5 Reasons You Haven’t Bought The Lost Art of Closing

first_imgThere were risks in publishing a book with the word “closing” in the title. The word “closing” comes with some baggage. The idea makes some people think of the high pressure, hard sell tactics of days gone by. It reminds some people of the poor salespeople who clumsily tried to close them when they were buying something, not recognizing that they were selling to a professional salesperson.So far, everyone who has read and reviewed the book has found the book to be extraordinarily useful, except one reviewer on Amazon that set the book down and didn’t read it. But a few people have expressed their skepticism to me over email and through the contact page here, wanting to be reassured as to why they should buy the book.Let me resolve any concerns you may have about The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales.You believe it is a rehash list of closes like those in every other book with closing in the title. There are no closing techniques from old books on sales in this book. Not one. None of the commitments that are covered in this book have cute or funny names, like the doorknob close (whatever that is). None of them have the name of a dead Founding Father, nor are they tie downs or other forms of manipulation. Instead, there are 10 commitments that you must help your client make, and some ideas about why and how to have those conversations.You believe that closing means that you have to somehow compromise your integrity. Nothing could be further from the truth. You should never have to use force, coercion, manipulation, or tactics like tie-downs to gain a commitment from your client. There is no reason to do anything that subtracts from trust. You will not find anything in this book that would require you to compromise your character or integrity. That would be at extreme odds with what I believe and what is in the book.You are not sure it is consultative in its approach. This book is exactly that. It’s a guide to being consultative and helping your client make real change. The 10 commitments, like exploring change, collaborating on solutions, and building consensus are part of what makes one consultative. The approach is one in which you will actually become even more consultative.It sounds a bit old school. I know. I agree. The word “closing” does sound old school. I liked “commitment-gaining” better, but we were afraid people wouldn’t know exactly what that meant. We also suspected that some sales managers and sales leaders who want deals to close would be attracted to the title, as some surely have been. This book is 100 percent new school, and you will find nothing in this book that matches any old school book on closing. It’s a book for the 21st Century, not the 20th.You don’t how it will benefit you personally. You know how you wish your dream client would take the next step with you, moving forward in the process and deepening the relationship and your ability to serve them? You know how sometimes they refuse to do some of the things they need to do, causing both of you challenges in moving forward? You know how you sometimes wish you knew how to handle those conversations in a way that helped both of you deal with the tricky conversations? This book is exactly that.If you pick up the book at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble, email me your receipt so I can send you the workbook to help you make it immediately actionable.last_img read more

There Is Something Worse Than Being Labeled Unresponsive

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now On average, a human being lives around 4,160 weeks. No one’s death bed regret will be: “I wish I’d have had time to get to inbox zero . . . oh, and someone clear my text messages for me when I am gone.” This article suggests that there is “nothing worse than being labeled unresponsive,” a suggestion that proves false on its face, as there are a lot worse things one’s peers might label them. The article also offers rules for responsiveness, getting them exactly backwards.For starters, how about “completely unproductive” as something worse than unresponsive. Or, let’s try “distracted beyond belief.” You might want to avoid “lacks focus,” or “I have never seen their face in a meeting because they live in their inbox.”Can you imagine anything worse than working on low-value transactional communications over the crucial outcomes you are responsible for generating? Can you imagine asking someone to trade their highest priorities and critical outcomes to respond to a message based on nothing more than an arbitrary set of rules driven by technologies? That would be worse and by the largest of margins.The High Price of Technological CommunicationsWith no cost to the sender, one is allowed to send a message to another person, imposing a responsibility on the receiver to open the message, read it, determine what it means, decide what needs to done, decide when they have time to honor the request, and respond accordingly. One message is not a problem, but it’s impossible to underestimate the burden created by 180 notes or more, spread across different inboxes.Every message you send creates a burden on the person receiving it, and every message you receive creates the same responsibility for you. Which means, the content should be worthy of the burden, and we should spend more time determining the right medium for the message we are sending.The tools we use have eliminated the barriers of time and space. Let me say this another way. For all the tools provide us, they also eliminate our time, and they eliminate our space, which you might think of as “margin,” the space to stop and think and do cognitive work.A Better Set of Rules for ResponsivenessThe onslaught of technologies and the proliferation of inboxes (email, text message, Slack, Google Chat, LinkedIn, Facebook, and voicemail) increases the number of messages one must process, as well as the increasing volume through each of these channels.The rules for responsiveness cannot be determined by the available technology, which continues to increase both the ease and the speed in which one can communicate. The idea that a text should “probably” be answered in an hour and email in twenty-four hours is a perfect example of what is wrong with this line of thought. These “rules” are completely devoid of context. I respond to “Hi Dad!” faster than any other text messages. I hope you respond to “Hi Mom” equally as fast.We all have obligations to the people in our lives. However, we also have obligations to ourselves, our purpose and meaning, and our priorities and responsibilities, one of which is the things we need to do for other people—but not the only one.When you are processing the messages from some people, you have decided not to work on the more valuable work that creates even greater value for another set of people—people with whom you are also obligated.Better rules might be to respond based on the context of the message.Is it a communication about something important and strategic to you or the other party?Is it time sensitive and will something be lost if your response isn’t immediate?Is it a routine communication that costs you or the sender nothing even if it takes a few days to respond?Does the message require a response?There are better ways to think about your obligations to other people. One of those might include assuming good intentions of others, recognizing that we are all doing more with less, and more importantly, that time is a finite, non-renewable resource. Instead of believing them to be unresponsive, you might assume they are busy doing meaningful work and that they are trying their best to make good decisions about the choices they make.last_img read more

ED attaches assets worth Rs. 414 crore in NSEL scam case

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth over ₹414 crore of Lakshmi Energy & Foods Limited in connection with the money laundering probe into the National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) scam, in which 13,000 investors were cheated of ₹5,600 crore.The agency had registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, on the basis of an FIR lodged by the Economic Offences Wing in October 2013. It is alleged that the accused persons induced the investors to trade on the NSEL platform. They created documents like bogus warehouse receipts and falsified the accounts to deceive the investors. “Of the ₹5,600 crore swindled by the accused persons, total liability of LOIL group of companies — consisting three defaulters: LOIL Health Foods Limited, LOIL Overseas Foods Limited and LOIL Continental Foods Limited — was ₹720.30 crore,” said an ED statement.Fictitious saleED probe purportedly revealed that the three LOIL Group companies fraudulently obtained huge funds from NSEL by trading on the exchange platform against fictitious sale of their commodity, paddy. “The said amount was further diverted to the accounts of Lakshmi Energy & Foods Limited and utilised for procurement of raw material, working capital and plant expansion of the company and to acquire real estate in the name of group companies & their promoters or directors. The funds received from NSEL were invested in Lakshmi Energy & Foods Limited by way of bank loan repayments and other expenses, projecting the same as untainted,” alleges the ED.Based on the findings, the Directorate has attached the immovable properties worth ₹414.62 crore of the company.last_img read more

Will save your livelihood, Goa CM assures liquor traders

first_imgPanaji: The Goa government on Saturday admitted that licenses of as many as 3,210 liquor shops have not been renewed by the Excise department in keeping with the Supreme Court order. However, the government assured the agitated liquor traders that it would try and save at least one-third of these outlets, give others an option to shift\dispose their stocks beyond the 500m set by the court, and see that livelihood of affected traders is not compromised.At a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, attended by Secretaries, and top excise, law and finance department officials, a possibility of relocating liquor businesses from near the national highways to interior areas was also discussed. But that would have to be the call of the businessmen and within the framework of Excise Rules and Act. “A proper policy will be worked out for relocating affected businesses,” a senior official told The Hindu requesting anonymity. He pointed out that for now existing excise law and rules allow bar and liquor store owners to shift or transfer their unsold stock to new premises after seeking appropriate permission.The state government is also considering filing a revision petition against Friday’s SC order, which banned bars from close proximity from highways.Implementing ordersExcise Commissioner Menino D’Souza said his department was implementing the SC order by visiting the outlets slotted for closure.Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Mr. Parrikar, Amit Palyekar, lawyer for the Goa Liquor Traders Association said the CM had assured to resolve the issue with least possible damage to affected liquor traders. Speaking to presspersons after meeting the Chief Minister, Dattaprasad Naik, president of Goa Liquor Traders Association said on Saturday evening that they were satisfied with the CM’s decision. The number of affected traders has come down from 3,200 to 2,100. This is because in the case of towns with a population of 20,000 or less, the distance applicable was 220 metres from the highway, he said.Liquor outlets in Panaji, Margao, Vasco, Mapusa, Ponda, and Curchorem municipalities and three panchayats with 20,000 or more population are affected as per the main order. Mapusa, Mr. Naik said, does not have a national highway. The port city of Vasco has been totally cleared of liquor outlets. ‘Sneaking in Prohibition’Meanwhile, the Congress lambasted the State government for failing to file a review petition to claim relaxation from the SC order. The party said the BJP-led coalition government is trying to sneak in Prohibition. “Wearing a suit and downing a drink in the evenings is part of Goan culture,” senior Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo told reporters. “The Congress will fight shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of bar owners to save their livelihood. The government did not even make an effort to seek exemptions or a relaxation from the ban when the case was being heard.”Leader of Opposition Babu Kavlekar said, “[The BJP-led government] did not even plead to make the Goa government a party in the case. This looks like a plan to impose the Gujarat model in Goa.”Former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat pointed out that several non-BJP States, like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Sikkim, among others, had filed review petitions.last_img read more

Action will be taken: Khattar

first_imgAction will be taken on the findings of Justice S.N. Dhingra commission that probed alleged irregularities in grant of land licences to a firm owned by Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Khattar said on Friday. He denied the Congress’ allegation that the Commission’s report was leaked and said the court should take cognisance of the matter. His response came after a media report claimed that Vadra had been indicted by the Commission for making unlawful profits in a land deal in 2008.Mr. Khattar noted that the court has not given permission to make public the report of the Commission, which was formed by his government after coming to power in October 2014. “Once the report is made public and something comes out, it will be a matter of investigation,” he said. The Commission submitted its report to Mr. Khattar on August 31, 2016. Its contents are yet to be made public by the government, which gave an undertaking in the Punjab and Haryana High Court not to release the report until directed by the court.last_img read more

BBSM protests ‘betrayal’ of regional languages

first_imgPANAJI: The Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) on Wednesday announced a week-long dharna across the State between June 26 to July 2 to protest against the Goa government’s failure to support primary education in regional languages.“The token dharna will be to protest against the betrayal of the regional languages, Konkani and Marathi, by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar by failing to implement a medium of instruction policy in favour of regional languages, and instead continuing government grants for English medium primary schools of the archdiocese,” said BBSM convenor Subhash Velingkar. The BBSM is an RSS-dominated movement spearheading the cause of regional languages as medium of instruction at the primary level. Mr. Velingkar and former MLA Uday Bhembre on Wednesday accused the Parrikar government of stifling Marathi/Konkani language education in the State.last_img read more

Nitish to take oath as Bihar Chief Minister at 10 am

first_imgNitish resignation: A ‘scripted’ sequence of events Bihar Governor has invited caretaker Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take oath as Chief Minister at 10 am today at Rajendra Mandap inside Raj Bhawan, a press release stated.Mr.Kumar has submitted a letter of support from 131 legislators to the Governor. The legislators were from BJP, JD(U), Lok Janshakti Party, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) and two Independent MLAs, said the release.“The Governor took the decision to invite Mr. Kumar to take oath as chief minister on Thursday and prove majority in the state assembly within two days,” said the Raj Bhawan release.Also Read  Meanwhile, sources said Mr. Kumar will take oath with senior state BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi as his Deputy in the cabinet and other ministers.Some central BJP leaders too are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony.On Wednesday, Mr. Kumar resigned as Chief Minister of Bihar, saying indirectly that his tenure was no longer tenable as Tejashwi Yadav, his deputy from the Rashtriya Janata Dal who was facing corruption charges, had refused to resign.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had immediately hailed Mr. Kumar’s uncompromising stand on corruption and the Bharatiya Janata Party extended support to the JD(U) to form the next government.With the JD(U) and the BJP unwilling to face a mid-term poll, the BJP late on Wednesday evening handed over to the Governor the letter extending support to Mr. Kumar.last_img read more

