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PM Modi’s implementation of E-Governance which has a very significant role to play in the development of our country has made management much easier through various schemes such as PayGov, E-Tall, E-District, E-Sampak and so on.

Let’s look at the recent competitions​ which government have introduced for youngsters:

 

Indian Council of World Affairs(ICWA)  2017

ICWA essay writing competition is based on “Awareness Programme On Indian Foreign Policy”. In order to create awareness on IFP the government has initiated this competition for junior level students ( 15-18 years) and senior level students- under graduate and post graduate (18-25 years).

The writers will have an opportunity to think innovatively on various topics like what India’s foreign policy mean to young India, Conflict, Religion and so on.

Top three entries in both junior and senior category will be selected for cash prizes from ₹5000 to ₹25000.

The participants should be an enrolled student in a school or university from anywhere across India.

The participants can submit their essay in

https://www.mygov.in/task/icwa-essay-writing-competition-2017/

The last date of submission is 30 July 2017. 

These schemes and policies initiated by the government will add value to the relation between the government and the citizen. The transformation of the lazy government to the powerful government has changed the roots of the country.

The journey of an entrepreneur can be tough and challenging. Some get lucky and succeed it the first time, while others flounder in the dark and stormy woods to find success. Naveen Tewari, CEO of InMobi, once said “Entrepreneurship is all about how confident you are in changing something, because most of the people will not accept that change so go ahead and learn it.”

The journey of an entrepreneur starts with going against the convention. You learn how to plan, listen, adapt, level your resources, innovate, invest and grow your business. Entrepreneurs take on different roles and these roles can vary depending on what field they choose.

Why do people choose entrepreneurship?

Some choose to be an entrepreneur because they see it as a mandatory journey to take, some want to be independent in their life, some consider entrepreneurship as a serious business, while some do it for recognition. The basic fundamental idea of Entrepreneurs is to earn money. They are ready to accept the challenges that come in their way to success. Hence, an entrepreneur is a born fighter.

Hardships faced by an entrepreneur

The life of an entrepreneur can be great but remember, grass is always greener on the other side! You are your own boss, you make your own rules. But behind the easy work, there are certain difficulties which every entrepreneur faces.

  • An entrepreneur should have basic financial facility to set up his business. Finance is the lifeblood of any company and if a person has basic financial facility, he is eligible to start his business.
  • Second is, trying to stand out in the crowd and Risk management.
  • Third is loosing of job and unstable life.
  • Fourth is, Sleep, which for “non entrepreneurs” think that it is a matter of choice, but entrepreneurs know the reality! Doesn’t matter how less or more work you have to do, you are definitely going to sacrifice some sleep in order to run your business. Meetings, projects, delivery are the major causes of sleeping problems.
  • Apart from all these there is one more important factor which contributes​ hardship in the entrepreneur’s life that includes Family Responsibility. The line between the work life and personal life will tend to part. In this the role of an entrepreneur should be able to balance the personal and professional life in order to spend time with their family.
  • At times, as an entrepreneur you think yourself as the king of the world, every one approaches you, value your ideas, but the other side of the story is at times, entrepreneurs do feel lonely, they realise the real value that other things in life have, they realise the opportunity that other people get by being in contact with you. So it’s not a bed of roses, but a path of fire!

The journey to success is a multi dimensional process. The most successful entrepreneurs are those who take risks, accept the challenges with confidence. As you dig deeper into your idea of success, you will discover yourself. You will realize that what you are  doing finally is what you were born to do!

The state government of Maharashtra has issued a circular stating that the toilets that were to be constructed under the Swachh Maharashtra Mission have to be handed over by August 15 this year. This has come as a shock to those involved in the mission as this would slash 45 days off their previous deadline of October 2, 2017.

Under the Swachh Maharashtra Mission, toilets were to be constructed so as to make the urban areas of the state be declared Open Defecation Free(ODF). 200 local bodies, out of the total 384, have been certified ODF as of now. Pune and Konkan are two cities that have, to some extent, performed well on this front, but some cities are yet to make a fair amount of progress in the same.

