One friendship in B-town which has stood the test of time and can most certainly be called the strongest bond in the industry is the friendship between Karan Johar and Kajol. So, it was natural to see the incredible camaraderie KJo and Kajol share when the duo graced the Kapil Sharma Show as guests.KJo was at his candid best throughout the show as Kajol laughed incredibly hard at all the jokes and comments he made. While Kajol painted the town pink in her pink Zara pantsuit, KJo opted for his trademark printed jacket and statement glasses.In an interesting segment on the show, KJo was asked to assign cabinets to some of the stars of the industry. Johar assigned Health Ministry to Akshay Kumar calling him the fittest person in the industry and assigned the Ministry of Social Media to Varun Dhawan stating that he doesn’t let his PR team handle his social media and does it himself. He also cheekily added that he can make out that Varun manages his own account due to all the grammatical errors.However, as per a Mumbai Mirror report, the most interesting one was the Minister of Gossip Affairs, which Karan assigned to Kareena Kapoor. He added that Kareena calls up her PR team every morning to get the day’s gossip and then calls Karan to confirm them. He also added that if they feel that the gossip should be spread, they inform about it to Ranbir who then makes sure it is broadcasted.As per a DNA report, Kapil had been trying to bring Kajol and Karan together for a long time. But, owing to Karan’s busy schedule throughout the promotions of Kalank and Kajol’s vacation to Singapore the shoot unable to take place.
Domestic e-commerce majors are likely to hire in fewer numbers from campuses in the placement season this year.Hiring by Flipkart and Snapdeal is expected to be sharply lower this season compared to a figure of about 400 graduates recruited by them from India’s top business schools last year.B-schools, such as SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, MDI Gurgaon, IIFT and IMI Delhi that have already conducted placements, have witnessed a 40%-75% decline in offers made by the e-commerce firms.The top three IIMs at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata are also headed to see “muted hiring” from e-commerce majors in the country, a placement source at one of these institutes told The Economic Times.Although the institutes are yet to conduct final placement, there are signs that hiring by these firms may fall. IIM-Kozhikode, which completed placements last weekend, has seen offers from the large e-commerce dipping by approximately 33.3%.XLRI, where placements will begin in February, expects to see slowdown in hiring by e-commerce companies. SPJIMR has already noticed a sharp fall in offers, with six firms hiring 14 graduates compared to 54 offers made by five firms in 2015.Similarly, MDI Gurgaon has seen only 19 offers from 13 companies this placement season against 47 offers from six firms last year.”This (slowdown in campus hiring) can be attributed to recent layoffs and unsuccessful business models of some companies,” says Manaswini Acharya, professor of marketing and dean (placements and corporate relations) at IMI Delhi.At MDI Gurgaon, Flipkart and Snapdeal have given job offers to just two graduates this year. Last year, Flipkart had made 13 offers at the institute, while Snapdeal hired 19 graduates.”Growth is happening, things are (still) good, but there is a reassessment of how much (cash) burn one should sustain. It is not unnatural for companies to consolidate and cut recruitment,” says Sandeep Murthy, partner at venture capital firm, Lightbox Ventures.
Kolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress and the Congress were on the same page at the state Assembly on Monday while claiming that injustice has been done with the workers of the tea gardens in the recent Central Budget.In the mentioned case at the Assembly, state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee triggered the discussion lambasting the Central government’s decision to pay the wages of the tea garden workers through banks and impose 2 percent cess on their wages. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”The tea garden workers have been neglected in the recent Budget. There has been hardly any money allocated for the rejuvenation of the tea gardens. But they have now decided to pay the wages of the workers through banks. They should know that there is hardly any bank in close proximity to the tea gardens,” Chatterjee said. He reiterated that the tea garden workers are paid in cash usually by the end of a week so that they can meet their immediate requirements. “They have also imposed cess on the wages. These steps are nothing but an initiative to push the tea garden workers in dire straits,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe alleged that the Centre had made tall claims for the development of the tea gardens but the Budget has nothing to augment the livelihood of the workers. Taking the cue from Chatterjee, Leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan said the problem of the tea garden workers has been persisting for some years and the secular parties have often protested against it. “If you give permission, we can form a team of representatives of the MLAs and protest directly. I feel we need to speak directly with the concerned Union minister,” Mannan said referring to Speaker Biman Banerjee. Banerjee then said that the topic may be discussed. Later in the day, Chatterjee said: “I have requested the Left and BJP even to come together. It is an issue of the state and we should ensure the interest of the state first”.
