Get subscribed to our newsletter
Get interesting updates to your email inbox.
By Sreyashi Mazumdar
Blowing the conch of victory, Arvind Kejriwal took over the reign of the national capital with a whopping 67 seats in his pocket in the Delhi assembly elections. However, with the overarching hullaballoo over his inefficiency as a leader and his taking after Modi’s one-man-army trick, the party has been lampooned over a considerable period now.
Ranging from his new found fetish for ads to publicize the achievements of his party to his law minister’s scandalous episodes, the party has been overtly bitten by its adversaries.
Nevertheless, like every coin has a flip side, the muffler man’s party has much to its credit too. The conniving media reports and the vicious tactics of the opposition parties have somewhere down the line vitiated the achievements of the party.
“Thanks for the unprecedented victory. But it’s very scary, the kind of support the people of Delhi have extended and the mandate we have been given,” this is what the maverick had to say on his glorious victory. Despite playing the sheep, the intent to unleash an era of development with public engagement in order to bring forth a transparent and clean government was etched on his mind.
The little good things
Kicking off with the positives of the party, one would surely reminisce of his attempt at making educational opportunities readily available to the citizenry of Delhi, laying off the hassles one might run into. Being one of its kinds in India, the Kejriwal government gave a nod to the higher education and skill education guarantee scheme.
The scheme enables the individual under question to game for a loan of Rs 10 lakhs irrespective of his financial background. The scheme turns out to be a game changer as it doesn’t require a witness or a guarantor to ensure the availability of the loan. The new development cracks down upon the impediments of higher and vocational education.
Keeping in line with the Delhi High court order of 2013, the mango man’s government has given a green signal to the ‘Witness Protection Policy.’ The newfangled approach of the government towards ensuring the security of witness in crucial cases has added another feather to the capital city’s attempt at refurbishing justice.
There have been cases where crucial witnesses were murdered or were subjected to excruciating bouts of torture; therefore, the new policy seems to be an easement.
The newly inaugurated Mohalla clinic at Piragarhi Relief Camp is one of the several steps taken by the leader in the recent past to make medical facilities readily available to the poor. 1000 such clinics are on their verge of getting constructed in the city.
According to the health minister, Satendra Jain, averse to the investments made by the previous governments in the construction of such clinics, the new clinic has been built at a very reasonable rate; the cost of construction was 1/25th of what the previous government had been doling out.
Adding another feather to the party’s cap, the legislators of the nation’s capital have also rendered a relief to the pension beneficiaries. According to an NDTV report, around 30,000 pension beneficiaries have been successfully granted the awaited amount and another 20,000 of them will be garnering their share soon.
Despite having rolled out a series of policies benefitting the masses, the party also bears loop holes if introspected in the right order.
The little bad things
The muffler man’s party kicked off on a positive note, seemingly striking the chords of unity; however, with each passing day, it seems the entire essence of deliberation has somewhere down the line, got obliterated. Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan’s expulsion from the national executive and laying off Admiral Ramdas’s participation in the national council meeting, further, the exemplification of a one-man show through the ad campaigns hints at a dictatorial tendency creeping in.
Kejriwal’s populist measure of delivering free wi-fi facilities in the capital city, if mulled over closely, unravels a string of disadvantages. For instance, only government websites would be accessible through the free wi-fi facility, the service wouldn’t cater to websites like YouTube. Further the party’s plan at juxtaposing women security facilities with the wi-fi wouldn’t fetch a sound result as the service wouldn’t be available in the desolated corners of the city.
When the rebel started off his party, with a vision of changing the political system, it was the media which gave him the podium, the space to ravel out his plans and policies. In an attempt at being the harbinger of a participatory democracy, he took to every method which would fulfil his goal; which would accelerate public participation.
Media was one of those means which AAP took to in order to mark his triumph in the assembly elections. However, his recent attack at the media has somewhere down the line scarred his endorsement of participation in politics. His dig at the media raised a million eyebrows, as his snap at the same wasn’t quite expected of him. Being tethered by the growing controversies, he even went to the extent of blaming the media of conspiring against him and his parties.
The party’s new found fetish for ad campaigns got vehemently criticized by people across the board. The Delhi High court’s recent take on the party effort to promote its accomplishment through ad campaigns got chastised by the judges looking over the case. On the basis of a Supreme Court judgement that forbids politicians from wasting tax payers’ money on ad campaigns, the party got censured.
“Electoral politics in India is more about making gains through money, muscle power and nepotism and less about a contest between competing politics and policies.”
While looking into the party’s list of objectives on its website, one might have run into the aforementioned statement. However, ruminating on the present development, one might find the party at loggerheads with its own take on electoral politics.
Nonetheless, the muffler man’s attempt at making change despite being pocked with a string of irrational and fallacious policies might result in the creation of Swarajya, a state wherein the commoners have a say and an opportunity to render their wisdom in sound policy formulation.
The US researchers have discovered a class of immune cells that plays a role in miscarriage, which affects about a quarter of pregnancies.
Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that the recently discovered subset of cells known as extrathymic Aire-expressing cells in the immune system may prevent the mother's immune system from attacking the placenta and fetus.
The researchers showed that pregnant mice who did not have this subset of cells were twice as likely to miscarry, and in many of these pregnancies fetal growth was severely restricted.
ALSO READ: Can You Drink Coffee While You're Pregnant?
"When you're pregnant, the immune system is seeing the placenta for the first time in decades -- not since the mother made a placenta when she herself was a fetus," said Eva Gillis-Buck, from UCSF.
"Our research suggests that this subset of immune cells is carrying out a sort of 'secondary education' -- sometimes many years after the better-known population of the educator cells have carried out the primary education in the thymus -- teaching T cells not to attack the fetus, the placenta and other tissues involved in pregnancy," she added. The findings are published in the journal Science Immunology.
The immune system has to be educated not to attack one's own tissues and organs to prevent autoimmune disease. But pregnancy presents a unique challenge since the fetus expresses proteins found in the placenta as well as proteins whose genetics are distinct from the mother.
ALSO READ: The Importance of a Good Mattress for Pregnant
"It was a conceptual leap to link Aire-expressing cells, which are critical for preventing autoimmune disease, to pregnancy," said Tippi Mackenzie, Professor of Surgery at UCSF's Center for Maternal Foetal Precision Medicine.
In the thymus, Aire-expressing cells begin interacting with other immune cells very early in life to teach them what not to attack. The thymus begins to shrink and is nearly gone by adulthood, by which time most immune cells have been educated. But as the thymus shrinks, the population of eTACs in lymph nodes and the spleen expands, the researchers explained.
The study suggests a healthy pregnancy may depend on having these cells around, they added. (IANS/KB)
The tiny emojis being shared on billions of devices worldwide can play a major role in digital communication, with most people saying that emoji compels them to feel more empathy towards others, according to an Adobe report.
Adobe's global emoji study found that emoji even helps people overcome language barriers and form connections that would otherwise be difficult to do.
"We were surprised and delighted by the discoveries made in the survey, most notably how enthusiastic respondents were for emoji as a means to express themselves," the company said in a statement.
ALSO READ: Emoji- A Choice for Interracial Couple
Emojis sometimes get criticized for being overly saccharine, but this sweetness is key when it comes to diffusing some of the heaviness of online communication.
"Many of the emoji are focused on positive emotions, so it's easy to insert them into our conversations and lighten the mood," the Adobe study said.
It's not surprising that over half of those surveyed feel more comfortable using emojis than talking on the phone or in person.
ALSO READ: Apple Previews Selection of Emojis on World
This applies to less intense situations too. Dating, for example, can be tricky — especially when it's online or via digital apps, as it often is now.
The study also found that emoji even helps people overcome language barriers and form connections that would otherwise be difficult to do.
In celebration of World Emoji Day on Saturday, Adobe's '2021 Global Emoji Trend Report' surveyed 7,000 people in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and South Korea. (IANS/KB)
Following the grand Richard Branson show where he carried Andhra Pradesh-born Sirisha Bandla and fellow space travelers on his shoulders after successfully flying to the edge of space, it is time for Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to applaud Sanjal Gavande, one of the key engineers who designed the New Shephard rocket set to take Bezos and the crew to space on July 20.
Billionaire Bezos is set to fly to the edge of space aboard what is touted as the world's first unpiloted suborbital flight. Born in Kalyan, Maharashtra, Gavande is a systems engineer at Blue Origin who always dreamt of designing aerospace rockets.
ALSO READ: Jeff Bezos Used To Review Products On Amazon
After completing Bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Mumbai, she flew to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University. She also applied for an engineering job at the US space agency NASA but finally landed her dream job at Blue Origin
Sirisha flew to the US in 2011 to pursue a Master's in mechanical engineering from the Michigan Technological University.IANS
Bezos, his brother Mark, aviation pioneer Mary Wallace 'Wally' Funk, and other passengers are set to liftoff from west Texas and travel just beyond the edge of space on July 20. Blue Origin announced this week that Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old high school graduate from the Netherlands, would join the crew.
Oliver is the son of millionaire Joe Daemen, Founder, and CEO of the Dutch investment company Somerset Capital Partners. Blue Origin, however, did not reveal how much Daemen paid for his son's trip to space. Bezos chose July 20 as the launch date to honor the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
ALSO READ: “We are Tiny”: Elon Musk to NASA
The launch site for Blue Origin's first human flight will be in a remote location north of Van Horn, Texas, from where the firm had launched New Shepard for previous flights. Blue Origin has received final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to carry humans on the New Shepard rocket into space.
On July 12, Bandla touched the edge of space with three others, including Virgin Galactic's billionaire CEO Richard Branson. Bandla vaulted into space onboard VSS Unity 22. After the successful spaceflight, Branson carried the Indian-American on his shoulders while celebrating their flight to space, at Spaceport America in New Mexico. (IANS/KB)