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Virtual Interacion Between Embassy of India,Kuwait & Government of Kerala

Virtual Interacion Between Embassy of India,Kuwait & Government of Kerala 

Ambassador,accompanied by senior officers of the embassy of India in Kuwait,held a virtual meeting with Department of NORKA,Government of State of Kerala which was led by Sh.Dr.K.Ellangovan,Principal Secretary (NORKA & Industries),Government of State of Kerala,and attended by other senior representatives of NORKA on30 August 2021.

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This meeting is part of the large initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs,Government of india,to promote and facilitate engagement of Embassies with States of india.

WhatsApp Image 2021 08 03 at 9.53.44 PM 1During the interaction,Ambassador briefed about  various initiatives undertaken by the Embassy for the welfare of the Indian Community in Kuwait,including the various outreach activitied like open House sessions,registration drives,consular service feedback mechanism:the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the domin of Recruitment of Domestic Service Workers;the issues faced by stranded Indian nationals in Kerala and their welfare matters: business,investment,tourism and cultural promotiom effort;and also on the potensial for enhancing bilateral collaboration.Dr.K.Ellagovan briefed about NORKA and its vision for the welfare of the non-resident Keralite Community abroad,including in the State of Kuwait.WhatsApp Image 2021 08 03 at 9.53.44 PM

Positive discussions were held on various matters of importance to the non-resident diaspora from Kerala in Kuwait:streaming institutional cooperation to facilitates safe,orderly,legal & ethical recruitment of manpower including that of nurse;and on ways and means of further enhancing trade,commercial,investments and cultural linkages so as to increase direct exports from Kerala and facilities inward investments and inbound tourim feom Kuwait.They also discussed the issues faced by students including the possibility of holding various competitive examinations in Kuwait.

IFL's 75th Independence Day Celebrations

IFL's 75th Independence Day Celebrations

IFL

Nasrin Ejner, an experiential trainer with over 20 years expereince, will be sharing here insights on *"The Leadership Imperative Post Covid"*

Join us for this one hour of learning and sharing  New leadership styles that are emerging, and this requires looking forward towards a paradigm shift.

Please join zoom Meeting  on *Thursday 5th* *August 2021*

*6:00pm Kuwait* 🇰🇼 *Time*

Note:  Exciting GIFTS 🎁  are waiting for  the student participants!!!

Zoom Link 

https://zoom.us/j/98192031910?pwd=NmV2b3N1c2hKSHdYQU5Fc3JDclhUUT09

Meeting ID: 981 9203 1910 / Passcode: 9999

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Sing National Anthem and Upload The Video

Sing National Anthem and Upload The Video

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Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Participate in #AmritMahotsav, celebrating 75 years of India’s independence, by singing the National Anthem, one that resonates among Indians everywhere.

Click on https://rashtragaan.in/ , upload your video & become a part of India@75.

with warm regards,
Embassy of India,
Kuwait

The Leadership Imperative Post Pandemic

The Leadership Imperative Post Pandemic

(Part of IFL’s 75th Independence day Celebrations)

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Defining leadership imperatives post covid pandemic is mysterious and challenging as much as the Covid 19 virus.

Kindly join us as Nasrin Ejner explores new imperative leadership challenges and opportunities for the future.

Please join zoom Meeting on Thursday 5th August 2021

Meeting ID: 981 9203 1910 / Passcode: 9999

Note: GIFTS are waiting for the student participants!

Glimpses From 'India-Kuwait Joint Fight Against COVID-19'

Glimpses From 'India-Kuwait Joint Fight Against COVID-19'

organized by the Embassy on July 29.

Ambassador delivered the inaugural address at the meeting organized by Indian Embassy on 29th July, and unveiled a Memorial Plaque, in presence of esteemed dignitaries representing various Ministries/Departments of Govt. of State of Kuwait, capturing our collective action journey. Resolve to stay united against the pandemic reaffirmed.

