31 December 2010

HAPPY 100TH POST.... Happy 2011 and Happy Four Stars.

Happy 2011
First of all, wish you all a very happy new year. I Hope this 2011 will be a better year for all of us in all the ways. I hope I was able to write some articles that you enjoyed in this year and hope I can write more in the year ahead.


Now, this post sure is an important milestone that I was able to reach. Reaching a 100 post, I feel is good level to reach. In the past two and half years as a blogger, I was able express my opinions in various different issues on different occasions. Mostly I tried to focus on political, economical, social and educational issues. I will not say I was able to write in every issue in the best interest of the society, but surely I tried on it.

It all began about a 30 months back when a close friend of mine introduced her blog to me and encouraged me to start with one of my own. Then came my own brother who showed his blog. That was the day the decision was made and the same day I put my 1st post on my blog. Today, I thank both of them, as it is because of them, that I reached this 100th post today.

Yes, surely one thing that always lead me to keep writing on my blog was the readers. For almost every single post I did, I used to get comments. The feedback I get from the readers when I talk or meet online keeps me on track and encourages me to write "one more post" always. Thank you all for reading my blog, and thank you for the feedback you provide.
Out of 99 articles I posted:
A Day in Addu City Hospital was the most commented.
Addu Education- Speaking the unspeakable was the article I like the most.
Adhaalath Party sponsored Islam was the article a lot of people questioned whether I made up a story.
So these three articles were the most noticeable 3 for me. I hope I could come up with more articles that readers will enjoy.

Happy Four Stars 2010
After I posted the 99th article, I asked several friends to give their ideas what I could include in the 100th post. This whole article is a mixture of some of those ideas. One idea was to chose the best politician 2010 in my view as I quiet often write on political issues. I found that interesting, and decided to come up with this FOUR STARS. Two from the government and two from opposition. Fare I guess.

These are four who I found played a big role in2010 and did come up with good results in what they tried for.


President Mohamed Nasheed has once again proved that he still is a start, not just the star of 2008 election. He has taken very unexpected and sometimes unbelievable decision that could have easily threatened his own government. The holding of the civil servants salary, the mass resignation of cabinet, the privatization of Male' International air port, the famous EYE camp, the "protection" to one leading opposition member Yameen were all decision where he proved he had the gut to do it. Maybe many people did not like it, yet he did all and did survive too. At least so for he is safe.

Dr. Amintha Jameel.How am I to describe? The quiet girl in government? Not a famous start for many people she maybe. However, she has proved herself as the star in government among ladies. The IGMH to Appolo international, the health corporations, the EYE camp, the resignation from cabinet, were the big issues that she faced. Yet she quietly did the job as she wanted. With all these issues provoking the opposition, she was once again able to come back to cabinet through a parliament where the same opposition was in majority. This makes her the star in government in this year.


Mr Umar Naseer. Some said he divorced his own party when he left IDP and asked the Elections Commission to remove IDP (the party he founded in 2005) from party registry. Yet, today, he has easily proved himself a star. Many calls him a political joker. Yet truth is he became one of the deputy leaders of the 2nd largest party in nation. Today he has challenged in court that Election Commission was wrong by not removing IDP from party registry. Yet, what makes him a start is he has challenged the leader of his present party DRP, gave a deaf ear to the dicipline committee, and with all those, he still have won the heart (for whatever reason) of Former president Maumoon in the whole process. Maybe he reached this far because he has backing og Maumoon, yet the point is he reached, thus he is a start of 2010 I will say.

Azima Shakoor. The law lady? It maybe true that she is practicing her profession. Yet, as a member of the opposition, it is also true that she has played a role in almost every time they won a goal. When some opposition members were given "protection. When cabinet went for the mass resignation, and in many such situation she stood up against the government actions or decision. As a member of opposition her win of the ministers approval from parliament sure was the best the opposition achieved in bringing government down to knees. These makes her the start among ladies in opposition.

At last, these are all what I felt and what i thought. What you feel or think maybe different. At the end of the day, if everyone thinks the same, I'd not be doing what I am doing now.

Finally, Thank you all for reading and commenting my blog. Hope you'd stay with me for another 100th post too :)

Nasheed: http://www.lgnewsroom.com/newsroom/contents_main.php?category=3&product_code=5&product_type=5&post_index=529
Azima: http://www.miadhu.com/2010/07/local-news/yaameen-lodges-a-case-for-his-lost-constitutional-and-human-right/
Umar: http://www.haveeru.com.mv/english/details/32422/DRP_council_to_investigate_Umar_Naseer_case
Ainth Jameel: http://www.miadhu.com/2010/05/local-news/maldives-has-already-achieved-8-of-the-mdgs-health-minister/

20 December 2010

What my nation didnt tell me...

Did you know? The first bank we Maldivians had was a branch of State Bank of India in 1974.
And then, the first ever golf course in Maldives was a golf course in Kuredu Island resort. That was in 2002.

