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Anupam Kher ‘honoured’ to receive Modi’s signed letter

BollyWood|: Actor Anupam Kher on Friday expressed that he is honoured and humbled to receive a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, about his latest book titled ‘Your Best Day Is Today’. “Honourable Prime Minister @narendramodi ji ! Thank you for this beautiful, generous and full of warmth letter to me about my book #YourBestDayIsToday. It really touched my heart!” Kher wrote on Instagram. “I feel honoured and humbled that you actually took the time out to go through my book. You are an amazingly inspirational leader!” The actor also shared the letter signed and addressed to him by the Prime Minister. The letter reads: “Shri Anupam Kher Ji, I was delighted to receive your book ‘Your Best Day Is Today’. It is a timely book given the recent developments over the past year.” “Right at the beginning of the book, I read that the title of the book is a phrase that your mother used to tell you everyday as a child. The wisdom of your mother, Smt. Dulari Ji, in filling such positivity and spirit of purpose in her child each day has clearly paid off in your achievements,” Modi added. “It is clear that it was the same spirit that helped her as well as your family to overcome the moments of crisis that the pandemic brought into your lives.” Kher published his first book ‘The Best Thing About You Is You!’ in 2011, and his biographical work, ‘Lessons Life Taught Me Unknowingly’, in 2019. He wrote ‘Your Best Day Is Today’ last year, recounting his experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Free on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test for passengers from UAE to Kerala

UAE|: Dubai: The government of the south Indian state of Kerala has made the on-arrival COVID-19 RT-PCR test free for those coming from abroad, including passengers from the UAE. Kerala Health minister K.K. Shailaja made the announcementand in Kerala and said all international passengers will continue to be tested on arrival as per the latest travel protocol announced by India’s federal government. The new requirement of mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR test came into effect on February 23, following which, several expats in the UAE had sought exemption from the test fee, which is charged at different rates at different airports in India. In Kerala, the cost of the test was capped at Rs1,700 (Dh84.74). As reported by Gulf News, Indian expats’ demand for exemptions in COVID-19 tests for travelling to India from UAE had gathered steam with social workers and community groups joining the campaign. Social workers had begun campaigning for government funding for the test while some expats had delayed travel expecting change in rule for kids. Read more COVID-19: UAE hospital introduces new antibody treatment COVID-19: Dubai Health Authority conducts inspection of over 7,700 medical facilities COVID-19: UAE reports 3,498 new coronavirus cases, 16 deaths Though the test has been made free of cost, the minister has clarified that all international passengers will still have to be tested due to the high number of cases and the spread of new variants of coronavirus. Social workers in the UAE have welcomed the government’s move. “Kerala is the first state to announce free on-arrival test for expats. I congratulate minister Shailaja teacher and the government for making this welcoming decision. This will be a big relief to the expatriates,” said K.V. Shamsudheen of Sharjah-based Pravasi Bandhu Welafre Trust, who had written a letter to Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan to stop the “self-paid” test on arrival in India.

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Free on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test for passengers from UAE to Kerala

UAE|: Dubai: The government of the south Indian state of Kerala has made the on-arrival COVID-19 RT-PCR test free for those coming from abroad, including passengers from the UAE. Kerala Health minister K.K. Shailaja made the announcementand in Kerala and said all international passengers will continue to be tested on arrival as per the latest travel protocol announced by India’s federal government. The new requirement of mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR test came into effect on February 23, following which, several expats in the UAE had sought exemption from the test fee, which is charged at different rates at different airports in India. In Kerala, the cost of the test was capped at Rs1,700 (Dh84.74). As reported by Gulf News, Indian expats’ demand for exemptions in COVID-19 tests for travelling to India from UAE had gathered steam with social workers and community groups joining the campaign. Social workers had begun campaigning for government funding for the test while some expats had delayed travel expecting change in rule for kids. Read more COVID-19: UAE hospital introduces new antibody treatment COVID-19: Dubai Health Authority conducts inspection of over 7,700 medical facilities COVID-19: UAE reports 3,498 new coronavirus cases, 16 deaths Though the test has been made free of cost, the minister has clarified that all international passengers will still have to be tested due to the high number of cases and the spread of new variants of coronavirus. Social workers in the UAE have welcomed the government’s move. “Kerala is the first state to announce free on-arrival test for expats. I congratulate minister Shailaja teacher and the government for making this welcoming decision. This will be a big relief to the expatriates,” said K.V. Shamsudheen of Sharjah-based Pravasi Bandhu Welafre Trust, who had written a letter to Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan to stop the “self-paid” test on arrival in India.

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Gulfood 2021: Egyptian snack brands keep thriving on sweet nostalgia

Retail|: Dubai: Molto chocolate-filled croissants, Lambada wafers, Freska bars and Temmy’s cornflakes are just a few of the snacking essentials Egyptians grew up on.. “One of my favourite things to do when I go back is to go to a koshk (a street vendor) to buy some candy,” Samia Khalifa, an Egyptian living in Dubai, said. These household names are produced in Egypt and principally targeted at the domestic market. They tend to take inspiration from US snacks, for example, with the Egyptian cookie brand ‘Borio’ inspired by Oreo, and the chips brand ‘Days’ inspired by - you guessed it - Lays. However, Egyptian companies are also producing their own unique snacks as well, to offer more affordable options rather than the pricey imports. One of the most loved is Molto, a bag of mini stuffed croissants. Breaking into the UAE market has not been easy for some of the all-time favourite snack brands from Egypt. Those that have are often sold at select stores only. Image Credit: Supplied No stopping for COVID-19 So much so the company that owns it, Edita, was launching new products and flavours even during the pandemic, and generating an instant response from those with a sugar craving. “ On whether Edita plans to launch Molto in the UAE, a company spokesperson at Gulfood 2021 gave a firm ‘No’. And which would cause any amount of heartburn for Egyptian expats. Nevertheless, Egyptians can find some of their favourite candies at select supermarkets in the UAE And Snacks like Lambada Wafers and Droo cakes can be purchased at just the one store in the UAE - Al Khebra Al Raidah Hypermarket in Sharjah. Super niche Hany El Masary, a partner at the company told Gulf News that they are hoping to expand the range of Egyptian produced goods in the UAE. “We get Egyptians visiting from all over the UAE, so they can get their hands on nostalgia snacks as well as other food,” he said. Some are having trouble penetrating the market. Senyorita Group, the food company that creates Lion, Windows and Days chips, are struggling to enter the market as the competition in the UAE is already so high. “I myself grew up eating Lion and Days chips, but the one that is most widespread in Egypt is Windows,” said Nada Mohammed, a representative at Senyorita Group. “We have been trying to enter the UAE market for years, but Lays is such a dominant force, that it has been really difficult. “I think the one that could stand out the most is Windows, as it is more unique.” (The brand is named after the shape of the chip itself, a square shape with lines down the middle.) There are around 400,000 Egyptian expats in the UAE. To give them a feel of home, there are the Egyptian restaurants, coffee shops (Ahawy) and a multitude of koshari spots. Plus the music and movies. Now, only if Egyptians could have more of their favourite snacks from the past.