Parliament Watch: China and its apps dominate technology discussion in Week 1

China, China and more China. Our north-eastern neighbour was on the minds of everyone in Parliament this week. Discussions on technological matters were dominated by China: app bans, Chinese surveillance, concerns about Huawei and ZTE and so on. In all that hullaballoo, one member — Congress’s leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury — even called for India to have its own internet firewall as protection against China! Meanwhile, the government made some interesting, albeit confusing move...
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Nigeria Bars Emirates, Talks With EU About Lufthansa, Air France - Bloomberg

Nigeria Bars Emirates, Talks With EU About Lufthansa, Air France - Bloomberg:Nigeria is adding Emirates Airline to the list of carriers not allowed to fly into the West African country, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said.Nigerian officials held talks with European Union officials over the ban on flights by Lufthansa, Air France and KLM, the minister said on Twitter. “The meeting progressed well,” he said.Africa’s most populous country of more 200 million people barred a number of airlines as it ...
Tags: Travel, Nigeria, Africa, Eu, European Union, KLM, Emirates Airline, Hadi Sirika, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Lufthansa Air France, Lufthansa Air France Bloomberg, Sirika

Top 5 Blood Orange Recipes!

It's blood orange season and this gorgeous fruit always hails the beginning of spring, warmer weather and blood orange baking. The luscious, dark purple flesh makes for the most eye catching dishes from sweet to savoury!
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Libya NOC Says It’s Restarting ‘Secure’ Fields, Ports - Bloomberg

Libya NOC Says It’s Restarting ‘Secure’ Fields, Ports - Bloomberg:Libya’s National Oil Corp. said it will allow the restart of oil from fields and ports that it sees safe and free from armed groups.The NOC is lifting force majeure from oilfields and export terminals that are “secure” and has given instructions to operating companies to resume production, while the eight-month ban would remain in place in other facilities that still has fighters, it said in a statement on Saturday.The NOC didn’t ...
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Rising bankruptcy toll shows US oil patch is not ‘OK now’ | Financial Times

Rising bankruptcy toll shows US oil patch is not ‘OK now’ | Financial Times:It is less than two months since Donald Trump travelled to Texas to declare that the US energy industry, laid low by this year’s oil price crash, was back on its feet. “We’re OK now,” the president told the assembled crowd.But bankruptcy numbers released this week tell a different story. Another 16 upstream US oil and gas companies — producers and service providers — hit the wall in August, the same number as in July, ac...
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Rolls-Royce in talks with sovereign wealth funds to raise £2.5bn | Financial Times

Rolls-Royce in talks with sovereign wealth funds to raise £2.5bn | Financial Times:Rolls-Royce is in talks with sovereign wealth funds, including Singapore’s GIC, as part of a plan to raise around £2.5bn from investors next month, according to three people with direct knowledge of the matter.  The UK aero-engine group is working with bankers at Goldman Sachs on the planned equity raise as it looks to become the latest company to tap stock market investors to repair a balance sheet badly damaged ...
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ruth bader ginsburg, rest in power

  These highlights of Ginsburg's decisions and dissents on the SCOTUS are a joy to read. I used two sources, and decided to keep the overlap. Many highlight the reason she was affectionately known as the Notorious RBG.United States v. Virginia, 1996In United States v. Virginia,  Ginsburg  wrote the majority opinion that would serve as a milestone moment for women’s rights and university admission policies. The case challenged a policy by the Virginia Military Institute that barred wome...
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Use This Map to Find Out About Bus and Train Travel Restrictions

Over the past six months, discussions surrounding COVID travel options have primarily focused on the safety of flying, and the return of the road trip. But where does that leave people who primarily travel via train or bus? We’re not talking about safety issues on mass transit (though that is important to consider),…Read more...
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Pilots’ union furious as Dominic Raab shuns BA in favour of United

Exclusive: ‘There were alternative British flights available so what’s the excuse?’ – Balpa general secretary says
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Khadi commission “forces” Amazon, Flipkart to take down unlicensed khadi listings

