Saturday 24 September 2022

FIFA World Cup official anthems and songs

FIFA World Cup anthems and songs are tunes and songs adopted officially by FIFA that are used prior to the World Cup event and accompany the championships during the event. These tunes and songs are also used in advertising campaigns for the World Cup event. These songs are usually multilingual and include English, the official language of the organizing country, Spanish and other languages. Since 1962, every World Cup has had an official theme song which has been a hit across the world. Some of the most popular FIFA World Cup theme songs and anthems include La Copa de la Vida sung by Ricky Martin, Waka Waka sung by Shakira, and Wavin' Flag sung by K'Naan. The theme song of the upcoming 2022 World Cup, Hayya Hayya (Better Together) sung by Trinidad Cardona, Davido and AISHA, has already caught the attention of the world.

1962 World Cup

Official song: El Rock del Mundial

Performer: Los Ramblers

Host: Chile

1966 World Cup

Official song: World Cup Willie

Performer: Lonnie Donegan

Host: England

1970 World Cup

Official song: Fútbol México 70

Performer: Los Hermanos Zavala

Host: Mexico

1974 World Cup

Official song: Futbol

Performer: Maryla Rodowicz

Host: West Germany

1978 World Cup

Official song: El Mundial

Performer: Buenos Aires Municipal Symphony

Host: Argentina

1982 World Cup

Official song: Mundial '82

Performer: Plácido Domingo

Host: Spain

1986 World Cup

Official song: El mundo unido por un balón

Performer: Juan Carlos Abara

Host: Mexico

1990 World Cup

Official song: Un'estate italiana

Performers: Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini (Italian) Giorgio Moroder Project (English)

Host: Italy

1994 World Cup

Official song: Gloryland

Performers: Daryl Hall and Sounds of Blackness

Host: USA

1998 World Cup

Official Anthem: La Cour des Grands (Do You Mind If I Play)

Performers: Youssou N'Dour and Axelle Red

Official song: La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life)

Performer: Ricky Martin

Host: France

2002 World Cup

Official Anthem: Anthem

Performer: Vangelis

Official song: Boom

Performer: Anastacia

Host: Japan and South Korea

2006 World Cup

Official Anthem: Zeit dass sich was dreht (Celebrate The Day)

Performers: Herbert Grönemeyer featuring Amadou & Mariam

Official song: The Time of Our Lives

Performers: Il Divo, featuring Toni Braxton

Host: Germany

2010 World Cup

Official Promotional Anthem: Sign of a victory

Performers: R. Kelly, featuring the Soweto Spiritual Singers

Official Anthem: Wavin' Flag

Performers: K'Naan

Official song: Waka Waka

Performers: Shakira featuring Freshlyground

Host: South Africa

2014 World Cup

Official Anthem: "Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)

Performers: Carlos Santana featuring Wyclef, Avicii, and Alexandre Pires

Official song: We Are One (Ole Ola)

Performers: Pitbull featuring Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte

Host: Brazil

2018 World Cup

Official song: Live It Up

Performers: Nicky Jam featuring Will Smith and Era Istrefi

Host: Russia

2022 World Cup

Official song: Hayya Hayya (Better Together)

Performers: Trinidad Cardona, Davido and AISHA

Host: Qatar

Friday 23 September 2022

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ official soundtrack - Hayya Hayya

Hayya Hayya is the official soundtrack of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. 


