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 I am writing to—and about—salespeople here. But this idea could apply to anyone in any line of work. I know salespeople. I know what successful salespeople believe, and I know what unsuccessful salespeople believe. And unsuccessful salespeople believe they are victims.It’s Not Me, It’s YouUnsuccessful salespeople believe that they are victims. They believe that they are exceptionally good at what they do and, were it not for factors out of their control, they would be wildly successful. They believe that their beliefs, behaviors, and actions aren’t the reason for their failure, that it is something—or someone—outside them.They believe that were it not for the down economy, they would be making their number.Were it not for the territory that they’ve been given, they’d be selling like the devil.Were it not for their company’s pricing structure they’d be winning deal after deal after deal.Were it not for their prospective clients buying on price, their sales numbers would reflect the superstar that they really are.This list could go on forever. But what’s important to note here is that in every one of these cases the salesperson is the victim. They are the victim of a poor economy, a poor territory, pricing problems, how clients buy, or something else outside their control.Stop Victimizing YourselfIn all of the examples above the salesperson really is a victim. But they aren’t being victimized by the challenges they cite. These salespeople are really victims of their own poor belief system, their own poor personal psychology.By adopting a belief system built on the idea that you are powerless to overcome the challenges you face, you eliminate your responsibility to take action, to find a way to overcome those challenges. You also eliminate your ability to use your imagination, your resourcefulness, and your determination to succeed in spite of your perceived challenges. The problem with a victim mindset is that it does nothing to help you improve your results.You can’t control the economy, can you? No, but you do have more control over your personal economy than anyone else in the world. If you believe there is an opportunity for you to create value for other people, there are always opportunities.You can’t control the territory you draw. But you can control how well you capitalize on the opportunities that do exist in your territory.You can’t control your company’s business model. If you aren’t the low price provider—and it’s likely you’re not—then you have to sell to prospects that want to buy something more than price. You control who you target and sell to. You also control whether or not you create enough value to make you worth paying more to obtain.If you feel like you are a victim, chances are you’re right. But you’re not a victim of something outside yourself. You’re a victim of your own disempowering belief systems. Change those beliefs and you change your results.QuestionsWhat is your favorite excuse for poor results?What’s the biggest challenge you face, the one that you believe does the most to prevent you from succeeding?How are the people who are succeeding doing so while facing the very same challenges you face?What do you have to do to shed the poor beliefs that make you a victim and replace them with healthier, more empowering beliefs?
Shortcuts: There isn’t any way to produce the results you need without doing the work that producing those results requires of you. If someone is selling that there is a shortcut that is made up of you not having to do the work, then it isn’t a shortcut; it’s a recipe for failure. The only real shortcut to producing results is to learn and execute proven strategies, i.e. training, coaching, modeling successful people, etc.Secrets: Anything that is commonly called a secret is nothing more than common knowledge and the collective wisdom of the ages. Most common knowledge can safely be called secrets because most salespeople don’t execute on the fundamentals. There are no secrets; it’s just that most people aren’t willing to do what is required to produce the result they want, so it might as well be a secret.Tricks: Tricks are usually the same thing as secrets. But when they’re not, they’re usually bad ideas. They’re ideas that step just over the line when it comes to honesty, integrity, professionalism, and craftsmanship. Like when someone says, “Here is a trick to get someone to call you back.” Tricks are never a good idea.Magic Bullets: Magic bullets are the single answer to all of your problems, issues, and challenges. The idea is that if you buy the magic bullet, your sales will skyrocket. You know these because they come with the warning that if you don’t buy the magic bullet, your doomed to fail. You know in your heart that is no magic bullet. Nothing worthwhile comes easy, and nothing good is free.Shiny Objects: It’s brand new and exciting. Everybody says it’s hot. It produces breakthrough results like nothing you’ve ever seen. And then the next “next” big thing comes along. But if the last shiny object was the answer to all of your prayers, why do you continually need a new shiny object? The truth is that shiny objects are fads. They are a reframing of an old truth. Chasing shiny objects only wastes your time, time that would be invested elsewhere.The Fundamentals: There isn’t anything sexy about the fundamentals. In fact, they’re kind of boring. You know a great deal about what you need to know and what you need to do, but you don’t do what is necessary because it’s difficult to execute the fundamentals well. So you look for easy answers, like shortcuts, secrets, tricks, magic bullets, and shiny objects. But fast is slow, and slow is fast.But the path to long term success and high performance runs straight through the fundamentals. There isn’t a straighter or faster method to get where you want to go. You just have to do the work.QuestionsWhy are easy answers so seductive?What hooks you? Secrets? Tricks? Magic bullets?What is the latest shiny object that’s caught your attention? Is it really the answer or is it another fad in a long line of fads that have hooked you?Why do we avoid the fundamentals when we know, intellectually anyway, that they’re what works?
