Friday Evening News Brief, March 31

Friday evening brief Mar 31 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Centre notified a simpler, one-page form for filing income tax returns. Quoting Aadhaar number and disclosing bank deposits of more than Rs 2 lakh post-demonetisation have been made mandatory during ITR filing. This new form (Sahaj) will replace the 7-page form, removing a plethora of columns on deductions from income claimed.
The Supreme Court refused to relax its earlier order banning liquor vends along national and state highways. However, in a modification, the apex court said that for areas having a population of up to 20,000, the distance of liquor vends can be 220 metres, instead of the earlier-mentioned 500 metres.
CBI filed chargesheet against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife in a disproportionate assets case. The development came hours after the Delhi High Court dismissed the chief minister and his wife’s plea seeking quashing of the DA case filed against them by the CBI.
Scotland made a formal request to the UK for independence vote. “I am… writing to begin early discussions between our governments to agree an Order under section 30 of the Scotland Act 1998 that would enable a referendum to be legislated for by the Scottish Parliament,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote in a letter to May.
​ Union home minister Rajnath Singh said Pakistan is using social media to influence the youth in J&K. “I feel that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir, who resort to stone pelting, are being brainwashed by certain forces that are in Pakistan. I would like to appeal to them not to be swayed by Pakistan. Pakistan is trying to destabilise India in this way.”
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