India-Kuwait Joint Fight Against COVID-19

pr1Embassy of India in Kuwait organized an event titled “India-Kuwait Joint Fight Against COVID-19” on 29 July 2021, to reaffirm the commitment from both the sides to continue to remain steadfastly united in the collective fight against the deadly pandemic. The event was also an occasion to express gratitude to all the stakeholders from both the countries, including the frontline healthcare workers, scientists, business communities, airlines staff, service providers who have kept the supply chains of essential supplies open, and all those who have made immense contributions in this long and arduous struggle against the pandemic.

Ambassador of India to Kuwait His Excellency Shri Sibi George inaugurated the event with his inaugural address. During his address, Ambassador spoke about the strong, close and historic India-Kuwait friendship, about the high level political exchanges which now define the unprecedented positive momentum in the bilateral relations, summarized the journey so far in the collective action against COVID-19, expressed his gratitude to the leadership, Government, the concerned agencies, the people of Kuwait and the Indian Community in Kuwait for the assistance offered to India during the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Ambassador also highlighted the ‘whole of government’ and ‘whole of society’ approach that was followed by India under the visionary leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi which helped in successfully overcoming the challenges faced by India during both the waves of COVID-19.

pr4Esteemed dignitaries of the State of Kuwait representing various Ministries and Departments of the Government of the State of Kuwait and the civil society in Kuwait, including His Excellency Amb. Ali Sulaiman Al-Saeed, Assistant Foreign Minister, Asia Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kuwait (virtually); His Excellency Mr. Abdulkarim Taqi, Director General, Public Authority of Industry, Kuwait; His Excellency Sheikh Yousef Abdullah Sabah Al-Nasser Al-Sabah, Director General, Kuwait Ports Authority; His Excellency Mr. Jamal Hadhel Al-Jalawi, Director General, Directorate General of Customs, Kuwait; His Excellency Engineer Yousef Sulaiman Al Fouzan, Director General of Civil Aviation, Kuwait;  and His Excellency Mr. Anwar Al-Hasawi, Deputy Chairman, Kuwait Red Crescent Society, graced the event with their presence. Esteemed dignitaries from the State of Kuwait who addressed the gathering spoke about the historic ties between India and Kuwait and expressed their desire to work together to further strengthen the relationship and take this partnership further.

Ambassador accompanied by the esteemed dignitaries unveiled a memorial plaque to mark the occasion and the partnership, especially the recently concluded successful air sea bridge operation. An artist from the Kuwaiti Arts Association, Mr. Mahmoud Al-Qattan presented a painting capturing the historic moment when in the spirit of solidarity and friendship, Kuwait had lit up the iconic Kuwait Towers with the display of national flags of India and Kuwait.

The event was well attended by members of Indian Community and friends of India in Kuwait, including members of the Indian Community Support Group, representatives of various professional and Community associations like IITIIM, ICAI Kuwait Chapter, Indian Doctors Forum and the Indian Business and Professionals Council, representatives of various airlines, medical oxygen manufacturing companies; and members of the media fraternity in Kuwait.  For more details about the event, please visit the website and social media handles of the Embassy.

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Glimpses of Ambassador’s Open House on 28 Jul2021

Glimpses of Ambassador’s Open House on 28 Jul2021

Ambassador briefed the community on COVID-19 vaccine related issues, easing of travel restrictions, ICWF assistance, death case registration & upcoming events. Presentations on these central themes were made by the officers of the Embassy.

WhatsApp Image 2021 07 29 at 11.28.56 AMGood Afternoon everybody,

A very warm welcome to our Open House of July 2021.

I also welcome the office bearers of various Indian associations in Kuwait and media representatives who have joined us today. 

