If your business model isn’t lowest price, and it almost certainly isn’t, then you can’t afford to sell price. As much as you believe it would make it easier to sell, it would do nothing to help your produce better sales results. Here are a few reasons why.Execution Is ImpossibleIf you can’t obtain the price you need to produce the results you sold, then you will fail your client. Your company’s business model requires that you have the profit you need to execute, and without that profit, you can’t perform. If you sell a value proposition that is customer initmacy, high value, high touch, you simply don’t deliver it without the required profit.When you fail to execute, you violate the trust of the people who were counting on you. Especially if you sold them your real value proposition. That trust isn’t going to be easily regained—if it ever can be. If you allow your client to underinvest because you needed the business, then you put your needs before theirs.By trying to make selling easy, you make execution impossible. And you lose clients forever.Changing the CompanyThere is another problem with trying to make selling easy by selling price when it’s not your business model: you change the company—and not for the better.If your company starts delivering something different because you don’t have the profit to deliver what you sold, then your operations people to deliver something less. You start cutting corners, taking shortcuts, or skimping on what’s important, and you tacitly endorse that behavior. Instead of changing their delivery only for the one or two accounts to whom you sold price, your team starts to change their delivery for everyone. If it’s not important to do all of the things your business model is built on for these priced-too-low clients, then why is important to do it for the clients that are paying more?Think they can tell the difference? Think they can deliver high value, high touch for some and deliver transactional-commodity value for others? Think again. Over time, you erode and destroy the relationships you have with the clients that bought your real value proposition, the one that has nothing to do with being the lowest priced provider.You don’t need selling to be easy. You need to be better at selling. You might wish you could sell price because you believe it would be easier, but if it isn’t your company’s value proposition, it isn’t easier; it’s dangerous.
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Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now It isn’t easy to be a failure. Failing isn’t an identity. However, it is quite possible to fail, and in some cases, failure is the likely outcome. Here are nine things that might cause to fail when success is possible.No Goal: The very first way you might fail is by not having a goal or an outcome you are pursuing. There is no greater failure than failing to reach your full potential, something no one has achieved, regardless of their level of success. Not having goals means failing even to try. The first way you might fail is to failing to decide what you want.No Plan: A goal without a plan to achieve it isn’t much better than not having a goal. A goal is a sort of destination, the outcome you are pursuing. Most people that fail to reach their goal do so as a result of not having developed a plan for achieving it. These first two ways you can fail, No Goal and No Plan, are tightly intertwined and difficult to tease apart. One is impotent without the other.No Effort: You will fail if you don’t execute your plan. Without putting forth the effort, taking action in pursuit of your goal or dream or outcome, you will fail. Success is in large part due to disciplined action over time, and almost always more effort than what you believed necessary, and always a longer time than you imagined or planned.No Focus: Ideas are easy. Focus is difficult. It requires that you give yourself over to something to the exclusion of everything else. The fox that chases two rabbits fails to catch either. It is almost a certainty you fail when you allow your attention to drift and whose you are distracted by every good idea that shows up as an enticing shiny object.No Persistence: Much failure is the result of giving up too soon. There is an old saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” The saying is precisely backward. It should read, “When the going gets tough, the tough gut it out for as long as it takes.” They aren’t going anywhere. The reason people fail is that when the going gets tough, those who fail give up. If you want to something, the way to get it is to persist.No Resourcefulness: The key to not giving up too soon and persisting over a long time it resourcefulness, the ability to try something new, something different, to be creative, and to figure things out. If you only have a Plan A, you increase your odds of failing. You need a Plan B, a Plan C, and as many variations as is necessary. When something doesn’t work, success requires you to change your strategy, change your approach, and make adjustments.No Growth: Competency. When you start something, you may lack the necessary skills to achieve your goal. However, over time, you can improve those skills and gain the competency. Almost any goal you can think if likely to cause you to grow in some way—at least the big meaningful goals that cause you to be more, do more, have more, and contribute more.No Intestinal Fortitude: The words “intestinal fortitude” means the courage to continue in the face of adversity. In pursuit of your goals and dreams, you will face obstacles that appear to be insurmountable. You will have moments of doubt, and the desire to give up will be overwhelming. Your rationalizing mind will give you a list of reasons quitting makes sense. Avoiding failure means having the intestinal fortitude to continue.Listening to Others: There will people who share with you their beliefs that you should give up, choose a different goal, compromise on what you want from your own life, and share with you how they did the same. Listening to these voices causes people to fail. The only voices you need listen to is the voice of your inner coach and all the people who support you in your pursuit.If you are struggling to achieve your goal or generate a specific outcome, you will discover that one or more of these nine ways you can fail is to blame. Success is possible, but it requires you to reverse the causes listed here.
