Hazare backtracks, to agitate if Bill not passed by 15th August

Social activist Anna Hazare said people being the masters need to monitor Parliament's decisions in a functioning democracy. This was true as Parliament has failed to pass a Lokpal Bill for the past 42 years, he added

New Delhi: Backtracking on his Sunday's statement, Anna Hazare on Monday stuck to his 15th August deadline for passage of the Lokpal Bill failing which he will resort to agitation, reports PTI.

"The joint drafting committee has a mandate to produce a strong Jan Lokpal Bill (JLB) which will be sent to Parliament. We hope that all political parties will vote as per the wishes of the people, which is overwhelmingly in favour of a strong Bill.

"Parties that vote against the Bill will be eventually hurting their popularity and exposing their mala fide intentions. In such an event, we will again take to streets," Mr Hazare said in a statement here.

At an interaction with Marathi journalists here on Sunday, Mr Hazare appeared to be flexible on the 15th August deadline saying he was open to extending it if he found that the government was on the right path.

"We will have to accept it. We believe in democracy," he has said in reply to a question on what would be his stand if Parliament rejected the Lokpal Bill drafted jointly by the government and representatives of the civil society.

Reacting to media reports, Mr Hazare said on Monday that the deadline for preparation of the draft bill remains 30th June, immediately after which it should be presented in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

"Even the government has admitted that it is realistic for Parliament to deliberate and take a decision on the JLB by the 15th August deadline set by me. Thus failure of this deadline will invite mass protests by the people," he said.

He said people being the masters need to monitor Parliament's decisions in a functioning democracy. This was true as Parliament has failed to pass a Lokpal Bill for the past 42 years.

In addition, a significant number of elected representatives have used money, muscle power, election fraud, and misinformation in the media to win seats, undermining the sanctity and credibility of the parliamentary system, he said adding the citizens will have to ensure that a strong Lokpal Bill is passed.

He also said that confusion was being created in the media through government sources that the civil society has climbed down in the first Joint Drafting Committee meeting held on Saturday.

"It was rumoured that we agreed to the exclusion of the Prime Minister, cabinet ministers and judiciary from the Lokpal's purview. Civil society members have certainly not agreed to any of the above. JLB version 2.2 was presented to the government of India at the first meeting," he said.

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Tanishq: Good casting, poor storyline

The ad, starring Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, fits them to the T. But it is too clinical, too logical, too sensible, too cold and too dry. Diamonds are all about seduction, mystery, enchantment … the moment you remove the aura and the mystique, the game is over

So, Tanishq is the latest brand to join the Indian advertising celebrity bandwagon. And they have hired the services of both, husband and wife, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, as brand ambassadors. Mr Bachchan has been tweeting about his wife's 'return to acting' long before the ad was released, so one was eagerly awaiting the Tanishq ad.

In the commercial, Mr Bachchan is seen gifting a diamond necklace to wifey. To surprise her on her birthday. The missus, instead of being grateful, is mighty unimpressed. And gives mister a piece of her mind, saying the ol' man has no idea of how to judge a diamond necklace, and therefore had no business buying one. And that he ought to have sought her permission before 'surprising' her.

The defeated Mr Bachchan then decides to visit the Tanishq showroom. Where the salesman not only sells a diamond necklace to the star, he also gives the latter a long lecture on the art and science of diamonds. The hubby, now confident and educated, goes back home, gifts the lady the necklace, and acts like an expert on precious stones. But Mrs Bachchan now demands bangles.



This commercial has got it right on one level, and totally wrong on the other. The story befits the two actors completely, it fits them to the T, and therefore one can safely say on this very rare occasion, celebs have been cast correctly in an advert. The public image of Jaya Bachchan is one of a headstrong woman, the person who wears the trousers in Pratiksha, the boss who calls the shots in the family, and is generally difficult to please. And Amitabh is perceived to be the henpecked hubby, the scared yes-man. In that context, the story is very credible-you can well imagine this sort of an incident happening inside the Bachchan household.

Where Tanishq loses the plot totally is in the story and the execution. It's too clinical, too logical, too sensible, too cold and too dry. It's as if Bachchan is off to purchase a washing machine or a vacuum cleaner for the house. Diamonds are all about seduction, mystery, enchantment, surrealism, romance… the moment you remove the aura and the mystique, the game is over. Diamonds no longer become desirable, they lose their appeal, however pretty and genuine the ornament might be. In short, the ad would have worked nicely for a consumer durable. Doesn't work for jewellery.

Don't believe me? Ask a woman!

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No need to file tax returns for income up to Rs5 lakh

"Assessees with income up to Rs5 lakh will be exempted from filing returns. The provision (regarding not filing of returns) will be notified in the first week of June..." CBDT chairman Sudhir Chandra told media persons

New Delhi: Tax payers with annual income of up to Rs5 lakh will not be required to file returns, a move that will provide relief to about 70 to 80 lakh people, reports PTI.

"Assessees with income up to Rs5 lakh will be exempted from filing returns. The provision (regarding not filing of returns) will be notified in the first week of June..." Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chairman Sudhir Chandra told reporters.

He said the new rule will apply from the current assessment year (2011-12) for the income earned in 2010-11.

However, people in this category (income up to Rs5 lakh) will have to file return if they seek refund, he added.

The revenue department, meanwhile, has notified simpler income tax return forms 'Sahaj' and 'Sugam' aimed at reducing compliance burden on salaried persons and small businessmen.

Mr Chandra said, "(These) are major steps towards simplification of income tax (I-T) return filing."

He also said efforts were being made to facilitate electronic filing through Sahaj and Sugam I-T return forms.

The new return forms are in line with the government's effort to make filing of returns simpler and user-friendly.

While Sahaj is for salaried people, Sugam return form is applicable for small businessmen and professionals covered under presumptive taxation.

Under India's presumptive taxation, a person carrying on business will not be required to get his accounts audited if the annual total sales, turnover or gross receipts are less than Rs60 lakh.

The limit was increased by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in the 2010-11 Budget from Rs40 lakh.

The presumptive tax limit in case of professionals was increased to Rs15 lakh from Rs10 lakh.

Mr Chandra also said senior citizens (60 years and above) filing returns for incomes from pension, dividend, interest incomes and property will not be subjected to scrutiny.

"Such cases (of senior citizens) will not be picked up for scrutiny and the government will trust senior citizens," he said.

The government has reduced the age for the senior citizen category from 65 years to 60 years.

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COMMENTS

Sunil Ghotge

6 years ago

Is this applicable to all classes of assesses, ie salary-earners, professionals, or small businesses. Also, is it applicable even if the income is from various sources, like Interest, Dividends, Capital Gains, Income from House Property, so long as the Total earned is less than Rs 5 Lakhs ?

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