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  • Islamic Minister reportedly planning Islamic university in Maldives
  • University opens admission for over 200 courses
  • Former council president sentenced to 11 years’ exile
Who turned out the light: Maldives’ solar ambitions plunged into darkness thumbnail

Who turned out the light: Maldives’ solar ambitions plunged into darkness

Plummeting investor confidence derails “transformative” plan to switch Maldives into a solar-powered nation, by using guarantees to reduce investor risk and lower the cost of capital.


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President launches Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan on Wednesday officially launched the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Baa Atoll Conservation Fund at a special ceremony held in Eydhafushi.


Comment: Our children’s grandchildren’s world thumbnail

Comment: Our children’s grandchildren’s world

Sustainable development in the Maldives is linked to the effective local, national and global management of the environment and natural resources, writes Norwegian Minister for International Development, Heikki Holmås.


Government to unveil “new environmental strategy” thumbnail

Government to unveil “new environmental strategy”

The government will this month launch a number of environment-themed events to coincide with the Rio+20 sustainable development summit that is taking place in Brazil between June 20 and June 22.


Maldivian cultural dances to be held at Expo 2012, South Korea thumbnail

Maldivian cultural dances to be held at Expo 2012, South Korea

An estimated 10 million people from around the world are expected to visit the three-month Expo held in South Korea’s coastal city of Yeosu.


Challenges to climate change governance: Transparency Maldives thumbnail

Challenges to climate change governance: Transparency Maldives

According to a preliminary report on Climate Governance Integrity by Transparency Maldives, US$160.5 million dollars is being spent on various climate change projects through externally funded grants and loans – but governance is scattered and confused.


‘Mosquito Lady’ and local community combine to deter unwanted guests on Kuda Huraa thumbnail

‘Mosquito Lady’ and local community combine to deter unwanted guests on Kuda Huraa

“80-90 percent of the problem can be sorted by eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed,” explains the ‘Mosquito Lady’, Trudy Rilling-Collins, as she works to make Boda Huraa inhospitable to dengue carrying Aedes aegypti.


Vice President pushes for population consolidation plan thumbnail

Vice President pushes for population consolidation plan

“Getting votes in smaller populations are easier. However, if the community grows larger, influencing or controlling the people will not be easy,” the Vice President contended.


Increasing density of resort development threatens key tourism appeal, warns former tourism minister thumbnail

Increasing density of resort development threatens key tourism appeal, warns former tourism minister

Cabinet said the decision to increase resort development density from 20 percent to 30 percent would allow “opportunities for commercial expansion [that] were limited due to unavailability of land area to develop tourist facilities on leased-out spaces.”


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories