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Delhi launches common fare card for all forms of public transport

'More Delhi', a card which aims at making travel in Delhi cashless, can be used by commuters for travel on Metro trains and select feeder buses to start with

New Delhi: Travel on Delhi Metro and its feeder buses just got more easier with the launch of common mobility card 'More Delhi', which can also be used in DTC buses and taxis across the national capital in the coming months, reports PTI.
'More Delhi', a card which aims at making travel in Delhi cashless, can be used by commuters for travel on Metro trains and select feeder buses to start with.
In the next six months, the card, which will slowly replace the Delhi Metro's most-famous Smart Cards, can be used on Delhi Transport Corporation buses, taxis and parking lots in the capital.
'More Delhi' is part of the Union Urban Development Ministry's long-term plans to come out with a single card for travel across the country.
Launching the card, Union Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna said in the Phase-II, the 'More Delhi' card can be used anywhere across the country for travel on Metro trains.
Existing smart card users can also travel on feeder buses using their contact-less cards, which automatically becomes a smart card.
"Eventually, we will be selling 'More cards' and not 'Smart cards'," Delhi Metro chief Mangu Singh said.
Sixty-five per cent of the 18 lakh metro passengers are estimated to use smart cards every day.
Krishna said talks with the Delhi government on the issue of allowing 'More cards' on their buses are on. "We expect that these cards would be used on buses in the next five to six months," he said.
The feeder buses and other vehicles which will accept the card will have hand-held devices which have been developed with a dedicated software at a low cost for the purpose.



Dr VS Gogia

5 years ago

should we be returning the delhi metro smart cards or they will still be usable or delhi metro will replace them with delhi more cards?

Baba Ramdev arrested on way to march towards Parliament

With Government ignoring his protest and refusing to engage with him, Baba Ramdev had threatened to march towards the Parliament

New Delhi: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev was on Monday arrested along with his supporters when they tried to march towards Parliament on an anti-Congress plank demanding immediate steps to bring back black money and to protest against corruption, reports PTI.
Baba Ramdev was arrested near the Ranjit Singh flyover, about three kms away from Parliament, under Delhi Police Act provisions for preventive custody when he ordered thousands of his followers to march towards Parliament House.
With Government ignoring his protest and refusing to engage with him, Baba Ramdev had been threatening to announce his future strategy since Saturday.
Police had marshalled a number of buses to take away the yoga guru and his supporters from near the Ramlila Maidan in central Delhi, the venue of his fast protest since Thursday after BJP President Nitin Gadkari and JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav addressed the gathering extending support to him this morning.
Addressing the gathering, Gadkari told Baba Ramdev that he was "not alone" in his fight and that his party had disrupted Parliament today on the issue of black money stashed away in foreign shores.
"Delhi Police is a puppet in the hands of the Central Government. We will not do anything that disrupts peace. We wanted to march towards Parliament in a peaceful manner to make our voices heard. But they are detaining us," he told his supporters, asking them not to court arrest.
"Our intention is not to disrupt peace. We will cooperate with the police and go according to the law. We have respect to the law of the land," Ramdev said, before he was taken away by police from atop his vehicle to a bus.
As his supporters blocked the entire stretch of the flyover, Ramdev popped out of the bus window and appealed to them to make way for the vehicle to move.
Delhi Police officials said the yoga guru and his supporters are being taken to Bawana on the outskirts of the capital.
Holding the national tricolour, Ramdev hopped on to a open vehicle from outside the Ramlila Maidan and began the march at 1:15 PM. He was soon joined by thousands of his supporters.
"Let us start the march to Parliament. Our march is not to gherao Parliament. But to agitate. None of our volunteers should indulge in violence," he told his supporters before beginning his march.
Ten minutes into the march the cavalcade was stopped by Delhi Police near the flyover, saying that they do not have permission to march.
Ramdev announced this morning that he and his supporters would march towards Parliament and hold an agitation outside the complex.
"The government has become completely deaf. We have to make them hear us. Now our protest will be outside Parliament. We are not talking about gherao," Ramdev said while addressing his supporters in the morning.
"Lok Sabha polls will be in 2014 and 99% could be in 2013. This protest is to ensure that no dishonest person enters Parliament. Such people should be boycotted. We do not have a political agenda," he said.
Earlier, Gadkari and Yadav attacked the Congress and supported Ramdev who asked people to throw out the UPA government accusing it of not acting against corruption and black money.
Gadkari pledged his party's "full support" to the yoga guru's agitation against black money and launched a blistering attack on the Congress-led UPA Government on issues like corruption and black money.


Kingfisher Airlines up 20%; other UB group stocks also rally

Kingfisher Airlines soared 20% on the bourses today on reports that the company is in discussions with several strategic and financial investors to bring fresh capital

The Kingfisher Airlines stock today rose sharply by 20%, to the highest trading permissible limit for the day, despite reporting widening of losses in the April-June quarter, reports PTI.
The airline scrip, which hit record low of Rs7.01 during early trade, recouped all the losses and surged 20% to Rs8.88 on the BSE. At the NSE, the scrip soared 19.59% to Rs8.85.
Kingfisher Airlines had reported widening of net loss for the quarter ended 30 June 2012 to Rs650.8 crore compared to a net loss of Rs263.5 crore in the previous corresponding period, due to costs associated with non-operating aircraft.
“Kingfisher continues to believe it will get capitalised and get on a path of sustained profitability. The airline is in discussions with several strategic and financial investors to bring fresh capital,” the company had said.
Kingfisher shares have fallen about 65% so far this year.
Shares in all other UB Group companies also traded with strong gains.
United Breweries was trading 7.96% higher on the back of 39% year-on-year (y-o-y) jump in net profit at Rs 98.64 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, mainly on account of robust sales. Net sales grew 29% at Rs 1,226 crore on y-o-y basis. Among others, United Breweries Holdings gained 9.82%, United Spirits gained 7.68% and McDowell Holdings went up by 5%.
Surge in these stocks sharply outperformed the bearish broader market.


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