We are a nation of optimistic gamblers, despite glaring evidence that this is a terrible idea. Americans average $70 per month on lottery tickets, according to Census data, which rises to $132 per month among 65-74 year olds. That’s $1,584 per year. Now a new survey from Bankrate finds that people with incomes under $30,000 spend 13% of their income on lottery tickets. “The odds of winning are slim to none, but residents of states across the country continue to drain their checking accounts and buy tickets.” If everyone put those funds toward their credit card balances, which average $6,194, U.S. consumer credit card debt would be entirely wiped out. The same survey found that grandparents spend $7,982 per year on alcohol, which is four times what millennials spend. So there you have it: Our elders are tipsy lotto fiends. advertisement advertisement advertisement … [Read more...] about Older Americans blow $1,584 a year on lottery tickets
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Who would have thought that a 25-minute documentary shot in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district, based on the stigmas around menstruation, will make India proud and pin us back on the wall of Academy Award winners?Well, Period. End of Sentence has achieved this feat by winning the Oscar for the Best Documentary in the Short Subject Category at the 91st Academy Awards on February 25.Directed by 25-year-old Iranian-American director Rayka Zehtabchi, the film is a take on the taboos around menstruation that still exist in India’s hinterlands. It portrays the sheer obliviousness of the women about sanitary hygiene during menstruation, leading to their reluctance to use products such as sanitary pads.Close Shot mostly on hand-held cameras and adopting a conversational narrative, the film juxtaposes people’s ignorance of the biological phenomena and the women’s drive to alleviate the stigma, even though hesitantly, when a … [Read more...] about Period. End of Sentence | India-based documentary film on menstruation wins Oscar
Days after the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced their decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls together from Uttar Pradesh, BSP satrap Mayawati, on her 63rd birthday, appealed to members and workers of both parties to forget their past differences.As the leader was greeted by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav at her residence in Lucknow on her birthday on January 15, she said, “Forget past differences and ensure the victory of all joint candidates of SP and BSP. This will be my ideal birthday gift.”The parties, which have decided to contest general elections on a 50-50 seat-sharing deal, are itching to bury the hatchet in an attempt to make a formidable alliance to beat the BJP, which had won 71 out of 80 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. While the SP had managed to win a meagre five seats, the BSP won none.Close But it won’t be easy for the bitter rivals to forget and forgive, especially after witnessing a dark past in the history of Indian … [Read more...] about Forget past differences with SP, says BSP supremo Mayawati on 63rd birthday. Easier said than done?
Delhi Congress president and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit announced on March 5 that the Congress will not be stitching an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from Delhi for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.She declared that a unanimous decision was taken that there will be no alliance in Delhi, and that the decision was taken in a meeting presided over by party chief Rahul Gandhi.What ensued before the announcement?Close Since the time talks of an alliance between the two parties have been doing the rounds, it has been clear that the AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been keen on an alliance in order to take on the BJP, while the Congress has not been so enthusiastic about it. related news CBI carries out searches at 13 locations in Rs 568.52 crore bank fraud 200 recommendations of Swaminathan report accepted by govt: Agri minister Believe Congress will take 'good decision' about leadership: Sachin Pilot Before Dixit declared her decision … [Read more...] about Explained | Why is the Congress reluctant in forging an alliance with AAP in Delhi?
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, much has been spoken on the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill.While the Congress has reiterated its promise to pass the bill if voted to power, the ruling BJP dispensation maintains a stoic silence on the subject.The bill, which promises 33 percent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha, was surprisingly also a part of the BJP’s manifesto ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls.Close The bill also proposes that one-third of the seats from the reserved seats will be fixed for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The reserved seats will be allotted by rotation to different constituencies in the Lok Sabha. Besides, the reservation will cease to exist after 15 years of commencement of the law. related news CBI carries out searches at 13 locations in Rs 568.52 crore bank fraud 200 recommendations of Swaminathan report accepted by govt: Agri minister Believe Congress will take 'good decision' about leadership: … [Read more...] about Women’s Reservation Bill | What is the debate around it?