Notice Board

Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam is extremely critical

 

 

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Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam’s condition has ‘deteriorated’, and he has been put on ‘maximal life support’, read a statement released by Chennai’s MGM Healthcare on Thursday.

The statement from the hospital said that SPB’s condition is ‘extremely critical.’

“Thiru SP Balasubrahmanyam, who had been admitted at MGM Healthcare on August 5, remains on ECMO and other life support measures. His condition in the last 24 hours has deteriorated further, warranting maximal life support and he is extremely critical. The team of experts at MGM Healthcare are closely monitoring his health condition,” read the full statement.

The news comes as a surprise as SP Balasubrahmanyam’s son SP Charan had recently said that SPB is making ‘steady progress towards getting better.’ Charan had also mentioned that his father wished to leave the hospital at the earliest.

SP Balasubrahmanyam was tested positive for COVID positive in the first week of August. He was later shifted to the Intensive Care Unit of MGM Healthcare after his condition had deteriorated.

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Press release regarding Indian Embassy's ICWF assistance

 

 

In recent weeks Embassy has been regularly receiving several applications for assistance from Indian Community Welfare Fund(ICWF). The special ICWF counter/boxes at the Embassy premises and at Passport Offices are being used
effectively by Indians in distress.

Each of the complete applications received in the Mission are examined by a three member Committee of Officers in the Mission headed by Deputy Chief of Mission as per the approved ICWF guidelines.

In this regard, it is noticed that the contact details given in many of the applications for assistance are incorrect. The officials of the Embassy are unable to connect with the applicants to obtain further details for examination of their requests by the Committee. All are advised to give their correct contact numbers in the applications, in order for their applications to be processed expeditiously.

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Saudi Arabia will gradually resume umrah pilgrimage for Muslims from Oct 4

 

 

Saudi Arabia will gradually resume the year-round umrah pilgrimage for Muslims from Oct 4, the interior ministry said Tuesday, seven months after it was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The kingdom had suspended the umrah in March and later scaled back the annual hajj in a blow to millions of pilgrims around the world amid fears that the coronavirus could spread to Islam’s holiest sites.

In the first stage, “6,000 citizens and residents within the kingdom will be allowed to perform the umrah per day from October 4”, the ministry said in a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency. Visitors from outside the kingdom will be permitted from Nov 1, when umrah’s capacity will be raised to 20,000 pilgrims per day, the ministry added.

The umrah, which refers to the Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah that can be undertaken at any time of year, usually attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe each year. The ministry said umrah would be allowed to resume at full “natural capacity” once the threat of the pandemic is eliminated. The decision to resume umrah was in response to the “aspirations of Muslims home and abroad” to perform the ritual and visit the holy sites, the ministry added.

The decision comes after the kingdom organized the smallest hajj in modern history in late July, with only up to 10,000 Muslims allowed to take part in total – a far cry from the 2.5 million who participated last year. Health authorities said no coronavirus cases were reported at the holy sites during the hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime.

Hajj pilgrims circled the sacred Kaaba – a cubic structure inside Mecca’s Grand Mosque towards which Muslims around the world pray – along socially distant paths. The pilgrims were also subjected to regular temperature checks and required to go into mandatory quarantine after the ritual.

King Salman, the kingdom’s ruler, said holding the hajj in the shadow of the pandemic required “double efforts” by Saudi authorities. The hajj and umrah pilgrimages are a massive logistical challenge, with colossal crowds cramming into relatively small holy sites, making them vulnerable to contagion. The kingdom has sought to contain a spike in infections, which have now risen to more than 330,000 cases – the highest in the Gulf – and over 4,500 deaths. But Saudi Arabia has also reported a high rate of recoveries, which surpassed 312,000 on Tuesday.

