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Amazon India is the country’s most attractive employer brand, says Survey

E-commerce giant Amazon India is the country’s most attractive employer brand, according to the findings of the Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR) 2019. The company, which has more than 50,000 direct and indirect employees in India, has been steadily been expanding operations over the past five years.

According to the REBR 2019, released on Monday, Amazon scored high on financial health, utilisation of latest technologies and a strong reputation.

Microsoft India emerged as the runner-up, followed by Sony India. Others in the top 10 are Mercedes-Benz (4th), IBM (5th), Larsen & Toubro (6th), Nestlé (7th), Infosys (8th), Samsung (9th), and Dell (10th).

Google India had been inducted into the REBR’s Hall of Fame category last year for winning the coveted title of the most-attractive employer brand for three consecutive years.

The REBR covered 75 per cent of the global economy, with 32 participating countries and more than 200,000 respondents worldwide.

The top driver for the Indian workforce while choosing an employer are salary and employee benefits, followed by work-life balance and job security. “Employer branding has emerged as a crucial positioning tool for both companies seeking talent with must-have skills and candidates seeking organisations that can support their aspirations of realising a meaningful career,” said Paul Dupuis, managing director and chief executive officer Randstad India.

In an e-mail sent to senior team members last year, Amit Agarwal, head of Amazon India, has asked employees to allocate enough time to themselves, apart from work, and maintain a healthy “work-life harmony”.

“We will have occasions and commitments that require us to actually want to be engaged at odd hours, and even over multiple days. That is what owners do — step up and do what it takes. But by not making this our normal day, we will actually enjoy these moments,” he wrote.

He went on to ask employees to be more sensitive while making comments such as ‘half-day leave’ and ‘first shift’ about someone who might be taking early leave. Moreover, he asked them to steer away from forming negative perceptions around employees availing of flexible working hours or work-from-home facility.
The survey further noted that a vast majority (55 per cent) of Indians prefer to work for a large multi-national corporation, while a negligible 9 per cent preferred start-ups. The preference for multi-national companies (MNCs) can be strongly attributed to job security, financial health and career progression opportunities, which these organisations offer to their employees.

The survey also noted that the Indian workforce prefers to work for companies operating in sectors like IT, ITeS and telecom (67 per cent), retail, FMCG and e-commerce (67 per cent), followed by automotive (66 per cent) and BFSI (65 per cent).

Top 5 India’s Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs

If you are looking for some inspiration to launch your business or take on that leadership role, look no further than this list of India’s eight most empowering and successful female entrepreneurs. From heads of global business giants to founders of some of the most innovative startups, these super accomplished women have fought against all odds to get where they are today.

Indra Nooyi

Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi is among India’s most successful global entrepreneurs. Born and raised in Chennai, and an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) alumna, Nooyi has consistently been featured in the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list. In addition, she was named the world’s most powerful woman in business – twice – by Fortune, one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007 and 2008 by Time, as well as being awarded a Padma Bhushan (India’s third highest civilian award).

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Founder of Biocon, one of India’s leading biopharmaceutical companies, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has been named among the most powerful women in the world more than once by Forbes. Starting out of the garage of her rented Bangalore home, Biocon India began as a joint venture with Biocon Biochemicals Limited, of Cork, Ireland in 1978, amidst shortages of funding, qualified workers and other obstacles.

Vandana Luthra

An unrivalled leader in India’s health and wellness industry, Vandana Luthra started VLCC Health Care Limited as a small health and beauty services center in New Delhi in 1989. Today, the company operates in 323 locations across 150 cities over 11 countries, and employs more than 4,000 people. Consistently ranked among the top businesswomen in Asia, Luthra is also a recipient of the Padma Shri–India’s fourth highest civilian award. Vandana Luthra net worth is more than Rs 1,300 crore.

Chanda Kochhar

As Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank, one of India’s largest banks, Chanda Kochhar has been one of the most important figures in shaping the course of retail banking in the country. An alumna of the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, Kochhar, she first joined the bank as a management trainee in 1984. She is a frequent name on the Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in addition to several other well-known rankings of influential global figures.

Naina Lal Kidwai

Naina Lal Kidwai is an Indian Chartered Accountant, banker, and business executive. She was a former president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Naina Lal Kidwai is a well-known woman entrepreneur in India with a net worth of $240 million. She was formerly a Group General Manager and the Country Head of HSBC India. Kidwai was listed among the world’s top 50 Corporate Women by Fortune Magazine.

As strikes end, SC defers hearing on security of doctors, keeps open ‘larger issue’ of their safety

According to The Economic Times of India news, The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred the hearing on a plea seeking protection of doctors in government hospitals, saying since doctors have called off their strike in West Bengal and other states, there is no urgency to hear the matter.

