More states reluctant to adopt fines related to new Motor Vehicle law

  • Along with several non-BJP-ruled states like MP and West Bengal, BJP-ruled states like Gujarat and Karnataka have also opposed the amendments that are leading to hefty fines.
  • Gujarat has ordered reduction in the penalty amounts and West Bengal has refused to implement the fines.
  • Goa government said it would first repair the roads in the state as a “moral responsibility” before charging heavy fin.
  • Meanwhile Karnataka CM Yediyurappa instructed authorities in the state to reduce fines for traffic violations.

Landline connectivity restored in J&K

  • Union Ministry of Home Affairs informed that landline phone connections had been restored in Jammu and Kashmir while mobile postpaid connections were functioning in Kupwara district.
  • The Ministry also informed that the attendance of teachers and students improving after the schools started functioning.
  • Yesterday, curfew-like restrictions were imposed in several parts of Kashmir to prevent people from gathering and taking out rallies.
  • The ministry also informed that all banks and ATMs are functioning.

Scottish court rules PM’s decision to suspend Parliament unlawful

  • The court reversed its last week’s judgment which said that the PM had not broken any law.
  • British PM Boris Johnson had suspended the parliament for a five-week period. The parliament was set to discuss the no-deal Brexit.
  • Seventy-five opposition MPs and peers had contended that Johnson’s decision was a ploy to avoid discussion over no-deal Brexit, and was illegal and violated UK constitution.
  • Government will contest the ruling and PM has refuted allegations that the suspension had anything to do with forcing the no-deal Bresit.