I-T dept collects Rs 6.96 lakh cr revenue during 2014-15

The achieved collections are about Rs 9,000 crore or 14 percent short of the projected target of Rs 7,05,000 crore.

Commerce Ministry to take steps to improve ease of doing biz for SEZs

As the removal of MAT and DDT is unlikely, the Commerce Ministry has initiated the exercise to facilitate ease of doing business for special economic zones (SEZs) to revive the interest of investors.

Commerce Ministry seeks withdrawal of MAT, DDT on SEZ in Budget

The Commerce Ministry has sought a re-look at the taxation regime for the special economic zones (SEZs) in the forthcoming Budget to boost exports and investments.

Foreign firms likely to be allowed to claim deduction on DDT

Some announcement in this regard is likely to be made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget on February 28, sources said.

Vitamin B negates pesticide effects on fertility

Exposure to a common pesticide used to kill mosquitoes can increase the risk of early miscarriage in women, but those who have adequate levels of B vitamins in their bodies stay protected, new research says.

Manufacturing units in SEZs may get tax sops

Export promotion body for special economic zones has asked the Finance Ministry to roll back or reduce the minimum alternate tax (MAT) and dividend distribution tax (DDT) on SEZs.

How mosquitoes resist DDT and ITNs revealed

Researchers have found that a single genetic mutation causes resistance to DDT and pyrethroids (an insecticide class used in mosquito nets).

Scientists crack secret of mosquito resistance to insecticides

Scientists have found that a single genetic mutation causes mosquitoes to develop resistance to DDT and to insecticides used in anti-malaria nets.

Decades old DDT still being released from world’s oceans

A computer simulation by scientists has revealed that substantial quantities of the pesticide DDT are still being released from the world’s oceans.