10 Iconic Australian Foods You Should Try

001_594x261Have you ever experienced the joy of scoffing a sausage sanger out the front of your local hardware store on the weekend?

Perhaps you’ve started your day with Vegemite-smeared Weet-Bix then downed a Chiko Roll for lunch followed by a pav for dessert?

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then read on. While Australia has no shortage of incredible, world-class food, it’s also home to some truly unique and sometimes questionable “tucker” (that’s Aussie for food, by the way).

Here are 10 iconic Australian foods you should try if you’re ever Down Under.

1. Vegemite

When former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard offered a taste of Australia’s favorite spread to Barack Obama in 2011, his reaction was fairly standard for a foreigner: “Horrible”. It might be pretty gross, but this is as Australian as food gets. Vegemite is a thick, dark paste made from yeast extract, various vegetables and spice additives. Although it looks like Britain’s Marmite, Vegemite is much saltier than its UK cousin. The most popular way to eat Vegemite is on bread or toast with butter, and the trick is to spread it thinly – this salty, bitter spread is not like Nutella. The spread lives in just about every Australian’s cupboard, adorning toast and disgusting foreigners for years.

2. Weet-Bix

“Aussie kids are Weet-Bix kids”, or so says the brand’s famous advertising jingle which has been pervading Aussie homes for decades. This high-fiber breakfast biscuit has been an Australian food favorite since 1930. Made from whole-grain wheat, it is sweeter and smaller than Weetabix found in the UK or the US. Weet-Bix is eaten with hot or cold milk, a spoonful or two of sugar and fruit like bananas and strawberries. You can also spread butter and Vegemite on Weet-Bix.

3. Sausage Sanger

Australians and barbecues go together like Americans and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And at the core of any good Aussie “barbie” are “snags” (sausages). On the weekends, it’s common to find a “sausage sizzle” happening outside your local hardware store. These sausage sizzles are usually part of fundraising efforts for schools and other community organizations. You can buy a “sausage sanger” – a sausage slapped on usually one piece of bread with some fried onions on top and smothered in your favorite sauce – for a few dollars.

4. Chiko Roll

Inspired by Chinese spring rolls, this Australian food icon is a deep-fried snack containing cabbage, celery, carrot, beans, onion and spices stuffed into a tube of batter. Despite its name, the Chiko Roll contains no chicken. The snack is usually eaten on the go and can be found in your local fish and chip takeaway among other deep-fried delights. Part of the Chiko Roll’s popularity comes down to marketing. Chiko has used sexy women to market the brand since 1965, most memorably with scantily clad biker babes gripping the roll suggestively.

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5. Chicken Parmigiana

The Italians may have invented the parmigiana, but it was the Aussies who transformed the dish into a true pub classic known as the “chicken parmi”. The meal has evolved from an Italian eggplant dish into a chicken schnitzel topped with tomato sauce and melted cheese, served with fries and a side salad. You can get your parmi in plenty of versions including camembert, pesto, ham, prosciutto, pineapple and tandoori. In Melbourne in particular, plenty of pubs offer a “parma night” which usually includes a beer or house wine.

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6. Pavlova

Aussies and New Zealanders have been arguing over who invented the pavlova for years, but regardless of its origin, this meringue-based cake topped with whipped cream and fruit is delicious. Also known as a “pav”, pavlovas can be found in bakeries and cake shops. You can also buy the meringue shells from supermarkets and fill the cake in yourself with cream and fresh fruit like strawberries, kiwi and mango. Both Australia and New Zealand claim to have invented the pav in honor of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova after she visited the region in the 1920s.

7. Meat Pies

What do you call a seven-course meal in Australia? A pie and a six-pack of beer. Or so the joke goes. Aussies have a strong love affair with the meat pie, which is basically a hand-sized pastry filled with minced meat and gravy, usually smothered in tomato sauce (ketchup). But they’ve also gone gourmet, and you can find them with fancy fillings including mushrooms, seafood, chicken, crocodile, curry chicken and much more. Meat pies are a popular snack and can be found in bakeries, supermarkets, service stations and corner shops as well as sporting events.

