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Kanhaiya Kumar sent to judicial custody till March 2
New Delhi : JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested on sedition charges, was on Wednesday sent to judicial custody till March 2.
 
Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen gave the ruling after Delhi Police said it did not need the president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) any more for interrogation.
 
Kanhaiya Kumar, from the CPI-affiliated All India Students Federation (AISF), was arrested on February 12 on charges of raising anti-India slogans during a meeting on Kashmir in the campus.
 
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Lucknow tops in issuing most passports in 2015-16
Lucknow : 'Acche din' appear to have finally arrived for passport seekers in Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow has issued the highest number of passports among all cities in the country so far in fiscal 2015-16.
 
With 13.37 lakh new passports issued in the state, India's most populous, 9.48 lakh are from the capital, a record of sorts, according to officials of the Regional Passport Office (RPO) here.
 
Major headway has been made over the year in clearing backlogs and reducing the time taken to give necessary clearances, including police verification and appointments for interviews.
 
Passport 'melas' ordered by the ministry of external affairs have been a great help, officials said.
 
Hasan Warsi, an Aligarh Muslim University student and a resident of Lucknow, says he had to go to Dubai for a college education programme and he got his passport "in a jiffy".
 
"I had heard so much negative things about the passport process and delays but was pleasantly surprised by the promptness," Warsi told IANS.
 
R.N. Rai, the Regional Passport Officer, said police had been a major help as more than 90 percent verification of passport applicants was completed within two weeks, thereby expediting an otherwise long and often much criticized process.
 
"Credit must go to police who fast-tracked the whole process," Rai added.
 
Of the 13.37 lakh passports made in Uttar Pradesh, police verification of 12 lakh was done within the stipulated 21 days, thus prompting early dispatch and delivery of the passports.
 
And police seem to have earned not only praise but moolah too. 
 
The external affairs ministry gives Rs.150 for each passport verification. This has turned into a windfall for the Uttar Pradesh Police in the current fiscal when it raked in Rs.19 crore, another record.
 
The earning for police earlier averaged Rs.6-7 crore.
 
Bareilly and Ghaziabad passport offices have chipped in with 3.89 lakh passports. Special work is on at the passport offices in Gorakhpur, Kanpur and Varanasi so that they do not lag behind, an official said.
 
Lucknow has also the topped the regional passport offices across the country in issuing most passports in the current fiscal.
 
Hyderabad is second at 7.60 lakh passports and Bengaluru third with 6.33 lakh. They are followed by Kolkata (6.13 lakh), Ahmedabad (5.66 lakh) and Delhi (5.06 lakh).
 
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E-commerce to offer highest pay hikes in 2016: Survey
New Delhi : Talent, recruitment and health solutions player Aon Hewitt on Wednesday said e-commerce industry leads its annual salary increase survey in India by forecasting a projected salary hike of 15.6 percent for the industry in 2016.
 
E-commerce is followed by Life Sciences with 11.6 percent projected salary increases, Media (Electronic and Print) with 11.2 percent and IT with 10.8 percent.
 
"The 'Early stage companies/Start Ups' stand out despite being in the pre-profit stage for over three years and continue to have an aggressive stand on pay," said Aon Hewitt in a statement.
 
Other industries with a projected salary hike of 10 percent or more include Consumer products 10.8 percent, Automobile manufacturing and Retail 10.7 percent, Chemicals 10.7 percent, IT Enabled Service (ITES) 10.3 percent, Engineering/Manufacturing 1.3 percent and Engineering Services 10.2 percent.
 
Drawing inferences from the survey which studied data from 700 companies, Aon Hewitt highlighted that corporate India is taking a pragmatic approach towards pay increases.
 
"Indian companies are taking very clear steps to arrest the steady increase in compensation budgets. The lower inflation rates in the economy has also helped companies in deciding on the reduced salary increases without creating too much of a disruption in the lives of employees," said Aon Hewitt partner Anandorup Ghose in a statement.
 
According to the survey, many industries took a marginal dip in their overall budgets compared to the actual spends of 2015.
 
Life Sciences, Media and Consumer Products industries have projected higher salary increase than the market average, a trend consistent with them since 2012, the statement said.
 
Financial Institutions featured at the bottom of the survey with a projected salary increase of 8.8 percent.
 
Other industries with the low pay hikes include Metals 9.3 percent, Telecom Services and Transportation/Logistics/Shipping Services 9.7 percent, Cement and RE & Infrastructure 9.8 percent and Hospitality & QSR and Energy (Oil/Gas/Coal/Power) 9.9 percent.
 
The survey highlighted companies are focusing on performance and reserving a larger proportion of the budget to high performers.
 
While investment on key talent has emerged as the major trend this year which includes high potential and hot skills apart from high performers.
 
Interestingly, the percentage of top performing employees has dropped by 30 percent in the past five years.
 
"At an average pay increase budget of 10.3 percent across India, HR managers will be pushed to ensure they are being more innovative and thoughtful in how they reward their top performers while ensuring they are able to retain and motivate the rest of the organisation as well," added Bose in the statement.
 
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