Sheila Thompson/FlickrSome homeowners across the country are rushing to pay their 2018 property taxes well before the due date because the new Republican tax law overhaul could affect how much they are allowed to deduct next year.If you’re a Texas homeowner and think your latest state property tax assessment is too high, there’s still time to file a protest and try to get it lowered. But the deadline is coming up fast — Tuesday May 15.Harris County residents can file a protest online with the Harris County Appraisal District or in person at HCAD’s main office in Northwest Houston. There’s also the option of hiring a property tax consultant.Not a Harris County resident? Find how to file a protest with your county’s appraisal district here:Austin CountyBrazoria CountyChambers CountyFort Bend CountyGalveston CountyLiberty CountyMontgomery CountySan Jacinto CountyWaller County Share
Kolkata: A businessman was shot dead at point-blank range in Uluberia on Sunday afternoon.Though the police are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the murder, they suspect that monetary gain was the main motive behind the crime as the victim was returning home with a huge amount of money.Police said the victim, Subhojit Garai (38), was a distributor of different biscuit companies. He was a resident of Hanskhali in Uluberia itself.After the preliminary investigation, police have come to know that the victim used to go for cash collection on every Sunday from the shops where he used to supply biscuits. His family members told the police that he left home in the morning and the incident took place when he was returning home. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe was on his motorbike. Suddenly, three persons on another motorbike started following him. The miscreants had their faces covered and they forced the victim to stop his two-wheeler.He was pushed when he stopped the motorbike and eventually fell on the road. They were trying to take away his handbag containing a huge amount of money but the businessman was not ready to let go of the bag. The miscreants opened fire at the businessman, who received bullet injuries on his stomach. The miscreants took the bag containing the money while the victim was left writhing in pain. They fled the spot on the motorbike. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedLocals rushed to the spot after hearing the sound of firing and found the businessman lying in a pool of blood on Uluberia-Shyampukur Road. They immediately informed the police. Policemen from the local police station reached the spot and sent the body for an autopsy.According to police, the miscreants had been keeping a watch on the victim for the past few weeks and they were well aware of the route he used to take to reach home after collection on every Sunday.Police are yet to arrest anyone in this connection. The investigating officer spoke to some of the locals to find out someone who has witnessed the incident. They also spoke to the victim’s family members to know if he had received any threat call in the past few days or if anyone had threatened him with dire consequences. Police have also asked his family members if they suspect anyone who might be behind the crime.
Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx’s daughter Corinne is Miss Golden Globe 2016, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced.Miss or Mister Golden Globe is chosen to assist at the awards ceremony and is traditionally the son or daughter of an established Hollywood star. The 21-year-old USC senior and model follows in the footsteps of the likes of Greer Grammer, Kelsey Grammer’s daughter, Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon, and Rumer Willis, Bruce Willis’ daughter. Corrine considers the title an “honour”, said The Hollywood Reporter. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“Throughout the years I’ve grown up watching my dad establish himself as a well-respected actor. I’m honoured that HFPA has given me the opportunity to now share the same stage where he’s been recognised for some of his greatest accomplishments,” she said. Lorenzo Soria, president of the HFPA, said, “Like her father, she leads a fine example of following her dreams and we can’t wait to see what she does next.” The 73rd annual Golden Globes will air on January 10 and will be hosted by Ricky Gervais.
Kolkata: The West Bengal circle of the Department of Posts is taking significant measures to tap the tourism potential of the General Post Office (GPO) that will be stepping into its 150th year on Tuesday.”The GPO is already very much in the tourist map and the postal museum attracts a good number of visitors daily. We will unveil a permanent exhibition hall inside the GPO building on Tuesday. Apart from philatelic exhibitions, we will also hold art or exhibitions of similar nature to attract more number of people here,” said Chief Post Master General (PMG), West Bengal Circle, Arundhaty Ghosh. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe GPO will arrange visits for school children at the premises of the GPO for witnessing such exhibitions and creating awareness that letter writing, which is on the wane in the days of WhatsApp and texting, is an art and needs revival.The sesquicentennial celebration for the GPO kicked off on Monday with the unveiling of a special cover and the extension of the postal museum was also thrown open for the public.According to a senior GPO official, personal letters now account for less than 20 percent of the postal items that are dispatched through the GPO daily while official mails are more than one lakh per day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”School children are not encouraged to write letters nowadays. When I visit schools for work related to the department and ask students why they have stopped writing letters they say they are not taught how to write one. They tell me if I teach them they will write letters. Letter writing is one of the best forms of expressing oneself and we hold letter writing competition once every year both at the state and national level to revive the art of letter writing,” Ghosh added. Speaking on the occasion, PMG (Kolkata) J Charukesi said people have an emotional connection with the GPO and go there with the hope that they will get the best of services.”The most important aspect of the GPO is the professional services we offer,” she added.The GPO is a heritage building and at the same time a working post office. “Our employees have tirelessly worked for conservation of this historic building whose conservation is a real challenge. Let us take pledge for its further conservation in the days to come,” Ghosh added.