffet.^ Breakfast, lunch and dinner are buffet style and the choice of food is good.
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

^ Summary: A very basic, simple resort, where you get what you pay for (it’s much cheaper than most resorts).
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

^ It's best to go full board as everything is very expensive, including equipment hire.

.These can limit the damage compared to ordering a la carte, but your options are typically very limited and drinks are often not covered, not necessarily even water.^ You have to cover your expenses in getting there, and a small donation – but after that, you too can enjoy whale sharks daily with a side order of paradise.
  • DC Rainmaker: A day with the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC dcrainmaker.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ But, your opinion for limiting freedom for journalists is not a very good idea.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The power of these local chiefs is very limited and they take few responsibilities.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.If you're planning on drinking a lot, it may be worthwhile to go all inclusive, but even this typically restricts you to house drinks.^ May Allah be with you all.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We are all over and you are going to be fucked!
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This is free of charge if you go all inclusive.
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

.The only other place to find food is Male.^ Look at the Guy we have here, Apart from the Fixed "Jalsaas" and other set meetings did he ever attends places in even small Male'.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The only place they cannot play like this is in Male' and look the percentages there, 60%.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

This comes in two forms. .Either small restaurants aimed at the tourists (of which there are a couple of nice Thai restaurants), which are often expensive, or small cafes called hotaa, selling local Maldivian food at prices as low as Rf.20 for a complete meal.^ The food also look more Chinese, although the local market sells dog meat and all kinds of insects and worms the Naga people also eat.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They hold a special place in local folklore and Maldivians call them 'boat-eating big fish'.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Maldives is a small dependent economy, easily affected by global developments, especially those related to the flow of tourists and the price of tuna.
  • I Par Descriptive Section 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.unesco.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

A typical Maldivian meal: masroshi pastries, mas riha fish curry, papadhu, grilled fish, rice and sweet black tea.
A typical Maldivian meal: masroshi pastries, mas riha fish curry, papadhu, grilled fish, rice and sweet black tea.
.Maldivian food revolves largely around fish (mas), in particular tuna (kandu mas), and draws heavily from the Sri Lankan and south Indian tradition, especially Kerala.^ Maldives: Encyclopedia - Culture of the Maldives Maldivian culture is derived from a number of sources among them, its proximity to Sri Lanka and South India, its conversion to Islam in the 12th century , and its location as a crossroads in the central Indian ocean.

^ Main article: History of the Maldives Comparative studies of Maldivian oral, linguistic and cultural traditions and customs confirm that the first settlers were Dravidian people [ 19 ] from Kerala in the Sangam period (300 BCE – 300 CE), most probably fishermen from the southwest coasts of what is now the south of the Indian Subcontinent and the western shores of Sri Lanka .
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Maldivian culture shares many aspects with Sri Lanka and Kerala, namely a strong matriarchal tradition.

.Dishes are often hot, spicy and flavored with coconut, but use very few vegetables.^ They make electricity prices extremely high in islands and say 'look very few people use it and we have to run it at a loss'.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Shore Diving: The tops of house reefs are often very shallow and all islands that have them have designated channels to be used by divers and snorkellers when crossing the reef top.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.A traditional meal consists of rice, a clear fish broth called garudhiya and side dishes of lime, chili and onions.^ The mechanization of the traditional fishing boat called dhoni in 1974 was a major milestone in the development of the fisheries industry and the country's economy in general.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The mechanization of the traditional fishing boat called " Dhoni " in 1974 was a major milestone in the development of the fisheries industry and the country's economy in general.
  • Maldives - Anarchopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The traditional system consisted of children gathering in homes called ‘edhuruge’ to learn the Holy Quran, Dhivehi language, and the Arabic script and to learn to recite the Noble Quan.
  • I Par Descriptive Section 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.unesco.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Curries known as riha are also popular and the rice is often supplemented with roshi, unleavened bread akin to Indian roti, and papadhu, the Maldivian version of crispy Indian poppadums.^ We are all rice-eaters, unlike the North Indians who prefer roti or pancakes- or bread-like staples.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

Some other common dishes include:
  • mas huni — shredded smoked fish with grated coconuts and onions, the most common Maldivian breakfast
  • fihunu mas — barbequed fish basted with chili
  • bambukeylu hiti — breadfruit curry
.Snacks called hedhikaa, almost invariably fish-based and deep-fried, can be found in any Maldivian restaurant.^ He studied the ancient mounds, called havitta or ustubu (these names are derived from chaitiya or stupa ) ( Dhivehi : ހަވިއްތަ ) by the Maldivians, which are found on many of the atolls.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He studied the ancient mounds, called havitta or ustubu (these names are derived from chaitiya or stupa ) ( Dhivehi : ހަވިއްތަ) by the Maldivians, which are found on many of the atolls.
  • Maldives - Anarchopedia 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC eng.anarchopedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • bajiya — pastry stuffed with fish, coconut and onions
  • gulha — pastry balls stuffed with smoked fish
  • keemia — deep-fried fish rolls
  • kulhi borkibaa — spicy fish cake
  • masroshimas huni wrapped in roshi bread and baked
  • theluli mas — fried fish with chili and garlic

Drink

.As the Maldives are fairly strongly Muslim, alcohol is banned for the local population.^ The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of both population and area; it is the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Islam: Sunni Muslims predominate in the Maldives, and tourists should dress with respect to the religion when visiting Male or locally populated islands.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

However, nearly all resorts and liveaboard boats are licensed to serve it, usually with a steep markup. Expatriate residents have an allowance that they can buy in Male.
.Maldivians generally do not drink alcohol although this is less true of the younger generation.^ You have destroyed the image of OUR BELOVED COUNTRY. You have destroyed our younger generation and continue to do so with neatly planned conspiracy on us the Maldivians.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.They are, however, unhappy about being filmed or photographed while drinking.^ If they are worried about their voice being recognised, it can be manipulated to sound like someone totally different.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Ask any expatriate in the Maldives, what is the strict instruction for them from the Government about not to get involved in the local politics, Simply they are being intimidated from the 1st entry in to the Maldives.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

Tap water in resorts may or may not be drinkable -- check with management. Bottled water is extortionately priced, with US$5/bottle being typical.
This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under US$100
Mid-range US$100-300
Splurge Over $300
.Aside from the capital Male, there are no hotels in the Maldives, only resorts.^ I am now in Male, capital of Republic of Maldives.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The capital of the Maldives shall be the island of Male´.
  • Constitution of the Republic of Maldives 1998 9 October 2009 20:37 UTC www.asianlii.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Maldives has a population of just over 370,000, of whom about one quarter reside in Male, the capital city.

.Most resorts take up their own island (1500x1500m to 250x250m), meaning that the ratio of beach to guests must be one of the best in the world and it is hard to imagine that you would ever have to struggle to find your own private piece of beach to relax on.^ I would recommend that if you have luggage space, take your own snorkel gear including fins(flippers) as these can be quite expensive to buy when you are out there, but if you don't mind contributing to the local economy these can be bought from one of the shops just outside of the resort for about $80.
  • Beware Diverland Water Sports & Island Aviation transfers! - Review of Equator Village, Seenu Atoll - TripAdvisor 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: General]

^ The word Atoll has two meaning on its own; one represents a geographical atoll which is a formation of several islands in the proximity, while another refers to an administrative division.
  • Maldives Hotels and Resorts - Special DISCOUNT & RESERVE NOW! 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.asia-discovery.com [Source type: General]

^ They want you dead and buried with your own history.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Many have a "no shoes" policy and with such soft sands it is easy to love this idea.^ The party, dismissed by critics as a group of agitators with no substance, has previously refused to disclose policies claiming the Government would "steal ideas."
  • Maldives News | Dhivehi Observer | South Asia 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: News]

.The range and themes or the resorts is impressive, and most people will find one they like.^ Traditionally, instead of a complex caste system, like the Vedic one, there was merely a distinction between noble (bēfulhu) and common people in the Maldives.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Why don't you realize that the people in the island live like they are in the dark ages.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Hope in the future the police would realize like mafia or a mob they could not bring justice by beating people.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

Broadly speaking, however, they can be grouped into three brackets:
.
  • Dive resorts, designed primarily for divers.^ Shore Diving: The tops of house reefs are often very shallow and all islands that have them have designated channels to be used by divers and snorkellers when crossing the reef top.
    • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Geared expressly for people who want to spend most of their time underwater, facilities on land are limited, but the house reef is usually excellent.^ Gayyoom must release the people now if he wants us to give him a chance to make meaningful reform in an appropriate time.
    • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Some of them are honourable people who wants to see their country prosper.
    • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now the interesting part about DO finances - I wonder why people want to know who finances DO , I have to ask is why do you want to know?
    • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

    Often found in the more far-flung parts of the archipelago.
  • Holiday resorts, designed primarily for families. .These are large and have a full complement of facilities (multiple restaurants, day-care centers, etc), but don't have over-the-top luxury and have less privacy.^ Are you aware of the fact that 78% of the Maldivian people don't even get just their basic needs and they earn less than a dollar per day?
    • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We would be little bit happy at least if he had improved education and health facilities and others mentioned above, which are essentially important these days.
    • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Most of these are located on Kaafu, with easy access from Male.
  • Luxury resorts, designed primarily for honeymooners and the jet set.^ The tour operators must know that most of the employees in these resorts are from Addu atoll and their parliament member is under arrest.
    • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Most of us in Male' don't know about these events and I am sure there would many more islands who have been robbed.
    • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

    The place to be if you want designer furniture, gourmet food and a plasma TV in an overwater villa reachable only by rowboat, and are willing to pay top dollar for the privilege.
Overwater bungalows, Thulhagiri, Kaafu
Overwater bungalows, Thulhagiri, Kaafu
A Maldivian classic is the overwater bungalow, built on stilts directly above a lagoon. While these look fabulous and sound appealing, they have their downsides:
  • They're usually packed tightly together (often sharing a wall), meaning little privacy.
  • Especially at low tide, the water level may be too low to allow swimming or snorkeling.
  • Resort facilities may be a fair distance from the bungalows.
  • The lapping of waves is romantic enough on a calm day, but can make it next to impossible to sleep if a storm blows through.
These factors vary from resort to resort, so research carefully. .A good one is definitely worth trying at least once, but many Maldives repeaters prefer a bungalow with a private beach.^ Buddhism became the dominant religion in the Maldives and enjoyed royal patronage for many centuries, probably as long as over one thousand and four hundred years.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A number of conspiracy theories have been put forward by many people over the years but no one has been able to produce a definitive answer.
  • Maldives Royal Family Official Website | ދިވެހި ރަސްމަތިފުށް 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.maldivesroyalfamily.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The reef, once one of the most spectacular in the Maldives, is making a significant recovery since the coral-bleaching episode of 1998.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.When considering where to go, factor in transport time and costs from the airport: the more far-flung resorts generally require an expensive seaplane transfer and you may have to stay overnight at the airport on the way.^ Air taxis stop flying one hour before sunset, and several resorts do not transport passengers by boat between the airport and the resort island later than one hour before sunset.

^ The embassy staff can, for example, help you find appropriate medical care, contact family members or friends and explain how funds may be transferred.

