www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 7 APRIL 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few storms. Morning clouds Temp: Max.37°C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 34% Sunrise: 06:01 Sunset: 06:26 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H TTD releases 50,879 Arjitha Walmart eyes Flipkart Seva online tickets for July to take on Amazon India T A very own space for today’s women to tell their stories of success, courage and how to take on new challenges for a better tomorrow P5 TD released 50,879 online quota of Arjitha Seva tickets for July 2018. Of this, 9,619 tickets will be for electronic dip system. Of which 6,979 are Suprabhatam, Thomala and Archana each 110, 120 Astadalam and 2,300 Nija Pada Darshanam tickets. W almart completed a thorough due diligence process on e-commerce firm Flipkart this week, two sources said, as the US retail giant looks to take a controlling stake of 51 per cent or more in the Indian company. CAG AND AFTER IN A FLASH… KCR preps to counter Uttam talk of TS finances WINDOWS OUR BUREAU Ex-prez of S Korea jailed for 24 years Seoul: A South Korean court jailed former president Park Geun-hye for 24 years on Friday over a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country’s conglomerates. Park became South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office last year when the Constitutional Court ordered her out over a scandal that landed the heads of two conglomerates in jail. S P8 Cats and dogs on same boat: Shah Mumbai (Agencies): BJP president Amit Shah on Friday made stinging remarks against the opposition parties trying to unite to take on the BJP in next year's Lok Sabha polls by equating them to 'snakes', 'mongoose', 'dogs' and 'cats'. "The countdown for 2019 (polls) has begun. Attempts are being made for opposition unity. When huge floods occur, everything is washed away. Only a 'vatvriksha (banyan tree) survives and snakes, mongoose, dogs, cats and other animals climb out to save themselves from the rising waters. "Due to Modi flood, all cats, dogs, snakes and mongoose are getting together to contest polls," Shah said. S P7 Srinivas Setty A cloudburst has caught denizens by surprise, especially office-goers returning home. Accompanied by power outages, strong winds created a scare among residents. Change in the weather has brought muchawaited respite to Twin Cities reeling under hot weather conditions for the past several days Vehicle registration at showroom itself in TS OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In an attempt to do away with agents and brokers, the Transport department authorities are contemplating making registration of vehicles at the showroom itself. According to ofﬁcials, the department is planning to shift the entire process of registration to the automobile showroom. Normally, when a vehicle is purchased its owner is given a temporary registration number from the showroom. The owner then would have to go to RTA ofﬁce to obtain permanent registration number. The RTA officer would inspect the vehicle and issue certiﬁcate of registration once he satisﬁes himself that everything is in order. Here, the vehicle owners shell out more money to the broker for getting his work done. To avoid this, the department is now contemplating shifting the process to the showroom and this would beneﬁt the motorist as there would be no involvement of middlemen, said a senior official in the department. The official said that the Mo- tor Vehicle Inspector would examine the documents, invoices, form 21 and 22, engine and chassis number at the showroom itself. The vehicle owners would have to go through the photograph and digital signature process in the showroom. The registration number would be granted by the RTA offices concerned, said the official. Sources in the department said that agents and brokers collect Rs 4,500 for a four-wheeler and Rs 1,500 for a two-wheeler, which includes RTA charges. With this the new system, the broker would be eliminated, and the services would be directly provided to the motorist, said the official. Continued on P4 Hyderabad: After Opposition parties raised a hue and cry over the ﬁndings of the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India) on the management of the state's ﬁnances, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday summoned the Finance department officials and sought an explanation whether the ﬁndings were genuine or only an observation. In a bid to counter the Opposition allegations that the ﬁnances were in a mess, KCR is likely to make a presentation on the performance of state government in the management of state ﬁnances before the media on Saturday. Top officials said that KCR took serious note of the TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy’s power point presentation on the CAG report, particularly the state government’s failure in maintaining the ﬁnancial discipline on Thursday. Reddy also posed questions to the government with regard to the CAG report and demanded an explanation. The CAG pulled up the Telangana government for its irregular accounting procedures and poor maintenance of the state's ﬁnances. The CAG also indicted the government for not regularising excess expenditure in the report for the FY 2016-2017. The CAG analysed the Telangana ﬁnances during the FY 2016-17 in which the state registered revenue surplus of Rs 1,386 crore. Continued on P4 P9 GROUND REALITY Villages cry for water Acute water crisis as groundwater dips further NM SATHEESH Hyderabad: As summer becomes ﬁerce, several villages in the state are already under the grip of acute drinking water shortage. In many villages, water is being transported in tankers to mitigate the problem. The Rural Water Supply officials are hiring agriculture borewells to supply drinking water to the villages where there is