Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Amid reports that TCS planned to retrench 25,000 engineers, Rekha, who is pregnant at present, was issued termination orders on December 22, 2014. She was informed that she would be relieved from duty on January 21, 2015.
She moved the high court saying the retrenchment move was illegal and in gross violation of Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.
On Tuesday, admitting her petition, Justice M Duraiswamy granted a four-week interim inunction restraining the company from retrenching her.
In her petition, Rekha said she joined TCS in Chennai in March 2011 as an IT analyst.
She is a 'workman' within the meaning of Section 2(s) of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, as her main duties and responsibilities are technical and clerical in nature.
Her job involves receiving and collating information about software/application to be developed, analyzing requirements and designing and developing appropriate software or application based on client company's needs. Noting that she was honest, sincere and dedicated worker and that her performance had always been very good, Rekha said she had been given the rating 'C' (meets expectations) thrice during her service in TCS.
She said the company reportedly had taken an unfair decision to terminate the services of 25,000 workers holding designation of assistant consultant and above, and to recruit 55,000 persons, predominately freshers on the basis of campus interviews, and other less experienced persons with to cut costs.
She was issued termination orders on December 22, 2014, stating that she would be relieved from service on January 21, 2015.
According to Section 25 of the Industrial Disputes Act, the principle is last come, first go. TCS has not published any seniority list as required under the rules framed under the Act and it has not given any notice of retrenchment as required under the Act.
TCS does not propose to pay 15 days of wages for every completed year of service as compensation which too is mandatory under the Act, she said, adding, "in any event, termination is not valid or justifiable."
Monday, January 12, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
A look back at India's Test series in Australia, and marks to each of the players.
Virat Kohli - 9/10
A match as India's stand-in captain and another after becoming full-time captain didn't stop Virat Kohli from leaving an indelible mark on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. With four centuries and a fifty, Kohli matched Steven Smith, the highest run-getter in the series, stroke for stroke and was India's beacon of hope in all four Test matches. Couldn't take India over the line at Adelaide and fell at the wrong times during many of his masterful innings. His captaincy was tested with an inexperienced and wayward bowling attack.
Murali Vijay - 8/10
With a second overseas series fetching him more than 400 runs, the opener will return to India after the Test series as the team's most improved batsman. Not typically aggressive, Vijay left the ball with a clear mind and played the rest of the deliveries with full control and caution. Dropped anchor when needed and scored heavily against spinners. One century, a 99 and three other half-centuries meant Vijay was an important piece in India's resistance in the top order.
Ajinkya Rahane - 7.5/10
Rahane slipped under the radar in South Africa, New Zealand and England, but in Australia he showed his worth with 399 runs from four Tests. Barring soft dismissals, Rahane was in control in all his innings, and seldom looked troubled against spin or pace. While his 38* ensured a draw in the final Test, his 147 at Melbourne took Australia by surprise for the pace and the ease with which he scored his runs. Will form an important part of India's middle order in the years to come along with Kohli.
R Ashwin - 6/10
By far India's best bowler in the Test series and the only one who looked like taking a wicket, albeit with an average of over 48. His second-innings 50 at Sydney gave India vital lower-order runs and he returned to take four wickets in the Australian second innings, after missing the opening Test. However, his effectiveness overseas remains a question when pitches don't offer much assistance.
KL Rahul - 5/10
Possibly India's find of the series who may have played his first and last Test had it not been for Kohli showing faith in the 22-year-old Karnataka opener. In Melbourne, Rahul looked to attack without settling in and paid the price in both innings, and his horror run in Tests continued when he dropped a sitter off Rogers in Sydney, but he returned to stroke a patient and important maiden Test century in the company of his captain that led India's charge. Looked comfortable at the crease, a contrast to the sorry figure Shikhar Dhawan cut in the middle.
Ishant Sharma - 5.5/10
Despite unimpressive returns, Ishant looked India's best medium-pacer in the series with nine wickets. He missed the final Test due to injury, and it was only him who provided the team with a few quiet overs against a rampaging Australian batting line-up. Has a long way to go to take on the spearhead's mantle even after 61 Tests.
Mohammed Shami - 5/10
India's leading wicket-taker in the series and the only Indian to take five wickets in an innings in four Test matches. And yet, Shami's bowling neither inspired confidence nor threatened Australia. After a fine spell in the last session on the opening day, Shami tapered off and was dropped in Brisbane, but returned in Melbourne only to bowl erratically. His inability to bowl a consistent line saw him going for plenty.
Cheteshwar Pujara - 4.5/10
Despite starting well like in England, Pujara's performances dipped as the series wore on, and found himself dropped for the final Test after being a certainty in the side in all overseas Tests since the turn of last year. Pujara appeared to suffer from lack of confidence and was frequently worked out by Australia's pace bowlers.
