By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons [Flickr, Argument, January 1, 2009]Military deployment can lead to challenges in maintaining healthy relationships with spouses or partners. In this preliminary study , researchers examined the relationship between a military member’s symptoms of PTSD and the couple’s attachment styles.A total of 20 heterosexual couples (18 of whom were married) were recruited from the Army and National Guard as part of pilot study of stressful couple interactions. To be included in the study, the military member had to have experienced at least one deployment and the partner had to be in a committed relationship with the military member at the time of deployment. Participants (both the military member and their partner) completed surveys to measure PTSD symptoms of the military member and the Multi-Item Measure of Adult Romantic Attachment (MIMARA).In this study, attachment style is considered “the attachment bond that exists within a relationship”. Of 3 attachment styles (secure, avoidant, and anxious/ambivalent), the researchers examined avoidant and anxious/ambivalent styles. Analyses suggest the following:The spouse’s report of the service member’s PTSD symptoms was related to the military member’s avoidant attachment style.The spouse’s report of PTSD symptoms was related to their own avoidant attachment style.While this was a small and preliminary study, it might be helpful for clinicians treating military service members with PTSD to keep in mind the role of attachment behaviors in the relationship, and how this might intersect with both symptoms and treatment.References Frey, L.M., Blackburn, K.M., Werner-Wilson, R.J., Parker, T., & Wood, N.D. (2011). Posttraumatic stress disorder, attachment, and intimate partner violence in a military sample: A preliminary analysis. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 23(3/4), 218-230. doi:10.1080/08952833.2011.604530This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN FamilyDevelopment (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
VLE 4 | Exploring the Impact of Moral Injury on Military FamiliesSession 4Date: September 22ndTime: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EasternLocation: VLE Session 4: Exploring the Impact of Moral Injury on Military FamiliesThis session will be presented by Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D. Dr. Brock is Research Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of the Soul Repair Center. A noted theologian, she has lectured all over the world. During this session, she will be providing information on the concept of moral injury and ways in which it can impact military service members and their families. Join us on September 22nd at 11:00 am Eastern!We will offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. MFLN FD Early Intervention will also be providing Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) CE credits, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.
Photospin/Galyna NovykovaWe had a lively discussion of financial games and activities educators are using to teach financial concepts and lessons in this morning’s webinar, 50 Interactive Personal Finance Learning Activities with Dr. Barbara O’Neill. Here are the activities and resources our participants said they’re using:Financial Games:Idaho Extension financial resources and games, free for educatorsUniversity of Minnesota Youth & Money activities including music and children’s booksSmall Steps to Health & Wealth Youth Bean Game ActivityJeopardyBINGOCase studiesShow & ShareWould You Rather?Million Dollar SailorFutureMe.orgBall Full of SavingsTeaching ConceptsFINRA fund analyzerhowthemarketworks.comThe Credit Score QuizMutual fund screenerFinance-themed Music:Ka-ching by Shania TwainCreating Content:Free program called PicPick to take screenshots. It works great – just make sure to uncheck the boxes trying to get you to install other programs. What resources and activities are you using to teach financial concepts? Please share in the comments.If you missed this morning’s webinar, check the event page to listen to the recording.
