The Triumphant Return of Activity Management

first_imgOutcomes are better than activity. If you can only measure one, make it outcomes. A lot of activity produces nothing in the way of results. But look for activity management to make a comeback, and know that the people who need to have their activity measured and managed are partly to blame, but not solely to blame.Technology has changed how we work, and it has changed where we work. There are now more people than ever working from home. But while they may be at home, and they may be being paid, they aren’t necessarily working. They aren’t producing the results that they need to produce. This is a problem of epidemic proportions.Many lack the discipline to work from home. To work from home takes discipline. It takes discipline to go from your warm, comfortable bed to your office and begin to grind out the most important outcomes of the day. It takes discipline to do the work that needs to be done when you have the freedom to do things that feel like work but produce no real outcomes.Most are too easily distracted. Your children are distractions. Your spouse is a distraction. Even your pets are a distraction when you work from home (My UPS delivery person rings my doorbell everytime he leaves a package, reminding my dogs of their duty to alarm me if someone comes to the door. That’s ten minutes of barking). The Internet is the mother of all distractions. When you go to an office you avoid almost all of these distractions. The interruptions at the office have a reasonable shot of actually being work-related.The work that Covery called Quadrant II work, the non-urgent but critically important work is what suffers. When you work from home it’s easy to be reactive. You take your calls, but you don’t make your calls. You join meetings but you don’t book the meetings that you need to book. You might be “doing stuff” but it isn’t the right stuff.Working from home is for hustlers. It’s for people who have the will–and the desire–to do the work that needs to be done wherever they are. But let’s make sure that employees with poor work habits don’t shoulder all of the blame.The company that allows people to work from home must be prepared to lead the workforce that doesn’t come into an office. Activity isn’t the right answer for all productivity problems, but it is the absolute right prescription when low activity is to blame for poor results.Sales organizations that are serious about producing results are going to have to require more reporting of activity and outcomes if they want their results to improve. The sales manager, a leadership role, is going to have to demand more, and inspect the activity as well as the outcomes if they want to really help the work-from-home sales force that they lead. Otherwise, the company and the manager who allows low activity and poor outcomes is complicit in the work-from-home salesperson’s failure.last_img read more

Social Is One to Many

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Social Media was once called Social Media Marketing because, when marketers grabbed hold of the tools, they recognized them as one to many. The battle over whether or not the tools are for community or marketing can be traced back to 1999, and I offer the best of all evidence, The Cluetrain Manifesto.Your Facebook post is worthless if it is only seen by one person (unless that is how you define your market). Your Tweets are seen by all of your followers. If your tweet was seen by only one person, you wouldn’t need Twitter. Now LinkedIn offers a publishing platform, recognizing that part of the value of having a network is being able to communicate with that network.Social. Selling?Let’s pretend you found your dream client on LinkedIn. You research the client, looking at their background, their interests, what groups they belong to, and maybe you find something they created and posted themselves. There is nothing social about that. It’s research. The only thing that has changed is the tool you have used.Now you reach out make a connection request. That’s a one-to-one activity, and it feels like sales because you are asking for a commitment (albeit a very small commitment, often one with as much significance as being someone’s friend on Facebook).What do you do next?Let’s say you are one of the nervous kind who wouldn’t dare email your dream client to ask for an appointment. Nor would you dare to pick up the phone call them, cold calling being dead and all. So you decide to publish on LinkedIn, hoping that your dream client will read your excellent opinion on the industry. Maybe you believe that, upon recognizing your brilliance, your dream client will pick up the phone and call you, begging you to come in so they can give your their business. Publishing is one-to-many, and that makes it marketing and that makes it not sales (it’s publishing!).Pretend that your published post didn’t grab your dream client’s attention. I know, it was a great post. Just pretend. You and your dream client are both members of an industry group. You find a question your dream client has asked, and you post a killer response. That post is public, so it’s mostly one-to-many. But wait. Your dream client responds to your comment. Now it’s one-to-one. But there was no ask, no commitment, and you’re not one inch closer to a deal than you were before he commented. No, you’re still not selling.No one is a greater proponent of the social marketing toolkit than me (except maybe Koka Sexton, Jill Rowley, and Jamie Shanks).You have never had a better set of tools for building your personal brand. You have never been able to project the value you create to the people who would most benefit from what you do as easily and effectively as you can now. If you aren’t using the tools, you are woefully behind right now. The line between marketing and sales is so blurry right now it’s difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. So let me draw the line for you.One to many is marketing (your posts, your tweets, your pictures, etc.). One to one with no ask and no commitment-gaining is nurturing, a more personal form of marketing. One to one with an ask and a commitment gained is selling.Directly asking one-to-one on social is taboo (but Gary Vaynerchuck does it without fear). It looks self-oriented. The social folks generally look down on pitching. Pitching one to many is marketing. Pitching one to one over social is weird.Directly asking for commitments face-to-face or on the telephone is personal. It’s one to one, as it should be.last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Leadership Lessons and Uber