Last week, Saudi Arabia partially lifted its suspension on international flights, six months after travel curbs were imposed due to the pandemic. Saudi Arabia’s custodianship of Makkah and Madinah -Islam’s two holiest sites – is seen as the kingdom’s most powerful source of political legitimacy. The holy sites are also a key revenue earner for Saudi Arabia. The pilgrimages typically cost thousands of dollars for worshippers, who often save for years as well as endure long waiting lists for a chance to attend.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 reform plan seeks to decouple the economy of the kingdom – the world’s top crude exporter – from oil dependency towards other sources of revenue, including religious tourism. The government hopes to welcome 30 million pilgrims to the kingdom annually by 2030. – AFP

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Apple Store online goes live in India with services like trade-in, free delivery

 

 

Apple Store online goes live in India with a host of new services to meet consumer demand and also help them make the right choices. The online store brings along a unique experience for consumers by delivering services like product customisations, packaging, trade-in exchange offer, counselling sessions and more.

Apple showcases all its products in the store including the very recently announced iPads and Apple Watch Series 6 and Watch SE. The pricing remains the same for all products. All financing and EMI options are also available, along with a trade-in programme within the online store.

Apple confirmed that due to the Covid-19 pandemic there’s no cash on delivery available for now. Probably, that is mode of payment will be available once things get back to normal. The company also claims that all orders will be delivered in a contactless manner.

For logistics, Apple has partnered with Blue Dart. Apple promises to deliver products for free within 24 to 72 hours from the date of purchase. The deliveries, however, also depend on the remoteness of the location.

To start with, Apple will cover up to 13,000 PIN codes across the country and should add more codes to the list in the days to come. Given the tough times, the deliveries could be impacted due to local lockdown rules due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has been the case for many online e-commerce platforms.

With the online store Apple wants to deliver a unique customer experience to customers. Experts will understand customers’ requirements and then help or guide them to choose the right product that meets their needs. Not just that, the experts at the online store will also guide customers to set up the product and run it smoothly.

Apple is also offering Trade-in service for easy exchange of any eligible smartphone for instant credit towards a new iPhone.

Interestingly, once the product is purchased customers will also be able to book a free 30-minute counselling session with experts at Apple to get all their queries answered. The Apple online support is available in English while phone support is available in Hindi as well as English.

Apple also introduces a special student pricing in India for Mac and iPad to encourage online classes amid the pandemic. In addition, the tech giant s also offering discounts on accessories and Apple Care+ benefits, an extended warranty programme with two years of technical support and also accidental damage cover.

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Indian Ambassador met KSE member secretary and discussed Engineers issue

 

 

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Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Sri Sibi George today met Mr. Ali Mohseni, Member Secretary, Kuwait Society of Engineers and discussed ways of strengthening bilateral cooperation in the Engineering domain between India and Kuwait. Ambassador also discussed the issues related to Indian Engineers in Kuwait.

Meanwhile, Embassy continues to accept registration of all Indian Engineers working in Kuwait. Registration is required by the Embassy to take up the matter concerning Indian engineers to further level, embassy informed.-IIK

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Registered Indian Associations and Groups in Kuwait are advised to send updated data

 

 

All Indian Associations and Groups in Kuwait registered with the Embassy are advised to send updated list of office bearers along with their mobile numbers, email IDs and contact address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Indian Embassy also announced the following twitter accounts of the Mission to keep in touch with the respective updates

1. @indembkwt – Embassy of India, Kuwait

2. @Indian_IPN – Indian Professionals Network (IPN)

3. @IndianIbn – Indian Business Network (IBN)

4. @indian_icn – Indian Cultural Network (ICN)

5. @thematic_lib – EoI Kuwait, Thematic Library

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Covid19 frontline workers in Kuwait honored by Mughal Mahal

Covid19 frontline workers in Kuwait honored by Mughal Mahal

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Popular Indian Restaurant Mughal Mahal held a ceremony recently to honor the frontline workers in Kuwait. In a first of its kind commemoration, Mughal Mahal painted the entire façade of its restaurant in Sharq with images of frontline workers. The mural, painted by a prominent Kuwaiti artist, is a tribute and a mark of gratitude to all those who risked their lives and served both Kuwaitis and expatriates during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic in Kuwait.

A small ceremony held at the restaurant included some of the frontline workers, as well as Mughal Mahal management. The chief guest on the occasion was Indian Ambassador H.E. Sibi George and Guest of Honor was Dr. Hussain Al Dashti, Head of Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine.