There are many benefits to having a light meter. There are even more benefits to a light meter that is also a color meter you can read on your phone.This year at NAB, I came across a booth for a company called Illuminati. They were not a secret underground organization trying to impose a new world order — as their name might suggest — but rather a nice group of folks who have created what just might be my favorite new light/color meter.After a very successful kickstarter campaign, the Illuminati light meter has been out for a bit now, and it works great. I hadn’t heard of it myself until I found them at NAB, and let me be clear, this is not a sponsored post. I bought one for myself about 30 seconds in as they were explaining its functionality to me.At a price point well below most of the competition (usually in the $500 range — or much higher), with both a color meter and an incident-style light meter, this was too good to pass up.This particular meter has a very interesting form factor. I’m not sure how intentional the triangle shape was in relation to the company’s name, but the humor is not lost on me. However, the shape is actually quite functional.The meter itself is made of plastic and features a few little LEDs that flash to signify a successful bluetooth pairing (and other various bits of information). However, you can turn this light off if you don’t want it affecting your shot.A nice little magnetic kickstand comes with the meter — as well as a magnetic back that you can use to attach the device to your shirt or a lanyard. Both are very strong and work great.My favorite aspect of this little light meter is that you can leave it in the scene as you light. I tend to work as a one- or two-man band most of the time, and this device allows me to alter my light intensities and contrast ratios while looking at my phone and dialing in the exact look that I want. Of course, being able to do this without walking back and forth and taking readings is a great thing.The AppThe app has a great dashboard-type screen where you can add or remove meters based on the information that you’d like to see. All at once, you can keep tabs on a video light exposure meter, stills-style light exposure meter, color temperature, and chromaticity. You can even set an alarm in this screen.Each of these will update simultaneously based on the light hitting the meter.You can easily switch between a stills exposure meter or a video exposure meter with the touch of a button. This will switch between a shutter speed readout or a shutter angle readout.In the video meter, you can also change the frame-rate, as well as add ND filter amounts. All of this is super helpful.Perhaps my favorite part of the app is the remarkable color temperature meter. This addition to an already-affordable meter was the main selling point for me.The meter gives you a graph of the current color temperature of your light. However, it also contains presets of nearly every major lighting gel company that will provide new nodes on the graph, showing you what change in color temperature would result from using that particular gel. For instance, you’ll know how far a full CTB (color temperature blue) will push your light before you ever put it on the light itself.The app also includes chromaticity, which is a great tool for measuring the quality of the light hitting the meter.Now you no longer need to rely on camera tests and manufacturer information to tell you the lux and footcandles of the lights that you’re using. You can also keep track of the magenta and green shift.No more fretting over CRI. You’ll know exactly how to correct your lights for magenta or green shift.If you’re in the market for a light meter, I strongly suggest this one — especially if you’re just learning how and why to use them and you want something good to start with. However, this meter is a great option for beginners and experts alike.So far, it seems to do everything I need a light meter to do — with the added benefits bluetooth-capability and a robust color meter.Looking for more industry news? Check out these articles.NAB 2018: Panasonic Shows Off The EVA1’s Low-Light PerformanceNAB 2018 Announcement: Manfrotto Gear Sets Filmmakers FreeNAB 2018: The New Zeiss CP.3 Lens Line Is HereNAB 2018 Announcement: Meet Sigma’s 14-24mm f/2.8 Art LensNAB 2018: Aputure Upgrades Their Beloved 120d LED
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now I remember how my old man “taught” me to swim. He launched me into the deep end of the swimming pool. I think I was four years old. I replaced the water I was taking in through my mouth and nose with tears as I struggled to tread water. By the time I paddled over to the side, I was over the shock. And I was over my fear of the water. I still couldn’t swim, but I was in the water tooling around.You don’t learn to swim by reading books about swimming. You learn to swim by getting in the water, struggling against yourself, and struggling against the water. Swimming is completely unnatural. Until you learn to swim.You can’t learn to ride a bicycle by reading a How To book on cycling. You have to throw your leg over the bicycle and start riding. You have to struggle against yourself, against gravity, and find your balance. You fall over and skin your hands and knees from time to time. Then your up on the bike, and in my case, free at last.Experience is a great, if sometimes brutal, teacher.Experience is a Great (and Brutal) TeacherThink about experience as a teacher. Would you allow a heart surgeon to perform your heart surgery having read all of the books but never having opened a chest?You don’t learn to sell by reading a book. You learn to sell by trying to win clients, struggling against yourself, and bumping up against the challenges that brings. You learn to sell by studying your wins, and by taking lessons from your losses.You learn from your experiences. You can’t learn to sell by reading books.Books are Great (and Forgiving) TeachersYou can’t learn to sell by reading books. You can only learn to sell a lot better by reading books.Reading exposes you to the ideas and principles to go along with your experience. Reading provides you with a greater understanding of why what’s working for you works, and it helps you understand why what’s not working isn’t.When you combine reading with your experience, you are able to uncover ideas, to connect them to your experience, and to make distinctions. You get new ideas to incorporate into your sales game. And, you can learn from other people’s mistakes, saving you from having to learn by repeating what someone else has already learned for you.You learn to sell through experience. You learn to sell better by combining your experience with reading and studying.QuestionsHow did you learn to sell?What were the toughest lessons experience doled out?What have you learned from experience that isn’t found in any book?What have you learned by reading after you had some experience?
