The Economic Times
14 days
By Amit Kapoor Finance Minister Arun Jaitley put the spotlight on the issue of tax evasion in his February 1 budget speech with some eye-opening statistics. Out of an employed population of approximately 300 million, merely 37 million filed their income tax returns in 2015-16. Even if exempted sectors like agriculture are accounted for, this proportion is abysmally low. The most damning evidence of evasion was the fact that out of 7.6 million individuals who declare incomes above Rs 5 lakh, 5.6 million are in the salaried class, for whom the taxes are deducted at source. Clearly, it cannot be the case that India has only two million businessmen and self-employed people who earn incomes above Rs 5 lakh. Tax evasion is rampant in the country and is especially high among the non-salaried class. The facts in the Budget underline the unjust nature of the imposition of income tax in the country.
The Huffington Post
18 days
And nations around the world may be alarmed that the United States will no longer spend truckloads of money attempting to solve their problems--but usually abysmally failing--by using counterproductive military intervention or feckless foreign aid. Trump's inaugural address demonstrated that shaking things up was not just campaign rhetoric. Doing so in America's failed security policy is long overdue. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Sky News
a month
Jeremy is not the only bar Labour faces the wedding. The state of the Labour Party, people will be concerned about, not least given those reasons, but also yesterday we saw another resignation, the second in as many weeks from an MP, triggering another by-election. The Labour Party have done abysmally in, how much of the concern is that? The Labour Party faces some of the electoral tests this year.
The Economic Times
a month
It is a living and breathing platform that enables immediate payments. And it was a wake-up call for banks to get their technology act together. Bharat Interface for Money (or BHIM) is another of UPI’s progeny and applications. The buzz in the tech sphere is that it is the shape of things to come — read, technology and micro-lending. If BHIM has had something other apps dont, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s voluntary endorsement. This counts for a lot in a land where banking access is abysmally low and faith in technology stillborn for more than 500 million people. Unsurprisingly, Modi’s endorsement helped BHIM achieve the same number of downloads in 10 days that a slicker PhonePe app clocked in five months. But here’s the thing: PhonePe is a standalone business and business enabler for parent company Flipkart. Paytm is a red-blooded digital wallet business.
The Economic Times
a month
It is a living and breathing platform that enables immediate payments. And it was a wake-up call for banks to get their technology act together. Bharat Interface for Money (or BHIM) is another of UPI’s progeny and applications. The buzz in the tech sphere is that it is the shape of things to come — read, technology and micro-lending. If BHIM has had something other apps dont, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s voluntary endorsement. This counts for a lot in a land where banking access is abysmally low and faith in technology stillborn for more than 500 million people. Unsurprisingly, Modi’s endorsement helped BHIM achieve the same number of downloads in 10 days that a slicker PhonePe app clocked in five months. But here’s the thing: PhonePe is a standalone business and business enabler for parent company Flipkart. Paytm is a red-blooded digital wallet business.
ITV
2 months
Looking after the way the soldiers are treated. We heard about Rachel Webster, she was treated abysmally. It is up to the government to try and stop that from happening. It is incumbent on us that our happening. It is incumbent on us which are causing the problems? I think that's right.
The Huffington Post
2 months
GDP growth has sat however at under 3 percent per year, an anemic level not seen since Herbert Hoover's presidency. The real unemployment rate including part time workers and those marginally attached to the work force is 9.5% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a figure that omits those who have given up searching for work and college graduates severely underemployed. Besides jobs increases, Obama's major economic accomplishments are conservative - keeping inflation in check and cutting the federal deficit by two-thirds while expanding exports. Obama's labor policy promoted small improvements for workers that wouldn't offend his Wall Street backers too much. Obama pushed unsuccessfully for a raise in the abysmally low $7.25 per hour minimum wage and promoted laws mandating better safety conditions and wages for private companies working for the government and to expand overtime pay (which was blocked by a federal judge in Texas).
The Huffington Post
3 months
S. Constitution has been based not on principle, but on partisan election outcomes. Over 700 aborted attempts over the last 200 years to undermine our federal system have failed abysmally once the disastrous consequences have been fully explained and appreciated. Perhaps the most notorious myth is that the Founding Fathers envisioned electors as independent representatives free to cast their votes in any way they wish. Nothing could be further from the truth. As Madison explained to the Virginia ratifying convention, the president was to be chosen by "the people at large", and later explained to the First Congress that the president was to be appointed "by the suffrages of three million people". As Lucius Wilmerding's massive study of the Electoral College noted in 1958 , "it is the fashion nowadays (to assert that electors were to make the election according to their own will).