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 I just listened to a voicemail from a salesperson. She said she wanted to invite me to a conference that I would “absolutely be interested in attending.” She left only her first name, her phone number, and a cryptic message. She bet (or her company bet) that the more cryptic and opaque her message, the more likely I would be to return her call. They lost that bet. You’ll lose that bet, too. Here’s why:You Want TrustThe problem with your cryptic message is that it’s a violation of trust. By deciding not to be transparent about who you are, what you do, and what you want, you are sending this message: “If I told you who I was and what I wanted, you would never return my phone call. So I am leaving a cryptic message so that you’ll call me back and give me the opportunity to pitch you.”Making the choice to hide who you are and to be self-oriented is a violation of trust. And it’s a horrible way to try to begin a relationship. You’ve proven you are willing to use trust-violating tactics to get what you want-regardless of whether or not it’s right for your prospect. Your prospect can use their imagination to guess at how the rest of the relationship will go from there.You Create ValueIf you really create value for your clients, there is no reason for you to leave a voicemail message that doesn’t tell your prospect client who you are, what you do, and what you want. In fact, the more confidence you have in what you can do to make a difference, the more likely you are to get a call back.The ability to confidently speak about how you create that value—and the more tightly you can tie it to what your client needs—the more likely you are to receive a call back.QuestionsDo you really want a call back bad enough that you are willing to be considered something less than someone with the ideas and ability to make a difference?Do you really want a call back if it means you’ve already violated your prospect’s trust?Does this approach jive with your idea of being a trusted advisor and consultative salesperson?How do you leave a voicemail message? How is that message different than what you say when the client picks up the phone?
Ideas have rights.The right to exist. You judge your ideas to soon. You are afraid they aren’t good enough. You worry that people will judge you for having a bad idea or one with which they don’t agree. So you kill the idea while it is still in the womb before it is even born. But the only way to have good ideas is to have a lot of ideas. Your ideas have a right to exist.The right to be explored. Some ideas are half-baked. They aren’t fully formed. They’re just the kernel of an idea. Many of them won’t amount to anything. But with further exploration, some ideas turn out to be valuable, revolutionary, earth-shattering humdingers. Unless you explore the idea, you’ll never know whether or not it had value.The right to be defended. Your ideas need you to defend them. They need to be protected. There is always someone who is willing to play devil’s advocate, and too few willing to play angel’s advocate. Ideas don’t grow up to create value and come to fruition without someone willing to defend them from those who would rather see them destroyed.You will never have the right idea if you aren’t willing to generate ideas without fear, explore them without judgement, and defend them from those opposed.. 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
As part of its restructuring, the Congress on Thursday initiated changes in some state units appointing new presidents for Uttarakhand and Punjab, and a general secretary incharge for Rajasthan.While former minister Sunil Jakhar was appointed the new PCC chief for Punjab, replacing Amarinder Singh, who became the chief minister, Pritam Singh was made the new Uttarakhand Congress president replacing Kishore Upadhyay.AICC Secretary Avinash Pande, a former Rajya Sabha member and a former legislator from Maharashtra, was appointed the new general secretary incharge for Rajasthan, which goes to polls next year.He will be assisted in the state by a new team of four AICC secretaries that include Vivek Bansal, Qazi Mohammed Nizamuddin, Devendra Yadav and Tarun Kumar.With this rejig, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi have initiated restructuring in the states of Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Goa.They have appointed 17 new office-bearers, 10 of whom are less than 50 years of age, and seven are from other backward classes, Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, adding they also represent SCs and other classes.Congress’s organisational election process is underway and the party will be restructured by October.
