ROAD TRANSPORT AND SAFETY BILL , 2014

The Road Transport And Safety Bill , 2014 proposes to provide a framework for safer, faster,cost effective and inclusive movement of passengers and freight in the country . The bill aims at reducing road accident related fatalities by 5 lakhs , increase GDP by 4% on account of increased infrastructural efficiency and provide nearly one million employment owing to liberalization of the transport sector.

FEATURES

1.Setting up of MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATION AND ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY OF INDIA , which would be a legally empowered agency , answerable to the parliament , whose main aim will be to set rules and regulations for both motor vehicles and road safety . The bill also makes this authority responsible for financing various road safety programs which would be implemented to increase awareness among the public.

2.promotion of innovation and adoption of these new technologies in a time bound manner , with time provided to the industry in migrating to the newer system.

3.Improved vehicle design to reduce fatalities and provisions to provide genuine spare parts at affordable prices.

4.simplification of procedural bottlenecks involved in the application and issue of Driver’s License .  The procedure is to be made more transparent with single window clearance being envisaged.

5 . Biometric Driver’s Licenses to be issued , with minimal chances of duplication.

6. Introduction of automated Driving test , with involvement of the private sector.

7.unified vehicle registration system , which could help transfer of vehicles across the state , without evasion of taxes.

8.private sector participation in vehicle fitness certification process.

9.integration of all stake holders – manufacturer , owner ,transport authority ,insurer, enforcement authority under a single umbrella.

10.Enforcement of modern safety technologies including electronic surveillance , with special emphasis on vulnerable road users like school children and women.

11. The bill also proposes the setting up of an accident fund for immediate relief of the victims.

12.setting up of NATIONAL ROAD TRANSPORT AND MULTIMODAL COORDINATION AUTHORITY , aimed at providing an integrated transport system with multimodal hubs for providing easier movement of people and goods across various modes of transport.

13 . promotion of public transport systems , with two tier permits – inter state and national permits.

14. Goods transport and National Freight Policy aimed at developing freight networks and address bottlenecks faced by the trucking industry by simplification of permits and clearance procedures.

15.INCREASED PENALTIES FOR TRAFFIC RELATED OFFENSES , with graded penalty point system and identification of repeat offenders.

 

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Why is there an opposition to this bill?

1.The bill proposes world class traffic rules on congested Indian roads.

2.The bill proposes to increase the participation of private players in public transport system , which many feel will affect the State Road Transport Corporations. This notion is mainly due to the fact that the bill don’t differentiate between stage carriage permits and contract carriage permits.

3.Heavy penalties would shrink the profitability of trucking industry.

4.The bill excludes pedestrian casualties from its ambit.

5. outsourcing of the licensing process to the private sector.

6. Integration of all the stakeholders into a single system will make the owners use genuine spare parts from authorized dealers , resulting in closure of smaller over the corner mechanics.

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IS KYASANUR FOREST DISEASE THE NEXT H1N1?

Kyasanur forest disease or monkey fever is a zoonotic infection commonly seen along the western Ghat region of India , with mortality rate ranging from 4 to 15 % . Though the virus was isolated in 1957 , it was post the wayanad outbreak in 2013 that widespread human causalities were reported . As of April 2015 cases have been reported in Kerala , Karnataka and Goa with higher mortality rates than previously assumed . The rapid spread of the disease over the last two years must have raised alarm among the higher echelons of power , but sadly it is rarely given the due importance . If not addressed immediately it could be the Indian Ebola in the making , as the virus could mutate and start causing human to human transmission .

TRANSMISSION

– monkeys and small mammals like rodents are the main hosts of the disease , and the disease is transmitted through ticks(insect) or when humans come in contact with infected animals.

– infections commonly occur during the clearing of forests for cultivation , when the tick fauna changes dramatically and become infectious . hence it is the forest dwellers and farmers who are the first to get infected.

– Human to Human transmission is rare ( but chances of mutant strains could not be ruled out).

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

– fever, headache, severe muscle pain,cough, dehydration, gastrointestinal symptoms and bleeding problems.

– The second wave of symptoms at the beginning of the third week include fever and signs of encephalitis.

TREATMENT

There are no specific treatment for the disease , the available treatment is supportive in nature.

PREVENTION

prevention methods include use of insect repellents and protective clothing . No specific vaccination is available.

THE HINDU AND ITS POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER aka DENIAL

This blog have always been critical of the recent far leftist turn of the only “true” national news paper – THE HINDU . Since the last article almost a year back ,  the newspaper is still on the path of self destruction , to make the matter worse it has now started publishing pure speculations and false stories as front page news . Here are some of the picks from the last 3 months –

1 . YES WE DID LIE.

This was the most embarrassing moment for the paper in years , when it misconstrued the front page news to favor its leftist agenda.

2 SARASWATI AND THE OSTRICH

Here are two articles questioning the existence of the river saraswati , one of them by a leading leftist historian.

Here is what new age historians have to say in their books on the issue ( Prof Upinder Singh)

Here is another contradictory evidence , this time from the UPSC , where it called Harrapan civilization , the Indus Saraswati civilization . This question paper is from the 2013 mains exam ( when UPA was in power , hence no question of  saffronisation )

3 . THE FANATICS ATTACK TV STATION

The attack on a news channel by fringe elements in Tamil Nadu made it to the front page . This is a channel that was never heard before and its viewership base hardly existed . Paranoia best describes this article.

4 CHINA IS THE BEST

It is OK for china to spread its culture , but the moment we plan such an endeavor , its Hindu nationalism.

5 THE LAND WITHOUT BEEF 

This could be true , but the source mentioned is irrelevant ( BJP cow protection cell??) , hence a big front page headline is sensationalistic at the best . This is the same newspaper which once mocked Times Of India for its journalistic policies with some quirky ads on YouTube.

6 THE LAND ORDINANCE FLIP FLOPS

This ran for weeks with “sources” giving “exclusive” bytes , with some even going to the extent that the newspaper reported once that the government was planning to let the ordinance lapse.

7 THE MODI GOVERNMENT IS CASH STRAPPED

This article sourced from Reuters have many loopholes , which the newspaper never double checked . Here the Hindu lost its credibility to appease its leftist leanings.

 8 BENGAL CIVIC POLLS – BJP COULD WAS PATHETIC AS IT JUST INCREASE ITS TALLY FROM 3 TO 7 (+233%), BUT LEFT MARGINALLY LOST FROM 25 TO 5 (-80%)

 

The newspaper seems to have never come to terms with the results of the last general elections . Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is common after great tragedies , and denial is one of its symptoms . But one year is a long time especially for a newspaper of its stature.