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‘Operation Taxi’ Finds Out that How Unsafe App based Cabs Can be in India!

 Are cab based companies in India lacking business ethics?

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Woman hiring taxi. Pixabay

New Delhi, August 3, 2017: Did you just book a cab because you fear of reaching home late? Well give it a second thought, the App- based cabs may not be as safe as you think!

Recently an extensive investigation carried out by CNN-NEWS18 reveals that safety parameters that the companies promise to the Indian customers are questionable.

A fortnight-long investigation carried out by 25 reporters in 4 cities across the country took over 300 rides to reach this conclusion. It was found that despite being promised by the companies of top-notch security to the Indian customers, there were shocking loopholes in the system. Apart from Chennai and Bengaluru, the cities included Delhi as well as Kolkata.

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In the national capital region, over a period of 4 days, they took over 20 Uber and Ola rides and recorded the conversations with a spy camera. The whole idea of this investigation was to get the insight of the cab business from the drivers.

This is one of its kind investigation where you will hear your cabbies uncensored spilling the secrets and how your cab is a ticking-time-bomb. Undercover reporter Saahil Meghani and video journalist Vikas Kumar found out is quite shocking-

  1. One registered cab has multiple unregistered drivers. If you notice carefully, you will find out, that the cab driver whose picture comes in your app is not the one who is driving you to your destination. The reason is they have never been registered to drive this cab.

2. There is also a possibility that the driver of your cab is using fake driver’s license. There is no verification before they are registered with the company and also may be they are presenting fraudulent papers. This means after any crime they cannot be traceable. Did the apps keep you informed about this? Certainly not!

3. Another strange thing if you have noticed before- Try booking a cab as a female customer from any party destination- chances are it will be difficult to book a cab post 11 pm  If you are a woman, Chances are you will not get a cab post 11 pm but your male friend may get it immediately. The video explains why?

 

Even after repeated attempts by the two media houses, both Ola and Uber didn’t respond to these sort of menace. Are cab based companies in India lacking business ethics? You be the judge!

– prepared by Naina Mishra of NewsGram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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‘Delhi Metro Cruelly Killed my ‘Achhe Din” : Here is why Passengers are dumping the popular mode of travel

The author shares her take on shifting to Delhi from Kolkata and her experience with the Delhi Metro

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Delhi Metro. Wikimedia

– By Somrita Ghosh

New Delhi, November 5, 2017 : Delhi Metro cruelly killed my “acche din”.

Metro fares have been doubled in just four months, forcing me to give up my favorite mode of transport and take to crowded DTC buses.

Besides putting the new fares beyond my budget, I have also been stripped off the safety of travelling in the Metro. And I am not the only one.

My biggest shock came two days after the latest Metro fare hike. I commute daily between Green Park in south Delhi and Noida Sector 16 where I work.

As I punched my smart card while leaving the Sector 16 station, my heart skipped a beat — Rs 37 had been deducted from my card.

By the time I reached my office, the mental calculation was already done. I realized every month I would have to spend double of what I was shelling out only five months ago if I wanted to use the Delhi Metro.

When the year began, I was spending Rs 18 on my Metro ride — one way. The Metro then hiked the fares and my one-way cost shot up to Rs 27. The latest hike had taken it to Rs 37!

This was hard for me to digest. The sudden hike of almost Rs 20, that too one way, was surely going to painfully pinch my wallet.

When I landed in Delhi five years ago, my friends advised me to avail the Metro, not just because it is safe for women but comfortable too, never mind the crushing rush during peak hours.

Most important, as I realized very soon, the Metro was affordable. It was so cheap that while an auto-rickshaw would charge me a minimum of Rs 25 from my home to the nearest Metro station, the Metro charged me only Rs 18 all the way from south Delhi to Noida in Uttar Pradesh. This was too good to be true.

Since I came from Kolkata, where the minimum Metro fare was only Rs 4 and the maximum Rs 12, Delhi Metro initially seemed costly.

But I realized the full story in no time once I started using the Delhi Metro. The infrastructure, service and overall facilities provided by Delhi Metro were far better compared to Kolkata.

Delhi Metro offers free WiFi, its stations have coffee shops and the bigger ones even host fast food chains. Travel is hassle-free despite the odd technical snags that hit the Blue Line that I use.

