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  • The Urgent Case for Business Acumen

    first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The vignette that follows is true. Only the names of been changed to protect the guilty.The CEO was on the telephone. He said, “I need to speak with someone who knows more than you.” The salesperson on the other end of the phone responded, but it didn’t seem to help much. The CEO said, “Listen, I know more about this than you do. I want to speak with someone who knows more about this than I do.” The salesperson, cowed by the CEOs directness, scheduled for him to speak with someone else, someone with a better chance of helping him get what he wanted.You can call what the salesperson was missing “insight,” if you want to. Or you can call it business acumen, like I do. You can call it situational knowledge. Or you might want to call it the ability to create value for your clients and prospects. It doesn’t matter what you call it because the end result is the same: If you don’t have the ability to help your client, they will find someone who does.Do you want to make prospecting easier? Do you want to make it easier to open the relationships that open opportunities? Then you need the insight, business acumen, situational knowledge, and he ability to create the value necessary to opening those relationships.Do you want to be relevant to the C suite? For that matter, do you want to be relevant to anybody within your dream clients company? If you want to be relevant and compelling you need to know enough to help your dream client with the biggest challenges and their biggest opportunities.Do you want to be known as a trusted advisor? Do you want to be known as consultative? Do you have the kind of advice that can be trusted? Is your knowledge deep enough for you to be consultative?You have no time to waste in developing the insight, the business acumen, and the situational knowledge necessary to help your clients succeed, lest you get punched in the mouth for not knowing enough and have to hand the phone to the salesperson sitting next to you (or worse still, your competitor).QuestionsWhat do you know?What do you need to know?What does your client need you to know?What experience does your client need you to have?What are you doing to change all of this?last_img read more

  • The Power In Silence

    first_imgThere is power in silence.When you feel uncomfortable, you may continue talking when it no longer serves you.Continuing to speak can give the impression that you are not confident in what you are saying. Worse, it can prevent your dream client from processing a question or statement for themselves because you are answering it for them (or because you are just making noise).PauseThere is power in the pause.A pause creates space. Your dream client can use that space to process your well-placed question and think through the answer for themselves. This is important when you are asking powerful questions. It’s also important when your question is a question that they haven’t yet answered for themselves.You might ask the question, “You’ve shared three big areas that you believe need improvement. Which of these areas is compelling enough for you to do something different to improve your results?” If you want to know how to compel your prospects to change, find out what is already compelling them.You might assume that you are supposed to be solving all three problems, and maybe you will. By pausing, you create the space for your prospect to process the question and decide what is important enough to pursue.Time to ProcessOne area where it’s easy to make assumptions and speak for your client is when you are helping them identify risks and resolve concerns. Because we have proof providers, we assume that what we have is what the client wants. A question and a pause can be a more effective choice.You might say, “What concerns do you still need me to address for you now?” No matter what the answer is, ask a powerful question and pause. Say, “How can I help you feel confident about that issue and what would you need to see from me?” Maybe they want references. Or they might be more confident with a site visit, or simply meeting and vetting the team that will handle their business.There is no reason to guess what you prospective client needs from you when you can ask them and pause long enough for them to think through their answer.More SpaceIf you provide the person you are speaking with more space, they will fill it with what’s important to them.Being a great communicator has much more to do with the quality of your listening than it does your ability to speak. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

  • PETA alleges animal cruelty in egg and meat industry

    first_imgThe People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has called for sweeping changes to curb cruel practices in the egg and meat industry and has urged people to go vegan.A press release issued here by Mr. Sachin Bangera of PETA India here on Tuesday claimed that an investigation of several hatcheries and farms in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana had revealed that millions of male chicks as well as other unwanted chicks are commonly drowned, burned, crushed, thrown into rubbish bins, and even fed to other animals while still alive by top players in the industry.The investigation was conducted by Anonymous for Animal Rights.PETA has called on the government to consider implementing new in-ovo sexing technology (in which the chick’s gender is determined before it hatches), to establish and implement a written standard for painless euthanasia for unhealthy chicks, and to take stern action against companies that kill chicks in cruel ways.last_img read more

