Behind-The-Scenes Of How Rahul Gandhi Chose Chief Ministers

Rahul Gandhi has finally ticked some very important boxes in his tenure as Congress President and can now happily take his new year break.

First, he put the Congress back in the business of winning elections; then, he displayed the delicate art of the deal in brokering peace between rival leaders in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh while installing his own choices as Chief Minister in both states.

Kamal Nath, 72, heads Madhya Pradesh now. Ashok Gehlot, 67, takes charge of Rajasthan with 41-year-old Sachin Pilot as his deputy. Gandhi also proved his Love Guru credentials (which debuted with that jhappi of PM Modi) by managing pretty pictures of the competing contenders in the midst of tough negotiations along with quotes from Tolstoy. So maharajah-sized egos were managed with flair; experience balanced with dynamism and youth.

The claims for Chief Minister went late into last night. A senior leader who was privy to the delicate negotiations says that Gandhi, like his grand mother and father, is a late bloomer but now finally shows sign of having a grip on managing his party. Also, he is no longer being second-guessed by his mother, Sonia Gandhi, the longest-serving president in Congress history, and her team of veterans.

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In Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath has been chosen as the Chief Minister.

This is perhaps the first time that Sonia Gandhi has provided support for a decision made entirely by Rahul Gandhi, who, to his credit, has managed to ensure that the Old Guard and Young Guns accept complementary roles unlike the sad old-age home of the BJP, the Margdarshak Mandal, where Shah and Modi have banished older leaders.

Gandhi appears to have taken years to make his own assessment of leaders and before deciding on where they fit into the party’s scheme of things. So when funds became a problem for the party he asked Ahmed Patel in a joint meeting with his mother to take over the job of Treasurer. Patel, his mother’s closest political aide, had been subjected to years of spin by rivals about how Gandhi disliked him and would have no job for him.

Kamal Nath had dragged a reluctant Digvijaya Singh and Scindia to a joint meeting with Gandhi before the polls where they said, “We don’t care who you pick but pick one of us – or it will be curtains for the Congress in MP. We want to fight the BJP, not each other”. I had written about this meeting in an earlier column here.

Gandhi then made Kamal Nath walk the talk, assigning him as President of the Congress in the state to raise funds and lead campaigning while ensuring that Scindia and Singh did not indulge in their longstanding rivalry. Kamal Nath revitalised a moribund party organisation barely six months before the elections with Singh playing his backroom boy and trouble-shooter. Singh, because of his two terms as Chief Minister, knew every key person in the organisation and helped smooth the way. Kamal Nath ensured that Scindia and Singh did not have to spend any time together.

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Ashok Gehlot will become Rajasthan Chief Minister and Sachin Pilot will be his deputy.

Both Scindia and Kamal Nath told me separately that if any one tried to create trouble between them, they would call each other to pre-empt any misunderstanding.

Scindia did want his turn post the results but was told gently by Gandhi that he could wait. Gandhi was clear that Kamal Nath’s enormous administrative experience is required to deliver on the tall poll promises and that his equation with industry will draw some show-piece job-creating projects to MP.

Gandhi also told Scindia that his “Shakti app” feedback showed overwhelming support for Kamal Nath and that he can’t do without Scindia in Delhi.

 

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Online buying boosts ‘touch, feel’ business of home decor furnishings

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Online buying boosts 'touch, feel' business of home decor furnishings

Show-Off Details, Built-In Storage Charms Of 2-Bedroom Homes

Show-Off Details, Built-In Storage Charms Of 2-Bedroom Homes

CALIFORNIA — Before there were McMansions and Tiny Houses, California was dotted with cottages and bungalows that typically had 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and oodles of charm. Today these homes are often coveted by empty nesters and first time home buyers alike who appreciate the smaller price tags, smaller square footage and period craftsmanship.

Take a look at these 2 bedroom homes for sale, many with enormous yards.

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Branford’s Open House Of The Week (Dec. 9)

Branford's Open House Of The Week (Dec. 9)-0

There will be an open house on Sunday, Dec. 9 for this home located at 44 Marks Court, according to Realtor.com. The open house is from 1 to 3 p.m.

  • Address: 44 Marks Ct, Branford, Connecticut
  • Price: $469,000
  • Square Feet: 2840
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full and 2 Half Baths
  • Built: 1993
  • Features: Welcome To This Beautiful Custom-Built Home Located At The End Of A Cul-De-Sac, With Beautiful Landscaping and Gorgeous Curb Appeal! This Home Offers 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms and Sits On 1.05 Acres Of Land! The Main Level Features A Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, 4Th Bedroom, Great Room, Laundry and Mudroom. The Large Eat-In Kitchen Has Newer Ss Appliances, Flooring and Lighting.
  • The Dining Room Is Open To A Stunning Sunken Living Room With Cathedral Ceilings, A Gorgeous Stone Fireplace. Hardwood Floors and French Doors That Walk Out To A Private Deck With Newly Stained Decking and Trex Steps.
  • The 4Th Bedroom Can Also Be Used As An Office, Playroom Or Den. The Great Room Has Cathedral Ceilings W/ Skylights, Stamped Concrete Insulated Floors & An Oversized Slider That Can Be Used As A Separate Entrance For A Possible In-Law Or Home Office For A Small Business Or Practice. The 2Nd Floor Offers A Cozy Loft That Overlooks The Living Room With 2 Bedrooms and A Full Bath Located On One Side and The Master Suite On The Other. The Master Has New Hardwood Flooring, A Walk-In Closet and A Stunning Newly Remodeled Bathroom With Marble Counters, Custom-Tile, Footed Tub and Triple Shower Heads!
  • Lastly, The Lower Level Adds Approx. 1000 Sq.Ft. To Living Space With A Half Bath, A Walk-Out French Door, Bar Sink, Built-In Bench & Movie Room With Custom Glass Cabinets. Great For Entertaining! Most Rooms Have Been Freshly Painted! This Home Is A Must See!!

