Friday, November 15, 2013

Join the Walk, Walk for a cause : Kuwait

Thousands expected to turn out to support the walk on 16th November 2013. Would you like to be one of them?

Join the Walk, Walk for a cause! Your participation will make a difference to Beat Diabetes at 8:30 am, Yacht Club, Salmiyah!

Photo: ‎Thousands expected to turn out to support the walk on 16th November 2013.  Would you like to be one of them?
Join the Walk, Walk for a cause! Your participation will make a difference to Beat Diabetes at 8:30 am, Yacht Club, Salmiyah!

من المتوقع ان تستقطب حملة محاربة السكري الآلاف في 16 نوقمبر2013 
  هل ستكون واحدا منهم؟ شاركنا الآن، امش من اجل محاربة داء
 السكري! مشاركتك ستشكل علامة فارقة لمحاربة السكري الساعة 8:30 صباحا، نادي اليخوت ، السالمية‎

For details check Walk for a Cause

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kuwait Contemporary Art Auction 2013

JAMM is hosting its 4th and final contemporary art auction in Kuwait this coming Tuesday November 12th. Over 50 top-quality artworks by contemporary Arab, Iranian and international artists will be auctioned with my favorite piece being the one above by Iranian artist Reza Derakshani.
Date: Tuesday November 12th, 2013
Location: Contemporary Art Platform

KIA Roadshow @ Marina Cresent Kuwait

Join them for test drives, prizes & family fun!

On 15th NOV From 10:30am until 6:00pm

Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive launches the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in Kuwait

Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive launches the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in Kuwait

Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotove, the official BMW Group importer in Kuwait, has launched the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo across their showrooms in Kuwait.
On a global level, the BMW 3 Series continues to be BMW Group’s best-selling model series consistently accounting for more than a quarter of the company’s global sales. In 2012, every fourth BMW sold was a 3 Series. The success story of the BMW 3 Series over the past 37 years has made it the world’s best-selling premium car.
The all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo adds an innovative new concept to the already successful 3 Series line-up. It combines a unique combination of a sporty and elegant coupé design with excellent versatility, increase in space and hallmark BMW driving enjoyment.
Inside the cockpit, this slick new model featuring four doors with frameless windows and a coupé-style downward-sloping roofline making it immediately recognisable as a member of the latest generation BMW 3 Series line-up. Generous interior dimensions allow the passengers in every seat to sit back and enjoy an impressive feeling of space and unbeatable freedom of movement significantly more comfortable.
The cocooning nature of the interior, complemented by its design forms, colour scheme and materials, creates a lounge-style ambience which allows passengers to enjoy short trips and long journeys alike in relaxed comfort.
The rear of the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is highlighted by horizontal surfaces and lines emphasising muscular width and unshakable road holding. Another highlight is the rear active spoiler – the first of its type on a BMW – which automatically extends at speeds over 110 km/h and retracts at speeds under 70 km/h. It can also be manually controlled from the driver side window switch control. When deployed at high speeds, the spoiler increases downforce on the rear axle and ensures perfect stability when driving fast.
Commenting on the launch of the new vehicle, Mr. Yousef Al Qatami, General Manager, Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive, said: “Combining the perfect blend of practicality, increased space and driving comfort, the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is an impressive vehicle. Building on the success of the BMW Group’s best selling 3 Series model, we are confident that this model will appeal to our discerning customer base here in Kuwait. The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will add to our already impressive BMW portfolio and enable us to expand our BMW product in Kuwait.”
An extensive selection of driver assistance systems and mobility solutions, offered under the BMW ConnectedDrive programme, allows the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to set the benchmark in its segment in terms of safety, convenience and in-car infotainment.
The all-New BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will debut with the 320i engine variant, which features the BMW 2.0-litre four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine generating 135 kW/184 hp and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds. The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will also be available with the 328i engine featuring the  BMW 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine generating 135 kW/245 hp.
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo - Rear Right
All BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo vehicles from Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive feature innovative communication features via BMW ConnectedDrive. This includes a host of new BMW Apps including Facebook, Twitter, Web Radio and Wiki Local; all of which can be accessed via an Apple iPhone as well as the all new BMW Remote App which will be compatible on both iPhone and Android platforms.
 BMW in Kuwait is the only automobile manufacturer to offer these technological innovations to the Kuwaiti market.

Samsung Launches New All-In-One PC In Kuwait

New AIO PC Series 7 Offers Maximized Home Entertainment Experience

Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today unveiled the all new All-In-One PC Series 7, in Kuwait. Building on the premium aspects of the Samsung Series 9 Notebook, the new All-In-One (AIO) PC inherits Samsung’s advanced engineering craftsmanship with highly finessed and stylish design. Beyond high performance, the new Samsung AIO PC Series 7 has been crafted to deliver an entirely new AIO PC experience. Driven by a 3rd generation Intel(r) Core(tm)i7 processor, 8GB RAM, dedicated AMD Radeon HD graphics and a WQHD display with resolution of 2560_1440, the new AIO PC Series 7 embodies innovative sense recognition features such as 10-finger multi-touch screen control and hand gesture commands.

“The new All-in-One PC packages the best of Samsung’s precision engineering and premium design with top class performance and functionality. With its unique craftsmanship and it incorporating the latest every hardware and software feature available, we predict that this new product will be accepted by regional consumers. It offers a maximized home entertainment experience and is a perfect device for a family PC or desktop replacement. We feel that the All-in-One PC market carries enormous growth potential by taking convergence technologies to the next level”. saidDenzil D’Souza, Business Head for Notebooks, Samsung Gulf Electronics.
With the upcoming new Windows 8 platform, demand in All-In-One PC is expected to increase further as AIOs will have stronger as well as more convenient features, which is expected to replace the existing desktop PC in the market.
To provide such true ‘user benefits’, Samsung has perfected not only the hardware but also the software aspects to offer never seen before experiences.
For an unlimited premium user experience, Samsung AIO PC Series 7 has been equipped with a 10-finger multi-touch screen - a technological leap in interactivity, surpassing traditional two-finger multi-touch by providing full touch control using all ten fingers on an AIO PC. Its enhanced sensitivity enables users to enjoy the full capabilities of the latest entertainment applications or perform complicated content editing. Pinch to zoom on content or rotate images, and scroll through pages with complete ease using 10 multi-touch functions.
To enjoy its full capabilities as a home entertainment system, the new AIO PC has a viewing angle of 178 degrees vertically and horizontally, which makes watching a movie with friends a true pleasure.
To further expand user benefits, the new AIO PCs have five hand gesture recognition features that conveniently let users control the device with just a flick of the wrist from up to a meter away, perfect for enjoying home entertainment for example. Swipe right or left to turn the pages of an e-book, or rotate your palm clockwise or counter-clockwise to change the volume while watching a movie. You can simply close your hand to click on an option in a program and stop watching a movie by just waving your hands. These features definitely offer more convenience to consumers. 
Power and performance are ensured with a 3rd generation Intel(r) Core(tm) i7/i5 processor and 8GB RAM. A powerful AMD Radeon HD 7850M graphics processor, Blu-ray drive, and up to 1TB HDD and 64GB SSD ensure content in a wide array of formats is readily available in no time, and enable seamless playback, editing, creating and saving of content.

To further expand the true all-in-one experience, the new devices are equipped with 14-Watt speakers while Tweeter and Dolby sound*** deliver rich sound quality in any environment.
Also the latest WQHD display featuring 2560x1440 resolution delivers crisp, clear and all-encompassing viewing experience. Users are now able to fit more windows into a single screen without compromising on scale. Browsing online while simultaneously watching a movie is no longer an issue. 
Accentuate your home with a modern and minimalistic look. Samsung’s AIO PC Series 7’s clutter-free and space-saving design features a uniquely stylish metallic arch stand, an ultra-slim display with a durable metal edge, and an edge-to-edge glossy black screen. This elegant new AIO PC adds a premium look to any living space or office. The Samsung All-in-One PC is now available in major retail outlets across Kuwait for KD 349

Kuwait Vintage Cars Museum launches new racing track

The Historical, Vintage, and Classic Cars Museum launched a new racing track called ‘Serb’ at its premises in Shuwaikh last Thursday. This event was  attended by hundreds of motorsport fans and  kicked off from the Jumeirah Hotel in Messilah with a car parade on Gulf Road which included sports and classic cars and motorcycles.
The vehicles participating in the car parade were from different groups including the Muscle Cars, Old Cars Team, Japanese Classic Cars Team, Porsche, Corvette, Camaro, and Charger groups, and the 2000 S team. The Kuwait Riders team also participated.
At the track, the spectators enjoyed a show presented by a group of special sports cars from different brands and agents. This was followed by an exciting show presented by popular Kuwaiti champions in car racing including rally, drag racing, drifting, and karting. Motorcycle riders also presented an attention-grabbing show on the track.
On this occasion, General Manager of the Car Museum Mustafa Makhseed noted that launching the track will improve the general standard of motorsports in Kuwait. “This track was sponsored and launched by Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed who always cares about champions, especially in this field. This encourages us at the museum to work harder and improve motorsports in Kuwait,” he said.
Zakariya Dashti, CEO of the Museum expressed his happiness with the track. “The Serb Track was a dream that has finally come true. We are proud of this achievement, thanks to the generous donation of Sheikh Nasser. This track will be the ideal place for car fans to practice their hobby. This track will raise a new generation of champions and the doors will always be open for everybody,” he pointed out.
The event concluded with a ceremony held to honor 70 Kuwaiti champions from various motorsports. They received trophies and certificates for their special achievements. Historical, Vintage & Classic Cars Museum is located in Shuwaikh Industrial Area, Block 1, Street 49

Free diabetes and Lung disease screening camp at International Clinic Kuwait

During November, the world health organisations focus on two deadly diseases - Diabetes and the chronic lung disease ( COPD ). November 14 is declared as World diabetes day. As part of this, International Clinic, a socially committed premier health service of Kuwait, is conducting free diabetes, blood pressure and Lung disease screening camp at International Clinic, Farwaniya. There will be free lung function testing, blood sugar testing and counselling. Those who require treatment have the option to consult the specialist at a fraction of the regular fees.

The first camp will be on Friday 15th of November from 3pm to 6pm at International Clinic, Farwaniya, Old Airport Road (near Crowne Plaza Hotel). Only the first 100 registrants can be screened at this camp. Those who are interested in making use of this unique opportunity can register their names by contacting 1886677 extension 3250 or 97219439

The camp is supported by Cochin Tower Club and Kala (Arts) Kuwait.

AWARE Guided Tour: RED FORT Kuwait

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The Red Fort in Jahra is a desolated palace. Built almost 100 years ago it was the desert Palace of the Al-Sabah family. It is also the site of an historical battle in Kuwait's history. Join AWARE’s tour of this desolate fort to gain an insight into Kuwait's history. 
When : 23 Nov 2013, 9:00 a.m.
Bus & refreshments provided by AWARE Fee: KD 3 per person 

Seating is Limited. Advance reservations are required at


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The Dickson House Cultural Centre, as it is now known, once served as the official residence for a series of British Political Agents to Kuwait, with the most famous of them being Colonel Harold Dickson who came to Kuwait with his wife, Violet, and two young children in 1929. The house was the scene of momentous occasions in Kuwait's history and provided accommodation to a multitude of fascinating characters including royalty, statesmen, writers, oil prospectors, rebel leaders, and explorers.

When :15 Nov 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Departure from AWARE: 4:30 p.m. 

Fee: KD 2 per person

This is an adult tour only for 15 participants.

Advance registration required at

AWARE Diwaniya: K'sPATH Conservation: Protecting Kuwait's Marine Habitat

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Join  AWARE Center on November 12 as Angelique Bhattacharje gives a visual presentation of three years of sustained conservation of Kuwait's Doha mudflats and Sulaibikhat mangrove beach through community engagement. This presentation will be followed by Dinner Buffet. Speaker: Angelique Bhattacharje is the Director of Programs at K'S PATH

AWARE Center Guided Tour: GHADIR GALLERY Kuwait

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Kuwaiti Artist Thuraya Al-Baqsami began her artistic career at the age of 19 years & received her first award; the Bronze Medal of the "Kuwaiti Formative Art Society" in 1971. She has been a member of the "Kuwaiti Formative Art Society" since 1969", the "Formative Arts Group" of the GCC countries & member of the "Very Special Arts Organization" in Washington, D.C. (USA). She was awarded the "Golden Palm Leaf" of the GCC-Print-Biennial in KSA in 1989, in Qatar in 1992 & was awarded 1stPrize of the "National Museum Exhibition" in Kuwait in 1987 & 1992. She speaks 5 languages & has an interest in writing. Join us for a special visit to her gallery as she shares more about her life & her art. Limited Seats; thus advance reservations required at

AWARE Center Guided Tour: GHADIR GALLERY Kuwait

11 Nov 20135:00 p.m.

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Kuwait marks 51st anniversary of Constitution

Kuwaitis marked yesterday the 51st anniversary of the state’s first Constitution which was endorsed during the reign of Kuwait’s 11th ruler late Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah. On Nov 11, 1962, the late Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah promulgated the Constitution for Kuwait to become the first Arab state in the Gulf region to issue a constitution and have a parliament. “We, Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait, desiring to use the means of democratic rule for our dear country; and, having faith in the role of this country in furthering Arab nationalism and the promotion of world peace and human civilization; “And, striving towards a better future in which the country enjoys greater prosperity and higher international standing, and in which also the citizens are provided with more political freedom, equality, and social justice, a future which upholds the traditions inherent in the Arab nation by enhancing the dignity of the individual, safeguarding public interest, and applying consultative rule yet maintaining the unity and stability of the country, and, I having considered Law Number I of 1962 concerning the system of Government during the period of transition; and, upon the resolution of the Constituent Assembly; do hereby approve this Constitution and promulgate it,” the then Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem wrote in the permeable of the constitution. Kuwaitis elected the Constituent Assembly in January 1962, to draft the first constitution of the state which will regulate authorities and freedoms.
The Assembly was chaired by Abdullatif Thunayyan Al-Ghanim, with Dr Ahmad Al-Khateeb as vice chairman. In his inaugural speech to the Constituent Assembly, Sheikh Abdullah Al- Salem called for unity so as to best serve the interests of the country and its people, adding that this assembly would bear the burden of setting the main bases for Kuwait’s future. A five-member committee was formed to oversee this constitution-drafting, including then Interior Minister Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Al-Ghanim, Al- Khateeb, then Justice Minister Homoud Al-Zaid Al-Khalid, and member of the Assembly Saud Abdulaziz Al- Abdulrazzaq. The panel held a total of 23 sessions, the first of which was on March 17, 1962 and the last was on Oct 27, 1962. The draft constitution was presented by Al-Ghanim to Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem on Nov 8, Sheikh Abdullah Al- Salem ratified the constitution on Nov 11.
The first parliamentary elections were held in the country after 72 days of the Constitution ratification, on Jan 23, 1963. The Kuwaiti Constitution is made up of 183 articles divided into five parts: The State and the System of Government; Fundamental Constituents of the Kuwaiti Society; Public Rights and Duties; Powers; and General and Transitional Provisions. On Feb 10, 1980, late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah formed a 35-member committee to amend the constitution. The committee held its first meetings on Feb 19, 1980 with the attendance of late Sheikh Saad Al- Abdullah Al-Sabah. The committee concluded its work on June 22, 1980, after meeting for 18 weeks. During the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the constitution united all Kuwaitis inside the state and abroad. Kuwaiti leaders gathering in the Saudi city of Jeddah in October 1990 announced their full commitment to the Constitution and loyalty to the legitimate Al-Sabah rulers, which kept Kuwaitis morale high till their country was finally liberated in February 1991. Since the enforcement of the Constitution, Kuwaiti National Assembly held 14 legislative terms and 33 governments were formed. —- KUNA

Mavelikara Association celebrating Children’s Day and Painting Competition Kuwait

Mavelikara Association in Kuwait is turning 10 years old this year. Founded in 2003, Association today has developed into a major organization of the Malayalees in the region.

Mavelikara Association Kuwait celebrating Children’s day and Painting competition for Raja Ravi varma Trophy on 14th November Thursday evening 6 PM at Abbasiya Al-Abeer Nursery school Auditorium.

Interesting candidate are invited for registration

Seniors: From age 11 to 14

Juniors: From 6 to 10

Sub juniors: From 3 to 5

For more details contact the following phone numbers

Convener: 5012 4177

President: 9737 6251

Secretary: 6519 5274

Patron: 6589 4450

KDNA Conducting Henna Designing Competition kuwait

Kozhikode District NRI Associationm popularly known as KDNA, has organized to conduct a Henna Designing competition for women contestants in Kuwait on the occasion of “Malabar Mahotsava 2013” on November 15th 2013 at 10 am at Indian Central School, Abbassiya. Fabulous prizes will be given to the best designers. The winners will be eligible for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes sponsored by Malabar Gold & diamonds.

Interested contestants may please contact the under mentioned phone numbers for their registration. Numbers are 24317303/97797680

There will be a special stall with Henna & other accessories required for the competition at Malabar Mahotsava "Mananchira Square”.

TACK-IIK Four Nations T20 Festival kuwait

The grand celebration that the entire cricket-loving community in Kuwait has intensely been anticipating – the inauguration of D-TACK, the TACK Entertainment City Cricket Ground, Doha – is less than two weeks away. It will be the ultimate start to the 2013-2014 cricket season. In collaboration with (IIK), this TACK-IIK Four Nations T20 Festival being held on November 15, 2013 at D-TACK is going to be a full-day extravaganza packed with exciting prizes such as Samsung LED televisions and luxurious car customization from Ehsan Dana Co., food, traditional stalls, a live DJ, entertainment including quizzes, henna tattoos and patriotic face painting and of course, CRICKET!

TACK will be conducting a day-long T20 tournament amongst teams representing the four nations of Kuwait, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The teams were selected within the set domestic infrastructure of cricket in Kuwait, based on talent, discipline, performance and more. This will be the first time in Kuwait’s cricket history that a tournament will be played day & night. TACK has made this possible by recently enhancing the cricket ground with international standard floodlights that were especially shipped from Mumbai, India. Continuing from morning to night, the schedule of events is as follows:

7:00AM – TACK Kuwait XI vs. TACK India XI

10:30AM – TACK Pakistan XI vs. TACK Sri Lanka XI

2:00PM – 3rd & 4th Position Match

6:00PM – Finals

9:00PM – Presentation Ceremony

More than 1,000 guests are expected from both the local Kuwaiti and expatriate populations; over a hundred VIPs and dignitaries will grace the festival, including ambassadors from cricket-playing nations. Gulf Bank, McDonald’s, Huawei, Mada, Western Union, Enaya Insuranace, Al Hafiz, Schneider, Esselte, Mais Al-Ghanim, Ehsan Dana and MG7 are all confirmed partners of the event. The Patron-in-Chief of TACK Mr. Mahmoud Abdullah has confirmed a cash prize of USD 10,000 to be distributed amongst teams and players as per their final standings in the tournament. 

With this event, TACK – IIK aims to gather all communities together and introduce families, friends, children and people of all ages back to cricket grounds, and enjoy an electric atmosphere never witnessed before in the history of Kuwait’s domestic cricket. With all the TACK teams’ support and prayers, the association hopes to achieve the above and deliver what it promised at the inception of TACK.

Produced by Camco Global Events, whose managing director is the international representative of Wizcraft – responsible for conducting the Indian Premier League (IPL), the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) and some of the most successful and prestigious events held in Kuwait – this official launch of TACK Entertainment City Cricket Ground, Doha is an event you must not miss!

