08102018-JTR-01.qxd 10/8/2018 1:02 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 8 OCTOBER 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Treat for art lovers Namaste Punjab Shades of a woman Prayas: Ek Koshish, a group of artists, holds 7th National Art Exhibition at Virsa Vihar. Actors Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor claim their Punjabi roots as they come to Chandigarh for film promotion. P3 Acclaimed Maharashtrian actress Girija Oak has been confirmed for a pivotal role in Sony TV’s epic show. P4 FORECAST P2 SUNNY | MAX 31°C MIN 18.3°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C MIN 19°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.05 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.26 AM Woman, son held for killing man Tribune News Service Went missing on Oct 4 Jalandhar, October 7 Cracking the murder case of a man, who had been missing since October 4, the Jalandhar rural police today arrested Ranjit Kaur and her son Harjap Singh, alias Japa, both residents of Johlan village here. A case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against Ranjit Kaur and her son at the Patara police station on the complaint of Kuldeep Chabra, the deceased’s nephew. A resident of the New Seetal Nagar in Jalandhar, Ram Chand Chabra had left his home at 11 am on October 4 on his Activa scooter, after which he had not been seen by anybody. His nephew Kuldeep Chabra in his statement to the police, said while his uncle had lent money to several people, on October 4, he went out of his home saying he was going to meet some persons to recover some money given by him. When he did not return home, Kuldeep, along with his nephew Sanjay Kumar, A resident of the New Seetal Nagar in the city, Ram Chand Chabra left his home at 11 am on October 4 on his Activa scooter, after which he was not seen by anybody. His nephew Kuldeep Chabra in his statement to the police said while his uncle had lent money to several people, on October 4, he went out of his home, saying that he was going to meet some persons to recover his money. Police officials address the media in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH lodged a missing complaint at the Division No. 1 police station against him. Ranjit Kaur, who owed money to the victim, confessed that he had been attacked by her son and strangulated by her following which the duo burnt his body and dumped the remains in their fields. Kuldeep said his uncle had told him several times that there was a threat to his life as he was trying to recover money from Ranjit Kaur, who was constantly delaying payment and instead threatening him. Kuldeep and Sanjay said they reached Johlan village while looking for the victim and found his Activa parked outside a local gurdwara. While enquiring about him, they got to know that the residence of Ranjit Kaur was near the place. Kuldeep said the deceased had told him whenever he tried to take money from Ranjit Kaur, she threatened to kill him, along with a friend of her, who worked with the police. While she was arrested from the Machi Wala Gate in Johlan on Saturday, her son was arrested from near Johlan today. In her statement to the police, Ranjit Kaur said she was seen with the victim, with whom she had an illegitimate relationship, in a compromising position by her son Harjap at her home on October 4, when the deceased Clean act came to her home. While an angered Harjap hit the victim with an iron angle (rod), Chabra began writhing in pain, after which, Ranjit said, she strangulated him. Later, he died on the spot. They then placed Chabra’s corpse on a cot and took it to the second floor of the house where she dismantled and broke an old stool set and burnt his body with wood and old clothes. She kept the halfburnt corpse at home and later burnt the remaining parts and put the mortal remains of the body in a sack and dumped the same in her fields. The police have recovered Chabra’s Activa (bearing registration No. PB08-DH-3465) and the iron rod from her home. Further investigation is on in the case. Cell phone, cash snatched from man Our Correspondent As procurement begins in grain markets, a labourer winnows the paddy crop in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH Phagwara, October 7 Three unidentified persons reportedly snatched a mobile phone and Rs 500 in cash from Pawan Kumar, a resident of Rihana Jattan village here today. The victim, who was selling bread on his bicycle, was also mercilessly beaten up by the miscreants near Dameli village. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B, 341 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Get CCTVs at all scan centres in district, DC asks Health Dept Govt wants students to crack IELTS, settle No footage available abroad: Experts FREE CLASSES Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, October 7 Taking a serious note of the spate of sex determination disclosures in the district, the Jalandhar DC has ordered installation of CCTV cameras at all scanning centres in the district. Though the PC-PNDT Act mandates CCTV footage as a critical piece of evidence to be seized by health teams during raids or inspections, a majority of the scanning centres in the district have been operating without CCTV cameras so far. The DC’s instructions have come in the wake of The Tribune highlighting the lack of serious action under the PNDT Act in the district in the past several years. While the fiasco at the Bhogpur scanning centre and the resultant spate of inspections and raids at various scanning centres – which has brought out a nexus between touts and sinologists, as was witnessed from the statement of two touts and a doctor yesterday at Kartarpur – has highlighted that many people are minting big money from the cat of abandoning the girl child in the district. As per the statement of the tout While 256 scanning centres run in the district, as many as 245 machines are formally registered with the health authorities. While both machines were sealed during the Friday afternoon raids, the health authorities had said one of these, too, were being operated by an unauthorised doctor when they raided the premises. Hours later, health teams busted sex determination scans being carried out with impunity at a Kartarpur centre in the wee hours on Saturday. In both these cases, no CCTV footage was available. at the centre at Kartarpur yesterday, exorbitant charges ranging from Rs 8,000 to Rs 30,000 are being charged from patients per abortion, depending on the abortion of male or female child. Those touts, patients and doctors who strike a deal and play with the lives of babies get away also as the centres have no CCTV cameras. Sources say patients not only from the state, but also Haryana, Himachal