STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: Security forces have unearthed two terrorist hideouts in the forest area of Awantipora in Pulwama district, recovering a cache of arms and ammunition, police said on Thursday.Acting on a tip off about presence of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists in Badroo forests of Awantipora, security forces launched a search operation on Wednesday night, a police official said.“During search in the early morning hours (of Thursday), two hideouts of LeT outfit were busted and destroyed,” the official said.He said incriminating material and huge cache of explosive material and ammunition have been recovered from hideouts which include over 1900 rounds of AK ammunition, two hand grenades and an UBGL thrower with four grenades.The other explosives recovered include ammonium nitrate-like substance, five gelatin sticks, one crude pipe bomb and three code sheets.A case has been registered at police station Awantipora in this regard, he added.
maximum cases get resolved outside court. As a result, in a short time, about 3 lakh cases were resolved,” Modi said.Listing taxation reforms undertaken by his government since 2014, Modi said the Goods and Services Tax amalgamated dozens of taxes, thresholds fixed for pursuing tax matters in different courts and a dispute resolution scheme brought in to reduce litigation.Also, tax rate has been reduced. “There is no tax on income up to Rs 5 lakh (for individuals). Tax slabs for income higher than Rs 5 lakh have also been reduced. India is now among the nations with lowest corporate tax,” he said.“Attempt has been that the tax system should be seamless, painless, and faceless,” he said.While seamless means tax administration does not complicate, painless means simple rules and technology.The Prime Minister said his government”s reforms in the last six years have focused on banking the unbanked, securing the unsecured, and funding the unfunded. “Today is the beginning of a similar journey,” he said.Three main features of the platform unveiled on Thursday are faceless assessment, faceless appeal, and taxpayers” charter, he said adding the focus is on making the tax system “people-centric and public friendly.”Four factors for changes in the taxation system are due to policy-driven governance, belief in people”s honesty, the use of advanced technology, and efficiency in the bureaucracy, according to Modi.Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the budget for 2020-21, had announced a ”taxpayers” charter” to empower citizens by ensuring time-bound services by the Income Tax department.The government has undertaken various tax reforms during the last six years including a reduction in corporate tax last year to 22 per cent from 30 per cent for existing companies and 15 per cent for new manufacturing units, scraping of dividend distribution tax and faceless assessment.The I-T Department has also taken several tax-payer friendly measures over the years. It launched the Direct Tax ”Vivad se Vishwas” scheme to expedite the resolution of pending tax disputes.The income tax department has simplified compliance norms for startups and has moved forward with the pre-filling of income tax returns to make compliance more convenient for individual taxpayers.Currently, most of the functions of the Income Tax Department starting from the filing of the return, processing of returns, issuance of refunds, and assessment are performed in the electronic mode without any human interface.
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