If you treat the people that work within your four walls as if they are a transaction, they will follow suit. They will treat your clients as if they are transacting, and they will treat each other as transactions. If you infuse their experience with meaning and purpose, then they will treat the work they do for your clients as if their work is meaningful and purposeful.If you treat the people that work for you or with you as if money is what is most important, then you can expect them to treat everything as if money is what is at issue. If you treat people as if they are a line on your expense report, then they will work like all they are is a line on your expense report. But if you treat them like the single most important asset you have for producing results (and they are), then they will respond in kind, giving you their best performance.People aren’t transactions. Money isn’t the greatest value a business can create.If you build a transactional culture, that transactional culture will impact every aspect of your business, including your client relationships. If you want to avoid being transactional, start first inside your own organization. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
Managing oneself well isn’t easy.One CEO I know and work with keeps a small clock in front of him and the person he is meeting with at all times. If he is having a one-hour meeting, the meeting lasts for exactly one hour. This CEO is polite. He is professional. He is disciplined. He is structured. And he is rigid when it comes to his time. He is also overworked and under enough stress that his health suffers from time to time.I know another CEO, who is perpetually late. Not only does he show up late for meetings that he called, but he also misses meetings that other people have scheduled with him. He exercises little control over his calendar, and less control over himself. He is also overworked and stressed out.Too Much To ControlThe first CEO is doing too much. It feels to him like he has everything under control. But control is an illusion. His grip is too tight, and what slips through his fingers is often his health.What this CEO needs more than anything is margin. He needs to loosen up the control and give himself space to breathe. That space is not wasted; it’s room to reflect and be creative. It’s room to meditate, renew and recharge.Neither the mind or the body is like an engine that can run endlessly. Too much is a recipe for burnout.Too Little ControlLiving in a reactive mode is no better. Not only can you end up doing too much, but you can also end up doing too much poorly. Worse still, you can end up doing work that you shouldn’t be doing it all.The problem with living in a reactive mode is that by exercising too little control, you never invest enough time in the most important, most strategic, and most meaningful work that you should be doing.Without control, you miss commitments, and you damage relationships.BalanceOne of the keys to getting things done is to have a careful balance between controlling your calendar and your work while leaving room for yourself and other people.It might feel like the blank spaces on your calendar should all be filled with something, but that would crowd out the time you need to recharge, renew, and respond to people who need your help.Managing oneself well isn’t about too much control or too little control. It’s about making strategic decisions to do some things and not to do others.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now The eyes are funny things. The retinas project impulses from the optic nerve to the brain, where images are processed–and their meaning determined. Two people with good vision can look at exactly the same thing and see something completely different. One person can look at clouds and see that rain is coming, believing that rain will ruin their summer day. Another person will see that same rain as something positive, being necessary for flowers and other flora to bloom and grow. The single event is interpreted differently.If you look to find people who are mean, hurtful, hateful, and cruel, you will have no trouble finding them. If this is what you look for, it will not be your eyes that are to blame for showing you a world that is a dark place. It will not be an accurate picture of the world you live in either. Instead, it will be about your mindset and your beliefs about human beings.There are others who see people who are kind, helpful, compassionate, and generous. To them, the world is a place of light and abundance. Their mindsets and their beliefs cause them to see something very different. You may argue that this is not an accurate view either, as there are some people who are cruel, and mean, and there is injustice in the world.What it is that you look for will determine the quality of your life and your experience, making it dangerous to look for only the negative in the world. Ever since it started spinning, the world has been full of light and darkness, good and evil, Spring and Winter, high tide and low tide, feast and famine, one being necessary to appreciate the other.Because this is a ride where you are given a single ticket, it is no good to waste your time looking for everything wrong with the world, and instead look for what is right in it (of which there is far more). By looking for what is good you will find it, and where you bump up against things that you believe should be different, use your power to make a difference where you can, in your little corner of the world. Even though it won’t be enough to make the world perfect, your improvements will make a difference.We look for evidence to confirm what we believe to be true. If you look for the negative, you will find it. If you look for the positive, it will be clearly visible to you.
