The president has held meetings with the governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the Japan International Cooperation senior vice president, tourism industry leaders, and leading businessmen including the president of the Hitachi Company.
Former State Minister Umar Jamal and his two deputies are accused of providing undue benefit to a third party by releasing MVR118,522 out of the province office budget in 2009 and 2010 as financial assistance for sports tournaments and friendly matches.
The Tourism Ministry has assured that the Malé-area’s only remaining picnic island will remain accessible to locals after its development as a resort, though many still fear the industry’s continued encroachment on public recreational areas.
Of the 16 election-related complaints submitted to the High Court before the deadline last Friday (April 11), the court has rejected three cases and commenced proceedings on 12 cases.
The Elections Commission has told the court that the MDP MP’s conviction removed his right to campaign, for which it could not be blamed. Meanwhile, Jabir’s wife has given details of the MP’s respiratory problems to local media.
The commission warned yesterday of possible action for the repeated display of upside-down photos of EC members. The current photo of commission chair, Shaheeb, is accompanied by a message labelling the commission’s warnings ‘a step backwards for democracy’.
With proceedings said to be concluding this week in Singapore, the government has revealed that the final verdict in the US$1.4billion arbitration case may not be announced for another two months
After meeting with Emporer Akihito, President Yameen held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before thanking Japan for being the Maldives’ most generous development partner.
While the MNDF have admitted putting down the animals confiscated by police last weekend, they allege that the procedures were taken upon the police’s request. The claim has been denied by police, who have subsequently pointed the finger at the customs department.