Friday, July 24, 2009

Al Manshar.. Rotana Hotel

Thursday and Friday off

Goverment is really crazy, they actually beat the reason of the occassion.. Shab-e-Meraj was on 20th but to have a mini vacation they announced it on Thursay i.e on 23rd ! anyway, some  of the companies arelucky to enjoy this vacation sp.. the ones who also ejoys saturday offs.. for us, we have to live with a day off.. i.e friday.. but with me, i really get bored in offs.. dont know really what to do..

yesterday, thought to do some research on some markets.. been to fahaheel (around 40kms from main city).. also as usual I clicked couple of my pics which are here. one things which is common is the direct of indirect hit due to recession.. markets have really gone down and people are limiting even if food stuffs which is a surprise to me...

anyway, God bless

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Beware .. Tech can be dangerous

Missing family !

Sitting all alone in a rented apartment.. outside temp is 48+ degrees.. using Zain e go USB.

Its mostly when you come back home u miss family too much.. I wish If i have some jin/chirag which I can rub and order jinn to have my family right away.. specially, when I watch news channel and hear about too much of rains, I miss days of picnic and lots of outings. i really never cared on what may happen, we may get stuck this and that.. but I believed rains are purely a gift to us and we need to feel it, enjoy it. I realised it the most when i was in dubai and people use to actually pray for some rains.. we are lucky Indians to have it.. so enjoy every bit of it.. atleast I do it, when I am in Mumbai..

going on..

Very routine life.. get up @ 6.15 am and rush to office.. Transport is an issue here.. I am staying in Salmiya and dont really find any public transports here. Need to walk more than 1/2 kms to find one.. and the misery is - changing 2 busus to reach office. Dont know what to do.. I hate being dependant.. I always lived by life - My way and in full control but this time I dnt know whats in my share - food, traveling is not really working out. Lets check out for few more days or change accom. that may solve atleast one issue.

The World 10 most Expensive Hotels

Most of us have simple demands when it comes to travel lodging– a bed, a
bathroom, a TV and wi-fi. There are others, however, whose demands far eclipse
the simple convenience of your basic hotel room. When the world’s most wealthy
travelers take a vacation for their own, they are treated to suites that cover
entire floors of a hotel building, rooms that include a personal butler, hell–
some even come with their own private helicopter. Take a peek into the
experience of the world’s most wealthy travelers. Here are 10 of the most
expensive hotel rooms in the world.
10. $15,500 a night - Imperial Suite, Park Hyatt-Vendôme
Paris, France
Situated on the second floor of the Park Hyatt-Vendôme’s Haussmanian building is
the hotel’s 750 square-foot Imperial Suite. Thise pricey suite has high
ceilings, a dining room, kitchenette and bar. When visitors tire of toiling,
they relax with an “In Suite Spa” that comes outfitted with a steam room,
Whirlpool and built-in massage table.
9. $16,000 a night - Royal Suite, Four Seasons George V
Paris, France
The George V in Paris boasts a pair of “sumptuous” Royal Suites that each come
with private terraces and rooms filled with antique furniture. Each suite has a
marble entrance, a full kitchen, a sauna and a separate bathroom for guests. The
expensive 2,600 square-foot suites are split into separate spaces for sleeping
and entertaining, both of which also have a private office.
8. $17,500 a night - Royal Armleder Suite, Le Richemond
Geneva, Switzerland
Le Richemond’s Royal Armleder Suite reopened in 2007 after an extensive
restoration of the hotel’s seventh floor, which the luxury suite occupies the
entirety of. The suite is bedecked in gold, mosaics and parquet floors and has a
300 square-foot terrace with stunning views of Geneva and the nearby Alps.
7. $18,000 a night - Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A two-story suite that centers around an epic staircase, Burj Al Arab’s Royal
Suite has Carrara marble floors, mahogany furniture and a master bedroom with a
rotating four-post canopy bed. Guests enjoy Hermes bathroom products, Faubourg
fragrances, their own private elevator and cinema and for a bit extra– a
chauffeur driven Rolls Royce or helicopter.
6. $18,200 - Ritz-Carlton Suite, The Ritz-Carlton
Moscow, Russia
Floor-to-ceiling windows outline the Ritz-Carlton Suite at the hotel chain’s
Moscow location. Imperial furniture fills the 2,500 square-foot suite, which
comes with a heated floor, a grand piano and a library. The suite has views of
the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral and visitors get to enjoy five
meals a day and their very own KGB-approved autonomous energy supply system and
secure telecommunications array.
5. $25,000 a night - Bridge Suite at The Atlantis
Paradise Island, Bahamas
The 10-room Bridge Suite at Bahamian resort The Atlantis fills the entire space
linking the hotel complex’s two flagship towers. Forbes reports the suite has
hosted guests including Oprah and Michael Jackson. [pic via flickr]
4. $33,000 a night - Royal Penthouse Suite, President
Wilson Hotel

