- Something about a ‘runoff poll’
- Today’s Hindu carries a headline saying “Runoff poll in
- What exactly is a runoff poll?
- Wikipedia says:
- Runoff voting can refer to:
- Two-round system - a voting system used to elect a single winner, whereby only two candidates from the first round continue to the second round
- Instant-runoff voting - an electoral system whereby voters rank the candidates in order of preference
- Exhaustive ballot - a voting system whereby rounds of voting continue after each elimination until one candidate achieves a majority
- In the
East Timorcontext, it was necessitated because the April Presidential elections did not throw up any winner with the mandatory minimum percentage of votes required to get elected. A person with the largest percentage of votes polled will not be elected in such a system.
- Nobel peace prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta who is currently the Prime Minister of this small nation is tipped to win the elections this time round. Interestingly the outgoing President Mr. Xanana Gusmao will be running for the post of Prime Minister.
- A very good example of corporate social responsibility
- Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch MNC (widely known in
as Hindustan Lever Limited – HLL) has directed that all its ad campaigns shall use models that have a BMI (Body Mass Index) varying between 18.5 and 25. This is because they don’t want to promote an anorexic culture and don’t want to be seen as promoting thin models. India
- BMI incidentally is a person’s weight in kgs divided by his height in meters squared.
- ASCI – Advertising Standards Council of India is also in the process of thrashing out a new set of guidelines to regulating advertising especially for food and beverages.
Film Festival Cannes
- The annual cinema festival is going to be held from May 16 to 27.
- A very innovative CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) project from World Bank
- BiCF – World Bank’s BioCarbon Fund, signed an ERPA (Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement) that will enable small and marginal farmers in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh to earn additional revenue through carbon credits by afforesting their degraded lands.
- The project has been developed by JK Paper (Rayagada, Orissa based company) and Veda Macs (Vanitha empowerment and advancement mutually aided cooperative society) of
. JK paper will supply planting material and enter into buy-back contracts with farmers for timber harvest. Hyderabad
- BiCF will purchase 276,000 tCO2e (tonnes of Carbon dioxide equvivalent) between 2008 and 2017.
- FDI in real estate
- Press Note 2 of 2005 governs this FDI.
- Some issues that came up for consideration before the Supreme Court in deciding the OBC quota case:
- Whether reservation per se would violate the right to equality.
- Whether providing reservation was valid and how long could it continue.
- Whether reservation could be provided by removing the creamy layer.
- Whether economic criterion should determine backwardness irrespective of caste considerations.