Money Control – Jet Airways shutdown: Booked a Jet Airways flight? Here’s what you can do

Jet Airways will offer a refund for all passengers affected by the suspension of flight operations

New Delhi – India, 18 April 2019. Cash-strapped airline Jet Airways flew its last flight on the Amritsar-Delhi-Mumbai route on 17 April and announced a temporary shutdown as lenders refused to provide it with the much-needed emergency funding.

As of Thursday, 18 April, all domestic and international flights of Jet Airways stand cancelled. This has led to confusion and panic among the customers who had booked flights with the carrier. The airline has said that it will inform all guests about the suspension of flight operations through text messages or emails to the respective contact details in the bookings.

If you have a booking with Jet Airways for a later date than April 18, you will receive a text, email or phone call from Jet Airways authorities. The airline will offer a refund for all passengers affected by the suspension of flight operations.

Passengers have to call the airline or visit its office in case their flights have been cancelled within 72 hours of departure. A list of all Jet Airways offices across the country is on their website.

If the flight has been cancelled beyond 72 hours, passengers have to fill the form on the Disruption Assistance page of the website, if booked directly with Jet.

In case a passenger has booked the flight through an agent, they will have to contact the agent directly. If a ticket has been booked through travel portals like MakeMyTrip, ClearTrip, Yatra, etc, they will have to cancel their tickets on those websites of apps and seek a refund for their tickets.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has said that the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) and other regulators are monitoring the situation carefully to ensure that all existing rules regarding refunds, cancellations, and alternate bookings are followed strictly.

“Any passenger complaints or issues should be promptly reported to the AirSewa portal or on its mobile app. We will follow up immediately.

Our overriding priority remains the safety, convenience, and affordability of our Aviation system. We are assisting airlines and airports to bring in capacity rapidly to ensure that fares remain stable and competitive,” it said on Twitter.

A meeting between the secretary of MoCA with airports is underway and airlines will coordinate and address any emerging issues on capacity, slots and passenger convenience.

Jet Airways has for years been the main carrier from Brussel and later from Amsterdam to New Delhi for the Benelux Sikhs.
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https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/booked-a-jet-airways-flight-heres-what-passengers-can-do-ticket-refund-3849921.html

Hoepertingen: Sint Vedastus Kerk – Mariagaarde – World War I Monument

Sint Vedastus Kerk
26 March 2019


RC Sint-Vedastus Church

Mariagaarde
26 March 2019


Entry Gate


Court yard


Court yard

World War I Monument
26 March 2019


Tribute to the heroes


Curious to see that one hero died in Amersfoort in the Netherlands where there was no fighting at all

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Gent-Sint-Pieters – Tongeren NMBS/De Lijn

Gent-Sint-Pieters
25 March 2019


Gent-Sint-Pieters – IC to Tongeren
IC slow to Brussel, fast to Hasselt and slow to Tongeren


IC to Tongeren
Refurbished old rolling stock

Tongeren NMBS/De Lijn
25 March 2019


Tongeren NMBS


NMBS symbol – De Lijn bus station


Two buses at the bus station – Both going to ‘Not in Service’


Bus 39b to Voeren, formerly a Dutch speaking part of Luik/Liège Province, now part of Limburg and therefore served by De Lijn
There are also regular De Lijn bus services to Maastricht (NL) and Liège from here

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The Statesman – Several injured as man opens fire in Dutch city of Utrecht

The police said that it is not ruling out the possibility of a terrorist attack on the tram.

Utrecht – Province of Utrecht – The Netherlands, 18 March 2019. A shooting incident in a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht has left several people injured.

According to reports, a man, who is yet to be identified, opened fire in the tram near a square in the main city in the morning. Utrecht is 37 kilometres to the south of Amsterdam.

The police said that it is not ruling out the possibility of a terrorist attack on the tram.

The shooting took place at about 10:45 local time (03:15 IST).

In a tweet, Utrecht police said that the incident happened in 24 Oktoberplein (24 October Square) area of the city, which has been cordoned off.

“A shooting occurred on the #24oktoberplein in #Utrecht. The incident has been reported at 10.45 hour. Multiple people have been injured. The surrounding area has been cordoned off and we are investigating the matter,” the tweet read.

https://www.thestatesman.com/world/several-injured-as-man-opens-fire-in-dutch-city-of-utrecht-1502739521.html

Dawn – Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav sought to create anarchy in Pakistan at Delhi’s behest, ICJ told

The Hague – Zuid Holland – The Netherlands, 19 February 2019. Pakistan on Tuesday accused India of using the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for “political theatre” as it urged judges to dismiss India’s case seeking to save spy Kulbhushan Jadhav from execution.

