NCW pulls up Tripura police

first_imgThe National Commission for Women (NCW) has sought a ‘progress report’ from the Tripura police on the investigation into rape, molestation and murder of women in the State. It expressed serious concern over the ‘spate of outrageous incidents against women’. “I have told the DGP to send a detailed report within a reasonable time, failing which we would summon them before the Commission,” NCW member Sushma Sahu told newsmen in Agartala on Tuesday.last_img

Was not in the know of CBI raids, says Bihar government

first_img PMO role?Some reports from New Delhi said the Prime Minister’s Office had informed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar prior to the raids, apprehending law-and-order problems and seeking adequate security measures.“Information regarding raids was given by the CBI to the Director-General of Police around 7.30 a.m., some time after the raids began following which the police made necessary security arrangements in view of law and order,” the official statement said.Also Read  CM awayChief Minister Nitish Kumar has been away at Rajgir in his home district of Nalanda since Thursday afternoon reportedly because of health issues.Mr. Kumar and his party, Janata Dal(U), have remained tight-lipped about the raids, while the Congress, another RJD ally, has backed Mr. Prasad’s claim that those were part of “vendetta politics” by the BJP and the Modi government.Security reinforcementsAdditional security personnel were deployed at the offices of the BJP, the RJD and the JD(U) in Patna while the raids were on.Additional Director-General of Police (Headquarters) S.K. Singhal said a general alert was sounded across the State in view of the political ramification of the raids. The Bihar government on Saturday rejected news reports that senior civil and police officials were tipped off about the CBI raids on locations linked to Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and his family on Friday.“It is a totally baseless news,” an official release said.Quoting sources, reports said Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and State Police Chief P.K. Thakur were alerted by the CBI on Thursday night to the impending raids on the premises of Mr. Prasad, Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and other members of the family.Also Read Won’t be cowed by such raids, says Lalu ED raids premises of Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti in Delhilast_img read more

U.P. municipal elections conclude, EC downplays allegations of malfunctioning EVMs

first_imgVoting for the third and final phase of the 2017 civic polls in Uttar Pradesh concluded on Wednesday with yet another round of malfunctioning EVMs and discrepancies in voter lists, leading to angry protests in several districts.The third phase, which covered 233 local bodies across 26 districts, however, registered an increase of 1.5% voting and touched 53%. The overall voting over the three phases was 52.5%, around six per cent increase from 2012.Complaints over EVM malfunctions and discrepancies in voter lists were received from several districts, including Bareilly, Bulandshahr, Auraiya, Jaunpur and Barabanki.Vijay Mishra, a resident of Bareilly, was frustrated after he found the wrong name listed on his address in the booth. “The address was correct but they listed the wrong name, some Radhelal Maurya instead of me,” said Mr. Maurya, adding that due to missing names only three out of his 30-member family were able to vote.Voters lathichargedIn Barabanki, voters faced similar issues and in ward 26 in Peer Batawan, police lathicharged people allegedly without provocation, breaking chairs and tables of polling agents, to disperse the crowd which had assembled to inquire about the lists.State Election Commissioner S.K. Agarwal said polling was conducted peacefully, even as he downplayed the incidents of malfunctioning EVMs, 27 on Wednesday, as normal. A total of 503 EVMs had to be replaced over the three phases, out of which 250 were in Lucknow itself.Mr. Agarwal said the figure of 503 was negligible compared to the total number of EVMs deployed by the SEC, 32,374.Counting will be held on December 1.last_img read more

Kashmir boogies to winter’s warmth

first_imgIt’s chilly around the Dal lake on Saturday afternoon, but a cruise-houseboat with an open-air theatre sets off to generate warmth with live music and enthusiastic youngsters.In a bid to reclaim lost social spaces and nose-diving tourism, the Jammu & Kashmir tourism department has started ‘Valley Weekends’, an initiative to infuse new life into the otherwise dull weekends in the conflict-ridden Valley.“The open-air houseboat will be like an open-air theatre. People will perform every weekend. The idea is to revitalise social spaces and defeat the notions that winters are dull in the Valley. And the fact is youngsters want to come out and experience things,” said Sarmad Hafeez, secretary, tourism. The initiative involves heritage walks, ethnic food festivals and music shows across the Valley. “Tourists can now relish hareesa, a local winter meat dish served in breakfast, at a new joint started at Boulevard on Saturday. The idea is to expose tourists to local flavours and also the flavours of the different seasons. Autumn and winter seasons are equally enjoyable in Kashmir as summers,” said Mr. Hafeez.Protests dent tourism Street protests and militant violence in the past two years dented the tourism sector in Kashmir, with the peak season in 2017 witnessing “an 80% slump”. The weekend festivals, offering experiences and a host of entertainment activities, are aimed at reviving tourist footfalls. Mountain biking, canoeing and rowing will now be a weekend fixture.“‘Valley Weekends’ will help keep youth engaged with the activities and make Kashmir a lively place for tourists,” said director, tourism, Mahmood A. Shah.He said “it will send a positive message across the globe that Kashmir is a safe and a tourist-friendly place”.last_img read more

