geralt, pixabay.com, CC0 https://pixabay.com/en/smartphone-face-woman-old-baby-1987212/ By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, email@example.comAccording to research by Sarah Newcomb, a behavioral economist at Morningstar and HelloWallet, people who are future-minded and think ahead have more savings than those who do not. In addition, two simple areas of inquiry can accurately gauge the status of a person’s financial health:How far in advance do you make plans?How much control do you feel that you have over events that happen in your life?Studies have shown that “time is money.” In other words, people who focus on the future and feel that they create their own financial destiny tend to save more than others for retirement and other financial goals. When people focus on the future, they tend to be less impulsive (e.g., spending habits), regardless of their level of financial literacy.Newcomb found that the strongest predictor of good financial decisions is not financial literacy but, rather, a focus on the future. High levels of impulsiveness and materialism, on the other hand, were associated with poor financial decision-making. For short-term thinkers, risk is not as painful as waiting. Return to article. Long Descriptiongeralt/pixabay.com, CC0In addition, Newcomb’s research found that “power is happiness.” Empowered people are financially happier than others. Conversely, people who don’t feel in control of their personal finances have been found to exhibit negative emotions about their financial status up to those earning a six-figure income.Newcomb’s research, which is summarized in her book, Loaded, has found that, the farther away something is in the future, the less people care about it. The secret to fostering future-mindedness by yourself and others is to trick your brain to think that “the far away is close.” When this happens, people care more about the future because it is psychologically close and highly emotional. The “Here and Now” is clear and intense while the “There and Later” is vague, abstract, and unemotional.Speaking at the June 2017 annual conference of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), Newcomb noted that helping people create mental pictures of their future life may help them make better financial decisions. Simple visualization and writing exercises can help people form vivid, detailed, mental pictures of their future to improve their current financial behaviors and the quality of their lives.Studies have been done to confirm the effectiveness of fostering future-mindedness. Researchers at Stanford University found that subjects in a study that had a current photograph “age progressed” to show what they might look like decades into the future increased their retirement savings by 40% more compared to those who didn’t use the software. NYU marketing professor and researcher, Hal Hershfield, found similar results.Newcomb noted that it is not easy for people who have been “beaten down” by negative life events to become future-minded. Recalling a 1970s era study about dogs that received electric shocks, one group of dogs figured out how to take control over the situation while other dogs experienced a loss of control, developed “learned helplessness,” and passively accepted their fate. When the experiment ended, the second group of dogs had to be shown repeatedly that they actually had the power to leave the enclosure that was no longer electrified.The experiment with the dogs (which, of course, would not be allowed today with modern research protocols) is similar to people who have learned to be helpless after a series of negative life experiences. Like the second group of dogs, “beaten down” people will need to experience many successful outcomes before they realize that they can seize control over their financial lives.This American Psychological Association article has additional information about Dr. Newcomb’s research about future-mindedness and saving.
The following videos prove that even the best directors can have a rough start.As filmmakers we should always strive to make the best films possible but we aren’t always going to make life-changing movies, especially in the beginning. It’s easy to get discouraged by comparing your work to that of famous directors, but even the best directors have a bumpy start. In the following article we take a look at some incredibly successful directors with terrible first movies.Peter Jackson – Bad Taste (1987)Bad Taste was Peter Jackson’s first feature length film. Jackson played two of the main characters and had an initial budget of $25,000 dollars. The film has been heavily criticized for having an excessive amount of gore…the name says it all. Seven films later he would go on to direct the Fellowship of the Ring.The Plot: Aliens invade the New Zealand village of Kaihoro to harvest humans for their intergalactic fast food chain. Now it’s up to four paramilitary operatives to fight to save the small town.Francis Ford Coppola – Dementia 13 (1963)Dementia 13 was Francis Ford Coppola’s first feature length film. Before directing Dementia 13, Coppola had written and directed 2 softcore adult films. Dementia 13 was his first serious film with a budget of $42,000 dollars. Like Bad Taste, Dementia 13 featured a lot of blood and gore. Eight films later he would go on to direct The Godfather.The Plot: After inadvertently causing the heart attack of her husband, Louise Haloran tries to have herself written into her rich mother-in-law’s will. When she pays a visit to her husband’s family castle in Ireland an axe-wielding murderer begins to kill off members of the family.Ron Howard – Grand Theft Auto (1977)Grand Theft Auto was Ron Howard’s first feature length film. The film cost about $600,000 to make and brought in about $15 million worldwide. So in financial terms, Grand Theft Auto was a success but critics agree that Grand Theft Auto is one of Ron Howards worst films. Ron also played the main character Sam Freeman. Ron would later go on to direct Apollo 13.The Plot: A rich girl steals her dad’s Rolls Royce to get married in Las Vegas. However, her angry parents, a jealous suitor, and a bunch of reward seekers are determined to stop her.Oliver Stone – Seizure (1974)Oliver Stone’s feature length directoral debut was disliked by critics and audiences alike. The movie is so bad that it has never officially been released on DVD. To add insult to injury, one of the film’s producers was gangster Michael Thevis, who used the film as a way to launder money. Three films later Stone would go on to direct Platoon, a film that won 4 Academy Awards.The Plot: Edmond Blackton, a horror story writer, suffers from a reoccurring nightmare in which three bizarre figures terrorize him and his family. As he writes, the dream slowly becomes a reality.Lucky for us the full film is on Youtube!So there you have it, four examples of famous directors who have had awful theatrical debuts. If you are ever feeling down about your film quality just remember, even some of the greatest directors had a rough start. Even if you have made some bad films, you’re in good company.One of the great things about being a director as a life choice is that it can never be mastered. Every story is its own kind of expedition, with its own set of challenges. – Ron HowardDo you know of any other directors with terrible first movies? Did you make a terrible first movie? Let us know in the comments below.
2Move the position of the ellipses to -250 then add a repeater. 8To get rid of decimals add an expression to the offset: Math.round(“pickwhip to the offset”) If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or if you have any quick tips for creating loading bars in After Effects, please comment below! 5Move ahead 30 frames and set the copies to 12. 1Create a new composition then create a new shape layer with a white ellipses. 3Set the position of the repeater to 0, rotation to 30 and copies to 12. 4Set a keyframe for the copies to start at 0. 6Set the starting opacity to 0 and the ending opacity to 100 percent. 7Set an offset keyframe every 30 frames that increases by 12. 9Add the same expression to the copies but replace the word “offset” with “copies”. In this video tutorial you’ll learn how to create a slick loading animation in After Effects.Discover an easy way to create an Apple style loading wheel in After Effects. Your friends will be so impressed!The technique is very simple. The video covers:Using expressions to round up decimalsUsing the a repeater to animate around a circleAdjusting start and endpoint opacitiesWhile not actually functional, this circle loading animation can be cleverly used in your motion graphics.Don’t want to watch the video? Follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below. Click any image for larger view.
Download SPACE KIT: 40+ Free Space Textures and ElementsClick the button below to download SPACE KIT. In the download, you’ll find everything you need to get started. These elements are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets.(This is a relatively large download, so settle in.)DOWNLOAD SPACE KIT: 40+ FREE Space Textures And ElementsHow to Use These FREE Space Textures and ElementsYou’ll get the most flexibility and use out of these textures in Adobe After Effects — though they will work with any major nonlinear editing program.In the download, you’ll find a folder of Atmospheres, Nebulas, and Star Fields.With these elements, layering and masking is key. I like to pull a small piece of multiple elements and blend them together into one shot, though they usually stand pretty well on their own. You may find that adding some glow, or a bit of color correction (changing hue or contrast) will help you to create the look that you want. Experiment and have fun!The purpose of the atmospheres is to create planets and alien skies. Using the CC sphere plugin in After Effects, or even the brand-new Orb plugin from Video Copilot, you can easily and quickly create some really interesting and convincing space scenes and planets.With the nebulas, you can create the vast expanse of space and add a sense of atmosphere. You can set these to an “Add” or “Linear Dodge” blending mode on top of other elements to get some more atmospheric texture — or let them stand on their own to create complex and elaborate galaxies.If you’ve ever created a star field in After Effects, you know that it takes quite a few clicks and a decent bit of effort to get something that looks natural. Maybe you’re using fractal noise or Element 3d to get a convincing star field look. Now, you can simply drag and drop some really natural and detailed star fields into your project.How We Created These ElementsWe created these elements practically and organically here in the PremiumBeat studio, using a fish tank, a pane of glass, and a variety of liquids and dyes. You may have seen some of these fluid/liquid dynamics in films like Tree Of Life, and The Fountain.Let me tell you, making these elements was a lot of fun. Stay tuned for some behind-the-scenes info on how we did it.BONUS: Even More Space ElementsIf you’d like some more Nebula elements to use in your projects, our friends over at RocketStock created this pack of 19 Free Space Backgrounds called “Nebula” using many of the same methods.Between these two packs, you should have everything you need to create the next great sci-fi epic. Want to create convincing space scenes with practically created elements and effects? Download these 40+ free space textures and elements and get to work.Creating space scenes and graphics just got a lot easier. with this pack of 40+ free space textures and elements, you can create the outer space look with elements that we created organically and practically. This pack has everything you need to get started.This FREE pack of Space Textures and Elements includes the following:13 organically created space atmospheres.13 organically created nebulas and galaxies.21 realistic star fields.
