Society & Culture
News in brief: STO supplier ship sinks en route to Maldives
Arson suspected in Kulhudhuffushi house fire.
Cargo boat sinks with onion shipment
A cargo vessel carrying an onion shipment from India sank on Monday en route to the Maldives.
Contrary to media reports, the ship does not belong to the State Trading Organisation, the state-owned company’s managing director Hussain Amr tweeted. The boat sank about miles off the Maldives coast with 1,500 sacks of onions, STO communication director told Raajje TV.
Arson suspected in Kulhudhuffushi fire
A fire that broke out at the Kakaa house in Kulhudhuffushi in the early hours of Tuesday started because motorcycles parked inside were deliberately set ablaze, police suspect.
Aside from the motorbikes, the house ceiling and a pickup were on fire when police officers arrived at the scene. The house next door was also affected by the fire but no one was injured, police told the media.
The fire was put out in less than half an hour after it was reported around 4:16am, according to the Maldives National Defence Force.
Identities revealed of suspects in 70kg drug bust
Police have revealed the identities of suspects arrested in connection with 70kg of drugs seized from a boat en route to the Maldives from Pakistan earlier this month.
The alleged ringleaders were Ali Anwar Mohamed, 35, from Seenu Hithadhoo, Ahmed Shakeeb, 42, from Kaafu Dhiffushi, and Mohamed Rishwan, 23, from Laamu Gan. Other suspects include the captain and crew of the Heydhakuri-7 boat that went to collect the drug shipment. They were Adam Misbah, 39, from Kaafu Dhiffushi, Mohamed Inash, 22, from Laamu Gan, and two Bangladeshis identified as Ali Ahmed, 24, and Ali Thuhun, 36.
All six crew members of the foreign vessels were Iranians aged between 19 to 50 years. An Interpol team is assisting Maldives police with the investigation, according to police chief Mohamed Hameed.
Attorney General advises termination of Naifaru housing contract
The Attorney General’s office has advised the housing ministry to terminate an agreement signed with W&A Overseas Pvt Ltd to build 100 housing units on Naifaru island in Lhaviyani atoll.
The project cannot be continued legally because the infrastructure ministry revoked the company’s contractor license on August 20 over failure to submit documentation. The contract was signed on July 10 after the company won the bid. But the bid document required the company to be listed in the national contractor’s registry, the AG office noted, advising the housing ministry to make a new bid announcement for the project.
Finance Minister attends World Bank Group meeting
Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer led the Maldives delegation that attended the 2019 annual meeting of the World Bank Group in Washington DC from October 18 to 20.
According to the finance ministry, Ameer spoke at the ‘Reducing Ocean Plastics in South Asia’ event and “highlighted on the importance of ensuring that our beaches and oceans are free from plastic as we are a tourism dependent island nation.”
An agreement was signed during the visit with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/International Development Association to establish an office in the Maldives. Ameer also signed an endorsement note to officially join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action.
Policeman arrested for abuse of authority
A police officer was arrested on Monday night on suspicion of abuse of authority for financial gain.
The 31-year-old man was taking into custody with an arrest warrant, a police media official confirmed, declining to provide any further details. Aside from a criminal investigation, the matter is also before the professional standards command, the media official told the press.
Last week, a 29-year-old policeman was placed under investigation over alleged blackmail. The incident occurred on Fenfushi island in Alif Dhaal atoll and the police officer was brought back to the capital, newspaper Mihaaru reported.
Today on Twitter
His Excellency Abdulla Ameen, Minister of Health launched the National Plan of Action on Viral Hepatitis, Treatment Guidelines for Hep B & C in Maldives and announced the initiation of treatment services nationwide – aiming towards a #Hepatitis free future for Maldives! 🇲🇻 pic.twitter.com/aOQqr4CcF2
— WHO Maldives (@WHOMaldives) October 22, 2019
Markets have always been about communities. @CMDA_MV partners with Maldives Stock Exchange to initiate dialogue at a national level on the upcoming Capital Market Forum to promote social harmony through the securities market.
Visit https://t.co/rpAAAniDVN for more information.
— MSE (@StockExchangeMV) October 22, 2019
We are excited to announce @OoredooMaldives’ recent partnership with Guest House Association to meet the digital services needs of the new generation of travellers.#Ooredoo pic.twitter.com/OICPLb8HWu
— Ooredoo Group (@ooredoo) October 22, 2019
"The White Fire" by @azzu focuses on the impact of climate change on our coral reefs shown through stunning photographs on display at the Muraka Faaru and educative sessions by Marine Biologists titled Muraka Vaahaka. https://t.co/Irh5xBhXcZ
— Fine Art Maldives (@FineArtMaldives) October 22, 2019
They have to have the name board if they r working on any foundation. Name of the company contact number displayed. Send the site @MaleCitymv https://t.co/Sr0QoZMs9k
— Shifa Mohammed🎈 (@etna295) October 22, 2019
Did you know? pic.twitter.com/V7VocqY7te
— Maldives Customs (@CustomsMv) October 22, 2019
Delighted to announce that Mary & Mueena, both sports and fitness champions have been appointed as Wellness Ambassadors from Maldives for #MissionFitMaldives to work with fitness Guru @SunielVShetty. 🇲🇻🇮🇳#DhulhaheyoHashiheyo#AnhenunnahVaane pic.twitter.com/EYWRaivK2Z
— Ahmed Mahloof (@AhmedMahloof) October 22, 2019
Met with the leadership of @MNDF_Official to exchange the understanding of developing trends in the security environment of the country. We further discussed on the continuity of security information sharing and operational collaboration. pic.twitter.com/iV9mPKLuLA
— Mohamed Hameed (@M_Hameedh) October 22, 2019
Minister @DrHussainHassan departs to Oslo, Norway to participate in 'Our Ocean Conference' 2019. The conference will be held from 23-24 October. The conference brings together leaders from governments, business, civil society and research institutions. pic.twitter.com/pXFIzVKdHp
— Ministry of Environment (@MoEnvmv) October 22, 2019
Training workshop on vaccine communication for healthcare workers, NGOs and related sectors. This is the first of the training sessions to be conducted across the country, organised with assistance from @UNICEFMaldives @MoHmv pic.twitter.com/PuZc1cxeAd
— HPA Maldives (@HPA_MV) October 22, 2019
Celebrating 55 years of #ITEC & the long-standing partnership with #Maldives on capacity-building. Training slots for Maldives have increased five-fold to 250 per year #ITEC55 @ITECnetwork@DrSJaishankar@DrChubby @moar@KerafaNaseem @MoFAmv @MoEDmv@MoNPImv @MEAIndia pic.twitter.com/vbIJnQiY1w
— India in Maldives (@EoIMaldives) October 22, 2019
Minister @ZahaWaheed delivers a statement during the @IMOHQ Ministerial Conference on Fishing Vessel Safety and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in Spain. #SafeFishingLegalFishing pic.twitter.com/z3ufSswC72
— Min. of Fisheries, Marine Resources & Agriculture (@MoFMRAmv) October 21, 2019
First group of pentioners retiring from FSM since we have introduced our retirement package. Enjoy your time with family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/pE3ku4au7D
— FuelSuppliesMaldives (@Fuel_Maldives) October 22, 2019
ARC in partnership with @BeautifulEyesMV holds a Speech and Hearing Camp for Children with Disabilities in Laamu Atoll. During this camp, an international speech therapist provided free consultations, individual assessments and audiometric tests.
— ARC (@ARC_maldives) October 22, 2019