July 22, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read It’s hard to see history when it’s happening around you. But for all of us right now, the world around us is dramatically, if almost invisibly, changing, turned on its head by technology. Related: 12 Signs You Have an Entrepreneurial Mindset In just a few decades, we can expect our everyday lives to be significantly different from now, in ways that would be incomprehensible to those who laid the foundations for the modern world through the 19th century breakthroughs in how we used coal, made metal and generated power. Those breakthroughs shaped what became the Industrial Revolution. In the 20th century, a second revolution occurred, led by more centralized electricity distribution, new forms of mass communication (phone, radio and TV) and cheap oil.Now, we’re entering what’s increasingly being called the Third industrial Revolution, whose consequences will be just as far-reaching and fundamental as were those of the first two. This latest revolution will be driven by the digital economy, new sources of energy and improvements in productivity. Those factors will likely reduce the cost of producing some goods and services virtually to zero. At the same time, the “Internet of Things” (IoE) will integrate countless everyday objects, devices and machines even as they monitor themselves through sensors. An estimated 100 trillion such sensors will be out there by 2030, contributing to the big data we will use, in turn, to reveal previously unseen patterns, trends and associations in the information at our disposal.For entrepreneurs “plugged in’ to this new Industrial Revolution, all manner of new, exciting opportunities will arise. So how can you prepare yourself for what’s about to happen? Here are eight ideas.1. Embrace the revolution.The EU is working on “Digital Europe,” its plan for bringing together 500 million people into one integrated market over the next five years. And China has already made it plain that it sees the Internet of Things as the platform that will take that country to new heights. 2. Expand your knowledge now. While general background research will give you an idea of what’s happening, you also need specific insights into what these digital chances mean for your particular industry. The implications of this revolution are going to be felt nearly everywhere, so professionals with quality knowledge will be needed across every sector to help create a new 21st century infrastructure.3. Invest in yourself. The skills needed for the Third Industrial Revolution are likely to be constantly changing and increasingly different from the ones that have got you to where you are. So, even if you aren’t particularly technically minded, you still need to know something about such things as big data, analytics, social media and even artificial intelligence. If you don’t find the time to keep your skills up to date, you will be left behind. And this will occur whether you run a business or work for someone else.Related: The Sharing Economy Is Taking Off: Get On the Rocket or Risk Being Left Behind4. Find opportunities in the sharing economy. If you are looking for new business opportunities, look at new areas of the economy, particularly at what’s called the sharing economy, in which access to products, services and experience is more important than ownership of them. Think Airbnb and Zipcar as examples of businesses that are already inhabiting this space. And, given that 62 percent of gen X and millennials love the sharing concept, it’s the way in which the markets are sure to go. Perhaps not surprisingly, Time magazine has listed such “collaborative consumption” as one of the ten ideas that will change the world. 5. Focus on customization and personalization. Already, mass markets are becoming a thing of the past, as technology enables the creation of more and more niche businesses. That trend will grow as businesses increasingly gain more and more detailed information about those they do business with; new technologies, like 3D printing, meanwhile, will allow the creation, at very little additional cost, of exactly what customers want.6. Reach your customers directly, not through mass advertising. By building their own digital marketplace, companies can constantly reach out to those they do business with, responding to their needs and introducing them to new products and services. This will mean that the marginal cost of marketing will fall to virtually nothing, and there won’t be a need to use radio, TV or magazines for your advertising, because you can do it all digitally.7. Be aware of new threats. The Third Industrial Revolution is going to have a worldwide impact, and while it will open up new opportunities, it will also expose you to new threats. So, don’t think that just because you live in a developed country, you will have a head start over competitors in countries and regions that in the past you didn’t see as competition. When it comes to infrastructure, building from scratch rather than improving what already exists is often easier and cheaper. But taking that route may mean that you could be the one left out.8. Don’t fear change; embrace it. Your marketplace and the way that you do business more than likely will be radically disrupted in years to come. That means frequent change is sure to become the norm. Get used to it; don’t cling to the past. There is only one way, and that is forward.Of course, talking of this new revolution may seem somewhat fantastical at the moment. But just think, it’s been only 26 years since Tim Berners-Lee devised the World Wide Web — which we now call the internet. Think how that has changed everything. Looked at in that context, the Third Industrial Revolution and what it will bring about doesn’t seem so strange after all. So, be open, remain curious, take action.Related: Out of the Loop on the Internet of Things? Here’s a Brief Guide. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »
2 min read March 2, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global At SXSW, you can usually expect to network, eat some BBQ, listen to some new music and constantly be on the hunt for an outlet to charge your phone. But this year, alongside leaders in tech and media, festival attendees will have the chance to hear from the leader of the free world.President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will both be keynote speakers at the 30th SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The Obamas will be the first sitting president and first lady to participate in the event.Related: How the First Lady Helped Small Grocery Businesses Reduce ‘Food Deserts’ in CaliforniaOn March 11, as part of SXSW Interactive, the president will have a conversation with Evan Smith, editor in chief of The Texas Tribune about technology, combating climate change and political and “civic engagement in the 21st century.”The first lady will be the opening keynote presentation at SXSW Music on March 16, where she plans to talk about Let Girls Learn, the White House initiative that is working to create opportunities and support for the 62 million young women around the world who do not have access to education.Of the presidential visit, SXSW co-founder Roland Swenson said in a release, “As each new generation comes up at SXSW they look for ways they can be of service, and it’s important to reflect and support that message. President and Mrs. Obama’s visit here will inspire attendees to that purpose.” Register Now »