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Passengers Say Services Don’t Match Flexi-Fare In Premier Trains, Finds CAG Survey

A survey carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has revealed that the increased fare in premier trains has to be matched with enhanced punctuality, cleaner toilets and coaches and better quality of food and bedrolls hat are given to travelers in trains., When they were asked whether there has been any improvement seen in the Indian Railways in relation to enhancement of quality of services that are commensurate with the increased fares, the survey found that most of the passengers travelling in premier trains provided negative answers. In September of 2016, the premier Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains were brought under a flexi-fare scheme by the railways to enhance revenues in the passenger segment. During April-May 2017, 806 passengers travelling in 16 Shatabdi trains and 11 Rajdhani trains were given a questionnaire as a part of the survey conducted by the CAG aimed to find out passenger opinion of the premier trains, There is an increase of base fare by 10 percent for every 10 per cent sale of available seats under the flexi-fare system. The maximum increase is capped at 140 per cent for AC-3 and 150 per cent for all classes, except AC first and Executive Class. While punctuality is the major problems of these premier trains, the survey found that despite the increased amount of fare for such trains passengers have...

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Following Lynchings In India, Message Forwarding To Be Capped at 5 By WhatsApp

As a measure to prevent the viral spread of hate messages and misinformation, users of Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp would only be able to forward messages to 20 people at a time. The new limitation of the messaging app would be even stricter in India where there has been multiple incidents of vigilante murders over the past year which were reportedly based on false information hate full content that were widely circulated through the instant messaging app.  WhatsApp would allow forwarding of messages to just 5 users at a time. The “quick forward” feature of WhatsApp, which is a button that appears next to photos, videos and links is also being removed in India which is a country according to Facebook where “people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world”. the earlier cap on forwarding was on 250 – a limit that was rarely reached by users of WhatsApp. “We’re horrified by the violence in India, and we’ve announced number of different product changes to help address these issues,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said. “It’s a challenge which requires an action by civil society, government and tech companies.” According to media reports, after being accused of being child lifters, mob lynching has taken the lives of over 20 people in India. Compared what is faced by public sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the challenges...

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18 men rape minor for seven months in Chennai, all arrested

In a horrific incident that took place in Chennai, an 11 year old schoolgirl was brutally and repeatedly raped. Police have charged 18 men in the FIR related to the incident. According to the police, the accused 18 men repeatedly raped the hearing-impaired girl in an apartment complex in the eastern part of Chennai. In this horrific incident, there was involvement of security guards, electricians, plumbers and the lift man – all whom raped the minor repeatedly. A Chennai court has ordered police remand for the accused till July 31. The girl was attacked after she returned from school and was going around the complex in a cycle. The complex itself has a gate for safety purposes. A 66 years old lift man was the first person to rape the minor. He allegedly invited the other men, aged between 23 and 66 years, to rape the child, after giving her spiked soft drinks to sedate her. The accused reaped her repeatedly for almost seven months. The accused persons took the girl to the building’s basement, terrace, gym and public rest rooms to commit the crime. While they raped the minor, they also allegedly took video of the crime while brandishing knives and then blackmailed her and threatened her of going public with the video if she said anything to the police. A local police official said: “this is the...

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Close Aid Of IPL Boss Rajeev Shukla Suspended By UP Cricket Association In Bribery Case

Mohammed Akram Saifi, the executive assistant of Rajeev Shukla, the chairman of Indian Premier League (IPL), has been accused by an Uttar Pradesh cricketer of a demand for arranging a prostitute, in return of the cricketer getting a chance in the state team. The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association has suspended the accused and initiated an inquiry following a sting operation by a Hindi news channel. The sting operation was telecast where a phone conversation between Akram Saifi and cricketer Rahul Sharma was can be heard. In the conversation, Saifi is heard seeking favours in “cash and kind” to take in Sharma in the state team. Shukla is currently the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) Secretary. Saifi helped players to get fake age certificates that help them to play in BCCI’s age-group tournaments, alleged Sharma. In the recorded phone conversation aired by the News channel, Sharma was asked by the Saini to send him a woman in his five-star hotel in New Delhi. Saini plays an important role in the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA). In another conversation, that was also taped shows Saini promising Sharma about a confirmed selection in the team after a few games. After this sting came out in the public, a few players from Uttar Pradesh appeared on the news channel and claimed that to get chance in the team, selectors of Uttar Pradesh had...

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P Chidambaram, Son Karti Named In Aircel-Maxis Chargesheet By CBI

Former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti have been charge sheeted by the CBI in the Aircel-Maxis case. The CBI has alleged that his power and position as the finance minister of India was misused by Chidambaram by7 providing undue advantage to a business group. For the former finance minister and Congress strongman, who is also under the scanner for his alleged role in the INX Media case, this is the first chargesheet against him. The chargesheet also carries the names of senior officials of Aircel and Maxis. However, the CBI needs the court’s approval for the prosecution of the accused named in the charge sheet. The CBI had been asked by the court to furnish solid evidence against the former finance minister. Replying to this, the investigating agency said that there was adequate evidence in its possession against Chidambaram. In addition to Chidambaram and his son, 16 other people have bene named by the CBI in the chargesheet. According to the allegations in the chargesheet filed by the CBI, the position and power as a finance minister were used by Chidambaram to give away approvals from the Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). Two money trails in the case have also been found out by CBI. In a tweet just a few moments following the development, the former finance minister gave a strong and sharp reaction. In order...

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