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The thought of the wind swirling in your hair as you sweep your new bike in the streets is the stuff of fantasies. Riding high on your two-wheeler might be your passion; however, with that speed and thrill, there is a responsibility to protect yourself and your vehicle also. Here comes a two-wheeler insurance policy that insures your vehicle against any perceived damage.
However, most of us buy a two-wheeler insurance policy without knowing what it entails. God forbid, if any damage happens to your vehicle, are you sure that the insurer will settle your claim? There are various reasons on the basis of which an insurer can repudiate your two-wheeler insurance claims. Let’s have a look at some of the reasons of claim rejection and necessary steps to prevent them:
- Repairing the vehicle without informing the insurer: Many vehicle owners get their damaged vehicle repaired after an accident and then approach their insurer for reimbursements. As insurance companies find it difficult to validate losses, they reject claims of such policyholders.
Solution: You should first inform the insurer so that their authorized person can come to inspect your vehicle and estimate the extent of loss.
- Undeclared modifications to the vehicle: If you have done modifications to your vehicle but haven’t covered it while buying the policy, your insurer can reject your claim application even if losses occur due to some reasons.
Solution: Your insurer needs to be updated about any modification you or the previous owner has made to the vehicle, in case of a second-hand vehicle. Be it engine related or an added accessory, all changes made to the vehicle that alter it from its factory standard must be properly declared, else your claim can be rejected by the insurer.
- Non-disclosure of material facts: If there is a non-disclosure of material facts or misrepresentation at the time of filing for a claim, it amounts to a breach of the duty of utmost good faith. As a result, the insurer can reject your claim as if it never existed.
Solution: It is imperative for policyholders to understand that the insurance contract is guided by underwriting principles which are based on the information given by them. Therefore, stating all things correctly in a policy document is crucial.
- Losses not covered under the policy: There are certain perils, such as mechanical breakdown, consequential loss, and damages due to nuclear weapons or wars, which are not covered. If a claim is filed in respect of such losses, the insurer can reject your application.
Solution: Read all policy documents carefully and understand them well. In case of a doubt, seek clarification from the insurer.
- Drunken driving: The insurer can reject your claim if the accident happened when the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The insurer can reject your claim on this ground and no court will hear your case.
Solution: Driving requires your full attention and drinking causes hindrance. So stay away from alcohol or drugs while driving.
- Invalid driving license: Driving license is valid for a considerable period of time and after that you need to renew it. However, if the accident happened when you or someone else was driving your vehicle without a valid driving license, your two-wheeler insurance policy claim will be rejected.
Solution: Mr. Nitin Gadkari, India’s transport minister, had revealed that almost one-third of driving licenses in India are invalid. Meanwhile, whatever the corruption and malpractices prevalent in issuing driving license in India, it is in the best interest of people to get a valid license.
- No transfer of ownership: Remember, the insurance policy is bought in the owner’s name and not in the vehicle’s and hence this transfer of name is an important parameter to consider after you purchase your second-hand vehicle. In case where transfer formalities have not been done, the policy becomes null and void.
Solution: At the time of buying a second-hand vehicle, make sure to transfer your name in the policy copy.
- Usage: A personal vehicle can’t be used for commercial purposes. Your claim will be rejected if losses happened due to use of a personal vehicle for commercial purposes or for any other illegal activity.
Solution: Never use your vehicle for some other purpose. Also, do not lend your vehicle to any other person without knowing the actual purpose.
Your two-wheeler insurance policy is a smart investment that can save you from unaccounted expenses. However, merely buying the policy is no guarantee that the insurance company will pay for all losses and damages. Therefore, be true, instead of being reckless and take all necessary steps to avoid rejection of your claims.
NEW DELHI - India Navy sending four ships for exercises and port visits with the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, its navy said Wednesday, as China's maritime power grows in the area.
The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.
Commander Vivek Madhwal, the Indian navy spokesman, said four ships will take part.
The ships will also participate in a multilateral exercise, MALABAR-21, along with the Japanese, Australian and U.S. navies, the statement said.
It said the exercises will enhance coordination with friendly countries, based on common maritime interests and a commitment to freedom of navigation.
"Besides regular port calls, the task group will operate in conjunction with friendly navies to build military relations and develop interoperability in the conduct of maritime operations," the statement said.
