Engage in a Process that Doesn’t Serve You: Sales process is for sales managers to forecast. It has nothing to do with real sales calls. If your prospective client wants you to fill out an RFP, RFQ, or RFI, do it. If they want an arms-length process, give them what they want. It’s all a transaction anyway.Sell to Everyone: Everyone needs what you sell. Make sure you sell hard and pitch every prospect in your territory. If they don’t believe they need what you sell, then you aren’t doing a good enough job pitching and evangelizing your product, service, or solution.Skip Discovery: You’ve spoken with hundreds of clients before, haven’t you? You’ve seen and heard it all. You know what your prospects need. Why waste time listening to them recount all their challenges when you can get straight to the solution that you know is right.Be Self-Oriented: Make sure that your client knows that you are focused on a win-win. Let them know that you intend to make this deal as good for you as it is for them, or maybe even a little bit better. Let them know how much you personally stand to gain in the way of commissions so they are even more motivated to help you.Pitch Early and Often: Your product, service, and solutions are great. You have unmatched features and benefits. Start every conversation with a deep dive into the features and benefits, and pitch like the devil. Your prospective client needs to know how good you really are.Don’t Listen: Nothing your client has to say could be as important as what you have to say. Wait patiently until they are done speaking, and then get right back to pitching. If they still feel the need to share with you, pitch them harder. You might only get one chance!Ask for Commitments You Haven’t Earned: Always be closing. ABC. Start closing for a commitment to buy right out of the gate. Remember, you need to attempt to close five times in order to win, and the sooner you get through all five closes, the sooner you win the business. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t built trust; your client will learn to trust you after they buy.Work Only with “Authority”: You don’t have time to waste with people who can’t help you win a deal and put money in your pocket. You need to speak with “The Man.” Refuse to spend time with anyone who doesn’t have the formal authority to press hard while signing your contract.Don’t Follow Up: It’s not your job to follow up with your prospective client. If they really want an answer to their question, they’ll reach out and let you know. You need to stay busy pitching other prospects, and you don’t have time to go over the same ground with people who aren’t capable of making up their minds.Sell What You Want to Sell: It doesn’t matter what your client wants. You know better than they do. You know what’s good for them. If they were as smart as you are, they wouldn’t have the problems they have now, would they? Sell them what you believe is right for them.Play Your Competitor’s Game: If your competitor does something, match it. If they change their offering, you change yours to match it. Make sure your client knows that you are exactly like your competitor and you can do anything they can do.Underestimate Your Competition: Losers. You’re better than they are. You shouldn’t even have to compete against them. They’re worthless and weak. They have no chance of beating you for a deal. Don’t even think about them.Focus on the Price: Everyone knows that people only buy on price. Do everything in your power to reduce your price, even if you have to fight with your manager to gain additional discounts. If what you sold was really worth more, people would be beating a path to your door.
One militant was killed near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pir Panchal valley’s Rajouri district on Tuesday as the Border Security Forces (BSF) foiled a fresh infiltration bid by a group of militants.A Jammu-based BSF spokesman said the personnel foiled the bid in Keri Sector, Rajouri, near the LoC.“Around midnight, alert troops deployed near the fencing sensed a suspicious movement of a group of three to four terrorists. The militants heavily fired on the troops. One terrorist was killed in the gunfire,” said the spokesman.The exchange of fire continued for half an hour. The other militants managed to escape, he said. A black bag, a night vision monocular, and an AK-47 magazine were among the other things found near the fence.
