The Haryana government on Saturday announced it will give House Rent Allowance (HRA) to State employees as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the revised HRA would be implemented with effect from August 1, 2019, which he claimed would benefit about 3.5 lakh employees.Ex gratia policyThe CM also announced the revival of the ex gratia policy that had been discontinued since 1996. “The new policy will be implemented with effect from August 1, 2019. The deceased employees, whose age is 52 years or less or has completed more than five years of service before this, will be covered under this scheme,” he said.Mr. Khattar said facility of six months maternity leave will also be given to those women employees who are engaged under the outsourcing policy of the State government. “The financial burden on the contractor on account of this facility would be borne by the State government,” he said.The CM said that the government had also taken a decision to reopen the channel of promotion for the employees of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies in the central cooperative banks. “A committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary, (Finance), to remove the pay anomalies of tube well operators of Public Health Engineering Department working on contractual basis,” he added.
CNBC Digital has named Jeffrey McCracken its managing editor for digital. He joins from Bloomberg, where he had been executive editor. Swansburg, who started his career as an editorial assistant at The New York Times, had been deputy editor of ideas at The Boston Globe before joining Slate. Billboard has hired Hannah Karp as its news director. She joins from The Wall Street Journal, where she has been since 2004. Karp is currently a staff reporter covering the music industry at the newspaper. Jim Aley and Howard Chua-Eoan will succeed Otis Bilodeau as co-deputy editors of Bloomberg Businessweek. Chua-Eoan joined the brand in 2014 after three decades at Time and manages the front of the book. Aley came from Fortune in 2009 and oversees features. Both will continue to run their sections in addition to their new deputy duties. Jay Meyer has rejoined Time Inc. as SVP of the travel category. Most recently, he consulted in the travel space with Hearst Magazines on its Airbnb Magazine and The Black Tomato travel agency, among other places. Judith Ohikuare has joined Refinery29 as a work and money writer. She was previously an associate editor at Cosmopolitan. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Toria Garrett joins W and Vanity Fair as executive account director, beauty. She was most recently head of revenue and associate publisher at Teen Vogue. Before that, Garrett was ad director and executive beauty director at Vogue. James Kim has moved to Time from his role as a designer at Entertainment Weekly. He joined Time Inc. in 2016. “John brings a range of gifts to this new role,” said Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg in a statement. “He knows how to conceive of and assign the most ambitious stories; he is a brilliant line editor; and, of course, he understands how to present complicated magazine features in digitally compelling ways.” It’s been announced that Swansburg will be commissioning and editing pieces across the brand’s print edition, from features to the front of the book. Stephanie Fried has been named EVP of research, analytics and audience development at Condé Nast’s Co/Lab leadership team. And Brooke Ellis has been named the team’s VP of digital design and UX. Fried was previously VP of research, analytics and audience development at the company, and Ellis was executive director UX and design. The former deputy editor of Slate, John Swansburg, has joined The Atlantic as its new senior editor. Swansburg was with Slate for an entire decade interrupted only by a brief two-month gig at The New Yorker.
World’s leading carrier Qatar Airways has said that it is in discussions with Indian budget airline IndiGo to buy a stake in it as it denied reports of any such talks with SpiceJet.”Qatar Airways confirms that the only airline it is talking to is the Indian carrier Indigo,” the Doha-based airline told Reuters in a statement.”Qatar Airways is not in talks to pursue a commercial stake in SpiceJet,” the airline said, adding, “These stake sale comments are unfounded and are believed to be deliberately spread to influence share valuations.”Share prices of SpiceJet rose sharply in the past three trading sessions, touching a two-year closing high of Rs 26.60 on Tuesday. However, Tuesday’s rally was partly led by the company’s profit of Rs 71.80 crore in April-June quarter.Last week, The Economic Times had reported that the ongoing discussions between SpiceJet and Qatar Airways over finalising a commercial agreement may end up in Qatar Airways buying a stake in the domestic airline.In May, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker had evinced interest in acquiring 49% stake in IndiGo, but he had not confirmed any talks. He had then said that “IndiGo’s owners had no immediate plans to sell”.Qatar Airways has been eyeing a stake in India’s biggest airline IndiGo for a long. Owned by InterGlobe Enterprises, IndiGo had filed a draft prospectus with market regulator last month to issue an initial public offer (IPO).If a deal is signed, the transaction will become the second such development in Indian aviation industry in two years. In 2013, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways had bought 24% stake in Jet Airways by investing Rs 20.6 billion ($332 million).Buying a stake in IndiGo would enable Qatar Airways to expand its presence in the Indian aviation market and also to compete with its rivals Emirates and Etihad.Aviation consultancy CAPA India has estimated IndiGo to become country’s most profitable carrier, by posting a net profit in the range of $150- $175 million (₹1,111.6 crore) for the fiscal year ending March 2015.
