A Passage to India | Thousands throng to ‘A Passage to India’ Community Festival

A Passage to India | Thousands throng to ‘A Passage to India’ Community Festival

Doha: Thousands of Indians thronged to the Museum of Islamic Arts (MIA) Park over the weekend to witness the Indian Community Festival, under the theme, ‘A Passage to India,’ bringing the curtains down to the Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture.

The festival was organised by the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) in collaboration with the Embassy of India and MIA with the participation of other associated Indian organisations.

A 4 metre-high and 8 metre-long model replica of a famous Indian monument, the Red Fort was the key attraction. There were several cultural programmes highlighting the culture, traditions, and diversity of India.

A Passage to India | Thousands throng to ‘A Passage to India’ Community FestivalSeveral Indian expatriate organisations presented a number of cultural items varying from folk and classical dances to musical programmes, as well as written quiz competitions among others.

A number of food outlets provided various Indian delicacies from different states of India.

One of the attractions on the concluding day was a police dog show organised by the Ministry of Interior highlighting the skills of the canines in searching bags containing drugs or explosives, identifying criminal offenders and standing guard for children among others security-related activities.

About 25 long-term residents of the Indian community, who have completed 40 years or more in Qatar, were honoured during a formal function for their outstanding contributions to Qatar and the Indian community.

According to A.P. Manikantan, ICC president, “We have had great participation from all sections of the community and everyone contributed to the success of the festival. It was great to see people joining the event in large numbers and taking part in many of the events making it one of the most remembered Indian community events in Qatar.”

All the apex bodies of the Indian embassy, such as the ICC, Indian Community Benevolent Forum, Indian Business & Professional Council and Indian Sports Centre had their presence at the event to highlight their role in the community.

Associated ICC organisations such as Indian Women’s Association, Bangiya Parishad Qatar, Rajasthan Pariwar Qatar, Qatar Tamizhar Sangam, Maharashtra Mandal Qatar, and Cetaaq presented their specialties at their respective state stalls.

The main sponsors were LuLu Hypermarket Qatar, gold sponsors Teyseer Motors & JC Valves, silver sponsors Doha Bank and BDP International, associate sponsors Petrotec, Desert Line Group, Al Tawfeeq Travels, Qatar Oxygen Co, Hempel Paints, Jersey Group, and Naseem Al Rabeeh Medical Centre.

The event manager for ‘A Passage to India’ is Music Lounge Events.

Image Credit: gulf-times.com

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ICC Qatar unveils plans for new cultural programmes

ICC Qatar unveils plans for new cultural programmes

The prestigious Indian Cultural Center (ICC) working under the aegis of the Embassy of India in Qatar has been organising different cultural activities coupled with welfare services for their larger community.

The ICC Qatar office bearers recently organised a press conference at its Mumbai hall and according to the Gulf Times, office-bearers who addressed the press were Manikantan A P, President; Vinod V Nair, Vice President; Bhumeshwar Padala, Head of Consular Services & External Events: Jaffarkhan M, Head of Premises, HR & Sports: Rajesh Singh, Head of Finance & Sponsorship; Mohsin P, Head of Affiliation & Membership; and Nirmala Shanmugapadian, Cultural Coordinator.

The GT report further stated that all expatriate communities always like to enjoy and engage themselves in cultural activities in Qatar. The Indian community – the largest expatriate community here, is no exception to that.

The ICC Qatar office-bearers highlighted various new programmes their team wants to introduce for welfare and cultural activities. They talked in detail about cultural programmes, welfare projects, and educational activities.

Talking to the media, Manikantan said: “First of all, we are having [already started] cultural programems on every Wednesday – from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The weekly programmes are about dance, music, and art of India. These events will be organised by 19 different organisations, affiliated with ICC.

We are providing a chance to the affiliated organisations to present their cultural programmes. There are many Indian schools and they can also come and perform in ICC Qatar on every Wednesday. There are many institutes that are also interested in carrying out cultural programmes. They will first get registered with ICC and then they will offer their performances. We are allotting them slots accordingly.

