KSCC hails UAE and its leadership during the 49th National Day celebration

Media Release
December 3, 2020


Dubai: KSCC, a popular Indian entity registered with Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai, on Wednesday had organized an online virtual event for celebrating the 49th UAE National Day with their signature theme of Coloring the Nation for the 5th consecutive Year.

KSCC’s National Day event started at 3pm and was telecasted in Facebook, Zoom and Youtube medias. The event started with UAE National Anthem followed by the introductory speech by KSCC President Mr. Mohammed Ismail.

The programme included a video presentation titled “UAE, A HAVEN OF DIVERSITY” showing how the UAE is exceptionally tolerant to the people living in UAE and how it is rich and united in diversity.

KSCC also honored the real time heroes, who had contributed their time, men, and money during the Covid-19 crisis; these very “UNSUNG HEROES” were felicitated with appreciation awards from KSCC.

And another video presentation was made in the event illustrating how the UAE leadership is coloring the lives of expats. The presentation included various expats sharing their emotions and gratitude to the UAE.

The main programme of the event, Coloring the Nation, which KSCC has been organizing for the last 5 years with drawing and painting contests on the UAE history, culture and the leadership, was conducted online and various artists had submitted their feelings and imagination via their paintings online. The event showcased such paintings from the participants and the winners were awarded prizes, accordingly.

To its part, KSCC had also played a crucial role during the pandemic and helped the needy during the difficult times vide food and food kit distributions, blood donation campaigns, dead body repatriations, handling helpline calls, flight repatriation, iftar kits distribution, etc. and have benefited around 10,500 directly and indirectly. KSCC had showcased these social activities during the live event.

With going live on Facebook and YouTube, KSCC have also campaigned on twitter to promote Unsung Heroes with their exclusive hashtag “KSCC_UNSUNGHEROES” where around 5700 tweets were tweeted and was trending top 2 in UAE. It was a very successful campaign in the end.

Earlier, the event was hosted and moderator by Mr. Mohammad Faraz, Board of Director (BOD) and concluded with thanksgiving from another Mr. Abdul Ghafoor (BOD). KSCC specifically thanked CDA, Dubai Government and local authorities, participants, technical team, volunteers and all the attendees.




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Media Release
January 13,2021


Jeddah: Indian Pilgrim Welfare Forum (IPWF Group) under the Patronage of the Consulate General of India Jeddah hosted a virtual Global special event, The Grand Finale of Quran Recitation for age 50+ Indians worldwide on Saturday, 9th January, 2021.

H.E. Y Sabir, Acting Consul General, Consul Hajj and Director IPWF graced the event online as a Chief Guest while President of the forum Md. Ayyub Hakeem presided over the function.

Chief Guest H E Y Sabir appreciated the social works of IPWF Group in the Kingdom for Indian community and praised the brilliant performance of the Quran Recitation contestants. He congratulated the winners and participants and said that “It gives us great pleasure seeing that all Indians participated from aall around the world, especially from within the kingdom, across the middle east and different parts of India.” He also said that the judges and Jury members handled the judgements so fascinatingly well and the recitation by the participants was amazing. He further added that the President of IPWF Group Md. Ayyub Hakeem and ExCom team deserves appreciation for their relentless efforts for this noble cause. He also added that IPWF Cycling Club   Is in integral part of IPWF Group organized on 1st of January 2021 a exciting and one of a kind cycling event for the indian Community at the International Indian School Jeddah (IISJ). The regular cycling group is formed to encourage Indian community to adopt a healthy lifestyle through cycling, considered to be complete workout both for mind and soul.

Md. Ayyub Hakeem, President of the forumwhile speaking welcomed the Chief Guest, Judges, Participants and all the dignitaries who attended from different parts of the globe. He congratulated all the finalists and participants. He said the participants will be sent certificates digitally, whereas the winner (5) will receive the physical certificate and award at their respective address/destinations.

The event was so mesmerizing in its own terms, with added recitation of Holy Quran being recited in such beautiful voices by such “young” Indians.

Although all participants were a true winner in themselves, even then it was decided to announce the best contestants. Mr. Mohammad Hashim Ansari from Bhopal India was awarded the First place while Mr. Abdul Wajid from Mysore India secured the Second position. Mr. Abdul Razak Puthukudi from Kozhikode came Third. Mr. Mohammed Ilyas Patel from Salalah Oman and Mr. Mhammed Zubair Thecheri from Jeddah were declared fourth and fifth winners, respectively.

Three prominent Huffaz played a significant role of judges. Hafiz Mousa Noor Bilal Ahmed Maniar, a well known personality, completed his education from Haram Makkah MadaarisTahfeez ul Quran, currently Imam and teaching Quran in Makkah. Hafiz Musab Hassan Ahmed Al Jamai studied in Madinah Al-Munnawarah, Imam and currently teaches Quran in Makkah. Last but not the least Hafiz Farhan Abdur Rab, Treasurer of IPWF Group and Instrumentation Engineer by profession, working in Jeddah. The Judges too were awestruck and had some beautiful comments for these “young” Quran enthusiasts. They revealed that it truly was a great event, as almost all of the participants recited in such a soleful Qirat and they rarely got a chance to hear such a voice.

This wonderful Program started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Hafiz Musab Mohammed Zakir Hussain, Qirat by Hafiz Mousa Noor Bilal Ahmed Maniar and Hafiz Musab Hisan Ahmed Aljama also further glorified the event. Treasurer of the forum Hafiz Farhan Abdur Rab played flawlessly the role of contest master, while General Secretary of the forum Syed Nasir Khursheed anchored the event. 

Executive members Abdul Rahman Poyakkara and Mohammed Amin Hakeem provided the technical support as hosts brilliantly, while advisor of the forum Mr. Aziz Kidwai delivered Vote of Thanks joining the event online from Lucknow. He thanked the Chief Guest, judges, participants, dignitariesand distinguished guests for sparing their precious time. He also appreciated the team work of the executive committee for organizing this event, lady coordinators Mrs. Farah Ayoob and Mrs. Aafreen Farhan for their dedication and support. The program was thus concluded timely with a beautiful emotional Dua rendered by Hafiz Mousa Noor Bilal Ahmed Maniar.




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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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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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