Faber Castell to conduct Creative Connector Pen Workshop on 14th November kuwait

Faber Castell is conducting The Faber Castell Creative Connector Pen Workshop on 14th November 2013 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM in celebration of The Universal Children’s Day . 14th November is observed as Childrens day and birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru thus Faber Castell is conducting this workshop for the children of Kuwait to participate and learn the different techniques in Playing and Learning using Connector Pens for children in the age group of 6 to 12 years of age. The workshop is Free of Cost and requires prior registration as seat are limited.

Kids who want to participate in this workshop need to register their names at Lulu Center Al Rai Customer Service counter prior to the workshop to avoid last minute disappointment due to limited seats. Registration closes 13 November 2013 at 10 pm.

Children are requested to be at the venue by 6pm on 14th November for the workshop

IIK Diwali Mela '13: A nice Indian experience

The Mega Community celebration IIK Diwali Mela 2013 organised by lit the hearts of the Indian Community here in Kuwait on Friday, 8th November 2013 at Salmiya Indian Model School. The Diwali Mela by IIK brought people from various states across India to celebrate the ‘Festival of Lights’ with gaiety and enthusiasm.

As the name suggests Diwali Mela, was indeed a gathering of all Indian Associations and people from all walks of life who enjoyed the Carnival atmosphere with plenty of Food, Entertainment, Diwali Gifts, Shopping and games.

The event started with salutation to both Nations Kuwait and India by playing their respective National Anthems. The Mela was officially inaugurated by Mr. Balram Kumar Upadhyay, Consular & Chief Welfare Officer, Indian Embassy, Kuwait in presence of Mr Ali Al Sayeg, Chairman Lemonade International and Mr Sunoj Nambiar, Director Sponsors of the event were given token of appreciation by IIK. The Main Sponsor for the Event was Wataniya Telecom, Tik Tok was the Gold Sponsor, Abbott Nutrition - Pediasure Complete was the Silver Sponsor. Associate sponsors were Oriental Insurance, Eternity Int'l Travels & Tourism and BEC - Bahrain Exchange Company also received mementos from the chief guest. All Participating Associations were also felicitated by IIK. AMMA Kuwait, Maharastra Mandal Kuwait, Kuwait Odisha Association and Telugu Kala Samathi were the participating Association. D'illusion group was also felicitated during the inauguration.
The Mela brought all Indian Associations together in a common platform to showcase their rich culture through various programs and stalls. People were welcomed by the beautiful Rangoli by Wataniya wishing everyone a Happy Diwali. The venue was a complete festive mood with Diwali Torans hanging at the enterance and other elegant decorations. Rangoli competition held in the morning gave the festive beginning to the Mela. Around 11 teams participated in Wataniya Rangoli Competition in which Rangoli made by Mrs Dipali Akshaykumar and Team bagged the First Prize while Mrs Archana Subodh and Team and Mrs Devi Suchitra and Team won the Second and Third Prizes respectively.

Diwali Methai Contest, Fancy dress competition, DJ Session, Magic Show, Face painting were some of the attractions of this Mela. Various Stalls had diwali offers which people could utilise and enjoy.

The Diwali Mithai competition was a unique experience. It was held for the first time at the Diwali Mela. More than 35 participants, mostly the ladies, made tasty Diwali sweets and presented it with beautiful decorations. The judges found it extremely difficult to judge the Diwali Mithai contest. Mrs T. Jayasri won the First Prize while Mrs Laxmi Mishra and Mrs Kavita Balamurugan won the Second and Third Prizes respectively.

Colourful and attractive Diwali Lanterns made by the students of various Indian schools were exhibited at the Mela. Ms Helen Mariam Biju, III Std from Indian Central School got First Prize in Diwali Lantern making competition while Ms Aafia, Ms Pranathi of IV Std from Salmiya Indian Model School got Second Prize and Ms Sonali Rane of XI Std from FAIPS - DPS bagged Third Prize.
The Magic Show by Magician Mr. Prasun (Jewel) was an interesting treat especially for the kids. Kids enjoyed the huge play-area arranged at the Mela where attractive slides and swings were there for them.
The event did not end there. The Dandiya Raas at the end for the audience kept the entertainment going. The whole family gathered at the Diwali Mela participated in the Dandiya Raas. Dandiyas were provided by Wataniya. The mood recreated the true Indian festive atmosphere at Salimya Indian Model School premise.