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The CRM doesn’t get near the respect it deserves. Far too many salespeople believe that the only purpose it serves is to act as Big Brother, watching their even move, monitoring what they are doing—and more often, what they are not doing (as a quick aside, if you have low activity and poor results, no one needs a CRM to know this is true). An equal number of sales managers believe that the CRM’s primary purpose is to provide an accurate forecast (there is a certain truth here, but another truth is that sales managers describe their approach as data-driven and spend more time behind a dashboard—far away from the Ground Truth).Before the CRM, contacts were kept in a Rolodex, a horrible place to keep your contacts, but better than almost any alternative. If you were sophisticated, you kept business cards in a leather binder, in alphabetical order, of course. Deals were kept on index cards, in binders, or in a spreadsheet. You had information in different places, with different data about individuals in different places. You had business cards in one place, your personal phone book in another, deals in yet another, and notes all over the place (on index cards, napkins, the clean side of a paper with printing on the other, or on a business card). If you had any insight or a new article about the company or a person, it went in to a manila folder, separate from everything else.The CRM is not Big Brother, and though there are sales managers who want to use it to ensure their salespeople are doing the work of selling. Its primary role is not to allow for an accurate forecast, even though that may be a benefit that accrues to those who use their CRM well. The primary role of a CRM is to manage your relationships with your clients and your prospects, creating a record of everything note-worthy, including the opportunities you pursue with them.If you were to leave your company today and take only one thing with you, it would be a copy of all your contacts. You would want their phone numbers, their email addresses, and the record of your communication. If you had to start over, you’d want to start over with the relationships you have built. You want the knowledge and insight you gathered over the course of years.As a thought experiment, let’s pretend that someone accidentally deleted all of the opportunities in your CRM. Everything was lost, including the opportunities themselves, and every note on every client meeting, as well as every document and communication ever shared between you and the people you were working with or whose business you were pursuing. You are now left with only what you remember about each opportunity.If you want to learn to love your CRM, you need to be as selfish as possible when using it. You need to treat it as the record of your relationships and a place for you to store all the knowledge you have gained someplace better than your memory, which is limited and increasingly unreliable over time. By making your CRM your outboard brain, you relieve your mind of having to remember everything you need to know to compete and win and serve your clients, freeing your mind up for more important and more creative work.The CRM is a powerful tool in the hands of those who use it well—and selfishly.
The following sales strategies are generally underrated, overlooked, or ignored. In some cases, they are highly unpopular in a world that is enamored with transactions, immediate gratification, and technologies that promise efficiency, a promise that is mostly a lie. These four strategies are also battle-tested, which is to say, have passed the test and created a competitive advantage.When you sell, you are trying to create a preference to work with you and your team, excluding your competition. What I mean when I write about value creation is your approach, your strategy, and your ability to be consultative.Shaping the Client’s ViewSadly, the sales profession is falling behind when it comes to shaping the client’s view of their problem and the potential solutions. Those who struggle still hold on to the belief that they are going to win large, complex B2B sales by relying on their company’s reputation and their solution. While these things may provide some small benefit, they do nothing to shape the prospective client’s understanding of their problem, what exactly they should do about it, or how they should go about changing.You shape the primary question the client is asking by providing context that modifies the lens through which they view their problem, challenge, or opportunity (see Eat Their Lunch, Chapter 2) Can you help them make sense of their world and their business? Can you help them understand what their choices are and why they should choose one course of action over others?Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchWe resist doing hard things.Having a Physical PresenceMost salespeople—and the sales organizations for whom they work—are not interested in the strategy of showing up. The desire to be efficient with time, our changing communication preferences, and our desire to transact (i.e., Amazon.com), has salespeople mistakenly believing they can have the sales conversation over email.At the very time I am writing these words, a salesperson I know has a scheduled meeting with a prospect in their prospect’s home office. She is meeting with them on her vacation. No one else competing for this business will have visited the client in their home office. What do you believe her chances of winning might be?There is a tremendous competitive advantage to having a physical presence. You show you care enough to come and learn about the client and their needs. You get to meet the people who are making the decision, and you get to understand what they want from you. Even more, they get to see you writing down what they say, an indication that you are going to try to give them what they want.The approach here is the opposite of what we might describe as the pen pal theory of