The Sun Daily
3 months
Indeed, that he's decided there'll be no more pussy-footing and to go for broke indicates he will be sticking around. He is fortunate that his two predecessors failed so abysmally that the club, the brand, the multi-national business or whatever you want to call it, cannot risk a third sacking in four years since Fergie retired. That would cause a sell-off on Wall Street so if it comes to a choice between him and the players, it is the players who will go. He is trying to provoke the current squad to get more out of them and those that don't raise their game will be sold off. He now knows that four summer recruits was nowhere near enough to boost the quality and prefers to work with a small number so he must remove the chaff. While he does this, there are bound to be problems and below-par performances, and he's probably already set his sights lower than the title this season.
The Economic Times
3 months
"It has been my desire for many years to be involved in a great project in Mumbai, and it is my honour to bring the Trump lifestyles to the citizens of this truly global metropolis with the launch of Trump Tower Mumbai. We are thrilled to be working with the Lodha Group, a truly fantastic team of professionals," Trump, chairman and president of The Trump Organization had said on August 12, 2014. That time the now-president-elect had told PTI that the realty prices in Mumbai are abysmally low yet he was very bullish on the country and was keen to pump in more money into the luxury residential and hospitality spaces. "The Mumbai luxury realty market is the cheapest in the world". For ages Mumbai has been the hottest reality market in the country as well as one the costliest across the world. "I will invest a substantial amount in the Trump Tower Mumbai, in my individual capacity," Trump had told PTI without quantifying the amount to be invested.
The Huffington Post
3 months
But, in doing so, it is well to consider a few other things. A record of service to the underprivileged well before Clinton rose to prominence. Her deep preparation for the presidency. The skill, stamina and knowledge she displayed in debate. Her steadiness under pressure. Her ability to surmount adversity. Her record of bipartisan cooperation as a senator. And, unlike Trump, a general disinclination to complain about criticism. All that adds up to the inner resources and emotional balance one would want in a president. And Trump? Abysmally ignorant. Chronically narcissistic. Emotionally unbalanced. Temperamentally unstable. Indifferent to our political traditions and institutions. To his core, morally repellent. Any sane consideration recitation of his disabilities places this election in a category all its own. This is not a choice between philosophies or parties.
Phys.Org
4 months
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4 months
BMW Blog
4 months
Still, BMW is very eager to ramp up volume by 2020 to 200,000 units per annum. This new model will play a role in achieving that goal. Based upon the cost-consciously developed G 310 R , which is manufactured in India by TVS, the new G 310 GS will make use of the same 313cc, single cylinder engine. As far as performance figures are concerned, expect the GS' engine to be tuned to reflect its intended functionality both on and off-road. In other words, expect it to be a bit slower and a bit torquier, unless BMW leaves the engine unmodified from its current state. BMW Motorrad's future growth plan places particular emphasis on the significance that the U.S. market is expected to play, hoping that the firm's market share will double here. However, small displacement motorcycles, below 500cc, whether premium or not, sell abysmally here in the States.
The Huffington Post
5 months
" Clinton mostly had a pretty disdainful look for Trump the entire time (although she did break into laughter a few times). It's understandable -- if I was Hillary Clinton, I'd certainly be thinking: "How did this buffoon get on the stage with me?" if I had to stand next to Donald Trump for 90 minutes. Trump had one strange affectation -- the loud sniffs that happened on a pretty regular basis, at least during the first half of the debate. This has led to much gleeful speculation (and the rejoicing of the late-night comics) about what exactly Donald Trump had been doing with his nose right before he appeared on stage. Tune in later tonight for the inevitable "doing lines?" jokes, that's for sure. Kidding aside, though, while I'm not in the habit of saying "who won" debates, here are my reactions of how each candidate met the expectations set for them: Overall, Trump mostly cleared the abysmally-low bar his team had set for him.
BBC News 24
5 months
And not to mention the 60 million people who are not members of the British Labour Party who have an interest in who the next government will be and who the opposition is now. And here is the big question, and it is genuinely a question, I think. Corbyn's people have said, give him a chance to do this without the endless attacks. were abysmally low.