Geneva, Switzerland
President Woodrow Wilson reportedly suffered from high blood pressure, so it’s
safe to assume he would have appreciated a stress-free stay at President Wilson
Hotel’s Royal Penthouse Suite. Consuming the entire top floor of the hotel, the
four-bedroom suite can hold up to 40 guests in its cocktail lounge and is said
to be the best digs for heads of state wanting to make an impression when
they’re in town on United Nations business. [pic via guardian uk]
3. $34,000 a night - Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons
New York
The Ty Warner Penthouse practically floats in Manhattan. Floor-to-ceiling
windows surround all sides of the massive suite, surrounding guests in
360-degree views of the city skyline from atop Manhattan’s tallest hotel. The
nine-room suite has walls inlayed with mother of pearl, gold and platinum-woven
fabrics, and the room itself includes a private butler, unlimited global calling
and TVs programmed to receive every channel in the entire world.
2. $40,000 a night - Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas
Hugh Hefner’s Playboy-themed suite at the Palms Casino resort has a $700,000
jacuzzi that cantilevers out above the Las Vegas strip. The 10,000 square-foot,
two-story suite comes with around-the-clock butler service and (of course) a
rotating bed set beneath a mirrored ceiling.
1. $50,000 a night - Royal Villa at Grand Resort
Lagonissi

Athens, Greece
The Grand Resort’s Royal Villa gives the world’s most exclusive guests a private
version of everything imaginable. The only other people lucky guests have to see
while secluded in their heated pool, steam room or private beach is the suite’s
dedicated butler, chef and pianist.

Monday, July 13, 2009

MOVING ON..

landed since Thursday .. had no idea - whther this place is lucky or unlucky.. this is something really crazy when I go back couple of months and think about it.. imagine traveling to this country 3 times in approx. 4 months.. i dnt knw.. but I have spent more and earned less..

anyway, as I always do.. I dnt plan and I am with the wave.. lets c where this life will take me and my career.. I hope for the best..

in terms of food.. sad story - no good food, I am experimenting on new things and in condition when I am tired then.. EGG zindabad. yesterday, I mixed - egg, tomatoes +chicken curry+lil pav bhaji.. pls dont say YUCK.. it was not that BAD !

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New budget !

Dear All,

For your ref.

No new tax on edible oil imports

Excise duty on petrol diven trucks cut

No change in corporate tax

4% excise duty on cotton products restored

Custom duty on silver, excluding jewellery, hiked by Rs 500/ kh to Rs 1,000/ kg

Life saving devices on heart contidion exempted from custom duty

Life saving drugs, including breast cancer, custom duty reduced to 5% from 10%

Custom duty reduced on LCD panels from 10% to 5%

5% Custom duty on Set top boxes

Anoymous donations - grant relief 5% of total income or Rs 1,00,000 whichever is higher

Finance Act 2008 introduced CTT has been abolished

Construction - restore full exemption on goods such as pre-fabricated slabs

Branded jewellery exempted from excise duty

Income tax exemption limit raised by Rs 10,000

Income tax exemption limit for women raised by Rs 10,000

Income tax exemption limit for senior citizens raised by Rs 15,000

Surcharge on personal Income tax scrapped

Individual law consultation not to attract service tax

Tax holiday on commercial production of mineral oil and natural gas on NELP VIII

FBT is scrapped

To release new direct tax code in 45 days

To introduce GST by April 1, 2010

Federal Tax/ GDP ratio is 11.5%

Fiscal deficit seen at 6.8% in FY10

To eliminate tax distortion

Non tax revenue receipts are likely to be better

Enhance budgetary support by Rs 40,000 cr

Budget estimates: Interest payment expected at Rs 2,25,511 cr

Interest payment are a third of expenditure plan

To spend Rs 1.42 lakh cr on defence

Increasing automation in direct tax collection

Aila hurricane relief at Rs 1,000 cr

Plan expenditure up 34% to Rs 3.75 lakh cr

Proposes Rs 500 cr for rehabilation of displaced persons of northern and eastern areas of Sri Lanka

Allocation for new Aligarh Muslim Univ campuses in Bengal, Kerala at Rs 25 cr each

