My 2013 Balance Sheet

first_imgIt’s the last day of the year. Time to do some year-end accounting.DebitsI blindly put too much trust (and invested too much money) in people I didn’t know and who didn’t deserve it. I was angry with them when I have only myself to blame.I created dependents and was angry when they continually needed me for what I should have better prepared them to do for themselves.I sometimes over-committed and struggled to keep up. Any stress I felt was a result of my unwillingness to say “no” to some smaller things so I could say “yes” to bigger ones.I didn’t read nearly enough.I sometimes didn’t follow the systems and processes I put in place, and in some cases didn’t build a system or process where I needed one.I sometimes allowed myself to enter a frustrated and unresourceful state and gave up when I should have worn people down until they relented and did what was right.I was sometimes unclear with my instructions. I sometimes delegated poorly.I was sometimes short with people when I should have exercised empathy, patience, and understanding.I sometimes made poor decisions about my health and my diet.I was sometimes unavailable. I didn’t leave enough margin.CreditsI hired Beth to help with my bookings.I hired Jess to help with my calendar.I spoke in Australia, England, the Netherlands, Ireland, Washington, DC, New York, South Africa, Columbus (Hometown Gigs!), Canada, Boston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Danville (Illinois) San Francisco, and Abilene, Texas.I had the opportunity to share ideas, coach, and consult with salespeople, sales managers, and sales organization from around the world.I met dozens of new people I am now happy to call friends, and some I now call family.I licensed three frameworks to ThinkSales out of South Africa.Every business in which I am involved is bigger than the prior year by at least 12%.I became a contributing editor at SUCCESS Magazine.I spoke 40 times in 2013.I shed 25 pounds.I saved and invested more money than I had planned to.I took two family vacations (much more difficult than it sounds, back to that margin thing).I drafted the manuscript of book one (editing now for a 2014 release).I drafted the manuscript of book two (editing after the launch of book one later in 2014).I built a new site for my speaking business which will be launched in the first quarter of 2014.I built a training site for salespeople and sales organization which will be launched in the first quarter of 2014.On balance, a good year for me. Now what about you?QuestionsWhat were your major “debits” in 2013?What were your major “credits” last year?What does your balance sheet tell you that you need to do in in 2014?last_img read more

How to Create an Indomitable Mindset

first_imgThere is nothing more fundamental to success than a powerful, indomitable mindset. Nothing will cause success to elude you more than a weak, disempowered set of beliefs.To create an empowered mindset, you need to reject ideas and beliefs that don’t serve you, embracing positive ideas and choosing to be infected with beliefs that give you strength of mind. What You Must RejectNegativity: Negativity has no upside. A negative attitude eliminates your ability to generate success; it destroys your belief that something is possible and with it, your resourcefulness. If you listen to yourself carefully, you will quickly realize how much time you spend complaining, even when you are only complaining to yourself.Scarcity: There is no scarcity in the universe. The scarcity you perceive is because resources aren’t distributed equally across the planet or across segments of the population. Allowing yourself to perceive scarcity prevents you from recognizing the options and opportunities available to you.Fear: Fear immobilizes you. It prevents you from taking action. Fear is a fog. It prevents you from perceiving the real danger, the danger of not doing what you need to do, what you are here for.Worrying about things outside your control: The time you spend worrying about things outside your control distracts you from taking care of the things that are within your control. It’s easy to get wrapped around the axle, spending your limited time and energy where this is to return.Being Infected: Your mind is under constant assault from ideas that would infect you with negativity, scarcity, fear, and distractions. An awareness of that those infections exist, and knowing who the carriers are allows you to reject those infections.What You Must EmbraceOptimism: Optimism is the belief that, over time, you can succeed, and that things get better. A positive mental attitude creates possibilities. A positive attitude is its own reward, but more than that, positive beliefs tend to manifest and become positive results.Abundance: There are more opportunities available to you than you could take advantage of in two lifetimes. When you see that you are surrounded by abundance, you see opportunities, possibilities, and options.Courage: Courage is the ability to feel fear and act in spite of it. Much of what you want to accomplish comes with a fair bit of risk, and courage is what is necessary to step through your fears.Focus on things within your control: You produce success when you focus on the things that are within your control. You do more to generate results by focusing where you have control and where you can make a difference.Leaving people better than you found them: Infect people with positive beliefs and positive actions. Help them create a greater vision for themselves and help them to see possibilities. Make them feel special, important. Spread your positive infections. 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 Nowlast_img read more

Nitish kicks off ‘image makeover’

first_imgAfter breaking ties with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) again to form the new government in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar apparently suffered a major dent to his political image. However, in the past week, he has been on an overdrive to re-establish his core plank of better governance by taking major decisions and effecting mass transfers of bureaucrats. Mr. Kumar is also holding review meetings of several departments every day.Mr. Kumar has effected a major reshuffle in the State’s bureaucracy and its police by transferring 28 Indian Administrative Service and 42 Indian Police Service officers. Officials of the rank of District Magistrates in six districts and 13 Superintendents of Police were transferred in the reshuffle. Action on mining racket Tough and upright IAS officer K.K. Pathak, widely known as an architect of the strict prohibition laws in the State, has been given additional charge as Principal Secretary of the Department of Mines and Geology, to launch a crackdown on the illegal sand mining racket, in which several RJD leaders are said to be involved. But Mr. Pathak, apparently peeved with the manner in which he had to quit the Excise and Prohibition Department in September 2016, has expressed his inability to join his new post.‘Good governance tag’JD(U) leaders told The Hindu that the transfers of these officials were long overdue, and after breaking ties with the previous ‘Grand Alliance’ (mahagathbandhan) government, Mr. Kumar had transferred them out for strengthening the “good governance”. However, Opposition RJD leaders charged that officials of a particular caste were targeted and some bureaucrats, who are considered close to Mr. Kumar, were brought in to “dig out something to target our party leaders, who were earlier Ministers in the Cabinet”.last_img read more

