The One Right Answer

first_imgThere isn’t one right answer. There are many paths that lead from target to close (or any other outcome you are seeking).If your client is already dissatisfied one path might be to help them better understand their needs. But maybe when you find your dream client they’re not dissatisfied and the path will include helping them to become dissatisfied. Two paths, either of which may lead you to an opportunity.If your prospective client shared an objection (or more precisely, a concern), one answer might be to help them understand that their concern can very easily be resolved. But another choice would be to ask a question, like “What would you need to see in order for this concern to be resolved to your satisfaction?” Either one of these paths may work. Either may be the right answer. But another answer might be to simply ask the question, “Is this a show stopper?” Sometimes what sounds like an objection might be conversation.If your prospective client asks you to discount your price, you may think that the only right answer is to offer a discount. That is a choice (even if I don’t like it). It may lead to a deal (albeit a less profitable deal and one that may jeopardize your results later). Another answer that might get you to a deal is to push back and justify your price, providing your prospective client with the confidence that they actually need to make the investment that you are recommending. Believe it or not, this answer is just as likely to lead you to a deal as discounting, oftentimes more likely. Some people want the truth, and they are willing to pay for it.Selling, like all human endeavors, is full of all kinds of variables because we’re dealing with human beings. We’re dealing with different personalities, different biases, personal preferences, inside politics, a bundle of emotions and feelings, and sometimes, a lot of baggage.What makes some salespeople more successful than others is their ability to quickly figure out which answer it the right answer. Not the right answer for every situation, but the right answer for this particular situation, at this particular time, with this particular client, and these particular facts and circumstances.The masters in every endeavor master the fundamentals; they can see the patterns. They can sense the right answer before they even recognize they’ve done so. They can feel it in their fingertips. This allows them to make the right choice at the moment of truth. But they don’t believe they have the one right answer.QuestionsHow do you approach sales opportunities? Do you always start with a certain premise, a thesis, a set of assumptions?What would you need to do be more in tune with the choices available to you and become more flexible in your approach?How do you unhook from the idea that there is one right answer? 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 Nowlast_img read more

What to Include In Your Sales Stack

first_imgTo become as successful as possible, here is what you want in your sales stack:Integrity: You are going to build your real sales stack on your character. Your integrity is going to be the foundation for trust. “Who you are” always matters more than “what you know or what you do.” Ultimately, you need to be someone people want to do business with, someone they want on their team.Other-Orientation: A sincere interests in other people creates a connection faster than anything else. You’ll see this in people with fast rapport skills. You’ll also notice that they are vulnerable, creating a space for other people to let down their guard.Positive, Optimistic, Future-Oriented Attitude: You want your sales stack to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Start with a positive, optimistic, and future-oriented attitude.Curiosity: The very best performers in sales want to know things. They want to understand things that they don’t understand. This is how they continually improve their business acumen and situational knowledge.Initiative: Sales results come from taking effective action. Action on behalf of your goals, and action on behalf of your clients. Passivity and being reactive are detrimental to your results. Your sales stack needs to run on the fact that you are a self-starter.Resourcefulness: If you are going to be a person of value to others, you have to figure things out. Much of the time, this form of problem-solving is deployed in response to a challenge that hasn’t yet been overcome.Wait. You thought this was about technology? It is about technology.Your most important technology is the technology that lives between your ears, still the most complex and powerful technology anywhere in the known universe. The software is made of the thoughts and beliefs that run your stack. More than anything else, it’s the intangibles that produce results. 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

Haryana WCD Minister for ban on liquor sale

first_imgHaryana Women and Child Development Minister Kavita Jain on Saturday said that “as a woman” she feels that prohibition should be imposed in the State. She however added that such a move would not work if there was no such ban existed in the neighbouring States. “As a woman I would say prohibition should be imposed,” Ms Jain told reporters in Sonipat on the sidelines of a function. Haryana shares its boundaries with States where there is no prohibition, she said. Prohibition had been imposed in Haryana in 1996 by the Bansi Lal-led Haryana Vikas Party-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition government, but it was lifted by the same regime in 1998.Ms Jain said that she felt that the attempt had failed as liquor was available in the neighbouring States. “Earlier also probably one of the reasons of prohibition failing in Haryana was that liquor was available in neighbouring States. There were instances when people brought liquor (into the State) in buses and through other means,” she said.Ms Jain said habitual drinkers, when they don’t get liquor, turn violent and are ready to spend any amount to procure it. “Then the situation turns more explosive,” she said while talking of demerits of prohibition if people can procure liquor from neighbouring States. She said the SC order banning liquor sale along the highways was a very good thing.last_img read more

