Indian expatriate in UAE wins Rs 24 crore in latest Big Ticket draw

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September 4, 2021

Dubai: Abu Mohammed, an Indian expatriate living in Ras Al Khaimah, has won Dh12 million (approximately Rs 24 crore) in the latest Big Ticket draw held in Abu Dhabi today. Mohammed had purchased the ticket with four of his colleagues and will be sharing his prize purse.

The winning ticket number was 027700, bought on August 30. The Big Ticket draw is held on the third of every month in Abu Dhabi.

When host Richard called him, the winner, Abu Mohammed, immediately recognised his voice. He was elated to hear about his win. Abu Mohammed had purchased the ticket with four of his colleagues and will be sharing his winnings.

Abu Mohammed lives with his wife, mother and two daughters in Ras Al Khaimah. He works in a shipping company as an operations coordinator. He has been participating in the Big Ticket draw along with his colleagues for more than a year now.

Abu Mohammed was not watching the live show today, but one of his friends was watching it. The tearful friend, who too had a stake in the prize, was emotional when he informed Abu Mohammed about the win.

Abu Mohamned said he has not taken any decision on what the four friends will do with the prize money.

In the next Big Ticket draw, one lucky winner will walk away with Dh10 million. Other prizes include Dh1 million as the second prize. Six other cash prizes will also be given away. One lucky winner will also win a Range Rover car.

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Friday, 17 Sep 2021

sir i need a green signal becuse i want to go back abu dehbi for my work .
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October 20,2021

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Dubai, Oct 20: Two-year-old Kshan Yogesh Gola, an Indian national based in Sharjah, has become the latest winner of $1 million at the Dubai Duty Free Millennium draw.

A resident of UAE for two-and-a-half years, Kshan’s father Gole, who works in online trading, said this is the first time he purchased a Millennium Millionaire ticket.

Speaking to Khaleej Times he said, “We hail from Mumbai, India and moved to UAE six months before Kshan was born. This win is obviously a great blessing. We purchased the ticket in my son’s name when we were on our way back from India after a vacation.”

He continued, “We purchased it randomly. Had a good feeling about it, and we do everything in our son’s name.”

“Kshan’s future is now secured, as we can invest the money so he can enjoy a better future. We will also try and donate some money to the needy in his name.”

Kshan’s mother said, “Thank God for this amazing win. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have suffered a lot. Now our lives, and our son’s future are secure. Thank you so much Dubai Duty Free.”

Gole is the 184th Indian national to have won $1 million since the start of the Millennium Millionaire promotion in 1999.

Indian nationals make up the highest number of Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire ticket buyers.

Along with Kshan, Ashwani Ganjoo, a 52-year-old Kenyan national based in Nairobi, was also announced the winner of $1 million in Millennium Millionaire Series 372 with ticket number 2626, which he purchased on his way to Delhi from Dubai on October 1.

A regular participant in Dubai Duty Free’s promotion, Ganjoo is a CEO for a trading company in Nairobi.

“I'm very thankful to God and to Dubai Duty-Free; you [have] really made my day,” he said.

When asked about his initial plans with his win, he said, “I will do a bit of charity work, while the rest, I [will] keep it to myself.”

Ganjoo is only the second Kenyan national to have won the promotion since 1999.

Elisabeth Parsons, a 48-year-old Australian national based in Dubai won a BMW F 900 XR (Racing Red) motorbike, with ticket number 0088 in Finest Surprise Series 472, which she purchased on her way to Hungary to pick up her daughter on September 24.

Jose Anto, an Indian national based in Dubai won a Harley-Davidson Pan America RA 1250 (Vivid Black) motorbike, with ticket number 0544 in Finest Surprise Series 473 on September 29 in the airport.

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October 15,2021

Kabul, Oct 15: Suicide bombers assaulted a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that was packed with worshippers attending weekly Friday prayers, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 70, according to a hospital official and an eyewitness.

The attack on the Imam Barga mosque came a week after a bombing claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate killed 46 people at a Shiite mosque in northern Afghanistan.

Murtaza, an eye-witness who like many Afghans goes by one name, said four suicide bombers attacked the mosque. Two detonated their explosives at a security gate, allowing the other two to run inside and strike the congregation of worshippers.

Speaking to The Associated Press by phone, he said Friday prayers are typically attended by around 500 people.

Video footage from the scene showed bodies scattered across blood-stained carpets, with survivors walking around in a daze or crying out in anguish.

A local hospital official was not authorized to brief media and so confirmed the casualty toll on condition of anonymity.

The extremist group, which is opposed to the ruling Taliban, views Shiite Muslims as apostates deserving of death. IS has claimed a number of deadly bombings across the country since the Taliban seized power in August amid the withdrawal of U.S. forces. The group has also targeted Taliban fighters in smaller attacks.

Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi confirmed the explosion and said an investigation was underway, without providing further details.

The Taliban have pledged to restore peace and security after decades of war. Both the Taliban and IS adhere to a rigid interpretation of Islamic law, but IS is far more radical, viewing itself as part of a worldwide Islamic caliphate that includes better-known branches in Iraq and Syria.

The Taliban and IS are Sunni Muslims, but they are bitterly split by ideology and have fought each other on numerous occasions.

That Taliban have pledged to protect Afghanistan's Shiite minority, which suffered persecution during the last period of Taliban rule, in the 1990s. 

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October 13,2021

Riyadh, Oct 13: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reiterated its call for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction, according to the Cabinet .

It also affirmed the Kingdom’s statement at the meetings of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, of the great attention it attaches to the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the importance of its objectives, and its role in strengthening international peace and security.

The comments were made in a statement issued by Acting Minister of Media Essam bin Saad bin Saeed, following a weekly Cabinet meeting, chaired virtually by King Salman from NEOM.

At the beginning of the session, the Cabinet was briefed on talks conducted with a number of countries during the past few days. They were also briefed on the content of a letter sent by King Salman to Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara earlier on Tuesday.

The Cabinet addressed the influential role played by the Kingdom in international forums, through the UN, various international organizations, and the G20, to achieve greater security, peace, stability and development.

Ministers were also briefed on the outcomes of the 7th G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit, which was held in the Italian capital, Rome, and addressed the results of the Kingdom’s participation in the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, and its commitment to joint cooperation, supporting humanitarian and development efforts, enhancing the stability and balance of global oil markets, and contributing to achieving global targets to combat climate change through qualitative initiatives, most notably the Saudi and Middle East green initiatives and the Circular Carbon Economy.

The Cabinet hailed the Kingdom’s election to chair four associations of the World Intellectual Property Organization as a new success added to its record of achievements in this field.

Bin Saeed said the ministers also reviewed regional and international developments, including the Arab coalition’s efforts to support the internationally-recognized government in Yemen, and “the necessary measures it implements to deal with terrorist acts, and (the) futile attempts of the Houthi militia to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom, and threaten shipping lines and international trade in the Bab Al-Mandab strait and the southern Red Sea.”

The Cabinet said the National Investment Strategy, which was launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday, was one of the main enablers to achieving the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. It includes developing investment opportunities in promising economic sectors, improving the Kingdom’s business environment, enhancing its attractiveness and competitiveness, and increasing the effectiveness of partnerships between the public and private sectors.

Finally, the energy minister was authorized to sign a draft agreement with the UK in the field of energy, and the finance minister and chairman of the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority was authorized to sign a draft agreement with Bangladesh on cooperation and mutual assistance on customs issues.

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