In a bid to attract tourists, Jammu & Kashmir will unveil its first tourism policy within the next six months, Farooq A. Shah, State’s tourism secretary, said.Speaking to the media on the sidelines of an event, Mr Shah said: “We will release the policy which is in the final stages, within the next six months. The policy will lay down the roadmap for tourism till 2030.” He said the State government will invest ₹ 2,400 crore over the next four years for developing tourism and expects the private sector investment to the tune of ₹ 30,000 crore over the next 10 years. He said many global hospitality chains are planning to open properties in the State.“Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and UAE are our key markets, where we are focusing on non-resident Indians,” he said.
Many consider going to jail as end of the road, but prison authorities in Odisha don’t think so. As many as 404 convicts and undertrial prisoners lodged in different jails of the State have successfully cleared examinations during the past five years.As Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, is scheduled to announce the annual matriculation results on Wednesday, prison authorities hope the successful list will figure the names of a few convicts and undertrials too.While 194 prisoners registered with National Institute of Open Schooling have passed examinations, 187 jail inmates who had appeared for examinations under the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) came out successful. However, only 23 registered with BSE, Odisha, passed the matriculation examinations. In the year 2015, the number of prison inmates achieving success in different examinations had crossed 100.Special attention“Special attention has been given to the interested prisoners to pursue their studies with the BSE and Odisha universities and through distance education under IGNOU and NIOS. This has been possible due to our emphasis on correctional services,” Arun Kumar Ray, Additional Director General of Police (Prisons), told The Hindu on Monday.“A literacy campaign has been launched in all jails. Full-time teachers have been appointed in 22 jails, including four circle jails and nine district jails, to impart primary education,” Mr. Roy said.Vocational trainingHe said vocational training including tailoring, book binding, weaving, candle making, knitting and embroidery and jute mat making had been imparted to inmates. As many as 49 life convicts have been released prematurely in 2017 as per the decision of the Sentence Review Board. Financial support has been provided to children of prisoners for education and their rehabilitation.As many as 15,500 prisoners, including 3,589 convict,s are lodged in 91 jails of Odisha. Sixty-three children have been staying with their parents in scheduled accommodation in jails.
Both Houses of the Jammu & Kashmir Assembly on Wednesday witnessed walkouts by the Opposition over the killing of a civilian in Kulgam. National Conference (NC) working president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah sought a statement from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over the “deteriorating law-and-order situation”.“The government has no moral responsibility to rule if it thinks civilian killings were not an issue. The person killed had not picked up any gun. He had bullet on his throat. Even a Minister acknowledged it. Are bullets fired on the ground or in the air? We want to ask Ms. Mufti,” said Mr. Abdullah.He said Ms. Mufti’s entire political foundation was based on raising human rights issues and excesses by security forces. “Today, she has done a complete 180 degree turn,” he said. The legislators of both NC and Congress, besides the CPI(M) and Independent legislator Engineer Rashid, staged a walkout in both the Houses.Earlier, Speaker Kavinder Gupta disallowed any debate as the Opposition moved an adjournment motion over the Kulgam incident.“The government is trying to shy away from the debate to hide its failures,” said NC legislator Ali Muhammad Sagar.Congress leader Rigzin Jora said, “The government has failed to imbibe a sense of security among the people in all the three regions of the State and denies even a debate on innocent killings”.In a separate statement, NC president Farooq Abdullah described the security situation in the State as “of grave concern”.“A shadow of fear has been cast over the (upcoming) panchayat election process. It’s alarming and unfortunate. The security scenario is a matter of serious concern and underlines the political vacuum that has resulted in accentuating the alienation on the ground, especially among the youth,” Dr. Abdullah said.The government ordered a probe into the killing of the student, Khalid Ahmed Dar. The victim’s father alleged his son was “targeted”.
