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Fiat Chrysler to pay $515 m in US ‘dieselgate’ settlements

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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.”

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One arrested, drugs seized in operation

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ATTOCK: The police on Wednesday arrested one accused and seized drugs in an operation.

Police said Sub-inspector, Izhar Ahmad, during routine patrolling stopped a truck for snap checking but the driver tried to escape from the scene.

The police arrested the driver accused Zaroon Shah, a resident of Jalalabad.

During snap checking, 16 packets of 8000 grams heroin worth million of rupees was recovered from the truck.

Police have registered a case against the driver.

Further probe was underway.

 

 

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3 human traffickers arrested

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Rawalpindi Circle Wednesday arrested three accused allegedly involved in human trafficking.

According to details, the accused were identified as Abdul Qayyum, Ikram Gul and Mazhar Iqbal, a press release said.

The further investigation is in progress.

 

 

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Jakarta ex-governor freed from prison after blasphemy sentence

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JAKARTA: Jakarta’s former governor has been released from prison, his assistant said Thursday, nearly two years after his blasphemy conviction fanned fears over religious intolerance in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama — the Indonesian capital’s first non-Muslim governor in half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader — left Mako Brimob prison in Depok, outside Jakarta, at around 7:30 am local time, Ima Mahdiah told media.

Supporters of the former governor, who is popularly known as Ahok, gathered outside the prison, chanting and cheering his new-found freedom.

The release ends one of the most tumultuous chapters in Indonesian politics in recent memory.

Purnama had been a popular politician who won praise for trying to clean up the traffic-clogged megacity and clamp down on corruption before his imprisonment.

But his downfall came quickly after comments he made on the campaign trail during a re-election bid saw him accused of insulting Islam.

The filmed remarks, which went viral online, sparked mass protests in Jakarta, spearheaded by radical groups opposed to a non-Muslim leader and encouraged by his political rivals.

He lost the election to a Muslim challenger and was then sentenced to two years’ jail in May 2017.

It was an unusually harsh sentence — prosecutors had only recommended probation for the now 52-year-old.

“He was picked up by his son Nicholas Sean Purnama” after being released, his assistant Mahdiah said. “He will spend time with his family first, resting.”

Purnama’s case drew international headlines and a wave of criticism, including from the United Nations, which urged the country of 260 million to revise its decades-old blasphemy law.

The charge against him centred on a remark he made to voters about his Muslim rivals using a Koranic verse to trick people into voting against him, which judges ruled amounted to blasphemy against Islam.

 

 

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