Kolkata school suspends classes, parents agitate

first_imgHundreds of guardians of students of the G.D. Birla Centre for Education, a renowned private school in south Kolkata, where a kindergarten student was allegedly sexually abused by teachers recently, blocked a busy thoroughfare connecting the central with the southern part of the city on Sunday. The blockade, which continued for several hours till evening, was held against the decision of the school authorities to keep the school closed for an indefinite period from Monday. Parents also demanded the arrest and resignation of the school’s Principal. “The school authorities cannot take such an abrupt decision to keep the school closed for an indefinite period as it would jeopardise the future of students,” said a guardian. The protesters also argued that closing the school cannot be a solution to the issue and that school authorities should first ensure the safety of the students.Police struggled to convince the agitating parents to lift the blockade and even agreed to arrange a meeting with the school authorities. “Since one of the key demands of the guardians was to hold a meeting with the school authorities, we can arrange it at the auditorium of the Kolkata Police’s Bodyguard Line [in south Kolkata] on Monday,” Deputy Commissioner of Police-South Suburban Division Rupesh Kumar told journalists. He also said that the school authorities have agreed to meet the guardians. However, the agitated guardians turned down the police’s offer and said that they would meet the school authorities only on the school’s premises. Meanwhile, the father of the victim lodged a complaint against Principal Sharmila Nath at the city’s Jadavpur Police Station. “He [the girl’s father] has lodged a police complaint against the principal today [Sunday]. The Principal was aware of the crime and she tried concealing it,” said Priyanka Tibrewal, the lawyer of the girl’s father. Earlier, in a letter to the child’s father, Ms.Nath had stated that the two accused teachers had been removed. The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) also demanded the arrest of the Principal.last_img read more

NGT directs Himachal hotel to demolish illegal structure

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed an environmental compensation of ₹10 lakh on a hotel in Himachal Pradesh for causing ‘irretrievable damage to the ecology’ by raising unauthorised construction.A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar directed Hotel Barog Heights to demolish the illegal structure within four weeks. “Such constructions need to be demolished to prevent further degradation of environment and ecology in the area and also to ensure that undue pressure is not put on the natural resources causing scarcity of resources like water.”Rainwater harvestingFurther, the green panel directed the hotel to install rainwater harvesting systems to store and reuse the rainwater appropriately. The hotel has also been asked to ensure that water from the sewage treatment plant be recycled for gardening and other non-potable uses. The applicant, Society for Preservation of Kasauli had alleged that large scale commercial activity in Kasauli was affecting the ecology in adverse ways and had demanded a regulation on the construction of hotels in the area.Further, the Himachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board alleged that the hotel was operating without obtaining the necessary permissions.last_img read more

Rights NGOs resent nomination of rape accused Meghalaya MLA

first_imgWomen’s and rights NGOs in matrilineal Meghalaya have resented the nomination of militant-turned-legislator Julius Kitbok Dorphang, accused of raping a 14-year-old girl twice more than a year ago.The 53-year-old Dorphang, who represents Mawhati assembly constituency as an independent MLA, was arrested on January 7 last year in Guwahati after a fortnight of being on the run. Booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, he has been in jail since.Mr. Dorphang’s lawyer told news persons in Meghalaya capital Shillong that nomination was filed on his behalf on Saturday. The papers were submitted under provisions of the Representation of People’s (RP) Act that says anyone can contest elections unless convicted, the lawyer said.The Supreme Court had in July 2013 barred people lodged in jail from contesting elections. But the Parliament amended the RP Act with a section added letting candidates contest elections. The amendment was notified in October 2013.“It is an uphill task to fight for issues on violation of women’s rights. The law sadly does not have any provisions to bar somebody whose trial is ongoing, perhaps to safeguard those who could be innocent. But he (Dorphang) is not that innocent and what is more disturbing is that people in his constituency are being given the impression that he is a victim of political rivalry and there’s no truth in the case against him,” Angela Rangad, head of civil rights group Thma U Rangli Juki, told The Hindu from Shillong.“Rape is a social crime and it is for a POCSO accused to prove his innocence. This so-called lawmaker raped a minor twice, once in a Shillong guest house owned by relatives of the state’s home minister. There should be stringent laws not allowing such perpetrators of heinous crimes to contest elections, as they may influence investigation,” Agnes Kharshiing, president of Civil Society Women’s Organisation, said.Dorphang’s nomination, the NGOs said, was an insult to women who have been fighting for their rights. “This is all the more reason why the trial should be fast now, as such people in governance will make laws only to protect themselves, not women and vulnerable children,” Ms Kharshiing said.last_img read more

