The Better You Get the Better You Better Get

first_imgThe title of the post was inspired by David Allen, founder of GTD (Get Things Done); if you listen to him enough you’ll hear him say it.If you want better results than you are generating now, you have to become better than you are now.Putting Things in the Right OrderThere are a lot of areas you might improve upon, and in Sales business acumen is right at the top of that list. But not the very, very top.Your physical health is the most important factor when it comes to generating greater success. Without your physical health, you will lack the stamina and energy to perform at peak levels. You are going to generate your very best performance when you are in your best physical health.The answer to optimal health is simple, but it isn’t easy. It requires that you sleep more than you believe necessary. It also means you need to eat with health as the intention instead of pleasure (even though there are ways to accomplish both). You also have to maintain your hydration.This is all common sense, but too few practice it, especially people who are running and gunning, hustling and achieving.Mental ToughnessThe second most important factor in your success depends a great deal on the first factor, and that is your psychological health. Your mental stamina and mental toughness depend a great deal upon your physical health. But they also depend upon your underlying belief systems and your attitude.You may not believe that you have a philosophy of your own, but you do, and it is found in your belief structures. The question is whether it is serving you.Your personal philosophy, your mind’s operating system, is worth exploring, and it’s worth working on. For an immediate improvement, look at the new mindfulness work and the stoic philosophies (Of which Tim Ferris and Ryan Holliday are huge proponents, both who make that work easily accessible).If you really want to be a hustler, and by that I mean a truly successful salesperson, you need to be committed to yourself first and foremost. Before you dive into a new health regimen it’s important that you’re mindful as to why you are doing it. Your physical health is the foundation upon which your sales success is built.last_img read more

Insecticide poisoning: 7 more die in three days in Yavatmal

first_imgSeven more farmers have died in the past three days owing to improper spraying of ‘Profex Super’ insecticide on cotton plantations in Yavatmal district, taking the toll to 15.Kishor Tiwari, chief of Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swavalamban Mission, said over 600 cases of insecticide infection have been reported in Yavatmal district. He blamed indiscriminate use of wrong combinations of insecticides, and direct and continuous exposure to toxic substances owing to lack of protective gear for the death of farmers and farm workers over the past one week.The deceased farmers have been identified as Dashrath Chavan of Naygaon village, Devidas Madavi of Kalamb town, Kailash Pendor of Jamni village, Ayub Sheikh of Kalgaon village, Anil Chavan of Kalamb, Ramesh Chirawar of Ghatanji village, Ravi Rathod of Uchegaon village, Vithal Parkewar and Pradip Soyami from Kelapur town, Vasant Sidam of Maregoan village, Maroti Pimpalkar of Kalegoan village, Divakar Ghoshi of Ghoddara village, Shankar Kedam of Talki village, Dipak Madavi of Arni town. and Bandu Sonurle of Manoli village.Mr. Tiwari also blamed genetically modified Bt cotton seeds for the deaths. He said, “Bt cotton seeds are supposed to be resistant to bollworm and other infestations. However, they failed to tackle the pests and this resulted in the use of the toxic and internationally banned Monocrotophos, a highly toxic pesticide, which makes plants look green and healthy but causes the resurgence of pink bollworm. The chances of exposure to toxic chemicals increase as farmers use non-recommended combinations.”Mr. Tiwari said Maharashtra had the largest area under cotton cultivation (over 40 lakh hectares) and tribal farm workers would continue to die if the State did not ban chemical farming in regions seeing a spate of suicides over crop failure.last_img read more

Lok Sabha bypoll results: Cong. maintains lead in Ajmer, Alwar; Trinamool wins in Uluberia

