Security officers attached to the Amazon Security Service in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Thursday took to the streets over alleged non-payment of salaries.According to the female security officers, they represent a fraction of employees who have not received any payment of their salaries for the past three months.Holding up placards bearing various slogans, the aggrieved security officers stood in Central Mackenzie, Linden before moving to the Constabulary Compound in Mackenzie, where the security firm’s office is located.They were very vocal in explaining the situation. “Three months no pay…I does work in the office, and what get me real angry is that none of them ain’t coming decently and say nothing…I want my money today…”, one of the protestors, JanetThree of the aggrieved security officers on the protest line on ThursdayHodge, stated.In an interview with this publication, Hodge alleged that when she enquired about her salary from her boss, she did not get a favourable response. She noted, however, that she was told in June that the payment was “not ready yet”.“Right now it past talking time. I need my money today”, she continued.The employees have noted that they do not even have money to buy food or transportation, but they maintain that they would remain on the job.“Is three months now I ain’t get no salary. I owe the bus, I have other bills”, Dina Kissoon explained.According to the employees, they are in dire need of their salaries since they also have bills to pay.According to security guard Karen Dowding, they are also suffering from lack of working materials.“When we working, we ain’t working with no torchlight, no ruler or nothing…Dem ain’t buying these things and give you, but they charging you…I work for 3 months straight without no pay. And we’re being charged for things on the work that is not right”, she said.The woman also claimed money was deducted from her salary after a gate was left open at her work site. In protest, the women also sat along the roadway with the hope of attracting the necessary attention.“I supposed to work tonight but I ain’t going”, Hodge told this publication.
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29 March 2012The BRICS grouping of influential emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have taken another step towards establishing a development bank that could one day rival the World Bank.Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a statement issued after the 4th BRICS summit in New Delhi on Thursday, said the leaders of the five countries had considered a proposal to set up a BRICS-led South-South Development Bank, funded and managed by the BRICS and other developing countries.Such a bank could help its member countries pool resources for infrastructure development and to lend among themselves during difficult global times.“We have directed our finance ministers to examine the proposal and report back at the next summit,” Singh said.At the same time, the BRICS leaders put pressure on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to speed up changes to its governance structure in order to better represent the developing world.The rapid recovery of the BRICS economies from the 2008-09 global financial crisis had “highlighted their role as growth drivers of the global economy,” Singh said.BRICS push for trade in local currenciesAlso on Thursday, the export-import banks of the five BRICS countries signed two pacts aimed at promoting trade in local currencies among BRICS members – a move seen as replacing the US dollar as the main unite of intra-BRICS trade.The “Master Agreement In Extending Credit Facility” in local currencies, and the “BRICS Multilateral Letter Of Credit Confirmation Facility Agreement” were signed by the Brazilian Development Bank, Russia’s State Corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs, India’s Exim Bank, the China Development Bank Corporation and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.The agreements would “boost trade among us by offering credit in our local currencies”, Singh said, adding that the BRICS trade ministers, meeting at the BRICS Business Forum on Wednesday, had agreed to strengthen intra-BRICS trade and investment linkages.Intra-BRICS trade, currently standing at about US$230-billion, has the potential of surging to $500-billion by 2015.SAinfo reporter
Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Friday set off a political storm when a video clip went viral on social media, showing her telling Muslims that if they did not vote for her, she might not be responsive to their requests later.“I am winning… But if my victory is without support from Muslims, I won’t feel that good. Dil khatta ho jayega (heart will become sour). Then when a Muslim comes to me for work, I think let it be, how does it matter?” Ms. Gandhi said at a rally in Turabh Khani.The District Election Officer has since served notice on Ms. Gandhi, giving her three days to respond. The six-time BJP MP is contesting from Sultanpur in U.P.“It is all give and take, a negotiation, isn’t it? We are not all children of Mahatma Gandhi, are we?” Ms. Gandhi is heard saying at the rally.“I have already won the election but you will need me. This is your chance to lay the foundation. When the election comes and this booth throws up 100 votes or 50 votes, and then you come to me for work, we will see… do you all understand,” Ms. Gandhi said.The Minister’s speech comes just days after the Election Commission issued a notice to Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati following a complaint from the BJP that she had sought Muslim votes during the mahagathbandhan’s rally in Deoband.Furore on TwitterThe veiled threat in the speech evoked strong condemnation across the board from social media.Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha in a series of tweets, condemned the Minister, saying: “Scandal! Naukri ek sauda hai (employment is a bargain)#BJPS # Maneka Gandhi. Dear Demographic Dividend India, now you know why India has an unemployment jobs crisis. For #BJP providing jobs is a commercial deal; you have to help them first to get a job. A quid pro quo. It is a barter, give & take.”‘EC looking away’Congress supporter and political analyst Tehseen Poonawala tweeted: “From Amit Shahji to Maneka Gandhi maám, Muslims are being threatened openly by the BJP. Never before in the history of independent India and her elections has this happened and the Election Commission of India continues to look away and not act.”Actor Swara Bhaskar tweeted, “Literally Sick. Is Maneka Gandhi threatening Muslims? Isn’t this unconstitutional? And criminal? She is admitting that she will abuse her power soon as she in office! @ECISVEEP This must violate something! ”
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For the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) trouble now comes, like it does from a loaded deck of cards, in spades.Just when it thought it safe to lift its head after being mauled by match-fixing, the BCCI ran up against the Government’s policy on playing Pakistan and,For the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) trouble now comes, like it does from a loaded deck of cards, in spades. Just when it thought it safe to lift its head after being mauled by match-fixing, the BCCI ran up against the Government’s policy on playing Pakistan and tried to bluff its way out of that one by threatening not to play in the World Cup. Even as it recovered from a ministerial rebuke, a preliminary assessment report from the Income-Tax Department in Mumbai, citing instances of lavish spending by officials, was unearthed. The most glaring examples of extravagance, according to the income-tax report, took place when:JAYWANT LELE: According to the IT report, the BCCI secretary had telephone bills totalling more than Rs 2.1 lakhJagmohan Dalmiya was given $5,000 (around Rs 2 lakh) towards entertainment expenses. The report does not specify the year this sum was handed out but indications point to 1997 when Dalmiya launched a campaign to be elected president of the International Cricket Council (ICC).Former board chief Raj Singh Dungarpur was given $350 (around Rs 15,000) per day for 45 days and an entertainment allowance of $3,000 for an ICC meeting which was scheduled for one week.P.M. Rungta was paid Rs 89,800 and Rs 1,58,865 for expenses incurred during Diwali to buy “dry fruits and liquor for presentation to various officials and entertainment”.Board Secretary J.Y. Lele ran up phone bills of Rs 1,75,505 for his residential phone and Rs35,737 on his cell.Former BCCI secretary Dalmiya also comes under fire in another instance. The report asks for an explanation from the board in regard to the bank statement of Indian Overseas Bank, Calcutta (A/c No. 1223) which was opened in the name of INDCOM.advertisementJAGMOHAN DALMIYA: The IT report says a dollar 5,000 allowance was not accounted for and a bank statement was not providedOn January 1, 1998 the name of the account was changed to World Cup 1998.The report further states that, “the bank statement was called for with complete narration of receipts and withdrawal from the said account to see the extent of personal benefit enjoyed by Shri J. Dalmiya who operates the account.However the assesses has failed to produce details called for”.There are also question marks on the amounts paid to U.N. Banerjee, lawyer for Dalmiya and the board, which the BCCI has categorised as legal charges.The report states that the Rs 47,900, Rs 89,000, Rs 18,470, Rs 59,110 and Rs 13,729 were paid as travelling charges and Rs 10,148 and Rs 10,190 for his accommodation. According to the report, there were no details of the places travelled and the nature of the work done.The upshot of the report is that the IT Department has now sought to withdraw its tax exemption from the BCCI, given usually to educational and sports bodies for conducting their noble works.According to the report, the income of the BCCI should be treated as business income and it recommends that the “maximum marginal rate” of tax, i.e. 35 per cent, be charged. On the BCCI’s computed taxable income of Rs 21.29 crore, it works out to Rs 7.45 crore.P.M. RUNGTA: The report says he was given expenses of close to Rs 2.5 lakh for gifts to officials during DiwaliSays Lele: “We are not going to pay and will go into appeal against this report. So far we have been granted exemption. What has suddenly changed?”Board Treasurer Kishore Rungta says the merits of the case are sub-judice but explained the “factual situation” to INDIA TODAY: “What kind of money are we talking about in this report? It is not even 0.1 percent of the total revenue accrued to the board.”Rungta maintains the board’s expenses have been scrutinised by its internal committees. “There is nothing fishy about these expenses. Some of the points in the report were in fact questions put up by our own auditors for clarifications.”Former board president Dungarpur points out that the instance cited in the income-tax report about his claiming allowance for 45 days for “an ICC meeting which was for one week” is factually incorrect.RAJ SINGH DUNGARPUR: The IT report says the former board chief was given 45 days’ allowance for a trip that lasted a week”This was during the 1999 World Cup where, as a member of the ICC Executive Board, I attended more than one ICC meeting. I also worked with the team’s consultant and coach and travelled to the Indian team’s practice matches. All these expenses were ratified by the board.”But it cannot be denied that the board’s fairly generous allowances have kept the grapevine buzzing with tales of financial misuse.The most popular one involves a former national selector claiming air fare from his zonal cricket association’s headquarters to the venues of selection meetings long after he had moved residence from his zonal home to a metro (where selection meetings were usually held) for professional reasons.advertisementLast year the board’s spending also came under fire due to a public-interest litigation (PIL) initiated by two Delhi lawyers which said that the board spent only 2 per cent of its earnings on coaching.Click here to EnlargeThe PIL, whose admissibility hearing comes up in the Delhi High Court on May 23, dented the board’s image and also provided the CBI and the taxmen with leads that led last July to “Operation Gentlemen”, the highly-publicised tax raids on officials and players.Rungta clarifies that the PIL had brought home the realisation that by not categorising its expenses precisely, the board could get into legal trouble. “We put the subsidies handed out to state associations under the category of direct coaching expenses. Conducting domestic tournaments alone amount to Rs 7-8 crore.Is that not a cricketing expense? It is all a question of seeing the glass half-full or half-empty.” However, this is not a story of two halves. It is, if anything, a tale of a cup of woe running over.