Issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure

first_imgDoes the Constitution allow unitary inclination with respect to the federal scheme?The Legislative Assembly of a state can pass a resolution when the state government deems a parliamentary law contradicting the basic values and principles of the Constitution. The passage of any such resolution is not constitutionally barred, but what is its use if it only remains symbolic, and has no legal ramifications!Article 256 of the Constitution obligates the State government to exercise its executive power to ensure compliance with the laws made by Parliament and any existing laws which apply in that State. If the state government fails to do so, the executive power of the Union can give such directions to a State as the Government of India finds them necessary.The President can impose President’s Rule in the States which refuse to enforce the law against the Centre’s directions under Article 356 or take cognisance of Article 365. This reading was well evident in S.R. Bommai v. Union of India positioned Indian federalism in a decisive way.last_img read more

A leaky roof

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

Hernandez ‘hand of god’ triggers West Ham comeback in win against Fulham

first_imgBabel did not fluff his next opportunity, however, tapping in a cross from Jean Michael Seri to give Fulham a third-minute lead.Fulham have yet to win away all season but they sensed West Ham might be a little more accommodating than most.However, not for the first time their defending from set-pieces let them down badly.Diop went close to an equaliser when he headed wide before the Hammers hauled themselves level with Hernandez’s controversial 29th-minute goal. Another defeat left the Cottagers eight points adrift of safety with just 11 matches to go, and that bleak picture could look even worse after the weekend fixtures.Yet West Ham started the match as if they were still at last weekend’s warm-weather training camp in Marbella, almost gifting Fulham a goal after just 35 seconds.An under-hit backpass from Pablo Zabaleta sent Babel through on goal but he was unable to beat Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from close range. 5 5 Ryan Babel jumped for joy after giving Fulham the lead 5 Chicharito appeared to turn the ball in with his hand Fulham were given another push towards relegation as West Ham came from behind to secure a 3-1 victory.Javier Hernandez cancelled out Ryan Babel’s early strike by jabbing the ball in with his hand the far post. Michail Antonio wrapped things up center_img 5 Issa Diop put the Hammers ahead It was a punch that knocked the stuffing out of Fulham, especially after it was replayed on the big screens to the dismay of the travelling fans.Referee Lee Mason and his assistants missed it but video technology would have surely seen the goal disallowed, adding yet more weight to the ‘pro-VAR’ case.That will be scant consolation to Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri, though, as his struggling side crashed to goals from Issa Diop and Michail Antonio. The Mexican bundled the ball in at the far post after Fulham keeper Sergio Rico flapped at a corner and Angelo Ogbonna helped it on.It was a 50th Premier League goal for former Manchester United striker Hernandez, all of which have come from inside the penalty area – but unfortunately for Fulham at least one of them was scored with his hand.West Ham took the lead in the 40th minute when centre-back Diop was somehow allowed a run-up to score with a header from another Robert Snodgrass corner. Javier Hernandez scored a crucial equaliser with his hand 5 Bafflingly for a team supposedly fighting for its life, Fulham offered precious little in the second half.West Ham were able to give a late cameo to Manuel Lanzini, the Argentinian’s first appearance of the season following a torn ACL.Fellow sub Marko Arnautovic was denied a goal by a fine save from Rico, but he set up Antonio for the killer third in stoppage time as Fulham were shoved another step closer to the Championship.last_img read more

