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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
Emir receives greetings from India for Qatar National Day

The warmest greetings have been conveyed to His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the others members of the ruling family, representatives of the Government of Qatar and the people of Qatar on the occasion of Qatar National Day 2017 on behalf of the Government and the people of India and on his own behalf, by the Indian ambassador P Kumaran. In a statement released by the Indian embassy yesterday, the envoy said: “I wish to convey our deep appreciation of the impressive strides made by the State of Qatar in a number of areas, including education, industry, business, infrastructure, tourism and social development. It is heartening to note that Qatar is well on its way to realising the objectives identified under the Qatar National Vision 2030. “India and Qatar have deep-rooted ties, nurtured through history by active…

Qatar
Emir inaugurates ‘Made in Qatar’ exhibition

His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani inaugurated the fifth edition of ‘Made in Qatar’ Exhibition at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre on Thursday morning. His Highness the Emir toured the exhibition where he was briefed about the various national industries participating in the event. The Emir was briefed about the important projects and industries and their contribution to the Qatari economy. Sheikh Tamim also visited the pavilions of the sponsoring and participating companies in the exhibition and the pavilions of traditional crafts. The Emir was accompanied by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani and a number of ministers, members of Qatar Chamber’s board of directors and businessmen. The “Made in Qatar” Exhibition is the largest industrial expo in the country, is organized by the Qatar Chamber in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy & Industry. It represents a…

Qatar
Ooredoo offers 18GB bonus data on Qatar National Day

Ooredoo has announced that in celebration of Qatar National Day (QND) on December 18, all customers who recharge their data, Hala Flexi, or subscribe to an Endless Internet Pack, will receive 18GB of local data free. The free bonus data will be valid for three days, one time per customer. To get the free data, Hala, Shahry and Mobile Broadband customers must recharge their data by QR100 or above, or purchase a Hala Flexi QR60 or above. For Endless Internet Pack subscribers QR70 or above, existing and new customers are both eligible for the free data. The promotion will run from December 17–19. To opt-in to the offer, customers will need to visit the Ooredoo App after recharging their data or subscribing to an Endless Internet Pack to redeem their free data. Manar Khalifa al-Muraikhi, director of PR and Corporate Communications, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “Ooredoo is proud to be a…

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas in kingdom after 35-year ban

Saudi Arabia has lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to open next March, in a decision that could boost the kingdom’s nascent film industry. Reviving cinemas would represent a paradigm shift in the kingdom, which is promoting entertainment as part of a sweeping reform plan for a post-oil era, despite opposition from conservatives who have long vilified movie theatres as vulgar and sinful. “Commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the Kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years,” the culture and information ministry said in a statement. Like most public spaces in the kingdom, cinema halls are expected to be segregated by gender or have a separate…

India
India’s Manushi Chhillar crowned Miss World 2017

India’s Manushi Chhillar was today crowned as Miss World 2017 at a grand event held in Sanya in China. The 20-year-old medical student from Haryana had won Femina Miss India World 2017 in May this year. The announcment was made on the pageant’s official Twitter handle. “The winner of Miss World 2017 is Miss India Manushi Chhillar,” the tweet said. pic.twitter.com/lzYe3YKrXb— Miss World (@MissWorldLtd) November 18, 2017 Manushi had made it to the top 5 along with contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico. The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza. pic.twitter.com/qLhZC5EGwe— Miss World (@MissWorldLtd) November 18, 2017 The coveted title was last won by Priyanka Chopra for India in 2000, a year after Yukta Mookhey had made the country proud. In 1997, Diana Hayden had bagged the title, while Aishwarya Rai had the honours in 1994. Reita Faria was the…

