Questions for the End of Quarter

first_imgEnd of quarter. I know.Is Your Problem Above the FunnelDo you have enough hunters? Are you giving them enough time to hunt? Or are your hunters really farmers? Do they do more order taking than they do opportunity creating?Do you have a hunter’s culture? Do you emphasize, reward, and recognize new client and new opportunity creation? Or do you reward (or tolerate) a lack of opportunity creating activities?Is your pipeline providing you enough coverage? Can you make your numbers when the big deal you’re counting on falls out? Or are you exposed?How much of a typical day is spent on opportunity creation? How much time is spent face-to-face or on the telephone pursuing opportunities? As an overall percentage, how much time is spent on opportunity creation and how much is spent on email? How do you change the emphasis?Is Your Problem In the Middle of the FunnelIs your process being followed? Is it being followed well enough that you can predict with any certainty when deals will be won? Who determines what date an opportunity will close?Do you go from commitment to commitment, always creating or advancing an opportunity during every interaction with a client or prospect? Do you release yourself from calls where no value is being created?Do know at what stage your buyers are in their process? Do you know what they need or expect from you in the way of value in order to agree to the commitment you are asking for?Do you have all of the stakeholders you need in every opportunity to get to a decision? Have you helped your power sponsors build consensus?End GameThere isn’t any reason to write about the end of the funnel. If you get the answers to the above questions right, you won’t find yourself in a bad position during the end game. But if you get the answer to these questions wrong, the end of quarter can be a difficult time.The truth is that you can’t get there without enough opportunities. And you can’t get there without doing what is necessary once you have the opportunities. 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 Nowlast_img read more

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How to Have Work-Life Balance

first_imgOne of the questions I am asked most often is how one can balance their business goals with the goals of being a good parent and spouse. The people asking this question want to be both a family-oriented and achievement-oriented, and they are struggling to have both, mostly because they want more time with their family. There are two ideas worth looking at if this is your challenge.First, the amount of time you spend at work or with your family is only one indicator you might look at to determine how you are doing as it pertains to fulfilling your obligations in either category, and I would argue that it isn’t the best indicator. There are plenty of people who pride themselves on the amount of time they spend working, even though they produce very little during the time they are at work. It’s also true that one may be at home while not being present at all. As much as we like to comment on teens and their devices, it’s the same for adults, as many of us are guilty of having our physical body at home and our mind at work.Time isn’t the best measurement. Presence is a better measurement. The outcomes of the time spent together, like most things, is a greater factor. Was the time well spent? Was it meaningful? Were you fully present?The second thing worth looking at as what you do with your time. Waking up at 4:30 AM will give you a full two and half hours to work when no on Earth wants your attention, leaving an hour to get ready or get yourself to work. Adding two and half hours to your workday every weekday gives you 12.5 extra work hours each week. If you add 2.5 hours on Saturday and Sunday, you have 17.5 additional hours. This frees up time after work for your family, while also giving you almost an extra half week every week, when compared to your clock-punching peers.If you want to stay up late, watch television, play a lot of golf, hang out with your friends, and spend a lot of time distracted by entertainment, you are choosing to spend time in these areas, and there is nothing wrong with that if it makes you happy and fulfilled. But if you have to give up something to make time for the things you want more than a few hours of comfort and distraction, you might look at doing a lot less of these things so you can do more of what is really important.It is healthy to want to be fulfilled in both areas of your life, but if you are looking for balance, look to the outcomes you produce—and don’t complain about not having enough time if you aren’t investing your time in the things that you say you want.  You can’t have it all without being willing to pay the price in full to have it. 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 Nowlast_img read more

