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US House approves faster green cards for Indian IT workers
@ Dec 17, 2011
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IANS Dec 1, 2011, 12.10PM IST

WASHINGTON: In a move that may allow more highly skilled immigrants from India and China to obtain the so-called green cards faster, the US House of Representatives has passed a bill modifying the visa system.

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigration Act (HR 3012), eliminating per-country caps on employment-based visas and instituting a first come first served system, drew broad, bipartisan support, passing the House with a vote of 389-15 Tuesday.

The bill is expected to move swiftly through the Senate.

Currently, immigration law limits employment-based green cards allowing permanent residence for citizens from any one country to no more than seven per cent of the total green cards approved by the State Department in any particular year.

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(US House of Representatives has passed a bill modifying the visa system.)

The rule makes it easier to obtain a green card for applicants from smaller countries that don't generate a significant amount of applications, but makes it tougher for workers from big countries that provide most of the foreign tech workers sought by companies.

Individuals from India, the source of most tech industry immigrants to the US, often have to wait up to 10 years for a green card due to the per-country cap.

The High-Skilled Immigration Act, which was introduced to Congress in September by Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz, aims to correct such imbalances by switching to a first come, first served system for the roughly 140,000 employment-based green cards awarded each year.

"Per country limits make no sense in the context of employment-based visas. Companies view all highly skilled immigrants as the same regardless of where they are from--be it India or Brazil," Chaffetz said in a statement.

In addition to eliminating numerical caps on employment-based green cards, the Act would also raise the per-country cap for 226,000 family-related green cards from seven percent of the total to 15 per cent.

The bill's bipartisan support owes much to the fact that it does nothing to increase the total number of green cards awarded, it simply evens out the process for those looking to emigrate to the US.

American technology companies have been clamouring for Congress to offer more green cards for their foreign employees, arguing that the United States was losing out in global competition by forcing those immigrants to leave.


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10 Myths About Job Searching
@ Dec 17, 2011
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By Alison Green | US News – Mon, Dec 5, 2011 11:04 AM EST

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Do you believe any of these myths about job searching?

1. Myth: You need connections in order to get a job.

Fact: Connections are helpful, but plenty of people get jobs by spotting an ad, sending in a resume, and interviewing. Sometimes it might not feel that way, because there are so many job-seekers competing for a limited number of jobs, which means most people are getting fewer interviews (and even fewer job offers). But plenty of jobs still go to people without connections at the company.

2. Myth: No one reads cover letters.

Fact: A well-written cover letter with personality can get you an interview when your resume alone wouldn't have. Sure, there are some hiring managers out there who don't bother with cover letters, but there are many who do, and you have no way of knowing which type you're dealing with. With so many stories of cover letters opening doors that otherwise would have stayed shut, it would be foolish to pass up this incredibly effective way of standing out.

3. Myth: Employers will respond to you right away if they're interested.

Fact: Some employers take weeks or even months to respond to candidates. Sometimes this is because they're waiting until the end of the application period before they contact any candidates, and sometimes it's because higher-priority work gets in the way. (Of course, sometimes it can also be because the company is disorganized.) Regardless of the reasons, job seekers shouldn't jump to any conclusions if they don't hear back right away.

4. Myth: In a crowded field, job seekers need to find creative ways to stand out.

Fact: If you want to stand out, write a great cover letter and build a resume that demonstrates a track record of success in the area the employer is hiring for. Fancy designs, having your resume delivered by overnight mail, video resumes, and other gimmicks don't make up for a lack of qualifications.

5. Myth: Don't bother job hunting around the holidays.

Fact: Lots of hiring gets done in December! In fact, some hiring managers are scrambling to fill positions before the new year. And you may even have less competition, since other job seekers may have slowed down their search at this time of year.

6. Myth: Your resume should only be one page.

Fact: At some point in the past, resumes were supposed to be limited to one page. But times have changed, and two-page resumes are common now. People with only a few years of experience should still stick to one page, but two pages are fine for everyone else.

