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Qatar
Qatar records the lowest temperature in its history

Qatar’s weather station in Abu Samra recorded at early morning the lowest temperature in country’s history at 1.5 degree celsius, Qatar Meteorology Department said in a release. The new record low temperature is the lowest since the 3.8 degrees recorded in Mesaieed in January of 1964. ????رقم قياسي في سجلات قطر المناخية تُسجله( بوسمرة ١.٥د.م) صباح اليوم A new record in Qatar observed in AbuSamra(1.5 °C) this morning pic.twitter.com/UKZHMeSD2T — أرصاد قطر (@Qatar_Weather) February 5, 2017 QMD statement said that the cold wave was a result of the advancement of a high-pressure area and an air mass close to regions in the country. The statement added that Sunday dawn saw falling temperatures and decreasing wind speed, until 5:40 am when temperatures reached 9 degrees. The change in wind direction after that and a mass of cold air approaching the shore led to a prompt fall in temperatures to 7.5 degrees…

Parents Corner
CBSE-i curriculum to be discontinued from next year

India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to discontinue CBSE International (CBSE-i), a curriculum offered in several Indian schools, from 2017-18 academic year. In a circular published yesterday on its website CBSE informed that the CBSE-i curriculum initiated as a pilot project in 2010-11 will not be offered in schools from session 2017-18. This decision was taken due to operational difficulties including availability of quality reading material of global standards. A large number of Indian schools in the GCC would be affected by the decision to stop CBSE International (CBSE-i) curriculum. What is CBSE-i? The CBSE rolled out an international curriculum, CBSE-i, in 2010, to cater to the educational needs of international students, particularly those belonging to the Indian diaspora settled abroad. Though the core of the syllabus under the CBSE-i is based on the National Curriculum Framework 2005, that of the National Council for Educational Research and Training…

NRI Guides
Complete Guide to National Pension System (NPS) for NRIs

National Pension System (NPS) is a voluntary, defined contribution retirement savings scheme. The NPS has been designed to enable systematic savings during the subscriber’s working life. It is an attempt towards finding a sustainable solution to provide adequate retirement income to every citizen of India. Since October 2015, Non-resident Indians have been allowed to open accounts under the NPS. By opening an NPS account, NRIs can create a pension corpus in India. How NPS works Under the NPS, an individual’s savings is pooled in a pension fund. These funds are invested by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) regulated professional fund managers as per the approved investment guidelines in the diversified portfolios comprising of government bonds, bills, corporate debentures and shares. These contributions would grow and accumulate over the years, depending on the returns earned on the investment made. At the time of a normal exit from NPS, the…

UAE
UAE plans to build USD 316 million LNG terminal in India

The UAE is planning to build a US$316 million (AED 1.159 billion) liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the state of Gujarat in India. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has reviewed the plan by National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) to develop the terminal, state news agency WAM reported. Chairman of the National Marine Dredging Company, Mohamed Thani Murshed Al Rumaithi, gave a brief overview of the project, which will be built as per the best international standards of maritime engineering. The project, scheduled to be completed in 2019, will be designed and built in partnership with Indian company Swan Energy, the report said. The Gujarat LNG terminal project is part of the company s strategy to enter the international market by taking on external projects, Al Rumaithi added. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed praised UAE’s national organisations and institutions with an international reputation for investing in projects and…

Qatar Guides
Guide: How expats in Qatar can calculate end of service gratuity

Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs recently launched a new online service on its official website for expatriate employees. This new service allows individuals to calculate their end of service gratuity according to the number of working years he spent at the company. Expatriates have to enter data in accordance with the contract signed between him and the employer. Although the service is available only in Arabic, non-Arabic speakers can also easily calculate ESB by following these steps: STEP 1 : Click on this link to open the webpage. You will see this page: STEP 2: In the first field, enter your Date of Joining (as per your contract)   STEP 3: In the second field, enter your Last Working Date STEP 4: In the third field, enter your Basic Monthly Salary (as per your contract)  STEP 5: In the fourth field, enter the Gratuity Days accrued for each year (for example 21 days for one…