Let me begin today’s open house by thanking His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait and His Highness Sheikh Mishaal Al- Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait for hosting the large Indian community in Kuwait. I would also like to express my gratitude to the Government and the people of Kuwait for the personal care and support extended to Indian community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Dear Friends,

This month has not been a very good month for me personally. I had gone through the pain and pressure of Covid 19 infection. Thanks to your prayers and best wishes, I have recovered. But many of our brothers and sisters were not so lucky. Every day we see people losing their battle against Covid 19 and leaving us. My personal condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their loved ones. Our support and prayers for all those are fighting the battle against Covid. I thank our doctors, nurses and other medical professional for their continued support to many who are facing difficulties. I thank our contacts in many hospitals who share information with us on the condition of patients.

At the same time we have some good news. The decision of the GoI to have NEET exam center in Kuwait, the first center outside India. We are thankful to Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble Education Minister for this historic decision which help our students and parents.

Dear Friends,

In today’s Open House, I would like to focus on the following three topics: (1) New circular on the travel of stranded Indians; (2) Issues related to
vaccination certificates; and (3) Procedure to be followed for Death Registration; and (4) Assistance from ICWF. I would like to be brief in my remarks and focus more on the presentations we have planned on each of these topics today. I would also like to spend more time by taking questions during the interactive session.

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 On the easing of travel restrictions, we have seen the circular issued by DGCA yesterday. It is a welcome decision, as it allows entry of stranded Indians to Kuwait. I am getting several queries on this, whether direct travel to Kuwait from India is allowed, what is the position on quarantine, what is the likely airfare? and so on. We are in touch with DGCA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health on each of the issues involved. DGCA said that it is not a direct entry, but through third country, but without 14 days in third countries. It is also clarified that those doing PCR test on arrival need not go to quarantine after their PCR results are found to be negative. We are getting some more clarifications, and we will keep you updated as we get more clarifications. My recommendation is that we may wait for a few more days to get a clarity on the matter before booking tickets.WhatsApp Image 2021 07 29 at 11.28.55 AM

On the issue of vaccination certificates, we have issued a press release clarifying that as per Kuwaiti Health Ministry officials, Covishield is  an approved vaccine as it is same as Astra Zeneca, and no one, no one who holds a certificate of Astra Zeneca will face difficulties on return. We will do a detailed presentation on the various portals for obtaining travel clearance. There is an issue related to QR code which has been brought to my attention. I have raised it with the concerned authorities in India and in Kuwait. There is also the issue of many cases getting rejected due to invalid residence permits and Civil IDs.

In view of the evolving situation, we have converted our team handling WhatsApp numbers and our 24x7 helpline numbers, as ‘Rapid Response Team’ for answering your queries on travel guidelines and vaccination certification registration. We keep updating the officers concerned on the new guidelines. In case anyone get stuck at airports for any reason, they may contact the ‘Rapid Response Team’ for assistance. Let me assure you we will extend all support.

WhatsApp Image 2021 07 29 at 11.28.56 AM 1I have an update on the assistance to the families of the Domestic workers with low salary who passed away due to Covid infection. The Indian Community Support Group (ICSG) has offered to send Rs one lakh each to the legal heir of those with a monthly salary of less than 120 KD. We have 546 deaths related to Covid of which at least hundred people were of lower salary. I thank ICSG for this decision and support to the community. We will contact the next of kin and support them.

We will now have the two presentations one on death cases registration by Shri Kamal Singh Rathore, First Secretary. We will also have the detailed presentation on easing of travel restrictions and vaccination certificate by Shri Fahad Suri, First Secretary and Spokesperson of the Embassy. After that, I will be happy to get your suggestions and also answer your questions.

 

Thank you. 

 

 

 

 

 

How to verify covid vacination certificate ?

How to verify covid vacination certificate ?

 

Here is the step by step guide to verify the Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate
• Click on the link https://verify.cowin.gov.in/
• The link will direct you to a page where on the top a green colored box with a Scan QR code and a bar code is present.
• Click on the “Scan QR code”
• A notification will prompt you to activate your device’s camera.
• Now your device camera will open
• Keep your certificate ready
• Point the camera to the QR code on the certificate issued and scan
• On successful verification, the following will be displayed

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1. Message “Certificate Successfully Verified”
2. Name
3. Age
4. Gender
5. Beneficiary Reference ID
6. Date of Dose
7. Certificate Issued: Provisional/Final
8. Vaccination at
• If the certificate is not genuine, a “Certificate Invalid” will be displayed.

