Category — Human Resources

LinkedIn Launches 3 Products for India

On Monday, September 12, LinkedIn unveiled three products — a stripped down mobile site called LinkedIn Lite; a product aimed at the college placements market called LinkedIn Placements, and a LinkedIn Starter Pack aimed at startups and small businesses.

Jeff Weiner, chief executive of the social network for professionals said, “All the three products were entirely developed by the company’s 250-person-strong R&D outfit in Bangalore. The fact that LinkedIn has chosen to build customized products for the country underlines India’s importance.
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India is LinkedIn’s second-largest user base with 37 million members, only behind the U.S., which has over 130 million users.

“There’s a lot of learning from what we are going to do here that we think can be extended elsewhere beyond India,” Weiner told Economic Times in an exclusive interview.

September 13, 2016   No Comments

Pope Francis Canonizes Mother Teresa

Already regarded as a saint by her followers, Mother Teresa was officially canonized on Sunday, 4 September in Rome, by Pope Francis, and she is now known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Mother established the Missionaries of Charity, a family of Sisters, Brothers, Fathers, and co-workers, in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) in 1950. By 1997, the Missionaries of Charity had almost 4000 Sisters working in 610 foundations, in 450 centers in 123 countries across the six continents.

Mother Teresa’s first visit to the U.S. was in 1982 when she visited three campuses: Harvard University, Georgetown University, and Thomas Aquinas College, where she served as that year’s Commencement Speaker and received the college’s highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion.

The first Missionaries of Charity home in the United States was established in the South Bronx, New York. By 1984, it had 19 establishments all over the country. On Christmas Eve of 1985, Mother Teresa opened “Gift of Love” in New York, her first house for AIDS patients. In the coming years, this home was followed by others, in the United States and elsewhere, devoted specifically for those with AIDS. In 1994, she spoke passionately against abortion in her address to 3,000 guests at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington D.C. February 5.

Mother Teresa’s 1995 visit to the U.S. ended in Mahanoy City, PA, where a branch of her Missionaries of Charity had just been established at St. Joseph Church.

At 9:30 pm, on 5 September, Mother Teresa died at the Motherhouse, Calcutta. The Government of India honored her with a state funeral on 13 September: her body was taken in procession on a gun carriage, that had also borne the bodies of Mohandas K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, through the streets of Calcutta.

Navin Chawla, a biographer of Mother Teresa and a former Chief Election Commissioner of India, says: Mother Teresa’s greatest miracle was her life itself. Armed only with an abundance of faith, she created a multinational organization that served her special constituency of the ‘poorest of the poor’.

India’s Department of Post has released a new commemorative postage stamp, on the event. A specially designed cancellation featuring the Mother on a silk envelope that includes a five-rupee commemorative coin issued by the Indian government in 2010 to mark her centenary birth celebrations, is shown below:

Saint Teresa of Calcutta







September 3, 2016   No Comments

Sustainable Cotton Program Extended to 10,000 Women Farmers in India

Primark, a retailer in the U.K. that markets readymade apparel, home goods and beauty products, has extended a sustainable cotton initiative in India to 10,000 women farmers. The initiative involves a partnership between Primark, CottonConnect and the Self Employed Women’s Association.

Under the Primark Sustainable Cotton Program, women in Gujarat, are trained to improve cotton yields, increase their incomes, and introduce sustainable farming methods, reports

A pilot, launched three years ago, saw 1,251 women smallholders increase their average profits by 211% and yields by 12.6%. There was also a 5% cut in input costs, a 12.9% reduction in water use and fertilizer and pesticide use fell.

One of the cotton farmers in the program

One of the cotton farmers in the program

Paul Lister, responsible for Primark’s ethical trading team said, “Primark has been working hard for the last decade to ensure that the rights of workers within our global supply chain are respected, and the lives of people working within the garment industry in emerging markets change as industrialization brings new jobs and opportunities.”

Alison Ward, CottonConnect’s CEO stated, “We find that women do not attend mixed training sessions, so the knowledge that this program has brought them will go a long way to building a better life for them and their families in the future. It’s also great to see how proud their husbands are of their work.”

Reema Nanavaty, leader of Self Employed Women’s Association remarked that giving women access to full employment was one of the best ways to drive societal and economic change.

April 11, 2016   No Comments

88 Percent of Companies in India to Increase Hiring

The 18th edition of the Antal Global Snapshot from international recruitment firm, Antal International, found that that job prospects for managers and professionals are continuing to improve globally, and in India, the percentage of companies currently hiring stands at 63%, a 10% rise year-on-year, says Economic Times.

Current hiring sectors are:

  • Accounting 79%
  • Education 78%
  • E-commerce 74%
  • SSC/BPO 73%
  • IT 67%
  • Banking 65%
  • Pharma 62%
  • FMCG 60%

In the next quarter the following sectors show positive hiring trends:

  • ICT Hardware 83%
  • Electronics 75%
  • Accounting 74%
  • E-commerce 71%
  • SSC/BPO 69%
  • Marketing Advertising 68%

Joseph Devasia, managing director of Antal International, India said, “The 18th Antal Global Snapshot, which discovers hiring trends across global markets shows that in India, consumer-focused industries led by e-commerce companies (74% of those surveyed) are leading the hiring march, and will continue to do so in the next quarter too. However Education, Pharma, ITES and Consumer Electronics also have showed strong growth and hiring outlooks remain high.”

November 25, 2015   No Comments

Supply Chains Pose Challenges for India E-commerce

India is the world’s biggest untapped shopping market says the Wall Street Journal, as it traces one online order and its delivery on a 1200 mile journey from Surat in the western state of Gujarat where the garment was manufactured to Madurai in the eastern state of Chennai where the customer was located.  The journey—about the same distance as New York to Kansas—involved at least 30 people, two overnight truck journeys and a long-haul flight!



The Order:

Ms. Rajamansingh orders a $3.06 sari on an e-commerce site where around 80,000 products are ordered daily. However, that figure can shoot up to 240,000 on Sunday sale days. Shopclues receives 70% of its orders from outside India’s metros (such as New Delhi and Mumbai) mainly from Tier II and III smaller cities and towns.


Distance: 0

Cost: Negligible

Mode: Internet

Time: Negligible


The Journey:


Fabdeal, the manufacturer of the sari, ships the parcel from Surat to a warehouse in Bhiwandi on the outskirts of Mumbai. Transporting by road has its challenges of negotiating poorly maintained roads in various parts of the country, coupled with the flooding caused by rain in the monsoon seasons.


Distance: 162.4 miles

Cost: $ 0.11

Mode: Truck

Time: 8:30 hours (compared to about two-and-a-half hours for a similar distance drive from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia.)



From the warehouse in Bhiwandi the packet is transported to the airport in Mumbai.

Distance: 41 miles

Cost: $0.02

Mode: Truck

Time: 4:17 hours


Most online orders travel on commercial flights and delays are common due to space constraints in the hold, as also because of packets being rejected if the airline staff suspect prohibited items such as batteries in the package. For e-commerce companies, the difference between profit and loss is often whether a package travels by air or by road.



Ms. Rajamansingh’s sari then flew a day late from Mumbai Airport to Chennai Airport since it missed catching the earlier flight.

Distance: 643 miles

Cost: $0.33 (half the total shipping cost)

Mode: Plane

Time: 4:47 hours


The package arrived late in the evening in Chennai and it missed the single, daily truck that plies between Chennai and cities farther south such as Madurai.


Distance: 292.6 miles

Cost: $0.18

Mode: Truck

Time: 10:40 hours


The last lap from the city of Madurai to Ms. Rajamanshingh’s door was completed by a man on a motorcycle



Distance: 2.1miles

Cost: $0.002

Mode: Motorcycle

Time: 20 minutes


Distance: 1159.5 miles
Delivery Cost: $0.70
Modes of transport: Three
Time in transit: 32 hours 25 minutes
Total time: Two days, 19 hours, 6 minutes

Fabdeal, the company featured in this story is one of many companies that has benefited from the boom in online sales. Before it began its e-commerce business in 2012, sales grew 10%-15% a year, now they are growing by 50% a year.


November 10, 2015   No Comments