Akshay confident about success of 'Rustom'

Actor Akshay Kumar is unfazed about the box-office clash of upcoming film "Rustom" with Hrithik Roshan starrer "Mohenjo Daro" on August 12.

Vijay Rupani new Guj CM, Nitin Patel deputy

PTI- In a surprise decision, BJP state unit chief Vijay Rupani, a Amit Shah loyalist, was today chosen as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat to succeed Anandiben Patel, pipping Nitin Patel who was considered a sure pick for the top job in the poll-bound state.

Online platform soon to help resolve concerns of SEZs

An 18.5% MAT on SEZ units and developers in the FY’12 Budget led to a fall in investments.

The Commerce Ministry will shortly roll out an online platform for SEZs to help developers and units raise all their concerns on doing business, including a withdrawal or reduction of minimum alternate tax (MAT) imposed on Special Economic Zones (SEZ).

The imposition of 18.5 per cent MAT on SEZ units & developers in the FY’12 Budget was the main factor that led to a fall in investments in SEZs. Though the Commerce Ministry had on earlier occasions raised the issue, the Finance Ministry had rejected it on the ground that MAT exemption would lead to revenue loss.

Speaking at an event on SEZs organised by the industry body Assocham, A.V. Chaturvedi, Additional Secretary in the commerce department, said: “… it (MAT) appears to be unfair for SEZ units and it is not in tune with the government philosophy of stable tax regime. We have taken up the issue (again) with Finance Ministry.”

Revenue loss

He said according to the Finance Ministry, MAT has been imposed to partly recoup the loss of revenue due to profit-linked exemptions.

“They (the finance ministry) are reducing the average corporate tax rate. However, we (commerce ministry) have raised it again citing adverse export conditions and the important role played by SEZ in export growth and employment generation.”

Mr. Chaturvedi said the web-based platform will help SEZ units and developers raise such concerns with the concerned authorities so that there is a constant dialogue and transparency in the resolution of issues. The commerce ministry intends to “roll it out as soon as possible,” he said adding that, “the software is already in place, we need to adopt it for our requirement, efforts have already been made in this direction.”

The online platform would be similar to the Project Monitoring Group in the Cabinet Secretariat.

The issue of utilisation of available SEZ capacity by allowing SEZ units to carry out job works for units in Domestic Tariff Area (or DTA, area outside the SEZ) has also been taken up as currently, this was not permissible, he said.

The Commerce Ministry has raised with the Finance Ministry the proposal to allow exports from special economic zones to DTA at the concessional tariff rates as given to India's free trade agreement partner countries.

The Hindu

Why a Change of Chief Minister May Not Help the BJP in Gujarat This Time Around

In many ways, the situation facing the BJP in Gujarat today mirrors the crisis of 2001-2002. And this time around, there is no Godhra to give the party a boost.

In happier times: Narendra Modi congratulates Anandiben Patel after she was named chief minister of Gujarat while senior party leader and finance minister of Gujarat, Nitin Patel, looks on. Credit: PTI

Ahmedabad: A chilling sense of déjà vu has descended on the Bharatiya Janata Party in Gujarat with its chief minister having to step down midway for the third time because of both internal strife as well as external circumstances. Keshubhai Patel had to go twice, first in 1995 and then in 2001, exploding the myth then of the BJP being a disciplined cadre-based party. The exit of Anandiben Patel makes it the third time.

Earlier too, the party was in the doldrums and desperately needed somebody to extricate it from the morass. In October 2001, it got Narendra Modi to replace Keshubhai. But even six months after this change of guard, the statutory period within which a non-MLA must contest an election, the change to Modi hadn’t helped the BJP much.

The party lost two by-elections and in Rajkot-II,  which Modi too, the margin of victory came down to half of what it had been when Vajubhai Vala, who vacated the seat for the new chief minister, had won it in 1998. The BJP was wondering about the choice of leader since  Modi didn’t seem to have made much of a difference. The results came out on February 24, 2002 and even as the party was digesting them, the Godhra train incident happened. The rest, as they say, is history.

