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    Maldives reopens to tourists but island-hopping is a no-go

    The Maldives has reopened resorts and is welcoming tourists again. The Indian Ocean holiday spot welcomed its first international commercial passenger flights in more than three months on Wednesday. Holidaymakers flying into Velana International Airport on Hulhule Island, near the capital, Male, faced few restrictions, despite the fact coronavirus case numbers in the country are still rising. Passengers disembark at the Velana International Airport on July 15, 2020. AFP The first flight to land at the airport since it reopened was sprayed with a water cannon salute to mark the return of travellers. “The stronger our safety measures, the better chance we have of being hailed as a [coronavirus] safe destination,” Economic Minister…

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    Itching for a Surf Trip? Try the Maldives.

    Back in the late 1970s, Tony Hussein, an Aussie nomad in search of undiscovered surf, was shipwrecked on a reef 30 miles from the Maldivian capital of Male. After a few months stranded, Hussein built his own dhoni, sailing it through the atolls, until he stumbled upon a perfect A-frame breaking off the tiny island of Thanburudhoo. Satisfied, it was then that Hussein said to himself, “my road stops here.” Since Hussein’s discovery, stories about the Maldives’ untapped surf potential have permeated. And, for those seeking a tropical surf trip in the times of COVID-19, the Maldives is one of the only available options. Fiji? Not easy unless you’re a…

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    Nawazuddin Siddiqui Slams Celebs Posting Maldives Vacation Pics

    Many Bollywood celebrities have been facing flak in the past weeks for posting their vacation pictures while the country is dealing with the Covid-19 second wave. Maldives has been one of the most popular destination among celebs, and many actresses, like Janhvi Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Disha Patani had been posting their photos from the beach destination. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt too flew to Maldives recently, but haven’t shared any picture yet. The lot that has been posting these picture have been criticised by many within their own fraternity. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is among them. When asked about stars posting vacation pictures during an interview, he said, “These entertainment…

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    As Maldives wins UN General Assembly election by big margin, India expects close cooperation

    Sources say Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid in discussions to bring in Indian diplomat as Chef de Cabinet In a first for the Maldives, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid was elected the President of the United Nations General Assembly for 2021-22, winning 143 votes or nearly three fourths of the 191 countries that voted in the annual election, while his rival, former Afghanistan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul won 48. Mr. Shahid’s win was welcomed in particular in New Delhi, where Indian diplomats had been active behind the scenes in helping the Maldives canvass for him, after Maldives announced its candidate for the 76th General Assembly Presidency a year ago. Sources confirmed…

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    The Maldives Lured Tourists Back. Now It Needs Nurses.

    MALÉ, Maldives — The largest Covid-19 treatment facility in the Maldives has nearly 300 beds and a steady supply of oxygen. But as the country reported some of the world’s highest caseloads per capita last month, Covid wards ran low on another essential resource: employees. “At worst, we had one nurse to attend to 20 patients in the general wards,” said Mariya Saeed, the head of the Hulhumalé Medical Facility in Malé, the capital. “We needed human resources to provide proper care to the many bedridden elderly, but the nurses were exhausted.” The pandemic has triggered shortages of health workers around the world, forcing governments to scramble. Spain, for instance,…