Kumartuli hit by labour shortage

With less than a month left for West Bengal's greatest festival Durga Puja, artisans at Kumartuli in north Kolkata, the hub of idol-makers, are struggling to finish their assignments because of a labour shortage.

France's new economy minister sparks storm over '35-hour' law

France`s new economy minister touched off a political storm Thursday, only one day into the job, with comments made before he was appointed about the controversial "35-hour" labour law.

HP: Employers told to hire migrant labourers after verification

Concerned over increasing employment of migrant labourers in Shimla, the district administration issued direction that no employer should engage any migrant labourer visiting the district in petty non-formal jobs unless he provides his identification details to police.

CPI(M) warns Centre against amendment in Labour laws

CPI(M) today warned the Central government against any amendment in Labour laws as they were an outcome of struggle and not from any favour.

Number of child labour has reduced by 65 percent: Govt

The total number of child labour in the country has reduced by 65 per cent as per the Census 2011, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Two labourers electrocuted to death, five injured

Two labourers, including a minor, were electrocuted to death and five others critically injured while working at a road construction site in Chhattisgarh`s Bilaspur district, police said today.

Obama, at Wal-Mart, touts efficiency; angers labour

President Barack Obama is showcasing Wal-Mart, often a target of labor groups and other Democratic constituencies, to promote advances in energy efficiency in his broader campaign to confront climate change.

Bangladesh commemorates its worst industrial tragedy

Thousands of people gathered Thursday at a factory site near here to remember the victims of Bangladesh`s worst industrial tragedy that killed at least 1,135 people, mostly garment workers, last year.

British veteran socialist Tony Benn dies at 88

British veteran left-wing politician Tony Benn, a former Labour Cabinet minister in the 1960s and 1970s, has died aged 88, his family said.

Workers` welfare a core agenda of Cong: Sonia Gandhi

Stating that the welfare of the labour force had always been a core agenda of her party, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said the party was evolving national policy to make minimum wages statutory for workers in all sectors.

Saudis bemoan soaring labour costs after migrant exodus

Saudis have begun complaining of surging labour costs following the exodus of a million foreign workers, although economists insist there will be long-term planning benefits from fully regulating the market.

Govt to rehabilitate bonded labourers: Jairam Ramesh

Concerned over the prevalence of bonded labour in the country, the government today decided to initiate massive programmes to rehabilitate and provide alternative livelihood for people living in conditions of modern-day slavery.

Kuwait to scrap sponsorship system for hiring labour

Kuwait is likely to scrap the sponsorship system for hiring labour force in the private sector, including the recruitment of expatriate workers, to fight visa trafficking, a media report said on Thursday.

Labour shifting stand on EU, claims Keith Vaz

Indian-origin British MP Keith Vaz on Thursday said that the Labour party is shifting its stance on the European Union and is edging towards an in-out referendum.

Sex during final weeks of pregnancy won`t speed up labour

Pregnant women who are keen to jump-start their contractions have long relied on traditional remedies from eating hot curries to having sex, but scientists has revealed that making love doesn’t bring on labour.

UK bank scandal: Labour for Leveson-style probe

British Prime Minister David Cameron termed the interest rate-fixing scandal as "appalling" and "outrageous".

Prenatal yoga makes labour easier

Prenatal yoga keeps limbs toned, improves balance and circulation, helps to breathe deeply and relax and is beneficial during labour and birth.

Pregnant Mel B ‘relying on daughters at labour as hubby will be a nightmare’

Pregnant Melanie B, who is due any time now, has revealed that her husband Stephen Belafonte will be of no help when she would be in the labour room to deliver her third child.

Miranda Kerr ‘feared she was going to die during harrowing 27-hr labour’

For the first time, supermodel Miranda Kerr has revealed she feared she would die during her agonising 27-hour labour.

Britain`s Labour deals blow to coalition with poll win

Britain`s opposition Labour party won a convincing victory on Friday in the first by-election test since the General Election.