5 Ideas on Playing the Long Game in Sales

first_imgLiving with the status quo. Too many of your dream clients can live with the status quo far longer than they should and longer than you might imagine. They perceive the cost of change as being greater than the cost of dealing with the major challenges. The ability to live with the status quo makes it difficult for you to develop dormant the satisfaction as fast as you would like to. Opportunity acquisition is the name of the game, and that game is difficult to play and difficult to win. It takes time.The need to nurture. One of the critical activities sales organizations and sales professionals need to spend time engaged in is nurturing their dream clients with content that helps their dream client to understand the nature of their challenges. When someone doesn’t yet have an understanding of their challenges or a vision as to how they can improve, they can stick with the status quo because they don’t know what is wrong, or they don’t know what is possible. Sometimes your dream client isn’t even using the right performance indicators. Nurturing is teaching.Executive sponsorship. For a long time, I have recommended that you get into your dream at whatever level possible, even if it far below the C-suite. But you also need to know that without executive sponsorship, you are far less likely to create or win an opportunity. Sometimes the only people with enough authority and a deep enough understanding of the difference between price and cost are at higher levels in your dream clients account company. Your value proposition may only be compelling by someone high enough in the organization to perceive the value.Consensus. The need to build consensus is critical, and you need to start that process as possible. The longer you wait to bring in the stakeholders you need, the more likely you are to end up with a stalled opportunity. You might fear that building consensus puts your opportunity in jeopardy because it is often difficult to accomplish, but that is not the greatest danger. The greater danger is that you don’t take the time to build that consensus and lose to a competitor who has–or more likely to a “no decision.”Fast is slow. Everyone wants new revenue fast. Everyone wants to acquire new clients as fast as possible. But in high complexity, long sales cycle deals, fast is slow, and slow is fast.last_img read more

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BJP brings a rare intensity to Tripura campaign

first_img Steep climbIf the BJP gets to the majority mark of 31, it will be a huge jump from the 1.54% vote share it could manage in 2013.“Eating into our dedicated support base is easier said than done… the feedback from the people is that we will form the government again,” CPI(M) State secretary Bijan Dhar says.Pradyot Kishore Manikya of the erstwhile royal famly and Congress working president, feels the State has space for parties of the non-Left and the centre. Tripura has space for the non-Left and the non-right: Pradyot Kishore Manikya “We have also squeezed some space out of the Left Front. For instance, the sizeable number of government employees and their dependants unhappy with the archaic pay structure are with us. So are the tribal people, who have been a pillar of strength for the Communists until recently,” the BJP’s State unit spokesperson, Mrinal Kanti Deb, says.Twenty of the 60 seats are in areas under a tribal autonomous council, which is a communist bastion.The BJP’s hope of making inroads into them partly rides on an alliance with the Indigenous People’s Front of Twipra (IPFT), which wants a separate tribal State. The BJP, however, stands for “one Tripura”.The BJP — many of its candidates are imports from the Congress — is contesting 50 seats, leaving nine to the IPFT. The election in Charilam was deferred as the CPI(M) candidate died.center_img With the BJP trying hard to come to power in Tripura, campaigning for the February 18 Assembly election in the State has been intense. The last time such intense electioneering took place was in 1988, when the Congress formed a coalition government with the Tripura Upajati Juba Samiti.The Congress got a vote share of 37.33% then, but the Left Front, led by the CPI(M), had 45.82%.In the 2013 election, the Congress garnered a 36.38% share and 10 of the 60 seats. The Left Front won the rest.“We [the BJP] are expanding our base in Tripura every day and every minute, and we have occupied the non-Left space,” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said during a campaign last week.last_img read more

