Jugnoo launches taxi aggregation amid strike by Ola, Uber drivers

JugnooSoCoMo Technologies Pvt. Ltd, which runs on-demand delivery services startup and auto rickshaw aggregator Jugnoo, has announced its entry into the taxi aggregation business at a time when key players in the segment are facing drivers’ ire over diminishing incentives and low earnings. “We have come up with a strategy to provide taxi services at […]

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Uber, Ola drivers go on strike in Delhi; demand better incentives

Just as app-based taxi drivers’ agitation over falling incomes is fast spreading to more Indian cities, drivers of cab-hailing companies Uber and Ola started an indefinite strike in the national capital from Friday to protest against the unfriendly policies of their employers. The protest comes weeks after drivers belonging to Uber and Ola staged similar […]

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Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal reiterates stand on ‘level playing field’ for local cos

Sachin-Bansal_feE-commerce giant Flipkart’s co-founder Sachin Bansal has re-ignited the debate around a “level playing field” for Indian startups, saying it is essential to ensure that local companies don’t get “prematurely killed” by foreign competition. “Indian companies can and they should build products which are world-class, and take them globally. Zomato, Practo and Freshdesk are clear […]

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Exclusive: Uber to take on Ola Shuttle soon with bus, van ride-sharing

Uber_big_feNotwithstanding its constant denial, Uber is moving fast on introducing ride-sharing on vans and buses in India, with a likely launch of the service within three months, according to two persons in the industry briefed on the matter. San Francisco-based Uber, the world’s most valued startup, is thus opening another front in its direct battle […]

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Uber takes on Karnataka govt, says UberPOOL legal

UBER007In the ongoing tussle with the Karnataka state transport department, cab aggregator Uber has defended its ride-sharing service UberPOOL, saying it is legal under the current regulatory framework. On Monday, the state transport department instructed Uber and its rival Ola to halt their ride-sharing services before Friday, terming them illegal. To counter this, US-based Uber […]

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Karnataka government asks Ola, Uber to stop ride-sharing services from Friday

Ola, UberThe Karnataka transport department has instructed cab aggregators Ola and Uber to halt their ride-sharing services Ola Share and UberPOOL before Friday, terming them illegal. Following a two-hour-long meeting on Monday with officials from Ola and Uber as well as driver representatives, state transport commissioner M K Aiyappa said the department explained the legal aspects […]

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Snapdeal investor Vani Kola joins Flipkart, Ola in ‘capital dumping’ debate

Vani Kola, MD, Kalaari CapitalIn December last year, Sachin Bansal, co-founder of India’s largest e-commerce company Flipkart and Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder of ride hailing service Ola hit out at foreign-origin firms on their capital dumping practices and asked the government for a ‘level- playing field’ for India’s startups. Now, prominent venture capitalist Vani Kola, founder and managing director of […]

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Ola, Uber set for another policy battle as Karnataka says ride-sharing illegal

For-Ola-Uber-Illegal-Ride-sharing-Story_ThinkstockPhotos-85451628A senior Karnataka government official has termed as illegal the ride-sharing services that Ola and Uber offer to consumers, imposing a fresh regulatory hurdle for the two app-based cab aggregators. State Transport Commissioner MK Aiyappa was quoted as saying in media reports that the government would initiate action against ride sharing services such as Ola […]

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Ola names Pepsi veteran Vishal Kaul COO

ola_feCab-hailing service Ola said on Monday it has appointed Vishal Kaul as chief operating officer in place of Pranay Jivrajka, who has been named a founding partner. Kaul is an 18-year veteran at beverages giant PepsiCo Inc, where he was most recently general manager at Pepsico Foods for Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. At Ola, he […]

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