The Goa Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, becoming the 23rd State legislature to ratify the tax reform.In his reply to the debate during the specially convened session, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said though the Congress-led UPA introduced the GST Bill, it failed to find consensus among States for the Bill. Mr. Parrikar said this consensus was clinched by the NDA government by making provision for compensating States for losses in the first five years. “It is no more a mere promise from the Centre, it is a legal undertaking,” he said.Mr. Parrikar said Goa being a consumption State with a huge tertiary sector would benefit around ₹600 to ₹1,000 crore a year. The legislation, which was passed by Parliament earlier this year, is crucial for a pan-India indirect tax regime and is expected to be rolled out in July this year. Mr. Parrikar said, “The GST will simplify the tax structure. Several taxes in force now will be done away with. It will bring relief to people across sections, including the business community.”Former Chief Ministers Digambar Kamat and Pratapsingh Rane, both of Congress, cautioned the government that the Bill gives sweeping powers to officers and asked the government to ensure it would not usher in licence-Raj again.Mr. Parrikar said ahead of implementation, training workshops would be organised for officials, traders and service providers on the provisions of the Bill. In August last year, the Assembly had unanimously passed a resolution ratifying the amendments to the Constitution to pave way for the presidential assent to the Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2016.Industry welcomes moveThe Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) welcomed the passing of the GST Bill. “Implementation of GST is expected to trigger a economic revolution and lead to total transformation of all businesses including trading, manufacturing and services,” said Narayan Bandekar, president of GCCI.With implementation of GST, the inconvenience that businesses face having to deal with multiple authorities will be avoided as there would be only one rate for one commodity throughout the country. A common market will also lead to logistics and inventory cost minimisation, the GCCI said. As mentioned by Chief Minister Parrikar , there may be a few initial hiccups in implementing the GST Bill in the State because compliance is quite complex, said Mr. Bandekar. He said the GCCI is making all-out efforts to ensure that the trade and industry in Goa are fully geared for the smooth roll out of GST. The GCCI has also set up a cell that will extend all possible help and guidance to Goan businessmen in matters related to GST.
The Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and the president of the Republican Party of India (A) Ramdas Athawale claimed on Saturday that the Bhartiya Janata Party has become a party of “Bahujans” now.Speaking to reporters in Nagpur, Mr. Athawle also praised the Narendra Modi government “for its three years of commendable work” and said that the Dalits were voting in large numbers for the BJP.“Narendra Modi’s leadership has made it difficult for any other party to emerge now. Even the Dalits are voting for the BJP which is why it is winning almost everywhere. It is a party of Bahujans now. The central government has done a lot of work in last three years and took tough decisions like the demonetisation which benefited more than 80% population of the country. The Prime Minister has also increased funds for the memorials of Dr. Ambedkar. He keenly follows Dr. Ambedkar’s economic policies,” Mr. Athawale, one of the most prominent Dalit leaders in the Modi cabinet, told reporters.‘Saharanpur incident unfortunate, but BJP can’t be blamed for it’However, Mr. Athawale conceded that the Dalits were facing atrocities in many parts of the country but he refused to blame the central or the BJP-ruled State governments for the violence against Dalits.“Dalits are facing atrocities. The recent case of Saharanpur shows it but it is wrong to link it with the new BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. Even the Samajwadi Party’s government witnessed violence against the Dalits. Uttar Pradesh is a State known for violence and nowadays the Dalits are also reacting to the atrocities against them. But such things should not happen. There should be harmony among all the communities. I would again reiterate that the state governments are not responsible for such incidents and these clashes are taking place because of caste rivalries. What happened in Saharanpur should not have happened,” he said.Accusing the Congress of “spreading rumours” against the Modi government, Mr. Athawale said: “The Congress party is anxious and frustrated because of losing power and it is making false allegations that the government wants to change the Constitution and repeal the reservation of the Dalits. “The Constitution will never be changed. Only some amendments can be made. Our Constitution is perfect. The reservation for Dalits will also stay. Those, who demand to repeal the reservation on the basis of caste, should make sure that the caste is repealed first. The RSS and the BJP will never change anything in the constitution. The Prime Minister has clearly said that the Constitution is his religious book,” the RPI leader added.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the recent incidents in the Banaras Hindu University smacked of a “conspiracy” as prima facie reports suggest the role of anti-social elements.A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a baton-charge by the police in BHU where a protest on Saturday night against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent. An inquiry has been ordered into the violence on the campus.The Chief Minister told reporters that those involved in spreading anarchy on the campus will not be spared at any cost.“Prima facie investigation suggests it is a conspiracy by anti-social elements,” he said.Mr. Adityanath said the proctorial board of the university should have taken timely measures to ensure that the trouble did not escalate.He suggested better communication between students and vice chancellors of central universities to prevent such incidents.On alleged baton-charge on journalists, he said action will be taken immediately after getting the final report.Hitting back at opposition parties, he said the law and order situation in the state has improved even though his political opponents were spreading canard against the government.The violence on the campus had erupted after some students, protesting against the incident on Thursday, wanted to meet the varsity’s vice-chancellor at his residence.
