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PM unveils new tax reforms

PTI New Delhi In a major overhaul of tax administration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday unveiled faceless tax assessment and appeals to reduce the scope for corruption and overreach by officials, and said a taxpayers’ charter is being implemented to ensure a free, fair and transparent tax environment. Launching the ‘transparent taxation – honouring the honest platform’ through video …

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Maharashtra didn’t lodge FIR due to political pressure, Bihar govt tells SC

New Delhi: Maharashtra Police neither registered an FIR on actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide nor did it extend any support to Patna Police for investigating the case on “account of political pressure”, the Bihar government told the Supreme Court on Thursday. The Bihar government and Rhea Chakraborty, against whom an FIR has been filed in Patna for allegedly abetting Rajput’s …

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BJP to move no-confidence motion against Ashok Gehlot govt

Jaipur: In a major twist to the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan, which looked like coming to an end with rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot returning to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s camp, BJPs Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria said on Thursday that his party will move a no-confidence motion against the state government in the special Assembly session starting …

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SC allows registration of BS-IV vehicles purchased before March 31

New Delhi: In a big relief to thousands of people, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the registration of BS-IV vehicles, which were purchased till March 31 but could not be registered due to the nationwide lockdown before the March 31 deadline. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said that all registrations on e-portal, including  temporary registrations, are allowed. …

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Cong blames ‘toxic’ TV debate for Tyagi’s untimely demise

New Delhi: The Congress has blamed ‘toxic’ TV debate for the untimely demise of its spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi, who passed away on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest. The Congress leader had attended a television debate at 5 p.m. and complained of chest pain soon after the programme ended. He then fell unconscious and was rushed to the Yashoda Hospital, …

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Modi replaces Vajpayee as longest-serving non-Cong PM ever

New Delhi: Narendra Modi has yet another milestone to his credit – becoming the longest serving non-Congress Prime Minister of India. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who held that distinction so far had three runs at India’s top post – first for 13 days from May 16, 1996 till May 28, 1996, followed by his 408 day second tenure from March 19, …

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Stories of valour by freedom fighters should be highlighted in textbooks: Naidu

PTI New Delhi Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday stressed on the need to provide a comprehensive, authentic and objective account of the historical events and said stories of the valour and sacrifices made by freedom fighters from across the country should be highlighted in the textbooks. Speaking at the release of a book ‘Netaji — India’s Independence and British …

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Security intensified in Jammu ahead of I-Day

PTI Jammu Security has been intensified across the Jammu region with increased checking and patrolling ahead of Independence Day celebrations , a police official said on Wednesday. As a measure of multi-tier security, police have deployed additional Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in Jammu city to deal with any situation, he said. The main function in Jammu will be held at Mini …

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COVID-19 pandemic casts shadow on ‘Dahi Handi’ celebrations

PTI Mumbai The grim shadow of COVID-19 crisis was visible on Dahi Handi festivities in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Wednesday as mandals opted for low-key celebration unlike past years which provided for public spectacles by ebullient Govinda squads. Adhering to the social distancing guidelines, Dahi Handi mandals were not forming human pyramids this year to mark the …

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