first_imgI love Uber. I never use anything else if they operate in a city I visit. If they aren’t operating in a city I visit, like Orlando, I am unhappy that I have to find other sources of transportation. I am a fan, and as of today, I still use the service. But it’s getting increasingly difficult to do so.I’ve spoken with every driver about their experience, and with the exception of one Boston driver, all of them are doing better than they were before (the Boston driver said there are now too many in Uber operators in Boston). Uber has disintermediated an industry that needed to be reimagined. It’s infinitely better than the existing taxi services available in every major city.But a few months ago the news reported that Uber employees had scheduled transportation with their competitor, Lyft, and then cancelled the driver. There is no evidence that anyone in Uber leadership directed the activity, but that it was done 5,560 times makes it look systemic. I have a tough time imagining that no one in leadership was aware of the activity. A real leader would have stopped the behavior, reminded their employees of their values, and insisted they win by competing fairly (from everything I can tell, they’re already winning).Then I watched Tom Peters post that he had deleted the app from his phone upon learning that an Uber executive stated that he would like to dig up dirt on journalists who give Uber negative press. The Uber executive was speaking at a private dinner party, and he said he regrets sharing his private thoughts, that he didn’t intend to act on them. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s Twitter apology was underwhelming.Add to it seriously questionable techniques for recruiting drivers from rivals, and the ability to violate their customer’s privacy with something called God View, and you have a recipe for a cultural problem.A fish rots from the head. It is a leader’s job to create and protect their culture. The people you lead will be who you are. They won’t do what you tell them to do when it comes to values and ethics. They’ll do what they see you do.There is nothing wrong with being a ferocious competitor (and competing against the entrenched transportation interests clearly requires a tough leader). But you can be a ferocious competitor and also be an ethical competitor. The boundaries when it comes to competition end at behaviors that are illegal, unethical, and immoral.Uber is a serious company. Being a serious company requires serious leadership. Serious leaders don’t put their company at risk by creating (or allowing) a poor, unethical culture. I want to see Uber win. That means I want to see Uber change.Some other opinions:Uber Über Alleshttp://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2014/11/22/in-defense-of-uber-an-unbiased-opinion/last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Success is Your Auditor

first_imgSuccess is your auditor. It keeps a very accurate, very precise, accounting of your balances. It will never allow you to withdraw more than you’ve deposited, and you have to pay in advance for any amount you withdraw.Time Invested: Success knows exactly how much time you have invested in the areas you want to create success. You can’t lie about how much time you’ve spent, and you can’t exaggerate with Success monitoring your every waking moment. Sure, you’ve done a little bit of what you need to do, but because you haven’t paid the time required in full, you don’t yet have what you want.Hard Work Invested: Success is extremely stingy with what it doles out. It’s looking for hard work. A little bit of hard work produces no success. The payment is too small for Success to permit you to make any withdrawal. For a good amount of hard work, Success will allow you to have a taste of what you want, but no more. Real success comes at the price of a massive amount of hard work, more than you imagine. If you aren’t willing to sustain the deposits of hard work necessary to pay for your success, Success won’t allow you to have it.Growth Invested: Your auditor doesn’t think you are good enough for the level of success you want. Success is keeping score on how much you’ve improved yourself. Success is looking for real, transformational growth, not this dabbling around the edges, never committing to what you know you need to do, and your excuse making. The kind of success you want doesn’t accrue to people who aren’t big enough to generate it. You have to grow, and Success knows whether or not you are growing or standing still.Success is something you pay for in advance. You can’t have what you want until it is paid in full. If you want to sustainable success, you have to make equally sustainable deposits. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Something More Than Competent

first_imgI love Toastmasters. If you want to learn to speak in public, there isn’t a better place to start. You only get better at speaking in public by speaking in public. While I was in the program, I saw some amazing transformations. You would know two other members of this club: Lewis Howes and Sarah Storer.What I didn’t like was the name of the first level of achievement. The words “competent communicator” always struck me as not being the right name for the achievement, even if accurate. Though competent comes before excellence, no one should aim to be competent, especially not someone who works in sales.ExpertiseOn a recent interview, I was asked to share a secret to success in sales (even though there are no secrets, everything being well-known and documented, and the real differentiator being the willingness to do what most others refuse to do). Even though it isn’t a secret, there isn’t much conversation about the need to become an expert. Being competent isn’t a competitive advantage, but being an expert surely is.When you say the word expert, many people believe that they need to be an expert in their business. It is true that you need to study and become an expert in your industry. You also need to know everything that you do different, why you deviate from your competitors, and how those differences make a difference. All of this is good and necessary.Others believe the word expert means they need to be an expert in their client’s businesses, a task that can prove more difficult. You have to work hard to learn how your client’s think about their businesses, but good questions can help you learn from all the contacts you meet with while you are selling. You can bend the learning curve in your direction if you do the work.The BorderlineWhere you need to be an expert is on the borderline where your business and your client’s business come together. The real expertise is knowing enough about your business and your client’s business to be able to provide advice worth taking. You have to understand why your client should change, and how they should change, while also possessing the experience of knowing how to help them produce the better future they are capable of achieving with your help.Competency is merely a milestone on the way to expert. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

UP orders probe in to Akhilesh’s Gomti River Front project

first_imgTwo weeks after coming to power, the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has constituted a judicial probe in to financial irregularities in the Gomti River Front project, a much-publicised initiative of fromer chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.The government has constituted a three-member committee headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Alok Kumar Singh for the probe.A.K. Garg, a professor of the finance faculty of IIM-Lucknow, and retired professor of riverine engineering of IIT-BHU, U.K. Chaudhary, are part of the committee. The probe team is expected to submit its report within 45 days.The Gomti River Front in Lucknow came under the scanner of the government after Mr. Adityanath, last month inspected the site and questioned the progress of work.“People’s money cannot be allowed to be looted at any cost,” he tweeted after his visit. He had said a probe would be ordered into the Gomti River Front project and asked officials to link the project to the Centre’s Namami Gange scheme. The Gomti merges with the Ganga in Jaunpur.State Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar on Wednesday evening issued notifications and orders for the judicial inquiry.A sum of Rs 656 crore was approved for the Gomti River Channelisation project, which was later revised to Rs 1,153 crore.According to a government spokesperson, however, even after the expenditure of around 95% of the revised sanctioned amount only 60% of the project work was completed.Apart from this, the spokesperson said, “excessive amount of money” was spent on “non-essential works” instead of utilising the funds for making the river pollution free. Complaints were also received that the previous Samajwadi Party government did not follow the “laid down procedure” in carrying out the works.The three-member inquiry committee will probe the “quality” of the Gomti River channelisation scheme, delay in project work and irregular expenditure of funds.The probe would also include the verification of costs of various components of the project, accountability of the work complete so far, delay in implementation, determining sustainability of the planning in terms of environmental conservation and checking the status of payments made.According to the official website of the Gomti River Front, the project is inspired by similar schemes in other countries, including Tokyo, wetland area near Putrajaya lake in Malaysia, Danube river in Vienna and Olympic Park on Thames, London.The project includes the construction of a diaphragm wall on both banks of the Gomti river to channel its flow. The land between the waterway and the embankment was developed for public utility and boasts a cycling track, jogging and walking paths, a play-area for children, a fountain, and an amphitheater among other things.The main bridges on the river have also been illuminated with RGB lights, which is enhanced on weekends. The project, though still not fully complete, was inaugurated by Akhilesh Yadav last year.last_img read more

