Your web presence is likely your first impression. If it’s not, it’s probably your second impression. You need to be thoughtful about what people see when they Google your name.If you have a site, you need to spend time and money on design.If you are going to build a personal brand on your site, you need it to present you well. If you are using WordPress or Tumblr, you need to pay for a professional design. You need professional images. And most of all you need content that speaks to the people who you serve.A cheap design makes it look like you aren’t successful, even if you are. A lack of content gives the impression that you have nothing to offer in the way of value. Spend time and money developing something that presents you and your story in a way that gives your audience confidence that you can create value for them.If LinkedIn is home base, you need to build it up to tell your story.There are still too many LinkedIn profiles that are something less than a resume. There is too little information about who the person in the profile really is or what they do.There are also too many LinkedIn profiles that are nothing but a resume. And that might be okay if it isn’t a useful social tool for you, or if it isn’t your home base.But if you are in sales and using LinkedIn as your home base, you need to do the work to build out a profile that tells the story of who you are, how you create value and all the things you’ve done that brought you to this point.What you tweet on Twitter, post on Facebook, and share on other sites can show up in search engines.This section could have just as easily been titled: Don’t be stupid. What you post lives on the Internet forever. Even if you delete something stupid, someone can always capture a screen shot of your mistake to use in the future.Do you want to argue about politics? Do you want to argue about touchy social issues? You think that you have to keep it that real? As long as you are willing to live with the consequences of your actions, have at it. But remember that you are leaving a trail behind you, and anyone can pick up that trail.Do you want to be known as divisive? Do you want to be know as argumentative? If that is what your brand is, and if it brings you success, then it is okay for you to play here. But if you want people to know you as a smart, positive, energetic, value creator, negative content won’t give people that impression.Make sure your web presence represents you in a way that makes the first impression you want.What does your web presence tell people about you?Does your LinkedIn profile represent the real value you create?What do your social sites say about you? What impression do they leave?
A lot of what is written is written in a way that suggests that the opposite of what is being discussed would be better.Yesterday I happened upon an article in the Economist titled “In Praise of Laziness,” in which the author suggested that there is too great a focus on working hard. He suggested that Sheryl Sandberg’s advice that women should “lean in” was problematic. He also suggested that John Bernard’s idea that one should do “Business at the Speed of Now” and my friend, Michael Port’s book title “Book Yourself Solid” were indicative of a world in which people are trying to do too much.Reading the first paragraph would give one the idea that they should “lean back,” being passive and reactive instead of intentional and proactive about their careers and their work. If business at the speed of now is a bad idea, perhaps one should do “business at the speed of later?” Even though it’s clear the author has never read Port’s book, one would believe that you should book yourself in such a way as to ensure that you have less business than you need to sustain your business.These are poorly chosen straw men, having nothing whatsoever to do with the primary suggestion to spend more time reflecting and thinking and less time with unnecessary meetings, make work, and email. But the article provides an excellent example of describing something as negative in a way that makes it appear as if its opposite is better.The opposite of cold calling is portrayed as being social media. The opposite of interrupting the client is waiting for them to initiate a conversation. The opposite of outbound is inbound. The opposite of gaining commitments is allowing the prospective client to determine what comes next and when.What is wrong with each of these examples is that they are shown as opposites. They are presented in such a way as to make them appear mutually exclusive. One prospecting medium does not preclude another. One choice to interrupt your prospective client with a call doesn’t suggest that other approaches are not helpful. The decision to gain the commitments that move deals forward in no way eliminates a collaborative conversation about what comes next.It’s not “this” or “that.” It is “this” and “that,” in the right measure, at the right time, as it pertains to a certain outcome. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now
The Army on Sunday launched a massive rescue operation to save 127 tourists stranded after a massive snow blizzard struck West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. A Bulgarian national was killed after she slipped and fell down a steep gorge.The blizzard struck on Saturday around 2.45 p.m. between Ahirgarh, Sela and Nuranang on the road from Tezpur to Tawang in West Kameng district.“With darkness setting in by 5 p.m., the entire operation was almost conducted in the dark and continued till all 127 tourist including five foreign nationals from Japan, New Zealand and Bulgaria were rescued,” one Army officer said.The officer added that the rescued tourists were accommodated at Army transit camps and provided with medical assistance. The mortal remains of the Bulgarian national were recovered around midnight.
