Middle Class Can Hope For A Big Tax Relief In Budget 2018-19, Says Report

Currently, there is no income tax slab for income between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 20 lakh HIGHLIGHTS Government reportedly contemplating to hike personal tax exemption limit Slabs should be enhanced for benefit of low income group: industry body Move to help tide over impact of increasing retail inflation, adds CII New Delhi: The country’s middle class can hope for a big relief in Budget for financial year 2018-19, which will also be the last regular Budget of the NDA government, as the finance ministry is contemplating to hike the…

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Take off on amazing trips on a budget. Travel blogger Nomadic Matt shows you how

American blogger Matt Kepnes wasn’t big on travel until he was 23, when he took his first journey abroad. Back then, he had a desk job in health care with two weeks’ vacation a year. He chose to go on a solo trip to Costa Rica and “fell in love with travel.” The next year he went to Thailand and “met five backpackers who were living my dream.” “I grew up in an environment where travel wasn’t a thing for my family, it wasn’t a thing for my friends,” he said in…

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Travelling on a budget? These Indian destinations can give you an international experience

International tours make for great memories, but they also come with a heavy expense. Here are some places to visit within India that will give you an international vacation experience without burning a hole in your pocket: * Shillong—The Scotland of the East: With its surging meadows, rivers and lush widespread grasslands, Shillong and its surroundings can be compared to Scotland. Waterways are the means of transportation in Alleppey. (Shutterstock) * Pondicherry—The French Town: Pondicherry retains its Dutch and French architecture from colonial times. It is interesting to note the smooth transition of…

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HP’s Cheap Stream Laptops Get Fanless Design, 14-Inch Model And More On A Budget: Chromebooks, Watch Out!

The attractive HP stream line of low-cost laptops just got even better: the latest refresh adds a 14-inch model, Windows 10 and more upgrades, while retaining the affordability aspect. Google’s Chromebooks may be making waves in the education market, but cheap Windows-powered alternatives are still popping up, and HP’s attractive Stream line definitely makes the cut. HP has announced the first major revamp of its Stream lineup, featuring thinner and lighter designs, better connectivity, longer battery life and a new 14-inch notebook model. In terms of design, the new HP…

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Rio and São Paulo states’ top 10 budget beach hotels and B&Bs

The coast of the adjoining states Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is one of the finest in Brazil, dotted with small tropical islands, beautiful bays, wonderful golden sandy beaches, and backed by mountains covered with virgin Atlantic rain forest. Most of it is still unknown to international tourists, yet this is where residents of Rio and São Paulo (Brazil’s two largest cities, with a joint population of over 30 million) come to relax, party and feel that tropical paradise vibe. It’s not the cheapest part of Brazil, but these…

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Budget 2016: School days to become longer as all schools forced to become academies

Moves to force every English state school to leave council control and become an academy within six years will be set out by George Osborne in a Budget designed to “put the next generation first”. The Chancellor will also announce an initiative to enable thousands of head teachers to scrap schools’ traditional “home time” of 3.30pm and stay open longer. He is expected to present a cautious Budget package because of the growing strains on the public finances, but he is also determined to show ministers retain a zeal for…

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