first_imgThe counting of votes for by-elections to two Lok Sabha seats and one Assembly constituency in Rajasthan and one Lok Sabha seat and one Assembly constituency in West Bengal that went to the polls on January 29 began at 8 a.m. on Thursday.In West Bengal, The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has won the Noapara Assembly constituency and the Uluberia Lok Sabha seat.In Rajasthan, Congress candidate Vivek Dhakar has won the Mandalgarh Assembly seat and the party is leading in the Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha seats.An average 63.76% polling was recorded in Alwar and Ajmer, while at Mandalgarh, 76.57% of the electorate exercised their franchise.A total of 42 candidates were in the fray for the bypolls.Here are the updates:6.40 p.m.Rajasthan: Karan Singh Yadav of the Congress leads by 1,96,496in Alwar. His party colleague Raghu Sharma is leading by a margin of 84,162 in Ajmer.According to Rajasthan’s Chief Electoral Officer, 100% votes have been counted in Alwar and 99.07% in Ajmer. The Congress is currently having an unassailable lead in both seats.5.20 p.m.West Bengal: According to sources in the Election Commission of India, Sajda Ahmed of the Trinamool Congress has won the Uluberia Lok Sabha bypoll, beating her nearest rival Anupam Mallick (BJP) by over 4.74 lakh votes, reports PTI.5.00 p.m.Karan Singh Yadav of the Congress leads by 1,94,285 in Alwar. His party colleague Raghu Sharma is leading by a margin of 80,455 in Ajmer.3.10 p.m.Trinamool Congress maintains the lead ahead of its nearest contender, the BJP, in the Uluberia Lok Sabha bypoll by a massive margin of 3.6 lakh votes, an Election Commission official says. After 14 rounds of counting, Trinamool candidate Sajda Ahmed bags 5,88,211 votes. Her nearest rival, Anupam Mallik of the BJP, secures 2,18,807 votes.CPI(M) nominee S.K. Sabiruddin Molla and Congress candidate S.K. Madassar Hossain Warsi receive 1,03,015 and 16,784 votes respectively.2.00 p.m.Rajasthan Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot says his party will get strengthened by today’s results. Besides being the people’s verdict on the State government’s failures, it is also a mandate against the Centre’s demonetisation, GST implementation and economic slowdown, he says at a press conference in Jaipur.Congress wins MandalgarhThe Congress wins the Mandalgarh Assembly seat by a margin of 12,974 votes. Vivek Dhakar of the Congress polled 70,143 votes and defeated the BJP’s Shakti Singh Hada, who polled 57,169 votes.Congress rebel Gopal Malviya, who contested as an independent, received 40,470 votes.1.00 p.m.TMC wins Noapara, leads in UluberiaThe TMC wins the Noapara bypoll by defeating its nearest rival, the BJP, by 63,018 votes, the Election Commission said.“The TMC has won the Noapara by-election. The BJP has secured the second position and the CPI(M) the third,” said West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Aariz Aftab.While TMC candidate Sunil Singh secured 1,01,729 votes, the BJP’s Sandip Banerjee got 38,711 votes. CPI (M)’s Gargi Chatterjee got 35,497 votes.Counting of votes for the by-election in the Uluberia Lok Sabha seat is also underway with the TMC ahead by more than 4,700 votes,  reports PTI11.30 a.m.Alwar: Congress candidate Karan Singh Yadav leads by 39,826 votes over his nearest rival, BJP’s Jaswant Yadav, after 15 rounds of counting. Mr. Yadav has garnered 1,63,489 votes.Ajmer: Congress’ Raghu Sharma maintains a lead of 23,882 votes over BJP candidate Ram Swaroop Lamba, reports PTI.Mandalgarh: The trend in Mandalgarh is in favour of the Congress. Vivek Dhakar of the party leads by 1,864 votes at the end of 12th round of counting. BJP’s Shakti Singh Hada is trailing behind, reports Mohammad Iqbal.11.00 a.m.In Ajmer, the margin with which the Congress candidate is leading increases to 21,000.In West Bengal, the TMC surged ahead of its rivals in both Noapara and Uluberia after the initial rounds of counting of votes, reports PTI.At Noapara, the ruling party stormed ahead by a massive margin of 30,000 after the sixth round of counting.TMC candidate Sunil Singh secured 46,281 votes, while his nearest rival of the CPI(M), Gargi Chatterjee, bagged 16,444 votes. Sandip Banerjee of the BJP secured 15,570 votes, while Goutam Bose of the Congress managed to get just 4,742 votes.The TMC also took an early lead in Uluberia by a margin of 4,767 votes.After the first round of counting in Uluberia, TMC candidate Sajda Ahmed secured 6,462 votes, while CPI(M) candidate Sabiruddin Molla bagged 1695 votes. Anupam Mallik of the BJP and S.K. Madassar Hossain Warsi of the Congress managed 1,471 and 256 votes respectively.10.30 a.m.The margin with which the Congress is leading in Lok Sabha byelections in Rajasthan is 31,531 in Alwar and 8,555 in Ajmer.The margin constantly reducing in Mandalgarh. The BJP is ahead by only 350 votes at the end of 10th round, reports Mohammad Iqbal.Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot says the mandate is going against the BJP due to the failure of both the State and Union governments. People had high expectations, but Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje made false promises and didn’t fulfil them. “The Congress will form the next government in Rajasthan,” he says.9.30 a.m.The Congress lis eading in Ajmer and Alwar on completion of two rounds of counting, says Rajasthan Chief Electoral Officer. The Congress candidate leads by 10,800 votes in Ajmer. The BJP’s Ramswarup Lamba may find it difficult to fill this gap, reports Mohammad Iqbal.At Mandalgarh, the BJP leads. Congress rebel Gopal Malviya gives a major shock to official candidate Vivek Dhakar, who is trailing at third position, reports Mohammad Iqbal.In West Bengal, the TMC has taken an early lead. It is leading in Uluberia by about 10,000 votes after the completion of first round of counting in one Assembly segment out of seven, reports Suvojit Bagchi. Counting starts little late and result of only Udaynarayanpur segment [first round] is announced.In the Noapara Assembly constituency, the TMC is leading by over 30,000 votes.The CPI(M) and the BJP are neck and neck for the second position.tHE TMC won both THE seats in the last election.9.00 a.m.The BJP leads by 699 votes in first round of counting at Mandalgarh. The nearest rival is Congress rebel Gopal Malviya, who contested as an independent candidate.In Ajmer, Mr. Sharma leads, says the State Election Commission.In Alwar, Congress candidate Karan Singh Yadav leads, having secured 18,652 votes on completion of first round, says the State Election Commission.In West Bengal, the TMC candidates are leading in Noapara and Uluberia, reports Shiv Sahay Singh.The Uluberia seat in Howrah district fell vacant after the death of TMC MP Sultan Ahmed in September last. The Noapara seat in North 24 Paraganas fell vacant after the death of Congress MLA Madhusudhan Ghosh in April last.The BJP faces an uphill battle in Rajasthan because a miffed Rajput community has announced its support to the Congress in all the three seats, writes Mohammad Ali. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot have campaigned extensively in Ajmer in view of the constituency’s role in strengthening their own position within their respective parties.The Uluberia bypoll result is expected to be a litmus test for the BJP as it not only has to face the organisational clout of the ruling TMC but also deal with substantial minority votes in the constituency.Read more  8.00 a.m.Counting for by-elections to the constituencies in Rajasthan begins. Postal votes are being counted first, reports Mohammad Iqbal.last_img read more

