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Faulty Indian Policies Causing Damage to Indian and International Airlines

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It was a dream come true when the low cost airline business burgeoned in India, fulfilling the dream of flying for many Indians. Today is the day when there is hardly any contrast in fare between the low cost domestic airlines and state run Air India.

While low cost airlines have instead become high cost airlines, the five star airlines (at least considered as five star airline) like Kingfisher are facing its extinction. Is it Kingfisher’s awry business strategy or the government’s faulty policies that is grounding India’s one of the most popular airline? The answer lies in a fact that we will be covering in this article.

Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, paid a State visit in Jan 2012, as a chief guest for Indian Republic day celebrations. The visit did what India had been looking for: bracing its forgotten look east policy. As a result, there were 6 bilateral agreements signed, including the treaty of transfer of sentenced person.

Though India’s business and trade ties with East Asian countries came back on the right track, India’s airport authorities gave a big blow to trade ties, by forcing Thai Air Asia and Air Asia (Malaysia) to reduce the number of flights to Thailand and Malaysia from New Delhi. The reason was high operating costs at Indian airports, that include high airport and fuel charges. Air AsiaX, a long-haul subsidiary of AirAsia, has completely pulled out from India for the same reason.

India already has a high sales tax rate on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), which is one of the highest in the world, at 24 percent. It is believed that these taxes are proposed to be increased further, making India a high cost market for airlines. Fuel surcharge alone is the major part of the total fare on domestic airlines.

Airport charges will also be hiked. The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority has proffered an increase of 280 per cent in landing and parking charges at Delhi airport. The airport operator had asked for 774 per cent increase in the charges.

Meanwhile, one of Europe’s largest carrier, Lufthansa airline, has pulled out from the city of joy, Kolkata (Calcutta). Sources from the industry said that a lack of route profitability and unpredictable fuel costs have posed challenges for European carriers trying to operate out of Kolkata [Read: No flights: Europe drifts further away from Kolkata | The Statesman].

Following the steps, Austrian Airline pulled out from Mumbai on 25th March 2012, and Air France is reducing its frequency to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to six flights a week in its summer schedule. Though Airlines did not disclose a countrywide financial data, global profits of these airlines have come under pressure, due to increased competition and high operating costs. [Read: Austrian Airlines, Air France to reduce India flights | Business Standard]

In a statement, Austrian Airline said it was suspending its Mumbai flight, “due to the challenging economic situation.” The airline has suffered operating losses of $100 million (Rs 650 crore) in the past two years and is restructuring operations. The airline said it was focusing on Israel and Tehran and would ply the Boeing 767 it used in Mumbai.

Till date, the trend was that the majority of international carriers were delaying or cancelling their services routes to several countries, except India, even in the downturn, considering the country’s market potential.

“Now passengers are just not travelling, with companies resorting to video conferencing due to cut in the travel budget. Several international carriers are mulling reduction in the frequencies or pulling out from India,” said a senior executive with Kingfisher Airlines Ltd.

In another similar move, British Airways had suspended its flights between Kolkata and London Heathrow around 3 years back. The airline has operated flights to Kolkata intermittently since the 1930s and currently operates three flights per week [Read: Foreign airlines start pulling out of India as traffic declines].

“The decision to suspend flights between Kolkata and London has been a difficult one to make. However, the route is not making a profitable contribution to our business and we are unable to sustain it,” Amanda Amos, British Airways’ area commercial manager South Asia, said in a statement. “India remains an incredibly important market for British Airways and we continue with our growth plans on routes that we believe will be profitable.”

KLM Royal Dutch, Singapore Airlines, Air Mauritius and Finnair are also in the line to pull out or reduce the number of flights to India.

In the end, India’s faulty policies have not only blemished the business of domestic carriers but have also troubled International carriers that they had to pull out. With ongoing contention with European Union over Emissions Trading System (ETS), India, Russia and China might also ban flights complying with ETS to fly over their airspace. Thus, European carriers, flying to East Asia, will have to follow a longer path taking a round of Africa and then over Indian ocean, which could be economically unfeasible.

