Dialing In Your Great Experiment

first_imgExperiments begin with a hypothesis. You have an idea based on your knowledge and what you intuit, and you guess at what some future result will be. You then test that hypothesis to see if it’s true.These experiments return results. Your results show you whether your hypothesis is true or false. You might be proven right, or your underlying supposition might prove to be flawed.Your Great ExperimentTake a look at any result you’re producing in your life right now. You have some hypothesis, some underlying belief about that result. Your results are giving you feedback on that belief. They’re telling you whether what you believe is true or false.This is The Sales Blog, so we’ll use sales as an example. Maybe you believe you can make your number with very, very little prospecting. But your sales results may prove that your hypothesis about the amount of prospecting you need to do is wrong.You might believe that more activity alone will improve your sales results, and you might take massive action trying to make your number. But that hypothesis may be proven wrong, too. You might be generating plenty of activity. Your results may be poor because what you’re doing isn’t effective. (There are a lot of sales people who believe that doing more of what worked in the past will help them now. But this is a new day and a new age).Maybe the experiment you are unintentionally running is trying to win business by relying on a single power sponsor to guide you to a deal. But instead of winning you’re losing opportunities to competitors and the status quo. Your results may be telling you that you are missing something (maybe  you need more stakeholders to win).Whatever you want to improve about your life, whether it’s in sales or some other area, your underlying belief about that area of your life is what’s driving that result. If you’re killing it in some area, your hypotheses are driving those result, too.If you want to make the most of the great experiment that is your life, carefully examine your hypotheses and observe the feedback you’re receiving. Then, change them and dial in your great experiment.QuestionsThink of one area of your life where you’d like to produce greater results. What feedback are you getting in that area?What are the experiments you are running in that area of your life?What are the underlying beliefs about that area? What’s your hypothesis?What new experiment could you run to see some new results? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Some Thoughts on Transformational Change

first_imgIf you want transformational change, you have to start by making transformation your goal. It has to be the single most important thing on which you focus. Even when transforming requires that you build new skills, training isn’t transformation. Consulting isn’t transformation either, even though it may be required to move forward.If you want to lead change, you have to answer the question, “Why must we change now?” Without a reason and consequences for not changing now, you will not compel your sales force to take the actions that lead to transformational change. We ask our salespeople to help our clients understand the reasons they need to change now. Your transformation starts in the same place.You have to be willing to go to the mat for your transformation. You have to be willing to fight for it. You will have to work with members of your leadership team. You will have to force some people to come along. Unless you insist that the change occurs, it won’t. People will try to wait you out, passively resisting the transformation. Others will actively and vocally work against you. You will have to deal with both.One of the primary obstacles to change is believing that you can’t change because your people aren’t going to be happy. Many of them won’t be thrilled with change, no matter what it is. You cannot accept a lack of effort on the change that you need, and you must remedy a lack of activity immediately. Some people, the ones who are comfortable with the way things are, may leave for what they believe to be greener pastures. But that is the part of the price that change requires of you.Until you achieve your goal, you are going to have to begin and end every conversation with the change initiative. You are going to have to remind people why you are changing. You’ll also have to insist that new beliefs are adopted and new actions taken. It has to be all-consuming. It has to underly every conversation.The front line managers are the most valuable resources you have when it comes to change. They have to ensure that everyone is doing what is necessary, especially holding their people accountable. Without the front line managers, and without real accountability for change, it won’t happen. Change isn’t easy.These things are necessary if you are going to become something newer, better, and bigger than you are now.last_img read more

