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'India's skilled workforce at a dismal 2%, lower than developing nations'

There is a dual challenge of developing skills and utilizing them in a proper way. The Economic Survey 2014-15 has stated that as per the Labour Bureau Report 2014, the present skilled workforce in India is only 2 percent, which is much lower when compared to the developing nations. As per the report, the number persons aged 15 years who have received or be receiving skills is merely 6.8 percent.

The Economic Survey 2014-15 stated that as per the National Skill Development Corporation there is a need of 120 million skilled people in the non-farm sector for the period 2013-14. Dearth of formal vocational education, lack of vide variation quality, high school dropout rates, inadequate skill training capacity, negative perception towards skilling, and lack of industry ready skills even in processional courses are the major cause of poor skill levels of India’s workforce. Some recent initiatives that aim to enhance access, equality, quality, innovation in the area of higher and vocational…

Fate Of Rohingyas Hangs In Limbo

By Pradipta Tapadar (PTI)                                                             Over 80 Rohingya Muslims lodged in various prisons across Bengal are staring at an uncertain future as their plea to get refugee status is yet to be heard by Indian authorities.
The 83 Rohingyas, including several women, were arrested in the past five-six years when they were trying to cross over to India through Bangladesh. Of these 83, 27 have already completed their sentences but are still in jails.
"We have written to state home department and also to the MHA regarding the issue of Rohingyas lodged in Bengal prisons and also about those 27 prisoners who have already completed their sentence. But we are yet to receive any communication from them. So they are still in prison as we can't just let them go," ADG (prisons) Adhir Sharma told PTI.
He said that the matter has been informed to the state Home department and the state home department has taken up the issue with MHA.
"After…

Jews in 1939, Rohingya in 2015: Will countries of conscience remain silent?

The persecution of the Rohingya minority in Burma has been among the world's greatest human rights disasters over the past century. The international community's apathy toward the plight of these Burmese refugees stranded at sea mimics the indifference that saw many Jews sent to their death in 1939.
The persecution of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Burma has been among the world's greatest human rights disasters over the past century. However, this tragedy has only recently emerged as a hot-button international issue after the Rohingya have opted for drastic means to escape the sordid conditions faced at home. 
Largely based out of Burma’s Rakhine state and neighboring Bangladesh, the Rohingya have been persecuted for decades on the grounds that they are illegal immigrants, or the descendants of illegal immigrants. Since a 1982 citizenship law effectively rendered the Rohingya stateless, the Burmese government has barred freedom of movement while formally withholding acc…

Swine Flu Kills over 700, cases cross 11,000

The number of deaths across India due to swine flu reached 744 Friday (20th February 2015), with 41 more people, including a 23-year-old pregnant woman in Delhi, succumbing to the disease.
The woman, a resident of Krishna Nagar in east Delhi, was infected with swine flu during her pregnancy, while 33 year old women - a resident of Uttam Nagar succumbed to the disease last night due to delayed diagnosis. This was the eight death due to the viral disease in the national capital which has so far reported 1,917 cases.
Across India, the number of cases rose from 11,071 Thursday to 11,955 Friday, a health ministry official asserted.
So far, Rajasthan has reported 202 deaths, Gujarat 155 and Telangana 49. Twenty-seven people have died in Punjab while 20 have succumbed in neighbouring Haryana, six have died in Delhi, four in Kashmir and three each in West Bengal and Chandigarh.
However, no fresh case was reported in Himachal Pradesh Friday, though 16 positive cases and three deaths have been reco…

The myths about 'Swine Flu' and its prevention

The cases of swine flu this year has soared to over 10,000 with more than 600 deaths reported across the country since February 12. While the Centre has ordered additional stocks of medicines and diagnostic kits to strengthen the fight against the disease, you can do your bit by not giving in to these myths:

1) You can get swine flu from eating pork
Wrong! Despite the common name of the disease, eating pork products doesn't spread H1N1 influenza (swine flu). The virus spreads through droplets expelled in the air from infected people coughing and sneezing. People are contagious from one day before to seven days after developing symptoms of swine flu.
2) The swine flu virus has mutated
Gene sequencing of the H1N1 virus by India's two premier labs - National Institute of Virology Pune and National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi - last week showed the virus has not mutated. The virus infecting people this year is the same as the one that infected less than 1,000 people last year.

Why does Buddhist-majority nation hate Rohingyas so much?

[By Ishaan Tharoor]
In 2009, Burma's then-consul general in Hong Kong sent a letter to local newspapers and fellow diplomats posted in the Chinese territory. It was addressing concerns over the treatment of refugees from Burma's Rohingya population, a Bengali-speaking Muslim minority long marginalized in the country. Incidents of shipwrecked boats bearing half-starved, desperate Rohingya from Burma had won wider attention in the region.
Ye Myint Aung, the Burmese envoy in Hong Kong, hoped to dissuade others from feeling sympathy for the Rohingya. His method for doing this was by revealing his shocking racism. The Rohingya, he said, "are as ugly as ogres" and do not share the "fair and soft" skin of other Burmese ethnic groups.
Therefore, the Burmese consul general concluded, "Rohingya are neither Myanmar people nor Myanmar’s ethnic group," using the other name for Burma while trotting out his government's long-standing contention that the Rohi…