The situation now in 2016 is even worse than 2002, when Anandiben is being forced to quit and the party needs a saviour. The Patels, the key grassroots base of the BJP, are on the warpath, the Dalits are on the streets and the OBCs have grouped themselves under the OBC Ekta Manch. The Muslim is with the Dalit. All four traditional components of the Congress’s  KHAM electoral formula – the Kshatriya, the Harijan, the Adivasi, the Muslim – are coming together. The fifth is the rebellious Patel. What is more, there is no Godhra or the possibility of a Hindu-Muslim conflagration this time that can be used the way Modi did so effectively by the time the state went to the polls in December 2002. So, the new chief minister has to be a magician of sorts.

Elected in 1995 as the chief minister of the BJP’s first government on the back of a strong anti-incumbency against the Congress and an undercurrent of Hindutva ( this was less than three years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid)  Keshubhai Patel took charge with much fanfare.

A son of the soil who hailed from a middle class family of the Saurashtra region, the BJP couldn’t have found anyone better. But he had to go in six months, thanks to a big revolt led by veteran leader Shankersinh Vaghela, in what was considered to be a game plan engineered by Narendra Modi who had already earned the sobriquet of  ‘super chief minister’.  Keshubhai bit the dust, while Vaghela left the party less than a couple of years later. But before that, in the wake of the 1995 revolt, Modi was banished from Gujarat and sent to Delhi. A compromise government led by industries minister Suresh Mehta didn’t last even a year.

Gujarat went for another round of elections in 1998 and Keshubhai won again on a sympathy vote as he said he had been wronged. After this victory, he was a changed man and went slam-bang against the Sangh parivar outfits who were believed to have played a role in his ouster in 1995 with the aim of of bringing Narendra Modi in his place. However, internal fissures gradually went against Keshubhai and were accentuated with allegations that his son-in-law, Mayur Desai, ran the government by proxy. It is public knowledge that though Modi was away from Gujarat during all this time, he was in continuous contact with the party’s rank and file.

Alarms bells began to ring when the BJP suffered a big debacle in the 2000 local government elections and some assembly by-polls. By then, the buzz had started and would quickly snowball into the demand that Modi be brought back to take over the sinking ship. The Madhavpura Mercantile Cooperative Bank scam, the massive January 26, 2001 earthquake, and the loss to the Congress of the Sabarkantha Lok Sabha seat and Sabarmati assembly seat in the September 2001 by-elections were the final nails in Keshubhai’s coffin with the party leadership sending Modi to take charge on October 7, 2001.

Now it is Anandiben Patel’s turn to be bundled out of office. History has repeated for the party in Gujarat with striking similarities between the exit of Keshubhai and Anandiben. If Patel lost the crucial elections to local governments in December 2000, so did Anandiben in December 2015  – both signalling that the ground was slipping underneath the BJP’s feet. If there was a complete reversal of seats in 2000, the same was the case in 2015. There was a simultaneous fall in vote shares both times. If Keshubhai’s son-in-law Mayur Desai was charged with running a government by proxy, Anandiben’s daughter Anar and son Sanjay were seen as back-seat driving the administration.

If there were allegations of sabotage against Narendra Modi during both Keshubhai regimes, this time around, the circumstances have forced him to act against his one-time protege.

There is, however, one commonality between all BJP governments in Gujarat: In periods when there is no Hindu-Muslim tension, its  vote share has inevitably plateaued or fallen.

Source - The wire

States lobby for GST rate of over 20% to curb revenue loss

The GST will replace a patchwork of central and state levies on goods and services. (AFP photo)


Several states have suggested that the GST rate should be over 20% to minimise revenue lossesThe suggestion is way ahead of the 17-19% proposed by the panel headed by Arvind SubramanianThe panel headed by Subramanian had pegged the standard rate at 17-19%

NEW DELHI/ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Several states have suggested that the Goods and Services Tax rate should be over 20% to minimise revenue losses, way ahead of the 17-19% proposed by the panel headed by chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian.

