Travel Sector

Breathometer partners with Uber to drive drunks back home safely

Breathometer partners with Uber to drive drunks back home safely

Washington, Feb 19 : Breathometer and Uber are reportedly teamingup to make sure that inebriated people go back home safe and sound.

According to Tech Crunch, the blood alcohol level breath analysis startup has announced a partnership and API integration with Uber.

Following the deal, any person who is found to be drunk up to the halfway point of the legal limit in California (.04 blood alcohol concentration level) or higher on a Breathometer Breeze device will be asked to hire a cab.

CEO of Breathometer Charles Michael Yim reportedly said, "Access to a dependable and on-demand ride solution directly from our app for anyone that has been consuming alcohol is critical." (ANI)

New York suspends 5 of Uber's 6 bases over trip records

UberWashington, Jan 08 : New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), which licenses taxicabs in the city, has temporarily suspended five out of six car hubs of Uber until they divulge electronic records of drivers' trips.

The TLC has asked Uber to produce data including, "the date of trip, time of trip, pick up location, and license numbers" and has demanded that the company pay 200 dollars fine for each of its bases in New York , reported The Verge.

Uber, on the other hand, has argued that the details demanded by the agency constitute trade secrets and sharing them could undermine its position in the market. They also said that such data could be a violation of drivers' privacy.

Uber slams India's new payment regulations for stifling businesses

UberWashington, Dec 2 : Uber has reportedly slammed India's new payment regulations, which requires a two-factor authentication process for all online transactions.

The US taxi app company referred to the new regulation as "an antiquated solution that is cumbersome for consumers and stifling for businesses."

The company said that user reluctance to switch from its credit card-based system "indicates their trust in Uber's payment system and a preference for more convenient yet secure online/mobile payments," Tech Crunch reported.

Uber introduces wallet-based payment system in India in wake of new regulations

UberWashington, Nov 14 : Uber has reportedly launched a wallet-style payment system in India in the wake of recent regulations, according to which all transactions need to pass through domestic payment systems.

Tech Crunch reports the new payment method now allows customers to essentially pay with their debit card or net banking account, in addition to a credit card as before.

However, it does not support cash payments.

Customers can put in money in their pre-paid wallet, which is then used to pay for their taxi rides.

Uber deducts payment from the wallet, rather than from a debit or credit card.

Vistara ties up with Amadeus for its passenger service system

Mumbai - Global travel industry solution services company Amadeus will provide its altea suite to soon-to-be-launched full service airline Vistara.

The suite will power Vistara's travel reservations, inventory management, airport departure control systems, as well as revenue accounting and revenue management, a release said.

Amadeus Altea Suite, a complete passenger service system, is currently used by more than 120 airlines across the world.

Vistara is a 51:49 joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines Limited. The full service airline is likely to launch operations this month or early next month.

Thomas Cook, Sterling Holiday merger deal gets BSE, NSE nod

thomas cookNew Delhi: The Rs 870-crore merger deal of travel firm Thomas Cook (India) with resort owner Sterling Holiday Resorts India has got clearance from BSE and NSE.

The 'no-objection' from two stock exchanges would allow the two companies to file their scheme of amalgamation with the High Court for further clearance of the deal.

The deal would give Thomas Cook access to Sterling Holiday's 19 properties in 16 holiday destinations across India.

SpiceJet to launch Kathmandu-Kolkata flight next month

SpiceJetMumbai - Low-cost carrier SpiceJet Friday said it will launch a flight service from Kolkata to Kathmandu, connecting West Bengal's tourist hotspot Bagdogra, from next month.

The airline has offered an introductory promotional fare of Rs 99, excluding taxes for Bagdogra-Kathmandu segment of the journey, for the new flight which is scheduled to commence operations from August 13, SpiceJet said in a release.

The introductory promotional fare for Kolkata-Kathmandu journey, however, will be Rs 4,289, excluding taxes, it said.

Railway Budget to play an important role in nation's growth: Modi

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, July 8 :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi described his government's maiden Railway Budget as one that will play an important role in ushering in nation's development.

"The Rail Budget will prove to bring in speed, development to Indian Railways, security and service to citizens.  For the first time there is holistic railway budget of modern India.  Railway cannot be run on an adhoc basis.  This Rail Budget will prove that Railways plays an important role in the Nation's development," Modi said.

Rail passenger fare hiked by 14.2%, freight rates by 6.5%

TrainNew Delhi: In a pre-budget move, cash-strapped railways on Friday effected a steep across-the-board hike of 14.2 percent in passenger fares in all classes and a 6.5 percent increase in freight rates to garner Rs 8000 crore a year.

The decision, which will come into effect from June 25, marks implementation of an announcement of May 16, the day Lok Sabha election results came, when the hike was announced but put on hold immediately.

In a flip-flop, the Ministry first announced that today's hike will be implemented with immediate effect but later changed it to June 25, saying the officials needed time to execute it.

