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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Overcoming the impediments of  blindness, an 11-year-old visually impaired boy surprised everybody yesterday when he read out a bulletin on Lotus News, a Tamil channel.

Clad in an orange shirt and a fawn waist-coat, Sriramanujam read out the special news at 5 P.M. for 22 minutes with the help of Braille, while his teary-eyed parents watched him in awe.

The news he read was a follow up on Nepal earthquake and the Mahinda Rajapaksa trial.

Channel Chairman, G K S Selvakumar told a news agency that the main reason to give a chance to a visually challenged boy was to promote and create awareness about eye donation among the masses, “So that such talented people get their vision back and achieve their goals.”

Sriramanujam, who is currently studying in fifth standard of Government School at Uliyampalayam, went through these news items six times before going live.

At present, he has been assigned a task of reading the special newsweekly. Selvakumar also said that Sriramanujam would become a permanent daily news reader after some time.

Sriramanujam stated that he wanted to achieve something in life. He chose the medium of TV so that many people could see him. His ambition is to be a Collector.

“I was scared in the first two minutes but then it was business and I read it fluently,” he said.

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Import Duties On LED TV Panels Abolished, Says Finance Minister

Finance Ministry has abolished the import duty on open cell LED TV panels from 5 per cent to zero

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Finance Ministry has abolished the import duty on open cell LED TV panels from 5 per cent to zero. Wikimedia Commons

Finance Ministry has abolished the import duty on open cell LED TV panels from 5 per cent to zero, meeting a long standing demand of the industry.

According to market estimates, the prices of TV will come down by 3-4 per cent.

Panels are the most critical component used in LED TV manufacturing, accounting for 65-70 per cent of the total production cost. In fact, at price of Rs 90,000 LED high-end TV, the panel costs Rs 65,000.

The IT Ministry and the the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) have also sought reduction of goods and services tax (GST) on large-screen LED televisions to 18 per cent from 28 per cent to revive demand in the festive season.

At present, televisions up to 32 inches attract 18 per cent GST but those with larger screens attract 28 per cent duty. The industry is seeking a tax cut in the GST Council meeting scheduled to take place in Goa this Friday.

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The industry can now revive LED TV manufacturing in the country, many of them including the largest TV maker Samsung had exited local TV production last year due to imposition of 5 per cent duty on open cell TV panels. Pixabay

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday held a round table with electronics industry CEOs where higher duties were the main challenge from industry side. Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey was also present at that meeting.

In notification, the ministry said Open cell (15.6 inch and above) for use in the manufacture of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) TV panels is made zero duty with immediate effect.

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The goods for use in the manufacture of Open cell of LCD and LED TV panels – Chip on Film, Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA), Cell (glass board/substrate) will not attract any duty, it said.

The industry can now revive LED TV manufacturing in the country, many of them including the largest TV maker Samsung had exited local TV production last year due to imposition of 5 per cent duty on open cell TV panels. (IANS)