7. Myth: Lowering your salary expectations will make you a more attractive candidate.

Fact: Employers are going to hire the best person for the job, within the limits of what they can afford. They aren't likely to prefer someone else just because he or she comes cheaper.

8. Myth: Your interviewer knows what he or she is doing.

Fact: While interviewers should all be trained in how to interview effectively, the reality is that many are inexperienced, unskilled, or otherwise unable to conduct strong interviews. They may be unprepared, ask bad questions, or simply be rude.

9. Myth: If you want to stand out, you need to call to follow up on your application.

Fact: Most employers will tell you that these calls don't help and sometimes hurt. These days, with hundreds of applicants for every opening, if every applicant called to follow up, employers would spend all day fielding these calls. Believe me, they don't want to.

10. Myth: Employers will only call the references on the list you gave them.

Fact: Employers can call anyone you've worked for or who might know you, and good reference-checkers won't limit themselves to the formal list of references you provide. They'll call former managers, listed or not--and sometimes, especially those not listed, since they know the omission may have been intentional and thus notable. After all, the list you hand over is, of course, the people likely to present you in the most flattering light, and they want to see you in brighter lighting. The only thing typically considered off-limits in reference-checking is calling your current employer. Everyone else is fair game.

Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog where she dispenses advice on career, job search, and management issues.

She's also the author of Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Leader's Guide to Getting Results and former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management, hiring, firing, and employee development. She now teaches other managers how to manage for results.


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9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money
@ Dec 17, 2011
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Don't show 'em the money (even if you have it). Here are nine better ways to boost morale.

By Ilya Pozin |  @ilyaNeverSleeps   | Nov 28, 2011

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The ability to motivate employees is one of the greatest skills an entrepreneur can possess. Two years ago, I realized I didn’t have this skill. So I hired a CEO who did.

Josh had 12 years in the corporate world, which included running a major department at Comcast. I knew he was seasoned, but I was still skeptical at first. We were going through some tough growing pains, and I thought that a lack of cash would make it extremely difficult to improve the company morale.

I was wrong.

With his help and the help of the great team leaders he put in place, Josh not only rebuilt the culture, but also created a passionate, hard-working team that is as committed to growing and improving the company as I am. 

Here are nine things I learned from him:

1.             Be generous with praise. Everyone wants it and it’s one of the easiest things to give. Plus, praise from the CEO goes a lot farther than you might think. Praise every improvement that you see your team members make. Once you’re comfortable delivering praise one-on-one to an employee, try praising them in front of others.  

2.            Get rid of the managers. Projects without project managers? That doesn’t seem right! Try it. Removing the project lead or supervisor and empowering your staff to work together as a team rather then everyone reporting to one individual can do wonders. Think about it. What’s worse than letting your supervisor down? Letting your team down! Allowing people to work together as a team, on an equal level with their co-workers, will often produce better projects faster. People will come in early, stay late, and devote more of their energy to solving problems.  

3.            Make your ideas theirs. People hate being told what to do. Instead of telling people what you want done; ask them in a way that will make them feel like they came up with the idea. “I’d like you to do it this way” turns into “Do you think it’s a good idea if we do it this way?”  

4.            Never criticize or correct. No one, and I mean no one, wants to hear that they did something wrong. If you’re looking for a de-motivator, this is it. Try an indirect approach to get people to improve, learn from their mistakes, and fix them. Ask, “Was that the best way to approach the problem? Why not? Have any ideas on what you could have done differently?” Then you’re having a conversation and talking through solutions, not pointing a finger.  

5.            Make everyone a leader. Highlight your top performers’ strengths and let them know that because of their excellence, you want them to be the example for others. You’ll set the bar high and they’ll be motivated to live up to their reputation as a leader.  

6.            Take an employee to lunch once a week. Surprise them. Don’t make an announcement that you’re establishing a new policy. Literally walk up to one of your employees, and invite them to lunch with you. It’s an easy way to remind them that you notice and appreciate their work.  

