Month: December 2019

Home Emergency Preparedness

first_imgBy Kristyn Jackson, LMFT and Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension ServiceFires, flooding, severe storms, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes affect families every year. Failure to adequately prepare for these emergencies can result in a number of consequences. However, in the event that you and your family experience one of these emergencies, proper planning and preparation will help you to weather the storm.The most important element in preparing your home for an emergency situation isLearn more about disaster preparedness from EDEN: http://eden.lsu.edu/Pages/default.aspxcommunication. Everyone in your home must be involved and know what to do in the event of an emergency. Additionally, you will want to consider involving your neighbors. In times of crisis, your neighbors will most likely be the first responders to the situation.A home emergency plan is the best way to plan and prepare for an emergency. This plan should be clearly communicated to all members of your household and practiced at least once a year. Also, if your family moves around frequently, tweak your emergency plan for the home that you are living in. There are four steps that you can take with your family to prepare your home for an emergency:Know what types of emergencies can affect your home. Certain types of emergencies are more likely to occur in specific geographic areas. For example, you may not know it but you may be living in an area that is prone to flash flooding. Regardless of where you live, the number one home emergency is fire. Contact Jennifer at  jhunter@uky.edu Create an emergency plan. Hold a household meeting to discuss how you will respond to a home emergency. It should be clear that all household members should share responsibilities when an emergency occurs. Be mindful of which tasks are age appropriate for each household member. The following topics should be discussed:How to deal with different emergencies (e.g., fire, flood, severe storm)Create an evacuation plan. Identify two meeting places outside of your home – one should be right outside and the other should be outside of your neighborhood in case you are not able to meet at your home.Establishing a “safe room” in your home that will protect you and your family from emergencies such as a severe stormIdentifying an out-of-area safety contact person who will be able to assist you. Additionally, consider discussing your emergency plan with a trusted neighbor who can help you in the event of an emergency. Practice your plan! Review your plan every 6 months, conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills, test fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, and keep your emergency supplies well stocked. Make sure that every member of your household is familiar with your plan and feels comfortable asking questions. Be mindful that a good plan is one that is easily understood and can be adjusted as needed.The preceding is a general plan for action on how to prepare your home for emergencies. There are multiple resources available that will provide more specific details. For example, consider conducting a quick internet search to determine what should be in your disaster supplies kit. While creating your home emergency plan, you may also think of other steps that you need to take to ensure that your home is prepared for an emergency.Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that commonly accompany home emergencies. Communicating with your family can potentially clear up any confusion and ensure that everyone survives an emergency situation. This is one of those discussions that should not be put off! Take emergency precautions. Taking the following safety precautions will help you and your family to deal with emergency situations:Post emergency telephone numbers in central locationsTeach children how and when to call 911 for emergency assistanceInstall multiple fire extinguishers (one on each level of your home)Install smoke detectors, being sure that smoke detectors are located near all bedroomsStock up on emergency supplies such as food, water, flashlights, matches, etc.Take a first aid and CPR classlast_img read more

That’s a Wrap! 5 Ways the Building Networks for Resilience Learning Experience Has Potential for Lasting Impact