At least 21 persons were found to have contracted HIV in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district after a quack allegedly administered injections to them using a common syringe.A criminal case was filed against the quack, identified as Rajendra Kumar, on Tuesday.The HIV cases were discovered in two rural areas, Premganj and Chakmirpur, in the Bangermau tehsil during screening camps held by the State Health department.The officials held three camps in November and December last year, after being alarmed by the high incidence of HIV reported from the district hospital and health camps held in Bangermau by an NGO.“After we found that a large number of cases were being reported from this area, a screening camp was held, in which 566 persons were examined. Thirty-eight persons were found reactive while 21 were found positive,” Unnao Chief Medical Officer S.P. Chaudhary said.After interviewing the affected persons, officials suspected that the high incidence of HIV could be due to a quack who used a single infected syringe to treat patients in the area.U.P. Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh has ordered a probe and said the accused would be arrested soon. The affected persons have been referred to the Kanpur medical college for Antiretroviral Therapy.A case was registered against the quack, Rajendra Kumar, under Sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code. Section 15 (3) of the Indian Medical Council Act, which deals with practising without licence, was also invoked, said Bangermau SHO Arun Prakash Singh. “We are still collecting evidence,” the officer told The Hindu when asked if the accused would be arrested.P.K. Dohre, the medical superintendent of the local community health centre, said that as per information gathered from the affected persons, the accused quack would visit the villages on a bicycle, and conduct his business sitting on the porch of a high school. “He would stay there for two-three hours. For ₹10, he would provide both medicine and injection to the patients. People flocked to him in large numbers. After speaking to the HIV-affected persons, the investigating team also found that they had received treatment from the same place,” said Mr. Dohre.While officials have prima facie held the quack responsible for the HIV cases, the government is also probing other angles, including the high incidence of migration and transit in the Bangermau area, which Mr. Singh said had become a “centre of sex” with truck drivers passing it. “Since it’s a transit point, HIV carriers are likely to come there. So we are also mapping truck drivers,” he said.
Even as the loss of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in three Hindi heartland States is attributed to rural distress and agrarian crisis, the ruling party in Maharashtra seems to be learning no lesson as the State’s Agriculture Department has been functioning without an independent minister for over six months now. The department also does not have a full-time secretary for three and half months now.State agriculture minister and senior BJP leader Pandurang Phundkar passed away on May 31. Ever since his death, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil is handling the additional charge of the department. Amid rumours of State Cabinet expansion, the party has not appointed an independent minister for this department. Similarly, agriculture department secretary Bijay Kumar retired from his position in August. Ever since the department’s additional charge is being handled by Eknath Dawale, secretary, Water Conservation and Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS). The government is yet to appoint a full-time secretary for the agriculture department, one of the most crucial in the upcoming general and Assembly elections. “Both the departments are working very well. None of the schemes are being derailed, no funding has been stopped. It is true that the department does not have an independent minister and secretary. But there has been no dearth of funding for farmer-related projects,” said a senior minister. When asked about the cabinet expansion or re-division of cabinet portfolios, he refused to comment saying the Chief Minister has the authority to take the call.Maharashtra was in the middle of controversy recently after a farmer named Sanjay Sathe sent ₹1,064 earned from selling onions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to highlight the low returns on the crop. Following record-break onion production, farmers have been complaining of low returns on the sale of their produce. Up to July, the State has recorded 1,417 farmer suicides. Despite the Chief Minister’s assurances, the farm loan waiver scheme announced in June 2017, is yet to reach its target.“This government is not serious about the agrarian sector and the 50% of the population which is dependent on farm sector. It is shameful to not have an independent minister and secretary for this department,” said Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant.
