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The trials and tribulations that turned Mijwal’s dreams to reality.

Adam Layaan Kurik Riza



On a pleasant and beautiful sunny day with the sky blue and clear of clouds, Ahmed Mijwal Nawaz chatted about the adversities he faced and the journey he went through in order to achieve the position of Deputy School Captain of Aminiya School.

He talked about how his life was while growing up saying that he was taught to follow a set of principles by his parents and how respecting other people no matter what was one of them.

He said “they taught me about how I should respect other people regardless of their age, regardless of their caste, regardless of where they are from or what their skin color is”

He also noted that he believes that these principles have helped him grow as a person.

“I think those principles have inspired me to do a lot of things like, I grew a passion for leadership, I grew a passion for reading, for learning and developing myself for the better”, he said.

He also went onto emphasize that the people that backed him up in his school activities were mainly his parents.

“I’d say my biggest supporters are my parents, they’ve been with me through thick and thin, they’ve been with me every step of the way, providing me with the emotional support and the moral support that I needed when I was going through stuff in life”

He added to that by saying “they’ve been with me since birth of course and I know it’s every parent’s responsibility to do that but they have done their responsibility and far more than what I would have ever asked them for”.

His admiration for the former president of the United States of America, Barrack Obama was also brought up in the conversation, when he was asked about his inspiration in life.

According to Mijwal he deeply respects Mr. Obama for the solidarity he has shown throughout every challenge he has faced.

“Since he is a person of color, he’s always had racism handed over to him by the white people but through all that pain and suffering he has always shown solidarity, and I think that is really inspiring to a lot of people. Personally, inspired me to become a leader like him”.

He mentioned that his decision to become the school captain of Aminiya had occurred to him while he was in third grade and that was also the first time he had heard of the position.

“I was like, this is my opportunity, ever since I was young, I’ve always had a passion for leadership and this was the first time I’ve ever seen an opportunity to develop my skills in a leadership position” he said while speaking about his thought process in third grade.

His first step in pursuing his goals was to ask for help from his parents in order to get the financial support needed to buy supplies for campaigning. After that he assembled a team of his closest trustable friends and campaigned for a duration of two weeks. The campaign turned out successful acquiring the support of hundreds of students.

The biggest challenge Mijwal faced according to him was his opponent. Speaking about his election, he said “He was a very strong opponent with lots of connections because of his participation in extracurricular activities which gained him more votes”.

This resulted in a loss against his opponent in the election with a difference of 0.6% in votes.

Mijwal stated that he became happy even though he got the position of the Deputy School Captain and not the School Captain.  Speaking in this regard he said for him the end result was not as important as the journey that got him there and the friends that he made. He also emphasized that it was because those friendships will be cherished for as long as he lives.

Furthermore, he talked about his participation and experience in the Aminiya School Model UNESCO Conference.

“It was a valuable lesson that I gained from that experience” he said. Highlighting that it was a valuable lesson that applies to real he further noted “the lesson was that you have to be ready to defend your perspective and to be prepared for anything you might face”.

Finally, Mijwal conveyed a message to the youth “My message to all the youth is to believe in yourselves. You’ve got to chase your dreams because you’re not going to be here for very long and you have to go with no regrets. So, no matter what anyone else tells you to do, you’ve got to pursue your dreams, indulge in your passions, many of you have a lot of potential but you keep it closed in because someone told you not to but it is really important that you do.”

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Uthuru Thila Falhu to reduce imports, ensure food security: Minister Saeed





Minister of Economic Development and Trade Mohamed Saeed has emphasised the government’s endeavor to enhance food security through the Uthuru Thila Falhu project, aiming to curtail imports.

In an interview with a private media outlet, Minister Saeed underscored the significance of locally sourced products in ensuring food security for citizens. He also highlighted plans for island-level production.