Hurriyat suspends Nayeem

first_imgThe Hurriyat, led by Syed Ali Geelani, on Saturday suspended the membership of National Front chief Nayeem Khan after his name emerged in a sting operation by a Delhi-based TV channel allegedly admitting to the funding of street protests by Pakistan.“Though Mr. Khan has raised questions over the veracity of the video, the membership will remain suspended in both parts of Kashmir until the clarification of all related issues come to fore. It is my moral duty and I am obliged as a supreme head to fulfil assigned duties,” Mr. Geelani, 86, said.However, he accused television channels of being “biased” and serving as “mouthpieces of fanatical forces”. Describing the street protests in Kashmir as “spontaneous”, Mr. Geelani said, “Sensational stories about money transactions are baseless. It is a deliberate attempt to mislead the international community. No doubt Pakistan is a prime party to the issue and supports us on political and moral grounds. India cannot implicate the indigenous movement,” Mr. Geelani said.“We need resources to combat the military might of India and mostly we raise all funds from local sources to pursue our movement,” he added in a statement.Earlier, the police disallowed a meeting of the Hurriyat to deliberate on the issues arising in the wake of the sting operation. Sources said there was growing pressure within and outside the Hurriyat to take action against Mr. Khan.Mr. Khan addressed the media in Srinagar and described the sting operation as “fake and doctored”. “My statement has been used in bits and pieces. I demand the entire video should be made public. It is a bid to defame our struggle,” said Mr. Khan, whose party is a key constituent of the Hurriyat.Restrictions in SrinagarThe authorities on Saturday foiled the scheduled commemoration programmes to be chaired by Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on his father Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq’s death anniversary.The Mirwaiz said he was placed under house arrest and large parts of Srinagar was brought to a standstill by “heavy security restrictions”. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti paid rich tributes to the late Mirwaiz and Abdul Gani Lone, whose death anniversary too falls on May 21.last_img read more

‘Criminals thrive on SIMs obtained using fake docs’

first_imgGoa Director General of Police Muktesh Chander said on Friday that cases of foreigners involved in drug-trade and financial fraud in the State using SIM cards obtained through forged photos and documents was on the rise. Forgery on the riseMr. Chander was speaking to presspersons after a meeting with officials of telecom companies. He said, “In 15 cases registered in 2016-17, criminals obtained SIM cards by submitting forged photos and documents. In many cases, foreigners were using the SIM cards to commit crime and financial fraud.” Mr. Chander later told The Hindu that he has asked telecom service providers to sensitise all their dealers and sub-dealers to the use of fake documents to indulge in crime and drug trade .‘A serious threat’He said, “I asked them to strictly enforce Know Your Customer and verification norms. Today dubious elements are using fake documents to obtain connections and misuse them for criminal and drug-related activities. Tomorrow, they may use them to further terrorist activities. It is time they take this threat very seriously and do away with such harmful dealers and sub-dealers.”last_img read more

Stalemate continues as key parties keep away from Darjeeling meeting

first_imgWith only three political parties, including the ruling Trinamool Congress, joining talks on the ongoing situation in Darjeeling, the meeting called by the West Bengal government in Siliguri on Thursday turned out to be a damp squib.The isolation of the government was also evident as only two of the 15 development boards set up by the State government in the hills came for talks.This was the first meeting called by the government to tackle the issue and none of political parties from the hills participated in it. Even major Opposition parties like the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front stayed away.“This meeting was held without any conditions. Those who have not come I hope will join the discussions in future,” West Bengal Home Secretary Moloy De said after the meeting.State’s appealMr. De said the government was making an appeal with an open mind that the bandh in the hills be withdrawn, adding that the path of dialogue remained open for all stakeholders.The State’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said the government will keep the process of discussion on and appealed that the ‘disruptive activities’ in the hills stop.Meanwhile the situation in the Darjeeling hills remained the same, with near-total shutdown on the eighth day of the indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. While the Internet services remained down, cable television services were also suspended.Chamling backs demandIn a related development Chief Minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh coming out in support of the demand for Gorkhaland. In a letter to Mr. Singh, Mr. Chamling said the “creation of Gorkhaland State will restore permanent peace and prosperity in the region.”He also said that Sikkim had been suffering due to the agitation and blockade along the State’s only lifeline, National Highway 10, for the past 30 years.West Bengal took strong exception to the letter and Mr. Partha Chatterjee said the neighouring State had no right to interfere.Meanwhile, the Darjeeling police have lodged an FIR against GJM president Bimal Gurung and other senior leaders of the party alleging their complicity in the June 17 violence which claimed three lives. The charges include murder and attempt to murder. The development has triggered fresh tension in the hills with the GJM claiming that their leaders were being falsely implicated.last_img read more