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Village to be named after Trump, says Sulabh chief

first_imgA village in Rajasthan’s Mewat region will be named after U.S. President Donald Trump, a top Indian sociologist and social worker has said, prompting the State government to rule out any such plan.“I announce to name one village in India as Trump Village,” Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak said at a community event organised on the suburbs of Washington DC. This, he said, was part of his efforts to enhance India-U.S. relationship. However, Rajasthan government officials said there was no such proposal to rename any village after the U.S. president.“It is the government which renames a village and there is laid down procedures for that. As of now, there is no such proposal with the department to name a village after the U.S. president. I have nothing to comment on what Mr. Pathak has said,” Alok, Rajasthan government’s Principal Secretary of the Revenue department, told PTI in Jaipur.The Mewat region falls under Alwar district and Alwar District Collector Rajan Vishal also said there was no such proposal.“The competence of renaming a village lies with the government and no private man can do that. We have no such proposal or request in this regard,” Mr. Vishal said.Giving a presentation to local community and political leaders in the U.S., Mr. Pathak said he was working to provide affordable sanitation and toilets to the masses and end the practice of manual scavenging.last_img read more

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Eight drown while clicking selfies on boat

first_imgEight persons who were enjoying a boat ride in the Vena reservoir near Nagpur on Sunday, drowned when they tried to take a selfie. One of the victims, Pankaj Doifode, 25, was live on Facebook along with his seven friends. “Majjani life. Panike bich me” (Enjoying life right at the centre of the reservoir),” one of them could be seen shouting in the Facebook video.The boat carrying Pankaj, his seven friends and three villagers who had provided them the boat, capsized minutes after the video was posted on the Facebook. “Of the 11 people on the boat, eight drowned. Three swam to safety. The accident seems to have happened when the young men came on one side of the boat to click selfies and videos which tilted the boat. They were busy clicking photos and videos that they overlooked the water that was entering their boat. Some of them were under the influence of alcohol. We have recovered seven bodies and search is on for one body,” police inspector Chandrashekhar Bahadure, who was supervising the search, told The Hindu.last_img read more

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Militants gun down woman in south Kashmir: police

first_imgA woman was killed and another injured by gunmen in Pulwama on Sunday afternoon, as militants stepped up attacks on mainstream political leaders and the homes of security personnel in the past 24 hours in south Kashmir.A police official said 18-year-old Yasmeena, a resident of Khonmoh, was killed and Rubeena, a resident of Seer Jagir, was injured when militants barged into the latter’s house and fired at them. Sources said the attackers mentioned the name of the injured woman and said “she owed them money.”In a separate incident in Tral, militants lobbed a grenade at the residence of National Conference leader Muhammad Ashraf Bhat. “A CRPF jawan on duty was injured,” said a police official. Sunday’s attack is the third such grenade attack on mainstream leaders this week. Earlier, residences of Tral MLA, Mushtaq Shah and Wachi MLA Ajaz Mir — both from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) — were attacked.A top police official confirmed to The Hindu that militants have stepped up raids on mainstream leaders in south Kashmir. “Militants raided the houses of PDP zonal president Peer Ashraf in Tral and two workers in Kulgam too,” said the official.The militants also ransacked the house of army jawan Ishfaq Ahmad of Pulwama and policeman Ghulam Ahmad of Tral in the past 24 hours.Eviction threatHizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo has threatened to enforce “migration of mainstream leaders and workers, besides the policemen, if ransacking of militant houses does not stop in south Kashmir”.“Treat it as a last warning. All small or big workers of PDP and NC are warned to stop their activities… it is gun versus gun. What have our families to do with it? If our houses are damaged, we will go after every mainstream leader and policemen,” Hizb commander Naikoo is seen as saying in a video released on Sunday.Sources said several houses of Hizb militants in south Kashmir were raided this week after PDP leader Showkat Kumar was killed outside his house in Shopian on October 16. Supporters of the militants also tried to burn the house as a Hizb militant was also killed in the scuffle with Kumar’s family.Since then militants have targeted PDP MLAs and workers in south Kashmir “to avenge raids on Hizb militants’ houses”, said sources.Among other militants, Hizb commander Hammad Khan’s house was raided by the security forces after the killing of Kumar.Militant killedMeanwhile, security forces gunned down a militant in north Kashmir’s Handwara.An Army spokesman said a contact with a group of militants was “established around 5 a.m. on Sunday”.“One terrorist was killed a weapon recovered from Langate area,” said the spokesman.last_img read more

