A whopping 87 per cent of Indian working women are seeking advancement in their careers, finds a survey challenging the commonly held view that women are not as ambitious as men. However, only 60 per cent of women agreed that their company promoting diversity, while just 29 per cent reported having benefited from the programme, revealed the survey led by global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) titled “From Intention to Impact: Bridging the Diversity Gap in the Workplace”. Conversely, 73 per cent of men believed that the workplace management is committed to gender diversity, suggesting that men were more optimistic about the company’s commitment toward gender diversity than women. “It is important to engage male employees to promote gender diversity. A strong correlation exists between men’s support for gender diversity and its subsequent progress. Unless men are champions of and equal stakeholders in this agenda, it will always remain a special interest women’s support programme,” Priyanka Aggarwal, Partner and Director, at BCG, said in a statement on Monday. “When men act as change agents, the programme becomes free from any prejudices and policies are viewed as fair and neutral. Men can be involved as mentors for women or as core members of the design and implementation team of the programme,” Aggarwal said. Keeping in mind these disparities, the survey suggested that companies must spend their time and effort on time-tested and effective initiatives like anti-discrimination policies and regulatory requirements, providing parental leave and child care and offering flexible working models. The survey is based approximately on 1,500 employees across 25 large Indian companies seeking their perspectives on five categories of interventions-recruitment, retention, advancement, leadership, and culture to examine the diversity gaps in the workplace. IANS : 11th. Dec,17
Lapses in the existing security measures at Puri Srimandir have come to fore once again after some pictures taken by a devotee inside the temple’s inner precinct surfaced on social media. According to reports, one Jugal Kishore Vaishnav posted the pictures taken at a few locations inside the temple on his Facebook account. The incident stoked concerns as there is a restriction on entry of mobile phones and other articles inside the temple and all the devotees are allowed inside after a thorough security check. However, the authorities of the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) could not be contacted for comments on the matter. It is not for the first time that the pictures of the sacred shrine have been uploaded on the internet. In November, photos of repair works of Jagamohan, the hall facing the sanctum sanctorum of the 12th century shrine were posted on social media sparking resentment. Sadanand Sharma, an official of Miner’s Health and Safety, Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CSIR) had posted the pictures on his Facebook page. Later, he had apologized for posting the pictures. Similarly, a woman devotee had also posted her selfie believed to have been taken inside the temple in September this year. The Odisha TV : 11th. Dec,17
After catering to the needs of lakhs of devotees, the famous Jhoola (suspension) bridge at Dhabaleswar will soon become history as the Cuttack district administration has planned for a permanent bridge. “Keeping in view the safety of devotees, we have decided to construct a new bridge which will be much wider,” said Collector, Sushant Mohapatra. As per administrative authorities the suspension bridge was planned keeping in view repeated accidents and deaths of devotees while crossing the river in country boats.However, the bridge has now become old and at the same time the flow of devotees has increased manifold in the past few years. The bridge was designed to take load of 600 people at a time, informed sources. Official sources said a permanent concrete bridge will now be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 17 crore. The survey and soil testing has already been completed and the work for the second bridge project will start in the next two months. “The new bridge will be 250 mts long and its width will be 5.1 mts and the work will be completed within 2 years,” said Executive Engineer of the Rural Development Department, Dev Prasad Das. However, such a decision has not gone down well with the devotees as suspension bridge has always been the most sought after route to reach the sacred shrine from Cuttack side. Devotees have also questioned the move as the suspension bridge is only 11 years old after being commissioned in 2006. The Odisha TV : 11th. Dec,17
