14022018-JTR-01.qxd 2/14/2018 1:21 AM Page 1 WEDNESDAY | 14 FEBRUARY 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE ‘Inculcate reading habit’ A lifetime of love Moving on ADC flags off book van of NBT at DAC for apprising students of the importance of reading books. P2 This Valentine’s Day, a look at couples who have successfully seen seasons pass by. P3 Lydia McLaughlin took to her blog to announce she is not returning to The Real Housewives. P4 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 19°C MIN 7.8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C MIN 9°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.14 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 7.09 AM JIT pays ~2.7 lakh as interest to allottee Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, February 13 A ray of hope has brightened up for allottees of LIG flats of the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) after the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum had asked JIT to pay 9 per cent interest of the total amount received by the trust to an allottee for making delay in handing over the possession at the Bibi Bhani Complex here. The forum, after verifying facts, gave judgment to one of the complainants Vinay Kumar, a resident of Amritsar, last month, telling JIT to pay 9 per cent interest of the amount. The JIT has now paid an amount of Rs 2,77,382 through cheque as interest for approximately six years to Vinay for having failed to provide possession on time. Talking to Jalandhar Tribune, Vinay said: “I paid my amount for the flat in 2011 and was expecting to receive possession in 2012. But the JIT could not provide possession to me. I was allotted flat No. 10, which does not even exist. Also, the condition of the other flats was not satisfying and up to the mark as was promised. Several allottees, including me, refused to take the possession then and asked for refund”. “After that I filed the case with the forum against JIT BIBI BHANI COMPLEX CASE What complainant says Bibi Bhani Complex in Jalandhar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Vinay Kumar, a complainant, said: “I paid my amount for the flat in 2011 and was expecting to receive possession in 2012. But the JIT could not provide possession to me. I was allotted flat No. 10, which does not even exist. Also, the condition of the other flat was not satisfying and up to the mark as was promised. Several allottees, including me, refused to take the possession then and asked for refund”. which I had won recently. I had also received the cheque of the amount from the JIT but my possession is still left as JIT has said the Singh Ahuja said: “After Vinay received the amount, we are hoping that JIT will either provide the flats in good condition construction of my flat is underway,” he said. President of the Bibi Bhani Residential Welfare Association Darshan Pure devotion or will make the refund to rest of the aggrieved allottees too. As other allottees have also filed cases with the forum here seeking justice so after this positive judgment we had full trust on the law and will win other pending cases too hopefully,” he said. Executive Officer (EO), Jalandhar Improvement Trust, Rajesh Chaudhary said: “The details of the refund or penalty paid to the allottees lies with our officials dealing with legal matter. Many allottees had filed cases for the refund. We are hoping to clear the files soon and the department is dealing with the case appropriately on its part.” Bypoll in mind, Cong starts doling grants Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February13 On the day of bhog ceremony of former SAD minister and Shahkot MLA Ajit Singh Kohar, the Congress leadership were seen coming in full election mode. Attending a kabaddi tournament at Dhandowal village in Shahkot today, Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa today offered Rs 3 lakh grant to the school while also committing to pay up Rs 25 lakh for the stadium against a demand of village residents of Rs 20 lakh. The five-time Akali MLA, Kohar, had passed away on February 5 following a cardiac arrest, making the seat vacant for a byelection. Bajwa, who was accompanied by Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia, another Congress leader, who had lost to Kohar in the 2017 elections, said: “It will be up to the party high command to decide as to who will be the candidate for the ensuing bypoll.” Other party leaders, including MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh, former minister Rana Gurjit Singh and former MLA Jagbir Brar also attended the function. Addressing the gathering, Bajwa said the state government led by Capt Amarinder Singh was making all-out efforts to promote rural games in the state as they could play an important role in wiping out the drug menace. The minister said such tournaments were significant as besides promoting sportsmanship among the youth it also help in channelising their unbounded energy in a positive direction. Showering praise on NRIs for organising the tournament, the minister said with the constant help of NRIs, Punjab would soon emerge as a healthy and frontrunner state in the country. He said such endeavours would also help in ensuring that NRIs stay connected with the roots of their motherland. Bajwa said it was the high time that the NRIs should emerge as active partners in the progress and prosperity of the state. Prominent among others present on the occasion were Markfed Chairman Amarjeet Singh Samra, former minister Joginder Singh Mann, Additional Deputy Commissioner Bhupinder Pal Singh, Sub-Divisional Magistrate Navneet Kaur Bal and Assistant Superintendent of Police Sandeep Malik. Return tour charges to couple, Qatar Airways told Devotees perform rituals at a temple to mark the Mahashivaratri celebrations in Jalandhar on Tuesday. SARABJIT SINGH Free counselling for distressed lot Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, February 13 Starting a new initiative for changing the mind of desperate people, the district administration will provide free counselling to save them from taking any extreme step. Divulging details, DC Amit Kumar said due to the exam phobia or stress, students or debt-ridden farmers can take extreme steps such as suicide. To avert such incidents, there would be a need of counselling that may be helpful at this stage. “We are engaging a government counsellor, besides two private counsellors to start the service from the next week,” he said. The DC said the contact