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Driver selfies with masks, checklist, 2 riders — Uber’s new safety measures to address Covid

Uber’s new safety guidelines also include a new updated feedback policy. It has also distributed masks, sanitisers and shower caps to its drivers in India.
The Uber app can be seen on a phone | Pixabay

Ola, Uber suspend services in Delhi till 31 March as city goes under lockdown

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Delhi govt put the city under lockdown till 31 March. Public transport like buses, taxis, and autos have been suspended.
Women protesters listen to the Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors at Shaheen Bagh on 19 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

From Ola to Zomato to social media, I now hide my Muslim identity everywhere

Dear liberal Indians, I consciously try not to sound or look like a Muslim around you because of your Islamophobia.

How commercial vehicles are leading India’s electric vehicle revolution

Lack of infrastructure, high prices and limited choices are some of the reasons why Indians aren't too enthused to buy personal EVs.
Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference in New Delhi | Ravi Choudhary/PTI

Don’t hate millennials for not buying cars. They will be driving India’s economy soon

If India is to become a $5-trillion economy, then millennials need to be taken on board, or on that Uber pool. Because it’s the economy, stupid.

Nirmala Sitharaman right to point at millennials’ Uber-Ola use and EMI fear for auto slump?

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the automobile sector, facing its worst slowdown, has been ‘affected by the mindset of millennials’ who don’t want to pay EMIs for a vehicle and prefer Ola and Uber rides.
Indian start-ups

What slowdown? Global funds are chasing India’s start-up boom with a spree of deals

The rising interest in India occurs as investment in China’s recently start-up sector faces a steep drop-off & India assures political stability.
Ola taxi in New Delhi

SoftBank-backed Ola to hire 150 engineers for its Silicon Valley technology centre

The research centre is its first incursion into the US and will focus on research into areas from electric cars to autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence.
Bhavish Aggarwal

Why Bhavish Aggarwal of Ola turned down a $1.1 billion SoftBank deal

Aggarwal has grown concerned about SoftBank's influence as it took a stake in his archrival Uber and then encouraged the rivals to merge.
Graphic by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Success, not failure, could be the reason why investment demand is still sluggish

Better highways mean trucks can carry bigger loads, so demand for trucks is falling. Such improved productivity must be taken into GDP consideration, but is it?

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Artist concept of the solar system. | Photo: NASA

Millenials love discussing Mercury retrograde on Instagram, but scoff at jyotish predictions

If you’re a millennial and everything is going wrong at work, in love, and in life — it’s probably just Mercury retrograde, which began in June and ends mid-July.

Indian lawsuits allege former Wirecard COO played key role in deals later mired in disputes

The suits allege Marsalek took part in negotiations leading to the acquisition of Hermes by a Mauritius-based private equity fund in 2015.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Modi dares China, tells Indian Army ‘our enemies have seen your fire and fury’

China sees Modi’s visit as an attempt to ‘escalate’ the situation. Experts say the visit was a powerful message to China to not escalate the matter.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.