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Pay Property Tax Dues Without Penalty Till Feb 2017

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On 17 November 2016, the three Municipal Corporations in Delhi announced the complete waiver of interest and penalty fees on property tax if the arrears are paid before 28th February 2017. This amnesty scheme has been available since 18 November and applies to both residential and commercial properties.

After 28 February of next year, there will be certain penalties to be paid for the outstanding property taxes. From 1 – 31 March, 50% interest will have to be paid on the arrears although the other penalties shall be waived off.

Keeping in mind the backlog of dues over the years, the scheme was launched by the BJP-ruled civic bodies in the national capital.

Although this news has resulted in joy and relief to a lot of people, the opposition claims that the scheme is a politically motivated to gain favours in the upcoming civic polls next year. But, as stated by the South Corporation mayor, Shyam Sharma, the opposition has also supported this amnesty scheme.

Property taxpayers owe a total of Rs 27,000 crores to the three municipal corporations. Shailendra Singh Monty, chairman of South Corporation’s standing committee, claimed that around 20% of defaulters were waiting for a scheme like this. “New buyers do not want to pay the penalty and interest of the properties whose taxes were not paid by the previous owners. They will use the amnesty scheme to make payments,” he said.

According to the Deputy Chairman of the North Corporation, Rajesh Bhatia, this scheme will reduce the debts of the North Corporation significantly and will help them pay pensions and meet other expenditure costs. This amnesty scheme is also popular among people because the North Corporation said it would accept the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes until 24 November 2016.

There was quite a bit of disagreement in the three corporations on the scheme’s effectiveness. Without the penalty and interest, the total collected taxes will be much lower. “The waiver is not going to improve the financial health of the corporations. Without interests and penalty, the total dues collected would be low. Even after the waiver, not many people will come forward to pay the taxes,” said Leader of the Opposition in South Corporation, Farhad Suri as reported by The Times of India. The opposition based its criticism on the failure of past amnesty schemes. “In 2008 and 2009, only 3% and 15% dues were recovered, respectively,” said an official.

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Haryana Bans Carrying Firearms And Celebratory Gun Firing At Weddings

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Following the death of an orchestra artist which came to light on 5 December 2016 from Punjab, and several other cases of deaths caused due to celebratory gun firing, the Haryana government has banned the carrying of arms and weapons for any celebrations or weddings. The ban has been invoked under Section 144A of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

As reported by The Hindu, carrying the firearm and shooting it can lead to up to six months imprisonment.


Murder disguised as celebratory gun firing

Carrying firearms and firing them into the air is a practice in many parts of North India. There has been a steady rise in the number of accidental deaths caused due to this practice. Most recent of these has been that of a 25-year-old dancer who was shot dead in Punjab, videos of which went viral on social media. The accused were not allowed to dance with the women in the orchestra, which was immediately followed by the victim collapsing. This is being considered murder disguised as celebratory gunfire since it involves the son of Shiromani Akali Dal leader and his friends.

There have been many other fatal incidents of celebratory gunfire as well that have prompted Haryana government to impose a ban on carrying arms or shooting of a firearm into the air in celebration.


The State’s Additional Chief Secretary (home) Ram Niwas said, “It has been noticed that some people often indulge in celebratory firing during weddings after consuming alcohol. Taking serious note of such incidents, the Police Department has been directed to put a check on carrying of arms at wedding functions, in coordination with the district magistrate concerned,” as reported by The Times of India.

Last year the photographer’s association had moved a resolution to not to cover weddings where firearms were being used.

“We welcome this step as it was the much-awaited decision of the Government.” says Sanjay Kumar, a member of Panchkula’s photographer’s association, as reported by The Times of India.


The Freakyviral welcomes this move and hopes that other states with such practices also consider banning firearms from being used in weddings and functions.

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NASA Shared Images Of A 300 Ft Rift In The Antarctic Ice Shelf, Which Is A Red Alert For Rising Sea Levels

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The scary information that has surfaced, courtesy of NASA, is something that is bizarre and worrisome. NASA released images of an Arctic shelf which has a 300 foot deep crack. The rift is apparently getting deeper and can even lead to a major of the ice shelf being cut off.

Sometimes, we talk about climate change when the evidence is clearly right in front of us.

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View is of a rift in the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf from our airborne survey of polar ice: http://go.nasa.gov/2gT5w5F @NASA_ICE

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The press release states that ‘The crack completely cuts through the Ice Shelf but it does not go all the way across it – once it does, it will produce an iceberg roughly the size of the state of Delaware”. A large part of the ice, i.e- almost the size of Scotland, will get landlocked and might start melting with time. The result of this will be that eventually it will merge in the sea and raise the sea level. If that isn’t scary, we don’t know what is?

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Global warming has become a hazardous situation and combating it is now not just important but imperative for our survival on the Earth. Or else, we’ll have to start looking at other planets to colonise!

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