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Manguesh temple accessibility row: disability rights group seeks apology from temple management

first_imgThe Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) on Saturday refuted the Manguesh Temple administration’s claim on availability of wheelchair facility on its premises. The body also objected to the temple not allowing personal wheel-chairs on the pretext that “the purity and sanctity of the temple” would be defiled. On October 17, a 17-year-old Navi-Mumbai based differently-abled girl, Sanika Keskar, was disallowed to enter the temple in her wheel-chair. Her mother Shubhada started an online petition against the temple management, to which the management claimed the family was misinterpreting the issue. After meeting Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday, the temple’s president C. V. Dhume said the Keskar family had not filed any oral or written complaint with the management yet. He also claimed that the temple management has made a wheel-chair of its own available since 2004 for physically challenged devotees to use.According to Mr. Dhume it was the Keskars who refused to use wheel-chair available in the temple. “The temple managing committee does not allow visitors to use their personal wheel-chairs in order to maintain purity, cleanliness and sanctity of the temple,” said Mr. Dhume, adding that a non-issue is being raked up “just to tarnish the image of the reputed Devasthan.”When contacted by The Hindu, the Keskars denied all the claims and charges of the temple committee. In an e-mail reply, Ms. Keskar said Sanika was deeply anguished and stressed by these charges and was no more interested in visiting any temples after the entire trauma she underwent in this episode in Goa and thereafter.The DRAG president, Avelio de Sa, who took up the complaint of the family with State Disability Rights Commissioner and police, on Saturday replied to the temple president with a copy to Chief Minister, saying, “It is totally false that the wheel-chair facility of the temple was offered to the Keskars which they refused. As can be seen from his letter Mr. Dhume clearly admits that the temple has no provision to accommodate wheel-chairs. It is also false that the Keskars did not approach the temple committee to redress their grievances. When the temple security guard refused entry to the Keskars with their wheelchair Ms. [Shubhada] Keskar spoke to Secretary of temple committee Anil Kenkre who did not mention anything about the temple having a wheel-chair. On the contrary he told them that they were not invited to the temple.”Denying the charge of tarnishing the image of the temple outright, as regards the purity and sanctity of the temple being affected with the entry of personal wheel-chairs, the DRAG asked, ” We would also like to know if God would have any objections to his “divyangs” entering the temple with their personal wheel-chair? We wish to bring to your notice that many temples in India are accessible for persons with disability and are allowing persons with disability to take their personal wheel-chair into the temple.”The DRAG has requested Mr. Parrikar to direct the temple committee to issue public apology to the Keskars and also to direct the temple committee to make the temple accessible for persons with disabilities within six months.last_img read more

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Doctor suspended for dengue post on FB

first_imgThe West Bengal government has suspended a doctor of a public hospital for alleging in a social media post that the State government was suppressing data regarding the dengue outbreak.The doctor, Arunachal Dutta Choudhury, worked as a medical officer (MO) at the Barasat District Hospital in North 24 Parganas district, which according to the government, is the worst affected by dengue.In the suspension letter issued by the State’s Health Department, Dr. Choudhury has been accused of “posting some unverified statistics as well as unfounded remarks in the social media [Facebook]” which was “derogatory” to the State’s health administration.‘Withhold information’In his Facebook post, Dr. Choudhury alleged that there is an “unofficial diktat” to “suppress” any information regarding the lack of adequate infrastructure at government hospitals. He also indicated that the government forced him not to mention dengue in death certificates. Dr. Choudhury further alleged that the “only duty of local health officials was to suppress [dengue-related] data.”Speaking to journalists, Dr. Choudhury said, “I am a government employee and I leave it to the government to decide on my job.”last_img read more

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Patidar and Thakor camps push for seats

first_imgMembers of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and Other Backward Class (OBC) leader Alpesh Thakor, who joined the Congress recently, have held meetings with top party leaders to decide on candidates as both groups are striving to get ticket for their members from the Congress.On Friday, Dinesh Bambhania, Manoj Panara, Lalit Vasoya and Kirit Patel of the PAAS held meetings with senior Congress leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel and national general secretary and Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot.“We have accepted the reservation formula suggested by the Congress leader and legal expert Kapil Sibal but a formal announcement will be made in the next few days,” a PAAS member from Delhi told The Hindu.He said the Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel would make the announcement after the candidates were decided. The PAAS had demanded around a dozen Patidar-dominated seats in Saurashtra, and a few seats in north Gujarat. Mr. Thakor’s camp has demanded seats in the Thakor-dominated north Gujarat districts. Sources said that Mr. Thakor would contest on the Congress ticket from a seat dominated by the Thakor community in north Gujarat.last_img read more

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Two Army men killed as militants storm Sunjwan camp near Jammu city

first_imgArmy clarifies on casualty in Jammu terrorist attack Two soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and two militants were killed when a heavily-armed fidayeen group stormed a camp housing families of the Army’s 36 Brigade in Jammu’s Sunjuwan area on Saturday.Nine persons, including five women and children, were injured in the pre-dawn attack that continued late into Saturday night. The condition of two of the injured is said to be “critical”.The dead soldiers were identified as Lieutenant Madan Lal Chaudhary of 4 JAKLI and Subedar Ashraf Mir.A Jammu-based Army spokesman said two militants wearing Army fatigues were killed in the operation. “Both were carrying AK-56 rifles and large amounts of ammunition and grenades. They belonged to the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM),” said the spokesman.Also Read  Major Avijit Singh of 6 Mahar suffered injuries in the counter attack.State Parliamentary Affairs Minister A.R. Veeri said the group of militants managed to enter the premises of JCO’s family quarters as they lobbed grenades and opened indiscriminate fire around 4:10 a.m.Briefing media persons at the camp, Jammu-based Army PRO Lt. Col. Devender Anand said, “The quick response teams have cordoned off the area and isolated the terrorists, who are holed up in a few houses (inside the camp).”“Due to the presence of women and children in the housing colony, the operations is being progressed cautiously to minimise the casualties,” he said. “Over 150 houses have been cleared and the occupants moved to safety.”The Army airlifted special commandos from the Northern Command Headquarters in Udhampur to the encounter site and a helicopter was used to identify the militants’ positions. Generators and searchlights were brought to the camp, apparently in preparation for a night assault.Though the exact number of militants was not known, officials said preliminary estimates suggested that there could be three to four of them inside the camp.“It seems a well-planned attack. They seem to have come with the motive of prolonging the operation. Intermittent fire was on till late Saturday evening,” said a police official.The attack comes just a day after the fifth death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. JeM’s Afzal Guru squad, has in the past too, carried out similar attacks in Jammu and Kashmir Valley.Mehbooba condemns attack Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who condemned the attack, chaired a meeting of security agencies in Jammu “to assess the situation”.“The attack is an effort by elements inimical to peace to break the developmental pace in the State. All sections of the society should stand together in such a sensitive time and defeat the designs of the perpetrators, who also want to divide people under different names,” said Ms. Mufti.She asked security agencies “to maintain strict vigil on vital installations, airports, bus stations and other crowded places”.All political parties in J&K, including National Conference, Congress, Peoples Democratic Party and BJP, have condemned the attack.last_img read more

