28042018-JTR-01.qxd 4/28/2018 12:43 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 28 APRIL 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Sports Big screen These are fun times Pakistan is not as told to us, says player on return from tour. P2 Filmmakers and actors share some pearls of wisdom for enthusiastic students. P3 Samir Shah says he loves to laugh and also make others laugh. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 40°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C MIN 21°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6.59 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5.41 AM JIT penalised for failed flats scheme Forum directs it to refund earnest money, pay ~60,000 compensation Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 27 The failure of the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) in going ahead with its fouryear-old Super Deluxe Flats scheme at Surya Enclave and not returning the earnest money deposited by the applicants has cost it dear. The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, addressing four such similar complaints, has ordered the civic body to refund the money with 12 per cent interest and Rs 60,000 as compensation in each case.The four complainants are Rajiv Kukreja, Minakshi Chander, Nagesh Mahajan and Joginder Pal Sood. In their complaints, the plaintiffs said the JIT had invited applications for the allotment of 119 HIG super deluxe apartments at Surya Enclave. The scheme was opened on March 3 to16, 2014. The JIT had announced to construct six apartments with 10 storey each comprising 119 three-bedroom super deluxe flats. The JIT had declared that the possession of the flats would be delivered within two and a half years. The Trust informed the complainants on July 11, 2014 about the draw of the flats on July 30, 2014 at 11 AM at its office. The complainants submitted their applications along with the draft to the tune of Rs 6.5 lakh. As the draw began, only 18 applicants, including the complainants took part in it and submitted their applications for 119 apartments. Robbers loot ~46,000 from petrol pump Our Correspondent Hoshiarpur, April 27 Miscreants looted a petrol pump near Urmila Devi Ayurvedic College in Kharkan on the Una road late on Thursday night. The pump owner, Dinesh Walia, an advocate and the district Congress general secretary, was seriously injured in firing by the robbers. A bullet fired by the robbers hit him on the thighs of Walia, leaving him badly wounded. The robbers escaped with Rs 46,000 along with Walia’s revolver. On receiving information about the incident, police and senior cops of the Sadar police station reached the spot and took stock of the incident and started investigation. Walia was rushed to hospi- Thereafter, the complainants alleged that they had not been given any information regarding the construction work of the flat and not issued any allotment letter. The complainants said they visited several times and approached the JIT authorities to know the status of their apartment/flat, allotted to them, but they were not given any suitable reply. They alleged that the JIT had failed to start the construction of the flats as per the time frame mentioned in the brochure till day and had not called the remaining applications for the allotment of the apartments. The complainant said they came to know from sources that the JIT had abandoned the scheme. They said they had written letters to the JIT to SAD-BJP lodge complaint with Election Commission of India Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 27 The SAD-BJP on Friday took a serious note of the transfer of Shahkot SDMcum-Returning Officer and SHOs of Shahkot and Mehatpur after the declaration of the bypoll by the Election Commission of India (ECI) and urged the ECI to cancel these transfers immediately for the violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The SAD spokesman and former Education Minister, Punjab, Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, filed a written complaint in this regard with the ECI and the Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, today. He said ■ Fire at owner, seriously injuring him, also take away the victim’s revolver. . tal, where a bullet in his thigh was removed after operation. However, he was still in the ICU. His condition was said to be stable. According to information, the two men on a bike came to the pump last night and tried to snatch the cash bag. During this time, Walia fired from his licensed revolver in his defence. The police have taken the victim’s statement and filed a case under Section 25/27/54/59 of the Arms Act and Section 307, 379 of the IPC against the two unknown people and have initiated further action. The bus was on its way from Dharmpur to Talwara. The private company’s bus had just come out from Dharmpur. After a short distance, it lost its balance and overturned. The people around took out the injured from the bus and the ECI made the announcement on April 26 in the afternoon for holding the bypoll to the Shahkot Assembly constituency and also imposed the Model Code of Conduct in the whole Jalandhar district. While Navneet Bal was the Shahkot SDM till a few days ago, she reportedly chose to get transferred ahead of the bypoll to her hometown Jalandhar. She was transferred as SDM Phillaur wherefrom Varinderpal Singh Bajwa took charge of Shahkot. Later, the government chose to make another rectification as Bajwa reportedly had a stint of SHAHKOT BYPOLL Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Punjab boys’ team in a jubilant mood after winning the 63th National School Hockey Games held at Burlton Park in Jalandhar on Friday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH ANOTHER PIC P2 sent them to the nearest hospital. The injured include Krishna Devi, aged 66, Rano Devi, Sanyogita Devi, and three children Navi Kumar, Neha Sharma and Desh Rana They were taken to the nearby CHC Hospital. Green cover drive around leather complex Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 27 In order to provide green lungs to the highly toxic area around Common Effluent Treatment Plant at Leather Complex, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Varinder Kumar Sharma and Mayor Municipal Corporation Jagdish Raj Raja on Friday launched a tree plantation drive around the plant. During the drive, an attempt by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) authorities and Tree Mitra, an NGO, 1,000 saplings would be planted to ensure its upkeep for a year. The Punjab Leather Federation would contribute in the movement by paying Rs 365 annually for each tree. He said the campaign was aimed at planting more and more number of trees within the periphery of the CETP . He said besides planting the trees, major thrust would be laid on proper upkeep of these plants. The DC said they were fully committed towards enhancing the green cover adding that it was the need of the hour to protect our environment by planting more trees, for which this drive had been initiated. c m y b more than three years in Jalandhar, which could come later as an objection. The government