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Deadline for Conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Cards - 23 November 2017

Deadline for Conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Cards

Immediate vacancy - 23 November 2017

Immediate vacancy

Global Industrial Showcase 2018 - Details - 27 October 2017

Global Industrial Showcase 2018 - Details

Holiday Notice - Muharram and Gandhi Jayanti - 28 September 2017

Holiday Notice - Muharram and Gandhi Jayanti

The new office timings of the Consular Section of the EoI,Doha w.e.f 03/10/17 - 28 September 2017

The new office timings of the Consular Section of the Embassy of India, Doha w.e.f Tuesday 3rd October, 2017

Online Passport Applications in Qatar - 15 September 2017 - 7 September 2017

Online Passport Applications in Qatar - 15 September 2017

Holiday Notice- 04 September,2017 - 31 August 2017

Holiday Notice- 04 September,2017

Consular Service Re-Schedule -01 September,2017 - 31 August 2017

Consular Service Re-Schedule -01 September,2017

Hon'ble President's Address on the eve of India's Independence Day 2017 - 14 August 2017

Hon'ble President's Speech on the eve of India's Independence Day 2017-English Version

Hon'ble President's Address-Independence Day 2017 -in Hindi - 14 August 2017

Hon'ble President's Speech on the eve of India's Independence Day 2017-Hindi Version

Holiday Notice - 10 August 2017

Holiday Notice –Independence Day

INDEPENDENCE DAY - FLAG HOISTING - 7 August 2017

INDEPENDENCE DAY - FLAG HOISTING

Holiday Notice - 22 June 2017

Holiday Notice

Agri Leadership Summit from 18 to 20 March, 2017 - 5 March 2017

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Agri Leadership Summit' from 18-20 March, 2017

  

The State of Haryana is celebrating its 50th year  and organising an 'Agri Leadership Summit' from 18-20 March, 2017 at Surajkund in Faridabad, Haryana. The Summit has two distinct themes – promoting Haryana as a destination for Peri Urban Agriculture/Horticulture/Allied activities and focus on Agri Business & Marketing Leadership.  

It is focused on issues such as doubling of farmer’s income, climate smart agriculture, micro irrigation/soil health, organic farming, risk management, A2 milk production/dairying, aquaculture, agro product marketing, agro industries etc.

The objective is to harness the vast and untapped growth potential of agriculture in Haryana for accelerated, inclusive and sustainable growth leading to improved economic conditions and social status of farmers, agricultural workers and their families. The aim is also to create a linkage between farmers and the agri market towards maximum value creation.


The 3-day Summit aims at guiding the farmer and the agri-industry of Haryana towards maximum value creation and to create a direct linkage between farmers and the market.


About 350 Indian and foreign firms from the agriculture sector are expected to participate in this Summit. An E-brochure of the Summit is attached.  Any queries regarding the event may be addressed at e-mail Id: paca.mandiboard@gmail.com and fct.hry@gmail.com.  

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International Healthcare Tourism Congress 2017 - 23 February 2017

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

International Healthcare Tourism Congress 2017, Bangalore

3-4 March 2017

 

CIM Global and State Government of Karnataka is going to organise International Healthcare Tourism Congress 2017, at Bangalore on 3-4 March 2017 (Friday – Saturday) inviting participation from foreign Pharma companies, hospitals, medical tourism agencies, insurance companies, medical technology manufacturers, leaders in wellness and hospitality industry looking for business opportunities in India. India is a leading player in the medical tourism/healthcare industry and is emerging as the destination of choice for a wide range of medical procedures. Some of the advantages/characteristics of the Congress are:

 

-  Internationally accredited medical facilities widely available using the latest technologies.

- Highly quali?ed Physicians/Surgeons and hospital support staff.

- Hospitals with Excellent Infrastructure

- Caring nurses and paramedical staff

- Latest medical devices

- World class medical treatment at affordable costs

- Ultramodern pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging facilities

 

2.         Target Audience: The Congress is targeted for participation of Medical Tourism Agents, Hospitals, Tourism Board, Healthcare management Companies, Government bodies, National & International hospitals, Health insurance companies, Medical tourism companies and facilitators, Hotel chains, Airlines, Air Ambulance, Travel agencies, Financial organizations, Government of?cials, Pharma Industries, Medical Technology companies, Healthcare groups consulting ?rms, Wellness Industry, Medical Students, Researchers & Scholars.

 

3.         The program of the congress will have Buyer - Seller meetings, Hospital visits, Discussions on Ayush & Wellness, Gynaecology, Geriatric Medicine, Oncology, Organ Transplant etc.

 

4.            For more information and to register for the event, the participants may visit the website – www.ihtc.in. There is also a “Hosted Buyer Program” for qualified buyers. Interested participants can register themselves as Hosted buyer at http://www.cimindia.net/ihtc/form.php.

 

 

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CORRIGENDUM 04 TO RFP FOR OUTSOURCING OF CONSULAR SERVICES - 5 January 2017

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Reference No. EoI Doha/ Cons/OS/RFP/2016                                  Dated:  05  January, 2017

 

CORRIGENDUM (04) TO RFP REFERENCE NUMBER

EoI Doha/ Cons/OS/RFP/2016  DATED 21 NOVEMBER, 2016

FOR OUTSOURCING OF CONSULAR SERVICES

EMBASSY OF INDIA, DOHA

 

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

 

1.            Based on the requests received from some of the bidding companies, for extension of deadline for submission of proposals, the Embassy of India, Doha, after careful consideration has  decided to amend the deadline for submission of proposals from 08 January, 2017to 22 January, 2017.

2.         Accordingly, Para XIX 24 (f) of the RFP is amended as follows:-

The proposal must be received by 1200 hours on SUNDAY, 22 January, 2017. The Technical bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidding Companies or their authorized representative (limited to one person per bidding Company only) at the Embassy of India, Doha on the same day at 1200 hrs.

3.         Para  XXI. (SCHEDULE FOR THE RFP PROCESS), 26 of the RFP is amended as follows:-

 

The following is the schedule of the tender process:-

 

Deadline for Submission of Proposals: 1200 hrs on SUNDAY, 22 January 2017, i.e. RFP closing date

Date of beginning of outsourcing operations: 12 April, 2017

(Mission has the discretion to change the date as per exigencies)

4.         All other terms and conditions of the RFP, including Addendums 1 &2 and Corrigendum 1, 2 and 3, issued thus far, remain unchanged. 

 

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Extension of deadline for registration of OCI Cardholder by erstwhile PIO Cardholders - 3 January 2017

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Extension of deadline for registration of OCI Cardholder by erstwhile PIO Cardholders

 

Government of India has extended the date for submission of the application for registration as OCI cardholder  by the erstwhile PIO Cardholders till 30th June, 2017.

 

 

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention - 29 December 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention

 

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru from 7-9 January 2017. The expected footfall per day is 5000 plus, which includes delegates, invitees, exhibitors representing variety of sectors, officials from state and central governments, media among others.

 

For the first time in PBD, an Online B2B /B2G Meeting Platform for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2017 has been made live. The objective of this web platform is to provide delegates with an interactive web application which enables them to pre-schedule appointments online with Registered Delegates, Exhibitors, Govt. Officials and Foreign Dignitaries. The platform can be accessed via the official Pravasi Bharatiya Divas website  https://pbdindia.gov.in  and also it can be accessed directly at http://pbdb2b.in

 

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Holiday Notice Christmas Day - 21 December 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

HolidayNoticeChristmas Day

 

Embassy of India, Doha will remain closed on Sunday, 25 December, 2016, on the occasion of Christmas day.

 

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ADDENDUM 2 TO RFP - 20 December 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Reference No. EoI Doha/ Cons/OS/RFP/2016              Dated:  20 December, 2016

 

ADDENDUM 2 TO RFP REFERENCE NUMBER. EoI Doha/ Cons/OS/RFP/2016  DATED 21 NOVEMBER, 2016 FOR OUTSOURCING OF CONSULAR SERVICES,

EMBASSY OF INDIA, DOHA

 

RESPONSE TO BIDDERS QUERY REGARDING BID SECURITY DEMAND DRAFT

 

 

Response of Mission to the clarification sought regarding ‘Bid Security Demand Draft’ is tabulated below:-

Ser

Clarification Sought

Response

1.    

Bid Security Demand Draft needs to be prepared atleast 6-10 days in advance, so that it can be submitted with the tender response well within the deadline of the tender. In addition, as per rules, Banks will not issue any demand drafts for future dates, it is issued on the date it was created.

As per RBI Guidelines Demand draft can only have maximum validity of 3 months

There is no objection to acceptance of the Demand Draft with THREE months validity only, due to practical reasons. However, the Bidding Company must ensure that the Demand Draft is extended well in time, if required, as per demands of the situation.

 

Further, the Demand Draft may be prepared a week in advance, in view of banking regulations and restrictions.

 

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Holiday Notice Qatar National Day - 15 December 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Holiday Notice – Qatar National Day

 

Embassy of India, Doha will remain closed on Sunday, 18 December, 2016, on the occasion of Qatar National Day.

 

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TENDER NOTICE Supply and installation of cabin - 15 December 2016

EMBASSY OF INDIA
DOHA

TENDER NOTICE

Dated 13th December, 2016

The Embassy of India, Doha (Qatar) invites sealed tenders for the following service :

Supply & installation of cabin for local Police personnel outside the Embassy Residence

Scope of work

Supply and installation of a cabin of 4m x 2.80m size at Embassy Residence (Residence of the Ambassador of India to the State of Qatar), Doha-Qatar for use of Police personnel.

·                    The cabin should have 12 nos. foundation bases (40 x 40 x 40cm)

·                    Floor to be fabricated with 100mm x 50mm x 2mm MS tube and intermediate supports joint with main frame of 60 cms.

·                    Floor decking should be of two layer 18mm cement sheet and finished with 40x40cm ceramic tiles.

·                    Walls to be fabricated 50 x50mm MS tube at spacing of 600mm vertical. External wall finishing to be done with 9mm cement sheet. Internal wall finishing to be done with 12mm gypsum sheet and fenomastic paint.

·                    Roof of the cabin should be of 50mm corrugated sandwich panel aluminum foil back finish. False ceiling should be provided by 600mm x 600mm gypsum tiles.

·                    External door should be white powder coated aluminum heavy duty door with half glass door frame. Size of the door should be 200cm x 90cm (including door closer, hinges, lock and handle).

·                    Internal door (for toilet) should be white powder coated aluminum heavy duty door. Size of the door should be 200cm x 90cm.

·                    Cabin must have a Window – white anodized aluminum frame sliding window with insect screen and sun shade – 6mm thick glass size 140cm x 100 cm each piece.

·                    Provide 4way single phase distribution box.

·                    The cabin must have necessary electrical fittings such as switches, light fixtures and exhaust fan in the toilet.

·                    The cabin should have at least one new 1 ton split airconditioner unit.

·                    The toilet should have water closet, faucet, wash basin with mirror and with adequate lighting.

·                    Proper sewage drainage must be done while fixing the cabin at the site.

·                    It should be possible to disassemble the cabin and assemble it at another site at a later date.

Last date for submission of offers is 20th December, 2016. Contact person
Mr. Manoj Kumar, Attaché (Establishment) and contact Telephone No 44255741, Email: admn.doha@mea.gov.in.

Conditions:

i)                   The Company should have valid CR Number for Qatar

ii)                The Company should have an established Office with adequate number of staffs and necessary infrastructure related with the concerned job profile in Doha, Qatar.

iii)              Full company profile with details of registered office, name & designation of contact person, with telephone/mobile/e-mail may be enclosed. Details of similar nature of work done in other Embassies/companies with proof should also be attached.

iv)              The validity of the bid should be for three months. The bidder should be amenable to revalidate the quote as per the requirement of the Embassy of India, Doha.

v)                 No advance payment will be admissible. Payment will be made only after 30 days of invoicing after successful installation & commission of the the  cabin in the Embassy of India, Doha.

vi)              All the necessary manpower, material and transport shall be the sole responsibility of the winning bidder.

vii)            Successful bidder is expected to complete work under the supervision of the Embassy personnel.

viii)         In the event of the last day stipulated for tender submission/opening of the bids being declared a holiday, the immediate subsequent working day shall be deemed as the last day for such submission/opening of tenders.

ix)              The tendering firms shall enclose a letter of acceptance of all terms and conditions mentioned in the tenders.

x)                 Tenders may be submitted neatly typewritten in English. Each page should be signed by the authorized signatory and company stamp affixed on each page.

xi)              Sealed Tenders may be submitted to the Attaché (Estt), Embassy of India, Doha by 1200 hours on 20th December, 2016.

xii)            Tenders would be opened in the presence of authorised representatives of the bidders at 1500 hours on 20th December, 2016, in the Embassy of India premises.

xiii)         The Embassy of India, Doha reserves the right to amend or cancel any part(s) of the tender or the entire tender without assigning any reason whatsoever.

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CORRIGENDUM 2 AMENDMENT TO SIZE OF IVACs AND VALUE ADDED SERVICES - 15 December 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Reference No. EoI Doha/ Cons/OS/RFP/2016                 Dated:    15  December, 2016

 

CORRIGENDUM (02) TO RFP REFERENCE NUMBER

EoI Doha/ Cons/OS/RFP/2016  DATED 21 NOVEMBER, 2016

FOR OUTSOURCING OF CONSULAR SERVICES

EMBASSY OF INDIA, DOHA

 

AMENDMENT TO SIZE OF IVACs AND VALUE ADDED SERVICES

 

1.         Reference Embassy of India, Doha RFP referenceNumber. EOI Doha/ Cons/OS/RFP/2016 dated 21 November, 2016 for Outsourcing of Consular Services.

2.         Following discussions during the Pre-bid Conference at the Embassy on 14 December 2016, Section XI, (a), S.No II (Value Added Services Offered) may be amended as follows:

S. No

Service

Charges in Local Currency

V

Courier Service (normal) ONE-WAY

 

QAR 25.00

IX

Mobile Biometric Enrolment (Will be divided by 90 for the purpose of calculation of total of value-added services i.e., M).

 

QAR 900.00

 

 

3.         Further, Annexure (C) (Financial Bid), Part II-B (List of Approved Value Added Services), S.No 2 to be amended as follows:-

S. No

Description

Maximum price fixed in the RFP

Price offered by Service Provider

 

5

Courier Service (normal)

ONE-WAY

 

QAR 25.00

 

9

Mobile Biometric Enrolment (Will be divided by 90 for the purpose of calculation of total of value-added services i.e., M).

 

QAR 900.00

 

 

 

 

 

4.         Section XV, 19 (c), 2 (Size of the IVACs) to be amended as follows:

No.

Parameter

Service Level

Penalty for Violation

2

Size of the IVAC (Qatar)

 

1. Al Hilal, Doha 300 sqm(minimum)

 

2. Salwa 100 sqm(minimum)

 

3. Al Khor 100 sqm (minimum)

Any adverse discrepancies between the offer and actual size of the IVAC will result in a penalty of $100 per day up to a maximum of two months to rectify the situation. Any delay beyond two months, unless specifically approved, will result in termination of Contract, encashing of the Bank Guarantee for premature termination of Contract and future ban on taking part in tender

 

 

3.         Annexure (D) (Mandatory Criteria), Part III (3) (Size of IVACs) may be amended as follows:

No.

Parameter

3

Size of the centre (area and layout), to be specified for the respective Centres:

 

1. Al Hilal, Doha 300 sqm (minimum)

 

2. Salwa 100 sqm(minimum)

 

3. Al Khor 100 sqm (minimum)

 

Response from Bidding Company:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Minutes of Prebid Conference - 15 December 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Minutes of the Pre-Bid Conference for Outsourcing of Consular Services held in Embassy of India, Doha on Wednesday, 14 December, 2016

 

1.         Pre-bid Conference for the Outsourcing of Consular Services was held at Embassy of India, Doha on Wednesday, 14 December, 2016. The conference was attended by the following Embassy officials and bidding company representatives:

 

Ser

Name

Organization/ Company

Designation

(a)   

Mr P Kumaran

Indian Embassy

Ambassador

(b)   

Mr RK Singh

Indian Embassy

DCM/ OC Member

(c)   

Capt Ravi Kumar

Indian Embassy

FS (Cons)/ OC Member

(d)   

Mr Dinesh Udenia

Indian Embassy

FS (PEC)/ OC Member

(e)   

Mr KS Dhiman

Indian Embassy

HOC/ OC Member

(f)    

Mr Saju Jakob

ICGS

Managing Director

(g)   

Mr Sherin K Backer

ICGS

Incharge of IGCS Qatar Operations

(h)   

Mr Anil Benjamin

IGCS

European Head of operations

(i)     

Mr Mohammad Ansari

Q-POST

Sales and Marketing GPO

(j)     

Mr Kevin Ray

Q-POST

Rep

(k)   

Mr Mafaz Mohideen

Q-POST

Rep

(l)     

Ms Pooja Gautam

BLS

Sr Manager Business Development

(m) 

Mr VJ Francis

Al Hind

Rep

(n)   

Mr Saleem

Al Hind

Rep

(o)   

Ms Marita Bachhan

VFS Global

Head of Operations

(p)   

Mr Mohammed Asif

VFS Global

Rep

(q)   

Mr Debashish C

TCS

Rep

(r)    

Mr S Khanna

CKGS

Regional Head

(s)   

Mr Rubesh Kumar

TTS

Rep

(t)     

Mr Farukh Sardar

Mannai Travels

Rep

(u)   

Mr Basheer T

Al Able

ReP

 

2.         In his opening remarks, Ambassador welcomed the participants for the pre-bid conference and highlighted key aspects of the RFP, including the formats of the technical and financial bids, the formula for selection of L1, restrictions applicable for Value-Added Services, Service Level Agreement and the penalty provisions. He requested the bidders to go through the RFP in detail and to ensure strict compliance of eligibility criteria before rendering their respective technical and financial bids. Ambassador also informed that the Embassy was looking for a suitable Company that would assist the Embassy in smoothly rendering the large volume of consular services, in a professional and customer-friendly manner. He then welcomed the bidders to seek any further clarifications and queries regarding the RFP.

3.         The following issues were discussed:

 

S.No.

Clarification Sought/ Issue Discussed

Embassy’s Response

(a)

Clarification regarding eligibility, as Q-Post was associated with Govt of Qatar, and had not worked for  the Govt of India

It was advised to refer the RFP, where the eligibility criteria details for bidders and for local partners were clearly mentioned.

(b)

The area (in Sq ft) mentioned for the Main IVAC in Hilal (1300 Sq Ft), Salwa and Al Khor (500 Sq Ft) was inadequate, considering the number of applicants

Point was accepted and bidders were informed that a corrigendum with revised minimum area requirements for IVACs would be issued at the earliest.

Embassy also clarified that the service provider shall obtain clearance from the Embassy before finalizing the IVAC premises.

(c)

Whether Services at ICC would continue, after commencement of Outsourcing operations

It was informed that the present consular services at ICC would be discontinued after commencement of outsourcing operations.

(d)

Whether the IVACs in Salwa and Al Khor could work for five days, instead of two days

Embassy clarified that, as on date, the minimum requirement of number of working days in Salwa and Al Khor was two as per RFP; the same could be reviewed after commencement of outsourcing operations, depending on the demand.

(e)

Whether the IVACs in Salwa and Al Khor could work from a Mobile platform for two working days (Friday and Saturday)

It was clarified that IVACs in Salwa and Al Khor must be of permanent structures and not on mobile platforms, as per specifications mentioned in the RFP. We would have no problems with space hired just for the days on which the IVACs operate. However, the finalization of IVAC premises would be subject to clearance from the Embassy.

(f)

Which Services would have biometrics requirements?

It was informed that Biometric enrolment for visa applications will commence from day-1 of commencement of outsourcing operations, but biometrics for Passport services may commence a little later, after its introduction at Missions by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India. However, the infrastructure would need to be in place.

(g)

VAS Charges indicated for mobile biometrics (QAR 300) was inadequate.

Point was accepted in principle. During the discussions, most bidders were of the view that the charges need to be substantially enhanced, given the logistical expenses involved in this high-end service. It was informed that this would be discussed further internally and a Corrigendum to the RFP would be issued with revised VAS rate ceiling for Mobile Biometrics.

(h)

Recommend addition of Courier Service as a VAS for the convenience of the applicants

Point was accepted in principle and it was informed that a Corrigendum to the RFP would be issued with revised VAS rate for inclusion of Courier service as VAS. It was pointed out that Courier Service was an optional VAS and should not be forced on applicants through coercion or misleading information. Penalties involved for violation were also re-emphasized.

 

(j)

Details of number of applications submitted by travel agents was requested

It was conveyed that Embassy was not in possession of such details. It was also clarified that submission and collection by Travel Agents at IVACs was permissible. In such cases, courier services should not be forced on them, as long as they had an authorization letter from the applicant to collect the passport/visa on their behalf.

(k)

Clause of ‘unlimited liability’ may be amended

It was informed that no amendments can be made to this clause in the RFP, as it was a standard formulation being used for all Missions.

(l)

Clarification required for Service Fee/ calculation of service fee / Determination of weighted average of the Service Fee

Weightage formula for different service fees for different services and formula for Determination of weighted average of the Service Fee, as mentioned the RFP were explained. The weightage formula was only for the purpose of arriving at L-1. However, the operating service fees would be as per the offer/bid made by the winning bidder.

(m)

Time Frame for rendering of security clearance of the Ministry was requested.

It was informed that Bidders would be informed about the clearance from the Ministry. In case of non-receipt or pending security clearance, Mission would proceed on the basis of a provisional security clearance in order to ensure timely bidding process. The situation would be reviewed after the final clearance report is received.    

(n)

Clarification was requested regarding lowest quotes by companies, whose quality of service might be compromised.

Para XIV 17 (m) was reiterated regarding Embassy’s right to reject the lowest bid as unresponsive, if the costing details were deemed as unworkable.

 

4.         In conclusion, Ambassador thanked the participants for taking their time out to attend the pre-bid conference, and welcomed well-researched bids, as per timelines stipulated in the RFP.

5.         There being no further points, the meeting was adjourned.

 

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CORRIGENDUM TO RFP FOR OUTSOURCING OF CONSULAR SERVICES AMENDMENT TO VALUE ADDED SERVICES - 8 December 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Reference No. EoI Doha/ Cons/OS/RFP/2016               Dated:  08  December, 2016

 

CORRIGENDUM TO RFP REFERENCE NUMBER

EoI Doha/ Cons/OS/RFP/2016  DATED 21 NOVEMBER, 2016

FOR OUTSOURCING OF CONSULAR SERVICES

EMBASSY OF INDIA, DOHA

 

AMENDMENT TO VALUE ADDED SERVICES

 

1.       Reference Embassy of India, Doha RFP referenceNumber. EOI Doha/ Cons/OS/RFP/2016 dated 21 November, 2016 for Outsourcing of Consular Services.

2.       Section XI, (a), S.No II (Value Added Services Offered) to be amended as follows:-

S. No

Service

Charges in Local Currency

II

Photographs

(per Four Photos)

QAR 12.00

[Four Photos]

 

 

3.       Annexure (C) (Financial Bid), Part II-B (List of Approved Value Added Services), S.No 2 to be amended as follows:-

S. No

Description

Maximum price fixed in the RFP

Price offered by Service Provider

 

2

Photographs

(per Four Photos)

QAR 12.00

[Four Photos]

 

 

 

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ADDENDUM TO RFP FOR OUTSOURCING OF CONSULAR SERVICES RESPONSE TO BIDDERS QUERIES - 7 December 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Reference No. EoI Doha/ Cons/OS/RFP/2016              Dated:  07 December, 2016

ADDENDUM TO RFP REFERENCE NUMBER. EoI Doha/ Cons/OS/RFP/2016  DATED 21 NOVEMBER, 2016 FOR OUTSOURCING OF CONSULAR SERVICES,

EMBASSY OF INDIA, DOHA

RESPONSE TO BIDDERS QUERIES

Response of Mission to the clarifications sought by Bidders is tabulated below:-

Ser

Clarification Sought

Response

1.    

Whether the Bid Security Demand Draft should bear the name of ‘Embassy of India, Doha’

Yes.

2.    

Whether the bid security demand draft could be issued on 01 Jan 2017, with a validity of six months

Bid Security Demand Draft should be valid for a period of Six months from the Bid Opening date, i.e 08 January, 2017

3.    

What should be the validity of  the bank guarantees

Bank Guarantee should be valid for a period of one year after the date of expiry of the agreement, which would be initially for a period of four years.

4.    

Please advise if CONSPROM will be implemented from day 1 of commencement of operations.

CONSPROM will be implemented from Day 1 of commencement of operations, subject to convenience of NIC

5.    

Please advise if Biometrics will be implemented from day 1 of commencement of operations.

BIOMETRICS will be implemented from Day 1 of commencement of operations

6.    

1. Please provide the list of documents to be attested.

 

2. What is the expected turnaround time for attestation services?

 

3. Is the provision of express facility allowed for attestation services?

1. Original Educational certificates attested by MEA/ Govt of India, original marriage/ birth certificates attested by MEA/Govt of India, Police Clearance Certificates issued from India, Documents attested by MoFA, Govt of Qatar, original certificates/ mark lists/ TCs issued from Indian schools in Qatar, photocopy of original documents/ certificates

 

2. One Day

 

3. No. Emergency applications will be directly handled by the Embassy.

7.    

Section VIII, 11.A, Page 13, mentions about determination of weighted average of service fee.

Section XVIII, 23.ii.g, Page 50, states that weightage value of service fee of all the qualified companies will be announced and L1 will be selected accordingly.

Will the actual service fee be determined as a weightage value or a weighted average value? This calculation will impact our pricing exercise, so we request the Mission to please clarify on this.

Please refer the RFP document. All these details are available.

8.    

We understand that the sponsor (passive partner) is not required to meet the financial and experience criteria stipulated in the RFP. However, we also understand that if CKGS decides to go with a local partner, then that partner company should meet all the financial and experience criteria as per the RFP. Please confirm if our understanding is correct?

Please refer the RFP document.

9.    

The RFP states

The case of Power of Attorneys/Affidavits/Life certificate or any other such certificate where the applicant needs to append his/her signature in the presence of the Consular Officer, would be dealt with directly at the Embassy of India, Doha, and hence these services do not form part of this RFP.

Can we know how many such applications are processed by the Embassy on yearly basis and whether the number shared for Consular services include these?

