25022019-JTR-01.qxd 2/25/2019 1:41 AM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE BICYCLES DISTRIBUTED UNDER MAI BHAGO SCHEME PPCC general secretary distributes 743 bicycles among girl students of Bara Pind village and Phillaur. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 PAGE 3 NO MORE NUDE SCENES PLEASE: KEIRA KNIGHTLEY SHAH RUKH KHAN ALL SET TO PRODUCE FILM FOR WEB The actress says she will no longer strip off on screen because she is a mother in her thirties. MAX 21°C | MIN 6°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22.0°C | MIN 6°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:18 PM PAGE 4 Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies is now gearing up to create more content for Netflix, international streaming giant. SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:50 AM MONDAY | 25 FEBRUARY 2019 | JALANDHAR 4 badminton coaches relieved, fresh appointment process on Winged visitor 100 new DBA life members to be roped in along with 10 honorary members Tribune News Service An Indian heron takes a flight over wheat fields on the outskirts of Jalandhar city. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MALKIAT SINGH WHAT’S ON JALANDHAR CARNIVAL:Annual carnival of cultures; KMV College; 1 pm Insurance company fined for refusing car claim Avneet Kaur PHAGWARA STONE LAYING: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to lay foundation stone of elevated road on NH and address rally; 2 pm GO-KART CONTEST: Opening of go-kart making contest; GNA University; 2 pm Newborn girl found in drain, dies Our Correspondent Phagwara, February 24 A newborn girl wrapped in a polythene cover was found abandoned in a drain in Balmiki Hadiabad this afternoon. Some passers-by heard the cries of the infant and brought her to the Civil Hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. Doctors said the baby was delivered by a woman a few hours ago. The Satnampura police have registered a case in this regard and started investigation. The police will search suspected nursing homes to trace the mother of the girl. Jalandhar, February 23 The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed The New India Assurance Company to pay Rs 1.32 lakh to a Hoshiarpurbased resident who had purchased insurance for his vehicle that later got damaged in an accident. The forum has also asked the firm to pay an additional Rs 35,000 as litigation expenses and for causing mental and physical harassment. Charanjit Singh, the complainant in his complaint to the forum, has said he owns a Tata Indigo Manza car (bearing registration No PB-03 W-8035) insured with New India Assurance Company. He said he renewed his insurance policy for Rs 3,25,000 after paying a premium of Rs 7, 570 and the period of insurance was from April 23, 2016, to April 22, 2017. He alleged that though he got insured his car and the company promised various benefits along with full compensation of loss and damage to the car in case of any untoward situation, the company never issued any policy document and the copy of the proposal form to him. He said on August 14, 2016, he met with an accident and the car was badly damaged. An intimation of accident of the insured car was promptly given to the company on the stipulated time period as per conditions of the company. Thereafter, he lodged ‘Own Damage Claim’ and submitted ‘Prescribed Claim Form’ dated August 15, 2018, with all supportive documents relating to the accident and damage to the insured car. He said the damage and loss was accounted for an amount of Rs 3,20,810, he got his car repaired from Saggu Autos Chachowki, Phagwara, and supplied the receipts to the insurance company for quick settlement and payment of own damage claim. The surveyors of the insurance company assessed the loss and quoted it to be Rs 1,32,480. But despite repeated attempts to seek the claim, the insurance company failed to settle the same. Advocate of the complainant KC Malhotra said: “The insurance company on baseless grounds of not having a valid driving license repudiated the claim of Charanjit.” He said the complainant holds a driving licence to drive heavy vehicles while he was driving a light vehicle. While there was no mention of any such condition in the proposal form of the company, they still rejected the claim. He said every consumer must be aware of his rights and should always speak against the injustice of such companies, who on baseless grounds, harass consumers. The insurance company, in its reply to the forum, said: “Since the complainant was not holding a valid and effective driving licence to drive the car, as such, the complaint is liable to be dismissed. The firm also averred that there was no deficiency in service or unfair trade practice on the part of the company.” What the forum said Karnail Singh, president of the forum, with its members Rajita Sareen and Harvimal Dogra in their judgment said: “The matter in question has already been resolved by the Supreme Court and as per the aforesaid judgment, we only have to consider the weight of the vehicle in question. The vehicle in this case is Tata Indigo Manza car and its weight was not mentioned in the policy by the opposite parties that it exceeds 7,500 kg, if not so, then the driving licence issued to Charanjit is valid for