Killer Heatwaves: India sizzles as temperature cross 40°C mark

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Heatwave in India happens mostly in patches and in few states at a time. However, around now heatwave conditions have occurred not only early but also at the same time in a large chunk of the country.

Yes, it’s true that heatwave conditions are witnessed mostly in few pockets of a particular state however in almost all the states of East, Central and Peninsular India.

 

At present, heatwave conditions are prevailing in pockets of Maharashtra, Telangana, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka. Temperatures still break records at many places and the death toll has touched atleast hundred thirty.The intrinsic  characteristic of heatwave is that it solely happens in pockets and not in a whole region or state.

 

April, May and June are the hottest months in India with summer season peaking in May, in most parts of the country. June is the onset of Southwest Monsoon in Central and Peninsular India and North India remains hot.

 

Heatwave is pervasive and a major phenomenon in India, claiming many lives every year. Heat comes in spurts and lasts for less than five to seven days as it is also the season for thundershowers. Heatwave per say is prominent within the interiors of the country. Hilly regions, Northeast India and coastal regions usually don’t witness heatwave conditions.

 

In plains, temperatures ought to exceed 40°C for declaring heatwave however within the coastal stations 40°C would amount to staggeringly hot weather if maximum touches the 40-degree mark. Even this criteria has been overruled this year as Chandbali, a coastal station in Odisha exceeded 40°C. Few coastal stations in Andhra Pradesh have also seen the mercury rise on top of 40°C. All in all, we are able to say that 2016 is turning out to be exceptionally hot and oppressive.

 

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Cryptocurrency – Soon to Rule the World

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The cryptocurrencies are universal digital currencies, that are used primarily outside existing banking and governmental establishments and are exchanged over the web. It’s a medium ussed to exchange product or services just like the other currencies, it solely happens to be in digital format. In alternative words, they do not have production cost tied to them.
As we tend to pay a lot online, it’s a natural consequence to transmit all aspects of our life, including economical, online. It’s easier, however the method of integration costs a lot. These days the expenses on bank transactions and revaluation are a growing expense.
The digital currencies circumvent the middle man – the banking industry. This ensures cryptocurrencies are freed from taxes and charges. The process creating and trading with cryptocurrencies is clear and straightforward to follow. The worth of a digital currency is usually determined by supply and demand as traders purchase and sell the currency on the general public exchanges. All of the miners are on the net, the system is made so that it doesn’t permit inflation.
Society has progressed enough to own its own instruments of social and economical interaction. The web is one such tool. The big potential of the internet is however to reveal its true potential. we are still to accept the concept of virtual connectivity. The mercantilism with digital cash continues to be free and no massive monopolies have entered “the game” yet.
The first cryptocurrency was Bitcoin and it appeared in 2009, less than six years ago. It had been created by an anonymous person called Satoshi Nakamoto and continues to be the most popular cryptocurrency. It is also the premise for each alternative crypto-coin that has popped up since. It’s solely a matter of time for digital currencies to be welcomed as medium of exchange by governments, banks and firms. This will lead us to a revolutionary change in the banking and finance industry. Its universal nature, clear purpose and clear genesis makes it popular among traders and trustworthy among customers.
It is a revolutionary change that cryptocurrencies aren’t controlled by any authority. It is us, who rule the trading and also the market. In contrast to banks and online services, such currencies are localised, with no single body overseeing and verifying transactions. it’s a product of “peer to peer” relation; it’s the child of the direct economy. Cryptocurrency and its processes of moving cash is quicker, a lot more economical, more cost-effective and safer than any other means.
Internet is the tool and we have got to educate ourselves. We’ve got to involve and embrace the new.

Companies halt cigarette production over pictorial warning rule

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The cigarette manufacturers had not paid heed to this and have continued to sell cigarette packets with smaller warnings.

Earlier, cigarettes weren’t thought of a primary source of death and was widely enjoyed by many. But today, tobacco is one of the leading causes of deaths in our country. Let’s see some facts regarding smoking

  • Every day, around 3200 people under eighteen smoke their first cigarette, and more or less 2,100 young adults become daily smokers
  • More than sixteen million people in the world have a minimum of one illness from cigarette smoking
  • A single cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals, 69 of that cause cancer
  • Nearly fifteen billion cigarettes smoked worldwide every single day
  • Nine out of ten respiratory organ cancers are caused by smoking
  • Smokers nowadays are far more probably to develop carcinoma than smokers were in 1964
  • Women smokers have 40% additional probabilities to develop COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) than those who have never smoked
  • Smoking slows lung growth in kids and youths
  • Smoking causes cancers of the throat, mouth, cavity, oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix, moreover as acute myeloid leukemia
  • It has been claimed that as a result of smoking, an average smoker loses fourteen years of their life
  • The risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke is two to four times higher among people who smoke.