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31 killed as wedding party truck falls into drain from bridge in Gujarat

first_imgThirty one persons belonging to a marriage party were killed when a truck fell into a pit on Bhavnagar Rajkot highway in Gujarat on Tuesday. The accident occurred when the truck driver lost control while trying to overtake another vehicle on a narrow bridge. .A total of 60 persons belonging to Anida village were travelling in the truck for the wedding at the bride’s home in Totam village in Botad district. Among those killed include the groom’s parents and relatives.PM expresses griefPrime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident, while Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered an inquiry and announced an ex gratia of Rs four lakh to the kin of each deceased.”My condolences to all those who lost their loved ones due to an accident near Ranghola in Gujarat. The accident was extremely unfortunate and anguishing. May those who have been injured recover at the earliest,” the PMO said in a tweet.“It is a tragic incident. The government is with the victims,” said junior Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja in the State Assembly. He added that people were on their way to attend a wedding ceremony in Botad district when the vehicle fell from the bridge on the Bhavnagar-Rajkot highway while overtaking a vehicle.Minister’s statement”The truck fell on a concrete base under the bridge in which 26 persons died on the spot while five others died during treatment,” Mr Jadeja said while making a statement on the incident in the Assembly.Injured persons were receiving treatment in Bhavnagar hospital.last_img read more

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Rape accused attempts suicide in jail

first_imgA 25-year-old rape accused attempted suicide inside the toilet of the Salepur sub-jail by trying to hang himself with his ‘gamucha’ (towel). He was rescued by an alert warder. “Based on a report made by the sub-jail superintendent, we have registered another case under Section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of the IPC against the accused, who has already facing charges under various sections of the POCSO Act for raping a six-year-old girl on April 21”, said Salepur police inspector D. K. Mallick.Jail superintendent Runibala Dei said accused Mohamed Mustaq failed in his attempt as he could not find a suitable point to tie the other end of the ‘gamucha’. Meanwhile, sources in the Cuttack (rural) police district said a chargesheet in the case is likely to be filed soon.last_img read more

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AAP candidate found murdered in Punjab ahead of local body polls

first_imgAn Aam Aadmi Party candidate for a local body poll was found dead at his home in village Jethuke in Bathinda district of Punjab on Monday morning with the police suspecting that he was killed. Harvinder Singh Hinda (42) had filed nomination papers from Gill Kalan Zila Parishad zone.“We came to know about the killing of Harvinder Singh Hinda on Monday morning. There was an injury mark on his head. We are investigating the matter,” Bathinda SSP Nanak Singh said. Meanwhile, AAP MLA and Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema sought immediate arrest of those who killed Hinda and accused the Congress of trying to win the Zila Parishad elections by using force and threatening people.“AAP candidate Harvinder Singh Hinda was brutally killed last night. We condemn this incident and we demand from Punjab government to immediately arrest those who were behind this,” Mr. Cheema said. Elections to Zila Parishads and Panchayat Samitis in Punjab is slated to be held on September 19. Counting will take place on September 22.last_img read more

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Upset with Pawar, Tariq Anwar quits NCP

first_imgNationalist Congress Party founding member Tariq Anwar resigned from the party and the Lok Sabha on Friday, protesting against party chief Sharad Pawar’s comments giving a clean chit to PM Narendra Modi in the Rafale deal.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi is completely involved in Rafale deal and until now he has failed in proving himself innocent… The statement given by former French President in this connection has substantiated the fact that there was a scam in the Rafale deal,” Mr. Anwar said. He added that though he “respects Mr. Pawar personally, [he] considers his statement on this issue as unfortunate.”Mr. Anwar is a five-time Lok Sabha member and a two-time Rajya Sabha MP. He was also Minister of State for Agriculture in the Manmohan Singh UPA Cabinet.Speaking to The Hindu on phone from Katihar, Mr. Anwar said Mr. Pawar’s comments were the last straw and that over the past many months, the NCP has had an ambiguous stand towards the BJP which had made him uncomfortable.“It is not just about Pawarji’s television interview. My resignation from the party is a result of certain sequence of events. The party first unconditionally supported the BJP government in Maharashtra. Its unclear stand during Gujarat Assembly elections helped the BJP win the polls,” Mr. Anwar said.Mr. Anwar said he had raised objections within the party forum too. “I protested on each of the occasions and some vague ‘compulsions’ were cited each time as the reason for the party’s stand,” he added.When questioned on whether he would join the Congress, Mr. Anwar said he would not deny the option. “There is hardly any difference between Congress’s ideology and NCP’s. Honestly, I have not decided what to do next,” he said.(With Inputs from Amarnath Tewary)last_img read more

