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Addu city Mayor accused of corruption

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Addu city Mayor Ali Nizar’s messages with the disgraced former Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb confirming that Ali Nazir had taken hundreds of thousands of Ruffiyaa while being a member at the 18th Parliament chair has been leaked to the media.

These messages were leaked by online news “Dhiyares”. These messages were taken by an UK investigative firm “Faraday forensics’” and the messages were handed over to Dhiyares by a close contact of former President Mohamed Nasheed.

In the messages it is evident that Ali Nizar had taken money from Ahmed Adeeb over numerous occasions. In July 2014, Ali nazir had contacted Adeeb stating that he needs to do a huge favor for him to repay a debt he had. In response to the message Adeeb had asked how much does Ali Nizar need to which Nizar replied that right now he needs MVR 250,000 but he stated that he might need more money later on. “Because of the election, I am running low on funds. Right now, I need MVR 250,000 but later I might need some more. I have a debt of MVR 450,000.” Stated Ali Nizar.

Even after that, Ali Nizar had contacted Ahmed Adeeb on multiple other occasions. On 26th August 2014 Ali Nizar stated that he wishes to meet Adeeb to ask for a loan to finish off his debt and to fund his business. He stated that he will pay back MVR 250,000 rufiyaa each month and finish off his debt.

Ali Nizar had further messaged Adheeb and told that he had taken a $50,000 loan from MM Exports and that they are about to sue him for not paying back the loan. He noted that MM Exports had been threatening him to sue via email and if he receives a $70,000 loan from Ahmed Adheeb he would be able to settle that issue. In response to that Adheeb had asked Nizar to vote against the motion submitted by MDP, against the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) bill.

On September 2nd , Ali Nazir contacted Ahmed Adheeb and stated that he does not have a lot of people to ask for favors and that he is in a “lot of trouble” and needs some help. He requested that even if Ahmed Adheeb gives him half of what he had asked for before, he would help Ahmed Adheeb in whatever way he needs.

It is notable that Ali Nazirs name was included in the list released by asset recovery commission regarding the MMPRC treason scandal. In response to that Ali Nazir stated that that was a try at defamation.

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Professor Ugail has said that the Hiyaa Flats must be given at affordable rates.

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Professor Ugail has expressed discontent with that raise in the prices of the Hiyaa Flats which was constructed under the presidency of Former President Yaameen Abdul Gayyoom.

In a recent tweet, professor Ugail has said that the Maldivian citizens shouldn’t be caught in between a competitive rally between the former and current governments. He has further said that the flats must be given out at the rates which were set during the Hiyaa Flat project planning. The flats should be given to the citizens with the required facilities, with safety in place and affordable rates.

 

Starting July 14th, the keys of the 7000 Hiyaa Flats are being handed out. To this point, 5519 people have signed the agreement to take ownership of the flats. The current government has decided that the monthly rate of the flats would be 7500 Maldivian rufiyaa. An additional 1000 rufiyaa will be taken as a management fee as well. This is 3000 rufiyaa more than what was decided during Former President Yaameen Abdul Qayoom’s term.

Hiyaa Flat Union has requested the government and HDC to lower the monthly rates of the flat. However, they have been repeatedly let down by saying that the rates cannot be decreased.

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“284 thousand foreigners have jobs in Maldives” – Economic minister.

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Economic minister Fayaz Ismail has stated that there are 284 thousand foreigners in Maldivian jobs.

Speaking at the Parliament regarding the number of foreigners in the Maldives, Fayaz Ismail noted that, from the statistics collected by the economic ministry there are 281000 foreigners live in the Maldives, of which 63754 hail from Bangladesh.

Minister Fayaz noted that including last year and this year, a total of 3000 foreigners have left their jobs and gone back to their country and that from 2019-2021 the government had released 11113 permits to bring Bangladesh workers to the Maldives. A number of Parliament members had shared their concerns regarding the increase in Bangladesh workers in the Maldives.

In the three years of this government, there have been countless jobs given to Indians. Minister Fayaz had not publicized the number of jobs that the government has given to Indians in the past three years.

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Discussions about advertising Maldivian guest houses in India by an Indian ambassador.

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Indians appointed ambassador for Maldives Sanjay Sudhir and Guest House Association of Maldives (GAM) discussed about advertising Maldivian guest houses in India to bring in more tourists.

Vice president of GAM Abdul Sameeu stated that in the discussions held in the Indian embassy in the Maldives, the ambassador had stated that they will give their support in advertising Maldivian guest houses to tourists in order to help GAM in their efforts. They had further stated that they will meet with Indian agents and guest house owners and discuss about this and help with the branding of GAM, as well as giving training to Maldivian guest houses room boys to managerial positions from Indian Institutes.

Abdul Sameeu further stated that there were discussions to get the support of the Indian high commission to collaborate on fairs and expos held there. Under GAM’s branding, there will be expos, fairs, award ceremonies, magazines, and a website. Abdul Sameeu informed that the Indian ambassador had stated that the Indian high commission will be giving their support for these endeavors.

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