Island country in the Indian Ocean southwest of India and Sri Lanka

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Maldives: Island country in the Indian Ocean southwest of India and Sri Lanka
Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small archipelagic state in South Asia, situated in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 700 kilometres (430 mi) from the Asian continent's mainland. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to Addu Atoll in the south. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and, with around 557,426 inhabitants, the 2nd least populous country in Asia. Malé is the capital and the most populated city, traditionally called the "King's Island" where the ancient royal dynasties ruled for its central location.


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Divers Notice Whale Shark With Fins Trapped In Sack... Then This Happens!

These incredible scenes show a group of divers save a whale shark from material cutting into its body. The creature, the world’s largest fish, swam near the humans on a dive in the Maldives. They saw..

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Will spend 130 Billion Dollar on military modernization in next 7-8 years: Rajnath Singh [Video]

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While addressing at the Aero India Show in Bengaluru on February 03, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, "I have been informed that about 540 exhibitors including 80 foreign companies, Defence..

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Over 55 lakh doses of vaccines gifted to neighbours: MEA [Video]

Over 55 lakh doses of vaccines gifted to neighbours: MEA

During a press briefing on January 28, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava informed that over 55 lakh doses of vaccines have been gifted neighbours and extended neighbourhood since January 20. MEA..

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Watch: India sends doses of SII’s Covishield vaccine to Bahrain, Sri Lanka [Video]

Watch: India sends doses of SII’s Covishield vaccine to Bahrain, Sri Lanka

India once again established its position as a reliable partner in Covid-19 assistance. It dispatched Covishield to Bahrain and Sri Lanka under the Vaccine Maitri Initiative. Sri Lanka to receive a..

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Swimming with manta rays could help save them [Video]

Swimming with manta rays could help save them

Around 5,000 manta rays swim in the warm waters of Maldives, where they are protected. Globally, the species faces multiple threats, though. Beth Faulkner of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project says that..

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‘No request received from Pakistan for Indian-made coronavirus vaccines’: MEA [Video]

‘No request received from Pakistan for Indian-made coronavirus vaccines’: MEA

India is supplying COVID-19 vaccines being manufactured in the country to neighbouring countries including Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh but has not received any request from..

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Watch: India sends SII's Covishield vaccines to Mauritius, Seychelles, Myanmar [Video]

Watch: India sends SII's Covishield vaccines to Mauritius, Seychelles, Myanmar

India dispatched consignments of SII's Covishield to Myanmar, Seychelles and Mauritius. India is sending Covid-19 vaccines as part of donation program to neighbours and key partners. Bhutan, Maldives,..

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Watch: India sends Covishield vaccines to Bhutan & Maldives [Video]

Watch: India sends Covishield vaccines to Bhutan & Maldives

India on Wednesday sent coronavirus vaccines to Bhutan and Maldives. India is sending doses of the Covishield vaccine. Trucks with Covishield left from Pune’s Serum Institute of India for Bhutan. The..

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India dispatches 1 lakh doses of Covishield to Maldives [Video]

India dispatches 1 lakh doses of Covishield to Maldives

The first consignment of Covishield vaccine by Serum Institute of India was dispatched to Male in Maldives from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on January 20. The..

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India, Maldives sign pact on development of Coast Guard Harbour

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India's time-tested relationship with Maldives poised to take quantum jump: Jaishankar

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India to gift Srilanka 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow

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WHO chief Ghebreyesus thanks PM Modi for 'continued support' to global Covid-19 response

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Saturday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his continued support to the global Covid-19 response, saying acting together, including sharing of knowledge,..
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India dispatches first consignment of 100,000 Covishield vaccines to Maldives

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India to gift COVID vaccines to six neighbours in first tranche starting tomorrow

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India announces supply of coronavirus vaccines to six countries under grant assistance

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New Year's gift: India sends BCG vaccines to Maldives

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