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News of the Day : Ola’s licence in Bengaluru suspended for six months
- March 23, 2019
- Posted by: Shivam
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News of the Day
Received message from PM Modi, tweets Pakistan PM Imran Khan ahead of National Day
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday evening tweeted: “Received msg from PM Modi: ‘I extend my greetings & best wishes to the people of Pakistan on the National Day of Pakistan. It is time that ppl of Sub-continent work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive & prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence’.”
Mr. Khan’s tweet came on a day when the Government of India boycotted Pakistan’s National Day event in Delhi and the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad also announced that he would not be attending the same event in Islamabad.
In his next tweet, Mr. Khan added: “I welcome PM Modi’s message to our people. As we celebrate Pakistan Day I believe it is time to begin a comprehensive dialogue with India to address & resolve all issues, esp the central issue of Kashmir, & forge a new relationship based on peace & prosperity for all our people.”
Mr. Khan’s tweets created a stir on both sides of the border. At a time when both countries were almost on the brink of a full-fledged war just a few weeks ago, PM Modi’s message is quite important.
Political analysts and journalists in Pakistan said Mr. Modi’s message was a welcome gesture.
Political analyst Mosharraf Zaidi said Mr. Modi’s message was a refreshing change for a leader that, only a month ago, was beating the war drums. “If Pakistan’s consistent pro-normalisation approach since the spring of 2018 eventually yields better relations, it will be to the benefit of both countries.”
Journalist Beena Sarwar said that Prime Minister Modi’s message to Prime Minister Imran Khan was the kind of diplomatic overture that this region sorely needed. “Both countries need to translate this goodwill into action on an urgent basis. Stop putting conditions on the talks. Dialogue should be un-interrupted and un-interruptible. Focus on the low-hanging fruits.”
Ms. Sarwar added that both countries should ease visa restrictions, let people meet, trade and travel. “If they can do this, they will bring peace and prosperity to the region and go down in history as the men who made it happen,” she said.
Anchorperson Meher Bokhari felt that the message it was very uncharacteristic and added to the unpredictability of Mr. Modi as as a leader. “Reaching out during a time of strained hostile relations between the two countries, at the helm of elections, can be seen as an attempt to be portryed as a balanced leader, contrary to how the Indian opposition is painting him — a war mongering desperate man willing to do anything to bag the next election,” said Ms. Bokhari.
Former High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit, however, said that it was a routine message, “reiterating the mantra of terror and talks cannot go together”.
He also pointed out that it was “interesting is that it has been tweeted by Imran Khan and not Modi”.
Ola’s licence in Bengaluru suspended for six months
In a major development, the Karnataka transport department has suspended the licence of taxi aggregator Ola and ordered immediate stoppage of its services in Bengaluru. The action follows illegal operation of bike taxis by the company.
The order issued by the department on March 18 states that the licence issued to Ani Technologies Private Limited, Ola cabs Bangalore, under the provisions of The Karnataka on Demand Transport Technology Aggregators Rules, 2016, has been suspended for a period of six months.
Ola was also directed to surrender the licence to the authority concerned within three days of receiving the order copy.
Transport Commissioner V.P. Ikkeri told The Hindu that the order was issued after Ola was found flouting the rules.
“The Department had issued license to Ola only to operate mobile app based taxis [motor cabs] in the city. But they were found illegally operating bike taxis. It is a clear violation of the aggregators’ rules. Our officials had impounded the two-wheelers attached to Ola, carried out investigation and charge sheets were also filed in the court. The response given by Ola to the notices served by the department was not satisfactory. So action has been taken as per the rules.”
Close to 260 two-wheelers impounded
The official said the enforcement wing of the transport department impounded close to 260 two-wheelers attached with Ola in the city in the last one month.
The department had directed the RTOs to enforce the rules if Ola continued to operate taxis in the city by defying the order.
It is said Ola had received licence from the department to operate taxis in the city from June 2016 to June 19, 2021.
Though the order was issued on Monday, the Ola taxi services were operational even on Friday.
“We have been closely working with the authorities on this topic, responding to queries and making proactive representations to the Ministry. Despite other companies continuing to operate illegally, we halted our bike taxi experiment weeks ago. Instead we sought the state’s cooperation to develop a legal framework for a pilot that will continue to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the mobility economy.
“This notification is unfortunate, and we look forward to an opportunity to address these concerns directly with state officials to find a solution for our driver-partners and millions of Ola users in Karnataka.”
Source – The Hindu