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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Modi Returns – Congratulate and Wish Narendra Modi on the historic victory

Modi Returns – Congratulate and Wish Narendra Modi on the historic victory

QatarIndians.com team congratulates and Wish Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and also his team on the election victory. Look forward to greater success, peace, and prosperity under his leadership.

The 2019 election verdict came in stronger than the average of exit polls, with the NDA tally aggregating at 337 seats (as of 1630 hours IST), which resoundingly paved the way for Modi govt 2.0. After Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, Narendra Modi is the only PM to return to power with full majority.Modi 2.0: Narendra Modi returns - Congratulate and Wish Narendra Modi on the victory

Modi 2.0 Highlights:

  • Modi 2.0 – The first prime minister to return to power winning a bigger vote share for the party and also only PM to return to power with full majority in the house of parliament (after Nehru and Indira Gandhi)
  • More than 41% of total votes polled for BJP
  • The BJP won 63 of the 65 seats in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh where it had lost the Assembly elections to the Congress just six months ago
  • Nifty touched 12,000 and also Sensex reached 40,000 – Lifetime highs on Thursday

In his victory speech, Narendra Modi described the “historic” election as a victory of the people and also an event for the world to admire and applaud.

This is the biggest event in the democratic world. The import of this victory will be recognised across the globe. This was an election fought and won by the people of India. The sentiment of the people is a guarantee for the bright future of India. I congratulate all the victorious MPs, whichever party they belong to and whichever State they belong to. I congratulate the winners in the Assembly elections. The BJP is committed to the Constitution of India and federalism. I assure the winners in Assembly elections that the Centre is a party to the progress of their States,” said the PM, tearing up and choking at least thrice during his speech.

Modi also made a pledge, “I will not do anything with bad intent, I will not do anything for myself. Each second of my day, every particle of my body belongs to the country.

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Who is going to be the next Prime Minister of India? Election Results 2019

Who is going to be the next Prime Minister of India – Election Results 2019

India, the world’s largest democracy had a 7-week long election process which ended a few days ago. 542 seats and 8000 candidates fighting for it. Counting starts tomorrow morning and by this time tomorrow, we will know Election Results and what people have decided. Whether people let Modi 2.0 starts or Rahul Gandhi Rules.

Indian voters are always capable of giving surprises. No matter who wins, the real winner will be India’s democracy. A day to celebrate India’s democracy.

Election Results 2019 – Vote Counting

Counting starts at 8 am IST and halfway through the counting process, we could see the trend and somewhat guess the winner. Winner of each constituency will also be declared tomorrow.

Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) are the two largest pre-poll coalitions in this election. However, the state (regional) parties will play a big role in deciding the government formation. The regional parties which are not of any alliance will have the numbers to tilt the scales.

For the first time in a Lok Sabha elections, the results of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be matched with VVPAT slips. VVPAT slips are generated by paper trail machines. Before announcing the final results, 5 randomly selected EVMs will be counted in each Assembly segment after EVM votes are counted. Results may be delayed by 3-4 hours due to VVPAT counting, says EC

The President’s role after the elections is very important as there is a huge chance of a hung verdict. There is no rule book for him. President Ram Kovind is most likely to invite the pre-poll largest alliance with the highest number of seats will get the first chance to prove the majority and form the government.

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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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Qatar Visa Centers in India (QVCs) – Five more added and now 7 centers in India

Qatar Visa Centers in India (QVCs) – Five more added and now 7 centers in India

Qatar Visa Centers in India (QVCs) were launched at New Delhi and also in Mumbai on 27th March & 29th March 2019 respectively. Likewise, MoI Qatar has opened five more centers now in India. With the new addition, now QVC’s are in 7 locations in India. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai as well as Kochi are the QVC Centers in India. Qatar has opened five new visa centers in India as part of its project, launched last year, targeting eight labour-exporting countries.