Out of the 45.2 million people living in urban Maharashtra, 3.13 million households have no personal toilet. From this population, about 2.2 million households depend on public toilets and the remaining 846,000 households defecate in the open. The government is focusing on toilet facilitation to these remaining number of households.

According to the authoritites, toilet construction in newly-added nagar parishads is proving to be a major challenge. They are heavily populated and lack basic amenities, given that they were gram panchayats previously.

The sanitation department had “Good Morning” teams set up last week that will reach places where open defecation is prevalent and it hasn’t been able to solve the problem yet. These teams will work for toilet contruction in these areas. According to the director, the exercise has shown positive results already.

“There are two important days in your life, the day you are born and the day you find out why?” – Mark Twain.

Are you struggling to decide your aim in life? Are you aimless? Are you confused to choose the one thing which you will be doing in the coming years? Are you in a dilemma about your purpose of life? Go ahead with the article, you will get answers to them!

Disclaimer: Nobody can decide purpose of your life, you yourself have to take charge!

We all have amazing dreams within us because our mind is full of creativity and imagination. We have always thought ourselves to live a life full of happiness and achievement. But how many of us actually visualize the shape of our dreams and how to transform them into reality?

The transformation happens when you have self belief, confidence and most importantly a supreme “Goal” in life. We need to enlighten ourselves with our living. That one thing which we believe, interestingly only we can make it happen. No dream is small, or big. It’s about the impact that it creates on you and on others.

You can live the life you have imagined once you learn the skill of goal setting and start implementing it. Goal setting is really beneficial. It can change your life to a different level.

Why you should set your goals?

  1. Clear directions: It can help you to choose the right direction in life. Many of us don’t really know where we are going in life. If you are just walking on any path and don’t know, where this path will lead you, you are probably on the wrong track. It’s like a GPS system where you know where you are going and how you are going.

  1. More Success in life: A research was conducted in Harvard Business School, where students were asked how many of them have goals in their life? Around, 84% of students did not have any goal. 13% of students had goals but they had not written them. 3% of students had clear written goals with the timeline and plan. 13% of those were earning twice than that of 84% students. Interestingly, the ones who have written goals were earning 10 times more than remaining.
  1. Take control of your life: When you learn the skill of goal setting, you can become the boss of your own life. You take the charge of your life and become more responsible. Then you don’t need to blame the circumstances.

  1. Unlocking Potential: If you are talented and hardworking, but if you do not have goals in life, you will not be able to achieve your dreams on time.
  1. Staying happy: When you live life with purpose, one is always excited. Just like when we go to our favourite journey, we stay happy because we know where we are going.

To find your goals, you can ask yourselves these questions. Think on them and find the inner you.

  1. What is important to you and why it matters?
  2. What are your best qualities?
  3. What do you love to do? But more importantly, find what you hate to do, because these things will never excite you, and the paradox of choice will be less cumbersome.
  4. What would your perfect day look like?
  5. What would you do if you come to know that the world is going to end in 7 days?
  6. What skills would you love to master?
  7. What would you like your family and friends to say about you at your funeral?
  8. What would you do if you are absolutely guaranteed success?
  9. What fears you would like to overcome?

Life will not stick to specific plan if it is, it is not life! Have your SWOT analysis (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats).  Some Goal setting tips are:

  1. Define your goals in writing.
  2. Identify the benefits you will enjoy. Why should I do this?
  3. Analyse your current reality.
  4. Determine your obstacles and risks.
  5. Gather Knowledge and work accordingly.
  6. Identify your investments and sacrifices.
  7. Develop an Action Plan
  8. Set a deadline.
  9. Reward yourself.
  10. Never Settle for less. Think Big!

Global Warming, a phrase that you hear as an explanation for anything and everything bad that happens to the climate. But what does it actually mean? Global warming basically means that the global temperatures are rising. Why? When we release greenhouse gases like CO2 and other air pollutants, they absorb the heat from the sun; of which a large portion usually bounces off back into space. This absorption of heat makes the surface temperatures of Earth rise.

We have already started seeing the effects. Think about the record high temperature in Chennai and other cities in South India. Many people in these cities are suffering from a severe lack of water, and are conserving in any way possible.

So what approaches are there for us to combat this issue?

For the common household there are plenty of things we can do in our everyday life to help tackle the issue of climate change.

You can start by reducing your own carbon footprint (which is the amount you contribute to the release of carbon dioxide). Every person on this planet has a carbon footprint. Every action you make in your daily life contributes to this footprint. Your carbon footprint is the total of all the carbon emissions caused by your activities in a time period (usually a year).

What you eat, what you wear, your commute, and even your choice of food has an impact on the environment. Your carbon footprint is the total of all the carbon emissions caused by your activities in a time period (usually a year).

You can calculate your carbon footprint here: http://www.carbonindependent.org/index.html

Tips to reduce your carbon footprint:

  1. Rainwater harvesting: Put up a tank in your yard to collect rainwater. You can use this water to wash your car, water your plants, or anything else you need.
  2. Use renewable energy sources: Put up solar panels, or harness wind energy in your yard to provide energy for your house.
  3. Replace standard lightbulbs with Light Emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) it reduces about 75% of energy use. Dispose your bulbs safely.
  4. Reuse toilet paper rolls to plant small samplings. They can be used as small containers for planting, this can also be done with plastic bottles and containers.
  5. Have dairy free days: Once a week is enough, it can save a considerable amount of water. You have so many alternatives, like soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk etc. Think vegan, once a week isn’t that big of a task!
  6. Go meat free for a day! Just like dairy, the production of meat guzzles up a load of water. Going meat free for even 2-3 days a week, enormously reduces your carbon footprint.
  7. Skip seafood, overfishing is a major world problem, as much as possible avoid it. Even if you avoid it 4 days a week, it makes a difference.
  8. Donate: When you clean out your closets and your home, donate what you don’t want. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
  9. Recycling doesn’t just mean paper, plastic or glass! You can also recycle inhalers, water filters, wine corks, backpacks, stockings, hearing aids, lights, eye glasses, keys, old cassettes and more!
  10. Reduce your use of cosmetics, or turn towards natural based cosmetics, as they are loaded with toxins.
  11. Wash clothes in cold water in washing machine (85% of energy goes into heating the water).
  12. Plant drought-tolerant plants at home, they need minimal watering (especially if you are living in a hot place like Chennai).
  13. Go Kindle, reduce the paper usage from printing books and cancel your newspaper. You can read it online.
  14. Keep electronics as long as possible, and then rather than throwing them away recycle or donate them responsibly, (I recommend you watch The E-waste tragedy or Ghana: digital dumping ground)
  15. Take a break from screen time (take a walk, it’s better for your health and it saves energy).
  16. For women, change from chemical-ridden disposable sanitary napkins, and opt for options like the menstrual cup (one cup lasts around 10 years, and it’s better for your health).
  17. We have the beautiful transport called the bicycle. Use it! Especially for short distances which are environment friendly and cheap to use.

India is already making immense strides to reduce the effects of climate change. They have pledged to move towards renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.

While it is our job to keep the government accountable to their promises, it is equally as important to implement these changes to our own lifestyles to make that difference. Practice what you preach!

It is a rather astonishing fact that a country like India, which is still battling with many life-threatening diseases and an impaired health care system, has allocated only 2.5% of the GDP to public health sector in the National Health Policy (NHP), 2017. India’s health sector contribution continues to be in the bracket of lowest relative public expenditure on healthcare. Although the policy guarantees health care services to all the citizens especially the backward sectors of the society, it does not guarantee ‘health’ as a fundamental right for the people.

There have been some phenomenal changes on major health issues in India over the years but not enough to overthrow it from having the distinction of largest number of infant deaths, maternal deaths and cases of tuberculosis in the world. The public health systems lack the infrastructure required for sustainment of a good public health system. Above 15,000 positions for doctors at the grass-root level are lying vacant in addition to dearth of obstetrician in 4,000 out of 5,000 community centres. On the contrary, where public hospitals cannot suffice primary health care requirements, the private hospitals are scuttling ahead and are being recognised for being one of the best in the world for the special and super special treatments.

The BRICS counterparts of India spend way more, ranging from 3.5% to 8.5%, on their health care sector. It looks more intimidating when the increase in the total population is taken into account. This expenditure on public healthcare is an investment on the human resource of the country which would contribute in multitude if it stays healthy. According to the Economic Survey of 2015-16, government expenditure on health was 1.3% of the GDP and as per World Health Statistics, 2015, India per capita government expenditure on health in 2012 was $60 as compared to the whopping expenditure of $4,153 by the US. Interestingly, India accounts for 21% of the world’s burden of disease.

The budget aims to open government run pharmacies to provide underprivileged people with cheaper drugs but the number of these pharmacies is practically too low to make a wide network over the nation as compared to 8,50,000 privately-run pharmacies. An alternative to this can be provision of these cheaper drugs at the public hospitals, clinics and dispensaries to cater to a larger number of ailing population.

It has been estimated that to enrol all the BPL families in the country to the health insurance scheme would cost somewhere around Rs. 2,640 to Rs. 3,350 crores which excludes the annual amount and the additional amount for senior citizens. It is financially impractical according to the current health budget to accommodate this scheme.

Some key reasons of failure of the public health sector can be summarised as follows:

  • Humongous amount of lack in healthcare infrastructure.
  • Manpower is inadequate at primary level itself (including dearth of specialty and super-specialty doctors).
  • Healthcare insurance coverage is poor.
  • Wrongly focussed expenditure.
  • Improper prioritisation of key problem areas.

The Union budget of 2017-18 shows an increase of 23% in the allocation for healthcare as compared to the previous year but these figures are deceptive as the overall picture tells a different story. Arun Jaitley had imposed an unexpected cut of 13% in the budget allocation on healthcare in 2015-16 which makes this increase look bigger. The health expenditure, in reality, at the 2005-06 prices, reveals only a minimal increase.

The proposed schemes lack good policy framework, direction and implementation keeping in mind the practical intricacies in mind.

So, this sums up the story of Health sector in India!

When did you last talk to your customer care service exceutive? Did you talk with a human or a bot?

Very interesting, isn’t it? Its ok! Don’t worry you are born curious and stay in that way because we are here to answer all your questions which arise in your mind.

Even if you haven’t started using chatbots, gear up to hear a lot about them. Poncho is the top ranked chatbot on Chatbottle. This futuristic sounding customer-service tool is already in use by some huge brands like Sephora and KLM and its poised to become the next big thing in marketing sector. Like Siri for brands, chatbots are quickly rising as a new “voice” in consumer communications. These chatty computer programs respond to texts or digital chats, effectively carrying on superficial-conversations with the humans. These bots have stronger conversation abilities than ever before.

There are different ways in which chatbots can be programmed. The most elementary form is rules-based. These rules-based bots are the most similar to automated customer service lines and guide consumers through a decision tree model. Bots have evolved to incorporate NLP, which translates common language into a form the bot’s system can understand. It extracts the user’s intent through a sentence and turns it into a command a machine can understand. Adding another level to NLP is AI, which enables the bot to “learn” through its interactions. Professional writers at editorial content marketing companies like Masthead Media can script chatbots with dialogue that not only reflects the brand identity, but also encourages consumers to continue engagement. These chatbots can mimic a conversation with a customer in a tone that reflects the brand’s identity. This back and forth communication can lead to happy and surprising moments to the consumers. Another important component of optimizing the bot is to understand and work with chatbots’ limitations.

Chatbots are getting more sophisticated all the time. However, chatbots are still in infancy which means people are going to have some negative experiences too.Two words: Microsoft Tay, Microsoft launched an AI bot named “Tay” that was programmed to mirror chatters’ speech patterns. But it created a lot of problems, that warned against entirely replacing utilitarian components of the website.

So, the moral here is to be careful with this emerging technology, and always prepare critically for the worst way consumers may try to use it. Chatbots reach the consumers when they want to be reached. Chatbots have their own personality but make sure you focus on utility over personality.

