02032018-ATR-01.qxd 3/2/2018 12:12 AM Page 1 c m y b FRIDAY | 2 MARCH 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Northeast culture Holi hai Riot of colour Human rights activist Sanjoy Hazarika delivers lecture on northeast states at GNDU. It is a lot of fun for some, while some dread it. Here’s how youngsters from tricity celebrate. P3 Tellywood actors talk about their Holi plans and share memories. P4 FORECAST P2 PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 26°C MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 21°C MIN 15°C | SUNSET FRIDAY 6.29 PM SUNRISE SATURDAY 6.56 AM Fiscal year about to end, property tax recovery process at snail’s pace MC's target was to collect Rs 24 cr but recovered only Rs 15 crore till now Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, march 1 This is the last month to recover the property tax of the current fiscal year, so the Municipal Corporation (MC) has pulled its socks up to achieve the property tax recovery target. The MC House had fixed Rs 24 crore as the target to collect the tax for the current fiscal year during the last Budget meeting. However, the MC has recovered only Rs 15 crore till date. The MC had offered 10 per cent rebate for one-time settlement till January 15 but residents gave it a lukewarm response. Officials of the property tax wing claimed that they would collect Rs 20 lakh till March 31. Pardeep Kumar, nodal officer for property tax, said efforts were being made for recovery. “We will collect more than Rs 5 crore this The MC is unlikely to achieve its property tax recovery target. FILE PHOTO month. Most of the property owners pay tax in the last month. We are going to install billboards to make people aware of the tax payment and the last date to pay the tax with 10 per cent penal- ty,” he said. The officials said the property owners would have to pay tax with 20 per cent penalty and 18 per cent interest after March 31. There are 2.85 lakh proper- ties in the city. Out of these, the government has exempted tax on 1.15 lakh properties which are less than 125 square yards. Only 60,000 property owners pay tax out of 150 lakh. The own- ers of the commercial buildings pay tax as MC takes action against the major establishments only. The MC doesn’t have any infrastructure and sufficient number of employees to serve notices to violators. “We have to provide a unique identity number to each property in the city and make the payment system online to increase the recovery,” said an official. The property tax wing has failed to meet the recovery target for the past five years. Property tax is one of the major sources of revenue for the MC. The government has exempted several sections of society from the tax and the department is not taking any strict action against defaulters. The MC has been facing serious financial crisis and most of the time unable to pay the monthly salaries to the employees and power bills. SNIPPETS Fraud case against activist Ward No. 71 councillor dies Tribune News Service Amritsar: Paramjit Kaur (33), councillor from Ward No. 71, died of cardiac arrest in the morning hours on Thursday. She was elected as councillor in January this year. Paramjit Kaur was the wife of excouncillor Dilbag Singh. On the instructions of MC Commissioner Sonali Giri, the offices of the civic body remained closed for the second half of the day to mourn the demise of the councillor. Mayor Karmajit Singh Rintu and senior officials of the MC paid tributes to Parmajit Kaur. TNS Mobile seized from jail inmate Tarn Taran: The authorities of the Sub jail, Patti have recovered one mobile from the possession of Avtar Singh inmate lodged in the jail. DSP Jail in his complaint to the Patti police told that the inmate has been lodged in the barrack No. 5 of the jail since January 9 and in the special search mobile has been recovered from the pocket of his pant.A case under section 52-A Prison Act has been registered told police. OC Amritsar, March 1 The Civil Lines police today booked human rights activist Hawa Singh Tanwar and four others for cheating and forgery. He was allegedly booked on the complaint of a judicial magistrate for getting bail on forged documents. Tanwar is secretary of the Akhil Bhartiya Human Rights Organisation (ABHRO). SHO Shivdarshan Singh confirmed the development. The police arrested one of the accused, identified as Jaspal Singh, in the case. A fake identity card of a nam- bardar has been seized from his possession. Earlier, he was booked for allegedly defrauding a local trader of Rs 88 lakh in April last year. A case was registered against him after an investigation carried out by the ACP West. , In that case, Tanwar had issued some cheques to the complainant, identified as Deepak Vij and his wife Kiran Vij, which reportedly bounced. When he failed to return the money, the couple filed a court case. Out of these, he got bail in three cases allegedly using fake bail guarantors. However, the couple came to know about this so they informed a local court. Later, it became clear during probe that he used fake guarantors and documents for getting the bail. SHO Shivdarshan said the documents of guarantors, identified as Rajiv Pal, Baljinder Singh and Karandeep Singh, were attested by Jaspal Singh, a resident of Kot Khalsa. A fresh case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered. He said Tanwar had filed the bail before the duty magistrate as there were holidays in the court. BSF seizes heroin, firearm Tarn Taran, March 1 A patrolling party of the BSF’s 77th Battalion found a packet of heroin, a .30 bore firearm and four live cartridges in the fields of Gazal