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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

LG transfers 3 bureaucrats, AAP govt cries foul
In what could trigger a fresh bout of tussle between the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor's office,  LG Anil Baijal has transferred three IAS officers.  The action by the LG comes days after the Supreme Court clipped the LG's powers, restricting his jurisdiction to land, police and public order. The services, department, however, still continues to be the bone of contention between the two. According to a new order, Soumya Gupta has been replaced by Sanjay Goyal as Education Department Director. Similarly, Chanchal Yadav, who served as South DMC's Deputy Commissioner has been shifted as Special Secretary to LG.

South Korean president pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook today paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial Rajghat. President Moon arrived here on Sunday on his maiden official visit to India.  Yesterday, he along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a factory of South Korean tech giant Samsung in Noida. The facility is the world's largest mobile factory and is spread over 1,29,000 sq metres.

Maneka says assets gifted to wives should not be taxed, seeks changes in I-T Act
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has asked Finance Minister Piyush Goyal to suitably amend the Income-tax Act so that assets gifted to wives and daughters-in-law were not taxed. She has asked for the amendment of the Section 64 of the legislation, according to which if a man gifts an asset to his wife and the asset results in some income to the wife, the income will be added to the taxable income of the man. Gandhi said that due to the provision, husbands and fathers-in-law are apprehensive to transfer assets to women in their families because they fear that income accruing from the asset will ultimately become a burden on them.

Rajnath to visit Bangladesh from July 13
Home Minister Rajnath Singh will pay a three-day visit to Bangladesh beginning July 13, during which he will hold discussions on various issues including anti-terror cooperation, attempts by terror groups to radicalise youths and Rohingya refugees, officials said. During the visit, the home minister is expected to meet Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discuss various bilateral issues. The Rohingya issue is also expected to figure in the meeting, the official said.

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