Today’s Links 30 October 2013


Today’s Paper October 1st 2013


Thus, the danger of a Balkanisation of the Internet is real and rings especially for countries like India, whose IT and IT-enabled services sector depend so heavily on it. It is in everybody’s interest that the U.S.-Brazil spat be resolved amicably. For those who believe that the knowledge society is here to stay, and that worldwide connectivity is its handmaiden, this should include a step back from the abyss of breaking up the internet. One way forward is through multilateral governance of the web and stronger penalties for violating our privacy.

Beyond the Brazil-U.S spat [cyber Security]

65 million people live in slums in India, says census data [poverty,welfare]

What is Furlough

In the United States, a furlough  is a temporary unpaid leave of some employees due to special needs of a company, which may be due to economic conditions at the specific employer or in the economy as a whole. These involuntary furloughs may be short or long term, and many of those affected may seek other temporary employment during that time.

What is Shutdown of Government ?

In U.S. politics, a government shutdown is a situation in which the government stops providing all but “essential” services. Typically, federal services that continue despite a shutdown include the National Weather Service and its parent agencies, medical services at federal facilities, the postal service, armed forces, air traffic management, and corrections (the penal system). A government shutdown is similar to a lockout in the private sector.

U.S. govt shuts down as Congress misses deadline

What would happen if US government shuts down?

ET this article  For FACTS and rankings

Biz in India:Take up slack on global competitiveness

IE Incase you missed the aadhaar judgement by Supreme court , and its effects

Undercutting Aadhaar  How the court’s order has complicated the UPA’s cash transfer plans.

Today’s Paper

Article on IMR and status of child deaths in India compared with its neighbors who are investing more in the health field. And in national level there is lot to learn from Tamil Nadu model . More than baby steps required

The Representation of People’s Act amendment and validation ordinance 2013 and the urgency showed by political parties to pass this ordinance is discussed  Not above the law

The continuing tendency to arrest writers and authors in the name of sedition and other allegations is killing the spirit of freedom of speech Little reason to restrict the freedom of speech.

Suggestion : Open Laxmikanth Polity book and cover these two sections, Fundamental rights and ordinance issue power of president .