The ruling Congress and Opposition BJP in Rajasthan have started the exercise for identifying candidates for by-elections to two Assembly seats — Mandawa and Khinvsar — scheduled for October 21. After facing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the bypolls will be a challenge for the Congress, while the BJP pins its hopes on new State president Satish Poonia.The by-elections were necessitated after the sitting MLAs vacated the seats following their election to Lok Sabha. Mandawa MLA Narendra Khichar won as the BJP MP from Jhunjhunu, while Rashtriya Loktantrik Party MLA from Khinvsar, Hanuman Beniwal, won from Nagaur after his regional party entered into an alliance with the BJP and joined the NDA just before general elections.The candidates’ nominations can be filed till September 30 and the date for withdrawal of candidature will be October 3. After the polling on October 21, the results will be declared on October 24, according to the Election Commission.Impact on civic pollsThe by-elections are important for Congress because of their perceptible impact on the municipal polls due in November this year, for which the rival factions in the party wish to field their favourite candidates with the winning potential. Moreover, the party wants to send across a message of its effective governance even after its defeat at all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the State.For the BJP, the appointment of Mr. Poonia — a Jat leader with strong association with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — as the party chief may help at the two Jat-dominated seats. The party is yet to make up its mind on entering into alliance with the RLP, though former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje may not play a major role in the candidates’ selection, unlike in the Lok Sabha polls.Mr. Beniwal said on Monday that the RLP-BJP alliance would contest both the Assembly seats and he would like to field his party’s candidate in Khinvsar. “We are willing to support the BJP candidate in Mandawa. The final decision will be take at a meeting of office-bearers of both the parties in a couple of days,” he said.The Congress, which has strengthened its position in the State Assembly after the recent merger of six Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs, may give ticket to a member of Nagaur district’s influential Mirdha family. The party has lost the Khinvsar seat during the last three successive elections, as Mr. Beniwal won first on the BJP ticket in 2008 and later as an Independent in 2013 and as the RLP candidate in 2018.Mandawa was earlier considered a stronghold of veteran Congress leader Ram Narayan Chaudhary, who died in 2012. His daughter Rita Chaudhary defeated Mr. Khichar in 2008, but the latter emerged victorious as an Independent in 2013 and and as a BJP candidate in 2018.
BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was recently elevated as deputy leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and is also the party’s general secretary, has offered to quit one of the posts.Sources said Prasad has informed party president Nitin Gadkari that as he is already the BJP’s general secretary and chief spokesperson, he is ready to relinquish charge of one. The matter is now in Gadkari’s court.
Flood victims including women and children moving to shelter centres as flood situation worsens in Faridpur’s Sadar upazila. Photo: AlimuzzamanA humanitarian crisis is unfolding across large areas in South Asia, with more than 16 million people affected by monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Friday, reports XinhuaThe agency cited local authorities as saying that flood levels have already reached record highs in Bangladesh, and water of major rivers such as the Jamuna has surpassed warning levels set in 1988, the deadliest floods the country has ever faced, China’s official press agency adds.”This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these devastating floods,” the IFRC said in a statement Friday, citing its staff for Asia Pacific region.According to the statement, more than one third of Bangladesh and Nepal have been flooded, and the humanitarian crisis could get worse in the days and weeks ahead.In Nepal, the IFRC said, many areas remain cut off after recent destructive floods and landslides, and many villages and communities are stranded without food, water or electricity.”This tragic flooding in Nepal has claimed at least 128 lives and 33 people are still missing,” Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, secretary general of the Nepal Red Cross Society, was cited as saying.In Bangladesh, the IFRC said, over 3.9 million people have been affected by the rising flood waters, and floods are likely to get much worse as swollen rivers from India pour into the low-lying and densely populated areas in the northern and central parts of the country, says Xinhua news agency.In India, over 11 million people are reportedly affected by floods in four states across the north of the country. What’s more, India’s meteorological department is forecasting more heavy rains for the region in the coming days.
