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Great Indian election drama; J&K is new hotbed for Dynasty Raj

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If politics is a game of power, than no one is ready to pass on the baton other than to his own family, has exactly become evident in Jammu and Kashmir, India this election season. The state has turned into a hotbed for dynasty raj with several sons, daughters and kin of powerful politicians all set to contest the assembly elections- many of them making maiden tryst with destiny.

A close analysis revealed that around 15 sons and nephews of political leaders have joined fray in this election by securing party mandates on the basis of their family background. Shockingly, the strong outburst against the Dynasty Raj by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, notwithstanding, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has apparently relaxed its tough stand for the party’s J&K president, Jugal Kishore Sharma, who has handed over the baton of Nagrota candidature to his brother Nand Kishore.

The party high command has already put its seal of approval leaving many party contenders, including Dogra Royal family scion, Ajat Shatru Singh to fend for themselves. Ajat had recently relinquished his MLC seat on NC nomination and left the party to join BJP.

Even as speculations were rife that Ajat would get BJP mandate, the party preferred Nand Kishore Sharma reportedly after the MP and state president Jugal Kishore Sharma build pressure for his candidature.

Party insiders told that Jugal Kishore has played significant role in grabbing mandate for his brother Nand Kishore, who is supposedly a ‘naïve’ in politics without having much following. Political observers said that BJP has reserved ‘dynasty raj’ as a strong offensive to attack National Conference and People’s Democratic Party during the assembly election campaign, however, the party has itself deviated and followed the line of other dynastic parties of the state.

Nanad Kishore will make his political debut in upcoming polls as by the influence of his brother Jugal Kishore he got the mandate from Nagrota constituency, party insiders said. They added that BJP has two experienced candidates including Chander Mohan Sharma and Ajatshatru from Nagrota assembly segment, but the party has decided to file fresher Nand Kishore.

They added that Chander Mohan Sharma was a senior worker associated with the party for last many years. Dropping of Chander Mohan Sharma has evoked strong resentment among his supporters. Similarly, Ajatshatru, who joined BJP early this month, has represented the constituency on National Conference after his win in 1996 elections.

BJP spokesperson Arun Gupta said that the party has given mandate to Nand Kishore after noticing his work. “Nand Kishore is known in the party due to his work not as a brother of MP Jugal Kishore” Gupta said.

Apart from BJP, many dynastic politicians are making debut in the politics through these elections, while others have already made their mark.

The politician sons, daughters and nephews, who would make political debut in this election, are Salman Anees Soz son of JKPCC chief, Prof Saifudin Soz. Anees , Javaid Beigh, nephew of Member of Parliament (MP) Muzaffar Hessian Beigh. Both of them are contesting from Baramulla segment.

Two sons of former deputy Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Mangat Ram Sharma, Subhash Sharma and Rajneesh Sharma, are also ready to make debut in politics.  Interestingly, while Mangat Ram Sharma quit Congress party to join PDP, his two sons are contesting elections on the mandate of two different parties.

Elder son Subhash is People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate from Kathua assembly segment, while Rajneesh is the Congress candidate from Bani, represented by his father thrice.
Another politician son trying his luck this election season is Vikram Mahlotra son of senior Congress leader and Chairman of Legislative Council, Amrit Mahlotra. Vikram is seeking election on Congress ticket from Jammu east constituency.

Dr Hina Bhat, who is being projected by BJP as its face in Kashmir Valley, is contesting from Amira Kadal, nonetheless being daughter of Mohammad Shafi Bhat, one time National Conference (NC) legislator and now a Congress leader.

Others have inherited the political legacy of their family include Akram Choudary, son of former minister and CLP leader Mohammad Aslam Choudary. He is candidate from Surankote. Aziz Munshi, son of former minister Munshi Habibullah, he is BJP candidate from Kargil, NC candidate from Duroo Farooq Ahmed Gania is son of former minister Mohammad Akbar Gania , Nazeer Ahmad Khan son of former minister Sarfraz Khan is Congress candidate from Beerwah Budgam, Manzoor Ahmad Zargar son of former PDP Minister Aziz Zargar. Manzoor has joined Congress and the party has fielded him from Noorabad constituency.

Likewise, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, son of former minister Sheikh Jabbar, a close associate of National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah is contesting on NC ticket from Ganderbal. Ishfaq had initially joined Congress, but is now contesting on National Conference ticket and has replaced Omar Abdullah from Ganderbal.

However the dynastic raj in Jammu and Kashmir has flourished utmost in strongest political families of the state, Abdullahs and Mufties with the former having already produced two generations of politicians, Ministers and Chief Ministers. Omar Abdullah, present Chief Minister had in his family two chief Ministers, his grandfather, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Father Farooq Abdullah, besides many uncles as Ministers and politicians.

