This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT. Both are members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. By Rachel Dorman, M.S. & Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT[Flickr, 42-16060512 by Sara Ashley, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015Depression can be difficult for anyone. When a parent suffers from depression, however, it can lead to negative impacts on their children. Negative effects of parental depression on children often manifest through children’s internalizing (e.g. worry, sadness) and externalizing behaviors (e.g. aggression, non-compliance) . One team of researchers aimed to delve even deeper exploring not only the negative effects of parental depression on children but also factors that mediate these effects.The researchers studied adolescents who displayed internalizing and externalizing behaviors within families that had one depressed parent. Researchers offered two types of treatment to these families that educated them on the effects of depression on the adolescents. The families received either self-study materials, on topics such as the nature of depression and the effects of depression on families and children, or twelve sessions of group cognitive-behavioral treatment for families which involved teaching positive parenting skills and secondary control coping skills to children.The researchers’ analysis revealed that the family group cognitive-behavioral intervention provided significant improvement in adolescents self-reports of depressive and internalizing symptoms and in parents’ reports of adolescents’ externalizing symptoms. Furthermore, results showed adolescents’ change in use of secondary control coping skills (i.e., acceptance, positive thinking, and distraction) and positive parenting to be significant mediators. The researchers conclude that secondary control coping may serve as a protective factor lowering levels of internalizing and externalizing symptoms in children who have parents with a history of depression. This research may have valuable information that can help mental health professionals working with families that have a parent dealing with depression by encouraging parents to use positive parenting skills and to help children develop secondary control coping skills.References Compas, B., Champion, J., Forehand, R. Cole, D., Reeslund, K., Fear, J., Hardcastle, E., Keller, G., Rakow, A., Garai, E., Merchant, M., & Roberts, L. (2010). Coping and parenting: Mediators of 12-month outcomes of a family group cognitive–behavioral preventive intervention with families of depressed parents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(5), 623-634.
References:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3040905/https://www.ajol.info/index.php/sajcn/article/viewFile/97829/87130http://www.ellynsatterinstitute.org/cms-assets/documents/43170-469087.developmentpriciples.pdfThis blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn. Photospin.com/Kyrylo RyshovBy Joanna ManeroWhen you are a new parent, it seems like there are a lot of things you can get wrong. Every few years there are new recommendations made about pacifiers, blankets in the crib, which side to lay the baby on, whether you should swaddle, and the list goes on. Another term that is often used in the new parenting books is “responsive feeding”. Responsive feeding is the reciprocal communication between a child and caregiver. The child expresses to the caregiver when they are hungry and full. The caregiver responds by feeding or ending a meal accordingly.Although it may sound like a straight forward task, often times, parents worry that their child or infant is not eating enough. However, children are born with cues for hunger and satiety. If these cues are ignored, and the child is forced to eat past what their bodies tell them is enough, it may be hard for them to regulate intake thereafter. Simply put, it is the parent’s responsibility to provide a safe environment, and a healthy meal and snack options that are developmentally appropriate for the child. It is the child’s responsibility to decide when, and how much to eat.Many of us remember being part of the “Clean Plate Club”, as our parents told us to clean our plate, and we obediently did so. For me, this message is still engrained in my head. In adulthood, this has caused me to be more aware of how much I serve myself, as I will likely finish whatever is on my plate. Luckily, we can at least influence the next generation.Responsive feeding is a practice that is ideally established at birth, but what does this look like in the early months?Birth to 6 monthsChild- The child will signal hunger through sucking their thumb, opening their mouth, waking and tossing, crying and fussing, and facial expressions. When the child is full, they will seal their lips, turn away, spit out, fall asleep, or become distracted.Caregiver- The caregiver’s responsibility is to respond to, and learn the infant’s signals by feeding the infant and stopping when they have reached satiety.6 to 12 monthsChild- Hunger cues will look like reaching for food, pointing at food, getting excited when food is present, expressing a desire for a specific food with words and sounds. Satiety cues may look like shaking their head “no”.Parent- Respond to the child’s signals, incorporate increased texture, variety, and taste to mealtimes as they transition into semi-solids and solids. Parents should also encourage a child at their attempts to self-feed.12-24 monthsChild- By now, the hunger and satiety cues should become more vocal, but similar to as above.Parent- Continue increasing food variety, and encouraging self-feeding behaviors. The child should be engaged in meal times with the family.Did you practice responsive feeding with your child or children? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below. What are some hunger/satiety cues that we missed? If you’d like to learn more about this topic, please tuneIf you missed the webinar, the recording is now posted here. Dietitians and EITP earn 1 CEU. Dr. Susan Johnson, will share her expertise.
BIOGRAPHIES: Drs. Brittany Y. Jarrett and Annie W. Lin are registered dietitians with expertise in the role of nutrition in the pathophysiology and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Both completed their doctoral training with Dr. Marla E. Lujan in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and continue to collaborate on various projects. Their individual biographies can be found below. Brittany Y. Jarrett, PhD, RD is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). She is passionate about nutrition and women’s health and has spent the last nine years studying their link in the context of PCOS. Her research involves the use of high-resolution ovarian ultrasonography to (1) characterize ovarian follicle development in PCOS and (2) clarify the effectiveness of weight loss to restore ovulatory function in patients with obesity. Brittany hopes that her group’s efforts will inform novel lifestyle-related therapies for reproductive function and ultimately promote the well-being of women across the lifespan. Brittany received her BS and PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. During her PhD Program, she simultaneously completed Cornell’s Dietetic Internship through Cornell Cooperative Extension and University of Rochester Medical Center. She now lives in Chicago, IL. Annie W. Lin, PhD, RD is a National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. For the past six years, Annie has been investigating the associations between PCOS with diet, physical activity, and health-related beliefs (PubMed link). A recent publication has gained some media attention, particularly bringing attention to the importance of effective patient-provider communication in PCOS. Annie hopes that the research can be used as an advocacy resource for patients with PCOS and clinicians interested in understanding more about this condition. Annie completed the combined MS and Dietetic Internship program at Rush University Medical Center and her PhD in Human Nutrition at Cornell University. During her enrollment at Cornell, Annie participated as a Nutrition Evidence Library abstractor for the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines. Annie W. Lin, PhD, RD Brittany Jarrett PhD, RD Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Science Postdoctoral Fellow
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Tonight people are afraid. In some places they are afraid for their lives. They are afraid for the lives of their families and loved ones. They are afraid for their communities. Their fear is very real, and for many the danger they face is very real.Some fear others who don’t look like them. Some fear those who don’t believe what they believe. They fear the differences. Some have been taught this fear from the time of their birth; it’s an inherited fear that hardens their worldview from an early age. Their fear doesn’t allow them to recognize that we are all the same.For some this fear is a quiet loathing, something always simmering underneath and never spoken of. For others this fear turns into a vocal detestation. And for a few, fear turns into hatred, and hatred turns into violence. Their fear overwhelms them, and as they destroy others they unknowingly and unintentionally sacrifice themselves.At the core of the most horrific news stories you read, the cause is always the same: fear.Fear has one enemy. There is only one thing that can defeat it, and that thing is Love. Love is the heart of understanding. Love is compassion.Fear causes problems from one end of the Earth to the other, most of which are beyond your reach. But because you can’t fight it everywhere doesn’t mean you can’t do anything.Tonight do something wherever you are, however small it might be. Do what you can. The battle is being fought everywhere, every day. What you do may not make a difference everywhere, but it makes a difference where you are right now. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
Here are five reasons some people fail at cold calling.Cold calling doesn’t work when you aren’t making enough calls. If you make between 6 and 10 calls a day, you aren’t really prospecting. That isn’t enough calls to give yourself a fair chance at success. To make cold calling work you need an already researched target list and 60 to 80 fasterdials. That number will not only produce appointments, but it will also give you enough reps to get better faster.Your value prop is weak. If your cold calls aren’t producing results, one of the primary reasons for the failure to obtain appointments is that your sales call value proposition isn’t compelling. How would you like someone to “stop by,” to introduce myself and my services?” The great benefit your dream client can expect is a chance to listen to you talk about yourself and your company? You can see why they might pass. To make cold calling work, you have to