How To Acquire the Ability To Advise Your Clients

first_imgIf you are going to be a trusted advisor, you need only two things: trust and advice.The slide deck that your company has provided you, the one that starts with your company history and your great successes, is not advice. It a proof provider designed to give you credibility in front of your prospective client, an outcome that is rarely—if ever—obtained.The logos of the big companies you serve and their testimonials are proof that people like you and believe you do good work, or at least good enough that continue to buy from you. The logos are still an attempt to prove that you are a safe choice, a reputable company, and someone that can be trusted with your dream client’s business.Your products, your services, or your solutions are also not advice. They may be something that makes sense to recommend, but only in context of a much larger conversation. By themselves they provide nothing that resembles advice, and they do nothing to position you as a potential strategic partner. When you rely on what you sell to give you credibility and create a preference, you aren’t anything close to providing advice.There was a time when it would have been safe to believe that if what you sell comes with little risk, is inexpensive, and isn’t a complex decision with many factors to consider, that the approaches above may have been acceptable. But in B2B sales now, even if a sale that shouldn’t be considered complex, they more and more resemble a complex sale, meaning these approaches are less effective over time.Acquiring AdviceThe “advice” thing isn’t easy to acquire. You have to work in an industry long enough to know how things work for you and your clients. You have to develop a deep interest in business, preferring CNBC to Howard Stern or banal political shows where people yell at each other over issues manufactured to split you into a voting segment. You have to spend time with your clients, allowing them to teach you their business, how they think about their most strategic decisions, and how someone like you should be helping them. More still, you have read, study, know things, and gain the experience that gives you the credibility to offer your advice.If this seems like a daunting task, know for certain that it is. If it seems out of reach, know for certain it is not. If you want to be successful selling B2B you need to be intentional in learning what you need to know and seek out the experiences that will in-form your counsel later on (but sooner than you might believe). Your intentionality here will differentiate you from most, and everyone who has what you want started where you are now. 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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‘Saharanpur riots timed for local polls’

first_imgA day after Saharanpur witnessed communal clashes after a “Shobha Yatra” led by BJP MP Raghav Lakhanpal without police permission, Dalits of Sadak Dudhli village and Saharanpur city alleged that the clashes were organised to communally polarise the area ahead of the Municipal Corporation elections due in May. The Dalits living in Saharanpur city and Sadak Dudhli village told The Hindu that they had “observed the birth anniversary of Ambedkar on April 14 in a ceremony in the village much before the BJP MP Raghav Lakhanpal planned a procession which was never supported by the majority of the dalits of the village”. The Hindu has a copy of their letter to the administration in which they had declared that they had organised the Ambedkar Jayanti programme in the village in the form of a “discussion of ideas” ((vichar goshthi). “We just wanted to inform you that we, the residents of Sadak Dudhli, organised Ambedkar Jayanti at Ambedkar Bhawan in the village on April 14,” said the letter signed by dalit residents of the village and sent to the District Magistarte, the Senior Superintendent of Police and other administrative officials. The Senior Superintendent of Police Love Kumar told The Hindu that situation in Saharanpur was “peaceful and under control”. He said that the majority of the local dalits in Sadak Dudhli were never in favour of taking out any kind of procession on the name of Ambedkar illegally. Balbir Singh Gautam, a member of Ambedkar Samaj party told The Hindu the administration did not give permission for any new shobha yatra even during the rule of Bahujan Samaj Party. “I am sure the situation would have been different had they held a discussion with the administration and the Muslim community which had no objection to Shobha Yatra if it is done with permission. The problem was the politics done by the local MP BJP Raghav Lakhanpal who wanted to misuse Ambedkar’s name to organise a riot only to communally polarise the region ahead of the Municipal Corporation elections due next month,” Gautam told The Hindu over phone from Saharanpur.“BJP wants to communally polarise the region ahead of the civic body elections because BJP candidates lost the Assembly polls from Saharanpur city and Saharanpur rural, the two seats which constitutes Saharanpur Municipal corporation electorate,”he added. Inderpal, a dalit activist who had in the past worked among the dalits in Sadak Dudhli village asked, “If Mr. Lakhanpal was such a big follower of Ambedkar why does not he first start organising Ambedkar Shbha yatra in urban areas where people belonging to upper caste had prevented the dalits from organising Shibha yatra.”. Gautam said that the procession which was led by the BJP MP was largely “constituted by people who were outsiders and who did not belong to the village”. Mr. Lakhanpal, on his part said the BJP would organise the “Shobha Yatra” in the village. He rejected the allegation that he insisting on it due to the upcoming Municipal Corporation elections. UP Police on Friday booked the BJP MP along with his brother Rahul Lakhanpal Sharma, BJP MLA from Deoband Brajesh SIngh and several others on charges of instigating the mob to engage in violence and destruction of public property and attack on the police office and officials. (EOM)last_img read more

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Gang rivalry spills on to Dhule streets, man hacked to death

first_imgA history sheeter, recently released from prison, was hacked to death, allegedly by members of a rival gang, in broad daylight in Dhule on Tuesday morning. A video of the incident, which was captured on a CCTV cameras nearby, went viral on social media on Thursday.According to the Dhule police, the murder occurred at around 6.30 a.m. on Tuesday when Rafiquddin Sheikh (35) was having tea at Gopal Tea Stall on Parola Road in Dhule. “Sheikh has over 30 cases of extortion and assault against him. The exact reason for his murder is being ascertained,” said Dhule Superintendent of Police M. Ramkumar.The CCTV footage shows the accused, 11 to 12 in number, armed with swords barging into the tea stall and dragging Sheikh out onto the road. They are then seen attacking him with swords over 20 times before fleeing the scene. The entire assault lasted for around a minute.Police officers said the incident was reported and relayed within minutes to the Dhule City police station, under whose jurisdiction the area falls. Sheikh was rushed to a government hospital in Dhule where he was declared dead before admission, and the police, after viewing CCTV footage, and recording statements of eye-witnesses, registered a case of murder. “Based on the CCTV footage, we have identified five of the accused as history sheeters from a local gang and are working on identifying the others. Sheikh led a gang of his own and there was a constant fight for supremacy between the two gangs and the murder,” said Police Inspector Anil Vadnere, Dhule City police station. Mr. Vadnere added that multiple teams had been sent out to various locations to try and apprehend the accused.last_img read more

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NIT Goa to tie up with Madras, Bombay IITs

first_imgPANAJI: The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Goa, is working on a proposal to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M), to transfer 10 of its students to IIT-M for orientation every year before they proceed for the PhD programme.The institute is also working on a project to introduce virtual classrooms and blended massive open online courses through mutually interactive sessions with the participation of reputed faculties from IIT Bombay. NIT Goa director Gopal Mugeraya told reporters on Friday that the institute will introduce mechanical and civil engineering courses from 2018-19. Mr. Mugeraya said the construction for the new campus in Cuncolim, South Goa, being built for an estimated ₹1,200 crore, is expected to begin by November. An administrative block and three centres with multiple classrooms will be constructed during the first phase, which is expected to be ready by 2020 with an investment of ₹500 crore.last_img read more

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Punjab to set up revenue panel soon

first_imgIn a bid to provide better services, Punjab will soon be setting up a revenue commission, which will revisit the existing land Acts to make them relevant with the changed land use situation.State Financial Commissioner Vinni Mahajan on Monday said here on Monday that the commission would examine the need for new Acts or amendments to the existing ones to legalise the land lease practices to provide a firm basis for modern, high-value agriculture and horticulture in place of the current monoculture of wheat and paddy.“Besides, the commission will also explore the possibility of replacing the current practice of presumptive ownership with appropriate legal title,” she told presspersons. Ms. Mahajan, an Additional Chief Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said Punjab would prepare a special policy for affordable colonies in the next two months based on small size plots and housing at reasonable rates to provide houses to all with basic amenities in urban areas.She said the department had started the Punjab Shehri Awas Yojana-2017 under which applications were received in all towns in the State, which would be verified and the final list be prepared in the next three months.last_img read more

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Muzaffarnagar riots: Adityanath government mulls withdrawal of cases against BJP leaders

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government headed by Yogi Adityanath has sought information on the possibility of withdrawing nine criminal cases pending in a court in Muzaffarnagar against BJP leaders in connection with 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, according to a letter to the district magistrate by a senior State official.The cases were filed against U.P. Minister Suresh Rana, former Union Minister Sanjiv Balyan, Bijnor MP Bhartendu Singh, Budhana MLA Umesh Malik and party leader Sadhvi Prachi.In the January 5 letter to the district magistrate, Uttar Pradesh Department of Justice Special Secretary Raj Singh has sought information on 13 points, including whether the cases could be withdrawn in public interest. The letter also sought the opinion of the Muzaffarnagar Senior Superintendent of Police.Though the leaders have not been named in the letter, the file numbers pertaining to the cases against them have been mentioned in it.The accused are facing charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for violating prohibitory orders, deterring public servants from discharging their duties and wrongful restraint.The accused had allegedly participated in a “mahapanchayat” and incited violence through their speeches in the last week of August 2013. The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas in August and September 2013 had claimed more than 60 lives while over 40,000 people were displaced.In the two riot cases, 22 activists, including Mr. Rana, are facing trial in which a special investigation team (SIT) has filed charge sheets.last_img read more

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Woman, lesbian partner batter mother to death

first_imgPolice on Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old woman who killed her mother as she objected to her lesbian relationship with her teacher. On March 9, Rashmi Rana’s father Satish Kumar complained to police against his daughter and her teacher Nisha Gautama for battering his wife Pushpa Devi with an iron rod, which caused her death. Rana confessed that her mother had opposed the union.last_img

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Militants kill political activist Ghulam Nabi Patail in J&K

first_imgA political activist, Ghulam Nabi Patail, was killed and two policemen were injured in firing by militants in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said.Political parties condemned the killing but confusion prevailed over Mr. Patail’s affiliation. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, describing him as a senior Congress leader while the Congress said he was a “well-known” activist of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). National Conference leader Omar Abdullah waded in, saying if neither the PDP nor the Congress was willing to accept Mr. Patail as one of their own, he could be called an NC worker.Mr. Patail had contested the 2002 J&K Assembly elections on Congress ticket but switched over to the Socialist Democratic Party in the 2008 Assembly elections. He did not contest the 2014 State polls. Giving details of the attack, a police official said the militants opened fire in the Rajpora Chowk area. Mr. Patail, a resident of Shadimarg, died while being taken to a hospital. The condition of the two injured policemen was said to be stable. Security forces have cordoned off the area and a hunt has been launched for the attackers.”Heartfelt condolences to the family of senior Congress leader, G. N. Patel who was killed by militants today in Rajpora. Such cowardly acts achieve nothing but leave one more family devastated,” Ms. Mufti, who is also the president of PDP, tweeted.A Congress spokesman also condemned the killing and offered condolences to the bereaved family. Such killings should be condemned by every section of society, the spokesman said.In a tweet, NC leader Omar Abdullah said: “What terrible news to start the day with here. My heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased & prayers for the injured. Allah Jannat naseeb karay.” The Congress and the PDP had disowned the leader to avoid conveying to their workers that they were at risk, Mr. Abdullah, a former Chief Minister, claimed.last_img read more

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Jinnah a ‘mahapurush’, says Bahraich BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule

first_imgAmid a row over Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait at the Aligarh Muslim University, local BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule has termed the founder of Pakistan a ‘mahapurush’ (great personality).Ms. Phule alleged that the Jinnah controversy was being raked up to divert attention from the real issues such as ensuring equal rights to Dalits. “All the ‘mahapurush’ who had contributed to the freedom struggle, irrespective of their caste or community, need to be respected,” the MP, who has been vocally critical of the State government over Dalit issues, told newspersons here on Thursday night. Asked if Jinnah was a ‘mahapurush’, she replied, “He was, is, and will always remain a great person.” “The portrait of such a ‘mahapurush’, wherever it is required, should be installed with respect… Jinnah is respected from the times of freedom struggle… His name should be taken with respect,” she said. The BJP MP said the Jinnah controversy was being raked up to divert attention from the real issues of ‘bahujan samaj’ of poverty, starvation, etc. Her own party colleague and MP from Aligarh, Satish Gautam, had earlier written a letter to AMU vice-chancellor seeking explanation as to why Jinnah’s portrait continues to adorn the walls of the university, triggering a massive controversy. To a question on Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party leader Om Prakash Rajbhar’s statements that backward people were being neglected, Ms. Phule said she too had felt the same way.Ms. Phule had earlier raised questions on BJP leaders dining at the houses of Dalits. She had, in March, held a “save Constitution” rally in Lucknow in which BJP flags and symbols were missing.last_img read more

