Tweets you can use to share this episodeWhy you need to build a platform before you need the platform ~ Chris BroganClick To TweetWhy contrast is a powerful part of your impact, with Chris Brogan on this episodeClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:08 — 17.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSEverybody out there in the sales arena or in the online space is looking to have an impact. For some, that means making lots of money for themselves, but for those who are truly in it to be of benefit to others, there are some great opportunities in the modern age. Today’s guest, Chris Brogan, is one of the few people who has taken the time to truly observe what is going on and figure out how it works to the advantage of sales professionals and consumers alike. You will enjoy this conversation between Anthony and Chris as they unpack his new book, “The Impact Equation.” The Impact Equation with Chris Brogan – Episode 1Click To TweetWhy contrast is a powerful part of your impact.With the rise of the internet, every market of products and services is becoming more and more crowded every day. If you were going to stand out it is going to require you to create some sort of contrast that makes a difference to your customer. One of the points and Chris broke his new book, “The Impact Equation,” is that contrast is vital to making an impact in the modern era. You can hear help Chris describes the concept of contrast and how he suggest you can go about creating a contrast that matters.Your difference has to be a difference that makes a difference to your clientWhen you think through the issue of how you were going to differentiate your product or service from the competition you need to be sure that you’re not just resorting to a gimmick. The contrast you highlight between yourself and your competition has to be a difference that makes a difference to your client or customer. That is how you speak their language in a way that highlights how you benefit them in a way that your competition does not. You can hear Chris Brogan speak about this issue of contrast on this episode of In The Arena.Your difference has to be a difference that makes a difference to your clientClick To TweetWhy you need to build a platform before you need the platform.Every sales professional or business person needs the benefits that come from having a personal platform. Chris Brogan is convinced that every person needs to build a platform before they actually need it. His belief is that you are able to provide precursors to your products or services that will lead your ideal clients into a business relationship with you over time. But you can’t do that if you don’t have a platform where you are able to produce content and those valuable resources that your pre-customers need. You could hear how Chris goes about doing that on this episode and learn some things that will help you but your own platform into place.How social media is like free mind readingMost sales people or business professionals think of social media as the place where they shout about what they have to offer. But Chris Brogan sees that from the other side of the fence. He believes that social media is a great tool for customer research and observation. Everyone is telling about their own life, they’re on it, and their own needs for the entire world to see. It’s a great way to become attuned to the very people you want to sell your products and services to, which in turn enables you to position your products and services to be the answer to the needs they are expressing.How social media is like free mind reading ~ from Chris BroganClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Chris Brogan and why he’s on the show today. What brought Chris to write his book, “The Impact Equation.” The idea of “picking yourself” and why everyone needs to do it. What contrast has to do with the impact you’re able to make. What “Echo” means and why it’s important. What role does vulnerability play in relating to your customers? Why you need to build the platform before you need the platform.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.HBWay.com/NL – get Chris Brogan’s newsletter0470635495 1591844908 The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
The hangover from the recession is, unfortunately, still with us. Just like the Great Depression, the Great Recession has left a lot of people with deep psychological scarring. Let’s call it “Post Traumatic Recessionary Stress Disorder.”After the Great Depression, people changed their habits. They were much more frugal. They were always concerned that the next Great Depression was lurking right around the corner. My grandmother used to say, “You didn’t live through the Depression,” and “Roosevelt saved this country,” (causing my libertarian sensibilities chafe, but that’s another story). That’s what people are going to say about this recession, too.What’s Old Is What’s NeededA lot of your buyers are still reeling from the Great Recession, even five years on. They are still afraid to take risks, and many still believe that we are in the middle of a recession, even though, with the exception of 2009, the economy has grown every year. In 2008, the economy was 14.7 trillion dollars. Now it’s 16.2 trillion dollars, and many companies have better balance sheets and more profits than they did before the recession. But they’re still afraid to buy.If you want to help your dream client move forward, you need to work on building trust. They need to know that you are going to be there for them. Caring is what trust is built on.If you want to help your dream clients make the right investments now, you have to provide them with evidence that you are going to produce results, that you are going to be accountable.You have to help your prospective clients overcome their fear and move forward. This requires presence, patience, and the reassurance that they are going to get the benefit of their bargain.What’s needed now is the old stuff, like caring, trust, good counsel, accountability, and a partner-minded approach. That’s what has always driven out fear—and with it Post Traumatic Recessionary Stress Disorder.
