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Customers Will Remain At Restaurants Mercy In Getting Benefit Of GST Rate Cut

New Delhi: The decision by the GST Council on Friday to cut back on the GST rates for restaurants from 18% to 5% is one that will be welcomed by consumers. Earlier the rates varied from air-conditioned eateries and those with liquor licences at 18 to non-air-conditioned restaurants at 12%.
This rate cut, which will come into effect from Nov 15, will be applicable for all stand alone restaurants and restaurants in hotels with less than Rs 7500 as room tariff. However, in the case of restaurants with rates above Rs 7500, it will still be taxed at 18%.

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Best Countries For Vegetarians To Live In Or Vacation

New Delhi: India is undeniably a vegetarian paradise. With 38% of its population being vegetarians, there is no dearth of vegetarian food options available to the foodie. 

For the benefit of a veg-foodie travelling out of the country, the Global Vegetarian Index has created a very exhaustive list of the best countries to travel to. In case you are wondering, India is 11th on the list.

We have presented the top ten best vegetarian friendly countries in the world and what they eat there.

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PlasticNightmare: 10 Rivers Are Responsible For Feeding The Seas With 95% Of Plastic Waste

New Delhi:Increasing plastic waste that our rivers harbour is a huge matter of concern; a newGermany-based study has found.
According to the research, up to 95 percent of the plastic polluting the world's oceans comes from just 10 rivers, including the Ganges and these 10 rivers transport 88-95 percent of the global plastic load into the sea.
Scientists analysed 79 sampling sites along 57 rivers for microplastic particles measuring less than 5 mm and macroplastic above the size.
Massive amounts of plastic bits that imperil aquatic life are washing into the oceans and even the most pristine waters.But how it all gets there from inland cities has not been fully understood. 
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Water Chestnut : The Favourite Autumn Fruit of India

New Delhi: Water chestnut is one of the most important minor fruit crops grown in India. It popularly known as ‘Singhara’’ and is mostly seen around Navratras and Diwali. The reason for this being that the harvesting of nut which is done during the month of September to November coincides with the season of festivals in India -- Navratras, Dusshera and Diwali. 

Chestnut which was originated 3000 years back in India grows throughout the North and Eastern parts India mainly: Uttar Pradesh, Bihar West Bengal and Jharkhand. 

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The Sweets Platter From 29 States

New Delhi: The richness of a land and its culture is reflected in its cuisine. India, though, is an entire world rolled into a country. We, the people, are natural gourmands and appreciate our desserts and sweets like no other. Each state has its own way of life, and there is no better way of learning it than by knowing its delicacies and each state has something entirely different and wonderful to offer.

Sweet dishes such as the kheer, balushahi, ladoo, halwa etc are ubiquitous and made across the country but each state in India also has its signature sweet. 
Here’s a look at the 29 states and the sweet or dessert that sets it apart: