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Elections Commission reduces number of ballot boxes, increases polling station personnel thumbnail

Elections Commission reduces number of ballot boxes, increases polling station personnel

“Resorts cannot stop their staff from going [to vote] because we have an understanding, an arrangement with them,” Elections Commission (EC) President Fuwad Thowfeek told Minivan News. “If they try to stop [their employees from voting] we will take the necessary actions [against them].”


Nexbis sends Maldives US$2.8 million bill for operation of border control system thumbnail

Nexbis sends Maldives US$2.8 million bill for operation of border control system

Immigration Controller Dr Mohamed Ali confirmed that Nexbis had submitted a bill seeking charges for the period its system has been in use, as work continues on replacing the Malaysian company’s border controls with new technology provided by the US government.


No police within 100 feet of ballot boxes, confirms elections commissioner thumbnail

No police within 100 feet of ballot boxes, confirms elections commissioner

Former President Mohamed Nasheed alleged Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz was planning for police to disrupt polls in September, by having pro-government supporters create disturbances in polling stations.


Transport authority to destroy impounded vehicles thumbnail

Transport authority to destroy impounded vehicles

Police Spokesperson Ismail Ali told Minivan News that owners had already been given three months to reclaim their vehicles.


World Music Day concert rocks Male’ City Hall thumbnail

World Music Day concert rocks Male’ City Hall

Male’ City Hall was transformed into a music venue last night by the Alliance Française Maldives (AFM), which hosted free musical performances by Maldivian and French musicians in celebration of World Music Day.


Police accuse former Home Minister of defrauding Madoogali Resort of service charge payments thumbnail

Police accuse former Home Minister of defrauding Madoogali Resort of service charge payments

Police alleged that Blue Lagoon Investment Private Limited had taken a 10 percent service charge from the tourists from November 2011 to January 2013, but failed to account for this in documentation.


No waste spill in Thilafushi lagoon: Male’ City Council thumbnail

No waste spill in Thilafushi lagoon: Male’ City Council

The Male’ City Council (MCC) has disputed “inaccurate” local media reports that a large waste spill occurred in the Thilafushi (‘garbage island’) lagoon last night.


Tata reaffirms commitment to stalled Maldives housing projects thumbnail

Tata reaffirms commitment to stalled Maldives housing projects

Tata this week confirmed to Minivan News that it remained invested in Apex Realty PVT Ltd, a Maldives joint venture established under the previous government between itself and developers SG18.


Maldives resorts, local communities participating in whale shark festival thumbnail

Maldives resorts, local communities participating in whale shark festival

South Ari Atoll is hosting a whale shark festival aiming to bring together local resorts and communities with a view to expanding cooperation on conservation – as well as providing tourists with insight into one of the country’s most elusive creatures.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories