Young man dies in attempt to flee from police

A 22-year-old young man died in an accident on Sunday night while attempting to flee from the police.

The young man was driving the motorbike when the police attempted to stop him in a drug operation near Flat 133 in Malé’s suburb Hulhumalé at 9:10pm. The young man sped away at high speed and crashed into a car.

He was thrown from the bike and sustained severe injuries. He died while undergoing treatment at the Hulhumalé hospital.

A 24-year-old man was sitting on the back. He broke an arm and a leg and is receiving further treatment at Malé’s Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the car did not sustain any injuries.

The police declined to comment on whether any drugs were found on the suspects.



Four Bangladeshis arrested on gambling charges


Four Bangladeshi men were arrested in Hulhumalé today on charges of gambling.

Based on “intelligence information”, the police raided the expatriate’s quarters in lot 10378 with a court warrant around 10:40am.

“All four were taken into police custody from the crime scene,” according to police media.

The police also seized more than MVR10,000 in cash and “items used for gambling.”

Gambling is prohibited in Islam and illegal in the Maldives.


180 waste bins donated by China handed over to HDC

The environment ministry has handed over 180 out of 200 waste bins donated by the Chinese government to the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) for use in Hulhumalé.

Speaking at a ceremony held at the HDC office today, environment minister Thoriq Ibrahim urged residents of Hulhumalé to make use of the bins and keep the beaches and roads of the reclaimed island clean.

The waste bins were handed to HDC under the ministry’s ‘Saafu Raajje’ waste management campaign.

HDC managing director Mohamed Siman said the state-owned company’s goal was to develop Hulhumalé as a “green city.”


Police seize drugs in Hulhumalé guesthouse

The police have seized illicit narcotics from a guesthouse in Hulhumalé and arrested four Maldivian men on suspicion of selling drugs.

Based on intelligence information, the police drug enforcement department raided the guesthouse room around 4:00pm yesterday with a search warrant and found a large rubber packet containing drugs, two empty liquor bottles, bullet-sized rubber packets, and a small measuring device.

The four men, aged 21, 25, 34, and 37, all have criminal records for drug-related offences, the police said.



Construction of tertiary hospital in Hulhumalé to begin in May

Construction work on the private Tree Top Hospital in Hulhumalé is expected to begin next month.

The ministry of health awarded a project to build a multi-specialty tertiary hospital to Tree Top Investments in September last year.

Tree Top Investments was formed in 2013 by four prominent local tourism companies – Champa Brothers, Kasa Holdings, Crown Company, and Kuredu Holdings.

The government-owned Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in the capital is at present the only tertiary hospital in the country. Establishing tertiary hospitals in the north and south to ease the burden on IGMH, which caters to patients travelling from across the country, is a campaign pledge of President Abdulla Yameen.

At an inauguration ceremony held at the Jen Hotel in Malé yesterday, Tree Top signed a contract with Turkish company Turmaks Alke for the construction of the 159-bed, six-storey hospital.

The expected date for completion is November 11, 2016, with the official opening scheduled for March 1, 2017.

An agreement was also signed with Malaysian company Ramsay Sime Darby for management of the hospital.

Speaking at the ceremony, tourism magnate ‘Champa’ Hussain Afeef said the estimated cost of the project is US$60 million.

Afeef said the resort companies are taking a risk by investing in a tertiary hospital and could face losses for ten years.

“But we are taking that risk because it is very much needed for the Maldives and because we are able to do it,” he was quoted as saying by newspaper Haveeru.

The goal is providing services that are currently unavailable in the Maldives, he added.

Tree Top Director Ahmed Saleem said Ramsay Sime Darby was chosen based on the company’s experience and expertise.

The partnership offers advantages such as exchanging specialists from Malaysian hospitals, he said.

The Malaysian company’s official partner is Ramsay, which is Australia’s largest hospital management company, Saleem noted.

The hospital project was awarded to Treetop last year after initial expressions of interest (EOIs) submitted by 10 companies were cancelled.


Amin Construction launches Hulhumalé apartment complex project

Amin Construction Pvt Ltd has officially launched a project for the construction of a residential apartment complex in Hulhumalé, reports local media.

Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb inaugurated the project at a ceremony last night. Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muiz and other senior governments were also in attendance.

The ‘Amin Avenue’ complex would comprise of three 14-storey towers with a total of 261 apartments, explained Amin Construction Manager Ibrahim Nihad, with units falling into basic, luxury and penthouse categories.

The housing project – Amin Construction’s first real estate venture – would be the largest undertaken in Hulhumalé by a private company so far.

The price of a two-bedroom apartment – with an additional maids room – in the basic category would be MVR2.1 million, Nihad said, whilst the price of a four-bedroom luxury apartment would be MVR3.7 million.

The price of the four-bedroom penthouse apartments would be MVR6.5 million. An arrangement has been made with the Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) to issue loans for potential buyers, Nihad said.

Speaking at the ceremony, Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb reportedly said the government plans to establish a real estate department at the housing ministry.

Adeeb – also co-chair of the cabinet’s economic council – pledged that the department would ensure that new homeowners would receive title deeds within 48 hours of purchase.

Housing Minister Dr Muiz meanwhile launched the Amin Avenue official website.


Hulhumalé houses will be affordable for youth, says President

The housing units built under the housing scheme in Hulhumalé will be affordable to all youths, says President Abdulla Yameen.

After observing the pre-construction work on the housing units in the suburb adjacent to Malé, the president said the housing scheme would provide reasonable and affordable living conditions.

“If all goes according to the plan the phase two of Hulhumalé will be completed with a beautiful scenario with some parts adjoining to the sea,” Haveeru reported Yameen as saying.

The president repeated his invitation for islanders from small communities to move to Hulhumalé once phase two is completed.

“My invitation is open to all islands,” he said.

The president also spoke of the bridge that would connect Malé City and Hulhumalé, one of the main pledges in the 2013 elections.

“The development of Hulhumalé phase two and the bridge will go side by side.”

Earlier this week, economic minister Mohamed Saeed said the design and feasibility report of the bridge would be completed by June this year. The funding for the construction would come from Chinese aid and a China Exim bank loan, the minister explained.

The government estimates that more than 230,000 people will be able to live in Hulhumalé once the development is completed, which will also provide office and business spaces.


Hulhumalé water supply cut off after damage to main supply pipe

Water supply in Hulhumalé was cut off for eight hours after 9:00pm last night following damage to the main supply pipe.

According to local media, the Malé Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC) restored the service around 5:00am this morning after repairing the broken pipe.

The pipe was damaged and started leaking water during digging in a project by a private group.


Lithuanian tourist drowns near Hulhumalé

A 22-year-old Lithuanian tourist has drowned close to Hulhumalé, reports Haveeru.

The man is said to have gone for a swim at around 2:45am (January 31) while under the influence of alcohol.

Police have said that the man’s body was retrieved by a deckhand on the safari boat ‘Ari’ which was docked in Hulhumalé harbour.

His body was taken to Hulhumalé hospital.

Source: Haveeru