U.P. govt. nod for reservation

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Friday approved 10% reservation for economically backward among upper castes in jobs and educational institutions. The nod was given at a meeting here of the State Cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, senior Cabinet Minister and U.P. government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma told mediapersons. Third State to do soUttar Pradesh became the third State after Gujarat and Jharkhand to approve the legislation which has to be ratified by at least half the State Assemblies in the country. The Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019, providing for 10% reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category was passed by Parliament in its recently concluded winter session. President Ram Nath Kovind has since given his assent to the Bill. “The Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath approved the notification granting 10% reservation to the poor among the upper castes which has come into effect on January 14,” Mr. Sharma said. “The U.P. government will implement the quota for the upper castes fully without touching the reservation for other sections of society,” he said.Meanwhile, a meeting between Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, who holds the Higher Education portfolio, and State and private universities, approved a proposal for implementing the 10% reservation for upper caste poor in higher education institutions after the Cabinet approval.last_img read more

Guv underlines importance of CAPF football tournament

first_imgShillong, May 1 (PTI) Meghalaya Governor Banwarilal Purohit today underlined the importance of the CAPF football talent hunt tournament ahead of the U-17 world cup in the country later this year.In his speech, Purohit emphasised the importance of this tournament in the lead-up to the U-17 World Cup which he said, “will be one of the biggest sporting activities in the country.”Assam Riffles Director General Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan said, “We aim to identify football talent and further popularise sports in the North East.”He said, “This is phase one and phase two in June will see states playing against each other. We will select the best children from Meghalaya and I am sure that they will bring further laurels to this beautiful land of clouds.”Later in the match, Umsning SC beat Laitkor SC 2-1 in a thrilling opening match of the Assam Rifles CAPF Under-19 Football Talent Hunt Tournament for Meghalaya.The nation wide competition, dubbed Oorja, is an initiative of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to promote football in the entire country ahead of the FIFA Under-17 Football World Cup, which will be hosted by India for the first time later this year. PTI JOP RGlast_img read more

Ronaldo becomes Serie A joint-top scorer as Juventus register easy win over SPAL

first_imgJuventus moved nine points clear at the top of Serie A with a 2-0 win over SPAL on Saturday as Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike made him the league’s joint-top scorer.Goals either side of the break from the Portugal international and Mario Mandzukic earned Juve their 12th win of an unbeaten start to the league season, with Ronaldo joining Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek on nine goals.Massimiliano Allegri’s side have now collected 37 points from a possible 39 and hold a significant lead over second-placed Napoli on 28 points ahead of their game against Chievo on Sunday.Juventus appeared to have taken the lead after just 10 minutes when SPAL defender Felipe deflected a cross into his own net, but the effort was disallowed after Mandzukic was penalised for encroaching in the penalty box as Alfred Gomis took his goal kick in the build-up.After half an hour, Ronaldo opened the scoring with a controlled left-footed finish into the corner from Miralem Pjanic’s free kick, becoming the first player since Pietro Anastasi in 1968-69 to reach nine goals in 13 games for the club.Juventus, one of three teams in Europe’s top five leagues to have scored in every league game this season along with Barcelona and Paris St Germain, doubled their lead on the hour mark shortly after Douglas Costa had rattled the post from a tight angle.Costa’s powerful shot was parried by Gomis into the path of Mandzukic, who tapped in from close range on the night that he captained Juventus from the start for the first time.advertisementRonaldo threatened to add a second, forcing Gomis into a smart save from distance before shooting wide from a promising position as Juventus strolled to a comfortable victory.In the early kickoff, Davide Nicola masterminded a 1-0 win over AS Roma on his debut as Udinese coach, ending a 10-match losing run for his new club in the fixture.Rodrigo De Paul scored the only goal of the game early in the second half to move Udinese above Bologna into 16th place on 12 points, while Roma remained on 19 points in seventh.last_img read more

