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Guidelines for on-demand cab aggregator firms released
The government on Tuesday released an advisory for states on licensing, compliance and liability of on-demand IT-based transportation aggregator taxis operating in the country, putting special emphasis on driver compliance and safety.
 
According to the guidelines, any driver that wishes to register with an on-demand transportation technology platform must have a driving license of the appropriate category and the licensee must obtain and review a police verification report for such person, together with self-attested copy of voter ID card, PAN card, residential address proof along with contact details of two family members.
 
The advisory follows after a driver of a cab-aggregator had allegedly raped a woman during a taxi ride.
 
The guidelines also say that any person who has been convicted, within the past seven years, of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or who has been convicted at any time for offences including fraud, sexual offences, use of a motor vehicle to commit a cognisable offence, a crime involving property damage, and/or theft, acts of violence, or acts of terror must not be permitted to use the licensee platform.
 
"Any driver that wishes to register with an on-demand transportation technology platform must hold a Reserve Bank of India KYC compliant bank account and must be of good character."
 
As for the aggregator themselves, the company must be a digital intermediary/marketplace that canvasses or solicits for a passenger to connect with a driver satisfying the necessary eligibility conditions and operating a validly registered vehicle.
 
Also, the operator must provide either a web or a mobile application-based customer service and grievance redressal centre having an operational telephone number and email address of a grievance redressal officer.
 
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Black money law intentionally harsh: CBDT chairperson
The new black money law has been intentionally made harsh because the government is tacking a problem which normal law were not able to address for so many years, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chairperson Anita Kapur said on Tuesday.
 
"We owe it to the country to ensure at least law is clear and the law is stringent so that the menace is handled," she said at an event on taxation organised by the PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
 
Kapur also said that government is willing to respond on industry's concerns raised on procedures to be followed under the new black money law.
 
"We have been issuing FAQs. On compliance window we issued three sets of responses to the queries raised, we are open to issue responses to what you find problematic in the procedures on the black money," she said.
 
The CBDT chief also said her department was trying to address issues on the administration side but advised the industry not to overplay such issues.
 
"We do not want to recover taxes which we are not entitled to recover, we want taxes which as per our law, we have been obligated to recover," she said.
 
"Less than one percent of taxpayers get to see our offices, 99 percent of taxpayers do not need to come to our offices. We accept their returns, we do a non-human interface processing of cases, we do issue refunds without human intervention," she added.
 
In this regard, Kapur said arbitration is not the best way to resolve tax disputes.
 
"One must understand that if MAP (Mutual Agreement Procedure) works, there is no need for arbitration," she said.
 
"Because taxation is a sovereign right and with the two competent authorities who represent the two sovereigns cannot resolve a dispute then how would you ensure that the arbitration award will be fair," she added.
 
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Twitter to layoff 8 percent of its global workforce, says CEO
Twitter has finally announced to cut eight percent of its global workforce - nearly 330 jobs - to strengthen the micro-blogging site that is facing slow user growth amid tough competition from the rival social media platforms.
 
In a letter sent to employees on Tuesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced several moves including layoffs to get the once fast-growing social media service back on track, Wall Street Journal reported.
 
"We feel strongly that engineering will move much faster with a smaller and nimbler team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce," Dorsey wrote.
 
The job cuts would mostly affect its product and engineering teams in an effort to "organise around the company’s top product priorities and drive efficiencies”.
 
Over the past year, the company’s workforce grew 24 percent to 4,100 employees, about half of whom are engineers.
 
However, Twitter’s monthly user growth climbed just 2.6 percent to 316 million in the quarter ending June 30.
 
In the same time, Facebook has more than doubled the strength of employees but nearly five times as many active users.
 
Twitter also announced that it expects revenue and a measure of its adjusted earnings to come in above the high end of its previously forecast range for the third quarter.
 
In his letter, Dorsey said the coming roadmap will entail “a plan to change how we work, and what we need to do that work”.
 
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