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Ride-hailing major Uber has provided 10 million (one crore) rides and deliveries of food globally to healthcare workers, seniors, and others in need, free of charge in 2020 so far, the company said on Wednesday.

The company’s annual analysis – ‘A Look Back at 2020: Year in Review’ also revealed that, in India, they have committed 180,000 free rides to state/local governments. They also partnered with the National Health Authority of India (NHA) to provide 100,000 free rides to healthcare workers.

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“We wanted to stand in solidarity with the government and committed to moving what mattered most: serving frontline healthcare workers, facilitating essential trips for citizens, and keeping vital supply chains moving,” Prabhjeet Singh, President, Uber India, and South Asia said in a statement.

The report revealed that the company also allocated $50 million globally to purchase health and safety supplies for drivers across the world. “India, we are distributing over three million masks and 200,000 bottles of disinfectants and 200,000 bottles of sanitizers to drivers, free of cost,” the company said.

Uber partnered with the National Health Authority of India to provide help. Pixabay

According to the report, Uber has also provided $24 million in financial assistance for drivers and delivery people around the world who needed to stop earning on the Uber app due to Covid-19. In India, they completed 100,000 plus orders through Uber’s last-mile delivery service, keeping vital supply chains moving during the lockdown.

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The company also facilitated essential trips to hospitals, pharmacies, and clinics during the lockdown and completed 45,000 plus trips on Uber Essential in India. The findings also showed that Delhi/NCR emerged as a top 10 global trips market for Uber in the month of September.

Globally, Uber has pledged to become a fully zero-emission platform by 2040 and in India, has committed to scaling up to 3,000 electric vehicles and E-rickshaws on the platform by the end of 2021. (IANS)


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Japan launched its new satellite, QZS-1R.

Japan has successfully launched a new navigation satellite into orbit that will replace its decade-old navigation satellite.

The satellite, QZS-1R, was launched onboard an H-2A rocket that lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center at 10.19 p.m. on Monday night, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said in a statement.

The company builds and operates H-2A rockets the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

QZS-1R is a replacement for Quasi-Zenith Satellite System 1 satellite first launched in 2010. “It was a really beautiful launch," the company said in a tweet after a successful lift-off.

"H-IIA F44 flight proceeded nominally. Approximately 28 minutes 6 seconds after launch, as planned, the payload separated from the launch vehicle," the statement said.

The official QZSS website lists four satellites in the constellation: QZS-1, QZS-2, QZS-3 and QZS-4, reported.

The QZSS constellation will eventually consist of a total of seven satellites that fly in an orbit passing through a near-zenith (or directly overhead) above Japan, and QZS-R1 is meant to share nearly the same transmission signals as recent GPS satellites, according to JAXA.

It is specially optimised for mountainous and urban regions in Japan, JAXA said.

Mitsubishi's H-2A 202 rocket launch system has been operational since 2003 and has sent satellites to locations such as Venus (Akatsuki) and Mars (Emirates Mars Mission).

The latest H2-A rocket launch is the first since November 29, 2020, when Japan launched an advanced relay satellite with laser communications tech into orbit, the report said. (IANS/JB)

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