8. Kangaroo

Yes, it’s true, Australians eat their national emblem. Although kangaroos are a protected species, they are overpopulated in some areas and regarded as pests. Kangaroo has become a common meat which can be found on supermarket shelves and menus, with the meat harvested from wild populations. Harvesting is regulated in each state by the relevant authority, and management plans have to get the green light from the federal government. Kangaroo is a healthy, lean, red meat which can be eaten as steaks, burgers, sausages and more. Despite kangaroo meat’s growing popularity, surveys have found just over half of Australians have tried it, and many object to eating it.

9. Tim Tams

This much-adored biscuit (or “bikkie” for Australians) is made up of two chocolate biscuits packed with chocolate cream and then covered in even more chocolate. The Tim Tam appeared on Australian shelves in the 1960s and has been popular ever since. They now come in a range of fancy flavors like salted caramel, coconut cream and choc raspberry. The best way to eat these little bites of magic is to chew off the opposite corners, dunk it in your coffee or tea and suck your drink through the Tim Tam. This is known as the “Tim Tam Slam”. Don’t forget to eat your biscuit before it gets too soggy and ends up a disintegrated mess in your drink.

10. Shrimp

In one of Australia’s most memorable tourism campaigns in the 80s and 90s, Aussie actor Paul Hogan told Americans he’d “slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you”. Being a massive island, Australia is blessed with beautiful seafood including sweet, succulent shrimp, which Australians actually call prawns. Whether you like your prawns au natural with a simple squeeze of lemon, marinated and barbecued on a skewer, or as part of a prawn cocktail in a glass (a dish made with mayonnaise and tomato dressing that was a huge hit in the 70s), prawns are another wonder of Australian food.

Tea is the new mixed drink incline. We’ll toast that!

Who said tea is exhausting?

004_594x261The generalization of the renowned mix being the drink of decision for cardigan-clad grannies is on the melt away, because of the innovative way teas are currently being utilized to make surprising new mixed drinks. Kumpulan Lagu Rohani Kristen

Tea-injected mixed drinks with charming sounding names like “The Brute Force”, “Miss Salinger” and “Goods Collins” have been relentlessly advancing onto drink menus around the globe. Cunning mixologists are imbuing mixed drinks including Earl Gray to chamomile and Darjeeling, with teas additionally now being offered like wine or mixed drinks in a few foundations.

While the idea of blending tea and liquor isn’t new, you’ll discover confirmation of tea’s developing notoriety in hip bars from New York to Sydney and past.

America’s first class mixed drink bar, Dead Rabbit, in New York, is one of the bars bouncing on the tea mixed drink incline. It offers mixtures including the Brute Force, a $16 mixed drink made of green tea with tequila Blanco, Jamaican overproof rum, lime, pear, almond and Absinthe.

At The Tippler, additionally in New York, you can arrange a “Goods Collins” including green tea imbued vodka, passionfruit, lemon, cayenne and pop. In the event that a shot is more you’re thing, attempt “The Northern Comfort”, made of peach and hibiscus tea-implanted whiskey, nectar and lime.

At Sydney’sEau-De-Vie, you can experiment with a 20 AUD (15 USD) “Miss Salinger”. As indicated by the menu, this creation is “enlivened by … high-tea services of old” blended with the foundation’s “style”. The drink clearly began as a Bellini before being blended with gin which has been tea-injected, shimmering wine, peach wine and almond syrup.

In case you’re going by Chicago, look at Unite Urban Grill for the “Penicillin”, which imbues Lavender green tea syrup with mixed scotch and lemon.

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What’s behind the pattern?

As more individuals turn out to be progressively wellbeing cognizant and change to a spotless way of life, these tea-based mixed drinks are viewed as a more beneficial other option to the standard abdomen extending tipples, for example, sugar-loaded Mojitos or velvety Chocolate Mudslides.

