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The European Federation of Journalists(EFJ) joined the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in welcoming the newly adopted EU Guidelines on collective agreements by solo self-employed people. Restrictions on the right of self-employed workers, including freelance journalists, to collectively bargain for fair pay and working conditions are to be lifted across the European Union following victory in a long-running trade union campaign.The European Commission has adopted its Guidelines on the application of EU competition law to collective agreements regarding the working conditions of solo self-employed people. The Guidelines clarify when certain self-employed people can get together to negotiate collectively better working conditions without breaching…

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According to a report released by Ericsson ConsumerLab, India’s readiness to adopt the forthcoming 5G network is twice that of other regions across the world such as the UK and the US, with over 100 million smartphone users ready to upgrade to the 5G network by 2023. In urban India, the intention to upgrade to 5G is twice as high as in markets where 5G has already been released, such as the UK and the US. Over the last two years, India has seen a threefold increase in the number of smartphone users who hold 5G handsets. Even as 5G…

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Experts from academia and industry deliberated about the current status of hydrogen as a source of energy and the role it can play in making India carbon neutral at the International Platform on Hydrogen Economy – An Industry-Academia Conclave. While inaugurating the Conclave, Dr. V K Saraswat, Member Science, NITI Aayog, said that with hydrogen demand increasing, companies are taking steps to increase hydrogen production as well as invest in technologies for it. As a result cost of hydrogen production is likely to come down in the future. “Journey towards green hydrogen is through blue hydrogen accompanied with carbon capture…

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By Er Nava J. Thakuria During my college days our teachers used to advise and inspire us, once we become automobile engineers, we should try to replace the piston engine as it’s not fuel efficient. When I left Assam Engineering College (under Gauhati University) in 1990 after completing my degree course in Mechanical branch (with a special paper on Automobile Engineering), the preaching of our teachers was so fresh to me. For those, who have no preliminary technical idea of a piston engine (internal combustion engine, run by feeding diesel or petrol/gasoline), it converts thermal energy into mechanical work (or power) which helps moving a vehicle. But these engines still remain less efficient for a number of reasons…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked that the city of Surat is a wonderful example of both people’s solidarity and public participation. Highlighting the biggest feature of Surat, he said that it is a city that respects labour. “There will not be any region of India whose people do not live on the land of Surat- a kind of Mini Hindustan”, he added. Modi laid the foundation stone and dedicated various projects worth more than Rs. 3400 crores in Surat on Thursday. He inaugurated Phase-I of road infrastructure works and the main entrance of Diamond Research and Mercantile (DREAM) City. He…

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Aadhaar usage and adoption by residents is witnessing sizable growth indicative of how it is increasingly supporting ease of living for residents. In August, 219.71 crore authentication transactions were carried out via Aadhaar, a growth of more than 44% against July 2022. A majority of these monthly transaction numbers were done by using fingerprint biometric authentication (128.56 crore), followed by demographic authentications and OTP authentications. As of end August 2022, a cumulative number of 8074.95 crore Aadhaar authentications have been carried out so far, as against 7855.24 crore such authentications by the end of July. The number of e-KYC transactions…

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The Australian Human Rights Institute (AHRI) at UNSW Sydney has condemned today’s verdict in the case of Australian Professor Sean Turnell in Myanmar, with reports he has been sentenced to three years imprisonment in closed court proceedings.Australian Human Rights Institute Associate and UNSW Law & Justice Professor Melissa Crouch said Professor Turnell’s case is political motivated and without justification. “From the beginning, it was clear that the military arrested Sean simply because of his close association with Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also in jail,” he said. “The Myanmar military has failed to provide evidence to substantiate the charges brought against…

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In a series of tweets Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said safety of all passengers travelling in motor vehicles irrespective of their cost and variants is the foremost priority. Gadkari said considering the global supply chain constraints being faced by the auto industry and its impact on the macroeconomic scenario, it has been decided to implement the proposal mandating a minimum of 6 Airbags in Passenger Cars (M-1 Category) w.e.f 01st October 2023. Earlier in order to enhance the safety of occupants of the motor vehicle against lateral impact, it had been decided to enhance safety…

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The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has welcomed a much-anticipated publication by the World Bank on universal social protection, but expressed some major reservations about some of its policy messages and the rigor of its analysis. ‘Charting a Course Towards Universal Social Protection: Resilience, Equity and Opportunity for All’, also known as the Social Protection and Jobs (SPJ) Compass, published 29 September, sets out the Bank’s position on how social protection systems should be reformed and extended and outlines the priorities for the Bank’s work in this area in the coming years. Ensuring universal social protection is a longstanding priority…

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The Indian economy is expected to grow by 7.3% in the current fiscal year, which ends in March, but inflation is expected to continue above the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) upper tolerance level of 6% till the end of 2022, according to the latest projection from global rating agency S&P. Domestic demand-driven economies are less sensitive to the global downturn. In 2023, South Korea and Taiwan are predicted to slow faster than India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. According to S&P’s report on Asia-Pacific economic outlook, even though they expect negative risks, they have kept the India growth prediction at…

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