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Do More of What Is Working

first_imgMost of the time when we focus on improving ourselves and improving our results, it’s about figuring out what’s not working and making changes. A lot of the time, this is exactly what needs to happen. You stop doing something that isn’t working for you and start doing something new. But like anything else, this isn’t true 100% of the time.Sometimes you need to do more of what’s working. You need to double down on the bet you have already made.What are you doing right? What’s working for you now?What Works OnceMaybe you’ve pursued one of your dream clients for years, nurturing the relationships you needed, until they reached the point where they were ready to change. Now, they’re engaged, they know you, and they believe you can help them now.What you are doing is working. But are you doing enough of this work? Are there other dream clients that aren’t as receptive that you aren’t pursuing with this same plan? What works once will work twice. Or dozens and dozens of times.Practice Brings MasteryMaybe you finally started picking up the phone and dialing numbers. You’ve booked a few appointments, appointments you desperately need. You discovered that the telephone still works, but 10 calls a day isn’t going to bring you the results you need.You get better when you take some action over and over. If you practice deliberately, you make distinctions, you notice things, you make changes. You don’t really improve and gain mastery of something that you only do once in a while. Doing something more often gives you the practice you need to reach mastery.Consistent Action Breeds Consistent ResultsMaybe you feel better when you wake up early, eat right, exercise, and hydrate (all of which are massively underestimated when it comes to producing results in every area of your life, especially areas where you interact with other people). You aren’t doing anything wrong by sticking to a regimen like this three days a week.Sporadic actions produce equally sporadic results. Consistent actions produce the consistent results that only high performers produce.You Aren’t BrokenWe spend a lot of time focused on what’s broken, what needs to be fixed, and what we need to change. You will never run out of work to do here (I am not sure I have even made a dent in my list). But what’s wrong isn’t the only place to focus.Focus on what’s right. Do more of what is working. 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 Where are you performing well?What’s working for you?What bet should you double down on right now?On what bet should you go all in?last_img read more


December 9, 2019 0

The Prospecting Rule of Thirds

first_img“You don’t really mean call 1,000 prospects, do you?”Yes. I do mean call 1,000 prospects. Unless you have a list that you have built that is big enough—and well defined enough—to create more than enough opportunities, you need to make a lot of calls.The First ThirdAt any given time, one-third of the prospects on your list will be dissatisfied. You have no idea which third of these prospects are dissatisfied. And you have no idea who within these prospects is motivated to change.There is no list that you can buy that will tell you who is dissatisfied, why they are dissatisfied, and how motivated they are to improve things (and downloading a white paper or attending a webinar provides very little proof when it comes to real dissatisfaction).The Last ThirdAnother third of your prospects are thrilled beyond belief with the company that sells them whatever you sell.There is no way to tell by looking at a prospect list who is happy with their current provider. You might have some insight as to when they changed, but even that is no guarantee that they aren’t dissatisfied enough to change again.The fact that so many people tell you that they are happy when you cold call them tells you nothing about whether they are dissatisfied enough to change. Mostly, it tells you that they didn’t hear enough value in your pitch.The Middle ThirdThe middle third is made up of prospects that are neither happy or unhappy. The dissatisfaction they should have lies dormant. They aren’t in love with the people they work with, and they aren’t unhappy enough about anything to take action. They’re coasting along with things as they are.It’s easier to create opportunities where major dissatisfaction exists. But it feels like this middle third is more like ninety percent of companies, even though that isn’t true.You can develop the case for change within this third, even if it isn’t easy.Make Your CallsYou are never going to know which prospect belongs in which category unless you pick up the phone and call them. The copied and pasted email isn’t going to help you. The comments you are making in LinkedIn groups aren’t going to tell you who is who either.You can make the calls you need to make in a few weeks. Or you can take forever and never succeed at building the pipeline you need—or the opportunities you should be working on.Make your calls.How do you find the prospects who are dissatisfied enough to consider changing?How do you identify the prospects where you might be locked out due to some sort of mismatch that would disqualify them?How do you determine who has a form of dissatisfaction that is lying dormant, waiting to be developed?last_img read more


December 9, 2019 0

Take Care of Each Other and Don’t Be Divided | Season 2 – Episode 24

first_imgSome thoughts on the two police officers being shot in Wsterville, Ohio and the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.last_img