GJM to attend talks with Bengal government on August 29

first_imgGJM gives Mamata fresh list of demands The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Saturday said it will attend the August 29 meeting convened by the West Bengal government after the party received an official invitation for talks.“We have received an invitation last night so it has been decided that GJM will attend the meeting. A delegation of senior GJM leaders will attend the talks. It has not been decided who will be part of the delegation,” GJM MLA and senior leader Amar Singh Rai told PTI.The development comes on a day when the indefinite strike in the hills for a separate state of Gorkhaland entered its 73rd day today.A senior state government official said, “We have sent letters to various parties including the GJM asking them to attend the talks. Other parties such as the JAP, the GNLF, the ABGL and many other parties of the hills have also been invited for talks.”Also Read  The GJM, which had expressed its willingness to attend the talks, had set a pre-condition that they should be officially invited.The State government has called for talks on August 29 in response to a letter form the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) requesting a dialogue to restore normalcy in the hills.“As we have been invited now, there is no harm in attending the talks,” a senior GJM leader said.The GJM on Thursday wrote a letter to the West Bengal government expressing its willingness to attend the August 29 talks to resolve the Darjeeling stalemate.The letter, written by GJM leader Binay Tamang to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, had said, “No other alternative or modified step will do justice to our plight…other than creation of a separate Gorkhaland.”Mr. Tamang’s missive was preceded by a letter of GJM chief Bimal Gurung who wrote to the State government on Wednesday night requesting a “political dialogue” on the demand for a separate state.last_img read more

Shekhawati farmers withdraw agitation on loan waiver issue

first_imgThe farmers in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, largely comprising Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu districts, withdrew their 13-day-long agitation early on Thursday after the BJP government agreed to waive crop loans up to ₹ 50,000 and appointed a committee to study the procedure adopted in other States for its replication here.After the marathon talks with a group of Ministers till late on Wednesday night, CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) announced withdrawal of agitation and appealed to farmers to lift the blockades put up at scores of places on the highways. The sit-in being staged in several towns of the region will also be finished and roads vacated.AIKS president and Amra Ram, who led an 11-member farmers’ delegation in the negotiations, said the State government had agreed to most of the demands regarding procurement of crops at minimum support price and removal of restrictions on the sale of cattle. He appealed to farmers to clear the blockades and allow movement of vehicles.In addition to the crop loan waiver of ₹ 49,500 crore, the farmers were also demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s report, free electricity for agriculture and increasing farmers’ pension from ₹ 500 to ₹ 5,000 per month.last_img read more

3 Punjab Cong. MLAs quit panels after being ‘ignored’

first_imgThe resentment within Punjab Congress over last months ministerial expansion is far from over. Anguished over not being able to make it to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s Cabinet, three senior Congress legislators on Monday submitted their resignation from Punjab Vidhan Sabha (Assembly) committees.Former Minister Rakesh Pandey, MLA from Ludhiana (North), Randeep Singh Nabha, legislator from Amloh, and Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA from Samrala, tendered their resignations from the panels as a mark of protest.They submitted their resignations to Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana K.P. Singh.Mr. Pandey and Mr. Nabha were nominated as chairman and member of the committee on public undertakings respectively while Mr. Dhillon was appointed the chairman of the library committee on May 7.“We have tendered our resignations from the Vidhan Sabha committee to the Speaker here today,” said Mr. Pandey, “My seniority has been ignored when the Cabinet expansion took place. I am a six-time MLA and have worked for the party,” he said.Mr. Pandey, a former Printing and Stationery Minister, described his resignation as a mark of protest over the denial of a ministerial berth. Mr. Dhillon, a four-time MLA, shared similar views. “What will we do with the chairmanship (of Vidhan Sabha committee),” he asked, terming the denial of a ministerial berth as “injustice” to senior legislators.Mr. Dhillon accused the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of not following what he had said. “The CM promised to consider seniority in giving ministerial berths. But one-time and two-time MLAs have been chosen over us,” he said.‘Will work for people’Mr. Dhillon, however, said he will continue to work as an MLA for the welfare of the people.Mr. Nabha, a four-time MLA, said he was “hurt” over seniority being overlooked.Protesting MLAs said they will reach out to the party high command to convey their concerns.Rumblings within the Congress started last month month itself, when the names of the new Ministers were announced. Surjit Singh Dhiman, MLA from Amargarh in Sangrur district, Nathu Ram, legislator from Balluana in Fazilka and MLA Sangat Singh Gilzian, MLA from Urmur seat in Hoshiarpur, had resigned from their party positions claiming Dalit and backward classes had been ignored in the Cabinet expansion.The resentment within Punjab Congress unit over the Cabinet expansion had even reached Delhi last month when Dalit leader and MLA Raj Kumar Verka expressed “anguish” over not giving representation to the Scheduled Caste community in the Cabinet.Nine Cabinet Ministers of the Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government had taken oath last month. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Second FIR filed in Apple employee death case

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police on Monday registered a second FIR in the murder of Apple sales manager Vivek Tiwari after questions were raised over the initial FIR.The witness to the murder of Apple sales executive Vivek Tiwari has alleged that the police forced her to give a statement under pressure and made her first sign a blank document.The initial FIR was filed on the basis of that complaint.Tiwari’s friend, Sana Khan,who was with him in the car when the incident took place, also alleged that even after he was shot and heavily bleeding, the police did not allow her to make or receive any phone calls.The charges are part of a fresh FIR filed in the case by the victim’s wife Kalpana Tiwari. While the initial FIR was filed by Ms. Khan, in the second FIR, filed late on Sunday, Ms. Tiwari quotes charges made by Ms. Khan. She also hints that immediately after the incident, the police also questioned her character.”Because I was scared, I wrote down just like they dictated. They were also saying a lot of ‘ulta-seedha’ (objectionable) things about me and Sir (Mr. Tiwari)which I cannot speak of here,” said Ms. Khan in the second FIR.The fresh FIR also names the two accused constables, Prashant Chaudhary and Sandeep Kumar, and explicitly states that Mr. Chaudhary fired the bullet. The initial FIR did not name the accused and also kept the sequence of events and culpability vague, following which the victim’s family had alleged a cover up.In the new FIR, Ms. Khan said the police constable came towards Tiwari and fired with the intent to kill him. She recognised the accused constables from their name plates, Ms. Khan said.The U.P. Police have already assured the family that the new FIR will be the basis of the probe by the Special Investigation Team.Ms. Tiwari on Monday after meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed confidence that she had received all the necessary assurances for support from him.”I have said earlier too that I have faith in the state government. Today that faith has been strengthened,” said Ms. Tiwari after the meeting.The government has already announced ₹25 lakh compensation to the family. Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, who accompanied Ms. Tiwari and her two daughters to the CM’s residence, said the widow would also get a government job.Caste angleMeanwhile, the Opposition continued to accuse the BJP over the incident, with BSP chief Mayawati saying that along with Dalits, OBCs and Muslims, the Brahmin community was also facing high levels of “injustice and oppression” under the BJP in UP.Ms. Mayawati also deputed her Brahmin-aide Satish Chandra Mishra to visit the family and assure them of all support in seeking justice.Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also met the family and demanded that they get ₹5 crore as compensation.This came a day after a state Minister Brajesh Pathak accused senior police officers and administrative officials of trying to cover up the issue. He said even their role would be a part of the probe.last_img read more

SC orders govt. to take over medical college

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday directed a private medical college in Uttarakhand to hand over its land, building and all assets to the State government after its students raised issues of lack of infrastructure and teaching faculty there. A Bench headed by Justice R.F. Nariman passed the order while hearing a petition filed by a group of students, who were admitted to the first year MBBS course in the college. The students have moved the apex court saying as there was lack of infrastructure and faculty, they should be transferred to any other medical college in the State. Deputy Advocate General of Uttarakhand Jatinder Kumar Sethi told the Bench that the State would be willing to take over the college along with its entire infrastructure and assets, both movable and immovable, so that it could meet the norms of Medical Council of India and affiliate with Dehradun’s Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Uttarakhand Medical University. ‘Hand over tomorrow’“We direct the college to hand over the land, building and all assets, as stated herein above, to the State government forthwith — to be completed latest by tomorrow, that is, December 7, 2018,” the Bench said. “This is only to allay an apprehension raised by Sethi that the management of college should not be given any time to deal with the assets and/or infrastructure, as it exists, as of today,” the court said. It made clear that if the university affiliates the institution and Medical Council of India grants requisite permission, the students can sit for first year examination of MBBS course to be conducted by the university. The bench has posted the matter for further hearing on December 13.last_img read more

Top Stories: Beefy Brains, Nobel Prizes, and Shutdown Science

first_imgScience and the ShutdownScienceInsider has been tracking the partial U.S. government shutdown since it began 11 days ago. So who’s still working—and who’s been hit the hardest?2013 Nobel PrizesSign 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(*)Most of the Nobel Prizes for science were announced this week, starting with the prize for physiology or medicine awarded to three researchers who studied cellular traffic. The physics Nobel unsurprisingly went to Peter Higgs and his fellow theorist François Englert for, essentially, predicting the Higgs boson. Three U.S. scientists who devised ways for computers to model chemical processes won the Nobel Prize for chemistry. And today, the Nobel Committee awarded the peace prize to a chemical weapons watchdog group. Stand by for coverage of the economics prize on 14 October.How Exercise Beefs Up the BrainIf you’re too sated on pumpkin spice lattes to get to the gym this fall, here’s an extra reason to go: It’s good for your neurons. And now we might finally know why—a team of Harvard researchers thinks it’s finally figured out the molecular link between physical exercise and a healthy brain.Did Modern Jews Originate in Italy? Modern Jews may traditionally trace their ancestry to the Holy Land, but a new genetic study finds otherwise. A detailed look at thousands of genomes suggests that Ashkenazim—who make up roughly 80% of the world’s Jews, including 90% of those in America and half of those in Israel—ultimately came not from the Middle East, but from Western Europe, perhaps Italy.  A Good Enough Malaria Vaccine?The perfect should not be the enemy of the good, especially when it comes to fighting a disease like malaria. A new vaccine, which prevented symptomatic disease in less than half the older children who received it, is rapidly moving toward the marketplace in a field desperate for good news. Given that more than 200 million people fall ill with malaria each year, even a partially effective vaccine could spare huge numbers of people from the disease’s debilitating effects.Banned Chinese Scientists Get Second Chance to Attend Ames Research MeetingNASA Administrator Charles Bolden has extended an olive branch to several Chinese scientists who were banned from an upcoming meeting at NASA’s Ames Research Center as part of the space agency’s attempt to thwart foreign spies. But due to the U.S. government shutdown, it’s not clear if his peace offering will make any difference.last_img read more

Scientists Wait for Congress to Allocate Funds Under New Budget Agreement

first_img0.824 AGENCY or PROGRAM 7.425 2014 HOUSE MARK 1.074 0.718 0.824 0.050 Agricultural Research Service 0.825 4.78 0.316 5.676 6.994 National Science Foundation 0.947 0.88 Operations & Research 4.653 Last night’s passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of a 2-year budget agreement brings the country one step closer to a temporary end of the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration. That’s a victory for U.S. researchers who say the universally scorned cuts have undermined U.S. leadership in science.But even if the Senate, as expected, approves the agreement next week, the scientific community will still be a long way from achieving its long-term goal of sustained growth in federal research spending. And it could be a month before scientists learn the extent to which federal research agencies will benefit from the deal.The agreement, announced on 10 December, provides $22 billion more in 2014 for the slice of the federal budget that supports all civilian research than would have been available if sequestration had stayed in place. That account, called nondefense discretionary spending, will grow by 4.7%, to $491 billion, in the 2014 fiscal year. In 2015, the pot gets an additional $9 billion bump over what it would have been under sequestration, although the total creeps up by less than $1 billion.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(*)Academic lobbyists have vociferously complained about sequestration, created under a 2011 law aimed at shrinking the federal deficit over the next decade. In March, it resulted in a 5% cut in agency budgets for the rest of the 2013 fiscal year, which ended on 30 September.Lobbyists say those cuts slowed research aimed at improving the nation’s health, economic prosperity, and national security, and that keeping them in place would do even more serious damage. So research advocates were unanimous in praising what Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, called “a modest but important easing of sequestration.”The budget agreement temporarily reconciles disparate political views on how to reduce an annual deficit that grew to $1.4 trillion in 2009 before dipping to $680 million in 2013. Most Republicans would like to cut spending, especially for mandatory programs like Medicare, without raising taxes. Most Democrats favor an increase in revenues to protect various domestic programs. There is bipartisan support for sparing the military, which bore one-half of the cuts under sequestration.The compromise struck this week will mean a bit more spending and a few revenue “enhancements,” along with a 2-year extension to 2023 of the original budget agreement. Sequestration remains a threat, but not until 2016.“As cynical and pessimistic as I’ve become about the process over the 29 years I’ve been doing this, there are some glimmers of hope,” says Dave Moore of the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. “One is that we’ll be able to be more certain about spending for next 2 years.”One reason for Moore’s optimism is the return of what is known as “regular order,” meaning allowing spending panels in both the House and Senate to specify the budgets of every federal agency. The work is parceled out to 12 appropriations subcommittees, and several of the subcommittees reported out bills earlier this year as part of that process.Without exception, the House bills awarded less money for research than their Senate counterparts (see table, below). That’s in large part because senators had $91 billion more to work with than their House counterparts.The budget agreement eliminates that difference by providing about $45 billion more in 2014 than the House level. “The final [budget] numbers came in higher than a lot of people would have predicted when they started negotiating,” Moore notes. “So it does give the appropriators some latitude in restoring the cuts” to the National Institutes of Health and other research agencies.Those earlier spending bills are expected to form the basis for a final agreement. But instead of having several months to work through the budget, appropriators will have only a few weeks to beat a 15 January deadline for avoiding another government shutdown.Legislators now have several options for completing work on the 2014 budget. They could simply split the differences between the House and Senate versions for the thousands of programs within each spending bill. But because budget bills are an ideal way for members to exert their influence, it’s more likely that there will be winners and losers among agency programs. And given the short time frame, lobbyists from the scientific community will have little chance to influence their deliberations.If Congress cannot pass separate appropriations bills, it could instead roll all spending into one package, called an omnibus bill. Or it could pass a few spending bills and wrap the rest into a smaller omnibus.If the process breaks down completely, the current continuing resolution (CR), which freezes spending at 2013 levels, could be extended for weeks or months until cooler heads prevail. However, CRs tend to treat all programs equally, making it harder for science advocates to argue for protecting research.Status of 2014 Appropriations for Select U.S. Science Agencies 1.123 (US$ in billions)       Research Office of Atmospheric Research 3.296 Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy 0.348 0.609 0.290 Census Bureau DOE Office of Science 0.982 NASA 16.60 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 5.152 5.15 Joint Polar Satellite System     Science Office 2014 SENATE MARK 0.446 3.037 0.784 0.772 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative National Institute of Food & Agriculture 30.95       Education 0.703 none 18.01 0.379 0.844 National Institute of Standards and Technology National Institutes of Health 6.018    Science & technology  labslast_img read more

Drug Smuggling Racket Between India UK US Russia Busted

first_imgThe Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) busted a smuggling racket of psychotropic drugs being carried from India to US, Russia and UK on Tuesday. Related Itemslast_img

Rush to Invest $500,000 to Get Green Card

first_imgThe EB-5 Investor Visa program provides an opportunity for immigrant foreign nationals and their immediate family (children up to the age of 21) to obtain US green cards and permanent residency in mainly two ways. Related Itemslast_img

Indian investments in Egypt reach $3bn: Indian Ambassador

first_imgIndia’s Ambassador to Egypt, Sanjay Bhattacharyya, stated on Wednesday that the value of the Indian economy soared to $2.5 trillion following substantial investments in its commercial and technological sector, and that the number of Indian companies operating in different Egyptian sectors rose to 50, with the total value of Indian investments in the Egyptian economy reaching $3 billion.Read it at Egypt Independent Related Itemslast_img

