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Tourism Festival in India

A cl (ParyatanParv) is currently being celebrated in India from 5-25 October 2017 to promote visit of tourists from all over the world including Overseas Citizen of India/Persons of Indian origin and foreigners to visit places of historical, cultural, ancient architectural sites, places of scenic  beauty, adventurous expeditions, show-casing its varied and exquisite cuisine, traditions mixed with its remarkable achievements to modernize India through its commendable achievements in the areas of Information Technology, medical tourism, space research and innovations in other areas of science and technology.  More than 7,000 Kilometer long coastline of India with high Himalayan ranges, rivers, deserts  and wildlife safaris, sanctuaries full of exquisite fauna and flora and other innumerable attractions are spread all over India to satisfy the varied tastes of any tourist as a lifetime experience. India is also home to the biggest film and entertainment Industry in the world including Bollywood, Tollywood etc. Geographically being very close to Kuwait, it is very convenient and inexpensive for Indian expatriates living in Kuwaiti, Kuwaiti nationals and other foreign expatriates to visit India and have an experience of  ‘Incredible India’ in all its splendor and glory during the coming months when the weather is cooler and balmy. A number of Airlines including Air India, Kuwait Airways, Emirates etc. provide direct connections to various destinations of touristic importance at a very cheap and affordable price.  Recently, Jazeera Airways  dubbed as the “Low Cost Airline of the Year” is also  starting its services to various destinations in India including Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kochi and Ahmedabad. All should avail these opportunities to have a firsthand experience of immense diversity of India in every aspect of its peoples’ lives and unique geography. Indian Embassy has been issuing 5-year &1-year multiple entry business visas and 6-month multiple entry tourist visas to all in Kuwait within 72 hours.

Congress should not form a coalition, but go alone to keep its identity intact: Pranab Mukherjee

Former President Pranab Mukherjee has argued against forming a coalition, and said the Congress should rather work alone to keep its identity intact, PTI reported on Monday. Mukherjee’s comments come at a time when the Congress is eyeing alliances to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. In his new book, The Coalition Years: 1996 to 2012, Mukherjee has said that he was against the Congress’ decision in 2003 to forge alliances for the 2004 general elections. “The issue of being open to forming a coalition was certainly a change of tack from the Panchmarhi conclave where we had agreed that coalitions will be considered where absolutely necessary,” Mukherjee has said in one of the chapters, according to PTI. “I was the lone voice stating a contrarian view as I believed that sharing a platform or power with other parties would undermine our identity.” The former president said his views were still the same. “There was no harm in sitting in the opposition should that happen. I remain consistent with that view even today,” he said, according to PTI. Mukherjee argued that the Congress in itself was a coalition of various ideas, personalities and interests. “To provide leadership to a coalition is difficult as the Congress has to then manage one coalition within and one outside,” he added.

Talwars refused remuneration of Rs 49,500 for dental services: Authorities

DASNA: Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have refused remuneration for their services to patients inside Dasna Jail, where they have been lodged since 2013 in connection with the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case, jail officials said. The Talwars, who were acquitted by the Allahabad high court+ on October 12 on charges of murdering their daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj, are likely to be released in the afternoon. According to jail authorities, there has been a sudden rush of patients+ who are in a “hurry” to get their treatment done from them, the authorities said. READ ALSO: Aarushi Talwar murder case – Timeline The Talwars, waiting to walk out out of jail, perhaps to be virtually caged again inside the unrelenting media spotlight, have “refused to accept the remuneration” for the services rendered, said a jail official. Jail Superintendent Dadhiram Maurya added that the amount would have been Rs 49,500. Jail doctor Sunil Tyagi has said the Talwars have assured the authorities that they would visit the prison every 15 days to conduct check-ups on inmates. TOP COMMENT The Allahabad high court in its verdict said neither the circumstances nor the evidence were enough to hold them guilty. Aarushi Talwar was found dead in her bedroom in the Talwars’ Noida home on May 16, 2008. Hemraj’s body was found the next day from his room in the terrace.
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    University of Sharjah Announces the Inauguration of  “Towards a Unified Law of Contracts under Provisions of the Arabic Judiciary System” Conference on November 2017

    University of Sharjah Announces the Inauguration of “Towards a Unified Law of Contracts under Provisions of the Arabic Judiciary System” Conference on November 2017

