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LexisGreen: Laws on the Go
Technology has been a big boon to lawyers as well as litigants caught in the interminable and expensive legal system in India. The process of converting the mass of judgements across various levels of the judiciary into digital format began over 25 years ago and has struggled to keep pace with every advance in technology. Today, every Act and judgement that you need is available online for a price; but what happens when one needs reliable access to law-related information on the go?
 
LexisNexis, one of the biggest publishers of law books, has launched LexisGreen, a portable offline digital referencing tool on a single pen-drive that eliminates dependence on the Internet and packs in vast information without even consuming precious disk space. For instance, the Civil Procedure Code (CPC) pack includes several bare Acts: Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, the Limitation Act, 1963, the Stamp Act, 1899, Court Fees Act, 1870 and General Clauses Act). It also covers all statutory provisions of CPC along with relevant Schedules and allied Acts, the latest statutory amendments, procedural rules, civil judicial rules and procedures, notable decisions of various high courts as well as the Supreme Court and detailed appendices containing forms of summons, plaints, notices and affidavits. It also includes discussions on the applicability/non-applicability of the Limitation Act to the WAKF Board Act, Payment of Wages Act (IV) of 1936, the Customs Act, the Hindu Marriage Act, the Contempt of Courts Act, and certain criminal statutes; in-depth discussions on the Limitations Act and the Negotiable Instruments Act. The price—Rs6,250—is less than half the price of the print edition. 
 
The Civil Essentials Pack includes commentaries on the Law of Insolvency, the Indian Trusts Act, the Indian Stamp Act, Specific Relief Act, Central Civil Acts (100) and the RTI Act. It offers commentaries and cross-referencing and includes details on laws relating to registration, civil appeals, notices, injunctions, and estoppels and res judicata. This pack is priced at Rs5,995. Then there is the Smart Pack which has a collection of law books on topics from professional ethics to drafting, pleading, conveyancing, cross-examination, advocacy, and courtmanship plus several bare Acts. It also provides guidance on All India Bar Examination and important commentaries, at Rs3,095. 
 
Other packs include Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Commercial Law and Constitution law. It also has classic reference books such as: Kanga and Palkhivala: The Law and Practice of Income Tax; P Ramanatha Aiyar: The Major Law Lexicon; ML Tannan: Banking Law and Practice in India; and RP Kathuria: Supreme Court on Criminal Law (1950-2013), 8th edition, 2014. Logging online to buy these pen-drives could get you good discounts from LexisNexis and other online sellers.

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Applied Minds: How Engineers Think - How Engineers Change the World
Every other engineer passing out of a top educational institution heads for a management degree and then gets hired by a financial organisation. However, the world is a better place not because of the finance guys but the engineers. Like Margaret Hutchinson, a chemical engineer, who developed a fermentation method to mass-produce penicillin, a life-saver. Until then, penicillin could be produced only in a lab for a few people at a time.
 
Or Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval, who argued that cannons, while being useful for fortress defences, were too heavy to transport. His idea for agile weaponry was not accepted immediately but he proved himself years later and, therefore, paved the way for the breakthrough concept of ‘interchangeable parts’, the basis for modern industrial production. It was “a blueprint for precision and large-scale manufacturing that has since affected the far reaches of our society,” says Guru Madhavan in his book (Applied Minds: How Engineers Think; Guruprasad Madhavan; Penguin Books; 288 pages; Rs1,690.95)
What are the common traits of such people? They are problem-solvers. They are able to comprehend the structure of a problem, acknowledge the constraints they must work within, and are able to evaluate the trade-offs while arriving at the most optimum solutions. 
 
Incorporating such thinking brings order to chaos (traffic management), improves lives (medicine and health) and creates new products and services (cellphones, computers), etc. Madhavan believes that an engineer’s mindset can be applied by anyone for personal and professional progress. So, when you next face problems, maybe you can try to think like an engineer, remembering the triad of structure, constraints and trade-offs. 

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COMMENTS

Mohit pawnday

1 year ago

i very unprofessional and unstaisfying book of a great concept concept undone by execution

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