December 10, 2019
  • 9:50 pm What I Learned Publishing 4,000 Blog Posts
  • 9:49 pm If You Want Greater Engagement, You Go First
  • 11:14 am Nitish launches campaign to end dowry, child marriage
  • 11:13 am Unplanned urbanisation blamed as dengue claims 40 lives in Bengal
  • 11:13 am Bajrang Dal rolls out recruitment drive to mark Babri Masjid demolition anniversary

first_imgYesterday I published my 4,000th post here at www.thesalesblog.com. Not all of them are written posts. Around 200 of them are YouTube videos we pulled in when I was experimenting with daily video, and another 130 or so are In the Arena podcast episodes. The oldest post goes back to January 2008, long before I understood the medium, and long before I found my voice as a writer.Here is what I have learned:You don’t really know what you know until you decide to start teaching others. The fact that you are sharing something requires you to deepen your learning.Over the course of a decade, you will change your mind. I have often had people point out when I confess that I was wrong about something I have written or published. If you are not changing your mind, you are not growing.If you focus on some topic long enough, you start to find better ways to convey the idea in a way that makes it more helpful to others. Your clarity improves.My carpal tunnel starts at the tip of the middle finger of my right hand and ends at the back of my shoulder. I now wish my teacher hadn’t kicked me out of typing class in 9th grade (I was continually looking at the keys, something I still do). I should have tried a lot harder. I type with two fingers and one thumb for the space bar.I do my best work early in the morning. I spoke to dozens of writers, almost all of whom shared with me that they rise very early to write. That data point convinced me to set my alarm for 5:00 AM instead of 6:30 AM, providing me with a full 90 minutes to write. When I began, a 500-word post took more than an hour. Now it takes less than fifteen minutes.The idea you believe to be less valuable than others is the exact thing someone needs now. The idea you slave over doesn’t get the attention you believe it deserves. The perception of value is in the mind of the person who consumes the idea.If you do anything long enough and with an iron discipline, you will improve. I was a terrible writer when I started and something worse than terrible as an editor. I am marginally better, and with continued effort, I should be good in another ten years.You are an antenna. Ideas come through you if you open yourself up to recognizing them. Cataloging the ideas and banking them for the future is a valuable exercise, even if you don’t publish them.You cannot occupy the space of creator and a critic at the same time. It’s better to separate these two roles, creating without judgment first, and judgment without fear later.We underestimate the incremental. You can stack up results a little at a time, only to look back and realize how much you have accomplished.I have acquired many friends, and some of my closest, friends through the blog, Including Seth Godin, who provided the model and inspired me to write daily, and someone I call my mentor.Most of all, I learned that I am a writer. It isn’t something I do; it’s something I am. When I am not writing, I wish I was writing. If you do consistently long enough, it can become your identity.last_img read more

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now The statistics on employee engagement are not good. They often show that a large part of the workforce as actively disengaged, and many passively seeking a new opportunity. Much of what people write about employee engagement puts the onus on the employee, an unfair assessment, even when considering the negative social media filter bubbles and a general increasing sense of nihilism in our post-modern culture. But the blame for the lack of engagement belongs somewhere else, with someone else. If you are a leader, it is your responsibility to create a culture that builds and sustains engagement.The Truth About EngagementThe level of your engagement is what drives the level of engagement for the people in your charge. If you are not engaged, your people will not be engaged. More directly, if you do not engage deeply with your work and your team, they are not going to engage with you or their work. In all things leadership, the general rule to be followed at all times, now and forever, is as follows: You go first.If you want to increase your team’s engagement, start by increasing your engagement. There is always going to be more work than you can accomplish in a day or a week, which means engagement is a matter of priorities. Of all the resources provided to you as a leader, none is more valuable than your people. How could anything be more important than ensuring your people engage with their work?At some point, benign neglect can turn into something closer to malevolence.Your Passion Is TheirsIf you aren’t excited and passionate about your business, you cannot expect your people to do anything more than following your lead. As a leader, you can have a day off, but you can’t have an off day. You are always the leader and ever the standard. Your people will look to you to decide what is good and right and true.If you aren’t passionate about the business—especially your part of the business–the people who look to you for guidance will follow your lead. If you make negative statements, complain, or talk down your company, you are the primary source of the negative beliefs your people will hold and their disengagement. If you disengage, your people will follow your lead. Alternatively, if you are passionate about your company, your goals, and your clients, you will breed those beliefs in your people. Your passion will infect them with the same.If you want passionate engagement, show people what caring looks likes.Engaged in Getting BetterWhy don’t your people read books? Why aren’t they taking courses? Why aren’t they growing? I am not sure why we allow ourselves to believe that we know everything we need to know and are doing everything we can to produce the results we want. I do know that no human being has ever reached their full potential, and it may not even be possible.If you aren’t working to improve yourself, you offer your people no model of personal and professional development. The more you grow, the more you will force your people to grow with you, expecting more from yourself, and in doing so, expecting more from your people (and as a corollary, expecting more “for” them).Look at any outcome you are responsible for creating, and there you will find, without fail, something you can improve. Before one can obtain a better result, they may need to grow. If you want people to do more, you may first have to help them become something more. Helping your people become something more than they are now may require that you become more, and become a model for the growth you want for your team.Your people are only going to be engaged in growth if you step onto that path and bring them along with you.Creativity and ResourcefulnessIf you aren’t actively using your creativity and resourcefulness to solve hard problems, your team will not exercise their creativity and imagination to solve theirs. Resourcefulness and initiative are rarely found apart from each other. Initiative is what allows one to take action without any prompting. Ingenuity is what is necessary to solve hard problems. For a leader, this is an area where engagement is essential and critical to producing results.Much of success is born out of solving problems and overcoming the quotidian challenges of work—as well as the more complicated, systemic issues that require more time, effort, and lateral thinking. Human beings are capable of accomplishments that are far beyond what they imagine—unless you lead them by engaging in making things better.Ensuring you get the best engagement from your team means unleashing their resourcefulness and their initiative. Those two behaviors will tell you much about how engaged they are.Resilience in the Face of ChallengesIf you are not positive and resilient, the people who look to you for leadership will believe things are worse than they are. When there is not a vision of a better future, engagement dies. As Napoleon put it, “Leaders are dealers in hope.”Some people believe that no matter how bad things get, they can always get worse (not the most helpful of belief systems for a leader). If you don’t believe you can stare down the reality of your circumstances, you provide the permission your people need to disengage–and maybe scatter.Instead of all being lost, you need to engage in building what’s next. You determine what the future is going to be, and you share the vision and the mission and the urgency. You define failures as the setbacks that they are, engaging in changing approaches until you succeed. You represent a setback as temporary and something that your team will overcome. If you don’t believe with all your heart that a  future is not only possible, but inevitable, no one on your team will believe it either.If you want a higher level of engagement, increase your engagement. If you want a culture that insists on commitment, make that level of engagement a standard you set and hold everyone accountable until the culture defends itself.last_img read more

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first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday launched a State-wide campaign to abolish child marriage and dowry, drawing strength from the campaign he had launched last year to make the State alcohol-free. He also said a human chain would be formed in support of the campaign on January 21, 2018. “We had implemented prohibition in the State last year and launched a massive campaign in its support by forming a human chain on January 21, 2017…. Similarly, I would appeal to all of you to form a human chain on January 21, 2018, in support of the campaign to put an end to the wrong practices of child marriage and dowry,” Mr. Kumar said. The JD(U) leader was addressing a function organised by the Social Welfare Department at the Ashok Convention Centre’s Bapu Sabhaghar here, which was inaugurated on Monday. On January 21 this year, Bihar had formed the world’s largest human chain, as per the government’s claim, in support of the liquor ban with Mr. Kumar, leaders from various political parties and citizens holding each other’s hands at the Gandhi Maidan in the State capital here.‘Political angle’ Mr. Kumar appealed to all sections of society to put an end to social evils such as child marriage and dowry and not politicise them. “Do not view everything from a political angle,” he said. The Chief Minister, who administered an oath to the people not to promote or support such social evils in any manner, also asked them to shun child marriage functions or marriages where dowry had been taken. Mr. Kumar said as per the Government of India’s crime data, Bihar ranked 26th in terms of crimes against women in the country, but added that the situation was alarming when it came to dowry-related cases.Dowry-related atrocities “Bihar ranks second in the country after neighbouring Uttar Pradesh when it comes to dowry-related cases. In 2016, 987 cases of dowry deaths were registered in Bihar, while the number of cases of dowry-related atrocities was 4,852,” he said, adding that the percentage of child marriage cases in the State stood at 39. The Chief Minister pointed out that this was the situation, despite there being laws – the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, and the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 – to eliminate such ill practices.last_img read more

