There is no shortage of recruitment platforms on the web. But looking for a job is still a nightmare; employers too, are flooded with resumes and finding the right talent at the right time is a dream shot. While multiple social and referral hiring companies are trying to solve this problem, a Singapore based startup LetsCatchup is changing the Indian recruitment Industry by leveraging the power of alumni networks.The company is backed by Asia’s No.1 business accelerator JFDI Asia, which has invested around $200, 000 in cash and support. The startup went through a rigorous four-month accelerator program; concluded with a grand demo day last month, which was attended by over 100 investor groups from South East Asia.”We have worked with over 50 startups in last 5 years;LetsCatchup has checked all the boxes for building a successful company. With an experienced team and unique business proposition, they clearly excelled in our program.” said, ChiKai Huang, JFDI program Manager.Conventional recruitment portals are mostly job listings based, where hundreds of job seekers compete for one post. This also troubles the employers with huge time and money spent on shortlisting of candidates. LetsCatchup solves this problem with their unique referral-matching engine, explained Vinay Pahlajani, CEO of LetsCATCHUP:”Job seekers spend lot of time in finding the right connections and opportunities. We have developed an engine, which automatically sends them matching opportunities from companies where their peers or seniors are working. They don’t have to visit multiple job boards, if there is a matching job- it will come directly to their inbox.”LetsCATCHUP directly connects job seekers with Industry Insiders to get career advice and job referrals. Every application goes through an internal connection, which ensures faster and better response; at the same time the employers get short-listed and verified resumes through existing employees.The platform leverages college alumni communities to maintain the quality of referrals and is only open for graduates of selected premier Indian Colleges like IIT’s and IIM’s right now. “We are adding new colleges with invitations only; there are 131 colleges in our waitlist already and we plan to open the network by end of this year. Going forward, we’ll expand to company and Industry based networks,” added co-founder, Ruchin Chaudhary.
*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam. A civil servant named Setaful Islam has disappeared allegedly after embezzling Tk 140 million meant for compensation for the people affected by the government’s land acquisition, reveals an investigation.Setaful Islam, an administrative cadre officer of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS), was posted as land acquisition officer at Kishoreganj deputy commissioner’s office.With sacks and vehicle, Setaful Islam went to the Sonali Bank in Kishoreganj branch in December to withdraw the huge sums of cash, witnesses told investigators. Once the matter came to the notice of the authorities and his colleagues, Setaful Islam disappeared from the scene.He could not even be reached over phone for comments as his cell phone remained switched off.The cabinet division, in a letter, asked the immigration department to halt Setaful if he tries to flee the the country.Setaful Islam embezzled the money, instead of distributing it as compensation packages among the respective people, shows the investigation.It says a total of Tk 50 million was allocated for land acquisition purposes in Kishoreganj in recent times.However, a cheque of the said amount signed by the accounts officer was deposited as salaries for employees of the land acquisition section of the district on 5 December.Record shows, Setaful Islam withdrew a total of Tk 49.40 million in two phases — on 6 and 7 December.The rest Tk 600,000 was sent to an organisation named Tapan Industries.In cheque books, the recognition of the cheque recipients was not found, according to the investigation. Some 13 cheques went missing. Instead of distributing cheques among the land owners, these were given to unnamed persons. In this way, he has allegedly embezzled over Tk 88.60 million more.He prepared a cheque to embezzle Tk 100 million more. As the matter was exposed, he fled, said the investigation.Auditor supers SM Jaman and Golam Haider of Kishoreganj district accounts office, accounts officer Sirajul Islam and a section of officials at Kishoreganj branch of Sonali bank are also responsible for embezzling the money.Dhaka additional divisional commissioner Nurunnabi said the money was embezzled in collusion with the bank officials and the district accounts office.”How did the bank give so much money in Setaful’s name?” Nurunnabi questioned.Denying the allegation, bank manager Md Mahbubul Islam Khan said, “The money was given as the land acquisition officer was delegated power to operate the account. We are bound to give the money as he submitted the required documents.”When asked, the bank manager said Setaful along with car, a few companions and sacks came to the bank and took the money.District accounts officer Sirajul Islam also denied the allegation.”I have properly verified the cheque. He was supposed to give details after the disbursement of compensation money. I could not anticipate that he would do such an act of disbelief,” the official said.Additional divisional commissioner Nurunnabi said, “I think the bank is involved in the incident. The district accounts office can’t approve the cheque.”Dhaka divisional commissioner M Bazlul Karim Chowdhury, in a letter, asked the public administration ministry to take departmental, legal and administrative actions against this officer.”I have never seen such a dreadful and dishonest person in my whole career. I have requested the Anti-Corruption Commission to file a graft case against him,”Dhaka divisional commissioner’s office and Kishoreganj district administration have investigated the case of Setaful’s money embezzlement.Land was acquired for implementing different development projects. The land ministry is assigned to accomplish this task. Affected people are to be compensated for land acquisition and cheques of compensation money are sent to the district administration in advance.On 3 December 2017, Setaful Islam was transfered to Pirojpur. Later, he was tranfered as aditional deputy commissioner to Sherpur. After lobbying, he was able to cancll his transfer order. As per his choice, he was transfered to Pirojpur as land acquisition officer.He could not be traced in Kishoreganj or in Pirojpur.Speaking to Prothom Alo, deputy commissioner of Pirojpur Abu Ahmed Siddique said, “Setaful Islam was not seen after his joining in Pirojpur.””I have heard he was appointed as ADC of Bhola,” Siddique added.”I have seen the appointment of Setaful in a circular on the website, but not practically.”
Barasat: Olympian Soumyajit Ghosh has been accused of mental and physical torture by his wife just five months after their marriage and she has lodged a formal complaint with the police. The FIR lodged against the star table tennis player by his wife also alleged criminal breach of trust, police said. The others whose names figure in the FIR lodged at Barasat police station in North 24 Parganas district are his parents Harishankar and Mina Ghosh, his two uncles and a cousin, the police said. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThey have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 498A (physical and mental torture), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 195A (threatening to give false evidence) and 34 (common intention), he said. Ghosh has rubbished the allegations by his wife and described them as false. In March last year Ghosh was accused of rape by his wife, then his girl friend. Following it the two-time Olympian was provisionally suspended by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI). Ghosh patched up his relations with his girlfriend and had married her on August 3, 2018 after she withdrew her rape charges against him. It was only in December, 2018 that TTFI had revoked his suspension.