India
Burj Khalifa to be lit up in tri-colour to mark India’s Republic Day

UAE will join India in celebrating its 68th Republic Day with a spectacular illumination of the iconic Burj Khalifa with the colours of the Indian national flag. The visual expression of the tri-colours will underline the solidarity of the UAE and its people with India, with which the nation shares strong cultural and trade ties. The illumination will be held today (January 25, a day prior to India’s Republic Day), as well as tomorrow (January 26). The LED show will be at 6:15pm, 7:15pm and 8:15pm on both days with The Dubai Fountain performance complementing the grand illumination. Tonight we celebrate India’s 68th Republic Day with a spectacular LED illumination of the Indian National flag on #BurjKhalifa! #India pic.twitter.com/p8gfl1mr9X— Burj Khalifa (@BurjKhalifa) January 25, 2017 “Tonight we celebrate India’s 68th Republic Day with a spectacular LED illumination of the Indian National flag on #BurjKhalifa! #India,” the official Twitter account of…

India
India starts building world’s biggest cricket stadium

India has started building the world’s biggest cricket stadium that will accommodate 110,000 spectators and cost around Rs 700 crores. The stadium in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad is being built on the site of the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, which could hold more than 50,000 fans. The new stadium, spread across a 63 acre land, will have 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a clubhouse and an Olympic-size swimming pool. The stadium will also boast of a state-of-the-art club facility with three practice grounds and an indoor cricket academy. The parking area will accommodate 3,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers and traffic will be segregated in three directions Speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony on Monday , Gujarat Cricket Association vice president Parimal Nathwani put the overall cost of the project in the city of Ahmedabad at Rs 700 crores. Since the capacity of Kolkata’s Eden Gardens was reduced as part of a major rebuilding…

Qatar
Photos & Video: Shreya Ghoshal Live in Qatar 2017

In her first concert of 2017, Shreya Ghoshal, India’s most versatile female singer, brought alive the crowd in Doha, Qatar. The event on Friday at Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena, presented by Red Apple Events and Media, was attended by thousands of Indians from all over Qatar. Shreya, who has been performing all over the world and captivating audiences with her charming personality and musical ability, was able to connect with the audience instantly. Here are some photos and video from the concert: A four-time National Award winner, Shreya Ghoshal pulled together all the elements that make watching live performances so worthwhile. There was a special performance dedicated to music maestro A.R. Rahman as well as a journey through the evergreen Hindi songs. Shreya also sang few songs in Malayalam and expressed her thanks for the love and respect she has received from Keralites. Playback singer and “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” winner Hrishikesh…

India
Good News! NRIs can exchange old notes till 30 June 2017

In a decision that would bring some relief to NRIs holding demonetized notes, the Finance Ministry on Friday said that non-resident Indians (NRIs) can exchange and deposit scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes at specified RBI offices till 30 June 2017. This comes after President Pranab Mukherjee cleared an ordinance criminalising possession of demonetised notes worth over Rs 10,000. Under the ordinance, holding, transferring, and receiving old notes is illegal and a punishable offence. 30 June deadline only for NRIs The Rs 25,000 limit will also apply to resident Indians who were abroad between 8 November and 30 December, but they will have to turn in the old notes by 31 March at designated offices of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). “For those citizens of India who are not residing in India, this facility (to deposit notes in RBI) would be available till June 30, 2017 in order to…

India
New Ordinance: Penalty for holding old notes after March 31

India government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to penalise persons holding demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes after 31 March 2017, when the deadline to deposit these notes at the RBI window ends. Under the ordinance, hoarding, receiving or transferring banned Rs 500, 1000 notes after March 31, 2017 will invite punishment. One can only have a maximum of 10 old notes without penalty. The penalty for holding old currency in excess of 10 notes may include financial fines and a jail term of up to 4 years in certain cases, media reports said. The ordinance, approved by the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee, currently in Hyderabad, for approval before notification. Ordinance to extinguish liability The ordinance, named as ‘The Specified Bank Notes Cessation of Liabilities Ordinance’, is to extinguish liability of government and RBI on the demonetised high-denomination notes. A PTI report…

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