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Union Budget from perspective of EMPLOYMENT & CAREER for YOUTH February 27, 2010

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Union Budget for FY 20010 -11 was tabled by Finance Minister Pranab
Mukharjee today.

Observations on this budget from perspective of –

Definitely a few steps have been taken intending the continuation of the momentum developed in the previous year 2009-10. However the budget lacks major initiatives to boost the economy of the country.

The best part of this budget is the measures taken which would indirectly promote creation of more jobs and more employment. To list a few such announcements is the increased provision of 40100 crores for NREGA, 5400 crores for Urban Development, 1900 crores for UID under chairmanship of Shri Nandan Nilenkani, shift from profit
linked deductions to Investment linked deductions for 2 star rated hotels etc.

However from Employability enhancement and skills development part nothing much has been done. On one hand we intend to create 50 crore skilled manpower by 20-22 but no mojor provisions has been added to this account. I had expected an enhanced provisioning in the plan for National Skill Development Mission.

However the exclusive skills development initiatives in the Textile & Garment segment is a welcome step though more industries could have as well been considered like food processing, Gems & Jewelers etc.

Enhancement of concessions on R&D investments by companies & introduction of similar concessions for Educational institutes is a good move.

For the Youth while there has been a respite in terms of relaxation in direct taxes though it is more than compensated with the direct & chain impact of the hike in petroleum prices and the exise duty on certain products. Though now there will be some more money to spend for the consumers, the stress on the pockets will be ever increased.

The budget looks quiet silent on the issues of the poor and the under privileged. Industry in general did not get what it was looking for. 3% increase in MAT ( from 15% to 18%) will impact the budgets negatively for many industrialits. Last but not at all the least : no increase in service tax was a shockingly pleasant surprise.

Ajit Varwandkar
Managing Director
Dt. 26.02.2010


February 26, 2010

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Embarrassing Errors in self estimates February 24, 2010

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For women in America, equality is still an illusion February 23, 2010

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Every day, we hear about the horrors women endure in other countries: rape in Darfur, genital mutilation in Egypt, sex trafficking in Eastern Europe. We shake our heads, forward e-mails and send money.

We have no problem condemning atrocities done to women abroad, yet too many of us in the United States ignore the oppression on our doorstep. We’re suffering under the mass delusion that women in America have achieved equality.

We have no problem condemning atrocities done to women abroad, yet too many of us in the United States ignore the oppression on our doorstep. We’re suffering under the mass delusion that women in America have achieved equality.

And why not — it’s a feel-good illusion. We cry with Oprah and laugh with Tina Fey; we work and take care of our children; we watch Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice proudly and sigh with relief, believing we’ve come so far. But we’re basking in a “girl power” moment that doesn’t exist — it’s a mirage of equality that we’ve been duped into believing is the real thing.

Because despite the indisputable gains over the years, women are still being raped, trafficked, violated and discriminated against — not just in the rest of the world, but here in the United States. And though feminists continue to fight gender injustices, most people seem to think that outside of a few lingering battles, the work of the women’s movement is done.

It’s time to stop fooling ourselves. For all our “empowered” rhetoric, women in this country aren’t doing nearly as well as we’d like to think.

After all, women are being shot dead in the streets here, too. It was only last year that George Sodini opened fire in a gym outside Pittsburgh, killing three women and injuring nine others. Investigators learned from Sodini’s blog that he specifically targeted women. In 2006, a gunman went into an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania; he sent the boys outside and opened fire on almost a dozen girls, killing five. That same year in Colorado, a man sexually assaulted six female students he had taken hostage at a high school before killing one of them.

And it’s not just strangers who are killing women; more than 1,000 women were killed by their partners in 2005, and of all the women murdered in the United States, about a third are killed by a husband or boyfriend. A leading cause of death for pregnant women? Murder by a partner.

In Iraq, women serving in the military are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.

Even the government underestimates the crisis American women are in. Last year the Justice Department reported that there were 182,000 sexual assaults committed against women in 2008, which would mean that the rate had decreased by 70 percent since 1993. But a study by the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center showed that the Justice Department’s methodology was flawed. Instead of behaviorally based questions, such as “Has anyone ever forced you to have sex?”, women were asked if they had been subject to “rape, attempted or other type of sexual attack.” Victims often don’t label their experience as “rape,” especially when someone they know attacked them. The center says the actual number of U.S. women raped in 2008 was more than 1 million.

The distressing statistics don’t stop with violence: Women hold 17 percent of the seats in Congress; abortion is legal, but more than 85 percent of counties in the United States have no provider; women work outside the home, but they make about 76 cents to a man’s dollar and make up the majority of Americans living in poverty.

