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Uber launches debit card payment in India
Uber, the technology-based cab service provider, on Monday launched debit cards as an additional payment option for all users across the 18 cities that Uber operates in, in India.
 
In July, credit card payments was re-introduced in India for all Android users, in partnership with MobiKwik. Now, users across iOS and Android platforms have the option to pay via debit/credit cards.
 
"Adhering to RBI regulations, there will be a two-factor authentication flow built into the app and users will have to enter either their online banking pin or their one-time password to request for a ride using their debit/credit card," the company said in a statement.
 
Commenting on the new payment mode rollout, an Uber spokesperson said: "At Uber, we're about making transportation as convenient and hassle-free as possible."
 
"As we continue to focus on our mission to re-define urban mobility in India, riders will have the ability to chose from debit/ credit card payments, Paytm (digital wallet), and Cash (in 6 cities)," he added.
 
The company earlier said that it was allowing cash payments, too, in the six cities of Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi and Pune. The move assumes significance as Uber's global business model does not allow cash transactions.

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Navin Jain

1 year ago

Well.. Looks like RBI has still not removed its ban on the transactions from this company. Also, the iOS app has not been updated to remove the error that "this payment method is not valid for India" which comes when we select a card as the payment method before booking a ride.

SC issues notice to government on challenging Armed Forces Tribunal decisions in HC
Giving a ray of hope to veterans, disabled soldiers and military widows, the Supreme Court had issued notices to the Central Government seeking reconsideration of the entire issue 
 
The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Central Government on a special leave petition (SLP) that seeks to reconsider restraint on accessing High Courts against orders passed by the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT).
 
This gives a ray of hope to veterans, disabled soldiers and military widows whose writ petitions against orders of the AFT were recently disposed by High Courts finding their hands tied by a judgement of the Supreme Court.  
 
Earlier in March this year, the apex court held that orders of the AFT can not be challenged by affected parties before the High Courts. And the only remedy to challenge the same is before the Supreme Court by way of an appeal as provided in Sections 30 and 31 of the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007. 
 
Appearing for aggrieved litigants, Aishwarya Bhati and Senior Advocate Arvind P Datar submitted that the current state leaves litigants remediless against orders of the AFT because of the statutory bar of "general public importance" for approaching the SC.
 
It was pointed out that a similar controversy pertaining to the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) had been addressed by a seven judge Constitution Bench of the SC when it was ruled that the apex court could not become the first appellate court for such service matters and that challenges to Tribunal decisions would be heard by Division Benches of HCs. It was also submitted that it was a known legal proposition that all Tribunals being mere creations of the statute were subordinate to the writ jurisdiction of Constitutional High Courts.  
 
Many ex-servicemen and veteran organisations had written to the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister to intervene in the matter since the provisions of the AFT Act and the March 2015 decision of the SC had left them without any remedy when the AFT refused to grant them relief. 
 
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Lok Sabha speaker suspends 25 Congress MPs
The parliament logjam took an ugly turn on Monday when Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended 25 Congress MPs for five days for "willfully obstructing the business of the house".
 
The Congress MPs, including Gaurav Gogoi, Sushmita Dev, Ranjeet Ranjan, K.C. Venugopal and Deepinder Singh Hooda, were "named" under rule 374(A).
 
The rule says in the event of grave disorder occasioned by a member coming into the well of the house or abusing the rules persistently and willfully obstructing its business by shouting slogans or otherwise, such member shall, on being named by the speaker, stand automatically suspended from the service of the house for five consecutive sittings or the remainder of the session, whichever is less.
 
All the Congress members protesting in the well, however, kept up their high decibel protest inside the house even while their names were being read out.
 
Earlier, the Lok Sabha secretariat had said 27 members have been suspended. They later corrected the number to 25.
 
The speaker's action came soon after the failure of an all party meeting called by the government to break the parliament logjam.
 
The members of the Congress, which has been protesting demanding the resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP chief ministers, have been holding placards and shouting slogans in the house.
 
They were protesting against the government over the Lalit Modi issue and Vyapam scam.
 
The Congress has 44 members in the Lok Sabha.
 
Immediately after naming the members, Mahajan adjourned the house for the day.

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Anand Vaidya

1 year ago

What a waste of taxpayers' money? The street monkeys can put up a far better show..

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