^ YOU may think I am an employee or a relation or some one who have had the luck of generous help of Honorable Gasim Ibrahim.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.On the upside, the further away you are from Male, the more peaceful the islands and the better the diving.^ Whether you come to get away from it all or to dive into something new, there is only one word to describe the experience that awaits: Anantara.
  • Luxury Resorts by Anantara - Thailand, Maldives, Bali, Abu Dhabi 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC maldives.anantara.com [Source type: General]

^ The tea shops (Sai Hotaa) are a places where you could know more about the situation in this highly unstable island.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Most of us in Male' don't know about these events and I am sure there would many more islands who have been robbed.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Many resorts, especially the smaller dive-oriented ones, cater largely to a single nationality, leading to "Italian" resorts, "Dutch" resorts, "German" resorts, etc.^ Maaya Thila Scene of one of the world's most frenetic night dives, this thila is in Ari Atoll, near the Maayafushi resort.
  • A-Z of the MALDIVES - Divernet 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.divernet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.While almost all welcome any nationality and have some English-speaking staff on hand, you may be cut off from any evening entertainment and have problems eg.^ May Allah be with you all.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The possibility exists that you could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment and therefore you should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose.
  • Forex Trading | Forex | Internal Marketing - US [Economic Calendar 2010 Q1 - Hompage graphic] | GFT 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.gftforex.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The embassy staff can, for example, help you find appropriate medical care, contact family members or friends and explain how funds may be transferred.

diving if you don't speak the local lingo.

Learn

.The only serious schools are in Male and lots of children travel here each day.^ They are only allowed to go to school or to work, and ONLY during day time within a certain time frame.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In 1989, 42 per cent of enrolment in schools in Male' were atoll children.
  • I Par Descriptive Section 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.unesco.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There are some village schools on the outlying islands.^ The crude assumption is that there is no significant difference in unit costs between primary and secondary in the island schools.
  • I Par Descriptive Section 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.unesco.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There are no universities and this is starting to cause a problem as more and more of the younger generation want to get away and study.^ There are no more documents available.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There will be no more protests if I order my forces to kill couple of guys.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ President, I think there is no place in Maldivian hearts for you any more, you had a huge respect in the public but now it's shattered.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

Work

Getting a Job in the Maldives can be tricky. .It is not the kind of place where you can just turn up and start job hunting.^ I wish you could wake up under tyranny just one day and then you would be praying for the chance to salute the Maldivian flag.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Perhaps you should read up a bit more on your grammar before you decide to look for a job the next time, or maybe, just grow up.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Hi Sappe', I just want to thank you for the great job you are carrying out on behalf of every individual of the country who is patriotic to the Maldivian community.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Generally the resorts take on a mix of local and international staff so you need to approach the resort Human Resources departments.^ Labor issues are handled by the employment section, while human resources issues are monitored by the higher education department.
  • Maldives 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.state.gov [Source type: Original source]

^ Your time is running out you need to take a wise discission to save your skin.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We need all of you to take this extra step and keep the rest of the world informed about the atrocities in this country.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

There is a good mix of jobs but a lot of the roles are diving based (divemasters, instructors, photographers etc)
.Most resorts are predominately one or two nationalities so finding the resorts that match your language skills helps.^ Today, Assamese is the official language of Assam state and one of India 's two dozen official languages.
  • Nomadic Republic: December 2007 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC twcnomad.blogspot.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This project would formalize the proceedings of criminal justice in this tiny nation to one of the most comprehensive modern criminal codes in the world.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We have, to borrow the language of the IMF, been one of the best debt servicing nations ruled by technocrats and have managed to achieve impressive economic GDPs and other populist factors.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.After that experience always helps (especially for diving instructors as the Maldives are well known for their strong currents and half of the time the currents will take you straight out into the Indian Ocean.^ You know that the time is running out .
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You have been a great help to me so many times.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Maldives has one of the highest divorce rates in the world; according to a 1977 census, nearly half of the women over the age of thirty had been married four times or more.
  • Culture of Maldives - History and ethnic relations, Urbanism, architecture, and the use of space 25 September 2009 5:59 UTC www.everyculture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