The QVCs project has been successful in providing distinct services which streamline procedures for expatriates to work in the country and also facilitating all kinds of visa procedures in India itself. QVC’s provides Biometric Enrollment and also Medical Screening Services.

Qatar Visa Center in India – Location, Address and also Working Hours

Mumbai (Bandra East): 201/2, Hallmark Business Plaza, Sant Dyaneshwar Marg, Near Gurunanak Hospital, Bandra East, Mumbai – 400051
Chennai (Saligrammam): Shyamala Towers,1st Floor, East wing, 136 Arcot Road, Saligrammam, Chennai – 600 093
Delhi (Akshardham): Unit no 2, Lower ground floor, Parsvnath Mall, Akshardham Metro Station, Akshardham, New Delhi. 110092
Hyderabad (Telangana): Ground Floor, South Wing (Krishe Block), Krishe Sapphire Building, Hitech City Road, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500081.
Cochin (Edappally): Door No 38/4111/D, Ground Floor, National Pearl Star building, Near Changampuzha Park Metro Station, Edappally Cochin-682024, Kerala
Kolkata: Bengal Intelligent Park, Building Gamma, 1st Floor, Block-EP & GP, Sector-V, Salt Lake Electronics Complex, Kolkata – 700 091
Lucknow (Gomti Nagar): BBD Viraj Towers, 2nd Floor, TC G/1A – V/3 Vibhuti Khand, Shaheed Path, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow Pincode – 226010, Uttar Pradesh.

Qatar Visa Centers in India – Working Hours:

Biometric Enrollment: 08:30 HRS – 16:30 HRS
Medical Screening: 09:00 HRS – 17:00 HRS
Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +91 44 6133 1333
(Phone assistance is available from Monday to Friday between 08:30 HRS – 17:00 HRS)

Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi, Director of the Visa Support Services Department at the General Directorate of Passports said that “QVCs project targets the opening of 20 service centers in eight countries. Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Tunisia”. He also pointed out that QVCs are characterized by rapid completion of procedures for the residency of expatriates. As well as follow-up by the relevant authorities in Qatar. Reported thepeninsulaqatar.com

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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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Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) now in Delhi and Mumbai – Five more centres will be opened in India

Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) now in Delhi and Mumbai – Five more centers will be opened in India

The State of Qatar launched its first Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) at the capital city of New Delhi in India on Wednesday (March 27, 2019). QVC in New Delhi launched in the presence of officials from both Qatar and India.

The Ministry of Interior posted on its official Twitter account on 27-March 2019, “Six more centres will be opened in #India in coming days in the cities of #Mumbai, #Kolkata, #Lucknow, #Hyderabad, #Chennai, and #Kochi”

On Friday 29th of March, Qatar launched its second Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) in Mumbai, India, in the presence of officials from both countries.

The center in Mumbai is the second one in India after New Delhi, which was opened a few days back, reported thepeninsulaqatar.com

Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) will enable Indians who are moving to Qatar on employment to complete fingerprint, biometric data processing and also employment contract signing in India itself through. Also, work visa procedures will speed up as expats complete procedures before they leave.

Earlier, Qatar Visa Centre’s were opened in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and also in Pakistan. There is no change in terms of recruitment procedures, expect that home countries now facilitate the procedures which simplies the process and also reduce the time. The Ministry of Interior website and Metrash 2 service provides all the necessary steps to apply for recruitment through the QVCs. All the fees necessary for the recruitment are to be paid by employers in Qatar and allow the expatriate to complete the procedures in QVC’s.

QatarIndians.com team on behalf of all the Indians thank everyone, who is behind this initiative.

About Qatar Visa Centers (Source Credit: QatarVisaCenter)

Qatar Visa Centers are managed by a team of professionals who are dedicated to the ideal of building an organization on the principals of trust, transparency and transformation. Together, a culture is being built that is able to serve the visa applicants with highest commitments to quality, comfort and care. Visit QVC Website for more information.

Image Credit: QatarVisaCenter

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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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