 

 

The estimated number of services is about 15000, however, this is only an estimate and the Embassy does not guarantee this number.

 

 

 

 

10.         

The RFP States

The telephonic enquiries should be attended from 9 AM to 7 PM on all collection days

Since we have the main centre working on weekdays and the other centers working on weekends do we need the Contact centre to be operational for all 7 days?

 

Yes.

 

Telephonic enquiries should be attended  on all 7 days of the week from 9 AM to 7 PM

11.         

VAS rates are provided for 5 photographs. Visa application requires two photographs, Passport application requires four photographs and other Miscellaneous services require a minimum of two photographs. Can we propose rates for less than 5 photos?

Please quote for Four photographs, considering that this is a standard practice. Corrigendum to the VAS table in RFP is being issued.

 

 

12.         

Courier as a service is excluded from the RFP. Can we offer this as part of VAS?

No.

13.         

Mobile Biometric Charges of QAR 300 will be divided by 20 for the purpose of calculation of total of value-added services i.e., M. Does this mean that the charges defined are for 20 people?

Charges are for one applicant. Only for the purpose of evaluation of financial bids the amount quoted for this service will be divided by 20.

14.         

Counter details mentioned for Salwa and Al Khor indicate only Passport services are to be offered at these locations. Please confirm the understanding.

All consular services, except for Visa, OCI and Signed in Presence attestations, are to be rendered at Salwa and Al Khor.

15.         

Number of staff required is mentioned as 24 with 4 of them as Security Staff.

The understanding from the document is that the number includes security staff. Please confirm

Please refer the RFP. Details are very clear.

16.         

The service fee per visa/passport/consular application should be quoted, as per the Financial Bid format (Annexure-C), taking into account and inclusive of any local taxes and VAT currently applicable in Qatar. Annexure C does not have a provision to indicate the VAT and local taxes amount anywhere. One has to mention all tax related details only under Part III of Annexure C under point d. (Income Tax/Corporate Tax and other taxes as applicable. Please indicate the formula and working sheet showing the amounts of tax arrived at. Tax amounts which have already been included in Section- A should not be included again.) Hence a placeholder for VAT is required to mention the amount. Requesting guidance for the same.

Rates are required to be quoted on ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ basis.

17.         

Do the Centres at Salwa and Al Khor have to be permanent or can they be Mobile VACs moving places weekly / monthly within the designated area?

IVACs at Salwa and Al Khor should be permanent.

18.         

Details for Locations Salwa and Al Khor is missing

Salwa (Industrial Area) with adequate parking and air-conditioned waiting area for applicants.

 

Al Khor City with adequate parking and air-conditioned waiting area for applicants.

19.         

VAT, other taxes, UNCPI is missing in the RFP. Request you please provide the same.

It is the responsibility of the bidding company to make enquiries about figures. Rates are required to be quoted on ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ basis.

20.         

Will the mission allow Premium Lounge service for certain high profile customers? This service will be offered completely at the will of applicant?

No.

21.         

1.    We would like to do our own handling in Qatar on winning the bid. But as per the local regulations, it is not possible to start a 100% Indian Share holding Company. Hence it is required to get a Qatari National holding majority stake that will be referred as a sponsor. Generally such sponsors don’t have any involvement in the operations and activities. Kindly advice if we can apply putting our intention as direct handling and form the company in association with the sponsor for IVACs on winning the bid. 

 

No.

 

Please refer to the RFP.

22.         

Kindly advice on the number of applications received by post/courier during last year.

Nil

23.         

Kindly advice on the percentage of applications submitted by travel agencies.

Mission does not have such figures.

24.         

How many telephone calls and emails are received on a daily basis at the mission for CPV services?

Over 150 calls and about 30-40 emails are received on a daily basis. However, these are estimates, and these numbers are not guaranteed by the Mission.

25.         

Kindly clarify whether digitization of applications has to be done at the time of submission or after getting approval from the mission? Advice the number of pages to be digitized per application for Visa, Passport and Consular services.

Digitization of the applications is required to be done after rendering the requisite service. Pages to be digitized for various services  is as follows:-

 

(a)     Visa Applications – Visa applications (2 Pages) + Passport, QID Copies (2 Page) + Other supporting documents (depending on type of visa, etc)

(b)    Passport Application – Passport Applications (5 Pages) + Passport, QID Copies (3 Pages) + Supporting documents/ proofs

(c)     Consular Applications – Application form (1 Page) = Passport and QID Copy (3 Pages) + Copy of Document

26.         

Kindly confirm whether the digitization to be started for the applications submitted effective the commencement of the IVACs or to the application which has already been submitted to the mission?

Digitization shall be implemented from Day 1 of commencement of operations

27.         

What is the number of photographs required per visa application and passport? VAS mentions photograph number as 5. Can the number of photographs be 4? 

Number of Photos required

 

Passport – Ordinary – 02,      Damage/ Lost [4]

Visa – 1

 

Please quote for Four photographs, considering that this is a standard practice. Corrigendum to the VAS table in RFP is being issued.

 

28.         

In the list of approved Value added services, cost for courier service is shown as NA. Kindly confirm whether courier service is allowed or not. Does it mean that the applicant has to come and collect the same from the IVAC personally?

Courier service shall not be quoted, since this Mission has not been rendering consular services by courier.

29.         

Salwa (Two working days Friday & Saturday)

Al Khor (Two working days Friday & Saturday)

 

Since these centres will be receiving applications on holidays. Kindly intimate weather these can be submitted to the mission on next working day.

 

 

Yes

30.         

Average  No. of applications anticipated per annum 175611 & per day 702 in Doha,

 

Kindly provide month wise break up of no of applications for last 2 years at Doha

Details placed at Annexure 1.

31.         

The Service Provider should have special arrangements to deal with emergency calls outside office hours and on holidays to coordinate with the Mission/Post in each country of operation.

 

Clarification about the special arrangement to deal with emergency calls outside office hours and on holidays may be elaborated.

There is a requirement to attend emergency calls from the applicants even during the off-working hours/ holidays for assistance. Service provider is required to make necessary arrangements for the same.

32.         

Kindly indicate the mandatory Counters requirements at

1. Al Hilal, Doha

2. Salwa

3. Al Khor

Please refer to RFP.

33.         

Kindly indicate the currency for Bank Guarantee

Qatari Riyals or in USD (as per official rate of exchange, specified by the Mission)

34.         

Mobile Biometric Enrolment (Will be divided by 20 for the purpose of calculation of total of value-added services i.e., M). (QAR 300.00)

 

The maximum amount which has given at VAS charges for Mobile Biometric QAR 300.00 but for calculation of total of value added services the amount is to be divided by 20. Accordingly actual value which will be added in the VAS will be QAR 15. Kindly confirm the same.

Yes. Only for the purpose of evaluation of financial bids the amount quoted for this service will be divided by 20.

35.         

 

Kindly indicate the mandatory staffs requirement against each category of work at following IVAC's.

1. Al Hilal, Doha

2. Salwa

3. Al Khor

Al Hilal

12 Counter/

Processing Staff

2 Security Staff

2 Senior Executives

 

Salwa

4 Counter/ processing  Staff

1 Security Staff

1 Senior Executive

 

Al Khor

4 Counter / processing  Staff

1 Security Staff

1 Senior Executive

 

It may be noted that the above staff is only for providing basic services and does not include staff for VAS.

 

 

 

36.         

Kindly clarify, the person authorized by the directors of the company is authorize to sign all the relevant documents along with the annexure C, annexure D, annexure F and annexure G of the tender or not because as per the annexure it is mentioned that the document is signed by the CEO or equivalent Authority or the company

 

As indicated in the respective Annexure, signatures of CEO or equivalent authority is required 

37.         

Viability - Difference between (f) and (e).  = Zero

 

Kindly clarify that the difference between f & e should be Zero or it can be a positive figure.

Value shall be zero as specified in the RFP

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Annexure 1

MONTH-WISE BREAKUP OF CONSULAR SERVICES RENDERED FOR

THE LAST TWO YEARS

OCT 2014- SEP 2015

SER

MONTH

CONSULAR

PASSPORT

VISA

TOTAL

1

October 2014

4675

4943

827

10445

2

November  2014

6503

5894

864

13261

3

December 2014

5952

5601

1017

12570

4

January 2015

5649

6363

1439

13451

5

February 2015

5856

6269

1008

13133

6

March 2015

6961

6827

1518

15306

7

April 2015

6052

6016

1095

13163

8

May 2015

5917

5946

888

12751

9

June 2015

6418

5408

916

12742

10

July 2015

4624

3929

1746

10029

11

August 2015

6157

4816

1329

12302

12

September 2015

5857

4094

1180

11131

Total

70621

 

66106

 

13557

 

150284

 

 

OCT 2015 - SEP 2016

SER

MONTH

CONSULAR

PASSPORT

VISA

TOTAL

1

October 2015

7067

4877

872

12816

2

November  2015

7805

5552

1041

14398

3

December 2015

7338

6411

1042

14791

4

January 2016

7100

7568

1564

16232

5

February 2016

6617

7517

767

14901

6

March 2016

7791

8245

941

16977

7

April 2016

6394

7318

963

14675

8

May 2016

7307

8936

1056

17299

9

June 2016

6404

6268

1586

14258

10

July 2016

5266

5728

1829

12823

11

August 2016

6651

6764

2056

15471

12

September 2016

4835

5009

1126

10970

Total

80575

80193

14843

175611

 

 

RFP for Outsourcing of Consular Services, Embassy of India, Doha - 21 November 2016

India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians - 16 November 2016

India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians

 

India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) is a not-for-profit trust registered under Government of India established to serve as a credible institutional avenue to enable Overseas Indians to engage in philanthropy to supplement India's social and development efforts. IDF-OI channelises the philanthropic propensities and resources of the Overseas Indian community into national development and social projects. The Trust is chaired by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Hon'ble Minister of External Affairs. The Trust is exempt from the provisions of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010.

In recent months, some Projects under the Swachh Bharat Mission have been funded with their donations of overseas Indians. Two Community Toilets have been constructed in Vijayawada and Amritsar. Two more are being constructed in Sikkim and Amritsar. Details are on IDF-OI Website (https://idfoi.nic.in/). Several contributions have been received for National Mission for Clean Ganga.

The following have been uploaded on the google drive link (Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0JGBkdn4Rh2OUkzeVluQmNhZFE) :

a.    IDF-OI Logo

b.    IDF-OI Pamphlet

c.    A video message from External Affairs Minister urging Overseas Indians to support flagship programmes Swachh Bharat Mission, India, National Mission for Clean Ganga, and other social and development projects in India through IDF-OI

Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0JGBkdn4Rh2OUkzeVluQmNhZFE

 

 

NRIs in Qatar are requested to contribute to the GoIs Flag Ship Programmes through IDF-OI.

 

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 - 15 November 2016

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017

 

1.   14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention is scheduled to be held from 7 to 9 January 2017 in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

 

2.Invitation to PBD 2017: A video with message from Minister of External Affairs, inviting overseas Indians to the 14th PBD Convention is at Youtube link: https://youtu.be/j7gwtzKTdNc

 

3. PBD 2017 website : pbdindia.gov.inPBD 2017 Facebook page is

www.facebook.com/PravasiBharatiyaDivas2017.

 

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Electoral Participation by Overseas Indians - 15 November 2016

Electoral Participation by Overseas Indians

 

Election Commission of India has initiated an online survey for Overseas Indian Citizens to engage with the electoral process. The link may be seen at www.everyvotecounts.in. An online competition is also part of the initiative to incentivise the overseas Indian citizens and seek their contribution to the cause ‘Every Vote Counts”. The survey is available for two months, while online competition will take entries for a month wef 01 November, 2016.

Immediate vacancy - 13 November 2016

Immediate vacancy

 

Embassy of India invites applications for the posts of local Clerks. Candidates must have a valid Qatari Residence Permit, a graduate level degree, excellent typing skills, IT proficiency and fluency in English, Hindi and any regional Indian language. Interested candidates may kindly send their applications to Attaché (Administration) email: admn.doha@mea.gov.in by 20th November 2016.

Ambassador speech at Indian Community Reception on 2nd November, 2016 at Doha Marriott Hotel - 7 November 2016

Ambassador’s speech at Indian Community Reception on 2nd November, 2016 at Doha Marriott Hotel

           

President ICC Mr Girish Kumar,

President ICBF Mr. Arvind Patil,

President IBPN Mr. K M Varghese,

Office bearers of these apex organisations,

affiliated associations, ladies and gentlemen, 

 

            I am very happy to be formally introduced to you today, although I have met a number of you over the last couple of weeks.  I would also like to take this opportunity to convey my belated Diwali greetings to all of you.

 

            As you are aware, we have close relations with Qatar, anchored in historical commercial ties and people to people contacts. Today, nearly 6.5 lakh Indians form the largest expatriate community in this country. You all are the vital organic link between India and Qatar, which is indeed one of our important partners in the region.

 

            You are a microcosm of India, reflective of its vibrant diversity and its talents, given the wide variety of your professional and job profiles and your involvement in virtually in every sector of the Qatari economy.

 

            Over time, the profile of our community in Gulf countries has undergone a substantial transformation. Though a large number of Indian construction workers continue to be employed in Qatar, today we have a significant number of entrepreneurs and highly qualified professionals in the fields of finance, banking, insurance and IT, in addition to many other areas.  

 

            By providing highly skilled service at a competitive cost, our community’s role has proven valuable for Qatar’s economic growth and development.

 

            The Government of India believes that overseas Indians form an important component of the growth agenda of the nation.   I invite you to contribute in whatever way possible towards promoting the opportunities that India has to offer today. You can be an important catalyst for promoting India as an important investment and tourism destination. I would urge you to talk to your Qatari business associates and friends to look at India for  these purposes. 

 

            I want to assure you that the welfare of our nationals abroad, particularly in the Gulf region, is the one of the top most priorities of the Government.  In collaboration with the State Governments concerned, the Government has been proactively devising ways and means to address issues relating to our nationals living abroad.

 

            In fact, the recent decision to merge MOIA with MEA was also aimed at removing the bottlenecks in addressing some of the issues relating to Indians living abroad in an efficient manner. The merger is expected to introduce greater synergies and cohesion between Delhi and our Missions abroad.

 

            Over the last couple of years, the Government has taken several new initiatives such as creating digital platforms like Madad and e-Migrate so that Indians in any corner of the world are able to register their grievances directly and seek swift redressal. I would call upon you to spread the word that our workers should take full advantage of these online platforms. I assure you that in the coming months and years, we will have a much better grievance redressal system than in the past.

 

            Friends, as you are aware, the next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in Bengaluru from 7-9 January 2017. At this event, we are expecting enthusiastic participation from our diverse community in Qatar.  The effort is to have a meaningful and interactive event that would address the issues and concerns of our overseas community effectively.  Considering the opportunity that the event presents for overseas Indians, as well as the prestige attached to it, I would urge you to mobilise enthusiastic participation from Qatar.  Needless to say, a larger presence from Qatar at the event will ensure that our voice is heard loud and clear both at the event and thereafter.

 

            We remain engaged with the Qatari Government on various matters concerning our community here. I met the highest levels of our leadership just before leaving New Delhi for Qatar.  I also got the opportunity to meet the top levels of the Qatari leadership soon after my arrival here. I can tell you that there is great optimism and anticipation on both sides, with regard to the imminent take-off in our bilateral relationship in the coming years.  I must  share with you the high regard that the Qatari leadership has for the contribution of the Indian community in the growth and development of Qatar. Let me congratulate each one of you. You have earned a reputation for being disciplined, hard-working and law-abiding.

 

            I would like to thank the ICC for the commendable work done by them to organise and promote cultural activities on behalf of the community.  We should take this to greater heights in the future and help build bridges with other communities in Qatar. I had the opportunity of inaugurating a medical camp last week and was touched by the enthusiasm of the volunteers participating in that event. I would like to congratulate ICBF and affiliated organisations for the excellent community service work they undertake for the benefit of our workers. We need to do more of it. I also foresee a much more active role for IBPN in the coming years. 

 

            In my discussions in the last few days with several senior community members, there was an interesting suggestion made. This involves setting up a separate apex body for sports, which brings together all sports related associations in our community under a single platform.  By doing this, we will be also to engage more effectively with Qatari sports organisations and enhance our partnership in the run-up to FIFA World Cup 2022.

 

            I have a request to make before I conclude. I was surprised to find a few days ago that, despite our community size of nearly 6.5 lakhs, the Embassy's Twitter account had only 11,000 followers.  Similar is the case with our Facebook account. I would like you to promote registration on our Facebook and Twitter accounts in much larger numbers, so that any announcement we make can directly reach the entire community. 

 

 

            Last but not the least, I must also place on record my deep appreciation for the Qatari leadership for hosting our community and valuing their contributions to this country.

 

            To conclude, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to each one of you for your contribution to strengthen our relations with Qatar.

 

             I wish you all a successful and a prosperous future.

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Holiday Notice Diwali - 24 October 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Holiday Notice – Diwali

 

Embassy of India will remain closed on Sunday, 30 October, 2016, on the occasion of Diwali.

 

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Know India Programme - 19 October 2016

Embassy  of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Know India Programme

 

1.       Know India Programme (KIP) of the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India is a three-week orientation programme for diaspora youth conducted with a view to promote awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields e.g. Economic, Industrial, Education, Science & Technology, Communication & Information Technology, Culture. KIP provide a unique forum for students & young professionals of Indian origin to visit India, share their views, expectations & experiences and to develop closer bonds with the contemporary India. 4-5 such programmes are conducted every year in partnership with one or two State Governments.

 

2.       About 35 Indian Diaspora Youth in the age group of 18-26 years, are selected for each programme Selected participants are provided with full hospitality in India during the duration of the programme. 90% (ninety percent) of the total cost of air ticket (at lowest economy excursion fare) is refundable to the participants on successful completion of the programme by them.

 

3.      The content of the programme broadly includes the following:

 

·         Presentations on the country, political process, developments in various sectors.

·         Interaction with faculty and students at a prestigious University/College/Institute

·         Presentation on industrial development and visits to some Industries

·         Visit to a village to better understand a typical village life

·         Exposure to Indian media

·         Interaction with NGOs and organizations dealing with women affairs

·         Visit to places of historical importance/Monuments

·         Taking part in Cultural programmes

·         Exposure to Yoga

 

4.       So far MOIA has organized 24 Know India Programmes in which 729 Overseas Diaspora Youth have participated in these programmes.


5.      Four Know India Programmes: December 2016 to January 2017


Ministry will organize the following four Know India Programmes (KIP) from December 2016 to January 2017:-

 

KIP No.

Dates

Partner State

37

17.12.2016 to 10.01.2017

Uttar Pradesh

38

17.12.2016 to 10.01.2017

Kerala

39

27.12 .2016 to 20.01.2017

Gujarat

40

27 .12.2016 to 20.01.2017

West Bengal


6.       Updated Application Forms for the KIP and Revised Guidelines are available at www.mea.gov.in.Some important aspects w.r.t. these KIPs are as follows:-

 

(a)            All four KIP groups will participate in the youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 7 January 2017 in Bengaluru and the inauguration of 14th PBD Convention on 8 January 2017 - where PM and select Chief Ministers will participate and address the delegates. Therefore, Bengaluru has been included in the 25 day itinerary of the KIP groups.

 

(b)            In the Application Form, the applicant should indicate his preference for each KIP, in the order of priority. Ministry will attempt to allot the first preference of each applicant to the extent possible. If there are too many applicants for a specific KIP, the allotment of candidates will be on first-come-first serve basis and subject to fulfillment of all eligibility criteria.

 

(c)            Deadline for accepting applications is 30 October 2016.

 

7.       Interested PIOs may communicate with Embassy at dcm.doha@mea.gov.in/da@qatar.net.qafor further information regarding KIP.

 

 

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INAUGURATION OF THE PRAVASI BHARATIYA KENDRA - 30 September 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

INAUGURATION OF THE PRAVASI BHARATIYA KENDRA

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Hon’ble Prime Minister will inaugurate the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra and dedicate it to Indian Diaspora.

The webcast of the above event will be live from 1130 - 1230 hrs IST would be available at the following link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYK5_hH6U8k

 

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Three Guinness World Records Created in Samajik Adhikarita Shivir, Navsari, Gujarat - 28 September 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

3 Guinness World Records Created in Samajik Adhikarita Shivir, Navsari, Gujarat 

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities [Divyangjan], Ministry of Social Justice and Empowermenthad organized a mega camp for distribution of aids and assistive devices in Navsari, Gujarat on 17th September, 2016, which was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi. This was the 159th Mega ADIP Camp, which is so far the biggest, 11330 Divyangjan beneficiaries were benefitted.

At this mega camp, the following three Guinness World records were made

1.   The first record - “Highest number of Oil lamps lit simultaneously at single location” was set on the eve (16th September, 2016) of the Mega camp.  An incredible 989 Divyangs (Person with Disabilities) came together to set an all-new record- almost doubling the minimum of 500 participants they needed in order to achieve the title. The challenge was for each person to light the lamp exactly at the same time after a given signal within 30 seconds.

 

2.   The second record ‘Biggest Wheelchair Logo’ was also broken on 17th September, 2016 in Navsari, Gujarat.The 1,000 participants in wheelchairs depicted a message saying ‘Happy Birthday PM’ in Tri-colour. It bettered the previous record of 346 participants that was achieved by Hope Inc. in Moorhead, Minnesota, USA.

 

3.   The third world record ‘Most people fitted with Hearing Aid in 8 hours – Single location (600 Hearing Aid) was also set on the same day. Free assistive devices kits were handed out to thousands of Divyangs throughout the weekend, in addition to the hearing aids distributed during the record attempt

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Advisory on Fake Websites Claiming to Provide Visa Services to Travel to India - 26 September 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Advisory on Fake Websites Claiming to Provide Visa Services to Travel to India

 

1.       A number of fake visa websites are operating on the internet, claiming to provide e-Tourist visa services to applicants desiring to travel to India. In recent months, there has been an increasing number of complaints relating to fraud perpetrated by these websites. In order to mislead applicants, some of these websites have created images and home page templates mimicking the Government of India website for e-Tourist visa. A few prominent ones out of these are listed below:-

(a)      e-touristvisaindia.com

(b)      indianvisaonline.org.in

(c)      e-visaindia.com

 2.      The correct website for Indian visa is indianvisaonline.gov.in and applicants are advised not to deal with any other fake websites that do not belong to Government of India.

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Holiday Notice Gandhi Jayanti - 26 September 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Holiday Notice – Gandhi Jayanti

 

Embassy will remain closed on Sunday, 02 October, 2016, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

 

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Global Conference on National Initiative towards Strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement in India - 25 September 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Global Conference on National Initiative towards Strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement in India

 

 

NITI Aayog is organizing a “Global Conference on National Initiative towards Strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement in India” from 21st October 2016 to 23rd October 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

 

The Chief Justice of India is the Patron-in Chief of the Conference. The event would be graced by the Hon'ble President of India, Dr. Pranab Mukherjee, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, Cabinet Ministers and various international/national experts on arbitration.

 

This international conference aims to provide a platform to engage the Indian legal and policy making community with the broader international commercial arbitration community especially the top-tier international arbitral institutions and all relevant stakeholders.

 

For any further clarification please contact:-

 

Suparna Jain or Aparajita Gupta or Satya Priya

ncai-niti@gov.in, suparna.jain@gov.in

 +91-11-23096749

Official Website: http://arbitrationindia.in/

 

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Holiday Notice Eid Al Adha - 8 September 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Holiday Notice – Eid Al Adha

 

Embassy will remain closed on Monday, 12 September, 2016, on the occasion of Eid Al Adha.

 

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Holiday Notice Onam - 8 September 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Holiday Notice – Onam

 

Embassy will remain closed on Wednesday, 14 September, 2016, on the occasion of Onam.

 

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas - 28 August 2016

EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

14th PBD Convention is scheduled to be held from 7-9 January 2017 in Bengaluru. A portal for PBD has also been inaugurated (pbdindia.gov.in). The programme for the event and other details regarding PBD 2017 can be seen in this portal. Delegates have to register online and make payment of Registration Fees through the Payment Gateway on this portal.

Indian community may register for the event at the earliest, since the deadline for registration is 7 December 2016.

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Tex Styles India Exhibition - 24 August 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

Tex Styles India Exhibition

ITPO is the premier trade promotion agency of the Government of India and organizes trade shows in products with large export potential such as Food products, leather and leather products and textiles.

2.     ITPO is organizing the Tex-Styles India,  exhibition in Delhi and Kolkata, with the Kolkata edition  following the Delhi edition after a gap of one day. The  fair dates are: Delhi, the 18th edition Feb. 21-24,  2017  in Hall No. 11, Pragati Maidan, Delhi and Kolkata, Debut  edition Feb. 26-28, 2017 at Milan Mela Complex, Kolkata. Around 150  companies will be displaying their products at the Delhi event and more than 50 companies at the Kolkata Show. The display profile of the event covers Furnishings; Fabrics Yarns and fibres; Apparel(Men, Women and kids apparel) - Outer wear and Jackets, pants, skirts, one-piece dresses, blouses, shirts, tunics, cut and sewn garments, Technical Textiles - Nets, Surgical, Medical and Sanitary textiles, Technical & Safety Apparels, Car Seat Covers, HDPE Woven Sacks, Sports Wear, Upholstery, Labels and Laces, Belts, Ropes and Hoses, Nylon Tyre Cord Fabric & Geo-textiles; Trims & Accessories - Shawls, Tussels, Laces, Threads and other embellishments to enhance the look & feel of the modern apparel and furnishings; Textile Gifts and Support Services -CAD/CAM Systems, Colour & Trend Forecasts, Trade Publications and support services for the Textile & Furnishing industry. More details are available on  www.indiatradefair.com/tex-sylesindia

3.     ITPO will be offering hospitality to buyers for the two shows by (i) two day hotel stay at 4/5 star hotel in Delhi during the fair and (ii) air-fare Delhi-Kolkata-Delhi and two days stay at 4/5 star hotel in Kolkata during the show dates.

4.     For any query , ITPO  officers Mr. B. K. Garg, Manager;  Tel: 91-11-23378934/ Cell: +91 8826940213/ email : bkgarg.itpo@gmail.com & texstylesindia@itpo.gov.in for the Delhi edition and ; Mrs. Rumela Roy, Manager, ITPO Kolkata Tel: +91-33-22825820/ Cell: +919874649720 email:itpocal@cal3.vsnl.net.in may be contacted.