ask for a meeting where your dream client receives the value.Asking for big commitments early on causes resistance. If your “ask” is open-ended when it comes to time, you frighten your dream client off. They believe you may wear out your welcome by sitting in front of them for 90 or 120 minutes. Even asking for an hour can be too much. A smaller commitment, like 20 or 30 minutes instead of an open-ended request, is more palatable. And your dream client can say “yes,” confident that they can bail out if you aren’t creating value.Cold calling won’t work if you don’t ask for a meeting twice. You should expect a “no” to your request for a meeting on your first attempt. Your dream client says “no” to everyone who calls, not knowing how to tell who is worth meeting and who isn’t. The first attempt elicits an objection, a test to see if you might be worth meeting. You must ask twice.You can’t succeed at cold calling without resolving your prospect’s fears or concerns. You will hear “We are already working with someone.” You’ll hear, “We are happy with the people we work with now.” You will also hear “Just mail me information,” and “I don’t have time right now.” None of these objections to a meeting is likely true. In fact, some of your competitors are meeting with people who gave them these objections. Your prospect’s real concern is that you aren’t going to make a meeting worth their while, that you don’t have any real insight, that you can’t really help them, and that they are going to regret meeting with you. You have to promise that none of these things are true.Are you making enough calls?Do you have a compelling value proposition for the meeting you are asking for?Is the commitment small enough that it is easy to say yes to?Are you always asking twice?Do you know how to resolve your prospects real concerns?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a massive roadshow with thousands of participants in Gujarat’s Diamond City Surat, which has been spectacularly decked up by the civic body to welcome Prime Minister. Thousands chanted “Modi Modi” during the 11 km long roadshow from airport to circuit house that lasted almost three hours while Mr Modi stood and waved from his SUV, flanked by over 10,000 riders on motorbikes. Beside a laser show and giant screens along the roads and at all cross roads, helicopters were used to shower flower petals on Mr Modi’s statue in the city.The Surat Municipal Corporation and State administration have close to ₹5 crore on decorations across the city from lights along the 11 km route, bill boards and large screens, flags and a laser show. Mr. Modi will spend the night at the Circuit House. He is scheduled to attend a series of events on Monday starting with the inauguration of a multi-speciality hospital in the city, inauguation of an ice cream plant and a cattle feed factory set up by Surat dairy, Sumul. His road show in the diamond city is being seen as curtain raiser to the BJP’s campaign in the State ahead of Assembly polls scheduled for later this year. After wrapping up events in Surat, Mr. Modi will visit Silvassa in Dadra and Nagar Haveli where he will address a public meeting, inaugurate new projects and distribute aid to around 21,000 beneficiaries.
Expressing her strong reservations over the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1, 2017 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that this “unnecessary disastrous hurry is another epic blunder of the Centre”.The Trinamool Congress chairperson also announces that the Parliamentary Board of her party has decided not to attend the June 30, 2017 midnight programme at the Parliament House to celebrate GST, as a mark of protest.“We feel, at least 6 months will further be necessary to notify all rules and procedures and give enough time to the stakeholders, particularly the Small and Medium Enterprises to successfully implement the GST. Otherwise a chaotic situation may arise in our vast economy for which the Government of India will be primarily responsible,” Ms Banerjee said on social media.The Chief Minister claimed that businesses in the small and medium ones are scared and confused. “Essential commodities such as medicines are not available in many places and prices of various commodities are rising for lack of clarity and mismanagement,” she added. State’s Finance Minister Amit Mitra have also pressed on the need of more time before the GST can be implemented all across the country.”We have repeatedly said in the GST council that the roll-out must be done systematically. In other countries like Germany and Japan, they had given 12 to 18 months before the introduction of such tax system,” Mr Mitra saidMeanwhile, in Kolkata garment manufacturers in Burrabazar area are observing strike over imposing GST on garments. A number of other shops sealing small engineering goods also remained closed in the city.