  • BJP mayoral candidates elected unopposed in Pimpri, Nashik

    first_imgPune: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Nitin Kalje and Shailaja More, candidates for the mayoral post in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), were elected unopposed as the mayor and the deputy mayor on Tuesday.The decks were cleared for Mr. Kalje after the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) mayoral candidate, Shyam Lande, took back his nomination at the last minute.The mayor’s post is reserved for an OBC candidate for the first two-and-a-half years. With this election, Mr. Kalje has become the first BJP mayor of the PCMC.The party won a landslide victory in the recently concluded PCMC polls, bagging 77 of the 128 seats and breaking a decade-long hold of the Sharad Pawar-led NCP over the civic body. The NCP won only 36 seats, and many of its top leaders, like Mahesh Landge and Azam Pansare, had defected to the BJP in the run-up to the polls. There was disgruntlement in the BJP camp over Mr. Kalje’s candidature as he is widely perceived to be Mr. Landge’s pick. This alienated a strong faction within the party led by BJP MLA Laxman Jagtap, a former NCP heavyweight.History in NashikIn the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) too BJP candidates Ranjana Bhansi and Prathamesh Gite were elected unopposed as the mayor and the deputy mayor.The BJP swept the NMC as well, winning 66 of the 122 seats. The party had announced it’s mayoral candidature last week. The Congress had fielded Asha Tadvi as its mayoral candidate while the NCP had propped up Sushama Pagare for the deputy mayor’s post.However, at the request of the BJP candidates, the opposition withdrew the nominations of their candidates, thus making it the first instance where a mayor and a deputy mayor have been elected unopposed in the NMC. The mayoral post is reserved for a member from the Scheduled Tribes (ST) this time.The Shiv Sena, which secured the second position in the NMC with 35 seats, did not field any candidates for the mayoral polls.The deputy mayor, Mr. Gite, is the son of former MNS-turned BJP leader Vasant Gite, who was the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s mainstay in Nashik before he defected to the BJP in 2014.last_img read more

  • Himachal moving towards a debt trap: CAG

    first_imgThe report by the Comptroller and Auditor General that was tabled in the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha has observed that the small hill State is heading towards a major debt trap withfiscal liabilities reaching ₹ 41,197 crore by the end of 2015-16. The State would have to pay 62% of the debt within the next seven years and the per capita debt reached ₹ 57,642 in 2015-16, up from ₹ 40,904 in 2011-12. There is a big leap of 42% in the past five years.The State had achieved the target of reduction of revenue deficit to zero and achieved revenue surplus in 2011-12, but it experienced significant deficits during 2012-13 and 2014-15 in all three indicators of revenue deficit, fiscal deficit and primary deficit.The Opposition condemned the “wasteful expenditure carried out by the incumbent government for unproductive purposes”.‘Unproductive loans’The Leader of the Opposition, Prem Kumar Dhumal, on Saturday said the hill State was reeling under a debt of ₹ 45,213.30 crore, which is about 38.3% of the State’s GDP. The Virbhadra Singh government raised loans to the tune of ₹ 13,555 crore in last four years, from 2013 to 2017, for non-productive works. The CAG has made a negative observation on the working of the majority of government enterprises.Mr. Dhumal maintained that notwithstanding the huge revenue deficit grant of ₹ 40,625 crore by the Union government under the 14th Finance Commission, the weak leadership and governance in the State had failed to catch up with the developmental parameters at the national level.last_img read more