7.            Give recognition and small rewards. These two things come in many forms: Give a shout out to someone in a company meeting for what she has accomplished. Run contests or internal games and keep track of the results on a whiteboard that everyone can see. Tangible awards that don’t break the bank can work too. Try things like dinner, trophies, spa services, and plaques. 

8.            Throw company parties. Doing things as a group can go a long way. Have a company picnic. Organize birthday parties. Hold a happy hour. Don’t just wait until the holidays to do a company activity; organize events throughout the year to remind your staff that you’re all in it together. 

9.            Share the rewards—and the pain. When your company does well, celebrate. This is the best time to let everyone know that you’re thankful for their hard work. Go out of your way to show how far you will go when people help your company succeed. If there are disappointments, share those too. If you expect high performance, your team deserves to know where the company stands. Be honest and transparent. 


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Dev Anand, legendary Bollywood actor, dies in London
@ Dec 25, 2011
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PTI | Dec 4, 2011, 07.57AM IST

LONDON: Dev Anand, the 'Evergreen Romantic Superstar' of Indian cinema, has passed away here last night following cardiac arrest. He was 88.

Dev Anand, who had come here for medical checkup, was not keeping well for the last few days, family sources told PTI. His son Sunil was with him when he breathed last.

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Dev Anand made his debut as an actor in 1946 in 'Hum Ek Hain'. By the time his 'Ziddi' was released in 1947 he was a superstar and has never looked back.

Versatile Dev Anand has given countless hits like 'Paying Guest', 'Baazi', 'Jewel Thief', 'CID', 'Johny Mera Naam', 'Amir Garib', 'Warrant', 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' and 'Des Pardes'.

For his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, Dev Anand was honoured with the prestigious the 'Padma Bhushan' in 2001 and 'Dada Saheb Phalke Award' in 2002.

He established his film production company 'Navketan International Films' in 1949 and has produced more than 35 movies.

Dev Anand has won two Filmfare Awards - India's equivalent of the Oscars - in 1958 for his performance in the film 'Kala Paani' (Black Water) and in 1966 for his performance in 'Guide'.

'Guide' went on to win Filmfare Awards in five other categories including 'Best Film' and 'Best Director' and was sent as India's entry for the Oscars in the foreign film category that year.

He co-produced the English version of 'Guide' with the Nobel Laureate Pearl S Buck ('The Good Earth').

In 1993, he received a Filmfare 'Lifetime Achievement Award' and in 1996 he received a Screen Videocon 'Lifetime Achievement Award'.

Of late he was involved in the direction of a new all American film Project 'Song Of Life' - a musical love story which was to be shot in the United States.

He was to play the central character in the film which was to have a predominantly American star cast.

Dev Anand is the second of three brothers who were active in Hindi Cinema. His brothers are Chetan Anand and Vijay Anand. Their sister, Sheel Kanta Kapur, is the mother of renowned film director Shekhar Kapur.



Things you didn't know about Dev Anand

TNN | Dec 4, 2011, 11.00AM IST

On the passing away of the 'Evergreen Hero', actor Dev Anand, we list down some little known facts about the great man...

 # Born Devdutta Pishorimal Anand and called Dharam Dev Anand, Dev Anand's nickname was Chiru.

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# Dev Anand worked at the Military Censor Office and earned Rs. 160 before becoming an actor. Prabhat Talkies offered him his first film Hum Ek Hain in 1946.

# While shooting for his first film, Dev Anand and Guru Dutt became such fast friends that they made a deal: If Dev Anand produced a movie, Guru Dutt would direct it, and if Guru Dutt produced one, Dev would act in it.

# When very young, Dev Anand's dream was to own a car and that was fufilled when he bought a black Hillman.

# Dev Anand proposed marriage to Suraiya on the sets of the film Jeet. He gave her a diamond ring worth Rs. 3000.

# Dev Anand was a well-traveled man, but has never visited any of the Gulf countries, and didn't intend to visit them either. Why or why not - he wouldn't divulge.

# Shekhar Kapur is Dev Anand's nephew. Shekhar is the son of Dev Anand's sister Sheel Kanta who married in the Kapur family.

