How to differentiate science from pseudo science?

We live in a world of in which for the past 400 years there is an avalanche of scientific discoveries which transformed life on earth in more ways than one. But we are also facing attempts to drag us back into the ages of ignorance.

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Education becomes currency play

Rs 43 crore cash was seized from the residence of one of the trustees of the Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre. This money – in wads of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes – is said to be the capitation fee collected from students, primarily for medical seats. The Vydehi group, whose …

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Mumbai Terror alert was a prank

Schoolgirl’s spotting ‘terrorists’ in Mumbai was a prank On September 22, 2016, the Western Naval Command has sounded the highest state of alert along the Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Raigad coasts in Maharashtra after reports of suspicious movement of an armed group dressed in Pathan suits in Uran. Two students – a girl and …

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5 times annual salary as severance pay!

At the end of last year (2015) Infosys CFO Rajiv Bansal put in his papers and left to head ride-hailing service Ola’s finance division. Bansal earned Rs 4.72 crore in the previous year. Unlike an average software engineer who is asked to leave the company with 2 or 3 months salary, Bansal got almost 5 …

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“Do Not Use Google’s Messaging App Under Any Circumstances”

Snowden Issues Warning — Do Not Use Google’s Messaging App Under Any Circumstances From the article : “Just because you aren’t engaged in criminal activity or planning a terrorist attack doesn’t mean the government wouldn’t love to know everything about you. Environmental activists, for one of many examples, are considered in the State’s notoriously-inclusive watchlists …

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IT Job Loss claims yet another life

Techie commits suicide in her flat in Kodigehalli Tejaswani, a 25-year-old software engineer committed suicide in her flat in Tindlu, Kodigehalli on Friday. She was married to Yadusudhan, also a software engineer. Yadusudhan lost his job two months ago. Tejaswini’s parents told the police that Yadusudhan was pestering her for money as he was unemployed. …

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Hindutva’s Science Envy

Hindutva’s science envy The spiritualist metaphysics of Brahmins cannot withstand a serious scientific scrutiny. To cover this obscurantist metaphysics as “science” is a desperate attempt to protect it from the critical scrutiny of real science.

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For the Love of Physics

How to teach and make students love physics? On May 16, 2011, Professor of Physics Emeritus Walter Lewin returned to MIT lecture hall 26-100 for a physics talk and book signing, complete with some of his most famous physics demonstrations to celebrate the publication of his new book For The Love Of Physics: From the …

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Private Education scamsters on rampage, not only in India!

By the time ITT Technical Institute closed its doors earlier this month, the for-profit college had been selling tenuous diplomas at exorbitant prices for more than 20 years burying low-income and first-generation students in insurmountable debt, and evading regulators since the early 1990s. This is the mirror image we should have seen before letting in …

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There is no beef about beef in the rest of world – OECD

While Indian state governments and cow vigilantes are busy policing the food habits of citizens, the rest of the world is busy enjoyig their veal cutlets and juicy steaks, as per data released by OECD for the year 2014-15. Residents of planet Earth consume an average of 34 Kg of sheep meat, pork, beef and …

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US – Productivity increases, income not keeping up!

US Productivity, GDP, Employment and Income : 1953 to 2011 (source) Labour Productivity increased by 600% (from 100 to 600). That is the phenomenal growth of technology has increased output per person employed. But employment grew by only 400% (from 100 to about 400+). That is relatively less people are employed, which may be due …

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China plans massive relocation to fight poverty

Chinese authorities said it will spend 950 billion yuan ($142.4 billion) to relocate about 16 million people out of poor areas nationwide as China strives to meet its poverty eradication goal by 2020. Authorities will offer job training and livelihood support for resettled families and provide a pension and medical insurance. Around 110,000 km of …

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Kashmir women most empowered when it comes to marriage – statistics

Women in Kashmir are the oldest brides, those in Jharkhand the youngest 2.4% of women are married off at less than 18 years age as per all India statistics. In West Bengal it is 3.4% and in Jarkhand 5.4%. The average age for women to marry in Kashmir is the highest among all states at …

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Indian IT-BPM industry in 2016 – statistics

Information source Indian IT-BPM Industry FY16 Performance and FY17 Outlook (conversions based on 1$ = Rs 67 rate) To view larger images click on them Indian IT-BPM industry In 2016 16,000 firms 1,000 GIC/MNCs 4,200 tech startups 37 lakh employees 13 lakh women Indian IT BPM Industry Direct Employment in 2015 IT Exports – 17.3 …

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Pirates of Silicon Valley

Story about the beginning of two of the most formidable tech companies

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