So, are you already thinking of unlocking a bot’s potential for your brand? Go ahead!

History was created when Shri Narendra Damodardas Modi, took oath as the Prime minister of India on 26 May 2014 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. A person who is an engine of growth, a person who is dedicated, determined and passionate towards his work, a person who is the “Dabbang” of India. That’s him–That’s Narendra Modi.

He believes in “Antyodaya” which means to uplift the weakest section of the society. His work gives a ray of hope and aspiration to billions of Indians.

Modi’s rise in politics started from Gujarat state government. In Gujarat, majority of middle class people were businessmen and Modi made their lives easy by simplifying the business processes. People were influenced by his work. Gujarat was the fastest state to develop in India. This was possible only because of Modi’s governance and the people of Gujarat.

After Modi was elected as the Prime Minister of India, people had same hope and expectation as they had for Gujarat because Gujarat was the shining example of development under Modi government. Modi made new promises with the slogan of bringing Ache Din. Well, all these promises and policies were fulfilled to some extent. After all, Modi is a MAN OF WORDS AND ACTION.

Modi has completed 3 years of governance. In his past three years of governance, our Prime Minister has lead the country to major growth, development, and upliftment through implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Make In India, Digital India, Black Money Act, Jan Dhan Yojana, Income Declaration Scheme and so on. He is highly influenced by Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi.

The thought of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan was started, to accomplish Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of clean and hygienic India. His team went to celebrities to spread awareness on SBA. Why did he do that? Because he knows that for people in India, three things are most impactful, Bollywood, Sports and Politics, and he just knew that people will follow them. Clever enough!

 

Most of the policies introduced by the government had a positive influence on the economy. Although, during the demonetisation period there was lot of mismanagement but it developed the government’s image as the government which is serious about fighting corruption.

Modi made many international trips to attain strong Geo-political stand. And yes, India did receive positive response from the major countries like China, Bhutan, USA, and Japan.

“I can promise you. If you work 12 hours, I will work for 13. If you work 14 hours, I will work for 15 hours. Why? Because I am not a pradhan mantri, but a pradhan sevak”. 

In the past three years, the overall report has been positive to some extent. Although, there were criticisms​ by the opposition as being a secular party.  This action can prove a big win in the next Lok sabha election.

Modi is a man of action. At the age of 66, he is energetic, and workaholic. He has a clear vision for India. He knows the problems​ of India and feels it. India needs more leaders​ like him who will have both power and passion. Passion to work for both, PEOPLE and COUNTRY.

Indian Army Major Leetul Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles, has been awarded with the Chief Of Army Staff  Commendation Card by Bipin Rawat on his brave and deliberate efforts in countering the insurgent operations in the valley.

How did this start?

During the Lok Sabha by-election in Srinagar, on 9th April 2017 where ITPB personnel and polling staff in Utligam were surrounded by 1200 people, including women and children who were protesting and pelting stones on these staff members. In order to handle the situation, Major Leetul reported to the spot and realised with this arrival, the situation got worse and then he was forced to take strict actions against these peltors. His act was simple enough which reflects his presence of mind in that stressful situation – He tied a man named Farooq Dar Ahmed on the bonnet of his Jeep as a human shield.

 

Why after one month, this story is trending as headlines? 

Because Major Leetul has been awarded and even got clean chit as Army officials didn’t find anything wrong. As they felt it was the need of the hour! Major Leetul has also given a statement that, “Had I not done that, the situation would have caused 10-12 severe casualties in the area”

Here, the crucial question is, How would you react if 1200 Kashmiris were attacking you and pelting stones at you and your team. Put yourself in that situation and think how you would have reacted ?

Before making any justification on his decision, remember Safe guarding the democracy of this youth oriented nation is the primary role of Army officers and in order to completely justify their role, they can cross any limits, be it across borders, or be it fighting with their “own” Indians.

There are many questions which are still unanswered–

  1. What was the root cause of this act?
  2. Will the impact of this act will be limited to this act only?
  3. What could have been the possible casualties if this decision was not taken?
  4. Does the excessive intervention of outsiders caused blindness in our Kashmiri youth?
  5. Why after tieing Farooq on the bonnet​, Kashmiris stopped their “nationalist” game?
  6. Why does Hypocrisy lie in our decision when the role of Indian Army comes into the picture, we want them to protect us but why do we impose conditions on their work then?

All this happens due to a single reason, the lack of trust and belongingness the people of Kashmir have on Indian Army.

Social media plays a crucial role in allowing youth to exercise their freedom of speech and expression on public platforms and due to this reason citizens are divided between right and wrong.

What Major Leetul did, was the need of the hour! 

Our Indian Army is not leaving any stone untruned in protecting and guarding this 1.2 billion democractic people but their efforts need recognition, and such a recognition was provided by Chief Army Officer Bipin Rawat by handling over a commendation certificate to the Major. Such recognition motivates our Indian Army to push their limits and they don’t listen to any bureaucrat or political leader while serving the nation at their best!

Hence, we at Indians News, strongly support this decision of Indian Army and motivate them to go ahead with these sudden surprises! 

#ProudofIndianArmy

#JaiHind

Do you think you got some unhealthy habits and you need to overcome them? Why is it easy to adapt a bad habit but hard to live with it? Why is it hard to make or break a habit?

In our life, there are very few necessities. But sometimes, we don’t feel that way. As per the research of Dr. Jeffrey M Schwartz, sometimes brain takes over your thoughts. It dictates your actions and attacks your self-worth. We may get easily distracted. Sometimes we do have trouble to retain our attention at a particular thing for a particular time. The unwanted thoughts and non productive urges can over run your life. Then, you may feel directionless and aimless. As long as you remain unaware of what is actually happening inside the brain, you will remain powerless to live life of your dreams.

Your brain sends you false messages day in and day out. Generally, these messages don’t let you to do what you are supposed to do and take you away from your purpose of life. These messages are called Deceptive Brain Messages.  They can be any thoughts, impulses or desires. Ultimately, we are defined by the thoughts in our head. We have a true self within us. Your wise advocate knows what you are thinking, and is aware how non productive urges and unhealthy habits generate automatic responses from you. The brain may not care whether the action is good or bad for you. It only cares to repeatedly do something pleasurable and to keep avoiding the pain.

If you frequently think about a problem which has no solution at the current point of time, it may increase your depression and still you try to get rid of uncomfortable sensations.   Deceptive Brain Messages have a negative impact on our mind. Our environment provides the input to the brain. It produces the passive side of experience. The mind is very active. It can focus attention and can make decisions. Just because of Deceptive Brain Messages (DBM), one can’t be a bad person.

The mind has the ability to define our true focus in life. You can use the Veto Power. Veto power is the ability to refuse to act on a deceptive brain message, uncomfortable sensation or habitual response. The characteristic of brain that results in a change in the brain’s structure,  circuits , chemical composition is called Neuroplasticity.  As per the Hebb’s Law, Neurons that fire together, get wired together. They form a circuit and get locked together.

Even Gautam Buddha said, “You become what you think”. Even as per the Quantum Zeno Effect, “Focus and attention holds together and stabilizes brain circuit, so that they can wire together. When focus is passively applied in an unconstructive way, unhealthy habits get wired in the brain. When you focus your attention on constructive, healthy behaviours, your brain is rewired via self directed neuroplasticity to make those actions in priority list; you can change your brain. The four steps that can help to rewire your brain are:

  1. Relabel: Know that these are just deceptive brain messages and not the actual you. These are just uncomfortable sensations and can be identified.
  2. Reframe: Change your mentality and perception about these thoughts. Ask yourself, why these thoughts bother you?
  3. Refocus: Indulge yourself in productive activities and direct your focus on that completely.
  4. Revalue: Clearly differentiate between what is good and what is bad. See your thoughts and urges and think of long term goals. Believe that the sensations are not true and will not lead you anywhere. They should be avoided and not to be focused on.

 

We are what we repeatedly do; so excellence is not an act but a habit.

 

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