That’s Why We Call It Selling

first_imgHere are some of the things salespeople and entrepreneurs say that provide a glimpse into why they struggle to create and win opportunities.The prospective customer wants to control the process. It may be true that the potential customer has some idea as to what they need from you as a salesperson. When what they need from you as a seller doesn’t serve you and doesn’t serve them, you are obligated to sell them on another process. Gaining agreement on a better process isn’t easy, but that is why we call it selling.The prospect doesn’t want to give me access to the stakeholders I need. If you sell business-to-business, it’s likely that you require access and consensus from multiple stakeholders. You will, inevitably, run into contacts who do not want to allow you to meet with the additional stakeholders you need. Not gaining access massively increases the likelihood that you lose an opportunity. Gaining access to the stakeholders massively increases your odds of winning. You have to sell your prospect on the value that you will create by meeting with the stakeholders, as well as how you will protect your key stakeholder’s interests in the process.The contact won’t give me the information I need. In some cases, you need information to better understand your prospective client’s current state and propose the appropriate future state. There are some companies whose information must be kept private. But if not having access to that data prevents you from doing the best work you can for your prospective client and your company, then you have to sell your them on giving you access.The potential client doesn’t want to meet with me. She wants me to email information. This is the worst. No one really wants you to email them information. What they are doing is getting rid of you, so they don’t have to waste their time with a salesperson who they don’t believe will use their time wisely.You have to sell your prospect a value proposition that they can agree to, one in which you create value greater than the time they give you.They believe that the lowest price is the right decision. They don’t see the value in what we do. Many of your prospective customers have post-traumatic recessionary stress disorder. They are afraid to spend money. The fact that they cannot justify the delta between your price and your competitor’s price doesn’t mean that the greater value doesn’t exist. It means that you haven’t done enough work to justify the additional spending required. You have to sell your prospective client that there is a difference between price and cost.It isn’t easy to sell your prospective client on any of the five ideas contained in the paragraphs above. But that is why we call it “selling.” There is a difference between selling and taking orders. Taking orders is easy, and selling is difficult.The better you get at understanding and making all the small sales that occur before the final close, the greater your success.What sale do you need to make to overcome the obstacles and objections you hear from your prospective clients?last_img read more

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Targets Are Greater Than Leads – Episode 44

first_imgTargeting your dream clients is a better and more important activity than calling on leads, warm, hot, or cold.Subscribe to My YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/iannarino_Bio: Anthony Iannarino is a bestselling author and internationally recognized speaker on sales, success, personal development, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Anthony’s 3 privately held staffing firms generate annual revenues of $50M. These firms serve some of the most well-recognized brands in the United States. Anthony speaks to and provides transformational workshops to sales organizations throughout the world.His blog, www.thesalesblog.com, is read by 60,000 people each month, and he has published there daily since 2009. His widely acclaimed Sunday newsletter reaches 80,000 people.Anthony has continually been named one of the 25 most influential people in the world in sales and marketing._Subscribe to my Sunday Newsletter for Exclusive Content: https://thesalesblog.com/newsletterRead the Daily Blog: https://thesalesblog.comListen to the In the Arena Podcast: http://apple.co/2jlSKMr_Stay Connected Online:LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/iannarinoFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/thesalesblogInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/iannarinoSnapChat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/iannarinoSolutions Staffing: http://www.solutionsstaffing.comIannarino Fullen Group: http://www.iannarinofullen.comlast_img read more

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Tribunal dismisses plea that stray cattle caused accident

first_imgDismissing the plea that the accident had occurred due to a stray cow suddenly coming in the way on a highway, a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has awarded Rs. 18.4 lakh as compensation to the wife of a deceased.The driver of the vehicle, in his evidence, said that when he was driving his car within the speed limit of 80-90 kmph, a cow suddenly came rushing from the left side of the road. He tried to save the cow by turning the car to the right, and in the process hit the divider and turned turtle, causing the death of Ramesh Lal, who was sitting on the back seat along with other passengers.The accident had occurred on a highway in Patiala in Punjab in 2015. Opposing the claim petition, the counsel for the insurance company contented that there was no negligence on the part of the driver as the speed of the car was within limits. Dismissing its contention, the Presiding Officer of the Tribunal said: “A careful driver would have never done what the driver of the car in the present matter did. So it can be safely concluded that the accident had occurred due to rash and negligent driving of the vehicle by the driver.”last_img read more

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‘God-man’ held, six girls rescued

first_imgA self-styled ‘god-man’ was arrested and six minor girls rescued from his ashram built allegedly on an encroached land of the gram sabha in Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh, the police said on Tuesday.The police pulled down the ashram on Monday and got freed the land encroached by ‘god-man’ Rajendra Prasad for nearly four months in Natwa village, District Magistrate Vishakh G. said. Five people, including Prasad, have been arrested from the ashram from where six minor girls have been freed and sent to Bal Kalyan Samiti for counselling, the DM said.He added that like Ram Vriksha of Jawaharbagh in Mathura, Prasad also had prepared a team of lathi-wielding youths, scripted his own ‘constitution’ and had collected nearly ₹20 lakh in donation. He was also running his writ among the land grabbers. A case has been registered against nine named and 50 unnamed people, the DM added. SP Shachindra Patel said Prasad is a resident of Dattipurva village in Vindhyachal area of Mirzapur district and had earlier been arrested for immoral acts. He had been residing in Natwa village since his release on bail, the SP said, adding that preliminary inquiry suggests that the girls were being used for immoral activities. Prasad’s involvement in criminal activities as well as his links with the Maoists will also be probed, the SP said. According to Mr. Patel, several of his supporters fled when the police team reached the ashram.last_img read more

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Maoists torch vehicles, kill former SPO in Sukma

first_imgMaoists torched several vehicles and killed a former police officer in Sukma district on Monday night. The incident occurred on National Highway 30, which connects Sukma to Telangana.According to a police officer, a group of rebels stopped two passenger buses near Penta village, 5 km from Dornapal police station. The Maoists asked the passengers to get down, and set the vehicles and two passing trucks on fire.According to some local reports, former special police officer Sodi Munna was travelling in one of the buses. The rebels identified and killed him. They also left banners, in the name of Communist Party of India (Maoist), condemning the recent killing of 10 Maoists by the Greyhounds in Bijapur last week, and demanding a judicial inquiry.last_img read more

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HC reposes faith in election commission

first_imgCalcutta High Court on Thursday reposed its “faith and trust” in the State Election Commission pointing out that it has no independent machinery to assess the adequacy of security arrangements for the rural polls, thereby paving the way for the election to be held on May 14 as announced by the SEC.However, the Bench said if loss of life and property exceeds the one during the last panchayat polls in 2013, the State government will be liable to pay compensation.The Court also specified that the officials of the State government who submitted such report ( on security arrangements) will pay compensation and the State Election Commissioner who approved such report with regard to adequacy of such security arrangement will be personally liable to compensate such loss. The Division Bench, putting the responsibility of fixing dates of the polls to the SEC said that, “our hope and expectation that whenever the election will be held, steps will be taken so that election will be fair, peaceful and transparent in all respects…”. An earlier order by Justice Subrata Talukdar has said that the date of panchayat elections on May 14 should be treated as “tentative”. Meanwhile the SEC, issued another order during the day giving details for the counting process and clearly referring to “panchayat elections scheduled on 14 May, 2018”.The development, was welcomed by the ruling Trinamool Congress with senior party leader Partha Chatterjee saying that people of the State are happy that they can exercise their franchise on May 14. Mr Chatterjee said that the Trinamool Congress is fully prepared to participate in the rural polls on May 14 and there was a concerted attempt by the Opposition to thwart the process of rural polls in the State. Communist Party of India ( Marxist) leader and advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya who has appeared for the party before a number of courts of Calcutta High Court in connection with litigation regarding the panchayat poll expressed his disapproval to the order. “ I don’t know how effectively will police officers function if they have to pay compensation from their own salary. In my opinion fresh dates for the polls should have been announced and all political parties should have been taken in confidence,” Mr Bhattacharya said.Elections to three-tier panchayat polls in 20 districts of West Bengal was scheduled in the first week of May in three phases, but later SEC issued another notification saying that the polls be held on a single date on May 14. Almost 34 % seats in the rural polls have been won by the ruling Trinamool Congress without any contest.last_img read more