numbers of the counsellors would be shared through the social media and other sources so that needy persons may get benefit from the same. Describing the concept of ‘Nivekala Nawanshahr’, he said it had been chalked out to start new initiatives such as skill training, competitive exam coaching and e-library to benefit unemployed youth, particularly dropouts. Awareness van flagged off In another initiative to eliminate the social evil of child beggary from society, Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar today flagged off an awareness van. He said sub-division level teams would curb the menace by acting strictly Nawanshahr Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar flags off a van to spread awareness against child beggary at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH e-library at Baradari Garden The Deputy Commissioner, who was reviewing the development projects, said soon an e-library would be set up at Baradari Garden for making available competitive books to aspirants who are appearing for civil services or other competitive exams. Competitive books as well as computers for online study would be available in the e-library, he said. Nawanshahr to get college To provide quality education as per the commitment of the state government, Nawanshahr would soon have a government college. For the purpose, a five-acre land has been identified at Jadla village on the Chandigarh road. against parents or others who would be found responsible for the same. He said as per the Punjab Child Beggary Prevention Act, 1971, those who promote child beggary or use a child for begging, would be punished for three years after getting booked under Section 9 of the Act. Similarly, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, also prohibits child beggary and there was a provision of five years’ imprisonment, besides Rs 1 lakh penalty. The DC appealed to people to not to promote child begging in any case and inform the authorities at district helpline number 01823222322 if they see someone exploiting children for beggary. To provide quality education as per the commitment of the state government, Nawanshahr would soon have a government college. For the purpose, a five-acre land has been identified at Jadla village on the Chandigarh road. The DC said the Public Works Department (PWD) had been told to get the requisite formalities complete as earliest as possible so that the construction work should be started after getting all approvals. He said Nawanshahr SDM Aditya Uppal had been entrusted with the task of getting complete the required formalities related to the land. The Deputy Commissioner, who was reviewing the development projects, said soon an e-library would be set up at Baradari Garden for making available competitive books to aspirants who are appearing for civil services or other competitive exams. Competitive books as well as computers for online study would be available in the e-library, he said. c m y b Tribune News Service Kapurthala, February13 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Qatar Airways to return Rs 2.3 lakh tour charges with 9 per cent interest for not getting boarding passes issued to a Phillaur-based couple. It also ordered to give Rs 25,000 as compensation. In their complaint, Chaman Lal (34), a resident of Apra in Phillaur, and his wife Ramandeep Kaur alleged that they got seats booked for a flight from Delhi to Paris vide Qatar Airways departing from the New Delhi airport on October 13, 2016, at 3.30 am. Air tickets along with other travel arrangements were purchased from Sai Travel Experts of Phagwara who had also sold the complete tour package to the complainants. The confirmed air tickets in question were issued by the Phagwarabased travel agency, the com- plainant said. The plaintiff said they had paid an amount of Rs. 2.3 lakh in cash. The confirmed air tickets was delivered in advance of schedule journey to the complainants on October 11, 2016, after charging airfare inclusive of taxes, along with other travel charges, including boarding and lodging, for comfortable and convenient travel to the complainants. Chaman Lal said: “At the time of booking and payment of freight charges, all relevant documentation was duly verified and scrutinised to their full and complete satisfaction in all respects and no shortcoming, inadequacy, defect or deficiency was pointed out at that point of time.” The complainants as per the schedule provided for travelling reached the New Delhi airport at about 00.15 am about three hours before schedule departure time of the flight and waited for their turns for getting necessary boarding passes in front of the Qatar Airways counter. As the complainants reached the counter, they were extremely shocked when they were declined the request to hand over boarding passes by the staff of the Airways on duty over the counter at that point of time. To utter surprise of the complainants, the staff even refused to give any response for the same. The complainants rebooked their air tickets afresh vide Oman Airways. They said that their rescheduled trip was carried on the basis of same travel documents. The complainants had to shell out additional sum of Rs 95,000 for the rebooking of the ticket, apart from the amount earlier paid which was not refunded on the pretext “No Show” because of the remarks “off load”. The Qatar Airways contested the case by taking a plea that there is no deficiency in service on its behalf because as per rules of Code of Conduct for Immigration Liaison Officers. “The Liaison Officers can advise airline staff on whether passengers have the right travel documents and visas for their proposed journey and further Liaison Officers can advise airline staff or whether travel documents and visas are genuine, forged or fraudulently obtained”, its representatives said. The forum established that there is no negligence and deficiency in service on the part of Sai Travel Experts because it had no role to issue the boarding pass. The forum established the negligence on part of Qatar Airways from the evidence produced on the file by the complainant in the shape of affidavits as well as other documents and said that it is liable to pay the damages caused to the complainants due to non issuance of boarding pass by the officials. Love is in the air Girls have a look at gifts at a shop on the eve of Valentine's Day in Jalandhar on Tuesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH
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