With an eye on the Lok Sabha polls, the CPI(M)-led Left Front is hoping to regain its lost ground in West Bengal with a mega rally here next week. The rally is scheduled to be held at Brigade Parade Ground, the same venue where the ruling Trinamool Congress organised its mega Opposition meet on January 19. As many as 24 political parties, including the Congress and major regional parties such as the SP, BSP and DMK, had come together at the rally, vowing to defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls. The Left Front had skipped the TMC rally, stating that the ruling party in the State was no better as it had destroyed “democracy and its institutions”. “We will give the call to oust the TMC in Bengal and the BJP at the Centre. The people of this country are fed up with the Modi government, they want a change,” CPI(M) State secretary Surya Kanta Mishra said. The CPI(M)-led Front is making all efforts to ensure the rally’s success. From flags, posters, slogans and roadside meetings to social media messages on Twitter and Facebook, the party is trying to reach out to the masses. Once a formidable force in West Bengal, the Left Front lost to the TMC in 2011, ending a 34-year regime in the State. The BJP, too, outsmarted the CPI(M) and the Congress to become the main Opposition in Bengal. The role of the Left parties in national politics largely depends on the number of seats it will win from the State. In 2004, the CPI(M)-led Left Front played a pivotal role in forming the UPA-I government by winning 35 Lok Sabha seats from the State. Nationally, the Front had won 62 seats. In 2014, the CPI(M) had won just two seats in Bengal, while the Left Front secured 11 seats.
The number of papers published by the world’s largest open-access journal, PLOS ONE, has plummeted over the past few months after rising fairly steadily for years, notes a scholarly publishing blogger. Phil Davis suggests the closely watched PLOS ONE may have become a less attractive option for scientists as its impact factor has fallen and other open-access publishers have come on the scene.Founded 14 years ago, the Public Library of Science (PLOS) has been a leader in open access—online journals that are free for anyone to read and cover costs by charging authors a fee. But PLOS has also drawn criticism, because the nonprofit broke even only after starting the multidisciplinary PLOS ONE, which accepts all papers that pass technical scrutiny regardless of their importance. The model has drawn the complaint that PLOS ONE bulk publishes low-quality papers to make its more selective journals sustainable. That high volume made PLOS ONE the largest scientific journal in the world in 2010, with more than 8600 research papers. Last year, the site featured 31,509 papers.But this year, the trend has been downward, notes Davis, a publishing consultant. PLOS ONE’s output peaked in December 2013 at 3039 papers and by May had fallen 25% to 2276 papers (see graph). Davis suggests that a drop in PLOS ONE’s impact factor last June could be one explanation: Researchers tend to prefer journals with higher impact factors, a measure of how widely a journal is cited that is often used—mistakenly, many argue—to assess a scientist’s performance.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(*)Other factors may include the debut of other open-access journals, last October’s 16-day U.S. government shutdown, and a decline in U.S. federal research funding, Davis writes. Whatever the reasons, he writes, PLOS’s bottom line is taking a hit: “[T]hat 25% drop in 2014 publication represents about $1 million less revenue in the first quarter alone. If this trend continues, supporting other PLOS activities may become more difficult.”In response to questions from ScienceInsider, PLOS cautions against reading too much into the 25% drop (see full statement below). As a nonprofit, it says, PLOS “is not primarily driven by short-term financial considerations, but rather by a mission to transform research communication.”PLOS STATEMENT:“PLOS as a nonprofit is not primarily driven by short-term financial considerations, but rather by a mission to transform research communication. PLOS is committed to ongoing collaboration with the scientific community to continually work toward this goal. As governments, funders and institutions, to their credit and to the benefit of society, increasingly require that research be made Open Access, and as the amount of research fluctuates worldwide, the peak volume in published works of research for any publisher is likely a moving target. Competition stimulates innovation, which ultimately will mean a better publishing experience for authors. PLOS is proud to be at the leading edge of this progress.”*Correction, 4 June, 2:47 p.m.: The article has been corrected to state that PLOS ONE is the world’s largest journal, not publisher.*Clarification, 5 June, 8 a.m.:The headline has been revised to reflect that the journal’s output, not submissions, have dropped.