Manu Bhaker wins women and junior 10m air pistol, Moudgil tops 50m rifle 3 positions finals

first_img(Eds: Updating with fresh inputs) New Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) The young Manu Bhaker was in top form in the 10-metre air pistol event, winning both the women’s and junior finals at the national selection trials, while Anjum Moudgil topped the 50-metre rifle 3 positions here Thursday. Winner of gold medals at the Youth Olympics, ISSF World Cup and Commonwealth Games, Haryana’s Bhaker shot a total of 242.1 in the women’s 10-metre air pistol final to finish ahead of 13-year-old teen sensation Esha Singh, who shot 240.4, and Anuradha (219.3). Bhaker was second in the qualification with a score of 579. In the women’s 50-metre rifle 3 positions finals, Punjab’s Moudgil shot a total of 460.6 to finish ahead of Tamil Nadu’s Gaayathri N (457.4) and veteran Tejaswini Sawant (445.7) of Maharashtra. Shirin Godara, representing Haryana, won the 50m rifle 3 positions women’s junior finals with 450.7. Zenab Hussain (447.6) finished second while Ayushi Podder was third with 438.2. Former world number one Heena Sidhu, who equalled the women’s 10m air pistol qualification world record on Wednesday, finished fourth in the women’s air pistol finals with 197.3. In the junior finals, the 16-year-old Bhaker shot 244.5. Esha finished second with 24-4, while Yashsavi Joshi was third, having managed 215.3 at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range. The youth 10-metre air pistol finals was won by Saumya Dhyani, who shot 241.4, while Vibhuti Bhatia (237.6) and Yashsavi Joshi (215.3 ) finished second and third respectively. A few days ago, Bhaker claimed the top positions in the women’s 25-metre sports pistol in both the women’s and junior sections. PTI AH ATATlast_img read more

MSC Oliver Put through Her Paces

first_imgSecond MSC 19.224 TEU leviathan, MSC Oliver, under construction at Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Okpo, has returned from her sea trials.The containership is pictured here while returning from sea trials on Saturday, March 21st having tested the waters.MSC Oliver is scheduled for delivery in April 2015 followed by the rest of the behemoth family over the coming months.The vessel, the equivalent of four soccer fields when it comes to her size, featuring 395.4 m in length, is able to carry 35% more cargo while reducing CO2 emissions by the same amount.MSC has earmarked a major investment in a fleet of twenty vessels of this size aiming to tap into the potential of the economy of scale. Each of these sea giants is said to be worth around USD 140.5 million.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Amurskaya Neftebaza Orders Six Bulkers from Yangzijiang

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Amurskaya Neftebaza Russia’s transportation and logistics firm Amurskaya Neftebaza has placed an order for six bulk carriers with Chinese shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.According to the agreement between the parties, which was unveiled on April 20, the new vessels will feature 120,000 dwt.The units are scheduled for delivery to their owner in the second half of 2019, data provided by Asiasis show. The parties did not reveal any financial details related to the order.In late March, the Russian company placed an order for a 4,500 cbm small clean tanker at China’s Jiangsu Dajin Heavy Industry. The unit, which is scheduled for delivery in May 2019, was priced at USD 7.1 million.For Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, the order comes on the back of a Letter of Intent (LOI) signed for the construction of up to twenty LNG-fueled bulk carriers for Forward Maritime, a part of Arista Shipping Group.The Kamsarmax vessels, which would feature 84,000 dwt, would join the fleet between 2020 and 2023, provided that Forward Maritime signs firm contracts for the units.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Rains deceive Delhi sultry conditions add to peoples woes

first_imgNew Delhi: Sultry weather added to the discomfiture of Delhi residents on Monday morning as the monsoon rains continued to elude the capital. Weather scientists had predicted moderate rains on the weekend. Though the city remained swallowed up in dark clouds, the rains kept the residents waiting. On Sunday, the weather station at Palam recorded 21.6 mm precipitation. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded 0.8 mm rains till 8:30 am on Monday. A low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal was expected to enhance rains in the northern region. However, it remained concentrated in eastern parts of the country, Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather said. He said the axis of monsoon trough currently lies along Rajasthan, north MP, Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal. Its western end will shift towards the Delhi-NCR region Tuesday onwards.last_img read more

