08032018-JTR-01.qxd 3/8/2018 1:29 AM Page 1 THURSDAY | 8 MARCH 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Seminar on science Angst in her ink On equal footing The department of science and computer of GTB Khalsa College for Women organises a seminar. P2 Amrita Pritam’s sharp pen sliced many stereotypes to size and inspired a crop of liberals. P3 Tellywood actors share how long they feel women will actually have to wait to be considered on par with men... P4 FORECAST SUNNY | MAX 27°C MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C MIN 10°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 6.26 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.42 AM Up in arms SNIPPETS Man held with poppy husk Phagwara: The Bilga police have arrested a person with 500 gm of poppy husk here. The accused has been identified as Paramjit Singh of Talwan village. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. OC Man, son booked for fraud Nakodar: The Shahkot police have booked a father-son duo for allegedly duping a resident of Rs 21 lakh on the pretext of sending the latter’s son abroad. The accused have been identified as travel agent Tejinderpal Singh and his father Balbir Singh, both residents of Chak Kalan village. Complainant Dalbir Singh of Bajwan Kalan village told the police that the accused neither sent his son abroad nor returned his money. A case under Sections 406 (breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the accused. OC DemolitionofLenin’sstatueflayed Members of the Municipal Employees’ Action Committee stage a protest at Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall in Jalandhar on Wednesday. They were demanding the implementation of the pension scheme and end of the system of contractual appointments. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH BIBI BHANI COMPLEX CASE After arrest warrant, EO of JIT appears before consumer forum Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 7 Six days ahead of hearing at the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, the Executive Officer (EO) of the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) appeared before the forum and assured it of compliance of its two-yearold orders. Recently, a non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against the EO. EO Rajesh Chaudhary was presented before the forum by the Naib Court and was made to sit for nearly two hours. Thereafter, he gave an assurance of compliance of the forum orders, for which an execution application was filed by an allottee of Bibi Bhani Complex Karnail Singh, president, District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, and Harvimal Dogra, a member of the forum, during the last hearing over the execution appeal had ordered the issuance of an arrest warrant against the EO for March 13. The orders were issued after the forum found that its orders for refunding Rs 5.88 The case The case pertains to a complaint filed by Charanjit Singh of Chahar Bagh in May 2015 for not getting the possession of LIG flat number 67 in the 51.5-acre scheme at Guru Amar Das Nagar. . lakh to an allottee of the scheme were not complied with. Also, no one had appeared on behalf of the JIT for the hearing of the execution appeal on February 7. The EO said while 75 per cent of the payment had been made, the remaining would be done by the due date. The case pertains to a complaint filed by Charanjit Singh of Chahar Bagh in May 2015 for not getting the possession of LIG flat no. 67 in the 51.5-acre scheme at Guru Amar Das Nagar. The plaintiff said the flat was allotted to him in a lucky draw in August 2009 and had paid Rs 5.88 lakh. He added that he was told that the JIT would give the possession of the flat after paying the last installment within 2.5 years from the date of allotment, which should have been by July 10, 2012. Jalandhar: The state committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) New Democracy on Wednesday condemned the act in which Vladimir Lenin’s statue was brought down in Tripura. Releasing a press statement here, senior party leader Ajmer Singh and Darshan Singh Khatkar said, “The hooliganism by the RSS in Tripura is at peak.” They said Lenin was an accepted communist leader of labourer-peasants and oppressed people across the world. They said, “By vandalising the leader's statue, fascist groups have given the proof of their pro-capitalist and anti-socialist stance.” TNS Charging GST on MRP costs company dear Defunct street lights add to residents’ woes Asked to pay ~60,000 for charging ~245 as GST on six items Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 7 Charging GST on the MRP has cost Mandhana Retail Ventures Ltd, the licensee of Being Human brand, dear. A total of six complaints were filed by three persons against the company in this regard. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum took a collective decision on the complaints and asked company representatives, who did not appear before the forum despite notices, to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation in each case. The total compensation amount in the cases is Rs 60,000 for charging a total of Rs 245.72 as GST on six products. Anil Kumar, a resident of Sector 23, Chandigarh, has filed one such complaint. The complainant said, “I had purchased a product from the store on August 5 last year after paying Rs 367. The MRP of the said product was Rs 699, inclusive of all taxes, and the company had Firm is licensee of Being Human brand ■ A total of six complaints were filed by three persons against Mandhana Retail Ventures Ltd, the licensee of Being Human brand. ■ The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum took a collective decision on the complaints and asked company representatives, who did not appear before the forum despite notices, to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation in each case. The total compensation amount