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Holiday Notice Janmashtami - 24 August 2016

Embassy of India

Doha  

 

Holiday Notice Janmashtami

 

   On the occasion of Janmashtami, Embassy will remain closed on Thursday, 25 August, 2016.

 

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Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children - 21 August 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children

1.         The Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) Scheme was previously applicable to NRIs and PIOs of 40 countries for undergraduate programmes, with the approval of Hon’ble External Affairs Minister, the scheme has been revamped. SPDC is now applicable to 66 countries, including the State of Qatar. The revised guidelines are enclosed. Some important changes in the scheme are highlighted below:

2.    The scheme is now applicable to four categories of applicants:
a)    Persons of Indian Origin
b)    Non-Resident of Indians
c)    Children of Indian workers working in ECR countries
d)    Children of Indian workers in ECR countries – studying in India

3.    The number of scholarships has been increased from 100 to 150, out of which 50 seats are reserved for (c) and (d) respectively.

4.    The institutions that are covered under this scheme are:                                                                                                 
•    NITs, IIITs, Schools of Planning and Architecture
•    ‘A’ Grade institutions accredited by NAAC and recognized by UGC
•    Other institutions covered under DASA scheme.

5.    Income criteria is now applicable to all four categories in para 2.

6.    Applicants will seek scholarships after they obtain admission in the approved list of educational institutions

7.    MEA has developed a portal for SPDC which will enable online submission of application, processing and an alumni network. The portal will “go live” shortly and once the portal goes live, application can be submitted online.

The Nodal Officer in New Delhi for SPDC is as follows:
Name: Shri P. Bharadwaj, Deputy Secretary (OIA-II)
Tele No.: 011-24197952
Email: dsoia2@mea.gov.in

 

Scholarship Programme for

Diaspora Children [SPDC]

 

Guidelines and application form 2016-2017

 

1.  INTRODUCTION

 

 Government of India launched a scheme called “Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children” (SPDC), in the academic year 2006-2007, for the wards of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to assist them in pursuing Under Graduate courses in Indian Universities/Institutes.

2. SCHEME

Under SPDC scheme financial assistance for specific undergraduate courses in Professional and Non-Professional courses (except Medical and related courses)is  provided  towards tuition fee, admission fee and post admission services.

The scheme is applicable to NRIs and PIOs from 66 select countries as listed at Appendix-A.

3. NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS:

Scholarship shall be provided to 150 selected students, without earmarking NRIs/ PIOs. 50  out of these 150 scholarships are earmarked for Children of Indian workers (CIWG) in the 17 Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries subject to fulfilling eligibility conditions. Of these 50 scholarships 1/3rd shall be reserved for children who are pursuing studies in India, subject to fulfilling eligibility conditions.   If any of these seats are not filled up, they will be made available to applicants from other categories under SPDC and vice-versa.

 

ECR countries are: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

 

4. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

 

4.1   Nationality:

 

(a)  SPDC is awarded to following four categories:

(i)            Person of Indian Origin

(ii)           Non-Resident Indian

(iii)          Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries studying outside India

(iv)         Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries studying in India

Definitions about these four categories are given below:

b.    "Persons of Indian Origin" (PIOs) shall mean the Persons who are citizens of other countries (except Pakistan and Bangladesh) who at any time held an Indian Passport, or who or either of his/her parent or any of his/her grandparent was a citizen of India by virtue of provisions of the Constitution of India or Section 2 (B) of Citizenship Act, 1955 (Act No. 57 of 1955). 

 

Applicants are required to provide documentary evidence towards proof of Indian nationality or Indian origin.  

 Persons of India Origin (PIOs) applicants are expected to submit proof of Indian origin, preferably a valid PIO card or OCI card issued by the Government of India. Those who cannot submit documentary evidence of Indian origin are required to submit declaration about Indian origin.  Format is at Appendix B.

 

 In the absence of any documentary evidence about Indian origin, an affidavit from the applicant attested by the Head of Indian Mission concerned verifying the Indian Origin status of the applicant may be submitted.

 

c.    ` "NRI" in this context means Non-Resident Indians as defined in Income Tax Act, 1961 with the following clarifications:

 

An individual is Non-Resident, when he/she is "not a resident" or who is "not ordinarily resident". A person is treated as "not ordinary resident" when any of the following conditions is satisfied.

 (1) If he/she has not been resident in India in nine out of ten preceding years; (OR)

(2) If he/she has not been in India for a period of 730 days or more during the preceding seven years.

d.         Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries (for the purpose of availing scholarship under SPDC):

 

Children of Indian workers must have had at least 3 (three) years of education in any of the ECR countries (Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) during the last 6 (six) years and  passed the qualifying examination inclusive of 11th and 12th standard or equivalent (not beyond). 

 

e.    To apply under the quota under category of Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries, who are left behind in India, thecandidate must have passed the Senior Secondary (10+2) or equivalent examination from a system of education recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). 

 

 

4.2 Age:

            The SPDC is open to applicants in the age group of 17 to 21 years as on 1st October 2016.  Applicants born on or after 1st October, 1995 and before 1st October, 1999 are eligible to apply. Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University Certificate of Class 10th or equivalent, or as mentioned in a certificate for this purpose issued by appropriate Government authorities of respective countries will be taken as authentic for this purpose.

 

4.3 Academic Qualification:

           

Qualifying Examination:The candidate must have passed the Senior Secondary (10+2) or equivalent examination from a system of education recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), with requisite subjects. 

 

Minimum Marks in qualifying Examination:The candidate must have secured a minimum of 60% aggregate marks or equivalent grades in aggregate of all the subjects in the qualifying examination. 

 

Subjects of Study in Qualifying Examination: The candidate must have studied the prescribed essential subjects at the qualifying examination level to pursue a particular course of study. Details of Institutions and Courses offered are as given at Appendix-C.

 

Applicants/candidates who passed the qualifying examination (10+2) and has secured admission in an undergraduate course in the designated Institution in India (as per Appendix E) and fulfill other eligibility criteria can apply for SPDC. Such candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of marks/score obtained at 10+2 level along with submission of  proof of  Admission Letter issued by the Institution, duly stamped and signed by Authorized Signatory of that Institution and other required documents submitted online (on SPDC portal)  by 31st August, 2016.

 

It shall be the responsibility of the candidates to ascertain whether they meet the eligibility criterion for application under SPDC Scholarship scheme. Eligibility of candidates, in doubtful cases, would be decided by Ministry of External Affairs.

 

4.4  INCOME CRITERIA: Income criteria will be applicable to all categories of candidates i.e. NRIs & PIOs

 

The total monthly income of the parent(s) of the candidate should not exceed an amount equivalent to US Dollars Two thousand two hundred fifty (US$ 2250). The applicants’ parents will provide signed salary certificate from the employer and latest annual income tax return, which will be attested by the Indian Mission/Consulate.  

 

 

4.5       Candidates availing scholarship/financial assistance/any other assistance under any other Scheme sponsored and/or funded by State Government / Central Government of India shall not be eligible for assistance under SPDC. Candidates / parents/Guardians are required to sign a declaration as at Appendix D.

 

4.6       Existing beneficiaries shall continue to get the scholarships till the completion of their courses, if otherwise eligible.

 

 

4.7 HOW TO APPLY:

 

            After obtaining admission in selected course in any of the institutes as mentioned in Appendix ‘C’, students who fulfill all other eligibility conditions can complete and submit the application form in the SPDC portal.

5.  FURNISHING FALSE INFORMATION DECLARATION

In case, any information, certificate or declaration, as furnished by an applicant is found to be false or furnished willfully to hide material fact(s), the grant of scholarship to him/her will be withdrawn forthwith and no further correspondence will be entertained on this matter. The amount of scholarship already paid to such candidate would be recoverable from the candidate/parents/guardian. The decision of MEA would be final in this regard.

6.  SHORTLISTING & SELECTION PROCESS

Selection process will be based exclusively on ‘MERIT’:

6.1Receipt/Registration of Applications:

Applicant shall submit SPDC APPLICATION FORM (available on the website of Ministry of External Affairs www.mea,gov.inalong with the required documents (scan copy) by 31st August 2016. Only APPLICATION FORMS submitted online will be accepted.

 

6.2List of SPDC Awardees:

A  List of candidates  awarded  scholarship  in each category of candidates  would be drawn up on the basis of marks obtained by all the eligible candidates in +2 (or equivalent) exam in the following manner:

·                     The priority of candidates will be based on the aggregate marks obtained in all the subjects of qualifying exam (+2 or equivalent). 

·                     In the case of 2 or more candidates getting the same aggregate % of marks, the priority will be decided by considering their marks in English.

·                     A student scoring higher marks on the above criteria would have higher priority as compared to the student scoring less marks. 

·                     In rare cases, where two or more applicants have a tie on the basis of above criteria, the Merit/Priority shall be decided on the basis of date of birth [As per Christian Era] of the student. The senior student would be preferred to the younger.

·                     In case of any further tie, MEA will follow, the criteria as appropriate to the situation. 

·                     In case, a candidate has passed from an Examining Body which award only Grades and does not disclose marks obtained by them, the candidate would be required to submit the Range of the Grades adopted by the concerned Board/Examining Body and the Merit/Priority in such cases, would be decided on the basis of average/mean of the Range of the Grade scored by the candidate in each subject.

The decision of Committee in this regard shall be final and binding on all concerned.

List of first 150 eligible candidates category wise shall be prepared by the Selection Committee in the Ministry

·         Student’s complete name:

·         Date of birth:

·         Score obtained at 10+2 level:

·         Name of the Institution (where admission has been obtained):

·         Name of the Course in which admission has been obtained:  

List of selected candidates will be posted on the website of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) www.mea.gov.in on 1st October, 2016.

Candidates shall give their consent about acceptance of scholarship through e-mail to Ministry of External Affairs within 7 days of publication of the 1st list of shortlisted candidates.

In case of delay in scholarship payment, the candidate is required to pay the due amount to the Institution. Scholarship payment shall be released only on receipt from the Ministry of External Affairs.

7. CONFIRMATION OF SCHOLARSHIP

Thereafter,  candidates (names displayed in Selection List) shall submit an undertaking (Appendix E) duly stamped & signed by the respective Institution (within 15 days of display of 1st merit list) that as per the requirements of SPDC Guidelines the Institute shall submit  required documentation online from time to time. These documentations comprises of:-

·         The amount of Tuition fee, hostel fee and other fees charged (per annum),

·         Progress Report of the Student, for calculation of scholarship amount,

·         Bank details of the Institution for online transfer of scholarship funds.

Appendix – E shall be received in MEA/its designated Agency

-          By email (scanned version) within 15 days at  spdcindia@mea.gov.in.

-          By post/ in person (Original) within 22 days of the display of merit list to Section Officer (OIA-II), Ministry of External Affairs, Room no. 1025, Akbar Bhawan, Chankyapuri, New Delhi-110021.

Confirmation of scholarship benefit to these candidates will depend upon the consent of their Institution (APPENDIX – E) to comply with the guidelines of SPDC Scheme.

Based on the fee receipts, the student shall be sent an OFFER LETTER which shall contain details of the scholarship amount admissible to the student.  

 8. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

(a) In the First Year: Partial financial assistance to the extent of 75% of the total Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) subject to a maximum of US $ Four Thousand (US$ 4,000) per annum in respect of NITs and other institutions covered under DASA Scheme with effect from the academic year 2011-2012 (pertaining to those Institutes who had increased Tuition Fee for the Academic Year 2011-12 and onwards);

And where there is no increase in tuition fees for the academic year 2011-2012, the existing limit of 75% of IEC or US$ 3600, whichever is less would continue and would be made by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India to the applicants selected for the SPDC scheme.  IEC includes Tuition fee, Hostel fee & other institutional charges. (Food charges are excluded).

(b) For Second and Subsequent Years: The parameters for continuation of scholarship to selected applicants for the second and subsequent years of study are as follows:

                (i) Students securing 50% marks in aggregate in an academic year with clear pass marks in all subjects of study, would be eligible to receive the maximum admissible scholarship i.e. 75% of IEC or US$ Four Thousand only (US$ 4,000), in respect of NITs, IIITs, Schools of Planning and Architecture, ‘A ‘Grade institutions accredited by NAAC and recognized by UGC  and other institutions covered under DASA Scheme with effect from the academic year 2016-17 and where there is no increase in tuition fees for the academic year 2011-12, the existing limit of 75% of IEC or US$ 3600, whichever is less, in the following year of study.

(ii) Students, who secure less than 50% marks in aggregate in an academic year and have obtained clear pass marks in all subjects of study, would be eligible to receive 90% of the scholarship admissible under paragraph 7(b) (i) above, in the following year of study.

(iii) Students, who could not secure clear pass marks in all subjects but have been promoted by the Institute/University to the next academic year, would be eligible to receive 50% of the scholarship admissible under paragraph 7(b) (i) above in the following year of study.

(iv) Students, who have not been promoted to the next academic year, would not be eligible for grant of any further scholarship.

9. DISBURSEMENT OF SCHOLARSHIP

Admissible amount of scholarship shall be remitted by Ministry or through its designated agency directly to the concerned Institute/University on annual basis. Remittance of scholarship funds shall take place only on receipt of funds from MEA. 

[Please note that the total expenditure likely to be incurred in pursuing various courses of study will be higher than the scholarship amount provided. The expenses in excess, of the scholarship assistance being provided by MEA, shall have to be borne by the Candidate or by his/her parents/ guardians. It is in their interest to ensure that they have the adequate financial resources to meet these expenses for the entire period of study.]

10.  COURSES OF STUDY AND INSTITUTIONS

Admission of candidates is strictly restricted to the institutes and courses as mentioned in Appendix ‘E’: –

11. SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION FORM

11.1 Submission of Application Form:

(i) The scholarship Application Form is available at www.mea.gov.in .  All candidates are required to save the information filled while completing the application Form.

  Applications Forms submitted after 31st August 2016 shall not be considered. Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi shall not be responsible for any delay in submitting the Application form.. 

(ii) The following documents/transcripts/certificates have to be uploaded with the application Form:

a)    The authenticated transcripts of all marks/grades secured in the qualifying examination i.e. 12th Standard/ Grade

The mark sheets downloaded from Internet (CERTIFIED) can also be submitted along with details of Roll No. allotted for appearing in the qualifying examination, name of Examining Board and the URL of the Examining Board's Website from which it has been downloaded, for advance information. 

b) In the case of NRIs, the qualifying examination 10+2 or equivalent (inclusive of 11th and 12th standard) should have been passed from any country listed at Appendix-A only. Certificates for these exams must be uploaded.

c)   Children of Indian workers must have had at least 3 (three) years of education in any of the ECR countries (Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) during the last 6 (six) years and  passed the qualifying examination inclusive of 11th and 12th standard or equivalent (not beyond). Certificates of these exams/ transcripts, mark sheets must be uploaded with the application form.

d) Applicant who belong to the three categories i.e. NRIs, Children of Indian Workers of ECR countries studying outside India and Children of Indian Workers of ECR countries studying in India , applicants must submit a certificate duly attested by the by the Head of Indian Mission certifying that the parent(s) of the candidate concerned is/are working in an ECR country since last two years. Copy of his work permit for the ECR country must be submitted, as attested by the Indian Mission.

e) In the case of PIOs, copy of PIO/OCI card or declaration about proof of Indian origin (attested by Head of Indian Mission) (Valid for next 5 years) must be enclosed with the application.

f) The marks obtained by the candidates in improvement/compartment examination shall not be considered.

g) Incomplete/illegible applications in any respect would be rejected.

h) Income/salary certificate of applicants’/ parents and/or their latest annual income tax return duly signed by the employer and attested by the Indian Mission/Consulate.

i) Declaration that candidate is not receiving any other scholarship or financial assistance or any other assistance under any other Government of India or State Government Scheme.

11.2 Last Date for submission of Completed Application Form online in SPDC portal. Last date for submission of completed Application Form on SPDC portal is 31st August 2016.

12. MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

12.1 Visa Status:

All selected Persons of Indian Origin (excluding OCIs and PIO Cardholders) must obtain a valid student visa issued by the Indian Missions/Posts abroad.  Visa can be obtained by producing the admission offer letter received from respective Institute.

12.2 Medium of Instruction

English is the medium of instruction at all the Institutes.

13. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

All decision of MEA regarding short listing of candidates under SPDC shall be final and binding. Disputes if any, relating to the short listing of candidates under SPDC 2016-2017 organized by shall be subject to Delhi Jurisdiction only.

14.   HOW TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM

·                     The application form must be filled in ENGLISH.

·                      ONLY one application per candidate is allowed.

·                     Applicants must ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility requirements for application, i.e. education, age, residence and physical fitness, etc. Grant of scholarship benefit is subject to verification of facts from original certificates /documents. 

·                     Upload your recent photograph (20-50 kb) in the appropriate place in the application form.

1. Name:

Enter the name exactly as given in the records of the high school college. The same name should be used in all future correspondence.

2. Gender

Please select the appropriate box provided.

3. Date of Birth

Enter the date, month and year of your birth as per the English calendar and as recorded in the high school university certificate.  

4. Category

There are 4 categories of applicants i.e. (i) Person of Indian Origin (PIO), (ii) Non-resident Indian (NRI), (iii)  Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries- those studying outside India studied outside India (ECR based outside India) and (iv) Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries those studying in India (ECR based in India). Only one choice is to be given. Please select the appropriate category.

5. Citizenship

6. Country of residence

7.   Country where you appeared for the Qualifying Examination

Enter the Name of the country from where the last requisite examination is qualified.

8.   Name and Address of Parent/Guardian

a. Enter the complete name of your parent(s), if parents are not alive you may mention the name of your guardian.

b. In case of guardian, indicate how you are related to the guardian..

c. Enter your complete postal address, telephone/fax number/email address abroad and in India, to which all correspondence is to be sent. Update these details online.

9. Details of Institute where admission has been taken

Enter complete details of the Institute/ University in India where admission has been confirmed.  Submit complete details of the course undertaken, duration of the course (Year/ Semester) only for the Academic part of the Course, please do not include internship period.

10.  Details of Qualifying Examination

Read carefully item No.3.3 under 'Eligibility Criteria for Admission' of this Information Brochure and give the necessary details of the qualifying examination. In case of any clarification, the applicant may contact the spdcindia@mea.gov.in.

11.  Passport Details:

Provide details of Passport and enclose a copy of the same.

12.  Details of study Abroad (only for NRIs)

Provide the number of years of your education abroad out of the last 6 years inclusive of 10+2. Upload documentary proof from your School Principal or any suitable authority.

 

13. Declaration by Applicant (Appendix B)

The declaration must be signed (Upload scan signature) by the candidate with date and place.

14. Declaration by Parents (Appendix D)

The declaration signed (Upload scan signature) by the parent/guardian with date and place.

 

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Know India Programme - 18 August 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Know India Programme

 

Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India is organizing the 36th edition of Know India Programme (KIP) from 1st to 25th October 2016 to strengthen engagement with young overseas Indians [Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)].  Focus of this KIP will be “Punjab”.  

 

2.     Highlights of the KIP guidelines are as follows:

 

(a)    Duration of KIP is25 days inclusive of 10 days a select State.

 

(b)   KIP participants should be in the age group of 18 to 30 years.

 

(c)     From each country a total of five PIOs will be selected.

 

(d)       If the total number of participants in a KIP is less than 40, Ministry will select candidates from the reserve list, including from those countries where five PIOs have already been selected.

 

3.     Interested PIOs may communicate with Embassy at edu.doha@mea.gov.in/ da@qatar.net.qa for further information regarding KIP. Details are required to be forwarded to the Ministry by 30 August, 2016.

 

 

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Honble Presidents Address to the Nation on the Eve of Indias 70th independence Day, 2016 - 14 August 2016

HON'BLE PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON THE EVE OF

INDIA'S 70th INDEPENDENCE DAY, 2016

New Delhi: 14.08.2016

 

 

Fellow citizens:

 

1. On the eve of sixty-ninth anniversary of our Independence, I extend warm greetings to all my brothers and sisters in the country and abroad.  

 

2. As we celebrate our seventieth Independence Day, I respectfully bow to the heroes of our independence struggle - known and unknown - who fought, suffered and sacrificed their lives to win freedom for us. Mahatma Gandhi’s luminous leadership finally made the British Quit India in 1947. When we gained independence in 1947, nobody believed that India will survive as a democracy. Yet, seven decades later, one and a quarter billion Indians with all their diversity have proved those forecasts wrong. The strong edifice of democracy built by our founding fathers on the four pillars of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity has withstood several threats from both within and without and has grown from strength to strength.  

 

Fellow citizens: 

 

3. This is for the fifth time that I speak to you on the eve of Independence Day. In the past four years, I have seen with some satisfaction a stable and progressive democracy in full play with peaceful transfer of power from one party to another, from one government to another, and from one generation to another. Notwithstanding the different hues of political thought, I have seen the ruling party and the opposition coming together in pursuit of national agenda of development, unity, integrity and security of the nation. In the just-concluded session of Parliament, the passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill for the introduction of GST amidst non-partisan and quality parliamentary deliberations is reason enough to celebrate our democratic maturity.  

 

4. In these four years, I also saw with, some disquiet, forces of divisiveness and intolerance trying to raise their ugly head. Attacks on weaker sections that militate against our national ethos are aberrations that need to be dealt with firmly. The collective wisdom of our society and our polity gives me the confidence that such forces will remain marginalized and India’s remarkable growth story will continue uninterrupted.  

 

 

5. The safety and security that we provide to our women and children determines the well-being of the state and society. Every incident of violence against a woman or a child inflicts a wound on the soul of the civilization. We cannot call ourselves a civilized society if we fail in this duty. 

 

Fellow citizens: 

 

6. Democracy is more than a periodic exercise of choices to elect the government. The great tree of liberty requires constant nourishment through the institutions of democracy. Disruptions, obstructionism and un-mindful pursuit of a divisive political agenda by groups and individuals lead to nothing but institutional travesty and Constitutional subversion. Polarizing debates only deepen the fault lines in public discourse.  

 

7. Our Constitution is not only a political or legal document but also an emotional, cultural and social contract. My distinguished predecessor Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan had said on the eve of Independence Day fifty years ago and I quote: “We have adopted a democratic Constitution. It helps us to maintain our individuality in the face of mounting pressures for standardized thinking and acting…….. Democratic Assemblies serve as safety valves for social tensions and prevent dangerous explosions. In an effective democracy, its members should be willing to accept law and lawful authority. No man, no group can be his or its own law giver” (unquote).  

 

8. The Constitution has clearly defined the duties and responsibilities of every organ of the state. It has established the ancient Indian ethos of “Maryada” as far as Authorities and Institutions of State power are concerned. The spirit of the Constitution has to be upheld by adherence to this “Maryada” by the functionaries in the discharge of their duties.  

 

Fellow citizens: 

 

9. One unique feature that has held India together is our respect for each other’s cultures, values and beliefs. The very essence of plurality lies in cherishing our heterogeneity and valuing our diversity. In the networked environment of today, a caring society can only be developed by harmonizing religion with modern science. Swami Vivekananda had once observed and I quote: “What is needed is a fellow-feeling between the different types of religion, seeing that they all stand or fall together, a fellow-feeling which springs from mutual respect, and not the condescending, patronizing, niggardly expression of goodwill” (unquote).   

 

10. It is true, as was pointed out in a famous speech made on this very day 69 years ago by Pandit Nehru that in a nation’s history, moments come when we step out from the old to the new, when the soul of a nation finds utterance. But it is also important to realize that such moments are not strokes of luck that come upon us by surprise.  A nation can and must strive to create such a moment. We must take destiny in our own hands to build the India of our dreams. Backed by strong political will, we have to create a future which will economically empower six hundred million youth, build a digital India, a start-up India, and a skilled India. As we build an India of hundreds of smart cities, towns and villages, we must ensure that they are humane, hi-tech and happy places leading to the creation of a technology-driven but compassionate society. We should promote and reinforce a scientific temper by questioning our beliefs which are not compatible with scientific way of thinking. We must learn to challenge the status quo and refuse to accept inefficiency and slipshod work. In a competitive environment, a sense of immediacy and some impatience is a necessary virtue.  

 

Fellow citizens: 

 

11. India will grow, only when all of India grows. The excluded ones have to be included in the development process. The hurt and the alienated have to be brought back into the mainstream. In this age of technological advance, machines are being pitted against men. The only way to survive this is to acquire knowledge and skills, and learn to innovate. Inclusive innovations linked to the aspirations of our people can benefit a wide spectrum of society as well as preserve our diversity. We as a nation must nurture creativity, science and technology. Here, our schools and institutions of higher learning have a special responsibility.  

 

12. We often celebrate the achievements of our ancient past but it would be wrong to rest on our laurels. It is much more important to look to the future. It is time to join hands to cooperate, innovate and advance. India has had remarkable growth in recent times, often growing above eight percent per annum over the last decade. International agencies have acknowledged India’s status as the fastest growing major economy in the world and recognized major improvements in indices of ease of doing business and logistics performance. The start-up movement and the innovative spirit of our young entrepreneurs have also attracted international attention. We must build on our strengths so that, this lead can be sustained and furthered. A normal monsoon this year gives us reason to cheer, unlike the past two years when below normal rains created agrarian distress. The fact that despite two consecutive drought years, inflation has remained below 6 percent and agricultural output has been stable, is a testimony to our nation’s resilience, and to how far we have progressed since Independence.

 

Fellow citizens: 

 

13. Our foreign policy has shown considerable dynamism in recent times. We have reinvigorated our historic bonds of friendship with traditional partners of Africa and Asia Pacific. We are in the process of forging new relationships based on shared values and mutual benefit with all countries, especially our immediate and extended neighbourhood. There will be no stepping back on our “neighbourhood first policy”. Close bonds of history, culture, civilization and geography provide the people of South Asia with an extraordinary opportunity to carve out a common destiny and to march together towards prosperity. This opportunity must be seized without delay. India’s focus in foreign policy will remain on peaceful co-existence and harnessing technology and resources for its economic development. Recent initiatives have enhanced energy security, promoted food security, and created international partnerships to take our flagship development programmes forward.  

 

14. The world has witnessed a spate of terror activities having their roots in radicalization of people on the basis of religion. These forces apart from killing innocent people in the name of religion also threaten to disturb geopolitical divides, which could prove disastrous for world peace. The inhuman, mindless and barbaric modus operandi of such groups have been visible in France, Belgium, United States, Nigeria, Kenya and closer home in Afghanistan and Bangladesh recently. These forces now pose a danger to the entire comity of nations. The world will have to fight them unconditionally and in one voice.  

 

Fellow citizens: 

 

15. For all the challenges that we see in front of ourselves I have a great belief in our innate and inherent capacity as an ancient country whose soul and jijivisha- the will to live and excel can never be suppressed. Various forces external as well as internal have tried to smother this soul of India over millennia but every time this soul has emerged more powerful and more glorious having neutralized, assimilated and incorporated every challenge that it faced. 

 

16. India through its unique civilizational contribution has repeatedly conveyed the message of peace and harmony to the trouble-torn world. In 1970, historian Arnold Toynbee had the following to say about India’s role in contemporary history. I quote: “Today, we are still living in this transitional chapter of the world’s history, but it is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning, will have to have an Indian ending, if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race” (unquote). Toynbee further went on to say that at the cross roads of human history, the only way of salvation of mankind is the Indian way.

 

Fellow citizens:

 

17. On this occasion, I convey my special greetings and gratitude to the members of our armed forces, paramilitary and internal security forces who are at the fore front of guarding and preserving the Unity, Integrity and Security of our motherland.     

 

18. In the end, I would once again invoke the Upanishads as I had invoked in my first address on the eve of Independence Day four years ago. For this invocation shall live forever, as will Mother India: 

 

 “May God Protect us; 

 May God Nourish us; 

 May we Work Together with Vigour and Energy; 

 May our Studies be Brilliant; 

 May there be no Hostility amongst us; 

 May there be Peace Peace Peace.” 

 

Jai Hind. 

 

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Hon’ble President’s Address on the Eve of 70th independence Day, 2016(Hindi) - 14 August 2016

For Hindi -Click Here : Hon’ble President’s Address to the Nation on the Eve of India’s 70th independence Day, 2016 (Hindi)

Holiday Notice Independence Day - 12 August 2016

Embassy of India

Doha  

Holiday Notice Independence Day

 

   On the occasion of 70th Independence Day of India, Embassy will remain closed on Monday, 15 August, 2016.

 

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Live Streaming of the Flag Hoisting Ceremony at the Red Fort - 12 August 2016

Embassy of India

Doha

Live Streaming of the Flag Hoisting Ceremony at the Red Fort

 

The link for LIVE-STREAMING of the flag hoisting ceremony at the Red Fort by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India and his address to the nation on 15 August, 2016 is as below:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22GV6Zc9-xU

 

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INDEPENDENCE DAY FLAG HOISTING - 11 August 2016

Embassy of India

Doha

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY FLAG HOISTING

 

To celebrate the 70th Independence Day of India, Flag Hoisting will be held at Indian Cultural Center, Street No. 916, Wahb Bin Omair, Al Mamoura at 7 AM on Monday, 15 August, 2016.

 

Shri Sanjiv Arora, Ambassador of India will hoist the National Flag and read the Address of Hon’ble President to the Nation. Students of Indian Schools in Doha will participate in the programme. Refreshments will be served.

 

All Indian nationals are cordially invited to attend the Flag Hoisting function. Kindly bring a Photo ID.

 

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Independence Day Greetings of Ambassador of India to the State of Qatar - 11 August 2016

Independence Day Greetings of Ambassador of India to the State of Qatar

 

 

India is celebrating its 70th Independence Day on 15 August, 2016. My family and colleagues join me in conveying our warmest greetings to all fellow Indians in the State of Qatar on this historic day.

 

Let us gratefully remember all those who sacrificed their present for a better future for our country, and cherish the ideals and aspirations that guided India’s peaceful freedom movement in which millions of Indians participated under the most inspirational leadership of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

 

On this joyous celebration of our Independence Day in Qatar, let us also celebrate the deep-rooted friendly ties between India and Qatar, and renew our sincere thanks to His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir; His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir; His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani, the Deputy Emir; His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; and the Government and people of Qatar for nurturing the historic friendship and multi-faceted  partnership between our two great countries, and for their hospitality to the Indian community in Qatar.

 

          The landmark visits of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar to India on 24-25 March, 2015 and Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to Qatar on 4-5 June, 2016 have imparted fresh momentum to our bilateral ties.

 

          During the visit of HH the Emir, the two leaders discussed ways and means to build a forward-looking partnership by further broadening and deepening the bilateral engagement and by better leveraging the existing complementarities between the two countries in key areas of mutual interest including inter alia, energy, power, petrochemicals, investments, infrastructure, development, project exports, education, culture, health, human resource, media and information technology. Six Agreements/MOUs were signed during the visit.

 

          During the visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Modi, the two leaders agreed to further broaden and deepen bilateral engagement in diverse fields of mutual interest. They agreed to further enhance high-level political exchanges, defence and security cooperation, trade and economic relations and people-to-people linkages. They stressed upon the need for building a strong partnership for the 21st century between the two countries in keeping with their responsibility for promoting peace, stability and security in the region and the world.  Seven Agreements/MoUs were signed during the visit.

 

          The two leaders expressed strong condemnation of the phenomenon of international terrorism, reiterating their firm resolve to cooperate together to root out this global menace which threatened all nations and societies. They noted that the spread of terrorist organisations at the global and regional level, and the significant rise in acts of terrorism directly undermined the international peace and security environment and endangered efforts to ensure sustainable growth and development.

         

          The two leaders highlighted the need to isolate the sponsors and supporters of terrorism and agreed that urgent action against all such entities, which support terrorism and use it as an instrument of policy, must be taken.   

 

          Prime Minister Modi highlighted the major initiatives taken by the Government of India for ‘Ease of Doing Business’ through simplification and rationalization of existing rules and relaxing of foreign direct investment caps in key areas, including interalia, railways, defence and insurance. Informing about the plans to create world class infrastructure in India through 100 smart cities; metro projects for 50 cities; modern waste management system for 500 cities; affordable healthcare within everyone's reach; sanitation for all by 2019; and a roof over every head by 2022, Prime Minister Modi invited Qatar to be a partner in India’s growth story. The Prime Minister had a very useful meeting with top Qatari investors.

 

          Expressing his appreciation for Prime Minister Modi's vision to further accelerate India’s growth and development, His Highness the Emir expressed his confidence in India’s growth narrative. Noting their strong potential to provide Indian economy a positive thrust for growth, His Highness the Emir lauded the new initiatives of Prime Minister Modi including, "Start Up India", "Make in India", "Smart City”, and "Clean India” etc.

 

          The last year has also witnessed other important developments in our bilateral economic cooperation with Qatar, including the visit of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan; signing of a new Agreement between RasGas and Petronet for additional supply of one MMT of LNG; visit of a multi-sectoral delegation from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and participation of 76 Indian companies in Project Qatar Exhibition 2016.

 

          In 2014-15, India-Qatar bilateral trade amounted to $15.7 billion, with  India's exports at $1.06 billion, Qatar remains the largest supplier of India’s LNG requirements, accounting for 65% of our total imports in 2015-16. India is the third largest export destination for Qatar and ranks at 10th position for Qatar’s imports.

 

Both countries are keen to expand collaborations to their mutual benefit in the fields of energy; business, finance and investments; infrastructure; education and research; sports; travel and tourism; and other areas. Besides official interactions, people-to-people contacts and initiatives by private sector are energising dialogue and cooperation in various sectors.     India’s corporate sector is increasingly pursuing business opportunities in Qatar. A number of globally acclaimed Indian companies, particularly in construction/infrastructure and IT, have operations in Qatar and are executing a large number of projects.

 

         

          Active exchange of high level defence delegations, including during Indian Navy’s International Fleet Review (IFR); DEFEXPO INDIA-2016; and  DIMDEX 2016 in Doha, and the visits of Indian Navy Ships INS DELHI and INS TRISHUL; Indian Coast Guard Ship SANKALP, in conjunction with the celebrations of India’s 67th Republic Day; and Indian Navy Ship BEAS during DIMDEX 2016, reflect the keenness of both sides to further strengthen defence cooperation.

 

          During Prime Minister Modi’s visit, HH the Emir of Qatar and Hon’ble Prime Minister of India emphasized that the overwhelming response to the International Day of Yoga was a reflection of the global community's desire to come together to seek a balanced, healthier and sustainable future for the world. Prime Minister Modi thanked Qatar for its support to the First International Day of Yoga (IDY) on 21 June 2015, including through the issue of commemorative stamps by the Qatar Post to mark the occasion.  We also deeply appreciate Qatar’s support for the celebrations of the 2nd IDY in June 2016.

 

          It is also heartening that several visits and events have taken place in recent months in the areas of tourism, sports, and arts & culture, including  the historic voyage of Fateh-Al-Khair Dhow to Mumbai; the 3rd edition of ‘A Passage to India’ Community Festival organised by the Indian Cultural Centre; highly acclaimed performances by KATHAK and KALBELIYA artistes sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR); an event on Indian Tourism and participation of Indian teams in major sports competitions.   

  

The Indian leadership attaches highest priority to ensuring the well being and welfare of Indian nationals at home and abroad. On his arrival in Doha on 4 June, 2016, Prime Minister Modi’s first engagement was to interact with and address Indian workers at a medical camp, organized by the Indian Community Benevolent Forum and the Indian Medical Association at Mesheireb Downtown Doha Project.  Prime Minister also shared refreshments with the workers on this occasion.

 

Embassy of India, Doha has a regular, active and inclusive outreach to the Indian community. We have a particularly important responsibility towards the large number of Indian workers who are making a vital contribution to the progress of Qatar. We remain in close contact with the authorities concerned in Qatar regarding the well being of our workers and other Indian nationals, and greatly appreciate their cooperation and support.

 

As we celebrate our 70th Independence  Day, I warmly congratulate the large, diverse, accomplished and highly regarded Indian community in Qatar for all that they do for the progress of their host country, and for further strengthening the bonds of time-tested friendship and growing partnership between India and Qatar.

 

 

          (Sanjiv Arora)

Ambassador of India to the State of Qatar

Ambassadors letter dated 28 July, 2016 to the Economic Times - 28 July 2016

The Chief Editor,

Economic Times,

New Delhi.

 

Dear Sir,

 

I am distressed to see a front page story entitled “MEA probing India's Ambassador to Qatar Sanjeev Arora for financial impropriety during US stint” by Shri Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury in today’s Economic Times (ET).

2.        It is regrettable that your esteemed newspaper is callously insensitive to the anguish caused by this news story to a highly regarded Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer with impeccable integrity and a career of 32 years with total dedication and commitment, and significant achievements in all assignments, both at Headquarters and abroad, and his family, and the potential of this news story to tarnish his reputation.

3.        Both as a matter of propriety as well as in deference to Government rules, I consider it inappropriate to refer to any internal communication of the Government on any subject, whether speculative or otherwise. Suffice to say that I categorically reject the baseless allegations mentioned in your news story, whosoever be their source.

4.        For ready reference, I am enclosing an Email received by me from Shri Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury on 26 July, 2016 and my reply to him of the same date. I had copied my reply, along with the email received by me, to JS(XP) and Official Spokesperson of MEA.

5.        Further, no irregularity/impropriety was pointed out by any of the Audit Teams of the CAG who had visited Consulate General of India, Houston for the mandatory annual audit during my tenure as Consul General.

6.        Your news story is obviously a hatchet job by someone who specializes in the evil art of witch-hunting and wants to damage my reputation and career prospects at a stage when I am looking forward to my well-deserved promotion to Grade I of the IFS (Secretary to Government of India) and higher assignments in the Service to which I have the privilege to belong.

7.        I request you to publish the full text of my reply on the front page of Economic Times tomorrow.

8.        Please acknowledge the receipt of this email.

 

With best regards,

 

Yours sincerely

 

[Sanjiv Arora]

Ambassador of India

Doha-Qatar

Tel : 00974 44255703

Fax : 00974 44670448

Email: amb.doha@mea.gov.in

 

 

 

 

 

-------- Original message --------
From: Sanjiv Arora <sanjivarora59@hotmail.com> 
Date: 26/07/2016 17:30 (GMT+03:00) 
To: Dipanjan C <dips762000@gmail.com> 
Cc: jsxp@mea.gov.in 
Subject: Re: Query from Dipanjan, Economic Times, Delhi 

Dear Dipanjan, 

 

Trust you are doing great. 

 

I have not seen the reports mentioned in your trailing mail and request you to send me the same. 

I am not aware of any financial misappropriation at Consulate General of India, Houston during my tenure as Consul General from November, 2008 till July, 2012. 

Any further query may please be addressed to JS(XP) & Official Spokesperson of MEA, to whom I am forwarding your email alongwith my reply.

Best regards, 

Sanjiv Arora 

 

Ambassador of India to Qatar

 

-------- Original message --------

From: Dipanjan C <dips762000@gmail.com> 
Date: 26/07/2016 16:15 (GMT+05:30) 
To: sanjivarora59@hotmail.com 
Subject: Query from Dipanjan, Economic Times, Delhi 

Dear Sir, 

 

Greetings from Delhi. 

 

Hope this mail finds you well. 

I have come across some reports which allege financial misappropriation at India's Consulate in Houston when you were both CG as well as the Head of Chancery. 

I shall appreciate if you could share your views on this allegation.  

 

Look forward to hearing from you. 

 

Warm Regards, 

 

Dipanjan 

 

-- 

Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury

Assistant Editor

The Economic Times 

Incredible India Investors' Summit - 17 July 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Incredible India Investors' Summit

            Ministry of Tourism of Government of India is organizing the "Incredible India Investors' Summit" at the Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi from the 21st to 23rd September 2016. The objective of this Summit is to position the Indian Tourism Sector for attracting large investments and to present to the global and domestic investors, a tangible, investment ready bouquet of projects from different States and Union Territories of India.

2.        The Summit will have dedicated space for seminars, business to business meetings and roundtables around specific themes and the focus will be on:

(a)     Showcasing a bouquet of investment ready projects from the States/Union Territories.

(b)Providing an opportunity for the Global Investors to understand the investment ecosystem for garnering investments.

(c) Catalysing partnerships in the form of B2B linkages.

(d)Identifying opportunities for local players to move up the value chain through technical collaborations and global partnerships.

3.      The following persons can be contacted for exhibition and investment related queries:

For Exhibition/Any Other Queries

Ms. Anjula Singh Solanky

anjula.solanky@cii.in

011-45771015

 

For Investor Related Queries

Ms. Nandinee Kalita

nandinee.kalita@cii.in

011-45771065

 

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India Handloom Brand - 17 July 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

India Handloom Brand

1.         India Handloom brand has been launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on the occasion of the first National Handloom Day on August 7, 2015.  The Handloom Mark Scheme was launched by the Government of India on June 28, 2006 to provide assurance to the consumers about authenticity of handloom products. However, it did not cover the aspect of product quality assurance. Therefore, the India Handloom brand is an initiative for branding of high quality handloom products with zero defects and zero effect on the environment. It would differentiate high quality handloom products and help in earning trust of customers by endorsing their quality in terms of raw materials, processing, embellishments, weaving design and other quality parameters and by ensuring social and environmental compliances in their production.

2.         The registration for India Handloom will be granted to certain specified eligible entities in respect of identified product categories which meet prescribed quality parameters. The detailed mechanisms are outlined in the ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ for the India Handloom brand registration which is available at http://www.indiahandloombrand.gov.in.

3.         A Brand Film has also been prepared and is available at: https://youtu.be/1Jzi2FMwypo

 

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Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals - 14 July 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals

1.         A scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals has been launched by Ministry of AYUSH to spread India’s traditional knowledge worldwide and to provide India’s leadership in assuring quality of Yoga Practices across the World.

2.         The Ministry of AYUSH, in the wake of declaration of International Day of Yoga, identified QCI to develop a Voluntary Scheme for Evaluation and Certification of Yoga Professionals recognizing that QCI has expertise in developing such quality frameworks based on international best practices.

3.         The focus of the Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals, as it is being called, is to certify the competence of Yoga Professionals who provide Yoga lessons/classes as Teachers or by whatever nomenclature they are called.

4.         The Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals has been developed by adopting the principles and requirements laid down in the international standard, ISO/IEC 17024:2012 (E) General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons especially clause 8 that describes the elements of the scheme.

5.         The scheme aims to certify Yoga professionals using the principles of third party assessment though the following process:-

(a)       Defining the competence requirements in terms of knowledge and skills to be compiled with by the Yoga professionals in the form of Competence Standard.

(b)       Defining the process of evaluation and certification in the form of the Certification Process.

(c)        Laying down requirements for competence and operation of assessment bodies through Accreditation.         

6.         The Scheme, for Yoga Professionals, as of now, will evaluate four levels of competence, namely, Yoga Instructor, Yoga Master and Yoga Acharya (being the advanced level).

7.         The Scheme is launched by Ministry of AYUSH and implemented by Quality Council of India.

8.         For further details on the scheme, please visit:-  yogacertification.qci.org.in

 

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Documentary Film Yoga for the world-celebrating the First International Day of Yoga - 12 July 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Documentary Film “Yoga for the world-celebrating the First International Day of Yoga

 

Please find below Youtube Link of Documentary Film “Yoga for the world-celebrating the First International Day of Yoga” :-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7XpkH6pzlg

 

 

This film briefly explores how, in the last 150 years, the 5000 years old ancient discipline of Yoga has disseminated from India to the rest of the world and how the world celebrated the first ever International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2015.

 

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India International Footwear Fair 2016 - 10 July 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

INDIA INTERNATIONAL FOOTWEAR FAIR 2016

Confederation of Indian Footwear Industries (CIFI) is organising India’s Biggest footwear fair as INDIA INTERNATIONAL FOOTWEAR FAIR-2016 jointly with ITPO (Ministry of Commerce, Government of India) to be held at New Delhi on 05-6-07, August 2016.

The first edition of IIFF-2015 was launched on August 07-08-09, 2015 & was inaugurated by the Finance Minister of India , Mr.Arun jaitley & was visited by 6500+ business visitors related with the footwear industry.

This year, There will be 350 + stalls comprising the complete footwear & its allied sector from various countries, expecting 20000+ Business visitors from across the globe during the Exhibition.

For further information the following may be contacted:-

Mr. Sanjay Kumar  -9868877797 /  Mr. Dinesh Joon - 98689- 35888

Confederation of Indian Footwear Industries,

RR-17,Mianwali Nagar, Main Rohtak Road,

Opp.Udyog Nagar Industrial Area,New Delhi-110087

(Tel.) 011-25271502 / 011- 45651502  , (Fax) 011-25967140

e-mail : cifi.delhi@gmail.com

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Health Tech India An Exhibition on Medical Equipment, Technology and Healthcare Services - 4 July 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Health Tech India – An Exhibition on Medical Equipment, Technology and Healthcare Services

 

1.     Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organizing Health Tech India, an International Exhibition and Conference on Medical Equipment and Technology from 3-5 February, 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

2.     Health Tech India will be a comprehensive showcase event on the Healthcare Industry covering the entire gamut of medical equipment & devises, hospital infrastructure, surgical, diagnostic, disposable materials and allied services. Health Tech India would be an ideal platform for the medical equipment manufacturers to offer affordable, accessible, and quality equipment and showcase technology trends in healthcare, which are necessary to meet the growing demands of our country. Health Tech India would most importantly, help the medical fraternity, public health officials, Government doctors, public policy officials, and healthcare delivery industry to network at various forums.

3.     The overall Indian healthcare market today is worth US$ 100 billion and is expected to grow to US$ 280 billion by 2020, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.9 percent. Healthcare delivery, which includes hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostics centers, and pharmaceuticals, constitutes 65 per cent of the overall market. India’s universal health plan that aims to offer guaranteed benefits to a sixth of the world’s population will cost an estimated Rs. 1.6 trillion (US $ 24.06 billion) over the next four years.

4.     For further information and space booking please contact:-

 

        Mr Vikas Chopra

        vikas.chopra@cii.in

        +91 9999 192571

 

        Ms Priyanka Singh

        priyanka.singh@cii.in

        +91 7838275803

 

        Website: www.healthtechindia.co.in

 

 

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EID MUBARAK - 3 July 2016

EID MUBARAK

 

          My family and colleagues join me in conveying our warm greetings and best wishes to everyone, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters, on the auspicious occasion of Eid Al Fitr.  It  gives us  immense  pleasure  in  wishing ‘Eid Mubarak’ to the friendly people of Qatar and the Indian community in Qatar.

 

          India is a multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-lingual country. Over 170 million Indians are Muslims, representing 14.2% of India’s population of over 1.2 billion.

 

          Eid Al Fitr is a major festival of India, and is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm. Eid prayers are held at mosques across the length and breadth of the country. Eid Milan gatherings are ‘Open House’ events for families and friends to get together and exchange Eid greetings by hugging one another. Traditional food delicacies, including sweets such as Sewain, are served. Elders shower their affection and blessings on children who are dressed in colourful attires and receive Eidi (usually a token monetary present on Eid) from elders.

 

          By celebrating the festivals of India, we celebrate India’s rich civilizational and cultural ethos, her pluralism and her unity in diversity.

 

          We look forward to joining the festivities and celebrations of Eid Al Fitr.

 

                           

(Sanjiv Arora)

Open Competition for logo for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas - 29 June 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

Open Competition for logo for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India have announced on MyGov portal a competition for selecting a new logo for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention. The competition is open to Indian nationals and Persons of Indian Origin. Entries have to be submitted online, after registering in MyGov. The prize money is Rs. 50,000/. Deadline for sending entries is 5 July 2016. Guidelines about the competition, eligibility criteria and procedure for submission of entries are in MyGov Portal at https://mygov.in/task/design-logo-pravasi-bharatiya-divas-convention/

 

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Extension of Date for Submission of OCI Applications in Lieu of PIO - 21 June 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India, has extended the date for submission of the applications for registration as OCI cardholder by the erstwhile PIO cardholders till December 31, 2016.

 

The conversion of PIO cards into OCI cards will be done free-of-charge (gratis) for applications submitted until December 31, 2016.

 

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International Close Door B2B Strategic Networking IT Meet - 13 June 2016

Embassy of India

Doha,Qatar

 

International Close Door B2B Strategic  Networking IT Meet
INDIASOFT 2017,
13rd & 14th  FEBRUARY 2017, Hyderabad, India
www.indiasoft.org

 

 

The Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) will be organizing the 17th edition of its annual International IT Event – INDIASOFT -  INDIA IT SHOW  at Hyderabad during February 13 – 14, 2017.   Being the only event of its kind in India, INDIASOFT- INDIA IT SHOW  is sponsored by Ministry of Commerce & IndustryGovernment of India.

 

INDIASOFT 2017 is likely to witness participation of around 250 Indian IT Companies including IT Start-ups There will be around 250 Indian IT companies including few START UPs  displaying a world of innovations in various verticals of IT including Software Development, Software products Embedded Systems,   Information Security,  Web & Mobile, Cloud Computing,   IoT/ M2M, etc.  More details can be accessed from the INDIASOFT 2017 website www.indiasoft.org .

 

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TENDER NOTICE - PABX System - 12 June 2016

EMBASSY OF INDIA
DOHA

TENDER NOTICE

Dated 12 June, 2016

 

The Embassy of India, Doha (Qatar) invites sealed tenders for the following service at the Embassy premises.

PABX System

Scope of work

Supply, installation and commissioning of the equipments and materials to build the LAN. Over the top of the LAN system IP telephony system needs to be installed and commissioned and also to provide after sales support at Embassy of India, Doha-Qatar under one year warranty

PABX to have clear recorded instruction in the first instance as to which extension is to be dialled and to transfer the call automatically to another extension, if it is not answered/attended.

PABX to have provision of message recording for return calls to those who have been unable to reach any official.

PABX to have provision of instrumental music during call waiting to have soothing effect on waiting applicants.

 

Specifications

Sr.No

Description

Unit

Qty

Remarks

1

Supply and structural cabling with CAT 6 cable for 80  points ( 480Voice & data IP type ) laid in PVC  trunking / conduits including power & data cable ( separately) with RJ45 socket mounted on surface mounted PVC box.

LS

1

Cable, trunking, socket- of  reputed make like - Beldan, MK, Decoduct or equiv.

2

PABX system along with operator consule of 120 Lines digital extension & if required analog extension. With PRI connection of 10 Lines with required accessories, software, operating manual

Set

1

Should be of latest module with future extension possibility

3

Supply and installaiton of digital table phone instruments with all fetures like, digital display, call forwarding, waiting, transfer, voice message, buzzer, conferencing etc

Set

40

Color of the phone is subject to approval.

4

POE switch with 48 voice ports + 48 data port

Set

2

 

5

Supply and install 42 U rack in black color to accommodate above centralised equipments with proper cooling fan, light and locking facility with internal power socket installed with protection for each equipment. Spare slots for future requirement shall be made.

Set

1

 

6

UPS rack mountable type - 1 KVA suitable to above loads with required batteries and input and out sockets

Set

1

 

7

Patch card 3 Mts

No

80

 

8

Patch card 1 Mts

No

40

 

9

Patch panel

No

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General

 

 

 

 

Supply , installation testing & commissioing of the above systems including, as built drawing preparation, material proposal for approval, Labeling for the entire system, cable marking, configuring and required spares for operation.

  

Cabling

Sr.No

Description

Unit

Qty

Remarks

 

Tentative quantity

 

 

 

 1

CAT 6 cable

Mts

5000

 

 2

PVC sticking trunking with cover

Mts

5000

 

 3

PVC box mounted RJ45 socket

No

80

 

 4

Supply and installation of the above

 

 

 

Last date for submission of offers is 16 June, 2016. Contact person Mr. Manoj Kumar, Attaché (Administration) and contact Telephone No 44255713, Email: admn.doha@mea.gov.in.

