BEIJING: China has launched a nationwide campaign to inspect food imports after a new coronavirus outbreak emerged at a wholesale market in Beijing, with experts suggesting it shares similarities to European strains. Authorities have been testing hundreds of thousands of people for the contagion while neighbourhoods have been locked down and schools closed to prevent a second wave of the epidemic that China had largely brought under control. READ: Beijing residents rush to coronavirus test clinics as emergency rules expand Another 25 cases were confirmed in Beijing on Friday (Jun 19), taking the total number of infections since last week to 183. Chinese authorities shared the genome data of the latest outbreak with the World Health Organization and international scientific community on Thursday. Initial findings suggest it "came from Europe", but differs from what is currently spreading there, said Zhang Yong of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. … [Read more...] about China inspects food imports, halts bus routes over COVID-19 fears
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New Delhi: The final phase of the trial of the contactless ticketing system will begin in the around 3,000 cluster buses run by the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) through the 'Chartr' app from Monday (March 1), a transport department statement said. The trial of the app is already underway in all 3,760 buses operated by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), it said. Approximately, four lakh tickets have been booked using the app so far. The pink tickets for women passengers, who travel free of cost in public transport buses, comprise 67 per cent of the total tickets booked through the app, it said. "The total daily ticket booking through 'Chartr' app is around 10,000. In the last 10 days, the ticket count through this app has witnessed around a 10 per cent increase on a daily basis," it said. The app has seen a progressive increase in the number of users since its trial began and over two lakh people have downloaded it since its release, it said. The … [Read more...] about Final phase of trial for contactless bus ticketing system to begin in Delhi from Monday
BEIJING: Officials in Beijing are carrying out nucleic acid tests on all food and parcel delivery personnel as they ramp up efforts to rein in an outbreak of the coronavirus in the Chinese capital, state-backed Beijing News reported on Saturday (Jun 20). Officials have been expanding testing across the city of 20 million since a cluster of new infections linked to a food wholesale market erupted just over a week ago. The outbreak, the first in Beijing in months, has now surpassed previous peak numbers in early February. READ: China reports 27 new coronavirus cases, including 22 in Beijing READ: China inspects food imports, halts bus routes over COVID-19 fears A nucleic acid test involves a swab sample taken from the back of a person's throat or respiratory tract, and the sample is then tested for the presence of the coronavirus' genome. Testing for COVID-19 initially focused on residential areas near the sprawling Xinfadi market and on people who worked or shopped … [Read more...] about Beijing tests food, parcel couriers for COVID-19 as city checks widen
By Avik Chattopadhyay The spark On February 1, 2021, after the budget presentation, on being asked by a television reporter why there was no mention of electric mobility , Nitin Gadkari, the Union Road Transport and Highways Minister, made an interesting remark. “The country needs to explore more self-sufficient and self-reliant methods of powering mobility to reduce our dependence on imports!” This was significant and one needs to read between the lines; especially if one couples the National Hydrogen Mission [NHM] that was announced by the Finance Minister. On February 8, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy told the media that the draft of NHM will be ready in two months. Link this with the fact that Delhi inducted Hydrogen-CNG buses in its fleet in October 2020. Fast forward a few weeks, and on February 23, the Indian Auto LPG Coalition [the industry body of auto LPG stakeholders] impressed upon the government to promote a few alternative clean energy … [Read more...] about Opinion: ‘Atmanirbhar’ alternatives to electric mobility!
CHENNAI : Ride hailing tech giant Uber has launched its ‘ Public Transport ’ journey planning feature for the city's users. This will allow riders in the city the option to plan their transit journey with service information and end-to-end directions all within the Uber app . Uber riders in Chennai will now be able to view ‘Public Transport’ as an option along with other familiar modes like UberGo, Premier, Uber Auto, on their Uber app. The feature provides an overview of the city’s metro and bus service information with details of the fastest and cheapest routes, schedules and directions to the nearest transit stops, to help riders make the smartest possible journey choices. On entering a destination, the ‘Public Transport’ journey planning feature gives riders a way to look at all the options on the Uber app. The app provides information on the city’s metro and bus service with details on real-time scheduling, arrival and departure times, pricing, information … [Read more...] about Uber launches journey planning feature called ‘Public Transport’ in Chennai