Addressing the gathering, Ashok Kalra, Managing Partner of Mughal Mahal, extended a warm welcome to the guests and expressed immense gratitude to all the frontline warriors who served the country during the crises. He said this significant but small gesture was an attempt to honor and thank them.

Mughal Mahal, which is situated in the heart of the city and located right next to the tallest building in Kuwait, Al Hamra Towers, is currently adorned by beautiful images of frontline workers, all designed and painted by Kuwaiti artist Dr. Reham Al Raghaib and her team.

Ambassador George, in his address to the gathering, also expressed his appreciation for the gesture and congratulated Mughal Mahal for taking such an innovative initiative in expressing gratitude on behalf of the entire expatriate community.

The event, which was held in line with social distancing norms and adhering to all health protocols, was attended by select businessmen, ministry representatives and doctors who were honored by the recognition and gratitude bestowed on them Plaques of appreciation were given to some of the frontline warriors by managing partners Ashok Kalra and Mukesh Kumar.  ----- Timeskuwait

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Registration for Indian Engineers in Kuwait

Registration for Indian Engineers in Kuwait

In continuation to Embassy’s earlier press release, dated 09 September 2020, on the above subject, it is clarified that this registration drive is for all Indian Engineers in Kuwait and not just those, who face accreditation related difficulties in respect of their engineering colleges/institutions. Please note that this information is urgently required in the Embassy to take up the matter concerning Indian engineers with concerned authorities.

2. Thereby, all Indian Engineers in Kuwait are advised to register by filling-in the online google form (https://forms.gle/YRoQwFEu3YHURgCe6). For any queries, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3. Last date for registration is 30 September 2020.

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Registration Drive for Emergency Certificates

REGISTRATION DRIVE FOR EMERGENCY CERTIFICATES

Embassy of India in Kuwait is pleased to inform that the registration drive for Indian travel documents continues to proceed smoothly. The Embassy will contact each of the registered Indian nationals in due course.

2. In the meantime, the Embassy has decided to extend the registration drive to include Indian nationals, who currently hold valid Emergency Certificates (ECs). Thereby, all those without travel documents and those with valid ECs are advised to register by filling in the google form online (https://forms.gle/pMf6kBxix4DYhzxz7) or by submitting duly filled-in enclosed application form at the boxes kept at the Embassy Consular Hall and at Indian passport offices in Sharq, Jleeb Al Shuwaikh and Fahaheel. For any queries, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3. It is reiterated that the registration drive is absolutely free of cost and fee for issuing travel documents will be collected at the Embassy counter directly in due course. 4. Please remember to include your current telephone number in the application forms submitted. Embassy would like to get in touch with the applicants over phone.

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Air India scheduled flights for the month of September 2020

Air India flight Schedule for the month of September 2020.

 

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Al Muzaini Exchange opens it's 108th Branch at Abbasiya, Block-5, Street-60.

Al Muzaini Exchange opens it's 108th Branch at Abbasiya, Block-5, Street-60.

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Our Strong Network getting STRONGER: Al Muzaini, a renowned financial solutions provider and the leading exchange house in Kuwait, has opened its 108th branch in Abbasiya, Block-5, Street-60.
Inaugurated by Hugh Fernandez, General Manger of Al Muzaini, along with senior officials, the new branch offers customers a broad range of financial services like instant bank transfers, instant money transfers, foreign currency exchange & Corporate/Trade transfers, all days of the week.
Hugh Fernandez, General Manager of Al Muzaini Exchange said: “It is our vision to make financial services accessible to all. The opening of the new branch is in that direction and will help us to bring our network closer to our customers providing convenience to the local and expatriate communities, and consequently contribute to the country's economy.
We are grateful to our well-wishers for their continued support to fulfil customer’s aspirations by providing them with cutting-edge financial products and services through most sophisticated technology. 
 

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Registration Drive for Travel Documents

PRESS RELEASE

REGISTRATION DRIVE FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Embassy of India in Kuwait is pleased to inform that the registration drive for Indian travel documents continues to proceed smoothly. The Embassy will contact each of the registered Indian nationals in due course.

