Delhi repaints its traffic dividers pink and green. NDMC fails to find the exact shade of the ruling political party flag,-defying-global-treaty-on-road-safety

Delhi repaints its traffic dividers pink and green, defying global treaty on road safety
The capital’s new colours violate international conventions on the standardisation of road markings.

Pink and green is the new black and yellow. In a baffling and potentially dangerous move, that is the new colour scheme the New Delhi Municipal Council is applying to the road dividers and roadside kerbs in its jurisdiction. “It’s kind of an aesthetic initiative,” Anant Kumar, the NDMC chief engineer told the Press Trust of India.

These new colours are already visible in several parts of central Delhi, such as Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Rajiv Chowk and Ferozshah Road. The NDMC plans to finish the repainting within two weeks.

The problem is that the standard colour scheme of black and yellow isn’t used because it looks pretty: it serves an important safety function. When set against each other, these colours present very sharp contrasts, alerting drivers to potential obstacles.

These colour combinations have been evolved after decades of international debates and conventions, starting with the first international Convention on Road and Automobile Traffic in 1909. This eventually resulted in the Conventions on Road Traffic and on Roads Signs and Signals of 1968.

Delhi’s new pink and green road elements won’t be especially visible at night, and will be difficult for colour-blind people to recognise. Already, a flood of complaints from road users and from the city police has increased the cost of the beautification drive: the NDMC has had to affix reflectors to the dividers and kerbs to make them easier to spot.

Some of critics complained that road dividers and kerbs will be harder to notice. Others are wondering how the authorities actually came up with the new colouring scheme.

Why it’s a good idea for foreign law firms to be barred from practice in India’s-a-good-idea-for-foreign-law-firms-to-be-barred-from-practice-in-India

Why it’s a good idea for foreign law firms to be barred from practice in India
The entry of foreign law firms will hurt the average Indian’s ability to find adequate legal representation.

During a recent visit to India, Shailesh Vara, the United Kingdom’s minister for the Courts and Legal Aid, expressed optimism about the government opening up the legal services sector to law firms and lawyers from abroad. With the present government’s enthusiasm for foreign investment, he said, India should not miss out on the opportunity the draw the best international legal talent to its shores.

Yet the path to convert this into reality is tough and twisted, and for sound reason. Since 2009, the courts and Bar Council of India have opposed the liberalisation of the Indian bar not out of fear of competition – as many claim – but on principle.

Indian Government reveals eight names to Supreme Court in black money case

Centre will disclose more names ‘after following due process’
The central government on Monday gave the Supreme court the eight names against whom it has initiated prosecutions under the Income Tax Act for allegedly stashing black money in foreign banks. Dabur India promoter Pradip Burman, bullion trader Pankaj Chamanlal Lodhiya, Goa mining company Timblo Private Ltd and five of its directors were named by the government for holding illegal funds overseas. The government clarified that it was open to disclosing information about other such names received under tax treaties with other countries, but only “after following the due process of law, in all cases where evasion of tax is established.”

Safety precautions for India’s firework industry


Four ways to stop frequent deaths in India’s notorious fireworks factories
An average of 25 workers die in the country’s cracker factories each year ‒ deaths that could easily be avoided, experts say.

BJP debates forming minority government in Maharashtra debates forming minority government in Maharashtra
One section of saffron party favours forming government with outside support of NCP and independents.

As the Bharatiya Janata Party inches close to forming a government in Maharashtra, a sharp division has appeared in the leadership as to whether the party should go alone with the outside support of independents and the Nationalist Congress Party or whether it should enter into a coalition with Shiv Sena.

The Supreme Court of India grants interim bail to Jayalalithaa


Supreme Court grants interim bail to Jayalalithaa in disproportionate assets case.

Tamil Nadu: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister gets bail
The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in a disproportionate assets case. The bail application, based on Jayalalithaa’s poor health, has been extended up to December 18. Last month the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief was convicted by a local court in Bangalore to four years in jail and fined Rs 100 crore for amassing wealth through corrupt means. The apex court judgement arrived on the 43rd anniversary of AIADMK’s founding.