first_imgIn an acting class I am taking, we were given an exercise to ruin the scene we were assigned. The object was to get out of your head and to stop playing the character or the scene the way you think it goes, but to do something completely different—and wrong. I am a natural for this exercise, since I already possess the ability to ruin every scene due to my serious lack of acting skills (unless the scene calls for angry, and then I am, for some reason, gifted).This exercise reminds me of my aikido practice. Aikido is a difficult martial art, and there isn’t any way to learn it without feeling it. In aikido, I was taught to purposely do techniques wrong four times so I could feel what it felt like to fail.In both acting and aikido, the freedom to fail improves your skills and abilities. When you aren’t free to fail, you aren’t free to take the actions you might otherwise take. You stay in up in your head, and you are restrained in your actions.Are you giving yourself the freedom to fail and to learn from your failed attempts?Learning to Make DistinctionsYou are going to fail from time to time. You are sometimes going to do your very best work, and your very best work isn’t going to be good enough. If the little judge inside of you decides that you are a failure for having failed, then you won’t have gained anything from the experience.Failure is merely an event. The most successful people you have seen have a huge wake of failure trailing off behind their successes.Instead of judging yourself for having failed, your job is to have learned something from that failure.Being free to fail works because it allows you to make distinctions. You get to feel things. You learn to notice differences, like “this is too much,” or “this is too little.” You get test your assumptions: “I believed that this is what would work and it didn’t. Was it poorly executed, or was my strategy wrong?”No Excuses Offered, None TakenIt’s normal to make excuses when you fail. We don’t want to be responsible when something goes wrong or when we don’t get the outcome we really needed. But if you make excuses why the failure wasn’t your fault, you eliminate the possibility of learning from that mistake.Special Note to the Sales Leader: If you punish failure, you will ensure that you get excuses instead of a sales organization that can learn from its mistakes.There’s no reason to try to fail; you’ll get that experience without trying. But being free to fail means being free to try. It means being free to stretch. And, it’s a necessary part of learning and gaining situational experience.QuestionsHow willing are you to fail?How do you ensure you learn from your failures?What distinctions have you made from recent failures?If you lead a team, how do you embrace failure instead of punishing it?last_img read more

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now What is the one thing that you need to do to move your most important project forward? Unless there is some emergency that demands your attention, you should be doing that thing now. The only real secret to productivity is to do what is most important, and to do what is most important NOW.What is the one thing you should have done a long time ago, and because you haven’t done it, you are now too embarrassed to do it at all? Problems don’t age well, and what is left undone may be your undoing. Whatever it is, it isn’t going to get any easier, so do it now.What is the biggest, nastiest, foulest thing you need to do right now? Maybe it’s something you dread because it is going to be more than unpleasant. Or maybe it’s a conversation you need to have that is going to be difficult, and potentially emotionally charged. Steel yourself, and do it now. Don’t wait.What are the disciplines that you haven’t kept that you need to keep? What are the two or three things that you promise yourself you’ll start to do tomorrow, but never get started? Today is that tomorrow. Every day that goes by puts your further behind when it comes to reaching your potential. Today is day one. Do it now.What are your shoulds that are really musts? What are the things that you know you “should” be doing but aren’t? Most of the things that you avoid doing because they are difficult or unpleasant are really “musts.” You may fear the wrong danger. You don’t want to do something because you aren’t sure of the outcome, but the greater risk is in not doing it, and you are left with consequences that are guaranteed to be worse than your fears. If it’s a “should,” make it a “must,” and do it now.last_img read more

