Actor Ram Kapoor’s weight might be a point of discussion among his fans, but his wife, actor Gautami Kapoor has stopped discussing it with him.

    “I used to initially tell him a lot about losing weight, but not now. If someone wants to change something, it has to come from within them. So I don’t nag him ­anymore,” says Gautami, who is currently seen ­playing the role of Sneha Rishi Mathur in a daily soap.

    On the brighter side, Gautami says that people have started connecting with Ram because of his family man image. “There are friends of mine who call me up and tell me that their husbands can relate to Ram because of his paunch. I guess in a way, Ram’s physique complements the roles that he plays on-screen,” says Gautami, who has worked with Ram in shows such as Ghar Ek Mandir and Kehta Hai Dil.

Meru Strike: 10 drivers dismissed

  • Prajakta Chavan, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Mar 26, 2012 01:08 IST

The Meru cabs management terminated the services of 10 of its drivers for threatening other drivers, creating violence and abusing its call centre staff.

The management of the fleet taxi service said it had identified a few other errant drivers who could be terminated on the same grounds.

“Out of our 2,000 cabs, only 350 are on the road. Our drivers are scared to came out as they are worried that their vehicles could be damaged. In the past five days, 54 incidents of violence have taken place across the city. Some drivers are scared to ply the vehicles, but our call centre service is working and we are providing the service to as many clients as possible,” said Rajesh Puri, chief executive officer (CEO), Meru cab.

The management has also lodged a police complaint against the 10 drivers.

Meru cab drivers, supported by Swabhiman Taxi-Rickshaw Union, went on an indefinite strike on March 19 against the management demanding lowering of the subscription fees, more holidays and better living conditions.

“The strike will continue until and unless all our demands are met. Drivers should receive one paid leave in a month, maintenance of vehicle should be incurred by the management and subscription fees of Rs1,025 should not be taken from drivers in case of vehicle break down,” said KK Tiwari, president of the union.

However, the management claimed that they were already responsible for vehicles’ maintenance. Under the fleet taxi services, the fleet cab operator engages services of cab drivers on contractual basis. The drivers own the taxi permits while the operator provides the vehicle, call centre support and maintenance. The drivers have to pay a fixed amount to the operator and whatever he earns above that amount is his earning.

 

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