and Rajasthan and NRIs were visiting the region to get tests conducted and to terminate pregnancies. DC Varinder Kumar Sharma said: “Serious instructions have been issued to the health authorities. CCTV cameras should be installed at the reception and the main entrance of the scanning centres. From the state to the district administration, everyone is serious about shady activi- ties with respect to sex determination. It has been conveyed in unequivocal terms to the health authorities that strict action has to be initiated against any centre indulging in such activities and the installation of cameras should be ensured at the earliest.” Civil Surgeon Jaspreet Kaur Sekhon said: “We are planning strict action against centres which are indulging in such activities. Instructions are shortly being issued to centres to get CCTV cameras installed. At all centres which we raided, no CCTV footage could be received. Also, centres, which are indulging in such activities, did not have cameras. We will also be holding a seminar to sensitise sonologists of Jalandhar and Phagwara to the PC and PNDT Act shortly.” Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, October 7 The move of the state Education Department to start IELTS classes for senior secondary students free of cost to help them improve their English skills has not gone down well with teachers as well literature experts who say “as the state government has no jobs to offer to the future generation, hence, it is preparing students in IELTS with the aim that they crack the exam in one go and move abroad. Retired lecturer and an English expert, Balbir Kumar, said: “Though the Education Department has claimed they do not wish to help students emigrate, instead the course has been designed in a way that it will improve the English skills, especially the listening and speaking among students.” However, the same objective could be achieved if in place of starting the IELTS classes, the department would have proposed to start a practical test of speaking and listening for stu- c m y b dents of Class VI to XII, as it will help them gain proficiency in the language and will also infuse confidence in them, he said. He said: “You cannot make students pro in English in just a year or six months, the practice has to be given to students since their initial days, so that as they grow, their understanding in the subject increases and they become comfortable with the language step-by-step.” Another master in English under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Paras Dhir, said: “Proposing IELTS classes for students of Classes XI and XII is completely an illogical step, as the majority of the faculty who has been assigned the task to train students are themselves not English lecturers or MA English excluding s few ex-servicemen, who hold the expertise in the subject”. He said: “Teachers who are currently teaching English in schools are actually science or maths teachers who are given English too as an additional subject. With MBD guide books, Continued on page 2 DEFICIENCY IN SERVICE Apple told to refund cost of phone, pay compensation Our Correspondent Jalandhar, October 7 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Apple India to pay Rs 15,000 towards compensation and litigation costs to a resident as the company have sold an old handset to a customer in the name and price of a new one and that too with the same IMEI number which was already registered for an iPad mini. The forum directed the firm to refund Rs 20,100, the cost of the handset, pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 for causing mental agony and physical harassment to the complainant and Rs 5,000 towards litigation costs. The complainant, Kundan Singh Bisht, in his complaint stated that he came across a reasonable deal for a mobile handset of Apple iPhone 5s (32GB, Gold) on ebay.com, an ecommerce website, which was offering the phone for the amount less than the market price. He said having been impressed by features and deal of the handset, he booked the same online with a pre-payment of Rs 20,100, through a credit card on October 10, 2016. He said the handset was having a warranty of one year. But after some time, the phone started overheating. To solve the problem, he approached the customer care of Apple India at Jalandhar, which advised him to approach iQor Global Services India Private Limited, which is the authorised service centre CONSUMER forum of Apple. He contacted iQor on April 21, 2017, and apprised it of the problem being faced by him in the handset. Meanwhile, when iQor verified the IMEI number from their records, Kundan was told that according to their records, the said IMEI number was allotted to some different handset (iPad Mini 316GB-Silver), whereas the handset that was delivered to him by ebay carried description Apple iPhone 5s (32GB, Gold). He was further told that as per their records, the handset has gone out of warranty. He said he then approached ebay.com through email, stating about the whole incident, but to no avail. Talking to The Tribune, Kundan said on April 26, 2017, he again visited the service centre of iQor Global and submitted the handset for to resolve the problem and accordingly, they issued him a job sheet against that, but refused to do the needful, stating that the IMEI No.354422060128442 was allotted to iPad Mini 3- 16GB-Silver and the warranty against the handset had already been expired according to their records. He said even persons at the service centre told him that ebay.com or the shipper of the product have sold a dismantled and assembled old mobile handset to the complainant and refused to intervene in the matter. The notices by the forum were served on all four parties, including ebay.com, the shipper, the Apple India and the iQor Global Services limited. However, excluding Apple no other party appeared before the forum and was preceded against ex parte. Apple India in its reply to the forum stated that the mobile phone had been illegally tampered and were sold by the opposite party 1 and 2 and therefore, they are responsible and answerable to the complainant and there was no deficiency and negligence on their part. After verifying all facts, the forum in the judgment stated that the product purchased by the complainant virtually had true and correct IMEI number of the manufacturing firm, though it was issued to iPhone or to iPad Mini, it is the duty of the manufacturing firm to make it clear whether the IMEI number is printed on a right product or not and further, if any tampered and dismantled mobile phone has been sold by the dealer, the liability casted upon the manufacturing firm to take appropriate action against such fake dealers.
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