Millions of people in Assam on Sunday lived through the “the stroke of midnight”, to use Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s immortal words, as the Assam government published the first draft of an updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) of the State. While the document is meant to establish the credentials of a bona fide citizen, there are several questions surrounding the NRC. Here is a brief list of FAQs on the NRC.Why was it necessary to bring out an NRC in Assam?The NRC is being updated in Assam to detect Bangladeshi nationals, who may have illegally entered the State after the midnight of March 24, 1971, the cut-off date. This date was originally agreed to in the 1985 Assam Accord, signed between the then Rajiv Gandhi government and the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU).However, successive State governments failed to achieve much progress in detecting and deporting foreigners as set out in the Assam Accord. In 2005, another agreement was signed between the Centre, the then Tarun Gogoi government in Assam and the AASU where it was decided to update the NRC that was first published after the Census data of 1951 in post-Partition India.Though the Gogoi government had started the NRC update as a pilot project in some districts, it was stopped after violence broke out in some parts of the State.In July 2009, Assam Public Works (APW), an NGO, petitioned the Supreme Court for identification of Bangladeshi foreigners in the State and deletion of their names from the voters’ list.What will happen to those persons who don’t find their names in the draft register published on Monday?The list published on Monday is the first draft of the updated NRC. Another list is expected by February-end or early March, with more names and details.However, if a citizen’s name is missing, he or she can file an objection and request that the name be included after submitting the requisite documents to the NRC centre or online on the website www.nrcassam. nic.inIs there a possibility of violence in the State if a large number of people don’t find their names in the register?The Assam government did fear violence and hence requisitioned over 20,000 paramilitary personnel and requested the Army to be on standby to deal with any law-and-order issue.However, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said people, irrespective of their caste or religion, had taken part in the process and expressed confidence that the NRC update will not result in violence.The security challenge, however, will emerge only when the process of updating the NRC gets completed and a large number of people are left out.Is the NRC a court-mandated exercise?Yes, the publication of the first draft of the NRC by December 31, 2017 was ordered by the Supreme Court.The top court has been hearing this case since July 2009 when Assam Public Works moved court to intervene in detecting and deporting Bangladeshis.Should persons of Assam living in other parts of the country also have their names in the register?NRC is a process by which a bona fide Indian citizen can be distinguished from a foreigner.If a person from Assam is living or working in another part of the country, it is advisable to get oneself registered and establish one’s legacy as an “inhabitant” of Assam.
Hearst Magazines is pulling back on wellness title Dr. Oz The Good Life, reducing its print frequency from 10 issues per year to four and laying off several staffers, multiple sources close to the situation tell Folio:. “Dr. Oz THE GOOD LIFE has been among the top ten best-selling brands on the newsstand since it launched in 2014. We’re always looking at new business models for our products, so we’re leaning into the magazine’s strong consumer franchise and pivoting to a quarterly frequency of high-quality bookazines. Dr. Oz THE GOOD LIFE content will also run in a variety of brands across our portfolio.” In response to an inquiry, a Hearst Magazines spokesperson provided the following statement: The news comes as a bit of a surprise, given Hearst’s own recent claims that ad sales for the three-year-old magazine rose 17 percent year-over-year in 2016, coupled with a 16 percent hike to the book’s rate base — to 925,000 — to start this year. That’s up from the 450,000 rate base at which Dr. Oz The Good Life debuted in 2014. The spokesperson did not confirm just how many staffers are being let go as a result of said pivot, nor whether editor-in-chief Jill Herzig or VP and publisher Kristine Welker are among them. This is a developing story.
