Buying houses will be dearer in Mumbai as the State government on Tuesday cleared a Bill, without discussion, to increase stamp duty on property transfers by 1%. The extra money will be transferred to transport infrastructure projects planned in the city. To ensure public projects like the coastal road, Metro, monorail and freeways have enough funds, a surcharge will be added to the stamp duty charged for the sale, gift and rental transactions of properties.The Bill was passed without discussion as it was presented amid sloganeering from Opposition and ruling party MLAs over the issue of Maratha reservation.Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said that the government acted in an authoritarian manner and similarly pushed eight other Bills too. “We were not given a chance to speak. This is not how Bills are cleared,” he said. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar said,“It is important that every Bill is discussed in detail. Every aspect should be scrutinised and that is our work. But they didn’t want it to be discussed,” he said.However, Parliamentary Affairs minister Girish Bapat said the Oppositioncreated the ruckus and the government had stopped them for speaking on the Bill.
COMMENT Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today announced an award of Rs 1 crore for Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik.Sisodia visited the parents of the wrestler in Haryana’s Rohtak and announced the award.He also announced a promotion for Sakshi’s father, Sukhbir Malik, who works as a bus conductor at Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).On Wednesday, the 23-year-old wrestler had ended the country’s wait for a medal at the Rio Olympic Games as she bagged the bronze medal in the 58-kg category, pulling off a dramatic 8-5 victory in the play-off bout. SHARE sport August 20, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger 0 Published on COMMENTS
The past few weeks have been incredibly busy as far as smartphone launches go. Companies like Samsung, OnePlus and Oppo have launched a few exciting new products that are winning hearts with their designs and value for money. Take the OnePlus 7 series and the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, for example, which are some of the first Snapdragon 855-powered phones to launch in India.In our June list of best phones to buy, we see more and more new devices replace last year’s models as it should be the case. Xiaomi, Realme and Samsung are some common names to be found in the budget to mid-range segments, while the top-end, ultra premium slots belong to Huawei and Apple.Cheapest phone money can buyRedmi Go: Rs 4,499Good smartphone under Rs 5,000 is a rarity, but thanks to the Android Go program we are slowly seeing some decent, usable phones for first-time smartphone users or those switching from a feature phone. The Redmi Go is an example of that. It is currently the most affordable Android Go phone that comes with bare-boned specs such as a 5-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 425 chipset, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage. With Android Go, you get preloaded, optimised Go-based apps like Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Maps Go and so on.Best phones under Rs 10,000Nokia 2.2: Rs 6,999We are yet to write our full review of the Nokia 2.2, but the fact that it is the most affordable Android One device in the market makes it a great option for consumers looking for an entry-level phone with stock Android Pie. The Nokia 2.2 also brings a dedicated Google Assistant button and a 5.7-inch HD+ display. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 chipset paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM. The Nokia 2.2 gets a 13-megapixel primary camera with LED flash support and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Lastly, the Nokia 2.2 gets a 3,000mAh battery and you get a 5W charger with the box.advertisement Redmi Note 7: Rs 9,999The Redmi Note 7 is not a new device, but it still offers great value for its price under Rs 10,000. It touts a premium glass design with a dated yet powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset, which is something that you still won’t find in this segment. The Redmi Note 7 also sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ waterdrop display, a large 4,000mAh battery and a Type-C port. As for the cameras, you get a decent 12MP + 2MP setup on the back and a 13MP selfie camera.Best phones under Rs 15,000Realme 3 Pro: Rs 13,999The Realme 3 Pro is easily one of the best phones you can find under Rs 15,000. We are still awaiting the launch of the Realme X in India, which is expected to be priced around Rs 18,000, so the Realme 3 Pro should do for now. This is perhaps the only phone that can take on the Redmi Note 7 Pro head-to-head with its an attractive gradient glasstic design, 6.3-inch FHD+ waterdrop display, a fast and powerful Snapdragon 710 chipset, 16MP dual camera setup and VOOC 3.0 fast charging