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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.

India
Facebook to create mobile app for Clean India

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, on his maiden trip to India, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss digital expansion in the country, and proposed that the world’s largest social networking site wants to work with the government for ensuring better education and healthcare facilities. The Facebook CEO and Modi, who has a huge following on Twitter, discussed a wide range of issues revolving around the innovative use of Facebook to serve the people. The Prime Minister also informed Zuckerberg about the Swachh Bharat Mission. It may be recalled that Modi shared his “‘Why Clean India” (before) and “My Clean India” (after) photographs along with a video on Facebook on October 3. Zuckerberg, one of the world’s youngest billionaires, said Facebook would help in the creation of a mobile app for Clean India and that it would be launched soon. They also talked about Modi’s Digital India mission, with…

Qatar
Qatar third most targeted in cyber attacks

Qatar is the third country after Saudi Arabia and Turkey in the Middle East and Africa (Mena) region to be targeted most in cyber attacks. Qatar faced close to 2,000 cyber attacks in the first half of 2014, according to FireEye, a major player in the area of cyber security. Between  January 1 and June  30 this year, Qatar saw 1,824 advanced cyber attacks that bypassed traditional security layers (IPS, Firewall, Anti-Spam, Web Gateway Security, Application Whitelisting and Sandboxing solutions). In the GCC region, Saudi Arabia faced the highest number (8,564) of cyber attacks in the first half of the current year. Turkey and Kuwait were the other countries which were targeted by cyber-attacks. Related : 10 tips to a safer online banking for NRIs Those with financial motives try to make money by stealing confidential information from commercial institutions or stealing intellectual property of any private or government organisations. Political…

India
Malala, Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai have been awarded the coveted Nobel Peace Prize for 2014. Satyarthi has been at the forefront against child labour since the 1990s. His organisation ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ has rescued over 80,000 children from trafficking and slavery. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said that the two have won for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. “Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.  He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights,” added the committee about the Satyarthi’s contribution. On Malala’s contribution, they said, “Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example…

Qatar
Doha in final 14 list of New7Wonders Cities

Doha has made it one of the 14 official finalists through to the last round of the New7Wonders Cities global campaign. The 7 Official New7Wonders Cities will be declared on December 7 this year. Doha is the only city in the GCC short-listed from over 1,200 nominees from over 220 countries. Announcing the finalists from the New7Wonders headquarters in Munich, Germany; Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders, commented, “The short-list is as inspiring as it is enlightening.” The rest of the finalists include Barcelona (Spain), Beirut (Lebanon), Chicago (United States), Durban (South Africa), Havana (Cuba), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), La Paz (Bolivia), London (United Kingdom), Mexico City (Mexico), Perth (Australia), Quito (Ecuador), Reykjavik (Iceland) and Vigan (Philippines). Started two years ago, New7Wonders Cities is the third global vote and follows the New7Wonders of the World and New7Wonders of Nature campaigns. Established in 2001, the foundation aims at contributing to the protection of…

Qatar
QA named ‘Best ME Airline’ for fifth year

Qatar Airways has been honoured for the fifth consecutive year as Best Middle East Airline at the 2014 Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards. The ceremony, which was held at the Conrad Hotel Hong Kong, was attended by key individuals from the aviation, travel and trade industries. The Annual Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards, which is now in its 23rd year, handed out awards in more than 50 categories. Qatar Airways Commercial Manager Hong Kong,Mr. Yap Kiang Thiam was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the airline. It has been a remarkable year Qatar Airways. In May, the airline moved to its new home base at the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, which includes the 10,000 square foot Al Mourjan Business Lounge, an airside hotel, more than 70 retail outlets and 30 cafés and restaurants. It also welcomed its first A380 and launched 10 new routes…

Community
PIO Card will be valid for lifetime

In pursuance of the announcement made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit of the US, a notification has been issued by Government of India to the effect that its Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Cards shall be valid for lifetime as long as the holder is holding a valid passport, the Indian embassy in Qatar said in a statement yesterday. The PIO card holders shall be exempted from police registration, irrespective of their duration of stay in India. Earlier, the duration of stay exceeding 180 days required police registration. Also, all PIO cards issued till September 30, 2014 are automatically deemed to have life time validity, the statement added. The Gazette notification issued on September 30 fulfils the Prime Minister’s announcement that PIO cardholders would enjoy a lifelong visa to India. Sharing the information, the PM, on microblogging website Twitter, said the efforts will “further strengthen our…

India
Unsafe Delhi : 5,841 children gone missing this year

The Delhi Police has drawn up a list of cases of children gone missing since January this year after three-year-old Jahnvi Ahuja went missing from the India Gate lawns on September 28. Police also said they will increase vigil in vulnerable areas like border pockets and urban villages like Bawana and Narela. According to police, between January 1 and September 30 this year, 5,841 minors (below the age of 18) have been reported missing. Of these, 2,637 were boys and 3,204 were girls. Police said that 3,927 of the 5,841 minors were traced while 1,914 were not. Moreover, on an average, a total of 15.6 children in Delhi go missing everyday, of which 9.5 are girls and 6.1 boys. In the vulnerable age group of 0-8 years, 2.37 children go missing everyday, of which 0.73 are girls and 1.3 are boys. A senior police officer said police presence will be…

India
Nokia to shut down Chennai plant

Telecom gear maker Nokia will shut down its Chennai plant from November 1 as Microsoft has terminated mobile purchase agreement from the the factory and it is left with no business. “Microsoft has informed Nokia that it will be terminating the manufacturing services defined in the agreement with effect from 1 November 2014. In absence of further orders from Microsoft, Nokia will suspend handset production at the Sriperumbudur facility from 1st November,” Nokia said in a statement. In September 2013, Nokia announced it would sell its devices and services (D&S) business, including assets in India, to Microsoft for $7.2 billion by March 2014. The deal was completed on April 25 but Chennai facility could not be transferred to Microsoft because of legal issues related to tax demand by Indian government. Nokia started manufacturing in Chennai in January 2006 and exported to markets including in the Middle East and Africa, Asia,…

India
Skype to block local voice calls in India

Internet-based calling service Skype will stop delivering calls on landline and mobile phones in India from November 10. The Microsoft-owned company did not give any reason for this move. In a statement, Skype said that : Users will not be able to make calls to phones in India if they are based in India. Skype calls to other countries are still enabled for India-based users. Those outside India can make calls to landline and mobile phones in India. Skype is offering to fully refund the users who have been affected by this announcement. The company has also apologized to them in a statement. VoIP services like Skype allow users to make calls on phones via the internet. Government regulations do not allow such companies to make internet-based calls originating from India. Therefore, such companies reroute the calls (made by India-based users) internationally, thus circumventing the law. It is not yet clear…

News
Shah Rukh receives Global Diversity Award in London

Bollywood super star Shah Rukh Khan was presented with the Global Diversity Award at the State Room of Britain’s House of Commons in London. The awards is for his outstanding achievements in the field of cinema and his involvement in philanthropic endeavours. Receiving the coveted award from Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow at a special ceremony held in the House of Commons last night, the 48-year-old actor described it as a “big honour.” “This is a special day for me and I am very humbled to receive the award instituted by Rainbow Foundation,” Shah Rukh said. Noting that he came from a humble background, the actor said he has been working for the last 33 years. Previous recipients of the award are Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, actor Aishwarya Rai, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, Formula One racer…

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