Sujata AnandanEven as a question mark hangs over whether the Shiv Sena will be able to form a government in Maharashtra, or the state goes under President’s Rule, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has a tough task ahead of him.With the governor now inviting the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the third-largest party in the newly-elected assembly, to try its hand at government formation, the Sena's future is dependent on NCP chief Sharad Pawar's generosity either which way.Close The Congress which had intense consultations about supporting the Shiv Sena throughout November 11, has lobbed the ball in Pawar's court and is likely to follow his advice in toto on government formation. So with the Shiv Sena having burnt its bridges with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it is at a critical stage where it either gets to head the government if Pawar so wishes or is left with no choice but to offer inside or outside support to the NCP. related news Maharashtra government … [Read more...] about Politics | Challenges before Uddhav Thackeray if Shiv Sena forms the government
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In prior discussions about smart cities, including the global rankings I published on Co.Exist a few weeks ago, I believe many of us have under-emphasized the importance of cities in creating an enabling environment for emerging technology companies. advertisement advertisement This was a key issue addressed at the first-ever Cities Summit held in Vancouver earlier this month. Mayors of 35 cities around the world joined with executives and consultants in an intense day and a half of panels discussing open cities, digital cities, urban laboratories, smart-city financing, and startup cities. One of the most interesting conversations was about “Startup Cities.” Nanci Klein of San Jose spoke about the five different industrial areas that the city is promoting, as well as the role of the city in supporting the local startup community. One of San Jose’s early insights was addressing the bureaucratic hurdles in their procurement process by creating a demonstration … [Read more...] about How Can You Build A Smart City?
According to Adam Greenfield, most public information systems aren’t very useful. He reckons a lot of kiosks you see in stations, plazas, and on sidewalks are expensive white elephants: a nice idea in some official’s mind, but not something that real people want to actually delve into on a consistent basis. advertisement “Our research suggests that the overwhelming majority of these remain woefully underutilized, resulting in virtually no return on the significant investment involved in installing and maintaining them,” he says, referring to his New York urban systems design practice, Urbanscale. Greenfield’s firm has teamed up with another in Helsinki, called Nordkapp, to develop something better. The result is what they call Urbanflow, an information system that both tourists and local people might actually want to use. Urbanflow provides layers of data: a way-finder allowing people to map A to B and find out about local services, and a mass … [Read more...] about Urbanflow: A City’s Information, Visualized In Real Time