19 July, 2020

  • Levy on digital services is ambiguous, say tax experts (Economy)
  • Psoriasis drug in COVID-19 therapy (Science)
  • What is plea bargaining and how does it work? (Polity)
  • Govt. opens up NDRF for individual donations (Polity)
  • Govt. mulls Australia's entry into Malabar drill (I.R)
  • Mobile app KURMA helps save turtles in India (Env)
  • Warm close-up (Science)
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    LEVY ON DIGITAL SERVICES IS AMBIGUOUS, SAY TAX EXPERTS

    A number of countries across the world such as Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, the EU, France, India etc. have imposed digital tax on the Internet-based non-resident companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook etc

    • Need for Imposition of Digital Taxes
    • Digital Tax in India- Equalization Levy
    • Expansion in the ambit of Equalization Levy through Finance Act, 2020
    • Concerns raised with respect to recent changes

     

    PSORIASIS DRUG IN COVID-19 THERAPY

    Recently, pharma major Biocon announced that it had received the approval of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to market Itolizumab for treatment of cytokine release syndrome (CRS) in moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome patients due to COVID-19.

    • Cytokine response and storm.
    • current treatment methods to block Cytokine storm
    • Current Status of Itolizumab

     

    WHAT IS PLEA BARGAINING AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

    Many members of the Tablighi Jamaat belonging to different countries have obtained release from court cases in recent days by means of plea bargaining.

    • What is plea bargaining?
    • What is its genesis in India?
    • In what circumstances is it allowed? How does it work?

     

    GOVT OPENS UP NDRF FOR INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS

    This article highlights that the Government has recently opened up NDRF for individual contributions.

    • About NDRF

     

    GOVT. MULLS AUSTRALIA’S ENTRY INTO MALABAR DRILL

    There is increasing consensus at the official level that Australia should join the naval war games. The final decision is likely before the exercise, which could take place towards the end of this year.

    • About Malabar Naval Exercises

     

    MOBILE APP KURMA HELPS SAVE TURTLES

    On May 23, World Turtle Day, a mobile-based application called KURMA, aimed at turtle conservation was launched

    • About Mobile App Kurma

     

    WARM CLOSE UP

    The Solar Orbiter, a Sun-observing mission jointly organized by the NASA and ESA, has sent down the first images of the Sun from a distance of about half the Earth-Sun distance.

    • About Solar Orbiter Mission
    • Other important solar missions- NASA’s Parker Solar Probe and ADITYA-L1
    Comments

    Ritika Gupta 4 months ago

    Great ma'am! 

    Dinesh Kumar Chelli 4 months ago

    Is HOPE a solar mission?

    Shubhangi Jain 4 months ago

    HOPE is mars mission...

    Sarim syed Turay 4 months ago

    HOPE is MARS mission of UAE not solar mission ..