Change of number plates from AP to Telangana clashes with GO making security plates must

All the vehicles in Telangana which were registered with ‘AP code’ in Undivided AP, will now have to register afresh with ‘TS code’.

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The Telangana government on Thursday issued a notification for reassignment of registration numbers of vehicles from AP to TS.

Only the State code from AP to TS and the district code (2-digit number) will change. After district code, the second series of two alphabets and the last set of four numerical will continue to remain the same. Four months time has been given for vehicle owners to make these changes.

Transport Department will soon come up with a online facility in which it will  host the old number and the new number on its website ‘www.telangana.transport.gov.in’. The number will have a new State code of TS and the district code which will be in numerals.

The vehicle owner can access the facility using the engine/chassis number as the password and take a printout, which will then be the proof of the changed number and get the new number plate.

However, if the owner wants to get a new smart registration  card, he would have to pay a nominal price. The transport department will soon issue guidelines on all these issues to give clarity for vehicle owners seeking registration change.

There are an estimated 82 lakh vehicle owners  in Telangana, including 16 lakh in Hyderabad, who have to change the registration plates from AP to TS.

Workplace stress can kill you, here’s how

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Stressed at work? A new research has suggested that it can increase your risk of having a stroke Having a lot of job stress has been linked to heart disease, but studies on job stress and stroke have shown inconsistent results, said Dingli Xu from Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China, adding that it’s possible that high stress jobs lead to more unhealthy behaviors, such as poor eating habits, smoking and a lack of exercise.

The analysis looked at all of the available research on job strain and stroke risk. The six studies analyzed involved a total of 138,782 participants who were followed for three to 17 years.

The analysis found that people with high stress jobs had a 22 percent higher risk of stroke than those with low stress jobs. Women with high stress jobs had a 33 percent higher risk of stroke than women with low stress jobs.

People with high stress jobs were 58 percent more likely to have an ischemic stroke than those with low stress jobs. Ischemic stroke, which is the most common type of stroke, is caused by blockage of blood flow. People in passive and active jobs did not have any increased risk of stroke.

The researchers calculated that 4.4 percent of the stroke risk was due to the high stress jobs. For women, that number increased to 6.5 percent.

Based on this study, it is reasonable to consider testing interventions aimed at increasing job control, such as decentralization of decision-making and flexibility in job structure, such as telecommuting.

If effective, such workplace changes could have a major public health impact, said researcher Jennifer J. Majersik.

Xu said limitations of the research were that job stress was measured at only one point in time and that other factors, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, were not adequately adjusted for in the original studies.

The study is published in Neurology.

Maggi noodle sales may resume soon, HC ordered tests prove noodles safe

Maggi noodles may soon return to shelves, as the tests conducted at labs mandated by the Bombay High Court show that the instant food is safe for consumption.

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Nestle India, the manufacturer of the banned Maggi noodle, said that it has obtained the sample test results from the three laboratories designated by the court to test the safety levels of noodles.

“All 90 samples, covering 6 variants, tested by these laboratories are clear with lead much below permissible limits,” said Nestle India in a press statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

Following the announcement, Nestle India shares soared over 6% to Rs 6,599 on the BSE.

The company said that it has carried out more than 3,500 tests on 200 million packs of Maggi noodles at recognised labs located in India and abroad.

On 5 June, the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the country’s food regulator, had ordered Nestle India to recall all available stocks of Maggi noodles after finding harmful levels of lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in tested samples.

Nestle India challenged the ban in the Bombay High Court, which subsequently overruled the FSSAI order. However, the court said that Nestle India can resume the sale of Maggi noodles only after the samples are tested safe for consumption by the government-approved laboratories.

Supreme Court scraps NJAC, declares 99th amendment void and unconstitutional

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The Supreme Court on Friday declared the 99th amendment of the constitution as void and “unconstitutional” while striking down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) that sought to replace the 22-year-old collegium system for appointment of judges to the higher judiciary.

The apex court declared the constitutional 99th amendment, which was meant to pave way for the NJAC and the NJAC Act, 2014, unconstitutiona

Striking down the proposal to set up NJAC, the SC constitution Bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel restored the old collegium system for the appointment and transfer of judges in the higher Indian judiciary.

The court said the system of “appointment of judges to the SC, chief justices and judges of the high courts and the transfer of chief justices and judges of the high courts that existed prior to the amendment begins to be operative”.

The SC also sought for suggestions from the bar to improve the functioning of the collegium system and will hear the same on 3 November.