Math Doesn’t Care

first_img 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 Now If you need to create 4 opportunities a month, each one worth $75,000, to be able to make your number.  If you don’t create those opportunities, you need 8 opportunities the next month. If you do better work the next month and put up two new opportunities worth $75,000 each, you are now carrying forward 6 opportunities into the very next month—in addition to the 4 you need to create to cover the month you’re in.Math doesn’t care if you don’t really like prospecting, the creation of new opportunities. It doesn’t care if you don’t believe that you should have to cold call, nor does it care that marketing didn’t give you the leads you believe you need. Math does what it does.Math also doesn’t care if you are lazy. It doesn’t care that you aren’t willing to exercise the self-discipline necessary to manage yourself. Nor is it concerned that you like to be entertained, and that you love the novelty provided by the small screen of infinite distractions. Math works even if you don’t.Math doesn’t care that you had every intention of doing good work, and that you really need to do well in your role. It isn’t even aware that you have any feelings whatsoever, good, bad, or indifferent. Math certainly doesn’t have any feelings.It doesn’t care about your manager, the President, your irrational competitor, your equally irrational prospective client, your product challenges, or the fact that the Internet is disintermediating your industry. Math just goes right on being math, neutral in all issues, punishing some and rewarding others.If it is difficult to create 4 opportunities in a month, then it isn’t any easier to create 10 in that same number of days.last_img read more

A List of Variables to Success

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There are some differences that make a difference. You can be similar to another person in many ways and produce a completely different result. All of these variables are within your control.Attitude: Number one with a bullet. If there is a governor on the level of success you can achieve, it is your attitude. Someone who is positive, optimistic, and future-oriented beats the cynical, pessimistic, self-disempowered person every time.Discipline: The willingness to do the work that others are unwilling to do is a huge variable. When someone is willing to do what you are not, they will invariably produce a result that is different from yours.Acumen: The amount of knowledge and experience you have is different from other people, and there can be ever greater differences across domains. The desire to acquire the knowledge and experience is also a variable.Effort: The person that puts forth the greater effort is always going to produce a better outcome than the person that does the minimum required of them. You may only need a C to graduate from high school or college, but you don’t produce exceptional results by putting forth the bare minimum effort.Other-Orientation: The person who is more interested in other people is the person who is more interesting to other people. The person who can engage another person in a conversation about themselves and their needs wins out over the person who spends their limited face-time with a client talking only about themselves.Resourcefulness: This is the linchpin attribute of successful people. They figure things out, and they aren’t plagued by learned helplessness. The willingness to try to figure something out is always going to produce a better result than abdicating yourself of the responsibility to produce a result.Determination: There are probably times when it makes sense to give up. But when it comes to the things that you really want or the results you need to produce, persistence is the variable. Grit and intestinal fortitude (and even a pigheadedness) are what allows someone to stay the course until they succeed when others give up.Focus: Some people major in minor things while others major in what is most important. In an age of ever-increasing distractions, the ability to narrow your focus is going to allow you to produce better results than those who fly from one meaningless triviality to the next. With so much and so many things outside of your control, it is imperative that you control what you can.last_img read more

The Salesperson is Dead. Long Live the Salesperson.