2. In the meantime, the Embassy has decided to extend the registration drive to include Indian nationals, who currently hold valid Emergency Certificates (ECs). Thereby, all those without travel documents and those with valid ECs are advised to register by filling in the google form online (undefined) or by submitting duly filled-in enclosed application form at the boxes kept at the Embassy Consular Hall and at Indian passport offices in Sharq, Jleeb Al Shuwaikh and Fahaheel. For any queries, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3. It is reiterated that the registration drive is absolutely free of cost and fee for issuing travel documents will be collected at the Embassy counter directly in due course.

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Expansion of Embassy Panel Of Lawyers

PRESS RELEASE

Announcement

EXPANSION OF EMBASSY PANEL OF LAWYERS

Embassy of India is looking to empanel additional lawyers/legal firms to its existing panel of lawyers. In this regard, comprehensive proposals are invited from competent and experienced legal firms for Embassy’s consideration for empanelment. The final Terms and Conditions of the engagement and other deliberations would follow the initial scrutiny of the submitted proposals. Interested law firms/lawyers are requested to send their proposals to the following addressee before 30 September 2020.

                        Shri Rahul First Secretary (Community Welfare)

                        Embassy of India, Kuwait

                        Diplomatic Enclave, Arabian Gulf Street

                        Post Box: 1450, Safat, 13015, Kuwait

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Pravasis are eligible for free legal aid: Kerala High Court

Pravasis are eligible for free legal aid: Kerala High Court

The honorable Kerala High Court has made it clear in a historical judgment that emigrant Indian citizens are eligible for free legal aid. The judgment was issued over a petition filed by Pravasi Legal Cell, seeking directions to establish proper systems to provide free legal aid to Pravasi Indians.

The petition was filed in the light of thousands of Indians returning to the country after losing their jobs and without receiving full wages or other employment benefits in the background of the corona pandemic.

There are sufficient systems in place to ensure free legal aid for the pravasis, citing examples of madad, e-migrate under the Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) available with the Indian Embassies and NORKA of the Government of Kerala, the union and state governments submitted in their respective responses to the Court. The Court had earlier asked both the governments to file responses in the case. The Court expressed its satisfaction over the existing systems as presented by the governments and expressed its hope that no Indians are left in peril without receiving proper legal aid.

The central government also submitted in its affidavit that the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Embassies in various countries and the Indian missions will ensure that necessary legal aid is provided to Indian citizens in filing for their rightful wages and other provisions. Indian citizens in need of free legal aid abroad can request for help through the community welfare wings of the Indian embassies, madad or e-migrate portals of the ministry of external affairs.

The union government also made it clear in the affidavit that the embassies have ensured the service of lawyers and those citizens who had to return to the country without being able to file labor complaints etc. could do the same to claim their rightful wages and compensations through the Indian Embassies by issuing power of attorney.

Relatives of Indians who died abroad during the lock down period can also apply for insurance and end of service benefits using these provisions, the affidavit stated.

The High Court’s historic observation that the Indian emigrants have every right to receive free legal aid will empower pravasis and it would provide a basis for anyone to initiate necessary legal proceedings, if this right is denied, said Adv. Jose Abraham, Global President of Pravasi Legal Cell and Mr.Babu Francis, Pravasi Legal Cell Kuwait Country head  welcoming  the judgement. LINK

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H.E. Shri. Sibi George

H.E. Shri. Sibi George

India’s New Ambassador to Kuwait: Ushering in Hope & Friendship

                                           - by Madhulika  &  N.C.Mohandoss

 "A burning desire to help the larger community was what made him join the Civil Services and still drives his overall approach to his work"

THUMPNAILIndia’s new Ambassador to Kuwait H.E.Sri . Sibi George officially presented his credentials to His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Tuesday.

A student of Political Science and well versed in Arabic, the ambassador has not wasted time in bringing in reforms and new initiatives especially given the difficult times in which he has taken up his new duties.

