In an op-ed published ahead of a state visit to Maldives today, Xi called on Maldives “to get actively involved” in the creation of a 21st century maritime silk road linking China to the east coast of Africa and the Mediterranean.
“Two development projects in the Maldives that are funded by the Chinese Government and implemented by Chinese corporations will also be launched jointly by the two presidents,” said the President’s Office.
“I do want to note the importance of a census. But when we do not know what happens to Maldivians, when citizens have been disappeared, I do not believe we should proceed with a census,” said Maldivian Democratic Party Vice President Shifaz.
Speaking at a Progressive Party of Maldives rally in Addu City, President Abdulla Yameen announced that he will be personally overseeing the Maldives’ health sector until it overcomes current problems.
Information Commissioner Abdul Azeez Jamal Abubakur has revealed that the national bureau of classification has given assurances that it would seek to amend the regulations through parliament, suggesting that it had “slipped through their fingers.”
A fine of between MVR500 and MVR5,000 would be imposed for publication of prose or poetry without seeking approval from the national bureau of classification.
Responding to a written question in Westminster, Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Hugo Swire said the UK government had raised its concerns with Maldivian counterparts.
Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Dr Mohamed Muiz has expressed hope that the new contract with Indian infrastructure giant TATA Housing for the construction of two apartment complexes – initially agreed in 2010 – can be signed soon.
The Supreme Court has issued new rules requiring judges requesting transfer to a different court to seek approval from the apex court. The rules stipulate that judges of lower courts must write to the apex court stating the reason for the requested change.