December 9, 2019 0

High tide alert on beaches

first_imgThe Goa Tourism Department on Saturday issued an advisory to shack owners, water sports operators and other businesses on the beaches over the possibility of high tide on Monday, Tuesday and January 30 due to the supermoon phenomenon.They have been directed to take precautionary measures to avoid any damage to lives and property.Goa Tourism Director Menino D’Souza said in the advisory that as per the North Goa District Magistrate, Tuesday (January 2) and January 31 will be full moon days, when the moon would be closest to the earth in its orbit — also known as a supermoon. Hence, there is a likelihood of high tides.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Some people in NDA don’t want Narendra Modi as PM, says Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha

first_imgUnion Minister of State for Human Resource Department and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha has, of late, been making headlines with his flip-flop on political statements, fuelling speculation on electoral alliances. Mr. Kushwaha’s gameplan, many believe, is to bargain for more seats ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. On Friday, while addressing journalists in Patna, he stirred further speculation, asserting, “There are some people within the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) who do not want to see Narendra Modi as Prime Minister. They create confusion over the declaration on seat sharing; no seat sharing discussion has been carried out yet within the NDA and I am very much in the NDA.”Informed sources told The Hindu that the statement was directed towards his political bête noire Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Nitish Kumar, with whom he parted ways in 2013 to float the RLSP, which contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as an NDA constituent, winning three seats. Contradictions Later, although Mr. Kumar snapped ties with the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led (RJD) ‘Grand Alliance’ in July 2017 and returned to the NDA, the political animosity between Mr. Kushwaha and him remained. However, Mr. Kushwaha said, “With Nitish Kumar, the NDA has been strengthened.” He also refrained from making any attack on RJD chief Lalu Prasad or his family members. “They [the cases] are all legal issues and not political,” he said.Recently, while addressing a function in Patna on the birth centenary of veteran socialist leader B. P. Mandal, architect of the Mandal Commission, Mr. Kushwaha generated considerable political heat with his kheer analogy. “If milk and rice are mixed, a tasty and healthy kheer will be made,” he said in an apparent reference to the politically powerful cattle-rearing Yadavs, hinting at a possible political tie-up with the RJD.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Taj Group hotel in Guwahati accused of profiling

first_imgThree Assam-based Muslim men, one of them in the Army Medical Corps (AMC), have written to the Taj Group of Hotels accusing their four-star establishment in Guwahati of racial profiling and harassment.Imran Hussain Laskar, Sahab Uddin and Zahid Islam Barbhuiyan had checked in to Taj Vivanta on Friday after missing a flight to Delhi because the train from Silchar town had run late.The trio is from Barak Valley in southern Assam. While Mr. Laskar is a non-commissioned officer and working as a dental hygienist in the AMC in Imphal, Manipur, Mr. Uddin owns a college in Badarpur town, near Silchar, and Mr. Barbhuiyan is a teacher.“Nothing happened when we checked in to room 226 at about 2 p.m. after paying upfront, including ₹2,000 for an extra bed. We went out and returned at 4 p.m. to find the hotel was full of security men,” Mr. Barbhuiyan told The Hindu.Under watchThey noticed the police and the hotel’s security men watching and following them within the hotel. About 5 p.m., they came down to the reception to ask why the extra bed had not been provided.“The receptionists began misbehaving, so were others at the swimming pool and the lobby. A VIP programme was on, and when we went near a media team, the hotel’s chief executive officer called us to his room,” Mr. Barbhuiyan said. The CEO allegedly threatened to send them to prison. The police and Special Branch officials were called in to question them.“Laskar tried to record the harassment, but his mobile was snatched. They checked his mobile and found an old video of Asaduddin Owaisi and surmised he was a radical. They confiscated Laskar’s identity card, detained him and sent us to our room,” Mr. Barbhuiyan said.Satisfied that they were not extremists, the police left around midnight after thanking them for their cooperation. The hotel authorities declined to counter the charges. “We have nothing to say as of now,” spokesperson Indranee Phukan said.The trio said they would lodge a complaint with a consumer court and discuss with their lawyers the next course of action.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Meghalaya RTI activist attacked, critical

first_imgSuspected coal mafia in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district attacked RTI and anti-graft activist Agnes Kharshiing on Thursday, leaving her in a critical condition.Ms. Kharshiing, who is the president of the Shillong-based Civil Society Women’s Organisation, sustained head injuries and was taken to a hospital near Tuber Sohshrieh, about 120 km from State capital Shillong. She was rushed to the North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences in Shillong as her condition deteriorated. The police said a group had attacked Ms. Kharshiing and fellow activist Anita Sangma around noon when she visited the site to document illegal coal mining despite a ban by the National Green Tribunal.Ms. Kharshiing’s brother John Kharshiing said Ms. Sangma too sustained injuries but the driver of their vehicle escaped unhurt. “I was told that they were taking pictures and filming at the illegal coal mining site when a mob suddenly appeared and attacked them,” he told The Hindu.Dragged to jungle Reports said the duo was dragged into a jungle while being assaulted. The attackers fled after locals arrived. Ms. Sangma managed to crawl to a nearby road and shouted for help. Ms. Kharshiing was found lying unconscious. On Wednesday, the police had seized some coal-laden trucks in Shillong based on Ms. Kharshiing’s complaint. She has been campaigning against illegal coal mining and had exposed a number of cases of mining and transportation of coal since the NGT enforced the ban.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Decision on reservations for Maratha a ‘poll gimmick’