With just a day left for the filing of nominations for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, the Congress is yet to decide its candidates for at least nine of the 68 constituencies, including Shimla Rural, where Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikram Aditya has filed his papers. The party high command has also not cleared the candidature of the children of some other senior Congress leaders as there is a strong opposition to the dynastic trends within the party.The party is facing rebellion against official candidates in some seats. There are also reports of some rebels in the BJP getting ready to contest against party nominees.
That a mother and child are inseparable is a truism. Odisha’s prisons validate it, but for a different reason. Here is why.Forty-six children, aged between one month and six years, now live in prisons with their mothers, who are serving sentences for crimes from murder to kidnapping to drug dealing. Of the 25 girls and 21 boys, many are old enough to go to school. But they don’t.In response to an RTI application by human rights lawyer Biswapriya Kanungo, Odisha’s Directorate of Prisons and Correctional Services said nine mothers are convicts, while 36 are undertrials. Of the 45 mothers, 30 belong to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.Although the Supreme Court guidelines say cases of women prisoners with children should be disposed of expeditiously, the reality is different.According to the RTI reply, one of the imprisoned mothers, lodged in the Pallahara sub-jail in Angul district, has been granted bail, but cannot be freed as she is unable to furnish sureties. But the RTI reply doesn’t mention the date of grant of bail, nor the surety amount. Some others have been imprisoned for petty offences for which they should have got bail long ago. But there are eight mothers who are incarcerated for four years. “Children lodged in jails with their mothers are neither convicts nor undertrials. They are entitled to food, shelter, medical care, clothing, education and recreational facilities,” points out Mr. Kanungo.Norms breachedAccording to the SC guidelines, children below three years shall be allowed in crèche and those between two and three years should be looked after in nursery. The prison authorities should run crèche and nursery outside the prison premises. Small children should not be kept in sub-jails unless facilities are ensured for their biological, psychological and social growth,” the guidelines say.Kamal Lochan Sethi and his wife, Sujata, whose daughter was born in jail, would not have suffered so much had prison authorities developed facilities as per the guidelines. They were arrested on suspicion of being ‘active’ supporters of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) on May 18, 2008. Three months after their arrest, Ms. Sujata gave birth to a girl. Over the next nine years, both Mr. Kamal and Ms. Sujata lived in four jails and their experience of raising a child in prison was painful. “The one good thing done by the administration was that they admitted my wife in the MKCG Medical College Hospital, Berhampur, for delivery. On return to jail, the mother and baby were supposed to get special protein-rich diet and massage oil, but to our surprise nothing reached them. My wife had to go on strike to get them,” said Mr. Kamal.Ms. Sujata shivers recollecting her first day after shifting to a Bhubaneswar jail. “The authorities put me and my daughter in a 6X6 feet solitary cell for 24 hours. In that dark room, she cried for hours but the warders turned a deaf ear. The next day, we had to plead with the authorities to free us from it,” she said. The Sethis were released last year after being acquitted in all cases. Anup Patnaik, former IGP (Prisons), Odisha, admitted that jail manuals had to be unambiguous in handling sensitive issues.“Regular visits by top officers to jails and situational reports by the probation officer would sort out most problems. I don’t think it is happening,” he said. Further, once they turn six, children must be handed over to a guardian as per the wishes of the mother or sent to an institution run by the Social Welfare Department. However, prison staff allegedly manipulate the children’s age to avoid official processes for complying with SC guidelines.
