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IndiGo to operate 28 repatriation flights between Kerala and Doha | Vande Bharat Mission

IndiGo to operate 28 repatriation flights between Kerala and Doha | Vande Bharat Mission

IndiGo, India’s commercial passenger airline has been authorized to operate 28 repatriation flights between Kerala and Doha. The Indian government under the Vande Bharat Mission has been bringing back Indians in Air India flights from abroad in phases. As a part of that, IndiGo has been authorized to operate 97 repatriation flights to Kerala which includes 28 flights between Kerala and Doha.

IndiGo chief executive officer Ronojoy Dutta said, ‘We had expressed eagerness to support Indian government’s repatriation efforts from the Middle-East. We are grateful for the approval to operate flights to four countries to bring back our fellow citizens, who are either stranded due to suspension of operations or have registered to fly back owing to the economic landscape.

‘These special flights offer an opportunity to leverage our network strength in the Middle-East to support the nation at this crucial time. IndiGo will continue to contribute and adapt its business to the needs of the hour.

IndiGo has been granted 180 repatriation flights allotted to bring back the stranded Indians aborad, an official statement released by IndiGo. However, IndiGo did not state any schedule in terms of when the repatriation flights from Kerala to Doha and other regions will start.

Apart from this, Air India will continue to operate flights under the Vande Bharat Mission to fly back the stranded Indians abroad. So far 13,000 Indians has been brought back to India under the Vande Bharat Mission, stated Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

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Residents and Citizens urged to stay at home as much as possible during Eid-Al-Fitr

Residents and Citizens urged to stay at home as much as possible during Eid-Al-Fitr

The State of Qatar has taken many precautionary measures to ensure the safety of Citizens and Residents and to limit the spread of novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Summary of Key messages delivered by Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, Chair of the National Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of the Infectious Diseases Division at HMC during the press conference, held by Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on May 21, 2020

  • Throughout this month the number of new cases has gradually risen, and the State of Qatar is entering the peak stage of COVID-19.
  • It is encouraging that the number of patients making full recovery from COVID-19 virus is also increasing each day and this week the total number of recovered cases passed 6,000.
  • The number of daily recoveries is increasing in part due to new international guidelines on the time-frame for when patients are no longer contagious, meaning they can be safely discharged sooner.
  • While the majority of patients with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms, the State of Qatar is witnessing an increase in the number of patients with more severe symptoms.
  • Throughout the past week, every day an average of 20 COVID-19 patients has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to serious complications.
  • Eid is traditionally a time of the year when we socialize and celebrate with family and friends, but this year is going to be different.
  • It is very important that citizens and expats stay at home and only go out when it is really required for a necessity and while doing so you should follow social and physical distancing measures.
  • We are seeing many examples where the COVID-19 virus is rapidly spreading among the members of the same family, including examples where they do not share a household, due to families visiting each other and socializing during Ramadan.
  • We all have a role to play in successfully overcoming this pandemic – we ask the public to work with the healthcare sector and play their part

Summary of Key messages delivered by Dr. Muna Al Maslamani (Communicable Disease Center Medical Director):

  • Evidence from around the world shows that while anyone can become infected with COVID-19, people with chronic disease are more likely to develop severe symptoms if they get the virus.
  • Data from Intensive Care Units at HMC shows that 49% of patients admitted to ICU with COVID-19 have one or more chronic health conditions.
  • This is because chronic diseases can impair the immune system’s ability to fight off infection and leave the body more susceptible to severe symptoms.
  • The symptoms and their severity differ from case to case for COVID-19 patients and indeed many patients are asymptomatic – meaning they display no symptoms at all.
  • 94% of cases in the state of Qatar are mild or asymptomatic, 5% require hospitalization, and 1% are admitted in Intensive Care Units.
  • We have been using plasma treatment for patients admitted to the Communicable Disease Center, with plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19.
  • To date, more than 100 patients have received plasma from around 96 recovered donors and the team is seeing the number of donations from recovered patients rise each week.
  • The most critically ill COVID-19 patients are currently being treated at the Intesive Care Units at Hazm Mebeireek General Hospital and severely ill COVID-19 patients often require mechanical ventilation. A small percentage – the most severely ill – will require extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy.
  • It is clear that COVID-19 affects people with chronic disease in a much more serious way than other people – and so it is extremely important for people with chronic disease to stay at home as much as possible and follow preventive measures to protect themselves from catching the virus.

Source: MoPH Qatar

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New precautionary measures | EHTERAZ app installation on smartphones now mandatory when leaving the house for any reason

New precautionary measures | EHTERAZ app installation on smartphones now mandatory when leaving the house for any reason

The State of Qatar has taken many precautionary measures to ensure the safety of Citizens and Expats to fight against the spread of deadly coronavirus, COVID-19.

Prime Minister and Minister of Interior His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani chaired the cabinet meeting via video conferencing on Monday 18th May 2020.

After the meeting, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs His Excellency Dr. Isa bin Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi stated the following: The Cabinet listened to the explanation provided by Minister of Public Health on the latest updates and developments to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Council affirmed the continuation of the precautionary measures taken to combat COVID-19 pandemic and decided the following.

FIRST:

  1. All citizens and residents are obligated to install the EHTERAZ app on smartphones when leaving the house for any reason.
  2. This decision is effective from Friday 22/5/2020 until further notice.

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SECOND:

  1. All citizens and residents are obligated not to have more than 2 people in the vehicle and a maximum of 3 are allowed in the following cases:
  • Transportation in taxis and limousines.
  • Transfer in private vehicles when driven by the driver of the family.

2. Ambulances and vehicles of the Public Health Ministry and the security and military authorities are excluded from that.

3. Continuation of the decision to reduce number of people transported by buses to half the capacity of the bus while taken the precautionary measures.

4. This decision is effective from Tuesday, May 19, 2020, until further notice.

THIRD:

  1. Practicing sport shall be in areas close to the residence area, taking into consideration avoiding gatherings and taking necessary precautions of wearing masks and maintaining safe distance.
  2. This decision is effective from Tuesday 19/5/2020 until further notice.

FOURTH:

  • The Ministry of Interior shall take the necessary measures in this regard.

FIFTH:

  • Closing shops and stopping all commercial activities from 19/5/20 to 30/5/2020, except food and catering shops, pharmacies, restaurants providing delivery service, and the Ministry of Commerce shall determine the other necessary activities exempted from this decision.

SIXTH:

  • In case of non-compliance with these decisions, penalties stipulated in Decree-Law No. (17) of 1990 regarding prevention of infectious diseases shall be applied to violators by imprisonment for not exceeding 3 years and fine not exceeding QR 200,000 or one of them.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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Wearing face masks outside home made compulsory in Qatar | Violators will be fined up to QR 200,000

Wearing face masks outside home made compulsory in Qatar | Violators will be fined up to QR 200,000

Effective from 17th May 2020 (Sunday) Qatar has made it compulsory to wear face masks when you are outside home. Qatar has take many measures to fights against the spread of deadly coronavirus, COVID-19. As a part of that, Qatar has made it compulsory to wear masks when you leave outside the house for any reason.

Except in case when a person is driving alone, residents and citizens should wear masks while leaving the house / when they are out from home for any reason. This was announced during a regular cabinet meeting chaired by H.E. the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al -Thani held via video conferencing recently.

H.E. Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Issa bin Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi stated the below after the meeting,

1. Compulsory to wear masks while residents and citizens leave house

To compel all citizens and residents upon leaving house for any reason to wear masks, except in the case when a person is alone while driving a vehicle, and the Ministry of Interior takes the necessary measures in this regard.

2. Imprisonment up to 3 years and fine not exceeding two hundred thousand
In case of non-compliance with this decision, the penalties stipulated in Decree Law No. (17) of 1990 regarding the prevention of infectious diseases shall be applied to violator by imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding QR (200,000) two hundred thousand , or one of these two penalties.

3. Effective date of this new rule is from 17th May 2020

This decision is effective from Sunday, 17/5/2020, until further notice.

During the cabinet meeting, the cabinet has also approved some other draft decrees which includes,

  1. A draft decree approving the guarantee agreement of the government of Qatar for Al Kharsaah solar power plant project.
  2. A draft decree approving the agreement to grant rights to Al Kharsaah solar power plant project.
  3. A draft decree approving the priority right agreement for Al Kharsaah solar power plant.
  • The Cabinet approved also a draft law amending some provisions of Law No. (12) of 2006 regarding the canceled Mesaieed municipality, and referring it to the Shura Council.
  • The Cabinet approved a draft decision to issue the executive regulations for the law regulating medical treatment abroad.
  • The Cabinet approved also a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the diplomatic institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the State of Qatar and the University of Houston-Clearlake in the United States.

16000 will also continue to provide a 24/7 call centre service for all enquiries in relation to the COVID-19. 

(Source: Qatar News Agency – QNA)

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Beware of fraudulent calls requesting money to put people on repatriation flights | Alert from Embassy of India, Doha

Beware of fraudulent calls requesting money to put people on repatriation flights | Alert from Embassy of India, Doha

The Indian Embassy in Qatar has issued an alert to all the Indian expats living in Qatar against calls from fraudsters requesting money to put people on repatriation flights to India.  Fraudsters are trying to take advantage of the repatriation process amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Please beware of such fraudulent calls and do not provide any kind of information or money.

We are in the digital age, but the telephone remains weapon of choice for scammers. Most of the cases, fraudulent callers pose as representatives of government agencies or famous telecom companies or travel companies. They give you always a very good news and a big news.

Unsolicited calls from people claiming to work for a government institution or a telecom or financial firms should be taken as warning signs. Usually, these companies and institutions will rarely call you unless they have first communicated by other means or you have contacted them.

Please beware of such fraudulent calls. Do not provide any details such as Passport Number, Bank Account Details and also other personal details.

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Posted by India in Qatar (Embassy of India, Doha) on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

 

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QUIZ O’ MANIA – Ramadan Edition 2020 | An initiative by FM 89.6 – QATAR KI DHADKAN

QUIZ O’ MANIA – Ramadan Edition 2020 | An initiative by FM 89.6 – QATAR KI DHADKAN

An initiative by FM 89.6 – QATAR KI DHADKAN, QUIZ O’ MANIA – Ramadan Edition 2020 & “CRICKET KA ASLI FAN” have kicked off on the digital media platforms of the radio along with on air.

 

QUIZ O’ MANIA – Ramadan Edition is a digital quiz competition for all residents in Qatar. The quiz is in association with our knowledge partners ‘QCOLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE SOLUTIONS (India) & SPEAK & SHINE’. Daily questions and an exciting set of prizes to be won for the most correct answers during the quiz.

 

CRICKET KA ASLI FAN in association with BRAVO CRICKET ACADEMY & CRIC KINGDOM by ROHIT SHARMA is an engagement activity to gauge the understanding and knowledge on the game of CRICKET among individuals in the country and also a keen aspect to promote the sport.

 

Apart from the above, FM 89.6 has also planned special events during Ramadan and beyond within the digital space and on air for the residents of Qatar.

 

The radio station aims to engage all communities within the State of Qatar and provide the best source of entertainment and information to its residents.

 

To know more, stay tuned and keep listening to FM 89.6 – QATAR KI DHADKAN

 

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First batch of stranded Indians in Qatar to be repatriated on Saturday (May 9)

First batch of stranded Indians in Qatar to be repatriated on Saturday (May 9)

The first batch of stranded Indians in Qatar who want to be repatriated will be able to board a flight on May 9 after the Indian government has decided to operate special flights to bring home nationals who are held up in foreign countries.

The Indian embassy has initiated steps to facilitate the repatriation following the suspension of air travel of because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. In the first phase of the plan, two special flights will be used to fly Indian nationals home, the first one on May 9 to Kochi and the second one to Thiruvanathapuram on May 10.

Update: The Air India Express flight from Doha – Kochi earlier scheduled for May 7 and later has been postponed to May 9 (Saturday). It is learnt that the delay in obtaining COVID-19 test results of the crew members and staff is the reason behind rescheduling.

The Government of India announced in a press release Monday that Indians stranded abroad on compelling grounds will be taken back in a phased manner from 7th of this month.

The travel will be arranged on aircraft and naval ships and a standard Operating Protocol (SOP) has been prepared in this regard, said the statement. Non-scheduled commercial flights will be arranged for the travel that will begin in a phased manner on Thursday.

An Indian embassy statement said: “The passenger list for both the flights will be decided based on the registration on the Indian embassy website, specifically meant for this purpose. Priority will be given to urgent medical cases, pregnant women, people in distress, senior citizens and those who are stranded in difficult situations.” The embassy will contact the selected passengers from the list through their telephone or email.

The embassy disclosed that about 40,000 people have registered on its website for repatriation and it will take time to accommodate all the requests and complete the process.

The embassy has also stated that those passengers who are shortlisted to travel will have to bear the cost of the air ticket. All the requirements for quarantine after reaching India as well as the medical requirements for travel from Doha will be conveyed to them and have to be accepted by each passenger.

Indian Embassies and High Commissions are preparing a list of distressed Indian citizens to be taken out.

Medical screening of passengers would be done before taking the flight and only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed to travel. During the journey, all these passengers would have to follow the protocols, such as the Health Protocols, issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

On reaching the destination, everyone would have to register on the Arogya Sethu app and all would be medically screened. After scrutiny, they would be quarantined for 14 days, either in a hospital or in an institutional quarantine on payment-basis, by the concerned State government. Covid-19 test would be done after 14 days and further action would be taken according to health protocols.

The Ministries of External Affairs and Civil Aviation would soon share detailed information through their websites, the statement added.