  • Haryana House passes GST Bill, hikes salaries of MLAs

    first_imgThe Haryana Assembly on Thursday passed the Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017, in the special one-day session of the House. It also gave legislators a hike in salaries and allowances with monthly salary of Ministers set to jump from ₹50,000 to ₹60,000 per month.Haryana Excise and Taxation Minister Abhimanyu said the GST is a path-breaking reform in taxation history which will knit the entire country into a single market by ironing out distortions, putting an end to skewed and dissimilar tax practices and make the going for trade and industry a lot easier.Capt Abhimanyu said the new tax would subsume 17 different types of indirect taxes of the Centre and States and do away with the multiplicity of taxes.“The GST will take the feature of the Value Added Tax (VAT) from State boundaries to the national level. The GST is a destination-based tax. The threshold limit under the GST has been fixed at ₹20 lakh, which is currently ₹5 lakh in Haryana,” he said.Capt. Abhimanyu said another important feature of the GST was that tax practices had been harmonised to the best possible extent.“Traders under composition scheme would be required to pay tax at the rate of half per cent under the State GST and half per cent under the CGST. The manufactures will have to pay at the rate of 1% and taxpayers serving foods will be paying at the rate of 2.5% under the composition scheme of GST,” he said.He said a taxpayer will have to deal with only one taxing authority. “The principle of single interface for the taxpayers constitutes the cornerstone of GST implementation. Therefore, the State authorities and central authorities have been cross-empowered to perform various statutory functions under the Central and States laws to provide single interface to the taxpayers,” the minister added.Three BillsThe Assembly also passed three Bills effecting hikes in the salary of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition, Ministers and Ministers of State. The salary of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker, will increase from ₹50,000 to ₹60,000 and their office allowance ₹2,000 to ₹20,000.This will entail an expenditure of ₹6.72 lakh from the State exchequer, the House was informed.The hikes were made under the Haryana Legislative Assembly Speaker’s and Deputy Speaker’s Salaries and Allowances (Amendment) Bill, the Haryana Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill and the Haryana Legislative Assembly (Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members) Amendment Bill, 2017. (With PTI)last_img read more

  • U.P. recommends CBI probe in Tewari case

    first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Monday recommended a CBI probe into the death of Karnataka-cadre IAS officer Anurag Tewari, whose body was found on the road near a State guest house here last week.The announcement by Principal secretary, Home, Arvind Kumar, came within hours of Tewari’s family, including his mother, meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with the demand.Murder case filedThe Uttar Pradesh police had earlier in the day registered a case of murder. An FIR under Section 302 (murder) had been registered at the Hazratganj police station on a complaint filed by Mayank Tewari, the officer’s brother. Mr. Mayank had hinted at a conspiracy behind Tewari’s death.He said his brother had told him two months ago that he was receiving death threats from anonymous people and that he was under “tremendous pressure.”Mr. Mayank said his brother told him about a file he was working on “which will expose a big scam in Karnataka.” Tewari was the Commissioner of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department.“He was under pressure to sign some papers… He was an honest officer and had been transferred around 7-8 times in his career,” Mr. Mayank said in his complaint.Tewari’s mother Sushila Tewari said the family was in great distress. “My son was a simple and honest man… We came here [from native Bahraich] in the hope that Yogiji will give us justice,” she said after the meeting with the CM.The IAS officer was in Lucknow for a few days as part of phase 3 training given to IAS officers. He was found dead on May 17, his 36th birthday. Police said he was out for a morning walk and had collapsed after walking barely a few metres. Mr. Mayank contests this. “He was a late riser and would never go for a morning walk,” he said.On March 18, a day after the death, the police constituted a five-member SIT to probe the case. It was asked to submit its report within 72 hours.However, the probe is still not complete. “Some statements still need to be registered,” said Avnish Mishra, Circle Officer, Hazratganj, who heads the SIT.Tewari’s family has alleged negligence by the local police. “The police did not even seal the room [at the Meera Bai guest house where the officer was staying] or gather enough CCTV footage from the area. Nobody has even taken a statement from us so far,” said Mr. Mayank.Mr. Mishra, however, said it was important for them to first gather evidence from areas in and around the site and take statements of people who were present at the spot. “The FIR has been registered. We will record their statements now.”last_img read more

  • Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Bhat ready to talk to Kashmir special representative

    first_imgSenior separatist leader Abdul Gani Bhat has expressed his willingness to engage Government of India special representative Dineshwar Sharma in a dialogue. However, the Hurriyat leader described it as “individual opinion.”In an interview to a local daily in Srinagar, the former All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman said, “The doors of my office are open to everyone. If people come to me for talks, I will talk and make my point — that without involving Pakistan no breakthrough on Kashmir is possible.”To a question on appointment of Mr. Sharma as interlocutor, Mr. Bhat, who heads the Muslim Conference and is associated with Mirwaz Umar Farooq’s Hurriyat, said, “If he [Mr. Sharma] chooses to meet me, it will be nice. I will welcome him at my office. He will be received well. I will meet and talk and put across the facts about the Kashmir issue. Unless talks happen, no positive results are expected.”He said there was need to “contribute towards an environment for sanity.” “You may not be able to achieve a breakthrough but the matter of fact is that talks have to happen and you have to talk sense,” said Mr. Bhat.Mr. Bhat’s stand is contrary to the position taken by the Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Hurriyat factions headed by the Mirwaiz, Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF chief Yasin Malik. So far, the separatists said Mr. Sharma’s appointment is “a time buying tactic and a futile exercise.”A second-rung moderate Hurriyat leader described Mr. Bhat’s remarks as “individual opinion and not a party stand.”last_img read more

  • Assam flood worsens, death toll 41

    first_imgThree people drowned in as many districts on Thursday as the flood situation in Assam worsened, affecting eight of the State’s 33 districts. The death toll since May – when the first wave of flood hit Assam – has risen to 41 with landslides caused by heavy rainfall having claimed the lives of three people.Officials of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said one person each drowned in Dhemaji, Udalguri and Golaghat districts. These and five other districts have been affected by flash floods and rising waters of the Brahmaputra and four tributaries.“About 1.06 lakh people have been affected by the second wave of floods,” an ASDMA official said.Eastern Assam’s Golaghat is the worst-affected district with 54,135 people displaced by floods, followed by Sivasagar (17,905) and Lakhimpur (14,052).The Golaghat and Sivasagar district authorities have set up 99 relief camps that are currently housing 20,869 people. The officials said crop on 5,056.35 hectares has been destroyed across the eight districts.“Apart from inundation, erosion has been a major problem. At least 68 houses have been destroyed by rivers Jia Bharali and Panchnoi in Sonitpur, Udalguri and Barpeta districts,” the official said.last_img read more

  • No pact if we get less than 7 Bihar seats: LJP

    first_imgAmid speculation that constituents of the NDA in Bihar had sealed a seat-sharing deal for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, alliance partner Lok Janshakti Party said it would not settle for less than seven seats in the State, the number it had contested in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.Separately, leaders of the BJP and the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party too dismissed reports that seat-sharing had been finalised among the alliance partners.“Seat-sharing has not been finalised among NDA alliance parties but we’ll not compromise on less than seven seats, the number we had contested in the last 2014 Lok Sabha poll,” said Pashupati Kumar Paras, State LJP president and a member of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Cabinet. “We’ll also demand seats in the neighbouring States of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand as our party’s popularity has grown in all these years,” he added.‘After Chhat puja’Mr. Paras, younger brother of LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, said: “Seat sharing talks would start only after Chhat puja in mid-November and would be finalised in December”.Asked whether there would be no alliance if the party’s demands were not met, LJP leader Ajay Kumar told The Hindu, “That is your interpretation. We are clear on the number of seats we want.” He added that no NDA ally had reached out to the LJP yet for seat-sharing talks.Earlier, Janata Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar had told reporters that an “honourable seat-sharing” pact had been finalised with the BJP and would be announced soon. On Monday, reports in a section of the media said that out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, 17 would go the BJP, 16 to the JD (U), five to the LJP and two to the RLSP. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had won 22 out of 30 contested seats, LJP six out of seven contested and the RLSP had won all the three seats it contested.However, the RLSP too has been keeping the BJP on tenterhooks while hinting at a possible shift to the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led Grand Alliance. Sources said the likelihood of the RLSP joining the Grand Alliance was high, given party leader Upendra Kushwaha’s well known political animosity towards Mr. Kumar. The RJD leaders have also regularly been saying, “it’s just a matter of time that RLSP leader Kushwaha would join Grand Alliance”.Meanwhile, State RLSP leader Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha said, “how can seat-sharing be finalised without a meeting and discussion with all alliance parties?” State BJP leader and Minister Prem Kumar said talks were still on.last_img read more

