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This farcical tax system is cheating us out of billions | Polly Toynbee 29.7.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
The whims of past chancellors have set up bizarre anomalies. Its time to scrap tax reliefs and chase down avoiders This week tax collectors go on a rolling three-day strike over the loss of another 5,000 staff. The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) says there is a backlog of letters unanswered and the public are tearing their hair out trying to get through on the phone, with the 281 frontline offices offering help and advice now closed. These cuts look mind-blowingly self-defeating, as ARC, the union for HM Revenue and Customs managers , says investing £312m in staff raises £8bn in tax. PCS says 90% of tax is effectively voluntary, with so few staff to check suspect cases. The National Audit Office reports that HMRC has in one year doubled the amount of tax debt written off, partly due to its own errors. Perverse incentives encourage HMRC staff to write off cases just to get through the ...
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Theresa May what lies beyond the public image? 27.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
She's widely tipped as the next leader of the Tory party, yet little is known about the home secretary. Here, friends and colleagues tell the truth about the inscrutable MP There are the shoes, of course. Despite the fact that Theresa May is among the most senior politicians in Britain and is now the longest-serving home secretary for more than 50 years, it is the shoes that come most immediately to some people's minds when you mention her name. So let's get them out of the way The leopard-print kitten heels she wore as party chairman while delivering a blistering 2002 speech in which she warned that the Conservatives were viewed as "the nasty party". The patent over-the-knee boots she sported as home secretary to greet the president of the Republic of Korea on her 2013 state visit. The Russell & Bromley brogues with discreetly jewel-studded heels she wore on stage at last year's party conference. The red wedges. The zebra-print heels. The snakeskin court shoes. The list goes ...
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Ukraine must provoke Nato shake-up 23.7.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Military alliance cohesion as fragile as that of EU
Nato summit in Wales faces serious challenges Continue reading...
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NRI scientists express willingness to work in India: Government 23.7.2014 TOI: India
Several NRI scientists working abroad have expressed willingness to work in India as their confidence in the work environment in the country has increased, the Lok Sabha was informed on ...
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Patent application reveals Apples iTime smartwatch 22.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Appls' new smartwatch design could be a detachable device that plugs into an electronic wristband, details patent designs reveal

Apples new patent for a wrist-worn electronic device resembles an iPod nano strapped to the wrist, detailed illustrations reveal.

The patent documents an iTime wearable device that has small touchscreen device and can be docked into a wrist strap turning it into a smartwatch, connecting to an iPhone, iPad or computer to access information and receive alerts.

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How India can reap the benefits of nanotech 22.7.2014 Rediff: Business
Nanotechnology has remarkable applications in a variety of spheres, including agriculture, animal husbandry and natural resources management.
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Amazon at 20: billions, bestsellers and legal battles 22.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
It's 20 years since an ambitious entrepreneur named Jeff Bezos registered the company that would become Amazon. How did it get so big so fast?

American entrepreneur Jeff Bezos first registers his fledgling company under the name Cadabra Inc in July 1994. But troubles with the name (not least that people mishear it as "Cadaver") prompt a change. Bezos, a Star Trek fan, also considers calling the company MakeItSo.com, after Captain Picard's catchphrase in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and holds a party for the show's final episode in May 1994. On 1 November, however, he registers Amazon because it begins with A, sounds exotic and, he mistakenly believes, is the longest river in the world (the Nile is actually more than 400km longer).

