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Concluding the Era of BS-III Vehicles, Auto Companies allure Customers with “Unheard Discounts”

The ban has impacted over 6.71 Lakh two-wheelers out of 8 Lakh BS-III vehicles. The dealers are coming out of unheard schemes and discounts to prompt the sale as much as possible before the deadline

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New Delhi, March 31, 2017: The Supreme Court’s order banning the sale of BS-III vehicles from April 1 has led the automobile Industry into a frenzy. Auto dealers and manufacturers are offering bumper discounts on soon-to-be obsolete models.

The ban has impacted over 6.71 Lakh two-wheelers out of 8 Lakh BS-III vehicles. The dealers are coming out of unheard schemes and discounts to prompt the sale as much as possible before the deadline, Indian Express reported.

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Highest discounts are on two-wheelers, with Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India and TVS Motor Company leading the line with discounts ranging between Rs 3,000 and Rs 22,000.

Market Leader Hero MotoCorp, with the biggest BS-III stock (2,97,577 units) was giving a refund of Rs 12,500 on scooters, Rs 7,500 on premium bikes and Rs 5,000 on different models on Thursday.

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With the second biggest stock (2,25,599 units), Honda Motorcycles is giving a flat cash back offer of Rs 22,000 on its BS-III scooters and motorcycles.

TVS is offering discounts across its entire range up to Rs 20,150. Suzuki is offering discounts and offers up to Rs 5,000 while Bajaj is offering discounts ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 12,000, both on select models.

Bajaj Auto also offered discounts and free insurance on its different models, starting from the entry level Platina to Pulsar RS200 in the range of Rs 3,000 to Rs 12,000 along with free insurance.

“If there are any unsold inventory left, we have the possibility to export as we are a big exporter to around 70 countries across the world,” Bajaj Auto President (Business Development & Assurance) S Ravikumar told PTI.

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These discounts, however, are only available till March 31, according to dealers. Analysts say these discounts will not help exhaust the obsolete stock.

“They can help close customers who walk in. But they cannot attract enough of them inside showrooms,” said John K Paul, president, Federation of Automobile Dealers’ Associations, adding that the discounts might not apply in the case of commercial vehicles.

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India Gets A Win, Supreme Court Decriminalizes Homosexuality

In December 2013, a Supreme Court bench said that it was for the legislature to look into desirability of deleting section 377 of IPC.

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 In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults by declaring Section 377, the penal provision which criminalised gay sex, as “manifestly arbitrary”.

In separate but unanimous verdicts, a five-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Nariman, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra partially struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as unconstitutional.

The bench said it is no longer an offence for LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, intersex and queer/questioning) community to engage in consensual sex between two adults in private.

Reading out the judgment, Chief Justice Misra said attitudes and mentality have to change to accept others’ identity and accept what they are, and not what they should be.

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“It is the constitutional and not social morality which will prevail,” said the court.

The verdict sparked celebrations in the LGBTIQ community across India even as the judgment was being read out. Many of the community members who had assembled outside the apex court jumped in joy and distributed sweets.

Chief Justice Misra said consensual sex between adults in a private space, which is not harmful to women or children, cannot be denied as it is a matter of individual choice.

Section 377 will not apply to consensual same-sex acts between homosexuals, heterosexuals, lesbians, the court said, clarifying that sexual act without consent and bestiality will continue to be an offence under section 377.

“An individual has full liberty over his or her body and his or her sexual orientation is a matter of one’s choice,” said the Chief Justice.

“Time to bid adieu to prejudicial perceptions deeply ingrained in social mindset. Time to empower LGBTIQ community against discrimination. They should be allowed to make their choices,” he added.

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In separate but unanimous verdicts, a five-judge Constitution Bench struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as unconstitutional. Pixabay

 

In a concurring judgement, Justice Nariman said homosexuality is “not a mental disorder or disease”.

He said the LGBTIQ community has an equal right to live with dignity and are entitled to equal protection of law. He directed the Centre to give wide publicity to this judgment to remove the stigma attached to homosexuality.

Justice Chandrachud said to deny the LGBTIQ community their right to sexual orientation is a denial of their citizenship and a violation of their privacy.

“They cannot be pushed into obscurity by an oppressive colonial legislation… Sexual minorities in India have lived in fear, hiding as second class citizens,” said Justice Chandrachud, adding “the state has no business to intrude on such matters”.

Justice Indu Malhotra said that history owes an apology to the LGBTIQ community for all that they have suffered on account of the ignorance of the majority about homosexuality.

“LGBTIQ people have a right to live unshackled from the shadow,” she said.

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The Supreme Court verdict, which overruled its own earlier judgment, assumes significance as in the earlier round of litigation in 2013, the top court had reversed a Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising homosexuality.

The Delhi High Court bench, headed by then Chief Justice A.P. Shah, had in July 2009 legalised homosexual acts between consenting adults by overturning the 149-year-old law — finding it unconstitutional and a hurdle in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In December 2013, a Supreme Court bench comprising Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya in the Suresh Kumar Koushal and another vs Naz Foundation and others case, had set aside the high court’s judgment and said that it was for the legislature to look into desirability of deleting section 377 of IPC.

The matter was subsequently resurrected in July 2016, when a fresh petition was filed by members of the LGBTIQ community — dancer N.S. Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hotelier Aman Nath and business executive Ayesha Kapur — which was then marked to the Constitution Bench by a Division Bench.

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The reference was made on the basis of submission that it was the first time that individuals directly affected by the provision were approaching the court.

Among the petitioners are a batch of current and former students of Indian Institutes of Technology. Claiming to represent more than 350 LGBTIQ alumni, students, staff and faculty from the IITs, the petitioners said that the existence of Section 377 had caused them “mental trauma and illnesses, such as clinical depression and anxiety and relegated some of them to second-class citizenship”. (IANS)