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Submit property tax by December 31 or face penalty. (HT File)

Ludhiana: Now, submit property tax by December 31 or face penalty

With December 31 being the last date to submit property tax for the current financial year (2022-23) without any penalty, the municipal corporation commissioner Shena Aggarwal appealed to the residents to pay the tax for the current financial year in time to avoid penalty. The civic body had recovered ?61.64 crore from April 1 to November 30 last year, while ?88.93 crore was recovered during the same period this year.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh (File Photo)

'Manipur ready to introduce NRC, but...': CM Biren Singh

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that his government is ready to introduce the National Register of Citizens (NRC), but approval from the Centre would be required. Singh said that identifying immigrants in the state would be based on a house-to-house survey that would start soon. Various civil society organisations, particularly student bodies, have been demanding the implementation of NRC in the state in the backdrop of an unchecked surge in the population of illegal immigrants in the state.

SP leader Azam Khan. (HT file)

Man throws 'black magic' bundle inside Azam Khan's house in UP, arrested

The wife of Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan has reported an unidentified man to the police after he threw a small bundle of articles, including clothes, into their home. Tazeen Fatma, a former MP, expressed fears that the bundle could be linked to "black magic". Police have arrested a mentally challenged suspect, and suspended four officers for dereliction of duty. Khan has served as both MP and MLA 10 times, but lost his assembly membership after a conviction for hate speech.

The 28.5km long metro project between HUDA city centre to cyber city in Gurugram has been included in PM Gati Shakti projects and is now at the advanced stage of final approval from the Union government, chief secretary Sanjeev Kaushal said. (HT File/Representational image)

Gurugram metro showing significant revenue growth: CS

The 28.5km metro project connecting HUDA city centre to cyber city in Gurugram is at the advanced stage of final approval from the Union government and has been included in PM Gati Shakti projects, according to chief secretary Sanjeev Kaushal. The projects are expected to provide an efficient and environment-friendly transport system and accelerate commercial development in Gurugram and other areas of Haryana. The Gurugram metro has reportedly shown significant growth in revenue in the last 11 months of the 2022-23 fiscal year. Kaushal also directed deputy commissioners to check and monitor illegal mining activities and deploy mining guards as per the requirement.

Haryana roadways will soon have 375 new electric buses in its fleet to provide affordable, safe, convenient and eco-friendly public transport services to citizens. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Haryana roadways to buy 375 electric buses

India's Haryana Roadways is set to add 375 electric buses to its fleet, as part of the state government's plan to provide cost-effective, safe and environmentally friendly public transport to citizens. Other items approved at the meeting of the high-powered purchase committee, headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, included 4.5 lakh streetlights for municipal authorities, 21 high pressure jetting-cum-suction hydraulic sewer cleaning machines, ductile pipes and an upgrade of a 66 KV sub-station at Sadhaura. Khattar said the purchases had been made in a transparent manner to save public money.

Smoke rising from Aasma Revolving Restaurant at Amravati Enclave in Panchkula. (Sant Arora/HT)

Fire ravages revolving restaurant in Panchkula

A fire broke out at the Aasma Revolving Restaurant in Amravati Enclave near Kalka-Shimla national highway in Panchkula, Haryana, on Friday morning. The blaze, which started in the false ceiling, was thought to have resulted from a short-circuit. There were no casualties, although the false ceiling and kitchenware were destroyed. Six fire tenders were used to control the fire within 30 minutes.

The victim, Vikas Chopra, an employee of SBI, told the Mohali police that he was returning to Sangrur, his place of posting, after attending to an ailing family member in Zirakpur. (HT PHOTO)

Mohali: Duo robs banker of 1 lakh at gunpoint through UPI transfer

Two masked men robbed a 52-year-old banker of ?1.2 lakh and his mobile phones at gunpoint after offering him a free car ride in Zirakpur on Friday. Threatening to kill him, the robbers first looted ?1 lakh through UPI?transfer, before forcing the victim to withdraw ?20,000 from an ATM, said police.

PU’s NAAC grade had expired on June 24, 2022, but the varsity was not ready to go for another round of accreditation at that time. (HT File Photo)

Panjab University submits self-study report for NAAC grade renewal

Panjab University has submitted a self-study report to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for the renewal of its accreditation grade. The university's NAAC grade expired in June 2022, but it was not ready to apply for a new one at that time. NAAC accreditation is a performance indicator for higher education institutions and is mandatory for applying for funds from central agencies. An NAAC grade 'A' is the eligibility criteria for even for the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) grant.

