Caption : Event manager Sabu chandran welcoming the guest, sitting on dice are left to right president of the forum Roshan Rodrigues, Guest of honor Vishwanath Hegde, Chief guest Dr. Irshad Ahmed Consul Press and Information, Guest of Honor Shoaib Saeed, Gen Secretary Syed Nasir Khursheed and Joint cult Secretary Mohsin khan can be seen (Photo by Praveen netrekar)The Indian community expatriates from the southern state of Karnataka celebrated the “Annual Karnataka Day” on the 15th of May 2015 at the Indian Consulate in Jeddah. This program was organised by the Karnataka Non Resident Indian (KNRI) Forum, Jeddah.
The audience was treated to an action packed evening filled with awards, lucky draws, music, dances, folklore, games, quiz and dinner.
The Consul for Press and Information, Dr.Irshad Ahmed graced the event as chief guest, Mr.Vishwanath Hegde, MD of Intermodel Services SA and Mr. Shoaib Saeed of REDTAGwere the guests of honour. Speaking on the occasion, Dr.Irshad Ahmed complemented the KNRI forum for all the activities they have undertaken for the poor and the needy and for organising a mammoth crowd for the event. The president of the forum, Roshan Rodrigues spoke about dedication of the forum members towards a social cause despite their busy schedule.
Mr. Syed Nasir Khursheed, General Secretary of the Forum delivered a detailed presentation of the activities of the forum right since its inception. Sabu Chandran, the event manager officially welcomed the guests and audience,while program was started with recitation of holy quran by Mr. Saoud sheikh.
The entertainment session began with the traditional Kannada opening hit from yesteryear film GandhadaGudi sung by Mohammed Kaleem and followed by a group song from the 1950s hit song YehDeshhai veer jawanonka from NayaDaur sung by Kaleem, Mohammed Saif and Mohammed Nawaz Shareef.MadhuriManjappa, AnithaJangal, Vijayalakshmi, ShalmaliSudhir, Jaya S,KavithaNaik, Kaleem and Nawaz rendered the tradition welcome song in Kannada.
2 dances performed by children of different age groups were choreographed by renowned dance instructor Pushpa Suresh, one of which showcased the antiquity, culture and the heritage of Karnataka and the other was a colourful and a foot tapping dance from the state of Rajasthan.
Ms. Sudha Raju choreographed 2 dances, one of which was based on a medley of Hindifilm music and the other a patriotic number performed by children.
There were three more dances choreographed to the tune of popular Bollywood numbers, TuTuTuMeri from the film Bang Bang and Lovely from the super hit film Happy New Year and Sari kefallsa from the film RRajkumar.
There was also a unique action song performed by various artists choreographed by MovinRego. All the dance items were a great hit among the packed audience.
Kaleem, Saif, Nawaz Shareef, Mohsin Khan and RehnaSaleem treated the audience to some melodious and foot tapping hindi and kannada songs from old and new movies. Popular numbers like “Meri Man Ki Ganga” from the 60s hit Sangam, “AajKalTereMere PyarKeCharche” from the ShammiKapoor starrer Brahmachari,Jaanekaise jab kahan from the Dilip Kumar-Amitabh Bachchan starrer Shakti, new songs, “Muskuraanekiwajah tum ho” from City Lights, SunonaSange mar mar from Youngistan, songs from the movie Khamoshiyan and Kannada songs from Bindaas and Navagraha were a big hit with both the young and the old in the audience. President Roshan Rodrigues also sang a song from his music album, Alshellon, which was penned and composed by him.
Aijaz Ahmed, Syed Haseeb, FaizeeShaikhand AlokPattarwelcomed the audience. Manzur Ahmed and Habeebullah were responsible for food and refreshments. Mohammed SaleemKhalifa, Imtiaz Ahmed, Mukaram Khan and Shakeel Ahmed distributed the prizes after the raffle draw. Praveen Netrekar was the official photographer for the event.
Niaz Ahmed, one of the anchors of the program conducted the popular Karnataka quiz with attractive prizes for the winners. A “scratch a recharge card” contest was held where the prize were recharge cards from the 3 mobile phone operators, STC, Mobily and Zain. Games for children with attractive prizes were conducted by Krish Jangal and Peter Mascerhanhes.
Sahana Manjappa joined Niaz in compering the program. Mohammed Arif co-ordinated the event at the venue. A raffle draw was held at the end of the event with attractive prizes sponsored by EMax,bumper prize of LED was received by Masoodsoherwardy hailing from Gulbarga.
Organising committee thanked Golden sponsors starting with REDTAG and Intermodel Services SA Co-sponsors were also thanked starting with Emax, joyalukas, RF Developers, India Gate Restaurant, Premier Food corporation, AB Industrial Supply,Master trading and contracting, Innovative Media Access Solutions IMAS, Binzagar andJamyatulFalah.
The forum commended Mr IlyasMomin for his efforts in introducing Kannada as a language in the Indian International School,Jeddah and appreciated Mr.Vishwanathkarkera for his helping hand towards the forum.
Regional Manager of the RedtagMr.Shoebsaeed expressed happiness with activities and cultural program delivered by KNRI Forum, he said Karnataka residents have achieved good name in the kingdom by their discipline and I feel satisfied as sponsor to this event.
Mr. VishwanathHegde GM of Intermodel Services SA and chief patron of KNRI Forum appreciated the initiative taken by KNRI Forum to introduce the Kannada subject in IISJ with coordination by school authority; he also praised Principal Mr. Syed Masood for considering the request for Kannada language.
Yashwanth Amin delivered the vote of thanks and event was concluded with recitation of National Anthem.
If a visitor overstays his visa for the first time, he will be fined SR15,000 followed by deportation. (SPA)JEDDAH: Family visit visas will continue to be issued throughout the year without any interruption, an informed source at the Directorate General of Passports said. Renewal of such visas will also be possible in accordance with the rules laid down by the government, the source added.
“The total duration of visit visas will be six months and those could be extended in accordance with prior coordination with the Foreign Ministry.”
The source said if the visa was issued by the ministry for a duration of one month, its renewal will be every month and if it is issued for three months it will be renewed every three months.
The source explained: “The visa renewal and extension is done through a unified electronic system for all nationalities and individuals and there is no exception for any specific category — like those born in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere. The extension can be done throughout the year through the ‘Abshir’ service of the Interior Ministry.
“If a visitor overstays the allowed period, he/she will be subjected to financial penalties, according to the law,” the source said.
“If a visitor overstays his visa for the first time, he will be fined SR15,000 followed by deportation. However, if the violation is repeated by the same visitor, the fine will increase to SR25,000 and three-month jail followed by deportation. In case of a third violation, the fine would be doubled to SR50,000 with six-month jail and deportation.”
– Arab News