But suddenly charging a salaried person like me Rs 40 more, or Rs 1,200 a month, just because the Metro needs to finance itself better is something I cannot appreciate.

Like numerous others, I have changed my mode of transport. It is now the DTC buses. The DTC’s frequency may not match the Metro’s and DTC rides can be bumpy too, not to talk of unending traffic jams. But do I have a choice?

(Editorial note : This article has been written by Somrita Ghosh of IANS. She can be contacted at somrita.g@ians.in)

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Mobile Applications Ensure Public Safety in Rio De Janerio

Twin mobile applications call for public safety cautioning users about terror stricken areas

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Mobile applications ensuring public safety. VOA
  • ‘Onde tem tiroteio RJ’ aims to track gunfire and fosters public safety
  • The two security apps Onde tem tiroteio RJ together “Fogo Cruzado,” or Cross Fire with battles guns and bullets in Rio de Janeiro
  • Apps help common people to avoid violence inflicted areas

July 16, 2017:  Onde tem tiroteio RJ and Frogo Cruzado are mobile applications, created by a group of volunteers aims to show the distraught areas of Rio de Janeiro, saving many innocent lives from stray bullets. Street violence and mob shooting have become a major threat to many big cities and most significantly in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. These mobile applications inform its users where a shooting has occurred and advise to stay away from it. The app Onde tem tiroteio RJ is also responsible for doing the same via social media like Instagram, Facebook and others, as reported by BBG Direct.

Enrique Coelho Caamano, the creator of Onde Tem Tiroteio – “Where are the Firefights” is more concerned with the public lives, the lives of the common mass often entangled in massive gunfire. According to the sources, the app has now approx 3 million users, which is almost half the population of the area.

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Our job here is not to denounce anyone, we do not have a direct focus on the police or on the drug gangs,” Henrique Coelho Caamaño, a volunteer of the Onde Tem Tiroteio app, said this week. “Our focus is really to get people out of the way of stray bullets.” The rampaged areas can now be avoided by the common people all thanks to Onde Tem Tiroteio app.

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The apps keep people updated about the areas to avoid. Pixabay.

  • Fogo Cruzado lets the users know about the time, date and number of fatalities
  • Mobile applications break stereotypes by emphasizing that human lives matter.

Rio de Janeiro one step ahead in public safety and development.

Fogo Cruzado: The “Fogo Cruzado,” or Cross Fire, an application created by Amnesty International and local researcher, is similar to Onde Tem Tiroteio RJ which also keeps the civilians informed about the bullet strained area. The app is also responsible for protecting the safety of the people frequently falling prey to stray bullets. Both the applications are instrumental in maintaining the security of the civilians long used to random gunfire.

BBC reports that around 42,000 people were shot dead in 2012, the “highest” in the history of 35 years. More than half of the victims are the young population with the northern state lagoas being the most violent. These apps come as saviors amidst the sound of firefights ravaging the city on a routined basis. There has been a steady growth of violent crimes by 11% this year as confirmed by VOA News. More than 23,000 people have killed in the first five months of 2017. The applications send reports based on the informations given by eyewitnesses, media and police accounts.

– prepared by Puja Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter @pujas1994

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Ham Radio Operators to help Check Fishermen along West Bengal coast receive Weather Updates in the deep seas

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Kolkata, May 11, 2017: Ham radio operators will help check whether fishermen along West Bengal coast receive weather updates via radio broadcast in the deep seas, an operator said on Thursday.

A joint inspection for measuring the signal strength of All India Radio broadcast in the deep seas will be held on May 14 and 15 by the Coast Guard, AIR, state fisheries department, fishermen’s association, and ham radio operators.

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“Around a year back, 39 fishermen went missing in the deep sea. The reason was they didn’t hear the weather report on radio. We will investigate whether they are receiving these important transmissions,” Ambarish Nag Biswas of the West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club) said.

Through ham radio one can talk across cities, around the world, or even into space, all without the internet or cell phones. Ham radio operators or hams can swing into action in times of disaster, when regular communications channels fail, and assist disaster management agencies.

Biswas said the hams will also educate the fishermen on using the Very High Frequency (VHF) radio.

“Although every fishing vessel has a VHF Radio, due to lack of knowledge they are not maintained properly,” he said. (IANS)