• 24 February 2019

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Big Four Breakup Business

Big Four Breakup

After much speculation, the Big Four Accounting firms - Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst and Young, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers – are finally being investigated for anti-competitive practices. Despite ardent protests, the companies are now facing a much-needed inquiry, giving hope to the demands for structural change..

Escalating Waste Generation Requires Drastic Action General Interest

Escalating Waste Generation Requires Drastic Action

Global waste generation is expected to double by 2050 given the current system in many regions. As the damaging effects of waste become more apparent, many countries and communities are taking active steps to mitigate the situation and change the global trend. The world’s waste management problem..

Tickets to Space: On sale now Technology

Tickets to Space: On sale now

In May, Blue Origin (and Amazon) CEO Jeff Bezos told GeekWire the company was still trying to figure out what to charge for New Shepard tickets. Commercial space travel may become a reality as Blue Origin claims tickets will go on sale in 2019

Is there a proxy war today? War

Is there a proxy war today?

A proxy war is an armed conflict between two parties, either countries or factions, which is taking place on behalf of parties not directly involved. Generally there will be a long term relationship between the all those involved and often competing ideologies.

Using the Internet to stop Tsunamis Technology

Using the Internet to stop Tsunamis

A technique described online in Science this week promises to detect and potentially locate earthquakes using Seafloor fiber optic cables. Tsunami’s are unpredictable, travel faster than commercial jets and can carry 20 tonne rocks as far as 180 metres inland. According to the National Geophysical..

Three U.S. senators move to block F-35 transfers to Turkey Technology

Three U.S. senators move to block F-35 transfers to Turkey

A bill proposed in the US Senate, officially called the Ban F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Sales to Turkey Act, calls for the prohibition of the sale or transfer of F-35 aircraft and any related intellectual property or technical data to Turkey.

 Money Laundering: How and Why General Interest

Money Laundering: How and Why

The exact origins of the practise are unknown, but many place it in gang culture of early 20th Century USA, the term ‘money laundering’ itself was first officially used in the 1980.

Northern Aerospace Technology

Northern Aerospace

The UK Government has put the takeover of Durham-based manufacturer, Northern Aerospace, to Derby’s Gardner Aerospace Holdings on hold for ‘national security’ reasons.

Ekecheria lives General Interest

Ekecheria lives

In Greek mythology, Ekecheria was the personification of truce, armistice, and cessation of hostilities. She was honored every year at the Olympic Games when a truce was declared among the states of Greece for the duration of the Olympic Games to ensure the safety of the athletes.

Genocide Today War

Genocide Today

Genocide is an evolutionary process consisting of ten stages that are predictable, but not inexorable. At each stage, preventive measures can stop it. The subsequent stages must be preceded by the earlier stages, though earlier stages continue to operate throughout the process.

Labour Rights in South East Asia World

Labour Rights in South East Asia

What concrete reforms ought to be made to garment factories to ensure that worker safety is protected?

Microsoft goes Underwater Technology

Microsoft goes Underwater

Microsoft is leveraging technology from submarines and working with pioneers in marine energy for the second phase of its moonshot to develop self-sufficient underwater datacenters that can deliver lightning-quick cloud services to coastal cities.

Digital Amnesia General Interest

Digital Amnesia

Digital Amnesia is the experience of forgetting information that you trust to a digital device to store and remember for you. A Kaspersky Lab study has found many of us struggle to recall memories trusted to connected devices.

Dyslexia. A Step closer to its end General Interest

Dyslexia. A Step closer to its end

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability in reading. Kids with dyslexia have trouble reading accurately and fluently. They may also have trouble with reading comprehension, spelling and writing. However, a new font claims to clear the way through the digital letter landscape, making it accessible for everyone.

Big Brother is watching World

Big Brother is watching

Surveillance, drones, and never-ending wars have given new global resonance to the works of George Orwell.

Capacity Building and Counterterrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan War

Capacity Building and Counterterrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Afghanistan: A Story of Statelessness- With Persia to its west and the Indian subcontinent to its east, the area that comprises modern Afghanistan has always stood between great empires.

Decreasing Global Dependance on Middle Eastern Oil World

Decreasing Global Dependance on Middle Eastern Oil

In the last century, oil has become the most reliable and effective source of energy for our rapidly industrializing global community. Oil- producing nations play a key role in global efficiency with their significant contribution to electricity and transportation. But do they still retain their importance?

Trauma begets Trauma: The personal life of dictators World

Trauma begets Trauma: The personal life of dictators

This article explores 3 examples of dictators from 3 continents and their terrible childhood experiences and try to extrapolate on how those experiences may have the shaped the man that would go on to commit atrocities while in power.

Aadhaar and its History with contempt of court  General Interest

Aadhaar and its History with contempt of court

After the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) filed a police complaint against 3 firms for illegal use of Aadhaar biometrics, the debate on the security of data collected and stored under the Aadhaar project is heating up.

2 Minutes to Midnight Technology

2 Minutes to Midnight

The Doomsday Clock has moved closer to midnight, from two-and-a-half minutes to two minutes. In announcing the decision, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists cited “the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change.

UN and The Kashmir Dilemma  Geopolitics

UN and The Kashmir Dilemma

The United Nations released the first ever report on human rights violations in Kashmir, asserting that the Indian armed forces have used excessive force in Kashmir with many civilians killed and wounded since 2016. The report, released on 14th June, details human rights violations on both sides of the Line of Control..

