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: MAHENG/2018/76663 Day of Publishing:
Every Tuesday and Friday


Now, Saudi tourist Indian passport

services go
visa for travellers online in Oman
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s and there will be no need to to the appropriate visa and MUSCAT: Indian citi-
cabinet has approved elec- go to an embassy or consul- a return ticket, with all nec- zens in Oman who wish
tronic visas for foreign ate. Once the application essary documents. to renew or apply for
visitors to attend sporting is approved, it will be sent Economic reforms new passports will only
events and concerts as the to the applicant by email. pushed by Crown Prince be able to do so online
world’s top oil exporter tries This new move symbolises Mohammad Bin Salman now. This has been an-
to diversify its economy a change for the kingdom, aim to lift total tourism nounced by the Em-
and open up its society. Pre- which was known to be one spending in the kingdom bassy of India in Oman.
viously, Saudi Arabia had of the most difficult coun- — by local citizens as well From March 3, 2019, the
no visa designed specifical- tries to enter. Saudi Arabia as foreigners — to $46.6 Global Passport Seva
ly for tourism purposes and allowed tourist visas for billion in 2020 from $27.9 Programme came into
visas could only be granted the first time in Dec last billion in 2015, the govern- effect enabling people
to particular groups on a year when the Formula-E ment has said. “Embassies to apply for their pass-
limited basis. race was held in Riyadh. and consulates will be able ports through the por-
According to officials, All visitors to Saudi Arabia to issue the visas within tal. The current process
the Saudi Arabia visa appli- are required to have a valid 24 hours of receiving a re- of passport renewal will
cation will only take a few passport with at least six quest,” a TV channel re- last until March 10. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar presenting PhD to students at the 13th convocation of
minutes to complete online months validity, in addition ported. It (Contd. on page 2) Dr DY Patil University in Nerul, Thane district, Maharashtra.

Passport of 45 Pension option for staff of public Air India not to accept cancelled
NRIs cancelled tickets of Jet Airways
NEW DELHI: The govern- women and child develop-
sector insurance companies MUMBAI: As Jet Airways continue to face severe financial
problems, Air India has said it would not accept any passen-
ment has cancelled passports ment minister Rakesh Srivas- NEW DELHI: The govern- and New India Assurance companies who joined ser- gers who have got cancelled tickets of Jet. Generally, when
of 45 NRIs for abandoning tava. Gandhi said the govern- ment has decided to allow Company were offered a vice on or before June 28, an airline cancels a flight due to some exigencies, other air-
their wives, Women and ment had also introduced in one more opportunity to similar opportunity. 1995 to opt for the pension lines accommodate the former’s passengers in their flights.
Child Development minister Rajya Sabha a bill to give jus- employees of public sector But many eligible em- scheme of their respective The airline, which has got its flight cancelled, has to pay
Maneka Gandhi has said. tice to the women who have insurance companies who ployees could not exercise organisations in lieu of con- other airlines for passengers accommodated. “With immedi-
The Integrated Nodal been abandoned by their joined the service by June the option. There has been tributory provident fund. ate effect and till further notice, Jet Airways (India) and Jet
Agency made to look into NRI husbands, but expressed 28, 1995, to opt for pension a long-standing demand for The decision is expected Lite Limited documents (including FIM and endorsed/invol-
the matter has been issuing dismay that the bill has got as a retirement benefit. In another chance. To mitigate to benefit 42,720 employ- untary rerouted/rebooked/exchanged/re-issue documents)
Look-Out Circulars to ab- stalled in the upper house. April 1997, employees of the hardships of such em- ees (serving and retired) are not to be accepted for travel on Air India flights,” said
sconding husbands in cases The bill envisages reg- Life Insurance Corporation, ployees of whom many have of which 24,595 are of Life an order of Air India dated March 1. FIM stands for Flight
of NRI marriages and 45 pass- istration of marriages by General Insurance Corpora- retired, the government has Insurance Corporation and Interruption Manifest. Around 15 aircraft of Jet have been
ports have been impounded NRIs, amendment of the tion of India, National Insur- decided as a welfare mea- 18,125 of other companies, grounded by the lessors due to non-payment. Jet is trying to
by the external affairs minis- Passports Act, 1967 and ance Company, Oriental In- sure to allow one more op- said an official statement raise funds for its operations as it has a debt of around Rs
try, Gandhi said. The agency Amendment to the Code of surance Company, United portunity to employees of issued by the Department 8,200 crore currently. Moreover, its pilots have been threat-
is chaired by secretary in the Criminal Procedure, 1973. India Insurance Company public sector insurance of Financial Services. ening action as there have been delays in salary payment.

Indian economy to grow States urged to join Udan

at 7.3pc, says Moody’s
NEW DELHI: Union Minis- central government awarded ter aerodrome routes which
ter Suresh Prabhu has called contracts to 11 companies were received under the
upon state governments to to operate fixed-wing and third round of RCS-Udan.
join the regional air connec- seaplane services under the This was the first time
tivity scheme –Udan -- to third round of Udan scheme that proposals for connect-
NEW YORK: Even as the spective potential. ment had announced a improving but it remains a realise the growth benefits connecting destinations like ing tourist destinations
global economy will fur- “While not immune, In- special relief package for constraint on the economy. from the multiplier effect of Ambala, Amravati, Camp- and seaplane services have
ther weaken in 2019 and dia and Indonesia are less the distressed farmers and These measures, com- travel and tourism. bell Bay and Car Nicobar been awarded. In the cur-
2020, India’s economy will exposed to a slowdown in tax breaks for middle-class bined with the application Inaugurating the third among others. Accordingly, rent scheme, the support
grow at 7.3pc in both the global manufacturing trade earners through tax rebates of the prompt corrective ac- edition of “Wings 2019” the ministry issued “Letter of fund for routes connecting
calendar years as it is less growth than other ma- and an increased standard tion framework, which re- here, the junior civil avia- Awards” for 73 proposals in- tourist destinations will be
exposed to the global slow- jor Asian economies and deduction. “Together, the quires timely recognition of tion minister said that in volving 235 regional connec- provided by the ministry of
down, Moody’s said. “We emerging markets,” it said. direct cash transfer pro- bad loans and their resolu- order to make air travel af- tivity scheme (RCS) and wa- tourism. (Contd. on page 2)
expect India’s economy to Moody’s said the govern- gramme for farmers and tion through the Insolvency fordable and accessible to
grow around 7.3pc in both
the years,” the US-based
the middle class tax relief
measures will contribute
and Bankruptcy Code, are
helping to address solven-
the common man, states
would have to be integral
Forex reserves at $399.21b
rating agency said in its a fiscal stimulus of about cy and asset quality chal- partners in the scheme and MUMBAI: The country’s non-US currencies such as
quarterly Global Macro 0.45pc of GDP,” it said, add- lenges. join hands with airlines and foreign exchange reserves the euro, pound and yen
Outlook for 2019 and 2020. ing that the Indian house- According to RBI, non- other stakeholders. increased by $944.7 mil- held in the reserves. The
Its outlooks are based on hold spending growth will performing assets declined “It is in the states where lion to $399.217 billion in reserves had touched a re-
the calendar year (Jan-Dec). remain stable. to 10.8pc in Sept 2018 from the action is. It is they who the week to Feb 22 due to cord high of $426.028b in
Suggesting downside RBI cut its benchmark a peak of 11.5pc in March will have to drive the process increase in foreign currency the week to April 13, 2018.
risks to global growth and policy rate in Feb and 2018. The central bank ex- and become beneficiaries of assets. In the previous week, Since then, the forex kitty
slowing of the monetary pol- ment spending announced changed the policy stance to pects this ratio to improve growth,” he said at the event the reserves had increased by has been on a slide and is
icy normalisation in 2019, it ahead of elections this year “neutral” from “calibrated further to 10.3pc in March which was jointly organised $150.2 million to $ 398.272 now down by over $31b.
said: “The global economy will support near-term tightening” after witnessing 2019. “In fact, with range- by the Federation of Indian billion. In the reporting week, Gold reserves remained
weakened significantly in growth in India by increas- falling inflation since mid- bound oil prices, export Chambers of Commerce and foreign currency assets, a ma- unchanged at $22.764b in
the fourth quarter of 2018 ing consumption. Also, RBI 2018. It fell to 2.04pc in Jan, growth has outpaced im- Industry (FICCI) with the jor component of the overall the reporting week, the data
and will continue to weaken is likely to maintain its cur- largely because of declin- port growth for the last two ministry of civil aviation. reserves, rose by $928.6 mil- showed. The special draw-
throughout 2019 and into rent monetary policy stance ing food prices. Moody’s years. Fiscal spending on The states, he said, lion to $371.99 billion. ing rights with IMF rose by
2020.” However, it said In- after some tightening last said the overall strength of infrastructure and the rural would have to envisage hav- Expressed in US dol- $5.3m to $1.460b.
dia and Indonesia are poised year. the banking system, which economy should continue ing facilities to accommo- lars, foreign currency assets The country’s reserve
to grow at a relatively stable In the Interim budget got capital infusion from to support domestic activ- date wide-body aircraft from include the effect of appre- position with IMF increased
pace, though below their re- in February, the govern- the government in Feb is ity,” Moody’s said. their airports. On Jan 25, the ciation or depreciation of by $0.8m to $2.993b.

