Fathuhullah recommended as new taxation commissioner
Parliament’s economic affairs committee on Thursday decided to recommend the appointment of Fathuhulla Jameel as the new commissioner general of taxation.
Jameel, a former director at the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority, was nominated by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih along with assistant commissioner of customs Ibrahim Nashid. The president also forwarded eight names to be considered for the deputy commissioner general of taxation.
After vetting and interviewing both nominees, the oversight committee recommended parliament approve Fathuhula to the vacant post. The nominee is expected to be put to a vote at the parliament floor next week.
141 people remain in temporary shelter after Malé warehouse fire
The NDMA arranged accommodation in guesthouses and 14 apartments at the Gaakoshi housing complex. All of the displaced families are in need of permanent shelter as their homes were completely destroyed, the NDMA noted.
The government has yet to decide on compensation for homeowners but three months worth of rent has been deposited to displaced families who had been living for rent in apartments destroyed by the fire. The NDMA has also offered to provide food and accommodation until October 31 as the families find new homes and return to normalcy.
President visits Japanese disaster prevention centre
In his ongoing official visit to Japan, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Thursday morning toured the Maritime Disaster Prevention Centre in Yokosuka City.
During the visit, the president met with five soldiers from the Maldives National Defence Force who are training at the facility, the president’s office noted.
“The management and representatives from MDPC also briefed President Solih on emergency management, response mechanisms and training for disaster preparedness exercised in Japan,” it added. “President Solih also toured the Oil Spill Control Training Station and Coast Cleaning Training site. MDPC has a state-of-the-art training department targeting oil spill control, firefighting, chemical and Hazardous Noxious Substance (NHS) control, and includes the Daini-Kaihou—a hazardous material response and firefighting training facility.”
Ex-MP Ali Arif appointed Jumhooree Party secretary-general
Former MP Ali Arif was appointed as the new secretary general of the Jumhooree Party on Wednesday night.
Arif was among several former ruling party lawmakers who joined the JP in August after failing to win re-election.
US$1.5 million spent on free education scheme
The government has spent MVR24 million (US$1.5 million) so far this year on the free education scheme for students pursuing first degrees in the Maldives, officials from the higher education ministry told parliament’s national development committee on Wednesday.
Some 5,679 students are presently studying tuition-free, Deputy Minister Aishath Shafeena told lawmakers. But the ministry has so far processed forms and paid fees for about 60 percent of them, she added. In addition to 1,691 forms seeking refunds, public universities and private colleges have submitted 3,089 invoices.
Policy changes will be made to address delays in paying course fees as invoices were being submitted late, said Higher Education Minister Dr Ibrahim Hassan. The government is considering releasing funds directly to the student, he said.
Maldives retain title for Indian Ocean Best Spa Destination
The Maldives retained the title of Indian Ocean Best Spa Destination at the fifth annual World Spa Awards in Dubai last Monday.
Dr Hussain Niyaz, Maldives ambassador to the UAE, collected the award on behalf of the country during a gala ceremony at the Armani Hotel Dubai at the Burj Kahlifa. The Maldives has won best spa destination consecutively since 2015.
Japan funds minibus for children’s shelter
The Japanese government has pledged a grant of US$48,500 to provide a minibus for the children’s shelter Fiyavathi in the capital’s suburb Hulhumalé.
“The project aims to address the absence of vehicle for Fiyavathi to transfer the children to a school and medical facilities. The project is foreseen to be completed within a year and, after completion, Fiyavathi would ensure the access to quality education and medical treatment for the children,” the Japanese embassy said in a press release.
The grant was committed under Japan’s Grass-Roots Human Security Projects scheme. “The GGP in Maldives has been widely implemented in areas such as education, environment, health, transportation and energy since 1996. To date, 15 projects have been implemented under this scheme, which exceeds USD 1.5 million in total value,” the embassy noted.
Today on Twitter
The first meeting of the #MissionFitMaldives steering committee. They will work with the stakeholders to make 🇲🇻 a fit & healthy nation.@HamidhAG – Chair@aishwajyh
Razzaq@Nazeeahmed – Restauranteur @WHOMaldives#SHE – Mental Health@HPA_MV
NCD Alliance pic.twitter.com/tUS1HXTo3a
— Ahmed Mahloof (@AhmedMahloof) October 24, 2019
One more day to go for the annual Pink Ribbon Run-Walk with @CancerSocietyMV! This year’s run will be held on 26th October at Hulhumale’ and 30 other islands across the country. #ICanYouCanWeCan https://t.co/jh7Z5CA87f pic.twitter.com/CiY1ckfQ1W
— Bank of Maldives 🎀 (@bankofmaldives) October 24, 2019
CEO Hassan Shah has officially inaugurated S. Meedhoo harbor upgrade project on 24th October 2019 at a special ceremony held in S. Meedhoo. pic.twitter.com/1eUGvvS0p3
— MTCC Plc (@MTCCPlc) October 24, 2019
Film making training opportunity now open for youth!
Join us and learn how to produce short documentary films. The theme is: Migrant Lives: Leave No One Behind
— UNDP Maldives (@UNDPMaldives) October 24, 2019
Delighted to meet my former legal counsel @JaredGenser today, and receive a copy of his new book on the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. The UNWGAD ruled my 2015 detention illegal – a ruling that helped to secure my release from jail. 🇺🇳 🕊 pic.twitter.com/SzoifSQNJL
— Mohamed Nasheed (@MohamedNasheed) October 24, 2019
— UN in the Maldives (@UNMaldives) October 24, 2019
DG @NCTCMaldives meets with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mr. Paul Ahern from the @USTreasury. During the meeting both parties deliberated on strengthening the collaboration on CT and Financial Intelligence against terrorism financing in Maldives. pic.twitter.com/DYZBQUfWvk
— National Counter Terrorism Centre – Maldives (@NCTCMaldives) October 24, 2019
HDC in association with @ugail Foundation presents "The Future of Policing – Dubai Story" by Dr. Hamad Alawar, Head of Digital Forensic, Dubai Police.
