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Major News and Events of 23 March 2014

What Happened on 23 March 2014

Jaswant Singh to file nomination papers from Barmer as independent

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader Jaswant Singh was unhappy and did not want to compromise on the ticket for Barmer. Instead of him, the ticket was allotted to the former Congressmen Col Sonaram Choudhary. Jaswant Singh presently represents Darjeeling in Lok Sabha. He said that he will file nomination papers from Barmer. But whether as independent or not will depend upon stance of the party. He added that nobody from the party has contacted him though they have his contact numbers and details. On Rajnath’s comment for using his services appropriately he said that he is not a piece of furniture and no compromise can be done regarding this. Jaswant Singh said that he rejects all such thoughts and mentality behind the same. Some supporters of Jaswant Singh torn up the posters of Narendra Modi in Rajasthan and on this he said that party must look into such matters and find out why these are happening.  Singh added that throughout his political career he tried to work for the welfare of the party and the party must understand and differentiate between fake and real.  Singh was part of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government and held position of external affairs, defence and finance. Manvendra Singh, son of Jaswant Singh also showed the signs that he might follow the footsteps of his father. He is presently an MLA in the Vasundhara Raje-led government in Rajasthan.

By March 2015 taxpayers will get the e-signature service for filing e-return

The new facility of electronic signatures by the Income Tax department will reduce the trouble of posting a hard copy of e-filed return. As decided by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), tax payers will get the new mechanism by the end of the next year in March 2015. CBDT formulates the policies for the Income Tax Department. For the legalities and technological requirements, the CBDT will contact the Union Ministries of Law and Communications and Information Technology. After this the new technology can be implemented. A per the senior officer, the new technology will not put any additional burden in terms of cost or procedure on the taxpayer if he or she opts for this service. To use the service of e-signatures, taxpayer has to create a bonafide statement to verify the identity. This will require a fee and renewal after a regular interval of time. At present a person who is filing through e-return is required to send a copy by post to the Central Processing Centre (CPC) in Bengaluru. In case the post does not reach to the department return is not considered valid. On the other hand more and more people are opting an online option so e-signature would definitely add value to the services.

Sushma Swaraj unhappy over the Barmer ticket tissue

Denial of Barmer ticket to Jaswant Singh has led to a recent rift in the Bharatiya Janata Party.  He has shown his displeasure and said that he will decide anything after meeting his colleagues and people of Barmer. Party chief Rajnath Singh is saying that there is no such rift in the party but senior leader Sushma Swaraj expressed unhappiness at the ticket decision. She said that it is a big decision which was taken later and not by the election committee. There must be some reason for taking the decision. But whatsoever might be the reason it is really painful. Not only this but BJP’s supporting parties are also becoming a cause of concern. The Shiv Sena in Maharashtra is saying that the Modi era may begin but it does not mean the end of the Advani era. The BJP also denied ticket to his Ahmedabad East MP Harin Pathak and given his seat to actor Paresh Rawal. Rajnath said that Jaswant Singh is a senior leader and his services will be utilized properly within the party. No ticket can measure his dignity. The party did not included LK Advani and name of other senior leaders in the first list of its candidate. Speaking on this Rajnath SIngh added that the names of many senior leaders including him and even the PM candidate of the party were not included in the list.

Expansion plan by the Bharatiya Mahila Bank Limited – the only women bank in Hyderabad

The Bharatiya Mahila Bank Limited (BMB) opened its first branch in Hyderabad on Saturday. BMB chairman and managing director Usha Ananthasubramanian said that the main focus of the bank in the fiscal year will be on its branding. . The bank started working with an initial capital of Rs 1,000 crore and 70% of its lending is for women. She added that they are working on customer convenience and for this they are thinking of starting a mobile banking vans fitted with ATM machines. These vans will visit the locations at fixed timings. This will also do the branding of the bank. The main customer of the bank is women but it is not reluctant to male customers and employees. The bank has male employees at some of its branches In order to accommodate the borrowers from rural areas the bank is working in association with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and self-help groups (SHGs). The bank will not only cater the poor segment but it has received queries for bigger loan as well.  For the overall growth and sustainability of the bank it will provide services to every sector of women from self help group to middle class to high profiles. The bank at present has 200 employees. It has plans to have 23-24 branches this fiscal year and about 60 branches in 2014-15.

Protest against refusal of accreditation to Harbir Singh Sandhu

Something wrong had been going on between Hockey India (HI) and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for a long time. But the outcome of this fight is quite disgraceful. HI secretary general Narinder Batra said that Hockey India will take the men’s hockey team out from the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The decision came when organizers refused to give an official approval to Harbir Singh Sandhu who was one of the 28 probable shortlisted candidates for the event. The 2014 Commonwealth Games are scheduled in Glasgow, Scotland. Batra said that he is angry to know that IOA president, N Ramachandran, and secretary general Rajiv Mehta did not take any action in spite of knowing everything about the decision. He also said that they are not bothered about the accreditation of the players. The associations relations manager, Robert Vergouw had written a letter to IOA with a message of refusing an accreditation to Harbir. The reason cited for the same is “a UK Home Office Background Check result”. Batra added accreditation cannot be refused like this. It must contain strong evidence not just the name. It is an insult. He added that he is sure that IOA will not be bothered and won’t do anything about the same but he will make sure that the protest result in logical outcome.

Indian Embassy at Saudi Arabia asked Indian nationals not to get influenced by anti social elements

Few self-styled social workers in Saudi Arabia tried to provoke Indian women workers to initiate strike. But the Indian nationals have been warned by India Embassy. The Indian Embassy in Riyadh said that the goodwill of Indians is getting tarnished by the anti-social elements. The embassy also said in its statement that these illegal and anti social elements have also disseminated the reports on strike through social media. They even tried to publish it on another media. The embassy also said that they all are living in foreign countries and must follow their rules. Violating law and order of the country would result in penalty, imprisonment and deportation. The embassy released this statement after few Indian women working as cleaners went on strike. The reason for strike was disparity in salary. These women belong to Kerala and work for a aompnay on contract to clean the hospital in Riyadh. It is estimated that near about 2.8 million Indians are residing in Gulf Kingdom. 

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