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Council polls: Mundes fight for Osmanabad-Beed-Latur

first_imgMumbai: Six seats in the Maharashtra Legislative Council, which will be elected by the civic body representatives, will go to polls on Monday. The seats are Konkan (Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg), Nashik, Parbhani-Hingoli, Amravati, Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadchiroli and Osmanabad-Beed-Latur. All eyes are fixed on the Osmanabad-Beed-Latur seat, which has turned into a prestige battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by her cousin Dhananjay Munde, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Council.Despite having lashed out at each other and the Shiv Sena’s decision to go alone in polls, the Sena and the BJP are contesting three seats each. The Sena is contesting from Konkan, Nashik and Parbhani-Hingoli. The NCP is taking on the Sena in Konkan and Nashik, while the Mundes are involved in a bitter rivalry at Osmanabad-Beed-Latur. The Congress is contesting the other three seats. The battle between the Mundes has been in the news after NCP candidate Ramesh Karad withdrew from the election at the last minute, following which the NCP extended support to Ashok Jagdale. The BJP imported former NCP leader Suresh Dhas and gave him the ticket. Ms. Munde’s decision on Saturday to stay the disqualification of six zilla parishad members and allow them to vote in the poll, has irked the NCP with the latter alleging violation of a High Court order. In Konkan, NCP’s Aniket Tatkare, who is taking on the Sena’s Rajiv Sable, has received backing from the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, Narayan Rane, who enjoys support in Sindhudurg district. Pravin Pote, Minister of State for Industries, who will be contesting from Amravati, is being challenged by Anil Madhogaria of the Congress. According to party-wise representation in the civic bodies, the BJP is expected to win the Amravati and Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadchiroli seats, while the Congress looks comfortable to score in Parbhani-Hingoli. The counting of votes will be held on May 24.last_img read more

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All accused in Navruna abduction case granted bail

first_imgAll the accused in the Navruna Chakravorty case were granted bail on Monday by a special court after the CBI failed to submit a charge sheet against them. Twelve-year-old Navruna was abducted from Muzaffarpur in September 2012, apparently by members of the land mafia in connivance with local politicians and police officials eyeing her father’s prime property in the town. The CBI arrested eight persons, including local politician Shah Alam Shabbu, on April 28 this year. They were granted bail when the agency failed to submit the charge sheet within the stipulated 90 dayslast_img read more

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Elephants enter Odisha villages

first_imgThere was panic in three Odisha districts when herds of elephants entered the villages damaging houses and crops on Sunday.An elephant herd, believed to be comprising over 20 jumbos, wreaked havoc in Manijipur village under Kanas block of Puri district. They damaged crops stacked in the backyards. Puri hardly reports elephant depredation.Police and forest department personnel are keeping a close watch on the movement of elephants as there is every chance of the animals straying into more thickly populated area.Similarly, the residents of Baratuma, Rangamatia and Baradiha villages in Jaleswar area of Balasore district moved to safer places when a herd having more than 60 elephants entered their villages. As many as 12 houses were destroyed and a few acres of ready-to-harvest paddy was damaged.Similar incidents were reported from Ghusura Gadhiali village of Sundargarh district. A woman was reportedly trampled to death in Keonjhar district.Meanwhile, the carcass of an elephant was discovered at Nimakhandi village in Ganjam district on Sunday. Locals alleged that the elephant had marks of gunshots.last_img read more

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Dead crows trigger bird flu scare in Bihar

first_imgCarcasses of about 12 crows were found in an orchard in Muzaffarpur district on Sunday morning, triggering fear of suspected bird flu. District Animal Husbandry Officer Dr Manoj Kumar said prima facie it did not appear to be a case of bird flu. The crows were found dead in a mango orchard at Chandanpatti village under Sakra block. An Animal Husbandry Department team reached the mango orchard after the villagers informed the district administration about the death of the crows. An officer of the team examined the dead birds and said that prima facie, no symptoms of bird flu have been found in the dead crows.Detailed analysis Samples of the dead crows would be sent to a laboratory for an in-depth analysis, he said. Carcasses of eight crows had been found in College of Arts and Crafts at Patna following which it was closed till January 5. Around 400 chickens were found dead at a poultry farm at a village in Bikram block of Patna district in the past 48 hours.Patna zoo has been closed since December 25 following death of six peafowls due to H5N1 virus.last_img read more