ATT and Reese Witherspoons Hello Sunshine Give Girls A Chance To Learn

first_imgThough women make up 50% of moviegoers, they represent only 17% of creators in Hollywood, outnumbered by men in most roles within film and TV production, from writing and cinematography to production and editing jobs.To address the gender imbalance and bring more diversity to the screen, AT&T, Hello Sunshine, and Fresh Films have joined forces to create the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab, an unforgettable opportunity for young women to immerse themselves in a professional film production and learn from industry experts, including Reese Witherspoon.“Everyone at Hello Sunshine is ecstatic about this program where we can share our resources with young female storytellers and filmmakers,” says Witherspoon, “Hopefully, it will provide young women with the tools to tell their own stories , and ultimately, start a chain reaction that leads to continued access and opportunity for them in our industry.”“AT&T is excited to collaborate with Hello Sunshine and Fresh Films to support the next generation of female filmmakers,” said Charlene Lake, senior vice president, corporate social responsibility, AT&T. “It is critical that we develop a pipeline of talent who will create content that captures diverse perspectives and stories. We’re looking forward to working with the exceptional young women selected for this program and supporting their journey as storytellers.”Through the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab, which will be held in Los Angeles July 30-Aug. 6, teen girls will learn the ins-and-outs of storytelling and production as they rotate through all key filmmaking positions – from camera and editing to sound and costume – while being mentored by professionals from Fresh Films, AT&T and Hello Sunshine. Hello Sunshine was launched in November 2016 by Reese Witherspoon in partnership with The Chernin Group and AT&T under Otter Media’s growing portfolio.Girls 13-18 with a passion for storytelling and creating videos can apply online at www.att.com/filmmakerlab now through June 10 to become one of 20 teen girls selected for the experience.The program is free and open to teen girls of any experience level. And like in all Fresh Films programs, teen girls in the AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab program will gain career skills and practical experience on a real project. This hands-on, on-set experience will grow the teen’s problem solving, communication, collaboration and tech skills.Fresh Films’ past summer programs for teens have produced feature film “The Stream” featuring Mario Lopez and Rainn Wilson as well as Emmy-nominated kids’ TV show “Detectives Club.”“Fresh Films was a great program to work with. I thought the skills they were offering to teach were so priceless,” said Maya Brown, a Fresh Films alum who participated in the summer program sponsored by AT&T in 2017. “AT&T did a great job by sponsoring this program through influencing young minds to invest their time in something productive and magical.”Future employers of these female movie makers can take note: according to research compiled by Women and Hollywood, the inclusion of more female perspectives at all levels within the film industry results in more diverse and interesting storytelling.Additionally, female directors consistently employ more diverse production teams and casts, and films with diverse cast enjoy the highest median global box office. In short, bringing voices of women to the industry means making better and higher grossing movies.last_img read more

Rangers complete Woodwards 1st staff with 2 new assistants

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers have filled out new manager Chris Woodward’s staff with two more assistant coaches.Texas announced Tuesday the hiring of Oscar Marin as bullpen coach and Callix Crabbe as assistant hitting coach.Marin returns to the Rangers organization after two seasons as minor league pitching co-ordinator for the Seattle Mariners. He got started in pro baseball with the Rangers in 2010 and worked at several affiliates in the lower levels of their farm system through 2016.Crabbe joins the professional coaching ranks after six years as a baseball instructor and coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He also founded a Tampa-based sports development centre in 2015.Rangers pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Arizona on Feb. 12. The first full team workout is Feb. 18.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Leonard scores 33 but 76ers dump Raptors to take series lead

Once again, Kawhi Leonard couldn’t do it alone.The Raptors star scored 33 points, and was perfect in the third quarter, but he got little help from his teammates as Toronto dropped an ugly 116-95 decision to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.The Sixers take a 2-1 lead into Sunday’s Game 4 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.Joel Embiid had 33 points and 10 rebounds to top the Sixers, while Jimmy Butler added 22.Pascal Siakam had 20 points for the Raptors, who looked nothing like the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Danny Green added 13 points. But for the second consecutive game, the rest of the Raptors failed to show up. Marc Gasol and Kyle Lowry had seven points apiece.The rest of Toronto’s roster totalled 15 points.