The tea mixed drink incline has likewise been driven by a developing mindfulness about tea’s medical advantages.

As indicated by this report by Today.com, medical advantages incorporate the nearness of cancer prevention agents, which keep us youthful and shield us from harm brought on by contamination. Tea may likewise diminish the danger of heart assault and stroke, help with weight reduction, secure bones and support the insusceptible framework.

We are more wellbeing cognizant than any other time in recent memory – simply take a gander at the ascent of natural nourishment, for instance. As indicated by Julie Brument, co-proprietor at The Nine, in Sydney’s Bondi, this wellbeing “impact” has reached out to the bar scene.

“Individuals are increasingly cautious about what they devour. They need Fair Trade, natural spirits, less sugar, and intriguing foods grown from the ground blends,” Brument said in this report.

The Nine, a little deliver driven bistro, restaurant and wine bar, additionally offers tea mixed drinks including the “Quinoa Fizz”, made with natural quinoa vodka, kombucha, apple, basil, lemon and pepper.

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The perfect base

Tea is the perfect base for bestowing special flavors, surfaces and mixes. As the flavor can run from unpretentious to solid, and tea contains no sugar, the mix is ideal for mixed drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Teas which are perfect for mixed drinks incorporate unmistakable enhanced mixes, for example, Darjeeling, Oolong, South African rooibos and Japanese green tea. Botanical teas, for example, hibiscus and chamomile are additionally appropriate. These teas are best combined with alcohols, for example, white rum, vodka and enhanced mixers.

Keen advertisers are additionally bouncing on the tea mixed drink fleeting trend, with instant tea blenders now available to be purchased. They incorporate Owl’s Brew, which fabricates five tea flavors which can be blended with vodka, tequila, rum, bourbon, gin or champagne.

On the off chance that you’d get a kick out of the chance to make your own tea mixed drinks, experiment with one (or all) of the formulas beneath. Salud!


Green Tea with Champagne (6 glasses)


8 teaspoons of green tea

4 tsp sugar

2 glasses water

Pear and apple cuts

1 jug of cava

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Technique: Infuse tea in some water at 70 degrees for 3 minutes. Strain. Consolidate the rest of some water and disintegrate the sugar. Serve in tall glasses with ice, natural product cuts and mint. Load with super cold cava. Appreciate!

Frosted Rooibos Cocktail (1 glass)


4 oz. think made of Rooibos tea

4 oz. syrup

4 oz. Nectar Bourbon

8-10 mint leaves and some lemon cuts for embellishment

To make the think: Pour some bubbling water more than 6 tea packs or (6 tbsp of free leaf rooibos). Give it a chance to soak for up to 4 minutes and strain if utilizing free leaf tea. Measure 4 oz and refrigerate the extra think.

Strategy: Combine and blend all fixings well. Pour over ice and trimming with lemon cuts.

The Owl and the Mule (1 glass)


3 oz. Owl’s Brew The Classic

1.5 oz. vodka

Ginger Beer

Technique: Shake The Classic and vodka with ice. Fill a Collins glass and top with ginger brew. Decorate with candy-coated ginger or a lime peel.

Cimpago Island Tea (1 glass)


40ml Bacardi

820ml Aperol

30ml Hibiscus Tea

30ml squeezed orange


Technique: Combine and mix all fixings and pour over ice. Embellish with orange skin.

Whisky Tango Cocktail (non-alcoholic, 2 glasses)


2 Twinings Pure Peppermint tea sacks

240ml newly bubbled water

40ml Monin vanilla syrup

60ml squeezed apple


Mint leaves to embellish

Strategy: Brew tea packs for 2 minutes. Fill 2 highball glasses with ice and include vanilla syrup (2 pumps or 20ml) into every one. Pour more than 30ml of squeezed apple into every glass. Pour the hot tea over the ice. Mix well, complete with a straw and embellishment with some new mint takes off.