# Dev Anand's co-actors Rakhi and Hema Malini were so fond of him that they, till date, held special poojas for him on his birthday and on the release day of his films.

# Dev Anand's film 'Guide' was the first international collaboration of Indian cinema. The premiere of the movie was held in New York, where Dev Anand got an opportunity to meet David Selznick, who wanted to cast him for a movie to be shot in Kashmir. However, this wasn't to be as David Selznick suddenly died of a heart attack.

# Yash Johar was Navketan's production controller. Navketan was Dev Anand's home production which he launched in 1949.

# Dev Anand actively and boldly campaigned against then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi's Internal Emergency in 1977.


Filmography: Dev Anand's most memorable movies since 1946


Bollywood | Updated Dec 04, 2011 at 07:35pm IST

New Delhi: Sixty five years in Bollywood and six decades years of being the romantic ever-green hero, Dev Anand breathed his last in London today. What started with 'Hum Ek Hain' in 1946 finished with 'Chargesheet' in 2011. And perhaps if Dev Anand had not left us today - a few more movies were surely on the cards.

We look back at his most memorable movies:

Hum Ek Hain (1946) - This was Dev Anand's first movie as an actor. Dev Anand was working with his brother Chetan Anand as a member of the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) and he was offered the movie by Prabhat Talkies. During the shooting of this movie in Pune, he met Guru Dutt and that was the beginning of a long and fruitful friendship.

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Ziddi (1948) - Dev Anand was given his first break by Ashok Kumar. He spotted Anand on the sets and took him in for the Bombay Talkies production 'Ziddi'. 'Ziddi' was directed by Shaheed Latif. The movie helped the stars Dev Anand, Kamini Kaushal and Pran make their foothold in Bollywood.

Afsar (1950) - Directed by Chetan Anand, 'Afsar' was a romantic comedy produced by Dev Anand who starred in it as well. The movie co-starred Suraiya who also did the playback singing for the film.

Baazi (1951) - The crime thriller was directed by Guru Dutt and had the hit music given by SD Burman. Dev Anand'a Navketan production house produced this movie. Apparently the moive was produced by Dev Anand's house because of the promise he has made to Guru Dutt during their days of struggle. The movie starred Geeta Bali and Kalpana Kartik and is a tribute of sorts to the 40's Film Noir Hollywood which had the morally ambiguous hero. The movie was a big hit.

Jaal (1952) - 'Jaal' was Guru Dutt's second movie with Dev Anand after the success of 'Baazi'. The movie starred Geeta Bali, Dev Anand, K.N. Singh and Johnny Walker. 'Jaal' saw the beginnings of the indomitable signature style of Dev Anand.

Taxi Driver (1954) - Directed by Chetan Anand and produced by Navketan Production house, the movie starred Dev Anand, Kalpana Kathik and Johnny Walker. The movie was a runaway hit of its times. The story was about a taxu driver in Mumbai and his adventures in the Bombay of the 1950's.

Insaniyat (1955) - 'Insaniyat' was produced and directed by SS Vasan. The film starred The film stars Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Bina Rai, Jayant and Shobhana Samarth. A remake of a 1950's Tamil movie - it was the only production that starred Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand together.

Funtoosh (1956) - Directed by Chetan Anand the movie starred Dev Anand and Sheila Ramani. The music was given by Sachin Dev Burman.

C.I.D (1956) - Produced by Guru Dutt, it was directed by Raj Khosla, 'C.I.D' was a crime thriller. The movie starred Dev Anand, Shakila, Johnny Walker, K. N. Singh and Waheeda Rehman. Dev Anand played the role of a police inspector in the movie.

Paying Guest (1957) - Directed by Subodh Mukherjee, the movie starred Dev Anand, Nutan and Shobha Khote. The lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. 'Paying Guest' was the second hit film of the team of Mukherjee, Hussain, Dev Anand and SD Burman, who had created the successful 'Munimji', two years earlier.