Sibi George is a man with a mission and a belief. His belief is that Kuwait and India are bound in an everlasting, mutually beneficial partnership that has enriched both these great countries culturally as well as economically over the last century.

His mission is to engage with all sections of the Indian diaspora in Kuwait and to render all possible help and aid that the Embassy can provide to those Indian who need it the most especially during the COVID pandemic.

Sri. George has already reinstated the registrations of all Indian associations which were de-registered by it in the past.

1He is actively consulting community stakeholders on the relief and aid work being done to support those who have lost their livelihoods and require sustenance. He has taken several steps to improve regular consular services as well as special services put in place due to travel / visa and other restrictions arising due to the current crisis. 

The Embassy under the directions of Sri. George has launched a host of digital outreach initiatives including social media platforms to connect with the community such as ICN (Indian Cultural Network), IPN (Indian Professionals Network), IBN (Indian Business Network) and a digital thematic library to reach out to everyone for sharing India’s cultural heritage and its new resurgence.

The ambassador expressed confidence that the embassy would be able to find amicable solutions to all issues by working along with the concerned authorities in Kuwait.

2Referring to Kuwait as a friend and neighbor, the ambassador stressed the importance of Kuwait as a partner in the new strategy of “Self Reliant India”. He said “I represent every Indian in Kuwait and on behalf of each and everyone of them I wish to express the deepest gratitude to H.H. the Emir, the Government of Kuwait and the people of Kuwait for hosting us with dignity and fairness always.”

The ambassador has also increased the activities of the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) which was set up in 2009 to assist overseas Indian nationals in times of distress. “I have set up a committee of senior officers in the mission to examine each request and provide all possible assistance immediately to deserving applicants,” says the Ambassador.

3A burning desire to help the larger community was what made him join the Civil Services and still drives his overall approach to his work.

Having joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1993, he is a veteran diplomat who has served in Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, USA, Pakistan and Egypt before moving to Kuwait with his wife Joyce and three children. While back in Delhi in 2017, he was in charge of the Africa Summit.

He recounted during his talk, “My parents, George and Ammini fully supported me all through my student days both financially as well as by encouraging my ambitions and the choices I made.”  

Reminiscing about his training days, Sri George recalled that after the foundation course at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration in Mussoorie, he spent time at the Foreign Service Institute in Delhi for further training in international relations, diplomacy, hospitality, international trade which included courses at IIM Bangalore as well as IIFT in Delhi in addition to training with the tri-services. Subsequent mid career trainings took him to IIM Ahmedabad and ISB Hyderabad.

4After finishing 2 years of intensive training he had to go abroad and choose a foreign language. So, he selected the Arabic language and went to Cairo (1995-1998) to learn Arabic as well as to serve in the Indian embassy in Cairo as their political officer.

“I believe that while we should give our children freedom, at the end of the day, we should never forget that we are what we are because of our parents. We owe it all to them.” says the Ambassador.

In his many outreach endeavors through the special Wednesday Open Houses as well as meetings with various organizations and stakeholders, Sri. Sibi George has one message to all Indians. “It is a matter of pride that Indians  here have earned the respect of the people of this country and have contributed to its growth and development through their hard work and should continue to do so while respecting all local laws and traditions.”

An openness to listen to all suggestions, (even those made over a round of Golf, a game that the Ambassador is passionate about); a drive to help those fellow Indians who need support and a dynamic and action oriented approach has already earned the new Ambassador of India to Kuwait, Sri . Sibi George much acclaim .

We wish to extend him a welcome from the entire Indian community and assure our utmost support in all that the Indian embassy endeavors to do under his leadership for the welfare of the expatriate community.

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Embassy registration for Indians to Return to kuwait

Registration – For Stranded Indian Nationals Wishing To Return To Kuwait

Embassy of India is pleased to announce the launch of a ‘Registration Drive’ for stranded Indian nationals wishing to return to Kuwait but are/have not been able to do so because of the prevailing restrictions on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All those Indian nationals are kindly advised to register by filling in the google form online  https://forms.gle/nSoMBe9Nyk5uu3dHA

Please note that currently the purpose of this registration drive is only to collect data. No announcement has been made by the concerned authorities of the State of Kuwait on resumption of passenger arrivals from India to Kuwait.