Google News launches fact check label

Google on desktop and mobile will now feature, fact check, which will add a label next to news stories in search results

Google has launched a new feature, fact check, which will add a label next to news stories in search results.

Fact check will appear with other news organisations in Google News and will, Google says, “shine a light on its efforts to divide fact from fiction”.

Richard Gingras, Google’s head of news, http://carakumenanam.com/bawang-merah/ added it will “help readers find fact checking in large news stories”.

He said sites which already have a fact checking service can apply to be included to appear in search results.

“You’ll see the tagged articles in the expanded story box on news.google.com and in the Google News & Weather iOS and Android apps, starting with the US and the UK,” he added in a blogpost.

Image captionFact Check can be seen listed with other news sources in Google News on desktop

Google will determine whether a fact check is needed for a news story using theclaim review technique. It already labels stories with tabs such as opinion, related and local source.

Fact checking is something that has become increasingly popular in the past few years.

According to the the Duke University Reporter’s Lab, there are more than 100 fact checking sites online including the BBC’s own Reality Check.
Image captionHow Fact Check will appear in mobile searches

However, not all fact check sites run by algorithm have been as fortunate when it comes to fulfilling their intended purpose.

Facebook overhauled the Trending feature on its site in August to make posts more automated after claims of left-wing bias.

Google’s fact check comes in time for the final run-up to next month’s US presidential election. The New York Times also has a fact check site which is keeping tabs on the campaign for the Oval Office.

SQA admits ‘coding errors’ in computer science exam

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Scotland’s exam body has admitted to a series of mistakes in one of this year’s computer science tests.

There were “a number” of coding errors in the National 5 question paper, according to a report by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA).

It also found several typographical mistakes in the paper, which students sat in May.

The SQA said adjustments were made to the grade boundaries to make sure no candidates were affected by the errors.

Shortly after the exam was published, one teacher told BBC Scotland that the paper was a “disgrace”.

But the SQA defended it, claiming it met course and assessment specifications and that the anecdotal feedback it had received was positive.

‘Continuous development’

However a new report on the course said: “SQA acknowledges that there were a number of typographical and coding errors within the 2016 question paper.

“These were fully discussed at the grade boundary meeting and where these were found to impact on candidate performance, grade boundary adjustments were made.

“This ensures that no candidates were advantaged/disadvantaged by such errors.”

Dr Gill Stewart, the SQA’s director of qualifications development said: “As we do every year, we consider what went well in the most recent diet, and where improvements could be made for the future by SQA and the education system.

“Our course reports, which are provided for all subjects at all levels, also highlight ways in which recent exams and coursework may have differed from those of previous years.

“This is to ensure standards are maintained. We are committed to the continuous development and improvement of our qualifications and assessments for the benefit of all candidates.”

Triathlete Alistair hauls Jonny over finish line

Tonny and Alistair Brownlee give a whole new meaning to the phrase “brothers in arms.” http://carakumenanam.com/cabe-hidroponik/

On Sunday, the British athletes finished second and third at the World Triathlon Championships in Mexico after a touching moment at the finish line.
At the point of collapse, double Olympic champion Alistair arrived on the scene to give his brother a helping hand, putting an arm around his shoulders and hauling him over the line.
“I wish the flipping idiot had just paced it right and won the race,” Alistair joked with reporters after the race. “He could have jogged that last two kilometers and won the race.
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“You have to race the conditions. I was comfortable in third. I raced the conditions, I took the water on, made myself cool and I was all right.”
Pushing his younger sibling over the line first, Alistair recorded a third-place finish but Jonny’s second place wasn’t enough for him to clinch the title, losing out on the overall crown to Spaniard Mario Mola, who finished fifth in Mexico, by four points.
Jonny collapsed to the floor immediately after crossing the line and required urgent medical attention.
He later tweeted from a hospital bed that he was fine and praised the efforts of the British Triathlon medical team.
South Africa’s Henri Schoeman claimed victory on the day, as Rio 2016 gold medalist Alistair finished the season 10th overall.
It wasn’t the first time the pair had shown brotherly love upon crossing the finishing line, after sharing an emotional embrace while laying exhausted on the floor in Rio.
“It was a natural human reaction to my brother,” Alistair added. “But for anyone I would have done the same thing.”