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 The Sales Blog Mailbag always brings interesting requests for blog posts. A recent request asked how best to resign from a sales job. Here’s what I recommend.Part as FriendsWhen you plan for certain outcomes and take the actions necessary to obtaining those outcomes, you normally achieve them. No matter how much you disliked your job, your manager, or their company, your outcome is to part as friends. It doesn’t matter if the company is a wreck, your boss was a jerk, and you were miserable beyond belief, you still make it your goal to part as friends.Anything you say or do when you resign is a statement about who you are. If you are angry, hostile, and boisterous on the way out, that’s who you are. And you gain nothing from behaving badly except for a bad last impression.Say Thank YouWhen you resign, say thank you for the opportunity you were given. Just because it didn’t work out doesn’t mean that you weren’t given an opportunity. Sometimes things, for countless reasons, just don’t work out.You get to decide who you are, and you are better served by being someone who is gracious and grateful on the way out.Be Direct, But Not ConfrontationalWhen you are asked why you are leaving, be honest and direct. But don’t be confrontational.If the boss was a jerk, you might say something like, “I perform better under a different management style.”If it’s time to move on, you might say, “I’ve learned a lot here, and I have grown. I’m leaving to go pursue a new challenge. Thanks for all you’ve done to prepare me for that challenge.”I promise you can tell the truth about why you are leaving without being confrontational. You might have to work to find the language, but you can do it. Be honest, direct, and professional on the way out.Offer to Help With the TransitionYour company may not be in a position to lose you. If that’s the case, offer to help with the transition. Offer to help the new salesperson get acclimated to their territory. Offer to make introductions. If you can offer to take a few phone calls to answer any questions.If you want to be super-professional, build a transition plan for the next person to take your position. Leave them in a position to succeed. You may not owe your future past employer this kind of help, but when anyone asks about your time or experience there, people will remember the poise, the class, and the professionalism in which you ended the relationship.And while we are at it . . .Honor your non-compete. Honor your employment agreement. Give your employer back all of their documentation, all of their training material, and all the rest of their intellectual property. Treat your new past employer exactly as you want to be treated, and treat them how you would want to be treated were you the business owner.QuestionsHow do you professionally resign from your sales position?Can you be professional even under bad conditions?What does the way in which you resign say about you?What do you want your last impression to be? Why?
