National service medals conferred to 14 individuals

National Exemplary Service medals and National Service Medals were conferred upon 14 individuals by President Mohamed Nasheed yesterday at a special ceremony to mark the country’s 46th Independence Day.

Among eight individuals awarded the National Exemplary Service [Insignia of the Honourable Nishan Izzudheen] were Special Envoy of the President Ibrahim Hussain Zaki, “Karankaa” Ibrahim Rasheed, Abdul Sattar Moosa Didi, Moomina Haleem, Mohamed Zuhair,  Naseema Mohamed, Mohamed Nooradheen and Mohamed Zahir Naseer.

The National Service Medals were meanwhile conferred to Dr. Abdulla Abdul Hakeem, Habeeba Hussain Habeeb, Ahmed Shafeeq, Maroshi Hussain Kaleyfaanu, Mohamed Umar Manik and “Sikkage” Mohamed Naseem.

Speaking on behalf of the recipients at the ceremony, Ibrahim Rasheed made note of the traditional decorations reminiscent of the ceremonies of kings and observed that “the Republic of the Maldives will never go back to a Sultanate again.”