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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.

More than 122,000 visit Katara during Eid festivities

Katara – the Cultural Village has received more than 122,000 visitors from within Qatar and abroad during Eid-al-Adha festivities with a considerable turnout of tourists from other GCC countries. The various activities that appealed to all such as the fireworks, the “Big Bang and the story of universe” show, and various other music shows, were a great attraction to the different visitors alongside the varied restaurants and eateries overlooking the beach. Many GCC visitors from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Kuwait, said that every time they land in Doha they find new things that enhance their enjoyment in the country. In particular, Souq Waqif with its traditional and heritage outlook is one of the major destinations for them, beside Katara, The Pearl-Qatar and various other shopping malls and public parks. Katara Drama Theatre is currently presenting a daily show of a social comedy play titled Abu Salama. The play,…

NRI cell to be set up in Telangana

Telangana government will soon set up a dedicated NRI cell along the lines of Kerala and Punjab to help the  distressed Telanganites working abroad. The cell will be headed by a superintendent of police.  On receiving complaints from overseas Telanganites or from the Indian missions in the host countries, the cell will assist the workers in resolving their problems. The NRI cell will launch a 24-hour toll-free helpline at the police headquarters with the primary objective of speedy disposal of complaints the Non-Resident Telanganites (NRTs) complaints. The families of the NRIs in the state can also avail the service to lodge complaints on matters concerning them or their families in the country.  They can also e-mail their complaints to the NRI cell, which would be addressed on a priority basis. Although no official figures are available, one estimate puts the number of Telanganites in the Gulf at one million. It…

26 year old Indian expat killed in accident

A 26-year-old Indian expatriate died in a road accident when his car got sandwiched between two trailers on Wakrah-Corniche road late in the evening on Thursday. Sources which identified the victim as Prajo Joseph said he had been working in a construction firm for the last three years. Joseph, who was in Qatar for close to three years, was a safety officer with his company. He was a native of Kavanad in Kerala’s Kollam district. Joseph leaves his wife and parents. His wife was supposed to join him later this month. A memorial service will be held for Joseph at Hamad Hospital mortuary at 2pm today, said his uncle John Francis Gregory.

Satyamev Jayate aim to change the game

The premiere of the third season of Satyamev Jayate saw Aamir Khan take up the cause of sports in India with an aim to change the game. The episode cast the spotlight on achievers from all ranks of society, from villages to cities, and on organizations and individuals who had helped talent blossom irrespective of the athlete’s background. Among them, some of the most inspirational stories were that of footballer Akhilesh Paul and nine-year-old pro golfer Shubham Jaglan. Sports lawyer Rahul Mehra also spoke of the need of a sports law to ensure the equal and fair promotion of every sport by the government. Predictably, tweeters were in prime form on Sunday morning, sharing their views on the episode and its featured guests. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar also tweeted about the show. Source: IndiaTimes

Festivities mark first day of Eid in Qatar

Residents and citizens marked the first day of Eid on Saturday by thronging mosques and, as the day progressed, flocked to malls and other hotspots where Eid entertainment activities were on in full swing. Thousands converged on Msheireb Downtown Doha to observe the project’s maiden Eid prayer at a dedicated prayer ground. Festive mood could be felt all over Qatar as people thronged popular venues to spend the first day of Eid with relatives and friends sharing with them the spirit of the joyous occasion. The malls pulsated with life as performers presented colourful shows as part of the ‘Eid Celebrations in Qatar’ programme organised by Qatar Tourism Authority. City Centre Doha, Lagoona, Hyatt Plaza, Landmark, The Mall and Al Khor Mall offered shows and activities many of which have been brought to Qatar for the first time. Among the shows and activities that enthralled audiences in the malls included…