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Banker seeks sexual favours, booked in Maharashtra

first_imgThe Maharashtra Police have booked an official and a peon of the Central Bank of India for allegedly seeking sexual favours from the wife of a Dalit farmer, who had applied for a farm loan from the bank in Buldhana district.Rajesh Hivase, an official in the Datala branch, and the peon have been booked under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code and various sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.FIR against peon“We received a complaint on Thursday, and we registered an FIR on Friday. The farmer and his wife submitted a loan application to the bank one month ago. Mr. Hivase was trying to get in touch with the farmer’s wife before processing the application. The peon was asked to deliver the message to the woman. There were some phone conversations between the woman and Mr. Hivase, in which he sought sexual favours to process the loan,” Buldhana district Additional Superintendent of Police Sandip Doifode said.The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana staged a protest in front of the bank branch on Saturday, demanding Mr. Hivase’s immediate dismissal and arrest. “We will not allow the bank to function till it sacks Mr. Hivase. He called the farmer’s wife and asked for sexual favours to process the loan request. This is disgusting and highly condemnable,” Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Ravinkant Tupkar said.Accused at largeThe Buldhana police have sent a special team to Wardha district, Mr. Hivase’s native place.“Both the accused are absconding but we hope to arrest them soon. A sub-divisional police official has been given responsibility of this case,” Mr. Doifode said.PTI adds:A shame, says Ashok ChavanCongress leader Ashok Chavan said the Buldhana episode was a “shame” and a “blot” on a progressive State like Maharashtra. The government should try the case in a fast-track court and punish the guilty as quickly as possible, he said in Mumbai.last_img read more

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Actor arrested for threatening co-star

first_imgAn actor has been arrested for allegedly threatening an actress by stopping her car in the middle of the road, the police said on Sunday. TV actor Sanjay Mukherjee, popular in the industry as Joy Mukherjee, was arrested by the police from the Tollygunge police station area on Saturday after actress Sayantika Banerjee lodged a complaint alleging that she was threatened by the actor and her car was stopped in the middle of the road.‘Assistant assaulted’ She also alleged that her assistant was assaulted by Joy, they said. According to Sayantika’s complaint, the incident happened on Friday afternoon when Joy overtook her and blocked the road when she was heading towards Southern Avenue in her chauffeur-driven car. She has alleged that Joy, after alighting from his car, walked up to Sayantika’s vehicle and tried to forcibly open the door, the police officer said quoting the actress’ complaint.Door handle damaged Joy could not open the door but his yanking damaged the door’s handle, he said. When Sayantika’s assistant stepped out and tried to pacify Joy, he was hit by the actor, the police said. Only after the passers-by intervened, Sayantika managed to leave the spot. Later in the evening, she lodged a complaint with the Tollygunge police station in this connection. Joy has been booked under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 427 (mischief) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). “We are collecting evidence and going through the CCTV footages,” the police officer said. Sayantika and Joy paired in films like ‘Target’ and ’Shooter’last_img read more

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Whose dam is it, anyway?

first_imgThe impasse between West Bengal and Jharkhand over the Massanjore dam in Dumka showed no signs of easing on Monday. West Bengal’s irrigation Minister Soumen Mahapatra said that he has raised the issue with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and that Jharkhand will have to remove its logo from the dam.Built in the 1950s over the Mayurakshi river in Jharkhand, the reservoir is maintained by West Bengal’s Irrigation Department and caters to Birbhum, Burdwan and Murshidabad districts. However, a furore broke out last week over the decision to paint the reservoir in blue and white — the colours of the TMC government in West Bengal. On Thursday, members of BJP Yuva Morcha prevented workers from painting the dam. The Biswa Bangla logo of the West Bengal government was also allegedly removed by the locals. A war of words has since ensued between leaders of the ruling parties of the neighbouring States. Dumka MLA and Jharkhand Minister Louise Marandi warned against painting the dam which is in Jharkhand. She also alleged that the West Bengal authorities removed the logo of the Jharkhand government. A scheduled meeting between the officials of Birbhum district in West Bengal and Dumka on Monday was postponed. Mr Mahapatra meanwhile said the authorities in Jharkhand will have to understand that the dam is maintained by West Bengal as per a 1955 tripartite agreement between the Centre, Bengal and Bihar governments when the dam was built. He added that officials of both States were trying to find a solution to the issue.last_img read more

