Date for filing of Income Tax Returns extended till August 5

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  • CBDT has extended the due date for filing Income Tax Returns from 31 July 2017 to 5 August 2017
  • The Linking of PAN with Aadhaar can be done subsequently, but anytime before 31 August 2017

New Delhi: In order to facilitate the e-filing of Income Tax return, it has been decided by Central Board of Direct Taxed (CBDT) to give extension of five days for e-filing of return. The return can be filed up to 5 August 2017.

In a press statement, CBDT said there are some complaints that the taxpayers are not being able to log on to the e-filing website of Income Tax Department or not being able to link Aadhaar with PAN because of different names reflected in PAN and Aadhaar database.

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While technical snags have been removed already, the main reason for failure of people to log in is because of last minute rush and panic in which those who have already logged in want to continue for the entire period for fear of losing it. In order to ease out the panic situation, the Government has decided to take the following steps:

  1. For the purpose of e-filing return, it would be sufficient as of now to quote Aadhaar or acknowledgement No. for having applied for Aadhaar in e-filing website. The actual linking of PAN with Aadhaar can be done subsequently, but any time before 31st
    August, 2017. However, the returns will not be processed until the linkage of Aadhaar with PAN is done.
  2. In order to facilitate the e-filing of return, it is also decided to give extension of five days for e-filing of return. The return can be filed upto 5th August, 2017.

The last moment glitch in the online system for filing tax returns has exposed the level preparedness of the tax administration. Already those in knowledgeable circles have been raising questions about the digital infrastructure linked with the implementation of GST.

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There is no proposal to restrict import of Chinese Products

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New Delhi: There is no proposal at the Government of India level at present to restrict imports of products, that otherwise satisfy the domestic laws, rules and regulations, including meeting the prescribed technical standards.

As member of WTO, India’s regulations apply to all members equally and all goods imported into India are subject to domestic laws, rules, orders, regulations, technical specification, environment and safety norms, that are notified from time to time.

This information was given by the Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply to a query on quality of Chinese products in Lok Sabha today

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) formulates standards applicable to domestic products and also mandates the use of Standard Marks under a license which mutadis mutandis also apply to imported goods.

Products have been notified under compulsory certification/registration with one of the objectives of checking influx of substandard products into Indian markets.

Presently, there are 109 products covered under Compulsory Product Certification Scheme of BIS and 30 Electronic and IT Goods under Compulsory Registration Scheme of BIS.

Till now, 204 licensees have been issued to Chinese manufacturers for several products, including Steel products, Tyres & Tubes, and Electrical products as per Product Certification Scheme of BIS. Also, 4636 manufacturers have been granted registrations for Electronic and IT Goods as per Compulsory Registration Scheme of BIS.

US asked to reduce its diplomatic strength in Russia by two-thirds

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Moscow: In a significant rebuke and what has come as a retaliation to sanctions against Russia by the US comes the Russian demand that the US reduce its diplomatic personnel in America by nearly three-fold.

Russia has demanded that the United States should reduce its diplomatic personnel in Russia nearly three-fold (750 out of a total strength of over 1000), Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday, reports Tass, the Russian news agency.

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Putin has further said that he doesn’t think further countermeasures in response to Washington’s “unfriendly policy” would be expedient right now as they might harm Moscow’s international ties.

“The American side once again made an absolutely ungrounded, which is important, step to deteriorate the Russian-US relations, imposing illegal restrictions and trying to press other countries, including its allies, which are interested in the development and maintaining of relations with Russia,”

German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, said in an interview with newspapers published on Monday that the new US bill on anti-Russian sanctions will affect European countries cooperating with Russia in the energy sector, and, therefore, these restrictive measures can ultimately run counter to international law.

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Washington is using sanctions to “clear one or another territory from competitors,” Sergey Katyrin, head of Russia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Tass in an interview. Sanctions against Russia are driven by US’ wish to get share of EU oil and gas market, he added.

Terrorist plot to bring down plane in Australia: Four arrested after Sydney raids

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Sydney: Australia’s counter-terrorism task force foiled an attempt by terrorists to blow up a passenger plane and arrested four persons in this connection after late night raids here.

According to Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin, Police have obtained information that “some people in Sydney were planning to commit a terrorist attack using an improvised devise.” Briefing media-persons, he said that the plot is believed to be related to “Islamic-inspired terrorism”.

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull

Earlier this month (17 July 2017) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Defence Marise Payne, in a joint media release on Defence support to “Domestic Counter-Terrorism Arrangements” had announced that The Australian Defence Force will expand its role in assisting the states to respond to terrorist incidents under new changes being made by the Turnbull Government.

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The joint statement declared:

“The overhaul will make it easier for Defence to work together with Federal, State and Territory Police in the event of a terrorist incident.

To stay ahead of the evolving threat of terrorism, the Turnbull Government reviewed Defence’s support to domestic counter-terrorism arrangements to ensure Australia has a co-ordinated and integrated response.

State and Territory Police Forces remain the best first response to terrorist incidents, immediately after an attack starts.

But Defence can offer more support to states and territories to enhance their capabilities and increase their understanding of Defence’s unique capabilities to ensure a comprehensive response to potential terrorist attacks.

Under the changes:

● Defence will offer State and Territory Governments specialised training from Special Forces for select law enforcement teams.
● Defence will offer states and territories placement of officers within law enforcement agencies to assist with liaison and engagement.
● This strengthening of engagement will assist with pre-positioning of the ADF in response to a possible terrorist incident.
● The Government will strengthen Part IIIAAA of the Defence Act to remove some constraints in the provisions to “call out” the ADF to assist states and territories.
● This will include the removal of the provision that currently limits states and territories from asking for ADF support and specialist military skills until their capability or capacity has been exceeded.
● The Government will also make changes to the Act to make it easier for Defence to support the police response, such as the ability to prevent suspected terrorists from leaving the scene of an incident.

These measures are intended to provide increased Commonwealth support to states and territories in their role as first responders to a domestic terrorist incident. In particular these measures will:

· better support states and territories in preparing for terrorist incidents

· enable a more comprehensive ADF response to a terrorist incident if required

· improve information flows between the ADF and police during an incident.

Together, these measures will improve the nation’s ability to respond to terrorism as well as improve the effectiveness of Defence’s contribution to domestic counter-terrorism arrangements. The changes will be made in partnership with State and Territory Governments and we look forward to future engagement through the Council of Australian Governments and the Australia-New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee.

The Government’s number one priority is keeping Australians safe.

We cannot afford to take a ‘set and forget’ mentality on national security. We must constantly review and update our responses to the threat of terrorism.

The Turnbull Government initiated the review of Defence’s support to national counter-terrorism arrangements in 2016 in response to the changing nature of the threat as demonstrated in recent terrorist attacks around the world.

It’s the first time Defence’s contribution to domestic counter-terrorism has been reviewed since 2005.