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New Delhi, Nov 17: Global ride-hailing platform Uber on Friday launched a light web-based version of Uber — m.uber.com — in India that will help people book their rides from computers or tablets.

So if you are at a place with no access to smartphone, you can book your Uber from your laptop. The lighter web-version became available in India from Friday.

“As part of our efforts to enable global access to Uber, we’re focusing on two key areas for riders — building solutions for those who don’t have access to the Uber app and enabling our existing rider app to work better in emerging markets,” Daniel Graf, Vice President and Head of Product at Uber, said in a statement.

The company also introduced three new app features — offline search, request for a guest and call to ride.

Offline search is for the riders using the app in limited network areas.

With this feature, Uber is enabling offline search by caching the top points of interest in the city so that riders can enter their destinations in the app without having to wait for the connection, the company said.

Another feature, request for a guest, will help riders to book an Uber for anyone from their Uber app no matter where the rider or guest is located.

To use this feature, the person requesting the ride for a guest can simply tap “Where to?”, then choose who is riding above their pickup location.

The rider will receive trip information in an SMS text message — including ETA, car type and driver contact information, enabling them to coordinate with the driver directly.

The driver will see the rider’s name, and be able to contact that person too (through a masked number, for privacy on both sides).

The ride will be charged to the requestor’s card on file unless the requestor selects cash as the payment.

The roll out of both the features will begin in next few weeks, the company added.

Through call to ride, riders can call single phone number and enter a numeric code displayed on signage to help Uber identify their location. Once the ride is confirmed, the rider will also be sent a text message with information on the car and driver partner.

Currently, the company is piloting this feature only in Pune.

“We believe these features will help us better serve our rider needs and are very excited about the roll out,” Graf added.

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Crowd swells at Delhi-UP border with arrival of over hundred tractors

In the morning, when the farmers had blocked the expressway, Gayendra Singh, SP (City), Ghaziabad, had said that the police were hopeful that the blockade will end soon on the key road leading to Delhi.

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Even as the talks between the government and the agitated farmers are underway, crowd swelled at the border connecting Delhi to Uttar Pradesh in Ghazipur on Thursday after hundreds of tractors entered the area to put pressure on the government to repeal the three contentious farm laws.

Thousands of farmers protesting against the farm laws have laid siege at the Ghazipur border road and on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway in a bid to enter the national capital. Pawan Khatana, Bharat Kisan Union’s Delhi-NCR President, arrived with hundreds of tractors to the protest side at noon.

“There is no law and order situation till now. If they try to commit any mischief, we will also use force. Right now, the situation is peaceful. We are merely observing it,” a senior police officer told IANS on condition of anonymity.

The border points in the area continue to remain under heavy police cover with multilayered barricades in place.

In the morning, when the farmers had blocked the expressway, Gayendra Singh, SP (City), Ghaziabad, had said that the police were hopeful that the blockade will end soon on the key road leading to Delhi.

All eyes are now on the ongoing fourth round of talks between the farmers’ unions and the Centre. The third round talks had failed to break the deadlock on Tuesday.

The farmers have been sitting on protest for the last eight days at Delhi-Haryana and Delhi-Uttar Pradesh borders. Thousands of farmers have been camping at the Singhu border, while several other groups have blocked entry at the Delhi-Haryana border in Tikri, the Delhi-UP border in Ghazipur and the Delhi-UP border in Chilla.

The farmers are demanding that the three farm laws passed by the Parliament in September be repealed, expressing apprehension that they would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the mercy of the big corporates.

The government has, however, maintained that the laws will provide farmers with better opportunities. It has also accused the opposition parties of “misleading” the farmers.

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SC moved against UP, Uttarakhand’s ‘love jihad’ laws

Citing the landmark Kesavananda Bharti case, the plea said “the court held that the Parliament can amend the Constitution but the Parliament cannot change the basic structure of the Constitution”.

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New Delhi: A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court challenging the The Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Of Religion Ordinance, 2020 and the Uttarakhand Freedom Of Religion Act, 2018.

The plea moved by advocates Vishal Thakre and Abhay Singh Yadav and law researcher Pranvesh, states that the UP ordinance disturbs the basic structure of the Constitution. “The most important issue was whether the Parliament has the power to amend the fundamental rights enshrined under Part III of the Constitution,” said the plea.

The petitioners contended that the Parliament has no power to amend the fundamental rights, and if this ordinance is implemented, it will harm public at a large and will create a chaotic situation in the society.

“It is also pertinent to mention herein that the ordinance is passed by the state government/s of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand is against the provisions of Special Marriage Act, 1954 and it will create fear in the society who is/ are not part of Love Jihad… they can be falsely implicated in the ordinance,” the plea said.

Citing the landmark Kesavananda Bharti case, the plea said “the court held that the Parliament can amend the Constitution but the Parliament cannot change the basic structure of the Constitution”.

The petitioners contended they are aggrieved by the ordinances passed by the state governments and prayed before the top court that the law passed by Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand should be declared ultra vires and null and void, as they “disturb the basic structure of the Constitution and also are against the public policy and society at large”.

“This ordinance can become a potent tool in the hands of bad elements of the society to use this ordinance to falsely implicate anyone,” it argued, adding that there are probabilities of “falsely implicating persons who are not involved in any such acts and it will be a grave injustice if this ordinance is passed”.

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Farmers Protest: Diljit Dosanjh slams Kangana Ranaut for her tweet against elderly Sikh woman

Kangana had earlier posted a picture on Twitter claiming that it was Bano who was being bribed with Rs 100 a day to participate in the ongoing farmers’ protest.

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Actor-Singer Diljit Dosanjh slammed actor Kangana Ranaut for misidentifying an elderly Sikh woman during the farmers’ protest. While Kangana soon deleted her tweet, it did not go down well with several actors and the lady Mahinder Kaur herself. The actor, now also faces a legal notice for her Twitter fiasco.

Sharing a video interview of the elderly woman, whose name is Mahinder Kaur, Diljit tagged Kangana’s Twitter account, showing her the proof. “Respected MAHINDER KAUR JI Ah Sunn La Ni With Proof @KanganaTeam Banda Ena V Ni Anna Hona Chaida.. Kush v Boli Turi jandi aa ..(Listen to this proof, @KanganaTeam. One should not be this blind. She keeps says anything),” he wrote in his tweet.

Calling him Karan Johar’s lackey, Kangana tweeted in Hindi, “The same dadi who was protesting for her citizenship at Shaheen Bagh, Bilkis Bano, was also protesting with the farmers. I have no idea who Mahinder Kaur (sic) is, so stop creating unnecessary drama. Stop this right now.”

Diljit responded asking Kangana whether by her tweet she was implying that one becomes a sycophant to whomever they work with. “In that case, wouldn’t you have a long list of masters to answer to?” he tweeted.

“These people are not from Bollywood. They belong to Punjab. You can say whatever you like but we won’t be perturbed. You are well-versed in lying and manipulating people’s emotions,” he added.

Kangana had earlier posted a picture on Twitter claiming that it was Bano who was being bribed with Rs 100 a day to participate in the ongoing farmers’ protest. However, the woman in the photograph was 73-year-old Mohinder Kaur, a resident of Bathinda’s Bahadurgarh Jandian village. The tweet has since been deleted.

In response to this tweet, Diljit posted a clip of a BBC interview with Mohinder and tweeted in Punjabi: “Here’s your proof @KanganaTeam. Nobody should be so blind as to go around saying anything they like.”

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