Walking claims untrue, says lawyer

Michael Schumacher’s lawyer says the former Formula One world champion “cannot stand even with the aid of his special therapists.”

Felix Damm told CNN he spoke in a German court about Schumacher’s health as part of the family’s lawsuit against Die Bunte magazine.
Schumacher suffered severe head injuries in Meribel in the French Alps. He had two brain operations and was placed in a medically-induced coma in hospital in Grenoble, France. He was transferred to hospital in Lausanne and now receives medical care at home in Switzerland.
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The Schumacher family is suing Die Bunte, arguing the right to privacy. The verdict is due in October.
Damm told CNN: “I told the court on Friday that the alleged claim that Michael Schumacher can walk again is false and simply not true.
“Michael cannot even stand with the help of his special therapists. I cannot make any other comments about Michael’s health situation.”
Die Bunte said in writing to CNN: “We are not commenting on this.”
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Ferrari supporters wish Schumacher well at Monza in 2014.

Schumacher won a record seven Formula One world titles for Benetton and then Ferrari between 1994 and 2004.
He retired for the first time at the end of the 2006 season, but returned to F1 with Mercedes in 2010.
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Schumacher was unable to add to his record 91 race wins in three seasons with the German team, which has dominated the sport in recent years with back-to-back world titles in 2014-15.

Joint Pain – What causes it and how to stop it naturally


(NaturalNews) Joint torment can be brought on by shrewdness (checking unpalatable push wounds); bacterial, viral, or capable contaminations; or safe structure tribulation. The torment might be bound to one joint or effect various joints; it might move starting with one then onto the running with. Torment and unmistakable signs might be remarkable or unending. Joint burden might be the administer response of pollution or it might be one of different. On the off chance that you end up managing an unending condition, consider the standard approach – treat the cause, discover the cure.

Trademark Treatment for Chronic Arthritic Conditions

Naturopathic arrangement and standard pharmaceuticals concentrate on recouping through sustenance, detoxification, work out, and fitting home made cures when laid out. Standard treatment starts with eating regimen.

Eat less carbs

As an issue of first imperativeness, our bodies require sustenance that is unending in crisp, entire, general sponsorships. The most supplement thick sustenances are make. The most productive eating regimen combines 80% (or all the more) new, entire, trademark go on – a more noticeable number of vegetables than conventional things. We moreover should combine solid fats in our eating regimen.

While filling the body with the most supplement thick backings, we should swear off adding poisonous substances to the body and we should be cautious about ousting hurts from the body that we really need to show from our sullied surroundings.

To swear off including hurts and other harming substances to our bodies, we should wipe out fake flavors, shades, and included substances; MSG; trans fats; GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, and all other created sugars. We in like path should minimize caffeine and liquor. In a manner of speaking, we have to eat bona fide bolster – not oversaw sustenances.


On the off chance that we are eating right, we are detoxing our bodies through the sustenance we eat. Green verdant vegetables, close by various go on high in fiber, change the microbiome in the gut, reducing devious small living creatures and making great microorganisms. Garlic, cilantro, cruciferous vegetables, spirulina, and chlorella all chelate overwhelming metals and assembled dangerous substances and oust them from the body.

By eating the right eating regimen, we are helping our bodies detox reliably. It is still a sharp thought to experience a superior than normal, solid detox regimen twice dependably on the off chance that you are appeared to a brain boggling unsafe load (incorporating anybody living and urban way of life).

Work out

Yes, practice is crucial. Not just is practice required for bone thickness and muscle quality, our protected structure obliges advance to do its occupation. The lymphatic framework is a circulatory structure that is subject to body advance to push liquids through the body. Walk, run, move, skip rope, swim, do yoga – whatever you can do to get moving. Blend it up and have a great time.

