NEW YORK: Fiat Chrysler has agreed to a $515 million US settlement on charges it installed “defeat devices” on cars to evade emissions tests, the US Justice Department announced today.
The auto giant will recall and repair more than 100,000 diesel vehicles sold in the United States at a cost of about $185 million.
The remaining funds will go to civil fines and mitigation payments to the United States and the state of California.
US officials said FCA’s EcoDiesel Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee for model years 2014-2016 were built with software designed to operate differently during emissions tests compared with real-world conditions.
As a result, the cars spewed nitrogen oxide and other pollutants at “much higher” levels than allowed in the United States or California, the Justice Department said.
“Fiat Chrysler broke those laws and this case demonstrates that steep penalties await corporations that engage in such egregious violations,” Principal US Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio said in a statement.
California will receive $78.4 million as part of the settlement for violations of the state’s clear emissions standards.
California Attorney Xavier Becerra said the automaker “tried to evade these standards by installing software to cheat emissions testing.”
“The company not only violated the law and our trust but did so at the expense of our environment. With this settlement, we are holding Fiat Chrysler accountable and securing important funds for environmental protection efforts.”
Confiscated goods’ auction fetches over Rs. 16 b in 5 years
ISLAMABAD: The authorities concerned have amassed Rs. 16.124 billion through auction and disposal of different confiscated/smuggled goods during the last five years.
The confiscated goods are disposed of through open public auction as provided in auction/customs rules. A variety of smuggled goods have been confiscated in the country by Pakistan Customs during the period and these included tea, auto parts, cigarettes, medicines, antiques, crockery, vehicles, cloth, tires and tubes, diesel, electronic goods, and narcotics etc.
Elaborating procedure for the auction of confiscated goods, sources at Finance and Revenue Division on Sunday said as per auction rules, the Collector or an authorized officer shall nominate an auctioneer from amongst registered auctioneers to conduct an auction of confiscated goods. The amounts and names of the highest and second highest bidders are recorded in the file by customs staff supervising the process along with copies of National Identity Card as well as NTN of the successful bidder.
The auctioneer on receipt of a certificate issued by Collector or an authorized officer to the effect that the whole amount of bid has been realized, issues under his seal, a delivery order. The sources said there are certain items like arms and ammunition, liquor/narcotics and like goods which cannot be put to auction.
It is pertinent to mention here that goods like confiscated narcotics and expired/banned/hazardous items/goods, not fit for human consumption, are destroyed. However, arms and ammunition of prohibited and non-prohibited bores are disposed of by allocating the same to an agency/department having anti-smuggling powers for their official use.
NZ to hold national remembrance service
CHRISTCHURCH: PM’s Office has announced that New Zealand would hold a national remembrance service on 29th March for the victims of two mosques’ massacre and their families, the PMs office announced on Sunday.
The interfaith service will take place in Christchurch two weeks after an Australian white supremacist shot and killed 50 Muslims who had arrived for Friday prayers at two mosques in the city on March 15.
“The national remembrance service provides an opportunity for Cantabrians (Christchurch-area residents), New Zealanders and people all around the world to come together as one to honour the victims of the terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.
“In the week since the unprecedented terror attack there has been an outpouring of grief and love in our country.
“The service will be a chance to once again show that New Zealanders are compassionate, inclusive and diverse, and that we will protect those values.”
The slaughter has rocked the normally laid-back country and prompted horror worldwide, heightened by the gunman’s cold-blooded livestreaming of the massacre.
Since then, New Zealanders have responded with an outpouring of support for the country’s small Muslim community.
The attack also left dozens of people injured, some critically.
Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, was arrested within minutes of the massacre and has been charged with murder.
Retrieve kidnapped Hindu girls: PM
ISLAMABAD: PM has ordered the Provincial governments to retrieve two Hindu girls who had been forced to convert to Islam and married to Muslim men.
According to sources Raveena 13 and Reena 15 have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan (in Punjab) from Ghotki (Sindh) after marriages.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said Sunday that Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued directives to Punjab Chief Minister for taking steps for recovery of two Hindu girls allegedly abducted from Sindh and shifted to Rahim Yar Khan.
The minister tweeted that the Prime Minister asked for holding an immediate investigation into the matter. He directed the governments of Sindh and Punjab to adopt a joint strategy to prevent such incidents in the future. Fawad quoted Prime Minister as saying that white color in Pakistan flag represents minorities and protecting their rights was our responsibility:
Meanwhile, Sushma Swaraj Indian Minister for External Affairs has asked the HC here for a report.
Father of #Reena 14 #Raveena 16 who were forcefully converted to Islam is beating himself up out of sheer desperation. He says either help me get my daughters back safely or kill me. Yeh thappar yeh buzurg apne moun per nahi maashray ke moun per maar rahay hain @BBhuttoZardari pic.twitter.com/cpmlvruAEC
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) March 23, 2019