A group of Indian-Americans from as many as 20 cities held a meeting in Chicago over the weekend and extended full support to the political movement of change being spearheaded by Aam Aadmi Party led by social activist Arvind Kejriwal.
In a stunning revelation, an officer of the Central Bureau of Investigation has alleged that his superior officer, a deputy inspector general, had tried tipping off former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla about raids being launched against him and others in connection with a jobs and transfer scam in the railway ministry.
The effect of India being perceived as a nation with a weak leadership on countries like Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and a host of others in south and southeast Asia, or the terror establishment across the border and their sleeper cells on our soil, can be profound, points out Brigadier Sapan Kumar Chatterji (retd)
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged on Monday to build trust with India and declared that ties between the Asian giants were key to world peace as he visited New Delhi only weeks after a standoff in Ladakh.
Underlining that China's surrounding environment will suffer if India becomes another Japan or Philippines in confronting it, Chinese media on Monday called for understanding and respect for Indian sense of national pride.
Underling the importance of its nuclear-armed neighbors, China on Monday said that India is a key player in maintaining the safety of crucial maritime channels in the Indian Ocean, whereas Pakistan serves as a bridge between Beijing and the Islamic world.
Much before the details of the bilateral delegation level talks could emerge along with the media statement later in the day, visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang addressed the media in New Delhi and won the round hands down in the quiet presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked slim and elegant as she made her much awaited entry to the Cannes Film Festivals red carpet in a black sequined Elie Saab gown.The 39-year-old Bollywood diva, who is on her eleventh visit to the festival, completed her look with open hair and minimal jewellery.Aishwarya, who has travelled with her 18-month-old daughter Aardhya at the festival, kept the tot away from the prying cameras by making a lone entry at the premiere of Carey Mulligan-Justin Timberlake starrer film Inside Llewyn Davis.The actress later ditched her western look by going traditional in Sabyasachis black saree for the evening gala that celebrated 100 years of Indian cinema.Aishwarya teamed hair accessory and danglers with the gold embroidered saree as she made her way to the screening of Bollywood anthology film Bombay Talkies.The actress went monochrome with her third outfit as she donned a fitted white shirt and black mermaid-style skirt.Cannes jury member Vidya Balan, who was criticised for going over-the-top with her sartorial choices, stood out in an elegant rustic-gold Sabyasachi saree with a potli bag for her latest appearance.Mallika Sherawat, who has been a regular at Cannes red carpet since her debut with Jackie Chans The Myth, is known for making head turns with her risque style. But Sherawat made an impressive second appearance this year in a Dolce & Gabana gown.
New Delhi, May 20: India and China do have difficult issues left over from history but are destined to exist together, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in a published article Monday. Li's visit Writing in The Hindu newspaper, Li
India today started verification and issuance of Emergency Certificates allowing its citizens to leave Saudi Arabia following concerns over a new labour policy in the Gulf Kingdom.The schedule currently announced is for the delivery of the first batch of 12,000 Emergency Certificate applications received at Indian Embassy in Riyadh and nearly 3,000 in Saudis Eastern Province.The schedule for verification and delivery of subsequent batches for all Indian nationals who have applied at other collection centres in Saudi Arabia will be announced soon, the Indian embassy in Riyadh said in a statement.There has been a rush for the emergency travel documents with about 60,000 applicants looking for one, amid concerns about possible job losses after the new Nitaqat labour law comes into effect.The Nitaqat law makes it mandatory for local companies to hire one Saudi national for every 10 migrant workers.There has been widespread perception that the new policy will lead to denial of job opportunities for a large number of Indians working there. Over two million Indians are currently working in Saudi Arabia.The embassy would like to reiterate that anyone who obtains ECs from the Embassy will have their current passports cancelled. They would not be able to travel out of India on such passports, the statement read.The embassy said that a large number of Indians who obtained emergency certificates from the Embassy during 2010 and 2011 could not return to India on their basis.The embassy of India in Riyadh and the Consulate in Jeddah would revalidate their unutilised ECs issued during 2010 and 2011 for a period of three months as an exceptional measure to facilitate their departure to India utilising the concessions announced by Saudi authorities. The immigration authorities in India have also been sensitised appropriately to ensure smooth entry of the revalidated EC holders to India, the statement said.Meanwhile, The embassy in Riyadh and Consulate in Jeddah will continue to collect EC applications directly and also through various collection centres throughout Saudi Arabia.More than 200,000 foreigners have been deported from the country over the past few months as part of labour market reforms aimed at putting more Saudi nationals into private sector jobs, where they now make up only a tenth of the workforce.