Rohit Sharma - 4/10
Lazy elegance or pure lazy - take your pick. Played three Tests, got starts everywhere but threw them away at crucial junctures, leaving India in trouble on more than one occasion. Didn't have an impact as a No 6, nor did he do himself any favours at No 3 in Sydney. His efforts to rile up Mitchell Johnson backfired famously in Brisbane, and was promptly dropped for the next Test in Melbourne. Continues to lack Test match temperament.
Shikhar Dhawan - 4/10
Has wavered since his eye-catching debut in Mohali against the same team in 2013. Continues to be troubled by the moving ball up front or when it rises more than it should. Got a couple of starts that he failed to convert, and returned after injuring himself to top-score in India's second innings in Brisbane, but was dropped after twin failures in Melbourne. His technique remains suspect overseas, and now faces a challenge for his spot from Rahul.
MS Dhoni - 4/10
The biggest casualty of the series. Went into the Tests injured, missed the first Test, returned for the second and third only to retire after the end of the Boxing Day Test. Questionable fitness, poor tactics and zero impact with the bat saw him oversee one of his worst performances as wicketkeeper-batsman.
Wriddhiman Saha - 4/10
The back-up 'keeper finally became the No 1 after Dhoni's retirement, and while he showed decent glovework, Saha was ordinary with the bat. In Adelaide, a wild slog saw him stumped off Nathan Lyon after taking 15 from the over as Australia completed an unlikely victory, but looked solid in Sydney. A couple of missed chances behind the stumps, but will improve with more game time.
Umesh Yadav - 3.5/10
India's weak link was its pace bowling attack and Yadav was at the forefront of it. Only came in after the first Test but leaked runs in all three games and lacked any sort of penetration with an inability to bowl on one side of the stumps. Conceded the most runs by any bowler to have bowled three overs in a Test match with 45 runs in the second innings at Sydney, a sharp contrast to Josh Hazlewood, who in his third Test match, gave his first run off the 29th ball of his spell in the second innings in the same match.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar - 3/10
India's best player from England fell from grace in Australia in the only Test he played, a shoo-in for the final Test without full fitness. Lacked pace and the prodigious swing from England was amiss and was played like a club bowler. Provided solidity with the bat, however, in both innings to save the final Test.
Varun Aaron - 3/10
A rudderless jet in two Test matches, Aaron went for plenty in all four innings and gave away runs with alarming regularity. Lacked in control, accuracy and patience and was promptly dropped after Brisbane. Aaron's Test future is uncertain, and was also left out of the World Cup squad as a result. His best delivery was a no-ball.
Karn Sharma - 3/10
A surprise selection in the Test squad was followed by a shock debut at Adelaide, which was a trial by fire against a rampant Australian batting line-up. Took two wickets in each innings but looks a far cry from a bowler ready for Test cricket.
Suresh Raina - 2/10
A comeback after two and a half years ended with a pair at Sydney. Will continue to flourish in ODIs but footwork not cut out for Test cricket, and will continue with the Test team at Ravi Shastri's behest.
अधिसूचना के अनुसार सेज में उपयोग में नहीं लाए गए क्षेत्रों को दो भागों में विभक्त किया गया है। सामाजिक और वाणिज्यिक आधारभूत ढांचा एक हिस्सा है, जिसका इस्तेमाल सेज के भीतर के लोग के साथ-साथ वहां के बाहर के लोग भी कर सकते हैं।
नए अधिसूचना के तहत दूसरा हिस्सा विशेष रूप से सेज की विभिन्न इकाइयों के उपयोग के लिए है। गौर करने लायक बात यह है कि सामाजिक और वाणिज्यिक आधारभूत ढांचे के निर्माण के लिए कोई रियायत अथवा राहत नहीं दी जाएगी, जिसका इस्तेमाल सेज के भीतर और बाहर के लोग करेंगे।
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Saturday, January 10, 2015
I would like to thank the Indian fans for coming out to support us; and also to the Australian fans who gave us a hard time
The gift was accompanied by a mail from Sikka, where he addressed the employees as friends. The mail read: "Thinking back on 2014 feels good, doesn't it? There was so much you wanted to accomplish with seemingly so little time to do it all. Now, as you stand on the brink of the New Year and look back, there is the satisfying realization that a great part of it actually got done. This feeling is not unlike the one Kahlil Gibran evokes in his lyrical commentary on work - `When you work, you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music'."
Sikka said achieving what Infosys had "took your boundless energy and extraordinary effort". "And I believe it's not enough that we simply recognize it, we must celebrate it. That's why I am so happy that we are presenting you with a Holiday Bonus - the cool new Apple iPhone 6. A gift that'll always remind you and your teammates of the exceptional value you delivered for Infosys," he said.
Sikka's "holiday bonus" came as a big surprise to employees. One employee said they had not been indulged in this manner before.
