Bowing to pressure from women’s activists, the government has made some crucial amendments to divorce laws, giving women half a share in the husband’s residential property irrespective of whether it was acquired before or during the marriage. The amendment was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Thursday.
The wife’s share in other assets owned by her husband – movable and immoveable property – has been left to the discretion of the judge.
Another amendment cleared by the Cabinet allows for the six-month cooling period, required for divorce filed under mutual consent, to be waived off by the judge only if both husband and wife agree. In the original bill, the period could be waived off if even one of the parties sought it: another feature that was opposed by BJP and Left, besides women’s groups.
The amendments are part of the Marriage (Amendment) Bill that seeks to amend the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Special Marriage Act, 1954.
The bill seeks to introduce irretrievable breakdown of marriage as a condition for divorce through mutual consent.
This is the first time that a woman’s share in marital property has been made part of the marriage legislation. So far, the wife’s right to property was recognized but alimony and compensation were decided by the courts.
“The amendment will give a woman right to 50% of the residential property owned by her husband even if it is acquired before the marriage. This will ensure that the woman is not left without a roof over her head in case divorce is given through mutual consent. However, division of other property, money, assets will be decided by the courts,” sources said.
However, some of the activists remained unhappy with the bill, saying it remained biased against women despite the changes Cabinet cleared on Thursday. Former Rajya Sabha member Brinda Karat said this legislation would “compromise the future rights of women in a marriage”.
Karat, along with parliamentarians and others, had met law minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday to press home the point that restricting a woman’s share only to residential property would be unfair. They argued that the woman’s right to property was established under law and she should have an equal right to all property acquired during marriage. “There has been some change but it is not enough. This is a very poor substitute and should not be passed in the name of a pro-woman legislation,” Karat said.
Sources said that following concern expressed by Parliament and women’s activists, it was also felt that the cooling period of six months should only be waived off only after both parties agree.
When we asked the citys working women how safe the city is for them
Bangalore and Gurgaon have always been compared for their burgeoning population of youngsters,many of whom come from other cities and towns to fill the IT and ITeS needs of the city.Apart from this,both cities are a cultural melting pot of sorts,and they are also compared for their nightlife.However,while Bangalore has had its share of problems with its nightlife extensions,the recent rape of a woman working in a pub in Gurgaon and the subsequent move by the Gurgaon police telling women there not to work after 8 pm has disturbed the city of Bangalore,which compares itself to Gurgaon in many ways.
SO,HOW SAFE ARE WE IN BANGALORE
A 20-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by 11 miscreants after they thrashed her friend and tied him to a tree.The woman was dragged to a cemetery and raped repeatedly before they robbed her and the friend and left.Fearing social stigma,the woman did not file a rape case with the police.
Safety is not a concern only when women travel with their friends on twowheelers late at night;women who work late hours prefer to get home in company vehicles rather than take an autorickshaw.Lily Haokip,an air hostess with a private airline,says,Its not safe for a woman to travel alone at night,especially in an auto. Similar sentiments are echoed by Vivienne Rodriguez,a call centre employee who works late nights.She says,It is only because my company provides transport that I know I am safe.Otherwise,I generally dont venture out on my own at night.In certain areas,street lights are not on and auto drivers harass me.
But its not only about women who are dependent on autos;women who have their own vehicles also face safety challenges.Sana Azad,a media professional who has her own mode of transport,has had her safety threatened.She says,Though Bangalore is safe to travel at night compared to other cities in the country,I would still say that its not a great option for a woman to travel all by herself.Being a media person,it is natural for us to work late nights and there are times when drunken people stop us unnecessarily,posing as cops and even try misbehaving with us. Sana adds that you should always be aware of the fact that you could be followed at any time.One never knows who is making a note of what.There are stalkers who follow you till your doorstep, she says.
There are times when women have tried posing as guys while riding their bikes.However,Sana adds,There are people in the city who are willing to help you in times of need.Once,a guy volunteered to help me when a drunken man was trying to make conversation with me in the middle of the night.
