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  • Emirates to add third daily flight from Malé
  • President Yameen meets with Indian and Pakistani prime minsters
  • Police discover buried bones at Henveiru Adi Park
Government to establish conservation zones as part of Maldives bio-reserve transformation thumbnail

Government to establish conservation zones as part of Maldives bio-reserve transformation

The government is moving ahead with plans to transform the Maldives into a biosphere reserve through the designation of zones across the country that would earmark land use for specific purposes such as tourism development or conservation.


Maldives’ waste management hampered by local politics, lack of funding thumbnail

Maldives’ waste management hampered by local politics, lack of funding

Most islands have waste areas that vary in quality and have no means of processing or removing trash from the garbage areas.


Government issues MVR 62.7 million compensation claim for stranded ship reef damage thumbnail

Government issues MVR 62.7 million compensation claim for stranded ship reef damage

“[Auguste Schulte's local operator] Silver Company can either pay the fine to the government so the ship can continue its voyage or pay a bank guarantee should they wish to carry out their own investigation and let the ship leave,” said Chairman of Transport Authority Abdul Rasheed Nafiz.


Livestock import ban following anthrax scare in Tamil Nadu thumbnail

Livestock import ban following anthrax scare in Tamil Nadu

The HPA has urged against using live animals and meat produced after December 31, 2012 imported from India.


PPM would pursue oil exploration, foreign investment: Abdulla Yameen thumbnail

PPM would pursue oil exploration, foreign investment: Abdulla Yameen

The Maldives’ environmental image and commitments are no obstacles to oil industry development, according to Tourism Minister Ahmed Adheeb, following a PPM proposal to pursue oil exploration the Maldives.


Tourism head pledges action on waste management over fears for Maldives holiday image thumbnail

Tourism head pledges action on waste management over fears for Maldives holiday image

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has pledged to take the “lead” in addressing waste management concerns in the capital should other authorities fail – a stance criticised by municipal councillors and state environment figures.


Maldives to implement smoking ban from New Year’s Day thumbnail

Maldives to implement smoking ban from New Year’s Day

The ‘Regulation of Determining Tobacco Free-Zones’ (Dhevehi) prohibits smoking inside cafes, tea shops, restaurants, public places where people usually gather in numbers, parks and all government buildings.


Vital climate change data “ruined” by Hanimaadhoo rubbish fires: MCOH resident scientist thumbnail

Vital climate change data “ruined” by Hanimaadhoo rubbish fires: MCOH resident scientist

Budhavant told Minivan News: “We can normally expect to lose roughly two to three days worth of data per week, but in some instances the smoke [from burning biomass nearby] is ruining our data for the entire week.”


Maldivian government appeals stay order as GMR eviction deadline nears thumbnail

Maldivian government appeals stay order as GMR eviction deadline nears

The Maldivian government is appealing an injunction granted by the Singapore High Court halting its eviction of Indian infrastructure giant GMR from the Maldives pending the outcome of arbitration proceedings.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories