Assam govt’s reply to RTI query shows close to 4 lakh hectares of forest land has been encroached since 90s

Assam govt's reply to RTI query shows close to 4 lakh hectares of forest 

Decades of government apathy fuelled by vote-bank politics have converted vast swathes of pristine forests in Assam into human colonies, data given by the government in response to an RTI query has revealed.

Close to 4 lakh hectares of forest land has been encroached upon in Assam, including national parks such as the World Heritage Site of Manas, reserve forests, and numerous wildlife sanctuaries.

The data, given in response to an RTI application by Nityananda Kalita, identified as many as 26 out of 33 districts in the northeastern state that have suffered encroachment. The total encroachment adds up to 3,87,885 hectares which is 22 percent out of the total of 17,36,301 hectares of the state’s forest cover.

George Clooney injured in Italian motorbike crash

George Clooney injured in Italian motorbike crash

George Clooney was quickly released from a hospital on the Italian island of Sardinia Tuesday after his scooter was hit by a car.

The accident happened in Sardinia where the US actor is filming his latest TV series, Catch-22.

The driver of the other vehicle tended to Clooney until emergency workers arrived, local outlet La Nuova reported.

Clooney fell ontothe hood of the car. An ambulance took Clooney to the nearest hospital, where an MRI scan revealed that the actor was not seriously injured, according to police and health officials.

Clooney and his wife, Amal, left the hospital together in a private car, La Nuova added.

Clooney has a Lake Como home on the Italian mainland.

A representative for Clooney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

Osinbajo meets founder of LinkedIn

Osinbajo meets founder of LinkedIn

Osinbajo meets founder of LinkedIn.Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has had a fireside chat with Mr. Allen Blue, Co-Founder of LinkedIn, where he assured him that Nigeria was open to business.

Osinbajo had arrived in California where he would be headlining a number of investment forums in the San Francisco area and Los Angeles. He is currently promoting technology innovation and entertainment industries.

According to his spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande, he is accompanied by many from those sectors and relevant top government officials.

In series of tweets, Akande said the Vice President taking questions from the audience at the LinkedIn Fireside Chat. It’s a full audience.
Osinbajo had also tweeted that I am in the USA, leading a Public-Private sector collaborative investment road show. Today, I was received by senior executives of Google led by its CEO, Sundar Pichai, at the firm’s Headquarters.

He quoted Osinbajo as saying: We may not have the kind of classrooms as we have today considering the growth rate of Nigeria’s population, so technology may become the way out to take education and learning forward.

Liam Payne and Cheryl Just Announced Their Split in a Heartbreaking Statement

Liam Payne and Cheryl Just Announced Their Split in a Heartbreaking Statement

Summer 2018 giveth, and Summer 2018 taketh away and we have gotten our first celebrity split of the season. Sadly, former One Direction member Liam Payne and English singer Cheryl have officially parted ways after over two years together.

The pair went public with their romance in 2015, after meeting on set of X Factor U.Kin 2008, where Cheryl was a judge and Liam was a contestant.

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The former couple announced their split via social media, writing “We are sad to announce that we are going our separate ways. It’s been a tough decision for us to make. We still have so much love for each other as a family.

Liam Payne and Cheryl announced they were going in two directions last night. However, not long before they announced their split, Liam posted a rather reminiscent yet soulful post about the past 10 years. You see, Liam had his first audition on X Factor 10 years ago.

And he met Cheryl on that fateful day. Now although he didn’t get through after the judges’ house stage in 2008, we can be thankful he returned two years later and was paired with the other boys who would become One Direction. It also kickstarted the story of Liam and Cheryl, who became a couple two years ago and sadly announced their split overnight.

 

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Mexico election: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador claims victory

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has declared victory in Mexico’s presidential election, as preliminary results showed the leftist veteran politician, who had presented himself as an agent of change, secured a landslide win.

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Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has claimed victory in Sunday’s presidential election, setting the stage for the most left-wing government in the country in decades.

An official “quick count” from a national sampling of ballots showed Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, having about 53 percent of the vote, putting him well ahead his main rivals.

Exit polls also showed a decisive victory for 64-year-old veteran candidate, who has pledged to eradicate corruption and subdue drug cartels with a less confrontational approach.

In brief remarks at a hotel in central Mexico City, Lopez Obrador called for reconciliation after a polarising campaign and promised profound change that respects the law and constitutional order.

I confess that I have a legitimate ambition: I want to go down in history as a good president of Mexico, said Lopez Obrador, who won after losses in the previous two elections.

His main opponents, Ricardo Anaya and the ruling party’s Jose Antonio Meade conceded after congratulating him on the win.

Business strategy ideas

Business strategy ideas

What is business strategy

Strategy is not about being the best, but about being unique. Competing to be the best in business is one of the major misconceptions about strategy.

And if you only remember one tip from this list, it should be this one. Many leaders compare competition in business with the world of sports. There can only be one winner. But competing in business is more complex. 

Within a single industry, you can have several companies beating the industry average, each with a distinctive, different strategy.

They are no direct threat to each other. There can be several winners. So the worst possible approach to strategy is to seek out the biggest player in the industry and try to copy everything they do.

compete for profit

Business is not about having the largest market share or about growing fast. It’s about making money.

‘I want to grow my business’ is not a business strategy. ‘I want to grow my business’ is the same as saying, ‘I want to be rich’.

Those things (unfortunately) don’t happen by themselves. Growing is not a strategy, it’s a consequence. When someone includes growth in their strategy, there should be an orange light starting to blink.

That does not mean that you cannot use the word ‘growth’. I use it a lot in the analysis phase – for example, when you talk about growth areas of the business or when you look for growth platforms – areas where you can reach potential that will give you additional profit. 

Know your industry before you develop your business strategy

A company is not an island – it’s part of a larger ecosystem, an industry. Each industry has its own characteristics, its own structure. This structure and the relative position your company has within the industry determines profitability. Certain industries have a higher return than others

Your thinking about the industry and industry competition will determine your thinking about your strategy – how you are going to compete within the industry.

The better you know and understand the industry, the better you will be able to determine elements that will make you stand out, be unique and reap a higher average return than the industry average.

Choice

In my eyes, this is the most simple strategy definition. You need a clear choice of WHO you are going to serve and a clear choice of HOW you are going to serve those clients.

It’s about connecting the outside world – the demand side – with your company – the supply side. Or in fancy terms: you need a value proposition for a specific customer segment and to develop unique activities in the value chain to serve them.

Choose best key word for your business

You cannot be everything to everybody. You want to target a limited segment of potential buyers with the same needs. Next, you are going to tailor your activities in such a way that they meet these needs.

A good business strategy requires you to say NO often

If you have clearly defined what you go for – a clear value proposition for a specific client segment (who) and a set of distinct, unique activities in your value chain to offer the needs of this client group (what), you will find out that there are lots of things that you are not going to do.

There will be customers that you are not going to serve, activities that you are not going to perform and services/products that you will not be offering.

In business strategy, choosing what not to do is equally important.

Using the words of the founding father of modern strategy thinking, Michael Porter: “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do”.

Each business strategy should also have a section where it clearly states the noes. 

Business strategies requires you to keep moving

Having a good business strategy means that you have arrived. Competitors move, customers’ needs and behaviors change, technology evolves. One crucial element to determine a future path for your company is to predict these evolutions and trends and incorporate this thinking into the business strategy-building process.

If you don’t, you can miss out on new value that is created in the industry or even left behind and get into trouble.

Think about the smart phone and Nokia and you’ll understand.

Scenario thinking is an important business strategy tool

The last one of the business strategy principles is not the least important. I don’t have to tell you that facts and figures can only go so far. You need to turn data into assumptions that will fuel your reflection process. The standard way to work with assumptions in a structured way is by scenario thinking – fix some parameters and let other vary.

I believe that scenario thinking is a crucial skill for anyone who wants to deal with business strategy.

Every leader should at least master the basics so that they don’t need a strategy consultant for every reflection process or at least to help them challenge the scenario models that the strategy consultant presents.

Google backs JioPhone operating system provider KaiOS

Google backs JioPhone operating system provider KaiOS

KaiOS Technologies Inc., the developer of the KaiOS operating system for smart feature phones, has received a $22 million investment from Google as part of the American company’s ‘Next Billion Users’ program. Following the partnership, Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Search will be available to KaiOS users, the HongKong-based company said in a post.

KaiOS has been able to push the feature phone demand in India, also helping Reliance Jio to become the leading feature phone brand with its 4G powered JioPhone in Q1 2018, according to Counterpoint Research.

KaiOS has helped bridge the digital divide for hundreds of millions of feature phone users who were not upgrading to smartphones due to steep learning curve or pricing or digital illiteracy, said Tarun Pathak of Counterpoint.

KaiOS works with manufacturers like TCL, HMD Global, and Micromax and has partnerships with carriers such as Reliance Jio, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

KaiOS powered phones have grown 11400% in just one year with shipments close to 23 million units in Q1 2018, according to Counterpoint, which said that less people bought smartphones in Q1 than last year partly due to the uptick in feature phone demand driven by the rise of KaiOS powered phones and HMD’s Nokia brand comeback.

