12112017-CT-01.qxd 11/12/2017 1:32 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE SUNDAY | 12 NOVEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Legal Services Day Centre’s decision hailed Jeakson in city Legal services authorities organise a walkathon from Capitol Complex to Sukhna Lake. P4 Residents and owners of hotels and restaurants welcome decision to reduce GST rates for eateries. P5 The only goal scorer for India in U-17 FIFA World Cup, Jeakson Singh, is on a short trip to the city. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 28°C MIN 12°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C MIN 12°C | SUNSET SUNDAY 5.28 PM SUNRISE MONDAY 6.46 AM CHB to slash transfer Soulful rendition fee by more than half PU student foils robbery attempt Panel recommends levying 3% of collector rate Tribune News Service Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 11 In a relief for residents, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is considering to reduce the transfer fee of flats by more than 50 per cent. Sources said the committee formed by the CHB to examine the issue of reduction of transfer fee has recommended charging transfer fee at the rate of 3 per cent of the prevailing collector rates of the area. In its recommendations placed at the last meeting of the Board of the Directors earlier, the committee had suggested to reduce the transfer fee by 50 per cent. But finding the levy still high, some members suggested reducing the rate further to give benefit to allottees. Sources said the committee had now finalised the report which suggested a transfer fee of 3 percent of the prevailing collector rates of the area. The Administration had fixed floor-wise collector rates for CHB flats. Earlier, various residents welfare associations had demanded reduction in the transfer fee, following which the CHB formed the committee comprising officers and the members of the board to make recommendations in this regard. Presently, the CHB is charging transfer fee as notified by the Chandigarh Administration for different types of residential properties. Fifteen per cent of the price at the time of allotment is being charged in case of consensual transfer. Sources said the new rates would bring a major relief to allottees of the Sector 63 housing scheme as they had been paying a fee ranging between Rs 7 lakh to Rs 10 lakh for transfer of the flats. If the CHB approves the recommendation of the panel, the transfer fee would be reduced to Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh depending on the floor on which the flat is located. Zorawar Singh, general secretary of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 63 housing scheme, said the recommendation was in the right direction as it would give relief to them since they were now paying transfer fee in lakhs apart from the stamp duty and other charges, which also ran in lakhs. Sonam Kalra performs during ‘Partition — Stories of separation’, an event organised at Strawberry Fields High School in Chandigarh, on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR P2 Ex-banker targeted naïve, gullible loan seekers Pavneet Singh Chadha Tribune News Service RAJESH KHANNA A view of Sukhna Lake on a hazy Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Air quality in city sees a decline Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 11 The air quality in the city worsened on Friday. As per the Chandigarh Pollution Control Commitee (CPCC), the 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) ranged between ‘very poor’ and ‘poor’ on Friday. The pollution the city is witnessing these days is attributed to stubble burning. The AQI is classified in six categories, namely good, satisfactory, moderately polluted, poor, very poor, and severe. The AQI of 0-50 is categorised as good, 51-100 satisfactory, 101-200 moderately polluted, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 severe. At Industrial Area, the AQI was 313 on Friday, which falls in the ‘very poor’ category. It causes respiratory illness to people on prolonged exposure. The PM 10 (RSPM) was 188 microgram per cubic metre (µg/m3) while the permissible Chandigarh, November 11 A student of Panjab University foiled a robbery attempt made on him by two persons at Sector 39 here on Friday. In his complaint to the police, Abhishek Malik, a resident of Sector 36, stated that two unknown men had tried to rob his Honda Activa scooter in Sector 39. They thrashed him as he resisted the attempt. However, the youth managed to foil the robbery. Malik stated that the incident took place when he was going home after getting a haircut from a shop and had stopped near the paddy market to relieve himself. He had left the key of the scooter in the ignition slot, taking advantage of which, the accused made the move to flee with the vehicle. However, Malik saw them and rushed to them before they could escape. The robbers beat him up. They allegedly hit him with bricks too. The injured student had to be hospitalised and is undergoing treatment. A case under Sections 394 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the two persons at the Maloya police station. value is 100. The PM 2.5 was 137 µg/m3while the permissible value is 60 µg/m3. The AQI at the Punjab Engineering College, Sector 12, was 233, which falls in the ‘poor’ category, causing breathing discomfort to people on prolonged exposure. Here, PM 10 (RSPM) was 129 µg/m3 while permissible value was 100 µg/m3. The PM 2.5 was 100 µg/m3 while the permissible value was 60 µg/m3. On November 9, the AQI was 303 in Sector 39, 227 at Kaimbwala village and 253 in Sector 17. On November 8, the AQI was the highest in the last three days at any place in the city with the Industrial Area recording the figure of 375. On November 7, the AQI in Sector 17 was ‘very poor’ at 362. The air quality in Sector 39 was almost similar at 344 and at Kaimbwala village 336. A day before, the AQI in the Industrial Area was 352. continued on p5 c m y b Mohali, November 11 A day after a former senior branch manager of UCO Bank was arrested for allegedly duping people of Rs 3.6 crore by taking vehicle loans using their documents, the police today said the accused, Rajesh Khanna, used to target naive and gullible persons who mostly approached the bank for personal loan. The police said the accused, a resident of Sector 12 in Panchkula, specifically targeted people who were not well-informed about the banking system and were in dire need of personal or property loan. The investigating officer in the case, ASI Onkar Singh, said 49 persons had been booked on a complaint of the UCO Bank zonal manager. He said, “These persons have defaulted on vehicle loans availed from the bank’s Kharar branch.” During their questioning, the police came to know that many of them had been deceived by Khanna and his aides. The police said Khanna had met Davinder Kumar when he was posted in Nayagaon, and through him, continued on p5
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