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Centre moves SC for relaxing ban on diesel cabs
New Delhi : The central government on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to relax its ban on diesel taxis in Delhi and the National Capital Region as it was adversely affecting the foreign exchange-earning BPOs which use these vehicles to ferry their employees.
 
Seeking modification of the apex court's April 30 order, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice R. Banumathi that it was not possible for the BPOs to deploy CNG buses as the locations of the staff, many among them women, varied widely. 
 
He also informed the Supreme Court of the business dimension, saying the BPOs bring in foreign exchange amounting to one billion dollar per year, which could be adversely affected if the processing units move out of the country.
 
"Business is likely to be affected as the BPOs will move out of the country," the solicitor general said. 
 
Chief Justice Thakur then asked the solicitor general to suggest some remedial measures to address the problem. To this, Ranjit Kumar said the central government will do so before Monday when the Delhi government's plea on the issue will come up for hearing. 
 
Meanwhile, the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) informed the apex court that the representatives of the Delhi government and the taxi unions had met its officials on Wednesday and it was agreed that registration of diesel taxis operating under All-India Tourist permits shall be stopped. 
 
EPCA counsel Aprajita Singh told the court that it was also agreed to chalk out a plan to phase out the diesel taxis operating in the city within five years by not renewing their permits. 
 
Aprajita Singh further said diesel taxis with all-India permits are operating in the national capital in violation of their permit conditions. 
 
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Param

7 months ago

bpos don't need to move out of the country - they just need to move out of delhi :)

Mumbai woman donates liver to save minor daughter's life
Mumbai/New Delhi : A Mumbai woman donated a part of her liver to save the life of her five-year-old daughter and cure her of liver and associated lung failure, doctors said on Wednesday.
 
The rare liver transplant, which doctors at Medanta - The Medicity in the National Capital Region (NCR) said was the first in the country, was performed on Paridhi Sethi, after her mother Mamta Sethi, 40, consented to donate 20 percent of her own liver.
 
After the complex and dangerous surgery, the little Paridhi has been cured of an accompanying lung failure too, said Medanta's chief liver transplant surgeon A.S. Soin.
 
Medanta's director of Children's Liver Diseases and Transplantation Neelam Mohan said Paridhi suffered from jaundice and its complications since birth for which she was operated when she was barely 10 months old, but the operation was not successful.
 
The condition of the Borivali resident studying in Class 1 deteriorated with life-threatening liver infections, lung complications, leading to eight prolonged bouts of hospitalisation.
 
"My husband Nitin and I had given up all hopes of getting Paridhi well after doctors in Mumbai rejected her case as 'far too advanced' for a liver transplant. Around three months ago, Medanta offered to try and save her though it would be an extremely high-risk procedure due to her low oxygen state," said Mamta.
 
Though the hospital has taken up similar milder cases of hepatopulmonary syndrome in which liver failure affects circulation in lung and in extreme cases leads to lung failure, Paridhi was the first of such 50 percent advanced case, said Soin.
 
"She now breathes normally without extra oxygen, and will grow like a normal child and live a healthy life. She was easier to handle at Medanta owing to its strong multidisciplinary expertise," said Medanta CMD Naresh Trehan.
 
Liver transplant is complex and required perfect function of all other organs with the possibility of Paridhi not making it for various probable reasons, necessitating the medical team to do a bloodless, zero-error, quick surgery, not allowing blood pressure fluctuations, and with 100 percent oxygen support, he said.
 
After correcting her low oxygen level state and remaining on nitric oxide, high external oxygen, ventilator support and a temporary breathing route for nearly a month, Paridhi finally returned home 33 days after the surgery to join her nine-year-old elder sister.
 
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Indian woman claims lawsuit win against Wipro in Britain
Bengaluru : Shreya Ukil, a 40-year-old Indian woman who was formerly a senior techie at the Wipro back office in London, claimed to have won a lawsuit in a British tribunal against the IT major for sacking her on the grounds of gender discrimination, unequal pay and victimisation. Wipro, however, said the tribunal upheld the dismissal as appropriate and rejected claims of adverse cultural attitude towards women in the organisation.
 
"Wipro leadership team, including its (then) chief executive T.K. Kurien, conspired to push Ukil out of her job and her role in Britain," her lawyers Slater & Gordon said in a joint statement from London on Wednesday.
 
The judgment of the London Employment Tribunal found that the direction (to sack her) had come from the very top and was followed through with considerable resolve.
 
"Ukil was victimised by Wipro's leadership for speaking up about sex discrimination, unequal pay and a culture of sexism," the statement asserted.
 
Wipro, however, contradicted Ukil's claim, and said in a statement later that "it was pleased the tribunal had upheld the dismissal of the complainant from the services of the organisation as appropriate and rejected claims of adverse cultural attitude towards women in the organisation".
 
In an e-mail response to Wipro's statement, Ukil told IANS that she had won on her claim for equal pay, as she did same work as her male peers in same grade and that she was paid significantly lower than her male colleagues.
 
"The court also ruled in my favour on sex discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal," Ukil reiterated, adding that the verdict on her charges was published on April 18, while the verdict on equal pay was published on July 7, 2015.
 
Enclosing parts of the judgment's operative portion to contest Wipro's counter-claim, Ukil said the tribunal found that the company's rejection of her resignation in September 2014 was an act of victimisation and that she was dismissed unfairly.
 
"The tribunal found that I was a victim of acts of sexism and racism, as the company did not upheld the well-founded complaints of discrimination against me," Ukil said.
 
The tribunal also accepted that Ukil was asked to sign an indemnity to prevent from bringing claims against the company in October 2013 as an act of victimisation.
 
"The court verdict is in public domain. There is no out-of-court settlement," she affirmed.
 
Ukil, who worked with Wipro for almost 10 years and won multi-million-dollar contracts for it, started raising concerns in 2012, which went unheeded.
 
Instead of addressing Ukil's concerns, a series of decisions were made by the management behind the scenes, including chief legal counsel Inderpreet Sawhney, human resources global head Saurabh Govil and Kurien in a bid to remove her from her role in London.
 
Ukil sued the Bengaluru-based outsourcing firm in October 2015, seeking one million pounds compensation for gender discrimination, unequal pay and harassment.
 
"Compensation (referred to as 'remedy') will be decided at a later date," Ukil noted.
 
Sacking Ukil and her superior Manoj Punja, 54, the company said then that they were relieved from service after an internal inquiry established that they were into a relationship but did not report about it to the company as a policy.
 
Ukil, who was sales and market development manager for the back office operations in London, filed the lawsuit with the tribunal, claiming she was forced into an affair by Punja, a married man, who was head of its business process outsourcing (BPO) office in London.
 
Having lost all faith, Ukil raised her final grievances with Wipro chairman Azim Premji, who assured her of a fair and impartial investigation.
 
When she resigned from her role in September 2014 in an e-mail to Premji, her resignation was not accepted and she was fired four days later whilst still on sick leave.
 
The tribunal found that comments made by Wipro employees, Sid Sharma and George Joseph on separate occasions reflected an "extra undercurrent of sexism in their attitudes" towards Ukil, with remarks that aceplainly conveyed a sexist innuendo".
 
"I hope that following this judgment, companies will again reconsider their treatment of female employees, ensuring they are treated fairly and equally," Ukil added.
 
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