Soulful Peaceful Blissful singer’s voice will remain entrenched in hearts of zillion fans forever | SPB

Soulful Peaceful Blissful singer’s voice will remain entrenched in hearts of zillion fans forever | SPB

By Music Critic

It’s hard to imagine that one of the finest playback singers India has ever produced – S.P. Balasubrahmanyam (SPB) is no more.

A gifted singer loved by zillions of fans spread across the globe who had officially sung 40,000 odd numbers in various languages will remain a feat hard to beat in the years to come.

A versatile musician, playback singer, actor, dubbing artist and film producer who worked predominantly in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi films, SPB’s amazing talent and popularity will remain a hard act for others to match or overtake in the years to come.

SPB’s amazing voice in each of those thousand plus numbers sung in 16 Indian languages, created a vibe built solely not only in technique and skill but in an inherent natural ability to tell a story with the gifted charm of a singer, lover and actor – par excellence – all rolled into one.

In SPB’s own immortal words, “I am a good actor because probably I can emote very well physically and my ability to emote with voice is only an extension of that,” is perhaps the reason for the talented singer’s immense success and popularity.

SPB who started his remarkable career in the 1960s spanning 50 odd years thrilled generations of fans with an amazingly gifted voice that refused to bear any sign of age, fatigue or overuse.

With practically no formal training, the versatile singer awe-struck both seasoned musicians and fans alike with his unmatched ability to sing in different styles and languages with the enviable mastery of musical acumen and maturity.

Popular Bollywood megastar Salman Khan’s fans will have to grudgingly admit that the reason for the actor’s initial rise to fame was largely due to SPB singing ‘playback’ for all the melodious numbers that has made Salmanbhai the heart-throb he is today.

A devoted and dedicated musician for whom cricket was admittedly his greatest passion after music, SPB’s Soulful Peaceful Blissful voice will remain ‘not out’ in the years to come.


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FAHES to extend the working hours at seven FAHES stations in Qatar from 1st of October 2020

FAHES to extend the working hours at seven FAHES stations in Qatar from 1st of October 2020

FAHES announced that in coordination with the MoI Traffic Department has decided to extend the working hours at seven stations in Qatar.

Starting October 1, the below listed stations working hours will be from 6 am to 6 pm on all days except on Fridays and Saturdays, tweeted WOQOD on its twitter handle.

  1. Mazrooah
  2. Wukair
  3. Mesaimeer
  4. Shahaniya
  5. Wadi Al Banat
  6. Al Egda
  7. Wakra

Also, Woqod on that tweet stated that the entrance gates will be closed 15 minutes before the closure time.


Source: WOQOD / Image Credit: fahes.com


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Repatriation flights updated schedule (as on 13 Sep 2020) | Qatar to India

Repatriation flights updated schedule (as on 13 Sep 2020) | Qatar to India

Ministry of External Affairs, India has published updated (as on 13 Sep 2020) list of repatriation flights schedule for the month of September under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM).

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Note from MEA states that, “This is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes based on operational, technical and other considerations. The list should not be considered as final and is only for the purpose of information. This list cannot be quoted for any legal claims.”

Source: MEA | Image Credit: IndiGo flight (File Photo | PTI)


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Repatriation flights to India from Qatar | September 2020 Schedule

Repatriation flights to India from Qatar | September 2020 Schedule

Ministry of External Affairs, India has published the list of repatriation flights schedule for the month of September  under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM). This is an updated list as on 29th Aug 2020 and it is noted that this is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes.

(scroll the table horizontally to find complete details of a flight schedule)

Note from MEA states that, “This is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes based on operational, technical and other considerations. The list should not be considered as final and is only for the purpose of information. This list cannot be quoted for any legal claims.”

Source: MEA | Image Credit: IndiGo flight (File Photo | PTI)


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Qatar Airways has opened bookings on flights to 13 destinations in India from August 18 to August 31 2020

Qatar Airways has opened bookings on flights to 13 destinations in India from August 18 to August 31 2020

India has recently announced an “Air Bubble” with Qatar to facilitate travel between the two countries. As a part of the “Air Bubble”, Qatar Airways has opened bookings on flights to 13 destinations in India from August 18 to August 31, 2020.

Qatar Airways will operate flights to and from the following destinations in India, According to Qatar Airways.

  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Amritsar
  3. Bengaluru
  4. Chennai
  5. Delhi
  6. Goa
  7. Hyderabad
  8. Kochi
  9. Kolkata
  10. Kozhikode
  11. Mumbai
  12. Nagpur (Yet to start booking)
  13. Thiruvananthapuram

Please check Qatar Airways website for latest updates / booking.

On our flights. we will only be able to accommodate the passengers who qualify for one of the mentioned categories“, Qatar Airways stated on its website. Also it further stated that, “respective government’s entry regulations will apply to all passengers and urged everyone to check their website for information about COVID-19 RT-PCR medical test“.

This arrangement of Air Bubble between India and Qatar is valid from 18th August to 31 August 2020.

