Toyota India lifts lockout, workers refuse to budge

Toyota India lifts lockout, workers refuse to budgeBangalore, March 24 - The stand-off between Toyota India and its agitating employees continued as they refused to sign an undertaking for joining duty after eight-day lockout was lifted early Monday.

"As we are against giving or signing any undertaking, none of us has entered the factory for the first shift beginning 6 a. m.," Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd. union president Prasanna Kumar told IANS here.

A defiant management has been insisting that the workers should be give an undertaking to abide by rules governing their work ethic and conduct.

Toyota India to lift lockout Monday

Toyota India to lift lockout MondayBangalore, March 21 - Toyota India has agreed to lift the lockout in its twin car plants five days after shutting them down over a failed wage hike deal with its employees.

"The decision (to lift lockout) was taken considering the inclination and in the interest of the majority of law-abiding team members," Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd said in a statement hours after talks with its workers' union ended in presence of a senior state labour official here late Thursday.

The company, however, has asked the employees to give an undertaking on good conduct before resuming work Monday.

Toyota India suspends 17 workers

Toyota India suspends 17 workersBangalore, March 20 - Toughening its stand against agitating employees, Toyota India has suspended 17 workers for misconduct and indiscipline four days after it declared a lockout in its twin factories near here.

"The suspended employees are all members of the union. The lockout was declared more because of indiscipline than on wage hike demand though it all began with that," Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd (TKM) spokesperson told IANS here Thursday.

Toyota workers union softens wage hike demand

Toyota-Kirloskar-Motor.Bangalore, March 18 : Agitating Toyota's workers Tuesday said they are open to lower their wage hike demand to persuade management to lift the lockout declared Sunday.

"We are open to reduce our wage hike demand to Rs. 4,000 per month from Rs. 8,000 asked earlier for fiscal 2013-14 in view of the increase in cost of living and more workload, as we want management to lift lockout immediately," Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd Union president Prasanna Kumar told IANS here Tuesday.

Karnataka people are fed up with both Congress, BJP: Kejriwal

Arvind-Kejriwal_Bangalore, Mar. 16 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday organized a road show in Bangalore and said the people of the state are fed up with both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"The people here are fed up with both the Congress and the BJP. Both the parties have indulged in corrupt practices in the state. The people of Delhi had uprooted both these parties in the recent assembly elections. They had elected an honest government," Kejirwal said.

"Earlier, we didn't have an alternative to these two parties. But today, you have an option to choose an honest party," he added.

Media has no guts to expose Modi's Gujarat: Kejriwal

Arvind-KejriwalBangalore, March 15 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal said Saturday the media has no guts to expose the darker side of Gujarat under the leadership of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

"Has media guts to expose Modi? They are only repeating all the lies he tells in campaign speeches about the so-called development in Gujarat," an unfazed Kejriwal told reporters here during the AAP road show underway in this tech hub.

Continuing his vicious attack on the media, especially news channels, Kejriwal said the truth about Modi's development claims was hollow.

Wipro to service SGI data customers in India

Wipro to service SGI data customers in IndiaBangalore, March 12 : IT bellwether Wipro has entered into a strategic partnership with the US-based SGI to service its customers and partners in big data and computing, and expand its market presence in India.

"As exclusive authorised service provider for SGI, we will also provide new solutions, maintenance services and enhanced support to its customers and partners across the country," Wipro vice-president Anuj Bhalla said in a statement here.

Wipro honoured for empowering women staff

WiproBangalore, March 7 : India's IT bellwether Wipro Ltd. was honoured with the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEP) leadership award in New York for its commitment to gender equality and responding to women's multiple responsibilities through innovative programmes.

T. K. Kurien, Wipro chief executive, who received the award at the UN headquarters during the WEP annual event Friday, said creating an inclusive and non-discriminatory workplace was aimed at helping women executives realise their career ambitions.

Bangalore gets electric zero-emission bus

Bangalore gets electric zero-emission busBangalore has become India's first city to receive an electric zero-emission bus. Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy launched the environment-friendly Rs2.7-crore bus in the city on Thursday.

Mr. Reddy acknowledged that the electric bus is very expensive, but he stressed that it would likely prove to be a good deal in the long-term. He expressed hope that price of electric buses would likely come down in the future.

Modi to address 'Bharatha Gellisi' rally in Karnataka today

Narendra ModiBangalore, Feb 28 - Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address 'Bharatha Gellisi' rally in Karnataka's Gulbarga district today.

The Gujarat Chief Minister is also scheduled to hold a rally in Hubli district later in the day.

Earlier, addressing a rally in Mangalore, Modi had criticized the Congress for ruining the country and said that they were intolerant to criticism.

