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Sit at home and get paid

A small entrepreneur need not maintain a full-fledged office anymore. He can recruit staff and get his work done online. He saves a lot this way and his “staff” can enjoy the privilege of working from the comfort of their homes.

An international online crowd-sourcing and outsourcing marketplace, Freelancer.com, launched its Indian chapter on February 9. According to Matt Barrie, the CEO of the company, the website is set to become the biggest income-generating platform for millions of Indian entrepreneurs.

“India represents 1.2 million of our 3.1 million site users. They account for the highest number of freelancers and are our third-largest employers,” said Barrie.

According to him, anyone who needs a job and prefers flexible hours can search the website for a suitable opening. There are around 470 different job categories on the site, ranging from data entry and content writing to biotechnology and industrial engineering projects.

Barrie expects a lot of hits from Calcutta as the city is the fifth major user in India. Some popular jobs for the city freelancers are website designing, graphic designing and copy writing.

“You get to work the hours you want, for the pay you want, wherever you want. You can start from a few hours a week to freelancing full time,” Barrie added. Besides, you need not sweat in peak-hour traffic while coming to work!

Yuri bust

Worldwide, the travel industry’s latest buzz may be space tourism but the man with whom it all began journeyed into outer space 50 years back. Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human to have completed an orbit of the earth, which he did on a Vostok spacecraft.

To celebrate this feat and the spirit of exploration, a bust of Yuri Gagarin was recently unveiled on the MP Birla Planetarium premises.

The bust is a gift from Russia. It was unveiled by mayor Sovan Chatterjee, in the presence of Nikolai V. Lyubimov, deputy governor of Kaluga region, Russian Federation, and Vladimir V. Lazarev, consul general of the Russian Federation in Calcutta. This installation will be the third in the country, the first being in Thiruvananthapuram and the second in Mumbai.

Single wanted

Discussing the tie in India’s match versus Sri Lanka last Tuesday, a young man told his friends: “What an irony! On Valentine’s Day, a single would have won the match for India.”

(Contributed by Chandreyee Ghose and Sudeshna Banerjee)