Cloud Ecosystems, Profitability, Common Sense and the New Order

first_imgRight or wrong, businesses need to be profitable—at least the ones that plan to be around next year. Put another way, it’s more about “Show Me the Money” than most of us are comfortable admitting. It may sound odd, but the linked scene from the movie Jerry Maguire was the inspiration for my latest Data Center Knowledge blog. Here, I discuss my eighth and final fundamental truth of cloud computing: altruistic motives do not generally keep the lights on.How we see the importance of a business being profitable is a matter of context. For example, I spent part of my career in enterprise IT shops where I was somewhat insulated from this concept. Every year, I was given a budget. In general, and beyond those elements tied to specific projects, I knew my overall budget was a percentage of overall revenue. How any of this led back to actual profit was something I honestly didn’t consider.At this point in my career, and in polite company, I’m willing to speak of these times as my “blissful ignorance” phase. To be honest, though, I routinely had to resolve profit conflicts as part of contract disputes with the companies we hired to help us through numerous hardware upgrades and systems modernizations. (I was always amazed at how quickly a contractor could determine that whatever wasn’t working was absolutely not their problem.) At the end of the discussion, though, we were held accountable by the enterprise for delivery, so we got very good at resolving these disagreements.As I moved beyond IT, the significance of profitability hit me the hardest when I worked for a start-up. Here, we not only had to worry about generating enough cash to make our bi-weekly payroll, but we also needed to generate enough extra revenue to convince investors that our business model was viable. Anyone who’s started a business knows the drill. And it’s here that my common-sense attitude toward profitability forever changed. (This was also when I gained weight and my hair started turning gray.)So what does any of this have to do with a cloud ecosystem? In my column, I explain that every element of this ecosystem has different goals, most tied to profitability. This is the new order of things. I also explain that IT’s role in this ecosystem (assuming you have the opportunity) is to use lessons you probably learned in other areas to help reduce the pain that’s likely to be part of the new order.I hope you find this blog interesting. I welcome your feedback, so please join the discussion. You’re welcome to contact me via LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter.last_img read more

Marrying Michelle was my best week ever: US President Barack Obama

first_imgUS President Barack Obama on Wednesday said that last week when he won historic victories on trade, healthcare and gay rights was “gratifying”, but his “best week ever”, was when he married Michelle, the First Lady.”In terms of my best week, now my best week, I will tell you, was marrying Michelle. That was a really good week. Malia and Sasha being born, excellent weeks,” Obama told reporters at a White House news conference.Obama was responding a question if last week’s two important orders by the Supreme Court was the best week ever.He was asked: “Some people are calling your best week ever last week. You had two Supreme Court decisions supportive of the Affordable Care Act and of gay rights. You also delivered a speech down in — in Charleston that was pretty warmly received.””I’ve had some good weeks in my life, I will tell you. I’m blessed to have had those. I think last week was gratifying because, number one, we were able to get a package of trade legislation that I believe will serve the American people, American workers and American businesses well, going into the future,” Obama said.”It gives us the opportunity to negotiate high standards agreements that have enforceable labor and environmental provisions,” he said.Though it doesn’t solve all the problems, but what it does is signify a sense of empathy and recognition that he thinks is always the start of progress, he noted.”So in many ways, last week was simply a culmination of a lot of work that we’ve been doing since I came into office,” Obama said.advertisement”How am I going to spend whatever political capital that I’ve built up? You know, the list is long and my instructions to my team and my instructions to myself have always been that we are going to squeeze every last ounce of progress that we can make when I have the privilege of — as long as I have the privilege of holding this office,” said the US President.And at the end of his joint news conference with his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, Obama came back to the question.”About last week, I had a chance to do the Rose Garden celebration of the court decision around same-sex marriage. I did not have a chance to comment on how good the White House looked in rainbow colors,” he noted amidst laughter.”That made it a really good week. To see people gathered in an evening outside on a beautiful summer night and to feel whole and to feel accepted and to feel that they had a right to love, that was pretty cool. That was a good thing, ” he said.”That was a good thing. The only bad part about it was I couldn’t go out and peek at it myself because then I would have had to clear out all the people, or the Secret Service would have. So I could only reflect on it from a television screen. That’s a moment worth savoring,” Obama said.last_img read more

