Independent journalists harassed, attacked in Kurdistan in run-up to elections

first_img Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Kurdistan Prime Minister Barham Ahmad Salih filed a legal action last week against Kurdish journalist Rebwar Karim Wali, the former editor of the daily Hawler, over an article he wrote for the independent weekly Awene (Mirror) last month accusing the prime minister of spending more time dining in chic restaurants than in his office trying to deal with the needs of his fellow citizens. Dr. Salih also filed a complaint against the weekly’s editor, Shwan Mohammed. February 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation February 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent journalists harassed, attacked in Kurdistan in run-up to elections IraqMiddle East – North Africa Asked why he was assaulted, Goran replied: “You don’t need any reason to be attacked in this country.” Aged 32, Goran was beaten about the head and face by unidentified assailants on 29 October in Erbil. Help by sharing this information to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more Commenting on these press freedom violations, Kurdish intellectual and writer Aso Jabar told Reporters Without Borders: “The Kurdish authorities are showing their darkest side through these acts of repression. Real democracies do not oppress their people for using the right to free speech.” The press freedom organisation has learned of the following violations since late January. Religious leaders filed a complaint against Abdelrahman Tayeb Bamarni, the editor of Chavder, a Kurdish weekly published by the PUK, and writer Hoshang Sheikh Mohammed on 27 January in Dahuk province over a poem published in the magazine deemed to be an offence to Islam. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Nabaz Goran, the editor of the independent Kurdish-language monthly Jehan (World), was physically attacked for the second time in the past three months on 9 February in Sulaymaniyah. “I was in the district of Sabunkaran when two youths attacked me,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “Street traders ran after them but failed to catch them. I called the police. If they want to arrest them, they could easily do so because one of them was wounded in the face.” Cases of harassment and physical violence against independent and opposition journalists have been increasing in frequency in Iraqi Kurdistan in the run-up to legislative elections scheduled for 6 March. Newscenter_img News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” The police threatened to burn down the homes of employees of the satellite TV station Speda in Halabja (75 km east of Sulaymaniyah) on 12 February if they posted photos of policemen brandishing placards and flags of the ruling Patriotic Union of Kurdistan/ Kurdistan Democratic Party coalition. The TV station, which belongs to the Kurdish Islamic Union (Yekgirtu), did nonetheless post the photos on its website and filed a complaint against the city’s police. Four incidents took place on 14 February: RSF_en Known for supporting President Barzani, the KDP’s leader, Wali said he has often been lambasted in the past by media that support Dr. Salih, who heads the PUK. Although Mohammed said he published Dr. Salih’s response in Awene, he was summoned to appear today before a court, which released him payment of 500,000 dinars (314 euros) in bail News December 28, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq Although Kurdistan’s press law contains no provision for the detention of journalists, they were arrested and kept in police custody for day until released on bail. The PUK’s “office of democratic organisations” meanwhile decided to close the magazine for two weeks. News Wali maintains that the lawsuit is illegal. “In no way does my article insult the prime minister, nor does it jeopardise national security,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “I just said he needs to turn the election promises he made last July into concrete actions.” He said he received a phone call asking him to report to the police. “But I told them I would not go as long as I had not received a written notification.” • Reporter Bryar Namiq of Kurdish News Network (KNN), an opposition satellite TV station, and a KNN cameraman were accosted by police in Sulaymaniyah while covering a demonstration by pensioners for more benefits and were detained for an hour. “We got permission from the head of the pensions department to cover this protest,” Namiq told Reporters Without Borders. “But when we began filming, the police pounced on us and threatened to give us a beating if we continued. One of the policemen grabbed the camera and arrested us.”• A KNN cameraman was prevented from covering a story in Raniya, a town 120 km south of Sulaymaniyah.• The local branch of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) – part of the coalition that controls the Kurdistan Regional Government – prevented a crew from Gorran (Change), a local television station, from filming in Kirkuk. • Bodyguards of Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani prevented Ibrahim Ali, the editor of the independent magazine Livin, from entered the headquarters of the PUK/KDP coalition in Erbil to take photos. They said it was because the magazine was too critical of the ruling coalition.last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid announces death of player

