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UAE stands with Kerala flood victims

A total of AED10 million has been collected by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation through UAE-based Indian tycoons and businesses for Kerala flood victims, a few hours only after the Foundation had launched its relief campaign in response to the directives of UAE leaders to form a national emergency committee to provide assistance to the flood-striken Indian state. Indian businessmen Yusuff Ali M.A., owner of the Lulu Hypermarket chain worldwide, and Dr. B. R. Shetty, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice Chairman of NMC Health PLC, have donated Dh5m each, in response to the UAE emergency campaign for standing by the flood-hit victims. Director-General of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Humanitarian Foundation, Mohammed Haji Al Khouri, commended the generous support, provided by the UAE-based Indian businessmen in the country and their rapid response to the UAE leadership’s directives. “The rapid response reflects their sincere belief and trust in…

Qatar Airways offers free transport of aid materials to Kerala

Qatar Airways Cargo has announced its relief efforts to deliver urgent aid to Kerala following the devastating floods in the southern Indian state. The cargo carrier has expeditiously organised an operation to deliver relief goods to the flood-stricken districts via the airline’s passenger service from Doha to Trivandrum. Qatar Airways Chief Officer Cargo, Guillaume Halleux, said: “We have received earnest requests from the Indian community residing in Qatar seeking support to transport relief aid to Kerala, where many of their families and relatives are affected by the worst flood in a century. “Given the devastating situation, we have rapidly activated a humanitarian operation to offer free transportation of relief goods from Doha to Trivandrum on our daily passenger flight. We are expecting to airlift more than 50 tonnes of much-needed relief goods from the operation, which will commence from August 21 – 29 . Our prayers and thoughts are with…

Qatar Charity offers assistance for Kerala flood victims

The Qatar Charity, through its representative in India, has launched emergency relief for those affected by the huge floods in the Indian state of Kerala with a total value of half a million riyals for the first stage. This humanitarian interface coincides with the launch of a fund raising campaign targeting more than QAR 4 million to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of 60,000 people through food, medical and shelter assistance. Floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala have killed hundreds of people and displaced other thousands, causing major damage to homes and infrastructure. Qatar Charity urged philanthropists in Qatar to help people affected in Kerala, by providing food, medicine, medical assistance, restoring and rebuilding homes and reaching out for the victims as soon as possible. Published on 19 August 2018

Personal Finance
Common Income Tax risks NRIs should be aware of

Imagine this real life situation. You are working in Gulf for last 8 years and your employer decides to terminate your employment during year-end break and you return to India on 31st December 2017. In India number of days are counted with reference to Indian tax year which starts 1st April and ends on 31st March of the subsequent year. In the above example, you completed 275 days during the financial year 2017-18 and returned to India. There is general perception that if you spend more than 183 days outside India you are not a resident of India hence you are NRI. Is that right? Wrong. In a recent case decided by the Authority for Advance Rulings (Income Tax), New Delhi on the application of Mrs. Smita Anand, China it was held that person who resigned from the services of the company is not eligible to be called an NRI…

Qatar Met predicts chances of rain on Saturday

The chances of rain in the country are expected to improve on Saturday, the Qatar Met department has said, while also forecasting strong winds and high seas in some offshore areas on Friday. While parts of the country experienced scattered rain on Thursday, the weather office said in a report that partly cloudy skies are likely in the country on Saturday and there is again a possibility of scattered rain, which may be thundery at times, in most inshore and offshore areas – particularly during the evening. Meanwhile, Friday’s forecast says the wind speed may go up to 25 knots in some offshore areas at times, with the sea level rising to 7ft. Slight dust and some clouds are also likely. Inshore, it will be relatively hot and slightly dusty conditions are expected in some places along with scattered clouds. The temperature in Doha is expected to range from 28-37C…

Qatar Ministry of Interior announces Ramadan working hours

Working hours at the service-oriented departments of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) during the holy month of Ramadan have been announced. The General Directorate of Passports and General Directorate of Traffic and their departments, along with the Nationality and Travel Documents Department and Criminal Evidence and Information Department, will be open from 8am to 5.30pm in two shifts, the MoI has said. While the morning shift is from 8am to 1pm, the evening hours are from 1pm to 5.30pm. For the Nationality and Travels Documents Department, the evening shift is for the headquarters only. Published on 18 May 2018

UAE, India discuss bilateral cooperation

Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, has met with Shri M. J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs of India, and discussed bilateral cooperation to ensure and provide an enabling environment to support the development of both countries. During the meeting, Dr. Al-Banna and Akbar emphasised their commitment to further strengthening bilateral cooperation across various sectors and deepen the close and friendly relationship between the two countries. The two sides also discussed preparations for the upcoming visit of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to India. Dr. Al-Banna said that India enjoys close and multifaceted bilateral relations with the UAE, which is supported by regular high-level visits and strong contacts. He also noted that the recent high-level visits have contributed to raising the level of relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership. The UAE Ambassador also expressed appreciation for…

Abu Dhabi’s Adnoc considers investment in Indian refinery

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. is looking into acquiring a stake in an Indian refinery as it plans to invest $45 billion at home to expand its Ruwais refining and petrochemicals complex. The government energy producer known as Adnoc is considering, among other business opportunities, joining Saudi Aramco in a potential investment in the Ratnagiri refinery project in India, Chief Executive Officer Sultan Al Jaber said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Abu Dhabi. Adnoc also plans to invest $45 billion over five years to expand the Ruwais complex’s refining capacity by more than 65 percent, or 600,000 barrels a day, by 2025, Al Jaber said earlier in Abu Dhabi. BP Plc is considering an investment in Ruwais, Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley said in an interview. The expansion would create a total capacity of 1.5 million barrels a day for Ruwais, he said. “We are extending an invitation…

Qatar fuel prices touch QR 2 per litre for the first time

Qatar Petroleum Company (QP) announced on Monday the diesel and gasoline prices for the month of May 2018, rising by 5.2 and 8%. The company set the price for one litre of Diesel at QR 2 in May compared to QR1.85 in April, an increase of 8.1%. The price for one litre of Super Gasoline 95 is set at QR2 in May compared to QR1.9 in the previous month, an increase of 5.2%, it said, adding that Premium Gasoline 91 is set at QR1.9 per litre in May compared to QR1.8 in April, an increase of 5.5%. Published on 30 April 2018 Illustration courtesy: Gulf Times

Meet Shah Rukh Khan in Qatar on 26th April

Bollywood fans have an exciting time ahead as superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be coming to Doha, Qatar on Thursday, 26th April for a jewellery showroom inauguration. Shah Rukh Khan will be opening the new Kalyan Jewellers showroom at Lulu Hypermarket on D Ring Road at 9 pm on 26th April. Lulu Hypermarket on its Facebook page is hosting a contest whereby five lucky winners will get a chance to win 8gms of gold and take a selfie with the star. Kalyan Jewellers has already 7 branches across Qatar. Referred to in the media as the “King of Bollywood”, Shah Rukh Khan has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films, and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as one of the most successful film stars in…

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