 

Conditions:

i)                   The Company should have valid CR Number for Qatar

ii)                The Company should have an established Office with adequate number of staffs and necessary infrastructure related with the concerned job profile in Doha, Qatar.

iii)              Full company profile with details of registered office, name & designation of contact person, with telephone/mobile/e-mail may be enclosed. Details of similar nature of work done in other Embassies/companies with proof should also be attached.

iv)              The validity of the bid should be for three months. The bidder should be amenable to revalidate the quote as per the requirement of the Embassy of India, Doha.

v)                No advance payment will be admissible. Payment will be made only after 30 days of invoicing after successful installation & commission of the PABX system in the Embassy of India, Doha.

vi)              All the necessary manpower, material and transport shall be the sole responsibility of the winning bidder.

vii)           Successful bidder is expected to complete work under the supervision of the Embassy personnel.

viii)         The material to be used for the above purpose should be of branded standard quality. The successful bidder should hand over the original documents of materials supplied.

ix)              In the event of the last day stipulated for tender submission/opening of the bids being declared a holiday, the immediate subsequent working day shall be deemed as the last day for such submission/opening of tenders.

x)                The tendering firms shall enclose a letter of acceptance of all terms and conditions mentioned in the tenders.

xi)              Tenders may be submitted neatly typewritten in English. Each page should be signed by the authorized signatory and company stamp affixed on each page.

xii)           Sealed Tenders may be submitted to the Attaché (Admn), Embassy of India, Doha by 1200 hours on 16 June, 2016.

xiii)         Tenders would be opened in the presence of authorised representatives of the bidders at 1500 hours on 16 June, 2016, in the Embassy of India premises.

xiv)         The Embassy of India, Doha reserves the right to amend or cancel any part(s) of the tender or the entire tender without assigning any reason whatsoever.

 

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India Fellows Programme - 9 June 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

India Fellows Programme

 

As part of initiatives to connect with the overseas Indian investors and business owners, the Ministry and the Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC, a PPP set-up by the Government with CII) have launched, the India Fellows Programme for young Diaspora entrepreneurs and professionals in partnership with the Indian School of Business (ISB). 

 

The program showcases the emerging business opportunities in India and offers an insider’s view to the dynamic markets of India, its business environment, its socio-cultural norms, and emerging opportunities. The programme also connects overseas Indians with India-based entrepreneurs and senior Government officials through a year-long engagement including webinars and a 12 day residential session in India. 

 

The first India Fellows Programme will commence in August 2016. 

 

For further details, interested NRIs and PIOs can contact OIFC as per following coordinates:

 

 

Sabyasachi Dasmohapatra

CEO

Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC)

Gurgaon , Haryana, India

Phone(s) – Direct +91 124 401 4055, Board +91 124 401 4060–7

http://www.oifc.in           

Follow us on Facebook | LinkedIn | YouTube | Twitter

s.dasmohapatra@cii.in

apoorva.sharma@cii.in

 

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Advisory on Attestation of Educational Certificates by MoFA, Govt of Qatar - 7 June 2016

Embassy of India

Doha [Qatar]

 

Advisory on Attestation of Educational Certificates by  

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the State of Qatar

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of State of Qatar has issued an Advisory on Attestation of Educational Certificates, and the salient aspects are as follows:-

“ Holders of  certificates issued from outside the State of Qatar, with effect from 01 June, 2016, will have to submit original mark list and a letter from the university source giving the certificates’ details as per the attached list, ‘as much as possible’ after attestation by the Ministry of External Affairs/ Foreign Affairs of country the University and any of the Embassies [Embassy of India, Doha or Embassy of State of Qatar, New Delhi] so that all the above documents can be attested at one time from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar.

Please note that higher level educational certificates , viz., Masters and Doctorates, as per the affiliated system, will be attested whereas Distance Education certificates will not be attested till the concerned authorities in the country promulgate specific conditions and rules in this regard.”

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED ON THE UNIVERSITY CERTIFICATES

 

  • Authenticity of Certificate
  • System of Study and Attendance [Joining, Partial Joining, Affiliation, Distance]
  • Centers of Study and Tests
  • Name of Degree [Diploma, Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate]
  • Subject [Educational Program]
  • Period of the Course [Dates of beginning and end of the course]
  • Educational Institution - Government or Private ?
  • Academic accreditation of the educational institute by the concerned authorities.


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SWITCH Global EXPO 2016 - 7 June 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

SWITCH Global EXPO 2016

 

The Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) is going to organize SWITCH Global EXPO 2016 on electrical engineering and innovation in Vadodara Gujarat from 6-10 October 2016. SWITCH represents one of the biggest networks of electrical manufacturers, innovators, technologies and partners in power industry. Promoted by the Government of Gujarat, this biennial platform is aimed to rev up India’s power sector. SWITCH has one of the widest product range seen in such expos and will have the assured presence of over 8,500 key buyers and over 1,00,000 visitors. SWITCH represents a growth opportunity unlike any other for the electrical industry.

 

The official website for the event is : www.switchglobalexpo.com

 

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A Short Film about Safe and Legal Migration of Indian Workers for Overseas Employment - 23 May 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

Short Film about Safe and Legal Migration of Indian Workers for Overseas Employment

The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has released a short film in Hindi about safe and legal migration of Indian workers for overseas employment. The film advises intending migrants to check credentials of the agent through which they can obtain their employment visa; obtain necessary skills for the job; contact the Indian Embassy on arrival in the foreign country; and to contact the 24x7 Helpline of the Ministry for advise, information and clarifications regarding procedures for overseas employment.

The Hindi advertisement has been uploaded on the Indian Diplomacy channel on Youtube at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzJL_23h2DU&feature=youtu.be

Links to the film on Facebook and Twitter

https://twitter.com/IndianDiplomacy/status/732156931524034560

https://www.facebook.com/MEAINDIA/videos/1110579388963858/ 

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Indian Handicrafts Gifts Fair (IHGF) - 23 May 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

Indian Handicrafts Gifts Fair (IHGF)

Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) in coordination with Government of India  is organizing the biannual ‘Indian Handicrafts Gifts Fair (IHGF) Delhi Fair – Autumn Mega Fair’ from 14-18 October, 2016 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, National Capital Region of Delhi. This will provide a single stop sourcing event for foreign buyers. Website: http://handicrafts.nic.in/ http://www.ihgfdelhifair.epch.in.

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AMBASSADOR’S  RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS ON MEDIA REPORTS - 24 April 2016

 

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

AMBASSADOR’S  RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS ON MEDIA REPORTS

In response to questions on media reports about Hon'ble Prime Minister's likely visit to Qatar, Mr Sanjiv Arora, Ambassador of India stated "Hon'ble Prime Minister accords high importance to the historically friendly relations and multi-dimensional cooperation between India and Qatar, and deeply appreciates the most gracious invitation of HH the Emir and HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. As per normal protocol and practice, salient information on the dates and other aspects of the Prime Minister's visit would be announced by Government of India's Official Spokesperson shortly before the visit."

 

Tender Notice for Shifting of Furniture - 21 April 2016

Tender Notice for Shifting of Computers - 21 April 2016

Tender Notice for PABX System - 21 April 2016

TV Show on India: Qatar from Their Eyes - 11 April 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

TV Show on India – ‘Qatar from Their Eyes’

 

A television show on India entitled 'Qatar From Their Eyes' broadcasted by Qatar TV available at:-

http://www.qtv.qa/qtv/play.php?id=2fe49f52a383af138baf73d108c733da

 

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India Fellows Programme for Indian Diaspora - 9 April 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

India Fellows Programme for Indian Diaspora

The Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC), a PPP between the Government of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), has announced its ‘India Connect’ initiatives for a proactive and sustained engagement with Overseas Indians.

The OIFC India Fellows Programme is a key initiative of OIFC in partnership with the Indian School of Business (ISB).

The programme which has been tailor made for the Indian Diaspora offers an opportunity  to gain an understanding of aspects critical to market entry into India; practical  insights about doing business in India, understanding the legal and regulatory  environment,  engagement and networking opportunities  with Indian  businessmen  and  an  insight  into innovative and disruptive business models emerging in India.

The year-long programme includes a 12 days residential session in India. Details of the Programme are available at: http://www.isb.edu/cee/indiafellows

India Fellows Programme is open to young Overseas Indian entrepreneurs, professionals in decision making capacity, consultants and international partners of Indian companies, in the age group of 21-39 years.

Offered at a special introductory fee of US $ 5,000, the programme will be rolled out as follows:

Applications Round 1: May 31, 2016

Applications Round 2: June 30, 2016

Webinar 1: June 2016

India Residency: 28 August to 08 September, 2016

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Remarks of Mr. Sanjiv Arora, Ambassador of India at the Official Reception on board INS Beas - 31 March 2016

Embassy of India

Doha

 

Remarks of Mr. Sanjiv Arora, Ambassador of India at the Official Reception on board Indian Naval Ship INS Beas on Wednesday, 30 March, 2016 during the visit of INS Beas to Qatar from 28 March to 02 April 2016 for Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) 2016

 

 

His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways;

 

Other officials from the Ministry of Defence and Qatar Armed Forces;

Esteemed Qatari Guests from other sectors;

Distinguished colleagues from the Diplomatic Corps;

Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, and Mrs Reena Lanba

Inspector General SK Goyal, Deputy Director General, and Commandant Manoj Pande, Joint Director, Indian Coast Guard

Captain Deepak Bhatia, Commanding Officer of INS Beas and all his colleagues on board

Members of the vibrant Indian community in Qatar;

Ladies and Gentlemen;

        It is an honour and a pleasure for me to join the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Indian Navy’s Western Command Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba,  and Commanding Officer of Indian Naval Ship Beas, Captain Deepak Bhatia and his team in extending a warm welcome to all of you on board INS Beas, an indigenously designed and built Guided Missile Frigate.

In the framework of the deep-rooted friendly ties and multi-faceted and growing cooperation between India and the State of Qatar, Government of India has deputed a high level delegation and Indian Naval Ship Beas to participate in the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2016). INS Beas, an indigenously designed and built Brahmaputra Class Guided Missile Frigate of the Indian Navy, is based at Mumbai, under the administrative and operational control of the Western Naval Command, aptly called ‘the sword Arm’ of the Indian Navy.

We deeply appreciate the support and cooperation of the Government of the State of Qatar, Organizing Committee of DIMDEX 2016, Qatar Emiri Naval Forces, and Qatar Coast Guard in making the visit of our delegation and of INS Beas, a highly pleasant and productive experience for both sides.

This wonderful ship is named after the Beas River, which flows from a height of 14,308 ft at Rohtang Pass in the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh, from where it flows through the Kullu valley towards south, adding from various mountains bound tributaries. The river passes through the northern Indian States of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. It is one of the five rivers, from which Punjab, meaning 'five rivers', gets its name. The river serves as a source of water to all the cities, towns and villages that fall in its course, and adds to the natural beauty of the Himalayas.

The visit of INS Beas is the third visit by Indian Naval Ships to Qatar in the last three years. INS Aditya & INS Tabar and INS Delhi & INS Trishul had sailed on friendly voyages to Doha Port in September 2013 and September 2015, respectively. Three ships of the Indian Coast Guard have also visited Doha in the last three years – ICGS Samudra Prahari in February, 2013, ICGS Vijit in December, 2014 during the celebrations of Qatar National Day and ICGS Sankalp in January, 2016 in celebration of India’s 67th Republic Day. 

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

A majority of the ships of Indian Navy and Coast Guard that have visited Qatar in last three years have been indigenously built in India; in fact, all the three Coast Guard ships that sailed to Doha during this period are made in India. This would well illustrate the ship-building and defence production capabilities of India, which are poised for substantial expansion in the wake of the launch of Make in India campaign by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi in September, 2014 and the increase in Foreign Direct Investment [FDI] limit for the defence sector from 26% to 49 % in July, 2014.

        India and Qatar have a Defence Cooperation Agreement, which was signed in November, 2008. The Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) provides a useful implementation mechanism for this Agreement. Four meetings of JDCC have been held so far and the fifth meeting would be taking place in Doha during this year.

        The participation of a high level delegation from India at DIMDEX 2016, led by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command, and their meetings with His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar; His Excellency the Minister of State (Cabinet Rank) for Defence Affairs; and other dignitaries and senior officials, are a reaffirmation of the mutual keenness of both sides to further expand defence cooperation.

It is also heartening that a number of senior officials of Qatar Emiri Navy recently participated in the International Fleet Review of 2016 [IFR 2016], a signature global event hosted by the Indian Navy at Vishakhapatnam, one of the major sea ports on India’s eastern coast from 4-8 February, 2016, and a high level mission led by the Deputy Commander of Qatar Emiri Land Forces is participating at the Ninth International Land, Naval, Internal Homeland Security and Defence System Exposition - ‘DEFEXPO INDIA-2016’, being held in Goa from 28 to 31 March, 2016, co-terminus with the fifth DIMDEX currently taking place in Doha.

 

        Vice Admiral Lanba delivered an Address on “Salience of Maritime Domain in the Security Architecture of the Arabian Sea and Adjoining Areas – An Indian Navy Perspective” at the Middle East Naval Commanders’ Conference (MENCC) earlier today. I would like to quote a few lines from his highly acclaimed Address:

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        India’s strong linkages with the Middle East go back thousands of years. It is of particular significance that the strong bonds between our two civilisations are mainly ascribed to sea borne regional trade and commerce that flourished through the medium of the global commons of the region and the interaction between our peoples, for ages. This region constitutes India’s immediate neighbourhood, with the waters of the Arabian Sea washing the shores on either side. We are indeed united through the sea and India has a vital stake in the security and stability of this region.

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Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

        The visit of Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba and his accompanying delegation, along with that of INS Beas, is another milestone in our historic friendship and growing partnership with the State of Qatar, and with the Gulf and the Middle East.  

I thank you all and wish you fair winds and following seas.

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Global Exhibition on Services, to be held from 20-23 April 2016, in Noida, New Delhi - 20 March 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

Global Exhibition on Services, to be held from 20-23 April 2016, in Noida, New Delhi

 

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC), is organizing the 2nd Edition “Global Exhibition on Services from 20-23 April 2016 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida, (National Capital Region), New Delhi”.

2.    The main objective of the Global Exhibition is to promote greater exchange of trade in services between India and the rest of the World to tap the potential for services’ exports and to draw further investment into India in the services sector. The Exhibition will enhance strategic cooperation and develop synergies to strengthen multilateral relationships between India and the rest of the world in the Services Sector. (Hon’ble Prime Minister would inaugurate the Exhibition on 20th April 2016 in the presence of other global leaders).

3.    Internationally, services are increasingly being traded, reaching US$ 4.6 billion of global exports in 2013 and recording a 5.6 percent annual growth at current prices. The commercial services accounted for 20 percent of total world trade in goods and commercial services in 2013, up 1 percent from the 2012 share. In 2013, India ranked 6th in the global exports of total services. In India, growth of services sector GDP (8.5 percent CAGR) has been higher than that of India’s overall GDP (7.1 percent CAGR) during 2000-01 to 2013-14. Also, this sector constitutes 57 percent of our GDP and contributes around 28 percent in overall employment.

 

4.       The 2nd edition of GES is expected to serve as a platform to enhance trade in services and develop synergies between competitive players of the services sector in the global market. More than 40 countries are expected to participate in the fair, which shall see many structured buyer-seller meetings.

5.    GES will serve as a platform to enhance strategic cooperation and develop synergies between players of the services sector in India with their Global counterparts.  Over 350 companies 60 companies from 64 countries participated during the 1st Edition of Global Exhibition of Services held last year 23-25 April 2015 Participation this year going to increased substantially.  Concurrent with the exhibition there will be dedicated space for seminars with themes from the focus sectors with participation from Indian and foreign governments, corporates and business leader.  There will be a dedicated space for seminars, B2B meetings and roundtables with themes surrounding focus sectors. There will be participation from major stakeholders including governments (both Indian & foreign) and corporate leaders.

6.     More details of the exhibition can be found at event’s website: www.gesdelhi.in.

 

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Important Advisory for Information and Compliance - 10 March 2016

Embassy of  India

Doha

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Important Advisory : For Information and Compliance

 

Attached is Circular No. 2014/12910/05  dated 18 November, 2014 from Supreme Council of Health, State  of Qatar, containing ‘Procedures and Regulations for carrying the medicines which contain either drugs or psychotropic substances by the visitors coming to State of Qatar or departing from Qatar [for their personal use].

In this context, Embassy of  India, Doha, requests all Indian Nationals travelling to the State of Qatar to strictly comply with these instructions.

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Supreme Council of Health

State of Qatar

 

 

Reference :2014/12910/05                                                                                    Dated 18/11/2014

Mr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Subaiyee

Director, Department of Consular Affairs,

Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

 

Subject:         Procedures and Regulations for carrying the medicines contain either drugsor psychotropic substances by the patients coming to State of Qatar or departing from here for their personal use.

 

 

With reference to the above-mentioned subject, we are enclosing herewith Procedures and Regulations for carrying the medicines which contain either drugs or psychotropic substances by the patients coming to State of Qatar or departing from here for their personal use.

 

The same may be circulated to all Embassies of State of Qatar abroad.

 

                        With regards,

 

 

Dr. Ayesha Ibrahim Al Ansari

Director, Department of Pharmacology and Drugs

 

 

 

Copy to:

 

  • Assistant Secretary General for Medical Affairs.
  • President of Permanent Committee of Drugs and Alcoholism.
  • Chief of Drugs Unit.
  • Director, Custom Directorate General.

 

 

 

 

Supreme Council of Health

State of Qatar

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Procedures and regulations for carrying medicines which contain either drugs or psychotropic substances by the patients coming to State of Qatar or departing from here for their personal use.

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Procedures and regulations related to carrying the medicines which contain either drugs or psychotropic substancesby the patients coming to State of Qatar or departing from here for their personal use, or by the Official Missions (only) coming to State of Qatar or departing from here for their use.

  1. It is prohibited to carry medicines and substances which are banned internationally and locally.

 

  1. It is prohibited to carry medicines mentioned in the list (a) and list (b) of Law (9) issued in the year 1987, regarding anti-drugs and dangerous psychotropic substances. Likewise the items registered at scheduleNo. (3) of the same Law.

 

  1. In order to carry such medicines, an application is to be given to the Department of Pharmacology and Drugs Control in the Supreme Council of Health.

 

  1. Permission would be granted to carry the medicines by the patients coming to State of Qatar for their personal use as per following conditions:

 

  1. To attach detailed medical report attested by the hospital treated the patient. Medical report should not be older than six months. The report must contain the following :

 

  1. Personal details of the patient.
  2. Medical diagnosis.
  3. Treatment and Duration.
  4. Medical Prescriptions.
  5. Scientific name of the medicine, Form and scheduled doses.

 

  1. Or to attach the medical prescription in the name of the patient, attested by the same hospital and the prescription should not be older than six months. The prescription must have the following information:

 

  1. Diagnosis of the disease
  2. Scientific name of the medicine, Form and scheduled doses.
  3. How to use and duration of the treatment.
  4. Seal of the hospital.

 

  1. To pledge that only patient will use the medicine and will use on his responsibility.

 

  1. To attach a copy of ID card of the patient.

 

  1. Approval can granted to carry medicines of 30 -daysas the maximum period or for the duration of the stay of the patient in Qatar, whatever is less, subject to validity of the medicines. The patient has to keep in mind  the following:
  • In case the medicine exhausts, the patient has to contact the specialist physician licensed to practice in a hospital, to check whether he needs to continue the same medicine.
  • In case, the physician confirms that the patient needs to continue the same treatment, a specific medical file has to be opened in that hospital and the appropriate medicine would be prescribed through a medical prescription attested by the same hospital.The medicine would be provided from the local pharmacy for required period. The patient will continue to do follow ups with same hospital for his continuous treatment if his medical condition warrantsso.
  • In case, this medicine or its alternate is not available in the local markets, the hospital treating the patient can secure this medicine through one of the drugs distributors after obtaining approval from the Department of Pharmacology and Drugs Control in the Supreme Council of Health.

 

  1. If the medicine is in form of injection, so the approval can be obtained under supervision of any local hospital in the name of the patient. The medicine would be registered in the file of the hospital meant for the personal use as per the followed procedurefor such medicines.

 

  1. Excess medicine can be destroyed through the Department of Pharmacology and Drugs Control in the Supreme Council of the Health.

 

  1. Departing patients from Qatar would be treated as par with one coming to Qatar according to the above-mentioned paragraphs No. (1), No. (2), No. (3) and No. (4). Quantity of medicine would be allowed for 30 days only.

 

  1. In case, the medicine is not carried by the patient but was carried by one of his relatives like (parents, children, brothers or spouse), a copy of his ID would be taken. In case, the medicine was carried by the representative of the patient, the written consent of the patient for carrying medicine has to be attached. A copy of his ID would be taken.

 

  1. In case, the medicines contain drugs or psychotropic substances are to be carried by the diplomats or government officials (only) coming to State of Qatar for the patients working with the diplomatic mission. The procedures would be as following :

 

  1. The Mission has to send an application to the Department of Pharmacology and Drugs Control in the Supreme Council of Health, mentioning the name of head of the Mission or name of the custodian of the drugs. If not so, the accompanying physician would be the custodian of the medicine. The application should be attached with the following:

 

  1. Details of the desired medicines, certified by the concerned authority in the country of the Mission, including the scientific name of the drug and psychotropic substance, form, concentration, size and quantity. Medicines containing drug and psychotropic substance have to be brought through aerial transportation only.

 

  1. To pledge that the medicines would be used by the members of the Mission/delegation only on their responsibility, and it would not be sold or it would not be utilized for any other purpose. To pledge that the excess medicines would be carried back andall used bottles would be destroyed while going back. To pledge to provide details of medicine utilization, reasons for utilization, excess medicine and destroyed ones before the departure of the delegation to the Department of Drugs and Pharmacology Control in the Supreme Council of Health.

 

  1.  Once application is approved, permission would be granted for carrying the medicine.

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Maritime India Summit, 14 to 16 April 2016 at Mumbai - 2 March 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Maritime India Summit, 14 to 16 April 2016 at Mumbai

 

1.     The Government of India is organizing its maiden ‘Maritime India Summit 2016 [MIS 2016] – a mega scale maritime conference-cum-exposition in Mumbai from 14 to 16 April, 2016.

 

2.     The Summit will host forums for interaction and collaboration with the Indian and international maritime companies, policy makers, international Heads of States, investors and other stakeholders. It would be a first of its kind of global platform available in India for collaboration across the maritime Industry.

 

3.     The complete details including brochure of the summit are available at: www.maritimeinvest.in

 

 

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Travel Advisory - Ban on Satellite Phones - 25 February 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Travel Advisory -  Ban on Satellite Phones

 

Foreign nationals proceeding to India for Tourism/ other purposes are advised not to carry Satellite Phones with them, as it is liable to be seized/ confiscated by authorities concerned in India.

 

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Expansion of the e-TV Scheme to Cover 37 More Countries - 25 February 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Expansion of the e-TV Scheme to Cover 37 More Countries

 

The Government of India has decided to extend e-TV facility to 37 more countries, thus bringing the tally of the total countries/territories covered under the scheme to 150.  e-TV facility  has been extended to passport-holders of the following 37 countries/territories, with effect from the 26th of February, 2016:

Albania, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Iceland, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Moldova, Namibia, Romania, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad & Tobago, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

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Extension of Date of Applications for Conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Cards - 25 February 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Extension of Date of Applications for Conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Cards

The Government of India have announced that the last date of applications for conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Cards has been extended until 30th June 2016.

 

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Qatar Financial Centre - Setting up of new Business in Qatar - 25 February 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Qatar Financial Centre
(Setting up of new Business in Qatar)



The Embassy receives requests for information about setting up new business in the State of Qatar. Apart from the normal procedure to register a company to conduct business in the country, Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) offers an attractive option in the specified sectors.


Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), established in March 2005, is a fully onshore business and financial centre located in Doha and provides an excellent platform for firms to incorporate and do business in Qatar and the region. QFC offers its own legal, regulatory, tax and business infrastructure, which allows 100% foreign ownership, unlimited repatriation of profits, no restrictions on the currency used for trading, and charges a competitive rate of 10% corporate tax on locally sourced profits.


The broad range of permitted sectors includes Holding companies, Trust & Trust Services, Banking, Asset Management, Insurance, Investment Services, Professional services like Consulting, Media, PR, Risk Management etc. 

 
QFC offers several tax benefits including no withholding tax on payment out of Qatar, benefits of double taxation agreements with over 60 countries and no personal income tax, wealth tax or VAT.


In addition to above, QPF provides a range of services to licensed firms in order to facilitate market entry and enhance their success. New firms can be set up anywhere in Qatar and are assisted with immigration, visas and office facilities. Furthermore, the business community is supported by a dedicated Client Relations Team and through regular events and outreach programmes, publications and QFC Client, a dedicated extranet platform.



For more information, please visit the website http://www.qfc.qa/en or write to Mr Jahon Burhonov, Head of Asia, Business Development, Qatar Financial Centre, Tel: +974 4496 7803, Fax: +974 4496 7669, Email: j.burhonov@qfc.qa

 

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Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals - 24 February 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

The Ministry of AYUSH has launched a Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals as part of the First International Day of Yoga Celebrations. The scheme is developed and is being implemented by a Quality Council of India.

 

For further details on the scheme, please visit: http://yogacertification.qci.org.in/

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Immediate vacancy - 24 February 2016

Immediate vacancy

 

Embassy of India invites applications for the post of local Clerk. Candidates must have valid Qatari Residence Permit, excellent typing skills, IT proficient, fluent in English, Hindi and any regional Indian language, exposure of an office atmosphere. Good terms and conditions. Interested candidates may kindly send their applications to the Attaché (Administration), email: admn.doha@mea.gov.in by 3rd March 2016.

 

A Publication on Investment Projects - 21 February 2016

Embassy of India

Doha

 

A publication on Investment Projects

 

At the recently organized India Investment Summit (Feb 4-5, 2016) by the Ministry of Finance, a publication on "Investment Projects" (covering 10 states and 4 sectors - railways, roads, shipping and petroleum & natural gas) was launched. SBI Capital Markets which was the Knowledge Partner of the event has put this publication together. 

 

The publication can be downloaded from here: 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4gu325vieleil9s/INDIA%20INVESTMENT%20SUMMIT%202016%20-%20PROJECT%20INFORMATION%20REPORT.pdf?dl=0 

 

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Catalogue of Investment Projects - 21 February 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

 

Catalogue of Investment Projects

 

At the recently organized India Investment Summit (Feb 4-5, 2016) by the Ministry of Finance, a publication on "Investment Projects" (covering 10 states and 4 sectors - railways, roads, shipping and petroleum & natural gas) was distributed among the attendees. SBI Capital Markets which was the Knowledge Partner of the event has put this publication together. 