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iPhone 6 screen could be sapphire-glass blend, says expert 21.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Bigger iPhone screen could be made more scratch resistant by blending glass with sapphire, patents indicate Apple has patents for a sapphire-glass blend screen that could explain why sandpaper can scratch a supposed leaked iPhone 6 screen, the Guardian has established. A new video that apparently shows a 4.7in sapphire screen from an iPhone 6 being scratched by sandpaper could certainly be a legitimate blend of sapphire and glass, according to Prof Neil Alford of the department of materials at Imperial College London , who was consulted by Apple about sapphire screens 18 months ago ...
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Cure for Hepatitis C in HIV patients on the cards 20.7.2014 ET: Healthcare
Approximately one-third of HIV patients in the US have hepatitis C, with an estimated 7 million co-infected patients worldwide.
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Posco rides Mesco pillion 18.7.2014 Telegraph: Front Page
Bhubaneswar, July 17: South Korean steel major Posco has signed an MoU with Mesco Steel to set up another unit at the latter's existing facility in Kalinga Nagar.
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Cipla, Aurobindo, Emcure to supply HIV drugs for UN-backed programme 17.7.2014 ET: Pharma
Aurobindo Pharma Chief Executive Officer said the new licence would help ensure the timely introduction of generic ATV in developing countries.
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Airbus's folding saddle seat could be the cattle-class future for cheap flights 17.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
As Airbus files a patent for a new space-saving design to jam many more economy class passengers in, Oliver Wainwright asks whether air travel can get any more bleak If you thought low-cost air travel couldn't get any more bleak, then Airbus has a treat in store for you. The aeroplane manufacturer has now filed a patent for the what looks like a human battery-farm, but is in fact the future of budget flights: racks upon racks of folding saddle-seats for even more passengers to be jammed onto aeroplanes, packed in knee-to-rump. While some airlines have already removed their folding tray tables and squeezed leg-room down to brutal knee-capping levels, Airbus have gone one step further, doing away with the idea of proper seating altogether. In their ultra-economy vision, seating aisles will instead take the form of long horizontal poles, from which bicycle-like saddles and small back and arm rests will pivot out, on to which humans will be placed, skewered together like table-football ...
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From Prince's keytar to Bing Crosby's sash window: celebrity patents in pictures 15.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Steve McQueen and Abraham Lincoln: you will know them as singers, actors and politicians but their talents don't end there. We delve into the patent archives to discover the inventions of famous people, past and present Continue reading...
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Major diabetes, cardiac drugs to become up to 35 per cent cheaper 14.7.2014 ET: Pharma
Prices of widely-used expensive anti-diabetic and cardiac medicines will reduce by as much as 35 per cent over the next few weeks.
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Major diabetes, cardiac drugs to become up to 35% cheaper 14.7.2014 TOI: India
Prices of expensive anti-diabetic and cardiac medicines will reduce by as much as 35% in the next few weeks, with the drug pricing regulator deciding to bring them under price ...
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What would you bid on eBay for a dress made of loom bands? 13.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
These brightly coloured rubber bands are the latest playground craze. But now a dress fashioned from them is selling for more than £169,000 If you have money to burn and take a keen interest in passing fads, eBay user helenwright72 has just the thing for you. Her size 4-6 handmade multicoloured dress, as modelled by her daughter, is a one-off, and by Friday afternoon had achieved a top bid of more than £169,000 . It is also made entirely of loom bands. For those not familiar with the latest craze to hit primary schools worldwide, loom bands are wristbands made of interwoven rubber bands. Launched in 2011 by Michigan-based engineer Cheong Choon Ng, the original Rainbow Loom patent came about after Ng saw his daughters twisting hairbands into bracelets. Trying to join in, Ng found his fingers were too big twist the bands, and thus, after experimenting with dental floss and push pins, the idea for the Rainbow Loom was born. Online tutorials on how to use the small plastic loom to weave your own bracelet ...
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Merck seeks to settle patent row with Glenmark 12.7.2014 TOI: Intl Business
In the long-winding patent battle on a widely-prescribed diabetes drug, Januvia (sitagliptin), multinational company Merck (MSD) has sought a settlement to end the dispute with generic company, Glenmark on the blockbuster drug.
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European Commission slaps fine on Lupin, Unichem; stocks crack 10.7.2014 ET: Global Markets
French drug maker Servier through a series of deals made sure that cheaper generic versions of the drug weren't available to patients.
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Soon, diagnosis of fungal diseases will be accurate 10.7.2014 DNA: Mumbai
Pune: Soon, the correct and accurate diagnosis of fungal diseases will not be a distant dream as a professor of botany from Fergusson College has received a patent for inventing 'culture medium' for cultivation of pathological fungi which can isolate fungi from bacteria without antibiotics and contamination.The patent has been registered in the name of Professor SL Laware, his student Shrikant Harane and Deccan Education Society, of which Fergusson College belongs to.While speaking to dna, Laware said that currently, pathologists and lab technicians are finding it difficult while diagnosing fungal diseases as the the fungi and bacteria in the blood cell samples generally grow and even it contaminates the microbial cultures. "These contaminants generally come from the environment and are always difficult to eradicate completely. Bacteria are the most common group of contaminants, which hamper the process of isolation of fungi, purification of fungi and sub-culturing of pure colonies of industrially and ...
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Lupin, Unichem Laboratories among global companies fined by European Commission 10.7.2014 ET: Pharma
As per the European Commission Anti-trust ruling, Lupin has been fined 40 million euros, while Unichem Laboratories 13.96 million euros.
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