While finance ministers of states had initially said there should be "significant reduction" in the rate, the standard rate could finally be as high as 20-22%, said a minister.

During discussions last week, it emerged that some states levy 27-28% tax, including VAT and other levies such as entry tax. "In this scenario, the standard rate should be 22-23%," the finance minister of a northern state said.

Kerala FM Thomas Isaac had advocated a rate of 22-24% during the meeting of the empowered committee of state FMs on July 25. Isaac had even opposed the Congress demand to cap the overall GST rate at 18%, said sources.

Although Isaac admitted that GSTwould be a burden on people, he argued that it would neutralise revenue loss for the Centre and the states.

The panel headed by Subramanian had pegged the revenue neutral rate at 15-15.5% and the standard rate at 17-19%. A standard rate "higher than 18-19% will stoke inflation", the government's chief economist said on Thursday . The states' tough stance on GST rate comes at a time when the Congress is strongly advocating an 18% ceiling, arguing that anything higher would be inflationary and impact the common man.

Already , there are fears of a higher rate pushing up the cost of services -from restaurants to mobile bills and insurance premium -which are currently taxed at 15%, including Swachh Bharat and Krishi Kalyan cesses.

"At 27% it is totally self-defeating... up to 18-19% there will be minimal impact on inflation and if it goes to 22% there will be a few basis points increase," he said.

Subramanian also warned that an increase in rate by a percentage point reduced compliance by the same margin. There is an argument that states will need higher revenue to meet their development spending. While the Centre has assured full compensation for five years for any revenue loss, a high bill will also restrict its ability to spend on health, education and other crucial schemes unless it is willing to borrow more and increase the fiscal deficit.

The states' argument is also seen as a bargaining chip for assured compensation from the Centre.
Source - Times of India

India's biggest tax reform GST looms, many companies unprepared


Much-awaited Goods and Services Tax all set to be approved by RS todayThe expected passage of the bill would transform India's $2 trillion economy & 1.3 billion consumers into a single market for the first time.

NEW DELHI: Throughout years of political gridlock, the risk that India might pass its biggest tax reform since independence appeared reassuringly remote for many

Looking forward to introduction of the GST Bill, India Inc saidGovernment has dropped 1% additional taxIt has also included provision for compensating states for revenue loss for 5 years

NEW DELHI: India Inc on Tuesday said it is looking forward to introduction of the much-awaited

Goods & Services Tax (GST)

, saying it would be a very significant step in the field of

indirect tax reforms

in India.

The government has circulated official amendments to the GST bill to

drop 1 per cent additional tax

and include a definite provision in the statute for compensating states for revenue loss for 5 years as it gears up to discuss the long-pending

bill in Rajya Sabha

on Wednesday.

The 2014 bill authorised GST Council to decide upon the modalities for resolution of disputes.

"While government has left no stone unturned to seek a consensus, the willingness and maturity of the key opposition party in terms of understanding the issues and straightening out the differences is indeed praiseworthy.

"Industry can now think of 'One India', which was truly pursued by all political parties in true letter and spirit, and hopefully the Bill will see the light of the day tomorrow," CII president

Naushad Forbes said.

"From the consumer point of view, the biggest advantage would be in terms of a reduction in the overall tax burden on goods, which is currently estimated at 25 to 30 per cent. Introduction of GST would make Indian products competitive in the domestic and international markets. Studies show that this would instantly spur economic growth," Ficci said.

"By amalgamating a large number of Central and State taxes into a single tax, it would mitigate cascading or double taxation in a major way and pave the way for a common national market," it added.

However, Leader, Indirect Tax, BMR & Associates LLP, Rajeev Dimri said: "Irrespective of the bright side of upcoming GST, small and medium enterprises must be mindful of its accompanying challenges such as increase in compliance costs and alignment of IT systems with new processes. Thus, for the SMEs, GST throws a mix bag of opportunities and challenges to explore".

Under the modified provisions of GST Constitutional Amendment Bill circulated among the members on Tuesday, GST Council will be required to establish a mechanism for adjudication of disputes, which could arise between the Centre and states or among states themselves.