Goa CS pulled up again over ₹51-lakh food scam

first_imgThe Goa State Human Rights Commission has directed that a show cause notice be issued to Goa Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma for failing to launch a probe into ₹51 lakh food scam at last year’s BRICS summit held in Goa. The GSHRC has adjourned the matter to July 28 and has asked the Chief Secretary to submit a detailed report on why he has not yet appeared before the Commission. The GSHRC has asked why his utter disregard to the lawful orders of the Commission should not be reported to the Ministry of Home Affairs. He allegedly failed to conduct a thorough probe into the scam despite repeated directions.Advocate Aires Rodrigues on October 14, 2016, submitted a complaint to the GSHRC alleging a ₹51.60-lakh scam in the contract to supply food to police personnel posted on duty during the BRICS summit. Mr. Rodrigues alleged that the contarct was sub-let to a roadside contractor who prepared food in unhygienic surroundings. The GSHRC by an order dated on October 18, 2016, said no payments should be released to the caterer before an inquiry into the scam.last_img read more

Parrikar’s fate to be decided today

first_imgPANAJI: The fate of the BJP-led State government headed by Manohar Parrikar will be decided on Monday, with the election machinery gearing up to count the votes of the bypolls held in Panaji and Valpoi Assembly constituencies last week.Mr. Parrikar resigned as Defence Minister to head the coalition propped up by the BJP in Goa after the Assembly elections in February. He thus had to contest the bypoll from Panaji within six months of taking over as Chief Minister. He is contesting against All India Congress Committee Secretary Girish Chodankar and Goa Suraksha Manch president Anand Shirdokar.The result of the Valpoi bypoll, meanwhile, will decide if Vishwajit Rane continues as Health Minister in the Parrikar government. Mr. Rane, who resigned as Congress MLA soon after the Assembly election to join the BJP, is contesting against Roy Naik from his former party.Goa Chief Electoral Officer Kunal said vote counting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Entertainment Society of Goa complex in Panaji, and results are expected in around three hours.last_img read more

CAG pulls up Odisha govt over deaths of newborns

first_imgOdisha has not bothered to find out causes behind the deaths of newborns even though neonatal mortality rate in the State is the highest in the country, says the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in a report placed in the State Assembly on Saturday.“Though the neonatal mortality rate (37 per thousand) of the State was highest in the country and there were 16,651 deaths of neonatal and paediatric patients in the Government Medical College Hospitals (GMCHs) and district headquarter hospitals during 2013-16, the GMCHs had not conducted any death review to identify the causes of death,” says CAG.The Health Department had constituted a committee in 1984 to review the causes of death occurring in the GMCHs, which was to meet regularly, at least once in a month, and submit the proceedings to the Director of Medical Education and Training.Prescription audit “During 2013-16, the committee did not meet at all. The State government did not ensure sitting of the committee at regular intervals,” it says. Moreover, the health administration had not conducted prescription audit till July 2016.In another damning finding, the CAG found that the government had not given priority to infection prevention and control in paediatric units of hospitals.During 2013-16, as many as 427 neonates of the 27,804 babies born in checked hospitals, succumbed to infectious diseases like sepsis and pneumonia. Overcrowding of wards, unlimited entry of attendants and inadequate training to health personnel were the causes of infectious diseases, the CAG points out.As per the last Sample Registration System bulletin, 2013, the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in Odisha was 51 per thousand in comparison to the national average of 40 and Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR) was 37 per thousand against the national average of 29.The minimum bed occupancy rate of the medical college hospital should be 75% while the Indian standard says the BOR should not exceed 90% for providing quality service to in-patients.last_img read more