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32 infected with Zika in Jaipur

first_imgWith 32 persons having tested positive for Zika virus infection in Jaipur, the Rajasthan government is on an alert mode to check the spread of the virus. While the child born to a Zika-infected woman here earlier this week was found normal, three new infection cases were detected among the students at the Rajput Hostel here on Thursday.Isolation wardChief Secretary D.B. Gupta said the Zika infection cases were so far restricted to the State capital, where an isolation ward had been established for the patients in the government-run Kanwatia Hospital. “The Medical & Health Department has launched an awareness drive with the emphasis that it is not a life-threatening disease,” Mr. Gupta said after a video conference meeting with the Collectors of all districts.A seven-member high-level Central team from New Delhi has arrived here to assist the State government in the control measures. The Medical & Health Department’s teams have surveyed over 35,000 households in Jaipur as part of the screening, diagnosis and treatment exercise.The State government is facing the challenge to contain the spread of virus in the midst of preparations for the Assembly election after the imposition of model code of conduct. The health officials have apprised the people in the residential areas to prevent mosquitoes from breeding so as to safeguard themselves against the mosquito-borne disease.Additional Chief Secretary (Medical & Health) Veenu Gupta said the quality of cross-screening and anti-larva work in the affected areas would be improved. She said the condition of 25 of the 32 infected persons had improved and the doctors had found the clinical symptoms among them having subsided.Ms. Gupta said special attention was being paid to the screening of pregnant women in the first trimester, as this was a “sensitive period” for them. On any indication of Zika infection, samples were obtained and tested for confirmation, she said.last_img read more

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Install Sita’s statue alongside Lord Ram’s in Ayodhya: Congress leader Karan Singh

first_imgVeteran Congress leader Karan Singh has urged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to give Sita her “rightful place in Ayodhya” and install her statue alongside the proposed grand statue of Lord Ram.In a letter to Adityanath on December 12, Singh stated that during a recent visit to Simariya in Mithilanchal, the birthplace of Sita, it stuck him that the government could reduce the height of Lord Ram’s statue by half and have one of Sita by its side.“After getting married, Sita came to Ayodhya, but soon after she had to accompany Ram and Laksmana on a 14-year exile. During that time, she was kidnapped by Ravana and had to live in captivity in Sri Lanka,” Singh said in the letter.After Sita was saved by Ram, she had to take the ‘agni pariksha’ (trial by fire), he said, adding that she spent the rest of her life in exile despite being pregnant.“At least after thousands of years, Sitaji should get her rightful place in Ayodhya,” he said, hoping that his suggestion would be accepted.Last month, the State government had announced that it would install a statue of Lord Ram in the temple town of Ayodhya.While the height of the Ram statue will be 151 metres, its overhead umbrella would be 20 metres and the pedestal would be 50 metres, making it the tallest statue in the country.last_img read more

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‘Don’t leave TMC for a few greedy leaders’

first_imgAdmitting that a few local leaders of the party may be “greedy”, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday urged people not to turn their anger against them into voting against the TMC, claiming that its central leadership is above such vices. The West Bengal Chief Minister said her government has showered the impoverished Jangalmahal area, which had once become a den of Maoists, with many benefits and schemes to lift their standard of life. The Jangalmahal area comprises forested areas of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts. “I cannot say 100% workers of my party are good, may be 2% are bad and we take action against them,” Ms. Banerjee said addressing public rallies in three places of Jangalmahal region. She said a few local leaders in the region have become greedy but they have been identified and thrown out. Ms. Banerjee urged people not to leave the TMC and go to the BJP, the Congress or the CPI(M) for the fault of a few. “Whatever happens, it is the TMC which will remain at your feet and be with you in all your needs and problems,” she said, in a bid to pacify anger among some sections of the people over the phenomenal rise of wealth of a few local TMC leaders. The Chief Minister said her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who is the TMC youth wing president, is in the party because of his concern for her. “Abhishek was a child when I was badly injured in an attack many years ago. Pained by my sufferings, he would roam about the house shouting slogans against the then Chief Minister Jyoti Basu seeking an answer on why I was attacked,” the TMC supremo said. Defending Abhishek’s rise in the party, she said the new generation should come forward and join politics to give a cleaner political environment. She said the TMC has ushered in a better life for the impoverished people of Jangalmahal, many of whom could not afford one square meal a day and would eat ants to quell their hunger.Welfare schemes Ms.Banerjee said her government is running many welfare schemes – from rice for ₹2 per kg to ‘Kanyashree’ for girl students and ‘Utkarsha Bangla’ for skill development for the benefit of the people. Claiming that Narendra Modi is the biggest “calamity for the country”, she said the country will be saved if he goes.last_img read more

