Qatar Airways Invites Premium Passengers To Experience A Journey Like Never Before With A Host of Exclusive Global Offers

Qatar Airways Invites Premium Passengers To Experience A Journey Like Never Before With A Host of Exclusive Global Offers
First and Business Class travelers can save up to 30% on Business Class fares* and 25% on Economy Class* fares, as well as earn double Qpoints for Privilege Club members on all bookings from Tuesday 30 April to Monday 6 May 2019

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30 April 2019, DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is inviting passengers to experience Premium travel ‘like never before’, with a range of exclusive offers for on Business and Economy Class travel bookings from Tuesday 30 April to Monday 6 May 2019.

Plan your next incredible adventure to one of Qatar Airways 160 global gateways and take advantage of savings of up to 30% on Business Class fares, as well as up to 25% on Economy Class fares. Privilege Club members can also earn double Qpoints on all Premium bookings.

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Simon Talling-Smith, said: “As the ‘World’s Best Business Class’, Qatar Airways prides itself on providing our Premium passengers with an unforgettable journey from start to finish. With Premium check-in desks, a generous baggage allowance, world-class lounges and Qatar Airways’ revolutionary Qsuite, our First and Business Class passengers enjoy an unprecedented level of satisfaction and luxury every time they travel.

“We are pleased to offer our Premium customers the opportunity to take advantage of this latest offer and experience a journey ‘like never before’.”

Qatar Airways offers unparalleled comfort to its Premium passengers, whether travelling for business or leisure, including spacious seating, up to 4,000 in-flight entertainment options and delicious dine-on-demand cuisine onboard. The airline also recently revealed it new line of luxurious amenity kits, created by BRICS, for First and Business Class passengers on long-haul and ultra-long-haul flights.

A multiple-award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Business Class Seat’, ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’.
Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide.

The airline will add a number of new destinations to its extensive route network in 2019, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Langkawi, Malaysia; Davao, Philippines; and Mogadishu, Somalia.

About Qatar Airways: 
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating more than 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 160 business and leisure destinations on board a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Rabat, Morocco; Langkawi, Malaysia; Davao, Philippines; Izmir, Turkey; and Mogadishu, Somalia.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Business Class’ by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways has been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, four times.
                               
Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.

Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
 
Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, B777, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2022 World Cup, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 160 key business and leisure destinations globally on more than 250 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 16 Boeing 777 freighters and five Airbus A330 freighters.

 For further information, please contact:
Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department
Tel: +974 4022 2200


Anu Joseph
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Lava more than doubles its market share to 13%, becoming the Number 2 brand

Lava more than doubles its market share to 13%, becoming the Number 2 brand in the 2G feature phone segment: Reports Counterpoint Research

New Delhi, 30th April, 2019: Lava International Limited showed tremendous gain in the Feature Phone market with over 100% growth in its market share from 6% to 13% in the Q1 results of 2019 as reported by Counterpoint Research. In the 2G Feature Phone segment Lava came a close second to Samsung with a difference of only 2% in the market share.

Counterpoint technology market research is a global firm specializing in mobile & technology products in the Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) industry.

According to the latest research by Counterpoint the Indian Feature phone market is at 400 million users. With this exceptional gain in market share, Lava is amongst the most popular brands in the segment.

Lava was also reported as the No. 1 Feature Phone Brand in India by Cyber Media Research (CMR) in the month of February 2019.  Lava had reached the top spot with 16% market share while Samsung and LYF tied at 15% share each.

Commenting on the results, Sunil Raina, President and Business Head, Lava International Limited said, “We have always maintained an extremely strong position in the Feature Phone segment. It is our focus, commitment to empowering Indian customers and most importantly perseverance which have helped us to achieve this.  Over the years, we have been building capabilities within India in product design & manufacturing - in order to make valuable technologies accessible and provide reliable products to our customers.  We are the only brand to have complete end-to-end control on product value chain within India complemented by our robust distribution network and speedy customer service.  This feat is a true testimony of our customer-centricity and we thank all our consumers and partners for the trust they have reposed in us.”