New school thinks prospecting is sending an email. New school doesn’t follow up on that email. Old school believes prospecting is cold calling and following up with an email.New school thinks social media is where relationships are made. Old school thinks that face-to-face meetings in real life are where relationships are made.New school spends time behind the screen. Old school spends time in front of clients.New school thinks that inbound marketing should drive lead generation. Old school doesn’t believe in waiting to have leads delivered.New school thinks the demo is the thing. Old school thinks the conversation with their dream client is where the action is.New school thinks value is reducing friction in the purchasing process, that it is in making things more transactional. Old school believes that the value is in delivering a higher level of value and delivering strategic outcomes.New school doesn’t want to bother anybody. Old school doesn’t believe that helping people is bothering them.New school doesn’t want to ask their prospective client for a commitment. Old school knows that selling is linking together conversations and commitments.New school believes building a company is about acquiring investors. Old school believes that building a company is about acquiring paid customers.New school wishes selling was easier. Old school works to improve themselves.Follow the old school rules. Old school rules. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
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 Trey was the manager of the kitchen in the small, boutique hotel where I worked when I was 17. I had been washing dishes there for some time, he needed someone to cook, and I was moved into that role.It wasn’t very difficult to learn to cook everything on our dinner menu because there were only two choices, filet mignon or shrimp scampi. The only time I had trouble and had call for help was when a customer ordered steak “Pittsburgh rare” (I was told to burn the outside to a crisp as fast as possible, leaving the inside rare as can be).One day, I was asked to bus tables and carry trays at a luncheon for the executives that worked at the Busch brewery across the street. It was a large party, and as such, the tip would be enormous. Joe, the bartender, and Brenda, the waitress, asked me to help them work the party, offering me a third of the tip. That was going to be more than $300 for a few hours work.Trey would have none of it. He told me that if I worked the party, I would be fired. He wasn’t going to allow them to share their tip with me. I asked why I would be fired, and he told me he wouldn’t permit it, despite the fact that I wasn’t scheduled to work, and it had nothing to do with him. He told me that if I worked and took the tip, my time there would be over.I worked the lunch meeting. I wasn’t going to miss out on $300 for a couple hours work, and I doubted he would fire me. I was wrong.When lunch was finished, and the executives were still meeting, Joe handed me my $300. Trey watched me collect the money, and in the room where the executives were still meeting, he said, “You’re fired.” I took off my apron and threw it in his face, and then I said a very few, very unkind words. I was 17 years old. I was pig-headed. And I never did well with bullies.The Human Resources department called me to tell me how sorry they were, but because of the words I used to express my unhappiness with Trey firing me, they could not bring me back. The truth is, I could have handled this better. But it didn’t matter. There was no way I was going to work for someone so arbitrarily unfair or jealous.You are going to encounter people who treat you unfairly, and some that may try to bully you. Sometimes you have to stand your ground, even when you are going to pay the price for doing so. You will never regret standing up for yourself, but you will regret being cowed into submitting to bullies and poor leaders.
Ahmedabad Police filed a case against Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel and 60 others based on a complaint filed by a BJP councillor in Ahmedabad. “The FIR has been filed against Hardik and 60 others by a BJP councillor of Ramol area,” said Varun Patel, spokesman of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAA) that spearheads a statewide agitation seeking quotas for the Patidars. “The police have also detained over a dozen activists including Geetaben Patel, a local activist associated with PAAS,” Mr Patel added. He claimed that he had no idea what charges the cops have slapped against the PAAS workers and activists. “We are going to the police station at 3pm to get the details,” he added.