on top of a long-lasting battery life.Redmi Note 7 Pro: Rs 13,999The Redmi Note 7 Pro is probably the first device you will hear someone suggesting if you’re looking for a phone under Rs 15,000. It is understandable given what the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers for a starting price of Rs 13,999. It brings a premium Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and back, gradient colour options, a 6.3-inch FHD+ waterdrop display and a large 4,000mAh battery. In addition to this, you get a Snapdragon 675 chipset and a 48MP dual camera setup, which makes it a no-brainer in this segment. Samsung Galaxy M30: Rs 14,990The success of the Galaxy M series can be credited to the fact that Samsung has been able to read the terrain and has managed to launch phones with designs and hardware that are in tune with the needs of today’s millennials. We are yet to review the newly launched Galaxy M40 so the best of the lot would still be the Galaxy M30. The phone offers a striking 6.4-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Super AMOLED display, gradient design and a massive 5,000mAh battery, which is perhaps the best in this segment. The phone was also recently updated to Android Pie with One UI.Best phones under Rs 20,000Samsung Galaxy A50: Rs 19.990While the Galaxy M40 is now official, we still feel the Galaxy A50 offers the best specs for its price under Rs 20,000. It offers a bright and vivid 6.4-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Super AMOLED Infinity-U display and a powerful 2.3GHz octa-core Exynos 9610 chipset. It also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor, a long-lasting 4,000mAh battery and a 25MP triple camera setup that captures some great pictures in daylight.advertisementPoco F1: Rs 19,999One would rarely suggest a phone from 2018 this year, but that’s the kind of impact the Poco F1 has made. At Rs 19,999, the Poco F1 is still the cheapest phone with a flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset. In addition to a powerful chipset, you also get some a 6.18-inch FHD+ display, some good quality dual cameras and a large 4,000mAh battery. The Poco F1 has already been updated to Android Pie and is due to get Android Q in the future as well.Best phones under Rs 50,000OnePlus 7: Rs 32,990There are plenty of new flagship phones that can be found under Rs 50,000 in India, which makes one question whether a consumer needs to shell out a lot of money to buy a premium smartphone. The OnePlus 7 series includes a regular OnePlus 7 and a OnePlus 7 Pro, both of which make it to this list for obvious reasons. The OnePlus 7 is currently the most affordable phone with a Snapdragon 855 chipset. On top of that, it offers a stunning glass and metal design that looks similar to the OnePlus 6T along with an optimised Android Pie-based Oxygen OS and 3,700mAh battery with fast charging support. Honor 20: Rs 32,999Honor has tried to match OnePlus when it comes to delivering premium flagships at affordable prices. The company launched the Honor 20 series this month that includes the Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20. The regular Honor 20 gets the same design and mostly the same hardware as the Pro model at a great price. It sports a 6.26-inch FHD+ punch-hole display and is powered by a Kirin 980 chipset. It also gets a 48MP quad camera setup that are more versatile and exciting compared to the OnePlus 7. It also comes with a premium glass design and a long-lasting battery, among other things.Oppo Reno 10x Zoom: Rs 39,990The Reno 10x Zoom is perhaps the best-designed phone of 2019. Not only does it tout premium curved glass body with a frosted finish, it also comes with a unique shark-fin rising camera that makes it stand out. It is also the only other phone in the market right now to be powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset. It sports a 6.6-inch notchless FHD+ AMOLED display and offers a 48MP tripe camera setup. The Reno 10x Zoom houses a 4,065mAh battery and supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging. OnePlus 7 Pro: Rs 48,999The OnePlus 7 Pro is a new kind of flagship from OnePlus to up the game and truly take on the likes of Samsung and Apple. Not only does it get the same Snapdragon 855 chipset and notchless AMOLED display as the regular OnePlus, but it also takes things up a notch by offering a supremely smooth 90Hz display. The OnePlus 7 Pro also employs a 48MP triple camera setup that includes telephoto and wide-angle lenses as well. It houses a 4,000mAh battery and supports 30W Warp Charge as well.Pixel 3a: Rs 39,999advertisementThe Pixel 3a was launched last month as a toned down, mid-range version of the Pixel 3 while retaining the same great cameras. By offering a similar 12MP IMX363 main camera with Google’s software chops and a stock Android interface, you’re getting the two best features about the premium Pixels but at a more affordable price. The Pixel 3a is powered by a Snapdragon 670 chipset, sports a 5.6-inch display and