first_imgI am extremely visual so I just printed this visual and added “How have you stepped on the treadmill today?” to hang it up right next to my desk and on my fridge. 5 – Helping Military Families and Other ClientsOnce participants learned how to build their own resilience through the network-building principles of Working Out Loud, they shared how they might use WOL with their clients. We have shared a few of their ideas here:The Touching the Treadmill notion is something I can see being helpful for some of my clients. Just getting started can sometimes feel overwhelming and this might help some of them to overcome the inertia.I would definitely encourage my clients to amplify who they are and what they do…I have found that a lot of them are constantly engaging in negative self-talk, saying they don’t do anything positive.  So I tend to discuss with them that even the smallest success, like getting out of bed, or brushing their teeth that day, is a success and an accomplishment. Once they start to recognize small goals as successful and positive, it begins to amplify what they want to accomplish with their day, then their week, and so on.  So starting with small , accomplish-able goals can help clients amplify that success in their work and their personal livesI would encourage my clients and staff to use (the element of) “Generosity.” We never know what a person is going through , so Just be nice! Volunteering in the community is a great way to thank others, and to also help build our networks and FEEL better ourselves because we’re helping others.I want to focus on Altruism- being selfless. By helping others, we help ourselves. But also be mindful that sometimes we need to take care of ourselves before taking care of others.Consider how this approach can be applied in my community work…maybe with or without the circle guides.Where to go from hereThe Building Your Networks for Resilience Learning Experience may have officially wrapped up on April 10, but the participants expressed a desire to continue practicing the Working Out Loud process. The Network Literacy team intends to support this continued learning and will be sharing more details about that within the next week. Thank you to everyone that participated in this experience – it has been a pleasure and an honor to put it together!If you did not get the chance to participate, you can still do that by accessing the webinars and podcast episodes. The Building Networks For Resilience Learning Experience was a partnership of the Network Literacy and Family Transitions teams of the Military Families Learning Network.What questions do YOU have of the Working Out Loud process and how you can use it to build your resilience or the resilience of your clients? Please share in the comments section. The final installment of the Building Networks for Resilience Learning Experience wrapped up on April 10, 2018 with a lively conversation, connecting participants through meaningful sense-making and sharing. The agenda was co-created by participants, and everyone that signed up for the podcasts and webinars was able to take advantage of sharing their thoughts and insights before, during, and after the learning experience through email, voicemail, social media, and BoardThing. Using John Stepper’s Working Out Loud process, we learned to apply network building principles aimed at building personal and professional resilience.Sketchnote by Tanmay Vora, CC BY-NC-SAPeople from across the United States and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba joined us in learning and teaching each other about their experiences with building their own networks. They discussed successes, barriers, what they’d like to practice more, how they will use elements of the Working Out Loud (WOL) process with their clients and military families, and how to best continue to engage with each other to support their network-building efforts.The result of this discussion highlighted 5 ways this kind of practice can impact our lives and our work:1 – Making Connections and Cultivating CuriosityMany of the successes participants shared centered on the connections they were able to make, as well as focusing on growth and curiosity:WOL reminded me how important it is to connect with others and build relationships when embarking on a new learning adventure. (I) Also learned that resilience is related to the health of one’s networks.In the last couple of weeks I have started a new teaching opportunity that has pushed my growth mindset like nothing ever has professionally. I am grateful for this framework as I continue to embark on this teaching!Through networking and speaking with other (military) spouses, I have met so many people that work for various military and veteran organizations that I know will help me in my new position. Developing an open curious approach to work and life has also allowed me to remember that I don’t have to have all the answers. (This) Definitely takes the pressure off and reduces anxiety and stress.  2 – Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Network BuildingParticipants shared the barriers they noticed as they practiced the Working Out Loud principles. Being aware of barriers is essential to overcoming them:Ironically, working as service providers to military families, we often forget to practice what we teach … what we share.Looking back, I think I came up being encouraged to compete – to be competitive. And that for me translated into a general attitude that to be vulnerable wasn’t an adaptive risk.Making assumptions is a big challenge. We assume people “KNOW.”I’ve had a lot of internal barriers… I’ve found that I am most definitely my own worst enemy when it comes to overthinking networking, in regards to what will I have to offer to others, whether it be in sessions or with building those working relationships.  Some want you to have a leadership presence and others a stewardship presence.Maybe some external barriers are actually internal barriers.3 – Establishment of New Habits Through Regular PracticeParticipants shared which elements of the Working Out Loud process they’d like to place their time and attention on via practice:I’d like to get to a place where I’m more comfortable being “out there.”I think the greatest barrier I have is time to keep this at the top of my list. I want to practice (all of the elements of WOL) more, but as busy as we all are, it’s hard to stop and find the time to keep up this mindset. It’s truly a mindset and I need to post this graphic up in several place to continue to frame it continuously.I’d like to develop a more open approach to work, and I have started doing that in the last few months.  I’d also like to develop a much more open approach to life.  I find myself being very quiet and “closed off” in my regular life, but the exact opposite with my work.  Purposeful discovery can be a motivator in itself.  It can fill voids. It can make one feel empowered and focused, and creative, flexible, etc.4 – Community-building through Co-creation, Co-learning, Co-teachingParticipants co-created the agenda, and were encouraged to learn and teach together. Following are a few of the insights and questions that came up during the April 10 event:I’m curious to know if the first 3 questions (from webinar 1) were helpful for framing the experience? The questions were: What lights you up? What do you care most about? What are you an advocate for?  I was curious if these questions helped frame the experience for others — or which questions might be most helpful.I would like to hear about strategies others use to make this ‘way of being/working’ a priority in their work …I seem to get ‘stuck’ in my to-do list How can you add some of these ideas to your list? Also – add things to your planner as appointments – like calling or texting someone orsending them an email. Or schedule some time for you to become an internet detective on a topic of interest.last_img read more

