Indians in Qatar celebrate 5th International Day of Yoga with community get-togethers

Indians in Qatar celebrate 5th International Day of Yoga with community get-togethers

Indians in Qatar united in one accord to celebrate the 5th International Day of Yoga on June 21.

Assembling in large numbers in front of the iconic National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) members of the Indian community joyfully embraced the spirit of Yoga in the early hours of the memorable day.

Indian Ambassador P. Kumaran was the chief guest and his presence encouraged people to participate in the fitness regime.

The impressive demonstration of Indian expats practicing yoga was organized by the Embassy of India in Doha jointly with Qatar Museums and other Indian community organizations registered under the patronage of the Indian Cultural Centre.

The demonstration was an excellent opportunity for supporters of yoga to showcase the importance of this exercise to others by underlining the benefits to mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Yoga originated in India ages ago and is a traditional and ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that focuses on the connection between the mind and the body.

There are multiple physical and mental benefits of yoga such as increased energy, improved metabolism, enhanced cardio and circulatory health, stress relief, calmness, and mental clarity, among others.

Led by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian missions across the globe celebrated the International Day of Yoga with an unprecedented gettogether of like-minded yoga enthusiasts.

According to Manjri Saxena in the Gulf Times, “ We recently celebrated the fifth International Yoga Day in Qatar. It was a very well organised event that had good help from the volunteers. Thousands of people from different communities, including all age groups, gathered to mark the event.

Yoga has many benefits that go beyond maintaining physical well-being. It also has mental health benefits and can also help people in maintaining a balanced metabolism, apart from reducing stress and improved energy and vitality.

The main yoga event was conducted by a reputed instructor and all the people followed the instructions. It was quite a vision to see a mass yoga event taking place in Qatar”.

According to The Peninsula, the celebration was a part of the global commemoration of the International Day of Yoga and was held at National Museum of Qatar from 5 – 6 in the morning and at Qatar Sports Club Multi-Purpose Indoor Hall from 7 – 8 pm in the following evening.

Yoga camps and workshops were also held at Asian Town, Al Khor, and Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum.

Dukhan recreational Centre hosted Yoga activities and many schools in Qatar also organised Yoga sessions during the week.

Yoga classes for Indian community-based in Al Khor were also organised by the community.

The various events in Qatar included Yoga demonstrations by experts and provided an opportunity for all to participate in sessions based on Common Yoga Protocol and comprised of various postures and breathing techniques, followed by meditation.

As a prelude to the celebration of the 5th International Day of Yoga, numerous workshops and also demonstrations in collaboration with well-known Doha based Yoga Studios were conducted by the Indian Embassy in last two months including workshops for students in various schools based in Doha.

The United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. Also on June 21, 2015, the first International Day of Yoga was celebrated worldwide.

Image Credit: https://twitter.com/IndEmbDoha/status/1143155142633623553

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Mahatma Gandhi 150 – Indian Ambassador to Qatar HE P. Kumaran initiated a sapling planting initiative in the Embassy premises

Mahatma Gandhi 150 – Indian Ambassador to Qatar HE P. Kumaran initiated a sapling planting initiative in the Embassy premises

Mahatma Gandhi admired as one of the most inspirational and transformative leaders across the globe. Mahatma left us from our midst many decades ago. But his life and soul continue to animate humanity not only in India but also beyond the Indian boundary.

As announced by Government of India Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Anniversary celebrated from 2 October 2019 to 2 October 2020. Union Government has also lined up events across the globe to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi. This initiative is primarily to propagate Mahatma Gandhi’s message at the National and International level. Events include,

  • Vegetarian Food Festival
  • Global Cycling
  • Promotion of khadi abroad as an “idea” and a “health solution”, and not just a “garment”

Click here to know the complete Gandhi 150 event calendar by Government of India.

As a part of the Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th celebration, On World Environment Day Ambassador to Qatar HE P. Kumaran initiated a sapling planting initiative in the Embassy premises. This initiative is in line with the saying of Mahatma “Be the Change you wish to see in the world

Mahatma Gandhi followed Ahimsa and non-violence. He taught us humanity, truth, and also wisdom. He showed us where there is love there is life. Let us all follow his path and make this world a beautiful place to live.

As stated in the website launched as a part of Gandhi 150th celebration,

A National Committee (NC) headed by Hon’ble President of India has been constituted for this purpose. This Committee includes Hon’ble Vice-President, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Chief Ministers of all states of the country, representatives from across the political spectrum, Gandhians, thinkers, and eminent persons from all walks of life. The NC will guide and approve policies/programmes/activities for the commemoration. Also, supervise the implementation of the decisions taken from time to time. An Executive Committee (EC) headed by Hon’ble Prime Minister with 19 members has also been constituted. The mandate of EC is to consider policies and lay down guidelines for the commemoration and chalk out the plan, programmes and activities under the commemoration. One meeting each of the National Committee and Executive Committee has been held on 2.5.2018 and 18.7.2018 respectively.