The liquor vend in Sector 8 ( internal market) fetched the highest bid of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>7,73,01,999 against the reserve price of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>7,72,91,612, a difference of around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10,000. (HT FIle Photo)

4th liquor vend auction also proves damp squib, only 7of 36 vends sold in Chandigarh

The Chandigarh excise and taxation department has sold only seven of the 36 remaining vends in its fourth auction, despite reducing reserve prices by up to 10%. The department earned INR36.38 crore ($4.9m) against the reserve price of INR35.89 crore. A further auction is planned, with reserve prices being decreased by a further 3% to 5%, although no date has been announced. Last year, the department held seven auctions but still could not sell three of the total 96 vends.

From April 1, water and garbage collection will cost more, and liquor vends will remain open till 12 am. Hike in power tariff is also on the cards. (HT)

New fiscal rolls in with slew of changes in Chandigarh

From April 1, Chandigarh residents will face a 5% hike in water tariff and garbage collection charges, while sewerage cess on water has been reduced from 30% to 10%. The city's electricity department has requested the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission to approve a 10% hike in electricity tariff, while liquor vends will be open until midnight but will charge an extra INR10 ($0.14) for all beer brands. Public service vehicles must install tracking devices to improve safety, while door-to-door garbage collection will begin from commercial and industrial units, with charges depending on the size of the establishment.

The victim, Jagtar Singh, hailing from Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh, told the police that he had come to Chandigarh in his Hyundai Creta for some work on Thursday. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Chandigarh: Another car break-in at Sukhna Lake, 1.95 lakh, laptop stolen

Thieves have stolen INR1.95 lakh ($2,670) in cash and other valuables from a car parked at the back end of Sukhna Lake, India, after smashing the vehicle's window. The incident was the second car break-in at the lake in a week. Police have urged visitors to the area to avoid keeping valuables in parked cars.

The counsel for Haryana minister Sandeep Singh have sought time from the court for filing a reply to the application filed by Chandigarh police to conduct his brain mapping in the sexual harassment case filed by a junior athletics coach. (Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Sandeep Singh’s counsel seeks more time to reply on brain mapping in sexual harassment case

Haryana minister Sandeep Singh's counsel has sought more time to file a reply to the application by Chandigarh police to conduct his brain mapping in a sexual harassment case filed by a junior athletics coach. The hearing has been adjourned until 13 April. The police registered a case against Singh, who holds the printing and stationery department, under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354A (sexual harassment), 354-B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code on 31 December 2022.

A case was registered under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code and under Arms Act at the Sohana police station. (Istock)

Ludhiana man arrested for firing at cops in Mohali

A resident of Ludhiana has been arrested by Mohali police for opening fire at a police party during a check post on February 2. The accused, Balkar Singh, quarrelled with the police, pulled out a firearm and fired at them before fleeing the scene. The vehicle used in the crime was also recovered, and the police are attempting to recover the weapon. The case has been registered under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code and under the Arms Act at the Sohana police station.

A case under Section 140 (wearing garb or carrying token used by soldier, sailor or airman) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the GRP police station in Ambala cantonment. (Istock)

Delhi youth held for wearing Brigadier’s uniform in Ambala Cantt

A 22-year-old man has been arrested by the Government Railway Police in India for wearing the uniform of an army Brigadier in Ambala Cantonment. The man was identified as Tushar Sharma, a resident of Delhi. The police were alerted by an ex-serviceman who questioned how a young man could be wearing a Brigadier's uniform with medals. Sharma was unable to justify his attire and was handed over to the Railway Protection Force. A case has been registered under Section 140 (wearing garb or carrying token used by soldier, sailor or airman) of the Indian Penal Code.

A case under Section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the Sector-5 police station in Panchkula. (Istock)

Panchkula: Auto driver arrested for stealing passenger’s 2 lakh

Police in Panchkula, India, have arrested an auto-rickshaw driver for stealing a passenger's bag containing INR200,000 ($2,682) in cash. The passenger, Ramnath Kohli, had hailed the auto to collect payment for a car sale. The driver, Neeraj Saxena, told Kohli the vehicle had developed a fault, before someone stole the bag containing the cash. Saxena was later arrested on suspicion of theft, and the cash was recovered.

Before March, there was no rain in February and only 27.7 mm rain this January, 26% below normal. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Chandigarh sees wettest March in three years

Chandigarh, India has experienced its wettest March since 2020, with 71.7mm of rain recorded, according to the India Meteorological Department. The rainfall was 285% above the average for the month. IMD Chandigarh director Manmohan Singh said the wet weather was caused by strong Western Disturbances and wind carrying moisture from the Arabian Sea. He added that nights were abnormally warm, with the average minimum temperature of 15.4°C the highest in 13 years due to cloudy weather.

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