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Eid Mubarak: What's a skullcap?

A skullcap is a small, round hat that fits closely on the top of the head. It is used by Muslims mainly used for prayer purpose and is also referred as a “prayer cap”. Skullcaps are also worn by religious Jewish men and high ranking Roman Catholic priests.

Taqiyah is the Arabic word for the Muslim cap used in Saudi Arabia. In Pakistan and India, the prayer cap is called a topi. Topi means cap in the Hindi/Urdu language. In Pakistan, men usually wear the topi with salwar kameez. In Bangladesh it's known as tupi.

What's 'Freaky' in Mr. Ali

Bollywood loves this word. A few years  few years ago there was a movie called 'Freaky Friday.' This season, a comedy starring Nawazuddin Siddiqi 'Freaky Ali' was released this weekend. But what does 'freaky' mean?
Freaky [ Pronounced free-kee ]is an adjective which can be described to used to describe a person, thing or occurence who/which is quite odd or strange. Like the one described above. It could be a 'freaky weather' or 'freaky coincidence' as well. The other forms of the word are freakier and freakiest. (Pic: Poster of the movie)

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Power Proverbs: Fools rush in (where angels fear to tread)

The iconic quote “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” is a line from a poem published in 1711 by English poet Alexander Pope. It has been quoted by many famous people from Abraham Lincoln to B.R. Ambedkar. It means people with little experience try to do the difficult or dangerous things which more experienced people would not consider doing. people without good sense or judgement will have no hesitation in tackling a situation that even the wisest would avoid. 

Examples:

The BCCI should be careful in confronting a judicial verdict and not validate what Shakespeare said, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. - Hindustan Times

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh today said what Bhagwant Mann did in the parliament and his unconditional apology has only vindicated and validated the public perception about him and his party. The Congress leader said that Mann is not fit to hold the position he has occupied. "It is a classic case of fools rush in where angels fear to tread", he remarked, while referring to his live streaming of the activities in the parliament. - India Today

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Olympics: What does the word Rio de Janeiro mean?

The host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics starting today, Rio de Janeiro (pronounced ree-oh dey zhuh-nair-oh) or simply Rio is the second-most populous city in Brazil. It is a Portuguese word which means river of January

GST Simplified

GST or the Goods and Services Tax is an indirect tax that brings together most of the taxes that are imposed on all goods and services (except a few) under a single banner. This is in contrast to the current system, where taxes are levied separately on goods and services.

It is perhaps the most important economic reform item on the Narendra Modi government’s agenda. This is one reform which affects all of us.

India is politically one country, but economically it is fragmented. There are multiple taxes when there is commerce across state borders. Consequently, it increases costs for everyone and makes economic activity within India for Indians complicated.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an indirect tax reform which aims to  remove tax barriers between states and create a single market.

In GST, consumers should benefit in two ways. First, all taxes will be collected at the point of consumption. It means that if a shirt is taxed at 18%, it will include both central government’s taxes and state government’s taxes. Transparency in taxation should deter governments from indiscriminately increasing taxes as there is bound to be public backlash.

Second, once barriers between states are removed, we as consumers will not end up paying “tax on tax” which is what happens when goods move across state borders. (References: TOI Blog, ET)