India vs England: Virat Kohli & co look to wrap up series with 2nd T20I win

Fresh from a clinical eight-wicket victory over England, India will aim to clinch the series when they lock horns with the hosts in the second Twenty-20 International(T20I) of the three-match series at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday.

The Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli completely outclassed England in the first game, as Kuldeep Yadav’s fifer followed by Lokesh Rahul’s unbeaten ton guided Indian to a comfortable victory. Indian skipper Virat Kohli will be expecting another dominant show from his side to set the tone for the long England tour.

The Indian team management is likely to stick to the same playing eleven, and will not try to disturb their winning combination. In the batting department. Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who failed in the first match, would like to rectify his mistakes in the second T20I against England, while in bowling department, pacers would like to display some disciplined bowling after leaking runs in the opening 10 overs of the first T20I.

On the other hand, England will be desperate to bounce back in the threematch series and would once again rely on opener Jos Buttler, who continued his READ MORE

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Everything you must know about tax benefits of medical and life insurance

Medical emergencies too when they arise, do take a toll on us. Therefore, it is equally important that we medically insure, both ourselves and our near and dear ones. The government actively supports this by allowing you some tax breaks upon taking of such insurance covers – be it a life or a medical cover.

Here are the benefits of life and medical covers and the conditions attached for claiming them.Tax benefits of a life cover

A life insurance policy taken with any insurer public or private, approved by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), insuring life of oneself, spouse and/or children has the following tax benefits :

Deduction under Section 80C

The premium paid on the policy is eligible for a deduction under Section 80C upto a maximum of Rs 1.5 lakhs during any given financial year. Many believe that it is available only on LIC policies, which is not true. Any IRDAI-approved policy can fetch you this deduction – to both individuals as well as READ FULL ARTICLE HERE . . .

Animals have legal rights, duties of living person, rules Uttarakhand HC

The Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday declared the “entire animal kingdom including avian and aquatic” as legal entities, with a distinct persona and corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.

The Bench comprising Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Lokpal Singh observed that the Corporations, Hindu idols, holy scriptures, rivers are legal entities.

The High Court further stated that in order to protect and promote greater welfare of animals, they are required to be conferred with the status of legal entity/ legal person.

As per this status, the animals should be healthy, comfortable, well- nourished, safe, able to express innate behaviour without pain, fear and distress. They are entitled to justice.

Whenever Modi appears on TV, viewership rises substantially: Data

If you thought that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is losing his lustre among TV viewers, think again. Data culled out by Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC), which measures TV viewership, showed whenever the PM made an appearance on television, viewership shot up substantially.

The telecast of events, such as the Smart India Hackathon and PM Modi Krishi Unnati Mela, between April and May 2018 on DD News, saw a spike in viewership by 1.4 times and 2.3 times respectively, compared to the previous four weeks in the same time slot. Viewership of the regional news channels rose when the PM went to attend events there. The telecast of Parivartan Rally in Bengaluru on February 4 boosted viewership of Kannada news channels by READ MORE

Farmers plan Kashmir-to-Kanyakumari protest rally starting August 9

The Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, a coalition of about 130 farmer organisations from across the country, is planning a nation-wide yatra to highlight the plight of farmers and the failure of the Narendra Modi-led government to address the issues plaguing agriculture. According to a tentative plan, the yatra will begin on August 9 in India’s northernmost state Jammu and Kashmir and conclude in Kanyakumari, the southern tip of the country.

“The government has not taken steps to address the many issues that are causing a severe distress in the rural sector of the country. Farmers across the country have been protesting for a long time, but the government has chosen to ignore them. We are now planning a nation-wide yatra starting in Kashmir and ending in Kanyakumari to mobilise farmers to in order to agitate,” said Shiv Kumar Sharma, convenor of the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh.

According to the plan, the protests will intensify as the yatra reaches Madhya Pradesh, the state where the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh was born after last year’s protests in Mandsaur. “In MP, our organisation, the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, will take the yatra to every part of the state to highlight the failure of the state and the Centre in dealing with the various issues that are affecting farmers.

Our members will go from village to village and the yatra will last a full month in the READ MORE

Another bridge collapse exposes poor maintenance of Mumbai infrastructure

On Tuesday, a portion of an overbridge collapsed over the railway tracks in Mumbai’s western suburb Andheri, halting operations on the western section of the city’s rail line. Such incidents are slowly turning into a norm rather than a rarity for the fast-paced city.

In 2017, during a heavy downpour, the city witnessed one of its worst stampedes at the Elphinstone railway bridge, reportedly claiming more than 23 lives. Railway authorities, post an enquiry, concluded the stampede was a result of confusion caused amongst commuters due to heavy rains and a huge crowd using the bridge at that point of time.

Tuesday’s bridge collapse once again puts the spotlight on the city’s urban infrastructure and a dire need for its development. A major part of this responsibility lies with the city’s civic body, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), commonly known as Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). For 2018-19, BMC’s total budget is at Rs 272.58 billion, the richest civic body in the country.

According to BMC’s budget document, out of its total budget for 2018-19, it plans to spend Rs 17.70 billion as capital expenditure on traffic operations, roads and bridges this financial year. To be sure, the body also revised the expenditure for road development for READ MORE

Menstrual hygiene drive increases sanitary napkin use, but problems remain

The use of sanitary napkins has increased from 50.7 per cent to 54 per cent between 2014 and 2015, driven by a government scheme to promote menstrual hygiene.

But the scheme suffers from multiple problems–the quality and supply of sanitary napkins, lack of awareness and unsafe disposal techniques, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of government reports.

The scheme for promotion of menstrual hygiene among girls between 10 and 19 years of age was launched by the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) in 2011. It covers rural areas in 107 districts across 17 states. In 2014, the scheme was merged with the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) which works in the area of adolescent health.

The sanitary napkins distributed under the scheme are manufactured by rural self-help groups. Quality control measures are left to the states. The expenditure on the scheme has gone up from Rs 24.33 billion in 2014-15 to Rs 37.03 billion in 2016-17, revealed a reply to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the READ MORE