Lava International
Lava International is a leading Mobile Handset Company in India and has expanded its operations to 26 other countries in rest of the world as well. 

Right from its inception, Lava has been at the forefront of building a strong ecosystem of design and manufacturing of mobile handsets. With the ‘Design in India’ initiative Lava is now the only mobile handset company that makes truly Make In India phones with complete control on design and manufacturing within India.

Lava products are available through a nationwide retail network of 1.65Lakh retailers who in turn are directly served by over 1100 distributors. Lava’s after sales service network is one of the largest in the country with over 1000 professionally managed service centres focused on speed and quality of service.

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RERA - The Real Estate Regulation & Development Act completing 2 years India

Quote by Mr. Amit Ruparel, Managing Director, Ruparel Realty on RERA completing 2 years 

Boosting home buyer’s confidence

“The Real Estate Regulation & Development Act (RERA) is a landmark legislation poised to catapult the sector into its next phase of growth, laid on the foundation of being transparent, competitive, hassle-free and consumer-centric, which certainly benefits corporate developers like us and most importantly the home buyers. 
The Act over the past two years has surely  been boosting home buyer’s confidence on the real estate segment and we are positive on the growth of the industry. 
 However, we would urge the government to expedite Single window clearance for real estate industry. 

The clearance and approval process for residential real estate projects has been an impediment for a long time. After RERA was launched, it became  all the more important to facilitate smooth clearances and approvals so that there are no execution delays due to procedural hindrances.”
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Gazetted Officer: Aspects of getting documents attested


Gazetted Officer: Aspects of getting documents attested

by Reema, LegalRaasta

Gazetted Officer

A senior government official whose appointment is published in the Gazette of India or any State Government Gazette, he/she is called Gazetted. Their authority of using an official stamp comes from the President of India or the Governors of States. To put it simply, they represent the Indian State and the President.

Important identification & certification documents, to avail various government and banking facilities, require attestation by a gazetted officer, first.
Who is a Gazetted Officer

Basically, a Gazetted Officer belongs to either of the below categories:

1.   Group A or Class I (Gazetted and Executive officers):
This class consists of the highest class of government servants. They are ranked from level 1 to 10 in the Civilian and Defence Pay Matrices. Include:
  • Officers of Indian Armed forces,

  • Magistrates in Judicial services and above,

  • Central and State service men (Doctors, Engineers, Drug Controller),

  • Employees of central and state government universities (Vice Chancellors, Principals, Assistant Registrars, Faculty members etc.),

  • Scientists working in a government-funded research organization (such as DRDO etc.),

  • Central or state government employees who have Group A service Rules (IAS, IES, DIG, DCP, ASP, DGP, JCP, IB, SDPO, etc.),

  • All Police officers ranking above circle inspector.
2.   Group B or Class II (Gazetted officers):
  • Section Officers,

  • Assistant Executive Engineers,

  • Block Development Officers (BDO),

  • Tehsildars,

  • Junior Doctors working in Government Hospitals,

  • Magistrates,

  • Headmasters of Government High Schools,

  • 2nd Lieutenant,

  • Lecturers of Government colleges,

  • Income Tax and Revenue officials.
Post-retirement they cease to be Gazetted officers, with all powers to attest divested.
Gazetted Officer Attestation

The Gazetted Officer who puts the stamp, along with this authority, becomes responsible to check and verify that the person actually exists. The purpose of the Attestation is to make sure that the person is legally authentic.

An Official can not attest a document, without identifying the person. Therefore, they may keep a copy of your document.