Poipynhun Majaw first RTI activist to be murdered in Meghalaya

first_imgExcommunication from the village or society was the preferred form of punishment for those who used the Right to Information in Meghalaya. Until youth leader Poipynhun Majaw was murder on Tuesday.The police in the State’s East Jaintia Hills district said unknown assailants killed Mr. Majaw by hitting him with a heavy iron object, possibly a wrench, found lying beside his body in Khliehriat, a coal mining hub. They are following a clue – a 125 cc motorcycle found abandoned nearby – to get to his killers.Rights activists in the State said that at least 20 people have been banished from their villages for using the RTI to expose corruption in local governance and utilisation of beneficiary schemes in less than a decade.“Many of those excommunicated are women who dared to go against corrupt local body heads and moved the RTI to find out rations allotted for them were being diverted or ghost workers were awarded MGNREGS (rural job guarantee scheme) work,” Agnes Kharshiing of the Civil Society Women’s Organisation said.On Wednesday, as the police began hunting for the bike owner, some villagers in the adjoining West Jaintia Hills told the authorities they were being hounded by local leaders after getting a reply to their RTI query on the status of MGNREGS in Sankhat, their village.“The RTI reply revealed that area leaders withdrew more money than what the MGNREGS assignment for 11 job card holders of our village could have entailed. We are under tremendous pressure to either take up the matter or leave,” a member of one of 32 households denied work said from Sankhat.Ostracised for using RTI In 2014, the dorbar (governing body) of Umsumbah village in the West Khasi Hills district deprived 11 people of their basic right of seeking information through RTI. The dorbar ‘blacklisted’ them and it needed the intervention of the Block Development Officer to come to a compromise. But the reprieve was temporary, as the ‘dorbar’ allegedly punished the villagers till December last year, cancelling their job cards, denying them access to fair price shops and residential certificates for their children.In 2011, three women – Fatima Mynsong, Acqueline Songthiang and Matilda Suting – were excommunicated by the ‘dorbar’ of Jongsha village, about 30 km from Shillong, after they exercised the RTI to know about utilisation of government funds for the village.The trio, however, fought back and managed to get the village headman, who ordered their exile, removed from his post.In February 2011, a student leader named Bobby Basaiawmoit was asked by the ‘dorbar’ of Mairangbah village to either pay a fine of ₹5,000 for exercising RTI or be banished.“Mr. Majaw’s was the first case of murder of an RTI activist in Meghalaya, where violence was not associated with activism unlike other States such as Assam,” Ms. Kharshiing said.Rights activists believe that Mr. Majaw was killed because of using RTI to expose the unholy nexus between the Jaintia Hills tribal council and cement companies who have been extracting limestone with scant respect for the fragile ecology of the State.“We are yet to find the motive behind Mr. Majaw’s murder, but we hope to get some answers once we find the owner of the bike. The suspected murder weapon has been sent for forensic tests while the autopsy report is expected within a week,” Nazarius Lamare, Superintendent of Police of East Jaintia Hills district, said.last_img read more

