You Are Hiring For Runway

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now We live in the Disruptive Age. Things are changing at a faster and faster clip. The changes are increasingly disruptive. And there is no end in sight.It’s important that you hire people who have both the attributes and the skills you need now. And it’s critical that you remember that you are hiring the people who are going to serve your clients. But it’s more important that you hire people for “runway.”RunwayRunway is the idea that there is a long stretch of pavement in front of the person and that they are going to get better and better over time. They’re going to pick up speed and take off. Runway means that the person you are hiring may not have all of the experience they need right now, but that they have the right attributes and the capacity to grow.Runway is more critical than ever. The future promises only one thing: uncertainty. The new challenges we face are going to make the old challenges look like a walk in the park. You’re hiring someone to grow into those challenges with you.You want to hire someone devoted to personal and professional growth. You want them to refuse dogmatic beliefs and to challenge the status quo. You want someone who believe that they can make things better, and that every challenge will eventually be overcome with a lot of initiative and resourcefulness. You want someone unsentimental about tradition and always willing to learn and apply something new when and where it makes sense.You hire for runway.What Runway Isn’tRunway has nothing whatsoever to do with age. Nothing.My friend Gerhard is not exactly a spring chicken. But you’d never know how old Gerhard is by looking at him or by examining his beliefs or his behaviors. He’s one of the youngest people I know because he is extremely open to changing his beliefs, he is the epitome of a life long learner, and he is unsentimental when it comes to change. He’s more web-savvy and more tech-savvy than most people half his age. Gerhard has a lot of runway, which explains a lot about why he is so successful.You are better off hiring someone with the right attributes and runway than you are someone with experience. This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: What Hustlers Do Consistently

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Hustlers consistently hustle.Hustlers consistently take action. It doesn’t matter what their hustle is, they are always doing something to move them closer to one of their goals. If it’s a business venture, they consistently do what is necessary to move the business forward. If it is some artistic venture, like writing or music, they consistently practice their craft and consistently create. If they happen work for someone else, they are consistently doing what needs done—and more than anyone else.The only thing the non-hustler does consistently is wait to respond or react to something someone else prompts them to do. The non-hustler doesn’t take initiative, he doesn’t consistently take action. And his results are far less than the hustler’s because he is inconsistent and passive.Hustlers consistently face their fears. They put themselves in situations where they don’t have the knowledge or the experience so that they can get both. The hustler is comfortable being uncomfortable. Because the hustler is so consistent about facing her fears, she doesn’t fear failure, and she doesn’t carry any of the psychological baggage of impostor syndrome. Fear is something to step into, not something to run away from.The non-hustler seeks comfort. That means he has to avoid his fears. He might fail. He might be embarrassed. People might think he is too far out over his skis and judge him. Most of all, the non-hustler doesn’t want to be discovered to be an impostor.Hustlers consistently take risks. The hustler bets on his or her self. When they see an opportunity, they seize it, even when that opportunity comes with risk. Hustlers take jobs even though they lack what others would perceive to be the necessary experience. Hustlers start businesses, even though they have never started a business before. The hustler knows where there is little or no risk, there is little or no reward.The non-hustler avoids risk. They focus only on what they could lose and never on what they might gain. Because they are so focused on avoiding risk, they refuse to take chances, and bigger and better things evade them.The hustler consistently seeks an edge. They read and study so they know more and develop more ideas. They develop relationships with people that they can help and who might also help them, knowing that’s how things work in the world. They look for gaps, places where they can gain some competitive advantage or capitalize on some opportunity.The non-hustler doesn’t believe that they should seek an edge. They don’t believe that deserve an unfair advantage. When they see something that might look like an opportunity that could be exploited, they assume that if it were useful, someone else would already be doing something.The reason a hustler eventually succeeds is because they are consistent in taking action, facing their fears, taking risks, and seeking some edge.last_img read more