 

The publication can be downloaded from here: 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4gu325vieleil9s/INDIA%20INVESTMENT%20SUMMIT%202016%20-%20PROJECT%20INFORMATION%20REPORT.pdf?dl=0 

 

Please find below links to the catalogue of Investment Projects released by DIPP on the occasion of the MII Week and the outcome report of MII Week. 

 

DIPP Investment catalogue:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/41cmrthqxvw2igl/Make%20in%20India%20-%20Investment%20Book.pdf?dl=0

 

MII Week Outcome report:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cp8881agp934lzk/Final%20Outcome%20MIIW.pptx?dl=0

 

 

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AAHAR The International Food & Hospitality Fair, 2016 - 18 February 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

AAHAR – The International Food & Hospitality Fair, 2016

 

Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the premier trade promotion agency of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt of India. ITPO is organizing the 31st edition of its flagship show – AAHAR, the international Food and Hospitality Fair from March 15 to 19, 2016 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Highlights of AAHAR are:-

(a)     Largest show of its kind in South Asia.

(b)     Spread over 48,000 sqm (approx)

(c)     872 Exhibitors including foreign participants from 22 countries (2015 edition). Foreign companies were from Australia, Afghanistan, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Korea, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, USA, etc.

(d)     Visitors – 44,665 nod (2015)

(e)     Foreign Business Delegations from USA, UAE, Singapore, Bangladesh, Nepal, etc in 2015.

(f)      High level satisfaction with 98% exhibitors desiring to repeat participation in 2016.

2.      Official AAHAR Website  - http://www.aaharinternationalfair.com/

3.      The e – brochure of  the event is available at:

http://aaharinternationalfair.com/doc/Aahar%20Folder%20e%20Brochure.pdf.

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Second edition of Advantage Health Care India 2016 - 17 February 2016

Second edition of Advantage Health Care India 2016 will be held 03-05 October 2016 at The India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida (National Capital Region-NCR), India

Vidya Lakshmi Portal - 10 February 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Vidya Lakshmi Portal

1.      We are glad to inform that, subsequent to the announcement of Hon’ble Finance Minister, Vidya Lakshmi Portal has been set up from 15 August 2015.  The Portal has been developed by National Securities Depository Limited [NSDL] e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd.

2.      The principal purpose of the Portal is to have facilities of education loan, scholarship and other student-friendly facilities through one link.  The Portal is gateway to Banks for education loan & also has linkages with National e-Scholarship [NeSP] Portal [www.scholarships.gov.in] inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 1 July, 2015 as a part of Digital India initiative managed by Centre for Good Governance under DEITY. 

3.       Under Vidya Lakshmi Portal [www.vidyalakshmi.co.in], the student can apply for education loan online. Many options are available: different types of banks, different types of scheme, different types of product etc.  The Portal is information friendly with relevant information for students.  The Portal has the facility of tracking the students right from the inception of loan application until the completion of sanction of loan or otherwise.  Students can view, apply and track their education loan applications to banks anytime, anywhere, from his home, or institution or Kiosk or cyber café etc., by accessing the Portal.  The Portal would be useful for students, parents, educational institutions, bankers, employers, researchers, etc.  26 banks have been registered so far and 52 loan schemes have been uploaded in Vidya Lakshmi Portal.

 

Qatar National Sports Day - 7 February 2016

Embassy of India

   Doha

 

Announcement

 

      On the occasion of Qatar National Sports Day, the Embassy of India, Doha will remain closed on Tuesday, 09 February, 2016.

 

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Remarks of Mr. Sanjiv Arora, Ambassador of India during official reception on 26 January, 2016 - 27 January 2016

Embassy of India

Doha

 

 

Remarks of Mr. Sanjiv Arora, Ambassador of India to the State of Qatar at the Official Reception to celebrate India’s 67th Republic Day on 26 January, 2016 at

Al Silia Ballroom, Hotel Grand Hyatt, Doha

 

 

His Excellency Mr. Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport of the State of Qatar;

 

His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways;

 

His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Fakhroo, Director of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

 

Other distinguished dignitaries from the State of Qatar;

 

His Excellency Ambassador Ali Ibrahim Ahmed, Dean and other esteemed colleagues from the Diplomatic Corps;

 

The team of the band of the esteemed Qatar Armed Forces who have honoured this occasion by playing the National Anthems of our two great countries;

 

Deputy Inspector General Mukul Garg, Commanding Officer of the Indian Coast Guard Ship SANKALP on a visit to Doha during India’s Republic Day celebrations and other distinguished officers of ICGS SANKALP;

 

Mr. Girish Kumar, President, Indian Cultural Centre and his entire team who have graciously partnered with the Embassy, along with all the affiliated community Associations in organising this event;

 

Presidents of Indian Community Benevolent Forum and  Indian Business & Professionals Network and all other affiliated organisations of ICC;

 

Friends, Ladies & Gentlemen,

 

It is an honour & a pleasure for me to warmly welcome all of you, also on behalf of my wife Chhaya and my colleagues, to this celebration of India’s 67th Republic Day.

 

            We are grateful to His Excellency Mr. Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport for kindly gracing this occasion. Excellency, we sincerely thank you for joining this celebration and for your pro-active role in further strengthening the historic friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between India and Qatar.  I would also like to renew my sincere thanks to His Excellency Al Sulaiti for his warm welcome and gracious hospitality, and guidance and support during our meetings at his office and Majlis.

 

            We are also grateful to His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways, for his gracious presence at the Republic Day celebrations of India, the country of his forefathers where he studied Economics and Commerce. His Excellency Akbar Al Baker is among the most dynamic personalities implementing Qatar Vision 2030, a great friend of India and a steadfast Ambassador of India-Qatar friendship and partnership. In response to compliments about his globally acclaimed leadership of Qatar Airways at a recent press conference, His Excellency Al Baker had quipped: “This is an example of what can be achieved by receiving Indian education!”

 

Excellencies, Ladies & Gentlemen,

 

This morning, I had the honour of unfurling our National Flag and reading the Address of Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the Flag Hoisting ceremony at the Embassy, that was attended by a large number of Indian nationals.   The participation of the gallant officials of the visiting ship ICGS SANKALP and a large number of school students made this occasion even more memorable.

 

As Hon’ble President has said and I quote:

 

On Twenty Sixth January, 1950 our Republic was born. On this day, we gave ourselves the Constitution of India. This day saw the culmination of heroic struggle of an extraordinary generation of leaders who overcame colonialism to establish the world’s largest democracy. They pulled together India’s amazing diversity to build national unity, which has brought us so far. The enduring democratic institutions they established have given us the gift of continuity on the path of progress. India today is a rising power, a country fast emerging as a global leader in science, technology, innovation and start-ups, and whose economic success is the envy of the world.

 

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It was on this historic day, 66 years ago, that the Constitution of a newly independent India, which was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26 November, 1949, came into force. The Constitution enshrines the same ideals and aspirations that guided India’s peaceful freedom movement in which millions of Indians participated under the most inspirational leadership of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

 

India, a country of over 1.2 billion people, the world’s largest democracy and the third largest economy on purchasing power parity terms, is on a cusp of history. The Government led by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India has launched major new initiatives and    taken   several   measures   to   re-energize the Indian economy and make India a preferred destination and partner for business and tourism. Prime Minister’s visionary initiatives such as the launch of ‘Make in India’ campaign on 25 September, 2014, inviting businessmen from other countries to collaborate with Indian enterprises, and 'Swachh Bharat' (Clean India) campaign on the 145th  birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on 2 October, 2014; ‘Digital India’ and ‘Smart Cities’ missions; and Startup India initiative to encourage and incentivize entrepreneurship, launched on 16 January, 2016, are inspiring Indians and India’s global diaspora, and enhancing the attractiveness of India for businessmen, investors and tourists from around the world.

 

On this joyous  celebration of our Republic Day in Qatar, we also celebrate the deep-rooted friendly ties between India and Qatar, and renew our sincere thanks to His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar; His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir; His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani, the Deputy Emir; His Excellency , Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; and the Government and people of Qatar for nurturing the time-tested friendship and multi-faceted partnership between our two great countries, and for their hospitality to the large, diverse, accomplished and highly regarded Indian community in Qatar.

 

            The State Visit of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar to India on 24-25 March, 2015 at the invitation of Hon'ble President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, has imparted fresh momentum to our bilateral ties.

 

As recently as on 2 November, 2015, HH the Emir and Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi reviewed bilateral cooperation during their phone conversation. HH the Emir renewed his invitation to Prime Minister Modi who conveyed his thanks and reiterated his keenness to visit Qatar on mutually convenient dates.

 

There have also been other high level contacts between the two countries since we celebrated our Republic Day last year. Hon’ble External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj and His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar co-chaired the India-GCC Ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the 70th UNGA in New York on 30 September 2015. They again met during the first Ministerial meeting of the Arab-India Cooperation Forum held in Bahrain on 24 January, 2016.

 

Hon’ble Law and Justice Minister Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda met with his Qatari counterpart during his visit to Doha as the leader of the Indian delegation to the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in April, 2015. Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan had a fruitful visit to Doha on 8-10 November 2015, leading a high level delegation to the 6th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable.

 

His Excellency Mr. Jassim Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and our esteemed Chief Guest this evening and the Commander of Qatar Emiri Air Force visited Aero India Exhibition at Bengaluru in February, 2015. Earlier that month, India’s National Security Advisor Shri Ajit Doval visited Doha.

 

We are looking forward to the visit of His Excellency Major General (Navy) Mohammad Nasser Mubarak Al-Mohannadi, Commander of the Qatar Emiri Naval Force and accompanying delegation to Indian Navy’s International Fleet Review at Vishakhapatnam from 4-8 February, 2016.

 

The Government and people of India greatly admire the strides being made by Qatar in education and research; infrastructure; business, finance and investments; sports; travel and tourism; and other areas, and are keen to expand collaborations to the mutual benefit of both sides. Besides official interactions, people-to-people contacts and initiatives by private sector are energising dialogue and cooperation in various sectors.

 

Both sides have been taking active steps to further expand economic and commercial partnership, with several positive developments.

 

Petronet of India and RasGas of Qatar signed a Sale Purchase Agreement (SPA) for additional annual supply of one million metric tons of LNG by RasGas in New Delhi on 31 December, 2015.  This is in addition to the existing long term contract for supply of 7.5 million metric tons of LNG per annum. The composition of India-Qatar Business Forum has been finalized.

 

A multi-sectoral delegation from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) led by its President-designate visited Doha on 20-21 October, 2015. Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Embassy of India are organising an event to promote the participation of Qatari businessmen and investors at the ‘Make in India’ Week in Mumbai from 13-18 February, 2016. We are also looking forward to high level participation from Qatar at the Indian Investment Summit in New Delhi on 4-5 February, 2016. The largest ever (65) number of Indian companies participated in   ‘Project Qatar’ Exhibition in May, 2015. Qatar Airways started its flight to Nagpur on 1 December 2015; Nagpur is the 13th destination in India for regular Qatar Airways flights from Doha. A full fledged branch of Doha Bank in Mumbai was inaugurated in April, 2015.  This is an illustrative and not an exhaustive list.

 

India deeply appreciates Qatar’s support, as a co-sponsor, to its Resolution at the United Nations General Assembly, adopted unanimously with a record 177 co-sponsors, declaring 21 June as the International Day of Yoga (IDY), and for various activities to celebrate the first IDY in Qatar. We are grateful to Government of Qatar and Q-Post for the release of commemorative stamps to mark this occasion.

 

            It is heartening that several visits and events have taken place in recent months in the areas of tourism, sports and arts & culture, including a programme to showcase Indian Tourism; participation of Indian teams in major athletics, boxing, volleyball, wrestling, squash and other competitions; and widely acclaimed cultural programmes held at KATARA – The Cultural Village Foundation, such as a Kathak classical dance performance sponsored by  the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, ‘A Passage to India’ Community Festival,  an event on Yoga, and exhibitions on India by creative young photographers of Qatar Photographic Society. We are grateful to KATARA for their enormous guidance and support in organising these programmes.

 

            Fath Al Khair Dhow undertook a historic voyage from Doha to Mumbai, via Oman during 5 October - 17 November 2015. On arrival in Mumbai, the crew were given a warm and enthusiastic reception at a ceremony presided over by Hon'ble Governor of Maharashtra.  We salute HH the Father Emir of Qatar for his patronage of this unique initiative which was launched in 2013 as a commemoration by Qataris of the historical pearl trade route.  It is significant that on its second voyage, Fath Al Khair sailed to Mumbai, whereas its first voyage was to neighbouring Gulf countries.

 

Ensuring the well being and welfare of Indian nationals in Qatar is the highest priority for Embassy of India. We have a regular, active and inclusive outreach to the Indian community. In particular, we have an extremely important responsibility towards the large number of Indian workers who are making a vital contribution to the progress of Qatar with the sweat of their brows. We remain in close contact with the authorities concerned in Qatar regarding the well being of our workers and other Indian nationals, and appreciate their cooperation and support. We welcome the process of labour reforms undertaken by Government of Qatar, and look forward to the implementation of further steps being considered.

 

As we celebrate our 67th Republic  Day, I warmly congratulate the Indian community in Qatar for all that they do for the development and progress of their host country, and for further strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation  between India and Qatar.

 

 

I thank you all and wish you an enjoyable evening.

 

 

 

Jai Hind

 

 

Jai Qatar

ADDRESS BY THE HONBLE PRESIDENT OF INDIA ON THE EVE OF THE REPUBLIC DAY OF INDIA 2016 (ENGLISH) - 25 January 2016

ADDRESS BY THE HON’BLE PRESIDENT OF INDIA ON THE

EVE OF THE REPUBLIC DAY OF INDIA 2016

New Delhi: January 25, 2016

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      My Fellow Citizens:

 

  1. On the eve of the sixty-seventh Republic Day of our nation, I extend warm greetings to all of you in India and abroad. I convey my special greetings to members of our Armed Forces, Para-military Forces and Internal Security Forces. I pay my tribute to the brave soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives in defending India’s territorial integrity and in upholding the rule of law.

 

        Fellow Citizens:

 

  1. On twenty-sixth January 1950, our Republic was born. On this day, we gave ourselves the Constitution of India. This day saw the culmination of heroic struggle of an extraordinary generation of leaders who overcame colonialism to establish the world’s largest democracy. They pulled together India’s amazing diversity to build national unity, which has brought us so far. The enduring democratic institutions they established have given us the gift of continuity on the path of progress. India today is a rising power, a country fast emerging as a global leader in science, technology, innovation and start-ups, and whose economic success is the envy of the world.

 

    Fellow Citizens:

 

  1. The year 2015 has been a year of challenges. During this year, the global economy remained subdued. Unpredictability ruled the commodity markets. Uncertainty marked the institutional responses. In such troubled environment, no one nation could be an oasis of growth. India’s economy also had to face the blowback. Weak investor sentiments led to withdrawal of funds from emerging markets including India putting pressure on the Indian rupee. Our exports suffered. Our manufacturing sector is yet to recover fully.

 

  1. In 2015, we were also denied the bounty of nature. While large parts of India were affected by severe drought, other areas reeled under devastating floods. Unusual weather conditions impacted our agricultural production. Rural employment and income levels suffered.

Fellow Citizens:

  1. We can call out these challenges because we are aware of them. There is a great virtue in acknowledging a problem and resolving to address it. India is building and implementing strategies to solve these problems. This year, with an estimated growth rate of 7.3 percent, India is poised to become the fastest growing large economy. Contraction in global oil prices has helped maintain external sector stability and control domestic prices. Despite occasional setbacks, industrial performance this year has been strong.

 

  1. Aadhaar, with its present reach of 96 crore people, is helping in direct transfer of benefits, plugging leakages and improving transparency. Over 19 crore bank accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana is the single largest exercise in the world at financial inclusion. The Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana aims to create model villages. The Digital India programme is an effort to bridge the digital divide. The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana targets farmer’s welfare. Increased spending on programmes like MGNREGA is aimed at enhancing employment generation to rejuvenate the rural economy.

 

  1. The Make-in-India campaign will boost manufacturing by facilitating easy conduct of business and improving competitiveness of domestic industry. The Start-up India programme will foster innovation and encourage new-age entrepreneurship. The National Skill Development Mission envisages skilling 300 million youth by 2022.

 

  1. There will be, amongst us, occasional doubters and baiters. Let us continue to complain; to demand; to rebel. This too is a virtue of democracy. But let us also applaud what our democracy has achieved. With investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, health, education, science and technology, we are positioning ourselves well for achieving a higher growth rate which will in the next ten to fifteen years help us eliminate poverty.

 

    Fellow Citizens:

 

  1. Reverence for the past is one of the essential ingredients of nationalism. Our finest inheritance, the institutions of democracy, ensure to all citizens justice, equality, and gender and economic equity. When grim instances of violence hit at these established values which are at the core of our nationhood, it is time to take note. We must guard ourselves against the forces of violence, intolerance and unreason.

 

Fellow Citizens:

 

  1. For revitalizing the forces of growth, we need reforms and progressive legislation. It is the bounden duty of the law makers to ensure that such legislation is enacted after due discussion and debate. A spirit of accommodation, cooperation and consensus-building should be the preferred mode of decision-making. Delays in decision-making and implementation can only harm the process of development.

   Fellow Citizens:

 

  1. Peace is the primary objective of a rational consciousness as well as our moral universe. It is the foundation of civilization and a necessity for economic progress. And yet, we have never been able to answer a simple question: why does peace remain so elusive? Why has peace been so much more difficult to attain than degenerate conflict?

 

  1. As the twentieth century closed down with a remarkable revolution in science and technology, we had some reason for optimism that the twenty-first century would mark an era in which the energies of people and nations would be committed to a rising prosperity that would eliminate, for the first time, the curse of extreme poverty. That optimism has faded in the first fifteen years of this century. There is unprecedented turbulence across vast regions, with alarming increase in regional instabilities. The scourge of terrorism has reshaped war into its most barbaric manifestation. No corner can now consider itself safe from this savage monster.

 

  1. Terrorism is inspired by insane objectives, motivated by bottomless depths of hatred, instigated by puppeteers who have invested heavily in havoc through the mass murder of innocents. This is war beyond any doctrine, a cancer which must be operated out with a firm scalpel. There is no good or bad terrorism; it is pure evil.

 

   Fellow Citizens:

 

  1. Nations will never agree on everything; but the challenge today is existential. Terrorists seek to undermine order by rejecting the very basis of strategic stability, which are recognized borders. If outlaws are able to unravel borders, then we are heading towards an age of chaos. There will be disputes among nations; and, as is well-known, the closer we are to a neighbour the higher the propensity for disputes. There is a civilized way to bridge disagreement; dialogue, ideally, should be a continual engagement. But we cannot discuss peace under a shower of bullets.

 

  1. We on our subcontinent have a historic opportunity to become a beacon to the world at a time of great danger. We must attempt to resolve the complex edges of our emotional and geo-political inheritance with our neighbours through a peaceful dialogue, and invest in mutual prosperity by recognizing that human beings are best defined by a humane spirit, and not their worst instincts. Our example can be its own message to a world in anxious need of amity.

 

    Fellow Citizens:

 

  1. Each of us has the right to lead a healthy, happy and productive life in India. This right has been breached, especially in our cities, where pollution has reached alarming levels. Climate change has acquired real meaning with 2015 turning out to be the warmest year on record. Multiple strategies and action at various levels is necessary. Innovative solutions of urban planning, use of clean energy, and changing the mindsets of the people call for active participation of all stakeholders. Permanence of such changes can be ensured only if people own these changes. 

 

 

 

    Fellow Citizens:

 

  1. Love for one’s motherland is the basis of all progress. Education, with its enlightening effect, leads to human progress and prosperity. It helps us develop forces of spirit which can revive lost hopes and ignored values. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan had said and I quote: “End-product of education should be a free creative man who can battle against historical circumstances and adversities of nature” (unquote). The advent of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” demands that this free and creative man should also be able to master the velocity of change to absorb disruptions which are getting embedded in the systems and societies. An eco-system that fosters critical thinking and makes teaching intellectually stimulating is necessary. It must inspire scholarship and encourage unfettered respect for knowledge and teachers. It must instill a spirit of reverence towards women that will guide social conduct of an individual throughout his life. It must breed a culture of deep thought and create an environment of contemplation and inner peace. Through an open-minded approach to the wider spectrum of ideas emanating from within, our academic institutions must become world-class. A beginning has already been made with two Indian institutes of higher education finding place in the top two hundred in international rankings.

 

    Fellow Citizens:

 

  1. The generational change has happened. Youth have moved centre-stage to take charge. March ahead with Tagore’s words from Nutan Yuger Bhore:

 

“CHOLAAY CHOLAAY BAAJBEY JOYER BHEREE –

PAAYER BEGEYI POTH KETEY JAAY, KORISH NEY AAR DERI”

 

Move ahead, the roll of drums announce your triumphal march;

With feet of glory, you shall cut out your own path;

Delay not, delay not, a new age dawns.

 

Thank you.

 

Jai Hind!

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ADDRESS BY THE HONBLE PRESIDENT OF INDIA ON THE EVE OF THE REPUBLIC DAY OF INDIA 2016 (HINDI) - 25 January 2016

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Make in India Week - Mumbai (13-18 February, 2016) - 11 January 2016

Make in India Week - Mumbai (13-18 February, 2016)

1. Make in India (MII) Week will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) stadium on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

2. Renowned CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria will host the CNN-Asia Business Forum. Several MoUs are expected to be signed during the during the MII Week, which is being synced with the Kala Ghoda Art Festival and the Elephanta Cultural Festival.

3. Key opportunities in sectors like auto and auto components, defence and aerospace, food processing, chemicals and petrochemicals, electronics and information technology, pharmaceuticals, textiles, industrial equipment manufacturing, construction equipment, and infrastructure will be showcased through seminars and discussions among major stakeholders.

4. The Make in India Centre at Bandra Kurla Complex will feature an exhibition of the most innovative products and manufacturing process in India. The Centre will also feature participation from different countries and Indian states through Country and State Pavilions.

5. The following can be viewed at the link - http://we.tl/JMUfOyKHOB

a. MII week 30 sec edit

b. MII week 10 sec TV edit (HD 1080)

c. Roadshow Material to promote MII Week

6. Ms Surbhi Mathur from CII is handling international co-ordination for Make in India week. She can be contacted @ surbhi.mathur@cii.in. Her mobile Number is 9899296294. She can be approached for all queries related to the setting up of country or company pavilions.

7. Thomas Cook and Kuoni destination management are the travel partners for the MII Week. They can be contacted at MakeinIndia.Week2016@in.thomascook.com (phone : +91-124 -6120100) and info@sitaonline.in (Phone: +91 124 4563000).

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Happening Haryana Investors Summit 2016 - 10 January 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

HAPPENING HARYANA INVESTORS’ SUMMIT 2016

 

1. Government of Haryana, in partnership with CII, is organising “Happening Haryana Investors’ Summit 2016” on 7 – 8 March 2016 at Hotel Leela Ambience, Gurgaon. The objective of the Summit is to bring together investors, decision makers, senior Government officials and local business community for a concrete dialogue on investment opportunities and business environment in Haryana. This Summit will be an unprecedented event with strategic Sectoral Sessions, Round Table deliberations, technical presentations, partnerships, and one-to-one Business Meetings.

 

2. This Summit will be followed by Pravasi Haryana Divas on Wednesday, 9th March 2016 at the same venue. The Summit intends to have participation from NRIs from Haryana origin which will also include felicitation of prominent Pravasi Haryanavis’ who have contributed significantly towards building brand of Haryana.

 

3. The Summit will have thought provoking Sessions focusing on different sectors such as Manufacturing Competitiveness, IT & ITes and ESDM, Skill Development& Entrepreneurship, Food Processing & Agriculture, Textile & Apparels, Renewable Energy, Healthcare, Education and exclusive Session for MSMEs.

 

4. Haryana is one of the most industrially progressive states in the country. The strategic advantage of the State surrounding the National capital, Delhi from three sides and with 60% area falling within the NCR and more than 10 national highways criss-crossing the State, is unique to the State of Haryana. It is also home to the headquarters of more than 100 fortune 500 companies. Haryana is a leading producer of number of products including four wheelers, two wheelers, cranes, excavators, tractors, footwear and sanitary ware etc.

5. The industrial growth of the State has been consistently high and the State enjoys eminent position of having one of the highest per capita income amongst the major states. The state offers immense opportunities for investment and the new Enterprise Promotion Policy, 2015 of Haryana with focus on “Ease of doing business” and enhancing competitiveness of the industry is an effective instrument for creating the most conducive atmosphere for industrialization and investment promotion. The thrust of the policy is to create an enabling investment environment for the existing and potential investors as well as building a culture of innovation & entrepreneurship in the state.

 

6. The Government of Haryana will be very happy to accord a special status to the Business Delegation and provide all relevant support to make their business trip meaningful and rewarding. The State Government is also open to signing up MoUs or other joint agreements in the mutually agreed sectors of interest.

 

7. For any further details, interested parties may get in touch with Mr Sandeep Garg, Director General Industries (Haryana) on Email: ipcharyana@yahoo.com, Mob: 8725075009 and Mr Ankur Chauhan, Director, CII Delhi State Office on Email: ankur.chauhan@cii.in, Mob: 9650893091

 

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Live Webcast of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Event on 9 January 2016 - 8 January 2016

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

Live Webcast of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Event on 9 January 2016

 

The Live Webcast of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Event on 9 January 2016 will begin at 1500 IST, and will be available at the following link -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMPvkFuDzRc. Once the event is over, the video will remain at the same link.

 

The official Facebook page of the event is as follows:- FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/764145490358562/

 

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REVISED VISA FEE STRUCTURE FOR UK NATIONALS - EFFECTIVE 04 JANUARY 2016 - 29 December 2015

REVISED VISA FEE STRUCTURE FOR UK NATIONALS

 

          The following visa fee structure for UK nationals will come into effect from 04 JANUARY 2016:-

 

TOURIST VISA FEE STRUCTURE

 

Validity of Visas

Revised Fees

Up to One Year (S/M Entry)

GBP 100

1 Yr to 5 Yrs, M.E

GBP 300

 

BUSINESS VISA FEE STRUCTURE

 

Validity of Visas

Revised Fees

Up to One Year (S/M Entry)

GBP 150

1 Yr to 5 Yrs, M.E

GBP 450

 

ENTRY VISA FEE STRUCTURE

 

Validity of Visas

Revised Fees

Up to One Year (S/M Entry)

GBP 100

1 Yr to 5 Yrs, M.E

GBP 300

 

 

Embassy of India will hold Open House on Friday, 25 December, 2015 - 22 December 2015

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EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA

PRESS RELEASE

          

            Embassy of India will hold an Open House on Friday, 25 December, 2015, to address any urgent consular and labour problems of Indian nationals in the State of Qatar.

