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A British tourist drowned near Kuredu resort.



Job centre portal launched

The website of a job centre set up by the government to connect employers with job seekers was launched on Sunday.

Speaking after launching the website at a ceremony held at the Hotel Jen in Malé, Higher Education Minister Dr Ibrahim Hassan expressed hope that the centre would become the first “reference point” used by prospective employees searching for job advertisements. The web portal classifies jobs based on qualification

IGHM under fire over death of babies 

The government-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in the capital has been under fire after funeral notices for at least three babies were posted over the weekend.

Two babies died prior to birth during Friday and early on Saturday morning, the public hospital said. The third infant died at the private ADK hospital, according to media reports.

“All prenatal and postnatal deaths are investigated both by the hospital and a committee from the ministry of health under strict guidelines,” IGMH said, assuring that findings will be shared with families upon request.

Funeral notices for two more infants on Saturday night prompted concern and more alarming headlines.

A hospital spokesman told Maldives Independent that both cases on Saturday night were “miscarriages” before the fetus developed and not stillborn babies.

President congratulates winner of Sri Lanka election

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih congratulated Gotabaya Rajapaksa on winning the Sri Lankan presidential election on Sunday as the candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Party.

“The President’s message to the President-elect highlighted the unwavering friendship and partnership between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, and the Maldivian Government’s intent to work closely with the new Sri Lankan Government, for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries,” the president’s office said.

Tourist drowned at Kuredu resort

A British tourist died of drowning on Sunday near the Kuredu resort island in Lhaviyani atoll.

The 69-year-old woman was pronounced dead on arrival at the Tree Top hospital in Hulhumalé, according to police.

New warehouses built in Thilafushi

A building to house warehouses to be relocated from Malé has been completed in the industrial island of Thilafushi near the capital.

The government decided to relocate all chemical warehouses after a deadly fire in September. The building was completed in 37 days and will be handed over to the state-owned Greater Malé Industrial Zone Ltd on Sunday, the contractor S.J Construction tweeted on Saturday.

The prefabricated building was set up in an area measuring over 100,000 square feet (2.2 acres) and the relocated warehouses will be put into cargo containers, according to Mihaaru.

Of the 126 chemical warehouses in Malé, 82 were inside residential buildings and 98 were adjacent to residential buildings, according to Defense Minister Mariya Didi. More than 30 warehouses identified by the military as most urgently in need of relocation will be moved to the new building, GMIZL boss Mohamed Rasheed Aboobakuru said.

Man found dead in ventilation shaft

A young man was found dead in a ventilation shaft on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Maldivian man was found dead in the ventilation shaft of a house in the Galolhu ward of Malé after the case was reported at around 10:10am, police said.

Weekly police statistics

On Twitter over the weekend