From India today

 

 

How to verify covid vacination certificate ?

How to verify covid vacination certificate ?

 

Here is the step by step guide to verify the Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate
• Click on the link https://verify.cowin.gov.in/
• The link will direct you to a page where on the top a green colored box with a Scan QR code and a bar code is present.
• Click on the “Scan QR code”
• A notification will prompt you to activate your device’s camera.
• Now your device camera will open
• Keep your certificate ready
• Point the camera to the QR code on the certificate issued and scan
• On successful verification, the following will be displayed

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1. Message “Certificate Successfully Verified”
2. Name
3. Age
4. Gender
5. Beneficiary Reference ID
6. Date of Dose
7. Certificate Issued: Provisional/Final
8. Vaccination at
• If the certificate is not genuine, a “Certificate Invalid” will be displayed.

Indian Embassy, Kuwait Organised 'NEET Day Kuwait'

Indian Embassy, Kuwait Organised 'NEET Day Kuwait'

WhatsApp Image 2021 07 28 at 06.40.45Respected Principals, Teachers and Students, Parents, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening to you all. Welcome to Embassy of India.

I begin my address today by thanking His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait and His Highness Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait for hosting the large Indian community in Kuwait and for the care and support the Government and the people of Kuwait extend to the Indian community during the Covid 19 pandemic.

We are gathered here today to share the happiness of our children and their parents on a historic decision by the Government of India to allot Kuwait as the first center for NEET examination outside India. I was happy to see the overwhelming response of our students, parents and teachers who welcomed the decision by Government of India and thanked our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji and Hon’ble Education Minister Shri Dharmedra Pradhan Ji. On the requests of our students, parents and teachers and our many Indian Professionals in Kuwait, we are organising this NEET Day today. This is an occasion to take part in the happiness of our students and parents and also to reiterate our solemn pledge to do everything that is humanly possible to address the many concerns that our children face in the middle of this devastating Covid 19 pandemic.

Dear Students,

I had addressed you on a few occasions in recent past, including through an Open House session dedicated to issues related to CBSE examinations and various entrance examinations.  I recall my personal messages to each one of you on the eve of New Year 2021. If you all recall, through these communications, we had made a promise to all of you, a promise that we the elders will take care of all your worries especially those surrounding the uncertainties of the conduct of your examinations and that you should leave your worries to us.

WhatsApp Image 2021 07 28 at 06.40.44I recall what I mentioned in my interactions and remarks: I quote: Our school children are facing the multiple challenges on account of a number of factors, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions on their school operations; dislocations and separation from friends, teachers, guides; uncertainties related to forthcoming examinations including final CBSE examinations and so on. Despite all this, I am proud of the fact that our students have shown exemplary courage and resilience in dealing with every challenge that life under covid-19 has thrown at them. We as elders understand their concerns; their anxiety and their nervousness. To allay their fears and genuine concerns, I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate to all the dear students that they should leave their worries to us. We at the Embassy, along with our School authorities and our concerned authorities in Kuwait and India including CBSE, will do everything that is humanly possible to ensure that the final examinations are conducted in as safe and orderly manner as possible and they will not lose an academic year under any circumstances. I urge the students to focus on their studies at this crucial stage. I am sure that they will all excel with flying colours. Unquote.

Dear Students, Dear Parents,

My promise was based on the firm belief and understanding that our Government back home in India is fully committed to addressing the various concerns that our community including our children abroad face. We have seen the crucial decision on cancelation of CBSE examination that Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi took after wide consultations keeping the interest and safety of our children in mind.  And now we have again seen now, in a historic first, Government of India has allocated a centre for Kuwait for conduct of NEET examinations. Earlier this year, for the first time in the history of Kuwait, we held JEE examinations in Kuwait. A centre in Kuwait was also allocated for NATA examinations.

