Consumer Issues
HC says ban on e-rickshaws to continue

The Delhi High Court has however, left it to Parliament and the Centre to frame rules for regulating the plying of erickshaws

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday said that the ban on e-rickshaws will continue. The Court has however, left it to Parliament and the Centre to frame rules for regulating the plying of erickshaws.


What is prohibited under law, cannot be permitted, the Court said. The petition seeking review of the High Court’s 31st July order on ban has become infructuous, it added.


Advocate Sugriv Dubey, appearing for social activist Shahnawaz, who filed the petition to ban e-rickshaws, however, told the bench that due to the e-rickshaws, two major accidents have taken place and two people have died. He said 137 cases have been registered against rash driving by e-rickshaw drivers.


The Central government had argued that it had come up with draft rules on plying of these battery-operated vehicles, and these have been submitted to the law ministry.


Twitter getting ready for online shopping!

Twitter is testing a 'buy' button inside tweets that would help users, who shared their credit card details and address to shop online


Over the last few months, Twitter has announced a slew of changes to attract greater revenue, the latest being a 'buy' button inside tweet to allow sales on promoted and other tweets. Testing for this new feature is underway in the US and Twitter has sought permission from users to share their personal data with sellers.


Twitter has now released it's latest feature, which they have begun testing in the US. In sum, Twitter is looking to allow buying and selling within its platform. This adds a completely new dimension to using Twitter and the 'testing' is most likely a formality.


Considering the Wall Street pressures on tech firms to deliver profits (excluding the always unprofitable Amazon) it is unlikely that this monetizing tool will be rescinded.


Twitter has also announced an updated set of 'Terms of Service' and 'Privacy' terms to facilitate monetary transactions. "The Terms of Service update introduces terms covering the use of our commerce offerings. The new terms also describe your relationship with merchandise sellers, including their responsibility for order fulfilment, shipping and returns," Twitter announced. In relation to the Privacy Policy, Twitter said, "And since you'll need to provide certain information to make a purchase, such as a credit card number and shipping address, the Privacy Policy update includes new sections on that information."


Twitter's Privacy Policy already states that it uses your Timeline "to customise the content we show you, including ads." With the new commerce option available on Twitter, if Twitter is able to design the experience well for users and keep promotions non-intrusive for those users who do not want to use it, it may well turn out to be a game-changer. Online retail has seen steady consolidation in the hands of the Amazons and the Flipkarts (in India) and with a social network successfully making sales possible, it might begin a trend towards decentralising where you shop online from.


For years now, the other social behemoth Facebook has experienced user backlash every time it announces changes to its algorithms or its interface. But both, Zuckerberg and Wall Street know that Facebook has become an indispensable centre of its user's lives, and the protestations usually die down soon after. The question is, whether Twitter can afford the same intransigence in what it does in pursuit of revenues, with a fifth of Facebook's user heft.


Twitter listed on Wall Street a little less than a year ago, and a small sell-off in its stock followed, when investors realised that it wasn't pulling in enough money for all its millions of users. Twitter's user growth seemed to be below market expectations too.


Twitter responded by hiring an ex-Goldman Sachs honcho as CFO and adding new features to the Twitter experience much like Facebook.


Supreme Court issues notice to CBI director Sinha

The apex court has asked CBI director Sinha to file his response in 10 days on a plea seeking his removal from the post and a probe by SIT against him for allegedly protecting the accused in coal scam


The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Ranjit Sinha, director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a plea seeking his removal from the post and a probe by special investigation team (SIT) against him for allegedly protecting the accused in coal scam.


The apex court has asked him to file his response in 10 days and posted the matter for further hearing on 19th September.



Dipak Chatterjee

3 years ago


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