Pimpri-Chinchwad to get police commissionerate

first_imgMumbai: The Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday cleared the proposal to carve out a separate Pimpri-Chinchwad Police commissionerate from the existing Pune police commissionerate, with an aim to tackle the growing population, urbanisation, industrialisation, number of motor vehicles, political constituencies and increasing number of complaints. “Pimpri-Chinchwad has grown immensely in recent years. In addition, it hosts a large number of industries, IT companies in areas like Hinjewadi, and colleges. With constant influx of labourers from across the country in all industries, it has been observed that crime rate too is increasing,” said Girish Bapat, Guardian minister of Pune district. “The new arrangement will help in quick response to the crimes reported and maintain the law and order situation,” he said. The proposed commissionerate will have 15 police stations, namely Nigdi, Pimpri, Chinchwad, Bhosri, Bhosri MIDC, Wakad, Hinjewadi, Sangavi, Dighi and Chikhli from the urban areas while Chakan, Alandi, Dehuroad, Talegaon-Dabhade and Talegaon MIDC from rural part. It will cater to a population of around 22 to 23 lakh. On administrative front, the new commissionerate will require creation of 2,633 posts, which will be undertaken in three stages. For the first stage ₹107.72 crore will be spent on creation of 1,568 posts while ₹24.04 crore will be for office use ,and ₹188.83 crore for construction of residence. “We will require land of around 100 acres to set up a new office building, search for which has begun. The entire process would take a month or two,” said Mr. Bapat.last_img read more

‘Rohingya entering India through Bengal’

first_imgThe police in Manipur have said that Rohingya refugees, displaced from Myanmar’s Rakhine region, are increasingly entering India through human trafficking corridors along the West Bengal-Bangladesh border.More than 300,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh.The Manipur police came to know about the trafficking routes after the arrest of eight Rohingya in Imphal on Monday. The eight had fake Aadhaar cards in their possession.Of the eight, Md. Younus and Md. Anwar had arrived in Manipur last week. Md. Ismail followed them with five minors, travelling from West Bengal to Guwahati by train and to Imphal by road.While Younus and Anwar took refuge in Bangladesh three years ago, Ismail fled Rakhine last year. A Bangladeshi agent helped them to enter India.“A series of drives against illegal immigrants led to the arrest of several Rohingya from the (India-Myanmar) border town of Moreh, Tengnoupal and Imphal during the past few months,” Manipur DGP L.M. Khaute said.The police are also examining the involvement of local agents after the arrested Rohingya said a Bangladeshi agent, Md. Ayub, had helped them cross over to Bengal. Ayub’s wife Sultana is a resident of Imphal, and the police said she arranged the stay of the immigrants. The Manipur police had arrested nine Rohingya last week. They had fake Aaadhaar cards prepared by two Moreh-based locals who were later arrested.last_img read more

Free Braille textbooks for Class IX, X students in Odisha

first_imgFrom the current academic session, all visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will be provided free Braille textbooks.Earlier, the Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority was providing free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students studying in Class I to VIII in government-managed schools. From this year, this measure has been extended to Class IX and X students as well.Odisha’s only Braille press in Berhampur is busy printing the textbooks so that the students can get them by July. The Braille press manager, Prakash Narayan Rath, said earlier they were printing limited number of textbooks for Class IX and X students.“Each school was getting three sets of Braille textbooks and the students had to share them,” he said.Former principal of Red Cross School for the Blind, Ambapua, Nabin Narayan Satapathy said as the Braille textbooks were few, they used to make some more copies of the books in their school to ease the problems of Class IX and X students. He welcomed the move of the State government to provide free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students of Class IX and X saying it will surely improve the performance of the students.This year, around 420 visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will get free Braille textbooks. Each student will get a set of 14 books. “Around 75% of printing of these textbooks is complete and the work would be finished in a week or two,” said Mr. Rath.Increased printingThe Braille press is currently printing textbooks for around 2,800 visually impaired students of Class I to X. The total number of Braille textbooks for school students is over 40,000. Last year, the Braille press had printed 22,228 textbooks. Two new appointments have been made at the press to expedite the printing of the books.The Braille press in Berhampur was established in 1986 as a Red Cross Society initiative. It gets grant-in-aid for maintenance from the Women and Child Development Department of the Odisha government. In 2013, two new computerised Braille printing units, imported from Belgium at a cost of ₹1.7 crore, were added to this press, making it a major modern computerised Braille press of the country.last_img read more

