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#MindSpeaks : When we cross milestones unknowingly!

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Just noticed a special anniversary celebration passed away without getting to notice!. 42nd anniversary of one of the most prominent newspapers in the UAE – Khaleej Times.

I consider it as a real honor to be featured in their 40th anniversary edition of #KhaleejTimes 2 years ago. Thank you @khaleejtimes It’s getting better and better every year – both the print and online version. Of course the social media interaction and videos too are outstanding.

The paper has been an integral part for me in promoting my photograhy and writing talent as well as highlight community issues.

Life goes on….

#PhotoSpeaks – Salute the unsung heroes

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At 3:25 am, the Khaleej Times newspaper is already at my door step. Thank you guys. You are part of our unsung heroes!.

In this present situation, it is our duty say thank you to you, for continuing to do, what you have been doing all these years. Whether it is rain, sandstorm, or now, Covid-19, You are always duty bound to be ahead.

For all, this is the best time, if you are with your children to bring back the old habit of reading aloud from the printed books, magazines and newspapers. Try it out!.

Thank you and #WorkingTogetherWorks – We all will follow government and regulatory guidelines and will win over this phase too.

Best wishes to all #unsungheroes – who make things happen these days.

@rameshmenonauh / #TalentShare / RameshMenonAbuDhabi

23 March 2020 / 3:25 AM


News update: Coronavirus: No health events, activities for three months, says Abu Dhabi

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The Department of Health, Abu Dhabi, has urged all healthcare facilities to cancel all health events and activities, planned or otherwise, for the months of March, April and May, in a bid to control the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

According to a circular issued by the department to all healthcare facilities, which Khaleej Times has read, the decision was made as part of its efforts to put public benefit as a top priority and to ensure adequate measures against the spread of the epidemic.

The circular also said the decision was made following the increasing number of detected cases in different countries all over the world and in the Middle East.

Presently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has increased the assessment of the risk spread and risk impact of Covid-19 to very high in the global level.

Source: Khaleej Times

News update: Covid-19: DHA answers five common questions

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Dr. Hend Al Awadhi, Head of health promotion and education section at DHA answers five common questions that UAE residents have on the Covid-19. From self-isolation to verification of rumours, here’s all you need to know about the virus outbreak in the country.

Read more and listen to her at: Khaleej Times

News Update: Mystery shopper app to rate govt services launched in UAE

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A phone app that lets UAE residents evaluate government services has been launched, it was announced on Monday. The UAE Mystery Shopper app is available in eight languages: Arabic, English, Urdu, Hindi, Spanish, Chinese, French and Russian to cater to the needs of customers from different nationalities in the country.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, took to social media to announce the app’s launch.

Read more at Khaleej Times

Information Update: Dh500,000 fine for posting photo online without permission in UAE

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Offenders can also be jailed.

Q1) I attended a wedding in the emirate of Al Ain last month, where I made the acquaintance of many guests, who graced the occasion. I also came in contact with a woman who was friendly in her interaction with me, and with whom I went on to pose for photographs. Thereafter, I posted a selfie clicked with her on one of my social media accounts as a story without seeking permission from the said woman, considering that she too had posted many photographs of herself and others from the same wedding on her social media platform. However, now the said woman has threatened to file a case against me for posting a photograph (in which she is present), without her consent. Further, the photograph I had posted is no longer there on my account. Will there be any legal implications?

Read more at: Khaleej Times

News Update: Safety first: UAE suspends major events to beat coronavirus

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Safety first: UAE suspends major events to beat coronavirus–1

Many upcoming major entertainment events in the nation’s capital and Dubai are under consideration following the new coronavirus outbreak in the UAE. (Coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates)

Tips to protect oneself at an event: 

– Maintain mouth and nose barriers by wearing masks

– Maintain optimal hand hygiene

– Use a hand sanitizer with 90 per cent alcohol

– Clean surfaces of mobile phones and other gadgets

– Avoid touching surfaces

– Wash hands repeatedly

– Avoid touching your face

– To sneeze, use wipes or cough on to a sleeve

– Don’t share food and beverages at venues

– Use disposable plates and cutlery

– Don’t share cutlery

– Organisers must ask staff members to stay alert and appoint health inspectors onsite

– Avoid handshakes and hugs if possible

Read more at: Khaleej Times

News update: Coronavirus: UAE ministry issues warning about use of masks

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The Ministry of Health and Community Protection in UAE has warned residents against the usage of N 95 masks, as a preventive measure for the coronavirus.

The ministry’s statement as posted on Wam official Twitter account said that N95 masks are only meant to be used by medical staff working in entities treating coronavirus patients. Use of these masks by the general public may impose pressure on the user’s respiratory system and may cause respiratory diseases among its users.

The use of these masks is also strictly forbidden for children.

Read more at: Khaleej Times


AaDhaar – NRIs new fear! To or not to apply for Aadhaar?

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Mind Speaks - Aadhaar 26 July 2017ccTo news reports published in prominent newspapers Khaleej Times and Gulf News have created lot of confusion and fear among NRIs based in UAE.

On 24th July 2017, Khaleej Times came out with the news below:

NRIs urged to apply for Aadhaar Card

Filed on July 24, 2017 | Last updated on July 24, 2017 at 08.29 am

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Non-resident Indians (NRIs) are advised to apply for the Aaadhar card to avail of state benefits and for hassle-free transactions in future.

According to a manager of the NRI section of State Bank of India (SBI), the government has not exempted Indian expats from the Aadhaar card.

Jose GL, NRI section manager at SBI’s Varkala branch, Kerala, told Khaleej Times:

“My advice to NRIs is to apply for Aadhar Card, as there is a chance for the government to make it mandatory for expats as well. Without an announcement, the government has now asked everyone to link their Permanent Account Number (Pan) with Aadhaar, for income tax returns. There is no doubt that Aadhaar will become compulsory and beneficial for several transactions in the coming years.”


Today, 26th July 2017 Gulf News have come out with a totally contradictory version of it:

‘NRIs not eligible for Aadhaar ID card’

Published: 14:32 July 26, 2017

Binsal Abdul Kader, Senior Reporter

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If banks, or any Indian institutions, demand that Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) produce Aadhaar for official transactions, simply inform them that NRIs are not eligible for the identity card issued to residents of India, a top Indian official told Gulf News on Tuesday.

“Just tell them that we [NRIs] are not eligible for Aadhaar, therefore, don’t force us to produce it,” Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said in a telephone interview from New Delhi.






Whether to apply for an Aadhaar, the thought has now become aa dar (upcoming fear) for expatriates here.

Who to follow and what to do is very important and appreciate responsible newspapers should do necessary homework before publishing such important formation of high importance.

Appreciate to have a clarification from the Indian Embassy authorities on which of these reports are to be followed by all.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

26th July 2017




Scholarship by Dubai Health Authority to boost medical education in Dubai

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The initiative by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to sponsor emirati medical students with  Dh6,500 monthly grant, if they do a major in medicine and Dh5,000 per month if they want to continue studies in the field of paramedics and nursing is great!. 130 students are set to benefit from “Sponsoring Emiratis in the Medical Sector Programme.”.

Recent study news that came out in the regional press stated that GCC students place less importance to STEM subjects and this scholarship will definitely attract more students to take up medical education.

Medical education, unlike other, takes a longer period for students to complete and settle in and be financially self-sufficient and thus create less interest among students. This is obvious from DHA’s Annual Health Statistical Report for 2015, showing a total of 1,612 Emiratis currently working in the medical sector in Dubai. Category-wise statistics says 276 physicians, 106 dentists, 50 nurses, 29 pharmacists are working in Dubai hospitals and primary health centres.

Mind Speaks on the news in Khaleej Times: Dh6,500 monthly grant, job for Emirati medical students