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New Delhi, 15th Nov (IANS): AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Saturday launched his party's Delhi Dialogue campaign ahead of the assembly polls and promised 800,000 jobs for the youth of the capital.

Addressing a gathering at Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital, the former Delhi chief minister said that if voted to power, the Aam Aadmi Party "would create eight lakh jobs and train 10 lakh youth in the next five years".

The AAP convener also promised to better the sports infrastructure by building stadia in the city.

"I had gone to a village (in Delhi) where there was no stadium. The villagers said they had land but no stadium. I asked them to give us land so that it can be turned into stadia," he said.

He said all sports grounds in government schools would be opened to budding sportspersons for training.

Delhi is headed for elections after the assembly was dissolved earlier this month.
Brisbane, 14th Nov (IANS): The Business 20 (B20), a grouping of business leaders of G20 members, Friday called on G20 leaders to commit to a bold reforms agenda and ambitious individual country growth strategies when they meet in Brisbane at their annual Summit this weekend.

The B20 is a forum through which the private sector produces policy recommendations for the annual meeting of the G20 leaders. It brings together business leaders from across G20 member countries to reflect the key role of the private sector as the main driver of economic growth.

Richard Goyder, B20 Chair, said the G20 is being urged to make commitments in five key policy areas: finance, human capital, infrastructure, trade and transparency to drive growth and employment outcomes, Xinhua reported.

"The B20 welcomed the finance ministers' decision earlier this year to set a growth target of two percent above expectations over the next five years. But sustainable growth will require business investment driven by more than just confidence," he said.

"The enabling environment for business must be improved to stimulate investment, enhance productivity and increase economic activity and growth."

The Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) latest Economic Outlook found the global economy was still stuck in low gear but it was expected to accelerate gradually if countries implemented growth supportive policies.

"The report found that reforms to tax, trade, labour and product markets will benefit domestic investment and global trade, and support greater employment and consumption around the world," Goyder said.

He said the B20 has made 20 recommendations to the G20, which if implemented, would easily exceed the additional two percent growth target and create millions of new jobs.

Nearly 30 business leaders from 18 of the G20 countries will attend Friday night's meeting with G20 leaders.
New Delhi, 11th Nov (IANS): Union Rural Development Minister Birender Singh, who Tuesday assumed office, indicated that the rural employment guarantee act would continue in the entire country and not just in some districts as it has benefitted the poor.

A former Congressman, Birender Singh said there was no doubt that the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act had benefited the poor, and the Rs.40,000 crore allocation for the rural job scheme was not for any specific region.

"Some people had never seen a Rs.500 note in their lifetime in this country. The MGNREGA has managed to reach out to them," he told media after taking charge as minister for rural development, panchayati raj and drinking water and sanitation.

His predecessor Nitin Gadkari had planned to restrict the rural job scheme to the most backward 200 districts of the country.

Gadkari had said that the MGNREGA guaranteeing up to 100 days of unskilled work in a year to every rural household was not required in areas having higher growth.

The remarks had drawn protests from economists and activists who said it would affect the poor of the country.

Birender Singh, however, acknowledged that there were some problems in implementation of the scheme and said the current government would try to correct them.

He said valuable suggestions have come regarding reforming the rural job scheme and all necessary steps will be taken to strike a right balance between creation of jobs and building durable assets through MGNREGA.

The minister said, if the need arises some new works will also be added to the scheme.

On the issue of impending changes in the Land Acquisition Act, Birender Singh said that efforts will be made to bring about a consensus in the matter.

The minister said the government is not against industrialization but the interests of the farmers should not be compromised at any cost. He also added that he was not in favour of acquisition of multi-crop lands.

Asked to comment whether amendments in the land act will be made in the coming winter session of parliament, he replied that he will study the issue first and then will formulate his opinion in a couple of days.

Referring to the Swachh Bharat Mission, a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Birendra Singh said building toilets in the rural areas will be taken up on a war footing and a massive awareness campaign will be launched for behavioral change as far as sanitation and cleanliness are concerned.

He also underlined that the problem of drinking water mainly in the arsenic and fluoride affected regions will be addressed on a priority basis.
Chandigarh, 11th Nov (IANS): The Punjab government will launch a new job policy for sportspersons bringing laurels to the state by registering victories at international events, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said Tuesday.

Badal, who is also the state sports minister, was addressing sportspersons after giving awards to medallists from Punjab who have won medals in the recent Incheon Asian Games and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

"The new sports policy will be cleared by the end of this month and is aimed at providing jobs to players on the basis of their national and international performance, besides fixing incentives for the coaches," he said.

Badal said that the new policy would ensure that sportspersons recruited in government services would spend initial 10 years in sports department on deputation to contribute in developing the sports in the state.

"This policy will also ensure promotions to the players on the basis of their international performance," he said.
New Delhi, 3rd Nov (IANS): The Delhi High Court Monday asked the city government, and the Indian and Delhi Nursing Councils to respond to a plea seeking closure of nursing councils and institutes not recognised by the authorities, to save the future of students enrolled in nursing courses there.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the Delhi government's health and family welfare department, Indian Nursing Council (INC), Delhi Nursing Council (DNC), Rajasthan Nursing Council (RNC) and the Rajiv Gandhi General Institute in Alwar, Rajasthan, to respond to the plea and posted the matter for March 8 next year.

The court was hearing a plea by Sushma Chauhan who obtained a diploma in nursing from the Rajiv Gandhi General Institute in 2006 and got it registered with the RNC.

However, she recently came to know that the institute and the council were not recognised by the INC and was denied a job.

Filing her petition through advocate Sugriva Dubey, Chauhan said institutes giving training to students to become nurses do not disclose that the nursing council was not recognised. After the degree is obtained from that unrecognised nursing council, the students find it hard to get jobs in both government and private hospitals.

The plea said the DNC also does not recognise the RNC and has refused employment to some nurses who passed out from that institute.

Dubey informed the court that a large number of students do not know that the RNC is not recognised by the INC.

The plea said students after completing their diploma course from the RNC applied to the Delhi government hospitals and also those managed by the Centre. But special treatment was "arbitrarily" given to some students and they were employed.

"But a number of other students who got their diploma from the same unrecognised nursing council are not given employment only on the ground that unrecognised nursing councils cannot grant degree or diploma and those students are not competent to get employment," the plea said.

The plea said the government does not treat the students "equally" as some of them were given employment and those who do not have any influence are being deprived jobs.

"As many as 400 nurses, after completing training from the RNC, have been appointed in different hospitals owned by the Delhi government and also in hospitals managed by the Centre, which is violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution," it said.

The plea said the RNC was managed by the Rajasthan government and hence those getting degrees and diplomas from it were given employment by the state.

But if a student wants to get jobs outside the state, the degrees and diplomas were not valid.

The plea asked the court that the INC be directed to give wide publicity about the names of those nursing councils and hospitals whose diplomas are not recognised and "students be alarmed not to get diploma from these institutes".

It also prayed that the INC stop any grant either directly or indirectly to unrecognised councils.