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TCS ranked as a global ‘top employer’ for second year running

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Mumbai: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has been recognised as one of the world’s top employers by the Top Employer Institute for the second year running. TCS was certified by the independent body from amongst more than 1,200 companies in 116 countries around the world.

Established over 25 years ago, the Top Employers’ accreditation is designed to identify and recognise the world’s leading organisations in the field of HR management and employee conditions – providing the optimum environment for employees to develop, both professionally and personally. TCS picked up Top Employer endorsement across all of its global markets, including Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America and the Middle East. Ajoy Mukherjee, executive vice president and global head, human resources at TCS, commented: “This global accreditation as a Top Employer is a recognition of the significant investments we make in our people and the opportunities we provide for development and growth. In a digital age, it’s vital that we create a work environment for our employees that nurtures innovation, creativity and skills, empowering our employees to realize their potential and deliver for our customers. We’re delighted to be recognised as one of the world’s stand out companies.”

The rankings are finalised following in-depth research into nine key HR criteria: talent strategy, workforce planning, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits, and company culture.

David Plink, CEO, Top Employers Institute, added: “Our comprehensive independent research and auditing across the world reveals which companies are going above and beyond to develop and grow their employees’ skills. This year, TCS stood out from the crowd due to its exceptional employee experience and talent development programmes across all levels of the organisation. It has demonstrated its status in the HR environment, striving to optimise its employment practices and develop employees’ skills.” In a changing business environment TCS works with many of world’s most respected businesses to help them adapt to the challenges of the digital economy. This environment, which has innovation at its heart, provides boundless opportunities for TCS employees, helping cement its position in this influential accreditation.

-(TCS Press Release)

Big push for education in Delhi Budget

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The Delhi Government presented its third successive budget today for 2017-18 with no new tax and with a total outlay of Rs. 48,000 crores. The budget that was presented by Delhi’s Deputy CM and Finance Minister, Manish Sisodia allocated a substantial sum—of 24 per cent—for education, besides making an outlay of Rs. 5,736 crore for the health sector; Rs 5,506 crore for public transport including road infrastructure; Rs 1,156 for the fourth phase of Delhi Metro; Rs 2,100 crore for water; and Rs 2194 for the power sector, among other sectors. According to the Deputy CM Delhi’s economy would continue to grow despite demonetization, at a rate of 12.76 per cent. He said this was the first outcome budget anywhere in the country. Sisodia said, “Our aim is to establish 1,000 Mohalla Clinics in the next financial year for which work is going on in full swing. He further remarked that the AAP Govt. was also working on schemes to provide health insurance to all the citizens of the national capital.

The budget also has proposed an outlay of around Rs 7,500 crores for local and civic bodies with the municipal elections just round the corner.

Indian organised retail, a whopping $75 bn opportunity for retailers

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CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd, India’s leading Real Estate Consulting firm, is pleased to announce the launch of its comprehensive strategic retail business advisory services to cater to the ever evolving and sophisticated needs of organized retailers who are operating in or evaluating business opportunities in India. With this new offering, CBRE becomes the only real estate consulting firm to provide business plan advisory to retailers in India. This is in addition to the already existing retail Advisory and Transaction services currently being offered to the clients.

 

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THE INDIA STORY

  • India has emerged as the fastest growing major economy in the world and is exhibiting a high GDP growth rate of approx. 7%
  • Listed in the top five most attractive destinations for FDI
  • Expected to be one of the youngest countries in the World by 2020
  • ndia’s retail market is expected to grow to US$ 1.1 trilion by 2020
  • Organized retail has been exhibiting high growth rates and is estimated to constitute approx. 18-20% of the total sector by 2020

CBRE aims to garner a substantial market share in the retail consulting domain within this new service. The new service will cater to brands across the Lifestyle, Entertainment, F&B, Fashion, Skincare, Electronics and Consumer Durable segments. CBRE will assist brands by providing strategic inputs on the Indian market and helping them with implementation of their expansion plans within the country.

Retailers, especially from US and Europe, have been showing increasing interest in the India market, due to the growing opportunities in this sector. This is highlighted by the fact that over 40 major international brands have entered the country over the last two years.