first_imgThe State government’s decision granting reservation to the Maratha community was an “election gimmick” according to petitioners challenging the quota. They were arguing before a division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre who commenced the final hearing on a bunch of petitions challenging the 16 % quota granted to the numerically strong Maratha community in government jobs and educational institutions.Advocate Gunratan Sadavarte appearing for advocate Dr. Jishri Patil, founder of a body called the Indian Constitutionalists Counsel that is opposing the reservation for Marathas, also said that the Maharashtra government does not have the legislative power to take such a decision.He said the report submitted by the Maharashtra State Backward Classes Commission on the basis of which the government had taken decision is unconstitutional. This is because the State did not approach the National Commission for Backward Classes. He said reservation granted to Marathas was an “election gimmick and politically motivated. The legislation is unconstitutional and against the principle and philosophy of reservation. It amounts to reserve reservation as it violates the cap of 50% reservation, leaving only 32% for the open pool.”Mr. Sadavarte said that Maratha is not a caste in itself and comes under Kunbi caste. He said, “Kunbi caste is already included in the Other Backward Class and has reservation. If Marathas are part of the same caste then they should have been included in the category.”Senior counsel Arvind Datar, appearing for another petitioner Sanjeet Shukla, said that the reservation needs to quashed and set aside as the government did not have the legislative power to pass the Bill. He also reiterated that by allowing this quota, the State crossed 50% of the ceiling for quotas in the State.The Bench will continue hearing the arguments on Thursday. On February 8, former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi, who has been appointed to represent Maharashtra government, is likely to argue.On November 29, the Maharashtra Assembly had unanimously passed a Bill proposing reservation for Marathas in government jobs and education.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Cong. likely to go for alliance with Left, JMM in Odisha

first_imgThe Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee has negotiated with the State leadership of the CPI, the CPI(M) and the JMM for seat sharing for the upcoming simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha, party sources said on Thursday.The State Congress leadership has already completed several rounds of talks with like-minded parties for an alliance, they said. “Yes, we have been in touch with like-minded parties for seat sharing for the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections,” OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik said. Odisha has 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Assembly seats.Sources in the Congress said the party could leave three Lok Sabha seats and 20 Assembly seats for the alliance partners.CPI national council member Ramakrushna Panda said: “Though we have not yet finalised the seat-sharing arrangement with the Congress, the party has proposed to field its candidates in 12 Assembly seats and two Lok Sabha seats.”CPI sources said that the party may field its candidates in Aska and Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha seats.The CPI(M) has also talked to the Congress and sought at least one Lok Sabha seat, including Bhubaneswar, and about seven Assembly seats, sources said. JMM) supremo Sibu Soren during his recent visit to Baripada in Mayurbhanj district said the party will take a decision soon on a possible alliance with the Congress in Odisha. JMM sources said that the party has been asking for Mayurbhanj Lok Sabha seat and at least five Assembly seats in the State.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Changing the stripes of conservation

