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J.D. Dillard has become one of Hollywood’s buzziest directors—from his Sundance debut Sleight to writing and directing Fox’s upcoming reboot of the 1986 sci-fi classic The Fly. So what set Dillard’s career on such an upward trajectory? Being a receptionist. But not at just any company–at J.J. Abrams’s production house Bad Robot. It was a leap of faith that resulted in a sizable pay cut, an extra hour to his commute . . . and the chance to join Abrams across the world for the shoot of The Force Awakens. Dillard says watching Abrams in action was the catalyst he needed to try his hand at directing.

Dillard explains how the lifetime opportunity came about, how working at Bad Robot fosters creativity, and the invaluable lessons in storytelling and leadership he’s learned from Abrams.

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From Bad Robot receptionist to Sundance darling: What rising-star writer-director J.D. Dillard learned from J.J. Abrams about storytelling

From Bad Robot receptionist to Sundance darling: What rising-star writer-director J.D. Dillard learned from J.J. Abrams about storytelling

Dillard took a chance (and a huge pay cut) when he became a receptionist at Abrams’s production company. But that chance has paid off significantly.

These tree-planting drones are firing seed missiles to restore the world’s forests

These tree-planting drones are firing seed missiles to restore the world’s forests

In Myanmar, a major project is under way: restore coastal mangrove forests–with a little air support.

Your swimsuit is terrible for the environment

Your swimsuit is terrible for the environment

Here are the best alternatives–and they’re still not good enough.

These are the false beliefs we still hold about introverts and extroverts

These are the false beliefs we still hold about introverts and extroverts

You don’t have to be solidly one or the other. On this week’s episode of Secrets of the Most Productive People, we learn the real ways introverts and extroverts operate in the workplace.

Patagonia sues AB InBev for trying to confuse consumers as to who’s behind its new beer called . . . Patagonia

Patagonia sues AB InBev for trying to confuse consumers as to who’s behind its new beer called . . . Patagonia

The legendary outdoor apparel company, which started selling its own beer in 2016, filed a complaint in a California court alleging that the global brewer is intentionally trying to benefit from Patagonia’s 40-year brand legacy.

How I spent my windfall of cash

How I spent my windfall of cash

An 80% salary increase, an unexpected inheritance, an injury settlement: Three people tell us how they managed a financial windfall

5 rituals that spark creativity at Pinterest, Flipboard, and Amazon

5 rituals that spark creativity at Pinterest, Flipboard, and Amazon

From fixathons to wake parties.

Dropbox and G Suite’s new integration is more like a mind meld

Dropbox and G Suite’s new integration is more like a mind meld

The long-awaited ability to keep your Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in your Dropbox isn’t just about plumbing.

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The Do It and the Procrastinator

The Do It and the Procrastinator

The Do It and the Procrastinator

Rhyming Couplet Ideas by jay

See the walking of the bang,
I think he’s angry at the sprang.
He finds it hard to see the Why,
Overshadowed by the quiet butterfly.
Who is that shooting near the act?
I think she’d like to eat the Bracht.
She is but a soft procrastinator,
Admired as she sits upon an animator.
Her special car is just a Woman,
It needs no gas, it runs on noblewoman.
She’s not alone she brings a Man,
a pet cheetah, and lots of elan.
The cheetah likes to chase a Street,
Especially one that’s in the leet.
The bang shudders at the deadpan House
He wants to leave but she wants the field mouse.
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The Diamond and the Queen

The Diamond and the Queen

The Diamond and the Queen

Rhyming Couplet Ideas by jay

See the fright of the Diamond,
I think he’s angry at the dymond.

He finds it hard to see the Woman,
Overshadowed by the random Trueman.

Who is that flying near the Girl?
I think she’d like to eat the wurl.

She is but a grand Queen,
Admired as she sits upon a screen.

Her enjoyable car is just a Boy,
It needs no gas, it runs on hoy.

