Reuters fileInfosys will be giving a salary hike to its approximately 2 lakh employees, but there is not much to cheer about for the workforce for two reasons: the Bengaluru-based company won’t be paying arrears for the April-June period since the hike will be effective from July 1 and the rate of increase at 5-11 percent on an average is lower than last year.The company had 2,00,364 employees as of March 31, 2017, according to regulatory filings.Also read: Salary hike for Infosys, TCS, Wipro, Tech Mahindra employees will be interesting The hike will be a tad higher for top performers, in the range of 9-11 percent, Moneycontrol.com reported, citing news agency Cogencis.Last year, Infosys had announced a hike in the range of 6-12 percent, with onsite staff getting 1 percent pay increase on an average, lower than 2 percent in 2015.The share price of the company was trading almost flat at Rs 954 on the BSE at around 9.45 am. The Sensex was down 10 points at 31,199. TCS is yet to make an announcement on raising salaries of its employees while Wipro is reported to have given an average hike of 5 percent this year, according to a Times of India report.Shareholders of the two companies were kept in good humour, with Wipro declaring 1:1 bonus issue and TCS buying back shares. Hiring and headcount details based on company filings.Quarterly results and statements.
Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoElection commission lifts the restriction on plying of buses on the city thoroughfares on the elections to two city corporations on Thursday, reports UNB.”Buses can ply the main roads (of the Dhaka city),” chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda told a press conference at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city on Wednesday.The EC initially imposed restriction on the plying of all sorts of motorised vehicles except emergency and permitted ones in the capital for the elections to two city corporations.The press conference was arranged over the by-election to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation and polls to councillor posts in its 18 new wards and 18 other new wards of Dhaka South City Corporation, which will be held on Thursday.The CEC said though no personal vehicle can ply the city roads for roaming unnecessarily, but examinees can use their private cars showing their admit cards.Huda said the EC has already issued directives to police in this regard.The balloting in the elections will begin at 8:00am and continue till 4:00pm without any break in the entire DNCC and DSCC extended areas.In DNCC, five candidates are vying for the mayoral post, while 116 contenders for 18 general councillor posts and 45 aspirants for six reserved seats which are exclusively for women. Of them, one general councillor candidate has been elected unopposed in the city.The five mayoral candidates are Awami League’s Atiqul Islam (Boat), Jatiya Party’s Shafin Ahmed (Plough), NPP’s Anisur Rahman (Mango) and PDP’s Shahin Khan (Tiger) and independent runner Abdur Rahim (Table Clock).In DSCC, there are 125 contestants for 18 general councillor posts and 24 women for six reserved seats.About the EC’s preparations for the elections, the CEC said the commission has completed all preparations to arrange the elections in a fair manner.”We want a free, fair and lawful election,” he added.Replying to a query, he explained why the voters and candidates are not so much enthusiastic over the elections. “One of the reasons is that they’ll be elected for only one year…. Besides, all the parties have not joined the elections though we’ve nothing to do here,” he added.About boycotting the polls by BNP, the CEC said, “We don’t have any failure. We don’t have any weakness. We’ve taken all preparations to arrange fair elections… they don’t participate in the elections, it’s their political decision.”In reply to another question, he said had all the parties joined the election, the commission would have been happier.
Listen It’s hard to keep principals at schools with high poverty. Research shows that over a quarter of those schools lose their principals each year.In East Houston, Furr High School tells a different story. There the principal is going on 17 years at the helm and leads the most ambitious endeavor on campus yet.Meet Bertie Simmons. She’s five feet tall. She wears red lipstick, thick rimmed glasses and a white bob. Next month she turns 83 years old.On this recent morning, she welcomed a mom to her office.“Have a seat. So what’s going on?” Simmons asked.“Horrible, I’ve had a horrible week,” Yasmin Rodriguez answered.Rodriguez came with her son Alex. He recently transferred but he’s failing his classes and gets in trouble for talking back. On top of that, Rodriguez just lost her job. Simmons tried to help.“Could you have passing grades? What if I got you a mentor?” she asked Alex.She called in the football coach, Cornell Gray. He looked Alex up and down and told him to bring shorts for practice tomorrow.“Alright, well, you’re in trouble now because Simmons put me on you,” Gray said.His mom brightened and quipped: “That’s a good thing.”Rodriguez is a single mom and likes the idea of her son having a male role model.Simmons spent half an hour with Alex and told some of her story – how she became principal here when his mom attended Furr.“Boy, if you think I’m sexy now, I was hot then! No, no, not really, I’m acting silly. I want you to know that we care about the kids in this school, and that’s why I’m taking this much time with you. Because I’m not going to let you come here and fail,” Simmons said.Laura IsenseeOn a recent morning, Furr Principal Bertie Simmons listened to a freshman read his first essay.This is how Simmons spends a lot of her day. She sees a steady stream of people: teachers, students, district officials. Most bring problems, though some share good news. In between visits, Simmons might snack on ice chips and Nutter Butter cookies.The day quickly becomes a case study of how this longtime, successful principal leads. It’s all about relationships.“Mainly there has to be a deep, abiding, sincere concern for all human beings,” Simmons said of her philosophy. “And I don’t find a lot of people going into education and especially the principal-ship who have that. And that’s not a put-down. It’s just reality.”Next on the day’s meetings, it’s a tense meeting about bullying with some moms and their daughters.The mothers urge their girls to focus on school.“You know, everybody needs to not be friends, but to get along to make it,” said Renee Vessell. “Because you never know who’s going to need who on the outside of this world.”Simmons backed her up: “Listen to the mother here, listen to all the mothers. They’re not yelling and screaming and carrying on and acting like – Do you know how y’all acted in my office? Y’all were cray, cray, every single one of you.”After the meeting, Simmons said that sometimes she’s crazy herself, in a good way.“I think I’m a little cray cray. I mean, I’m determined that these kids are going to have a chance,” she said.She came out of retirement to lead Furr in 2000. Back then, gangs ruled the campus. Barely half the kids graduated. Simmons thought she’d last three months. Seventeen years later, she leads a national experiment at Furr to transform the high school. Last fall, the school won a $10 million grant from the XQ Institute, a foundation led by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.Experts say school turnaround efforts are difficult without stable leadership.“It’s really just sort of having the gift of time, that you start something and you have the opportunity to see it through,” said Laura Hamilton, who studies ed reform with the national research group RAND Education. She said that time lets principals make real change.“As opposed to what often happens where you start something and you’re just kind of getting used to it and the next new thing comes in because there’s a leadership change, or policy change or whatever it might be,” Hamilton explained.Hamilton cautioned, however, that a principal’s skills must match the school’s needs, and sometimes turnover can be a good thing.From her decades of experience, Simmons said that there’s something else needed for real results in education: Principals have to care deeply for all their students.Simmons reflects on that every night.“And wonder if I’ve done enough. That’s the main thing, that I give enough. Did I care enough? Could I have done something differently? I don’t want to sound mushy but I’m just being honest,” she said.She added that it’s that concern for her students that keeps her going. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:39 Share
Kolkata: Two BJP supporters were arrested on Wednesday from Howrah, for damaging state-run buses and intervention in police work on September 26, when the party had called a 12 hour bandh to protest against the killing of two students in Islampur in police firing.With the arrest of the two BJP supporters, the total number of arrests relating to bandh related issues in the district rose to 8.The BJP supporters had set fire to three state-run buses and caused extensive damage to 8 other buses on the day of the bandh.Acting on a tip-off, police raided the houses of the two BJP supporters on Wednesday afternoon and arrested them. They were produced before the court and have been remanded to police custody for three days.The arrested BJP workers had also stopped police from discharging their duties.On Brabourne Road, BJP supporters set fire to a state-run bus. Some buses were also damaged in North Bengal. In Howrah, BJP workers pelted stones at a taxi that was carrying a patient to SSKM Hospital. They forced the driver to stop the vehicle and forced the patient to get down.In Islampur also, the police arrested a local BJP leader for threatening the police and taking out a procession without police permission.
At the time India played a pivotal role in helping Korea to get out of that tumultous situation. With the communist invasion of South Korea in 1950, the UN sent out a call to the free world for assistance. India decided not to get involved militarily but contributed a medical unit, the 60 Parachute Field Ambulance (60 PFA) which served in Korea for a total of four years.Acknowledging the contribution made by India during the Korean war, an exhibition at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea took place in the national Capital on Tuesday showcasing sixty years of close association with India. It showcased 23 photographs, 2 silver flutes and a bugle, which was used by Korean War Veterans during the Korean War in 1950. The occasion was graced by the presence of Cho Hyun ,ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India, Vikram Doraiswami – ambassador of India to Korea and was joined by the Head of the Korean War Veterans and officials of the Indian army. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Throwing light on India’s role in the Korean war, Cho Hyun, said, “Korea was fortunate to have India, the source of an ancient and noble civilization, as a friend during the war. Without India’s support Korea would not have become what it is today”. Seeing the importance of these images for Korea, the Indian parachute medical unit donated all the showcased items to the Korean Government. This was a very proud moment for the both countries. The future of India-South Korea bilateral relations looks promising. Apart from deepening economic and security, defence cooperation, there is a new political understanding between the two countries. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBoth the countries have discovered a commonality of strategic interests, experience and belief that are strengthening bilateral ties sharing a somewhat similar historical experience. The strategic history of India with the Northeast Asia remained disjointed for almost four decades since the end of the war despite the important role played by the 60th Parachute Field Military Ambulance Platoon. A mobile army surgical hospital that treated more than half of the wounded soldiers, an average of 250-300 civilians a day, during the UN operations in late 1951, is still remembered with a lot of admiration and appreciation in South Korea.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailRailway passengers faced disruption due to Virgin Trains having a ticket machine issue across the UK this evening. The train operator runs trains from a number of railway stations in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire – including Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and Crewe to destinations including London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly. It is not known if any other railway operators are affected at this stage but shortly after 9.15pm tonight Virgin Trains advised people to collect their tickets before travelling if possible. A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “There has been a nationwide ticket machine fault reported this evening. Passengers are advised to attempt to collect their tickets before travel and if you have a problem, please speak to station teams before boarding.” Read MoreAre chances of Channel 4 coming to Stoke-on-Trent increasing? Virgin Trains contacted The Sentinel shortly after 10.30pm to say the issue had been resolved. For the latest traffic and travel news from Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire visit our dedicated channel here. For more news and updates on the roads across North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here . For the latest live news updates from across the region, visit our live feed here.