first_img Broken migration corridorsWildlife conservationists have read the recent rise in the number of tigers as indicating the existence of a broad and long migration corridor — a tongue of land in central India that is changing the tiger story. This tiger corridor is criss-crossed by seasonal rivers such as the Godavari, Wainganga, Penganga, Dollara, and countless other smaller water channels and ravines.According to officials of the Wildlife Conservation Trust, about 24,000 km of roads cut through these corridors, and they have a deadly impact on tigers. About 16 tigers have been killed in road and train accidents over the past five years. Forty-two leopards have also come under wheels. And no one has been keeping track of the number of smaller mammals such as foxes, rabbits, deer, wolves, snakes, peacocks and other wildlife that die on these roads.“The problem is that we haven’t yet mapped the tiger corridor, or any of the well-defined routes that the tigers may be using for migration and resettlement. Adding to the confusion is that there are many forest tracts that abut the roads. We want a problem-solving approach to linear intrusions and habitat fragmentation. It is important to work on conservation, but it is also important to work on maintaining connectivity between sub-populations,” explains Milind Pariwakam of the Wildlife Conservation Trust.Pariwakam had drafted a report on the factors behind the fragmentation of the fragile tiger corridor. The report calls for a rethink of India’s approach to infrastructure development, and recommends special pathways for wildlife so that their movement during migration or resettlement is not affected.“Tipeshwar is one of the better-maintained forests which visitors can check out. There has been no man-animal conflict here ever since we evacuated the villages from the core area. Places where such conflict occur are more than 40-50 km from Tipeshwar,” says P.B. Panchabhai, District Forest Officer of Pandharkawada in Yavatmal district.Threat from big projects“The threat to tigers is not due to the man-animal conflict. It is due to the large-scale projects that are coming up near the sanctuaries. Forest Department officials have trans-located a village called Agarzari on the border of the Pench Tiger Reserve. But the resorts that cropped up there after changes in land use continue to operate. These use barbed wire and electrified fencing to keep animals at bay, leading to accidents,” says Vinod Thakur, a veterinary doctor and conservation activist who was part of the tiger census operation.He blames the ‘four-laning’ of the national highway running through the Pench Tiger Reserve and Kanha Tiger Reserve, and the widening of the railway line in central India from narrow gauge to broad gauge, for the fragmentation of the habitat. “Even Jai, the tiger which became famous as Asia’s biggest feline, fell to this development juggernaut in the Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary. Jai’s cub, Srinivas, died due to electrocution. Jai sired around 20 offspring, but now very few of them are in Umred-Karhandla in Maharashtra. The rest have migrated,” says Thakur.Big-ticket projects pose an even bigger threat. For instance, according to filings with the Bombay Stock Exchange, the Birla Cement Corporation is planning to set up a 3.9-tonne greenfield integrated cement plant with a 40 MW captive power plant in Yavatmal district’s Mukutban village. Mukutban is on the southern side of the Pandharkawada Forest Department, where man-animal conflict has captured media attention. How a cement plant and the ancillary activities associated with it will affect the environment is anybody’s guess.Of the 50 designated tiger reserves in the country, the 16 in central India form a continuous tiger corridor. The Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary has about 18 tigers. Kawal, though designated as Kawal Tiger Reserve in 2012, has seen a tiger or two only in the last four years. This year, a tiger got electrocuted after it came in contact with an electrified wire trap set up by poachers. The Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, on the other hand, is not a tiger reserve but is home to many tigers. “The Pench Tiger Reserve at present has 30 tigers. While an adult tiger requires 25-40 sq km of forested area to enjoy sufficient quantity of prey, now there is one tiger for every 8-10 sq km, leading to spillage. The tigers are moving out to other forests to find prey. This can be an opportunity to improve our record and practices in wildlife conservation,” says Thakur.While the killing of Avni triggered celebrations among some villagers, there are also a few who see it differently. “I am unhappy that the tigress is dead. It is a big loss. When the tiger scare was at its peak, I was hopeful that this village would be shifted. The tiger was merely protecting the jungle, which was its home,” says Gunawant Tekam, who runs a small shop near the fields that border the jungle in Sarati. “I am saying this because I have seen the fear of the people as well as the changes in the landscape.”The depredations of Avni may have grabbed the headlines. But of far greater significance, though missing from the mainstream discourse, is the changing dynamic of tiger migration and movement, which suggests that India needs to rework its conservation and forest settlement policies. A tiger trap in Mohda village, Madhya Pradesh.  The 2006 tiger census by the National Tiger Conservation Authority had pegged the number of tigers at 1,411. Officials involved with the 2018 tiger census operations say that the number is now closer to 2,600. “We have completed the tiger census that was begun in 2018, and the analysis is going on. We will release the information by the end of May,” says Y.V. Jhala of the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India, which deployed about 15,000 camera traps spread over 400,000 sq. km in 18 States for the census.India began a quadrennial scientific tiger census, discarding the old pug mark counting method, from 2006. In 2010, there were 1,706 tigers, and in 2014, the number jumped to 2,226, raising expectations of optimistic numbers for the 2018 census as well.The surging numbers have pushed the count of tigers to about 400 in Madhya Pradesh, made famous by Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. But is there land to keep us with this increase? One tiger was mapped travelling from Chandrapur district, bordering the Tadoba-Andhari National Park in Maharashtra, to the Satpura range near Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh. Another tiger, fitted with a tracking collar, was found to have travelled 500 km in 72 days, starting from its habitat in the 138 sq. km Bor Tiger Reserve in Wardha district. It travelled through Amravati and Nagpur before getting