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Have Amazon.com and other companies that mostly sell without salespeople proven that salespeople are necessary? Has the internet replaced the salesperson, providing more and better information than a human salesperson? Do people prefer to buy without the help of a salesperson, even when a decision comes with complexity and risk? Does all this technology suggest that salespeople are now unnecessary?You have to believe a lot of assumptions to believe that salespeople will soon disappear.Assumes knowledge: To believe that salespeople are going to disappear, you must also assume that people have the necessary knowledge to know what they need to do and what choices may be available to them. “But, Iannarino,” you say, “they can search the internet.” And you would be correct and wrong at the same time. What Google query do you enter when you want to know what it is that you don’t know you don’t know?Assumes understanding tradeoffs: Is this choice better than that choice in my situation? Some of the information I have gathered conflicts with other information I’ve found. Which information is right? Which tradeoffs make the most sense for me now? Assuming that people want to make decisions by themselves runs counter to how humans have made decisions for a long time. When decisions are important, people seek counsel. They seek wisdom. They do this after they have information.Assumes the right solutions: Are all solutions available, configured, and tailored for every application? Do they all come with a built-in understanding of every complex process or system in which they are going to be installed? Do they all automatically know why one stakeholder is going to benefit from what one buys while another stakeholder in the same company will be crippled by the decision? Most of what salespeople who work for companies that have customer intimacy find collaboration and customization to be critical to building the right solution.Assumes one doesn’t want or need help: Some people believe that because they keep their own counsel (like the man who acts as his own lawyer and has a fool for a client), they believe no one else wants help with important decisions. But it’s not true. A lot of people like to hear from people who have knowledge—and wisdom—in the areas in which they need to make decisions. In the future, it is not likely that people will abandon this practice.Assumes one can convince others: Because more and more decisions are made by consensus, to believe a salesperson will be obsolete to the buying process is to believe that one person is going to search the internet, find the information they need, chat with a bot, and convince the 16 people who are going to be affected by the decision that person makes. It assumes that this person will be able to sell her peers, even when outside opinions often weigh more than the opinions of the people who work for the company.Assumes concerns are resolved: How many times have you set out to buy something online and abandoned your shopping cart? The reason you bailed is that you had unresolved concerns. For some reason, more information did not resolve your concerns. You didn’t need information. You need to know that you were going to get the outcome you wanted, that what you bought was going to work, and that you were making a good decision. What is that technology didn’t supply?If all you can do is transact, then all that is needed is a transaction. The role of a salesperson is diminishing. But when this is not the case, the salesperson is going to have a role for a long time into the future, even if the nature of the role changes, and even if they are aided by greater technology.last_img read more

Ballabgarh case: More charges added

first_imgMen kept abusing us and our religion, says Shakir, the victim of Delhi train incident More than 24 hours after 17-year-old Junaid was stabbed to death and his two brothers injured during an attack on a local train here, the Railway Police on Saturday added charges of attempt to murder and utterances hurting religious sentiments to the FIR.Haryana Railway Police S.P. Kamal Deep Goyal told The Hindu over phone that Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 298 (uttering words with intent to hurt religious sentiments) of the IPC were added to the FIR before the prime accused was produced in court on Saturday.Also Read  On the delay in adding the Sections to the FIR, Mr. Goyal said relevant Sections could be added to the FIR any time during the investigation.The prime accused, meanwhile, told the police that he was inebriated at the time of the incident and attacked the teenager on being instigated by fellow passengers.“The accused boarded the train at the Ballabgarh railway station as he was curious to know what the argument was about and got embroiled in it. He then attacked Junaid and his brothers with a knife,” said Mr. Goyal, adding that the accused had been remanded in three-day police custody.More arrests likelyThough no more arrests have been made in the case so far, Mr. Goyal said six suspects were interrogated and later let off.“Six suspects were questioned, but let off after they were not found involved in the case,” said Mr. Goyal. Junaid’s brother Hasib, who was injured in the attack, however, said he identified two of the suspects when he was summoned by the police.last_img read more

2,855 villages in U.P. under water

first_imgThe flood situation in Uttar Pradesh remained alarming on Tuesday with reports of 10 more deaths, taking the toll to 82 in the current wave of floods in the State.“As many as 2,855 villages in 25 districts are inundated affecting a population of over 22 lakh,” the Relief Commissioner’s office said here, citing a flood report as on Monday.It said that around 50,000 people had taken shelter in relief camps in eastern U.P. where there was no let-up in flood fury as the raging waters of the rivers emanating in Nepal caused havoc in vast areas.Army choppers, the NDRF and PAC (flood) jawans continued rescue operations.Water recedes in AssamThe flood situation in Assam improved further on Tuesday with water receding from human habitations and fields.No fresh deaths were reported in the State and the toll stood at 70, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report here said. Altogether 11.02 lakh people had been affected by the floods that submerged 9,000 hectares of fields, the report said.The Brahmaputra river is still flowing above the danger mark at some places. A total of 31,519 people are put up at 94 relief centres.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that under the Prime Minister’s directive, a high-level committee would be constituted to find a lasting solution to the flood and erosion problems of the State.In Himachal Pradesh, one man is feared to have drowned in the swollen Govind Sagar Lake in Bilaspur district. Thirteen houses were damaged following heavy rain.The local MeT office has warned of heavy rain in lower and mid hills over the next 24 hours.last_img read more

