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and that their crime fell in the ?he was nabbed by plainclothes policemen, Thakur said For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai | Updated: December 18 2017 3:01 am Picture for representational purpose (Express photo by Vasant Prabhu) Top News The Mahrashtra labour department is considering a proposal to launch a mid-day meal scheme for construction workers Officials from the department said Labour Minister Sambhaji Patil in a meeting held in May had asked the Maharashtra Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board to gather information about similar schemes in other states “We gathered information from Odisha Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh and discovered that only UP has a mid-day meal scheme exclusively for construction workers The Amma Kitchen in Tamil Nadu is for everyone not just construction workers” said a senior official He added that a large number of construction workers in Maharashtra comprised migrants from other states “Many workers from rural areas also come to the cities for jobs As there is no proper arrangement at construction sites for a shelter for the workers it becomes difficult for them to cook food This affects their health and work as well” explained the official According to the the proposal the workers would be provided mid-day meals at any construction site that employs more than 50 workers “Only registered workers will be able to avail the scheme The meals will be distributed by experienced NGOs or self-help groups selected through e-tendering” said another official The official added that the government was also considering a proposal to give coupons to the construction workers to increase the scheme’s effectiveness “It is under consideration of the government We will examine it and then will take a decision on it” said Labour Minister Sambhaji Patil about the proposal of giving coupons to workers The officials added that a monitoring committee might also be set up to keep a watch on the scheme There are a total 643369 registered labourers with the Maharashtra Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board as of September 2017 Of these 312696 are active labourers who have renewed their registrations said an official adding that according to a survey of the National Sample Survey Office there were a total 2753 lakh construction workers in 2015-2016 “But only 61 lakh have been registered with the Board and only 312 lakh are active workers We need to focus on retaining the registration by encouraging the renewal of existing registrations and attracting more workers to register with us” added the official However the Maharashtra Construction Labour Federation has criticised the government over the scheme stating that it is ignoring the fundamental issues of the construction workers “This is nothing but a scheme to give contracts to party activists It will be another Zunka Bhakar scheme The state government needs to focus on the health and education of construction workers’ children and provide them homes It must fast-track the process of giving compensation to the kin of deceased construction workers” said Shankar Pujari president of the Federation For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsUS strikes al Shabaab militants in Somalia – Pentagon | Reuters World Reuters Jul 06 2017 01:16:49 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Published Date: Jul 06 2017 01:16 AM | Updated Date: Jul 06 2017 01:16 AM Tags : #Reuters Also See Written by Manish Sabharwal | Published: March 3 2016 12:00 am Related News Illustration by: Subrata Dhar One of the most interesting recent books was Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (published in Hebrew in 2011 and in English in 2014) which looked at human history through the lens of cognitive agricultural and scientific revolutions The author makes the case that Homo Sapiens won over physically stronger Neanderthals because of their invention of “imagined realities” or narratives about the future Countries are narrative and this budget reinforces India’s eight new narratives five labour market transitions (farm to non-farm rural to urban subsistence self-employment to decent wage employment informal employment to wage employment and school to work) and three policy priorities (macroeconomic stability reducing regulatory cholesterol and decentralisation) Narratives matter because we overestimate what policy can do in the short run but underestimate what it can do in the long run Let’s look at the eight in more detail The first two transitions of farm to non-farm and rural to urban are connected but are not the same thing Of course the only way to help farmers is to have less of them — 50 per cent of our labour force works in agriculture but only generates 15 per cent of GDP — but does that mean shoving more people into Delhi Mumbai and Bangalore Will Bangalore become like Tokyo with 36 million people and Delhi like Beijing whose ninth ring road is 900 km long But they need not India has only 50 cities with more than a million people (China has 385) and two lakh of our six lakh villages have less than 200 people The infrastructure spend of Rs 28 lakh crore combined with other Make in India initiatives will create non-farm jobs in new cities formed by growing existing towns Migrations are currently retarded by leaky fuel food and fertiliser subsidies Aadhaar’s legal legitimacy will reach subsidies to those who need them reduce corruption and execute a shift from rigging food prices to managing rural incomes The third and fourth transitions of subsistence self-employment to decent wage employment and informal to wage employment are also connected but are not the same thing Fifty per cent of our labour force is self-employed but only because the poor cannot afford to be unemployed Contrary to perception India’s problem is not jobs — our official unemployment rate of 42 per cent is not a fudge — but formal jobs that pay a minimum wage Yet 100 per cent of India’s net job creation in the last 25 years has happened in informal jobs India’s formal wage