Karnataka NRI Forum - Jeddah holds 14th AGBM; new officebearers elected

Media Release
March 28, 2022



Jeddah: Mohammed Mansour and Peter Ronald Mascarenhas were elected unanimously as President and General Secretary at the 14th annual general body meeting of the Karnataka Non Resident Indian (KNRI) Forum, Jeddah, held at The Village Restaurant on March, 25, 2022. 

In the second part of the event, Shaikh Saoud and Dr. Ashfaque Maniyar conducted the election to elect the new executive committee. They inducted 15 new members to the executive committee from different parts of Karnataka  to bring new life and energy into the Forum, The new members are  Duraiswamy, Hanief Mohammed, Denis Noronha, Mohammed Ismail, Louis D’Souza, Sudhir Somshekhar, Clinton Crasta, Siraj Gangolli, Nagesh H.K., Rafiq Ahmed, Jerry Gomes, Suhail Malik, Mohammed Imran,  Hafiz K Gangolli, and Liyaqat A.R. Belvai representing the different districts of Karnataka.  

The new team under Mansour and Peter are Vice Presidents Rajesh Kumar, Mohammed Arifullah and Nasir Kurshid, Joint Secretaries Jalal Baig and Mahboob Ali Khan, Treasurer Habeeur Rahman, Joint Treasurer Mohammed Ismail, Chief Coordinators of programmes Shaikh Soud, Cultural Secretary, Sabu Chandran, Joint Cultural Secretary, Mohammed Kaleem, Sports Secretary Clinton Crasta, Press Secretary, Mukarram Khan and Nazir Ahmed as Internal Auditor. The other existing members, Dr. Ashfaque Maniyar,  Shadab Desai, Mohammed Saheb Belvai, and Faizee Abdul Razzak Shaikh who have been very active in the Executive Committee in the past year were continued.

Mohammed Mansour expressed his happiness and gratitude for being re-elected as President. He thanked all the members for showing confidence in him once again and he will continue to put all his efforts with the dedicated support from the new team to take the KNRI Forum, Jeddah to further heights.

The newly elected General Secretary, Peter Ronald, while thanking all for giving he a chance to work as Gen Secretary, called upon the new team to extend their full support and involve actively in fulfilling the vision and mission of the Forum.

The outgoing vice president,Dr Ashfaq  Maniyar congratulated the president and the new team. The newly elected Vice Presidents, Syed Nasir Kurshid, Mohammed Arifullah and Rajesh Kumar thanked all members for electing them as vice presidents. 

As a part of entertainment segment Mohammed Kaleem, Hidayat Belthangadi  sung all-time favorite Kannada patriotic songs, melodious Kannada and Hindi songs. 

Earlier, prior to the election, Syed Nasir Khurshid, Vice President, officially announced the start of AGBM and briefed all about the KNRI forum, introduced the guests and entertained the audience with his jokes and stories while conducting the programme as master of ceremony. 

Jalal Baig, Excom member officially welcomed the life and regular members, sponsors and guests to the meeting and explained basic objectives of the forum.

General Secretary Peter Ronald Mascarenhas highlighted annual report of the forum through a Power Point presentation, which featured the aims, objectives, strategic plan and the achievements for the year 2020-2021. He presented detailed information about the forum activities and financial support given as education and medical aid and  also to those who are in distress. 

Habibur Rahman, treasurer, presented the financial report through Power Point presentation and highlighted the receipts and payments, income and expenditures details for the year 2019 – 20 and 2020-2021. 

Mansour, in his address prior to his re-election, thanked all the executive members for tremendous support, he briefed the activities of the KNRI Forum and explained about the challenges and great achievements especially arranging chartered flight in his tenure. He thanked life members, sponsors and regular members for their generous support for the forum and he also thanked the KNRI team in India including Vasu Manchegowda, Syed Shakeel, Harsha  and specially Dr. Aarthi Krishna, former  President of Karnataka NRI Forum, Bangalore  for their continuous support back home.

Dr Ali Baqar hussaini and Mr Mohammed Ansar President Jamiyatul falah attended the event as chief guests, while this event was presided by Mr Mohammed Mansour, Hidayat, was felicitated during the event for his services towards the forum and was presented with a certificate of appreciation. 
Dignitaries and guests were presented with flower bouquets as a token of appreciation. Ashfaque Maniyar officially delivered the vote of thanks in this section prior to the election. 
The program ended with a group photograph of the newly elected executive committee, dinner and national anthem.



Newly elected executive committee 2021-2022


Newly Inducted Members



Santhosh Shetty
Tuesday, 29 Mar 2022


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June 15,2022


Following the timely intervention of NRI social worker P A Hameed Padubidri based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a woman from Karnataka who was confined by an Indian agent in Kuwait, has reached her home safe. She landed at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru via Dubai from Kuwait on June 13. She hails from Kogilu layout in Yelahanka in Bengaluru.

Bi Bi Ameena, a housemaid, touched down Kuwait around seven months ago to work for a Kuwaiti family. She was hired as a housemaid by an agent in Bengaluru for his main Keralite agent in Kuwait. She was tempted with the attractive salary with good working atmosphere by the agents. The agent in Kuwait is running his business of manpower mainly supplying housemaids to Kuwaiti families.  

Ameena was supplied to a Kuwaiti house as a housemaid. She worked in the house for around five months, but due to the mental and physical torture by the lady owner of the house, Ameena was compelled to leave the house and was unable to work. She requested the agent to send her back to India as she couldn't continue working anywhere in Kuwait as she felt traumatic in the house. But, the agent refused to do so. He insisted her to work for other family or she should give him a huge amount to let her go back to India. She was also illegally confined in a room with other domestic lady workers without outer world contact for more than a month. 

Upon her son’s request, Adv P A Hameed contacted the Indian Embassy in Kuwait requesting them to look into her case immediately. The Embassy responded at once and instructed the agent to send her back as early as possible. The agent agreed to do so forthwith. But, he was still insisting for at least ticket money from her, which was refused by her.

With the continuous follow-ups, the agent sent her back to her hometown. She was received by her family in the airport in Bengaluru. 

Bi Bi Ameena along with her family extended her immense thanks to Adv P A Hameed for his humanitarian works. “If he was not there to reach out to me, then my situation would have been worse like other housemaids, mostly Keralites, who are still confined in the room; his timely approach and Embassy's prompt action got me landed in India safely,” she said. She also expressed their immense gratitude to the officials of Indian Embassy in Kuwait for their timely help.


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