    In Collaboration with the International Institute of Law of the French-speaking Countries:   University of Sharjah Announces the Inauguration of “Towards a Unified Law of Contracts under Provisions of the Arabic Judiciary System” Conference on November 2017   Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah and President of University of Sharjah, and in collaboration with the the International Institute of Law of the French-speaking Countries (IDEF), the University of Sharjah, represented by College of Law, will host the “Towards a Unified Law of Contracts under Provisions of the Arabic Judiciary System” on 20-21 of November 2017. Prof. Elsiddig Ahmed El-Mustafa El Sheikh, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Conference, announced the news. Prof. El-Mustafa stated that, the conference is a realization of the sustainable partnership signed last year between the University of Sharjah and IDEF at the office of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The conference will shed the light on the most important judicial principles established by courts in the Arab States with regard to civil and commercial contracts, and will discuss the frameworks of drafting a unified law of contracts within the judicial guidelines, added Prof. Elsiddig.   On his part, Prof. Bashar Malkawi, Dean of the College of Law and Member of the Scientific Committee of the Conference, noted that the scientific conference, which is followed by a workshop, comprises of several events hosting over fifty researcher and participant from various Arab and foreign countries. The researchers will take advantage of the five sessions held at the two-day conference to showcase their scientific research about the judicial guidelines of a number of Arab States, such as the UAE, Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. Key professors from France and Canada will also present their research on various laws, demonstrating the interactive relationship and points of comparison between such laws. A large number of distinguished Arab and foreign legal personalities will be participating in the conference, including representatives of the Ministry of Justice, and high-level judges and lawyers from regional and international law firms.

    WETEX 2017 attracts key industry players in water desalination, treatment, and conservation technologies

    WETEX 2017 attracts key industry players in water desalination, treatment, and conservation technologies   Dubai, UAE, 16 October 2017: The scarcity of drinking water in various parts of the world imposes challenges that encouraged many companies to invest in research of new technologies for water production and storage. This work has coincided with broad awareness campaigns to encourage the sensible use of water and the reduction of waste. Researchers have taken different paths in their quest to find new sources of water supply. This includes enhancing the desalination of seawater and reducing its costs, waste water treatment, and desalination using renewable energy.   The innovative solutions and cutting-edge technologies in water treatment are one of the key subjects of the 19th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2017). DEWA is organising WETEX in adherence with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of DEWA.. WETEX’s theme is ‘At the Forefront of Sustainability,’ and will take place from 23 to 25 October 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. It will present the latest developments and technologies in water, energy and environmental technology.   This year’s WETEX provides large spaces that bring together key industry players from around the world under one roof. This covers all aspects, from water treatment, desalination plants, pipes of all kinds, to coolers and heaters, as well as other products and solutions. WETEX will also have tools, equipment and accessories for digging technologies, pumps, valves, the latest advances in irrigation systems, agriculture and horticultural equipment and water extraction equipment. With a focus on water conservation, WETEX will include products for detecting and treating water leaks, reservoir lining, and various materials used in the water sector and for water transportation.   During the exhibition, DEWA will also highlight its strategic plan to promote the efficiency of its water network to meet increasing demand and support the sustainable development of Dubai. DEWA will also highlight the efforts of the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), operating under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, to combat poverty and diseases by finding long-term sustainable solutions for the scarcity of drinking water by using solar power and other sustainable solutions.   By end of 2016, over 8 million people in 19 countries around the world benefitted from Suqia’s projects.   WETEX has established itself as one of the largest exhibitions of its kind worldwide, with an increasing number of exhibitors and sponsors. WETEX 2017 serves as an important meeting point for manufacturers, service providers, decision-makers and investors from around the world to ensure a brighter future for generations to come. Since its launch, the exhibition has seen the signing of numerous deals and partnerships that contributed to shifting the energy sector regionally and globally. This year, WETEX will provide a platform to show the latest technologies in water, energy, the environment and green economy.   The exhibition focuses on innovation as one of the key pillars to drive sustainable development, improve quality of life and transform Dubai into the preferred place to live, work, and visit. DEWA is organising WETEX under the umbrella of the 4th Green Week, which coincides with the 2ndDubai Solar Show and the 4th World Green Economy Summit (WGES). A large number of experts and specialists from around the world will take part in WGES to speak on various aspects of green economy, smart cities and innovation.
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    Ophelia races toward Ireland as post-tropical storm

    (CNN)Former Hurricane Ophelia is racing toward Ireland and the United Kingdom as a post-tropical storm, bringing with it strong winds and the threat of heavy rain and dangerous storm surge. Ophelia is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (about 140 kilometers per hour), according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory.The storm was about 220 miles (355 kilometers) southwest of Ireland at 11 p.m. ET Sunday (4 a.m. Monday Dublin time), traveling toward the British Isles at a speed of 44 miles per hour (70 kph), it said. “Gale-force winds are expected to begin across southern Ireland during the next few hours and gradually spread northward across the country during the day on Monday. Hurricane-force winds are forecast to reach the southern portions of Ireland by Monday afternoon,” the center said. “Strong winds will then spread across the remainder of Ireland and parts of the United Kingdom into Monday night. Preparations to protect lives and property should be complete.” The center said it would no longer be issuing advisories on Ophelia, with Irish and British meteorology services providing future forecasts and warnings. Potential risk to lives Met Éireann, Ireland’s National Meteorological Service, late Sunday extended a red wind warning to cover the entire country through Monday “Violent and destructive gusts are forecast with all areas at risk and in particular the southwest and south in the morning, and eastern counties in the afternoon. Also heavy rain and storm surges along some coasts will result in flooding,” it said. “There is potential risk to lives.” The National Hurricane Center warned that “a dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding near and to the east of where the center of the post-tropical cyclone makes landfall.” The surge would be accompanied by large and destructive waves, it said.

