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News in brief: Fuwad Thowfeek approved for Elections Commission

Bank of Maldives opened a Business Centre in Malé.



Parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved the nomination of Fuwad Thowfeek to the Elections Commission with 70 votes in favour.

Two other nominees forwarded by the president – current member Amjad Musthafa and lawyer Haneefa Khalid – after 10 individuals applied for the post were not to put a vote after Fuwad was approved. Amjad’s five-year term is due to expire on November 24.

Fuwad was controversially dismissed as EC president by the Supreme Court in March 2014. In April this year, he ran unsuccessfully for the Machchangoalhi South parliament seat.

Physiotherapist suspended over sexual assault

The government-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital has suspended a physiotherapist over an alleged attempt to rape a patient.

The case is under investigation by police, IGMH said. Police were also alerted after a group of people assaulted the accused employee inside the hospital, it added. The group previously threatened and beat up the employee and recorded a video of a coerced confession, according to the hospital.

Regardless of the truth of the allegations, the employee was suspended immediately after they emerged, the hospital said.

Bank of Maldives opens Business Centre

The Bank of Maldives opened its first ‘Business Centre’ in the outer ring road of the capital Malé on Tuesday night.

“We have a business loan portfolio comprising over 1,300 small businesses across various sectors. The new Business Centre will serve as a dedicated outlet to provide these businesses easy access to expert advice for all their financial needs,” said MBL CEO Tim Sawyer at the opening ceremony.

According to the national bank, “Dedicated Relationship Managers at the Business Centre will provide support for SMEs on a range of business banking and advisory services including applications for loans and credit facilities and merchant services including POS and Payment Gateway.”

The new centre was officially opened by Economic Development Minister Fayyaz Ismail.

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