India reports 3.79 lakh Covid-19 cases, more than 3,600 deaths in last 24 hours

April 29, 2021

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday recorded more than 3.79 lakh new cases of Covid-19 and over 3,600 daily deaths in the last 24 hours. As per Union health ministry data, more than 1.8 crore people have fallen ill due to the coronavirus with over 2 lakh succumbing to the pandemic. India saw a record single-day rise of 3,79,257 new coronavirus infections pushing the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 1,83,76,524,…

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Covid: Coronavirus sends Modi govt from ‘vocal for local’ to relying on global aid

April 29, 2021

NEW DELHI: Less than a year after taking a sharp protectionist turn, the government of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is relying on overseas help to fight the world’s worst Covid-19 crisis. Nations including the US, the UK, France and Germany have pledged aid after a second wave of the pandemic overwhelmed India’s healthcare system. Even China, with whom New Delhi is entangled in a border standoff, has offered assistance….

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India focusing on procuring oxygen-related equipment to deal with Covid: Shringla

April 29, 2021

NEW DELHI: India is looking at getting around 550 oxygen generating plants, 4,000 oxygen concentrators and 10,000 oxygen cylinders from abroad to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Thursday. Shringla also said that India is looking at procuring 400,000 units of Remdesivir medicine from Egypt besides exploring to get it from countries like the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan. At a media media…

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Income Tax: How TDS provision applies on rent paid

April 29, 2021

With an aim to negate chance of tax evasion, the Income Tax Department incepted Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) on transaction in certain cases, which includes rental payment. As per the income tax law, TDS on rent paid can be categorised in two parts — rent paid buy a businessman and rent paid by an individual or Hindu Undivided Family (HUF). TDS on rent paid by a businessman is mentioned in Section…

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Vaccines should be free and for all

April 29, 2021

Covid-19 has unleashed a devastating second wave in India. The government has proven woefully unprepared for this crisis. We can blame hubris or incompetence or a combination thereof for India’s unfolding tragedy. However, it should now be everyone’s goal to shorten the duration of the broader crisis, which won’t remain restricted to this second wave. A humanitarian and economic catastrophe looms. With this in mind, we write to warn against…

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