To prevent their hives from being attacked by invaders, wasps must quickly distinguish friend from foe. They typically do this by sniffing out foreigners, as outsiders tend to have a different scent than the home colony. Now researchers have discovered that, like a few other wasp species, a tiny social wasp (Liostenogaster flavolineata) from Malaysia employs an additional security measure: facial recognition. The wasps’ nests are typically found in large aggregations with as many as 150 built close together, and each colony faces persistent landing attempts by outsiders from these other nests. To find out why and how these wasps employ both vision and scent to determine if an incoming wasp is a comrade, scientists carried out a series of experiments on 50 colonies (see photo above) in the wild. Close to the nests, the researchers dangled lures made of captured and killed wasps. The lures had been given different treatments. For instance, some lures made from nest mates were coated with a foe’s scent, whereas outsiders were painted with the colony’s odor. The wasps, it turns out, pay more attention to facial markings than to scent when faced with a possible intruder, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Indeed, in tests where the wasps could assess both an intruder’s face and scent, they relied solely on facial recognition and immediately attacked those whose faces they didn’t know, ignoring their odor. That’s the safest strategy, the scientists note, because the wasps can recognize another’s face at a distance, but need to actually touch another wasp to detect her scent—not a bad ploy for a tiny-brained insect.(Linked photo credit: David Baracchi)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(*)
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Coffee bars serving masala chai, Indian restaurants and grocery stores in abundance, Bollywood movies screened in mainstream cinemas – Indian migrants have certainly made a deep impact on Australian society.Government figures show that India remains the main source of skilled migration to Australia while Indian migrants have contributed significantly to the Australian economy.Read it at News Nation Related Items
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Apple Inc. selected five students from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur for its Bengaluru office during its first visit to the establishment during the first two days of placement week this year. The United Kingdom-based Halma plc, Dubai-based Dunia Finance and Mercari Japan Ltd. also visited IIT-KGP for placements for the first time.Besides the unprecedented salaries that some students are being offered during placement offers this year, what is also making news is the number of foreign-headquartered firms looking for the first time at premium Indian institutes for recruitments.The total number of offers made by international companies is also higher this year as compared to last year. In the first three days of the placement exercise at campuses, 22 overseas offers were made at IIT Madras. Only six students from the institute got offers last year, Business Today reported. At IIT Kharagpur, the figure is over 30 this year as compared to nine last year. The surge is apparent at IIT Bombay too, with 60 international offers, including pre-placement offers, made this year. The figure last year was 50, the report added.At IIT-KGP, 300 students were given job offers during the recent rounds of hiring from companies such as HSBC, American Express, IBM Research, JP Morgan, Airbus, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte and Walmart, among others. During the first two days, 30 students received international job offers at the campus.“Data Analytics and software are the two booming sectors this year… So far, we are extremely happy with the response that our students have received this recruitment season,” Debasis Deb, the chairman of Career Development Centre at the institute at Kharagpur, said, the Hindustan Times reported.At IIT-Madras, Apple was joined by UBS AG, Nasdaq, Country Garden, Rubrik and Sekisui Chemical in the list of firms that came for the first time for recruitment. Among 93 offers made to students, at least nine were reported to have come from international companies, including Microsoft, Uber, Rubrik, Nasdaq, and Indeed. Almost 15 per cent of the companies that went to the campus were first-timers.IIT-Delhi took the cherry on top this year with the highest package going to its student. Microsoft was reported to have offered an annual package of Rs 1.40 crore, inclusive of bonuses and stock options, for jobs at their Redmond headquarters on the first day of recruitment. Uber, reported to have selected one candidate each from IIT-Bombay and IIT-Madras, has offered a package of Rs 99.80 lakh.“There have been quite a few offers that with more than ₹1-crore package,” Anishya Madan, the Industrial Liaison officer for training and placement at IIT Delhi, was quoted as saying by the publication. She did not, however, mention how many students received offers that crossed Rs. 1 crore.Microsoft made offers to students from IIT Roorkee, Bombay, Madras and Guwahati. Of the three recruitments made at Roorkee, two received offshore jobs. The institute also saw 10 offers from Japanese firms, with Mercari, the peer-to-peer marketplace app operator, making nine offers while first-time recruiter Webstaff made one. Eight students from Guwahati were chosen for Indian offices.IIT-Bombay and Madras have not yet announced details of offers and recruitments made at their campuses.At IIT-Bombay, besides U.S.