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“Special” Passports For Diplomats: Kuwait, India Agree on Exemption Of Entry Visas

According to official figures, Indians at nearly 700,000 make up for the largest expat community in Kuwait.

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It also authorises the holders of such passports to extend their stay after the expiry of the period after the approval of the competent authorities in accordance with the legal provisions in force. Pixabay

An agreement signed by the governments of Kuwait and India on mutual exemption of entry visa for diplomatic, official and “special” passports has been implemented from February 19, diplomatic sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here.

The Al-Anba daily quoted the sources as saying on Wednesday that the agreement was signed between the governments on October 31, 2018.

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“Special” passports has been implemented from February 19, diplomatic sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here. Pixabay

Citizens of both countries who hold the passports will be allowed to enter, exit or transit through the international ports without a visa and enter the territory of the other party without obtaining a visa and residence for up to 60 days, the Arab Times reports.

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It also authorises the holders of such passports to extend their stay after the expiry of the period after the approval of the competent authorities in accordance with the legal provisions in force, provided that the passports are valid for a period not less than six months from the date of entry into the territory of either party.According to official figures, Indians at nearly 700,000 make up for the largest expat community in Kuwait. (IANS)

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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)