Corporates have been finding new ways to reward top performers, instead of simply handing out more cash. HCL Technologies recently offered around 130 of its top performers the option of driving home a Mercedes or taking their family and friends on an all-expenses-paid international or domestic holiday.
Friday, January 9, 2015
The knock that inspired a nation Gavaskar, Shastri recall Kapil’s 175* against Zimbabwe in 1983 World Cup
It was Kapi Dev’s miraculous 175 not-out against Zimbabwe at the nondescript Nevil Ground in Trunbridge. What made that knock special was not the number of runs scored but the situation in which they came.
Kapil won the toss and elected to bat. Zimbabwe’s new ball bowling pair of Pater Rawson and Kevin Curran wrecked the Indian top-order on a helpful wicket.
Openers, Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth, departed without scoring. Mohinder Amarnath and Sandip Patil followed them and India were a precarious 9 for 4. In walked the captain at No.6 and saw the back of Yashpal Sharma leaving the team at 17 for 5.
What followed was 138 balls of sheers magic; in Gavaskar’s words, “It was the best World Cup innings that I have seen”. The legendary Indian opening batsman remembers Kapil’s innings like it happened yesterday.
“When Kapil went in to bat at the start, till about 80 to 90 runs he hardly hit the ball up in the air. Yes, he slashed the ball off the backfoot over covers, much like Virender Sehwag does, and it a very safe shot. That was the only shot he was playing up in the air,” Gavaskar recollected.
After getting to three figures, Kapil changed his bat and, with that, the game. “Once he went past 100, he was lofting the bowlers straight over long-on and long-off, and sent it over mid-wicket with the flick he played so well.
“He might have hit a few sixes earlier too but I don’t remember them. I remember the clean hitting – the bat-swing, the connection, the sweet sound of that connection and the ball sailing into the stands. In my view it was the best World Cup innings that I have seen,” Gavaskar gushed.
Along the way the Indian captain formed 60 and 62-run partnerships with Roger Binny and Madan Lal respectively before Syed Kirmani hung in till the end to build a record ninth-wicket 126-run unbeaten stand with Kapil. India finished with 266 for 8 in their 60 overs and eventually beat Zimbabwe by 31 runs.
Kapil’s innings was a stunning motivation for his side. For the batsmen what motivated them was guilt. As a result, that day Kapil had to eat his lunch alone. “As it was a 60-over game, we used to have lunch and tea breaks in ODIs,” Gavaskar recalled.
“During lunch when Kapil came in the dressing room, there was no one in there. Neither of us was in the lunch room as well. We were all hiding our faces from the man who had just showed us how we should have batted,” said the batsman who had piled up runs against the intimidating West Indies fast bowlers on the nasty Caribbean pitches in his debut Test series.
“I don’t think people really understand what an innings that was. It was remarkable. Your top-order isn’t able to lay bat on ball and here comes a man who starts hitting the same ball to the far distance of the ground and get such big score,” Gavaskar said with awe, adding that it was the watershed moment of India’s World Cup journey.
“It was from there that the Indian team took off and once again started to believe in themselves. Kapil was truly a leader. He was our inspiration and the backbone of our team. There is not slightest doubt it my mind that if it wasn’t for Kapil, India would not have won the 1983 World Cup.”
Another member of the squad seconds Gavaskar’s thoughts. “In Kapil Dev we had one of the finest cricketers of the world,” announced Ravi Shastri.
“He was inspirational. He had intuition that told him what needed to be done during a particular time. He was an absolute natural. He played cricket that way and he captained the team that way. I am sure he lives his life in that fashion too.”
Referring the 175, Shastri said, “It was that kind of inspiration that got India out of jail. We were gone against Zimbabwe. He transformed the entire game with sheer individual brilliance. Unfortunately that innings is not on tape. If it were, it would have been one of the hottest properties that ever existed.”
Yes, one of the greatest ODI knocks ever played hasn’t been recorded on tape. BBC, the official broadcaster of the tournament, didn’t cover the match. That makes it all the more special for those few thousands who cramped up in the small ground to watch two minnows take each other on.
For Kapil Dev, it was special for one reason. “That innings gave the team the reassurance that we have the ability to win a match in any circumstances and we can bounce back from any situation.” That win helped India qualify for the semi-final and eventually topple the invincible West Indians to take the crown of World Champions.
It is, perhaps, apt that the video footage of Kapil Dev’s 175 isn’t available on public domain. Mystery often enhances the value of a legend and protects the pureness of the tales that encapsulate it for centuries.BCCI
Rahul is the most complete young batsman: Moody As Rahul gets his maiden Test ton, his IPL coach believes he has a long Test career ahead of him:BCCI
Those who had followed his first-class career and knew his game, were convinced those dismissals were aberrations. But it was not easy to explain.