OCI cards to be printed in New Zealand

WELLINGTON: There is some in Wellington has started the rent 40 to 50 working days,” tional matters. cial, economic and educational as OCI card holder, provided
good news for members of the printing of Overseas Citizen of a source said. OCI was intro- The scheme was launched matters except for acquisition he has resided in India for one
Indian diaspora as Overseas India cards with effect from Feb duced in view of considerable during one of the PBDs. of agricultural or plantation year out of five years before
Citizen of India (OCI) cards will 28. The printing of OCI cards demands from the people of OCI CARD PRIVILEGES: land and In matters pertaining making the application.
now be printed in Wellington, in New Zealand will result in Indian diaspora particularly in • Multiple-entry multi-pur- to inter-country adoption of In- • However, OCI card hold-
New Zealand. Presemntly, OCI further reduction in processing developed countries. Overseas pose life-long visa to visit India dian children. ers do not have any voting
cards are being printed in India. time of OCI applications, there- Citizenship of India scheme (special approval is required for • Parity with domestic Indi- rights and are not eligible for
An OCI card allows a foreign by benefitting all persons of was introduced by amending research, mountaineering, mis- ans in an entry to national parks election to parliament or state
citizen of Indian origin to live Indian origin in New Zealand, the Citizenship Act, 1955 in sionary activities, journalism and wildlife sanctuaries and in legislatures or for holding con-
and work in India indefinitely. Samoa and Niue. August 2005, granting certain and to visit restricted / protect- a matter of tariffs in airfares in stitutional posts such as presi-
As part of government of In- “Once the printing pro- privileges to the foreigners of ed areas). domestic sectors in India. dent, vice president, judges of
dia’s continuous endeavour to cess is streamlined, our aim is Indian origin for travelling to • Exemption from reporting • Eligible for grant of Indian supreme court/high court etc or
simplify, improve and expedite to bring down the processing and staying in India, acquiring to police authorities / FRRO for citizenship under Section 5(1) to hold any public office under
provision of consular services, time of OCI applications to 30 property in India and in certain any length of stay in India; par- (g) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 the union or any of the state
the high commission of India working days from the cur- financial, economic and educa- ity with NRIs in certain finan- after completion of five years governments.

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2 EMIGRATION Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Indian-origin man Gold demand in India improves

gets jail for fraud DUBAI: Looks like it’s time
to buy gold and jewellery as
are expecting an improve-
ment in retail demand in
some jewellers are expecting
a further fall in prices. They
positive for the gold buy-
ers,” he said. Ole Hansen,
have declined 4.1pc in the
last two weeks driven by
NEW YORK: An Indian- department, causing the prices of the yellow metal coming weeks,” said Har- are not covering their full re- head of commodity strategy seasonality and profit-book-
origin man has been sen- company to pay more than continue to fall persistent- shad Ajmera, the proprietor quirement,” said a Mumbai- at Saxo Bank, noted that a ing. “Sentiments are likely
tenced to nearly three years half-a-million dollars in ly, posting its biggest week- to be negative in the near
in prison and ordered to excess of the legitimate ex- ly decline since Nov 2018 term but demand could pick
pay $2.6 million in restitu- penses and expenditures last week. up in the later part of the
tion for being convicted of for services provided to Analysts forecast that year on an uncertain eco-
mail fraud and embezzle- the company. In addition, the prices will remain un- nomic outlook and dovish
ment. Dinesh Shankar (41) Shankar admitted that der pressure in the near monetary policy,” he said.
of San Jose, California, was he created false invoices future but will pick up in “The current global eco-
sentenced to 33 months in that appeared to be issued the later part of the year nomic expansion, which be-
prison as a result of the by six different entities, --- 24-carat gold could gain gan in 2009, is well past its
mail fraud conviction for which were actually ficti- nine per cent and cross prime and we could be head-
embezzling from a medical tious business names for Dh170 per gm by end-2019 ing into a recession in 2020.
device company, Attorney entities that he controlled. from the present level of This economic uncertainty
David Anderson said. He prepared the false Dh156.75. As a result of a along with a benign interest
In addition to the pris- invoices to make it appear dip in prices, some major rate environment should pro-
on sentence and the $2.6 that the entities provided Dubai jewellery retailers, as pel gold higher by 8.5pc from
million restitution, he testing and quality assur- well as in India and China, the current levels to $1,400
was also ordered to serve ance services to his em- are reporting higher cus- per ounce by the year-end.
a three-year term of su- ployer when, in fact, they tomer footfall and sales. We could see the UAE 24-car-
pervised release. Shankar had not provided the ser- Gold demand in India at gold rate at Dh171.40 by
will begin serving his sen- vices. Shankar admitted improved following a fall of JJ Gold House, a whole- based dealer with a bullion combination of continued the end of the year.”
tence this year. Accord- he caused a total loss to in local prices, while some saler in the eastern Indian importing bank. demand for stocks, a stron- Traditionally, he said,
ing to the plea agreement, the company of about $2.5 investors in other major city of Kolkata. Shamlal Ahamed, man- ger dollar, rising US bond gold demand tends to
from March 2013 until Jan million. A federal grand Asian centres sold the met- Dealers in India were of- aging director for interna- yields and the recent rejec- soften after the end of the
2018, Shankar was an em- jury indicted Shankar in al back to make use of rela- fering a discount of up to tional operations at Malabar tion at $1,350 an ounce all Chinese New Year, as well
ployee of a medical device April last year charging tively higher prices while $2 an ounce over official Gold and Diamonds, said helped attract profit-taking as the peak of Indian wed-
company. Beginning July him with six counts of delaying purchases on ex- domestic prices this week, they are witnessing a sig- in yellow metal. ding season. Also, $1,340 to
2013 until Dec 2017, he mail fraud. He pleaded pectations of a further cor- down from last week’s $6. nificant increase in the cus- Vijay Valecha, chief in- $1,360 is a strong resistance
submitted false expense guilty to one count in No- rection. “Jewellers are buy- The domestic price includes tomer footfalls in the past vestment analyst at Century zone in the international
reports and false invoices vember and the remaining ing in a phased manner as a 10pc import tax. “As of few days. “The overall price Financial, observed that in- gold market where sellers
to the company’s finance counts were dismissed. prices have corrected. They now prices are correcting, trend these days is still very ternational gold spot prices come into play.

RAK beckons investments from Kerala Jay Chaudhry climbs into

KOCHI: If “Made in Kerala”
products are popular any-
“RAKEZ has offered 20 to
50pc discount for companies
ing economies in the UAE
with the presence of large
Investment and to promote
sectors in Kerala which have
world’s richest club
where outside Kerala, it coming to the zone, includ- industries, strong support the strong market potential. NEW YORK: Decades before he joined the business.” Fuelled by the rapid rise of cloud-
would definitely be in the ing setting up warehouse, from the government de- Hence, the product sectors ranks of Silicon Valley’s super rich, Jay based computing, companies are increasing-
Gulf region. But, Ras Al office, real estate and health- partments and modern and on focus at the Expo would Chaudhry lived with his parents in a Hi- ly tethering more and more of their business
Khaimah or RAK, one of the care. Ras Al Khaimah will developed road network, include health and well- malayan village without running water. to online networks. While this allows them
seven emirates which make also give unlimited visas for cost-effective company set- ness, education, travel and The founder of Zscaler Inc. is now part of a to gather unprecedented levels of operational
up the UAE with a signifi- workers of companies from up and resident population tourism, finance and invest- growing wave of billionaires who information, it also exposes their
cant population comprising Kerala,” he said. with high spending poten- ment, home and living, fash- have built cybersecurity business- firms to more cyber threats.
Malayalee NRIs, is an odd Ashwin Khanna, sales tial. RAK is hosting a five- ion and food products. es. Chaudhry (60) and his family Data protection laws and high-
exception. Despite the po- team leader at RAKEZ, flew day exhibition titled “Made While Kerala-based benefit from stakes in the San Jose- profile cyberattacks -- such as the
tential, there is not much of down to Kochi the other day in Kerala-2019” from April companies in Ayurveda, based firm worth almost $3.4 bil- world’s largest airline data hack
a presence for brands from to interact with potential 9 to 13. “Even though we of- tourism, organic food and lion. He along with six other cyber- last year -- are equally forcing com-
Kerala in the emirates. businesses and invite them fer a discount of 20 to 50pc, handmade products offer security software tycoons emerged panies to reconsider their internet
Abdullah Rashid Al Man- to invest in the economic we are confident that within immense scope for the RAK with 10-figure fortunes in the past defences. At the same time, West-
soori, chairman of Global zone. RAK is now focusing five years, these companies market, Mansoori said there year are worth about $10 billion ern governments have expressed
Management & Organiser on building a competitively will bring the capital back,” is also potential for Kerala to combined, according to the Bloom- Jay Chaudhry concern that China’s intelligence
Exhibitions, is determined to stronger economy. Being a Mansoori said. Made in lure business from the emir- berg Billionaires Index, and togeth- services are snooping on foreign
change this. Mansoori, was in logistic hub with seaports, Kerala 2019 is targeted to ate. “This exhibition can be er represent the latest wealth surge among citizens through products sold by telecom
Kochi for two days, convinc- international airport and promote the various brands used by Kerala tourism and the founders of internet-focused firms. giant Huawei Technologies Co. The sector
ing companies from Kerala multi-lane superhighways, of Kerala in the UAE to avail other sectors to attract visi- “I do look sometimes back and say, has minted at least seven billionaires in the
to push their brands in Ras companies can easily access Kerala’s businesses a plat- tors/investors into Kerala,” ‘Whoa,’” Chaudhry told a TV channel. “My past 12 months. “The world runs on large-
Al Khaimah and set up their the trade flows between the form to explore new oppor- he said. About 40 compa- success so far has mainly been because I have scale networks and data systems that are
facilities, factories and ware- east and the west. tunities, to exhibit the grow- nies have already expressed very little attachment for money. My obses- inherently complex and highly connected,”
houses at the Ras Al Khaimah Mansoori said RAK is ing potential Kerala and to interest to participate in the sion is really to make sure that the internet said Awais Rashid, professor of cybersecu-
Economic Zone (RAKEZ). one of the fastest grow- encourage Foreign Direct “Made in Kerala” expo. and cloud are a safe place for everyone to do rity at the University of Bristol in England.