The Huffington Post
5 months
8 points." Voter purges and irregularities such as the elimination of 125,000 votes in Brooklyn, New York's Democratic primary also disproportionately affected Latino voters and eroded trust more generally in the entire electoral process. Systemic challenges prevent the type of massive voter turnout we should strive for as a democratic society, but our abysmally low rates of voter engagement are due to more than governmental failings. The level of disengagement we see each election cycle is uniquely striking considering that it exists in the midst of America's world-renowned, 24/7 media barrage. We may be galvanizing viewers to turn on the TV or livestream the reality show, but when it comes to taking action, how many will show up? Stanford University behavioral scientists could give a few tips to anyone campaigning to motivate voting. It turns out that saturating people with election news, phone calls, and ads does not constitute effective election marketing.
BBC News 24
5 months
We cannot know the answer to that, because he has never been given the space to lead his party without all the constant noise. The polls suggest that before this contest, his ratings were abysmally low.
BBC News 24
5 months
We cannot know the answer to that, because he has never been given the space to lead his party without all the constant noise. The polls suggest that before this contest, his ratings were abysmally low. But how much is that to do with the... It's a miracle frankly anyone is backing this party at the moment, it has been wholly dysfunctional.
The Huffington Post
5 months
This is a population variously numbered at 8-10%, or +/-, about 29 million in the US. Trans people are only 1.4 million of that number, yet are half the increase in violence. We have a lifetime risk of 1 in 2 for rape. Our murders (abysmally tracked, due to misgendering, lack of clear Federal/state hate crime reporting standards, and sheer bigotry amongst law enforcement), increased 62% in 2015 vs. 2014, and are trending for a 32% increase for 2016. Playing pollyanna, telling Trans people to put on a happy face and forget anything negative in their lives, and just *focus on nice and positive things only * is irresponsible and extremely offensive. I get calls every single week from Trans people in crisis. A majority of Trans people I know have been raped. 90%+ Trans folk I know are underemployed or unemployed. I read this article, and I do not recognize the country the author lives in.
The Huffington Post
5 months
6 million has been spent to back the incumbent or oppose Duckworth, while comparable outlays to help Duckworth come to less than half that, $713,901 to date. Chief among the active outside groups is Independent Voice for Illinois , which has spent a little less than $1.1 million to oppose Duckworth. The super PAC has received $350,000 from employees of Citadel LLC , a hedge fund, and $250,000 from Elliott Management , a hedge fund management firm. Employees of both companies were also among Kirk's top contributors in 2010. To date, no single-candidate super PAC has chipped in for Duckworth. Kirk finds himself in a bind, seeking re-election in a blue state for the Senate seat once occupied by the current Democratic president, while Donald Trump , a man with abysmally low favorability ratings , runs under the Republican banner for the presidency.
The Huffington Post
5 months
) If the U.S. does not act as a world leader, then "weaker powers will try to exercise their regional influence," such as Russia, China, and ISIS. This sounds like the practiced cant of a con-man who knows flattery is the surest means to success. At the end of World War II only the U.S. was able to bolster war-ravaged friends and former foes and confront the Soviet Union. But that world disappeared in 1989, if not before. America's populous and prosperous allies benefit equally if not even more than America from today's international system. Collectively they possess larger economies and populations than America. They can do much to "maintain the world order and promote peace," and especially to constrain regional trouble-makers. While whining about the threat posed by Russia, Rasmussen never explained why European governments had failed so abysmally in the most important test since the end of the Cold War.
The Economic Times
5 months
Mashable
6 months
The Trump children are young. At least, um, they're somewhat younger than their 70-something dad. That's presumably why Donald Trump Jr. decided to make an appeal on behalf of his father to the millennial voter Friday. Tweeting a picture of himself, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump, the trio looked like your classic teen rebels, from their baby blue ties down to what we can only assume were wingtips. Nothing like banker bros to make you want to run to the polling booth. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump's new app tries to make personal branding great again Seeing as Donald Trump is polling abysmally with young people, perhaps blinding them with so much whiteness and lack of self awareness is the only way forward for the Republican presidential candidate? Read more... More about Election 2016 , Twitter , Donald Trump Jr. , Donald Trump , and Watercooler