Eton Soulra 2 Solar Powered iPod Dock

first_imgHere’s the other cool bit of green tech we saw at tonight’s ces Unveiled show in Las Vegas. It’s the Soulra 2, from Eton, a new and improved version of the company’s solar powered iPod dock. Like its predecessor, leaving this thing out in the sun will both give you power for the speakers and charge up your iPod or iPhone.This version ups the ante, however, with eight speakers and a giant solar panel which will give you eight hours of audio on a five hour solar charge. It’s a bit unwieldy, compared to other speaker docks, but the included strap should help you lug the thing around.last_img

Apple combats Mac Defender malware mislabels Trojan as phishing

first_imgAppleCare support reps may have been told to play things cool when it came to calls from end users with Mac Defender malware concerns, but the company was obviously not sitting idly by as the number of infections mounted. A new article has been posted on support.apple.com which tells Mac users how to avoid and remove the Mac Defender malware should it wind up on their systems. The post also reveals that a system update will be pushed which will automatically find and remove the malware — and further warn users if they happen to download Mac Defender after the fact.As Adrian Kingsley-Hughes points out, that’s both a good and bad thing. Sure, the update will help mitigate Mac Defender (and likely its early variants), but it’s not a solid long-term solution. As variants become more complex and new malware rolls out, pushing infection-specific patches could turn into a Herculean task for Apple’s engineers.And while the article is certainly helpful, Apple needs to spend some more time in the malware trenches and get up to speed on its terminology. Apple refers to Mac Defender as a phishing attack, which it clearly isn’t. Phishing attacks are normally perpetrated via deceptively-written emails, while Mac Defender is a download pushed via malicious websites. Mac Defender is really a Trojan, as the seasoned security veterans at Sophos rightly point out. We’ll let it slide this time, Apple, but security geeks are particularly fussy about naming conventions, mmkay?More at ZDNet and Sophoslast_img read more

Providenciales Fogging Schedule

first_img Energy Town Meeting for Provo Provo now No. 4 Island; Minister comments Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you New York Dancers share talent in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:fogging, provolast_img

Carlos Tevez Conmebol forced us to play the final

first_imgBoca Juniors’ legend Carlos Tevez, was the unofficial spokesman for his squad and accused Conmebol of forcing them to play the final.Right after the Boca Juniors bus was vandalized earlier this Saturday outside Monumental Stadium, the images of Carlos Tevez were constant both before and after the match that Conmebol ultimately decided to postpone.But as more details have emerged throughout the night, the club legend was one of the few people who were in the middle of the situation and was able to speak up against the powers that be after the shameful way in which Boca Juniors was treated.The fact that they were playing at River Plate’s own stadium was somehow viewed as a perfect opportunity for Conmebol to think they had more power over all the Boca player, even after the evident physical problems they suffered after the incident while going into the stadium on the bus.There were even alarming reports that when projectiles started hitting the vehicle, the driver fainted as the River Plate fans started throwing objects to the bus.Los de Boca les iban cantando desde el bus pic.twitter.com/8nWjQJEYYU— HumorFPC (@HumorFPC) November 24, 2018“(I was out), (Boca VP Horacio) Paolini grabbed hold of the wheel until I was able to react once again and did what I could to get the boys into the stadium,” said the bus driver whom everybody knows as ‘El Gringo’ to Diario La Nacion.“It could have been a tragedy. I remember seeing some rocks but then I can’t remember anything.”“I react once again, I grab the steering wheel firmly and I tell them that I am fine. It was a moment where I was without air. The worst part was over at Quinteros and Libertador, that was a massive attack. After we passed the rotunda it was as if an army was waiting for us.”“To me the zone was freed up. We came to play a football match, not to go to war,” he added.Carlos Tévez: “Si lo de hoy fuese Boca, River ya tendría la Copa…”. pic.twitter.com/l4AYXhEfxT— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) November 25, 2018But the most surprising statement came from Boca legend Carlitos Tevez, who came out to speak with the press in two separate occasions.The first one was to tell their families that mostly everybody was okay, but he mentioned abuse from Conmebol in both of the times he spoke with several members of the media.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“All they (Conmebol) cared about at that moment was for the match to be played, and we had our own skipper in the hospital with serious injuries,” said Tevez at first to Fox Sports.“All they cared at that moment was the fact that there were presidents from several confederations and even the FIFA president.”“It was a complete disgrace because Conmebol behaved very poorly with us, and this is a personal opinion because I don’t want to involve Boca in what I have to say about them.”“I say all this because they were forcing us to play the match. They should instead give River the cup and that’s it, we don’t play at all.”“We needed to go out and speak for the match to be canceled, or it would’ve been played if we hadn’t done that.””Si fuese Boca, ya estábamos afuera…” sentenció Carlos Tevez desde el Monumental y comentó lo que pasó en el 2015. pic.twitter.com/14jlnnqmxj— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) November 24, 2018“It’s the people up top who decided what was fair, we are all sad because football lost today and I think we all sinned as a country,” added Tevez on the second exchange with Fox Sports.“This was supposed to be a celebration and that’s the only way we needed to experience it. Leaving like this can’t be good for anyone.”“We changed our clothes three times and if we forfeited the match, River were the ones who were getting the trophy, that’s the reason we got ready to play.”“Marcelo Gallardo was very smart, he came to see that everybody was okay and if we needed anything.”“But I have to say that I can’t forget about the 2015 incident, when the River players stated that the Boca squad never approached to see how they were doing. I didn’t see any River players coming to ask us if we were okay,” he concluded.El momento en que #MarceloGallardo se acerca a hablar con #Tevez. Fotón de @G3ortiz para @diarioas pic.twitter.com/WCTnTtmtWV— Veronica Brunati 💚 (@verobrunati) November 25, 2018How should Boca Juniors act after the incidents that went down this Saturday in Buenos Aires? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Employers Have Embraced Veterans Leadership Skills DOD Official Says

