A national lockdown in place, the finance ministry found itself wrestling with an unusual problem: The government printing press would not publish the amended finance bill passed by Parliament without getting written orders in physical form in hand.
The road transport ministry is preparing the draft norms after a panel of ophthalmologists from AIIMS gave its recommendations on this issue. The ministry had referred the case to AIIMS to seek its view after receiving several representations.
The modified smart audio visual system will also include features such as biometric-based digital voting mechanism. Sources said no one other than the member assigned for a particular seat will be able to cast vote from there. Currently, the Chair and the secretary generals in both the Houses request each member to go to their assigned seats to cast their votes.
PM Modi will flag off the superfast fully air-conditioned passenger train on Sunday and the commercial run will start from February 20. The train will cover 1,131 km between Varanasi and Indore via Lucknow and a distance of 1,102 km between Varanasi and Indore via Prayagraj (Allahabad) in approximately 19 hours.
In case the violators fail to pay within the 60-day window, the traffic police or the transport department officials won't process anything related to the licence or vehicle registration, according to the draft rules issued by the transport ministry. If during this period an offender is caught violating rules again, he's liable to pay higher fine.
Railways officials said nearly two dozen private players have shown keen interest in the railways plan to allow private entities to run trains in its bid to offer high quality service. The companies that have shown interest include Tata Realty and Infrastructure, Medha, Bharat Forge, BEML, IRCTC, RK Associates, Gatx, Essel Group and Adani Group.
Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari also told general insurance industry leaders that the government is taking several initiatives to increase third-party insurance coverage, which is crucial for road safety.
The transport ministry will soon notify the rules specifying how it will fix the premium amount for each category of vehicle.
Currently, insurance premium is only linked to the vehicle type and engine capacity. Vehicle owners get some discount if they haven't made a claim in the preceding year. This will be the first such initiative in India to link insurance premium to driving record.
Exactly three years from now, you will be able to drive down from Delhi to Mumbai in 12 hours, road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said.
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