Human rights activist Vijay Nagaraj dies in car accident

In a press release on Friday, MKSS said, “Exhaustion got the better of him and his car ran into a truck before falling into a nearby water body in the early hours of this morning, resulting in his untimely death”. Nagaraj was a part of the struggle for the Right to Information. He left MKSS to work for Amnesty India, Human Rights in Geneva and with TISS Mumbai in various capacities. He rejoined MKSS in 1999, and was part of the group that organized several public hearings. He also was closely engaged in the process that saw people associated with MKSS contest panchayat elections. Vijay Nagaraj, 44, former director of Amnesty International-India, who joined Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan in Rajasthan in 1995 as a fresh graduate from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, died in an accident while driving to Batticaloa from Colombo in Sri Lanka on Friday, the Times of India reported.Nikhil Dey of MKSS said, “He was in Sri Lanka for about 10 years, working on human rights issues as head of research of the Law and Society Club.” “The news of his death comes as a huge shock and setback to those of us who have worked with him. We wish his family courage in this difficult hour,” MKSS said. Nagaraj is survived by his parents, a sister and brother. The family is based in Bangalore. read more

Gardener using mobile phone while on lawnmower thought to be first person

Heftier fines and penalty point endorsements were introduced, meaning that new drivers could face an immediate driving ban.Motorists who are caught are liable to pay a fine of £200 or have six penalty points placed on their licence.Around 1,200 drivers have been disqualified since the introduction of these stricter penalties.Neil Smith, Imperial Cars’ operations director said: “Breaking the habit of touching your phone whilst in the driver’s seat can be challenging, especially with the technological advancements that come as standard on most mobile phones, but the risks you impose on both yourself and others when distracted behind the wheel are really not worth it. Unfortunately, the number of drivers still opting to ignore the law is scarily high.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It has been illegal for a motorist to use a mobile phone while driving since 2003.This includes handling the device, sending a text or following a map, even when the car is waiting at a set of traffic lights, as the engine is still running.In 2017, stricter phone driving laws came into force in a bid to deter people from breaking the rules. The tweet from Welsh police identifying the lawnmower and the incident  The tweet from Welsh police identifying the lawnmower and the incident Credit: Wales News Service A gardener is thought to have become the first person in Britain to be charged with using a mobile while operating a lawn-mower after being stopped outside a police station.The 47-year-old council gardener faces a fine of £200 and six penalty points if he is found guilty of using his phone at the traffic lights outside of police station in Ely, Cardiff on Tuesday.The man was followed by South Wales Police officers who spotted him allegedly using his mobile while driving along Cowbridge Road West.Cardiff Council confirmed that he was a member of council staff and that he could face disciplinary action at a later date.It added: “The council will be following up this matter in line with council policy and procedure.”Accused of illegally using a phone at the wheel on a public road, the gardener is to appear at a a magistrates court later this month. read more