Hasan Minhaj has been discussed a lot in the past few weeks. Arnab Goswami didn't pick him up for debate, maybe there wasn't enough juice to the story. But that didn't stop armchair activists from picking him up, after all, Netflix and YouTube now determine our topic for the day.Coming back to the point - Hasan Minhaj's episode on Indian politics. The episode that tried to discuss at length the current situation of politics in India and how critics of the Narendra Modi government have been dealt with. It also attempted to decipher the recent Pulwama attack and what exactly happened that triggered a panic that a nuclear war will happen. Though the show is not short of its exaggeration and let's admit it, it is a comedy show and what is comedy without exaggeration?Hasan's simplification of India's response to the Pulwama terror attack that was was an epic fail because the victims were trees instead of terrorists, are clearly based on reports that the Indian airforce attacked an empty … [Read more...] about Is comedian Hasan Minhaj a threat to India? Did he show the country in poor light?
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Technology Indian activists have petitioned a parliamentary panel to summon the heads of U.S. tech firms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google and question them on issues ranging from tax compliance to data privacy. 12 Feb 2019 10:45PM Bookmark MUMBAI: Indian activists have petitioned a parliamentary panel to summon the heads of U.S. tech firms including Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google and question them on issues ranging from tax compliance to data privacy.The petition, sent by a group that previously dragged WhatsApp to court and a right-wing political activist, comes a day after the panel summoned Twitter chief Jack Dorsey to discuss ways to safeguard citizens' rights on social media and online platforms.Social media companies are coming under increased scrutiny in India ahead of elections due before May in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking another term. Some firms are overhauling policies to curb misinformation ahead of the vote.In a letter to Anurag … [Read more...] about India parliamentary panel urged to summon global heads of Facebook, other tech giants
Bangladesh’s decades-old system of reserving a large chunk of seats in the civil service exam for people under various “quotas” is set to end. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced on Wednesday that the much-debated quota system would be abolished. Hasina’s announcement came in a parliamentary session against the backdrop of a large-scale student movement that had built up over months and reached boiling point last Sunday, when thousands of students came out on streets across the country. More than 100 students were injured and at least 10 detained by police in sporadic clashes at various places, most notably at Dhaka University, where the protest originated, before it spread to other universities. The students demanded that the quota system to recruit civil servants be reformed because it was being abused and it denied general students who did not qualify for specific quotas a decent chance of getting a job with the Bangladesh Civil Service. Adopted from … [Read more...] about Hasina abolishes quota system to recruit civil servants
In line with the BJP's poll promise before the 2014 general elections, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday announced that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for notified kharif crops would be 1.5 times the input cost along with formation of a concrete mechanism to ensure higher farm income. While presenting the Union Budget for fiscal 2018-19, Jaitley said: "We have a promise made in our party's manifesto that farmers must get 1.5 times of the input cost. The government has been sensitive about it." "For major of the notified rabi crops, MSP at 1.5 times over production cost has been decided. Now, I am feeling very happy the government has decided to announce to make the MSP for all notified crops in the upcoming kharif season at least 1.5 times of the input cost. It will help in doubling farmers' income." In 2017, the MSP for paddy was pegged at Rs 1,550, for sorghum (jowar) at Rs 1,700, for red gram (tur/arhar) at Rs 5,450. However, farmers were unhappy with the MSP rates as they … [Read more...] about Election-friendly India Budget not taxation-friendly
Terming it as the world's largest government funded healthcare programme, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday announced the National Health Protection Scheme under which Rs 5 lakh (500,000) cover will be provided a year to 10 crore (100 million) poor and vulnerable families in the country. "We are now launching a flagship national health protection scheme to cover 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. This is approximately 50 crore beneficiaries, by providing them up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation," Jaitley said presenting the 2018-19 Union Budget. Emphasising that the initiative would take healthcare protection to a new aspirational level, Jaitley said the initiative was part of Ayushman Bharat and adequate funds will be provided for its smooth implementation. "This was aimed at making path breaking interventions to address health holistically, in primary, secondary and tertiary care systems, covering both prevention and health … [Read more...] about India: Rs 500,000 cover for 100 million poor families announced under Ayushman Bharat