The Right Sales Training

first_imgThe right sales process, sales methodology, or sales training for one sales organization, may be entirely wrong for another sales organization. There are dozens of factors to consider. Here are a few of the most important.Strategy: What is the company’s overall strategy? How does the sales force contribute to the attainment of strategic goals? If the training isn’t aligned with, or can’t contribute to the overall strategy, it isn’t the right training.Maturity: How mature is the sales organization as a whole? Does it have the competencies it will need to execute the process, methodology, or training outcomes? There are some sales organizations that won’t be ready for certain training and development. They would be better served with something that moves them towards maturity.Leadership: Is the leadership capable of leading the execution of the sales process, methodology, or training? Are they deeply engaged? The return on an investment of training and development is directly proportional to the amount of leadership exercised before, during, and after the training.Needs: What does the sales force need to improve their results? How tightly aligned with those needs is the process, methodology, or training? Training that doesn’t provide the sales force with what it needs to succeed isn’t the right training?Clients and Customers: Training around sales processes, sales methodologies, or other sales skills needs to account for who you are selling to. What does the sales organizations clients (or customers) need? How does the training help the sales force create value for their clients?The process, methodology, or sales training some other company is using may not be right for you and your sales organization. It doesn’t matter how popular it is, and it doesn’t matter how much you feel the need to provide your sales force with something new.The most effective sales training around a process, methodology, and sales skills are principle-based. You don’t perform better by chasing novelties. You perform better by better executing the fundamentals.last_img read more

Save Himachal from mafia rule: BJP

first_imgThe BJP on Tuesday took out its first rally from Bilaspur here as part of its programme to save the State from ‘mafia rule’.Former Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal led the procession and addressed a huge gathering of party workers. He was accompanied by State party president Satpal Satti, vice-president Randhir Sharma and former MP Suresh Chandel.‘Terrorising public’The leaders claimed that the public, especially the government employees in the State, were being terrorised by the Congress government.A recent audio clipping had exposed Bilaspur MLA Bumber Thakur as demanding an illegal disability certificate from a doctor, they claimed.In the video, he was allegedly seen threatening the doctor with dire consequences and an immediate transfer to some tribal area if his request was not fulfilled. The Congress MLA had also purportedly slapped an IFS officer on duty a few days ago for not working according to his wishes. ‘CM patronising mafia’The BJP leaders claimed that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his colleagues were patronising such elements who were openly threatening the public. “There is an organised drug, mining, liquor, land and forest mafia in the State. This type of atmosphere was unthinkable a few years ago,” the leaders claimed.The State employees are the biggest organised section of voters in Himachal, and their support is decisive in any elections here.last_img read more

Kandi road project: Uttarakhand to ensure safety of Corbett park wildlife

first_imgThe Uttarakhand government will ensure that the wildlife at Corbett National Park is not harmed with the construction of the Kandi road which passes through it.The Kandi road project which will pass through the national park will reduce the distance between Garhwal and Kumaon by around 70 km.“The government is trying to find a solution to the Kandi road project issue by which the safety of wildlife is ensured while keeping the convenience of people in mind,” Uttarakhand Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat said.In the wake of wildlife activists submitting a petition to the state government to stop the road project, he said the project will be completed keeping all the aspects in mind.With the construction of the Kandi road, the route from Kotdwar in Pauri Garhwal to Ramnagar in Kumaon will be shortened from present 162 km to about 90 km.The Supreme Court had ordered the Public Works Department of the Uttarakhand government to prepare a new alignment of the project.“We will present the new proposal in the court soon,” he added.last_img read more

Asia’s largest tulip garden opens for visitors

first_imgIf the famous 1980s Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha starrer Silsila’s song, ‘Dekha ek kwaab,’ were to be remade this season, the tulip garden of Kashmir, would be an apt match to Holland’s Keukenhof gardens, which formed the picturesque backdrop back then.last_img

How have the floods affected Mount Abu?

