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  • The government says Covid-19 is still in local transmission stage in India
  • Government scotches rumours of extending the lockdown beyond April14. Says no such plan
  • Centre asks states to give shelter and food to migrant workers to stop them from taking to the streets
  • RBI cuts repo rate by 75 bps, the steepest in 10 years
  • Centre writes to states regarding laxity in monitoring people who had arrived from abroad between January and March
  • Kerala reports a spurt in new cases
  • With 124 fresh cases on Friday, the number of reported cases in India stand at 854
  • Five of a family, including a 9-month-old-baby test positive for Covid-19 in Nadia district in West Bengal on Friday
  • The Pakistani army is reportedly forcibly moving all Covid-19 patients to PoK and Gilgit
  • Untimely azaans in J&K mosques spark panic gathering
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  • Rahul Gandhi says the economic package is "the first step in the right direction"
  • The government announces wide-ranging measures to help the poor overcome the economic hardship caused by Covid-19
  • G20 leaders to hold a virtual meeting today to explore ways of fighting Covid-19 in a coordinated manner
  • The Delhi government orders testing of all medical staff after the positive test on a Delhi mohalla clinic doctor
Death toll reaches 27 as Covid-19 cases across India reach 974 on Saturday
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Public Transport Aka Dangerous Moving Objects

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Sunil Garodia By our team of in-house writers.

The lead picture is a mini-bus, part of the fleet of the public transport running in Kolkata. But is it fit to run on busy roads chock-a-block with vehicles of all kinds and pedestrians? How did it pass the yearly fitness test for commercial vehicles at the Regional Transport Office? If we assume that it was done several months ago and the condition has deteriorated now, how is it escaping scrutiny by the traffic police daily? Why is no one concerned?

Although the picture was taken from the front, the story is the same all around the body. The fabricated body parts are falling off and have been tied up with strings. Some portions have bent and are jutting out dangerously. They pose a serious hazard and can cut through a motorbike rider, for instance, if he or she comes too close. Or if the string breaks and the tied-up part flies off, it can lead to a major accident.

This condition of public buses plying on roads is neither limited to those owned by private operators nor to Kolkata. Across India, one finds buses in dilapidated conditions being used without fear by transport operators. The public pays to travel and expects a minimum standard. Further, these buses are a menace and should be seized unless the owners repair them within a given time.