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Michigan judge asks PubPeer to turn over anonymous user information

first_imgThe ongoing battle between PubPeer, a website that allows anonymous reviews of technical papers, and a researcher trying to unmask some of its users took a new turn yesterday when a county judge asked the site’s operators to hand over a piece of potentially identifying information.Last fall, cancer researcher Fazlul Sarkar of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, filed a lawsuit against several anonymous posters on the site, claiming that their comments about apparent discrepancies in his papers constituted defamation and had caused him to lose a job offer from the University of Mississippi. He subpoenaed PubPeer for any information about the commenters, but lawyers representing the website filed a motion to quash the subpoena in December.Earlier this month, Wayne County Circuit Judge Sheila Gibson mostly sided with PubPeer, but requested a separate hearing to discuss a comment from one user. It describes reporting discrepancies in Sarkar’s papers to Wayne State officials and receiving a response from the school’s secretary to the board of governors: “Thank you for your e-mail. … As you are aware, scientific misconduct investigations are by their nature confidential, and Wayne would not be able to comment on whether an inquiry into your allegations is under way … .”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(*)In yesterday’s hearing, the judge inferred that the anonymous poster had accused Sarkar of misconduct in a previous e-mail, says Nicholas Jollymore, a libel lawyer with Jollymore Law Office, P.C. in San Francisco, California, who is representing PubPeer and attended the hearing. Gibson asked that PubPeer turn over identifying information to her and scheduled another hearing next Tuesday to decide whether to give that information to Sarkar and his lawyer.Jollymore says PubPeer doesn’t have the person’s name, address, or e-mail, just the IP address from which the comment was posted, which is outside the United States. Sarkar would still need to request the person’s identify from the Internet service provider, Jollymore says.Sarkar’s lawyer, Nicholas Roumel of Nacht, Roumel, Salvatore, Blanchard & Walker P.C. in Ann Arbor, Michigan, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but has indicated that he wants to ask the PubPeer user questions about how Sarkar lost his job offer at the University of Mississippi. “[W]e have no intention of publicly exposing this person’s name at this time, we just want to find out who it is,” Roumel told Retraction Watch. “We are willing to enter into a protective order and protect the identity of the commenter, and not expose it.”Still, Jollymore contends that turning over information to anyone violates free speech protections under the U.S. Constitution for the site’s users.One of PubPeer’s (anonymous) moderators told ScienceInsider: “If this decision creates a precedent, future online comment will be limited to trivial matters, while all discussion of serious matters will be discouraged by fear of legal entanglement.”Jollymore, along with lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union representing PubPeer, intend to file an emergency appeal tomorrow to have Tuesday’s meeting canceled and hope to bring the case to the Michigan Supreme Court.last_img read more

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India’s First Deep-water Well

first_imgReliance has begun pumping oil off the Bay of Bengal, which, the company claims, will boost India’s oil and gas by 40 percent in under two years, reducing its oil import costs by $20 million a year.The company claims the oil fields it is mining hold 2.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent, four-fifth of which is natural gas. The company expects to begin mining the natural gas in January.India is the world’s fifth largest energy consumer.  Related Itemslast_img

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Spam Nation

first_imgNearly 1 in 7 spam messages originate in India, according to report by Kaspersky Lab. Malicious attachments, often designed to steal users’ financial date, were highest in Russia and the United States.“Developing countries are attractive for botmasters due to the absence of effective anti-spam legislation and low IT security levels, while developed countries are of interest because of their fast, widely available Internet connections,” said Darya Gudkova, head of Content Analysis & Research at Kaspersky Lab. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Punjab seeks Centre’s help to increase foodgrain storage