Lambasting the agitating resident doctors of Maharashtra’s government hospitals for taking “undue advantage of its sympathy”, the Bombay High Court on Friday asked them to resume work by tomorrow morning or face action.Irked by the doctors’ failure to resume work today, despite giving an assurance to the court that they would do so, a bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G.S. Kulkarni said that if they stretch the matter, the “public will hit them”.The bench had yesterday asked all the resident doctors to resume work immediately and resolve their issues with the government amicably, but it was informed by the Maharashtra government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that the doctors were still on strike, despite the order.“If this is the attitude of the doctors, the respective hospital managements can initiate suitable action against them and terminate their services,” said the Bench tersely.
At a time when farmers are protesting across the country, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday sat down for lunch with hundreds of farmers of the State at a ‘Kisan Samagam’ programme, and sought their suggestions for the upcoming third agricultural road map of the State for 2017-2022. Altogether 699 farmers took part in the programme. Three farmers from each district were invited to offer their suggestions to increase farm productivity. Some of them suggested steps to increase the minimum support price. Others pointed Mr. Kumar’s attention to the lackadaisical approach of the government towards the farmers’ “real problems”. “Why doesn’t a farmer’s son want to do farming? The government needs to think over it,” said a young farmer from Kaimur, Sunil Kumar.
Mumbai: Under fire over the deaths of children in Gorakhpur, the Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) health department has sought assistance from the Maharashtra government to implement its schemes. A delegation led by U.P. Health Minister Siddharthnath Singh on Friday met his Maharashtra counterpart, Deepak Sawant, to learn about various health schemes of the Maharashtra government and the steps being taken to minimise maternal and infant mortality. Among the schemes presented to the U.P. team were telemedicine, motorbike ambulances, blood on call, the proposed Balasaheb Thackeray accident insurance scheme and the sick newborn care unit services. The schemes are likely to be implemented in U.P. with help from the Maharashtra government. Dr. Sawant gave a detailed presentation to the delegates on a course for physicians. Mr. Singh expressed his desire that the course be started in U.P.Dr. Sawant said both States would have a common mechanism to increase the quality of health services. The U.P. government has invited a team of health officials and Dr. Sawant to visit and inspect its health facilities.“Motorbike ambulances would be an important addition to our health services to reach people through narrow lanes in Kanpur, Varanasi, Agra and Meerut. We have fewer government doctors in specialised fields. Maharashtra’s telemedicine model could be implemented in our State, which will be helpful,” said Mr. Singh.
NAGPUR: Three members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed by security forces in Rajnandgoan district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday night.“Three dreaded Maoists were killed in the forest of Kopenkadka area under Khadgoan police station limits of Manpur subdivision (of Rajnandgoan) at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday (during an operation) by the district forces and the Indo Tibetan Border Force. Three automatic weapons were also recovered,” Rajandangoan district Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal said in a statement.The anti-Maoist operation was launched based on the intelligence inputs that the Maoists were camping in Kopenkadka area. The security forces stayed in the forest throughout the night and launched a search operation in the morning.The three Maoists were identified as CPI (Maoist) area committee member Mahesh, area committee member and Palleamadi local operating squad (LOS) commander Rakesh, and Palleamadi LOS deputy commander Ranjit. They were residents of Bastar region and carried a combined reward of ₹13 lakh. The operation was led by the sub-divisional police officer of Manpur, Akash Giripunje; inspector Sonal Gwala; inspector Ajit Ogre; sub-inspector Bharat Bareth and ITBP officers, the SP said.The security forces recovered one AK-47 rifle, one self-loading rifle and one INSAS rifle from the spot. Inspector General of Police of Durg range Deepanshu Kabra said the recovery of the weapons was an “important and major success”.The weapons suggest that the Maoists killed were senior leaders as sophisticated automatic weapons are given only to senior leaders in the CPI (Maoist) hierarchy.
