What Is India News Service
Thursday, November 08, 2007


The Ministry of Labor and Employment is one of the oldest and important Ministries of the Government of India.  The main responsibility of the Ministry is to protect and safeguard the interests of workers in general and those who constitute the poor, deprived and disadvantaged sections of the society, in particular, with due regard to creating a healthy work environment for higher production and productivity and to develop and coordinate vocational skill training and employment services.

Government’s attention is also focused on promotion of welfare and providing social security to the labor force both in organized and unorganized sectors, in tandem with the process of liberalization.


These objectives are sought to be achieved through enactment and implementation of various labor laws, which regulate the terms and conditions of service and employment of workers.  The State Governments are also competent to enact legislations, as labor is a subject in the concurrent list under the Constitution of India.

India is a founder member of the International Labor Organization, which came into existence in 1919.  At present the ILO has 175 Members.  A unique feature of the ILO is its tripartite character.  The membership of the ILO ensures the growth of tripartite system in the Member countries.  At every level in the Organization, Governments are associated with the two other social partners, namely the workers and employers.  All the three groups are represented on almost all the deliberative organs of the ILO and share responsibility in conducting its work.

India continues to adhere to the stand that all matters related to international labor standards are to be agitated only in the relevant forum of the ILO and that the comparative advantage of countries, particularly developing countries, must in no way be put into question.  India continues to reject the use of labor standards for protectionist purposes and any attempt to link labor standards with trade will be vehemently opposed invariably, even if isolated by other countries.


That children of uneducated parents are likely to remain illiterate is a self-evident truth. (Missing Link, Telegraph, Editorial, The Telegraph, Nov 08, 2007)

Participating in his first meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Rahul Gandhi made a strong plea for injecting greater flexibility in the guidelines for AICC membership. (Cong To Amend Its Constitution , Tribune, Anita Katyal, Nov 08, 2007)

The intersection of genetics and intelligence is an intellectual minefield. (Let's Unravel Intelligence, Times of India, Editorial, The Times of India, Nov 08, 2007)

Radcliffe even did training regimens like hill repeats - repeatedly running up hills to build strength and endurance. (Pregnancy And Long Distance Running , Deccan Herald, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

While one may find the richest man in India, disparities in the country are so wide that it isnt difficult to find the poorest man either. (India In The Billionaire Club: An Increasing Divide , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Nov 08, 2007)

Lately, saving Africa has become very fashionable. Hollywood celebrities are adopting African babies. (Time For The British To Pay Up In Kenya, Tribune, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

Till roughly fifteen years ago, the most complex electronic gadget Indian consumers had to handle was the video cassette recorder. (The God Machine, Telegraph, MUKUL KESAVAN, Nov 08, 2007)

For all their rebel mythology, artists are conservative, devotedly serving their own vision for decades. (Pure Genius, All Over Again , Deccan Herald, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh completed three successful years in office. (Sharing The Benefit Of The Boom , Frontline, LYLA BAVADAM, Nov 08, 2007)

A 2-year-old girl born with four arms and four legs is recovering after the complex operation for the removal of the extra limbs. (Doctors Monitor India Girl Born With Excess Limbs After Oper , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

State Government has re-launched Namakku Naame Thittam in all the rural and urban areas this year. (Govt. Re-Launches Namakku Naame Scheme In Krishnagiri District , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Manmohan Singh's decision to make a public spectacle of the problems of running a coalition Government betrays his frustration. It brings him not sympathy but contempt, even from his well-wishers (Pm In High Dudgeon, Pioneer, Ajoy Bose, Nov 08, 2007)

THE selection for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has indeed come as a surprise. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body, and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr., the former Vice-President of the United States . . . . (Climate Of Peace, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to the German scientist Gerhard Ertl for his work on surface chemistry. (Surface Of The Matter, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

A trio of biologists – Mario R. Capecchi, Sir Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies – is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007. (Knockout Win, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

Doctors here successfully removed extra limbs from a two-year-old girl after a gruelling 27-hour-long operation on Wednesday. (Lakshmi’S Surgery Is Successful, Asian Age, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

Scotching reports that the saffron party may warm up to the beleaguered Manmohan Singh government over the contentious Indo-US nuclear deal, the BJP today maintained its objection to the deal, asking for the nuclear pact to be “renegotiated” and . . . . (Bjp For Fresh N-Deal Talks, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

From November 13, it will be former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto against Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf. (Benazir Announces March On Nov. 13, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Separation surgery on a two-year-old Indian girl who was born with four arms and four legs has been successful, doctors say. (Girl Separation Surgery A Success , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Ninety Indian workers face imprisonment on charges of violence during a strike in Dubai last month even as United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities sought an urgent review of construction workers' salaries. (Indians In Jail, Uae Seeks Review Of Workers' Pay, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)


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