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News that you need to know! Selected news stories from Qatar, India, Middle East and around the world, with focus on news that matters to Indians in Qatar.

Qatar’s broadband ranked as the fastest in MENA region

Qatar has ranked first in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) and seventh worldwide in broadband connection speed, said Ooredoo, citing a report by Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, Akamai. Akamai’s ‘State of the Internet’ report, which analysed the first quarter results of global broadband speeds, said Qatar led the Mena region in average broadband connection speeds in Q1 2017, and had the largest yearly connection speed increases of some 64%. With a 108 Mbps average peak connection speed, Qatar is also ranked seventh worldwide in providing broadband speeds, beating countries in Europe and the US, according to the recent sampling of over 146 countries. The report also acknowledged Ooredoo’s network enhancements and investments as key factors in ranking, including the launch of its 4.5 G Pro service with speeds up to 800 Mbps for customers in Doha. Ooredoo Qatar CEO Waleed al-Sayed said: “We are delighted to be…

Thousands celebrate at India Day Parade in New York

Thousands of people from the Indian diaspora converged in the heart of New York, in their traditional finery, to celebrate India’s 71st Independence Day at one of the largest parades outside India attended by ‘Baahubali’ actors Rana Daggubati and Tamannaah Bhatia. The 37th India Day Parade organised by the Federation of Indian Associations – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut – ran through several streets in Madison Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday and featured tableaux by several Indian-American organisations, marching bands, police contingents and cultural performances by young Indian-American children. Greeting the crowd, New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio said the Independence Day parade celebrates the “extraordinary contributions” of the Indian-American community to the city. “This is a day we appreciate what people do for the city regardless of what they look like, regardless of what language they speak, regardless of where they were born. Everyone here contributes to making…

Free entry to IMG Worlds Dubai on August 31

IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai, the world’s largest indoor theme park, is giving away free entry on August 31 to celebrate its first anniversary. The first 365 guests to arrive won’t have to pay, and every 365th guest to visit will win an annual pass to the park, giving them unlimited access for a year. To make things sweeter, those born on August 31 can avail a 50 per cent discount on birthday packages that day, though terms and conditions apply. Live dance performances, a parade, Arabic entertainment and Marvel and Cartoon Network characters will welcome guests inside. In-park celebrations will continue through Eid Al Adha holidays. IMG Worlds of Adventure is a 139,354-square-metre theme park with 22 rides. Published on 21 August 2017

12-year-old Indian-origin boy crowned ‘Child Genius’ in UK

A 12-year-old Indian-origin boy has been crowned the UK’s ‘Child Genius’ in a popular television quiz competition, days after he became an overnight sensation after answering all questions correctly. Rahul Doshi won the Channel 4 show ‘Child Genius’ by beating his nine-year-old opponent – Ronan – 10-4 in the programme’s finale last night. He had become an overnight sensation earlier this week after he answered all questions correctly. The schoolboy from north London clinched the title by answering a question on 19th Century artists William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. “It didn’t sink in straight away, but it was really nice,” Rahul said after winning the title. In the final, Rahul impressed with knowledge of his chosen subject – Edward Jenner’s medical innovation and methodology in 18th Century England. “I was bursting with pride,” said his father Minesh, an IT manager who had entered his son into the competition.…

First batch of Doha Metro trains arrive in Qatar

Qatar’s Hamad Port welcomed the first Doha Metro trains to Qatar after a sea journey that took 21 days from the Japanese Kobe Port. The batch includes four out of a total of 75 trains that will serve the Doha Metro project. Qatar Rail said that the first group of trains came two months ahead of schedule and they will be transported to Al Wakra Depot soon. #HamadPort received the first consignment of trains for the ongoing Qatar Rail project…— MWANI Qatar (@MwaniQtr) August 20, 2017 In total, 75 trains – consisting of three cars, one of which will be for Gold and Family Class and two for Standard class – will be delivered to Doha Metro: Gold will have 16 seats, family 26 seats and standard 88 seats. Doha Metro will be one of the fastest driverless trains in the world and will be the fastest in the…