Ban mobile phones for girls: BJP MLA

first_imgIn a controversial demand, mayor of Aligarh Shakuntala Bharti and a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from the area Sanjeev Raja demanded that school girls should not be allowed to carry mobile phones. While speaking at an event at the Uday Singh Inter College in Aligarh, Ms. Bharti, who has courted controversies in the past, said, “Why do young schoolgoing girls need mobile phones? It is one of the reasons why girls of Aligarh are going in a wrong direction and meeting wrong people.” Parents’ responsibilityWhile agreeing with Ms. Bharti, Mr. Rana said, “I wonder why young girls cover their faces while riding motorbikes. It is like the idea of using mobile phones when all they have to do is go to school from home and come back home from school. It is the parents’ responsibility to prohibit girls from covering their faces.”last_img read more

Picture of Union Minister urinating in public goes viral

first_imgA picture of Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh urinating in public with two armed security personnel guarding him has gone viral on social media, with trollers mocking the government’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid much fanfare. Mr. Singh is a fourth-term MP from Motihari in the East Champaran district of Bihar. In the picture, Mr. Singh is seen urinating against the pink-plastered wall of a building while two of his armed security personnel stand guard nearby. The date or the place, however, is not known but informed sources said the picture could be from Mr. Singh’s home constituency Motihari, which he visited recently on the occasion of Id. The Minister, however, could not be contacted for his reaction.The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) tweeted: Kadi suraksha ke beech kendriya krishi mantri sookha prabhavit kshetr mein sinchai yojna ki shuruwat karte hue. Unhone Swacch Bharat Abhiyan ko bhi gati di (‘amid tight security, Union Agriculture Minister kicking off irrigation programme in a drought affected area…he also speeded up the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan). This was later re-tweeted by party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. His younger son and Bihar’s Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav also posted the controversial picture, asking people to “search [for the] red beacon in the photo”.last_img read more

Little joys of life for security personnel

first_imgTwo men come on a scooter, hands over a carton to a security personnel. Three others come in a mini-van with a drum full of rice and another full of Rajma. It was Rajma Chawal for lunch on Monday for many security personnel manning Sirsa where the Dera Sacha Sauda has its headquarters. The food, however, is provided by locals and several community organisations as a token of appreciation to the force of nearly 4,000 who have been working relentlessly since Thursday. The town is protected by 40 security companies including the Army, Border Security Forces, local police amid others whose primary job is to maintain law and order and minimise violence anticipated in the wake of circumstances. Mukul, 30-year-old businessman who stays in the next street to Satnam Singh Chowk where the concentration of security personnel is dense, ordered a bakery to produce 1,000 vegetable patties on Thursday as breakfast. In the evening, they were treated with bread pakoda and chai; not to mention, the endless supply of water. “Little joys of life in such tough situations,” smiled Constable Ajay Kumar as he facilitated the entry of a food truck. “They’ve been working day and night just to protect us. This is the least we can do for them,” said Rajnish Sharma, Mukul’s friend who pitched in money for Thursday’s breakfast. Sarabjit Singh, sarpanch of Vaidwala village, a few km away from the Dera where stands a police check point, along with her mother Manjit Kaur (65) has been hosting two meals a day for the force since August 25. “Today, it’s chhole, chawal and roti. My mother and wife cook for nearly 150 people both the times and there’s nothing more rewarding,” he said.Not only are the locals making sure that the jawans are well fed, several organisations like the Roti Bank, Jain Samiti and Kanhaiya Manav Sewa Samiti are voluntarily providing food and water to the security personnel. How are they getting the ration when shops are closed is a question answered by Sushil Kandoi, 54, of the Roti Bank. “We just started doing it. As the word spread, help started pouring in in terms of money, pulses, rice and vegetables. I never asked anyone for it but we’re all humans after all,” he said referring to all the grocery shopowners who’ve been providing the organisation with raw material. The overwhelmed security personnel return the favour with a ‘Thank you’. “We feel very happy when people think about us. Who doesn’t? Accha lagta hai jab hamari mehnat ko pehchana jata hai [It feels great when our effort is recognised],” said Constable Jitender Kumar.last_img read more

