There is a difference between being busy and getting things done, and it is important to recognize the difference.You can be very busy responding to your email, responding to voice mail, and helping other people with their urgent priorities. You can also be very busy cleaning your office, organizing your desk, and setting up a sophisticated file structure for all of the electronic flotsam and jetsam that enters your world. Doing this work can give you a tremendous feeling of accomplishment, too (especially if you make a list and cross of the activities as you complete them). But you can do all sorts of tasks like this and still not have gotten anything done.If you really want to get things done you have trade the activities and tasks that don’t move you closer to your goals for the outcomes that do. You have to trade email and voice mail for a higher value task or activity, like developing new relationships and nurturing existing ones. You have to trade cleaning your office and organizing your desk for developing the work that will better serve your clients. You have to trade low value work for planning and preparing, for focused work creating, and for the real work that produces real results.The important work you really need to do is more difficult. It creates more resistance. This is the work you are avoiding when you are scratching the low value tasks off your list.Your results in business, in sales, and life are going to be generated by the time, effort, and energy you invest in those few tasks that generate real outcomes. You don’t generate results by having an empty inbox, a clean desk, an organized office, or the best filing system for your electronic documents that the world has ever known.Swap the low value tasks that steal your time and allow you to avoid your real work for higher value outcomes and a much greater—and much more real—sense of accomplishment.QuestionsWhat are the tasks you turn to when you are avoiding the real work you need to get done?Why is there so much resistance to higher value work?What are the two or three activities that you really need to devote your time, energy, and effort to in order to produce real results? 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
Closing: The discipline of closing is the gaining of commitments. This is the first discipline because commitments are what allow you to create opportunities, create value, and win deals. This is the first discipline.Prospecting: The discipline of prospecting requires that you speak to your dream clients to ask them for their time and for an opportunity to explore working together. This is the second discipline because no deal is ever created or closed before it is opened.Nurturing: The discipline of nurturing requires that you communicate value to your dream clients over a long period of time, making yourself known, and making yourself known as a value creator.Planning: The discipline of sales call planning allows you to use both your time and your dream client’s time effectively. It allows you to plan to create value and establish yourself as a true professional.Value Creation: The discipline of value creation requires that you ensure that your dream client benefits from every engagement with you, including every sales interaction, and every deal.Caring: The discipline of caring is what ensures that you aren’t self-oriented and that you establish trust. It makes you other-oriented.Integrity: The discipline of integrity is also necessary for trust. It is the discipline of being honest and walking your talk.Listening: This discipline, combined with caring, is the heart of understanding. Your dream clients want to be heard, want to be significant, and want to collaborate. The discipline of listening is how you meet those needs.Follow Up: The discipline of follow up is your keeping the commitments you make to your dream clients, no matter how large or small. It is one of the ways trust is established and maintained.Profit: The discipline of profit ensures that you make enough money to successfully deliver for your clients and that you have enough left over to develop greater levels of value in the future.
If you want to massively shorten your sales cycle, it’s relatively easy to do.First, target your dream clients, the prospects for whom you can create breathtaking, earth shattering, jaw dropping value. You know the ones I mean. The ones who perceive massive value from what you do. The ones who have the exact challenges you resolve. The ones trying to get to the future that you provide.Wasting time with prospects who don’t value what you do deprives you of the time you need to spend with your dream clients. Stick to your sweet spot, come Hell or high water.Second, call your dream clients on the telephone. Don’t email them first. Don’t connect with them on Twitter. Don’t wait for marketing. Don’t wait for inbound. Don’t even hang out in a LinkedIn Group commenting on questions. Seriously, if you want to compress the sales cycle, start by compressing the time it takes you to get a meeting.I asked a small group of salespeople to make phone calls for two hours today. They booked 22 appointments in that two hours. When time is of the essence, act like it.Third, make sure that you create enough value in every interaction that you deserve the right to ask for the next commitment you need to move the process forward. Never leave a client interaction without obtaining the next commitment. The reason it takes longer to win deals is because salespeople make three calls to do what they might have done in one call.Your sales process should outline those commitments. When you leave a meeting without a commitment, you have failed. And you’ve failed your dream client by taking longer to help them get better results.There are no secrets here. These are the fundamentals. This is all blocking and tackling; three yards and cloud of dust.If your sales cycle is longer than it needs to be (or if your pipeline is shallow), ask yourself which of these three fundamentals you aren’t practicing. 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
