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BusinessToday.In | October 22, 2018

Air purifier makers expect sales to rise as air quality worsens in Delhi, tier II cities
Air purifier makers are again looking at a big spike in their sales like previous years since the air quality in the national capital region and adjoining areas is likely to deteriorate further in the coming weeks. The companies are again expecting Delhi-NCR to drive their sales this year, though, they are also witnessing a rise in demand from smaller and tier II cities, other than metros.

Delhi's air pollution a serious problem, our responsibility to reduce it: Rahul Gandhi
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Sunday termed the deteriorating air quality in Delhi a "serious problem" and called for collective steps to reduce the pollution levels in the national capital. He said no government can by itself, without the help of countrymen, ensure clean air to people. Delhi's air quality oscillated between "poor" and "very poor" category Sunday as authorities warned of days of severe pollution ahead.

FinMin extends deadline for filing Sept GST returns to Oct 25
The Finance Ministry Sunday extended the deadline for filing summary sales return GSTR-3B for the month of September by five days to October 25. With this extension, businesses which wish to claim Input Tax Credit (ITC) benefit for July 2017-March 2018 period can do so till October 25. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), under the Finance Ministry, said trade and industry had expressed apprehension relating to October 20 due date for claiming ITC under GST

Indians hold three-quarters of H-1B visas in 2018, says USCIS report
Nearly three out of every four H-1B visa holders as of October 5 are Indian citizens, an official US report has said. According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there were as many as 419,637 foreign nationals working in the US on H-1B visas as on October 5. Of these, 309,986 are Indians, the USCIS said in its report 'H-1B petitions by gender and country of birth fiscal year 2018'. The report also reveals a massive gender disparity as only one out of every four H-1B visa holders is female. Indians, who account for 73.9 per cent of the total H-1B visa holders in the US, are followed by a distant Chinese

Centre notifies special courts for benami transaction cases
The central government has notified Sessions courts in 34 states and Union Territories, which will act as special courts for trial of offences under the benami transaction law. The law prescribes that every trial should be conducted "as expeditiously as possible" and every endeavour should be made by the Special Court to conclude it within six months from the date of filing of the complaint.

One lakh benefited under PMJAY in one month of its launch: Nadda
Nearly a month after the roll out of the Centre's PMJAY health insurance scheme, one lakh people have availed the benefits of the ambitious programme, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said Sunday. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (previously Ayushman Bharat), touted as the world's largest health insurance programme, was launched pan-India by the prime minister from Jharkhand on September 23.

China to launch its own 'moon' in the sky to save energy, light up streets
China is planning to put a 'moon' of its own in the night sky. This artificial moon will replace conventional street lamps and help save a pretty penny in electricity expenses, the Chinese state media reported. According to a report by China Daily, Chengdu city in southwestern Sichuan province of China is developing illumination satellites, which will shine along with the real moon but will be eight times brighter. Placed only 500km above the Earth, the light reflected from the man-made moons will be more luminous than the actual moon.
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