“Last two weeks, we have had our programmes. We will have a one-month summer break – from July 3 to the first week of August. We have already booked 15 Wednesdays. We have done our work to spread the news about performance opportunities. Every week, we will be sending press releases on Monday highlighting what cultural programme is going to take place on Wednesday making sure that the news reaches maximum number of Indians. We will prioritise cultural programmes according to their quality. We are trying to inform more and more people to come and enjoy the shows. Mostly cultural programems in Doha take place on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. We have arranged it on Wednesday, giving people a chance to enjoy cultural activities during weekdays.”

The president added that the ICC had already been conducting different classes for dance, karate, chess and music. “This summer we plan to have some crash courses for Indian expatriates.” Manikantan also talked about privileged insurance cards for the ICC members. “We have around 4,000 members. With different associated organisations, we have over 100, 000 members. Now, we are planning to give privilege to some members. First of all we are going to announce a group insurance facility. This will be helpful for all the community members. We have observed that if someone dies here, his or her family finds it hard to deal with the situation.

We are planning to the insurance plan with minimum premium. We are in negotiation with different Qatar based insurance companies. We are trying to keep the premium up to QR100. The insurance will be valid for two years and can be extended. We are planning to launch this scheme in August.

“Further, we are also reaching out to different businesses in Qatar seeking concessions for the ICC members holding privileged cards.”

He added: “We are also going to upgrade the website of ICC and the new website will be launched on June 25. Indian expatriates will be able to apply for ICC membership online. We are also creating a job portal in the website.
Indians living in Qatar or visiting the country will be able to upload their CVs on ICC website. We have been in talks with managers of the different businesses and companies to give preference to these CVs. The job applicants must have Qatari identity card or visit visa number.”

The ICC president also shared that they were going to set up different clubs such as science club, drama club, photography club etc. “We want to get our children to interact with known and professional people visiting Qatar from India.”

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World Cup 2019 – India vs New Zealand – Repeat of 2008 U19 World Cup Semifinal

World Cup 2019 – India vs New Zealand – Repeat of 2008 U19 World Cup Semifinal

Top-ranked Team India will take on 4th placed New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019. Ind vs NZ semifinal match will be held on Tuesday the 9th of July. It is India’s 7th World cup semi-final in Cricket World Cup. Also, this will be the 8th world cup semifinal for the New Zealand team.

India captain Virat Kohli and New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson have captained the respective team on 2008 Under 19 World Cup semi-final. Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Ravindra Jadeja were also played in that U-19 semi.

India’s win over Sri Lanka helped India to top the points table ahead of Australia. 1st Semifinal will be held in Manchester between India and New Zealand.  Australia will face 3rd positioned England on the 11th of July at Birmingham.

World Cup 2019: Will India repeat 2018 U19 World Cup Semifinal

QatarIndians.com team on behalf of all the Indians living in Qatar wishes Team India to repeat the win over New Zealand in the first semi-finals of ICC Cricket World Cup at Manchester on July 9.

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Ooredoo has once again reminded its valuable customers to be alert against ongoing scams plaguing the industry. Also, it has offered advice on actions to take if fraud is suspected.

Ooredoo has confirmed that no personal details would ever be requested from customers via a phone call, SMS or emails, and advised that its WhatsApp account is only responsive, and so it will never initiate any contact.

Young Qatari Duo plans to supply fuel to consumer doorsteps: i-fuel

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Watch India vs Pakistan cricket match today at Doha Exhibition and Cultural Centre (DECC)

Watch India vs Pakistan cricket match today at Doha Exhibition and Cultural Centre (DECC)

India vs Pakistan. People of both India and Pakistan treat this clash as equal as their country playing their World Cup finals. Always been the most watched match in any form of cricket and also any game for that matter.

Summer Entertainment City at Doha Exhibition and Cultural Centre (DECC) will be broadcasting the match that will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester, England and will begin at 12:30 pm (local time). One of the biggest indoor screens (8 x 4 metre) will be put up at the venue for one of the most-watched and anticipated matches of the cricket World Cup. Though the match can be watched free, there is a fee of QR15 for entrance to the Summer Entertainment City, as quoted in thepeninsulaqatar.com

We want our Indian cricket team to continue their winning run against Pakistan at the World Cup. India being dominant in this world cup so far, we hope and wish our winning run will continue.