Activists arrest: Pune court orders police to comply with Supreme Court direction

first_imgThe sessions court at Shivaji Nagar here on Wednesday directed the Pune police to place under “house arrest” three of the alleged “urban Maoists” arrested on Tuesday, following a Supreme Court order.Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Varavara Rao were produced in the Pune court, where police sought 15-day custody for further interrogation. They were arrested from their homes in Mumbai, Thane and Hyderabad, respectively. The police said they would be taken to their homes on Thursday. Accusing the three of waging war against the Government of India and training youth and students in Naxal activity, special public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar demanded their police custody. The state alleged that the accused were working under the guise of an anti-fascist front called the All India United Front to overthrow the government.Ms. Pawar said the arrests were made based on an investigation of an FIR filed on January 8 by Tushar Damgude against the organisers of the Elgar Parishad in Pune on December 31, 2017. The state submitted a total of seven letters to the court, allegedly exchanged between members of the banned CPI(Maoist), where the names of the three accused were mentioned. None of the letters was correspondence between any of the accused. According to Ms. Pawar these letters were retrieved from seized material after the arrests of Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut and Sudhir Dhawale in June. She said Varavara Rao was assigned the task of amassing weapons from Nepal and Manipur. Mr. Ferreira and Mr. Gonsalves were given the task of identifying young students, recruiting them, sending them to Naxal areas, training and using them against the Indian government.One of the letters read out by Ms. Pawar said CPI (Maoist) commander Comrade Ganapathy wanted to meet Mr. Rao. The prosecution said the CPI (Maoist) had developed links with separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.last_img read more

N.D. Tiwari’s last rites today

first_imgThe last rites of veteran Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari will be held at the Chitrashila Ghat, Rani Bagh, Nainital district, on Sunday. All arrangements for the former Chief Minister’s funeral have been made, Nainital District Magistrate Vinod Kumar Suman said on Saturday, adding that the last rites would be conducted with full State honours in the afternoon. His body has been kept at Kathgodam Guest House here for the people to pay their last respects, he said. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, a former ministerial colleague of Tiwari, and a host of prominent politicians will attend the rites, he said. The body of Tiwari, who passed away at a private hospital in Delhi on his 93rd birthday on October 18, after a prolonged illness was brought to Pantnagar in Uttarakhand in an air ambulance from Lucknow on Saturday. Last respects Earlier, leaders across the political divide paid their last respects to the Congress veteran in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his ministerial colleagues received the mortal remains at the Lucknow airport. The body was taken to U.P. Vidhan Bhawan, where leaders from different political parties had gathered to pay their tributes to Tiwari. U.P. Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma in a tweet said, “Shri Tiwari had significantly worked for the development and prosperity of U.P. He was soft-spoken, able administrator and also had knowledge of parliamentary traditions.”last_img read more

Tripura, where demand for Assam-like NRC widens gap between indigenous people and non-tribal settlers