Model Viraja Achar,who depends on her bike to get around the city,was groped at a traffic signal during the day.It was awful,but thanks to my father,we got hold of the guy, she says,adding,I want to know why there are no buses plying after 11 pm.What if the cab one is travelling in breaks down Theres nothing other than autos to depend on.
WILL WOMEN AND THEIR EMPLOYERS FEEL SAFER IF WOMEN DID NOT WORK PAST 8 PM
City-based designer Ritu Pande thinks that the measure adopted by the Gurgaon authorities is a statement of failure.She says,Its an extremely disturbing statement and I am outraged at this.Instead of adopting more safety measures,they are restricting womens working hours.It does not inspire confidence.Women make up the 50% of the population and it shows infrastructure failure when you cant provide them security. She adds,Bangalore was the first city in the country to adopt an 11.30 pm deadline and I am sure that if something of that sort happens here,then the authorities will insist on making sure that women dont work past 8 pm here as well.
But for actor Ragini Dwivedi,working till 8 pm might just be good news for women.Then I can get off work early and go and party, she says,adding,The Gurgaon incident was unfortunate,but I dont think that time is a factor since many areas in Gurgaon are not safe even during the day.
CEO of a city-based BPO,Karthik Pillai says,People with retrograde attitudes want to stop women from working late.On one hand,you talk about equality of men and women,and on the other,we are saying that they cannot work when and where they want. He adds,Instead,work towards improving law and order,if one has to attack a woman,it can be done during the day.Does this mean that women shouldnt work during the day either How can the country expect more investors if the authorities have such an attitude
Kirin Singh,a public relations professional in the city,says,8 pm is just not an acceptable deadline for women to work.
Top cop Dayanand B,joint commisioner of police,crime (Bangalore East) says,Limiting working hours till 8 pm (for women) might not work because the presumption itself of curtailing work hours is not right.
What cops say
Sunil Kumar,additional commissioner of police,law and order Last year,the crime rate against women definitely came down.We definitely advise travellers to avoid lonely areas late at night and not to travel alone.Patrolling is being organized.Organizations that have more women employees have been asked to provide them security.If you go clubbing and drink,do not drive back home alone. Pronav Mohanty,joint commissioner of police,crime (Bangalore West) The statistics that we have are highly unreliable since more than half the cases go unreported.Many such issues go unaddressed,so to arrest such issues we need to get them reported or else the person committing the crime will go on with his game thinking he hasnt been caught.
March 11, 2012 marks one year since a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami that slammed into the island nation, killing thousands of people. More than 300,000 people are still homeless and around 3,300 others are unaccounted for. The tsunami
also sparked a nuclear reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, resulting in the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. One year on, the streets have been cleared and the wreckage removed from town centres. Here’s a look at how much has changed in 12 months.
Consistently do these five things and the results you want from your employees–and your business–will follow.
Remarkable bosses aren’t great on paper. Great bosses are remarkable based on their actions.
Results are everything—but not the results you might think.
Consistently do these five things and everything else follows. You and your business benefit greatly.
More importantly, so do your employees.
1. Develop every employee. Sure, you canput your primary focus on reaching targets, achieving results, and accomplishing concrete goals—but do that and you put your leadership cart before your achievement horse.
Without great employees, no amount of focus on goals and targets will ever pay off. Employees can only achieve what they are capable of achieving, so it’s your job to help all your employees be more capable so they—and your business—can achieve more.
It’s your job to provide the training, mentoring, and opportunities your employees need and deserve. When you do, you transform the relatively boring process of reviewing results and tracking performance into something a lot more meaningful for your employees: Progress, improvement, and personal achievement.
So don’t worry about reaching performance goals. Spend the bulk of your time developing the skills of your employees and achieving goals will be a natural outcome.
Plus it’s a lot more fun.
2. Deal with problems immediately. Nothing kills team morale more quickly than problems that don’t get addressed. Interpersonal squabbles, performance issues, feuds between departments… all negatively impact employee motivation and enthusiasm.
And they’re distracting, because small problems never go away. Small problems always fester and grow into bigger problems. Plus, when you ignore a problem your employees immediately lose respect for you, and without respect, you can’t lead.