When you look at the “after” picture, you can’t see the actual work it took to get there. You only see the statue after all that was unnecessary has been chipped away.When you see the after picture without the “before” picture, you assume it was always as it is now. But it wasn’t.You can’t see all the early mornings or the late nights working. You can’t see all the many years that came before the overnight success.You can’t see the long struggle to build competence and confidence. You can’t see the war waged against the internal resistance. You can’t see all of the fears broken through.You can’t see all of the setbacks, the missteps, the embarrassments, the failures, or the losses. You can’t see the do-overs. You can’t see the times that they sat down on the ground, ready to give up, ready to call it quits. You can’t see the times they had to force themselves to continue when they wanted to quit.You can’t see all of the people who told them not to try, to find an easier path, to do something else. You can’t see all the times they were rejected or felt dejected.The after picture is something to aspire to, but only if you are willing to walk that same path. And as awful as it sometimes sounds, it’s that path, it’s that arc, it’s the overcoming of all the obstacles that makes the story compelling. 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
If you were an app that your dream client could use to help them with a buying decision, what buttons would you offer?What’s Missing: The what’s missing button might help your dream client understand how they might do something better. It might help them see what new results are available, or what challenges they might not yet recognize. But for that button to work, you’d have to be able to know what’s missing. You’d need to be able to see it. There’d be some deep intelligence needed behind the scenes.Options: The options button would help your dream client understand what they might need to produce better results. It would show them what the trade offs are that they might need to make. If your dream client pushed this button, you’d have to have some deep business acumen and situational knowledge to provide those options. You’d have to have seen what works and what doesn’t. You’d have to know what was appropriate and why.Blow Up the Status Quo: Pushing this button would help your dream client assemble all of the stakeholders whose support they need in order to blow up the status quo. It would reveal their needs, and it would help them make the adjustments that would allow everyone to support their new initiative (or at least stand down and let it move forward).Make It Work: When pressed, this button would transport you to your client’s site to help them with the problems and challenges they have making your solution work. This button might also be called the “presence” button. For this button to work, you’d be accountable for the results you sold.Buy: What kind of an app would you be if you didn’t have a “buy” button? You ought to make the “ask” clear, and you ought to make it easy to buy. 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
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We used to worry about the language we use to have client conversations. Because some salespeople didn’t like scripts, mainly the ones who most need them, the idea of planning to have effective conversations has gone by the wayside. Very few sales organizations work on planning the dialogue that would improve effectiveness or provide their teams with language choices for the most common questions and concerns their clients are all but certain to raise. When conversations tend to play themselves over, there is never a reason to be unprepared or caught off guard.We also used to role play. The part of the sales force that was embarrassed to play their part of the conversation in front of the peers believed it was some kind of a punishment. In fact, it was that these salespeople were self-conscious, fearing the judgement of their peers of being publicly humiliated. Now, without role play, the first time a salesperson says something out loud, it is both the client and the salesperson’s first time hearing the words. When rehearsal is possible, and when it improves your odds of winning, there is no reason not to do so.Great sales organizations were built on rainmakers, those women and men who could go into green fields and create opportunities where none existed. Not only were they good at prospecting, they were unafraid of the telephone, and less fearful of clients. They were not ashamed to be salespeople. The word “hunter” had no negative connotation; it simply meant someone who could create an opportunity, something that is woefully in short supply in many sales organizations now.Some things that should have never been lost now need to be found. Not everything that was once is true is now false. The false narrative that everything has either been disrupted or is in the process of being transformed now overstates the case when it misunderstands how things evolve. What comes next surely transcends what has some before while retaining the part of the truth that made what came before so valuable.Larger principles and values tend not be easily disrupted. Values like honesty, integrity, and caring are becoming increasingly more important, not less. The ideas of preparation and rehearsal and creating new opportunities are more important now than ever, and they are not likely to lose their efficacy because some things have changed.While others look to the future for help in understanding what to do now, looking backwards will provide you with better solutions. 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