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first_imgIn Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition, I wrote about the four levels of value: Level 1: the value of your product, Level 2: the value of the experience, Level 3: the tangible result you produce, and Level 4: your ability to generate strategic outcomes that help your clients move their business forward.Level 4, as you might imagine, contains the other three levels. Believe it or not, a lot of people still sell at Levels 1 and 2, relying on their company, their products, and their support and services for credibility. They believe these things are the value proposition, and by doing so, they not only absolve themselves of the responsibility to create value, and make it so there is no possible way they can ever be consultative or their client’s trusted advisor. Level 3, where most businesses have been commoditized, isn’t much better. If you have competitors, they can likely match your results.Level 4 is altogether different. It represents a monumental leap in value creation. It moves to the role of peer and it is what makes you consultative. You are not consultative just because you are not smarmy and ask good questions. You are consultative when you provide the strategic advice that generates results beyond the lower level.Ask yourself these questions:If you were suddenly gone, would your clients miss you?Could your clients easily find someone else to provide them the ideas and insights you provide them?What is the possibility that you have a competitor who is capable of providing greater advice as it pertains to the strategic outcomes your clients are pursuing?Would your absence subtract enough from the overall value proposition that it would open up an opportunity for one of your competitors to displace your company?The first three levels of value are easily acquired. They are all commodity level value, including level 3 (your solution solves your prospective client’s problem, as does your competitor’s solution). Only a strategic level of value would be missed were your client deprived of it.If you want to learn more about Level 4, pick up Eat Their Lunch here. 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

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Many people leave a job believing they will be leaving their problems only to find the same challenges somewhere else. When this isn’t true, the person who goes because they think it will be easier to work somewhere else is often surprised to find different—but equally difficult—circumstances. It’s easy to believe that things are better across the street, and sometimes that turns out to be accurate, but it’s not often the case. How do you know it’s time to leave your company?Every company and every work environment has positives and negatives. A company might pay every well but demand more from you than you are willing to give. Another company might pay less but have factors that are worth more to some people, like work-life balance and a different level of freedom. There is no doubt that when you leave your current company, you are trading one set of things you don’t like for a new set of things you will not like—most of which you will be unaware of before you decide to cross the street.This doesn’t mean that it isn’t time for you to fly. It very well could be, but to be sure, you have to know what you are leaving and why.Why Are You Leaving, Really?One of two things is often true for people who are struggling with the decision to leave their current company. In the first case, they know the source of their dissatisfaction and are clear about why they are going. In the second case, they can describe a sense of being unhappy, but can’t quite put it into words. If you want to find a better situation, you need to know why you are leaving.Maybe you want to leave because the person you report to is a monster. Or perhaps you believe you are worth more money somewhere else or doing something different. These reasons—and dozens more—are good enough for you to leave. However, even when your reasons are clear to you and any objective party kind enough to listen to you share your circumstances, you are still challenged with ensuring you end up in a better scenario.You could be leaving because you are bored, burnt out, or consumed with the feeling that there is something more you need to do. The work may not provide a sense of purpose, meaning, of fulfillment. It may feel as if it’s time to move on. All of these reasons are valid, and they are also enough to justify moving on. When these things are true, you might first want to ask yourself if the reason you are unhappy is that you are not engaged with your work, not trying to improve everything you touch, and not proactively creating a role that allows you to feel different about your work. If you recognize that you aren’t bringing your best self to your work, changing the place you show up to each day isn’t likely to make the difference. There are, however, some situations where putting forth your best effort will not be permitted or rewarded, in which case, a change is necessary.There is one thing you need to know before you decide to leave your company: what is it that you want?You Have to Know What You WantYou don’t want a new job. You want what you believe a new job provides you that you think will make things better for you.You might believe you want a new manager, one who isn’t a monster. If you believe that is true, you may be disappointed. A manager who is not a monster might also be one who ignores you, refuses to help you, or generally neglects you. You may find out that your apathetic manager is no better for you than the tyrant you left. Maybe you want a manager who cares about the people in their charge, working with them, developing them, and helping them produce the results they’re capable of but haven’t unlocked. That is clarity about what you want and need.You may believe your current environment is stifling, that your creativity is being smothered by your company’s buttoned-up, bureaucratic, non-entrepreneurial culture. Surely another company will have a greater appreciation for the ideas and deals your current company rejected with what felt to you like extreme prejudice. Moving from one corporate company to another similar corporate environment may find you right back where you started. Because you have grown accustomed to a particular compensation package, the smaller, more entrepreneurial companies that might find your non-traditional deals interesting might also be the kind of companies that lack the resources to give you the salary you expect. You have to know what you want.Unless and until you are clear on what you want and why you want it, you aren’t likely to find a better situation. So what is it that your next role needs to provide you? What are you willing to live with to have what you want?Explore Your OptionsNone of what I wrote here should discourage you from exploring. If you are struggling with the idea of leaving your current company and role for a new one, it should inspire you to do the work necessary to decide why it is that you are leaving and working to find clarity about what it is you want. It should also cause you to research potential roles and companies to be as sure as possible that your new situation provides what you want—with downsides that you can accept.You are not likely to find a place that you can call home and do your very best work if you bounce from one job to another, believing that your company is solely to blame for your happiness and job satisfaction. It might take you more time to discover what you want and where you might find it, but it is better to do the work and be patient than to move from one company to the next, leaving one situation you find untenable for another you find equally or more difficult.When you are sure the reason you are unhappy isn’t the result of you not giving your work your best effort, using your creativity and imagination to make the role what you need it to be, it’s time for you to explore your options. When you know what you want, why you want it, and have found a place that can provide it, you are most of the way there. However, you also must be sure you are willing to give your best effort to your new company for it to be time to leave your existing company.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Haryana government on Monday submitted in the Supreme Court a 182-page probe report of former Delhi High Court judge S.N. Dhingra’s Commission into grant of licences for change in land use (CLU) in Gurgaon by the previous Congress government in the State led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda.The Supreme Court had asked the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government to submit report in a sealed cover by April 17, 2017.Justice S.N. Dhingra had handed over the report to the present government last year. The enquiry centred around grant of CLU licences in four villages of Gurgaon during the Hooda regime and hinted at irregularities. Massive exerciseThe panel has reportedly examined more than 200 cases of grant of CLU licences and summoned 20-odd officials.Set up by the Haryana government in May last year, the Commission had the mandate to inquire into the circumstances of grant or rejection of licences for development of colonies, group housing societies and commercial complexes in those sectors of Gurgaon for which land of Shikohpur, Sikanderpur, Badah and Kherki Dhaula was used.It had also inquired whether the transfer of licence by the original licencee within a short period of time was in violation of law and caused loss of revenue to the government. The contents of the report is in a sealed cover. News reports allege that the Commission had looked into Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law and entrepreneur Robert Vadra in connection with its enquirylast_img read more