Distance education students face uncertain future

first_imgStudents of the Distance Education Centre (DEC) of Berhampur University in Odisha for the 2016-18 session are a worried lot as the University Grants Commission (UGC) has not yet provided affiliation to their courses.Around 5,000 students, including about 2,200 from postgraduate courses, are affected because of non-affiliation of their courses with the UGC. For the past 10 days, representatives of these students have been on dharna on the Berhampur University campus.According to convener of the agitation by DEC students, Raj Abhishek Panda, through memorandums they have already informed about their problem to Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedkar and the Odisha Governor, who happens to be chancellor of their university. A delegation of students had met Mr. Javedkar during his visit to Bhubaneswar.Due to lack of UGC affiliation, Berhampur Universityhas had also stopped admissions to its DEC courses in 2017, said Postgraduate Council chairman of Berhampur University Devi Prasanna Patnaik.Exams not heldFollowing protests by students, examinations of DEC courses for the 2016-18 session scheduled to be held in October were not held. The DEC has proposed that any student who was not satisfied may take back the money paid as fees and other payments. But the agitating students say it was not a solution as they have already spent more than a year of their valuable time on these courses.last_img read more

U.P. IAS officer throws his weight behind blackbuck

first_img“The conservation of the blackbuck can be now done in an effective way. It will also create awareness towards biodiversity conservation and provide opportunities for people’s participation. Eco-tourism will be encouraged and locals will get opportunities for employment,” a government spokesperson said.The blackbuck can often be seen grazing in agricultural fields during the dry season in the Trans-Yamuna belt in Meja and Bundelkhand. However, according to Mr. Kumar, who is also a wildlife photographer, the island of safe haven for the blackbuck within the designated reserve is a rocky terrain dotted with dhak (flame of forest), mahua, neem and acacia trees.“The area boasts of more than 200 species of birds and herbivores like the blackbuck, bluebull (nilgai), and carnivores like the jackal and stray stripped hyena,” he said.On the intervention of Mr. Kumar — while he was the DM of Allahabad, till recently — authorities of NTPC, Meja power plant, sanctioned ₹1.2 crore to the forest department under their Corporate Social Responsibility to support the work on the blackbuck habitat through construction of approach roads, water holes and erection of retro board signages. Mr. Kumar himself sanctioned funds for setting up solar pumps and establishing an interpretation centre for visiting tourists.Open up possibilitiesMr. Kumar says the reserve could open up possibilities for developing other lesser-known but wildlife-rich pockets in U.P., particularly in Bundelkhand, Allahabad-Handia, where dolphins are found, and the Mirzapur-Chandauli belt in Purvanchal. He has sent another proposal to the government for setting up a reserve in the Trans-Ganga area of Allahabad, where 50-60 species of migratory birds and riverine wildlife can be located. First of its kind in U.PThere are a few national parks and sanctuaries inhabited by the blackbuck in the country, like the Velavadar Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat and the Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary in Karnataka. However, there are not many conservation reserves exclusively dedicated to the blackbuck.Mr. Kumar, a former district magistrate of Allahabad, played a vital role in conceptualising the reserve, mobilising local cooperation and getting the project approved. According to him, it is the “first ever conservation reserve” of any kind in U.P.Blackbuck, known for their majestic spiral horns (in males) and coat colour contrasts, are found in grasslands and open forests. They once ruled the open savannahs of north and central India, but are now restricted to just a few patches and habitats, primarily due to human population growth, ecosystem degradation and hunting.The U.P. government evoked Section 36 A (1) and (2) of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 to set up the conservation reserve. The U.P. government evoked Section 36 A (1) and (2) of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 to set up the Blackbuck Conservation Reserve in the Meja Forest Division.  | Photo Credit: Sanjay Kumar A wildlife conservation reserve dedicated exclusively to the blackbuck or Antilope cervicapra is coming up in Uttar Pradesh.The State Cabinet has approved a Blackbuck Conservation Reserve in the Meja Forest Division, in the Trans-Yamuna region of Allahabad near the Madhya Pradesh border, known for its rocky, undulating and arid terrain.The conservation reserve will occupy 126 hectares.This would consist of 88 hectares under the Khamariya and Mahukikala gram sabhas, and 38 hectares of adjoining forest land. A herd of around 350 blackbuck is estimated to be inhabiting the region, senior government official Sanjay Kumar told The Hindu. A herd of around 350 blackbuck is estimated to be inhabiting the Meja Forest region of Uttar Pradesh.  | Photo Credit: Sanjay Kumarlast_img read more

