INDIA-Miscellaneous

Support for Ban of US Visa to Modi

USA, December 4, 2012: Twenty-five members of US House of Representatives have urged the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to continue the visa ban on Gujarat’s chief minister Narendra Modi. Signatory to the letter included John Conyers, Trent Franks, James Moran, Michael Honda, Bill Pascrell, Barbara Lee, Edward Markey, Jim Jordan, Dan Burton, Michael Capuano and Dough Lamborn.
Full letter:
The Honorable Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20520
Dear Secretary Clinton:

INDIA-Cars may soon come with telltale black boxes

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways C.P. Joshi mooted the need for the induction of technology at his meeting with CEOs of automobile manufacturing to avoid controversies relating to insurance claims and misuse of power by those checking overloading, besides ensuring a better transportation system.

Such an initiative will be an unprecedented innovation as no other country has such equipment installed in vehicles. The need for it in India arises from cattle and pedestrians crossing the roads willy-nilly as well as the insensitivity of vehicle owners to allow them preferential treatment.

Similarly, vehicles will also get the Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) chip so as to enable vehicles to pass through electronic toll collection plazas. The Ministry expects to bring all plazas under the ETC system to avoid congestion.

The idea of a black box will be to record whether the driver had applied the brakes and the speed of the vehicle at the point of impact in the case of an accident, among other details, and, thereby, help establish the cause (or culprit ) of the mishap.

It will help the insurance companies too in deciding whether or not to entertain insurance claims.

Some automakers said they had, in fact, designed and tested such a gadget and appreciated the move. They said it was possible to install it in each vehicle at an affordable cost.

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