We welcome you to join us at Centro Mall tonight for an enlightening session on policing in a Smart City!#Smartcities #Hulhumalé pic.twitter.com/eE2WAFbyla
— HDC (@hdcmaldives) October 24, 2019
Meet the 17 amazing girls who are inspiring a nation; their stories matter and uplift, and show us the unlimited potential in every girl ❤️ #RelentlessAndResilient #HERstory pic.twitter.com/zTbOUquthH
— ARC (@ARC_maldives) October 24, 2019
@WHOMaldives and @MoHmv together with other Ministries and partners develop joint workplans for 2020-2021. Working towards implementation to promote wellness, protect from emergencies and universal health coverage in the Maldives 🇲🇻 pic.twitter.com/GeW5bRYR5R
— WHO Maldives (@WHOMaldives) October 24, 2019
— Maldives Underwater Initiative (@MUInitiative) October 24, 2019
"We hope that the ongoing UN #ABNJ initiative will prove successful. We urge the governments for a successful conclusion of a new international agreement for the conservation & effective management of the high seas fish stocks and biodiversity". @DrHussainHassan #OurOcean2019🌊 pic.twitter.com/BZ2HJMo5zL
— Ministry of Environment (@MoEnvmv) October 24, 2019
— National Boating Association of Maldives (@boatingmv) October 24, 2019
The Maldives Marine Expo 2019 kicked off yesterday at Dharubaaruge and the Fisherman's Park. This exhibition serves as a platform to showcase marine related products and businesses and aims to expand brand awareness and experience. pic.twitter.com/YmLPyY3G3c
— MTCC Plc (@MTCCPlc) October 24, 2019
Our surgical team performed our first minimally invasive Laparoscopic Fundoplication (a keyhole surgery for Hiatus Hernia with GERD & Barrett's Esophagitis). Great skills by Dr Nishan, Dr Moomin, Dr Damodar, Dr Mauroof and team. #MIS #HITECC
Footage published with consent. pic.twitter.com/8l1XTx1lEf
— ADK Hospital (@ADKHospital) October 24, 2019
.@MoYSCEmv is pleased to collaborate with @pilcmv to host the #MobileLegalAidClinic on G.Dh.Thinadhoo, on Saturday, October 26, 2019, to provide free legal aid for the community. #CommunityEmpowermentMv pic.twitter.com/ZmB8bJi1bb
— Ministry of Youth,Sports and Community Empowerment (@MoYSCEmv) October 20, 2019
Since early 1990s, MDV immunisation coverage rate has been maintained over 90% for all vaccines. In 2016-2017, this coverage was at 76%!
Immunization protects our children & children around the 🌏 from disease outbreaks. Be resilient & demand for vaccines to protect our kids. pic.twitter.com/ce2cqDTZW7
— UNICEF Maldives (@UNICEFMaldives) October 24, 2019
— India in Maldives (@EoIMaldives) October 24, 2019
Where a construction service is provided, the supplier must account for the GST in relation to the retention money only when a payment in respect of such amount is received or a tax invoice for such retention money is issued by the supplier, whichever is the earlier. pic.twitter.com/TelTxFiwXM
— MIRA (@MIRAmaldives) October 24, 2019
Information session on "Building Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism: Effective parenting as a tool to prevent youth radicalization & violent Extremism" held in GN Fuahmulah. pic.twitter.com/NQdci7W11Q
— National Counter Terrorism Centre – Maldives (@NCTCMaldives) October 23, 2019
Dear Divers, we are having a reef cleanup of Rasfannu house-reef Saturday, 26 October from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Interested divers please sign up by joining the viber group here: https://t.co/nh60MClOYE
Thank you @MaleCitymv @wamcomv @parleymaldives for collaborating in the clean-up pic.twitter.com/aP0qNCAwD1
— Dive Desk (@DiveDesk) October 23, 2019
— Mariya Didi 🎈 (@MariyaDidi) October 23, 2019
We were at the Maldives Medical & Health Expo 2019. Here is a snapshot our experience. We thank all those who visited our stall and contributed to make it a success. @MvMedicals pic.twitter.com/28Se3gJiIG
— ADK Hospital (@ADKHospital) October 23, 2019
HDC signs MoU with Professor Hassan @ugail to collaborate in accelerating the implementation of Smart City objectives for #Hulhumalé. With Professor Ugail’s expertise and direction, our #SmartCities efforts will continue with a primary focus on development of community skills. pic.twitter.com/xSKDc9Mqss
— HDC (@hdcmaldives) October 23, 2019
Warm congratulations to Ambassador to #SaudiArabia, HE Mohamed Khaleel on presenting Credentials to HM @KingSalman today. Looking forward to strengthen the brotherly relations with the Kingdom under your Ambassadorship. 🇲🇻🇸🇦 @KSAmofaEN @MDVinSaudi pic.twitter.com/H9mkbd1HtN
— Abdulla Shahid 🎈 (@abdulla_shahid) October 23, 2019
Information session held at the Consulate of #Maldives by @AasandhaLtd officials on Aasandha (Merana Scheme) for #Maldivians residing in #India @MDVinIndia @MoFAmv @aasandhamv pic.twitter.com/qDfc0vCOGq
— MaldivesConsulateTRV (@MDVinTRV) October 23, 2019