village last night. The seized heroin’s is said to be worth Rs 5 crore in the international market, the Border Security Force (BSF) stated. Ram Inder Mall, Deputy Commandant of the Battalion, told the police that the consignment was found in the fields of Balwinder Singh, a farmer. The police have initiated investigation. The Khemkaran police have registered a case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act, and 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. — OC City police get KLF chief on four-day remand Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 1 The city police today got Nabha jail break accused Harminder Singh Mintoo on a four-day remand. Ironically, the Division E police could not prosecute him in the same case for the last four years presuming that he was still in Pakistan. The chief of Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF), a militant outfit, was today brought to Amritsar on production warrant and produced before the local court in connection with a case that dates back to 2013. Mintoo is presently lodged at the Central Jail in Patiala. Lawyer Navjeet Singh said the police remand was sought to avoid further harassment to Mintoo, as he was already lodged in the jail under various cases. He will be produced in the court again on March 4. He said Mintoo himself had submitted an application with the Amritsar court for hearing in the case. Though the police had sought 10-day remand, the court granted it for four days keeping in view his ill health and that he has already been in jail and questioned several times by the police, said Navjeet Singh. “We had urged the court to further direct the police to initiate proceedings against Youth killed in road mishap Devotees play Holi, the festival of colours, at Durgiana Temple in the city on Thursday. PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR Holi fervour in city Amritsar, March 1 The festival of colours was celebrated with fervor at Durgiana Temple as devotees gathered at the complex to play Holi with the idols of Radha and Lord Krishna as per the age-old tradition. A large procession, rath yatra, was carried out to mark the occasion. “It is believed that Lord Krishna used to play Holi, so the devotees smear colours on the feet of Lord Krishna and Radha on this day,” said one of the devotees. Meanwhile, celebrations were also witnessed in other parts of the city. MP Shwait Malik celebrated the festival with his supporters and residents at Green Avenue Park. — TNS Foreigners smear a kid with colours; and MP Shwait Malik along with BJP workers plays Holi in the ciity on Thursday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR c m y b Amritsar, March 1 A youth was run over by a truck near Muradpur village here yesterday. The deceased has been identified as Harish Kumar (27). The truck driver fled away leaving the vehicle at the spot. Nirmal Kumar, father of the deceased, stated in his complaint to the police that he along Harish was going to collect money from his customers. He said his son was driving the scooter while he was riding pillion. Harish lost balance after the scooter hit a stone and they fell on the road. Meanwhile, a truck coming from the Fatehgarh Churian side ran over Harish, killing him on the spot. The police have registered a case under Sections 304-A, 279 and 427 of the IPC against Bir Singh, the truck driver, and an unknown person. — TNS Harminder Singh Mintoo being taken to a local court in Amritsar on Thursday. PHOTO: SUNIL KUMAR him in connection with the 2013 case. In May 2016, the Amritsar court was approached seeking direction to the Division E police to arrest Mintoo in a case registered against him and five others at Division E police station, but surprisingly the police maintained that he could not be arrested as he was still in Pakistan. However, he was lodged in Nabha jail at that time. He was charged with disturbing the peace of Punjab by operating through Pakistan. Three persons were already acquitted in this case.”, he said. Mintoo was also facing hearing in a 2010 case in which another accused, Gurdev Singh Tanda, was sent to police remand yesterday. Mintoo was the first amongst the six escapees who were arrested the same day after they escaped from the Nabha jail on November 27, 2016. Man falls into pit, dies; contractor booked Tribune News Service Amritsar, March 1 An unidentified person lost his life after falling into a pit dug up allegedly by a private contractor taking up flyover construction on the AmritsarAttari bypass road here late last night. His body was found today morning by morning walkers who informed the police about it. The deceased is yet to be identified. The police have booked the unknown contractor under Section 304-A of the IPC for causing death by negligence. The Ranjit Avenue police said the deceased appeared to be a destitute living on the roadside. “The contractor should have taken appropriate measures, such as putting up bar- Not yet identified ■ The deceased appears to be a destitute residing alongside the roadside. He hasn't been identified yet. ■ His body was spotted by morning walkers in a pit that was dug allegedly by a contractor who has been looking after flyover construction on Attari road. . ricades or reflectors to indicate that there is a pit, to alert people. However, it is negligence on his part which resulted in the death of an unknown person,” said Robin Hans, sin charge of the Ranjit Avenue police post. Further investigation is under progress to identify the deceased as well as the suspect in the case, he added.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).