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News from July 2011

Airport company hires AC Nielsen for market research project

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International market research firm AC Nielsen has been appointed by GMR Male International Airport Limited (GMIAL) to survey tourists at the newly-renamed Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.


Maldives High Commission to Pakistan hosts Independence Day reception

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Maldives High Commissioner to Pakistan Aishath Shehenaz Adam has hosted a reception at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad to mark 46 years of independence and 45 years of diplomatic relations with Pakistan, reports Pakistani newspaper The News.


Council discusses “nuisance and bother” of expatriates in Republic Square

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Male’ City Council debated the “nuisance and bother of Bangalhun [derogatory term for Bangladeshis] in Republic Square”, and discussed making the area out-of-bounds to foreigners.


Maldives lose World Cup qualifying match one nil to Iran

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The Maldives national football team lost one nil to Iran in Male’ tonight at the second leg of the World Cup Qualifying group stage.


Nexbis signals willingness to negotiate border control agreement

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Mobile security systems vendor hits out at “gross inaccuracies” regarding the true cost of the 20 year agreement signed with the government, while immigration department suggests a donated system would cost “at most a few hundred thousand dollars a year”.


Democratisation of Maldives is irreversible: President Nasheed

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Former President Gayoom meanwhile warns that the country is open to “undue foreign influences” that could compromise economic independence and sovereignty.


Criminal Court releases MP Adil from house arrest

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Permission was granted upon a request made by the PG’s office today during the first hearing of the trial.


India gifts US$5 million for SAARC summit

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The Indian government gifted US$5 million to Maldives today to assist preparations for the upcoming SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Corporation) summit due to place November in Addu City. The US$5 million aid was officially handed over to Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem at a ceremony at the President’s Office this afternoon by Indian Minister [...]


Releasing of convicted criminals will not increase crime rate, says Zuhair

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The convicted criminals the government has chosen to pardon are unlikely to become repeat offenders, Press Secretary Mohamed Zuhair said today.




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