employment is murdered by three things: One unproductive enterprises; two the rising gap between real and nominal wages; three the 45 per cent mandatory payroll deduction between gross and nominal wages India needs fewer total enterprises but more formal ones — today our 63 crore enterprises only translate to 10 lakh companies of which only 17000 have a paid-up capital of more than Rs 10 crore — which needs GST tax simplification and less regulatory cholesterol The accelerating gap between real and nominal wages will come down further because of this budget’s fiscal prudence And the budget made four important interventions to reduce the gap between gross (chitthi waali) salary and net (haath waali) salary: One the waiving of employee pension contribution for three years for new employees; two the equalisation of the tax regime between the EPF and the NPS that will create competition and allow employee choice; three the higher tax deduction on rental income; and four changes to the tax deducted at source regime It would have been nice for the budget to make employee contribution to provident fund voluntary — salary is the property of individuals and they should be free to invest it where they want — but hopefully that is in the pipeline The fifth transition of school to work is seeing renewed vigour because of the focus on skill development The Rs 1000 crore budget allocation for a new financing body could catalyse a third-party market in education loans The new repository for degrees would not only be infrastructure for employer fraud verification but also greatly improve student convenience And hopefully the new regulatory architecture indicated for 10 government and private universities is only proof of concept and signals that the government is ready to take an axe through higher education’s licence raj and apartheid against vocationalisation Missing were school reforms — the current right to education act confuses school buildings with building schools and needs to be amended to become the right to learning act Now let’s look at this government’s three policy imperatives — macroeconomic stability reducing regulatory cholesterol and decentralisation Fiscal irresponsibility converted India from a high growth-low inflation economy into a low growth-high inflation economy This budget surely creates conditions for lower interest rates a stable currency and macroeconomic calm The budget continues the ease of doing business project by the simplification of taxes; over time this will change the calculation in six of India’s eight unicorns — start-ups worth more than a billion dollars — incorporating overseas The budget continues the decentralisation which recognises that India cannot be run from Delhi and shifts power to state capitals by ending Central funding for eight schemes and giving greater funding flexibility to states in 24 schemes The budget persists with the overdue shift of policy from poetry to prose because our problems are more chronic than acute Most flick-of-pen or legislative reforms are done — and we are in the difficult phase of raising state capacity taking on vested interests and raising productivity by fixing factor markets of land labour and capital The role of a budget is not setting things on fire but creating the conditions for spontaneous combustion not picking winners or losers but ensuring a level playing field and lowering the cost of capital This budget did that But more importantly it strengthened India’s eight new narratives and reinforced the message to the world that India will not be hot or cold but consistently warm The writer is chairman Teamlease Services For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by ANJALI MARAR | Pune | Published: May 22 2017 11:15 am An expert from Dee Dee Labs demonstrates the working of the prosthetic hand (Source: Express) Top News A new hope seems to be emerging for the amputees as a group of city engineers are working towards developing low-cost prosthetic hand that can be fitted without performing any surgery For the last one-and-a-half years this four-member team at Dee Dee Labs a Pune-based startup has been working on developing myoelectric arm Their idea is to make use of the body’s naturally generated electric signals of the muscles and process it in order to perform the desired action by the hand While the product is mainly being developed to perform hand actions namely contraction and relaxation pinching and pointing at objects engineers are also working on adding more gestures The lab is operating out of Venture Centre run under the aegis of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) where it was incubated as a company a year ago What is interesting to know is that even if the person is an amputee the signals from the brain reach the last muscle present at the tip of the arm This is effectively what these experts have managed to harness by decoding the electrical activity of the hand muscles particularly obtained during its cycle between contraction and relaxation The prosthetic arm comprises numerous electrical probes that have specilised Surface Electro MyoGraphy (EMG) sensors Explaining the working of the arm the lab’s co-founder Pratik Bhalerao said “Whenever the tip of the residual limb of the amputee generates these signals the onboard sensors detect them first This information is then relayed to the controller where it gets converted to commands which aid in carrying out hand gestures like pointing pinching contracting and relaxing the fists etc” Prosthetic arms have been available for about Rs 35-40 lakh This is where the experts hope to act as game-changers as they are aiming to supply their product at cost-effective prices “Without using any surgical implant our product will be available for a cost in the range of Rs 1-15 lakh” said Bhalerao Alongside designing more gestures Dee Dee lab members also aim at being a part of the Accessible India Campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 “We need to undertake patient trials and are also in talks with government institutions working for persons with disabilities and artificial limb” he said