electrocuted on a farm in Wardha.The problem is that we haven’t yet mapped the tiger corridor, or any of the well-defined routes that the tigers may be using for migration and resettlement. Adding to the confusion is that there are many forest tracts that abut the roads. Milind Pariwakam Wildlife Conservation Trust“He bag, waghache panje (see here, the pug marks of a tiger),” says Nilesh Gaddamvar in Marathi, pointing to large pug marks in the dust. Gaddamvar works as a guide at the Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. Officials say that there are now 18 tigers in the Sanctuary. “We are getting visitors from Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai. Most of them manage to spot the tiger in its habitat here and take photographs,” says Gaddamvar. He adds that there were only five tigers here in 2011, when he began working as a guide.Safari visitors usually make a stop at the Hanuman temple located next to a small artificial lake on a ridge in Tipeshwar. The luckier among them might get to see frolicking tigers and cubs a few yards away from the road and their protected vehicles. How the temple came into being and why it is now deserted is a success story of Indian conservation efforts: nearly 500 villagers of Tipeshwar were evacuated and the population resettled outside the forest in Parva village in 2010. Another 140 villagers from Mihirgaon, inside the forest, were paid about ₹7 lakh per family and relocated outside the forest area in 2014.While these two villages have been pulled out of the forest and resettled, the hamlets on the fringes of the jungle have expanded rapidly. Sarati, which didn’t exist before 2003, has 1,057 voters, Vihirgaon has 719 voters, and Lone, another village where Avni claimed a human life, has 417 voters.Frequent accidentsOn February 2, the Field Director of Pench Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra issued a statement: “A road-hit case of a tiger has been reported near Devalapar, Harnakund, on NH 7, this evening between 7 to 7.30 pm. PTR teams, as well as the team of Nagpur division, have reached the spot. There is a trail of blood, and we have also identified the vehicle. Teams reported that the tiger is nearby, and they have heard growling too. They are monitoring the situation, and a proper decision will be taken as per the local circumstances. The rescue team has left for the spot.” Such reports of road accidents and electrocutions involving tigers are barely noticed beyond a small circle of tiger conservationists and observers.As a matter of fact, roadkill incidents are quite common on NH 44 (earlier known as NH 7), which passes through some of the most picturesque river valleys, ridges, and forested zones in central India. In this region, NH 44, which connects Srinagar to Kanyakumari, passes through small agricultural fields draped with rows of colourful saris to keep wild boar at bay. The modest stretch of forest that’s visible from the roadside is flanked on either side by cotton fields and toor dal (split pigeon pea) crop. A few kilometres away, on the other side of this jungle, in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region, is National Highway 44 (NH 44). These fields are cultivated by the residents of Sarati village, where the Forest Department has set up a camp to search for a tigress cub. The cub belongs to the litter of T1, or Avni, the tigress that was killed on November 2, 2018 and caused a huge national outcry.The killing of the tigress may have slipped from public memory. But for many villagers in Wedshi, Vihirgaon, Pimpalshinde, Borati, Ralegaon, Loni, and other villages in Yavatmal district, the terror of the tiger remains real. The media had highlighted the Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary as a hunting ground for the tigress, which had been declared a man-eater. But the tigress, when it was killed, was several kilometres away, in a different forested tract. How the tigress sought out new territory, found a mate, and had a litter in the small deciduous forest surrounded by agricultural fields and villages is still a matter of conjecture for conservationists.“We began cultivating here in 2003. The forest was right till here [he points to the road]. We cleared it and began cultivating. That was the first time I ever saw a tiger, and I cannot describe the fear I felt,” says Gautam Patil, recalling the day he caught a glimpse of Avni during the monsoons, at the height of the man-eater scare. Patil, a farmer, points to his five-acre field. “This might be a small forest, but we cannot see beyond a few metres during the monsoons. We cannot cultivate anything other than cotton, as wild boars and other animals raid the fields.”The Pench Tiger Reserve has 30 tigers. While an adult tiger requires 25-40 sq km of forested area to enjoy sufficient quantity of prey, now there is one tiger for every 8-10 sq km, leading to spillage. Vinod Thakur Veterinary doctor and conservation activistJust three lamp posts away is the house of Gajanan Shyamrao Pawar. He went to his cotton farm abutting the forest to check on his crop on October 24, 2018, and never returned. The 30-year-old’s half-eaten body was later discovered in the jungle by his brother. “He had food at 10 a.m. and went to the farm. He didn’t return for lunch. A goatherd called to say he was missing. We began a search, and his body was found far inside the jungle at around one in the afternoon,” recalls his mother Indukala Pawar, sitting on the doorstep of their small house. Soon after killing Pawar, the tigress had disappeared from the area.More tigers than beforeAccording to the records of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests based in Nagpur, the tigress killed three other people — Gulab Mokashe of Wedshi village, Waghu Raut of Vihirgaon, and Nagorao Junghare of Pimpalshinde — in a span of 24 days in August 2018. The Pandharkawada Forest Department records the names of Avni’s other victims: Sonabai Bhosale of Borati, Lakshmi Rampuchrey of Jira, Shankar Atram, Jira, and Chanduk Phutki of Adni. All these villages border the small forest which the tigress had made its territory. A few months later, the tigress was shot dead by the son of a hunter tasked for the job by the Forest Department.Missing from the discourse focussed on the ‘man-eating’ tigress is the story of how a rising tiger population is forcing the animal to seek out new hunting grounds, as tigers need a huge prey base. Not too long ago, there was a real fear of the big cat’s extinction. But things have changed since. Aided by excellent conservation efforts, more awareness, and forest management and control over poaching, the overall tiger population in the country has gone up. | Photo Credit: S Sudarshan last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Satpathy quits active politics