Pune: After failing to meet the deadline and deposit ₹50 crore as mandated by the Bombay High Court, fraud-accused city builder Deepak S. Kulkarni on Tuesday claimed a local financial institution had agreed to bail him out.Mr. Kulkarni, who was present in court along with his wife Hemanti, told the court through his lawyer that the Buldana Urban Co-Operative Credit Society Ltd. was willing to advance him ₹100 crore as credit.The developer further said that Buldana Urban was also interested in purchasing his properties valued at nearly ₹12 crore.The court has scheduled the next date of hearing on February 22.Justice Sadhana Jadhav, who was hearing Mr. Kulkarni’s interim bail plea, demanded that the builder also furnish concrete proof that the financial institution had indeed approved his loan and warned Mr. Kulkarni against making false claims and assurances. Previously, he had submitted that he was due to receive $80 lakh (approx ₹51 crore) from one of his concerns in Singapore, Prabhune Internationals Pvt. Ltd. (PIPL). This failed to come through.Justice Jadhav accordingly directed Buldana Urban to present proof of the loan being sanctioned in court, and to the Pune branch of Economic Offences Wing (EOW) by February 20. She further directed that the anticipated loan be immediately used to compensate investors who had been duped by Mr. Kulkarni. The beleaguered developer, known as ‘DSK’, accused of cheating thousands of investors in Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur, had called upon Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar in Mumbai to seek a way out of his financial mess.A total five of FIRs across Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur have been lodged against the developer and his family since October 28 last year, with more than 3,000 investors filing cheating complaints against Mr. Kulkarni.More than 8,000 persons, a majority of them senior citizens, are said to have invested in the DSK group’s fixed deposit (FD) scheme. The developer is said to owe an excess of Rs. 600 crore to investors.
A BJP meeting held in an auditorium of the National Library here sparked a controversy as library norms prohibit the use of its auditoriums for political programmes. The party held its workshop on the upcoming Panchayat polls in the Bhasha Bhavan Auditorium in the National Library premises on Saturday. BJP’s national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, and State president Dilip Ghosh along with several other State leaders attended the meeting. However, Director General (additional charge) of National Library Arun Kumar Chakraborty said that he is “not aware” of the matter. Sources said contrary to the library norms, party flags and banners were used in the premises for the meeting. “The National Library auditoriums cannot be used for political programs and use of party flags and banners inside the premises are also prohibited,” a senior National Library official told The Hindu. He also said that applications by political parties for using the auditoriums are rejected by Library authorities.
Buoyed by the success of their trade with a West Bengal-based company, 17 gram sabhas in Odisha’s Kalahandi district have now started negotiating directly with companies for the sale of tendu leaves.Till recently, the government was controlling the lucrative trade across the State.This year, six villages — Kalipur, Kanakpur, Kasturapadar, Jamjharan, Jamgadabahli and Khasiguda, under the Khaliapalli and Dhamanpur panchayats — have exercised their right of ownership on tendu leaves and not allowed the forest department to do the routine bush cutting of plants.The annual bush cutting is carried out to allow the leaves to sprout afresh, making them softer and bigger in size. “Villagers came out in large number and made a contribution of ₹2.5 lakh for bush cutting this season. We did not want any involvement of the forest department from the beginning. After collection and processing of the tendu leaves, we will sell those directly to the companies,” said Kunja Bihari Chandan, who has been leading a federation of gram sabhas in Kalahandi.Last year, six gram sabhas sold a band of 60 leaves to a bidi company for ₹7.50. Bidi is a type of hand-rolled cheap cigarette made from tendu leaves. Had the villagers sold the leaves to the government-run Odisha Forest Development Corporation Limited, which carries out marketing and sale of these tendu leaves, it would have fetched them ₹4.8 per band of 60 leaves. Six gram sabhas had earned ₹13.47 lakh by selling tendu leaves directly to a company.The successful trade by eliminating the role of OFDC as an intermediary has encouraged 11 more villages to transact directly with companies.According to Chittaranjan Pani, an expert on non-timber forest produces, Odisha has the potential to harness 4 lakh quintals of tendu leaves annually. “At present, the turnover of tendu leaf trade in the State stands at ₹400 crore. It involves 9 lakh tendu leaf pluckers, mostly tribals, 26,000 binders, who participate in processing, and 22,000 seasonal staff that monitors collection, storage and trade,” said Mr. Pani.