Neha Kakkar to US-Indian Medha VP of Saudi ninth most powerful

perform in Dubai Pennsylvania varsity country: US study
JEDDAH: A US study has sia, China, Germany and
DUBAI: Bringing energy and making the festival of colours PENNSYLVANIA: The Uni- people across our university. responsibilities, Narvekar
Holi, more memorable, Neha Kakkar will have Dubai danc- ranked Saudi Arabia as the Britain.
versity of Pennsylvania Her extensive experience will continue to provide ninth most powerful coun- The study considered
ing to her hit Bollywood numbers at an ensuing Holi Masti and its president Amy Gut- across all areas—including support to DAR, serving as
event. The singer will be headlining the Holi festivities at try in the world in terms of the country’s political and
mann announced that it has working directly with trust- liaison from Development political and financial in- financial influences in their
Al Sahra Desert Resort Equestrian Centre Dubai on Friday, named Medha Narvekar as ees, overseers and Penn’s to the President’s Office.
March 22. The day-long entertainment event will start at fluence. Saudi Arabia was rankings, as well as its in-
its next vice president and In this capacity, the uni- described as a “Middle East ternational alliances, the
10.30am and will feature a separate kids’ area, food and secretary. Narvekar will of- versity report added, she
beverage stalls giant” and the Kingdom strength of its military and
ficially assume the posts on will continue to have a re- has very large oil reserves how it acts as an interna-
and much July 1. porting relationship to John
more. and exports to many coun- tional leader. They come as
The Indian American ex- Zeller, senior vice presi- tries around the world, and part of US News and World
Neha Kak- ecutive has worked in Penn’s dent of DAR, and remain a
kar, the rock- millions of Muslims visit Report’s “2019 Best Coun-
Development and Alumni member of the DAR senior Makkah throughout the tries” ranking conducted
star and glam- Relations office for 32 years, management team as the
our queen of year for pilgrimage. in collaboration with the
beginning shortly after she university moves through The study published by University of Pennsylva-
the Indian earned an MBA from Penn’s the final phases of the
music indus- the Business Insider maga- nia, which surveyed more
Wharton School. Most re- Power of Penn fundraising zine listed the US at the top than 20,000 people on their
try will be cently, she has served as campaign. Narvekar, when
belting out her of the list, followed by Rus- opinions of 80 countries.
senior associate vice presi- Medha Narvekar she takes over this summer,
hits includ-
dent of DAR, working close-
ly with the president and
most generous donors—gives
her a unique capacity to step
will succeed Leslie Kruhly,
who retires at the end of
NRI killed in road mishap
MOHALI: An NRI (45) from the UK was killed in a road
ing Dhating many trustees. into the important position June but who has agreed accident on Airport Road near Sector 68 here. The victim
Naach, Kala Neha Kakkar “Medha is both renowned of vice president and secre- to remain at Penn through has been identified as Sanjiv Kumar, who arrived here last
Chashma, and respected across Penn,” tary.” Narvekar earned a BA the end of 2019 as a senior month. According to the police, Sanjiv was travelling in a
Sunny Sunny, London Thumkada and Kar Gayee Chull Gutmann said in a statement. from Swarthmore College in adviser to the president to cab, which was hit by a speeding Creta from the rear side.
along with the popular Holi songs. Music by DJ Pierre “Very few people know Penn 1981 and her Wharton de- help with the leadership Sanjiv was coming from his cousin’s house and heading
Ferns, DJ Ricky, DJ Chirag and DJ Praveen Nair and DJ Es- as well or have worked so gree in 1986. transition in the secretary’stowards Phase-1, where he was staying. The police said
sam will also get people grooving. Tickets are available on successfully with so many In addition to her new office. the victim died on the spot, while the cab driver, Rupinder
Platinum List Dubai and priced at Dhs99 for one person,

EPFO warns employers

escaped unhurt. Creta driver Somal Soni also received
Dhs179 for two people and Dhs299 for four people.
minor injuries in the incident. Somal’s father is a police
inspector posted at Fatehgarh Sahib. Sanjiv is survived by
NEW DELHI: After the Su- ing the employees provident towards contribution for so-
his wife, a five-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter,
preme Court held that spe- fund (EPF). The employer cial security scheme run by
who are in the UK. According to one of his relatives, San-
Published by IPEPCIL Publications Ltd cial allowance is part of basic as well as employee pay the Employees’ Provident
jiv came here on Feb 18 and was supposed to go back on
RNI No.: MAHENG/2018/76663 wages for EPF dues compu- 12pc of basic wages each Fund Organisation (EPFO).
March 9. A case has been registered against Somal.
Publisher: Supreet M.J. tation, retirement fund body
Editor : E.L. Vaidyanathan EPFO has decided to take States urged to join... Now, Saudi tourist visa...
Volume No.: 1, Issue: 42 a stringent action against (Contd. from page 1) (Contd. from page 1)
those firms which will not Subsequently, flight operations are expected to connect des- did not specify when the visas would become available.
Published at: Office No. 1001, 10th Floor,
take into account such com- tinations like Kushinagar, Jharsuguda, Saharanpur(Sarsawa), As part of Prince Mohammad’s agenda, the kingdom
Navjivan Commercial Premises Co-op. Society Ltd.,
ponent in PF contributions. Guwahati River Front, Nagarjuna Sagar, Statue of Unity in has ended a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas, allowed mu-
Lamington Road, (Dr.D.B.Marg), Mumbai Central, The apex court in its Gujarat among others. According to the ministry, 16 un- sic concerts, including performances by Western pop stars
Mumbai - 400 008. Ph.: 022 - 23001102 / 23001103. judgment has ruled that served and 17 underserved airports, along with six water and organised international sporting events. There are a
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4 GULF JOBS & OPPORTUNITIES Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Five-fold rise in hiring by IT firms N AT I O N A L

NEW DELHI: Jobs are back in ness following strong attrition these cities have a strong talent
to hurt their margins. TCS,
IT! The $167 billion industry, through the past year amid pool. Salaries are projected to which secured deals worth
which was singing a dirge on rising tide of newer technolo- rise by 10-13pc in 2019, and $5.9 billion during the Decem-
rampant job cuts, irregular hir- gies, pressure on traditional the highest paid technology ber quarter, said it has hired
ing patterns and reneging job businesses and growing protec- areas are going to be big data more employees to meet that
offers made at campuses until tionism in their main markets. analytics, machine learning demand which weighed on the
a year ago, have risen like a Thanks to the inflow of large and Artificial Intelligence de- margin. “We’ve been adding
phoenix from the ashes. Data deals and with new digital op- velopers, she observed. The people. The costs primarily are
collated from the top four IT portunities picking up, the IT IT staffing industry is pegged higher because of the people
companies reveal that there majors are once again ramping to grow at 14-16pc per annum cost,” said V Ramakrishan,
has been a five-fold increase chief financial officer, said.
in hiring during the first nine TCS’ margin stood at 25.6pc
months of the current finan- in the December quarter. That’s
cial year as compared with below the guided range of
the overall hiring made in 26-28pc and also the biggest 

2017-2018. sequential decline since April-  

IT majors such as Tata June 2017-18. 

Consultancy Services, Infosys, On hiring 


Wipro and HCL have together The surge in hiring by IT  )   
hired more than 70,000 people, up their operations. Besides and garner $5.3 billion by firms could be to stabilise busi- 

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adding 22,931 employees in begun to spend on upskilling age of technology. say analysts. 
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Careers in biotech shaping up: Sheffield lecturer FIEO seeks more products
NEW DELHI: Recently,
the British Council had
launched the MSc Antimi-
crobial Resistance course.
in this area; Sir Howard
Florey carried out first
tious diseases, antibiotics
and their use in healthcare
‘sticking’ to the cells in our
bodies in the first place)
under MEIS via e-commerce
organised Biotechnology What is the need for this clinical trials of penicillin and infection control. and the development of MUMBAI: Federation of In- mediate expansion as many
Mission in South India, study area? in Sheffield, and warned What are the career op- new vaccines. dian Export Organisations MSME (micro, small and
whose objective was to Antimicrobial resis- of the possible dangers portunities? You’re developing a (FIEO) has sought inclusion medium enterprises) units ex-
develop partnerships in tance poses a serious threat of antibiotic resistance in Graduates will be new eye infection treat- of jewellery and auto compo- porting auto components, are
areas of biotechnology at to global public health. It his Nobel Prize acceptance equipped with specialist ment with LV Prasad In- deprived of MEIS,” he said.
South Indian higher educa- knowledge and transfer- stitute… The proposed policy
tion institutions. “Research able skills needed to pur- Eye infections can lead should bring uniform defini-
in biotech as well as an- sue careers as research to loss of sight. In India, tion of e-commerce as various
timicrobial resistance is scientists or consultants it’s estimated that 840,000 acts and policies define the
growing in both academia for biotechnology or phar- people a year may be world differently, Gupta said.
and pharma industry,” maceutical giants, policy- affected by this ‘silent The limitation of Rs
says Dr Lynda Partridge, makers for public health epidemic’. A team of sci- 25,000 for e-commerce ex-
senior lecturer, Department organisations or NGOs, entists and clinicians from ports or imports through
of Molecular Biology and or careers in academia in University of Sheffield nents under the export incen- courier, should be either
Biotechnology, University the areas of microbiology, and LV Prasad Institute tive scheme via e-commerce removed or enhanced to Rs
of Sheffield, UK, who was immunology and beyond. are developing a treat- to boost outbound shipments. 5 lakh, so that high-value
part of the mission. In occurs when the microbes speech in 1945. We need a What are the alternatives ment that doesn’t rely on Commenting on the draft shipments can be exported
an interview to a leading that cause infection sur- better understanding of the to antibiotics? conventional antibiotics. e-commerce policy, FIEO through courier mode, avail-
business newspaper, she vive exposure to a medi- spread of resistance. That’s If we can understand We’ve identified a way of president Ganesh Kumar ing fast-track facility. It is
said that with increased in- cine that would normally why experts at Sheffield’s the way microbes infect preventing microbes from Gupta said only a few items ironical that e-commerce
vestment, “there are many kill them. There may be 10 Florey Institute developed and spread in our bod- establishing an infection such as handicraft, hand- retail exports are still in the
new career opportunities million deaths per year by this course. ies, we can develop new on the surface of the eye, loom, books, leather footwear manual mode and the need
for graduates looking to 2050 due to antibiotic re- Who is the programme therapies. Approaches which can be applied and toys avail exports incen- of the hour is that the en-
implement change in this sistant microbes unless we aimed at? we’re investigating include without the need for time- tives under Merchandise tire e-commerce transaction
field around the globe.” step. University of Shef- It’s aimed at students anti-adhesive therapy (to consuming diagnosis, even Exports from India Scheme should be carried out through
University of Sheffield has field has a strong history with an interest in infec- prevent microbes from in rural areas. (MEIS). “The list requires im- electronic module, he added.

