Covid-19 treatment cost to fall as GST rates cut
The GST Council on Saturday slashed the levy on several goods used for treatment of Covid-19 – ranging from key medicines and oxygen to hand sanitizers, pulse oximeters and ambulances – while leaving the rate on vaccines unchanged at 5%.
IATA welcomes measures by Spain, France to open air travel
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed relaxation of Covid-19 border measures for vaccinated passengers and the broader use of affordable antigen testing adopted by Spain and France this week.
GST Council waives tax on black fungus drug; rates reduced for several Covid essentials: Highlights
The GST Council on Saturday waived tax rates on black fungus drug Amphotericin and reduced rates on several other Covid-related essential items like drugs, ventilators, testing kits and others. However, it has decided to continue with 5 per cent GST rate for Covid vaccines.
'Suspend new rules for governing online content'
Digital advocacy group Access Now and 13 other organisations, including Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, and Article 19 have urged the union government to suspend the implementation of its new rules for governing content and communications online, calling them “unconstitutional.”
IDBI customers to get only 20 free cheque leaves per year
IDBI Bank customers will have to pay Rs 5 per cheque leaf beyond 20 free leaves per year, under the revised charges from next month.Currently, customers can access as many as 60 cheque leaves without any charges in a year in the first year of account opening and 50 leaves in all the subsequent years. Beyond these, one has to pay Rs 5 per leaf.
Zoom not focussed on competition, has enough ideas to execute for the next five years
Technology: An exclusive interview with Velchamy Sankarlingam, Zoom’s President of Product and Engineering, dives into Zoom Events, ‘Zoom-bombing’ and security, and why the company is not worried about Apple’s FaceTime Links.
Google tweaking its search algorithms to deal with harassers
Media|Business|World|: Washington: Tech giant Google has revealed that it will be enhancing its Search experience in a bid to protect people from harassment of different kinds. As per Mashable, at I/O last month, Google revealed that it's working on a new underlying technology called Multitask Unified Model (MUM) to fetch answers to more complex search queries. Well, the company has now revealed that it will be further enhancing its Search in order to protect people from harassment of different kinds. Google, as of now, flags harassment on people manually reporting websites that post content about them without their consent and demand payment for its removal. As a part of the process, Google investigates the knowledge provided by someone tormented by this harassment and subsequently removes the page from search results while also demoting the website's overall ranking. The search giant plans to further enhance this process by not only targeting the malicious site but also reducing the ranking of comparable "low quality" predatory websites that appear in search results. This could aid in protecting people that are targeted by repeated harassment via unfavourable information posted about them online without their consent. "Over the years of building Search, our approach has remained consistent: We take examples of queries where we're not doing the best job in providing high quality results, and look for ways to make improvements to our algorithms," the company said. "In this way, we don't "fix" individual queries, since they're often a symptom of a class of problems that affect many different queries. Our ability to address issues continues to lead the industry, and we've deployed advanced technology, tools and quality signals over the last two decades, making Search work better every day," Google added. Google Search is heavily used worldwide so the fact that the search giant regularly updates the service with more features and redesigns it from time to time too isn't much of a surprise.
Fuel price rise: After petrol, diesel crosses Rs 100-mark in Sri Ganganagar
With fuel prices rising for the 23rd time since May 4, petrol and diesel rates across many states have risen to historic highs. After petrol, diesel prices crossed Rs 100-mark in a city in Rajasthan as oil marketing companies (OMCs) raised fuel prices yet gain on Saturday.