The government has released a new draft ‘Road Safety and Transport Bill 2014’ which proposes manifold jump in fines and jail term for traffic violators. Drivers jumping a red light, driving on the wrong side of the road, not using seat belt or obstructing emergency vehicles will be fined 5,000 rupees. If these offences are repeated, the penalty can rise up to 15,000 rupees. Even the licence of the repeat offender can be suspended and he or she may be sent to a refresher course.
As per the new draft, drivers using mobile phones will be fined between 4,000 and 10,000 rupees depending upon the frequency of violations. If a child is killed by a speeding vehicle, the driver will have to pay a fine of three lakh rupees and face seven years in jail.
Army has intensified its rescue and relief efforts in flood affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir as part of its operation Megh Rahat. Nearly 300 army columns are engaged in the effort and more than one lakh 40 thousand people have been rescued by the Army, Air Force and NDRF so far. More than 42 thousand people have been treated by the 96 Army Medical teams working round-the-clock. A defence spokesman said a field hospital is being started to enhance medical assistance to the flood affected people.
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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan yesterday visited the border district of Poonch and took stock of the situation. He also interacted with the flood victims and assured them of all possible help from the Centre.
We have assessed relief operations that have been undertaken till now. We have assessed what exactly and in what form various support systems have to be strengthened here from the central government side and particularly in health also.
The Health Minister will visit Srinagar today to take stock of relief work. Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in New Delhi yesterday that people in Jammu and Kashmir can talk for free for a week on BSNL network.
The people can talk free for a week. We have requested private operators and we appreciate that they have allowed 60 minutes per day free talk and intra circle roaming has also been permitted for 15 days. Except Poonch, mobile services are available somewhere substantively, somewhere partially in the entire valley.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah convened an all party meeting yesterday. All parties issued a joint appeal to individuals and organisations to help flood affected people in every possible manner.
In the flood ravaged state of Jammu and Kashmir, though, water is receding in central Kashmir, it has started rising in North Kashmir, which is a matter of concern. Armed forces continue the relief under rescue operation, however, over 1,50,000 people are still marooned in the flood water. As flood water recedes, health worries mounted in Kashmir valley over the outbreak of water borne diseases. Experts, however, warned that there is the danger of the outbreak of epidemic which could soon engulf the entire Kashmir valley. Contaminated drinking water, carcasses of animals and other garbage can cause deadly disease.
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