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US Government Shutdown

The US government shutdown Monday night, due to the clash on a decision between the Republicans, The House representatives and the Democrats, The Senate controllers.

The shutdown is of non-essential services, which will effect hundreds of thousands of worker, and will equally devastate the US economy, as estimated by analysts at IHS Global Insight.
The background tells that the US financial year ends on 30th September, so was this year. The federal government have failed to finalized a budget for the 2013-2014 financial year.

According to US constitution, the President cannot unilaterally bring in legislation. The Obama’s Affordable Care Act had to be agreed upon by the both authorities. Despite the weeks of arguments, the House representatives turned it down, while it is equally supported by the democrats.The argument began on Monday when senators refused to accept Obamacare and tried to use the budget as leverage to jemmy changes to the act.They tried to settle the argument till mid night, but the issue was left on the table undecided.

A same kind of shut down took place in 1996 in Clintons’ era. In total US government has faced 17 shutdowns, the last one lasted about 28 days. Let’s see how far this one will go. A meeting to scrutinize the decision is called on Wednesday in DC, the House proposed that the act should be revised by a neutral or ‘bipartisan committee’, to find a way forward to refuse the Act. Contrarily the senators rejection of this proposal is expected. Fingers crossed. Washington DC: US government ShutdownOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

New British government scheme to recruit spies when they are young

Have an aptitude in science and mathematics and fancy a career in the secretive world of code breakers and spies? Well, the British government apparently has decided that they will go ahead and give an opportunity for young people to take a shot at it all by opening up recruitment for young kids, who need not necessarily be university graduates.

Those following British history will remember that it was the incident at Bletchley Park and the decoding of the data at the famous venue, which gave the British a crucial advantage in World War II and helped turn the tide in their favor. The British government now is planning to unearth similar raw talent in the years to come, so that they can be trained and included in the secret service.

The scheme, that is in works,will now target young men and women who have a special aptitude towards the skills necessary to excel at being a top level spy in government agencies and the new recruits should find a place at the communications intelligence agency GCHQ in Cheltenham. If they show exceptional talent, there is a good probability that they could even find their way into Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) or even the coveted Security Service (MI5).

The program planned to rope in kids with the right aptitude, rather than mere educational requisites seem far more appropriate in times when the tech-savvy generation is far less bothered by ‘university achievements’ and is lost in the virtual world. The best talent might not really be the one coming out of top educational institutions and the British government recognizes this changing fact.

By making the program far more encompassing and giving an opportunity to some of the raw talent in the country, the government hopes to uncover a code breaking genius or two in the coming years. In the age dominated by the internet and social media that has gone global government organizations across the world are trying hard to keep a tab on internet security and digital media.

The initiative is one among many, where official agencies are trying to do all they can in order to keep up with a rapidly changing security concerns that are not far more widespread.