NAGPUR: Union Minister of Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari on Sunday conceded that the GST (Goods and Service Tax) rollout could witness initial hiccups, but said the government was pragmatic and open to suggestions.Speaking on ‘GST and Indian Economy’ in his constituency, Nagpur, Mr. Gadkari hailed the GST as “the biggest economic reform since Independence”. “We want to accelerate our country’s growth and fulfil the Prime Minister’s dream of double-digit growth. The GST will end red-tapism and corruption,” he said. He said “licence and inspector raj” troubled many people. “With GST, the concept of ‘one country, one tax’ has become a reality, which will give a big boost to the Indian economy. But less than 1% of the population pays tax. There are many misconceptions (about GST). Some doubts are natural in the initial phase, which is why the Prime Minister has asked us to go to the people and explain the tax to them. If you don’t communicate properly about the good work that you are doing, it may create problems.”On the ease of doing business, Mr.Gadkari said a high number of laws increases corruption. “Around 164 countries have GST in place. This tax reform is going to be highly beneficial to Nagpur, as it is going to be a logistics hub. The tax revenue of Maharashtra will also increase by 25% … There will be attempts to look for loopholes, but it will be difficult as the entire system will be computerised … There are ‘experts’ who will advise about loopholes, but remember even Charted Accountants have gone to jail. Better to accept this simple system, which has done away with 17 taxes and 22 cess. Is this not a relief?” he asked.
The Goa RTI Forum has denounced alleged attempts by government authorities to crack down on Right to Information activists. The forum opposed the probes launched against RTI activist and government officer Kashinath Shetye for filing PILs seeking action against the government for environmental violations and corruption.Ganpat Kurtikar, Secretary, Goa RTI Forum, said on Monday that the members of the forum reiterated the right of government servants to file PILs. Mr. Kurtikar said they cited the Supreme Court’s 2014 judgment in the Vijay Shankar Pande v/s Union of India case and the clarification issued by the Centre in June this year, which stated that there was no bar on government servants to file PILs.
Kidnappers in Meerut killed a Standard 10 student they had abducted demanding a ransom of ₹50 lakh when they were confronted by his parents and relatives to release him on Monday night. The incident happened in the jungle of Nanglasahu village of the Bhawanpur police station limits in Meerut. Shiva, a resident of Navipur village, was a student of Saraswati Inter College in Parikshitgarh in Meerut, who was returning from his school when he was kidnapped. “Shiva left for school in the morning but did not return till 5 p.m. so his elder sister Shikha called on his number. An unknown person received the call and informed us that he has been kidnapped, demanding a ransom of ₹50 lakh. He also warned us about consequences of informing the police,” Shiva’s uncle Nepal Singh told The Hindu. After the news broke, residents from Shiva’s village, including his relatives, started searching for him in the nearby jungles and farmlands. They identified a stretch of cane farm which was identified by several eyewitnesses as possible hiding place for the kidnappers. While combing the area, they heard the noise of some people. “But before the mob could corner the kidnappers, they killed Shiva. They shot him dead and ran away,” Shiva’s father Ranveer Singh said.“We found Shiva in the sugarcane field with bullet wound in the chest. We took him to the nearby hospital but he was declared brought dead,” Ranveer said. Police were the last to reach the spot, Mr. Nepal Singh added.After Shiva’s murder, angry villagers blocked the highway and protested against the “carelessness of the police.” Soon after the murder Meerut Senior Superintendent of Police Manzil Saini reached the spot on Monday night with police force of several nearby police station. “The police has initiated the probe and has questioned several eye witnesses. The police has formed several teams to nab the accused. We will ensure that the culprits are arrested very soon,” Ms. Saini said. (EOM)