Two senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have demanded an end to the 146-year-old Dogra-era practice of shifting the State capital biannually.Called the darbar move, the State’s civil secretariat shuttles between the summer capital, Srinagar, and the winter capital, Jammu.Seconded by SpeakerJ&K Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta of the BJP and party spokesman Virendra Gupta called for a “bifurcation of the offices”.“The practice of the darbar move should be abandoned. There should be a bifurcation of the State offices,” Mr. Virendra Gupta said.Costly for the StateHis demand was seconded by the Speaker, who said the practice was “costly for the State exchequer”.“It was a compulsion in the past because of poor means of transportation and communication,” the Speaker said.State BJP president Sat Sharma, however, said this was not the party’s stand but the view of only the two senior party leaders.It’s not for the first time that the darbar move, introduced by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872, has come under criticism.In 2012, the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had raised questions on the practice.Bridging regionsHowever, the ruling People’s Democratic Party patron, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, saw the darbar move as “a bridge between diverse regions of the Kashmir Valley and Jammu plains”.“If the BJP is serious about bifurcating the offices, let it come up with a proposal. Our party is for meeting the aspirations of the people of all the regions of the State,” said Congress spokesman Ravinder Sharma.Every year, over 7,000 employees of the civil secretariat shuttle between Srinagar and Jammu along with thousands of files, which are ferried in buses and trucks, on the 300-km-long route.The move costs the State over ₹40 crore. The secretariat is located in Srinagar from May to October and in Jammu from November to April.Questioned earlierIn January 1987, the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, stranded in the Kashmir Valley due to heavy snowfall, had asked the government “to review the age-old practice”.
The ruling Janata Dal (United) on Tuesday said those against whom charges [of corruption] have been made should face the public with all the facts. The meeting discussed charges of corruption levelled against Deputy Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav. Following this, the JD(U) said the “ball is in the RJD’s court,” but the RJD’s leaders reiterated that Tejaswi Yadav would not resign from his post of Deputy Chief Minister. “Jis par aarop laga hai…tathvon ke saath janata ke samne vivran pesh karein…aur hum logon ko puri ummeed hai ki aisa hoga (those facing corruption charges should face the public with all facts in detail and we’re hopeful that it will happen),” JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said after a marathon three-hour-long meeting of the party at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s residence at 1, Anne Marg. Mr. Neeraj Kumar further said, “We know how to respect coalition dharma and we will follow it till our last breath…but we do hope that the facts pertaining to the charges will be placed before the public.” At the meeting, 29 JD(U) leaders expressed their views while Mr. Nitish Kumar spoke for over an hour, said party sources.
Shaheen lives in a cramped, two-room tenement in the congested Khatakpura Izzat Khan lane in urban Farukkhabad. Her husband Dishad sells embroidery scraps for a living. They have three daughters, aged 15, 10 and 6.In the dimly-lit room, Shaheen waits for Dilshad to return. Short on money, life is tough for the family. But Shaheen is also in trauma. A few weeks ago, her fourth child died a day after birth.Shaheen alleges that her baby died due to neglect at the Ram Manohar Lohia district hospital. The nurses failed to provide the newborn with oxygen supply, she says.“They didn’t put the oxygen tube…why else would she die? She was born fine,” Shaheen says. “One nurse was telling the other that she had left the oxygen tube disconnected. They didn’t let us enter the ward. When I told another parent about it, she suggested that I bribe the nurses,” says Shaheen.The family further says that after the child expired, the hospital authorities chased them out in the middle of the night. The ‘free’ government ambulance that dropped them home charged them Rs300. “We had to borrow money to pay the sum,” says Shaheen.The Farukkhabad hospital hit the headlines on Monday after the district administration, on investigating complaints from parents, concluded that 30 infants had died there in one month due to lack of sufficient oxygen supply. The hospital’s chief medical superintendent, the district’s chief medical officer, and other doctors were booked for causing death by negligence, and put under suspension.However, according to the the city magistrate, Jainendra Kumar Jain, who probed the cases, this conclusion was reached only on the basis of telephonic conversations between the parents and the administration.Technical probeThe Hindu spoke to other parents whose babies had died, and they all put the blame on neglect and corruption by the hospital administration. While a technical probe will eventually decide whether the deaths were due to lack of oxygen, the spate of infant deaths has once again put the spotlight on the dismal state of medical infrastructure in UP.Though his name was not directly in the FIR, Dr. Kailash Chandra, the sole paediatrician in charge of the newborns in the hospital, refutes all charges. He says the deaths were all caused by birth-related illnesses and not by lack of external oxygen supply.During the concerned period, July 21 to August 20, the hospital admitted 211 babies, of which 145 were born in other hospitals. Out of the 30 that died, 24 were from these 145, he points out.Since March 2016, Dr Chandra has been the lone paediatrician in the newborns unit, though the unit should actually have four doctors. The only assistance he receives is from eight nurses. The ward’s infrastructure is also limited. At any given time only 12 children can be supplied with oxygen. The hospital doesn’t have a ventilator or staff trained to operate one. Low weightAccording to Dr. Chandra, the parents’ allegations that the babies were not connected to oxygen tubes are untrue. “The parents won’t tell you how low their babies weighed. Some were just 1 kg at birth. We do our best to save them. Which doctor would want to see a dead baby,” he said.According to sources, the government is likely to give a clean chit to the accused doctors. A team from Lucknow visited the hospital and found no shortage of oxygen. The criminal action against the doctors could also be revoked.