first_imgMount Abu, the lone hill station in the desert State of Rajasthan, made headlines this week when it recorded the highest-ever rainfall on a single day. Torrential rain has been wreaking havoc in south-western parts of the State, leading to floods and devastation. The popular hill spot was cut off, and about 1,500 tourists, mostly from Gujarat, were stranded for several days.What happened?Mount Abu is situated at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sea level on a rocky plateau of the Aravalli Hills, in Sirohi district, bordering Gujarat. Often referred to as an ‘oasis in the desert,’ the route to Mount Abu passes through the Abu Road town on the plains, from where the hill station is 28 km away. After continuous rain for several days, the hill town received an unprecedented 770 mm of rain on July 24, inundating low-level areas between the hills and creating panic among locals. Streams of water flowed with a ferocity not seen before, as roads were submerged and people were forced to remain indoors.Does it get heavy rainfall?During five days since Sunday, Mount Abu received a whopping 2,116 mm rainfall, breaking all previous records. According to the meteorological department’s data for 1901-2000, the average annual rainfall at the hill station is 1,554.2 mm. The average rain during the monsoon months of July and August every year has been registered at 573.2 mm and 600.3 mm, respectively. Amid the heavy rain, life was thrown out of gear and the supply of essential items was hit because of floods at adjoining places such as Pali, Jalore and other parts of Sirohi district. Telephone, cellular phone and Internet services went down, while the prices of commodities of daily use shot up.How did it impact the town?Two anicuts on the outskirts of Mount Abu and the famous Nakki Lake situated at the centre of the town were overflowing with rainwater. While markets and offices remained shut for most part of the week, all schools and colleges were closed as a precautionary measure. Medical staff at the local government hospital were asked to cancel leave, as there was a fear of outbreak of diseases after the water receded.  Heavy rain sent boulders hurtling down on the Abu Road-Mount Abu road, 6 km from the entry toll booth. As a result, Mount Abu’s contact with the rest of the district was cut off. The road was cleared on Thursday with the help of excavators and stone crackers. Over the weekend, vehicles were moving at a snail’s pace at the site of the landslide. Heavy vehicles were asked to stay away as a major crack had developed on the road. The administration has asked travellers to exercise caution in view of the possibility of rocks falling from a height.Why does it need protection?Mount Abu is a popular destination, especially among tourists from Gujarat. More than 30 lakh domestic and international tourists visit the hill station every year. The highest peak is Guru Shikhar, situated 5,650 feet above the sea level. The oldest mountain ranges of Aravalli are home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests. The forests of Mount Abu were declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1980, covering 290 sq. km of the mountain. It has rich flora and fauna.It has sub-tropical thorn forests in the foothills and sub-tropical evergreen forests along the water courses and valleys at higher altitudes. A variety of rare and endangered species of animals are found here, and the leopard is the apex predator. As environmentalists describe the unusually high rainfall in Mount Abu as a fallout of global warming, the popular hill station will need to protect its rich vegetation of coniferous trees and flowering shrubs in order to maintain its cool climate.last_img read more

K.J. Alphons visits Swiss couple

first_imgTourism Minister K. J. Alphons on Saturday visited the Swiss couple who were injured after being assaulted by local youth in Fatehpur Sikri. The tourists, Quentin Jeremy Clerc and Marie Droz, are admitted in Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. While Mr. Clerc received a fracture to his skull, Ms. Droz, his partner, fractured her hand in the attack near a railway track in Fatehpur Sikri on Sunday.Mr. Alphons spoke to the hospital’s management and doctors regarding the treatment of the couple. “Both patients are recovering fast and are very happy about the treatment that they are getting at the hospital,” a statement from Mr. Alphons’ office said.The assault on the Swiss couple has raised fresh questions on safety for tourists in Uttar Pradesh. In terms of crimes recorded against foreign tourists, the State is not the worst in the country, though the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data shows that U.P. has consistently featured among the States with the most number of crimes against foreign tourists.The Central Foreigners Bureau, Bureau of Immigration, Ministry of Home Affairs, began collecting data on crimes committed against foreigners, including tourists, in 2014. In 2014 and 2015, years for which the data is available, Delhi recorded the highest number of incidents of crimes against foreign tourists — 41.7% (113 out of 271 cases) and 35.2% (135 out of 384 cases), respectively. U.P. stood third on both occasions, recording 32 cases in 2015 (11.8%) and 64 cases in 2014 (16.7 %). Theft and assault on foreign women tourists, with intent to outrage her modesty, have been the most common crimes committed against foreign tourists.last_img read more

Azamgarh youth arrested from Mumbai airport for suspected terror links

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police have arrested an Azamgarh resident on charges of plotting terror attacks in the country and being the ‘main ideologue’ of a group of radicalised youth.The suspect, identified as Abu Zaid, was arrested by a team of the Anti-Terror Squad at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai on Saturday night.He was returning from Saudi Arabia, the ATS said on Sunday.The ATS has accused Zaid, who was living in Riyadh on a work permit, of trying to inspire, induce and mobilise members in India for a terror module.His name cropped up, an ATS spokesperson said, during investigation of four youths who were arrested in an operation from different parts of the country in April.Describing Zaid as the “self-radicalised main ideologue” of the group, ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said he would attract the youth and members towards “IS and other Islamist groups” mainly through social media and a WhatsApp group.Police alleged that members of the group would communicate with each other on the Internet through an application and were preparing for a terror attack.‘Solid evidence’ of Zaid’s culpability in organising members for terror activities was “found from the mobiles of the arrested persons,” the ATS spokesperson said.Mr. Kumar said from mobile records of the previously arrested four persons it can be ascertained that he was “exchanging messages related to IS, Islamic radical thinking and anti-national activities.”However, alleged activities Zaid was involved in and information about the youth “he radicalised” would be clear after questioning, Mr. Kumar said.In April, the UP ATS had registered an FIR in the case against the four persons under Sections 120 B, 121A, 153, 123 and 122B of the IPC and Section 18 of the UA(P)A. A lookout notice had been then issued against Zaid, who hails from Ghambirpur in Azamgarh, after his name came to light during investigation, police said.In a joint operation of nine police teams in April, the four youths accused of plotting terror attacks were arrested from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab and Maharashtra.The youths were allegedly building a new organisation and back then police said that they had no affiliation with any extremist outfit.last_img read more

Rajasthan government proposes amendments to check cow smuggling

first_imgVehicles used in illegal bovine transport will be seized and the accused arrested under the new amendments in the State law proposed by the BJP government in Rajasthan.The State government has approved the amendment in the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995 to add a section 6(A) under which vehicles used in illegal transport of bovine would be seized and will be released after payment of penalty, Rajasthan Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore said at a press conference after a State cabinet meeting.Also, a new section empowers the appropriate authority to arrest the offenders. The Bill proposing the changes will now go before the State Assembly. The vehicles used in illegal transport of animals will be seized similar to the action taken under the Excise Act.“Also, appropriate authority will be able to arrest offenders after amendment in the Act, Mr. Rathore said, adding that buffalo and its progeny were excluded from the definition of bovine animals after directions from the Centre.Relief for SC/ST candidates in govt recruitment examinationsThe cabinet approved five per cent relaxation to SC/ST category candidates in minimum eligibility marks for direct recruitment of grade-2 clerk and stenographer examination. It was mandatory to score 40 per cent and 36 per cent marks in the phase-1 and 2 of the direct recruitment examination of grade-2 clerk and stenographer. With the amendment, five per cent relaxation will be given in the minimum eligibility marks, the minister said.He said that amendment was made in rules of Excise Allied Services (Prevention branch) for recruitment process. As many as 12.5 per cent of direct recruitment posts will be reserved for ex-armymen and a proposal to replace interview process by written examination and physical test was approved.Appointment of Vice ChancellorIn another amendment in the higher education sector, State government will have the right to appoint first vice chancellor in technical universities.Mr. Rathore said that the government had established technical universities in Kota and Bikaner. Under the guidance of University Grants of Commission (UGC), State cabinet approved introduction of Rajasthan Technical Universities Procedures (Amendment) Bill in the Rajasthan Assembly, which will allow the state government to appoint first vice chancellor in technical universities.The State cabinet also approved land allotment to various sections of the society. In total 12 cases, land was allotted to various religious groups as per the reserved prices prevailing in 2013. The cabinet also approved various facilities for industrial investors in the state.last_img read more