A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant said it will not issue notice (to the Centre) but is keeping the larger issue of protection of doctors open.

“We agreed to hear the plea today as there was a strike by doctors and medical fraternity in West Bengal and other states. The strike has been called off and there appears no urgency to hear the petition. List (the matter) before an appropriate bench,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association also filed an impleadment application seeking the court’s intervention into the plea already filed, saying protection needs to be provided to doctors across the country.

The bench said it needs to take a holistic view in providing security to doctors.

“We can’t protect doctors at the cost of other citizens. We have to look at the larger picture. We are not against the protection given to doctors,” the bench said.

Why June 21 is celebrated as International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day is approaching and people around the world are all set to take out their yoga mats and do some yoga. But, do you know why June 21 is chosen to be the ‘International Yoga Day’.

International Yoga Day: Brief history

The United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, announced that June 21 will be seen as International Yoga Day or World Yoga Day. Since 2015, International Yoga Day is been celebrated worldwide.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September of 2014 addressed the UN assembly and discussed the essence of Yoga.

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies the unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with you” PM in UN General Assembly.

International Yoga Day: Reason Behind June 21

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the UN General Assembly in 2014 said:

The date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.

June 21 is the day of the Summer Solstice when the tilt of a planet’s axis in the northern hemisphere is most inclined toward the star that it orbits – in our case, the earth and the sun.

June 21 is considered the longest day of the year with the sun rising early and setting late for the northern hemisphere.

The summer solstice is also considered as an important day in Indian mythology as it marks an event that could be considered the start of Yogic science.

When people saw the Adi yogi, they flocked to him for enlightenment but left as he stayed unaware of their presence.

Whereas, seven people stayed insistent to learn from him but Shiva refused to claim that a lot of preparation was to be done.

The seven people then sat determined through 84 years of sadhana, after which Shiva took notice of them as the sun was shifting from the northern to southern run which was the day of the Summer Solstice.

It is said that he could no longer ignore them as they were overwhelming with knowledge. When the next full moon arose 28 days later, Adi yogi transformed himself into Adi Guru and started teaching the ways of the yogic science to his disciples.

Now, you know the reason why Yoga is celebrated on June 21, every year. Therefore, take a pledge this year and celebrate Yoga on the international Yoga Day. With this also embodied yoga in your daily routine.

It will not only help you to connect your mind and heart but also it will help you get cure many diseases and problems.

Healthy Eating for Children: Tips to replace junk food with healthier

Being healthy and practicing healthy habits since childhood makes way for healthy youth and healthy life. Parents are always concerned about their child’s nutrition and lay emphasis on healthy living by including physical activity in their routine, making healthy food for them, and refraining from bad habits that may adversely impact their health. However, the risk of diseases in children is on a rise, and parents are becoming worried.

According to recent research, consumption of junk food is leading to a decline in brain health. Consumption of junk food in childhood can lead to obesity and increase the risk of brain health decline when the children are older. Parents must take measures to reduce the intake of junk food, and replace it with healthier meals.

Teach your child the importance to eat healthy since the starting to ensure they stick to a healthy diet.

Make nutritious food interesting
You can always make nutritious food interesting for your child by putting in the slightly extra effort. You can replace unhealthy ingredients in dishes with healthy ones – like replacing refined flour with wheat. You can also present the food in creative ways, make faces on the dish and make them fancy so that your child is interested in eating it.

Disguise What He/She does not Like
For vegetables or fruits that he/she does not like and you want to include them in his/her diet, disguise them in other dishes. For example, you can make shakes or smoothies from fruits he/she wouldn’t eat, or puree vegetables and make a soup out of them. If they cannot taste the vegetable or fruit that they do not like, they will eat the dish, and your purpose will be served.

Cook Meals At Home
Home-cooked meals contain much less salt, sodium and other harmful substances that are present in restaurant and takeaway foods. Cooking meals at home can ensure better health for your child. Make sure you try to make their meals at home, as often as possible and only take them out to eat occasionally. You should also involve your kids in grocery shopping and preparation of meals to help them understand the importance of healthy eating.

Keep Healthy Snacks Handy
Whether you are headed out with the whole family or are just sitting casually, relaxing at home with your child, make sure you have some sort of healthy snack handy. Children can crave junk food when they are hungry, and if you make sure that snacks like nuts, fresh fruits, etc. are available, you can reduce the intake of junk food.

10-15 terrorists ready to infiltrate Indian Territory: Intel

Intelligence agencies have warned the government of a possible infiltration into Indian territory by a group of terrorists waiting near the Line of Control (LoC).

Intel sources said that the terrorists may carry out a big terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) or may target security forces stationed along the Amarnath Yatra route.

