Kolkata: State Education Partha Chatterjee made it clear that the educational institutes in the state will not observe September 29 as “Surgical Strikes Day”.Slamming the BJP-led government at the Centre, he said that “Surgical Strikes Day” is the saffron party’s agenda and an attempt to “malign and politicise” the Army.”This is an agenda of the BJP and it is trying to push this agenda by using the UGC ahead of elections. It is a matter of shame that they are using the UGC for their political agenda,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the minister’s reaction came in the wake of the University Grants Commission (UGC) telling the higher education institutions earlier this week, to hold programmes and activities to celebrate “Surgical Strikes Day”.According to Chatterjee, the Indian Army should always be kept above politics and controversies.”We have full respect for our soldiers and their sacrifices. BJP should learn how to be respectful to the sacrifices of our soldiers. They should have asked us to observe the day in the name of the sacrifices made by our soldiers,” he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn a letter to Vice-Chancellors of different universities on Wednesday, the UGC suggested that institutions ask students to “pledge their support” to the armed forces through letters and cards, which the government will use for publicity.Talk sessions by ex-servicemen about sacrifices made by the armed forces, special parades by NCC and visit to exhibitions are among the prescribed events by the UGC for the celebration.A surgical strike is a military attack which results in, was intended to result in, or is claimed to have resulted in damage to only the intended legitimate military target and no or minimal collateral damage to surrounding structures, vehicles, buildings, or the general public infrastructure and utilities.On September 29, 2016, eleven days after the Uri attack, the Indian Army conducted “surgical strikes” against suspected militants in Pakistani-administered Kashmir. However, Pakistan denied such allegations.
For the villagers of many sleepy hamlets of Uttar Pradesh, it was a festival on Wednesday at this tinsel village of Shamli district.Under its ambitious ‘Kumhaar Sashaktikaran Yojana’ and ‘Honey Mission’ projects, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) distributed 60 electric potter wheels and 1,000 bee-boxes among the villagers of Hathras, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Meerut, Bagpat, Amroha, Ghaziabad, Saharanpur and Shamli districts at Choudhary Charan Singh Multi-disciplinary Training Centre (MTDC) here. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, who was the chief guest of this function, said that these electric potter wheels are the booster of strength to the potters. “It will not only reduce their labour but with these electric potter wheels – they will make the best quality of utensils and terracotta in minimum time,” he said, adding, “In consonance with the changed demand from the perspective customers with support of technological back up by providing the modernised machines / tools and equipments to the existing potters, we have taken initiatives to promote the pottery industry. After proper training under skill upgradation programme by the KVIC, these new design intervention and supply of modernised machines, tools and equipment in pottery making will enable to bring out the new terra-cotta products in the market by the potters, who are so far making pottery through hand driven traditional methods – incidentally high-labour intensive and less cost-effective.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSaxena further said that it would not only give direct employment to 90 people and indirect employment to 15 people but also enhance per day income of a potter from Rs 100 to at least Rs 400. In the programme, the KVIC Chairman gave one electric potter wheels, one set of a pug mill, one set of blunger and one set of gas fired kiln to each group of 10 potters in altogether 60 beneficiaries. While the electric potter wheel on which the potter can work 12 to 16 hours a day – is useful for bringing the new designs and reducing the drudgery having variable RPM of 0 to 180, the blunger can process 400 to 500 kilograms of raw clay in mere 8 hours. Similarly, while the pugmill is used for pugging and homogenous clay mixing and would process 500-800 kilograms clay per hour, the all-weather and less pollutant gas kiln is useful for baking the green articles of 50 to 60 kilograms per day with temperature up to 1100 degree centigrade. Following the clarion call given by the Prime Minister, who has always laid stress on the need of ‘Sweet Kranti’ on the lines of ‘Shwet Kranti’, KVIC Chairman also distributed 1,000 bee-boxes among 100 scheduled caste farmers of Shamli and neighbouring districts, identified by the KVIC. “It will not only ensure an additional annual income of to the farmers’ families but would also increase the yield of their crops due to the cross-pollination,” he said, adding, “KVIC has planned to adopt two-three villages in each district of India as ‘Honey Villages’.” Later, the KVIC Chairman also planted more than 500 saplings of medicinal plants of Moringa and Tulsi. Among others, who attended this function were Satya Narayana, Deputy CEO (North Zone) and Madhusudan Chouhan, Principal MTDC.
It may not come as a surprise to many readers of Entrepreneur.com that last year the London Business School projected that by 2020 up to 50 percent of workers will be working remotely a majority of the time.Remote: 5 Essential Keys to Leading a Remote Workforce What might be a bit more astonishing, however, is a recent survey by FlexJobs and WorldatWork which found that only 3 percent of the organizations surveyed were actually trying to quantify the return on investment for job flexibility or remote work.”That’s shocking to me, because it says loudly and clearly that employers and management believe flexible work only benefits the employee; they don’t even think it will benefit the broader organization,” Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs, said of the survey’s findings. “If management valued it, they would be tracking and monitoring it.”The CEO went on to point out that remote work was already happening widely — if not formally. “Employees are working from home,” she said. “They’re working during their commute. They’re working on their smartphones, mobile devices and tablets. [Remote work] might be 5, 20 or 100 percent of their job, but the vast majority of companies don’t have a formal process or method in place to track the value of remote work.” According to the study, top management tends to be more of a barrier than middle management, and often acts as an obstacle to telework programs. The reasons for this resistance? The top reasons given by more than half of the organizations surveyed included:Some jobs are not conducive to flex time or remote work (54 percent). Part-time schedules are a confounding variable (53 percent). Lack of expressed interest from employees is an obstacle (39 percent).Phased retirement is a barrier (38 percent).Related: Lessons Learned From 3 Companies That Have Long Embraced Remote WorkDespite these expressions of reluctance, companies would be wise to acknowledge the beneficial opportunities remote work poses for any organization willing to formalize it for employees. “There are obvious short- and long-term economic benefits for employers of remote workers,” Sutton Fell pointed out. “Things such as smaller office space, lower utility costs or back-office overhead are all examples of savings that can easily be realized from a flexible work model.” Beyond expense reductions, another key advantage is the ability to maximize access to quality talent regardless of market rates or geography. “Whether you’re in a rural area or in a highly competitive talent market, such as San Francisco, you can access high-quality, affordable talent even if you don’t have a large, deep pool of candidates locally,” the FlexJobs founder said.Obviously, not every job is or should be eligible for 100 percent remote work. Regardless, savvy companies will recognize that building a path to accommodate remote workers might actually be a road to their future success.Related: Collaboration Tools of the Most Productive Remote Teams Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 3, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 3 min read