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President Solih: Addu will seal the single round election win

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Main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s presidential candidate President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, stressing he can win Saturday’s election in a single round, has remarked it is Addu City’s residents that will play the most integral role in sealing the win.

President Solih arrived at Addu City after campaigning across whole nation on Wednesday evening. At a mass rally held in the city tonight, President Solih said his campaign tour which started from the northernmost corner of the Maldives, ending at Addu City, had shown him he could win the election through a single round.

He described Addu City as the region that will play the most integral role in the outcome of the presidential election slated for Saturday.

“This major Addu City will seal and stamp the outcome on that day. There is no doubt regarding it,” he added.

President Solih cited hard work as Addu City residents’ biggest undertaking in democratic history. In this trajectory, he noted that many individuals who made various sacrifices in the formation of MDP and politics continue to live in Addu City today.

“There are people here that talked to us, in secrecy, by altering their voices. Many people who crossed seas to travel to Male’ on boats after being asked to partake in protests. Many people who have also experienced pepper spray, tear gas and prison cells are also here today,” he said.

He said what is being witnessed today, is the result of the hard work of yesterday.

Speaking further, President Solih said it was his administration that commenced development efforts, equally, across all parts of the nation, while previous administrations had centralized development projects. He referenced the COVID-19 pandemic as the biggest obstruction his administration faced, shortly after these efforts were commenced.

He also said Maldives faced various difficulties due to the war between Ukraine and Russia.

He pointed out that developmental projects, despite these difficulties, had been well underway.

“As we face the election today, we are confident,” he emphasized.

Following this, the president announced his pledges for Addu City, if elected for a second term in office. They include;

Laying asphalt on all roads
Developing housing units, with 1,000 flats under the first phase
Facilitating water, sewerage and electricity in reclaimed land in addition to the development of roads
Developing an industrial zone, which will be specialized for vehicle importers
Harmonizing the price of STO’s coarse sand and Maldives Gas products to that of Male’ City
Developing a business incubation centre and a co-working space
Boosting eco-tourism
Developing a racing track
Developing an indoor sports complex
Upgrading the services provided at Addu Equatorial Hospital and ensuring the availability of the hospital’s services at nearby islands
Developing a climate research and a marine research center
Developing outdoor gyms and children’s parks in all constituencies
Increasing efforts directed toward fishermen
Improving the services of the university and building a dormitory
President Solih stressed that he has a vision.

He described Saturday’s vote as an opportunity to choose whether to move forward with development or revert to the cruelty of the previous administration.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Malaysian company expresses interest to manage drug rehab centre

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Minister of Homeland Security and Technology Ali Ihusaan has revealed a Malaysian company has expressed interest to establish and operate a drug rehabilitation centre in the Maldives.

Speaking in an exclusive interview to PSM News, Minister Ihusaan stated the Malaysian company which expressed interest to establish and manage a drug rehabilitation centre in Maldives is a multinational company which operates several rehabilitation facilities worldwide. The minister disclosed the company had submitted a proposal expressing interest in the development and operation of a rehabilitation centre, adding that the proposal was submitted at a substantial expense. He revealed that efforts are underway to hold discussions on the proposal and to review other options that ensure the provision of rehabilitation services.

The government opened opportunities for private firms to establish and operate rehabilitation centres for drug addicts in January. The opportunity was in accordance to the Drug Act. Minister Ihusaan expressed confidence that the opportunities given to private firms would increase competitiveness in providing efficient and quality services, therefore providing mutual benefits. The minister hopes that private enterprises will commence offering services in the nation in the near future.

Rehabilitation centres established under the opportunity given by the National Drug Agency (NDA) are to provide a wide range of services to provide treatment to drug addicts. This includes outpatient detoxification services, psychiatric evaluation, counselling services, psychosocial therapy, drug testing and psychological assessments.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Met Maldives predicts heavy rain through Monday

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The Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS) has forecasted heavy rain showers across most parts of the Maldives through June 24. Central and northern atolls are expected to experience significant rainfall and rough seas, while islands in the southern atolls will mostly enjoy fine weather with scattered showers and generally slight seas.

In response to the adverse weather conditions, MMS has issued several alerts, including a recent one for heavy rain and thunderstorms from Haa Alifu Atoll to Baa Atoll. The forecast predicts strong winds ranging from 19-24 miles per hour, with gusts reaching up to 50 miles per hour, resulting in rough sea conditions.

Over the past 24 hours, the Maldives has seen heavy rainfall, with Gaafaru Island in Kaafu Atoll recording the highest amount at 67.6 millimeters. Goidhoo Island in Baa Atoll also experienced significant rainfall, recording 49.4 millimeters.

MMS advises seafarers in the central and northern atolls to exercise caution due to the severe weather conditions. For the next three days, strong winds of 12-22 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, are predicted across the country. The showers are expected to subside by Monday, but strong winds are likely to continue into Tuesday and Wednesday.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Tourism minister announces development plans for abandoned resorts

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Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Faisal has announced strategic decisions to expedite the development of abandoned islands leased for resort development.

In an exclusive interview with PSM News, Minister Faisal revealed that the Economic Council has approved two key measures from a proposal aimed at accelerating the development of these islands.

One approved measure involves reclaiming the islands that have seen no development activity, returning them to the state without any conditions. The tourism ministry will collaborate with the Ministry of Finance and the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) to negotiate concessions on the substantial fees owed by lessees to the state.

The second measure focuses on finding solutions for islands where development has stalled due to various issues. The tourism ministry will assist in securing the necessary funds or facilitate the sale of these islands to new developers.

The tourism minister emphasised that accelerating the development of these islands will require legal adjustments. He noted that the state incurs significant financial losses when leased islands remain undeveloped.

According to the ministry’s statistics, there are 63 islands leased for resort development that have yet to be developed. Some of these islands have been leased for over 30 years.

The minister also highlighted that more islands will be developed and opened as resorts during this tenure. He projected that 12 to 15 new resorts will be opened over the next five years.

Source(s): PsmNews

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