VFX Behind-the-Scenes from Hugo, Avatar and More

first_imgGet insights in to the visual effects work involved in Hugo, Avatar and Synecdoche, New York with these behind-the-scenes gems.Thanks to the Manhattan Edit Workshop event called “From The Cutting Room: An Evening with Visual FX Artists Rob Legato and Mark Russell” you can get a ton of insights into the inner workings of some classic visual effects shots.In these first two clips Rob Legato talks through some of the pre-vis needed to pull off some of the most complex and extended shots in Martin Scorcese’s 3D masterpiece Hugo.When everybody in the room says it can’t be done, then it’s worth doing…because then it’s fun.” – Rob LegatoIn this last clip Mark Russell talks through some work he did on Charlie Kaufman’s eccentric Synecdoche, New York to expand the physical locations with computer generated worlds, within worlds.Visual Effects Work on AvatarIn these three clips Rob walks through some of the work involved in bringing James Cameron’s Avatar to the screen, including inventing the motion capture technology needed to shoot computer generated images in a live action style.Rob also talks through the details of using the computer-based camera to create very complicated scenes all inside a small studio space – limited only by a very active imagination. In this last clip Rob talks through the final stages of pulling a scene together from the blocking of the actors, to experimenting with the framing to the final edit. Loads of great insight here:last_img read more

When Negativity Beats Optimism (And How to Stop It)

first_imgThere is nothing more powerful or more useful than a healthy, optimistic set of beliefs. Optimism is an empowering mix of hope, belief, and confidence. It simply doesn’t pay to be pessimistic, and it doesn’t pay to be a realist if being a realist means not operating with a sense of hope, belief, and confidence.There are many more pessimists than there are optimists, and your optimistic belief and attitude is under constant assault from outside forces.For some, their optimism is fragile. It hasn’t taken root deep enough that it can’t be undone by pessimists and cynics. Here is how and why pessimism wins and what you can do about it.When pessimism gets the last word. Pessimism wins the battle for hearts and minds when it gets the last word. The pessimist or cynic continues to chip away, constantly criticizing, complaining, and reminding would-be optimists of just how difficult things really are, that things should be easier, that things are better somewhere else.Try this. Ask the pessimist: “What’s the other side of your argument (complaint, idea)?” Then be very quiet.When pessimism comes from the leader. Pessimism always wins when it comes from the leader. An organization is an extension of its leader. If they don’t believe, if they don’t have confidence, neither will the organization. A leader provides a vision, without optimism, there is no real vision.If you are in a leadership role, you need to change fast. Go on a negativity fast, and stop taking in anything negative.When no one opposes negativity. Optimism loses when no one opposes pessimism. This is how cultures are destroyed by a few negative people. The pessimists are so sure that things are bad and getting worse, and they speak about so relentlessly, that it starts to take hold in others. Without someone to oppose pessimism, it wins without a contest.If you are in a leadership role, you have to protect your culture. If you’re not, stand up to the pessimists who would have you lower your personal standard. Visibly call them on their poor attitude and beliefs, playfully if you can, more directly if you have to. You have a right to protect yourself.When negativity plays on fears. There are only two real emotions, love and fear. Everything is a derivative. Pessimism is so powerful because it speaks to your fears. The more you fear, the more the pessimistic attitude and belief system takes hold. The more the pessimistic attitude and belief system takes hold, the more you fear.Ask the pessimist, “What fear do you believe is driving you to believe that idea?”Optimism is a powerful force. But so is pessimism. Don’t let negativity destroy your empowered attitude and beliefs.last_img read more