India’s retail market is expected to grow to US$ 1.1 trillion by 2020 ~ driven by income growth, urbanization and attitudinal shifts. The organized retail sector which is estimated to reach approx. 18-20% of the total sector, by 2020, is growing at a high rate of 20%-25% p.a.  Accordingly, CBRE sees a potential of targeting an organized market of US$ 70-US$80 Billion currently, which comprises of organized Indian and international retailers who are operating in India or are evaluating entering India.

Anshuman Magazine, Chairman, India and South East Asia, CBRE said, “India has witnessed a change in consumption patterns which has been driven by increased urbanization, expansion of the middle class & increased exposure to global lifestyle due to technological advancements. India’s retail market is robust and this growth has not only been witnessed in the major metropolitan cities, but is also spreading across numerous tier 2 and tier 3 locations, providing enhanced business opportunities for retailers. To cater to this segment, we have formed a dedicated retail advisory team of experienced professionals to pioneer this specialist service in the country.”

“Retailing is much more than “space” or a “place to do business.” Retailing is an environment. And while the drivers behind a retail business decision may be somewhat predictable, the physical and psychological forces that create the ideal environment for each brand vary significantly. Understanding these variations, no matter how subtle, is an important component of CBRE’s value proposition. It’s what allows us to help our clients make the right decision – whether they’re evaluating entry into India, a new location or an investment opportunity.”

Rami Kaushal, Managing Director, Consulting & Valuation, CBRE South Asia Ltd. remarked, “Over the last two decades, CBRE has been actively associated with most major developments and initiatives and has been involved in shaping the Indian retail landscape. There have been an increasing number of prominent global brands moving into India and we are likely to see a spur in activity in this sector.”

“CBRE combines in-depth local knowledge and understanding of on ground challenges relating to regulatory aspects, retail business operations, supply chain systems, real estate and Indian shopper behavior, to provide retailers with comprehensive strategic advice and implementable solutions for their market entry /expansion requirements.”

“Apart from the traditional sector specific market studies which analyses the competitive environment, assess market gaps and estimate the market potential, CBRE will also assist clients in execution of their business strategies, which includes ‘Go to Market’ strategy, partner selection process, and location identification” he added.

Services include: –

SECTOR MARKET STUDIES

  • Market Size and estimating the growth potential of segments
  • Consumer profiling
  • Competition profiling
  • Assessment of the regulatory environment
  • Understanding of supply chain systems
  • Identification of business risks and barriers to entry

 BUSINESS PLAN FORMULATION

  • Sector specific store profitability analysis
  • Assessment of market gaps and estimating the business potential for the retailer
  • Assessment of costs/ investments
  • Estimation of revenues
  • Roll Out Strategy

 EXECUTION OF BUSINESS STRATEGY

  • Go to Market Strategy (Direct VS Indirect Entry)
  • Identification of suitable partners (JV/ Franchise)
  • Negotiation Assistance

 

Last date for submitting Digital Life Certificate through Jeevan Pramaan Patra extended upto 31st March 2017

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Noticing that many pensioners are yet to submit Aadhaar authenticated Jeevan Pramaan as life certificate for continuation of drawal of pension, the EPFO has further extended the last date of submission of Digital Life Certificate through Jeevan Pramaan Patra upto 31st March 2017. Earlier the last date was 28th February 2017.

Members and pensioners of the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 are required to furnish Aadhaar number by 31st March 2017.  In case a member has not been allotted Aadhaar Number, a copy of Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip is required to be attached for settlement of claim under EPS, 1995, namely for pension processing and monthly pension payments.  Aadhaar number however is not required in case a member of pension scheme having less than 10 years of service chooses to withdraw by making an application in Form 10-C.

An Employee Enrolment Campaign-2017, started by EPFO on January 1st 2017 to cover left out workers, continues upto 31st March 2017.  Even though the EPF & MP Act, 1952 does not differentiate between casual, contractual and regular employees, it was noted that a large number of contractual employees hired by principal employer including those by the government departments, PSU and autonomous organizations have remained out of coverage under EPFO. It is the duty of the principal employer to ensure compliance of their outsourced / regular / contract / casual / daily wager to the schemes under EPF Act.

To ensure coverage of workers, principal employers have been advised to ensure that their contractors are registered with EPFO before award of any contract or making any payments.  EPFO provides relevant information in this regard to principal employers online.