AFP File PhotoThe battle for a major rebel-controlled port in Yemen has left more than 100 soldiers and insurgents dead in less than a week, medics and military sources said Saturday.Yemeni forces are fighting to close in on the Red Sea port of Hodeida, the main conduit for humanitarian supplies into a country where 22 million people are in dire need of food aid.Medics in the southern Aden governorate, where the Yemeni government is based, said they had received the bodies of 52 people, including 20 soldiers, between Friday and Saturday, bringing the toll to at least 110 killed in clashes since Wednesday.The remainder appeared to be rebels, the medics said.Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source in the pro-government military coalition said on Saturday the Huthi rebels had ambushed a military convoy in the coastal district of al-Durayhmi in Hodeida governorate.Loyalist fighters, backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, last week announced they had launched an operation to enter Hodeida city and seize the rebel-held port.Hodeida lies 230 kilometres from the capital Sanaa, which the Iran-backed Huthis seized in 2014, prompting a Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen the following year.The campaign, which continues to this day, aims to restore power to the internationally recognised government of exiled president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.The Saudi-led coalition accuses the rebels of using Hodeida as a launchpad for attacks on shipping in the Red Sea and for smuggling in rockets.The insurgents have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against neighbouring Saudi Arabia.Nearly 10,000 people have been killed since the coalition launched its military campaign in Yemen in March 2015.More than 2,200 others have died from cholera and millions are on the verge of famine in what the United Nations says is the world’s gravest humanitarian crisis.The UN warned last week that any operation aimed at seizing Hodeida would disrupt the entry of aid shipments to Yemen, 70 per cent of which flow through the rebel-held port.
Listen 00:00 /01:09 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Allison ShelleyRep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 14, 2016.The race to fill retiring Congressman Ted Poe’s seat has begun. Nine candidates are jockeying for the Republican nomination in Texas’ Second Congressional District. That increases the chances the primary contest will go to a runoff.The leading contenders include first-term State Representative Kevin Roberts, prolific GOP fundraiser Kathaleen Wall, and healthcare executive David Balat.“Primary races that are this crowded, a lot of times it’s going to come down to candidate fundamentals,” says Republican political consultant Joe Brettell. “Do you know your district? Are you raising money? Are you making the phone calls? Can you run an effective campaign that brings your people out to vote?”Congressional District 2’s boundaries stretch from West University to Memorial Park, then snake north and east to Spring and Humble. It’s been a safe Republican seat for years. But University of Saint Thomas political scientist Jon Taylor says that may not hold much longer. “Somebody wins in 2018, 2020 let’s say they can win reelection, and then we go into 2021 and the Legislature’s going to meet again, and this district may very well be radically revised due to redistricting,” says Taylor.There are also five Democrats seeking their party’s nod in 2018. The front runner is nonprofit executive Todd Litton, who outraised Ted Poe before the congressman announced his retirement. Share
Kolkata: The mercury may soar up to 40 degree Celsius in some of the Western districts of the state, while a high level of discomfort may prevail in the city later this week. However, a sudden spell of rain and thunderstorm took the city by surprise on Tuesday evening, which brought down the temperature by a few notches.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted that the people in the city and the adjoining districts may feel a sultry and uncomfortable weather, in the latter half of this week. People in Kolkata and its adjoining areas got a relief from discomfort caused due to the hot and humid condition, following the thundershower. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe weather office predicted that the Western districts like Bankura, Birbhum, Burdwan and West Midnapore may touch nearly 40 degree Celsius, later this week. The temperature will soar above normal in Kolkata and other adjoining districts as well. People going out on the streets in the sun have been facing severe discomfort due to excessive heat. The situation will, however, not improve till the advent of Norwester, a weather official said.The thunderstorm on Tuesday struck the city and various parts of North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah and other districts at around 7.30 pm, with wind blowing at a speed of 50-60 km per hour. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe shower, which might have been triggered by a high-pressure belt over the Bay of Bengal, lasted nearly an hour. While it was more intense in the northern fringes of the city, the central and southern parts received moderate rain.The high-pressure belt provided moisture, which was sucked in by the heated land. Since the temperature has been high in Gangetic Bengal for the past few days, it had paved the way for the thunderstorm, a senior official of the Regional Meteorological Centre said. Shear winds during the hour-long storm, led to the disruption of traffic movement in some parts of the city, due to felling of trees. The traffic movement in various parts was slow due to rain and storm. Trees fell near Fairlie Place and Bosta Potti area of Sovabazar. A truck was completely wrecked after a tree fell on it at Sovabazar. A tree also fell near Park Circus. A lamp post fell near Bijan Setu. A shop was damaged when a tree fell on it near Peerless Hotel. Senior police officers were on roads to manage the traffic.It may be mentioned that window panes of Nabanna were also damaged in the storm. Several floors were affected, including the Disaster Management department.Train services on the Sealdah-Dankuni section were restored at 10.50 pm, while services on the Howrah-Bardhaman chord line section is likely to resume soon.
