Uber adds public transportation to its app starting with Denver

first_img Mobile Tech Industry Mobile Apps Uber You may be able to use the Uber app to see when your bus is coming. On Thursday the ride-hailing giant rolled out its first integration with public transit. Users in Denver will now see end-to-end directions and real-time information for public transit in the app, thanks to a partnership with the Regional Transportation District. “Our customers want their trips to be as seamless as possible, and a collaboration like this one allows them to plan for travel from end to end, including additional first mile and last mile options,” said David Genova, CEO and general manager of RTD, in a blog post. “RTD is pleased to work with Uber as we present riders with additional, complementary options to most efficiently reach their destination.”This isn’t Uber’s first attempt to become the one-stop shop for transportation. In September, the company launched a new feature called Mode Switch, an in-app tool that lets people see what modes of transportation the company offers in that location, including cars, bikes and scooters. From there, users can choose what transportation they want to use. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the ride-hailing giant wants “to be the Amazon of transportation.”Riders will see “Transit” next to UberX, Uber Pool and other available options from the ride-hailing company once they enter their destinations. When they select the option, they’ll be able to view available transit routes along with real-time departure and arrival times. Users will see walking directions to and from the transit stations. They’ll also soon be able to buy and use RTD tickets, Uber said.Uber integrated this public transportation information through a partnership with the urban mobility app Moovit, which provides real-time transit data and route planning around the world. Uber said that with this partnership it’ll expand the feature to more cities in coming months.First published Jan. 31, 11:56 a.m. PT. Update, 2:06 p.m.: Adds information on Moovit partnership.Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices.How to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online. Tags Comment Uber Share your voice 1last_img read more

Police chief sees no scope for militancy in Rohingya camps

first_imgThe inspector general of police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque said on Sunday there is no room for militant activities inside the Rohingya camps in disguise of relief.The police chief came up with remarks while addressing the briefing on law and order situation at the police headquarter with the chief of law enforcing agencies and the leaders of Puja and Ashura celebration committees, according to UNB.AKM Shahidul Hoque said “Our regular supervision and special monitoring is going on to check any militant activities inside the Rohinga camp. So it is not possible to conduct militancy activities.”He said “Police and their agents are kept alert to thwart any such attempt. No aid materials will be distributed without goes unchecked. The locals and Rohingyas are being made aware of it too for safety.””Some ill motivated efforts can be conducted to propagate militancy inside the helpless Rohinga. We will rule out all possibilities by our regular monitoring. We won’t allow Bangladesh’ soil to be used as a breeding ground for militants,” AKM Shahidul Hoque assured.IGP also said “Police have arrested over 200 Rohingya refugees from all across the country who will not be detained. Rather we will return them to their camps. We will conduct our drive everywhere to restrict their movement outside the camp for their better treatment.””If they spread in the country, they will become illegal immigrants. We will return them to their camp without arresting them on the humanitarian perspective. Registration will ensure their relief, accommodation, medicine and proper assistance,” he said.The country’s top policeman included that security measures will be enhanced to ensure a smooth and peaceful celebration of Durga Puja and Muharram as usual.last_img read more