She’s not alone she brings a Friend,
a pet wolf, and lots of back-end.

The wolf likes to chase a Bride,
Especially one that’s in the inside.

The Diamond shudders at the dark Groom
He wants to leave but she wants the Khartoum.

DhananjayParkhe

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Stop apologizing. You don’t have to say sorry for how you laugh, how you dress, how you make your hair, how you speak. You don’t have to be sorry for being yourself. Do it fearlessly. It’s time to accept this is you, and you gotta spend the rest of your life with you. So, start loving your sarcasm, your awkwardness, your weirdness, your unique sense of humor, your everything. It will make your life so much easier to simply be yourself.”

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Hiring activity sees 12% growth in March led by IT industry: Naukri JobSpeak
Hiring activities registered 12 percent growth this March mainly led by the IT industry that clocked a 38 percent growth. The Naukri JobSpeak Index for March 2019, stood at 2,378, which is 12 percent higher in hiring activities from March 2018, at 2,129. The IT-industry has shown a continuous growth in the recruitment landscape over the past six months, recording a rise of 38 percent growth. Recruitment for functional areas like human resources and marketing observed a growth of 13 percent and 12 percent respectively. “The JobSpeak index continues with its positive growth in hiring with a 12 percent rise when compared to the same period last year. Our latest hiring outlook survey showed 89 percent recruiters from the IT industry stating that new jobs and replacement hiring will play a strong role in hiring. Hopefully the momentum will be sustained in the coming months,” InfoEdge India CMO Ms. Sumeet Singh said.
Source : 09-04-19   Naukri.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Axis Bank asks over 50 mid-level managers to quit
In a significant restructuring move, Axis Bank has terminated more than 50 mid-level managers as it reorganizes its business and slashes costs. The managers asked to quit comprise of executive vice-presidents and vice-presidents who led various supervisory functions in corporate and retail banking. These managers were let go as their roles became redundant after the new CEO Mr. Amitabh Chaudhry reviewed the business, and could not find suitable jobs for them in the hierarchy. The exact number of executives retrenched could not be independently ascertained. The lender, said that changes are afoot at the bank to raise ‘productivity and efficiency’. However, it did refer particularly to the jobs lost, saying instead that reducing manpower was not central to its reorganization plans. Mr. Rajesh Dahiya, Executive Director, Corporate Centre stated that the bank has been working on multiple initiatives aimed at streamlining processes and simplifying the overall organizational structure. While a few employees have opted for early retirement as a result of this process, the bank has no plans to reduce manpower.
Source : 05-04-19   Peoplematters.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com
H1-B visa restrictions compel Indian tech firms to hire more locals: Report
Restrictions on the H1-B visas by the US have compelled Indian tech companies to hire more locally and led to an escalation in employee costs, a rating agency said. Second largest exporter Infosys led with 2,122 visa denials in fiscal year 2017-18, followed by its larger rival TCS with 1,896 rejections, the report by Care Ratings said. “The increasing protectionist measures imposed by US administration to safeguard US workers are directly having an adverse impact on the Indian IT majors,” it said. Out of the top three companies with highest H-1B visa denials in FY18, Cognizant was leading with 32 per cent denials followed by two Indian IT majors namely Infosys and TCS with 26 per cent and 18 per cent, it said. It can be noted that the US-headquartered Cognizant has a large pool of employees working out of India comparable with any Indian tech major. The cost structures for the Indian IT majors have been impacted as a result of the US policies, the agency said. It can be recalled that while every major Indian company has pointed out to a surge in local hires in US, while sub-contracting work in geographies like US has also put a drain on profitability for some. The report said in the last five years, the number of H-1B approvals reduced by 21 per cent.
Source : 06-04-19   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
SoftBank India Head Mr. Sumer Juneja to join Ola’s board
