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Hard-line Hindu group wants Indian Muslims excluded from festival

Hard-line Hindu group wants Indian Muslims excluded from festival

NEW DELHI: A prominent right-wing Hindu group in India warned Muslims and Christians on Thursday not to join in a lively Hindu religious festival this month, in the latest bid by activists to step up segregation in the multi-faith country. Emboldened by the May election victory of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hard-liners in his party and affiliated Hindu groups have been stirring up sentiment against India’s religious minorities in recent months. “We are warning Muslims and Christians that they should stay away from all our festivals. The Navratri festival is for Hindus only,” Surendra Jain, spokesman for a Hindu group called the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), told Reuters. The annual, nine-night Navratri Hindu festival began on Thursday. In many parts of the country it is marked by celebrations involving prayer, music and dance among men and women. It is famous for being high-spirited and Christians and Muslims are known to take part. They also take part in the Holi Hindu spring festival. But this year, Hindu activists plan for the first time to demand identity cards to keep non-Hindus out of festival venues. Usually in India, one can tell a person’s religion by their name. “Muslims and Christians do not pray to the Hindu mother goddess so why should they dance and enjoy nightly feasts with us?” Jain said, accusing young Muslim men of taking part in the festival to tempt Hindu girls into converting to Islam. Members of the VHP have in the past been accused of instigating communal violence, including riots in the western state of Gujarat in 2002, when Modi was its chief minister. At least 1,000 people were killed, most of them Muslims. The VHP is a radical member of a cluster of right-wing Hindu groups that includes Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Modi has distanced himself from the anti-Muslim views of some of his supporters. In an interview with the CNN news channel last week, Modi praised the patriotism of India’s Muslims and said they would not be tempted by Islamist groups such as Al-Qaeda. – REUTERS
PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ Plan Eyes the World’s Top 3,000 Companies

PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ Plan Eyes the World’s Top 3,000 Companies

(Agence France-Presse photo)- By Deepshikha Ghosh New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to make a sales pitch to the world’s top 3,000 companies when he launches his “Make in India” campaign on Thursday, picking up from the slogan he introduced in his August 15 Independence Day speech. The campaign seeks to present India as a global manufacturing hub; 25 of its priority sectors include “Make in India-Pharma”, “Make in India-Auto Component” and “Make in India-Bio-tech”. Sources say all stakeholders including leading businessmen and CEOs have been invited for the event in Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan. At the same time, programmes will be held in state capitals and also Indian missions abroad, where officials are expected to engage with investors and consultants just as PM Modi addresses CEOs back home. Sources say the government has broadly chosen top 10 companies across 10 sectors in 30 countries. To attract investors to India, the Modi government plans to speed up decision-making by bringing in a new mechanism for approving proposals from foreign companies. As part of that plan, the “Invest India” unit in the Commerce Ministry’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has been revamped; an eight-member experts’ body will examine proposals from companies, which will be processed by a nodal officer from each ministry involved. Currently, a company planning to start a business in India finds itself wading through a dozen procedures, which take at least a month to complete. Contracts take far more time to process, which has led to India placing a poor 134 among 189 economies in the World Bank’s “Doing Business 2014″ report. Mr Modi’s party, the BJP, won the biggest mandate in 30 years in May’s national election, but is accused by critics of not delivering on major reforms to overhaul an economy suffering through the worst slowdown in two decades. In his first Independence Day speech at Delhi’s Red Fort, PM Modi invited the global business community to set up manufacturing facilities in India, saying, “Come, make in India. Sell anywhere, but manufacture here.” – NDTV
India’s jet-set tycoons crash to earth

India’s jet-set tycoons crash to earth

Vijay MallyaMUMBAI — They were famed for their jet-set lifestyles and the names of their companies were emblazoned on airplanes, Formula One cars and the shirtfronts of cricket teams. But now the debt-laden empires of three of India’s best-known tycoons — Vijay Mallya, Subrata Roy and T. Venkattram Reddy — are crumbling before their eyes, downfalls that observers say stem from a climate of weak regulation and deference to conspicuous wealth. “All too often, the banks are dazzled by the halo of personal fortunes,” said Vishwas Utagi, a veteran campaigner for banking regulation. Some of India’s most successful businesses, such as the family-run Tata and Reliance conglomerates, have been led for years by men with little appetite for publicity and who prefer to operate in the shadows. But Kingfisher boss Mallya and Sahara supremo Roy came to epitomize a new breed of tycoon, unafraid of trumpeting their achievements when they started making a name for themselves in the early 2000s. Mallya — the self-styled “King of Good Times” — became something of an icon as he turned the United Breweries Group which he inherited from his father into one of the world’s largest spirit makers. As his core business flourished, Mallya branched out by launching the Kingfisher airline, named after his company’s best-known beer. His profile rose further when he acquired a stake in the Force India F1 team and ownership of the Royal Challengers Bangalore cricket team. But as the Indian economy began to slow sharply at the turn of the decade, with the aviation industry becoming one of the sectors to be worst hit, Mallya’s fortunes nosedived too. After selling the liquor business to Diageo in a bid to shore up his airline, Mallya looked on helplessly as Kingfisher continued to hemorrhage cash. The airline never took to the skies again after a pilots’ strike over unpaid wages in 2012. Having run out of patience over Mallya’s failure to clear debts said to be in excess of $60 million, the United Bank of India this month declared him a “wilful defaulter,” making it nigh impossible to access fresh loans. While Mallya is fighting to keep his properties from creditors, Roy is trying to sell his portfolio of luxury hotels — including New York’s Plaza Hotel and the Grosvenor House in London — to raise the $1.6 billion he needs to secure bail from Delhi’s Tihar Prison. While he has several media interests, including a Hindi TV channel and newspaper, Roy’s profile was heightened by his co-ownership with Mallya of Force India and involvement in cricket. As well as sponsoring the national side, Sahara set up a Pune-based franchise to enter the glitzy Indian Premier League (IPL). The team’s expulsion from the IPL at the end of last year’s tournament in a dispute over finances hinted that all was not well. Things dramatically worsened in March when Roy was detained after failing to meet a demand by regulators to pay back millions of small savers the $3.2 billion that Sahara raised via an illegal bond scheme. While Roy owns homes modeled on the White House and Buckingham Palace, Reddy’s penchant is for luxury cars with a fleet which reportedly included a Rolls Royce Phantom. He also couldn’t resist the glamour of the IPL, buying the Deccan Chargers franchise before it went bust in 2012. While Roy’s fortune was self-made, Reddy and his brother T. Vinayak Ravi Reddy inherited the ownership of the Deccan Chronicle from their father. The Hyderabad newspaper’s prestige enabled them to draw loans for riskier ventures including a chain of bookstores and a chartered jet company. Even if the cricket team is no longer sucking money, the Reddys are struggling to keep the wolf from the door and lenders have already seized several of their properties. Tamal Bandyopadhyay, author of a book on Sahara, said a weak regulatory framework enabled tycoons to build up debts that should never have been allowed. “Mallya is a case of over-stretching and over-leveraging, while Roy is the case of exploiting regulatory arbitrage or the loopholes in regulation,” Bandyopadhyay said. Utagi, a retired bank worker who is vice president of the All India Bank Employees’ Association, said there were too many “pliable people” in the industry who face little comeback if money they lend is not repaid. “When it comes to credit appraisals for corporates, the rules are more often honored in the breach than the observance,” he said. Bandyopadhyay said the ambitions of Indian tycoons were rarely held in check as they were “surrounded by sycophants.” “That makes it very difficult for them to stay in touch with reality,” he added. — AFP
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    Canada cracks down on Gulf passport seekers

    Canada cracks down on Gulf passport seekers

    Tom MacDonaldRiyadh: Ghazanfar Ali Khan A large number of workers and professionals who have applied for Canadian citizenship under a new law will face difficulty coming back to Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, to earn petro dollars after acquiring Canadian passports. The Canadian government has introduced the new law, which changes the rules for acquiring citizenship and invalidates the passports of terrorists. “Traditionally, Canada has welcomed immigrants of all nationalities, but now, the Bill C-24 is placing conditions on the issuance of Canadian passports,” said a report released by the Canadian government. The local Canadian mission justified the move, saying that new policy requirements on Canadian citizenship are in no way aimed at limiting options for individuals to work in the Gulf or any other part of the world. “The focus is on ensuring that those who become Canadian citizens have established a clear link with Canada by living there for a certain duration prior to being granted citizenship,” Canadian Ambassador Tom MacDonald told Arab News on Monday. “If someone wants to become a citizen of a country, it is only reasonable that they demonstrate a genuine link to that country,” he added. MacDonald said Canada takes great pride in being a multicultural country and remains open to new citizens of all backgrounds, “but our citizenship policy is aimed at welcoming those who truly want to become part of Canadian society,” said the envoy, adding that Canada is not there to accommodate individuals who are simply seeking passports of convenience. The Canadian administration is cracking down on the common practice of staying in the country for a short period of time just to get a Canadian passport and then returning to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to continue working on a GCC work permit. According to the new rule, those wishing to be permanent residents will have to stay in Canada for at least 1,460 days, including 183 days for tax purposes, and will have to pay Canadian tax. They will also have to stay in Canada for six years before applying for Canadian citizenship. The government meanwhile has begun invalidating the passports of Canadians who have left to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander revealed in an interview published recently. The minister told the National Post that his department had also revoked the passports of several Canadians who had not yet left the country, but who had intended to travel to the volatile region to enlist as foreign fighters. Furthermore, the Canadian government is insisting that applicants pass an English language test and another test assessing knowledge of the country. There are about 15,000 Canadian passport holders currently living and working in Saudi Arabia.  

    “Make in India” launched as India the Investment Destination for Saudi businessmen

    - By: Fouzia Khan Jeddah: The Indian government launched campaign of investment for industrialists, both domestic and international, inviting them to make India a manufacturing hub that will help in boosting jobs and growth on Thursday Morning. B.S.Mubark the Indian consul general addressed a large gathering of Saudi and Indian businessmen and introduced Indian as the Investment Destination launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday morning in India as “Make in India” and the new opportunities of investments. Mubark said that the aim of launching this “Make in India” is to make India manufacturing hub, where the government is pulling out all the stops for ensuring a smooth sailing for investors. A dedicated cell has been created through the web portal (www.makeinindia.com) to answer queries from business entities. While an exhaustive set of FAQs on this portal will help the investor answering specific queries within 72 hours. It will also closely monitor all regulatory processes to make them simple and reduce the burden of compliance. He also said that the aim is to establish new directions for a vibrant economy, “The 9th Global Capital Confidence Barometer has reported India among one of the top five investment destination among developed markets, India accounts for 5.5% of global FDI in terms of value and 6.3% in terms of projects, It’s the fourth most attractive location for FDI for 2014-2016 as per UNCTAD Report 2014,” he said. He also said that India ranks 2nd most promising country for Overseas Business Operations especially for gulf and Saudi investors. “The new Government has prepared a five pillar strategy to drive India’s growth, which offer multiple avenues of collaboration and investments, government is focused on improving both the industrial infrastructure as well as the urban infrastructure of the country and has announced several high impact projects in the sector,” he added. To promote manufacturing in India, five new Industrial Corridors are being planned. Each Industrial Corridor will have at least 6 – 8 key nodes developed on Smart City principles measuring more than 200 sq. Km. “The upcoming industrial corridors provide potential opportunities for investments across different infrastructure sub-sectors and has set definitive goals in these areas,” he said. eBiz Mission will transform e-governance beyond online transactions to delivering services to investors and businesses, the energy sector is full of varied opportunities in the thermal and renewable energy sector. Khalid Al Maeena, the well-known media personality and Political analyst throw light on business opportunities in India. He said in the past maybe someone has un pleasant experience but now India developed a lot, in all the categories and with today’s launching there will be more opportunities available. He also said India with less crime rate and a lot of manpower is very suitable destination for many Saudi businessmen. As many Indian dynamic professionals are working in all the sectors. India is well known for excellent in education; Saudis can do investment in education sector and others by taking advantage of new opportunities he said. Al Alungal MD, of Al-Abeer Medical group and vice president of Saudi Indian Business network (SIBN) said India made an exceptional history by launching campaign of Make in India. He Said India is looking forward to provide better opportunities to foreign investment, “There is a common interest between Kingdom and India of developing economy, I hope SIBN concentrate on this campaign and play an intensive role for the awareness,” he said. The other Saudi investors and businessmen who shared their successful business experience in India were Hana Abdulazz Al Marwan, Dr. Abdul Raheem Moulana, Khalid S. Badawi, CEO Al Abeer aviation, and Mohammed Khalid Idreis ,GM United carton industry. Paranav Ganesh, Consul explained the opportunities and facilities the Indian government provide for business visa and rules and regulations. – Yahind.com
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    Canada cracks down on Gulf passport seekers

