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The Clarification From the Makers of the Flim ‘Zero’ Accepted by BJP MLA

Featuring Shah Rukh, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in pivotal roles, "Zero" is slated to release on December 21.

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After asking ‘Zero’ movie director Aanand L. Rai and actor Shah Rukh Khan to remove an “objectionable” scene from the movie and urging police to file a complaint against them for “hurting” the sentiments of Sikhs, BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa has accepted the clarification offered by the film’s makers.

Applauding the maker’s quick response, Sirsa tweeted: “It’s good you have clarified this in time. We accept your point. Anything that hurts religious sentiments should be clarified with clear communication.”

The controversy started due to a scene in a trailer in which Shah Rukh seems to be wearing Sikh religious symbol Gatka Kirpan in the underwear. Sirsa, a Delhi MLA, demanded that it must be immediately deleted.

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The images show a dagger popularly known as ‘katar’ in the Indian-subcontinent.

The film’s PR team wrote to him saying no visual or image in the film depicted the Kirpan.

“The images show a dagger popularly known as ‘katar’ in the Indian-subcontinent and is nowhere close to a Kirpan that carries the distinguished blessing of being Khalsa.

“The team ‘Zero’ clarifies that they have been careful not to hurt the feelings of community and any concerned caused is completely inadvertent,” it said.

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Featuring Shah Rukh, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in pivotal roles, “Zero” is slated to release on December 21. (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)