DISEQUILIBRIUM: Family Ties In Strife

In the hotbed of neural systems that typifies India, naked aggression is a way of life as thresholds are crossed to commensurate with the rising mercury, given that we are a tropical country. Circuits that subserve similar functions are grouped in neural systems that serve broader behavioural purposes. The most general functional definition divides neural systems into sensory systems like vision or hearing that acquire and process information from the environment, and motor systems that allow the organism to respond to such information by generating movements.

In-form hitman in elite company

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday became the fastest bowler to reach the milestone of 300 Test wickets in his 54th match, breaking Dennis Lillee’s record during India’s huge win over Sri Lanka in the second Test at Nagpur. Aussie legend Lillee had reached the milestone in 56 Tests way back in 1981, and it took 36 years for another bowler to eclipse the feat.

Off to A Flying start

It was a hot summer forenoon of May 1, 2013, when I, as chairman Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) had a strategic discussion with CEO of Brahmos Aerospace, at his office at Kirby place, New Delhi. During discussions he enquired, whether HAL had technical capability for Brahmos integration on Su-30. He also told that the OEM-Russian Company has offered to do it at a cost of $200 million (Rs 1,300 crore approximately). But he was not sure after spending so much money, if any technology learning benefit would accrue to India.

DISEQUILIBRIUM: Goosey, goosey gander

Men of conscience don’t take stands which are suspect. The decisions then need to stand the test of a microscopic examination for virus and other anti bodies have to be taken with great circumspection and utmost comprehension. Above all, the decision should be able to withstand the test of public scrutiny. For one doesn’t take a blunt knife to surgery, you need a scalpel for precise cuts. In late October, S&P most unexpectedly upgraded Italy’s rating one notch, citing the country’s firming economic recovery on the back of rising private-sector investment and employment.

Of slander & libel

Defamation law exists to protect a person’s reputation, either moral or professional, from unjustified attack. To constitute a defamation, a claim must generally be false and must have been made to someone other than the person defamed. A defamatory statement is a false statement of fact that exposes a person to hatred, ridicule, or contempt, causes him to be shunned, or injures him in his business or trade.

Pave the way, wave to pay

Rapid change in consumer lifestyle and the significant growth in contactless payments over the last decade has resulted in mobile payments gaining momentum owing to its value proposition for customers, merchants as well as banks. According to a report on new m-payments forecast by research firm Ovum, the total global user base for mobile payment will reach 4.77 billion by 2019 from the existing user base of 690 million in 2014.

Now, cut to the chase

The disruption caused by DeMo and GST has hopefully been digested as the process of formalisation of the economy has begun in right earnest. The merging of the black and formal economy and its convergence operation is one of the byproducts of the government’s sustained obsession with black stash. A reaffirmation and vindication of recent government action on reforms by Moody’s has been viewed positively by one and all.

Borders on insanity, indeed

In a first, American Brian Houston and Mexican Evelia Reyes wed on Sunday between the doors of the steel border gate between the US and Mexico that is opened for only an hour or so every year. It was the sixth time that the Door of Hope, as the gate is called, has opened since 2013, allowing people from the US And Mexico who cannot legally cross the border to visit without fear of deportation. At other times, families can talk but not touch through the steel fencing. “It’s a statement that love has no borders,” Houston said.

Every husk counts

There is considerable debate going on at present among states, political parties and professionals about the methods of avoiding the burning of stubble. It is also attracting attention at the legal level. In order to help farmers move away from this practice which is caused by the need to prepare the rice field for sowing wheat on time, it is necessary to create an economic state. Market driven alternatives should be demonstrated. There is no policy so far for bio-mass utilisation.

Happy, App(y) farming

Technology has permeated every aspect of our lives today. On the economic front, technology is a great enabler and is instrumental in enhancing efficiency and productivity across sectors. The agriculture industry is one major beneficiary of technological interventions, from genetic engineering to mechanised farm equipment and transportation to scientific storage of agricultural products, technology plays an important role in the sector.