Taxation
Income tax office cautions taxpayers about fake emails
New Delhi : India's income tax department on Friday cautioned taxpayers not to share their card personal identification numbers (PIN) or mail passwords, clarifying that it never requests such details over email.
 
In a statement, the department said that taxpayers must be are aware the department does not seek confidential or financial information of the taxpayers over email.
 
"The Income Tax Department never asks for your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts through e-mail," said a union finance ministry statement here on steps taken by the tax department to safeguard taxpayers from "phishing" emails.
 
"The Income Tax Department appeals to taxpayers not to respond to such emails and NOT to share information relating to their credit card, bank and other financial accounts," it said, adding it is "very sensitive and alert to attempts made by fraudsters to spoof the department's identity to send phishing emails".
 
It said all taxpayer reports of phishing emails are forwarded to [email protected], which is a government agency mandated to fight against such threats.
 
Listing various best practices implemented, the statement said the use of protocols in this regard enables email receiver domains such as Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail to determine whether or not a received email is actually from the department and block phishing emails from reaching the taxpayer.
 
It asked taxpayers to check for the domain name carefully as fake emails will have mis-spelt or incorrect sounding variants of websites of the tax department.
 
"Do not open such emails in spam or junk folder and do not reply to such emails. Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code," it said.
 
"Do not click on any links and even if you have clicked on links inadvertently in a suspicious e-mail or phishing website then do not enter confidential information like bank account, or credit card details," it added.
 
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39 killed in Gujarat bus accident, 24 injured
Ahmedabad : Thirty-nine people were killed and 24 injured when a Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) bus fell off a river bridge in South Gujarat's Navsari district on Friday evening, police officials said.
 
Expressing her condolences over those killed in the accident, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel announced compensation of Rs.4 lakh each to their families.
 
According to an official communique, the chief minister has said the state government would bear the complete expenditure for the medical treatment of the injured people. 
 
Navsari Superintendent of Police M.S. Barada said the bus carrying around 60 passengers was on its way to Unai town from Navsari city when the accident occurred in the evening. The bus was packed to capacity when it started around 6 p.m.
 
Barada earlier told media persons that rescue operations were on in full swing. "We have recovered 20 bodies so far. At least 15 people, including the driver and the conductor of the bus, were trapped inside the overturned bus when last reports trickled in."
 
The officer said looking at the damaged bus, the chances of survival of those still inside the wreckage were dim. The accident occurred on a bridge over Purna river near Supa village on Bardoli road under Navsari rural police station area, he said.
 
Many of the injured, who were rushed to government hospitals in Navsari, Gandevi and other towns were reported to be in critical condition. Police said the number of casualties were being collated and may rise.
 
The exact cause for the accident was unclear so far but eye-witness told police that the driver took a left swerve to avoid a vehicle coming from the opposite direction, but lost control over the wheel, crashing into the side wall of the bridge and fell into the river some 40 feet below.
 
The police, fire brigade and ambulances rushed to the spot and with the help of the local people launched a massive rescue operation which, however, was slowed by darkness. 
 
Arrangements for lights were made on emergency basis to continue the rescue operations at night as some portions of the bus remained trapped in mud and shallow water, police said.
 
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Telecom operators not meeting call drop norms, says TRAI
New Delhi : The random test drive for call drops by the Indian telecom regulator shows that most of the telecom service providers (TSP) are not meeting the prescribed benchmark.
 
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has laid down the quality of services benchmarks for call drop rate to be less than 2 percent. Most telecom operators missed this benchmark.
 
The regulator conducted drive tests during December-January period. Tests were conducted on both 2G and 3G networks of service providers, including state-run MTNL and BSNL.
 
During December 2015-January 2016 drive tests were repeated in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Surat and Bhubaneswar and in addition drive tests were also carried out in Indore.
 
“In all the cities drive tests were carried out earlier, the same route was followed during the latest drive (around 300 km). For Delhi and Mumbai, the route length was increased to 600 Km after taking inputs from the TSPs about the additional route. In other cities also, the route has been increased wherever possible,” the report said.
 
In Pune, the regulator said, none of the operators has shown improvements. The highest rate of call drops was shown by Tata 3G at 42.93 percent, followed by Idea 3G 20.96 percent, BSNL 3G 11.64 percent and Airtel 3G 7.91 percent.
 
In Bhubaneswar, all the operators have failed to meet the benchmark. 
 
In Delhi, the regulator said some of the operators had shown improvements. The operators who complied with the benchmark are - Airtel 2G, 3G, Idea 2G, 3G and Vodafone 3G.
 
In Kolkata, CDMA network of MTS, Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications were compliant to call drop benchmark.
 
In Mumbai, the regulator said results for most of the operators were found to be satisfactory.
 
In Surat, TRAI said none of the operators were meeting the prescribed benchmark, though there was a marginal improvement in voice quality for some operators.
 
Regarding Indore, the regulator said some of the operators were meeting the prescribed benchmark.
 
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