“The Routine Smile” – Anshu Jain in Conversation with Mrs. Usha Ravishankar

“The Routine Smile” | Episode 4 – Meet your host Anshu Jain in conversation with Mrs. Usha Ravishankar

Join your ever smiling host Anshu Jain in this delightful conversation and some in-depth insight to happiness, with Mrs. Usha Ravishankar, the champion communicator, powerful orator, English laureate, responsible journalist and above all a person who could see beauty in all seasons, with her beautiful mind.

Enjoy this special episode of Qatar Indians Presents – “The Routine Smile.” – “The Flowers in My Garden” today.

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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.

Download Ehteraz App

EHTERAZ App on Google Play (For Android Users) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moi.covid19&hl=en
EHTERAZ App on Apple App Store (For iOS users) https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ehteraz/id1507150431

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

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

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“The Routine Smile” – Meet your host Anshu Jain in conversation with Mr. Khalid Mannai, The Vice Chairman Executive Committee, Mannai Corporation

“The Routine Smile” | Episode 3 – Meet your host Anshu Jain in conversation with Mr. Khalid Mannai , The Vice Chairman Executive Committee, Mannai Corporation

If silence is golden, then humility is platinum. And those carrying both these traits of wisdom are the ones who build a fort of inner strength that are impenetrable to challenges. They tell us “In-Sha-Allah Tomorrow”.

Let’s hear it from one such treasure of wisdom and root of entrepreneurship, a vision of promise, that extend a smile to the world around us, in this special episode of Qatar Indians Presents – “The Routine Smile.”

Meet your ever smiling host Anshu Jain in conversation with the first national at our show and a grand tycoon of business, The Vice Chairman Executive Committee, Mannai Corporation, Mr. Khalid Mannai on this segment of “The Routine Smile” – “In-Sha-Allah Tomorrow”.

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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.

We have received complaints about calls from persons requesting money to put people on repatriation flights. These are…

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

 

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“The Routine Smile” – Meet your host Anshu Jain in conversation with Dr. Mohan Thomas on 13th May 2020

Meet your host Anshu Jain in conversation with the great humanitarian and giant entrepreneur Dr. Mohan Thomas on this segment of “The Routine Smile” – “Meet You on the Other Side” 

The singular option to sustain life from slipping away into an ocean of peril is pure compassion.  When man stands for man to make a footbridge between ends and means, we can assure each other “Meet you on the other side”
There definitely are few who crossed, but not alone. They took along them every soul they could, gifting each a smile.

Let’s hear it from one such person who extended more smiles in this episode of Qatar Indians Presents – “The Routine Smile.”

Witness your ever-smiling host Anshu Jain in conversation with the great humanitarian and giant entrepreneur Dr. Mohan Thomas on this segment of “The Routine Smile” – “Meet You on the Other Side”.

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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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Indian Railways “gradually” restart train operations from May 12 | Booking only on IRCTC website

Indian Railways “gradually” restart train operations from May 12 | Booking only on IRCTC website

The Indian Railways has shut the train services since the beginning of the lock-down which began on 25th of March 2020. The Indian Railways has announced on 10th May that it will “gradually” restart the train operations from May 12. The railways ministry announced that the operations will start with 15 pairs of trains initially.

These special trains will run between New Delhi Railway Station to Ahmedabad, Agartala, Bengaluru, Bilaspur, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Dibrugarh, Howrah, Jammu Tawi, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Patna, Ranchi, Secunderabad and Thiruvananthapuram.

Thereafter, Indian Railways shall start more special services on new routes, based on the available coaches after reserving 20,000 coaches for Covid-19 care centres and adequate number of coaches being reserved to enable operation of up to 300 trains everyday as Shramik Special for stranded migrants.

  • The reservations starts from today (Monday) 4 pm and tickets can only be booked online through irctc website
  • No tickets will be sold at the counters
  • Platform tickets will also not be sold at the counters
  • Passenger who booked tickets on irctc website will be allowed inside the railway stations with valid confirmed tickets
  • No Non-AC coaches. All coaches are AC
  • Ticket fares will be equivalent of Rajdhani AC Class fare.
  • It is mandatory to wear masks without which entry is not permitted.
  • Passengers has to undergo medical screening and passengers who are asymptomatic will only be allowed to enter the railway stations and to board their trains

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The Routine Smile | Ep 01 | Anshu Jain in Conversation with Gopal Balasubramaniam

The Routine Smile | Ep 01 | Anshu Jain in Conversation with Gopal Balasubramaniam – Click Here to Watch

To instill the instinct of smile through your toughest hours, the best of means would be, to impart it from those who stood steady on the face of challenges.

Your wait to absorb that positive and thrilling experiences of confrontation with concerns, and concluding with an imbibed confidence has finally hit upon the project “The Routine Smile.”

Witness your ever-smiling host Anshu Jain in conversation with the coveted corporate leader Gopal Balasubramaniam to discover the smile you missed.

Don’t miss it twice. Watch along the first episode of “The Routine Smile” – “The light at the end of the Tunnel”. Watch “The Routine Smile” here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbzJncGJTuwlirGoP_i2gPw

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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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