problem. Mission Bhagiratha officials have stepped up their work to ensure bulk supply of water on priority basis to the village which have been facing shortage. A senior official of Rural Water Supply department said that they have been taking steps to transport water through tankers and have been responding to the issues being reported with regard to water shortage. The Groundwater Department has informed that the average groundwater levels in the state during March 2018 is 11.90 metres below ground level (mgbl) and it varies from 6.80 mgbl (Wanaparthi Dist) to 19.95 mbgl (Medak dist). The department informed that a net fall of 0.94 metres in groundwater level is observed during March 2018 as compared to March 2017.The fall in water levels is observed in most of the districts and this fall is mainly due to deﬁcit rainfall of 10 per cent during this season. A maximum fall of 4.12 metres is observed in Medak district with 24 per cent deﬁcit rainfall and minimum fall of 0.08 metres is observed in Suryapet district with 13 per cent deﬁcit rainfall. During the March 2018 in comparison to March 2017, rise in water levels are observed in 9 districts and which varies from 0.15m in BadradriKothagudem to 2.28 m in Rangareddy district. The rise in groundwater level from May 2017 to March 2018 is 0.45 m. In Mahbubnagar district, the groundwater level is 12.86 mbgl against 16.72 mgbl in the last year and in Vikarabad district the water level 15.08 mgbl in March against the level of 14.68 mgbl in the same period Continued on P4 last year. BJP plans fast against LS logjam on April 12 Babu’s experience is of no use to AP: Pawan P4 New Delhi: In a counter-offensive, the Congress on Friday said its workers would hold a day-long fast at all state and district headquarters on April 9 to expose the BJP's "lies" on various issues, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a fast by BJP MPs on April 12 to protest the impasse in Parliament for which he blamed the opposition party. Hitting back at the BJP, the Congress said it was the government which was responsible for not letting Parliament function and termed as a "gimmick" and "drama" the move by NDA MPs to forgo their salary for 23 days when Parliament did not func- Cong to counter it with harmony fast on April 9 BJP MP Ganesh Singh (L) raising slogans as Congress MPs Ambika Soni, Sunil Kumar Jakhar and others protest against the Modi government at the Parliament House in New Delhi on Friday tion. Addressing a joint press conference, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and party's senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said their party MPs had met the Rajya Sabha chairman requesting him that house should not be prorogued so that it can be reconvened for two more weeks to discuss issues of national importance as they could not be taken up due to disruptions. Sharma said party chief Rahul Gandhi has announced a plan to holding a fast at all district headquarters to help promote peace, brotherhood and harmony in the Continued on P4 country. IT dept wants to know a little bit more about you New Delhi: New income tax return forms (ITR forms) seek more details from individual taxpayers about their salary structure and income from property while making it mandatory for small businesses to report their goods and services tax identiﬁcation number (GSTIN) and turnover reported under GST. The forms give non-resident Indians (NRIs) some relief. They can now provide details of their foreign bank accounts to claim credit or refunds. Earlier, they could only provide details of bank accounts held in India. However, NRIs will no longer be able to ﬁle returns using the simple income tax return (ITR)-1 form, which can now only be used by residents. NRIs will have to use ITR-2, which seeks more information.The new ITR forms notiﬁed for assessment year 2018-19 require salaried taxpayers to disclose their salary breakup. Taxpayers will have to give details about allowances that are not exempt, value of perquisites, proﬁt in lieu of salary and deductions claimed under Section 16. Typically, these are available in the Form 16 issued by the employer but do not have to be disclosed in the tax return. Like in New ITR forms ask for salary breakup, income from property the last year, the one-page ITR-1, or Sahaj, form can be ﬁlled by salaried taxpayers having an income up to Rs 50 lakh and one house property. Last year, 30 million taxpayers ﬁlled this form, the tax department said in a state- ment. Among the procedural changes is doing away with the requirement of disclosing cash deposits made immediately after demonetisation. Further, those paying tax under the government’s presumptive taxation scheme will have to provide their GSTIN and details of their turnover reported under GST, as the government seeks to check tax evasion among these entities by linking their direct and indirect tax data. Businesses with a turnover of less than Rs2 crore can do away with the requirement of maintaining books of accounts and instead pay a tax based on a certain percentage of their turnover. However, the government fears that there has been misuse of the scheme. “GSTIN number now has to be mentioned in ITR-4 ﬁlled by businesses and professionals claiming presumptive income. They also have to quote gross receipts as per GST returns. It appears that the department intends to use this information to link the direct and indirect taxes paid by these businesses,” said Archit Gupta, chief executive officer of ClearTax, a tax and compliance software provider. Also, partners in ﬁrms will now have to ﬁle ITR-3 instead of ITR-2, Gupta added. The tax department has also given an option to taxpayers above the age of 80 and those earning income up to Rs 5 lakh and not claiming refunds to ﬁll ITR-1 and ITR-4 in paper form.
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