Never hope a problem will magically go away, or that someone else will deal with it. Deal with every issue head-on, no matter how small.
3. Rescue your worst employee. Almost every business has at least one employee who has fallen out of grace: Publicly failed to complete a task, lost his cool in a meeting, or just can’t seem to keep up. Over time that employee comes to be seen by his peers—and by you—as a weak link.
While that employee may desperately want to “rehabilitate” himself, it’s almost impossible. The weight of team disapproval is too heavy for one person to move.
But it’s not too heavy for you.
Before you remove your weak link from the chain, put your full effort into trying to rescue that person instead. Say, “John, I know you’ve been struggling but I also know you’re trying. Let’s find ways together that can get you where you need to be.” Express confidence. Be reassuring. Most of all, tell him you’ll be there every step of the way.
Don’t relax your standards. Just step up the mentoring and coaching you provide.
If that seems like too much work for too little potential outcome, think of it this way. Your remarkable employees don’t need a lot of your time; they’re remarkable because they already have these qualities. If you’re lucky, you can get a few percentage points of extra performance from them. But a struggling employee has tons of upside; rescue him and you make a tremendous difference.
Granted, sometimes it won’t work out. When it doesn’t, don’t worry about it. The effort is its own reward.
And occasionally an employee will succeed—and you will have made a tremendous difference in a person’s professional and personal life.
Can’t beat that.
4. Serve others, not yourself. You can get away with being selfish or self-serving once or twice… but that’s it.
Never say or do anything that in any way puts you in the spotlight, however briefly. Never congratulate employees and digress for a few moments to discuss what you did.
If it should go without saying, don’t say it. Your glory should always be reflected, never direct.
When employees excel, you and your business excel. When your team succeeds, you and your business succeed. When you rescue a struggling employee and they become remarkable, remember they should be congratulated, not you.
You were just doing your job the way a remarkable boss should.
When you consistently act as if you are less important than your employees—and when you never ask employees to do something you don’t do—everyone knows how important you really are.
5. Always remember where you came from. See an autograph seeker blown off by a famous athlete and you might think, “If I was in a similar position I would never do that.”
Oops. Actually, you do. To some of your employees, especially new employees, you are at least slightly famous. You’re in charge. You’re the boss.
That’s why an employee who wants to talk about something that seems inconsequential may just want to spend a few moments with you.
When that happens, you have a choice. You can blow the employee off… or you can see the moment for its true importance: A chance to inspire, reassure, motivate, and even give someone hope for greater things in their life. The higher you rise the greater the impact you can make—and the greater your responsibility to make that impact.
In the eyes of his or her employees, a remarkable boss is a star.
Remember where you came from, and be gracious with your stardom.
Ukrainian airport guards at Borispol International Airport near Kiev are now a part of a makeover masterclass, in which a team of experts, hired by airport officials transform them into stunning beauties.These border guards will meet tourists at Ukraine’s main air hub during the Euro 2012 football championship.
Based on a Public Interest Litigation, a Supreme Court division bench in the early 2000s had directed the Centre to implement the controversial river linking proposal involving more than `500,000 crore (approximately $110 billion) without bypassing any of the essential procedures in the process by 2016. There was an unprecedented outcry against the proposal from civil society — including a representation to the prime minister
by 50 citizens of national eminence. The proposal was put on hold. The present bench of the Supreme Court, in fact, has revived the ‘the instrumentalist vision’ to complete the process; with the caveat of setting up a high powered committee to ‘implement’ the project.In unsuitable, arid or semi-arid, agro-climatic regions, excessive water transfer and usage have caused irreversible land degradation. About three-fourth of prime agricultural was lost by water logging, salinity and erosion by 1980. These irreversibly degraded tracts include the command areas of
Tapi, Mahi, Chambal, Tawa, and Narmada in western UP and Rajasthan, providing a frightening preview of river linking, whose major thrust is on transferring water into inappropriate terrain. Basically, the concept of surplus or deficit is alien to river basins. Each drop has its use in preserving the river regime and environmental health of the basin.