-based firms like Uber and Microsoft, 15 Japanese firms are also likely to conduct screening processes. Sony is expected to offer 50 lakh yen per annum while TEX E.G., Murata and Toyo Engineering are expected to offer gross annual salaries in the range of 36 lakh and 27 lakh Japanese yen. Companies from Singapore and Europe have also registered for the first phase of placement at the premier technology institute.The first round of the placements would end by Dec. 15 but placements would go on until May 2018. IIT final year students wait for placements for months and weeks. For many, the first week of recruitment bears fruits, but there are others who have to wait until the second or later rounds of placements to get a job.“One student gets a job on the first day, his roommate goes into depression,” an official at IIT-Delhi told Scroll. Students are discouraged from disclosing their offers. Related ItemsEmploymentIIT
Melbourne residents Kumuthini and Kandasamy Kannan have denied charges of enslaving an Indian immigrant, and beating and mistreating her till she collapsed. The Melbourne Magistrates Court was told on Dec. 11 that while the couple and their children were on holiday in 2015, the woman was locked inside the house without a key and was unable to leave.The Indian immigrant was working for the Kannans, who too hail from India, and her chores included cooking, cleaning, and helping to raise their three children, AAP reported.The Kannans have each been charged with possessing a slave between July 2007 and July 2015, exercising ownership over a slave, and harboring an unlawful non-citizen.They have, however, denied the allegations, claiming “all her needs were met” and that their children regarded her as a grandmother. A five-day committal hearing began in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Dec. 11 to determine if the Kannans will stand trial.The court has also been told that Kumuthini Kannan used to beat the woman, and that the maid had to make do with rice and tea if her tasks were not up to the mark. The hearing continues, the report added.In 2015, the woman had to be taken to Box Hill Hospital after she was allegedly found lying in a pool of her own urine at the Kannan household. Kumuthini Kannan called triple zero and the paramedics found the woman suffering from severe hypothermia and in an altered state of consciousness.The hospital records showed that the woman had a case of urinary sepsis that would have been fatal if left untreated, and type 2 diabetes. She was also malnourished and had lesions on her hands and feet. The woman’s teeth had also fallen out.It is alleged that despite being promised Rs 7,000 (about $A143) per month, she was never paid. It was the daughter and the son-in-law of this woman who arranged for her to work at Kannan’s household.The woman testified via a video during the hearing on Dec. 11, with the help of an interpreter. She hoped to return to India soon.This is not the first case where a domestic help from India has been tortured. In 2012, an Indian diplomat Neena Malhotra in the United States was held guilty of subjecting her maid to slavery. A U.S. court ruled that the victim be awarded a compensation of $1.5 million. The judge held that the victim had to be awarded money for suffering barbaric treatment at the hands of her employers. Related ItemsAustraliaMelbourne
The Agripada police in Mumbai on Tuesday made the first arrest in connection with the suicide of Payal Tadvi, a resident doctor with the BYL Nair Hospital, last week.The police on Thursday last registered a case against three doctors — Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal — all Dr. Tadvi’s seniors, after she killed herself in her hostel on Wednesday. The trio was absconding since then and on Monday, a police team narrowly missed them in Akola, where Dr Mehare hails from.Police sources said they learnt on Tuesday that Dr. Mehare would come to meet her lawyer near Nair Hospital on the anticipatory bail application that all the three accused have filed.“We laid a trap and took Dr Mehare into custody as soon as she showed up. She was then taken to the police station and placed under arrest,” a police officer with the Agripada police said.Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Manjunath Singe confirmed Dr. Mehare’s arrest. The police are questioning her on the whereabouts of the other accused.“As they had filed anticipatory bail applications together and had also fled the city together, we have reason to believe that they were in constant touch with each other while they were on the run. We have some leads and are working on them,” an officer said.The police on Tuesday also questioned Dr. Ramesh Bharmal, dean of the BYL Nair hospital, along with several others. According to police sources, Assistant Commissioner of Police Deepak Kundal, Agripada division, who is spearheading the investigation, questioned Dr Bharmal for over half an hour on Tuesday night before he was allowed to leave. “We have also questioned Dr. Yi Ching Ling, the head of the Ob-Gyn unit at the hospital, where Payal worked. Statements were also recorded from ten other resident doctors, including Dr. Kalyani Dongre, president of the central Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD),” an officer said.Meanwhile, the Mumbai Congress president Milind Deora also met Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve on Tuesday..“I have appealed for swift justice to Payal’s family and also asked the police to take care that such incidents do not repeat themselves in institutions like the Nair Hospital,” he told mediapersons.