The government of Bangladesh has ordered Kuwait Airways to pay $70,000 as compensation to Rajasthan Art Emporium for delaying the delivery of their consignments of handicrafts to the US 16 years ago, PTI has reported. The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission hold the airline guilty of "negligence, inaction and passivity" for not delivering the goods sent by the emporium to its US-based buyer, Williams Sonoma Inc, on time. "All the facts and circumstances clearly establish negligence, inaction and passivity on the part of opposite party 1 (Kuwait Airways). When the goods are not delivered within seven days, the fault certainly lies at the door of the opposite party 1," the country's apex consumer commission said. The client said the airline and its agent had failed to deliver its three consignments, weighing a total of 26,859.5kgs, in seven days by July 31, 1996 as initially assured by them. Kuwait Airways had denied the allegations with its counsel arguing that there was no delay on its part as time was not the essence of the contract.