A trial court in Goa on Thursday formally framed the charge of rape against former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal in connection with an alleged rape and sexual abuse case filed against him in November, 2013.He was charged under sections 376(2) (rape), 354 A (sexual harassment) and B (criminal force with intent to disrobe), 341 (wrongful restraint) 342 (wrongful confinement), to which he has pleaded not guilty.The next hearing is scheduled for November 21.Tejpal’s counsel Rajiv Gomes expressed disappointment at Judge Vijaya Pol’s order, saying the defence had hopes that with their appeal pending before it, the Bombay High Court at Goa would reverse the lower court’s order.On Thursday afternoon, North Goa’s Additional District and Sessions Court finalised the charges against him. He pleaded before the District and Sessions judge to not frame charges against Tejpal in view of an appeal petition filed by counsel of the accused before the High Court last week. The court did not heed to the plea.“When the High Court has not imposed a stay on framing of charges why should I impose a stay on myself,” Judge Pol said. She scheduled the next hearing for November 21 when a status of the High Court petition would be presented before her.“The court has to explain the charges to him as per procedure. He has pleaded not guilty to all of that,” Public Prosecutor Francisco Tavora told presspersons.Mr. Gomes, however, told presspersons that the framing of charges was not a setback to Tejpal.’Not a setback’“It is not a setback at all. It is just a procedural act of explaining the charges. The order is already challenged before the High Court, so if the High Court reverses the order, it is the end of the matter,” he said.On September 26, while hearing a primary appeal petition filed by Tejpal seeking a stay on the framing of charges, the High Court had directed that the trial should take place only after its consent, but had refused to stay the process of framing of charges against Tejpal, which was the plea of the defence lawyers.The High Court will be hearing the appeal petition filed by Tejpal’s counsel on Tuesday, on November 1.Tejpal has been charged for alleged sexual assault of a junior female colleague in the elevator of a five star hotel in north Goa for two consecutive days during an event in November, 2013. He was subsequently arrested and is out on bail.
The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party has called the BJP’s win in the U.P. civic polls a result of rigged EVMs and misuse of State machinery.While BSP chief Mayawati alleged that there was “rigging and fraud” in the vote “counting”. .SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said the BJP had won handsomely only in places where EVMs were used, he said.“The BJP has only won 15% seats in ballot paper areas and 46% in EVM areas,” Mr. Yadav said on Twitter, without any specific examples. Voting for the 16 mayor posts and 1,300 municipal corporation wards was done through EVMs while ballot papers were used in the Nagar Palika Parishad and Nagar Panchayat elections, the State Election Commission confirmed.While the BJP had a big victory in the cities, where it has been traditionally dominant, winning 14 out of 16 mayor posts and 596 out of 1300 municipal corporations, in the municipal council and town panchayats its victory was of a lesser magnitude, even though it soared over its political rivals.The BJP won 70 out of 198 Nagar Palika Parishad chairman posts and 922 out of 5,261 members, 100 out of 438 Nagar Panchayat chairpersons and 664 out of 5,434 members.The independent candidates won the largest chunk of seats in the Nagar Palika (3395 members and 44 chairmen) and Nagar Panchayat (3891 members and 184 chairmen).The overall vote percentage of the independents in all three local bodies was 20.4, the second best after the BJP’s 30.8, while the SP had 18, the BSP 14 and the Congress 10. Overall, the BJP received 54.7 lakh votes, the SP 31.9 lakh, the BSP 25.4 lakh, the Congress 17.6 lakh and the independents 36.6 lakh, as per the State Election Commission data.While the BSP secured two mayor seats, Aligarh and Meerut, the SP and the Congress scored a blank in the municipal corporation. The SP, however, secured the second position overall as it won 202 corporation wards, 45 Nagar Palika Parishad chairman seats and 83 Nagar Panchayat Chairman posts. It also got 477 Nagar Palika members and 453 Nagar Panchayat members.On the allegations made by the SP and the BSP, Ved Prakash Verma, Additional Election Commissioner, U.P., told The Hindu: “Anybody claiming anything should come out with proof. It is difficult to comment on such kind of statements.”