A civilian died in an Army ambush, laid for militants, in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Sunday, triggering violent protests and widespread condemnation. The government ordered a magisterial inquiry.Asif Iqbal Bhat, a driver from Thindpura in Kupwara, died of bullet injuries after the Army fired at a vehicle in the early hours. The Army spokesman said the ambush party observed the suspicious movement of three persons in Thindpura. “The individuals were challenged and they did not respond. Thereafter, terrorists opened fire. In the crossfire, Bhat was killed. An investigation is in progress,” he said. ‘No provocation’ However, the victim’s brother alleged that the Army opened fire without any provocation when Bhat left home to pick a passenger, who had booked his cab. “My brother was shot in the head. The Army opened indiscriminate fire on our home when I and my father tried to reach the spot,” he said. ‘Mistaken identity’The police, who filed a First Information Report (FIR), called it “an incident of mistaken identity.” “An inquiry committee has been constituted. Nobody is above the law. We will investigate the circumstances leading to the firing,” said Shamsher Hussain, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kupwara.Protests and clashesAfter violent protests and clashes in the district all through the day, the government ordered a probe, headed by Deputy Commissioner (Kupwara) Khalid Jahangir. The inquiry will be completed in 21 days. “If anyone is found guilty, action will be taken,” Mr. Jahangir said. Security forces used tear-gas shells to contain the situation in the area, where Internet services remained suspended.All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF chief Yasin Malik called it a “cold-blooded murder.” “With unbridled powers and impunity, the trigger-happy forces continue to kill in such a cold-blooded and merciless manner. Not a single soldier or policeman involved has ever been booked,” the Mirwaiz said.Mr. Malik said the “shameless statements of the government and the ruling party is to cover up this gruesome act.” “Pro-India rulers, led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, justify these killings of Kashmiris by putting the blame on the oppressed,” he said.“An uninvestigated claim of a young life lost in ‘cross-firing’ shouldn’t be used to brush the incident under the carpet,” National Conference working president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said. A Congress spokesman asked the security forces “to ensure the safety of the innocent while dealing with militants.” “The incident must be investigated and justice ensured. The government should provide full compensation to the bereaved family,” he said.CPI(M) MLA from Kulgam M.Y. Tarigami said such incidents could have been avoided had the security forces exercised maximum restraint. “Such killing is bound to inflame the situation. Unfortunately, no distinction is being made between the civilians and the militants,” he said.Independent MLA Engineer Rashid staged a protest.
The Agariyas start arriving by October, when the monsoon leaves behind the Little Rann of Kutch as a mud desert. They keep coming till April to mine salt in this 5,000-sq. km marsh in the west of Gujarat, the State which produces roughly three-fourths of the salt that India consumes. Thakarshi Bababhai Sankhalpura, 55, of the nomadic tribe says they arrive from places such as Banaskantha, Patan, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Morbi, Amreli and Kutch. The Agariya families now number 12,000 to 15,000 in Gujarat.With temperatures ranging from five to 50 degrees Celsius, high wind velocity and high soil salinity, the Little Rann of Kutch is an ideal place to mine salt. Using traditional knowledge, the Agariyas divine a salt-rich area and then dig a hole to draw out the saline water and channel it to a bed that becomes the salt pan. From 6 a.m., they start work, using diesel pumps for 18 hours to draw water and maintain the water level of the pan. Then they drop a type of grass in the water to help crystallisation. After a week or so, expert workers like Thakarshi Bababhai use a wooden implement, called dantalo in Kutchi, to comb the water for two hours each in the morning and afternoon so that the salt does not harden into slabs. Small and medium factories buy salt from the Agariyas. As the summer peaks and the temperatures soar to above 50 degrees Celsius, they stop work and leave.The tribe derives its name from the word agar, meaning salt farms. Their staple food is bajri no rotlo (millet roti) and mag ni dal (green whole moong), washed down with buttermilk. Conditions in the desert are harsh without electricity and water. Home to a rare breed of wild ass and visiting flamingos, the desert has been designated a wildlife sanctuary by the Gujarat government. Voluntary organisations such as the Agariya Heet Rakshaks Manch strive to protect the interests of these workers. Harinesh Pandiya of the organisation says it helps out with solar panels for power supply and facilities such as Internet vans for the Agariyas to stay connected with the outside world.
The district administration on Tuesday suspended the chief medical officer after reports surfaced that 32 cataract patients were operated upon in torch light for want of steady electricity supply at a State-run facility here.“Taking a serious note of the matter, the Uttar Pradesh government acted promptly and suspended CMO Rajendra Prasad,” Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh told PTI.He said in-charge of the community health centre (CHC) at Nawabganj has also been removed. A report has been sought by the State health department regarding the entire episode.According to the visuals that went viral on social media, 32 cataract operations were done at the CHC in Nawabganj on Monday in torch light as there was no electricity or power back-up there. The CMO earlier said the Acting District Magistrate has ordered a probe into the matter and the organisation entrusted with the task could be blacklisted, if found guilty.Meanwhile, some relatives of the patients complained that they were not provided with any beds after the procedure, and that they were made to lie down on floors despite extreme cold weather conditions.Uttar Pradesh has attracted bad press for a series of ‘medical disasters’ in the recent past, with the death of more than 60 children, mostly infants, at a government hospital in Gorakhpur being the latest case in point.A hospital in Farukhabad recorded 49 deaths — 30 in neo-natal ICU and 19 during delivery — between July 20 and August 21 this year, reportedly due to a lack of oxygen supply.
