Because aesthetics and symbolism are so central to classical architecture, the buildings – almost by definition – are more costly and less energy efficient than so-called “high-performance buildings,” which focus on cost-effectiveness, safety, sustainability and accessibility, in addition to aesthetics. Through organizations such as the National Institute of Building Sciences and their Whole Building Design Guide, the federal government has, in recent years, been working to produce advanced buildings that set standards for the industry and the world. … [Read more...] about Was Trump’s draft order on classical buildings really about Obama?
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"The Supreme Court's decision is a welcome one as it brings out a sense of clarity and purpose to gainfully employ officers for better efficiency of the organisation. I must assure that everybody in the Indian Army including women officers will be given equal opportunity to contribute to the nation as also progress in their careers," he said hailing the verdict as enabling. … [Read more...] about SC order on commissioning of women enabling, will give clarity moving forward: Army chief M M Naravane
The Election Commission of India (ECI), on January 30, banned Thakur for three days and Verma for four from campaigning, but, on February 3 the BJP gave Verma a platform in Parliament to criticise the Delhi government. The BJP was well within their rights in doing so, but in the process it has not only cocked a snook at the ECI, but has also condoned the fear mongering and communal polarisation by the MPs. … [Read more...] about Delhi Elections | Will its polarising pitch help BJP?
The leadership crisis the party is facing at the national level is percolating to the states and what better example than Delhi? In not even one of the 70 seats has a Congress candidate come in a respectful second place. Two candidates — Arvinder Singh Lovely and Alka Lamba — who could have fared better, were pulled down most likely by the general indifference towards the Congress. Would they have done better had they fought the elections as independents? … [Read more...] about Delhi Results | Elections in India can be fought and won on the development plank
To a limited extent it has managed to create a respectable space in Punjab — but it has to be seen if it can maintain and improve on from here. A debilitating factor for AAP is the above-mentioned over-dependence on Kejriwal. If the BJP lacked a CM face in Delhi, then AAP lacks a credible CM face in other states. It also needs to devolve a more robust network of leaders in other states. AAP has proved itself as a progressive and viable alternative in Indian politics, but now it is important that this model does not get limited to Delhi. … [Read more...] about Delhi Results | Four challenges for AAP in the road ahead