The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) is all set to launch a mobile app to teach schoolchildren how to counter the threat of sexual abuse. The app will also create awareness among schoolchildren about the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO). The development comes at a time when the alleged sexual abuse of a kindergarten student of a renowned private school in South Kolkata has generated widespread outrage in the State and raised questions on the safety of schoolchildren.Speaking to The Hindu, Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti, the chairperson of the WBCPCR, said that the app will comprise of a quiz regarding what a child should do when faced with the threat of sexual abuse.“With the app, the school children will get to answer multiple choice questions regarding what to do, whom to lodge a complaint to if someone tries to sexually abuse them,” she said. Ms. Chakraborti also said that the app is inspired by the online game of the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called ‘Against All Odds’. The UNHCR game — which is for children of the age group of seven years and above — seeks to create awareness among refugee children on how to face persecution and the process to seek asylum. The app is expected to be launched within a couple of months.
A four-member team of the Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday began a probe into the activities of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) research scholar, Mannan Basheer Wani, who is said to have joined a terror outfit. Wani hails from Lolab in Kupwara.The team from Kupwara district, headed by sub-inspector Mohammad Zahoor Wani, visited the AMU campus with a questionnaire. The team also visited the hostel room where Wani stayed. According to local police officials the team is expected to stay in Aligarh till Tuesday to complete its probe. The team members met up with officials of the ATS and Intelligence in Aligarh.
Just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice to partymen to refrain from making controversial statements, BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh Surendra Singh targeted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, calling her ‘Surpanakha’ while comparing the Opposition Congress to ‘Ravana’.The first-time MLA from Bairia made the controversial remarks while raising questions over the law and order situation in West Bengal.“All the terrorists belonging to BJP-ruled States have fled to West Bengal and if such a situation continues, Bengal will also turn into a Jammu and Kashmir one day… Mamata Banerjee has turned into ‘Surpanakha’ and the Congress into ‘Ravana’,” the MLA said at a zila panchayat programme here on Tuesday night. Surpanakha is the sister of demon king Ravana in the epic Ramayana. “People are being killed and even though she [Mamata Banerjee] is the Chief Minister, she is doing nothing,” Mr. Singh said.“Just as Hindus were thrown out of Jammu and Kashmir, they will be forced out of West Bengal… Terrorists from Bangladesh have infiltrated West Bengal and are troubling Hindus, but it is our good fortune that we have a leader like Narendra Modi. We will be able to remove foreign powers from West Bengal,” Mr. Singh claimed, adding that ‘Surpanakha’ will be defeated by Mr. Modi and Amit Shah.The BJP MLA also attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying he will have to face Mr. Modi in the coming Lok Sabha polls.Controversy’s childMr. Singh was in news recently for his controversial statement defending Unnao rape accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and for claiming that 2019 Lok Sabha polls will be fought on religious lines. Earlier this year he had claimed that India will become a “Hindu Rashtra” by 2024.
