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German airline Lufthansa grounds 1,300 flights amid flight attendant strike

German airline Lufthansa grounds 1,300 flights amid flight attendant strike

World
Nov. 7 (UPI) -- German airline Lufthansa grounded 1,300 flights on Thursday as thousands of flight attendants launched a strike. The strike over pay, pensions and working conditions is expected to last through Friday evening and affects about 180,000 passengers, NPR reported. The flight attendants' union, UFO, agreed to preliminary talks over the weekend but was not expected to end the strike early. UFO issued a statement accusing the airline of not working with them earlier to avoid the need for a strike. "Instead of averting the strike, plans were changed on a massive scale and additional standby services were acquired for the day of the strike," the union said. Lufthansa condemned the strike in a statement before it took effect and offered affected customers the opportunity to rebook ...
The GOP tax overhaul kept this $1,300 break for seniors

The GOP tax overhaul kept this $1,300 break for seniors

Finance
Seniors can still grab this tax break under the new tax law: the additional standard deduction.The "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," which President Donald Trump signed into law on Dec. 22, doubles the standard deduction to $ 12,000 for single filers and $ 24,000 for joint filers who are married.The legislation also leaves intact the additional standard deduction for filers who are 65 and over or blind, allowing them to claim an additional $ 1,300 when they file their 2018 taxes.This means that two married taxpayers who are both over 65 can lower their taxable income by an extra $ 2,600.Single filers who are blind or over 65 are eligible for a $ 1,600 additional standard deduction, on top of the $ 12,000 they get from the new tax law.More from Personal FinanceHere are your new tax brackets under ...
SBI changes names, IFSC codes of around 1,300 branches

SBI changes names, IFSC codes of around 1,300 branches

Finance
Post the merger of its five associates, State Bank of India has changed names and IFSC codes of nearly 1,300 of its branches. The country's largest lender has changed the names and IFSC codes of branches located in major cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Lucknow, among others. "Some of our old associate branches are getting merged with SBI branches. When that merger happens, the IFSC codes get changed," the bank's managing director (retail and digital banking), Praveen Gupta, said. He said customers have been informed about the change in IFSC codes, but internally also the bank has mapped them to the new codes. "Even if some payment comes based on the old IFSC codes, it will get mapped with the new codes. It will not cause any problem ...