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first_imgRapid, unplanned urbanisation is the main reason behind the current outbreak of dengue in West Bengal, medical professionals have said. They are of the opinion that large-scale construction work in Kolkata as well as semi-urban areas provide ample breeding grounds to the female Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector of the disease which breeds in clean, stagnant water. As per the latest government estimates, 40 people have died due to dengue while at least 20,500 have been diagnosed with the disease. Elaborating on the urban nature of dengue, virologist Amitava Nandi said the Aedes aegypti mosquito mostly breeds in stagnated water in containers. “Social change due to urbanisation has triggered a sharp increase in the use of artificial containers in cities. Products which were earlier sold in paper bags are sold in plastic packets and containers, providing more breeding space to the mosquito,” Dr. Nandi told The Hindu.With container use becoming popular in semi-urban and rural areas, dengue is no longer confined to large cities, he added. The medical professionals also pointed out that unplanned building construction without a proper drainage system in the semi-urban and rural areas contributed to the spread of dengue.“Even in the rural areas of North 24 Paraganas district (which, according to the State government, is the worst affected by dengue), unplanned building construction has increased over the last decade,” said Shanta Dutta, director of the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED).Till September this year, about 15% of the blood samples at NICED tested positive for dengue, she said. “Since late September, it has gone up to 40 to 45%,” she added.The severity of the situation can be seen from the fact that 108 dengue patients are admitted in the State run Belieaghata Infectious Diseases (ID) hospital. “Apart from these 108 patients, 214 have been admitted with fever. If they are diagnosed with dengue, the number of such patients will increase,” said U.K. Bhadra, principal of the hospital. They also point out that no curative medicine is available for dengue — only supportive treatment can be provided.“Dengue deaths can be avoided with early detection and proper treatment. Increasing public awareness on the disease is the key,” said Dr. Dutta.last_img read more

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first_imgTo mark the 25th year of the Babri Masjid demolition, the Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has started a recruitment drive among youth.The programme will go on till December 6, the day when the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished in 1992. Hindutva outfits led by the RSS celebrate the day as “Shaurya Diwas”.Camps across U.P.The Bajrang Dal is holding camps across Uttar Pradesh to attract youth. A pamphlet distributed by the outfit in a camp in Ballia district in Purvanchal appeals to youth to join it and attain the “good fortune” of participating in “nation-building”.Some of the reasons why the youth should join it, as stated by the Bajrang Dal are, “unity of the nation”, “security of mutts and mandirs”, “protection of gau mata”, “honour of jawans”, “protection of sisters from love jihad” and “to invoke nationalist sentiments” among them.‘To fight terrorists’Dhananjay, Bajrang Dal in charge of the Gorakhpur pranth, said the aim of the drive was to recruit Hindu youth so that they can “fight terrorists” and “stand shoulder-to-shoulder” with Army jawans. “We want to mould rashtra-bhakt [patriotic] youth. We aspire for an ‘atankwad-mukt Bharat’ [terrorism-free India],” he said.Weapons trainingAsked if the youth would be imparted training in weapons, he said the outfit already had a programme fixed for it every May.Last year, the Bajrang Dal’s programme ran into trouble as it was booked for “promoting enmity between groups” after a video purportedly showing its cadre participating in a weapons-training drill near the disputed site in Ayodhya went viral on social media and television channels.While the VHP, its parent organisation, described the “mock drill” as a routine annual affair, much outrage was created as the Bajrang Dal in its drill depicted skull-cap wearing, bearded men as terrorists.Bhopal conventionAt its national convention held in Bhopal in the last week of October, the Bajrang Dal included “threat to India’s internal security” among the three resolutions passed by it. The other two were ”gau raksha” (cow protection) and the construction of a Ram mandir in Ayodhya.In the meeting attended by over 1,900 representatives, the Bajrang Dal appealed to the youth to expose human rights groups, “alleged secularists” and “secular media” through social media and other ways for allegedly supporting terrorism and extremism and posing a threat to the country.It also urged Hindus to participate extensively in ”gau raksha” and ”gau seva” (service to the cow).last_img read more

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first_imgThe BJP has dismissed suggestions that the Goa government’s submission to the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal, rejecting the demands of the Karnataka government, was a setback to the party’s electoral campaign in Karnataka.Citing an earlier letter by Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar promising drinking water to the northern districts of Karnataka from the Mahadayi river, the BJP had earlier sought to gain electorally, to demonstrate its political will to deliver water to the parched north Karnataka when successive Congress governments had failed to do so. At the core of this affected region lie 26 Assembly constituencies and water as an emotive issue had the potential to affect voting behaviour far further than that. No setback“This is not a setback. What was the submission of the Goa government to the tribunal? That it would not want to give water for 12 projects. Manohar Parrikar’s letter read out in Karnataka was about water for drinking purposes, 7.56 thousand million cubic feet [tmcft] required for drinking purposes. That stand still remains, the fight in the tribunal was about water distribution that is separate,” said BJP general secretary in charge of Karnataka, P. Muralidhar Rao. He said the Congress in Goa had, first of all, taken an anti-Karnataka stance on the issue with former Congress president Sonia Gandhi writing a letter stating that no water would be shared with Karnataka. Even now, “no leader of Goa Congress has supported Manohar Parrikar’s humanitarian gesture of agreeing to share water for drinking for people living in the river basin,” he said. “It shows that it is only the BJP that wants to bring water to these areas, whereas the Congress is playing political games.”To meet people“We will be holding at least two public meetings in the core affected areas such as Nargund to explain to the people how the Congress government in Karnataka and the Opposition in Goa are working against distribution of drinking water from the Mahadayi. We will also be going village to village in all 26 Assembly constituencies in the affected zone to put forward this message,” he said. Mr. Rao said that despite the high Hindutva rhetoric, the anti-incumbency factor against the Siddharamaiah government would be the cornerstone of the party’s campaign.last_img read more

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first_imgThe BJP on Monday suspended Kheto Sema and Tsasepi Sangtam, a State vice-president of the party, from its Nagaland unit for attending and signing without authority a resolution by Naga civil society groups demanding that the Assembly elections in the State be put off.Earlier on Monday, 11 parties, including the ruling Naga People’s Front, decided not to contest the February 27 elections, following a demand by tribal bodies and civil society groups that the protracted Naga political problem be resolved first.The decision came at a meeting called by the core committee of the Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations, which was attended by representatives of 11 parties including the BJP and its ally, the Naga People’s Front, and the Congress. Unanimous view“It is the unanimous view of the Naga people that the political solution or Naga peace accord is more important than elections and therefore, it has become imperative that the elections to the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland be deferred for peace and tranquillity,” read a joint declaration signed by the parties.Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who is the party’s election in charge for Nagaland, and Ram Madhav, party general secretary in charge of the northeastern States, met Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang and Surhozhelie, president of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF), in Kohima.“Government of India attaches utmost importance to the Naga issue and has full faith in the ongoing talks. We believe that peaceful election in Nagaland will facilitate the talks,” Mr Rijiju is learnt to have said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgAssam has found a new reason for a bandh — alleged denial of berth to a tribal MLA in the Sarbananda Sonowal Ministry that was expanded on Thursday.A group of nine organisations, including Jatiya Aikya Mancha, All Tiwa Students’ Union, Koch-Rajbongshi Students’ Union and Chutiya Jati Sammilan, enforced a 12-hour shutdown on Friday in protest against the non-inclusion of BJP MLA from Morigaon Ramakanta Deuri. Tiwa and Chutiya are tribes while the Koch-Rajbonshi community is demanding ST status along with five others.The bandh was effective only in Morigaon but it led to stray incidents of violence with protesters burning a few vehicles. Communication, district officials said, was affected on an arterial highway that connects Guwahati to eastern Assam.“The expansion of the Ministry, delayed for almost two months, was unfair on the tribes of Assam. Our MLA’s inclusion (into the Ministry) could have portrayed the BJP as a more inclusive party,” said a spokesperson representing the protesting NGOs.Mr. Deuri was the chief of Tiwa Jatiya Aikya Mancha before the BJP offered to field him from the Morigaon constituency. A month ago, he had embarrassed the BJP leaders by deciding to relaunch his old party as Jatiya Aikya Mancha.Mr. Deuri had also announced fielding candidates from his new-look party for the upcoming panchayat polls in alliance with the Asom Gana Parishad, one of the BJP’s two regional allies in the State.The BJP, keen on going it alone in the panchayat polls, chose not to confront Mr. Deuri and allowed him to go ahead with his plans, as “rural polls are area-specific and have no bearing on the larger political scenario” in Assam.On Thursday, seven MLAs were inducted into the Sonowal Ministry taking the number of Ministers in Assam to 18. The State can have another minister. Of the seven, five are from the BJP and one each from AGP and Bodoland People’s Front.The expansion did not go down well with a section of BJP leaders who quit key party posts in protest.last_img read more

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first_imgUnder a black parasol attached to a rugged Royal Enfield Bullet, S. Shiva is relishing grilled dishes from its modified sidecar, with plumes of smoke billowing from its barbecue box. “I came to know about bullet barbecue on the Internet and was surprised to find one here. I made it a point to visit it in my free time, wherever it is stationed in the city, after our college hours,” says the post graduation student, pointing at the American army-styled Bullet.Bengaluru-based BBQ Ride India has forayed into the city, with its Bullet stationed on the Sri Padmavati Mahila University (SPMVV) road, serving both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Introduced in the city by Neelendranath Chowdary, a food connoisseur who works at a private firm, the Bullet offers dishes ranging from grilled chicken to paneer from 5.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day, and is attracting customers from different walks of life, owing to low prices.“Earlier, we had set up the facility near Anna Rao circle for a month and later moved it to the beginning the road. It takes nearly two hours to prepare for the dishes in the morning, ” says M. Ravi Kumar, a graduation student, who manages the Bullet part-time.Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Kumar says he underwent cooking training in Bengaluru, where the motorcycle was fitted with the sidecar. He further said that they would soon be using the barbecue to its full potential to prepare burgers and rolls to cater to the local demand. BBQ Ride India has operations in Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai .last_img read more

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first_imgMore than 30,000 people belonging to the Bru community, who fled from Mizoram to Tripura in 1997 in the wake of inter-community violence, are set to be repatriated to Mizoram, the Union Home Ministry said on Tuesday.As many as 32,876 people of the Reang tribe (known as Brus in Mizoram) will be repatriated from Tripura to Mizoram following a tripartite agreement signed by the two State governments and the Centre, the Ministry said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh described the agreement as a “major breakthrough in repatriation of displaced Bru persons.”Mizoram goes to polls later this year. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said the agreement was “historic”. “Each Bru family will be given one time financial assistance of ₹4 lakh to be kept in fixed deposit in name of head of the family within one month of repatriation. Each family will be given assistance of ₹5,000 per month along with free ration for two years. A house building assistance of ₹1.5 lakh is to be disbursed,” Mr. Deb said on Twitter.He also said that the government of Tripura would ensure that bank accounts and Aadhaar cards were issued to the families.Reangs are the second largest ethnic group in Mizoram. The exodus in 1997 was spurred by violent clashes in Mamith subdivision, a Reang-dominated area, when they demanded creation of an autonomous council. The demand was vehemently opposed by Mizo groups.Besides the Centre and the governments of Mizoram and Tripura, the pact was also signed by the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF) in the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb and Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla.The displaced people, belonging to 5,407 families, currently living in temporary camps in Tripura, will be repatriated before September 30, 2018, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.The Central government will provide financial assistance for rehabilitation of the Bru community members in Mizoram and address their issues of security, education, livelihood, etc. in consultation with the governments of Mizoram and Tripura.A committee under Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry, Rina Mitra, will coordinate the implementation of this agreement.last_img read more

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first_imgA farmers’ organisation in Madhya Pradesh has said that it will campaign against 112 legislators, who belong to various parties, for their “failure” to take up the issues of cultivators. Farmers would be asked to evaluate the works done by MLAs for their welfare, and cast votes “tactically” in the State Assembly elections due later this year, Aam Kisan Union leader Kedar Sirohi said. “We have identified 112 MLAs, who were elected from the rural areas but never asked a question on the issues of farmers in the Assembly,” he said. The strategy is to focus on those MLAs whose victory margin was less than 5,000 votes in the last State polls, he said. Of the 112 legislators identified by the organisation, 86 are of the BJP, 24 of the Congress and two are Independents, Mr. Sirohi said. “Our [union] leaders will not go to every village of the identified constituencies, but they will visit only 20 villages having sizeable farmers’ population in each Assembly segment. We will interact with the farmers and talk about their issues to convince them to vote tactically,” he said. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had last month said that his government deposited over ₹35,000 crore into the accounts of farmers as part of various State-run schemes over the past one year. Mr. Sirohi said their organisation was not against any government or political outfit. “Farmers from rural areas elect representatives to raise their problems in the Assembly. But, instead of raising the farmers’ problems, the legislators speak and talk at the behest of their party leadership,” he alleged. Farmers in the State have collectively lost ₹22,000 crore due to the ‘Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana’ and there has been a loss of ₹33,000 crore due to damage of crops in natural calamities, Mr. Sirohi claimed. But, farmers across the State have been paid only ₹5,300 crore under the crop insurance scheme, he said. The Yojana is a direct benefit transfer scheme under which the farmers are paid the difference between the modal price (average market price for a particular commodity over a stipulated period) and the MSP of crops.Mr. Sirohi said they were not going to boycott the polls. “We will spread awareness among farmers to tactically vote in favour of those who would ensure the agri-loan waiver and sustainable income for cultivators.”last_img read more

