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Scrutiny of income tax returns reduced to 0.25 pc in assessment year 2018-19: FinMin

Scrutiny of income tax returns reduced to 0.25 pc in assessment year 2018-19: FinMin

Finance
New Delhi: Income tax returns picked up for scrutiny has reduced to 0.25 per cent of the total ITRs filed in assessment year (AY) 2018-19, from 0.55 per cent in AY 2017-18, the Finance Ministry has said. "IT Dept is changing-from just enforcement to facilitating better taxpayer services. In continuation of the same, the no. of cases selected for scrutiny has reduced drastically over the years," the ministry said in a tweet late on Tuesday. Official data released showed the number of income tax scrutiny cases was 0.71 per cent in AY 2015-16, 0.40 per cent in AY 2016-17, 0.55 per cent in AY 2017-18 and 0.25 per cent in AY 2018-19. The ministry, however, did not give the absolute number of cases picked up for scrutiny during these years. State-wise data also showed while the scrutiny as pe...
CDC: 93K Americans die from alcohol-related causes each year

CDC: 93K Americans die from alcohol-related causes each year

Health
July 30 (UPI) -- More than 93,000 Americans die annually from alcohol-related causes, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This includes more than 50,000 people who die from chronic health conditions caused by excessive drinking, including alcoholic liver disease, agency researchers said. Advertisement The remainder died from "acute causes," including alcohol overdoses, drinking-related injuries and drunk-driving accidents, they said. "Little progress has been made in preventing deaths caused by excessive drinking," the authors of the paper, published in the CDC's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, wrote. The data indicate "that an average of 255 Americans die from excessive drinking every day," they said. The findings are bas...
UN says Afghan civilian casualties down by 13% this year

UN says Afghan civilian casualties down by 13% this year

World
The U.N. mission in Afghanistan has noted a drop in the number of civilians killed and wounded in violence in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last yearBy RAHIM FAIEZ Associated PressJuly 27, 2020, 8:33 AM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan saw a 13% drop in the number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across the country in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year, according to a U.N. report released Monday. The report credited the drop in casualties in part to the reduction of operations by international forces — which now only act when called upon and in support of the Afghan forces — and also to a decrease in the number of attacks by the Islamic State group
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson named Football Writers’ Association Men’s Footballer of the Year

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson named Football Writers’ Association Men’s Footballer of the Year

Sports
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has won the Football Writers' Association Men's Footballer of the Year award.The 30-year-old midfielder, who led Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years this season, received more than a quarter of the votes."As grateful as I am I don't feel like I can accept this on my own," he said. "I owe a lot to so many people but none more so than my current team-mates, who have been incredible and deserve this every bit as much as I do."Liverpool team-mates Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane, Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne and Manchester United's Marcus Rashford also finished in the top five.On Wednesday Henderson, who is recovering from a knee injury, recei...
Extra £14bn needed a year for climate, report says

Extra £14bn needed a year for climate, report says

Science
An extra £14bn is needed each year to help the UK meet its climate commitments, a new think tank report suggests.Green Alliance says the cash is needed for clean transport, nature restoration, and low-carbon buildings.Over the past three years, it says that £9bn has been spent on projects that actually increase CO2, like roads.It comes as large UK firms make a promise to "kick-start a new approach" and "put the environment first".The Green Alliance think tank insists though that the funding issue must be solved in the prime minister’s economic recovery speech expected on Tuesday.Its calculations are based on the government’s own assessment of major projects in the pipeline released on 16 June.The government said it is determined to meet carbon targets, bu