This is a far cry from progress; it’s an epidemic of sexism. So where’s the outrage? When my co-bloggers and I write at Feministing.com about the hurdles American women face, a common criticism is that if we cared about women’s rights, we’d focus on countries where women are actually oppressed — that women here have it too good to complain. When I speak on college campuses, I’m sometimes asked the same question (generally by a male student): What are you complaining about? Women are doing terrific!

In her upcoming book, author Susan Douglas calls this “enlightened sexism.” She writes that the appearance of equality — from “girl power” to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” — is a dangerous distraction from the pervasiveness of sexism.

So why the blinders? Most women know that sexism exists. But between the glittery illusion Douglas refers to and the ongoing feminist backlash, it’s not surprising that so many women don’t realize how dire their situation is. Organizations such as the Independent Women’s Forum, for example, exist to tell women that equality is actually bad for them. In a 2007 opinion article in The Washington Post headlined “A Bargain At 77 Cents to a Dollar,” the forum’s Carrie Lukas wrote that the wage gap is simply “a trade-off” for holding jobs with “personal fulfillment.” The organization’s campus program argues against Title IX, the law that prohibits sex discrimination at educational institutions. Between pop culture and politics, women are being taught that everything is fine and dandy — and a lot of us are buying it.

Part of this unwillingness to see misogyny in America could be self-protection — perhaps the truth is too scary to face. Or maybe American women are simply loath to view themselves as oppressed, and it’s easier to look at women in other countries as the real victims. This isn’t to say that international misogyny isn’t a problem; of course it is. And many women in America do have it easier than women in other parts of the world. But this isn’t a zero-sum game, and we can fight for our rights while fighting for women internationally as well.

In fact, our successes could help women abroad. The recent increase in the number of female ambassadors globally has been dubbed the “Hillary effect” — the idea that our secretary of state’s visibility has opened doors for women in other countries. And perhaps if the pay gap here were closed, women would have more money to spend on causes overseas. It’s time to do away with the either-or mentality that surrounds domestic and international women’s rights.

Fortunately, a vibrant feminist movement is still at large in the United States, taking on issues from reproductive justice and racism to pay equity and motherhood. But feminists cannot pick up the sexist slack on their own, and recent mainstream conversations — such as when singer Rihanna was assaulted by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown, or when Clinton and Sarah Palin were the targets of sexism during the 2008 campaign — have been far too civilized for the mess that we’re in.

We act as if the hatred directed at women is something that can be dealt with by a stern talking to, as if the misogyny embedded in our culture is an unruly child rather than systematic oppression. Yes, women today fare better than our foremothers. But the benchmarks so often cited — the right to vote, working outside the home, laws that make domestic violence illegal — don’t change the reality of women’s lives. They don’t prevent 1 million women from being raped, female troops from being assaulted or the continued legal discrimination against gay and transgender people. And seriously, are American women really supposed to be satisfied with the most basic rights of representation? Thrilled that our country has deigned to consider us fully human?

There is so much more work to be done. The truth is, most women don’t have the privilege of being able to look at gender justice from a distance; they have no choice but to live it every day. Those of us who are lucky enough not to have to think about sexism, racism, poverty and homophobia on a daily basis — those of us who have the privilege of sending money to an international cause via e-mail while ignoring the plight of women here at home — have a responsibility to open our eyes to the misogyny right in front of us. And then to stop it.

Jessica Valenti is the author of “The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women” and the founder of Feministing.com.

Submitted by : Ajit Varwandkar, Twitter : @varwandkar

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The Washington Post
By Jessica Valenti
Sunday, February 21, 2010

HELP your child perform well in examinations! ( source – Naiduniya) February 23, 2010

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Tips to prepare well for examinations February 20, 2010

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सिटी भास्कर की एग्जाम काउंसिलिंग —अब टेंशन हो गई फुर्र… February 19, 2010