in the cases is Rs 60,000 for charging a total of Rs 245.72 as GST on six products. . offered a discount of 50 per cent on the MRP of the product. After giving 50 per cent discount on the product, the price of the product came to Rs 349.50, but I was charged 5 per cent GST on the discounted price of the product. It amounted to Rs 17.48 and I had to pay Rs 367.” Anil said he resisted after seeing the bill, but the company forced him to pay the final amount of Rs 367. The complainant said that his please went unheard and he was left with no option but to pay Rs 367. He added that company representatives said once bill was prepared, consumer had to pay the net payable amount. A notice on the complaint was issued to the company, but no one came to give reply and the matters proceeded ex parte. Karnail Singh, president, District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, and Harvimal Dogra, a member of the forum, concluded that the MRP was inclusive of all taxes and retailer could sell the product at a price below the MRP because the MRP was the maximum retail price allowed for that commodity and not the actual price. They said even the retailer could reduce his margin from the MRP but , the retailer could not charge the price higher than the market price. “So, charging above the MRP under the pretext of tax is an illegal practice and amounts to unfair trade practice. The complaint succeeds and the company is directed to refund the excess charges taken from the complainant in the name of GST i.e. Rs.17.48/- with interest at a rate of 9 per cent per annum from the date of purchase till realisation. The company is further directed to pay compensation for mental and physical harassment to the complainant to the tune of Rs 7,000 and is also directed to pay litigation expenses to the complainant to the tune of Rs 3,000,” they pronounced. Similar orders have been pronounced in five other cases. Of the total cases, two of them were filed by the same complainant in which he was levied Rs 62.92 and Rs 24.98 extra as GST. Two petitions were filed by Inderjit Singh of Hoshiarpur for levying Rs 63.70 and Rs 62.92. The sixth petition was filed by Tarandeep Singh of Dasuya. A pole sans lights in Jalandhar. TRIBUNE PHOTO Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, March 7 Residents of Janta Colony, near Maqsudan, have been facing inconvenience due to defunct street lights on the main road, making it difficult for people to commute at night. Besides, many road accidents have taken place in the area due to the defunct street lights. Though officials of the Municipal Corporation claim to have replaced 65,000 street lights with LED lights, a majority of them are lying non-functional. Residents of the area said, “Despite a number of complaints about defunct street lights to the authorities concerned, the MC seem to be least bothered about repairing them. Except for assurance, nothing has been done in this regard.” The Maqsudan bypass that comes under Ward No. 1 is one of the busiest roads in the city. Banish Jassal, a shopkeeper, said, “Around three months ago, the road was illuminated by newly built poles and LED lights, but due to poor quality of lights, these didn’t last long and stopped working.” “Street lights are a basic necessity and we have always complained about the irregularities in the street lights. After the installation of LED lights, we were hopeful that new MC House would work for development. But our hopes got shattered,” he added. Continue on page 2 Israelidelegationvisitsvegcentre Surprise checks conducted at exam centres Tribune News Service A delegation from Israel during its visit to the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables in Kartarpur on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 7 A delegation from Israel today visited the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables in Kartarpur. Omer Zeidan, a vegetable expert with the Government of Israel, and Liraz Rivka from the embassy of Israel, visited the centre being run by the Punjab government in collaboration with the Israeli government. The Israeli delegation held discussions with Satbir Singh, Deputy Director, Horticulture, and Dr Daljit Singh Gill, project officer. Jalandhar, March 7 To stop cheating in the ongoing Class XII PSEB exams, Circle Education Officer Jaspal Singh and District Guidance Counsellor Surjit Lal conducted surprise checks at various examination centres in the city today. The officers of the district Education Department visited the centres set up for the Class XII board exams at the Model Town Senior Secondary School for Girls, HMV College, DAV College, Devi Sahay Senior Secondary School Sodal and Labhu Ram Doaba Senior Secondary School. On the occasion, Jaspal Singh said no case of cheating was reported during the checking. He said the c m y b Class XII students of a meritorious school discuss the question paper after taking their exam in Jalandhar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH examination took place peacefully and smoothly in the district. He instructed the supervisors and teachers at the examination centres that they must remain committed to keep a check on cheating in the ongoing exams. Of the total five UMC (unfair means of copying) cases that have been reported from the district so far, three have been caught with the help of CCTV surveillance. While one case of UMC was reported from the Kahlwan centre during the Punjabi (general) exam held on February 28. During the first exam of Class XII — General English exam, a total of four cheating cases were reported. Two students were caught at the open centre in Government High School (Boys) Mehatpur. The second case of cheating was reported at Government High School in Adra Mann. Incidentally, two students were caught using slips right under CCTV surveillance at the Adra Mann centre.
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