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Potholes killed 10 daily in 2017. Blame game continues
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Potholes killed 10 daily in 2017. Blame game continues

Potholes took a deadly toll in 2017, claiming almost 10 lives daily with annual fatalities in the country adding up to 3,597 a more than 50% rise over the toll for 2016.  Maharashtra recorded a doubling of deaths year on year — disheartening evidence road safety remains a casualty in India. Transport and traffic experts, however, blame it on faulty road designs and poor maintenance of roads. Lack of road discipline and many two-wheeler riders are the add-ons for increase in death toll. Experts say that the roads in India are still being constructed as per decades old guidelines. Most of the damaged roads do not have cautionary signages that lead to frequent road accidents. Ill-conceived drainage system in cities are also responsible for potholes. The solution it needs is not just rep...
Helmet saves rider’s life as heavy truck runs over his head
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Helmet saves rider’s life as heavy truck runs over his head

Helmets are always a good idea. They are one of the oldest forms of protective equipment on earth, having been worn by the Akkadians/Sumerians in the 23rd century BC, the Mycenaean Greeks since the 17th century BC and beyond. Today helmets have become significantly more advanced and are now utilized for far more than just combat and are a necessary part of everyday life and sporting activities. Whether you’re riding a bike or skiing downhill, modern helmets have been adapted to cater to a wide range of possible injury scenarios. In the case of one man driving a scooter on a busy street in Cainta, Philippines, it proved a live-saving choice. Video of the incident uploaded online is available below. It’s shocking and amazing at the same time, as the unidentified man literally gets up a...
No helmets, No Puja in Odisha
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No helmets, No Puja in Odisha

I start this article by an old proverb 'God helps those who help themselves'. Probably you will understand why after reading the article below. Over the years, we have seen different approaches and initiatives by traffic department, cops, NGOs to encourage use of helmet among two-wheeler riders. Now, the Odisha police are trying out yet another. They have persuaded the priests of the highly revered Maa Sarala temple in Jagatsinghpur district to refuse the special puja for vehicles if the owners turn up without helmets. The temple, believed to be more than 1,000 years old, attracts thousands of devotees from Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Cuttack and Puri districts. Upon every purchase of a vehicle or bike, it is almost a rite of passage to perform a puja for it. Many also take the...