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Drunk Drivers in India Face Life Imprisonment under New Rules

India’s current law stipulates that driving with more than 30 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood in your system is against the law

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India ranked just 4 out of 10 for road safety, due to having a higher blood alcohol threshold compared to other countries. Pexels

Convicted drunk drivers who cause a fatality on India’s roads could now receive life imprisonment, according to The Times of India. Up until now, a drunk driver involved in a fatal accident would receive a maximum of just two years and potentially a fine. But, with an average of 19 drunk driving deaths occurring every day, police in Madhya Pradesh are making a stand.

New powers

Police have been requested to investigate any drunk driving fatality as a case of death due to negligence, rather than the previous section used of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. As a result, any convicted party will be faced with life imprisonment, or a 10-year prison sentence and a costly fine. It is hoped that this increased punishment will deter Indians from jumping behind the wheel of their car when they’ve got alcohol in their system.

A growing problem

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India’s police forces are getting stricter with drunk drivers. Pixabay

Drunk driving is a growing problem across India. Last New Year’s Eve, more than 2,000 motorists were caught driving while drunk in the country’s major cities. Meanwhile, 33,000 were held for drunk driving in New Delhi in the first ten months of 2018. These figures show that recent government drunk driving campaigns and initiatives have failed to make their mark with motorists.

Protecting the nation

Both the Indian government and the general public have a role to play in ensuring that all road users are safeguarded on their roads. All motorists have a responsibility to ensure that both their vehicle and themselves are legal to be on the road. This means holding a valid auto insurance policy, and only taking to the road when below the legal limit. Insurance is also crucial when there are so many drunk drivers on the roads, as it protects vehicles in the event of an accident.

Safer Roads

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It’s likely that the Madhya Pradesh police force have opted for this harsher investigation procedure following the WHO’s critical analysis of the country’s law enforcement on drunk driving in 2015. India ranked just 4 out of 10 for road safety, due to having a higher blood alcohol threshold compared to other countries. India’s current law stipulates that driving with more than 30 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood in your system is against the law, which can result in criminal proceedings. In addition, it was highlighted that India’s drunk driving penalties weren’t tough enough compared to those in other nations.

India’s police forces are getting stricter with drunk drivers. With the threat of being imprisoned for life, it is hoped that motorists will think twice before drinking and driving which, in turn, will lead to safer roads for everyone.

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Microsoft Ready to Help Indian Startups, Says President Anant Maheshwari

Microsoft is focused as much on selling third party solutions as their own, and this co-sell motion has helped generate $8 billion in revenue for partners within 18 months

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Armed with a cutting-edge technology platform, a well-established partner organisation and an expansion of M12 venture fund, Microsoft is ready to help Indian startups across the spectrum embrace the next phase of growth, Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said here on Monday.

India, which saw a tremendous growth in the startup space in the last couple of years, is now witnessing a growth in the business-to-business (B2B) tech startups coming up with innovative ideas to deal with local problems.

“With our intelligent tech expertise, deep focus on trust and unique global go to market partnering, we empower unicorns and startups to scale sustainably at a global level,” said Maheshwari.

“We remain excited about India’s entrepreneurial startup potential and will continue to accelerate it as a growth engine for the economy,” he added.

India witnessed a dramatic rise of eight unicorns in 2018 from among the start-ups across verticals as against a mere nine in six years from 2011 till 2017, according to IT industry apex body Nasscom.

The start-ups joining the select club for their valuation over $1 billion are Oyo Rooms (hospitality), Zomato and Swiggy (food delivery), Udaan (retailer marketplace), Byju’s, (edu-tech), Paytm Mall (e-tail), Freshworks (software programmer) and Policybazaar (digital insurance).

Maheshwari said Microsoft is uniquely positioned to support Indian startups to achieve scale and evolve from market ready to enterprise ready.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

The introduction of M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, in India in February is creating new value for startups, VCs and the company itself to maintain the pace and direction of innovation.

“M12 is looking at investing in innovators who have aligned their focus on cutting-edge technologies that better enable digital transformation. The portfolio development team at M12 is specifically built to help support and scale companies by leveraging the expansive resources of Microsoft,” said the company.

According to reports, venture capital investments in Indian tech business-to-business (B2B) start-ups have been trending upwards, with over $3.09 billion raised in equity funding across 415 deals in 2018 — 28 per cent more than $2.41 billion in 2017.

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Under the “Microsoft for Startups” initiative, startups can co-sell with Microsoft sales teams, get access to top tech VCs in the global arena and mentorship from industry veterans.

In less than 18 months, Microsoft for Startups has closed more than 120 co-sell deals with more than $126 million in active pipeline for startups.

Microsoft is focused as much on selling third party solutions as their own, and this co-sell motion has helped generate $8 billion in revenue for partners within 18 months. (IANS)