selling.Stealing TimeThis approach is underrated, and mainly because there is little will to have a physical presence. Your prospective client is going to spend time with a few salespeople or sales organizations. Unless you are in an RFP and limited to one hour to sell (strategy here), you are competing for time.My friends at Gartner shared with me that buyers spend something like 18% of their time working on a purchase with salespeople. Generally, each sales organization gets something like 6% of their time. The more time you command, the more time you have to sell effectively and create a preference to work with you.In all things, you want an asymmetrical advantage. If you could double the time you spend with the client, you create a competitive advantage. You might also limit the time they have for your competitors. The strategy here is very much like clock management in a football game; if I have the control of the ball, I can keep you on defense and prevent you from scoring.Defining or Revising the ProcessWho controls the process wins. My second book, The Lost Art of Closing, is about controlling the process and ensuring your dream client makes and keeps the commitments necessary for making a good decision. The book is practical and tactical, even if the word “closing” frightens people into believing it is an old school, Glengarry Glenn Ross approach (it is, in fact, quite the opposite).No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. When you are selling, you are helping your prospective client with a better outcome. Much of the time, they don’t know what they need to do or why they need to do it. So, they skip some of the commitments. They try to accelerate the process by having a single meeting and asking for a proposal, even though there are other conversations and decisions they need to have first.The person who can define the process—or revise it—creates a competitive advantage. If your competitors are not having the same conversations and are operating from a model that suggests they follow the client’s lead, you create a gap between their experience with you and their experience with your competition.Executing the 4 StrategiesIt is unlikely that these strategies conflict with your sales process. Nor will they lessen the effectiveness of any of your sales methodologies. You won’t hear complaints from your sales manager (with the execution of a more considerable expense report from trips to meet clients), nor will your dream clients gripe about you spending time with them or helping them solve their problems.What’s difficult about these strategies is changing your behaviors and doing the work. 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Five policemen were killed and four others injured late on Sunday night when a truck, allegedly loaded with illegal liquor bottles, hit them and sped away in Muzaffarpurt district of Bihar.The incident happened when a police team, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Krishna Murari Prasad, was on a search operation at Akuraha Dhala, under the Panapur police outpost.“Five police officials died on the spot after a speeding container truck hit them and four others, including Deputy Superintendent of Police Krishna Murari Prasad and Panapur outpost incharge Dhurvanath Jha were injured”, said Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of police Vivek Kumar.The condition of the injured in a local hospital at Bairiya in Muzaffarpur was stated to be critical.On a tip-off that a big consignment of illegal liquor was to cross the Akuraha Dhal under Panapur, the policemen, part of a search team, were making a vehicular check.“A speeding container truck was seen coming and when the policemen signalled it to stop, its driver increased the speed, mowed them down and sped away”, said a police official.The injured were taken to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital but five of them declared brought dead. Other four injured were later admitted to a private hospital.In dry Bihar, illegal liquor trade has become a thriving business. Lakhs of liters of the brew were seized in the State since April 2016 and over 60,000 people arrested.In April last year, the government effected a stringent prohibition law.Everyday illegal liquor bottles are being seized even in the state capital, Patna.“In dry Bihar, it has given a new employment for the criminals and youths to funnel liquor bottles from the neighboring States…policemen too have got an easier and thriving way to earn money…it has become a two-way business in the Sate”, a young businessman of Patna told The Hindu.Leaving law and order problems aside, policemen these days appeared more concerned and alert over any information regarding illegal liquor supply, he noted.Many policemen have been suspended for not taking action against illegal liquor mafias.
The first transgender is set to join the police force in Rajasthan following an order of the High Court, which has directed the State government to appoint 24-year old Ganga Kumari as a constable within six weeks. Her appointment will be made with retrospective effect from 2015 for the purpose of seniority and service benefits.Ganga Kumari was denied the post in 2015, despite her selection as per the due procedure, because of her gender and the reported lack of clarity of rules. After she passed the recruitment exam for police constables, her appointment was held up following her medical test which revealed her gender.Justice Dinesh Mehta at the High Court’s principal seat in Jodhpur ruled on Monday that no citizen could be discriminated against on the basis of gender and passed an order for her appointment within six week. The court stated that the denial of appointment to Ganga Kumari was an instance of “gender bias.”Ganga Kumari, a resident of Jakhari village in Jalore district, completed her college education from Raniwara town. She was the first transgender to clear the written examination and physical test for recruitment of police constables in the State.
More than 70% votes were polled in the crucial bypolls held for the Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency in Howrah district and Noapara Assembly seat in North 24 Paraganas on Monday.“Till 5 p.m., 76% votes were polled in Uluberia while Noapara recorded a polling of 75.4% votes,” a senior Election Commission official said. The polls were by and large peaceful and no major incidents of violence took place.“We have not received any complaints of large-scale violence. As for other complaints received during the day, appropriate action was initiated,” the official told The Hindu.The Opposition parties, however, alleged that the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) resorted to “large-scale rigging and violence” to terrorise the voters and workers of rival parties. TMC leadership denied the allegations.“TMC’s strong-arm tactics made the Uluberia bypoll a farce. Five of our workers have been hospitalised in critical condition after they were assaulted by the TMC goons,” BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said. CPI(M) candidate in Uluberia Sabiruddin Molla alleged that his party workers were attacked by TMC workers since Sunday night and at least 15 of them were injured.
A day after Punjabi singer Parmish Verma was shot at in Mohali, the Punjab police on Sunday said they were not ruling out an extortion angle in the crime.The police have arrested a youth, identified as Happy from the Baddi area of neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, in connection with the shooting. “Although he does not seem to have a direct link in the crime, we are interrogating him for leads… It is too early to say anything now,” Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Chahal told The Hindu.Mr. Chahal said the police were investigating all angles. “Demand of protection money by gangsters is something we can’t rule out. However, any conclusion at this moment would be too premature,” he said. Gun seized“We found a .30 bore gun at the crime scene. The accused had fired six shots with it at the singer and his friend Kulwant Singh,” he said, adding that both are out of danger and stable. Parmish and his friend had sustained injuries and were admitted to a local hospital in Mohali. Mr. Kulwant in his statement to the police said that while he and Parmish were returning home on Friday night, five persons from an SUV opened fire at them. “We were both hit in our legs. We sped away in our car as they continued firing at us,” Mr. Kulwant said. The police have registered a case of attempt to murder besides other Sections of the IPC. Also Sections of the Arms Act have been evoked.
A 55-year-old worker, who got stuck in a narrow water supply pipe here on Thursday morning, was rescued after almost seven hours of struggle by teams from Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force and the fire department.The worker, identified as Pranakrushna Muduli of Deulasahi colony in Cuttack, was rushed to a hospital where his condition was stated to be normal, said district emergency officer Prabodh Rout.Sudden water discharge Eyewitnesses said Muduli was clearing some blockage inside the 2.5 ft wide pipe near Tulasipur pump house here around 7.30 a.m. when all of a sudden water started gushing into the pipe pushing him deep inside, trapped under thick concrete. A pump house staff, not knowing that a worker was inside the pipe, had switched on the pump.Civil authorities soon requisitioned the services of ODRAF and fire brigade personnel. Reaching the spot, the rescue teams established contact with Muduli, who by that time had slipped more than 20 ft deep into the pipeline. While the concrete around the pipe was being removed, the personnel kept continuous contact with Muduli. “After struggling for nearly seven hours to remove the concrete around the pipeline, we rescued the worker around 3 p.m. He appeared very nervous and shocked being trapped inside the pipeline for so many hours,” said the district chief fire officer Sukant Sethy. The rescue operation was monitored by District Collector Sushant Mohapatra, who ordered a departmental probe into the incident.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear the son of Rebati Phukan, a peace-negotiator between the government and separatist organisation United Liberation Front of Assam, who has been missing since April 22.A Vacation Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Mohan M. Shantanagoudar will examine the plea of Kaushik Phukan, who has filed a habeas corpus plea to know the whereabouts of his missing father.Mr. Phukan said the local police has been at best, lethargic, in their attitude towards finding his father, and sought an investigation by the CBI or a Special Investigation Team.Senior advocate Geeta Luthra, appearing for Mr. Phukan, mentioned the matter for immediate hearing before the Vacation Bench.“He [Rebati] has been missing since April 22 and despite the lodging of an FIR to trace his whereabouts, no proactive steps have been taken till date … It is suspected that he may be in the custody of the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing, Military Intelligence or NIA as they have a rivalry among them,” the petition said. Mr. Rebati Phukan was appointed a member of the People’s Consultative Group formed by the ULFA in 2005 to mediate between the separatist outfit and the Centre.