QatarIndians.com team on behalf of all the Indians living in Qatar wish the Indian team to win today’s match against Pakistan. Also, we wish and pray our team will bring the world cup to India.

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Also ICC World Cup 2019 Complete Schedule:

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match Schedules (Qatar Time)

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match Schedules (Qatar Time)

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 commenced on 30th of May and the final match is scheduled on 14th of July 2019. After 20 years England jointly with Wales host the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and title winner match will be held at Lord’s in London. Here are the schedules of India matches and also the complete schedule…

India Matches: Indian Cricket Team WC 2019

ICC World Cup 2019 – Complete Schedule:

The eyes of all the cricket lovers across the globe are glued to the screens, screaming and also cheering for the team they love. QatarIndians.com team on behalf of all the Indians living in Qatar wish our Indian cricket team to do their best at this tournament. We all are desperate to see our Indian players performs well, wins and also bring the trophy to India.

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Indian Cricket Team for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – BCCI Announced

Indian Cricket Team for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

BCCI on 15th of April announced the Virat Kohli-led 15 member Indian Cricket Team for Cricket World Cup 2019. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 this year will be held in England & Wales from May 30 to July 14.

In 2008, Virat Kohli led Indian Cricket Team won the Under-19 World Cup victory. Nine years later he will lead the senior Indian Cricket Team in World Cup for the 1st time. KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, and also Ravindra Jadeja got a place in the Indian Squad for World Cup 2019. Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant miss being part of this squad flying to England & Wales.

This world cup series will also be the 4th World Cup featuring MS Dhoni. Dhoni for the first time in all the T20 & 50-over World Cups in his career will be playing not as a captain.

The chief of Selectors of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) MSK Prasad named the below 15-man Indian National Cricket Team addressing the reporters on 15th of April 2019.

Here Indian Cricket Team flying to England for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:

BATSMEN: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C)

ALL ROUNDER: Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja

WICKET-KEEPER: MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Lokesh Rahul

BOWLER: Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

There seems to be a hot and long debate over selection of back-up wicket-keeper’s spot. The BCCI selectors at the end went ahead with the Dinesh Karthik experience and also for his wicket keeping skills over the exuberance of youth of Pant. Karthik is the much better option in that aspect.

India will start their world cup campaign in Southampton on 5th June against South Africa. QatarIndians team on behalf of all the Indians living in Qatar wishes the Men in Blue to bring the World Cup to India for the 3rd time.

Image Credit: BCCI

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Document Attestation – You can do it at Indian Cultural Centre Qatar from 6th Apr 2019

Document Attestation Services – You can do it at Indian Cultural Centre Qatar from 6th Apr 2019

Good news for the Indians living in Qatar. From 6th of April you can submit documents for attestation at the Indian Cultural Center (ICC) Qatar. Earlier, people who have to do document attestation had to go to the Indian embassy at the West Bay area.

This service at ICC Qatar will begin from Saturday (April 6, 2019) and will continue on every Saturday between 0900 to 1200 hrs until further notice.

This notification was announced by the Embassy of India Doha, Qatar on its Twitter handle @IndEmbDoha on 1st of April.

About ICC Qatar:

(Click here for location – ICC Qatar, Abu Hamour)

Indian Cultural Centre is the apex body of Indian expatriate community functioning under the patronage of Embassy of India for the purpose of advancement of social, and cultural activities of the Indian community in Qatar. ICC is also the platform to serve the interest of almost 600,000 Indians residing in Qatar. This Cultural body is also committed to promote the rich Indian culture among Qatari nationals and expatriate communities of all other nationalities living in Qatar. It also functions to support the Indian Embassy to strengthen the deep-rooted Indo-Qatar friendship and cultural relationship.

The consular desk at ICC offers the following services:

• Application for New Passport
• Passport Renewal
• Attestation of Birth Certificates (issued & attested by Govt. Organizations in
• India & Qatar)
• Other Miscellaneous Services.