first_imgTo address the problem of inadequate covered storage space for foodgrains in the State, Punjab has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s permission to construct 20 lakh metric tonne-capacity godowns.In a letter to the Prime Minister, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh urged him to direct the Union Food Ministry to “allow construction of 20 LMT-capacity covered godowns, under seven-year guarantee by the government and the Food Corporation of India, so that foodgrains may be stored scientifically in the State”.“Bumper crops during the last few seasons, coupled with slow pace of evacuation of foodgrains from Punjab, have resulted in acute shortage of covered storage space. As a result, more than 100 LMT of wheat, out of 280 LMT of foodgrains stocked in the State, are currently stored in the open,” wrote Capt. Amarinder, adding that the situation has worsened this year because of unseasonal rain in the State that led to the purchase of certain quantities of wheat under relaxed specifications.The Chief Minister pointed out that even though the FCI had approved the construction of an additional silo capacity of 21 LMT with railway sidings in the State, construction of the same may take four to five years or even more.last_img read more

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BJP president pulls up Pragya Singh Thakur for her toilet remarks

first_imgBJP MP from Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur on Monday was pulled up by party working president J.P. Nadda for her controversial remarks that her duties as a lawmaker did not include cleaning toilets and drains. The remarks are seen as mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet sanitation programme “Swachh Bharat.”Ms. Thakur was summoned to the BJP headquarters, where Mr. Nadda conveyed to her the party leadership’s displeasure with her comments made at Sehore in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, party sources said.Pejorative toneThe remarks were not only seen as mocking “Swachch Bharat” but were also termed casteist in nature due to implied pejorative tones towards those engaged in sanitation work.Addressing a meeting of BJP workers in Madhya Pradesh, Ms. Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case who is currently out on bail, had said the job of an MP is to work with MLAs, corporators and public representatives to ensure development.“So keep this in mind… We are not here for cleaning a drain. Is it clear? We are absolutely not (here) for cleaning your toilets. The work which we are supposed to do and elected for, we will do it honestly. This we had said in the past, saying it today and stick to it in future as well,” she said.PTI adds: But this is not the first time she has left the BJP red-faced.During the Lok Sabha poll campaign, she had hailed Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse as a “patriot”.She was forced to apologise after he comments triggered an outrage, and Modi went on to say that he would not be able to forgive her despite the apology. She was issued a showcause notice as well.Thakur had also claimed that Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks due to her “curse” as she was “tortured” by police in custody. Even then she was forced to tender an apology.last_img read more

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Samajwadi Party workers take to the streets in Rampur

first_imgIn a show of solidarity for embattled senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, hundreds of party members took to the streets in Rampur on Thursday. They were responding to a call given by party president Akhilesh Yadav. He had appealed to the party cadre to support Mr. Khan and his MLA son Abdullah Azam in what he described as a “witch-hunt” by the Yogi Adityanath government.District borders sealedThe district administration responded by sealing the borders of the district. Mr. Abdullah and around 200 supporters were detained — the second time in two days for the legislator — for obstructing the work of officials on duty. “Section 144 was in place because of Kanwar Yatra and the upcoming Bakri Id. Those who tried to break the law were arrested,” said A.K. Singh, District Magistrate, Rampur. While Mr. Yadav termed the police action as “undemocratic”, Mr. Abdullah criticised the district administration for being selective in using Section 144. “When the BJP people burnt the effigy of my father, the administration didn’t take any action,” he said.On the charge of the administration targeting the Rampur MP because of political reasons, Mr. Singh said he was being investigated because of the cases filed against him. “Action will be taken only on the basis of evidence.”Twenty eight FIRs have been filed against Mr. Khan with charges of grabbing the land of farmers and madrasas for Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. The police have also charged him for stealing books and rare manuscripts from Aaliya Madrasa. Leaders detainedThe SP top brass is seeing the action as politically motivated. On Thursday, Dr S.T. Hasan, party MP from the neighbouring Moradabad and senior leader Dharmendra Yadav also tried to enter Rampur but were detained by the police. Masood Hasan, student leader and the Moradabad MP’s son who was leading a bunch of protesters, described the police action as “unconstitutional”. “Peaceful protest is our democratic right. The BJP government is trying to divert attention from Unnao case where its own partyman is involved in a heinous crime. The land issue is already in court and will be resolved in due course. As for books, our sources say the police had planted them in the university,” he alleged.By evening, the police allowed the leaders to go home and the protesters were waiting for further orders from the leadership.last_img read more

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