A health care scheme called ECHS was formulated by Ministry of Defence for its ex-servicemen.  The contractual workers of ECHS till now were deprived of the social security benefits under EPFO.  The ECHS now has been brought under the ambit of the EPF Act.  Ministry of Defence has issued necessary directions to the ECHS for enrolling their contractual staff.  Similarly, all eligible workers engaged by contractors working with Military Engineering Services (MES) and Indian Railways have also being requested to ensure coverage of contractual employees under EPFO.

Towards continuous strive to bring increased conveniences and efficiency, a single page Composite Claim Form (Aadhar) replaces Forms No. 19 (UAN), 10C (UAN) & 31(UAN) for subscribers seeding their Aadhar number with UAN.  This can be submitted without the attestation of employers. For subscribers who are yet to seed Aadhaar and Bank details with their UAN, a new Composite Claim Form (Non-Aadhar) replaces the existing Forms No. 19, 10C & 31.

In addition, a Composite Claim Form in death cases replaces the existing Forms No, 20, 5-IF and  10-D.  The claimants can apply for claim of Provident Fund, Insurance Fund and monthly pension through this single page composite claim form in case of death of a member.

Industry can now obtain CRZ Clearance through Web Portal

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The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Anil Madhav Dave, launched the web portal for obtaining Coastal Regulation Zone clearances, here today.  The Minister termed the launch of the portal as a good example of ‘Ease of Doing Business’.

The Portal is a web-based system for obtaining clearances required from the Ministry under the “Coastal Regulation Zone” (CRZ) by the Project proponents.  The system will enable the Project proponents and the concerned State/Union Territory bodies like the State Coastal Zone Management Authorities (SCZMAs) and Municipal/Town Planning agencies in tracking the status of their proposals.  The system is based on web architecture, similar to the existing systems in place for according environmental and forest clearances.

The Portal is a very user-friendly initiative, which enables submission of applications for CRZ clearance in a single-window interface and facilitates quick flow of information related to CRZ clearances.  The portal allocates a unique identity for each proposal for all future references.  It is accessible from any computer with internet facility.

The objectives of the web portal include – enhancing efficiency, transparency and accountability in the process of CRZ clearances; enhance responsiveness through workflows and availability of real-time information on the status of CRZ clearance proposals; ease of business and convenience of citizens in accessing information and services; standardised procedures and processes across Central and State levels.

There are other initiatives underway, like the notification of High Tide Line/Low Tide Line (HTL/LTL), ecologically sensitive areas falling under CRZ-1, hazard line etc.  All these steps are aimed at minimising discretions and enhancing accountability at all levels.

 

Sudden spurt in crime jolts Vasundhara residents

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A sudden spate of crime including mobile & chain snatching and loot has gripped tras-Hindon colonies it seems. Only yesterday in the wee hours, armed robbers who had reportedly come on two bikes and around half-a-dozen in number, allegedly robbed a few newspaper vendors and other passersby in Vasundhara– who were allegedly taken hostage at knife-point and gun-point, and robbed of their belongings. This has made the residents of this otherwise peaceful colony—jittery. Pooja, a resident of Sector 17 E, Konark Enclave said: “Such incidents would deter residents, especially the women to venture out in night or even early in the morning.” Some residents of  Vasundhara pointed out that this  is the first time they have heard armed robbers looting people in the early morning hours. “This clearly shows that there is no fear of the police in the minds of these anti-socials,” remarked Sharbani Datta, a resident of Sector 17, Vasundhara.

The police however, have a different take on the matter. The sub inspector incharge of Prahladgarhi Chowki—where the alleged incidents of loot took place—Babu Ram said: “We have filed a case pertaining to mobile snatching from a newspaper vendor but nothing like an armed loot has come to our notice.” He remarked that of late, many policemen of the area had gone away on election duty and hence there was a temporary shortage of cops at every police post.

 

 

Dabur seeks to provide healthier workplace for women

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New Delhi,
 March 7, 2017: This International Women’s Day, the world’s largest Ayurvedic healthcare company Dabur India Ltd has taken up the cause of health and safety for its women employees. As part of its efforts to create a healthier workplace, Dabur will be hosting special ‘Yoga @ the Workstation’ classes for its women employees to help them reduce work-related stress and inspire them towards a better work-life balance along with insights on nutrition.

