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Football is a game of love and respect, A perfect salute to Shawan

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7-year-old Ahmed Shawan Mohammed’s entire life has changed with a scene that went viral on social media. The whole country saluted Shawan for his braveness to play football despite not having one leg. To many, he’s a “hero. It’s an “inspiration. Shawan’s courage was proven to the whole country. From a video of the Makunudhoo School Inter House Competition..

A video that went viral a week ago confirmed him playing bravely on the field wearing the number 41 on his jersey. Although he couldn’t walk like other children, Shawan’s braveness brought it to the attention of the government and ministries. NSPA, Health Ministry, Education Ministry and Gender Ministry, Youth Minister Ahmed Mahloof and Makunudhoo MP Mohammed Raai also asked information from Shawan’s mom Aishath Visha about Shawan.

NSPA has decided to help Shawn get an artificial leg and has now sent documents.

Shawan’s disability was present when he was born. Shawn is a pre-mature child. It was Shawan’s story. Even when the video was released, Shawan’s family didn’t expect his life to change dramatically. However, unexpectedly, Addu City’s Mylo City Football Club also gave Shawan a special invitation

Milo City are currently playing in the Addu City Football Championship and the best player in the history of Maldives Ali Ashfaq (Dangadey also known as man of steel) is also with the club. Shawan was given a red flag welcome by Mylo City along with Key Ali Ashfag.

Shawan also visited Sharafudheen School in Addu City at a special invitation. The scene of Ali Ashfag holding Shawan and meeting the school children also filled the hearts with joy. Sharafudheen School said Shawan’s visit was an extraordinary encouragement to all the children. Shawn was paid a respectful salute by Sharafudheen School.
After those scenes, yesterday saw an even different scene. Mylo City FC planned a special event for the kids with Shawan, who also brought along one of the country’s most talented singers, Shalabee Ibrahim. The scene of Ali Ashfag(Dagandey) and Shamweel Gasim (Bonda) carrying Shawan and playing with him was a different scene of happiness for Shawan’s mother.

“I’m very happy. Shawan is very happy. This is the biggest happiness of his life. And he met Ali Ashfag(Dagandey) .Even if he doesn’t usually watch TV , Shawan will be very happy to meet Ali Ashfag(Dagandey) . Shawan’s mother Visha told at the trip in Addu City.
The scenes will fill the hearts of many. The scene shows the respect of football. Football is more than just a sport, it shows different scenes of respect. Shawan’s mother had the same message as she always said. It is a message not to exclude.
“I always want to say don’t exclude children with disabilities. Let everyone work for their dreams. Let everyone do their best. This is a different experience,” Shawan’s mother Visha said.
Visha is greatful for this opportunity. Visha wants to thank many people for the sudden change in Shawan’s life.

“I would like to thank the school, the ministries and the family who have always been supportive. I would also like to thank everyone who loves Shawan with all their hearts,” she said.

The smile on Shawan’s face with the unique scenery shown by Mylo was priceless. It sends a powerful message that disability should not be excluded. Legends like Ali Ashfag (Dagandey) and Shamweel Gasim (Bonda) set an example. Salute to a scene worthy of praise.

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President Solih ruling against wishes of the people: Nasheed

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Despite the electoral pledge by Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) to hold a constitutional referendum to decide on switching to a parliamentary system of governance, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is currently running the government against the wishes of the people, states MDP leader and Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed.
Nasheed, who has announced his intention of running in the MDP primary for the 2023 presidential elections against President Solih, travelled to GDh. Thinadhoo to launch his campaign Friday.

Speaking at a rally Friday evening, Nasheed said the decision by President Solih to run the government without holding a referendum was “a big mistake”.

He asked President Solih to hold the referendum “as was decided by the people”.

“I am calling for government to be run based on what the people want. The government must be composed based on what the people decide. I told the president that I wished for him to prioritize this when he began his administration. There are many inconsistencies in this. These inconsistencies will ultimately prove an obstacle to our development,” he said.

Nasheed said that MDP’s manifesto, which the coalition partners had endorsed, called for a referendum within the first 18 months of the administration.

It isn’t wise to make new pledges without first delivering the electoral pledge to hold the referendum, he said.

All government coalition leader except for Nasheed have since rejected plans to switch to a parliamentary system, citing that the current political and economic climate did not accommodate such a significant change.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Small grant recipient organizations selected

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By: Fathimath Lauza

Bank of Maldives Selects Small Grant fund Organization .According to BML, the project was announced as part of its 40th anniversary celebration.

BML Small Grants Fund is open to organizations implementing sustainable development and environmental projects.

8 projects will be selected from the projects submitted and MVR 250,000 will be paid to each project.

Through BML Small Grants, 8 projects submitted by NGOs have been selected to win a grant of MVR 250,000 to carry out community-based projects around the areas of sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The 8 organizations selected for this small grant are:

1. Maldives Ocean Plastic Alliance (MOPA)
2. Huvadhoo Association for Tourism (HAT)
3. Vaadhoo Association for Future Development (VAFD)
4. Kumundoo Revival Initiative (Kri)
5. Women in Fuvammulah
6. Small Island Research Group
7. Huvadhoo Aid
8. Kihaadhoo Development Society (KIDS)

BML is celebrating its 40th anniversary and is doing various activities.

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New high commissioners from Pakistan and Singapore have presented their credentials to President

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The credentials were presented by the new Pakistan High Commissioner Vice Admiral (Retired) Muhammad Fayyaz Gilani, and new Singapore High Commissioner Soo Kok Leng in separate meetings at the President’s Office on Tuesday.

Meeting the Pakistan High Commissioner Gilani afterwards, President Solih congratulated him on his new appointment.

H.E. Vice Admiral (Retd.) Muhammad Fayyaz Gilani, presented his credentials to H.E. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

They discussed the long-standing historical relations between the two countries, which both agreed were based on mutual respect, understanding, shared values, and faith.

They also discussed ways to further enhance cooperation at regional and international fora on mutual interest areas, including education, health, sports, and defence.

Speaking at the meeting, President Solih conveyed his deepest sympathies and condolences to the government and people of Pakistan following the devastation and loss of life caused by the recent floods in Pakistan.

They concluded the meeting in the hopes of renewed commitment to strengthening bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries.

In his meeting with Singapore High Commissioner Soo, President Solih congratulated him on his new appointment and reaffirmed the two countries’ long-standing bilateral relations, which he said was based on shared values and people-to-people contact.
President Solih stated that Singapore is an important development partner for the Maldives.

They also discussed various issues of common interest, including regional and international collaboration, trade and investment cooperation, tourism cooperation, and climate adaptation.

High Commissioner Soo also commended President Solih and his administration on the successful management of Covid-19 in the Maldives.

Before concluding the meeting, President Solih and High Commissioner Soo expressed their commitment to further strengthen the long-standing bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries.

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