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Hello rains, goodbye Latur 'Jaldoot' trains
Having received sufficient rains in this monsoon so far, the people of Latur on Tuesday morning bid goodbye to the unique 'Jaldoot' water train which had been supplying drinking water to the city since April, a top official said.
 
Resident Deputy Collector Narayan Ubale said the train's 111th and final trip from Miraj in Sangli district to Latur in Marathwada was completed at dawn on Tuesday and the water was offloaded.
 
"We have received sufficient rains, and have around nearly two-thirds of the requirements for 2016-2017. Hence we have requested the train services to be discontinued," Ubale told IANS.
 
The unique proposal to supply water in tankers by a train to Latur was conceived by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after water storage in Latur dipped to two per cent in April.
 
From April 11, the train has supplied more than 25 crore litres of water to the parched Latur and its surroundings till Tuesday.
 
The first-of-its-kind project in the country entailed filling up 50 tanker-wagons from Miraj, journeying 340 km overnight, offloading in an unused well near the railway lines from where it was pumped via pipelines to the city.
 
For the first time in past six months, home taps came alive on August 1, after Latur Municipal Corporation resumed water supply through its supply network after the region got sufficient rains.
 
Ubale said that two major dams in the district are still rain-deficient but most other medium and small dams, including the Sai and Nagzari weirs, which cater to Latur city, are full.
 
Latur was reeling under a severe drought due to three consecutive monsoon failure. 
 
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Jyoti Dua

9 months ago

It was an excellent initiative by CM & Railway Minister.

Irom Sharmila ends 16-year-long fast
'Iron Lady' Irom Sharmila on Tuesday ended her 16-year-long fast against the AFSPA and announced her intention to join politics.
 
Doctors removed the nasal feed tube from Sharmila, who has been on fast unto death since 2000 to protest the imposition of the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Manipur.
 
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56% Indian employees apprehend poor retirement benefits: Survey
More than half of Indian employees anticipate that they will be up against a less comfortable retirement than their parents' generation, a survey by global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson said.
 
According to the 2016 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey, 56 per cent of Indian employees still fear that they will be worse off than their parents in retirement, although employees' satisfaction with their financial situation in the country has increased nine per cent since 2013. 
 
The study said as many as 46 per cent of employees expressed concern when questioned about their current financial state, and more than one in three stated that their financial problems negatively affect their lives.
 
“The growing insecurities of employees around long-term financial stability demands the immediate attention of employers,” said Kulin Patel, Director, Willis Towers Watson India.
 
"Companies are beginning to take steps by making their employees' financial well-being a core component of their overall well-being strategy and employee value proposition," he said.
 
The study of over 2,000 employees in India found that almost 54 per cent worry about their future financial state, whereas 52 per cent of employees think that they are less effective at their work due to financial problems.
 
In addition, 57 per cent of Indian employees support the idea that their employer should have a role in encouraging them to save for retirement.
 
However, 32 per cent would be uncomfortable receiving targeted messages from their employer on these matters. 
 
"Gradually, employers are understanding the link between their employees' well-being and their performance and productivity at work, and how this affects the organisation's bottom line. Soon, they will realise that a holistic approach is needed to address these issues effectively," Patel said.
 
Further, the survey pointed out that the biggest growth in promoting financial well-being in India will be in the use of customised and targeted messages, which 50 per cent of employers intend to do so over the next three years, on top of the 13 per cent currently doing so.
 
The survey also said the employers should aim to help employees by addressing their different issues, from short to medium term savings through to the traditional long term retirement savings.
 
"There is a need to boost engagement and productivity by reconfiguring the benefit package offered by employers," Patel said.
 
"Different employee segments may require a different mix of benefits that depend on their financial priorities at their given stage in life," he added.
 
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Biswajit Majumder

9 months ago

Plz give me a loan.I Ned money .because my wife is pragenent.

Biswajit Majumder

9 months ago

Plz give me a loan.I Ned money .because my wife is pragenent.

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