Fundamental objections to river linking:
● Linking of rivers violates the natural laws governing the life support system, and natural dynamics; and discounts the bounties provided by river systems.
● The loss of flood plains and spill basins by human interference has caused devastating floods. River linking shall enhance this situation.
● Man-made dams, reservoirs, and artificial lakes that are to be project ingredients would rob the rivers of their energy potential.
●In fact, stupendous energy would be needed for the rivers to jump over the natural water divides and topo-barriers.
●Rainfall and water availability is regulated by the monsoons, resulting in a highly bimodal annual river flow and moisture regime with consequential seasonal lows (droughts) and highs (floods). River linking shall certainly aggravate both droughts and floods by superimposition of the situation in each of the linked rivers.
●Such linkages could possibly be thought of in more temperate latitudes with a more homogeneous annual moisture/ flow regime. However, the Soviet experience of river diversion has even then been catastrophic, resulting on the devastation of the Aral Sea.
●A river is not a mere flow channel, but a holistic system encompassing the whole basin — water divide, catchment, valley and outflow point. Any alteration shall affect the whole system and even induce microclimatic changes.
●Inestimable loss of natural biodiversity, wild cultivars and plant gene banks shall inevitably follow river linking to disrupting the regional food chain operation.
●Monsoonal rainfall on the degraded catchments shall cause excessive siltation-related problems in the linking systems.
● Careful scrutiny of the state of environmental health of various rivers should have been first made before clean rivers are linked very filthy rivers.
●River linking shall inevitably lead to an alteration of the seasonal water availability pattern; and the possibility of upsetting the evapotranspiration balance.
● An inevitable change in the cropping pattern from excessively irrigated lands after river-linking shall cause a major increase in methane and other gases that contribute to global warming.
●Land degradation shall also be inescapably aggravated.
● The colossal estimated cost will surely jeopardise the national economy for decades and force diversion of funds from the more essential needs of the vast majority of rural poor.
●The inter-state and international ramifications of shared riparian systems would certainly open the floodgates for a civil war situation and serious discord with India’s neighbours. Not only is any such proposal for inter-basin transfers totally repugnant to all natural and economic logic, but shall alter the subcontinent’s geographical configuration. In the ultimate analysis, the proposal shall signal the death knell of our river systems that provide the principal source of sustenance; and encompass social, cultural and religious traditions.
The Beneficiaries of River Linking:
The politically important consideration for drawing up the river linking plan was the emergence of major national and transnational industries and rapid urbanisation in many of the ‘low water availability’ natural regions of the west and south. It was purported also to help the commercial farming lobby for sugarcane. A case of ‘mortgaging the nation’s future for a miniscule affluent population.
Their get-togethers in foreign land are fast becoming more of cringe sessions than reminiscing the roots
There used to be a time when Bangalores famous weather,pubs and evergreen MTR dosas were the topics of discussion among the motley crowd of desis who caught up at Times Square in New York.And at Tonic Bar and Pasha,the favourite hangout pubs at Manhattan NYC where namma Bengaluru boys and girls shake a leg to Indipop and Punjabi numbers,the discussion invariably veered towards the Q3-Q 4 results of Wipro and Infosys,rising salaries,mushrooming of Lebanese or Mexican eating joints or the Metro chugging along.
But when the crowd meets nowadays,its more like,Yen machcha (local slang for what man),Yeddyurappa and family have held the state to ransom. Or about ministers watching porn in the Assembly.Or advocates losing it completely.
Brand Bangalores image has not just taken a beating within,but also abroad.
You read the headlines of Bangalore newspapers online while travelling to office in the train and during lunch break,when the group sits down to eat together,the main topic of discussion is,naturally,Bangalore.Earlier,we would talk about the positives of the city,but today,its only about the increasing corruption,pollution or the horrible traffic, says 34-year-old Soumya Banwasi,who is a HR recruiter for an Indian firm in New Jersey.
