Infosys, India’s second-largest IT firm, is fast implementing automation technologies that would result in a fall in the number of employees who are on the bench, the company’s CEO Vishal Sikka said Monday.Last year, the IT major had launched an internal programme called “Zero Bench”, aimed at better utilisation of resources and keeping its structure leaner.”Despite being here (at Infosys) for 18 months, I can’t still find an answer around the idea of a bench,” Business Standard quoted Sikka as saying.The company had said last year it aimed to improve employee productivity by 50% in the next five years. The software major had estimated employee productivity to increase to $80,000 by 2020, compared to $52,500.Infosys recorded a staff utilisation rate of 80.6 percent for the December quarter.”At 81 percent utilisation, it means 9,000 people are sitting on the bench. This is more than the number of application developers I had at SAP. That’s also more than the number of engineers at Facebook. So I said unless you guys are building a Facebook, this is a colossal waste of human potential,” said Sikka at a conference organised by Kotak Institutional Equities in Mumbai.The number of employees who have changed jobs internally in the company now stands at over 10,300 since the roll-out of the “Zero Bench” initiative in July last year. The initiative allows the employee to choose jobs posted on the internal marketplace.Infosys is looking to enable its clients to access the profiles of employees on bench in a bid to increase the utilisation of resources.Besides, the company has been taking several other automation measures to improve employee productivity.”The shift to automation is inevitable. There is no doubt that it is going to happen. There is no doubt that it is already happening. It is not to make the horses run faster and faster, it is to turn the horse-cart into an automobile,” said Sikka.
Aerial view of a neighborhood destroyed after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa. ReutersThe Colombian government on Monday declared a state of economic emergency in the town of Mocoa in southern Colombia, after mudslides left more than 270 people dead, including 43 children.”We have the toll of the people who have unfortunately died,” said President Juan Manuel Santos, as he revisited the scene of Friday’s disaster.”The latest is 273 people died and 262 are injured,” he said. Earlier he said that at least 43 children were among the dead.Santos was to spend the night at a nearby military base and on Tuesday would continue coordinating the emergency response.The president said reconstruction would begin, dismissing risks of further mudslides, but he warned that the country faces rainy weather until June.Santos has flown into the disaster zone for three straight days to oversee the relief effort. He declared an economic emergency Monday to free up relief funds, amplifying the public health and safety emergency he had already declared.The mudslides occurred Friday after heavy rains caused three rivers to overflow, spewing earth, rocks and tree debris over the area.Most of the hardest-hit neighborhoods are poor and populated with people uprooted during Colombia’s five-decade-long civil war.Mocoa was home to 70,000 people, according to Sorrel Aroca, the governor of Putumayo department. The Red Cross estimated about 45,000 people in Mocoa were affected by the mudslides.Hopes of finding survivors were fading Monday as some 200 people remained missing.Rescuers clawed through mud and timber as relatives desperately sought loved ones.People, houses swept awaySurvivors told of scrambling onto roofs or hanging onto trees as a sea of mud, boulders and debris engulfed Mocoa late Friday.Some watched as their children and relatives were swept away.Among them was Ercy Lopez, 39, who was left hanging on a tree after the deluge tore away her home.Lying on a mattress in a shelter for survivors, she said people were still searching for her 22-year-old daughter Diana Vanesa.”The hopes of finding her alive are slim now,” she said.Debris was everywhere in the remote Amazon town: buried cars, uprooted trees, children’s toys and odd shoes sticking up out of the mud.Survivors gathered at the local hospital and at the cemetery to search for family members and friends.Yulieth Rosero had just buried her sister, but was holding out hope of finding her seven-year-old nephew, Juan David Rueda.”I found his little brother, William. He’s alive. He’s in shock, injured and has no clothes, but he’s OK,” said Rosero, 23.Hundreds of rescuers were working at the scene of the disaster, using mechanical diggers in the search.Locals said it was never safe to live so close to the three rivers that overflowed after days of torrential rain.Wilson Chilito, 22, said he scrambled onto the roof of a house from where he watched “people, fridges and houses” being swept away.He lost his sister, mother-in-law and at least two other relatives.”This was foreseen for a long time,” he told AFP as he packed up belongings from his home, his boots full of mud.Founded in 1563, “the town has about 10 rivers running through it,” said Mocoa Mayor Jose Antonio Castro, quoted by newspaper El Espectador.”That means it is not a place where a town should be located.”- Vomiting mud -Carlos Acosta had survived by clinging to a tree branch.”I was dying due to a lack of air — so what did I do? I stuck my finger in my mouth and vomited a lot of mud,” Acosta, 25, told AFP.”I sneezed out mud until I could breathe again.”He could not save his three-year-old son, Camilo, however.The two were swept away together. But Acosta was knocked unconscious, and when he woke up the child was gone.Residents began burying their loved ones as the identified bodies were returned. A mass funeral was held at a local cemetery, where workers toiled to dig enough holes for the piles of coffins.Santos said the mudslide destroyed a local aqueduct and knocked out power to much of the surrounding area.He said four emergency water treatment plants would be set up to avoid epidemics of diseases such as cholera.Colombia’s worst disaster was a volcanic eruption in 1985 that triggered a landslide and destroyed the city of Armero, killing 25,000 people.
Stunning acrobatic performances, a mighty African statue and creative artworks await you at the Afro Festival in Delhi. So, wave a Jambo- that is hello in swahili- and get onto this bandwagon.A breathtaking beautiful show of juggling arts, dramatic street entertainment and an exhibition of sculptures and paintings have been put together to celebrate the vibrant culture of Africa in the capital. The Afro Festival will open on 3 July with creative artworks and cultural display and go on to entertain the Delhites till 7 July. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival brings to life the experience of its people as a living and dynamic tradition that continues to evolve at the turn of the 21st century. To increase public understanding and appreciation of African art and culture, the festival is devoted exclusively to African way of life. This stunning exhibition integrates everyday life of the people, related objects with paintings and performances and interaction with the artists. This major festival presents exquisite examples of eclectic art and sculptures from Africa. Featuring works of Thomas Ongon’ga, Michael Soi, Edward Orato, Dennis Muragiri and James Oluoch, each creation showcases the artist’s mood, aesthetics and personal journey of creating their pieces of art. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThemes explored in this exhibit are inspired by everyday activities of people in Africa, warrior-clans and wildlife. The artists’ interpretation of their work is grounded in the belief that ‘The people of Africa have created an extraordinary cultural heritage, deeply embedded in a beautiful yet fragile physical environment’. The colors in the art work are bright and bold in shades of red, ochre-yellow and ebony black.To celebrate the fun spirit, feast upon the acrobatic experience that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical strength rubs shoulders with the dare devil acts. The Jambo acrobats are backed by foot thumping Afro Caribbean music. Two acrobats each holding on to large rings that suddenly make them airborne, with a third one reaching out for them to add drama. They toss their spinning props across the stage to one another. And just when you think this is over the top, they amaze you with a finale that is probably, for anyone else on earth, impossible to perform. Look out for choreographed entertainment as you watch jugglers performing tricks and catching tossing balls in seconds. The multimedia displays are magnificent, followed by acts of bottle balancing. The magnificent and daring act is performed effortlessly under the limbo pole- the height of a beer bottle. While Capital drowns in an African cultural fiesta, dig in for your share of fun and frolic.
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