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first_imgA high school teacher allegedly involved in sexual exploitation of a minor girl studying in Class VII was arrested by the police in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Tuesday.According to Sub-Divisional Police Officer Utkal Keshari Dash, Bhanja Kishor Parida was reportedly sexually exploiting the school-going minor girl for the past few months.Recently, the victim informed her parents about her ordeal. Her parents then registered a complaint at the Jagannathprasad police station on Tuesday. The police immediately arrested the accused.last_img

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first_imgAmid protests by the sugarcane farmers in parts of the State, the Punjab government on Wednesday decided to pay ₹25 per quintal directly to the sugarcane farmers and directed the private sugar mills to immediately start crushing operations.The government also announced an immediate release of ₹65 crore towards the interest on loans taken by private sugar mill owners to clear pending dues of farmers.Protests by farmersSeveral farmers, demanding an immediate start of crushing of sugarcane and payments of outstanding dues, had been staging protests against the ruling Congress government in the Doaba and Majha regions of the State during the past few days. The sugarcane crushing season has been delayed by over a fortnight.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh held a meeting here with owners of the private sugar mills in which the decisions were taken, said an official statement.“State government would pay ₹25 per quintal on sugarcane to the farmers directly out of the State Assured Price (SAP) of ₹310 per quintal, while the remaining ₹285 per quintal would be paid to them by the private sugar mills,” said the statement.“In line with the commitment made by the State government in 2015 to bear the interest on the loan of ₹200 crore taken by the private sugar mills to clear the payment of farmers for the 2015-16 crushing season, it has also been announced that the government would immediately release the accumulated interest, amounting to nearly ₹65 crore, directly to the farmers to partly clear dues of ₹192 crore pending with the private mill owners,” added the statement.last_img read more

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first_imgThe newly inducted Ministers in Rajasthan were on Thursday allocated portfolios by Governor Kalyan Singh on the advice of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Mr. Gehlot has kept nine departments, including Finance and Home, with himself.Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot was given the portfolios of Public Works, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj. Various departments were distributed among the 13 Cabinet Ministers and 10 Ministers of State, who were sworn in here on Monday.According to the orders issued by the Cabinet Secretariat, Mr. Gehlot has been allocated Finance, Home and Justice, Excise, Planning, Policy Formulation, Personnel, General Administration and Information Technology departments and the State Bureau of Investigation.Mr. Pilot has also received the charge of Science and Technology and Statistics departments. The portfolios were distributed after several rounds of meetings in Delhi amid reported differences of opinion among the Congress leaders. Both Mr. Gehlot and Mr. Pilot met Congress president Rahul Gandhi apparently to iron out the differences.Among the Cabinet Ministers, B.D. Kalla was given Energy and Water Resources departments; Shanti Dhariwal was allotted Urban Development and Housing department; Parsadi Lal Industries department; Lal Chand Kataria Agriculture department and Raghu Sharma, Medical and Health department.Bhanwarlal Meghwal was given Social Justice department, Pramod Bhaya Mines department, Vishvendra Singh Tourism department, Harish Chudhary Revenue department, Ramesh Chand Meena Food and Civil Supplies department, Udai Lal Anjana Cooperative department, Pratap Singh Khachariawas Transport department and Saleh Mohammed Minority affairs department.Among the Ministers of State, Govind Singh Dotasara was given independent charge of Education department; Mamta Bhupesh, independent charge of Women and Child Development department; Arjun Singh Bamania, independent charge of Tribal Area development department; and Bhanwar Singh Bhati, independent charge of Higher Education department.Sukhram Bishnoi was given independent charge of Forest department; Ashok Chandna, independent charge of Sports and Youth Affairs department; Tika Ram Jully, independent charge of Labour department; Bhajan Lal Jatav, independent charge of Home Guards and Civil Defence department; Rajendra Singh Yadav, independent charge of Planning department; and Subhash Garg, independent charge of Technical Education department.Mr. Gehlot said the first meeting of the Cabinet as well as the Council of Ministers would be held on Friday, celebrated as the foundation day of the Congress, to discuss the measures for good governance.Mr. Pilot said the government would roll out a 100-day action plan and work with a “collective leadership.” He said a “balanced Cabinet” had been formed in the State, giving representation to new, young and experienced party leaders.last_img read more