How to apply for passport using mPassport Seva app

How to apply for passport using mPassport Seva app

The external affairs ministry has now simplified passport application process, making it easier for Indian citizens to get passport from anywhere in India. Here are the steps to apply for a passport under the new rules:

1. Go to the passport website and fill in the passport application form after creating a user ID on the website. Alternatively, you can also download ‘mPassport Seva App’, available both on Android and iOS platforms, to apply directly from your mobile phone.

2. You can choose which Regional Passport Office (RPO), Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) you want to go to in-person for processing of your passport application. Earlier, a passport applicant had to visit the RPO or PSK in the city mentioned in his documents but now you can now choose where you want to apply for a passport, irrespective of the city of your stay. For example, a resident of Jaipur, who is temporarily residing in Kolkata, will now be able to apply at a PSK or POPSK under the RPO, Kolkata, and will not have to travel all the way back to Jaipur to submit an application for a passport at a PSK or POPSK under the Jaipur RPO.

3. While submitting the passport application, one can pay the application fees and even schedule appointments for acquiring a passport through the mobile app.

4. In case if police verification is required, it would be conducted at the address specified in the application form. The passport will be printed and despatched by the regional passport office selected for application submission by the applicant to the address specified in the passport application.

5. At present, there are 307 Passport Seva Kendras all over India where you can apply for passport. You can go to the passport office website and find out your nearest Passport Seva Kendras using either city name or your PIN code.

Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, dies at 89

Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, dies at 89

Joe Jackson has passed away at the age of 89 . He had been hospitalized with stage four pancreatic cancer

He was surrounded by his children, grandchildren and wife of 69 years Katherine

The patriarch of the Jackson family led his children to remarkable success in the music industry, particularly son Michael and daughter Janet

His death comes almost nine years to the day that his son Michael passed away on June 25, 2009, and Joe said he wanted to hold through Monday

Jackson himself had given verbal instructions making clear he did not want visitors or family members to see him or his medical records in his final weeks

He had attempted to forge a music career of his own and even tried at one point to become a professional boxer before putting together the Jackson 5 in the 60s.

Jackson was born in 1928 in Fountain Hill, Arkansas and was the eldest of five children.

He described his own father, a university professor, as a domineering and strict presence.

Jackson nurtured ambitions of being a boxer and later played guitar with a blues band, The Falcons, but failed to win a recording deal.

In 1949 he married Katherine Scruse, a former classmate from Washington High School in East Chicago, Indiana. She raised their children while Jackson worked at a local steel mill.

In 1957, they lost a child, Brandon, to stillbirth. He would have been Marlon's twin brother.

During the 1960s, Jackson took control of his sons' burgeoning musical efforts and the Jackson 5 was born, later signing to Motown records in 1967.

The Jackson 5 splintered as Michael's solo career took off and he distanced himself from his father's management.

Jackson focused instead on his daughter Janet, who went on to become a massive star.

Jackson reportedly carried on a decades long extra-marital affair with Cheryl Terrell, a secretary 20 years his junior. The pair had a daughter, his 11th child, Joh'Vonnie, who is now 43, but Jackson remained married to Katherine all along.

His death was confirmed on social media by some of his family, including his daughter La Toya Jackson and grandsons Taj and Randy Jackson.

 

Kangaroo joins a football match in Australia but turns out to be really bad at goalkeeping

Kangaroo joins a football match in Australia but turns out to be really bad at goalkeeping

As players passed a few balls to him standing near the goal post, the kangaroo cleared had zero skill to save but hoped around the entire ground not willing to leave even after being chased by a pick-up truck.

With the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, it’s not just the fans of the sport from across the world that are gripped by the football fever. In fact, recently, in Canberra, Australia, a kangaroo tried to get some action on a soccer field by intruding a football match. But unfortunately, as it turns out, he seemed like he could use some practice because boy, was he bad at goalkeeping! As he decided to hop onto the football ground, interrupting a match between two local teams, this kangaroo’s special appearance went viral on the Internet.

Not simply the gamers and viewers, commentators too have been excited to see the brand new ‘playa’, clearly so, and mentioned how they by no means acquired to do a commentary on a kangaroo earlier than.

As gamers handed a couple of balls to him standing close to the aim publish, the novice appeared to haven’t very spectacular expertise to save lots of however was too eager to go away regardless of being chased by a pick-up truck.

Lastly, after being chased round for some time, he determined to retreat, in all probability after realising this was not his cup of tea to start with.