RBI extends KYC deadline by 6 months Essar Oil gets environment nod
MUMBAI: Providing a ma- founder and director at not come through, our central bank’s deadline to AHMEDABAD: Essar Oil & natural gas or CBM depend- data. For this, we will need
jor relief to e-wallet compa- MobiKwik, said the exten- members could have lost complete KYC of all cus- Gas Exploration and Pro- ing on their licence for the to drill the coal, identify
nies, the Reserve Bank of sion will give it more time 80-90 per cent of their user tomers by February-end. duction (EOGEPL) has re- block. The official said the the sweet spot and then
India has extended dead- for completing the full KYC base. Physical KYC is not The largest player in the ceived environment clear- expert appraisal committee drill horizontally for almost
line by six months for com- process for its users. only a time consuming ef- ecosystem, Paytm did not ance for exploring shale (EAC) in January 29 meet- a km. Thereafter, we will
pliance with Know Your “Mobile wallets have fort but also an expensive respond to queries. gas reserves in its Raniganj ing allowed Essar to drill 20 analyse the coal, the shale,
Customer (KYC) norms, been instrumental in driv- process. Operators will “ Po s t t h e A a d h a a r block in West Bengal, an wells to explore shale gas the strength of the shale,
for prepaid payment in- ing digital payments in now get more time to strat- judgement, the entire PPI official said. in its Raniganj CBM block. and the required volume.
strument (PPI) issuers. India. This announcement egise on the road map,” he industry was anxiously This follows the govern- It has been awarded an If this exploration is
The earlier deadline was will ensure increased adop- added. awaiting clarity on how to ment’s decision to allow op- exploration lease for shale successful, we plan to
February 28. tion and growth for digital PPIs are instruments do KYC moving forward. erators freedom to explore gas, CBM and hydrocarbons drill around 220-250 wells
The RBI had said it payments. It will in turn that facilitate purchase This six-month extension both conventional oil and in the Raniganj block. that will require an invest-
had received requests from have a positive impact of goods and services, in- will help settle things natural gas as well as non- EOGPL has got approval ment of Rs 7,000 crore,” he
various stakeholders to on the financial inclusion cluding financial services down smoothly,” Hemant conventional sources like to drill 20 shale wells at a said. EOGEPL has invested
increase the timeline given story,” she said. and remittance facilities, Gala, head of Payments, coal-bed methane (CBM) cost of Rs 10 crore. around Rs 4,000 crore in
the difficulties in undertak- The extension will also against the value stored on Banking and Financial and shale reserves within To start with, it will the Raniganj block, which
ing Aadhaar e-KYC and offer players more time to such instruments. E-wallet Services at PhonePe, said. a exploration acreage. Es- drill five wells in the block will produce 1.7 million
time necessary to put in chart out strategy for com- companies were caught in Amazon, which oper- sar operates India’s highest to test the shale potential. standard cubic metres per of
place alternative systems pliance, Payments Council a bind over looming dead- ates Amazon Pay, said the producing CBM block in When contacted, company gas from coal seams (CBM)
for completing the KYC of India (PCI) chairman line as companies were extension in KYC timeline Raniganj. Managing Director and CEO in the next two years and
process. Vishwas Patel said. apprehensive that they will will “ensure customers are Previously, companies Vilas Tawde said: “We will ramp up to 2.5 mmscmd in
U p a s a n a Ta ku , c o - “If the extension had not be able to meet the not impacted adversely”. could explore only oil and start off with collecting the the next three to four years.

Rajvardhan Azad appointed as chairman of Bihar university commission

NEW DELHI: Bihar gov- move was made in 2011 force on ROP the field of retinal Azad, son of former vacancies in 2014. The in-
ernment has appointed Dr also and the bill for the (retinopathy of disease, more so in Bihar chief minister Bhag- terview process got under-
Rajvardhan Azad, former revival of the commission prematurity), All retinopathy. He es- wat Jha Azad, also con- way in 2015 and is yet to
chief and professor of was passed from both India Collegium tablished ROP unit tested the Lok Sabha elec- be completed. Before that,
ophthalmology at the All houses of the legislature. of Ophthalmolo- along with neo- tion once in 2014 from the appointment of lectur-
India Institute of Medical However, it could not get gist (AIOS), family natology depart- Godda. ers was made in 2003 on
sciences (AIIMS), New the gubernatorial assent benefit scheme- ment of AIIMS and The appointment of the basis of 1997 advertise-
Delhi, as the chairman on the ground that it was All India Ophthal- was responsible Azad finally sets the ball ment by the commission,
of the revived Bihar state a money bill. mological Society for training many rolling for the commission, which then existed.
university service commis- Azad, who received (AIOS), ophthal- young ophthalmol- which will also have six The universities in Bi-
sion, which will carry out the prestigious BC Roy mic education ogist in manage- other members. The selec- har are facing a huge va-
appointment of teachers in National Award for emi- committee Asia ment of ROP. tion of members is likely cancy, estimated to be over
the understaffed universi- nent medical Teacher by Pacific Academy “I have devoted to be completed soon. A 7000 and still growing,
ties of state. Medical Council of India of Ophthalmol- my entire life to separate notification for the This is precisely what led
The commission was in 1987, will have tenure ogy, Ophthalmic teaching. I have constitution of the commis- to the creation the commis-
dissolved in 2007 and of three years from the Instrument & Ap- served in various sion was also issued with sion after the matter was
10 years later in 2017 date of notification or till pliances, Bureau capacities and will the one for the appointment raised several times in the
Bihar legislature passed the age of 72 years. The of Indian Stan- strive to give my of the chairman. Bihar assembly. Despite
the Bihar state university notification was issued by darad, and head- best to the commis- At present, the Bihar recent appointments by the
service commission Act to the department of educa- quarter committee sion for strengthen- Public Service Commis- BPSC, several colleges and
fill large-scale vacancies, tion. All India Ophthal- ing Bihar’s higher sion (BPSC) is vested with departments are running
which is hampering qual- Azad served as chair- mological Society RP Centre for Ophthalmic education,” he said the power of appointment with inadequate teaching
ity in higher education man of various bodies, (AIOS). Sciences, AIIMS, he made after receiving the notifi- of assistant professors. strength, with the situation
in the state. A similar including national task While working in Dr numerous contributions in cation. BPSC had advertised 3364 worse in rural areas.
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
CSIR-UGC NET 2019: Registration closes on Mar 18 NHAI invites applications for 141 posts
he online registration either for Junior Research only. bility candidates for the he National High- Deputy Manager (Technical) www,
process for Council Fellowships (JRF) OR Lec- A candidate should sub- award of Junior Research ways Authority of In- – 117 positions Interested candidates can
of Scientific and In- tureship (LS). He/she may mit only one application. If Fellowships (JRF) and for dia (NHAI) has issued Eligibility criteria apply to the post through the
dustrial Research (CSIR) indicate his/her prefer- he submits more than one, determining eligibility for notification for a number Educational Qualification: online mode on or before 8
UGC NET examinations ence while applying. If a the application sent last appointment as Lectur- of posts. Applications have Candidates having a degree May 2019. Candidates can
June 2019 has already candidate applies for JRF will be considered. In order er in chemical sciences, been invited for 141 manager in Civil Engineering from refer to the official website
started on February 25. The earth, atmospheric, ocean and deputy manager posts. any university/institute rec- for more details.
examination is scheduled and planetary sciences, Candidates interested to ap- ognised by the
to be conducted on June life sciences, mathemati- ply may do so on or before government may
16. cal sciences, physical sci- May 8 through prescribed apply
Candidates can apply ences. The award of Ju- format. Salary
for the exam by visiting nior Research Fellowship Applicants who wish to Manager (Tech-
the official website of CSIR to the successful eligible apply for these posts must nical): Those se-
at Click on candidates depends on have a degree in Civil Engi- lected may get
the link for applying online their finding admission/ neering from any university Rs. 15600-39100
to proceed. The link for placement in a University/ or institute recognised by as per as per 7th CPC Pay In November last year, the
registration is not opening National laboratory/ Insti- the government. Candidates Matrix-12 Pay Scale Band 3 NHAI had invited applica-
at the moment. Candidates tution of higher learning having required experience Deputy Manager (Technical): tions for 70 posts for young
may have to wait and try and research. in the relevant field will be Selected candidates will get professionals (Finance). Jobs
after some time. and fulfils the eligibility to avoid last minute rush, Note: Go through the preferred. Rs. 15600-39100 as per as were invited on a contractual
Candidates must care- criteria for lectureship too, apply as early as possible. information bulletin and Things to remember per 7th CPC Pay Matrix-11 basis. Of above said vacan-
fully read the detailed he will be considered for The last date to apply for notification for CSIR-UGC Important dates Pay Scale Band 3 cies 37 were for unreserved
instructions contained in both JRF and lectureship. CSIR-UGC NET for JRF/LS NET for JRF/LS June 2019 Last date for application How to apply while 18, 10 and 05 positions
the information bulletin If a candidate is found to June 2019 examination in examination to know de- submission: May 8 Applicants may apply were reserved for Other Back-
before applying for the be over-aged for JRF, he/ March 18. tails about eligibility con- Vacancy details through online mode on or ward Class (OBC), Scheduled
examination. she will be automatically The examination is held ditions, exam centres, how Manager (Technical) – 24 before May 8. They may ap- Castes (SCs) and Scheduled
A candidate can apply considered for lectureship to determine the eligi- to apply and much more. positions ply at NHAI official website Tribes (STs).

