The President’s statement comes as an Avaaz.org petition calling for a moratorium on flogging and better laws to protect women and girls in the Maldives reached more than two million signatures – more than twice the number of tourists who visit the country each year.
The Islamic ministry has added two million ruffiya to Zakat fund’s scholarship and has opened for application, reported Haveeru.
The Drug Enforcement Department (DED) caught the two individuals on arrival from the airport to Malé Monday. They are Maldivian nationals aged 48 and 31 years.
Three of the seven suspects charged in a case involving the fraudulent transfer of MVR 18 million from a State Bank of India account owned by the owners of Sheesha Motor Company, have denied charges against them.
US$774,900 was recovered from a bag a suspect was carrying when he was arrested at an unnamed bank in Male’ on Thursday afternoon.
Drugs were imported with the assistance of a cargo vessel, polide said.
Aitken Spence Hotels has acquired two new properties in the Maldives for resort development, making the Sri Lankan company the largest foreign resort operator in the country.
An MVR42.1 million (US$2.7 million) fined was imposed on the owner of a Thai fishing vessel that ran aground on the reef along Shangri-La Villingili Island Resort in November 2011 whilst the State Electricity Company (STELCO) was fined MVR3.3 million (US$214,000) following an oil spill.
The PPM announced Kanditheemu MP Mohamed Hussein, Madaveli Muaz Mohamed Rasheed and 15 councilors’ defection from the JP to the ruling party at a 2000 strong rally tonight.