Dalit women of a village in Bulandshahr say they are not being allowed to enter a temple by people of “higher caste”, in an alleged case of caste discrimination. Police have promised to look into the case after members of the community protested and a video lending credence to the charge went viral on social media. Women in Rakehra village of Khurja belonging to the Valmiki community were stopped at the gates of Chamad Mandir and allegedly assaulted by “local hooligans” when they protested. In the video, the women are seen confronting a young man stopping them outside the temple. When he tells them the temple is a private property, the women remind him that they have been praying there every year. The man is heard saying they could very well go to the police or the local politicians and the women retort that they are not afraid of anybody and threaten to sit on a dharna.
JUTC fleet in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) to increase from 244 to 350 Effective September 1, the fleet of Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses plying routes across the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) will increase from 244 to 350.This will be facilitated through the introduction of a number of buses which the state-run entity acquired recently.Managing Director of the JUTC, Colin Campbell, who made the disclosure during a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the JIS’ head office in Kingston on August 21, said 35 new buses imported earlier this year, have been serviced and are ready to be incorporated into the fleet.“What 350 buses will enable us to do is to provide a more predictable schedule for commuters; obviously to provide more seats on the routes, so that customers won’t have to seek alternative modes of transportation,” he stated.Mr. Campbell said the fleet is slated to be further increased to 400 by year-end, a move which will also be facilitated through the acquisition of new buses as well as re-introduction of repaired units.He informed that an additional 20 articulated (twin) buses have been released from the wharf, and are slated to be commissioned into service by late October. Further, several buses, which were taken out of service for repairs, should also be returned shortly as the requisite parts have been received.Mr. Campbell advised that some 15 of 40 units that were withdrawn to facilitate tyre installations are slated to be re-introduced shortly, as this exercise has been completed.“Therefore, out of a combination of new buses, repairs, purchasing of tyres, and refurbishing of buses, we intend to achieve the roll-out numbers. Once we achieve the roll out numbers and can consistently keep those seats on the road we should be able to bring our revenues up an additional $118 million per month,” Mr. Campbell said. 35 new buses imported earlier this year 15 of 40 units that were withdrawn to facilitate tyre installations are slated to be re-introduced shortly Story Highlights
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Facebook has hired former Xiaomi and Google executive Hugo Barra to lead all of its virtual reality efforts, including its Oculus team.Announcing the move in a post on Facebook, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Barra “shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform”.“They [VR and AR] will enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before. Hugo is going to help build that future and I’m looking forward to having him on our team,” he said.Barra, in his own Facebook post, confirmed that he would take up his new Silicon Valley-based role as Facebook’s VP of VR “in a couple of months”.He said his mission at the company would be to “make technology breakthroughs quickly and readily available to the widest possible spectrum of humanity”.News of the appointment comes in the same week that Barra announced he was leaving Xiaomi after three and a half years working for the Chinese electronics firm out of Beijing.In a separate Facebook post, Barra described his time at Xiaomi as the “greatest and most challenging adventure of my life”, but said he wanted to be back home in Silicon Valley, closer to friends and family.During his time at the company, Xiaomi launched its first US product – an Android TV set-top-box called the Mi Box that came out last year – and also made waves in the smartphone and TV space.Barra joined Xiaomi after a five year stint at Google, where from 2010 he helped to develop the Android mobile operating system.Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted it will take “at least 10 years” for the virtual reality ecosystem to be built out, but said he is confident VR will be an important technology.In an interview for Die Welt newspaper with Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of German media group Axel Springer, Zuckerberg likened the rollout of VR to the development of the smartphone and said “now is the time to invest”.