first_imgDhenkanal MP Tathagata Satpathy, who served as the Biju Janata Dal’s chief whip during the 16th Lok Sabha, announced his retirement from active politics and will not be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Mr. Satpathy, who is a four-term MP, first indicated his decision to withdraw from active politics in a tweet a few days ago saying he was “bidding adieu”.Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Satpathy said that he was quitting active politics for journalism. He is the owner of an Odia-language paper, Dharitri. He also said that there was a “dire need to leave space for young change-makers and policy formulators”.“There is a need for more fearless voices in journalism now. I am distancing myself from politics to refocus on journalism. I am grateful to my leader Naveen Patnaik for his support all these years. I have realised that politics is not the only means to support people. Social leadership is lacking in this country. There is also a dire need to leave space for young change-makers and policy formulators. Finally, my son’s insistence that I quit politics won,” he said.Liberal causesMr. Satpathy, one of the senior-most MPs in the BJD, has been known to champion liberal causes including the striking down of Section 377, opposing the all-encompassing Aadhaar legislation and the legalisation of marijuana.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Plea against J&K politicians dismissed

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Friday declined to entertain a plea seeking direction to the Election Commission to bar Jammu and Kashmir politicians Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti from participating in the Lok Sabha election.A Bench of Justices S. Ravindra Bhat and Prateek Jalan asked the petitioner to move the appropriate forum with his grievance, after which the petition was withdrawn.The plea filed by advocate Sanjjiiv Kkumaar claimed that the recent statements made by three Jammu and Kashmir politicians in public and social media were allegedly seditious.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

In Begusarai, it’s a battle between ‘beta’ and ‘neta’

first_imgOn a sweltering April morning, the carcade of former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar led by motorcycle outriders and a blaring autorickshaw zigzags the narrow lanes of villages in Chhaurahi block of Cheria-Bariyarpur in Begusarai. The golden wheat crops on one side and the sweet corn plants pitched cheek by jowl on the other flank shine in the sun as the caravan plods sluggishly.Mr. Kumar is contesting from the Begusarai parliamentary seat as a CPI candidate against BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh.The 32-year-old leader, an unassuming youth with a boyish face and of average height at 5’6”, is in the battlefield to challenge a heavyweight, the 67-year-old Giriraj Singh, 6’2” tall and always sporting a red dot on his forehead and a hairy knot on the back of the head, and known for his speeches supporting “hard Hindutva”. From a distance it may appear to be a fight between David and Goliath but on the ground it’s a different story. Mr. Kumar apparently has queered the pitch for Mr. Singh with his intense campaign and popularity.Standing in the middle of a shiny red car with an open sunroof, Mr. Kumar greets villagers with folded hands. Hundreds of men, women and children gather on both flanks of the lanes to welcome him.Hasty U-turnHe often wipes out the sweat beads dotting his face and forehead with a white cotton towel. At noon, his caravan stops at a Durga temple in Parora village. Standing in horizontal harmony, the villagers shower him with marigold garlands and offer water. The diagonally set loudspeaker fitted atop the lone autorickshaw blares “Kanhaiya Kumar zindabad”. Mr. Kumar gets down from the car, heads towards the temple but takes a hasty U-turn as someone tells him something in his ear. He cheerfully returns to the villagers, greeting them with his folded hands and flashing a tired smile.The next stop is a mosque in Dumri village. Septuagenarian Mohammed Illiyas comes out of the verandah of his house and shakes hands with Mr. Kumar. His grandsons request Mr. Kumar for a selfie and he obliges them. “This boy should win the election… we all need a neta like him in Parliament,” says Mr. Illiyas. His grandsons look happy with the selfies with the young leader. “Haathi-ghoda palki, jai Kanhaiya lal ki (a village lore),” sings the younger one. The caravan passes through Mahto Tola, Ekamba and other villages without stopping.Hundreds of motorcycle-borne youth wearing red bandanas, scarves, caps, turbans and T-shirts embossed with party symbol “corn and sickle” and Begusarai on them lead Mr. Kumar’s car followed by over a dozen SUVs. Comrade Jayant Kumar and Comrade Amit Kumar cover both gates of the car to protect Mr. Kumar. Comrade Suraj Kumar has been behind the wheel and comrade Saroj Kumar in the backseat ever since Mr. Kumar kicked off his campaign. “Every day we cover at least 100 km, stopping at 38 points, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s been hectic but exciting. Our own Kanhaiya is in the ring,” says Mr. Suraj Kumar. Mr. Saroj Kumar is busy answering incessant phone calls on Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar’s mobile phone on his behalf.Lunch breakAt 4.30 p.m. the carcade stops at the residence of a late comrade, Radha Krishna Yadav, in Pranpura-Bariyara village for lunch. “It’s late but we have something to eat,” the candidate requests everyone.Under a tent, the motorcyclists and other supporters sit cross-legged on the ground to have meal of daal-bhaat-subzi (rice, lentils and vegetables). A tired Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar washes his face and feet at a handpump. His faded purple shirt is dotted with several white sweat lines; his blue jeans scrunches up and the discoloured rubber slippers threaten to part ways. “Aaj garmi bahut jyada hai (Today it’s really hot),” he says and readies to answer a few questions.Your opponents say you’re a “desh drohi (anti-national)”? “Then why is the Election Commission not taking any action against me? These are really loose statements,” he says. Your contender Giriraj Singh is confident of winning. “Then why he took a week’s time to come to Begusarai? Why was he scared of coming here?” How do you find people’s response here? “They say neta nahi, beta chahiye (we need no leader, but our son),” says Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar, who comes from the district while Mr. Singh is from another district, Lakhisarai.Red flagsAt Wazitpur village we bid adieu to Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar’s campaign trail and come out in the grubby town of Begusarai where the roads, lanes and by-lanes are covered with red flags, the CPI’s signature colour. With the sun setting in the sky, music of popular Bhojpuri songs recomposed with lyrics attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his populist policies reverberates in the distance. Amid the cacophony and colour, the air is also thick with cries: “Kanhaiya Kumar zindabad”.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Man allowed to take civil service exam in custody

