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Indian businessman and philanthropist Firoz Merchant honoured by UAE govt with the country’s prestigious Community Service Medal
An Indian businessman in the UAE, who has spent over USD 4 million to help free prisoners languishing in jails due to non-payment of debts, has been honoured with the country’s prestigious Community Service Medal.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the UAE, Lt General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, honoured Indian businessman and philanthropist Firoz Merchant with the Community Service Medal.
This is the first time any expatriate community member has been given this prestigious award.
Mastercard and PayPal have extended their partnership into Asia Pacific to enhance the consumer experience and make Mastercard a clear payment option with PayPal
The deal will expand PayPal’s presence at the point of sale and enable Masterpass for Braintree merchants in the region.
Additionally, both companies will collaborate to create opportunities to leverage Mastercard’s new payment flow technologies, providing increased value to Mastercard cardholders, financial institutions, and PayPal customers.
PayPal will also have the opportunity to give consumers and small businesses across Asia Pacific the ability to cash out funds held in their PayPal accounts to a Mastercard debit card.
The Centre has decided to observe this Independence Day as ‘Sankalp Parva’.
The government has asked the people to dedicate themselves to social causes and share their ideas to make a new India under this change.
Terming ‘Quit India Movement’ as an important milestone, the government has asked people to take a pledge to create a new India that is strong, prosperous and inclusive.
The Quit India Movement or ‘August Kranti’ began on August 9, 1942. “Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, people across India, in every village, city, transcending all barriers came together with a common mission to uproot imperialism.
GST Council, federal indirect tax body, planning to raise cess on Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and luxury cars from 15% now to up to 25%
The proposal to raise the ceiling of cess covers large motor vehicles with capacity for 10-13 persons, mid segment and large cars, sports utility vehicles, mid segment hybrid cars and other hybrid vehicles, all of which at present attract 15% cess.
However, it is not clear if cess will be raised on small petrol cars which at present attract 1% cess and and diesel cars bearing 3% cess, although they fall under the same heading in the tax manual as the other cars.
The government merged the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) with the Bureau of Police Research and Development(BPR&D)
The ministry of home affairs issued an order on Friday evening placing NCRB’s functions under the Director General of BPR&D, who will now oversee all the data collection related to Crime in India Accidental Deaths and Suicides, Prison Statistics and Fingerprints.
Sources say that BPR&D has been given charge of NCRB so that there is more research based and methodological data collection in future as data collection by NCRB as of now was that of taken from states and sometimes inaccurate.
It was felt that if the researchers of BPR&D, which conducts its own researches and commissions many to private institutes/bodies to study the crime patterns, policing and other related aspects, and statisticians of NCRB work together, there will be more accurate and research based data collection.
To eliminate measles & rubella by 2020, the Centre has rolled out the second phase of its measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in the 8 States and union territories of country
Nearly 3.4 crore children across eight states and union territories —
1. Andhra Pradesh,
3. Himachal Pradesh,
7. Dadra and Nagar Haveli and
8. Daman and Diu
will be covered in this stage.
The Union health ministry’s campaign against the two diseases intends to cover approximately 41 crore children in a phased manner, making it the largest-ever worldwide.
The first phase of the campaign was launched across five states — Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Lakshadweep and Puducherry — in February this year.
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