How Qatar crisis affect Travel Industry

by chesta9. June 2017 15:17



Amid the biggest diplomatic crisis in the Gulf after four Arab nations cut ties with Qatar – accusing it of destabilising the region with its support for Islamist groups, its state-owned flag carrier (Qatar Airways) has begun diverting its flights to Europe, North America and North Africa via Iran instead of Saudi Arabia, flight monitoring services said on Tuesday.



An image by flight tracking group Flightradar24 showing the reroutes that Qatar Airways flights will have to take because of the blockade.


Qatar Airways has offered all its customers an alternative route or refunds on their flights. Analysts said the altered routes for Qatar Airways flights will lead to longer flying time.

The cutting of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on one side and Qatar on the other has resulted in the closure of the airspace of these countries to Qatari flights.

The flight suspensions will immediately impact passengers on busy air routes between the Qatari capital, Doha, and other Middle Eastern cities, such as Egypt, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. 



   •     FOOD : Qatar might have natural gas or oil, but it doesn't really produce its own food, almost all of it comes from Saudi Arabia. Now that the borders have been shut, food prices in Qatar could skyrocket.


   •     FUEL : Qatar’s stock prices have already been hit, but oil is going up. Benchmark crude is already trading at around $50 a barrel. Any kind of instability in the Middle East tends to affect the oil prices, and the longer they stay unresolved the longer you pay more to fill up your tanks in the morning.



   •     FLIGHTS : Qatar Airways is one of the biggest airlines in the world which is no longer allowed to use the Saudi, Bahraini, Egyptian or Emirati airspace, which means flights to Africa or even North America would have to take a huge detour resulting in more fuel, more time in the air and some say higher ticket prices.


           Although flights between Chennai or other Indian cities and Qatar have not been suspended, people who land in Doha may face trouble because the country has stopped exchanging dollars for Qatari riyal.


     People who had booked tickets to return to India from other countries in the Middle East on Qatar Airways or on flights that come via Doha will get affected. Those who have booked via Doha to travel onwards from Chennai may not be affected now as flights are being operated. However, if the crisis continues it will lead to a dip in travellers via Doha to the US and Europe




External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that India is constantly monitoring the situation in Qatar which is facing crisis after isolation by four Gulf countries. The minister’s statement came in reply to a user who tweeted that her brother and other Indians were still stuck in Qatar and they need help from the government to bring them back.


The person had tweeted, “@SushmaSwaraj My brother wid other Indians stuck in Qatar wid storage of basic enmities, they need our govt help. Plz hlp to bring dem back”, to which Swaraj replied, “This is just not correct. We are constantly monitoring the situation in Qatar”.



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Celebrate Sweden National Day June 6th

by Administrator5. June 2017 12:24


Swedes celebrate their National Day on 6 June in honour of two historical events. On 6 June 1523, Gustav Vasa was elected king, and on the same date in 1809, the country adopted a new constitution. Not known for displaying their national pride, this day offers a rare chance to see Swedes waving the flag.


National Day Celebrations


Time: 6 June 12.00-16.00
Location: Humlegården, parkleken

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Time: 6 June 12.00-18.00
Location: Rålambshovsparken

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Time: 6 June 11.30-15.00
Location: Farsta Centrum, Farsta gård

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Time: 6 June 11.00-16.00
Location: Skärholmens Gård

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Time: 6 June 12.00-15.00
Location: Solursparken

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National Day Gallop

Time: 6 June 12.30-16.30
Location: Gärdet




Traditional horse race on the classical land of Gärdet, Djurgården. The event also includes a lot of family activities.

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Time: 6 June 10.00-19.30
Location: Skansken


The tradition of celebrating a National Day in Sweden was born at Skansen.

Artur Hazelius, the founder of Skansen, wanted to establish an annual day that would be a patriotic focus for the nation and he chose the sixth of June. This was the day on which, in 1523, Gustav Vasa had been proclaimed king and it was also the day on which the current constitution had been agreed in 1809.