Finally, IIK Officials informed that the Diwali Mela 2014 will be back next year on Friday, October 17th 2014.

For more pictures ,check the link

Monday, November 11, 2013

India, Kuwait discuss energy, investment; ink five pacts

India and Kuwait Friday discussed collaboration in petrochemicals, and Kuwaiti investments in infrastructure in India as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks with visiting Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah here.

Both the leaders held extensive talks on trade, energy and investment and also on labour laws after which both sides inked five pacts, including on the transfer of prisoners and cooperation in the field of culture and education.

Noting that Kuwait is the fourth largest supplier of crude oil to India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he had discussed "the development of a more strategic partnership in the energy sector between our two countries".

"This can be done through long-term supply contracts on mutually beneficial terms and the establishment of upstream and downstream joint ventures in the petroleum and petrochemical sectors. India has proposed several specific projects for investments by the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation," the prime minister said, adding he was "encouraged" by the response of Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber and hopeful some of the proposals for cooperation could be given concrete shape soon.

The discussion on collaboration in energy comes in the backdrop of Kuwait investing over US$ 100 billion to refurbish its oil sector and in building new refineries, which provides big opportunities for cooperation between the two sides.

The prime minister said India offers attractive investment opportunities for Kuwait in the infrastructure sector. A delegation of the Kuwait Investment Authority is expected to make an early visit to India in this context, he said.

India is hoping to tap the $350 billion Kuwaiti sovereign wealth fund, which is increasing by US$ 25 million every year.

The prime minister also conveyed the keenness of Indian companies to participate in infrastructure projects under Kuwait's Development Plan.

"His Highness has assured me that Indian companies are welcome in Kuwait and that they will continue to enjoy fair and equal opportunities there," the prime minister said.

With over 700,000 Indians working in Kuwait, the prime minister said he had requested the Kuwaiti prime minister "for the continued support of the Kuwaiti leadership to ensure that the full protection of Kuwaiti laws and labour welfare measures is available to them."

Around 5,000 Indian expatriates have been deported so far this year from Kuwait for not possessing proper work documents.

Both sides also shared views on developments in West Asia and the Gulf.

On Syria, both sides "recognize the importance of a peaceful resolution of the Syrian conflict, and hope that the Geneva-II conference will contribute towards this objective", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.

Both the leaders discussed security cooperation and agreed that countering radicalism and extremism is a common challenge. They agreed to strengthen cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism through institutionalised dialogue and training.

In his banquet speech, the prime minister said the engagement "is marked by a deep sense of comfort and enduring goodwill between our people".

"Your present visit has added fresh winds to our sails. We value your contribution to the cause of peace in the region, and we look forward to Kuwait's leadership in seeking solutions to the region's many challenges," he said

Visit visa violators will get 2 year ban Kuwait

The General Immigration Department will ban foreigners, who violate the period and conditions for visit visa, from entering the country for two years; while their sponsors will lose the sponsorship right for three months up to one year, local dailies reported. Foreigners on visit visas will be blacklisted for two years if proven they have violated the period and conditions for obtaining such visas.

According to new rule, they will not be able to acquire any type of visa within the specified period. The sponsors of those who violated the period and conditions for obtaining visit visas will not be allowed to sponsor anyone for three months if the violation is committed for the first time; six months for the second time and up to one year if the violation is repeated. Sources also clarified that expatriates who hold visas under articles 17 and 18 are allowed to sponsor their relatives to visit Kuwait provided their salary is KD 250 and above; while those under articles 19 and 24 are exempted from the salary condition.

Sources added the abovementioned expatriates can sponsor only their first-degree relatives like husbands, wives, children, parents, siblings and parents-in-law. Sources said the tourist visa is valid for 90 days and the commercial visit visa is valid for 60 days; indicating there is no ban imposed on any nationality.

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