Uber CEO’s Mother Passes Away, Father Serious

In a Boston tragedy involving the parents of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, his mother died on the spot and father was seriously injured.
Donald Kalanick (left), Travis Kalanick, and Bonnie Kalanick

Washington: On Friday at around 5 pm, Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick’s parents met with a boating accident in Fresno County at Pine Flat Lake. The 71 year old mother, Bonnie Kalanick, was found dead and the father Donald Kalanick was seriously injured. Donald was moved to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno on a Skylife helicopter.

Uber spokesperson said “Last night Travis and his family suffered an unspeakable tragedy. His mother passed away in a devastating boating accident near Fresno and his father is in serious condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis and his family in this heartbreaking time.”

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Uber launches bike-sharing App

  • Founder Travis Kalanick present at T-Hub event

Hyderabad: Uber, the smartphone app that connects riders with drivers to provide convenient, reliable and affordable rides at the push of a button, has announced the launch of its bike-sharing product, uberMOTO, at a T-Hub event in Hyderabad with Travis Kalanick, Founder and CEO, and KT Rama Rao, Telangana IT Minister.   

Travis Kalanick, Founder and CEO, Uber, said on Tuesday: “I am excited to be in Hyderabad for the launch of uberMOTO. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to get around the city. And it’s great to be working with a progressive, forward thinking government like Telangana on smart mobility solutions that can help reduce congestion in urban areas.”

IT Minister K T Rama Rao said: “We recently achieved the top spot in ease of doing business in India which is a testament to our strong belief in making Telangana a start-up leader in India. Uber has added another feather in our partnership today by launching UberMOTO to help solve the transportation and congestion problems for people in Hyderabad and I am hopeful that this service will help people in reaching their destination quickly and conveniently.” In addition, Uber and Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help extend the reach of the metro using uberMOTO.

Amit Jain, President of India and South Asia, Uber India, said: “The government of Telangana has once again shown its commitment to embracing technology-enabled solutions. By recognising how we can transform urban mobility options in our cities through progressive regulations, Telangana is leading the way in bringing the change that our cities need.”

UberMOTO gives riders an affordable and convenient motorcycle ride at the push of a button, through the Uber app. Riders receive driver and bike details just as they do for other Uber rides, as well as all standard safety features before, during and after the ride including GPS tracking, two-way feedback and the ability to share trip details with family and friends.

UberMOTO will go live in Hyderabad from January 2017, and will be one of the most affordable transportation options in the city, with fares as low as Rs 20 for the first 3 km and Rs 5 per km thereafter. uberMOTO is also available in Indonesia and Vietnam, and is especially well-suited for first mile/last mile connectivity, getting people from their homes or offices to metro stations and vice versa. -NSS

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No lessons learnt from Nirbhaya incident

  • Friday rape, yet another shame on Delhi!
  • Justice Varma’s recommendations not followed
  • Police are callous, give conduct certificate to rapist
  • Actors changed but attitudes continue be the same

New Delhi, December 8: Atrocities take place on regular basis and nothing is learnt from them. There is no change in the attitude of the police, the politicians, the civil society and the potential victims. The latest shame of Delhi, the rape on the evening of Friday involving a serial rapist, has proved this point beyond doubt. We learn nothing and bemoan every time an atrocity occurs. Then it is life as usual.

Late Justice Varma’s recommendations were followed only in their breach. The GPS system is as good as not there. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a routine statement in parliament on Monday saying that the perception of the society has to change. The Magistrate Court in Delhi has ordered three-day police remand for Shiv Kumar Yadav who was accused of rape in 2011 also earlier. The DCP of northeast Delhi had given a good conduct certificate to the very same Yadav in August 2014. The rapist was even arrested in 2011. But the police officials were not aware of it. The Uber cab service has been suspended by the Delhi administration for not keeping up the safety norms. Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber, promised to bring justice to the victim, a hapless software employee who was returning home after a day’s work and was raped in the cab.

These developments sound rather familiar. The atrocity that had come to be known as Nirbhaya case, took place on December 16 two years ago and all the actors, though the political parties have changed places, acted the same way as we see them doing today. The media also showed the same degree of anger and anguish. The women groups have exhibited their concern and outrage in the streets of Delhi. The women leaders of all the opposition parties, Brinda Karat et al, were there shouting slogans and giving fiery speeches as they are doing now. It was Manmohan Singh in the seat and today it is Narendra Modi. That seems to be the only difference.

The social media has been engaged in the familiar habit of questioning the victim. Why did the victim of December 16 two years ago have to enter a near-empty bus in the evening even though there was a male companion? Why did she have to go for a party? In the case of Friday atrocity also, the people in the social media questioned the victim for consuming alcohol or getting into a cab and dozing off without taking enough precaution to protect herself. The media also has been giving tips to women who commute in Delhi. They were asked to note down the taxi number and name of the driver and intimate the details to a couple of close friends for safety. Easy to suggest and difficult to practice.

The laws that were streamlined and the measures taken by the administration did not help prevent the shame of Delhi once again. The attitude of men towards women has to undergo a change for the better, after all.

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