Bhopal: BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya Saturday expressed ignorance about the party issuing any show-cause notice to his MLA son Akash for assaulting a civic official with a cricket bat in Indore last month.There have been contrasting statements by party leaders on the notice. While Madhya Pradesh BJP president had Thursday said that no decision was taken on the matter, a senior national leader had asserted that a notice was issued. When asked Saturday whether any such notice has been issued to the MLA, Satyendra Bhushan Singh, office secretary of the state BJP, said, “Nothing like that, at least in my knowledge.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The issue of imminent action against Akash came up after Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday disapproved of his conduct and language. BJP leaders have feigned ignorance whether any notice has been served to Akash asking him to explain his conduct. Akash had assaulted an official of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) on June 26 during an argument over razing of a dilapidated building, which was caught on camera. He is currently out on bail. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”I don’t know about it. I (just) reached here (Bhopal) from Delhi but I read in newspapers that Akash was served something,” Kailash Vijayvargiya told reporters when asked about the show-cause notice against his son. In reply to a question whether he scolded Akash over the incident, the Vijayvargiya senior said that he had done whatever he was supposed to do as a father. “Dantna (reprimanding) and ‘samjhana’… I don’t want to discuss it publicly,” he added. When asked about Akash not seen in public after the prime minister’s statement, his father said, “Ask him. He will be here to attend the state Assembly session (on July 8).” After his release from jail, Akash was given a hero’s welcome by some BJP workers. Though he remained unapologetic over the act, Akash had said that he would try to follow Mahatma Gandhi’s path of non-violence while raising public issues in future.
US worker productivity shrinks 1.9 pct. in 4th quarter, mostly because of temporary factors by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2013 8:32 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. worker productivity shrank in the final three months of last year, mostly because of temporary factors that dragged down growth.Productivity contracted at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.9 per cent in the October-December quarter, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s about the same as last month’s estimate of a 2 per cent decline. It followed a 3.1 per cent gain in the July-September quarter.Productivity is the amount of output per hour of work. It shrank because economic activity barely expanded in the fourth quarter, while hours worked rose at a solid pace.The decline in productivity doesn’t necessarily signal more hiring. That’s because the economy’s 0.1 per cent annual growth in the fourth quarter was due to defence cuts and slower company restocking. Those trends should reverse in the current quarter.Still, the trend in productivity has been fairly weak. For all of 2012, productivity rose by just 0.7 per cent, after an even smaller 0.6 per cent rise in 2011.Those gains were less than half the average growth in 2009 and 2010, shortly after many companies laid off workers to cut costs during the Great Recession. And it’s below the long-run trend of 2.2 per cent growth a year dating back to 1947.Companies may ultimately need to hire more workers if they see only modest gains in productivity and more demand for their products.Economists predict worker productivity will stay weak through 2013. Higher productivity is typical during and after a recession, they note. Companies tend to shed workers in the face of falling demand and increase output from a smaller work force. Once the economy starts to grow, demand rises and companies eventually must add workers if they want to keep up.The Federal Reserve closely monitors productivity and labour costs for any signs that inflation is affecting wages. Mild inflation has allowed the central bank to keep interest rates at record lows in an effort to boost economic growth and fight high unemployment. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email