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Anti-CAA stir reaches Wankhede during India-Australia ODI

The colour Black is being banned (t-shirts, caps, anything) because it’s a “symbol of protest, (sic).” Several spectators were reportedly forced to change their shirts or caps which were then confiscated at the gate.

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Mumbai, Jan 14 : Fans at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday were seen wearing t-shirts with messages protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) among others as the current political environment in the country seeped into the stands during the first ODI between India and Australia.

Images were doing the rounds on social media during the match of fans wearing the shirts that had individual alphabets on them which read together said: “No NRC, NPR & CAA.” Videos later emerged of what were reportedly private security guards in the stadium speaking to the fans.

Others alleged that the guards did not allow fans to wear garments that are black in colour. Journalist Rahul Desai tweeted: “I’m at the Wankhede Stadium today. The colour Black is being banned (t-shirts, caps, anything) because it’s a “symbol of protest, (sic).” Several spectators were reportedly forced to change their shirts or caps which were then confiscated at the gate.

The passing of the contentious CAA, which was notified on January 10, has been met with protests around the country. The law grants Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees in India from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014 on grounds of religious persecution in their home countries.

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International prostitution racket busted in Bengaluru

The accused first brought a Bangladeshi girl here, rented a home and started exploring the city for flesh trade. The second girl was brought here later.

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Bengaluru, Jan 24: A human trafficking and international prostitution racket was busted here by the city’s Crime Branch and three people arrested, an official said on Friday.

“Two Bangladeshi girls, aged around 20, have been rescued and sent to a women’s care home,” DCP, Central Crime Branch, Kuldeep Jain to IANS.

The arrested persons were identified as Lipi, Mondal and Hussain, he said, adding Lipi and Hussain are from Bangladesh while Mondal is from Delhi.

The accused first brought a Bangladeshi girl here, rented a home and started exploring the city for flesh trade. The second girl was brought here later.

The three were produced before a local court, which sent them to judicial custody, Jain said.

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20% salary to be deducted as tax if PAN, Aadhaar not given

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New Delhi, Jan 24: Trouble and hardship is looming for those earning Rs 2.5 lakh per annum but have not provided PAN and Aadhaar details to the employer.

This is consequent to the Income Tax Department asking employers to deduct 20 per cent salary as Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) from all employees who fail to furnish PAN and Aadhaar details.

This rule was formulated by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and came into effect on January 16. The rule will be applicable to those who earn more than Rs 2.5 lakh per annum.

This rule is aimed at keeping a close eye on TDS payments and revenue earned by this segment. In the financial year 2018-19, revenue from this segment amounted to around 37 per cent of the total direct tax collection.

In its 86-page page circular, the CBDT has said employees have to quote PAN and Aadhaar details compulsorily as per the Section 206-AA of the Income Tax Act.

The circular reads: “Section 206AA in the Act makes furnishing of PAN or Aadhaar number, as the case may be, by the employee compulsory in case of receipt of any sum or income of amount, on which tax is deductible.”

The circular states that if an employee fails to provide these details, the employer is responsible to make deductions either at the tax rate on the employee’s salary or 20 per cent or above.

In case, the income is less than Rs 2.5 lakh per annum, no tax will be deducted.

After several deductions, if your salary attracts approximately 20 per cent tax, the TDS rate of 20 per cent will apply.

In case your salary attracts a 30 per cent tax rate, your employer will compute the average tax rate, i.e, employee’s total tax liability divided by total annual income. If the average tax rate turns out to be 20 per cent, the TDS would be 20 per cent.

However, employees will be exempted from paying education and health cess at 4 per cent rate in case the deduction made is at a higher rate.

The CBDT says the lack of PAN or Aadhaar details is creating problems in giving credit.

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2G internet on mobiles will be restored in Kashmir from midnight

An order issued on Friday said that access will be limited to whitelisted sites only, not any social media applications.

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New Delhi, Jan 24: In a major decision by the Jammu & Kashmir government, 2G internet services will be thrown open across all the 20 districts in the Union Territory effective Saturday.

This is the biggest breakthrough in internet connectivity in the region since August 5 last year when the government imposed restrictions on mobile internet in J&K after the abrogation of Article 370.

With 2G internet services set to be restored in all 20 districts of J&K from Saturday, all post-paid and prepaid subscribers will get access to internet. However, access will be limited to 301 whitelisted websites.

An order issued on Friday said that access will be limited to whitelisted sites only, not any social media applications.

Data services will be available on post-paid and prepaid mobile connections where the credentials have been identified.

The communication facilities provided by the government by way of internet kiosks and e-terminals apart from special arrangement for tourists, students and traders will continue.

The directions will be effective from Saturday and will be in force till January 31 unless modified earlier, said an order issued by Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary, J&K government.

The Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) shall continue with the process of verification of credentials of prepaid sim holders as per the norms applicable for post-paid connections, the order said.

The internet restrictions are being relaxed by the government in stages. On January 14, the government had announced that low-speed 2G mobile internet services shall be restored in two out 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley — Bandipur and Kupwara — and all the 10 districts of Jammu region for 153 whitelisted websites.

The move came after the Supreme Court asked the government to review the internet ban in J&K, calling it a part of Freedon of Speech as mentioned in the Constitution.

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