Sweden's National Day has been celebrated at Skansen every year since 1893. For many years the celebration was known as National Flag Day but the day has now been marked by a public holiday.

This will be celebrated in traditional fashion: members of the royal family join a procession to Skansen where there are speeches, flag ceremony, singing, brass bands, folk music, etc., broadcast live by Swedish Television.

The programme on Solliden stage is broadcasted live in the Swedish public service channel SVT.


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Time: 6 June 12.00-19.00
Location: Golfängarna, Sundbyberg

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Time: 6 June 12.00-14.00
Location: Gammila

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Time: 6 June 12.00-13.30
Location: Wadköping

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Solang Valley to Sweden - A Brief Interview With the Indian Junior Ski Team

by Michelle Job20. March 2017 06:00

Last Wednesday, Search Indie was privileged to interview two unsung heroes and their coaches! Alwyn Kanwar and Anil Chand - two of the leading Indian skiers proudly represented India alongside 41 countries at the 2017 FIS Junior World Alpine Skiing Championships that was held at Åre, Sweden! 

Alwyn Kanwar & Anil Chand - Indian Junior Ski Champs at Åre, Sweden. Photo: Bhola Ram

Alwyn Kanwar & Anil Chand - Indian Junior Ski Champs at Åre, Sweden. Photo: Coach Bhola Ram

Seated in the comfy little Indian Street Food & Co Restaurant with the Indian aroma wafting through the air, we asked the players and the coaches what it meant to go after a sport that is rarely spoken about in India. For that they replied, "To pursue Skiing in India requires a lot of perseverance, dedication, hard work and heavy investment from our pockets."

Coach Bhola Ram with the Champs. Photo: Bhola Ram

Coach Bhola Ram with the Champs. Photo: Coach Bhola Ram

Coaches Bhola Ram and Ludar Thakur recall, "We grew up in the scenic Solang Valley of Manali, India. Skiing was a part of our lives. As kids we used to  go to school on wooden skis. It was later when our hometown started getting famous for tourism, we began to see international tourists and the ski equipments they brought along! We then requested our friends and family abroad to buy us professional skis."

Coach Ludhar Thakur with the Champs. Photo: Bhola Ram

Coach Ludhar Thakur with the Champs. Photo: Coach Bhola Ram

"Our love for skiing took us to the National Ski Institute, Gulmarg, Kashmir. After completion of training, we participated in several contests and won laurels. Today, we are privileged to train these two exceptionally talented and passionate sportsmen!"

Coaches Bhola Ram and Ludar Thakur. Photo: Michelle Job Photography

Coaches Bhola Ram and Ludar Thakur. Photo: Michelle Job Photography

Alwyn is a BA Psychology student and Anil is a BSc Computer Science student.They are the leading skiers in the Indian Junior Ski category. They were selected for this year's Junior World Alpine Championships based on their merit and their FIS score. They contested in both the Slalom and the Giant Slalom. Although they did not win the championship, they optimistically shared, "We received a lot of appreciation and encouragement from the European contestants. Meeting other contestants, watching them Ski, exchanging ideas and techniques, gave us a world of exposure!"

Alwyn Kanwar & Anil Chand - Leading Indian Junior Ski Champs. Photo: Michelle Job Photography

Alwyn Kanwar & Anil Chand - Leading Indian Junior Ski Champs. Photo: Michelle Job Photography

"Given the conditions in India - lack of facilities, equipment and financial support from the Indian government, it is extremely challenging to rise to international standards unlike contestants from other nations. Since our mountain slopes are not manually groomed for skiing, we travel to countries like Turkey, Italy and Japan to practice and partake in competitions."

"Except for a very small percentage of financial aid from the International Ski Federation, we do not have any other support. It is our families, who believe in us and our talent, who invest in us!" 

With so many odds against them, we wanted to know what drives them to go after this sport. Alwyn replied, "It is in me. It has been my life. My parents are skiers and it was passed on to me from birth. It is my passion. My everything!"

"Our life's dream and goal is to participate in the Olympics. We are striving our very best. If we could have financial support from the Indian government, adequate recognition and motivation from the Indian media and our countrymen, our dream can come true!"

It was almost time for us to wrap up our interview as the team had an appointment with the honorable Indian Ambassador to Sweden & Latvia, Ms. Monika Kapil Mohta. While we shook hands and conveyed our best wishes for their future, we popped our final question - What does Skiing do to you as a person? What do you feel when you Ski?

"Happiness!" said Anil.

"Joy and peace!" said Alwyn.

"Thrill and joy!" said Coach Ludar.

"Each time I ski on some of the worlds most spectacular slopes, I feel very close to God!" concludes Coach Bhola Ram!

The Indian Junior Ski Team with Honorable Ambassador to Sweden & Lativa, Ms. Monika Kapil Mohta. Photo: Indian Embassy of Sweden

The Indian Junior Ski Team with Honorable Ambassador to Sweden & Lativa, Ms. Monika Kapil Mohta. Photo: Indian Embassy of Sweden

Here are two simple ways in which you can extend your support to our Junior Ski Champs -

  • SHARE THIS ARTICLE on your social media and spread their story and talent! Let's show our young sportsmen how proud we are of them!
  • SPONSOR - there are different ways in which you can invest in these future olympians! Write to us and we will tell you how!


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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017

by Administrator1. February 2017 23:17


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 , Bengaluru, Karnataka 7-9 January 2017


Search Indie team attended PBD 2017 for the first time and we are overwhelmed how the the event was organised right from the point of registering the event online, the continuous information which was shared with us during the weeks before the event.

PBD 2017 had an amazing idea of connecting the attendees with an app, by which one can book meetings with other attendees a week before the event.



We had really good discussion with IDF at the event and the projects they are doing together with the support of NRIs




Dr. Carani Balaraman Sanjeevi from Karolinska Institutet won Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards-2017


Photo Courtesy : Karolinska Institutet


 PBD 2017 was streamed live, so all the sessions can be watched through this link. 


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Ashwathi Pillai signed contract with Täby RacketCenter

by Administrator23. June 2016 10:07



Ashwathi Pillai the young talented Badminton player from India signed a contract as Professional Player with Täby Racket Centre on 21st June. This means she will be getting more opportunities in International tournaments and Täby Racket Center will be supporting her more to achieve her dream of becoming the best player from Sweden.




During the short meeting Kent Kote Managing Director of Täby Badminton AB talked about the history of the club his experience with badminton and Ashwathi’s acheivements till now.He also explained the vision for Ashwathi with the 2020 Olympics.



Cecilia Trojmar Coordinator, Product Information, FLIR Systems AB and Joakim Pedersen HR Business Partner, FLIR Systems AB also present at the occasion as they signed a contract for sponsorship. Cecilia talked about the background of the Täby based company and its vision to have more Engineers especially female. FLIR Systems AB has 400 people at their office at Täby mostly engineers in Electrical, Mechanical, IT background. They want their employees to be physically fit and this partnership with Ashwathi will strengthen their vision for that.




Agata Rzepczyk, Digital Street who is also a badminton player helped to design the logo for Ashwathi. She also collected Ashwathi’s inputs for designing the official T-Shirt. She explained the dynamics behind choosing the colors for the T-Shirt to the detailing of the logo for Ashwathi.

Ashwathi also signed a contract with ELITE Hotels which was founded by Bicky Chakraborthy which has now 27 hotels all over Sweden.







Later Kent published the official Facebook Page of Ashwathi Pillai. The official document with the club also signed.

Joakim, presented her accessories from FLIR Systems.





Now you can follow Ashwathi Pilliai through her official Facebook Page

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