The Khadi and Village Industry Commission said Saturday that it “force[d]” platforms like Flipkart and Amazon to take down over 160 listings of “fake khadi products”. While Khadi is a non-proprietary hand-woven fabric, the government has of late been more actively exercising the state monopoly on selling as well as regulating what products can and cannot be called “khadi”. We have reached out to Flipkart and Amazon for comment. “There has been a steep rise in violation of Khadi trademark as the ...
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A Hiking Road Trip in the Canadian Badlands of Alberta

The Canadian Badlands cover a large swath of south central Alberta, equivalent to an area slightly larger than Hungary. From northeast of Red Deer south to the United States border and east to Saskatchewan, you’ll find Canada’s finest badland scenery. But that’s not all. The Canadian Badlands are home to one of the greatest collections of dinosaur bones in the world, loads of super-cool geologic formations including hoodoos along with 35 provincial parks and natural areas. The badlands scenery i...
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Brexit will bring back the cheap duty-free cigarettes of the hovercraft days

The Man Who Pays His Way: What has the government been smoking?
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How to Replicate the Benefits of 'Vacation Anticipation'

Remember back in March and early April when we were all panic-buying supplies to prepare for spending a few weeks hunkered down in our homes? Our new lockdown lifestyle seemed like something we’d live through for a period of time, and then life—including the summer—would resume, mostly as usual. At this stage, summer…Read more...
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What the government has been saying in the Parliament about digital learning

Legislators from the in the Parliament from the BJP, YSR Congress Party, Trinamool Congress and the Revolutionary Socialist Party have submitted questions on digital learning to the government, as the subject continues to attract scrutiny due to questions around equitable access and learning outcomes. Below are the summaries of the government’s responses to those questions. Six Members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha — Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rodmal Nagar of the BJP, Lavu Sri Kri...
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Social security code introduced in Lok Sabha; includes gig workers benefits

Union Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar today introduced Code on Social Security, 2020 — which will provide social security benefits to gig workers — in Lok Sabha, along with two other labour codes amidst opposition from Congress MPs, including Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari. According to a Business Standard report, aggregators or gig economy companies will have to contribute 1-2% of their annual turnover for social security of gig workers. The contribution “should not be more than 5% of t...
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A Legend RGB

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Tarte aux figues

I made a fig tart on Friday with some of the bounty from our friend's fig tree. The filling in the tart is an almond custard made with ground almonds, sugar, an egg, and butter. I sliced the figs and arranged them on top before baking. When the tart cooled, I painted it with an apple jelly glaze. I messed up the timer so the tart got a little over done, but it was not a problem. We had some rain early this morning, but the temperature did not drop. It's actually warmer and more humid this morn...
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NHA asked for Rs 30 crore for National Digital Health Mission rollout in union territories

The National Health Authority has requested a budget of Rs 30 crore from the central government to implement the National Digital Health Mission in six union territories. The Health Ministry disclosed this in response to a Parliament question on Friday. As of September 9, 100,000 Health IDs have already been created in the six union territories apart from Jammu & Kashmir, NHA said. As is evident by now, the Ministry said it would not delay implementation of the Digital Health Mission or the Heal...
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Govt telemedicine platform eSanjeevani alloted Rs 100 crore

The Indian government’s telemedicine platform eSanjeevani, which completed 300,000 consults in early September, over Rs 100 crore for the current financial year. This was disclosed by the Health Ministry in Parliament on Friday. Three states account for nearly half of the allotment: Karnataka (Rs 21.87 crore), Madhya Pradesh (Rs 15.13 crore), and Haryana (Rs 10.69 crore), total to Rs 47 crore. eSanjeevani, which began scaling up as the pandemic hit, is implemented at a state-level under the Na...
Tags: Travel, Health, News, BJP, Parliament, Delhi, Telemedicine, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Health Ministry, Haryana, OPD, Lok Sabha

TRAI issues directive on transparent marketing, disclosure of tariffs

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Friday issued two directions on disclosure and marketing of telecom tariffs. The direction on disclosure requires that within two weeks, telecom operators make terms and conditions for their tariffs accessible on their website and mobile application. The second direction goes into detail on what specific disclosures should be made to consumers reviewing such plans. In its order, TRAI said that “consumers may be facing [a] situation of lack of informat...
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