Indian VP honors envoy for excellence in foreign service

Updated 08 March 2014
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Indian VP honors envoy for excellence in foreign service

Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari presented the 3rd S. K. Singh award for excellence in Indian Foreign Service to Sibi George, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of India in Riyadh.
Surinder Bhagat, embassy spokesperson, told Arab News on Friday that George was given the award for excellence in foreign services at a function in New Delhi on Thursday evening.
The vice president congratulated George for the outstanding services he rendered to Indian compatriots in the Kingdom.
Ansari himself had served as the Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia before his elevation to the post of vice-president.
The award is named after the former Foreign Secretary and Governor Shailendra Kumar Singh, a diplomat widely respected within the IFS community for his acumen, professionalism and leadership.
S. K. Singh memorial trust led by Manju Singhi has instituted this award to recognize exceptional work in the field of diplomacy.
George, the 1993 batch IFS officer has been recognized for rendering outstanding services to the Indian community during Saudi campaign on illegal expatriates. His achievements attain more importance given the difficult situation during the grace period.
Expressing his happiness over the recognition, George told Arab News over the telephone, “While this award acknowledges the good work by the recipient, it is also meant to inspire others to excel in the line of duty.”
Senior Indian diplomat D. Bala Venkatesh Varma, a key member of the negotiating team that saw the Indo-US nuclear deal through, was the first recipient of the award “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen India’s position in the global nuclear order”.


Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

Updated 17 November 2018
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Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

  • The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah
  • More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show

DUBAI: After a successful run in Khobar last week, Road to Ad Diriyah, a racing-themed entertainment event, is set to visit Jeddah as the country gears up for all-electric street car-racing activities in December.

More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show, which featured racing-themed activities heralding the upcoming 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Dec. 13 to 15, a first-of-its-kind sporting event in the Middle East.

The Jeddah edition opens on Nov. 22, with most of the activities from the previous one, as well as an e-sports competition whose winner will take home SAR 1,000,000.

The ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah e-sports championship allows fans to command a SAR 250,000 professional racing simulator. The 16 best participants will then be invited to Ad Diriyah in December for the grand finals.

The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of what the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah will be like.

Bavaria Zaman, who visited the Khobar show with husband Rashid Khan and kids Nawal, Daiin and Nashin, said: "I think it's fantastic. The kids are running around and having fun."

The upcoming E-Prix is the first in a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).