Former Congress Minister A. L. Hek and ex-State president of NCP Sanbor Shullai, who crossed over recently, were among among 45 candidates named by the BJP on Friday for the Meghalaya Assembly polls. Soon after the release of the first list, State BJP president Shibun Lyngdoh’s sister Violet Lyngdoh walked out of the party along with her supporters and joined the National People’s Party (NPP), saying she was denied a ticket which was assured to her. The BJP, which is hoping to expand its footprint in the Northeast, is contesting all the 60 Assembly seats in the February 27 elections. The NPP, an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Manipur, is contesting the polls separately. Ms. Violet, who is also an elected member of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council from Khliehriat in East Jaintia Hills, joined the NPP along with the district president of the BJP, Balios Swer, and leaders from 42 booth committees in the district.She is likely to be given ticket from Khliehriat. “I have joined the NPP after I was denied the BJP ticket which was assured to me,” she told reporters. The State BJP president was not available for comments.
Fresh snowfall was on Monday recorded in many areas of Jammu and Kashmir, leading to the closure of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for vehicular traffic.The snowfall, however, snapped Kashmir’s links with the rest of the country as the arterial Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed due to the accumulation of snow around Jawahar Tunnel in the Qazigund area. “Due to slippery road conditions and fresh snowfall at the Jawahar tunnel and other areas, the highway has been closed,” a senior traffic department official said.The traffic authorities have stopped vehicular movement at the Nagrota check post in Jammu and Qazigund.The snowfall also led to poor visibility at the Srinagar airport, disrupting the air traffic. “Current visibility is 600 metres and the runway is not available up to 10.30 am due snowfall. The situation will be reviewed after that,” an official of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) here said.This is the first major snowfall in Kashmir this winter, which was largely dry so far.There was some snowfall in early December last year and since then the weather has been mostly dry.According to the Meteorological (MeT) Department officials, the month of January was the driest in terms of rainfall in Kashmir in the past 38 years.The snowfall has led traffic snarls on all major roads as continuous snowfall has hampered the efforts of the authorities to clear the snow from roads, officials said.Meanwhile, the minimum temperature across the Valley stayed around the freezing point, except for Gulmarg, the skiing resort in north Kashmir where the mercury settled at minus 4.6 degrees Celsius.Kargil in the Ladakh region continued to be the coldest place in the state at minus 14 degrees Celsius, while nearby Leh town was also freezing at minus 11.3 degrees Celsius last night, the MeT officials said.
In the wake of violence during Ram Navami processions in West Bengal, BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday constituted a four-member committee comprising senior party leaders, who would visit the state and submit a report to him in this regard.Mr. Shah condemned the violence in Asansol in West Bengal and said “such incidents are unfortunate and painful”, the saffron party said in a statement. The four-member committee the BJP chief formed comprises the party’s national vice-president Om Mathur, spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain and two MPs — Roopa Ganguly and B.D. Ram.The committee members will visit the state and submit a report to Mr. Shah, the statement said. Earlier, the BJP had hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the incidents of violence in the state and accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo of doing politics while the state was burning.A clash had broken out between two groups over a Ram Navami procession at Raniganj, near Asansol, on Monday. One person was allegedly hacked to death while a deputy commissioner of police had lost a hand after being hit by a bomb.