PM announces ₹10 lakh for kin of IS victims

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex gratia payment of ₹10 lakh each to the next of kin of 39 Indians who were killed in Iraq, official sources said. The remains of 38 of them were brought back to the country on Monday and handed over to their relatives. Of the 39 killed by terror group Islamic State (IS), 27 hailed from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, six from Bihar and two from West Bengal.last_img

Kairana election is about ganna (sugarcane) rather than Jinnah: Jayant Chaudhary

first_imgThe crucial Lok Sabha bypoll in Kairana in western Uttar Pradesh is expected to settle many things regarding a possible opposition unity alliance in the 2019 General Elections.Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary has been campaigning extensively for his party’s candidate, Tabassum Hassan, whose candidature has been supported by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), aggressively making the point that the poll is about livelihood issues rather than communal flash points.“We have been doing a micro campaign for the last few weeks, and we have not held a single large meeting. Our feedback is that this election is about ganna (sugar cane) rather than (Pakistan founder) Jinnah (referring to the controversy over Jinnha’s picture being hung inAligarh Muslim University),” he told The Hindu in an exclusive interview. Ms. Hassan has been pitted against Mriganka Singh of the BJP who is also the daughter of the late MP from Kairana, Hukum Singh, whose death necessitated the bypoll. “I have not used a single bus to cart crowds to big meetings etc, we have been deliberately going to villages and corner meetings for a more hands on campaign. What we have seen gives me confidence that we will win. In fact the issues we have flagged have forced (Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister) Yogi Adityanath to talk about sugar cane dues and employment, subjects that his government is defensive on, rather than communal subjects,” he said. On being asked about the fracture of his party’s fractured vote bank in the aftermath of the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013, Mr. Chaudhary said that his party had been doing bhaichara (amity) meetings in small panchayats across western Uttar Pradesh for more than a year. “I don’t feel brushing things under the carpet works, we found that people are ready for a rapprochement, and agrarian distress is spurring them back to the old organic social equations that were there before. We also learned that before the big riots in 2013, there were a series of small incidents that led to the big one, and that we need to nip these in the bud when these small incidents take place,” he said.He remarked that he had been questioned a lot on why the party had fielded Ms. Hassan, a Muslim, where a Jat candidate may have sufficed to attract back the vote of the community in the face of a unified Hindu vote that the BJP had been able to garner. “I want to break the dangerous idea that no political party in this country is interested in giving representation to Muslims. This is a seat with a sizeable population of Muslims, and we have given the seat to a Muslim,” he said.last_img read more

Assam flood situation improves, toll 21

first_imgThe flood situation in Assam improved slightly on Wednesday but one person drowned in Barak Valley’s Patharkandi taking the death toll to 21. Three persons were killed in landslips triggered by heavy rainfall.Assam State Disaster Management Authority officials said the number of flood-affected people had increased to 514,597 in five districts. There were 149,129 people who had taken refuge in 351 relief camps.9, 143 evacuatedThe National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force personnel evacuated 9,143 people in three Barak Valley districts – Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi – since Tuesday night.In Hailakandi, Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan met the managers of 17 inundated tea estates in order to provide food and water to the marooned people.last_img

