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The New Delhi Municipal Corporation is planning to launch an all women Cab service in the city under its authority in view of, the increasing number of crimes against women in taking place in public transport facilities. The cab services to be run exclusively by women drivers will be named Shakti (power), reported The Indian Express.

NDMC had planned to commence the cab service with a fleet of 20 taxis on the International Women’s day on March 8, however, it got postponed. “We have approached the Transport department to launch the project. While around 100 taxis are needed for launching such a service, we do not have enough funds at present to ply so many cabs. So we have sought the Transport department’s permission to begin a pilot project with 20 vehicles,” said NDMC chairperson Jalaj Shrivastav.

This step has been taken as an initiative in view of the gang rape of a 25 year old working professional working in Gurgaon by her taxi driver. “Whether it was the December 16 gang rape or the Uber rape case, providing safe transport lies at the heart of stopping such crimes,” a transport official said.

NDMC has approached Maruti Suzuki for procurement of cabs.  The women drivers will be recruited from the technical institute run by NDMC  and ”the tariffs are likely to be in sync with Delhi Transport Department rates, however, the council will take a call on this”, Srivastava said.

Women drivers will be employed to run vehicles ferrying school children. Since children are easy target of such sexual crimes. The project is all set to be launched next month and is surely a welcoming step for ensuring women’s safety.

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Uber to double down on hiring techies in India, files for an IPO. VOA

Online ride-hailing platform Uber has announced to double its workforce in the product and engineering departments — from over 500 to more than 1,000 ‘technologists’ — at its Bengaluru and Hyderabad facilities next year.

Uber India aims to hire full-stack teams that include product managers, product designers, data scientists, user researchers, mobile, front-end and back-end engineers, as well as Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts, the company said in a statement late Friday.

“In 2018, our tech teams grew by 150 per cent and we are focused on doubling down again in 2019,” said Apurva Dalal, Head of Engineering, Uber India.

According to the company, its tech centres in Bengaluru and Hyderabad are critical to the global mission of developing urban mobility solutions for everyone.

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Uber Engineering India has developed some key innovations such as Uber Lite which is a lighter and faster version of the main app.

Uber currently operates in 31 cities in the country and aims to take its services to other, deeper parts of the country.

Meanwhile, the cab hailing app has filed paperwork for its initial public offering (IPO), The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday citing people familiar with the matter.

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The details of Uber’s filing, including the exact day of filing the paperwork, were not known.

According to reports, the company’s most recent private valuation was $76 billion, when it sold a roughly $500 million stake to car maker Toyota.

The Uber’s IPO move came a day after Lyft, its main competitor in the US, deposited paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an IPO. (IANS)