Indian expats aid poor back home

Updated 30 March 2013

Indian expats aid poor back home

Eastern Province expatriates from India’s eastern states of Bihar and Jharkhand hosted a benefit dinner at Dunes International School campus in Alkhobar on March 21.
More than 700 guests participated in the program dubbed Ambition 2020 – Adopt to Educate Poor and Needy Children in India. This Dine-to-Educate initiative was organized by the Bihar Anjuman, Dammam-Alkhobar Chapter.
The group aims to empower through education, particularly for poor and low-income families in India irrespective of caste, creed and religion. The plan is to have one education center in each state of India.
The evening was anchored by Dr. Anwer Ahsan of Patna, a senior pediatric surgeon in the Ministry of Health, Dammam. Convener Syed Rashique Ahmad gave the welcome address. Dr. Laique Ahmad, eye specialist-Patna/Jeddah, and patron of Bihar Anjuman Jeddah Chapter, felicitated the sponsors by presenting a bouquet and memento.
Speakers Firoz Ahmad from Patna and Mirza Zaheer Baig from Hyderabad, both of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Kamal Ahmad, manager of New Delhi-based Radiance Viewsweekly, spoke about the importance of education, especially for those in the lower strata of society.
There was a brief presentation about SEWA, another project of the chapter, made by Arshadul Haque, project manager of SEWA. Abdul Razak Ali Al-Turki was the chief guest, and Ammar Bu Khamseen, owner MJB Electronics, and Ahmad Pullikal, owner of Badr Al-Rabie Medical Group, were the guests of honor.
The hospitality teams of the event included project manager Javed Khan, the chapter’s General Secretary Salahuddin Khan and Finance Secretary Jawed Ahmad. The advisory committee members included Younus Imam Khan, Syed Khalid Naseeruddin, Sayed Suleman Azhar, Shakil Hashmi, Zeya Khan, Syed Faiyaz Mohsin, Firozuddin Mohammad, Haseen Raza Khan, Humayun Rasheed, Ahmad Kamal Faizi, Kalim Akhtar, Naushad Siddiqui, Syed Gulrez Alam, Wasique Hashmi and Serajuddin Khan.

Operation to transport pilgrim to Mina successful: Hajj ministry

Updated 54 min 32 sec ago

Operation to transport pilgrim to Mina successful: Hajj ministry

  • Over 1.89 million Hajjis, arrived in the holy city of Makkah, according to Saudi authorities
  • Most pilgrims will leave the tented city in the morning on Monday

MAKKAH: The operation to transport pilgrims from the holy city of Makkah to Mina went successfully, the Hajj ministry said.

Abdulfattah Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, who was coordinating officials at the ministry with the preparation work for the coming days, hoped the rest of the Hajj operations would go smoothly. 

“Transporting pilgrims was done in a very smooth and simple manner,” Mashat told Arab News, “17,000 busses were used to transport pilgrims from Makkah,” he added.

The deputy minister talked of the logistics of getting the pilgrim’s to their tents and the facilities provided to them.

Most pilgrims will leave the tented city in the morning on Monday for an emotional day on and around Jabal Rahma, on Arafat’s great plain.

The ministry has also urged the pilgrims to follow the scheduled provided to them to avoid the dangers caused by overcrowding. 

Over 1.89 million Hajjis, both foreign and domestic, arrived in the holy city of Makkah, according to Saudi authorities.