Cheap Is Expensive

first_imgPeople believe that the way to determine whether something is cheap or expensive is to look at the price, oftentimes comparing the price of one offering with a similar offering. While price can sometimes be a factor, it generally has less to do with whether something is expensive. In large part, it is because companies have taught people to expect that they can have better, faster, and cheaper.Let me explain this in a way that makes this simple to understand. Price and cost are different factors, and they are separate from one another. Let’s assume you are looking at two pairs of shoes, one pair with a price tag of $250 and the other priced at $450. There is a massive difference in price, but you do not have enough information to determine which pair is more expensive. To make that determination, you need more information.The $250 shoes are of average quality, and they will last about 18 months if they are worn to work every day before they need to be replaced. These shoes cost you about $14 a month. The $450 shoes are of a much higher quality, lasting 48 months if worn to work daily. These shoes cost you something less than $10 a month, meaning that they have a lower cost, even while having a higher price. You have to buy 2.5 pairs of the lower-priced shoes over the 48 months, which means you will spend $750 to cover your feet over the same period of time.“Cheaper” tends to come with a lower price and a higher cost. When this is true, cheaper is more expensive. “Expensive” tends to come with a higher price and a lower cost. When this is true (and it often is true,) even if one does not appertain the value, expensive is actually “cheaper,” if by cheaper we mean a lower cost.This rule of thumb applies to all kinds of things in life and business. The cheap fast food place may be expensive because of its impact on your health. The employee that you hire because you are trying to save money can cost you much more than you saved by being thrifty. And being cheap with your attention can be expensive when it comes to producing the results you need. 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 Nowlast_img read more

Bihar Srijan scam: CBI registers four more cases

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation has registered four more cases against the office-bearers of Bihar-based Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti, officials of the Bank of Baroda and Indian Bank and others for alleged embezzlement of government funds.The first ‘Srijan scam’ case is against Srijan president Shubhlaxmi Prasad and nine other officr-bearers of the organisation.The CBI has arraigned the then senior Bank of Baroda (Bhagalpur) branch manager, its cashier, then District Welfare Officer Arun Kumar, Srijan’s cashier, its other employees and others in the second FIR.The then and current manager of Bank of Baroda’s Bhagalpur branch, then branch manager of Indian Bank and all office-bearers of Srijan have been made accused in the third case.In the fourth case, the CBI has named the then Land Acquisition Officer of Bihar’s Banka, all office-bearers of Srijan and the then branch managers of the Indian Bank and the Bank to Baroda.The cases have been registered on a reference from the Bihar government, after the RJD targeted its former ally JD(U) and the BJP over the scam.It is alleged that Srijan, which was into imparting vocational training to women, diverted government funds to its accounts between 2004 and 2013, in connivance with bank and State government officials. The amount involved is said to be over ₹800 crore.last_img read more

Second-phase nesting leaves a stench at Rushikulya

first_imgRemnants of eggs from second-phase mass nesting of olive ridleys at Odisha’s Rushikulya rookery has made the coast a stinking, polluted place.Fishermen from the region said they are facing the stench problem this year because of the unique recurrence of mass nesting of olive ridleys. Thousands of decomposing remnants of turtle eggs can be seen strewn on the coast between Podampeta and Gokharkuda, the region where mass nesting had recurred in April this year.Environmental activist Rabindranath Sahu, who heads the Rushikulya Sea Turtle Protection Committee, said this problem has been caused by nature and nature only will alleviate it with time. Olive ridley eggs incubate on their own by the heat of the sand under which they are buried. The hatchlings come out in 45 to 50 days and after that the covering of the eggs decompose and mix with the sand.Vagaries of natureThis year, the olive ridleys nested twice at Rushikulya coast — the first time in February when it’s the regular mass nesting period, and the second time in April from 18th to 22nd. In the second phase, around 37,000 mother olive ridleys laid eggs at the beach. This untimely second-phase mass nesting faced vagaries of nature like eroding sea waves which could not be stopped by using sand bags. A large number of olive ridley nests were exposed and damaged by the waves. These eggs have started to decompose now and the stench emanating from them is driving tourists away from the beach, said Mr. Sahu.Khallikote ranger of Forest Department Dilip Kumar Martha said the summer sun and saline water of the sea will gradually decompose the remnants of the eggs and the beach will become free from the debris which will mix up with the sand.last_img read more

