On May 18, 2008, voters of Belgium went to the poll for voting. In many regions of Belgium, votings were done on computers, something Belgium was experimenting with over a decade. In this computer voting system, a voter has to insert a magnetic card into the computer to make their selection on the screen. The data is stored in both the computer and the magnetic card. After the voting the magnetic card was dropped in a box for redundancy. Late that night when the votes were being tabulated a serious problem was detected in Schaerbeek, a municipality of Brussels Capital Region, Belgium. A candidate, Maria Vindevogel of Workers’ Party , Belgium who was little known that time received more votes than mathematically predicted. So the members of the counting authority took out the magnetic cards and started counting again. After several hours they found that the vote total for every candidate was exactly the same before except for Maria Vindevogel. For Maria Vindevogel, the number of recounted vote was less than the original by 4096 number of votes. How this inflation in votes becomes possible even? What went wrong?
Impact investing is a relatively new investment approach that seeks to generate positive social and environmental impact alongside financial returns. The concept of impact investing emerged in the early 2000s, as investors began to explore ways to use their capital to create social and environmental value in addition to financial returns.
The origins of impact investing can be traced back to the socially responsible investing (SRI) movement, which emerged in the 1960s and 1970s. SRI focused on excluding certain types of companies, such as those involved in tobacco or weapons, from investment portfolios. However, impact investing takes this concept further, by actively seeking out investments that have a positive impact on society and the environment.
Influence of Chanakya Niti over Leadership Capabilities in Commercial Arena [PP 20-41] [ISSUE-1]
Chanakya, Kautilya or Vishnugupta was India's famous politician and philosopher and a pioneer in the fields of politics, economics and administration. His greatness resonates with Aristotle and Pluto in Western history. Chanakya’s body of work and timeless classics, Arthashastra and Chanakya Niti-shastra are immaculate examples of welfare, politics, foreign policy, wealth development, military strategy and moral guidance for the readers. Renowned experts like Geriald Chaliand, a French geopolitical and Max Weber, a sociologist and political economist have time and again highlighted the relevance and made note-worthy comparisons of Chanakya’s work with those of modern theories. The exceptionalism of Arthashastra lies in its logical ideas and precisely arranged roles for a wise leader. This undoubtedly became a never-ending guide for the future. This research primarily focuses on the leadership qualities and actions which Chankaya deemed necessary for better administration and management of the state and the nation at large.
The Story of Spices: From Past to Present [PP 1-7] [ISSUE-2]
Traditionally used to flavour food, spices are the fragrant portions of tropical plants or the dried seeds or fruit of temperate species. While certain spices are used for flavour, others are used more for scent. The development of human civilization has depended heavily on spices. Saffron is the priciest spice in the entire world. The "King of Spices": pepper. The only tree that produces two distinct kinds of spices is the nutmeg tree. Endorphins are produced as a result of the chilies. Since the dawn of time, spices have been significant to humanity, inspiring trade, exploration, conflict, and poetry. In the past, India was the world's top producer of spices, but as globalisation advanced, it lost its dominance. To restore the position in international trade, new actions should be performed. Not only do they serve as the primary ingredient in food that gives it flavour and aroma, but they are also used in a variety of items for their medical benefits.
Trees in Indian Mythology and Folktales: An Approach to Sustainability of Nature and Humankind [PP 8-12] [ISSUE-2]
Since the pre-historic times, trees have been regarded as anthropomorphic entities in several ancient cultures, and our Indian culture is no exception. From the Upanishads to Mahakavyas and Puranas, from folktales to tribal lores, trees have always occupied a significant position. Even a brief overview of all these may reveal that our fore-parents, whether learned sages or commoners—farmers and forest-dwelling people, had the awareness regarding the preservation of trees, their importance in human life as well as their spiritual significance, and thus nurtured a conscious approach to what now we call ‘sustainability of nature and humankind’. This paper, limited in scope, proposes to offer case-studies of a selected body of mythological accounts and folktales, with a hope to bring forward the environmental consciousness involved therein.