A Maoist couple hailing from Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh surrendered before Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Jagmohan Meena in Odisha on Friday.The Odisha government had declared a reward of ₹2 lakh for capture of each of the surrendered Naxalites — Bijal Kadme (26) and Soni Oyam (23). Lured by “better rehabilitation package” for surrendering Maoists in Odisha, they decided to lay down their arms in Malkangiri, said Mr. Meena.The couple was a part of the military wing of the outlawed CPI(Maoist) organisation. They were involved in Maoist activities in parts of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. There are more than 17 cases of violence, ranging from Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts to murders, registered against them in Odisha and Chhattisgarh, said the police.“I left the outfit as its leaders are harassing people, extorting money from them and working for their own interest. They claim that they are fighting for the tribals but instead are killing them by branding them police informers,” said Mr. Kadme. The couple now wants to lead normal life.Financial assistanceUnder the surrender and rehabilitation policy of Odisha, the couple would be provided financial assistance to purchase homestead land, construct house and pursue education or vocational training, said Mr. Meena.According to the police, Mr. Kadme was involved in the IED blast at Annavaram police station in Andhra Pradesh in May this year in which a home guard was killed. He was also involved in a landmine blast near Srirampur in Kandhamal district of Odisha in January 2012 in which three policemen had died.Ms. Oyame was a part of the Naxalite group that triggered an IED blast targeting a police vehicle in Koraput district in 2011 that killed four policemen.Mr. Kadme had joined the Maoists in 2008 and Ms. Oyame in 2009. They hailed from Pedakarme village in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The duo alleged that the Maoist organisation as well as its leaders had deviated from their original ideology and were involved in atrocities on tribals. “Both cited miserable condition of low-rank cadres in the Naxalite organisation and alleged that senior cadres were self-centred with no concern for their problems,” said the SP.
A local court in Nashik on Monday convicted six men accused in the 2013 Sonai killings in Ahmednagar in which where three Dalit youths were brutally murdered and their mutilated body parts scattered in a septic tank.The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 18.Six of the seven accused were convicted on various counts including murder and criminal conspiracy for killing Sachin Gharu (24), Sandeep Thanvar (25) and Rahul Kandare (20) on January 1, 2013 in Ahmednagar’s Sonai village. All three victims belonged to the backward Mehtar (Bhangi) community.The seventh suspect was acquitted as the prosecution could not establish the charge of conspiracy, said Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. A total 54 witnesses were examined in the case.The gory ‘honour’ killings were committed after Sachin Gharu reportedly fell in love with the daughter of a Maratha family, the Darandales. According to the FIR, Sachin and his colleagues, who worked as sweepers, were summoned by the Darandale family to their home on the fateful evening of January 1 to clean their septic tank.An intensive search was mounted the next day when the youths did not return. The police later found Sachin’s decapitated body, with his limbs severed from the trunk, on the evening of January 2.The mutilated bodies of Sandeep and Rahul were later discovered on January 3 with severe injury marks on their heads.The accused include the father, the elder brother and other relatives of the girl.Sachin and his colleagues worked at the Trimurti Pavan Pratishthan School and College in Ahmednagar’s Nevasa Phata, around 30 km from Sonai village. The girl studied at the same place.Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said that the girl’s family, which was opposed to their relationship, hatched a conspiracy and killed the three youths.
Continuing the trend of embracing Bitcoin technology Blockchain, financial technology company Vizitech Solutions on Thursday signed an agreement with Chaintope, a Japan-based start-up to set up a Blockchain research and development (R&D) centre in the city. “This venture will combine Chaintope’s cutting-edge research with Vizitech’s market leading execution. It will be a great space for young, interested developers to explore this new life-changing technology,” said Anandsagar Shiralkar, Founder and CEO, Vizitech. Chaintope founder Hideki Shoda visited a number of top colleges in Pune, like the Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research and the Pune Institute of Computer Technology last year. “We recruited a number of bright developers and hope to create opportunities for many more candidates soon. Our larger objective is to transform the R&D centre into a digital playground for young Blockchain developers across India,” said Mr. Shoda.
