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Using Facebook for news could narrow range of sources
People who seek out news from social media may have less diverse sources of information and are at higher risk of becoming trapped in a "collective social bubble" - where news is shared within communities of like-minded individuals - compared to using search engines, says a study.
 
"Our analysis shows that people collectively access information from a significantly narrower range of sources on social media compared to search engines," said lead author of the study Dimitar Nikolov from Indiana University in the US.
 
The results are based on an analysis of over 100 million Web clicks and 1.3 billion public posts on social media.
 
"These findings provide the first large-scale empirical comparison between the diversity of information sources reached through different types of online activity," Nikolov noted. 
 
To measure the diversity of information accessed over each medium, the researchers developed a method that assigned a score for how user clicks from social versus search engines were distributed across millions of sites.
 
A lower score indicated users' Web traffic concentrated on fewer sites; a higher score indicated traffic scattered across more sites. 
 
Overall, the analysis found that people who accessed news on social media scored significantly lower in terms of the diversity of their information sources than users who accessed current information using search engines.
 
The results show the rise of a "collective social bubble" where news is shared within communities of like-minded individuals, Nikolov said. 
 
He added that people who adopt this behaviour as a coping mechanism for "information overload" may not even be aware they're filtering their access to information by using social media platforms, such as Facebook, where the majority of news stories originate from friends' postings.
 
The findings were published in the online journal PeerJ Computer Science.
 
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Odisha MLA suspended for watching porn in house
Odisha assembly Speaker Niranjan Pujari on Tuesday suspended Congress legislator Nabakishore Das for seven days for allegedly watching obscene video clips inside the house.
 
Das was accused of watching porn on his mobile phone while sitting in the assembly in session on Monday.
 
The speaker took the decision following a motion moved by ruling Biju Janata Dal's chief whip Ananta Das, which was passed by voice vote. The speaker then sent the matter to the ethics committee for further probe.
 
However, the opposition Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party, walked out of the assembly, protesting the speaker's decision. They contended that Speaker Pujari did not take into account Das's response to the allegation before deciding to suspend him. 
 
Leader of OLpposition Narasingha Mishra and BJP legislator K.V. Singhdeo demanded that the decision be reconsidered and the ethics committee be asked to investigate the matter.
 
Das said the decision to suspend him was undemocratic because his response was not heard. 
 
"The allegations against me are not true. I have not been given a chance to make my stand," said Das.
 
Demanding a thorough probe into the matter, he said, "While trying to open my own social media page, I accidentally touched YouTube. I scrolled down unwittingly when the TV camera shot me."
 
Das said he did nothing to violate the sanctity and decorum of the legislature.
 
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Bapoo Malcolm

12 months ago

Now, will he have all the time to watch porn at home? 'Hitting the wrong button'? Does the Hon. member know which button to hit when voting on crucial bills?

On a saner note: The Hon. member should be pulled up, not for porn-sightings, but for using the time of the legislature for fiddling with his phone. We do NOT pay them that. And to think that if a person's phone rings in court, he gets fined and the phone is confiscated, at least till the rising of the court.

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Indian nuclear insurance pool still in unclear waters
The much-awaited nuclear insurance pool to provide insurance cover to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) against public liability is yet to take off with the atomic power plant operator wanting the insurers to change the terms, a top industry official said.
 
"The insurers have designed the policy and the IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India) has also approved this. However, NPCIL wants some conditions to be changed and the matter is under discussion," G.Srinivasan, chairman-cum-managing director, New India Insurance Company Ltd, told IANS.
 
According to him, the insurance policy is yet to come into effect. In June, industry officials told IANS that it would come into effect from July.
 
Sources in the know told IANS that for a premium of around Rs.70 crore ($10.5 million), a consortium of insurers would provide cover up to Rs.1,500 crore per incident and per year.
 
The proposed policy would cover the liability towards the public as a consequence of any nuclear accident in the plants covered under the policy and also the right of recourse of NPCIL against equipment suppliers.
 
"It's like a floater cover (insurance cover will be for all of NPCIL's plants). When a nuclear accident happens and the Rs.1,500 crore cover is exhausted, then there will not be any insurance cover for subsequent accidents that might occur during that policy year," an industry source told IANS.
 
While NPCIL wants the risk cover to be reinstated at the same cost, the insurers are reluctant as this would wipe out their balance sheet.
 
"Insurers do not want to take another risk cover of Rs.1,500 crore for a paltry sum of around Rs.70 crore," the official said.
 
According to him, NPCIL is not willing to pay a higher premium as it thinks even Rs.70 crore is on the higher side.
 
He said reinsurers want higher deductibles (NPCIL to bear claims up to Rs.600 crore).
 
Industry experts say the principle of insurance is spreading the risks of a few over many.
 
"In the case of other insurance covers, thr sum insured is reinstated on payment of premium as the risk could be spread over thousands of insured. In the case of nuclear insurance there is only NPCIL now," he said.
 
He said the BHAVINI fast breeder reactor company is also toeing the NPCIL line.
 
The government-owned Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI) is setting up the country's first indigenously-designed 500 MW prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) at Kalpakkam.
 
A breeder reactor is one that breeds more material for a nuclear fission reaction than it consumes.
 
India's research reactors will not be covered under the nuclear insurance policy as they are owned by the union government. And governments do not generally take out an insurance policy on their properties.
 
The Mumbai-based Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research located at Kalpakkam, around 80 km from here, operate the research reactors.
 
The central government announced in June the setting up of the Rs.1,500-crore India Nuclear Insurance Pool to be managed by national reinsurer GIC Re.
 
The GIC Re, four government-owned general insurers and also some private general insurers, have provided the capacity to insure the risks up to around Rs.1,000 crore, with the balance Rs.500 crore being obtained from the British Nuclear Insurance Pool.
 
The losses or profits in the pool would be shared by the insurers in the ratio of their agreed risk capacity.
 
Foreign nuclear plant suppliers were reluctant to sell to India, citing the provisions of the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act (CLND) 2010 that provides the right of recourse to NPCIL against the vendors under certain circumstances for compensation in case of an accident.
 
The insurance pool was formed as a risk transfer mode for the suppliers and also NPCIL.
 
All the 21 operating nuclear power plants in India owned and operated by NPCIL are expected to come under public liability insurance cover, which will also extend to the 1,000 MW plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu built with Russian equipment.
 
Insurers would like to issue a single policy covering all the 21 units, including the one in Kudankulam. The premium will be paid by NPCIL and the policy will be issued in its name.
 
Officials of NPCIL were not available for comment despite attempts by IANS.
 
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