First FIR filed against Audi, Volkswagen in India for emission cheat device

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July 17, 2020

New Delhi, Jul 17: The first FIR against Volkswagen and Audi in India for installing cheat devices in their cars to misrepresent emissions has been filed in Noida.

The FIR was filed by Noida resident Aniljit Singh against the top officials of Volkswagen and Audi in India and their headquarters in Germany. These include Rahil Ansari, Brand Director, Audi India, Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head, Audi India, and Bram Schot, Chairman, Audi AG.

The FIR reviewed by media agency cites forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

The complaint has cited the global emissions scandal where VW was found to be installing a cheat device in its cars, in the absence of which, the cars produced 10-40 times emissions beyond the permissible limits.

The complainant said that in 2018 he had purchased seven Audi cars worth crores of rupees. At the time of taking the delivery, the complainant said that he inquired if the cheat devices were installed in India and he was told by the company that they were not, as in India's emission norms were not as stringent and the country being a growing market for Audi, no such device was implanted.

The complaint said that the authorities in India observed that Audi cars' emissions for nitrogen oxide were 5-8 times the permissible limits and after the National Green Tribunal imposed a penalty of Rs 500 crore on VW, the complainant realised that he had been duped of his hard earned money.

He alleged that the accused persons had misrepresented the complainant by forging the documents and devices and caused wrongful gains to themselves and wrongful losses to the complainant. These officials had made wrong records to capture the market, with malafide intent and under a pre-planned conspiracy had induced and defrauded the complainant.

The accused persons are guilty of cheating the customers and have induced the complainant to part with hard earned money for sub-standard cars. The accused are also guilty of forging the documents on which they had sought various clearances.

The complainant has demanded that the allegations may be thoroughly investigated by a senior official.

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September 15,2020

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Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 15: At least 140 teenagers killed themselves in Kerala for trivial reasons in the last six months, a study said, prompting the state Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to direct the Social Justice Department to examine the effectiveness of its suicide prevention measures.

In his direction to the Director of the department on Monday, SHRC chairman Antony Dominic sought a report on the initiatives taken to prevent suicide among youngsters.

"As per a complaint received by the panel, a study conducted by DISHA, an NGO, shows that at least 140 youngsters in the age group of 13 to 18 had committed suicide during the period of January 2020 to June 2020," a commission release said.

The study said that family disputes, troubled love affairs, failure in examinations, issues over mobile phones, two-wheelers were among the major reasons for the suicides.

"Thiruvananthapuram district has the highest number of suicides with 22 youngsters having taken the extreme step, followed by Malappuram with 20 suicides," the SHRC said.

The complaint said that the ineffectiveness of "village child protection councils" has resulted in the rising number of suicides among youngsters.

The release said the SHRC asked the Social Justice Department to review the effectiveness of the suicide prevention measures being taken up by it and sought a report.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had in July said instances of suicidal tendencies were being witnessed among children and termed it as an "extremely serious social issue".

"Since March 25, when the national lockdown was imposed, 66 children, below 18 years of age, have ended their lives due to various reasons," Mr Vijayan had said.

To help the children facing issues relating to mental pressures, "Chiri", a tele-counselling initiative was initiated by the government under its Our Responsibility to Children Programme (ORC), a planned community intervention that connects with Children and Young people between the age of 12 -18 years.

The health department had launched "Ottakalla Oppamund" (You are not alone, we are with you) programme to help children facing any kind of mental distress and to stop the suicidal tendencies among them.

A committee headed by Fire and Rescue Services DGP R Sreelekha had also been constituted to conduct a study on suicides among children in the state.

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September 18,2020

Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 18: A 19-year old Covid-19 infected girl who suffered sexual abuse by an ambulance driver at Pathanamthitta in Kerala recently made a bid to end her life.

According to sources, the girl made a hanging bid at the hospital in Kottayam district where she is under Covid-19 treatment. Owing to the timely intervention of the hospital staff, she was saved. The incident took place on Thursday evening.

The exact cause for making the bid was yet to be ascertained. However, the girl had suffered severe mental shock following the sexual abuse in the ambulance and counseling was also being provided to her.

The girl suffered sexual abuse by an ambulance driver while she was being shifted from home to hospital after being tested Covid-19 positive on September 5.

The incident triggered a major row in Kerala as there were no nurses or health workers in the ambulance while the girl was collected. The ambulance driver dropped another woman in the ambulance at another hospital and took the ambulance to a deserted area during the dark hours and sexually abused her. An audio of the accused tendering apology to the victim after the sexual abuse had also come out.

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September 15,2020

Alappuzha, Sept 15: The body of a two-and-half-year-old boy Adikrishna, who went missing at Alappuzha beach after waves swept him away while his mother was clicking a selfie with him, was recovered from the sea on Tuesday.

According to the Alappuzha police, the tragic incident took place on Sunday evening when Adikrishna came to see the beach in Alappuzha district along with his parents and other relatives.

On Sunday, following the rains, the sea turned rough and the family was experiencing the sea and the toddler was held by his mother.

When a selfie was taken a huge wave came up and she lost control of her kid, which fell into the waters.

While she quickly regained control and managed to save two kids, Adikrishna was taken away by the sea.

On Tuesday early morning , the body was recovered and following the inquest the body will be handed over and the last rites will be conducted later in the day.

The couple hails from Palakkad and had come to Adikrishna's mother's place at Thrissur for a wedding and it was from there they drove to AlappuzhaA to visit their relative.

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