Some people think of adversity as something negative. They believe trying events or circumstances are something to be avoided as if that were even possible. Mistakenly, they believe that adversity is all bad, that it’s not good to have to struggle. Nothing could be further from the truth; adversity is what shapes you.Real adversity would be the lack of adversity. If nothing causes you to dig deep, to discover how powerful you are, and to overcome difficult circumstances, you never realize what kind of stuff you are really made of. If you are never required to exercise your intestinal fortitude, your courage, your willingness to trudge forward against unimaginable resistance, you don’t develop into the best version of yourself, the you that you are capable of becoming.Create AdversityWhen you don’t have enough adversity, you have to create it for yourself, lest you weaken, wither, and wilt away to something less than who you really are. You have to challenge yourself, stretch yourself, and take risks.If what you are doing right now is not allowing you to do the purposeful, meaningful work you were put here to do, then you have to create the adversity that comes with actually changing your life in ways that allow you to do what you put here to do. For most of us, this idea itself, and what it means for us, creates adversity.Are you comfortable where you are now? Are you happy? If this you are, you need new goals,new initiatives, and projects to go with them. If you aren’t petrified by what you write down as your goals, you are not manufacturing real adversity. If you believe you can easily accomplish your goals, you aren’t playing full out.Growth, development, and progress are vital human needs. We need something to push back against. If you aren’t challenged, you have to challenge yourself. 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 What kind of adversity do you need right now?What is going to stretch you beyond your present capabilities?What is going to force you to grow?
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition was filed in the Patna High Court on Thursday against two Minister sons of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, allegedly for concealing details of their assets in affidavits submitted to the Election Commission during the 2015 Assembly elections. The petitioner sought annulment of the election of State deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav.“Both the Ministers did not disclose their assets in poll affidavits filed to the Election Commission in 2015…I have requested the court to declare their election as null and void,” the petitioner Manibhushan Pratap Sengar told journalists in Patna. The petitioner has also sought a CBI inquiry into the matter.On Thursday, Mr. Modi wrote a letter to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urging him to sack Tej Pratap Yadav and file a First Information Report (FIR) against him for concealing asset details in his poll affidavit.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence conducted searches at national shooter Prashant Bishnoi’s house in Meerut on Saturday night. Leopard and black buck skins, 140 weapons, 50,000 cartridges and ₹1 crore in cash were among the items seized. Mr. Bishnoi is the son of Devendra Kumar, a former Army Colonel. A senior DRI official the search was in connection with a case of disproportionate assets. Police have detained four people for questioning. Antlers, bones, ivory, stuffed deer, sambhar and blackbuck and about 117 kilograms of meat, believed to be that of neelgai, were also seized from the house at Civil Lines here in the western U.P. town. The meat will be sent to labs in Dehradun for testing. No arms licenceThe DRI officials took more than 17 hours to finish the search operation, conducted jointly with the State wildlife and forest department officials and the police. Initially the officials were told by Prashant’s family that the cartridges were given to him by the government for practice. But they were unable to produce the licence. Sanjeev Kumar, a forest department official who was part of the search team, said Mr. Kumar was suspected of running a wildlife poaching racket with his son. “Foreign rifles and pistols were recovered. Licences of arms were not found. The team asked the retired Colonel about his son’s whereabouts, but he has not revealed much, he told the media. Search on for PrashantAs the searches were being conducted, Devendra Kumar told the media that he knew nothing about the alleged activities of his son as he stayed in Bareilly, where he ran a college. “He should be punished if he is engaged in illegal activities,” he told the media.No arrests have been made as yet. Police have been deployed outside Prashant’s house in Meerut. Several teams have been formed to look for the shooter, who is allegedly absconding.
A man was arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl in Sakeet area of the district, police said on Monday.The accused barged into the girl’s house on Sunday when she was alone and committed the misdeed, they said.Hearing the girl’s cries, neighbourers rushed to her help and got hold of the accused, police said, adding the man was arrested and charged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).Investigation is underway, they said.