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VBA to contest all 48 Lok Sabha seats

first_imgVirtually ruling out any pre-poll alliance with the Congress, Prakash Ambedkar, president of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, announced on Tuesday that the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) would contest all 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.With an eye to securing the Dalit-Muslim votes, BBM forged an alliance with the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) to form the VBA which also comprises of smaller outfits.Speaking in Akola district, Mr. Ambedkar, leader of the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, said the proposals presented by Congress so far were unacceptable and that discussions about joining the ‘anti-BJP front’ led by the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had hit a roadblock.“I do not see this discussion [about a pre-poll alliance] moving any further. I consider all proposals presented to us by the Congress have been exhausted. We cannot take back the names of the 22 candidates we have finalised,” said Mr. Ambedkar.The BBM chief, a grandson of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, said that as the names of 22 VBA candidates had already been announced, the remaining would be announced in Mumbai on March 15.“We had even offered Congress to choose among the 22 candidates we had announced. The candidates, too, had expressed no objection about contesting on a Congress symbol. But with no response forthcoming from the Congress, I do not see any headway in this discussion,” Mr. Ambedkar said. Mr. Ambedkar’s announcement of his candidacy from the Solapur Lok Sabha constituency on Monday is expected to increase the discomfiture of veteran Congressman and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who has been elected several times in the past from that seat before losing to the BJP’s Sharad Bansode in 2014.last_img read more

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Rajasthan alleges Centre’s discriminatory attitude towards farmers

first_imgThe Congress government in Rajasthan has accused the Centre of adopting a “discriminatory attitude” towards the State’s farmers, reflected in the lower targets set for procurement of mustard and gram on minimum support prices in comparison with the national average. A ceiling of 25-quintal purchase on a day has been set for the farmers.State Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana has taken up the matter with Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, requesting him to enhance the procurement limit by 40%. In a letter addressed to Mr. Singh, Mr. Anjana said the Centre should allow the purchase of 14.35 lakh metric tonnes of mustard and 8.65 lakh tonnes of gram to give remunerative prices to farmers.Mr. Anjana said the procurement targets of 5.50 lakh metric tonnes for mustard and 4.17 lakh metric tonnes for gram were insufficient and would fail to provide relief to farmers. The difference in MSP and market prices for the two crops ranged between ₹700 and ₹1,000 per quintal, he said.The Minister pointed out that the State government had opened 246 procurement centres for mustard and 210 for gram. “There is a tremendous enthusiasm among the farmers to get themselves registered online, as the State government is committed to giving them full prices for their crops,” he said.last_img read more

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BJP MLA shot at in U.P.

first_imgA BJP legislator in Uttar Pradesh was shot at in Lakhimpur Kheri district on Thursday, the police said. Lakhimpur MLA Yogesh Verma suffered a bullet injury on the leg when an unidentified person shot at him around 3 p.m. The BJP leader was returning to his residence in Rajgarh area from office, a police officer said. The attacker fled.Mr. Verma was rushed to a hospital, where his condition was stated to be out of danger, the police said. A case has been registered and a probe is on, the officer said.last_img read more

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After Sri Lanka attacks, Goa police review security of churches

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on April 21 asked Goa Director General of Police Pranab Nanda to beef up security around Goa’s churches following the attack on churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The Chief Minister later told presspersons that he would be talking to Archbishop Fr. Filipe Neri Ferrao soon over improving the security arrangements for Goa’s churches, some of which date back to the 17th century. “I have spoken to the DGP about enhancing the security of Goa’s churches. I will be speaking to the Archbishop soon,” Mr. Sawant said while condemning the deadly attacks in which a large number of persons have reportedly died and many more injured. Goa Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh, when contacted, told The Hindu that when there is any incidents of any terror attack anywhere around the world, there is a review of security in the State at the top level.“We have alerted district Superintendents of Police and the Anti-terrorist squad, to be on alert. As there are no special prayers on Sunday, general security has been alerted in church areas. We have also alerted hoteliers to be more strict and vigilant in regard to the identity verification of their guests while providing accommodation,” said Mr. Singh.last_img read more

