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In a first in India, Karnataka is drafting separate labour law for gig workers

Bengaluru — home to many buzzing tech startups — is working on a law the likes of Swiggy, Zomato, Uber and Ola may be deeply concerned about. Karnataka has sought help of National Law School of India University in drafting what is probably India’s first such law to ensure welfare of gig economy workers. It hasn't been a cakewalk as experts are figuring out.

  • Several automakers have arrangements with car aggregators such as Ola and Uber to sell vehicles to drivers who join their platforms. According to industry estimates, sales to such driver-partners in the past year were around 20,000 vehicles, recording a 35% fall from the previous year.

    The Karnataka bandh call given by pro-Kannada organisations on Thursday is likely to hit transport services in the state, especially in Bengaluru. Several cab and auto drivers unions have announced their support to the bandh.

    The government has decided to revisit a policy to regulate cab aggregators like Ola and Uber, and hold a “wider stakeholder consultation” before finalising it, officials said. The transport ministry, which had nearly finalised the policy towards the end of 2019, will spend more time on the policy.

    The CM left for Davos on Sunday on a six-day trip to attend the world economic summit amid an uneasy lull. While Yediyurappa has said he will expand his ministry after his return, it has meant little by way of a message. Sections of BJP leaders are intrigued as to why the party leadership is not letting the CM go ahead with the much delayed expansion .

    According to Payback officials, the platform has a GMV exceeding Rs 1 lakh crore, with a sales increase of 7.5% in the previous year. In India for a decade, Payback follows a calendar year.

    Ola announced its commencement of operations in London from February 10 onwards. It aims to offer a differentiated experience on the platform with features such as 24/7 helplines for drivers and customers and an in-app emergency button, while providing the best quality of service through its large network of drivers across the city of London.

    The European Parliament is set to debate and vote on a resolution tabled by some of its members against India's Citizenship Amendment Act, which it says marks a "dangerous shift" in the country's citizenship regime.

    Shailja Mittal said she started Koala Kabs in 2016 after she had 'goosebumps’ sending her nineyear-old daughter to school through a private cab service. Now the business has evolved into an amalgamation of a cab aggregator-cum-car rentals where women drivers make fixed monthly incomes.

    Startups focus on carpools, buses and corporate services to make ride to work peaceful.

    The SP and the BSP came out openly against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday, describing it as a "historical mistake" and "divisive" respectively.

    Mumbaikars spend an average 85 minutes a day stuck in traffic snarls and the situation gets worst in the evening with over 90% people being affected, found a survey conducted by a non-profit as part of a study on effects of congestion on people.

    DMK MPs staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha on Monday after floor leader TR Baalu said the proposed bill did not include Lankan Tamils and the government should have been ‘sensitive’ to Tamil sentiments. The Shiv Sena too said CAB should include Tamil refugees.

    This comes after states made little progress in setting up these centres, which was to be done following a Supreme Court ruling that mandated all public transport vehicles to have vehicle tracking systems and emergency buttons. The features were mandated from January 1, 2019.

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