With these official amendments, the government has partially met the demands of the Congress party which has been blocking the bill in Rajya Sabha. One of the three demands of the Congress was to do away with the 1 per cent additional manufacturing tax.

On the demand for a Supreme Court judge-headed panel for resolving GST disputes, the official amendments say that the GST Council will establish a mechanism for solving disputes.

With regard to the demand for putting a GST rate cap in the Constitution, the government has not mentioned anything in the official amendments. 

Source - Times Of India

भारी बारि‍श से महाराष्ट्र में तबाही, मुंबई-गोवा हाईवे पर पुल बहा, 2 बसें बहीं-22 लापता

महाराष्ट्र के महाड में बना मुंबई-गोवा हाईवे पुल भारी बरसात की वजह से अस्सी फीसदी तक टूटकर गिर गया. मुंबई से करीब 175 किलोमीटर दूर हुए इस हादसे के बाद मुंबई-गोवा हाईवे के दोनों ओर लंबा ट्रैफिक जाम लग गया.

माना जा रहा है कि सावित्री नदी में बाढ़ का पानी आ जाने से पुल को नुकसान हुआ. भारतीय तट रक्षक ने लापता वाहनों की तलाशी के लिए चेतक हेलीकॉप्टर भेजे हैं. 

हादसे में यात्रियों से भरी 2 बसें और 2 चार पहिया गाड़ियां लापता हैं. दोनों बसें बह गई हैं, दोनों में करीब 22 यात्री मौजूद थे. एनडीआरएफ की टीमें मौके पर रेस्क्यू में जुटी हुई हैं. भारी बारिश

''विराट कोहली तोड़ सकते हैं ब्रायन लारा के 400 रनों का रिकॉर्ड''

भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम के टेस्ट कप्तान विराट कोहली क्रिकेट के तीनों फ़ॉर्मेट में इन दिनों कमाल का प्रदर्शन कर रहे हैं। ऑस्ट्रेलिया के ख़िलाफ़ उन्हीं की सरज़मीं पर दो शतक लगाते हुए विराट ने अपने शानदार फ़ॉर्म का संकेत दे दिया था।

इसके बाद वर्ल्ड टी20 में कोहली को उनके प्रदर्शन की बदौलत 'प्लेयर ऑफ़ द टूर्नामेंट' से भी नवाज़ा गया और आईपीएल में एक हज़ार रन के क़रीब बनाते हुए उन्होंने अपनी टीम रॉयल चैलेंजर्स बैंगलोर को फ़ाइनल तक पहुंचाया।

आज राज्यसभा में पास हो सकता है GST बिल, पढें- क्या होगा आम जनता को फायदा

आज राज्यसभा में पास हो सकता है GST बिल, पढें- क्या होगा आम जनता को फायदा

क्या है जीएसटी बिल

इस बिल का का नाम वस्तु एवं सेवा कर विधेयक है. अभी तक हम अलग-अलग सामान पर 30 से 35 फीसद तक का कर देते हैं और हर राज्य में एक ही वस्तु की अलग कीमतें हैं. लेकिन इस बिल के मुताबिक सभी तरह के टैक्स को समेट कर एक टैक्स बना दिया जाएगा और इन सामानों पर टैक्स 17 से 18

Development activities undertaken by coffee and tea boards

The Coffee Board is implementing Integrated Coffee Development Project under which various interventions such as research & development, technology transfer, capacity building, support to mechanization of estates, coffee area development, market development, support to value addition etc. are undertaken for the overall improvement of production, productivity and quality of coffee. A sum of Rs464.30cr has been spent by the Coffee Board on various components of the Scheme during 12th Plan. The productivity of the coffee has increased from 846kg/Ha. in 2012-13 to 876 kg/Ha in 2015-16. 

Under the Tea Development and Promotion Scheme of the Tea Board, support is provided for plantation development, quality upgradation and product diversification, development of small tea growers, research and human resource development. A sum of Rs 625.55 cr has been spent by the Tea Board on various components of the Scheme during 12th Plan. The productivity oftea increased from 2017 kg/Ha. in 2012-13 to 2176 kg/Ha in 2015-16. 