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Milk in midday meals in Rajasthan

first_imgThe students of the government primary and upper primary schools in Rajasthan will get milk in the midday meals thrice in a week under a new scheme for improving nutritional status of children. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will inaugurate an “Annapurna Doodh Yojana” on July 2 for supplying milk to schools.Minister of State for Education Vasudev Devnani said here on Wednesday that the introduction of milk as a supplementary nutritive item would help strengthen the State government’s efforts to improve the health of schoolchildren. Mr. Devnani has written letters to all elected representatives asking them to render help in the Mid Day Meal scheme’s effective implementation.After the inauguration of Annapurna Doodh Yojana, which will coincide with the holding of parent-teacher meetings in all government schools, a “milk week” will be observed between July 2 and 9 all over the State.Nodal officersMr. Devnani said the Block Primary Education Officers would act as the nodal officers for getting milk from the registered milk cooperative societies and making arrangements for its supply to schools. In each district, the Annapurna Doodh Yojana will be launched from a selected government senior higher secondary school in the presence of the in-charge Minister and Secretary.last_img read more

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Punjab farmers to defy govt. order on paddy

first_imgWhile the Punjab government has asked farmers to start paddy transplantation only after June 20 this year, farmers’ outfits are all set to defy the orders, saying delay in transplanting would entail heavy losses to them.Farmers are also anguished over power shortage during the sowing operations. Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) on Monday staged a protest in Patiala, demanding at least 10 hours of uninterrupted power supply.“The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited is providing inadequate power to farmers for paddy sowing due to which they are suffering. The cost of cultivation is going up as farmers are forced to use generators to irrigate their fields,” said BKU (Lakhowal) general secretary Harinder Singh. Terming the decision to delay paddy sowing “wrong”, Mr. Singh said the move would cause losses to farmers.Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal said the government’s decision to delay paddy transplantation to June 20 without consulting farmers was symptomatic of the Congress rule.“The State government seems to be multiplying the problems of farmers. Another crisis has been triggered by delaying paddy transplantation. Late transplantation will result in increased moisture content and it will make Punjab paddy virtually unsaleable,” said former Minister Bikram Singh Majithia of the SAD.Asking the Congress government to be practical and understand the problems being faced by farmers, Mr. Majithia said paddy transplantation has started in large parts of Malwa since June 10 as per the old guidelines. “The government should ensure uninterrupted eight-hour power supply to the farm sector. If not done, large swathes of paddy will dry up,” he said.last_img read more

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Goa PWD minister recovering after surgery

first_imgGoa Minister for Public Works, Sudin alias Ramkrishna Dhavalikar underwent a surgery at a Mumbai hospital and is recovering well, his brother Dr. Sandeep Dhavalikar said on Tuesday.The family has not disclosed the nature of surgery, and appealed to the people to not speculate over his health. “We are sure that the blessings of the Goan people are with him and he is expected to be back to work in few days,” Dr. Dhavalikar said in a statement issued here on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, his brother and former Minister Deepak Dhavalikar had said that Sudin’s hospitalisation was only for examination purposes. “He will be back soon. There is nothing to worry,” he said.Mr. Dhavalikar, the main leader of the three-member regional outfit — Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) — an alliance partner of the BJP-led government in the State, has become the seventh sitting Goa legislator to be hospitalised in recent times. Apart from Mr. Dhavalikar, Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar is still recuperating in a Mumbai hospital after suffering a brain stroke. The charge of his portfolio has been taken over by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who returned from the US last month after a nearly three-month-long treatment for pancreatitis-related ailments which have not been formally disclosed.Others who took ill in recent months include senior BJP Minister Francis D’Souza (kidney-related ailment), BJP MLA from Vasco, Carlos Almeida (brain stroke), and Congress MLAs Isidore Fernandes (liver ailment) and former Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane (high fever).last_img read more

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Two dead in Bankura due to heavy rain

first_imgTwo people died and at least 2,500 were affected as several areas of Bankura district were flooded due to heavy rain on Monday. Many houses were also damaged.“On Saturday, Bankura received 224 mm of rainfall as a result of which the Gandheswari river started overflowing and several areas under the Bankuramunicipality, the Mejia block and parts of Sonamukhi town got waterlogged. About 2,500 people were affected,” a senior district official told The Hindu.He said two persons died on Monday. While Gunomoy Bhandari of Nagardanga village under the Mejia block died due to drowning, Sampa Midya of Kuntalbazar village under the Kotalpur block died after being struck by lightning.Relief camps Two relief camps have been set up and 610 persons have been provided shelter there. Sixteen medical teams and 35 Civil Defence personnel have been deployed in the affected areas.The official said Mejia and Sonamukhi get flooded every monsoon but the flood-like situation in the Bankura municipality was rather unexpected.He said the Bankura municipality is the worst affected among the waterlogged areas. “Rescue work is in full swing and most of the stranded persons have been taken to safer places,” the official said.District officials said 52 houses, including a two-storey building, were destroyed in the flood while 663 houses were partially damaged.last_img read more

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Plea in SC against media gag on Muzaffarpur case

first_imgA petition was filed on Wednesday in the Supreme Court challenging a Patna High Court order restraining the media from reporting the investigation into the case of Muzaffarpur shelter home where several women were allegedly raped and sexually abused.The plea, which has sought a stay on the operation of the High Court’s August 23 order, has alleged that the order was “patently erroneous” as it amounted to imposing a “blanket ban” on the media reporting in the case.In the plea filed before the apex court, the petitioner, a journalist, has claimed that there was no material before the High Court to come to a conclusion that the media reporting may hamper the ongoing investigation in the case. The petitioner has also said that it was because of the proactive role of the media that the “shocking incident” was exposed.last_img read more

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Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections: Shivraj Singh Chouhan banks on welfare schemes to win a fourth term for BJP

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, attempting to win a fourth term for the BJP in the State, is hoping that his government’s “cradle to the grave” welfare give outs will outweigh any resentment, by either the upper castes or Dalit communities.Speaking exclusively to The Hindu during his “Jan Ashirwad Yatra” across the State, even as the upper caste groups are criticising his government for supporting reservation in promotions in government jobs, Mr. Chouhan said his government “did what it did, to ensure ‘samajik samarasta’ or social harmony.”Mr. Chouhan’s government had become party to an appeal in the Supreme Court against a Madhya Pradesh High Court order striking down reservation in promotions.Upper caste groups, traditional supporters of the BJP have, under an umbrella organisation named SAPAK, called for a Bharat Bandh and have decided to field candidates in all 230 Assembly constituencies of the State.Officials in the State government, now without promotions for the last three years as the matter was being heard, are also restive.“You are here with me on the yatra, you have seen the response that we are getting, Issues such as these can arise, and are to be dealt with. I believe in sabka saath, sabka vikas (support and development for all). For example, beneficiaries under the Sambhal Yojana belong to all strata of society, they are for everyone. In our party, when such issues arise, we discuss and find a way out,” he said. Sadhana Chouhan, wife of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in the “Jan Aashirwad Rath”. Photo: Nistula Hebbar    At the pit stop in Khandwa, near the city of Indore, Mr. Chouhan does his stump speech, referring to himself as mama (maternal uncle) and the collected audience as his bhanjis and bhaanjas (nieces and nephews), in a tone redolent with the “nanny” or in this case an “avuncular” state. He counts all the ways that his government has distributed largesse via welfare programmes.The Sambhal Yojana is an amalgamation of 11 of the nearly 172 welfare schemes run by the government, and includes an immediate cash relief of ₹5,000-10,000 in case of death in a listed beneficiary’s home, as well as a very popular scheme of providing electricity connections for a flat rate of ₹200 per household and wiping out outstanding power bills for listed beneficiaries.Mr. Chouhan’s government, rocked by a farmers agitation in Mandsaur last June, has also announced an additional amount of ₹265 to the Minimum Support Price for wheat.“Unlike what you think, farmers are very much my constituency. I had held a public meeting a few days ago at Pipliya Mandi, in Mandsaur, the epicentre of that incident, and people came out in large numbers to support me. The party will win with a larger margin than 2008 and 2013, and this will be solely due to the pro-poor welfare schemes, a strata of society that you all said did not support the BJP,” he said.He dismissed the Congress’ soft Hindutva push, specifically party leader Kamal Nath’s promise of building cowsheds in every panchayat if elected.“At this time, they (the Congress) are doing things as they come. Whatever anyone demands, they say they will do it. Why didn’t they implement all this in the last 50 years when they were in power?” he said.BJP sources say that fresh faces will replace up to 50% of sitting MLAs as polls draw near. For Mr. Chouhan, fashioning a populist constituency from the foundation of Hindutva identity politics, it will be a watershed election one way or the other.last_img read more

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Cong., SAD tussle for ‘Panth’ support

first_imgTo garner the support of the ‘Panth’ (Sikh community) ahead of the parliamentary polls due next year, the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal leadership on Sunday tried to project themselves as ‘pro-Panth’ at their respective rallies. The exercise comes in the backdrop of the sacrilege case of the Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari village in 2015.As Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh accused the Badals of lying on the Bargari sacrilege case and the subsequent incidents of police firing in 2015, former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal hit back saying that the Congress was hatching a conspiracy to grab Sikh institutions.At Lambi’s Killianwali, the stronghold of the Akali Dal, Capt. Amarinder said that Mr. Parkash Singh Badal has been giving false statements on the ‘Bargari sacrilege’ case and the police firing at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan.“How could the Chief Minister of the State not know about such an important development (police firing incidents),” said Capt. Amarinder, pointing out that the DGP had spoken to Mr. Badal at 2 a.m. and had also spoken with the IG several times. “If, despite this, Mr. Badal did not know about the incident, he should be ashamed,” said the Chief Minister.Capt. Amarinder blamed the Badals for the drug-related deaths in the State, and for failing to save the farmers from debt, which was left to his government to waive despite the economic crisis.“Mr. Badal failed to implement the report of their own Zora Commission formed to probe the sacrilege and firing cases,” said Capt. Amarinder, adding that anyone found guilty by the SIT would be punished as per the law and nobody would be spared.On the other hand in Patiala, Capt. Amarinder’s home town, Mr. Badal while addressing the party’s ‘protest rally’, said he had always maintained that all these false allegations against his party on the issue of the sacrilege were part of the deep-rooted Congress conspiracy to grab control of ‘Sikh gurdhams’.“From now on, the fight is between ‘Khalsa Panth’ and ‘Congress Panth’,” he said, alleging that the government has betrayed the people of Punjab by going back on every promise it had made during the Assembly poll campaign in 2017.Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said those who committed sacrilege at Bargari did it to destroy peace and communal harmony in Punjab. “If anyone was mortified at this development it was the SAD. The Congress used this incident to launch a defamation campaign against us and is still teaming up with elements who are using the name of the Panth to earn money.” Meanwhile, the AAP rebels, led by former Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira, held a ‘protest march’ from Kotkapura to Bargari, demanding action against those responsible for the police firing at Bargari and sacrilege incidents.last_img read more

