A quick roundup of the developments in the Indian and international digital, tech and business ecosystem.
- Paytm has partnered with the Noida Traffic Police to enable digital challan payments for traffic rule violators. Paytm claims to have processed 2 million transactions in the 5 states it operates in: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal.
- Ola’s electric vehicles unit Ola Electric has raised Rs 400 crore in a round led by Tiger Global and Matrix India, per a company statement. The company is primarily working on charging and battery swapping networks for electric vehicles (EVs), and services for 2-wheeler and 3-wheeler EVs. Ola Electric will be headed by Ankit Jain and Anand Shah.
- The IRCTC has launched its own payments aggregator system IRCTC iPay, which supports credit and debit cards, UPI, and international cards, reports the Economic Times. The IRCTC Prepaid Card & wallet, and auto-debit features will become available soon – IRCTC did not specify a timeline. IRCTC said that the platform could lead to substantial reduction in payment failures.
- Uber has partnered with the government under Ayushman Bharat to offer free healthcare for its drivers, reports Business Standard. Uber will help in setting up Common Service Centres at Partner Seva Kendras across the country; village level centers will help verify the eligibility and issue e-cards to drivers. Drivers and delivery partners will pay Rs 30 to obtain the e-card and to access claims under the scheme, without any payable premiums.
- Airtel has now begun offering VoLTE in national roaming (unspecified and unnamed circles), a feature which Reliance Jio and Vodafone already offered, reports BGR.
- Zomato has raised Rs 440.86 crore in funding from a group of investors led by Berlin-based Delivery Hero, reports TechCircle. Delivery Hero is investing Rs 350 crore and will pick up a 2.26% stake in Zomato.
- ShareChat’s parent company Mohalla Tech has acquired video-sharing app Clip, which is owned by Transversal Tech, reports Inc42. ShareChat will integrate Clip and existing users into the app.
- DocPrime claims to have 1 million unique visitors, with the 18-30 age group forming the highest segment of unique visitors, reports the Economic Times.
- Google-owned YouTube is disabling comments on videos featuring minors in the coming months, reports The Verge. Only a few select channels will be allowed to have comments, and those channels will have to monitor all comments. The move comes after major players like Disney, Nestle, and others, pulled ad spending on YouTube after discovering that their ads were running on videos which had predatory comments.
- A parliamentary committee called the ‘Empowerment of Women’ has written to the government seeking safer online experience for women, reports Inc42. The committee asked MeitY for an update on what it has been doing for the safety of women on social media and the the mechanisms available to control trolls and abuse of women online. The 30-member committee is headed by BJP minister Bijoya Chakravorty; some of the other members are Renuka Dutta, Sushmita Dev, Rama Devi and Rita Tarai.
- Google has declined to ban Saudi Arabia’s Absher App from its Play Store despite calls from US Congressmen to ban it, per Engadget. The app lets Saudi men control and track travel permissions for women and migrant workers. Google refused to ban the app after it determined that the app did not violate its agreements and could, therefore, remain on the store.