Maha govt to set up GRC for students CP Thakur appointed

as CUSB chancellor
o address the com- referred to the Institutional government must ensure from seeking further rem- to three months. It should

plaints and issues of and University GRCs re- its effective implementa- edy in this frequently faced be effective from June ajya Sabha MP and CUSB to notify the same.
students, the Maha- spectively. Each university tion to ensure that it does issue. when the new academic former union min- Thakur’s name was also
rashtra Higher and Techni- will appoint a Lokpal or not become just another “At present, there is no year starts,” Tawde added. ister Dr CP Thakur promptly included in the
cal Education Department ombudsman for hearing the complaint box, like the such grievance redressal As per the norms, a has been appointed as CUSB website.
has issued a government appeals against the orders ones found in many gov- mechanism at the college Lokpal can be a retired the chancellor of Central CUSB vice chancellor,
notification for setting up of the Institutional and ernment departments. Also, or university level. Now, district judge or retired University of South Bihar Prof Harish Chandra Singh
a Grievance Redressal Cells students can raise various vice-chancellor or registrar (CUSB), Gaya. A notifica- Rathore, said the position
(GRC) at the college, uni- issues, including denial or principal. Senior profes- tion to this effect was is- was vacant for a long time
versity and institutional of admission on merit, ir- sor, head of the depart- sued on March 1. and it was good to have to
levels. Besides, there will regularities in admission ments, principals can head Thakur, who received a famed personality as the
be a Lokpal in each uni- process, admission rejected GRCs. While the GRCs are the prestigious Padma Shri chancellor. “He will preside
versity to decide on the ap- without reason, not fol- expected to resolve the and BC Roy Awards, will over the board meeting and
peals against Institutional lowing reservation rules complaints in 50 days, the have tenure of five years. convocation,” he added.
and University Grievance during admissions and Lokpal would resolve the He succeeds former Lok Thakur, a famous doc-
Redressal Cells. non-payment of scholar- grievance in 30 days. There Sabha Speaker Meira Ku- tor, said he had all his life
Officials from the High- ships. Maharashtra is the are total 14 universities in mar, whose term ended remained associated with
er and Technical Education first state in the country the state to which these last year. academics and worked with
Department, the colleges or to have such a mechanism GRCs and Lokpal will be President Ram Nath integrity. “I will try to con-
recognised institutions and for the students,” Vinod applicable, said another Kovind, in his capacity as tribute whatever best I can
various departments of an Tawde, Minister for Higher official. Visitor of the central uni- for the institution,” he said.
university are expected to and Technical Education, The official said the versities, appointed him. Established under the
set up the GRCs to address University GRCs. the government’s decision said while addressing the colleges or recognised in- After Thakur’s name got the Central Universities Act,
the complaints or issues of Even as the state gov- to exempt appeals before media. stitutions and universities Visitor’s nod, the depart- 2009, CUSB shifted to its
the students. The issues not ernment has decided to set the Lokpal in matters of “The universities and are expected to develop ment of higher education, new sprawling campus at
resolved at the department- up the students’ grievance revaluation or remarking the colleges are expected a dedicated online portal, ministry of human re- Panchanpur, approximately
level of universities and readdresal cells at college of answer sheets deprives to set up these mechanisms where students can lodge source department, issued 12 kms away from Gaya,
at the college level can be and university levels, the a large number of students and Lokpal in the next two their complaints. the communique for the last year.

Dry eye disease to affect 50pc urban Indians by 2030 New drug may help delay ageing in humans
early half of India’s their forties and fifties are Electronic Medical Records causing anxiety and depres- esearchers, including 35, muscle mass, strength in muscle stem cells that
urban population is vulnerable to the disease, (EMR) system. sion, often affecting their one of Indian origin, and function continually appears to be responsible
likely to be affected researchers said. The study estimated that professional productivity. have developed a decline as we get older, for their age-related dys-
by dry eye disease by 2030, LVPEI Centre for Ocular based on current incidence However, if detected early promising drug that sig- according to the study function, and then devel-
making it a bigger health Regeneration director Dr rates, 45pc of India’s urban and treated appropriately, nificantly increases muscle published in Biochemical oped a small molecule drug
concern than lifestyle dis- Sayan Basu who carried population is likely to be af- patients can lead a normal,” size, strength and meta- Pharmacology. that limits the effects of
eases such as diabetes and fected by dry eye Dr Basu said. bolic state in aged mice, This can dramatically this protein,” said Stanley
heart attack, pointed out a disease by 2030, “At times, dry eyes can and may help delay ageing limit the ability of older Watowich, an associate
process in adults to live fully active professor at UTMB.

Your wellness
recent study by researchers roughly translat- be associated
from LV Prasad Eye Institute ing to a stagger- with serious humans. and independent lives. “By resetting muscle
(LVPEI). ing 275 million medical con- As we “There are no treat- stem cells to a more youth-
The study pointed out people. Even ru- ditions such age, our ments currently available ful state, we were able to
that area of residence, socio- ral India is likely as arthritis, which if ne- bodies increasingly lose to delay, arrest or reverse rejuvenate them so that
economic affluence and to see 17 million glected can lead to irrevers- the ability to repair and age-related muscle degen- they could more effectively
professional work, including new dry eye dis- ible visual impairment and rebuild degenerating skel- eration,” said Harshini repair muscle tissues,” Wa-
computer-based vocations, out the study along with Dr ease patients every year ac- blindness. Therefore, it is etal muscles, said research- Neelakantan, a research towich said.
could play a role in deter- Anthony Vipin Das analysed cording to the study. “Dry critical that people at risk ers from the University scientist at UTMB. In the study, aged mice
mining the percentage of data records of 1.45 million eye disease not only affects get screened for the condi- of Texas Medical Branch “These initial results with a muscle injury were
risk. Men in their twenties patients using LVPEI’s indig- the patient’s vision but also tion and seeks timely relief,” (UTMB) in the US. support the development treated with either the drug
and thirties and women in enously developed eyeSmart disturbs their quality of life, he added. Beginning around age of an innovative drug treat- or a placebo.
ment that has the poten- Following seven days of

Oral typhoid vaccine may protect against other infections tial to help the elderly to
become fitter, faster and
stronger, thus enabling
drug treatment, researchers
found that the aged mice
that received the drug had

ral typhoid vac- triggered by the live oral Previous evidence has They looked at immune assess the wider impact of them to live more active more functional muscle
cines, which have typhoid vaccine Ty21a. suggested that some live- responses targeting Sal- our observations in confer- and independent lives as stem cells that were ac-
with weakened “Live-attenuated Salmo- attenuated vaccines, such monella as well as those ring protection against oth- they age,” Neelakantan said. tively repairing the injured
strains of Salmonella, may nella vaccines are low-cost, as those for measles and targeting a range of other er common infections, not “We identified a protein muscle.
also protect against other well-tolerated and easily polio, can stimulate the pathogens. just Salmonella,” said Gor-
infections, according to a administered. These vac- human immune system to The changes they ob- don, who was the study’s Fun Corner
study that could impact generate served to levels of infec- principal investigator.
vaccination strategy in the a wider tion-fighting white blood The study adds that
developing world, where protec- cells (monocytes) and im- the ability to manipulate Sudoku Puzzle Rules: To solve a Su-
infectious diseases are tive re- mune system messengers live-attenuated Salmonella doku puzzle, every digit
common and where broad- sponse (cytokines) suggest that so that they express com-          from 1 to 9 must appear
er protection could poten- and low- Ty21a can strengthen the ponents of other pathogens in each of the nine verti-
         cal columns, in each of
tially save many lives. er all- immune response against could make their find-
the nine horizontal rows
Typhoid fever is a bac- cause subsequent, unrelated in- ings particularly exciting          and in each of the nine
terial bloodstream infec- mortal- fections. for future ‘vector vaccine’ boxes.
tion caused by Salmonella ity. “The next step is to design.          Solution for Puzzle #42
Tophi that is estimated In or- observe whether these “Salmonella vector will be in next issue.
to affect between 11-18 cines could potentially be der to investigate whether responses also occur in vaccines could provide         
million people and cause included in global vac- Salmonella vaccines might children in low-income Salmonella-specific pro-
         Sudoku Puzzle 41 Answer
between than 128,000- cination programmes, not offer similar protection, settings where their im- tection, vectored-pathogen         

190,000 deaths annually just for their impact on the researchers vaccinated pact would be greatest,” protection and non-specific         
worldwide. Salmonella, but also for a small group 16 healthy said Melita Gordon from protection, making live-
Published in the jour- their off-target, non-specif- adults in the UK with the University of Liverpool in attenuated Salmonella a                  
nal Science Advances, the ic beneficial effects,” said Ty21a vaccine and studied the UK. hugely powerful ‘triple         

study presents promising Shaun Pennington from the its impact on their immune “We’d like to conduct threat’ tool for global vac-                  
first data on the ‘non- Liverpool School of Tropi- system over the course of further clinical studies, cine development,” said
specific’ immune response cal Medicine in the UK. six months. where we will be able to Gordon. Puzzle #: 42 Difficulty : Medium
6 IN FOCUS Tuesday, March 05, 2019