The Maharashtra government has sought ₹200 crore as aid from the Centre for farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions whose crops have been damaged following the hailstorms earlier this week.State Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar said on Wednesday that the hailstorms affected crops over two lakh hectares.“Most of the panchnama (inspection) reports of affected crops was done on February 11 and 12, and have ascertained that crops on about two lakh hectares across 1,900 villages have been affected,” he said.“We have written to the Centre and sought ₹200 crore. I will be meeting the Union Agriculture Minister on February 22 in New Delhi,” Mr. Fundkar said.NDRF, insurance firmsCompensation for the crop damage will be provided from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) and also by insurance companies, Mr. Fundkar said. Earlier, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde alleged that crop damage inspection was being delayed. “In some areas, officials hadn’t even started the inspection or verification process even 72 hours after the natural calamity,” the NCP leader alleged.“Many farmers complained that no government official has visited them. The government should not waste time in doing panchnamas. It should immediately announce compensation for farmers,” he demanded.Mr. Fundkar however, dismissed the Opposition’s claim. “I have been in touch with district collectors. They were on the spot within three hours of the storms,” the minister said.
A BJP MLA on Monday said the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, are part of a “planned conspiracy from within the party” to ruin Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s image.The Congress waded into the controversy that BJP legislator Rituparna Baruah generated, with former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi claiming the ruling “saffron party is caught in a fight of ego” between Mr. Sonowal and Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.“A group based in Golaghat is funding the protests heavily. I feel that someone from inside the party is associated with the conspiracy. People from the Opposition parties might also be involved,” Mr. Baruah, who represents the Lahowal seat in Dibrugarh district, said at a public function the Chief Minister attended on Monday.“The protests against the Bill and Mr. Sonowal are planned activities to destroy his image,” Mr. Baruah said. Mr. Sonowal has been maintaining that the BJP will take a call on the Bill after the Supreme Court-monitored exercise to update the National Register of Citizens is over by June 30. He has been under fire from NGOs who fear the Bill, if passed, will open the floodgates for Hindu migrants from Bangladesh. Paranoid about being outnumbered by outsiders, Assam had witnessed a violent agitation (1979-1985) for driving out illegal migrants. The Assam Accord that ended the agitation prescribes March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for detecting and deporting foreigners.The issue has been so sensitive that BJP legislator from Chabua, Binod Hazarika, threatened to quit if the Bill is passed to settle “Hindu Bangladeshis” in Assam. He vowed to oppose the Bill at a cultural programme on Saturday.Non-BJP frontThe State Congress said the BJP has been losing popularity because of the Bill. Mr. Gogoi referred to “reports of differences within the BJP” to claim that the rivalry between Mr. Sonowal and Mr. Sarma was taking a toll on the governance in the State.Mr. Gogoi also said the Congress was “interested to talk” to the Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Party for a Karnataka-like arrangement if they walk out of the alliance with BJP. “Forming an alternative government is a possibility if the AGP-BPF take a clear stand,” he said. Last week, Congress MLA Abdul Khaleque had requested anti-Bill legislators of the BJP to join the Congress. The disgruntled BJP legislators include Mr. Hazarika and Atul Bora.
The Tripura government on Tuesday directed the State Director General of Police to probe the assault on two journalists, reporting on narcotic smuggling, in the past two days. The order came in the wake of allegations that members of a paramilitary force were involved in one incident.Tripura Journalists Union, the largest union of scribes in the State, has sought the government’s intervention in the matter. Asish Chakraborty, reporting for popular vernacular daily Dainik Sambad, was assaulted and intimidated in Khowai, while Sadek Mia, a freelancer working for an electronic channel, was attacked after being kidnapped from a border location in Sonamura.The Tripura Working Journalists Association, in a written statement, claimed that Sadek Mia was targeted by a section of Assam Rifles, Border Security Force and police involved in a drugs racket.None of the three forces has responded to the charge yet. Senior police officers said they were in the process of identifying the “persons in security uniforms” at the spot.State’s Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman also condemned the incident. “I will speak to the DGP. We will not tolerate this kind of law and order violation,” he said after inaugurating a voluntary blood donation camp organised by Asha Nursing Home here.Threat to journalists Tripura has witnessed numerous cases of attack and intimidation of journalists. Last year, Santanu Bhowmik was killed while covering political tension at Mandwai, 25 km east of Agartala, while Sudip Datta Bhowmik was shot down at the headquarters of 2nd battalion of Tripura State Rifles near Agartala.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday lashed out at the “anti-people” Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal, saying the days of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s rule are “numbered”.Mr. Adityanath urged the leaders, who had attended the TMC’s January 19 opposition rally in Kolkata, to introspect on how democratic rights were being scuttled by the state government. The UP chief minister who was scheduled to address the “Ganatantra Bachao Rally” at Balurghat in South Dinajpur district on Sunday could not attend the rally after permission was denied for his chopper to land near the venue.“The TMC government didn’t allow me to come and meet you all. That is why I had to resort to Digital India of Modi-ji to address you. This TMC government is anti-people, anti-democratic and have compromised with national security,” Mr. Adityanath said, while addressing the rally via audio link. The TMC government is afraid of the BJP as it very well knows that its days in Bengal are numbered, he said. Alleging that the TMC government had tried to stop Durga Puja in West Bengal in order to pursue its appeasement policy, Mr. Adityanath urged BJP workers to fight hard in order to ensure that the party forms the next government in the state.“Mamata Banerjee should remember that she can not misuse the government and its agencies in the state. It is shameful that government officials are acting as TMC cadres in the state,” he said.