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Trees Become Refrigerators for Koalas

first_imgWhen they wrap their limbs around the wide trunks of acacia trees, koalas aren’t just trying to keep from falling—the trees help the marsupials cool off, researchers have discovered. The findings could impact koala conservation efforts as well as forecasts on how climate change will affect the animals.“I think this is really exciting,” says koala ecologist William Ellis of the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, in Australia, who was not involved in the new work. “The way koalas use their environment appears to be quite complex, and this just adds another layer to it.”Koalas are known for their limited diet—they survive solely on the leaves of particular species of eucalyptus trees. Even their water is mostly obtained from the leaves, making dehydration a danger, especially during Australia’s heat waves. But despite their reliance on eucalyptus for food and water, the animals also hang out on the trunks of other trees.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“We were puzzled why they’d spend time and energy swapping trees when they were so clearly hot and exhausted,” says zoologist Michael Kearney of the University of Melbourne, Parkville, in Australia. He and his colleagues suspected that the koalas might be trying to find spots with the most shade or breeze. To test their hypothesis, they used a miniature weather station, attached to a pole for easy transportation and control, to gather data on the weather around—and within the branches of—different trees. First, they collected data around trees in southeastern Australia that 37 radio-tagged koalas spent time around during different days. Then, they got a random sampling of readings on hundreds of nearby trees that the koalas didn’t choose to relax on. Finally, to get more information on how heat moved in and out of the trees, the researchers snapped thermal images of the four species of trees most often used by the koalas—three eucalyptus species and the Australian acacia.Whereas koalas sat in acacia trees only 5% of the time on cooler days, they were in the acacia trees almost a third of the time when the temperature exceeded 35°C. The preference couldn’t be explained by local temperature, humidity, or wind speed, which were all similar around the four tree species, and the acacia trees provided no extra shade. But the thermal imaging revealed something else. During hot weather, all four tree species had trunks cooler than the air temperature. Yet whereas eucalyptus trunks were less than 2°C cooler than the surrounding air, acacia tree trunks averaged almost 7°C colder. So the koalas spent more time on the acacia trees in hotter weather to help cool themselves down and avoid water loss, the team reports online today in Biology Letters.“This shows the many tricks that animals have up their sleeve to survive in harsh environments,” Kearney says. “I think it also emphasizes that even warm-blooded animals can be dependent on their environment for temperature regulation.”The new observation suggests that when scientists are trying to restore, protect, or recreate ideal koala habitats, they need to focus on more than just food-bearing trees—cool trunks may be key to helping the animals survive droughts and heat waves. “This certainly has implications for choosing suitable reserves for koalas,” Kearney says. “Now all of a sudden there’s something really important that we weren’t considering in the past.”Ellis says more research will be needed, though, to determine whether the findings hold true in all koala habitats—Kearney’s team studied koalas only in the southern end of the animals’ range, where the climate is generally less harsh. “I’d be interested to see if the advantage of these trees holds true in other areas with increased humidity or longer periods of heat,” Ellis says. “It may be that the animals can’t dump heat into a tree after a certain time.”last_img read more