India government has allocated 64 flight services to make travel arrangements for Indians stranded around the world in the first week of its operations starting from May 9. On day one it is expected that about 2300 Indians will be facilitated to fly back from various countries. On day two and three, the number of passengers are expected to be 2050, day four, 1850, day five 2200, day six, 2500 and day seven, 1850. The total number of people expected to travel by the end of week one is 14,800.

“We are waiting for further instructions from the government of India for flights to other states. We will inform the details as and when we receive such information. We request everyone to be patient and cooperate in such a massive effort,” an Indian embassy official said.

Further details can be had from the embassy’s Covid-19 helpline – 55667569 or 55647502. People can also email at [email protected] gmail.com

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New Indian Ambassador to assume office in Qatar

New Indian Ambassador to assume office in Qatar

The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has appointed new ambassador to Qatar. In a statement published on their website Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that Dr. Deepak Mittal will be the new envoy to Qatar and he is expected to take charge in few weeks.

“Dr. Deepak Mittal will be the next Ambassador of India to the State of Qatar. He will be taking over in his new assignment in a few weeks. He is currently Joint Secretary (PAI) in the Ministry of External Affairs,” Indian Embassy in Qatar tweeted.

The current Ambassador HE P Kumaran in a post on facebook page Bharatiya Rajdoot has remarked, ‘I Am happy that the Ministry of External Affairs has announced that my dear friend and colleague Dr. Deepak Mittal will be succeeding me as the next Ambassador of India to the State of Qatar. I look forward to handing the baton over to him in a few weeks. I am sure he will take the bilateral relationship and the profile of the Indian community in Qatar to greater heights in the coming years.”

Indian Ambassador P Kumaran, took charge in 2016 and has proved to a popular envoy among the Indians in Qatar.

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Posted by Bharatiya Rajdoot – Doha on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The embassy which is now located at villa no. 86 & 90, street no. 941, Al Eithra Street, Zone 63, Onaiza, was established in the State of Qatar in 1971. It promotes political, economic and commercial relations between the Republic of India and the State of Qatar. It also looks after welfare of the Indian community in Qatar providing consular and other services including assistance in labour related issues.

The embassy provides visa services and other guidance to Qatari and other nationals intending to visit India.

The embassy has three nodal community organizations, the Indian Cultural Centre (for promotion of Indian art and culture), the Indian Community Benevolent Forum (for community welfare) and Indian Business Professionals Network (for promotion of business), functioning directly under it.

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MoCI Qatar | Tips to follow after returning home from grocery shopping during COVID-19

Tips to follow after returning home from grocery shopping during COVID-19 | MoCI Qatar

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry published some tips on its Twitter Page which one has to follow after returning home from grocery shopping. Here are the safety tips to follow

  • Take off your shoes outside the house
  • Safety dispose of face masks and gloves immediately after re-moving them
  • Take off your clothes, put them aside and wash them separately at 60-70 degree celsius
  • Empty and dispose if your bags
  • Wash all cans as well as plastic and glass containers with water and soap before arranging or using them. You may spray disinfectants on the labels of food products before using them
  • Wash your hands with water and soap for 20-30 seconds after disposing the bags or opening cans and using their content
  • Wash and sterilize vegetables and fruits by soaking them in water and vinegar. Vegetable like lettuce, parsley, mint and green onions may be soaked in water for 10-15 mins and then washed well and dried
  • Clean and sterilize surfaces that came in contact with bags using sterilizers or watered-down chlorine

Try and get all you needs at once to avoid repeated visits to grocery shops. Do a safe shopping and stay safe.

For more information on Covid-19, one can visit MoPH’s website at www.moph.gov.qa or call 16000.

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Indian embassy collecting data about people requesting repatriation

Indian embassy collecting data about people requesting repatriation

The Indian embassy has said it is collecting data about people requesting repatriation to India.

“At this stage, the purpose is only to compile information. No decision or details yet on resumption of flights to India,” the embassy tweeted on Sunday.

“As and when a decision is taken, the embassy will make a clear announcement,” it noted.

One has to follow this link – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSftPP5rNta6ZGPih37Os4AqbZnjwCpkIWCbpguTVyRdeADI7w/closedform and answer the questions mentioned in the Data Sheet for Repatriation to India.

“Please note that the form has to be filled separately for each individual, even if they are members of a family,” the embassy advised.

Meanwhile, the Times of India has reported that armed forces are keeping some of their large warships and transport aircraft on stand-by to ensure they can swing into action if the government directs mass evacuation of Indians from the Gulf region. Similar is the case for Air India planes, the report stated.

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