One man took up that challenge, of convincing the Australian public of Rahul’s credentials as a Test batsman, in contrast to what they saw at the MCG. And he is an Australian.
During a commentary stint during that Test, Tom Moody suggested that India should promote Rahul at No. 3 in the fourth Test, if not in the second innings at the MCG. Sure enough, Rahul walked ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara in India’s second essay.
“I know his game and his history, and I thought I’d share that knowledge with the Australian public that he is better suited in the top-order,” Moody told BCCI.TV about his prophecy. “He is more at home against the newer ball as he has fantastic technique.”
Moody has seen Rahul closely and has worked with him as the coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the IPL. And his faith in the young man is incredibly strong. It’s not Rahul’s performance in the IPL that warmed him up Moody but his character off the field and batting technique in the nets.
Here’s what the former Australian batsman said as his ward vindicated his belief with an extremely patient and resolute century in the first innings of the Sydney Test. He opened the batting in place of the dropped Shikhar Dhawan and India had lost the in-form Murali Vijay in the first over. But he went on to score 110 runs full of character and substance. And to Moody it didn’t come as a surprise one bit.
The first impression
When Rahul joined the SRH camp, it didn’t take the coach long time to realize that this young man has a long Test career ahead of him.
“He impressed me immediately. His work ethic was a stand out. He was very professional in his approach and very hungry to practice long and hard. The real stand out was that technically he looked very complete. He looked capable both on back and front foot. With most young players you feel like they can develop certain parts of their game but Rahul looked like he had worked it all out by himself.
To me he was always going to be a capable long-form cricketer. Test cricket moves quickly and if you don’t move with it, you’ll be left behind. Rahul certainly came across as someone who was eager to keep improving as a person and cricketer, which is a very good trait to have at such a young age.
“He is a confident, articulate young guy and is always keen to engage in conversation and learn from his peers. He is not a conservative, reserved church-mouse. He is a positive character and he has a good sense of humour. He certainly adds value to a dressing room.”
The inauspicious christening
Much was read into his twin dismissals on Test debut in the Boxing Day Test. But there were many factors that worked against him. Not only he had a debutant’s jitters, it was the first time in his first-class career that he batted at No.6. And he had to wait 57.3 overs padded up, as the Virat-Rahane juggernaut rolled on. Moody feels it is unfair to judge him from that Test.
“It is a very natural thing to be nervous when you’re about to bat in Test cricket for the first time. Anyone who first plays Test cricket is as startled as a rabbit under the headlights. You need to get your thoughts together and adapt emotionally, technically and physically. His 110 in Sydney showed that he has made those adjustments. He looked very composed and at peace with himself at the crease.”
The short stuff
During his century, the Aussie bowlers did try to ruffle Rahul up with short balls. But he looked deft in his technique of leaving them: eyes on the ball, a timely sway, bat dropped. However, thrice in as many Test innings so far, Rahul has miscued a pull shot and has twice it has resulted in his dismissal. Moody doesn’t feel there is any chink in his armour against the bouncer. In fact, according to him, Rahul has one of the better techniques against the short ball.
“He does play the short ball well and leaves it very well. The key with him is that he watches the ball really nicely and till the end. A lot of players tend to turn their heads away when ducking or leaving the ball, which means they aren’t watching it properly.
He generally plays the pull pretty well but you have to understand that it is one thing playing the shot on Indian wickets against medium pacers and quite another doing it in Australia against Starc and Johnson’s pace. I am confident he will absorb all that he could from these experiences because his character is such. He is like a sponge, a real learner.
His place in the pecking order
While Moody believes Rahul is a top-order batsman, he doesn’t think the decision on his position in India’s batting order is that straightforward.
“Whether he opens or bats at 3 in the long run will depend a lot on the other batsmen around. There have been quite a few changes in the Indian batting lineup in this Test – this is the first time that Rohit Sharma has batted at 3 in his Test career and he looked more comfortable there than he has done at 5 or 6. The captain and the selectors need to work out how they see the batting order in the next three years. Pujara hasn’t had a good time overseas but he is an excellent player with a remarkable home record. He is not someone the selectors would give up on because he is a quality act.
As for Rahul, there is no doubt he is a fine top-order player and since he is only 22, there is a decade ahead of him.
The Rahul factor
Even before he made it to India’s Test squad, KL Rahul was known in the circles of Indian cricket as the prodigy of his namesake. Young Rahul has grown up idolizing Rahul Dravid and shares a fine rapport with the legend. Moody too sees an image of the great man in this 22-year-old.
“There are some obvious similarities between the two, including their names and the region they come from. But for me the most striking similarity is the one in their defense. That’s as big a compliment you can receive as a young kid of 22 that in your defense people see a mirror image of the great Rahul Dravid, because batting in Test cricket revolves around good defense.”