Goa Tourism Minister wants curbs on tourists venturing into sea

first_imgGoa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Friday expressed deep concern over the recent drowning cases along Goa’s coast and reiterated his desire to put in place a law to ban venturing into sea at night and in intoxicated conditions.Talking to presspersons here on Friday, he recalled that only two days back he had seriously said that a law was required to ban beach-goers from venturing into the sea after sunset. Two students from the Ahmedabad-based Mudra Institute of Communication drowned after they ventured into the sea at the Candolim beach at 3 am on Thursday. Terming the drowning incident as “unfortunate”, Mr. Ajgaonkar also asked how students were allowed to go to the beach at night and venture into the sea. “The teachers are expected to be the guardians accompanying students on such tours. It is to be probed as to how they were out late on the beach and permitted to venture into the sea. The teachers should be questioned in this regard,” Mr. Ajgaonkar said.”I have taken up the matter of the recent drowning cases seriously and also discussed with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar that we need to come out with a law to prohibit people from venturing into the sea at night and in an intoxicated condition,” Mr. Ajgaonkar said.Anuja Susan of Chennai and Gurram Chenchu Sai of Andhra Pradesh, who were a part of a group of 47 students, who were part of a group of students on a study tour of Goa along with faculty. Meanwhile, a high level meeting with all concerned agencies is expected to be convened next week, to work out immediate and long term measures to prevent such incidents from occurring, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of a function in the city on Friday.last_img read more

Schools to face quality audit: Javadekar

first_imgPune: Stating that there could be no compromise on quality in education, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday warned that schools not adhering to quality standards, across the country, would face closure.Speaking at the inauguration session of 8th edition of the Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad (Indian Students’ Parliament) hosted by the city-based MIT group of Institutes, Mr. Javadekar said as in the case of universities, schools across the country would be subjected to a quality audit every five years.“Several schools are functioning in the country despite producing zero results. This is impermissible and is going to change very soon,” he said, adding that his Ministry, and the Centre, is firmly committed to ‘quality education for all’. Schools would be subjected to periodic assessment and be accredited like colleges, he said.Mr. Javadekar’s pronouncements on the lack of learning in schools come in the backdrop of the the Maharashtra government’s recent announcement last month that it would be shutting down 1,314 schools across the State where the enrollment is below 10. The decision was based on a survey of existing conditions and enrolment ratios in schools. The survey found that more than 4,300 government schools and around 70 private schools had less than 10 students enrolled in them.The Minister enumerated the Union government’s achievements in education, mentioning the passage of the IIT (Amendment) Bill, the boost to technical education, the initiative to set up research parks in the seven IITs and the efforts at streamlining the accreditation process among others. “Institutes with high NAAC scores will automatically be given autonomy and they won’t have to come to the Ministry or regulatory bodies for the same,” he said.Mr. Javadekar emphasised the need for more innovation across the country’s campuses.“The need of the hour is to focus on creating more research labs to enable students to innovate contribute towards the country’s prosperity,” he said.last_img read more

