BERLIN: Auto giant Volkswagen said Wednesday that it would pay a one-billion-euro fine imposed by German prosecutors over diesel emissions cheating by the company.
“The Braunschweig public prosecutor issues an administrative order against Volkswagen AG in the context of the diesel crisis and imposes a fine of EUR1 billion on Volkswagen AG”, the equivalent of $1.2 billion), the company said in a statement
. “Volkswagen AG accepted the fine and it will not lodge an appeal against it. Volkswagen AG, by doing so, admits its responsibility for the diesel crisis and considers this as a further major step towards the latter being overcome.”
A relevant piece published earlier: German carmaker Volkswagen said Friday it would recall 410,000 cars from its own brand and Spanish subsidiary Seat over faulty seat belts, warning customers not to use the middle seat in the meantime.
“There is the possibility that in rare situations… when the rear center seat and the rear left seat are occupied at the same time, the left seat belt lock could be unintentionally released” on some 219,000 2018 VW Polo cars, the group said in a statement.
A spokesman told news agency DPA that some 191,000 Seat Ibiza and Arona vehicles with similar seat belt locks were also affected.
“The brand advises its customers not to use the middle seat of the new Polo until the car will be equipped with the redesigned belt lock fixture,” for which it is awaiting final regulatory approval.
VW, the world’s largest auto producer with its 12 brands, will begin writing to affected buyers “within the next few weeks”, it said.
The recall caps a week of bad news for VW. On Tuesday, subsidiary Audi stopping deliveries of its latest A6 and A7 models over “irregularities” in emissions controls harking back to the “dieselgate” scandal, which saw VW admit in 2015 to manipulating 11 million cars worldwide to cheat regulatory emissions tests.
On the same day, German daily Bild reported VW chief executive Herbert Diess was cooperating with the FBI in its investigation into his predecessor Martin Winterkorn, who resigned after the scandal broke. (Published on 12th May 2018)
Pakistan improves mechanism to handle AML/CFT issues
ISLAMABAD: The Finance Minister, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar said Friday that the Finance Ministry has improved institutional mechanisms for handling Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) issues.
Chairing a meeting here Friday in the wake of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Plenary meeting in Paris, the Minister expressed Pakistan’s strong resolve to keep up efforts on the counter financing of terrorism.
Foreign Minister, Abdullah Hussain Haroon and National Security Advisor Lt. General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, were also present on the occasion.
She added that the coordination between Central Bank, banking institutions, and law enforcement agencies have also been strengthened to curb money laundering and terror financing.
She invited participants to share their views and suggestions to further strengthen measures and put in place a strong implementation mechanism in this regard.
The participants while underscoring Pakistan’s resolve to further strengthen the AML/CFT regime emphasized and agreed on the formation of a high-level implementation committee to regularly oversee progress made by different agencies and departments engaged in the drive to counter financing of terrorism.
The meeting stressed inter-governmental cooperation as well as inter-agencies coordination for better results. The meeting was also briefed on the preparations by Pakistan’s delegation scheduled to attend FATF meeting at Paris.
Missing persons: CJ summons DG Rangers, IGP, Sindh
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has summoned the Director General Rangers, Inspector General Police, Sindh, provincial heads of intelligence agencies, at Karachi on June 24 at 12:00 pm.
Chief Justice issued the orders during his visit to District Courts, Larkana where some people met him and complained that their relatives are missing and their whereabouts are still unknown, said a press release issued here by SC. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar in his visit to District Courts met judges, lawyers and litigants there and witnessed court proceedings, inspected case files, observed court procedures and heard in detail grievances of people and hardships faced by litigants and lawyers and facilities extended to them in court premises.
He also visited judicial lockup and heard complaints and issues of under-trial prisoners. His took stock of overall performance of district judiciary and prosecution services. He also showed displeasure over the absence of prosecution lawyer in cases. CJ also directed the judges to decide cases expeditiously in accordance with law and asked lawyers to appear in cases regularly and avoid undue and frequent adjournments so that cases can be decided in time and prompt relief can be extended to litigant parties.
During the court proceedings, CJ questioned the judges presiding over the courts and pointed out the shortcomings and discrepancies.
Taking of notice of the issue, he asked the Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh and Registrar, High Court of Sindh to take action against the delinquents and incompetent judges in accordance with law, so as to ensure speedy justice to people. Apart from that Chief Justice of Pakistan also visited Government hospital Sukkur, Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana and Sheikh Zayed Women’s Hospital, Larkana and met the patients and heard their complaints and expressed his dissatisfaction over dreadful situation of hygiene and cleanliness in the hospitals and directed the concerned administration of the hospitals to improve it and address the complaints of patients so as to provide better health facilities to the patients.
During the visit to the hospitals, he observed many deficiencies in the services rendered to general public and therefore, taking notice of the dearth of services to general public, Chief Justice has directed Chief Secretary and Secretary Health, Government of Sindh to submit a detailed report about deficiencies and demands of hospitals, either of human resources, medical equipment or any other at the level of tertiary care hospitals and District Headquarters Hospitals overall Sindh Province by next 22nd July Monday.
Moreover, taking notice of excessive and unscheduled load shedding in hospitals, his lordship has directed WAPDA authorities to make hospitals free from load shedding so that patients can get better treatment. After all these visits, Chief Justice has observed that the apathy of the government is evident and reflects poorly on the pathetic state of governance in the province. He observed that all government departments need to put their act together in order to provide relief to the general public and serve them in the best possible way.
Nail-biting Football World Cup matches claim a life
AMMAR AHMED KHAN
KERLA (India): Unable to bear the pain of his favorite team’s defeat, a devastated Argentinean football fan 30-year-old Dinu Alex from Kottayam, allegedly jumped into Meenchal River here on Friday morning following Argentina’s shock defeat to Croatia in the FIFA World Cup on Thursday.
— biju govind (@bijugovind) June 22, 2018
The Argentineans suffered a shock 3-0 defeat against Croatia in their second group match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia, proving that the underdogs are not to be underestimated.
A family member said that Alex – a graduate of the MG University Kottayam – seemed disturbed after the game and went missing for a few hours.
The police launched an immediate search to fish out his body but the relief operation was hampered due to heavy downpour.
Alex’s friends stated he was confident that Argentina would mount a comeback and make it through to the next round of the World Cup. However, after Argentina’s defeat, Alex was distraught and cried and switched off his phone, admitting that his team had let him down.
What we can learn from Dinu Alex is simple, this is real life. We don’t just give up because of something that didn’t go our way. His suicide would be justified, had he made a bad bet and spent most of his life savings, but not something people of the world would let slide still. For people have powered through worse situations and continued to live.
The point is simple; a fan committed suicide because he just wanted the pain to go away, forgetting that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Besides if he stuck around for longer he would know that Argentina still has a chance to qualify for the world cup thus proving they might have a “chance” to win even. But that’s wishful thinking for the most part.
A relevant piece published earlier: Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, and Ante Rebic scored one goal each here to write history by beating giant Argentina! The possibility of Argentina’s return in the game is still there. In the last six decades, this happens to be Argentina’s worst group match defeat, and with only one point from two games it played its survival in the tournament would be difficult. Argentina will have to score well in the 3rd match against Nigeria.