A. From India to Qatar 

  1. Qatari Nationals
  2. Any Indian national holding any type of valid Qatar visa and destined for Qatar only. It would be for the concerned airlines to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Qatar with the particular visa category before the issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

B. From Qatar to India

  1. Indian nationals stranded in Qatar.
  2. All Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders holding Qatari passports, and
  3. Qatari nationals (including diplomats) holding a valid visa issued by an Indian mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020.

Before making any reservations in the flights being operated under the above arrangements, the passenger must confirm that they would be allowed entry into the destination country.

Source: Qatar Airways


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Air bubble between India and Qatar | Flights from 18 August to 31 August 2020

Air bubble between India and Qatar | Flights from 18 August to 31 August 2020

The Embassy of India, Doha in a recent announcement stated that, India has created an “Air Bubble” with Qatar to facilitate travel between the two countries.

This arrangement of Air Bubble between India and Qatar is valid from 18th August to 31 August 2020.

A. From India to Qatar 

  1. Qatari Nationals
  2. Any Indian national holding any type of valid Qatar visa and destined for Qatar only. It would be for the concerned airlines to ensure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter Qatar with the particular visa category before the issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

B. From Qatar to India

  1. Indian nationals stranded in Qatar.
  2. All Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders holding Qatari passports, and
  3. Qatari nationals (including diplomats) holding a valid visa issued by an Indian mission in any category covered under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines dated 30 June 2020.

The designated airlines of both the sides will be permitted to sell tickets between India and Qatar in each direction through their websites, sales agents, and global distribution systems (GDS).

Before making any reservations in the flights being operated under the above arrangements, the passenger must confirm that they would be allowed entry into the destination country.

Source: @IndEmbDoha


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QatarIndians.com team wishing you a Happy Independence Day 2020!

QatarIndians.com team wishing you a Happy Independence Day 2020!

Let us honour the struggles of many brave-hearts who fought for the country’s freedom. Freedom is hard to get, but we were blessed to have it. Let’s appreciate everything we have and celebrate the great miracle of freedom. Happy Independence Day.

Indian Embassy Qatar has tweeted invitation to attend 74th Independence Day of India celebrations at Embassy of India Qatar to be held virtually only (in view of COVID restrictions) from 7 am onwards and can be seen at links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndianEmbassyQatar/

Twitter: @IndEmbDoha

YouTube Link: http://youtube.com/QatarStories

Happy Independence Day!

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Updated list of repatriation flights to India from Qatar | Aug 2020 (as on 12 Aug 2020)

Updated list of repatriation flights to India from Qatar | Aug 2020 (as on 12 Aug 2020)

MEA India has published the updated list of repatriation flights schedule for the month of August under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM). This is an updated list as on 12 Aug 2020 and it is noted that this is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes.

(scroll the table horizontally to find complete details of a flight schedule)

Note from MEA states that, “This is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes based on operational, technical and other considerations. The list should not be considered as final and is only for the purpose of information. This list cannot be quoted for any legal claims.”

Source: MEA | Image Credit: IndiGo flight (File Photo | PTI)


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Exceptional Entry Permit application is open on Qatar Portal

Exceptional Entry Permit application is open on Qatar Portal

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions and temporary ban on international flights many Qatar Residents who are currently struck outside Qatar couldn’t return back to Qatar. Exceptional Entry Permit is a temporary service which helps residents of Qatar who wish to return back can apply to enter Qatar.

Exceptional Entry Permit to Qatar has gone live on the Qatar Portal Website, The Peninsula Qatar recently posted. 

Since yesterday (1st of Aug 2020) application has gone live on https://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/qsports/home It is a welcoming news for many residents who are waiting to return to Qatar to meet their family and / or to get back their work.

Exceptional Entry Permit service allows applications to be submitted under two types.

  • For Qatar Residents and Citizens (You need to enter your Qatar ID number and your personal mobile number)
  • For Visitors and Business Representatives (Have to provide the email and number before proceeding to add personal details)

Steps to Request Exceptional Entry Permit:

  • Create a new account on Qatar Portal or Log in to your existing account (if available).
  • Click on “Apply for Exceptional Entry Permit”.
  • Read terms and conditions and prepare all required attachments before starting the application.
  • Enter the application page and fill in the required information correctly and completely as shown in the passport.
  • Enter your email correctly to receive approval on your application.
  • Print permit after approval and keep a copy of it and a copy of the quarantine undertaking to be presented to airport officials.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar | Image Credit:Qatar Portal

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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List of repatriation flights to India from Qatar | Aug 2020 Schedule

List of repatriation flights to India from Qatar | Aug 2020 Schedule (Updated as on 28 July)

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India has announced the repatriation flight schedule for the month of August under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM). It is noted that this is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes.

Flights from Doha to 17 destinations in India which includes flights from Doha to Kozhikode, Chennai, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mangaluru, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Kochi, Trichy, Jaipur, Bangalore, Kannur, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Delhi, Gaya and Ahmedabad.  Below is the complete schedule – (Source: mea.gov.in)

 

Note from MEA states that, “This is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes based on operational, technical and other considerations. The list should not be considered as final and is only for the purpose of information. This list cannot be quoted for any legal claims.”

Source: MEA | Image Credit: IndiGo flight (File Photo | PTI)


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