first_imgThe Supreme Court on October 8 issued notice to the Centre and the Election Commission on a public interest litigation petition by a non-political forum seeking an exercise, similar to the one done in Assam, to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Tripura. Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debbarma, son of Tripura’s last king, filed an affidavit in the court a fortnight later in favour of the NRC. A long-standing demand of Tripura’s ‘tribal nationalists’ for deportation of illegal migrants from Bangladesh resulted in these petitions, widening the gap between the indigenous people and non-tribal settlers, mostly Bengali Hindus and some Muslims.What is the demand about?Tripura is often cited in the northeastern region as an example of how migration can alter the demographic pattern of the State. Census data show the population of Tripura’s 19 Scheduled Tribes dropped from 63.77% in 1881 to 31.78% in 2011. This is attributed to the migration of 6.10 lakh Bengalis — the figure almost equal to the State’s total population in 1951 — from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) between 1947 and 1971. Going by the language census of 2011, Tripura has 24.14 lakh Bengali speakers, thrice the 8.87 lakh who speak Kokborok, the language of the largest tribal group. Unlike the NRC of Assam, where the cut-off date for excluding the putative foreigners is March 24, 1971, tribal groups in Tripura want July 19, 1948, as the date of determining migrants as per the provision of Indian nationality laws for people who migrated from territories that became East Pakistan. The Tripura People’s Front suggested this cut-off date in its petition. The petition followed former extremist leader and chief of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl’s meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.What is the Bengali view?Bengali academics and politicians admit migration was high after Partition in 1947, but the forebears of the Bengali migrants were essentially subjects or tenants of Tripura’s Manikya kings since the 13th century. Tripura became a princely state during British rule. The kings had sway over Hill Tippera, the hilly kingdom roughly the present area of Tripura, besides a zamindari in British India called Chakla Roshanabad or Tippera, comprising five districts of the present-day Bangladesh, then called East Bengal. These districts are Comilla, Brahmanbaria, Noakhali, Chittagong and a part of Sylhet. The kingdom’s revenue came from the resources-rich areas inhabited by Bengalis. The royalty, belonging to the largest tribal group called Tripuri, didn’t just keep the Bengalis in the plains of Chakla Roshanabad. The Rajmala, Tripura’s royal chronicles, says the kings brought educated Bengalis to run the administration and encouraged settlement of Bengali peasants with incentives like land grants. When did the conflict begin?King Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya (1923-1947) realised that his tribal subjects could be outnumbered by the Bengalis and created a 2,050-square mile tribal reserve in 1943 for the Tripuri, Reang, Halam, Noatia and Jamatiya tribes. This was the precursor to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council, exclusive to these five and 14 other tribes. The fear of being swamped by Bengalis led to tribal extremism, first in the 1960s, and with more intensity two decades later. Tribal groups killed 1,400 Bengalis in 1980, but counter-insurgency operations made most outfits declare truce by the late 1990s. The scars remained, so much so that tribal NGOs pushed for switching the script of their Kokborok language from Bengali to Roman. The demand for Twipraland, a state for tribal people, gained ground.Where does the NRC stand?Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb initially rejected the demand for the NRC, but said later that his government would undertake the exercise if it succeeded in Assam. The ruling BJP’s ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura – behind the Twipraland demand – favours the NRC. Pradyot Manikya, a Congress leader, feels an error-free NRC could help Tripura revisit political representation.last_img read more

Muzaffarpur rape case : former Bihar minister Manju Verma’s husband surrenders in court

first_imgChandrashekhar Verma, husband of former State Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma on Monday surrendered in a local court in Begusarai.Manju Verma had to resign from the Cabinet of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after her husband’s name had cropped up in Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case of 34 minor girls.The wife of one of the accused persons in the case had alleged that Chandrashekhar Verma visited the shelter home regularly.Chandrashekhar Verma was also accused of having links with the main accused in the case, Brajesh Thakur. He was said to have spoken with Brajesh Thakur several times between January and June this year.As many as 17 people, including the main accused Brajesh Thakur have been arrested in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case of minor girls and sent to jail.Thakur was recently shifted to Bhagalpur jail from Muzaffarpur jail as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)  had informed the Supreme Court, due to his influential status.Later, a CBI inquiry was ordered in the case which is being monitored by the Supreme Court.A Special Investigation Team of police had earlier conducted raid at residence of Chandrashekhar Verma in Begusarai district of Bihar where about 50 cartridges were recovered.Recently, Supreme Court had asked the CBI and Bihar police to explain the delay in tracing the whereabouts of Chandrashekhar Verma.The court had also asked Bihar police to probe the alleged recovery of a large quantity of ammunition from the residence of former minister and her husband.Chandrashekhar Verma surrendered at Majhaul civil court in Begusarai district.last_img read more

