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The Vice President reiterates Maldives’ commitment to addressing the global environmental agenda through the development of informed policies

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Vice President Faisal Naseem reiterated on Monday the Maldives’ commitment to addressing the global environmental agenda through the development of informed policies on nitrogen management in the Maldives. He made the remarks while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the “South Asian Nitrogen Hub” (SANH) meeting in the Maldives.

At the ceremony, the Vice President inaugurated the Massive Open Learning Introductory Course on Nitrogen and launched the Maldives’ Country Report, which outlines the nitrogen status and management strategies.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice President emphasised the importance of holding the SANH regional meeting in the Maldives and its contribution to providing an academic and research-based perspective on the issues related to nitrogen management. He further commended the Maldives National University (MNU) for leading the programme in the Maldives in collaboration with the stakeholders.

The Vice President underscored the vulnerability of the Maldives due to climate change and stressed that the negative impacts on the environment had continuously threatened the country’s economy, industries, businesses, and the health and well-being of the local community. He further stated that as we advance, it will be essential to specify nitrogen emission reduction targets in policy instruments and sectoral plans and to ensure the effective implementation of these plans in the endeavour for a healthier planet.

The Vice President also noted that, while the current population of two billion in the South Asia region is projected to double by 2050, so is the fertiliser input, and the region is also expected to have the highest nitrogen inputs in the world by that time. He also stressed the many challenges this would bring, including food security and environmental and developmental concerns.

The SANH meeting is attended by delegates from the United Kingdom (UK) and eight countries in South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.

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The Cambodian Prime Minister arrives in the Maldives on an official visit

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The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, arrived Sunday morning on an official visit to the Maldives at the invitation of H.E. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. It is Samdech Techo Prime Minister Hun Sen’s first visit to the Maldives.

The Cambodian Prime Minister and accompanying delegation were received at Velana International Airport (VIA) by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid (ODRI). The government will hold a ceremony on Monday to officially welcome the Cambodian Prime Minister to the Maldives.

During the visit, President Solih would meet with Samdech Techo Prime Minister Hun Sen and hold official talks on strengthening bilateral cooperation, followed by the exchange of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the two countries. President Solih and the Cambodian Prime Minister would also deliver a joint statement on the outcomes of their discussions.

The Maldives and Cambodia established diplomatic relations on September 21, 1995.

Source(s): President Office.

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Hinnavar port and outer wall construction is completed.

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The contractor for the Hinnavaru Port Development Project, Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC), has announced that the land and outside wall have been finished. On November 10, 2020, the Ministry of National Planning, Housing, and Infrastructure tasked MTCC with expanding and modernizing Hinnavaru Port.

Hinnavaru is a significant island in the atoll that is linked to the economic growth of Fadhipolhu. Lack of consultation is a hindrance to transforming the atoll’s island area into a commercial power. A dam was formerly utilized to be designed by everybody in the north of Hinnavaru. After a piece of the port collapsed and the port was rendered unusable, efforts are being made to extend and improve the port in conjunction with the port.

Work on the damaged segment of the harbour and the building of the embankment were completed as part of the project. The exterior wall and groining have also been finished. According to the overall project status, 66% of the work has been accomplished. Hinnavaru’s new port will be 162 meters long and 47 meters broad. The dam work will fill an area of 65,170.76 cubic metres. It will also comprise the building of a 421-metre subterranean tunnel, a 123.9-metre outer wall, and a 140.55-metre revetment.

Fishing boats are constantly present in Hinnavar. Hinnavaru Council also recognized the island’s abundance of private launches and boats. According to the Hinnavaru council, traders and ordinary people suffered greatly as a result of the port’s failure.

According to the Hinnavaru Council, the port development project will alleviate the present challenges in implementing the suggestions, and no more economic growth will be brought to the island.

 

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Security heightened at Indian High Commission in Maldives over arson threat

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Security measures at the Indian High Commission in the Maldives have been heightened following arson threats.

Security measures at Indian High Commission in the Maldives were heightened in connection case under investigation by the police. No further details were disclosed.

Security measures were heightened at the Indian High Commission over a tweet by former State Minister for Finance Abbas Adil Riza, encouraging an arson attack on the building.

Abbas, in a tweet, alleged that arson was committed at Addu City during the unrest by members of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) on February 8, 2012 after then-President Mohamed Nasheed’s government was overthrown, was on the orders of India. Noting that revenge has yet to be taken over the matter, Abbas called to set ablaze the Indian High Commission in the Maldives.

Foreign Ministry has also expressed concerns over Abbas’ tweet.

In a statement, the Ministry, said that the government was investigating the case as a serious matter whereas security forces have administered the necessary security measures over the threat.

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed has described Abbas’ tweet as an act of terrorism. On this note, he said that encouragement of terrorism will be investigated as very serious matters.

Political parties including MDP, Adhaalath Party and MRM have condemned the tweet as well.

Source(s): sun.mv

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