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Come November, get ready to pay more for electricity

Come November, get ready to pay more for electricity

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

LUDHIANA: The power tariff is all set to go up by two per cent for all categories of consumers in cities and towns (municipal areas) from coming November 1.

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Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 18

The power tariff is all set to go up by two per cent for all categories of consumers in cities and towns (municipal areas) from coming November 1. The imposition of two per cent municipal tax on consumption, use or sale of electricity within the municipal limits in the state will hike the power rate.

In a notification (No. 3/15/2007-1/g(4lg3/1085616/1 dated October 16, 2017) issued by the Additional Chief Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, the state government exercising its powers under Section 62(A)(1) of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911, has directed all the municipal councils and nagar panchayats in the state to levy municipal tax at the rate of two per cent on consumption, use or sale of electricity within the municipal limits with effect from the first day of November, 2017.

Highly placed sources in the Local Government Department said a similar notification had also been issued under Section 90 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act for imposition of municipal tax on consumption and use of electricity in cities where Municipal Corporations were functional.

“The imposition of municipal levy on consumption of electricity has given a big jolt to the people in the state, who were expecting some relief from the burden of taxes after the victory of the ruling party nominee in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election,” said BJP vice-president Parminder Mehta.

He said rather than simplifying the tax structure and reducing taxes on urban population as promised in their election manifesto, the Congress government was putting additional financial burden on the people.

The Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal general secretary, Mohinder Aggarwal, criticised the imposition of municipal tax on electricity. He said the Congress government was not practicing what it preached.

Life term for girl’s kidnapper

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

LUDHIANA: The Court of Additional Sessions Judge Virinder Aggarwal has convicted Rakesh Kumar (19) of Avtar Singh Da Vehra, Bajigar Basti, Meharban, on the charges of kidnapping and killing five-year-old Khushbo.

Long route trains running to capacity

Long route trains running to capacity

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

LUDHIANA: With spurt in number of rail passengers due to festivals of Diwali and Chhath Pooja, travellers are on the receiving end as most long-route trains are running full to capacity.

Govt tells officials to sign completely

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

LUDHIANA: All government officials, including those of the Education Department, have been asked by the state government to do their complete signatures in order to prevent any confusion.

SGPC member booked for abetting suicide goes missing

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

KHAMANO: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member, Avtar Singh Ria, a resident of Ria village, who was booked in a suicide case of a temporary employee of the committee, is missing along with his family.

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Artistes should work more for social awakening, says Bhalla

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

LUDHIANA: City-based actor and comedian Jaswinder Bhalla is also encouraging residents to celebrate Green Diwali.

Illegal cracker sale goes on in Khanna

Illegal cracker sale goes on in Khanna

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

KHANNA: Despite the orders of the High Court (HC) and directions issued by senior officials regarding the sale of crackers only at the designated places, the Khanna administration has failed to implement the same.

Fire brigade gears up for Diwali

Fire brigade gears up for Diwali

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

LUDHIANA: The fire brigade is well prepared to deal with any untoward incident during Diwali celebrations.

Make this Diwali pet-friendly

Make this Diwali pet-friendly

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

LUDHIANA: Diwali, the festival of lights, is just around the corner, it is important to make our pets comfortable and safe as noise of crackers can be terrifying for your pets.

‘Cracker ban unlikely to make a difference’

19 Oct 2017 | 1:04 AM

The Punjab and Haryana High Court, concerned over the poor air quality, has restricted bursting of crackers on the occasion of Diwali between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm.

Teachers sans salaries

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

LUDHIANA: The SSA and RMSA teachers haven’t got their salaries for the past two months.

DAV for Green DiwaliSchool notes

DAV for Green Diwali

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

LUDHIANA: DAV School, Pakhowal Road, celebrated the festival of lights with great fun and joy. Principal Satwant Kaur Bhullar urged students to celebrate eco-friendly Diwali.

Eight booked for gambling

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

LUDHIANA:The city police have booked eight persons on the charge of gambling.

9 masked bike-riders booked

19 Oct 2017 | 1:03 AM

LUDHIANA: Repeating the exercise conducted after killing of a pastor Sultan Masih in July this year, the city police have booked nine persons for riding two-wheelers with covered faces.

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