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Addu City Council passes resolution to develop guest house tourism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 [...]

University opens admission for over 200 courses

April 17, 2014 - 09:30
The Maldives National University (MNU) has on Thursday started accepting admissions for over 200 courses which are due to commence in the second semester of this year. According to MNU Deputy Chancellor Ali Shareef, the university will be accepting 6,220 new students into the said courses. Of these, 2,630 slots are reserved for students studying [...]

Former council president sentenced to 11 years’ exile

April 17, 2014 - 09:00
The Criminal Court has sentence former Ungoofaaru Council President to 11 years, local media has reported. Abdulla Nasir confessed to using the income from local power station for personal purposes, with Sun Online reporting the defrauded amount to total MVR114, 325 (US$7,414). Nasir has been ordered to repay the figure within one month.

Kuda Bandos will be accessible to locals after resort development, says government

April 16, 2014 - 19:36
The Tourism Ministry has assured that the Malé-area's only remaining picnic island will remain accessible to locals after its development as a resort, though many still fear the industry's continued encroachment on public recreational areas.

Feydhoo case accepted as High Court considers 13 election-related complaints

April 16, 2014 - 17:57
Of the 16 election-related complaints submitted to the High Court before the deadline last Friday (April 11), the court has rejected three cases and commenced proceedings on 12 cases.

EC rejects Jabir’s arguments for annulment of Kaashidhoo poll

April 16, 2014 - 17:29
The Elections Commission has told the court that the MDP MP's conviction removed his right to campaign, for which it could not be blamed. Meanwhile, Jabir's wife has given details of the MP's respiratory problems to local media.

DhiFM Plus airs upside down photo of broadcasting commission chair

April 16, 2014 - 16:38
The commission warned yesterday of possible action for the repeated display of upside-down photos of EC members. The current photo of commission chair, Shaheeb, is accompanied by a message labelling the commission's warnings 'a step backwards for democracy'.

GMR arbitration verdict to take up to two months

April 16, 2014 - 16:31
With proceedings said to be concluding this week in Singapore, the government has revealed that the final verdict in the US$1.4billion arbitration case may not be announced for another two months

Fisheries Ministry and MNDF at odds over decision to destroy confiscated pets

April 16, 2014 - 15:27
Disagreements continue to surround the destruction of over 120 pets deemed to have been illegally imported into the country. The animals - including an owl - were destroyed after being confiscated by police last weekend.

President Yameen holds talks with Japanese prime minister

April 16, 2014 - 13:27
After meeting with Emporer Akihito, President Yameen held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before thanking Japan for being the Maldives' most generous development partner.

Ports workers’ familes to receive monetary compensation from MPL

April 16, 2014 - 09:30
The Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) board last Thursday decided to pay MVR10,000 to the families of the workers killed in an accident on April 7, local media has reported. In addition to the payment, the youngest child in both families will receive a monthly payment of MVR15,000 till they are eighteen years old. Mohamed Nashid, [...]

Government plans US$40 million stadium for Hulhumalé

April 16, 2014 - 09:17
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced plans to construct a US$40 million stadium in Hulhumalé, local media has reported. “Several components of Hulhumale’ Youth City will be promoted at the forum in Singapore. The stadium being planned for Hulhumale’ will stand out in the region,” Minister for Youth and Sports Maleeh Jamal told [...]

MNDF searching for lost fishing boat

April 16, 2014 - 09:05
Maldives National Defence Force’s coast guard is searching for a yellow fin tuna fishing boat named “Man’haa” from Miladhoo in Noonu atoll. The boat carrying around thirteen people on board, was last seen on April 9, fishing near the Kudahuvadhoo area in Dhaalu atoll. The boat is reported to be 99 feet long, painted navy [...]

Authorities pass responsibility for decision to destroy confiscated animals

April 15, 2014 - 17:40
While the MNDF have admitted putting down the animals confiscated by police last weekend, they allege that the procedures were taken upon the police's request. The claim has been denied by police, who have subsequently pointed the finger at the customs department.
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