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VAT exemption for LED bulbs in Uttar Pradesh
The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to exempt LED bulbs from value added tax (VAT), an official said on Tuesday.
 
Pointing out that use of LED bulbs was a good way to minimise power demand and consumption, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has instructed concerned departments to roll out the exemption soon, the official told IANS.
 
"Very soon LED bulbs will be out of the VAT net," a state government spokesman said.
 
The state government has been distributing LED bulbs free of cost, through special camps, to people of the state.
 
Aiming to reduce pressure on conventional power sources, Uttar Pradesh has been promoting the use of LED bulbs and solar energy.
 
Uttar Pradesh faces acute power supply shortage every summer, and the state purchases power from power surplus states, taxing the limited financial resources of the state.
 
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Earth's tilt affects climate change
In a first, researchers have discovered a connection between the Earth's tilt, called obliquity, that shifts every 41,000 years, and the movement of a low pressure band of clouds that is the Earth's largest source of heat and moisture - the Intertropical Convergence Zone, or ITCZ.
 
This finding showed that the Earth's tilt plays a much larger part in ITCZ migration than previously thought, which, the study said, would enable climate scientists to better predict extreme weather events. 
 
For the study, the researchers analysed data from the past 282,000 years.
 
"I took the data and put it through a mathematical prism so I could look at the patterns and that is where we see the obliquity cycle, that 41,000-year cycle," said Kristine DeLong, associate professor at Louisiana State University in the US.
 
Historically, the collapse of the Mayan civilization and several Chinese dynasties have been linked to persistent droughts associated with the ITCZ. 
 
This new information is critical to understanding global climate and sustainable human socioeconomic development, the researchers said.
 
With research collaborators at the University of Science and Technology of China and National Taiwan University, DeLong looked at sediment cores from off the coast of Papua New Guinea and stalactite samples from ancient caves in China. 
 
DeLong's data analysis revealed obliquity in both the paleontological record and computer model data. 
 
The research was published in the journal Nature Communications.
 
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Bapoo Malcolm

12 months ago

tilt, not tile. Sorry. And any not ant.

Bapoo Malcolm

12 months ago

There was a movie a long time ago, that showed the changes of the Earth's tilt. Purple skies and things like that.

A 1% tile is devastating. It can alter the way the species adapt and conform. The movie talked of massive nuclear explosions that caused the tilt. Exaggerated. More likely are the internal disturbances, tectonic shifts, earthquakes that follow and the location. The nearer the poles, more the shift. Asteroids may also affect but at the poles the hit may be a glancing one; and the equatorial hit, or close to that, may cause massive internal shifts.

The tilt can be in ant one of 360 degrees, or part thereof. The results are hard to guess as no one can be sure of which way the wind will blow.

Anyway, why worry. We still have a few million years to go. Or it may be tomorrow. Who knows?

To end. A joke.

A professor speaks of the earth ending 50 billion years from now. An agitated and nervous listener jumps up and asks, "Will you please repeat that?". The speaker does. The man wipes his forehead, lets out a sigh of relief and says, "Whew. I thought you said 15 billion".

Arnold Schwarzenegger may not be part of 'Enthiran 2'
 "The Terminator" star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was approached by the makers of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer "Enthiran 2" to play the antagonist in the film, may not get to play the role as the deal failed to work out, a source has said.
 
"The team has finally decided to rope in a Bollywood actor to play the baddie. The deal with Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't work out for various reasons. Hence, the makers decided to move on as the project was getting delayed," a source from the film's unit told IANS.
 
One of the reasons why the deal with Schwarzenegger fell through was because of the star's high remuneration of Rs.120 crore, according to the source,
 
A sequel to Tamil blockbuster "Enthiran", the film also stars Amy Jackson, who will reportedly be playing a robot.
 
To be directed by Shankar and produced by Lyca Productions, the project is set to go on floors later this month or early next year.
 
Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman has been roped in to create music for the film.
 
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