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Morning Current Affairs: 3 January 2018

Triple Talaq Bill to be introduced in Rajya Sabha

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill will be introduced by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the upper house of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha on 3 January 2018.

The Bill seeks to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq among Muslims. It has already been passed by Parliament’s lower house, Lok Sabha. To enable smooth passing of the bill through Rajya Sabha, the government has urged the opposition to not press for amendments to the bill and maintain the stand it took in the Lok Sabha.

Income Tax raids unearth Rs 65 crore worth black money in human hair export

The Income Tax raids conducted by the Investigation Directorate in Karnataka unearthed Rs 65 crore worth tax evasion in the export of human hair offered by devotees in temples.

According to a press release issued by the Directorate General of Income Tax in Bengaluru, the search and seizure operation conducted on a hair exporter in North Karnataka helped expose the huge undisclosed income. The department has also seized Rs 2.5 crore cash, Rs 2.5 crore worth jewellery and 140 kg of silver articles from his residence.

It was found that the exporter evaded tax by not disclosing income from second quality sales and wastage sales in his IT returns.

Government directs all states, UTs to conduct 500 random sampling of milk

The Union Agriculture Ministry has directed all the states and Union Territories to conduct 500 random sampling of milk every month at village level for detecting adulteration particularly of edible oil, sucrose and detergents.

The states have also been asked to install milk adulteration testing equipment at village level for detection of adulteration by various adulterants. The drive will be started immediately and 50 thousand samples will be taken countrywide.

The National Programme for Dairy Development will be assisting in the implementation of the drive.

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