Any official update on this matter will be shared by the Embassy on its website and social media handles.

Please continue to follow Embassy’s website (www.indembkwt.gov.in) and social media account (Twitter: @indembkwt, Facebook: @indianembassykuwait) handles for updates on the above subject. For any queries, please write to cw1 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Embassy of India has initiated registration drive for Indian nationals in Kuwait, who do not have valid travel documents such as passport or Emergency Certificate. Press Release related to the drive is available on the website of the Embassy at below mentioned link.  https://indembkwt.gov.in/pdf/Press%20Release%20-%20Registration%20Drive%20-%20For%20EC%20issuances%20(1).pdf

2. Registration can be made online on the link available on the website of the Embassy https://forms.gle/pMf6kBxix4DYhzxz7  or printed form can be filled and deposited in the boxes kept in Embassy Consular Hall and at all 3 passport offices earmarked for this specific purpose. You are also informed that registration drive is absolutely free of cost. 

3. You are requested to disseminate the information among members of community in Kuwait.

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF AN EMERGENCY CERTIFICATE

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Grand Hyper opens their 64th store in Hawally, Block 10

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Grand Hyper counted among the leading hypermarket chains in GCC has opened their 64th outlet in Hawally Block 10, Al Adasani Complex in Othman Street on single basement floor in an area spanning 20,000 sq ft. on 10th September 2020. Due to Covid 19 pandemic the new store had a soft launch without regular inaugural celebrations. The objective to open new store during Corona scare was to make available food and other necessary products for customers at their vicinity, as many customers prefer to travel within their locality for shopping during this time.

The new Grand Hyper has opened abiding to the guidelines and safety measures laid down by Ministry of Health, Kuwait. Grand has taken all precautionary measures ensuring safety of customers visiting the store which involves regular cleaning and sanitization of all customer touch points, mandatory rule of temperature check for entry, wearing mask and gloves at all times.  

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Grand Hypermarket has a strong reputation and trust in Kuwait market as a brand for providing the customers with a wide range of products including food stuffs, electronic appliances, home appliances, footwear, health and beauty items and fashion wears and accessories from across the globe at the most affordable price. With 20 stores covering all major locations in Kuwait, Grand hyper is now a household name in Kuwait, serving 60,000 plus customers daily.

This is the 20th store of Grand in Kuwait which also happens to be their 3rd outlet in Hawally. Grand already has 2 other Hypermarkets in this area, one in Ibn Khaldun street and other in Tunis street. This outlet was planned to open before the pandemic in March 2020 but was put on hold due to corona outbreak. Now despite the ongoing pandemic Grand management has decided to open the new store primarily to be present closer to the customer for their convenience during these difficult times. Grand Hyper Hawally store inauguration was jointly done by Grand Hyper Kuwait Chief patron Mr. Jassim Mohammad Al Sharrah, Capt. Saad Mohamed Hamadah, Regional Director Mr. Ayoob Kechery, CEO Mr. Mohamad Suneer, COO Mr. Rahil Bassim, General Manager Thahseer Ali along with other dignitaries and customers at 6 am on 10th Sept. 2020 at Al Adasani complex, Hawally block 10. 

Grand Hyper is part of Dubai based Regency group which has varied business in GCC region. Grand is the retail arm of the group which has been on an aggressive growth and expansion since inception. The success of Grand Hypermarket is testified by the continuous expansion of the retail chain in various parts of the GCC countries on a daily basis. The benefit of price efficiency that the retailer gains through large-scale procurement of products is transferred onto the end -consumer. 

 

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6 things you must do before you go to bed to wake up happier

 

 

We often tend to underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep when it comes to our state of mind. But it is not only the sleep—but also the things we do before we go to bed that matter. Many of us watch shows, browse through the internet, get sloshed and pass out. None of these ways are healthy.

Your sleep is a bridge between finishing off a day and starting another one and you need to make the best out it to feel rejuvenated in the morning, start afresh and be strong.