In a bid to counter social agitations led by youngsters complaining about lack of jobs and also create a positive image ahead of the assembly polls scheduled in December this year, the Gujarat government has launched a drive to hold mega job at district levels to bring job seekers and private companies on a common platform to conduct recruitments.In last two years, Gujarat has witnessed a number of social agitations and castes mobilizations on the issues of quotas in education and jobs and distressed agriculture and lack of employment opportunities open market.The Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and Alpesh Thakor, who runs an umbarella agitation for backward communities, have been raising the issue of joblessness in the state, which attracts high investments in industrial sector.The pressure from the agitations and social unrests forced the government to expedite its recruitment drive for hiring more than 60,000 people for various categories like police, teachers, revenue clerks and subordinate staff for government departments. Currently, the government is in the process of massive recruitment to fill up almost 65,000 vacancies in its departments.”Total 68,000 people will be recruited in the government before the assembly elections,” a close aide of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani told The Hindu, adding, “CM himself monitors the recruitment process and follows up with agencies concerned.”In the recently held mega job fairs, as many as 2,184 job providers participated and offered jobs to 1,09,520 candidates out of 1,42,970 applicants, said Gujarat Chief Secretary Dr JN Singh.”We organized job fairs in 12 clusters covering 33 districts in the state. The exercise will be held regularly,” principal secretary, labour and employment, Rajiv Gupta said, adding, “Total, 56,742 candidates were offered jobs in manufacturing sector and 52,778 candidates were employed in services sector.”“As per the official figures of 5th Annual Employment/Unemployment Survey by the Centre, Gujarat is having the lowest unemployment ratio per 1,000, which is 0.9 per cent. That means only 9 out of every 1,000 persons in Gujarat are unemployed,” Dr Singh said, claiming that Gujarat has the least employment rate in the country.However, youth leaders like Hardik and Alpesh have been alleging that despite high rate of investments, Gujarat has failed to create jobs. “More than 50 lakh people in the state are either jobless or underemployed. There is massive unemployment in the state but the government is not admitting it,” Mr Hardik Patel recently told The Hindu.Concurring with him, Alpesh Thakor said jobs in Gujarat are taken away by outsiders because the government has not enforced its labour policy which prescribes all factories to hire 85 % locals.On Thursday, Mr Thakor and hundreds of his supporters were detained by the cops outside the Tata Nano factory in Sanand where they had gathered to lock the factory for allegedly not giving jobs to local youths.
Possession of ₹10 coins continues to be a headache for citizens of Berhampur as most traders are refusing to accept them.The problem started a few months ago after the government announced demonetisation of ₹1,000 and ₹500 notes. There were rumours that some ₹10 coins were fake and these may also get demonetised in future. Following this, most traders, especially small retailers, stopped accepting ₹10 coins. Despite several clarifications by the Reserve Bank of India, there has been no improvement in the situation in Berhampur.Allaying fearsA few days ago, the Ganjam district administration also come up with a declaration, quoting RBI statements, to allay fears about ₹10 coins. “At most shops in the city, even at fish and vegetable markets, ₹10 coins are not being accepted by traders,” said Sunita Behera, a housewife. At petrol pumps in Berhampur, notices have been pasted claiming that they do not accept ₹10 coins.On Tuesday, activists of the SUCI (Communist) held a demonstration in front of the main branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) in Berhampur to protest against problems related to non-acceptance of ₹10 coins. They handed over a memorandum addressed to the RBI Governor to the manager of SBI in Berhampur. The activists demanded that the government take immediate measures to make people aware that ₹10 coins are still in use. The banks should also start accepting ₹10 coins as deposits, said SUCI leader Somanath Behera.
A teenage girl has allegedly starved to death at a village in Uttarakhand’s Almora district, triggering an outrage with the Opposition Congress terming it a “blot” on the face of the state.Almora district magistrate Savin Bansal said Chaukhutiya sub-divisional magistrate has been sent to Khajurani village to investigate the matter.While camping in the area last week, he had cleared the pension for four members of the family who had been found to be mentally unstable, he said, adding the process has been started and they will soon start receiving pension.Mahesh Negi, the BJP MLA from Dwarahat-Chaukhutia constituency where the death took place, has informed Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat about it.17-year-old Sarita died allegedly due to starvation on April 15, he claimed in a Facebook post.“Considering the seriousness of the issue, I spoke to the Chief Minister on telephone and informed him about the incident by fax,” the MLA said.Negi said the Chief Minister has immediately initiated action after taking cognisance of the issue. However, he did not elaborate on what action was taken.Holding the state government responsible for the alleged starvation death, state Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay termed it as a “blot” on the face of ‘devbhoomi’ Uttarakhand.In a letter to the Chief Minister, Upadhyay blamed the state government’s “indifference” for the death of the girl and asked him to take due cognisance of it.He demanded immediate financial assistance for the family besides personally extending an assistance of Rs 21,000 to the girl’s kin.“The death…. due to starvation in Khajurani village of Almora’s Chaukhutiya area reflects the inaction of the one- month-old BJP government in the state. No one has control over death. But if deaths occur due to human error it is definitely a matter of concern,” Upadhyay said.“The poor are not getting pension in the state and are dying of starvation. The government should pay attention to it. It is all the more worrisome as the starvation death has been reported from the home district of heavyweights like state BJP chief Ajay Bhatt and Minister of State for Child and Women’s Welfare Rekha Arya,” he said.