Its been particularly bad in recent months.Our colleagues and friends from other countries ask us how ministers could watch porn clippings when the house was in session.They are curious to know how the government and people tolerate such nonsense.Or why the advocates are so aggressive and take to the streets every now and then, says Sowmya whose friends were in Bangalore when the last advocates protest took place.They couldnt believe that the citys traffic was held up for hours together because of the men in black.
Of course,we take a lot of pride in saying we are from Bangalore and people always reciprocate well.Its like,Oh Bangalore! But sometimes,it is embarrassing when we are asked how people live with so much pollution and an ever-increasing crime rate.The porn clipping scandal was a talking point in many offices with a good Indian crowd, adds Soumya.
CHANGING FOR THE WORSE
Construction engineer S Kiran and his Indian friends never fail to miss a cricket match in Sydney when India plays there.And the obvious did you go to Bangalore question pops up.Yes,the reactions have changed so much when we talk among ourselves.When the land scams were happening,it was Yeddyurappa who was the focal point of our discussions.In between when Metro was launched,whoever came down to Bangalore,made it a point to travel in the Metro,though we have international standard trains here.It was a thumbs up for Metro, says the 32-year-old who lives in Sydney with his wife and daughter.
Offshores,the porn scandal has caused a serious dent to Bangalores image with the international media picking the juicy bits of the story.Even Youtube was not far behind.
During dinner gatherings and house parties with Bangalore friends,everybody wants to talk about the porn scandal.Last months advocates protest with maddening traffic jams were discussed at length.Everybody felt that Bangalore is changing for the worse, says Kiran.
Awesome place to watch porn
was going through a Facebook post about true general knowledge.It read: No trees in Antarctica,no theatres in Bhutan,no snakes in Hawaii,no mosquitoes in France and no law in Bangalore.Well,I do not know whether there are no theatres in Bhutan or no snakes in Hawaii but one thing I definitely know is that there seems to be no law in Bangalore.
Having been born and brought up in the city and now working in Singapore,I have always had great admiration for the city.I still remember an incident when I went to north India and was called a Madrasi.When I said I was not a Madrasi,but from Bangalore,the person taunted me,saying,Oh,are you from Bangalore I have heard that every house in Bangalore has a computer.
Well,those were the days when Bangalore was known as the emerging IT capital of India.In another north Indian city,when I said I was from Bangalore,I was asked,Oh,so you come from the City which is said to be the cleanest in India. But all that belongs to the past.
Recently,when I was having lunch in Singapore,I was joined by a Chinese.He asked me where I was from.When I said Bangalore,he said he too had visited Bangalore a couple of times recently.My obvious question was what he felt about Bangalore.To be honest,I really felt sorry to hear his opinion.He said,Bangalore is a mess.Oh,the traffic jams are horrific,infrastructure is incomplete and worse,there is no common sense while driving vehicles.
The porngate scandal added insult to injury.People here asked how educated people could watch porn inside the assembly.They asked me if all ministers watched porn.Their big question was how they could manage people when they couldnt manage themselves.Some others would sarcastically say,Well,it seems to be an awesome place to watch porn and best of luck.
As if this was not enough,the lawyers clash with media and police got people talking here.I just feel sad that Namma Bengaluru is taking a severe beating.
TWITTER WAS abuzz over the attack on mediapersons by lawyers at the civil court complex on Friday.The tweets ranged from branding advocates as terrorists to sarcastic jibes at them.
Mithun M said,Lawyers assault mediapersons,students and police in Bangalore.Are they lawyers or Karnatakas Taliban RJ Pallavi said,First they made Bangalore stop with 10-hour protest and now they are hitting media personnel! Lawyers have taken up a new level of terrorism! Narendar said,Looks like lawyers had pre-planned the attack on the media and cops.How (did) stones reached inside court complex
Satish Acharya posted,Obviously lawyers in Bengaluru have been spending too much time with criminals! Rajaneesh said,I thought Madras lawyers are the worst.Bangalore counterparts are not bad. Nakul Shenoy said,Criminal lawyers the term retains its linguistic meaning with Bangalore lawyers turning law breakers.