first_img Loading… Club sources told ESPN that his death was not connected to coronavirus.Advertisement “We are saddened by the tragic news of the passing of our player and we mourn his loss deeply,” Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo said on Saturday. “Atletico Madrid and all of the Atletico family are alongside Christian’s family and friends in these moments of immense pain.” “The feeling of powerlessness that situations like this generate is horrible,” CEO Miguel Angel Gil said in a statement on the club’s website. “In the last few days people very close to me have died, some from coronavirus and others from other illnesses, and the feeling of not being able to say goodbye to them as they deserve, as in Christian’s case, the feeling of such huge injustice, breaks your heart.” Promoted ContentDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit10 Body Features That Are Extremely Rare But Very Remarkable5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key RoleTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies7 Of The Best Top Models From IndiaWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?center_img Atletico Madrid have announced that Christian Minchola, a 14-year-old forward who played for one of the club’s youth teams, has died. Minchola joined Atletico’s academy in the 2013-14 season and had most recently played for their U14s in his sixth campaign at the club. Read Also:Partey to renew Atletico Madrid deal with new release clauseClub captain — and academy product — Koke tweeted: “Anger and pain at having to say goodbye to Christian Minchola. Life is so unfair. Proud that you wore this shirt.”Atletico Madrid have confirmed the flag outside the Wanda Metropolitano stadium will be flown at half mast as a tribute to Minchola and to all those Atletico fans who have died in recent weeks.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Just a little TLC

first_imgNow having developed a taste for endurance racing Long has taken it to the next level by signing up for an ironman race which is regarded by some as the most intense triathlon format on the planetBelieving strongly that a loving home and a nurturing environment produce healthy, happy children, Thea Jarvis founded The Love of Christ Children’s Home (TLC) to help place abandoned and orphaned children with caring families.Jarvis established TLC in 1993 when she took in the first of her 19 foster children; since then the organisation has placed some 833 children with loving families.Jarvis’s biological daughter, Philippa Jarvis, and her four siblings now run the home, which can accommodate 35 children, in Eikenhof, in the south of Johannesburg.A CHAMPION FOR CHILDRENOne of the latest additions to their TLC family is a bright eyed little girl named Beatrice, here with Philippa JarvisIn 2012, when the organisation faced funding problems that led to it turning children away, long-time associate, Jeffrey Long, a law student at the University of the Witwatersrand, saw the opportunity to play his part. Drawing parallels between the TLC facilitators’ enduring strength, and the mental toughness required for endurance running, Long decided to run the 2012 Two Oceans marathon to raise funds for TLC.He says, “Before this I was never an endurance athlete; I mean I hated fitness. I’d be the last guy at fitness practice.“Then seeing the struggles that they [TLC facilitators] go through on a daily basis just to keep things going made me decide to do endurance because I feel like it relates more to what they’re doing … you really have to struggle and work hard every day to be able to achieve something like this.”The home only takes in children under the age of three; social workers, the police and hospitals alert Philippa Jarvis and her team to take in children who have been abandoned with them.She says the organisation’s goal is to get the children ready for adoption as quickly as possible so they don’t “end up in the system”, i.e. remain registered as up for adoption with the Department of Social Development for longer periods. Jarvis says the older children are less likely to be adopted, because “people looking to adopt children often look for younger or newborn children who have less health or social issues”.INSPIRED BY CAREDespite recent surgery on a damaged knee, Long completed the arduous 56 km race and raised R30 000, more than his targeted R10 000, for the organisation. He said, “If I had done the Two Oceans for myself I doubt I would have made it. The fact that I was doing it for the sake of TLC … is what helped me push on until the end.”This year Long aims to complete the Ironman South Africa race, regarded by many as the most intense triathlon format in the world. The race will be held in Nelson Mandela Bay on 6 April.Standardised by the World Triathlon Corporation, the Ironman consists of a four kilometre swim, 180 km cycle and a 42 km run, to be completed in that order with no pauses or rest periods. Finishing the course within 17 hours earns athletes the Ironman accolade.A TLC facilitator accompanying the children who attend TLC’s on site Pre-SchoolLong hopes to match, or beat, his 2012 fundraising effort by collecting donations of 50 cents, R1, or R10 or more per kilometre. “Because the donations are made per kilometre it means that even though it’s a small amount of money, by the end of the event it all adds up to a sizable donation,” Long explains.Jarvis adds, “We rely a lot on community support … and he [Long] has become our champion and every year he does something amazing. He challenges people to take on a cause and to raise funds or do what they can to make a difference.“Without help like that we wouldn’t be here so it’s been a real blessing for us to have support like that.”Jarvis adds that TLC also relies on volunteers to meet the children’s needs.She says, “Our volunteers come from around the world and they volunteer for between three months and one year and they stay on site so that the children get constant care,” instead of having a new caregiver each week.“It’s hard to say but the better they bond [with volunteers and facilitators] before the bond is broken, the easier it is for them to bond again with their new families.”Jarvis says TLC’s success is as a result of “the many hundreds of people from around the world who support us, pray for us and love the work we do so much that they are willing to walk alongside us even during the difficult times”.PLAY YOUR PARTTo donate to Long’s cause, deposit or electronically transfer your amount into the following bank account:Bank: Standard Bank Account number: 208074805 Branch code: 007205 Reference: (your name)To learn more about helping TLC continue its work, visit its website, email the office, or call +27 83 704 2909, or +27 83 462 1363, outside of office hours.last_img read more

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La Salle fends off Adamson for 3rd straight win

first_imgAdamson was down by four, 69-65, midway through the fourth quarter, but a timely triple from Rob Manalang and two free throws from Jonathan Espeleta put the Soaring Falcons ahead 72-71 with 2:19 left in the game.That slim lead, however, would be the last of the Falcons’ reprieve as Andrei Caracut knocked down a clutch triple that gave the Green Archers a 74-72 lead with 1:48 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSanti Santillan then pushed the dagger through Adamson’s heart with a layup giving La Salle a 76-72 lead with 36 seconds remaining in the game. “This game was a test of our character, not just as individuals but as a team, and it really helped our team,” said Ricci Rivero in Filipino. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion De La Salle kept Adamson University at bay to come away with an 80-74 victory in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers chalked up their third straight win and improved to 8-2 to deny the Soaring Falcons (6-4), who missed a chance to gain a share of second place.ADVERTISEMENT Sol Mercado out for Game 5 of PBA Finals Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion La Salle trailed majority of the game up until the 4:10 mark of the third when center Ben Mbala scored back-to-back baskets that gave the Green Archers a 50-48 lead.Rivero paced La Salle with 17 points while Santillan finished with 16 points, 14 points in the second half, and 10 boards.Mbala struggled from the field, going 3-of-10, but made up for it from the line going 9-of-12 to put up 15 points to go along with 17 rebounds. Papi Sarr led Adamson with 17 points and 12 boards while Jerrick Ahanmisi also had 17 points. ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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4-Star South Carolina Quarterback Commit Brandon McIlwain Weighing Football, Baseball Options After Spurrier Retirement

first_imgFour-star quarterback Brandon McIlwain looked like South Carolina’s quarterback of the future after making a good impression at the Elite 11 this summer, but with the abrupt retirement Steve Spurrier and his skyrocketing stock as a baseball prospect, he is rethinking his commitment. McIlwain received a visit from Penn State quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne on Wednesday.Just had a home visit with Coach @RickyRahne ! .#PSU pic.twitter.com/ZytwCXKD8G— Brandon McIlwain (@BFMcIlwainqb12) December 3, 2015His mother, Lena McIlwain, reveals more about his pending decisions in a recent Facebook post. McIlwain is still considering South Carolina, but needs to hear from whomever takes over for Spurrier first. He’s also being recruited by other programs, and has emerged as a top prospect in the MLB Draft. WCIV Sports Director Scott Eisberg shared her post on Twitter.Not a big recruiting guy-but these posts sent to us-USC QB commit Brandon McIlwain’s mom a former Channel 4 staffer. pic.twitter.com/Nqumnh4N3w— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) December 3, 2015lena mcilwain brandon psu coach lena mcilwain brandon future mlb Yesterday, McIlwain was ranked eighth in an ESPN list of the nation’s top prep and college baseball [email protected] is number 8 on ESPN’s list! pic.twitter.com/BI6K4JtqYh— RockNorthBaseball (@crnorthbaseball) December 1, 2015As a potential first round pick in the MLB, and a Top 10 quarterback recruit, McIlwain has some serious decisions to make, especially with uncertainty surrounding the South Carolina job. It is hard to blame him for whatever he choses.last_img read more

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Hafnia Shareholders to Decide on Merger with BW in January

