Professional social networking to overtake job boards

Panaji: The booming professional social networking website market is likely to surpass the business of job board websites, reports PTI quoting a top industry expert.

"If you look at the trend, job board websites are losing their market to professional social networking websites. More and more people have started looking at these websites as the ultimate platform," Yogesh Bansal, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of said., a three-year-old professional social networking website, has positioned itself as a 'Business and Career' networking site.

The CEO claims to have 30 million users worldwide of which 1.6 million are in India.

He was speaking on the sidelines of 'Advertising Public Relation Event Entertainment' (APREE) at Arpora, 20 km away from here.

The three-day event, which has drawn professionals from across the country, began on 26th August. The organisers said they used a lot of social networking websites to get speakers for the event, which is being held for the third time in Goa.

"We banked a lot on social networking for this edition.

For instance, we tracked one of the speaker Harish Bijoor on Twitter and we left him messages to which he replied," Salma Yamini, operation head-APREE said.

Harish Bijoor is a brand domain specialist operating out of Bangalore and runs a unique boutique consulting outfit branded Harish Bijoor Consults Inc, a brand name that has a consulting presence across the markets of Hong Kong, Seattle, London, Dubai and Indian sub continent, she said.

Ms Yamini said that APREE this year will discuss 'tools in surging economy' and professional social networking websites is one such tool, which is widely used by the industry to reach out to people.

Bollywood actor Sanjay Suri, who was present at the event, was of the opinion that offline and online networking should overlap as it helps in better communication.

"I have raised funds and sourced talents using social networking sites for the film. There are 400 producers from across 30 cities who were contacted through social networking websites. The film is now complete," he said.


India will not risk national security for technology: Pilot

New Delhi: As a solution eludes monitoring of data transmitted through the BlackBerry phone, India today said it would not risk national security, especially when answers to the problem have been found elsewhere in the world, reports PTI.

"These concerns have been addressed in other parts of the world, I see no reason why the Indian government and agencies should take any risk at all as far technology is concerned," minister of state for communication and IT Sachin Pilot told reporters here.

The government has asked the BlackBerry phone maker Research In Motion (RIM) to provide access to data such as e-mail sent through the phone by 31st August or face ban on its data services.

However, Mr Pilot made it clear that the government was not in the business of shutting down services. "We are not in the business shutting down services," he said.

BlackBerry is a smartphone that allows users to send and receive data like e-mail through servers located overseas.

The home ministry had told the telecom ministry that if the security concerns were not addressed, the service should be stopped immediately.

In a bid to break the logjam, the smart phone maker had offered to provide information on a deferred basis. But the government had asked RIM to provide a "master key" to gain access to encrypted corporate information on a real time basis.

RIM yesterday had said that company does not have a master key to gain access to encrypted corporate information.

Mr Pilot, however, expressed hope that the matter would be resolved. "The discussions are going on; we hopeful we will come up with resolution," he said.

The smart-phone-maker has a subscriber base of one million in India.



Shadi Katyal

7 years ago

One often wonders why are we on war with our own self as a nation.Why do we keep shooting ourselves in the foot.Cant the Ministers keep their lips seal and thus negotiate politely instead of showing immaturity.
Since we scream on the top of our lungs being the biggest IT trained personnel why have no such system so far been innovated?
We must protect our security and yet deal with the world

Coal ministry to seek Cabinet nod for coal regulator

New Delhi: The coal ministry will seek Cabinet nod next month on the bill to set up a coal regulator for pricing of the dry fuel and monitoring the sector, reports PTI.

The authority bill is likely to be sent for Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs' (CCEA) approval by 15 September, 2010, the Coal ministry has said.

"As per the ministry of coal's Result Framework Document (RFD) for 2010-11, the final Cabinet Note with draft bill is likely to be submitted by 15 September, 2010 for the CCEA approval," said a report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Coal and Steel.

As per the draft bill, the regulator will have the responsibilities like allocating coal-mines, price fixation and revision, setting and enforcing standards of performance among others.

Currently, the coal prices are determined by the ministry in consultation with the country's largest producer Coal India and other coal sector companies.

The regulator will also look after the pricing of coal washing, washed coal and by-products generated during the process, says the proposed bill.

The government has proposed it to be a five member body comprising chairman and four members - technical, legal, administration, and finance.

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in budget 2010-11, had reiterated the need for a dedicated coal regulator to create a level playing field in the sector.

Coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, too, had recently said that the government is going to appoint a coal regulator shortly to monitor various issues including pricing of coal.

The Parliamentary panel while talking about 59 coal projects, held up in want of forest clearance said that talks were on between coal and forest ministries to expedite clearances.


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