The Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre is likely to cut the school education budget for financial year 2019-20 by Rs 3,000 crore because of “funds crunch”, The Print has reported.The publication cited highly placed sources in the HRD Ministry -- which oversees education -- as saying that the Ministry of Finance gave lack of funds as the reason behind cutting back the budget for school education.The school education department was allotted a sum of Rs 56,536.63 crore for FY20.Close Sources also said that the proposal to cut funds was discussed between the officials of the HRD and finance ministries two weeks ago. A source from the ministry told the publication, “Finance ministry officials said they will have to reduce the budget for school education by Rs 3,000 crore.” related news Delhi court reserves verdict for December 16 in Unnao rape case against Kuldeep Sengar India's electricity demand falls for … [Read more...] about Centre likely to cut school education budget by Rs 3,000 crore citing funds crunch: Report
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In her two decades as a professional model—appearing in campaigns for designers such as Stella McCartney and Tommy Hilfiger—Sara Ziff has seen the industry’s glamorous side and its underbelly, which is rife with child labor, low wages, and sexual harassment. Model Alliance, the nonprofit she founded in 2012, advocates for fair labor standards and safer workplaces for models. Under Ziff, the alliance has pushed lawmakers in New York and California to protect underage models, partnered with researchers to study human trafficking and other issues, and launched a high-profile campaign—signed by close to 140 models—to get Victoria’s Secret to commit to safeguarding its models from sexual misconduct. Here, she talks about how modeling agencies have enabled the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein, and why the exploitation of models should concern us all. advertisement advertisement Fast Company: Modeling has always seemed so aspirational. … [Read more...] about The modeling industry is filled with exploitation—this labor activist is fighting back
BMW Motorrad has officially unveiled the specifications of its upcoming bobber, the R 18. The Bavarian automobile manufacturer had unveiled the concept form in May and is expected to launch the production-spec model soon.The motorcycle will be equipped with a 1802cc, twin-cylinder boxer air-cooled engine with oil cooling. It makes 91PS of maximum power and 158Nm of peak torque. It has an idling rpm of 950, while it redlines at 5750rpm.BMW has also retained its overhead valve configuration, which supplements the four-valve, dual-ignition setup along with a dual camshaft layout. This mechanism is driven by the crankshaft below and this setup results in stiffer valve drive due to the need for shorter pushrods. It also gets an old-school adjusting screw in place of hydraulic tappets.Close The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with a single-disc dry slipper clutch. The company is also offering a reverse gear, which is driven by an electric motor. related news Skoda … [Read more...] about BMW Motorrad unveils specs sheet of R 18 Bobber: What does it pack?
The scandal hitting Facebook today has been in the works for years. With or without Cambridge Analytica, Facebook was collecting a lot of information about you, sharing it too liberally with outside apps, and ultimately disguising all this behavior with “user-friendly” dark patterns. advertisement advertisement Facebook has already announced some new policies and updates, but the response from Zuckerberg has run along the lines of “we’re fixing it, but this will take years.” With 2 billion people across the world, it’s complicated. It will take time. Still, when we challenged San Francisco design firm NewDealDesign to design a more transparent and honest Facebook, its designers–known for its products made for Google, Intel, and Fitbit–fixed some of the social network’s biggest problems in less than a week. Indeed, it’s easier to be nimble outside a company than inside it. The work, overseen by studio head Gadi … [Read more...] about Designers Just Fixed Facebook. Your Move, Zuckerberg
Marriage is fast becoming a status symbol. In 2018, fewer people in the U.S. are getting married, but those who do are more likely to be economically privileged. A 2017 research brief found that 56% of middle class and upper class adults are married, but among working class and lower class adults, that number is between 26% and 39%. In 1990, more middle class and upper class adults were married—about 65%—but more than 50% of other adults were married, too. As women earn more, marriages have also grown more equal in terms of pay—which in turn has reinforced social stratification. That’s also because people in the U.S. are increasingly unlikely to date and marry outside of their own social class. advertisement advertisement But what happens when they do? I talked to three people* about what it’s like to be with someone from a different socioeconomic background—and how issues of race, nationality, money, and education permeate their … [Read more...] about What it’s like to date and marry out of your social class