- A + A IN “Westminster”-type parliamentary systems of government like Malaysia’s, a general election is preceded by a formal dissolution of the elected lower house. This is an executive function, performed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Agong) on the advice of the Prime Minister (PM). The position is governed by Articles 40 and 43 of the Constitution. Under Article 40(1) and (1A) it is clear that the Agong must ordinarily act on the advice of the Cabinet. However, Article 40(2) provides for some exceptions to this, which include the appointment of a PM, and the withholding of consent to a request for the dissolution of Parliament. These exceptions are familiar ones in parliamentary systems. But Article 40(2) has led to confusion over the power to dissolve Parliament. Crucial here is that the text refers to withholding (not granting) consent to a request for dissolution. This refers to the situation whereby the PM has lost his majority in Parliament, which is deal … [Read more...] about Dissolution of Parliament: A discretion to refuse?
European ambivalence undermines impressive plug in hybrid case
FILE PHOTO: A symphony of light consisting of bars, lines and circles in blue and yellow, the colors of the European Union, illuminates the south facade of the European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, Dec. 30, 2021. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay FRANKFURT – The European Central Bank will raise interest rates for the first time in 11 years on Thursday with a bigger-than-flagged move seen as increasingly likely as policymakers fear losing control of runaway consumer price growth. With inflation already approaching double digit territory, it is now at risk of getting entrenched above the ECB’s 2-percent target, requiring rate hikes even if that slows – or crashes – an economy already suffering from the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine. But policymakers appear far from united on just how fast the ECB should move with some arguing that it is already a long way behind the curve, especially compared to global peers like the U.S. Federal Reserve, while others point to … [Read more...] about ECB to finally join rate hike club with big move on agenda
The market for smartphones under Rs 30,000 in India is highly competitive. OEMs have often found it difficult to manoeuvre across this market where ‘bang for your buck’ is prioritised above all else. Enter the OnePlus Nord 2T, a mid-range smartphone that was unveiled in India back in July. In our first impressions of the OnePlus Nord 2T, we noted that the device had a lot of potential and was a welcomed addition to the India’s sub-30K smartphone market. But is that still the case after extensively using this device? We’ll answer that question right after a brief note on the OnePlus Nord 2T’s price in India. OnePlus Nord 2T Price in India The OnePlus Nord 2T is priced at Rs 28,999 for the base 8GB/128GB model. The handset also comes in a 12GB/256GB variant that will set you back Rs 33,999. The OnePlus Nord 2T is available in Gray Shadow and Jade Fog colours. However, you will be able to purchase the device for as low as Rs 26,499 during Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale, … [Read more...] about OnePlus Nord 2T Review: Sometimes getting it right is more important than standing out
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Photo: Getty Trust is, without a doubt, one thing that all good relationships have in common. The bond between brands and consumers is no exception to the rule. If you want more people to come to your website, engage with your company and become lifelong customers, you have to show social proof across all of your marketing platforms. Social proof is a psychological phenomenon where people are more likely to make a decision if they see other people doing the same thing. Behavior practiced by others, especially our peers, is perceived as the “right” choice in our minds. The explosion of the digital landscape has put online business owners in a unique position. Instead of only leveraging social proof from friends or peers, they can build trust by connecting strangers from all over the world. Adding social proof to your website and social media channels can help consumers trust you sooner, improve your … [Read more...] about How To Build Social Proof For Your Small Business
Sony recently launched several new X-series speakers in India. The three new models included the SRS-XG300, SRS-XE300 and SRS-XE200. Of the three speakers, Sony sent us the SRS-XE200, a portable speaker that is designed for outdoor use. The Sony SRS-XE200 portable Bluetooth speaker is priced at Rs 12,990 on Amazon India. Before we get into the review, let’s take at what’s in the box. First off if the XE200 speaker itself, a USB-C to USB-A charging cable, and a quick-start guide. Lastly, the box itself is made of recycled material, compromising of around 5 percent plastic. Now, let’s move on to the Sony SRS-XE200 review. Design and Build The Sony SRS-XE200 is a mid-sized portable Bluetooth speaker that features a rugged yet stylish design. For the build, the speaker is wrapped in fabric mesh and silicone, which is soft to the touch but feels a little slippery. Additionally, there’s a rubber flap that covers the USB-C port on the back of the speaker. The SRS-XE200 also has … [Read more...] about Sony SRS-XE200 Review | A well-rounded speaker that is built to last