SoftBank’s India head Mr. Sumer Juneja will join ride-hailing platform Ola’s board, he replaces Mr. David Thevenon, as per a company statement. A company spokesperson said, “We extend a warm welcome to Mr. Sumer Juneja who is joining Ola’s board to represent SoftBank. His experience in the India market is extremely valuable to us and we look forward to working closely with him and Softbank.” SoftBank, which first backed Ola in 2014, happens to be Ola’s largest investor with around 25% stake, followed by Tiger Global which owns close to 15%. Meanwhile, Mr. Juneja had joined SoftBank from Norwest Venture Partners last November as the group’s first India head and a partner at the Japanese group. At Norwest, he served as an advisor on growth equity investments in Indian companies across a wide range of sectors, including telecom, technology, financial services, infrastructure, and manufacturing. He had led investments in Swiggy, Quikr, National Stock Exchange, IndusInd Bank, among others while at Norwest. Mr. Juneja comes with an experience of over 14 years and started his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs. He was also a founding member of the Goldman Sachs’ Asian Special Situations Group in India, a balance sheet investing group with over $4 Bn under management.
Source : 05-04-19   Peoplematters.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Jet Airways pilots threaten legal action over unpaid salaries
Pilots of Jet Airways have threatened to take legal action against the management of the cash-strapped airline if salaries pending for the last three months are not paid by 14 April. In a letter to Jet Airways’ chief executive officer Mr. Vinay Dube, the Mumbai-based lawyer representing the airline’s pilot’s union, National Aviators Guild (NAG), said her client will “resort to all constitutional and legal methods available to it to ensure payment of salaries to its members”. “In these circumstances, my client calls upon the management of Jet Airlines (sic) to pay the salaries outstanding for the months of January, February & March 2019 by 14th April 2019 (and future monthly salaries by the 1st of each proceeding month), failing which my client shall be constrained, instructed to inform you, to resort to all constitutional and legal methods available to it to ensure payment of the salaries to its members,” lawyer Ms. Jane Cox said in the letter. “This situation is leading to extreme stress, anxiety and frustration amongst my client’s member pilots—hardly an ideal situation for pilots in the cockpit. Monthly EMIs (equated monthly instalments) have to be met, school & college fees paid, along with medical bills of ageing parents, etc.,” Ms. Cox said.
Source : 09-04-19   Livemint.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Paytm Mall plans to hire 300 people in next few months
Alibaba-backed Indian e-commerce firm Paytm Mall Sunday said it has hired 200 people across various functions and is planning to hire another 300 in the coming months. Paytm Mall is fast emerging as the preferred online-to-offline (O2O) platform across the country and has witnessed over 200% growth for their O2O business in the last six months. Paytm Mall SVP Srinivas Mothey said: “We are observing strong traction for O2O with the business. To support this growth, we have re-aligned some of our teams and have added 200 more people for the business.” “We further plan to add an additional workforce of 300 people across business, technology, and product in the next few months.” With O2O, Paytm Mall is ensuring availability of a wide range of products and offers across online and offline stores, it said.
Source : 07-04-19   Livemint.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
WNS’ Mr. Keshav Murugesh is new Nasscom Chairman
The Indian IT industry’s apex body Nasscom said WNS Global Services’ Chief Executive Mr. Keshav Murugesh will be its new Chairman for the fiscal 2019-20. “Mr. Murugesh takes the executive post from his previous role as the Vice Chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies,” said the representative body in a statement. Global software services’ Chief Operating Officer Mr. U.B. Pravin Rao will be the new Vice Chairman of Nasscom for FY20. Mr. Murugesh succeeded Wipro board member and Chief Strategy Officer Mr. Rishad Premji, who was the apex body’s Chairman for fiscal 2018-19 and is the eldest son of Wipro Chairman and billionaire Mr. Azim H. Premji. “It was a honour to be Nasscom Chairman when the software industry is at the cusp of a digitally transformed industry with opportunities to leverage,” said Mr. Murugesh in a statement. The new Chairman said he would work with the industry verticals and pursue endeavours to foster development in national and international arenas.
Source : 05-04-19   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Google India Head Mr. Rajan Anandan quits; joins Sequoia Capital India
