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Revenue Secretary Clarifies on GST’s Seven ‘Myths’

The President, Mr Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi at the ceremony to launch the Goods & Service Tax (GST), in Central Hall of Parliament, in New Delhi, in the midnight of June 30- July 01, 2017.(PIB)

Revenue Secretary, Government of India, Dr. Hasmukh Adhia clarified on seven misconceptions about newly implemented law relating to Goods and Services Tax (GST) through a series of tweets from his twitter handle @adhia03 on Sunday. These myths relating to GST and Reality of each one is given below. Myth 1: Do I need to generate all invoices on computer/ internet ...

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Modi Releases Photo Book on President Pranab Mukherjee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi releasing the photo book titled “President Pranab Mukherjee - A Statesman” and presenting first copy to the President, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on July 02, 2017.(PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday released a photo book titled “President Pranab Mukherjee – A Statesman”, at an event in Rashtrapati Bhawan and presented the first copy of the book to the President. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that in his view, we can be more history conscious as a society, and preserve aspects of our ...

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Birth Control Pills Increase Risk of Breast Cancer: New Study

Birth control pills (www.soc.ucsb.edu)

Contraceptive pills have become popular now but the impact will lead to higher risk of breast cancer later in life, warn scientists. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that some commonly prescribed birth control pills can quadruple the levels of synthetic estrogen and progesterone hormones, which increase the risk of breast cancers. The treatment of breast cancer is mainly ...

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Textbook Shows Mosque as Source of Noise Pollution Alongwith Car, Plane

In a glaring oversight, an ICSE Class 6 science textbook shows a “mosque” as a source of noise pollution depicting a man below closing his ears to the sound from loudspeakers from mosques. Other noise-producing symbols like train, car and plane were seen in the picture but the osque has triggered uproar. While the textbook is not published directly or ...

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Flax Seeds Help Women Most: Study

Flaxseed is the new sought-after supplement in faily diet owing to its component lignans which help women to get regular menstrual cycle and also reduce the risk of breast cancer, show recent research findings. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, flax seed contains lignans, also called phytoestrogens, bearing a chemical structure similar to estrogen but unlike estrogen that ...

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NASA’s Juno to Fly Directly Over Jupiter’s Mysterious Red Spot Now

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is all set for another manoeuvre on July 10, flying directly over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, the gas giant’s iconic, 10,000-mile-wide (16,000-kilometer-wide) storm. This meanoeuvre will be humanity’s first close-up view of the gigantic storm being monitored since 1830 and possibly existing for more than 350 years on Jupiter, making it mysterious and puzzling. “Jupiter’s mysterious Great ...

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NASA Data Detects Huge Drop in Global Fires, Good or Bad?

NASA satellites have detected from space that the number of fires across tropical forests in South America, the Eurasian Steppe, and the savannas of Africa are increasingly declining due to settled lifestyle than previous nomadic lifestyle in the regions. The transition is leading intensified agriculture and steep drop in the use of fire leading to decline of forest fires, said ...

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GST Highest in World, Arbitrary and Bizarre, Says Cong Leader Surjewala

The President, Mr Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi at the ceremony to launch the Goods & Service Tax (GST), in Central Hall of Parliament, in New Delhi, in the midnight of June 30- July 01, 2017.(PIB)

Unlike what Congress proposed as a simple three-tier GST capping at 18%, the BJP-led NDA government has made it 4-slab and added 28% slab imposing one of the worst taxation system in the world, said Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala. Besides the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the cess included, some products will be as costlier as 43% more than ...

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Platform Unveiled at Shanghai MWC 2017

Soon future mobiles will sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Mobile platform with a 14nm FinFET process for finger print scanningthat can penetrate glass and even metal, said the tech firm in a statement made at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017. Qualcomm Technologies said its Snapdragon 400 Mobile Platform tier designed for mid-range smartphones and tablets, delivers significant improvements in battery life, ...

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Google Changed Look of its Google News Page An Hour Ago!

New Google News Page for India edition

For those who had just visited Google News an hour ago would be surprised to see a new look of Google News page now, 11:20 pm on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Beginning today, Google will have a new sleek look of its News Page, departing from the old Google News page that was changed slightly six years ago. Here’s the ...

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COMEDK Declares Cutoff Ranks for First Round Engineering Admissions 2017

The COMEDK’s online counselling that started on June 12 for registration has completed the First Round of admission counselling with the cutoffs declared for each of the colleges for engineering seats and the last date for admission will be June 29, 2017. Students are advised to check the First Round cutoff declared on the website and here is the cutoff ...

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Wildlife Report Calls for Better Human-Wildlife Management to End Conflicts

Crop damage caused by wildlife (Photo: Krithi Karanth)

Stressing the need to strengthen human-wildlife conflict management across India in view of up to 32 wildlife species damaging life and property in this nation of 1.2 billion people, a recent study published in the July 2017 edition of Human Dimensions of Wildlife sought a better management approach to end the conflict. The researchers have called for the identification of ...

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President Trump, PM Modi Joint Press Statement Reveals Little (Videos)

Video grab of PM Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump on Monday (White House)

The joint press statement from US President Donald Trump and the visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi elicited too little despite high expectations, especially on deep difference both nations have on several issues. Trump in his typical speech pointed out that during his campaign, he had pledged that if elected, India would have a true friend in the White House. ...

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Rajamouli to do Movie with Mahesh Babu Soon, Not Next One

Bahubali director SS Rajamouli has revealed in a TV show that he would be making a film with the most-sought-after Telugu actor Mahesh Babu but has given enough indication that it won’t be his next film but later. Rajamouli has made films with almost all the top Telugu heroes from Jr NTR, Prabhas, Nani and Sunil but remained choosy about ...

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Despite India Defeat, Virat Kohli Tops Facebook, with 3.54 Crore Followers, Second Only to Modi

virat kohli popularity

Despite anger and anguish at India’s defeat in the hands of Pakistan Cricket team at ICC Champions Trophy in London last weekend, Team India Captain Virat Kohli is still most followed celebrity on Facebook, second to PM Narendra Modi. His followers on Facebook page has 35,444,199 followers, next to PM Narendra Modi’s 41,793,333 followers, reveal the latest figures, suggesting that ...

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President Greets on Idu’l Fitr as Prayers, Celebrations Mark Ramzan

President Pranab Mukherjee meeting the invitees, at an Iftar party, on the occasion of id’ul Fitar, hosted by him, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on June 23, 2017.(PIB)

The President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee has greeted fellow citizens on the eve of Idu’l Fitr, known as Ramzan, which is being celebrated on Monday, June 26, 2017 in India. In his message the President said, “On the auspicious occasion of Idu’l Fitr, I extend greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens, particularly my Muslim brothers and ...

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Modi in US Meets CEOs, Reiterates ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in India

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi in a group-photograph with the US Business Leaders, at Washington DC, USA on June 25, 2017.(PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first day of his US visit on Sunday met the CEOs of top 20 American firms, including Tim Cook of Apple, Sathya Nadella of Microsoft and Sunder Pichai of Google, and interacted wih them before highlighting his government’s reforms to make India a destination for ‘Doing Business’. In a tweet, Modi said, “Interacted with ...

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