February 17, 9 am news update: Priyanka Gandhi’s first poll rally in UP, kaali peeli taxis are benefiting from Uber, Ola strike, Blast in Pakistan kills 75; ISIS claims responsibility

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New Delhi | Published: February 17, 2017 9:09:37 AM

Priyanaka Gandhi will attend a rally in the family pocket borough of Rae Bareli on Friday along with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi even as the curtains will come down on the hectic campaign for the Phase 3 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017.

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UP Elections 2017: Priyanka Gandhi to attend first poll rally in Rae Bareli today

Priyanaka Gandhi will attend a rally in the family pocket borough of Rae Bareli on Friday along with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi even as the curtains will come down on the hectic campaign for the Phase 3 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. This will be Priyanka’s first election rally of the ongoing polling season. It has been learned that Rahul will address two rallies in Rae Bareli town and Maharajganj in support of party candidate Aditi Singh. Priyanka will accompany Rahul to these rallies in Rae Bareli Assembly constituency, reports say. Notably, Congress President Sonia Gandhi represents Rae Bareli in the Lok Sabha, while Rahul is MP from neighbouring Amethi. Sonia has stayed away from poll campaign so far.

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Suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 75; ISIS claims responsibility

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years. The bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan and detonated his payload amid dozens of worshippers, according to three security officials, who said at least 20 women and nine children were among the dead. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. Fazal Palejo, a senior health official in Sindh province, confirmed the toll.

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How kaali peeli taxis are benefiting from Uber, Ola strike

There is a saying, someone’s pain is someone else’s gain. This is evident as commuters continued to face difficulties in hiring cabs in Delhi-NCR due to the strike called by Ola and Uber drivers. Local taxis and black and yellow prepaid cabs, popularly known as ‘kaali peeli taxis’, are benefiting from the situation. During morning and evening peak hours, cabs were not available at times on both Uber and Ola apps and the routes where taxis were available, companies were resorting to surge pricing. So those who have a flight or train to catch are relying on local cab companies. A few have opted for government-registered metered radio taxi services such as Easy, Meru and Mega, according to The Indian Express report.

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