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Hefty hike for traffic violations approved, drunken driving fine Rs10,000
The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) bill 2016, which provides for hefty penalties for violation of road safety rules with fine for driving without licence going up ten times from Rs500 to Rs5,000 and penalty for drunken driving going up to Rs10,000 from Rs2,000.
 
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
The cabinet also recommended that for persons without helmets the new proposed penalty would Rs1,000 apart from disqualification of licence for three months. The current penalty is Rs100. For seat belt violation, new proposed penalty is Rs1,000, up from Rs100.
 
For driving without insurance, the new proposed penalty, is Rs2,000, up from Rs1,000.
 
For offences by juveniles, the guardian/owner shall be deemed to be guilty. They will have to pay a penalty of Rs25,000 with three years imprisonment. The juvenile will be tried under the Juvenile Justice Act and registration of his or her motor vehicle will be cancelled.
 
"The important provisions include increase in compensation for hit and run cases from Rs25,000 to Rs2 lakh. It also has provision for payment of compensation up to Rs10 lakh in road accidents fatalities," an official release said.
 
The bill provides amendments in various penalties. While the old penalty for violating road rules was Rs100, the new minimum penalty is Rs500. Similarly, for speeding the earlier penalty was Rs400, the new proposed penalties for LMV (light motor vehicle) is Rs1,000 and for medium passenger vehicle is Rs2,000.
 
The new proposed penalty for unauthorized use of vehicles without license would go up to Rs5,000 from Rs1,000. 
 
For travelling without ticket new proposed penalty is Rs500 which goes up from Rs200. 
 
For driving despite disqualification the new proposed penalty is Rs10,000, which is now Rs500. The new proposed penalty for dangerous driving would go up to Rs5,000 from Rs1,000.
 
For disobedience of orders of authorities the new proposed penalty is Rs2,000, which is currently Rs500.
 
The vehicle without permit will now have to pay up to Rs10,000. For aggregators (violations of licencing conditions) the proposed penalty would be Rs25,000 to Rs1,00,000.
 
The new proposed penalty for overloading is Rs20,000 and Rs2,000 per extra tonne. For not providing way for emergency vehicles the proposed penalty is Rs10,000.
 
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Lord Ganesha Loves His Mother Earth!
Watching The Inconvenient Truth, a movie produced by former US vice-president Al Gore, was a turning point for Mana Chatterjee. The year was 2009 and the message about the impending global climate crisis impelled her to dig deeper into the subject. Mana spent a year researching various things that she could do in the ‘green’ field and so Green Practices was born! “People like us who live in a city and want to live a more sustainable lifestyle would like to do our bit, but we just don’t know how,” she says. So her online store which started in 2011, offers products that do not harm our planet or our skin. 
 
The products are sourced from various manufacturers, while Green Practices Pvt Ltd, takes responsibility for quality control, inventory management, customised production and on-time supply. The products are sold worldwide and the company takes pride in following ethical business practices. 
 
One of its most popular products is the eco-friendly lord Ganesh which she promotes with the tag line “Because Lord Ganesha loves his Mother Earth…”. Instead of toxic colours and plaster of Paris used in regular Ganesh idols, which end up killing fish and polluting waters, the eco-Ganesh idols are made from mud and coloured with natural colours of haldi, kumkum and multani mitti. When immersed (after the festival), the idols dissolve in 20 minutes and no harm will come to our planet. Remember, Lord Ganesha’s Mother is our Mother. Mana jokes, “The way I see it, respect His (Ganesha’s) mom and you will gain His blessing too.”
 
Green Practices offers a range of beautiful eco-friendly Ganesha idols that can be bought online. It also has  beautiful looking home and community organic waste composters, organic Holi colours made with vegetables and plants, bio-degradable plastic bags and eco-friendly, disposable tableware made out of palm leaves. Mana also promotes organic farmers and feminine hygiene products that will reduce the pile up of non-biodegradable waste. 
 
Mumbai generates 8,000 tonnes of garbage every single day. The waste is dumped in landfills which release methane gas that hovers over the vast dumping grounds of our cities. Landfills all over the world are responsible for 25% of greenhouse gases leading to global warming. “How long can we ignore this issue? Our future generations will suffer! What kind of planet are we leaving for them?” asks Mana passionately.
 
Green Practices’ daily dump composters are a fuss-free, smell-free, easy solution to convert this organic waste into compost. These are available for homes, schools, hospitals, factories, anywhere where food is cooked. 
 
Traditionally, in India, we used to play Holi with natural colours made from flowers like tesu and palash which made our skin glow. Now, we end up with noxious industrial chemicals that do not wash off even a week after the Holi festival is celebrated. Chemical-based colours are usually made of asbestos (a known carcinogen even in minute quantities) and silica which can dry the skin intensively. Colourants used in gulal comprise heavy metals like lead, chromium, cadmium, nickel, mercury, zinc, iron. They are bad for our health as well as the environment. Holi is a way of celebrating triumph of good over evil and should be the best time to introduce green practices and colours in our lives.
 
The eco-friendly colours offered by Mana are made from plants and vegetables like rice, beet root, indigo flowers, turmeric and use 50% less water to wash off.
 
Mana is working on this project as a social enterprise. She welcomes donations but there is no income-tax exemption available to donors. Readers are welcome to donate and to try these products out for their own families and to help sustain mother earth.
 

 

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