first_imgThe unemployment rate for veterans fell to an eight-year low in October, an achievement a senior DOD official attributed to an improving economy, the rising number of corporate campaigns to hire veterans and a greater appreciation among employers for the professional attributes ingrained in service members.The veteran unemployment rate stood at 3.9 percent in October, while nonveteran unemployment was 5.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even more impressive were the employment gains by veterans who served after 9/11 — their unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, essentially the same as the rate for nonveterans.The philosophy behind hiring veterans has evolved from the “right thing to do” to “the smart thing to do,” Susan Kelly, director of the Pentagon’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, told DOD News.Kelly pointed to an increased understanding in the corporate world for the leadership skills instilled in every veteran. Beyond leadership, those “essential skills” include ability to handle work stress, persistence, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, teamwork and team-building, oral and written communication, decision making, training people, supervising, critical thinking and project planning, she said.“Employers have been telling us the last 18 months, ‘We can train them in technical skills, but the [other skills] take years to develop,’” Kelly said.Another key to the declining veteran unemployment rate has been the outpouring of corporate and nonprofit efforts to hire veterans and military spouses spawned by the White House’s Joining Forces initiative.At DOD, Kelly helped transform the Transition Assistance Program into week-long, mandatory training for separating personnel covering the skills needed to secure jobs, seek education and pursue optional training. She told DOD News that the professional skills possessed by service members are badly needed by a civilian workforce with significant skills gaps.“We look at these skills as an asset for the workforce, but our veterans have an incredible amount of attributes that can be used in all aspects of community life,” Kelly said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Biocon claims to take Syngene unit public by selling stake

first_imgBiocon claims to take Syngene unit public by selling stake16K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Biocon claims to take Syngene unit public by selling stake16K viewsBusinessBengaluru, Jan 23 (ANI): Biocon Ltd would list its research services business arm Syngene by selling up to 15 percent stake in a public offer, the company said, after reporting third-quarter earnings on Friday (January 23). Biocon had previously said it planned to list Syngene but had not given a timeline. Late on Thursday (January 22), it said its board had approved starting the process of listing and hiring merchant bankers to sell 10-15 percent from Biocon’s majority stake in the unit in the public offer. Separately, Biocon agreed with Gilead Sciences Inc to licence its chronic hepatitis-C product range, it said in a statement.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Bengaluru, Jan 23 (ANI): Biocon Ltd would list its research services business arm Syngene by selling up to 15 percent stake in a public offer, the company said, after reporting third-quarter earnings on Friday (January 23). Biocon had previously said it planned to list Syngene but had not given a timeline. Late on Thursday (January 22), it said its board had approved starting the process of listing and hiring merchant bankers to sell 10-15 percent from Biocon’s majority stake in the unit in the public offer. Separately, Biocon agreed with Gilead Sciences Inc to licence its chronic hepatitis-C product range, it said in a statement.last_img read more