There were also tweets about journalists hitting back.Shreeharsha Perla asked,Who will tell the world that more than 50 lawyers and a judge were handled roughly by mediapersons
Kiran Kumar S rounded up the recent happenings in the state thus: Lawyers accused police of beating them;media accused lawyers of beating them;politicians accused media of a hit job (exposing porngate ).Welcome to Karnataka!
While West Bengal is dithering over the policy of land acquisition for industrial development in the state, the Karnataka government has completed the land acquisition process for the integrated Tata Steel and Tata Metaliks project at Haveri district.
“The Karnataka government has acquired 2,500 acres at Haveri for the integrated plant of Tata Steel and Tata Metaliks,” Tata Steel vice-president (Corporate Services) Partha Sengupta told reporters on the sidelines of Global Investors’ Meet, 2012, roadshow of Karnataka industry and tourism ministries.
“The coal needed for the three million-tonne plant, to be operational in two years, will be imported. Iron ore will be sourced locally,” Sengupta said.
Speaking on the occasion, Commissioner of Industries of Karnataka government M Maheshwar Rao said: “The State government’s policy on land acquisition is to give compensation at market rates. Information Technology, biotechnology and aerospace were the three top industries where the State is on top. There are more than 500 multinational companies operating out of Karnataka, of which 80 belonged to the Fortune 500 list.
“The State has 58 Special Economic Zones creating more than 97,000 jobs.”
The press conference was a curtain raiser by the Karnataka government to woo investments from West Bengal by organising road shows ahead of the Global Investors Meet 2012 to be held in Bangalore in June this year.
“We welcome investments from industrialists of West Bengal in Karnataka,” Minister for Large and Small Industries Murugesh B Nirani said.
Notices have been issued to the farmers for acquiring 2,500 acre of land for Tata company’s proposed plant in Haveri. As many as 250 farmers will lose their land if the government goes ahead with the acquisition process. The land for the proposed factory is yet to be acquired.
The Tata company recently sponsored a trip for farmers to Jamshedpur and about 40 farmers visited the Tata plant to see its working and the welfare programmes taken up by the company for the affected farmers there.
LIVING OUT Loud with SUNITA MEHTA (name changed) who is an 22 year old , an Air hostess by profession Scores of women dream of a career up in the skies.They want to be air hostesses! In recent times,for many living that dream,life has become a nightmare;they are staring into a bleak future.Heres a story of a young woman who is holding dearly to her dreams,hoping to see a rainbow…
I used to fantasize about flying in a plane.I have always wanted to be an airhostess… travel the world,see new places,wear a glamorous uniform… and I took the first step toward acheiving my goals in 2007.
Im from a middle-class family in North India.When I was in the twelfth standard I attended a workshop conducted by an air hostess training school in my hometown.I thought this was the route to realise my dream.But I was disappointed by the lackadaisical training;later I came to know that the teachers were failed hostesses.I was studying for a BA degree through correspondence when I came across an ad by the most glamorous airline Kingfisher Airlines.I went for the walk-in interview and got selected.It was the happiest day of my life;I could now realise my dreams of flying,give my family a better life and even send my parents on a holiday.I am the oldest of three siblings and I wanted to help my father in some way,maybe some extra cash to tide over the month if required.With a job at the most envied airline,everything seemed within reach.
I had to pay a deposit of Rs 50,000 to the airline;my father readily paid up because he wanted me to be happy.Leaving home to embark on my career was a bittersweet experience.My family had come to the station to see me off.I came to Bangalore in 2008.I loved the city,the people,the weather and above all my job.I had to undergo three months training during which I was not allowed to take leave at all.I discontinued my studies and concentrated on my dream career.
After training,I signed a three year contract with the airline for a salary of Rs 24,500 per month;plus I was to be paid Rs 400 for every extra hour of flying beyond the stiupulated 70 to 85 hours.I was to get a lay-over allowance when I had to stay outside my base.I flew the Delhi,Mumbai,Kolkotta sector.I was literally flying in air;life was all peachy.