  • Home dept. to examine Punjab train tragedy report

    first_imgA 300-page magisterial probe report on the Amritsar train accident in which about 60 people died last month was submitted to the Punjab Home Secretary on Wednesday. Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner B. Purushartha, who was appointed special executive magistrate by the government to probe the October 19 accident, said the report was submitted to Punjab Home Secretary N. S. Kalsi. The report had statements of over 150 people. They included railway officials and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was the chief guest at the Dussehra event, held close to the railway tracks in Amritsar. The report would now be examined by the Home Department, a senior official said. Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had questioned the Railways for giving a clean chit to the train driver, too had submitted his statement in writing. Opposition Akali Dal had rejected the institution of a magisterial probe and sought registration of a criminal case against Navjot Kaur Sidhu and the event organisers. About sixty people were mowed down by a train that hurtled through a crowd, which had spilled onto the railways tracks while watching the burning of a Ravana effigy on Dussehra this year. The railways had initially refused to order a probeBut two weeks after the accident, it said the chief commissioner of Railway safety would probe the tragedy.last_img read more

  • ‘Finding skilled manpower was the key challenge for Bogibeel project’

    first_img Delivering steel platesThe construction teams used a combination of rail and road transport to deliver 80,000 metric tonnes of steel plates sourced from various parts of the country to the project site in Assam. The orders for extra-wide plates were placed in advance to ensure timely execution of the job. The spherical bearings used in the construction were sourced from Germany, while the load testing of the bearings was done in China. The bearings were then shipped back to the project site after being refitted in Bhopal.“The high grade, copper bearing steel ensures durability and makes the super structure corrosion proof,” Mr. Kishore said, adding that quality and documentation requirements were really stringent. “A lot of learning has taken place, because this is the first of its kind in India,” he said.(The writer was in Assam at the invitation of HCC) A major challenge in the construction of the Bogibeel rail-cum-road bridge — set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25 — was finding the required skilled manpower, and convincing the personnel to work in the hostile conditions of Upper Assam.“Getting the required manpower on this project in this part of the country, that too ensuring they were technically qualified was a task,” R.V.R Kishore, project director for HCC, the company which built the steel superstructure, told The Hindu. The bridge was under-construction for 16 years.Over time, they managed to mobilise 120 engineers and 300 welders from different parts of India. The challenge with getting welders was that they had to be qualified as per European codes and welding standards.Benefiting armed forcesThe 4.94-km-long structure, India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge across the Brahmaputra, will help the Indian armed forces move men and material to Arunachal Pradesh in a faster manner. It will also benefit the Indian Railways, as it will help reduce the distance between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by 600 km.The design of the ₹4,857 crore bridge is such that, unlike a normal steel bridge, it did not require the use of a single nut or bolt. Bolts and rivets that are normally used in a steel bridge require periodic replacement due to shear failure over traffic loads.In the Bogibeel bridge, construction of trusses using welding has made the connection between components a permanent one, eliminating the above failures, Mr. Kishore said.The structure is India’s first fully-welded bridge, which will protect it from harsh weather.Several companies took part in Bogibeel’s construction. The state-owned RITES undertook pre-construction studies, geo-technical investigations and provided detailed designs. Bhartia Infra constructed the guide bunds and approach embankments.The foundation and sub-structure were built by Gammon India. A joint venture of HCC, VNR Infrastructures and the German company DSD Bruckenbau constructed the superstructure.last_img read more