For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Indo-Asian News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 9 2015 7:53 pm Find your perfect valentine this year at your work place Related News Ahead of Valentine’s Day online jobs site CareerBuilderin’s annual survey on office romance found that 36 percent of Indian workers have dated someone who worked for the same company and 37 percent said they went on to marry the person The national survey was conducted online in January 2015 and included a representative sample of 1000 full-time workers across industries and company sizes While 56 percent of the workers said they were attracted to people who work in similar jobs as them for some office romances can be potentially career risky Of those who have had an office romance 55 percent have dated their boss and around 68 per cent workers have admitted to dating someone in a higher position than them Also 34 percent of those surveyed have had an affair with a co-worker where one person involved was married at the time Secrecy is an issue In days when social media networking is on a high 71 percent of the workers said they have had to keep their office romance a secret although 72 per cent have accidentally run into co-workers while out on a date with their office sweetheart Tips for handling a workplace romance: * Check the company handbook: Some companies have strict policies around office romances Acquaint yourself with the rules before turning a professional relationship into a personal one * Proceed with caution: Some romances lead to marriage but others can lead to disaster Seven percent of workers reported having to leave their jobs because of an office romance that soured Take the time to get to know someone first and carefully weigh risks and benefits * Compartmentalise: Keep your work life separate from your home life Avoid public display of affection in the office and don’t involve co-workers in personal disagreements * Think before you post: Be careful what you post on social media You can end up spilling the beans on your relationship before you’re ready to discuss it For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Indo-Asian News Service | New York | Updated: December 30 2014 4:48 pm Post-World War II factors such as increased reliance on technology and high-calorie processed foods are contributors to the environmental effects of obesity Related News People born before 1942 are less likely to be affected by a variant to a gene linked to obesity risk than those who are born after 1942 The effect is stronger in those born in later years finds a fascinating research The findings underscores the effect of broad environmental changes to increase in obesity in recent times ALSO READ:Be obese at your own risk Top 5 Obesity studies in 2014 warn the world “We found that the correlation between the best known obesity-associated gene variant and body mass index increased significantly as the year of birth of participants increased” said lead author James Niels Rosenquist from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) The researchers used data gathered between 1971 and 2008 when participants ranged in age from 27 to 63 Looking at the relationships between participants’ body mass index (BMI) as measured eight times during the study period and the FTO gene variants they had inherited READ:Occupational sitting among women linked to obesity: Study The previously reported association between a specific FTO variant and BMI was seen on average only in participants born in later years While there was no correlation between the obesity-risk variant and BMI for those born before 1942 in participants born after 1942 the correlation was twice as strong as reported in previous studies READ:Half a million cancers a year fuelled by obesity Post-World War II factors such as increased reliance on technology rather than physical labour and the availability of high-calorie processed foods are likely contributors to the environmental effects of obesity the authors noted The study appeared in the journal PNAS Early Edition For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Srinagar | Published: January 8 2012 10:05 pm Related News Two days after Kashmir Valley plunged into darkness due to heavy snowfallJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today assured that the power supply to the region would be restored by tomorrow “Weather permittingthe normal electricity supply in Kashmir Valley will be restored by tomorrow evening or Tuesday morning” Omar told reporters here Kashmir Valley plunged into darkness on Friday following moderate to heavy snowfall across the region Briefing the media about the restoration workhe said the Kishanpore-Pampore transmission line will be restored by later this eveningwhile the Kishanpore-Wagoora line is expected to be restored by tomorrow evening The Chief Minister said the power crisis was triggered by unexpected snowfall in south of Pir Panjal range “Normallythe maximum damage to the power infrastructure takes place in Kashmir Valley but we have had unexpected snowfall on the other side of the Pir Panjal which has resulted in snapping of the transmission line at multiple places” he said Omar said he has kept the state helicopter available to power grid corporation to facilitate the speedy restoration of the transmission line “We have around 200 MWs available right now which we are feeding hospitalswater supply schemes and other essential services” he said He said the snow clearance on Srinagar-Jammu national highway is also in full swing and the 294-km road is likely to reopen for one-way traffic tomorrow evening “Snow clearing is on between Ramban and Banihal while four kilometer stretch between Batote and Patnitop is still blocked” the Chief Minister said adding the Banihal-Srinagar stretch of the highway has been cleared for traffic For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News Every year,and also compensate the complainant for the harassment caused to him.raped her in the car after parking it at an isolated place near her village. 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