The move comes days after Gasim predicted that Villa’s accounts could be frozen ahead of Monday’s no-confidence vote against the speaker of parliament.
Gasim had predicted that the high court would rule against Villa. “It looks like a big wave is building, looks like they are going to freeze all the accounts of Villa Shipping company again,” he said Sunday night.
The judgment comes in spite of a Singaporean arbitration tribunal awarding US$26 million in damages to Hilton for Sun Travel’s abrupt termination of the Irufushi management agreement in May 2013.
Developing an airport on the northern island of Kulhudhufushi is a campaign pledge of President Abdulla Yameen. But environmentalists have previously warned that it would destroy the island’s environmentally sensitive wetland area.
Saudi Arabia is also funding a grand mosque in Malé that can accommodate 6,000 worshippers. Last week, the housing ministry awarded the US$24 million project to Turkish company Alke-Turmaks.
HRCM Vice President Shifaq Mufeed told the press that the hunger strike was prompted by “tightened security measures” but an informed source alleged that electricity was cut off and some inmates were beaten.
Ahmed Ashraf’s trial resumed on Wednesday after more than one year. The first hearing was held in February 2016. The charge of issuing threats carries a jail sentence of one year, but the teenage social media celebrity has spent a longer period in detention.
The police are searching for suspects in the alleged gang rape of a 27-year-old woman in the non-residential, industrial area of Hulhumalé, an urban centre under development near Malé.
A policeman is under investigation over the online sexual harassment of a popular 16-year-old female singer. The officer shared Bathool Ahmed’s photo on Facebook and compared the minor to a Lebanese-American porn star.
Following the guilty verdicts and US$1,800 fines handed to Raajje TV journalists Mohamed Wisam and Leevan Ali Nasir last month, Adam Zareer becomes only the third journalist to be convicted in the Maldives in more than a decade.
Two fires have destroyed a wetland area equal to 35 football pitches on the southern island of Fuvahmulah. Islanders said they suspect the fires were started deliberately.
Workers are combing Fuvahmulah’s beach by hand in an effort to clean up several thousand tonnes of aggregate dumped on the island’s reef in a historic environmental disaster, as the EPA remains tightlipped on the extent of the damage.
The state-owned Waste Management Corporation began collecting garbage from households in Malé this week as part of a broader effort to establish a waste management network in the capital.
The Environment Protection Agency has fined a Maldivian man MVR111,500 (US$7,200) for capturing and keeping protected birds in his backyard. The hefty fine is the first imposed by the EPA for caging protected bird species.
Government supporters on the southern island of Meedhoo gathered last Friday to celebrate the controlled destruction of the island’s reef to clear an oceanside channel in spite of environmental concerns.
Did the Saudi king postpone the official visit because of the flu or MP Nihan’s leaked audio about amending the constitution to facilitate the sale of Faafu atoll Himithi to the deputy crown prince? asks Azra Naseem.
“I am not pessimistic by nature, but I fear for the future of my homeland. Paradise is rarely regained in the political arena. The very nature of politics makes it so,” writes Latheefa Verall.
The reaction on social media platforms to a gang rape in Hulhumalé earlier this month exposed misogynistic views and blaming-the-victim attitudes among Maldivians.
Aside from the irreversible damage to fragile reefs from reclamation and dredging, the Maldives stands to lose the unique Islandness (ޖަޒީރާވަންތަކަން) of an ancient ocean civilisation, writes environmental scientist Ibrahim Mohamed.
On International Women’s Day, UN resident coordinator Shoko Noda offers a personal insight into issues of gender equality she has faced over the course of her personal and professional life.
A selection of moments from the recently concluded Eid festivities in the northern island of Thoddoo
The four political heavyweights resolved to “safeguard civil and political rights abrogated from citizens” and “ensure elections held in the Maldives are free and fair in which candidates of political parties choosing are allowed to contest.”
Lawyer Nazim Sattar was summoned for questioning at the police headquarters Wednesday over a retweet alleging that the first lady was travelling from Singapore to Malé “with large amounts of cash”.
Both President Abdulla Yameen and the new alliance formed between ruling party lawmakers loyal to former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and opposition parties are confident of victory in the upcoming no-confidence vote against the parliament’s speaker.
The decision to resume the first term after a week-long mid-term break was based on “the spread of the flu during the past 10 days and the social situation”, the education ministry announced on Thursday.
A 46-year-old expatriate who died while undergoing treatment at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé on Sunday night was the third fatality from the H1N1 flu virus this year.
The housing ministry has completed replacing cracked floor tiles on the Islamic centre’s courtyard, less than ten months after the praying area of the capital’s largest mosque was extended with a marble floor.
According to the Health Protection Agency, the number of confirmed H1N1 cases has reached 105 out of 335 suspected cases tested as of Tuesday.
Both the government-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital and the private ADK hospital have also started offering the influenza vaccine to pregnant women.