Ahead of the Jammu & Kashmir panchayat elections to be held in nine phases from Saturday, the security forces have stepped up their operations. During the 30 days since the culmination of the election to the urban local bodies on October 16, the forces killed 35 militants, especially in the volatile south Kashmir. According to police data, security agencies stepped up their operations against militants “to dent their striking capabilities in the run-up to the elections and blunt any bid to intimidate contestants”. The figures suggested that two to five major operations were carried out almost daily “to keep militants at bay and on the run”.Checkpoints were set up at crucial locations to “thwart militant movement,” a police official said.“Even capital Srinagar saw two major operations in the past one month, leaving four militants dead, including LeT’s Mehraj-ud-Din Bangroo, alias Asif, and Sabzar Sofi, both militant strategists,” said a senior police official of the counter-insurgency cell.Ten civilians and five security personnel also lost their lives during these operations. The impact of the drive was evident as militants “made no major bid to derail the panchayat polls in the State so far”. The BJP said the killing of the BJP State secretary Anil Parihar and his brother on November 1 in Kishtwar was aimed at “derailing the polls”.The first four phases of the election will see 4,218 contestants fighting for 2,088 sarpanch halqas. A total of 20,743 candidates are contesting 16,077 panch seats. For the first phase, 427 candidates are in the fray for 536 sarpanch halqas and 5,951 for 4,048 panch wards.There are 4,483 panchayat halqas and 35,029 panch constituencies in J&K and the polls will conclude on December 11. The last panchayat elections were held in 2011 after a gap of 10 years. The term of the panchayats ended in July 2016. The elections were repeatedly deferred due to the volatile situation in Kashmir.A total of 58,54,208 voters are registered for the polls.The National Conference, which along with the Peoples Democratic Party, stayed away from the civic polls, said it would boycott the panchayat polls too.“Remarks of Union minister Dr Jitendra Singh on NC staying away from the recent polls reflected sheer panic. The NC working committee decided to stay away from polls was limited to civic bodies and panchayat elections. The decision had nothing to do with Assembly or Parliament elections,” said NC provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani.“We will fight to win forthcoming elections so as to defend Article 35A and Article 370 and to prevent BJP from installing its proxies via the back door as they have started doing. We have already requested Governor S.P. Malik to plead for deferment on next hearing of Article 35 A in Supreme Court till the formation of a popular government in the State. And he has principally agreed to our suggestion,” said Mr. Wani.Separatists call for boycottHurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while addressing the devotees at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on Friday, said his party was for democracy but the current election process is just a military exercise.“People have time and again rejected every election thrust on them with a view to dilute the disputed nature of Kashmir. Kashmir will once again reject the sham polls commencing from November 17 in the same way they out rightly rejected the Urban Local Body polls and send a message to one and all that people of Kashmir reject farcical exercises,” said the Mirwaiz.In a joint call, all top separatist leaders have called for a poll boycott. “No one is averse to elections, it is an established democratic practice across the globe where people exercise their choice and decide who and how they want to be ruled but in Kashmir that is not the case. It is used as a means to continue forced rule,” he added.
