Last month, an investigative series on electoral bonds by independent journalist Nitin Sethi, with the help of Right to Information (RTI) activist Commodore Lokesh Batra (retd), exposed how the BJP leadership misled the Election Commission (EC) and Parliament on key features of the electoral bonds scheme and overruled the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s objections in its hurry to implement it. In a conversation moderated by Anuradha Raman, Jagdeep Chhokar and Milan Vaishnav speak of the flawed design of the scheme. Edited excerpts:The Modi government had introduced the electoral bonds scheme with the promise of bringing in transparency in political funding. But information under the RTI Act shows that it is anything but transparent. In a series of papers in 2017, you, Milan, had flagged several concerns, all of which have been proven true. Do you feel vindicated?Milan Vaishnav: I think we should start from the original premise that the introduction of electoral bonds was a victory … [Read more...] about Have electoral bonds made a bad system worse?
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When people talk about what a terrible year 2016 has been, they could be referring to any number of things, from virus scares to the death of beloved celebrities to whatever the fuck happened on November 8. What they can’t mean is the movies, though. Only those who spent all their money on the biggest Hollywood product could really complain about the cinema of 2016 (and even then, they’d have some pretty good Marvel movies and a solid Star Wars spin-off to fall back on). As usual, there was no grand unifying element linking all of the year’s finest films, but there were some shared themes and motifs: grief, and coping with it; strained family bonds; the responsibility (and burden) of religious faith; and, of course, cars. More than a few of the year’s best films also took time to highlight the details of normal life, tethering their drama, comedy, or delirious fantasy to something mundanely relatable. Mathematically ranked by our six regular reviewers, who each … [Read more...] about The 20 best films of 2016
The British Travel Awards 2019 has revealed the world's best travel companies this year - as voted for by the British public. In fact, 402,734 Brits cast a whopping 867,221 votes for firms across cruise, holidays, airlines and much more, with the results being unveiled in a glamorous ceremony presented by Gyles Brandreth. That includes UK holiday highlights too; for example, Cornwall was voted as the best holiday county while Edinburgh Castle has pipped others to the post for the title of best UK heritage attraction. You can check out the full list of winners below, including categories for large, medium and small firms. To make things a little bit easier we've grouped the awards into holiday types, destinations, cruises, airlines and airports, UK holidays, hotels and villas, websites and retailers, and travel agencies. See if your favourites made the cut below... Full list of British Travel Awards 2019 winners Holiday types Best family holiday company: James Villa Holidays (large), … [Read more...] about Brits’ favourite travel companies announced at British Travel Awards 2019
It’s no secret that the air we breathe indoors can cause allergies, respiratory issues, and other health issues. Sometimes, people have known allergies to things like dust that cause them to feel these symptoms, other times a person may have symptoms and not even know they’re caused by the air they are breathing. In the short term, these indoor particulates can cause soreness in the nose and throat, as well as headaches, dizziness, and even fatigue, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Over time, poor indoor air quality can lead to much more serious consequences, including a slew of respiratory diseases and even cancers in some cases. Other environmental factors in our homes can cause problems, too. Even a pet we love can be the cause of our breathing issues. A good air purifier can be a step in the right direction toward cleaner indoor air. These are our picks for the best air purifiers to help reduce allergies in the home or office. Honeywell 50250-S … [Read more...] about The best air purifiers for 2019
NEW DELHI: Maveric Systems, a technology solutions provider to banking and telecom players, has appointed Muraleedhar Ramapai as its new executive director. Ramapai will be heading the data analytics operations of the company. He will focus on developing an optimal service mix in the data and analytics space to enable customers to achieve risk-free scaling of data monetisation and business growth through advanced analytics. “Muralee will lead and strengthen our data analytics services and ensure quality delivery of new, innovative services across priority and key customers. He will lead responsibility for technical capability building and competency enhancement,” Ranga Reddy, CEO and co-founder, Maveric Systems said. Ramapai has 24 years of experience that includes transformation of North America’s second largest mortgage servicing platform, and leading online application performance for the second largest e-commerce destination in UK, the company shared in a … [Read more...] about Technology solutions provider, Maveric Systems, appoints new executive director