Ode to Willow

first_imgIn 1950, Lords witnessed one of the craziest scenes ever in post-war cricket. The occasion was the historic “Windies” victory over England. The wanton ecstasy of those unforgettable moments has been etched timelessly into one of the games most memorable calypsos:West Indies first innings total Was three twenty-six, as usual;When Bedsar bowler ChristianiThe whole thing collapsed quite easily; England then went onAnd made fifty-oneWest Indies then had two-twenty leadAnd skipper Goddard said “That’s nice indeed”,Chorus: With those two little pals of mine,Ramadhin and Valentine. Celebrating their 1983 demolition of England (5-0) Windies song writer Lance Percival gave old favorites (Jamaican Farewell and Banana Boat Song) a whole new twist. Belted out by (former) opener Gordon Greenidge, it went:Down the way, where the skies are greyAnd rain falls daily on the umpires headWe’ve arrived, with Captain CliveThe cricket team Englishmen fear and dread.Chorus: Glad to say we’re in the U.K.Where West Indian batsmen can bat all day.This little calypso is only one of thousands that rhapsodize the true joy and spirit of the game, inspiring some of the greatest writers with odes to the willow.The “golden age” of cricket poetry undoubtedly belonged to the 18th and 19th century. Poems of that era tossed out imaginary tales and historical ballads, which at once enhanced elements of romance. All the traditional forms of poetry came into play. Many eminent writers of “prose” paid glowing tributes to this great game, almost poetically.Irish playright Richard Brinsley Sheridan in 1776 referred in his celebrated The School For Scandal to: “The chimneys of Knightsbridge and footmen at cricket …” Thomas Hood described his young cricketers as “sportive deer.” Even the great British Poet Laureate Alfred Tennyson, for one profound moment, put aside the heavies to write: “A herd of boys with clamour bowled and stamped the wicket …”Geoffrey Chaucer mentions cricket in his immortal Canterbury Tales and Rudyard Kipling, too briefly chips in on”flannelled fools” in The Islanders.James Love, a fine poet of his day, eulogized the great game:Hail Cricket – a glorious manly British gameFirst of all sports, be first alike in fame.And Lord Byron sang its praise:Together we impelled the flying ballTogether waited in our Tutor’s hallTogether joined in crickets manly toilOr shared the produce of a river’s spoil.Thomas Moult elevated cricket verse into romantic poetry. His memorable Close of Play remains a classic of that genre:For the last time a batsman is out,The day like the drained glass andThe dear sundown field is empty;What instead of Summer’s playCan occupy these darkling monthsEre spring hails willows once againThe crowned king?How shall we live so life may not be chilled? G.D. Martineau is another great poet of the game, as evidenced in The Crown:Let cheers resoundFor cricket-folk whose love’s a steady flameTheir fervour crownedWith deeds of derring-do and fairest gameAnd glad remembrance of a glorious game.John Arlott, the late, great cricket writer and commentator often dazzled with his evocative and charming verse. His “ode” to the late Sir Jack Hobbs on the latter’s 80th birthday remains a gem:No yeomen ever walked his household land,More sure of step or more secure of leaseThan you, accustomed and unhurriedTrod, your small yet mightily manor of the crease…Sir George Hamilton captures the game’s pride and jubilation:Where else, you ask, can England’s game be seen,Rooted so deep, as on the village green.As does H. Villin in Test Match:Watch the blade thrustThe beautiful sword, the turn ‘o wristAnd the sudden streak to the distant rail.What can be the reason for the muse to be clean bowled over? The lagato-limbed charm of a leaping bowler? The fantastic magic of lightning catch? The silken elegance of fluid strokes, the serenity of the traditional pastoral setting, the high drama of a nail-biting finish or the ultimate dignity of the game?Sir Francis Meynell’s poem presents a whole new dimension with striking effect:Dazzled by dappled land and lightAnd scarce-transparent shadowI thought I saw the quickening sight –The field close-set the men in white,A host of cricketers in the meadow …   Related Itemslast_img read more