In a consultation meeting with Airports Economic Regulatory Authority, British Airways, Air France-KLM and Lufthansa said they would reconsider their expansion plans for India, saying the proposed increase of 774 percent in charges is very high.

Sanskar Shrivastava is the founder of international students' journal, The World Reporter. Passionate about dynamic occurrence in geopolitics, Sanskar has been studying and analyzing geopolitcal events from early life. At present, Sanskar is a student at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and will be moving to Duke University.

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What Every Construction Business Owner Should Be Doing

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As a construction business owner, you have a lot of moving parts to manage on any given day. There are clients to keep happy and workers who need your guidance staying productive and getting the job done right.

You should be focusing your efforts on a few essential areas if you want to run a successful construction business. If you’re not following through with these recommendations, then you risk letting critical details fall off your radar. Take time to evaluate your current practices and what you can be doing differently and in the future to help grow your business and find success.

Researching Equipment Options

Every construction business owner should be researching equipment prices and options. You’re going to need these items for your projects and can’t be worrying about trying to secure them at the last minute. There might also be logistics requirements you’ll want to figure out ahead of time, depending on the scope of the project. Therefore, look into what products and services the Freo Group has to offer so you can place your order and prepare yourself for your future assignments.

Documenting Project Details

It’s a wise idea to put all you discuss with clients in writing. There will be fewer questions and less confusion when you record the project details for all to see and review. Contracts are an excellent way to ensure that you don’t miss any vital aspects you agreed to and that your clients feel comfortable proceeding with the work. Have a timeline you can follow to help you stay on track with deadlines and inform your customer of any setbacks or delays in your work along the way.

Marketing Your Business Aggressively

Furthermore, every construction business owner should be marketing their business aggressively. If you’re going to be around for years to come, then you need clients who are willing to hire you. You’ll be able to stand apart from your competitors when you use creative marketing tactics and make a name for yourself in your community. Get out and meet people and answer questions that potential customers have for you.

Maintaining A Portfolio

You can also attract clients and drum up more interest in your construction business by having a portfolio of your work. Launch a website that includes these examples and carry an iPad around with you to your appointments so you can show potential clients your past jobs. You want people to see the type of results they should expect when hiring you for a project. It’ll also help them brainstorm ideas of what they might want their final output to look like in the end.

Focusing on Safety

The safety of your workers should be a top priority for you when you work in the construction business. Every owner should be training new employees and ensuring each person wears the right safety hat and equipment when working on the job. Be available and on-site so that your employees can ask you questions when they have them, and you can offer suggestions for improving safety measures, depending on the type of project.

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Dal-Tile and Mohawke Industries involved in legal conflicts in Mexico

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Mohawk Industries Inc., together with Dal-Tile International Inc. (Dal-Tile), have had legal conflicts with the Mexican company Internacional de Cerámica SAB de CV (Interceramic) for several years due to Dal-Tile’s attempt to liquidate the company. Recubrimientos Interceramic SA from C.V. (Coatings), as well as to close the plant that operates in Mexico of said company.

Dal- Tile, and Interceramic are partners in the company Recubrimientos, so the Mexican company did not agree with the liquidation or the closure of the plant. Against this background, the Mohawke Industries subsidiary initiated an international arbitration in the city of Houston, Texas, without respecting the statutes of the association it maintained with Interceramic or the Mexican legislation applicable to this case.

Through legal remedies and lawsuits promoted in Mexican courts, Interceramic managed to suspend the arbitration requested by the U.S. firm.

However, the Mexican company alleges that through illegal resolutions issued by judicial and federal officials, which were allegedly corrupted by Dal-Tile, the process resumed.

Derived from the above, on November 20, 2019, Interceramic filed a criminal complaint with the Attorney General’s Office, against the 10th Judge of the Matilde District of Carmen González Barbosa and of the Judges Ignacio Cuenca Zamora and José de Jesús González Ruiz, officials based in the city of Chihuahua, located in northern Mexico, for possible corruption, influence, and bribery offenses.

The accused officials issued illicit resolutions. They arbitrarily and illegally granted inadmissible and illegal protection in favor of Dal-Tile. They are violating the elementary principles of the amparo, jurisprudence and the Constitution itself. It is only explainable that occurred under the commission of the crimes of corruption and trafficking influences. This will be the subject of a criminal investigation by the Treasury so that the necessary evidence is collected to bring the case before a Criminal Judge Federal.

