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Monday, August 23, 2010

Edition 28: Celebration time at Income Tax, Governors promise to UoP, Swine Flu

Celebration Time For I-T Department

Income tax levy was introduced in India w.e.f. 24th July, 1860, thus, on this 24-07-2010, Income Tax has completed 150 years of its existence in India. The occasion of completion of 150 years in tax administration was celebrated by the Income Tax department throughout India.

On this occasion, Chief Commissioner of Income tax (CCA), Pune Region hosted a function at Hotel Aurora Towers on 24.07.2010. Top tax payers, distinguished citizens and senior bureaucrats, representatives of Bar Councils / Chartered Accountants’ Association / Business Federations, etc., attended the function. The function was presided by Manjari Kacker, Chief Commissioner of Income tax (CCA), Pune, S.K. Jha, Chief Commissioner of Income tax-II, Pune and A.P. Shrivastav, Chief Commissioner of Income tax, Nasik. A documentary film prepared for the momentous occasion by the CBDT, New Delhi was screened at the function. A film prepared by the office of the

Chief Commissioner of Income tax (CCA), Pune covering the initiatives and achievements of Pune charge was also screened.

On this occasion, the department felicitated the top tax payers for their contribution towards nation building and also the employees of the department for their outstanding work and achievements in sports, etc. Moreover, the children of the officers and staff

were also felicitated for excelling in sports and academics. Outstanding sportsperson of

the department who excelled in the past one year felicitated were Shri Avinash Vashishat, Shri Chandrashekhar Raju, Shri Raju K, Balulmath, Ms. Urmila More, Ms. Snehal Rajput and Shri Sandeep Parmar. Master Pratiek Ninawe, son of employee of the department

was also felicitated in this category.

Children of the officers and staff felicitated for having excelled at 12th and 10th Board exam were Master Sahil Agarwal, Ms. Srishti Dhamija, Ms. Siddhi V. Nadkarni,

Master Saurabh D. Mahajan, Ms. Arushi D. Mahajan, Master Omkar D, Kulkarni, Ms. Shefali A. Rao, Ms. Pushpa Ram Kotaiah, Master Vandan V. Phadke, Master Ankit Damle, Ms. Kristina Sabu and Master Pranav M. Pandit. In her address to the gathering,

Mrs. Manjari Kacker, CCIT, Pune revealed how the Income tax Act and the Income tax Department has progressed for the better during the past period. In the area of tax payer services, “Aayakar Seva Kendra’ (ASK) set up at Income tax Office, Akurdi has been acknowledged by the Finance Minister and has emerged as the first Government initiative to receive Bureau of Indian Standards quality certification. Central Processing Centers (CPC) for bulk processing of returns has been set up at Bangalore and 2 more CPCs are being set up at Pune and Manesar, which are likely to be operational in the next calendar year. She concluded her speech stating that the department re-dedicates to the Nation with the objective of optimizing resource generation for meeting the diverse development requirements of the people and a safe, secure and strong nation.


Top tax payers felicitated on the occasion were Bank of Maharashtra, Cummins India Ltd, Thermax Ltd, Kirlosk ar Oil Engines Ltd, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company Ltd, Emerson Network Power (I) Pvt Ltd, Goodyear South Asia Tyre Pvt Ltd, The Janta Sahakari Bank Ltd, The Pune District Co-op Bank Ltd, The Cosmos Co-op Bank Ltd, Gopinath Patil Parsik Janta Sahakari Bank Ltd, Aniruddha P. Deshpande, Jaiprakash Sitaram Goel, Rajendra Sitaram Goel and Atul Jaiprakash Goel.


Maharashtra Governor and Chancellor of state universities K Sankarnarayanan visited the various departments of University of Pune. He accepted the request of R K Shevgaonkar, vice-chancellor of the UoP to visit a few departments of the varsity.

The Governor also reviewed the ongoing work of heritage building of the varsity, which is undergoing restoration. Shevgaonkar met the Chancellor, when the latter was on a

official visit to Pune. Shevgaonkar also discussed various issues related to the UoP.

He visited the universiyt campus on Tuesday. Some trees were planted by him in the campus.He also visited various departments of the university.

Speaking on the occasion, he said, “The UoP will get full support from government for its plans to expand and incorporate new avenues of education. The university has a

long and commendable history. It should be preserved in future also.” Shegaonkar was present on the occasion.

Return of H1N1

With monsoon showing its colours in full throttle the city is again gripped with fear of H1N1, also known as Swine Flu. Going by the number of fresh cases of swine flu — an average of 25 to 30 every day — the infection rate of H1N1 influenza has increased significantly in Pune district in July.

More than 350 cases have been recorded till date this month, as against 77 cases in June. The mortality rate vis-à-vis infected cases is also witnessing a rise with 25 deaths having been registered this month as against nine in the previous month. About 1,000 doctors and nurses of Pune Municipal Corporation are to be administered ner Panenzia vaccine from today.

According to Dr. R. R. Pardeshi, head of the health department, PMC, “The Family Welfare Ministry of Union Government had availed Sanofi vaccines in the month of May. But the health employees shunned that vaccine for the fear of side effects. About a month ago, the Panenzia was made available which has little side effects.”

A meeting of doctors, nurses and paramedic employees of the PMC was conducted

a week ago. In the meeting, the employees were pressed to take shots. From today, employees at 43 centres would be administered the shots. Meanwhile, the PMC has organised a meeting of teachers, principals of schools & colleges, coaching classes, madarassa. They will be guided by experts to take precaution in view of H1N1 Flu’s return.

"Most of the cases this month are from the rural parts of the district. The virus is making strides in rural areas," said a state health official. While the number of positive cases were in the range 2 to 10 every day, last month, as many as 29 fresh cases were reported on July 29, 46 on July 23 and 38 on July 22.

According to experts, the virus is a winter phenomenon in western countries. But in India, it could find the same favourable conditions during the monsoon. "The H1N1 group of viruses proliferate more when the weather is humid and slightly cooler. The virus is an airborne one and humidity and cool weather are conducive factors for its survival," said Arun Jamkar, dean of Sassoon general hospital.

However, the case is not so serious like last year. "Unlike then, when we were caught unawares, this year we are better prepared," said Dr Sharad Agharkhedkar, president of Indian Medical Association's. Preventive vaccines are available in the market and people are advised to take them.

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