The top United Nations court’s four-day public hearing in the case of the 48-year-old Indian national began on Monday, with India presenting its case first. Pakistan presented its arguments in the case today. The four-day trial will end with Pakistan’s closing arguments on Thursday.

The case centres on the fate of Jadhav, who was convicted of espionage by a Pakistani military court and sentenced to death in April 2017. India denies Jadhav is a spy and has asked the ICJ to order his release because he was denied access to consular help and not allowed to choose his own defence lawyer.

Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan on Tuesday argued that Jadhav was an Indian spy sent to Balochistan to destabilise the country. He said that “India’s claim for relief […] must be dismissed.”

Khan told the court that Jadhav ran a network “to carry out despicable terrorism and suicide bombing, targeted killing, kidnapping for ransom and targeted operations to create unrest and instability in the country”.

“His unlawful activities were directed at creating anarchy in Pakistan and particularly targeted the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” Khan told the 15-judge bench.

But Jadhav did not act on his own, Khan added. “Rather they were committed at the behest of the Indian state and the government.”

A confession by Jadhav obtained by Pakistani officials “speaks of India’s state policy of sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan,” he said.

Since partition, “India has persistently pursued the policy of trying to destroy Pakistan,” Khan said.

Another Pakistani lawyer Khawar Qureshi told the court: “India’s proceedings […] are purely for political theatre… and they should be dismissed.”

He termed India’s arguments, presented a day earlier, as an opportunity wasted, saying India failed to answer fundamental questions regarding subversive activities of its serving navy commander inside Pakistan.

Qureshi questioned India’s demand of provisional measures without conduct of any hearing since it invoked ICJ’s jurisdiction on 08 May 2016 and termed the Indian claim for acquittal, release and return of Jadhav as “outlandish”.

Calling India’s proposition as “absurd and nonsensical”, he said India was showing a lack of good faith and sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan through Jadhav.

Qureshi also referred to a few cases of Russia and China where states were free to modify their own practice in dealing with espionage as special case.

He said India and Pakistan entered into a clearly worded agreement on consular access (operative since 1982 and amended in 2008) which identified the basis to consider the option of consular access in cases of espionage.

He emphasized that India’s conduct in sending Commander Jadhav to engage in acts of espionage violated the Article 5(a) of Vienna Convention and said permitting consular access would be in blatant violation of the fundamental precepts of international law.

He requested the court to declare India’s petition inadmissible by reason of its conduct manifesting abuse of rights, illegality and misrepresentation.

Furthermore, Qureshi said that even if the court were to hold that Vienna Convention’s Article 36 was engaged and a right to consular access was denied, the appropriate remedy would be filing a review before Pakistan’s High Court, any time by Jadhav and his family.

India’s arguments in yesterday’s hearing

A 15-member panel of ICJ judges heard India’s Counsel Advocate Harish Salve at the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis), the seat of the Court, from 2 pm to 5 pm PST.

Salve began his case yesterday by identifying it as an “unfortunate” matter relating to the life of an “innocent Indian national”. He based his arguments on two broad issues in what he essentially saw as a “simple” case, breach of Vienna Convention on consular access (VCCR) and the process of resolution.

India’s lawyer was quick to label Pakistan strong on rhetoric and blurry on facts, and failing in its propaganda to malign his country. Pakistan was bound to grant consular access at the earliest, but in fact refused to reply to 14 requests made by the Indian government at different times, he said.

Salve said a First Information Report (FIR) was registered against Jadhav as late as April 8 and his confession obtained before the FIR was used as a propaganda machine by Pakistan.

India’s counsel quoted Pakistan’s then adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, several times including his statement regarding the transparency of the trial.

The fact that Jadhav was given a state officer for defence, allowed to question witnesses and all political parties of Pakistan being unanimous in granting the death penalty to a spy, according to Salve, highlighted the political odds against a fair trial.

Former Solicitor General Harish Salve was not only quick to reject all of Pakistan’s claims regarding Jadhav’s role in fomenting terrorism and engaging in espionage within Pakistan, but also to ask the ICJ not to allow Pakistan to indulge in the “passport issue”, as that stood “irrelevant and alien” to today’s proceedings.