houses a 3,000mAh battery.Best phones that money can buyHuawei P30 Pro: Rs 71,900There should be a disclaimer before suggesting Huawei and Honor phones right now. With the ongoing ban preventing US companies, especially Google, to work with Huawei, it makes it doubtful that phones like the P30 Pro and Honor 20 will be updated to Android Q in the future. Presently, these phones will receive security updates and are unaffected by the brand, which is why the Huawei P30 Pro is on our list.Ban aside, the P30 Pro is a stellar flagship that deserves all the praises. It offers a glass design with stunning gradient colours and some of the best camera on a phone right now. It sports a 6.47-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) OLED display and is powered by a powerful Kirin 980 chipset. It runs on Android Pie and offers a stellar battery life with 40W fast charging support.Samsung Galaxy S10+: Rs 73,900If you are willing to spend a premium on a smartphone, you will want a phone that delivers a complete package, and the Galaxy S10+ does that. The Galaxy S10+ offers a gorgeous curved Infinity-O display and glass back. Inside, the phone is powered by an Exynos 9820 processor coupled with a smooth and improved One UI software. You also get an impressive triple camera setup as well as a full-day battery life. iPhone XR: Rs 53,999Nowadays, you can find the iPhone XR for as low as Rs 53,999, which is a significant drop from its original price of Rs 76,999. And if you want an iPhone, it is probably wise to go with the iPhone XR. Despite its shortcomings, the iPhone XR is easily Apple’s best iPhone for most people. In our long-term review, we said that the phone ages extremely well, continuing to offer terrific performance with its A12 Bionic chipset, smooth iOS 12 user experience and a fantastic battery life.
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! When you roll a team 66-6, pretty much everything is a superlative, but here were some of the best from Saturday.Best play: I don’t know if it was the best, but Weeden2Stewart for 66 and a TD at the end of the third was definitely the prettiest.I’m really glad: Tech already got their “how int he world did that happen” W out of the way this year.Strangest sideline report: Shelley Smith reporting that Justin Blackmon had to put a band-aid on because he scraped his knee.Best uniform (part I): Justin Gilbert for his David Wright orange-sleeves-under-the-jersey impression.Best uniform (part II): Cooper Bassett for having a small to medium-sized child hidden under his shoulder pads and calling it a “neck roll.”How does he do it: What’s with Sharp being able to boot it out of both endzones? Did OSU just have the most fortuitous wind situation ever, or what?“No, no, no, no” play: Weeden trying to horsecollar a Tech defensive player after Randle coughed it up in the second half. Just let it go, B-Weeds, just let it go.Quote of the game: Gundy on how long he should keep the starters in to keep them sharp – “If I knew I’d bottle it up.”Best move: Joseph Randle’s stutter step break-it-down move when he gets into the second level is devastating.Wait, WTF: Josh Stewart has an upper ear earring?I’m lol: At Monken saying they weren’t going to run then running it on the first three plays of the game.Stat of the game: OSU has 1 defensive shutout, LSU has 0.Stat OSU fans should love: Only 3 penalties for the Cowboys. It’s been one of the most underrated stories of the year, especially after they finished 108th in this category last year.Picture the Texas Tech admissions office can’t be happy about:A pair of non-OSU videos you really need to watch:
zoomBy courtesy of Fincantieri S.p.A., all rights reserved Viking Jupiter, the sixth ocean cruise ship Fincantieri is building for Viking, was floated out at the shipyard in Ancona on May 10.Interior fittings will now begin, leading the vessel to its delivery, scheduled in 2019, according to the shipbuilder.The float out was introduced by the traditional coin ceremony, consisting of welding a silver dollar on the top deck of the ship.The 47,800-ton newbuilding, to be placed in the small cruise ship segment, will have 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers.The first ship in the series, Viking Star, was built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, which joined the shipowner’s fleet in 2016 and 2017, were all built at the Ancona yard. The fifth ship, Viking Orion, will be completed within the next few weeks also at the Ancona shipyard.As informed, the remaining ten units, including the one launched today, will take to the sea from Fincantieri’s Italian yards between 2019 and 2027.Last month, Fincantieri’s subsidiary VARD signed a letter of intent for the design and construction of two special cruise vessels to be built in its Norwegian yards. The two units are scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2021 and the second quarter of 2022, respectively. The deal includes an option for two more vessels to be built by the shipbuilder.
