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  • High Court ceases hearing appeals challenging procedural rulings
  • Government implements new escaped prisoner regulation
  • Kooddoo, Felivaru merged with MIFCO
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.


State Environment Minister plays down budget dispute, alleges media “misunderstanding” thumbnail

State Environment Minister plays down budget dispute, alleges media “misunderstanding”

The State Minister for Environment and Energy has said that while there were some “concerns” about the present status of financing allocated to the Environment Ministry for next year, he alleged an article claiming his department had slammed the proposed 2013 budget was “misleading”.


Kudafari provides free bicycles in ‘green transport’ initiative thumbnail

Kudafari provides free bicycles in ‘green transport’ initiative

The organisation, Kaanu Green Peace, was created by a team of young volunteers in June this year, out of a desire to do something to help their local environment.


Export revenue increase “very likely” after obtaining MSC certification: Minister of State for Fisheries and Agriculture thumbnail

Export revenue increase “very likely” after obtaining MSC certification: Minister of State for Fisheries and Agriculture

“The certification means that consumers now have the assurance that our tuna has been caught using sustainable practice, and this has granted us unconditional access to European and American markets,” the Minister of State for Fisheries and Agriculture has said.


President Waheed’s hand “almost impossible to play”: Mike Mason thumbnail

President Waheed’s hand “almost impossible to play”: Mike Mason

“The circumstances of the transfer of power as seen on numerous videos, coupled with the handling of the CoNI and the actions of the judiciary, means that I fear there is no way you will ever remove the taint of corruption and coup from this government – however clean, honest and transparent you personally may be,” writes Climatecare founder Mike Mason, in response to a letter from President Waheed.


Hoarafushi has “returned to normal” after last month’s flooding thumbnail

Hoarafushi has “returned to normal” after last month’s flooding

Joint efforts from the island council, the island’s youth, police, the MNDF, officials of the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) and staff from the nearby Manafaru resort helped to put up sandbags, move furniture and to pump water from clogged up roads.


Coral reefs begin to recover in the Maldives thumbnail

Coral reefs begin to recover in the Maldives

Scientists have witnessed a “promising” recovery in the coral reefs around the Maldives, a recent survey has revealed.


Severe flooding in Hoarafushi damages 95 households thumbnail

Severe flooding in Hoarafushi damages 95 households

Severe flooding caused by heavy rainfall on Monday has forced several residents of Hoarafushi in Haa Alif atoll to evacuate their homes after flood waters damaged furniture and electrical wiring in 95 households.


Rainbow Warrior visiting Maldives as part of two month Indian Ocean tour thumbnail

Rainbow Warrior visiting Maldives as part of two month Indian Ocean tour

“Greenpeace has come to the Indian Ocean in order to learn about fishing activities in the region, and to talk to communities, governments, officials and the tuna fishing industry, with the intention of working together to combat overfishing and to stop destructive and illegal fishing,” the international organisation stated.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories