Indian Pilgrims Welfare Forum celebrates Cycling Club Challenge 2021 news network
January 6, 2021

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Jeddah: The Indian Pilgrims Welfare Forum (IPWF) Cycling Club under the patronage of the Consulate General of India Jeddah, marked a distinct beginning on first January 2021 with the Cycling Championship filled with zest and zeal, maintaining Covid-19 precautionary norms, organized at the rain-kissed ground of the International Indian School Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (IISJ - Boys Section).

IPWF CyCling Club is an integral part of Indian Pilgrims Welfare Forum (IPWF) under the patronage of the Consulate General of India Jeddah formed to encourage Indian Community to adopt a healthy lifestyle through cycling, considered to be a complete workout both for the mind and the soul.

The highlights for the cycling challenge were some exciting races categorized as follows:
- Child Race Below 9 Yrs Age
- Child Race 9-14 Yrs Age
- Single Race Bicycle Male
- Single Race Bicycle Female
- Single Race Tricycle Female
- ZigZag Race Bicycle Male
- ZigZag Race Bicycle Female
- ZigZag Race Tricycle Female
- Relay Race Bicycle-Tricycle combo Female
- Relay Race Bicycle Male - 2 QF Races
- Relay Race Bicycle Male - FINALS

His Excellency Mr. Y.Sabir, Acting Consul General, Consul Hajj and Director IPWF graced this colorful Event as the Chief Guest, Dr.Najeeb Q.Ammar Principal -i/c of IISJ attended as Guest of Honor while President IPWF Group Mr. Md. Ayyub Hakeem presided over this Sports Meet. 

Indian community of all ages, Kids, Women and Men were all Smiles, Cheers, and Overjoyed creating fervent atmosphere. More-so for the Victorious medalist of Gold, Silver and Bronze, as well lots of surprised gifts. 

His Excellency appreciated IPWF initiative and congratulated Forum President and entire organizing team for encouraging the Indian Community consistently with different Events to live an active and healthy life.

This beautiful day of January 1st, 2021, IPWF Group President, warmly welcomed Chief Guest, dignitaries, media personalities, participants and distinguished guests. He highlighted the growing enthusiasm of new members joining IPWF Cycling Club.

Oath for fair decision and sportsmanship was taken by “Yellow Caps -Commissaire” before beginning of the race. The inaugural flag-off 2021 by the Chief Guest marked the beginning of Cycling Challenge.

Vibrant Executive members, Syed Nasir Khurshid, Abdul Rahman Poyakkara, Liyakhath Ali Kotta, Farhan Abdur Rab, Mohammed Amin, Shaukath Ali Kotta, Mohammed Fazal, extended support from members: M. Ilyas Iqbal, Adnan Amin, Ali Jaffer and Lady Coordinators: Mrs. Farah Ayoob, Mrs. Afreen F. Bhoira in line with the President spectacularly managed the sports gathering. 

Lucky draw on the basis of registration numbers was done for attendees and gift hampers were given to winners.

The Sponsors were appreciated for their support: Tamer Group, Abeer Medical Group for providing ambulance and medical care, Jeddah National Hospital for support, Giordano for providing beautiful T shirts, Geepas for providing wonderful home Appliances, AL Kabeer for providing delicious Hot snacks, Bonny Milk for providing tea and coffee, Indomie for tasty Noodles. The event was timely concluded.

Event started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Hafiz Farhan Abdur Rab Treasurer of the forum and race started with the flag-off by Chief Guest, welcome desk was professionally handled by dynamic lady coordinators of the forum Mrs. Farah Ayoob Hakeem and Mrs. Afreen Farhan.

Executive Member of the Forum Mr Abdul Rahman Poyakkara conducted enthusiastically the event with close coordination with referees-Commissaire, while vote of thanks was delivered by General Secretary Syed Nasir Khursheed, event concluded with fresh snacks distribution arranged by the forum.

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January 18,2021

Abu Dhabi, Jan 18: A 45-year-old Indian woman died after her husband accidentally rammed their car into her while parking at a vehicle enclosure in the UAE's Ajman emirate, according to a media report on Monday. Liji and her husband (name withheld) had gone for a health check-up at a community hospital on Saturday, The Gulf News reported quoting a source close to the family.

Liji was standing in front of the car, giving her husband directions to park it, when the vehicle accidentally raced forward, trapping Liji against the compound wall, said Sajad Nattika, president of the Indian Association, Umm Al Quwain. Liji and her husband — both natives of Kerala — have two children, the newspaper reported.

Their son is an engineering student in India. Their daughter, who is the younger amongst the two, studies at a school in Umm Al Quwain, where the family has settled for nearly a decade now. Nattika said the Indian community in Ajman was in shock after the tragic accident.

Ajman Police is investigating the case. The Indian association is supporting the family to repatriate the mortal remains, the daily reported. Consul for Press, Information and Culture, at the Indian Consulate in Dubai Neeraj Agrawal said, The Consulate offers its heartfelt condolences to the family and all the assistance required from our side.


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January 15,2021


Dubai, Jan 15: A Dubai-based 15-year-old Indian girl has launched a campaign, which helped in the recycling of 25 tonnes of electronic waste in the Gulf nation, according to a media report.

Riva Tulpule, a student of Class X, got the idea to start the campaign while clearing out drawers filled with broken devices in 2016, the Gulf News reported.

While shifting to a new house a few years ago, Tulpule found lots of unused electronics while helping her mom clear out drawers. This sparked the beginning of her campaign ‘WeCareDXB' that she said has collected over 25 tonnes of e-waste for recycling in over four years, the report said.

"I had asked my mom why we can't we just dispose the items we don't need. She told me they need to be tacked in a special way but we were not sure exactly how to go about it. So that made me curious and I decided to do some research into it, which led me to this cause," Tulpule was quoted as saying.

She said many people just dump old devices and appliances in the general waste as they are not aware of the options for recycling them.

Raising awareness through social media and word of mouth, WeCareDXB has enlisted volunteers — students, professionals, the general public — to collect the items for recycling e-waste.

Tulpule, a student of GEMS Modern Academy, got in touch with Dubai-based EnviroServe, an electronics recycler and processor, to hand over the collected items.

In December last, she held her latest collection round, rallying friends and the wider community to drop off over 2,000 broken laptops, tabs, mobile phones, printers, keyboards and other items. Over 60 students from 15 schools had signed up for the 10-day campaign.


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Sunil Puthran & Ravi Karkera
January 18,2021

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Riyadh: On Friday, the 15th Jan 2021 history was scripted as MASA the well-known charitable organization organized the first ever MASA PREMIER LEAGUE CRICKET TOURNAMENT (MPL – 2021) season – 1, ‘ARTLAND TROPHY’ for a noble cause at the DCA ground in Rakha Saudi Arabia.

The inaugural tournament was powered by ARTLAND TRANSPORT SERVICE Co along with Six Franchisee Team Owners namely: Kudla Royal Challengers (KRC) of Naveen Shetty, Al Khobar, Sasihithlu Beach Boys (SBB) of Ravi Karkera, Intermodal SA 11 (IMS) of Messrs. Vishwanath Hegde & Sadashiv Poojary, Namma Kudla Strikers (NKS) of Messrs. Dayanand Shriyan & Naveen Bhandary, Kottara Katpady Royals (KKR) of Messrs. Narendra Shetty & Jitesh Kottara, Gadi Nadu Warriors (GNW) of Messrs. Gopal Shetty & Imran Karkala.

Co-sponsored by FEOL (Sathish Shetty), CLC Pest & Termite Control (Joy Suvarna), AYD (Mohammed Sharif), AKTS (Abdul Mohsen) and SASP (Yogeesh Poojary). Also, generously supported by Messrs. Naveen Bhandary, Khobar Seniors Group, Khobar Friends Group, Santhosh Shetty Dubai, Ameer Hussain, Sunil Puthran, Arun D’ Souza, Uday Sanil, Usman Hosangadi & Group, Ganesh Karkera, Sathish Bajal, Rajesh Shetty, Sudarshan Sanil, Kiran Upadhyaya.

GADDINADU WARRIORS became the first to emboss their name winning the tournament beating SASIHITLU BEACH BOYS in the final and create history.

This prestigious tournament was played between six franchises owned by senior MASA members. Players were nominated from the pool of exclusive top-rated players who are members of the MASA and an elite bunch of non-members divided into six teams. 

The teams were selected through a bidding process as players were scattered into different categories and each team given an equal number of points based on select group of players. The bidding process was thoroughly conducted in true manner of professionalism which was lauded by all. 

First of its kind this format became very popular in the region and MASA is proud to say that many other associations are approaching the core committee members of MPL for guidance.


MASA being a charitable organization in the Eastern Province in KSA is well known in the middle east and coastal Karnataka for their noble service to humanity helping the downtrodden people in Karnataka irrespective of cast, creed and religion. MASA established in October, 2006 has contributed around Rs 2 crores of aid towards Medical, Educational and financial help to the needy back home in Coastal Karnataka.

In the year 2020 during the COVID pandemic MASA helped around Rs 15 lacs to the people in need.  Besides, locally in the region, MASA stretched their helping hands to various individuals belonging to Karnataka origin by arranging food and financial aid.   

Apart from Charity which is its core objective, MASA has been instrumental over the years in developing hidden talents of the core MASA members be it teens, youngsters, or the superstars of yester years. MASA is extremely proud to say that some of them are now established as international stars who started their journey in MASA. 

Franchise Teams, Owners, Captains:





Intermodal SA 11

Vishwanath Hegde & Sadashiv Poojary

Sampath Shetty


Sasihithlu Beach Boys

Ravi Karkera

Yoganand A. Kinnigoli


Namma Kudla Strikers

Dayananda Shriyan & Naveen Bhandary

Mohammed Iqbal


Kudla Royal Challengers

Naveen Shetty

Sandesh Thadambail


Kottara Katpady Royals

Narendra Shetty & Jitesh Kottara

Sudheer Shetty


Gadi Nadu Warriors

Gopal Shetty &   Imran Karkala

Vaishak Shetty

A large holiday crowd enjoyed the day with family and friends watching thrilling games with close encounters and nail-biting finish, relishing lovely snacks, lunch and braving the lusty weather adhering strictly to safety norms and maintaining social distancing. 

Achievers for the daylong event: 
WINNERS: GADI NADU WARRIORS - Vaishak Shetty & Team of Imran Karkala & Gopal Shetty.
RUNNERS UP: SASIHITHLU BEACH BOYS 11 – Yogananda Acharya & Team of Ravi Karkera
Man of the Series: Nisar Ahmad (GNW)
Bowler of the Tournament: Naveen Salian (SBB XI)
Batsman of the Tournament: Nisar Ahmad (GNW)
Maximum Sixes: Sachin Hegde & Nisar Ahmad (GNW)
Man of the match in Final: Sachin Hegde (GNW)
Man of the match in Semi Final 1: Nisar Ahmad (GNW)
Man of the match in Semi Final 2: Mohammed Kota (SBB)
Man of the match in League Matches: Nisar Ahmad (GNW), Sachin Hegde (GNW), Afwan Karkala (SBB), Naveen Salian (SBB), Haris Bajal (KRC), Sudhir Shetty (KKR).

Prize distribution ceremony was conducted professionally by Sports Committee Head, Ameer Hussain. Chief Guest, Joel Gomes, representing ARTLAND Transport Co, Dignitaries, Guests, Sponsors, Franchise Owners, EXCOM & Advisory Com members were welcomed to the dais. 

MASA President Naveen Bhandari warmly welcomed the guest’s participants and thanked sponsors for their valuable contributions. He appreciated the effort of Core Committee Members for bringing out such a wonderful format of MPL 2021. The extra ordinary effort of Gopal Shetty in arranging attractive Trophies, uniforms, mementos and ground facilities are highlighted during his address. 

Ravi Karkera from Advisory Committee congratulated winners, all the participating teams and team members for their contribution in bringing up sunshine in someone’s life by participating in this MPL 2021, Cricket tournament which is played for noble cause with true sportsmen spirit.  He also thanked all sponsors, franchise owners, Masa members who supported whole heartedly with their generous contributions. Perennial contributions and great support from philanthropist Mr. Joey Fernandes were remembered during this special occasion. 

Sports Committee Head Ameer Hussain thanked everyone who were responsible for the success of the tournament, including the participants, sponsor’s, volunteers and committee members, who contributed in every possible way to make this event a memorable one.

The basking glory of this stupendous success of the inaugural MASA MPL is credited to the sponsors, the core committee, MASA members, players, participants and all the lovely crowd who witnessed an historic and memorable event which was paralleled symbolically in line to the IPL. 

MASA extends their wholehearted appreciation and sincerely would like to thank every individual who directly or indirectly contributed to make this event a grand success, indeed a thrilling exciting & rejoicing day for all to remember.

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