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Has Proving one’s Patriotism become National Responsibility? Protest against Arrest of 12 persons for disrespecting National Anthem

They showed disrespect to the national anthem in movie theaters of International film festival on Monday night by refusing to stand up during the national anthem

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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 13, 2016: Proving one’s patriotism has become an important national responsibility. This responsibility was dragged on to cinema halls recently by Supreme Court’s decision on making national anthem compulsory in movie theatres. This has led to series of arrests recently as few people chose not to abide by the rules.

Questioning the credibility of this new rule, a group of people on Tuesday staged a protest in front of a theatre here, challenging the arrest of 12 people by police, for being ‘disrespectful’ to the National Anthem at cinemas screening movies of the International Film Festival of Kerala.

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A placard held by a protester at Tagore Theater, the main venue of the ongoing festival, said “The national anthem is not a digital song. National flag is not an audio visual. Cinema is primarily an entertainment. Cinema hall is a place to sell entertainment”, reported PTI.

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While other one mentioned “Please don’t degrade my national anthem,”.

“We love Bharat. Nationalism cannot be imposed,” the protesters said.

Twelve persons were arrested in two different cases. They showed disrespect to the national anthem in movie theatres of International film festival on Monday night by refusing to stand up during the national anthem, police said, adding, cases under IPC section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) had been registered. Those arrested were later released on bail, they said.

prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon

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Zomato Delivery Executives in Bengaluru, Mumbai Protest as Company Claims Efficiency

According to Zomato executives, their incentives have been reduced while the company has increased the travel distance to make them eligible to earn bonus points

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Zomato in a smartphone device. Pixabay

As thousands of Zomato delivery executives in Bengaluru and Mumbai protested against the revised rate cards, the online food aggregator on Monday said that reduced average delivery time (less than 30 minutes) has enabled its delivery partners to perform more deliveries in the same amount of time.

In Bengaluru, the remuneration per delivery has been reduced to Rs 30 from Rs 40.

“Different metrics such as base pay, user satisfaction, delivery touchpoints and minimum guarantee etc. help us appreciate our delivery partners in accordance with their efforts,” a Zomato spokesperson said in a statement.

“Reduced average delivery time and increased system efficiency have enabled our delivery partners to perform more deliveries in the same amount of time,” the spokesperson added.

The food delivery platform on September 7 said that it has laid off 541 people — 10 per cent of the company’s strength — across customer, merchant and delivery partner support teams.

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Founded in 1982, the NRAI represents the interests of over 5 lakh restaurants. Pixabay

The reason behind the move is an improved Zomato platform with Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven bots and automation in resolving customer queries that has led to an overall reduction in direct order-related support queries, the company had said.

“We regret the inconvenience caused to our users and are continuously working to resume our services in the affected areas,” said Zomato.

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According to Zomato executives, their incentives have been reduced while the company has increased the travel distance to make them eligible to earn bonus points.

The company, which is at the loggerheads with the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) over deep discounts in its fine-dining Gold programme, claimed it has improved the speed of service resolution and now only 7.5 per cent of its orders need support (down from 15 per cent in March). (IANS)