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PESO increases pilot projects for home delivery of diesel

Image result for PESO increases pilot projects for home delivery of dieselThe Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) has increased pilot projects for home delivery of diesel.

In April 2017, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said that the government is looking at options to deliver diesel at doorstep. More than a year later, three pilot projects are being run by the oil marketing companies (OMCs) such as Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) in cities like Pune, Rewadi and Navi Mumbai.

CNBC-TV18 learns that the PESO has doubled the license for doorstep delivery of diesel from 24 to 50. The government is not happy with the OMCs as they are yet to submit a proposal on a full rollout of these schemes.

The government is eager to expedite the full rollout of diesel home delivery, which will initially target high consuming diesel dependence like shopping malls, genset owners and transportation business.

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Abington veteran receives home renovation as part of Operation Legacy Service Project

Abington veteran receives home renovation as part of Operation Legacy Service Project

The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) and Entercom recently teamed up for an Operation Legacy Service Project to renovate Iraqi War veteran Matthew Renner’s home in Abington.

Each April and November, the Travis Manion Foundation organizes Operation Legacy Service Projects, which unite communities for a common cause through volunteer-led service opportunities. Under this umbrella, Entercom and TMF joined forces to unite home improvement partners to donate their services in renovating Renner’s home.

Volpe Enterprises, based out of North Wales, removed an old roof and installed a brand new CertainTeed Integrity Roof System.

All Seasons Comfort Control, in partnership with American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning and Ferguson HVAC, supplied the Renners with a brand new high-efficiency furnace and cooling unit, new ducting and a new digital thermostat.

Employing Bricklayers Association and Bricklayers Allied Craftworkers Local No. 1, in partnership with Dzwil Contracting and Haye Construction, with the help of EP Henry and its HeroScaping program, provided a brand new backyard, patio and retaining wall.

Renner is a third-generation military enlistee. In 2002, he enlisted, serving two tours in Iraq as a machine gun turret gunner. While serving in Ramadi during his second deployment, Renner’s placement atop his unit’s Humvee put in him in danger during an IED explosion. As a result of his injuries, Renner required eight surgeries and medically retired in 2008. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for his service.

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An era of poop innovation has begun—and your boring bathroom is next

Poo has long been a North American taboo. But companies like Tushy and Squatty Potty are sensing an opportunity to strike gold in all that brown

When Bobby Edwards’s mother, Judy, finally went to the doctor to tackle her chronic constipation, her son didn’t think she would come back with an idea worth millions of dollars. But she couldn’t stop talking to her family and friends about the doctor’s simple recommendation—using a small footstool to raise her knees while on the toilet, so her puborectalis muscle could unkink her colon. “She became almost evangelical in her quest to help people poop better,” says Edwards.

So he sat down with some of the research around proper poop posture, and it seemed to add up for him. But when he looked online for devices that would help people squat on the toilet, the Internet came up empty. He even took the studies to his friends in the medical field, to see if there was something he was missing. “I would ask them and show them the diagrams, and they would say, ‘yes, this is exactly what we’re taught in medical school.’ And I would ask, ‘Why is there nothing out there to help people do this?’ And they said, ‘I don’t know.’ ”

To the enterprising 41-year-old from Utah, who was running a specialty construction company with his brother at the time, that was music to his ears: a giant niche in a mostly unseen market, backed by some scientific studies, waiting to be filled by a simple, basic product—essentially, a formula for business success. He sold $700,000 worth of Squatty Potties online in 2012; two years later, they got nationwide retail distribution, and last year, stools for your stool raked in USD $33-million in sales.

Squatty Potty isn’t the only company taking advantage of this flush opportunity. Poo-Pourri, an oil-based spray that tamps down foul odours, has turned into an empire that reportedly has sold more than 17 million bottles since 2007. Tushy, which sells stylish bidets that can be affixed inside toilet bowls at home, has sold more than 50,000 units since 2016, having raised $1.4 million in capital for the still-small company. And new companies like Omigo continue to follow the path owned by Toto, a Japanese company whose sales of their flagship washlet (a high-tech toilet seat) have grown by nearly 30 per cent in just four years, to more than 40 million units worldwide.