In addition, the women employees at Dabur would also undergo a special training on proactive safety and security for self. “Dabur is dedicated to the Health & Well-Being of Every Household and no household is complete without the woman of the house. Today, women’s participation is imperative to any company’s growth, as employees, as consumers and as stakeholders. This initiative is aimed at empowering our women staff in dealing with various aspects of life with greater confidence,” Dabur India Ltd Executive Director-HR Mr. V Krishnan said.

Dabur has been consciously working towards enhancing gender diversity at the workplace. Hiring of women in Dabur has been growing at a CAGR of 10% over the past 3 years. Around 33% of the young talent hired from campuses this year in the Sales & Marketing functions has been women, and this trend will continue in the years to come. In Corporate Finance, Marketing and R&D, almost 20% of the employees are women. Being a large Health Care company, Dabur has also put in place a separate structure of Product Specialists who interact with Medical Practitioners and 12% of the workforce therein, are women. In the Parlour Channel, almost 60% of the frontline sales staff are women. “Keeping this in mind, we are celebrating International Women’s Day at Dabur and trying to tell our women employees about how special they are and their importance in Dabur’s growth story,” Mr. Krishnan added.

The company has also put in place several policies towards encouraging women and enhancing workforce diversity, including initiatives on work-life flexibility focused on women. Given the fact that a growing number of young employees are working couples, Dabur today offers paid Maternity Leave of four months, which is a month more than the statutory requirement. It also offers paternity leave of up to two weeks for male employees. “We also have extended flexi-timing for new mothers. These steps have helped Dabur become more gender sensitive and make our women employees feel more secure,” he said.

In addition, Dabur has also rolled out a host of CSR initiatives aimed at empowering women, particularly in rural India. In the remotest areas of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, Dabur runs Vocational Training Centres, where women are offered vocational courses and encouraged to start their own enterprises and become financially independent. The company today runs 16 Nari Shakti Kendras, in addition to 9 Adult Literacy Centres. The company has also helped 3 villages – one in Baddi (Himachal Pradesh) and two in Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) – achieve Open Defecation Free status with the construction of household toilets.

-Press Release

SPORTECH ’17, IIT Delhi’s annual sports festival 

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7 Mar 2017, IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi : IIT Delhi hosted it’s very own sports extravaganza from 24 to 27th February and it was way more than a collection of tournaments! This year, it was not just about sports but about the deeper aspect of well-being and enjoyment that sports activities unfurl. Sportech this year was the proud host of 45 colleges, 160 teams, 1500 participants and many more memories.

Sportech this year managed in hosting four matches of the T20 World Cup 2017 for the Blind in collaboration with the World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC). The spectator turnout was truly spectacular. The very idea of promoting sports for the ‘differently abled’ and increasing the social sensitivity and acceptance for the same cause was heartwarming.

Other major attractions of Sportech 2017 ranged from a trip to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, with people trying rock climbing, wall climbing and bridge crossing to Match Screenings of nail biting matches like the Australian Open Final between Federer and Nadal, EFL Cup Final, etc. The Sports Quiz hosted by Quiz Master Suresh Menon was another success story in itself! Sportech also provided exposure to newer sports in IITD like Kho Kho, handball, Baseball, Rugby among others.

Sportech 2017 was seen to promote a number of unconventional sports. The exhibition match for Rugby was played by the Indian National Rugby Team against Delhi Rebels club and the CRPF team. Other prominent informal events were Kite Flying, Cyclothon, Run in the Dark, Blind Chess tournament and many more on this seemingly endless list! The Zumba Session and cricket for security guards saw good participation and were greatly applauded. The Online Campaign regarding the impact of sports on the mental health also aimed towards creating a deeper social impact.

The formal events ranging from Athletics to Basketball to Squash saw enthusiastic participation from all the teams. The hard work, the effort and the sleepless nights put in to organise this fest was truly evident by the outcome of Sportech 2017.

According to Ishan Tyagi, General Secretary, Board for Sports Activities, “I am satisfied today because me and many of my colleagues joined IIT Delhi not only because of academics but also because of sports facilities which we lacked in our schools. To hold tournaments on such platform only adds to the dream we held earlier.”