Revenue Earned from Auction of Coal Blocks

The Government has auctioned 31 coal mines (17 Schedule II & 14 Schedule III) so far in three tranches under the provisions of the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 and the Rules made there under. This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines today in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha . 

The Minister further informed that out of the 17 Schedule II coal mines auctioned, which were operational before cancellation by the Supreme Court, mining operations have commenced/mine opening permission granted in 10 Schedule II coal mines. In addition, 1 Schedule III coal mine is also operational/mine opening permission granted. Rest of the Schedule II coal mines are in the process of starting mining operations after obtaining necessary statutory clearances as well as appointment of mining contractor. In many cases, the matter of appointment of Mine Developer & Operator is sub-judice. Schedule III coal mines are expected to commence mining only in the next 2-3 years as they were not operational at the time of the allocation. 

Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly calls on Dr Jitendra Singh

Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly, Shri Ranjeet Kumar Dass called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and discussed a wide range of issues including the flood situation in Assam and various developmental projects under the Ministry of DoNER.

Shri Ranjeet Kumar Dass lauded the prompt response of the Central Government which has helped in containing the devastation caused by the floods. He said, the people of the State felt reassured by the visit of the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and Union DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh to the flood affected districts of the State, as well as to the Relief Camps set up for the flood victims. He said, all the Ministers in the State Government are making all efforts to mitigate the sufferings of the people affected by these floods. 

President of India’s Message on the Eve of National Day of Macedonia

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Republic of Macedonia on the eve of their National Day (August 2, 2016). 

In a message to His Excellency Mr. Gjorge Ivanov, the President of the Republic of Macedonia, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I extend warm greetings and felicitations to Your Excellency and to the people of the Republic of Macedonia on the occasion of your National Day. 

Increase in Sugar Recovery From 10.01% in 2012-13 to 10.62% in 2015-16

A number of sugarcane varieties, higher in cane yield and sugar content have been developed and are being cultivated in the country which is evident by increase in sugar recovery from 10.01% in sugar season of 2012-13 to 10.62% in 2015-16. 

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) through Sugarcane Breeding Institute (SBI), Coimbatore, Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow and All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Sugarcane are already conducting research to improve the quality of sugarcane by increasing cane yield and sucrose content. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri S.S. Ahluwalia in Lok Sabha today.

Measures Taken by the Government for Upliftment of Women in Agriculture Sector

As per Census 2011, Sixty five percent (65%) of the total female workers in India are engaged in agriculture. Of the total cultivators (118.7 million), 30.3% are female. Out of 144.3 million agricultural labourers 42.6 % are Women. In 2001, female agricultural labourers were 21% which increased to 23% in 2011.

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare implements various programmes of farmers including women in agriculture sector. As per directives for the Women Component Plan, the State Governments have been asked to ensure flow of funds to the tune of 30% for the benefit of women farmers.

Fourth Advance Production Estimates of Major Crops During 2015-16

The 4th Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2015-16 have been released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare here today.

            The estimated production of major crops during 2015-16 is as under:

Ø  Foodgrains  –  252.22 million tonnes
·   Rice  –  104.32 million tonnes
·   Wheat – 93.50 million tonnes
·   Coarse Cereals  –  37.94 million tonnes
Ø Pulses  –  16.47 million tonnes
Ø   Oilseeds  –  25.3 million tonnes
Ø   Cotton  –  30.147 million bales (of 170 kg each)
Ø   Sugarcane – 352.163 million tonnes

