New ‘comprehensive’ website to serve Sri Lankan expatriates

IN FOCUS: Sri Lankan Consul General M. Faizer Mackeen logs in the new website in Jeddah. (AN photo)
Updated 05 October 2016
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New ‘comprehensive’ website to serve Sri Lankan expatriates

RIYADH: The Sri Lanka Consulate in Jeddah launched a comprehensive website on the first day of the new Islamic year to enable the country’s expatriates to avail themselves of its services, and for others to have a glimpse into the island’s tourist and economic potentials for mutual benefits.
The website, scgjeddah.embassy.gov.lk, will help to promote Sri Lanka in all aspects, with a provision to contact government officials and even the country’s president, prime minister and other top officials at a click of a button.
Designed and developed by Consul General M. Faizer Mackeen, the site was formally launched by Attaché Victor Wijetunga, senior officer at the mission at the request of Mackeen.
The site has been technically projected by Geeth Jayalath and Sameera Dananjaya Wijeratne with a team from Trans Technologies.
”The web portal is a referral website to the world at large, especially to the people of the Kingdom, providing enhanced information on trade, investment, tourism, and foreign employment, supported with lots of other features,” Mackeen told Arab News.
He pointed out that the best part of the website is that companies and organizations can have their enquiries or complaints on existing matters registered at the mission.
”Migrants working in the Kingdom would also have the opportunity to forward their problems through this website without visiting to make a complaint personally about their grievances,” he added.
He said the website also gives an important opportunity for Sri Lankans to communicate with the consul general’s office on matters related to their work and stay in the Kingdom.
Haj and Umrah operators are also covered on this website.
During the next Haj or Umrah season, he said operators would be called upon to form their respective list of pilgrims in the system with their names, date of birth, and other details to enable the mission to coordinate activities and monitor their movements till their departure back to Sri Lanka without leaving room for overstay in the Kingdom.
Moreover, he said this web portal would act as a useful reference to trading activities in the absence of an attaché at the mission to handle the trade affairs of the mission.
“Promoting Sri Lanka as a destination for Arab tourists, as well as for Saudis visiting for business, are our primary concerns,” he said, pointing out that Saudis can also apply for entry visas to the island through the portal of the immigration department.


DiplomaticQuarter: Indian Embassy to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

June 21 is annually known as the International Day of Yoga.
Updated 21 June 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: Indian Embassy to celebrate 4th International Yoga Day

  • The UN General Assembly in September 2015 responded positively to India’s request that June 21 be commemorated worldwide each year as International Yoga Day
  • Saudi yoga trainer Dr. Nouf Marwaai has been honored with one of India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma Shri, for popularizing yoga

RIYADH: The Indian Embassy in Riyadh has organized an event to celebrate the fourth International Day of Yoga on Thursday.
It will be held at the Al-Madi Park in the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center in Riyadh under the supervision of Indian Ambassador Ahmad Javed.
The program is expected to be attended by Saudi men and women, as well as foreign diplomats and members of the Indian community.
The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on June 21 since its inception in 2015.
The UN General Assembly in September 2015 responded positively to India’s request that June 21 be commemorated worldwide each year as International Yoga Day.
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice attributed to India; June 21 is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and shares special significance in some parts of the world.
In the run-up to the celebration, the embassy organized the yoga day function at the International Indian School-Riyadh (IISR). About 200 IISR male and female students participated in the program in the school auditorium.
Saudi yoga trainer Dr. Nouf Marwaai has also been honored with one of India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma Shri, for popularizing yoga. She was the first certified yoga instructor in Saudi Arabia. Marwaai is also the founder of the Arab Yoga Foundation, which was established in 2010. It was the first yoga organization in the Gulf region.