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High-cost projects pledged for Kulhudhuffushi including international recreation centre

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has pledged a number of high-cost projects for Kulhudhuffushi City if elected for a second term in office, including the development of the recreation centre up to international standards.

Speaking at a campaign rally held in Kulhudhuffushi City on Monday night – the president described the island as one of the most important islands in northern region of the Maldives.

“The next administration we incept, by the will of Almighty Allah, will have the participation of Kulhudhuffushi City,” he added.

This was followed by a pledge of a number of high-cost projects for the city if elected for a second term. They include;

Reclamation to the extent possible in addition to implementation of shore protection
Development of a local commercial harbor, where local individuals and businesses can sell their products, domestically
Modernizing all roads and laying asphalt
Allocating Kunburudhoo for industrial purposes, so that the island may be used for building boats, storage and the industrial needs
Developing the city in a manner feasible to launch yacht marine and cruise line services
Building an access road north of the airport
Developing a convention centre
Developing a picnic island
Introducing a finance loan pack specialized for Boduthiladhunmathi

President Solih cited boosing tourism in the region as the biggest goal once Hanimadhoo Airport’s development is complete.

“Our aim, first, is to create 5,000 beds in this region,” he added.

President Solih, citing well-off individuals had lived in the region previously, said this changed due to policies maintained by previous administrations.

“It was planned and carried out intentionally. To keep them inside the fist,” he added.

On the contrary, the president said the people wishes to move forward with development today.

He stressed that if opponents were to come to power again, they would centralize things once again.

The president said Boduthiladhunmathi, can now leave this dark past behind, and move towards building a ‘happy and peaceful’ Maldives.

“As I believe, this is a positive change,” he had said.

He emphasized that Boduthiladhunmathi cannot be developed without developing Kulhudhuffushi.

President Solih said the positive impacts of Hanimaadhoo Airport’s development will be felt within the whole region, where as Kulhudhuffushi would then become the biggest hub in the north.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Malaysian company expresses interest to manage drug rehab centre

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Minister of Homeland Security and Technology Ali Ihusaan has revealed a Malaysian company has expressed interest to establish and operate a drug rehabilitation centre in the Maldives.

Speaking in an exclusive interview to PSM News, Minister Ihusaan stated the Malaysian company which expressed interest to establish and manage a drug rehabilitation centre in Maldives is a multinational company which operates several rehabilitation facilities worldwide. The minister disclosed the company had submitted a proposal expressing interest in the development and operation of a rehabilitation centre, adding that the proposal was submitted at a substantial expense. He revealed that efforts are underway to hold discussions on the proposal and to review other options that ensure the provision of rehabilitation services.

The government opened opportunities for private firms to establish and operate rehabilitation centres for drug addicts in January. The opportunity was in accordance to the Drug Act. Minister Ihusaan expressed confidence that the opportunities given to private firms would increase competitiveness in providing efficient and quality services, therefore providing mutual benefits. The minister hopes that private enterprises will commence offering services in the nation in the near future.

Rehabilitation centres established under the opportunity given by the National Drug Agency (NDA) are to provide a wide range of services to provide treatment to drug addicts. This includes outpatient detoxification services, psychiatric evaluation, counselling services, psychosocial therapy, drug testing and psychological assessments.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Met Maldives predicts heavy rain through Monday

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The Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS) has forecasted heavy rain showers across most parts of the Maldives through June 24. Central and northern atolls are expected to experience significant rainfall and rough seas, while islands in the southern atolls will mostly enjoy fine weather with scattered showers and generally slight seas.

In response to the adverse weather conditions, MMS has issued several alerts, including a recent one for heavy rain and thunderstorms from Haa Alifu Atoll to Baa Atoll. The forecast predicts strong winds ranging from 19-24 miles per hour, with gusts reaching up to 50 miles per hour, resulting in rough sea conditions.

Over the past 24 hours, the Maldives has seen heavy rainfall, with Gaafaru Island in Kaafu Atoll recording the highest amount at 67.6 millimeters. Goidhoo Island in Baa Atoll also experienced significant rainfall, recording 49.4 millimeters.

MMS advises seafarers in the central and northern atolls to exercise caution due to the severe weather conditions. For the next three days, strong winds of 12-22 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, are predicted across the country. The showers are expected to subside by Monday, but strong winds are likely to continue into Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Tourism minister announces development plans for abandoned resorts

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Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Faisal has announced strategic decisions to expedite the development of abandoned islands leased for resort development.

In an exclusive interview with PSM News, Minister Faisal revealed that the Economic Council has approved two key measures from a proposal aimed at accelerating the development of these islands.

One approved measure involves reclaiming the islands that have seen no development activity, returning them to the state without any conditions. The tourism ministry will collaborate with the Ministry of Finance and the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) to negotiate concessions on the substantial fees owed by lessees to the state.

The second measure focuses on finding solutions for islands where development has stalled due to various issues. The tourism ministry will assist in securing the necessary funds or facilitate the sale of these islands to new developers.

The tourism minister emphasised that accelerating the development of these islands will require legal adjustments. He noted that the state incurs significant financial losses when leased islands remain undeveloped.

According to the ministry’s statistics, there are 63 islands leased for resort development that have yet to be developed. Some of these islands have been leased for over 30 years.

The minister also highlighted that more islands will be developed and opened as resorts during this tenure. He projected that 12 to 15 new resorts will be opened over the next five years.

Source(s): PsmNews

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