Onion price soar due to shortage
Businesses are unable to import onions from India, leading to a severe shortage and price hikes across the Maldives.
According to local media, prices for 25 kilo onion bags have soared to MVR1,200 (US$78) from MVR250 (US$17). Per kilo prices in convenience stores have also risen up to MVR50 from around MVR15.
Most wholesalers have completely run out of onion stocks. The shortage is caused by severe flooding in India’s onion producing states like Maharashtra.
According to the Times of India, the Indian government has released onion stocks from last year’s harvest in an attempt to control rising prices. India has also taken measures to restrict the export of onions by increasing minimum export prices and withdrawing incentives.
But according to the foreign ministry, the Maldives has an exemption related to the restrictions on onion exports under a special arrangement with India. Maldivian businesses should be able to export onions from India without any issue, a ministry official told the Maldives Independent.
Young man’s leg amputated after boat accident
A young man’s leg was amputated after a boating accident in Raa atoll.
Abdulla Haleem, 27, was snorkelling near an uninhabited island when his leg hit the propeller of a dinghy. According to family members who spoke to local media, his left leg was nearly cut off above the ankle. Doctors amputated the leg after as it was not possible to connect the severed part.
Haleem will be able to walk using a prosthetic leg, a family member said.
4,000 people receive mental health care
Around 4000 people have been seen by doctors at a new mental health clinic in the largest public hospital, according to the health ministry.
The Mental Health Centre was opened at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in March this year to fulfil a campaign pledge of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Treatment for mental illnesses are also covered under the national health insurance scheme now.
In a statement on the occasion of World Mental Health day, the health ministry announced it will be opening a mental health unit at the Health Protection Agency to monitor services. The government also plans to ensure availability of mental health care across the country in five regional hospitals.
Manta Air welcomes first seaplane
Manta Air welcomed its first seaplane on Wednesday, the first of 10 seaplanes the private airline plans to bring in order to launch seaplane operations in November.
“We will be starting with fixed schedule, advanced booking capabilities and for the first time in Maldives, we will make the seaplane service reliable to all our passengers which will operate on a fixed schedule dedicated to on time performance,” said Ahmed Maumoon, CMO of Manta Air.
The DHC-6 Twin Otters will come fitted with Garmin G950 equipment, which “includes dual core modern processing power, providing crew with immediate access to flight plan data and weather radar information,” Manta Air said in a press release.
The upgrade removes cable from the cockpit to make the aircraft lighter and reduces maintenance cost, it added.
In other news:
Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay
Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide.
Join us, in “40 seconds of action” to raise awareness of the scale of suicide around the world and the role that each of us can play to help prevent it.
— WHO Maldives (@WHOMaldives) October 10, 2019
Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay
In order to be mentally and emotionally healthy, self-care is an important practice that helps us to cope, every day.
While self-care can ease a lot of how we deal with stress, it is also important to seek professional help, when necessary. pic.twitter.com/hU85guoZKh
— Maldivian Red Crescent (@maldivianrc) October 10, 2019
"Every 40 seconds, someone makes the tragic decision that life is no longer worth living"#LetsTalk and break the cycle of #stigma & help people to develop skills to cope with life pressures.#WorldMentalHealthDay #MentalHealth #40SecondsOfHope #suicideprevention
— UN in the Maldives (@UNMaldives) October 10, 2019
First female Minister of Defence for the Republic of Maldives, Her Excellency Uza. Mariya Didi takes our conference stage to talk security, education and technology in the 21st century.#GITEX2019 #GITEXGlobal #GITEXGlobal2020 pic.twitter.com/L7En2vOBJv
— GITEXTechnologyWeek (@GITEXTechWeek) October 9, 2019
It was lovely meeting His Royal Highness Saif bin Zayed / Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of UAE. HRH Saif’s simplicity struck me. HRH offered to train @MNDF_Official Firemen at the very reputable Institute in UAE. Thank you, Your Highnesses 🙏 https://t.co/gVZpHbYYzl
— Mariya Didi 🎈 (@MariyaDidi) October 9, 2019
“I want to speak my mind, even if I’m a girl.”
— UNFPA (@UNFPA) October 9, 2019
Happy to announce that former Iran & Yugoslavia coach Milorad Kijac will be joining the National Volleyball Team as the Head Coach. He has coached and won many trophies across the world & took Yugoslavia to a 3rd place finish in 1996 FIVB World League.🇲🇻🏐 pic.twitter.com/1Tr3zzT2wD
— Ahmed Mahloof (@AhmedMahloof) October 10, 2019
Honoured to inaugurate the 3rd meeting of the SAARC Edu/Higher Edu Ministers meeting today. Education is the most powerful means to eradicate poverty & most effective tool to unleash the potential for growth & sustainable development in the region. @SaarcSec @MoEdumv @MoHEmv pic.twitter.com/VJQEdzZitM
— Abdulla Shahid 🎈 (@abdulla_shahid) October 10, 2019
— MFA Maldives (@MoFAmv) October 10, 2019
— IGMH (@igmhmv) October 10, 2019
Encouraging to see the number of RTA cases brought to our ER has reduced gradually. Road safety is integral to prevent accidents. Drive safely. Here is the update for September 2019. pic.twitter.com/Mbzipxmzhy
— ADK Hospital (@ADKHospital) October 10, 2019
— Villa College (@VillaCollegeMv) October 10, 2019
Our teams will conduct environmental surveys and prepare EIAs and coastal protection designs for the 5 islands. https://t.co/T2nDjpZ3Jc
— Riyan Pvt Ltd (@RiyanPvtLtd) October 9, 2019
Time to clean & freshen up! Get your 🧹 🛹 join us tomorrow (11th October 2019, Friday) from 04:00pm onwards at #hulhumaleskatepark for a clean up followed by a skating sess! Come with your ♻️ water bottles @parleymv pic.twitter.com/FBFkHSia5O
— Skateboarding Association of Maldives (@SBAMALDIVES) October 10, 2019
— DRP (@drpmaldives) October 10, 2019