What is the New AADHAAR bill?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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A new and revised Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 was passed in Lok Sabha on 11th March 2016. This takes the massive scheme beyond merely assigning a unique identity to residents to empowering the government to ensure that its subsidies and services reach the right people and directly.
 
What’s New in this Bill?
Supreme Court had earlier passed a ruling stating that Aadhaar should not be compulsory and restricted its use to deliver benefits and subsidies only under 5 government schemes, including LPG and PDS. The new Bill addresses major issues relating to security of information and also calls for imprisonment of up to one year and a minimum fine of Rs.10 lakhs for any person extending unauthorised access to the centralised data-base, or for revealing any information stored in it.
The new Bill makes Aadhaar necessary for availing of state subsidies and benefits received from the Consolidated Fund of India. Through Aadhaar, the govt. can make sure that solely targeted people directly receive funds or services, thereby plugging leaks within the system.The government has, however, confirmed that the Aadhaar card cannot be used as a proof of citizenship or domicile status.
 
Aadhaar is essential to ensure that all social sector schemes of the government is launched and implemented as per time and guidelines laid down therefore the NDA government has  made the correct move towards making certain that it receives the required statutory backing. Rs.13663 crore has already been allotted for FY’16-17, of that Rs 6844 crore has already been spent on establishing Aadhaar Sampark Kendras, technology-related infrastructure and enrollment, and all associated logistics. According to Mr Jaitley 97% adult Indians and 67% children now have an Aadhaar card and five to seven lakh people are being added to the system each day.

Can the Upcoming Recession be worse than 2008?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The inevitable, and by all accounts brutal forthcoming recession, can coincide with two extremely dangerous conditions that will make it worse than 2008.
 
First, the Fed won’t be ready to lower interest rates and supply any debt-service relief for the economy. In the wake of 2008 Recession, former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke took the overnight interbank loaning rate all the way down to 0 % from 5.25 % and printed $3.7 trillion. The Fed bought longer-term debt so as to push mortgages and every other debt to record low.
 
The best the Fed will be able to do is take to away its .25 % rate hike created in Dec.
 
Second, the federal government increased publicly-traded debt by $8.5 trillion (an increase of a hundred and seventy percent), and ran $1.5 trillion deficits to spice up consumption through transfer payments. Another such increase in deficits and debt, would cause an interest-rate spike that may flip this next recession into a devastating depression.
 
So as to avoid the surging value of debt-service payments on both public and private-sector level, the Fed will feel compelled to launch large number of bond purchases. However, not only are the interest rates already at historic lows, but faith in the ability of central banks to provide sustainable  gross domestic product growth will have already been destroyed, given their unsuccessful eight-year experiment in QE.
 
Therefore, the ability of government to save the markets and also the economy this time will be extremely difficult, if not impossible. 

Android N to be the biggest change in Android’s History

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Turning a successful service enterprise into a product company is a feat that is difficult to achieve. With Alphabet restructuring, Google is focusing on making its operations effective. Android is one amongst the largest merchandise of Google. And understanding the growing dominance of mobile, Google is moving ahead to combine its desktop-focused Chrome OS and also the Android mobile OS.
As per the media reports, this convergence of Chrome OS and Android was in talks from a while and Android emerged as the obvious winner. To compare the both, Chrome OS is less flexible and more safer.
With Android Marshmallow, Google has progressed on the securty front with mandatory encryption and secure boot. With the future Android N, to be introduced at Google I/O, we can expect Google to move towards laptop-type larger screen devices powered by an advanced Android OS.
While Android Marshmallow concentrated on tightening the security hinges and making Android a corporate-suitable product, Android N will be a major change. Earlier this year, Google announced that the newer versions of Android will be free from unnecessary bloatware and Android N will be the proper platform to start with. Android N which is to be named as Android Nutella or Android Nougat will bring one of the largest changes ever in Android OS.
In the past, Google has Android-running larger screen devices, however Android just didn’t feel right. This move to merge the Chrome OS associated Android OS in Android N is Sundar Pichai’s decision to build an OS that runs on all form. The Android package already runs on smartwatches, TV, tablets, phones – and adding the laptops to this list will be Android’s biggest step yet.

‘How can we live after the death of India’ Mohanlal

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Mohanlal one of the finest actor of Indian film industry and  the first and the only actor to receive the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army Of India wrote a blog in Malayalam expressing disappointment on the current state of affairs inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University  campus. He reminded everyone about the sacrifices the soldiers were making at the border. In the blog titled ‘How can we live after the death of India’, Mohanlal commented on the issue of nationalism and spoke about soldiers and their sacrifice for the country instead of directly commenting on the ongoing controversy in JNU.

“We cover ourselves in thick blankets at the first sign of chill. We have hot water to brush and bath. After utilizing these comforts we go to universities and colleges to discuss about our soldiers, abuse and question them. Our country is the soil we stand on, the air we breathe, water we drink and finally we will part of it when die,” he said in the post.

Voices were raised against his blog from film industry and from Territory army also.

