Author Sameena Salim

Qatar
Qatar’s first Street Food Festival to begin tomorrow

Here is some good news for the foodies in Doha as they can enjoy Qatar’s first Street Food Festival starting from tomorrow. The ten-day event will take place at Sheraton Hotel Park from 14 to 24 November 2018 and the entrance will be free for all. According to the organisers, Street Food Festival aims to encourage restaurants and small and medium enterprises to be unique and creative in their projects, especially that the Qatari market is a good market for a restaurant to start and reach the international market. Street Food Festival, the first of its kind in Qatar, will have many restaurants, food trucks and home-based projects. The festival offers a unique opportunity for visitors to taste a wide range of restaurants, from local and oriental to Asian, American and European, Mediterranean and other cuisines, as well as the opportunity for restaurants and home-based projects to introduce their products…

UAE
Everything you need to know about UAE’s new visa policy

UAE has launched some major changes to its visa policy that will not just benefit expatriates, but boost the local economy as well. The new visa rules that allows visitors and tourists to apply for new UAE entry visas without leaving the country, and also grant one-year residency extensions to widows and divorced women, has come into effect this Sunday, October 21. Here are the major changes to the visa rules: 1) 60 days renewal for visit visas Visit visa holders will be able to apply for 30-day extensions twice without having to leave the country. A Dh600 fee is applicable for each extension. Previously, visitors had to leave the UAE after the expiry of their three-month visit visas or one-month tourist visas. Those found violating or delaying in applying under the new rules will be granted a 10-day grace period, after which they will be fined AED 100 per…

Qatar
Indian Embassy in Qatar revises consular timings

The office timings of the consular section of the Indian embassy in Doha have been revised with effect from Tuesday, 15 May 2018. As per new timings, applications can be submitted from 8:15 am to 11:30 am. Documents should be collected, after rendering of consular services, between 3:00 pm and 4:15pm. Embassy statement According to a press release, the office timings of the Consular Section of Embassy of India, Doha, will be as follows: 8:15 am to 11:30 am: Submission of applications 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm: Collection of documents after rendering of consular services New Address In 2016, the Embassy had moved to its new premises in West Bay. Here is the new address : Villa No 86 & 90, Street No. 941, Al Eithra Street, Zone 63,Onaiza, PO Box No. 2788,Doha – Qatar. Location Map GPS coordinates : 25°19’47.5″N 51°31’02.4″E Click here for Indian Embassy contact details Published on 13 May…

India
NRIs, OCIs need not link Aadhaar with Bank Account, PAN or SIM cards: UIDAI

Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) do not have to link their bank accounts, PAN or SIM cards with Aadhaar card, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has reiterated. On their official Twitter account, UIDAI, the authority for issuing the biometrics-based Aadhaar cards, has retweeted a statement from official Digital India Twitter account. If you a NRI or OCI, here’s #Aadhaar related information for you… pic.twitter.com/i8g8cVLR0g — Digital India (@_DigitalIndia) October 5, 2017 “NRI/OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) are not eligible to obtain Aadhaar as per the Aadhaar Act and hence are fully exempted to produce Aadhaar for any verification,” the tweet said. “NRI/OCI need not verify their bank account or SIM or PAN with Aadhaar. If required, they may inform the service provider(s) that they being NRI/OCI are exempted from Aadhaar verification,” the tweet added. Many NRIs are still confused whether it is mandatory for them…

Qatar
Qatar may exclude more job categories from driving licence

Qatar’s Traffic Department may soon declare more job categories as ineligible for light-vehicle licences, The Peninsula has reported citing a senior official. The new restriction will be in addition to existing list of 180+ jobs already banned from having the licence. The measure is being done as part of a national strategy to address traffic congestion, the senior official at General Directorate of Traffic Department told the newspaper. “Currently, the demand of driving licence is very high and there are many categories of jobs which will be banned from getting car driving licence,” the official reportedly said. “The department is waiting for the completion of mega urban projects and once they like roads and bridges are completed, the department can relax the policy,” the official added. Categories of jobs that may be banned According to the official, the categories of jobs which could be banned in near future included jobs…

UAE
Sharjah Ruler orders to release prisoners involved in non-criminal offences

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has announced amnesty for prisoners serving sentences in Sharjah jails in financial and non-criminal cases. “Indian nationals and others serving prison terms in Sharjah for non-serious crimes would be released,” he announced during a public event in India. Dr Shaikh Sultan, who is currently visiting Kerala, was responding to a request by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan that several Keralites are in jail in Sharjah in labour-related and visa cases and should be released so that they can return home. Al Qasimi, deviating from his prepared speech, said there were people in Sharjah jails who were not only from Kerala, but from many other countries. “Those who have not committed serious crimes, but indulged in minor offences like quarrels, will all be released,” he said. According to media reports, the amnesty applies to 149…

UAE
UAE to give visa on arrival for Indian citizens with UK and EU residency

The UAE on Wednesday approved a decision to grant visa on arrival to Indian passport holders with residence visa from UK and the European Union. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum himself announced the decision through his twitter handle. واعتمد المجلس أيضامنح رعايا جمهورية الهند الحاصلين على تأشيرة الإقامة من المملكة المتحدة ودول الاتحاد الأوروبي إذن دخول من جميع منافذ الدولة— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) September 13, 2017 The decision to have a simplified visa process is aimed at advancing the UAE-India relations in economic, politics, and trade, said officials. Earlier this year, the UAE Cabinet had approved a decision to grant Indian passport holders with either a valid US visa or a green card a visa on arrival. The announcement…

Qatar
Qatar Emir congratulates new Indian President

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent a cable of congratulations to President Ram Nath Kovind on his election and swearing in as President of the Republic of India, Qatar News Agency reported. Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani also sent a cable of congratulations to the President Ram Nath Kovind on his election and swearing in as President of India. Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani also sent a similar cable of congratulations to President Ram Nath Kovind, the report said. India-Qatar cooperation in diverse sectors has been steadily growing in an excellent framework provided by historically close ties and regular and substantive engagement, including at the highest levels of the two Governments. During a visit to India by Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in March 2015, five MoUs entailing co-operation in several fields were signed. Former…

India
NRIs don’t have to reveal overseas bank details to India govt: CBDT

It is not mandatory for all Non-resident Indians (NRIs) to disclose their overseas bank accounts in the income tax return form, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has said. Putting to rest all confusion on the issue, Sushil Chandra, chairman of the CBDT, on Monday said that only those who seek tax refunds and do not have a bank account in India need to submit their overseas bank account details. Earlier there were reports on Indian media that government is seeking overseas bank account details of NRIs and plans to impose tax on overseas savings. Ministry of Finance’s Tax Department has issued a statement, clarifying the issue which had puzzled NRIs and expatriates. Overseas details only if seeking tax refund “Therefore, the non-residents who are not claiming refund or non-residents who are claiming refund but having a bank account in India are not required to furnish details of their foreign…

UAE
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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