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first_imgTwo brothers and their cousin, involved in the murders of a woman and her boyfriend, were sentenced to life imprisonment by an Additional District Judge court in Odisha’s Berhampur on Saturday.The court acquitted the victim’s aunt, the fourth accused in the case, due to lack of evidence.ADJ (2) Dipak Kumar also imposed a ₹28,000 fine on each of the three convicts. The three convicts are the deceased woman’s two brothers — Nirakar Nayak (30) and Narayan Nayak (27) — and her cousin Budha Nayak (25). According to Additional Public Prosecutor K.C. Gouda, the court examined 24 witnesses and other forensic evidences to convict the trio. ‘Honour killing’ The ‘honour killing’ of Mami Nayak and her boyfriend Amar Nayak (both 20) had taken place at Haldiapadar under Golanthara police station limits on the outskirts of Berhampur on May 11, 2014, early morning. The police had found the bodies in a pool of blood inside Amar’s residence at Haldiapadar. Both had been hacked to death by sharp weapons. Mami’s marriage was to be held on May 11, 2014, but she had allegedly eloped with Amar on May 10, 2014, late night. They were at the latter’s home in Haldiapadar when the three convicts arrived there. They had an altercation with Amar and attacked him with an axe. In a bid to save him, Mami received a blow of the axe and died at the spot. Later the three hacked Amar to death. Amar’s mother was a key witness in the case. The families of Mami and Amar were neighbours in Berhampur, but the former opposed their relationship.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Bahujan Samaj Party has suspended senior leader and MLA Ramveer Upadhyay from the party for indiscipline and indulging in anti-party activities in the recent Lok Sabha election. In his suspension letter, party general secretary Mevalal Gautam has accused Mr. Upadhyay of working against the interests of the party in Aligarh, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri constituencies. The Sadabad MLA has also been removed from the post of Chief Whip of the party in Uttar Pradesh Assembly.Along with Satish Mishra, Mr. Upadhyay was the Brahmin face of the party and credited with conjuring up social engineering in Western Uttar Pradesh that catapulted BSP chief Mayawati to power during the 2007 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. He got his rewards in the form of plum ministries such as Energy and Transport and party tickets for wife Seema Upadhyay and brother Mukul.However, after the expulsion of another heavyweight Naseemuddin Siddiqui, his ouster seemed imminent. It was said that when Mr. Siddiqui held Mr. Mishra responsible for his ouster, Mr. Upadhyay sided with Mr. Siddiqui. This reportedly irked the BSP chief. In 2018, when Mr. Mukul switched to the BJP, it seemed his elder brother was also on his way out but he stayed on.The last straw was when his wife was denied ticket from Aligarh. The party offered her Fatehpur Sikri, which she won in the 2009 Lok Sabha election but lost in 2014 by a significant margin. Ms. Upadhyay refused at the last minute, straining the relations further. Mr. Upadhyay is expected to put out his side of story in Hathras on Wednesday.last_img read more

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first_imgBats May Be Carrying the Next SARS PandemicThe SARS virus appeared suddenly in 2002 and within 1 year spread to 33 countries, sickening more than 8000 people and killing more than 700. Now, researchers say, they have found that bats in China are carrying a closely related virus—one that can directly infect human cells and could potentially cause the next global pandemic.New Experiment Torpedoes Lightweight Dark Matter ParticlesSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)It’s not the result physicists were hoping for, but the first data from LUX, the most sensitive dark matter detector in the world, show no signs of the lightweight dark matter particles hinted at by other experiments. The results could mean that there’s no such thing as lightweight dark matter particles after all.Huge Research Gaps on Youth Concussion in Sports, U.S. Report FindsAmid growing concern about sports-related brain injuries, a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report finds that there is a huge lack of knowledge about sports concussions in young people. Most published research on sports-related concussions has been conducted in adults, and IOM says it’s dangerous to assume that these findings can be mapped onto children because of the changes that occur during brain development.Cleaning Up Ancient Human DNAGleaning the entire genetic code of ancient humans is pretty hard. Old human remains are usually riddled with bacteria, and separating out the human DNA from bug DNA is a costly process. Now, researchers say they’ve come up with RNA probes that filter out human DNA quickly and cheaply, meaning we can learn a lot more about our ancient relatives. The new method might also come in handy for modern-day forensic scientists dealing with bacteria-tainted DNA samples.Did Snakes Help Build the Primate Brain?A new study of the monkey brain suggests that primates are uniquely adapted to recognize snakes and react in a flash. The results lend support to a controversial hypothesis: that primates as we know them would never have evolved without sneaky, slithering snakes.last_img read more