PDP raises pitch for ceasefire in J&K

first_imgDespite the J&K State BJP’s public opposition, ruling alliance partner Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday raised the pitch for a unilateral ceasefire and called upon Pakistan and the Hurriyat to respond to the offer.Describing the silence of Pakistan and militant conglomerate United Jehad Council (UJC) as “meaningful”, senior PDP leader and close aide of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Peer Mansoor, told The Hindu that “time is opportune for Pakistan to respond to the new situation and the call for a ceasefire.”“Pakistan and other stakeholders need to take a stand,” said Mr. Mansoor. He said the ceasefire could prove to be a confidence building measure, leading to a dialogue. “This could be a starting point for creating a conducive atmosphere for a dialogue over J&K. If all parties agree to a ceasefire, both external and internal dialogue processes will get a fillip in the near future. The ceasefire has to be dialogue-oriented,” he said.He asked local regional parties, including the National Conference (NC), to come out openly in favour of a ceasefire. “We have reached a situation in J&K where a Class 9 student tells his mother he wants to achieve martyrdom. It’s becoming an explosive situation. We all need to end the cycle of violence. Guns, whether of security forces or militants, will not achieve anything”. .‘All-party meet with PM’Another senior PDP leader and State Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar asked the separatists, especially the Hurriyat, “to join hands with the all-party delegation likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and press for a ceasefire.”Both the factions of the Hurriyat have maintained a silence. Sources said any stand of the Hurriyat factions, headed by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has to have the backing of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-based UJC, especially Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin.Sources in the government said back channels with many stakeholders have been activated to “have a consensus on ceasefire.” Ms. Mufti also sought inputs from the security agencies, including the Army, on “measures required for cessation of hostilities in J&K” during the Unified Headquarters meeting on Friday, where she called for “scaling down operations during Ramadan and the Amarnath yatra.”Separatist demands “The onus of proving that the [ceasefire] offer is serious lies on New Delhi and the local rulers. There is need for concrete measures on the ground, which include justice in recent cases of killings, release of political prisoners and confidence building measures aimed at serious dialogue process,” said a senior separatist, insisting on anonymity.last_img read more

20 dead in Mizoram landslide, bus mishap

first_imgTwenty people were killed in a landslide and a bus accident in two different locations of southern Mizoram’s Lunglei district on Monday night.District officials on Tuesday said 10 people were killed and four others injured when a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall swept a semi-concrete building away in Lunglawn area of district headquarters Lunglei, about 170 km south of State capital Aizawl.The incident happened around 6 pm on Monday.Among the dead were four minors, police said, acknowledging the help from the district’s disaster response team and members of local NGOs in rescuing the injured and extricating the bodies from under the debris.Disaster struck again in Lunglei district a few hours later when the driver of a bus lost control while negotiating a hilly bend near Pangzawl village, about 135 km south of Aizawl. The bus, belonging to a private transport firm, was carrying 32 passengers from Siaha in souther Mizoram to the State capital.“Nine people, including two minors, were killed on the spot. Another died at the district hospital here (Serchhip town) about 40 km from the accident spot,” a police officer in adjoining Serchhip district said. The police said the death toll could increase because of the critical condition of at least three of the injured persons.“The State government will do everything possible for the recovery of the injured,” Mizoram Home Minister R. Lalzirliana said, assuring compensation for the victims. He also advised caution during the rainy months.On Sunday night, flash flood due to heavy rainfall had washed away a temporary bridge over river Tuirini in the northern part of Aizawl district, cutting off 37 villages.last_img read more

‘Rhino habitat under threat of mining’

first_imgThe lynching of two adventure enthusiasts a fortnight ago has put the focus on rampant mining, quarrying and stone crushing activities that are threatening the ecology of the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape.Two friends — audio engineer Nilotpal Das, 29, and businessman Abhijeet Nath, 30 — were beaten to death by a mob at Panjuri Kachari village in Karbi Anglong district on June 8. The police said a man with a criminal past had spun a story of child abductors to get them killed by gullible villagers. Reports later suggested that Nilotpal and Abhijeet could have been silenced for knowing too much about illegal mining and stone quarrying while exploring the area around a waterfall named Kangthilangso. The area where the duo was killed is close to the Kaziranga National Park, home to the largest population of one-horned rhinos in the world.Outlining the threat posed to the rhino habitat, also a tiger reserve, environmentalist and RTI activist Rohit Choudhury has complained about the non-implementation of the recommendations of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) by the Assam government for stopping all mining, quarrying and stone crushing activities in the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape.‘NTCA ignored’“The NTCA had in its report on April 20 asked the State government to immediately stop such activities that are severely hampering the survival and conservation of the tiger, its habitats, co-predators, prey, including mega herbivores, and their transit routes during the annual flood season,” Mr. Choudhury said on Saturday.During floods, animals of low-lying Kaziranga National Park flee to the adjoining kills of Karbi Anglong district. Some stone mines and quarries are on their transit routes. “The NTCA found that stone mining/quarrying and stone crushers in the area between Kaziranga and the Karbi Anglong hills are responsible for the destruction of wildlife corridors and vital wildlife habitat essential for long ranging species like Indian elephants and tigers. In addition, these stone mining/quarrying and stone crushers are also responsible for drying up and siltation of several natural streams and rivulets flowing from the Karbi Anglong hills towards Kaziranga,” Mr. Choudhury wrote in his letter.The Assam government, he said, has shown “complete disregard” to the NTCA’s recommendations.Accusing the State Forest Department of corruption, Mr. Choudhury sought action from the Union Ministry.last_img read more

2 arrested in Uttarakhand for chatting about killing Defence Minister

first_imgTwo persons were arrested on Monday after a WhatsApp exchange on a plan to allegedly kill Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while they were apparently drunk, the police said, as the minister paid a visit to Dharchula town in this district of Uttarakhand. The police were alerted to the message at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. The two have been booked under section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 66 of the Information Technology (IT) Act, Pithoragarh S.P. Ramchandra Rajguru said. “We were alerted to the chat [about killing the Defence Minister] on a WhatsApp group at 9.30 p.m. on Sunday. We identified two persons between whom the chat was taking place and arrested them Monday morning ahead of the Defence Minister’s arrival here,” he said. The controversial message, sent by one of the arrested duo, reads as, “Main shoot karunga Sitharaman ko, kal uska akhiri din hoga. (‘I will shoot Sitharaman, tomorrow will be her last day’), police said. It is being probed whether the duo had any criminal background or possessed any arms and ammunition, Rajguru said.The credentials of the admin of the WhatsApp group are also being looked into, the SP said. Though the matter is still under investigation, prima facie it appears the duo was chatting in a state of inebriation, the SP said.The Defence Minister visited Dharchula town Monday to inaugurate a mega medical camp organised by the Army on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday.last_img read more

