The Winter Session of Lok Sabha on Monday began on a stormy note, with protests by the Congress and other Opposition members over various issues.Soon after oath-taking of four members and paying condolences to members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha who died in recent months, Opposition members sought to raise various issues.Within minutes of commencement of the Question Hour, around 30 members from the Congress trooped into the Well, shouting slogans and demanding that the government stop attacking the Opposition as well as foisting false cases.Close The members along with those from the National Conference also raised the issue of detention of former J-K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah. The issue was also raised by RSP leader N K Premachandran when he was given a chance to ask a supplementary question related to the Finance Ministry. related news India looks to relax norms to attract global coal miners, industry sceptical Govt plans strategic stake sales in 28 state-run … [Read more...] about Winter Session starts on stormy note; Opposition uproar in Lok Sabha
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is more trusted (74.4%) than the Supreme Court of India (72.6%) and Parliament (71.7%) among government institutions in the country. The main Opposition party (53.3%) ranks among the lowest on the list.This was revealed by the Firstpost The National Trust Survey, conducted by Ipsos. The global market research firm, based in Paris, surveyed around 35,000 people across urban and rural wards covering 320 parliamentary constituencies in 23 states. The objective was to measure the political positioning of the voters and deduce the reasons behind it.According to the survey, the people of this country trust the BJP more than the Congress to resolve issues such as inflation, petrol prices, infrastructure development, lack of employment opportunities, etc. This phenomenon is more prominent in the Hindi heartlands.Close In addition, majority of people have placed their trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi as compared to Congress President Rahul … [Read more...] about India trusts Prime Minister’s Office more than Supreme Court, Parliament: Survey
Manas ChakravartyEconomists Ajit Karnik, Mala Lalvani and Manali Phatak have recently published a paper in the Economic and Political Weekly, titled ‘Determinants of Electoral Outcomes’. The authors analyse constituency-level data from the last ten parliamentary elections, focusing on constituencies where the incumbent has won the previous election by narrow margins.What are the findings? The researchers find that, for elections held after 1998, there is a strong disadvantage for incumbents. However, the trend is not uniform across states. In states where the share of the rural population is higher than average, there is strong anti-incumbency sentiment. The same goes for states that are poorer than average.Close The authors have divided states into two groups---poor, rural, less-well-educated, where there is a strong incumbency disadvantage and rich-urban-educated, where there is no discernible incumbency effect. In the former grouping are Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, … [Read more...] about Comment | How much does anti-incumbency sentiment matter in Indian elections?
The 1970s has been a frequently revisited decade in the design world lately, most notably in the resurgence of reissued graphic standards manuals from that era. For many graphic designers, the reissues stoke nostalgia for a time when corporate identity design was experiencing a golden age and when even the government valued effective branding. But beyond offering up a slice of design history for appreciation, there’s not much utility in these manuals; once guidelines for companies applying a new visual system, they are now beautiful coffee table books for idly flipping through. advertisement advertisement Not so for the Humanscale reissue, the latest vintage design manual to be released on Kickstarter. Created between 1974 and 1981 by the office of industrial design pioneer Henry Dreyfuss—the firm known for designing everything from Bell System’s first telephones to the Hoover vacuum and John Deere … [Read more...] about The 1970s Design Manual That Quietly Shaped Everything You Use Today
In the mountains that make up the division between Laos and Thailand, some 30,000 subsistence farmers survive by planting rice on steep, terraced slopes in teams. But one member of the planting team usually takes the brunt of the physical burden, spending long hours bent at the waist, throwing rice into holes struck by team members ahead. advertisement advertisement “Those, typically, are the women getting kicked in the face by their compatriots just ahead,” explains Alex Moseson, director of Drexel University’s Sustainable Engineering and Entrepreneurship (SEED) lab. That’s why, after listening to villagers tell him about inefficiency in this type of agriculture, he set about collaborating with them to design a new kind of planter. Now, after several iterations and tests, Moseson and his team of students have won $100,000 in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in order to mass-produce the tool on the ground in Thailand. Where men would … [Read more...] about This Ingenious Gates-Funded Tool Could End Backbreaking Rice-Planting Labor