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: BW Group Shareholders of Denmark-based shipping company Hafnia Tankers are to decide on the proposed merger with BW Tankers, part of BW Group, in January, the company informed.On January 10, 2019, an extraordinary general meeting will be held in Malmö, Sweden, during which Hafnia shareholders will consider, and if thought fit, approve, a plan of merger.Hafnia Tankers signed a merger agreement with BW Tankers on December 21, 2018.Under the plan, BW Tankers intends to acquire Hafnia’s assets and liabilities, contracts, rights and obligations. The shareholders of Hafnia will in the merger receive consideration for their Hafnia shares in the form of common shares of BW Tankers Limited.The merger agreement follows the BW Group’s acquisition of an additional 36.3 pct stake in Hafnia Tankers back in July 2018, bringing the company’s total ownership stake in Hafnia to 43.5 pct.Related: Hafnia Tankers, BW Tankers Looking into MergerExplaining reasons for the potential merger, Hafnia Tankers said: “The management team and board believe in a future rise in freight rates across the markets in which Hafnia operates, which will in turn lead to an uplift in both valuation and institutional investor interest in the business… the combination of Hafnia and BW Tankers is the best way to meet the future developments in the market.”“The management team expects that there will be a number of important synergies to be achieved with the combined platform, including improved terms for financing, global commercial platform with chartering teams in Singapore, Houston and Copenhagen and increased efficiency with both in-house technical (from BW Tankers) and use of third party providers,” the company added.The combined company will have a fleet active across all relevant segments and will be one of the largest pure-play product tanker businesses in the world with a fleet of 86 vessels (including newbuilds and excluding sale and leaseback vessels).last_img read more

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Uber investors sell at big discount but still make billions

first_imgDETROIT – Investors in the Uber ride-hailing service didn’t get all they wanted in selling at least part of their holdings to a group led by Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank.But don’t show them too much sympathy.Even though they sold at roughly a 30 per cent discount from what the shares were worth in 2016, those who invested early made nearly 100 times their initial stake, going from around 35 cents per share to just under $33, according to one investor who requested anonymity because the sales are private.Uber was valued around $68.5 billion during a 2016 capital investment, but it dropped to somewhere above $48 billion in the SoftBank deal announced last week. The reasons for the discount are many, among them the seemingly endless string of scandals, lawsuits and fights that plagued Uber through almost all of 2017. Also, competition has gotten tougher from Lyft and Grab in the U.S. as well as Ola in India and several emerging services elsewhere.During the past year, Uber has been rocked by revelations of rampant sexual harassment in the company, technological trickery designed to hinder regulators, and a yearlong coverup of a hacking attack that stole personal information of 57 million passengers and 600,000 drivers.Rohit Kulkarni, managing director of SharesPost, a company that analyzes private company investments, says three big events that happened around the time that SoftBank began courting investors combined to discount the shares. Just before SoftBank’s intent to shop for shares was announced, regulators in London refused to renew the cab-hailing app’s license to operate. Then the data hack and coverup were revealed, and the company told investors its third-quarter net loss had widened to $1.46 billion on huge legal costs.The events helped SoftBank’s group get a better deal, Kulkarni says.Many big Uber investors include venture capital firms that got in early. They hedged their bets, selling part of their stake to bring big profits to their shareholders while holding the rest for big gains if the company gets past the scandals, the investor said.“This is still a good deal,” said Gartner analyst Michael Ramsey. “The earlier the investment, the bigger the payout.”All-in, the SoftBank group will pump about $9 billion into Uber, including $1.25 billion in new shares that were purchased at the 2016 valuation. SoftBank acquired about 15 per cent of Uber, while other investors in its group got around 3 per cent.The deal, due to close this month, also brings management stability to Uber, reducing the influence of ousted CEO Travis Kalanick. SoftBank, which has global investments in other ride-hailing companies, gets two seats on the board and will help Uber navigate the tough global competition, says Kulkarni.Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and COO Barney Harford are experienced executives who successfully increased share value at travel booking companies, says Kulkarni, who expects Uber to be worth a total of $100 billion by the time it offers shares to the public sometime in 2019.To get there, though, they must get a handle on regulatory disputes with governments like the one in London, and they have to show at least a trend line toward making money, he said.“A pathway to profitability is a must,” Kulkarni said.____This story has been corrected to fix spelling errors in the final two references to SharesPost Managing Director Rohit Kulkarni.last_img read more

