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  • Thumburi Guesthouse Island invites bids for hotel development
  • Mega Maldives US$99 return tickets to Malaysia sell out in two hours
  • PPM wins by-elections in Madduvari, Kondey
Presidential candidates’ policy pledges threaten the environment: Environment Ministry thumbnail

Presidential candidates’ policy pledges threaten the environment: Environment Ministry

Environment Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela noted that no policy on environmental protection has been articulated by candidates despite their numerous election pledges during her speech at the “NGO Forum on Environment and Sustainable Development 2013” held by the Environment Ministry and NGO Federation yesterday (May 5).


Eco-friendly resort holds 24-hour scuba diving event thumbnail

Eco-friendly resort holds 24-hour scuba diving event

Seventy people representing 12 nationalities – including scuba divers representing all levels of experience, underwater photo journalists, and guests – participated in the 24 hour “10 to 10 Rannamaari wreck” event.


MDP propose US$1.05 billion mariculture industry as part of election pledge thumbnail

MDP propose US$1.05 billion mariculture industry as part of election pledge

Deputy Leader of the government-aligned DRP Ahmed ‘Mavota’ Shareef questioned the viability of trying to introduce large-scale mariculture within the Maldives, slamming the MDP’s economic predictions as inaccurate and an election ploy.


State, private sector divided over responsibility for Maldives garbage dumping thumbnail

State, private sector divided over responsibility for Maldives garbage dumping

Amid widespread reports of resorts and safari boats dumping garbage into the ocean, government and private parties squabble over taking responsibility.


Prospect of “radicalised, authoritarian” Maldives threatens all nations: former president Nasheed thumbnail

Prospect of “radicalised, authoritarian” Maldives threatens all nations: former president Nasheed

The office of President Waheed today dismissed allegations it had sided with extremists since last year’s controversial transfer of power, calling on Nasheed to engage “professionally” with the government.


Former President Nasheed reaches Copenhagen climate talks despite alleged obstruction thumbnail

Former President Nasheed reaches Copenhagen climate talks despite alleged obstruction

Former President Mohamed Nasheed was yesterday (April 14) temporarily “obstructed” from traveling overseas despite having High Court approval, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has alleged.


Sea turtle killing threatening Maldives’ dolphin-safe tuna certification thumbnail

Sea turtle killing threatening Maldives’ dolphin-safe tuna certification

The Maldives is at risk of losing its dolphin safe tuna certification and fishing vessels will be banned from delivering tuna for export if they participate in sea turtle killing.


Widespread ‘secret’ slaughter of endangered sea turtles despite ban; “very tasty” say killers thumbnail

Widespread ‘secret’ slaughter of endangered sea turtles despite ban; “very tasty” say killers

Sea turtles are being slaughtered en masse in the Maldives with no action taken by authorities to uphold local conservation laws or adhere to international agreements to protect the endangered species.


Police assist with sea turtle rescue thumbnail

Police assist with sea turtle rescue

Local police on Nilandhoo island in Faafu Atoll assisted with the collection and release of hatchling sea turtles by putting them in a freshwater pond and feeding them biscuits and rice.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories