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Shiv Sena Councillor wants reports on study tours to be published
Administrative staff and corporators going on ‘study tours’ at taxpayers’ expense should be asked to submit a report along with a follow up action plan says Prof Jadhav, a nominated councillor from Shiv Sena in a notice of motion submitted to the BMC mayor 
 
Professor Avkash Jadhav, Shiv Sena's nominated councillor in the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai or Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has moved a notice of motion proposal for publishing reports on study tours by councillors and officials at public expenses and the action taken report. Study tours are a euphemism for fun junkets at government expense.
 
"after the end of such study tours by the administrative staff or by the legislative body, a Report should to be submitted, along with a follow up plan... as this will enable the appropriate utilisation of the taxpayers money and will set some guidelines and accountability to such study tours," Prof Jadhav had said in his proposal submitted to the BMC Mayor.
 
Welcoming the proposal, Shailesh Gandhi, former Central Information Commissioner (CIC) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, said, "This is indeed a very good proposal for accountability and probity, which should get public support."
 
Citizens have often protested about elected representatives going on pleasure tours within the country and abroad. These tours are mislabelled study tours. There is no outcome of any benefit to citizens, but these are opportunities for fun and frolic at public expense, Mr Gandhi said.
 
According to a report from DNA, out of 227 corporators, over half will be on tour this month onwards. "Roads and pavements. That is what the corporators of the BMC want to study in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, this winter. This is not the only destination where the choice and purpose is bizarre. Exotic locales in Jammu & Kashmir and Kerala too come under the 'study tour' list. While in Kashmir they will study gardens and markets, in Kochi in Kerala, they will study parks and parking system. And all this at the cost of public money," the report says.
 
According to the report, each trip costs about Rs10 lakh and the BMC, one of the richest municipal corporations, could end up spending around Rs1 crore on all the trips put together. It said, "Not just the corporators. Officials will also undertake such trips. While the BMC's improvements committee will head to Jammu, the education committee members are planning a Dehradun visit and the health committee is heading to Sikkim."

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Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

8 months ago

All study tours by Councilors is for pleasure. Some councilors went to Andaman & Nicobar islands, to study storm water drains.
It is only at Port Blair, that Island state has Municipality, which has 3,50,000 population. We cannot take any model from that state, except for rainwater harvesting.
Rainwater harvesting is going on for centuries at all the islands, not only in India, but also in other countries. We can study it at Elephanta Islands near Mumbai and other islands near the coast of Maharashtra State.

Meenal Mamdani

11 months ago

High time some one asked pertinent questions about these travel junkets. Surprising though that a SS councilor has proposed this, a party not known for responsible behavior. Pretty sure the Prof will not get nominated again.

Connectivity, digitization to influence auto industry till 2025: KPMG
New Delhi : Connectivity and digitisation are the most important trends which could influence the global automobile industry from 2016 to 2025, said KPMG Global Automotive Executive Survey (GAES) released on Monday.
 
Based on interviews of 800 top auto executives in 38 countries, GAES shed light on business model disruptions, connectivity and digitization, customer data, new products and players in the industry and how data, consumer analytics and informational engineering will play a vital role.
 
According to 82 percent of the respondents, the auto industry will experience major business model disruptions in the next five years.
 
"In order to meet their current needs, becoming a customer-oriented service provider is of utmost importance. One way traditional car makers can add value and offer customised client experiences is by leveraging the massive amount of data that both the car and its drivers produce," said KPMG's global head of automotive, Dieter Beck, in a statement.
 
Nearly 20 percent of the respondents highlighted that by 2025, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) could simply become contractor manufacturers to information and communications technology (ICT) companies.
 
On the evolving situation in India, GAES said that a majority of Indian respondents said the industry will witness disruption in the years ahead.
 
"Connectivity and digitisation are likely to impact all automotive companies in India. Volume and mass market manufacturers are also expected to be affected as they are prone to lose customer relationships in the future to new entrants (likely from the ICT sector) in this space," said KPMG India's automotive sector head Rajeev Singh.
 
However, GAES found the use of data and informational engineering to be at a nascent stage and a change in customer mindset in providing data.
 
"A majority of the customer respondents across all age groups said that monetary benefits for their data is the most attractive benefit, followed by customer incentive schemes, and individualised service and customer experience," added Becker.
 
Other important influencing factors include macroeconomic factors, oil price volatility and fluctuating raw material costs among others.
 
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Decoded: What 'silences' X chromosome in girls
New York : Nearly every girl and woman on Earth carries two X chromosomes in each of her cells -- but one of them does (mostly) nothing. Do you know why?
 
That is because it has been silenced, keeping most of its DNA locked up and unread like a book in a cage, scientists led by an Indian-American researcher from the University of Michigan Medical School have revealed.
 
A wide range of relatively rare diseases - as well as relatively common conditions such as autism, haemophilia and muscular dystrophy - are linked to problems with genes found on the X chromosome.
 
The findings could help lead to new ways of fighting diseases linked to X chromosomes in girls and women -- the kind that occur when the X chromosome that does get read has misprints and defects.
 
The team found that a known molecule called “Xist RNA” is insufficient to silence the X chromosome.
 
"Xist is widely believed to be both necessary and sufficient for X silencing," said team leader Sundeep Kalantry.
 
"We, for the first time, show that it is not sufficient and there have to be other factors - on the X-chromosome itself that activate 'Xist' and then cooperate with 'Xist RNA' to silence the X-chromosome,” he elaborated.
 
In the future, it may be possible to change the level of these other factors in cells and turn on the healthy, silenced copy of a gene that lies on the inactive X-chromosome, Kalantry added.
 
Although most genes on the inactive X chromosome are fully silenced, a handful of the genes on the inactive X are, in fact, active.
 
It is this set of X-inactivation “escapees” that the research team was focused on.
 
Since the “escapee” genes are expressed from both the active and the inactive X-chromosomes in females, they produce more gene product in female cells than in male cells which only have a single X.
 
According to Kalantry, it is this higher “dose” in females that triggers X-inactivation selectively in females; the lower dose in males is insufficient.
 
"That means that if researchers can determine exactly which factors cause X-inactivation to occur, they could find ways to affect the activity of genes on the X chromosomes - specifically, genes involved in certain diseases.” the authors noted.
 
Many of them have an impact on an individual's thinking and memory capacity, and other aspects of cognition and intelligence.
 
"In females, we could envision 'reawakening' a healthy copy of an X-linked gene on the inactive X chromosome, by modulating the dose of these so-called escapee genes and ameliorating the effects of the unhealthy copy," Kalantry explained.
 
Unfortunately, this approach probably won't help males with X-linked diseases, because they only have a single X chromosome in each cell and inactivating it would be harmful.
 
The new paper appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
 
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