India at top at the end of Day 2

People will not talk about the 243 runs Virat Kohli scored, but will talk about the 57 runs that he missed at the Feroze Shah Kotla on 3rd December, 2017 during the 3rd test match between India & Sri Lanka. That is the standard, Indian cricket lovers hold Kohli up to, as he hit his 6th double century in the span of 18 months, the most by any captain in the history of the game.

Ajinkya Rahane continues to disappoint, while Rohit Shamra sailed to a breezy 65 runs before the Lankans could force a declaration out of India. Sri Lanka had asked the matched to be paused for 17 minutes, four and five minutes due to smog.

India declared at 536 runs for the loss of seven wickets.

Sri Lanka’s Karunaratne was out on the first ball off of Mohammed Shami. But, the visitors steadied to close at 131 for the loss of 3 wickets at stumps on day 2, courtesy a solid 57* from Angelo Mathews.

The 3rd day will be crucial as it will be a decider to whether or not, India can manage a whitewash at home.


India’s economy see a rise

India’s economy grew to 6.3% in the second quarter (July-September) with acceleration in the manufacturing and mining sectors, the growth in the previous quarter was 5.7%.

Agriculture and construction, the two largest employers, continued to disappoint.

FM Arun Jaitley said “perhaps the impact of two structural reforms, GST and demonetization were behind us”.

Manufacturing grew from 1.7% to 7.1%, and where electricity grew to 7.6%, and it is 10% growth in trade, hotel, transportation and communication.

TRAI backs Net Neutrality

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, on Tuesday upheld the basic principles of net-neutrality and prohibited internet service providers from making any discrimination in internet services.

Big debate about net-neutrality started when in 2015, Facebook launched in association with Reliance Communications which aimed to provide free internet services which included 38 websites, and Bing was the search engine.

Sunil Mittal, CEO of Bharti Airtel, criticised the concept and said, “If you are going to make the data free, then let’s do completely philanthropic projects. Government must make spectrum free, there should be free network, but it is not happening.”

In April 2015, Airtel announced the “Airtel Zero” scheme. Under the scheme, app firms sign a contract and Airtel provides the apps for free to its customers. The reports of Flipkart, an e-commerce firm, joining the “Airtel Zero” scheme drew negative response. However, The Indian government blocked zero rating plans such as Airtel Zero and in view of net neutrality.

The current news states that no kind of manipulation of data speeds is to be allowed and all the data will be treated equal..

NK Singh appointed head of Finance Commission

The Centre on Monday announced that the 15th Finance Commission would be headed by former secretary to the Government of India, NK Singh.

The panel which is to make its recommendations for the five years beginning April 1, 2020 will include Shaktikanta Das, former Economic Affairs and Anoop Singh, professor at Greenwood University.

The panel is tasked with looking into tax collections and how they are to be divided between the Centre and the states, among many other things.

Nature Vs Nurture

“Nature vs. Culture”, this is a debate older than our debate of existence of a supreme Almighty. It is believed that the edifice of anthropology is this nature-culture divide. The argument is framed by the question of whether the two entities function separately from one another, or if they have a continuous biotic relationship with each other.

Several modern authors, such as Rousseau saw the process of education as a struggle against the most eradicated tendencies of human nature. In very simple words, nature is everything which has been imbibed into us from the very beginning, and culture is man’s fight against it; against all the animalistic behaviour, the egoistical attitude and all the violence to achieve what you desire has been a part of our “Homo Sapiens” genes. Education is the antidote to all our wildest dispositions, to elevate above all the other species and beyond. Many experts also feel that these two can’t co-exist and say that nature can’t be a consequence of human intrusion and the advancement of culture is developed against nature

It has also been said that one’s ‘culture’ is the biological adaption in ‘nature’. For example, the invention of weapons, discovery of fire by the early men which was achieved to exist a better and easier life. The view in the last decade has been that culture is in the human nature. Snails bring their shells, we bring our culture.


Robert Mugabe resigns

Robert Mugabe has resigned as Zimbabwean preident after 37 years at the helm of affairs. After much discussion, a letter from Mugabe was read at the Parliament by the speaker.

Grace Mugabe was supposed to succeed him after the forced exit of former VP, Emmerson Mnangagwa on November 6th after which the attempt to house arrest began.

According to the constitution his successor should be the current vice-president, Phelekezela Mphoko, a supporter of Grace Mugabe.

But Zanu-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke told Reuters news agency that Mr Mnangagwa would be in office “within 48 hours”.

Mugabe has been in power since the exit of the British from erstwhile Rhodesia, and what began as upliftment of the poor soon changed to a corrupt government and manipulation of election results to stay in power.

Jubiliant citizens of the country stayed up all night to celebrate the resignation of their leader.

Should Social Media be banned?

In this era of technology, the social life which used to consist of face-to-face conversations has gone digital. From news to petty gossip, social media has many avenues to cater to the different people of the society. As a person who loves many things which ranges from sports to food; social media has helped me get in touch with opinions which differ from mine, and thus, broaden my understanding of the subject. It has also helped me get in touch with current trends; like the omurice or the jiggle cheesecake, or the fastest footballer from Indonesia, among many other things. As a brach of technology, it is highly addictive but the onus is on the user on how he/she decides to use it and should not be on the government to ban or regulate it.