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Top AAI appointment under question as selected candidate’s name added last minute

Hardeep Singh Puri is the Minister for both Housing and Civil Aviation.

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New Delhi, Jan 14 : A high-level appointment at state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) has raised eyebrows over the last-minute inclusion of a candidate and his selection by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB).

On January 8, two days before the interview for selection of the most-deserving candidate, the PESB partially modified its earlier communication to the authorities concerned and added the name of 1987 batch Indian Railways Accounts Service (IRAS) officer K. Vinayak Rao in the list of shortlisted candidates.

On January 10, the Board recommended the name of Rao for the key post. There were 11 candidates including Rao with six senior executives from the AAI.

“In partial modification to PESB’s communication of even number dated December 27, 2019 on the subject mentioned above, this is to state that Mr K Vinayak Rao, Finance Member, DDA (Indian Railway Accounts Service) has been included in the list of shortlisted candidates against the pool of Central Government category,” the PESB letter dated January 8 said.

Rao is currently Member, Finance at DDA which comes under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The AAI comes under the administrative control of Civil Aviation Ministry.

Hardeep Singh Puri is the Minister for both Housing and Civil Aviation.

Many AAI senior executives have been questioning the process of selection in private discussion but declined to talk about it openly fearing disciplinary action.

“How can someone be entertained after the cut-off date for submitting application? In case the name had to be extended, why the date for submission of application was not extended for all the candidates?” asked a senior executive.

“The laid-down terms have been bypassed in this case,” he added.

The post of Member, Finance, at AAI had fallen vacant after resignation by S. Suresh in May, 2019. Following this, an advertisement was issued to fill the vacancy with November 28, 2019 as the last date for submitting the application.

(Nirbhay Kumar can be contacted at [email protected])

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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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