Doha, Jul 20: Tulu Koota, Qatar bagged ICBF Appreciation Award in recognition of its contribution to the community during the ICBF Day celebrations at Alghazal Club, recently.
Indian ambassador, Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, who was the chief guest, handed over the award to the dynamic Tulu Koota president Ramachandra Shetty. Further, the ICBF authorities stated that “Tulu Koota, Qatar, a vibrant socio –cultural organization affiliated to ICC under the aegis of Embassy of India apart from organizing cultural and sports events is also actively involved in fulfilling their social responsibilities of extending generous support to needy and deserving members of the community through ICBF. The contributions are either in kind and volunteering their services at various community activities and extending moral support to the less fortunate whenever the need arises."
Shetty said that it is truly an outstanding honour considering only three associations were selected out of the total of more than 90 associations and testimony to Tulu Koota’s sincere service to the genuine needy community members. He requested all the members to come forward and rededicate themselves to extend our services to the less fortunate fellow Indians and Tuluvas in particular.
Naser Mohd Issa Al Sayed, director of Deportation Department under the Ministry of Interiors, Mohd Saad Ali al Kharji, director of Traffic department, NV Kader, a social worker, and Dr Sameer Kalandan, president of the Indian Medical Association (Qatar), were honoured with the ICBF appreciation award.
Speaking on the occasion, al Sayed said, “Qatar has had a very close relationship with the Indian community.
We are committed to maintain our relationship with India.” Abdul Salam, a noted social worker, and James Lawrence D’ Souza were given the ICBF humanitarian service award for their services to the Indian community in Qatar.
Salam earned special appreciation for his services provided at the mortuary of Hamad hospital after the boat mishap last year in which several Indians had been killed.
The Telugu Kala Samiti, a socio-cultural forum, Bharathi, an expatriate forum of Indian employees in Qatar Gas and RasGas, and Tulu Koota Qatar, another vibrant Indian expatriates’ organisation, were among those who were nominated for the ICBF appreciation award in Indian socio-cultural organisations category.
The Indian Media Forum (IMF), an organisation of Indian media representatives in Qatar, also received an award.
President of the IMF Ashraff Thoonery received the award.
KP Abdul Hameed, the founder of MES Indian School, received the M Kanjani ICBF award.
This award was instituted in the name M Kanjani, who is popularly known as ambassador of charity among Indian community.
Hameed has always supported the programmes organised by the ICBF. President of the ICBF, Nilangshu Dey, presided over the award function.
The other dignitaries who received the ICBF awards in different categories included Anil Nautiyal, the second-secretary at the Indian embassy and CCO of the ICBF, Divakar Poojari, Mohammed Issa, Habib Nabi, Arvind Patil, Devis Edakulathur and Sam Basheer, all office-bearers of the ICBF.