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Parliament’s 06th May Terror Attack Report Highlights Defence Minister Mariya Ali Didi’s Negligence.

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The Parliament’s Committee on National Security Services (241 committee) has publicized their inquiry report into the 06th May terror attack which was targeted at the Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed.

The highly anticipated report highlighted major issues surrounding interagency intelligence exchange and support systems. However, the report laid bare on the Defence Minister Mariya Ali Didi’s possible negligence in thwarting the 06th May terror attack.

According to section 10.17.8, the Hulhudhoo Constituency MP Ilyas Labeeb had informed Defence Minister Mariya Ali Didi of a possible attack against Speaker Mohamed Nasheed after he received a tipoff. Defence Minister Mariya Ali Didi stated that she did not inform any other intelligence units, within the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and the Maldives Police Service (MPS).

She justified that under Article 19-1 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, that information on an act of terrorism should be relayed to the MPS and not the Defence Minister. She also stated that there was no legal need for the Hulhudhoo Constituency MP Ilyas Labeeb to relay the tipoff to her, and insisted that she is under no obligation to pass on the information on the attack to the MPS, herself.

However, Article 19-3 (e) of the Anti-Terrorism Act states that in addition to the intelligence units, any information gathered on a possible act of terrorism by any state authority should be immediately relayed to the intelligence units mentioned in the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Defence Minister Mariya Ali Didi also stated that she did not inform the Defence Intelligence Service (DIS) of the tipoff on the attack against Speaker Mohamed Nasheed because the Speaker’s security threat level was already at critical. She stated that even if she had informed the DIS of the possible attack, the threat level would have remained critical.

The inquiry report also noted that the Maldives National Defence Force did engage in patrolling the streets of the capital city following the 06th May terror attack. When questioned on the subject, Defence Minister Mariya Ali Didi, according to the inquiry report stated that the MNDF does not have the legal powers to patrol the streets of the capital city and that the power lies with the MPS.

However, the inquiry report noted that Article 28-4 (a) of the Anti-Terrorism Act states that, in the event of a possible act of terrorism or after an act of terrorism using weaponry or explosives, the MNDF will lead the efforts in protecting the society and taking preventive measures.

The content of the report is speculated to cause major political upheaval within the ruling Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) and its coalition partners. Conditions remain fragile within the ruling party as factions loyal to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Speaker Mohamed accuse each other undermining and sidelining each other.

Moreover, Speaker Mohamed Nasheed’s daughter and his supporters have already accused Minister Mariya Ali Didi of being involved in the attack and have called for her resignation.

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Rasfannu beach area closed due to Oil spill. Opening date unconfirmed.

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Due to the oil spill that happened near Rasfannu, the beach area and sea area have been closed until further.

Male’ city council informed that due to an oil tanker that washed ashore near Rasfannu bursting and contaminating the ocean and beach area, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has advised closing of the beach as it may have harmful effects on the locals who visit. Until the area is completely clean, it will be closed off to the public.

EPA director general Ibrahim Naeem stated that the oil that’s washing up at Rasfannu beach is oil that’s stuck between the rocks and the barrier. He stated that the reasoning for the oil leak is unclear.

Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) stated that lifeguards are diving and cleaning the oil spill as well as Police forces are working on cleaning the area.

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In the first 8 months of this year, 51-million-rufiyaa worth of Zakat Al-Mal.

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In just the first 8 months of 2021, 51 million rufiyaa has been received by Zakat Al-Mal.

According to statistics released by Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) in august 2021, there has been an increase of 17.8 million rufiyaa in Zakat Al-Mal in comparison to the first 8 months of 2021. From January-August 2020, MIRA had noted receiving 33.3 million rufiyaa in Zakat.

In 2021, from January-August 2021, in just 8 months MIRA had received 55 million rufiyaa and 18119 American dollars. In 2020 MIRA had received 11.4 million rufiyaa and 4264 American dollars as Zakat Al-Mal.

Zakat Al-Mal is when a person’s wealth reaches the minimum amount, they must pay a set amount as a religious obligation.  This can be paid any time of the year.

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Bank of Maldives has renewed their sponsorship given to Maldives National Football Team.

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Bank of Maldives (BML) has renewed their official sponsorship agreement given to Maldives national football teams.

BML has informed that just as before, the agreement will state that BML is the exclusive sponsor for National Senior men’s football team, National Senior women’s football team, and the National Youth football team.

BML’s CEO and managing director Tim Soya shared his joy in renewing the partnership during a time where the love of football and the excitement for the sports is increasing. Tim further stated that BML gives utmost importance to be a part of the successes that the national football teams gain in international competitions and wants to spread the skill of playing football to generations of Maldivians. Tim stated that he has high hopes that Maldives will win in the upcoming SAFF Championship.

Football Association of Maldives’s (FAM) president Bassam stated that he is very proud that BML has extended the agreement and renewed it. Since 2017, BML has been the official sponsor of Maldivian national football teams.  And they will remain to be the official exclusive sponsor in the upcoming SAFF championship 2021 as well.

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