April 7, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Prior to the 1990s, networking required business owners to put on their business attire, shove on dress shoes, drive to a pre-determined location at a pre-determined time, walk into a room full of people who didn’t know each other, go through introductions, explain their business, hand out business cards and hope people remembered to call later. Building relationships required handshakes, eye contact and, at minimum, picking up the phone and having a conversation. While a strong argument can be made that these steps still must be taken in order to build strong relationships with other business owners, a new form of networking has catapulted its way to the top.Shoving face-to-face interactions and business cards out of the way, websites have taken center stage and become the way for small business owners to gain exposure, explain their business and make sure that products and services are memorable. No longer are there pre-determined locations at pre-determined times. Google has helped take the work out of networking by connecting potential customers to potential business owners twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.Related: How Do I Launch a Membership-Based Website?In the twenty-first century, there is no way a business owner can sustain a profitable business without having some way to advertise and communicate to their customer base through the internet. This means that there are a lot of small business owners who find themselves in a tough situation: They have to create a good without any experience with web design or five figures (or more) to invest in a website.Yet, for many businesses, their website is the face of the company. First impressions are created and potential customers and clients make decisions in a matter of seconds when scanning a website. For small business owners who must move forward with building their own websites, there are a few key elements they must consider.Related: 5 Things That Belong on the Front Page of Your WebsiteWhat’s the Purpose?Define the main purpose of the website being built. Is the goal to build an email list? Focus on products? Share more information about the company? No matter what purpose the website serves, it must be clear to the website visitor in just a matter of seconds. Tony Haile, author of Time’s “What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong,” shares his surprising statistic that 55 percent of website visitors spend fewer than 15 seconds actively on a page. Therefore, with just a few seconds to catch a visitor’s attention, the purpose of the website must be clear.Web Address and Web HostingThe most memorable domains, or web addresses, are the most simplistic ones. For instance, Nike.com is simpler than NikeShoes.com or NikeAthleticShoes.com. Small business owners tend to overthink their domain names rather than just focusing on something that is easy to remember for their clients and potential customers.Websites must be hosted and stored on a server. Small business owners are fortunate enough to have easy access to web host providers. According to Freeservers.com, “There are literally thousands of web hosting services available today, ranging from free services with limited options to expensive, specialized business web hosting services. Which option you choose depends primarily on how you plan to use your website and how much you want to spend.”Cheap doesn’t mean better, and taking the time to compare signup versus renewal pricing will pay off in the long run. In their article, “Low-Cost Hosting Guide: Find Cheap Web Host That Doesn’t Suck,” Web Hosting Secrets Revealed points out that “Some budget hosting companies now allow customers to lock in at low renewal price upon signup.”Related: The Difference Between Websites and AppsContent ManagementThe last website decision is which content management system to use. Often times the most user-friendly systems are also the most limiting. On the other end of the spectrum the most versatile systems require a larger learning curve.Joomla, WordPress, and Droopal make up 58.4 percent of the market share of content management systems. Make A Website Hub created an in-depth info graphic to show the pros and cons of each.CMS Comparison – WordPress vs Joomla vs DrupalWebsites are no longer optional for the small business owner. Customers and clients expect to be able to find companies on the web. Although in-depth sites can require a large investment from the budget, most small business owners are able to create a more affordable solution with a website that starts small and is able to grow with the company. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Wyndham introduces Ramada Encore brand to New ZealandWyndham Hotel Group today announced the introduction of a new brand – Ramada ENCORE – to New Zealand, reflecting the hospitality giant’s intent to broaden its portfolio in the country.The soon-to-be Ramada ENCORE Christchurch Colombo Street is being developed under a franchise agreement with Lepdon Holdings and is slated to be completed in late 2017. Once finished, it will bring Wyndham’s portfolio in New Zealand to nine hotels and resorts spanning 446 rooms.Located in the Christchurch CBD, the $15 million development is ideally located near heritage attractions, the historic Canterbury Museum and the Arts Centre. Tourism hot spots like the Cardboard Cathedral, Re:START (the temporary shopping mall built from shipping containers), the Town Hall, funky restaurants and bars are all within walking distance.Christchurch is the nation’s heritage heart and the gateway to the South Island. A range of unforgettable experiences are available inside a two-hour drive, including hiking, mountain bike riding, rafting, surfing, golfing, bungee jumping, skiing and whale, dolphin and seal watching.The city’s tourism revenue grew five per cent to NZD $2.2 billion in the year ending January 2017 and the result made Christchurch the nation’s second largest tourism market, even ahead of booming Queenstown.Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim President and Managing Director, Barry Robinson, said this development signifies the company’s desire to have a diverse presence in all New Zealand’s major cities.“Wyndham Hotel Group has achieved outstanding portfolio growth in New Zealand in the past two years, going from five hotels and resorts to nine existing or planned properties, with more on the way,” he said.“Ramada ENCORE is a unique brand, different from any other lifestyle brand in New Zealand. It appeals to international and savvy domestic travellers alike through its modern features such as vibrant social spaces, contemporary bathrooms, wooden floors and bright colours. Ramada ENCORE will be the perfect fit for this trendy part of the city.”The hotel’s facilities include meeting rooms, a gym and a restaurant. Managing Director of franchisee Lepdon Holdings, Erin Hindmarsh, said the hotel will have a positive impact on Christchurch, including the employment of at least 12 staff once operational.“This will be a significant development for Christchurch that will not just benefit travellers, but also those working in the food and beverage industry,” she said.“This announcement today – and the involvement of a global hospitality giant like Wyndham – is a sign of confidence in the long-term future of tourism in Christchurch.”Throughout South East Asia and the Pacific Rim, Wyndham Hotel Group currently has more than 100 hotels operating under its Ramada, Ramada ENCORE, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Grand®, Wyndham Garden®, Days Inn®, TRYP by Wyndham® and Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® brands. Wyndham Hotel GroupSource = Wyndham
No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov. 07Mar Rep. Kahle to host local office hours Categories: Kahle News Tags: #SB State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. US Highway 223 in Adrian. “I welcome the opportunity to connect with people to learn what matters most to them,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look forward to listening to my neighbors, addressing their concerns and working toward solutions for the people of Lenawee County.”
Polish pay TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat is adding channels from A+E Networks UK to its line-up as part of a wide-ranging deal.Cyfrowy Polsat will add History, History HD and Crime & Investigation Network to its line-up. The broadcaster is airing History and Crime & Investigation immediately, with History HD scheduled for launch early next year. Crime & Investigation is being offered as part of its Mini and Family packages, while History will be offered as part of the Family and Family HD packages.Tom Davidson, managing director of A+E Networks UK said: “Poland is a key TV market in Central and Eastern Europe and Cyfrowy Polsat is a major platform and channel provider. We expect this deal to have a significant impact on our business, and together with Cyfrowy Polsat we believe we can build on the success of A+E Network UK’s portfolio of channels in this market place.’’
An unnamed Tricolor TV shareholder has applied to acquire an additional 50% stake in the Russian pay TV operator.The country’s competition regulator FAS has received an application from an existing shareholder. The identity of the person in question has not been revealed but if they are successful they will hold an 87.4% stake in Tricolor TV.