Add more plants to your decor and keep a tab on your appliances to keep a check on the indoor pollution at your home, say experts. Plants not only brighten up a space, but also are a source of fresh air. These Indian plants: Areca Palm, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue and Money Plant (all common names) will actually grow fresh air for you indoors.No smoking should be allowed inside homes. Smoking and second hand smoke are the biggest contributors of air pollution indoors. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEnsure you use low VOC (Volatile organic Compounds) paints in your home, which ensure that toxic gases and substances are not released indoors during hot/cold variations in temperature indoors.A common problem that is not addressed indoors is fixing your water leakages. Very often, we ignore water leakages into the home, which then allow the growth of fungus, mould, and mildew, which causes or worsens conditions such as asthma, wheezing, and sinus. Taking precautions such as fixing of leakages, maintenance repairs to prevent loss of heat/ cold indoors, will ensure better air quality inside. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKeep a tab on your appliances. Appliances like your refrigerator and oven can emit harmful gases without regular maintenance. Make sure you take up the scheduled services and have a professional look at your devices at regular intervals.Regular dusting is important. Every home is prone to dust and dirt accumulation. While you clean your floors and upholstery regularly, you might miss out on the nooks and corners and also the roof of tall furniture sets. In this scenario, a deep cleaning can reduce the risk of dust particles that can become irritants. Open the windows. The air at home can be more harmful as it can high concentration of pollutants compared to the outdoors. Keep your windows open for 5-10 minutes daily or strategically place ventilation ducts to tackle the issue. Sunlight and ventilation can go a long way to keep you and your family healthy.Another good idea is to minimise the use of pesticides at home. Use bio-friendly products instead. Limiting the number of toxic products you introduce in to your indoor air will also make the space as less polluted as possible.Make sure your gas stove is well-ventilated. While cooking at home, it is important to ensure the gas stove is well ventilated to limit the production of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons produced due to incomplete combustion. These gases are not healthy indoors and pose serious health risks in the long-term.Install exhaust hoods or fans in the kitchen and bathroom to reduce humidity. Humid air in the kitchen and bathroom increases the exposure of the indoor occupants to mold and mildew. Molds carry tiny particles that can enter the body and result in serious illness such as colds, persistent coughs, and even fungal infections. The installation of exhaust hoods and fans in the kitchen and bathroom will help reduce exposure.Get rid of odors; don’t mask them. Most people usually try to avoid indoor odors by masking them with artificial fragrances and air fresheners. It simply worsens the problem because the artificial fragrance or air fresheners contain VOCs and phthalates which can harm your health even more. Instead, find the source of the odors and eliminate, and clean the area with homemade cleaners or with baking soda.Remove carpeting if possible. Carpets act as a harbor for small dust particles and pet dander which increases indoor air pollution. The dust particles from carpets are associated with chronic lung problems such as asthma and persistent coughs. Removing the carpeting is a sure way of reducing indoor air pollution.Keep trash covered. Covering trash aids in keeping away pests and insects. It is part of critter management which will reduce the need for the use of pesticides and other artificial critter elimination chemicals. As a result, it will reduce indoor air pollution by reducing toxic substance emission from the artificially manufactured critter management products.Minimise clutter. By minimising clutter, it is easier to manage the accumulation of dust that carry bacteria, mold, mites and fungi which significantly reduces indoor air pollution from these sources.