Sixteen inmates of a shelter at Muzaffarpur in Bihar have been raped, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harpreet Kaur told journalists on Monday. There were 44 girls living in the home run by an NGO under the supervision of the Social Welfare Department.In a social audit report prepared by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in May last, the inmates narrated their ordeals of sexual exploitation. Later, based on a 100-page TISS report, the department filed a police complaint.The NGO managing the shelter was owned by local politician Brajesh Thakur.The medical report of 21 girls have been submitted to the Muzaffarpur police and it confirms the rape of 16 inmates.Inmates shifted“All the girls have been shifted to shelters in Madhubani, Patna and Mokama for their safety. Most of the girls are 7-18 years old,” said Ms. Kaur.“During our investigation, one inmate told us that a girl who was killed after resisting sexual harassment by the staff was buried on the premises… the spot was identified by her and it was dug up on Monday but nothing was found there,” said the SSP.The excavation was later stopped and the pit filled up. A sample of the debris collected would be sent for forensic tests, she said. “Out of 11 named in the FIR, 10 persons, including main accused Brajesh Thakur have been arrested and sent to jail…charge sheet against them will be filed in three to four days.” Besides, Mr. Thakur, and staffers Ravi Raushan and Vikash Kumar, the other seven arrested persons are women employees of the NGO.Mr. Thakur also runs a vernacular newspaper Pratah Kamal , published from Muzaffarpur.Tejashwi Yadav seeks CBI probeOpposition RJD leaders demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident. Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Tejashwi Yadav raised the issue in the House. He alleged that the government had not taken action earlier.“Since March, the Bihar government was aware of the repeated rape of over 40 minors in the Muzaffarpur shelter. Some big politicians and officials are said to be involved. The government only tried to cover it up… law and order has collapsed in the State,” Mr. Yadav said.
A video journalist with public broadcaster Doordarshan and two policemen were killed in an attack by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday. Dantewada and other Left Wing Extremism-affected districts in the State go to the polls on November 12. The deceased journalist, identified as Achyutananda Sahu, 34, was on his way to Nilavaya village on a motorcycle to cover the inauguration of a polling booth set up after 20 years. He was accompanied by two colleagues, reporter Dhiraj Kumar and light assistant Mormukt Sharma.DD man caught in crossfireReporter Dhiraj Kumar, survivor of a three-member DD team caught in a Maoist ambush in Dantewada on Tuesday had a harrowing tale to tell. “After the attack took place, policemen and I took cover in a trench along the road. The injured policemen fought with the Maoists for around 45 minutes till reinforcements arrived. Over 50 bullets flew over my head. I could hear the cries of the policemen.” D.M. Awasthi, Special Director General, Chhattisgarh police said cameraman Achyuta Nanda Sahu had stopped on the road to shoot images of hand-made posters pasted by Maoists on trees adjoining the road. The posters read: “Stop attacks on village, Stop fake encounters and Stop atrocities on women.”Mr. Sahu is survived by his wife, Himanchali. They married in 2016. He was working with Doordarshan since 2012 and was an alumnus of the Biju Patnaik Film and Television Institute of Odisha. Just hours before he took a bullet in the head, Mr. Sahu had posted pictures of the ongoing poll campaign in Dantewada on Facebook.In a statement, the Chhattisgarh police said the incident was not related to elections and the Maoists ambushed a squad of local police which was carrying out patrol on motor-cycles from Sameli CRPF camp (about 6-7 km away).“The attack was on the security forces and it was unfortunate that the cameraman of DD News was caught in the crossfire. The media persons were not the target and this has nothing to do with elections,” DIG Sundarraj P. told The Hindu.’Attack not related to elections’The attack was not linked to the coming Assembly elections but was aimed at discouraging men and contractors working on a road construction project, he said. “I would like to clarify once again that these two incidents – one which took place this morning and another which took place three days back – do not have any direct or indirect connection with the ensuing elections in the State.”Mr. Awasthi said road construction work was on at several places across the Naxal-affected areas over the last three years.Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, condemning the attack,said insurgents won’t be able to weaken the government resolve.