GPS, panic button must from Jan1st
- The transport department has made it mandatory for all passenger and commercial vehicles with the national permit to instal vehicle tracking device and panic button from January 1
- Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), through its notification, has said that fitness certificates would be given to vehicles only when the two devices are installed. New vehicles would not be registered without the devices.
- AIS-140-certified vehicle tracking system along with emergency button is mandatory from January 1, 2019, for all public/passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles with the national permit
- BSNL has developed AIS-140 National Vehicle Tracking Portal to enable all states to check compliance as per mandate and then issue a registration/fitness certificate.
- The portal will capture device details and chassis numbers.
- This will be integrated with the Vahan portal. Oicials can monitor vehicle movement and get emergency notification alerts if a passenger presses the panic button.
Mahamastakabhisheka at Dharmasthala from February 9
- The Mahamastakabhisheka of the 39-foot-tall Bahubali at Rathnagiri in Dharmasthala will be held from February 9 to 18, said Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade.
- The Mahamastakabhisheka will be held in the presence of Vardhamana Sagar Munimaharaj and Pushpadanta Sagar Munimaharaj under the guidance of Charukeerthi Bhattaraka of Shravanabelagola.
- This was the fourth Mahamastakabhisheka of Gomateshwara since its installation in 1975
- The previous Mahamastakabhishekas were held in 1982, 1995 and 2007.
- After holding the panchakalyana programme of Theerthankaras for five days, the Mahamastakabhisheka will be held.
- A procession will be taken out from Bhagavan Chandranath Swami Basadi to Rathnagiri on February 9.
- The Mahamastakabhisheka of Bahubali with 1,008 kalashas will be held on February 16, 17 and 18, 8 am onwards. Heggade said that a variety of cultural programmes will be held on the occasion. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has promised to attend the Mahamastakabhisheka.
- The governor, chief minister and ministers are likely to attend the event. More than 200 Digambara munis are also likely to attend.
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