from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Formerly Mal·dive Islands (-dīv, -dēv)Maldives An island country in the Indian Ocean southwest of Sri Lanka, consisting of 19 atolls made up of more than 2,000 coral islands. Settled by various groups from southern Asia, the islands were converted to Islam in the 12th century. The Maldives became a self-governing British protectorate in 1887 and achieved independence as a sultanate (1965) and subsequently as a republic (1968). Male is the capital. Population: 369,000.
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- proper n. An island country in South Asia. Official name: Republic of the Maldives.
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- n. a group of about 1,200 small coral islands (about 220 inhabited) in the Indian ocean
- n. a republic on the Maldive Islands; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1965
State Religion 10. (a) The religion of the State of the Maldives is Islam.
The Republic of Maldives is a hard line Islamic dictatorship.
Ironically, Maldives is a signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights!
Interesting TED talk: While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year.
Most presidential: President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is installing solar panels on his roof.
The Maldives is the first country to commit to going carbon neutral in ten years.
By continuing with the practice, the Maldives is violating no less than four UN conventions it has signed: the convention on the rights of children; the convention on civil and political rights; the convention against torture; and the convention against all forms of discrimination against women.
However, the recent cases of intimidation and abuse against journalists by various groups in the society indicate that journalists are still at risk, especially in the politically-charged atmosphere and the deeply partisan politics the Maldives is experiencing right now.
As a low-lying Pacific island, the Maldives is vulnerable to rising sea levels, and Nasheed has emerged as one of the developing world's most vocal proponents of curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
As a low-lying Pacific island, the Maldives is vulnerable to sea-level rise, and Nasheed has emerged as one of the developing world's most vocal proponents of curbing greenhouse gas emissions.