Few things that you can mould into a routine to follow before you sleep to wake up happier and on a positive note.

1. Practice gratitude
Practicing gratitude is a very powerful thing. Take a few minutes and pen down the things you are grateful for. When you do this drill right before hitting bed, the brain emphasizes on generating positive thoughts and thus reducing stress.

Studies also suggest that gratitude helps you feel more optimistic and reduces stress and anxiety. And once you start writing down about things you are grateful for, you choose to welcome optimistic thoughts and start appreciating the little things in life.

2. Plan the next morning
Make a to-do-list for the next day. When you do that or even set reminders, your brain feels at ease knowing that a list of tasks is stored somewhere that it can refer to. This allows your brain to stop thinking about them and relax instead.

3. Analyse your day
There will be things that you’ve accomplished and there will be tasks left undone when you analyse your day. So you must try to detach yourself from judgement while doing this exercise. You will have a few things to feel proud about and a thing or two that you’ll learn to do differently. It’s a win-win either way.

This will help you keep a track of your progress and your goals, and help you feel prouder of how far you’ve come the next day.

4. Listen to some music and relax
According to the American National Sleep Foundation listening to music before sleeping can even help those with sleep disorders by boosting sleep quality. They suggest that you should listen to songs with a slow rhythm to ensure effectiveness of this technique.

Music has the ability to soothe your frayed nerves and put your mind at ease. So, make yourself a little playlist and play out some soft tunes as you go to bed.

5. Have something nice to drink
No. we are not talking about chugging a glass of beer. We are suggesting drinking a glass of warm milk with honey. It will help calm you down and have a good night’s sleep. Chamomile tea also does wonders in making sure your sleep is uncompromised. Junk food, coffee and alcohol are a big no if you want to feel physically good, first thing in the morning.

6. Take a break from technology
Do whatever needs your immediate response or attention like responding to mails and such, and then keep your gadgets away before you go to bed. Perhaps the reason you can’t sleep is because you are busy tweeting about it and that is not going to do you any good. Engage yourself in activities mentioned above, spend time nurturing yourself, and go to bed on a calmer and happier note—and hence wake up feeling better too.

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Indian Ambassador paid a courtesy call-on Deputy Foreign Minister of Kuwait

 

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Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Shri Sibi george paid a courtesy call-on His Excellency Mr. Khalid Sulaiman Al-Jarallah, Hon’ble Deputy Foreign Minister of State of Kuwait, on Thursday, Sept 10. Hon’ble Deputy Foreign Minister received Ambassador warmly and assured him full support for a successful tenure in Kuwait. Ambassador thanked him for the warm welcome he received in Kuwait. He also thanked Hon’ble Deputy Foreign Minister for hosting the large Indian community in Kuwait. Discussions included the current state of bilateral relations and ways of strengthening the relationship in various fields including trade, investments, energy, science & technology; and other issues of mutual interest..

Ambassador also raised the matters regarding Indian engineers in Kuwait and of the Indian nationals in Kuwait who could not return to India availing the Amnesty announced by the Government of State of Kuwait in April 2020.

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Registration Drive for Indian nationals in Kuwait who do not have valid travel documents

 

 

Indian nationals in Kuwait who do not hold valid travel documents and are desirous of returning back to India are advised to register by filling the below form.

Registration can be made online on the link available on the website of the Embassy or printed form can be filled and deposited in the boxes kept in Embassy Consular Hall and at all 3 passport offices earmarked for this specific purpose. You are also informed that registration drive is absolutely free of cost.

Please kindly note the following important points related to issuance of Emergency Certificates (ECs)

1. Emergency Certificate (EC) is a one time travel document issued only for the purpose of entry into India within six months of the date of issuance and issued to such Indian nationals who have become illegal residents in any country and hence face deportation (due to overstay, illegal entry and criminal offences)

2. Indian nationals who are already in possession of a valid travel document need not apply for an EC.

3. With the issuance of an EC, all other travel documents, including the current passport, of the concerned national stand cancelled and these documents cannot be revived under any circumstances

4. Obtaining EC should not be equated with clearances for travel from the concerned local authorities. Individuals facing fines, penalties, legal proceedings or have a travel ban imposed on them by the host country cannot leave the country without obtaining necessary clearances from all the concerned authorities including the Residency Affairs Department and the Airport Immigration Authority, as in the case of the State of Kuwait.

