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New Delhi: MCD employees protest continues for the 11th day over the non-payment of salaries. The strike by municipal workers continued until Saturday as employees of Delhi’s civic bodies burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Hundreds of employees of the municipal corporations staged a noisy demonstration and dumped garbage at various places including the camp office of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in Khirchipur and Shyam Lal College in Burari.

The protestors staged a march and also burnt an effigy of Transport Minister Gopal Rai near his office at Babarput in east Delhi.

“We will continue to dump garbage on the streets of Delhi till our demands are met,” Sanjay Gehlot, president of the Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukta Morcha, told agency.

Gahlot said workers will visit Delhi High Court on Monday and apprise it of the whole issue.

United Front of MCD Employees president Rajesh Mishra said a section of doctors and engineers called off their strike but it will not affect their ongoing protest. “The strike is on,” he maintained.

“We will not call off our strike till our demands of reaching a permanent solution to the crisis and merger of municipal corporations are considered,” he added.

Employees of Delhi’s civic bodies have been protesting over the non-payment of salaries for the past few months and directing their ire at both the Delhi and central governments for the last 11 days.

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday announced a loan of Rs.300 crore to two municipal corporations for payment of salaries to striking workers, but they refused to heed to his appeal to return to work.

Earlier this week, the Kejriwal government had also announced Rs.551 crore to the North and East Delhi Municipal Corporations for paying salaries.(IANS)

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Melbourne Sikhs join protests in Australia against Rohingya Muslims massacre

The Melbourne Sikh Community protested against ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims by security forces of Myanmar

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  • The Melbourne Sikh Community and the local Rohingya community got together and requested the Australian government to pressurize Myanmar government to stop Rohingya Muslims massacre
  • Sikh participants said that they will join another protest to support the Rohingya Muslims
  • Australian government should intercede in Myanmar’s unfortunate situation-Rohingya Muslims are being forced to flee

Jalandhar, Punjab, September 8, 2017: The Melbourne Sikh Community joined the Muslim protesters- the local Rohingya community on 7th September against Rohingya Genocide by the security forces of Myanmar. Both communities got together and requested the Australian government to pressurize the government of Myanmar to stop the tragic massacre of Rohingya Muslims.

The Sikh participants said that they will join another protest to support the Rohingya Muslims which would happen on 9th September, the scheduled place for which is the front of Melbourne’s state library. They were joined by other protesters when they handed over a memorandum to the Australian Foreign Affairs ministry office.

Manveer Singh Khalsa addressed the gathering, he said that the Australian government should definitely intercede in Myanmar’s unfortunate situation where the Rohingya Muslims are being forced to flee.

Also Read: Stop Lecturing And Demonizing India over its Plan to Deport 40,000 Stateless Rohingya Muslims: Minister

Ravi Inder Singh is the member of the Miri Piri Gurdwara managing committee in Australia, he said that the community members would also join Rohingya Muslims in protests happening in future. According to Times of India report, Singh said: “We condemn discrimination against any community and will continue raising voice against ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya community by security forces of Myanmar.”


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54 percent Employees across sectors in India’s major cities dissatisfied with their Salary structure: Survey

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Hyderabad, April 5, 2017: Most employees across sectors in India’s major cities are dissatisfied with their salary structure, reveals a survey by Wisdomjobs.com, one of India’s leading end-to-end online recruitment and career solutions portals.

The survey on employees’ satisfaction with their salary structure was conducted across Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Pune and covered 10 sectors: IT, telecom, ITES, retail, education, media & entertainment, infrastructure, BFSI, healthcare and logistics.

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“Millennials, popularly known as the Gen Y, make up the largest chunk of employees in most organisations. We are also seeing a growing proportion of Gen Z employees, to be precise those in their early 20s, are being taken on-board every year,” said Ajay Kolla, Founder & CEO, Wisdomjobs.com.

As many as 62 percent Gen Z employees said they are not content with their current salary structure along with 46 percent of the Gen Y employees. The overall percentage of discontented employees of those surveyed was 54.

Nearly 70 percent of those dissatisfied with their salary felt that it was not in line with market standards while 30 percent felt that it was not commensurate with the responsibilities being handled by them.

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As many as 45 percent said they were getting paid lesser than their peers who started working at the same time as they did.

Among non-monetary components of their salary structures, those surveyed were most dissatisfied with child-related benefits and retirement benefits.

The report revealed that 28 per cent and 44 per cent of Gen Z and Gen Y employees, respectively, said they would prefer more non-monetary benefits such as medical/health insurance coverage, flexible work arrangements and post-retirement benefits.

Almost 30 percent of Gen Y and 18 per cent of Gen Z employees preferred work-from-home benefits over increased salaries.

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While nearly 60 percent of women surveyed felt non-monetary benefits to be equally important as higher salaries, only 30 per cent men felt so.

Among cities, the south Indian cities showed the highest and the lowest level of salary satisfaction with Bengaluru at highest level of 63 per cent and Chennai at the lowest with just 46 per cent.

Pune stands at 57 per cent, Mumbai at 54 per cent, Hyderabad 51 percent and New Delhi at 49 per cent. (IANS)

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Another empty rhetoric: Trump rescinds transgender protection rights

It’s been a second month after Trump joined the office and has been outraging people already with his vexing policies

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Washington, Feb 24, 2017: Last Wednesday, trump administration rescinded the federal protection for transgender students to choose bathroom and locker rooms matching their gender identities. The instruction to the schools came out as a shock among Trans students. It’s been a second month after Trump joined the office and has been outraging people already with his vexing policies. Trump boasted in his previous speeches that he would be called a champion for LGBTQ rights but the preachings have seemed to be forgotten now.

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It is not clear what impending change the policy will have on students but the entire scene is depressing and has turned out into an emotional national debate. It was observed that about 200 people gathered in front of White house to an outcry against Trump’s disturbing actions, waving rainbow flags and shouting “No hate, no fear, trans students are welcome here”.

“Revoking the guidance shows that the president’s promise to protect LGBT rights was just empty rhetoric” said James Esseks, director of American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT project.

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“I’m angry; I’m outraged. This is about kids who just want to go to school who just want to be themselves and to hear the president a week or two ago talk about how supportive he is of LGBT people. It’s just outrageous that he goes after trans kids this way.” Said Mara Keisling, an executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

The protection for the Transgender community was activated under Barack Obama presidency. The conservative activist hailed the change by calling Obama directives as illegal and tarnishing fixed gender rights.

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Slowly and steadily people who voted Trump for notions like “Make America great again” seems regretful for their decision. It brings back the recall of ‘empty rhetoric’ as what trump used to call, which seems to backfire the president itself.

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-prepared by Naina Mishra of NewsGram. Twitter-@Nainamishr94