Nau Do Gyarah (1957) - The movie marked the directorial debut of Vijay Anand, Dev Anand's brother. 'Nau Do Gyarah' starred Dev Anand, Shakeela, Kalpana Kartik, Madan Puri, Shashikala and Jeevan. It had the hit song - 'Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke…'

Solva Saal (1958) - The Hemant Kumar song 'Hain apna dil to awara' is a part of this movie. The movie starred Waheeda Rahman, Dev Anand and Pran. The Aamir Khan-Pooja Bhatt movie, 'Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin' was inspired from this movie.

Kalapani (1958) - Directed by Raj Khosla, the movie was based on the AJ Cronin novel, 'Beyond This Place'. The movie starred Dev Anand, Madhubala and Nalini Jaywant. The movie had the famous song 'Acha ji main hari chalo'.

Kala Bazar (1960) - Was written by Vijay Anand who also had a role in the movie. The film starred Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Nanda, Chetan Anand, Madan Puri, Leela Chitnis and Helen. The music was by SD Burman. This movie had the guest appearance by Dilip Kumar, Geeta Dutt, Guru Dutt, Kishore Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Sohrab Modi, Mohammed Rafi, Nargis, Nadira and Nimmi, in one particular scene.

Jaali Note (1960) - Directed by Shakti Samanta, the movie was based on the scam of counterfeit money. The movie starred Dev Anand along with Madhubala, Om Prakash, Madan Puri and Helen.

Bombai ka Baboo (1960) - Written by Rajinder Singh Bedi and directed by Raj Khosla - the movie has Suchitra Sen making a rare appearance in Bollywood.

Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961) - The movie has been written, produced, and directed by Nasir Hussain. The movie starred Asha Parekh and Dev Anand. Pran plays the villain in the movie.

Hum Dono (1961) - The movie was directed by Amarjeet and written by Vijay Anand. The movie had Dev Anand in a double role, and also had Nanda, Sadhana and Leela Chitnis. The movie was relaunched in colour exactly after 50 years on 4th February 2011.

Asli Naqli (1962) - Hrishikesh Mukherjee directed this movie that starred Dev Anand alongside Sadhana, Leela Chitnis, Anwar Hussain, Sandhya Roy and Keshto Mukherjee. The movie was a huge box office hit.

Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963) - Written and directed by Vijay Anand the movie was produced by Dev Anand and starred Nutan, Rajindernath and Om Prakash. It was a comedy movie that came with a social message.

Teen Devian (1965) - The movie had Dev Anand starring opposite three heroines - Simi Garewal, Nanda and Kalpana. The music of the moive was one of the last few masterpieces od SD Burman.

Guide (1965) - Directed by Vijay Anand this famous movie starred Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. The film is based on the critically acclaimed novel, 'The Guide', by R K Narayan. The movie was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, 42 years after its release.

Jewel Thief (1967) - Produced by Navketan films and directed by Vijay Anand - this hit flick starred Dev Anand, Vyjayantimala, Ashok Kumar, Tanuja, Faryal, Anju Mahendru, Sachin, and Helen. Tanuja bagged the Filmfare for the Best Supporting Actress for this film. The movie had a great number of hit songs to its credit.

Prem Pujari (1970) - This movie was written and directed by Dev Anand himself. The movie starred Waheeda Rehman, Shatrughan Sinha, Prem Chopra, Madan Puri, Amrish Puri and Dev Anand. The movie had the hit songs - 'Dil Ki Kalam Se' and 'Rangeela Re'.

Johny Mera Naam (1970) - Directed by Vijay Anand, the movie starred Dev Aand and Pran playing the role of two brothers separated at childhood. The movie that is considered a Dev Anand classic also starred Hema Malini, Jeevan, Premnath, IS Johar and Iftekhar also star in this movie. The movie made Hema Malini in to a star.

Tere Mere Sapne (1971) - Produced by Dev Anand, and written and directed by his brother Vijay Anand for Navketan Films, the movie also starred Vijay, Mumtaz, and Hema Malini. The story was based on AJ Cronin's novel - 'The Citadel'.

Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) - Starring Zeenat Aman and Dev Anand - the movie was a super hit. The songs 'Dum Maro Dum' and 'Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka' are still famous. Zeenat Aman won the Filmfare for Best Supporting Actress for her role. The film also starred Mumtaz.

Heera Panna (1973) - Written, produced and directed by Dev Anand, the film stars Dev Anand, Zeenat Aman, Rakhee, Rehman and Jeevan The film's music is composed by RD Burman. The movie had the famous song - 'Panna ki Tamanna hai ki Heera mujhe mil jaaye'.

Des Pardes (1978) - The movie produced and directed by Dev Anand was the debut movie for Tina Munim. The movie also had Ajit, Pran, Amjad Khan, Shreeram Lagoo, Tom Alter, Bindu, Prem Chopra, AK Hangal, Sujit Kumar, Mehmood and Paintal in supporting cast. Dev Anand chose Rajesh Roshan to direct the music of the film.

Swami Dada (1982) - This movie was the first screen debut for Jackie Shroff. The movie starred Naseeruddin Shah, Mithin Chackraborty, Padmini Kholapure, newcomer Christine O'Neil and Dev Anand.

Awwal Number (1990) - The movie based on cricket was directed by the 67 year old Dev Anand who also starred in the movie. He played the role of DIG Vikrma Singh in the movie that starred Aditya Pancholi and Aamir Khan.

Return of Jewel Thief (1996) - A sequel of sorts to the 1967 movie - this movie starred Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra and Jackie Shroff.

Censor (2001) - Starring Hema Malini, Jacky Shroff and Dev Anand - the movie was directed and produced by Dev Anand.

Charge Sheet (2011) - Directed by Dev Anand, starring Jackie Shroff, Naseeruddin Shah and Divya Dutta in lead roles, while Riya Sen appears in an item-number - is Dev Anand's last role on screen and will now be his last movie. The movie released September 2011.

Playlist: The most popular songs of Dev Anand


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Kerala to honour its valiant daughters
@ Dec 25, 2011
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Staff Reporter

KOTTAYAM, December 11, 2011

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People of Kolkata pay homage to P. K. Vineetha and Remya Rajappan, the two nurses of the AMRI Hospitals, who laid down their lives after rescuing eight patients from Friday's devastating fire in Kolkata. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

They are a personification of values practised by the State's nurses: Oommen Chandy

Kerala will accord official recognition of the great sacrifice made by the two staff nurses from the State, who laid down their lives saving eight patients during Friday's fire at AMRI Hospitals in Kolkata.

The official declaration of the recognition will be made after a Cabinet meeting next week, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told The Hindu here on Sunday.

“The nursing fraternity from Kerala is acclaimed the world over for its commitment to the profession and a humane attitude towards patients. The two women are the personification of the values practised by the community,” he said.

West Bengal authorities had promised to make arrangements for bringing the bodies of Remya Rajappan, 24, and P.K. Vineetha (Monikkutty), 23, to Kerala.

The funeral of Remya, daughter of Rajappan and Usha of Mecharil House at Uzhavoor, will be held in the 12-cent compound of her decrepit house. Usha collapsed on hearing the news of her daughter's death. Remya had just then made a farewell call, and the mother is yet to recover from the shock. She was taken to the primary health centre nearby and later to a private hospital before she was discharged on Friday night.

Ever since her husband died nearly five years ago, Usha had been making a living as a daily wage labourer. Her only hope was in the education of her children, Rajesh and Remya.

With both children getting employed, the family was looking forward to better days when the tragedy struck.


The funeral of Vineetha, daughter of Kunjumon and Mary of Pulickal House at Kothanallore, will be held at the Parel Church Cemetery at Chamakkala by Monday noon.

The health of her mother, who had been ill for the past many months, deteriorated after hearing the news of Vineetha's death. She has been admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital, Kottayam. Mr. Kunjumon and Vineetha's younger sister, Vidya, also a nursing student, are with her.