Budget estimates: Rs 10,20,830 cr, Rs 6,95,600 cr non-planned and planned Rs 3,29,100 cr

Plan outlay increased by 74%

Allocation Commonwealth Games raised by more than 50% to Rs 3,472 crore

50% of all rural women to be brought into self-help group programmes

National Mission for Female Literacy to be launched

Govt to build 100,000 homes for paramilitary forces

National Mission for Female Literacy to be launched

Allocation of Rs 2,113 cr for IIT

Govt to spend Rs 120 cr in FY10 in unique ID

Rashtriya Mahila Kosh corpus to be raised to Rs 500 crore

Allocation for flagship Bharat Nirman progamme raised by 45%

Paramilitary housing project to cost Rs 1,000 cr

Certain Pension related benefits extended to war hounded

Paramilitary housing cost estimated at Rs 1,000 cr

Govt proposes to launch housing for 1 lakh para military forces

Unique ID cards in 12-18 months

46 lakh BPL families to come under new health insurance plan

NREGA has been and outstanding success

Right to Information Act been successful

To add handloom clusters in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu

More than 46 lakh people received biometrics card

National Web Portal for employer and employee to be launched

Govt aims to have social security for informal sector

Plan to cut felame illiteracy by half in three yrs

Unorganised Social Security Bill passed by both houses of the Parliament

To launch national mission on female literacy

PM's Adarsh Gram Yojana starts with Rs 100 cr funding

NHB refinance to rural housing sector to be raised

Indira Awaas Yojana outlay increased by 63%

Bharat Nirman outlay raised by 59%

Food security to provide rice, wheat at Rs 3 a kg to poor

Allocation for Indira Awaas Yojana to be increased by 63%

59% increase in allocation for Pradhanmantri Gram Sadak Yojna

Govt to move food security bill very soon

NREGA outlay increased by 144%

NREGA min wages set at Rs 100/day

Income-tax return forms to be made more user-friendly

PSU companies to remaain under government control

8.5% growth in recent past fueled by pvt sector investment

Govt wants public shareholding in PSUs to go up

PSUs to remain under govt control

PSU Banks, insurance firms outside disinvestment plan

Turbulence in world markets left Indian financial sector unaffected

Proposes people's participation in disinvestment programme

IT Saral 2 form to be introduced

Rs 1 lakh crore projects for Infrastructure revival

Fiscal deficit up to 6.2% from 2.7% fo GDP

Institutional reforms to cover subsidies, expenditure

Govt to set-up expert committee to advise on petro pricing products

Markets dip into red, Sensex down 45pts

To return to FRBM target at the earliest

Special fund of Rs 4,000 cr from Rural Infra Dev fund to provide cheap loans to MSME

To increase fertiliser usage - govt proposes to move from product pricing basis

Return to FRBM target as soon as possible

30% rise in Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana allocation over 2008-09

Budget makes subvention of 1% to benefit farmers

The market development assitance scheme allocation hiked by 148% to Rs 124 cr

Exporters borne the brunt of eco crisis, will provide adj assistance till March 2010

Proposes to extend deadline to farmers to pay off 75% of loans by six months to December 31, 2009

Govt announces rebate for farmers paying loan on time, and lower rate of 6% proposed

Loan for farmers Rs 3,00,000 at 7% per annum

Agriculture records growth of 4% per annum in recent past

The Assam gas cracker project estimated at Rs 5,160 cr

JNNURM support raised by 87%

IIFCL and banks in position to support Rs 1,00,000 cr in infrastructure

Stepped up allocation of funds from Rs 10,800 cr to Rs 15,800 cr for railways

Highway and railways - allocation hiked by 23%

Govt have some success in attracting investments in certain sectors through PPP

FIIs are back in the market, the worst two quarters are behind us

Govt needs to provide further stimulus for the economy

MAT hiked to 15% of book profit from 10%

There are signs of revival in domestic industry

For 1st time I held a meeting with state finance ministers to work together

Gross capital flow rose to over 9% over GDP

Infra investment to be over 9% of GDP by 2014

Highlights of 2008-09: Sharp rise in inflation to nearly 13% and a equally sharp fall to 0%

GDP dips from over 9% average in past three years to 6.7% in 2008-09

Ensure 4% agriculture growth

In Interim Budget I had given a detailed analysis of eco situation

Budget an important mean to present the view of the government

A single Budget Speech cannot solve all our problems.

Aim: To reduce number of people living below poverty line to less than half of current level by 201