Body and Mind
7 signs you need a goal in life

Approximately only 3% of the population have goals that are specific, written down, and being put into practice. Is it a coincidence that only 3% of the population are wealthy? It is certainly something to ponder anyways. Are you among that 3% that has clear written out goals that you are putting into practice? Or do you feel that you do not need goals? You do not need goals if you are content with not moving further and you like life just the way it is. If you feel the need to improve in life, but are still not sure if you necessarily need goals, keep reading. 7 signs you need a goal 1. You are over 30 and still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, but know you want to do something fantastic 2. You feel like you are not content in life and…

Here is why Indian women reject NRI proposals

More than half of the Indian women turn down proposals from Non-Resident Indian men who display a disregard for Indian values, according to a survey. When single Indian women were asked by the matchmaking portal,, on what puts them off about marriage prospects coming from the NRIs, 51.7 per cent women gave a thumbs down to people who look down on Indian values. On the other hand, 33.5 per cent said they would reject prospects who would constantly crib about everything in India. Also, 66.7 per cent single Indian women are put-off by fake accents, the survey says. The online poll received over 5,200 responses from single Indian women across India. “The survey highlights how Indian women are looking for genuineness in people. It also reaffirms the age-old belief that first impression is important when meeting a prospective partner for the first time,” Premanshu Singh, AVP & Head-Emerging Business…

KBC gets its first Rs 7 crore winner in two brothers

The Narula brothers, Achin and Sarthak, became the first ever contestants to win the highest prize of Rs 7 crore in reality game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, hosted by Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan. The Narula brothers, who hail from Delhi, emerged victorious after answering all the 14 questions correctly with the help of four lifelines.  Achin is a marketing manager and Sarthak is a student. Achin has been trying to be a part of the iconic show for the last 10 years but always fell short of being selected for the fastest finger first contest. Bachchan, 71, hinted about the big win on his official blog and Twitter handle while posting his pictures from the show. He wrote, “It is a topsy turvy world tonight and KBC is the one that needs to be blamed!! What incredible moments, what brilliance and what an incredible play..! That is all I am permitted…

Around The World
iPhone 6 receives 4 million orders in 24 hours

Apple Inc. said it received more than four million orders of its two new iPhone 6 models in the first 24 hours on September 12, more than it had initially set aside for preorders. The company called the first-day preorders a record, surpassing the previous high of more than two million units set in 2012 when Apple released the iPhone 5. For the first time, Apple is taking preorders for two new iPhones at the same time. With such strong demand Apple’s major assembler Foxconn appears to be struggling to boost its production to meet strong demand. Foxconn has continued to hire more workers to assemble the two new iPhone models at its largest production site in Zhengzhou, north central China, according to people familiar with the matter. The company has more than 200,000 workers in the  Zhengzhou site, dedicated to just making new iPhones and key components such as metal…

Qatar National Library provides free access to online resources

Qatar National Library (QNL), a member of Qatar Foundation has invited the local population to register freely to access its vast online resources to raise its local profile and enhance the lives of students, researchers and residents in Qatar. In support of Qatar Foundation’s efforts to ensure the country’s journey towards a knowledge-based economy, the initiative of visiting prominent organizations has given Qatar’s community the perfect opportunity in which to learn about QNL’s online resources, register free of charge, and begin discovering a wealth of digital content. Anyone who lives in Qatar and has a valid Qatari ID/Residence Permit is eligible for free library registration. Although the Library is yet to open the doors to its new building, QNL is currently offering free online access to a vast collection of online resources, including the latest bestsellers, classical works, concerts, top academic journals and documentaries. To register, please visit: and to access…

Disney magic all set to rock Doha

Following a huge turnout for its debut Disney on Ice performance last year, organizers are returning to Qatar to host “Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After”  from Sept. 24 to 27, 2014 at the Qatar National Convention Center. Last year, the ice skating and acrobatics spectacle drew more than 40,000 spectators, with tickets selling out in the first week. More shows were added to accommodate the public. “Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After” had only toured the US, before starting its world tour in Dubai and arriving in Doha. The extravaganza will bring together all-time favorite Disney characters from stories, including Disney-Pixar’s Brave and Disney’s Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Tickets start from QAR 175, QAR 275, and QAR 475. VIP tickets cost QAR 1,000 while Rink-side Royal at QAR 2,000. Tickets are available from Virgin Megastores and online Kids under 2 years old, seating on their parents lap…

NRI investments in realty may rise by 35% : Survey

Property developers are expecting a 35 per cent surge in real estate enquiries from NRIs, with Bangalore turning out to be the hot favourite, says an Assocham survey. To tap the growing interest which comes at a time when the global economy is stabilising and India is showing strong signs of revival, real estate companies are pulling out all stops by conducting property shows, exhibitions and opening overseas representative offices. Bangalore is the most favourite property investment destination for NRIs, followed by Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai, Goa, Delhi and Dehradun, it added.The enquiries are primarily coming from NRIs residing in UAE, the US, Singapore, Australia, the UK, Canada and South Africa. The survey was conducted among nearly 850 real estate developers in Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Dehradun and Chennai etc. This year, the demand is more for the high-end property and commercial buildings, according to developers.  Source…

Italian Gondola boats launched at Katara

Katara – the Cultural Village Foundation has launched its unique entertainment addition, gondola trips with distinctive Venetian features. The gondola trips will be held from  from 5pm-10pm daily. Each gondola can accommodate a maximum of six persons at a rate of QR300 per trip, lasting from 30 to 45 minutes. Children and minors will be allowed on the boat only if they are accompanied by adults. Tickets will be sold at Katara Gate 12. The gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon. For centuries gondolas were the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice.

Family Art Workshops at Katara

Katara Art Studios is hosting a series of Diverse Family Art Workshops from September 2014 to March 2015. Families can attend with their children aged between 5 years old to 10 years old. The cost of each workshop is QAR 150. Download the Program here To register please email or call 4408 0235 / 4408 0233

World’s largest passenger aircraft is here

The world’s largest passenger aircraft was officially welcomed into the Qatar Airways fleet yesterday (18 Sep 2014), in the presence of a galaxy of dignitaries. The national carrier’s first A380 landed at Hamad International Airport around 5pm, following its first official flight from an Airbus facility in Hamburg. QA’s first A380 can accommodate a total of 517 passengers: 461 in Economy, 48 in Business and eight in First Class – with the widest seats in the industry. All its seats are equipped with the latest entertainment systems besides the stylish and comfortable interior. The newly launched aircraft will conduct training flights for the next 15 days, and the first plane will begin flying to London Heathrow on Oct. 10. This is the first of 10 the airline has on order. The A380, which has a list price of US$414 million has been bought by 12 airlines, with Emirates the biggest customer. Image courtesy : Hartmut Spiegele