The fact that you do not have to travel thousands of miles, especially during the times of the Covid 19 pandemic; and also that you do not have to worry about other logistical problems that students face while travelling to far flung places/cities to appear for examinations like accommodation, locating and going to exam centres etc., I believe, solves many of your problems and also saves you time and energy. Again, let me reiterate you this we, in the Embassy, are fully aware of the challenges that we face in organising such an important examination abroad. To ensure smooth, fair and secure conduct of NEET, I have set up a committee of senior officers in the Mission, who will coordinate each step with the concerned authorities in India and Kuwait on a regular basis. Again, leave that worry to us, and you focus on your studies. Your safety and security are most important to our leadership, your Embassy, your schools and your parents.

Dear Friends,

I see all these positive decisions by Government of India as part an overall transformative approach that our leadership has adopted in recent years towards developing the academic ecosystem in our country. Education is a priority sector for the Government and holistic development of our young minds for the future of our country, is of utmost importance. The New Education Policy introduced by the Government is part of India’s efforts to not only help children realize their true potential but also a well thought out action plan to prepare for India’s leadership role in the 21st century.

One of the salient features of this policy is that learning has been envisaged as an interlinked phenomena and not just as something which can be confined to the four walls of a classroom. It is definitely a paradigm shift which will make learning a fun-based and holistic experience. With a revamped curriculum, the seeds of the next generation era have been sown. I am quite confident that this will keep us in good stead for a future where there is ought to have a strong emphasis on futuristic skills based on creativity, innovation, real-time problem solving, AI adaptability and so on.

Dear Students,

Many of you would be aware that the Embassy had launched “India @ 75” to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the independence of our motherland. We have been organizing a number of events as part of these celebrations, which will continue till August 15, 2022. You may also be aware that this year we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between India and Kuwait. These are important milestones in history of our nation and history of relationship with Kuwait.

Embassy has been working closely with our partners to organise various events to celebrate these anniversaries, and to highlight the emerging New India to the world, to reach out to our Kuwaiti partners and friends. I see our schools, teachers, students and parents as important partners in these celebrations. It is in this context that we are also felicitating some of our winners of the various contests held on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga. In fact, most of our schools are partners in our endeavour to promote India in Kuwait and many of our children have always been part of Embassy’s various online competitions. I invite you all to continue to participate in Embassy’s events including the quiz competition being planned on the occasion of the Independence Day next month.

Dear Friends,

We have seen the decision of the Government of Kuwait to a gradual easing of restrictions associated with Covid 19 pandemic. Let’s continue to remain vigilant and follow all precautions. I will cover the issues related to the travel restrictions and vaccination certificates in my virtual Open House tomorrow. Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Thank you. Stay safe and stay blessed.

6,158 citizens resigned from private sector in last 6 month

6,158 citizens resigned from private sector in last 6 month

resignationAccording to latest statistics issued by the Public Authority for Manpower, about 6,158 Kuwaiti citizens resigned from the private sector jobs from jobs from January 12 to the end of last June.

According to report in local Arabic daily, Al-Qabas, the Manpower Authority has received requests for 9,585 request from male and female citizens since the beginning of this year regarding jobs, within that 5,823 expressed their interest in private sector, where as 3,762 chosen government sector.

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Romeo’s for India - World’s Advanced Submarine Hunter Helicopter

Romeo’s for India - World’s Advanced Submarine Hunter Helicopter

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India received two MH-60 multi-role helicopters (MRH) from the United States on Saturday, after a long wait of more than a decade. India is procuring 24 of these helicopters from the US government, which was customised with many "India-unique" equipment and weapons.

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Officials said the Navy received the choppers from the U.S. Navy in a ceremony held at a naval air station in San Diego on July 16. Helicopter documents were also exchanged between officials of the United States Navy and the Indian Navy.