Outcomes of round one of the French elections Elections

Outcomes of round one of the French elections

The first round of the French elections culminated with Emmanuel Macron and Marie Le Pen emerging as the victors. For the first time in French politics, the primaries did not favour the front runners. The polity was deeply divided..

The Persian Potential Geopolitics

The Persian Potential

A series of tumultuous events have characterized Iran’s 9000-year-old past which has seen the rise and fall of rulers, from Deioces of the Median dynasty to Ayatollah Khomeini, who brought Iran at the vanguard of international trade and affairs..

The Plight of Kulbhushan Jadhav Indian Politics

The Plight of Kulbhushan Jadhav

A retired Naval officer, Jadhav was detained by counter-intelligence Pakistani officials in Baluchistan where he was travelling with an Indian passport under the name of Hussein Mubarak Patel.

French Elections – Would this determine the fate of EU? Geopolitics

French Elections – Would this determine the fate of EU?

Amidst the outcry over Brexit, a curveball in the form of French Elections has thrown the European Union into distress. In the run-up to vote, attention from both inside and outside France has focused on the political and economic consequences of a Potential Frexit from the European Union or the euro currency.

Jobless growth a threat to National Security? General Interest

Jobless growth a threat to National Security?

Poverty, corruption, terrorism and insurgency are some of the key issues facing the country. Apprehensions about India heading towards a jobless growth is major concern that should not be over-looked..

Indian Elections – 2017 Indian Politics

Indian Elections – 2017

On Saturday, 11 March 17, the election results of India’s mini general election, for five states, were announced. The BJP scored resounding victories in UP and Uttarkhand, while the Congress..

Elections-2017 Indian Politics

Elections-2017

On 09 Mar 17, the last phase of the 5-state, mini general election was completed and the nation looks forward to the election result that shall be announced on 11 Mar 17. 

FGFA (5th Generation Fighter Aircraft) for the IAF General Interest

FGFA (5th Generation Fighter Aircraft) for the IAF

On 09 Mar 17, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed that they remained open for a joint venture with Russia, for the design and production of the FGFA. However, this time in addition to other criteria, there are two specific requirements. 

RBI policy World

RBI policy

On 06 Mar 17, noted economist Dr. Surjit Bhalla launched a scathing attack on RBI and the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). He questioning why policy interest rates (repo rates) were not reduced, in the MPC bi-monthly review meeting, on 08 Feb 17. 

WikiLeaks World

WikiLeaks

On 07 Mar 17, WikiLeaks released yet another series of documents belonging to the US Intelligence Agency, CIA; codenamed ‘Vault 7’. It is reportedly the largest-ever publication of confidential documents, belonging to the agency.

Turkey’s Referendum World

Turkey’s Referendum

On Sunday, 16 April 17, Turkey will hold a constitutional referendum. Voters shall vote on 18 proposed amendments, to the Constitution of Turkey. The amendments have been proposed by the ruling AK Party, whose leader is President Recap Tayyaip Erdogan.

Russian interference in the US election Elections

Russian interference in the US election

Many questions have been raised about Russia’s role in the 2016 US Presidential election. Doubts have also been raised about possible contacts the Donald Trump campaign team had with the Russian Government. 

RSS - CPI(M) Violence in Kerala Indian Politics

RSS - CPI(M) Violence in Kerala

On 01 Mar 17, RSS Mahanagar Prachar Pramukh of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, Dr. Kundan Chandravat, while addressing a public rally said he would offer Rs. One Crore reward, to anyone who beheads Kerala CM, Pinarayi Ravi. 

Emerging Global Challenges 2017-20 World

Emerging Global Challenges 2017-20

Do our Global Challenges need a New Approach?

Cyber Crime. In 2016, cyber criminals successfully used SWIFT, the banks financial transfer system, to steal US$ 101 million from the Bangladesh Central bank account with the Federal Reserve, New York. 

Challenges to Journalism World

Challenges to Journalism

We live in the Information Age and in the middle of the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) revolution. While all established professions are challenged by the changes, perhaps the profession of Journalism, is the most visible face of the change. 

Air India Indian Economics

Air India

On 28 Feb 17, Bloomberg reported that the PMO and Finance Ministry were discussing a proposal to sell the government’s majority stake in Air India, the country’s national carrier. By bringing in a strategic partner, the government hopes to turnaround the loss-making airline.

Merger of LSE & Deutsche Borse World

Merger of LSE & Deutsche Borse

On 27 Feb 17, London Stock Exchange (LSE) announced that their US$ 31 billion merger with Deutsche Borse, was unlikely to be approved by the European Union (EU). The merger was announced last year, to create a giant trading powerhouse that could better compete with US rivals.

 

Democratic Index 2016 Indian Economics

Democratic Index 2016

On 22 Feb 17, the Economist’s Intelligence Unit, released data about Democratic Index (DI) 2016. The DI is based on five categories; election process & pluralization, civil liberties, functioning of government, political participation and political culture.

Illegal immigrants in the US Geopolitics

Illegal immigrants in the US

On 21 Feb 17, new guidelines were issued by the Trump Administration regarding illegal immigration and risk of deportation. John Kelly, Secretary Homeland Security estimates that there are 11.4 million illegal immigrants, living in the US.

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