The Changing Indian Business Landscape

first_imgOver the past 20 years, India’s information technology and outsourcing companies have grown at an extraordinary pace, with many reaching revenue numbers in the billions of U.S. dollars and seeing staff sizes grow exponentially. But this is almost entirely in the services arena; in product space, Indian companies have been singularly unsuccessful.“Whether you use Accenture, IBM or Wipro, India is literally the back office for global information technology,” according to Vish Tadimety, chairman and CEO of CyberTech Systems and Software, a leading provider of geo-solutions in India and the U.S. But thus far, Indian companies have not proved as successful in the product and shrink-wrapped software realm. With so many Indian multinationals increasing operations outside the country, many in the Indian business community are asking if India is preparing to remain competitive in the changing economic ecosystem. Does India have the resources, structures and innovation it needs to meet the challenges of the coming decade? What are the opportunities for first-time entrepreneurs in India?Bharat Goenka, co-founder and managing director of Tally Solutions, a leading business management software company in India, said that complacency among Indian entrepreneurs has held the country back in the software product arena. “Over the past two decades, we have seen a few hundred companies entering the product space and then moving on to the simpler exercise of earning money from a handful of customers, rather than trying to scale across to tens of thousands or millions of customers,” said Goenka. “That is usually a business-landscape problem. Money is difficult to get back so you will always take the easier path to earn money.”But as Indian companies continue to expand operations overseas, a more focused and aggressive approach will be needed. “There is knowledge now available at a global level,” noted Sudhir Agarwal, president of Aegis, a leading global business process outsourcing (BPO) provider. He noted that companies like his are no longer remaining in India simply because they are Indian. Instead, they are evaluating locations based on where they can best meet customers’ needs. “That could be anywhere in the world,” he said. Aegis today works from more than 50 locations and has 50,000 plus workers worldwide.Innovative Services ExistN.V. (Tiger) Tyagarajan, the COO of Genpact, a leading BPO company, disputed the notion that innovation was merely about products, citing examples of Indian innovation in services, processes and intellectual capital. But he also agreed that the most successful businesses would be the ones that position themselves as global, rather than Indian. Genpact, he noted, is growing faster outside India than in the country. “I sometimes get very schizophrenic when someone asks if we’re an Indian company. I don’t know. Some 95% of our customers are outside [India], 99% of our shareholders are outside. More and more — 35% today, in the future maybe 55% — employees are outside India,” he said.On the leadership front, countries of origin are also becoming less relevant. “My cost of global leadership is the same if I hire in the U.S., India or Germany,” noted C.P. Gurnani, CEO of Mahindra Satyam, a global IT and BPO company. However, Gurnani was very optimistic about the outlook for young Indian MBAs. “It is an interesting time to be an Indian and most interesting to be in a transnational or multinational company. We are experimenting, doing what other companies desire to do, because our growth is a necessity of invention.”Exciting as this time may be, hyper-growth also presents its share of challenges. Primary among them is the problem of succession. When you are growing at 30% to 40%, how do you groom the next set of leaders? “Employees don’t have time to mature to become the next leader, so it can be hard to find the second or third in line when someone leaves,” said Tyagarajan.The challenge is exacerbated by Indian employees’ tendency to move quickly from company to company. “When you get a CV in India, the most common thing is everyone works in a company for two years. It’s astonishing,” according to Gulbir Madan, founder and chairman of Brahma Management, an India-focused asset management firm based in New York City, and moderator of the panel, “Challenges and Opportunities for First-Time Entrepreneurs.”High attrition rates not only drain businesses of time and training resources, they also drive wages up. Milan Patel, CEO of ACS International Resources, a leading global technology firm, doubled all of his employees’ salaries last year. “I had to; I was losing about two to six employees a month because they were very well qualified and cross-trained,” he said.For employers, the high turnover rate of Indian employees creates a lot of headaches. But panelists also acknowledged that, for employees, jumping ship was the best way to move up and make more money. “The only thing that you should think about in terms of your career is how many times can you pack your bags and move to another location,” noted Tyagarajan. “If you can, you’ll have a professional advantage. If you can’t, you will be disappointed.”Keeping qualified employees is a problem; finding qualified new ones is not. That is what Naveen Tewari discovered in 2007 when he started InMobi, the world’s second-largest mobile-advertising firm after Google. Because so many companies like Amazon and Microsoft had already set up back offices in India, he found a deep pool of qualified workers. “[They] have done the hard job of training people” said Tewari.Staff Numbers SurpriseAdam Sachs came to India after the group-dating website he launched in New York — Ignighter.com — proved far more popular in India than in the U.S. When he first arrived in India, he was surprised to discover how large start-up teams were. “No one could believe our team was five people. I was able get a tour of start-ups about the same size as ours in terms of user base and revenue [where there were] literally 60 or 70 working in that company.” He noted, however, that this trend is starting to change. “I’ve more recently seen more start-ups where it’s two or three people starting a company,” he said.For his part, Patel of ACS countered that high turnover rates made these large teams a necessity for long-term survival — so that there will be a qualified manager to fill the shoes of a departing executive. “You can have a hole fairly quickly,” he stated.When addressing a roomful of would-be entrepreneurs, Tewari and Sachs were optimistic about the opportunities for raising funding from angel networks and venture capital funds. Tewari noted that one angel network he was familiar with looked at 80 business plans, and funded three, during a six-week cycle. “If one group sees 80 business plans, half of them will be [unviable], but if they see 80 business plans it means their activity leverage is very high and somebody or the other is going to fund it if you have a nice plan,” he said.He noted that VCs call him whenever an interesting mobile-Internet company pops up, and during a recent week, he received nine calls from nine different VCs about a single plan. “If you have one good deal in the market, everyone is on it,” he said. Sachs, who received his funding from U.S. VCs and Indian angel investors, was equally upbeat. “The VCs’ business model is they must deploy capital. I met with a lot VCs who said they were desperate for good companies and entrepreneurs to put their money in, so I think for people in this audience if you build something interesting, the money is there.”Where Are The Start-ups?Patel of ACS added a more sobering note. He is part of an angel network that recently shortlisted three businesses to invest in, out of about 10 to 15 they reviewed. However, all three businesses — which were focused on online marketing, e-commerce and gaming, respectively — were already in operation. “[They were] not business models that were just on paper; they were functioning, had a growth path, had a story. So they were maybe one or two years into their plan.”Because technology companies don’t require licenses in India, setting up a tech company is less complicated than establishing other types of businesses. Once he had financing, Tewari said that setting up his company took about 30 days and the process was relatively straightforward. “We were never asked for a bribe. We never needed to give or take favors. It was fairly clean,” noted Tewari.But Patel warned that establishing a company still came with a fair amount of red tape and paperwork, such as incorporating the articles and the memorandum of association, and appointing the directors. “If you’re doing it on your own and think that you are going to go over there and knock it together in a week or a month and then come back, I don’t think so,” he said.For Sachs, processing payments was by far the biggest challenge. The Ignighter team launched in India with an American portal for payment, not realizing that very few Indians used credit cards that worked internationally. The result: a 70% default rate. “The online payment landscape is a nightmare in India right now… If you don’t have an Indian payment gateway, it’s virtually impossible to collect revenue,” he pointed out.The problem of payment collection is not merely technical. Patel noted that large companies have a habit of working on their vendors’ money — payment cycles can be 90 days or longer. When working with smaller companies, the challenge is to ensure that they are properly financed so that payments are not dragged out — or dropped completely. “People love doing work on your money. It’s one of those things in India — you sell them something and they don’t pay you, and then you have to go begging for your own money,” he said. He added that he has an employee on his four-person accounting team whose entire job is retrieving overdue payments. “His job is to show up in people’s offices, just wait all day for the accounting guy to cut him a check.”Patel’s parting advice to would-be entrepreneurs stressed the pragmatic over the inspirational. He extolled the virtues of purchasing, rather than renting, the worksite — the value of his company’s real estate went up 4.5 times, even when the business itself was just breaking even.Hands-on Effort NeededHe also warned against being an absentee manager. “If you want to do it, you have to be there and have to put in the time there. Going there two weeks every quarter may not just cut it,” he said.Tewari took a different tack, saying not to worry about getting a lot of experience before creating a start-up, and to avoid the golden-handcuff trap. [Once you take up a regular job, you get too fond of the pay and perks.] “Those golden handcuffs will push you out of entrepreneurship for two or five years of experience. In my viewpoint, experience is grossly overrated,” he noted.He admits, however, that the entrepreneurship process can be extraordinarily grueling and disheartening, especially when one sees classmates making a lot of money in jobs at established firms. During those times, the fear and doubt can be crushing. “At the end of all of this, when you are trying to lay out the story, the negatives seem so fairy tale-ish and people love it. But when you are going through it, it’s stress, stress, stress. It is bad.”But, ultimately, it is worth it for those who are willing to take risks and think big. “The whole experience of entrepreneurship is so beautiful that it is like cocaine,” said Tewari. “You will not be able to give it up.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Patel’s Exit Roils Indian Markets Already Jittery From Election

first_imgUrjit Patel’s shock exit as governor of the Reserve Bank of India roiled financial markets already nervous about early election results showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party losing support in key states.The rupee weakened 1.3 percent against the dollar at 10:13 a.m. in Mumbai, set for the steepest two-day drop since 2013, the year of the taper tantrum that saw the currency tumble with its emerging-market peers. Yields on 10-year sovereign bonds rose 9 basis points and the S&P BSE Sensex gauge of stocks slid 1 percent.Citing “personal reasons,” Patel quit nine months away from the end of his three-year term as governor, and ahead of a board meeting on Friday, at which government representatives are expected to push the RBI to do more to ease a cash crunch and hand over more of its excess capital. Exit polls in key state elections showed a close fight for Modi’s party in former stronghold regions, adding to market uncertainty.Patel’s departure adds another layer of risk to an economy facing multiple threats, both foreign and domestic. The rupee is among the worst performers in Asia this year, the economy is weakening and the banking sector is in crisis.“Governor Patel’s sudden exit intensifies market uncertainty and is negative for the Indian rupee,” said Prakash Sakpal, an economist at ING Groep NV in Singapore. “The next central bank chief will be under intense pressure from the government to concede to the latter’s demands for more growth-friendly policies ahead of general elections in early 2019.”Patel, who succeeded Raghuram Rajan in September 2016, has been at loggerheads with the finance ministry, which wants the RBI to ease lending restrictions on some banks and has opposed higher interest rates in the past. The tension was laid bare in an October speech by Deputy Governor Viral Acharya, who defended the central bank’s independence and warned of a market backlash should it be undermined.Patel has tried to burnish the RBI’s credentials as an inflation-fighting central bank. After hiking interest rates twice this year, the RBI left rates unchanged last week, while giving itself room to move again by sticking to its “calibrated tightening” stance.The exit of Patel may lead to a less hawkish bias at the RBI and could mean a rate cut returning to the agenda as soon as February, said Abhishek Gupta at Bloomberg Economics in Mumbai.Investors will hope for a credible successor who’ll bring continuity, said economists at Citigroup Inc. They noted that nine of the bank’s governors since 1970 have had previous experience in institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, and pointed out that it took more than two months to replace Rajan.Investor confidence in Indian assets had only recently bounced back, helped by a slide in oil prices and a dovish tone from the Federal Reserve. November saw the best rupee gains in nearly seven years, while local stocks saw their best month since July.Oxford-trained Patel, who has shunned the public spotlight as governor, was initially seen as a Modi ally after he appeared to back the prime minister’s controversial ban on high-value currency notes in November 2016, which hurt the economy and led to thousands of job losses. Since then, he has battled to get India’s struggling banking system in order and punish errant borrowers who have stopped servicing their debt even though they have the ability to pay.Patel tightened rules on weak state-run banks earlier this year, restricting their ability to lend. The government wants the RBI to relax the rules so banks can lend more easily and keep the economic engines firing ahead of a general election next year. It also wants the central bank to hand over more of its excess capital.The Indian central bank is not alone in facing political heat, with challenges to the independence of monetary policy makers a theme of 2018. The Federal Reserve has weathered criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump, while counterparts in Turkey and the U.K. have also been pressured by policy makers.“Short-term political gain but with potentially incalculable long-term damage to the commitment to credible economic policy” Vivek Dehejia, an associate professor of economics at Carleton University in Ottawa, said on Twitter. It “is a very tragic day for India and for sound economics.”With assistance from Bloomberg’s Archana Chaudhary, Saloni Shukla, Vrishti Beniwal and Ameya Karve.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

