and local folklore about the establishment of the capital and kingly rule in Malé. A strong underlying layer of Dravidian population and culture survives in Maldivian society, with a clear Dravidian-Malayalam substratum in the language, which also appears in place names, kinship terms, poetry, dance, and religious beliefs. Malabari seafaring culture led to Malayali settling of the Laccadives, and the Maldives were evidently viewed as an extension of that archipelago. Some argue (from
, adjacent to the capital Malé. The airport is served by flights to India, Sri Lanka, Doha, Dubai, Singapore, Istanbul, and major airports in South-East Asia, as well as charters from Europe. Gan Airport (Gan International Airport), on the southern atoll of Addu (Addu City), also serves an international flight to Milan several times a week. British Airways offer direct flights to the Maldives around 2–3 times per week. Fishing industry Commons:Category:Maldives WikiPedia:Maldives Dmoz:Regional Asia Maldives
: www.guardian.co.uk international story 0,3604,1379873,00.html (Guardian) (BBC) '''.mv''' is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the Republic of Maldives (Maldives). It is administered by Dhiraagu Pvt Ltd (Dhiraagu), a Telecommunications company. With the refit completed in January 1974, her next surveys were around the Maldives, during which time she visited Gan. She made the long passage east, via
, Juliette; Temko, Ned. "PKFHSPKFHS international story 0,6903,1567318,00.html?gusrc rss Prescott links global warming to Katrina." ''The Guardian.'' September 11, 2005. Retrieved on July 18, 2006. Ted Sluijter, press spokesman for Neeltje Jans, the public park where the Delta Works are located, said, "I don't want to sound overly critical, but it's hard to imagine that (the damage caused by Katrina) could happen in a Western country
General Erwin Rommel. Pole and line fishing is still carried out today in areas such as the Maldives, Ghana, and by a small number of boats fishing out of the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores. Few pole and line boats now specifically target yellowfin and the contribution that these fisheries make to the total commercial catch is incidental to the total take. In the Maldives, for instance, the catch is a mix of skipjack tuna and small yellowfin that often associate
+clear+SAFTA+draft&id 13501&callid 0&category National * It appears that Stardust (Stardust (spacecraft)) has successfully flown past Comet Wild 2 collecting samples that it will return to Earth in two years time. This is the first sample return mission to a comet and the first time that samples have returned to Earth from any celestial body since 1974. The spacecraft also took detailed images of the comet's icy nucleus. Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee meet face-to-face to discuss improving relations between their two countries. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), which comprises India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives, signs the South Asia Free Trade Agreement, a draft agreement to eliminate tariffs by 2016. Norway Norwegian prosecutors announce that they have abandoned their attempts to prosecute Jon Johansen for his release of the DeCSS DVD decryption software. reef drop-offs are favored habitat for grey reef sharks. alt Photo of shark swimming next to large, brightly-colored coral head The grey reef shark is native to the Indian (Indian Ocean) and Pacific Oceans. In the Indian Ocean, it occurs from South Africa to India, including Madagascar and nearby islands, the Red Sea, and the Maldives. In the Pacific Ocean, it is found from southern China to northern Australia and New Zealand, including the Gulf of Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Bester, C. Biological Profiles: Grey Reef Shark. ''Florida Museum of Natural History Ichthyology Department''. Retrieved on April 29, 2009. This species has also been reported from numerous Pacific islands, including American Samoa, the Chagos Archipelago, Easter Island, Christmas Island, the Cook Islands, the Marquesas Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, Guam, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, the Marianas Islands, Palau, the Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, the Hawaiian Islands, and Vanuatu. Western Indo-Pacific The Western Indo-Pacific covers the western and central portion of the Indian Ocean, including the Africa's east coast, the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and Andaman Sea, as well as the coastal waters surrounding Madagascar, the Seychelles, Comoros, Mascarene Islands, Maldives, and Chagos Archipelago. In Asia, it is present in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. After AeroSvit Airlines added Boeing 767-300ER (Boeing 767)’s to its fleet, the list of charter routes has been expanded to include such exotic destinations as the Maldives, Tenerife, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia and other locales. Maldives The president of the Maldives (Mohamed Nasheed) has pledged to make his country carbon-neutral within a decade by moving to wind and solar energy. The Maldives, a country consisting of very low-lying islands, would be one of the first countries to be submerged due to sea level rise. The Maldives presided over the foundation of the Climate Vulnerable Forum. The closest relative of Sinhala is the language of the Maldives and Minicoy Island (India), Dhivehi (Dhivehi language). The species has had a long history riddled with misidentifications, which are now mostly resolved. A skull and jaw found on a beach in Mackay (Mackay, Queensland), Queensland, Australia in 1882 provided the initial description by H. A. Longman in 1926, Commons:Category:Maldives WikiPedia:Maldives Dmoz:Regional Asia Maldives