Trump blackmailing Canada and Mexico says former Mexican president

first_imgMONTREAL – President Donald Trump is blackmailing Canada, Mexico and asylum seekers in order to exert maximum pressure to reach a new NAFTA deal that is favourable to the United States and to get funding for his border wall, former Mexican president Vicente Fox said Wednesday.“In the case of Mexico, the blackmail is the wall. He wants the wall and maybe he will grant NAFTA,” Fox said in an interview from Mexico City.The outspoken ex-politician has nothing good to say about the U.S. president, whom he describes as ignorant, bigoted and dangerous.Fox said Trump’s racist comments about Mexicans being rapists and criminals and complaints about illegal immigration belie the fact that NAFTA has done its job in stemming the flow of people crossing the border.Canada and Mexico have to remain firmly united rather than give in to Trump’s demands for bilateral agreements with its two North American neighbours, he said.“I don’t see the advantage of going bilateral,” he said, adding that trade for Trump is a zero-sum game, in which he wins and others lose.“So whatever formula, whether bilateral or trilateral or whatever other formula, it will never work if he insists that the United States has to have a surplus and we have to have a deficit.”Countries like Canada that believe in globalization and entrepreneurship need to stand up against Trump’s bullying behaviour, he said, criticizing the president for verbally attacking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his post-G7 meeting statement that Canada won’t be pushed around.“He’s a great prime minister doing a great job and this crazy horse, this crazy guy Trump doesn’t have the right to attack him the way he did.”Fox said he hopes the U.S. Democratic Party will make progress in November’s mid-term elections so Trump “can be bridled.”“Otherwise, we are all going to be paying a high price.”Canada and Mexico have both announced retaliatory tariffs after the United States imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum on them and a host of other countries.Fox said Mexico can also buy soybeans, yellow corn and dairy products from Brazil, Argentina and other countries to exert pressure on millions of U.S. farmers.Trump’s threatened tariffs on auto sector imports into the U.S. will raise prices for American consumers but, Fox said, won’t destroy Mexico because the country has developed a solid consumer market and can also shift exports to South America.American trade actions will only further drive countries into the trading orbit of China, which is increasing its business relationships in Latin America, Fox added.“China is ready to get in love with Latin America,” he said, adding that 1,000 Chinese business leaders are scheduled to meet next spring to drive up business in Mexico.The U.S. accounts for 20 per cent of the global economy but China is poised to overtake it as the world’s largest economy.He said Americans need to stand up to oppose Trump’s leadership.“Either they resist and repeal and change things or the United States will lose any remaining moral authority that they could have today by this stupid guy they have as president.”Fox spoke to The Canadian Press after it was announced he will join the board of Knowledgehook, a Waterloo, Ont.-based company whose platform analyzes the academic performance of math students in real-time to identify the best-practice teaching solutions to educators.The former president said that he hopes to use Knowledgehook to help Mexico’s education system, which had a high school graduation rate of 45 per cent. The platform will be implemented into Centro Fox Library in Mexico.last_img read more

Province to set new openair burning regulations for this Fall

first_img“People and communities deserve to have clean air. That’s why we are putting new rules in place that will lessen health impacts and allow everyone to breathe a little easier. We are also incentivizing the use of newer and cleaner technology with rules that give more flexibility if advanced burning technology is used to cut pollution.”According to the Government, new requirements to improve the protection of community air quality include more stringent rules in areas near communities, including shorter burn periods and a requirement to dry out debris, as well as larger setbacks from neighbours, schools and hospitals.More information on the new open-air burning regulations can be found on the Province’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia is making changes to regulations surrounding open-air burning.Taking effect on September 15, 2019, the Government says the changes will help protect B.C.’s air quality and people’s health by reducing fine particulate matter pollution.George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, says people deserve to breathe clean air and that the Government is offering incentives for the use of newer, cleaner burning systems.last_img read more

14 call centre staffers held for cheating over 100 people

first_imgNew Delhi: The Cyber Crime Unit of Special Cell has busted a cheating racket running in the garb of a call centre and arrested 14 racketeers including the mastermind.Police said that the accused persons have cheated hundreds of people all over US and Canada by tele-calling on the pretext of providing tech support. As many as 259 Computers have been seized from the possession of accused persons. ISP of internet service is being ascertained. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Anyesh Roy said that a US national filed a complaint with the Cyber crime unit that he had been cheated by a group of persons on the pretext of providing tech support while he was looking online for services to fix his software problems. On this complaint manual and technical enquiry was conducted and a spot in Kirti Nagar was identified, after which a team under close supervision of ACP Aditya Gautam led by InspectorSajjan Singh was constituted and a raid was conducted in Kirti Nagar area and accused persons were successfully apprehended on the intervening night of 26th, 27th March-2018. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”They started recruiting young men and women (mostly aged 19-24) in order to do the tele-calling. They provided them with elaborate training in order to make sure that they are able to convince the victims based in US and Canada that they provide genuine services,” said DCP Roy. Police in their press statement claimed that the team indulging in these operations as created a fake website wh a fake US address. They have 4-5 persons working on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) whose job is to ensure that there fake websites or fake tech support numbers offering fake services turns up as one of the top results on Google search for tech support. When the customer calls on the number provided on the website they take remote access of his computer in order to fix the problem. They, then induce the customer to pay a certain amount of money by promising to fix the problem (genuine as well as fake, created by them) but as soon as money is collected via Google play gift cards or i-tunes cards they stop responding to the client’s calls.last_img read more