driving the car”. It thus directed the firm to pay the claim for repair of the car to the tune of Rs 1,32,480 to the complainant with an interest of 12 per cent per annum from the date of repudiation of the claim dated March 24, 2017, till its realisation. Give 200 units of free power to Dalits, PSPCL told Annual limit of 3,000-unit consumption removed; restoration of discontinued connections sought Ajay Joshi Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 24 In the beginning of this month, after decisions made in the Cabinet meeting, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) was told to give monthly 200-unit free electricity to all Dalit, SC and BPL families in the state without any cap. Also, the upper annual limit of 3,000 units of electricity consumption has been removed to enable all domestic users in this category — SC, BPL and BC families — to avail the benefit of free electricity. However, the Captain Amarinder Singh-led government’s move was appre- ciated by members of the Dalit community, but they also demanded the PSPCL to restore their discontinued connections that were cut due to non-payment of dues. Kashmir Singh Ghugshor, a Dalit activist, said instead of making it a political move to woo voters, the government should restore the disconnected connections to beneficiaries covered under the initiative. “It was our long-pending demand that the cap of annual limit be removed as the electricity consumption usually exceeds the limit of 3,000 units. Many houses belonging to the backward community remained in the dark as their power connections were cut by the Electricity Department,” Ghugshor said. Prem Pujari, a resident of Kartarpur who makes both ends meet by driving an auto- rickshaw, said he was a beneficiary under the scheme but his connection was disconnected after he exceeded the limit and consumed extra units. He said an official demanded Rs 16,000 to restore his power connection. Though he managed to pay Rs 10,000 to get his connection temporarily, he was yet to pay Rs 6,000. He said the scheme was announced long ago. Hence, his connection should be restored permanently without taking any dues. Covering 1.17 lakh domestic consumers, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on Thursday also issued detailed guidelines concerning the state Cabinet decision to extend the benefit of monthly 200 free power units to the families under the above mentioned category, whose annual consumption exceeded 3,000 units. The decision would bring back these 1.17 lakh domestic consumers, who had been taken out of its ambit with the introduction of the upper limit. The move will also put an additional burden of Rs 163 crore on the state exchequer, quoted an official spokesperson. Subsequently, the move will benefit a total of over 17.76 lakh families comprising SC domestic, non-SC BPL domestic and BC domestic consumers with a sanctioned load up to 1 KW. Meanwhile, Chief commercial engineer, PSPCL, Harpreet Kaur, said the decision was implemented after receiving a circular from the Chief Minister office but as far as restoring the connections was concerned, only the government was authorised to take any further action in this regard. c m y b APPOINTED WITHOUT FOLLOWING PROPER PROCEDURE Jalandhar, February 24 With the district administration having taken over the charge of the District Badminton Association (DBA) since the past nearly two months, it has now been decided to relieve the four private coaches with immediate effect. The administrative committee chaired by IAS officer Jitender Jorwal found that the four coaches — Jai Deep Kohli, Neeraj Bansal, Karandeep Singh Kohli and Naveen — had been drawing a salary of Rs 96,000 per month from the account of the DBA, Jalandhar, but had been appointed without following a proper procedure. Neither an advertisement had been issued nor any appointment letter had been formally handed over to them, it observed, while deciding that they could not be allowed to continue. The decision to relieve the private coaches has come as a jolt for the former honorary secretary of the DBA, Rajinder Kalsi, in whose term the four coaches had been roped in. The committee decided to start appointment of coaches afresh following a new criteria. It decided to appoint two new coaches – a senior and a junior coach, both holding a gradua- The administrative committee chaired by IAS officer Jitender Jorwal found that the four coaches — Jai Deep Kohli, Neeraj Bansal, Karandeep Singh Kohli and Naveen — had been drawing a salary of Rs 96,000 per month from the account of the DBA, Jalandhar, but had been appointed without following a proper procedure. tion degree/diploma from SAI/NIS or any recognised Indian or foreign university. While the salary of senior coach has been fixed for Rs 60,000-Rs 70,000 per month, the junior coach will receive Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000. Both will get a boarding facility on the premises. The appointment will be on a contract for a period of three years. Meanwhile, it has now been decided that till the appointment of coaches is made, the players coming to the stadium will not be charged and the responsibility to train them will be with the departmental coaches – Harjinder Singh Waraich and Varun Kumar. In another major decision, it