Diwali 2014

•October 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Employees in Diwali mood dress to the nines

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Oct 24, 2014
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DUBAI: A large number of employees and their family members, especially young children, celebrated Diwali, one of the biggest Indian festivals, the “Festival of Lights”.
The event, in which not only the young staff members of ITL Cosmos Group showed their talent of singing, dance and other entertainment skills but also some tried their luck hard and won gifts to brighten their festive mood more.
The event was held at the India Club, Oud Metha, Dubai as the members of ITL Cosmos Group, one of the oldest firms in the country which recently completed 60 years, made this event permanent as an annual event to bring all the staff and their family members under one roof.
As an annual event, all staff members comprised of different nationalities like the Philippines and others, fully prepared a number of entertainment activities like quiz games and others for the Diwali party, as the event always builds great friendship and harmony among all staff and family members.
Dr Ram Buxani, Chairman of the Group, wished everybody on this occasion and in his speech highlighted the importance of the event.
“Diwali, an ancient festival of lights that is celebrated every year on the New Moon Day according to the lunar calendar in the month of Kartik, is a symbolic celebration of wealth and prosperity.
“It also celebrated for the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness,” he said.
However, the event was also marked with a cultural programme as a number of amateur singers showcased their talent while dance competitions were also held.
The tunes were very much significant to the festival as young children in new clothes, and girls in shimmering jewellery, brightened the mood.
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Sheema Kermani In Dubai

•October 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Top Pakistani artist highlights importance of performing arts

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Oct 20, 2014

DUBAI: Performing arts are one of the best modes of communication to educate and raise awareness on certain issues especially in the communities where people have less education. Parents should encourage their young children, especially students, to adopt performing arts at an early age.
This was stated by the well-known Pakistani artist and performer, Sheema Kermani, while talking to The Gulf Today in Dubai on Sunday. Kermani has been known for her services in performing arts as well as advocating women issues through her non-profit organisation, Tehrik-e-Niswan (Women’s Movement) established in 1979 in Karachi. Kermani
Through the platform of the organisation, she along with a group of other women activists regularly conduct workshops taking up issues like “violence against women”, “Chaddar and Chardiwari” and others on different platforms while also conducting theatrical performances to highlight women’s related issues and raising awareness among masses.
The group led by Kermani consists of young girls and boys performing dance, drama and music as theatre and street shows not only in different parts of Pakistan but also to critical acclaim all over the world including the USA, the UK, different European Union countries, India, Bangladesh, Iraq and Korea.
Responding to a question, she pointed out that the Tehrik-e-Niswan (Women’s Movement) has developed strong alliances with other organisations that work for the empowerment of women at the grassroots level.
“Since the last 10 years the organisation has been associated with Pakistan National Forum for Women’s Health as well as worked with the National Health Association in the US to tour in performances all over the US for the purposes of generating funds for Koohi Goth in Karachi.”
She said they struggle to spread peace, justice and equality through their theatre performances and are striving to set up a huge Culture Centre in Karachi, as the shows raise funds throughout the year. “Our aim is to set up a place where people can easily perform their cultural shows and spread the message of peace. We want to raise enough funds in the next two years to start work on this unique but long awaited project to benefit a large segment of the society. The Culture Centre will provide professional cultural education through training and specialised workshops as well as giving the city of Karachi a much needed performance space in the form of an auditorium,” she told.
Kermani’s organisation is involved in a two-year campaign with international organisations to create awareness about health issues related to women, especially in low-income and rural areas. “Through this campaign, the group under the organisation will be creating and performing street theatre and highlighting these issues, followed by workshops by specialists and other medical professionals to educate and counsel,” she added.
She, along with her troupe, also performed at Ducat in the Mall of the Emirates on Saturday night and enthralled a mixed audience from different Asian countries through her classical dance and theatre performances.
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Rufi Properties in Dubai

•October 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Rufi’s Dhs700m properties to complete in 2017

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Oct 20, 2014

DUBAI: Dubai has been witnessing a sustainable growth in the real estate market, which is reflecting the government’s visionary initiatives introduced in the sector by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA).
The under-construction residential projects started by Rufi Properties in Dubai Sports City worth Dhs700 million will be completed in 2017 to deliver 2 million square feet to its wide range of customers.
This was stated by Mehroz Rufi, CEO Rufi Properties in an exclusive interview with the ‘The Gulf Today’.
The prominent Pakistani builder in Dubai has been playing a vital role in the local real estate as currently 5 high-rise residential projects are under way in different stages to cater the huge demand of residential needs of local community in the emirate.
“We are going to start 3 more huge residential projects in Dubai Sports City in the next couple of months. All projects worth Dhs700 million, will be completed in 2017, which will prove that we are one of the largest investors in the sports city,” he said.
He pointed that the Dubai real estate market is 100 per cent stable, and that is why the emirate became hub of the international investors. “All milestones in the Dubai resulted the winning of the Expo 2020 and we are optimistic about the sustainable growth for a long time,” he added.
Rufi stated that they have been developing real estate projects in Dubai since 2004.
However, Rufi Properties has been engaged in a large number of affordable budget housing solutions in Pakistan and vowed to continue their service for the middle income group in this market which has a huge potential.
The real estate firm has been engaged in a number of residential projects to deliver various prominent projects in Pakistan for the last couple of decades.
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Community stand up for Malala

•October 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Pakistani community in UAE to celebrate Malala’s Nobel accolade

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Oct 19, 2014

SHARJAH: The youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malala Yousufzai from Pakistan, has been making headlines all over the world since the announcement of the world’s prestigious award.
Members of the Pakistani community residing in Dubai, Sharjah and other emirates are all set to hold a meeting to laud the efforts of the young activist and register their appreciation for the girl who made the nation proud.Malala
“It was great news for every Pakistani and especially people belong to Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province from where she hails,” said Nizar Yousufzai, the organiser of the meeting while talking to The Gulf Today on Saturday. He added that “the UAE has a huge number of expatriates from the Swat Valley as well as other parts of the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province besides other parts of the country, and desired to laud the girl activist on a platform to show the world about their feelings.”
The meeting, which will be attended by the representatives of different social bodies of Pushtoon community residing in the UAE besides the general public, will be held at the Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah on Thursday, Oct.23, at 7pm.
During the meeting the representatives of various social bodies of the Pushtoon community will highlight the efforts of Malala Yousufzai in their speeches while a huge cake will be cut to celebrate the award to the young Nobel laureate.
Gulmakai, 17, has been known by her pseudonym Malala Yousafzai, adopted in 2009 while she started writing a blog for BBC from Swat Valley against the Taliban who were against education for girls. For her advocacy for women’s education, she was attacked by
the Taliban and injured. She was later sent to the UK for further treatment and started advocating women’s education all over the world.
“The event to celebrate the announcement of Malala’s Nobel award will be a huge success as members from all prominent Pushtoon bodies agreed to take part,” said Nizar Yousufzai, who has been known for his social activities in the community.
He further pointed that there are elements in the community who raised various objections to Malala’s award and her role in advocating female education but as a nation we are giving a plain message to the world through this event that the whole Pushtoon community is one and happy on her winning the Nobel Award as the youngest recipient in the world.
It should be noted that the Nobel Peace Prize was announced jointly to Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai and India’s Kailash Satyarthi.
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Camp Ka Champ 2014

•October 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Duo win Camp Ka Champ title
JAMIL-CampKaChamp-Contest-By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Oct 19, 2014

DUBAI: The 8th edition of the singing competition for the labour community in the country, Camp Ka Champ, has registered a new history as a duo from a local company won the title, thereby enabling their company to grab the title for the fifth time.
The finals of Camp Ka Champ were held in the Jiwin Complex in Sonapur, Dubai and witnessed a huge turnout of over 8,000 workers from Dubai and Sharjah, many of whom were brought by their companies to see the finals.
The winners were Kushal Sunar, a cleaning supervisor from Nepal, and Mohammed Shakeel Ali, a crane operator from India, who sang their way to the top spot in the final of Camp Ka Champ 2014 and took their company ETA to the top spot in the region’s biggest and only singing contest for the 5th time in the 8-year history of the contest, which is organised by Right Track Advertising.
The duo clinched the winner trophy after beating over 3,200 contestants who took part in the auditions, of whom just 160 made it to the quarter-finals and 6 to the final. They won money vouchers, home appliances, air tickets and mobile phones. The 1st runnerup position was won by the team from IFFCO (Qayamuddin and Hamza Patel) and the 2nd runnerup position went to Al Naboodah (Munsif Ali Mir and Mohd Zafar).
Western Union Camp ka Champ 2014 started in June and covered over 100 accommodations across the UAE. Nine sets of quarter-finals were conducted in Dubai during September leading up to the final. This year Right Track Advertising introduced several new initiatives in the contest and expanded participation to cover residents of 7 different nationalities, special talent segments for residents with skills in instrumental music, mimicry, dance and poetry.
For the first time, by popular demand, an English song competition segment – Camp ka Champ Unplugged –was also introduced.
Western Union, the title sponsor of “Western Union Camp Ka Champ” has been associated with the activity since its inception.
According to Marc Aubry, Western Union Vice President, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and CIS, “Western Union has been associated with ‘Camp Ka Champ’ since its inception in 2007 as a means to engage with our customers in the UAE. An event that is homegrown and showcases some of the hidden talents within the various communities across the emirates.”
Vinod Kumar, Director, Right Track Advertising, the contest organisers, said, “Western Union Camp Ka Champ is a platform that empowers and entertains the talented labour community in the UAE! The standard of entries we get improves each year as contestants get better and we expect that trend to continue. We are passionate about it and believe that this is one way of giving back to the people who build Dubai.”
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Dr. Batra’s Healthcare Products

•September 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

UAE ‘s skin and hair market to grow 20%

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Sept 23, 2014

DUBAI: Dubai is one of the vibrant market with huge potential has been witnessing 20 per cent annual growth in the Dhs1 billion hair and skincare market.
This was stated by Dr Mukesh Batra, Founder and Chairman Dr. Batra’s Healthcare while addressing a press conference at The Address hotel in Dubai on Monday on the launch of a wide range of skin and hair products in local market. Dr Batra
“The local market is huge with so many positive factors like young energetic people with good earning as well as health conscious as the growth in the sector will be double in the next 5 years,” he said. The firm which running a couple of clinics in Dubai has been entered into skincare products with the launch of a wide range of products in India last year.
Speaking at the launch, Dr.Mukesh Batra said, “We are delighted to launch our uniquely formulated products in the UAE market. We have partnered with strong distribution partners like SMS & NMC Trading who will play a major role in bringing our products to the GCC&UAE region respectively.”
He added that “we have placed our products in 50 leading stores in UAE. We aim to reach 5000 stores by March 2017and expect to reach a turnover of Dhs10 million.”
Commenting on the launch, Dr. B. R. Shetty, Founder, MD & CEO, NMC Healthcare, said “we are pleased to collaborate with healthcare giant like Dr. Batra’s® healthcare in Dubai. We are happy to bring Dr. Batra’s uniquely formulated products for the benefit of consumers in the UAE region.”
Dr. Batra’s Healthcare launched their product range after years of extensive research and development and the products are safe, effective and clinically proven. Dr. Batra’s hair and skin range is specially formulated and designed by Dermatologists and Trichologists.
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Rice Bucket Challenge

•September 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Students say yes to Rice Bucket Challenge for Gaza
20140921_113233By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, Sept 22, 2014

DUBAI: Dubai is now buzzing with the Rice Bucket Challenge, an awareness campaign with the aim of collecting rice to support deserving people around the world.
The challenge has been accepted by thousands of young students of The Kindergarten Starters (TKS) in Dubai to donate rice to feed people in war-torn Gaza with the support of the UAE Red Crescent.
The idea of the Rice Bucket Challenge was initiated by a young lady, Manju Latha Kalanidhi in Hyderabad, India to collect rice and donate to the deserving people in the society.
“The collecting of rice is more authentic and acceptable as compared to the Ice Bucket Challenge, which resulted in the wastage of a huge quantity of water. Everyone knows that water in this region is important and using this precious commodity to raise awareness was not suitable for us as well as our patrons. We want to make a real difference in the lives of deserving people so we adopted this idea,” said Asha Alexander, principal of the school in Dubai, while talking to The Gulf Today on Sunday in her office.
She said that after consultation with parents and teachers, the school came up with the idea and asked the students to motivate their parents and donate at least one kilogram of rice.
“Our target is to collect approximately 6,000 kg rice — as the school has around 5,500 students and 500 staff members — to feed millions of homeless, hungry people in Gaza. An appeal has been sent to all parents through their children a couple of days ago to comply on this,” she added.
The students were asked to donate at least 1 kg but there were many who brought more than this as part of their commitment towards the cause.
“The challenge to collect rice for the needy is more than an awareness initiative for the young children who know to support and help others especially when someone is in need. We in the school are paying extra efforts to educate students with the true values of society to share with others and understand the value of divine gifts which everyone is enjoying here in peaceful society under the leadership of visionary leaders,” she pointed.
The principal also highlighted other charity initiatives the school is involved in like helping others in need as well as collecting goods for labourers.
However, the school, in collaboration with the UAE Red Crescent, has initiated this drive and in a ceremony to be held on Sept.23, the boxes of collected rice will be handed over to the officials who will distribute it among the needy people in Gaza on behalf of the school’s children.
The ceremony will be attended by parents, senior government officials and students.
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