McGovern began his career in publishing in 1959 with a part-time editorial job at Computers and Automation magazine where he ultimately became associate editor and associate publisher.McGovern founded the International Data Corporation in 1964, which is now a subsidiary company of IDG. By 1967 he launched IDG’s flagship publication, Computerworld. And in 1972 he exported the concept to Asia with the launch of Shukan Computer in Japan.His push for global IT is underscored by his investments in the People’s Republic of China where he was recognized with the International Investment Achievement Award at the CCTV 2007 China Economic Leadership Awards.McGovern has also received other honors including lifetime achievement awards from American Business Media, the Magazine Publishers of America and the American Society of Business Publications Editors.IDG will remain a privately held company overseen by its board with Kirk Campbell, president and CEO of IDC and Michael Friedenberg, CEO of IDG Communications Worldwide, remaining at their posts.“Pat always believed that each of IDG’s business units should run like independently managed companies and that structure and process will continue,” says Ted Bloom, IDG’s president and CFO, in a statement. “The best way we can all honor Pat is for us to continue being successful with the structure he set up 50 years ago.”You can view the full IDG announcement of McGovern’s passing here. International Data Group (IDG) founder and chairman Patrick J. McGovern passed away on March 19 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., according to a company announcement Thursday. “IDG has lost a true visionary,” says newly elected IDG Board Chairman Walter Boyd in a statement, “and the IT community has lost one of its most exceptional citizens.”The lauded information technology media pioneer and generous philanthropist spent 50 years developing, championing and expanding IDG’s network of magazines, digital properties and events. Ultimately, he oversaw IDG’s launch of roughly 300 magazines and newspapers, 460 websites, 200 mobile bile apps and 700 events in 97 countries.“Pat’s foremost desire was for IDG to make the world a better place through the medium of information technology,” Boyd says. “We have an outstanding leadership team in place to ensure that the company he created will continue to grow and prosper.”
Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last War” will feature Daenerys Targaryen finally coming on terms that Ser Jorah Mormont is no longer with her and she has to march King’s Landing with her remaining allies. Jon Snow will probably accompany her but as per a recent fan theory, she will be betrayed by Tyrion Lannister.Game of Thrones season 8 showed reunions of several major characters. On one hand, we saw Arya Stark reuniting with Jon Snow, and then we saw that emotional reunion between Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy. But there was a moment in episode 2 “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” where we saw Tyrion Lannister approaching Bran Stark. Their conversation by the fireside was not shown but it looked like the duo talked about several instances for example how Bran became Three-eyed-raven and how Jon is actually Aegon Targaryen.”Bran told Tyrion who Jon actually is and it will be the driving force behind him switching sides. A lot of us couldn’t see Jon releasing the information on his own to get the throne. What if Tyrion tells the world that Jon is the true heir because he doubts Daenerys’ intentions or honor! This would force Jon into a situation of conflict,” writes the fan on Reddit.Since Jon Snow is Aegon Targaryen, he is the true heir to the Iron Throne. Even Daenerys Targaryen holds no right to the throne till Jon is alive. At the same time, Tyrion knows very well what is going on between Jon and Daenerys and back in season 7, we learned that Tyrion was heartbroken after seeing Jon Snow knocking at Daenerys Targaryen’s door in the middle of the night. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 leakGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Furthermore, few of Tyrion’s wrong decisions has cost a lot to Dany. Her ordering her own Hand to stay in Winterfell crypts during the battle of Winterfell could suggest that she has lost all faith in him and would try to push him further away in the remaining two episodes.If Daenerys will ask Tyrion to stop serving her as her Hand, he would simply reveal to everyone that she holds no right to the throne as it is Jon Snow who is the destined King of all the Seven Kingdoms. If Tyrion does that then it will come as a blow to Khaleesi who has lost everyone she has ever loved.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the 21st GST Council meeting in Hyderabad on Sept 9, 2017. Also seen Union MoS Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia and Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian.IANSWith less than 15 days before the Union Budget 2018 is presented, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council plans to cut rates on as many as 70 items in its next meeting, reported Business Standard.It is also learnt that the council can amend rules to simplify filing of GST returns and also plug some existing loopholes in the system.”Around 40-50 services will be taken up for a rate revision in the council meeting. These are services that were earlier exempt but were taxed under the GST regime. They are facing issues,” a government official told the business daily.After the implementation of GST, the Union Finance Ministry has no discretionary capacity to bring in changes in indirect taxes; GST council has been given the exclusive authority in terms of indirect taxes.The official further said the council is likely to prune the rates for agriculture implements — a move to boost agricultural sector, which is reeling under pressure.Earlier this week, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the agriculture sector would be given the top priority by the government in Union Budget 2018.”Among the priority areas, the agriculture sector is on top. Ensuring the benefits reaches the agri-sector and growth is visible — this is among the priority areas for us,” Jaitley said.The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 18. This is the last council meeting before the finance minister presents the Union Budget on February 1.”Agriculture implements that are currently taxed up to 18 percent may come under the 12-percent or the 5-percent bracket,” the official said.He added that the council may bring in some change in tax rates of bio-diesel buses. Currently, bio-diesel buses attract the highest slab of GST, i.e. 28 percent, which may be revised downward.On the services front, job works may be allowed as part of the composition scheme, which will imply a flat rate of tax and easier compliance, reported BS.”Currently, only a few services such as housekeeping, carpentry, etc., are subject to 18 percent GST, if provided through an e-commerce platform, without the benefit of the threshold limit of Rs 20 lakh. We are expecting the rate to be reduced to 5 percent in such cases. Many job work services could also come under lower rate,” the business daily quoted Pratik Jain, partner, PwC India, as saying.