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first_imgCongress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were busy dividing society in their quest to retain power. Only the Congress ideology could take on the BJP and the RSS, he said at a party rally.Mr. Gandhi also took potshots at the Modi-led government on demonetisation and described the exercise as a total flop. “Entire India knows that it turned the black money of India’s ‘thieves’ to white,” the Congress leader said.“First they said demonetisation would result in checking terror. Then they said demonetisation would check black money. The reality is that everyone in India knows that 90 per cent of black money is in real estate, gold,” he said.“We don’t know the reason why Modi was after the cash of farmers, poor labourers and housewives,” he said.Mr. Gandhi also took a dig at RBI, saying it took almost a year to announce that 99 per cent of the scrapped currency had been returned to the coffers. “We had asked in Parliament about the amount of black money unearthed in the demonetisation exercise. It took RBI a year to say that 99 per cent of old money came back in the coffers,” the Congress leader said. He blamed the government for GDP reaching “a low of 4.5 per cent.” “Who will own responsibility for this? The prime minister is responsible for this,” Mr. Gandhi said.According to Mr. Gandhi, anger was building up with the BJP and Modi engaged in dividing society. “In Haryana they pit Jat vs non Jat and in Maharashtra they create a Maratha vs non Maratha divide. Their only goal is that BJP and RSS should be in power,” Gandhi alleged.“They speak of fight against corruption but they ‘purchase’ people (legislators) in Goa and Manipur and also try to purchase people in Gujarat.” Only the Congress ideology, he added, could take on the BJP and RSS.“They (BJP and RSS) will fight one or two elections. After that it will be the Congress which will be in power.” The Congress leader also criticised the prime minister over his promises of providing jobs to youth.“Modi had said he would give jobs to two crore youth every year after becoming the prime minister. Two years ago, we were told that just one lakh youth had got jobs and last last year the figure was zero,” Mr. Gandhi claimed.“Their minister informed that the unemployment figure is at the lowest… in the last several years,” he said.Commenting on GST, Gandhi said the Modi government was claiming credit but it was the Congress which initiated it. “There should have been one slab, as against five now. Also, GST should have been capped at 18 per cent, against 28 per cent now in the highest slab,” he added.last_img read more