Once I came across this photo on facebook. Look at that photo carefully. The date goes something like 196.. Well, it is the first bank in Maldives. If people who write history thinks that was an unlawful bank by an unlawful government, fine, say so. Write that the first bank in Maldives was The People's Bank of Addu Atoll, and then write that this bank was made during a period where the four Atolls were calming themselves as an independent nation which the Maldivian government takes as illegal. However you may describe it, do not hide the fact that SBI was the second bank in Maldives. The bank been formed by an illegal government does not stop it from been a bank. You can not say I am not dead if someone kills me, just with the excuse that killing is illegal. :)

Then about the golf course. As I said before, the first ever golf course in Maldives was a golf course in Kuredu Island resort in 2002. How about this one?

As you could see from the photo it dates back to 06/05/1975. If so? I dont know. Maybe we can say the first commercial golf course was in 2002 and the first ever golf course in Maldives was by RAF who stayed in Gan, Addu.

Maybe and maybe, one day these will be questions for which we need to keep an answer for the next generations.

Note: the Photo of the cheque was taken from facbook. From the photos of Mr. Sheeraz Aziz

13 December 2010

A Walk on "a journalist's slipper".

It was the mid of the November. School vaccation. I was like bored to tears at home. I don't go out much. You could call me a kid, yet I don't care, I spend most of the time inside my home. One such day, as I sat in the sitting room, I saw this advertisement on MNBC about a basic journalism course.

God only knows if I even spent a single minute to think if I'd join it or not. I am sure, withing 5Min's after I saw the advertisement, I noted my name in the list.
Then I came here to Male'. Well, be frank, I was looking for a visit somewhere just for a change in environment. This sounds to me like killing two birds with a single stone. A small course that could add some knowledge to me as well as a change of the environment for a break.

Many questioned why I had to do this course. Are you mad to do a stupid certificate level course on journalism after your degree in teaching? Are you crazy to spend MRF2500 for a 10days course? Are you going to do a course on eating and drinking water tomorrow? Cant you do an accredited course? These are few questions that I came across from many friends of mine. Yet, I was never ready to give up. I knew two things for sure.

1. A knowledge gained will not be a harm to me. One day or the other I may need it.
2. Me doing just a bachelors degree in teaching does not make me "fit for everything". Maybe it prepares me for teaching, but surely does not and will not make me a mason, a carpenter, a journalist etc...

With this intention, I did the course. A basic journalism course organized by Shaheeb Media Consultancy with the cooperation of Polytechnic and MNBC. Tell the truth, I did enjoy the course. Surely with every lesson and every lecturer I did learn a lot. I am not here to promote the course, nor here to advertise the firm. So, let me share with you what I enjoyed the most.

The practical:
OK, The lecturer calls this as "walking on a journalist's slipper". I guess the name well fits. For the out door practical, we all were taken to K. Villingili (ok ok, Vilimale' as they say). Task was simple and very open ended. "Now your in an Island, each of your now having a journalist card. Make a good and valid newspaper report."

Here is my experience. I went with 2 other boys. We decided on making a report about the crimes in the island.
Around 9:15, we went to Police Station of the island. Oooooooooops. He corrected me even. Not an island, but a ward of Male'. Station in-charge was out for a break or something. Ya, just less than 2hrs after office hours began. Let it be, its police. After all, he came after about 10Min's when they called and informed him of our presence. He was cool. Answered every single question we asked. Anyway, he doesn't have to worry since we told him we are just students of journalism. He gave a pretty good picture about the problems and how it is arising. The basic idea was that crimes are there, yet, almost 90% of them are directly linked to the crimes in Male'. There is something like a branch for every single gang that operates in Male' to the Villimale too. Sports facilities are poor, and youth has nothing to do specially at night.

Around 10:00 we went to the social center, the place was closed, though the according to opening hours displayed it must be open. We did hear that the lights in the football pitch are out of order. We went to check on it. No it was not out of order actually. Some were not there, and even in the lights that were seen, there was no wire connected. From the public we came to know it is in the same condition for at least few months. We did talk with many people that we came across, just to get an idea what public thinks.

Around 11:00 went to the Villimale' Avashu Office. Met some seniors there. We asked about the crime rate. What should I say? OMG LOL :P ???? There is no crimes here, we can say this is almost a crime free place. The youth are good, we don't have any gangs. I repeated...no gangs??? Yes, we don't have gangs here, this place is more secure, more peaceful and more a social life you could see in this place. I was told. I thought to myself. So, this is what it is about, Police said there are gangs, there are crimes, there are problems, and it is increasing. After just an hour or so, these people are saying, we are crime free a place.

I asked about social center. "It is open, even now it will be open". When we told him it is closed and there is no one in there, the music changed, "we actually don't have much demand, so we open only at afternoon hours."
We went to the football topic. "Yes, it is very well used." Do they have lights? "Oh Yes! they does, and even now they use to play at night." When told there is no wire connected to it...."actually it is the sports ministry mandate to look after these things." That gave me enough of an idea, what I was doing, and what I will be doing if I take this as a carrier.

I did enjoy the first steps on this arena, looks interesting, but I am a teacher. :)