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Cab strike: Delhi’s Ola, Uber drivers defy unions, stay on road for morning rush

A strike called by over a dozen transport unions on Tuesday, did not have much impact in the morning rush hours as most drivers of cab aggregators Ola and Uber chose to defy the protest this time.
Unlike their two-week long protest in February which affected thousands of commuters, office goers didn’t have to suffer much on Tuesday morning as cabs on mobile apps were mostly available in the morning peak hours.
Some cab drivers HT spoke to said they will join the protest around noon after working in the first half, while others said they had no time to join the protest. “Two of my friends who are drivers will be joining the protest. They are on duty now. I am not going as I need money to eat and pay for my daughter’s school fees,” said Ahmed Ali, a driver with Ola.
For the commuters, it was a lucky day as getting a cab hasn’t really been a problem so far. “I was aware of the strike and had a back up plan as well. But, I just tried to book a cab through Ola once and I got it. So I reached office in a cab like I usually do,” said Rakesh Mehra, an IT professional who travelled to Gurgaon from Vasant Kunj.
However, the number of cabs on the road could go down as the day progresses because the protest march planned by these unions begins only 11am onwards. The unions are going to start their march from Majnu Ka Tila Gurudwara and will go up to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house.

Delhi airport’s #T3 begins revamp to deal with rising rush

As passenger traffic continues to grow faster than expected, the Delhi airport operator has started expansion of Terminal 3.

From additional immigration counters to expansion of terminals, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) is making all necessary changes to accommodate the increasing rush.

“The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has decided to increase the number of immigration counters to reduce the waiting time. Similarly, at the security check where passengers put electronic items in the tray, travellers complained about lack of space. The design of the area will be changed to accommodate more passengers. The terminals are being expanded keeping in mind the traffic load expected in the next 20 years. The capacity of the airside is also being increased,” said an airport official, requesting anonymity.

Delhi airport has 130 immigration counters and about 40 security check counters at Terminal 3. Sources said that the airport is planning to add at least 30 immigration counters while decongestion at the security check will be tackled through design change.

“At security check, the problem is not of the waiting time but of chaos while putting electronic items in the tray. The length of baggage roller will be increased and an extra table will be put giving more space to passengers,” the airport source said.

Delhi court orders FIR against woman cop for sexually assaulting 13-yr-old girl

A Delhi court has ordered an FIR against a woman police officer for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl, who had earlier accused her teacher of molesting her.

Additional sessions judge Vinod Yadav passed the order after the 13-year-old child told the court that she was sexually assaulted by the woman investigating officer (IO) of the case and she had lodged a complaint to the police against her but no action was taken.

The court also dismissed the third bail plea of the teacher of a government school, facing prosecution in the case, saying there was no change in circumstances.

“Today, separate directions have been given for lodging of FIR against the IO in this case for having committed penetrative sexual assault upon the child victim and creating false evidence.

“Needless to say, false evidence was being created by the IO solely to accord benefit thereof to the applicant/accused Manoj Rathi (teacher). Be that as it may, I do not find any change in the circumstance warranting taking different view. The bail application of the applicant accordingly stands dismissed,” the judge said.

The court directed the SHO of Mangolpuri in north west Delhi to get the FIR registered against woman IO, a sub-inspector, through a senior officer and file a status report in the matter on April 29.

The girl, in her complaint, alleged that the IO had threatened her father to get the victim medically re-examined or she would implicate her in a false case.

No more free ‘beer’ from #DelhiUniv neem tree, thanks to rising temperature

The euphoria is over as suddenly as it began five months ago. The oozing of the ‘beer-like’ liquid from a neem tree on Delhi University’s north campus stopped a few days ago, leaving tipplers high and dry.

Scientists of the university’s environment department believe that the rising mercury, which has touched almost 40 degrees Celsius, might have taken a toll on the nature’s free bar. Though they are now testing the sap, it may take up to three months to know what it actually was.

“As the tree started secreting the liquid sometime in November when the chill was setting in and it stopped earlier this month, we think that the rising temperature has something to do with it. Tests are going on,” said David Kothamasi, assistant professor at Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE) of Delhi University.

HT had earlier reported that a neem tree aged more than 50 years and located near the university stadium was secreting at least 10 litres of a fermented white-coloured liquid since November 2016. The beer-like aroma spread as far as 10 feet – sometimes even more.

Protesting ‘low pay’, Ola, Uber drivers on strike today

In the second such action this year, Ola and Uber drivers have planned a one-day strike on Tuesday to protest "low pay". The agitating union – Sarvodaya Drivers’ Association, which organised a 13-day long cab strike in the NCR in February this year, has called for the fresh strike demanding that cab fares be raised from Rs 6 per kilometre to Rs 20 per kilometre.

Research Associate and JRF Openings in JNU Delhi

Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi is inviting applications for the post of Research Associate and Junior Research Fellow for the project titled "Himalayan Cryosphere : Science and Society". This engagement is purely on temporary basis. It is a brilliant career opportunity for students having MA/M.sc and PHD Degree to apply for this post. Selected candidates have great opportunity to grab this chance and settle their career in this field. Selected candidates will be paid as per norms on the basis of qualification.