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Smithsonian jumps into biodiversity genomics with new institute

first_imgOn the heels of two vast analyses of the genomes of both birds and insects, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has announced that it will launch a virtual biodiversity genomics institute to accelerate efforts to capture and catalog all the DNA from Earth’s flora and fauna.The Smithsonian is already devoting $10 million a year toward genomics research in evolutionary, diversity, conservation, and ecological studies. By formally tying all those efforts together, the Smithsonian hopes to “mobilize [its] internal troops”—about 100 scientists—to do even more, says John Kress, the Smithsonian’s interim under secretary for science. At the same time, he hopes the Smithsonian will take a lead in coordinating biodiversity genomics worldwide. Toward that goal, he hopes to raise $100 million over the next 10 years.“The Smithsonian is one of the very few institutions around the world that are able to do this,” says Erich Jarvis, a neurobiologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who coordinated the sequencing of the genomes of 48 bird species. For one, the Smithsonian already has quite a diverse collection: hundreds of thousands of museum specimens and thousands of blood samples in 30 special freezers, part of an initiative to freeze 50% of the diversity of life in the next 5 years. For another, the name carries clout. “You need some global leadership, and the Smithsonian is recognized for that,” Jarvis says. It has already partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop the bioinformatics power to support the genomics efforts.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The Smithsonian won’t be the first or even the biggest player in biodiversity genomics. Since 2006, Paul Hebert and his Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph in Canada has been combing the world and cataloging short stretches of DNA called DNA barcodes. The China National Genebank is also carrying out a comprehensive collection of DNA from plants, animals, and microbes for sequencing and study. Indeed, the Smithsonian until now has lagged behind a little, says Stephen O’Brien, a geneticist at St. Petersburg State University in Russia, who has been coordinating a global effort to sequence 10,000 vertebrates. There are parallel projects to sequence thousands of insects, marine invertebrates, and plants. He doesn’t think there needs to be a coordinating institution for all these efforts.Others disagree. The Smithsonian’s new institute “is a hugely important development for the planet,” Hebert says, as biodiversity genomics needs to be ramping up. “A great tragedy is that we are burning the books of life without even reading them.”last_img read more

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India-Canada ties were strong in 2017 despite some irritants

first_imgAt the annual Diwali gala organised by the Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) in Toronto in October, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “One of the reasons we are such good friends, Canada and India, is that we are the two largest democracies in the world – one by population and one by size.”Those words, he went on, were borrowed from a person with a facility for crafting lines – Vikas Swarup, author of the novel Q&A which became the basis for the multiple Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Swarup, of course, is also India’s high commissioner to Ottawa.A formal announcement of Trudeau’s visit to India in February is not out yet, but Kasi Rao, president and CEO of C-IBC, said prime ministerial visits “bring a great sense of movement, both in terms of confluence and in convergence.”Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img read more

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Hindu Temple in Singapore: 164-Year-Old Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple Restored

first_imgTwenty artisans from India have joined scores of local devotees in the restoration of a 164-year-old Hindu temple, a declared national monument, here, in a nearly Rs 20 crore project. Work has been going on for more than a year at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Little India where devotees share sacred space with the artisans and scores of other workmen.Read it at Latestly Related Itemslast_img

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Increasing Number of NRIs Returning Home

first_imgGrowing economic opportunities in India are attracting an increasing number of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) back to the country. They want to return to their home nation even if it results in a substantial pay cut, says Paul Dupuis, the CEO and managing director of Randstad India.U-turn NRIs“We call such returnees ‘U-turn candidates’. They are typically 35-45 years of age, highly qualified and working for multinationals in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Every day, we get a few unsolicited mails from returnees and also get connected via social media,” Dupuis told The Hindu BusinessLine.Randstad is a Dutch multinational human resource consulting firm with headquarters in Diemen, the Netherlands. It is said to be the world’s second-largest HR service provider.India’s MomentTalking about U-turn NRIs, Dupuis said that a similar trend was seen in Vietnam a decade ago, and China in the recent past. “What I mostly hear from returnees is that this is India’s moment. India is the rising tiger,” he said.However, NRIs also face issues such as gaps in the salary. For example,  an NRI from the United States will have to take a 20 per cent cut while one from West Asia will take a 25 per cent salary cut. But for them, other factors, such as living with the family, good schools and lower cost of living, compensate the salary cut and make India more attractive, Dupuis added.Increasing OpportunitiesIndia’s rising middle class and a GDP growth rate of over 7 per cent have been among factors that are drawing more NRIs to India. Employment opportunities have increased in the light of recent developments, such as demonetisation, which has impacted sectors such as e-payment, and implementation of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) that has created an increasing demand for tax specialists.But there is still a huge skill gap, Dupuis pointed out. Recruiting freshers and training them, the way Japanese companies do, even teaching them how to exchange business, can help India. Related ItemsLittle IndiaNRIs coming backNRIs return to IndiaPaul Dupuis NRIsRandstad India NRIsreturned NRIsU-turn NRIslast_img read more