Share your voice Post a comment 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous By now, with electric cars having fully and thoroughly entered the mainstream, the formula for how they’re made is pretty well established. You have one or two motors driving the wheels via traditional axles, a single-speed transmission and a big battery pack mounted as low as you can get it.That formula is established because it works pretty well, and it’s easy for automakers that have traditionally made internal combustion-powered cars to adapt to. But what if there were a different way to do it? Israeli EV startup Ree thinks it’s found one.Ree announced its new tech on Tuesday, and based on what we’re seeing so far, it could actually work. So what’s different about Ree and its design? To start, the drive components for the EV are contained wholly inside the wheels. This means that there is no bulky drive unit sitting between the front or rear wheels.That gives the advantage of having a completely flat floor for more passenger and cargo space in a given application. Having individual motors in each wheel also opens the door for really advanced torque vectoring, which would — in theory, at least — improve both safety and handling.Ree’s idea to put all the drive components inside the wheel isn’t necessarily a new idea, but it’s going further by including not only the motor inside the wheel but the steering, suspension, drivetrain, sensing, brakes, thermal systems and electronic components as well.Details on the actual designs are a little thin on the ground, but the suspension aspect can be fleshed out a little by looking at the company founder’s other project, Softwheel. Softwheel is designed for use on wheelchairs and bicycles and eschews traditional hard-mounted spokes for three gas struts mounted to the rim and the wheel hub.From there, you can infer some possible solutions where packaging is concerned. The motor could replace the traditional hub of an undriven wheel; the electronics and thermal management aspects would likely also be attached to the motor. Steering would be fairly conventional; we’d imagine with linkages, etc.Ree is really championing the scalable, modular nature of its technology. Since the architecture of a vehicle would be significantly simplified by having all of its drive and suspension systems inside its wheels, along with a flat floor that is made up of a structural battery pack, you could conceivably whack any body you like on top of it, depending on your need.We’ll be super interested to see if Ree can get any real traction with its designs, because it’s a fresh new way of looking at EVs and we kinda dig it. 4:33 Rinspeed Snap is a modular driverless pod and chassis concept More From Roadshow 25 Photos 0 See what your new electric car needs to break it in right Now playing: Watch this: Electric Cars Concept Cars Auto Tech
Morgan has backed two bowlers already in the 15-men squadReutersThe biggest question doing the rounds of English cricket circles at the moment is: which seamer from the provisional 15-men squad for the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup would be dropped to make space for Jofra Archer?The 22-year old fast bowler has been attracting attention due to his exploits in T20 leagues around the world and was selected for the ongoing series against Pakistan. With the last date for making changes to the original squad being May 23, the decision of the selectors to bring Archer into the team was seen as an act of giving the young fast bowler an audition for the mega event.His performance in the first ODI of the 5-match series left everyone convinced that the bowler belongs to the big stage and should be brought into the side as quickly as possible. The likes of Michael Vaughan have been arguing in support of this view for a long time and now, it has been endorsed by even Andrew Flintoff.Archer’s performanceWhile the first game of the series was washed out due to rain, there was enough time for Archer to make a big impact by bowling a highly impressive spell of pace bowling. This set the cat among the pigeons as the inclusion of the right-arm bowler in the World Cup-bound team will require dropping one of the bowlers already in it. Who will that bowler be?The five seamers in the squad at the moment are: David Willey, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood. For some time, Willey was being seen as the weakest link in the attack and most likely to fall prey to Archer’s rise. Willey seems to have secured his place with a brilliant performance vs PakistanGetty ImagesBut on May 11, the left-armer proved his worth by being England’ best bowler on show in second ODI of the series. Not only did he manage to keep his economy rate below 6/over in a game where both teams scored more than 350, but also bowled crucial overs towards the end of the innings when the visitors seemed close to victory.Morgan speaks outSo, who gets dropped now? Certainly not Willey. Well, Eoin Morgan, the skipper has a big say in the matter and after the second match against Pakistan, mentioned Willey along with Plunkett as two bowlers who have ‘delivered’ for the team in crucial situations.”For the last four years, David Willey and Liam Plunkett in particular have reacted really well to being put under pressure. You ask them to do more and they respond really well. They probably don’t get the praise that they should or that other guys get. But the more responsibility we’ve given them, they’ve reacted really well,” the England skipper stated.The fact that Morgan chose to name these two bowlers out of the five in the provisional squad can be seen as a vote of confidence by him for the pair. It would be extremely hard for the selectors to ignore the skipper’s words and drop either of them. Essentially, Morgan has given a very strong hint to the selectors that he wants both Willey and Plunkett in the World Cup and feels confident in their ability.This leaves Curran, Woakes and Wood in the danger zone. The next three matches are extremely crucial. All three along with Archer will go all out to prove themselves. As Rob Key said while commentating, one wouldn’t like to be in England selectors’ shoes at the moment.