    Canada cracks down on Gulf passport seekers

    Tom MacDonaldRiyadh: Ghazanfar Ali Khan A large number of workers and professionals who have applied for Canadian citizenship under a new law will face difficulty coming back to Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, to earn petro dollars after acquiring Canadian passports. The Canadian government has introduced the new law, which changes the rules for acquiring citizenship and invalidates the passports of terrorists. “Traditionally, Canada has welcomed immigrants of all nationalities, but now, the Bill C-24 is placing conditions on the issuance of Canadian passports,” said a report released by the Canadian government. The local Canadian mission justified the move, saying that new policy requirements on Canadian citizenship are in no way aimed at limiting options for individuals to work in the Gulf or any other part of the world. “The focus is on ensuring that those who become Canadian citizens have established a clear link with Canada by living there for a certain duration prior to being granted citizenship,” Canadian Ambassador Tom MacDonald told Arab News on Monday. “If someone wants to become a citizen of a country, it is only reasonable that they demonstrate a genuine link to that country,” he added. MacDonald said Canada takes great pride in being a multicultural country and remains open to new citizens of all backgrounds, “but our citizenship policy is aimed at welcoming those who truly want to become part of Canadian society,” said the envoy, adding that Canada is not there to accommodate individuals who are simply seeking passports of convenience. The Canadian administration is cracking down on the common practice of staying in the country for a short period of time just to get a Canadian passport and then returning to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to continue working on a GCC work permit. According to the new rule, those wishing to be permanent residents will have to stay in Canada for at least 1,460 days, including 183 days for tax purposes, and will have to pay Canadian tax. They will also have to stay in Canada for six years before applying for Canadian citizenship. The government meanwhile has begun invalidating the passports of Canadians who have left to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander revealed in an interview published recently. The minister told the National Post that his department had also revoked the passports of several Canadians who had not yet left the country, but who had intended to travel to the volatile region to enlist as foreign fighters. Furthermore, the Canadian government is insisting that applicants pass an English language test and another test assessing knowledge of the country. There are about 15,000 Canadian passport holders currently living and working in Saudi Arabia.  
    Shanghai to San Francisco in 2 hours, courtesy Chinese supersonic submarine

    Shanghai to San Francisco in 2 hours, courtesy Chinese supersonic submarine

    Representational picture. (Photo: AP)Mumbai: Shanghai to San Francisco takes almost 12 hours by flight. Imagine covering that distance in just two hours. What could make it possible is a new Chinese supersonic submarine, unlike the conventional looking sub, as reported by Mashable. The sub resembles a torpedo and has an unusual shape, helping to move quickly through water. The sub also has a potential of reaching speeds of up to 3,600 miles per hour. The sub is based on a new technology called ‘supercavitation’, which means that an object in water moves in an air bubble. The air bubble helps the submerged object to move at such high speeds. However, the developers faced up a major steering issue during testing and are trying to resolve it. Constantly showering a liquid membrane on the sub’s surface is a possible remedy, according to the South China Morning Post. Scientists hope that the science could be used in military, water sports and civilian travel. – DC
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    Silver Jubilee meeting of Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmasters Club engrossed the audience

    Silver Jubilee meeting of Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmasters Club engrossed the audience - Oct 01 2014

    Bazm-e-Urdu Riyadh Toastmaster’s Club celebrated their 25th Session at a grand evening which was witnessed by a large gathering of Community members and representatives of various social and cultural organisations in Riyadh on Friday 26th September 2014 which started at 08:45PM and extended well passed Midnight. Founder and Immediate Past President Mohammed Abdur Rahman Saleem chaired the meeting. Mohammad Zubair began the program with recitation of the holy Quran. Mohammad Abdul Rasool, the Sergeant-At-Arms started the session and introduced Chairperson of the event. The chairman welcomed the audience and presented flower bouquets to the Chief Guest and Guest of Honor DTM. Joel. During his speech he presented a slide show “A toast master can play many roles”, in which different roles of Toastmasters meeting were presented and discussed. He welcomed DTM Joel who came from Jeddah, TM Sanjay Mahat Area 1 Governor, TM Yaseen Ali Area 22 Governor and TM Syed Waqas immediate Area B Governor from Riyadh were also welcomed. The Chairperson introduced Toastmaster of the day who was the main anchor of the evening. He introduced the Theme of the day “Personality Development” and its importance in day to day life. He was also Word Master of the day. He introduced Word of the day “Sukhn” and explained the origin, meaning and formation of other words by adding pre-fix & post-fix to the same word. The meeting was composed of three Sessions: The first session was Prepared Speeches Session, second session was Table Topics Session and third session was Evaluation Session. Prepared speeches were delivered to cover the “Competent Communicator Manual” from “Toastmaster International”. TM Syed Viquaruddin delivered first prepared speech on topic “Being Human”. This was his 4th Project. Mir Ahmed Ali delivered the second speech which was his 9th Project on “Maqdoom Mohiuddin”. Third speech was delivered by Taqiuddin Mir Fazal on “Education”, with this he completed his CC10 and became Competent Communicator on this evening. He introduced Sayeed Mohiuddin as AH Counter, Mohd Azeemuddin Zubair as Vote counter, TM Sayeed Nawaz as Grammarian, Syed Abdul Hamid as Timer and Mohammed Abdul Hameed as Listening Master. A slide show on “Effective Communication” was presented by TM Abdul Quddus Javeed in which he with the help of slides highlighted how to be an effective communicator. The second session “Table Topics” was conducted by Khaja Wasif. Omar Khan delivered a speech on “Auto Rickshaw Ride”, Mohammed Quaiser president THH delivered a speech on “If this soil is somewhat moist it is very fertile”. Dr Abdul Rahim Khan spoke on “Positive Thinking”, Dr. Misbahul Arifeen spoke on “Showing out eyes” and Tabrez Ahmed, spoke on title “Last seen Movie with family members “. All Table Topic speeches were excellent and gave a lasting impression on the audience, applauded by one and all. Third Session was based on General Evaluation of the complete event. Sayeed Nawaz was General Evaluator. He called on evaluator of first speech Syed Ateeq who presented evaluation of Omar Khan; Second evaluator was Nazim Hussain who evaluated the speech of Mir Ahmed Ali. Third evaluator was Mohammed Mubeen who evaluated the speech of third speaker, Taqiuddin Mir Fazal. Syed Zia ur Rahman, founder of Yahind.com presented evaluation of Table Topic speeches. General evaluator took reports from Ah Counter, Vote Counter, Grammarian and Timer. Audience voted for best speaker from prepared speeches and best Table topic speaker. It gave a learning process to audience about each speech. The address of the Chief Guest was followed by the address of DTM who presented Coat pins to Chief Guest and Chairperson recognizing their services to the community. Club presented memento to Chief Guest, CC Certification holders. The best speaker of the day was awarded to Taqiuddin Mir Fazal and Best Table topic Speaker was awarded to Omar Khan. Mohammed Abdul Hameed presented vote of thanks which was followed by dinner. Everyone present appreciated the efforts of Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmaster Club. This is the “First Urdu Language Club” to receive “Distinguished Club Ribbon” and also “Governors Club Ribbon” in its first year of inception a record noteworthy. – Yahind.com
    Indian Engineers Forum Dammam Chapter   Celebrates 47th Engineers day

    Indian Engineers Forum Dammam Chapter Celebrates 47th Engineers day - Sep 22 2014

    Indian Engineers Forum Dammam Chapter celebrates 47th Engineers day. Every year Engineers celebrate the event on 15thSeptember. In an event organized by the Dammam chapter the President Eng. Shuja Mohammed Sheriff highlighted the significance of celebrating the event and said that ” September 15 is celebrated every year in India as Engineer’s Day to commemorate the birthday of the legendary engineer Sir M. Visvesvaraya (1861-1962). Every year in India and by Indians outside India celebrate Engineer’s Day. He updated the theme of the year for Engineers in India is “Making Indian Engineering World-class” Eng Shuja recalled the valuable services rendered by Sir M Visvesvaraya for the benefit of our country in general and for the humanity in particular. Bharat Ratna Sir MokshagundamVisvesvaraya, KCIE was a notable Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore during 1912 to 1919. He was a recipient of the Indian Republic’s highest honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955. He was knighted as a Commander of the Indian Empire by King George V for his myriad contributions to the public good. Every year, 15 September is celebrated as Engineer’s Day in India in his memory. He is held in high regard as the first and pre-eminent engineer of India. He was the chief designer of the flood protection system for the city of Hyderabad, , as well as the chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mysore which created the largest reservoir in Asia at that time. Sir M.V. was honored with honorary membership of the international Institution of Civil Engineers (based in London) and a fellowship of the Indian Institute of Science (based in Bangalore). He was awarded several honorary doctoral degrees like D.Sc., LL.D., D.Litt. from eight universities in India. He was president of the 1923 Session of the Indian Science Congress. Sir M.V. was awarded honorary Membership of London Institution of Civil Engineers for an unbroken 50 years. Chief Guest Dr. M A Khadeer who is on a visit is a faculty in MuffakhamJah College of Engineering and Technology as a professor & head of physics department addressed the gathering. In his speech he advised to Engineers and said that if one wants to excel in life and be progressive he must never stop learning and keep updated with the latest technological developments. Dr.khadeer is the first person in the world to prove the Poisson’s Ratio negative in muscle tissues.He recently created the working replica of Sir J.C.Bose mm wave experiment sponsored by IEEE, an international body which recognised this as a milestone experiment The frequency generated i.e, 60GHz by the experiment is also verified at RCI (Defense laboratory) Hyderabad. Eng. Faisal Ziauddin addressed the Engineers and shared his experience of Riyadh Chapter Engineer M Z Nadeem IEF VP Public relations was master of ceremony and has asked fellow Engineers who are not registered to log on to www.ief-ksa.org and register themselves to get the updates on trainings, workshops, seminars and other activities of IEF. The event was attended by office bearers, Ather Jamal, Mateen Ahmed, Imran Syed – Jubail coordinator and other prominent Engineers from Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil nadu, Kerala, Utter Pradesh, Telangana, Kashmir etc. IEF is a nonprofit professional platform for NRI Engineers having branches in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Yanbu & Jubail. IEF promotes and shares the scientific & engineering Experiences acquired in various fields in Saudi Arabia. Further it disseminates the latest published technical information and promote training programs among engineers to enhance their Professional development. – Yahind.com
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    Silver Jubilee meeting of Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmasters Club engrossed the audience

    Silver Jubilee meeting of Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmasters Club engrossed the audience

