Daily Archive: March 22, 2017

#MCD election: Delhi poll panel asks govt to drop ‘Aam’ from hoardings

The Delhi state election commission has directed the Arvind Kejriwal government and the municipal corporations to remove the word ‘Aam’ from all bill boards, hoardings, name plates and banners in Aam Aadmi mohalla clinics and Aam Aadmi Byepass Express Service in the Capital as the model code of conduct is already in force for civic polls on April 22.

The order came in the wake of a complaint lodged by Vijender Gupta, leader of opposition at the Delhi legislative assembly, to the poll body last week.

“The nomenclature of the clinics and bus service named after the Aam Aadmi Party is sure to influence the mind of the voters in favour of the ruling party,” Gupta wrote in his letter to the state election commission.
The Delhi government runs around 150 Mohalla Clinics in various parts of the city. The Byepass Bus Service also covers large parts of the city.

The poll panel shot a letter to chief secretary MM Kutty and the three municipal commissioners on Tuesday directing them to either remove or cover the word ‘Aam’ from all forms of display in government offices and services.
The model code of conduct came into force on March 14, soon after civic elections were declared. The same will remain in force till the declaration of results on April 25.

The letter written by the deputy secretary of the state election commission has also directed the chief secretary and the three commissioners to submit a compliance report of the action taken within 48 hours.
Earlier, during assembly elections in UP, the Election Commission of India had directed the UP government to cover the word ‘Samajwadi’ written on 1488 ambulances under the Samajwadi Swasthya Seva initiative.

In 2012, the ECI had issued similar orders asking authorities to cover elephant statues – election symbol of the then ruling BSP – installed in Dalit memorials and parks.

MCD Elections 2017: AAP workers switch side days before @ArvindKejriwal hits campaign trail

New Delhi, Mar 22: Ahead of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections 2017, around 15 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday. BJP in a statement claimed that the volunteers were upset with the functioning of AAP after which they decided to switch side. The volunteers switched sides days before Arvind Kejriwal begins his campaigning trail for the MCD elections.

It is been reported that most of the AAP workers that switched sides belonged to the Rohini and Sultanpur Majra area. The workers gathered at the residence of Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari before switching sides. Addressing the media, Manoj Tiwari stated that AAP workers switching sides indicate that the people have lost faith in the party. Naved Siddiqui, the AAP minority wing in Kirari assembly constituency in an interview to The Times of India stated that “AAP is giving tickets to corrupt people. Genuine workers have no say.”

BJP in a statement claimed that AAP Rohini district president Aman Dabas, vice president Anju Dabas, Sultanpur Majra assembly president Sher Singh, chief of constituency’s women’s wing and vice president of SC/ST wing Manisha Singh ahs also joined the party.

Reacting to the news, a senior AAP leader stated that 10 days ago, the party was informed that the party workers were joining Swaraj India but now the volunteers are being reported to join BJP. Most of the volunteers switching sides belong to the Sultanpur Majra and are reported to be close to MLA Sandeep Kumar. Sandeep Kumar was suspended from the party last year.

Kejriwal to start campaigning from March 31
AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will start campaigning for the party from March 31. The party president is scheduled to hold over two dozen public meetings and will also hold a large number of Jansabhas similar to the strategy used by the party in 2015 Assembly elections.

It is also been reported that ahead of the MCD elections, the party has ordered around 500 projectors and two projectors will be assigned to each ward. The volunteers have also been assigned the role of organising at least three shows of video daily in crowded places. For the MCD elections, while BJP and Congress have not yet released the list of candidates, AAP has announced candidates for 260 out of the 272 municipal seats.

Polling for the three corporations of Delhi will be held on April 22 and results for the same will be announced on April 25.

Fake forms of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme flood #Delhi

New Delhi, March 22: In a shocking revelation, fake forms of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme have been perpetrated in different states across the nation by miscreants. Such cases have been reported from Tikri, Bhatti Khurd, Dakshinpuri Extension, Sangam Vihar, Sanjay Colony, Sarita Vihar and Adarsh Nagar. In a bid to put an end to this menace, the Union ministry of women and child development has approached the Delhi government and the police commissioner, asking them to take strict action against the culprits.

The ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save girl child, educate girl child) is a flagship scheme of the Narendra Modi government. This social campaign aims to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services meant for girls. The scheme was launched with an initial corpus of Rs 100 crore.

To bring up the issue in limelight, Leena Nair, the Secretary of the WCD ministry has written a letter to Delhi’s chief secretary M M Kutty and top cop Amulya Patnaik sharing details of the complaints, TOI reported. It was stated in the report that Nair has sought that the police commissioner takes immediate action to investigate and register FIRs to check fraud. The WCD ministry has taken up the matter with several states from where fraud cases have surfaced. The states include Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Bihar.