In a bizarre incident, an enraged trooper of the Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead three colleagues before shooting self at a border area in north Tripura on Sunday.The incident occurred at a border out post (BOP) manned by 55th battalion of BSF at Maguruli in Kailashahar of Unakoti district.Police officials after visiting the spot informed that, constable Sishu Pal, 28, sprayed bullets from his automatic weapon at his colleagues following a tiff. Head Constable Vijay Kumar, 45, was first to fall prey to bullets. Sishu Pal went into shooting at BOP sentry and others. The sentry was lucky to escape, but Constable Driver Rakesh Kumar Yadav, 22 and Constable Rinku Kumar, 30, sustained grave injuries. The trooper then committed suicide by shooting self. Both injured BSF men succumbed to injuries in hospital.Tripura Frontier Headquarters of BSF in a statement informed that mortal remains of four BSF personnel were being dispatched to their respective native places. Sishu Pal hailed from Jammu. It said senior BSF officials including Inspector General were camping in the spot.In a similar incident on March 3, 2011, a Border Security Force trooper shot dead three colleagues in Raisyabari area of Dhalai district. In another incident occurred on January 29, 2013 a constable of paramilitary Tripura State Rifles (TSR) killed three at a remote security camp in Chawmanu of Dhalai.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe murders of two journalists, Santanu Bhowmik and Sudip Datta Bhowmik, who were killed last year in Tripura.Santanu was hacked to death covering a tribal agitation at Mandwai, 25kms east of Agartala, on September 20 last year, Sudip was shot dead at a battalion headquarters of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) near Agartala on November 21, 2017. He was working for a vernacular daily Syandan Patrikaand was also contributing to local television channel News Vanguard.Erstwhile CPI(M) led left front government constituted separate Special Investigation Team (SIT) in both incidents which led to arrest of several suspects. The Forum for Protection of Journalists, Tripura (FPJT) – a joint platform of nine media organisations – has long been demanding CBI probe and rejected SIT claiming the latter did not book real perpetrators.Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb in a hastily convened press briefing on Friday night shared information about decision about the latest development. According to notifications of the Ministry of Personnel, CBI will probe all aspects including ‘attempts, abetments and conspiracies’.BJP in its Assembly Election pledge had assured CBI probe in the murders of the journalists if voted to power. Incumbent BJP –IPFT government in its first Cabinet meeting adopted resolution to handover the cases to the central agency.
To garner the support of the Sikh community ahead of the Lok Sabha election, the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal on Sunday tried to project themselves as “pro-Panth” at their respective rallies.Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh accused the ‘Badals’ of lying on the Bargari sacrilege case. His predecessor, Parkash Singh Badal, said the Congress was hatching a conspiracy to grab the Sikh institutions. At Lambi’s Killianwali, Capt. Singh said Mr. Badal had been giving false statements.“How could the Chief Minister of the State not know about such an important development (police firing incidents),” said Capt. Singh, pointing out that the DGP had spoken to Mr. Badal at 2 a.m. that morning and had also spoken with the IG several times. “If, despite this, Mr. Badal did not know about the incident he should be ashamed,” said the Chief Minister.Capt. Amarinder blamed the ‘Badals’ for the drug-related deaths in the State, and for failing to save the farmers from debt, which was left to his government to waive off despite the economic crisis facing it.“Mr. Badal failed to implement the report of their own Zora Commission formed to probe the sacrilege and firing cases,” said Capt. Amarinder, adding that anyone found guilty by the SIT would be punished as per the law and nobody would be spared.“The ‘Badals’ would have to pay for all their sins, including the sacrilege and false cases as well as the deaths of youth due to drugs and of the farmers,” Capt. Singh said.In Patiala, Mr. Badal said these were false allegations. “From now on, the fight is between ‘Khalsa Panth’ and ‘Congress Panth’,” he said, alleging that the Congress government in Punjab has betrayed the people of Punjab by going back on every promise that it had made during the Assembly poll campaign 2017.Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said those who committed sacrilege at Bargari did it to destroy peace and communal harmony in Punjab. “If anyone was mortified at this development it was the SAD. The Congress used this incident to launch a defamation campaign against us and is still teaming up with elements who are using the name of the Panth to earn money,” alleged Mr. Sukhbir.Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rebels, led by former leader of opposition in the Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira held a ‘protest march’ from Kotkapura to Bargari, pressing for action against those responsible for the police firing at Bargari and sacrilege incidents in the State.
