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Government considers ban on registration of new vehicles in Bengaluru ? Residents skeptical of such move

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There are news articles that the state government is considering a ban on registering new vehicles in Bengaluru. However, residents are skeptical of any such move.

A proposal to ban registration of all new vehicles for the next two years has received mixed reactions from the traffic experts and public. This is being considered by Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, who is also the Bengaluru Development Minister.

Even as people grapple with never-ending traffic jams, there are new proposals being mulled by the government. Two experts, Professor Ashish Verma and Ashwin Mahesh, speak to TNIE on best possible solutions to handle city’s traffic woes.

Traffic expert Ashish Verma, associate professor, transport engineering laboratory, civil engineering department, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), said that though calling for a ban is a good idea, the plan won’t work unless worked out with various other combination of solutions. “The number of private vehicles is increasing every year b…

Indian software giant Tech Mahindra fires diversity officer ‘who mocked gay people'

Last week, Gaurav Probir Pramanik,  (twitter: @gauravpramanik ‏)  who has faced bullying since childhood because of his sexual orientation, took to Twitter on Tuesday to talk about how he was mocked even at the workplace, while for Tech Mahindra in 2015.

Gaurav had tweeted,
As promised, I wrote an email to my then boss at a Mahindra company I used to work with. She was a bigot and I suffered in her hands, I hence called her out. pic.twitter.com/4uHev8MY7G — GauravProbirPramanik (@gauravpramanik) September 9, 2018
Acting on a public outburst of harassment faced by a former Tech Mahindra confirmed that it sacked its training lead Richa Gautam.
@gauravpramanik,arising out of an investigation carried out in the matter,the concerned employee has been separated from the employment of the company with immediate effect. At Tech Mahindra,we believe in diversity & inclusion & condemn discrimination of any kind in the workplace — Tech Mahindra (@tech_mahindra) September 15, 2018 Reacting…

Japan offers Green card for Indian Techies and IT professionals: Here is what you should know

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A few days ago, the Indian media was buzzing with news of Japan opening its immigration program to attract hundreds of thousands of Indians. An article in the Economic Times said  Japan will open up its doors to about two lakh IT professionals from India, and issue green cards to settle down in Japan and support the country's rapidly expanding IT infrastructure, said Shigeki Maeda, Executive Vice President at Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), a government body, here on Thursday.   “Currently there are around 9,20,000 IT professionals in the country and there is an immediate demand for more than 2,00,000 IT professionals from India which is likely to further swell to 8,00,000 professionals by 2030," he said in his keynote address at the India-Japan Business Partnership Seminar, which was jointly organised by Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Jetro. 
The Japanese Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice has published a guide that explains "Points-base…

Xi Jinping can now be President for life: China's parliament removes limits

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In a historic decision, China on Sunday removed the two-term limit on presidency, clearing the decks for the all-powerful President Xi Jinping to rule the world's most populous country for life.

Scrapping the 35-year old rule brought by "paramount" leader Deng Xiaoping to prevent the country from returning to one-man rule like that of Mao Zedong, China's largely ceremonial parliament amended the Constitution by lifting the two-term limit.

With term limits gone, Xi can rule China until he retires, dies or is ousted.

He is already dubbed as the country's next Mao, founder of modern China who ruled from 1949 until his death in 1976.

Of the 2,963 deputies (lawmakers) of the Chinese parliament, three abstained and two voted against the proposal to amend the Constitution.

China watchers say the country, which has a one-party rule, could well be headed for a single-man rule.

Xi, who succeeded Hu Jintao in 2012 as General Secretary of the Communist Party, became China&#…

Inspiring story of Om Paithane: An OLA Cab Driver becomes an Indian Army Officer

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Om Paithane used to drive an Ola cab in Pune till a retired colonel boarded his cab and inspired him to think big. The chance meeting with the retired colonel led to an introduction to Lt Col Ganesh Babu, Director, Armed Forces Officers' Selection Orientation Programe (AFOSOP), who guides the youth for joining armed forces.

The son of a security guard-cum-watchman, Om, is expected to pass out from the Chennai-based Indian Army's Officers' Training Academy (OTA) on March 10 2018. After his graduation, Paithane appeared for CDS exam and was invited for an SSB interview The retired officer was his constant source of inspiration, he says.

Gentleman Cadet Om Paithane was quoted saying
“My father was a driver who had lost both his legs in a road accident and was working as a watchman. I had to support the family while studying for final year BSc computer science but I got arrears. So I started to drive for Ola. One day, a retired colonel hired my cab. We started to talk and he …

Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder highlights problem with India’s education system

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Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak's interview in the sidelines of ET Global Business Summit is making headlines. 

During a wide-ranging Q&A, Wozniak responded to a few questions on Indian and India in a candid way that is making headlines.

Q: What are your views on India? Do you think a global tech company can emerge from here?
A: I am not an anthropologist and I don’t know the culture of India well enough. I don’t see those big advances in tech companies. What is the biggest tech company here, Infosys maybe? I just don’t see that sort of thing coming out of Infosys and I have done keynotes for them three times.  Q: What is the missing link here?
A: The culture here is one of success based upon academic excellence, studying, learning, practising and having a good job and a great life. For upper India, not the lower. I see two Indias. That’s a lot like Singapore study, study, work hard and you get an MBA, you will have a Mercedes but where is the creativity? The creativity gets…

USCIS Puts H-1B Third-Party Placement Employers on Notice: What does this mean

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On 22nd Feb 2018, the US government agency under President Trump announced  "Clarifies Policy on Requirements for Third-Party Worksite H-1B Petitions" This move by the Trump administration is making headlines across media in India, China and other countries with the majority of H1 visa applicants.


While most of the headlines are quoting the USCIS announcement, here is what it could mean to individuals and companies*:
Applicants from IT and Software services companies that are in the List of top 100 H1B Visa Employers including Infosys, Capgemini, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), IBM, Wipro, Accenture, Tech Mahindra, deloitte Consulting, Cognizant Technology Solutions, HCL America and others are likely require additional scrutinyThese software service companies place people at client sites to work on client projects. For example, Infosys may place its employees to work at the retailer Gap in San Bruno, California, Microsoft in Redmond, WA or at Bank of America in North Caroli…