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Qatar
Steel bridge to ease traffic on E-Ring Road

In a step to alleviate traffic congestion on E-Ring Road, the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ announced opening the temporary steel bridge, constructed over Mesaimeer Junction (known as Al Obaidli roundabout), completely to traffic on the evening of Thursday 2nd of October 2014. Opening of this temporary bridge, which has been constructed for the first time in Qatar, represents an interim solution to ease the congestion issues in the area, until the completion of development works of E-Ring Road. Road users can now benefit from reduced travel time and take advantage of a free flow route from Al Thumama roundabout towards Bu Hamour area without the need to travel through Mesaimeer Junction, which will significantly relieve traffic congestion in this area. To ensure the safety of the road users and to reduce traffic accidents, the speed limit has been set at 50 km per hour. However, in case of an accident…

Around The Region
Now Indians can get online visa to Bahrain

Travelling to Bahrain has been made easier for Indians with recent changes in policy that came to existence yesterday (1st Oct 2014). Indian Passport holders can obtain a 14 days online visa before visiting the Gulf nation. E-visas can be obtained ahead of travel through a simple online application process, making the process of travelling to the country practical and convenient, for both business and leisure. If you are an Indian with valid Residence Permit for a GCC country, you are eligible for the following visa types: Ordinary Visa for 7 days (on arrival in Bahrain) e-Visa for 3 or 7 days (to be applied online) Causeway visa for 3 or 7 days (issued at the border on the causeway from Saudi Arabia) Visit e-Visa for 14 days (to be applied online) If you are an Indian without any other visa, you are eligible for: Visit E-Visa for 14 days (to be applied online) Eligibility can be quickly checked via…

News
Alia Bhatt turns fashion designer for clothesline

Alia Bhatt launched her clothesline in collaboration with the online shopping portal jabong.com at Four Seasons in Mumbai recently. She was the showstopper as she walked the ramp in her own best fall winter collection. After Karan Johar, Shilpa Shetty and others, now Alia Bhatt has launched her own clothesline with jabong.com, the collection named Alia Bhatt for Jabong. The apparel range is for the ages of 20-30 and includes bohemian line, the casual denim line or clubbing / party line, ripped jeans, leather jackets and floral. And her collection is not only about clothes, but also shoes for young girls. Alia got the idea of designing an apparel through designer Manish Malhotra. The collection she has designed is what is similar to her own style- casual yet classy. She also adores animal print, which can be seen in most of her collections.

Qatar
Qatar declares one week govt holiday for Eid

The public sector in Qatar will be given a week off for Eid Al Adha 2014, the Emiri Diwan has announced. Taking into account that Saudi Arabia has declared Eid on Saturday, October 4, Qatar News Agency reports that the holiday will run from Sunday October 5 to Thursday October 9 Regular hours for ministries, authorities and other public government institutions will resume on Sunday, October 12. Below is a tweet from Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Qatar regarding the same. – Eid holiday to start from Sunday Oct.5 and ends onThursdayOct. 9, and the state employees are to resume their work on sunday Oct. 12. — MOFA – Qatar (@MofaQatar_EN) October 1, 2014

Community
ICICI Bank launches ‘Easy NRI Account’

ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, announced the launch of ‘Easy NRI Account’, a savings bank account specially designed to ensure convenient banking for NRIs (Non Resident Indians) located in the Middle East. The ‘Easy NRI Account’ has been created with the objective of simplifying regular banking activities along with facilitating remittances for customers. Main Features Low monthly average balance requirement of just Rs. 2,000. Nil charges for non-maintenance of minimum balance, as long as the customer has remitted a sum of Rs. 20,000 to ICICI Bank India Easy NRI Account over the preceding three months. This ensures that customers can use the account for remittances without worrying about minimum balance maintenance. Special provision for customers who are more comfortable monitoring their account activity using a passbook. The Easy NRI Account holder or mandate holder for this account is issued a passbook which can be updated by simply visiting…

News
First look of MS Dhoni Biopic

A special treat awaits fans of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. A biopic on the life of the cricketer is all set for a 2015 release with actor Sushant Singh Rajput playing the lead role. The first poster of the film was tweeted by Dhoni’s wife Sakshi. An excited Sakshi took to Twitter to share the first poster of the film  MS Dhoni – The Untold Story. “Clearing out all those rumours being carried out past few days.It was all false.. Here you go ….BOOM !!!” she wrote on the micro-blogging site. The tweet received a good response from her followers – a clear sign that fans of the Indian cricket captain can’t wait to see his life on the big screen. The project was reportedly shelved due to the enormous cost involved – some estimates suggesting a figure close to Rs 45 crore. Sakshi’s tweet though has put an end to…

Qatar Guides
Qatar Guide : Family Residence Visa Procedure

[UPDATED : 23 November 2015] If you’re thinking about bringing your family out to Qatar to live with you, you will need to arrange for residence visas for them. If your monthly salary is over QR 10,000, your spouse and/or children are eligible for Family Residence Visas, under your sponsorship, once your residence visa and Qatar ID card have been issued. Before you begin the application process for Family Residence Visas, check with your employer to see if they make provision for these. Employers are not obliged to process or pay for Family Residence Visas, but some companies do take care of this process as part of their policy. One of the things to be aware of when applying for visas is that male children aged 25 years and over are not eligible to be on either parent’s visa; there is no age restriction for daughters, as long as they are…

India
Bangalore is India’s Most Vegan-friendly City

Bangalore, which boasts of a wide landscape of restaurants and eateries, added another tag with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) naming it the “Most vegan-friendly city in India.” In a release on Monday, PETA attributed the tag to pro-vegan initiatives which “reflect the growing hunger for meat-free and dairy-free dining. Apart from local all-vegan menus, the launch of such menus in popular hotels and restaurants has earned the city the label. Vegans are vegetarians who do not eat eggs or dairy products. In addition to vegan and vegetarian restaurants, various groups and forums that campaign for animal rights are active in the city, the PETA release said, including a guide to vegan restaurants, shops and cafés. “According to Google trends, searches for the word ‘vegan’ are on the rise across the country, and most of them come from Bangalore,” the release added. PETA will send Mayor…

Qatar-Events
MoI to hold Eid Fest for expatriates

The Ministry of Interior (MoI), in collaboration with expat communities’ representatives, will organise ‘Eid Al Adha Fest 2014 for Communities’. The event which will be open for families and bachelors, will be held on Saturday, the first day of Eid, from 5 pm to 10 pm, at the Amphitheatre in West End Park (Cricket Stadium) in Industrial area and Al Khor Sports Club. This was announced by the Director of Community Policing Department Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Zayed al Mohannadi and Lieutenant Shaheen Rashid al Atheeq at a press conference held at the Civil Defence Headquarters, on Tuesday. Mohannadi said that the MoI is organising this event in order to provide a safer entertainment environment for the community members where they can enjoy the unique opportunity of watching cultural performances of different nationalities during Eid holidays. The artistes and performers from Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepali and Indonesian communities will perform…

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