People’s march to seek Goa CM’s resignation

first_imgFew Goa-based NGOs, political parties, including Congress, civil society groups and individuals will join a ‘people’s march’ led by social activist Rajan Ghate to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s private residence on Tuesday, to demand his resignation. “The march will be held on Tuesday, November 20,” activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues told the press at Azad Maidan, venue of the on-going hunger strike by Mr. Ghate. Mr. Ghate’s indefinite hunger strike to demand the resignation of of ailing Chief Minister to “improve collapsed governance in the State” entered fourth day on Monday.“Mr. Ghate will lead the march to the Dona Paula residence of CM Manohar Parrikar. The march will be attended by Goa’s NGOs, leading individuals and some political parties, including the Congress,” Mr. Rodridgues said. Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar confirmed his party’s participation in the march.Mr. Ghate has been on fast-unto-death for the last four days at the city square demanding that Mr. Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer and has been unable to attend office for several months now, either resign or handover the charge of the government in public interest.Apart from the Opposition, which has been demanding his resignation for several months now, on Saturday some Cabinet Ministers from the ruling alliance also conceded while interacting with media that Mr. Parrikar’s prolonged absence from office had brought administration to a standstill.last_img read more

161 cases of ‘paid news’ in M.P. polls

first_imgThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Madhya Pradesh has so far issued notices to 161 candidates who had allegedly paid for the publication of ‘favourable’ news in various media outlets in the run-up to the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh.“161 notifications have been issued by the Returning Officers to various candidates in suspected paid news cases in the State during the Vidhan Sabha election. Fifteen candidates have admitted to the news mentioned in the notifications issued by the Returning Officer being paid news and accepted the addition of the amount to their election expenditure,” said Joint Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Kaul.Poll expenditure Mr. Kaul said the district-level media certification and monitoring committees have recommended that the paid news amount be added to the candidate’s election expenditure in as many as 146 cases so far.Six appeals against recommendations made by the district-level committees of Ujjain and Betul had been received by the State-level committee, a poll official said. The State committee upheld the recommendation of the district body after hearing the appeals.Regional publicationsA major chunk of complaints on paid news were against vernacular and regional media publications, the official added.Assembly elections were held in all 230 constituencies of the State on November 28, and the counting of votes will take place on December 11. The Congress is in a direct face-off with the BJP, which has been in power for the past 15 years.last_img read more

Birds call fowl on cuckoo’s antics

first_imgThe common cuckoo is what biologists call a brood parasite; it lays eggs in other birds’ nests, hoping the mothers won’t notice. Often they don’t, because cuckoo eggs have evolved to closely resemble those of their victims. And once the cuckoo hatches, the invader seizes the nest, pushing out all the other eggs. The parasitized birds, however, are fighting back. There’s an ongoing evolutionary arms race between the cuckoo and its most frequent victims, such as the brambling and the red-backed shrike. The parasitized birds are evolving unique egg “signatures,” markings that help the mother distinguish an authentic egg from an impostor. Though scientists have had ideas about how this arms race works, a study published this week in Nature Communications suggests that the egg war isn’t playing out the way we’d once thought. The conventional wisdom is that recognizable eggs must have three visual qualities: They should be highly similar to eggs holding their siblings; distinct from eggs laid by other mothers of the same species; and have complex, dense markings to make them more difficult to mimic. But when researchers analyzed hundreds of eggs from eight different parasitized species, they found a different story. Eggs didn’t necessarily need all three attributes to be distinguishable. For example, brambling parents were able to identify their eggs even though there was a lot of variation among sibling eggs and little difference between eggs from different mothers. The scientists also found that complex, dense egg markings could actually make it more difficult for mother birds to recognize their eggs. The insights suggest moderation may be a winning tactic in the egg war: Markings need to be visually dense enough to convey some information, yet not so dense that the egg becomes unrecognizable.last_img read more

Black holes can cause galaxies to age prematurely

first_imgWhereas many galaxies eventually run out of the gas and dust they need to make new stars, a few “die young” by ceasing star birth hundreds of millions of years earlier than models of galactic evolution suggest. Astronomers don’t yet fully understand this premature aging, but a new study suggests that having an active black hole at the center of the galaxy could be one major factor. Using radio telescopes, researchers scrutinized four elliptical galaxies apparently on the cusp of changing from groups filled with new stars to ones that had very few. These galaxies lie between 275 million and 375 million light-years from Earth. All appear to have recently shed the vast volumes of gas needed to trigger the formation of new stars, but why that happened isn’t clear, the researchers say. The gas probably wasn’t stripped away by interactions with other galaxies, because the star groups are relatively isolated in space. In the case of a galaxy dubbed J0836 (see image), a large mass of cold hydrogen gas (depicted in aqua) near the galaxy may have been blown out of its former home by a supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, the team reports in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. That cloud lies along a path of material that radiates strongly in radio wavelengths, a sign that the cloud may have been expelled from its parent galaxy at a time when its central black hole was much more active than it is now. Further analyses of these four galaxies, and many others like them, should help pin down the possible causes of premature aging in such star groups.last_img read more

