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Motion to dismiss president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was omitted from today’s Parliamentary sitting.

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With the corruption accusations by former tourism Minister Ali Waheed, against President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, MP for Maduvvari constituency Adam Shareef submitted an  emergency motion to dismiss President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih from official duties. HoweverMajlis declined to agenda the motion for today’s parliamentary sitting.

The emergency motion submitted by MP Shareef states that Former Tourism Minister on trial for 7 counts of sexual abuse Ali Waheed accused President Solih of profiting from the MMPRC corruption. The motion also dictates that since Waheed has stated that there is CCTV footage proving President Solih’s alleged crime, it should be investigated transparently by the Maldives Police and Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

At the press conference held by Former Tourism Minister Ali Waheed, last night, stated that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih received over MVR 35 million through the MMPRC corruption. Answering to a question raised by a journalist Ali Waheed also stated that it was not one time that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih received money through MMPRC corruptionand that in several different occasions President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih received money through the MMPRC corruption.

Ali Waheed also mentioned that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solihs name was in the initial MMPRC beneficiary list. And that during the initial investigation Former Assistant Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz removed President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s name from the MMPRC beneficiary list..

This is not the first time Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has been accused of receiving corruption money through MMPRC corruption. Opposition party has also accused President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for being a beneficiary of MMPRC corruption.

The former Tourism Minister Ali Waheedcurrently residing in the United Kingdom, was sentenced to prison by the Maldives Supreme Court upon failure to appear in court for a hearing regarding 7 counts of sexual assault.

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Top10 students need to become teachers: Dr. Aishath Ali

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Education Minister Dr. Aishath Ali has stated that students who were placed in the Top 10 need to become teachers and educators.

She made the statement speaking in the Top Achiever’s Award 2019 ceremony, held Sunday night.

In her address, the Minister said that Maldives had the capacity to press ahead in academic endeavors, and one of the ways to do this was to invest in teachers. Therefore, she said, it was imperative that the best minds present head towards teaching and educating.

The Minister said that in the past 30 years, several thousand Maldivians had been placed in the global top ten. Success, she added, was not solely dependent on academic achievement but also on how much one contributed to the society and country.

Dr. Aishath further commended the parents for their unwavering belief in their children and the innumerable sacrifices.

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Maldives to host an annual invitational football tournament

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Youth Minister Ahmed Mahloof says that the President has instructed him to host an annual invitational football tournament.

Speaking to the press, Minister Mahloof said the success of the Oooredoo SAFF Championship highlighted the passion the country has toward football. This, he said, was the core factor for the success of the tournament. Based on this, the Minister said that the President had given a recommendation that the Maldives must host an annual invitational tournament.

Mahloof did not reveal additional details. However, he said that Bassam Adeel Jaleel, President of the Football Association of the Maldives, we’re hammering out the details.

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President says government stands ready to support all students to achieve their ambitions in their field of choice

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that his government has and will continue to stand ready to fully support all students to achieve their career ambitions in their field of choice. The President made this statement tonight at the official awarding ceremony for A-Level Top Achievers of 2019 held at Thaajuddeen School. President Solih said that the students, now graduates, are at an important crossroads where they have to contemplate and decide on the road to take for their future. He urged students to make full use of the higher education and training opportunities offered to them by the government, in the Maldives or abroad, and fulfil their dreams in their field of choice.

President Solih congratulated all the top achievers who received awards, naming them the true guests of honour at the ceremony tonight. He stated that in addition to the students, their educators, including teachers, lead teachers and principals, and parents also deserve praise and appreciation for enabling the students to reach their dreams. The President extended his gratitude to all educators and parents for their diligence in helping the younger generations achieve their potential.

Speaking further, President Solih advised students to align their goals with the fast pace of today’s world, utilising modern technology and science for innovation and out-of-the-box thinking to create openings and develop themselves in professions that hold their interest. He urged students to aim to use the tools and opportunities available to them in today’s modern world in innovative and creative ways rather than chasing after a specific job immediately following graduation. The President described diversity and innovation as crucial for swift economic and national development, calling on parents and educators to foster creativity and innovative thinking in whichever field holds the childs’ interests.

President Solih also underlined the central role of teachers and educators in the nation, stating that there are 9119 teachers in the Maldives today; 6498 permanent Maldivian teachers, 1730 expatriate teachers and 891 temporary teachers. He expressed concern that the number of temporary teachers is on the rise, and that a lack of interest in the teaching field could lead to students not receiving the ideal education and nurture they need to achieve their individual dreams. He revealed that the government aims to conduct research into the state of the education sector and teaching vocation to determine the reason for the scarcity of permanent Maldivian educators. He further urged more Maldivians to join the vocation, stating that the younger generations need Maldivian teachers who can train them in the holy principles of Islam and foster future generations of innovative, empathetic and patriotic individuals.

Concluding his statement, President Solih entreated parents and teachers to support the government to shape the younger generations into creative thinkers who can surmount the challenges of the 21st Century, praying to Almighty Allah to bless the efforts.

First Lady Fazna Ahmed and Vice President Faisal Naseem accompanied the President in conferring certificates and awards to the top achievers at tonight’s ceremony.

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