Omar joined politics in 1998, as a Lok Sabha member and he took on the mantle of National Conference from his father in 2002. Though he faced defeat from Ganderbal during 2002 state assembly elections, four years later, he contested once again from the same seat and won in the 2008. Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed is the daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.  In 1996, assembly elections Mehbooba became one of the most popular members – elected from Bijbehara on an Indian National Congress ticket.  Mehbooba Mufti was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha (2004-2009), representing the Anantnag constituency of Jammu and Kashmir. Her party, PDP, failed to win a single seat in Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and she did not contest that year herself. But in 2014, she was elected again to Lok Sabha from Anantnag constituency.


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Employee Training and Development Becomes One of the Most Disruptive Megatrends That Is Shaping the Future of Work

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There is no question about the effectiveness of employee training and development. It’s incredibly important to help your staff advance their skills and knowledge to help grow a business, but the impact of employee learning has often been understated and even neglected. However, companies are now suggesting that employee training and development is one of the biggest megatrends that have completely transformed the future of work. It has overhauled how businesses should be developing and engaging with employees, and it’s leading to an incredibly diverse and talented workforce that is capable of wonderful new things.

Part of the problem of employee training and development is that it’s difficult to measure its impact on the workplace. Employee performance often isn’t a quantitative measurement that is easy to read and link to their output. This is one of the reasons why the effectiveness of employee training and development has been questioned by management experts.

Thankfully, new strategies have been developed to help measure workplace learning and its impact on companies. Below, we’ve included a helpful infographic that covers some of the most important measurements, such as return on investment and how it is calculated in the context of employee learning and development. It should put the effectiveness of employee training into perspective and will help you better understand when training is needed and how development actually improves your business and its productivity.


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Top 10 Simple Health Changes To Boost Your Well-Being

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It does not matter how old you are, where you live, or what your occupation is, your health should always be a top priority. However, most of us are a little bit guilty of letting our well-being slide from time to time. With that being said, read on to discover some of the simple ways you can give your health a boost today.

  1. Get rid of at least one item in your life that contains toxic chemicals – You may be shocked by just how many items in your life contain toxic chemicals. This includes everything from air fresheners to bed sheets. Get rid of one of these items and replace it with something natural instead. This is something you should make a habit to do every few months or so. You will be surprised by just how much of a difference this can make. 
  2. Deep breathe for at least five minutes – Throughout the day, you should make sure you take the opportunity to deep breathe for at least five minutes. Why? Well, there have been numerous studies that have shown that deep breathing can help to lower stress hormone levels. This means that you will feel better, get an improved night’s sleep, and you will have less anxiety too.
  3. Drink more water – You probably expected this to be on the list, but the importance of drinking more water should never be ignored. Your body needs water for almost every function. If you are dehydrated, this could be the cause of headaches, pains, aches, and a number of other symptoms.
  4. Have one veggie night per week – A lot of people eat far too much meat, red meat especially. So, why not have a veggie night once a week? Not only is this good for your health, but it will be good for your bank balance too. There are so many great recipes online that can give you ideas regarding tasty and creative dishes that do not incorporate any sort of meat or fish. Once you start off with one night per week, you may then decide that you want to up it to two nights, and so on. However, it always helps to start off small so that it is easier and more manageable, and you can then get used to it.
  5. Sign up for an online pharmacy – Nowadays, you can easily order your prescriptions and medications over the Internet via an online pharmacy. This can help you to boost your health because it ensures you never experience delays with your medication. If you are someone who often doesn’t take their recommended course of tablets because you cannot get to the doctors in time for a repeat prescription, then this is definitely a good suggestion for you. Your medication will be delivered to your door with a click of a button.
  6. Make a dedicated effort to lower your stress levels – There is no denying that we live in a very stress-filled world at the moment! The world we live in is one that has heaps of pressure, and it can be difficult to stay on top of everything and keep those stress levels low. However, it is vital that you find a way to do so. After all, if you don’t adrenal fatigue and health can start to take a tumble, which is the last thing you want. For those who are unaware, adrenal fatigue relates to a group of different symptoms that impact people who are under a lot of physical, emotional, or mental stress. From being a single parent to having a stressful job, there are a lot of different reasons why you may be struggling. Therefore, we recommend that you look for different ways to reduce those stress levels so that you can enjoy a more calming and peaceful life. Whether it is doing some breathing techniques or taking more regular breaks so you can have moments for yourself, there are a lot of different ways that you can make sure you are keeping your stress levels to a minimum. The importance of this should not be overlooked, as stress can impact our mental and physical health in so many different ways. 
  7. Do something nice for someone every day – You will be surprised by how good this makes you feel, and by how much this has a positive impact on your health. It’s all about mental well being. When you do something nice for another person, you are benefitting their health, as well as your own. First and foremost, there is no denying that it feels good to hear some nice words for someone or to get a helping hand when you need it. You feel recognised and appreciated, and this is something we all need. At the same time, doing something nice for someone else and seeing their reaction can make you feel amazing too. After all, doing something good for someone is a gift for yourself at the same time. You will find that the deed continues throughout the day, making you feel great and happy within yourself. 
  8. Incorporate some movement into your commute – If you do not have an active job, this is particularly important. Sitting at a computer all day can be bad for your health. One way to combat this is by incorporating some movement into your commute. If you can walk or bike to work, you should give this a go. If not, start parking your car further away from your place of work so that you have to walk there and back. You should also start using the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can.
  9. Start meal planning – You will find it much easier to eat healthily if you plan your meals. At the start of every week, make a menu of what you are going to cook for dinner every evening, as well as what you are going to make for your lunches every day. Not only will this help you to eat better, but you will save money too. Make sure you incorporate some healthy snacks into your food prep for work. This will stop you from going to the vending machine whenever you are bored or your energy is zapped. The great thing about the times we live in at the moment is that you can easily get recipes and meal prep inspiration online. So, if you are struggling, simply do a little bit of digging online and we are sure that you will find a lot of different options when it comes to meal ideas and clever food prep suggestions for the week ahead. Not only is this going to help you to be more organized, but you will find that it actually saves you quite a bit of money in the process. After all, when we do not have a food plan for the week ahead, we tend to spend a lot of money on items we do not need. Food can end up going in the bin because we do not use it. This ends up in an awful lot of waste, and we should all be looking to reduce this, so meal prep is great in many ways.
  10. Keep a journal – Last but not least, keeping a journal is good for a person’s mental health. You should write down your thoughts. It doesn’t need to be a long entry; you can simply jot down a few bullet points every evening. This will help you to articulate your thoughts so that they do not wear you down. After all, it can be very difficult to sleep if you have lots on your mind. A lot of experts advise this approach for people who suffer from insomnia. One of the main reasons why a lot of people struggle to get the hours of sleep they need is because they cannot shut off when they go to sleep; their minds are still going at a million miles per hour. They are thinking about what they need to do the following day and any worries or concerns that they may have. Because of this, it very much makes sense to keep a journal so you can offload some of these thoughts and worries and you can have a much more restful night of sleep. Once you get into the habit of doing this, you will see that it actually does make a significant difference when it comes to drifting off and enjoying a good night of rest. 

