Daily Archive: March 25, 2019

Ask Insights with UN unveils the Future Fluent Global Summit 2019

The Future Fluent Global Summit 2019, the event for Global Thought Leaders from around the world to come ahead and help organizations foster all-round development, achieve business objectives, and create global portfolios in the DEI space will be hosted by Ask Insights, co-hosted by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and BusinessWorld, in association with Google, PepsiCo, RB, Centre for Global Inclusion and Aditya Birla, on 3rd and 4th April 2019 at The Lalit, New Delhi. The theme of the Summit is to bring the learning from the World’s most experienced and the best thought leaders in the space of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) for an expansion of thoughts amongst Indian organizations. The summit will feature pre-summit workshops with over 10 global speakers, each sharing his/her unique insights about – Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarking Tools and their importance in organizational growth.

The summit will include global thought leaders and eminent CXO’s of top corporate organizations from across the world sharing the platform with Ask Insights and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to present their views, experiences, Future Trends and Strategies for the growth of future organizations. The Summit’s agenda will look closely at big picture trends, such as Gender Realities of India – Breakthrough Solutions, Women and Inclusion, Gender and LGBTQ Friendly Organizational Culture, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Consulting and Training with all-around interventions like Top Leadership Modules, Manager’s Modules, Women’s Leadership (Project Breakthrough), Women Mentor-ship (Ultimate Breakthrough) and Front-line programs.

Excited about the international summit, Dr. Niru Kumar, Founder, Ask Insights said,“We all are a part of the global family now; especially Indians are traveling around the world for work and experiencing the different cultures. Although we embarked a little late on the DEI journey yet we can definitely leverage organizational experiences from around the world for DEI framework in India. This summit will help people learn the cultural differences that exist in the world and how they can navigate around these cultural challenges. The summit will provide end-to-end solutions covering organizational strategy, benchmark assessments,women, gender, generational, cultural, LGBT, unconscious biases and disability in the field of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I).”

The Global Summit will be a gathering of Decision-Makers, CEO’s, CXO’s and the HR Head’s to share the stage with the Global Thoughts leaders fromacross the world to share, experience and innovate and be a part of an evolution for Integrating business, humanity, and future.

Experts of Apollo Hospital give Health advisory on World Tuberculosis Day

The Indian government is committed to a `Tuberculosis-Free India by 2025’, five years before WHO’s global deadline of 2030. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government has initiated several strategies and devised time-bound outcome for meeting this deadline, however there are a number of issues yet to be addressed.

Lower reporting of TB cases

The first is related to lower reporting on TB cases by private medical practitioners. More than 56% of TB patients in India go to private doctors for TB treatment who avoid reporting the cases due to the stigma attached. A nationwide campaign is going on to counsel and sensitize these doctors. This will help in effectively addressing the impediments in controlling and eradicating TB and meeting the 2025 deadline.

Lack of full treatment for TB, Women becoming more vulnerable

Another issue is related to lack of full treatment for TB, which may go upto six months or more. Today, more women than men infected with Tuberculosis are left untreated and unreported. The government is actively addressing this through a sensitization programme in order to meet 2025 deadline.

Stigma attached with TB continues unabated for ages

Stigma against Tuberculosis patients is a worrying trend that has gone unabated since this dreaded disease came to be known. Social and health agencies have been addressing this for some time now and continue to bring in a change through campaigns and other forms of social and cultural activities. Mass participation and change in perception will help fight stigma attached to TB.

Measures and prevention against TB and stay healthy this summer

The treatment of TB is completely free and paid for by the government. As larger part of the country is going through seasonal change, transitioning from winter to summer, people are potentially at a higher health risk at this point of time. As this season also brings in bacteria and other viruses getting dormant, it is always advisable to bring in change in diet, increased physical activity and plan the day routine accordingly to beat the climatic changes and the hazards it comes with.

Dr. Sreenivasa Raju Kalidindi, CEO and Medical Director of Apollo Radiology International,explained about the various common symptoms of tuberculosis which people tend to miss out, “The initial symptom is generally a persistent low-grade fever accompanied by loss of appetite and then weight. However, symptoms vary depending upon the type of tuberculosis. For instance, pulmonary or pleural TB can lead to cough (which in severe cases can also have blood), sputum, chest pain, breathlessness, etc. One should be vigilant against such symptoms and get a proper diagnosis on time.”

Dr. Kalidindi further highlighted that while TB is treatable, timely diagnosis is essential to nip the disease in the bud. Early diagnosis and treatment also helps to limit the spread of disease and contributes in reducing TB burden on the country. To limit the spread of disease TB patients should also adopt preventive measures such as keeping nose and mouth covered while coughing and/or sneezing, disposing off used tissues properly, avoid going to public places or gatherings during infectious phase, among others

Election Commission orders 26 lakh bottles of ink

Election Commission orders 26 lakh bottles of ink

The Election Commission of India has ordered 26 lakh indelible ink bottles for the election process. The ink used for marking purpose is manufactured from Paint and varnishing limited headquartered in Mysore under from Karnataka Government. It is reported that the estimated cost for this will come around 33 crore.

21.5 lakh ink bottles were used in 2the 014 LokSabha election. Bottles with a length of 10 Cubic Centimeters are used for the election process. Chandrashekr Dhawani, who is the Managing Director of the Varnishing Company said it is 4.5 lakh less than the previous election.


No directive to restrict choice of subjects for research

No directive to restrict choice of subjects for research;

Government believes in the principle of freedom in research

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has not issued any directive to restrict choice of subjects for research, as has been reported in a section of media since the Government believes in the principle of freedom in research.

Last year, there was a meeting of Vice Chancellors of 11 Central Universities, which were lacking in research. In the said meeting they presented a road map to improve research and also discussed the issue of more research on issues relating to national priorities. The minutes of the meeting were recorded.

The Government has given impetus to improve and expand research facilities. The Government has provided Rs 480 crore for Social Science Research Project under Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS); Rs 225 Crore for research in basic sciences; Rs 1000 crore under Impacting Research, Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT) for technology related research; Rs 450 crore under STRIDE for research in Humanities; and Rs 480 crore under Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) for joint research with foreign universities in any discipline.


Payroll Reporting in India – A Formal Employment Perspective

Payroll Reporting in India – A Formal Employment Perspective

The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has released the press note on Employment Outlook of the country covering the period September, 2017 to January, 2019, based on the administrative records available with selected government agencies to assess the progress in certain dimensions. A detailed note is annexed.

Click here to access the detailed note related to Employment Outlook