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.
The gathering will call for the introduction of a minimum wage as well as for the Maldives to sign the International Labour Organisation’s Convention on Occupational Safety and Health.
President Yameen suggested that the main issue of contention within the coalition was the appointments to political posts. “One thing is that I don’t want the government to be one with that many political posts. I wanted to keep political posts within some limit,” he told reporters yesterday.
With little fertile land and an over-reliance on imports of staple food, Mohamed Shafeegu of Seagull Maldives argues that the water-based system of agriculture could be the answer to sustainable agriculture in the country.
President Yameen has said that GMR’s proposed out-of-court settlement is too big and the government does not have to pay it. Both parties are now awaiting the conclusion of the ongoing US$1.4billion arbitration proceedings.
The new amendments also stipulate that permission must be sought in writing from the Islamic Ministry for preaching or delivering sermons, offering religious advice, or publishing books concerning religion.
MP Ibrahim Muttalib has submitted an amendment to the Disabilities Act to raise the monthly allowance provided to persons with special needs from MVR2,300 (US$150) to MVR5,000 (US$324).