 

 

Electric Cars: Future of Automobile Industry

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Most cars will be electric in the near future. Why? 2 reasons: because electric cars are way more economical than any other car, and also because they are multi fuel.
The neat factor concerning electricity is that just about any combustible fuel can be converted to electricity with efficiency. Electricity can be made in numerous ways. Solar panels, wind energy etc are to name a few. We don’t have to decide now what is that “right” technology. Indeed, the solution can possible be a mixture of the above, combined with some quantity of fossil fuels, depending on where we are generating power.
Even if we place thousands of solar panels on our roofs, establish windmills wherever possible, built tide-powered generators, or clean nuclear energy plants still we won’t cut back our dependence on oil by one drop unless we will use electricity to power cars.We don’t use oil to generate electricity, thus all those cool electric generating technologies don’t offset our oil consumption. The fact is that overwhelming majority of our oil consumption is employed for transportation.
So what’s wrong with electrical cars? Why not start using them? Currently except for the recharging limitations electric cars looks like the future of automobile industry. some of the proposed solutions to overcome the charging limitations include: quick charging, battery pack swapping and a powered auxiliary generator. But all of these has very significant technical problems. Another alternative suggestion was to increase the driving range. As of today this is not possible. Currently Tesla cars have 250 miles range. This is the maximum that lithium ion type batteries can offer at the moment. But the good news is the capacity of these batteries are steadily increasing by 8% every year. Also there are hints of breakthrough technologies.
Electric cars are similar to your mobile phones. Once the driving range is enough to make it through the day, then it needs to be charged only when one is sleeping. The Tesla Roadster is like that already for many folks, except after we wish to require an extended road trip. With a five hundred mile range, even road trips can be covered.

A Homage to ONV Kurup – Malayalam Legendary Poet and Lyricist

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Thomas John, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Renowned Malayalam poet and lyricist O N V Kurup passed away at a KIIMS hospital,Trivandrum Saturday, his family said. He was 84 is survived by wife, a son and daughter.. His body was kept at VJT Hall in Trivandrum where many gathered to pay tribute.

He has penned over 900 songs in over 200 films  In addition to his valuable contributions to Malayalam literature, he has written over 900 songs in over 200 films and also numerous songs for dramas and plays. He received Padma Shri in 1998 and Padmabhushan in 2011 for his contributions to Malayalam literature. He also has won many national and state awards to his credit for his lyrics. In 2007, he was also awarded a Honorary Doctorate by the University Of Kerala

“Shri ONV Kurup’s demise is a major loss to Malayalam literature. His works were admired widely. May his soul rest in peace”. A tweet my Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He published his first poem Munnottu in a local magazine in 1946. Three years later his furst poetry collection ‘Porutunna Soundaryam’ was published. Some of his famous works are: Dahikunna Panapatram, Marubhumi, Agni Salabhangal, Bhumikku Oru Charamagitam and Valappottukal.

In Malaylam film industry Kurup made his debut as a lyricist with Kalam Marunnu in 1956. He won a National award for his lyrics for the film Vyshali. He also holds the record of winning 13 Kerala State Awards. Ormakale Kaivala Charthi – Pratheeksha (1979), Manjal Prasaadavum – Nakhakshathangal (1986), and Paattil Ee Pattil – Pranayam (2011), are some of his famous works.

Everything to know about the JNU unrest

Below is an unbiased timeline of what happened at the JNU campus:

– Alleged students of the JNU organised an event to to express solidarity with Kashmiri migrants and also protest against judicial hanging of Afzal Guru in 2013
– Posters were put up about the same at the Sabarmati dhaba of JNU campus. Also, a programme-‘A country without a post office — against the judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt’-was supposed to take off.

– This led to protest by ABVP members, demanding expulsion of the organisers.
– A disciplinary enquiry was taken up by the university which claimed the organisers went ahead with the event without permission.
– A protest march was carried out and ABVP members accused that JNU students shouted anti-India slogans. A video also appeared in which students were heard shouting slogans
– JNU students say they did not shout any anti-national slogans.
– A sedition case was registered at Vasant Kunj police station against unknown students and the university barred eight students pending an enquiry.
– JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on sedition charges
– Students of JNU demanding Kumar’s release gave a shutdown call. JNU teachers also joined the students.
– On February 14, violence broke out in the Patiala House. People in black robes slapped and kicked supporters of Kanhaiya Kumar. .
–  The Supreme Court criticised the unruly behaviour of the lawyers and ordered  security in the premises of the courts for both the clients and media persons
– On February 17 also, violence was witnessed outside Patiala House Court where two groups of lawyers clashed with each other.
– The Supreme Court was also informed that Kanhaiya Kumar was attacked in the court premises.
– SC restricted the number reporters to five and two supporters of arrested students for the hearing.
– Kanhaiya Kumar was sent to judicial custody till March 02. o Kanhaiya.
– Kumar claims that he did not shout any anti-national slogans and few outsiders were involved in raising anti-India slogans.