August 31

Poll fallout Families of those killed seek exemplary punishment

first_imgKolkata: The next of kin and relatives of the Trinamool Congress workers who were killed by goons allegedly enjoying patronage of BJP and CPI-M, have demanded exemplary punishment of the criminals.So far, 10 Trinamool leaders and workers have been killed – six on the day of the Panchayat election on May 14 and four during post poll violence.”It is unfortunate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is blaming Trinamool for the poll related violence in Bengal, should know that the violence here has been engineered by his party workers, along with CPI-M. He should be ashamed of the atrocities of his partymen,” said the family members and relatives of Ujjal Sur, a resident of Gopal Kaviraj Road in Habra in North 24-Parganas. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSur, a Trinamool Congress supporter, had raised his voice against the goons allegedly backed by CPI-M and BJP in the polling stations on May 14. When he was returning home, the criminals accosted him and beat him up with iron rods and sticks and then left him on the road in a pool of blood. He was declared brought dead when taken to hospital. Sur’s family members alleged that BJP and CPI-M had unleashed a reign of terror in the area before the polls. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be recalled that state Food minister Jyotipriyo Mullick had alleged that BJP had engaged criminals from Bangladesh, to create trouble in vast areas surrounding Habra.Thirty -eight-year-old Aditya Singh Mallah, another Trinamool Congress supporter, was attacked by BJP and CPI-M goons in Purulia and killed during post poll violence. “My brother was loved by all in the locality. He was a Trinamool activist and we never thought that he would be killed in broad daylight near our house,” said Aditya’s elder brother, adding “we want stringent action against the criminals.” “Arrest Kanti Ganguly and Sujan Chakraborty and punish them, for they have created trouble in the area,” said Arif Ali Gazi’s wife. Gazi, a resident of Kultuli in South 24-Parganas, was also murdered. Demands to arrest the BJP and CPI-M backed miscreants were also raised by the relatives of Krishnapada Sarkar, a resident of Tehatta in Nadia. The miscreants had attacked him with sharp weapons, killing him on the spot. They had also set a couple of motorcycles on fire, to scare the people of the area. The residents alleged that the goons had threatened Sarkar, not to raise his voice against them. Sarkar had refused and paid a price for it.Political experts said CPI-M has received a fresh gush of adrenalin because of BJP and the duo is trying to unleash a reign of terror in rural Bengal, thereby trying to defame the state government. “CPI-M has always tried to reap the benefit of confusion and they are trying this tactic once again,” a political expert said.last_img read more

August 30

Why Your Next Business Hire Should Be an IT Person

first_img With technology playing an increasingly strategic role in business, it’s critical that growing companies make the right choices about the technologies they use. Hiring an IT person to become a permanent member of your business team is the best way to accomplish that.Estimates vary, but everyone seems to agree that IT projects suffer unacceptably high failure rates. Some studies say the proportion is more than half, while the most optimistic estimates peg the failure rate at 14 percent. Even at that end of the spectrum, are you willing to take a greater than one in 10 chance that an important project will flop?Success rates tell only half the story. The larger issue for small and mid-sized businesses is whether they’re making the best use of technology to grow sales and remain competitive. Technologies like mobile, cloud, machine learning and chatbots can all provide opportunities to serve customers in new ways — and those opportunities are easier to spot with an IT person embedded on your team.Related: Stop Looking at Your IT Department as a Cost CenterMost small businesses outsource their tech operations to a third party, and for good reason. But, IT nowadays is about more than basic functions like payroll and connectivity. Think how Uber upended the taxi business, or how AirBnB is crushing traditional hospitality. That type of innovation can come to any industry, and businesses that don’t innovate are most vulnerable.The volume of technology options is also increasing dramatically, with tools for every specific need. Some companies use multiple applications for sales and marketing alone. A dedicated IT person can help navigate this sea of options — and also liaise with cloud providers and outside contractors.If you outsource your IT, why not simply ask them for help? I think that’s the wrong question. If technology is so critical to success, why wouldn’t you also want a dedicated IT person on staff? Contractors perform a specific role, and recommending strategic ways to grow your business usually isn’t part of it. Supplement them with in-house expertise.Related: Want Big Data Innovation? Rethink Your ‘Need’ for a Chief Data Scientist.Given this reality, how do you go about choosing the right person for your team? Here are a few pointers:Hire someone who speaks both languages.A pure technologist may not fully understand your business needs. Someone who’s done consulting, or who worked in the technology division of a consulting company, will be a better fit.Seniority is important.This person needs to be a strong voice inside your company, so consider a director-level hire. And they should be an authoritative figure who can sway outcomes, so a person fresh out of college probably won’t work.Related: 4 Actions to Help You Get the Employees You Need NowGive them room to learn.If you’re hiring this person to find breakthrough opportunities, they need time to uncover them. This means allowing them to observe the business, and even attend conferences to look for ideas. Don’t expect big results in the first week — or even the first few months. No one hits gold the first time; give them a chance to fail before they succeed.Develop different metrics to gauge their performance.You’ll want to hold this person accountable, and rightly so, but the metrics for a salesperson probably won’t apply to your IT hire. A simple way to gauge performance is by successful projects completed, but this misses the significance of the outcome. Tie new initiatives to a business metric like subscriber growth or cost per new user.Leaders at fast-growing companies know the challenges they face and the outcomes they hope to achieve, but they may not know all the options for getting there. Technology is now central to building a competitive company, but the technologies themselves have become complex and harder to understand. To keep pace with fast-moving areas like machine learning, martech and fintech, you need a technology expert on your business team. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 5, 2017last_img read more