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first_imgSix persons were arrested from Imphal International Airport on Friday evening for trying to smuggle gold biscuits worth ₹1.79 crore.Gaikhalung Panmei, Deputy Commissioner, Customs division said that the 35 gold biscuits were stuffed inside their rectums.He said that the combined team of customs division and central industrial security force made the arrest.He said that the arrested persons are Khol Singh, Dalhar Singh from Jammu and Kashmir, Niraj from Punjab, Rint Hyder and Mint Pal from West Bengal and Rint Bega from Delhi.They were to board the flight to Kolkata from Imphal on Friday.Mr. Panmei said that in the past, some arrests had been made for smuggling out gold to other parts of the country.The gold biscuits were later handed over to police.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Rajasthan Assembly on Thursday passed a Bill that has increased reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in educational institutions and government employment in the State from 21% to 26%. The Bill created a new ‘most backward’ category within the OBCs for providing quota benefits to Gujjars and four other nomadic communities.The Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointment and Posts in Services under the State) Bill, 2017, provides 5% reservation to the Gujjar, Banjara, Gadia-Lohar, Raika and Gadariya communities. With the Bill’s passage, reservation in Rajasthan now stands at 54%, exceeding the 50% ceiling mandated by the Supreme Court.The ninth session of the Assembly that started on Monday, also witnessed a major controversy over the introduction of a Bill giving immunity to public servants from investigation without prior sanction.last_img read more

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first_imgAs dense smog engulfed many parts of Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday, nine persons were killed in Punjab’s Bathinda after they were run over by a truck on the Bathinda-Chandigarh highway.The weather department has forecast dense fog conditions for next few days and respite is expected only by next week.Eight of the nine killed in the accident were students while one was a government employee.Bathinda SSP Naveen Singla said the deceased were waiting to catch a bus when a truck ploughed through them after it hit a SUV. “There was dense fog in the morning hours and visibility was quite low, which could be a reason for the accident,” he added.In a separate accident on the same route, a State transport bus and minibus collided, leaving one woman dead and 14 others injured.India Meteorological Department said that dense to very dense fog was observed at most places over Punjab and at many places over Haryana and Chandigarh.The visibility was recorded below 500 metres at Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala in Punjab and Ambala and Hissar in Haryana.last_img read more

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first_imgThree persons died and nine were injured after the Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed at Chitrakoot in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh early on Friday.The train (12741) coming from Goa derailed near the starter signal at the Manikpur station, 120 km from Allahabad, as it was exiting platform two roughly at 4.15 a.m., officials said.“A total of 14 bogies went off the track,” said Gaurav Kumar Bansal, Chief Public Relations officer of North-Central Railways.The derailed bogies included two AC coaches and sleeper coaches from S-2 to S-11. One bogie had “half-tilted” in the derailment, a police spokesperson said.Inquiry orderedRailway Minister Piyush Goyal announced on Twitter that “an inquiry” had been ordered.Uttar Pradesh Additional Director-General (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said prima facie the cause of the derailment appeared to be a fractured track, reported an agency.Two of the dead were identified as six-year-old Golu Kumar and his father, Deepak Patel (30), residents of Bettiah in Bihar. They died on the spot.The third victim was later identified as Manoj Singh (25) of Chhapra, also from Bihar.One among the nine injured was in a serious condition and receiving treatment at the primary health centre in Manikpur.Adityanath announces compensationThree other injured, including a 24-year-old woman, Rinki Kumari, a resident of Goa, were admitted to the district hospital in Chitrakoot.The Ministry of Railways announced an ex gratia compensation of ₹5 lakh to the kin of the dead, ₹1 lakh to those with grievous injuries and ₹50,000 to the other injured.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also announced ex gratia compensation of ₹2 lakh, ₹50,000 and ₹25,000 in the same order.The stranded passengers were accommodated in the front eight coaches by 7.25 a.m., the NCR said.The unaffected portion consisting of seven bogies took the passengers to Allahabad, where they were picked up by a special train and taken to Patna.A team of the Anti-Terror Squad also reached the site to probe possibilities of sabotage.In an unrelated incident, four persons died on the spot after the SUV they were travelling in was hit by the Lucknow-Sultanpur train at an unmanned crossing under Musafirkhana area on Thursday night.The car was carrying six passengers, who were all members of a marriage party.last_img read more