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Aeroplan loses partnership with Esso as it moves to Loblaws PC Optimum

first_img“The number of miles you earn on any particular transaction is pretty low so it’s really not financially a big deal,” she said in an interview.Drew McReynolds of RBC Dominion Securities said Esso accounts for an undisclosed fraction of the 10 to 12 per cent gross billings from non-financial and non-Air Canada partners. However, the minimal financial impact doesn’t convey the overall effect on Aeroplan as it prepares for the departure of Air Canada.“The optics of any accumulation partner defections between now and 2020 are negative in our view, making new Aeroplan partner announcements between now and 2020 that much more critical to stem changes in member behaviour,” he wrote in a report.Loblaw Imperial Oil announced Tuesday they have signed a deal that will allow PC Optimum members to earn points at more than 1,800 Esso gas stations starting this summer. The company said members will earn 10 points per litre on fuel as well as 10 points per dollar on eligible convenience store purchases and car wash services at Esso stations. Registered members may also receive targeted offers.The PC Optimum program was launched earlier this year when Loblaw brought together the PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum programs. The company faced some issues during the merger, with some members complaining online about troubles with the new app and points conversions. The PC Optimum program is already available at Mobil gas stations.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Aimia’s shares gained nearly four per cent at $1.60 in morning trading. MONTREAL, Q.C. — Aeroplan loyalty card members will not be able to directly earn miles at Esso gas stations effective June 1 as Imperial Oil Ltd. shifts its relationship to Loblaw Companies Ltd.The loyalty card program notified members of the change to its 14-year partnership in an email. It noted that 1.5 miles for every dollar spent will continue to be earned when using Aeroplan-affiliated credit cards for purchases at any retailer, including Esso. Direct miles will continue to be earned at more than 75 partner brands, including Home Hardware, Toyota, Costco.ca, Avis and Marriott hotels.Aimia, the operator of Aeroplan, said it is working on a promotion to earn more miles with existing partners and developing a strategy for how the program will change once the long-term partnership with Air Canada ends in 2020. Cheryl Kim, Aimia’s vice-president of corporate reputation and public affairs, said Esso is not a material contributor to Aimia’s financial results and won’t affect the company’s financial guidance or strategy.last_img read more

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Dust Advisory remains in effect for Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Dust Advisory that was issued for Fort St. John on Monday remains in effect today.Environment Canada issued the advisory due to high levels of road dust in the air. Dust levels have increased due to higher traffic volumes and winter traction material on dry road surfaces. Levels of dust tend to be highest around busy roads and industrial operations.Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise near busy roads until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. Although the current dust concentration in Fort St. John below the Provincial objective, the forecast suggests the dust concentration will increase until there is precipitation or more dust suppression. The advisory will be in effect until further notice.Real-time air quality observations and information regarding the health effects of air pollution can be found at www.bcairquality.ca.last_img read more

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Job creation down 1.7% in Feb to 15.03 lakh: ESIC payroll data

first_imgNew Delhi: Job creation dropped by 1.73 per cent in February to 15.03 lakh compared to 15.30 lakh in the same month last year, according to the latest payroll data of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). The data showed that during September 2017 to February 2019, nearly 3 crore new subscribers joined the ESIC scheme. The ESIC has been releasing payroll data from April 2018, covering the period starting September 2017. The ESIC provides health insurance and medical services to insured persons covering all those establishments which have 20 or more workers and all those employees whose monthly wages are up to Rs 21,000. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to the data, the gross new subscribers addition remained the highest at 19.81 lakh in July 2018. The data showed that 2.34 lakh women subscribers joined the ESIC scheme in February 2019 while around 12.69 men enrolled under the scheme. The number of subscribers of Employees State Insurance (ESI) scheme also gives an idea of the level of employment in the formal sector. However, contrary the ESIC data, the retirement fund body EPFO’s latest payroll data showed that net employment generation in the formal sector almost trebled to 8.61 lakh in February compared to 2.87 lakh in the same month of last year. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has also been releasing payroll data from April 2018, covering the period starting September 2017. According to the latest data, the highest job creation was recorded in January 2019 at 8.94 lakh against the provisional estimate of 8.96 lakh released last month. During February 2019, the highest number of 2.36 lakh jobs were created in the 22-25 years age group, followed by 2.09 lakh in the 18-21 years age bracket. The data showed that 80.86 lakh new jobs were created in the 18 months period from September 2017 to February 2019.last_img read more

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