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Twitter to layoff 8 percent of its global workforce, says CEO
Twitter has finally announced to cut eight percent of its global workforce - nearly 330 jobs - to strengthen the micro-blogging site that is facing slow user growth amid tough competition from the rival social media platforms.
 
In a letter sent to employees on Tuesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced several moves including layoffs to get the once fast-growing social media service back on track, Wall Street Journal reported.
 
"We feel strongly that engineering will move much faster with a smaller and nimbler team, while remaining the biggest percentage of our workforce," Dorsey wrote.
 
The job cuts would mostly affect its product and engineering teams in an effort to "organise around the company’s top product priorities and drive efficiencies”.
 
Over the past year, the company’s workforce grew 24 percent to 4,100 employees, about half of whom are engineers.
 
However, Twitter’s monthly user growth climbed just 2.6 percent to 316 million in the quarter ending June 30.
 
In the same time, Facebook has more than doubled the strength of employees but nearly five times as many active users.
 
Twitter also announced that it expects revenue and a measure of its adjusted earnings to come in above the high end of its previously forecast range for the third quarter.
 
In his letter, Dorsey said the coming roadmap will entail “a plan to change how we work, and what we need to do that work”.
 
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Specials Trains at special prices

A survey by RailYatri shows that about 90% travellers didn’t know that special trains run with a delay and many charge higher prices

 

In a survey RailYatri.in has found out that that passengers travelling in special trains during the festive season will end up spending lot more for their journeys in special trains. Though there are hundreds of special trains announced, to overcome the rush and meet the scarcity of tickets, only about 30% of them are launched in the regular pricing category. “Hundreds of special trains have been announced this year to meet the rush in certain busy routes. But the irony in these announcements is that only about 30% of these trains will charge the normal fares. 35% of the special trains belong to the dynamic pricing category and the rest 35% are superfast trains,” says Manish Rathi of RailYatri.in.

 

In a special survey conducted by RailYatri at New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai railway stations, more than 2,000 passengers were interviewed. Some of the key findings include: (a) About 90% travellers didn’t know that Special Trains run with a delay and were stranded at the railway station; (b) Over 97% railyatris were not aware that they paid extra to book their tickets on Special Trains; and (c) 95% Special Trains will be delayed this festival season.
 
The irony is that these Special Trains launched for the benefit of travellers not only charge more money than a normal train but are also delayed. “Although a hefty number of Special Trains is announced each year, there is still a major lack in the infrastructure to tackle the increased traffic of trains. Delays are common for Special Trains, and so are the pitiful services for passengers while travelling,” feels Rathi of RailYatri.in
 

 

 

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No Aadhaar during Bihar elections
The Election Commission has removed Aadhaar from its list of identity documents during the ongoing Bihar Assembly elections 
 
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has removed the 12-digit unique identification number (Aadhaar) from its list of identity documents during the ongoing Bihar Assembly elections. On 12 October 2015, the ECI published advertisements in newspapers in Bihar removing Aadhaar from among the 11 alternative documents besides voter ID cards for casting votes.
 
 
Welcoming the ECI decision to remove Aadhaar as identity document from Bihar elections, the Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL), "...the ECI's removal of illegitimate and legally questionable UID/ Aadhaar from its list of identity documents following application of its own legal mind and in compliance with the Supreme Court's orders dated 11 August, 2015, we wish to place on record our appreciation for upholding the natural, inalienable and fundamental right of privacy guaranteed by Constitution of India."
 
ECI's advertisement in newspapers on 11 October, 2015 had mentioned Aadhaar in the list of the 11 alternative identity documents. "We submit that it becomes quite clear that ECI has thought it prudent and legally appropriate to take this decision against Aadhaar," CFCL said in a statement.
 
The Forum said, "We submit that India's Aadhaar number generating national population register (NPR) for identity cards is admittedly following the footprints of identity cards that has now been abandoned in UK. There is a need to guard against ID card cartels and learn from the sad fate of such databases in Egypt, Pakistan and Greece. ECI must set up a committee to examine why countries like China, US, Australia and France abandoned such ID projects."

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COMMENTS

Hemen Parekh

1 year ago

HONEY , I SHRUNK THE EVM !

EVM = Electronic Voting Machine

In my earlier blog ( 18 Aug 2013 ) , I had suggested that all Elections ( National / State / Municipal / Panchayat ) , be conducted using a Mobile App called,
VotesApp

Idea was to shrink the EVM to a personalized Mobile , which , everyone carries in his pocket
Entire process of how this App will work , is described in my blog
Now you may ask :

HOW WILL IT HELP ?


* No need for 930,000 polling booths / EVMs / Ink / Papers etc

Every voter's own mobile becomes a miniature EVM !

Any registered Voter can vote from anywhere in the World !


* Nor any need to deploy 1,100,000 people to conduct the polls


* No need for millions of Police / Military personnel


* No need for months of advance preparations, across entire country


* Voting can be completed in just ONE day - instead of over 6 weeks -
and results can be declared next day !


* Voting could be 95 % or more !


* No worry for booth-capture


* No bogus voting ( Bio-metric ID from built-in camera )


* No duplicate voting ( Self-destruct after single usage )


* No worry for any terrorist attacks


* Enormous saving of time for Voters


* No need to declare a public holiday - costing thousands of crores
worth of production


* Central Government will save, at least , Rs 2,000 Crores .


* For the Central Government , a potential to earn Rs 20,000 crores , by
enabling 15 million Indian businesses to advertise to 814 million voters
thru this mobile VotesApp ,

sharply targeting by Gender / Age / Marital Status / City / Street /
Education / Income Tax paid / Employed or Jobless ..etc


* No need for Central Government to stop taking even routine decisions
( due to Model Code of Conduct )


If a tiny country like Estonia ( population 1.6 million ) can elect its Members of Parliament thru a VotesApp type mobile App , why can't we ?

Already 900+ million Indians have mobiles - all of which , will soon become Smart Phones

As far as designing / developing of VotesApp is concerned , it is NOT a Rocket Science
Any IT / E-Comm Start Up , should be able to develop VotesApp in 3 months
On this Dussehara day , can you think of a better way for Good to prevail over Evil ?
A better way for " E-delivery of Service " ?
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
hemen parekh
22 Oct 2015 ( Dussehara )
B2BmessageBlaster

Hemen Parekh

1 year ago

HONEY , I SHRUNK THE EVM !

EVM = Electronic Voting Machine

In my earlier blog ( 18 Aug 2013 ) , I had suggested that all Elections ( National / State / Municipal / Panchayat ) , be conducted using a Mobile App called,
VotesApp

Idea was to shrink the EVM to a personalized Mobile , which , everyone carries in his pocket
Entire process of how this App will work , is described in my blog
Now you may ask :

HOW WILL IT HELP ?


* No need for 930,000 polling booths / EVMs / Ink / Papers etc

Every voter's own mobile becomes a miniature EVM !

Any registered Voter can vote from anywhere in the World !


* Nor any need to deploy 1,100,000 people to conduct the polls


* No need for millions of Police / Military personnel


* No need for months of advance preparations, across entire country


* Voting can be completed in just ONE day - instead of over 6 weeks -
and results can be declared next day !


* Voting could be 95 % or more !


* No worry for booth-capture


* No bogus voting ( Bio-metric ID from built-in camera )


* No duplicate voting ( Self-destruct after single usage )


* No worry for any terrorist attacks


* Enormous saving of time for Voters


* No need to declare a public holiday - costing thousands of crores
worth of production


* Central Government will save, at least , Rs 2,000 Crores .


* For the Central Government , a potential to earn Rs 20,000 crores , by
enabling 15 million Indian businesses to advertise to 814 million voters
thru this mobile VotesApp ,

sharply targeting by Gender / Age / Marital Status / City / Street /
Education / Income Tax paid / Employed or Jobless ..etc


* No need for Central Government to stop taking even routine decisions
( due to Model Code of Conduct )


If a tiny country like Estonia ( population 1.6 million ) can elect its Members of Parliament thru a VotesApp type mobile App , why can't we ?

Already 900+ million Indians have mobiles - all of which , will soon become Smart Phones

As far as designing / developing of VotesApp is concerned , it is NOT a Rocket Science
Any IT / E-Comm Start Up , should be able to develop VotesApp in 3 months
On this Dussehara day , can you think of a better way for Good to prevail over Evil ?
A better way for " E-delivery of Service " ?
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
hemen parekh
22 Oct 2015 ( Dussehara )
B2BmessageBlaster

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