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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How To Earn Monthly Regular Income By Investing In Mutual Funds

Under the SWP option, the mutual fund investor gets a specified amount as a monthly payout. Bank fixed deposits, Senior Citizens Savings Scheme, and Post Office Monthly Income Schemes are some of the popular investment options for retired and semi-retired people who like to earn regular monthly income. Can mutual funds do the job? Many debt funds as well as some balanced fund offer a monthly dividend option. But remember, dividends are not guaranteed. They are distributed from gains made by the scheme, which is market linked, In other words,…

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From Bandhavgarh to Costa Rica: These destinations were a hit with photographers in 2017

Are you a travel and photography fan? If yes, then you must visit the picturesque and exotic locations suggested by India’s largest travel-and-photography company Toehold. As per the company’s latest survey, photographers have identified some of the best destinations for photography-related travel in 2017. Here are the top destinations for photographers in 2017: Bandhavgarh Rich in floral diversity and boasting one of the highest concentrations of the Royal Bengal Tiger, the destination is a must for those looking to capture pictures of the majestic beast in a lush backdrop. Costa…

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Offbeat destinations: Bird language spoken in this Turkish village now on Unesco list

The next time you are in Turkey, go off the beaten tourist circuit and visit Kuskoy – the village in district Canakci in Giresun province where people communicate through bird sounds. The unusual and very efficient whistle language used as a means of communication by villagers in remote northern Turkey has entered the Unesco list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Unesco has accepted the “bird language” of Black Sea villagers as an endangered part of world heritage in need of urgent protection, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Around 10,000 people,…

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Rising NPA in education loan propelling banks’ stress

Rising NPA in education loan propelling banks’ stress New Delhi : Amid the ongoing crisis caused by increasing Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) in the banking sector, default payment in education loans is adding on to this, the data released by the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) revealed. In the educational loans segment, the default in repayment has risen to 7.67 percent of the outstanding amount at March-end, 2017 from 5.7 percent two years ago. Further, the total outstanding education loan at end of the fiscal 2016-17 was Rs 67,678.5 crore, of which Rs…

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HTC to Launch Limited Number of Smartphones in 2018: Report

HIGHLIGHTS HTC has struggled to make a comeback in the smartphone market The HTC U12 might also be launched sometime in 2018 HTC has posted a loss for all three quarters of 2017 HTC has been going through a rough patch for the past few years, thanks to slumping smartphone sales. According to a report, HTC is now expected to limit its frequency of smartphone releases for 2018. Additionally, the Taiwanese manufacturer is reportedly also planning to release a cheaper, mid-range version of the HTC U11+ in January 2018. A report by Digitimes claims that…

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Soon, travel from Chennai Central to airport in 45 minutes

The Chennai Metro Rail’s second line from Little Mount to Chennai airport and St. Thomas Mount station.   | Photo Credit: M. Vedhan Ticket fare likely to be increased when operations begin on stretches from Chennai Central and AG-DMS to the airport  In just a few months, commuters can travel from the Chennai Central and AG-DMS (Gemini) to the airport much quicker when services of the Metro Rail services are launched from the two locations. Commuters will be able to cover the distance of about 25 km from the Central station…

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Check for Update Button on Pixel, Nexus Devices to Finally Work in 2018

HIGHLIGHTS Internal testing is underway, public release to happen in 2018 Latest version of Google Play Services required to get instant updates Feature not exclusive to Android Oreo The Check for update button on Pixel and Nexus devices has in recent times become a redundant feature, which ends up annoying users who love to press it despite knowing that it doesn’t really work. All that is set to change, for good, in 2018 when Google issues an update that puts the button to good use. Back in September, Googler Elliott Hughes had posted on Google+ that the Check…

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Oppo Given Green Clearance to Set Up Manufacturing Unit in Noida

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo has been given green clearance to set up a mobile manufacturing unit in Greater Noida at a cost of Rs. 2,200 crores, a senior government official said. The Union Environment Ministry has granted the environment clearance to its Indian subsidiary Oppo Mobiles India Pvt Ltd for the proposed project. “The clearance has been given to the Oppo’s project after taking into account the views of an expert green panel. It is subject to compliance of certain conditions,” the government official said. The environment clearance certificate has already been…

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Church’s power in education system highlighted once again

The Department of Education intends to scrap provisions that allows the Catholic church to bypass employment laws The Department of Education intends to scrap provisions that allow the Catholic church to bypass employment laws and appoint nuns and priests of their choosing to State jobs in schools in Ireland. This is an extraordinary derogation. It is highly unlikely that any other group in Irish society has been granted such power to bypass employment and equality legislation when it comes to making important appointments. But the fact that these appointments are for public sector jobs, with…

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