The Rajasthan government has made a provision for financial assistance to export units for participating in exhibitions organised abroad. The move is set to benefit export-oriented sectors such as gems and jewellery, textiles and dimensional stone.State Industries Minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat said here on Tuesday that an export unit would get a maximum of ₹3 lakh every year for taking part in three international exhibitions. He said the State government had set a target for increasing exports threefold from ₹40,776 crore in 2016-17 to ₹1,21,000 crore in the years to come.With their participation in the foreign expos, the exporters would be able to get first-hand information about the demand in the global markets and formulate their plans and strategies accordingly, said Mr. Shekhawat.The Minister said the list of recipients of the export awards for 2015-16 and 2016-17 would be announced shortly. The products which are exported from the State are mainly from sectors like textile, agro and food products, engineering, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, dimensional stone, minerals, plastic, handicrafts, ready-made garments and carpets.
The resignations of two BJP ministers, who courted controversy by attending a rally supporting those accused of raping and killing a young girl in Kathua, will be handed over to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for further action, said senior BJP leader Ram Madhav.The senior BJP leader said the resignation of the ministers was to address the fears of not only its ally PDP and the people of Jammu and Kashmir but also the entire nation.Mr. Madhav, who is the party’s general secretary in-charge of the State, also said that the State government was told to withdraw the directive of the tribal affairs department on encroachments by nomads in forest land.Mr. Madhav, who attened the legislative party meeting of the State BJP MLAs and MLC, said State party president Sat Sharma will send the resignations to the Chief Minister.Forest Minister Choudhary Lal Singh and Industries Minister Chander Prakash Ganga tendered their resignation in view of a perception being created, he said.He lashed out at the Congress, alleging that it was trying to politicise the issue which should not be done.“We, including the BJP which is in the government, will ensure justice for the girl and punishment for the culprits,” he said.Asked about the demand for a CBI probe into the incident, the BJP leader said, “The police has completed the probe and now it is in the court of law. It is for the court to decide.”Mr. Ganga and Mr. Singh had hit out at the police for arresting “one or the other person at will” in connection with the rape and killing of the 8-year-old girl in January this year.Asking why the probe was not being handed over to the CBI, Lal Singh had said, “We too want that the real accused be punished… We have heard you. We will not allow this jungle raj, under which they (police) are picking up people at will, to continue. What kind of investigation are they doing?”The ‘Hindu Ekta Manch’, from which the BJP distanced itself, had also taken out a rally holding a tricolour to press for their demand.The incident and use of national flag had evoked sharp reaction from Ms. Mufti.“Appalled by the marches and protests in defence of the recently apprehended rapist in Kathua. Also horrified by their use of our national flag in these demonstrations, this is nothing short of desecration. The accused has been arrested and the law will follow its course,” she tweeted.
An eight-year-old girl was raped allegedly by her uncle in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, the police said on Wednesday. The incident comes days after three similar cases of minors’ rape were reported from three different places — Nilagiri, Soro and Khaira — in the State’s Balasore district. The incident in Kalahandi happened on Tuesday near Bachaka village under the jurisdiction of Biswanathpur police station, the police said. The accused lured the girl with fruits and took her to a nearby forest, Additional Superintendent of Police of Kalahandi Gopinath Mani Patra said.Her father’s cousin The accused, a cousin of the girl’s late father, allegedly raped her inside the forest, the ASP said. After returning home, the girl, a student of Class III, narrated the incident to her mother who lodged a complaint with the police, he said. A case was registered against the accused on the basis of the FIR and the accused was arrested, Mr. Patra, also in-charge of the investigation unit for crime against women, said. Both the girl and the accused were sent for medical examination, he said, adding that the girl’s statement was recorded before the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Bhawanipatna. The incidents in Balasore triggered public outcry and had stalled the proceedings of the Assembly on Monday.
Allegations of attempt to sexually exploit a Class VIII girl have been levelled against the headmaster of a residential school in Kandhamal district of Odisha.According to Kandhamal District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Rashmita Karan, the father of the victim filed an FIR on Monday against the headmaster of the residential school managed by the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) Development Department of the Odisha government. No one had been arrested till Monday evening.Victim to be counselledMs. Karan said apart from the police investigation, a parallel inquiry would also be taken up by her department. The victim would also be properly counselled so that she does not stop her education because of the incident.As per the complaint filed by the victim’s father, she escaped a sexual harassment attempt at the hands of the headmaster on April 22. Around 2.30 p.m. on that day, the headmaster had called the girl home and engaged her in some domestic work. Later he attempted to sexually exploit her, the father alleged.But the girl escaped from his clutches and ran out of the house through the backdoor. She did not return to her hostel room but reached the Daringbadi bus stand. There she was located by a relative who took her to her village.