)
.Generally if you get a job with a resort then they will get you a work permit and pay for your flight, food and accommodation.^ Hi editor, Just wondering how much you had to pay to advertise your site on washingtontimes.com ?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Films, magazines, spares, weapons, fire-works, criticism of the regime, medicine, people, animals, vegetable, food items and anything at all which they do not want.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Your life is in danger 2) Your life is in danger 3) Your life is in danger 4) Your life is in danger 5) Your life is in danger 6) Your life is in danger 7) Your life is in danger ps: NSS, just be more human to your brothers and sister humans and fellow countrymen, they are your neighbours they mean you no harm.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.They don't really have much choice its hardly as if you can pop out to the supermarket and pick up a Pizza for dinner.^ All of them finally will be friends of MDP. They are here for learning what they don't realize because they had the chance of "Chaar Dhin Ki Mehman" Hindimey boaltha hay.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And you know we don't need to know the truth from websites ..the government of today have become a royal family and I don't like them what ever good or bad they do.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Dear Readers of DO Forum, Would it possible for you guys to find out what is really happening in Dhoonidhoo prison and inform us about it here?
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.All foreign workers have to have a series of medical tests before you can start work in the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital.^ You all know that discrimination starts from schools, you all can hear this from your very young 5 year olds from the schools.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Before I start, let me tell all readers not to get me wrong.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thank You and Keep up the good work all of you reformers .
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

This includes a blood sample (lots of tests including HIV as well as x-ray etc). It is quick and easy but they are very uncommunicative about what they are doing.

Stay safe

.There is very little crime in the Maldives as the tourists generally stay in the resorts since there is not much to do outside.^ With the exception of the capital, Male, tourists are generally prohibited from visiting non-resort islands without the express permission of the Government of Maldives.

^ The International community IS finding out the truth, and there certainly is a lot that can be done from outside the Maldives.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ People's are very much polarised and it is true that there are many who still support the president but it is also obvious most oppose the president to continue his never ending rule.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.This means that you can feel safe on your own at all times.^ Feel free and be your self "if you can".
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And when you enter, you don't have to abandon all hope, just hold your breath waiting for it to freeze over."
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ At this juncture, I would like to give you a suggestion which I feel is quite important at a time we are fighting for our rights against this tyrannizing regime.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.Generally Maldivians are honest, helpful and welcoming people although you are unlikely to come into much contact with them in resorts.^ We the Maldivian people will never forget what you are doing to Honorable Gasim Ibrahim, and rest of the reformers.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ YOU may think I am an employee or a relation or some one who have had the luck of generous help of Honorable Gasim Ibrahim.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If you care about this country so much then come here and usurp the government yourselves.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

.There are no drugs anywhere in the resorts and most Maldivians rarely come into contact with anything more than an occasional beer that has been smuggled out of a resort.^ And drugs will be more rampant than ever.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are no more documents available.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are more bibles in the palace than anywhere.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

That said, there is a growing drug problem among the local population and hence petty crime to support this has arisen. Take the usual precautions such as not leaving money and valuables lying around. .Remember that $50 that you were going to use in the bar that night represents 10 days' wages for the cleaners etc.^ Zooplanktivores, cleaner fishes, and many herbivores are abundant and conspicuous by day but hide within the reef at night.

^ When the day Gayyoom is thrown out (be sure that day will come soon) I am afraid that the public may go after you and you will come to harm.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ WHAT'S HAPPENING MR. PRESIDENT. Do you remember one day you said that Pure Water is the cure for many sicknesses....
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

Anti-government street rioting occurred in Male between 2003 and 2005, but political tensions have largely been relieved by the opposition victory in the elections of 2008.

Stay healthy

.There are no serious problems with diseases in the Maldives.^ There is no problem with a women being the President, as long as She is capable and accepted by the citizens of the Maldives.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There is a big problem in Maldives right now, so many good people are jailed and beaten up.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

^ MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION: There is no 911 equivalent for medical emergencies in Maldives; 119 is for the police only.

