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Ola, Uber now may charge four times the minimum fare

According to the Centre's new guidelines for the taxi operators across the country, taxi aggregators such as Ola and Uber, may charge hike in fare upto three times the minimum fare during the day and up to four times between midnight and 5 am.

However, the minimum fare will have to be submitted to the state transport departments for approval. The guidelines will also give permission to private vehicles to be used as taxis by paying the required fees. Such private vehicles can be engaged by BPOs, IT companies, government departments and PSUs for long-term hiring. According to media reports, price regulation will cover vehicles which are less than four metres in length - categorised as "economy taxi".

No one in India takes Rahul Gandhi seriously: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

adhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on 15 December said he feels really sorry that nobody in this country takes the Congress vice-president seriously nor does anyone trust him, and thus, his remarks don't deserve any comment.

"I really feel sorry that nobody in this country takes Rahul Gandhi seriously. His talks are not serious and nobody trusts his words. So, how do you expect me to comment on his remarks," Chouhan said.

"As far as the Prime Minister is concerned, he is a 'yugapurush', 'nishkam karmayogi' and a patriot, and he never thinks of anything else except for the betterment of the country and welfare of the people."

For Aleppo: In solidarity, Eiffel Tower switches off lights

The Eiffel Tower, on 14 December night, switched off its lights to show solidarity and support for the people of Aleppo.

According to a report in an international news agency, the monument was plunged into darkness from 8:00 pm (1900 GMT). Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said that the lights were switched off as a protest against the "unbearable" situation for civilians in the city where fighting raged during the day.

An international news agency quoted Hidalgo as saying, "The final roads of Aleppo held by the opposition are being taken by the regime, creating hundreds of victims."

Hyderabad: Police nab 65 youth for watching porn, beheading videos, at internet cafe

Hyderbad police, on 14 December, caught at least 65 youngsters for watching porn at cyber cafes. Some of the boys were as young as 11-years-old.

According to a media reports, the police went after the teens after parents complained of their children spending more time at cyber cafes claiming that they need internet access to do their homework and projects.

Following the raid at cyber cafes, the police building became a counselling zone for nearly 65 young Hyderabadis who were caught watching porn. Parents were also invited.

Woman beats daughter, hangs her from fan

A woman on 15 December reportedly beat her minor daughter and hung her upside down from the ceiling of their residence in a Khadakpada chawl in Kalyan, Mumbai.

The woman reportedly meted out this punishment to her eight-year old daughter frequently as she suspected her of theft.

Interestingly, while no police case has been registered against the woman, a case was on Wednesday filed against two of her neighbours as they had a spat with another resident over the issue.

Some of the neighbours, who heard the girl's cries went to the house on Tuesday and found the mother beating her severely.

Some chawl residents who wanted to save the girl, were stopped by others. An argument broke out between the two groups following which they came to blows, the police said.

Total number of bird species is actually double of old estimates!

Latest research by the American Museum of Natural History has come out with news that's bound to make at least ornithophiles very happy.

The study suggests that there are approximately 18,000 bird species in the world - which is almost twice the number previously estimated. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, has looked at what's being called "hidden" avian diversity: birds that are similar to each other in appearance but are, in fact, entirely different species.

As part of the study, the researchers examined a randomised sample of 200 bird species using morphology. The method ultimately showed that on an average there were almost two different species for each of the 200 birds studied.

In an official statement, one of the authors of the study and a curator in the American Museum of Natural History's Department of Ornithology, Joel Cracraft said that, "We are proposing a major change to how we count diversity... This new number says that we haven't been counting and conserving species in the ways we want."

New world record: Highest wave in the world is six storeys tall

Nature can often intimidate just to make it clear who's boss. Scientists got a hint of it again recently when they measured what's being called the world's highest wave.

If you think it can't be taller than that 6.6 ft bloke you met at the club last night , consider this: the highest recorded wave, as recorded by a measuring buoy has been found to be 19-meters (62.3ft), in the North Atlantic, according to the UN's weather agency. The automated buoy measured the wave somewhere between Great Britain and Iceland on 4 February 2013, at 6.00 GMT, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said recently.

The height of the wave means its basically taller than your average six-storey building. "This is the first time we have ever measured a wave of 19 meters. It is a remarkable record," the WMO assistant secretary general, Wenjian Zhang, said in a statement. The previous record was of a wave measuring 18.275 meters (59.96ft), measured in , also in the North Atlantic.

New study suggests thousands of pilots are suicidal

A suicidal pilot is a prospect that will only excite you if you're WWII-era Japan or Al Qaeda. Anyone else should be terrified by the thought, and, if a new study is to be believed, there's plenty to be terrified about.

Earlier this year, Andrea Lubitz, a suicidally depressed pilot flew the plane he was piloting into a mountainside, killing 149. Now, a new survey by Harvard University, conducted anonymously in the aftermath of Lubitz' actions, show that many active pilots are suicidally depressed.

4.1% of respondents admitted to "thoughts of being better off dead or self-harm within the past two weeks". If this figure was applied to the larger data set of 1,40,000 pilots worldwide, it would mean close to 6,000 pilots are suffering from dangerous levels of depression.

What's worse, most of these pilots also cannot openly seek treatment for fear of losing their jobs, making the skies scarier than they already are.