VANCOUVER – A member of Parliament has pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt of court charge after he was arrested when he joined a protest against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, B.C.New Democrat Kennedy Stewart says he pleaded guilty to the charge in B.C. Supreme Court today and was ordered to pay a fine of $500 by Friday.The B.C. Prosecution Service says special prosecutors determined the cases of Kennedy and Green party Leader Elizabeth May should proceed as criminal contempt charges after they were arrested at the Kinder Morgan work site on March 23.Special prosecutors were appointed after Justice Kenneth Affleck called for criminal contempt charges to be laid against demonstrators alleged to have violated a court injunction preventing protests at Kinder Morgan’s pipeline terminal in Burnaby.Stewart recently announced he was stepping down as the MP for Burnaby South to run as an independent candidate in this fall’s mayoral race in Vancouver.May is scheduled to appear in court on May 28.Dozens of people have been arrested for protesting against the pipeline expansion, which would triple the flow of heavy oil products from Edmonton to Burnaby.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)
“The villagers keep talking about ground zero – they are determined to go back and rebuild as soon as possible and they don’t want to go into camps,” the Asia Pacific bureau director for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Janet Lim, told a news briefing in Geneva today of the survivors from Kreung Sabe, half of whose inhabitants were swept away by the giant waves.The survivors are intent on restarting their lives in the same place. They say they know the land and the sea.Respecting the villagers’ wishes, a pilot project with the Government and other agencies will take into account permanent shelter and essential community infrastructures such as mosques, health, water, sanitation and education facilities, Ms. Lim said of the way UNHCR is tailoring shelter solutions to meet the different circumstances of tsunami victims.Special attention will be given to the needs of vulnerable groups, including separated children, single-parent families and the elderly. UNHCR has sent a senior physical planner to the village to help with site design. “If this works as well as we hope, then it’s something we could replicate in other places along the west coast, if it suits the needs of the population,” Ms. Lim said.With the project still in its infancy, UNHCR erected some 500 tents over the last week in Kreung Sabe as temporary housing for the displaced while they get on with rebuilding their lives. It has ferried in 7.5 tons of relief supplies into Kreung Sabe using Super Puma helicopters provided by the Swiss Government.In Meulaboh, further down the coast, to get displaced people out of often squalid surroundings in temporary shelters, UNHCR is building tented camps to be run by Indonesian civilian authorities.Overall more than 410,000 people have been displaced in Aceh province, the area most-devastated by the tsunami which hit a dozen Indian Ocean nations on 26 December. Indonesia accounted for at least two thirds of the more than 200,000 people estimated to have died.Meanwhile in Sri Lanka, UNHCR has distributed plastic sheeting to more than 160,000 people together with other non-food relief items. It is also working with local authorities in the south and northeast to supply 2,000 tents, capable of housing 10,000 people overall, to those who need them most, such as vulnerable families or those moving out of public buildings like schools. These tents were airlifted by the Saudi Red Crescent Society from Jordan.Another 2,500 tents are expected to arrive this weekend from Pakistan, donated by United States non-governmental organization (NGO) AmeriCares, while a further 5,500 are set to arrive mid-month from Jordan, courtesy of the Kuwaiti NGO International Islamic Charitable Organization.
