GHMC could soon act on its proposal to privatise the tertiary level garbage transportation, along with maintenance of its transfer stations in the city. Preparations are under way to identify locations for new transfer stations and hand them over to the private concessionaire all in a month, officials informed.Tertiary level transportation represents shifting of garbage from transfer stations up to the Jawahar Nagar landfill maintained by Hyderabad Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Limited (HIMSW), a special purpose vehicle launched by the concessionaire Ramky Enviro Engineers, under public-private-partnership for solid waste management in the city.As of now, the tertiary level garbage transfer is with the GHMC, though almost all the vehicles engaged in the activity are hired from private agencies.Senior GHMC officials on condition of anonymity informed that the hired vehicles may be discontinued soon, and the garbage transfer too may be handed over to HIMSW, in partial fulfilment of … [Read more...] about GHMC to privatise garbage transportation
Email By Nick Sas Updated May 26, 2019 19:15:22 Photo: Some commuters gave their approval to the Sydney Metro, but not everyone was happy. (AAP) Related Story: 'Game-changer': Sydney's new driverless train to open to the public on May 26 Map: Sydney 2000 The doors on one of Sydney's new Metro driverless trains failed to open this afternoon, causing delays and huge queues, marring what the New South Wales Government hoped would be a day of celebration. Key points: The driverless Sydney Metro train line officially opened on Sunday with commuters offered free travel to celebrateThere have been teething problems, with one train overshooting the platform causing a 15- to 20-minute delayMore than 22,000 people have worked on the project, which will extend to Bankstown by 2024 NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was beaming on Sunday morning at Tallawong station in Sydney's north-west as the country's first driverless train took off five years after the project began.It is part one … [Read more...] about Sydney’s driverless Metro train opens, but delays come as doors fail to open
As crimes against women have been on the rise, apart from the irritating brushing and groping on public transport, women have taken it upon themselves to protect themselves from such harassment. One heard of college girls carrying the handy safety pins; in fact, every woman who uses public transport will have a story or two of using the pin to keep molesters at bay. Students vouch for the effectiveness of the sharp compass needle from their geometry box. Then there are others who depend on their school/ college backpack as it ensures a minimum of one-foot distance while travelling on a bus. Sharp solutionsWhile sexual assault and attacks make it to headlines, getting molested in public places like a bus or a cinema theatre or a queue don’t. Young girls cannot get into a bus without getting stressed at the thought of being touched or pushed from behind. “The safety pin is always in my hand the moment I enter a crowded place. Thankfully we travel by college bus and we are … [Read more...] about What is your secret safety tool?
Changes to India’s privacy bill could cause trouble for Facebook, Google and others as proposals include government powers to request user data to help forge policies. The Personal Data Protection Bill, circulated to parliament members on Tuesday and reviewed by Reuters, was keenly awaited by top technology companies as it could affect the way they process, store and transfer Indian consumers’ data. The bill’s latest version introduces a provision empowering the government to ask a company to provide anonymised personal data, as well as other non-personal data, to help target the delivery of government services or formulate policies. The bill defines “personal data” as information that can help identify a person and has characteristics, traits and any other features of a person’s identity. Any other data is non-personal, the bill said, without elaborating. “For companies, even non-personal data is wealth and such a legal provision is likely to … [Read more...] about Personal Data Protection Bill Enables Government to Ask Companies for User Data
India presents a challenging market for most foreign carmakers. The automotive sector is undergoing a contraction. Fewer vehicles are being sold. Luxury cars, however, continue to find takers. Pavan Shetty, who has been in the driver’s seat at Porsche India for the past four years, reckons that the market will turn a corner soon. In an interview, Shetty spoke of Porsche’s sales strategy, upcoming launches, and why luxury carmakers risk diluting their brand equity by engaging in price wars. Edited excerpts: There has been a gradual uptick in wealth creation at the top of the pyramid. There are more high-net-individuals (HNIs) in India than ever before. Has this translated into larger sales numbers for Porsche?It does help to an extent, but the transformative power of this section of the demographic is different for different businesses. We, as a brand, are all about emotion and passion. Emotion is not something you generate one fine day in the morning. It is a curated … [Read more...] about Macan’s success shows luxe car market has bucked slowdown trend: Pavan Shetty, Porsche India Director