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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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U.S. President Donald Trump Interviews Indian American Judge Under Consideration

However, other factors such as immigration, the powers of the president and any possible litigation involving the 2016 election of Trump and the alleged Russian interference are at play.

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Earlier on Monday, Trump appointed his Deputy Principal Press Secretary Raj Shah to a key role in the difficult process of getting his nominee for the Supreme Court approved by the Senate. VOA

Indian American federal appeals court judge Amul Thapar has emerged as a “serious” contender for a spot in the US Supreme court and has been interviewed for the position by President Donald Trump, according media reports.

He was one of four judges interviewed for the position on the nation’s highest court by Trump on Monday, according to The Washington Post and other media outlets that quoted unnamed sources who had been briefed about the meetings.

Trump’s Spokesperson Sarah Sanders confirmed that he met for 45 minutes with four candidates, but would not identify them.

Trump has said he would announce his pick next Monday.

Thapar was appointed by Trump last year to the federal Sixth Circuit Appeals Court based in Cincinnati, Ohio, that covers four states including his home state of Kentucky.

Considered a conservative, Thapar, 49, had served as a federal prosecutor before President George W. Bush appointed him a judge of the federal court for Eastern Kentucky by in 2007.

Thapar has the backing of Mitch McConnell, the influential Senate Majority Leader from Kentucky, for the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy last month.

“I think he’s absolutely brilliant, with the right temperament,” McConnell said on Saturday.

The Washington Post said Trump’s meeting with Thapar “was described by several White House aides as both a gesture of respect for the Senate GOP leader and evidence that he is in serious contention”.

He is the second Indian-American judge to be a leading contender for the Supreme Court showing the community’s reach across both parties and its influence.

Washington Appeals Court Judge Sri Srinivasan was among the top choices considered by then President Barack Obama for the Supreme Court in 2016.

Obama ultimately picked Merrick Garland but McConnell blocked the nomination refusing to take it up for Senate’s consideration citing the presidential election coming up later that year.

Earlier on Monday, Trump appointed his Deputy Principal Press Secretary Raj Shah to a key role in the difficult process of getting his nominee for the Supreme Court approved by the Senate.

“Raj Shah will oversee communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies,” Sanders said in a statement.

Legalised abortion that many countries like India take for granted is looming over the selection of the next Supreme Court judge, with many Senators making it the litmus test to vote for or against a nominee.

It is likely that a case involving abortions may come up before the Supreme Court leaving open the possibility a conservative majority bench could overturn its 1973 ruling legalising it.

During his election campaign Trump changed his stance and came out as an opponent of abortions and said that he would appoint judges with the same view.

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Raj Thapar told the newspaper that his son’s only dream was to become a Supreme Court Justice. Pixabay

But he said last week that he would not discuss with candidates their views on abortion.

The Republicans have slender two-vote lead in the 100-member Senate and at least one Senator from the party, Susan Collins, has said that keeping abortions legal would be a requirement for supporting the Trump nominee and another, Lisa Murkowski, has previously opposed efforts to overturn the 1973 ruling.

The 49 Democrats and the two independents are all expected to oppose any Trump nominee and Shah will have to work with Republicans in Congress to get a majority backing for the candidate.

However, other factors such as immigration, the powers of the president and any possible litigation involving the 2016 election of Trump and the alleged Russian interference are at play.

Thapar is widely considered to conservative in his approach, which aligns him with Trump and his base.

His father, Raj Thapar, told Courier Journal that his son is so conservative that he “nearly wouldn’t speak to me after I voted for Barack Obama.”

Thapar was born in Detroit and his family wanted him to become a doctor, but he chose law instead, the newspaper said.

Raj Thapar told the newspaper that his son’s only dream was to become a Supreme Court Justice.

Amul’s maternal grandfather had impressed on him how Mahatma Gandhi had defeated the British using non violence, Raj Thapar told the newspaper.

According his father, Amul had converted to Catholicism when he married Kim Schulte, a real estate agent, Courier Journal reported.

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During his election campaign Trump changed his stance and came out as an opponent of abortions and said that he would appoint judges with the same view. Pixabay

Thapar’s mother Veena Bhalla sold a successful restaurant after 9/11 to work as a civilian clinical social worker to help soldiers returning from the battlefield, the newspaper reported quoting McConnell.

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According to Thapar’s bio for a convention of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association his father had come to the US to study and after graduating went to work for Ford Motor Company.

Later, he bought a share of a heating and air conditioning company. (IANS)