I had TB, will I get UAE residence visa?
I am an Indian origin British citizen, the employee feels the letters and the
currently employed by a bank in London memos issued to him by the employer
but travel between the UAE and UK on are discriminatory, he is entitled to file
a regular basis for work-related matters. criminal complaint against the employer
I was recently approached by a major in accordance with Article 6 of the
oil and gas company in UAE and have Federal Decree Law No. 2 of 2015 on
accepted a senior role offered by them. Combating Discrimination and Hatred,
I am aware that one must undergo a which states: “Any person, who com-
medical examination at the time of mits any act of discrimination of any
obtaining a residence visa in the UAE. form by any means of expression or by
Nevertheless, I am slightly hesitant re- any other means, shall be sentenced to
garding the medical fitness test as I was imprisonment for a period not less than
diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in 2003 five years and by a fine not less than
while I was on post-graduation holiday Dh5 lakh and not exceeding Dh1,000,000
in Germany and treated at a private or either one of these two penalties.”
medical hospital for over two months. If an employee feels that the memos
The medical expenses were borne by the and letters addressed to him are not
UK government as part of the EU rules. related to his work or workplace as
I returned to UK later and completed stipulated in Article 109 of Federal Law
my medication before starting a full- No. 8 of 1980 regulating Employment
time employment and thereafter, never Relations in the UAE (the Employment
experienced any medical issues related Law), he may approach the Ministry of
to TB. Further, if I undergo medical HR and Emiritisation and file a complaint UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdulla BIn Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for the Federal National Coun-
fitness check in Abu Dhabi, I am not against the employer. The aforemen- cil Anwar Gargash (centre) with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the OIC meeting in Abu Dhabi.
aware if the X-ray will reveal the old TB tioned Article 109 of the Employment
scar. Will I get the UAE residence visa?
For the purpose of residence visa,
Law of UAE reads: “No disciplinary
penalty may be imposed on an employee Thomas Cook India expects at least
all matters related to the medical fit-
ness tests in the UAE fall under the
jurisdiction of Ministry of Health and
for any act committed by him outside
the workplace, unless such an act is
connected with the work, the employer
$5m boost on buying of Digiphoto
DUBAI: Thomas Cook In- Burj Khalifa and Ski Dubai according to its website. tor growth of 12 to 13pc
Prevention (the health ministry). Since or the responsible manager. It shall also dia expects a boost of at and we send a lot of trav- With a 3,700-strong staff, per cent over the next
you were cured of TB several years ago, be unlawful to impose more than one least $5 million to its bot- ellers from India and the it has offices in Orlan- three to five years, Iyer
you can apply for your residence visa penalty or to combine a disciplinary tom line after acquiring a world to o Dubai, so do, Kuala Lumpur,
L said. “Dubai is a growing
and, thereafter, travel to the UAE. It penalty with a deduction of part of the 51pc stake in Dubai-based we can bundle Singapo
Singapore, Bali, market and its proximity
would be prudent to travel to the UAE employee’s remuneration as mentioned Digiphoto Entertainment these expe-xpe- Hon Kong
Hong to India makes it attractive
with all your medical records duly no- in Article 61 of this Law.” Imaging for an enterprise riences,” and Mum- for short haul breaks,” he
tarised and legalised from the UK, UAE Two dates of birth value of $40.6 million , its I y e r b a i . said .The company’s ac-
embassy in the UK followed by attesta- chief executive said. s a i d . T
Thomas quisition of DEI, its second
tion from Ministry of Foreign Affairs & I am currently working in a school in
Sharjah. My school has asked me to The acquisition could “ Tr a v - C o o k deal in the MidEast since
International Co-operation in the UAE. generate $5m to $8m a el has India 2016, will be earnings ac-
The same set of documents may be filed retire since my date of birth on my pass-
port is 25/07/1957. However, my date of year for Thomas Cook moved is tar- cretive immediately as DEI
with the health ministry if you fail in India over three years, Ma- f r o m geting is a profitable company
the medical fitness test due to TB scars birth on the secondary certificate (10th)
is mentioned as 21/01/1958. Can I use hesh Iyer told a TV chan- becom- growth with earnings before inter-
from the past. You may also contact the nel following the signing of m-
ing a com- in annu- est, tax, depreciation and
health ministry and the office of the my 10th class certificate as my proof
of birth year? My school has stopped the agreement. The travel modity to v
al visitors amortsation of $6.1m in
General Directorate of Residency and company’s investment in being an n ex- from India 2018, according to Iyer.
Foreigners’ Affairs, Abu Dhabi, for any giving me my increment and allowance
since 2018 based on my age (above 60) DEI, which has agreements periencee and we MidE
to MidEast and Thomas Cook India could
further queries in this regard. Further, for photography in about believe this will enhance expects its investment in make more acquisitions
your prospective employer may guide as per my passport. What should I do
to get compensated 40 attractions in the UAE, travellers’ experiences.” DEI to boost tourist flows. in the MidEast of travel
and provide you necessary assistance in comes as it seeks to boost DEI, established in Thomas Cook India and travel-related compa-
the event TB scars are shown on the X- Pursuant to your queries, the age fac-
tor may not be considered a criteria to the number of visitors from 2004, operates in 14 coun- flies about 25,000 visitors nies if it finds the right
rays after conducting medical fitness test. India to the MidEast. tries and has more than from India to the MidEast opportunity at the right
determine the increment and allowance
Defamation of an employee in the UAE. It should be “DEI runs end-to-end 150 photography partner- every year and is targeting price but is not currently
I am aware that there is a monetary noted that the date of birth mentioned photography solutions for ships in 250 attractions, compounded annual visi- in negotiations.
fine or jail term or both imposed on an in the passport of an individual shall be
individual if he/she is found guilty by a
court in UAE of defamation published
considered for all official purposes in the
UAE and not any other dates mentioned
Indian High School CEO honoured NRI arrested in rape case
in social media. Can an employee in in other documents. Since Jan 2011, the DUBAI: Dr Ashok Kumar, CEO educational institutions. NEW DELHI: A non-resident Indian was arrested from
an organisation claim redressal from Ministry of HR & Emirtisation has been of The Indian High School, Ros Marshall, CEO, Taal-
the IGI airport in the national capital for allegedly
his employer for defamation at the accepting requests for work permits of Dubai, was honoured with the eem, said: “Dr Kumar is an
raping a woman he had met on a matrimonial site
workplace in Dubai? What should an individuals over the age of 60 years up “Lifetime Achievement Award” exceptional person who came
at the 2019 GESS Education into the region and has cer- in 2017. The accused has been identified as Ravin-
employee do when he has been pre- to the age of 65, thereby enhancing the
Awards in Dubai last week, tainly made a difference in his der Singh, a native of Jalandhar district in Punjab.
vented from being promoted due to retirement age from 60 to 65. As per the
presented in association with time here. He led the Indian According to the police, the woman filed a case on
defamation consistently being pointed prevailing provisions, for all employees
at him through memos and emails to working in private sector entities regis- Taaleem. Honouring outstand- High School to an Outstand- March 27, 2018 stating that she came in contact with
senior management of his organisation? tered under the federal laws of the UAE, ing achievements in the field ing rating by the KHDA in Singh through the matrimonial website.
Pursuant to the queries, it should be the retirement age is 65 years. However, of education from 11 countries the DSIB school inspection On Dec 12, 2017, Singh reportedly intoxicated
understood that defaming an individual the age limit of 65 years for retirement around the world, including cycle for six consecutive years. the victim and raped her. He later convinced her
on social media is a criminal offence may be further increased considering the UAE, Finland, UK, US His commitment to improving that he would marry her soon, but instead left Delhi,
in the UAE. This is in accordance with the individuals’ nature of work, his and Saudi Arabia, thousands education both nationally and senior police officer Vijayanta Arya said. Thereafter,
Article 373 of the Federal Law No.3 of credentials, expertise which is important of submissions were received internationally was recognised the victim learnt that Singh was already married
1987 of UAE on issuance of the Penal for the entity he is working for. Further, from as many as 45 countries, when he was awarded a Na-
and was living in the UK where he used to work
Code (the “Penal Law”), which states: granting of increment is discretion of making this year’s edition of tional Award for Best Principal
as a security guard, the officer said. As part of the
“Detention for a period not exceeding one the employer but the company cannot the awards the biggest to date. in 2001, given by then Min-
An educational leader with ister of Education for IndiaDr investigation, raids were conducted in the accused’s
year or a fine not exceeding Dh10,000 stop your other allowances from your
more than 30 years of experi- Murli Manohar Joshi. He has village in Punjab, but he did not join the probe,
shall be imposed upon anyone who, by remuneration if these are mentioned
ence in the educational sector, also been honoured in the police said, adding a lookout circular was also is-
any means of publicity, disgraces the in your employment contract registered
honour or the modesty of another per- with the Ministry of HR. This is in ac- Dr Kumar was recognised by UAE with the Shaikh Hamdan sued against him. Singh was apprehended from the
son without attributing any particular cordance with Article 60 of the Federal the judges as a leader with a Award for his distinguished airport while he was returning from UK to visit his
act to the defamed party. Detention for Law No. 8 of 1980 regulating Employ- track record of successfully school and school administra- family in Jalandhar.
a period not exceeding two years and a ment Relations in the UAE . Based on managing various groups of tion.”
fine not exceeding Dh20,000 or either the aforementioned provision of law, if
of these two penalties, shall apply if a
public official or one who is in charge
of a public service has been abused dur-
your employer has deducted allowances
which are part of your employment con-
tract you may inform the school that it
Over 10m visited Abu Dhabi in 2018
ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi of the emirate’s 168 hotels Abu Dhabi has steadily standing with the Emirates
ing, because of, or while performing his is unlawful. Therefore, they should pay welcomed 10.27 million in- or hotel apartments. enhanced its touristic and Medical Association to tap
duty or public service and if the abuse you the arrears since 2018 along with ternational visitors in 2018, The key markets of In- cultural proposition until into the booming sector of
affects the honour or injures the reputa- your end-of-service benefits on or before with the emirate also post- dia, the US and China today, visitors can now medical tourism.”
tion of families, or if it is noticed that it your last working day. In the event the ing figures showing incred- have all posted double-digit enjoy incredible options The first component
is intended to achieve an illegal purpose. employer disagrees to pay the allow- ible growth over the last growth for hotel guests in in entertainment — both of the ambitious Saadiyat
Nevertheless, if the abuse is published ances, you may approach the ministry three years, Department of 2018 with India and China sporting and artistic — re- Cultural District, the first
in any newspaper or printed media, it and file a complaint. Culture and Tourism (DCT remaining the two top mar- tail, dining and hospitality, universal museum in the
shall be considered an aggravated case.” Abu Dhabi) said . kets for overseas visitors as well as top class cultural region attracted more than
Further, it should be understood that an Child’s visa The numbers were and UK — the top Euro- venues for visual and per- one million visitors in
employer may guide, advise or ask for Can a husband and wife combine their boosted by the addition pean source market. “We forming arts experiences. its first year and put Abu
explanations orally or in writing from salaries to apply for the residence visa of a number of events and are incredibly pleased to The soaring visitor figures Dhabi on the world’s “cul-
its employees with reference to the work of their child (our combined salary is enhancements to all of its see these positive metrics, we have seen are evidence tural map” . The reopening
performance of its staff. Therefore, any Dh6,000)? specialised tourism sectors, as year on year we have of the increase in global ap- of the Al Hosn site was also
warning letters or memos with appro- In the UAE, the combined minimum improvements to its infra- exceeded the already am- peal of our emirate.”He also a significant event for cul-
priate words and subject issued to the salary of husband and wife to sponsor structure and significant bitious targets set for Abu said they looking forward in tural tourism in Abu Dhabi,
employees may not be treated as defama- their child is Dh10,000. Such criteria development of its cultural Dhabi’s growth,” Moham- 2019 to hosting the Special with the oldest building in
tory letters or memos. However, if the of combined salary requirements to assets. DCT Abu Dhabi mad Khalifa Al Mubarak, Olympics in Abu Dhabi. the emirate, now a museum
employer issues notices or memos with sponsor their child in the UAE may be said more than 10 million Chairman at DCT Abu “We have also courted showcasing Abu Dhabi’s
inappropriate words containing abuse, treated as special case by the General visitors came to the UAE Dhabi said in a statement. cruise tourism with the history and Emirati culture,
discrimination, personal, religious or Directorate of Residency and Foreigner’s capital last year, made up of “We are now firmly es- opening of the new Mina reopening to great acclaim
sexual comments, these may be treated Affairs (GDRFA) who may consider such both day-trippers and over- tablished as a world-class Port and the Bani Yas Is- in late 2018. The cruise sec-
as defamatory words and liable for application on its merit. You may con- night guests, with the hotel cultural destination. With land beach cruise stopover. tor provided more than 3.5
defamation under the Penal Law and tact the GDRFA in the UAE for further guests increasing by 3.94pc the emirate’s natural beauty We have also just signed lakh visitors to the emirate
anti-discrimination law of the UAE. If guidance in this. compared with 2017 at one as a stepping off point, a memorandum of under- in 2018.
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Startups offer more efficient healthcare: EY Future group to assist 7-Eleven’s India entry
he Indian health for specialised healthcare ed adopting digital tech- of life sciences compa- arking its foray in the food retail landscape. Kishore Biyani, founder &
care system is being in India. nologies include patient nies’ business models,” into India, Japa- We are proud to bring this Group CEO, Future Group.
reshaped by three The survey was con- engagement, physician said Sriram Shrinivasan, nese-owned con-
forces: increasing health ducted among 60 life sci- engagement, smart mo- Global Emerging Markets venience retailer 7-Eleven
care demand, technological ences and healthcare start- bile apps for appointment Health and Life Sciences has signed a franchise agree-
ubiquity and rising patient ups in the country. About bookings, R&D efficiency, leader and National Health ment with Kishore Biyani’s
awareness, said a report 35pc of startups surveyed and supply chain manage- Services Sector leader, EY. Future Group.
from Ernst & Young (EY). 42pc of the sur- The new master franchi-
The adoption of emerging vey’s respondents feel see plans to build 7-Eleven
technologies and tools by that receiving timely stores as well as convert
healthcare players, espe- and substantial fund- some of its existing stores
cially startups, have the ing will provide an to the 7-Eleven brand, the
potential to offer solutions opportunity for driv- companies said in a joint
to meet increasing demand ing further business statement. The first store is
by improving affordability growth, while 38pc expected to open in 2019.
and accessibility, added. feel product innova- 7-Eleven, which has globally trusted convenience As per the tie-up, 7-Elev-
According to the sur- tion and rising mar- more than 67,000 stores store to India and build en will support Future Retail
vey, 82pc of life sciences ket potential due to across 17 countries, said new pathways together that to implement and local-
and healthcare startups say that taking feedback ment. rising incomes, health and that internationally popular will offer Indian customers ise the 7- Eleven business
offer improved afford- from patients and physi- “Today, in India and technological awareness products, beverages, snacks greater convenience,” said model.
ability, accessibility and cians was one of the most globally, technological ad- also have a key role to play. and immediately consum-
efficiency in their prod-
ucts and services leverag-
important success factors,
followed by a focus on
vancements are redefining
products and enabling
23 pc also pointed towards
strong government support
able fresh foods with recipes
developed for local tastes
IOB bags EASE awards
ing emerging technology. product innovation, and customisation of services as a responsible factor for will be part of the initial