Virar: Launching a direct attack against its ally Shiv Sena, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday that late Bal Thackeray would have been hurt seeing the way his party has indulged in backstabbing. “I have immense respect for Balasaheb Thackeray. But his soul would have been hurt today seeing the behaviour of Shiv Sena. He never backstabbed his friends. He fought from the front,” said the UP CM addressing a public rally in Virar to campaign for the BJP’s candidate Rajendra Gavit for the May 28 Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll. Claims on candidateThe Shiv Sena is contesting the bypoll independently and has fielded late BJP MP Chintaman Wanga’s son Shrinivas Wanga. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has said earlier that he had informed the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray of his party’s decision to field a member of the Wanga family, despite which Sena acted in this manner. Mr. Adityanath said on Wednesday, “I ask people to have no sympathy for those who take Shivaji Maharaj’s name but work like Afzal,” he said, without naming the Shiv Sena. Mr. Adityanath said the example of Congress is there for everyone to see. It is a sign of God that Congress is out of the equation, he said. “Whoever opposed the BJP’s vision of development and good governance was reduced to dust. The people will ensure that whoever opposes the BJP will meet with the same fate,” he added. Wooing the northWith Wednesday’s rally, the BJP hopes to make an impact on the sizeable north Indian community in the urban areas of Palghar constituency such as Nalasopara, Vasai and Virar. Incidentally, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) which won three out of the six Assembly segments in the Palghar LS seat had garnered maximum votes from this area last time.The UP CM appealed to people from north India to vote for BJP to counter lawlessness and goondaism, and ensure development. BJP has decided to deploy leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan in Palghar till May 28. Former Congress leader and now a minister in the U.P. cabinet, Rita Bahuguna-Joshi, was among those who were present at the rally today. Nine MLAs from UP are permanently stationed in here to ensure north Indian votes. Others who addressed the rally today included MLAs Sushil Singh, Avadhesh Singh, and minister Anil Rajbhar.Smriti to campaignOn Thursday, Union minister Smriti Irani is scheduled to campaign in Dahanu. A team of BJP officials is stationed in Palghar to coordinate the election campaign. Corporators from Mumbai, and neighbouring Mira-Bhayander are being given specific responsibilities and have been asked to handle particular set of voters. While concentrating on urban area, the BJP has lured Vivek Pandit of Shramajivi Sanghatana to work on tribal voters.
Six women and 13 minor girls were rescued by the police from a bus in Koraput district of Odisha on Wednesday night while they were being illegally trafficked to Andhra Pradesh. A couple allegedly involved in the illegal transportation was also taken into custody. According to the District Child Protection Officer of Koraput, Rajashree Das, 13 of the 19 rescued were minors. All of them were from different parts of Nabarangpur district. They had been promised jobs with hefty wages, she added.Acting on a tip-off from fellow passengers, a police team from the Borigumma police station searched the Umerkote-Visakhapatnam bus of the Odisha State Road Transport Corporation and rescued the women. Interestingly, most of the women were not aware of the destination of their bus journey. On Thursday, a team from the Child Welfare Committee, Koraput, reached Borigumma for counselling the women.
