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Maldives ship seized in Madras
Sun, 2010-08-22 01:42 — editor

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Male, 22 August, (

The Madras High Court has ordered the arrest a Maldives registered ship lying at the anchorage of Kannur port in Kerala.

The court order, issued last week, follows alleged non-payment of dues to a Tuticorin-based company, the Siasath Daily reported.

“Justice V. Peruya Karuppiah passed the interim order on an application from Hari Company alleging that the owners of the ship M/v Dhuvaafaru Galaxy had not paid for various items worth 248,386 USD (approx Rs.1.27 crore) supplied to the ship,” it said.

The firm said despite repeated appeals, the vessel owners had not made any payment which was outstanding since February 16 last, according to the news report.

Holding that there was a prima facie case, the judege said since the ship was available at Kannur port for two days and the balance of convenience was also in favour of the applicat he was passing the interim order of the arrest of the vessel for two weeks, it added.

Maldives new AG appointed to JSC

President Mohamed Nasheed has appointed Attorney General Dr Ahmed Ali Sawad to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Miadhu reported.

President Nasheed presented the letter of appointment to Dr Sawad Thursday, at a ceremony held at the President’s Office.

Before the presentation of the letter of appointment, Dr Sawad took the oath of membership of JSC.

The oath was administered by Supreme Court Judge Abdulla Areef.

Following the appointment, President Nasheed said the government and the people had high hopes for the judicial system, and that the Judicial Service Commission would carry out its constitutional mandate to that end.

The President expressed confidence that Dr Sawad would do whatever possible to make the Commission more effective, it said.

The Judicial Service Commission of the Maldives is an independent and impartial institution entrusted to, among other responsibilities; investigate complaints about the Judiciary; and, to take disciplinary action against them.

The JSC is also mandated to advise the President and the People’s Majlis on any matters relating to the Judiciary or the administration of justice.

Bills on Gang Violence and Assault Weapons passed

Parliament passed the Bill on Gang Violence and the Bill on Threats, Assault Weapons and Sharp objects.

The House on Thursday passed 5 amendments on Bill on Threats, Assault Weapons, and Sharp Objects out of the 13 amendments proposed, Miadhu reported.

Both the bills will curtail violent gang crime and protect law-abiding citizens and communities from violent criminals.

Both of the bills were passed with 67 out of 69 members who participated voted in favour of the Bills.

Gang violence often erupts in the capital Male’. Of late the city saw a surge of violence and murders of youngsters, in broad day light.

Dive and Dine with Fabien Cousteau in Maldives

The Soneva Fushi Resort is teaming up with Fabien Cousteau, grandson of legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, to help highlight marine conversation concerns in the Maldives, the Examiner reported.

“During the month of October, Fabien Cousteau will be staying at Six Senses' flagship resort -- Soneva Fushi -- to discuss mankind's overuse of marine resources and provide suggestions on sustainable treatment of our oceans,” it reported.

During Fabien's visit, he will be offering Soneva Fushi guests an exclusive opportunity to dive and dine with him.

Sovena Fushi is committed to a Slow Life philosophy -- Sustainable - Local - Organic - Wholesome Learning - Inspiring - Fun - Experiences.

"The overfishing of oceanic and reef species such as tuna, groupers and lobsters is becoming a concern in the Maldivian waters with the growth of the local tourism industry and increasing number of visitors and locals," Sovena Fushi's resident marine biologist Anke Hofmeister was quoted as saying in the Examiner.

"Soneva Fushi has always been cautious not to feature any endangered species on its menus, closely monitors its fish consumption and thereby helps prevent negative impacts on nature's assets. However, more awareness-raising and sustainable farming initiatives are key if the Maldivian sea life is to exist in its full glory in the future,” she added.

Honoring his grandfather's legacy, Fabien is an aquatic filmmaker and oceanographic explorer.

He also runs a charity called “Plant A Fish” that helps raise awareness of marine environment restoration efforts.

"The team at Plant A Fish is thrilled to collaborate on a sea life restoration partnership with Soneva Fushi by Six Senses, a resort renowned for its socially and environmentally conscious values and initiatives, said Cousteau, according to the news report.

"This autumn, we'll be investigating fundraising efforts that will help restore endemic marine populations to the Maldives, one of which we hope will include a large-scale lobster rehabilitation project."

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