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It is good news for jobseekers as the hiring activity is likely to see an uptrend in the coming months and salaries are expected to rise 12 per cent across industries and functions this year, says staffing services major TeamLease.According to the TeamLeases Salary Primer for 2013, hiring will increase going forward and salaries too will see an upward movement across most industries.The study that covered staff working across 318 different job profiles, 15 industries and 8 functional domains in 9 major locations in India said, hiring has registered 11 per cent growth, and salaries are likely to witness 12 per cent increase across industries and functions.The headwinds of global change, blowing hot and cold have only so much as reshaped the contours of the Indian labour markets for the better, TeamLease Services Sr. V-P & Co-founder Sangeeta Lala said.The study further noted that with companies striking a balance between skills and increment, attrition rate also has been brought under control, emphasising a buoyant and mature job market. Moreover, the gap between permanent salaries and temporary salaries is now negligible.As many as 11 out of 15 industries are doing well to grow longevity of their staff, which in turn is containing attrition. The remaining four - agriculture and agrochemicals, BFSI, BPO and IT enabled services and FMCD - are characterised by profiles that attrite regardless of increment dole outs.On both salary and increment payouts, specialisation is a clear winner. Niche, and high-skilled profiles such as network architect, SAP developer/ consultant and project lead are in greater demand than the generalised and traditionally well-paid profiles such as IT executive / IT manager and accountant, it says.Salaries continue to rise - more for the deserving, employers are aggressively acquiring and rewarding the right skills and capabilities, talent migration is shaped by career enrichment opportunity as much as it is by market forces, and equity has prevailed, Lala added.In terms of salary growth rates, Mumbai and Delhi have trounced Bangalore. Meanwhile, Pune curried favour with substantial salary payouts to niche profiles such as SAP Developer and specialised domains such as Engineering, the study added.
In the shadow of the Saradha Group chit-fund scam, West Bengals Mamata Banerjee government stepped into its third year in office Monday, with the chief minister claiming the state has outperformed the national average in key sectors.Having moved from one controversy to another, often triggered by actions and comments of party leaders and ministers, including the chief minister, it was far from smooth sailing for the Trinamool Congress government till the second-year of the rule.Banerjee drew criticism for branding a marginal farmer Shiladitya Chowdhury as a Maoist and jailing him for publicly questioning her about fertilizer prices. She also drew flak for mimicking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a national news channel, publicly telling her own security policemen they deserved to be whipped and threatening to slap some photo-journalists.There were police firings in Tehatta of Nadia district and Loba in Birbhum district, killing one person, and injuring several.A police sub-inspector Sub-Inspector Tapas Chowdhury was killed during trouble sparked by a college election in Garden Reach area of west Kolkata. After TV channels aired life footage of the killing, a Trinamool Congress councillor Mohammed Iqbal was arrested. Another party councillor Sambhunath Kow was arrested for his involvement in the murder of a party leader at Mathpukur in the citys eastern fringes.A leader of Communist Party of India-Marxist students wing SFI (Student Federation of India) Sudipta Gupta died in mysterious circumstances amid allegations that the police had beaten him mercilessly. The Trinamool Congress students wing faced widespread condemnation for vandalising Presidency University in protest against the SFIs demonstration in Delhi against Banerjee and state Finance Minister Amit Mitra.The Saradha scam, the biggest financial scandal to hit West Bengal has posed the biggest challenge to the Banerjee government, with reports of closeness of many Trinamool leaders with the tainted group emerging over the past few weeks.Banerjee has tried to contain the damage by setting up a Rs.500 crore fund to compensate the depositors, and constituted a commission to probe the scam and find out ways to return money to the depositors. Saradha Group head and suspected scam mastermind Sudipta Sen is also behind bars with his top aides. But only time can tell how much the scandal would impact the regime.However, Banerjee has gone gaga over her governments achievements.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed major successes in West Bengal, including elimination of strikes and poor work culture, extending government support across all sections of the society including women, children and the minority communities.In 2012-13, Bengal outperformed the national average in key performance indicators. In GDP, agriculture, and allied sectors, industry and services, the state grew faster than India, Banerjee said on social networking site Facebook.While India grew by 4.96 percent, 1.79 percent, 3.12 percent, and 6.59 percent, Bengal clinched 7.6 percent, 2.56 percent, 6.24 percent and 9.48 percent growth rates in these sectors, Banerjee said.Banerjee also claimed the years revenue collection of Rs.32,000 crore was a record 30 percent higher than the previous year.In MNREGA (100-days work), we are No.1 in the country in terms of expenditure (107 percent) vis-a-vis funds received in 2012-13, asserted Banerjee adding Bengal was numero uno in Boro (paddy) cultivation in the country.The government is celebrating the occasion in a big. Each of its 30 departments is holding exhibitions, seminars and cultural functions in the districts, while the government has splashed big display advertisements in leading newspapers to spread news about its achievements.