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Police investigating threatening phone call from MP Siyam to sacked resort worker

Maldives headlines - April 20, 2014 - 18:04
In the approximately three-minute long clip shared with local media, the resort tycoon – owner of the Sun Travels & Tours group and leader of the government-aligned Maldives Development Alliance – is heard threatening to “destroy” the former Vilu Reef employee, claiming that he was out to harm Siyam’s business interests.

All 79 suspects arrested from Anbaraa festival tested positive for drugs, police reveal

Maldives headlines - April 20, 2014 - 16:50
In addition to beer cans, the drugs confiscated from the island included pills, LSD stickers, rubber packets, cellophane packets and film canisters containing cannabis and hash oil joints, Chief Inspector Abdulla Satheeh told the press today.

Islamic minister completes first official visit to India

Maldives headlines - April 20, 2014 - 16:15
Sheikh Shaheem met with the Vice President of India and discussed building a close relationship between India's Muslim community and Maldives. Shaheem returned home with promises of technical and financial assistance from India for the works of the Islamic ministry.

Police Commissioner to participate in INTERPA conference

Maldives headlines - April 20, 2014 - 16:09
Commissioner of Police Hussain Waheed has left to Malaysia to participate in the third conference of the International Association of Police Academies (INTERPA), the association's fourth council meeting, and sixth Executive Board meeting.

Two persons arrested in Dhaandhoo for possession of narcotics

Maldives headlines - April 20, 2014 - 15:46
Police have arrested two individuals from the island of Dhaandhoo in Gaafu Alif in two separate cases of possession of narcotics.

‘Halal certificates’ awarded to three companies

Maldives headlines - April 20, 2014 - 15:37
Under an initiative of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to categorise food products produced in the Maldives as 'halal', three companies have on Sunday been awarded the first 'Halal certificates'.

President appoints Dr Azeema Adam as MMA governor

Maldives headlines - April 20, 2014 - 15:32
President Abdulla Yameen has on Sunday appointed Dr Azeema Adam – who received parliamentary approval – to the post of Governor at central bank Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA).

Maldives Military Veterans hold first executive meeting

Maldives headlines - April 20, 2014 - 15:26
The Maldives Military Veterans (MALVETS) – registered on April 18 to mark the anniversary of Maldives National Defence Force – has held its first executive meeting on Saturday.

Negotiations to re-home slow loris continue

Maldives headlines - April 20, 2014 - 15:21
While interest has been shown by conservation groups from the UK, the Ministry of Environment reported that the trail appeared to have again gone cold in the search for a new home for the endangered primate.

Criminal Court extends detention period of all arrested from Anbaraa festival

Maldives headlines - April 20, 2014 - 14:26
All 79 people arrested during a music festival in Vaavu atoll have had their detention periods extended to 10 days. One eyewitness has described the events of Friday night to Minivan News.

Week in review: April 13 – 19

Maldives headlines - April 19, 2014 - 20:06
The decision to destroy a large number of confiscated pets caused confusion among both the public and government institutions this week. Meanwhile, President Yameen travelled to Japan on an official state visit while the GMR arbitration hearings concluded in Singapore.

Audit uncovers corruption in MNBC sales agent agreement with BIG

Maldives headlines - April 19, 2014 - 18:16
The audit revealed that, as of August 2012, Business Image Group Pvt Ltd was paid a total of MVR5.78 million (US$374,837) as sales commission despite auditors being unable to verify from the available documentation that the commission was provided additional income as a result of BIG's work.

200 searched and 79 arrested at music festival in Maldives

Maldives headlines - April 19, 2014 - 17:15
Local lawyers have explained that those detained have been taken to Malé's Athuluvehi custodial centre after being detained during the two-day OTUM music festival on the uninhabited island of Anbaraa in Vaavu atoll.

Addu City Council passes resolution to develop guest house tourism

Maldives headlines - April 17, 2014 - 20:01
Addu City Council has resolved to create institutions to promote mid-market tourism in concert with local businesses and members of the public in order to expand tourism within the country's seconds largest urban area.

Comment: Owl is symbol of Maldivian solidarity against cruelty to animals

Maldives headlines - April 17, 2014 - 18:29
"Perhaps the climax of this confusion and mistrust will see the ministries reach agreement among themselves, and will allow Maldivians to enjoy animals that are not endangered and are not ‘dangerous’ to the Maldives’ environment and its human inhabitants," writes Mariyam Raina.

Heritage department to hold coral mosque exhibition

Maldives headlines - April 17, 2014 - 18:04
“The purpose of hosting an exhibition for this theme is because recently 6 coral stone mosques of Maldives have been inscribed on the tentative list of world heritage sites and now we are trying to inscribe the mosques on the permanent list,” said the department’s Director Ali Waheed.

MBC to investigate DhiFM Plus after upside down photo of commission chair broadcast

Maldives headlines - April 17, 2014 - 15:56
The broadcasting commission will investigate the case of DhiFM Plus airing upside-down pictures of commission Chair Mohamed Shaheeb in apparent retaliation for warnings about broadcasting similar images of senior civil servants and politicians.

President Yameen on economic offensive in Japan

Maldives headlines - April 17, 2014 - 14:37
The president has held meetings with the governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the Japan International Cooperation senior vice president, tourism industry leaders, and leading businessmen including the president of the Hitachi Company.

Corruption charges sought against former province minister for unauthorised sports expenses

Maldives headlines - April 17, 2014 - 12:23
Former State Minister Umar Jamal and his two deputies are accused of providing undue benefit to a third party by releasing MVR118,522 out of the province office budget in 2009 and 2010 as financial assistance for sports tournaments and friendly matches.

Islamic Minister reportedly planning Islamic university in Maldives

Maldives headlines - April 17, 2014 - 09:45
Representatives of the Maldivian government have requested assistance from India’s Jamia Millia Islamia University in setting up an Islamic University in the country, reports Indian media. The Business Standard reports that a delegation from the Islamic Ministry, led by Sheikh Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed, has visited the Delhi-based national Islamic university. “Highlighting the Maldives’ successful [...]
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