Kerala flood lesson for Assam: experts

first_imgUnderstanding the Brahmaputra and the annual flooding in Assam ‘Flood-experienced’ Assam can learn a lesson from the Kerala deluge to avoid large-scale disaster, say water resources and ecology experts in the Northeast.The experts have found a similar pattern to recurrent floods in Assam – up to four times a year between April and October – and Kerala’s worst flood in 100 years that has claimed 357 lives so far.The most worrying similarity is a network of dams in the “control of other States” surrounding Kerala and Assam.“We have had Kerala-like floods albeit on a smaller scale because of hydropower projects in neighbouring States and in adjoining Bhutan. Assam has been rain-deficient by 30% this year, but Golaghat district experienced flash flood due to the release of excess water by the Doyang dam in Nagaland,” Partha Jyoti Das, a water resources specialist, told The Hindu. Also Read  Similar was the case in Assam’s Lakhimpur district last year because of the Ranganadi dam in Arunachal Pradesh while the Kurichu dam in Bhutan has often caused flooding in western Assam.“A majority of 39 dams that affected Kerala are on inter-State rivers and under the control of neighbouring States such as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The decision of how much water and when to be released is not within the purview of Kerala, which is suffering from downstream impact of those dams and the situation is similar for Assam,” Mr. Das said.More dams comingMore dams coming up in other northeastern States and in Bhutan could spell doom for Assam, “all these years of living with floods” notwithstanding, he said.Arunachal Pradesh too is wary of the impact of big dams. “The river Siang (one of three that meet to form the Brahmaputra downstream) has suffered from dams and other constructions in China upstream,” Pasighat-based green activist Vijay Taram said.Rampant deforestationThe second lesson that Assam needs to learn from Kerala is the effect of rampant deforestation, mining, and quarrying. “Kerala has allowed settlement on elephant corridors such as Thirunelli-Kadrakote and Kottiyoor-Periya, leading to felling. The consequence has been killer landslides on an unprecedented scale,” Parimal C. Bhattacharjee, retired Gauhati University professor and environmentalist, said.“Kerala is by far one of the more developed States in terms of literacy and development planning, but it has suddenly been exposed like Tamil Nadu was during the devastating 2015 floods in 2015. Kerala is reaping the consequences of neglecting, like other Western Ghats States, the recommendations of the Gadgil and Kasturirangan panels against hydro-power projects in ecologically sensitive zones,” Mr. Das said.Experts said micro-climate controlled by land use was the primary reason behind the catastrophe in Kerala though climate change was the overriding factor. “Rainfall in Kerala has been increasing after a dip in 2013, but the annual rainfall in many parts of the northeast is much higher than the southern coastal State. The densely populated floodplains of Assam thus have to worry because of changes in land use that have impacted the micro-climate adversely,” Mr. Das said.last_img read more

Tribes to the fore in Bastar Dialogue

first_imgThe Bastar Dialogue, aimed at furthering peace in the Red Corridor, concluded in Jagdalpur on Saturday with the passing of a resolution and finalising a roadmap towards achieving peace in the Dandakaranya region. Krishna Kumari Devi, the queen mother of Bastar, supported the movement, but cautioned that it should not be politicised after meeting a group of tribal people led by a Gondi-speaking group from Telangana. Following royal tradition, Krishna Kumari Devi (who does not communicate directly) through her spokesperson conveyed, “We completely understand your plight and are with you in initiating peace. However, it should be ensured that this peace process should be above politics with a sincere thought to make it succeed.” In a historic move, Krishna Kumari Devi has also invited 10 tribal leaders from Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra for an annual meeting of Manjhis on October 20. Manjhis are hereditary heads of various parganas in Chhattisgarh. The 10 tribal leaders will speak at the gathering. While concluding the Bastar Dialogue that was preceded by a Shanti Padyatra, or peace walk, Nehru Madavi of the Adivasis Sankshem Parishad, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, called for a sustained effort in achieving their task. “We cannot continue to live in fear. It’s better to not live. This historic act of us will take time to fructify, but we cannot step back. We have to initiate a dialogue with everyone… every single tribal villager living in Chhattisgarh,” Mr. Madavi said. Uttam Atla, a tribal youth from Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra, said that they had been discussing the setting up of community-level discussions with local groups. “A cycle yatra to keep the pressure on is on the cards,” he said.Strong platformTelangana tribal leader Sidam Arju said that there cannot be a fight without a strong platform formed. C.R. Bakshi of the Adivasi Mahasabha of the CPI suggested the use of a mix of Gandhiji’s teachings and Marxist learnings to achieve peace. Shubhranshu Choudhury, one of the organisers of the Bastar Dialogue, called upon the government to create an atmosphere for dialogue. “After two days of deliberation we have decided on taking the cultural route forward. A Bhumkal, conglomeration of tribal villagers, is being worked out,” he said. In the event of the government not being responsive, the tribal people have decided to continue the rally to Raipur. “Small groups will be formed from Gond-speaking groups to visit Maoist villages,” Mr. Choudhury said.last_img read more