Six more Bengal districts to become ODF soon

first_imgSix more districts in West Bengal are likely to be declared open defecation free (ODF) by the end of this month, an official said. Of the 23 districts in the State, the Centre had already announced eight districts as ODF.March 31 deadlineHowrah, Paschim Medinipur, Birbhum, Murshidabad, Malda and Dakshin Dinajpur districts are likely to be declared ‘Nirmal Zila’ or ODF by March 31, the State Panchayat and Rural Development department official said.“We have set a deadline of March 31 for completing the construction works for individual household latrines (IHHLs) in these six districts. Construction work is almost over in Howrah and Malda districts. In the other four districts, we are hopeful of achieving the target before the end of this month,” he said. A district is certified ODF only after the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation representatives conduct a review there to check whether all the households have IHHLs and give their nod. “For Howrah and Malda, we are waiting for the representatives from the Ministry to conduct a review. Once it is completed we will announce them as ‘Nirmal Zila’,” the officer said. The Ministry has, so far, declared eight districts — Nadia, Hooghly, Purba Medinipur, Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Bardhaman, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and CoochBehar — in West Bengal as ODF.Nadia was the first district in the country to be acknowledged as ODF by the Centre, which has named the scheme Swachh Bharat Mission.53 lakh more IHHLs “In 2017-18, over nine lakh IHHLs were constructed and by next October we are targeting to completing 53 lakh more,” he said. According to the official, funds from the Centre, meant for this project, were not “fully coming to the State”. “Funds from the Centre are not coming fully to us. And the State government is spending much for the project and that is why we are not using the name Swachh Bharat Mission,” he said. Around ₹12,000 is required to construct one IHHL, of which 60% was to come from the Centre and the rest to be given by the State government. So far, around ₹1,200 crore has been spent in West Bengal for the scheme, he said. The government is aiming to make the entire State ODF by October 2019, he said.last_img read more

In Bengal rural polls, BJP joined hands with Maoist-backed outfit

first_imgIn tribal-dominated Jhargram and Purulia districts of West Bengal, the BJP performed remarkably well in the recently concluded rural elections.In at least one block in Jhargram, on the Bengal-Jharkhand border, the BJP left seats for a tribal outfit, Adivasi Samanvay Manch, backed by the outlawed CPI(Maoist).BJP’s State president Dilip Ghosh acknowledged that they had a seat adjustment with the ASM. “We did not put up candidates where they [ASM] did, as we both were fighting the TMC to limit vote division. We know them [ASM] and may work together in future. But [we] do not have any formal understanding,” Mr. Ghosh said. He denied the allegation made by State Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress head Mamata Banerjee that the BJP is “closely working” with the Maoists.“In earlier elections the TMC performed well in the area. Did they work with the Maoists,” asked Mr. Ghosh. Owing to the seat adjustment in at least three gram panchayats — Bhulaveda, Banshpahari and Shimulpal – in Binpur II block, the BJP and ASM managed to decimate the TMC.Maoists’ appealOfficials in the State intelligence confirmed that the Maoists made an appeal to the people to vote for the Independent candidates of ASM before the rural polls.“They even put up posters. Some of their members were with the Maoists,” an official said. Veteran CPI(ML) leader from Jhargram, Niranjan Bera, too confirmed the information. “The ASM is backed by a powerful tribal organisation — Bharat Jakat Majhi Pargana Mahal. The Maoists, too, made an appeal to back ASM,” he said.Mukul Roy, former TMC leader who is now with the BJP, spent substantial time in the area before the election. He met the family members of Chhatradhar Mahato, who was arrested in 2009 by the CPI(M) government for alleged links with the Maoists.The TMC came to power in 2011 but did not grant amnesty to Mr. Mahato, a popular leader, who was instrumental in developing a base for the party in the area. In both Jhargram and Purulia districts, the TMC’s performance dipped.TMC’s ‘poor’ showIn Jhargram, the BJP bagged 329 [42%] seats. It is far higher than the BJP’s State average of 18% of contested seats. The TMC, on the other hand, got 48% of seats in Jhargram as compared to its State average of 66% at the gram panchayat level. Jhargram has nearly 30% tribal population compared to the State’s average of about 6%.In Purulia, which has about 20% tribal population, the BJP bagged 33% as compared to the TMC’s 43% seats. Minister of Backward Classes Welfare Churamani Mahato admitted that the TMC’s performance in the tribal districts was “disappointing”.“Despite the good work, the results [in tribal areas] have been disappointing. Some of our leaders fought among themselves, while many contested as Independent,candidates” he said.last_img read more

