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OC FIVE BOOKED FOR FRAUD Phagwara: On a complaint lodged by a resident of Haibukalan in Ludhiana, Harwinder Singh, the Phagwara police have registered a case under Section 420, 419, 465 and 467 of IPC against five cheaters on the charge of duping him of Rs 13 lakh. The victim told the police that the accused took loan from the company by producing fake documents. The police are investigating the matter. No arrests have been made so far. OC RAPPER GANGSTA BOO FOUND DEAD ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON ERICA FERNANDES MOVES BASE TO DUBAI FROM INDIA The cause of Gangsta Boo’s death has not been disclosed. She was a former member of Three 6 Mafia. MAX 16°C | MIN 3°C | YESTERDAY MAX 16°C | MIN 4°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:36 PM Actor Erica Fernandes is known for her spectacular performance in the TV show Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:27 AM TUESDAY | 3 JANUARY 2023 | JALANDHAR Tribune News Service Aakanksha N Bhardwaj CAMPAIGNS HELD Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 2 The Jalandhar Municipal Corporation has been able to recover the highest property tax ever in terms of figure. The local body has recovered Rs 30 crore 75 lakh till December 31. Last year, the recovered amount in the entire financial year was above Rs 29 crore. Sources in the department said it was for the first time that the recovered amount had crossed Rs 30 crore. The officials are now hopeful that they would be able to achieve the target of Rs 35 crore till March 31 when the current financial year is over. Bhupinder Singh, Superintendent, property tax wing, said the recovery had been made possible due to constant efforts by the department officials. “We have ❝ The recovery haddue been made possible to constant efforts by the department officials. We have made people understand that it is important to pay the tax and for this we started many campaigns. ❞ Municipal Corporation officials claim that with the implementation of Unique ID project, the collection of the tax will be much easier. Bhupinder Singh, made people understand that it is important to pay the tax and for this we started campaigns by running ads on the radio and displaying posters everywhere,” he added. There are around 1,65,000 taxable properties in the city including residential and commercial. Under the procedure of tak- property is served under Section 138 of the Act. Once the property is sealed, it will only be handed over to the owner after the payment is made. The process of sealing the properties is on. MC officials said with the implementation of Unique ID project, the collection of the tax will be much easier. Braving chill ing action against defaulters, the inspectors of property tax wing visit different areas to recover the tax. The defaulters who have not paid the tax are served a notice under Section 112 of the Municipal Corporation Act to which they have to file a reply within three days, failing which another notice of sealing the PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH SUPERINTENDENT, PROPERTY TAX WING Jalandhar, January 2 Residents of Garha locality on Monday held a protest over the alleged move of the state government to convert a Primary Health Centre (PHC) into Aam Aadmi Clinic. The residents said the government was keen on taking away their recently renovated PHC building for their new scheme of Aam Aadmi Clinic, which they were opposing. “The move will demote our PHC with 10 rooms, two doctors and a staff of 15 including nurses and ASHA workers into Aam Aadmi Clinic for which only a doctor, helper and compounder were required. The move will lead to shifting of the available staff to other centres and reduction of the available facilities,” said a resident Kirpal Singh. Congress councillor Prabhdyal Bhagat led the protest even as BJP leaders includ- Residents of Garha locality raise slogans against the proposed conversion of a primary health centre into Aam Aadmi Clinic. ing ex-CPS KD Bhandari and Amarjit Amri also joined him. “We are not raking up this issue because of any political vendetta but for the general welfare of the residents of my ward no. 22. We are ready to forget the name of Aam Aadmi Clinic put up on the centre with the picture of CM Bhagwant Mann on it, but on the condition that it is promoted as a Community Health Centre (CHC) with better facilities such as those for deliver- Accuses neighbour of pushing him; police say the victim fell on his own Farm labourers sprinkle fertilisers in a wheat field amid dense fog in Jalandhar on Monday. cials investigating the case claimed that he fell on his own while partying. In his statement to the police, Amandeep had claimed that his neighbour came to his terrace on the excuse of loud music being played in his house which was disturbing him. However, taking advantage of the situation, he pushed him off the terrace out of personal enmity, he alleged, saying he and his neighbour had a fight long back and it was a case of vindictiveness. Ajaib Singh, Station House Officer, Rama Mandi said when information about the incident was received, Amandeep was being taken to the Civil Hospital for treatment. He said he had suffered fractures on his leg and shoulder. The SHO further said that investigation in the case was on and they were yet to verify the claims of the victim as they had so far received no evidence which proved that he was pushed by his neighbour. The SHO added that the victim’s family and their neighbours had an old rivalry and they had fought in the past too. “A case was already registered against Amandeep by his neighbour a few months back when they had a fight, so we are investigating the case from that angle too,” he added. — TNS Won’t tolerate any laxity atwork, ETO warns Powercom officials Couple booked for ~35L fraud Jalandhar, January 2 A youth allegedly fell from the terrace of his house at Lamma Pind here last night resulting in severe injuries. The incident took place at around 12:30 am when the victim Amandeep Singh alias Preet along with his brother and friends was enjoying the party he had thrown to celebrate the New Year. Though the victim alleged he was pushed off the terrace by his neighbour, police offi- Woman among three nabbed for extortion Our Correspondent The accused in the custody of police. Bahia said the Nakodar police had received a tip-off from a social activist that the suspects had formed a Youth dies under mysterious circumstances in Canada garhshankar, January 2 A pall of gloom spread over the Chandeli village after receiving news of the demise of a 28-year-old