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Two arrested on gang rape charges in Jaipur

first_imgPolice have arrested two persons here on charges of gang-raping a 23-year-old woman from Nepal, who jumped from the third floor of an apartment building in a barely clad state to save herself. The woman had bruises all over her body and fractured one of her legs.The incident took place in the night intervening Friday and Saturday in the Muhana area on the outskirts of Jaipur. The two accused had brought the victim to the flat and tried to overpower her.The woman ran towards the balcony adjacent to the bedroom and jumped off while trying to escape.Preliminary investigation has revealed that the survivor was seen with one of the accused persons many times in the past. Police said she had consensual physical relations with one of the accused, but resisted when the second person tried to rape her.The woman, belonging to Nepal, was staying in Delhi and had come to Jaipur on the invitation of an acquaintance. She is undergoing treatment at Jaipuria Hospital here and has given her statement to the police.The two accused, Lokesh Saini, 19, and Kamal Saini, 24, have been remanded in judicial custody after being produced in the court. Their identification parade will be done when the victim is discharged from the hospital.last_img read more

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Naveen asks PM to make Kisan Scheme more inclusive

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to consider the inclusion of landless labourers, sharecroppers and vulnerable households under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme. Welcoming the announcement of the new Central scheme for augmenting the income of farmers by providing support, Mr. Patnaik said that the inclusion of landless labourers, sharecroppers and vulnerable households will make the scheme more inclusive. In his letter, the Chief Minister brought to Mr. Modi’s notice that the Odisha government has rolled out the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) to further accelerate agricultural prosperity and reduce poverty in the State. “The KALIA scheme is progressive and inclusive,” he said. Mr. Patnaik informed Mr. Modi that the KALIA scheme covers 92% of the cultivators, sharecroppers (actual cultivators) and landless agricultural labourers in the State. “It (KALIA) recognises that livestock and fishery-based activities are key drivers of economic growth in rural areas particularly for landless households as the income from wage labour alone is not sufficient,” said Mr. Patnaik.Financial assistance The Chief Minister further said that the Odisha scheme also provides for financial assistance to vulnerable agricultural households who may not be able to take up cultivation or the livelihood activities due to various reasons. The scheme, rolled out in January, has created huge interest and response amongst the farming community of the State, said Mr. Patnaik. “It shall be our endeavour to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries are assisted under the scheme, so that no one who is eligible is left out,” he added. Reacting to the announcement of the PM scheme, Mr. Patnaik had said that it would have benefited the farmers more if the quantum of assistance was equal or more than the KALIA scheme which is ₹10,000 pa.last_img read more

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Curfew lifted in Manipur

first_imgThe Manipur government lifted curfew from Imphal East and Imphal West districts and restored Internet connection on Wednesday shortly after the Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die without passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.Chief Minister N. Biren Singh while lifting the curfew tendered his apology to the people for taking “such drastic steps”. He said they were preventive measures required to protect precious lives and maintain law and order.“Now that this Bill shall not come up in the near future, we should focus on the developmental works in the State with the same zeal and support the people gave in the last two years,” he said.Mr. Singh said the credit for the Bill not getting tabled in the Rajya Sabha should go to the people of the Northeast in general and Manipur in particular. Back to businessNormal life was restored within minutes of lifting of the curfew with women vendors, who have been on strike in the main markets in Imphal city, resuming their business immediately. Women activists in Imphal West district demanded immediate unconditional release of some youth taken into custody by police on Tuesday night. The activists announced that since the controversial Bill was set to lapse, they were relaxing their agitation to some extent.However, they said they are keeping an eye on the Bill. They also demanded that the Manipur People’s (Protection) Bill, 2018, which was passed by the State Assembly, should be given assent by the President now. Manipur has no Inner Line Permit system to protect its people from being swamped by migrants, they said during a press conference in Imphal. Thousands of men and women took out night processions, staged sit-in protests on Monday and Tuesday against the Bill. They also burned effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Singh. Some of them were injured in the firing of tear gas shells and mock bombs by the security personnel.The activists also demanded that the State government should foot the medical and other bills of the injured persons.last_img read more