Loonie flat, traders look to central bank rate announcement, higher commodities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed with little change Tuesday amid certainty that the Bank of Canada will keep its key interest rates unaltered at the next setting.The loonie was down 0.02 of a cent to 97.28 cents US.Analysts are unanimous in predicting the central bank will leave its key rate at one per cent on Wednesday. And in view of persistent economic weakness, no hikes are likely for the foreseeable future.“The combination of softer inflation, slower growth and an awkward growth handoff (away from consumption towards net-trade) should work to extend the timing before the economy sees monetary stimulus removed,” said Ian Pollick, Fixed Income Strategist at RBC Dominion Securities.The Canadian dollar has lost almost three cents since the last Bank of Canada rate announcement in late January, at which time the bank signalled it was in no hurry to raise rates while cutting three-tenths of a point off its projections for growth for both 2012 and 2013, to 1.9 per cent and 2.0 per cent respectively.But that could be revised lower, given data released Friday showing fourth quarter growth came in at an annualized rate of 0.6 per cent, with growth actually contracting during December.Economists don’t expect the currency to regain a foothold above parity until later this year and point out that the Canadian housing sector is becoming an increasing worry to investors.“However we see housing drivers, like interest rates, immigration, employment and commodities, as supporting only a moderation in housing, not a collapse and that this in turn should prove positive for the Canadian backdrop,” said Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar failed to find support from higher prices for oil and metals.The April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead 70 cents to US$90.82 a barrelMay copper on the Nymex rose one cent to US$3.51 while April gold climbed $2.50 to US$1,574.90 an ounce.Commodities rose amid reassurances that China will stick to its economic growth target for the year.Premier Wen Jiabao told the ruling Communist Party’s annual congress that the government would spend what it needs to meet the economic growth target of 7.5 per cent that is part of the government’s latest five-year development plan. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2013 8:42 am MDT
Currently, 850 military personnel, including 38 women, are deployed to the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL.Malaysian peacekeepers have been stationed in the eastern Mediterranean country since January 2007, and a total of 10,840 men and women have served there.“We assist in the deployment of the Lebanese Armed Forces and conduct training in support of the Government of Lebanon exercising its authority in the UNIFIL area of operation,” said Colonel Azhan bin Hj Md Othman, the commander of the contingent. “The Malaysian presence in Lebanon is important in implementing UNIFIL’s mandate and in ensuring stability in south Lebanon.”UNIFIL was created by the United Nations Security Council in March 1978 to confirm the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore international peace and security and assist the Lebanese Government in restoring its authority in the area. UNIFIL/Pasqual GorrizUNIFIL Malaysian peacekeeper, Major Syazwani, gives instructions to her fellow peacekeepers while patrolling in Rumaysh, south Lebanon in December 2017.“The presence of women during these activities is definitely helpful in gaining the trust and confidence of the local female population towards UN peacekeepers. The women and girls from the host communities are comfortable with the Malaysian female peacekeepers due to our background and their respect for the local culture and religion.”New experienceTroops sent by Malaysia to UNIFIL generally spend one year in Lebanon. The next rotation is in September 2019.“Serving under the UN Flag is a totally new experience for me and my troops. A lot of preparation is carried out ahead of our deployment. Promoting peace and conducting peacekeeping operations away from the homeland is very challenging and demanding. We are truly very proud to serve our country and the United Nations,” adds Colonel Azhan.A total of four Malaysian peacekeepers have lost their lives since 2007 while on mission with UNIFIL. UNIFIL/Pasqual GorrizThe chief of UN Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix (l) shakes hands with UNIFIL’s Malaysian contingent commander, Colonel Azhan bin Hj Md Othman in Chama, south Lebanon. (13 March 2019)The role of UNIFIL has evolved in line with developments in the region and the mission now also monitors the cessation of hostilities, accompanies and supports the Lebanese Armed Forces and helps to ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations as well as the voluntary and safe return of displaced people.Overall, there are some 10,300 peacekeepers serving in the mission, including the Malaysian troops. These peacekeepers, who work alongside the Lebanese Army and host communities, have helped to ensure that the area, roughly 10 times the size of Paris, has enjoyed nearly 13 years of peace.Wisdom and tolerance“There are challenges for our troops,” according to Colonel Azhan. “It’s important we maintain our credibility and legitimacy by remaining impartial throughout our operations as we continue our cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces. Consolidating our relationship with local leaders and civilians is also a key part of our mission here and must be carried out with meticulous thinking, wisdom and tolerance.”Of the 38 women presently on mission in Lebanon, four are officers and the remainder come from other ranks. “Women in the Malaysian contingent play a significant role especially in conducting certain activities such as market walks and medical support for local communities,” says Colonel Azhan. “They are also involved in operational activities such as foot and vehicle patrols.”
