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Makkah stampede: Death toll for Indians rises to 35

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GRAPHIC CONTENT Saudi emergency personnel stand near bodies of Hajj pilgrims at the site where at least 717 were killed and hundreds wounded in a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, at the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015. The stampede, the second deadly accident to strike the pilgrims this year, broke out during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual, the Saudi civil defence service said. AFP PHOTO / STR

New Delhi: The number of Indian pilgrims killed in the Makkah Haj stampede continued to rise, with six more deaths announced, taking the toll to 35 so far, the government said on Sunday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted: “Unfortunately, there are six more Indians (among dead) taking the toll to 35.”

She said the Saudi authorities have released photos of 1,090 pilgrims who have died in the stampede.

Sushma Swaraj said the Indian embassy officials were providing all help to the bereaved families.

The six dead pilgrims include four from Gujarat and one each from Jharkhand and Bihar.

The names of the victims from Gujarat are: Mohamed Yunus Rahimbhai Mansuri, Bibi Ismail, Maherunnisha Hanif and Mohammed Yusuf Sikandarmiya Malik. The dead person from Bihar was Jaibun Nisha and from Jharkhand was Nashima Khatoon.

In the morning, the external affairs ministry announced seven more deaths from last Thursday’s stampede near Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

The dead pilgrims included five from Kerala and one each from Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The seven from Kerala were: Faaiz Abdul Muneer Veettil, Amina Beevi Mohammed Shafi Musaliar, Abdul Rahiman Asarithodi, Puthu Veettil Kunhimon and Moinuddin Abdul Kader. The dead from Uttar Pradesh was identified as Anvar Janha, and the one from Jharkhand as Mansurul Haque.

On Saturday, the government announced eight more deaths, and said with more bodies being identified from among the 769 deaths reported in Thursday’s stampede, the toll could go up.

The eight dead reported on Saturday were: two pilgrims each from Kerala, Jharkhand and Gujarat, and one each from Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

Of the 14 dead reported on Friday, nine were from Gujarat, two each belonged to Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu, and one was from Maharashtra.

(IANS)

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Indians Seek Ride-hailing Mostly For Mid-distance Travel

The results showed that southern region has the highest awareness of ride-hailing services, followed by middle, western and north India. Eastern region has the lowest awareness of ride-hailing services

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Indians seek ride-hailing services mostly for mid-distance travel – 10-20-km – according to a new survey by Counterpoint Research which showed that two out of three ride-sharing users avail the service at least once a week.

Over 66 per cent users of shared mobility services consider ride-hailing more economical than owning a car, showed the findings of the survey involving over 800 consumers across tier-1, tier-2, and tier-3 cities in India.

Personal vehicles are considered more convenient and cost-effective for shorter distances.

For longer distances, people surveyed indicated their preference to use either their own vehicle or public transport, on account of the higher costs currently associated with ride-hailing services.

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“10-20 kms per trip is the ‘sweet spot’ travel distance most favoured for considering ride-hailing options,” Aman Madhok, Senior Analyst at Counterpoint Research, said in a statement.

The results showed that southern region has the highest awareness of ride-hailing services, followed by middle, western and north India. Eastern region has the lowest awareness of ride-hailing services, according to the report.

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“The relatively lower penetration of shared mobility in tier-2 cities presents a significant opportunity for shared mobility providers to now expand into these towns and cities,” said Vinay Piparsania, Research Director Smart Automotive at Counterpoint Research.

“Evidently, challenges of rapid urbanisation, traffic congestion, and affordability are the primary driving forces behind digital savvy Indians re-imagining their mobility requirements,” Piparsania added. (IANS)