Before standing down in 2007, John Browne was CEO of BP for 12 years. In 2015, he returned to the global oil business as executive chairman of L1 Energy. Since leaving BP, he has written five books; in the latest, he argues that engineers will save humanity from the threats such as disease, artificial intelligence and global warming. You say that civilisation is founded on engineering innovation and technology. Do you equate human progress with machines? Do you understand the widespread public fear of unfettered technologies? Modern technology has given immense wealth and power to the very few and has allowed global surveillance and the erosion of privacy. Is that acceptable? There will be aberrations, but [facial recognition] has been very beneficial across the world, whether it is for law enforcement, the convenience of people to pay, or to get in and out of buildings. But there are other things which have gone wrong unintenionally, or are in hands of wrong people. Will … [Read more...] about Ex-BP boss John Browne: ‘It’s going to take a long time to take oil and coal out of the energy system’
You’re on the verge of becoming an iPhone owner, or considering replacing that trusty iPhone 6, but the choice is causing a dilemma. The iPhone 11 Pro is the flagship and oh so tempting, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max has that enormous, gorgeous display. You can’t discount the simple beauty of the iPhone 11 either. Then you have to decide between the different colors and the storage options and — well, it’s safe to say there’s a lot to think about. It’s not a decision to be taken lightly. This is an expensive purchase, so which iPhone is the best one for you? Here’s our easy guide to help you make the right choice, quickly. TL;DR: What’s the best iPhone? For most people: The iPhone 11 is all the phone you need, and you don’t need to spend almost $1,000 for all the latest features from Apple. For $699, you get the gorgeous edge-to-edge design in fun, colorful styles, a great camera with Portrait Mode, a powerful A13 Bionic processor, … [Read more...] about Best iPhone for 2019: Which Apple smartphone should you buy right now?
CHENNAI: IT service provider Maveric Systems has bagged the "Best Banking Technology Partner Award" at the 14th Annual Banker Middle East Industry Awards ceremony held in Dubai recently. "We are delighted to win this award. The Middle East market will be very critical to our transformation and growth as a provider of IT Life-cycle Assurance. In FY14, we expect 50 per cent of our revenue to come from the Middle East market", Ranga Reddy, CEO, Maveric Systems said. The award was instituted by CPI Financial, a financial media company based in Middle East, a company release said. Currently, Maveric Systems has presence in Mumbai, Bangalore, Dubai, Riyadh, London, New Jersey and Singapore. It has a global offshore delivery centre and a testing Research and Development lab in Chennai, it said. … [Read more...] about Maveric Systems bags ‘Best Banking Technology Partner Award’
With over 300 locations nationwide, Ship Smart helps clients with dependable and cost-effective small moving services, including artwork, household items, office furniture, and more. PHOENIX (PRWEB) December 05, 2019 Finding a trusted, cost-effective company to provide services for a small move can be a challenge. Many companies focus on large scale, cross-country moves, making finding the right company difficult. But one company that has been a national leader in the moving industry for 30 years, has been changing the face of the moving industry by providing dependable small move options for residents across the US. That company, Ship Smart, is now set to open a location in Phoenix to help make small moves a reality for area residents. Ship Smart has over 30 years of experience in the moving industry and over 300 locations nationwide, with its newest location opening in Phoenix at 7301 N 16th St Ste 102. For over 20 of its past 30 years, the company has specialized in small moves … [Read more...] about Ship Smart, the Nation’s Premier Packing and Shipping Specialists, Opens Phoenix Location, Making Small Moves a Breeze for Local Residents
The PlayStation 4 is the most popular console of the current generation, with its ease of use, social and sharing functions, and raw power making it a great choice for players of all types. Its controller, the DualShock 4, also represents a huge increase in quality from the PlayStation 3’s DualShock 3. Buying a controller isn’t a one-size-fits-all choice, however. Depending on the genre of games you play, your play style, and the amount of time you’re willing to devote to games, the controller you should pick will vary. These are the best PlayStation 4 controllers you can buy. Further reading Best PS4 games How to gameshare on a PS4 Best PS4 headsets DualShock 4 Included with the PlayStation 4 regardless of which bundle you choose to purchase, the DualShock 4 is one of the best controllers Sony has ever made. Its face buttons are large enough to accommodate nearly any hand size, its triggers are actual triggers, rather than the weirdly-shaped buttons of the … [Read more...] about The best PS4 controllers for 2019