Complaint against Papon for kissing minor contestant of reality show

first_imgSinger Papon has landed in trouble after a complaint was filed against him for allegedly harassing a minor contestant of a reality TV show. However, the child’s father termed the incident “a moment of affection” saying the singer is a “father figure” to his daughter. A video has gone viral in which Papon is seen celebrating Holi with the contestants of “Voice India Kids” and planting a kiss on the girl’s face. Papon is one of the judges on the show along with fellow singers Shaan and Himmesh Reshammiya. Supreme Court lawyer Runa Bhuyan filed the complaint with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights against Papon under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act. Papon could not be immediately reached for a reaction but his lawyer, Gaurang Kanth told a news channel, “If my client had any objection or intention, then he would not be putting something against him and uploading it in public domain. Once it has been uploaded in public domain, the information is there. A lawyer has decided to lodge a complaint. It has been done, unfortunately, without doing any homework. “This sort of complaint also puts the family, the girl in lot of trauma. This is something that could have easily been avoided.” Kanth said one cannot level such charges without “corroborative evidence or verified the source.” The channel &TV issued a statement saying it will extend full support to all affected parties. “We as a channel have always been focused on the safety, security and well-being of the contestants participating in our shows. We have always adhered to the NCPCR guidelines and our production house, Essel Vision Productions Limited has taken all precautionary measures required under NCPCR and other laws. We believe in nurturing talent with utmost sensitivity and care while we provide them the platform to showcase their aptitude. “As a responsible channel, we are extending complete support to all parties who are impacted by this incident and will stand by them to help them through this situation,” the statement read. The girl’s father also issued a statement what was seen in the video was not intentional. “It was just a moment of affection that is being portrayed otherwise. I would request and urge the media to not pursue this further,” he said. He further said that Papon is a mentor and a father figure to his daughter and has always encouraged her to pursue her dreams. “He doesn’t differentiate among the children who are here and gives them equal guidance on pursuing their dreams,” he said. “What you saw in the video is not intentional,” the concerned contestant’s father said in a statement. The complaint has been filed by Supreme Court lawyer, Runa Bhuyan saying that the singer has “committed sexual assault”.last_img read more

Lalu’s daughter, son-in-law granted bail in money laundering case

first_imgA special court in New Delhi on Monday granted bail to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)  chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband iShailesh Kumar in a money laundering case.Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted the relief to Ms. Bharti and Mr. Kumar, who appeared before the court in pursuance to summons issued against them, on a personal bond of ₹2 lakh with a surety of a like amount each. The judge directed them not to leave the country without the court’s prior permission. The two had moved bail applications.During the hearing, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) opposed their bail plea, saying they indulged in a “very serious” economic offence. “Persons on such a post are committing such kind of activities which are totally against the nation,” ED counsel Atul Tripathi said.The court asked if the probe agency had arrested the couple during the case investigation, to which the ED replied in the negative. This prompted the court to ask the ED, “Why do you now want the court to take them in custody?”On February 8, the court issued summons against Ms. Bharti, her husband and Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd. as accused in the case after taking cognizance of the ED charge sheet.On December 23 last, the ED filed its final report against Ms. Bharti and Mr. Kumar. Earlier, it had attached a Delhi farmhouse of the couple in connection with the probe.The farmhouse, located at 26, Palam Farms in south Delhi’s Bijwasan area, was attached provisionally under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It was “held in the name of M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Private Limited”, the ED had said. “It was purchased in 2008-09, using ₹1.2 crore involved in money laundering,” it had alleged. It raided the farmhouse and a few other locations in July last as a part of its probe against two brothers — Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain — and others, who were alleged to have laundered several crores of rupees using shell companies.The Jain brothers, currently on bail, were arrested by the ED under the PMLA.Chartered accountant arrestedThe ED had also arrested Rajesh Agrawal, a chartered accountant who allegedly mediated and provided a cash amount of “₹90 lakh to the Jain brothers in advance so as to invest in M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt. Ltd. as share premium.”Ms. Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors of Mishail Printers and Packers Pvt. Ltd. in the past, according to the ED. “The company, M/s Mishail Packers and Printers, was registered at 25, Tughlak Road, New Delhi till the shares were bought by Ms. Bharti. It was only during 2009-10 that the address was changed to Farm no. 26, Palam Farms, VPO Bijwasan, New Delhi. Bharti and Kumar were the directors of the company during the relevant period,” the ED had said.The ED had alleged that the Jain brothers, Mr. Agrawal, Ms. Bharti and Mr. Kumar were the “key persons behind the laundering of Rs 1.2 crore.”last_img read more

Two held for Dalit man’s murder

first_imgThe police have arrested two persons in connection with a Dalit man’s murder in Rajasthan’s Barmer district last week. The 22-year-old victim, Kheta Ram, was beaten to death at Ramsar by the relatives of a married Muslim woman with whom he reportedly had an illicit affair.While two of the accused, Pathai Khan and Anwar Khan, were arrested, seven others were detained on suspicion of involvement in the crime. A hunt was launched for tracing the main suspect. Kheta Ram’s post-mortem report has revealed that he was severely beaten and the attackers had tried to strangulate him.last_img read more