Bhima-Koregaon clashes: Pune police gets 90 more days to file charge sheet against five persons arrested in June

first_imgA special court on Sunday granted the Pune police a 90-day extension for filing charge sheet against the five activists arrested on June 6 for their alleged links with the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the Bhima-Koregaon clashes of January 1.The accused — Dalit activist-publisher Sudhir Dhawale, prominent human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, tribal activist Mahesh Raut, Nagpur University English Professor Shoma Sen and activist Rona Wilson — were produced before the court amid tight security in the morning. Arguing for more time to be given to the city police authorities to comprehensively probe the case, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar alleged that the accused received funding amounting to ₹5 lakh for fomenting the Bhima-Koregaon riots.Ms. Pawar presented before the court that the police had evidence of the funds being given to the accused with instructions to aggravate the clashes during the bicentenary celebrations of the 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon.The prosecution further submitted that the police needed the additional time to probe links between these five activists and with the other five civil rights activists — Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bharadwaj in Haryana, and poet Varavara Rao — who were arrested on August 28 in the second multi-city crackdown by the Pune police for alleged Maoist connections.’Urban Naxals’ “A vast quantity of electronic data in the form of CDs, pen drives, hard disks had been seized from the homes of the accused. Furthermore, investigating authorities needed additional time to examine their bank accounts and call records,” said Ms. Pawar during her arguments, stating that the phenomenon of ‘Urban Naxalism’ was more grave and lethal than that in the jungles.Shivaji Pawar, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Swargate Division, who is the investigating officer in the case, said that as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) had been invoked against the accused in this case, the period to file the charge sheet in this particular case could be extended up to 180 days as the investigation was not yet complete.ACP Pawar submitted before the court that the accused were attempting to veer youth from prestigious institutes towards Naxalism. “We have firm evidence of Maoist infiltration in human rights outfits like the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) among others… it is vital to understand who is recruiting students to Maoist ranks and how the Elgaar Parishad was funded,” said ACP Pawar, who has been tasked by the Pune Commissioner of Police to handle the Elgaar Parishad probe.On Saturday, the city police had filed an application before the court, alleging that all five were “active members of the banned CPI-Maoist” and that the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ (held at the Shaniwarwada fort on December 31) was reportedly funded by the proscribed outfit.The Pune police had moved the application on the assumption that the deadline for filing a charge sheet against the five activists ended on September 2.“In our counter-argument, we requested the judge for an adjournment in the case on the calculation that the 90-day deadline for filing the charge sheet ended on September 4 and not on September 2 as stated by the Pune police,” said defence counsel Advocate Rohan Nahar, speaking with The Hindu.On the prosecution’s claim about purported funds being supplied to the accused to aggravate the clashes, he said: “We have nothing to confirm or deny the allegations as we are not furnished with any report of the police’s investigations or their findings. We will come to know of the specific allegations only once the charge sheet is filed.”Meanwhile, authorities at the Yerwada Central Jail — where the five accused are presently lodged — moved an application to move them to separate jails, citing overcrowding and security issues at Yerwada Jail as the  reasons for the proposed transfer of the accused.The two countrywide swoops by the Pune police — in June and in August — were based on an FIR registered at the city’s Vishrambaug Wada police station in connection with speeches made during the Elgaar Parishad.The FIR was based on a complaint by one Tushar Damgude against six participants, including Mr. Dhawale, of the Parishad. Those named in the FIR were members of the Kabir Kala Manch, a Dalit cultural troupe.The complaint had accused the KKM activists of making a number of “inflammatory” speeches and delivering “socially divisive” presentations during the course of the troupe’s performance and recitals at the ‘Elgaar Parishad’, which lasted nearly eight hours and witnessed the participation of thousands of persons from more than 250 progressive social outfits including several left-leaning and Ambedkarite groups across Maharashtra.last_img read more