Despite setback due to deficient rainfall and due to shortage of water in reservoirs. As per the 4th Advance Estimates for 2015-16 total foodgrains production in the country has been higher than that in the last year. Total foodgrains production during 2015-16, estimated at 252.22 million tonnes, has been higher by 0.20 million tonnes over the production of 252.02 million tonnes during 2014-15.   Total production of rice during 2015-16 is estimated at 104.32 million tonnes, which is lower by 1.16 million tonnes than its production of 105.48 million tonnes during 2014-15.  Production of wheat estimated at 93.50 million tonnes is higher by 6.97 million tonnes than the production of 86.53 million tonnes of wheat during 2014-15. 
            Total production of coarse cereals is estimated at 37.94 million tonnes which is lower by 4.92 million tonnes as compared to their production of 42.86 million tonnes during 2014-15. Total pulses production of 16.47 million tonnes during 2015-16 is marginally lower than the previous year’s production of 17.15 million tonnes.  With a decline of 2.207 million tonnes over the previous year’s production’s total oilseeds production in the country during 2015-16 is estimated at 25.304 million tonnes.  
             Production of sugarcane estimated at 352.16 million tones, is lower by 10.17 million tonnes than its production during 2014-15. Production of Cotton estimated at 30.147 million bales (of 170 kg each) is also lower by 4.658 million bales than its production of 34.805 million bales during 2014-15.

Collaboration with WHO on Traditional Medicines

Project Collaboration Agreement was signed with the World Health Organization (WHO) on 13th May2016. Under the agreement, India would assign to WHO activities for development of the following WHO Technical documents/ publications:-

• Benchmarks for training in Yoga

• Benchmarks for practice in Ayurveda

• Benchmarks for practice in Unani Medicine

• Benchmarks for practice in Panchkarma

As per the agreement, the estimated expenditure to be incurred amounts to US $977,040. The outgo will be in four instalments. First instalment to be paid within two months after the agreement is signed (US$ 123,170); second by the end of July 2016 (US $ 210,180); third by the end of July 2017 (US $ 151,420) and the fourth by the end of July 2018 (USD $ 202,270). The balance amount of US 290,000 would be incurred in India.The end date of the Project would be 31st December, 2020. 

Modernisation of Ayurvedic Drugs Manufacturing Process

Modernisation of Ayurvedic Drugs Manufacturing Process Drugs & Cosmetics Rules 1945 have provisions for manufacturing of Ayurvedic drugs under license in accordance with the quality standards prescribed in Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia and Good Manufacturing Practices provided in Schedule-T. Evidence of safety and effectiveness is required for obtaining license to manufacture Ayurvedic medicines and shelf-life or date of expiry of various dosage forms has been prescribed in Drugs & Cosmetics Rules, 1945. Due to emerging trade and export opportunities for Ayurvedic medicines, voluntary quality certification systems in accordance with WHO-GMP guidelines and Quality Council of India scheme of AYUSH Premium Mark have been introduced. Augmentation of pharmacopoieal standards has also been taken up for improving the quality of Ayurvedic medicines. 

A proposal to frame legislation for regulating education and profession of pharmacy of Indian Medicine and Homeopathy and set up a Central Council for this purpose is under consideration of the Government. 

PM to young IAS Officers: remain sensitive to circumstances and surroundings

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today advised young IAS officers to remain sensitive to their circumstances and surroundings, in order to be able to effectively connect with the people of India. 

Addressing IAS Officers of the 2014 batch at the Inaugural Session of Assistant Secretaries, the Prime Minister said that they had a great opportunity to enhance their skills and learning, far beyond what they had imbibed during their training so far. He urged them to use the next three months, to add value their own skill-sets, and also attempt to add value to the working of the Departments they had been attached with. He particularly mentioned the use of technology in governance, and asked the young officers to work towards technology upgradation in the working of Government. 

President of India receives copy of book ‘Grassroots Innovation’

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received a copy of book ‘Grassroots Innovation’ authored by Prof. Anil K. Gupta of IIM Ahmedabad who is also the Vice Chairman, National Innovation Foundation at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (August 2, 2016). 

Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated Prof. Anil K. Gupta and said that he was deeply appreciative of his efforts and painstaking work about the innate creativity and innovative potential of our people. He stated that Dr. Gupta’s book was about stories of extraordinary men and women who are silently contributing in the innovation movement for the economic development and advancement of society. 