“Strongly condemn the Naxal attack on @DDNewsLive crew in Dantewada. Deeply saddened by the demise of our cameraman Achyuta Nanda Sahu and two jawans of @crpfindia. These insurgents will NOT weaken our resolve. We WILL prevail,” he tweeted.Teams of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Special Task Force (STF) and the District Reserve Guard (DRG) were immediately rushed to the forest to trace the ultras, the DIG said.Four CRPF personnel killed in attack on October 27On October 27, four CRPF personnel were killed and two others were injured when Maoists blew up their bullet-proof bunker vehicle in Awapalli area of Bijapur district.The next day, a BJP leader and member of Dantewada Zila Panchayat Nandlal Mudiyami was seriously injured after ultras attacked him with sharp-edged weapons at his village Palnar in Dantewada.The State is going to the polls next month and Naxalites have asked voters to boycott the exercise.The first phase of polls, covering 18 constituencies of eight Naxal-affected districts of Bastar, Kanker Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon and Rajnandgaon, will be held on November 12.The remaining 72 constituencies will witness polling on November 20.Counting of votes will take place on December 11.(with inputs from PTI)
“All security and any vehicles will stand withdrawn from Sunday evening. No security forces or cover should be provided, under any pretext, to them or any other separatists. If they have any other facilities provided by the Government, they are to be withdrawn forthwith,” reads the government order. It said the police headquarters would also review whether any facilities were offered to other separatists. The move comes two days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh talked about acting “against those who get money from across the border and are hand in glove with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).”Never sought it: MirwaizThe Mirwaiz termed the move “a non-issue.” “We never asked for it. The security of separatists was being politicised. It has no bearing nor can it in any way change the reality of the lingering Kashmir dispute,” he said.The Mirwaiz’s father Moulvi Muhammad Farooq and his uncle were killed by unknown gunmen in two separate incidents since 1990. Lone’s father Abdul Ghani was also killed. The government had blamed “unknown gunmen” for these incidents. ‘False propaganda’ Meanwhile, Mr. Shah’s wife Dr. Bilquees claimed that there was no security cover for her husband. “This is a false propaganda. My husband has never ever trusted Indian security,” she said.Mr. Qureshi said his writings and articles have been “consistently against violence and terrorism in Kashmir” and “he faced a threat.” U.S. experts suspect ISI role in Pulwama terrorist attack In the backdrop of the Pulwama attack by a suicide bomber in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed, the Governor’s administration in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday issued orders to withdraw all security personnel and government facilities provided to five separatist leaders in Kashmir.The separatist leaders included Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, his two close aides Abdul Ghani Bhat and Bilal Ghani Lone. Democratic Freedom Party chief Shabir Shah, who remains behind bars after the Enforcement Directorate arrested him in July 2017, and Democratic Liberation Party chief Hashim Qureshi, one of the accused in the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in 1971, are also among those whose security stands withdrawn. Also Read
GUWAHATI – The law and order situation in Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar worsened on February 24 with a mob burning down Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein’s multi-storey private residence. State Environment and Forests Minister Nabam Rebia’s shopping complex at Naharlagun town, about 15 km from Itanagar, has also been set on fire. Separate groups of people also advanced toward Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s private residence apart from vandalising the city’s main police station and the office of the deputy commissioner. Army and paramilitary personnel, called to restore normality, were pelted with stones too.Violence in Itanagar, triggered by the government’s move to provide permanent resident certificates (PRC) to six non-tribal communities living in the Frontier State for decades, appeared to have subsided after Mr. Khandu announced on February 22 night that the PRC issue would not be discussed during the ongoing Assembly session.On February 23, the city administration clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC and sought the help of the Army that conducted a flag-march. But irate locals defied the restrictions to gather in large groups after a man who had allegedly sustained bullet injuries on Friday night died in a Guwahati hospital on Sunday. Mob violence in Itanagar While the action shifted to the VIP areas, a mob demanding the resignation of Mr. Khandu and Mr. Mein placed the body of the man killed in firing at the Indira Gandhi Park where the venue of the first Itanagar International Film Festival was destroyed. “The body will be buried at the BJP office near the park,” a member of the mob said.Shopping complex burnt downMob violence spread to Naharlagun, which along with Itanagar, is the State’s Capital