Army jawan killed in Kupwara gunfight

first_imgOne soldier and a minor boy were killed in two separate incidents in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday.Sepoy Mukul Meena of Army’s 4 PARA sustained bullet wounds on Wednesday afternoon in a gunfight in Kupwara’s Sadu Ganga forest area, a police official said. “The soldier was evacuated to a military hospital in Drugmulla where doctors declared him brought dead,” said the police. Another soldier was injured and his condition is stated to be stable.A joint team of the Army and the Special Operations Group of the police launched a combing operation on Tuesday afternoon in the Kupwara forests.Operation still onHowever, the militants fled the encounter site and reached a different spot.“A contact was established again on Wednesday afternoon. The operation is on,” said the police sources.In another incident, six-year-old Saliq Ahmad was killed and four others sustained splinter injuries in a blast at Memender area in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday.The area witnessed a major encounter on Tuesday in which two Jaish-e-Muhammad militants were killed.Initial reports suggest the five minors were fiddling with an object when it exploded.“A Station House Officer has been deputed to the site to verify the cause of the blast,” said Shopian Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sandeep Chaudhary.The condition of the injured children is stated to be critical. “Our children are not safe even while playing. Everyday, Kashmiris pay the cost of the lingering conflict as the world looks on and there is little effort to put an end to the tragedy that Kashmir has become,” said Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.last_img read more

8 Naxalites killed in Chhattisgarh encounter

first_imgSecurity forces on Thursday killed at least eight Naxalites, including four women, in an encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, a senior police official said.Firearms, including two Insas rifles, were recovered from the encounter site.The gun battle took place around 6 a.m. in a forest area near Timinar and Pusnar villages along the boundary of Bijapur and Dantewada districts, Deputy Inspector-General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj. P told PTI.Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of the District Reserve Guard and the Special Task Force launched the operation from Dantewada on Wednesday in the forest area, he said.Forest cordoned offWhile the security men were cordoning off the forest areas in Timinar and Pusnar villages in Bijapur, around 450 km from the State capital Raipur, an exchange of fire broke out between the two sides on Thursday, he said.The gun battle lasted for about two hours, following which the Naxals fled into the core forest area, the DIG said.“After guns fell silent, bodies of seven Naxals, including three women, were initially recovered from the spot,” he said. Later, one more body of a woman Naxal was found.Two Insas rifles, two .303 rifles, a 12 bore gun and a few muzzle loading guns were also recovered, the DIG said.last_img read more

Investigators could have saved Lankesh, says NCP MLA

first_imgNationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad on Sunday said investigating agencies could have prevented the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh if they had taken more pains to question Virendra Tawde, the Sanatan Sanstha member arrested for planning the murder of Narendra Dabholkar. Mr. Tawde was arrested by the CBI in the Dabholkar case on June 10, 2016, and Lankesh was killed on September 5, 2017. The CBI said in court on Sunday that the two murders were linked.Mr. Awhad said, “Going by the investigating agencies, Tawde plotted the murder of Dabholkar, and Amol Kale plotted the murder of Lankesh. If the same pistol was used in both murders, it was obvious that Tawde knew about the attack on Lankesh when he was arrested. The investigating agencies failed to bring out the truth. Had they done this, they could have saved Lakesh’s life.” Mr. Tawde was also questioned by a Special Investigation Team of the Maharashtra Police in the murder of communist leader Govind Pansare. Since the Karnataka Police have arrested Mr. Kale, the alleged plotter of the Lankesh murder, the Maharashtra ATS has arrested several people for planning attacks in the State and seized explosives and ammunition from them. The CBI has arrested Sachin Andure, an alleged shooter of Dabholkar. Mr. Awhad said, “The State police seem to be working under political pressure. A joint effort of the Karnataka and Maharashtra police is needed to get to the truth.”last_img read more