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first_imgResearchers are worried that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is backpedaling on its pledge to open clinical trials data to public scrutiny. Draft documents detailing how the agency plans to make such data available contains small print that may severely limit access and that constitutes a turnaround from earlier promises for openness, academics say.For instance, the plan says that registered users would only be allowed to view trial information on screen, making it more difficult to reanalyze data. They would not be permitted to “download, save, edit, photograph, print, distribute or transfer the information,” say the draft terms of use, dated 5 May, of which ScienceInsider has obtained a copy.“This is a stunning and surprising reversal,” says a 16 May statement sent to ScienceInsider by Tom Jefferson, a reviewer at the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group in Rome, and Peter Doshi, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore and associate editor at BMJ. (Jefferson and Doshi fought a long battle, supported by BMJ, to obtain trial data for the influenza drug oseltamivir, better known as Tamiflu.)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The European ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has echoed the researchers’ worries. “I am now concerned about what appears to be a significant change in EMA’s policy, which could undermine the fundamental right of public access to documents established by EU law,” O’Reilly said in a statement on 16 May. She urged the agency to justify itself in writing by the end of the month.EMA did not make the documents public but shared them with representatives of patients, consumers, health care professionals, the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and medical journals a part of “targeted discussions” to finalize the draft policy.Europe has been leading the clinical trial transparency bandwagon in recent years. EMA vowed to become more transparent in 2010 after the ombudsman sharply criticized the agency for refusing to share data about two antiobesity drugs with researchers from Denmark. Since then, it has released millions of pages of so-called clinical study reports (CSRs) upon request—including some 20,000 on oseltamivir to Doshi and Jefferson.In 2012, EMA also announced a system to “proactively publish clinical-trial data and enable access to full data sets by interested parties” by default, rather than in response to specific queries. The agency consulted extensively with scientists, industry, and patient groups on how best to do this; it missed its January 2014 target for the release of a new draft policy.Now that the policy is almost ready, it has turned out to be a “U-turn” from EMA’s promises, Jefferson and Doshi write. By introducing a number of controls, “EMA is putting a gatekeeping function … that will slow down the process” and hinder access for researchers who want to replicate studies, adds Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and a co-founder of AllTrials, a campaign for transparency on trial results.Scientists also worry that some data in CSRs may be blacked out. Although EMA says that much of the information in the reports is not commercially confidential, the draft policy does list a series of items that may be redacted before the data is shared. This could be necessary in the case of ”novel statistical or other analytical methods,” as well as results about potential off-label uses of medicines, say the draft redaction principles.“We maintain our stance that it’s not commercially confidential information, but it’s still information that has commercial value,” says EMA spokesman Martin Harvey-Allchurch. For example, someone could use the information to support a market application outside the European Union’s jurisdiction, he says. But Trudo Lemmens, an associate professor of health law and policy at the University of Toronto in Canada, says the changes would put industry in a position to “enter negotiations with EMA about what they want to see hidden and what not.” He calls the plans an “incredible step backward.”On a more fundamental note, researchers who want to access data would have to acknowledge that CSRs are “protected by copyright and proprietary rights” of the company that submitted them to EMA. Ticking that box would create a contractual recognition of rights that are legally “questionable,” Lemmens says: While industry generally considers that it owns the data from the clinical trials data it sponsors, others see the data as a public good.This debate underlies ongoing litigation between EMA and U.S. company InterMune, which sued the agency for divulging data to competitors. “I would find it highly problematic that while EMA defends its right to make data publicly accessible, they’re asking researchers to recognize [industry’s] legal claims,” Lemmens says.EMA’s Harvey-Allchurch denies that the agency is reneging on it promises. “We’re not going backwards,” he says. “It’s about facilitating access.” He stresses that the plans are still open for discussion before EMA presents the revised draft policy to its managing board on 12 June.last_img read more

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first_imgThe event was organized by the high commission along with the Goan Association-UK. The high commissioner of India to the UK, Y K Sinha, spoke about the significant achievements of the Goan community and encouraged further participation by Goans in furthering bilateral relations between India and the UK.Minister (co-ordination) A S Rajan, welcomed the guests to the India House, which was followed by lighting of the Christmas tree by the high commissioner. “This is the first-ever get together being organized by the Indian high commission for the Goan community and it is a Christmas party to begin with,” Sinha said.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgThe UK government said on Tuesday that it will raise concerns at “senior levels” in India around the case of a British Sikh being held in a maximum-security jail in Punjab.The case of Jagtar Singh Johal, a 30-year-old British Sikh from Dunbarton in Scotland, who is currently being held in Nabha Central Jail on murder and conspiracy to murder charges, was raised as part of a debate in the UK Parliament’s Westminster Hall.Read it at Voice Online Related Itemslast_img

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