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Digest for domestic stories for week Dec 17 – Dec 23, 2016


Saturday

New Delhi: In a bid to clear the air on tax exemption to political parties, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says they can not accept donations in old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes since these bills were junked last month and clarified that there is no new exemption granted.

Chandigarh/Shimla: In a setback to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) dismisses the appeal filed by him against the order of the Income Tax department, which had sought fresh assessment of his tax returns related to the financial year of 2009-10 to 2011-12.

Belagavi (Karna): Dubbing demonetisation as “Modi-made disaster”, Rahul Gandhi claims Prime Minister Narendra Modi would write off Rs 8 lakh crore loans of the 50 rich families who funded his election campaign from the money people have deposited in banks after the note ban.


Sunday

Imphal: Amid heightened tension and violence, curfew was imposed in Manipur’s capital Imphal and mobile internet services snapped till December 25 to prevent spread of rumours over an alleged attack on a church.

Srinagar: In the wake of terror attack on army convoy yesterday, security of the forces during their movement on Srinagar-Jammu national highway was today reviewed at a high level meeting chaired by state police chief K Rajendra Kumar who pressed for devising foolproof mechanism.

New Delhi: Seeking to check the use of blackmoney and money laundering in politics, the Election Commission recommends that the government amend laws to allow exemption from tax only to parties that win seats in elections and ban anonymous contributions of Rs 2000 and above to parties.


Monday

Chennai: The Income Tax department  seizes Rs 10 crore cash and 6 kg gold jewellery as part of its anti-black money crackdown operations in the city.

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj discharged from AIIMS, 10 days after she underwent a kidney transplant at the premier hospital.

New Delhi: CBI files charge sheet against suspended IAS officer Rajendra Kumar, the then Principal Secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in connection with alleged graft case against him.


Tuesday

New Delhi: Government plans to set a threshold criteria for political parties to enjoy tax exemptions to check money laundering by outfits that do not contest elections, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says.

New Delhi: Board exams for Class X are set to become compulsory for all CBSE students from 2018, three language formula could be extended till Class X and foreign language might be treated as fourth and “elective”, according to decisions taken by the CBSE.

Mumbai: Ratcheting up his war against Tata Sons, ousted Chairman Cyrus Mistry moves to the National Company Law Tribunal alleging oppression and mismanagement of minority interest, a charge the holding firm of the USD 103 billion group denied and said it will contest.

New Delhi: Deepening their ties, India and Kyrgyztan finalise broad contours of a bilateral investment treaty and inks six other pacts covering a range of areas besides resolving to work closely to combat challenge of terrorism, extremism and radicalism.


Wednesday

Chennai: In perhaps the first case of a top bureaucrat being raided, the house and office of Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary searched by Income Tax officials who claims to have recovered Rs 30 lakh cash in new notes and 5 kgs of gold besides getting “disclosure” about Rs 5 crore of unaccounted income.

New Delhi/Hyderabad: The Left parties demand a thorough probe into Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s allegations that Narendra Modi as Gujarat Chief Minister had taken money from Sahara and Birla groups.

New Delhi: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in medical colleges will be held in eight languages- Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu- for the academic year 2017-18.


Thursday

New Delh: Saudi Arabia has deported a ring leader of a fake Indian currency note racket, Abdul Salam, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) upon his landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here today.

New Delhi: Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, whose nearly three-and-a-half-year tenure was marked by frequent run-ins with the AAP government, sprang a surprise by resigning from his post, triggering speculation whether he was asked to quit.

Varanasi: In a scathing attack on opposition for stalling Parliament over demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged they were trying to “rescue the corrupt” like Pakistan gives cover fire to terrorists to cross border and said the note ban will expose the ‘kala dhan’ (black money) as well as ‘kale mann’ (ill-intentions) of many.


Friday

Gorakhpur : Union minister Manoj Sinha injured in a road accident near Gorakhpur town in Uttar Pradesh this evening.

New Delhi: India condemns the dastardly terrorist attack in Germany this week and made a strong pitch for concerted action against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Kolkata: Days after a row erupted over the army drill at toll plazas in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee objects to the Centre’s move to deploy CRPF personnel for providing security to Income Tax officials during search operations in the state.


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