A day after five persons of a nomadic community were lynched in Dhule district of Maharashtra on suspicion of being child-lifters, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday announced a compensation of ₹5 lakh for the families of each of the deceased.“I appeal to the residents not to believe unverified rumours circulating over social media or to take the law into their own hands. We have taken serious cognisance of this unfortunate incident,” Mr. Fadnavis said, speaking along the sidelines of a function in Nashik district.Meanwhile, 23 persons were taken into police custody in connection with the lynching of five persons in Dhule on Sunday.The deceased, identified as, Bharat Shankar Bhosale,45, his brother Dadarao Shankar Bhosale, Raju Bhosale and Bharat Malwe,47, (all hailing from Khave village in Solapur’s Mangalvedhe tehsil), and Anagu Ingole (from Manewadi village in Mangalvedhe) were bludgeoned to death by a mob in Sakri tehsil on suspicion of being child lifters. The victims belonged to the Gosavi nomadic community that derived sustenance by begging for almsIn Satara district, members of the nomadic Bhatkya Vimykta community staged a protest, against the State government, demanding that the compensation be increased to ₹10 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased.Uneasy calmAn uneasy calm prevailed in Rainpada hamlet, where the vigilante action occurred. According to reports, a number of villagers have fled the area after the lynchings.Earlier, the kin of the deceased refused to accept the bodies, demanding that stern action be taken against the killers.They later relented following the announcement of compensation. M. Ramkumar, Superintendent of Police, Dhule said that the bodies of the victims had been sent to Mangalvedhe for their last rites.“No government authority has come to meet us since the incident. We demand justice for our loved ones,” said Santosh Bhosale, son of the deceased Dadarao Bhosale.“The mob that had gathered on Sunday to mete out vigilante justice was already on the edge, owing to rumours about alleged child-lifters doing the rounds on social media for the past few days,” said a senior police official from Dhule.Minister of State for Home (Rural) Deepak Kesarkar, who visited the district on Monday morning, promised stern action against the culprits.“I appeal to everybody not to believe in posts circulated over social media. No one should take the law in their hands,” said Mr. Kesarkar.The Dhule lynchings also elicited sharp condemnation from Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale and Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan.Mr. Chavan attributed the incident to the “failure” of the State Home Department — a portfolio being held by Mr. Fadnavis.
Aam Aadmi Party national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday called for a change in Odisha accusing the ruling Biju Janata Dal, the Congress and the BJP of running a corrupt “alliance” government funded by the mining mafia.“The BJD government is under direct control of the mining mafia. It is said that the BJD is in the BJP’s pocket and the Congress in the BJD’s pocket. In Odisha, there is no BJD government, but an alliance government of the BJD, the BJP and the Congress. All of them have ganged up to loot money. Every five years, they announce an election and deal on seats with tacit understanding,” said Mr. Kejriwal while addressing a public meeting here.‘People’s choice’“The people of Odisha have to decide whether they want to change the government or not. People of Delhi had ousted the BJP and the Congress and brought in AAP. Nobody had known AAP before that. AAP was a new party that had emerged from the Anna [Hazare] movement. Many had to go to jail for protesting against corruption,” he said.The Delhi Chief Minister said, “People can only decide the future of Odisha. We do not have enough funds to fight election. It depends on the people what they want. If they are happy with the corrupt alliance, then it is fine. If they want to get rid of the present government, it can happen. As New Delhi witnessed a change, the same may happen in Odisha.”“People of Odisha will decide if the rule of mining mafia is here to stay or people’s rule will be restored. In Delhi, the condition of hospitals isimproving, power is getting cheaper, poor are getting better education and rate of wage is going up. The transformation can definitely take place in Odisha as people hold the key,” said Mr. Kejriwal.“Delhi is not a power-producing State, but the tariff is one of the lowest in the country. On the contrary, power is produced in Odisha, but people pay hefty tariff,” he said.
“Don’t force us to take coercive action against you,” the Supreme Court on Friday told the Rajasthan government, which sought time for completing the ground-truthing exercise of illegal mining in Aravalli areas. The exercise is conducted to ascertain the empirical evidence at the actual site.It restrained mining from the Modha Pahad area of Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan and directed the authorities to forthwith stop all the excavations going on.A Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta asked the Rajasthan government to furnish all the relevant details of operational leases for mining and names of persons responsible for the destruction of environment by February 15.“Don’t force us to take any coercive action against you. You have not completed the work as directed by the court. Earlier, you have said that the ground-truthing exercise will be completed within three months. There is lethargy on part of concerned authorities. This work needs to be completed by March 4 otherwise we will pull up the Chief Secretary for sheer contempt,” the Bench told the Rajasthan Chief Secretary who was present in the courtroom.Seeks compliance report The top court is dealing with a matter related to alleged illegal mining activities in the Aravalli range.The court asked senior advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan, appearing for the State government, to file compliance report by March 13 and listed the matter for further hearing on March 21.Mr. Vaidyanathan said that due to Assembly elections recently in the State, the work was not completed and now Lok Sabha polls were also approaching.“We want each and every detail of mining. When were the leases granted and by what time these leases are expiring. Which leases are operational and which are closed,” the Bench said.Mr. Vaidyanathan said 24 leases were granted in the area and out of them five were closed for violation of norms and 13 were operational.‘Illegal activities’ The Bench, after perusing the status report, said that the leases which are operational have also been found to be violating the environmental norms. “Under the guise of mining, illegal activities are taking place and encroachments are made,” it said.