Next Steps to End Nyeri Sendi

Unequivocally when the body gets the best sustenance, detoxification, and work out, it will start to recoup. Regardless, we can help the method with supplements and focused on sponsorships.

Anybody acquainted with trademark repairing considers defective gut issue. Against sullying experts and an offensive eating routine begin the demolish of the gut. Gluten and Candida proceed with the walloping and cumbersome quality. Right when a broken gut blessings remote particles control access to the circulatory structure, hypersensitivities and safe system issue result. To stop joint torment, you should recuperate your gut.

While the general conviction structure is that protected structure sicknesses are the possible result of the shielded framework running amuck and striking sound tissue, the defective gut intrigue and systemic Candida grasp a substitute condition – that the secured structure is ambushing outside particles that have possessed the capacity to be a long way from the gut. One thing is most likely on the planet: different individuals who experience the harmful effects of safe structure ailment report a lessening or a finish certification in joint torment and unmistakable signs taking after to updating their gut and taking after a solid eating game plan that takes out gluten, drain, known sensitivities, and sugar.

An augmentation in omega 3 unsaturated fats is other than fundamental. Flaxseed oil or Udo’s 3.6.9. with DHT oil are both personality blowing wellsprings of omega 3 unsaturated fats. Utilize either on servings of mixed greens or cooked vegetables.


Hypothyroidism is another consistent clarification for joint torment, dependably connected with bother in the wrist, bear, elbow, neck, knee, and hip. Hypothyroidism in like way causes torment in the turns and triggers cerebral torments, including headaches. Over again, it makes the slant that accomplishment starts in the gut as hypothyroidism as a great part of the time as would be reasonable takes after split gut issue, gluten affectability, and Candida riches. Changing the gut and the thyroid can resolve torment in the joints and connective tissues.


Joint torment and disease is not a crucial piece of making. It recommends that your body is hollering out for you to take off redesigns for the cross of your life – particularly in your eating regimen. Look at What Causes Chronic Inflammation and How to Stop It For Good and Leaky Gut Syndrome and Autoimmune Diseases for additional on unsettling sway, with particular customs and cures. For an inside and out take a gander at hypothyroidism with trademark cures, see the key source underneath. Focus. Give your body what it needs. It will reimburse you with years of torment free living.



5 vitamins for eye health

Maple Ridge Eye Care is going on issues to light about the significance of empowering supplements for securing vision and reducing the danger for eye burdens, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In a late study, experts found that individuals who ate no under three reliably servings of bananas, oranges and diverse customary things had a 36% lower peril of making age-related macular degeneration. (AMD) than individuals who ate shy of what one and a half servings, reports optometrist Dr. M. Hurlbert. On the off chance that people can’t eat this particular sustenances produced using the soonest starting stage. Hurlbert prompts taking dietary supplements and vitamin mata.


“Regarding brilliant eye succeeding, it’s not as vital as eating two or three carrots,” said Dr. Hurlbert with Maple Ridge Eye Care. “Support can expect a key part in decreasing the risk for age-related macular degeneration. In any case, you have to eat no under three servings of results of the earth constantly, which for a couple people is less asking for said than done. That is one reason we sensibly propose the use of directing suplemen mata.”

As to selecting wholesome supplements, Dr. Hurlbert proposes:

Lutein unmistakable studies have found that lutein can either help preventAMD or may encourage movement of the illness: Research went ahead in Nutrition and Metabolism found that a wholesome supplement containing lutein conceivably extended the optical thickness of the macular shading in eyes of most by a wide margin of subjects. The macular shade is seen to offer security against the change of macular degeneration.

Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Vitamin E may other than give additional certification from conditions, for occasion, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, says Dr. Hurlbert.

Dr. Hurlbert’s proposal is as demonstrated by review from the National Eye Institute (NEI). In 2001, aces with the Age-Related Eye Disease Study reported that dietary supplements could diminish the danger of making pushed age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by 25%, as showed up by NEI.

