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Speaker’s official residence handed over to Parliament

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Ministry of National Planning, Housing, and Infrastructure has completed the renovation on Muraidhooge, the new official residence of the Parliament Speaker.

With the completion of renovation, the residence has been handed over to Parliament Secretariat.

State Minister for Ministry of National Planning, Housing, and Infrastructure Akram Kamaluddin confirmed the handover to local news outlet Mihaaru.

The decision to make an official residence for the Speaker was taken after the May 6th terror attacks on incumbent Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed.

With this decision, several security measures had been taken the new residence. As such, the road leading to the residence has been marked as a red zone. No vehicles can park or stay on the road. Muraidhooge is adjacent to the High Court – part of the parking area outside the residence has been cleared, as well.

Speaker Nasheed was severely injured in the May 6th attack. He was taken into emergency surgery in ADK hospital that very night. Once stable, he left for Germany and the UK for further treatment. He returned back in October, staying in Hotel Jen for 21 days, before leaving to Glasgow, Scotland for COP 26.

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Diesel and Petrol prices hike again.

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Oil prices has once again hiked as State Trading Organization, the primary government owned SOE which imports oil raises prices for diesel and petrol.

According to the State Trading Organization (STO), oil prices has raised to its highest within the past 7 years. This comes just moths after they raised oil prices with Diesel and Petrol prices pegged at MVR11.84 and MVR 11.16 a liter respectively.

According to the newly amended prices, Diesel and Petrol would be sold at MVR 12.44 and MVR 12.06 a liter. However, this is considerably lower as the price of Diesel in the majority of the nations are above MVR 14.41 a liter.

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#IndiaOut movement gains further traction at national-level with massive rally in R.Dhuvaafaru.

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The opposition backed “India Out” campaign has held another large-scale rally outside of the capital city. The movement has further established itself as a serious national-level campaign with the latest rally held in R. Dhuvaafaru.

The rally which was held in R. Dhuvaafaru was attended by opposition leader former President Abdulla Yameen on Friday evening.  Former President Abdulla Yameen received a warm welcome to the island with hundreds gathered to greet the former President.

Prior to launching the rally, a short gathering was held where the former President addressed the island. In his speech, former President Abdulla Yameen stated that there is no “Maldivian hospitality” for Indian military forces in the Maldives and that they are unwelcome.

He further stated that the participants of the “India Out” campaign are printing the slogan on their cloths, homes and other apparels and that the government has no space to comment on the subject. “It is our opinion. It is our walls. That doesn’t concern the Government.” said the former President.

He also stated that the government has failed a would not be able to show any credible reason to cease the “India Out” campaign.

This comes after the current administration launched a massive misinformation campaign with Indian media to discredit the “India Out” movement. While the “India Out” movement has been responsible for the 5 largest political rallies held since 2018, the current administration attempted to discredit and mislead the international media by stating that it was “the misled sentiments of a few”. However, the “India Out” movement has become the largest national-level campaign since the Maldives gained independence. Break-away factions from the ruling party and coalition have also joined the movement citing the urgent need to expel Indian military forces in the Maldives.

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New Japanese Ambassador Takeuchi Midori presents her credentials to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

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The new Japanese ambassador to the Maldives, Takeuchi Midori has presented her credentials to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

Ambassador Takeuchi Midori presented her credentials to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at a special ceremony held earlier today at the President’s Office.

Speaking at the ceremony President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih noted on the Ambassador Takeuchi Midori’s predecessor Keiko Yanai’s work in enhancing bilateral relations between the two nations. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih expressed hope in continuing to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two nations under Ambassador Takeuchi Midori tenure.

Ambassador Takeuchi Midori also spoke at the ceremony, noting that this year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Maldives and Japan. She expressed hope that the two nations would work together on regional and global issues.

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