Daily Archive: May 25, 2018

National Family Health Survey reveals shocking information about sex life of Indians

According to data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), Among Indians who have sex, more than 90% had their first sexual intercourse before reaching the age of 30 .

Men are mostly likely to have had their first sexual intercourse at the age of 20-24, the data shows. For women, the peak age at first sex is lower at 15-19.

The difference between the genders is primarily on account of the difference in the ages at which they tend to get married. Most sexual encounters in India tend to be of the conjugal kind, the data suggests. Thus, women tend to have sex at an earlier age because they get married at a younger age.

However, there are important differences across people with different educational attainments. People with higher levels of education tend to stay in college longer, and hence get married later. The age at first intercourse for such people therefore tends to be later. As the chart shows, the curves shift right-wards for both men and women when their educational attainment goes up.

SP-BSP alliance will be challenge for BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, says Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said that an alliance between the BSP and SP in Uttar Pradesh will be a challenge for the BJP in 2019 but asserted that the BJP will defeat the Congress either in Amethi or Rae Bareli.

‘If the BSP and SP contest in alliance, it would be a challenge to us. But we are sure that we will win either one seat: Amethi or Rae Bareli,’ he told journalists here on the occasion of the completion of four years of the Modi government.

The BJP chief said it did not want to give up its alliance with old time ally Shiv Sena in Maharashtra but insisted that the BJP would have no option if the Sena wanted to part ways with it.

‘In 2019, the BJP will fight with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. We don’t want to oust them from the NDA. But if they go out, it’s their will. We are ready for every situation,’ he said.

Shah said the opposition parties were aligning with like-minded parties as they feel they may not be able to defeat the NDA in 2019 elections on their own.

‘They all fought against us in 2014 too but failed to stop us. They all have their presence in their respective states. Even if they come together they won’t be able to defeat us,’ he said.

The BJP chief said their party would win at least 80 seats in 2019 which it could not win in the last election.

‘We will win such seats which were not with us in northeast, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and many other places,’ he said.

The BJP president also maintained that the chief ministers in Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh will not be changed.

He said the new BJP president in Rajasthan would be declared after May 26.

Centre Plans ‘Big Brother’ Tool To Track Social Media, Email: 10 Facts

New Delhi:

Every Facebook, Twitter and email user in India could soon have a new follower: the government. In a massive step with deep ramifications, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has invited bids for what could possibly be one of the world’s largest social media monitoring systems – a tool that will track tweets, posts and content shared from anywhere in India. Once live, the system could rival the capabilities of surveillance programmes like China’s censorship platform or the American National Security Agency’s infamous snooping tool called PRISM.

Here is your 10-point cheatsheet to this huge story:

  1. In a 66-page document that reads like a wish list from the Orwellian state of 1984, the tender invited proposals from private players to build and operate a 24×7 "social media communication hub" manned by operators (including 20 for a core team in Delhi and one for each of India’s 716 districts) that is able to watch over and intervene on social media and email.
  2. The government wants the "analytical tool" to "perform like [a] search engine" and "provide reports on sentiment, reach, details related to trending about topics and hashtags as instructed by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting".
  3. Then comes the content manipulation clause. The government wants suggestions on "how could public perception be moulded in positive manner for the country" and "how could nationalistic feelings be inculcated in the masses". The tool should also be able to make certain topics trend on social media.
  4. The government’s proposal also includes a segment for the media. It wants the tool to identify stories that the government deems as "fake news", predict "headlines and breaking news of various channels and newspapers across the globe" and gauge "what would be the global public perception due to such headlines and breaking news".
  5. The government’s move comes in the middle of a fierce global debate about data privacy sparked by the Cambridge Analytica scandal that rocked Facebook this year, revealing how personal information was used to influence political campaigns without the consent of users.
  6. It also goes against a larger international trend in liberal societies to give people more control over how their data is held. On Friday, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), billed as the biggest shake-up of data privacy laws since the birth of the web and the largest change in data protection law in Europe for more than 20 years, came into effect.
  7. It gives EU citizens more control over how their personal data are stored and used. Companies breaching the new rules on how they handle people’s data could incur fines of up to 4 per cent of their annual revenue.
  8. As details of the centre’s plans emerged in news reports, leaders from opposition parties called it a violation of consent and said data could be misused for electoral purposes. "The BJP government’s addiction to snooping is reaching dangerous levels. They will misuse this tool to shape the narrative, influence the voters, to adopt unethical and unfair means to grab democracy rather than earn the trust. This government can’t be trusted with such a lethal weapon," Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said.
  9. Senior officials in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, including Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, were not immediately available for comment.
  10. One official on the condition of anonymity said that only publicly available data on social media would be crawled and tracking emails were not a part of the plan.
  11. Source: NDTV

Heavy to very heavy rainfall most likely to occur one or two places in #Kerala on 27 May – 29th May & extremely heavy rainfall at one or two places on May 28th.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall most likely to occur one or two places in on 27 May – 29th May & extremely heavy rainfall at one or two places on May 28th.

UN body asks India to give protection to Journalist after hate Campaign

The United Nations human rights experts on Thursday, 24 May, released a statement calling Indian government to “urgently protect” journalist Rana Ayyub,who has received death threats following an online hate campaign.

According to the statement, Ayyub received gang-rape and death threats after she was falsely quoted in a tweet on 20 April, 2018. The malicious tweet claimed that Ayyub was supporting child rapists, stating that Muslims were no longer safe in India.

While she clarified that the tweet was false, her phone number and residential address was posted online, continuing the threating messages.

The statement pointed out that the government is responsible for ensuring that a prompt and thorough investigation is undertaken.

“We are highly concerned that the life of Rana Ayyub is at serious risk following these graphic and disturbing threats,” the UN experts’ statement read, also pointing at the murder of another Indian journalist, Gauri Lankesh.