29032018-CT-01.qxd 3/29/2018 12:20 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 29 MARCH 2018 | CHANDIGARH Auction of liquor vends Parking fee set to go up Harleen shines UT Excise and Taxation Department earns ~266.64 crore from auction of 78 liquor vends. P3 Parking firm looks forward to doubling the rates from April 1 in the city. P4 Harleen beats Anoushka to enter girls’ U-14 quarters before defeating Pawandeep in U-16 pre-quarters. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 34°C MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33.8°C MIN 17.7°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.39 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.14 AM ‘Black Rajah’ sighted Power tariff hike from April 1 5 % regulatory surcharge; domestic, commercial consumers to pay 5 to 10 % more; industry gets relief Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service A new species of butterfly, “Black Rajah”, scientifically known as Charaxes solon, having a wingspan of 70-80 mm, was sighted at Butterfly Park in Chandigarh. Kulbhushan Kanwar, who is a regular visitor to the park, said normally, the butterfly was found in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar except for extreme northwest. It is a strong flier. Santosh Kumar, Chief Conservator, Forests, Chandigarh, attributed the sighting of this butterfly species to their new experiment in Butterfly Park. He said they had arranged supplement nectar in the shape of overripe fruits and artificial nectar. Kulbhushan Kanwar, who manages the Forest Department Facebook page, “Butterflies of Chandigarh”, said “Black Rajah” was attracted to overripe fruits, bird droppings, tree sap and at times it could be seen along nullahs and dump patches. — Ramkrishan Upadhyay Chandigarh, March 28 Domestic and commercial consumers of the city have received a shock as the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has increased the electricity rates from 5 to 10 per cent in the various slabs of tariff while approving the petition of the Electricity Department. While the rates have been increased for the domestic and commercial segments, tariff has been reduced for industry in the range from 15 paise to 65 paise. A new regulatory surcharge Category Range Domestic 0-150 151-400 400 0-150 151-400 400 Above Commercial Above Industry Large Industrial Power Medium Industrial Power Small Industrial Power Charges (present ) ~2.55 ~4.80 ~5.00 ~5.00 ~5.20 ~5.45 Charges (approved ) ~2.75 ~4.80 ~5.20 ~5.00 ~5.30 ~5.60 ~5.65 ~5.35 ~5.30 ~5.00 ~4.70 ~4.80 of 5 per cent has been imposed on all categories of consumers. This is in addi- tion to the FPPCA charges the Electricity Department usually imposes on residents quarterly. In the order, the JERC says that tariff has been reduced by 7 per cent for small industries to promote the crucial industrial consumer category. The commission has similarly decided to decrease the energy charges being paid by the bulk supply consumer category. The department had proposed 20 per cent hike in the rates in its tariff petition. Besides, a marginal increase had also been sought in the fixed charges for both domestic and commercial consumers, but that proposal was not approved. The department proposed the increase in tariff to recover the loss of around Rs 200 crore it has suffered in the current financial year. The JERC had declined to increase the tariff from 2012 to 2016. Charanjiv Singh, Chairman of the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, opposed this extra burden on the electricity consumers. On the other hand, Navin Miglani, an industrialist, said reducing the rates would help the Industry but there was also need to discontinue FPCCA charges. Pump worker dies after being shot accidentally Was hit as security guard’s gun rested against wall fell down and fired at Sec 79 filling station Tribune News Service MC office open on 3 holidays PROPERTY TAX Chandigarh, March 28 The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, has decided to open the property tax branch from March 29 to 31 (during holidays) for collection of residential property tax. Anil Kumar Garg, Additional Commissioner, who heads the branch, said property tax could be deposited in cash at the MC office in Sector 17. The exempted categories and those who have already deposited their tax need not come to the office, he added. Davesh Moudgil, while appreciating MC officials’ efforts, said since he took over as Mayor, about 7,600 returns had Banks closed on Monday Chandigarh: All banks, financial institutions and organisations will remain closed on April 2 (Monday). The administration has issued the order after making a partial modification in the notification declaring public holidays within the meaning of Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, in Chandigarh during 2018. Now, April 2 will be observed as a public holiday instead of April 1 in all banks, financial institutions and organisations under the Chandigarh Administration on account of annual closing of bank accounts. been filed and more than Rs 11 crore as tax arrears