    Bazm-e-Urdu Riyadh Toastmaster’s Club celebrated their 25th Session at a grand evening which was witnessed by a large gathering of Community members and representatives of various social and cultural organisations in Riyadh on Friday 26th September 2014 which started at 08:45PM and extended well passed Midnight. Founder and Immediate Past President Mohammed Abdur Rahman Saleem chaired the meeting. Mohammad Zubair began the program with recitation of the holy Quran. Mohammad Abdul Rasool, the Sergeant-At-Arms started the session and introduced Chairperson of the event. The chairman welcomed the audience and presented flower bouquets to the Chief Guest and Guest of Honor DTM. Joel. During his speech he presented a slide show “A toast master can play many roles”, in which different roles of Toastmasters meeting were presented and discussed. He welcomed DTM Joel who came from Jeddah, TM Sanjay Mahat Area 1 Governor, TM Yaseen Ali Area 22 Governor and TM Syed Waqas immediate Area B Governor from Riyadh were also welcomed. The Chairperson introduced Toastmaster of the day who was the main anchor of the evening. He introduced the Theme of the day “Personality Development” and its importance in day to day life. He was also Word Master of the day. He introduced Word of the day “Sukhn” and explained the origin, meaning and formation of other words by adding pre-fix & post-fix to the same word. The meeting was composed of three Sessions: The first session was Prepared Speeches Session, second session was Table Topics Session and third session was Evaluation Session. Prepared speeches were delivered to cover the “Competent Communicator Manual” from “Toastmaster International”. TM Syed Viquaruddin delivered first prepared speech on topic “Being Human”. This was his 4th Project. Mir Ahmed Ali delivered the second speech which was his 9th Project on “Maqdoom Mohiuddin”. Third speech was delivered by Taqiuddin Mir Fazal on “Education”, with this he completed his CC10 and became Competent Communicator on this evening. He introduced Sayeed Mohiuddin as AH Counter, Mohd Azeemuddin Zubair as Vote counter, TM Sayeed Nawaz as Grammarian, Syed Abdul Hamid as Timer and Mohammed Abdul Hameed as Listening Master. A slide show on “Effective Communication” was presented by TM Abdul Quddus Javeed in which he with the help of slides highlighted how to be an effective communicator. The second session “Table Topics” was conducted by Khaja Wasif. Omar Khan delivered a speech on “Auto Rickshaw Ride”, Mohammed Quaiser president THH delivered a speech on “If this soil is somewhat moist it is very fertile”. Dr Abdul Rahim Khan spoke on “Positive Thinking”, Dr. Misbahul Arifeen spoke on “Showing out eyes” and Tabrez Ahmed, spoke on title “Last seen Movie with family members “. All Table Topic speeches were excellent and gave a lasting impression on the audience, applauded by one and all. Third Session was based on General Evaluation of the complete event. Sayeed Nawaz was General Evaluator. He called on evaluator of first speech Syed Ateeq who presented evaluation of Omar Khan; Second evaluator was Nazim Hussain who evaluated the speech of Mir Ahmed Ali. Third evaluator was Mohammed Mubeen who evaluated the speech of third speaker, Taqiuddin Mir Fazal. Syed Zia ur Rahman, founder of Yahind.com presented evaluation of Table Topic speeches. General evaluator took reports from Ah Counter, Vote Counter, Grammarian and Timer. Audience voted for best speaker from prepared speeches and best Table topic speaker. It gave a learning process to audience about each speech. The address of the Chief Guest was followed by the address of DTM who presented Coat pins to Chief Guest and Chairperson recognizing their services to the community. Club presented memento to Chief Guest, CC Certification holders. The best speaker of the day was awarded to Taqiuddin Mir Fazal and Best Table topic Speaker was awarded to Omar Khan. Mohammed Abdul Hameed presented vote of thanks which was followed by dinner. Everyone present appreciated the efforts of Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmaster Club. This is the “First Urdu Language Club” to receive “Distinguished Club Ribbon” and also “Governors Club Ribbon” in its first year of inception a record noteworthy. – Yahind.com
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