Google South East Asia and India Vice-President Mr. Rajan Anandan will leave the company by April-end and join Sequoia Capital India as a Managing Director. He will join six other Managing Director in his new role at Sequoia Capital India. He will be an investment advisor and mentor to Surge founders. Surge is a scale-up programme for startups in India and South East Asia. Mr. Anandan tweeted: “8 amazing years. 850million internet users across India and SEA. Many billions of revenue and fastest growing region in the world. Incredible team that thinks big and executes superbly.” At Google, Mr. Vikas Agnihotri, Country Director, Sales, will be the interim head for Google India. “We are grateful to Rajan for his huge contribution to Google over the past eight years. His entrepreneurial zeal and leadership have helped grow the overall internet ecosystem in India and Southeast Asia, and we wish him all the best in his new adventures,” said Mr. Scott Beaumont, President, Google Asia Pacific in a statement. Before he joined Google in February 2011, Mr. Rajan Anandan served as the Managing Director for Microsoft India for two years. He has also worked with Dell India and McKinsey & Company.
Source : 02-04-19   Moneycontrol.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Nissan Motor India appoints Mr. Sriram Padmanabhan as Vice President – Marketing
Japanese auto major Nissan said it has appointed Mr. Sriram Padmanabhan as Vice President – Marketing, Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd (NMIPL). In this role, Mr. Padmanabhan will lead marketing strategies for Nissan and Datsun brands in India with the aim of delivering long-term product portfolio, brand value and market share growth, Nissan Motor India said in a statement. Prior to joining Nissan, he was associated with Ford Academy Europe as director. He will be a member of the management committee at NMIPL and would report directly to Nissan India Operations President Mr. Thomas Kuehl. He will be based out of NMIPL’s Gurugram headquarters, it added. Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Kuehl said, “Sriram brings in global marketing leadership and operational expertise and we are confident that he will lead and drive a holistic marketing strategy to accelerate our business growth in India.” Padmanabhan has over two decades of international marketing experience with specific India business expertise in launching new products, and building digital go-to-market competencies, among others, the statement said.
Source : 02-04-19   Moneycontrol.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Private sector employees to get higher retirement benefit as SC dismisses plea filed against Kerala HC order
The Supreme Court dismissed the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed against a Kerala High Court order that had asked Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to provide pension to all private sector retiring employees on the basis of their full salary, a media report said. The EPFO caps the figure on which contribution is calculated at a maximum of Rs 15,000 per month. “We find no merit in the special leave petition. The same is, accordingly, dismissed,” the apex court was quoted as saying. The employer’s component is split into EPF (3.67 percent) and the Employees’ Pension Scheme (8.33 percent). According to reports, while the pension of the employees will increase, the provident fund corpus will be reduced as the extra contribution will now go to the Employees’ Pension Scheme rather than PF. Following the supreme court judgement, all private sector employees will now get a pension on their full salary instead of the Rs 15,000 cap after their retirement.
Source : 03-04-19   Firstpost.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
McAfee achieves gender pay parity globally
McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, announced that it has achieved global gender pay parity. Through an audit covering 45 countries and more than 7,000 employees, McAfee identified gender pay gaps in nine countries. Closing the gap required an investment of $4 million. Salary adjustments were made on April 1, 2019, and the company will continue to monitor and address pay parity annually, said the company. “At McAfee, we value the innovation, creativity, and strategic problem-solving that flourish in an inclusive and diverse environment,” said Mr. Christopher Young, CEO, McAfee. “We believe in the simple fact that every employee, regardless of their gender identity, should be compensated fairly and equally for their individual contribution to the company. I’m proud to lead a company that puts actions behind its beliefs and makes gender pay parity a reality for all employees.” “By achieving gender pay parity at McAfee, we continue to live our values, build an inclusive culture, create better workplaces, and develop stronger communities. I’m honored to join companies beyond the world of cyber already striving towards pay parity, and I hope more will join us in reaching this milestone in equality,” said Ms. Chatelle Lynch, Chief Human Resources Officer, McAfee