Additionally, Minister Saeed outlined a upcoming initiative set to launch in Uthuru Thila Falhu, focusing on bolstering food security by cultivating ample fruits, vegetables, and seafood to cater to both resorts and residential areas across the nation. He said that the project aligns with President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu’s vision for the country, aiming to transform Uthuru Thila Falhu into a pivotal food hub.

Furthermore, Minister Saeed disclosed that the Maldives Industrial Development Free Zone has entrusted the China Harbour Engineering Company with reclaiming land and establishing an agricultural zone in Uthuru Thila Falhu. The project includes the creation of a specialized agricultural zone serving as a pivotal distribution center for agricultural products and inputs.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Six independent MP-elects sign with PNC





Six independent candidates who were elected to the Parliament in the recent elections have signed with the main ruling People’s National Congress (PNC).

In the parliamentary elections held on Sunday, PNC had endorsed several independent candidates over those contesting on the party’s ticket.

A spokesperson from the PNC confirmed on Wednesday that six independent candidates have signed with the party.

All six joined PNC on Tuesday.

They are:

  • Dr. Anara Naeem: Huraa constituency
  • Hassan Zareer: Mathiveri constituency
  • Ahmed Zameer: Central Machangolhi constituency
  • Ahmed Riyaz: Thimarafushi constituency
  • Yaseen Abdulla: Naifaru constituency
  • Azim Abdul Azeez: Vilingili constituency

The PNC had secured a landslide victory in Sunday’s elections; winning 66 out of 93 seats. With the six MP-elects who signed on Tuesday, the ruling party will have 72 seats in the next parliamentary assembly.

This does not take into account the candidates from other parties backed by the government; Maldives National Party (MNP)’s leader Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim, Maldives Development Alliance (MDA)’s leader Ahmed Siyam Mohamed, and Mohamed Abbas – a political from MDA who won the Velidhoo seat.

The MP-elects who signed with PNC on Tuesday includes former party members who lost the PNC primaries held in January. They later ran in the elections as independent candidates, with the government backing their candidacy over that of the ruling party’s own candidates.

This includes Zameer and Ahmed Riyaz. Their rival PNC candidates had later dropped out of the race and backed their candidacy.

Meanwhile, Hassan Zareer, the incumbent Mathiveri MP, had won the 2019 elections on a ticket from the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). But he, along with 13 other lawmakers from MDP, defected to PNC after MDP’s Ibrahim Mohamed Solih lost re-election.

In this year’s polls, Zareer ran for re-election as an independent candidate, but with the government’s backing.

The move by the six independent MP-elects to join PNC comes after the MDP-majority Parliament passed an anti-defection bill on April 1.

The bill, which stipulates that parliamentarians will lose their seat for floor crossing, was signed into law by President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu last week.

Meanwhile, a separate bill to include anti-defection provisions in the constitution is in the works in the Parliament.

The 20th parliamentary assembly will be sworn in on May 28.


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Abdul Raheem express confidence in retaining majority of Parliament





Special Advisor to the President Abdul Raheem Abdulla has expressed confidence that the newly elected Parliament will be retained. The remarks were made during a programme aired on PSM News.

The ruling party, People’s National Congress (PNC) secured the super majority of the Parliament, following the parliamentary elections held on April 21. Abdul Raheem stated that the majority retained is close to 80 members, including 66 PNC candidates elected, who were endorsed by President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu. He affirmed that the new Parliament would strive to amend laws and regulations such that residents attain the maximum benefit, unlike previous Parliaments.

Abdul Raheem claimed to be aware of the reasons behind the incapacity of previous Parliaments of being retained, and revealed that he knew the stories behind the resignation of 12 parliamentarians during the tenure of Former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Hence, he claimed to be aware of the necessary initiatives and preparations to maintain the majority of the newly elected Parliament.

Additionally, Abdul Raheem disclosed that certain candidates who were elected had previously held senior parliamentarian positions. Therefore, he ensured that the majority elected by the residents will be retained, unlike previous Parliaments.

Source(s): PsmNews

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