Car production for home market rose by 16.9 per cent For more details and Commercial Vehicle Production figures see the attached press release. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) April car production down, but output for home market risesProduction figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: Total car production in April 2001 fell by 10.3 per cent
Bientôt un iPad Mini ?Durant le premier trimestre 2011, Apple pourrait lancer une version mini de l’iPad, déjà écoulé à 450.000 exemplaires en moins d’une semaine.Actuellement d’une taille de 9,7 pouces, l’iPad pourrait passer à la taille inférieure pour les budgets plus serrés, selon un article publié sur le site de Digitimes. Ce dernier reprend des fuites d’informations issues de fournisseurs. L’appareil serait doté d’un écran de 5 ou 7 pouces pour un prix allégé d’une centaine de dollars, soit un peu moins de 400 dollars (300 euros environ).Ce format lui permettrait de concurrencer le Kindle, la liseuse d’Amazon. Cependant, il faut rappeler qu’il avait déjà été question d’un iPhone Nano pour le troisième trimestre de cette année. On n’a plus entendu parler de ce prétendu lancement depuis ces rumeurs… et l’on sait pourtant que Steve Jobs aime à les entretenir.Le 9 avril 2010 à 15:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Costco, Facebook, Google, Nasa, SAS and Southwest Airlines are among those named on Forbes’ America’s Best Employers 2016 list.The ranking is based on a survey of 30,000 US employees that work for organisations employing more than 5,000 staff.The listing recognises organisations’ whose employees would recommend them to others as a great place to work, as well as respondents’ perceptions of employers.Employers are ranked overall, as well as by industry.The top 15 organisations in the overall ranking are:Marathon PetroleumGoogleCostco WholesaleWegmans Food MarketsUnited Services Automobile AssociationSASUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsJetblue AirwaysMayo ClinicSeattle Children’s HospitalFacebookMassachusetts Institute of TechnologySouthwest AirlinesDuke UniversityCBRE GroupJim Goodnight, chief executive officer at analytics and software firm SAS, said: “At SAS, we set the bar high for our employees and give them a culture that offers them balance in their lives, while fostering innovation. If employees feel good about their work and their work environment, they’re going to make customers happy.”
