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Posts From Hassan Moosa

Coconuts or progress? President’s question for Kulhudhuffushi

PPM supporters, heads of state-owned firms and senior government officials have been flocking to the northern island for the inauguration of an airport project and the party’s annual meeting.

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Controversial airport project inaugurated despite lack of contractor

The lack of a contractor to build the airport has raised concerns among some islanders that the project is a vote-winning stunt ahead of next year’s election.

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Environmentalists cry foul as Kulhudhuffushi airport project begins

Work began Saturday on a “bund wall” to mark a boundary for dredging and reclaiming the northern island’s environmentally sensitive wetland area after fast-tracked environmental regulatory processes.

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Hajj and Umrah visas for Saudi Airline travellers only

The embassy informed travel agencies Wednesday that visas would only be issued for Saudi Airline passengers.

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Court orders removal of opposition banners ahead of Yameen visit

A warrant issued by the Raa Inguraidhoo magistrate court authorised the police to confiscate “banners, loudspeakers and sound systems” on suspicion that people are planning to “gather and create discord” during the official visit.

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RaajjeGate: A Timeline

The Maldives Broadcasting Commission has punished opposition-aligned RaajjeTV several times under the defamation law, increasing tensions between journalists and the government-backed regulator.

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Maldivian students released on bail after stabbing in Sri Lanka

“This quarrel has been going on for some time but the involvement of the scissor made it more serious than a playground fight between school kids,” said the Maldivian ambassador to Sri Lanka.

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Fenaka under fire for Addu City power cuts

State utility firm Fenaka has been fiercely criticised for power cuts in Addu City, where four generators have failed.

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MBC member under fire after Yameen event snaps emerge

Fathimath Zaina, who worked as an aide to First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim before joining the Maldives Broadcasting Commission, was photographed handing out seating arrangements to people at a rally Monday night.

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Gasim’s family asks for medical leave extension

Gasim’s son Ibrahim Siyad Gasim wrote to the Maldives Correctional Service saying doctors had advised him to stay in Singapore until October 28 for tests.

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State utility firms running huge losses

State utility firms are operating at a loss, a parliamentary committee has heard, with one power company’s debt standing at around MVR1.6 billion (US$103 million).

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Media warned over online video coverage from MPs

TV stations have been warned against broadcasting footage live-streamed on social media by MPs who are inside the parliament chamber. In a circular released Monday, the Broadcasting Commission of Maldives

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Maldives anti-corruption watchdog assessed

Only one corruption-related case reached conviction between 2010 and 2014 despite 175 cases being submitted for prosecution by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

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Rising European tourist numbers offset dwindling Chinese market  

Tourist arrivals to the Maldives increased by 5.9 percent as traditional European markets offset a decline in Chinese holidaymakers.

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Inmate dies in Maafushi jail

A 32-year-old inmate at the high-security Maafushi prison died around 7:50 am Thursday morning while undergoing treatment at the island’s medical centre.

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Court concludes trial of alleged jihadis

Citing audio analysis of conversations, the state prosecutor told the court that one of the defendants told a witness he was in the “sacred land of Shām to seek Jannat-ul Firdaus”.

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Central bank governor steps down

Dr Azeema Adam has stepped down as governor of the central bank to relocate with her husband who recently took up the double post of permanent representative to the United Nations and ambassador to the United States.

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