Author Sameena Salim

Indian expat in coma for 2 years in UAE brought home

An Indian expatriate, lying in coma for more than two years at an Abu Dhabi hospital following a road accident, was finally repatriated to his native place on Tuesday. The move came following a sustained effort from the Indian embassy and patient’s relatives to help Chithiravel Vinaitheertha Udaiyar, from Tamil Nadu, return after a long-fought compensation case. The Indian embassy persuaded Udaiyar’s employer to file a case against an insurance company, which was trying to wriggle out from paying compensation. The court subsequently issued a judgment ordering compensation for his family, Times of India reported. Chithiravel was brought to Chennai by a scheduled Air India flight on Tuesday morning and later taken to Salem by road. Chithiravel, employed as a wiring electrician assistant in a private company in Abu Dhabi since 2014, was travelling in a vehicle arranged by his sponsor to the work place on June 27, 2015, when the…

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Guide: How to apply for Qatar Tourist visa online

In a bid to further facilitate visitors’ access to the country, Qatar has made its e-visa services available to tourism-related businesses as well as individuals arriving to Qatar aboard any airline. Hospitality establishments and tourism offices holding a valid license with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) can now fully complete their guests’ tourist visa applications online via a newly activated feature on The link has special features dedicated for tourism businesses such as the “add to cart” option allowing businesses to complete multiple applications at once making it easier to handle large groups through bulk payments. It also eliminates the need for hard copy applications to be submitted in person at the Immigration Offices as was previously required. Travellers on any airline can apply And, as part of the service expansion, individuals who are traveling to Qatar on any airlines can now apply directly for tourist visas on the same…

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Indian-American to head White House regulatory affairs office

The US Senate has voted to confirm Indian American lawyer Neomi Rao as the head of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Senate confirmed Rao by a vote of 54-41 as the head of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). She would be in charge of leading White House office overseeing regulations. Described by The Washington Post as a “superlative pick”, Rao serves as an associate professor of law and the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. She graduated from Yale University and later attended University of Chicago Law School. Rao clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is also a member of the Administrative Conference of…

Indian youth dies in Kuwait after being electrocuted

A 38-year-old Indian expat in Kuwait died of cardiac arrest after being electrocuted at his workplace, Mathrubhumi has reported. The deceased has been identified as Biju George hailing from Pathanamthitta in Kerala. Biju was an employee of Prisma Kuwait Aluminum Company. According to the report, Biju was electrocuted from a drilling machine and was immediately taken to hospital, but his life could not be saved as a cardiac arrest followed. His wife Tessimol is a nurse in a private clinic. They have two children – 3-year-old Albin and Emilin who was born few months back. Biju’s family, who was in Kerala on vacation, were about to return in few days. Published on 9 July 2017

Qatar delivers its official response to Saudi-led demands

Qatar on Monday handed its official response to a list of demands by Saudi Arabia and its allies to the Emir of Kuwait, various news agencies have reported. The response was delivered by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, who made a short visit to Kuwait today. No details provided about the response No details were provided about the Qatari response but the foreign minister said on Saturday that the demands by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt “were made to be rejected”. Speaking to reporters in Rome on Saturday, Sheikh Mohamed had said the demands were made to be rejected, adding that the Arab ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing Qatar’s sovereignty. But he said Doha remained ready to sit down and discuss the grievances raised by its Arab neighbours. Kuwait’s official news agency reported that Qatar’s Foreign Minister…

Indian child dies in Qatar after falling into manhole

In a tragic incident, a 6-year-old Indian boy died after falling into an uncovered manhole in Qatar’s Wukair area. The victim identified as Izan Ahmed Basheer was a Grade 1 student of Ideal Indian School, Doha. Izan had reportedly gone along with his family members to a restaurant near Wukair Grand Hypermarket around 8.30 pm on Saturday. However, he went missing while they were returning. His relatives soon launched a search and also lodged complaint with the police. The police and civil defence conducted a search and recovered the body from the manhole in front of the restaurant on Sunday morning. Izan’s family hails from Koduvally in Kerala’s Kozhikode district. Published on 26 June 2017

Qatar launches online visa service to ease application process

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI), Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority, have launched an e-visa platform through which visitors to Qatar can directly apply for tourist visas, Qatar News Agency reported Friday. Tourist visa applications can now be completed on the new e-visa platform, which is currently in pilot phase, at Residents of 212 countries – including India – can apply for a visa through this service. More efficient and transparent system This new service is set to ease visitor access to Qatar, as it offers a more efficient and transparent visa application system, with standardised fees. Previously, applicants for tourist visas were required to submit their applications through accredited Qatar-based entities, such as hotels and tour operators. Now, travellers can apply directly and track the status of their application online. Tourist visas will cost around $42 (QR 150), including the service charge, with payments made online using a…

Here is why NRIs need not worry about Aadhaar card

Indian expatriates living across the globe need not worry about any possible problems with their financial or income tax transactions in India for not having an Aadhaar card, recent clarifications issued by the Government says. Despite the exemption previously announced by the Indian authorities, many NRIs expressed their concerns about disruption of transactions in NRE bank accounts in India and filing of income tax returns. Their concerns are justified due to the following reasons: As per recent government orders, PAN card should be linked to Aadhaar card by June 30, 2017 and failure to link them makes PAN redundant. As PAN card was already made mandatory for holding a bank account, NRIs are concerned that this could affect their banking transactions and their accounts may be blocked. A redundant PAN will also affect NRIs who invest in Indian stock market, for which PAN is mandatory. PAN is already mandatory to…

Indian woman gives birth onboard flight from Saudi Arabia

A baby was born onboard Jet Airways flight 9W569 from Saudi Arabia’s Dammam to Kochi on Sunday, Times of India reported. When the woman went in labour, the cabin crew declared a medical emergency and diverted to the nearest airport, which happened to be Mumbai. According to a source, the crew made an announcement to find if there was a doctor on board, but there was none. There was a nurse returning home to Kerala and she came forward. With her assistance, the cabin crew did an emergency delivery on the flight. The crew tried to establish “medilink” — where contact is established from a flying aircraft with doctors on ground to handle medical emergencies on board. However, this connection could reportedly not be activated. The aircraft landed in Mumbai and the mother and baby boy were taken to a hospital. The flight later resumed its journey to Kochi. A…

Qatar launches new direct shipping line to India

As yet another measure to keep the supplies to the country intact, Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has launched a new direct maritime line between the Qatar and India, the “India Qatar Express Service” (IQX). The ministry has announced this on its social media platforms yesterday also giving further details of the service on ministry’s website. The line links Hamad Port in Qatar with Mundra (Gujarat) and Nhava Sheva Port (Maharashtra) in India. At present, the vessels MV Hansa Magdeburg and MV Hansa Duburgh are conducting the service. The new maritime line will be accepting coastal cargo from west and east coasts of India, for transhipment at Mundra. Transhipment cargo from South East Asia/Far East via Mundra too will be accepted. The vessels will be visiting Hamad Port every Friday and the first shipment will have 710 containers. The capacity can be hiked as per the future requirement,…

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