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Latest Live News Updates: Around 43.7 million income tax returns for fiscal 2019-20 (Assessment Year 2020-21) have been filed till December 28, the I-T department said on Tuesday. In the comparative period last year, 45.1 million ITRs were filed. With just three days left for the deadline for income tax return (ITR) filing for individuals to end, the tax department asked taxpayers not to wait and file returns early.

Gujarat BJP MP and former Union minister Mansukh Vasava, who has been vocal on tribal issues, quit the party, and said he would resign from Lok Sabha in the budget session of Parliament. 

In an anti-climax to his much expected political plunge, actor Rajinikanth today announced his decision to back out citing his health condition. In a three page letter posted on his Twitter handle, Rajinikanth said despite severe precautions taken at the shooting of "Annatthe" movie four persons tested positive for coronavirus. 

In another news, Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri today said he foresees a slight extension of temporary suspension of passenger flights between India and the UK, where a new variant of the coronavirus has been detected.
 
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister inaugurated the New Bhaupur-New Khurja section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor in Uttar Pradesh via video conferencing.  The 351-km section, which has been built at a cost of Rs 5,750 crore, will open new avenues for local industries in Uttar Pradesh.

The prime minister also inaugurated the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor's (EDFC) operation control centre at Prayagraj.
 
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