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first_imgSaying that merely gaining power had never been the Shiv Sena’s aim, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Wednesday that the party was fighting for the good of the people by playing the Opposition’s role even while remaining a part of the coalition.Mr. Raut was in the city to meet Sena leaders and workers in Pimpri, Chinchwad and Bhosari after the party’s decision to go it alone in the 2019 Parliamentary and Assembly polls.Dig at NCP, CongressTaking potshots at the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress, Mr. Raut said, “BJP will be Sena’s enemy in the elections, as the Congress is in a state of hibernation and the NCP has not been able to get its act together in the State.” He said that some parties could not bear the idea of the Sena contesting the elections alone. “The Sena has always been, and will continue to remain, an aggressive political force to reckon with. It will always fight for the cause of Hindutva,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.Criticism from Pawar Meanwhile, NCP leader Ajit Pawar hit back at Mr. Raut’s barbs, saying that Sena’s innumerable gestures calling for severing ties with the BJP over the past three years had proved to be “empty threats”. “The Sena has deteriorated from being a ‘tiger’ during the time of the late Bal Thackeray to being a tortoise in the shell. It will continue to cling to power, which it failed to secure for so long,” Mr. Pawar said at the NCP’s Halla Bol rally in Jalna.last_img read more

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first_imgDays after Aam Aadmi Party leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira accused senior party leaders of “conspiring” to remove him from the post of Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, the party on Thursday decided to appoint Harpal Singh Cheema, MLA from Dirba constituency, in his place. Manish Sisodia, who is in charge of the party affairs in Punjab, took to social media to announce the replacement. “AAP has decided to change its leader of opposition in Punjab. Harpal Singh Cheema, MLA Dirba constituency, shall be leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly,” tweeted Mr. Sisodia.“A Dalit face from the State has been given responsibility. The national convener of the AAP, Arvind Kejriwal, has written a letter to the Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha requesting him to appoint Harpal Singh Cheema as the LoP,” said an official statement.Responding to his removal, Mr. Khaira said he has paid the price for speaking the truth and taking a stand for the cause of Punjab and Punjabis.‘Discharged my duty’“I have discharged my duty as LoP with uttermost sincerity, dedication and fearlessness towards Punjab and Punjabis. If speaking the truth and espousing the cause of Punjab, Punjabis and Sikhs cost me LoP, I’m prepared to let go a hundred such positions. Those at the helm have done what Congress and Akali Dal-BJP wanted,” tweeted Mr. KhairaIn a video posted on Facebook last week, Mr. Khaira alleged that the party’s State co-president, Balbir Singh, had accused him of taking money from volunteers in an attempt to malign him. Mr. Balbir Singh, however, denied Mr. Khaira’s charge, saying he never made any such accusation.Mr. Khaira had also submitted a complaint to Mr. Sisodia against Mr. Balbir Singh, saying that false allegations were being levelled to tarnish his image among the party cadre.last_img read more