Sharma to keep visiting Kashmir

first_imgDineshwar Sharma, Special Representative of the Union government, concluded his five-day visit to Jammu & Kashmir on Friday, saying he would visit the State again and again.Mr. Sharma, who has failed to engage the Hurriyat so far, described his visit as “fruitful”. “This was my first visit to the State and I will be visiting Jammu and Kashmir again and again. Every Indian in J&K is a stakeholder of this dialogue process,” Mr. Sharma said. On the question of engaging the separatists, Mr. Sharma said he was hopeful of meeting the Hurriyat next time.Ved Mahajan, general secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, also met Mr. Sharma. “The PDP delegation reiterates the party’s resolve that dialogue is a necessity of the hour,”a party spokesman said. Hardline Hurriyat leader Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi said the initiative “will become meaningful only when he expands the circle of dialogue”.Mr. Alsafvi told The Hindu that dialogue was the best way to resolve the Kashmir issue if India was serious about it. “So far, the initiative of [appointing Sharma] is not serious. It should not be like past initiatives on dialogue. All stakeholders, including Pakistan, should be brought on board and engaged with,” he said.Engaging allAsked if the Hurriyat opposed engaging the Special Representative, he said: “If all stakeholders are engaged, there should be no issue.”Mr. Sharma met 36 delegations, including traders’ bodies, lawyers and journalists in Jammu. Among them were representatives of several Kashmiri Pandit organisations. In a joint memorandum, they sought the setting up of an institutional mechanism for the welfare of the displaced community. The delegation was led by BJP legislator G.L. Raina.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Jawan, two civilians killed on border

first_imgTwo civilians and a BSF jawan were killed and 23 injured on Friday in heavy mortar shelling by Pakistan along the International Border in three districts of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.“Pakistan Rangers resorted to heavy firing and shelling along the IB in several areas of R S Pura, Arnia and Ramgarh sectors since 6.40 a.m.,” a BSF official said.Meanwhile, Pakistan summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh for the second time in two days over the alleged “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by Indian forces that killed Pakistani citizens.The BSF official said the firing and shelling spread to Kathua district in the afternoon. Pakistan Rangers targeted 45 border outposts in the three sectors, using 82 mm and 52 mm mortar bombs, automatic and small weapons, the official said, adding that the BSF troops gave a befitting reply.BSF head constable Jagpal Singh, who was injured during the exchanges in the Samba sector, died and two jawans were injured, a senior BSF official said. The officials said Singh (49) hailed from Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh and joined the BSF in 1988. He was posted with the Alpha company of the 173rd Battalion of the force deployed for border guarding. He is survived by a daughter and a son. The two civilians killed are Sahil (25) and Bachno Devi (50).last_img read more

