Sending a strong message to violators of environmental
norms, the Supreme Court ordered demolition drive against four illegal
waterfront apartment complexes here was completed on Sunday with the last
two high rises pulled down using controlled implosion method.
In perhaps the first of its kind drive in the country against
illegal residential high rises, the four concrete colossuses housing nearly 350
flats were reduced to piles of rubble in seconds one after another over the last
Explosives, weighing totally nearly 750 kgs, were used in a
controlled manner to bring down the lakeside structures in Maradu, eight months
after the apex court ordered their demolition for violation of the Coastal
Regulation Zone norms.
The Kerala government stuck to its time line of 138 days given
to the Supreme Court in September last year as the meticulously planned
operation was successfully carried out in a precise manner amid tight security
and after people in the neighbourhood were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
The government, which made it clear that it will implement the
court orders, had managed to evict the owners of the flat, who staged protests,
saying they had invested their hard earned money in buying the flats. The
Supreme Court had ordered payment of Rs 25 lakh as interim compensation.
The court had passed the order after taking note of a report of
a three-member committee, which said when the buildings were built, the area was
already notified as a CRZ and construction was prohibited.
Banks, airlines, insurance companies, armed forces and
telecom service providers are likely to be exempted from mandatory issuing
of e-invoices under goods and services tax (GST), said people aware of the
"Banks, airlines, telcos and other entities that have direct
customer interaction on a large scale may be exempted from filing their
e-invoices under GST,” said one of the persons.
Another person said the government would have to specify the
exemptions through notification in the rules. Such a move is likely to benefit
entities in the sectors that issue a number of invoices to customers directly or
have direct debit and credit facilities such as in the case of banks, said
experts. Banks and insurance companies are currently allowed consolidated
“These entities would have to undergo heavy compliance costs if
the exemption was not allowed,” said BipinSapra, partner at EY.
From April 1, companies with an aggregate revenue of Rs 100
crore or more have been mandated to issue e-invoices, as the government embarks
on digital filing of invoices under goods and services tax (GST) regime amid
efforts to curb tax evasion and fraudulent claims of GST credits while
increasing tax collection.
The World Future Energy Summit will begin today in Abu
Dhabi. 33,500 participants from 170 countries and 800 specialist exhibitors
are expected to attend the four-day annual event.
The theme for this year's summit is "Rethinking Global
Consumption, Production, and Investment." World Future Energy Summit is the
Middle East’s largest future energy and sustainability event.
Held annually at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the 2020
edition includes exhibition and forum programmes across five main pillars:
energy, solar, water, waste and smart cities, hosting an unrivalled gathering of
top-level government and business leaders.
The event is starting to set an example for best practice,
supporting the circular economy through recycling, and acting to remove
single-use plastics from the event.
Also held alongside the World Future Energy Summit are the
Climate Innovations Exchange, ‘CLIX’ for short and the Future Sustainability
The event will showcase 42 of the world’s most disruptive
innovations, selected from 1,402 global submissions from 128 countries, related
to the future of energy, food, agriculture and sustainability in space.
Wider security engagement with Eurasia including Central
Asia that enables to safegaurd interests in Afghanistan will be Delhi's
focus when its hosts SCO Secretary General and Uzbekistan Foreign Minister
As Taliban and USA inch closer to conclude peace deal and
Pakistan eyes to revive its influence in Kabul, India is stepping up its
engagement with regional players who are neighbours of Afghanistan. This
includes Uzbekistan and Tajikistan besides Iran and Russia.
Expanding security and economic footprints in Eurasia through
SCO to balance China is another key priority for the Modi government, indicated
persons familiar with the issue. India will host SCO Heads of Governments meet
for the first time later this year, ET has learnt.
SCO has an effective counter-terror mechanism named RATS and the
grouping of eight that extends from China to Russia is a key tool for Afghan
outreach. SCO Secretary General VladmirNorov will not just engage with the
External Affairs Minister but also engage with Commerce & Industry Minister
besides industry leaders.
"The history, civilization and culture of India, have been
interconnected with the SCO region for thousands of years. Our shared area needs
better connectivity in the modern era. Initiatives like International North
South Transport Corridor, Chabahar Port, Ashgabat Agreement, clearly emphasize
the focus of India on connectivity. We have also operated Air Freight Corridor
between Kabul and Kandahar and New Delhi and Mumbai since 2017," PM NarendraModi
said in his intervention at the 2019 SCO Summit.
A new hint towards finding out the early history of galaxy
formation comes up as the astronomers discover 13 new black holes in some
dwarf galaxies which are not more than a billion light-years away from our
These gnome galaxies are at least are 100 times smaller if
compared to our milky way. They are identified as the smallest star system to
host such humungous black holes. The researchers calculate that these black
holes would be as big as 400,000 times of mass as to the Sun.
The scientists started by selecting a sample of galaxies from
the NASA-Sloan Atlas, a catalogue of galaxies made with visible-light
telescopes. They chose galaxies with stars totalling less than 3 billion times
the mass of the Sun, about equal to the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small
companion of the Milky Way.
From this sample, they picked candidates that also appeared in
the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Faint Images of the Radio Sky at
Twenty centimetres (FIRST) survey, made between 1993 and 2011.
The scientists said this indicates that the galaxies likely have
merged with others earlier in their history. This is consistent with computer
simulations predicting that roughly half of the massive black holes in dwarf
galaxies will be found wandering in the outskirts of their galaxies.