Over 2 lakh firearms deposited in Madhya Pradesh police stations

first_imgAhead of the single-phase Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, nearly 2 lakh firearms have been deposited at police stations across the State. So far, over 1,000 illegal firearms have been seized. “Since the model code of conduct has come into effect, 1,294 illegal firearms have been confiscated and 1.90 lakh firearms have been deposited at police stations,” Chief Electoral Officer V.L. Kanta Rao said on Monday.Issuing of licence for arms is prohibited during the period commencing with the date of announcement of elections. This ban continues to be operative till the completion of the election as notified by the Election Commission of India. During the period, issuing new arms licence can only be done after detailed consultation with the respective screening committees. Sensitive boothsAccording to the Election Commission, as many as 15,000 booths with 65,341 polling stations across the 230 Assembly constituencies in the State have been declared ‘sensitive’.For peaceful, free and fair polls, prohibitory action has been taken against 37,034 people in the State, an officer added.Similarly, in order to maintain law and order in the State, 13,557 non-bailable warrants have been issued from October 6 to 21, 2018, the officer said.Similarly, a total of 5,463 cases of misuse of vehicles have been registered, he added.Under property defacement, 11.94 lakh cases have been registered and action taken in 11.59 lakh cases. Under government property defacement, action has been taken in 9.33 lakh cases. Under private property defacement, action has been taken in 2.26 lakh cases against 2.43 lakh cases, said the official.last_img read more

Tripura CPI(M) protests against attack on office

first_imgThe Opposition CPI(M) on Monday staged a protest across the State after the party’s Dhalai district office was attacked by miscreants. The incident happened when Member of Parliament from East Tripura (ST) constituency Jitendra Choudhury was chairing a meeting at the party office in Ambassa, the district headquarters.Mr. Choudhury and other senior leaders blamed the ruling BJP for the attack, a claim the latter rejected. The CPI(M) leaders alleged that the top brass of the ruling party had been orchestrating politically motivated incidents since it came to power in February last.The miscreants attempted to enter the CPI(M) office, threw stones at the building and created a ruckus. No one was hurt and no property was damaged in the incident.Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, when briefed about the incident, directed police officers to initiate stern action against the culprits. He also directed the police to restore normality in Ambassa.The CPI(M) workers staged a protest against the incident. The rally organised in Agartala was attended by senior leaders including Pabitra Kar.last_img read more

Rain brings cheer to farmers

first_imgWidespread overnight rain and a drop in temperature in the country’s key wheat producing States of Punjab and Haryana are expected to boost wheat crop output this Rabi season, officials and experts said on Tuesday.Rain and thundershowers lashed most places over Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh during the past 24 hours. Heavy rain in the northern parts of Punjab brought cheer to farmers, especially wheat growers who needed another round of irrigation this month.According to the India Meteorological Department, the current active wet spell over the two States is likely to continue for another 12-18 hours, and reduce thereafter in spread and intensity.Better yield“Widespread rain at this time will prove to be beneficial for the wheat crop. The rain will help in improving photosynthesis resulting in better growth of the crop, which will result in improved yield,” agriculture expert and former Punjab State Farmers’ Commission adviser P.S. Rangi told The Hindu.“The minimum temperature has also come down and it is likely to remain low during the next few days, which is again good for the wheat crop as it thrives in cold conditions,” he added.According to the Union Agriculture Ministry data, wheat crop has been sown on nearly 35 lakh hectare in Punjab during the ongoing Rabi season. In Haryana, wheat acreage was nearly 25 lakh hectare till December 21. “Rain has come at the right time. This will not only help in reducing pressure on groundwater but would also help in retaining soil moisture,” said IMD Chandigarh Director Surinder Pal.Mr. Pal said the current spell of rainfall will decrease from tomorrow in intensity and distribution in both the States. “The weather will be dry after Janurary 26, leading to a fall in minimum temperature by 4 to 5 degrees Celsius,” he added.Rain will also help in containing the fungal disease yellow rust, Punjab Agriculture Department Director Jasbir Singh Bains said. “The weather conditions were congenial for the attack of yellow rust. But now with rain, it will be controlled to a large extent,” Mr. Bains said. Yellow rust is a fungal disease which turns crop’s leaves yellowish and stops photosynthesis activity. Mr. Bains, however, advised wheat growers not to let rainwater stagnate in the fields as it could be harmful to the crop. Wheat, the main Rabi (winter) crop, is sown between late October till December and harvested from April onwards.In the current spell, Pathankot received the highest rainfall of 94 mm. Amritsar (13.1 mm), Ludhiana (53.6 mm), Patiala (14.8 mm), Adampur (57 mm) and Halwara (44 mm) in Punjab and Chandigarh (10.6 mm), Ambala (7.7 mm), Hisar (30 mm), Karnal (16.8), Narnaul (12 mm), Rohtak (3.2 mm), Bhiwani (1.4 mm) and Sirsa (5 mm) in Haryana received rainfall, an IMD official said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Probe ordered after video shows cop beating jawan

