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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.


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.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories