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AFSPA to stay for longer time in Valley, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Making Modi-government’s stand clear on AFSPA, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the time was not conducive to withdraw the special powers given to armed forces in the areas of conflict.

“AFSPA ko samapta karne ke abhi halaat nahin hai (The situation is not conducive to end AFSPA),” Rajnath Singh said while addressing media on Sunday evening, at the Attari joint check post (JCP) along the India-Pakistan international border.

The home minister also questioned Pakistan on why it was turning green fields red by supporting terrorism. He said it was high time for Pakistan to introspect its actions in supporting terrorism.

He said India was capable of protecting its borders completely from any attempt of infiltration from the Pakistan side. “Our security forces have given a befitting reply to every ceasefire violation and infiltration bid from Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. We will continue to do that,” he further added.

On being asked about the recent attacks on churches in various parts of the country, the home minister said all minority communities were secure in India.

“Whether it is an attack on a temple, mosque or any other religious place, whatever action is required, we will take that strongly,” he told while addressing the media on the sidelines of a function in Attari, Punjab.

There is no need to create a sense of fear among the minority communities; instead, all efforts should be made to “instill confidence in them”.

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Uber India Rolls Out Driver Reward Programme “Uber Plus”

Uber India has planned free doctor access and micro loans for drivers

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Uber has rolled out a reward programme for drivers in India. Wikimedia Commons

Global ride-hailing major Uber on Wednesday rolled out a driver rewards programme called “Uber Plus” in India that will let drivers earn points for rides so that they can win free doctor consultations, concessions on education modules, access to micro loans, faster airport pick ups and savings on vehicle maintenance costs.

These points will be earned by the driver partners in 13 cities over a fixed period of every three months and can be then accumulated to unlock higher rating tiers such as blue, gold, platinum and diamond which, in turn, will let them access better rewards, informed the company.

“Under the programme, the Uber drivers get access to four tiers. To unlock these awards, they need to maintain a certain threshold rating and keep a low cancellation rate to unlock access to these benefits,” Prabhjeet Singh, Head of Cities, Uber India and South Asia, told IANS.

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Under this programme, Uber drivers get access to four tiers. Pixabay

“We have always worked towards prioritising their welfare and making them feel valued, respected and appreciated. ‘Uber Plus’ is an effort in that direction and will enable our driver partners to access greater benefits during their everyday journeys,” he added.

The rewards and offers are only available to drivers who use the Uber driver app, are participating in Uber Plus and meet applicable criteria.

Asked if this initiative will help in bringing down the number of cancellations, Singh replied: “We encourage ri ders to flag such cases if the driver cancels because the mode of payment is not cash, etc. That will help us take strict action against such drivers.

“We want to encourage behaviour which helps improve the marketplace reliability. Less the cancellation, the chances of the trip getting completed goes up and, overall, the network efficiency increases.”

An initial pilot phase was carried out in Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh and Mumbai and now, Uber Plus is being rolled out across 10 new cities, including Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kochi, Guwahati and Jaipur.

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“We also want to reward drivers who have lower cancellations,” said Uber.

Under the driver programme, Uber has partnered with “Ayushman Bharat” to provide access to free healthcare to its drivers, wherein they have access to free healthcare of up to Rs 500,000 in empanelled hospitals. (IANS)