Accidents due to over-speeding 2017 2018 2019 tirunelveli l wednesday l september 15, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l city EDITION madras hc revokes order on bumper-to-bumper cover Besides, the court also struck down a 2018 Union government notification that increased speed limit of motor vehicles 66.7% 55.73% 64.4% *As per Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways data ‘impossible to implement the directive’ over-speeding major cause of mishaps Withdrawing its order directing insurance companies to ensure bumper-tobumper cover for five years for new vehicles sold from September 1, the HC said mandating it “may not be conducive and suitable for implementation”. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India and others had submitted that it would be impossible to implement the directive | P4 ■ ■ The HC, quashing the 2018 notification, asserted that overspeeding was the primary cause for many fatal road accidents The notification by the Union government had increased speed limit of vehicles to 120 km/hr on expressways, 100 km/hr on fourlane highways, and 70 km/hr on roads within municipal limit `1.49 cr enhanced compensation awarded to victim of a 2013 road mishap CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Team Modi holds its brainstorming meet First in-person meeting of the council of ministers; presentation on Covid vaccination drive also made during the meeting. However, it is understood that the ministers were given Prime Minister Narendra Modi on an account of the status of the CovidTuesday held a marathon meeting of 19 vaccination in the country in the his council of ministers at Rashtrapa- backdrop of the threat of a third wave ti Bhavan auditorium. It was their of the pandemic and the approaching first in-person meeting since festive season. the expansion of the minisOne source said issues try in July last. concerning the agriculture It is learnt that the meetministry were also taken up ing was designed to be a during the marathon meetbrainstorming session. The ing, but there were no offiBJP had recently held seven cial confirmation. The NDA such brainstorming sessions government at the Centre on specific themes. continues to grapple with The meeting came in the Chintan shivir the farmers’ protests over backdrop of the NDA govthree farm sector reform ernment seeking to expedite Presentations were laws passed by Parliament. made at the the implementation of the Their agitation has gone on Chintan Shivir by BJP’s vision documents for for over nine months, with Mandaviya and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections the BJP bracing for its elecPradhan on amid important Assembly toral fallout in Uttar Pradesh efficiency and time and Punjab, which are due to polls early next year. The meeting went on for management. Four go to the polls next year. about four hours, sources more such Chintan Incidentally, the prime said. It also took place on a Shivirs will be held, minister had held two such sources said day when the BJP named online meetings with his Modi as its prime ministecouncil of ministers after rial candidate in 2013. Then BJP chief the reshuffle during which he had Rajnath Singh had announced Modi as tasked the newcomers to study inthe PM candidate of the party on Sep- depth the BJP’s vision documents for tember 14 that year. the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections Government officials were stoic in and draw up an actionable agenda for their silence over what transpired the short and medium terms. M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi Investors want Goenka out of Zee S e sa S e n @ New Delhi INDIAN promoters are increasing confronted with shareholder activism, backed by institutional investors and proxy advisory firms. The latest to face the heat is Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) with its largest shareholders calling for ouster of MD Punit Goenka, son of the Essel Group chairman Subhash Chandra, and appointing six new independent directors. Invesco Developing Markets Fund and OFI Global China Fund, which together hold 17.88% stake in ZEEL, have called an extra-ordinary general meeting for the removal of Goenka and independent directors Ashok Kurien and Manish Chokhani. Analysts, however, are not amused saying the exit of the Goenka family which currently owns just 3.99% is a only matter of time. “There is a good professional team in all key departments below the MD level. The question is, will they stay if Goenka leaves?” said Abneesh Roy, executive director (research), Edelweiss Securities. Meanwhile, at the AGM on Tuesday , Goenka did not disclose anything on issues related to the call for management change. Rather, he chose to defend the corporate governance track record of the company The verdict on . key resolutions that were up for voting at the AGM, including adoption of financial results, will be out on September 16. All eyes are now on the crucial EGM, which will officially decide the fate of Goenka. 2 directors step down Ahead of the AGM on Tuesday, independent directors Ashok Kurien and Manish Chokhani resigned from the board, ZEEL said DMK MLA’s plea a new googly against NEET? E X PRE S S N EW S S ERV I CE @ Chennai The Madras High Court on Tuesday admitted a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by DMK MLA, Dr Ezhilan Naganathan, challenging an Emergencyera Constitutional amendment insofar as it moved the subject of education from the State List to the Concurrent List. Though the petition made no mention of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), if the plea succeeds, State governments will be able to do away with the NEET and even the National Education Policy . On matters in the Concurrent List, the Union government has the final word and that’s why the Bill exempting Tamil Nadu from the NEET, passed by the State government on Monday, has to get Presidential approval to become a law. So, if the petitioner wins this case, it would be a big victory for the ruling DMK in its fight against NEET. If education is brought back to Another aspirant kills self Days after the reported suicide of a 19-year-old NEET aspirant in Salem, a 17-year-old girl in Ariyalur district ended her life on Monday night, upset over a “difficult” question paper the State List, the State no longer has to depend on the Union government’s concurrence on the issue, a stumbling block for the Bill passed by the previous AIADMK regime. The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice PD Audikesavalu admitted the plea on Tuesday and impleaded the Tamil Nadu government as a party-respondent in the case by itself. It ordered the notice, returnable in eight weeks, to the State and Union governments. The matter will be taken up for hearing after 10 weeks, the bench said. continued on: p5 Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 13 67,04,768 doses September 14 54,72,356 doses Total doses: 75,81,99,331 NATIONWIDE sep 13 sep 14 Fresh cases 27,254 25,404 Recoveries Deaths 37,687 219 32,127 339 tamil nadu sep 13 sep 14 Fresh cases 1,580 Recoveries Deaths 1,509 22 1,591 1,537 27
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