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Addu city Mayor accused of corruption

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Addu city Mayor Ali Nizar’s messages with the disgraced former Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb confirming that Ali Nazir had taken hundreds of thousands of Ruffiyaa while being a member at the 18th Parliament chair has been leaked to the media.

These messages were leaked by online news “Dhiyares”. These messages were taken by an UK investigative firm “Faraday forensics’” and the messages were handed over to Dhiyares by a close contact of former President Mohamed Nasheed.

In the messages it is evident that Ali Nizar had taken money from Ahmed Adeeb over numerous occasions. In July 2014, Ali nazir had contacted Adeeb stating that he needs to do a huge favor for him to repay a debt he had. In response to the message Adeeb had asked how much does Ali Nizar need to which Nizar replied that right now he needs MVR 250,000 but he stated that he might need more money later on. “Because of the election, I am running low on funds. Right now, I need MVR 250,000 but later I might need some more. I have a debt of MVR 450,000.” Stated Ali Nizar.

Even after that, Ali Nizar had contacted Ahmed Adeeb on multiple other occasions. On 26th August 2014 Ali Nizar stated that he wishes to meet Adeeb to ask for a loan to finish off his debt and to fund his business. He stated that he will pay back MVR 250,000 rufiyaa each month and finish off his debt.

Ali Nizar had further messaged Adheeb and told that he had taken a $50,000 loan from MM Exports and that they are about to sue him for not paying back the loan. He noted that MM Exports had been threatening him to sue via email and if he receives a $70,000 loan from Ahmed Adheeb he would be able to settle that issue. In response to that Adheeb had asked Nizar to vote against the motion submitted by MDP, against the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) bill.

On September 2nd , Ali Nazir contacted Ahmed Adheeb and stated that he does not have a lot of people to ask for favors and that he is in a “lot of trouble” and needs some help. He requested that even if Ahmed Adheeb gives him half of what he had asked for before, he would help Ahmed Adheeb in whatever way he needs.

It is notable that Ali Nazirs name was included in the list released by asset recovery commission regarding the MMPRC treason scandal. In response to that Ali Nazir stated that that was a try at defamation.

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The Chinese Ambassador is hopeful for the second shipment of the vaccine gifted from China to arrive in the Maldives soon.

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Chinese Ambassador in the Maldives, Wang Lixin has said that she expects the second shipment of Covid vaccines from China to arrive in the Maldives soon. Her Excellency Wang Lixin said this in a tweet last week Tuesday after a meeting with Maldives Health Minister Ahmed Naseem.

In this meeting with the health minister, it was discussed to strengthen the relationship between the 2 countries and work together as per the agreement between President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the President of China, Xi Jinping. Discussions have been made to improve the health benefits between the 2 countries as well. On this note, the Chinese Ambassador has said that 4 there are 400,000 doses of the Sinopharm Vaccine on its way to the Maldives.

The first batch of vaccines donated by China was received at the beginning of this year with 2 lakh vaccine doses. After which, it was announced two months ago that 4 lakh doses were donated again by China. China is the one country that has donated the highest number of vaccine doses to the Maldives with a sum of 6 lakh vaccine doses to fight against Covid-19.

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SAFF championship’s amended timetable with changes has been announced.

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The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), football tournament SAFF championship’s first match between Maldives and Nepal has been rescheduled to go on at night time, after the opening ceremony.

The schedule for the championship has been changed twice before as well. When the schedule has first released the dates given were from 1st-13th. But after review, the schedule was changed to abide by FIFA match day policies, giving enough days in between for the players to rest.

The government’s senior employees will be attending the opening ceremony event. The Maldives has previously won twice in this competition, which was in 2008 playing in Sri Lanka and in 2018 playing in Bangladesh. Both tournaments were won playing against India. The Maldives remains to be the competition defending champions, so the slogan for this year’s championship is “Thinvanah faharu miee ey faharu” which translates to “Third time is our chance”, aiming to win the championship cup for the third time.

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A Bangladesh Airline to start flights from Bangladesh to Maldives.

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Bangladesh’s biggest private airline the US- Bangla Airlines to has scheduled direct flights from Bangladesh to the Maldives.

US-Bangla Airlines flights will commence in November of this year. The airline will be traveling straight from the capital city of Bangladesh Dhaka city to Male’ city. It is reported that the scheduled flights will start in the middle of November with 4 flights per week. Bangladesh’s Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported that the flights used for this will be Boeing 737-800 flights.  That flight has a capacity of 164 persons.

US-Bangla Airline stated that it is an aim for the airline to have an easy way for persons who wish to travel to Bangladesh from the Maldives. And that this decision will help workers who are employed in the Maldives as well.

US-Bangla Airlines is working on having scheduled flights to Bangladesh from Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia as well. As of now, the airline has direct flights to Bangladesh from Dubai, Oman’s capital city Muskat, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Chennai, China, and Doha.

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