Friday, October 15, 2004

The President extends Ramazan greetings to the people

The President notes that the start of the work of the People’s Special Majlis coincides with the auspicious month of Ramazan
15 October 2004

The President last night extended his sincere greetings and good wishes to the people, on the happy occasion of the commencement of the holy month of Ramazan. He was speaking at last night’s function organised by the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to mark the commencement of Ramazan for the year 1425 on the Hijri calendar. He also extended his greetings to the entire Islamic Ummah.

The President said that the holy month of Ramazan was a very important spiritual opportunity granted annually to the Islamic Ummah by the Almighty Allah. He pointed out that Ramazan was the month of righteousness and piety, as well as fasting, Tharaaveeh prayers and other such good deeds. He went on to note that during Ramazan the people should take greater care to lend a helping hand and be courteous towards their fellow Muslims.

The President noted that life on Earth was a very short span. He said that human beings would witness their permanent domain on the day of judgement. He said that the Almighty Allah would judge each according to his or her deeds in life. He noted the importance of the people reflecting on their own deeds, and that the holy month of Ramazan was a great opportunity to do so.

Noting that the Maldives was greeting Ramazan at a very important moment in the nation’s history, the President highlighted that the start of the work of the People’s Special Majlis was coinciding with the auspicious month of Ramazan. He expressed his confidence that the Sittings of the Special Majlis would continue very soon, and that the Members of the Special Majlis would work with sincerity and loyalty to deliberate on these important reforms for the nation.

The President extends Ramazan greetings to the people

The President extends Ramazan greetings to the people

The President notes that the start of the work of the People’s Special Majlis coincides with the auspicious month of Ramazan

15 October 2004

The President last night extended his sincere greetings and good wishes to the people, on the happy occasion of the commencement of the holy month of Ramazan. He was speaking at last night’s function organised by the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to mark the commencement of Ramazan for the year 1425 on the Hijri calendar. He also extended his greetings to the entire Islamic Ummah.

The President said that the holy month of Ramazan was a very important spiritual opportunity granted annually to the Islamic Ummah by the Almighty Allah. He pointed out that Ramazan was the month of righteousness and piety, as well as fasting, Tharaaveeh prayers and other such good deeds. He went on to note that during Ramazan the people should take greater care to lend a helping hand and be courteous towards their fellow Muslims.

The President noted that life on Earth was a very short span. He said that human beings would witness their permanent domain on the day of judgement. He said that the Almighty Allah would judge each according to his or her deeds in life. He noted the importance of the people reflecting on their own deeds, and that the holy month of Ramazan was a great opportunity to do so.

Noting that the Maldives was greeting Ramazan at a very important moment in the nation’s history, the President highlighted that the start of the work of the People’s Special Majlis was coinciding with the auspicious month of Ramazan. He expressed his confidence that the Sittings of the Special Majlis would continue very soon, and that the Members of the Special Majlis would work with sincerity and loyalty to deliberate on these important reforms for the nation.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

BREAKING NEWS

The Maldivian: "14 Oct 2004 - Reports are coming that about 12 members of the special majlis (including Adhil, Mohamed Shihab, Gulhee Shareef, Afeef (Jesus), X-Ray Athif, Shareef (mavota)) have walkout from the ongoing majlis session today after they had a disagreement about the voting procedure to elect the President of the Special Majlis. However it is now confirmed that Abbas Ibrahim of SilverCloud has been elected and sworn in as the President of the Special Majlis. After the walkout there were 84 members left inside the Majlis. 71 voted for Abbas Ibrahim, 05 voted for Gasim Ibrahim and 13 didn't vote for any. � Male� Reporter"

The People’s Special Majlis is to resume tomorrow morning at 9.00 a.m. after being adjourned yesterday.

The People’s Special Majlis is to resume tomorrow morning at 9.00 a.m. after being adjourned yesterday. Yesterday’s sitting also focussed on the election of a President to the People’s Special Majlis.

The Special Majlis sitting is being reconvened to expedite the process of legislating the sweeping constitutional reform ideas that the President had proposed on 9th June and thereby usher in full democracy to the Maldives.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The EU must focus on poverty eradication in South Asia as a policy area in its own right, says a leading development campaigner.

BRUSSELS, Oct 13 (IPS) - The EU must focus on poverty eradication in South Asia as a policy area in its own right, says a leading development campaigner.

Dr Rukmini Rao of the Centre of World Solidarity (CWS), an Indian development non-governmental organisation, says European Union (EU) development policy must work particularly to achieve the eradication of poverty in the South Asian region.

”South Asia is not just asking for more money, but we want the funds that are available to be used for poverty eradication alone,” she told IPS in an interview Wednesday (Oct 13). ”The development perspective of the EU's external aid must be maintained.”

Rao insists the poverty situation in countries such as India will not change ”unless development remains a focus.”

South Asia, which includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, India and Pakistan, remains home to almost 40 percent of the world's poor living on less than one dollar a day. That translates to some 1.2 billion people living in absolute poverty.

Rao, who is in Brussels to promote the South Asian cause, is particularly concerned about new proposals adopted by the European Commission, the EU executive arm. The proposals involve slimming down the commission's wide range of geographical and thematic instruments for development aid.

The new framework includes an instrument for pre-accession assistance to candidate countries and a European neighbourhood and partnership instrument to cover third countries participating in the European neighbourhood policy, namely countries of the south and eastern Mediterranean and the countries of the southern Caucasus.

A new instrument for stability aims will tackle crises and instability in third countries and will also address ”trans-border challenges” including nuclear safety and non-proliferation, and the fight against trafficking, organised crime and terrorism.

Existing instruments governing humanitarian aid and macro-economic assistance remain in place.

Rao is particularly concerned about the new development cooperation and economic cooperation instrument which will cover countries, territories and regions not eligible for assistance under either the pre-accession instrument or the European neighbourhood and partnership instrument.

Rao says that the Union must not treat developed and developing countries the same with regards to its external assistance and other relationships.

”The danger is that the EU is putting countries like India and Japan in the same basket when they are talking about development policy and external aid. You cannot do this as there are too many differences between the two countries,” she said.

Rao adds that such a ”mixing of instruments” will also put increased pressure on development resources and could take the focus off poverty eradication in South Asian countries.

”It's a tricky situation,” she said. ”Business policies should focus on business, economic policies should focus on economics and development cooperation should focus on poverty eradication. The EU must name things correctly and ensure each instrument does what it says, otherwise it will only be the businessmen who will gain from the relationships.”

Similar concerns have been expressed by Brussels-based NGOs who say that the combined instrument will compromise development aid for the neediest countries.

Rao adds that the commission's proposals may also jeopardise efforts to build a coherent approach to development aimed at poverty eradication and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed by heads of state in September 2000.

”The goals of the MDGs are very clear but the EU has to ensure that they will be achieved. This could be easily achieved as EU member states have a long history with many of the developing countries, but they need to remain focused on them,” she said.

Whilst in Brussels, Rao will also meet members of the European Parliament to discuss ways the bloc's newest member states can forge a shared development perspective for countries such as India.

Drawing parallels between India and some of the EU's newest member states which joined the bloc in May, Rao says that the countries should share their experiences.

”Many of the EU's newest member states are in the same situation as India -- while they are not absolutely poor, there are extremely poor areas within the countries. We want to work with them so that they can reach out and embrace their new roles as international donors,” she said.

In spite of concerns over the EU's changing development cooperation, Rao says she is optimistic that her development message will be heard.

”I know things won't happen overnight but I am sure they will gradually change. European citizens are very generous and believe that poverty eradication is extremely important. Europe is still a democracy so I hope that the policy makers will listen to what they want,” she said. (END/2004)

Mr. Mohamed Hussain assigned temporary charge of the Audit Office

Mr. Mohamed Hussain assigned temporary charge of the Audit Office
13 October 2004

The President has assigned temporary charge of the Audit Office to the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Hussain, pending the return of Auditor General, Mr. Ismail Fathee, who is on an overseas visit.

Press Release reference number: 2004-612

Special Majlis continues first sitting

Special Majlis continues first sitting
The People’s Special Majlis met yesterday. Yesterday’s sitting was a resumption of the first sitting of the Special Majlis that was suspended on 19 July 2004 after 23 members walked out following differences of opinion as to how the President of the Special Majlis may be elected.

23 members participated in the debate that ran for the large part of yesterday’s sitting. The Members of the House entrusted with constitutional review continued to be divided on how voting may be held in electing the President of the House. While some Members felt that the Constitution made it mandatory that the President be elected by secret ballot, others were of the opinion that the Constitution did not place such a mandatory requirement.

A proposal also emerged from within the debate that the House may put to vote if the President of the Special Majlis shall be elected by secret ballot of by an open show of hands.
The name of Abbas Ibrahim, one of the two Members representing South Huvadhu Atoll in the People’s Majlis was also proposed as a further candidate for the Presidency of Special Majlis.

After a 3 hour debate, the interim President of the House, Speaker of the People’s Majlis Ahmed Zahir adjourned the continuation of the debate to a further date. Shortly after the adjournment Majlis Secretariat made a statement that Thursday, 13th October has now been set for resuming the sitting.
A total of 98 Members attended yesterday’s part of the first sitting of the People’s Special Majlis.

Commonwealth Secretary General welcomes lifting of Emergency

Commonwealth Secretary General welcomes lifting of Emergency
The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Mr. Don McKinnon, has welcomed the decision by the President to lift the State of Emergency, which was declared following the mob violence in Male’ and surrounding areas on 12th and 13th August.

In a statement issued by the Commonwealth Secretariat yesterday, Secretary General McKinnon said that the Commonwealth was a strong supporter of the democratic reforms announced by President Gayoom in June. He also offered the assistance of the Secretariat to the Government of Maldives in taking its political and constitutional reforms forward.

The 9th June reforms include greater separation of powers including the creation of the office of Prime Minister, the removal of the gender bar in running for presidency, and the establishment and functioning of political parties in the country.
A draft Constitution formulated on these proposals has already been sent for consideration of the members of he Cabinet on 22 October, and it is to be presented to the People’s Majlis after Cabinet comments have been added in.

IS SAPPE’ MORE AWARE OF WHAT

by Shrek 2
Maldivian independence is what the Maldivian value most. Second comes in the same line the development and the democracy. Independence, development and democracy are all easy to say but cost a long way to achieve. But stage by stage we are achievingall these in favor of us in a stunning pace that most of the countries have never imagined.

We fought many battles against many intruders for our independence at various times in the history. With the great successes we achieved in the battles for freedom today we stand as an independent and free, non-aligned state.

With the independence of us from the British in 1968, we took a sharp turn to develop the nation in an escalating pace. The journey which we started in the early 1970s has given immense results today. We, only about 320 thousand people are in top rungs in terms of development among South Asia’s 1.3 billion people.

Every democracy is unique and the kind adopted varies with the customs, traditions and beliefs of the people. So is our democracy. But as every democracy has room for improvement we too are making it more democratic everyday.

If we are to adopt the democracy in the developed nations, in a friction of a second, imagine how worst things will go. The democracy which is flourishing in the developed world is not something they achieved in nick of time. Our independence is only 39 years and compare our place with theirs in their 39th year of independence. Sappe’ who spent most of his life out of the
country in the western world, has known their present day societies and is in thought that what he sees now was the state it was 50 years ago. Sappe’ is so ignorant that he is betraying the country which spent our money on his education.

Our democracy is not yet full fledged, but all efforts are being made to make it better. But it is Sappe’ who he is soliciting in the name of democracy who is violating our rights to become more democratic while hampering our freedom and development by diluting the beautiful image our hard work has bloomed to us.

We are Muslims and we remain steadfast in our faith. Even constitutionally there is no room for any other religion in this country. This is where Sappe’ is hitting us. But for Sappe’ and his followers we say, if you want to convert to any other religion do please vacate the country and live happily in a society where that particular religion is accepted. We cannot allow it here, for our society is small, and the minutest religious conflicts will bring total disruption to the country. Take examples from what is happening all over the world. Imagine how many countries are having internal problems due to religious conflicts. May be that’s what the said-to-be patriotic Sappe’ wants, but we will fight against it at any cost.

If Sappe’ could name anybody who was arrested for listening to Minivan radio and following the Divehi Observer, he is under hallucination. But anybody who has gone through these two would know that it is of no value to us, but of full of worthless worldly gains to violate the peace and harmony in the country.

Should anything done in this country be in favour of the minority’s desire or the majority’s desire? Sappe’ is a single man or his followers are few, so is it there needs that has to be fulfilled or ours? Whatever it comes to Sappe’s mind he hysterically utter it for he thinks he can alter the minds of the world over.

Sappe’ is spreading rumors that no evil person than our president ever ruled anywhere, and he has to be not only removed from his post but locked up for life. But who is he to decide the future of our country and our president? Has Sappe’ done anything for his country other than diluting the image we took many years to build and trying to hamper our development? We
Maldivians stand steadfast in the leadership of our present president and praise him for the achievements he has won for this country and are with him in the run to build a strong democracy here.


The article written by Mr. VS Sambandan about the Maldives in
the Indian National Magazine, Frontline’s issue of 25 September 2004 indicates
very clearly what we Maldivians want for Maldives “the people of the country
needs changed system with the incumbent president.”






Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Mr. Maizan Ahmed Maniku appointed as Deputy Executive Director at the Ministry of Information, Arts and Culture

Mr. Maizan Ahmed Maniku appointed as Deputy Executive Director at the Ministry of Information, Arts and Culture
12 October 2004

Mr. Maizan Ahmed Maniku of Henveiru Gaadhoo has been appointed as Deputy Executive Director at the Ministry of Information, Arts and Culture.

Gasim Squeals on 12 MPs

Buruma Gasim, a man who claimed that the Government could not imprison him and was willing to spend millions of Rufiyaa to help people so that they would oppose his imprisonment, was the first person to spill the beans to the Police.

He has confirmed in a signed statement that at least 12 Members of the People's Special Majlis had practically bought seats with his money and that these include payments made to various parties including the loan that he borrowed from the Bank of Maldives to this effect.

It is also known that at least two other Special Majlis Members have corroborated Gasim's story and have turned State witness. Gasim himself has been implicated in conspiracy to overthrow the Government and conspiracy to incite violent acts should he be arrested by the authorities.

It is believed that the Attorney General is preparing charges of election fraud against these 12 Members of the Special Majlis, but informed sources say that he is unlike to press charges against the two Special Majlis Members who corroborated Gasim's story. It is also believed that the charge sheets against the remaining 10 Special Majlis Members will be filed with the Courts before the end of work tomorrow.

Corrupt financing for elections is a scandalous matter that had bedeviled many legislatures. In India, votes in Parliament are by Law required to be open and by show of hands as a measure to deter selling of votes and buying of seats. It is also known that allegations of corrupt electoral practices are strongly condemned in all reports of Commonwealth Elections Monitors.


Mr. Ali Faiz of M.Manaage has been released

The Fact has received information that Mr. Ali Faiz of M.Manaage has been released today. Ali Faiz is working in Villa Shipping and Trading Company private limited. He is known to have a close relationship with Buruma Qasim and his Business. Ali Faiz was a member of the MDP in the year 2001. It is believed that he has cooperated fully with the police. Ali Faiz was arrested because he was involved in 12/13 August incident.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Maldivian president meets visiting top Chinese official

Maldivian president meets visiting top Chinese official


MALE, Oct. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Maldivian President Maumoon Gayoom met here on Monday with visiting top official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Wu Guanzheng and both sides discussed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries. Wu, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau ofthe CPC Central Committee, said during the meeting that the relations between China and the Maldives have seen a steadily development and the cooperation in the fields of economy, education and tourism.

They are deepened with the increasing high level exchange since the establishment of
diplomatic ties more than three decades ago.


He
spoke highly of the contribution of President Gayoom, an oldfriend of the Chinese people, to the strengthening of friendship between China and the
Maldives.
Wu, also Secretary of the CPC Central Commission
for DisciplineInspection, said that the Chinese government has appreciated the firm support of the Maldivian counterpart on the issues of Taiwan,human rights and Tibet.


He emphasized that the Chinese government maintains
that all countries, big or small, rich or poor, should respect each other, cohabitate in a friendly manner and cooperate on the basis of mutual benefit.


He further said that China is willing to expand friendly cooperation in all domains between the two countries in order to further push forward the bilateral relations.


President Gayoom asked Wu to convey his warm greetings and bestwishes to the new leadership of China and expressed his satisfaction with the smooth development of Sino-Maldivian ties. He also highly valued the achievements made by China in the implementation of its policy of reform and the opening up to the outside world as well as in the process of its modernization.


The president also hailed China's commitment to the
foreign policy of independence and self-reliance, which he said is conducive to safeguarding peace and stability in the region and the whole world.


He noted that the Maldivian government will continue to pursue the One-China policy and constantly strengthen the friendly cooperation in all fields with China.
He thanked the Chinese government and its people for their longterm support and assistance to the Maldivians.


Wu also met with Maldivian Foreign Minister Fathulla Jameel late Sunday. Both sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the issues of common concern including the development of the Sino-Maldivian relations.


Wu arrived here on Sunday following his goodwill
visit to Sri Lanka. His four-nation tour will also take him to Indonesia and the Philippines. Enditem

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Maldives Police Services released 5 detainees

Maldives Police Services released 5 detainees who were charged in connection with the incidents of 12th and 13th of August.
11 October 2004

The Maldives Police Services has released 5 detainees yesterday, who were charged in connection with the incidents of 12th and 13th of August this year making a total of 154 detainees released upto now. 56 detainees are reported to be held at present.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Maldives Terrorists list

01. Abdulla Saeed, Ma.Kosheege
02. Adam Abdul Gafoor, H.Kuredhimaage
03. Ahmed Abbas, G.Bamboo
04. Ahmed Ali Naseer, G.Fithuroanu Villa
05. Ahmed Mausoom, Pleasant Waves
06. Ahmed Nazim Abdul Sattar, G.Canaryge
07. Ahmed Shafeeg (Sappe’), M.Maafusheege
08. Ali Hashim, Ma.Hithilaage
09. Ibrahim Hussain Zaki, H.Hilihilaage
10. Ibrahim Ismail, Ma.Boagan Villa
11. Jennifer Letheef, M.Nedhunge
12. Mohamed Mahir, H.Green
13. Mohamed Nasheed, G.Canaryge
14. Mohamed Ziyad, M.Saljamuge
15. Susan Ibrahim Fulhu, M.Limerick

The President lifts the State of Emergency

The President lifts the State of Emergency declared in Male’ and surrounding areas on 13th August

NAFAA NASEEM AND ADIL RELEASED!

Nafaa Naseem and Unimaagey Adil have been released from dhoonidhoo prison last night. Nafaa Naseem is a well known person. He is also a share holder of Horizon Fisheries. Nafaa Naseem is also the member of special majilis of Laamu Atoll. Information received to the FACT that Mr. Burmaa Qasim sponsored the special majilis campaign of Naseem. Confirmed sources informed that Mr. Naseem did not make any payment to purchase the share of Horizon Fisheries. "It was a gift from Buruma" said one of Villa Fishing Staff.

Unimaagey Adil is the special majilis member of HDH. He is closely associated with Transport Minister, Hon. Ilyas Ibrahim and Buruma Qasim. Adil is a director of Transport Ministry. The FACT received information that Adil's campaign for special majilis was sponsored by both Qasim and Ilyas. Adil is also a relative of Health Minister Ms. Aneesa.

Our analysis suggests that the members of the special majilis, who were released, will be attending the special majilis meeting which is scheduled on 12 h of this month.

It is expected that all the members will be attending the meeting and that there will be a secret vote to elect the president of majilis. And who will be the president of the historic special majilis is a question of time!!!!!

WILL NAZIM BE ARRESTED FOR 12/13 AUGUST INCIDENT?

"Nazim Sattar is a brother of Anni and MDP Agent in the Maldives . Information received that Nazim was highly active at the Sagarey Park on the 12 th and 13 th August. He has seen by many eyes while inciting people. It is also informed that he has instructed to take the voice system to the Sagarey Park , which was at the MDP Ibura's office. Also he has been seen carrying food and drinks to the ground. His pictures must have seen by the Qayyoom's investigation team.
The Fact is aware that Nazim is one of the key members of MDP in Maldives . And that he is behind every Anti Government initiatives. Nazim, Anni and Sikka family is hoping a day of SIKKA presidency in the Maldives . Sikka family is well known in politics. They were never happy with then president Nasir and attempted to overthrow him.
The FACT has seen NAZIM meeting with foreigners and giving them false information about the Maldives and the government.
We wish that Nazim will be arrested soon. We can live in peace only when Sikka family is neutralized. "