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Indian Ambassador P.Kumaran addressing the reception of 69th Republic Day declared that 2019 will be celebrated as Qatar-India Year of Culture. He said that “The year 2019 will be celebrated as the Qatar-India Year of Culture. We expect to organize in partnership with Qatar Museums a plethora of exciting cultural exhibitions and events that will highlight the cultural and traditional ties that bind us,”

The event was attended by various dignitaries such including the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, H E Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi; Minister of Development Planning and Statistics H E Dr Saleh Mohammed Salem Al Nabit; Ibrahim Fakhroo, Chief of Protocol, several ambassadors and members of Indian community.

He further stressed on importance of India- Qatar relations stating that Indian corporate look at Qatar as a promising market and are today pursuing collaborations in a number of areas, including infrastructure, information and communication technology, energy and other areas to the mutual benefit of both sides.

“Qatar’s exports to India amount to nearly $10bn per year, making India the third largest export destination for Qatari products. On the other hand, Qatar’s imports from India, currently at about $1.2bn, have grown at a healthy rate over the past several years,”

He further stated that due to direct linking Indian ports with Qatar has led to substantial increase in Qatar’s imports from India. Moreover a total of 24 fully owned Indian companies and an estimated 6000 Qatar-India joint ventures operate in various sectors of the Qatari economy.

Various recent policy decisions taken by Qatar in context to Qatar Petroleum’s decision to expand LNG output from the North Field to 100 million tonnes, Liberalisation of visa regulations, changes introduced to Company Law, the new Free Zone regulations and the proposed Permanent Residency scheme for longstanding foreign residents have stimulated strong economic relations between India and Qatar.

The strengthening of relations is also evident from the fact that number of Indian trade delegations have visited Qatar in recent months, to participate in trade exhibitions and explore business opportunities and Indian is also keen on hosting Qatari companies for collaboration in India.

Further he stated that “We appreciate Qatar’s contribution to India’s energy security, as a reliable long-term partner for our increasing energy needs. Qatar is the largest exporter of LNG and LPG to India. Our Petroleum Minister is on record as having said that India plans to increase the share of natural gas in India’s energy mix, currently at about 7 percent to 20 percent by 2030,” Also “Qatar will therefore continue to be a key partner in our energy security calculus for many years to come,”.

Moreover, strengthening of relations between India and Qatar are of extreme importance for the welfare and well-being at the India community in Qatar which is a matter of priority. Hopefully the continued development in the relation will lead to prosperity paths for both the countries.

Indian expats which is one of the largest expat community, constituting more than 25% of the population, in Qatar celebrated 69th Republic Day at Indian Embassy with much patriotism and vigor. Indian ambassador to Qatar P Kumaran raised up the Tricolour Flag at the Embassy of India premises in Doha yesterday.

The ceremony was attended by large number of Indian expiates including professionals, families, schoolchildren, representatives of socio-cultural organisations as well as embassy officials.

The celebrations included National Anthem sung by school students and a special message by President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

The message expressed that India’ nation building project is not limited to its own country but is to contribute to building a better world which is more composite and cohesive world, a world that is at peace with itself and at peace with nature.

His speech further expressed about the human resource capability of India that “A confident and forward-looking nation is built by confident and forward-looking young people. Over 60 percent of our fellow citizens are below the age of 35. It is in them that our hopes lie.”

“In 2020, our Republic will turn 70. In 2022, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of our independence. These are special occasions and we must strive, in the manner of the leaders of our national movement and the framers of our Constitution, to build the edifice of a better India an India where each and every citizen will be able to realise his or her full potential. An India that will reach its deserved pedestal in the 21st century,” further quoted the ambassador.

With this further patriotic songs were presented by the school children in honour of their nation. Apart from the stated audience and performers the event was studded with President of Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) Milan Arun, President of Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) Devis Edakkalathur, as well as officials of Indian schools, prominent Indian community members and management committee members of ICC, ICBF, Indian Business Professionals Council and Kerala Business Forum.

Film, apart from being a source of entertainment are a form of expression that portrays bits of society by various perspectives, becoming an inseparable part of both history and culture.

Doha Film Institute Cinema (DFI Cinema) giving due importance to the concept has launched it new ‘Contemporary Releases’ programme. The program will aim at screening unique selection of the latest internationally and regionally acclaimed films for audience in Qatar.

The program is to debut with Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s ‘The Other Side of Hope’, which will portray the struggles of an asylum-seeker in a heart-warming manner, coupled with humour and the spirit of human kindness. Finland’s best -known screenwriter and film director Kaurismäki debuted as independent director with Crime and Punishment (1983) and gained worldwide attention with Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989).

‘The Other Side of Hope’ received both applauds and awards. It won the 2017 Silver Bear for best director at Berlin International Film Festival Also, it was also selected to screen at the 2017 Toronto, New York and Telluride film festivals. In addition to it, the film also won the FIPRESCI Film of the Year prize at the San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017. The programme will give an opportunity to audience in Qatar on Thursday at 4.30pm and on Friday at 4.30pm and 7pm, at the Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium.

As per the statement given to The Peninsula, Fatma Al Remaihi, Chief Executive Officer of DFI, said: “The DFI Cinema series provide an opportunity to local audiences to watch films that have set standards for their craft and narrative strength, and have pushed boundaries to turn stories into brilliant and inventive cinema. With our ‘Contemporary Releases’ programming series, we are presenting the latest works by regional and international filmmakers that have received critical acclaim, and offer our discerning audiences in Qatar with the opportunity to catch up with some of the most powerful films of our time.”

The heart-warming drama set in Helsinki. It is story of two people searching for a place to call home. It portrays character of displaced Syrian Khaled (Sherwan Haji) who lands as a stowaway and middle-aged salesman Wikstrِm (Sakari Kuosmanen) who leaves behind his wife and job and buys a clearly unprofitable seafood restaurant. The story catches phase when Khaled is denied asylum and decides to stick without returning to Aleppo. Further how the paths of the two men cross unexpectedly.

People interested in the film have a wonderful opportunity to watch the screening.  Tickets for the show are available at or at the DFI Ticket Outlet at the MIA Auditorium priced QR35 with a QR10 discount for students .Culture Pass are available for Qatar Museums holders.