The U.S., India, Japan and Australia are part of the Quad regional alliance created in response to China's growing economic and military strength. Washington has long viewed New Delhi as a key partner in efforts to blunt increasing Chinese assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
India is also in a continuing standoff with China over their disputed border in the eastern Ladakh region. The countries have stationed tens of thousands of soldiers backed by artillery, tanks and fighter jets along their de facto border, called the Line of Actual Control.
Last year, 20 Indian troops died in a clash with Chinese soldiers involving clubs, stones and fists in a portion of the disputed border. China said it lost four soldiers.(VOA/HP)
The UK government on Thursday announced that it will move India from the red to the amber list on Sunday, in the country's latest update to the 'Red-Amber-Green' traffic light ratings for arrivals into England amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This means the visit visas for the UK from India are open, in addition to other long-term visas that have remained open. But travellers from India arriving in England can complete a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place they are staying (not mandatorily quarantine in a managed hotel).
The UK government also announced that arrivals from France to England will no longer need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated. The step aligns France with the rest of the amber list now that the proportion of beta variant cases has fallen, where those who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised and administered in the UK, the US or Europe do not need to quarantine when arriving in England.
This move also simplifies the system to three categories, as well as the green watch list to give travellers notice where green status is at risk.
To continue cautiously reopening international travel, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will be added to the government's green list, having demonstrated they posed a low risk to UK public health.
Besides India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE will also be moved from the red to the amber list, as the situation in these countries has improved.
The data for all countries will be kept under review and the government will not hesitate to take action where a country's epidemiological picture changes, a statement by the UK government said.
Following an assessment of the latest data, Georgia, La Reunion, Mayotte and Mexico will be added to the red list as they present a high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern, known high-risk variants under investigation or as a result of very high in-country or territory prevalence of Covid-19.
Arrivals from Spain and all its islands are advised to use a PCR test as their pre-departure test wherever possible, as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We are committed to opening up international travel safely, taking advantage of the gains we've made through our successful vaccination programme, helping connect families, friends and businesses around the world.
"While we must continue to be cautious, today's changes reopen a range of different holiday destinations across the globe, which is good news for both the sector and travelling public."
Since February, anyone who arrives in the UK from a red list country has been required by law to book a stay in a managed quarantine facility for 10 days.
In order to ensure taxpayers are not subsidising the costs of staying in these facilities, which have gone up, the cost will increase from August 12. Alternative payment arrangements remain available to those who genuinely cannot afford to pay and rates remain the same for children up to 12.(IANS/HP)
A Hindu temple in Pakistan's Punjab province was reportedly vandalized by hundreds of people after a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who allegedly urinated at a local seminary, received bail, a media report said on Thursday.
According to the Dawn news report, the incident took place on Wednesday in Bhong town, about 60 km from Rahim Yar Khan city.
Besides the vandalization, the mob also blocked the Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), the report added.
Citing sources, Dawn news said that a case was registered against the minor on July 24 based on a complaint filed by a cleric, Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim, of the Darul Uloom Arabia Taleemul Quran.
The sources said that "some Hindu elders did tender an apology to the seminary administration saying the accused was a minor and mentally challenged".
But, when a lower court granted him bail a few days ago, some people incited the public in the town on Wednesday and got all shops there closed in protest, the report quoted the sources as further saying.
A video clip showing people wielding clubs and rods storming the temple and smashing its glass doors, windows, lights, and damaging the ceiling fans went viral on social media.
In response, one Twitter user said: "Ganesh Temple, village Bhong in Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab has been ravaged. Another day, another attack on Hindus in Pakistan."
Another said: "Yesterday, the mob ran amok at Temple over minor boy issue who allegedly urinated, the boy said to be mentally handicapped. Hindu community made an apology for the boy — a case registered against the nine-year-old boy. Those vandalized temples, no FIR registered against them."
District police spokesman Ahmed Nawaz Cheema said Rangers had been deployed in the troubled area and the situation was under control.
A small town close to the River Indus and Sindh-Punjab border, Bhong houses a number of gold traders who originally hail from Ghotki and Dehrki (Sindh), according to the Dawn news report.
A ruling PTI member representing the minority said he had been in touch with the local Hindu community and influential Rais family of Bhong since the issue surfaced.