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Opposition MP Thaariq submits second request to revise the judicial service commission bill

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Opposition PPM MP Thaariq has yet again requested to review the judicial service commission composition and regulations bill. Similar to the previous bill submitted by Thaariq, this bill was requests to ban the appointment of political figures as members at Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih pledged in his campaign trail that he would amend the JSC composition and review it within the first 100 days of his presidency. MP Thaariq requested to review it again and to change it as well as change the list released by the government of what they would achieve in the first 100 days. This is the second time that MP Thaariq has sent this bill to the Parliament, which consists of a majority of MDP members and he has requested for them to work towards fulfilling the promises made by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. But with the super majority of votes last year, the bill had been removed from the Parliaments floor.

At a news conference held by the president’s office last week, Spokesperson Mabrook Azeez had stated that it’s due time that the JSC composition is reviewed. And that before the 5 year term is completed, the issue would be tackled.

However, based on precedence, the bill submitted by MP Thaariq will be likely annulled and rejected by the ruling party’s super majority within the Parliament. Currently, 7 out of the 10 members in JSC are leaders of MDP or associates who are working with MDP in one way or the other. With MDP members as JSC leaders and taking over the courts, allegations of countless unfair judgments being passed has been made by the public.

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The Chinese Ambassador is hopeful for the second shipment of the vaccine gifted from China to arrive in the Maldives soon.

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Chinese Ambassador in the Maldives, Wang Lixin has said that she expects the second shipment of Covid vaccines from China to arrive in the Maldives soon. Her Excellency Wang Lixin said this in a tweet last week Tuesday after a meeting with Maldives Health Minister Ahmed Naseem.

In this meeting with the health minister, it was discussed to strengthen the relationship between the 2 countries and work together as per the agreement between President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the President of China, Xi Jinping. Discussions have been made to improve the health benefits between the 2 countries as well. On this note, the Chinese Ambassador has said that 4 there are 400,000 doses of the Sinopharm Vaccine on its way to the Maldives.

The first batch of vaccines donated by China was received at the beginning of this year with 2 lakh vaccine doses. After which, it was announced two months ago that 4 lakh doses were donated again by China. China is the one country that has donated the highest number of vaccine doses to the Maldives with a sum of 6 lakh vaccine doses to fight against Covid-19.

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SAFF championship’s amended timetable with changes has been announced.

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The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), football tournament SAFF championship’s first match between Maldives and Nepal has been rescheduled to go on at night time, after the opening ceremony.

The schedule for the championship has been changed twice before as well. When the schedule has first released the dates given were from 1st-13th. But after review, the schedule was changed to abide by FIFA match day policies, giving enough days in between for the players to rest.

The government’s senior employees will be attending the opening ceremony event. The Maldives has previously won twice in this competition, which was in 2008 playing in Sri Lanka and in 2018 playing in Bangladesh. Both tournaments were won playing against India. The Maldives remains to be the competition defending champions, so the slogan for this year’s championship is “Thinvanah faharu miee ey faharu” which translates to “Third time is our chance”, aiming to win the championship cup for the third time.

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A Bangladesh Airline to start flights from Bangladesh to Maldives.

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Bangladesh’s biggest private airline the US- Bangla Airlines to has scheduled direct flights from Bangladesh to the Maldives.

US-Bangla Airlines flights will commence in November of this year. The airline will be traveling straight from the capital city of Bangladesh Dhaka city to Male’ city. It is reported that the scheduled flights will start in the middle of November with 4 flights per week. Bangladesh’s Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported that the flights used for this will be Boeing 737-800 flights.  That flight has a capacity of 164 persons.

US-Bangla Airline stated that it is an aim for the airline to have an easy way for persons who wish to travel to Bangladesh from the Maldives. And that this decision will help workers who are employed in the Maldives as well.

US-Bangla Airlines is working on having scheduled flights to Bangladesh from Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia as well. As of now, the airline has direct flights to Bangladesh from Dubai, Oman’s capital city Muskat, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Chennai, China, and Doha.

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