GST Council Forms 18 Sectoral Groups for GST Roll-out

As decided in the 14th Meeting of the GST Council held on 18th-19th May, 2017 in Srinagar, 18 Sectoral Groups have been constituted representing various sectors of the economy in order to ensure smooth roll-out of GST. These 18 Sectoral Groups representing various sectors of the economy and containing Senior Officers of the Centre and the States are being set-up ...

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GST Council to Meet on Sunday to Finalise GST Roll Out

The Union Minister for Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs, Mr Arun Jaitley will chair the 16th Meeting of the GST Council scheduled to be held on Sunday, 11th June, 2017 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. The one day Meeting will also be attended among others by the Finance Ministers of different States and UTs (having elected assembly) being the ...

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Govt to Review State-Owned Banks’ Performance

The Union Minister for Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs, Mr Arun Jaitley will chair a meeting of CMDs/CEOs of the Public Sector Banks to review their performance on 12th June, 2017 in New Delhi. This will be the First Meeting in the Current Financial Year 2017-18 which will discuss issues and solutions relating to Non Performing Assets (NPAs) of the Public ...

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Aadhar, PAN Must from July 1, 2017 with One Rider

The Supreme Court in its judgement has upheld Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act,1961 as constitutionally valid which required quoting of the Aadhaar number in applying for PAN as well as for filing of income tax returns. The Court also held that the “Parliament was fully competent to enact Section 139AA of the Act and its authority to make ...

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African Fossils Push Origin of Modern Man Back by 100000 Years

African fossil find pushes origin of man back by 100000 years

A team of archaeologists found fossil bones of Homo sapiens along with stone tools and animal bones at Jebel Irhoud, Morocco dated back to about 300,000 years ago and the oldest ever securely dated fossil evidence of humans, almost 100,000 years earlier than the previous oldest Homo sapiens fossils ever found. The fossil find by an international research team led ...

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NASA’s ‘Out-Of-The-World’ Mars Rover Concept Kicks Off

NASA has unveiled next Mars Rover described as “Out of the World” research station destined for the red planet in 2020 in search of aliens or microbial life beneath the water sources found already with its unique capability to collect core samples and possibly return them Earth in the future. The rover will conduct geological assessments of its landing site ...

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Prannoy Roy Vs CBI Raids: Issue Turns Uglier?

With Arun Shourie and other journalists supporting Prannoy Roy over the CBI raids on an ICICI Bank default case involving Rs.48 crore, the stark question is whether it was an isolated incident of financial impropriety or muzzling press freedom by the authorities. Ironic but the answer is positive for both. The bank loan issue relates to an old 2008 case ...

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Now COMEDK 2017 Online Counselling From Monday, June 12 Onwards

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The Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) has postponed counselling registration and schedule to June 12, 2017 from June 9,2017 citing the dealy in the announcement of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 results by CBSE. The counselling for OCMEDK UDET 2017 will now start on June 12 with the registration for the first round ...

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I Never Touched Black Money: NDTV’s Prannoy Roy

Beseiged with CBI raids at his home in Delhi and Dehradun, NDTV founder Prannoy Roy on Friday castigated the case as “ridiculous and a concocted set of facts” and asserted that he and his wife “never touched black money and never bribed even a single person.” Speaking at the Press Club of India on Friday, Prannoy Roy vowed to fight ...

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Cash for weight loss?

one fifth of India will be obese by 2025, says study.

A new study, published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, has shown that selling rewards programs to participants entering a weight loss program is a low cost strategy to increase both the magnitude and duration of weight loss. A team from the Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) led the research, which has implications for insurance ...

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New Software Tool Helps Doctors Diagnose Genetic Diseases

This is a user-friendly open-source web tool for analyzing WES and WGS in the diagnosis of patients with Mendelian disorders. CREDIT: Cardenas et al.

An open-source software tool called Mendel,MD could help doctors analyze patients’ genetic data in order to diagnose diseases caused by mutations. Developed by Raony Cardenas and colleagues at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, the tool is presented in a new study in PLOS Computational Biology. Diseases caused by genetic mutations can be challenging to diagnose. Sequencing of a patient’s ...

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Einstein Relativity Tehory Comes Handy to Find Dwarf Star’s Mass

Looks can be deceiving. In this Hubble Space Telescope image, the white dwarf star Stein 2051B and the smaller star below it appear to be close neighbors. The stars, however, reside far away from each other. Stein 2051B is 17 light-years from Earth; the other star is about 5,000 light-years away. Stein 2051B is named for its discoverer, Dutch Roman Catholic priest and astronomer Johan Stein.CREDIT: NASA, ESA, and K. Sahu (STScI)

  Astronomers have used the sharp vision of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to repeat a century-old test of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The Hubble team measured the mass of a white dwarf, the burned-out remnant of a normal star, by seeing how much it deflects the light from a background star. This observation represents the first time Hubble has ...

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South Koreans Find Remote Detection of Radioactive Materials

Professor Eunmi Choi's research team is posing for a group photo in their lab at UNIST. From left are WonJin Choi, Ashwini Sawant, Mun Seok Choe, Dongsung Kim, and Ingeun Lee. CREDIT UNIST

A South Korean study, affiliated with UNIST has introduced a method for the remote detection of hazardous radioactive substances. With the help of this newly-developed detection device, the detection of various types of radioactive materials in far flung North Korean geographies will be possible now. In their study, published in the May issue of the prestigious journal, Nature Communications, Professor ...

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LIGO Finds 3rd Gravitation Waves from Black Holes

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) has made a third detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time, demonstrating that a new window in astronomy has been firmly opened. As was the case with the first two detections, the waves were generated when two black holes collided to form a larger black hole. The newfound black hole formed by ...

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Japan Parliament Allows Emperor to Abdicate Throne For Son

Japan’s Upper House passed the special bill on Friday, paving the way for Emperor Akihito to step down and pass the throne to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, a week after the bill was passed by the lower house. Once regarded divine power, the oldest monarchy of Japan will undergo another major change with the passage of the Special ...

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