Doha: The Karnataka Muslim Cultural Association (KMCA) in collaboration with South Kanara Muslim Welfare Association (SKMWA) organised its 13th annual blood donation camp here at the HMC Blood Donor Center, Bayth Al Dhiyafa Medical City.

The camp was also supported by Highland Islamic Forum – Qatar (HIF-Q) and Family Friends Circle – Qatar (FFC-Q).

According to an official press statement from the KMCA, at least 175 people attended the event of which 110 enrolled for voluntary blood donation. However, the release added that 60 people successfully donated blood after going through mandatory routine check-ups in accordance with the local regulations.

Dr. Mohan Thomas was present at the event as the chief guest. In his address, Dr. Thomas spoke about why voluntary blood donations are important and how it affects the lives of other people and families.

Dr. Tabrez, Dr. Gaffar Ali, and Milan Arun were also present at the event and addressed the gathering.

KMCA General Secretary Suhaib Ahmed compered the event while KMCA President Fayaz Ahmed welcomed the guests and dignitaries to the event.

Javed Shariff, President of Family Friends Circle, recited the verses from Holy Quran followed by the translation.

On behalf of President of SKMWA Abdul Razzak, General Secretary Imran Bantwal welcomed and introduced doctors who spoke on the benefits of blood donation

President of HIF, Shafaqat presented the vote of Thanks.

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Mumbai (PTI): Maharashtra BJP leader Girish Mahajan on Thursday claimed that his party has the support of 170 MLAs, way above the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House that is necessary to form a government in the state.

The BJP is set to return to power in the state with the support of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray tendered his resignation on Wednesday night, leading to the collapse of the 31-month-long three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

Speaking to reporters here, former minister Mahajan said, "We have a support of 170 MLAs. We can comfortably face a floor test whenever we are asked to prove majority."

The BJP's strength in the House is 106, and it claims to have the support of at least 13 legislators.

Meanwhile, sources said that Eknath Shinde will reach Mumbai from Goa this afternoon to hold talks about government formation with BJP leaders.

Shinde had landed in Goa from Guwahati on Wednesday night with a group of 50 MLAs, of whom 39 are Sena dissidents, while others are independent legislators and those from small parties.

It is not yet clear if the Shinde-led group will merge with any party. Shinde Wednesday night reiterated that they are Shiv Sainiks and will remain in Shiv Sena.