Rich Indians Turn To Cyprus For Coveted European Union Passports

first_imgIndia’s growing affluent have an eye on the European Union and for many Cyprus is the gate where they can buy residency permits and passports allowing them easier travel in the bloc, with the advantage of being in a country where English is widely spoken.Read it at Tornos News Related Itemslast_img

Binny Bansal Seeks $100 Mn From Walmart After Flipkart Exit

first_imgFlipkart co-founder Binny Bansal is negotiating fresh terms to receive cash payouts from Walmart after he resigned from Flipkart as chairman and group chief executive last month, two people familiar with the matter said. According to his earlier contract, Bansal would have received cash from Walmart for over half of his 4-4.5% Flipkart stake that is worth more than $850 million after August 2020, the people cited above said, requesting anonymity.Read it at Live Mint Related Itemslast_img

Qatar Set to Increase Minimum Wage for Workers by End of 2018

first_imgThe minimum wage for migrant workers could be hiked in Qatar by the end of 2018, unions said on April 30. This will be the first time the monthly wages will be altered since the move was introduced by Qatar in November 2017, AFP reported.“By the end of the year we expect a new minimum wage to be set, that’s good news,” Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, said, the news agency reported. She made the statement following a meeting with Qatar’s Labor Minister, Issa al-Jufali al-Nuaimi, as well as other government officials in Doha over the last two days.Although a figure was not mentioned, Burrow said that the new wage would be computed after evaluating a “basket of goods,” according to the report.Qatar, which is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is seeking to pull through labor reforms.Regarding the current minimum wage — which is 750 Riyals a month — Burrow said: “We believe it is not good enough due to the cost of living.” Along with the salary, laborers get free accommodation, food as well as healthcare plans, which are all taken care of by the employers.While introducing the minimum wages last year, Nuaimi had said that it could be increased after a review, the report said. “We will not approve any employment contract if the salary is below 750 Riyals per month. All contracts must now be approved by the ministry of labor,” he had added.Nuaimi had also said that further improvements will be made towards labor reforms and it is a long-term commitment, since migrant workers were a “part and parcel” of Qatar.An International Labour Organization (ILO) office was also opened in Doha on April 29 by Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA), the Gulf Times reported.“Qatar welcomes the opening of the ILO office in Doha. This is another step towards ensuring Qatar has a labour system that reflects global best practice. The government of Qatar now has another partner to promote and protect the rights of our guest workers,” Nuaimi said while leading the opening of the office.The ILO’s Doha Office is the first in the Gulf region and will help in facilitating co-operation between the organization and the Qatar government. The technical agreement concentrates on five areas, including  improvement in wages, work and occupational health, and safety inspections.In 2017, some major changes were announced by Qatar after a three-year program of technical cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO) was signed. The introduction of minimum wages was a part of these changes. The other proposed changes include putting an end to the “kafala” system, which stops workers from switching jobs and exiting Qatar without the employer’s permission.Qatar had earlier announced that it would reimburse the recruitment fee of bringing in 30,000 migrant workers for the construction of the FIFA 2022 World Cup facilities. The move was welcomed by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).Qatar has been criticized for making laborers work in difficult conditions ever since it was chosen to host the global football event in 2022. In May 2017, an Indian carpenter died of a heart attack while he was working at the Qatar World Cup stadium. The tournament organizers, however, said that his death was not due to the working conditions. Related ItemsEmploymentQatarlast_img read more

Bali Pure strikes first for 1-0 lead over Pocari in PVL Finals

first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Aiko Urdas led the Water Defenders with 15 points while Jerrili Malabanan and Grethcel Soltones added 14 and 10 points, respectively.Elaine Kasilag had 11 points to lead Pocari while MVP Myla Pablo added nine. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Philippines, Myanmar set semis target for football Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure struck quick and humbled Pocari Sweat in straight sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 to get a 1-0 lead in the final round of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Risa Sato, who was awarded as the league’s 2nd Best Blocker, handed the finishing blow with a quick kill down the middle of the Lady Warriors’ defense.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The Water Defenders, after getting in the brink of elimination in the preliminaries, have now won five of their last six games including two straight victories over Creamline in the Final Four.Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb knows his team has now built enough confidence, after their topsy-turvy eliminations, as they are one win away from the title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re confident and we’ll just capitalize on this win,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “We will go to the next game with the psychological advantage.”“Again we were almost eliminated and it was a really difficult road going to the championship.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more