According to an intelligence report forwarded to the government, terrorist movement has been spotted in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) with a group of 5-6 foreign terrorists in Losar and Sardari area ready to infiltrate into India. Sources added that the terrorists may infiltrate by taking the route Losar-1 to Sardari PoK to Indian side Govind post to Nani post.

Intel agencies observed another group movement that comprised 3-4 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) foreign terrorists. This group is probably the receiving party in the forest area of Trinch, Reshwari in Kupwara.

Intelligence reports also revealed that a group of 10-12 terrorists were spotted in Hugom, Bijbehara area.

Sources said that all the terrorists are being controlled by Pakistan-based terrorist commanders and Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Stay Healthy in a Natural Way

People these days lead a stressful life which directly affects their health. So if one wants to stay healthy they need to adapt some lifestyle routines. Here are some natural health tips which one can follow on a regular basis to stay fit and healthy.

Eat right

Yes, this is the most important and necessary thing to stay healthy. It shows on your body and skin that what you eat. You need to treat you body with healthy food items so that it can stay healthy. Try to include some green vegetables and fresh fruits in your daily diet. And the other thing is, you have to avoid the fast fried and sugary food items to stay healthy. Drink enough water to stay hydrated.

Try to move more

Sitting in one corner for the entire day is very bad for your health. You have to move your body and that means you have to indulge yourself into enough exercise which will help your body to stay fit. You can join a gym, do some yoga, enjoy a swim or at least go for a morning or an evening walk.

There are actually many activities which can help you to stay active. If you sit all day at one position and work then it might develop varicose veins in your veins. So, you need right amount of exercises for your body. All your joints and muscles will remain active by this and the metabolism power will also remain high in the body.

Make some time for meditation

If you think health is only for your body, then you are completely mistaken. It also has a lot to do with your mind. So it is a brilliant idea if you can learn how to meditate. For that, you can enrol into a proper yoga class where an instructor can help you. This will keep your mind calm and you can deal with a lot of things with a calm mind, this meditation can remove the negative energy from your life and add up some positive effects there.

Love a pet

Loving a pet can always reduce stress. If you have a cat or a dog at home you can lead a healthy life. If you love them, they will give back more love to you. A pet at a house can brighten your mood after having a really dull day and it can lower the level of your blood pressure in your body. Also the more you cuddle them, you feel relaxed and healed from inside. This is definitely a positive effect on your body and mind.

Get enough sleep

Being a night owl is not a very healthy thing. So you need to try to go to bed a bit early and try waking up early as well. This will make you feel refreshed throughout the day. Also you have enough energy to endure throughout the day’s work pressure.

Dhirubhai Ambani – The Man Who Made Reliance Industries

A true rags-to-riches story, Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani, has been undisputedly India’s most enterprising entrepreneur. Born in a gujarati family Dhirubai moved toYemen at the age of 16, where he worked as a dispatch clerk with A. Besse & Co.

After working in Dubai for sometime he later returned to India where he founded the Reliance Commercial Corporation with a meager capital of Rs. 15000. He set up the business in partnership with Champaklal Damani from whom he split in 1965.

Dhirubhai started his first textile mill at Naroda, near Ahmedabad and launched the brand “Vimal”. He later diversified into petrochemicals and sectors like Telecommunications, Information Technology, Energy, Power, Retail, Textiles, Capital Markets and Logistics.

He rose from humble beginnings to create India’s largest industrial empire, and in the process, became one of the world’s richest men. He rewrote India’s corporate history for which he was featured among the select Forbes billionaires list. He also figured in the Sunday Times list of top 50 businessmen in Asia.

Credited for starting the equity cult in India, Dhirubhai was praised for his key role in shaping India’s stock market culture by attracting hordes of retail investors to a market monopolized by state-run financial institutions.

He never followed the traditional way and was often targeted for his business strategies due to which he courted controversy all throughout his life. The ‘Dhirubhai school of management’ firmly believed that the only thing which mattered were the end results and the benefits which infiltrated directly to the shareholders.

He won many awards and accolades during his lifetime. In 2000, he was conferred the ‘Man of the Century’ award by Chemtech Foundation and Chemical Engineering World for his contribution to the growth and development of the chemical industry in India. In 1998, he was awarded the Dean’s Medal by The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, for setting an outstanding example of leadership. Dhirubhai Ambani was also named the “Man of 20th Century” by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

A perfect amalgamation of grit and determination, Dhirubai believed in his dreams and he lived it. He was of the belief “Dhirubhai will go one day. But Reliance’s employees and shareholders will keep it afloat. Reliance is now a concept in which the Ambanis have become irrelevant.”