Rhino census 2018: Kaziranga now has 2,413 rhinos

first_imgKaziranga’s iconic one-horned rhino population has risen by 12 individuals. The latest headcount of the armour-plated herbivore in Assam’s world-famous reserve put the estimated number at 2,413 rhinos. This is an increase of a dozen over the 2015 figure.After a review of the data, State wildlife officials said fewer rhinos may have been sighted this time due to the incomplete burning of tall grasses and reeds. This could be due to high moisture content. Burning of grasses is necessary for regeneration of low-lying vegetation in the 434 sq. km. park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that also faces annual floods.“We estimated the rhino population to be 2,413 after a two-day exercise that ended on Tuesday. This estimate, as with the census of the past, is plus or minus 100,” N.K. Vasu, the State’s Chief Wildlife Warden, said. Gender unclear Data released by the Assam Forest Department show that Kaziranga National Park now has 1,641 adult rhinos, of which 793 are females, 642 males and 206 ‘un-sexed’, which means the gender could not be ascertained. The number of sub-adult rhinos (four to six years old) was estimated to be 387, of which 149 are females, 116 males and 122 ‘un-sexed’. The calf count was 385. “Unlike past estimations, we had to deal with poor grass burning that could have led to under-counting. We could burn about 20% compared to normal mark of 60-70% every year,” Akashdeep Baruah, Director, KNP, told The Hindu. Kaziranga is the second of four habitats where the census was conducted. The first was at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary near Guwahati, where the count this time was 102, up from 93 in 2012.The census at Manas National Park was over, and it would be done on April 2 in Orang National Park. Assam has an estimated 2,645 rhinos in all.last_img read more

Punjab for 4G jammers in jails

first_imgPunjab Minister for Prisons Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Tuesday said that in a bid to equip jails across the State with latest technology, a proposal for according sanction for installation of 4G jammers has been sent to the Union Home Ministry.“After getting the nod from them that these jammers can be installed.. Also full body scanner installation is being contemplated in jails. Besides, it has been decided that nobody barring the superintendent would be allowed to carry mobile phones inside the jails,” said Mr. Randhawa here.High-level meetHe was presiding over a high-level departmental meeting to review security of jails in Punjab.He said those inmates who are desirous of pursuing academics would be provided with congenial atmosphere and all assistance. “Health of the inmates would be given topmost priority for which we would demand from the health ministry to depute on permanent basis expert doctors,” he said.Mr. Randhawa divulged that during 2017 a total of 1,500 mobiles have been recovered from jails which is a cause of concern. “In order to stop this trend the additional chief secretary would instruct all the district police chiefs to probe mobile recovery cases in an in-depth manner. Any jail officer-official found guilty would be given exemplary punishment,” the Minister added.last_img read more

Goa police rule out foul play in desecration of cross

first_imgPanaji: South Goa police on Wednesday booked a case against unknown persons after a cross near the St. Cajetan chapel at Raia, in South Goa, was found desecrated. Superintendent of Police (South Goa) Arvind Gawas told The Hindu that an offence has been registered under Section 295 (defiling place of worship) of the Indian Penal Code. “We have registered an offence on the basis of a complaint filed by local villagers,” Mr. Gawas said. He said passers by saw the cross, which was fixed on four base-stones, broken and fallen from its perch, after which they informed the police. Preliminary police investigation ruled out foul play as Mr. Gawas said that the cross was fixed on a weak base of four stones and looked like it could have bent following a slight push. But a police complaint has been registered.The chapel authorities have started reinstallation work immediately, he said.Last year, Goa Police had claimed to have cracked a series of desecrations with the arrest of a taxi driver Francis Pereira who has been accused of allegedly defiling over 60 crosses and two Hindu idols across Goa. He was in police custody for nearly six months since his arrest in July 2017, and is at present out on bail.last_img read more

