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Salute to our Nepali Brothers

Sonu Kanojia



Whole country is now feeling proud of three Nepali soldiers who led their life on Loc for the safety and security of the country.Before making supreme sacrifice in the line of duty they killed four heavily-armed infiltrators in the Naugam sector.

“Three intrepid Gorkha soldiers — Havaldar Giris Gurung, 38, Havaldar Damar Bahadur Pun, 40 and Rifleman Rabin Sharma, 23 — were part of the team that had intercepted a group of terrorists along LoC in the morning of May 20 thus preventing them from infiltrating into Indian territory,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Colonel Kalia said in the relentless operation by the Army, which continued for two days, four terrorists were killed. “Four weapons and other war like stores were also recovered from the slain militants,” he said.

This is possibly one of the rarest encounters when three Gorkha soldiers from Nepal have sacrificed their lives in the single operation in the Kashmir valley.

Havaldar Giris Gurung, 38, who hailed from village Nagidhar in Kaski Nepal, had a distinguished service spanning 19 years and was a part of many counter terrorist operations earlier. The martyr is survived by his wife Smt Panch Maya Gurung and two young children.

Hailing from village Karaing Tun in Gulmi, Nepal, Havaldar Damar Bahadur Pun, was an experienced soldier with 21 years of selfless service. The martyr is survived by his wife Smt Kalpana Pun and two young children.

Rifleman Rabin Sharma, 23, had joined the Army in 2013. Hailing from Nepal’s Chuwa village in Parbat district, the martyr is survived by his wife Sabita Sharma.

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HW News Network and South Live join hands to target 10 percent of Digital Audience in India

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As an ongoing strategic process, HW News tied up with South Live, one of the Top 5 digital portals for news in Kerala. The coalition as such, is a great privilege for it forms to be an association of two digital portals that are bold, unbiased and clear in their respective brand communications.

HW News, being an upright news channel that shatters all stereotypes and South Live being a prime digital platform that brings about an innovation in the sphere of news with the power of fearless journalism came together to take their vision of providing impartial and evocative news to new levels.

Casting more light onto this tactical shift, Mr. Sujit Nair, Chairman of HW News Network, says, “As a strategy, HW News Network brings under one umbrella regional news networks to:

  1. To bring about authentic news, on-ground reality, and understanding with the help of regional brand leaders.
  2. To create distribution web for the network platforms.
  3. To target 10 percent of digital audience in India in the next one year by getting together like-minded digital news portals
  4. To accelerate digital news growth in India”.

With monthly page views that cross 1.7 crores and having a concrete base of close to 18 lakh unique users, this collaboration is just as astounding and this is just the start. As per a recent survey conducted, the total digital population is 20 crores out of which the number of people that consume news is as huge as 16.8 crores.  Considering the numbers to be this striking, this collaboration of HW News and South Live would certainly make an extensive impact on consumption of news.

Both the platforms, that roll out a horde of news items across different genres, with HW News specializing in churning out political stories, aim to have a far-reaching impact of authentic journalism especially in the stream of politics.

South Live with its News Interactive and HW News Network with its positioning of Unbiased and Authentic news together will only open doors to a new world of News that will change the age-old perception of unilateral biased media to an interactive and unbiased one, thus changing the way news is both rolled out and consumed.

Marking his content on the collaboration, Dr. Sebastian Paul, Chairperson of South Live, says, “South Live which is an Interactive News Channel, is indeed happy to tie up with HW News Network which shares our views and ideologies. We are sure this partnership will fuel growth for both the parties and the industry as a whole.”

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Creating employment is not as easy as making ‘pakodas’

Santosh Nair



Creating employment is undoubtedly one of the most crucial activities which call for immediate intervention from the government.

All forms of evading or deferment will be detrimental to its popularity and could impact the vote share.

Addressing the issue of unemployment calls for greater insight into the crux of the problem.

Investments are scarce to come and so are businesses to grow. Investment is backed by savings that are inadequate and hence does not provide the stimulus for employment.

Stringent employment laws need to be retained. Retrenchment of the work force by identifying excessive manpower should be curbed. Manpower requirement is subject to proper planning and does not hinge on the business interest of the organization.  Employers like King Fisher, Mahindra tech need tougher legislation in order to protect the interest of its employees.

It is imperative to align training to the needs of the industry.  Education could add value to your being but employability is something that provides you a job. There is a mismatch between qualification and skills. While it is essential to qualify based on one’s skills it is crucial for businesses to work more closely with training institutes to assess and hire relevant skills.

Reservations have dented our capability to engage the right candidate for the job. Albeit the same being prevalent only in government sectors, the impact is felt everywhere transcending all barriers across the spectrum. It is obnoxious at this time and age to hire people based on religion and caste without considering their competence.

Only a growing economy can cater to a growing population. An impetus to growth can be factored in only through economic reforms that have a bearing on the weaker sections of the people. Increase in the population should be deemed as the country’s strength and not its weakness. Despite the emphasis on industrialization, the avenues for employment are meager!!

The cottage and small industries were replenished by large business houses. Their products had a mammoth cost advantage both in terms of machinery used and manpower unused. Many of the artisans were rendered jobless.

Agriculture is a seasonal occupation and hence employment too is seasonal. A substantial part of the population is agriculture dependent and would have to look elsewhere for the rest of the time. A whopping 40% of cultivable land lack irrigation facilities as a result of which only one crop can be grown in a year. The farming population thus have to move on to cities during such times.

India’s huge diversity and climatic variations have an impact on the mobility of labour. Bonding with one’s family is paramount and hence greater priority is accorded to the same. Immobility also marginally accounts for unemployment.

Employment is mandatory and an inescapable duty of the ruling dispensation. It has the potential to lead to the lawlessness that could mar the existing peace and harmony!!


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NIA to file chargesheet in Kashmir alleged funding next week



According to court sources, during the in-camera proceedings, the National Investigation Agency told Additional Sessions, Judge Tarun Sherawat, that the final report in the case will be filed next week.

The NIA on Friday told a court here that it will file a charge-sheet next week in the case of alleged funding in the Kashmir Valley as a court extended till January 18 the judicial custody of seven Kashmiri separatists and a businessman.

“The investigation of the case is at concluding stage and the evidence on record is being summed up,” NIA said.

The agency urged the court to extend the judicial custody of the eight accused for another seven days. The court did so, via video conferencing.

The eight have been charged with receiving funds from across the border to fuel unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

On July 24, 2017, the NIA arrested seven of them — Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah — on charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India.

Islam is a close aide of Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Khandey is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat.

Businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, accused of acting as an alleged conduit for channelling funds in the Kashmir Valley, was arrested on August 17 last year.

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