14-day judicial custody for poet-activist Varavara Rao

first_imgA special court on Monday sent poet-activist P. Varavara Rao to 14-day judicial custody for alleged links with Maoists and for his role in the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ and subsequent Bhima-Koregaon clashes.Mr. Rao was produced at the Pune sessions court after his police custody ended on Monday.The court further granted the Pune city police a 90-day extension for filing the charge sheet against Mr. Rao and activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, and Vernon Gonsalves, who were arrested on August 28 as part of the second countrywide crackdown on ‘urban naxalism’ by Pune police probing the Bhima-Koregaon clashes of January 1 this year.They, along with civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha, were arrested as part of a larger conspiracy of attempting to overthrow the government, waging war against the country and creating social unrest.Mr. Navlakha, who has got relief from Delhi High Court, has since moved the Bombay High Court to quash the FIR lodged by the Pune police against him. The Bombay HC has offered him protection from arrest till it hears his case on December 14.Last week, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Shivaji Pawar, investigating officer in the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ case, had said the city police had moved the application seeking an extension for filing the supplementary charge sheet under Section 43D of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in order to preclude the possibility of the arrested activists’ seeking default bail.“We moved the application on grounds that the accused could calculate the first 90 days of their arrest (from August 28) and seek default bail,” Mr. Pawar said.However, Rahul Deshmukh, defence counsel for Mr. Gonsalves, argued that the police’s move was utterly contradictory and implied they were completely unsure about their case.“The prosecution and the police had argued while seeking the activists’ remand that their house arrest terms could not be considered as ‘police custody’. Now, the police, in seeking an extension to file the charge sheet is implying that the house arrest was part of the custody,” said Mr. Deshmukh.On September 2, the Pune court had again granted the police a 90-day extension for filing charge sheets against the five activists arrested during the June 6 crackdown including publisher Sudhir Dhawale, prominent human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, tribal activist Mahesh Raut, Nagpur University English Professor Shoma Sen and activist Rona Wilson.A 5,160-page charge sheet against them was finally filed by the police on November 15.They, along with Ms. Bharadwaj, Mr. Ferreira and Mr. Gonsalves are presently incarcerated in Yerwada Jail.last_img read more

Now, Tej Pratap floats ‘Lalu Rabri Morcha’ in Bihar

first_imgIn fresh trouble for Lalu Prasad’s RJD, his mercurial elder son Tej Pratap Yadav on Monday urged his mother Rabri Devi to contest from Saran Lok Sabha seat in place of the father of his estranged wife and threatened to contest as an Independent if his request was not heeded. The maverick MLA and former Minister spoke while announcing the formation of a parallel outfit Lalu Rabri Morcha which he insisted was not separate from the RJD and pointed towards photographs of his parents besides younger brother Tejashwi, who has in the recent past emerged as the party’s de facto leader. “Saran is the seat of my father Lalu ji and mother Rabri ji. I urge my mother, with folded hands, that she herself enter the fray from there. If this does not happen I will contest as an Independent and make my best efforts to win it,” a furious Mr. Yadav told reporters here. Chandrika Rai, the party’s MLA from Parsa seat falling under Saran, was announced as the candidate from the Lok Sabha seat last week. BJP has named sitting MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy as its nominee on the seat. Mr. Rai’s daughter Aishwarya had tied the knot with Mr. Yadav in May last year though the latter moved a divorce petition within less than six months of the marriage.Mr. Yadav, who has been pressing the candidature of two of his loyalists Chandra Prakash from Jehanabad and Angesh from Sheohar, announced that the duo would be fielded by his Morcha from the respective seats. Replying to a query, he shot back, “What action can the party take against me? The RJD leadership has to realise that there is widespread resentment against the NDA government in Bihar which we have to harness. We must not end up angering the people.”‘Bid to divide us’“Many elements have entered the RJD who are trying to drive a wedge between my brother and me. I would urge Tejashwi, whom I always call my Arjuna, to beware of such elements,” Mr. Yadav said.last_img read more

SC Collegium recommends 5 new Chief Justices of HCs

first_imgThe Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of five judges for appointment as the Chief Justices in Rajasthan, Kerala, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh High Courts. The five names are Delhi HC Judge Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, Kerala HC Judge Justice P.R. Ramachandra Menon, Punjab and Haryana HC Judge Justice A.K. Mittal, Allahabad HC Judge Justice Vikram Nath and Bombay HC Judge Justice A.S. Oka. The Collegium recommended the appointment of Justice Bhat after noting that the office of the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court has fallen vacant after the recent transfer of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog to the Bombay High Court. “While making the above recommendation, the Collegium is conscious of the fact that consequent upon the proposed appointment, there will be three Chief Justices from Delhi High Court, which has the special distinction of being the High Court for the National Capital,” the Collegium said.The decision was taken by the Collegium, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S.A. Bobde, N.V. Ramana, on Monday.last_img read more