Hoping to repeat the Gorakhpur and Phulpur feat, the Rashtriya Lok Dal has decided to join the united Opposition of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in the upcoming bypolls to two seats in Uttar Pradesh, an RLD leader said on Saturday.RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary held a nearly three-hour-long meeting with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Friday. An understanding was reached that both the parties would jointly contest the May 28 by-elections to Kairana Lok Sabha and Noorpur Assembly seats, RLD spokesperson Anil Dubey said.Eye on general electionA broad understanding has also emerged that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections should be contested together by all Opposition parties, Mr. Dubey added.The SP had caused a major upset in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypolls recently, wresting both the prestigious seats — vacated by Yogi Adityanath and Keshav Prasad Maurya after becoming the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively — from the BJP with thesupport of the BSP.The win had shown a way to the Opposition to come together and counter the BJP’s victory march, especially in the run-up to the 2019 general election.Candidate selectionAs far as the Kairana seat is concerned, where the RLD was keen to field Mr. Chaudhary in the bypoll, the party is understood to have agreed to extend support to an SP candidate and field its own candidate in Noorpur, said a senior RLD leader. A formal announcement in this regard is likely to be made in a day or two, he added.Before making the announcement, the SP and RLD are expected to apprise BSP chief Mayawati regarding the names of the candidates, the RLD leader said, adding that all the Opposition parties must unite in order to counter the saffron challenge.Though the BSP has already declared that it would not take active part in any by-election, Ms. Mayawati will be consulted on the matter as all parties want to keep things clear among themselves to ensure the longevity of the alliance.The Kairana and Noorpur seats fell vacant following the death of BJP lawmakers Hukum Singh and Lokendra Singh. Hukum had won the Kairana Lok Sabha poll in 2014 by defeating his closest rival, SP’s Nahid Hassan, by over 2 lakh votes.In the Assembly elections last year, BJP’s Lokendra won the Noorpur constituency by defeating SP candidate Naim-ul-Hassan by around 12,500 votes.17 lakh votersKairana Lok Sabha seat has around 17 lakh voters, including around three lakh Muslims, four lakh backward castes (Jat, Gujjar, Saini, Kashyap, Prajapati, and others) and about 1.5 lakh Jatav Dalits.
NRC investigation in Assam: The unbearable being of a D-voter The much-awaited complete draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC), expected to take Assam a step closer to segregating genuine citizens from illegal migrants, will be published at 10 a.m. on Monday.The complete draft, to decide the fate of 3.29 crore applicants including the 1.9 crore listed in the first draft published on December 31 last year, will be published online besides being displayed across 2,500 Nagarik Seva Kendras (NSKs) for NRC simultaneously.On Sunday, Section 144 of the Cr.PC was imposed in seven ‘sensitive’ districts, restricting the movement of people in groups of more than four. Officials, however, said they do not foresee violence owing to assurances by the Centre and the State government that those who are left out of the complete draft would get opportunities to establish their citizenship.The clamping of prohibitory orders coincided with the deportation of 52 Bangladeshis through the Mankachar sector on the Assam-Meghalaya-Bangladesh tri-junction.These 52 were ‘convicted foreigners’ as opposed to ‘declared foreigners’ who are marked thus by Foreigners’ Tribunals after failing the citizenship test and lodged in any of six detention camps.The convicted foreigners are also lodged in such camps, but they are self-declared aliens arrested for not having travel papers or for cross-border crimes. The NRC has been updated with March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date for citizenship as mandated by the Assam Accord of 1985 that ended the six-year agitation.Mr. Sonowal also appealed for restraint from all linguistic, religious and ethnic groups after the publication of the second draft “just as you did during and after the first draft.”But precautionary measures and the deployment of 220 additional companies of central paramilitary forces comprising 22,000 personnel have betrayed apprehension about possible trouble.Section 144 is now in force in 10 of Assam’s 33 districts, and the majority of them are Muslim-dominated.It has been in force in some other areas, including Guwahati, for two months now.“We have identified 22 sensitive locations in and around the city,” Hiren Chandra Nath, the City Commissioner of Police, said.Also Read “The 52 we handed over to Bangladesh had entered the country illegally and were arrested over a period of time from different parts of the State,” Amrit Bhuyan, Superintendent of Police of South Salmara-Mankachar district, told The Hindu. The intruders were pushed back after the Guwahati-based office of the Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh issued travel permits for them, officials said.Historic documentChief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who held a meeting with leaders of all political parties seeking their cooperation for ensuring peace in the coming days, called the complete draft as a historic document. that will be the “armour of safety” for the people of Assam. He also allayed fears among a section of people, insisting “there is no need to panic as it is not the final NRC.”“More than 55,000 officers and employees devoted time to prepare an error-free NRC and ensure the exercise monitored by the Supreme Court and guided by the Registrar General of India is a success. The publication of the complete draft will go a long way in achieving what an agitation (against illegal migrants from 1979-1985) almost four decades ago had sought to,” he said.Also Read NRC list: Govt will help all genuine citizens, says Sonowal Intelligence inputsIntelligence inputs gathered by the Army, asked to be on standby, indicate there could be agitations against the administration. Officials did not rule out the possibility of NSKs and certain government offices being attacked and vandalised.Prateek Hajela, the NRC State Coordinator who devised the system for the first-ever exercise to update the 1951 NRC, said it could not be said at this juncture how many people would get left out of the complete draft.“We will give two months from July 30 for such people to send their claims and objections,” he said.