Beware that tap water may not be drinkable at all resorts: enquire locally. .The Maldives are malaria-free, but some islands do have mosquitoes and catching dengue fever from them is possible, albeit highly unlikely.^ Fish of Minicoy : Some decorative fish found in Minicoy island and northern Maldives, with their English, Divehi and scientific names > > more .
  • Maldives Royal Family Official Website | ދިވެހި ރަސްމަތިފުށް 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.maldivesroyalfamily.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Some Historians accredit Koimala of freeing the Maldives from Tamil Chola rule.
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Some scholars theorize that the name "Maldives" derives from the Sanskrit mālādvīpa , meaning "garland of islands" [ 7 ] .
  • Boston University School of Theology 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC sthweb.bu.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Most of the problems come from diving or sun related injuries. .Heat stroke always cause problems in the tropics but couple that with divers spending hours at a time on a boat wearing a wetsuit and overheating of one form or another is a real issue.^ Air taxis stop flying one hour before sunset, and several resorts do not transport passengers by boat between the airport and the resort island later than one hour before sunset.

^ What is being created here is a culture of victimhood in which ‘Islamophobia’ has become one-stop cause of the myriad problems facing Muslims.
  • Islam in Australia - Hudson New York 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.hudsonny.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One is on Bandos Island (fifteen minutes by speedboat from Male) and the other is in Kuramathi (one hour by speed boat and about twenty minutes by air taxi from Male.

As long as you know this, drink lots of water, and get into the shade as much as possible it is easy to avoid.
Lots of the resorts have their own doctor or nurse and most are within easy reach of the decompression chambers. .Male has an efficient and fairly modern hospital but bear in mind that it is a long way to get medevaced home from.^ The democratic and reform movement in Maldives is a good sign for a better future; we have a long way before we can even rest our minds from the venomous of the Gayyoom regime.
  • :: Dhivehi Observer :: Peoples Press :: 20 November 2009 21:55 UTC www.dhivehiobserver.com [Source type: Original source]

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English

Etymology

"Malé Islands", from Malé, the name of the main island (of uncertain etymology), plus -diva, -dive, "island", probably related to Sanskrit द्वीप (dvīpa) "island".

Pronunciation

Proper noun

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Maldives
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Maldives pl.
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  1. An island country in South Asia.^ Meanwhile, tourism has made the Maldives the richest country in South Asia in terms of GDP a head - which is around $4,500 (3,100) - though that wealth is thinly spread.
    • CDNN :: Paradise Polluted - Maldives' Dirty Secret 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.cdnn.info [Source type: News]

    ^ This island country is immediately north of the Equator, with a few minor atolls just south of the Equator.
    • Map of Maldives, Maldives Information, Indian Ocean Islands, Map of South India - worldatlas.com 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC www.worldatlas.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Maldives is an exceedingly interesting country, and merits more attention from specialists on South Asia and the Indian Ocean area.
    • Maldives People 16 September 2009 9:13 UTC www.iias.nl [Source type: Original source]

    Official name: Republic of Maldives.

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  • Countries of the world
  • Wikipedia-logo.png Maldives on Wikipedia.^ Maldives -Richest country in the World?
    • Maldives - Forums & Discussions 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC omgili.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Maldives on GetGlue With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 metres (7 ft 7 in)."
    • http://getglue.com/topics/p/maldives 28 January 2010 0:23 UTC getglue.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In the early 1990s, Maldives was ranked by the UN as one of the world's twenty-nine least developed countries.
    • Maldives Country Guide - Maldives Economy, Maldives Fishing, Maldives Tourism 25 September 2009 5:59 UTC www.southtravels.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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The Maldives are a group of islands in the Indian Ocean. They are located southwest of India. They are made up of the Maldive and Suadive archipelagos, with over 1,200 islands. These islands are a part of 26 atolls. People live on about 200 of the islands. It has more then 1126 coral reefs. It is the flattest country in the world. The highest point in the Maldives is only 2 m (7 ft) high above the level of the sea.

Malé is the capital, with a population of 81,000 people. The main language spoken there is Dhivehi. There are many dialects, such as Addu.

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