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Indian Cultural Centre now takes Passport application for minors and newborn

Indian Cultural Centre now takes Passport application for minors and newborn – Indian Embassy

The passport applications of newborn and minor children were accepted only at the Indian Embassy in West Bay until now. In a recent update announced by Indian Embassy in Qatar, From 12th March 2019 Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) accepts applications for newborn and minor children.

Indian Embassy in Qatar Tweet on 11th March says “The passport applications of newborn and minor children will henceforth be accepted at Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) also” w.e.f. March 12, 2019.

The Indian community in Qatar welcomes this move as this will help parents who are applying for minor and newborn passports. This will save time and also more convenient.

Welcoming the move, ICC president AP Manikantan said it would help community members in a big way. “Until now, parents had to go to the embassy to apply for passports for their minor children or newborns. This facility will help them complete the formalities at ICC and avoid going all the way to West Bay,” he was quoted as saying by Gulf Times.

Indian Embassy is located in West Bay, whereas The ICC is located off E-Ring Road in Abu Hamour (click here to find location). Many people will find it more easy to drive to ICC than visiting the Indian Embassy at West Bay.

When it comes to timings, The ICC has more flexible timings than the Indian embassy. Besides the timings, ICC provides consular services throughout the week. Whereas Indian Embassy does not provide consular services on weekends (Friday and Saturday)

Consular Services timings at Indian Embassy:

  • Sunday to Thursday: 9.15 am to 12.15 pm & 4 pm to 5.15 pm

Consular Services timings at ICC:

  • Saturday to Thursday: 9 am to 12 noon & 4 pm to 9 pm
  • Friday: 8.30 am to 11 am & 4 pm to 9 pm

QatarIndians.com team on behalf of all the Indians living in Qatar thank Indian Embassy and everyone who is behind this move.

Also, Read Advisory for all Indians with ECNR Passports visiting Qatar to register on www.emigrate.gov.in


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Join Pranic Energization Technique (PET) Meditation Session at ICC Qatar – Entry FREE!

Indian Sports Centre in association with Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) is conducting a Pranic Energization Technique (PET) Meditation Session.

Date: April 2 (Monday), 2018

Time: 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Venue: Ashoka Hall, ICC (Get directions: https://goo.gl/maps/n4j8QT4RWmo)

Entry: FREE!

Dress Code: Wear comfortable clothes and bring their own yoga mats

What is Pranic Energization Technique (PET)?

PET is an acronym for Pranic Energisation Technique. This is a technique of Yoga in which we use our Prana Shakthi to energies our entire body. Each and every organ and systems of body can be revitalized by this process. Of particular importance will be its utility for strengthening the immune defense so that modern dreaded KILLER diseases can be effectively healed.

These techniques cleanses the respiratory tract, normalizing the functions of respiratory systems purifying the subtle channels of PRANA, bringing the balance in PRANAMAYA KOSHA and gaining deeper and subtler insights for the control of Prana. Thus all ORGANS and SYSTEMS gets revitalized and energized and brings harmony in the body and mind. All ailments can be eliminated from body and the root cause from mind is also eliminated.

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India Win ICC U19 World Cup Title For The Record Fourth Time

India Win ICC Under 19 World Cup Title For The Record Fourth Time

QatarIndians.com wishes U-19 Indian team for this great achievement on behalf of all the Indians living in Qatar.

India are World Champions, for a fourth time (2000, 2008, 2012 and now 2018). They beat Australia by eight wickets to lift the Under-19 World Cup.

India pulled off a sensational eight-wicket win over Australia in the big final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup to become the only side in history to lift the coveted title for a record fourth time. A clinical bowling performance by India saw them restrict Australia to 216, a total that Prithvi Shaw and his men gunned down comfortably in the end to etch their name in history books.

The platform for the big win was laid by, first, the bowlers, who staged a terrific comeback to remove the last six Australian wickets for just 33 runs, and later by opener Manjot Kalra, who struck a 101-ball century to lead India to victory. Kalra got vital partnerships going with each batsman he batted with – 71 with Shaw, 60 with Shubman Gill and an unbeaten 89 with Harvik Desai and formed the fulcrum around which the chase revolved.

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