Team IMA Meeting with Attorney General of India

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Issue No. 1 – IMA is registered under Section 12AA of Income Tax Act and is carrying charitable activities. As per Notification No. 25/2012 issued by Service Tax Department, service tax is not applicable on entities which are registered under Section 12AA of Income Tax Act. But, the service tax department is still imposing service tax on such entities. Query: Whether the service tax is applicable on IMA and its branches or not?
Outcome: IMA to write a letter to the Ministry of Finance thereby requesting the Ministry to issue a circular for clarifying that the entities which are registered under Section 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961 and which are charitable are exempted from service tax on all modes of income.
Issue No. 2: The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in the matter titled as “Indian Medical Association versus Union of India, W.P(C) No. 2721/2014 has issued certain directions w.r.t. the implementation of PC&PNDT Act vide order dated 17.02.2016. Query: Till date no direction of said order has been complied by the Govt. of India.
Outcome: IMA to write a representation to the Secretary of Ministry of Health thereby requesting them to implement the directions as given by Hon’ble High Court of Delhi vide order dated 17.02.2016. 3. Issue No.3: Ministry of Health had issued a notification in the month of October, 2014 thereby formulating new set of Rules with 85% pictorial health warning on both sides of the pack. However, the Parliamentary Committee in its report had recommended for delaying the implementation of the said notification.

Type 2 diabetes is reversible

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Type 2 diabetes is potentially reversible using 8-week, very low-calorie diet followed by careful weight management. According to an online report published March 21, 2016 in the journal Diabetes Care by Dr Sarah Steven of Newcastle University, UK, at the time of diagnosis, everyone should be told that type 2 diabetes is potentially reversible by way of substantial weight loss.
In the study, 30 overweight diabetics reduced their weight following an 8-week mostly liquid diet of 600 to 700 calories a day and 40% of them achieved an average fasting plasma glucose level of less than 126 mg/dL.
This can be equated to medical bariatric surgery.
Subjects were allowed to eat non-starchy vegetables and drink at least 2 liters per day of calorie-free beverages and to maintain normal activities.

 

 

CDC Zika Updated Recommendations

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  • Women with confirmed cases of the Zika virus or who have had symptoms of the virus should wait at least eight weeks after the start of their symptoms before trying to get pregnant
  • Men with confirmed cases of the virus or who have had symptoms of the virus are now advised to wait at least six months after their symptoms begin before having unprotected sex.
  • Women and men without symptoms who have travelled to or had sex with someone who has traveled to a Zika-infected area are now advised to wait at least eight weeks after possible exposure to the virus before the woman tries to become pregnant
  • Men who have traveled to a Zika-infected area who have not had symptoms of the virus are now advised to abstain from sex or use a condom for at least eight weeks after returning from the area.
  • Men who live in a Zika-infected area should use condoms or abstain from sex as long as the Zika virus is circulating there.
  • Women and men who do not have the virus but who live in areas where the virus is being transmitted are now advised to talk with their health care providers about plans for pregnancy during the ongoing outbreak.
  • The virus can remain in semen for as long as two months
  • The guidelines apply to sexual intercourse, as well as oral and anal sex.

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