No headway in Rana Plaza murder case

first_imgThe collapsed Rana Plaza.Proceedings in the murder case over the Rana Plaza collapse have been stalled, following a High Court order six years after the deadly incident that killed more than 1100 people.Testifying in the murder case was halted after two of them got a stay order from the court challenging the order to frame charges, according to the office of Dhaka district public prosecutor (PP).Six years ago on 24 April 2013, a total of 1,136 people, mostly readymade garment workers, were killed and 1,169 more were injured and later physically disabled after the multi-storey building collapsed.Three years ago, the Dhaka district and sessions judge court framed a charge sheet and passed an order to carry on proceedings of the murder case against Sohel Rana, owner of the building, and 40 others.Earlier, three cases were filed in connection with the Rana Plaza collapse. One was filed under the building construction act. The proceedings in the case were also stalled following a revision appeal by the accused.The trial of only the case which was filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is now going on.Bangladesh Centre for Workers Solidarity’s executive director Kalpana Akhter told Prothom Alo, “A lot of people were killed or physically disabled in the incident. But there has been no justice over the past six years. This is a sheer humiliation for the victims. If the workers had any value, justice would be done in 6 months.”The attorney general Mahbubey Alam said, “The public prosecutors informed me that the trial in the two cases remains stalled following stay order by the High Court in favour of two accused. As soon as possible, the state will take necessary steps over the withdrawal of the stay order.”Dhaka district’s chief public prosecutor Khandakar Abdul Mannan told Prothom Alo that he earlier informed the attorney general’s office about the matter.In reality, he added, there is no scope to carry on the trial due to the stay order from the higher court.He assured that he will soon talk with the attorney general over the matter.In this AFP file photo taken on 24 April 2013 Bangladeshi civilian volunteers assist in rescue operations after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. Photo: AFPThe case was delayed for three years as there was no permission to frame charge sheets against the six government servants involved in the matter.The public administration, and labour and employment ministry argued that they won’t give permission to frame charges against its officials as they did not commit any serious crime.The police finally framed charges against the officials despite no permission from the ministry. Taking the matter into cognizance, the Dhaka district and sessions judge court framed the charge sheet on 18 July on 2016.Dhaka PP office said eight accused filed an appeal with the High Court challenging the charge sheet. Following a hearing on the issue, the higher court passed a stay order. Meanwhile, stay order of six have been withdrawn. The trial remains stalled as the higher court extended stay in favour of former mayor Refayet Ullah and former councilor Mohammad Ali Khan.Out of 41 accused in the case, only Sohel Rana, owner of the building, is in jail while 32 are on bail, six are in hiding while two of them have died.Asked about the matter, Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen Malik told Prothom Alo that it seems that the state has no interest about any cases other than political ones.This is why the state is not taking any action to withdraw the stay on the case, he said.What does the charge sheet say?Savar police first investigated the incident. Then, the Detective Branch (DB) of police probed for the second time and finally, police’s Crime and Investigation Department (CID) conducted another investigation.According to the charge sheet, a crack was seen on the third floor’s pillars and walls of the Rana Plaza at 9:30am on 23 April 2013. Following the incident, BGMEA officials immediately visited the spot and asked the authorities to stop using the building until a BUET team examined it.But the owners of five garments factories forced the workers to carry on their work on 24 April. On that day, Rana Plaza’s owners—Khaleq and Sohel Rana—said that ‘the building won’t collapse in a hundred years.’In this AFP file photo taken on 24 April 2013 Bangladeshi garment workers help evacuate a survivor using lengths of textiles as a slide to evacuate them from the rubble after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. Photo: AFPThe charges sheet said Rana Plaza’s owner Khaleq and his son Sohel Rana resorted to corruption at every step of constructing the building, making it a death trap. Five garment factories were opened in the building. Heavy electric generators, big sewing machines were set up inside the building. On the morning of the disaster day, the electricity power went off at 9:00am. They then turned on three generators. The building immediately collapsed.Statement stopped in another caseCID submitted a charge sheet on 26 April 2015 in a case filed by RAJUK (Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha). The case was filed under the building construction act and 18 persons including Sohel Rana were named. Taking this charge sheet into consideration, on 14 June next year, the senior judicial magistrate of Dhaka framed charges. A number of plaintiffs challenged the order and sought revision with the district and session judge court at Dhaka.Recording of statements pertaining to the case under the building construction act came to a halt as a revision petition was filed, said state-prosecutor Anwarul Kabir.The statements will be taken once the documents are delivered from the chief judicial magistrate court. But the course of recording statement has been running under a special judge court of Dhaka division. Charges were framed against 10 people including Sohel Rana on 21 May 2017.*This report appeared in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin and Toriqul Islamlast_img read more