24 April 2008South Africa has set itself a target of producing up to 2 500 engineers per year, as part of the government’s Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa), to help the country deal with skills shortages.“Jipsa has targeted a limited number of priority skills thought to be some of the key constraints to economic growth,” said chief economist in the Office of the Presidency, Alan Hirsch, on Wednesday.“The key ingredient to growth was going to be that as government we could invest in roads, electricity, water and housing, in order to increase the capacity of the economy . in order to do all of that we need engineers.”Jipsa was created out of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative of South Africa (Asgi-SA), which aims to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Speaking at a report-back briefing on Jipsa’s activities for 2007/08, Hirsch highlighted that at the beginning of this decade, the output of engineers from South Africa’s education system was very low.“By the time we got to 2007, the output of engineers had already increased to about 1 500 per annum from a low point of about 1 200 per annum at the beginning of the decade,” he said. “We want to take it up to 2 500 engineers per annum as soon as possible.”Quality educationDeputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka added that the “Train the Trainer” project had to be prioritised in order to improve the quality of education in the country.She further urged learners who had dropped out of high school before completing Grade 12 to go back and complete their education, warning otherwise that they would only “swell the ranks of the country’s unemployed”.In addition to an amount of R48-million provided in 2006, the government has committed approximately R439-million between 2007 and 2009 towards improving education infrastructure in the country.The Jipsa 2007 report contains strategies to increase the number of registered and practicing engineers in the country, including increasing the number of engineering graduates and retaining and re-employing retired engineers.The issue of foreign recruitment of specialised labour had also become very important, Mlambo-Ngcuka said, adding that the Department of Home Affairs was currently involved in actively promoting South Africa as a destination for chemical, materials, civil, structural, and mining and quality engineers from abroad.“We are aware that we are busy losing skills [through immigration], which has now made the work of Jipsa more tricky,” she said, pointing out that the global environment had changed a lot since the skills acquisition initiative was launched.“There is a need now for us to up our game.”Source: BuaNews
Three days after the killing of a woman government official, who was shot dead while she was supervising demolition drive of unauthorised constructions near Kasauli, a joint team of Himachal Pradesh and Delhi Police on Thursday arrested the accused – Vijay Singh – from Vrindavan town of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.“It was a joint effort of Himachal Pradesh Police and Delhi Police special teams. Though he kept changing locations, we kept tracking him and nabbed him. He even stayed near the Mathura refinery and the Banke Bihari temple,” said Mohit Chawla, Superintendent of Police, Solan.Mr. Chawla said that the accused was hiding in disguise at the time of arrest. “He is being brought back to the state by the police team and will be produced before the court,” he added.Himachal Pradesh Police had come severe criticism from several quarters after the accused managed to escape in broad daylight after open firing on the victim. The Congress party criticised the BJP government in the state over the incident. Last Tuesday, assistant town and country planner Shail Bala was heading one of the four teams that were constituted to demolish illegal constructions. While she was supervising the sealing process at the Narayani Guest House on the Dharampur-Kasauli road, the guest house owner’s son Vijay Singh, after an altercation, opened fire, killing Shail Bala and critically injuring Gulab Singh, an employee of the Public Works Department.Himachal Pradesh government has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident. The inquiry, which has been ordered by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, would be headed by the divisional commissioner of Shimla and will submit its report in 15 days.
The Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Former India spinner Bishen Singh Bedi on Friday said it was wrong on part of the organisers to deprive Kolkata the right to host the India-England World Cup match and the local authorities should be given some more time to complete the renovation work at the historic Eden Gardens.After an inspection, the International Cricket Council on Thursday decided to shift India’s group match against England, scheduled for February 27, from Eden Gardens, saying that the venue will not be ready in time to host the match.But Bedi said the kind of cricketing atmosphere the city of Kolkata has is unmatched and it should not be deprived from hosting the high-profile encounter.”It’s wrong whether ICC or BCCI (has done it) because the electrifying atmosphere, which is experienced in Kolkata is not seen anywhere in the world. I am not backing any cricket Association but it is an important game and Kolkata crowd deserves to watch it,” Bedi told PTI.”The other matches at Eden are insignificant (from the crowd point of view). Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore are the cities that have cricket culture and they should not be deprived of holding good matches,” he added.Apart from the India-England tie, Eden is slated to host Ireland’s two matches — against South Africa (March 15) and the Netherlands (March 18), followed by Kenya-Zimbabwe game on March 20.Bedi said if Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium can be given extra time to complete renovation work, Eden Gardens also deserve similar treatment.”It’s not time to settle political scores. How do you know, that they can’t complete the work? Let’s put the ball in their court and let them deliver,” he said.advertisement”They have awarded the semi-final to Mohali, a city which has no cricket culture. It’s agriculture there and not cricket culture.”In England during the World Cup, Northamptonshire or Cardiff were not given important matches. It’s Birmingham, Nottingham, Old Trafford that got important matches because of the culture,” Bedi added.-With PTI inputs
WATCH: Liverpool ace Oxlade-Chamberlain clashes with angry Man Utd fansby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain clashed Manchester United fans after full-time at Old Trafford.The midfielder was clearly told to “F*** off” while talking to one fan, while another rejected his offer of a fist bump.It’s not clear why the 26-year-old went to the home fans after the end of the 1-1 draw.Some viewers on social media claimed that Ox had been getting some stick from that section of the crowd while warming up.Oxlade-Chamberlain involved in row with Man Utd fans as smiling star told to ‘f*** off’ and has fist bump rejected It is not clear why the smiling Ox went over to the fans. The incident took place after the 1-1 draw between Man Utd and Liverpool at Old Trafford pic.twitter.com/x6b86Lx20t— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) October 20, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Darjeeling/Kolkata: “Trinamool Congress considers the action of Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar as ‘over-active’ and interfering in all respects of government business and government officers,” said state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee in a statement issued by the party on Tuesday.Chatterjee’s statement came after the Governor expressed his displeasure over the absence of the state Tourism minister Gautam Deb and state Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, in a meeting convened by him in Siliguri on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDhankhar had said in Siliguri: “The lukewarm stand of the state is worrisome. It is not befitting Bengal. The DM might be sick, the minister might have had some preoccupation along with the Police Commissioner. It can happen. The ruling party was absent but the public representatives from the Opposition parties were all present and we had a fruitful discussion.” In the statement, Chatterjee said: “Bengal is a beautiful state. The Governor must visit beautiful places in Bengal and enjoy the hospitality of the state government. This is desirable. What is not desirable is a Constitutional position, unnecessarily becoming over-active, interfering in all aspects of government business and government officers.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayChatterjee maintained that as per the Constitution, the state government is an elected body and so is the Central government. “But the Governor is a nominated post and not an elected one. As per the provision of the Constitution, the jurisdictions have earmarked the role of the state government and the role of the Governor,” he added. Chatterjee urged the Governor “not to misuse the Constitutional jurisdiction and avoid political gimmicks every day,” and added: “Our Trinamool government is the people’s government and is aware of what to do and what not to do.” Meanwhile, Dhankhar stated that he will be visiting each and every district of the state. “I am not over-active. I am active. I have taken oath to serve the people of Bengal,” he added. When questioned on the panic and alleged deaths surrounding the implementation of NRC in the state, the Governor said that he was not aware of it. Quizzed on the Jadavpur University incident by media persons, the Governor stated that universities should be independent. “One should not impose their will. Universities should not become the extension of either the government or the Governor House. The reputation and credibility has to be maintained,” he added. He claimed that he had visited the JU campus as a last measure to connect with the students as their Chancellor. “I am happy that they have shown respect to their Chancellor. I have a four-fold approach towards universities. I connect with the V-C, Registrar, Former V-Cs and Registrars, faculty and the students,” Dhankhar said. Meanwhile, later in the day, Trinamool Congress appointed Ranjan Sarkar as the new Darjeeling district president of the party, replacing Goutam Deb, the state Tourism minister. The decision was taken following a meeting where senior party leaders were present.