Pot That Called the Kettle Black

first_imgThere is nothing like a crisis to expose the hypocrisy and dishonesty that is intertwined in international relations and what masquerades as international law. The Ukraine conflict is laying bare the fault lines of both Russia and the West.Ukraine is one of several breakaway regions of the former Soviet Union, which declared independence in 1991. It is the largest country in Europe and not surprisingly both the West and Russia have been vying for influence over its strategic spoils, including, most notably, access to the Black Sea. Russian and Western backed political parties have been locked in a battle for supremacy, miring the country in political gridlock for the better part of a decade now.The latest crisis was sparked when Pres. Viktor Yanukovych, who was elected in 2010, rejected a union agreement with the European Union, sparking civil unrest by his opponents, forcing him to flee to Russia for personal safety. His parliamentary opponents have installed an acting president and prime minister, who have been recognized by the West. Russia, on the other hand, has declared Yanukovych’s ouster as a coup and rejected the new leaders as illegitimate.The crisis escalated after Crimea, a Russian dominated region, which had been gifted to Ukraine in 1954, held a referendum to secede from Ukraine, in which nearly 97 percent of voters supported joining Russia, which has sent troops into Crimea and exercises virtually complete control over the region.This is where the fun begins.The European Union and the United States have repudiated the democratic outcome of a referendum, arguing that it had not been authorized by the central Ukrainian authorities. They have imposed travel bans and asset freezes of Russian and Crimean officials for undermining “democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine.” The uncomfortable side note, of course, is that the current Ukrainian regime had deposed an elected president, who happens to support Crimea’s move.Russia, which seems to be preparing the groundwork to annex Crimea, of course, touts the democratically exercised will of the people. Pres. Vladimir Putin, whose government routinely represses and hounds critics, did end runs around the Russian constitution to run for reelection for a third time, and then intimidated his opponents with machineries of the state, simply can’t tear away from democratic expressions of a free people. He would not though tolerate similar democratic exercises in other restive regions of Russia or its erstwhile empire — say Chechnya or Georgia.Ukraine just happens to be the latest pawn in this disingenuous game of international chicanery. The same hypocrisy has played out over Egypt and Syria and Iran and Israel for decades now. In Egypt, the United States is backing a military junta that ousted a democratically elected president. In Syria, Russia is propping up a brutal tyrant.Recently, the United States mocked Russia’s international isolation after it vetoed a security council resolution on Ukraine. In fact it is the United States that has run most rough shod over the security council, frequently blocking motions from even coming to a vote. Between 1996 to 2012, it exercised the security council veto far more frequently than any other permanent member of the council and almost twice as frequently as Russia.So the next time Pres. Barack Obama or Pres. Putin take the stage, can we please be spared the moral hectoring.Please. Related Itemslast_img read more

Pawar should brace himself for more shocks: Chandrakant Patil

first_imgNationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar should brace himself for more political shocks in the coming days, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Maharashtra unit president Chandrakant Patil said on Friday, dismissing Mr. Pawar’s claims of the ruling party using investigative agencies to hound and poach leaders from the NCP and Congress.Hinting that the NCP and Congress would witness another exodus by important leaders in the coming days, he said there was no question of the BJP deploying ‘terror tactics’ to break the Opposition.Mr. Patil said there was no reason to doubt any rift between the BJP and Shiv Sena. “Even if the BJP has the capacity to win 200 Assembly seats on its own, we will still jointly contest the elections in alliance with the Sena,” he said. An agreeable seat-sharing arrangement would be worked out with the Sena come what may, he said.‘Not desperate’“The Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department authorities prepare themselves well before commencing raids and searches… So, where is the question of the BJP influencing them? Today, the BJP has more than 1.5 crore members, the maximum membership that any political party has in Maharashtra. We are hardly desperate for any leaders or party workers from the Opposition. Members of the Opposition who are demoralised by their leadership are joining us in droves,” Mr. Patil said.He wondered if the NCP chief had himself not resorted to such tactics (misusing probe agencies) to bring in leaders like Chhagan Bhujbal and Narayan Rane, both formerly with the Sena, into the NCP-Congress fold.Mr. Patil also dismissed suggestions of BJP loyalists being ignored in lieu of incoming defectors from the NCP and the Congress. “We are carefully sifting those interested in joining our party and are taking only those leaders who have proved themselves with their work and expertise. With the exception of former Congressman Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, all members of the State Cabinet are BJP old-timers or allies,” he said. The BJP State chief also quashed speculation of him being perceived as a contender for the chief ministerial post. The party had decided that all decisions pertaining to the elections would be taken only by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, he said.last_img read more

10 houses torched in Manipur village

first_imgFollowing a land dispute between two tribes, over ten houses were torched in a pre-dawn raid on Tuesday at Makhan Khunou village in Senapati district of Manipur. A bridge, about 3 km away from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, was also torched. Official reports said the land dispute was the root cause of the incident. “It is unfortunate… Preliminary reports suggest a misunderstanding stemming from land disputes,” said Chief Minister N. Biren, who holds the Home portfolio. “Cabinet Minister Thaissi has rushed to the affected area. I am waiting for a report from the Minister. A platoon of India Reserve Battalion has been sent to maintain law and order,” he said. Top police and civil officials and elected representatives of the district have gone to the troubled area. There is an old foot road between Maram and Makhan villages and this seems to be the bone of contention. Police said the intruders poured inflammable liquid on some houses at 3.30 a.m. on Tuesday. A tribal woman was reportedly injured and is said to be out of danger.Protesting members of the Makhan People’s Organisation blocked traffic along the National Highway 2 that connects Manipur and Nagaland with Assam and other northeastern States. The organisation warned that the government should arrest the culprits within 24 hours, failing which an indefinite strike along the NH 2 would be launched.All districts in Manipur are put on red alert to prevent any untoward incident.last_img read more