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सिटी भास्कर की एग्जाम काउंसिलिंग के बाद बोले स्टुडेंट
अब टेंशन हो गई फुर्र…
सिटी भास्कर की और से गुरुवार को आयोजित एग्जाम काउंसिलिंग में दर्जनों स्टुडेंट शामिल हुए | काउंसिलिंग के बाद स्टुडेंट्स ने कहा, काउंसलर और सब्जेक्ट एक्सपर्ट से मिले टिप्स परीक्षा की तैयारियों में मददगार साबित होंगे | अब हम टेंशन फ्री होकर पढ़ाई पर ध्यान केन्द्रित कर सकेंगे | काउंसिलिंग में कुछ पैरेंट्स भी शामिल हुए |
सिटी रिपोर्ट
काउंसिलिंग में विशेषज्ञों ने बोर्ड परीक्षा में शामिल होने जा रहे स्टुडेंट्स को बताया कि परीक्षा के तनाव को कम करें और सकारात्मक सोच अपनाएं | परीक्षा को अब कम ही समय रह गया है | ऐसे में किसी नए चैप्टर कि शुरुआत करने कि बजाय, जो पढ़ें है उसे ही अच्छे से पढ़ें | पढ़ाई के साथ ही खान – पान का भी बराबर ध्यान दें | काउंसलर्स ने कहा, लाख समझाने पर भी स्टुडेंट्स के मन में परीक्षा को लेकर तनाव तो रहता ही हैं | इस स्थिति में दिमाग को ज्यादा ऑक्सिजन कि जरुरत होती है, जो उचित खानपान से ही संभव है | चिंता करें, लेकिन इतनी नहीं कि सब कुछ भूल जाएँ | पढ़ाई को यदि बोझ समझेंगे, तो कभी सार्थक फल नहीं मिलेगा | उन्होंने कहा, यह मत सोचो कि पास होना है, यह सोचो कि छत्तीसगढ़ में टॉप करना है , इसलिए जब भी पढ़ो पूरे मन से पढ़ो |

आल इस वेल :- परीक्षा होंल में स्माईल के साथ प्रवेश करें, ऐसा करने से मस्तिष्क में ब्लड सरकुलेशन तेज हो जाता हैं | दिमाग और मन दोनों ही आपके नियंत्रण में रहते हैं और वह दोगुनी तेजी से काम करेंगे | जब हम खुश होतें हैं तो सब कुछ अच्छा लगता है | इसी तरह परीक्षा को भी ख़ुशी – ख़ुशी लें | यह समझे कि सालभर जो कुछ सिखा है उसे दिखाने का समय आ गया है अगर फिर भी मन न माने तो तो दिल पर हाथ रखे और बोले आल इज वेल |

अपना आकलन स्वयं करें

कैरियर काउंसलर वर्षा वरवंडकर ने बड़ी ही सरलता से काउंसिलिंग में शामिल सभी स्टुडेंट्स के प्रश्नों का जवाब दिया | उन्होंने बताया की परीक्षा के वक़्त तनाव होना जरूरी भी है, लेकिन इतना नहीं की पढ़ा हुआ याद ही न हो पाए| हर स्टुडेंट्स का अपना बॉडी क्लोक होता है | किसी को रात में पढ़ना अच्छा लगता है, तो किसी को सुबह | आप भी अपना बॉडी क्लोक समझे और उसके अनुसार काम करें | यह सोचकर कभी नहीं पढ़े कि आपका दोस्त ज्यादा देर तक पढ़ता है, आप तो बस यह सोचे की आप कब तक पढ़ सकतें हैं ? 45 से 50 मिनट लगातार पढ़ने के बाद 5 से 10 मिनट का ब्रेक जरूर लें | याद रखें की मनोरंजन का समय खाने में नमक की तरह होनी चाहिए, न तो बहुत ज्यादा न बहुत कम | शारीर के लिए 6 घंटे की नींद बहुत जरूरी है | इसलिए शरीर को प्रोपर रेस्ट भी दें | उन्होंने बेस्ट का संधिविच्छेद करते हुए बताया की बी – हेल्दी बॉडी, ई – इंटरटेनमेंट, एस – एफ्फेक्टिव स्टडी और टी – टॉक टु राईट पर्सन, ऐसा करने से स्ट्रेस कम होगा |
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इम्तहान/परीक्षा से पहले बच्चों के आम सवाल February 17, 2010

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आज परीक्षा हेल्प लाइन का जबरदस्त प्रतिसाद मिला |छात्रो ने कुछ इस तरह के सवाल पूछे —

