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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Ritu Sarin of Indian Express chosen for IPI-India award
Ritu Sarin of The Indian Express has been chosen for International Press Institute-India Award For Excellence in Journalism in 2017 for outstanding work done in investigative journalism during her career, including the Panama Papers series. The award comprises a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh, a trophy and a citation. "Sarin has been selected for her sustained work in investigation of crimes, political assassinations, terrorism cases, frauds and economic offences during her journalistic career, including leading The Indian Express investigation team into the Indian accounts and account-holders mentioned in Panama Papers during 2016," according to an official statement by International Press Institute (IPI).

Opposition writes to Naidu over 'murder' of democracy
Opposition parties have sent a letter to Rajya Sabha chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu stating that the government was "murdering democracy" in the Upper House by not letting them speak, the Trinamool Congress said today. The letter was sent following a meeting of opposition parties to discuss strategy for parliament. The meeting took place after they joined hands in boycotting the Upper House for the first time in this budget session. "We have raised our concern over the way the Upper House is been run. As a first step we are writing to the chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. We have said that the government is murdering democracy in the House by not letting the opposition speak," Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien told PTI.

No notice to taxpayers in case of minor filing mismatch: CBDT
From now on, the taxman will not issue demand notice to taxpayers in case there is a minor mismatch between their income tax return (ITR) and the corresponding tax credit data collected by the department from banks and other financial institutions. The measure, introduced in the latest Financial Bill, is aimed to provide relief to small and salaried class of taxpayers and aims to ease out issues of small discrepancies that sometimes crop up between the information on Form-16 (provided by the employer) and Form-26AS (tax credit statement received by the tax department). "A policy decision has been made not to issue tax demand notices.”

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