Setting the tone for what is expected to be a stormy Budget session of the legislature, the Opposition parties on Sunday demanded that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State government should refrain from making “populist” or policy decisions. Instead, they demanded, the government should concentrate on bringing real change to the lives of people.The Opposition also slammed the ruling coalition on it’s recent announcement of contesting the forthcoming elections together. Terming the agreement as “fake” they pointed at the differences which surfaced over the Chief Minister’s post. At a press conference on Sunday after deciding to boycott the eve of session tea-party organised by the government, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, said that the trend in the Central government has been to make populist claims. “We have lost confidence in this government. We are not happy at the way the BJP-Shiv Sena is running the government. The farm loan waiver and water conservation schemes are mired in corruption but no action has been taken,” said Mr. Vikhe-Patil.“Hence we have decided not to respond to the Chief Minister’s invitation for tea on the eve of the interim session,” he said.Leader of Opposition in the Council Dhananjay Munde said it being an interim Budget session before the Lok Sabha elections, he hoped the government will not make any “populist announcement” like those made by Union minister Piyush Goyal.Responding to this, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said at a press conference later that the Opposition should concentrate on setting it’s own house in order instead of criticising others. “We initiated seat-sharing talks after them and have already announced the alliance. The Opposition is yet to complete their negotiations,” he said.Snubbing the second-rank leaders of both BJP and Sena, who indulged in war of words even after the announcement of alliance, Mr. Fadnavis said that only his and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s word should be considered final. He said that the state government is committed to extending relief to drought affected farmers. The seven-day session will begin with an address by Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao on Monday. The vote-on-account, which will have budget provisions till July 31, will be tabled on February 27. The government will be presenting 11 Bills in the session.
The Bombay High Court in Goa on Monday upheld the 2014 order of the Goa Children’s Court, awarding life imprisonment to Rohan Dhungat, Jovito Ryan Pinto, Nafiyaz Sheikh and Shankar Tiwari convicted of murdering DJ Mandar Surlakar (17) in 2006.All the four were law college students. They were were arrested in 2006 on the charge of abducting and murdering Mandar for ransom.A Division Bench of Justices Prithviraj Chavan and M.S. Sonak, while confirming the sentence, declined the plea of Deepak Surlakar, father of the victim to order the four to undergo life imprisonment for the remainder of their natural lives without any remission.The court also upheld the Children’s Court order extending the benefit of Section 428 of Cr.PC for remission by the executive authority, but said this can be availed by the four only if the appropriate authority sanctions remission or commutation.The murder case dates back to August 14, 2006. Mandar Surlakar, a teenager DJ, of Vasco-Goa was abducted by five youths and taken to the residence of one of the accused. He was assaulted and tied up with ropes, forced to record a message for his father to pay ransom, without reporting the matter to the police.₹50 lakh ransomThe same day a demand was made to the victim’s father for a ransom of ₹50 lakh. The victim’s father complained to the Vasco Police. The next day the body of the victim was discovered at Keri, near Ponda in South Goa. The body bore strangulation marks and assault injuries with baseball bats. The post-mortem confirmed murder.One pardonedThe five youths were arrested and the case went before the Goa Children’s Court as the victim was a minor. During the course of the investigations, one of the accused Al Saleha Beig turned approver and disclosed details of the conspiracy and its execution. He was pardoned by the Children’s Court. The four other convicts have been serving their sentences in the Central Jail at Colvale in North Goa.