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first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday congratulated Justice Ranjan Gogoi after he was appointed the next Chief Justice of India.“May I humbly congratulate Justice Ranjan Gogoi, appointed as the 46th Chief Justice of India, who will assume office on October 3. We are proud of you,” Ms. Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle this afternoon. Justice Gogoi was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India yesterday. He will take oath on October 3 after incumbent Dipak Misra retires. Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of about 13 months, till November 17, 2019. Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He practised in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011 and then a judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012. Justice Misra had earlier this month recommended Justice Gogoi as his successor as per established practice of naming the senior-most judge after the CJI for the post.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh BJP on Thursday said it does not see any grand alliance taking shape against it as there are many “gaps and contradictions” among opposition parties, even as it exuded confidence of increasing its tally in the State in the next Lok Sabha polls.“The BJP’s performance will be better in 2019 compared to 2014, when the party and its allies bagged a lion’s share of 73 seats (of total 80 seats),” State BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey told PTI in an interview here. Asked about the opposition parties’ attempt to form a grand alliance to take on the BJP, he said, “I don’t see it taking place.” “There are many gaps and contradictions among them. Even if it (alliance) is formed, it will not last.”“Party will bank on Modiji’s towering personality”Undeterred by the BSP and the SP eyeing the Dalit and OBC votes, besides the Muslim electorates, Mr. Pandey said his party was doing its own ground work. “We are taking along the castes which they (SP, BSP) bank upon. We have recently held successful OBC conferences (between Sept 4-24) in which backward caste representatives from all over the state actively participated,” he said. The conference saw overwhelming response from the backward classes as they see Prime Minister Narendra Modi as their leader, the UP BJP chief said.“Besides, we are soon going to organise Dalit sammelan (conference) and ‘prabuddh’ (intellectuals’) meet. These sections have only been cheated by previous SP and BSP regimes in the state. Only the BJP is the party which is really working with ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ motive. This is the reason for our success,” he said. He said that his party was working at several levels to increase its victory margin.“We are highlighting our work at the Centre and state and above all Modiji’s personality, which will be presented before the people.” “At the organisation level, we are emphasising on ensuring our presence from booth to division to assembly and Lok Sabha segments. We are doing a micro-planning for that,” he said.Noting that the party has a lot to tell the people about the good work and projects its governments at the Centre and state have initiated, Pandey said, “We will reach out to people and inform them about these works and are confident of getting their positive response in terms of votes. No government has done such a good work till now.” “The party will bank on the “towering personality” of Modi ji, who is loved by all sections of the society due to this ‘working style and aura’. Our leader is accepted by all. No other leader can stand in front of him. Opposition has not one (leader), who can challenge him,” he asserted. The BJP State president said he was “sure” his party will form the government at the Centre again and UP’s contribution will be remarkable.last_img read more

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first_imgMore than 1.6 lakh people have been arrested in Bihar under the prohibition and excise law enacted in 2016, but only 141 of them have been sentenced to date, said an official of the State excise department.“Police have conducted raids at over 4,00,000 locations while the State excise department has conducted raids at more than 2,00,000 locations seizing over 16 lakh litres of foreign-made and nine lakh litres of country-made liquor,” the official said on Tuesday.More than 1.33 lakh violation of prohibition cases have been registered at different police stations of the State since April 5, 2016, when the ban on liquor was imposed by the government. Around 10,000 people are lodged in different jails in the State in connection with these cases.CM’s appealBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Tuesday, appealed to the people to quit liquor as it had been denounced by the Father of the Nation.“Mahatma Gandhi used to say consumption of liquor not only destroys one’s body but also intelligence. So I appeal to everyone to abstain from liquor,” said Mr. Kumar. He also asked officials to implement the liquor law with more focus and in a determined manner.The State government had recently asked officials to review details of those arrested under the prohibition law and to ascertain their caste status.It had earlier been reported that most of the people arrested under the liquor law were from the Scheduled Castes and Extremely Backward Class.last_img read more