Activists arrest: Pune Police seek more time to file chargesheet

first_imgThe Pune Police have sought more time to file the chargesheet against Surendra Gadling, lawyer, and four other activists arrested on June 6 for their alleged links to banned Maoist outfits and role in the violence at Bhima Koregaon on January 1. The accused have been charged with provision of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Rohan Nahar, advocate appearing on behalf of the accused, said, “We received a copy of the application today [Saturday]. The matter is scheduled to be heard on Sunday at the Pune sessions court.”90-day timeframeUnder the UAPA, the police need to file a chargesheet within 90 days of the arrest, failing which the accused have the right to apply for bail. On June 6, the Pune police arrested Mr. Gadling, Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut and Rona Wilson. The deadline for filing the chargesheet against them is September 5. “Under the pretext of finding fresh evidence, the Pune police will appeal for more time to file the chargesheet in the previous case. The [August 29] arrests [of five other activists] are nothing but a tactic to divert attention from the investigations under way against the Sanatan Sanstha and to prolong the current case against human rights activists,” said Susan Abraham, advocate and wife of Vernon Gonsalves, who was arrested for alleged Maoist links. On August 29, the Pune police searched the homes of nine rights activists and lawyers and arrested Mr. Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, Gautam Navlakha in New Delhi, Sudha Bharadwaj in Faridabad, and Varavara Rao in Hyderabad. On Friday, at a press conference, the Maharashtra police said they had fresh evidence, including of a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister, against the accused.last_img read more

No free or fair polls in future if Modi returns in 2019: Prithviraj Chavan

first_imgThe country will not witness any free or fair election if the Modi government returns to power in 2019, senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Wednesday.Mr. Chavan was speaking at the launch of the party’s third phase of Jan Sangharsh Yatra against the policies of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Tuljapur in Osmanabad district of Marathwada region.Stating that the BJP got only 31% of the total vote share in the 2014 general elections, Mr. Chavan called upon like-minded parties to unite against the ruling NDA in the forthcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.“The BJP could win with a clear majority only because the votes of the Opposition parties were fragmented. But whenever the opposition has come together, as in the important by-polls in Uttar Pradesh this year, the BJP has lost spectacularly,” Mr. Chavan said, reiterating the call for a mega-coalition of Opposition parties to dislodge the Modi government.“If this dictatorial government [Narendra Modi-led NDA]comes to power, there won’t remain any vestige of democracy nor will the Constitution bequeathed upon us by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar be safe,” he said.As part of the outreach campaign in this phase, Congress will be covering 27 Assembly constituencies in the Marathwada region, culminating in Aurangabad on November 1.Targeting the State government for the prevailing drought situation, Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan questioned why the Devendra Fadnavis government was vacillating in declaring drought given the acute water-scarcity afflicting Maharashtra. “How many farmers have to give up their lives till this government introduces drought-relief measures,” he asked, adding that the BJP government was busy indulging in word games instead of announcing emergency measures to tackle the looming crisis.last_img read more

Chhattisgarh Maoist attack: Time’s up for Raman Singh, says Congress

first_imgThe BJP has lost moral authority to remain in power in Chhattisgarh, the Congress said on Sunday, a day after Maoists killed four CRPF soldiers in Bijapur district on Saturday. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the countdown for Chief Minister Raman Singh to step down had begun. “We do salute the courage and valour of our jawans. But the scared, cowardly, frustrated, clueless and directionless Raman Singh government in the State and the Modi dispensation at the Centre have no moral right to rule… They have left the reins of government to terrorist and Naxals,” he said. In return for the sacrifices of the security forces, the BJP government offered ‘jumla.’ Note ban From 2016 to 2017, the number of security men killed had risen from 106 to 130. The figures for 2018 were grimmer. “…Chief Minister Raman Singh was among the first to claim that demonetisation would wipe out Naxal funds… The truth is that after demonetisation, there has been 30 major Naxal attacks and 120 security men and 150 civilians have been killed,” he added. Voting will be held in 18 constituencies on November 12 in the first phase of the Assembly elections in the State.last_img read more

