on abolition of Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha should be abolished. In recent pasts I have heard or read this argument especially from people belonging to right wing. the reason put forward is that loksabha which consists of directly elected members of parliament are real representatives and if a party has majority in loksabha, it should be allowed to pass certain bills successfully without being obstructed by rajya sabha (in which ruling party doesnt have sufficient majority) whose members are indirectly elected. The article I read says that the argument is flawed. firstly because the very purpose of creating another house of parliament is prevent the hasty legislation and secondly because in a first-past-the post-system, lok sabha members cant claim themselves to be only real and true representatives of majority.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/parliament-proceedings-misdiagnosis-of-the-rajya-sabha-malfunction/article8018736.ece?ref=relatedNews


India second on list of governments requesting Google data

Today, Indian Express is carrying news that “The latest Google Transparency Report shows India is only second to the Unites states in requesting user data. While the Indian government had a total of 2,691 requests of which 64 per cent where fulfilled, the US had 10,918 requests of which 83 per cent where fulfilled”.

Richard Salgado, Google’s Legal Director, Law Enforcement and Information Security wrote, ‘Since we began sharing these figures with you in 2010, requests from governments for user information have increased by more than 100 percent’. This is a true fact but which fails to take into consideration that Net presence has also increased in recent past.

it also takes about US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-second-on-list-of-governments-requesting-google-data/1195279/?SocialMedia

slavery Index

A global slavery index released on Thursday shows that about 30 million people are living like slaves around the world. Many among those, men, women and children are trafficked by gangs for sex and unskilled labour. Modern slavery was defined as human trafficking, forced labour, and practices such as debt bondage, forced marriage, and the sale or exploitation of children.

The index, released on Thursday by anti-slavery charity Walk Free Foundation, ranked 162 countries on the number living in slavery, the risk of enslavement, and the strength of government responses to combating the illegal activity. It found that 10 countries accounted for 76 percent of the 29.8 million people living in slavery – India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Up to 4,400 people are estimated to be enslaved in Britain, the victims mainly from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.They are forced into sex work, domestic servitude, or low-paid jobs in agriculture, construction, restaurants and nail salons

Source: www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/index-nearly-30-million-people-slavery-201310171748274269.html