BJP president Amit Shah has said his party has not come to power for mere 5 or 10 years, but at least 50 years and called upon workers to strengthen the party and take it to every part of the country.He was addressing the Madhya Pradesh BJP’s core group members, office-bearers, MPs, MLAs and district chiefs, among others, at the party headquarters here on Friday.Mr. Shah said that though the BJP appears to be at its peak with a majority government at the Centre and 1,387 MLAs in states, the workers felt the party has still a long way to go.“Today, we have a majority government at the Centre with 330 MPs, and also have 1,387 MLAs in different states.The party appears to be at its peak, but dedicated workers feel we have a long way ahead,” a BJP release on Saturday quoted Mr. Shah as saying at a meeting with partymen.“We have not come to power for 5-10 years, but at least 50 years. We should move forward with a conviction that in 40-50 years we have to bring major changes in the country through the medium of power,” Mr. Shah said.Mr. Shah is in Madhya Pradesh, as part of his 10-day nationwide tour to strengthen and expand the party’s support base ahead of the 2019 general elections. He arrived on friday on a three-day visit to meet BJP workers and office-bearers, besides participating in various programmes.The BJP president reminded the activists that the party had become a political force to reckon with due to hard work, dedication and sacrifice of its leaders over the years.Today the BJP has become a party of 10-12 crore members because of many stalwarts who have dedicated their lives in building and strengthening the organisation, said Mr. Shah, according to the release. “We have to ensure no place in the country is left where we don’t have our flag. For this, we have to strengthen the organisation further,” Mr. Shah added.“Character is the basis of our foundation,” he said, and called upon the BJP workers to ensure the party is present in every (polling) booth, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Kamrup to Kutch.
PANAJI: The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Goa, will soon introduce a special programme to teach Konkani to non-Goan students and faculty members.NIT director Gopal Mugeraya announced this at the third convocation ceremony of the institute held in Margao on Saturday, in the presence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Mr. Mugeraya said the 35-hour course would be for one semester.He also announced that the institute has initiated a programme to support schoolchildren in the State. Students/volunteers from the institute will visit and brief schoolchildren about the preparations required to get into reputed technology institutes likes IITs and NITs. Mr. Parrikar urged students to take the path less travelled. He said the aim of engineers is to look for sustainable development, for which first they should bridge the gap between the rural and urban sectors.“Engineers must make technology available and easily accessible to all,” said the Chief Minister, an IIT graduate himself.Mr. Parrikar said engineers should also take time off to work for society in the areas of primary education, pollution, water, afforestation and garbage cleaning.
The Rajasthan government on January 3 sounded an alert in the State after more than 400 people were diagnosed positive for the swine flu virus in December 2017.Rapid response teams of the health department were rushed to the areas where people were feared to have been affected by the H1N1 virus.“We are ensuring that swine flu symptoms are diagnosed early on and treatment is given,” State Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf said.A meeting with senior officials of the health department was held on January 3. Following the meeting, Mr. Saraf ordered the department to send rapid response teams in the affected areas for screening the people and make the treatment available.According to medical and health department records, 241 swine flu deaths have occurred in the State since January 2017.Nearly 11,721 people were tested for swine flu between January 1, 2017 to December 19, 2017, of which 3,214 were confirmed positive.Seven trainee Rajasthan Administrative Services officers contracted the swine flu virus during their stay at Officers Training School in Jaipur, a medical officer said on December 20.Mr. Saraf said 3,033 hospitals have swine flu screening centres apart from 1,580 isolation beds, 214 ICU beds and 198 ventilators for patients affected by swine flu virus.At SMS Hospital in Jaipur, a 15-bed observation ward and 13-bed ICU equipped with life support system has been reserved for H1N1 affected patients.