Assam man marked doubtful voter found dead behind home

first_imgA man in north-central Assam’s Udalguri district, marked a doubtful voter before his name was published in the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), was found dead on Sunday morning.Dipak Debnath, 50, received a notice from a Foreigners’ Tribunal in district headquarters Udalguri on July 29, a day before the NRC complete draft came out. Relatives said the notice troubled him so much that the joy of his family – comprising his wife and two daughters – over the inclusion of names in the NRC was short-lived.“We found Debnath’s lifeless body behind his house. The family has not yet filed an FIR, but we are awaiting the post-mortem report to ascertain the nature of his death,” the officer in charge of Harisinga police station said, declining to be named.Troubled over notice Uttam Debnath, a nephew of the deceased, said his uncle had lived in dread of being sent to a detention camp. “He hardly ever felt assured that there could have been some mistake somewhere since all their citizenship documents were vetted by officials before inclusion in the NRC,” he said.“Not everybody can handle the pressure of a situation where one can be made stateless. The D-voter and foreigners’ tag has killed many like him. The harassment must stop,” Bapi Sarkar, assistant general secretary of All Assam Bengali Youth Students’ Association, said.IIT-Guwahati helpline for students in collaboration with Saathi: 8486814024. Saathi uses this helpline for non-IIT cases too.last_img read more

U.P. police search for Army jawan

first_imgIn a fresh twist to the Bulandshahr mob violence case, an Army jawan has emerged as a key suspect in the murder of Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh.While the police is yet to issue details of the allegations or his role, they have sent a team to Jammu to investigate and possibly nab him.The main accused Yogesh Raj, a Bajrang Dal activist, meanwhile, is still absconding.The Army said on Friday evening that its Northern Command had been contacted by the police regarding the case. A Special Investigation Team is probing the violence. Identified as Jeetu alias Fauji, the jawan allegedly fired at the police officer during the mob violence. Fled to JammuPosted in Jammu and Kashmir, he was in his native Bulandshahr on leave at the time of the incident, a local daily reported, adding that after the incident he allegedly fled to Jammu. Incidentally, the name Jeetu Fauji had appeared among the 27 named persons in the FIR lodged in the mob violence earlier this week. As per the report in the daily, the claim was made by the police on the basis of a video in which the jawan is allegedly seen firing at the officer. The Army said “fullest cooperation is being extended” to the UP police and added that, “Details would be released by Police at appropriate time after positive identification.” “Since the matter is under investigation no other comment can be offered,” the Army said in a statement. The State police has sent a team to Jammu to nab the suspect, said S.K. Bhagat, IG crime. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was shot dead in mob violence on Monday in the Syana area of Bulandshahr after right-wing groups alleged cow slaughter and laid siege to the Chingrawati police outpost. A civilian, Sumit Singh, whom some videos have shown to be a part of stone-pelting mob, also died of bullet injuries. Mother’s statementJeetu’s mother, however, claimed that he was posted in Kargil and she had not seen him for the past few months. But if he was guilty of the crime, she told a television channel, “I will kill him myself.”The jawan’s family alleged that the police had vandalised their house after his name surfaced in the case.Meanwhile, five more youth have been arrested in connection with the mob violence, taking the total to nine, police said. Identified as Rohit, Chandra, Sonu, Jitendra and Nitin, they were however, not named in the FIR.last_img read more

Chargesheet ready in Muzaffarpur shelter home case: CBI

first_imgThe CBI on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that the chargesheet in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case was ready but the agency was discussing whether to file a consolidated final report or have a separate one on each victim.The CBI told a Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur that the issue was being discussed as there were independent victims and witnesses in the case.It said it would soon take a decision in this regard.Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur and the issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).During the hearing on Wednesday, the court sought to know from the CBI as to whether the Income Tax Department had initiated proceedings with regard to around ₹ 4.5 crore, which the NGO, running the shelter home in Muzaffarpur, had received from the Bihar government over a period of 10 years for its activities.“What about the Income Tax people? Have they initiated any proceedings?,” the Bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta, asked the CBI. Responding to the court’s query, the CBI’s counsel said, “Yes. They [Income Tax department] are doing it.” He said he would apprise the court on the status of proceedings initiated by the department The Bench, which posted the matter to first week of January, asked the CBI to brief it on the status of the case and the proceedings by the I-T department.last_img read more

