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Bidi smoking causes 6-lakh deaths in India every year

Bidi smoking causes 6-lakh deaths in India every year

Pune, May 6 (UNI): Despite a Bidi lobby trying for lower rates in Goods and Services Tax (GST), activists are hoping that Bidi will be taxed as other tobacco products. Of the 12-lakh deaths in India every year from tobacco, Bidi amoking alone causes 6-lakh deaths every year. It accounts for nearly 80 to 90 per cent of the total tobacco products in India. The number of Bidis sold is eight times the number of cigarettes sold. The Government should make all tobacco products prohibitively expensive in the GST era, Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, head and neck surgeon at Tate Memorial Hospital, said here today. A recent letter from 108 cancer centres led by Dr RA Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Centre, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated, “GST is a golden opportunity to correct the historical aberrations in tobacco taxation in India. In the interest of the citizens of India, especially future generations, we sincerely urge you to put all tobacco products including Bidis in the category of demerit goods.” Bidis are consumed by 9.2 per cent of the adult population and cigarettes by 5.7 per cent as per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey. It is known that Bidis account for a very high percentage of tobacco related deaths and a product leading to 6-lakh deaths cannot be taxed at lower rate. UNI SP SNU 1202

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ZEE JLF 2020 to explore science, AI, cyber future

ZEE JLF 2020 to explore science, AI, cyber future

17 Jan 2020 | 6:37 PM

New Delhi, Jan 17 (UNI) The 'greatest Literary show on Earth'- the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) will keep its characteristic commitment to the future as it explores the ideas behind how 'the internet can end poverty' and 'the digital and virtual futures of mankind' with renowned authors such as Payal Arora, Marcus du Sautoy, John Lanchester and Sanjoy K Roy.

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Penumbral lunar eclipse to take place in India tonight

Penumbral lunar eclipse to take place in India tonight

10 Jan 2020 | 10:36 AM

Kolkata, Jan 10 (UNI) A penumbral lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan) will take place
in India for more than four hours starting tonight at 22:37:44 hours and ending at
02:42:19 hours on January 11.

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Caped Trust offers awareness sessions about Cervical Cancer in January

Caped Trust offers awareness sessions about Cervical Cancer in January

09 Jan 2020 | 3:13 PM

New Delhi, Jan 9 (UNI) CAPED Trust, a Cancer Awareness, Prevention and Early Detection Trust, India - a platform working towards the cause since 2014 - has announced a series of activities during January to create mass awareness about the disease.

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People witness Rare Annular Solar Eclipse

People witness Rare Annular Solar Eclipse

26 Dec 2019 | 2:52 PM

Hyderabad, Dec 26 (UNI) A rare once in a decade celestial event of ' Annular Solar Eclipse' was witnessed by people across the country on Thursday. Though “Annularity Phase” was seen in few parts of Southern India, the rest of India was observed it as “Partial Solar Eclipse” due to their distance from central path of the Eclipse.

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Solar eclipse witnessed in Pondy

Solar eclipse witnessed in Pondy

26 Dec 2019 | 2:10 PM

Puducherry, Dec 26 (UNI) A large number of people on Thursday witnessed the partial solar eclipse here. They thronged the Puducherry beach were the Pondicherry Science Forum has made special arrangements to witness the celestial event.

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