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Nationwide strike by Hyundai workers in S Korea
The workers of Hyundai Motor in South Korea staged a full nationwide strike on Monday, the first since 2004 when the company's production line came to a standstill.
 
"If the company does not want to move forward together, we are going to show them the consequences of their actions," said the union of workers in a pamphlet, EFE news reported.
 
The activity in Hyundai's South Korean factories came to a grinding halt at 6.45 p.m. local time on Sunday after the workers rejected the latest tentative wage deal offered by the management.
 
Under the agreement, Hyundai had offered to increase workers' basic monthly pay by 58,000 won, provide one bonus payment of 3.3 million won and to withdraw a heavily-criticised wage ceiling.
 
Nearly 50,000 union members (more than 78 per cent) representing the vast majority of Hyundai's approximately 6,50,000 employees here, voted against the tentative wage deal.
 
In recent months, both sides have sat down to negotiate up to 26 times together. A total of 19 partial strikes have been staged this year, costing the company around 1,01,400 vehicles or 2.23 trillion won loss in production.
 
The Hyundai labour union said they will continue the strike for six-hours each day this week, except for days when negotiations are scheduled with the employer. 
 
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Hope filing FIR for women becomes better, says Big B post 'Pink'
After the recently released film "Pink" brought the functions of the Zero FIR system to light, also highlighting how many women aren't aware of legal procedures that can help them, megastar Amitabh Bachchan says that ministers have given hope that certain changes in law will make the process of filing FIRs easier for women soon.
 
Excerpts from the interview:
 
Q. "Pink", as we all know, is no more a film but a movement. Did you ever expect such an impact?
 
No we did not. But the kind of responses and the effect it has had on many individuals, especially women, has been overwhelming.
 
Q. When "Pink" opened, the collections were reasonable. But over the weekend the rise in the footfalls was phenomenal. Did you at any point worry about the film's reach?
 
The word of mouth worked for the film. There was no deliberate and known practiced marketing done for the film, but somewhere Shoojit Sircar did have the confidence that when people will see the film, they would react and spread the word. That is exactly what happened.
 
Q. Very few films have the power to change the way we think. "Pink" is one of them. Which of your other films would you include in this character of motivational/inspirational cinema?
 
Each and every Indian film has one basic message, victory of good over evil, and poetic justice in three hours. For me, then to differentiate one from the other, would be a wasteful exercise.
 
Q. Now "Pink" is a rallying point for women's safety. I believe the film will be used to promote the women's right and privilege to file an FIR. Please comment?
 
Some government ministers have seen it, as have eminent legal luminaries, and have given hope of changing certain laws governing women and their plight in filing FIRs. I think (my character) Deepak Sehgal in the film clarified a few misgivings. I do hope that they are brought to practice soon. What is under consideration or has been put to law is that a woman can file a complaint at any given time of day and night, irrespective of holidays or weekends.
 
Q. Just days after the release of "Pink" in which we have succinctly argued that a 'no means no', a young woman in Delhi was stalked and stabbed. How, Sir, do you think the rising growth in crime against women can be curbed?
 
That was a most unfortunate incident. But I do believe that a conscious effort in the process of education, law and moral and social policing shall bring results. Parental upbringing and early age inculcating certain values among the young, is a must.
 
Q. We speak of fighting violence against women. But about educating men not to perpetrate that violence?
 
Yes, the sons have to be educated too and brought up in a manner that they understand the equality and non-discriminatory attitude that most men think is their birthright against women. Yes, the law favours the women and there have been cases where its misuse has led to action against innocent men as well. But hopefully, a balance shall prevail in time.
 
Q. Your heartfelt open letter to your granddaughters provoked some to wonder why you had not addressed the letter to your grandson as well?
 
If you shall read the letter carefully, you shall find that the letter ostensibly addresses girls, but in doing so, it also sends a message to the boys.
 
Q. Recently, Justice Markandey Katju made an extremely uncalled for comment on your intellectual faculties. What do you think brought this nastiness on? How do you deal with such unexpected attacks?
 
Why he made that remark should be asked of Justice Katju. In a free society, everyone has the liberty to express opinion. I have merely agreed with his observation. He is right, I really do not have anything in my head.
 
Q. Finally after "Pink", are you prompted to do more films with a strong social message?
 
Each film, as I said earlier, carries a strong social message.
 
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Mahesh S Bhatt

2 months ago

Charlotte Case rape+ murder CBI acquital

Monica Lewinsky first Social media victim.

Girls & Guys are different enjoy and respect the difference donot blow out of proportion & have discipline Cheers Mahesh

M D Khattar

2 months ago

Filing an FIR is certainly a very trouble some process which takes away your time and yet you are not able to get it filed .all sort of obstacles are placed to get a simple theft or loss registered . Filing FIR by women for more serious crimes is an uphill task . Will it improve ? Unless drastic system changes are made and concerned people made aware of thier responsibility , it is doubtful if any significant change can be expected . Possibility of lodging FIR electronically seems a possible solution

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar have India's youngest population
Uttar Pradesh and Bihars populations have the lowest median ages -- or youngest populations -- in India while Kerala and Tamil Nadu have the highest median ages, according to Census 2011 data, compiled by Bengaluru-based think tank Takshashila Institution.
 
The median age is the age which divides the population into two equal halves, i.e., there are as many people older than the median age as there are people younger than it. A low median age would suggest that a country's population has more young people than older people.
 
The median age in India rose from 22.51 years in 2001 to 24 years in 2011, according to Census data. The median age of India's population will be 37 years in 2050 -- lower than that of China, which will have a median age of 46 years, but higher than Pakistan, which will have a median age of 30.9 -- according to data from the United Nations.
 
There is wide variation within India: Kerala's median age of 31 years is close to Argentina's median age (30.8), and Uttar Pradesh's median age of 20 is similar to Kenya's (18.9).
 
The median age is broadly correlated with the level of development within the state in India. Southern states with a higher per capita income such as Andhra Pradesh (27), Tamil Nadu (29), Karnataka (26) and Kerala (31) and the western states of Maharashtra (26) and Gujarat (25) have higher median ages.
 
Less developed states in the north including Uttar Pradesh (20), Bihar (20), Jharkhand (22), Madhya Pradesh (23) and Rajasthan (22) have lower median ages.
 
In 2026, Uttar Pradesh (26.85), Madhya Pradesh (28.83), Bihar (29.05) and Rajasthan (29.51) will continue to have low median ages, while Kerala (37.67) and Tamil Nadu (37.29) will likely have the highest median ages in the country.
 
Over the next century, 60 per cent of the population increase in India would come from the four states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan while only 22 per cent would come from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra, according to a 2003 study published by The Economic and Political Weekly.
 
This young population would form India's working-age population, and give India an advantage over countries with a smaller working-age population. But productivity could depend on how states, with the bulk of India's population, improve health and education levels, and provide employment opportunities, according to a 2013 study by Asia and Pacific Policy Studies.
 
In 2011, Bihar had a literacy rate of 63.82 per cent, which was much lower than Tamil Nadu that had a literacy rate of 80.33 per cent.
 
Bihar also had a higher infant mortality rate (number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births) of 44 compared to Tamil Nadu at 22.
 
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