Online Service With Data on Stolen Vehicles Across Country Launched

Online Service With Data on Stolen Vehicles Across Country Launched

A new online service with complete data on stolen vehicle across the country was launched in New Delhi on Friday.

The service, Vahan Samanvaya, launched by Union Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, will help police and public trace the database of stolen vehicles.

It was launched at a function organised to celebrate the 31st inception day of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

The Minister also launched a Web portal named Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) compilation system which will help NCRB to get data from all states and other agencies so as to have a complete picture on its circulation.

The NCRB is mandated to empower the Indian Police with Information Technology and is responsible for collecting, analysing the crime data of the country.

It facilitates Investigating Officers with updated IT tools and information in investigation of crimes.

The Home Ministry has entrusted the Bureau with the responsibility of implementing their flagship Plan Programme “Crime & Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS)” by March 31, 2017. The scheme envisages connecting all police stations online.

At present, out of 16,000 police stations and offices in the country, 10,000 have already been connected through this system.

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HBO Now Streaming Service Nears 1 Million Subscribers: Time Warner

HBO Now Streaming Service Nears 1 Million Subscribers: Time Warner

Time Warner Inc. said its HBO Now streaming service is nearing 1 million subscribers, up from the 800,000 at year end.

Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes announced the new tally Tuesday at a Deutsche Bank investor conference in Palm Beach, Florida. The previous year-end total came in a February 10 conference call.

HBO charges $15 (roughly Rs. 1,000) a month for the online service, part of the company’s effort to counteract so-called cord-cutting and compete with Internet services including Netflix and Hulu. HBO is increasing its original programming by 50 percent to 600 hours annually. Bewkes said Tuesday. The online product isn’t taking viewers from its conventional pay-TV service, which signed up about 2.7 million new domestic subscribers last year, he said.

Bewkes said he didn’t expect the online HBO service to contribute to profit this year. The company is reinvesting in new markets and programming, he said.

“It’s a successful product,” Bewkes said. “We’re going to push on it.”

The surge in spending is part of a broader industry trend in which programmers like New York-based Time Warner, also the owner of Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros., are having to increase production of original shows to combat viewer losses to Internet services and satisfy existing cable and satellite TV audiences.

Time Warner’s TNT and TBS networks, part of the Turner division, plan to double their production budgets to $1 billion (roughly Rs. 6,745 crores), Bewkes said.

As part of the effort to reach new viewers, Time Warner is considering offering other networks online outside the U.S. The HBO streaming service is expanding to Mexico, Brazil, Spain and Argentina this year, Bewkes said.

Time Warner fell 1.2 percent to $68.72 at 12:25pm in New York. The stock had gained 7.6 percent this year as of Monday.

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Uber to Launch Carpool Service in Kolkata

Uber to Launch Carpool Service in KolkataAfter Bangalore and Delhi, taxi aggregator Uber would launch carpool service Kolkata this year, offering at least 30 per cent lower fares to those who share cab rides as part of efforts to check rising pollution.

“In 2016, we are going to start carpool service in Kolkata. This is keeping in view of the high pollution levels which are choking the various metros of the country by bringing down the number of cars on the roads,” GM (east) of Uber India Systems Ashwin Dias said.

Passengers can take advantage of sharing rides in the same direction which would help them to reduce their individual fares by at least 30 percent, Dias told PTI.

For this, Uber would have to develop a Kolkata-specific app which would contain entire data relating to traffic congestion and traffic behaviour in the area where its GPS would operate.

The other app-based aggregator Meru Cabs had already started carpooling services in the city.

Dias said that Kolkata has been one of the fastest growing markets for Uber internationally.

“We started our service in August 2014 and the response was terrific. People who were used to the yellow taxis have moved over to app-based aggregators as it provided them convenience and the drivers got flexibility,” he said.

Asked about the number of cars which Uber was aggregating in Kolkata, Dias said as per international practice that number could not be divulged.

To abide by the West Bengal government guidelines, Dias said that Uber would apply for the for On Demand Technology Transportation Aggregators (ODTTA) licence soon.

Dias also said that Uber would also make efforts to take advantage of the state government’s Gatidhara’ scheme.

“The scheme entails that any unemployed youth of the state would get a subsidy of Rs. 1 lakh for purchase of a commercial vehicle”, he said.

This is a great opportunity for us to get more drivers in our fold, he said.

Regarding security and safety issues, he said that Uber was now doing a pilot project with Bidhan Nagar Police Station for GPS tracking of the vehicles.

“This will be implemented in other police stations as well,” he said.

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