. The '''Maldives''' is represented at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne by a xx-member strong contingent comprising xx sportspersons and xx officials. '''Theemuge''' (Dhivehi (Dhivehi language): ތީމުގެ, ) is the site of the former presidential palace of Maldives. Upgraded to presidential standards in 1992 by then-president Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom, Theemuge served as the presidential palace until 2008, when Gayyoom (Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom) was overthrown
, but was captured by the Dutch on the return leg at Cape Finisterre. François Martin de Vitré was the first Frenchman to write an account of travels to the Far East in 1604, at the request of Henry IV, and from that time numerous accounts on Asia would be published. Commons:Category:Maldives WikiPedia:Maldives Dmoz:Regional Asia Maldives
Dhivehi : ހުޅުމާލެ) is a reclaimed (land reclamation) island located in the south of North Male Atoll, Maldives. The artificial island was reclaimed to establish a new land mass required to meet the existing and future housing (House), industrial (Industry) and commercial development (construction) demands of the Malé region. The official settlement (town) was inaugurated by President Gayoom (Maumoon Abdul Gayoom) on May 12, 2004. '''Filitheyo''' island hosts one
of the Indian Ocean. Searight, Sarah, ''The Charting of the Red Sea.'' History Today, 2003 thumb right 300px The great Chagos bank is in the middle of the Chagos Archipelago. (Click the image for a more detailed view of the Map). (Image:Chagos map.PNG) The '''Great Chagos Bank''', in the Chagos Archipelago, about Commons:Category:Maldives WikiPedia:Maldives Dmoz:Regional Asia Maldives
than a millennium of overseas contact and trade culminated in four centuries of struggle between and among multiple colonial (colonialism) powers and native Keralite states. Kerala was granted statehood (States Reorganisation Act) on November 1, 1956. Radical social reforms begun in the 19th century by the kingdoms of Kochi (Perumpadapu Swaroopam) and Travancore — and spurred by such leaders as Narayana Guru and Chattampi Swamikal — were continued
and wetlands — then thick with malaria-bearing mosquitoes and man-eating tigers (Bengal tiger) — were largely avoided by Neolithic humans. More than a millennium of overseas contact and trade culminated in four centuries of struggle between and among multiple colonial (colonialism) powers and native Keralite states. Kerala was granted statehood (States Reorganisation Act) on November 1, 1956. Radical social reforms begun in the 19th century by the kingdoms of Perumpadapu
by Neolithic humans. More than a millennium of overseas contact and trade culminated in four centuries of struggle between and among multiple colonial (colonialism) powers and native Keralite states. Kerala was granted statehood (States Reorganisation Act) on November 1, 1956. Radical social reforms begun in the 19th century by the kingdoms of Kochi (Perumpadapu Swaroopam) and Travancore — and spurred by such leaders as Narayana Guru and Chattampi Swamikal &mdash
'''Maldives''', south-west of Sri Lanka.
Maldives has been an independent polity for the majority of its history, except for three periods in which it was ruled by outside forces. In the mid-16th century, for fifteen years, the Maldives was dominated by the Portuguese Empire. In the mid-17th century, the Dutch Empire (Malabar (Dutch Malabar)) dominated Maldives for four months. Finally, in the late 19th century, on the brink of war, the Maldives became a British (United Kingdom) protectorate from 1887 until 1965. The Dutch referred to the islands as the "Maldivische Eilanden" ( ), while the British anglicised (Anglicisation) the local name for the islands first to the "Maldive Islands" and later to the "Maldives". The islands gained independence (Second Republic of the Maldives) from the British Empire in 1965, and in 1968 became a republic ruled by a president (President of the Maldives) and an authoritarian (Authoritarianism) government.
The Maldives archipelago is located on top of the Chagos-Maldives-Laccadive Ridge, a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean. Maldives also form a terrestrial ecoregion together with the Chagos and the Lakshadweep. Malé is one of the Maldives' administrative divisions (Administrative divisions of the Maldives) and, traditionally, it was the "King's Island" where the ancient Maldives royal dynasties were enthroned.
The Maldives is the smallest Asian country (List of sovereign states and dependent territories in Asia) in both population and land area. With an average ground level elevation of