Two suspected members of a gang of poachers were arrested and 18 kilos of tiger bones and a tiger skin were recovered from them in Bijnore district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.The operation was carried out by a team of UP police Special Task Force based on intelligence inputs provided by the anti-poaching unit of Wildlife SOS, an NGO dealing with the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in distress.According to an STF spokesperson, the two accused were identified as Das and Rohtas, both from Haryana. The two were intercepted by the STF after inputs that they had come to Nagina in Bijnore to sell a tiger skin and tiger bones.Police said as per Das’ statement, six persons had participated in the hunt of the tiger and wrapped up its skin and bones in a polythene before burying it at a safe spot.The hunt for the remaining four accused is on. The gang allegedly operates in UP and Uttarakhand.The two accused have been booked under several sections of the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act and relevant sections of the Forest Rights Act.The recovered tiger skin, measures over 10 feet in length, indicating it to be a large male tiger in its prime, said Wildlife SOS. It weighs about 8 kilograms and measures approximately 6 feet across.”It is suspected that since the Nagina and Bijnor area form buffer zones to the Corbett Tiger Reserve, the tiger has been poached in the bordering agricultural area. The Corbett Tiger Reserve is located about 50 kms from Nagina,” Wildlife SOS said.The photos have been sent to the Wildlife Institute of India to confirm the identity of the tiger from the national database.Aravind Chaturvedi, Additional SP, UP STF, said this was the fourth seizure made by his team in Bijnor this year.”Corbett Tiger Reserve and its buffer areas are known to have a higher density of tigers and is therefore quite vulnerable to poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking,” he said.Wildlife Crime Control Bureau deputy director R.S. Thakur said Satyabhan, father of Das, one of the two accused, was arrested in 2015 with two leopard skins in Udaipur in Rajasthan.DIG, National Tiger Conservation Authority, Nishant Sinha said as per the 2014 tiger census, 340 tigers were counted in Uttarakhand and 117 in UP. Most of these are in the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve and its buffer zones, especially Amaangadh range. There are a total of 2230 tigers remaining in India, he said.Kartick Satyanarayan, CEO Wildlife SOS and head of its anti-poaching unit, said the input provided to police and forest department was gathered over several months.”Poaching and possession of protected wildlife and illegal trade of body parts is a criminal offence which is non bailable. If convicted the accused could be jailed for up to 7 years. It is essential to have offenders brought to justice to set an example for others to learn,” he said.
The Rajasthan government’s ministerial staff and the roadways employees have launched a campaign for electing a “favourable” ruling dispensation after calling off their fortnight-long strike following the enforcement of model code of conduct with the announcement of dates for the State Assembly polls.The Assembly elections will be held in Rajasthan on December 7. The government employees’ demands during the strike pertained to the Seventh Pay Commission’s implementation, recruitment of staff, retirement benefits and increased pay grades. The roadways employees demanded purchase of new buses and better amenities in addition to the salary hike.‘Deliberate delay’The employees were forced to end their agitation without any positive result because the State government could not announce any new financial decisions, grants or administrative measures during the model code of conduct. The employees’ leaders alleged that the State government had deliberately delayed taking a decision so that the election-related restrictions could come into force.Extraordinary leaveWith any decision on the employees’ demands having been shifted to the next regime, the BJP government has announced that the strike period would be counted as extraordinary leave and the salaries of the agitating staff deducted. This has further infuriated the employees.Federation of Ministerial Staff president Manoj Saxena said here on Monday that thousands of government employees and their families across the State would vote against the BJP and apprise the people of the ruling party’s failure to fulfil its own promises made in the 2013 election manifesto. “We have taken a pledge for making a ‘BJP-mukt’ Rajasthan,” he said.The employees, who wanted to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the BJP’s rally in Ajmer on Saturday, were prevented from going there and detained by the police at several places.
Ehtisham Bilal, 19, a student of the Greater Noida-based Sharda University who went missing on October 28 and later purportedly joined the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), returned home on Sunday.A top police official told The Hindu that Bilal’s return was “possible due to the concerted efforts of the family and the police and he may not face any case once he joins the mainstream.”“Yes, he (Ehtisham) returned home. However, the police detained him immediately and shifted him to the local police station. Hope he will be released soon,” said Ehtisham’s father Bilal Ahmad Sofi, a resident of Srinagar’s Khanyar area.The police said he has been “detained for a medical check-up since he was not keeping well”.Mr. Sofi had earlier claimed his son went missing from a Delhi Metro station on October 28 and since then failed to contact them. However, the student lied to his parents to return to Kashmir to join the IS, said the police. He was in touch with a youth from Shopian, with inclination towards militancy.“Ehtisham had booked tickets in Delhi on October 26. He took a flight of Go-Air flight, G8-223, from Delhi to Srinagar on October 28. His movement was traced in south Kashmir’s Awantipora-Pulwama axis, also the hub of ISJK headed by Zakir Musa,” police sources said.
Male employees of the State government are now entitled to childcare leave in case their spouses are bedridden or incapacitated due to mental health problems and are unable to take care of the children. The State government on July 23 issued directions on sanctioning childcare leave to male employees. As per the government resolution issued on December 15, a male employee is eligible for leave for the exact period his wife is bedridden or is unable to take care of the children due to mental health problems. Teaching and non-teaching staff of zilla parishads, government-approved and aided primary, secondary and higher secondary schools, agriculture and non-agriculture universities and full-time teaching and non-teaching staff from the colleges affiliated to those universities also come within its purview. As per the original directions issued in July, the leave will be applicable to only the first two children of the employee who are below 18 years of age. The maximum limit of this leave would be 180 days and can be availed in three spells in a calendar year. The childcare leave can be linked to paternity leave as well. The leave cannot be taken as the right of the employee, but will be given only after due sanction from the authority. While officers on probation are not eligible for this leave, the rules said that in case of emergencies and serious condition of the child, a special childcare leave for the minimum period can be sanctioned and the probation period increased accordingly.
Former Union Minister and AICC spokesman Jaipal Reddy reiterated on Friday that the Congress’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale fighter jets deal.He said his party had never approached the Supreme Court on the Rafale deal.“We are ready for discussion in Parliament, but we want JPC because it can ask for all the documents and call every officer, including Chiefs of Defence Forces and the Prime Minister, before it,” Mr. Reddy told a press conference at the Congress headquarters here. Mr. Reddy, in Goa on a two-day visit to address his party’s “Jan Akrosh” rally demanding ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s resignation, said the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely was afraid of facts in the Rafale deal and wanted to “avoid the dazzling light of truth.” Mr. Reddy accused former Defence Minister Parrikar of trying to “blackmail” Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the Rafale deal to retain his Chief Minister post. “Mr. Parrikar as Defence Minister was not taken into confidence by the PM while signing the deal and the next day Mr. Parrikar was on record stating that since the Prime Minister had agreed, he would back him.”
Member of Parliament from Odisha’s Aska Lok Sabha constituency Ladu Kishore Swain has passed away here, said family sources on Wednesday. He was 71.Swain died late on Tuesday while undergoing treatment at a private hospital.The senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader was suffering from kidney-related ailments. He was admitted to the private hospital on the day after he complained of uneasiness in breathing.Born on July 8, 1947, Swain was elected to the Lok Sabha from Aska constituency in 2014. Swain was also elected as an MLA from Kabisuryanagar Assembly constituency in 2004.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled his death and conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family. The State Assembly mourned the demise of Swain and paid homage by observing a minute’s silence.“Anguished by the passing away of Lok Sabha MP from Aska, Odisha, Shri Ladu Kishore Swain Ji. He will be remembered for his rich service to society. His work towards rural development was noteworthy. Spoke to his son Nachiketa and expressed condolences,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a Twitter post.Swain is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter.
As the prospects of an alliance between the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party and the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) led by Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar grow dim, Mr. Ambedkar said on Monday that the option of him contesting from Solapur is still open. Though Mr. Ambedkar has not yet announced his candidature, at a press conference in Akola on Monday he said, “VBA leader Laxman Mane has suggested that I should contest from Solapur. I will be thinking this over.” This has also led to speculation that Mr. Ambedkar may contest from Solapur as well as his traditional Akola seat.Senior Congress leader and former Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has expressed his desire to contest from Solapur. The seat is currently held by Bharatiya Janata Party’s Sharad Bansode. Mr. Ambedkar’s decision is likely to hurt Mr. Shinde’s chances who, according to reports, has already begun preparations for the election. Mr. Ambedkar’s statement also indicates that he isn’t willing to hold any talks with the opposition on seat sharing. A week ago, VBA leaders had held a meeting with Congress and NCP leaders to discuss the possibility and Mr. Ambedkar had initially said that Congress should commit to bringing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh under the ambit of Constitution. Despite an assurance that it will be fulfilled, the VBA has now raked up the issue of seat sharing by demanding 22 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.Mr. Ambedkar has joined hands with Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM. Sources in the NCP and Congress confirmed that any alliance with VBA is now impossible. “How can we give them 22 out of 48 seats in Maharashtra. There has to be some reasonable demand over which we can discuss,” said a senior NCP leader.