collected. Former MP, Cabinet Minister pay tax Satya Pal Jain, former MP and Additional SolicitorGeneral of India, visited the MC office on Wednesday and paid five-year tax arrears amounting to Rs 29,482. “I paid the tax as I wanted to set an example for others to support the MC and pay their taxes,” said Jain. Similarly, Dr DS Cheema, former Cabinet Minister, Punjab, also deposited his dues amounting ot Rs 5,600 through Hardeep Singh, councillor and president of Chandigarh SAD. — TNS Family was preparing for his marriage Mohali, March 28 A 22-year-old pump operator at a filling station in Sector 79, Mohali, died after he was injured in an accidental fire from the .12-bore gun of a security guard there. The incident occurred around 11.50 pm on Tuesday night when the victim, Pankaj Verma, was busy with his mobile phone. According to Inspector Manjit Singh, Sohana SHO, the security guard at the station, Kuldeep Singh, came to sit on a floor bedding, next to the victim’s bedding. “As Kuldeep Singh tried to rest his gun against the wall, it fell down and fired. The bullet hit Pankaj on the right side of his head and chest. He was shifted to a nearby hospital Members of the victim’s family, who were busy preparing for Pankaj Verma’s marriage, scheduled for April 27, could not believe that they had lost their main breadwinner. Mohinder Verma, who recently started working at the filling station as pump operator, said the entire family was very excited over the coming marriage of his elder brother. “Every day, we used to make some plans for his marriage. We would talk to our parents, who live in our native village at Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, on the phone. Today, he (Pankaj) is not among us and we could not believe it,” said Mohinder, with tears rolling down his eyes. He said Pankaj looked after the entire family. He was also instrumental in getting him a job at the station. “We don’t know what had happened but we want a proper investigation into the case and justice for us,” he said. Three arrested for attacking bouncers, vandalising club Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 28 Three persons were arrested for attacking bouncers at a night club in Sector 26 and vandalising the club on Tuesday night. Sources said around five persons, residents of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, had an altercation with the bouncers over entry in the club - Purple Frog. All of them were in an inebriated condition. The youths left the place and returned after sometime with their accomplices. The sources said the accused attacked the bouncers standing outside the club. The accused also pelted stones at the club as well as the bouncers and also broke glass windows. After getting information about the incident, the police rushed to the spot. The police arrested three accused identified as Vishal (22), Balbir (46) Accused were in an inebriated condition Around five persons, residents of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, had an altercation with the bouncers over entry in the club - Purple Frog. All of them were in an inebriated condition. The youths left the place and returned after sometime with their accomplices. and Amarnath (48). A case has been registered against 10 persons at the Sector 26 police station and an investigation has been initiated. The police said the remaining accused would be arrested soon. Purse snatched in Sec 34 A motorcycle-borne man escaped after snatching the purse from a woman in Sector 34 on Wednesday. The incident happened near the office of Electricity Department in Sector 34. The victim, Jasbir Kaur (67), a resident of Sector 34, said the purse contained Rs 2,000, a mobile phone and important documents. The police visited the spot after being informed. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station and investigation launched. A total of 81 incidents of snatching have been reported in the city so far. c m y b Workers show the spot at a filling station in Sector 79, Mohali, where Pankaj (inset) was accidentally shot. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY at Sohana where he died,” said the Inspector. Ruling out any foul play, the SHO said around four other persons, including the victim’s cousin Kuldip, who also worked as pump operator there, was also present at the pump at the time of incident. “Three of them were taking their dinner while one was busy filling the tank of a motorcycle when the incident occurred. Nobody saw any amiss there and no fight or argument between the victim and guard took place then,” claimed Manjit Singh. Pankaj Verma’s younger brother Mohinder Verma, who also works as pump operator there, said there was no enmity between his brother and the security guard. “I was on day duty on Tuesday. I don’t know what happened there but my brother had no enmity with anybody,” said Mohinder Verma. Meanwhile, after registering a case under Section 304, IPC, and 30, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act against Kuldeep Singh, the Sohana police arrested him.
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