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Former Speaker P. A. Sangma passes away
New Delhi : Former Lok Sabha speaker P. A. Sangma died of a heart attack on Friday morning. He was 68 years old.
 
Sangma served the sixteenth Lok Sabha as its speaker from 1996 to 1998. He also remained the chief minister of Meghalaya from 1988 to 1990. 
 
Meanwhile, current Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan read an obituary for the departed leader and the house observed a two minute silence before it was adjourned for the day. 
 
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Two-wheeler taxi services uberMOTO, Ola Bike launched
Bengaluru : Leading app-based cab aggregator rivals Uber and Ola on Thursday launched pilot on-demand two-wheeler taxi services uberMOTO and Ola Bike, respectively.
 
"We are very excited to pilot uberMOTO in Bangalore -- pairing our on-demand technology platform with motorbikes... uberMOTO will offer another affordable mobility option that will help people save time and money while helping cut congestion in our cities over time," said Uber India president Amit Jain in a statement.
 
uberMOTO's minimum fare is pegged at Rs.15 followed by Rs.3 per km and Re.1 per minute of travel time.
 
About Ola's motorcycle taxi offering Ola Bike, COO Pranay Jivrajka said: "We are excited to launch the pilot of Ola Bike in Bangalore today."
 
"This will help users get to where they want to be within minutes, especially in traffic-prone cities like ours," Jivrajka said.
 
Ola Bike comes with a minimum fare of Rs.30, Rs.2 per km and Re.1 per minute of trip time.
 
Both uberMOTO and Ola Bike motorcycle taxis have made arrangement to provide helmets to pillion riders and put safety measures like driver details displayed upfront, SOS, GPS tracking, two-way feedback and the ability to share trip details with family and friends in place.
 
Uber also highlighted that two-wheeler owners can become drivers on its platform and recoup expenses for their trips.
 
Currently, uberMOTO is available at Jakkur, Banaswadi, Whitefield, Sarjapura, Begur, Kothnur, Hosakerehalli, Vijaya Nagar and Yeshwantpur areas in Bengaluru.
 
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Meenal Mamdani

12 months ago

I hope this service comes to auto rickshaws too.

I am sick of the hassle I face at the bus and train station in Pune from auto rickshaw drivers for rides to Camp, Koregaon Park, etc. Not out of the way destinations too.

In spite of writing to newspapers about this rampant fleecing of customers, nothing has changed. Only an Uber or Ola service will make these thieves behave themselves.

Maharashtra CM, ministers embark on 'drought tours'
Mumbai : In a bid to pre-empt an opposition onslaught in the coming Maharashtra assembly budget session, the chief minister and his ministers embarked on a daylong tour of some of the worst drought-hit regions, official sources said on Thursday.
 
Many of the 27 Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena ministers, including cabinet and ministers of state hailing from both the parties, apart from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, have either left or were slated to leave for their respective destinations on Thursday to cover 29 sub-districts of Beed, Latur and Osmanabad among others.
 
The ministers will take stock of the grim water shortages that has severely hit the people in these areas of the dry Marathwada region and submit their detailed reports to Fadnavis.
 
They were expected to gather in Latur on Friday evening and Fadnavis will make a detailed review after considering the inputs and reports submitted to him.
 
The ministers will study the impact of shortage of water for drinking, irrigation or industrial purposes in rural and urban areas, cattle camps and availability of fodder for animals, damage to crops in some areas lashed by heavy rain and hailstorms earlier this week, disbursal of aid and relief materials, and response of the local administration to tackle the situation.
 
The ministerial tour comes amid a high profile five-day tour undertaken by Congress' leader of opposition in the assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, who has attracted large crowds in several areas of drought-hit regions since Tuesday.
 
Pointing out that there were 244 farmland suicides in January alone, Vikhe-Patil demanded a complete loan waiver and other relief measures for the farmers, in his public meetings.
 
Following the ministerial tours, the BJP is likely to depute all its legislators and parliamentarians, besides state party office-bearers, to undertake similar tours and monitor relief works to help tide over the crisis till the next monsoon sets in after around 100 days.
 
The budget session of the Maharashtra assembly will begin in Mumbai on March 9.
 
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