The Maratha Kranti Morcha on Tuesday hinted that it will go ahead with its State-wide ‘bandh’ on August 9 even as the Bombay High Court urged restraint upon agitators till the quota issue was decided. Appeal to youth Morcha coordinators from across the State will meet in Aurangabad on Wednesday to decide on the nature of the shutdown, said sources.Shantaram Kunjir, one of the coordinators, said that the meeting would impress upon the agitating youth to desist from taking the law into their hands.“Through appeals and exhortations, we are trying to ensure that the August 9 ‘bandh’ is a peaceful one. There has already been much destruction of property during the agitation especially in Chakan, Solapur and Aurangabad,” Mr. Kunjir told The Hindu.‘Need to demonstrate’Underscoring the need for a demonstration without road blockades, he said the Morcha leaders would be urging protestors to stay within limits as several cases had already been lodged against a number of agitators in the past weeks.“There is no question of calling off the bandh as we have already announced it. We will be requesting all establishments and the public to cooperate during the shutdown. However, we will ensure that agitators do not resort to violence,” Santosh Shinde of Sambhaji Brigade told The Hindu.Sit-ins stagedMeanwhile, Morcha members continued to stage sit-ins outside the homes of prominent politicos, including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar’s residence in Baramati and Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan’s in Nanded. Both leaders have announced their firm backing for the quota agitation.Congress-NCP ruleIn an attempt to pacify them, Mr. Chavan’s wife, Ameeta Chavan, joined the protestors clamouring for immediate reservation for the Maratha community. Despite declarations of support for the quota issue, Mr. Chavan has faced flak from Morcha activists who have accused him of proving ineffectual over the reservation question when the Congress-NCP coalition was in power and Mr. Chavan was the Chief Minister.
Flood-prone Assam has pledged ₹3 crore in aid to flood-hit Kerala. This follows the ₹1 crore announced by Nagaland, where rainfall-induced landslides have cut off many areas.Announcing the financial aid on Monday, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said he could feel the suffering of the people of Kerala. “I represent Majuli, an Assembly constituency that experiences flood up to four times a year. I can very well empathise with what the flood-affected people in Kerala are going through,” Mr. Sonowal said.Large-scale devastation “Looking at the large-scale devastation caused by the flood, our contribution might look meagre. But we sincerely feel the intense sufferings caused to the people and the mammoth task of rehabilitation that Kerala faces. We can very well internalise the pain perpetrated by the flood to the people of Kerala as the people of Assam face such kind of fury every year,” he said.His Nagaland counterpart Neiphiu Rio said: “We stand in solidarity with the people of Kerala. Even as both the States battle with calamities caused by heavy rain, may we find comfort in knowing that the rest of India stands with us. The people of Nagaland pray for you.”Mr. Rio represents the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, a ruling ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party.‘Bond of Indianness’His gesture earned applause from BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav. “Gesture by a State which itself is facing nature’s fury. Remember Nagaland is at the other corner of India and struggling with rain. What connects is the bond of Indianness and a heart that goes out for the suffering,” he said.The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s instant package of ₹500 crore for flood-hit Kerala. But it resented the “step-motherly treatment” by New Delhi towards Assam, which has been experiencing floods regularly since 1950.‘Look at us too’“The Vice-President [Venkaiah Naidu] is believed to have said that the government has declared the Kerala flood as a calamity of a severe nature given its intensity and magnitude. That’s good for Kerala, but the government should look at us too,” Lurin Jyoti Gogoi, AASU general secretary, told The Hindu. “Floods have destroyed Assam’s agriculture-based economy and thousands of people have lost land due to erosion. Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had come out with an advertisement a decade ago saying the Centre has acknowledged Assam’s floods as a national problem, which was proved to be untrue,” Mr. Gogoi said.“Assam has perhaps suffered more than the rest of India on account of floods. But it seems the Centre thinks we are too used to floods to be given attention to,” he said.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the flood situation in three districts of the State on Monday and announced financial assistance for the people affected by the deluge. The Baitarani river is in spate and has so far affected about 7.5 lakh people in Bhadrak, Jajpur and Kendrapara districts of Odisha.Financial help According to the Chief Minister’s announcement, adults will be given ₹60 per day and children below 12 years ₹45 per day for seven days, besides relief materials. The government will transfer the money directly to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts.Mr. Patnaik spoke to the Collectors of the three flood-hit districts through video-conferencing and asked them to submit damage assessment report within seven days. He also told the Collectors to ensure that people get relief materials, food and safe drinking water in the flood-hit areas. Free treatment for their livestock and vaccination will also be provided by the State government.The review by Mr. Patnaik revealed that at least 903 villages under 17 blocks and four urban local bodies of the three districts have been affected by the flood. At least 40,000 people living in low-lying areas have been evacuated and sheltered in relief camps where cooked food is being served. Officials said that 90 metric tonnes of fodder have been distributed in the flood-hit areas for the livestock and the health department has provided medical aid to the people in the deluge-hit villages. At least 50,000 hectare of agricultural land in the three districts remained submerged, the officials said. Meanwhile, sources in the Special Relief Commissioner’s office said that though the water level in Baitarani had come down, villages of Bhadrak and Jajpur districts remained inundated while 31 villages in Kendrapara district remained marooned.
Dalit leader and BJP MP from Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh Savitribai Phule on Thursday resigned from the party, accusing it of dividing society on communal lines and ‘plotting to finish the Constitution and provisions of reservation’. The MP said the BJP government was trying to erase the “history of Bahujan and minority” and spending “unnecessarily” on building statues and temples, instead on development. Ms. Phule’s announcement comes on the death anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar, December 6, which is also the day the Babri Masjid in Ayohdha was demolished in 1992. While referring to both, Ms. Phule said the VHP, the RSS and the BJP were trying to recreate the situation of 1992 and dividing society on communal lines. She was resigning in commemoration of themasjid demolition, which “hurt the feelings of Muslims, Dalits and Backwards,”,as well as the ”parinirvan diwas” of Bhimrao Ambedkar. “Instead of ensuring development, they are stoking fears of Hindu-Muslim, India- Pakistan, mandir-masjid, and spreading hate and destroying communal brotherhood,” Ms.Phule told journalists at an event organised by the Namo Budhay Sewa Samiti on Dr. Ambedkar. “I resigned becsuse the RSS and the BJP are fully prepared to finishing off the Constitution made by Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and reservation,” she said.Listing out the reasons for her resignation from the BJP, Ms. Phule, who was first elected as a BJP MLA in 2012 from the reserved seat of Bansi, and then as a MP in 2014, said she had nothing to do with the party anymore. “MPs and ministers of the current government are spreading communal strife and tearing the constitution to shreds,” she said. She cited “threat to reservation, failure of the government to punish those involved in burning the Constitution and raising slogans against Baba Sahab in August” for her resignation. She said, “Some people want to run this country on the ‘manusmriti’, and don’t follow the Constitution”. Ms. Phule promisedg to launch a campaign form December 23 for the implementation of the Constitution and for the rights of Dalits and OBCs.
