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Maruti Suzuki reaches out to other HR heads over Manesar violence

The exercise focussed on how such industrial issue should be handled and the role that HR people must play in order to avoid it happening not only in Maruti Suzuki but in other companies elsewhere


New Delhi: Hit by unprecedented violence at its Manesar plant, Maruti Suzuki India has reached out to top human resource (HR) heads of India Inc, as it seeks to avoid a repeat of the 18th July incident, in which one senior official was killed, elsewhere, reports PTI.
 
Top HR minds in India, including Santrupt Misra of Aditya Birla Group, Satish Pradhan of Tata Sons, P Dwarakanath of Max India, Aquil Busrai (ex-IBM India) and Price Augustine of Mahindra & Mahindra and Pankaj Bansal of People Strong were among those who brainstormed with Maruti Suzuki India Chief Operating Officer (Administration) SY Siddiqui last week.
 
"It was an initiative I had taken up to share with them the experience of what had happened at Manesar plant and also to get a perspective from them," Siddiqui, who is also the President of National HRD Network, told PTI.
 
The exercise focussed on how such industrial issue should be handled and the role that HR people must play in order to avoid it happening not only in Maruti Suzuki but in other companies elsewhere, he added.
 
When contacted, People Strong CEO Pankaj Bansal said: "It was more of sharing of experience. It was about how we should react to such instances and going forward what are the steps needed to avoid a repeat of such violence anywhere in any company."
 
The other top HR honchos who attended the meeting include Arvind Agrawal (RPG Group), Bimal Rath (ex-Nokia India), Yash Yadav of Goodyear, Rajeev Dubey (Mahindra & Mahindra) and Ester Martinez (Founder & Managing Editor of People Matters).
 
On steps taken up by Maruti Suzuki in order to return to normalcy after declaring a lockout at the Manesar plant on 21st July, Siddiqui said: "Our priority remains the welfare and safety of our employees."
 
Reiterating the company's stance of not compromising on violence, he said Maruti Suzuki is cooperating with the Haryana Police to identify the culprits.
 
"It is too early for us to talk about sacking workers or hiring new at the Manesar plant. At the moment we are not thinking about restoration of production," Siddiqui said.
 
Following the violence, in which one senior executive was killed and 100 others were injured, the company had declared an indefinite lockout at the Manesar plant on July 21 saying the safety and welfare of the employees were paramount. Work at Gurgaon plant continues to be normal.
 
The company had last week said it formed a 25-member team, drawn from its various departments, to take care of the injured employees.
 
The Haryana government had formed a special investigation team (SIT), headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Ravinder Tomar, to probe the incident. The police have so far arrested nearly 100 workers. The state government has also appointed eminent criminal lawyer KTS Tulsi as special public prosecutor for the trial of the accused in violence.

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Power crisis again: Northern, Eastern grids fail

While the Northern Grid collapsed for the second time in two days, the Eastern transmission lines too failed this afternoon leading to disruption in power supply across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Assam and Punjab, among other states

 

New Delhi: The Northern and Eastern Grids tripped on Tuesday, leading to power failure in several states of the country affecting hundreds of millions of people, reports PTI.

 

While the Northern Grid collapsed for the second time in two days, the Eastern transmission lines too failed this afternoon, said officials at the Power Ministry and electricity companies.

 

Power supply was disrupted in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Assam and Punjab, among other states.

 

"Yes, I've heard that the Northern and Eastern grids have failed. We are looking into the matter. We are inquiring," Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said.

 

The power crisis led to immediate shut-down of Delhi Metro lines in the national capital, while a host of other services including Railways were also affected.

 

"We are again having problems in Northern Grid," K Soonee, CEO of Power System Operating Co (PSOC) said.

 

Power Ministry officials said that Eastern Grid has also failed. The reasons for the grid failure were not immediately known.

 

While an almost 15-hour power crisis was seen in the Northern part yesterday, the crisis today reached the Eastern region as well.

 

Delhi government officials said the Northern Grid failed at around 1:30pm, when the national capital had a demand of around 4,000 MW. Only 38 MW was being supplied at around 1:45pm.

 

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Sun TV network ties up with Arasu Cable television

Following this agreement, all channels of Sun TV would be available for distribution on then state government promoted Arasu Cable

 
Chennai: Kalanithi Maran owned Sun Television Network on Tuesday announced a tie-up with state government promoted Arasu Cable Television Corp for availability of all its channels in the latter's cable tv distribution system network in Tamil Nadu with immediate effect, reports PTI.
 
"This agreement will enable total availability of the company's channels on all cable TV distribution systems run by Arasu Cable across Tamil Nadu with immediate effect", Sun TV said in a filing to the BSE.
 
Arasu Cable TV Corp provides signals to cable operators in Tamil Nadu, except Chennai, at a subscription of Rs70 a month.
 
According to its website "the aim of the Corporation is to provide signals to the public through local cable operators and multi-system operators to end users at affordable cost.'
 
Sun Television Network noted it holds a "dominant" market share in terms of viewership ratings and said the new arrangement would help further enhance the competitive positioning of it's 'extremely popular' programmes.
 
Besides, it would now start earning additional subscription revenue from Tamil Nadu through this agreement with Arasu Cable TV Corporation, the company said.
 

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