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SC restrains HC from appointing civil judges

first_imgThe Supreme Court Monday directed the Punjab and Haryana High Court Registry not to appoint any civil judge in Haryana without its nod and summoned the Registrar General with all the selection records pertaining to the exams held to fill 107 posts in lower judiciary. The top court was hearing the plea filed by 92 aspirants to the post of Civil Judge (Junior Division) in Haryana. They alleged that 1,282 examinees, who had qualified the preliminary tests, appeared for the mains and out them only 9 were selected for the interview against a total 107 vacancies. “Issue notice, returnable on May 3. The Registrar General of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana will be present with the records of the selection, including the evaluation of the answer scripts of all the candidates appeared in the Main Written Examination. No appointments will be made without leave of the court,” said a Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.Discrepancies alleged The plea, filed through Prashant Bhushan, Amiy Shukla and Shakti Vardhan, has listed out several discrepancies and sought quashing of the result of the Main (Written) Examination of Civil Judge (Junior Division) in the Haryana, which was declared on April 11. The Bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, was hearing the petition challenging the selection process and evaluation method adopted in the examination on the grounds of being “unreasonable, arbitrary and malafide”. The plea alleged that if the examination’s selection process was not stayed, it would cause irreparable damage to the petitioners and other unsuccessful candidates. The petitioners alleged that various RTI applications were filed immediately after the result of the main examination seeking disclosure of marks, copies of answer scripts, model answers and marking criteria, but to no avail and the interview tests were scheduled on the basis of the already declared results. The petitioners have alleged that there was a “serious problem” with the evaluation method being conducted for selecting judicial officers in Haryana. A total 14,301 students took the preliminary examination held on December 22, 2018 for total 107 vacancies. ‘99% failed test’“1,282 students, out of 14,301, who were declared successful in preliminary examination, took the main examination held on March 15 and 17, 2019,” it said. The main examination was cleared only by nine students out of 1,282, against the total vacancies of 107 which means that a total of 99.298 % of the students failed the test, the plea said.“Some of the candidates who have not been found fit for the interview are the toppers and gold medallists in their respective reputed law colleges, the plea said.last_img read more

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Laskers awarded for work on protein folding, deep brain stimulation

first_imgFive researchers who study a cellular system for fixing misfolded proteins, deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease, and breast cancer genetics have won this year’s prestigious Lasker Awards for biomedical research.The Lasker Foundation announced today that its award for basic medical research goes to Kazutoshi Mori, 56, of Kyoto University in Japan and Peter Walter, 59, of the University of California, San Francisco, for their work on what’s known as the unfolded protein response. Starting in the late 1980s, their labs revealed steps in how the endoplasmic reticulum, the cell’s factory for processing secreted and membrane proteins, deals with proteins whose linear sequence of amino acids hasn’t folded into a proper 3D shape. After detecting a harmful buildup of unfolded proteins, the endoplasmic reticulum sends a signal to the nucleus that activates genes that work to fix the problem. The research has had implications for diseases such as cystic fibrosis and retinitis pigmentosa. 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Also beginning in the 1980s, they showed in animals and people that surgically implanting in the brain a device that stimulates the subthalamic nucleus can alleviate tremors and other symptoms of people with Parkinson’s disease. In 2002, U.S. regulators approved the technique for treating advanced Parkinson’s disease.Mary-Claire King, 68, of the University of Washington, Seattle, won the Lasker special achievement award for her discovery of the BRCA1 breast cancer risk gene in 1990 and for developing DNA analytic techniques for identifying members of a family. First used to help find children separated from their parents during Argentina’s 1976 to 1983 military dictatorship, the approach has since identified human remains and victims of natural disasters and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.last_img read more

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