I loved it when people stopped and stared as I went by in my smart red uniform and pearl earrings and chain.I was thrilled to stay in five star hotels;the grand rooms and the room service… ah,it was bliss.I saved diligently,after all,I am a small town girl and careful with money.The funny thing was that my salary never even touched the base salary as taxes were deducted at source.My colleagues and I asked for Form 16 but we were never given any legal documents.
Mid-last year things began to change.We were now staying in three star hotels instead of the usual five star.Soon we were put up in guest houses.Our salaries were getting delayed,initially by a month or so.Then we went without salaries for months together.I have not been paid from December 2011.Initially,it was easy to manage.I dipped into my savings to pay the rent and for other expenses.Last month,I broke my fixed deposit.I dont want to ask my parents for help;however,I know they are my last fallback option if things get worse.I am single,but I do have my EMIs to pay for all the household gadgets I have bought for home.Running a house becomes a difficult puzzle to solve when you have a job with no salary.My situation frustrates me,but I cannot give up hope.I keep telling myself there is light at the end of the tunnel.
My family asks me to give my employers an ultimatum: Pay my salary or I won’t fly.But that will not work.I will be fired and someone else,who also needs the money,will take my place.My colleagues and I are all in the same position.Some of my colleagues have it worse.How on earth are we going to manage in future How will we face the tough times One of my male colleagues is stuck without pay or prospects.Male stewards cannot head the crew nor can they be trained for serving in first class,which is reserved for women.When we are feeling depressed,we try and motivate each other.But I can feel his pain as he has decided to postpone his wedding until things get better.We had attended interviews with international airlines together.They prefer female crew,but I am doubtful if I will get anything,simply because theres tremendous competition.I feel that I have to get out of the industry itself as other airlines are also facing the similar problems.But where can I go
I have reached a stage where I am ready to trade my dream for stability and security.Do I spend sleepless nights thinking of my future Well,I will be lying if I say I am not worried.I have attended a few interviews in the hospitality industry and am hoping for something to click.But I wish,with all my heart,that I will be able to continue to fly.
I don’t bemoan my fate.Life is about hope and I am young.I smile and greet passengers wholeheartedly.Now I am on ‘home stand-by’(i.e I have to remain at the base and wait to be called for work) I will not be paid for days at home.Here I am,without money or a better alternative.I am left in a nowhere zone,just like the airline.But on the days I am flying,I leave my worries on the ground.When the plane takes off,my heart soars,for at that moment I know I’m living my dream.
After launching the Aakash tablet, which is the lowest priced tablet computer ever, doubts about its reliability are being raised. Sadly, the sales reports shows Aakash tab was disappointing for those who got Aakah on their hands. According to tech guru’s around the web, the newer version of akash – Ubislate 7 plus will be similar to Chinese gadgets and have a SIM card option. Here’s the top drawbacks of Aaksh tablet or this could be the reasons why this tab is a failure
1. Very slow processor: - Dont expect any multitasking performance from this tab as it’s 336 MHz processor cant do anything unusual but it sucks even for running simple apps.
2. Low inbuilt memory : You cant be able to store a much movies because it doesn’t have enough memory. However you can use external memory cards but you need to buy a 8GB microSD card, it’ll cost you Rs.500-800 extra.
3. Low capacity Battery – 2100 mAh : Tablets have bigger display, so it needs big capacity batteries. But the Akash have only a 2100 mAh battery which’ll only last for 1 or 2 hours.
4. Poor touch screen response: I have to say that the resistive touch screen is too difficult to use as it needs much force to select or drag an item on the screen. It’s quite annoying if you’re experienced capacitive toch screens.
5. Heats up quickly : The inability of the processor to do multitasking efficiently obviously results in overheating he device. The tablet could get heated up within one hours of internet browsing through WiFi.
6. No Android Market application: One of the main advantages of android devices is the availability of tons of apps that can be easily downloaded from the market. But unfortunately in Akash tab, there’s no Market application – no application upgrades.
7. No Bluetooth: If you need to share a file, it wont be easy in Akash tab since it neither have an inbuilt Bluetooth connectivity nor supports USB dongles.
8. No external speakers: There is no external loudspeaker connected to the device, you need earphones to hear sound, but it costs money.