was decided that 100 new life members be added with a life membership of Rs 50,000 along with 10 honorary life members from among players who have represented the state at senior U-19 level in the national championship or represented the country at the international level. The decision comes after it was pointed out that there are 156 life members in the DBA, many of whom are currently not active. A few of them are not residing in the city or had even moved abroad. Since the interim committee of the administration is also assigned with a task to conduct the poll to the DBA, it opined: “Any election cannot be neutral unless the voter list is beyond any shadow of doubt. Since it has been pointed out that many members have been added in an opaque process and if the same life members will vote to elect the executive committee, then again it will vitiate the electoral process, thereby electing a handful and already selected people to the committee.” The committee also decided life members – whether old or new – would have to pay Rs 2,000 per annum to become a playing member. The committee has already issued advertisement for appointment of coaches and induction of new life members. The committee members also decided to hire a gardener and a sweeper. It was also decided to start civil work, painting, CCTV repair, electric work of badminton hall and upgrade of existing canteen, repair of sauna and steam bath and construction of new bathrooms. Gym renovation, appointment of gym instructor and fixing of gym fee is also on the cars. Attendance of players will be done through biometric system as it came to known that some players were coming without having deposited fee. They have been given 15-day time to deposit fee. The appointment of the Assistant Administrator Officer too has been proposed. For revision of rent of shops owned by the DBA, a committee has been formed under Joint Commissioner Rajiv Verma, Tehsildar Aditya Gupta and members Rakesh Khanna and Rajinder Kalsi. The other members of the interim committee were PCS officer Barjinder Singh, undertraining IAS officer Himanshu Jain, Additional Director Sports Kartar Singh Sehmbi, District Sports Officer Balwinder Singh, District Attorney Satpal, Rakesh Khanna, Rajinder Kalsi, TS Walia, Anil Bhatti, Naresh Budhia, Kusum Kaypee and SS Nanda. Encroachments in parking areas trouble pedestrians in Model Town market Space encroached upon by shopkeepers at parking lots in Model Town, Jalandhar. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH Avneet Kaur VIOLATION OF BUILDING BYLAWS Jalandhar, February 24 Encroachments on parking areas in the Model Town market here is causing inconvenience to commuters and pedestrians. Commuters complained that several buildings in the area had violated building bylaws and left the place in a complete mess. They said many building owners had given basement of their buildings, which was meant for parking, on rent. The parking lots have been illegally encroached upon to display products, leaving no space for commuters to park their vehicles. Kanwaljit Singh, a commuter, said: “Fights over parking space are a common thing in the market and heated arguments have become a routine affair. To add to the Commuters complained that several buildings in the area had violated building bylaws and left the place in a complete mess. They said many building owners have given basement of their buildings, which was meant for parking, on rent. parking woes, some of the shopkeepers have even given the area outside their shops to vendors. They also take rent from the latter. However, in the absence of a proper parking space, the traffic congestion issue has become worse.” Another commuter Rohit said: “The Municipal Corporation has constructed a parking lot for two-wheelers inside the market for which a yellow line has been demarcated on both sides of the road, but usually the lot is full with staff vehicles, while no space is left for shoppers to park their vehicles.” Commuters said: “The corporation should ask building owners to open the basement for parking. In the absence of a proper parking space, customers park their vehicles on roads in a haphazard manner, which is one of the main reasons behind traffic chaos in the area.” Some of the shopkeepers in the area said: “Even the traffic police maintain a distance in the matter and avoid visiting the place to regulate traffic. Illegal parking by showrooms also add to the chaos. The police and the MC should ask building owners to abide by traffic laws and take action to remove encroachments.” Meanwhile, MC Tehbazari Superintendent Mandeep Singh while talking about the issue said: “We will inspect the area and will take strict action against building owners who are eating up the parking space for their own benefits.” He said there had been a meeting in the past wherein the building owners were allowed to use basement as godown or rent the same but on the condition that the parking space should not be compromised and there should be no chaos on the road due to their action. He said: “We are making continuous efforts to deal with the encroachment issue in the city and in the past, we had carried out many anti-encroachment drives too. We will resolve the issue soon, he said.
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