So there you have it: some of the best ways to give your health a boost. The suggestions that have been provided are really simple and easy, so there is no excuse not to give yourself a bit of TLC. we are sure that you will start to notice a difference as time goes on. However, as is the case with anything, it requires patience and persistence. You cannot expect to turn your health around in one night.

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Why Buy A Business, Rather Than Start One

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There are good and bad sides to buying a business and starting your own business from scratch. For lots of people, the positives of buying an established business outweigh the positives of starting a business. Here are the reasons why buying an existing business could be the right choice.

Easier To Secure Finance

All businesses will need finance. Unless you can fund your business yourself, you’ll need to secure financing from investors. Most lenders will be more willing to lend money to an established business that they can already see is doing well, rather than risk an unknown factor. 

Income From Day One

One of the downsides of starting a business is that most start-ups will go through an early stage where they don’t make much, if any, money. For some entrepreneurs, this stage can last for several years. 

During this stage, you will need to pay out for things like your premises, as well as equipment, installation of equipment, stock, materials, fixtures and fittings, legal and professional fees, a license, uniforms, and more. 

If you don’t have finance in place or another form of income, this stage can be very tough for a new business owner. If you buy a business, you can start earning from day one, and avoid this tricky period where you might be out of pocket.  

Established Brand

When you buy a business that already exists, you are also buying into a brand that is already known, recognizable, and has a track record. You get the business complete with all the trademarks, copyrights, and websites associated with it, as well as the business locations

This means that your business will already have customers, lenders, suppliers, and other contacts that are confident in the business already. 

Instant Customer Access

An existing business also has customers already, which can help you succeed straight away. You can use a range of strategies and marketing to build on the existing customer base, but won’t have to struggle to build a customer base from scratch. 

Established Network Of Contacts

When you start a business from scratch, a lot of your time and energy has to be put into building up a network of contacts. 

All businesses need to have supplier and marketing contacts, so buying an existing business that already has those contacts in place allows you to hit the ground running.

Like money lenders, suppliers and marketing companies are more likely to offer you more favourable terms if your business has been around for a while and they know it.  

Focus On Growing The Business

When an entrepreneur starts a new business, they will have to put a lot of their energy into getting their business off the ground. This takes a lot of time and can be very tiring. 

On the other hand, when you take over a business that is already established, you’ll be freer to focus on the areas of the business that most need your attention, aiding the growth of the business as a whole. 

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