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Three-fourth of private vehicles not insured: SC panel
More than 75 percent of privately owned vehicles including two wheelers do not have insurance cover, said a committee headed by former Supreme Court judge K.S.Radhakrishnan on implementation of various laws relating to road safety, describing the situation as "alarming".
 
Asking the government identify these vehicles, Justice Radhakrishnan on Friday said that this came to surface during the committee's interaction with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.
 
In most of the cases, the insurance was not renewed after lapsing, he said.
 
According to the panel, 82 percent of the total vehicles in the country are privately owned and out of this 72 to 73 percent are two-wheelers and 10-12 percent are cars.
 
The panel, which also included former surface transport secretary S. Sunder and Central Road Research Institute's former chief scientist Nisha Mittale was interacting with media on its work in last one year.
 
The committee, mandated to "measure and monitor" the implementation of various laws relating to road safety in each state and by different ministries, department and agencies and starting its work on May 15, 2014, has made 13 recommendations covering various aspects of implementation of road safety and related laws including establishing road safety fund, removing encroachments on pedestrian paths and making liquor shops out of sight from national and state highways. 
 
The committee has given time till June 30 to comply with these directions and thereafter it would review their implementations and issue more directions. 
 
The core of the road safety is that people should identify themselves with the problem, Justice Radhakrishnan said, because what has happened to an accident victim today can happen to anyone in future as no one is immune from violation of road safety laws.
 
Saying that Chandigarh could qualify being "good" on road safety norms, he regretted at the level of ignorance about the term "black spot" Or "Road Safety Audit" amongst the agencies tasked with the implementation of road safety laws.
 
Pointing out that there was a huge mismatch between the number of vehicles and the traffic police personnel to enforce the road safety laws, Justice Radhakrishan said: "Number of vehicles are increasing, human being are increasing but the traffic police in the states in just one percent or even less of the total police force."
 
Noting the level of disregard, Dr. Mittal said that the current decade is a "Road Safety Decade" but half the time has already passed with nothing happening.
 
Claiming road safety is not on the government's agenda, she said that during "deliberations, their (officials) approach is positive but noting is being done for the fear of annoying the vote bank".
 
Meanwhile, Sunder said: "It is the responsibility of the state to find out which vehicle was involved in the hit and run accident and not been able to do so is its failure of the state."
 
He also said that the government must bear the responsibility of providing medical care to such victims.

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Lupin to replace Tata Power in BSE Sensex from June 22
Drug major Lupin will be replacing integrated power company, Tata Power Co Ltd in the S&P BSE Sensex from June 22.
 
Asia Index Private Ltd. (AIPL) - a 50-50 partnership between S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) - in a statement, announced changes in major indices on the bourse's indices.
 
According to the statement, in the S&P BSE Bankex category, Canara Bank and Bank of India have been excluded while in the tech list, three companies - CMC Ltd, Mphasis and Vakrangee Ltd - have been replaced by four other companies.
 
Tata Motors' differential voting rights as well as ordinary shares have made way to the top 100, 200 and 500 list while Adani Power Ltd has lost its place in both the top 100 list as well as the Carbonex list.
 
In the top 100 as well as Carbonex index, Aurobindo Pharma Ltd has been included.
 
In the S&P BSE 200 category, a total of ten changes have been made while in the top 500 list, an inclusion of 27 companies and exclusion of 26 companies will be effected June 22 onwards.

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Jayalalithaa again becomes Tamil Nadu chief minister
AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa was sworn-in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time on Saturday, within a fortnight of the Karnataka High Court acquitting her in a corruption case.
 
Jayalalithaa, 67, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor K. Rosaiah at the packed Madras University Centinary Auditorium.
 
The governor also administered oath of office to the council of ministers in two batches. Jayalalithaa would head a 29-member government in the 14th Tamil Nadu assembly.
 
While dropping M.S.M. Anand, minister for forests and P. Chendur Pandian (without any portfolio) in the O. Panneerselvam cabinet, she retained all other ministers without changing their portfolios.
 
Jayalalithaa would, among others look after the home and general administration departments.
 
Panneerselvam will continue to hold the finance and public works portfolios.
 
A large number of people lined both the sides of the road starting from Jayalalithaa's residence till the venue of the swearing-in.
 
Union Minister Pon.Radhakrishnan and other political leaders such as H. Raja, L. Ganesan, and Sarathkumar attended the swearing in ceremony.
 
From the movie world, actors Rajnikanth, Prabhu, Gundu Kalyanam, music director Illayaraja and others attended the function.
 
Special prayers were offered in different temples by AIADMK cadres.
 
The AIADMK had won the 2011 assembly elections and Jayalalithaa was subsequently sworn-in as the chief minister. Last September, she was disqualified after a Bengaluru court sentenced her to a four-year jail term and fined her Rs.100 crore in an 18-year old disproportionate assets case.
 
The Karnataka High Court upheld her appeal and acquitted her of all charges.
 
AIADMK lawmakers, at a meeting at the party headquarters on Friday, elected Jayalalithaa as leader of the legislature party.
 
Subsequently, Panneerselvam resigned as chief minister, as did his council of ministers. Rosaiah then invited Jayalalithaa to form the government.

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