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Daily Current Affairs (23rd December - 2016)
By root at Fri, 12/23/2016 - 17:10
Opposition providing cover to the dishonest: Modi
- Raising the pitch against his opponents, particularly the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi equated the disruption of Parliament over demonetisation by Opposition parties to the “cover fire” and distraction offered to terrorists by the Pakistani Army to facilitate infiltration.
- Mr. Modi ridiculed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his oratory and political skills, and even made a sarcastic reference to his threat of causing a tremor by making bombshell revelations about the PM’s alleged involvement in corruption. Mr. Modi, however, chose to ignore the allegations, instead sticking to an aggressive front.
- Downsizing Mr. Gandhi, 46, to a yuva neta (youth leader), the PM said that since the Nehru-Gandhi scion “started speaking and learnt to speak”, there was “no end to his happiness”. Back in 2009, there was no way of figuring out what Mr. Gandhi had in store, Mr. Modi went on, but today all was clear.
Badal wants stronger anti-defection law
- Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal batted for stringent provisions in the anti-defection law in a bid to curb the rising tendency among leaders to switch party affiliations in an attempt to grab power.
- Mr. Badal said that through the sheer display of the “politics of opportunism”, these “fugitives” not only back-stabbed their mother party but showed grave disrespect to the mandate of the people.
- Exhorting people to teach the defectors a lesson by rejecting them in the upcoming Assembly elections, Mr. Badal said the voters were supreme. “I urge political parties to give a second thought while accepting turncoats from other parties,” he added.
- Mr. Badal said that the switching between political parties by any individual hardly had any bearing on the polity of the State. The people were wise enough to exercise their franchise on the basis of principles rather than on the basis of caste or religion, he said.
Centre spots 67.54 lakh taxpayers who did not file I-T returns
- The government has identified 67.54 lakh potential taxpayers in the FY15 who did not file income tax returns in the relevant assessment year.
- The Income Tax Department has conducted the fifth cycle of data matching which has identified an additional 67.54 lakh potential non-filers who have carried out high value transactions in the financial year 2014-15 but did not file return of income for the relevant assessment year i.e. A.Y 2015-16,” the government said in a statement.
- The Centre had introduced the Non-filers Monitoring System (NMS) to identify non-filers with potential tax liabilities.
- The PAN holder will be able to respond electronically and retain a copy of the submitted response to maintain a record.
- Non-filers have been identified based on data analytics carried out by the Systems Directorate of the Central Board of Direct Taxes about whom the information is available in the databases of the CBDT.
- In a surprise move, Najeeb Jung on 22-12- 2016 resigned as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.
- He submitted his resignation to the government of India. According to Raj Bhawan, Jung would be returning to his first love, which is, academics.
- In a brief statement, Jung thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for all the help and cooperation he received during his tenure.