07022018-CT-01.qxd 2/7/2018 12:56 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 7 FEBRUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH PU set to reduce fee Cash, gold stolen Nimrat edges out Richa Panjab University all set to reduce fee marginally for the academic session 2018-19. P2 ~1.5 lakh, jewellery and other valuables stolen from a house in Sector 44. P5 Nimrat beats Richa in straight sets, books place in tennis quarterfinals. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22.6°C MIN 9.3°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.04 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.08 AM MC slaps property tax notices on 4,667 more in city Gold chain snatched from elderly woman in Sec 44 Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service notices. However, in case there is any discrepancy, residents can show us the receipts,” he said. The civic body has been facing criticism for previously issuing notices without verifying the records to even those who had made the payment. At the last MC House meeting, councillors had also slammed the move. However, officials are claiming that they have now issued the notices after verifying the records. The civic body had earlier issued notices to 5,000 residents to make the payment. Among them, there were many who had already paid the tax. The civic body started collecting commercial tax in 2003 and house tax in 2013. Chandigarh, February 6 Snatchers once again targeted an elderly woman sitting in the corridor of her house in Sector 44 and snatched her gold chain today. This is the second incident in less than 48 hours in which an elderly woman was targeted and her gold chain snatched. Sources said the victim, Promila (67), was sitting outside her house in the corridor when two motorcycle-borne miscreants arrived. The one riding pillion walked up to the corridor and snatched the victim’s gold chain. She received minor injuries in the incident. The duo then escaped from the spot. The police were informed about the incident. The victim failed to note down the registration number of the motorcycle. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station. The city has seen a spurt in snatching incidents in which miscreants snatch gold chains, especially from elderly women, on the doorstep. The city has already witnessed 32 snatching incidents this year. The victim, Promila, who suffered injuries after being targeted by snatchers in Sector 44-B, Chandigarh, on Tuesday, with her daughter-in-law. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Was sitting in the corridor Sources said the victim, Promila (67), was sitting outside her house in the corridor when two motorcycle-borne miscreants arrived. The one riding pillion walked up to the corridor and snatched the victim’s gold chain. The snatchers then escaped from the spot. 6 months after taking ~500 bribe, 2 cops booked Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 6 Almost six months after two traffic cops were filmed while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 500, the UT police have registered a case against the duo at the Mani Majra police station. The police acted only after the complainant approached the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) in this regard. Sources said the complainant, Rajesh Garg, had filed a complaint against the Bills to rise 30 to 40% as FPPCA charges up Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 6 The local Municipal Corporation (MC) today issued property tax notices to 4,667 residents to pay house tax. They have been asked to pay the pending amount by February 28 or else show the receipts of the amount if they have already paid it. The notices were issued to residents of Sector 34, 35 and 44. The notices involve an amount of over Rs 3 crore. The notices mention the year-wise dues from 2013 onwards. Additional Commissioner Anil Kumar Garg, who heads the tax branch, said, “We are issuing notices as per the norms. If anyone getting the notices feels that the tax has already been paid, he or she can show us the receipts at the MC office and we will update our records.” However, he said they had collected the data of payments from e-Sampark centres and the notices were issued after verifying it. “Those against whose names no payment is pending are not being issued Power shocker for consumers two cops -- Head Constable Satish Kumar and Constable Surender. They were suspended after the complaint was received against them. Garg was stopped by the duo at the Housing Board light point claiming that he had jumped the red light. According to the complainant, one of the cops sat in his car and asked him to stop the vehicle a little ahead. The cops then demanded Rs 1,500 from the complainant. continued on page 3 SNIPPETS RLA to e-auction ‘CH01BR’numbers Chandigarh: The RLA will eauction vanity numbers of the new series “CH01 BR” from February 20 to February 22. The registration for the auction will start on February 13 at 10 am and will continue till 5 pm on February 19. Vehicle owners can register on https://parivahan.gov.in/fancy. The link is also available on the Chandigarh Administration Transport Department website: www.chdtransport.gov.in. Only those who have purchased vehicles on a Chandigarh address will be allowed to participate in the e-auction. TNS No loudspeakers in Mohali at night Mohali: In view of the final exams in schools and colleges, the Mohali administration has banned the use of loudspeakers in the district at night. Mohali District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra issued an order under Section 144 of the CrPC on Tuesday banning the use of loudspeakers from 10 pm to 6 am in the district. The ban will remain in force till April 4. TNS Ex-P’kula councillor dies in accident PAGE 3 c m y b Chandigarh, February 6 The next electricity bills are all set to give a shock to the consumers as the UT Electricity Department has once again levied fuel and power purchase cost adjustment (FPPCA) charges on them. Sources said the new charges were the highest in the recent past and would enhance the bills by 30 to 40 per cent for all categories of consumers. The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has authorised the Electricity Department to compute the fuel and power procurement cost variations on a quarterly basis and charge the difference from the consumers. Sources said the department had levied the FPPCA charges for the electricity consumed during the last quarter from October to December 2017. The enhanced FPPCA charges will be reflected in the bills of the consumers for the February 1-March 31 period. While the JERC has rejected the proposal for enhancing the electricity rates, the department has burdened the consumers in another way. FPPCA charges DOMESTIC Units Paise/unit 0-150 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 151-400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163 Above 400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .172 COMMERCIAL Units Paise/unit 0-150 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167 151-400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Above 400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .389 The new charges will increase the bills by 30 to 40 per cent depending upon the category of consumers. The charges have been levied for all types of consumers -domestic, commercial and industrial. The charges range from 87 paise to a maximum of 389 paise per unit over and above the existing rates being levied on consumers. Naveen Manglani, president of the Chamber of Chandigarh Industries, said the charges would put an extra burden on the industry. Baljinder Singh Bittu, president, FOSWAC, said the FPPCA charges were unjustified and they would opposed these before the JERC soon.
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