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) chief and MP Raju Shetti has criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “hoodwinking” sugarcane farmers.Speaking to The Hindu on Monday, the MP from Hatkanangale (in Kolhapur district) accused Mr. Modi of allegedly misrepresenting facts about fair and remunerative price (FRP) arrears.Mr. Shetti was referring to the Prime Minister’s address on Sunday (via video conferencing) to booth-level Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Kolhapur, Hatkanangale, Madha and Satara. Twisting facts“During his address, the PM claimed that 99% farmers were paid their FRP dues in 2016-17. The fact is that sugar prices had remained stable during that year and there was never any serious question of FRP arrears [in 2016-17]…Why is the PM quoting past figures and trying to cover-up the present crisis triggered by the rapid fall in sugar crisis,” Mr. Shetti asked, before adding: “I have never seen a Prime Minister who twisted facts so blatantly.”He said of the 180 sugar factories and cooperatives in the State, barely 11 had paid the full FRP amount to farmers at one go. Mr. Shetti, a former ally of the ruling BJP, hit out at the Devendra Fadnavis government, alleging that a number of corrupt ministers secretly backed errant sugar factory owners refusing to pay farmers.He reiterated his intention to stage a protest rally in front of the Sugar Commissionerate on January 28, demanding full FRP payment to farmers by errant factory owners.“The agitation will only be called off if we get concrete assurances from the government and sugarcane factory owners that they will pay farmers the complete FRP amount. It is not difficult for them to pay the FRP of ₹2,900-₹3,050 per tonne, which is the current rate in the sugar-belt districts of Sangli and Kolhapur,” Mr. Shetti said.In the event the mill owners failed to deposit the full FRP amount into farmers’ bank accounts, he said he would urge the Sugar Commissioner to prosecute the mill owners under the Revenue Recovery Act (RRC).Since last week, SSS activists had stopped harvesting and transporting sugarcane in the sugar heartland in western Maharashtra. SSS activists had torched a couple of sugar mills and locked the field offices of some others, demanding payment of arrears.A truce was effected on January 14 between Mr. Shetti’s outfit and the factory owners, with the former giving a two-week ultimatum to the latter to pay up the arrears.
In a major embarrassment, a Minister made a goof-up in the written replies in the Assam Assembly by giving two different figures for the number of illegal foreigners detected in the State. The issue was pointed out by BJP MLA Numal Momin as Point of Order immediately after the Question Hour and he urged the Speaker to take strict action against the “callous officials”.Two queries Giving a reply to a query, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that a total of 1,03,764 persons were declared as illegal foreigners from 1985 to August 2018. The question was raised by the ruling party MLA Binanda Kumar Saikia and was taken up for discussion during the Question Hour. In a separate query by Mr. Momin, Mr. Patowary gave a different figure and said 94,425 illegal foreigners were detected during the same time period. In both the cases, Mr. Patowary was replying on behalf of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who holds charge of the Home and Implementation of the Assam Accord departments. Responding to the blooper, Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami assured the House that the matter would be probed. In response to Mr. Momin’s query, Mr. Patowary informed that so far only 29,829 illegal foreigners have been either pushed back or deported to their original country. These illegal foreigners are detected and declared by the Foreigners’ Tribunals, the number of which was increased to 100 from 36 after the BJP government came to power in the State, he added.Doubtful voters Talking about ‘D’ (doubtful) voters, Mr. Patowary said the number was 2,02,092 in the voters’ list of 1997. “The total number of names marked as ‘D’ in the rolls published after intensive revision in 2005 was 1,60,051. Total number of names marked as ‘D’ in the draft electoral rolls published as on September 15, 2018, is 1,19,559,” he added. The Minister said various measures have been taken to detect illegal foreigners across the State including forming of 500 task forces of the Assam Border Police, second line of defence by the BSF, creation of patrol posts and riverine checking.
Tripura Social Education and Social Welfare Minister Swantana Chakma threatened to sue the Opposition CPI(M) on Tuesday for “outraging her modesty” through a “doctored” video that ostensibly showed Youth Affairs Minister Manoj Kanti Deb touching her inappropriately on the dais during a rally attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Agartala on February 9.“CPI(M) leaders have continuously outraged my modesty through a manipulated video clip. Minister Deb, too, has been blamed for something he has not done,” Ms. Chakma told newspersons at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s State headquarters. “I will take legal action against the CPI(M) for maligning my image in public.”BJP Chief Whip in the State Assembly Kalyani Roy, accompanying Ms. Chakma, said the Minister had been traumatised answering queries from various quarters after the video went viral on social media.The women’s wing of the CPI(M), the Democratic Women’s Association, had hit the streets, demanding the expulsion of Mr. Deb after the video began to be shared.