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Kanhaiya Kumar’s convoy attacked in Bihar

first_imgFormer Jawaharlal University Student Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar’s convoy was attacked on Tuesday night in a scuffle with members of a Dussehra puja organisation in Begusarai district of Bihar.At least three persons were injured in the scuffle and FIRs were lodged in local police stations by both parties. The incident took place when Mr. Kumar was returning to Begusarai from addressing a public meeting Pethiagachhi in Mansoorpur block of the district.When his convoy reached Bhagwanpur block he stopped to meet someone there near a two-wheeler agency.Locals said his convoy of several vehicles caused inconvenience to the puja organisers on the road and when they protested, a scuffle broke out between them.The local puja organisers pelted stones at vehicles at the convoy in which three people — Nishant, Sumit and Golu — received minor injuries. Windscreens of some vehicles too were broken.Later, Mr. Kumar lodged a complaint at local Barauni police station while, the locals filed a counter FIR against Mr. Kumar and his supporters at Bhagwanpur police station.“FIR has been lodged against Kanhaiya Kumar and his supporters…we’ll investigate the complaint and take action,” said Deepak Kumar, Station House Officer of Bhagwanpur police station.“Kanhaiya Kumar and his supporters have also lodged an FIR against locals of Bhagwanpur area for assaulting them”, Barauni police station SHO Gajendra Singh said.Earlier on Monday a complaint was also lodged against Mr. Kumar and his supporters at Phulwari Sharief police station in Patna for “misbehaving” with doctors at Patna based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).Meanwhile, Mr. Kumar alleged that he was attacked by BJP and Bajrang Dal supporters when he was returning back after addressing a public meeting on Tuesday night.“I was addressing public meeting to garner support of people in view of our party’s BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao (Remove BJP, save country) rally at Patna on October 25…the BJP has got frightened with my popularity and orchestrating attack on me under a well thought of conspiracy,” Mr. Kumar told The Hindu over phone.last_img read more

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Odisha Assembly pardons Abhijit Iyer-Mitra

first_imgThe Odisha Assembly has accepted the apology begged by defence analyst Abhijit Iyer-Mitra and dropped the charges of breach of privilege against him here on Saturday.The Assembly dropped the charges against Mr. Iyer-Mitra passing a motion by voice vote accepting the recommendation of the Assembly House Committee which probed into the matter.In its report, the committee recommended that “the House may be magnanimous to consider and accept the apology begged by Mr. Iyer-Mitra for the statement made by him before the media against the Members of the House and drop the matter”.Educate about OdishaThe committee also “recommended to the House to direct the State government to provide materials to Mr. Iyer-Mitra to educate him about the art, culture, history and people of Odisha”.After the report was tabled, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, who headed the committee, and Debi Prasad Mishra, BJD legislator and a member of the committee, briefly spoke about the recommendations after which the Assembly passed a motion accepting Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s apology.The committee was formed after the Speaker allowed a privilege motion moved by Mr. Mishra over Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s remarks against the legislators in the wake of the controversy over his video post against the backdrop of the Konark temple.The defence analyst is in judicial custody following his arrest in two cases filed against him – at the Sahid Nagar police station in Bhubaneswar and the Konark police station in Puri district – for his alleged derogatory and objectionable comments on art and culture of Odisha, Lord Jagannath and the Odia community.Earlier, after Mr. Iyer-Mitra was denied bail in the lower court, his counsel Nikhil Mehra moved the Orissa High Court on Friday seeking bail in the Sahid Nagar case and the matter is pending hearing.last_img read more

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Man detained for making threat call in Jaipur

first_imgA man was detained on Sunday for making a hoax call to trigger bomb blasts at three locations here, leading to panic ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of Ashok Gehlot as Rajasthan Chief Minister, police said.Traffic divertedSecurity was beefed-up and traffic was diverted, they said, adding police teams and bomb disposal squads swarmed the area and condoned off Hanuman Temple in Chandpole, Sanganeri Gate and the Jaipur Airport. Yogendra Kumar was detained on the basis of his call details, SHO at the Pratap Nagar police station Hemraj Singh said. He said Kumar was being interrogated. Kumar had made the call at the police control room in the morning, informing that bombs were planted at Hanuman Temple in Chandpole, Sanganeri Gate and the Jaipur Airport.last_img read more

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Sleep: The Ultimate Brainwasher?