Tripartite meet on Gorkhaland

first_imgThe Centre has agreed for a tripartite meeting to discuss various political issues concerning the Gurkhas, including the demand for a separate State of Gorkhaland, Kalimpong legislator Sarita Rai said on Friday. The Home Ministry spokesperson did not comment.Large-scale violence was reported in Darjeeling in West Bengal and nearby areas controlled by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) in June last year, claiming the lives of 11 persons.Ms. Rai, who led the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) delegation, said they met Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba who had assured them that the talks would be held by November after Durga Puja. None from the West Bengal government attended the meeting.“ We called off the strike last year after an appeal was made by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. From that time we were seeking tripartite talks. …it is a political issue,” she said.Asked what would be the fate of the talks since there was no representative from the West Bengal government, Ms. Rai said, “We are from West Bengal. I am hopeful that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee agrees and she has already said it is a political issue.”She said they had asked the Home Ministry to send a fact-finding team to survey the areas. “Around 5,000 youth face criminal action and are away from home. I don’t know if cases are fabricated. We have met the Chief Minister and raised that cases against political leaders should be withdrawn. It has not been done yet,” she said.The GJM is an ally of the BJP at the Centre and has been pushing for a separate State for the Nepali-speaking Gurkhas. The decades-old demand revived last year when Ms. Banerjee announced that Bengali would be made compulsory in schools.last_img read more

U.P. govt. to shift don Atiq Ahmed to Bareilly jail

first_imgIncarcerated mafia-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed allegedly assaulted a Lucknow-based businessman in Deoria jail after getting him abducted and forced him to sign away property worth ₹40 crore, following which the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday ordered that he be shifted to high-security Bareilly jail. As the alleged incident left it red-faced, the State government also initiated disciplinary proceedings against Deoria jail superintendent Dilip Kumar Pandey and jailor Mukesh Kumar Katiyar, besides suspending several others. An order issued by the prisons department said, “Approval has been given for shifting undertrial Atiq Ahmed, who is currently lodged in Deoria district jail, to Bareilly district jail on administrative grounds.” Deputy jailor Dev Nath Yadav, head warder Munna Pandey and warder Rakesh Kumar Sharma have been suspended and disciplinary proceedings have been started against them, a home department release said. “The government has sought a report from ADG Prison, so as to fix responsibility regarding the lapse in Deoria jail. Action will be taken accordingly. An FIR has been filed at Krishnanagar police station and of the four named accused, two have been arrested,” U.P. Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar had said in a late night statement Sunday.Don’s son named In his police complaint, the real estate businessman, Mohit Jaiswal, alleged that Atiq Ahmed, a former Samajwadi Party MP, his son Umar and about 15 other persons forcibly took away his SUV in which he was driven to Deoria from the State capital Lucknow . Mr. Jaiswal alleged that he was assaulted by Ahmed and his supporters and forced to sign papers to handover his property worth ₹40 crore before he was let off. Police booked Ahmed, his son Umar, and accomplices Farooque, Zaki Ahmed, Jafar Ullah, Ghulam Sarvar and 10 to 12 unidentified people on various charges, including attempt to murder, after Mr. Jaiswal filed the complaint at the Krishna Nagar police station in Lucknow.last_img read more

Roughed up U.P. BJP MLA stages sit-in, seeks action against MP

first_imgA day after being roughed up by Sharad Tripathi, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Sant Kabir Nagar, party MLA Rakesh Singh Baghel on Thursday started a sit-in demanding action against district and police officials. His supporters were later lathi-charged by the police.Mehndaval legislator Mr. Baghel was beaten up with shoes in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Ashutosh Tandon at the District Coordination Committee meeting.Mr. Baghel, who has been summoned to Lucknow by the party state unit president Mahendra Nath Pandey along with Mr. Tripathi, told IANS over phone that he will adhere to whatever decision the party high command takes on the matter.He also confirmed that he will be meeting Mr. Pandey to discuss the incident.He, however, reiterated that there will be no let go of his demand for action against the “culprits behind the lathi-charge”.“The issue was most unfortunate and cannot be easily forgotten but I, as a disciplined foot soldier of the party, will put the facts before the leadership and will accept whatever their decision is,” he said.Angry over the Wednesday’s incident, Mr. Baghel’s supporters had created a ruckus later in the day demanding action against the MP. The police, however, reacted with a lathi-charge.last_img read more