The WCD ministry earlier this month had issued a statement and had warned people against fake forms being circulated in various states across the nation, but in no time, the Ministry has received similar complaints even from the national capital. When such frauds began earlier this month, the Ministry had referred the matter to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

According to a Parliamentary panel, about 90 percent of the funds allocated last year to Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, remain unutilised. Nair, in her letter to the Delhi Police chief, mentioned that the flagship programme does not have any individual cash incentives and that it has no provision for direct cash transfer to anyone’s account. “Unfortunately, it is found that some miscreants are misusing the name of the scheme by falsely promising cash payments up to Rs 2 lakh to a girl child,” Nair was quoted by TOI. “While this was predominantly happening in Uttar Pradesh, it is now found that the menace is spreading to Delhi as well”, she further added.

The WCD ministry is planning to launch an awareness campaign through print and electronic media to warn people against these fraudsters. The Ministry in its statement said that the flagship programme ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ focuses on challenging mindsets. Its focus mainly lies on issues of women empowerment over a life cycle continuum.

Cognizant layoffs: Gloom continues, jobs in tech and IT companies dry up

Cognizant, the New Jersey-headquartered software services company with most of its operations in Chennai, is likely to lay off 6,000-10,000 ” redundant and non-performing” employees.

The retrenchments are reportedly a part of the appraisal process, as digitisation and automation become the new normal for Indian IT firms; and Cognizant is not different from Infosys, Wipro and TCS.

The way IT services are being delivered is changing. Add to that, America’s growing protectionism is making offshore business difficult. Clients want a higher degree of automation, and digital services have already started contributing to 20% of IT services’ revenue.

According to a report, the hiring process for 2017 is likely to be slow with IT majors expected to cut by 40% the engineering graduates they planned to hire. In fact, IT sector veteran Mohandas Pai, in December last year, had said that 20 crore middle-class youth would have no jobs or less jobs by 2025 due to increasing automation and improvement in technology.

Apart from the IT sector, the past few months saw layoff announcements at some of the world’s best tech companies.
Cisco announced a reduction of 7% of its global workforce in 2017, while IBM revealed plans of 5000 job cuts, both to reinvest money in priority areas such as internet of things and cloud computing.
Microsoft, on the other hand, decided to cut over 2800 jobs this year, as it planned to wind up its smartphone business.

Darlings no more?
The Indian startup sector is also bracing up for a harsh 2017, with news of layoffs at around half-a-dozen companies. Salary cuts and pink slips — the story is same in Snapdeal, Craftsvilla, Stayzilla, Yepme, Tolexo among others. Job cuts range from 600 in Snapdeal to 30 in Yepme.

Stiff competition, deep discounts and funds crunch have been the spoilers in the Indian e-commerce party. Before 2016, startups were the darlings of investors. They were born almost every week, everybody wanted to launch a startup, and those who had money wanted to invest in one or the other.

But 2016 saw a series of erosion in valuations of the poster boys of Indian startups. Flipkart’s was the most notable one – from $15 billion down, its valuation dropped to $5.5 billion. Zomato’s got halved to $1 billion. InMobi, which was once considered a Google rival in the digital advertising space, witnessed its key investor SoftBank writing off $200 million of its investment in the company.

“When global competition stepped in, Indian companies went through multiple levels of devaluation – for example in the classic case of Flipkart vs Amazon, Uber vs Ola, and InMobi vs Facebook,” said Sanchit Vir Gogia, chief analyst and founder of Greyhound Research.

Companies, which once picked up graduates from top engineering and management institutes, stopped hiring. Grofers and Flipkart did not take in graduates who were placed during the hiring season, which resulted in a lot of bad blood.

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are no more the hotspots for startup hiring; they are now turning to lower level of institutes for hiring at lower salary packages.
Will the gloom continue?

Despite Naukri.com reporting a bump of 15% in hiring in February, compared with January 2017, the job portal’s data showed just a 1% year-on-year job growth.

“We can expect the job market to be volatile for the next few months before it tends to move north again,” V. Suresh, Chief Sales Officer, Naukri.com, said.

Suspicious ‘lover’ attacks woman with acid in south #Delhi

A 19-year-old woman was attacked with acid by a man in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar on Wednesday. The police said that the accused, who was in a relationship with the woman, suspected that she was going to get married to someone else.

The victim has been hospitalised at AIIMS trauma centre with burns and is expected to survive, said Romil Baaniya, DCP (South-East).

After the attack, Ravi Kumar, 22, went to the Sangam Vihar police station and confessed his crime. He has been arrested.

He has told the police that he was in a relationship with the victim for sometime and had recently begun to suspect that she was cheating on him.

He also suspected she was getting married to someone else.
At around 10.15am on Wednesday, Ravi carried a bottle of diluted acid and threw it on the victim.