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Opposition Vice-President Dr. Mohammed Muizzu participates in “CPC and World Political Parties Summit”.

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The Vice-President of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has participated in the “CPC and World Political Parties Summit”. Due to the worldwide pandemic, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu participated virtually on behalf of the opposition party PPM.

According to party officials, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu was chosen to represent the party at the summit for the invitation sent to the former President Abdulla Yameen by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Over 500 leaders of political parties and organizations from over 160 countries are participating in this summit. In addition to this, over 10,000 representatives from various parties are also participating in this summit.

Opposition PPM and the Communist Party of China (CPC) enjoys warm relations as during the former President Abdulla Yameen’s administration, China conducted unprecedented development projects in the Maldives.  This includes the expansion of the main international airport, construction of 7,000 social housing units and the construction of the China-Maldives Friendship bridge. Dr Mohamed Muizzu played an integral part in this as he was the Housing Minister at the time.

General Secretary of CPC and Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to address in the event.  This event comes as CPC is celebrating its centenary. The theme of this summit is “For the people’s wellbeing: the responsibility of political parties”.

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Climate Change Envoy Sabra Ibrahim Noordeen meets with SACEP Director General and French Ambassador.

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The Maldivian Special Envoy for Climate Change, Sabra Ibrahim Noordeen has met with the Director General of the South Asia Cooperative Environment Program (SACEP), Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari.

Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari who is also the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Sri Lanka was joined by the Maldives high Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Omar Abdul Razzak.

According to SACEP, the Maldives Special Envoy for Climate Change Sabra Ibrahim Noordeen discussed the climate priorities of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih ahead of the COP26 scheduled to be held in Glasgow, Scotland later this year.

At the meeting, Director General Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari briefed the envoy on the mission, projects and programs by SACEP. He also highlighted on SACEP’s efforts to coordinate climate policy formulation across the membership countries and on implementing its across the region.

Director General Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari continued on to state that “We at SACEP stand ready to support Maldives however we can, as President Solih leads the way in helping his country adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. As I said in a recent interview, fighting climate change can’t be done by one country or one region alone but by the whole world.”.

The Special Envoy for Climate Change Sabra Ibrahim Nooradeen and the Maldivian High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Omar Abdul Razzak also met with the French Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Eric Lavertu.

The French Ambassador tweeted stating that he had a fruitful discussion with the Climate Change Envoy Sabra Ibrahim Noordeen and shares the concerns and challenges faced by the islanders in , Polynesia, Caribbean and the islanders in the Indian Ocean.

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Fire incident reported again at the Villimalé State Care Shelter.

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A fire incident has been reported at the Villimalé State Care Shelter. This is the third such fire to break out at the shelter within the past two months.

According to the Maldives National Defence Force (MND), a fire was reported from the fourth floor of the Villimalé State Care Shelter. MNDF Fire and Rescue Service has put out the fire while no injuries have been reported in relation to the fire.

However, substantial damage was reported to the room where the fire had broken out at around 06:03 am. At this point it is unclear how the fire started but with the previous fire at the Villimalé State Care Shelter, Ministry of Gender and Family stated that it was an act of arson by some of the children at the shelter.

The Villimalé State Care Shelter currently only houses children who are above the age of 13 and under the care of the state.

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U.S. Ambassador to the Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz praises painting by Maldivian artist Shimha.

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Painting by Shimha Shakyb.

In a tweet made by the U.S. Ambassador today, Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz stated that she was stunned by the painting by local Maldivian artists Shimha.

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz further stated that she was amazed by the “vision and skill” of Maldivian artists every time she visits the Maldives. She also stated that she was glad that a younger generation is working on keeping the creative traditions alive.

Known for her distinctive water painting depicting scenes from outside the Greater Malé Area, Shimha’s artworks sparks reminiscence and nostalgia on the island life, culture and history Maldivians enjoyed prior to urbanization.

For more of her artworks visit her official Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/art_by_shimha/

For those interested in purchasing her artwork, visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/aquareldesign

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