Fewer GST slabs, once revenue neutral-plus level is reached: Jaitley

Fewer GST slabs, once revenue neutral-plus level is reached: Jaitley

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday that Goods and Services Tax (GST) slabs may be reduced in the future, if a “revenue neutral plus” tax level is reached. Jaitley made the remark at the foundation day event of the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN). He said reduction in tax slabs under the current GST regime can happen, but only after the GST regime reaches a “revenue neutral plus” level. Since July 1, GST has replaced around a dozen central and state taxes into a single…

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Almonds Provide Fewer Calories Than Thought: Study

Almonds Provide Fewer Calories Than Thought: Study

Both roasted and unroasted almonds provide fewer calories than previously estimated – and the amount of calories is largely dependent on the form of the dry fruit consumed, according to a new study. The study conducted by scientists from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that compared to the number of calories listed on nutrition labels, participants actually absorbed 25 per cent fewer calories from whole unroasted almonds and 19 per cent fewer calories from whole roasted almonds. David Baer and his team from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS)…

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Fewer U.S. Children Lack Access to Healthcare

Fewer U.S. Children Lack Access to Healthcare

As a growing number of U.S. children have gained health insurance over the past decade, fewer kids are missing out on things like physicals and dental exams, a recent study suggests. Steep declines in the number of uninsured have been well documented, largely as a result of growth in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. But the current study offers fresh evidence that kids are not only getting insured – they’re also becoming more likely to receive the care they need. “In addition to having improved insurance coverage we…

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‘Fewer mosquitoes now needed to create outbreak’

‘Fewer mosquitoes now needed to create outbreak’

‘Fewer mosquitoes now needed to create outbreak’ (Getty Images) When dengue became a major health problem in Singapore in the 1960s, the state went after dengue-carrying mosquitoes with characteristic zeal. Breeding areas were eliminated, outbreaks were mapped, and citizens were educated. By 1975, dengue had virtually vanished. But since the 1990s, dengue outbreaks have returned to the city-state. This year, cases could exceed 30,000, authorities estimate, which would be a record. Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar spoke to Ooi Eng Eong, deputy director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School…

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‘Fewer mosquitoes now needed to create outbreak’

‘Fewer mosquitoes now needed to create outbreak’

When dengue became a major health problem in Singapore in the 1960s, the state went after dengue-carrying mosquitoes with characteristic zeal. Breeding areas were eliminated, outbreaks were mapped, and citizens were educated. By 1975, dengue had virtually vanished. But since the 1990s, dengue outbreaks have returned to the city-state. This year, cases could exceed 30,000, authorities estimate, which would be a record. Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar spoke to Ooi Eng Eong, deputy director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, which has the biggest dengue research team…

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