The Bengal Legislative Assembly passed a resolution to form a "Legislative Council".

  • Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) government passed a resolution in state assembly
  • For creation of a legislative council in state under Article 169 of Constitution.
  • The resolution was passed with 196 votes in favour and 69 against it.
  • The West Bengal Legislative Assembly has a strength of 294 members but only 265 were present during the voting.
  • West Bengal's upper house, Legislative Council was abolished in 1969 by the coalition government of Left parties
  • As it was considered a symbol of elitism.

DMRC launched India's first UPI-based cashless parking at Kashmere Gate Metro Station.

  • FASTag or Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based parking facility to reduce the time for entry and payment.
  • The parking facility was launched by Dr Mangu Singh, Managing Director of DMRC,
  • In the presence of senior officials of DMRC and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
  • As part of the Multi-Model Integration (MMI) initiative,
  • Dedicated Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) lanes for autos, taxis and r-Rickshaws were also inaugurated at the station.

Facebook Launches Beta Test of a Newsletter Platform "Bulletin".

  • The new site will be a place for writers and podcasters to publish content and build a subscriber base.
  • Bulletin offers a set of publishing and subscription tools that creators can use to share their articles with readers.
  • The creators have the option to share their content directly with readers or across Facebook.

Razorpay partners with Mastercard to launch "MandateHQ" for recurring payments.

  • MandateHQ – a payment interface that will help card-issuing banks to enable recurring payments for its customers.
  • Razorpay, which is backed by Sequoia Capital, GIC, and others, aims to integrate MandateHQ with more than 50 banks in the next 12 months.
  • MandateHQ will also enable businesses and fintechs, especially subscription-based businesses, to get access to a wider customer base,
  • Who use debit cards, as recurring payments were mostly supported via credit cards previously

Neha Parikh appointed as new CEO of crowd-sourced navigation app "Waze".

  • Neha Parikh, the former Indian-American president of the travel website Hotwire,
  • has been appointed as the new CEO of Waze, a crowd-sourced navigation app and a subsidiary of tech giant Google.
  • Waze currently has over 140 million active monthly users in more than 185 countries who drive more than 24 billion miles every month.
  • The 41-year-old Neha replaces Noam Bardin,
  • Who stepped down as the CEO in November 2020,
  • After leading the Israeli company for 12 years.

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