Agitated by the delay in framing the rules of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016 and the consequent delay in the implementation of the Act in the State, the Goa disability sector has warned the State government not to take them for granted. In a letter addressed to the Secretary, Goa State Social Welfare Department (SWD), on Saturday, Raj Vaiday from the disability sector association of schools and Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) said, “All the delays that the government incurs is a delay in the denial of their rights.”The State government has also not appointed a Disability Commissioner after the previous incumbent, Anuradha Joshi, quit over the government’s inability to provide her with infrastructure and human resource. Ms. Joshi resigned nearly a year ago citing non-cooperation by the department. Without a full-time Disability Commissioner, there is no autonomous redressal mechanism. The letter also points out that the promised Special Cell for Disabilities has not yet materialised, the website of the SWD is in bad shape. Several special schools have recently petitioned the SWD fearing scuttling of their operations if the State government fails to release their grants, which are delayed beyond the sustainable limit.Mr. Avelino de Sa, president of DRAG, the body spearheading the cause of persons with disability, said that as per the 2011 Census, Goa’s figure for persons with disability was 31,000. With the categories of disability going up from seven to 21 as per the new Act, the figure must have gone up. However, with the rules not framed and endorsed by the State Legislative Assembly and notified, the new Act was only on paper.Many issues of accessibility of public places, including government buildings and beaches, implementation of reservations in jobs due to lack of roster maintenance, have been pending for a long time.The letter said that the RPWD Act 2016 passed was gazetted by the Centre in December 2016, and the rules came into force in June 2017. Each State had to adopt and gazette the Act. Goa did it in November 2017. The mandate of the law is that the rules be framed and come into force within six months.The letter further says that the drafting of the rules have been tossed between the State Law Department and the SWD in the name of vetting for too long. The Law Department is not satisfied, and has been raising queries and making suggestions, and the SWD seems clueless to respond.Moreover, the letter said that disability-related issues are plenty and the work in SWD seems to be allotted to one assistant director, who is already overburdened with other duties. “The Department does not seem to have realized the seriousness of the Act and its implications. The inclusion of 21 disabilities has made the task even more challenging,” it says.
Voters matter most in a democracy. But for Zoram Thar, God matters more. Zoram Thar is a semi-political group contesting 24 seats in the November 28 Mizoram Assembly election.The group’s president, Zaichhawna Hlawndo, prefers to call it a spiritual party that wants Jesus to control the 40-member House.An evangelist who preached across India, the U.S. and the United Kingdom, the 55-year-old Rev. Hlawndo is contesting from two seats — in Serchhip against Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and in the Aizawl West-I constituency.But he desists from calling Zoram Thar an evangelical party, which it had intended to be in the 1990s.New group“Zoram Thar, meaning New Mizoram, was founded by Rev. V.L. Nithanga in 1994 but it lost its way in the political quagmire and became defunct. Ours is a new group guided by divinity to clean up the corrupt political system and establish God’s govern-ment,” he told The Hindu.The reverend said he had decided to settle down in the U.K. when a ‘divine call’ he received while in transit at the Dubai airport in 2012 made him decide to return to Mizoram.He formed Zoram Thar in February 2016 with a few church leaders, sold his U.K. house in 2017 and got down to finding candidates — apostles, rather — to carry out God’s instructions.Among the candidates are his evangelist daughters Lalhrilzeli, 28, and Lalruatfeli, 26. Both are contesting two seats each. Three others are his neighbours in the Chaltlang Lily Veng locality of Aizawl.Rev. Hlawndo has fielded three women apart from his two daughters, making Zoram Thar the party along with the Bharatiya Janata Party to have given ticket to most women — five. “God told us to contest this election, He will guide the people the way He knows best,” he said.
Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who campaigned for the Congress in the Assembly elections, “was on the brink of losing his voice,” a government statement said on Thursday.“Mr. Sidhu was on a 17-day campaign, wherein he addressed more then 70 back-to-back public meetings. The exhaustive schedule has injured his vocal cords,” it said. The doctors told him that he was “on the brink of losing his voice and suggested a complete rest for 3 to 5 days.” “The continuous helicopter and plane travel has been detrimental to his health because he is under treatment for embolism. He has undergone haematology [blood] tests that require a sincere evaluation. He has gone to an undisclosed location for a complete check-up and recovery,” the statement said.
Former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday termed the Triple Talaq Bill, passed in the Lok Sabha recently, “an assault on the Muslim family structure.”“After creating divisions on religious and sectarian lines, the BJP now wants to divide Muslim families through the Triple Talaq Bill. With an economic onslaught already on against Muslims through curbs on meat and leather, the social crisis the Bill can cause will impoverish them further. It would lead to economic disturbance for men and women,” Ms. Mufti told reporters here.Herself a divorcee and a single mother of two daughters, she said Muslims take pride in their strong family structure and bonding. “The same is true of other religions in the East, considered an advantage over the Western culture. However, this Bill is a direct assault on that,” said Ms. Mufti. Ms. Mufti married her cousin in 1984 but fell apart within six years of her marriage and later worked in a private bank to raise her two daughters. “I have gone through a broken marriage and I feel that a woman faces the biggest challenge economically after her marriage is broken,” she said.“Democracy is not run through brute majority, it is about consensus. It’s important to empower Muslim women to face the world independently in case of a breakup.”