First day of Eid al-Adha to be on September 1

The first day of Hijri month Dhul-Hijja 1438H will be on August 23, while the first day of Eid al-Adha this year will be on September 1, according to astronomical calculations by Qatar Calendar House (QCH). “According to accurate calculations the new crescent of Dhul- Hijja 1438H will born on 29 Dhul-Qa’da (August 21) at 9.31pm,” QCH director Dr Mohamed al-Ansari and astronomer expert Dr Beshir Marzouk said in a statement. The time set of the moon will be before sunset time over Doha sky by 10 minutes on 29 Dhul-Qa’da (August 21), while the time set of the moon will be before sunset time over the sky of two holy mosques (Makkah and Medina) and over all Gulf countries by (8 – 11 minutes). The new crescent will be impossible to view by astronomical telescopes or naked eye over Doha sky and all Arabic countries sky on this night;…

Qatar Emir extends Independence Day greetings to India

A host of foreign leaders, including the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, extended Independence Day greetings to India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to acknowledge the greetings and express gratitude. In response to greetings from Qatar, PM Modi said on Twitter: “Thanked His Highness Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for his congratulatory phone call this evening on our Independence Day.” Thanked His Highness Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for his congratulatory phone call this evening on our Independence Day.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2017 At more than 625,000, the Indian diaspora is the largest community in State of Qatar. A number of other leaders like Canadian and Israeli Prime Ministers also extended their greetings. “India and Canada enjoy a special relationship with so much in common. My best wishes for a happy Independence Day,” Canadian…

Photos: Indians in Qatar celebrate Independence Day

Hundreds of Indians representing the largest expat community in Qatar gathered at ICC premises to pay salute to the nation on its 71st Independence Day. Ambassador P Kumaran led the Independence Day celebrations at the ICC by hoisting the Indian flag at a special ceremony attended by a large number of community members. Officials of the apex bodies under Indian embassy, prominent members of the Indian community as well as office bearers of several Indian organisations were present on the occasion. ICC president Milan Arun welcomed the gathering and general secretary Juttas Paul conducted the meeting. Students of Indian schools presented patriotic songs during the function. A cake was cut to celebrate the occasion by the Indian ambassador and other officials. K S Prasad, Head of consular services of ICC, delivered a vote of thanks. The Indian national flag was raised at various places in Qatar including Indian schools. Published on 15 August…

Show your support to Qatar and win prizes

A non profit organisation in Qatar has come up with an innovative online platform where Qatar residents can show their support to Qatar and the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani by sharing their photos about Qatar. The organisation – ISupportQatar – is organising a contest where all you have to do is click and upload on their website a photo which shows your support and love for Qatar. The rules are simple: 1. Signup at and upload your photo. 2. Share in your social platforms with the hashtags #ISupportQatar and #QatarIsGreat. 3. Get maximum smiles on your photos by hitting the smiley face button. (You can pass your photo among your friends to get maximum smiles) 4. Photos can be clicked using any gadgets. 5. Participants may be asked to send their original photos for review. 6. Any irrelevant or vulgar photos will be removed. The…

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India can be UK’s natural partner after Brexit, says Swaraj Paul

India can be Britain’s natural partner at a much bigger level after Brexit, NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has said. He said the UK’s decision to leave the European Union gives an opportunity to Britain and India to work together and gain from each other. “Britain is coming out of Europe and India can be its natural partner on a much bigger level so I invite you to look at Britain as your first choice,” said Paul, Chairman of the Caparo Group of industries. He was addressing the 17th National Conference of Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India here last evening on the topic ‘India on the Global Stage’. “We have two countries; Britain who would love to see both trade and investment grow from India, and India who would like to see more investment from Britain into India. We must make use of this opportunity as it…

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