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2008-10-29 12:00:10

Challenger Mohamed Nasheed defeated Asia's longest serving leader, Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, in a runoff election, officials said. Provisional results indicate Nasheed received 54 percent of the vote compared to 46 percent for Gayoom, the newspaper Hamaroahli reported Wednesday. Nasheed, the MDP alliance candidate, was backed by four opposition presidential candidates who were eliminated Oct. 8 in the first round of the presidential balloting. In announcing the results...

2008-10-10 12:00:24

SriLankan Airlines and Etihad Airways have joined hands in a historic partnership between the National Carriers of Sri Lanka and the UAE, which will significantly enhance the route networks of both airlines. From 1st October 2008, SriLankan will begin codesharing on Etihad flights to Amman, Geneva, Dublin, Munich, Brussels, and Manchester. Etihad will do the same on SriLankan's flights to Male in the Maldives. The initial partnership between the two award-winning airlines commenced in...

2008-10-10 00:00:13

World in brief MALE The first multi-party presidential election in the Maldives will go to a second round of voting within 10 days after the incumbent, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, failed to win outright. Mr Gayoom, above, secured 41 per cent of the votes, while Mohamed Nasheed, the opposition leader, came second with 25 per cent. Four other candidates were knocked out. President Gayoom, Asia's longest- serving leader, has held power in the Indian Ocean archipelago for 30 years. (c) 2008...

2008-10-08 00:00:19

By Andrew Buncombe Island state has chance to oust 71-year-old dictator in first free vote for 20 years A MAN nicknamed the "Mandela of the Maldives", Mohammed Anni Nasheed, concluded an exhausting and bitterly-fought presidential election campaign last night, ahead of a vote that will decide the future of the longest serving political leader in Asia. To the outside world, the Maldives appear to epitomise the very essence of a tropical paradise, gifted with white sand beaches and...

2008-09-25 21:00:21

By Sandra Scranton NORTH MALE ATOLL, Maldives THE SHEER BEAUTY of the Maldives mesmerized me -- turquoise puddles appeared in the inky sea as we landed. After the chaos, heat, and dust of a trip to India, it was like sinking in a bath laced with coconut oil. The colors of the sea and endless sky brought peace with no mosquitoes or bugs, no dirt, no hurry. It was the ultimate in letting go. I have never met an island I did not like, especially an island where you can walk alone for an...

2008-09-03 03:00:22

Text of report by Maldives privately-owned newspaper Haveeru Daily website on 3 September Two foreign companies have expressed interest in looking for oil in Maldives, the Economic Development Ministry has said. The deputy minister of the Economic Development Ministry, Abdull Solih, said that the first company that had expressed interest in surveying for oil in Maldives had done so early this year. The second company had done so last June. However, the deputy minister did not reveal the...

2008-08-26 09:00:56

Text of report by Maldives pro-government newspaper Miadhu News website on 26 August Island Aviation Services has been re-branded from "Island" to "Maldivian" at a ceremony held for the purpose last night. Maldivian was officially inaugurated by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. The re-branding ceremony, in addition to President Gayoom was attended by Minister of Tourism Dr Abdulla Mausoom, airline's Managing Director (MD) Bandhu Saleem, top level government officials, staff and business...

2008-08-23 09:00:30

By Alice Wyllie paradise To a list of things with which the world would do better without - nuclear warheads, Jeremy Clarkson and Brussels sprouts - I would add shoes. They pinch and rub, they're sweaty and uncomfortable, and they're always tricky to match to your outfit. Admittedly, shoes are something of a necessity in Scotland, be it for dodging broken Irn Bru bottles and discarded fag ends on city pavements or navigating the harsh terrain in the countryside. Happily this isn't...

2008-07-03 09:00:46

Text of report by Sri Lankan-based independent Maldivian Minivan News website on 3 July [by Zaheena Rasheed] [Wednesday] 2 July: DhiTV, Maldives' second private television channel, started broadcasting on Tuesday, promising programming tailored to public taste and "equal opportunity" for all political actors in the run-up to the country's first multi-party elections. Private TV and radio stations were first introduced last year under new regulations, after state-run Television Maldives...

2008-06-25 06:03:16

Text of report by Sri Lankan-based independent Maldivian Minivan News website on 25 June [by Judith Evans in Male] 24 June: The State Trading Organization (STO) has raised diesel prices from Rf 15.50 (US $1.21) to RF 17.50 (US $1.37) per litre and petrol prices from Rf 13.25 (US $1.03) to Rf 15.25 (US $1.19), in the second major fuel price hike in under two months. The STO, an almost entirely government-owned company which imports 80 per cent of the country's oil, has also raised...

Latest Maldives Reference Libraries

2007-03-26 12:10:42

The Redtail butterflyfish, Chaetodon collare, is a butterflyfish of the family Chaetodontidae found in the Indo-Pacific oceans from the Persian Gulf and Maldives to Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia, at depths down to 49.21 ft (15 m). It can grow up to 7.09 in (18 cm) in length.

2007-02-21 18:17:03

The Titan triggerfish, Balistoides viridescens, is the largest of the triggerfish species and can grow up to 2.46 ft (75 cm) in length. Their range includes reef areas in the Indo-Pacific region, including Australia, Fiji, Thailand, Indonesia and the Maldives. The fish is not a pelagic species and generally lives in the flat areas of the reef. Characteristics Titan triggerfish are the workers of the reef and often surrounded by other fish feeding from the leftovers. Titan triggerfish...

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