Facing severe flak over the delay in taking action against his party MLA who has been accused in the Unnao rape case, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on April 13 said his government had not deviated from its zero-tolerance policy on crime and that it would firmly deal with criminals, no matter how influential they might be.Mr. Adityanath’s remarks came amidst criticism by political parties and a public outcry, demanding the arrest of the legislator of Bangarmau in Unnao district. The Allahabad High Court also directed the Central Bureau of Investigation on April 13 to arrest MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the accused in the alleged rape case of a minor girl in 2017.“As soon as the matter came to the notice of the government on April 9, we immediately constituted an SIT (Special Investigation Team) and initiated action in the matter…The policemen and doctors found guilty in the SIT report were suspended,” the Chief Minister told reporters in Chitrakoot. “We have referred the matter to the CBI… our government will not compromise on the zero-tolerance policy it has followed against crime and corruption since the beginning. We will firmly deal with criminals, however influential they might be,” Mr. Adityanath said.Senior State Minister and spokesperson of the U.P. government, Siddharth Nath Singh, said the law will take its own course and lashed out at the Opposition for “shedding crocodile tears” on the issue of safety of women. The process of recommending a CBI inquiry was promptly completed, the central probe agency had already taken over the case and detained the accused MLA for questioning, he pointed out.On the Opposition accusing the U.P. government for “delaying the MLA’s arrest”, Mr. Singh alleged that former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had “shielded rape-accused minister” Gayatri Prajapati. He also referred to Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s remarks that “should a rape accused be punished with hanging? Boys are boys, they make mistakes”.Mr. Singh also said, “Those who are raising a hue and cry are shedding crocodile tears for women… those who held a candlelight march last night should remember that the ‘tandoor case’ had taken place during their government and what all were done by their men.” He was referring to Congress president Rahul Gandhi taking part in a candlelight vigil in New Delhi on April 12 night to protest the growing incidents of violence against women. The infamous “tandoor case” involved former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma, who is serving a life term for the murder of his wife, Naina Sahni, in which the body of the victim was disposed of by putting it in the tandoor of a restaurant in the national capital in 1995.
Former Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has flayed the NDA government at the Centre for allegedly failing to keep its poll promises and “misleading” the people on many issues like GST and demonetisation.“Before coming to power four years ago, it (BJP) had promised that Rs.15 lakh will be deposited in everyone’s bank account … the government has even failed to release the list of black money holders,” the senior CPI(M) leader said while delivering a lecture on “Manifestation of Perfection: Idealism in Politics” here yesterday. Slamming the Narendra Modi government over demonetisation and GST, Mr.Sarkar said the demonetisation move was a myopic one, while the implementation of GST had shattered the backbone of small businesses in the country. Accusing the Centre of failing to keep the promise of providing employment to two crore people in a year, the veteran leftist leader said it was unable to provide even two lakh jobs. While price rise has become a serious problem, the government has failed to deal with suicide by farmers who are not getting remunerative prices for their produces, he said.Mr.Sarkar also alleged that there was an attempt to divide the people of the country on the basis of religion, language and even castes. Health and education are not getting adequate attention though these two key sectors are essential for developing human resources, he said.
