Govt sets up GoM to review GST slabs, rates, exemptions

The finance ministry has set up a group of ministers (GoM) that will review the current slabs, including a merger, and also suggest measures to expand the base after examining goods and services that are currently under the exempted category. The seven-member panel, which will be chaired by Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai, has been asked to suggest … Read more

QUAD & AUKUS

Emergence of Australia-U.K.-U.S. grouping could overshadow Quad’s geo-strategic aspects   Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the first-ever in-person summit of the four leaders of the Quadrilateral Framework (Quad) in the Indo-Pacific on Friday in Washington, in many ways, is the highlight of his visit to the U.S., where he will also address the United Nations … Read more

Effects of pollution on Indian residents: Study

India’s air pollution problem is now not just limited to the Indo-Gangetic plains, but has increased geographically as well, with states such as Maharashtra and MP seeing people lose an additional 2.5 to 2.9 years of life expectancy due to air pollution, the annual Air Quality Life Index report from the University of Chicago on Wednesday reveals. It finds people in … Read more

50% of country’s freshwater-based coal-powered plants flout consumption, emission norms: Study

About 50% of freshwater-based coal-powered plants, mostly of state-owned companies, do not comply with 2015 water-consumption norms, even after six years. Old and inefficient cooling water-based plants in India continue to operate without installing cooling towers. 48% of India’s existing coal power fleet is located in water-scarce districts. These are findings of a recent study … Read more

Emotion Recognition Technology — a new challenge to privacy

Emotion Recognition Technology’, yes, it is a thing, in the ever-evolving technology landscape. Emotion Recognition Technology (“ERT”) is an emerging technology which seeks to recognize and categorize the myriad human emotions depicted by humans through their facial features into certainbroad categories of seemingly universal human emotions which then will be captured through cameras and then … Read more

India to set new standards in SO2 emission

Air pollution is a public health emergency. Besides suspended air particles, Sulphur dioxide (SO2) is a major pollutant contributing to deaths from air pollution worldwide. Power plants burning coal and oil along with refineries are responsible for two-thirds of anthropogenic SO2 emissions. With about 90 per cent of India’s power generated coming from coal based … Read more

Elderly population up, Tamil Nadu has second highest

Population of those above 60 years in India has been increasing steadily since 1961 and it touched 13.8 crore in 2021. It’s growing faster since 1981 due to decrease in death rate, said a study by the National Statistical Office (NSO). Between 2011 and 2021, the general population went up by 12.4% while the elderly population has … Read more

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