JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarhwww.marriott.comJW Marriott was under fire last week after Bollywood actor Rahul Bose was sent a bill of Rs 442 for two bananas. The actor had taken to Twitter to share his dismay for the exorbitant amount he was asked to pay for what the hotel termed as a fruit platter.The five-star restaurant was also under the radar of Chandigarh’s Deputy Commissioner and Excise and Taxation Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar. A probe was ordered and JW Marriott was fined Rs 25,000. Another reason the hotel received a lot of criticism was for charging GST for fresh fruits and vegetables, which according to experts, are not under a tax slab.The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has now clarified that charging 18 percent GST on the fruits was a legal requirement for the hotel. A statement read that the hotel did the right thing by charging 18 percent GST and the customer is legally required to pay the billed amount.”We need to understand that the hotel is not engaged in the sale and purchase of fruits and vegetables but it provides service of accommodation as well as restaurant service which include the supply of food and beverages to its guests. Unlike a retail store where bananas can be purchased at market price, a hotel offers service, quality, plate, cutlery, accompaniment, sanitized fruit, ambience and luxury and not the commodity alone. Coffee available at Rs 10 at a roadside stall could be served at Rs 250 in a luxury hotel,” FHRAI Vice-President Gurbaxish Singh Kohli said.FHRAI also went on to say that the hotel, as an establishment, does not sell fruits and vegetables but they provide a service and the GST is applicable whether it is a ‘fruit platter or a whole fruit.”So, while bananas, or other unpacked fruits, are outside purview of GST at a retail store, when served in a restaurant or hotel, whether as a fruit platter or a whole fruit, as per existing GST laws a levy of 18 percent is applicable. This is what the laws demand of us, and we don’t have a say in the matter,” said Pradeep Shetty, FHRAI Jt. Honorary Secretary.DVS Somaraju, the Treasurer of FHRAI, said that the immediate need for concern is sensitizing the staff regarding matters like these and teaching them how to behave in such a situation arises.”We do not wish for guests to experience a situation like this and are deliberating on possible measures that hotels could take. We will advise our members to sensitize the staff on the subject and will advise precautionary measures to avoid such happenings in the future,” Somaraju said.
Kolkata: Pallab Kanti Ghosh, a member of the Special Investigation Team formed by the West Bengal government to probe the 2013 Saradha money laundering scam, appeared before the CBI Wednesday. Ghosh, a retired IPS officer, arrived at the CBI office at Salt Lake for interrogation. The central agency wrote a letter to the West Bengal director general of police on August 18 for a meeting with the SIT members between August 21 and 25. “We want to proceed with (investigation into) the Saradha scam for which the CBI sought a meeting with the members of the SIT,” an agency spokesperson said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life He said the purpose of the meeting is to plug gaps hampering the investigation. The West Bengal government had formed the SIT in 2013 with officers drawn from the state’s CID and Kolkata Police. The Supreme Court ordered a probe into the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam and transferred the case to CBI in 2014. Thousands of investors were left in the lurch by the scam and it led to the arrest of many leaders and ministers of the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress. All of them are now out on bail. Saradha group founder Sudipta Sen and his associate Debjani Mukherjee, arrested in 2013 from Kashmir, are in custody.
“I tried so hard..and got so far…but in the end…it doesn’t even matter…I had to fall…to lose it all…but in the end..it doesn’t even matter” – lyrics of the song ‘In the end’ by “Linkin Park” became the fate of the lead singer – Chester Bennington.Devastated on losing his best friend Chris Cornell a few months back, Chester himself committed suicide on July 20, 2017. The world witnessed how Chester, commented on his friend’s death in May (2 months before he hung himself), that he cannot imagine a world without Cornell. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe link of his death with Cornell’s death can be joined with the fact that the singer was very emotional when the band performed ‘One more light’ in his late friend’s honour on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Mike Shinoda once told, “He could not finish singing the song and started getting choked up during both the rehearsal and at the live performance setting.” Many hearts were broken and the music industry was shattered by this unexpected loss. But as it is said that “life goes on”, the band revived with ‘Looking for an answer’ after the lead singer’s death. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMusic has never known any boundaries. Art always finds its way to those who value it. On his death anniversary, we have some heart-touching thoughts by Indian fans of Linkin Park: Satyam Singhal, a software engineer and a disheartened fan of the band who grew up listening to the band, says, “It feels like a void in my life. A void which can never be filled. I mean, I’ve got the majority of Linkin Park’s music memorized but knowing that the voice, the mind behind it is no more. It’s painful.” On the other hand, talking about how the band and the lead singer helped in shaping an interest in English music, Manan Chopra, content writer tells, “I miss his mind. If you dive into their music, you’ll realize the lyrics Chester wrote have got such immense depth, be it crawling or breaking the habit or majority’s first English song ‘Numb’ … It is as pure as art should be.” Fans described their star who is shining in the sky from past one year as “a troubled soul”– they say that’s the perfect word for a person who had a family, friends in the form of bandmates and millions of fans – yet committed suicide on his best friend’s birthday. Revealing his favourite songs and how the band has changed since Chester’s death, a 21-year-old student, Kartik Arora says, “It is difficult to choose one song among so many which the band has offered us. I really like ‘Iridescent’, ‘Somewhere I Belong,’ ‘Shadow of the day’…to name a few. Chester was the first English music artist I ever listened to.. so, listening since 2009 makes me miss him..” Pallavi Sethi, coming from a corporate background was only familiar with Linkin Park among all the existing bands and she believes that after the singer’s death, music has changed quite a lot. Giving an example, she highlights how Mike Shinoda came up with his album ‘Post Traumatic’, that talks about how things like depression and losing people hurt and affect their close ones. Some fans are still in the trauma of losing Chester – an introduction to the world of ‘rock’. Sharing his childhood memories associated with the band and their songs, Anoop Kumar, Assistant manager-product operations, Shiksha, reveals that Chester/Linkin Park introduced him to the world of rock music. Till then, he didn’t really know how rock or metal can also be used to express the basic things in life and not just the rebellious parts. “Chester/LP actually gave words to most of the things that I or most of us go through at the advent of puberty. These lyrics gave words to our feelings. Chester’s sudden demise actually felt like a big loss from my childhood memories. Maybe like a huge chunk of memories being ripped off before I was even ready,” he adds.
MONTREAL — Transat moved up 42 positions, from 162nd to 120th, in the 2017 Forbes’ list of Canada’s Best Employers.Transat joins WestJet, Air Canada and Sunwing on this year’s edition of the Forbes list.The top 10 included Queen’s University, Toronto Hydro, Costco Wholesale and Google.Other travel companies making the list were Caesars Windsor (#46), Marriott Hotels (#95), Starwood Hotels (#108), Hilton (#154), Intercontinental Hotels Group (#209), Flight Centre Canada (#235) and Delta Hotels & Resorts (#266).Forbes surveyed more than 8,000 employees at companies with more than 500 staff for the 2017 list. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group Share Tags: Transat Big jump for Transat on Forbes’ 2017 Best Employers list