Source : 04-04-19   Peoplematters.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Intel consolidates IT operations with Infosys, lays off US employees
Intel laid off hundreds of IT workers in US and Costa Rica last week as the company consolidated its IT operations under single vendor, Infosys, reports said. While the number of affected employees from this process of consolidation was not immediately known, Intel confirmed the development, saying it had done so taking into account the priorities of its business. “We are consolidating our existing outsourcing relationships. We continue to maintain a global internal IT team,” said Intel in an email. Questions sent to Infosys remained unanswered till the time of going to press.
Source : 02-04-19   Business-standard.com   Compiled by www.naukri.com
BSNL to lay off 54,000 employees, will take final call after elections: Report
The board of state-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has reportedly approved the proposal to lay off over 54,000 employees. The final call on the matter is expected to be taken after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are over. The BSNL board has approved three of ten suggestions put forth by a government expert panel. The approved suggestions include reduction in retirement age from the existing 60 years to 58 years, Voluntary Retirement Scheme for all employees aged 50 years or more, and fast-tracking allocation of 4G spectrums to BSNL. The decision to cut down the retirement age and announce VRS package will see around 54,451 BSNL employees exiting the government-owned telco, the report said. This constitutes around 31 per cent of the 1.74 lakh-strong workforce of BSNL.
Source : 03-04-19   Businesstoday.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com
Sony will slash 2,000 jobs in its smartphones unit
Once an iconic brand, Sony is now going to slash its mobile division workforce by half by 2020 in the wake of stiff competition and poor sales. The move could result in roughly 2,000 staffers either losing their jobs or getting shifted to a new department at Sony. “Sony’s share of the smartphone market has fallen sharply in recent years – from more than three per cent in 2010, according to the research portal Statistica, to less than one per cent currently. It has struggled to compete against leaders Apple, Samsung Electronics and Huawei Technologies, all of which are racing to develop new 5G devices. The Tokyo-headquartered company would cut smartphone sales in Southeast Asia and other areas to focus on markets like Europe and East Asia. “The company’s smartphone sales for fiscal 2018 are projected to come in at a dismal 6.5 million units, half the previous year’s figure and just one-sixth that of five years ago. “In fiscal 2014, Sony pulled 1,000 employees from its smartphone operations but sales have plunged faster than expected, necessitating a further round of cuts,” the report added.
Source : 02-04-19   Businessinsider.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com
MSMEs in India can create 1 crore jobs in 5 years: Report
A latest report by NRI Consulting, an affiliate of Nomura Holdings suggests that if nurtured well, micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) has the potential to create one crore jobs in the next four to five years. Currently, only 15 percent of what is consumed in India is made by the domestic manufacturing industry, limiting the country’s ability to create employment opportunities, as per the consulting firm. Although according to a CII survey in the last four years stood the number of jobs in the sector increased by 13.9 at 3,32,394 (higher than the base four years ago), the sector still holds a lot of potential to create more jobs. If a market-oriented approach for MSMEs is adopted and the organized private sector participants invest in capacity building of the MSMEs then the gap can be bridged. One element that is expected to drive the sector’s growth is the increased focus of central and several state governments. Recently, a lot of efforts have been made to enhance the flow of bank funding to make the sector stronger. For instance, Uttar Pradesh’s BJP government launched ‘One District, One Product’ (ODOP) scheme in January 2018, seeking to revitalize traditional industries and MSMEs in every 75 districts in the state. Further, Telangana launched an MSME networking portal and the central cabinet approved an earlier MoU between India and Republic of Korea on startup cooperation.
Source : 08-04-19   Peoplematters.in   Compiled by www.naukri.com