AIE plane crash: Two NRIs in UAE thank God for missing flight at last moment

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August 8, 2020

Dubai, Aug 7: One may call it good luck, but for two Indian expats it was God who prevented them at the last minute from boarding the Air India Express plane that crashed in Kerala, killing at least 18 people on board.

According to India's Civil Aviation Ministry, the Boeing 737 aircraft on a flight from Dubai to Kozhikode overshot the runway at Kozhikode airport on Friday evening. There were 184 passengers including 10 infants, 2 pilots and four cabin crew onboard the aircraft.

Noufal Moin Vetten, an Ajman resident working as an office boy in a Sharjah school, was booked to travel on the flight and had checked in as per schedule.

Recounting his miraculous escape, Vetten, a resident of Malappuram, Thirunavaya, whose visa was cancelled a week ago, told Gulf News: “I was handed my boarding pass, but when I reached immigration, they told me I had to pay a fine of Dh 1,000 (Rs 20,430) for overstay. I had only Dh 500 (Rs10,215) with me.

"I called my school PRO and he told me to come back. He said they would follow protocols and pay the fines before sending me,“ he said.

Vetten was disappointed and called his family to let them know.

“When I heard about the crash, I was saddened for all the passengers. But I'm so relieved I missed it. God has been really merciful,” said Vetten.

Afsal Parrakodan, a resident of Abu Dhabi, had a similar stroke of luck.

“My work visa was cancelled about a week ago. After getting my boarding pass, I was told I had to pay a fine of Dh1,000 at the immigration counter, but I had only Dh500 on me.”

“I was very keen to board the flight and be with my family. So I called a friend who brought me the additional Dh500, but by then, my baggage had been offloaded and the flight's doors were closed,” said Parrakodan.

“I was feeling very sad and called my mother to tell her I had missed the flight. But a few hours later, when I learnt of the crash, I couldn’t help but feel relieved and thankful to God for saving my life,“ said an overwhelmed Parrakodan who plans to fly back next week. 

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September 20,2020

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Kuwait: Indian Doctors Forum (IDF), a prestigious sociocultural association of Indian Doctors for the welfare and well being of the fellow Indian Doctors working in Kuwait recently elected Dr Amir Ahmed as the new President for the year 2020-22.

IDF was established in the year 2004 and is affiliated to the Medical Association, Kuwait. They have more than 500 Indian doctors working in the Ministry and Private Hospitals and clinics. 

IDF has conducted hundreds of free medical camps in Kuwait for the benefit of the Indian residents and others.  During COVID-19, IDF has conducted free medical consultation camps, counselling and webinars were arranged in collaboration with several Indian Associations in Kuwait for the benefit of the people.

The following Doctors have been elected as the new office bearers for the year 2020-22.

Dr. Amir Ahmed, President
Dr. Sajna Mohammed, Vice President
Dr. Sunil Yadav, Vice President
Dr. Nazim Parker, Gen. Secretary
Dr. Anila Antony, Joint Gen. Secretary
Dr. Jagannath, Treasurer
Dr.Asit Mohanty, Joint Treasurer
Dr.Susovana Sujith, Community Welfare Secretary
Dr. Burhan Shabbir, Joint Community Welfare Secretary
Dr. Aparna Bhat, Cultural Secretary
Dr. Thomas Koshy, Joint Cultural Secretary
Dr. Shahed Pathan, Membership Secretary
Dr. Mehboob Khan, Joint Membership Secretary
Dr.Rajaguru Parmaguru, Web Secretary
Dr. Arti Chadha, Joint Web Secretary

Indian Doctors Forum (IDF), Kuwait has received the Pravasi Bharateeya Samman Award in 2013 from Late President Pranab Mukherjee, the ultimate recognition by Govt. of India conferred for a NRI organization overseas.

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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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