In 1986 after a severe heart stroke he handed over Reliance Group to his sons Mukesh and Anil. After his death, the colossal corporate group was split into Reliance Industries, headed by Mukesh Ambani and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG), led by Anil Ambani.

A visionary by birth, his life has been an inspiration for many and will serve as a beacon light for the generations to come.

The Growing Trend Of Online Classes And Learning Platforms

Taking online lessons

Everyone wants to utilize their free time in the best possible way. Some people prefer doing creative things in their leisure time while others wish to do something productive. If you are from the latter group, then there is something that you can give a try. Utilizing the free time in enhancing your skills and knowledge by reading online can be really a great idea.

Choosing a course

Once you have decided your learning platform, the other very important thing that you need to do is the selection of course. The best part about all these online learning sites is that they offer a variety of courses and one can choose from it very easily just by setting preferences on their account. A list of available topics related to the entered choice will appear and the best one can be picked from there. You can also consider seeing the content outline or syllabus before finalizing one.

Connecting with professionals

The classes that are provided online sometimes include the lectures of trained experts and renowned professionals. This gives the learners a chance to get connected with these skilled trainers and get the solution of their problems, if they have any. Also, these websites serve as a platform where so many different type of people get a chance to connect with others who have taken up the same course. It promotes social communication to some extent. People get to know about each other and it also makes the problem solving and discussion easy and interactive.

Benefits of photography classes

There are so many courses available on these sites but photography courses are the one that are currently in demand. By taking up photography lessons, one can-

  • Learn the techniques of clicking pictures.
  • Get to know about the technicalities of photography.
  • Develop image capturing skills.
  • Learn editing and perfecting the pictures.
  • Become a professional photographer.

At the end, it is all about the passion that one has for studying a particular course. Learning a new skill requires dedication and those ready to work hard can learn quickly and easily.

Subrata Roy Family: Sushanto Roy and Swapna Roy no longer citizens of India?

The wife and son of Subrata Roy Sahara have acquired citizenship of the Republic of Macedonia, a country in the central Balkan peninsula in South-East Europe, which is attracting foreign investment by offering citizenship, say reliable sources.

Sushanto Roy and Swapna Roy, the son and wife of Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy, have acquired citizenship of the Republic of Macedonia, a country located in the central Balkan peninsula in South-East Europe. There is talk about another key director also acquiring Macedonian citizenship.

While Subrata Roy remains in jail for failing to obey orders of the Supreme Court (SC) of India, key members of the Roy family, who are part of the powerful private investment companies that control all the funds collected by the group are not even Indian nationals any longer.

Interestingly, we learn that Mr Subrata Roy himself has been a state guest in Macedonia several times. He is understood to have proposed to build a huge statue of Mother Theresa in Macedonia. There was also talk about setting up a swank Casino there.

Moneylife sent emails to Sahara Group’s PR agency on Friday for a response. Its key PR contact responded by telling us that this is a three year old issue and that many companies and businessmen have been acquiring Macedonian citizenship. However he did not want to be quoted or named.

According to an official from Sahara group, who does not want to be named, the Macedonian citizenship has been taken by Sushanto and his mother almost a year back. “The reason is that we are going for three big businesses in Macedonia. One is a dairy, which will export to many countries from there. For this fairy we have already got around 14,000 acres of land from Macedonian government. Second project is a seven star hospitality on the line of Las Vegas. It will be a ‘Las Vegas’ for European Countries, India and Middle East. The third project is a complete indoor setup for movie production. We are getting dozens of advantages (due to this citizenship) right from government permissions, allocations of lands and all level of tax benefits even up to 0% tax up to 10 years. It was a situation of compulsion for us to acquire citizenship in that country,” the official said.

It is indeed a fact that Macedonian citizenship is among the least expensive, of the many countries that offer citizenships in exchange of investment. However, the fact that many top Indian industrialists and their key confidants are opting for foreign citizenship is important in the context of the government’s effort to trace black money overseas.

Macedonia, like Montenegro, Buglaria, Romania and several Balkan countries, are trying to attract investment by offering citizenships. According to media reports, Macedonia’s government offers citizenship to anyone who invests at least 400,000 Euros and employs at least 10 people. “This offer stands for all investors except those in the hospitality and trade sectors,” a news report said quoting government spokesperson, Aleksandar Gjorgjiev.

In addition, foreigners who buy real estate worth over 40,000 Euros are given the right to stay in Macedonia for a year. Foreign nationals are currently allowed a maximum of three months stay before having to check out.

Macedonia was part of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence in 1991. It became a member of the United Nations (UN) in 1993, but as a result of a dispute with Greece over its name, it was admitted under the provisional reference of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Resource: MoneyLife