Similarly, the Attorney General’s Office was requested to investigate the existence of a family network within the Federal Courts and Tribunals based in the city of Chihuahua. In which through the imputed magistrates Ignacio Cuenca Zamora and José by Jesús González Ruiz, the District Judges, and other Magistrates can be lobbied, managed or pressured so that through some payment favorable rulings are obtained. 

Proof of this is that the defendants have placed direct family members in positions of other Magistrates through the traffic of influences and/or pressures exerted by their high positions. They have children within courts of the same circuit whose names are Alezith and Arístedes, both with the last name González Ruiz, as well as Ignacio Cuenca Roldán.

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High-Performing Stocks of 2020

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In today’s chaotic markets, it can be difficult to know which stocks and investments are going to make the best, and safest, returns. There’s a myriad of different options and investment strategies. This can make it difficult for the average investor to know what choices he or she should decide on. However, the online realm makes it easy for us to weigh the various potential risks and benefits of every stock on the market. Below are the top seven stocks that may be worth looking out for in the coming year.

Marijuana Stocks 2020

In today’s competitive markets, there are few stocks that have as much of a return, and are as stable, as medical marijuana. The medical marijuana industry, due to government regulation, maintains impeccably high product quality standards, and along with that has not only a completely stable, but also a constantly growing, consumer base. 

Investors want to know the best medical marijuana stocks 2020. One of these stock picks is Aphria (APHA). Based in Canada, Aphria not only sells in it’s home country but also internationally and online, giving it a wide net for potential customers. With annual sales of 179.29 million, Aphria’s revenue shot up 848.1% in October 2019 compared to the same quarter last year. Another potentially lucrative marijuana stock pick is Cannabics Pharmaceuticals (CNBX). Rather than medical sales, this company focuses on biotechnology and cannabinoid research, producing high-quality treatments for cancer patients, among other things. Although the customer base may not be as wide, their state-of-the-art research and developments will be a driving force in the future of the industry.

Investing In The Market While You’re Young

The link above provides many helpful insights into investment strategies and tips for younger investors. Even for those who aren’t as young, there are some incredibly rewarding stock options that provide stable and long-term investment growth preparing you for your future and retirement. Options like Corning Inc. (GLW), Alibaba (BABA), and Deere & Co. (DE), are all stocks that have strong histories of producing returns. Along with this, they offer stable markets and truly are business giants that have been around for long periods of time; they aren’t going anywhere. Although they may not earn as large of returns as some higher-risk stocks, they provide an investment portfolio with excellent stability, as well as a wide range of markets and industries, bringing extreme diversification and balance.

3D Printing: Industry of the Future

Although more high-risk than the previously mentioned options, the 3D printing industry truly is an innovative and growing market that will provide extreme rewards and growth in the years to come. Some of the best stocks in this market include 3D Systems (DDD) and Materialise (MTLS). With a combined market cap of over $2 billion, these companies provide incredible returns, as well as some stability, which is hard to find for an industry that has taken off so recently. 

3D Systems has been around for years, and it’s one of the most stable 3D printing industry stocks on the market. It doesn’t earn as much return year-to-year as some riskier start-ups; however, it’s proven track record provides some safety in a more turbulent industry. With a projected EPS growth over the next 5 years of 63.9%, 

Materialise has a projected one-year return of about 35.4%, which is a remarkable return rate. Although more high-risk than some other 3D printing stocks, the returns on this business can far outweigh the risks, especially if you have other diversified options within your portfolio. Along with these, there are many other 3D stocks that provide incredible growth and it’s an industry that will shape the future of our world.

These, of course, are only a few of the many options within these industries and niches, and it’s advisable to do your own research and evaluation as to what fits best within your portfolio and growth plan. However, these seven picks can and will provide a stable and grounded portfolio base as well as an opportunity for more drastic and meaningful returns, providing balance that is much-needed in the world of investing. If you’re looking to diversify your portfolio, but still maintain high rates of return, these seven picks may be for you.

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