Arun Jaitley calls rail fare hike decision correct

Arun Jaitley calls rail fare hike decision correctNew Delhi, June 21 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here today defended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for increasing railway price.

"The Railway minister has taken a difficult but a correct decision," says Jaitley. "India must decide whether it wants a world class Railway or a ram shackled one. By withdrawing the countermanding order, the present Railway Minister has taken a challenging decision," he added.

Rail passenger fare hiked by 14.2%, freight rates by 6.5%

railway trainNew Delhi: In a pre-budget move, cash-strapped railways on Friday effected a steep across-the-board hike of 14.2 percent in passenger fares in all classes and a 6.5 percent increase in freight rates to garner Rs 8000 crore a year.

The decision, which will come into effect from June 25, marks implementation of an announcement of May 16, the day Lok Sabha election results came, when the hike was announced but put on hold immediately.

In a flip-flop, the Ministry first announced that today's hike will be implemented with immediate effect but later changed it to June 25, saying the officials needed time to execute it.

Mumbai Metro struggling to cope with crowd

Mumbai Metro struggling to cope with crowdThe authorities in Mumbai are still struggling to cope with the heavy crowd at the newly opened Metro service in the mega city.

It has been a week since the metro began running on the first east-west route in the city but the officials are still struggling to cope with the large number of people. Ghatkopar Metro station saw larger number of children and their parents lining for a joy rise on the swanky new travel option in the city. The metro ride is free for the children under the age of 12 years.

MMRDA operating Monorail service at loss of Rs 5 lakh a day

MMRDA operating Monorail service at loss of Rs 5 lakh a dayThe Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is operating its much-hyped Wadala-Chembur Monorail service at a loss of around Rs. 5 lakh per day.

Available figures suggest that Wadala-Chembur Monorail tickets are raking in around Rs. 2 lakh per day, but it costs MMRDA nearly Rs. 7 lakh daily to operate the service.

The daily loss of Rs. 5 lakh piles up to become a huge loss of Rs. 1.5 crore per month.

Migration to New Zealand rises 13%

Migration to New Zealand rises 13%According to the latest figures released, New Zealand's inbound net migration has recorded an increase of 13 per cent on an annual basis, which is its highest level in a decade.

China became the biggest source of net migrants for the first time for the country after overtaking Australia and the UK. New Zealand gained a seasonally adjusted 3,500 net new migrants in February, which is the highest number of net new migrants since April 2003 compared to up from 3,100 in January.

Canadian Pacific keeps emergency pans secret

Canadian Pacific keeps emergency pans secretCanadian Pacific Railway has said that it has appropriate emergency-response plans in place but cannot reveal them in the public domain due to national security considerations.

Network Rail sorry for level crossing accidents

Network RailNetwork Rail has said that it is sorry for accidents on its level crossings across the country admitting that the company failed in managing public safety.

Chief executive Mark Carne has apologised for "failings" in managing public safety and for "failing to deal sensitively" with affected families. The company offered a full and unreserved apology to the family affected by the accidents.

Railway Ministry launches SMS alert service for passengers on waiting list

Railway SMSThe Indian Railway Ministry has launched an SMS rail alert service that will send timely updates to passengers on their respective PNR status. It will also allow passengers to receive booking status messages on their mobile devices.

Previously passengers had to dial 139 or visit the railway's official website to check the status of your waitlisted ticket.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Minister of State for Railways, said, "After experimenting this SMS service for a couple of days, we have now decided to bring it out to passengers whose waitlisted tickets get confirmed."

Egencia records 200 pc increase in new business travel contracts in India in 2013

Egencia records 200 pc increase in new business travel contracts in India in 2013New Delhi, Feb 27 : Egencia, the business travel brand of the Expedia Group, has, through its commitment to innovative technology and service offerings for Indian corporations and business travellers, reported an increase of 200 per cent in new contracts signed in 2013, compared with the planned target for the year.

In addition to new sales, customer satisfaction was at its peak with 100 per cent retained clients, 100 per cent in renewed contracts and 95 per cent of customers corporate travel spend spent with Egencia.

Railways' allocation increased to Rs.29,000 crore

P-ChidambaramNew Delhi, Feb 17 : Finance Minister P. Chidambram Monday increased the budgetary support to the railways from Rs. 26,000 crore to RS. 29,000 crore in the interim budget for 2014-15.

In his interim budget speech for 2014-15 presented to the Lok Sabha, Chidambaram said the government has to identify new instruments and new mechanisms to raise funds for railway projects.

He added that the railways need to mobilise huge resources through market borrowing and private public partnership (PPP) schemes. (IANS)

Mallikarjun Kharge expected to announce many new trains on Feb. 12

Mallikarjun Kharge expected to announce many new trains on Feb. 12Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge is expected to announce several new trains along with a promise of better amenities in trains and at stations in the interim budget on Wednesday, February 12.

As general elections are just round the corner, MPs from all parties are demanding new trains for many zones to sway voters.




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