MoulvibazarTwo people were killed and 40 others injured in a clash between two groups of villagers over a disputed land at Pammadpur in Moulvibazar district town on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Shafiqur, 22, son of Mobabark Ali and Abdul Malik, 55, son of Warish Mia of the same village.Quoting locals, police said, Lebas Mia and Elaich Mia were in loggerhead for long over a land.As a sequel to previous enmity, supporters of the duo attacked each other around 9:30 am that left two people, belonging to Lebus group, dead on the spot and 40 others from both groups injured.Later, some of the injured were taken to Moulvibazar 250- bed hospital and others to Sylhet Osmani Medical College and Hospital.On information, police rushed in and brought the situation under control, said Rashedul Islam, additional police super of the district.Additional forces have been deployed to avoid further trouble, added Rashedul.
X Jen RiceApartment building at Market Square Park in downtown Houston.Deborah Whisnand has lived in an apartment complex in the Greenway-Upper Kirby neighborhood for close to 18 months.When she signed the lease, her monthly rent was $1,300. But when she recently got her renewal notice, she was shocked.“The 12-month lease, which I certainly was willing to do – I’m not going anywhere – was just under 20 percent higher,” Whisnand said. “Just under $1,600.”She was expecting some sort of an increase, just like she’s gotten at previous apartments, but not of this magnitude.“That’s quite a large amount, no doubt,” Bruce McClenny, president of ApartmentData.com, said.Rents have increased after Hurricane Harvey, he said, simply because occupancy levels have gone up more than usual.“Maybe we see 12,000 to 14,000 units rented in a year,” he said. “And we had 17,000 to 18,000 rented in a matter of two to three months.”McClenny said average rents for class A apartments have risen by more than $70 across Greater Houston since Harvey.He expects landlords to try and maintain the higher rent levels, but they might have to come back down when the many displaced homeowners move back into their repaired houses next year. Share Listen 00:00 /01:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has taken up a special drive to collect property tax arrears from defaulters.A civic team comprising senior officials of the Assessment department visited two premises on Topsia Road and put up distress warrant on the walls. KMC will take legal action against the owners if they fail to pay the arrears within the stipulated date. The drive has been initiated after the civic authorities failed to collect house tax arrears worth more than Rs 50 crore. There are around 7.60 lakh assesses living in the areas under the jurisdiction of KMC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe civic officials visited 71, Topsia Road and 83/2/1, Topsia Road. The officials said that the two firms housed at 71, Topsia Road have not paid house tax dues worth Rs 71 lakh. The civic authorities said the owners have cleared 50% of the dues on Monday and gave an undertaking that the remaining amount will be paid by Friday. The owners of four firms housed at 83/2/1 Topsia Road have not paid house tax arrears worth several lakhs. The civic authorities have put up distress warrant and legal action will be taken against the owners if they fail to pay within the stipulated time. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCivic officials said the defaulters have been requested to pay their dues several times but despite reminders, the officers refused to respond. They alleged that the defaulters wait for the waivers’ scheme and if it is implemented then the defaulters can square up the arrears by paying only the principal amount, while the penalty and interest amounts are waived. The officials said unlike in the past when property tax payers had to stand in long queues to pay tax, the system of online payment has been introduced now. Property owners can go to any e-counter and pay the tax and rebate is given if the tax is paid within the stipulated time.