    Tensions escalate as Iraqi forces near the city of Kirkuk

    (CNN)Iraqi forces are advancing on the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, with Iraq’s Prime Minister calling on residents in the oil-rich city to cooperate with its security forces. By early Monday, Iraqi troops claimed to have taken control of several areas including the North Gas Company and the Kirkuk power station, according to a statement from the Iraqi Joint Operations Command. The Kurdistan Regional Security Council (KRCG) issued its own statement saying Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces advanced from Taza Khormatu in Kirkuk, just over 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of the city. The council said Peshmerga forces were attacked using “US military equipment, including Abrams tanks and Humvees.” It added the Peshmerga had destroyed a number of those Humvees. The US-led coalition against ISIS (Operation Inherent Resolve) says it’s closely monitoring the situation and is urging all sides to “avoid escalatory actions.” Earlier, the Pentagon echoed this stance. A long contentious city Iraqi forces fled Kirkuk in 2014 as ISIS fighters attempted to secure the territory, shortly after taking over the city of Mosul and establishing their so-called Islamic caliphate across the northwest of the country. The Kurds, however, sent in their fighters and claimed the city. It’s been in their hands ever since, along with other disputed areas they took over when their fighters routed the Islamic State. Baghdad wants the oil-rich city back, but the Kurds are refusing to return it. Both the Iraqis and the Kurds are US allies in the fight against ISIS. On Twitter, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on citizens in Kirkuk to cooperate with Iraqi security forces, who he has directed to enter the city to impose security and provide protection for Kirkuk’s residents. Days earlier, he sought to downplay talk of impending clashes between Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the city. “Our armed forces cannot and will not attack our citizens, whether Arab or Kurd. The fake news being spread has a deplorable agenda behind it,” he tweeted on Friday. According to a spokesman for Masoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdish Regional Government, the Kurdish fighters known as the Peshmerga are ordered not to “initiate any war, but if any advancing militia starts shooting, then Peshmerga are given a green light to use every power to stand against them. Senior adviser Hemin Hawrami tweeted early Monday that “thousands of volunteers from other cities of Kurdistan are pouring in to Kirkuk.” He accused al-Abadi of starting a war by using the Shiite militia units on Kirkuk. “He should wait, Kurdistan reaction will be much stronger than they expected.” Units of Iraqi forces have moved from the villages of al-Basheer and Taza and are approaching the city of Kirkuk, but no forces have entered the city so far, said Mahmoud Haji Mahmoud, commander of the Peshmerga forces in western Kirkuk. He said advancing Iraqi troops are within one kilometer (0.62 miles) of the perimeter of the city and are setting up berms to use bulldozers near Peshmerga positions. Three soldiers within the advanced Iraqi Counter Terrorism Forces told CNN that the Iraqi units been given orders to advance towards the south and west of the city’s perimeter, secure entrances and take over a number of vital facilities located in that section. The Iraqi forces consist of members of Shiite militias operating under the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), along with Iraqi army forces. The Kurdish regional security council tweeted on Sunday that Iraqi forces and the PMU were intending to take over a military base and major oil fields. The province has one of the biggest oil fields in the country, more than 6% of the world’s oil comes from the Kirkuk region. Kirkuk was historically a Kurdish-majority Iraqi town, but during his rule ousted dictator Saddam Hussein moved Arab families in and Kurdish families out to change the area’s ethnography, under a policy termed “Arabization.” It’s also home to Sunni Arabs and Turkmen. The city had suffered a series of major attacks over the past decade from extremists including al Qaeda in Iraq, targeting mostly security forces there. After the fall of Saddam, Kurds began returning to Kirkuk, repopulating the city and its surrounding areas in the event of an eventual referendum on whether the city should be part of a future Kurdistan or remain in Iraq. The Kurds last month voted overwhelmingly for independence from Iraq. In response, Baghdad shut down overseas flights to the KRG’s international airports. The Kurds are holding firm however, and the status of Kirkuk is as much in doubt as ever.
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    Law preventing abuse in NRI marriages to be introduced soon: Rakesh Srivastava - Sep 07 2017

