Assigning Meeting Homework (A Note to the Sales Manager)

first_imgHave you ever held a meeting to update the sales force without a real agenda and ended up just taking care of some tired housekeeping issues? If you are going to take your team off the field, you have to make it worth their while. You wouldn’t want your sales team go to on sales calls without an agenda, so you don’t have a meeting without one. Here’s one way to build agendas that work.You can dramatically improve the outcomes of your sales meetings, and you can make the meetings a better experience for your sales team, by assigning them homework.Make Improvement an Individual ResponsibilityMost people do their work and spend little time working on improving their ability and capacity to do that work. We’re all just so busy, and salespeople are no different. But our professional development is our own responsibility, even if we sometimes fail to remember this fact.By choosing some area of sales and assigning homework around that area, you reinforce that member of your sales team is responsible for their own individual improvement. You force their engagement in overcoming challenges and growth.Assign homework on prospecting techniques. Assign homework around negotiating. Assign homework on developing a more strategic level relationship with your clients. Reviewing the homework assignments ensures that your team is working on their own improvement because you’re setting a standard and making it so.Make Shared Learning the Sales Force’s ResponsibilityAssigning homework and allowing the salespeople to share their learning outcomes, you help improve the whole sales team.Some salesperson will have a brilliant idea that other salespeople can put to use in their sales game. Some will have a challenge that they haven’t addressed, and they will benefit from hearing one of their peers share how they tackled that problem. Inevitably, you will identify some systemic challenges that the whole sales force is struggling to overcome.By assigning homework and sharing ideas in your team huddles or sales meeting, you encourage the sales force to share their learning. You make the team’s growth their business.Make Issue Recognition the Sales Force’s IssueBy bringing the most challenging issues to your sales meetings, you can identify issues, trends, and challenges that affect the whole sales organization. You’ve been in meetings and heard, “What are you running into?” Is a competitor making a change that is going to threaten you in your market? Is someone losing their hot hand? Are clients telling you they need something new and different?By assigning homework to the sales force, you pull these issues out and you help to tackle them. Some of the issues will require your help; you will be the only one with authority to make changes.Give them homework. Help them develop themselves. Help them develop each other. And help them by removing obstacles and challenges.QuestionsHow do you keep your salespeople engaged in sales meetings and team huddles?How do you ensure that the meetings improve the salespeople and not just allow you to share housekeeping?How can you make sales meetings help salespeople improve themselves?How do you structure sales meetings so that the salespeople can help each other?last_img read more

The Power of Invisible Forces

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now You can see formal authority on an organizational chart. You can see who has the biggest box at the very top of the page. You can see who has smaller boxes towards the bottom of the page. You can see that the people with the big boxes at the top of the page have more responsibility, and they have the accompanying formal authority to go along with it.What you can’t see is who has influence. You can’t see whom the people occupying the big boxes trust. You can’t see whom they go to for advice. You can’t see the informal authority. But it exists nonetheless, and you need to know where it resides.Influence is an invisible force. You don’t have to have formal authority to have influence.Some people have titles, and titles represent formal authority too. But titles don’t tell you about anything about who the real leaders are within an organization. Organizations have formal leaders and spiritual leaders. The formal leaders may have the formal authority, but the spiritual leaders own the hearts and minds. The real leaders hold the influence, make change, and lead the organization.You can’t see spiritual leadership. You can’t see who owns the hearts and minds of those around them. But you need to know who the spiritual leaders are.Leadership is and invisible force. It doesn’t depend on a title.There are people within your dream client companies who have real problems and challenges. You can guess at who might have those problems and challenges, but you can’t see pain. The people with real dissatisfaction are the people that are most receptive to your message. They’re most likely to lead you into the rest of the organization.You can’t see pain. You can’t see receptivity either. But you need to know who is dissatisfied and who wants help making positive changes.Pain is an invisible force. So is receptivity. It could be almost anywhere.Invisible forces rule your life. Like gravity, magnetism, and radiation. Invisible forces are also at work in the deals that you are pursuing. Even though you can’t see these invisible forces, you can observe them. And you can use them your advantage.QuestionsWhat are the invisible forces at work in your company and client companies?What invisible forces are at work in the deals you pursue?How do you observe these invisible forces?What actions do you take based on the forces you encounter?last_img read more

Choosing Exactly How Your Life is Difficult

first_imgLife is difficult and full of suffering. Survival itself comes with adversity. Success, by whatever measure you choose, is difficult, requiring time, energy, and competence—and perhaps a bit of good fortune. With all of this being true, you get to choose what kind of suffering you prefer.You might prefer healthy suffering, the kind that provides meaning, purpose, and a host of other rewards. Alternatively, you may prefer a type of suffering that produces only greater suffering.Unhealthy SufferingIf you develop the habits of laziness, sloth, procrastination, and a general lack of industriousness, you will surely suffer the outcomes those habits invariably produce. You will have too little of what you want, be worth too little to those who might provide you with opportunity, do too little of what needs to be done—when it needs to be done, and produce little.If you believe that other people are responsible for your current state, that they prevent you from having the things you want or need, or if you envy others who have more than you have and believe that life is inherently unfair, you will suffer without a positive change to the current state. The longer you carry these beliefs and the more they become embedded in your thinking, the more you will suffer. Your suffering will show up first as complaining, then negativity, then cynicism, and then nihilism (a chronic form of suffering).Wanting reality to be something different from what it is, believing the world should conform to what you consider to be ideal, or believing you are entitled to something without having worked to obtain it, will all cause you to suffer. Though you suffer, reality will not conform to your ideal, nor will anyone recognize your entitlement.Some try to avoid the forms of suffering by abusing drugs, alcohol, or other substances, leading only to new and greater forms of suffering, even if they experience momentary relief from their suffering. Some try to avoid work and cheat the system, only to suffer later after the discovery of their bad decision. Their low moral intelligence produced their suffering (even if that decision was a momentary lack of character and ethics). Still others seek comfort by breaking the commitments they make to the most important people in their lives, a pattern that not only creates suffering for them but causes others to suffer greatly.This is an unhealthy type of suffering, producing no benefit to the one who suffers.Healthy SufferingIt takes effort and energy to be industrious, to take the initiative, to fight the desire to seek comfort instead of exertion, and produce something of value in this world. It takes effort and energy, including doing things you don’t want to do when you don’t feel like doing them. It takes becoming a person of value, someone who produces outcomes others value enough to trade other things of value in order to obtain those outcomes. The suffering here is not only less than its opposite, but it also provides positive outcomes as a reward. The delayed-gratification while delayed, does show up eventually.Because of the way human beings develop, we don’t like to be responsible for our mistakes, our digressions, and our failures. As children, we lie about the missing cookies or the broken lamp. We make excuses as to why we fail the math exam. Much of what shows up in all forms of media provides a narrative that other people are to blame for your state. Believing that you are completely and entirely responsible for every aspect of your life is a difficult position to hold at best, and suffering at worst. However, the fact that you are responsible also comes with the benefit of being empowered to change what you want (or need) to change. That empowerment, when acted on, allows for the changes that improve your life wherever you decide to place your focus.Accepting reality isn’t easy, especially if you are an idealist. Even though life continues to improve for most of Earth’s population, there are still so many things that could use improvement—including too much unnecessary suffering. The choice to accept reality and to refuse to believe you are entitled to have things the way you want them is difficult. It is, however, the most realistic and fairest view of how things are better, but not good enough. Accepting reality opens the opportunity to make a difference and improve things when and where you can. Maybe you can’t eradicate malaria or polio, but you can help someone, and you can make a difference.Humans are easily tempted. They are tempted by food, drink, entertainment, distractions, and pleasure. Trading pleasure for meaning, purpose, and character means walking away from temptations of pleasure. As difficult as it is to push temptations away, that small suffering is nothing compared to the longer term—and much greater—suffering that follows consistently poor decisions.These are positive choices you can make to deal with difficulties and suffering.Life is full of difficult things and suffering. You can make positive choices about how you suffer and move towards a better life (even if not an easy one, and even if it is one where there are occasionally events that cause you great suffering). You might also make negative choices that seem to alleviate your suffering or discomfort, allowing you to avoid difficulties and discomfort now, only to suffer much more—and with much more significant consequences in the future. Essential Reading! 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There Are More Reasons to Work in Sales Than Money Alone

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now A recent prompt suggested that one should only work in sales because they want money or because they want to compete. The second part of the prompt suggested that “helping other people” was not a reason to work in sales. Leaving aside that fact that everyone on Earth wants more money (including Buffet, Munger, Gates, Bezos), a desire for money is not the only reason one might decide to work in sales. As to competition, I don’t know that we acknowledge that aspect enough for people to recognize sales as the place where they belong. There are, however, other good reasons to work in sales outside of money alone.Money Is An OutcomeBefore we get to the many reasons you might want to work in sales (or have chosen to), it’s important to clear up some incorrect ideas about money. Money is an outcome. There are only a few ways money is exchanged: 1.) theft, and 2) the exchange of value. The way one increases their income is by creating greater value for others. Increases beyond creating value for others only occurs when you create value for larger numbers of people. What this means is the only legitimate way to increase your income is by helping others.On CompetitionI believe I am the only person to have written a book on competitive displacements. The first chapter of that book, Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away From Your Competition was a strategy for positioning yourself as a trusted advisor and consultative salesperson and creating a compelling case for your dream client to leave their current supplier. That book also reminds you that only win clients by creating greater value for your dream clients, not by focusing on your competitors, except for differentiating yourself in positive ways.Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchIn The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I dedicated a chapter to competition because I believe a desire to win makes winning a more likely outcome. If you are dead set on winning, you will do the work. The desire to win does compel many people to work on improving themselves.Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedIn all things, you should avoid most ideas that people present as being mutually exclusive. In most cases, replacing the word “or” with the word “and” creates a more accurate picture. The idea that you can either be money-motivated or possess a desire to help other people is hogwash. Many people are capable of both.Reasons You Might Choose to Work In SalesHere is a list of other reasons you might want to work in sales, outside of a money-motivation, in the order in which they occurred to me.Autonomy and Working Independently: There are few areas in business where you have as much independence as sales. You determine what work you do, when you do it, and how you do it. If your natural disposition pulls you towards a type of freedom and you have the self-discipline to will yourself to work without anyone needing to hold you accountable, selling is an excellent choice.Solving Difficult Problems for Other People: In B2B sales, we help people with difficult problems or challenges, even if one of those challenges might be taking advantage of new opportunities. One of the more difficult problems we solve is helping people make a change in their organization (something you might recognize by the word “consultative.”) If that is interesting or exciting to you, a role in B2B sales might be the right choice.Need New Experiences: The type of people that do well in sales tend to need new experiences. In sales, the people you work with (clients and prospects) are always changing. The challenges you help them with vary from client to client. Without saying more, there tends to be more than a fair bit of drama, and any two days are rarely the same.Desire a Role Where Growth is Necessary: There is a reason I write as much about growth, success, and productivity here. These are variables to success that, while being prevalent in many professions, seem to help or hinder people more in sales. Success in sales is individual, not situational. There are two groups of people who tend to focus on their growth and development, leaders and salespeople (in both cases, growth is necessary to improve the individual and their results).Working With Other People: You spend the most substantial part of your time in sales working with other people. If you don’t like working with other people, you are not likely to be either happy or prosperous in sales. However, if you enjoy meeting new people, if you are good with people, if you have fast rapport skills, if you are good at maintaining relationships, sales may be a natural fit.A Desire to Be a Businessperson: There are not many roles you might obtain that will do as much to make you a well-rounded businessperson or expose you to so many different businesses, different companies, or the full range of diverse strategies and tactics. In most B2B sales role, you have the opportunity to work across industry verticals. Because your work exposes you to many different businesses, you become a much better business person. You gain considerably more business acumen and situational knowledge than many other roles.Compensated for Results: Because compensation structures in sales are based on your contribution, those who desire a role where their company pays them for their results find their way into sales. In most positions, you have little control over your income. In a sales role, better results bring bigger rewards.Willingness to Be Accountable for Results: Sales comes with a higher degree of accountability than other professions. First, you are accountable for your results. Second, you are responsible for the outcomes you sell your client. The willingness or desire to be accountable for results is another reason some of us find our way into sales roles.When you look at success in any endeavor, you invariably find a complex and complicated mix of factors. The idea that the only essential attribute one need look at is a money-motivation is to ignore other characteristics, many of which may be even more vital. Whether you are hiring a salesperson or deciding on a career in sales, a view that takes into account additional factors improves your decision-making.Money-motivation with no interest in creating value for others provides for a different outcome than the two of these things together. The few people who want money and who also possess a low Moral Intelligence don’t tend to do in anything for very long, and in some cases, they end up behind bars. Money-motivation without the discipline to accompany the autonomy or the willingness to be accountable for results also isn’t a good combination for a salesperson.last_img read more

The One Competitive Advantage Not Being Commoditized

first_imgSalespeople and sales organizations work very hard to differentiate themselves and their offerings as a way to create a competitive advantage. Many believe their company is the differentiation. Others think their solutions provide differentiation. Few would dare to describe their people as their competitive advantage, even when it is true. Even fewer would recognize caring as their competitive advantage and the superpower that it is in an age of commoditization and the conflation of everything to the transaction itself. Caring is the one competitive advantage that is not being commoditized, and by its very nature, cannot be reduced to a transaction.Caring is ExpensiveFrom an organizational perspective, caring is expensive. You must invest more time than you would in a transactional approach to a commercial relationship. You have to invest in people, the opposite approach of the many people infected with the idea they should reduce the number of people they need by automating as many processes as possible. The idea to enable humans with technology has morphed into a drive to replace humans with it.When your competition zags, you should zig. When care is removed, the competitive advantage shifts to those who are willing to provide what is missing. While others invest in technology, investing in human beings, the only resource capable of caring is to build a competitive advantage.Caring Takes Time and EffortThere was a time when customer service centers tried to reduce the time their agents spent on the phone when their customers called for help. The thinking was that the more time the agent spent with the customer, the more expensive the call. Over time, the pendulum has swung back the other direction, as companies discovered that as expensive as it was to pay the agent for their time, losing the customer was even more costly. Caring requires you to give people your time.There is no commodity more expensive or more precious than time. There are ways to acquire more of any other resource, but time is finite. When you invest time in one thing, you eliminate the option of investing it somewhere else. This is no truer than when it comes to the time it takes to care.Caring also requires considerable effort. You have to put forth the energy necessary to communicate frequently and effectively, trading your physical presence for what might have been an email. It requires the friction that comes with asking for and obtaining someone else’s time and attention. It also requires that you have the sometimes difficult conversations to solve problems.Caring Requires IntimacyCharlie Green of Trusted Advisor would tell you that trust is built on credibility, reliability, and intimacy, as well as a lack of self-orientation. He would also inform you that, of the four factors, the one that weighs most heavily is intimacy.Intimacy means that you know the other person. You know what’s important to them and why. You understand their preferences, you keep these things are front of mind and consider them in the decisions you take together. You can think of this as tailoring or customizing what and how you do things.I love that’s algorithm knows and understands some of my preferences, a transactional approach designed to fake intimacy. No one at knows me, and I don’t know anyone there. A savvy, independent bookstore could beat Amazon’s by taking a bibliophile’s past purchase data and calling to ask them if they’d like the bookstore to hold a new release for them. Even more, a human that knows the individuals that frequent their store could get to know them well enough to make recommendations.Only humans are capable of intimacy, and that means only humans are capable of caring. Intimacy is also the key to understanding how to create value for your clients.Caring Requires InitiativeWaiting until your client recognizes they need something and asks for your help is a transactional approach to the relationship. Even worse, allowing your clients to make mistakes or avoid changing before they are harmed is a form of negligence or complacency, both of which prove a lack of caring. If you want to make retention difficult and expose yourself to being displaced, given a long enough timeline, a lack of caring is all but guaranteed.Caring isn’t passive or reactive. It requires one to take the initiative. For caring to be a competitive advantage, you must act before it is necessary. You must maintain your intimacy and proactively propose and create new value.Caring and the Creation of PreferenceThere is a concept that we don’t pay enough attention to in sales. The idea is “creating a preference,” the very heart of sales.We seek technological solutions over human competencies, even when the technology that promises efficiencies reduces effectiveness. We look for a way to increase the speed at which we win deals, often using strategies that cause clients to select a competitor. We avoid the very things that might create intimacy.All the effort we put into selling is to create a preference to buy from—and work with—us instead of a competitor. Imagine two competitors, both vying for a client’s business. Both of these competitors have the business acumen and the solutions necessary to serve the client well. One of them spends more time with the client, working to understand their needs better and creates a sense of intimacy. That same salesperson is proactive and communicates in a way that ensures the client know they listened and heard them as they shared their wants and needs. The salesperson also showed up and made their presence felt by really working to understand the client’s business. The other salesperson did none of these things. Which of these two salespeople would you prefer as your strategic partner?When all things are equal, you must make something unequal. If there is a superpower in business, it is caring. If you want a sustainable competitive advantage that isn’t going to be commoditized now or in the future, look no further. 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

Archive acquires 162 new films

first_imgPune: The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has acquired 162 films in one of its largest acquisitions in recent times.As many as 125 of these films are original ‘dupe’ negatives as opposed to release positives, NFAI director Prakash Magdum said. The collection includes 44 black-and-white films. It includes a number of Hindi films from different eras, and 34 Gujarati, 15 Marathi and some Nepali and Bhojpuri films. The haul also includes 15 unreleased films. A highlight is the original negative of Mahatma, nearly six hours of documentary footage of Mahatma Gandhi shot by Vitthalbhai Jhaveri, a photographer, filmmaker, and an associate of Gandhi.Hindi films like Faslah (1976) and Amarsingh Rathod (1957); Nepali film Maiti Ghar (1966) by B.S.Thapa; and original negatives of Sitara (1939) by Ezra Mir, Mani Kaul’s Uski Roti (1969) and K.A. Abbas’s Saat Hindustani (1969), Amitabh Bachchan’s debut film, are also a part of the acquisition.The collection also includes Kon Ichikawa’s renowned film Tokyo Olympiad (1965) and Dilip Kumar-starrer Kohinoor (1960). “The entire collection is the courtesy of the Famous Cine Laboratory in Mumbai and we thank them for depositing these films with the NFAI. This is one of the most important acquisitions owing to the fact that a large number of films have come in the original/dupe negative format,” Mr. Magdum said.last_img read more

After Haj office, a police station turns saffron in U.P.

first_imgThe colour saffron appears to be gradually spreading across Uttar Pradesh, with parts of a nearly 80-year-old police station in the capital being given a splash of it, days after the Haj office here was painted orange, drawing criticism from the Opposition.Ever since Yogi Adityanath became the Chief Minister, the colour seems to have become a defining feature. It has virtually permeated everything — from booklets and school bags to towels, chairs and buses. Built in 1939, the Qaiser Bagh police station had the colours — yellow and red. But this time round some pillars and certain parts of the building acquired a bright saffron hue against a light cream background.“The renovation had started almost two-and-a-half months ago as part of an annual programme,” Inspector in-charge D.K. Upadhyaya told PTI. The renovation work was incomplete as the labourers had recently stopped coming because of the intense cold, he said.The Samajwadi Party criticised the move, saying the “party [BJP] was indulging in politics of colour only to divert the attention of people from its failures in carrying out development.”The All India Shia Personal Law Board said politics of colour should be avoided. The Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan, which houses the Chief Minister’s Office, was painted saffron in October last year.The facade of the State secretariat was given a saffron hue months after Mr. Adityanath took over the reins.Mr. Adityanath loves to see a saffron towel on his seat in his office. Recently, he flagged off a fleet of 50 saffron-coloured buses.last_img read more

Chilika boat tragedy toll rises to six

first_imgThe death toll in the Chilika boat tragedy rose to six after recovery of four bodies from the lake on Sunday.A boat, carrying 17 tourists, had capsized on Saturday afternoon in the Chilika lake, about 100 km from here. The tourists were returning from Kalijai temple, a prominent temple located on an island in Chilika. As soon as the incident took place around 5 p.m., boat operators sailing nearby immediately started rescue operation. They were helped by the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and the Indian Navy. Two bodies were recovered on Saturday while 11 persons were rescued.The rescue operation was resumed on Sunday. Four bodies were fished out from the Chilika water. Six victims include five women and one boy. They were identified as Pramodini Das, Shradhanjali Das, Meera Patnaik, Kalpana Mohanty, Suchitra Mohanty and Sudhansu Sekhar Das. The victims belonged to Bhubaneswar and Nayagarh area. Expressing deep sorrow at the loss of lives, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex-gratia of ₹4 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased. The Chief Minister also announced free medical treatment for the injured persons.last_img read more

Defections put TMC in pole position

first_imgA day after being selected by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the chairperson of the newly constituted Tribal Development Committee (TDC), former CPI(M) leader Ritabrata Banerjee tweeted: “Humbled to be a part in Didi’s [Ms. Banerjee] endeavour of transforming the State.”Mr. Ritabrata, once a fiery student leader and CPI(M) MP, was expelled from the party last September. Observers read his appointment as an induction into the Trinamool Congress.He, however, refused to be drawn into political speculation. “I am an Independent MP and continue to work in that capacity,” he told The Hindu.Challenge to BJPHe did, however, echo nearly all defectors on the future of politics in Bengal, when he said, “I have said for a long time that Mamata Banerjee is the only person to challenge the BJP at the State and at the national level; strengthening her is important.”Former CPI(M) MP from Murshidabad Moinul Hassan, who quit the party on Saturday, went a step further to suggest that an alliance of Trinamool Congress, CPI(M) and Congress was “vital.”“Many are asking me whether the TMC and CPI(M) can be part of the same alliance. If Akhilesh Yadav and Mayavati can come together, it can be emulated in Bengal,” said Mr. Hassan.At least five Congress MLAs and few CPI(M) leaders are expected to join the Trinamool Congress on July 21. Sabina Yeasmin, MLA from Malda, whose name featured in the list of the MLAs, has spent a decade with the Congress.“The way BJP is growing in Bengal, it is now imperative to join the TMC,” she said. She added that party president Rahul Gandhi had asked her “to wait before taking a final decision” at his meeting with restive MLAs on Friday.last_img read more

BJP leader killed in West Bengal, two arrested

first_imgA BJP leader was killed in the Mandirbazar area in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Friday night. On Saturday, two persons were arrested.The BJP leadership has alleged that Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers were behind the crime. The TMC has denied the charge.The police said Shaktipada Sardar, a BJP block president in the Mandirbazar-Dhanurhat area, was hacked when he was returning home. “Mr. Sardar was found in a critical condition by locals near the road and rushed to the Diamond Harbour Hospital. He was referred to a hospital in Kolkata after his condition deteriorated. He succumbed to injuries on the way to Kolkata,” Tathagata Basu, Supernatant of Police of Sundarban, said.Remanded in custodyGoutam Mondal and Abdul Haque Molla were arrested and produced before a court which remanded them in police custody for eight days, Mr. Basu said. He said Sardar had earlier been arrested in several cases.As for the motive, he said no political link had not come up in the investigation so far. “Prima facie, the murder was the outcome of personal enmity,” he said.last_img read more

One more from Odisha dies in A.P. quarry blast

first_imgThe death toll of Odia labourers killed in the blast at a stone quarry in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh on August 3 has risen to six.All the six were migrant labourers from Rambha block of Ganjam district. According to sources, Ram Chandra Nahak (50) of Bandhatala Nuagaon died at King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam on Saturday night. Four persons from Bandha Tali Nuagaon, who were working as migrant labourers, died in the stone quarry blast in Kurnool. The other deceased from the village were Duryodhan Nahak (42), Manoranjan Nahak (22) and Pandav Lenka (40). Bhima Nahak (30) of Radhagovindpur and Rajendra Nahak (40) of Diandein village had also died because of this blast.last_img read more

Two women injured in acid attack

first_imgTwo women suffered burn injuries when unidentified bike-borne miscreants threw acid on them in Siddharthnagar district, police said. The women, aged 20 and 19, both residents of Biskohar Tola, were attacked on their way home around 9 p.m. on Friday. They suffered injuries to their face and upper part of the body and were referred to PGI Lucknow. Another woman who had rushed after hearing the screams also got injured when she came in contact with the two women.last_img

Agitating nurses held, released later

first_imgAround 200 agitating nurses were arrested from two State-run medical colleges and hospitals of Assam on Wednesday, the third day of their strike, only to be released later, officials said. The nurses under the banner of All Assam Nurses’ Association were on strike in two hospitals since Monday to press for their demands, including pay parity. The authorities imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in the premises of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital and the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday morning, sources said. When the agitating uniformed nurses assembled in front of the hospitals and started raising slogans, around 100 nurses from each hospital were arrested, the sources said. The GMCH nurses were taken away to a temporary jail set up at the 4th Assam Police Battalion HQ in Guwahati and released later, the police said. The nurses claimed that Health Minister Pijush Hazarika had called them for a meeting on Tuesday but cancelled it all of a sudden. The nurses are demanding ‘same post same salary’ and restoration of the designation of ‘staff nurse’.last_img read more

Bengal schools put complaint boxes to combat trafficking

first_imgIn March 2018, two sisters studying in Class 7 and Class 8 of a school under the Mathurapur police station in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district suddenly dropped out. Their absence went unnoticed until school authorities found a letter in their complaint box: it said that the girls had been taken to Kashmir without their consent and married off there.The letter was written by a school mate who lived in the same village and, from conversations she had overheard, got to know about the whereabouts of the two girls. Chandan Kumar Maity, headmaster of the school, tried to trace the girl’s parents. It did not take him long to realise that the girls had indeed been trafficked to Kashmir. After a lot of effort from the school authorities and the local police and some non-government organisations the girls were rescued and brought back to a government home. The parents, it turned, were involved: they had received ₹1.3 lakh for the girls. More than a hundred schools in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district have installed boxes in their premises under the West Bengal’s Swayangsiddha scheme, which encourages girls to report stalking or harassment faced either by them or anyone known to them.Communication channel During a recent event to extend the scheme to other districts of West Bengal, Inspector General of State’s Criminal Investigation Department Ajey Ranande (recently transferred from the post) emphasised on the important role played by schools in dealing with organised crime like human trafficking. “Swayangsiddha boxes have been set up in schools where girls can put chits (complaints),” Mr Ranade said. Not only in schools of Mathurapur but also in areas like Metaibruz on the southwestern fringes of Kolkata are benefiting from the installation of these complaint boxes.“These boxes have opened a new channel of communication for girls in our school. We have received several complaints of stalking and have involved locals as well as the police to ensure that girls do not face any problem coming to school,” said Durba Sanyal Bhattacharya, headmistress of Rabindra Balika Vidyapith.Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini, who has been associated with the scheme ever since it started in the district in 2016, pointed out that Swayangsiddha means self-reliance and one of the important aims of the scheme is to make girls aware so that they are able to make informed choices. “We are trying to ensure that State-run schools across West Bengal have such boxes. This can go a long way in preventing trafficking, not only of the girls coming to school but also in their villages,” Mr Kant said.last_img read more

NGT raps U.P. govt. over incomplete data on hospitals

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday rapped the Uttar Pradesh government for not providing data on the number of hospitals and health centres in the State. Directing the State government to furnish a performance guarantee of ₹10 crore, the green panel directed the U.P. government to furnish a compliance report within one month.A Bench headed by NGT judicial member Justice Raghuvendra S. Rathore said, “You are not able to tell the total number of hospitals. What sort of functioning is (this)? We fail to understand… it reflects the [lack of] seriousness and responsibility which the State of U.P. has towards the issue.”The observations came while the green panel was hearing a plea that sought directions to shut down hospitals, nursing homes and health centres in the State that are not complying with relevant biomedical waste rules.During the hearing, the State’s Directorate of Medical and Health informed the tribunal that the figure of 5,240 is incomplete and surveys are currently under way in several districts. Authorities further informed that the entire process will take two months to be completed.One month time“In order to ensure that all concerned officers could be serious about the issue and collect the data on hospitals, we grant one month time to do the needful, provided they execute a performance guarantee of ₹10 crore within a week,” the bench said.The plea had contended that indiscriminate disposal of biomedical waste was adversely affecting public health and environment.last_img read more

Furore as Nitish & Co. skip tribute to slain jawan

first_imgThe Bihar government has come in for sharp criticism as none of its Ministers were present at the Patna airport on Sunday to receive the body of Central Reserve Police Force Inspector Pintu Singh who was killed in a gun battle in Kashmir. The Chief Minister, his Cabinet colleagues and other NDA leaders were allegedly busy with the Sankalp rally that was addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Inspector Pintu Singh, 35, was killed in an encounter in Handwara area of Jammu and Kashmir on March 1. His body was brought to the Patna airport en route to his home in Bagras-Dhyanchakki village in Begusarai district. While the Ministers and leaders of the ruling BJP-JD(U) were conspicuous by their absence, State Congress president Madan Mohan Jha and Lok Janshakti Party leader Choudhary Mahboob Ali Kaiser were present at the airport to pay tributes to the slain soldier.Barely three hours later, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, along with his Cabinet Ministers, reached the airport to receive the Prime Minister who had come to address the rally.‘An insult’State BJP leader and Minister of Labour Resources Vijay Sinha reached the soldier’s home in Begusarai late on Sunday night, hours after the funeral was over. Angry family members of the jawan said the absence of State Ministers at the funeral was an “insult to the martyr”.In a video which has gone viral on social media, the Minister is seen telling the grieving family that there was a “communication gap and misunderstanding about the timing of the funeral”. He also said that because of the crowd at the Sankalp rally, he could not reach on time for the last rites. The jawan’s grieving father, Chakradhar Singh, later told journalists that the NDA leaders chose to neglect his son to attend the Patna rally.“It shows how concerned they are about the soldiers. NDA leaders were more concerned about the Sankalp rally of (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi. They have neglected to pay homage to a brave soldier who died for the country,” Chakradhar Singh said. His brother Sanjay Kumar Singh said, “Pintu has not received the honour he deserved from the State government. No NDA leader came to the airport… it hurts.”Later, JD(U) national vice-president and election strategist Prashant Kishor tweeted to apologise on behalf of his party. “We are sorry for the error of judgment on part of those of us who should have been there with you in this hour of grief,” tweeted Mr. Kishor. Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Tejashwi Yadav slammed the ruling alliance’s disrespect to the slain soldier.last_img read more

CRPF jawan killed in Naxal attack

first_imgA jawan of the Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) was killed and five others were injured in an attack by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Monday, officials said. The Naxalites first set off an improvised explosive device (IED) and then opened fire on the CRPF troopers of the 231st battalion, who along with a State police unit, were on road security duty in the district’s Aranpur area, they said The incident took place around 4.30 pm near the CRPF’s Kamal post in Dantewada, the officials said. In the attack, a head constable was killed, a senior official said. The security forces were attacked in a forest between Kondapara and Kamalpur villages under the Aranpur police station limits, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava said.last_img read more

Inmates, deputy jailor hurt in brawl at Jaipur Central Jail

first_imgAfter an alleged brawl in the Jaipur Central Jail, the police have registered a first information report against seven inmates on charges of attacking the jail guards and a deputy jailor when they were inspecting a cell in a high-security ward of the prison on Saturday. The jail inmates include four accused in the 2008 Jaipur serial blasts case.The incident occurred after the accused, facing trial in the blasts case, wrote an application to the Special Judge seeking a direction to the jail administration to install a complaint box and ensure the visit of a judicial officer to their ward as per the guidelines of the jail manual. After the court issued notice to the jail authorities, the jail guards allegedly gave life threats to the accused.FIR registered In a brawl that followed, several prisoners were injured and deputy jailor Raj Mahendra reportedly fractured his finger. The inmates were taken to the jail dispensary for first aid. FIR against them has been registered under Sections 332 and 353 of IPC, dealing with the assault on public servants, at the Lal Kothi police station. While Director General (Prisons) N.R.K. Reddy said strict security measures had been taken to prevent the recurrence of violence on the jail premises, civil rights groups have demanded an inquiry into the incident and its background by a committee of independent observers as well as suspension of the jail officials who had allegedly threatened and beaten the inmates.last_img read more

Gujarat in the grip of massive water shortage

first_imgWith rising mercury levels and a severe heat wave, there is a massive water crisis across Gujarat, particularly in the scarcity-hit Saurashtra region, Kutch, North Gujarat and parts of tribal pockets in central and South Gujarat.More than 20 districts in the State are severely affected. Towns and villages there hardly get water twice a week. In more than 500 villages in 14 districts, drinking water is being supplied through tankers and that number will only rise in the days to come.Recently, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani admitted that the State was in the midst of a major water shortage. He said that except for Narmada, all other water bodies and dams had negligible storage. “However, thanks to the Sardar Sarovar Dam and Narmada canal network, people will not face any difficulty till July-end. Water is available in the dam. The only challenge is to supply it to far flung areas, as many as 500 km away,” Mr. Rupani said after reviewing the situation.Subsequently, the State government asked the district administrations to send tankers to villages where water was not available.“After review and reports from local authorities, we have decided to send water to villages located in different districts by tankers, so that villages where local sources of water have dried up can get drinking water,” said Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel.According to officials, the number of villages needing water tankers will only rise in the coming days due to the high temperatures.In Saurashtra region’s main city Rajkot, water is supplied only for 20 minutes a day. In many localities and societies located on the outskirts, supply is on alternate days or through tankers. Even in Jasdan, assembly constituency of Kuvarji Bavalia, Water Supplies Minister of Gujarat, shortage of drinking water has forced villagers to hold protests.Local legislators have made representations demanding adequate water supply in their areas where local sources of water have dried up. Narmada water is the only source now.“In my area, more than two dozen villages are facing acute shortage,” said Congress legislator Virji Thummar from Amreli district. “I have written to the minister and demanded that all villages be provided water through tankers and tanker trips doubled.”last_img read more

Another NPF leader wants to pull the plug

first_imgAfter senior Naga People’s Front leader and former Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang’s announcement on Saturday about the Front’s decision to withdraw support to the BJP-led government in Manipur, another senior party leader said on Sunday that “they were forced to take the decision”.NPF Manipur State unit president Awangbou Newmai added that “bigger parties were looking down upon smaller parties.” After May 23He said that though the decision has been taken, it will be implemented after the entire electioneering process is complete on May 23.A senior BJP leader said on Sunday that if the NPF withdraws support, it will not have any effect on the coalition government.The senior BJP leader said that the party has 29 MLAs and has the support of one legislator each of the Lok Janshakti Party, AITC and an Independent in the 60-member Manipur Assembly. The NPF has four MLAs. The Congress had 29 MLAs after the 2017 Assembly polls, but eight of its legislators defected to the BJP last year, taking its tally from 21 to 29.Mr. Newmai claimed that the NPF was “forced” to take the decision as the “BJP has not honoured some of the agreements that were agreed upon when the coalition government was formed in 2017”. “We have been patient for some two years,” he said. The BJP has denied the allegations made by the NPF leader. The allegations are totally baseless and unfounded, said a senior party leader. A meeting of senior NPF leaders was held in Kohima on Saturday evening to take a decision. The meeting was held at the NPF’s central office, which was attended by party chief Shurhozelie Liezietsu, Opposition leader in Nagaland Assembly T.R. Zeliang, NPF core committee members and the party MLAs in Manipur.last_img read more