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Maruti Suzuki to lift Manesar lockout on Tuesday under police presence

Maruti Suzuki will operate single shift and plans to roll out 150 cars everyday against its capacity of 1,500-1,700 units from its Manesar plant

New Delhi: After a month-long lockout at its Manesar facility, Maruti Suzuki India is ready to reopen the plant on Tuesday with less than a tenth of its total workforce slated to resume operations in a single shift, reports PTI.


The company had declared an indefinite lockout at the Manesar plant on 21st July following the worst ever violence in its history on 18th July that left one senior official dead and nearly 100 others injured.


"We are reopening the plant with 300 workers. With this workforce, we will operate just a single shift from 8 am to 4:30 pm," Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chief Operating Officer (Administration) SY Siddiqui told PTI.


Initially about 150 cars will be rolled out every day instead of 1,500-1,700 units earlier. Production will be gradually ramped up at the plant, which has an annual capacity of 5.5 lakh units.


The company will restart the production at the unit under heavy police presence. It has also formed its own special force, comprising ex-service men.


MSI has also decided to terminate services of 500 permanent workers, who were allegedly found to be involved in the violence inside the plant. Besides, MSI is also said to be planning to remove another 500 contract workers over their alleged role in the violence and arson.


Prior to the incident, the plant had an employee strength of 3,300, of which 1,528 were permanent.


To increase the workforce, the company will start fresh recruitment of permanent workers from September 2 and existing contract workers will also be considered for the same.


MSI Chairman RC Bhargava had last week said: "On the production line, we would not have contract labourers, but for the short-term and for flexibility, we may have about 20% contract labourers, but they will be absorbed in due course of time".


The decision of the company to fire the 500 regular workers has evoked strong reactions from trade unions across political spectrum.


Major central trade unions, including CPI-affiliated All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and CPI(M)-affiliated Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), will meet on 21st August to finalise a rally in the National Capital, demanding reinstatement of the sacked workers.


Even the union of MSI's Gurgaon unit, Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union, had opposed the mass sacking at the Manesar plant.


Last week, workers from different factories in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt along with trade unions had opposed sacking of the 500 regular workers at MSI's Manesar plant and demanded their immediate reinstatement.


CPI(M) Rajya Sabha Member Tapan Kumar Sen had raised the issue in the House, terming removal of workers as "vindictive and retaliatory". JMM MP Sanjiv Kumar had demanded a CBI probe into the violence.


Housing finance companies may see higher interest margin in H2: report

Higher asset re-pricing during second half of FY13 along with stable borrowing costs are likely to drive a rebound in spreads from the September quarter, says a research report

Mumbai: Housing finance and power finance companies are likely to have better time going ahead while finance companies engaged in the retail sector may see moderation in demand growth, reports PTI quoting a research report by Avendus Securities.


Housing finance companies may see higher net interest margin (NIM) during the second half of the current financial year on the back of higher asset re-pricing coupled with stable borrowing cost, the report said.


"Higher asset re-pricing during H2 of FY13 along with stable borrowing costs are likely to drive a rebound in spreads from the September quarter," the report said.


The NIM of major housing finance companies like HDFC and LIC Housing Finance had witnessed a drop of 0.4% and 0.36%, respectively on sequential basis (June quarter over March quarter) due to higher cost of funds.


The report also said that business momentum for the housing finance companies would remain strong.


India orders blocking of over 230 Internet pages, user-accounts for spreading hate

All these sites, including Facebook, Google and Twitter were found hosting inflammatory and hateful content, spreading rumours and inciting violence targeting the people from north-east

New Delhi: Stepping up its drive against 'erring' portals, government of India has ordered blocking of more than 250 websites in which morphed images and videos were uploaded to incite Muslims leading to exodus of people belonging to the northeast from Karnataka and some other states, reports PTI.

Home ministry officials said more than 130 websites have been blocked till now while the rest will be blocked shortly. "We are planning to block some more sites," an official said.

Government is also contemplating to take up the CERT-In (Computer Emergency Response Team-India) findings at the international forum as it has turned out to be the biggest instance of cyber warfare on India in recent times.


All these sites were found hosting inflammatory and hateful content, spreading rumours and inciting violence targeting the people from north-east, government sources said.


On Saturday, the government had issued instructions to block 76 Internet sites, which included web-pages and some websites, and had said that bulk of the rumours that triggered panic among people of North-eastern states in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra were sourced from Pakistan.


"We have found inflammatory and objectionable contents on some pages of Facebook and Google. Some user-accounts at Twitter were also found spreading similar contents. All together, around 80 such pages and accounts have been ordered to be blocked today," the sources said.


The rumours about a possible attacks have led to mass exodus of people from northeast from many places including Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Pune.


India's Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Sunday asked his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik to crackdown on elements based in that country that were using social media networking sites to whip up communal sentiments and spreading hate in India.


According to a report prepared by the Home Ministry, a Pakistan-based hardliners group is suspected to have been involved in doctoring images and spreading them across social networking sites to create panic among people of north-eastern region living across India.


Most of the online content started getting posted from 13th July and fake profiles were created for spreading morphed pictures, according to a Home Ministry report prepared in the wake of mass exodus of people belonging to the north east from Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Mumbai following rumours about possible attack on them.




4 years ago

Any blocked websites either by government or Internet service provider can be accessed through
proxy servers.Indian ISPs filtering have not been entirely effective because blocked content will be quickly migrated
to other Web sites and users will find ways to circumvent filtering. And i deeply feel ashamed of our government because
of their poor understanding of internet technology!!

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