Congress lodges complaints against Goa BJP-led goverment for violation of model code of conduct

first_imgCongress in Goa on March 31 lodged a series of complaints against the State BJP-led government of violating model code of conduct.Goa Congress spokesperson Trajano D’Mello on March 31 said that the party has lodged a complaint with Goa Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) with a copy to Election Commission in New Delhi pointing out that Ministers in the ruling BJP government in Goa have been calling the PWD engineers and issuing work orders.This conduct of the Ministers in the ruling BJP government is against the model code of conduct. Necessary directions must be issued by the Election Commission of India to the ruling BJP government that no new works are to be started, said the complaint.The complaint also said that it has been brought to notice of the Congress party that at the time of filing of nominations of the South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar and the North Goa MP and AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, the official cars of the Ministers have been used for the purpose of ferrying the Ministers to the Collectors Office.Official cars issued to the Ministers can be only used for the purpose of taking the Ministers to their residence or to the Legislative Assembly/Chambers and the said official cars cannot be used for the private purpose including electioneering, when the model code of conduct is in force, the Congress party complaint stated.Compensation regarding land acquisitionRaising its third issue, the Congress complaint said that it has also been brought to their notice by the senior bureaucrats in the Goa government that the ruling BJP government is seeking to release compensation regarding land acquisition to the former Congress MLA Subhash Shirodkar who is now contesting from the Shiroda constituency.“Your attention is invited to the fact that the said amount if released during the election code of conduct by the BJP government to Mr. Shirodkar it will violate the model code of conduct.”The Congress also invited the attention of the election authorities that a complaint is also filed before the Goa Lokayukta P.K. Mishra dated 21/3/2019 who has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary seeking a report from him whilst also directing the entire record of the land acquisition to be placed before the Lokayukta.The Congress demanded that the Election Commission issue an urgent and immediate direction to Mr. Shirodkar to stop payment of any compensation, when the model code of conduct is in force, as the same will violate the poll code.last_img read more

Over one lakh Olive Ridley turtles enter sea in Odisha

first_imgThe idyllic Kalam Island off the Odisha coast has become lively with lakhs of baby Olive Ridley turtles crawling towards the Bay of Bengal after emerging from eggshells.The Odisha Forest and Environment Department said baby turtles had emerged from approximately 1.25 lakh nests. Eggs started hatching from Thursday night. “We are expecting the process to continue for another two days as 4.5 lakh turtles had arrived at beaches under Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary to lay eggs this year. We hope millions of baby turtles would make their way into the sea in the next two days,” said Bimal Prasanna Acharya, Divisional Forest Officer of Rajnagar Mangrove (Wildlife) Forest Division.The unmanned island, located close to the Wheeler’s Island defence test range centre, a prohibited territory, is one of the largest rookeries in the world. Except forest department officials, no one has had the chance to witness the spectacular sight. After breaking the eggshells, the baby turtles crawled seawards almost immediately without their mothers. Eggs laid by turtles in March were incubated under natural process.last_img read more

New portal capturing life of Indian community in Britain launched on Republic Day

first_imgA new portal of an interactive digital timeline of images celebrating Indians in Britain was launched as part of celebrations to mark India’s 69th Republic Day here.“Whatwedid.co.uk/timeline/IndiaInBritain” is a visual resource which brings together photographs included in the ‘India in Britain’ exhibition, curated as part of the UK India Year of Culture 2017, with other images from the last 200 years.The portal was officially launched on Friday by Indian high commissioner to the UK, Y K Sinha alongside UK Foreign Office minister for Asia Mark Field during a special Republic Day reception.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img read more