Daily Archive: July 4, 2018

Won’t Allow dilution of the SC-ST Act: BJP

PATNA: The BJP on Tuesday asserted that it would not allow dilution of the SC-ST Act ‘at any cost’ and lambasted opposition parties for ‘spreading rumours’ that the Narendra Modi government was planning to scrap reservations for backward classes.

The party also sought to highlight the ‘pro-Dalit’ character of the Sangh Parivar, recalling the close association of Hindutva ideologue Dattopant Thengadi with Babasaheb Ambedkar, and the Prime Minister’s thrust on construction of toilets, thus eradicating manual scavenging carried out by those belonging to the depressed classes.

‘The (Narendra) Modi government gave more teeth to the SC/ST Act when, in 2016, it amended the law and brought 47 offences under its ambit as against the previous number of only 24. The Supreme Court order, diluting the Act, was challenged promptly and if no relief is granted, the centre is ready to opt for the legislative route,’ senior party leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said.

Addressing a workshop of the party’s Scheduled Caste wing, the deputy chief minister said the party will not allow scrapping of reservations ‘at any cost’ and that it has always favoured introducing quotas in promotions, which was introduced by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

Mr Modi also spoke at length about the various schemes undertaken in the state, where the BJP was in the ruling coalition, for the welfare of SCs and STs.

Later at a press conference, the party’s national spokesman Bizay Sonkar Shastri said, ‘The BJP will not allow the scrapping of reservations or the dilution of the SC/ST Act at any cost. Rumours to this effect are being spread by the opposition out of desperation.’

2018 Honda Activa 125 Launched In India

Honda has launched the 2018 Activa 125 in India with new features. The new Honda Activa 125 now gets LED headlight and other new features. The prices for the 2018 Honda Activa 125 start at Rs 59,621 ex-showroom (Delhi).

The 2018 Honda Activa 125 is available in three variants. The Activa 125 with drum brake is priced at Rs 59,621, Activa 125 with drum and alloy wheels carries a price tag of Rs 61,558 and the Activa 125 disc brake model costs Rs 64,007. All prices are ex-showroom (Delhi).

The new Honda Activa 125 features an LED headlight similar to the Activa 5G. Other changes include a redesigned digital-analogue instrument cluster with eco mode and service due indicator and four-in-one lock with seat opening switch.

The cosmetic changes on the new Activa 125 include a chrome muffler cover on the top-spec model and grey alloy wheels on the mid and top-spec model. The Activa 125 is available in two new matte colours: Matte Crust Metallic and Matte Selene Silver. A mobile charging socket is offered as an optional accessory

The new Honda Activa 125 draws power from the existing 124.9cc air-cooled, single-cylinder engine producing 8.52bhp and 10.54Nm of torque. The scooter is equipped with telescopic forks up front and 3-step adjustable monoshock unit at the rear. The Activa 125 comes with metal body panels.