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Happy New Year 2015

A new year has arrived and with its brings renewed energy and hope. It also signals the start of the Dubai Shopping Festival and this year looks like its going to be bigger than the last. New year is also a time to review last year’s achievements and make plans and resolutions. Too many plans …

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Diwali Dhamaal 2014

Diwali, one of the biggest festivals of India is popularly known as the “Festival of Lights” and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the length and breadth of India. Even in Dubai, great preparation are made for this festival. New clothes, jewelry, silver and gold coins are …

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Enjoy the chill and the dampness

Hello Desis, here’s your chance to bring back memories of home. The chill and the rain are going to be here for a few days, so go out and enjoy. Bunk office, school, housework and enjoy the weather. It is only few days in a year that we get to enjoy. So take a holiday …

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Happy New Year

The new year in Dubai had a great start with a series of dazzling fireworks at multiple points. Dubai’s bid to have the largest fireworks display easily out-darkened the rest of fireworks across the globe ranging from Australia, China, Paris and USA. Desi’s in Dubai had a blast bidding farewell to 2013 and welcoming 2014. …

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mServices in UAE by 2020

Target 2020: Your mobile phone is all that you will need to access services UAE will become the centre of technological connectivity and seamless integration of eGovernance and mServices ahead of the Expo 2020, the country`s top telecom regulatory authority has said. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority in the UAE, about Dh250million will be …

Make potable water a must in restaurants

A recent article in the Gulf News highlighted the price variances of 500ml bottle of water in Dubai. While groceries have more or less same prices, the prices in restaurants range from a Dhs 2 to Dhs 22 depending on the location and class of restaurant. We feel that potable drinking water is the basic …

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Daughter hoodwinks mother, tries to elope with 20kg gold

A mother rushed to the police station claiming that her 20 year old daughter, she left waiting in a Taxi outside Sharjah Airport Free Zone, had been kidnapped along with 20 kg of gold jewellery. The mother, an Indian, wanted to declare her gold jewellery to Sharjah Customs that she planned to return to India …

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Heart of Pure Gold, Firoz Merchant frees 1000 more prisoners

Perhaps he named his company after his heart. Firoz Merchant, the chairman of Dubai’s reputed jewellery company Pure Gold plans to pay off debts and buy air tickets for Indian prisoners languishing in UAE jails for lack of money. According to newspaper reports philanthropist Firoz Merchant plans to re-unite 1000 prisoners this Ramadan. “The bottom …

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New era in India-Pakistan relationships envisaged

The resounding victory of Mian Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan’s general election is good news for India-Pakistan relationships. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while congratulating Nawaz Sharif extended him an invitation to visit India. Earlier in an interview to Barkha Dutt on NDTV, Nawaz Sharif had expressed his desire to continue the initiative for uniting the …

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Loan sharks operate with impunity in our communities

An Indian expatriate, who asked to be identified as Ranjan, learnt the hard way never to borrow money, even from friends. The 39-year-old, an operations manager at an oil company in Dubai, was jailed for a month last August after he borrowed Dh50,000 from a friend to pay off a bank loan. He needed the …