News in brief: Council elections scheduled for April 4
President green lights Malé City Streetscaping Development Plan.
The fourth local council elections of the Maldives will take place April 4 next year, the Elections Commission announced on Wednesday.
Elected island, atoll, and city councils with three-year terms were introduced in the Maldives for the first time under a landmark decentralisation law mandated by the 2008 constitution. The first elections were held in February 2011. Ahead of the third elections in May 2017, parliament revised the law to reduce the number of councillors to 653 from more than 1,000.
Significant changes are expected to be made to the decentralisation law ahead of the next polls, including a quota to reserve one-third of seats for female candidates.
National airline fully booked ahead of school holidays
All domestic flights of national carrier Maldivian airlines have been fully booked for the next two weeks.
School holidays is due to begin on November 24 and domestic travel in expected to rise throughout December, which is also the peak season for the tourism industry.
For those who are travelling from @VelanaAirport , we advise you to be present 3 hours before International departure & 2 hours before Domestic departure to avoid long queues and possible delays.
Happy holidays everyone pic.twitter.com/8wdPhCwCTv
— MACL (@MACLmedia) November 19, 2019
President green lights Malé City Streetscaping plan
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Tuesday instructed the Malé City Council to carry out the ‘Malé City Streetscaping Development Plan’ after the cabinet deliberated a paper submitted by the national planning and infrastructure ministry.
The MVR462 million (US$30 million) plan “proposes the redevelopment of streets of Malé in a methodical manner and ensures citywide development focussing on easing congestion, opening up more paths for pedestrians and encouraging walking,” according to the president’s office.
“The proposed plan includes a breakdown of all the streets of Malé City and improved design elements incorporated to enhance the city streets. These include dedicated parking spaces for all wards of Malé City, pilot project on public transport, integration of underground network pipelines carrying essential utility services and storm water management system.”
Actress among dozen arrested with alcohol
Local actress Maleeha Waleed was among a dozen people arrested over alleged alcohol consumption in a guesthouse on Tuesday night.
According to media reports, she was arrested with 11 men from from the restaurant of Hotel 78 in the capital’s suburb Hulhumalé. The raid operation was conducted based on intelligence information, police said.
On Monday, Maleeha reportedly pleaded not guilty to diamorphine trafficking and cannabis use. The charges were raised after drugs were found in her possession upon arrival on Maamigili island in late August. The trafficking charge carries a sentence of life imprisonment.
India grants MVR1.9 million to refurbish children’s home
India has granted MVR1.9 million (US$123,200) to refurbish the children’s home Fiyavathi in the capital’s suburb Hulhumalé.
“The project is aimed at catering to the growing needs of foster care children aged between 0 – 13 years, including upgrading of the security system, strengthening functionality of the building, setting up two common rooms, and replacing the existing furniture among others,” according to the foreign ministry.
The grant was part of an MVR100 million aid scheme agreed in March to conduct socio-economic development projects across the country.
Today on Twitter
‘ICT as a driver of Economic Growth’
Under the theme ‘ICT as a driver of Economic Growth’ Fannu Expo Business Hub will kick off on 24th November 2019 at #FannuExpo2019 from 2000hrs to 2130hrs at Dharubaaruge. pic.twitter.com/DqiTSzOiI7
— Fannuexpo (@fannuexpo) November 20, 2019
The Ambassador of India to the Maldives, H.E. @sunjaysudhir, paid a courtesy call on Hon. President @MohamedNasheed, MP, Speaker of the People’s Majlis.
Press Release:https://t.co/0q9r1Skrg3 pic.twitter.com/ZwILSCbF34
— People's Majlis (@mvpeoplesmajlis) November 20, 2019
Here is a recap to what we did last weekend — 51 participants coming together, pitching 30 ideas, forming 11 teams and working towards creating a startup in 54 hours.
In partnership with @Dhiraagu and @sparkhubmv https://t.co/oTHYad5WnF
— Startup Weekend Maldives (@swmaldives) November 20, 2019
Happy #WorldChildrensDay!https://t.co/59fvUG2dp9 pic.twitter.com/tiVyWBVD0V
— Statistics Maldives (@statsmaldives) November 20, 2019
#WorldChildrensDay is a moment for young people to tell the world what matters to them.
