Flight chartered by Thumbay Group and BCF repatriates 186 Kannadigas stranded in UAE

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July 25, 2020

In a humanitarian gesture to help fellow citizens in distress, the first in the series of chartered 
flights arranged by Thumbay Group, UAE and the Bearys Cultural Forum (BCF) Trust, 
Mangalore to repatriate stranded Kannadigas in the UAE took off from Ras Al Khaimah 
International Airport in the wee hours of 21st July 2020. The flight was fully occupied, with 186 passengers, all of them desperate to fly back to India for various reasons.

The initiative was conceived and implemented under the leadership of Dr. Thumbay Moideen - Founder President of Thumbay Group & Founder Patron of BCF and Dr. B K Yusuf, the 
President of BCF. The flight was organized on a purely charitable basis, with all necessary 
steps and precautions in place to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers. Thumbay Group assigned its fleet of buses to transport the passengers free of charge from their residences in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman to the airport. The organizers also provided free meals and refreshments to the passengers, in addition to PPE kits and face-shields distributed free of 
charges.

The passengers on the first flight included many elderly individuals, people with serious 
illnesses like heart-related health issues and diabetes, pregnant ladies and little children as well as people who had lost their jobs and those with expired visas. Dr. B K Yusuf – BCF President, Dr. Kaup Mohammed - BCF General Secretary, other office bearers of BCF, as well as Thumbay Group’s representatives Mr. Farhad C – Director of the Hospitality Division of 
Thumbay Group and Engr. Farwaz P. C. – COO of the Construction Division were present at 
the airport to see off the first group of passengers.

Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Thumbay Moideen said, “This joint initiative of Thumbay 
Group and BCF is to support our fellow Kannadigas desperate to fly back home. We are happy that we have been able to reach out to many of them, to help them fly home to their families. We thank the Governments of the UAE and India, and the Indian Consulate, Dubai, for their support in making this happen. In the coming days, many more stranded Kannadigas would be repatriated under this joint initiative.”
Dr. B K Yusuf thanked Dr. Thumbay Moideen and the office-bearers and members of BCF for 
their efforts to make the initiative a success.

“We are proud that this initiative has brought relief to many Kannadigas and their families today. BCF is grateful to Thumbay Group for its support and partnership for all our humanitarian programs for the support of the needy.”

Dr. Kaup Mohammed said that it was a matter of pride that the much-awaited Thumbay-BCF 
repatriation flight had been carried out successfully. “Measures have been taken to ensure the safety of the flight and its passengers throughout the journey,” he said. He also thanked all the social organizations including Bhatkal Jamath, BCCI, BWF, KCF, DKSC, Kodagu Kannadigas, 
Kannadiga Help Line, Dubai Konkans and KSS, for their support. He specially thanked Mr. 
Syed Hassan Razeen, the owner of ARISTOCRAT Travels for his support in the ticketing, 
boarding and related processes. On behalf of Milano Optics Group and Maxcare, free gift 
hampers were distributed to selected passengers.

The passengers were received at Mangalore airport under the leadership of Mr. Mumtaz Ali - patron of BCF and other distinguished personalities of Mangalore including Mr. Moidin Bava - former MLA, Mr U. T. Ifthikhar, Mr. S. M. R Rashid - President of BCCI central committee and many others. The passengers were transferred to the hotels where they had registered for the mandatory quarantine.

The second flight under this joint initiative is scheduled to take-off from Ras Al Khaimah airport to Mangalore on 24th July 2020. A few more similar repatriation flights are to soon follow, in the coming weeks.

 

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September 26,2020

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Jeddah, Sept 26: Indians across Saudi Arabia, especially those hailing from southern state of Kerala, mourned the tragic death of three youth who lost their lives in a car crash.

Muhammad Shafeeq, Ansif, and Sanad, all aged 22, were involved in a car accident while they were returning after attending the National Day celebrations held in Al-Khobar on September 24. 

Their car lost control and turned upside down and hit some other cars near Dhahran while taking to a parallel road from the Dammam- Khobar Highway. All of them died on the spot and their car was completely mangled.

A large number of people, including relatives and friends, attended the funeral prayer and burial held on September 25.

The young men, who were born and brought up in Dammam, united in both life and death. Their parents had come from Kerala to Saudi Arabia more than two decades ago. They were childhood friends ever since their schooling at International Indian School, Dammam, from kindergarten onwards. They were laid to rest in graves close to each other in Dammam cemetery.

Social workers, led by Nas Vakkam, Jaafar Kondotty, and Shaji Wayanad, swung into action to complete all the procedures to facilitate their burial soon after the accident. A large number of people gathered at the premises of Dammam Medical Complex morgue where the bodies were kept and later at Dammam cemetery to pay last respects at around 2 p.m. on Friday.

It was heart-rending scenes when their family members and close friends bid adieu to the young men who were the most loved trio among the expatriate community. After education, Shafeeq who hailed from the Malappuram district was working along with his father Saidalavi Haji in a commercial establishment.

Ansif, from the Wayanad district, was pursuing his graduation in Bahrain while Sanad from Kozhikode was planning to continue higher studies after the lifting of the travel restrictions imposed following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

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September 24,2020

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Riyadh: India Fraternity Forum (IFF) Riyadh organized a blood donation camp themed “Celebrate the Spirit of Nation” in conjunction with the celebration of the 90th National Day of Saudi Arabia. The camp was organized with the cooperation of Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz Hospital Riyadh.

Inaugurating the blood donation camp, Dr. Sayeed Ahmed (Dean, Blood Bank, Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz Hospital) said, “Blood donation is a noble cause and praised the readiness of the forum members to donate blood and appreciated the leadership for taking up the social responsibility by organizing the camp.”He also assured the support and cooperation of the hospital for such inspiring programs.

Meeting the requirements of the blood bank, Large number of generous donors turned out to donate blood which started at 10 A.M in the morning and concluded at 3 P.M. Dr. Fahad Hakmi conveyed his praise and appreciation to the members of Indian Fraternity Forum for the social commitment to take up the noble cause of blood donation.

Indian Fraternity Forum, Riyadh Region President Basheer Ingapuzha, IFF Karnataka chapter General Secretary Mohammed Naveed, IFF Northern chapter President Javed, Siddiq Madikeri Blood camp coordinator and other committee members expressed their sincere gratitude to the hospital staff, particularly Dr. Fahad Hakmi, Dr. Abdul Ahad for the wholehearted support and cooperation they extended in making the camp a great success. Abdul Haq Bangalore proposed vote of thanks.

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Friday, 25 Sep 2020

Mashallaha allaha aap sabhi ko jazaye khair ata farmaye ameen

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September 30,2020

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Indian Social Forum (ISF) Kuwait, Karnataka Chapter, a socio-cultural organization of Indians in Kuwait arranged its second successful Blood Donation Camp on Friday, 25th September 2020 at Kuwait Central Blood Bank located  at Jabriya from 1 pm to 7 pm. The first mass blood donation camp was held on September 11 at Al Adan Blood Bank of Kuwait.

The Blood Donation Camp was inaugurated by  Mr. Jarrah Hammoud Al Dafiri, MD of Al Dafiery Real Estate  Company & Owner of Metro Super Markets Kuwait in the presence of ISF Karnataka President Mr. Mustaqeem Shiroor and General Secretary Ashfaq Hussein. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Dafiri  explained the importance of blood donation & said it was a unique opportunity for the donors to donate their blood to save lives.

ISF Karnataka members, under the guidance of its Executive body, dedicated themselves volunteering Camp activities by adhering to MOH-Kuwait Covid guidelines and social distancing. ISF Executive body also expressed their utmost gratitude to all the Donors for their humanitarian spirit and were greeted with a token of appreciation. 250 units of blood have been collected in these Two camps. These camps were very much appreciated by authorities in Kuwait Central Blood Bank.

On this occasion, Dr. Asma Raafat Mohammed, Jabriya mobile Blood bank supervisor, lauded and thanked ISF for taking this initiative and conducting this noble cause. Dr. Eman Ibrahim Ghabbour of Central blood bank was also present in the Dias. Mr. Thameem Moosa Ullal, vice President, ISF Karnataka presented vote of thanks.

Indian Social Forum (ISF) keeps on organizing such blood camps & medical checkups at regular intervals and strive to support the expats in this noble cause. ISF has been extremely active in organizing several such camps in the past too.

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