QISF organizes mass blood donation camp to mark Qatar National Day

Media Release
December 12, 2020


On the occasion of celebration of Qatar National Day, Qatar Indian Social Forum (QISF), Karnataka State organized a mass blood donation camp in Doha Qatar, in association with Blood Donors Mangaluru, Warriors Sports Center and Hamad Medical Corporation on 11th December 2020, Friday.

QISF Karnataka State President, Nazeer Pasha welcomed the guests, dignitaries and blood donors.

The Blood Donation Camp was inaugurated by Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) President Mr. P N Baburajan who was the Chief guest for the function. In his inaugural speech, he emphasized that, QISF is well known for its humanitarian activities since its inception and praised the initiative and joint efforts of everyone to organize such a mass event and assured his full support as and when required in the days ahead.

QISF Central Committee President, Mr. Sayeed Komachi highlighted the activities of QISF a Socio Cultural organization working among Indian expats and said QISF will always be ready to serve the community not only by words but always by deeds.

Dr. Amit Varma, a well known personality from Rawdath Al Khair  Primary Health Care Centre (PHCC)  motivated and inspired the donors and set an example by donating blood himself first.

In his motivational speech, he said, if a person donates the blood, he will save 3 lives as the donated blood will be categorized into red cells, platelets and plasma.

Doctor Amit Varma encouraged everyone to donate the blood more often as it does not cost even a penny.

Mr. Kushal Kumar, Managing Director of Warriors Sports Center and Warriors Sports Trading also motivated and praised the joint efforts of QISF, Blood Donors Mangaluru and Warriors Sports Centre to organize a mass event.

Mr. Sauqib Raza Khan, Ex President and present Advisor of Karnataka Muslim Cultural Organization (KMCA) said that, QISF is always in forefront to render selfless humanitarian services and responding to the legal issues of expat Indians. He urge all to develop a bond and serve the community as much as possible.

The Managing Partner of Warriors Sports Center and Warriors Sports Trading, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim said that everyone should come forward and donate the blood for  humanitarian cause.

The camp was started at    7.00 A M and ended at 5.00 PM in which 145 people donated the blood out of 177 people registered.

QISF Central Committee General Secretary Basheer Ahmed, QISF State and Branch Committee members Lathif Madikeri, Zakariya Pandeshwar, Nayeem Belapu, Khalid Belapu, Noufal Puttur, Anwar Angargundy, Rizwan Kalladka,

Rafiq Uppinangady, Naveed, Anwar Bolyar, Khalandar Sha, Junaid, Shabbeer, Shawaz, Tafseer and other members were present  throughout the programme.

Mr. Munawar, Mr. Mohamnad Iffaz,

Mr. Qaisar and other members from Blood Donors Mangaluru and Warriors Sports Center were also present and supported.

The program was  concluded through vote of thanks by Mr. Ziaul Hoque, QISF Karnataka State Vice President and KMCA Vice President.




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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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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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