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Google launches public transport app in Delhi
Internet giant Google on Thursday launched a new app -- Delhi Public Transport App -- which aims to make it easier for the residents of the national capital to get around on public transport.
 
The new experimental app will be built into Google Maps and will help users get transit directions easily even when the connection is slow and data is difficult to access, the internet giant said.
 
"Delhi Public Transport app makes the direction and time-table information for Delhi Metro and buses available offline, to help users get information about directions between bus stops and metro routes even when they don't have any net connection," Google said in a statement.
 
"Once the app is downloaded, it uses no data for directions' queries or timetables, even if the phone is online. A small amount of data is used for news alerts (if online, roughly 1 KB each, about once a day) and user-optional feedback (up to 100 KB per feedback report)," it added.
 
The app will use the same transit data for DMRC metro, DTC buses, DIMTS (orange) buses and Gurgaon Rapid Metro as that found on Google Maps and available offline for the users.
 
According to Google, around 2.6 million people travel by Delhi Metro.
 
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BJP MLAs thrash independent MLA in J&K assembly
Two ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs thrashed independent MLA Engineer Rashid in the state assembly on Thursday for hosting a beef party here the previous day.
 
Even before the speaker, Kavinder Gupta, could take his seat, BJP MLAs Gagan Bhagat and Rajeev Sharma pounced on Engineer Rashid and started thrashing him.
 
Opposition MLAs from the National Conference (NC) had to intervene to save Engineer Rashid.
 
Opposition leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah said what was witnessed in the house today was unprecedented.
 
"I am still unable to fully understand what happened in the assembly today (Thursday)."
 
"The speaker is the custodian of the house, but we want to know what the chief minister has to say on this most unfortunate incident," Omar Abdullah said.
 
Omar said whatever Engineer Rashid had done did not provide BJP the right to carry out a murderous attack on him.
 
"We respect and understand the sentiments of other communities, but that does not mean we can resort to violence to settle scores."
 
"Alcohol is prohibited in my religion. Consumption of pork is prohibited in my religion, but that does not mean I should attack everyone who consumes alcohol or pork," he said.
 
Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said the incident to attack the MLA was condemnable.
 
"This house has high values of parliamentary conduct. Whatever has happened here is condemnable and I condemn it."
 
"I request deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh (BJP) to stand up and apologise for the misconduct of the BJP MLAs," Sayeed said.
 
Nirmal Singh said that whatever happened in the house was unfortunate and he disapproved of it, but added that what Engineer Rashid had done the previous day was "both condemnable and unfortunate".
 
Since the deputy chief minister stopped short of issuing a clear apology in his statement, opposition NC, Congress, CPI M, member Yusuf Tarigami and other independents including Engineer Rashid and Hakeem Yaseen walked out of the house after which question hour started in the assembly.
 
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US CFPB Says You Should Be Able to Sue Your Bank
Agency proposes new rules that would allow for restitution through class-action litigation
 
The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau believes that consumers wronged by their credit card company or student loan provider should be entitled to their day in court. The agency has proposed new rules that would ban financial firms from imposing arbitration clauses that strip consumers of their right to pursue restitution as part of a class-action lawsuit. 
 
“Consumers should not be asked to sign away their legal rights when they open a bank account or credit card,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Companies are using the arbitration clause as a free pass to sidestep the courts and avoid accountability for wrongdoing.”
 
Forced arbitration clauses, which are often tucked away in contracts or terms and conditions agreements, allow for disputes between consumers and companies to be settled by privately appointed individuals, or arbitrators, rather than through the courts. But the CFPB says the scales of justice in this arrangement can be unfairly tilted toward the company.
 
“Often the harm to an individual consumer may be too small to make it practical to pursue litigation, even when the overall harm to consumers is significant,” the CFPB said in a statement released Wednesday. “In cases involving small injuries of anything less than a few thousand dollars, it can be difficult for a consumer to find a lawyer to handle their case.”
 
That’s why it is important that consumers have the option to join together in bringing a class-action lawsuit that not only seeks restitution for all affected class members but an injunction against the company to prevent future wrongdoing, the CFPB said. The agency said the rules change would empower tens of millions of consumers who have arbitration clauses in the contracts for the products they use, many of whom aren’t even aware of the agreement.
 
See TINA.org’s continuing coverage of arbitration issues here
 

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