UAE
UAE-based bank Emirates NBD begins operations in India

Emirates NBD, a leading bank in the region, has marked the commencement of operations in India with the inauguration of its first branch in Mumbai. The Mumbai branch, centrally located in Maker Maxity, Bandra Kurla Complex, marks the bank’s fifth international branch outside of its UAE network. The branch will offer a range of services to corporate, SME and institutional clients including trade finance, treasury services, bilateral and syndicated loans in addition to supporting non-resident Indian customers looking for cross-border wealth management solutions. Shayne Nelson, Group CEO of Emirates NBD, said, “We are delighted to expand our footprint to India, building on the UAE’s strong historic, cultural and commercial ties with the country. As a key trading partner of the UAE and as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, India represents an important and strategic growth market. “Emirates NBD is the only UAE-based bank with physical presence…

Qatar
Doha-bound Indigo flight returns after bird hits aircraft

A Doha-bound Indigo flight suffered a bird hit on Thursday morning just after take-off and had to return to Chennai airport, officials said. All 134 passengers onboard were unhurt. The flight landed back within 30 minutes after taking off from Anna International Airport in Chennai at 1.47 am. The plane returned at 2.20 am. “Indigo Flight 6E-1707 from Chennai to Doha had a bird hit (on 16, as the aircraft was climbing after take-off,” the airline said in a statement. “Due to precautionary reasons, the pilot decided to return to Chennai for aircraft inspection,” it said. The airline also said the action was in line with the “recommended procedure by the manufacturer”. “During the process, crew informed all passengers and IndiGo arranged for an alternate aircraft to avoid inconvenience to passengers. At no point, safety of the passengers was compromised,” it added. Published on 16 November 2017

UAE
Indian expat on Saudi-India flight dies in Abu Dhabi

An Indian expatriate on an India-bound flight from Saudi Arabia died in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday after the plane made an emergency landing in the UAE capital. 35-year-old Mohammed Salim, a native of Malappuram in Kerala, died of cardiac arrest at Mafraq Hospital, minutes after he was rushed for emergency medical care. Air India Express flight IX-322 from Riyadh to Calicut made an emergency landing after the passenger complained of chest pain and vomited blood, Khaleej Times quoted Airport duty officer Sreenath S. as having said. “They were trying to divert the plane to Dubai. But the situation got worse when the passenger vomited blood, and plane made an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi,” he said. The duty officer said the plane landed in Abu Dhabi at 3.51 and by 4.15 the passenger was shifted to the ambulance and rushed to the hospital. However by 5.10, he was pronounced dead…

Around The World
18-year-old Indian-American student killed in road rage

An 18-year-old Indian-American dental student was killed in the US in a hit-and-run case when the driver of a pick-up truck ran his vehicle over her after a minor collision. Taranjit Parmar was on her way home when she got into a minor accident on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, New York Daily News reported. Parmar and the truck driver pulled over into the parking lot of a nearby gas station after the collision, the police said. But when she got out to inspect the damage to her vehicle, the driver of the pickup truck took off — and ran over Parmar while speeding away, it added. Parmar was on the phone with her mother when she was run over in the middle of rush-hour traffic, her father was quoted as saying by the report. “She had called my wife and said, ‘Hi, Mom,’” Parmar’s father, Ranjit Parmar said. “Then she…

Qatar
Indigo to start services to two more Indian cities from Doha

Indian budget airline Indigo is adding two new routes from Doha to their existing four daily flights. The airline will start flying to Hyderabad and Kochi from December 21. The flight to Hyderabad will leave Hamad International Airport at 22:00 and will land at Hyderabad airport at 5:00 the next day. The flight from Rajiv Gandhi Hyderabad International Airport, Hyderabad, will leave at 07:15 and will land in Doha at 09:30. The flight to Kochi, Kerala, will leave Hamad International Airport at 10:30 and will land at Kochi airport at 17:40. The flight from Cochin International Airport, Kochi, will leave at 18:50 and will land in Doha at 21:00. Booking has already started for both the routes on the airline website. A return ticket to Hyderabad costs QR1029, while one for Kochi showed as QR806 on their website. Indigo started operation to Qatar, its seventh international destination, on May 5,…

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