Bhima Koregaon: HC extends protection from arrest for Gautam Navlakha

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Monday extended protection from arrest of activist Gautam Navlakha till April 26, 2019 in the Bhima Koregaon violence case.A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre was hearing a plea filed by Mr. Navlakha urging the court to quash the FIR registered against him by Pune police. Advocate Yug Chaudhary appearing for Mr. Navlakha told the court that the Delhi High Court had quashed the arrest, but the Maharashtra government filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against it. However, another Bench at the Bombay HC stayed the arrest and it remains quashed as of now.He went on to list the credentials of Mr. Navlakha and said that he has written books on conflict zones and has written for esteemed publications on extremists and naxalites. He mentioned that Mr. Navlakha has written for Economic Political Weekly and is a member of the Peoples Union for Democratic Rights. Mr. Chaudhary also said that Mr. Navlakha was always chosen by the government and the naxals as a “mediator” to communicate with each other. But now he is being attacked by both sides (government and Naxal organisations) as they think he is being biased towards the other.The advocate said, “He is a peace activist, how can this attract provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.” The matter has been adjourned for final hearing on April 26.last_img read more

Two Hizb militants killed in Kashmir encounter

first_imgTwo Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an operation on Thursday in the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, where two phases of elections are scheduled in the coming weeks.The police said Safdar Amin, 25, and Burhan Ahmad Ganaie alias Saifullah, 25, both residents of Anantnag district, were encircled by security forces at Bagender Mohalla in Bijbehara early in the morning.“During searches, the militants fired upon the search party. In the ensuing encounter, both the militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,” said the police.According to the police, the slain militants, who belonged Hizbul Mujahideen, “were wanted in a series of terror crimes, including attack on security establishments”.The police said incriminating materials including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. “All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation,” said the police.Hundreds of locals participated in the funeral prayers of the slain militants at Bijbehara and S.K. Colony Lazibal.The killings come fours days ahead of second phase of polling in the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat.“Every killing during the elections will impact the turnout. There should have been attempt to arrest them alive. We have already seen a low turnout in the first phase in Anantnag. There is a worry that such encounters will only act as contributing factors in keeping the turnout low,” said People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Naeem Akhtar.last_img read more

Pesticidemakers Challenge E.U. Neonicotinoid Ban in Court

first_imgBRUSSELS—Two agrochemical companies are fighting back against an E.U.-wide ban on three common neonicotinoid pesticides. Syngenta Crop Protection, which manufactures and sells one of the compounds in Europe, announced yesterday that it has brought a legal case earlier this month before the Court of Justice of the European Union, based in Luxembourg. Bayer CropScience, another producer, has done the same, a company spokesperson tells ScienceInsider.In April, the European Commission decided to introduce a 2-year moratorium on the compounds—clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam—following reports by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) saying the substances pose an “acute risk” to honey bees essential to farming and natural ecosystems.EFSA scientists based their conclusions on the data submitted for the substances’ initial market approval, as well as later laboratory and field studies. They examined modes of contamination that had been overlooked when neonicotinoids were first approved for sale. 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He says at stake is not just these compounds, but also the way in which the European Union makes its regulatory decisions. “It’s very important for us to have guidance and clarity” regarding the European Union’s regulatory framework, he says, because these regulations have a strong impact on the firm’s investment decisions.But several environmental groups have praised the European Commission’s action. “The Commission was right to intervene,” Mark Breddy, a spokesman for Greenpeace EU, said in a statement. “The environmental risks and the threat to agricultural production posed by these pesticides far outweigh any benefits.” Some E.U. countries, including France and Italy, have already restricted the use of neonicotinoids, with no significant impacts on agricultural production, Greenpeace says.It may take the court years to reach a decision. In the meantime, the legal cases have no suspensory effect, so the restrictions on the three chemicals will apply as planned from 1 December in all 28 E.U. member states.last_img read more