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News in brief: corporate scholarships in January

World Bank executive directors visited the Maldives.



A “corporate scholarship” in collaboration with private companies will be offered in January, the higher education ministry told the press on Saturday.

Under the scheme launched last month, companies will sponsor partial scholarships offered by foreign universities to fully cover tuition fees. Once applicants are chosen by the higher education ministry, an agreement will be signed with a company to fully sponsor the scholarship. Graduates will also be offered jobs with the sponsors.

A dozen companies, including telcos Dhiraagu and Ooredoo, the Maldives Islamic Bank, private hospitals, a resort company and several state-owned enterprises, have joined the scheme so far.

Burqa bin removed from girl’s lung

A doctor at the government-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital successfully removed a burqa pin from the lungs of a 17-year-old girl.

IGMH urged women and girls not to put pins in their mouth to adjust their headwear. There have been several cases of accidental swallowing of pins.

World Bank executive directors visit Maldives

A delegation of the World Bank executive directors completed a three-day visit to the Maldives on Friday to observe progress on projects and discuss development priorities.

Aside from meetings with the president, finance minister and speaker of parliament in the capital, the delegation also visited Addu City in the southernmost atoll and observed progress on a Climate Change Adaptation Project. In the capital’s suburb Hulumalé, the directors visited sites of ongoing housing projects and a renewable energy project.

During the meetings with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer, “the delegation reaffirmed the development partnership of more than forty years” and “discussed development opportunities and key constraints facing Maldives with a focus on macro-fiscal issues, and the World Bank Group support of Government’s priority reforms.”

President and first lady visits ‘Impermanence’ exhibition

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed on Saturday visited the ‘Impermanence’  solo art exhibition by Ahmed Amir at the National Art Gallery in Malé.

“The paintings featured at the exhibition captures fleeting moments as seen in the movement of clouds, waves and water. The exhibition also features a set of merchandise using the artworks including tote bags, notebooks, pencil cases and bookmarks,” the president’s office said.

The exhibition, which showcases over 40 oil paintings inspired by the natural beauty of the Maldives, is open until November 12.

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