INLD-BSP combine to observe ‘bandh’ on Aug. 18

first_imgLeader of the Opposition in Haryana Assembly Abhay Singh Chautala on Tuesday said that unless a satisfactory assurance is given by the State government on the issue of completion of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal, the Indian National Lok Dal would not let the upcoming session of the State Assembly function smoothly.Mr. Chautala was addressing party workers in Bhiwani during the INLD’s ‘Jail Bharo’ agitation, which has been launched to press for immediate completion of the SYL canal and the Dadupur-Nalvi canal.“We will disrupt the House proceedings that are slated to start from August 17. The INLD and its alliance partner Bahujan Samaj Party have decided to observe a State-wide bandh (shutdown) on August 18,” said Mr. Chautala.The INLD leader said the business community of the State has already assured of its participation in the bandh in support of the farmers’ cause. “I urge people to give the alliance the kind of mandate they gave in 1987 to make sure that the State’s share from river waters flows through the SYL canal,” he said.INLD’s State president Ashok Arora accused the BJP-led State government of failing on all fronts, particularly in maintaining law and order and protecting the interests of the farming community. “Farmers have been betrayed by the BJP government,” he said, adding that the MSP hike for kharif crops was inadequate.last_img read more

SP-rank officers to check mob violence, lynching cases in Punjab

first_imgIn compliance with the directions of the Supreme Court, the Punjab government has designated Superintendent of Police-rank officers as nodal officers for taking measures to prevent incidents of mob violence and lynching.An official statement said that the Supreme Court in a judgment on July 17, 2018, had laid down guidelines for undertaking preventive, remedial and punitive measures in incidents of mob violence and lynching. “The SP-rank officers have been designated in compliance of the guidelines passed by Supreme Court,” added the statement.“Measures have also been taken to identify district, sub-division or villages where instances of mob violence and lynching had been reported in the recent past,” said the statement. It added that directions have been issued to all concerned to ensure that officer in charge of the police station of the identified areas be extra cautious if such instances come to their notice.Being sensitised “The police are being sensitised to respond to such situations immediately to eradicate hostile environment against any caste or community which may be targeted in such incidents,” added the statement.last_img read more

Army, armed men exchange fire in Jammu

first_imgAn alert was sounded in Jammu after the Army and unidentified armed men exchanged fire on Sunday morning at the Army’s Ratnuchak Military Station in Bari Brahamana area.”The suspects were challenged around 1:50 p.m. but they did not stop. Thereafter warning shots were fired by the sentry. The suspects fired back on the sentry and rushed out of the sight. The search operation is still on,” said the spokesman. Later, the operation was called off.Won’t allow south Kashmir to turn into battleground: MehboobaMeanwhile, former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday visited the house of a militant whose relatives were allegedly beaten up by the policemen.“I urge Governor Satya Pal Malik to initiate action and prevent such incidents in the future. If harassment of families of militants isn’t stopped, it will have consequences leading to further alienation in the Valley,” said Ms. Mufti.It was a rare visit by Ms. Mufti, since she stepped down as chief minister in June, to visit volatile Pulwama. “I visited Patipora Pulwama where Rubina, whose brother happens to be a militant, was along with her husband and brother beaten up mercilessly in the police custody. The severe nature of her injuries has left her bedridden,” she said.The former chief minister said she won’t allow bloodshed and making south Kashmir a battle ground.4 service rifles stolen from Congress leader’s houseFour service rifles of guards were found missing at a Congress leader’s house in Srinagar on Sunday.An official said the weapons were found missing from the residence of senior Congress leader and former minister Muzaffar Parray at Srinagar’s Jawahar Nagar area. He was putting up in well-guarded government quarters, J-13 and was not home at the time of incident.“We are investigating as to how these weapons went missing,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar, Imtiaz Ismail Parray said.Sources said the four policemen, three are from the police’s Security Wing and another from the District Police Sopore, were summoned for questioning. An enquiry to ascertain the circumstances in which the weapons went missing has been initiated, said the official.On September 31, rifles and one pistol were stolen from the residence of former People Democratic Party MLA Ajaz Mir from the high security zone Jawahar Nagar. Later, it surfaced a special police officer (SPO) Adil Bashir Sheikh, 24, from Shopian and later surfaced in pictures posted by militants online.In the past, a policeman guarding PDP leader Altaf Bukhari stole two rifles and joined militant ranks in 2015. In 2016, another policeman decamped with four rifles from the residence of a police officer in south Kashmir.Over 27 automatic service rifles were snatched and stolen by militants in 2018.last_img read more