Complex, with a shopping complex owned by Environment and Forest Minister Nabam Rebia burnt down. Mr. Rebia headed the joint high power committee that recommends granting PRC to six non-tribal communities in the State.Political leaders in Arunachal Pradesh said the violence had a pattern similar to that in October 2011 forcing Jarbom Gamlin to resign as Chief Minister after a six-month rule. Another man from Kimin area in Papum Pare district had died Friday night due to firing when a mob stormed the State Secretariat. It could not be confirmed if the man was killed in police firing or by “miscreants”.10 ITBP companies dispatched As many as 1,000 paramilitary troops have been dispatched to the State.The Ministry of Home Affairs has dispatched 10 additional companies of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for deployment in law-and-order duties in Itanagar and other violence-hit places, an official said.The State government will deploy the troops as per the requirement of the local administration. Five ITBP companies have already been deployed in the state, the official said. A company of paramilitary comprises 100 personnel.The ITBP personnel have been sent on an urgent basis as Itanagar and other areas have witnessed widespread violence, destruction of properties and vehicles on February 24.Police station destroyedCapital Complex (covering the twin cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun) Superintendent of Police M. Harsha Vardhan did not take calls. An officer manning the Itanagar Police Station in the city’s Bank Tiniali area said they were outnumbered by the mob that destroyed the police station and seized their batons, helmets, shields and other equipment.“The mob then attacked the private residence of the Deputy CM in the VIP area and set it on fire, smashing or pushing downhill the vehicles parked on the way. The people also damaged the DC’s office,” a police inspector said.At the time of reporting, another mob advanced towards the private residence of Mr. Khandu near the Circuit House. Burnt vehicle in Itanagar Burnt vehicles in Itanagar | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
For the first time in Odisha, elections to form executive bodies of different bar associations were held simultaneously on Saturday. There are 167 bar associations in the State, including that of the Orissa High Court, and elections to form their executive bodies were held peacefully across the State under “one bar, one vote” principle, informed the State Bar Council secretary Jajati Keshari Samantsinghar.The elections were held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the counting of votes was continuing till the filing of this report. “We are monitoring the elections across the State and according to the feedback available with our election committee, the results will be announced later in the evening,” Mr. Samantsinghar said, adding that there are over 50,000 advocates registered with the State Bar Council. Each bar has been provided with a list of advocates with their choice of bar to participate in the election.Following Supreme Court’s guidelines on “one bar, one vote” and the Orissa High Court’s ruling, the State Bar Council had issued a notification to hold the elections in all bars simultaneously.
Two persons died while two others were taken ill after taking homoeopathy medicine allegedly laced with some intoxicating substance in Bihar’s Begusarai district on Tuesday, the police said Sadar Sub-Divisional Police Officer Rajan Sinha said that the deceased have been identified as Murari Ram (35) and Bahadur Shah (40), both residents of Kharidi village of the district. The other two have been admitted to a private hospital in Begusarai, he said, adding that both are stated to be out of danger.The SDPO said nothing can be said about the cause of the death as the police are investigating the matter. Dr. Arun Kumar, who conducted the post-mortem, said that prima facie it did not seem to be the case of death by consuming spurious liquor. He added that it appeared to be the case of poisoning may be caused by some kind of homoeopathy medicine which was laced with some other material.The viscera has been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory, Patna, as the cause of death is not clear, he said. Local villagers alleged that the two persons died after taking homoeopathy drug allegedly laced with intoxicating material from a clinic run by a homoeopathy practitioner. The villagers claimed that people in large number visit the homoeopathy practitioner, who allegedly would add some intoxicating material with the medicine in view of the prohibition enforced since April 2016 in the State.Accused absconding The police raided the clinic of the homoeopathy practitioner, who is absconding, the SDPO said, and seized homoeopathy medicines. Angry villagers blocked the Matihani-Begusarai main road for several hours demanding payment of ₹4 lakh to each of the deceased’s family as compensation. The blockade was lifted after the Matihani Block Development Officer Bhuvanesh Mishra and Circle Officer Upendra Kumar assured to look into their demands.
