Taking public transport? Offer your seat to someone else
Surprise your siblings with their favourite sweets/chocolate
Compliment someone today!
Support a small, local business as a customer
Treat a friend – buy them lunch!
Be eco-friendly – unplug electronics when you’re finished using them
Know someone who is not coping very well? Give them a call
Make an effort to get to know someone you don’t usually talk to
Save water – take a shorter shower today
Have lunch with a homeless person
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A hero leaves her comfortable, ordinary surroundings to venture into a challenging, unfamiliar world. It may be an outward journey to an actual place.
But there are as many stories that take the hero on an inward journey, one of the mind, the heart, the spirit. In any good story, the hero grows and changes, making a journey from one way of being to the next.”
Cabinet nod to merger of skill development bodies
The merged entity to bring in credibility to skills sector, increase private investments
Last Published: Thu, Oct 11 2018. 06 58 AM IST
Prashant K. NandaKomal Gupta
The merged entity would be called the National Council for Vocational Education and Training. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
New Delhi: The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved the merger of the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) to “consolidate fragmented regulatory structures” and improve the outcome of the Skill India mission.
The merged entity would be called the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET), the government said after a cabinet meeting.
The overarching regulator will bring in accountability in a sector that caters to nearly 15 million students at any given time.
Skill development and entrepreneurship minister Dharmendra Pradhan termed the cabinet decision an “institutional reform” that will lend credibility to the sector and “encourage greater private investment”.
The NCVT was a regulator and assessment body of the long-term skill education space comprising more than 13,000 industrial training institution, while the NSDA was a policy formulating body of the skill development ministry helping it devise training and industry collaboration policy for the Skill India mission.
The NCVT had been in existence for more than four decades as part of the directorate general of training, while the NSDA was a relatively new body that came into force in 2013.
The NCVET will regulate the functioning of entities engaged in vocational education and training, both long-term and short-term, and establish minimum standards for the functioning of such entities. The primary functions of NCVET will include recognition and regulation, assessment, approval of qualifications developed by different bodies and industry governed sector skill councils, the skill development ministry said in separate note after the cabinet meeting.
Quality control has been a constant worry for the skill development sector in India with the mushrooming of skill schools across India. Though Skill India had been a talking point for the government over the last few years, there has hardly been any quality assessment or monitoring of the sector, essential to the supply of efficient manpower to industries .
The cabinet also approved the establishment and operationalization of two new Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) at Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) and Berhampur (Odisha) at a total cost of ₹3,074.12 crore.
The cabinet also approved payment of productivity linked bonus equivalent to 78 days’ wages for fiscal year 2017-18 for all eligible non-gazetted railway employees. The decision, which comes ahead of the festive season, is likely to benefit around 1.191 million railway employees and will cost the government ₹2,044.31 crore. Productivity linked bonus is paid to eligible railway employees every year before Dussehra.
The cabinet committee on economic affairs also approved a proposal for the closure of loss-making Biecco Lawrie Ltd and the National Jute Manufactures Corp. Ltd and its subsidiary Birds Jute & Exports Ltd.
Closure of these state-run firms will ensure release of valuable assets, including land, for productive use, or for generation of financial resources, the government said.
Manoush Zomorodi on how blockchain might save journalism. Maybe.
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Why would two intelligent women running a hugely successful podcast at one of the most respected studios in the audio world, quit to start a small journalism company built on blockchain, a technology very few people have ever heard of?
To quote someone on Twitter yesterday paraphrasing Bill Clinton sounding pretty harsh, actually: “It’s the business model, stupid.”
As we keep learning the hard way, as long as we get our journalism from Facebook and 24 hour cable news, we’re suckers for infotainment, propaganda, and actual fake news—not the real news Trump is always calling fake, but the real fake news trolls cook up to polarize American culture. And in these raging digital waters, non-profits and public media struggle just to stay afloat.
There’s got to be a better way, right?
Manoush Zomorodi and Jen Poyant thought so. Partners on the podcast Note to Self, they left to start Stable Genius Productions. It’s part of Civil, a new blockchain journalism platform. For reasons we’ll try to explain, blockchain has the potential to bring us better, more independent media. Better, more independent everything, maybe.
That’s what Jen and Manoush were betting on, anyway. They document the twists and turns since that fateful decision with refreshing vulnerability on their podcast ZigZag. Its second season started on October 11th.
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Maria Konnikova on poker strategy
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Intentions And Effects
by Gary Zukav
Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do in your life? Have you ever considered that the creation of your experiences, like the creation of everything else, is governed by the law of cause and effect? In this case, the nonphysical law of cause and effect. The physical law of cause and effect governs physical causes and physical effects, such as launching a rocket and landing it on the moon. The physical law of cause and effect is a limited version of the nonphysical law of cause and effect. The nonphysical law allows you to use nonphysical causes to create nonphysical effects and also physical effects. This does not mean that you are not in control of what you create. On the contrary! It means that you are entirely free to create what you want, provided you are aware of how the nonphysical law of cause and effect works. If you are not aware of this law and how it works, you will create, as you continually do, but you will not want what you create.