Test Pilot is an important part of Mozilla Firefox, and allows Mozilla to test out new features and tools that aim to improve the experience of Firefox users. Yesterday, the organization launched two new Test Pilot projects: Price Wise and Email Tabs. Price Wise allows users to track the price of items online, while Email Tabs makes it easier for people to share links via email. How Price Wise worksEssentially, Price Wise is a price-tracking tool. It allows users to add certain products to a watch list; Price Wise will send notifications when there are changes in price. The extension only works for eBay, Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot, but there are apparently plans to extend its usage to other retailers and eCommerce sites. As holiday season is approaching, it makes sense for Mozilla to push it out to users. You can try it out here. How Email Tabs works Email Tabs is a tool which helps users to send links via email. Typically, you’d need to copy and paste links into your email, but with Email Tabs, you can share from a whole list of tabs. But that’s not all. Users can also choose how the content should be presented in the email. So, it could be a simple link, a screenshot, or even the full text. At the moment this only works with Gmail, but like Price Wise, Mozilla is looking to extend the roll out. You can try Email Tabs here. Both experiments are available for anybody who is signed up to the Test Pilot program. Mozilla previews Send, Color and Side View Mozilla also previewed other experiments that are due for release this year. Send allows you to encrypt and share large files up to 1GB, Color, allows users to customize the look of Firefox, while Side View makes comparison shopping easier, as one can look at two products without having to switch back and forth between two separate web pages. To learn more, visit the Firefox website of Firefox. Read Next Mozilla shares how AV1, the new the open source royalty-free video codec, works Mozilla announces WebRender, the experimental renderer for Servo, is now in beta Mozilla funds winners of the 2018 Creative Media Awards for highlighting unintended consequences of AI in society
March 24, 2017PR Coordinator Sean-Paul VonAncken and maintenance manager Jeff Fisher are having fun putting lightbulbs into lightstrings in preparation to a wedding.[photos by Sue Kirsch]The strings of lights were installed in the Vaults.More to come.
Sky Deutschland has chosen ad management and monetisation specialist FreeWheel to support the management of its digital ad inventory across its platforms.Building on FreeWheel’s relationship with Sky UK, Sky Deutschland will use FreeWheel’s Monetisation Rights Management (MRM) platform to optimise ad placements across its video inventory.FreeWheel’s platform will provide Sky Deutschland sales house Sky Media with tools to manage advertising sales rights, portfolio forecasting solutions, delivering yield-optimisation and campaign analysis, according to the company. According to FreeWheel, Sky will also be able to better manage advertiser conflicts, having access to TV compliance tools to avoid clashes or content/time-of-day restrictions.The agreement also sees Sky make use of FreeWheel’s Advisory Services to support the strategic development of its digital ad sales and operations team.Martin Michel, managing director at Sky Media in Germany said: ‘We are just setting up our digital ad operations team and as a long-standing partner to Sky Media in the UK, we’ll use FreeWheel’s technology and expertise to support our plans to manage digital video ads and develop Dynamic Ad Insertion in Germany.”Thomas Bremond, European managing dDirector at FreeWheel, said: “As broadcasters follow their audiences onto digital platforms, they’re looking for ways to provide great TV experiences across all devices. We are delighted to further extend our existing relationship with Sky in Europe and look forward to working with Sky in Germany. By partnering with FreeWheel and adopting the MRM platform, Sky Deutschland will be able to support its digital assets across all of its digital platforms and set-top-boxes with compelling advertising that will be relevant to the targeted user.