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Chinese Embassy in Maldives conducts virtual meeting with local youths.

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The Chinese Embassy in Maldives has conducted a China-Maldives Youth virtual meeting with their diplomats and local youths.

In the meeting, they commended the rapid development and achievements of China within the past 100 years, as the ruling CPC is set to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its inception on 23rd July 2021. The meeting also saw the diplomats and youths sharing thought on the future of China-Maldives friendship.

The Chinese Embassy in Maldives revealed that the meeting also included discussion of the strong governance system in China. They highlighted on their governance system, which was described as “not to compete but to improve through experience sharing”.

The meeting also saw discussion on the current battle against the COVID-19 pandemic and China’s massively successful response to it. The Chinese Embassy in Maldives stated that they put the lives of the people first, and then mobilized the whole nation as one to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. They also stated that balance must be emphasized in controlling the pandemic, that is balancing the efforts to prevent the spread of the virus with the that of the social and economic development of the state. They stated that the people of China showed resilience and dedication in helping each other.

The Chinese Embassy in Maldives also talked on the China-Maldives Free Trade Agreement (FTA) under which many trade barriers would be lifted, allowing major investments to roll on to both sides along with zero tariffs on 250 tuna products.

On the topic of Science and technology, the Chinese Embassy in Maldives stated that China values and encourages innovation and that China and Maldives is carrying out academic exchange programs under bilateral cooperation.

The Chinese Embassy in Maldives also noted on the developments brought under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). They highlighted on successful projects such as the China-Maldives Friendship bridge, 700 housing units in Hulhumalé phase 2 and the expansion of the Velana International Airport.

When questioned on China’s stand on the Palestinian struggle, the Chinese Embassy in Maldives reaffirmed the proposal by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2017 which states that the Palestine should  have the full right to sovereignty along with the borders from 1967 with East Jerusalem as its Capital. The proposal also calls to immediately cease all Israeli settlement activities.

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MP Ahmed Shiyam- fortunate to have experienced President Yameen’s developments, now critical in combating COVID-19.

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Opposition Vice-President Ahmed Shiyam has stated that  it is  fortunate to have experienced President Abdulla Yameen’s development projects which are currently playing a  critical role in the fight against COVID-19. This comes following the current administration’s decision to convert the nation’s largest distribution center developed under former President Abdulla Yameen’s administration.

In a tweet by his official twitter account, MP Ahmed Shiyam noted that the largest distribution and warehouse center in Maldives, which was developed  by former President Abdulla Yameen  is now being converted to a COVID-19 hospital.

He continued on to state that “We were very  fortunate to have experienced President Yameen’s tenure of HOPE that we now have  such facilities  at this trying times to help save many lives.”.

The Distribution center constructed under former President Abdulla Yameen’s administration contains 14 units dedicated for wholesale businesses, 13 units for industrial businesses and 20 units for office space. In addition to this, the facility also contains a convenience store and a restaurant.

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Brigadier General Ibrahim M. Didi (Rtd): Handing over ATC to foreign companies a “grave threat to our national security”.

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Brigadier General Ibrahim Mohamed Didi (Rtd) has questioned and criticized the Government over its decision to allow 100% foreign companies to operate airports and air traffic control service in the Maldives.

Brigadier General Ibrahim Mohamed Didi (Rtd) expressed surprise in his tweet stating that allowing foreign companies to operate as air traffic control service providers is a “grave threat to our national security”. He questioned where the National Security Council is and where Defence Minister Mariya Didi was awake.

He also questioned whether the government buried Article 237 of the Constitution of the Maldives which states “The security services shall protect the nation’s sovereignty, maintain its territorial integrity defend the constitution and democratic institutions, maintain and enforce law and order, and render assistance in emergencies.”.

His comments comes while the public is engaged in a massive campaign against the current administration and its close ties with India. Many have accused the current administration of  compromising the sovereignty of the Maldives by allowing Indian military to expand their influence in the Maldives. The Addu city Police academy, Addu city Indian consulate, radar systems and most recently the Hanimaadhoo land grab has fueled public anger at the current administration and India.

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Sexual abuse is being “normalized” in British Schools and colleges, reports Ofsted.

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The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has reported that sexual harassment and online sexual abuse has become frequent in English schools and colleges subsequent to a survey of 900 children and young people from 32 schools and colleges.

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman said she was “shocked” by the findings.

Reportedly, 92 percent of schoolgirls experienced sexist name-calling and 90 percent of the girls said they were sent explicit pictures or videos “a lot” or “sometimes”. According to some girls, boys share nude images of their school peers on communication platforms like WhatsApp or Snapchat “like a collection game,” Moreover, in one school, some female students can be contacted by up to 10 or 11 different boys a night to be asked for nude/semi-nude images. About 64 percent of girls reported cases of unwanted touching compared to 24 percent of boys.

According to Ofsted, many teachers have failed to understand the severity of the problem as students often saw no point in reporting incidents. Many girls said they did not want to talk about abuse for fear of being ostracized, while others feared not being believed or that they would be blamed.

“It’s alarming that many children and young people, particularly girls, feel they have to accept sexual harassment as part of growing up. This is a cultural issue, it’s about attitudes and behaviors becoming normalized” Amanda Spielman, the Chief Inspector of Ofsted said

Ofsted also said the government needs to take necessary precautions by developing legislation

The survey was carried out after thousands of school children and students posted accounts on a site called Everyone’s Invited, detailing sexual harassment, abuse and violence, including rape. This year alone, more than 16,500 testimonies have been posted on the site.

 

Source: TRT World

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