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Officers of Indian Revenue Service with PM Modi & Arun Jaitley | Facebook/IRS

Modi govt has reduced recruitment of IRS officers by over 70% since 2014

In 2013, 409 IRS officers were recruited through the UPSC exam. By 2018, the number of posts released by the Modi govt stood at 106.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley

Modi govt wants to bring back ‘Raid Raj’, tells taxmen to ‘use whatsoever means required’

The PMO has ordered taxmen to fill the revenue shortfall, which could only mean one thing: More surveys and pressure to deposit more advance tax.
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Central Board of Direct Taxes wants income tax department to step up collection efforts

The CBDT chairman has shot off a letter to all principal chief commissioners of income tax department asking them to step up efforts.
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Govt orders restructuring of income tax dept & review of fresh cadre

The Central Board of Direct Taxes ordered creation of a panel of senior officials to accomplish the task within the next three months.

Under Modi govt, number of crorepati taxpayers has risen by 60%

Central Board of Direct Taxes chairman Sushil Chandra says these numbers are a result of a number of efforts by the tax department over the last few years
A giant cut-out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi installed at Ashok Road | Ravi Choudhary/ Getty Images

Under fire for ‘tax terrorism’, Modi govt to clear all dues and refunds by year-end

Move seen as a course correction after opposition slammed govt over frequent 'tax raids' on assesses in the name of black money.
The Rs 500 notes that were cancelled under demonetisation

Did pvt banks get more new currency during demonetisation? CVC begins probe

The Central Vigilance Commission has also started an investigation into deposits made by government officials in the 40-day period of demonetisation.

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Priyanka Vadra, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Robert Vadra

Not Gandhi dynasty, but a Narasimha Rao-like figure can save the Congress now

The Congress needs someone who can re-build its image and appeal as a credible opposition without totally sidelining the Gandhi family.
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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

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RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
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If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?