US bill targets Indian IT companies

first_imgThe concerns remain high as this bill could be significantly detrimental to our industry, because it targets visa dependent companies. Actually it only deals with a particular set of companies that account for a minority of the visas and therefore, will have no substantive benefit for the people who are sought to be protected – American jobseekers. In the US, unemployment rate among technically skilled workers is less than 2%. So it is very clear there is a shortage. If its goal was to protect American jobseekers then it should have been written in such a way that it would be applicable to all, not just Indian companies.The argument that the bill will benefit technology companies is also not valid, because the distinction that’s made is not between technology companies and service companies. It is between visa dependent and visa non-dependent, which effectively makes it against Indian IT industry. The conditions are onerous and impractical. It imposes a huge compliance requirement which is difficult to fulfil in the ordinary course of business. Even the US Chamber of Commerce has voiced its concerns against such conditions as they set dangerous precedents.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more

India is The Fourth Most Powerful Country in The Asia-Pacific

first_imgIndia ranks fourth on the Asia Power Index, which attempts to measure the power of countries in the Asia-Pacific.The Asia Power Index, developed by the Lowy Institute in Australia, covers 25 countries across a very broad geographical spectrum, extending to Pakistan, Russia and Australia and the U.S. India ranks behind the U.S, China and Japan in that order. Following India are Russia, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in that order to round out the top 10.Read it at Qrius Related Itemslast_img read more

India’s Infosys Opens Fourth Innovation Hub in United States

first_imgIndia’s second-biggest software services exporter Infosys has inaugurated a new technology and innovation hub, its fourth in the USA.The new hub in Raleigh, North Carolina, will help Infosys work more closely with clients in fields such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, user experience and advanced digital technologies, including big data and Cloud, Indo-Asian News Service reports.Read it at A Times Related Itemslast_img

$2 Billion Tax Bite?

first_imgIndia’s Income Tax department is pursuing almost $2 billion in tax penalties from Hasan Ali Khan, the Pune-based race horse breeder, who is accused of money-laundering deals worth billions of dollars. Earlier raids by the IT department found records that indicated he had a balance of $8.04 billion in UBS Zurich at one point. However UBS claims the documents are forged and that he does not have any accounts or assets with them.   Related Itemslast_img

Number of Indian Visitors to U.S. Falls for the First Time in Eight Years

first_imgFor the first time in eight years, the number of Indians visiting the United States has recorded a fall, according to a report by the National Travel and Trade Office (NTTO).About 11.14 lakh Indians traveled to the United States in 2017, which is about 5 percent less than 2016 when the number stood at 11.72 lakh, the report said. On the other hand, during the same period, American visitors to India saw a decline of 2 percent. In 2016, 18.2 percent Americans visited India and the corresponding number fell to 16.2 percent in 2017.According to the Times of India, the last time the U.S. ever witnessed low turnout of Indian visitors was in 2009 when only 5.5 lakh Indians visited the country. This was about 8 percent less than the previous year. That was a time the global financial crisis had set in and travelers, visitors, corporates, and businesses cut down on travel. But since then Indian visitors were increasing every year up to 2016.Nearly 77 million international visitors visited the United States in 2017, according to NTTO, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration. The growing markets were led by South Korea (+17.8 percent), Brazil (+11 percent), Argentina (+10 percent), Ireland (+9 percent), and Canada (+4.8 percent).  Growing markets outnumbered declining markets by 2-to-1.In April 2018, the NTTO had temporarily suspended publication of overseas arrivals data due to anomalies in records received from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). “Together, the NTTO and CBP identified approximately 4.5 million records that had been misclassified with respect to residency, due to a programing error. The misclassification had not been identified until it became apparent that the records were not reflecting trends consistent with other indicators of overseas travel to the United States,” NTTO said in a statement. “The data has been revised for 2016 and 2017.”NTTO has forecast an increase in the number of Indian visitors to the United States during 2018-2022, according to the Times of India.The report also showed that fewer Americans visited India in 2017. About 16.2 percent of Asia-bound American travelers spent their dollars in India, a decline of 2 percent when compared to 2016 when that number was 18.2 percent. In 2010, 14 percent Americans visited India, which jumped to 17.1 percent in 2012 and 19.1 percent in 2013. In 2014, 18.8 percent Americans came to India on a tourist visa, and the number fell to 17.7 percent in 2015.China is now the preferred travel destination in Asia for American tourists, the NTTO said.The United States welcomed nearly 77 million international visitors into the country, who collectively spent a record-setting $251.4 billion experiencing the country in 2017, a two percent increase when compared to 2016. In 2017, travel and tourism exports helped support more than 1.2 million American jobs across the United States, the report said. Related ItemsTourismUnited Stateslast_img read more