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first_imgA day after two alleged attacks on veteran CPI(M) leader and MLA Narayan Choudhury, the party on Saturday condemned the incidents and said it had approached the State government just a week back to ensure security of its leaders and workers. The CPI(M) staged a noisy protest rally in Agartala over recent violent incidents in the State. In a statement, the party alleged that BJP workers attacked its supporters and leaders, including Mr. Choudhury, in Bishalgarh sub-division.last_img

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first_imgThe fate of the much publicised Rath Yatra of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is likely to be decided by the Calcutta High Court on Thursday. On Wednesday, a petition by the BJP alleging that the State government is denying permission to the rally on political grounds was taken up for hearing at the Calcutta High Court but the matter remained inconclusive. While Justice Tapobrata Chakraborty asked the State government to come up with its stand on the issue, State’s advocate general Kishore Dutta said that the BJP has approached wrong authorities for seeking the permission. The matter will come up for hearing on Thursday. The BJP’s Rath Yatra, which is also called Ganatantra Bachao Yatra (Save Democracy Rally), is scheduled to be flagged off by party president Amit Shah at Cooch Behar on December 7. TMC attempting to foil our Yatra, says Cooch Behar BJP chief Meanwhile in Cooch Behar, the BJP leadership alleged that the Trinamool Congress is leaving no stone unturned for foiling the its Rath Yatra in the district. Senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya alleged that the Trinamool Congress is pressurising the transport operators to return the deposits to the party for providing vehicles for the rally. BJP district president Malati Rava said that the party is facing such an adverse situation that they are forced to hold a rally in a paddy field three kilometres away from the city. “ We are guarding the venue round the clock, 15 to 20 of our party workers are there even in the night. In the past there has been occasion that the rally venue has been vandalised by members of the party,” Ms Rava told The Hindu. Ms. Rava alleged that the ruling party has booked all the grounds and stadium in the district on pretext of holding some events. There has also been reports of posters of BJP being torn and defaced allegedly by supporters of the ruling party.‘Only Lord Krishna can bring Rath Yatra to Bengal’State’s Minister for North Bengal Development and MLA from Cooch Behar, Rabindranath Ghosh, denied all allegation and said the BJP is levelling such charges to grab headlines. “ In Cooch Behar we have old Madan Mohan temple and only the Lord Krishna can bring out the rally. After we raised the issue, the BJP is now calling its Rath Yatra, Ganatantra Bachao Yatra,” Mr Ghosh said. For a party which has taken away democratic rights of 40 lakh people in adjoining State Assam, it is a joke that they talk about democracy, he added.last_img read more

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first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday met the family members of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh who was killed in the Bulandshahr violence and assured them of justice and strict action against the culprits.The Chief Minister met Singh’s wife and two sons at their Kalidas Marg residence in Lucknow, an official spokesman said.“The CM has given assurance to the victim’s family that they will remain like a family and there would not any disturbance in their studies,” DGP OP Singh, who was also present, told reporters.Education loan waiverHe said Mr. Adityanath had decided that the government would pay off the education loan that the family had taken.“The Chief Minister has assured us that he will remain with us in this difficult time and ensure justice for us. He said strict action will be taken against those involved,” the victim’s son Shrey Singh said.Mr. Adityanath declared on Monday a compensation of ₹ 40 lakh for the wife, ₹ 10 lakh for the parents and a government job for a member of his family.The inspector was the Investigating Officer (IO) in the 2015 Akhlaq lynching case.Singh and a 20-year-old man were killed in mob violence triggered by alleged slaughter of cows in Bulandshahr.The Chief Minister had ordered a thorough probe and issued directions to take strict action against those involved in the alleged cow slaughter in the western district.Mr. Adityanath held a late night meeting on Tuesday with the Chief Secretary, the DGP, the principal secretary (home) and the Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence).The Chief Minister had drawn flak from Opposition parties for attending a laser show in Gorakhpur when the violence broke out in Bulandshahr on Monday.An official spokesman said the Chief Minister was of the view that the incident “is part of a bigger conspiracy, and hence all those directly or indirectly related to cow slaughter should be arrested in a time-bound manner”.last_img read more