Not only did Chancellor Philip Hammond use his first Autumn Statement in November 2016 to abolish the traditional autumn interim economic and financial update, he also confirmed that the government will limit the range of benefits that attract tax and employer national insurance (NI) advantages when offered through a salary sacrifice arrangement.But, while these changes will impact upon car salary sacrifice schemes, the message to employers from providers is very much not to assume car salary sacrifice is also somehow disappearing or being abolished.David Hosking, chief executive of Tusker, says: “Salary sacrifice has not been abolished, all that has changed is the tax benefits for some schemes have disappeared. In fact, given the way benefit-in-kind tax bands have been changing anyway, all that has really happened is the government has brought some tax efficiencies forward.“We have ended up where we would have been anyway in around two years. But what we have also got now is clarification that salary sacrifice schemes for cars will continue, through ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).”Changes aheadSo, what will be changing? There will be new tax bandings for the lowest-emitting cars from April 2020, with 15 new bandings being introduced, of which 11 will be for ULEVs, or those with CO2 emissions of up to 75g/km.On infrastructure, the government pledged to invest £390m by 2020-21 into the development of low emission and autonomous cars and renewable fuels, including £80m into the UK’s ULEV charging point infrastructure. Until the end of March 2019, the government is also offering 100% first-year allowances to organisations investing in charge-points for electric cars.Employee engagementAll these changes, naturally, will need to be communicated clearly to employers and employees in order to raise awareness and increase engagement with ULEV schemes, says Matthew Walters, head of consultancy services at LeasePlan. “We welcome the fact ULEVs have been carved out,” he explains. “There is definitely going to be an education piece for employers, and we will of course be working closely with our salary sacrifice customers.“If [employees] pick the ‘right’ car, in other words if [they] choose the most environmentally friendly vehicle, [they] will not be affected. So it is very much ‘steady as she goes’. Yes, there is a new set of rates and it is perhaps a bit more complicated but, from the benefits point of view and employee retention, the benefit is still definitely there.”While the government’s intention in the long run is to encourage investment, and interest, in ULEVs by employers and employees, there may well be a rush to put in place non-ULEV schemes before the April cut-off, given the nature of the transitionary arrangement. Communication to employees should emphasise that salary sacrifice is still going to be a good option if they opt for a ULEV.Gerry Keaney, chief executive of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, says: “Salary sacrifice schemes are an extremely valuable employee benefit and the certainty provided by the Autumn Statement means this won’t change.“[ULEVs] will continue to receive the full savings and advantages of these and other car benefit schemes, and we expect the demand for this kind of car to surge thanks to the government support provided via the plug-in-car grant and tax incentives for workplace charging.”There will also be a job for providers to work with, and educate, employers in terms of best practice around ULEVs and to communicate the impact of the longer-term tax changes coming over the horizon, says Lauren Pamma, head of consultancy at Lex Autolease. “What’s important now is that employers not only communicate the changes announced in the Autumn Statement to allow employees to make fully informed choices, but also help to educate colleagues about which technology is best suited for their journey patterns and how to correctly operate ULEVs,” she explains.“For instance, one of the traps we see drivers falling into currently is failing to charge their plug-in hybrid cars at every opportunity. Improving driver education will help employees and the [organisation’s] fleet benefit from the full cost savings and environmental benefits of switching to these types of cars.“The watch-out for employers in the short term is that tax on ULEVs is rising up to 2020. Employers and employees will need to consider the tax burden of the car over its lease period, which is typically three or four years.” Need to know:From April 2017, current tax and national insurance advantages for some company car salary sacrifice schemes will be removed, with the exception of arrangements relating to ultra-low emission vehicles.Pre-existing car salary sacrifice arrangements in place before April 2017 will be protected until April 2021.There will be new tax bandings for the lowest-emitting cars from April 2020.
People eat street food in Dhaka on 18 April, 2019. Photo: Jung Da-minBangladesh is a very dynamic country with one of the world’s highest population densities of 1,015 per square kilometre for its 165 million people.The country’s largest city and capital Dhaka is a diverse city of vibrant culture, with thousands of Bangladeshi businesses and international corporations contributing to migration and population growth.The streets in Dhaka are always filled with cars and people passing by, giving the impression the city itself is always in motion.The heat of the capital does not turn off even at night, with many people still eating out, sitting and talking to each other on the streets.Visiting the dynamic city during the Bangladesh government’s week-long “Visit Bangladesh” tour programme for a group of journalists, academics and envoys in mid-April, this reporter found a chance for an interesting night out with a local friend, according to The Korea Times.The streets of Dhaka at night, lit with neon signs and lights from high buildings, were much darker compared to the bright streets of Seoul, but they were still lively with people moving around.People sit and talk outside in a street in Dhaka on 18 April, 2019. Photo: Jung Da-minAdvancing through the streets, this reporter found many people out, sitting around and talking to each other even after 10pm, South Korea’s one of the oldest English-language daily adds.A local friend and guide said it was normal for citizens to come home from work or school late at night and they like to chill out on the streets long after dark.Buildings of university campuses were also filled with people for late-night political party gatherings and discussions, and students gathered all around the campus.People sit and talk inside a building in the campus of University of Dhaka for political party gatherings and discussions.Dhaka street foodsMany people were also getting street food from vendors and small restaurants along the streets.Seen is a view of a street in motion in Dhaka at night after 10pm on 18 April. Photo: Jung Da-minAmong the various street foods, this reporter tried out a few different kinds: jhalmuri, chotpoti, fuchka, achars and coconut water.The taste of jhalmuri was not so unfamiliar but rather similar to that of ramen ― an instant noodle snack with spicy sauce easily found in Seoul.The popular Bangalee street food loved by people of all age groups was made with puffed rice, onions and green chilli, the Korean Times says.Chotpoti is one of the most popular street foods in Bangladesh made with peas, potatoes, chopped boiled eggs, cucumber, red onions and other vegetables with panipuri shells stuffed with them and tamarind paste and chaat masala on top.Fuchka is a slightly more condensed version of chotpoti and they usually are served together on one plate.The combination of crispy panipuri shells and mushy ingredients inside adds to the fun of eating, giving a unique mouthfeel.Achars are Bangladesh-style pickles made with different kinds of vegetables and fruit ― normally sour fruit ― mixed together and seasoned in oil.The one this reporter tried with local boiled rice was sweet and sour, similar to South Korean pickled plums.It is not too difficult to find coconut water in convenience stores in South Korea, but on the streets of Dhaka, you will get to drink from the coconut itself.As the coconuts are loaded at vendors in streets they are not as cool as those from a refrigerator, but are sweet enough to fill you with energy.
‘Indira,’ a part-prose fiction and part-graphic biography of India’s first and only woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, was launched by Member of Parliament, Jairam Ramesh in the Capital on Tuesday. The book has been written by Devapriya Roy and illustrated by Priya Kuriyan.Devapriya Roy’s compulsive storytelling and Priya Kuriyan’s fine drawings weave a seamless tale of the formative years of the erstwhile Prime Minister through a combination of textual and comic narratives. In a mixture of fiction and reality, a young Indira Thapa – who is named after Indira Gandhi – discovers the legacy of India’s first and only woman prime minister, while trying to finish an unusual assignment given by her favourite teacher. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe book launch witnessed a riveting conversation between MP Jairam Ramesh, Vishwajyoti Ghosh (author of Delhi Calm) and the authors of the book, who discussed the journey of documenting one of India’s most fascinating political figure and many anecdotes from her life. On the occasion, Jairam Ramesh said, “In the past, I had spent a good amount of time researching about Indira Gandhi and in the process, I discovered many facets about her personality that we are not aware of. Her love for nature is one of them. In fact, she was a patron of the institution and laws on the environment that we have today. She was not just a great politician but also an intellectual.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the book, author Devapriya Roy said, “The book is a manifestation of in-depth research, which included digging deep into material like Indira Gandhi’s biographies and letters exchanged between her and Jawaharlal Nehru. We realized that while it was difficult to condense her fascinating life into one book, we ensured that the book captures important nuances from her life, such that it effectively brings out the very essence of Indira Gandhi in a manner that the younger generation reads and appreciates.” Illustrator Priya Kuriyan, who made the book come alive through her fine drawings, said, “While researching and travelling for the book we discovered that everything in her life was carefully selected and I kept those little details of her life in my mind while illustrating for the book”.’Indira’ has been published by Westland under their new literary imprint – Context. The book is available on Amazon for purchase.
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