          The Open House will be held from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Written information on issues/cases proposed to be discussed with the Embassy may please be given from 5.30 pm to 6.00 pm. This will be followed by meeting with Embassy officials from 6.00 pm to 6.30 pm.         

  Salient information would be sent to the media after the Open House.

 

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21st International Conference ‘Frontiers in Yoga Research and Applications’ (INCOFYRA) - 21 December 2015

21st International Conference on ‘Frontiers in Yoga Research and Its Applications’ (INCOFYRA)

1.          To continue with the efforts to promote and propagate Yoga as an efficacious preventive and promotive system for holistic health, Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (VYASA), a registered charitable institution engaged in making Yoga as a socially relevant Science is organizing 21st International Conference on ‘Frontiers in Yoga Research and Its Applications’ (INCOFYRA) during January 3-7, 2016 at Prashanti Kutiram             (S-VYASA University Campus), Bengaluru. The theme of the Conference is “Yoga in Integrated Healthcare System dealing with Diabetes, Oncology, Cardiology and Mental Health”. A copy of the Brochure is attached herewith.

2.         The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India is likely to inaugurate the conference on 3rd January, 2016. Around 10,000 delegates from modern and AYUSH medical community are expected to participate in the event. The conference would provide an excellent platform to showcase the preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and rejuvenating roles of Yoga. It will also provide an opportunity for achieving new mile stone in the area of Integrated Health Care System, which is the need of the hour.

3.         VYASA has offered 50% discount in respect of participation fee only, in respect of Yoga enthusiasts interested to participate in the Conference. For further details please contact:

 

Dr Suresh Babu

+91 948 254 2873 (mobile)

+91 802 263 9915 (Land Line)

Email: sureshbabubnys@gmail.com 

 Smt. Deepika Srinivasan

+91 802 263 9915 (Land Line)

+91 990 130 0299 (mobile)

Email: incofyra21@gmail.com

 

Nominations for 4th Study India Programme [SIP] - 20 December 2015

Receipt of nominations for 4th Study India Programme [SIP] scheduled to be held from 20 January 2016 to 16

February 2016 has been extended up to 30 December 2015.

For further details/ queries please contact: jsds@moia.nic.in


Fax : 0091 11 24197984 Tel: 0091 11 26874240

 

RESCHEDULING OF 2ND RENEWABLE ENERGY GLOBAL INVESTORS’ MEET & EXPO (RE – INVEST) - 17 December 2015

RESCHEDULING OF 2ND RENEWABLE ENERGY GLOBAL INVESTORS’ MEET & EXPO (RE – INVEST) TO 14 - 16 MARCH, 2017.

The 02nd Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo (RE-INVEST 2016) initially proposed to be held from 18 – 20 February 2016 in New Delhi has been rescheduled to 14 - 16 March, 2017.

RE-INVEST Secretariat
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
Tele: 011 2436 2360; E-mail: ss.madan@nic.in
http://re-invest.in ; www.mnre.gov.in

 

5th Meeting of the Board of Trustees of IDFOI held in New Delhi on 5 December, 2015 - 9 December 2015

       

 

Embassy of India

   Doha

PRESS RELEASE

                                                                                       

9 December, 2015

 

Fifth Meeting of the Board of Trustees of

India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians

held in New Delhi on 5 December, 2015

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The Fifth Meeting of the Board of Trustees, the second this year, of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) was held on December 05, 2015 in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by the Hon’ble Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj. The Board reviewed the progress made by IDF-OI on the revised mandate given in the last Board Meeting on May 23, 2015 i.e. to promote the flagship programmes of Government of India - Swachh Bharat Mission and National Mission for Clean Ganga; projects identified by State Governments; and donor advised projects.

 

To strengthen and deepen the relationship with Indian Diaspora, IDF-OI conducted an outreach in UAE in which many Overseas Indians committed to the Swachh Bharat Mission. The Board welcomed IDF-OI’s outreach initiatives and suggested that the next outreach events may be held in Qatar and UK.

 

In the forthcoming Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Conference 2016, there will be a session on facilitating contributions by Overseas Indians through IDF-OI.

 

The Board Meeting was attended by prominent Indians and NRIs Shri Yusuff  Ali, Shri Subhash Jindal, Dr. B.K. Agnihotri, Shri Ashok Chowgule, Ms. Ritu Beri and Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak. Senior Officials from Ministries of Home Affairs, External Affairs, NITI Aayog and Finance were also present.

 

Details of the project are at IDF-OI’s website www.idfoi.org.

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UTTAR PRADESH PRAVASI DIWAS, 04-06 JANUARY 2016 IN AGRA - 2 December 2015

1st “U.P. PRAVASI DIWAS” from 4-6 January 2016

The Government of Uttar Pradesh, India jointly with FICCI is organising 1st “U.P. PRAVASI DIWAS” from 4-6 January 2016, in a historical city of Agra.

 The proposed three-day “UP PRAVASI DIWAS” will provide ample opportunity to interact with Cabinet Ministers, Senior Officers of Government of Uttar Pradesh and businessmen from across India. 

 Major highlights of U.P PRAVASI DIWAS 2016 are:

· Sharing of investment plans and policies in Uttar Pradesh on sectors like, manufacturing, infrastructure development, urban transports, smart cities, industrial and social development, electronics, IT & ITeS and tourism etc.

·  Apprising steps taken for “Ease of doing business” initiatives by Government of Uttar Pradesh pertaining to industrial development and setting-up of your business.

·   Exchange of views of Indian diaspora(s) for developing Uttar Pradesh as a smart State.

·   Connecting Uttar Pradesh with Innovative and Knowledge network of Indian Diaspora.

·    Interface with senior officials from Government of Uttar Pradesh for developing fast-track mechanism for absorbing and resolving U.P. Diaspora(s) issues related to business and other matters.

·    B2B and B2G meetings.

·    Heritage and Cultural trip.

The registration process is online.  Participants are requested to register after logon to www.upnri.com.  The registration fee is USD 100 per delegate (Early Bird Offer) if they register their participation on and before 15th December 2015.  It will be USD 125 per delegate w.e.f 16th December 2015 onwards till the closing of registration process.  Special discount of 25% on registration fee for GPOIO members only.

  

Embassy Open House on 29th Nov. 2015 - 26 November 2015

EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA

PRESS RELEASE

          

            Embassy of India will hold an Open House on Sunday, 29 November, 2015, to address any urgent consular and labour problems of Indian nationals in the State of Qatar.         

             The Open House will be held from 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Written information on issues/cases proposed to be discussed with the Embassy 

may please be given from 5.00 pm to 5.30 pm. This will be followed by meeting with Embassy officials from 5.30 pm to 6.00 pm.          

                    Salient information would be sent to the media after the Open House.

 

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India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians - 25 November 2015

India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians

PUBLIC ADVISORY ON PHASING OUT OF HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS - 10 November 2015

PUBLIC ADVISORY ON PHASING OUT OF HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS

Statement of Hon’ble Minister of State Petroleum & Natural Gas - 10 November 2015

Statement of Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India at the 1st Plenary Session of the 6th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable in Doha, Qatar on 9 November, 2015

 

“Oil markets : a new normal or just another cycle, and what does it mean for Asia?”

The Chairman of this Session, His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud, Vice Minister for Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;

His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, State of Qatar;

His Excellency Anantaporn Kanjanarat, Minister of Energy, Kingdom of Thailand, Host of ;

His Excellency Dr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Secretary General, International Energy Forum;

Hon’ble Ministers, Excellencies, ladies & gentlemen;

It gives me immense pleasure to be present amongst all of you here today in the beautiful city of Doha. I would like to convey, also on behalf of my delegation, our sincere thanks and deep appreciation to the Government of Qatar for their warm welcome and gracious hospitality since our arrival in their great country.

Excellencies, distinguished delegates and guests,

The theme of this session revolves around Oil price volatility and its impact on Asian economies, which includes both oil exporters and oil importers.

We have witnessed a sharp decline in oil prices since mid- 2014. It is said that the fall in oil prices has been triggered by a combination of an oversupply in the oil market, chiefly on account of enhanced US shale oil production and OPEC’s stand against curtailing oil production to protect market share, and a simultaneous slowdown in demand in some of the erstwhile fastest growing economies of the world.

The theme of this session is interesting. We have come across various analysis on whether the present oil market is only a temporary development or it is beginning of a new order which will continue for a long period.There are those who make demand supply analysis and arrive at one conclusion. There are others who make geo-political analysis and lead to a different conclusion. There are a third group of experts who factor in role of new technologies and new frontiers of unconventional hydrocarbon and make different predictions.

As per experts, despite lower prices, demand for import of Oil is expected to slow down in the future. It is believed that the United States may become self-sufficient with respect to energy in net terms by 2021.

Continuing technological advancements in shale oil production, coupled with that in other technology-intensive sources - such as oil sands and offshore deep water – are likely to be replicated over a period of time, despite high initial costs, giving a huge fillip to crude production elsewhere across the globe.

A global supply glut is also being witnessed in Oil market. As per EIA estimates, global Petroleum and Other Liquids production in 2015 would be around 95.55 million barrels per day whereas the corresponding consumption is expected to be 93.75 million barrels per day. IEA also projects that even with lower prices, global supply capacity is expected to increase by 5.2 million barrels per day over the next six years. Two thirds of this growth will come from non-OPEC producers.

IMF forecasts weaker global economic growth and as a result global demand growth for Oil is expected to slow markedly, by 1.1 million barrels/day per annum over the next six years.

The question of oil price, obviously, has no easy answers, because forecasting crude prices is a hazardous proposition even in the most normal of times.While I am not in the profession of making forecasts but as a public policy practitioner, I sincerely wish that the present oil market is the new normal. Hence, I will deal with the second but more important part of the theme, which is the implication of the oil price fluctuations for a country like India.

Historically, the ramifications of crude price volatility on a highly import dependent country like India have always been significant. The benefits of the oil price decline on the public exchequer, and the fiscal systems, are obvious. India’s net crude import bill has skyrocketed in recent years, from $112.1 billion in FY11 to $155.7 billion in FY14. Similar is the case for our natural gas import bill.

India’s total energy consumption at 637.8 MMTOE during 2014 compared to 595.7 MMTOE during 2013 grew by more than 7%, which was among the highest growth rates during the year. This ismore than one third of total energy consumption growth during the year at global level.

India is now among the fastest growing economies globally. Estimates by international agencies, including IMF, suggest that India is expected to overtake China in terms of GDP growth rate this year.

According to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2014, India‘s oil demand growth between 2013 and 2040 would be the highest in the world—with a CAGR of 3.5 %. Just to give an example, this growth rate is almost double of the next highest growth rate.

Yet, Indian per capita energy consumption is less than one third of the global average. As India strives to attain double digit GDP growth rate and strives to become a manufacturing powerhouse, the country is bound to see massive growth in energy demand.

Energy security, thus, has become a question of national priority for us. And as Petroleum Minister, it is my primary duty to ensure that 1.2 billion plus Indians have access to reliable and affordable energy so that we can provide wholesome, inclusive growth to our people. As my Prime Minister puts it, we want to “convert hopeful and hopefilled today into a fulfilled tomorrow” for every Indian.

We have already witnessed a reshaping of the global energy map with Asian countries replacing the OECD countries as a major source of demand. IEA has estimated that over the long term, almost 90% of Middle Eastern oil exports would be destined for Asia.

It is well-known that West Asian oil and gas rich countries and India have been historic and strategic allies in many spheres. India, for example, imports over 60% of its crude oil requirement from the Gulf region. As a matter of fact, India’s total trade with only the 6 GCC countries rose from US$ 5.55 Billion in 2000-01 to US$ 133.74 Billion in 2014-15, which signifies a phenomenal growth of 2300%.

 Developing Asian economies like India have their own, and very valid constraints and concerns when it comes to crude procurement. The demand for energy is invariably price sensitive in the domestic market. India is one such example.

Then, there is the issue of equitable access to affordable energy; only then can the growth be termed as truly inclusive. Unfortunately, a vast cross-section of India’s population still does not have access to energy simply on account of lack of purchasing power. I understand there are other Asian importing countries similarly placed.

 

I believe that an opportune time has now come when this “Energy Poverty” must give way to “Energy Justice”. In order to do so, the oil suppliers must make earnest efforts for a Responsible & Reasonable Pricing which will be sustainable. Allow me please to briefly explain the context and the reasons why I think this is the need of the hour.

I think everybody here would agree that going forward, the crude oil price needs to be more of a win-win proposition for Asian buyers, rather than the economic compulsion it is presently reduced to.

India recognizes the need to ensure that producing nations are not made to suffer uncertainties and revenue loss to wild swings in Oil prices. Similarly, consuming nations like India wish to have greater transparency and balance in the Oil market to ensure that their fiscal positions are not unduly stretched due to rising prices.

Large crude importing Asian countries like India can be very reliable destination for oil exports provided the price is reasonable. I had earlier referred to the issue of “Asian Premium” during the 167th OPEC Conference in Vienna.

People and policy makers in a developing economy like India find it unjust and unacceptable that reliable and large importers like India pay higher for crude import than the developed Western economies. In a more reasonable market, it should be the other way round and India should be getting an “Asian Dividend”. This has been the primary reason why the Government is compelled to look at far off continents for sources of energy.

I strongly feel that the buyer-seller relationship between the large buyers and large sellers needs to be transformed to energy partnerships. They should link their hydrocarbon economies by developing mutual investment linkages. I have been advocating this with individual countries since assuming office. This will lead to a more stable oil market.

What should be a reasonable price or price band to enable a win-win situation could be a matter of debate; I believe convergence on this can be reached with a bit of flexibility on the part of both seller and buyer so that equitable commercial terms could be worked out.

At this juncture, I would also like to invite the attention of this august gathering to the rapidly evolving world of renewable energy. Technological advances brought about by cutting edge R&D efforts are reducing the cost of electricity generation from renewables with each passing year. Just to give an example, only last week US-based renewable energy major SunEdison has won a bid for setting up a 500 MW solar power plant in India by offering to supply solar energy at about US 7 cents per unit.

I realize that given the magnitude of India’s energy needs, renewable energy can’t be an immediate substitute for fossil fuel based energy, at least in the near foreseeable future. Yet, the very fact that solar power could be as competitive as, if not more competitive than, liquid-fuel based power should probably act as an incentive for both crude suppliers and importers to move towards a Responsible & Reasonable Pricing.

In conclusion, I would suggest that Asian economies – both suppliers as well as importers - should take advantage of the present situation to forge stronger and strategic ties in the long term interest to ensure growth and stability of the oil market.  Only that will allow us to reach a new balance, a new equilibrium, a new normal so to say.

Before closing, I would like to invite you all to invest in India’s oil & gas sector including upstream E&P, Gas & LNG infrastructure, refining, fuel retailing and marketing, strategic reserves, oil field services, etc. Within next 4 months, we will auction about 67 proven marginal fields in India. I would welcome your investment in it.

 

Similarly, Indian public and private sector companies are also willing to invest in the entire value chain of oil and gas in your countries. We are ready to plug into the World oil and gas mainframe in a win-win proposition.

I am happy to share with you that, only a week back, the World Bank declared that India has moved up 12 places [ to 130th rank] in the Global Ease of Business rankings. India is changing for the better; come, be a part of the India story.

 

Thank you, all.

Holiday Notice - 9 November 2015

 

 Embassy of India             

   Doha

09 November, 2015 

PRESS RELEASE

      On the occasion of Diwali, Embassy of India, Doha will remain closed on

Wednesday, 11 November, 2015.

 

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Embassy Open house on Thursday, 29 October, 2015 - 26 October 2015

EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA

PRESS RELEASE

         

            Embassy of India will hold an Open House on Thursday, 29 October, 2015, to address any urgent consular and labour problems of Indian nationals in the State of Qatar.

          The Open House will be held from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Written information on issues/cases proposed to be discussed with the Embassy may please be given from 5.30 pm to 6.00 pm. This will be followed by meeting with Embassy officials from 6.00 pm to 6.30 pm.

          Salient information would be sent to the media after the Open House.

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NATIONAL VOTER’S SERVICE PORTAL (NVSP) - 1 October 2015

EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA, QATAR

 

NATIONAL VOTER’S SERVICE PORTAL (NVSP)

 Election Commission of India has launched a National Voter’s Service Portal (NVSP) for facilitating online registration of voters on the electoral roll as well as correcting entries, linking aadhar number to the data, searching name on electoral roll, etc. The portal, which may be accessed at www.nvsp.in, has facilities for online registration of overseas voters also.

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2ND PROGRESSIVE PUNJAB INVESTORS SUMMIT - 20 September 2015

EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA, QATAR

 

2ND PROGRESSIVE PUNJAB INVESTORS SUMMIT AT

INDIAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, SAS NAGAR, MOHALI

28-29 OCTOBER 2015

 

The Government of Punjab is hosting the 2nd Progressive Punjab Investors Summit at Indian School of Business, SAS Nagar, Mohali from 28-29 October 2015.

This year’s summit will focus on Agro and Food Processing, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Education, IT, Renewable Energy and Tourism. In its efforts to attract investment, the Government of Punjab has taken rapid strides in strengthening infrastructure, up-skilling workforce and sector-specific initiatives. It has also created a one stop clearance system – INVEST PUNJAB – for all regulatory and fiscal incentives related approvals.

The complete details, including registration process, etc, about the 2nd Progressive Punjab Summit are available at www.progressivepunjab.gov.in.

 

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Open House on Thursday, 27 August, 2015, at Embassy of India - 24 August 2015

 

EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA

 

PRESS RELEASE

          

            Embassy of India will hold an Open House on Thursday, 27 August, 2015, to address any urgent consular and labour problems of Indian nationals in the State of Qatar.

 

          The Open House will be held from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Written information on issues/cases proposed to be discussed with the Embassy may please be given from 5.30 pm to 6.00 pm. This will be followed by meeting with Embassy officials from 6.00 pm to 6.30 pm.

 

          Salient information would be sent to the media after the Open House.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the Pension scheme for NRIs 19 August 2015

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the Pension scheme for NRIs

Main features of National Pension Scheme for NRIs - 19 August 2015

Main features of National Pension Scheme for NRIs

Initiatives of Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC) - Flyer - 16 August 2015

Initiatives of Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC) - Flyer

Live Streaming of the Independence Day Celebration - 13 August 2015

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar

 

LIVE-STREAMING OF THE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

 

DD National will be LIVE-STREAMING  the Independence Day celebrations and the Prime Minister's address from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Saturday, 15 August, from 6:25 am (IST) onward, till the end of the ceremony on their official Youtube channel. This will be available at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/DoordarshanNational

 

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Assistance by EdCIL to Students Seeking Admission in Institutes in India - 12 August 2015


 

Assistance by EdCIL to Students Seeking Admission in Institutes in India

 

The Embassy of India is pleased to introduce EdCIL India Limited, a Public Sector Enterprise, having a mandate to promote Indian education abroad. It functions under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. EdCIL has been assisting NRIs, PIOs and foreign nationals for pursuing Under-graduate courses, Post-Graduate Courses and Doctoral Programmes in Indian Institutions as part of its business activity.       

 

EdCIL offers admission to International students – foreign nationals, NRIs, PIOs - in all types of degree programmes in more than 200 institutes spread all over India, which includes Central University, State University and other colleges and institutions which are recognized by the regulatory/statutory bodies.

 

EdCIL Advantage –

 

When a student enrolls in India through EdCIL, they are benefited in many ways, viz.

-            -  No entrance exam to get admitted in EdCIL associated Indian Institutes;

-             - Assistance in Visa process;

-             - EdCIL associated institutes offer Hostel facility of International standards;

-             - EdCIL is associated with both Government & Private Institutes of national repute.

 

For more information please contact

 

Dr.Shaik Suleman 

Head, Placement & Secondment

EdCIL(India)Ltd, EdCIL-House,18-A,Sector 16-A,Noida-201301,(U.P)

Telephone: 0091-120-2515281   Fax :0091-120-2515372

E-Mail:ssuleman@edcil.co.in, placement@edcil.co.in

Website:  www.edcilindia.co.in

Ambassador's Welcome Remarks at the ICCR-sponsored KATHAK Performance at KATARA on 05 August 2015 - 7 August 2015

Embassy of India

Doha

 

ICCR-sponsored KATHAK performance at KATARA –

The Cultural Village Foundation, Doha, Qatar

on 5 August, 2015

 

Ambassador’s Welcome Remarks

 

His Excellency Dr. Hassan bin Lahdan Al Hassan Al Mohannadi, Minister of Justice, Government of the State of Qatar;

His Excellency Ambassador Ibrahim Fakhroo, Director, Department of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager, KATARA;

Other esteemed Qatari guests;

My distinguished colleagues from Diplomatic Corps;

Ladies and Gentlemen;

 

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this evening’s special event at KATARA.

 

India will be celebrating her 69th Independence Day on 15 August, 2015. I would have the great honour of unfurling our National Flag and reading the Address of Hon’ble President of India at the Flag Hoisting Ceremony at the premises of the Indian Cultural Centre in the morning of 15 August.

 

In Qatar, a country with whom India has deep-rooted relations and multi-hued and growing cooperation, our National Days are traditionally celebrated enthusiastically at different programmes and events. The Indian Cultural Centre, apex organisation of socio-cultural associations of the large, vibrant and highly regarded Indian community in Qatar, functioning under the aegis of Embassy of India, Doha will be organising a Gala Cultural Programme in September.

 

This evening, we are presenting a KATHAK classical dance performance by Ms. Prachee Shah and her Group as a part of the celebrations of India’s 69th Independence Day. We are grateful to the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Government of India for sponsoring these renowned artistes to perform in Doha.

 

I would also like to express our sincere thanks and deep appreciation to the Government of Qatar for their support and cooperation in organising the programme of our visiting artistes.

 

Our very special thanks to His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of KATARA and all his colleagues for their wholehearted support in organising this programme. We salute everyone at KATARA for all that they do to showcase diverse cultures and traditions and to foster goodwill and friendship among people from around the world.

 

Embassy of India and the Indian community are grateful to KATARA for having most graciously hosted signature events such as a photo exhibition on Islamic Monuments of India in September, 2014; A Passage to India Community Festival in March, 2015; a programme on Yoga as a part of the celebrations marking the First International Day of Yoga in June, 2015; and this evening’s dance performance.

 

I would also like to thank the Indian Cultural Centre for their support during the visit of the KATHAK troupe who would be performing today.

 

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

KATHAK is one of the most delightful and popular Indian classical dance forms, with its origin in North India; in particular in Jaipur, capital of the State of Rajasthan, which is famous as the ‘Pink City’. KATHAK also vividly manifests India’s pluralistic cultural ethos. A dance form, which was performed in temples to offer prayers to the God from the sub-conscious level to achieve inner peace and salvation of soul, flourished during the Mughal period of Indian history, and was enriched by Persian and Islamic traditions.

 

Ms. Prachee Shah is an internationally acclaimed KATHAK dancer of Jaipur Gharana, who started learning KATHAK as a 3-year old child. Among several other distinctions and awards, she has a Guiness World Record for 93 KATHAK spins in one minute – she may perhaps surpass this at what would surely be an enthralling and memorable performance this evening.

 

It is a blessing that Ms. Prachee Shah’s Guru and mentor Guru Ganesh Hiralal is accompanying her this evening. The Group also has three other highly acclaimed artistes – Ms. Sraboni Chaudhuri, Vocalist; Mr. Farooque Khan, Sarangi player; and Mr. Umesh Hasal, Tabla player.

 

Please join me in welcoming Prachee Shah and her group to the stage.

 

 

 

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LAUNCH OF DIGITAL INDIA WEEK PROGRAMME - 30 June 2015

Digital India a flagship programme of the Government of India, aims to 'transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy'. The programme is aimed to showcase Government's initiatives in three key vision areas of (a) Infrastructure as a Utility of Every Citizen (b) Government and Services on Demand (c) Digital Empowerment of Citizens.

 

The Programme will be launched by Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on July 1, 2015 at 1600 hrs (IST) in New Delhi. The URL of webcast of PM Launching Event of Digital India Week are as follows:-

https://webcast.gov.in/digitalindia/

https://pmindiawebcast.nic.in/

The URL for broadcast of PM event on Youtube is as follows:-

https://youtube.com/PMOfficeIndia/

 

Embassy of India - Open House on Monday, 29 June, 2015 - 25 June 2015

 

EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Embassy of India will hold an Open House on Monday, 29 June, 2015, to address any urgent consular and labour problems of Indian nationals in the State of Qatar.

 

The Open House will be held from 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm. Written information on issues/cases proposed to be discussed with the Embassy may please be given from 3.30 pm to 4.00 pm. This will be followed by meeting with Embassy officials from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

 

Salient information would be sent to the media after the Open House.

 

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Passport Seva Divas - Hon EAM's Message - 24 June 2015


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EAM's Message ( English)

Global Tender - Bullet Resistant Helmet Qty -23759 Nos - 19 June 2015

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International Day of YOGA - Event - 18 June 2015

International Day of YOGA

World Hindi Conference - 5 June 2015

10th World Hindi Conference.

The 10th World Hindi Conference is scheduled to be held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh from 10-12 September, 2015, organized under the aegis of the Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with the Government of Madhya Pradesh.  Hon’ble External Affairs Minister launched a dedicated official website for the conference on 16 May 2015, which can be visited at www.vishwahindisammelan.gov.in. Online registration facility is available on this web portal, for all those interested in participating the conference.

