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To protest app-based cab services Delhi's autos, taxis to go on strike on Monday

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NEW DELHI: With the second phase of the odd-even scheme rolling out Friday, a section of auto and taxi unions has given a call for a one-day strike on Monday to protest app-based cab services, a move which may cause hardship to commuters in the national capital.

Rajendra Soni, who is general secretary of both ‘Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh’ and ‘Delhi Pradesh Taxi Unions,’ said that auto and black-yellow taxis will not ply on the capital’s roads on Monday to protest against the app-based cab services.

Soni said the AAP government has so far not issued 10,000 new permits of autorickshaws which it had cancelled after alleged irregularities in their distribution.

“On one hand, government talks about strengthening public transport, but on the other hand it has not issued 10,000 new permits of autos so far. Besides, we have also been demanding to stop app-based taxis as their operation is illegal. They are snatching our livelihood.

“When we had met Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on March 14, he had assured us to fulfil our demands within next 15 days, but till now, no decision has been taken by the government,” he said.

There are around 13,000 black-yellow taxis and around 81,000 autorickshaws plying on the streets of the capital.

If they go on strike, commuters may face hardships while using public transport as the fortnight-long odd-even scheme is already in place in the capital.

Earlier this week, a section of auto and taxi unions had taken out a protest march against the app-based taxi services in the Capital.

Source: TOI-Delhi

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Odd-even phase 1: What different studies say

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During phase-I of odd-even, IIT-Delhi, CRRI and SPA conducted separate studies to assess the impact of the car-rationing scheme. While all three reported an increase in vehicle speeds, there was no unanimity on the overall impact.

TNN | Apr 15, 2016, 06.01 PM IST

During phase-I of odd-even, IIT-Delhi, CRRI and SPA conducted separate studies to assess the impact of the car-rationing scheme. While all three reported an increase in vehicle speeds, there was no unanimity on the overall impact.


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JNU reduces grace marks for women

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NEW DELHI: JNU has reduced the compulsory grace points given to women candidates as it amended its admission policy after nearly a decade.

“Now female and transgender candidates who have pursued their education from any of the areas in JNU’s list of backward areas are entitled to relaxation of four marks. While girls and transgenders not belonging to any backward areas can get a relaxation of only two points,” a senior university official said.

Until now, all female admission seekers were entitled to 5 “deprivation” points in the entrance exam. In addition, if they belonged to backward areas listed by JNU under Quartile 1 (demarcation of backward areas) and Quartile 2 categories, they got additional privilege of 5 and 3 marks, respectively.

The compulsory 5 points given to women were introduced in 1994.

The move has drawn severe criticism from a section of students and teachers who have decided to launch an agitation against the administration.

“Girls used to get an excessive advantage in comparison to male candidates. For instance, if a girl belonged to a Quartile 1 district, she would get a total relaxation of 10 marks, which will place her way above a more competent male candidate,” the official said.

“So, the standing committee for admissions took the decision to modify the policy after deliberating upon all factors,” he said.

The students alleged that the statutory procedures for introducing such changes have been “bypassed” and no official notification of the amendments has been issued.

“Any such crucial change has to be placed before the Academic Council (AC) and opinion of the members of students union has to be taken into account. However, the matter was neither discussed nor conveyed to anybody and we got to know about the changes only from new prospectus,” JNU students union vice president Shehla Rashid Shora said.

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