Terming Article 36 a vital cog in the wheel of justice, Salve continued to make a case based on human rights, protection of aliens on foreign land and pleaded the court to uphold VCCR, as a powerful tool that ensures the facility of consular access to foreign nationals that have been put to trial in a foreign country.

Pakistan’s frequent reminder of the express agreement signed by the two countries on Consular Access dated, 21 May, 2008 was also rubbished by Salve. The agreement that allows each state to consider a request for consular access “on its merits” in a case involving national security, does not make any reference to the VCCR.

Salve argued that VCCR could be clarified or supplemented by bilateral treaties but by no means diluted, modified or undermined. Neither can any article of a bilateral agreement destroy Article 36 of VCCR, nor does Article 36 commit to any exceptions, charges of espionage included.

“If Article 36 grants rights of consular access in all cases including where allegations of such kind are levelled, then demanding those can’t be an abuse of those rights,” he added.

Stressing the importance of granting consular access before commencement of trial, he regretted that Jadhav was “kidnapped”, detained, interrogated, tried and convicted without being granted consular access. He maintained Pakistan’s approach was regrettable in that the severity of charges did not justify violating the procedural processes of law.

A significant last chunk of Salve’s argument was dedicated to Pakistan’s military courts as he demanded annulment of Jadhav’s conviction and his release.

Salve insisted Pakistan could not hide behind domestic law to violate international obligations. Review and reconsideration was an unworkable remedy in the present Pakistani system, one absent of any due processes, where the institutional bias against Jadhav was unmistakable, he said.

Real relief would be, he added, Pakistan being directed to acquit Kulbhushan Jadhav who Pakistan claims had travelled at least 17 times with his cover name as Hussein Mubarak Patel.

Following the proceedings, Director General for South Asia and Saarc Dr Mohammad Faisal, who attended the Monday hearing, said India’s lawyer had failed to answer any of the questions raised by Pakistan regarding the service or retirement of the Indian navy commander; the authenticity of the Indian passport that facilitated his travel 17 times with a cover name; his sabotage, espionage and terrorism activities that resulted in the killing of thousands of Pakistanis in Karachi and different areas of Balochistan where he was finally arrested.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1464788/indian-spy-kulbhushan-jadhav-sought-to-create-anarchy-in-pakistan-at-delhis-behest-icj-told

The Statesman – Kulbhushan Jadhav case updates from ICJ, to resume on Tuesday

Pakistan said Jadhav was a serving commander in the Indian Navy and was involved in subversive activities inside Pakistan.

New Delhi – India, 18 February 2019. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is holding a public hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case from Monday at The Hague, Netherlands, where India and Pakistan are presenting their respective arguments before the top UN court.

The public hearing is expected to go on for four days.

The Indian side is being represented by Harish Salve, while, for Pakistan, Khawar Qureshi will present the case.

The hearing comes three days after the deadly Pulwama terror attack in which 44 CRPF personnel lost their lives. Since then, the relations between the two South Asian neighbours are under great strain.

Kulbhushan Jadhav case:

Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian national. The Pakistan government claims that he was arrested on March 3, 2016, during a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan, on charges of “terrorism and spying” for India’s intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

While Indian foreign ministry contended that Jadhav had been “kidnapped from Iran and his subsequent presence in Pakistan has never been explained credibly.”

Pakistan said Jadhav was a serving commander in the Indian Navy and was involved in subversive activities inside Pakistan. The Indian government acknowledged Jadhav as a former naval officer but denied any current links with him and maintained that he took premature retirement and was abducted from Iran.

A Field General Court Martial in Pakistan sentenced Jadhav to death on April 10, 2017, which was stayed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 18 May 2017.

Harish Salve, starting his argument, told the ICJ that Pakistan has no substantive defence and is indulging in malicious acts, adding that Pakistan’s acts are “an egregious violation of the Vienna Convention”.