Afa from the Maldives is demanding her right to a healthy environment @UNICEFMaldives pic.twitter.com/4ostzaM7ck
— UNICEF South Asia (@UNICEFROSA) November 20, 2019
"Celebrating @ACMaldives young volunteers this Universal #ChildrensDay in #Maldives. Happy Children's Day!" pic.twitter.com/ylSASs3vxh
— ACMaldives (@ACMaldives) November 20, 2019
As part of #WorldChildrensDay celebrations, ARC in partnership with @UNICEFMaldives & @PoliceMv launches child rights billboards in ALL 14 islands of Haa Alif Atoll. It is time for a renewed commitment to step up efforts to ensure that the rights of every child are ensured.#CRC30 pic.twitter.com/TsVy13CjTf
— ARC (@ARC_maldives) November 20, 2019
Alhamdulillah Hussain Areef – Iboo (in the middle) finished 1st place in his heat and has moved to the quarterfinals along with Ismail Rasheed – Smiley (left) 👏🏼 👏🏼 🤙 #2019ASC #ASF #Shantou #Maldives pic.twitter.com/nu0OnDN2D2
— Maldives Surfing Association (@MSAsurfing) November 20, 2019
Ismail Rasheed (Smily) from GDh. Gadhdhoo just completed the first heat for Maldives 🇲🇻 with 1st place win. #TeamMaldives #2019ASC #ASF #Shantou pic.twitter.com/QW8T2FF5Bi
— Maldives Surfing Association (@MSAsurfing) November 20, 2019
UNICEF Congratulates all children in Maldives on their World Children's Day. Calling on leaders to accelerate the fulfilment of every right, for every child. #WorldChildrensDay @UNICEFMaldives @presidencymv @MoHmv @MoGFSSmv @MoEdumv @judiciarymv @mvpeoplesmajlis @HomeMinistrymv pic.twitter.com/cSXtcqtxQZ
— Munir Safieldin (@Munir_Safieldin) November 20, 2019
Supreme Court & Justice Building in Male are lit in blue to mark the 20th of Nov as the World Children Day and the 30th anniversary of adopting the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Hats off for those who value children @judiciarymv @Supreme_Courtmv @UNICEFMaldives pic.twitter.com/WJNu43SGDs
— Munir Safieldin (@Munir_Safieldin) November 19, 2019
Lets join hands on Universal Children’s Day to make this world – particularly our country – a safer place for children.
Best wishes on the occasion of World Children's Day 2019. pic.twitter.com/naV3wfW8Bx
— Maldives Judiciary (@judiciarymv) November 20, 2019
HE Ambassador @DrFarahFaizal of the Maldives: ‘this is not a state crisis, this is a human crisis.if I sign an international agreement, it is just a signature on a piece of paper if people don’t believe in it’ @univofstandrews @StAndrewsIR #Maldives #climatejustice #climatechange pic.twitter.com/sYxoxB0n3q
— The Third Generation Project (@ThirdGenProject) November 19, 2019
#ColoursAward2018 @aisthly pic.twitter.com/ybwpDzkOyq
— Ministry of Education (@MoEdumv) November 19, 2019
Congratulations to all the winners of #ColoursAward2018! It’s a pleasure for us to support @MoEdumv to recognize the oustanding achievements of students in various sports at a national level, and continue our support to the community by developing youth through sports. pic.twitter.com/2x8zL3Jwc9
— Bank of Maldives (@bankofmaldives) November 19, 2019
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Minister @yumna_maumoon speaks at the panel discussion by @UNESCO at it's Forum of Ministers of Culture.https://t.co/xWKnYoCiIO#unescoGC#ChoosePeace
— Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage (@MoACHmv) November 19, 2019
Today FPA met with Judicial Service Commission to discuss ways to strengthen the response of the judiciary in relation to domestic violence cases. We thank @MaldivesJSC for giving us this opportunity and look forward to working together. pic.twitter.com/WzOE2g1ncJ
— Family Protection Authority (@fpa_maldives) November 19, 2019