The nonphysical causes that you use continually to create effects in your life are your intentions! This is (literally) nonsense to five-sensory (empirical) science, because your five senses cannot detect intentions, but intentions are as real as any physical cause and the effects that it creates are as real.
Your intentions are your nonphysical causes that set energy into motion. They create a multitude of effects and, therefore, determine the experiences of your life. This is one of the most important things that you can know. It is also something that you can see for yourself is true. Experimenting with your life frees you to create differently, but you need to choose new causes (intentions) consciously. If you don’t choose different intentions consciously, unconscious parts of your personality (the frightened parts) will choose them for you, along with the consequences they will create for you.
To change the experiences of your life (for example, from angry to appreciative, or from fearful to joyful) requires becoming aware of the intentions you are choosing moment to moment, and the experiences you encounter, and then making the connections between your intentions and your experiences. The more aware of your intentions and your experiences you become, the more you will be able to connect the two, and the more you will be able to create the experiences of your life consciously. This is the development of mastery. It is the creation of authentic power.
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Founders of cab aggregator Ola -Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati- along with MacRitchie Investments has received final approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to acquire an additional 6.75% stake in its parent entity, ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Bengaluru-based myGate, a mobile-based security management solution for gated premises, has raised Series A funds of $8.7 Mn (INR 65 Cr). The round was led by existing investor Prime Venture Partners, who earlier invested $2.5 Mn in the company in January this year.
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We bring you a masterclass on funding from SaaS master Sridhar Vembu. Talking to Inc42 during Facebook, Vembu offers a simple thumbrule to help startups resolve the confusion between raising VC money and bootstrapping — “don’t overthink it”. Vembu gives startups a unique analogy: “Go outside your home and see the coconut vendor or the chaiwala. They are bootstrapped.”
Y Combinator has released the results of a survey, completed in partnership with its portfolio company Callisto, highlighting the pervasive role of sexual harassment in venture capital and technology startups.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai publicly addressed his company’s plans to re-enter the Chinese market with a search and news-oriented product, telling a crowd at Wired’s 25th anniversary summit that such a service would be capable of serving 99 percent of queries.
Facebook Inc will ban false information about voting requirements and fact-check fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations ahead of next month’s U.S. midterm elections, company executives told Reuters, the latest effort to reduce voter manipulation on its service.
Two blondes are walking in the park and come up on a set of tracks
One blonde says I think these are bear tracks, the other blonde argues they are deer tracks
They were still arguing when the train hit them.
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[10/16, 08:57] Mahesh Verma: संकल्प दिवस का संकल्प पत्र
संकल्प दिवस के रूप में अपने
भाजपा किसान मोर्चा के राष्ट्रीय ध्वज वाहक,देश के किसान और खेत खलिहान पर करे जो अभिमान,ऐसे हमारे भाजपा किसान मोर्चा के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री वीरेंद्र सिंह “मस्त” के जन्मदिन पर हार्दिक शुभकामना और बधाई के साथ संकल्प करता हुँ कि मैं महेश वर्मा संयोजक राष्ट्रीय मीडिया समिति व राष्ट्रीय प्रवक्ता मोदी जी द्वारा चलाए जा रहे किसान कल्याणकारी योजनाओं को लाभ कम से कम अपने २५ किसान भाइयों तो पहुँचाऊँगा
इस संकल्प के साथ आज मैं अपने अध्यक्ष जी के जन्मदिन को संकल्प दिवस के रूप मनाऊँगा
जय हिंद जय किसान
[10/16, 08:57] Mahesh Verma: आभारी रहूँगा
[10/16, 08:57] Mahesh Verma: कृपया अपना सुझाव दे
|We can all learn a little something from each other, so whatever people can take and be inspired by where my music is concerned is great.|
Too many of us go to work while sick
OCTOBER 12, 2018
The overwhelming majority of employees — 82% — were most likely to go to work with a common cold. Only 19% were coming in to work with a flu or fever.
When you are coughing up a storm and sneezing out snot, your recovery room should not be an office. The majority of us know this. In a recent survey of 1,000 full-time employees, 62% said they did not go to work while contagious. But that still left a worrying number of employees walking sick among us. Who are the 38% of workers going to work while unwell?
Women go to sick while contagious more than men
They are more likely to be women than men. Forty-two percent of women answered that they went to work when they knew they were contagious, compared to 38% of men. They were likely to be working in demanding jobs in close contact with strangers. People working in hospitality, medical and healthcare, and transportation industries had the highest likelihood of bringing their sicknesses with them to the job. Millennials and people born in Generation X right after them were more likely to work while sick than the youngest and oldest employees surveyed.
