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Bangalore, 8th Oct (IANS): Internet giant and search engine Yahoo! is giving 'pink slips' to about 600 techies here to trim its workforce in India and consolidate its core engineering activity in the US.

Though Yahoo! India R&D centre here declined to confirm, a source in the know of the development told IANS Wednesday that about 200 lateral/senior employees have, however, been asked to re-locate to its main engineering centre in California, US.

The 20-year-old firm said in the US late Tuesday that it was making some changes in its Bangalore operations to consolidate certain teams into fewer offices.

"As we're looking at ways to achieve greater efficiency, collaboration and innovation across business, we're making changes to the way we operate in Bangalore leading to consolidation of certain teams into fewer offices," the company said in a statement.

Asserting that Yahoo! will continue to have presence in India, the tech firm said its Bangalore operations would remain important to ensure sustainable growth.

"The team leaders have been given an opportunity to work in its product development centre at Santa Clara on the basis of their performance and long association," the source said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Yahoo! India subsidiary has about 2,000 employees, with over 1,000 engaged in back office operations for voice/data services and customer support.

The golden handshake has a six-eight months' severance package, depending upon years of service with the company here and domain expertise in its core competencies.

"Yahoo! has decided to consolidate its core engineering activity at one place. Hence, it asked its team leaders working in the India R&D facility here to shift to its main engineering lab at its head office," the source said.
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New Delhi, 7th Oct (IANS):The government is well into the process of revising the National Policy on Skill Development, 2009, which will be ready by the end of the current financial year, a top official said Tuesday.

"There are instructions that the policy should be ready by the end of the current fiscal, by March 31 next year," Sunil Arora, secretary in the recently-created ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship, told reporters on the sidelines of a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-organised conference here on skill development.

"Comments are being obtained from the various ministries. Once these are received, a draft policy will be placed on the website of the ministry to invite comments from the public and other stakeholders," he added.

The existing policy was formulated by the labour ministry in 2009 to impart various skills to 500 million people under a standardised framework and in keeping with international norms, and based on industry demands. It led to the setting up of the National Skill Development Corporation as a public-private-partnership project.

Skill development is a focus area of the National Democratic Alliance government, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in his Independence Day speech announced the "Make in India" campaign inviting companies across the world to make their products in India and create jobs in the labour-intensive manufacturing sectors.

The policy is being revised so that schemes of different ministries and portions of the Rs.10,000 crore earmarked to encourage entrepreneurship are routed through the newly-formed skill development and entrepreneurship ministry.

Moreover, the new policy aims to ensure that the country's youth also fulfil the skilled manpower demand abroad, by benchmarking the training programmes to international standards.

The new ministry is considering branding the programme through the Rural India Skills Emblem in the manner of the Bureau of Indian Standards certification, which will hallmark the skilled workers from India in a way that is recognized globally.
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New Delhi, 24th Sept (IANS): The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Wednesday said a fake website was created by some unidentified people offering jobs.

"It has come to the notice of the NHAI that a fake website-email ID has been created at http://www.nhai.co.in / nhaiofindia@gmail.com by some unknown persons offering recruitment, training offers and asking public to apply for openings and training," the NHAI said in a statement.

The NHAI clarified that it never contacts the public via unsolicited phone calls or e-mails asking for money or any other type of personal information concerning recruitment and training.

"The website also gives a fake address of NHAI as its training centre...It is to be clarified that there is no such training centre or office at that address," the statement said.
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Beijing, 20th Sept (IANS): China will need 98,000 more pilots and 101,000 maintenance technicians in the next 20 years, according to latest estimates of Boeing.

According to the 2014 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook, for the whole Asia Pacific region the demand for pilots and technicians over the same period is forecast to be 216,000 and 224,000, respectively, Xinhua reported.

From now to 2033, the Asia Pacific region will account for 39 percent of the world's total demand for new commercial airline technicians, more than Europe and North America combined, it said.

"The Asia Pacific region is seeing tremendous economic growth and is set to become the largest air travel market in the world," said Bob Bellitto, director of Customer Group, Boeing Flight Services.

A booming market means more jobs and career opportunities for those interested in becoming commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians over the next two decades, Bellitto added.
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Riyadh, 19th Sept (IANS): More than 15,000 illegal foreign workers were arrested in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah city for violating the country's residency and labour regulations, a media report said Friday.

The arrests were made over the past few months, Arab News quoted police spokesperson Aati bin Attiyah Al-Qurashi as saying. He added that those arrested included beggars and street vendors as well as cleaners of cars on streets.

“We have instructed real estate owners not to provide accommodation or shelter to illegal workers in their buildings,” he said, adding that the law’s violators would be punished.

“The raids to track down violators will continue until the last illegal expat is deported from the country,” said the spokesperson.

Labour ministry officials also initiated action against 130 foreign workers in Al-Ahsa for working for firms other than their sponsors and taking on jobs other than the professions written in their contracts, as well as residents without identification.

The ministry also carried out raids in Qatif, Jubail and Ras Tannura.

In a major crackdown in July this year, Saudi authorities arrested 21 Indians for residing illegally in the country.

Saudi Arabia started a crackdown on illegal workers since April last year.

The government issued an amnesty period giving illegal migrants seven months to gain legal status.

Since then, one million Bangladeshis, Indians, Filipinos, Nepalis, Pakistanis and Yemenis have left the country.
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