Canadian governor general visits Infosys

David-JohnstonBangalore, Feb 27 : Canadian Governor General David Johnston Thursday visited the campus of IT bellwether Infosys Ltd and participated in an India-Canada panel discussion hosted by the Asia-Pacific Foundation.

"The panel deliberated on innovation and entrepreneurship and governments' role in simplifying rules on cross-border trade and encourage start-ups to become global," a company official said.

Wipro wins 10-year deal from British IT firm

Wipro wins 10-year deal from British IT firmBangalore, Feb 25 : Indian IT bellwether Wipro Ltd Tuesday announced it had won a 10-year multi-million dollar contract from the Britain-based leading integrated support services firm Carillion Plc.

As a global strategic partner, Wipro will provide integrated IT and back-office services to Carillion, which operates across industry verticals in Britain, West Asia and Canada, providing a range of solutions, including project finance, design, construction and support services.

Carillion also handles public-private partnership projects

TCS top IT service provider in Europe, Middle East

TCS top IT service provider in Europe, Middle EastBangalore, Feb 24 : Global software major Tata Consulting Services (TCS) has been ranked number one IT service provider for the manufacturing industry in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by leading analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC).

"The study we conducted revealed that TCS has demonstrated an ability to deliver a range of services to European manufacturing enterprises, as also confirmed by its key clients," IDC head for manufacturing insights Pierfrancesco Manenti said in a statement here.

54 kg gold haul at Bangalore airport

54 kg gold haul at Bangalore airportBangalore, Feb 22 - Three men were arrested with 54 kg gold, valued at Rs. 16 crore, at the Kempegowda international airport here late Saturday, police said.

"We trapped the accused and seized the gold on a tipoff from Kolkata police that they were on way to Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) via Bangalore by a SpiceJet flight," Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast) T. R. Suresh told IANS.

The accused are Balasubramanya, Ravi Varma and Eshwar Murthy.

Kejriwal does not know basic fundamental law: Moily

Kejriwal does not know basic fundamental law: MoilyBangalore, Feb 22 : Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Saturday said Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal lacks basic fundamental knowledge of the law, and added that the hike in the prices of gas was not his personal decision.

"The allegation against me is against the cabinet; it was the decision of the cabinet, not a personal decision or my own decision. The allegations against me are baseless," Moily told media here.

Companies pick 388 IIM Bangalore students with high salaries within 4 days

Companies pick 388 IIM Bangalore students with high salaries within 4 daysDespite persistent economic gloom, a number of foreign and domestic firms offered average salary of Rs 19.5 lakh per year, up 13 per cent from last year's average of Rs 17.2 lakh, to students of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB).

A total of 388 students of the IIM Bangalore got placed within merely four days during campus placements at the prominent business school.

Kevin Pietersen feels 'more loved' in India than back home

Kevin-PietersenBangalore, Feb 13 : Stylish batsman Kevin Pietersen, who was bought for a hefty Rs. 9 crore ($1.5 million) at the IPL-7 auction, feels more loved in India than back home in England. His comments come days after he was unceremoniously sacked from the England cricket team.

When a presenter of the IPL host broadcaster asked Pietersen on phone whether he felt more loved in the cricket-crazy nation after what transpired back home earlier in the month, the 33-year-old said : "Umm, I don't know... It feels that way at the moment."

Indian teams for Asia Cup, ICC World T20 announced

india-team-for-Asia-CupBangalore, Feb 11 : The All-India Senior Selection Committee met here on Tuesday and picked the Indian teams for the Asia Cup 2014 and the ICC World T20 2014.

According to Sanjay Patel, Honorary Secretary of the BCCI, the teams are as follows:


Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra and Ishwar Pandey.


AstraZeneca to shut R&D centre in Bangalore

AstraZenecaBangalore, Jan 29 : British pharma major AstraZeneca plc Wednesday announced the closing of its research and development (R&D) centre here but said it will continue manufacturing and marketing operations in India.

"The decision to close Avishkar R&D centre is part of our global business strategy to simplify R&D footprint and focus resources on three core therapy areas of oncology, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and respiratory, inflammation and auto-immunity," the company said in a statement.

Advanced light helicopter 'Garuda Vasudha' dedicated to nation

Hindustan-Aeronautics-LimitedBangalore, Jan 22 : Mines Minister Dinsha Patel dedicated the advanced light helicopter "Garuda Vasudha" to the nation here today through video-conferencing.

The helicopter was launched from the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Complex, Bangalore.  It will be with the Geological Survey of India and is equipped with a Heliborne Geophysical Survey System (HGSS)

Patel also laid the foundation stone of a Centre of Excellence Laboratory building of the GSI at its Bangalore complex at a cost of Rs. 42 crore.

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