The brother of doctor Kafeel Khan, who is out on bail in connection with the BRD Medical College incident, was shot at by unknown assailants in his hometown Gorakhpur late on Sunday. Kashif Jameel, 35, runs a battery inverter business.Two men on a scooty allegedly fired at Mr. Jameel around 10.15 p.m. and fled from the scene leaving him grievously wounded, his family said. Mr. Jameel was hit by three bullets: while two bullets pierced through his shoulder and arm, the third bullet got lodged in the neck. It was removed after an emergency operation early on Monday. “The victim is out of danger,” said Gorakhpur Senior Superintendent of Police Shalabh Mathur.FIR registeredAn FIR was registered at the Kotwali police station under attempt to murder against two-three unknown persons. As per the complaint filed by the victim’s brother Adeel Khan, the assailants fired at him “indiscriminately” when he was near J.P. Hotel with an “intention to kill him”.Dr. Khan suspected foul play hinting it was linked to the Gorakhpur hospital case, where several infants died last August allegedly due to lack of oxygen. He is currently out on bail after spending seven months in jail in connection with the case.“It was an attempt to murder my brother. I always said they would try to kill us,” he said in a video message, adding, “I’m not going to bend.”Dr. Khan alleged that the police caused a delay of a few hours in his brother receiving urgent medical care. He said the police forced them to take the patient, who was rushed to a private nursing home initially, to the medical college for a medico legal test despite the urgent need to get the third bullet removed.‘Poor law and order’ Dr. Khan said the attack on his brother reflected the poor law and order situation in the State, saying it took place around 500 metres from the Gorakhnath temple where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was lodged for the night. SSP Mathur said police are “investigating all angles”. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati slammed the BJP government saying the incident was proof of the “growing jungle raj” under Mr. Adityanath.Demanding strict action against the culprits, she said the sluggishness of theBJP government and hollow speeches of its leaders was the cause for the present “rule of lawlessness and violence” in U.P.
The Congress has started taking steps to rebuild and strengthen its grassroots network and restore the party’s lost ground in Odisha ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State early next year.A three-day meeting of the newly constituted State executive committee of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee, which concluded here on Tuesday, resolved to embark on a “my booth, my pride” campaign to reach out to the voters at the booth level and propagate the party’s ideology. The criteria for selecting candidates for next year’s polls were also discussed threadbare by the Pradesh Election Committee. The party plans to announce the names of at least 50 candidates within a few weeks. The remaining candidates, including women and youth, will be selected based on their winning prospects.‘Highlight govt. failures’Alleging that the ruling Biju Janata Dal had clandestinely joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party, the State Congress leaders said they will take on both the parties by highlighting the “failures” of the Narendra Modi Government at the Centre and the Naveen Patnaik Government in the State. The Congress leaders have also started holding talks with smaller parties such as the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, the CPI and the CPI(M) with a view to form an alliance ahead of the polls.At the end of the meeting, AICC’s Odisha in-charge Jitendra Singh and OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik announced that apart from highlighting the issues concerning the people, they will make the Rafale fighter aircraft deal a major plank during the forthcoming elections in the State. They said Odisha suffered immensely because of the Rafale scam. Had the aircraft been built at HAL’s Sunabeda factory, it would have generated jobs for Odia youth, they said.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on October 18 said that he will be visiting Ayodhya with a demand to build Ram temple on November 25.“Every year we burn the effigy of Ravana, but he stands again every year. But do we see Ram temple standing? I am going to Ayodhya on November 25 to question (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi on his promise of building the Ram temple in Ayodhya,” said Mr. Thackeray, addressing his party’s annual Dussehra rally in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park.“My first visit will only be the reminder. If nothing moves despite that, then I will have to take all the Hindus along to build the temple,” he warned. Taking a dig at Mr. Modi, the Sena chief asked whether the PM ever paid a visit to Ayodhya after being sworn in as the Prime Minister. Mr. Thackeray, whose party is part of the ruling National Democratic Alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre and a part of the ruling alliance in Maharashtra as well, said that he is the part of NDA because of Hindutva. “If you cannot construct Ram temple (in Ayodhya) then there is something wrong in your DNA,” he said, thanking Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat for raising the issue of Ram temple.Slamming the BJP for its over-drive in election campaign, Mr. Thackeray asked whether the party also put the same amount of brain in discussing issues such as inflation, fuel price hike, atrocities against women. “If PM has to take his entire Cabinet for campaign in five States where election is sue, it is nothing but the defeat of BJP,” he taunted.Contrary to expectations of him commenting on alliance with the BJP in Maharashtra, Mr. Thackeray chose to only attack the government for its delay in announcing drought in the State. “Look at Karnataka. It has already announced drought and begun measures. Nothing is happening in Maharashtra. Let me warn you. If no decision is taken at the earliest, the Sena will protest against its own government in Maharashtra,” he said. Mr. Thackeray however made no comments on his party quitting the State government. “You all know what we are going to do in election. I don’t need to repeat it,” he said. He was referring to party’s already announced stand of contesting future polls on its own.