 

PM releases commemorative postage stamp on occasion of 100th anniversary of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi lighting the lamp at the release of the Special Commemorative Postage Stamp on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math, at Vigyan Bhawan, in New Delhi on March 07, 2017.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today released a commemorative postage stamp on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India. Speaking on the occasion, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, the Prime Minister appreciated Swami Paramahansa Yogananda, and said that the path shown by him is not about Mukti, but about ‘Antaryatra.’
He said that though Swami Paramahansa Yogananda left the shores of India to spread his message, he always remained connected with India.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi lighting the lamp at the release of the Special Commemorative Postage Stamp on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math, at Vigyan Bhawan, in New Delhi on March 07, 2017.

The Prime Minister said India’s spirituality is its strength, and it is unfortunate that some people link even spirituality with religion, whereas the two are very different.

 

Arsenic contamination a cause of concern

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The Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Sushri Uma Bharti lighting the lamp at the workshop on “Arsenic Problem in ground water & its remediation in Ganga Basin”, in New Delhi on March 07, 2017. The Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan is also seen.

Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has underlined the need to make people aware about the negative impact of Arsenic in Ganga basin area. Addressing a workshop on Arsenic problem in ground water and its remediation in Ganga Basin organized by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) in New Delhi today the Minister said that her Ministry will prepare an exhaustive work plan to meet the challenges posed by presence of arsenic in ground water on the basis of the outcome of this workshop. Sushri Bharti said there is an urgent need to start a nationwide movement to make people aware about the arsenic problem. She said everyone right from an individual to government including social organizations and NGOs have to join hand to make this movement a success.

The Minister said tapping alternate safe aquifers, for supply of arsenic free groundwater has been explored in many areas on a local scale; however, this approach would require extensive studies and analysis for mapping of groundwater availability, freshwater reserves and to examine mobilization of arsenic in the aquifer, both on spatial and temporal scale, due to forcing perturbation. She said “Under the National Aquifer mapping programme (NAQUIM) of CGWB special attention has been given to this aspect and water wells have been constructed tapping arsenic free aquifers using state of the art technology in parts of Ballia and Ghazipur districts of Uttar Pradesh”. Sushri Bharti said the present state of affairs of the growing arsenic occurrences demands a systematic translation of success stories of one place/region to another and formulating a comprehensive plan to mitigate the arsenic problem through a wider consultation process.

Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Dr Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan in his address said high value of arsenic in groundwater is geogenic in nature, but as a large population is dependent on groundwater resources for drinking purposes in Ganga basin and is under the risk of health hazards, it becomes emergent to go for mitigation measures as well as alternate sources of water so that locals can be protected from negative impact of arsenic in groundwater. He said awareness of public on water quality especially about poisonous arsenic contamination need to be done and making available alternate source of water with efforts of central and state governments as well as organizations and NGOs working in the field of groundwater.

The day long workshop was attended by about 300 experts including eminent scientists from all over the country. 23 selected papers have been included in the workshop volume out of which seven were presented in the workshop apart from a panel discussion among the eminent subject experts.

Arsenic in ground water is a geogenic contaminant i.e. caused by natural geologic processes. Arsenic-containing groundwater in Ganga River basin is hosted by the sediments deposited by the rivers during the late Quaternary or Holocene age (<12 thousand years). Incidence of high arsenic in groundwater reported from various parts of the country, particularly in the Ganga- plains is a serious threat to the health of human being. Over the last three decades numerous measures have been initiated which includes alternate arrangement for supply of arsenic free water to the affected populace and providing arsenic removal plants. Arsenic occurrences in ground water in these areas is highly sporadic in nature and all the sources in these areas are not necessarily contaminated.

Technological options to combat arsenic menace, in groundwater, to ensure supply of arsenic free water, in the affected areas can be in-situ remediation of arsenic from aquifer system, ex-situ remediation of arsenic from tapped groundwater by arsenic removal technologies, use of surface water source as an alternative to the contaminated groundwater source, tapping alternate safe aquifers for supply of arsenic free groundwater or combination of above techniques.

Out of the above options, arsenic removal technologies and ex-situ treatment technique are being practiced widely to provide potable water to the people in the arsenic affected areas after treatment of contaminated groundwater. Their large scale use in West Bengal, based on different operating principles, with various degrees of success and failure, has been reported.

The Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Sushri Uma Bharti lighting the lamp at the workshop on “Arsenic Problem in ground water & its remediation in Ganga Basin”, in New Delhi on March 07, 2017.
The Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan is also seen.