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you! Freeze don’t cross the street Or the road Or the highway It does not matter what compulsions you have even if it just a simple desire to get to the other side Just stop in your tracks and hunt for a zebra crossing For it has been decreed by a Mumbai magistrate that if you are knocked down and get hurt or worse still killed you may not be entitled to help from the law Crossing of the road has to be only at a zebra crossing and an accident leaves the driver of a vehicle free of guiltRepresentational image PTI The magistrate not identified said in his ruling that "Admittedly the boy was crossing the road not from (sic) the zebra crossing Admittedly there was also no signal pole at the place of accident Under such circumstances it cannot be said that there was fault or negligence of the accused" The interpretation may not be wrong in fact could be right for modern transportation systems which include roads assign spaces for each kind to use The carriageway for cars to drive on that being the space between the footpaths on its either side It is not anybody’s right to walk into a car coming That is why the boy Vishal Walmiki who was crossing a busy spot near Haji Ali Mumbai at just the spot he thought was convenient to him – the direction a crowd can take from one side to side the shortest – and was run over He was at fault of course He was a jaywalker Now let us move from the law to the reality which pedestrians face every day Jaywalking is wrong and puts one’s life and limbs at risk But even at what should be the places where a pedestrian does not have to jaywalk but have protection from a vehicle such provisions are missing For instance count the number of zebra crossings that are let us say Mumbai Thane and Navi Mumbai and find out Not that it is a typical issue with this metropolitan region alone There would be hardly any significant in number and if they are such crossings could be barely indistinguishable because they have borne the brunt of vehicles going over them over and over and remain erased In places they ought to be they may be missing entirely for they have not even been put in place Therefore would crossing in such places save you The motorist may not be able to see it to allow the pedestrian the right of way But that’s the way it works in most urban spaces There may be a zebra crossing officially but not visible Not even at road junctions where traffic lights and traffic constables are present And if they and the zebra crossings are present and even visible cars may have encroached upon it edging forward in readiness to throttle their way forward They then hide and obstruct the pedestrians their right of way Given the intensification of road transport by way of private cars and bikes in contradistinction to the inadequacy of public transport that could keep the private ownership and use of two-wheelers and four-wheelers low city and town roads should have less zebra crossings than required In a country which is now car and bike-dependent for quick transport and over 50000 of them are brought to the roads every day the management of transport is in favour of motorised conveyance Mumbai too has more than enough to choke the roads All this despite the Indian Road Congress Guidelines on Pedestrian Facilities being according to a city municipality official in the region "something we should adhere to" But they don’t Because the traffic police don’t tell them where such crossings are required for the civic body to provide them "It is at the suggestion of the traffic police that the civic bodies provide the infrastructure" he said but "Yes there is not enough attention being paid to it" The Indian Road Congress lists zebra crossings not only as a requirement but also provides the specifications including their width given the breadth of the roads: "delineated with the help of alternate black and white strips which should have embossed texture for easy detection by persons with vision impairment" Thermoplastic paint with "5 mm embossed texture" is recommended Not only that "A zebra crossing must always be accompanied by a ‘STOP’ line" which is "not sited within 150 m of the crossing" There are specifications for the zebra crossings at "un-signalised intersections" and those which are signalised There have to be refuge islands at the crossings which are at the median point of the carriageway Contractors’ mischief and official willingness to wink at them ensure use of normal ordinary white paint on road surfaces where they are only periodically applied to disappear within a few weeks probably within a month However if the vehicles have the right of way on the carriageway and the pedestrian is restricted to the zebra crossings there is another issue: the sidewalks themselves which is another storySaharanpur (UP): Addressing a press conference.

Britain, but failed to do so. Once again, criminalising consenting homosexual encounters might be questionable. Written by K. “‘Aarambh’ is a different show as its story is unique. where 109 persons were killed in one of the worst temple tragedies in Kerala, According to ANI,two more officials of the temple trust have surrendered before the Kerala Crime Branch on Tuesday A view of a collapsed building after a massive fire broke out during a fireworks display in Kerala on Sunday PTI The five were absconding soon after one of the worst temple tragedies Kerala has witnessed which has claimed 109 lives so far and left over 350 injured Crime Branch which has begun investigations has registered a case against six persons including members of temple managing committee under Section 307 of the IPC (attempt to murder) 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of IPC and under section 4 of Explosives Substances Act Besides the members of the temple managing committee case was also registered against assistants of contractors who held the ‘competitive’ pyrotechnic display despite a ban on it by the district administration Gross violation of norms and use of banned chemicals led to the Puttingal tragedy a top explosives official had said on Monday as a case of attempt to murder was filed against six persons including temple officials The Kerala High Court will hear this morning the plea for a ban on cracker bursting and fireworks display in temple functions The accident at the 100-year-old Puttingal Devi Temple complex occurred during an unauthorised display of fireworks early Sunday morning after a spark from a firecracker fell on the storehouse containing crackers triggering explosions With inputs from agencies the opening stand had ballooned to 132 off 24 overs. Hindi Medium Irrfan’s plays a businessman who owns a saree shop in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk.

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This time he is riding a run of good fortune,” The outreach programme, He touched the hearts and minds of all the Nepalese people that was conveyed to him in so many words by his interlocutors.." she said giving details of the talks Modi had with the Nepalese leaders and the announcements made by India for the neighbouring country Noting that Modi was according the highest priority to relations with Nepal Swaraj said the visit "further enhanced the mutual trust and confidence" between the two countries "The Prime Minister’s visit has given a whole new impetus new direction and new dynamism to our vital relationship with Nepal which we are determined to further intensify and build upon" she said Swaraj underlined that it was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Nepal in 17 years under the bilateral format and the Prime Minister of the host country Sushil Koirala broke protocol to receive Modi at the airport Giving details of the outcome of the visit she said the two Prime Ministers reviewed the whole gamut of bilateral relations and agreed to review adjust and update the Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1950 and other agreements PTI Making a suo motu statement in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, stressing the need for unity and a no-nonsense dialogue in dealing with a more aggressive Moscow.500 in 2017 but Obama said a "precarious" security situation had forced a rethink." Shobha added. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. (Source: AP) Related News The Indian women’s team rode on a fantastic partnership of 157 runs for the second wicket against Australia at Bristol to score runs 226 in 50 overs at the loss of 7 wickets. Australia used the spin attack early in the innings and Ashleigh Gardner removed Mandhana after she edged the ball that went straight into the hands of wicket-keeper behind the stumps.

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