Passport Seva Project - 29 May 2015

Passport Seva Project. The Passport Seva Project of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, has recently achieved a rare distinction of becoming the first Mission Mode Project to receive 3 ISO Certifications. Details have been uploaded on Passport India Portal: http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/pdf/ISO_Certification.pdf

Indian Diplomacy at Work - 24 May 2015

'Indian Diplomacy  at Work' – 

Druzhba-Dosti  : A Vision For Strengthening The Indo-Russian Partnership Over The Next Decade

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Revised Timings of Consular Section - 7 May 2015

EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA

7 May, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

 

Revised Timings of Consular Section

 

The Timings of the Consular Section of Embassy of India, Doha from 14 May, 2015 till 15 September, 2015 will be as follows:

 

8 AM to 11.15 AM:      Submission of applications

3 PM to 4.15 PM:        Collection of documents after rendering of  Consular Service.

Statement by Hon’ble Union Minister for Law and Justice at 13th United Nations Congress - 14 April 2015

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Declaration of Holiday on 14th April 2015 Birthday of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar - 7 April 2015

Declaration of Holiday on 14th April 2015 Birthday of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

It has been decided by the Government of India, that Tuesday, the 14th April, 2015 will be a closed holiday on the occasion of the Birthday of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar for the Embassy of India, Doha.

The next episode of "India Global" on AIR FM Gold will be on Qatar - 25 March 2015

The next episode of "India Global" on AIR FM Gold will be on Qatar. The programme will air on Friday i.e 27th March '15 at 4:30pm (IST). It will also be available on the AIR website www.newsonair.com besides the Ministry's channel on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/user/MEAIndia and at https://soundcloud.com/meaindia

Community Welfare - Salient Information for February, 2015 - 26 February 2015


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   Embassy of India

   Doha

PRESS RELEASE

Doha, 26 February, 2015

Community Welfare - Salient Information for February, 2015

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Embassy of India, Doha, accords highest priority to the well-being and welfare of Indian nationals in Qatar and works closely with the authorities concerned towards this end. The Embassy appreciates the cooperation of the Government of Qatar in following up any consular/labour issues/cases of Indian nationals. 

An Embassy team visited the Central Prison and Deportation Centre on 9 February, 2015 to enquire about the welfare of detainees from India. The total number of Indian nationals in the Central Prison and the Deportation Centre is currently 96 and 100, respectively.

During the current year, the Labour and Community Welfare Section of the Embassy has received a total of 551 complaints, so far.  The number of complaints received during the last three years is as follows:

Year

 Number

2012

3385

2013

3558

2014

3943

The number of deaths registered in the Embassy during this year [till 26 February, 2015]  is 57. The number of deaths registered in the last three years is as follows:

Year

 Number

2012

237

2013

241

2014

279

On the basis of requests received from the Qatari authorities for travel documents for inmates in the Deportation Centre, the Embassy has issued 12 Emergency Certificates (ECs) in February, 2015.  The Embassy also issued 4 air tickets to Indian nationals in distress for their return to India in the month of February, 2015.

ICBF continues to help Indian workers through various welfare measures, including provision of air tickets, financial assistance and medical help. The assistance given by the ICBF to Indian nationals during February, 2015 so far includes 4 air tickets for destitute workers. 

The Embassy had organized its monthly Open House to address urgent consular and labour issues/cases of Indian nationals on 26 February 2015. The Ambassador and other officials along with ICBF President               Mr. Arvind Patil were available till late in the evening.  While there were no fresh complaints, the meeting was utilized to review progress on earlier complaints received by the Embassy. 

The ICBF, under the aegis of the Embassy of India is organizing the periodic free Medical Camp for the low-paid workers of all nationalities residing at Al Khor area at M/s. Aster Medical Centre premises, Al Khor, from 0700  hours to 1330 hours on  Friday, 27 February, 2015. The Medical Camp is being organized in collaboration with Indian Doctors Club (Indian Medical Association) and Aster Medical Centre. Any urgent consular and labour issues/cases of Indian nationals may also be conveyed to Embassy officials at the Medical Camp. 

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Visit of HE Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser of India to Doha, Qatar on 11-12 Feb. 2015 - 12 February 2015

Embassy of India

Doha

 

PRESS RELEASE

12 February, 2015

 

Visit of HE Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser (NSA) of India to Doha, Qatar on 11-12 February, 2015

 

          HE Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser of India had an audience with His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar on 12 February, 2015. He conveyed the warmest greetings and best wishes of Hon’ble President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, and the Government and the people of India to His Highness the Emir and the Government and the people of Qatar.

 

2.      NSA presented a letter addressed to HH the Emir of Qatar from Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, underlining the historically close and friendly relations, and the multi-faceted cooperation between India and Qatar, that has deepened and expanded under the leadership of HH the Emir.

 

3.      In his letter, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed sincere appreciation for the concern of HH the Emir for the welfare of the Indian community in Qatar. Expressing great admiration for Qatar’s economic transformation and rapid progress in diverse sectors, the Prime Minister has conveyed that India eagerly looks forward to the visit of HH the Emir, and expressed confidence that the visit of HH the Emir will enable both countries to elevate their partnership to a new level.

 

4.      Warmly reciprocating the sentiments expressed in Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s letter, HH the Emir emphasized the importance of Qatar-India partnership, appreciated the contribution of the Indian community in Qatar, and conveyed that he was greatly looking forward to his first visit to India.

 

5.      During his visit to Doha, NSA also called on HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar, and presented a letter from Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior conveyed  warm greetings to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and exchanged views with NSA on further strengthening the partnership between the two countries in different spheres.

         

6.      NSA also met with HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar. They discussed a number of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. Their meeting in Doha took place shortly after they met during the Munich Security Conference earlier this month.

 

7.      NSA also informally interacted with senior Qatari officials and businessmen at ‘India House’ – the residence of Ambassador of India to Qatar.

 

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International competitive Bidding for Rolling Stock Tender for Kolkata East-West Metro Project - 6 February 2015

International competitive Bidding (ICB) for Rolling Stock Tender Document for Kolkata East-West Metro Project

CLICK HERE TO OPEN TENDER DOCUMENT

Ambassador's Message on the occasion of Qatar's National Environment Day on 26 February, 2015 - 6 February 2015

CLICK HERE TO SEE "Ambassador's Message on the occasion of Qatar's National Environment Day on 26 February, 2015"

Hon'ble President of India 's Greetings on the occasion of 66th Republic Day

- 25 January 2015

Click here for President's Speech in English
Click here for President's Speech in Hindi

Ambassador's Greetings on the occasion of 66th Republic Day - 22 January 2015

Ambassador's Greetings on the occasion of 66th Republic Day

REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATIONS - 22 January 2015

EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA

PRESS RELEASE

REPUBLIC DAY FLAG HOISTING

To celebrate the 66thRepublic Day of India, Flag Hoisting will be held at Embassy of India [No. 19, Street No. 828, Wadi Al Neel, Al Hilal Area, Doha] at 8 AM on Monday, 26 January, 2015.

Mr. Sanjiv Arora, Ambassador of India will hoist the National Flag and read the Address of Hon’ble President to the Nation. Students of Indian schools will participate in the programme. Refreshments will be served.

All Indian nationals are cordially invited to attend the Flag Hoisting function. Kindly show a photo ID at the entrance.

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Embassy of India will remain closed on 14 January, 2015 on the occasion of Makar Sankranti - 13 January 2015

Embassy of India will remain closed on Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

The Constitution of India - Arabic Translation - 5 January 2015

Constitution of India - Arabic Translation

The Republic of India is governed in terms of the Constitution of India which was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26th November 1949 and came into force on 26th January 1950.

The Constitution of India lays down the framework defining fundamental political principles, procedures, powers and duties of government institutions and sets out Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policies and also the Duties of its Citizens.

The Arabic  language translation of the full text of the Constitution of India was formally released on 8 December, 2014 at the Headquarters of the League of Arab States (LAS) in Cairo by Mr. Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and Dr. Nabi El Araby, Secretary General of the League of Arab States.

Click Here for the Arabic translation of Constitution of India and

Click Here for the photograph of its launch.

13th Bhartiya Pravasi Divas and 7th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit - 1 January 2015

 

 

 

 

Embassy of India

Doha

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

31 December, 2014

 

13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) and 7th Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat

 

 

          The 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 7-9 January, 2015 is a historic event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the return of the greatest Pravasi, the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, to his motherland. PBD is celebrated on 9 January every year to mark the contribution of overseas Indian community in the development of India. 9 January was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion as it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa, led India’s freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.

 

The 13th PBD will be followed by the 7th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gandhinagar from 11-13 January, 2015. The Vibrant Gujarat Summit has evolved as a major global business and investment event. It is heartening that a business delegation led by Mr. Remy Rowhani, Director General, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry (QCCI) is participating at Vibrant Gujarat 2015.

 

          These conventions are taking place against the backdrop of several major initiatives taken by Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and his Government to make India a more attractive destination and partner, both for foreign companies as well as the Indian diaspora. The landmark ‘Make in India’ campaign launched by Hon'ble Prime Minister on 25 September, 2014 will be a major focus during the upcoming global events in Gandhinagar.

 

          In the framework of India's deep-rooted relations and multi-faceted cooperation with Qatar, Embassy of India, Doha has been pro-actively promoting these conferences. The steps taken by the Embassy include a substantive programme  for the visit of a 'Vibrant Gujarat' business delegation to Doha from 3-5   September,   2014;   three  business  and  investment  events   held   on   25 September, 2014 to mark the launch of ‘Make in India’   campaign;   and   a function held   on 16 December, 2014 in cooperation with Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), Indian Business & Professionals Network (IBPN) and Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF),  apex organisations of the Indian community in Qatar, to promote participation at the 13th PBD.

         

 For participation, registration and other details, please visit the following websites:

 

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) : www.pbd-india.com

Vibrant Gujarat 2015 : www.vibrantgujarat.com

Embassy of India, Doha : www.indianembassyqatar.gov.in  

 

 

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Vishwa Hindi Divas 2015 - 31 December 2014

Embassy of India

Doha

Press Release

Vishwa Hindi Divas 2015

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi conveys his greetings on the occasion of the “Vishwa Hindi Divas” celebrated on 10thJanuary every year to promote Hindi language in India and abroad.

Please Click Here to read the message of greetings of the Hon’ble Prime Minister.

 

Public Advisory in connection with Passports for Indian Nationals - 30 December 2014

Embassy of India

Doha

Press Release

PUBLIC ADVISORY

Indian citizens living in India and abroad are advised to apply for urgent re-issuance of their passports in the following cases:-

(i).    HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From the 25th November, 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.

The Government of India has been issuing Machine Readable Passports since 2001. The Passports, however, issued before 2001 and particularly those issued during mid 1990s with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs. All handwritten passports with pasted photographs are also considered non-MRPs.

By the end of November 2014, it is estimated that there are approximately 2.86 lakh handwritten passports in circulation. Approximately 6 crore Indian hold valid passports.

Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding such passports with validity beyond the 24thNovember, 2015 are advised to apply for re-issue of their passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa or international travel.

(ii)    PASSPORTS VALID FOR LESS THAN SIX MONTHS

Many international travellers may not realise that having an unexpired passport is sometimes not enough to obtain Visas or to enter certain foreign countries. Indian citizens travelling on Passports which may expire in less than six months should renew their passports before any upcoming international travel. It is especially important to check the passports needs of any minor who may be accompanying their parents as passports for minors have a shorter validity period (5 years) than passports for adults (10 years). The universal practice in vogue now is; “Once your passport crosses the nine-year mark, it is time to get new passport”.

(iii)   EXHAUSTION OF VISA PAGES

Some countries do not accept passports which may have fewer than two pages remaining. Please check your passport to ensure that you have enough visa pages. There is no provision of additional booklets/pages and you will be required to apply reissuance of passport following standard procedures. Frequent travellers may opt for Jumbo Passport containing 64 pages.

2.     All Passport Issuing Authorities have instituted a simple and fast-track procedure for renewal of passports. For more details related to passport services, website www.passportindia.gov.in - or the National Call Centre      (1800-258-1800 - Toll Free) may be accessed. Indian citizens living abroad should visit the website of respective Indian Mission/Post.

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – Social Media - 25 December 2014

Embassy of India

Doha

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – Social Media

The 13th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas [PBD] Convention, the flagship event of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India, is being held at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 7-9 January, 2015.  The event assumes great importance as it coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the return of Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi of all, to India from South Africa to lead us to freedom. 

The latest updates on PBD 2015 may be followed at the under-mentioned links:

Twitter @HumPravasi
Facebook :  Hum Pravasi
Website : www.pbd-india.com

Greetings from Mr. Sanjiv Arora, Ambassador of India to Qatar - 16 December 2014

Embassy of India

Doha

PRESS RELEASE

 

Greetings from Mr. Sanjiv Arora, Ambassador of India to Qatar

on the occasion of the National Day of Qatar

 

         It is an honour and a pleasure to convey, on behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, our warmest greetings to His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar; His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir; His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; and the Government and the people of Qatar on the occasion of their National Day.

         The large, diverse, accomplished and highly regarded Indian community in Qatar is participating enthusiastically in the celebrations of Qatar's National Day.ICGS Vijit,a ship of the Indian Coast Guard, will be visiting Doha Port from 20 - 23 December, 2014 in conjunction with the celebrations of this historic occasion.

          India and Qatar have deep-rooted ties, nurtured through history by active people to people contacts, trade and commerce, and cultural affinities and exchanges. The multi-hued cooperation between India and Qatar is flourishing within an excellent framework provided by historic relations and regular and substantive engagement, including at the highest levels of the two Governments. In his tweet conveying thanks to HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar for his gracious congratulatory phone call on the day the results of General Elections in India were announced, Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India stated: "We will take India-Qatar ties to newer heights".

         On this joyous occasion, we renew our sincere thanks to HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir, and the Government and the people of Qatar for their hospitality to the Indian community in Qatar, and convey our best wishes for the continued progress and prosperity of their great country.

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Open House on Friday, 28 November, 2014 - 17 November 2014

EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA

PRESS RELEASE

Embassy of India will hold an Open House on Friday, 28 November, 2014, to address any urgent consular and labour problems of Indian nationals in the State of Qatar.

The Open House will be held from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. written information on issues/cases proposed to be discussed with the Embassy may please be given from 5.30 pm to 6 pm. This will be followed by meeting with Embassy officials from 6 pm to 6.30 pm.

Salient information would be sent to the media after the Open House.

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Know India Program - Revised Dates - 13 November 2014

Know India Program – Revised Dates

        The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India have decided to extend the last dates of Know India Programme as shown below:

KIP Edition

Proposed Tentative Period

Proposed Partner State

Proposed Last date for receipt of nominations in the MOIA through Missions

30th KIP

23rd December, 2014

12th January, 2015

           Gujarat

25th November, 2014

31st KIP

2nd January, 2015

22nd January, 2015

             Gujarat

30th  November, 2014

 

 

INCREDIBLE INDIA TOURISM KNOW INDIA SEMINAR IN DOHA, QATAR - 27 October 2014

EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA

 

P R E S S   R E L E A S E

 

“INCREDIBLE INDIA TOURISM KNOW INDIA SEMINAR IN DOHA, QATAR” 

27.10.2014

 

 

The Gulf and the Middle East region are emerging as an important tourism generating market for India.  Realizing the importance of the State of Qatar which is an important source market in the region, the India Tourism, Dubai, in cooperation with the Embassy of India in Doha is organizing a “Know India Seminar” which would be taking place at Hotel Radisson Blu  on Monday, the 27th October,  2014. The Seminar will be inaugurated by Mr. Sanjiv Arora, Ambassador of India to Qatar and Mr. Manas Pattanaik, Regional Director, India Tourism (Dubai).

 

The Know India Seminar is being organized to provide a glimpse of the attractive tourism products as well as the countless cultural, spiritual and travel experiences that India offers as a tourist destination.   The highlight of the Seminar would be to depict the country as a multi-faceted tourist destination for Luxury, Wildlife, and Wellness / Medical tourism. India has evolved as a round the year destination and all efforts are being made to develop niche areas like wellness and medical tourism; adventure and wildlife tourism; film tourism; monsoon tourism; golf, polo and sports tourism and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Events) tourism, while at the same time adding, further attraction to the unique cultural and heritage appeal of the country.

 

The members of the Travel Industry and Media of Qatar would be getting an opportunity to meet members of the Indian travel industry and know more about the tourist attractions of India and also experience traditional Indian cuisine during the Seminar.

 

The Gulf and the Middle East has been showing a positive growth of Foreign Tourist Arrivals to India over the last 2 to 3 years with 3,43,113 tourist arrivals registered during 2013 showing a growth of nearly 17.9 % over the previous year.  As far as tourist traffic from the GCC to India is concerned, there has been an impressive over 25% growth last year which clearly indicates the growing interest in choosing India as a  favorite Tourist destination. 

 

We expect more traffic from Qatar to India during the current year as the awareness about India is growing every year. The Seminar in Doha is a part of the three events being organized in the Region i.e., Muscat, followed by Doha & Kuwait to promote the India Tourism and the range of options in these important markets.

 

Foreign tourist arrivals into India have witnessed a steady increase over the years, touching 6.96 million in 2013,  with an annual growth rate of 5.9 %, This year till September 2014  the Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India stood at 5.18 Million.

 

India Tourism has launched a new International Campaign ‘Find What You Seek’. This campaign indicates a paradigm shift with the focus now being on the consumers. The campaign highlights that tourists from the world over can find the destination or product of their desire in India, be it heritage sites, forts, beaches, backwaters, lakes, mountains, adventure, wildlife, culture, festivals, medical, wellness, MICE, religion or shopping.  India offers something for everyone and is truly an incredible destination with a range of products as found nowhere else. The new campaign will help in further promoting India as a multi-faceted all - year tourist destination.

 

 

Medical  & Wellness tourism…….

 

India has emerged as a Destination for Medical / Wellness Travel in  GCC countries. The percentage of Foreign Tourist Arrivals visiting India for Medical Treatment has been increasing over the years and growing rapidly since the year 2000. India is poised to become a hub for medical tourism because of several factors viz. world class hospitals with latest technology; highly skilled Indian physicians and surgeons; low cost of treatment; excellent quality of care and nursing; comparatively less waiting time for availing of medical services; India’s traditional healthcare therapies like Ayurveda &  Yoga combined with allopathic treatment providing a holistic wellness destination.

         

India is also popular for Wellness Tourism with the ancient practice of healing, yoga and Ayurveda which has been known for more than 5,000 years and now it is time for the world to experience it.  Wellness tourism involves rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul and India has its own edge because it has world-class facilities. Further, the people of Gulf region have a high comfort level with India due to historically strong ties.

 

The State of Qatar  can be a major contributor to India’s Medical & Wellness tourism as India is a short haul destination and also due to the confidence bestowed in the Indian Medical Facilities / infrastructure make it an attractive medical destination for the Qatari  people.  

 

 

India has taken many steps to liberalize the visa regime:

 

  1. The introduction of Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) facility to citizens of 11 countries visiting India for tourism purposes, was one such decision. These countries are Cambodia, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Luxembourg, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam. Tourist arrivals from these 11 countries through the facility of TVOA have recorded a growth of 26.2 percent in 2013 as compared to the previous year. The Visa on Arrival facility is now available at 8 airports in the country.  More countries  would be able to avail this facility soon.

     

  2. Foreign tourists in groups of four or more arriving by air or sea and sponsored by Indian travel agencies approved by the Ministry of Tourism and with a pre-drawn itinerary are granted Collective Landing Permits for a period not exceeding 60 days, with multiple entry facilities to enable them to visit neighboring countries. 

     

  3. The provision relating to the two month gap between two visits to India by a foreign national on tourist visa was lifted quite sometime back.

     

  4. A proposal for further liberalization of visa regulations is under active consideration.

     

     

For further information, please contact:

 

India Tourism, Dubai - Tel: +971-4-2274848; Fax: +971-4-2274013; 

E-mail: goirto@emirates.net.ae  or visit www.incredibleindia.org

 

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Renewable Energy Global Investment Promotion Meet & Expo in New Delhi - 22 October 2014

4th India-Arab Partnership Conference - 19 October 2014

Embassy of India

Doha

PRESS RELEASE

4th India-Arab Partnership Conference: New Horizons in Investment, Trade and Services to be held in New Delhi from 26-27 November 2014. 

Ministry of External Affairs [MEA], Government of India, in association with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce [FICCI], the League of Arab States [LAS], the General Union of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in the Arab Countries (GUCCIAAC) and the main Chambers of Commerce of the Arab States is organizing the "4th India-Arab Partnership Conference: New Horizons in Investment, Trade and Services" from 26-27 November 2014 in New Delhi.  This Conference would be a flagship event under the Memorandum of Cooperation signed between India and the Arab League in December 2013.

Registration of participants can be done through the Conference website - www.iapc2014.com <http://www.iapc2014.com>

 

The India-Arab Partnership Conference has emerged as an important biennial forum for promoting the flow of business and investment, and is strongly placed to leverage the emerging opportunities for a 'win-win' partnership. Three successful India-Arab Partnership Conferences have been held in April 2008, February 2010 and May 2012, and India is committed to build on these initiatives for a more sustainable cooperation.

 

          At the forthcoming 4th India-Arab Partnership Conference, the organizers expect to host over 200 Arab CEOs to discuss business and investment proposals with over 250 Indian delegates in identified cutting edge sectors, potentially leading to mutually beneficial business relationships.

 

Embassy of India, Doha is in contact with the Government of Qatar, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Qatar Investment Authority and its subsidiaries, Qatar Businessmen’s Association and other business and investment organizations, and looks forward to a substantive participation from Qatar in this important conference.

 

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Arabic version of MEA.GOV.IN - 11 October 2014

EMBASSY OF INDIA

DOHA

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

With effect from on 6 October, 2014, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India has launched the Arabic Version of its Website: http://mea.gov.in/index-ar.htm. MEA’s initiative is a reaffirmation of India’s strong ties with the Arab World.

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Swachh Bharat Campaign in Embassy of India - 7 October 2014

Swachh Bharat Campaign in Embassy of India, Doha

 

On the occasion of the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 2nd October, 2014 (Gandhi Jayanti Day), a mass movement that seeks to create a clean India, an intensive cleanliness campaign was undertaken by the Embassy from 25.09.2014 – 02.10.2014.

On 02.10.2014, the Ambassador administered the Swachh Bharat pledge to all Embassy officials and led them in collective cleaning of public areas of the Mission.

All India based and local staff participated enthusiastically in the cleanliness campaign.

 

For photographs please CLICK HERE

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E- Procurement Tender Notice - Border Security Force - 5 October 2014

PIO Card Scheme - Amendment - 2 October 2014

Change of Regulations for Short Validity Passports - 19 September 2014

Aero India 2015 - 18 September 2014

Procedure for handling of complaints under Government of India’s Resolution No. 89 - 1 September 2014

Embassy of India,

Doha

 

Procedure for handling of complaints under Government of India’s Resolution No. 89, i.e. Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of informers (PIDPI) Resolution.

Department of Personnel and Training , Ministry of Personnel , Public Grievances and Pension have intimated the prescribed procedure for handling of complaints under the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers ( PIDRI) Resolution to be followed by the Chief Vigilance Officers of the Ministries  / Departments of the Government of India who have been authorized as the Designated Authorities to receive written complaint or disclosure on any allegation of corruption or misuse of office by or under any Central Act, Government  companies , societies or local authorities owned or controlled by the Central Government and falling under the jurisdiction of that Ministry or the Department.

 

2    In this connection, Shri Arun K. Chatterjee, Joint Secretary (CNV), Tel No. 0091-11 – 23011357 , Fax No. 0091-11-23792285 , E mail : jscnv@mea.gov.in  has been declared as the designated authority for handling of complaints under Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDRI) Resolution for the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. Procedure for handling of complaints under Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers (PIDRI) Resolution are enclosed. For further details please click here.

India International Education Fair - "Education Worldwide India Fair" - 23 June 2014

                   India International Education Fair - "Education Worldwide India Fair"  

Global Events & Expositions Private Limited (GEEPL) is organizing its India International Education Fair - "Education Worldwide India Fair – Fall series for 11th Year in 5 Metro Cities of India i.e. New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai & Bangalore. “Education Worldwide India” offers the best platform to the Education Institutions from all over the world to enroll students, increase branding & awareness amongst students from various parts of India. The Educational Fairs have been widely acknowledged by the Education Institutions of India and abroad.

The dates for the Education Worldwide India Fair Series - Fall 2014 are:

1.     New Delhi - 23rd November 2014

2.     Mumbai - 25th November 2014

3.     Hyderabad - 27th November 2014

4.     Chennai - 29th November 2014

5.     Bangalore - 30th November 2014

Further details are available at  www.eduworldwideindia.com

IMPORTANT NOTICE - 9 January 2014

The Urban Planning Development Authority, Qatar, has strictly enforced the mandatory requirement of registration in the Professional Engineering Committee for all engineers working in construction and all those who are working in engineering professions in the private sector.

Under the procedure for registration and for the purpose of the verification of educational documents the following information needs to be furnished to the Supreme Education Council, Qatar:

1. The authenticity of the student’s certificate (to be attached) and the correctness of its details,

2. The mode of study followed by this student (full time – part time – on line – distance),

3. Venue (place) of study,

4. The prescribed length of the academic program,

5. Duration of the student’s study (starting date and finishing date),

6. The requirements of study at the time this student joined the university,

7. If the college is a government (public) or a private one,

8. If private, is it accredited by the academic authorities in India? Please provide with some details about the accreditation body, act and number.

9. The official email of the university should be used for correspondence with SEC. Emails from (Hotmail, Gmail or yahoo) are not normally accepted.

10. The reply from the concerned institute/college/university should be sent under the signature and seal of the authorized officer.

Engineers planning to take up employment in Qatar are advised to verify their educational documents in advance to avoid any procedural delay while applying for registration with local authorities.

Govt. of India regulations - handling of Indian currency by passengers travelling to & from India - 6 March 2013

As per Government of India regulations, only those persons who are residents of India, are allowed to take out Indian currency up to a ceiling of Rs. 7,500 per passenger when travelling abroad.  Similarly, only those persons who are residents of India can bring back Indian currency up to the ceiling of Rs. 7,500 when returning to India.  In all other cases of foreigners, and those Indian nationals who are not residents of India/Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), it is prohibited under the Indian law to either take out any amount of Indian currency from India or to bring it into India. 

Visitors to India are allowed to carry with them any amount of Qatari Riyals or other convertible foreign currencies, which can be exchanged at the authorized exchange centres in India, including at international airports, hotels, etc.  However, in case the quantum of foreign currency exceeds the amount equivalent to US$ 5,000 in cash or an overall of US$ 10,000 when combined with other financial instruments like cheques, travellers’ cheques,  drafts etc.,  a declaration to the Customs Officers at international airports at the time of arrival or departure, as the case may be, is required to be made.

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