    Laws to protect Indian women, who are abandoned by their NRI (non-resident Indian) husbands or foreign partners will be finalised soon, said Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development on Wednesday. Srivastava was at an event in New Delhi inaugurating an ASSOCHAM 2nd Conference on Women at workplace. “India has taken a lead role in gender budgeting in the world. Effort are also required for training and skill up-gradation of women in traditional, new and emerging areas to promote women’s employment in both organised/unorganised sectors, including entrepreneurial development,” said Srivastava. He also informed that 100 women achievers will be honoured by the government in November at an event in Hyderabad, which will likely be attended by Ivanka Trump, daughter of United States’ President Donald Trump. He further explained that implementation of suitable strategies and women friendly laws will ensure that women have equal opportunities to enter and enjoy decent work in a just and favourable environment, including fair and equal wages, social security measures, and occupational safety and health measures. Citing gender equality to be critical for the development of any country, Srivastava said that removing barriers that prevent women from having the same access as men to education, economic opportunities and productive inputs have led to board productivity gains, adding that it is important in today’s more competitive and globalised world. “India has been ranked 87 out of 144 countries on the latest World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report 2016, but in the economic sphere, much work remains to be done as India ranks 136 in this pillar out of 144 countries,” said the Secretary, adding that gender equality is not reflected in participation in economic activities. “In 2011, the workforce participation rate at all India level is 25.51% for women as compared to 53.26% for men. While there is no urban-rural gap for males (53%), there is considerable rural-urban gap for females, when workforce participation rate for rural women is 30% it in only 15.4% for urban women,” he said. The secretary also talked about the women’s hostels that the government is working on, which will also aid the widows and women in distress in India. “Women form an integral part of the Indian workforce. They need to be equal partners in the society for them to be equal participants in work. Women have to contend with discriminatory laws, institutions and attitudes that restrict their leadership and full participation in public life,” he said, adding that unequal access to resources prevent women from become effective leaders. Krishna Raj, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, a has declared October 15 as ‘Women Farmer’s Day’. “Women can make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home,” Raj said
    Gulf Medical University Welcomes Consul General of India

    Gulf Medical University Welcomes Consul General of India - Sep 03 2017

    Gulf Medical University Welcomes Consul General of India Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman had the pleasure of hosting the Consul General of India in Dubai, His Excellency Mr. Vipul, on Wednesday, 30th August 2017. The Consul General was received at the university by Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder, President Board of Trustees of GMU, Prof. Gita Ashok Raj,Provost of GMU and the Deans of various colleges of GMU. H.E. Mr. Vipul was presented with the vision and mission of GMU, and he toured the educational and research facilities in the campus, including the different ongoing projects of the hospitals and medical centers within the campus. He also visited the University’s Research & Innovation Center, Thumbay Institute of Precision Medicine and Translational Research, Thumbay Institute of Population Health and the Thumbay Institute of Health Workforce Development & Leadership. The Consul General was also apprised about the efforts of Gulf Medical University to emerge as the first private Academic Health System in the region. H.E. Mr. Vipul commended Mr. Thumbay Moideen for his efforts in establishing a world-class university delivering high-quality medical education, healthcare and research. He wished Mr. Thumbay Moideen and his team more successes in the future.
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    India exempts NRIs from quoting Aadhaar in tax returns

    India exempts NRIs from quoting Aadhaar in tax returns

    Although NRIs are exempted from income tax on their income abroad, they have to file tax returns for their income earned in India. Binsal Abdul Kader, Senior Reporter Image Credit: PTI Abu Dhabi: The Indian government has exempted Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) from the requirement of quoting Aadhaar (Indian biometric ID card) number while filing income tax returns back home. Although NRIs are exempted from income tax on their income abroad, they have to file tax returns for their income earned in India. Many Indians in the UAE, who regularly file income tax returns in India but do not have Aadhaar, were worried after the government move to link Aadhaar with PAN (Permanent Account Number) issued by income tax authorities for tax and financial transactions by June 30, 2017. On March 30, a top Indian official clarified to Gulf News that NRIs were not eligible for Aadhaar and government departments had to give exemptions to NRIs in this regard. They were waiting for announcements on exemptions. “It is the responsibility of the relevant departments to give exemption to NRIs [on Aadhaar requirement],” Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), had told Gulf News in a telephone interview from New Delhi. The departments can get a declaration from the NRI that, being an NRI, he or she is not eligible for Aadhar card, he had said. On Wednesday, India’s Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) made the first such announcement on exemption. The requirement to quote Aadhaar for filing income tax returns and for making an application for allotment of PAN with effect from July 1, 2017 shall not apply to non-residents [NRIs], according to a CBDT press release. It clarified that an Indian is considered a resident, if he/ she has resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application [for relevant services or documents like Aadhaar]. Welcoming the move, Indian expatriates in the UAE said all other government departments and private players should also give similar exemptions to NRIs for all services and transactions. – Gulf News
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