With the Election Commission announcing the Lok Sabha election schedule, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that democracy and Constitution had come under threat in his regime. “Mr. Modi has failed to maintain the dignity of the office he holds. He is resorting to gimmicks to win the polls,” he said.Mr. Gehlot said Mr. Modi had not only treated the Opposition with derision during the last five years, but had also undermined the institutions and created an “atmosphere of fear and intimidation” for industrialists, bureaucrats, politicians and media houses. “If all the Opposition parties are feeling like this, there is a substance in it.”In a series of tweets, Mr. Gehlot said Mr. Modi was trying to create an impression that the Opposition had questioned the valour of Armed Forces after the Pulwama terror attack and the air strikes in Balakot. “Nothing can be farther from truth than this. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was the first to publicly say that the party is with the government,” he said.“The Prime Minister is trying to divert the attention of voters. We simply asked for clarification in the wake of conflicting claims about casualties in air strikes. We were first told that 350 terrorists had died, then the figure was reduced to 250, followed by claims that the attack was carried out only to show prowess of Indian Air Force. On its part, the Air Force said it was for the government to give the figures,” Mr. Gehlot said.Mr. Gehlot said the Opposition was within its rights to demand that the questions raised by the foreign media about the Balakot air strikes should be properly dealt with to ensure that India was not defamed in the comity of nations. “The way Mr. Modi addresses the public and misleads them through the cacophony of words puts him in the role of an actor. He has wasted thousands of crores of rupees in advertisements, publicity and marketing… He would have succeeded immensely as an actor,” Mr. Gehlot said.Mr. Gehlot took exception to the BJP’s attempts to link nationalism with its Hindutva ideology. “The moment anyone joins the BJP, he becomes a certified nationalist. On the other hand, anyone criticising the government is instantly accused of sedition. Such a trend was never witnessed in the past,” he said.‘Time for change’Mr. Gehlot affirmed that the time for change had come and the “popular will of people” would get reflected in the election results. He also alleged that the Prime Minister’s Office had exerted pressure on the Election Commission to delay the announcement of election schedule until Mr. Modi’s inauguration and stone-laying events were completed.
Separatist Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik’s wife on Monday made a passionate appeal to the Centre to grant her visa to see the incarcerated 53-year-old separatist leader in Tihar Jail, with J&K’s two main regional parties, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC), throwing their weight behind the demand. Malik’s Pakistan-based wife Mushaal Mullick and their seven-year-old daughter uploaded a passionate appeal online, announcing that they are applying for an Indian visa to see him in the jail. “I want to see my father. I want him as my birthday gift,” said Malik’s daughter Razia Sultana in the video.Ms. Mullick is seen breaking down in the video over alleged “denial of visa and a permission by New Delhi to meet her husband”, whom she married in 2009. However, the couple started living separately after 2010 with Malik’s passport withdrawn by the Centre and the wife’s visa denied on many occasions, according to the family in Srinagar. Malik is under National Investigation Agency custody in an alleged funding case and was lodged inside New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. His wife claimed her husband was on a hunger strike.
Nationalist Congress Party MLA from Beed Jaydutta Kshirsagar will join the Shiv Sena in the presence of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. Mr. Jaydutta Kshirsagar was a Minister of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in the previous Congress-NCP government.Mr. Jaydutta Kshirsagar is said to be unhappy over the importance given to Leader of Opposition in State council Dhananjay Munde within the NCP and his nephew Sandip Kshirsagar. The former NCP Minister had campaigned for BJP candidate from Beed Lok Sabha constituency Preetam Munde. He had even met with Mr. Thackeray in Mumbai. Since then, speculations were rife about him quitting the NCP to join the Sena.