1. इम्तहानों के वक़्त मैं बहुत ज्यादा चिंतित हो जाने के कारण अपना पेपर बिगाड़ बैठता हूँ , इससे मुक्ति कैसे पाऊँ?
2.यदि मैं पेपर पूरा न कर पाया तो ?
3.इम्तहान के समय मुझे मितली आने लगती है व आँखों के आगे अँधेरा छाने लगता है, मैं क्या करूं?
4.इम्तहानों के दिनों में मैं इतना तनावग्रस्त हो जाता हूँ कि एकाग्र नहीं हो पाता, इससे छुटकारा पाने का क्या कोई उपाय है?
5.मेरा आत्मविश्वास एकदम गायब हो जाता है, क्या करूं ?
6.यदि मुझे कुछ न आए, तो मैं क्या करूं?
7.अगर मेरा रिजल्ट अच्छा न आया तो?
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1. बहुत चिंता न करें| इससे निबटने के लिए कुछ आराम पहुँचाने वाले व्यायाम करें|
2.अपने स्टडी रूम को साफ-सुथरा और हवादार रखें |
3.पढ़ाई के लिए सुविधाजनक कुर्सी-मेज व रौशनी का प्रबंध हो |
4.रोशनी सीधी पुस्तक पर पड़नी चाहिए |
5.बिस्तर पर लेट कर बिलकुल न पढ़े
6.निरंतर पढ़ते ही न जाएँ | एक घंटे पढ़ाई कर ली हो, तो 10मिनट के लिए टहल लें | आँखें बंद करके उन पर अपनी हथेलिया रखें | इससे आँखों को विश्राम मिलेगा|
7.आँखें थक जाएँ तो साफ पानी से छींटे मारें |
8.अध्ययन के दौरान अपनी पसंद व मौसम के अनुसार बीच बीच में जूस, नीबू की शिकंजी, चाय या ग्लूकोस लेते रहें |
9.इम्तहानों के दिनों में दौड़ने भागनेवाले खेल या थकानेवाले व्यायाम करने के बजाय एकांत में योग करें |.सुबह जल्दी घूमनेजाएँ

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ऐसे करें परीक्षा की तैयारी February 16, 2010

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परीक्षा का तनाव क्या होता है ?यह सवाल आप किसी भी छात्र से करे ,तो उसके हिसाब से दुनिया का सबसे बड़ा तनाव यही है पूरे साल मेहनत की है .पर अब nervous हो रहे है |पता नहीं क्या होगा ?
और अगर यह बोर्ड परीक्षा है ,तो तनाव होना असामान्य बात नहीं है |लेकिन कुछ बातो का ध्यान रख कर बच्चे तनाव से बच सकते है और अपनी परीक्षा में अच्छा प्रदर्शन कर सकते है

<क्या करें छात्र
*परीक्षा के लिए लक्ष्य तय करना जरूरी है। अपनी क्षमता देखकर ही अपना लक्ष्य तय करें। वरना बाद में निराशा होगी। अगर आप 9वीं कक्षा तक 65 प्रश अंक लेकर पास होते रहे हैं तो अपना लक्ष्य भी 65 से 75 प्रश अंकों का ही रखें। 85 या 90 प्रश अंकों का लक्ष्य रखने से आप भटक जाएँगे।

* ध्यान रहे, लगातार कई घंटों तक पढ़कर कोई बच्चा अच्छे अंक प्राप्त नहीं कर सकता। किताबी कीड़ा बनने की जरूरत नहीं। पढ़ाई के साथ थोड़ा समय बाकी कामों के लिए भी निकालें।

* सुबह की सैर के साथ-साथ थोड़ा-बहुत व्यायाम व खेलकूद भी जरूरी है। इससे शरीर को नई चुस्ती-फुर्ती मिलती है, जो कि शारीरिक व मानसिक विकास के लिए बहुत जरूरी है।

* मनोरंजन हमारे जीवन का जरूरी हिस्सा है। परीक्षा के दिनों में मनोरंजन का समय घटा दें, लेकिन खुद को मनोरंजन की दुनिया से पूरी तरह अलग न करें। थोड़ा समय निकालकर हल्का-फुल्का संगीत, हल्की-फुल्की कॉमेडी फिल्म या धारावाहिक अवश्य देखें।

* अगर माता-पिता ने आपके सामने बहुत कठिन लक्ष्य रख दिया है, आपको लगता है कि आप उसे हासिल नहीं कर पाएँगे, तो उनसे स्पष्ट शब्दों में कहें कि आप कोशिश करेंगे लेकिन आपकी क्षमता से यह लक्ष्य बड़ा है। अगर वे फिर भी उसे बार-बार आप पर थोपते हैं तो इसे नाकका प्रश्न न बनाएँ। धैर्यपूर्वक उतना करें, जितना आप कर सकते हैं। अनावश्यक तनाव न पालें।

* अगर आप तनाव में हैं या फिर आपको किसी तरह की घबराहट या बेचैनी हो रही है तो जल्दी ही घर के किसी सदस्य को या फिर करीबी मित्र को बताएँ। अगर आपको लगता है कि आपकी बात कोई नहीं सुनेगा तो किसी हेल्पलाइन पर फोन करें। वे आपका मार्गदर्शन करेंगे। परीक्षा के दिनों में बच्चों के लिए विशेष हेल्पलाइन शुरू की जाती हैं। इनकी जानकारी सभी अखबारों में मिल जाती है।

___Varsha Varwandkar , Career Counselor ,www.aglakadam.com ,Raipur