Top Meghalaya hospital denies issuing advisory against non-veg food items

Shillong, November 16 (IANS) The government-owned North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) on Thursday denied issuing any advisory to stop non-vegetarian food items in the hospital.   The denial came a day after Meghalaya’s opposition Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) wrote to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister […]

Allow filmmakers, writers freedom of speech, expression: SC

Allow filmmakers, writers freedom of speech, expression: SC

New Delhi, November 16 (IANS) Filmmakers and writers should be allowed to enjoy freedom of speech and expression and curbs can’t be put on this, the Supreme Court said on Thursday, rejecting a plea against the release of a documentary on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.   The apex court said that freedom of speech […]

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe resisting army pressure to quit, sources say

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe resisting army pressure to quit, sources say

President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe attend a rally of his ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo   HARARE, November 16 (Reuters) – President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler and balking at mediation by a Catholic priest to allow the 93-year-old former guerrilla […]

Cabinet okays hike in carpet area of MIG flats for subsidy

New Delhi, November 16 (IANS) The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday cleared a proposal to increase the carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under the credit-linked subsidy scheme for the Middle Income Group (MIG) under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).   Now, the carpet area of an […]

Exporters can now file GST refund claim manually: CBEC

New Delhi, November 16 (IANS) Exporters can now manually file claims for GST refunds before tax officers owing to the specific modules not being available online, as per latest orders of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).   Services exporters who have paid Integrated GST (IGST) and those making zero rated supplies to […]

Security concerns hit mobile network along NE borders

Agartala, November 16 (IANS) The Indian government is yet to decide on improving the mobile networks along certain border areas of the northeastern states due to security reasons, a top BSNL official said on Thursday.   “The BSNL has set up BTS (Base Transceiver Stations) along the international borders with Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. But […]

Eating pistachios, peanuts may boost mental skills, memory

Eating pistachios, peanuts may boost mental skills, memory

New York, November 16 (IANS) Daily consumption of nuts such as peanuts and pistachios can strengthen brainwave frequencies associated with cognition, healing, learning, memory and other key brain functions, a study has found.   Nuts have been known to play a crucial role in protecting the heart, fighting cancer, reducing inflammation and slowing the ageing […]

Stem cell therapy may help reverse diabetes

Stem cell therapy may help reverse diabetes

New York, November 16 (IANS) Using stem cell therapy, US researchers have successfully reversed Type 1 diabetes — a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin — in a mouse model.   In the study, mice with Type 1 diabetes were infused with pre-treated blood stem cells to produce more of […]

Energy drinks may affect mental health, up blood pressure

Energy drinks may affect mental health, up blood pressure

New York, November 16 (IANS) Are you in the habit of taking energy drinks that are commonly known to provide instant mental and physical stimulation. Beware, their short-term benefits can be outweighed by increased risk of serious issues affecting mental health, blood pressure and obesity, a new study reveals.   The energy drinks — high […]

Jaitley in Singapore: Lists GST, note ban as major reforms

Jaitley in Singapore: Lists GST, note ban as major reforms

Singapore, November 16 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has urged Singaporean businesses to invest in India, highlighting the country as one of the largest FDI recipients with the government undertaking major structural reforms, including Aadhaar, GST and demonetisation.   “India has become the most favourable and attractive destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI),” Jaitley said […]