"And that's something that the China ban has really highlighted and made it clear that that's one of the things to progress towards a circular economy that we need to be doing here in Australia is actually using that material in our own products." … [Read more...] about Energy from waste and a circular economy: innovative ideas to solve the waste crisis
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Gig economy workers may get minimum basic social protection under a labour law that Karnataka is currently drafting, said senior officials. The state labour department has received inputs from cab aggregators Uber and Ola, and food delivery firms Zomato and Swiggy, they said.The companies, however, did not respond to queries emailed by ET.The law is still in the drafting stage and its final shape will depend on inputs from the law department and the cabinet as well as suggestions from lawmakers when the bill is presented before both houses of the state legislature, according to officials. The exercise is expected to take a few weeks.The labour department began working on the bill in association with the National Law School of India University in Bengaluru after the previous labour minister S Suresh Kumar received a list of grievances from drivers of app-based ride-hailing companies. Their demands included health insurance cover in the event of accidents and fair labour practices with … [Read more...] about Karnataka likely to soon offer minimum social protection to gig workers
Apparently this tradition began in 5th century Ireland when St. Brigid of Kildare bitterly complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait far too long for men to propose. The legend says that St. Patrick decreed the women could propose on this one day in February during the leap year. … [Read more...] about This year is Leap Year – so what does that mean?
In India, gold – the most noble of all metals – is set to become nobler still. Gold hallmarking will be made mandatory, almost twenty-five years since the first discussions on the subject. The Department of Consumer Affairs is giving jewellers until January 2021, a year from the government notification, to register with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), clear their existing stocks, and ensure the sale of only hallmarked gold. The industry has been unequivocal in its support for the regulation, which it agrees will bring several benefits to consumers and to the trade, including to the export segment. Industry observers believe that much remains to be done about improving and upgrading jewellery manufacturing standards as well as the quality standards of the assaying and hallmarking centres. However, there can be no doubt that mandating hallmarking is an important milestone on the road to reforming the Indian gold sector. ‘Hallmarking centres are not meant to be … [Read more...] about Mandatory hallmarking: Good intentions, but needs efficient implementation
New Delhi: Rubina Bano has a baby bump and reddish-blue bruises on her thigh and legs. She needs to see the doctor for her healthy unborn - the healing balm that can alleviate her pain and restore faith. But the tension has created a divide between people from all walks of life as calls to clinics have gone unanswered and ambulances are unavailable. … [Read more...] about Bruises, Fear & An Uncertain Future: Pregnant Women, New Mothers Recall Horror of Delhi Riots