Centre may consider tax cuts for products in highest GST slab

More items may be knocked off the highest GST slab in an attempt to boost demand, as per a reportin The Economic Times. The economic slowdown has most states in favour of a tax reduction. Worried about the demand slump and unemployment, they communicated these concerns to the Centre as well, it said. The Indian economy slipped to a five-year low of 6.8 percent in FY19, with January seeing the lowest numbers at 5.8 percent. The GST Council, under new Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, may meet ahead of the Budget presentation on July…

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Chiara Ferragni Partners With Lancôme for Makeup Capsule Collection

MILAN — It eventually happened. As teased during one of her Beauty Bites masterclass in February, Chiara Ferragnihas launched her first makeup capsule collection in partnership with Lancôme. The collaboration made its social debut on Ferragni’s Instagram account on Monday. The influencer and entrepreneur behind The Blonde Salad digital platform and the Chiara Ferragni Collection label posted a video teaser showing makeup palettes, mascaras and a range of lipsticks, all in shiny pink packaging bearing her signature blue eye logo. “I wanted to create a makeup collection that is 100 percent my style. This is the reason why I…

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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Jobs, education top priority for first-time voters

Priyanka Singh, another 18-year-old voter, said she didn’t know – or care – much about the past performance of political parties.(HT Photo) Excited about finally being able to cast her franchise, and in turn, be part of the process of choosing the country’s next Prime Minister, 19-year-old Meghna said she voted in favour of development and better employment opportunities in the future. Not being able to contain her enthusiasm, she said she landed up at her polling booth, a government school in Sohna, at 7am. “I wanted to be the…

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Buying a new car on loan: Should you go for used vehicle or rent one? Find out now

With loans available easily, the number of cars in India has been increasing virtually by the hundreds every day. If you are also planning to buy a car, then you should also consider the pros and cons before finally arriving at a final decision. This applies to all in general, and especially so to those who go for purchases to raise their status – yes, car buys as a status symbol are now very much a reality in India. And even if you are planning to buy a car on…

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STARD gets Ford backing for new World RX car

Manfred Stohl’s STARD World Rallycross team is developing a new Ford Fiesta ST Supercar with support from Ford Performance for 2019. The Vienna-based Austrian firm announced last month that it had retained Latvian driver Janis Baumanisfor a third season, and while it had run a Fiesta Mk7 since entering the series, is now creating a Supercar based on the newest Mk8 iteration of Ford’s hatchback. “For 2019 we took the decision to develop a completely new car, which also gave us the chance to choose a new platform,” said STARD CEO…

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Fitness for your sake, not social media

The predictions have started pouring in with regards to the trends that may rule the roost in the wellness sector this year. From swapping retinol with bakuchiol, carbs with cauliflower, and saying no to certain fitness practises just for the sake of social media posts, here are how things will seemingly get better, health-wise. Bakuchiol Retinol (vitamin A1) was one of the biggest trends last year. However, some of its side effects such as irritation, dryness and increased skin sensitivity, led to the search for safer alternatives. And towards the…

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Samsung files new patent application for 3D displays for smartphones, tablets

Samsung has filed a new patent application at the US Patent and Trademark Office for 3D displays that users may connect to their smartphones and tablets, media reported. These displays could exist as TV sets or monitors and show content varying from photographs and videos to 3D games. The illustrations included with the patent also show that users may forward the information presented on their smartphones to the 3D screens. “For example, if the user is on a call, the screen can show the person that they are currently speaking…

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Microsoft launches e-commerce portal for Telangana’s handloom weavers

In a bid to empower handloom weavers in Telangana, Microsoft India on Saturday announced the launch of a new e-commerce portal that will help the weavers optimise operations and engage better with customers. The “re-weave.in” will host signature collections created by the weaver communities, and showcase traditional designs and products created from natural dyes. “With the introduction of our new e-commerce platform, digital empowerment centres and the new design curriculum, the weavers will be able to build on the rich handloom heritage of India and also reach out to a…

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