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Punjab not to implement amended Motor Vehicles Act yet

“We will take a call after studying the penalty amount that is abnormally high,” state Transport Minister Razia Sultana told reporters in Jalandhar city.

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Chandigarh, Sep 2 : Congress-ruled Punjab on Monday refused to implement stricter amended Central Motor Vehicles Act at the moment, citing the whopping penalty for traffic violations which would put additional burden on the common man.

“We will take a call after studying the penalty amount that is abnormally high,” state Transport Minister Razia Sultana told reporters in Jalandhar city.

The amended Act has penalties up to 10 times more than the previous amounts. It came into effect on September 1.

“We will implement the Act after reviewing the penalties with the Chief Minister,” she added.

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Jamia student moves High Court, seeks Rs 1 cr in damages

The plea also sought directions to the respondents to register an FIR against the Delhi Police over its alleged brutality on campus.

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New Delhi, Feb 19 : Another Jamia Milia Islamia student here on Wednesday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court seeking Rs 1 crore compensation over alleged police brutality on campus on December 15.

The plea, filed by Md. Mustafa through advocate Nabila Hassan, seeks the court’s direction to the Delhi Chief Secretary, the Home Department and the Department of Law to pay the compensation and provide free medical treatment.

The plea also sought directions to the respondents to register an FIR against the Delhi Police over its alleged brutality on campus.

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Uttar Pradesh: Dalit minor sexually harassed by 3 youths

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Shamli (Uttar Pradesh) Feb 19 : A 16-year old Dalit girl was sexually harassed by three youths while she was on her way to a brick kiln in Bhabisa village in Shamli district, police said on Wednesday.

The incident took place on Tuesday when the girl was carrying lunch for her kin, working at the brick kiln.

Station House Officer (SHO), S K Dubey said the girl’s brother had filed a complaint, against the three youths who had sexually harassed the girl.

The SHO said that one of the three accused had been indentified while others are absconding. He said further investigations were underway.

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Ammonia gas leak from Haryana plant, 100 affected

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Chandigarh, Feb 19 At least 100 people were impacted, including 50 fainted after inhaling ammonia gas that leaked from a cold storage plant in Haryana’s Kurukshetra district, police said on Wednesday.

Two of them were seriously ill and admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital in Kurukshetra, some 100 km from the state capital.

The police evacuated 100 people from nearby residential areas of Hargovind cold storage in Nalvi village.

The cause of gas leakage was not known yet.

An official told IANS the toxic gas leaked from the plant at 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday when most of the employees were not working inside the unit. “It had subsequently spread to the neighbouring areas,” the official said.

Kurukshetra Superintendent of Police Astha Modi said the leakage was plugged.

An initial investigation into the gas leak incident found lapses on the part of the company, said a police official.

A probe was underway, but no arrest has been made so far.

According to fire brigade officials, water was sprayed to lessen the impact of the leaked gas.

Ammonia used in manufacturing, refrigeration and agriculture is a pungent, colourless and toxic gas.

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