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Tax refunds to be made digital

New Delhi (PTI): In a bid to make the income-tax department more “people-friendly”, the government is thinking of transferring excess tax deductions “electronically” into the bank accounts of tax payers.

The move comes close on the heels of the government’s decision to outsource the issue of permanent account number to UTI services to speed up the process.

An official source said “electronic” transfer of excess deduction was likely to begin from this fiscal and the income-tax department would make it mandatory for tax payers to mention their bank accounts while filing returns. This would enable the department to send a statement to the Reserve Bank of India to transfer the amount directly.

In another move to make payment rules simpler, the department is also planning to nominate certain “registered agents” like chartered accountants and consulting firms who will certify the accounts and transfer them online to the department.

“The basic purpose is to keep the crowd away and render transparent and hassle-free service,” the source said.

The department is also trying to encourage companies, which deduct taxes at source from their employees, to use the benefits of the existing suvidha scheme, under which the employer can file returns on behalf of their employees.

Naxalites kill Desam leader

Hyderabad (PTI): Naxalites gunned down a Telugu Desam Party leader and blasted a farmhouse of a mandal parishad president on Saturday, police said.

Three armed members of the CPI(ML) Janasakhti group barged into the house of Pramila, sarpanch of Ramaraopalli in Karimnagar district on Saturday night and ordered her husband Pothuganti Bhaskar, a Desam leader, to come with them, a report from Karimnagar said.

They took him near a bus stand and shot him, the police said, adding that the Naxalites had suspected him to be a police informer.

In Anantpur district, members of the People’s War Group set off a blast at a farmhouse belonging to Desam leader and mandal parishad president Prabhakar at Tagarakunta village, the police said.

The Naxalites left behind a letter saying they had taken action against Prabhakar for his anti-PWG activities, they added.

Women faint after gas leak

Chennai: Twenty eight women working in a garment export unit at Ambattur suddenly fell unconscious in their workplace on Sunday after inhaling fumes emanating from an adjacent chemical factory, reports our special correspondent.

The fire and rescue personnel acted promptly and by evening the employees of Bombay Fashions, who were taken to a Rotary hospital, were “out of danger”.

One woman, who complained of chest pain, was removed to a private hospital.

Sources said methyl acetate, said to have been stored in drums at Wilson Aromatics Ltd factory, had turned gaseous and leaked out.

AIIMS doctor plea

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court has quashed criminal proceedings against former medical superintendent of AIIMS Dr R.C. Anand, who was facing prosecution after being allegedly caught red-handed while taking bribe from a supplier in July 1998.

60-yr-old stabbed

New Delhi (PTI): A 60-year-old woman was found stabbed to death at her home on Saturday, a police source said. The police suspect the woman’s maid, who is absconding, to be behind the murder, they said, adding that two persons have been detained for questioning. The murder came to light when the woman’s husband returned home from a party late on Saturday night. Her body bore two wounds, including one on the neck. Several pieces of jewellery that the woman had bought on Saturday for her daughters were also found missing.

Revenge attack

Ajmer (PTI): Several people were injured when a group of Sansi tribesmen attacked residents of a colony for complaining against their illicit liquor factories, police said. Hours after the police destroyed the liquor distilleries, the tribesmen stormed into the colony with knives, lathis and swords. The police reached the spot and arrested 27 people.

Bogie blaze

Amritsar (PTI): A stationary bogie, parked along with three others at Amritsar station, caught fire on Sunday. No casualty has been reported, a railway source said.

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The 100th anniversary of Indian Opinion, a newspaper founded by Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa, will be celebrated in a conference on media and Gandhian values in Durban this week. The conference is being organised by Gandhiji’s granddaughter.


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