Nurses bodies arrive

Correspondent reports from Nedumbassery:

The bodies of Vineetha and Remya, who were charred to death in the fire at the Advanced Medical Research Institute (AMRI) Hospitals in Kolkata, were brought here on Sunday. The coffins that arrived here in a Jet Airways flight were received at the airport by a battery of political leaders led by Mr. Chandy. Remya's brother Rajesh and Vineetha's uncle Vijayan accompanied the bodies. “They pulled out eight of the nine patients in the noxious smoke-filled female ward and succumbed to the smoke and heat when they went up to save the ninth patient who had suffered a fracture,” the Chief Minister said. The government would grant them compensation. A decision in this regard would be taken at the next Cabinet meeting. Of the 20 people injured in the fire, 17 were Keralites and the government would offer all assistance to their families.

The bodies were later taken to their home towns in Kottayam district by 8.10 p.m. in a huge convoy of vehicles. The funeral will be held on Monday in their respective villages. Union Minister Vayalar Ravi, State Finance Minister K.M. Mani and State Revenue Minister Thiruvanchiyoor Radhakrishnan were among those who paid homage.


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Remya and Vineetha



AMRI hospital fire in Kolkata: Two Kerala nurses save 8 patients but die in trying to rescue 9th


PTI Dec 10, 2011, 08.21PM IST

KOTTAYAM: Two young bravehearts from Kerala, who were nurses in the fire-ravaged AMRI Hospital in Kolkata, saved eight patients before their own lives were snuffed out while trying to rescue another victim.

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Fire at AMRI Hospital, Kolkata

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Remya and Vineetha, both 24 pulled out eight of the nine patients in the noxius smoke-filled female ward and when they had gone up to save the ninth patient, who had suffered a fracture, succumbed to the smoke and heat, said Sumini, the Deputy Nursing Superintendent.

In fact, even as she was engaged in the valiant rescue effort, she had called up her home from Kolkata in the wee hours yesterday and spoken to her mother who had little inkling that this would be the last time she would hear her daughter.

She told her mother that the hospital was filled with thick smoke and fume and it was very difficult for her to breathe, a close relative here said. In fact, before she completed the talk the telephone line got disconnected.

Later, it was another nurse from Kolkata who informed Remya's relatives that she was one of the two Malayali nurses who perished in the fire. Vineetha hailed from a poor family also from Kottayam. She had joined AMRI hospital just two months back after quitting a hospital in Chandigarh.

According to Remya's relatives, she had visited them three months back and stayed for a few days before returning to Kolkata.

Remya's father, a daily wage earner, died before she completed her nursing course. It was with great difficulty that her mother and brother supported her to complete the course.


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IT-BHU ranked 8th in Dataquest survey
@ Dec 25, 2011
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India's Top Engineering Colleges 2011 (DQ-CMR Top T-Schools Survey 2011) IITs are still the most revered for all-round academic excellence but this year’s survey sees the non-IITs bettering the IITs on quite a few parameters, making their mark and creating new benchmarks

Shrikanth G

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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Institute of Technology, BHU: Raring to GO

Friday, December 09, 2011

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The long pending conversion of IT-BHU to IIT-BHU, seems to be coming closer to becoming a reality, with the Lok Sabha giving its nod earlier this year. The Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill 2011 is now pending for approval in the Rajya Sabha and is expected to be cleared soon.



Given this backdrop as we look at the survey findings, except for placement parameters (the institute says that there are no placement issues and it continues to place the bulk of them) which went down a bit, however on other parameters the institute has either retained or bettered its position compared to last year. For instance its rank on infrastructure and industry went up, while it retained its place in academic environment. Some of the infrastructure scaling up initiatives it embarked over the year include ones like the expansion of hostel facilities, putting in place 10 Gbps network connectivity among others.


Looking ahead, the institute is pinning its hopes that its conversion to IIT-BHU happens soon and that it will attain a new found status and will join the league of elite IITs. Moreover this new status as an IIT will help the institute to attract and garner more funds for its academic and research activities.

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