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Marhaba Namo: a public reception for Modi in UAE

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All roads in Dubai would be leading to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium where 50,000 Indian expatriates have registered for ‘Marhaba Namo’ – a grand public reception being held for visiting Indian Prime Minister,Narendra Modi today evening.
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Modi, who is on a two-day visit to the United  Arab Emirates, is to address the Marhaba Namo,  which is being touted as another Madison  Square-like event.The ‘Marhaba Namo’ is being  hailed as unprecedented in the history of the  UAE where for the first time a visiting head of s  state has been allowed a reception on this scale.

 

 

The seating capacity inside the stadium is 30,000, an additional 15,000 will be accommodated outside the stadium, where food stalls, DJs and two large video walls will broadcast Modi’s speech live.
Seeing the unprecedented response, the organizing committee issued an alert that registering online is not a guarantee for admission into the Dubai Cricket Stadium.

Under directives of Dubai Police, the organizers said that gates to the stadium will open at 3 p.m. to allow the public. Modi is expected to address the event at 8 p.m. in an hour-long address.The cultural programme will begin at 6.30 p.m. featuring 35 international artistes who have been flown down especially for the event.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is organizing around 200 public buses to take people to and from the stadium.A press statement issued by ‘Marhaba Namo’ said that online registration through a dedicated website www.namoindubai.ae does not ensure entry to the stadium for the public reception for Modi.

Access to the event would be on first come first entry basis, it said.”Gates of the stadium will be closed as soon as it is filled to capacity,” the statement added.Children below five years of age will not be allowed and bringing of food, cameras and video cameras will be restricted, said organizers.

Around 40,000 food packets will be ready for visitors and free water will be provided, they said.Giant screens outside the stadium will display the event live for people unable to enter the stadium, the organisers said.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Anurag Bhushan, Indian consul general, said: “We are privileged that Modi has decided to pay a visit which comes after 34 years after the last visit made by the then prime minister, Indira Gandhi, in 1981. The fact that he is coming here on a standalone visit makes the Indian community justifiably proud. We want this to be a momentous and memorable event.”

B.R. Shetty, member of the reception organizing committee Namo in Dubai, said: “This is a dream come true for all Indian expatriates. We want this event to conclude smoothly so that both the Indian government and the UAE government can have reason to be proud of the Indian community here.”

Five ambulances – three for the stadium and two for the spillover crowd – have been deployed. A team of 55 health-care professionals comprising 30 doctors, 12 paramedics and 13 nurses will be in attendance. They will be split in teams of five attending to medical emergencies inside and outside the stadium, said gulfnews.com.

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Over 1,000 volunteers wearing badges will assist the  people, in addition to 340 private security personnel and a  contingent of Dubai Police.While radio stations will  provide live updates, no live relay of the speech has been  permitted by the National Media Council, it said.

The UAE is home to 2.6 million Indian workers.

(IANS)

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UAE Gets Help From An Indian Student, Develops Robot Cleaner For The State

"Recycling just one tonne of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy"

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"The robot is autonomous and provides the facility for the optional switching of the ploughing system when required," he said. Pixabay

An Indian student has invented robots to help the United Arab Emirates (UAE) become greener, including a cleaner bot that preserves the marine environment and another that helps minimize human labour on farms, the media reported.

Sainath Manikandan, a student at the GEMS United Indian School here, built the Marine Robot Cleaner (MBot Cleaner) and Agriculture Robot (Agribot), and said he hopes that authorities would implement his inventions on a bigger scale, the Khaleej Times reported on Thursday.

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Last year, Manikandan collected nearly 2,500 kg of paper and 250 kg of plastics. Pixabay

His mission with the robots is to help protect marine species and the farmers who work in warmer countries like the UAE.

“MBot is a prototype robot that can remove floating wastes from surface water. It is basically shaped like a boat and can be operated remotely with a radio control. It runs with two motors that help the boat move in the water. Popsicle sticks are attached to a wheel and then to the third motor to push the waste from the water bodies into the storage basket,” he said.

The student added that by developing the MBot on a bigger scale, “we can try to preserve our marine species and environment”.

His AgriBot is a machine that is also powered by solar panels, instead of batteries.

Manikandan has suggested that drones be used along with this robot to assist and control the seed-planting process on farms.

“The purpose of AgriBot is to help the farmers in hot countries like the UAE. It is designed to minimize the labour of farmers, in addition to increasing the speed and accuracy of the work. It performs the elementary functions involved in farming, such as ploughing the field, sowing seeds, and covering the seeds with soil.

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His mission with the robots is to help protect marine species and the farmers who work in warmer countries like the UAE. Pixabay

“The robot is autonomous and provides the facility for the optional switching of the ploughing system when required,” he said.

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Last year, Manikandan collected nearly 2,500 kg of paper and 250 kg of plastics.

“Recycling just one tonne of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy,” he added. (IANS)