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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…

Technology
Apple launches new smaller, cheaper iPhone

Apple has unveiled a smaller, cheaper iPhone, called iPhone SE, aimed at new buyers, especially in emerging markets. Touted as an upgrade for the older iPhone 5S model, the 16GB version of the smartphone will cost $399 while the 64GB is priced at $499. Faster and advanced The new phone, with Apple’s A9 chip, is much faster than Apple’s previous attempt at an entry-level phone, launched in 2013. Based on 64-bit A9 chip, it offers faster VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and run the latest iOS 9.3. It comes with a 12MP iSight camera with Focus Pixel, Retina Flash, Live Photos with support for 4K video recording. Apple is adding the 4-inch display to its lineup of smartphones after a gap of nearly two and a half years. It also runs Apple Pay and comes in the wildly popular rose gold colour. Affordable price The $399 starting price is well below the $649…

News
Why you should start planning about your retirement NOW

People retire from work for different reasons. While a person is on work, it’s a good idea to think about the reasons why and when he/she want to retire. If people spend time thinking about what they want to do and when they will to stop working, this may help them to secure their future. Research shows that most people aren’t saving enough to meet their future requirement. As much as one quarter of our lives is now spent in retirement—almost half as much time as a typical worker spends in the labor force. Are you having the plan to, allow yourself to enjoy your current life style in retired days and devoid the dependency on your children’s income? Are ready to stay active mentally, emotionally and spiritually? In retirement, our each day is a holiday to complete our untaken advent of aspirations, but the point is how to afford the…

Technology
How to keep your gadgets and devices clean

In today’s homes there are a number of tech devices and gadgets, from earphones, tablets to smartphones. Despite looking at our smartphones 60 to 80 times a day, we don’t really think about how to keep it clean. Here are some Do’s and Dont’s provided by helpling.ae on how to keep the gadgets hygienic: 1. Earphones Why are they dirty? Wearing earphones or headphones can cause acne, breakouts and skin infections. This happens as the sweat and moisture collected around the earphones compresses the skin and encourages bacteria to multiply. Do: Use a cloth, dipped in soap water to wipe the earphones. Also a make-up removal tissue can work wonders If there are silicone detachables or if you need to deep clean the metal parts, you can also use a dry brush Don’t: Don’t share earbuds! According to a study, harmful bacteria can transfer quite easily from one’s ear to…

Career
Applying for a job in Middle East? 10 tips you should keep in mind

CV and Cover Letter 1 Have a professional CV and cover letter prepared. This should be prepared in a responsible manner by professional writers and should not contain any grammatical or detail errors. 2 Keep your resume to one page, even if you have 15 years of work experience. Applicants should speak about themselves to the point and avoid lengthy resumes. If you are on visit visa 3 If you are on visit visa, Indicate in your cover letter and CV that you are available for interview up to a particular date. Don’t make it look like you are re desperate to find work before your visa expires. Your CV should also state that you are on visit visa. (Visa Status: Visit Visa, expires X-X-2016) 4 Write also in your cover letter that should your departure date pass, you can be reached at your home country phone number, email, or online. All three contacts should be…

Body and Mind
Wash your hands to keep diseases at bay

As the world celebrates Global Handwashing Day today (15th October), health practitioners say that hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. You can spread certain “germs” (a general term for microbes like viruses and bacteria) casually by touching another person. You can also catch germs when you touch contaminated objects or surfaces and then you touch your face (mouth, eyes, and nose). “Good” hand washing techniques include using an adequate amount of soap, rubbing the hands together to create friction, and rinsing under running water. The use of gloves is not a substitute for hand washing. When should I wash my hands? Different situations where people can pick up “germs” include: When hands are visibly soiled. After using the washroom (includes changing diapers). After blowing your nose or after sneezing in your hands. Before and after eating, handling food, drinking or smoking. After touching…

Technology
Why you should never put your phone number on Facebook

If you’ve ever put your mobile number on your Facebook profile – something FB is keen for you to do if you upload pictures from mobile – you should worry. The simple reason is that people can search for you using your number, as soon as you add it to your profile. Want to see it for yourself? Try entering any random phone number (with ISD code) on to the search bar in Facebook. If anyone has added that phone number to his Facebook account, you can easily see that person’s name, picture and location – regardless of their privacy settings. With 1.5 billion active users the chances of finding real persons from random numbers is very high. Unfortunately, most users are not even aware they are ‘sharing’ their personal details by adding phone numbers. The dangers of online data sharing The names, locations and personal photographs of millions of users could be harvested by hackers, allowing…

Better Life
Daily tips every working mother should know

The Community Relations and Development Department at Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) in partnership with lactation specialists, has shared tips and an infographic for mothers heading back to work after their maternity leave. Part of the efforts to mark World Breastfeeding Week, here is  infographic from the Sidra website. Key tips for mothers: If you don’t have someone to take care of your child at home while you are at work, select a childcare provider who is close to your workplace and is supportive of your commitment to breastfeeding. Questions you should ask – do they have facilities to store breast milk? Are they comfortable handling breast milk? Would they be happy for you to drop by and feed your baby at any time? Ask your employer for flexible working hours that are arranged around your breastfeeding needs. Talk to them about your plans before you return to work. Know…

Better Life
A 7-point checklist for your car care during summer

From overheating to tyre bursts and wear and tear, a vehicle is prone to a considerable amount of damage this time of year. A simple car check can prevent casualties, say safety experts from Audi Qatar. Here is a list of things which, according to Audi Qatar, should be routinely checked by car owners to ensure a hassle-free road experience during the summer : 1. Condition of tyres During summer, tyres are automatically stressed and as a result become more recalcitrant. This increases the risk of a possible blowout that can have fatal consequences while driving. To avoid unpleasant incidents, it is recommended to regularly monitor tyres and tyre pressure. While servicing your car, make sure you also check the depth of treads on your tyre. Driving with low-depth tread tyres is dangerous as they lead to tyre failure. Also, check if your tyres have suffered any wear and tear, and…

Body and Mind
Soda suicide ? Sugary drinks may cause 184,000 deaths a year

Sodas and other sugary drinks may cause up to 184,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to a study published in the journal Circulation. Billed as a first, the report analyzed the global risks of death due to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers linked to the consumption of sugary drinks. Researchers estimated that around 133,000 people died from diabetes due to the consumption of what the report called “sugar-sweetened beverages.” Around 45,000 people died globally from cardiovascular diseases arising from sugary drink consumption and 6,450 people died from cancers linked to the beverages, researchers estimated. “Many countries in the world have a significant number of deaths occurring from a single dietary factor, sugar-sweetened beverages. It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet,” said study author Dariush Mozaffarian from Tufts University in Boston. Mexico had the highest death rate due to sugary beverages with…

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