ndian Overseas Bank (IOB) has announced that it
Titled ‘Life Sciences 4.0: industrial and technical in the healthcare industry. attaining the next level convenience offering. The has won the Enhanced Access & Service Excellence
Transforming Healthcare know-how. Emerging technologies for of business growth. “Go- entry of 7-Eleven is expected (EASE) Awards in two out of eight categories. The
in India’, the report said Indian life sciences example, robotics, block- ing forward, life sciences to modernise the small- award was framed as the reforms agenda for PSBs,
that the rising prevalence companies have started chain, 3D printing and companies must invest in retail environment and bring and covers themes such as customer responsiveness,
of lifestyle-related diseases taking small, experimental artificial intelligence and the three new capabilities: greater convenience to shop- responsible banking, and credit offtake. IOB won the
and an aging population steps on their 4.0 journey. scientific breakthroughs personalization, customer pers. awards under ‘reforms excellence’ and ‘deepening
are the major factors lead- Some key areas where such as gene editing have engagement and data lit- “7-Eleven is among the financial inclusion and digitalisation’ categories.
ing to increasing demand these firms have start- led to the transformation eracy,” Shrinivasan added. most iconic global brands

Rubique ties up with banks, NBFCs Basic salary, special allowances must
he four-year-old fin-
tech start-up, which
is now focussed on
need to scale up co-lending.
“We are not looking
to become an NBFC from
Rs 1,250 crore, revenue
of Rs 35 crore and 90,000
credit cards issued. For the
be combined to calculate PF: SC
personal loans, business the perspective of build- next fiscal, the aim is to he Supreme Court with the basic wages. And, special allowance etc. even ing is unlikely to impact
loans and credit cards, sees ing book. We may take the achieve disbursements of has ruled that em- secondly, the retirement though they form a part of those with basic salary and
co-lending providing better NBFC licence for regulatory Rs 4,000 crore, get about ployers cannot seg- benefit will see more in- the total salary or cost to special allowances above
margins, when compared reasons. We will eventually 2.1 lakh credit cards issued regate ‘special allowance’ flows as higher monthly PF the company. Rs 15000 a month.
to the revenue stream from move there if we have to and realise Rs 147 crore from basic wages while contribution will move into Presenting a judgment In its judgement, the top
being a marketplace for do scale up co-lending,” revenues, Jeet added. calculating provident fund the employee’s PF account. related to EPFO and certain court said “The wage struc-
lending products. deduction from employees Currently, as per the establishments, the Court ture and the components
“Co -lending will be and their matching contri- salary structure, the em- has ruled out that the al- of the salary have been ex-
nothing but a private label bution. amined on
product for our platform. What this essentially facts, both
While we will bring tech- means is that the Employ- by the au-
nology, data and distribu- ees Provident Contribution thority
tion for the co-lending, (EPF) will be on the total and the
banks are giving us the amount including all the appellate
credit line. With co-lending, allowances paid to an em- authority
we are having skin in the ployee and not just on the under the
game. Co-lending will also basic salary. PF Act,
help us cater to segments he said. For co-lending, “Our aim to touch more How will the ruling af- w h i c h
that are not currently avail- Rubique has so far tied up cities and co-lending will fect the employees: ployees are supposed to lowances in question were have arrived at a factual
able,” Jeet told media per- with two banks and two help us grow next fiscal. The impact of such a contribute the mandatory essentially a part of the conclusion that allowances
sons. NBFCs. For next two years, our decision could be two- 12pc of their Basic Salary basic wage camouflaged in question were essential-
Jeet, who founded the Rubique, which is on an focus is mainly to grow – fold. One, the contribution or Wage (10pc for certain as part of an allowance so ly a part of the basic wages
start-up, also said Rubique assisted online model with reach more cities, add new towards EPF will be on a establishments) towards as to avoid deduction and camouflaged as part of an
would eventually move to- 10,000-plus business asso- products. We are now at higher amount and hence their PF. The other emolu- contribution accordingly to allowance so as to avoid
wards becoming an NBFC ciates, is looking to close six cities and we want to less take-home pay for the ments are shown as dif- the provident fund account deduction and contribu-
from the point of view of the current fiscal with loan expand to 30 cities next employee as the allow- ferent allowances such of the employees. tion accordingly to the PF
regulatory reasons and the disbursements of fiscal,” he said. ances will also be clubbed as house rent allowance, The Supreme Court rul- account of the employees”.

L&T Fin to raise upto Rs 1500-cr JSW Steel, Duferco Intl ink $ 700 m pact Hasmukh Adhia
through secured NCDs is BoB Chairman

SW Steel said that cements the long-term In the past, JSW and Paribas, Citibank, Credit

&T Finance Limited, of safety regarding timely it has inked a 5-year relationship between the DITH have entered into Suisse, ING, Mashreqbank, he government on
the NBFC arm of servicing of financial obli- advance payment and two groups which have similar trade financing Natixis, Societe Generale, March 1, appointed
infrastructure com- gations. Such instruments supply agreement with partnered together in vari- arrangements on a smaller Standard Chartered Bank former Finance Sec-
pany L&T, plans to raise carry lowest credit risk. Duferco International Trad- ous commercial ventures scale but for a longer acting as Mandated Lead retary Hasmukh Adhia
upto Rs 1500 crore by The proceeds raise ing Holding for $ 700 during the past 15 years. term, all of which were Arrangers and Bookrun- as the chairman of state-
means of secured NCDs through the means of million. ners, the statement said. owned Bank of Baroda
(Redeemable Non-Convert- NCDs will be used for The pact executed on “The structured long- (BoB).
ible Debentures). onward lending, financ- 27 February entails a fi- term trade finance transac- Bank of Baroda is set
The tranche 1, which ing, refinancing the exist- nancing structure, which tion is an important deal to become the third largest
opens on March 6 and ing indebtedness of the will provide “JSW long in diversifying the sources lender of the country after
closes on March 20 this company and for general term funding to comple- of financing for JSW Steel. amalgamation with Vijaya
year, offers various options corporate purpose, the ment its plans for future This not only enables JSW Bank and Dena Bank ef-
for subscription and the company said in a state- growth secured by com- to raise funds at competi- fective 1 April.
yield on redemption of up ment. mitted exports of steel tive rates but also assures The board of the bank
to 9.35 per annum. The lead managers to products to DITH,” JSW incremental volume of has already fixed March
There is also an option the issue are Edelweiss Steel said in a statement. sales in export markets 11, 2019, as record date for
of early closure or exten- Financial Services Ltd, A For Duferco Interna- leveraging the widespread issuing and allotting equity
sion, the company said. K Capital Services Ltd., tional Trading Holding global network of the DITH shares of the BoB to the
The secured NCDs pro- Axis Capital Ltd and Trust (DITH) the transaction Group Companies,” Sesha- shareholders of Vijaya Bank
posed to be issued have Investment Advisors Pvt assures a captive supply giri Rao, JMD and Group and Dena Bank. As per the
been rated AAA by leading Ltd. of various steel products The deal is the largest successfully executed and CFO said. Scheme of Amalgamation,
rating agencies indicating Catalyst Trusteeship from JSW over the term of trade finance facility to completed. JSW Steel is the flag- shareholders of Vijaya Bank
that the instruments with Ltd is the Debenture Trust- the advance payment and have been arranged in the The deal has been ar- ship company of the di- will get 402 equity shares
this rating are considered ee and Link Intime India supply agreement. Indian steel sector,” the ranged and financed by versified $ 13 billion JSW of BoB for every 1,000
to have the highest degree Pvt Ltd is the registrar to “The transaction further statement said. the global banks - BNP Group. shares held.