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Gujarat Budget proposes tap water to every household by 2022

first_imgWater supply through taps and houses for poor are the main thrust areas of the Gujarat government in its budget presented in the State Assembly on Tuesday. The government has earmarked whopping ₹20,000 crore over next three years to ensure that each household gets tap water.Presenting an over ₹2 lakh crore Budget, the highest in Gujarat’s history, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who also handles finance portfolio, on Tuesday allocated a lion’s share of the expenditure towards water management in the wake of the State grappling with an acute water crisis due to deficit monsoon last year. Over a dozen districts in the State have been declared drought hit and water through tankers is being supplied in more than 1000 villages in these districts.“For the first time, the State’s budget has crossed ₹2 lakh crore (₹2,04,815). The government will spend ₹20,000 crore over the next three years to ensure no household in Gujarat is left without tap water. ₹4,500 crore has been allocated this year for this purpose,” Mr. Patel said in his Budget speech in the Assembly.Additionally, ₹7,157 crore has been allocated for Sauni Yojana and other water supply schemes for irrigation and drinking water. The ambitious Sardar Sarovar Narmada Yojana has been allocated ₹6,595 crore in the budget to complete the remaining canal network to bring water from branch canals to the field channels for irrigation.For housing for all, 4.8 lakh housing units have been sanctioned and budgetary provision of ₹1248 crore has been made while total provision for urban development and urban housing departments stand at ₹13,149 crore.For infrastructure in municipal corporation areas and towns with municipalities, 75 flyovers will be built. “Ahmedabad Metro project is under construction and its first phase was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In this year, ₹510 crore provisions is made for metro project,” Mr Patel told the assembly during his budget speech.Finance Minister also declared a new scheme — Vhali Dikri Yojana — to improve girl childbirth rate, strengthening socio economic status of girls and arrest their dro-out rate from schools and prevent child marriages. Under the scheme, the first and second girl child will be provided assistance of ₹4,000 at the time of enrolment in the school and ₹6,000 at the ninth standard. Moreover, ₹1 lakh assistance will be given for higher education or marriage when they reach the age of 18.As per the Niti Aayog figures, Gujarat figures among the States with lowest sex ratios in the country. According to data tabled in Lok Sabha recently, Gujarat is among 25 States that have registered an increase in sex ratio at birth. However, the state still lags behind in all-India sex ratio of 929 as per in 2017-16.last_img read more

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Chhattisgarh Congress leader held for sharing obscene video

first_imgThe police have arrested a Congress leader from Bilaspur for sharing an obscene video on a WhatsApp group. Pawan Dubey, Joint Secretary of the party’s district unit, had shared a porn video on the group along with an accompanying message. He was arrested following a complaint from the women members of the group. Based on a complaint filed by women members of that group, the police arrested him on Thursday evening, said Prashant Agrawal, Bilaspur Superintendent of Police.A case was registered under sections 67 [Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form] and 67A [Punishment for publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act in electronic form] of the Information Technology Act, 2000.Chhattisgarh Congress spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi said he didn’t know about the complaint or the arrest of the leader.last_img read more

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