Another student of residential school found pregnant

first_imgA minor tribal girl, studying in a State-run residential school in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, has been found pregnant, the police said on Saturday. The pregnancy of the Class IX student was detected during a routine health check-up on Friday, Udala Sub-Divisional Police Officer S.R. Mohapatra said. A complaint was lodged by the school headmaster the same day. A case had been registered and probe into the matter is on, he said. The tribal girl has been admitted to a hospital in Baripada, where tests confirmed her pregnancy, the police said. In her statement to police, the minor girl named a youth as accused, the SDPO said. The youth, who hails from a nearby village, is missing and efforts are on to locate him, Mr. Mohapatra said. The incident comes to light days after a Class VI student of a government residential school in the district was found to be six month pregnant. A teenage boy of the school was apprehended and sent to a juvenile home on Friday after the girl accused him of raping her. Several incidents Incidents of sexual abuse of minor girls in government residential schools have been reported from different districts of the State in the recent past. Three minor girls, including two inmates of State-run residential schools, were found pregnant in Dhenkanal, Kalahandi and Jajpur districts last month. A 14-year-old student of a residential government school had delivered a baby in Kandhamal district last month.last_img read more

Fixing Climate Not So Easy

first_imgIn the quest to head off rising global temperatures, some scientists have argued for steep curbs in how much soot and methane are released into the air. But a new study suggests that targeting such emissions in the next couple of decades may make much less of a dent than previously thought.While carbon dioxide emissions get much of the press when it comes to global climate change, methane and soot are also big culprits. Methane, when assessed over the course of a century, warms the planet about 25 times as much as the same mass of carbon dioxide does. On a similar time horizon, soot boosts warming more than 1000 times as much as the same mass of CO2 does. But thankfully, unlike CO2 these substances don’t linger very long: Methane typically sticks around only 12 years or so. Soot is usually cleansed from the air in a couple of weeks, largely due to precipitation.At least two studies published since 2010—one report from the United Nations Environment Programme in 2011 and a follow-up published in Science last year—suggested that significantly reducing the emissions of soot and methane could trim human-caused warming by at least 0.5°C (0.9° F) by 2050, compared with an increase of about 1°C if those emissions continued unabated. 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And for another, the previous studies estimate that Earth’s climate will rapidly respond to the changes. For example, Smith and Mizrahi say it’s unlikely that by 2035, all home wood-burning stoves will be replaced by clean-burning versions of natural gas or electric power. (Previous studies have shown this conversion to be far slower than hoped.) Based on past work, they’re also dubious that sources of methane such as landfills and leaky pipelines will be equipped to capture the gas before it escapes into the atmosphere.In the team’s new analysis, Smith and Mizrahi use what they contend are more reasonable projections for emissions reductions, a more conservative timeline for the development and deployment of methane-capture technology, and more realistic estimates for how quickly Earth’s climate will respond to reductions in methane and soot. (Ironically, trimming the emissions of planet-warming soot often simultaneously results in a lower output of light-colored, planet-cooling aerosols, Smith notes.) Considering all these factors, Smith and Mizrahi suggest that targeting methane and soot will cause global average temperatures to be only 0.16°C lower by 2050 than they would have been otherwise, the researchers report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The team’s projection is almost certainly too pessimistic, counters Drew Shindell, a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City who was involved in both previous studies critiqued by Smith and Mizrahi. The new model, Shindell says, “doesn’t consider [changes in] atmospheric chemistry and it has no transport” of emissions from one place to another on the globe. “It’s a really simple model.”Joeri Rogelj, a climate scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, says that only in recent years have reducing methane and soot been touted as measures to help reduce rates of global warming; previously, they’ve been looked at as ways to improve health by reducing inhalation of small particles or trimming levels of ozone. Just because the proposed measures might not help climate as much as previously presumed, Rogelz says, “doesn’t diminish the effects that they could have on people’s lives.”last_img read more