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Indian-Canadian sikh elected as lawmaker in Canada

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Canada: Yet another Indian-Canadian has been elected as a lawmaker in Canada this time in Alberta.

Prabhjeet (Prab) Gill of the Progressive Conservative Party has won the bye-election to the Calgary-Greenway constituency in Alberta.

The seat fell vacant after the untimely death of former Alberta cabinet minister Manmeet Bhullar, 35, in a road accident in November last year.

The 41-year-old Sikh defeated fellow Indian-Canadian Devinder Toor of the Wildrose Party by garnering 27.73 percent of the vote as against 23.68 percent for Toor.

Roop Rai of the ruling New Democratic Party (NDP), which was voted to power just last year with a big majority, came fourth with just 20.17 percent of the vote.

Gill is a real estate appraiser by profession.

Paying tributes to his predecessor Manmeet Bhullar, who was considered the most promising Indian-Canadian politician, Gill said: “He (Bhullar) was just on a different level. But I know what his vision was, I know where he wanted the community to go.” (IANS)

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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)