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Maldivians

 

a people who inhabit the Maldives. Population, 114,000 (1972, estimate). The Maldivian language is related to Sinhalese; it belongs to the Indian (Indo-Aryan) group of the Indo-European family of languages. The religion of the Maldivians is Islam. Their principal occupations are fishing, other maritime industries, and seafaring.

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The event celebrated the awarding of the first ever Gallery License bestowed by the National Art Gallery upon a gallery outside of Male underlining the seriousness with which Loama Resort takes its commitment to preserving the art, culture and cherished heritage of the Maldivian people.
High Commissioner Mohamed though argues that those advocating the democratisation of Maldivian politics, should also support the modernisation of its economy.
Accordingly, the President emphasized that the creation of Special Economic Zones would encourage the development of more industries within the Maldives, which would in turn, provide further job opportunities for the Maldivian youth.
New Delhi, July 29 ( ANI ): Tufail Ahmad, director of South Asia Studies Project at the Middle East Media Research Institute, Washington DC feels that under Saudi-Pakistani influence, the Maldivian society is being pushed into the jihadist path.
The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party of former president Mohamed Nasheed, who initiated the privatisation with GMR in 2010, staged a peaceful protest against the move on Friday night, witnesses said.
Today, the Maldivian ethnic identity is a blend of these cultures, reinforced by religion and language.
According to the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Beliefs February 2007 report: "The Special Rapporteur received anecdotal information about a relatively small number of Maldivians who had converted away from Islam.
Controller of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera said the clerics, who were mostly Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Indian, Maldivian and Arab, had travelled into the country on tourist visas.
The CEO has added that this decision will be hugely beneficial for the Maldivians studying abroad.
Tourism is the life-blood that keeps the Maldivian economy afloat and tourism needs infrastructure, especially a world-class airport to begin with.
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has said that one of the highest priorities of the Government was to transform the political instability among Maldivians into a development outlook.
13 ( ANI ): Maldivians have reportedly expressed alarm over the destruction of several historical and priceless Buddhist artifacts on exhibit at the country's National Museum.