Six persons were injured when a Rajasthan Roadways bus, in which they were travelling, plunged into a drain near Chaksu on National Highway-12, about 40 km from here, early morning on February 5. The accident took place at a bridge near the Sheetla dam in Chaksu town.The bus was pulled out of the drain with the help of a crane, while the passengers were rescued through boats. Three of those injured were referred to Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital in Jaipur for treatment.The civil defence and police teams were pressed into service for the rescue operation, while the local villagers rushed to pull the passengers out of water. The bus with about 30 passengers was travelling from Jaipur to Kota.According to the initial reports, the driver lost control when the bus was crossing the bridge. The bus fell into the drain after breaking the railing of the bridge.
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IT services company Infosys has fired the chief financial officer (CFO) of its BPO unit on grounds of violation of code of conduct, reportedly after a whistleblower’s revelation of financial irregularities in the unit.Infosys sacked BPO CFO Abraham Mathews, who has been in the position since 2003, in a departure it said was “in keeping with the company’s goal of setting the highest standards of corporate governance and adhering to the letter and spirit of the company’s code of conduct.”However, in its filing with the BSE on Tuesday, Infosys did not elaborate on the issue – the first time that the Bengaluru-based firm was involved in an incident of this nature.According to reports, Mathews had failed to disclose financial irregularities by an employee who reportedly overbilled a client at one of the BPO’s centres, and the lid was blown off by a whistleblower.”An employee blew the whistle. The auditors found [sic] out the employee responsible for the racket and sacked him. The CFO was asked to go for poor financial control,” a source told The Times of India.The employee charged with the fraud has also been sacked though the irregularities were termed as ‘immaterial’.Infosys BPO CEO Gautam Thakur has also put down his papers, citing responsibility on “moral grounds”.The company has named senior members Anup Uppadhayay and Deepak Bhalla as the unit’s chief executive and chief financial officer respectively to take charge of the BPO unit, which contributes up to 7% to the company’s revenue, Reuters reported.”BPO is of fundamental and strategic importance to our company. Our endeavor is to transform BPO with process innovation, automation and artificial intelligence to delivery exceptional efficiency and business value to our clients. I am very confident that under the leadership of Anup and Deepak, our BPO practice will become an exemplar on how business processes should be run,” Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said in his statement.
Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min read September 11, 2014 The ultra-popular, rapidly expanding ride-hailing service Uber was hit with a lawsuit last week alleging that its drivers had discriminated against blind passengers and mistreated their guide dogs.The complaint, filed on behalf of the California Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind on Tuesday, alleges that in at least 30 separate instances, visually impaired members with guide dogs have been refused service. The complaint argues that the behavior of Uber X drivers violates both California state law and basic rights of equal access guaranteed under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, passed more than two decades ago.Related: Look Out, Uber: A Ride-Sharing Service in NYC Is Peddling $10 Flat RatesOne plaintiff, Leena Dawes, said she had an UberX driver “forced” her guide dog into the closed trunk of the sedan. Allegedly, Dawes “pleaded” the driver to stop driving so she could get her dog, but the driver refused to pull over, according to the report.The alleged cases of discrimination all involve Uber’s UberX service. The service, which the complaint praises as “highly cost-effective and widely available,” uses a mobile app to connect unprofessional drivers with passengers.The plaintiff for the lawsuit is Michael Hingson, a member of the National Federation of the blind in California. He is a public speaker and author who has used a guide dog for decades.Related: Uber Says It Will Continue Service in Germany Despite BanUber says that any drivers who are proven to be guilty of the actions alleged in the complaint will be removed from the service. “The Uber app is built to expand access to transportation options for all, including users with visual impairments and other disabilities,” the company said in an emailed statement. “It is Uber’s policy that any driver partner that refuses to transport a service animal will be deactivated from the Uber platform.”Uber does have functionality within its app for the visually impaired. For example, the Uber app works with VoiceOver, an Apple technology that reads out loud what a user is touching on the screen.Related: Uber Hires Former Obama Campaign Manager to Battle the ‘Big Taxi Cartel’