Miscellany

Miscellany

H-1B visas could be source of tension in Indo-US relations, says Biswal

"Demonising" the H-1B work visa issue could be a "source of tension" in Indo-US ties, a former top diplomat under the Obama Administration has said, calling for a "rational discourse" on the topic that could affect the lives of thousands of Indians.
"The issue of H1B and the rhetoric that has been flying around all of that, I think is going to be a source of tension," former US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal (in pic) told PTI.

It’s employees who drive biz profitability

Nearly 1.5 million engineers graduate every year and firms roughly reject 52.21 per cent of them because they are not soft skill trainable. There is immediate need to map the courses and curriculum to make students industry-ready. Kestone, a leading integrated marketing services firm, is
effectively reaching out to the youth through its association with CL Educate and is trying to bridge this gap, says Niharika Jalan, head (training), Kestone IMS, in an interview with Ritwik Mukherjee. Excerpts:


Jana offers free internet through mCent Browser

Jana, the Boston-based mobile advertising company and the largest provider of free data in emerging markets, on Thursday launched its mCent Browser, which will enable android smartphone users in India to have free access to online content. Driven by mCent Browser’s ad-sponsored model, the company will initially offer customers up to 10 MB data per day or 70 MB free data per week.

Women agents spur insurance penetration

Women agents help general insurers sell health and home insurance and bring in new sets of customers. Insurers also see that these intermediaries bring in more long-term and viable business than their male counterparts.
As the general insurance companies are increasingly building their business in segments like health and home and cutting their over-dependence on motor insurance, they need a new set of sales force, which can tap this market.

Indian IT industry vows work-life balance

The Indian IT industry is determined to support mothers to return to their careers by helping create a work-life balance for women, says Nasscom, the IT industry body.

Bezos’ rocket company Blue Origin signs Eutelsat as first customer

Blue Origin, a rocket company owned by Amazon.com Inc chief executive officer Jeff Bezos, has signed France’s Eutelsat Communications SA as its first customer for satellite launch services, he said on Tuesday. Blue Origin is developing a reusable orbital rocket called New Glenn that is expected to debut before the end of the decade.
“We couldn’t hope for a better first partner,” Bezos said during a keynote address at the Satellite 2017 conference in Washington. The target date for the first launch is around 2021, Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer said.

Xenture to raise $2m from global VCs

Xenture Technologies, the Mumbai-headquartered tech startup, known for its ‘smart recruiting app’ Trabaajo, is looking at raising $2 million from an international VC fund for its second stage of growth.
The company, co-founded by Arun Kumar and Sunaina Agarwal, which operates in three verticals, technology, media and consulting, will utilise these funds for further technology development, fresh recruitment, marketing and geographical expansion, said Agarwal, co-foun der & executive director, Xenture Technologies.

Robots will ask questions when confused

Scientists have developed an algorithm that enables robots to ask intelligent questions when they are confused to help them get better at fetching objects - an important task for future robot assistants.

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