Pigments in the feathers of birds with dark plumage may help the creatures rid their bloodstream of some toxic metals, thereby helping them better survive in urban or other polluted areas, a new study suggests. While the finding may help explain the higher proportion of darker colored pigeons in cities, some researchers suggest that other factors may play a larger role.The pigment melanin, in its most common form, provides black and brown color to skin, feathers, and hair. It also binds to metal ions such as zinc and lead, says Marion Chatelain, a theoretical ecologist at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. Previous studies suggest that bird populations exposed to higher levels of these heavy metals lay fewer eggs and have reduced male fertility.If melanin indeed provides birds with an opportunity to remove heavy metals from their bloodstream, the pigment could give darker birds an evolutionary advantage over light-colored individuals that can’t detox as effectively, Chatelain suggests. According to that notion, dark-colored birds could better rid themselves of the noxious substances, which bind to the pigments during feather growth and are thus removed from the bloodstream. Generation by generation, they would have more hatchlings than lighter birds, which would over time lead to an increase in their proportion within the population. 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They captured 97 free-ranging pigeons (Columba livia) in the highly urbanized suburbs of Paris and kept them in cages outdoors for 1 year, feeding them a diet of corn, wheat, and peas. The researchers measured the zinc and lead concentrations in two large feathers removed from each bird’s wings when they were first caught, and then did the same 1 year later for replacement feathers that had grown from the same follicle.During the birds’ year in captivity, zinc levels in their feathers dropped from an initial average of 328 parts per million to 89 ppm. Moreover, after 1 year, the darker pigeons in the group (as measured by the percentage of wing surface covered by dark feathers) had higher concentrations of zinc in their feathers than lighter pigeons did, the researchers report online today in Biology Letters. That suggests that when fed the same diet and housed under the same conditions, darker birds remove more zinc—and possibly other noxious heavy metals—from their bloodstream than light-colored birds do. Locked away in feathers and out of the bloodstream, the heavy metals have much less of a chance to affect the birds’ health.While the finding provides some support for the team’s hypothesis, future analyses, including direct measurements of heavy metal levels in the birds’ bloodstream, would likely provide a better assessment, Chatelain says.“Although the idea is nice, I am not totally convinced yet,” says Marcel Eens, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Antwerp in Belgium who has also studied health effects of heavy metals in birds. Without conclusive data about blood levels of the toxic metals, evidence for the notion is lacking, he suggests. Plus, he contends, because birds only molt, or shed and replace feathers, once a year, it’s highly unlikely that they can detoxify their blood to a significant extent in a highly polluted area.Instead, he suggests, the prevalence of dark-colored birds in urban areas may stem from other factors. For instance, research hints that darker birds are bolder and more aggressive—traits that could equally well explain their relative success in a competitive urban environment.
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced compensation for three persons, including a madrasa teacher, who sustained injuries after being pushed off a train in the city for allegedly refusing to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. The incident happened on Monday.“I have spoken to the victims and announced a compensation of ₹50,000 to each of them. We condemn such incidents and stern action should be taken by the police in this case. We will not allow such things to happen in the State,” Ms. Banerjee told reporters. Hafeez Mohd. Sahrukh Haldar, who received minor injuries in the incident, said he was beaten up by a mob which was shouting slogans and asking him to follow suit. “We were thrashed and then thrown out of the train at Park Circus railway station,” he told reporters.Ms. Banerjee had also announced compensation for victims of political violence in Bhatpara, which has been witnessing frequent post-poll violence between supporters of the BJP and the Trinamool Congress.The fight between the two parties has intensified in the area ever since Arjun Singh crossed over from TMC to BJP, and won the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat under which Bhatpara falls.