first_imgThe Delhi High Court has allowed a man lodged in jail, facing prosecution in a murder case, to take the Manipur Civil Service examination. The court said that as the exam is scheduled on May 12, the accused be taken to Imphal by economy flight on Saturday and brought back on May 13. Benzi Takhellambam had sought interim bail saying that he has to take the Manipur Civil Service (Combined) Competitive Preliminary Exams 2019 to be held on May 12 between 10 a.m. and 12 noon, and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Tej Pratap’s bouncers beat up photojournalist in Patna

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav’s private bodyguards on Sunday beat up a photojournalist outside a polling booth for allegedly smashing the windscreen of his car. Mr. Tej Pratap, MLA from Mahua, also filed a police complaint, alleging it was a ploy to kill him.State Chief Electoral Officer H.R. Srinivas has sought a report on the incident from the Patna DM.The incident happened when Mr. Tej Pratap came out of a polling booth located on the Veterinary College premises and cameramen followed him for pictures and bytes. Soon, a freelance photojournalist’s foot allegedly came under the wheels of Mr. Tej Pratap’s car and he lost balance. Moments later, the windscreen of the MLA’s car was found damaged. The bouncers escorting the RJD leader pounced upon the photojournalist and thrashed him while the policemen on duty remained a mute spectator.Later, Mr. Tej Pratap lodged an FIR, alleging it was a “ploy to kill him”. “My bouncers did not beat anyone… when I was leaving a booth some mediapersons surrounded my vehicle and one of them also hit the windscreen of my car which got damaged. It was a ploy to kill me,” he said.“I’m being attacked continuously…this all is planted and there is a conspiracy to kill me,” he said.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Ag Research System Nets $1 Billion

first_imgThe Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) announced today that it has reached the billion-dollar mark. The global network of research centers, which many have long seen as underfunded, has now doubled its budget in 5 years. “It’s great news,” says economist Prabhu Pingali of Cornell University. Despite the greater resources, however, observers say CGIAR still faces fiscal hurdles. The CGIAR system consists of 15 centers, plus an array of gene banks. One of their main goals is to provide small-holder farmers with improved crop varieties and other ways to improve their yields. A reorganization in 2010 aimed to increase the system’s efficiency and make it more appealing to donors. As part of that effort, a new CGIAR fund was created to disperse funds.“That resonated with donors,” says Jonathan Wadsworth, executive secretary of the CGIAR Fund. Wadsworth came to CGIAR in 2011 from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. “I always found it fairly difficult to explain to my bosses how the different parts of the CG system added up to a coherent whole,” he says. “It’s much easier now to fund this organization.”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(*)That’s good news to CGIAR veterans. “The billion dollar budget for the CGIAR should have been reached many years ago,” says Sara Boettiger of the University of California, Berkeley, who this past April retired as chair of CGIAR’s International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico. “It is long overdue.”The beefier budget, however, has not solved a long-standing challenge faced by CG centers: Donors earmark money for specific projects, so the centers’ hands are tied to some extent when it comes to investing in other priorities. And that won’t change much with the new funding. About $350 million of the overall budget is unrestricted but must be spent within existing research programs, Wadsworth says, so very little money will be available for new infrastructure or initiatives. In addition, the overhead rate that CGIAR centers pay to cover administrative costs—which amounts to 15% to 20%—has hindered the ability to invest in new bricks and mortar, adds Emmy Simmons, a Washington, D.C.-based consultant in agricultural development.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Wolves cooperate but dogs submit, study suggests

