Local lawyers have explained that those detained have been taken to Malé’s Athuluvehi custodial centre after being detained during the two-day OTUM music festival on the uninhabited island of Anbaraa in Vaavu atoll.
“The purpose of hosting an exhibition for this theme is because recently 6 coral stone mosques of Maldives have been inscribed on the tentative list of world heritage sites and now we are trying to inscribe the mosques on the permanent list,” said the department’s Director Ali Waheed.
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.
The commission warned yesterday of possible action for the repeated display of upside-down photos of EC members. The current photo of commission chair, Shaheeb, is accompanied by a message labelling the commission’s warnings ‘a step backwards for democracy’.
Disagreements continue to surround the destruction of over 120 pets deemed to have been illegally imported into the country. The animals – including an owl – were destroyed after being confiscated by police last weekend.
While the MNDF have admitted putting down the animals confiscated by police last weekend, they allege that the procedures were taken upon the police’s request. The claim has been denied by police, who have subsequently pointed the finger at the customs department.
As well as opposing the mandatory installation of vacancy signs, protesters placards also read ‘Insurance is useless’, ‘Establish equal policies for all land transport’, and ‘Stop enslaving drivers’.
With little fertile land and an over-reliance on imports of staple food, Mohamed Shafeegu of Seagull Maldives argues that the water-based system of agriculture could be the answer to sustainable agriculture in the country.
The new amendments also stipulate that permission must be sought in writing from the Islamic Ministry for preaching or delivering sermons, offering religious advice, or publishing books concerning religion.