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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.

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