Situations requiring Gazetted Officer Attestation

You would need to reach the Gazetted Officer, with your valid original ID proof and its copy to get your documents attested. It is, generally, required when applying for:

1.   Ration card

2.   Passport

3.   Government jobs

4.   To take Admission in Schools, Colleges

5.   While filing for tenders, some have a prerequisite of attested certificates

6.   Documents for Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

Important points about Gazetted Officer Attestation

1.   A Gazetted Officer does not include any officers of Notary, Nagar Sevak, etc.

2.   Only officers of Group A and Group B can attest the documents. Officials coming under two other categories Group C and Group D are not Gazetted Officers.

3.   If attestation is being done for the purpose of applying for a passport. It can only be done by Group A gazetted officer only who are under the rank of Secretary/Dy. Director (Level 11 and above), for example, Sub-divisional Magistrate, etc.

4.   Only a Group A official can attest the documents related to Citizenship Certification.

5.   Only a Police Official and Group A official can attest Character Certificate.

6.   The name, designation and contact number of the gazetted officer should be clearly mentioned.

7.   The Documents are to be attested in blue ink only. To be valid, it has to have a stamp of the attesting officer and the department or organization he belongs to.

8.   There are no fees for getting attestation done by any gazetted officer.

End of Gazetted Officer's Attestation

One of the lesser spoken and disputed contribution of the current government has been the relaxation in the troublesome practice of requiring Attested copies of Certificates for higher studies and government jobs, to accompany the application forms. 

Since 2014, a lot of services require only self-attested copies now. Earlier, it was resulting in a wastage of time and the general citizens, many times, had to pay money for this free service.

The Central Government, also, wrote to the State Governments guiding them to do away with the requirement of attaching affidavits or documents attested by Notary or Gazetted Officials. To reduce red-tape, simplify the procedure and make the methods citizen friendly. 

Taking the cue, State Governments are adopting the provision of Self-Certification by applicants, instead of asking for an attested copy, in a phased manner. Thereafter, self-attested documents such as birth certificates and mark sheets, are accepted. Gazetted Officer's attestation is no more required to take a Tatkal Passport or admissions to State or Central Universities or even Government jobs.

Self-Attestation rules, however, require the person to keep ready the original documents at the final stages.

Though the Central Government wants to completely rid this requirement with the help of biometrical verification. Still, Self-Attestation is not permitted in some cases where it is a statutory requirement. 

The article has been written by Reema, a content writer with LegalRaasta. India's top portal for professional help related to legal, finance and business such as ITR filing, Company Registration, trademark registration, etc.


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Herbalife Nutrition steps into its 20th Year in India. Launches Simply Probiotic for Better Digestive Health

Herbalife Nutrition steps into its 20th Year in India. Launches Simply Probiotic for Better Digestive Health

Hyderabad, April 30,2019In an effort to help the Indian population experiencing digestive imbalances, global nutrition company Herbalife Nutrition announced today the launch of Simply Probiotic, a science-backed, easy-to-use powder probiotic that delivers active probiotic cultures per serving to support the gut microbiome.

Most of the modern human diseases have been linked to human microbiomes present in the human intestines or the gut. The microbiome is an entire ecosystem composed of trillions of diverse organisms that function to break down dietary fiber, support the health of our immune system and manufactures several essential vitamins. With so many important roles that it has in protecting general health, there is increasing attention to the role that diet plays in maintaining the robustness of the microbiome. Additionally, research conducted by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research India (CSIR), has thrown up correlations between various diseases and the microbes, including metabolism-related health issues like irritable bowel syndrome, heart disorders and even brain-related disorders like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.

Mr. Ajay Khanna, Vice President and Country Head, Herbalife Nutrition said, “Simply Probiotic, our latest in the twentieth year of our business in India, is founded on years of research to ensure an ‘easy to access and consume’ product. It is an effective solution to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines for those who want to maintain a healthy digestive system. Our new probiotic powder can be added to any diet to promote beneficial bacteria in the gut.”