Hayya, hayya, hayya (yeah)

Hayya, hayya, ha (you know what it is)

Hayya, hayya, hayya

Hayya, hayya, ha (red one)

Hayya, hayya, hayya (Aisha)

Hayya, hayya, ha (Davido)

Hayya, hayya, hayya (Trinidad)

Hayya, hayya, ha

I wanna walk the walk on every street

I wanna ball out with the world at my feet

Hit every discotheque and not skip a beat, yeah-yeah

I wanna party, party eight days a week

I promise, I promise, I promise you now

Everything, everything gonna work out

Every tomorrow, no matter what goes down

I promise, I promise, I promise you now

Gonna be, gonna be sticking around

Every tomorrow, no matter what goes down

you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) don't wanna wait forever

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) the time is now or never

you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) don't wanna wait forever

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) the time is now or never

Hayya, hayya, hayya

Hayya, hayya, ha

Life can be up and down, but what can you do? Eh

We navigate through all the rough and the smooth, yeah

We got that rock and roll, that rhythm and blues, yeah-yeah

I'm never blue if I am rockin' with you, oh-oh

I promise, I promise, I promise you now

Everything, everything gonna work out

Every tomorrow, no matter what goes down

I promise, I promise, I promise you now

Gonna be, gonna be sticking around

Every tomorrow, no matter what goes down

you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) don't wanna wait forever

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) the time is now or never

you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) don't wanna wait forever

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) the time is now or never

Yeah, you can hop on your own wave

Yeah, you can ride it for life

But every journey is better

When you got love on your side

you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) don't wanna wait forever

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) the time is now or never

you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) don't wanna wait forever

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) you know we're better together

(Oh-yo-yo-yo, oh) the time is now or never

Hayya, hayya, hayya

Hayya, hayya, ha

Hayya, hayya, hayya

Hayya, hayya, ha

Songwriters: Adil Khayat / Mehdi Bouamer / Redone / Trinidad Cardona / Steph / Pat Devine

Thursday 22 September 2022

Latest FIFA World Cup 2022™ official soundtrack - Arhbo

FIFA released the latest single from the multi-song FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Official Soundtrack named 'Arhbo' on 20 August 2022.

The soundtrack features Puerto Rican rapper Ozuna & French-raised Congolese rapper GIMS. GIMS, also known as Maitre Gims is the first French-speaking artist to produce and perform a World Cup soundtrack.

The chosen word 'Arhbo' roots in the Arabic word 'Marhaba' which translates to 'welcome'. The song is expected to symbolize unity and togetherness.

'Arhbo' was produced by RedOne who is FIFA’s Creative Entertainment Executive and the track was recorded at Katara Studios in Doha.

As per FIFA, the song is available on all streaming platforms on 26 August 2022, globally. 

Wednesday 21 September 2022

FIFA World Cup 2022™ official soundtrack - Hayya Hayya (Better Together)

Hayya Hayya (Better Together) is the first of a selection of singles released from the multi-song FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Official Soundtrack.

The uplifting track, featuring Trinidad Cardona, Davido, and Aisha, draws on R&B and reggae influences and will play a central role in tonight’s final draw for the tournament.

The single is available on multiple platforms and the song’s official video has premiered on FIFA’s YouTube channel.

Tuesday 20 September 2022

How tiny Qatar plans to house a million fans during the World Cup

Qatar is expected to welcome a sizable contingent of guests this winter when it becomes the smallest nation ever to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world -- the FIFA World Cup.

The Gulf nation predicts that over one million fans will travel to Doha over the duration of the World Cup; that's around 37% of its population of 2.7 million. The country is only around 4,400 square miles in size or roughly the size of Jamaica.

Previous tournament hosts have faced several logistical issues in dealing with a large number of traveling fans -- ranging from transport to accommodation. The country's small size may have some advantages, but the challenges are plenty too.

An aerial view of Ahmad Bin Ali stadium at sunset in Al Rayyan, Qatar.

Already, there are reports of rising costs and a lack of suitable accommodation. For example, there are 21 properties available on online travel agency for the first three nights of the tournament, with prices starting at $1,000 per night and rising to a whopping $51,000.

This isn't uncommon though. Reports from 2006 claim hotel prices spiked in Berlin and Frankfurt when Germany hosted the tournament. Prior to organizing the 2010 edition, South Africa was plagued by reports of unfinished training camps, while hotels were accused of hiking prices during the World Cup period.