Asian Games: India finishes with 57 medals

The 17th Asian Games drew to a close with an enthralling cultural extravaganza on Saturday after 15 days of action at the end of which India managed to stay inside top 10. World sports powerhouse China topped the medals table for the ninth time with another staggering haul of 342 medals, which included 151 gold, 48 less than what they pocketed at home four years ago in Guangzhou. India finished eighth in the medals table with a total haul of 57, comprising of 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze. The medal count went down but Indian sports still had lots to celebrate with the men’s hockey team coming good after a long time to strike gold even as the legend of MC Mary Kom got bigger in a mixed Asian Games campaign for the country’s athletes in Incheon, South Korea. Pistol shooter Jitu Rai and freestyle grappler Yogeshwar Dutt…

India Govt scholarships for NRI students

There are many schemes and programmes for NRIs initiated by the Central Government and various State Governments. Lack of public awareness and ignorance by media result in these being not available to the majority of NRIs. NRICafe is committed to bring to you such news and information. Here is something that might be useful to you: Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) was introduced in the academic year 2006-2007 with the objective to make higher education in India accessible to the children of overseas Indians and promote India as a centre for higher studies. Under the scheme, 100 PIO/NRI students are awarded scholarship of up to US$ 4,000 per annum for undergraduate courses in Engineering, Technology, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Commerce, Management, Journalism, Hotel Management, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and some other courses. The scheme is open to NRIs/PIOs from over 40 countries (including Qatar) having substantial Indian Diaspora population. The applications…

Team ‘Happy New Year’ launches reality show

The team of Shahrukh Khan’s Diwali extravaganza Happy New Year has launched a dance reality show for Zee TV. The show, titled ‘Dil Se Naachein Indiawaale’ will go on air October 11 and has called for entries from dance enthusiasts across the country. Happy New Year director Farah Khan, along with the film’s actors – Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah -attended the press conference to launch the show. The leading lady Deepika Padukone could not make to the launch event. Dancers, who have been shortlisted after their Happy Dancing video have been selected after an initial round of auditions and will now get a chance to perform in front of the ‘Agents of Happiness’. Some of the participants from the show performed live at the event, offering a glimpse of what the show would offer.

7 events to celebrate your Eid in Qatar

As you look foward to celebrating your Eid in Qatar with friends and family, fabulous meals, live events and loads of fun activities, here is a list of our hand picked events for you: 1. Shreya Ghoshal Live in Concert – Salam Doha 5th October – West End Park Amphitheatre – 7:30 pm – More Details 2. Eid T20 Cricket Festival – World XI vs Asia XI 6th October – West End Park Cricket Statdium – 6 pm – More Details 3. Eid Al Adha Fest for Communities 4th October – West End Park Amphitheatre & Al Khor Club – 5 pm – 10 pm – More Details 4. Disco Dandiya 6th October – Doha Marriot – 5 pm – More Details 5. Angry Birds Exhibition 4-31 October – Katara Cultural Village – More Details 6. Eid Fireworks at Katara 4th-6th October – Katara Cultural Village – 10.30 pm 7. Eid Celebrations in all shopping malls Six malls – City Center Doha, Landmark, Lagoona, The Mall, Hyatt Plaza, and…

Around The World
Microsoft announces Windows 10, skips 9

Microsoft Corp announced its ‘Windows 10’ operating system replace the largely unpopular Windows 8, skipping a number to mark a leap toward unifying the way people work on tablets, phones and traditional computers. The next version of Microsoft’s flagship product, which still runs the vast majority of personal computers and is used by 1.5 billion customers worldwide, is aimed at recapturing the lucrative business market, which generally ignored the new-look Windows 8. Windows 10 will be “our greatest enterprise platform ever,” said Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s head of operating systems, at an event in San Francisco. Only 20 percent of organizations migrated to Windows 8, which was released two years ago, according to tech research firm Forrester. Many PC users disliked the touch-optimized interface and bemoaned the loss of the traditional start-button pop-up menu. Microsoft faces an uphill struggle in reigniting excitement about Windows. With the rise of Apple Inc’s iPhone…

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