The MH-60R SEAHAWK helicopter is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter. It is the most capable naval helicopter available today designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers.

India has a coast line of about 7500 km and an Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ) of over 2 million sq kms. over 97 % of our national trade is carried by sea routes! With each passing year, what lurks beneath – enemy submarines, torpedoes, mines – becomes harder to stop. That’s why now more than ever, Indian navy need something they can rely on to protect our shorelines.

The induction of MH-60R helicopter is expected to further enhance the Indian Navy's three-dimensional capabilities. MH-60R helicopter is an all-weather helicopter designed to support multiple missions such as Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, Surveillance, Communications Relay, Combat Search and Rescue, Naval Gunfire Support and logistics support with state-of-the-art avionics and sensors.  

If any country want to secure own Land, They must be Supreme at Sea. A strong navy is an important element of every Maritime Nation.

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Address by Ambassador at The Release of IDF Health Guide, July 17, 2021

Remarks by Amb Sibi George at the ‘Launch of IDF Health Guide’ July 17, 2021

am1His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Al-Kashti, Assistant Under secretary, Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait; Hon’ble President of Kuwait Medical Association Dr. Ahmad Thuwaini Al Enizi; Dr. Fawaz Al-Refaee, KIMS Secretary General; President of Indian Doctors’ Forum Dr. Amir Ahmed; Senior Doctors who have joined us today; Esteemed dignitaries, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Good evening to you all. Welcome to Embassy of India.

I begin my address today by thanking His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait and His Highness Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait for hosting the large Indian community in Kuwait and for the care and support the Government and the people of Kuwait extend to the Indian community during the Covid 19 pandemic.

As we get ready to celebrate the Eid Al Adha this week, I wish all present here, to all friends of India in Kuwait and all Indians in Kuwait Eid Mubarak. In India, which has the second largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia we celebrate this occasion with great fervour and enthusiasm. In complete consonance with India’s age old ethos of vasudaiva kudumbakam, the world is one family, this day is celebrated across the country in the spirit of compassion, commitment to the welfare of society, spirit of sacrifice and universal brotherhood.

am2I am delighted to welcome among us today, His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Al-Kashti, Assistant Under secretary, Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait, who is here with us representing the Hon’ble Minister of Health of the State of Kuwait. I also acknowledge the presence of Hon’ble President of Kuwait Medical Association Dr. Ahmad Al Enizi who has joined us and agreed to address us today. I am glad that our cooperation with Ministry of Health and KMA continues to grow strong.

I have always said that cooperation in medical sector is a key element in our multifaceted bilateral relationship, and this is truer now than ever when we jointly fight against this deadly pandemic. I recall during the recent visit of the Hon’ble External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar to Kuwait, healthcare was one of the areas identified as priority sectors of cooperation between our two countries.  I congratulate Indian Doctors’ Forum, its President Dr. Amir Ahmed and all its members especially the editorial team for their support in further strengthening our cooperation in this sector.

Dear Friends,

am3Let me reiterate what I have said before; that is, the IDF team is a trusted partner of the Embassy. The team is always in the forefront of the efforts of the Embassy in ensuring the welfare of the Indian community in Kuwait. Our partnership with IDF continues to grow and I thank IDF not only for its humanitarian efforts but also for its many endeavors in supporting the Indian community in its efforts to fight the pandemic. They have worked closely with the Embassy in many activities, be it organization of dedicated seminars, awareness campaigns, roundtable discussions to educate people about COVID-19, or by conducting medical camps for distressed nationals, or offering free of charge tele-consultations, and now through this informative Health Guide, that we release today. 