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Available seats in four Indian schools | Tweeted Indian Embassy on 19-Apr-2019

Available seats in four Indian schools – Tweeted Indian Embassy on 19th April

On 19th of April, Indian Embassy on its Twitter posted that – As per our information, the number of seats available in various Indian schools in Doha as on date is as below:

https://twitter.com/IndEmbDoha/status/1119203021903286272

This information was published on 19th April 2019. Availability of seats could have changed now as many parents are looking for admissions are approaching schools every day.QatarIndians.com team did not verify the number of seats available in any of these schools. We request the parents to contact the schools directly and also get the updated information about the available seats

List-of-seats-available-four-schools-Tweeted-Indian-Embassy

As per the listed tweeted by Indian embassy, it shows 164 seats available for KG-1 and also 98 seats in KG 2 respectively. KG 1 & KG 2 seats are available in Scholars International School (100), Loyola International School (112) and Olive International School (50).

Loyola International School also has 231 seats available from grades 1 to 6.

Noble International School has 12 seats available in Grade 11 – Commerce group. Also they have 1 seat in Grade 7 and 10 seats in Grade 8.

Olive International School also has 28 seats from Grade 3 to 7. Also it has got 5 seats in Grade 9.

No seats are available in Scholars International other than the seats mentioned above in KG 1 & KG 2.

Loyola International School

Noble International School

The Scholars’ International School

Olive International School

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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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The Indian Embassy in Qatar has issued an alert – Beware of calls from fraudsters claiming as Embassy Officials

The Indian Embassy in Qatar has issued an alert to all the Indian expats living in Qatar against calls from fraudsters claiming themselves as Embassy officials.

In recent times it has noted and reported by some expats that fraudsters masquerading as Embassy Officials calling Indian expats. They are asking for details such as Passport Number, Bank Account Details and also other personal details. People should beware of such spoof calls and should not disclose any personal details.

Alerts/Announcements: Beware of spoof call masquerading as Embassy Officials. Do not disclose any personal details such as your Passport number, bank account number, etc. Kindly report to us at 44255777 or email us at [email protected] if you receive such a call” – Posted in a recent tweet from The Indian Embassy Qatar twitter account.

The Indian Embassy in Qatar has also requested people to report such calls as soon as they receive them. You can report such calls to the Indian Embassy at 4425577 or email at [email protected]

“We’ve come to know that people were getting calls asking to pay money or face problem with their passports,” “This is a global phenomenon and we’ve received several complaints from expatriates,” – an embassy official was quoted as saying by The Peninsula.

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Indian Cultural Centre now takes Passport application for minors and newborn

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.

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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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Indian forum to raise INR 100 mn for relief works in Kerala and Karnataka

Indian forum to raise INR 100 mn for relief works in Kerala and Karnataka

Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF), an apex body under Indian embassy, aims to raise a minimum of Rs 100 mn to support the flood-affected areas in Kerala and Karnataka, it was announced Monday.

A core committee of community leaders has been formed to chart out the course of action and raise funds by September 30 to be sent to the Distress Relief Fund of the chief ministers of both the states. At a press conference, Davis Edakalathur, president, ICBF as well as the core committee, appealed to the community members to contribute generously to the cause. “The severe floods have affected almost all the districts of Kerala and many people have lost lives while thousands have lost their belongings. Therefore ICBF has taken the initiative of raising a minimum amount of Rs 100 mn. Hopefully, we will be able to collect more.”

ICBF vice president Baburaj said the funds are being raised with the permission of Indian embassy which has taken the necessary steps to get permission for the same from the Qatar government. He also stated that it was the first phase of the campaign and other aspects will be looked after at a later stage.

C V Rappai, a member of the core committee, said that efforts are on to coordinate the activities for raising the money. “There are subcommittees for various activities, including coordinating medical aid and other logistics. Our main aim is to raise as much money as possible through Indian schools, associations and business establishments,” he noted. Hassan Chogule, another member, stated he would raise about Rs10mn through the schools.
“We are in the process of approaching all the Indian business houses, especially those from Kerala. We are working out a strategy to get the maximum amount of money from the business people and I am confident that we will be able to meet the target,” said Abdulla Theruvath, president of Kerala Business Forum and committee member.
According to Girish Kumar, another member, the process of providing medical aid as well as cleaning and disinfectant materials is progressing.

“Our present focus is in providing the help in the rehabilitation of the thousands of people living in government run relief shelters. We also have some proposals for making Kerala less dependent on hydroelectricity which we will submit at a later stage,” he explained. Juttas Paul, another member of the committee, also exhorted the community members to contribute generously to the cause. Other members of the core committee are Dr. Mohan Thomas, K M Varghese, Nishad Azeri, Ushus Andrews, Ravi Shetty, Dr. Joyal and Mahesh Gowda.

  • There is an ICBF help desk operating at ICC from 8 am to 12 noon and 4 pm to 8 pm and people can contact Iqbal on 55550859 or Sanjeev on 55873005 to hand over their contributions.
  • They can also reach out to the office bearers of ICBF at the help desk working at the Indian embassy from 6 pm to 8 pm.
  • Other contact numbers of key officials are as follows: Davis Edakalathur – 55512810, PN Baburajan – 55532367 and Mahesh Gowda – 55342708.

Source Credit: gulf-times.com

Image: Indian community leaders explain details of the flood relief campaign. PICTURE: Nasar T K. – QatarIndians.com

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Indian Population reached an all time high of 691,000 in Qatar

Indian Population reached an all time high of 691,000 in Qatar

The Indian ambassador P Kumaran revealed that Indians living in Qatar reached an all time high of 691,000.

He also thanked the government of Qatar for the great support extended to the community while Speaking at a function on the occasion of ‘Bharat Utsav – A Journey through Festive Celebrations of India’.

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