  • India aims ‘Top 50’ rank next year in ease of doing business: Narendra Modi

    first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said India is aiming at being in the list of top 50 countries next year in the ‘ease of doing business’ category. The country’s ranking has jumped 75 places in the World Bank’s ease of doing business rankings, Mr. Modi said. India is now ranked 77th in the list.“I have asked my team to work harder so that India is in the ‘Top 50’ list in ease of doing business next year. I want our regulations and processes to compare with the best in the world. We have also made doing business cheaper,” Mr. Modi said in his inaugural address at the ninth edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit here. Mr. Modi said his government is focused on removing the barriers which were preventing the country from achieving its potential and will continue with the pace of reforms and deregulation.Implementation of Goods and Services Tax and measures of simplification and consolidation of taxes have reduced transaction costs and made processes efficient, he said. Digital processes, online transactions and single-point interfaces have also helped in doing business faster, he said. Mr. Modi said doing business smarter has also been the focus of his government. IT-based transactions in procurement and purchases by the government and digital payments have been steps in this direction. he added. Addressing the gathering in the presence of political and business leaders from different countries, Mr. Modi said Indian administration has worked with a focus to reduce government and enhance governance, with the mantra of ‘reform, perform, transform and further perform.’He said the change in terms of direction and intensity has been quite visible since the last four years after his government came to power. Mr. Modi said his government has taken several drastic steps and deeper structural reforms adding to the strength of India and its economy. Among these reforms was removing the barriers that prevented India from achieving full potential, he said. This has led major global financial institutions like the World Bank and the IMF as well as agencies like Moodys to express confidence in Indias economic journey, he said. We will continue the pace and process of reforms and deregulation, he said. Mr. Modi said his governments policies have helped bring in foreign direct investment worth USD 263 billion in the last four years, which he said is 45 per cent of the FDI received in the last 18 years.“Most sectors of our economy are now open for FDI. More than 90 per cent approvals have been put on automatic route. Such measures have propelled our economy to a high growth path, he said. With an average growth rate at 7.3 per cent per year in the last four years, GDP expansion has been the highest since 1991, Mr. Modi said. He said that challenge forIndia remains the need to grow horizontally as well as vertically. Horizontally, we have to spread the benefits of development to regions and communities that have lagged behind.Vertically, we have to meet enhanced expectations in terms of quality of life, quality of services and quality of infrastructure,” he said. Expressing the need to create job opportunities for the young population, Mr. Modi said his governments decisions have been directed not just for doing business but also for ease of life of our people.“We also understand that being a young nation, we need to create job opportunities and better infrastructure. Both are linked with investments. Therefore, in recent years, there has been unprecedented focus on manufacturing and infrastructure, he said. Mr. Modi said his government is keen to raise investment in next-generation infrastructure in roads, ports, railways, airports, telecom, digital networks and energy to help a ‘New India’ take shape that will be modern and competitive and yet caring and compassionate. The Vibrant Gujarat Summit was conceptualised in 2003 by Mr. Modi who was then Gujarat chief minister to re-establish the state as a preferred investment destination within India. The event has evolved into a platform for brainstorming on agendas of global socio-economic development, in addition to being a facilitator for knowledge sharing and forging effective partnerships.last_img read more

  • First Hindu Temple at Abu Dhabi Likely to be Ready by 2020

    first_imgThe first Hindu temple at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is likely to be ready by 2020. Preparations for construction of the temple, a project approved by the Abu Dhabi government during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to the UAE in 2015, have begun in the capital’s Al Rahba area.In accordance with the legal requirements to begin the construction, the temple construction committee will appoint consultants within a month, the Gulf News reported, citing a senior priest.“Once the consultants are selected, everything has to be done through them as they can take further steps as per the local rules and regulations,” the publication quoted Sadhu Brahma Viharidas as saying. Viharidas, who is in charge of the Middle East at BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha that will build and manage the temple, was in Abu Dhabi on July 23 to participate in the consultation process.“Now everything is in place… the legal entity has been registered and the UAE Government has granted the required [initial] permission [for the building project],” Viharidas added.The temple will be built on a 14-acre plot of land, that was gifted by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, at Abu Mureikhah in the Al Rahba locality on Abu Dhabi-Sweihan-Al Ain Road, near the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway. It will be modeled after the Akshardham Temple in New Delhi, and will feature seven towers representing the seven emirates in the UAE. The complex will also include a visitors’ center, prayer halls, sports area for children and youth, thematic gardens, water features, a food court, book and gift shop, besides other facilities.Slabs of marble and other stone will be handcarved by artisans in Pindvada, Sikandra and other rural workshops in Rajasthan, and assembled in the UAE. The arches, pillars and domes of the structure will feature motifs of peacocks, elephants, trees and flowers, and delicate carvings will narrate ancient stories from Indian scriptures about peace and spirituality, had reported earlier.Arches, pillars and domes interlaced with motifs of peacocks, elephants, trees and flowers will greet visitors. The temple will be open to people of all religions and cultures.The project’s cost cannot be estimated at this stage since the architectural plan is not yet complete, Viharidas told the Gulf News.“There is a very high level of ambition that this landmark [temple] will become an integral part of the impressive skyline of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, showcasing not only the best of Indian culture and civilization but could also be a testimony to the UAE’s own spirit of tolerance,” Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian ambassador to the UAE, said, according to the publication.Modi had earlier this year unveiled the model of the Swaminarayan temple of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha through videoconferencing from the Dubai Opera House. “I believe this temple will be unique in architecture and splendor and will give a message of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam to the people across the world,” he had said at the occasion.Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, had also visited the Akshardham temple in New Delhi during his trip to India last month. Related ItemsAbu DhabiHinduismUAElast_img read more