5. Procurement of ECs through false representation (for example, falsely claiming loss of passport) will attract a penalty of RS. 5,000/-

6. Issuance of EC for a second time is limited to exceptional cases and will be subject to submission of a copy of the return air ticket.

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                                                            EMBASSY OF INDIA                                                                        KUWAIT

 

REGISTRATION FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

                [APPLICATION FOR ISSUANCE OF AN EMERGENCY CERTIFICATE]

 

I.          FEE  ___KD 5.000__________________________________________________

 

II.        PERSONAL PARTICULARS

            1. (a) Full name: _____________________________________________________________________

                     (in block/capital letters)

                 (b) Aliases, if any: _________________________________________________________________

                     (in block/capital letters)

 

            2. Previous names, if you have

                ever changed your name:____________________________________________________________

 

            3. Maiden name in case of a married

                woman/widow/divorcee:_____________________________________________________________

 

            4. Father’s name:_____________________________________________________________________

 

            5. Husband’s name in case of a

                married woman/widow/divorcee:_____________________________________________________

 

            6. Permanent address in India:_________________________________________________________

 

                (incl. contact details)             _________________________________________________________

 

                                                              _________________________________________________________

 

            7. Present address in Kuwait:___________________________________________________________

           

                                                           ___________________________________________________________

 

                                                          ___________________________________________________________

 

            8. a) Mobile No.: ______________________ b) Email ID:____________________________________

 

            9. Nationality*:______________________ 10. Profession/Occupation:_________________________

 

            11. Place of birth:___________________________________12. Date of birth: __________________

 

            13. Height:      14. Colour of Eyes:                15. Colour of Hair:   16. Visible distinguishing marks, if any:

                  _______       _____________             ________________      ________________________________

  

                  _______       _____________             ________________      ________________________________

               

            Two specimen signatures of thumb impressions of the applicant to be affixed in the blocks below

             (Left in case of male and Right in case of female)                                                             

 

III.       PARTICULARS OF THE PASSPORT/TRAVEL DOCUMENT PREVIOUSLY HELD

 

            1. Do you currently hold a passport/travel document? (Yes/No)______________________________

            2. If so, please furnish the following particulars:

 

            (a) Passport No.: _______________ (b) Authority & place of issue:___________________________

 

            (c) Date of issue: ________________________  (d) Date of expiry:____________________________

 

            3. Please submit original/photocopy of your passport or travel document, if available therefor:

 

IV.       REASONS OF APPLYING FOR AN EMERGENCY CERTIFICATE:

 

            1. Do you have a valid visa or residence permit in Kuwait (Yes/No)?__________________________

 

            2. Current visa/Residence permit/Civil ID No.:____________________________________________

 

            3. Date of expiry of visa/residence permit:________________________________________________

           

            4. Why are you applying for an EC?

 

                __________________________________________________________________________________

 

                __________________________________________________________________________________

 

                __________________________________________________________________________________

 

V.         DECLARATION OF APPLICANT:

            I solemnly declare that:

            (i) I am a Citizen of India;

            (ii) I have not voluntarily acquired citizenship of another country;

            (iii) The information given by me above is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

 

 

Place: _________________________________

 

Date: _________________________________

                                                                                    Signature or Thumb impression of the applicant

                                                                                    (left in case of a male and right in case of a female)

 

 

* If in possession of a citizenship of any other country, please give details:_________________________

 

 Enclosures: (1) Photocopy of passport/civil ID/ entry visa/ electoral card/driving license, is respect of                            applicant as proof of Indian nationality

 

                   (2) 3 Recent Photographs of the applicant (one photograph to be pasted (not stapled) on the                                      reverse side in the space provided therefor , and 2 other photographs clipped to this form)         

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