Dear Friends,

Today’s event is part of our continuous efforts to contribute towards the ongoing fight against COVID-19. The global battle against this deadly pandemic appears to be a protracted one. We have made significant progress with COVID-19 vaccinations around the world; however, we still have a long way to go until each one of us is vaccinated. New variants of this disease are being discovered adding to the difficulties already faced. It is thereby imperative that we do not relent in our efforts. It is understandable that we may be fatigued in this long arduous struggle; but eternal vigilance is the price we must all pay for our own safety and that of our loved ones. The “new normal” forced on us by COVID-19 is here to stay; we just need to adapt to it.

Whilst each one of us deals with the challenges being thrown up by COVID-19, it is important that we thank our doctors, nurses and other medical personnel all over the world who work day in and day out to save lives, in our fight against this pandemic.

Dear Friends,

am4I am also pleased to inform you all that India has acted with resolve during this unprecedented crisis. In India, the rate of spread of infections, the number of fatalities and the number of cases requiring hospitalisation and critical care have all shown a consistent decline in recent months. India’s recovery rate today is over 97%, which is higher than global averages. India’s fatality rate is 1.3 % which is much below the world average. An all-country, all-government approach has helped overcome both the phases of peak infections in India. Prime Minister regularly addressed the State Governments and the people directly launching various programs aimed at taking this ‘all India effort’ forward.

Today, the Government is also taking all measures to prevent a potential third wave. India’s vaccination drive, which is the largest in the world, is proceeding smoothly with over 400 million vaccinations administered in record time. Health infrastructure is also being ramped up as a precautionary measure. India’s technological prowess is being leveraged to deliver much needed healthcare solutions. The Co-WIN application, which forms the technology backbone of the vaccination programme in India, is an example of the success of Digital India.

While India implements these innovative solutions to combat the global pandemic, it keeps the needs of the international community at the center of its concerted efforts. The CO-WIN platform has been designed on an open source platform for the benefit of all friendly countries around the world. The recent international digital conclave on CO-WIN was attended by senior officials and experts from all across the globe including from State of Kuwait. I am pleased to inform that many countries around the world have expressed interest in leveraging from the COWIN created by India.

We have been doing this right from the start of this fight against COVID-19. In his address to the UN General Assembly in September last year Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi had assured the global community that India will use its production and delivery capacity to help all humanity in fighting the virus. This is exactly what we have done. India extended medical and other assistance to more than 150 countries India has sent essential drugs, testing kits and other medical assistance. Medications made in India were shipped to destinations across the world in daunting logistical circumstances imposed by lockdowns. Indian rapid response teams were deployed in 8 countries. Indian naval vessels and air force airplanes delivered supplies along a wide arc to friends and partners. Through Vaccine Maitri, the global health diplomacy operation, we have supplied vaccines - made in India – to more than 90 nations across the world, including to the friendly State of Kuwait.

It is an age old saying that good deeds beget good results. True to this saying, it was no wonder then that when India faced a difficult situation during the second wave with a severe shortage of medical oxygen, countries around the world stepped up to assist India. I am particularly happy to inform you that the friendly State of Kuwait was one of the major suppliers of medical assistance to India. On behalf of the Government and the 1.3 billion people of Republic of India, I extend my sincere gratitude to the leadership, Government and people of the friendly State of Kuwait for all the kind assistance. My special thanks to all the concerned authorities who worked tirelessly, even during the holy month of Ramadan and the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, to ensure continuous flow of the much needed medical oxygen from Kuwait to India through successful air-sea bridge operations.  I am happy to announce that on July 29 we are organising a virtual event to express our gratitude to all those who helped India overcome the second wave. I invite you all to join us.

Dear Friends

Coming to today’s event, we are very delighted to partner again with IDF and be part of an initiative which I strongly believe will be highly useful for everyone. I am honoured to inaugurate and release the IDF Health Guide which addresses the most relevant theme “COVID-19”. It is appropriately titled “COVID-19 explained”; I happened to glance through the entire edition, I must say it is rich repository of invaluable information on all that we need to know about COVID-19 and all the associated nuances explained lucidly by our medical experts in plain, simple language. You would also be happy to note that the health guide is being made available free of cost.