Simply Probiotic is formulated with a science backed probiotic strain, that helps to promote the growth of friendly beneficial bacteria and maintain balance microbiome to keep the consumer operating at their best. Simply Probiotic has no added flavors, colors, sugars or artificial sweeteners and unlike most of the Probiotics available in the market simply probiotic is shelf-stable and does not require refrigeration. Made with non-GM ingredients, it’s powdered format mixes easily with Hot, cold or frozen food/drink and contains zero calories.

Probiotics, as per WHO/FAO, are live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a benefit to health.

About Herbalife Nutrition:

Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. The Company has been on a mission for nutrition - changing people's lives with great nutrition products & programs - since 1980. Together with our Herbalife Nutrition independent associates, we are committed to providing solutions to the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity, an aging population, sky-rocketing public healthcare costs and a rise in entrepreneurs of all ages. We offer high-quality, science-backed products, most of which are produced in Company-operated facilities, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent associate, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Our targeted nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Herbalife Nutrition associates in more than 90 countries.
Through its corporate social responsibility efforts, Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. The Company is also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe.
The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:HLF) with net sales of approximately US$4.5 billion in 2016. To learn more, visit Herbalife.com or IAmHerbalife.com.
The company also encourages investors to visit its investor relations website at ir.herbalife.com as financial and other information is updated and new information is posted.
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Morningstar launches PMS - Portfolio Management Services, Minimum investment of Rs. 25 lakh..!


Morningstar launches PMS - Portfolio Management Services, Minimum investment of Rs. 25 lakh..!
Morningstar Investment Adviser India, a subsidiary of independent investment research provider Morningstar Inc, has launched portfolio management services  (PMS) that will invest in mutual fund schemes with exposure to multi asset classes such as domestic equity, fixed income, cash, international equity, and gold.
The universe of portfolio holdings include direct plans of actively- and passively-managed mutual funds in India.
Investment Management Fees..!
Morningstar will charge a management fee of about 1%, which will cover its fund management fee and financial advisor’s commission.
It will also levy an exit load of 1% if an investor withdraws investment within one year.
Minimum investment of Rs. 25 lakh..!
With the minimum investment of Rs. 25 lakh, Morningstar targets to raise over Rs. 1,000 crore over three years.
The PMS services will be sold only through financial advisers. It has nearly 2.55 lakh registered financial advisors and 13,000 paid premium members.
Globally, Morningstar manages $40 billion under its PMS services. The four risk-aligned multi-asset portfolios being planned include balanced, growth, aggressive and aggressive plus.
In a bid to instil confidence, Morningstar itself has invested investment strategies to meet investors’ goals Rs. 25 lakh across the four portfolio being built.
Portal for investor..!
Morningstar is in the process of developing a portal for investor to track the performance of their investments; till then investors can get information through their financial advisors.
Investment strategies to meet investors’ goals..!
Mr. Dhaval Kapadia, Director, Morningstar Investment Adviser, said leveraging on the its depth of resources, proprietary research and investment expertise, Morningstar will build investment strategies to meet investors’ goals.

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How well do politicians manage their Wealth?

How well do politicians manage their Wealth? 

Do they invest in real estate, stocks or fixed deposits? How much is their net worth? Here’s a look at the investing and wealth management skills of eight candidates contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. by Riju Mehta  

On the face of it, there’s little in common between gearing up for an election and grappling with a financial portfolio. 

Yet, in case of both power and wealth, it’s not the ease with which you acquire, but the deftness deployed to manage them, that determines how long you can sustain these.  While it’s easy to spot a winner or loser in an election, doing the same in the financial scape is not. 

Has the political candidate diversified well or has he stashed away all his wealth in real estate? Is there a stack of fixed deposits lining his portfolio or is there a good balance of equity and debt? Is he holding too much cash and are the liabilities overwhelmingly large? Wealth management is usually a private affair laid bare by politicians only before the elections, when they file their affidavits and give a break-up of their assets and liabilities. It’s also a good chance to assess their financial acumen.  

ET Wealth looked at the affidavits of eight candidates from different political parties—Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and J&K Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) —and analysed their money skills. 