first_imgA probe has been ordered after a video purportedly showing an Army jawan being beaten up by the police in Uttar Pradesh went viral on social media, officials said on Tuesday. The soldier, posted in Hyderabad, was on leave at his native village Pallia, Kanpur (Dehat) Superintendent of Police Radheyshyam said. He said Derapur circle officer T.B. Singh will investigate the matter and has been asked to submit a report within three days. The video went viral on Sunday.last_img

SP makes social justice pitch in vision document

first_imgFrom promising to ban all political messaging that uses the armed forces to proposing to raise an Ahir Armoured Regiment and a Gujarat Infantry Regiment, the Samajwadi Party’s vision document for the 2019 Lok Sabha election takes a swipe at the BJP’s nationalism narrative. The party also strongly pushed the message of “mahaparivartan [grand change] with social justice”, to pitch the idea of change through the uplift of OBCs and Dalits and proposed an additional 2% tax on the rich, which it claimed was uniformly upper caste.This marks a remarkable shift in the political messaging of the SP after the defeats in 2014 and 2017, when the party had contested on the theme of development. The document, released by SP president Akhilesh Yadav at a press conference here, targeted the “increasingly desperate BJP” for using the armed forces as “an electoral tool” and accusing “all and sundry of being anti-national”. “This pseudo-nationalism threatens our national security more than any other external force,” it said.Welfare programmeThe party has proposed a State-specific family welfare programme to look after the families of the armed forces.The mainstay of the document was the emphasis on “economics of social justice” through social mobility, housing and income to address inequality. While saying that the “richest 10% of the population (uniformly upper caste)” own more than 60% of the country’s wealth, the SP proposed imposing an additional 2% tax on the total wealth of households owning more than ₹2.5 crore. “This works out to 1.1% of the GDP. We believe it is also time to add a top income tax bracket for the ultra-rich who hide their income using complex structures,” the SP said. If voted to power, the SP-BSP-RLD alliance will demand “that central reservations be immediately updated to reflect the actual caste distribution in the population”.Mr. Yadav said the path to progress and prosperity “cannot come about without social justice” and demanded that the caste-wise census be made public in the country.last_img read more

Cyclone Fani tears down artists’ village in Odisha

first_imgRarely has artist Bijoy Mohapatra, 40, remained idle in recent memory. But with Cyclone Fani tearing down this artists’ village, part of the coastal district of Puri, Mr. Mohapatra and his ilk is struggling to come to terms with the damage. When the cyclone made landfall on the morning of May 3, two front wooden doors of his house could not withstand the ferocity of the wind and his entire body of work was exposed to the lashing rain. “We found ourselves helpless before the intensity of the storm. Instead of shifting the ‘Pattachitra’ to a safer place, our priority was to save our own lives,” said Bijoy.One rain-defaced 5ft x 3ft sized Pattachitra, a traditional cloth-based scroll painting, narrated the Krishna Leela while another told the story of Ganesha. It had taken six months each for Mr. Mohapatra and his father, Banamali Mohapatra, a master craftsman, to complete them. The two damaged Pattachitras could have fetched them more than ₹20,000 each. As he showed more soiled artworks, his father’s face looked emotionless. “To recreate these artworks, we require motivation as well as funds,” the father lamented.About 10 metres away, Brundaban Swain wad waiting to show what he had lost to Fani. “The Pattachitras are known for its intricate designs. Once torn, one can neither mend it nor sell it. What we have lost is energy, patience and earnings,” said Brundaban. Almost everyone in the village with 140 families of artists have different stories to tell.Raghurajpur has been identified as a heritage village because of the traditional works ranging from Pattachitra to paper mask and wooden carvings to dolls. The village, which usually witnesses an overflow of tourists who queue up to buy the artwork, has not see a single tourist since the day Fani struck. “The input cost is likely to jump. For example, the palm trees have been damaged severely and those who supply palm leaves wil now charge double the price. Similarly, it would be difficult to find traditional adhesives,” said Mr. Mohapatra .last_img read more

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