Gene therapy helps weak mice grow strong

first_imgA virus that shuttles a therapeutic gene into cells has strengthened the muscles, improved the motor skills, and lengthened the lifespan of mice afflicted with two neuromuscular diseases. The approach could one day help people with a range of similar disorders, from muscular dystrophy to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.Many of these diseases involve defective neuromuscular junctions—the interface between neurons and muscle cells where brain signals tell muscles to contract. In one such disease, a form of familial limb-girdle myasthenia, people carry two defective copies of the gene called DOK7, which codes for a protein that’s needed to form such junctions. Their hip and shoulder muscles atrophy over many years, and some eventually have trouble breathing or end up in a wheelchair. Mice similarly missing a properly working Dok7 gene are severely underweight and die within a few weeks.In the new study, researchers led by molecular biologist Yuji Yamanashi of the University of Tokyo first injected young mice engineered to have defective Dok7 with a harmless virus carrying a good copy of the Dok7 gene, which is expressed only in muscle. Within about 7 weeks, the rodents recovered. Their muscle cells cranked out the DOK7 protein, and under a microscope their muscles had larger neuromuscular junctions than those of untreated mice with defective Dok7. What’s more, the mice grew to a healthy body weight and had essentially normal scores on tests of motor skills and muscle strength.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The next question was whether Dok7 gene therapy would help mice with a different muscle disease. The Tokyo group gave the treatment to mice with a rodent form of Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD), an inherited disease in humans involving a defect in a gene for a muscle protein that also leads to abnormal neuromuscular junctions and muscle weakness and wasting. These mice, too, lived longer, had larger neuromuscular junctions and did better on motor tests than untreated mice with the disease, the team reports online today in Science (see video showing that treated mice get up faster than untreated rodents when placed on their side).The results weren’t as dramatic as in Dok7-deficient mice—the treated EDMD mice were still scrawny and had a shortened lifespan. But the Japanese team says this is likely because the mice’s genetic defect also results in heart problems that the treatment did not address; people with EDMD receive pacemakers. Yamanashi says his group is now testing the DOK7 therapy in other diseases and in larger animals.Most gene therapy treatments for neuromuscular disease aim to correct a specific genetic defect, notes muscle disease researcher Martin Childers of the University of Washington, Seattle. Because these disorders are caused by hundreds or thousands of genetic mutations, targeting all these disorders that way could require “hundreds of gene therapies,” he says. However, Childers suggests, DOK7 therapy could work with many of them.last_img read more

Loser in Montana Senate race returns to math classroom, with advice to fellow Democrats

first_img“If I can do it, anybody can.”That’s Amanda Curtis, the 35-year-old Montana high school math teacher, speaking about her last-minute, low-budget campaign to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Curtis fell short, losing to Steve Daines, a Republican who in 2012 was elected to the state’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. But her 18-point margin of defeat was no worse than what befell several fellow Democrats, many of them veteran politicians, who spent tens of millions of dollars more than Curtis in their failed quest to keep their party in control of the Senate.Curtis stumbled into the Democratic nomination in August when the expected candidate, Senator John Walsh, resigned after reports he had committed academic plagiarism. She entered the campaign with a mere 88 days of experience as an elected official. But she made the most of that short stint as a state representative in 2013, posting on YouTube a frank assessment of each day’s session. The videos earned her a reputation as a straight-talking citizen called to public service.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Curtis took that attitude onto the campaign trail, logging 11,000 miles crisscrossing the vast, rural state. But her limited coffers—she raised $980,000 compared with more than $7 million by her opponent—put her at a distinct disadvantage in countering claims that she favored strict gun control laws and that her views on the economy made her a communist. She could afford to run only two television ads, for example, and national Democratic leaders spent no money on her campaign after concluding that she had no chance of winning.Now back in the classroom at Butte High School, Curtis faults herself for letting her opponents define her on those and other issues. “I was told not to spend my time defending myself against what I considered to be ridiculous and false accusations,” she tells ScienceInsider. “But that was a big mistake. We can’t let them to tell our story. If I had to do it again, I would tell my own narrative about guns, and make sure that the voters were hearing directly from me.”She says her campaign demonstrates that “an average Joe can do just as well as a professional politician.” And she thinks that her fellow Democrats, including President Barack Obama, might have prevented last week’s debacle if they had done a better job of telling voters what they stood for.“I think that this country is better off because of the policies of the Obama administration. But we never talked about it. Democrats should have been touting that record of accomplishment rather than avoiding it.”Curtis says she’s happy to be back in the classroom, “doing something that I love to do.” And she isn’t eager to hit the campaign trail any time soon.“I’m not making any plans,” she says about her prospects for 2016. “Somebody would really have to twist my arm. It’s not on my shoulders anymore.”Even so, she thinks her campaign does provide other political novices with a useful road map. “I’ve shown that anybody can participate in this game,” she says. “So I hope others will consider it.”last_img read more