The Congress on Monday demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge into the violence in Arunachal Pradesh that left at least three people dead and several injured. The party sought the removal of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju for accusing the Congress of “instigating” the people.Senior leader Luizinho Faleiro, former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Arunachal Pradesh Congress chief Takam Sanjoy submitted a memorandum to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s office.At a press conference, Mr. Sanjoy accused the BJP government in the State of pursuing divisive politics by first bringing in the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and then deciding to grant permanent residents certificate (PRC) to six tribal communities from outside Arunachal Pradesh. “Why does the BJP want to make Arunachal Pradesh a second Kashmir,” he asked. “Kiren Rijiju has tweeted that the Congress instigated [the protesters]. Mr. Kiren you have to prove it. We have urged the Home Ministry to find out who has instigated,” he said. Alleging that Mr. Rijiju, MP from the State, had failed the people of Arunachal Pradesh by not trying to restore normality, the Congress demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ask him to step down or sack him. PRC issueViolent protests broke out in the State over the decision to grant the PRC to Deoris, Sonowal-Kacharis, Morans, Adivasis and Mishings, who are living in Namsai and Changlang districts of the State and the Gorkhas living in Vijaynagar.Though the State government scrapped its decisions following the protests, the Congress leaders pointed out the situation was tense and Chief Minister Pema Khandu had failed to effectively to handle the situation.
Retired IAS officer C. Lalsawta was sworn in as the first Chairman of the newly constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram on Monday, officials said. He was sworn in at the Raj Bhavan here, they said.Governor Jagdish Mukhi administered the oath of office to Mr. Lalsawta, an official said.Chief Minister Zoramthanga, other Ministers, Assembly Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo, legislators and senior officials were present on the occasion, he said. The function was presided over by State Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, younger brother of the new Lokayukta chairman.Mr. Lalsawta is a 1981-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer. He was the Principal Secretary of the Finance department in the State from 2008 to 2011. After returning to Bihar, he was made the State Vigilance Commissioner, the official said, adding that he retired in 2015. The Lokayukta would function from a rented building here.
Rebel BJP MP from Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha joined the Congress on Saturday. He will contest the Lok Sabha election from the seat against BJP candidate and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.The two-term MP said he left the BJP, on its foundation day [Saturday], with “immense pain and a heavy heart”. Slamming the party in his inimitable style, the actor-turned-politician said, “The BJP has become a one-man show and two-man army.”He also heaped praise on Congress president Rahul Gandhi, calling him a “dynamic, tried, tested and successful leader and the face and future of India”.Mr. Sinha turned a rebel after he was denied a berth in the Union Cabinet under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ever since, he has spared no chance to attack the Prime Minister and the BJP-led NDA government. He recently said that he had been advised by RJD chief Lalu Prasad to join the Congress.(With PTI inputs)
Sitting Biju Janata Dal MLA and candidate in the Patkura Assembly seat Bed Prakash Agarwalla died at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. He had been undergoing medical treatment for the past few days.The 82-year-old former Minister is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. Patkura is one of the seven Assembly segments under the Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat in coastal Odisha from where former BJD MP Baijayant Panda is seeking re-election as the BJP nominee.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled the death of Agarwalla, who was elected to the Assembly six times — four times from Kendrapara and twice from Patkura, in 2009 and 2014.Describing the late leader as an able parliamentarian and administrator, Mr. Patnaik conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family. “His death is a great loss for all of us. His organisational ability and dedication for the welfare of general public will be remembered forever. He was also a close associate of Biju Babu,” he said.The Patkura Assembly election is likely to be countermanded in view of Agarwalla’s death. The Election Commission is likely to issue a fresh polling schedule. Among others, former Minister and BJP nominee Bijoy Mohapatra is in the fray in Patkura. He returned to the party recently. Patkura was scheduled to go to the polls along with six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly seats on April 29.