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For all the ambiguity caused by the historic events of 2020, one thing is certain: The center of gravity in leadership teams has swung toward the human resources function. Yes, other members of the C-suite, such as finance, marketing, and legal, also have important functional responsibilities that keep the company in full stride. But there’s one person who is being put on the spot to answer the many unexpected questions that companies are facing this year.

These questions are fundamental to the business. Some may be existential. How do companies keep everyone safe as they shift to remote working overnight? How do leaders provide medical, emotional, and mental health support at a distance? How do they gauge performance and develop talent so that people can thrive in this era of uncertainty? What is the company’s stance on social movements such as Black Lives Matter? How is it delivering real change

The Food Corporation of India and state procurement agencies have bought 26 per cent more paddy so far in this year’s kharif marketing season at 170.53lakh tonne for Rs 32,196 crore.

for kharif 2020-21 is continuing at a good pace in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala and Gujarat with purchase of over 170.53 lakh tonne of paddy till Tuesday against 134.85 lakh tonne in the same period last year.

Out of the total purchase, Punjab alone has contributed114.97 lakh tonne, which is around 67 per cent of the total procurement.

“About 14.37 lakh farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing KMS procurement Operations with MSP value of Rs 32,195.69 crore,” an official statement said.

Procurement operations of seed cotton (kapas) under MSP are going onsmoothly in Punjab,

The recovery in demand, coupled with the retrenchment in the US shale sector, could lead to higher oil prices as soon as in the second half of 2021, according to one of the top bosses of the largest pipeline companies in the world.

“Given the combination of the record retrenchment in drilling and completion activities by US producers, refocused capital allocation and the effects of steep decline curves resulting in a decrease in shale production, we believe this price signal for higher crude oil prices could occur as early as the second half of next year,” Jim Teague, co-chief executive officer of Enterprise Products Partners, said on Wednesday in the company’s third-quarter earnings statement.

“In the interim, we believe the midstream industry will be challenged in its producer-facing businesses,” he added.

A historic crash in oil prices along with

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Stories make you immune to competition. People are going to knock off your product, but they can’t knock off your story. Nowhere is that truer than in the world of Facebook advertising.

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I mentor entrepreneurs, I collaborate with entrepreneurs, I have been a successful , and I have worked for entrepreneurs, and the one critical aspect of the entrepreneurial ecosystem that does not get as much attention as it should is the hiring process. 

Hiring decisions are largely based on skills, expertise, work experience, and academic background. While these are important factors, it’s essential to find out more by asking the right questions and listening during the process. All too often, seasoned entrepreneurs make judgment errors because they fail to ask uncommon , listen carefully to the replies, and cut through rehearsed interviewee responses. 

No outstanding leader makes it alone. Entrepreneurs know that extraordinary comes from building a team that is a good fit. Yet, time and again we hear stories where

Indian stocks provide a good hedge in portfolios ahead of the US presidential election, thanks to a domestically oriented economy.

That’s according to UBS Group AG’s wealth-management arm and State Street Global Markets, which are among firms recommending Indian shares even beyond the November 3 vote, as they expect the $2.1-trillion stock market to be relatively insulated from the election outcome and Sino-US trade tensions.

Easing coronavirus infection rates and economic reopening are further strengthening the case for a market that’s trading near record valuations. Foreign investors have pumped $2.3 billion into Indian stocks in October, trouncing flows to other emerging Asian excluding China. That’s helped the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex Index rank among the top performers in the world this month, even India’s domestic consumption-driven economy faces the biggest contraction among major emerging nations.

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