Do watch this programme. pic.twitter.com/cP5MDMTGDs— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 20, 2020The prime minister has deliberated on the need to remain stress-free during board examinations and advised students on how to remain motivated, citing the example of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s recent Moon Mission and the India-Australia test series in 2001. … [Read more...] about Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020: PM tells students to stay motivated, cites ISRO example
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The National Highways Authority of India's (NHAI) revised target for FY19 was Rs 37,300 crore, which has now been scaled down to Rs 36,700 crore for FY20. In last Budget, close to Rs 2,000 crore was targeted for the National Investment and Infrastructure Funds, which is now pegged at Rs 1,000 crore in FY20. Nevertheless, the good news is that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways received a 20 percent higher allocation for capital expenditure to about Rs 72,000 crore. … [Read more...] about Union Budget FY19-20: Infrastructure ignored or overlooked?
States individually decide their own holidays, and they took their sweet time: Despite President Reagan signing MLK Jr. Day into existence as a federal holiday in 1983, it was first observed in 1986, and all 50 states did not recognize it until 2000. … [Read more...] about Most Americans still have to work on MLK Day. Here’s what’s open and closed
That “click” sound is familiar to me. I grew up in Detroit in the early 1980s, around the time when car door power locks were becoming standard, and I would assert that for probably any Black man who grew up in any American city at that time, it was a common experience to walk down a street and hear that sound (especially at night). Click. Click. Click. Even during the summer, folks would have their windows down and still lock their car doors as I walked by. This performance was not particularly secure, mind you. If my intentions were actually to harm someone sitting in their car, a locked door with an open window is a very ineffective barrier. But the sound perhaps served more as an audible and technological reminder of how I, along with other Black men, were seen by the culture. And it was inescapable. There was no “opting out” of this form of what we now refer to as “security theater”: practices that present the illusion of increasing security or … [Read more...] about The two faces of the smart city