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Road Ministry Proposes Exemption of Registration Fees for Electric Vehicles: India

The government has issued a draft inviting comments from the stakeholders

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Two-, three- and four-wheelers, which are battery operated, will not have to pay fees for renewal of the registration certificate. Pixabay

Pushing ahead for a greener nation, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed to exempt battery-operated vehicles from the registration fees. Two-, three- and four-wheelers, which are battery operated, will not have to pay fees for renewal of the registration certificate.

The government has issued a draft inviting comments from the stakeholders. The ministry has to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules before making the proposed changes.

“The amendment proposes to exempt battery-operated vehicles from payment of fees for the purpose of issue or renewal of registration certificate and assignment of new registration mark,” the Ministry said.

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Pushing ahead for a greener nation, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed to exempt battery-operated vehicles from the registration fees. Pixabay

The government has been pushing for a shift towards electric vehicles to reduce India’s dependence on oil imports, generate employment and reduce carbon footprints.

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“In order to give a boost to battery-operated or electric vehicles in the country, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has initiated steps for providing differential registration fees under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989,” the Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. (IANS)

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Goa May Make HIV Tests Mandatory Before Registration of Marriages

The monsoon session will begin on July 15

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Amato-Gauci said complacency among men who have gay sex and seem unconcerned about HIV risks appeared to be fuelling the problem. Pixabay

Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday said that the coastal state’s government was mulling making HIV tests mandatory before the registration of marriages.

“We are considering making an HIV test compulsory for the prospective couples before registration of marriage in Goa. It is not mandatory right now,” Rane told IANS.

Rane, who is also a Minister for Law, added that the proposal to make HIV testing compulsory before marriage was being vetted by the Law Department.

“If it is cleared by the Department soon, then we will table the law in the monsoon session of the state Legislative Assembly,” Rane said.

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Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday said that the coastal state’s government was mulling making HIV tests mandatory. Pixabay

The monsoon session will begin on July 15.

In 2006, a similar proposal was mooted by then Health Minister Dayanand Narvekar, with the Goa cabinet approving the legislation making HIV testing mandatory before marriage.

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But the initiative did not reach fruition. (IANS)