appointed Jalandhar RTA Darbara Singh in his place. Cheema said, “The government already knew that the bypoll was around and it could have done its preparedness in time. Even if it realised that there was a need for a correction after the announcement of the polls, the government should have sought permission from the Election Commission.” BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh too issued a press note condemning the government orders. Now, Adampur airport launch to be a low-key affair Owner seriously hurt The mini-bus that overturned outside Dharampur village near Talwara in Hoshiarpur district, injuring six passengers. Talwara(Hoshiarpur), April 27 A mini-bus of a private company overturned in Dharampur village, under the Talwara block, on Friday evening, injuring six persons, including three children. initiated even after four years from the date of the allotment of the flat, then it is clear that the JIT has abandoned the scheme. Admittedly, the JIT received only 18 applications and it was practically not possible to construct only 18 flats. The JIT is itself clear as they started issuing allotment letters after filing of the first two complaints.” From the overall circumstances, the forum directed the JIT to return the earnest money of Rs 6.5 lakh to the complainant with interest of 12 per cent per annum from the date of deposit till realisation. It further directed the Trust to pay compensation to the complainant for harassment and mental agony to the tune of Rs 50,000 and to pay litigation expenses of Rs10,000. On Cloud Nine 3 children among 6 hurt as mini-bus overturns Our Correspondent refund the earnest money. The JIT, they alleged, kept on adjourning the matter on one pretext or the other. On June 27, 2016, however, they said that the JIT issued allotment letters after a lapse of two years. A notice of the complaint was given to the JIT by the forum. The officials, meanwhile maintained that a complainant himself is a defaulter as he had failed to pay even the one-fourth of the amount of the sale price in time. “We have sympathetically taken into consideration the above story narrated by each of the party. We find that the JIT has miserably failed to bring the file of or any documentary or oral evidence to establish that the construction of work is started at the spot. If the work has not been SDM removed after model code implementation CLOSURE OF SUGAR MILL Farmers block road for eight hours Our Correspondent Dasuya (Hoshiarpur), April 27 Protesting against the closure of the Randhawa Sugar mill, the Kisan Sangharsh Committee protested before the mill by blocking the DasuyaHoshiarpur road by parking sugarcane-laden tractor-trailers across the road for eight hours. Farmers said the managers had closed the mill without issuing notices to them, which had created a major problem for sugarcane farmers. It’s not the first time that farmers are protesting against the mill, which is facing constant protests from farmers. Many times, farmers and mill managers have come face-to-face on the issue of cane procurement slips to farmers, and also for accepting sugarcane from “outsider farmers”. On Friday too, from 9 in the morning, farmers started protesting against the closure of the mill. The situation was tense due to which police forces from Dasuya and Gardhiwala stations were deployed outside the mill. The farmers parked the sugarcane-laden trailers at the gate of the mill. The protesters also went on a sit-in before the SDM Dasuya’s office. While all attempts to contact the mill owner failed, the SDM directed the police to take action against the mill owners. In the meantime, they came in and on the SDM’s assurance of taking up the matter with the owners on getting the mill started again, the protesting farmers of the Kisan Sangharsh Committee removed the blockade. Jalandhar, April 27 With Shahkot bypolls having been announced for May 28 and model code of conduct implemented in entire Jalandhar, the much-awaited launch of civil airport at Adampur is now likely to be a low-key affair. While the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha was scheduled to launch the first flight in which Union MoS Vijay Sampla, Adampur MLA, other bigwigs and commoners were to fly to New Delhi, the programme is likely to see a change now. Sampla said, “We have so far not cancelled the visit of Union MoS Civil Aviation but we might have to do so in view of the election code owing to Shahkot bypolls”. The political leaders wanted to make launch of the flight, which was being postponed since September last year, a big event and earn mileage out of it in the NRI-heartland of Doaba. With all the 78 seats already booked for the first flight at Adampur civil airport on May 1, the decks were clear for operationalisation of this airport connecting the Doaba region of the state with rest of the country. Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma has already visited the airport to review the ongoing preparations for the event.Sharma was apprised by the staff of Airport Authority of India and Spice Jet that the seats for the first flight have already been sold out. Likewise, he was informed that 90 per cent seats for the week ahead of May 1 have also been booked. Till day before, Sharma asked the staff at the airport to ensure elaborate arrangements for making this gala event a huge success. He had then asked staff to make all out efforts to ensure that this historic function was organised in a smooth and well planned manner but today there were directions for keeping things low. Only 20 pc got atta dal Even as the state government reportedly made every effort to woo the Shahkot voters with one assurance or the other, most of these have fallen flat. Though permission was granted by the Food and Civil Supplies department to distribute wheat and pulses to all the atta-dal card holders, including the ones whose names had been struck off during the recent revision by the department, the supplies could not be made ahead of the code implementation. Only 20 per cent of the beneficiaries could get the supplies, said a department officer. Only letters, no grants Even as sarpanches of 233 villages had been distributed letters regarding disbursement of grants to the tune of Rs 20 crore in a function organised by the Rural Development Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa last month, the amount could not be released in time and hence could not be put to use to show development ahead of the bypolls. Sukhbir back, to hold meetings As SAD president Sukhbir Badal is back from his England trip, he is now expected to campaign full throttle next month at Shahkot and even camp here for a week or so. The party today set up its media office too in the constituency under former minister Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema. No role in mining Hardev Laddi Sherowalia, who is a probable candidate for the Shahkot bypolls, claimed that he has no role in mining as claimed by some persons in a press conference yesterday. “The ticket claimants within the party want to defame me to affect my claim,” he said.
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