Smt. Rina Mitra, IPS (MP:83) appointed as Additional Director General, BSF

The compet authority has appointed Smt. Rina Mitra, IPS (MP:83) as Additional Director General in the Border Security Force (BSF)ent from the date of taking over the charge of the post for a period upto 31.8.2019 i.e. date of her retirement on superannuation or until further orders, whichever event takes place earlier.

District Cooperative Officer held on graft charge

District Cooperative Officer held on graft charge

Govt to evacuate 10,000 Indians stranded in Saudi Arabia: Sushma Swaraj

  1. Sushma Swaraj said she is personally monitoring the crisis in Saudi Arabia.
  2. VK Singh will go to Saudi Arabia.
  3. Sushma said the government was in touch with foreign and labour offices in Saudi Arabia.
  4. Around 10,000 Indian workers in Saudi Arabia have lost their jobs.A file picture of Sushma Swaraj.

NEW DELHI: About 10,000 Indians stranded in Saudi Arabia will be evacuated and no one will go hungry as ration has been distributed to them, external affairs ministerSushma Swaraj+ said in Parliament on Monday.

Government lists GST Bill in Rajya Sabha for Wednesday

  1. The GST Bill was is listed for consideration and passage in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday
  2. The Bill entails introduction of a single indirect tax regime across the country
  3. Cnetre held a fresh round of talks on Monday with the main opposition Congress and other parties
(File photo for representative use)

How Akshay Kumar Prepared For His Role in Rustom

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar in a poster of Rustom.

  1. Akshay Kumar features in the role of a naval officer in Rustom
  2. 'I didn't interact with any naval men,' said Akshay Kumar
  3. Rustom also stars actors Ileana D'Cruz and Esha Gupta
Actor Akshay Kumar, who will be seen in the role of a naval officer in his upcoming film Rustom, said that he envies people who wear uniforms and that wearing a uniform brought about a change in his personality.

‘Breast feeding improves mental health of infants’

Spreading a message:State president of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics Dr. Neeli Ramchander inaugurating the World Breast Feeding Week celebrations in Nizamabad on Monday:- Photo: K.V. RAMANA

The State president of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics Dr. Neeli Ramchander here on Monday said that with breast feeding, babies can overcome digestive and respiratory diseases. It would also improve the mental health of the infants, he said.

Inaugurating the World Breast Feeding Week celebrations at a private hospital, he said that breast feeding must be given at least for the first six months.

How HIV disrupts immune system revealed

HIV-infected people whose immune systems made neutralising antibodies have similar immune alterations, or perturbations, as found in individuals with autoimmune disease, revealed a study.

According to the study published in Journal Science Immunology, the researchers found several key immune differences that should help in the development of a how-to manual for an effective vaccine.

The researchers studied 100 HIV-infected people whose immune systems eventually made antibodies capable of broadly neutralising the virus and half whose immune systems did not.

"This work gives us the beginning of an understanding of the immune mechanisms that control development of broadly neutralizing antibodies, which is a major goal of a successful HIV vaccine," said Barton F. Haynes, Researcher, Duke Human Vaccine Institute.

Scientists invent a way to create CO2 fuel from a solar leaf

Courtesy of University of Illinois at Chicago

It’s often smarter to borrow from nature than reinvent the wheel.

That was the approach of researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to remove carbon dioxide (CO2 ) from the atmosphere, and convert it into an efficient, inexpensive fuel.

The result: an artificial leaf that turns CO2 into fuel, "at a cost comparable to a gallon of gasoline" could render fossil fuel obsolete, according to the researchers.

The “leaf” is one of a growing number of inventions that mimic photosynthesis to remove excess carbon from the atmosphere, and convert it into new, sustainable forms of energy to power our world.

Narsingh cleared of doping charges, set for Rio Olympics

New Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI) In a sensational turnaround, Narsingh Yadav was today exonerated of doping charges by the National Anti-doping Agency (NADA), which concluded that he was a victim of sabotage, paving the way for the wrestler's participation in Rio Olympics.

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