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first_imgJammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said powerful people in Kashmir “were living a life better than emperor Jahangir due to corruption”, as he listed his development agenda for the State in the face of recent criticism over his constitutional amendments. “An ordinary Kashmiri who ferries pilgrims in the Amarnath yatra does not even have a sweater to wear. But the living standard of the powerful people, who belong to the administration, the political class and the traders community, in Kashmir is better than emperor Jahangir,” said Mr. Malik in Jammu.In an oblique reference to regional parties National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that ruled the State in the past, he said corruption was impacting the development agenda in J&K. “If the money allocated to J&K was spent adequately, the State would have turned into gold. Out administration has taken a tough stand on corruption from day one and an anti-corruption body is investigating several cases,” said Mr. Malik.Highlights development agenda Mr. Malik said the ₹80,000 crores Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) has been “fast-tracked and the bottlenecks have been removed” by his administration.“A discussion has been initiated with the Asian Development Bank for $150 million fresh loan for development projects, including drainage and solid waste management. Besides, J&K will get first-ever gas pipeline,” reads the report card released by the Governor.The report card said the land for two new AIIMS, IIT and IIM was handed over to the authorities concerned. It said J&K Infrastructure Development Corporation (JKIDFC) has been constituted to raise ₹8000 crore for infrastructure development, especially languishing projects of over 20 years. “There are 1296 languishing projects in key sectors with investment of Rs. 2700 crore also approved. Two major projects, the Ujh Multipurpose Project and the Rattle Hydroelectric Project, were also cleared for implementation,” it said.The governor said his administration was able to successfully conduct the local bodies, municipal and panchayat elections “in a free and fair election process completed over a period of three months”. “The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Act was amended to further empower the council,” it added.The Governor’s listing his works is apparently aimed at an image makeover. It comes in the backdrop of criticism levelled by the regional political parties at him over the manner in which he made several constitutional amendments and dissolved the assembly. His move to convert J&K Bank into a Public Sector Undertaking also invited ire of the regional parties.PDP, NC reactThe Governor’s move have invited reaction from both major regional parties, the NC and the PDP.“Mr. Malik has launched a PR blitz. I won’t comment on the appropriateness of this. All I’ll say is that he will be judged by one yardstick only: how quickly he is able to give the people of J&K a popularly elected government. Any delay will be his failure,” said former chief minister and NC vice president Omar Abdullah.On corruption allegations by the Governor, senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said, “It’s sad governor saheb is grudging a decent house in Kashmir in a country where corruption has been the dominant issue that brought down Rajiv (Gandhi), UPA government and is now threatening (PM) Modi ji. If at all corruption in Kashmir is pickpocketing compared to Rafale deal.”last_img read more

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first_imgFamily members of those killed in alleged ‘encounter killings’ in Uttar Pradesh claimed they were being harassed by police after a petition on extra judicial killings in the State was filed in the Supreme Court by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).Brother of Sumit Gujjar, killed in an encounter in 2017, said up to eight cases under different sections such as dacoity, loot and others had been falsely slapped on him since the death of his brother and the same inspector involved in his brother’s case had been harassing him.With her landlord coming under pressure from the police, Shabana, mother of Nushad, who had been killed in an encounter in Aligarh in September last year said she had been pushed out of her home in Atrauli, and was leading a hand-to-mouth existence. Mother of Mustaqueen, killed in the same encounter also appealed for justice.Spokespersons of the National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) said people from poor backgrounds were especially targeted in such encounters and that the police would shoot first and plant guns in their hands later.Social activist Akram Akthar, also said several people injured in the encounters were languishing in jail without treatment. In a statement, the NCHRO, called it a conspiracy to have them killed.The PUCL petition has called for a CBI probe into over 1,100 encounters which have taken place under the Yogi Adithyanath government. In these 49 people had been killed and 370 injured. The court has fixed February 12 as the next date of hearing.last_img read more

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