The main points made by Harish Salve:

  • Jadhav’s continued custody without consular access should be declared unlawful
  • There is no manner of doubt that Pakistan was using this as a propaganda tool. Pakistan was bound to grant consular access without delay
  • On 30th March 2016, India reminded Pakistan of its request of consular access (for Jadhav) and received no reply. Thirteen reminders were sent by India on various dates
  • On 19th June 2017, India responded to the request for assistance in the investigation and pointed that not only Jadhav had been denied consular access but no credible evidence have been provided by Pakistan to show his involvement in any act of terrorism and his (Jadhav’s) purported confession clearly appears to be coaxed. India reminded Pakistan that it’s Pakistan government which hasn’t ratified SAARC convention on legal assistance in criminal matters
  • Pakistan offered to allow Jadhav’s family to visit him, the terms were agreed and the meeting was held on 25th December, 2017. India was dismayed at the manner the meeting with Jadhav’s family was conducted and wrote a letter on 27 December marking its protest
  • Pakistan should’ve provided a substantial explanation for why it needed 3 months for providing consular access, upon which it could’ve claimed that it has complied with treaty obligation. Even on erroneous premise that para 4 applies, Pakistan hasn’t complied treaty obligations
  • If article 36 grants rights of consular access in all cases including where allegations of such kind are leveled, then demanding those can’t be an abuse of those rights
  • I would invite this court to keep in mind the relief to be granted in the backdrop of the fact that his trial has been conducted by a military court
  • Pakistan’s conduct doesn’t inspire confidence that Jadhav can get justice there. Pakistan has in custody an Indian national who has been publicly portrayed to be a terrorist and Indian agent creating unrest in Balochistan. Pakistan used Jadhav to build a narrative against India
  • India invites the court to restrain Pakistan from acting on conviction on the ground that it was secured by means which was in violation of Article 36 of Vienna Convention and in the present case, relief of review and re-consideration would be highly inadequate, considering facts and circumstances
  • India submits that military courts of Pakistan can’t command the confidence of this court and shouldn’t be sanctified by a direction to them to review and re-consider the case. India seeks annulment of Jadhav’s conviction and directions that he be released forthwith

Proceedings adjourned in the International Court of Justice for Tuesday, 19 February.

https://www.thestatesman.com/india/kulbhushan-jadhav-case-updates-from-icj-to-resume-on-tuesday-1502733248.html

Back to Gent: Den Haag Centraal (NL) – Gentbrugge Stelplaats (Be)

Den Haag Centraal
Tram platforms high
03 January 2019


Passengers but no trams


I do not know which tram this is nor where it is going

Den Haag Centraal
Schedeldoekshaven
03 January 2019


International buses
Eurolines / Flixbus


Tram 9 to Scheveningen Noord
The green Flixbus can be seen on the left of the platform

By Flixbus from Den Haag via Rotterdam to Antwerpen,
from there by train to Gent Dampoort
and then by De Lijn bus 3 to Gentbrugge.

Gentbrugge Stelplaats
05 January 2019


Blue PCC car


Tram 4 and blue PCC car

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Den Haag: Lijnbaan – Hobbemaplein – Back to Gent: Den Haag Centraal

Lijnbaan
03 January 2019


RandstadRail TramTrain 4 to Zoetermeer Javalaan


Another look at the types of trams operating in Den Haag

Hobbemaplein
Haagse Markt
02 January 2019


Tram 6 to Leyenburg


Tram 6 on the De Heemstraat

Back to Gent
Den Haag Centraal
Tram platforms high
03 January 2019


Getting off to catch my Flixbus to Antwerpen


RandstadRail TramTrain 3 to Zoetermeer Centrum

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Gurdwara Scheepersstraat – Kaapseplein – Buitenom

Gurdwara Scheepersstraat
01 January 2019


Divan Hall


Divan Hall

Sri Gurdwara Singh Sabha
Scheepersstraat 54
2572 AL Den Haag – South Holland
Netherlands

Kaapseplein
02 January 2019


After new year’s eve ‘fun’


After new year’s eve ‘fun’

Buitenom
02 January 2019


Eduard Douwes Dekker
Author who wrote against the exploitation of the ‘Dutch East Indies’


Multilingual services in this Kingdom Hall
Turkish, Papiamento, English and Twi

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Beurs RET Metro Lines D and E – Den Haag Centraal – Spui girls in hijab – My Den Haag office !

Beurs RET Metro
30 December 2018


Waiting for RandstadRail RET Metro E


RandstadRail RET Metro E to Slinge


RandstadRail RET Metro E to Slinge

Den Haag Centraal
Tramplatform High
30 December 2018


RandstadRail TramTrain

Spui: girls in hijab
30 December 2018


When will we see a statue like this in Gent ?

My ‘office’ in Den Haag
30 December 2018


Harjinder Singh da daftar

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