And with innovations for every room of the house flooding the market, and money clearly to be made inside the one where our most sensitive business takes place, Edwards’s question is the right one: Why haven’t more businesses made number two their number-one priority?

Just look around your house, and consider how much it has evolved in just the last decade. You wake up in your bedroom on a high-tech foam mattress, perhaps delivered straight to your door, more refreshed because of the sleep-cycle monitor that buzzed you out of sleep at the ideal time. You walk into your kitchen, and press a button to turn a plastic pod into hot coffee in seconds, while the internet of things helps your fridge keep stock of the steak you’ll make in your home sous-vide precision cooker later tonight. In your living room, you use your phone to stream some music or a TV episode from one of the many services that give you instantaneous access to a huge chunk of the world’s media from your television. By infusing our homes, technology has made our day-to-day life better.

Our bathrooms, on the other hand, have remained largely innovation-free for decades. By the 1940s, more than half of Americans had access to a bathroom that had included cold and hot running water, a bathtub or shower, and of course, a flush toilet, about a century after they were first commercially produced. While the superficial items and design within the washroom has varied over time—shag carpeting, luxe towels, make-up vanities, jacuzzi tubs—the tools and structure of a washroom themselves have basically remained frozen in time. And for entrepreneurs, that unexplored frontier suggests brown could mean gold.

“Yes, I knew it helped my mother, but more importantly to me, I thought it was freaking hilarious that we’re supposed to be squatting to poop, and we’re not,” says Edwards. “It’s all about the better bathroom experience. We were all hiding out in our bathrooms, and now we’re talking.”

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An era of poop innovation has begun—and your boring bathroom is next

Poo has long been a North American taboo. But companies like Tushy and Squatty Potty are sensing an opportunity to strike gold in all that brown

When Bobby Edwards’s mother, Judy, finally went to the doctor to tackle her chronic constipation, her son didn’t think she would come back with an idea worth millions of dollars. But she couldn’t stop talking to her family and friends about the doctor’s simple recommendation—using a small footstool to raise her knees while on the toilet, so her puborectalis muscle could unkink her colon. “She became almost evangelical in her quest to help people poop better,” says Edwards.

So he sat down with some of the research around proper poop posture, and it seemed to add up for him. But when he looked online for devices that would help people squat on the toilet, the Internet came up empty. He even took the studies to his friends in the medical field, to see if there was something he was missing. “I would ask them and show them the diagrams, and they would say, ‘yes, this is exactly what we’re taught in medical school.’ And I would ask, ‘Why is there nothing out there to help people do this?’ And they said, ‘I don’t know.’ ”

To the enterprising 41-year-old from Utah, who was running a specialty construction company with his brother at the time, that was music to his ears: a giant niche in a mostly unseen market, backed by some scientific studies, waiting to be filled by a simple, basic product—essentially, a formula for business success. He sold $700,000 worth of Squatty Potties online in 2012; two years later, they got nationwide retail distribution, and last year, stools for your stool raked in USD $33-million in sales.

Squatty Potty isn’t the only company taking advantage of this flush opportunity. Poo-Pourri, an oil-based spray that tamps down foul odours, has turned into an empire that reportedly has sold more than 17 million bottles since 2007. Tushy, which sells stylish bidets that can be affixed inside toilet bowls at home, has sold more than 50,000 units since 2016, having raised $1.4 million in capital for the still-small company. And new companies like Omigo continue to follow the path owned by Toto, a Japanese company whose sales of their flagship washlet (a high-tech toilet seat) have grown by nearly 30 per cent in just four years, to more than 40 million units worldwide.

And with innovations for every room of the house flooding the market, and money clearly to be made inside the one where our most sensitive business takes place, Edwards’s question is the right one: Why haven’t more businesses made number two their number-one priority?

Just look around your house, and consider how much it has evolved in just the last decade. You wake up in your bedroom on a high-tech foam mattress, perhaps delivered straight to your door, more refreshed because of the sleep-cycle monitor that buzzed you out of sleep at the ideal time. You walk into your kitchen, and press a button to turn a plastic pod into hot coffee in seconds, while the internet of things helps your fridge keep stock of the steak you’ll make in your home sous-vide precision cooker later tonight. In your living room, you use your phone to stream some music or a TV episode from one of the many services that give you instantaneous access to a huge chunk of the world’s media from your television. By infusing our homes, technology has made our day-to-day life better.

Our bathrooms, on the other hand, have remained largely innovation-free for decades. By the 1940s, more than half of Americans had access to a bathroom that had included cold and hot running water, a bathtub or shower, and of course, a flush toilet, about a century after they were first commercially produced. While the superficial items and design within the washroom has varied over time—shag carpeting, luxe towels, make-up vanities, jacuzzi tubs—the tools and structure of a washroom themselves have basically remained frozen in time. And for entrepreneurs, that unexplored frontier suggests brown could mean gold.

“Yes, I knew it helped my mother, but more importantly to me, I thought it was freaking hilarious that we’re supposed to be squatting to poop, and we’re not,” says Edwards. “It’s all about the better bathroom experience. We were all hiding out in our bathrooms, and now we’re talking.”

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