National spokesperson of Congress Randeep Singh Surjewala on Saturday said that the ailing Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar knows a “whole lot of things” about the Rafale fighter jet deal. At a press conference at the Congress headquarters in Goa, Mr. Surjewala, on Saturday said that as he was the Defence Minister when the deal was being worked out, Mr. Parrikar had “refused to endorse the completely conspiratorial decision to enrich Dassault Aviation at the cost of State exchequer”. Goa Pradesh Congress president Girish Chodankar has repeatedly alleged that the BJP’s national president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were unable to get Mr. Parrikar to resign despite his severe illness because he knew several secrets about the Rafale deal. Mr. Surjewala further claimed that Mr. Parrikar had on several occasions resisted the Prime Minister‘s attempts to inflate the benchmark price for the purchase of Rafale jets from France’s Dassault Aviation. “The file was sent to Mr. Parrikar. He refused to endorse the higher price of 8.2 billion euros. He took it to Defence Acquisition Council which was then headed by him and the three service chiefs. They also refused to endorse the increase of three billion euros,” he said.On the issue of transparency over the health affairs of persons in public life, Mr. Surjewala said that while Mr. Parrikar was a Chief Minister of a State, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi was neither a Prime Minister nor was she holding a Cabinet post when she had suffered from illness. He said that only those in position of power, especially as heads of State, should disclose the nature of their affliction in public interest.“The administration that has come to a standstill due to Mr. Parrikar’s absence,” Mr. Surjewala said. He demanded the convening of a special session of the Goa Assembly and dared the BJP-led coalition government in Goa to prove its majority in a floor test. “We are going to nationally put pressure on the BJP. If necessary, we will move the President. We will also raise the issue in the forthcoming winter session of the Parliament,” he said. As of today, the ruling BJP and the Congress have 12 MLAs each in the truncated House of 38 after two Congress MLAs resigned last month to join the BJP. The government has 12 MLAs from BJP, three each from the Maharashtrwadi Gomantak Party and the Goa Forward Party and three Independents.
The “jobless growth” has slipped into “job-loss growth”, which, together with rural indebtedness and urban chaos, has made the growing number of aspirational youths restless, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday, as he hit out at the government for failing to uplift the economy to its potential.Dr. Singh asserted that the domestic challenges of India’s economy were daunting in their complexity and devastating in their impact on society.In his convocation address at the Delhi School of Management, Dr. Singh said the “grave agrarian crisis, the declining employment opportunities, the pervasive environmental degradation, and above all the divisive forces at work” were some of the challenges facing the nation.“Suicides of farmers and frequent farmer agitations reflect the structural imbalances in our economy which call for serious in-depth analysis and political will to address them,” he asserted. “The jobless growth slipping into job-loss growth, together with rural indebtedness and urban chaos have made the growing aspirational youths restless,” he said.‘Disastrous, slipshod’ The attempts at creating additional job opportunities in the industrial sector have failed as industrial growth was not picking up fast enough, he alleged. In a scathing attack on the government, Dr. Singh said the small and unorganised sectors which were vibrant and contributing to generation of wealth and employment opportunities have grievously suffered in the wake of the “disastrous” demonetisation and “slipshod” introduction and implementation of the GST.
Lingaraj Azad, convener of Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti (NSS), who was arrested last week, was granted bail by a local court in Kalahandi district on Monday.“We are happy that Mr. Azad, who was arrested on flimsy grounds, will be released from jail,” said activist Prafulla Samantara, who met Governor Ganeshi Lal here to seek his intervention on the police and administration’s “illogical” actions.Mr. Azad had been charged for leading a demonstration outside the Vedanta alumina refinery at Lanjigarh on the foothills of Niyamgiri in April 2017 and for a demonstration outside the India Reserve Battalion camp at Trilochanpur village last month. The activist was earlier granted bail in the Lanjigarh case while the court granted him bail in the Trilochanpur case on Monday.Earlier in the day, a group of Dongria Kondhs, a tribal group, who had rejected a bauxite mining proposal through their gram sabhas in Niyamgiri in 2013, came to Bhubaneswar to express solidarity with Mr. Azad. ‘Peaceful protest’“The decision to arrest Mr. Azad was an atrocious one. We have been peacefully protesting against attempts to start mining in Niyamgiri Hills. The government wants to bully us through indiscriminate arrests. The police had also slapped fabricated cases against me and Lada Sikaka, NSS chief,” said Dadhi Pusika, a Dongria Kondh community leader. He was part of the delegation that met the Governor.The delegation urged Mr. Lal to order an impartial inquiry into police actions against the NSS leadership and Dongria Kondh tribes.Mr. Azad was named as a sympathiser of banned outfit CPI(Maoist), which has been waging an armed rebellion against the government, in a statement released by the State police after his arrest on March 6. He was also accused of disturbing the poll process.