Rahul Gandhi

The Congress President displays a clear skew towards real estate and equity, with a high 63.4% of the portfolio in property. Of the 33% in equity, nearly 32%, or ₹5.19 crore, is in mutual funds, a financially sound move. Prudence is also visible in holding only a minuscule 0.7% in cash and 0.1% in gold and jewellery, making most of the money work for him. Gandhi’s net worth, at ₹15.16 crore, is on the lower side compared with the portfolios of other candidates listed here. Another surprise is that the major portion of debt of ₹39.8 lakh is being held in the PPF account. The net worth of ₹15.16 crore takes into account his liabilities of ₹72.01 lakh. Overall, a savvy investor.

Hema Malini

The dream girl of yesteryear has a nightmarishly skewed portfolio. With a net worth ₹108.59 crore, it has a humongous 88.4%, or nearly ₹101 crore, stashed away in real estate. 

Equity, on the other hand, gets the least exposure at 0.2%. While debt should be higher at her age, it forms a small part of the portfolio (lack of break-up makes it difficult to calculate the exact amount). The liabilities are also high at ₹5.75 crore. The portfolio could easily do with a greater diversification.

Shashi Tharoor

The Congress candidate’s linguistic flair is matched well by his love for liquidity. A high 15.8% of the portfolio is held as cash, a distinctly bad decision. The good news is that a high 36.8% is in equity in the form of mutual funds. This is also one of the highest equity exposures among the listed candidates. 

However, the 2.8% allocation to realty, among the lowest, could be increased, as could the debt exposure, which is in the form of fixed deposits and bonds.

Nakul Nath

Son of Congress leader Kamal Nath, Nakul has one of the bulkiest portfolios, with a net worth of ₹656.8 crore. Being a beneficiary in a trust that owns shares in various companies, his allocation to equity is very high. 

The portfolio also includes real estate at 6.3%, while cash is a low 1.4%. The portfolio demands a greater diversification, with higher allocation to debt and real estate. The good thing is that he doesn’t need a contingency corpus, given the colossal size of his assets.

Jayaprada Nahata

Another contestant with a penchant for real estate and cash, Jayaprada Nahata has almost 67% of her portfolio in the former. The cash holding of ₹56.24 lakh can earn her better returns if invested in mutual funds. 

The equity exposure of 3.1% is entirely made up of stocks, while the debt allocation is extremely low at 0.1%. The former actor also has huge liabilities of ₹1.7 crore. Word of advice: reduce realty exposure and invest the high cash component.

Kanimozhi Karunanidhi

Daughter of the former Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi, Kanimozhi displays the worst skew towards debt among the eight contestants here. 

 As high as 50.8% of her portfolio, or nearly ₹15 crore, has been locked up only in fixed deposits. She also has one of the highest liabilities at ₹1.92 crore. The remaining portfolio is distributed among real estate at 29.6%, while equity is a low 6.8%, all in the form of stocks. 

The cash holding of ₹1.18 crore can easily be put to better use by investing in mutual funds and the liabilities can be brought down. The net worth is reasonable at ₹28.15 crore.

Mehbooba Mufti

The PDP President and former chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir has the most sparse portfolio as well as lowest net worth among the candidates listed here. Of this, nearly 62% is in real estate and the rest in cash. Neither is a good move, considering that a high amount is idling in bank, while there is no exposure to either equity or debt. 

The good news: no liabilities. The portfolio is screaming for diversification, even though managing it is currently a breeze!

Baijayant Panda

The Odisha veteran has a high net worth of ₹47.7 crore, and one of the most balanced portfolios among the given set of politicians. He also has the highest equity exposure of 56.8%, with a manageable mix of 11 stocks and nine mutual funds. 

Real estate at 26.2% qualifies for a good allocation too, while the entire debt of ₹6.79 crore is in the form of fixed deposits. Cash and gold are at desirably meagre levels of 0.6% and 0.1%, respectively. Possibly the best portfolio!
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