first_imgFor dog lovers, comparative psychologists Friederike Range and Zsófia Virányi have an unsettling conclusion. Many researchers think that as humans domesticated wolves, they selected for a cooperative nature, resulting in animals keen to pitch in on tasks with humans. But when the two scientists at the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna studied lab-raised dog and wolf packs, they found that wolves were the tolerant, cooperative ones. The dogs, in contrast, formed strict, linear dominance hierarchies that demand obedience from subordinates, Range explained last week at the Animal Behavior Society meeting at Princeton University. As wolves became dogs, she thinks, they were bred for the ability to follow orders and to be dependent on human masters.Range and Virányi developed their new portrayal of dogs and wolves by giving a series of tests to socialized packs of mixed-breed dogs and wolves, four packs of each species, containing anywhere from two to six animals each. The scientists raised all the animals from about 10 days old at the Wolf Science Center in Game Park Ernstbrunn, Austria, living with them 24 hours a day until they were introduced to pack life, so that they were accustomed to humans.Range and her colleagues tested the dogs’ and wolves’ tolerance for their fellow pack members with a mealtime challenge. The researchers paired a high-ranking dog with a low-ranking pack buddy and set out a bowl of food, then gave the same challenge to a pair of wolves. In every matchup, “the higher ranking dog monopolized the food,” Range told the meeting. “But in the wolf tests, both high- and low-ranking animals had access” and were able to chow down at the same time. At times, the more dominant wolves were “mildly aggressive toward their subordinates, but a lower ranking dog won’t even try” when paired with a top dog, Range said. “They don’t dare to challenge.”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(*)Wolves also beat the hounds on tests that assessed whether the canids were able to follow the gaze of their fellows to find food. “They are very cooperative with each other, and when they have a disagreement or must make a group decision, they have a lot of communication or ‘talk’ first,” Range said.  The same was not true for the center’s dog packs; for even the smallest transgression, a higher ranked dog “may react aggressively” toward one that is subordinate.Range and Virányi suspect that the relationship between dogs and humans is hierarchical, with humans as top dogs, rather than cooperative, as in wolf packs. The notion of “dog-human cooperation” needs to be reconsidered, Range said, as well as “the hypotheses that domestication enhanced dogs’ cooperative abilities.” Instead, our ancestors bred dogs for obedience and dependency. “It’s not about having a common goal,” Range said. “It’s about being with us, but without conflict. We tell them something, and they obey.”“It’s wonderful work,” says James Serpell, an ethologist at the University of Pennsylvania. “But it’s not what the dog training community wants to hear; you can’t say the word ‘dominance’ around them. Does dominance exist as a phenomenon in dogs? The answer is clearly ‘yes,’ ” Serpell says, although he notes that there are breed differences. Other researchers, for example, have shown that when in packs, poodles and Labrador retrievers are more aggressive than are malamutes and German shepherds.     Monique Udell, an animal behaviorist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, says her own study of dog and wolf behavior, also presented at the meeting, supports Range’s contention that dogs are waiting for orders. To find out if dogs are “independent problem solvers,” she presented 20 adult dogs (10 pets and 10 from shelters) with sealed containers of summer sausage. Each animal was allotted 2 minutes to open it. Ten captive wolves were given the same test. Not one of the adult dogs succeeded; most did not even try. Meanwhile, eight of the 10 wolves opened the container in less than 2 minutes. So did dog puppies, indicating that dogs are no less capable of the task than wolves, but “as the dog grows and becomes more dependent on its human owner that [independent] behavior is inhibited,” Udell said.Underscoring the point, she found that adult pooches could open the container after all—when their human owner told them to do so. Because dogs “suppress their independence, it’s difficult to know what their normal problem-solving abilities are,” she told the meeting.It may be that we have to give Fido a command to find out.For more on man’s best friend, see the Science News team’s latest coverage of doggy science.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

In Japan, embattled RIKEN chief to step down

first_imgTOKYO—Ryoji Noyori plans to resign as president of RIKEN, the network of Japanese national labs that has spent much of the past year embroiled in a fraud scandal, news outlets here report. A search for a successor is apparently already under way.Noyori, 76, won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2001 and became head of RIKEN in October 2003. He has 3 years remaining in his third 5-year term as president. Various news reports said he was retiring because of his age. But some also mentioned his desire to bring to a close a drawn-out drama over fraudulent papers on stem cells.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(*)In January 2014, a group led by Haruko Obokata of RIKEN’s Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe reported in two papers in Nature to have found a new and simple way to make pluripotent stem cells. The method was dubbed STAP. Little by little over the past year the claims unraveled, as a succession of committees found the papers riddled with manipulated images and plagiarized text and lacking supporting data. Obokata was found guilty of research misconduct. The papers were retracted in July. In December, investigators finally concluded that the so-called STAP cells had never existed. By then, Obokata had resigned and one of the senior authors had committed suicide.The news reports say Noyori will step down by the end of this month.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

Indian Doctors Flown In To Meet UK Staff Shortages

first_imgDoctors from India are being flown in Britain to meet staff shortages in the UK’s state-funded National Health Service (NHS). Related Itemslast_img


December 2, 2019 0

The Deep Roots of Indian Wrestling

first_imgFine performances in recent years aside, Indian wrestlers have been unable to do justice to the sport’s long history in the country Related Itemslast_img


December 2, 2019 0