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)
CJP takes suo moto notice of murder of mother, daughter in Jahania
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar Sunday taken Suo Moto notice of alleged murder of mother and daughter in Jahania.
The notice was taken on footage viral on social media that women were allegedly murdered by their opponents when they (mother and daughter) were returning after attending the court. Taking notice of the issue, the Chief Justice has directed IGP Punjab to submit a report within three days.
SC summons health minister: ventilators
LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday summoned Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid, MD Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority Shahid Hussain and others for Dec 22 to sort out problems being faced in the purchase of ventilators for government hospitals.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar passed the orders while hearing a suo moto notice regarding government hospitals conditions.
During the proceedings, the provincial health department officials apprised that ventilators could not be purchased for government hospitals due to various technical problems in the purchase process.
At this, the bench observed that it was an important equipment but despite passage of one-year period, it could not be purchased. The bench adjourning further hearing till December 22 summoned provincial health minister, MD PPRA and others for resolving problems being faced in the process.
The health officials also apprised the court about various steps taken to improve the conditions of the hospitals.
Meanwhile, the bench observed that civil courts would decide the claims of property retrieved from the land grabber Mansha Ali Khokhar, alias Mansha Bomb while hearing a suo moto case regarding encroachments by him.
Earlier, the court was apprised that 15 claimants had approached for land retrieved from Mansha Bomb.
Moreover, the bench adjourned the hearing of United Christian Hospital revival case till Dec 22.
Dr. Jawwad Sajid, a member of the committee formed for the revival of the hospital, apprised the bench about various developments in this regard.
1,54,458 FIRs computerized in province
PESHAWAR: The digitization FIRs is in full swing and so far 1,54,458 FIRs have been computerized throughout the province during the current year.
The spokesperson today said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police has prepared a central database for the record of all police stations FIRs.
Direct access to the FIR is via data of a concerned person i.e CNIC mobile phone and house address. According to detail Peshawar district police showed excellence performance during the current year by digitizing 28,520 FIRs followed by Mardan of 18,185 FIRs, Charsadda 7,525, Nowshera 4,484, Swabi 6,699, Swat 14,608 Buner 9,324, Shangla 3,638, Dir Lower 6,808, Dir Upper 2,760, Chitral 3,073, Abbottabad 7,478, Haripur 4,731, Mansehra 4,581, Battagram 582, Kohistan Lower 432, Kohistan Upper 503, Torghar 156, Kohat 6,882, Hangu 2,687, Karak 3,102, Bannu 70,23, Lakki Marwat 2,940, DIKhan 6,358 and Tank 1,379.
All records of the criminal have been centralized with the online computer record and access to all policed stations of the province effective and result oriented action is being taken against the outlaws instantly.
Now the accused cannot evade from the police action. Complete file record against the accused is available in this computerized system. All police action and court proceeding in the case are being registered in the online system.
After registration of FIR in any police station, one copy is sent to the computer cell for digitization.