I once again congratulate the entire IDF team, its President Dr. Amir Ahmed, and the entire editorial team who have worked hard to compile this health guide. Best wishes to you all. I now look forward to hearing from esteemed dignitaries who have joined us here today.

Thank you. Stay safe and stay blessed.

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Embassy Invites Launch of IDF Health Guide

Embassy Invites Launch of IDF Health Guide

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Embassy of India, Kuwait cordially invites you for the "Launch of IDF Health Guide" that the Embassy is organizing on 17th July, 2021 (Saturday) from 1900 hrs (Kuwait Time)

OBITUARY MESSAGE: The Beloved Mother of N Lakshminarayanan, Specialist (TPL) KNPC passed away

OBITUARY MESSAGE: The Beloved Mother of N. Lakshminarayanan, Specialist (TPL) KNPC passed away

N PadmaSmt. N Padmalochani, Mother of N Lakshminarayanan, Specialist (TPL) KNPC passed away on 11th July 2021 at the age of 92.

She studied at Holy cross college Trichy (1945-1947); married in 1947 to Late T R Natarajan BSc., ( 1918-1999) Rtd Joint Director of Employment Tamil Nadu; Survived by 6 Daughter, 1 Son & 12 Grandchildren & 8 great grandchildren.

She had an excellent life till the end on July 11, 2021. Travelled to most part of Tamilnadu & very devotional Saivaite.

She was an exceptional reader & a fast reader too, a very strong fan of detective Lawyer character Perry Masson a creation of the renowned novelist Earl Stanley Gardner.

She spent her time reading English novel by Jeffrey Archer, Agatha Christie, Dan Brown, Raymond Feist etc., & love her grandchild Varunchand gifting her latest novels; not long ago she was reading “Gods of War” by Ashok K Banker too.

She used to read Palam Journal thoroughly. She is a strong reader of popular writers tamil books which includes N.C.Mohandoss !

She did visit Kuwait several times & was a keen lover of Tamilnadu temples. Hailing from Dharapuram town of Tirupur district, she is daughter of a well-known Freedom Fighter Late Vadivel Pillai, Who was a member of the Tamil Nadu senate in early India. His photograph is on display at the “ Tamilnadu Freedom Fighter Mandapam” @ Guindy , Chennai Tamilnadu.

IFL express deep condolences for the sad demise of Mr.Lak’s beloved mother. Let her soul rest in peace.

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COVISHIELD is same as AstraZeneca-Oxford

COVISHIELD is same as AstraZeneca-Oxford

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Some Indian expats residing outside Kuwait are afraid of refusal to recognize vaccine AstraZeneca – Covishield manufactured in India which is an approved vaccine in Kuwait same as AstraZeneca Oxford. The Indian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Sibi George stated that the globally recognized AstraZeneca vaccine  is manufactured in India and in February batch 200,000 doses were sent to Kuwait from India, reports Al Rai. He further stated that India is considered as the world pharmacy and is a largest manufacturer of vaccines. Hence for those Indian expats who wish to return to Kuwait should choose AstraZeneca as an option while uploading their vaccination certificates. The Ambassador further stated that AstraZeneca – Covishield vaccine is being developed by Serum Institute of India which is one of the major institutes in producing vaccines which is developed by AstraZeneca laboratories and British Oxford University.

Ambassador Met Her Excellency Eng. Kholoud Khodair Al-Shahab (2) Undersecretary,Ministry of Communications, State of Kuwait (11 Jul)

Ambassador met Her Excellency Eng. Kholoud Khodair Al-Shahab  Undersecretary,Ministry of Communications, State of Kuwait (11 Jul)

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Ambassador Met Her Excellency Eng. Kholoud Khodair Al-Shahab, Undersecretary,Ministry of Communications, State of Kuwait (11 Jul), and discussed bilateral ties, ways of enhancing cooperation in various fields, joint celebrations of India-Kuwait@60 and matters related to Indian diaspora.