Biggest tax reform in decades embraces tech

The developer portal for India’s revolutionary, constitution-amending tax reform on goods and services, the GST, is a good indicator of how the government wants the new system to run.

It’s smooth and organized. Follow the dropdown menu to reach the APIs, where bundles of code reveal what the government hopes techies will use to aid various kinds of taxpayers – things like authentication, return filing, and record keeping.

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Enter large software companies, like Tally and SAP. Both are popular in India and are openly using these APIs to create tech solutions, organizing forums to discuss the GST, and publishing content on how everything will work.

Then, there are startups that help file taxes with solutions on the cloud. Their pitch is simplicity. The GST needs to be filed monthly, compliance can be confusing, and the data clunky to store – so why not go with something lightweight?

One is ClearTax, co-founded by CEO Archit Gupta. Archit is excited about the potential the tax brings, but nearly breathless when he starts talking about its close relationship with technology. http://carakumenanam.com/cara-menanam-sayuran/

“They’re going paperless,” the PhD dropout tells me excitedly. “It’s very progressive for the tax department to be doing this.”

What is the GST?

Direct taxes are charged on income and corporates while indirect taxes are taken from intermediaries, like goods and services.

Currently, both central and state governments apply indirect taxes in India. There are many of these, including excise taxes, which are applied on manufacturing costs, VAT (value added taxes) during the process of sales, and entry taxes between state lines. Rates vary from state to state, making taxes difficult to track, returns hard to manage, and corruption easy to miss.

Take the VAT, which is applied at each stage of a good’s production including its sale. It’s slightly different across states, so a different amount is paid each time it moves across the country. A lack of transparency means people are also paying taxes on taxes – the tax they pay is often calculated from the value of a product plus the tax that’s already been paid on it.

The GST will collapse all of these smaller taxes and present a single rate for all goods and taxes. Its three components are the central government’s GST, the state’s GST, and inter-state GST. Together, they make up the overall GST, which will apply tax on the “supply” of goods, meaning their destination.

Essentially, it will treat India like a single market – except for a few industries like liquor and petroleum.

The execution is where technology comes in.

Cloud-based solution

“The GST in itself is easy, but implementation is tough,” explains Archit. “Because of a huge population and large number of businesses, tech becomes the only way to bring efficiency and scale.”

He is of the belief that a cloud-based system is best equipped to first move taxpayers to the GST and then handle their monthly filings after that.

One reason is scale, he explains. “Start with just invoices. They go from a freelancer all the way up to medium and large enterprises – there may be hundreds of thousands of them. How do you create simplicity at that level?

Another reason is a focus on design and communication. “We present a visual experience that you can understand. How much money did I use this month? How much did I spend? You won’t see that 28 page tax form that the government has shown you.”

Big picture

Well aware of the need for high-functioning technology, the government awarded Infosys with a US$207 million contract to create and manage the tech backbone of the GST network for five years.

The council is still working on figuring out some of the finer details of the bill. At first, it will be rolled out with companies that are making more than INR2,000,000 (US$30,000).

The rate is also being decided. Currently, goods are taxed between 27 and 32 percent and services at 15 percent. It’s predicted that the GST will work out between 18 and 22 percent, so the price of some things will rise while others will drop.

What’s most important is the vision that the GST presents – both for startups and the country as a whole.

“The economy will become more white, businesses will start surfacing real income from real expenses,” says Archit. “It’s a silver bullet.”

If done right, it’s an opportunity for India to see how effective its startups can be at solving big problems. “There’s a souring of attitude around startups,” explains Archit, whose company is five years old and didn’t raise any funding for the first few years. “People are looking at Uber for the job stability. That’s not how it should be. We should take risks. We should put ourselves out there.”

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Requirement: Sales experience in or in-depth knowledge of enterprise software and services, open for fresh graduate or in experience.
Skills: Sales strategy & management, salesforce, communications.
Salary: IDR 4,000,000 – 5,000,000
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