first_imgEvery night since humans first evolved, we have made what might be considered a baffling, dangerous mistake. Despite the once-prevalent threat of being eaten by predators, and the loss of valuable time for gathering food, accumulating wealth, or having sex, we go to sleep. Scientists have long speculated and argued about why we devote roughly a third of our lives to sleep, but with little concrete data to support any particular theory. Now, new evidence has refreshed a long-held hypothesis: During sleep, the brain cleans itself.Most physiologists agree that sleep has come to serve many different purposes, ranging from memory consolidation to the regulation of metabolism and the immune system. While the “core” purposes of biological functions such as breathing and eating are easy to understand, however, scientists have never agreed on any such original purpose for sleeping. The new study, by Maiken Nedergaard and colleagues at the University of Rochester in New York, provides what Charles Czeisler, a sleep researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston, calls the “first direct experimental evidence at the molecular level” for what could be sleep’s basic purpose: It clears the brain of toxic metabolic byproducts.The new work, published online today in Science, “fits with a long-standing view that sleep is for recovery—that something is paid back or cleaned out,” says David Dinges, a sleep researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. It builds on Nedergaard’s recent discovery, described last summer in Science Translational Medicine, of a network of microscopic, fluid-filled channels that clears toxins from the brain, much as the lymphatic system clears out metabolic waste products from the rest of the body. Instead of carrying lymph, this system transports waste-laden cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Before the discovery of this “glymphatic system,” as Nedergaard has dubbed it, the brain’s only known method for disposing of cellular trash was to break down and recycle it within individual cells, she says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In the original work, Nedergaard’s group showed that glia, the brain’s non-neuronal cells, control the flow of CSF through channels in their cell membranes. “If we delete the channels in glial cells, the flow almost stops,” Nedergaard says. Because the transport of fluid across cell membranes requires a lot of energy, Nedergaard and her team had a hunch that the brain would not be able to both clean and process sensory information at the same time and decided to test whether the activity of the glymphatic system changed during sleep. Lulu Xie, the new study’s first author, spent the next 2 years training mice to relax and fall asleep on a two-photon microscope, which can image the movement of dye through living tissue.Once Xie was sure the mice were asleep, based on their EEG brain activity, she injected a green dye into their CSF through a catheterlike device in their necks. After half an hour, she awakened them by touching their tails and injected a red dye that the two-photon microscope could easily distinguish from the green. By tracking the movements of red and green dye throughout the brain, the team found that large amounts of CSF flowed into the brain during sleep, but not during the awake state, Nedergaard says.A comparison of the volume of space between nerve cells while the mice were awake and asleep revealed that the glial channels carrying CSF expanded by 60% when the mice were asleep. The team also injected labeled β amyloid proteins into the brains of sleeping mice and awake mice and found that during sleep, CSF cleared away this “dirt” outside of the cells twice as quickly—”like a dishwasher,” Nedergaard says. Such proteins can aggregate as pathogenic plaques inside cells and are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, she says.Many neurological diseases—from Alzheimer’s disease to stroke and dementia—are associated with sleep disturbances, Nedergaard notes. The study suggests that lack of sleep could have a causal role, by allowing the byproducts to build up and cause brain damage. “This could open a lot of debate for shift workers, who work during the nighttime,” Nedergaard predicts. “You probably develop damage if you don’t get your sleep.”One unknown, however, is whether the need to remove waste products actively regulates sleep—whether, for example, the buildup of metabolic byproducts makes us sleepy. Researchers also wonder how the fluid-filled channels change shape during sleep, and whether clearing waste actually improves the function of neurons.Nor are other researchers certain that cleansing is sleep’s sole core function. No one function of sleep necessarily rules them all, says sleep scientist Derk-Jan Dijk of the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. “Sleep probably has many functions,” he says, just as the weekend is variously for shopping, socializing, and cleaning the house.But now that Nedergaard and her colleagues have identified this nightly brainwashing in mice, Czeisler says, scientists can investigate whether it occurs in all species, and to what extent. “One could imagine that different species have evolved different additional functions of sleep to suit their different habitats, … but this will help resolve if there is some shared function of sleep across species,” he concludes.last_img read more

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