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GST to help India lay groundwork for longer-term growth

GST to help India lay groundwork for longer-term growth

India’s biggest tax reform since independence in 1947 looks all set to make the world’s fastest-growing major economy an easier place to do business. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) could also create a single market with a population bigger than the US, Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Japan combined.

Stay the course with Rouhani

Stay the course with Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani has won re-election as Iran’s president in a landslide, meaning that it is he who will be dealing with an antagonistic US President Donald Trump. What will their relationship mean for the 2015 international agreement that has, for now, frozen Iran’s nuclear ambitions?

How not to eat an ice cream cone

How not to eat an ice cream cone

As a journalist, I know the importance of getting a scoop. As a grandfather, I know the importance of getting two scoops.

Tips on reducing sweating, body odour

Tips on reducing sweating, body odour

Sweating and body odour are facts of life for most people. Heavy perspiration and body odour can happen when you exercise, when you’re too warm, or when you’re nervous, anxious or under stress.

New hospitals most welcome

New hospitals most welcome

The news item “Workers’ hospitals in Industrial Area, Shamal and Mesaieed” (Gulf Times, May 14) reinforces the unassailable commitment of the Qatar authorities in ensuring the proper healthcare of all foreign workers in the country.

How to be an open economy

How to be an open economy

The word “openness” has two related but distinct connotations. It can mean that something is unrestricted, accessible, and possibly vulnerable; or it can mean that something, such as a person or institution, is transparent, as opposed to secretive.

Cholera takes hold in war-weary Yemen

Cholera takes hold in war-weary Yemen

Hilal al-Asri brought his wife to a hospital in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, nearly two weeks ago, expecting her cholera would be cleared up quickly and they’d be on their way.

How Real broke Barca’s La Liga domination

How Real broke Barca’s La Liga domination

Real Madrid have the undesired tag of being the all-powerful, star-studded team that frequently ends up finishing second best to the universally-loved Barcelona in La Liga. But not this time.

Has populism peaked?

Has populism peaked?

After last year, when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union and the United States elected Donald Trump as president, xenophobic nationalism was beginning to seem irresistible.

Update on seafood and mercury

Update on seafood and mercury

What’s the deal with mercury in seafood? Health experts tell us to eat more fish for the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids, which are critical for brain and eye development during pregnancy and young childhood. Yet fish can also contain mercury _ a metal in the environment that is toxic to t

Temer’s attempt to dig in risks economic woes

Temer’s attempt to dig in risks economic woes

Brazilian President Michel Temer’s refusal to resign in the face of a Supreme Court investigation raises the prospect of a drawn-out fight for survival by an unpopular leader that would stall reforms, deter investors and leave Latin America’s largest economy adrift.

World should stop dumping plastic trash into the ocean

World should stop dumping plastic trash into the ocean

Much has been written about plastic trash littering Planet Earth. But the latest report, about a remote, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where researchers found an estimated 38mn pieces of trash washed up on the beaches, highlights an ever worsening problem.

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