youth in Ontario, Canada. The deceased has been identified as Mohit Sharma. His father Tirlok Nath Sharma said Mohit had gone to Canada for higher education five years ago. He said he himself is working in the ies by surgery, roping in specialist doctors and laboratory for various bio-medical test facilities,” said Bhagat. He said the PHC remained one of the best equipped centres during the Covid days. He said the district health authorities had been asked to look for an alternative location to set up Aam Aadmi Clinic such as an already closed Ayurvedic Centre in the adjoining Kanianwali localiy. Youth falls from terrace at New Year party Tribune News Service Phagwara, January 2 The Nakodar police on Monday claimed to have busted a gang of criminals involved in extortion in Nakodar city, and arrested three of the members, including a woman. SP (Investigation) Sarabjit Singh Bahia said that the accused have been identified as Rahul Kumar of Nakodar, his mother Sukhwindar Kaur and his brother-in-law Simran Jit Singh, a resident of Ferozepur. PAGE 4 Property tax recovery by MC Garha residents against move to turn PHC into Aam Aadmi Clinic exceeds ~30 cr, first time ever! ONE ARRESTED UNDER NDPS ACT Phagwara: The Shahkot police have arrested a drug peddler on the charge of selling intoxicating tablets. Investigating officer (IO) Lakhvir Singh said as many as 150 intoxicating tablets were seized from the possession of the suspect, who has been identified as Gurwindar Singh, a resident of Dhando Wal village. The IO said a case has been registered against the suspect . In another case, the Bilga police have nabbed an absconding drug peddler — Bakhshish Singh of Burj Hassan village — on the charge of selling heroin and intoxicating tablets, said SHO Mohindar Pal. OC PAGE 3 CRPF and is presently posted in Jammu and Kashmir. He said he had received a phone call from Canada that Mohit’s body was found under mysterious circumstances and his jewellery and purse were missing. He said Mohit Sharma was his only son. Mohit used to work as a manager in a company after completing his education. He said he himself wants to go to Canada and investigate his son’s death. — OC gang, which used to send death threats to a Nakodar resident, demanding Rs 45 lakh from him. The sus- pects had asked the resident to send over the money by January 2. The SP said he studied the case, formed various teams, and arrested three suspects. He noted that Rahul, the kingpin of the gang, had procured some SIM cards using fake documents. Bahia said a case has been registered against the trio and another suspect — Jaskirat Singh of Shahkot town — under Sections 386, 120-B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Further investigation is under way. Nawanshahar, January 2 Punjab Power and PWD Minister Harbhajan Singh ETO paid a surprise visit to a PSPCL office in Nawanshahr to make sure that there was no absenteeism. The minister had arrived at 4:45 pm at the Powercom complex situated on the Garhshankar road and took all the attendance registers. After having a look at the register, he then called all the employees posted at the Sub Division, Division and Circle offices to check if they were physically present there or not. Upon the inspection, Singh noted that the purpose of the surprise visit was to make Harbhajan Singh ETO inspects PSPCL office in Nawanshahr. sure that the staff members of the department were present on duty. He explained, “Some of the employees who were not present in the office had already submitted applications beforehand, citing some valid reasons.” The minister said that in order to ensure the presence of the PSPCL staff, it has been made compulsory for the employees to maintain a register containing their whereabouts (in case of leaving the office for field duty). He said there will be more surprise inspections in the days to come. Phagwara, January 2 The Shahkot police have booked a travel agent couple for allegedly duping a Shahkot woman of Rs 35 lakh on the pretext of sending her son abroad. Shahkot Deputy Superintendent of Police and investigating officer (IO) Gurpreet Singh has identified the suspects as Surjit Singh of Shahkot and his wife Parveen Kaur. Jaswindar Kaur, a resident of Shahkot complained to the police that she paid Rs 35 lakh to the suspects thinking that they would facilitate her son’s migration abroad, but the suspects did not send her son abroad, and nor did they return the money. The investigating officer said a case has been registered against the couple. — OC Teachers, pensioners to protest Signboards in Punjabi installed near CM’s residence in Sangrur Hoshiarpur, January 2 The Joint Action Committee of Punjab State Government Aided Achool Teachers and Other Employees Union and Pensioners Association have decided to lay seige to CM Bhagwant Singh Mann’s residence in Sangrur on January 7. Union’s district president Rupinder Singh and general secretary Satwinder Mehta said despite the meeting with Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains, no announce- ment has been made by the government to extend the benefits of the sixth pay commission to the teachers and pensioners of government aided schools. They alleged that the state government was not giving their legitimate benefits to them. Union leader Ashwani Malhotra, association leaders Gurbachan Singh Hariana, and Sarabjit Singh Manjhpur said the government has neither implemented the pay com- c m y b mission nor given any increase in dearness allowance to the teachers and pensioners of these schools. The employees and pensioners’ leaders alleged that the government was not living up to its poll promise. They said due to the bad policies of the government, the government-aided schools of Punjab are on the verge of closure. Nearly 80 per cent of the vacancies in the aided schools are vacant, they said. — OC Jalandhar, January 2 To promote Punjabi, the Higher Education and Languages Minister, Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, initiated the installation of signboards in Punjabi at government and private ventures here on Monday. The minister got installed the boards highlighting the names of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) at Garha Road and Super Cremica Sweets in Punjabi language. “Signboards in will be put up across state before International Lan- Cabinet Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer in Jalandhar on Monday. guage Day on February 21. The government will try to replicate its message to prop- agate Punjabi in every nook and corner of the state,” said Hayer. — TNS
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