Solar Energy Corp of India auctions 750 MW solar power Adani’s Jharkhand SEZ project okayed
he government Power (Jharkhand) Ltd has It has received formal

he state-owned Solar Acme has bagged 250 tum, Palimarwar and Sitara location in India. has approved a Rs sought approval for setting approval for the land in
Energy Corporation MW capacity project in won 250 MW, 40 MW and Te c h b i d s t o t a l l i n g 14,000 crore spe- up of sector specific SEZ possession of 222.68 hect-
of India (SECI) has 100 MW, re- 1,620MW were received cial economic zone (SEZ) are area and in
auctioned 750 MW of solar spectively. against the tendered capac- project of Adani Power principle approv-
power which was bagged The second ity of 750 MW by 13 com- in Jharkhand, which will al for remaining
by Acme, Fortum, Palimar- lowest tar- panies. “I am confident that export entire power gen- 202.32 hectare.
war and Sitara at a tariff of iff was of- with this addition of 250 erated to Bangladesh, an Two supercritical
Rs 2.48 per unit, a source fered by Rs MW capacity, ACME will official said. The project units of 800 MW
said. The solar tariff of Rs 2.49pc unit strive to achieve highest was approved by highest each would be set
2.48 per unit quoted in the for 360 MW. efficiency in solar power decision making body on up with an invest-
auction was close to Rs The SECI generation and strengthen SEZ – Board of Approval for power at villages – ment of Rs 14,000 crore
2.44 per unit achieved for had invited its partnership with the – chaired by the commerce Motia, Mali, Gaighat and which would include set-
the first time in May, 2017, solar ten- Govt in building a strong secretary, in its meeting on adjacent villages in Godda ting up of a water pipe-
in the auction conducted the reverse auction held ders for 750 MW capaci- nation & economy,” said February 25, the govern- district, Jharkhand over an line and power evacuation
for Bhadla solar park. on March 1, while For- ties to be executed at any an expert. ment official said. Adani area of 425 hectare. system.
8 Travel / Entertainment Tuesday, March 05, 2019

GoAir launches Kannur-Abu Dhabi flight

bu Dhabi Airports Abu Dhabi. In addition, ing new partners, we are destination and transit
has welcomed Kannur itself is a popular pleased to welcome GoAir’s hub and forms a part of
GoAir’s launch of leisure and business des- flights to Abu Dhabi. India our strategy to attract new
four new flights between tination within the state. has always been one of our airlines to our network,” De
Kannur International Air- Bryan Thompson, CEO, largest and most important Groof added. Jeh Wadia,
port (CNN) and Abu Dha- Abu Dhabi Airports, said: areas of operations and Managing Director, GoAir,
bi International Airport “India is a key travel mar- we look forward to ensur- said Abu Dhabi was the air-
(AUH), connecting the two ket for Abu Dhabi Interna- ing GoAir’s guests enjoy a line’s fourth international
cities with flights operating tional Airport and we are comfortable and efficient destination after Phuket,
every Monday, Tuesday, always eager to strengthen experience throughout Abu Male and Muscat, and 28th
Thursday and Saturday. our connectivity to the Dhabi International Air- destination sequentially.
GoAir’s inaugural flight Indian subcontinent, en- port, where we continue to “GoAir is delighted to
from Kannur to Abu Dhabi hancing further our ser- deploy world-class smart partner with Abu Dhabi
was received with much vices extended to our dear travel solutions, attractive Airports. It is heartening
fanfare on Saturday, as customers.” retail offerings and relaxing to note that both GoAir and
the Indian subcontinent Maarten De Groof, Chief lounge spaces.” Abu Dhabi Airports were
remains one of the most Commercial Officer of Abu “This additional service established in 2006 and are Indian Personnel Export Promotion Council (IPEPCIL)’s President Abdul Rehman CH, General
popular destinations for Dhabi Airports, said: “As to Abu Dhabi reflects the celebrating 13th anniversa- Secretary Dr Sureshkumar Madhusudhanan, Ghulam Peshimam and PP Vijayan at the Kuwait
travellers departing from one of our most promis- capital’s status as a key ries this year,” he said. National Day function in Mumbai.

‘Rasbhari’ to compete Environmentalists flay

at Film Fest in France
ctress Swara Bhask-
er’s “Rasbhari” will
be competing at the
in Meerut. Swara plays the
role of a stern English teacher
who is the object of attraction
tion is a strong validation
of this belief. Working in
close collaboration with
Singapore’s eco-tourism
Series Mania International for Nand (Ayushmaan Sax- team Applause, Tanveer, ingapore is creating a create a green tourism hub ing,” Subaraj Rajathurai, a and has been earmarked
Festival in France. ena). The show also features Shantanu and Nikhil have vast eco-tourism zone it is hoped will eventually veteran wildlife consultant, for development for years,
Produced by Tanveer Rashmi Agdekar, Pradyuman created a sparkling gem of in a bid to bring in attract millions of visitors said. is mostly abandoned vil-
Bookwala, the Applause Singh, Neelu Kohli and Chi- storytelling, which is now more visitors, but environ- a year. With the new develop- lages and farmland that
Entertainment’s coming- mentalists fear the develop- But the project in the ment, it appears that “mak- have been swallowed by the
of-age series will also be ment will damage natural Mandai district has ruffled surrounding
showcased at the festival, habitats and are already the feathers of environmen- jungle. Work
which will be held from blaming it for a series of talists. They believe that is already well
March 22 to 30. It is being animal deaths. rather than promote biodi- under way in
claimed that “Rasbhari” is While it may be best versity, it is too imposing for an area that is
the first Indian series to be known as a financial hub the area, will destroy forest home to ani-
selected for the Short Forms with scores of high-rise habitats and they say insuf- mals including
Competition at the fest. buildings, tropical Singa- ficient safeguards were put flying lemurs
“The artiste in me was pore is still home to patches in place before work began and deer, with
thrilled to be a part of a of rainforest and an array of — leading to animals being construction
unique narrative like Rasb- wildlife, from monkeys to killed on roads. cranes loom-
hari and I’m now beyond pangolins — also known as The row has highlighted ing money was more of a ing over hillsides stripped
thrilled to know that our se- scaly anteaters. concerns about rapid de- priority than finding the bal- bare of jungle. A major fo-
ries has been selected for the Swara Bhasker In one green corner of the velopment in space-starved ance and preserving biodi- cus of concern has been the
prestigious Series Mania In- tranjan Tripathi and the title finding an audience across city sits a zoo and two sister Singapore and worries that versity”, he added. But Man- animal deaths on the main
ternational Festival,” Swara music has been composed by borders and continents. We attractions — a night safari some of the country’s more dai Park Holdings, which road leading up to the zoo
Bhasker told a TV channel. Chirantan Bhatt. are excited to showcase this and river safari — that have wild and green corners are is overseeing the project as forest is cleared.
Produced and co-created “We are delighted to rep- labour of love at the festival long been big draws for for- being lost only to be re- through its development Several deer, a critically
for Applause by Tanveer resent India at the esteemed and are looking forward to eign and local visitors. Now placed with something more arm, insists work is being endangered pangolin and a
Bookwala, written by Shan- festival. Good content has a stream it soon for viewers jungle is being cleared in the artificial. “I think you are carried out sensitively and leopard cat are among animals
tanu Shrivastava and direct- global resonance and our se- all over the world,” said Sa- same area to make way for a getting your priorities wrong will bring improvements. to have perished after straying
ed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhatt, lection into the much sought meer Nair, CEO of Applause bird park, a rainforest park if you are replacing natural The district, which sits next in front of vehicles, according
Rasbhari tells a love story set after Series Mania Competi- Entertainment. and a 400-room resort, to heritage with captive breed- to a protected nature reserve to environmentalists.

San Francisco’s Golden Bridge beckons you!

an Francisco is indubi- feel like a foggy hill station supermarket carts. The Gate Park is bigger than New to the north of San Francisco with its treasure trove of
tably one of the most full of picturesque views. A city’s salubrious climate York City’s huge Central is a sprawling expanse of Coastal Redwoods, the tall-
modern cities in the city built on several undu- and liberal attitude is Park. Even better: just 20 km forest called Muir Woods, est type of tree in the world.
world with several world lating hills, San Francisco why they seek refuge
famous corporations main-
taining a presence and Sili-
offers amazing vistas almost
everywhere you turn. A
here. But it is a tragic
irony to see an ageing, Rights of air passengers released
con Valley located nearby, cable car drops people off at homeless person right ivil Aviation Minister refund money that will be senger would not be liable
yet this metropolis quaintly the top of a hill from which Golden Bridge across the street from the Suresh Prabhu has given to passenger in case to hold airline for compen-
opts for old-fashioned pub- one can see Lombard street yet on almost every down- headquarters of Twitter! released the passen- of cancellation, the charter sation if he or she is given
lic transport in the form of running perpendicularly, far town street corner, one can Despite being a densely ger charter which specifies states. If any passenger is an alternate flight within
cable cars and streetcars. into the distance. see several homeless people packed urban area, this bus- rights of air travellers. It denied boarding due to over one hour of original flight’s
San Francisco is a coastal San Francisco is one of and panhandlers, their mea- tling metropolis has several states that if a domestic booking of a flight, the pas- departure, it states.
megacity yet at times it can the richest cities in the world gre belongings packed into green oases. The Golden flight is expected to be de-

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