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Anyone can be creative- Even Google and Facebook weren't 100% new ideas

Som Bhatia ​ You don’t need to always come out with some new idea  to consider yourself as a creative person. ​ Here is a different perspective and definitely an easier one, by following which  anyone can become a creative person. ​ Let’s look at this below wonderful quote, by none other than  Mark Twain , the famous author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: ​ “ There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible .  We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope.  We give them a turn, and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely;  but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages. ” ​ What do you think about it? ​ Of course, on the face of it, everything happening around us seems to be quite novel based on new ideas or thoughts, but they are  nothing but a well-incubated fusion of different ideas only - generated  by thinking out of the box ​ Was Fac

Joblessness will rise as job-save policies are unwound

Thursday, July 30, 2020 Policies have reduced the damage COVID-19 has done to Western job markets but these temporary schemes have to be unwound Source: OECD Employment Outlook, OECD Economic Outlook, National Authorities, Allianz SE Outlook In Europe, more than 40 million workers have been paid to work far fewer hours. In the United States, nearly 40 million have claimed unemployment benefit. US policymakers have focused on paying unemployed workers extra benefit while they find re-employment. Unemployment has quadrupled. European policymakers have focused on protecting households and firms by keeping employees in place for the recovery, capping unemployment. Unwinding all schemes will be challenging. Millions will struggle to find jobs, increasing long-term unemployment and associated economic, political and social costs. Additionally, the longer that workers remain in jobs in sectors that may never recover, or roles that could be automated, the lower longer-term productivity will be

Russia: Combative Khabarovsk

In Russia, a July 25 demonstration in the far eastern city of  Khabarovsk  was the largest yet, with reliable reports putting numbers at 50,000-65,000. The immediate cause of the demonstrations is the July 9 arrest of regional governor Sergey Furgal, compounded by the negative optics of police seizing him and rushing him off to Moscow.  From July 10, thousands of people have taken to the streets daily to express support for Furgal, to demand that his trial take place in Khabarovsk and to protest more generally against central government policy and President Vladimir Putin himself. Furgal is charged with the murder or complicity in the deaths of several businessmen from far eastern regions of the country in 2004-05.  Whatever the case against him, the context is political: the authorities moved against him only when he accumulated power. Regional leaders are typically replaced when financial wrongdoing becomes politically destabilising, or when they are deemed too inefficient or old to

Oxford Analytica weighs in on future of Atlantic Canada

Jay Heisler   ( Published:  Jul 27 at 7:30 p.m. Updated:  Jul 28 at 3:09 p.m. William Arthur - Contributed Local, trusted news matters now more than ever. And so does your support. Ensure local journalism stays in your community by purchasing a membership today. Subscribe and pay just $1/week for your first year. SUBSCRIBE  |  LOG IN Oxford Analytica is a top geopolitical consultancy firm, based in Oxford in the U.K. Their work has been featured in major American media and they are one of the top organizations in international relations when it comes to getting answers about the future. So what would happen if we asked their top experts about the future of Atlantic Canada? We talked to David K. Young, the CEO of Oxford Analytica, who was kind enough to speak with us about the future of the region. “Atlantic Canada stands to benefit from the Canadian government’s renewed emphasis on expanding the Canadian Armed Forces,” says Young, adding that this is especia

China’s Space Silk Road reaches Mars and beyond

China's envisioned cosmic corridor comes into clearer view as competition with the US for galactic supremacy intensifies By  DALE ALUF JULY 31, 2020 China seeks to gain an edge in the space race through its Space Silk Road Initiative. Image: Faceook Most geopolitical analysis is pretty down to Earth. But don’t forget to look up: China’s influence is rocketing above the heavens. On July 23, a Long March 5 rocket blasted off from the Wenchen Launch Center on China’s Hainan Island. Equipped with a lander, an orbiter and a rover, the Chinese Tianwen-1 spacecraft has  set course for Mars  to begin a comprehensive survey of the Red Planet.  The Mars mission, however, is not solely about discovery. It forms part of a comprehensive strategy designed to propel China to the ranks of “ fully developed, rich and powerful ” nations by the year 2049. As President Xi Jinping explained to Taikonauts aboard the Tiangong-1, China’s first prototype space station back in 2013, “the space dream is part

Why Kathmandu wants a relook at Gorkha pact

Aug 2, 2020, 08:21 IST (File photo) The 1947 treaty that Nepal signed with India and the UK allows them to hire Gorkhas in Army service. Now, demands for a review of the pact are being raised by Nepal. Early this year, Nepal wrote to the UK, highlighting that Gorkha veterans have long alleged discrimination in remuneration. According to Nepalese media reports at the time, the request for a review was made as Nepal planned to scrap or review all “discriminatory” pacts. Nepal’s demand for new bilateral arrangements has come amid strained relations between India and Nepal over the Kalapani issue, reports Ruchika Uniyal. The ‘Gurkha recruitment’ pact READ MORE FROM  Any major crisis across the world resulted in a sharp spike in prices of gold. The biggest rise has been due to Covid-19 For lakhs of kids who have returned home with their parents due to lockdown, education is now far fetched dream During the Anglo-Nepalese War of 1814-16, the East India Company suffered heavy casualties infli

Caste and Class in Higher Education Enrolments

Challenges in Conceptualising Social Inequality Special Articles Amman Madan Vol. 55, Issue No. 30, 25 Jul, 2020 Amman Madan ( ) teaches at the Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. The National Sample Survey 2014 data is used to explore the character of class inequality, over and beyond that of caste. The caste break-up of various social classes suggests that caste inequalities are greater amongst the more educated classes. Enrolments in higher education show greater social inequalities than in elementary education. The differences amongst various classes suggest that while caste is a strong factor in educational inequality, it is not a sufficient one. There is much less caste variation within the lower classes than the higher classes. Caste and class need to be seen as generative processes, and sub-jati networks are to be conceptualised and empirically examined to understand the actual roles of caste and class in educational and social inequality. This paper was present