Sheikh Shaheem met with the Vice President of India and discussed building a close relationship between India’s Muslim community and Maldives. Shaheem returned home with promises of technical and financial assistance from India for the works of the Islamic ministry.
While interest has been shown by conservation groups from the UK, the Ministry of Environment reported that the trail appeared to have again gone cold in the search for a new home for the endangered primate.
The audit revealed that, as of August 2012, Business Image Group Pvt Ltd was paid a total of MVR5.78 million (US$374,837) as sales commission despite auditors being unable to verify from the available documentation that the commission was provided additional income as a result of BIG’s work.
Addu City Council has resolved to create institutions to promote mid-market tourism in concert with local businesses and members of the public in order to expand tourism within the country’s seconds largest urban area.
“Perhaps the climax of this confusion and mistrust will see the ministries reach agreement among themselves, and will allow Maldivians to enjoy animals that are not endangered and are not ‘dangerous’ to the Maldives’ environment and its human inhabitants,” writes Mariyam Raina.
The broadcasting commission will investigate the case of DhiFM Plus airing upside-down pictures of commission Chair Mohamed Shaheeb in apparent retaliation for warnings about broadcasting similar images of senior civil servants and politicians.
The president has held meetings with the governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the Japan International Cooperation senior vice president, tourism industry leaders, and leading businessmen including the president of the Hitachi Company.
Former State Minister Umar Jamal and his two deputies are accused of providing undue benefit to a third party by releasing MVR118,522 out of the province office budget in 2009 and 2010 as financial assistance for sports tournaments and friendly matches.
The Tourism Ministry has assured that the Malé-area’s only remaining picnic island will remain accessible to locals after its development as a resort, though many still fear the industry’s continued encroachment on public recreational areas.