"Our objective has always been providing fair and reasonable pricing for visiting fans," a spokesperson for Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SCDL) told CNN. "We work closely with key stakeholders to ensure affordable pricing across all types of accommodation."

Host nations have often found innovative ways to house fans, and Qatar is no different.

At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, residents living in the iconic favela slums opened their doors to tourists, renting beds, rooms, and even entire houses. Some travelers got creative and opted to stay in sex motels usually reserved for Brazilians looking to hook up after a night on the town.

Here's what Qatar has thought of to house the potentially million-strong football fans:

If you can't build them, sail them -- luxury cruise ships

Two luxury cruise ships will be moored at Doha's port for the entirety of the World Cup. Between them, they have nine pools, 3,898 cabins, 45 bars, and 10 fine dining options. Other facilities include a spa, tennis courts, and the world's largest dry slide at sea.

Worried you'll need to look your best for a group stage fixture between Japan and Costa Rica? Fear not, you'll have access to a barber shop and beauty salon.

The ships are a 10-minute shuttle ride to the center of Doha but staying in one of the spacious cabins will not be cheap. They should range from $605 to $2,779 per night -- though that's a snip compared to some of the other options available to ticketholders, considering it includes a buffet breakfast.

A home away from home -- apartments and villas

Qatar Accommodation Agency, the official supplier of lodging for the event, aims to make 100,000-130,000 rooms available on any given night of the 28-day tournament.

There are already listings for ticketholders for one to six-bedroom apartments and villas, with prices for ticketholders ranging from $84 to $875 per night. Most are easily accessible by public transport and the villas are fully equipped with kitchens, washing machines, pools, and gyms.

This accommodation, like others provided by the Accommodation Agency, will be rented out on a first-serve basis, via a staggered release in line with FIFA's ticketing phases or in packages provided by Qatar Airways.

On top of official accommodation, it will provide a booking platform similar to Airbnb for residents to rent out their homes to traveling fans. By applying for a license from Qatar Tourism, residents or owners of buildings can also list their apartments on other portals, such as Airbnb.

The festival experience -- fan villages

Ticketholders can purchase accommodation at so-called fan villages; described as "casual camping and cabin-style accommodations." At a cost of $207 a night, the small, basic converted portacabins are pricey, and only offer a kettle, fridge, and two bottles of water per day. They are dotted on the outskirts of Doha, the furthest being 25 miles from the airport. There will be a number of food and entertainment options available on site, but details about those have not been made available yet.

Desert camping, the Arabian way -- Bedouin-style tents

The camping option is not yet available on the official accommodation website, but the head of accommodation at the SC, Omar Al-Jaber, has said he plans to pitch 1,000 "Bedouin style" tents in the desert during the tournament. 

Around 200 of those will be classified as "luxury" and cost an "expensive" fee, providing an "authentic" experience for fans, Al-Jaber told Reuters. They will have air conditioning to protect fans from the cold desert nights and sweltering morning heat.

If all else fails, sleep in a different country

Accommodation in Qatar is expected to be so limited that the country has opted to house ticketholders in neighboring nations and fly them in and out on short flights every day.

Qatar Airways announced in May that it had partnered with regional carriers to launch 160 extra daily return flights at "competitive prices" that will shuttle fans from Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat, and Riyadh. There will be no baggage check-in facilities to speed up the transfers and dedicated transportation services will be made available to get fans from the airport to stadiums.

It will also be possible to drive from cities like Riyadh, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, all of which are under seven hours away.

(Source: CNN)

Monday 19 September 2022

Thirteen airlines to operate from Doha International Airport from September 15

Effective from 15 September 2022 until 30 December 2022, 13 airlines will commence operations at Doha International Airport (DIA), Doha's second airport, located 15 minutes away from the city center and within 30 minutes from most of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums. 

According to a statement from Hamad International Airport (HIA), the airlines are: 

1. Air Arabia
2. Air Cairo 
3. Badr Airlines 
4. Ethiopian Airlines
5. Etihad Airways 
6. Flydubai 
7. Himalaya Airlines
8. Jazeera Airways 
9. Nepal Airlines 
10. Pakistan International Airlines 
11. Pegasus Airlines 
12. SalamAir 
13. Tarco Aviation 

Car parking facilities are available at both the DIA departure and arrival terminals (parking charges will apply), the statement noted, adding that prayer rooms, high-speed WIFI, Ooredoo and Vodaphone kiosks, ATMs, and foreign exchange services, as well as special services for passengers with reduced mobility, will also be available. 

Car Parking charges are as follows: 
Hourly rate of QR 10 (up to first 5 hours)

Each additional hour or any part thereof will be QR 5 each (up to 24 hours)

Each 24 hours - QR 145

Payment can be made by cash or card.

Departures at Doha International Airport:
Doha International Airport’s departure terminal is located in the Old Airport area in Doha city, at the junction of D-ring road and Al Matar Street.

The departures terminal is designed to handle 2,000 departing passengers per hour. It has 83 check-in desks, 52 departure immigration counters, and 22 departure boarding gates.

Access into the terminal building is reserved for ticketed passengers only.

The departures terminal is connected to the city via the Al Matar Al Qadeem metro station- Red Line (600 meters away), with multiple bus routes to the terminal.

Car parking payment can be made upon exiting the parking area.

Retail and food and beverage options, wellness services, currency exchange, and ATMs are available for passengers.

Passengers can purchase SIM cards and top up roaming data at Ooredoo and Vodaphone booths located within the terminal.


Arrivals at Doha International Airport:
Doha International Airport’s arrival terminal is located at Ras Abu Aboud, on C Ring Road, Doha. 

DIA arrivals terminal has been designed to handle 2,000 arriving passengers per hour. It has 52 arrival immigration counters.

Passenger pick-up facilities are available at the DIA arrivals terminal.

Parking payments can be made at payment machines located within the terminal or upon exiting the parking area.

The arrivals terminal is connected to the city via the National Museum metro station- Gold Line (800 meters away) as well as buses, limousines, taxis, and car rental facilities.

Qatar Duty-Free (QDF) retail options, Currency exchange, and ATMs, as well as food and beverage options, are available for passengers.

Passengers can purchase SIM cards at Ooredoo and Vodaphone booths located within the terminal.

Qatar Tourism and Discover Qatar counters are also available to assist passengers that are planning to explore the country.

(Source: The Peninsula)

Sunday 18 September 2022

The singers behind the Arabic World Cup song ‘Arhbo’

 The FIFA 2022 album will include up to six songs, including the latest release “Arhbo.”

Qatar has released its Arabic song ‘Arhbo’ for the first ever FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022—which is now on the tongue of almost every Arab thanks to its catchy rhythm.

The song gained massive traction immediately after it was released and quickly surpassed 5 million views on all of Ooredoo’s social media channels.

The music video for the song, titled Arhbo, was made by Qatari director Mohamed Al Ibrahim and was produced by Katara Studios in Doha.

The track, which features well-known singers, was released to the public at the Lusail Super Cup game between Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal and Egypt’s Al Zamalek, which also marked the opening of the last and biggest World Cup stadium.

The uniqueness of the song is rooted in the selection of artists featured within it. The producers of the song were conscious not to choose cliched famous picks but rather focused on rising artists from different countries in the region to showcase the young talents.

So, who are the singers behind one of the most iconic World Cup songs yet? Let’s take a look at their career history and why they are the perfect choice for the song.

Nasser Al Kubaisi

Nasser Al Kubaisi, a young Qatari artist, launched his artistic career at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games, which were held in his country in 2006.

He sang at the ceremony as the youngest participant and just before turning 12 years old he appeared at the Coral Swar Theater, in which children performed to hundreds of attendees. Al Kubaisi succeeded in wooing the audience from a young age with his talent and angelic voice.

For the young artist, his latest work for his country has inspired him and served as an opportunity to portray a message that everyone is welcome in the Gulf nation.

“Culture and art are a major and important part of sports, as music and art are closely related to football. We in Qatar are preparing well for this event, as Qatari art will mark its presence inside and outside the stadiums,” he said.

“There will be singing and performances for the crowds. We will spare no effort to [do] our best to provide a rich and enjoyable experience for visitors to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” Al Kubaisi added.

Ayed Yousef

Popular Saudi Arabian singer and artist Ayed Yousef is best known for the song “Besm Al Elah,” which topped the Popnable charts for 3 consecutive weeks and reached the 62nd position as the ‘best effort’.

He was also one of the judges of Saudi Arabia’s first-ever singing talent program “Beat Me if You Can,” which was a huge success in the country.

His talents earned him a spot in the top charts for best Saudi Arabian musicians and artists in 2021.

Haneen Hussein

Haneen Hussein is a sensational rising Kuwaiti artist and singer who is well known for her greatest hit “Bravo Alek.”

The Kuwaiti song by the singer, along with Abdelaziz Lewis and Badr Al-Shuaibi has over 55 million views on YouTube and is the most popular song in the Arab world.

“My joy cannot be described by my participation in the song “Arhbo” for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Thank you to all those in charge of this magnificent work,” she said on her Instagram page after the song’s release.

(Source: Doha News)

Saturday 17 September 2022

'Sita Ramam' is a love story in its purest form and here's why it has connected with the masses

One opinion that many movie lovers share is that there is a dearth of classics and captivating love stories that feel like a warm hug. Sita Ramam has managed to somewhat rectify this. 

Despite the fact that the story may not be well-known to you, the audience will still feel the film's main emotion and dynamic as it is experienced by the characters.

While Bollywood films still struggle to find a home in the hearts of theatre audiences, they perform well on OTT. South films, on the other hand, have proven to be a huge success in theatres and on OTT platforms both.

Hanu Raghavapudi's old-world romance story 'Sita Ramam' is one such film that has left everyone awestruck. 

Dulquer Salmaan and Mrunal Thakur give endearing performances that contribute to the movie's sincerity.

Sita Ramam’s Plot

Through two timelines—1964 and 1984—Sita Ramam solves the mystery surrounding its protagonists, Sita Mahalakshmi and Lt. Ram. In order to find Sita and deliver a letter that Ram has written for her, 20 years ago, Afreen, a student of Pakistani descent, travels from London to India. Balaji, a college senior who is presently in Hyderabad, assists her in delivering the letter to Sita.

The Reasons Why The Film Became So Popular Among the Masses

Storyline Is Heart-Felt

Sita Ramam has a universal language of love, and the plot has been nicely fleshed out. This is a film that has been suggested by many individuals, and word of mouth has played an important role in promoting the film due to the sincere nature of the plot.

On the premise that humanity matters more than conflict, boundaries, and religion, Hanu, Raj Kumar Kandamudi, and Jay Krishna wrote the screenplay and script.

The ensemble cast, the abundance of sentiments, the sense of whimsy, and the fact that "Sita Ramam" is so colorful for a period drama give the entire picture a lovely vibe. The sequences in the film between the main characters are meant to evoke sentiments of melancholy.

Sita And Ram’s Love Story Evokes All Sorts Of Emotions

Despite religious turmoil and war, the passion between the lovers endures; it's one of the most wonderful aspects of our country, its diversity. The story revolves around Ram, an orphan boy played by Dulqer Salmaan, who joins the army and receives the love of the nation through letters for his valor on the battlefield. While responding to the numerous letters, Ram comes across one from Sita Mahalakshmi played by Mrunal Thakur, in which she pretends to be his wife. In order to solve the mystery behind the letter and actually put a face to his imagination, Ram becomes immersed in her writings. The plot is about Ram meeting Sita and how their lives are altered.

A love story with unexpected surprises at every turn, Sita Ramam has viewers on the edge of their seats the entire time. Despite the fact that you may have seen a lot of Indian-Pakistan war movies, a love tale from that perspective is unusual.

The Acting And The Characters

Ram Played By Dulquer Salmaan

Once again, Dulquer Salmaan has captured our hearts. He has often impressed us with the way he acts and his performance's simplicity and honesty. Nobody else could have portrayed Ram in the movie, in our opinion. He uses all of his charms to depict it in an elegant and innocent way. The character of Ram is portrayed as a pure soul who is ready to put himself in danger by standing between a group of Muslims and a party of Hindus in order to prevent terror from falling on Kashmir. While maintaining his patriotism, Ram looks beyond religion and for him, humanity comes first.

From making the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the country to playing the nice guy, he masterfully captured every feeling, and at the end of the movie, many will find themselves teary-eyed.

Sita Mahalakshmi Played By Mrunal Thakur

Although her character had some vulnerable moments, it was good to see Mrunal play a strong character in her debut Telugu movie. For the most part, she handled herself with grace and elegance. Mrunal was able to portray the audience's emotional upheavals by putting herself in the shoes of her character, Sita.

Afreen Played by Rashmika Mandanna

Rashmika Mandanna is not depicted as an audience eye candy and is instead portrayed as a strong-headed girl with her own beliefs. The film featured not one but two leading female actors who performed admirably in both roles. Afreen, a Pakistani character, had issues with resentment toward India and Indians, but it was great to watch her progress towards the end. 

Sachin Khedekar, Sunil, Priyadarshi, Bhumika, Jisshu Sengupta, Prakash Raj, Praneeta Pattnaik, and Rahul Ravindran are among those who briefly appears in the film.

The Additional Effects By The Team To Give The ‘Oomph’ Factor

The Cinematographer

The Sita Ramam crew did an excellent job, especially the cinematographers P S Vinod and Shreyaas Krishna, who were able to capture the spirit of the movie in two different time periods and the stunning Kashmir with its frozen topography in all its majesty and rawness. 

Production And The Art Direction

The production design by Sunil Babu, the art direction by Vaishnavi Reddy and Faisal Khan, the costumes by Sheetal Sharma, and the Peter-pan collar blouses for Sita all helped define the 1960s and the 1980s well.

Soulful Music Adds The Spark

The uplifting score from Sita Ramam has recently become very popular. Vishal Chandrasekhar wrote the music and soundtrack. Oh, Sita Hey Rama was the first song, then afterward came S. P. Charan's rendition of Ala Nemaliki's Inthandam Reprise. According to the composer himself, every song in the film is an extremely odd combination of different ragas.

Sita Ramam is not like today's love stories

Sita Ramam is a story of sincere and unadulterated love. The movie entirely does not contain any forced or unpleasant humor. The gorgeous Kashmiri locations and set in the 90s add to its uniqueness. Probably because it's set in simpler times, there are no unnecessary, pretentious, and over-the-top gestures of love. It's authentic and not a made-up tale of love in its purest form. 

In an interview with TNN, Dulquer, who portrays the role of army commander Ram, discusses how the movie differs from other love stories.

“He’s an orphan who’s very happy-go-lucky by nature. As an army man, he’s very patriotic and bound by duty. Sita is this girl next door who begins writing letters to Ram while he’s away on duty. She’s independent and progressive, but who she is and why she falls in love with Ram is what the film is all about.”

The Mythology Reference In The Film

The movie also defends the Ramayana, a Hindu epic that served as a loose inspiration. When Ram saves Sita, a fire traps the duo, precisely like in the scene from the movie Sita Ramam. Ram sets out to find Sita, whose whereabouts remain unclear in the film. The myth is mentioned frequently, yet it is done so delicately that the main plot remains on track.

Sita Ramam Ending Explained

(Spoiler alert: Retreat at this point if you are yet to watch the film)

Final Page Of The Love Story

Afreen is given the final chapter of Sita and Ram's tale by Vishnu. He admits that the burden of his deeds' remorse has been causing him pain for the past 20 years. Additionally, he says that Waheeda, the young woman Ram tried to save when he was taken prisoner by the Army, is actually none other than Afreen herself. Afreen was filled with shame and disbelief as she realized that an Indian, whom she had previously detested, had risked his life to save her.

The letter is delivered to Sita in Kashmir by Afreen's senior, Balaji. Ram got to know that she was Princess Noorjahan when he was imprisoned and got hold of a  newspaper clipping stating that "Princess Norrjahan fell in love with a simple guy". He refers to this letter as the last page of their relationship, declaring his love for her and mourning the time they wasted.

Ram was accused of betraying the Nation but Sita disclosed the truth with the letters as proof and was able to clear Ram of all charges. Due to guilt and an inability to endure the disgrace that would come with realizing the truth, Vishnu kills himself as Vishnu was the traitor and not Ram.

As a result of the change of heart, Afreen can now look past her earlier animosity toward the country and appreciate its compassion. Sita responded, "No," when Afreen enquired whether Ram is still alive.

(Source: India Times)

Friday 16 September 2022

State of Qatar gets new emblem

HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdul Aziz Al Thani, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior unveiled the new national emblem of the State of Qatar at the National Museum of Qatar on September 15, 2022. 

The new emblem features the historical Qatari symbols - the founder's sword, palm trees, sea and the traditional boat. All the historical symbols are in a maroon colour against a white backdrop. The emblem symbolises the country’s rich culture, preserving its heritage and bright future.

According to The Peninsula, the Director of the Government Communications Office, Sheikh Jassim bin Mansour bin Jabor Al Thani, affirmed that clarity in the message and visual identity is key to effective communication. He stated: "One of our primary objectives is to organise communication operations for various government agencies, but this cannot be accomplished without a truly effective communication system.” 

According to Gulf Times, Dr Mohamed Nuaimi a-Hajri, official spokesperson of the GCO, added: "The new Lusail font is distinguished by its historical significance, as it is derived from the original manuscripts written by the founder of Qatar, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani, may God rest his soul. In parallel, the English font was inspired by Arabic calligraphy and hand movements."

The Government Communications Office published a video explaining the journey of the national emblem of the State of Qatar from 1966 to the present one on its Twitter account. 

The Jalboot

The Jalboot is the symbol of Qatari pride. The first traditional motor-powered boat, built in 1900 in Qatar, was owned by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani and was called ‘Fath Al-Khair’. It was used in pearl diving, fishing and trade. It played a key role in the Qatari economy as pearl-making was the major source of income in the country. The triangular sail symbolises the flag of the State of Qatar fluttering freely in the sea.

The Palm Trees

The palm trees used in the previous logo have been retained in the new emblem. It is inspired by the palm tree plantation located on the farm of the Grandfather Amir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, at Al Ashra. These trees symbolise bountifulness and generosity.

The Sword

The Founder’s sword is a symbol for Qataris to cherish and be proud of. It symbolises courage and strength associated with the wisdom of its owner. It is one of the most prominent pillars used in the state emblem. It was used to protect the land and honour. 

The Sea

The country’s history is tied to the sea and so it is one of the most prominent symbols of Qatari heritage where Qatar once found its wealth and livelihood. It was from the sea the State of Qatar build its economy in the past through the oldest customs like sailing, fishing and pearl diving. The waves have been drawn using the nine-pointed, serrated edges of the flag of Qatar, which also depicts the power of the sea. As a peninsula, the State of Qatar is surrounded by water on three sides, which also shows the importance of the sea in the economic development of the nation, which is represented by three lines of waves in the emblem.

The ‘Lusail’ font

A modern script called ‘Lusail’ was created based on the original manuscripts written by the founder Sheikh Jassim bin Muhammad bin Thani. English calligraphy is also inspired by Arabic calligraphy and hand movements. This font is known as ‘Lusail’, as the founder ran the country's affairs from Lusail and took residence there from the end of the 19th century until his death.