A month after West Bengal received Geographical Indication (GI) status for ‘Banglar Rasogolla’, a team of Sri Jagannath Sena visited Chennai seeking GI tag for ‘Jagannath Rasagola’. The four-member team headed by Sri Jagannath Sena convener Priyadarshan Pattnaik and comprising Mahabhoi servitor of Lord Jagannath, Raju Mahabhoi left for Chennai on Sunday with essential documents required to apply for the GI status. The team will file an application for the GI status to ‘Jagannath Rasagola’. “We will apply for the GI status for ‘Jagannath Rasagola’ after reaching Chennai today. All the necessary documents will be furnished at the GI office to claim the sweet desert links to age-old traditions and practices associated with Lord Jagannath,” Priyadarshan Pattnaik told OST.Earlier, Odisha government had decided to apply for GI tag for ‘Odishara Rasagola’ within a week after West Bengal was granted GI status for ‘Banglar Rasogolla’. However, the government failed to file an application at the GI office in Chennai. Later, the state government decided to apply for GI tag to ‘Jagannath Rasagola’ instead of ‘Odishara Rasagola’ following the recommendation from the MSME department on the basis of a comprehensive report prepared after taking the views of legal experts and various stakeholders on the issue. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 11th. Dec,17
Veteran Ollywood actress Aparajita Mohanty received 14th Swadist Bioscope Award for her contribution to Odia film industry for the past 35 years. The award was presented by Home Video Entertainment at Saheed Bhawan, Cuttack, during a function on Sunday evening. Aparajita was awarded a silver bioscope and a cheque of Rs 25,000 during the programme attended by English Professor Smita Devi, who is also her sibling, as the chief guest. Swadist Masala MD Sandip Agarwal and actor Babusan were also present at the event. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 11th. Dec,17
Popular Odia actress and model Lipsa Mishra, known for her roles in TV serials such as ‘Kichi Luha Pi Jaye Utha’ and ‘To Agan Ra Tulasi Mu’, is inching closer to making a mark in Hindi entertainment industry with a music video. Titled ‘Jiya Laagena’, the five-minute-long song features popular actor Sharad Malhotra, who is currently ruling the TV space with his hit show ‘Kasam’, essaying the role of an Indian Army man opposite Lipsa. Sharad and Lipsa play a newly married couple in the music video, which has been conceptualised and directed by Bollywood singer Krishna Beura, who has also crooned the song. The gorgeous actress said: “I always wanted to do music videos in Hindi to be able to get noticed in Hindi entertainment industry. This dream has finally come true.” The videos allow actors to exhibit their acting skills as these include scenes, where one needs to emote, besides shaking a leg to the music, she said. ‘Jiya Laagena’ is a romantic-emotional track which portrays the beautiful relationship between a soldier and his wife, she added. The song, which will release on January 26, has been penned by Ravi Basnet and the video produced by Beura.Lipsa, who shot to fame through a talent hunt, worked in some Odia TV mega serials before getting the big break in Ollywood in 2015 with ‘Maya’. She has also acted in Odia films, ‘Pilata Bigidigala’ and ‘Samaya Bada Balaban’. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 11th. Dec,17
Global arms and military services sales rose for the first time since 2010, with India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, China and Algeria emerging as the top importers during the five year period of 2012-2016, a Firstpost analysis of the latest Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report on global arms sales showed. Together, these countries accounted for 34 percent of all global imports with India leading the table accounting for 13 percent for all arms imports. Vietnam was a new entry in the top-10 arms importers accounting for 3 percent of all global sales. Based on sales by the world’s 100 biggest arms producers, the report pointed at an increase of 1.9 percent (based on 2015 US dollar values) from 2015 with $374.8 billion spent on arms and military services. Based on current US dollar values, the arms sales rose by 1.3 percent.
According to SIPRI’s military expediture database, the volume of transfers of major weapons in 2012–16 was 8.4 percent higher than in 2007–11. The United States managed its stand as the world’s largest spender followed by China and Russia. The US also accounted for largest share of arms sales (33 percent) followed by Russia 23 percent. Interestingly, Saudi Arabia, the fourth largest spender, is the largest client of American arms, accounting for 13 percent of arms sales by US companies. The US also accounted for 14 percent of all Indian purchases, however, it was Russia which led the table accounting for 68 percent of India’s arms imports during 2012-2016. India was also among the top five spenders on arms and military services in 2016 spending $55,923 million in arms and military services.
According to the report, geopolitical tensions in the South China Sea, West Asia, and the Indian sub-continent has fuelled a rise in arms imports in West Asia and the Asia-Oceania, with the two regions contributing to 72 percent of all arms imports during 2012-2016 as compared to 2007-2011. Though USA, Russia, China, France, and Germany accounted for 74 percent of the total volume of arms exports, a change was witnessed in arms exporters with South Korea maintaining its stand as an emerging arms supplier, whereas Germany and France seeing a decrease in arms sales. The First Post : 11th. Dec,17