The overwhelming majority of employees — 82% — were most likely to go to work with a common cold. Only 19% were coming in to work with the flu or fever. But even if you think your sickness is just a cold, you should still prioritize your health over a deadline. A common cold can be contagious. When you sneeze, you are releasing germ-filled projectiles into your colleagues’ space. Colds are contagious one day before you feel symptoms and can be contagious for about a week after.
To get sick employees to stay home, bosses need to be encouraging about employees taking time off. When employees worked for bosses that were “encouraging” about sick time off, their overall job satisfaction was likely to be higher than employees working under a boss with a “neutral” stance on sick time.
There are the usual, bacteria-laden suspects like bathroom doorknobs and toilet seats, but we’re not talking about those things.
October 9, 2018|Healthcare
From Victims to Fighters
This CEO turned her personal struggles into a business – while tapping into the future of healthcare.
Emily Levy | Mighty Well
Editor’s Note: October is National Women’s Small Business Month, and here at Longitudes, we’re putting the focus on entrepreneurs who are getting big results out of their upstart companies. This is part one of an ongoing series of interviews with women small business owners.
Emily Levy, the CEO and co-founder of Mighty Well, believes wellness is something you can wear. She creates the products she wishes she had when diagnosed in college with Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease.
That’s because something as small as what you wear can give you the confidence to turn sickness into strength, she argues.
Learn more about how Emily and her company are leading the charge to change our perception of patients – from victims to fighters.
Mighty Well wants to be a consumer-facing brand for those with chronic conditions. [Link to Video]
Longitudes: Why did you start your business?
Emily: As a sophomore in college, I was diagnosed with Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease – and co-infections. Because it had been undiagnosed for seven years, a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC line) was inserted into my arm for treatment.
To protect the tubing, my doctors recommended I wear a cutup sock on my arm to protect the medical device. It served as a constant physical reminder of my illness. All of the sudden I went from a student to a sick girl with a medical device in my arm.
But I didn’t let the diagnosis, or the sock, slow me down. Instead, I turned illness into opportunity. I wanted to create something better than a sock.
I shared my idea with a professor and classmates, and everyone told me the same thing: Just go for it. And that’s what we did!
With the help of my boyfriend, Yousef Al-Humaidhi, and my best friend, Maria del Mar Gomez, I developed the PICCPerfect PICC line cover, a stylish, functional alternative to traditional options such as cutup socks.
I launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, developed a prototype, found a manufacturer and made 1,000 PICCPerfect units.
Longitudes: How did you take your business to the next level?
Emily: After graduating, we rebranded as Mighty Well, and our team began pioneering the wearable wellness industry – using our company to empower patients and their caregivers to turn sickness into strength. Our team has since gone on to expand our product line, including apparel for patients undergoing chemotherapy and those who need to carry around medical supplies.
Our vision is to be the Under Armour of the healthcare industry and become first in mind for apparel, gear and community for millions of Americans with chronic health conditions, as well as their loved ones. Patients are people too, and they deserve dignity, strength and confidence.
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Longitudes: Did you have any growing pains? What surprised you the most about owning your own business?
Emily: Of course! When I began working on the company full time at age 22, I thought it would be as easy as you see in Forbes and TechCrunch. No one ever tells you all of the work that it takes to get there.
I was surprised to learn about the length of new production lead times, the cost of doing business and the lack of personal time. Despite all of the challenges, I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
Longitudes: Any advice for other Millennials who want to launch a business?
Emily: Now is the best time in your life to start a business. You still have the support of your university and parents, you don’t have a mortgage or daycare bills and best of all, you are already used to living like a college student.
So what’s a few more years of Ramen noodles and mac and cheese?
Longitudes: What is your message to the millions of people facing similar healthcare challenges?
Emily: When I was first diagnosed, I felt that people looked at me as a patient and not the strong and confident woman I am. I noticed what was available on the market looked like medical wear, or what was out there looked very mom and pop.
There are millions of Americans with a chronic condition, yet there is not an established consumer-facing brand out there. Mighty Well is changing that.
Longitudes: At-home healthcare is on the rise around the world – do you think this is the future of the industry?
Emily: Absolutely. Patients are finally being recognized as consumers, not just a name on a chart. We pay for our healthcare one way or another so we should have purchasing power.
Share“No one ever tells you all of the work that it takes to run your own business.”
Longitudes: Can you talk about the importance of overcoming logistics challenges?
Emily: Mighty Well recently moved our manufacturing operations, and we had no idea how much work there was related to tariffs, import and export codes and shipping.
A big thank you to UPS for helping us work through those growing pains and finding all of the answers we needed. I would advise startups who are looking to move production overseas to do all of that work ahead of time and weigh the pros and cons before relocating.
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Emily Levy is CEO and co-founder of Mighty Well, which helps patients and their caregivers turn sickness into strength. She is also an award-winning social impact entrepreneur and keynote speaker who is passionate about advocating for the patient perspective in healthcare.
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