More than 88% of the driving licences issued in Hailakandi district of Assam have come under the scanner.The southern Assam district has 45,300 driving licence holders. A scrutiny during an attempt to convert the laminated paper licences to smart cards revealed that some 40,000 of them could be “doubtful” or procured fraudulently.Last week, Hailakandi’s District Transport Officer Syed Rafiqul Mannan issued an order saying a majority of the licences were purportedly issued by his counterpart in Manipur’s Bishnupur district while the rest were issued by a “certain district” of Nagaland. These licences were flagged as doubtful.Agents to blame? There have been cases of people acquiring driving licences from neighbouring States after their applications were rejected in Assam.The DTO said that most of the people who applied for smart card revealed on being questioned that they did not go to Manipur or Nagaland to obtain their licences. This brought to the fore the issue of bogus driving licences being made with the help of agents.“Data was not available online as most of the licences were of the laminated type. The process of converting them into smart cards was accordingly put on hold. More than 40,000 such licences are lying in my office,” Mr. Mannan said.Smart cards The smart cards would be issued once his counterparts in Manipur and Nagaland confirm the authenticity of the driving licences purportedly issued from their offices, he said.Officials said the licences will be cancelled, as per the Motor Vehicles Act, if they are not found to be genuine. People can reapply online for fresh smart card licences.
The uniform, with a flesh-colored section between stomach and thighs, was worn by the Colombian teamThe president of the International Cycling Union says the flesh-colored uniforms worn by a Colombian women’s cycling team are “unacceptable.”The uniform, with a flesh-colored section between stomach and thighs, was worn by IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar riders at the Tour of Tuscany in Italy over the weekend.The images of Colombian women’s new cycling kit has gone viral on social mediaUCI President Brian Cookson wrote on his Twitter account that “it is unacceptable by any standard of decency.”To the many who have raised the issue of a certain women’s team kit, we are on the case. It is unacceptable by any standard of decency. Brian Cookson OBE (@BrianCooksonUCI) September 14, 2014It is unclear if the six-woman team was intending to wear a similar uniform next week while representing Colombia at the road world championships in Ponferrada, Spain.Pictures of the team shared on social media prompted Cookson’s response.The British official wrote: “To the many who have raised the issue of a certain women’s team kit, we are on the case.”Among leading riders criticising the outfits was the Welsh former Commonwealth, Olympic and world road race champion Nicole Cooke.This has turned the sport into a joke. Girls stand up for yourselves – say no pic.twitter.com/Jpt1Vo9Xog Nicole Cooke (@NicoleCooke2012) September 14, 2014″This has turned the sport into a joke,” she said. “Girls stand up for yourselves – say no.”advertisement