An 11-year-old madrasa student was beaten up in Purulia district of West Bengal on the pretext that he refused to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’. The police have initiated a probe following a complaint by the boy’s father on Thursday. The madrasa student alleged that he was stopped on his way to the seminary in Nituria village of Purulia. First he was asked his name and then told to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’. As he refused, he was “brutally beaten up”. ‘Four men involved’“I was beaten for quite a few minutes before one of them said that ‘if he dies, we would be in trouble’ and let me go,” the student told local journalists. Four men were involved in the incident, the student said. The boy’s father took him back home from the madrasa and said that he was severely “traumatised.” While the Trinamool Congress blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party for “spreading communal hatred and extremism”, BJP officials in the district said the Trinamool was “organising such incidents to tarnish the BJP’s image.”
Joginder Singh will never forget the night of July 19, 1999.He was barely four-and-a-half years old then, but remembers every moment in vivid detail. A group of 30-40 militants, mostly from the Hizbul Mujahideen, laid siege to his home in the mountainous, backwater village of Lehota in Jammu and Kashmir’s strife-torn Doda district.In 1998, the Indian Army had armed Joginder’s father, uncles and cousins, who constituted the Village Defence Committee with .303 rifles, as they had helped security forces combat militancy in the strife-torn area. This made them marked men.After a terrifying gun battle that lasted through the night, militants slaughtered 15 members of Mr. Singh’s immediate family, including his father, mother, two minor brothers, two uncles and grandmother. The incident occurred exactly a week before the Kargil conflict ended on July 26.“I remember that evening and the long, ghastly night like yesterday. It was cloudy and gloomy with the weather steadily deteriorating. My father and uncles had not anticipated an attack. The security forces were deployed in Kargil and other war zones. We were caught napping,” says Mr. Singh.Of the 20 persons in the house that night, only five, including his two sisters and an older brother, survived.“The militants, with their automatic rifles, unleashed a hail of bullets on us. As my loved ones started falling, my sister, only slightly older than I, dragged me out from the rear and hid me in an adjoining shed where we tied our livestock. The memory of my wounded father asking, ‘Who [among the family] is still alive?’ still sends shivers down my spine,” says Mr. Singh.After the tragedy, he was sent to the SOS Children’s Village in Jammu, where he shared camaraderie and painful memories with other orphaned children from the zone of strife.After completing his matriculation in 2012, he wished to study further. With education prospects in Jammu being bleak, and with Mr. Singh not wishing to be a burden on his sisters, he petitioned everyone from the then Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to the district Superintendent of Police. He was finally adopted by Sarhad, a Pune-based non-governmental organisation that helps students living in conflict zones resume their education.Sanjay Nahar, founder of Sarhad, says he received a call at the end of June 2012 from Mr. Azad, who referred Mr. Singh’s case to him. “He has been living with me since then,” says Mr. Nahar.Mr. Singh got his B.Com degree in 2017, the lone person from his village to graduate. He is now pursuing his M.Com and wants a government job to be able to help people in the conflict zone.He has toured different parts of Maharashtra, speaking to people about his experiences and urging the youth to desist from guns and violence.“All I request from the government is to give me a job that is commensurate with the sacrifice made by my family,” says Mr. Singh, who teaches young children at Sarhad. However, despite petitioning government agencies, he has drawn a blank.Mr. Nahar has done his bit too, but to no avail. Since 2016, he has met N.N. Vohra, the then Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, and Hansraj Ahir, who was Minister of State for Home Affairs, to petition them that Mr. Singh be given a Class I government job as his family was martyred in the attack. “Despite assurances, nothing has happened so far,” says Mr. Nahar.In December 2017, Mr. Nahar wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Mr. Singh’s case. In January, the PMO referred the petition to the office of the Chief Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir to have it examined for “appropriate action”.“However, the matter of a decent job for Joginder is still hanging fire. All he has received are a couple of ill-paying, contractual job offers,” said Mr. Nahar. The frustration comes through in Mr. Nahar’s voice. “While this government talks tough on terrorism, is it so hard to recompense a youth whose entire family died fighting militancy?”Mr. Singh himself has all but given up. “My older brother, who was shot in the chest during the gun battle, works in a hotel in Bengaluru. My cousins work as daily wage labourers. I want to help support them, my sisters and other people scarred by similar experiences… I am only asking for my due for the sacrifices made by my parents, my uncles and cousins,” says Mr. Singh.