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December 2, 2001 - December 3, 2001

Compensation for tourists stranded in Singapore Monday, December 3, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Partly allowing a complaint filed by Consumer Education & Research Society (CERS), on behalf of its two members who were stranded in Singapore despite having confirmed return journey tickets, the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the payment of expenses incurred by them.

Two Ahmedabad residents, Ajaykumar Khemka and Rajendra Pariwal, went on a six-day holiday package tour to Singapore on September 16, 1997, having confirmed tickets both ways. But at the end of their tour on September 21, 1997, when they reached the Singapore Airlines counter at the airport and presented their return journey tickets duly marked OK, they were told that the tickets were not confirmed. For the next two days the duo were stranded in the island city, fending for themselves.

Both the Singapore Airlines tickets were purchased by them in Ahmedabad from Raj Travels & Tours Ltd. They faced further difficulty on their return to Mumbai -- they had missed their train to Ahmedabad and had to forfeit the fare. As a result they had to travel to Ahmedabad by air.

Later they approached CERS, which took up the matter with the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Ahmedabad, against Raj Travels and Singapore Airlines seeking Rs 85,328 with 18 per cent interest for inadequacy in service and Rs 10,000 for causing mental and physical harassment to them. It also sought Rs 5,000 as costs.

Denying any deficiency in service, Raj Travels said that due to some technical fault in the booking system, called Amadeus, the mix-up regarding the return reservation had taken place. However, by way of a goodwill gesture, it offered to pay Rs 17,500 for the expenses incurred by Khemka and Pariwal towards hotel stay and taxi fare in Singapore, for air travel from Mumbai to Ahmedabad and towards the train fare loss.

The forum, however, ordered the payment of Rs 25,000 to Khemka and Pariwal for the expenses incurred during their two-day stay, "considering the entire six-day tour expenses was Rs 15,399 per person". It also levied a 12 per cent interest from September 30, 1997, on the amount and Rs 5,000 as compensation for causing mental agony and harassment to the tourists and granted Rs 2,000 as costs.

The forum was presided over by K D Desai and attended by members Leena Desai and Malay Kantharia. CERS advocate John Pinto appeared for the complainants, while D K Shah appeared for the opponents.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Ahmedabad in brief on 02 Dec 2001 Monday, December 3, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Jeweller robbed of cash
AHMEDABAD: A jeweller was robbed of valuables and cash worth Rs 3 lakh by four unidentified men while he was on his way home at Shahibaug on Friday evening.

According to the complaint lodged with Narayanpura police by Devendra M Shah, the owner of Shree Jewellers, he was intercepted by four unidentified persons and was made to hand over cash and valuables. The loot included Rs 25,000 in cash, 45 'tolas' of gold ornaments and silver jewellery weighing 11 kg. The foursome later fled from the scene. Investigations are on, said police.

Liquor seized
Acting on a tip-off, Odhav police intercepted a Tata Sumo near Virat Nagar Char Rasta and seized foreign liquor worth Rs 1.20 lakh. The vehicle's occupant, Harshan Nagaji Meghwal, a resident of Dabbal, Rajasthan, was arrested in this connection.

Road mishaps
One Dalpatsinh Chaturbhai Solanki, a resident of Rampura Gam of Kheda district, died on the spot after being hit by a speeding truck (MH-22-1132) on Narol highway on Friday evening. Solanki was riding a cycle when the mishap occurred. In a separate mishap, one Mahesh Patel of Karol was crushed to death by a truck (GJ-18-T931) on Wednesday. The victim was riding a motorcycle when the mishap occurred, said a complaint lodged by his wife, Ashaben Patel, with Dehgam police.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Rajkot accounts for 12 AIDS cases every month Sunday, December 2, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: The city on Saturday joined many other centres on the globe in observing 'World AIDS Day' even as an alarming fact - that as many as 12 AIDS cases are detected in Rajkot every month - was revealed.

The industrial area of Shapar-Veraval on the outskirts of the city and areas around the LPG filling station near Moti Khavdi near Jamnagar were found to be especially vulnerable when it came to enhancing the spread of AIDS in the region.


AIDS prevention club president Arun Dave, quoting a report from Junagadh said during the last 22 months, as many as 72 cases were reported from the town.

Dave said that rapid industrialisation of the region was contributing to rapid spread of AIDS. The worst-affected were workers hailing from outside Gujarat who live without families and truck drivers from Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.

Dave lamented that efforts to create an awareness among the drivers did not have the desired impact as they stay away from home for a long period. Besides, they are averse to following the concept of 'safe sex'. As a result the disease was spreading at a rapid pace.

Dr Suresh Joshipura, who has done pioneering work in the fight against AIDS, said that the most alarming aspect of the spread of the disease was the fact that almost 70 per cent of the new patients were in the 20 to 26 age group.

In Junagadh, the AIDS spread was more through blood donation.
The industrial and port areas of Veraval and the industrial area of Manavadar have also witnessed a high rate of AIDS cases.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Bhavnagar :: Congress leader killed in road mishap Sunday, December 2, 2001

Source - Times News Network
AHMEDABAD: Senior Congress leader and former Lok Sabha member Haroobhai Mehta and his driver were killed on the spot and his brother injured when the car in which they were travelling collided with a truck at Madhiya-San road in Bhavnagar district late on Saturday night.

The mishap occurred when the car in which Mehta (70), with brother Mahendra and driver Moin Pathan, was proceeding to Bhavnagar, collided with a truck from behind when the truck driver suddenly applied breaks, police said here on Sunday.

Mahendra received injuries on his hand and was later moved to a hospital, they said.

A lawyer in Gujarat High Court, Mehta was later elected to the Lok Sabha from Ahmedabad on Congress ticket and was known for his social and NGO activitives in the state.
( PTI )

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Congress leader killed in road mishap Sunday, December 2, 2001

Source - Times News Network
AHMEDABAD: Senior Congress leader and former Lok Sabha member Haroobhai Mehta and his driver were killed on the spot and his brother injured when the car in which they were travelling collided with a truck at Madhiya-San road in Bhavnagar district late on Saturday night.

The mishap occurred when the car in which Mehta (70), with brother Mahendra and driver Moin Pathan, was proceeding to Bhavnagar, collided with a truck from behind when the truck driver suddenly applied breaks, police said here on Sunday.

Mahendra received injuries on his hand and was later moved to a hospital, they said.

A lawyer in Gujarat High Court, Mehta was later elected to the Lok Sabha from Ahmedabad on Congress ticket and was known for his social and NGO activitives in the state.
( PTI )

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