A kangaroo court in western Assam’s Barpeta district made three people cough up ₹15,000 for stealing lotuses from a wetland.One of Assam’s prime wetlands, with 39 species of indigenous fish, the 91-hectare Kapla Beel has been a major source of income for the villages around it. The wetland is also known for its lotuses that the villagers protect.But the lotuses – as buds or in bloom – kept vanishing for a week before Durga Puja. The villagers formed a vigilante group and on October 4 caught three people from a neighbouring village under Sarthebari police station. The men were let go but on the condition they face a kangaroo court comprising elders of the two biggest villages adjoining the wetland. A couple of days ago, the court decided to penalise the three with a fine of ₹5,000 each for stealing the aquatic flowers. “We did not intervene as the trial did not involve any physical assault or violation of law. The three were flower traders and had been harvesting the lotuses without permission from the stakeholders,” a local police officer said.
Kawasaki Ninja 300The price of sports bike Kawasaki Ninja 300 has been increased by Rs 10,000, making it available for Rs 3.96 lakh (on-road Mumbai). No change in the product has been reported so far to justify the increase.Reasons for increase in price have not been disclosed by Kawasaki. It still comes with the same set of features, colours and body work. For a sports bike priced close to Rs 4 lakh, it is surprising that it does not even come with Antilock Braking System (ABS), which is considered vital for a high speed vehicle. Given that the new KTM RC 390 has been priced attractively, it was expected that prices of Ninja 300 would be reduced, which appears to create doubts on the product.Ninja 300 is powered by a 296 cc four stroke engine with 38 bhp of power and 27 Nm peak torque, mated to 6 speed return type transmission. Its closest rival, KTM RC 390, powered by a single cylinder 373.27 cc engine produced 42 bhp power and and 35 Nm peak torque at 7,000 rpm, also mated to 6 speed gearbox. With the RC 90 priced Rs 1.5 lakh lower than the Ninja, will Kawasaki really be able to sustain itself? To get an answer to this question, keep watching this space for more.