  • Indian Economy

    first_imgIndia’s central bank cut interest rates by a quarter point to 3.25 and lowered the country’s growth forecast for next year to 6 percent from average growth of 8.8 percent a year in the past five years.  Related Itemslast_img

  • Smartphones Users In India To Reach 1 Billion By 2024: Ericsson Report

    first_imgBy 2024, India will have over 1 billion smartphone users and the total mobile data traffic per month in the country will quadruple by that time, Ericsson said in a report released on Nov. 27.According to the latest edition of Ericsson Mobility Report, smartphone subscriptions in India will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10 percent while at the same time, India will have 1.42 billion mobile users from 1.2 billion now.At the same time, there will be 7.2 billion smartphone users globally, the report said.India also saw the second-highest number of net mobile subscription additions by a country in the third quarter of 2018, with the addition of 31 million mobile subscriptions, news agency IANS said quoting from the report.Globally, the third quarter of 2018 saw an addition of 120 million new subscriptions, with China adding 37 million and Indonesia adding 13 million new subscriptions, the news agency added.According to the report, mobile data traffic in India will grow from three exabytes (EB) in 2018 to 12 EB by 2024 per month. One exabyte is equal to a billion gigabytes.Video will continue to drive data usage and monthly data consumption per smartphone will increase from 6.8 gigabytes (GB) in 2018 to 15 GB by 2024 growing at CAGR of 14 percent, IANS wrote in its report.“LTE roll outs in India will continue and it is expected to be the most dominant access technology by 2024 accounting for nearly 81 percent of all mobile subscriptions in India compared to 30 percent in 2018,” Nitin Bansal, Head of Ericsson India and Head of Network Solutions, South East Asia, Oceania and India said in a statement.According to the report, 5G, which is expected to make its debut by 2020, will cover more than 40 percent global population and 1.5 billion users by the end of 2024.According to the report, this will make 5G the fastest generation of cellular technology to be rolled out on a global scale, IANS reported.The key drivers for 5G deployment will be increased network capacity, lower cost per gigabyte, and new use case requirements, the report said adding North America and north-east Asia are expected to lead the 5G deployment. Related Itemslast_img read more

  • Wanted: Some Humor and Sarcasm

    first_imgApparently, McCain does not remember how many houses he has. Perhaps he does not walk around with his copy of the pre-nuptial he signed with his millionaire wife, Cindy McCain. Or, he does not know what is his and what is hers. It is possible she keeps the books and he wants to rule the world. Or, he does have many houses and he does not care to remember them when pithy reporters ask him questions that have nothing to do with how to win in Iraq.So Obama attacks him and returns the jibe with humor and sarcasm, which have made their way nicely in this campaign. The response was quick and sharp and did rock the political world for a while.McCain campaign was back in few hours with its own retort, linking Obama’s housing problem with the convicted felon Tony Retzko.The past 48 hours have been lots of fun for political junkies.One complaint!Keep it funny, please! The Britney-Paris ads were funny and they were sarcastic. This housing flap has lots of room for sarcasm. It is a trope we do not use in politics. Hire some good comedians and move some infomercial time around and let us have fun. And watch some Clio Award winning commercials from around the world and make this all funny. Humor and sarcasm will win hearts, which as you know, are connected closer to votes than the head is.August 22, 2008 Related Itemslast_img read more