Finance ministry asks tax officials to identify evaders through data analytics

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (Photo: Reuters) In a bid to meet ambitious tax target, the finance ministry on Friday held a review meeting with tax officials directing them to make special efforts to identify and book tax evaders through data analytics and information sharing. The meeting chaired by Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey. He was accompanied by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) officials. Officials were also told to communicate with taxpayers that they must genuinely file their taxes before…

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Police Are Investing In New Technology. ‘Thin Blue Lie’ Asks, ‘Does It Work?’

In 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year old unarmed black man, was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. In the four months that followed, the stock price of the stun-gun maker Taser International, now known as Axon Enterprise, nearly doubled. The following year, the Department of Justice launched a pilot program awarding more than $23.2 million in grants to expand the use of body cameras worn by police officers across the country. Today, these types of technologies are often touted by law enforcement officials and policy makers as ways to…

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Mumbai school shut since August 25; high court asks Maharashtra to clarify stand

The Bombay high court on Wednesday directed the Maharashtra government to clear its stand over shifting of Matoshree Kashiben Vrajlal Valia International School at Borivli (West). The secondary division of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) school has remained shut since August 25. The division bench of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice Bharati Dangre said the state authorities should take a proactive stand for resolving the issue and posted the petition filed by Borivli residents Tushar Shah and Pragnesh Gopani, whose children are studying in the school, for further…

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Egypt Asks Cyprus To Extradite Hijacker: Reports

An Egyptian man accused of hijacking a passenger jet and forcing it to land in Cyprus while strapped with fake bombs may be prosecuted in his own country. Egypt’s public prosecutor has asked Cypriot authorities to extradite Seif Eldin Mustafa, according to Egyptian state television reports. Briton Ben Innes asked a crew member to take a photo of him with Mustafa Mustafa, who has been described by officials as being “psychologically unstable”, was remanded in custody earlier for eight days on suspicion of hijacking an EgyptAir aircraft. No formal charges were…

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ITBP chief asks students to think of the poor

NEW DELHI: As children become more and more individualistic in a consumption-driven economy, ITBP chief Subhash Goswami on Monday exhorted young students to understand the value of economic equity in the society and asked teachers to usher them on the right path. Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of an ITBP school in Dwarka, Goswami narrated a French short story that spoke of a well-to-do family sitting in an upmarket restaurant frowning upon a hungry and poor family outside. The rich family also asked for the poor family’s immediate removal…

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