Travelweek Group Share Tags: Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong, Promotions Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Cathay Pacific offering savings on Vancouver-Hong Kong flights until Sept. 14 Posted by VANCOUVER — To commemorate the launch of three additional A350 non-stop flights between Vancouver and Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways has announced introductory savings of up to 27% off from Canada to over 40 destinations in Asia.For a limited time, the airline is offering savings up to 20% off select roundtrip Economy Class airfares and up to 27% off select roundtrip Premium Economy Class airfares. This offer is available until Sept. 14, 2016 for departures between March 28-May 31, 2017, inclusive.With this offer, Economy Class roundtrip airfares from Vancouver-Hong Kong are priced at $874, and $952 from Vancouver-Singapore. Premium Economy Class roundtrip airfares from Vancouver-Hong Kong are priced at $1,704, while Vancouver-Bangkok fares are priced at $1,792.Departures from other Canadian cities are available for an additional fee. Pricing is for Monday through Thursday departures (weekend fares available) and include taxes and fees (exact amount will be quoted once flights and dates are selected). Seats are limited and other rules and restrictions apply.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongLast week, Cathay Pacific announced the addition of three new nonstop flights between Vancouver and Hong Kong starting March 28 on Airbus 350-900XWB aircraft. The three extra flights will be added to its existing twice daily nonstop service, increasing the frequency from 14 to 17 flights per week.For more details go to cathaypacific.com/ca. << Previous PostNext Post >>
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Amadeus Posted by Share Friday, June 9, 2017 Amadeus has a new way for passengers to pay for ancillaries NEW YORK — Starting this month Lufthansa Group will roll out Amadeus Airport Pay at check-in desks and ticket offices in over 170 airports, offering what it says are secure and seamless payment options for passengers choosing customized ancillary services for their flight while checking in or at the gate.Amadeus says the new system is the first wireless payment solution in the industry which accepts chip card payments. The Amadeus Airport Pay devices are pocket-sized and support all wireless connectivity options.“Payments in the airport have taken a big step forward towards convenience, security and flexibility with Amadeus Airport Pay,” said Celia Pereiro, head of Travel Payments at Amadeus. “Travellers will have the peace of mind that their payments are secured thanks to EMV technology. Airlines and ground handlers meanwhile can open the door to a much smoother trip – imagine roaming agents approaching you while queuing to offer the ancillary service you need – it’s a win-win for the airline and the traveller.”More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backThere are now more than 5 billion chip cards in circulation globally. At airports, EMV terminals are ubiquitous in duty-free shops but still a rarity in airline check-in desks. Lufthansa Group is Amadeus’ launch partner for the introduction of Amadeus Airport Pay, which the technology provider says can be customized for any airline. Travelweek Group
Easel TV is set to launch a version of its over-the-top video service for UK TV producer All3Media on tablets and smartphones at IBC.The multi-screen video software specialist originally launched the service in 2012 on Samsung TVs in the UK and also in the US under the name ‘Best of British TV’.The next release is being launched on iPads and iPhones at IBC and will also be available on Xbox 360 games consoles in the coming months, said Easel TV.Viewers can access more than 350 hours of TV shows through the service, either on a subscription or pay-per view basis.All3Media shows available include Skins, Shameless, The Only Way Is Essex, Midsomer Murders, and Peep Show, with further series to be added over time.“We have extended the application to these popular consumer devices due to the vast amount of TV content that is now being consumed on them in both the UK and particularly the USA. We have closely monitored the adoption of a wide range of OTT services with specific interest in games consoles and have been impressed by the amount of content now consumed this way,” said All3Media’s SVP of digital and business development, international, Gary Woolf.“Our primary digital business continues to be licensing programmes to international broadcasters and major video on demand partners. What is exciting for us is that his service allows us to offer a wide range of great quality content that doesn’t fit the needs of those services directly to new audiences developing direct consumer relationships and enhancing opportunities for our content to be discovered.”All3media service will be showcased on the Easel TV stand at IBC, on stand 4.C88.
Polish broadcaster TVN has said it expects strong revenue and earnings growth for the next three years on the basis of solid macroeconomic data from the Polish market.TVN said that it expects consolidated adjusted EBITDA growth of about PLN520 million (€123 million) this year, rising to PLN590 million next year and PLN630 million in 2016. Full year consolidated revenue is expected to grow by a low single-digit figure this year, with growth of between 5% and 9% expected 2015 and 2016.The broadcaster said it expected Polish GDP to grow by between 3% and 3.5% for the 2014-16 period, with the TV advertising market consequently showing growth in the low to mid single digits over the same period. TVN said it also expected the online TV advertising market to see high single-digit growth rates over the period.TVN said it did not expect any significant new capital market transactions over the period.