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s appointment,is contributing editor,The Indian Express [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Nihal Koshie | New Delhi | Updated: September 8 2017 9:02 am The drug was banned for 2016 prompting at least 172 failed tests worldwide (Source: AP) Top News Meldonium the drug which was responsible for the positive test of tennis star Maria Sharapova has permeated to junior levels with an Under-18 wrestler being the first Indian to receive a sanction — a four-year ban Wrestling is not the only sport where the use of meldonium has been detected in India this year Decathlete Jagtar Singh failed a dope test for meldonium and was pulled out of the Asian Athletics Championships at the eleventh hour Jitin Paul one of India’s best 400 metres hurdlers was suspended after meldonium was found in his possession during a surprise check at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala in April Paul has contended that the injection in his possession was a muscle relaxant and not meldonium Moreover the availability of the drug has spread to villages as evident from the case of wrestler Nisha who hails from Adiyana in Panipat district What is baffling is how a drug which is manufactured in Latvia and available in the Balkans and Russia and not prescribed by doctors in India could be procured by somebody in Adiyana Nisha claimed that her brother had advised her to take an injection which was purportedly a muscle relaxant while she was at Adiyana before leaving for the Sports Authority of India training centre in Lucknow Nisha was banned by the anti-doping disciplinary panel chaired by Gourikaruna M last week The ban on meldonium came into force on January 1 2016 following evidence that a number of Russian athletes were using the drug which helps increase blood flow and is prescribed by doctors to those who have suffered angina or heart attacks Increased endurance is one of the advantages athletes look for when taking meldonium Sharapova’s positive test was from samples collected during the 2016 Australian Open It won’t be a surprise if more cases of athletes using meldonium tumble out in India because there is an upswing in its usage according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Worldwide meldonium seems to be the drug of choice according to the annual report of the WADA for 2016 In all there were 497 adverse analytical findings (AAFs) from meldonium last year What makes this number startling is that meldonium accounted for half of the increase in AAFs for banned substances In 2016 the year in which meldonium was banned anti-doping tests resulted in 4814 AAFs up from 3809 a year earlier During the hearing Nisha said that she had consumed certain supplements including those for pre-workout and also energy drinks but had no idea how the prohibited substance entered her body The order of the anti-doping disciplinary panel includes the athletes’ submission which states: “Further it has been submitted by the athlete that she took meldonium on the advice of her brother and had no knowledge about the said injection” The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) lawyers argued that the athlete had consumed supplements at her own risk without even bothering to consult the coach or any other official to ascertain whether the supplements contained prohibited substances An image of the foil containing the vials of the injection which Nisha took was submitted during the hearing but the details of the contents were indiscernible because it was printed in Russian Parth Goswami the lawyer representing the athlete said that he would knock on the doors of the appeal panel for a reduction of the four-year ban “Our contention is that it was unintentional because of the humble background of the wrestler who is from a small village Moreover the wrestler was told by her brother that the injection was a muscle relaxant There was no way the athlete could verify the contents” Goswami said For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Shombit Sengupta | Published: August 3 2014 12:31 am Related News In the 30 years I’ve been an entrepreneur consultant I’ve had the opportunity of sitting with senior management teams from enterprises in diverse industries to infuse customer centricity into their products and services This has been both a pleasurable experience and the toughest job in my business life I’ve always faced two types of clients; those interested in achieving customer centricity and the large section that’s quite indifferent The interested ones put tremendous effort to understand how core the customer is They drive hard to inject this core inside their organisation facing the difficult job of changing employee behaviour The second type of clients enters the comfort zone of ad hoc adaptability They deliver what’s feasible as per their backend capability and act as though customers will accept it This is the trouble-free route of changing the bottle not the wine; and hoping against hoping that customers will not notice Without end-customers where is business Enterprises agree to this but miss out on driving it seriously as business truth It makes me uncomfortable when managers barely try to understand the end-customer’s subconscious mind where buying motivation resides I cannot fathom why trying to own the end-customer’s mindshare is not the first priority of every enterprise If an enterprise can find out what to do to change the end-customer’s behaviour towards favouring its product or service that enterprise can smile all the way to the bank I believe in non-stop enterprise learning using customers as teachers and insight dispensers for business improvement The ability to absorb human culture and behaviour anticipate economic and political phenomena in advance co-opt technology advancement and dig deep into the social and psychological aspects are all necessary at this level to know how to respond to the market But industrial heaviness sometimes becomes so overpowering that managers get waylaid from the track of discovering and satisfying end-customer need or desire Because managers do not always live in the end-customer’s domain it becomes difficult to make them understand micro layers of end-customer centricity To tell you the truth I’m addicted to observing human behaviour Wherever I am with the family in the sports ground entertainment or seminars condolence visits while travelling watching television Internet surfing visiting museums or receiving response from my readers my eye turns to watch behavioural traits and reactions The rapport between people of any age and economic stratum their relationship with some product or service is indeed very telling No matter where and in which country I am I don’t hesitate to ask if something raises my curiosity ‘Why’ is something I never ask as the person gets intimidated; it’s the ‘how’ I enquire about and learn about the purpose Learning can never be achieved when you are in the challenger mode Rather I try to make learning conducive for both of us me the learner and the end-customer as teacher These ingredients have helped me understand end-customers in every industry wherever I have entered because no industry can run without an end-customer Challenging a learning seed is totally destructive; as is the preconceived notion which intellectuals and professionals are said to be guilty of Preconception actually kills unearthing the new Corporate transformation is mere jargon: It’s true that behavioural change cannot be an easy job in a company aligned to market dynamics You can transform a material in a machine to make products; iron ore can become steel But human beings cannot be transformed like that Actually changing employee behaviour can be a nightmare in our country’s multi-behavioural heterogeneity because people work and interpret the same subject very differently inside an enterprise When they go into social and family life it’s diametrically different That’s why a huge drive from management is required to thoroughly educate employees on the purpose and objective of internal behavioural change according to changing end-customer trends The company has to patiently work to make employees understand the benefits of end-customer centricity Not only will the enterprise get better returns but employee skills will improve careers will get furthered which in turn will impact the enterprise It’s a very painstaking task Unfortunately most enterprises would rather spend money buying hallucinating capital assets than training human capital Indian enterprises are largely growing in a demand-led market Just to illustrate look at the contrast Organized retails in Western countries have captured more than 50 per cent market share in every FMCG category They sell high-quality private-label products at 30 per cent lower price than national brands So most manufacturing company brands are in a tight situation Indian manufacturers are likely to face this condition too when this market matures But managers today mistakenly believe that once they’ve performed in their key result areas they’ve achieved the business strategically In reality they have merely supplied to existing demand They have not worked to sustain their business make it long-term sticky nor worked to deliver differently to get end-customer mindshare for repeat purchase consistently today and tomorrow Need to deal with new market realities: Having brought end-customer centricity into several Indian enterpises in 15 years I’ve seen growth happen when end-customer centricity is tightened and slacken when corporates get diverted to make easy money trading in diverse categories When they lose sharp competency focus and capability they become like conglomerates selling products in different categories wherever there is demand With complacency and routine comfort they bring products from China or cut price to make volume They’ve still not taken seriously the global predator-competitors ready to kill to grab market opportunity To capture local and global markets with sustainability enterprises need to cultivate the passion for end-customer centric drive and change employee behaviour to align with that The best way to do so is to grab the changing behaviour of end-customers Shombit Sengupta is an international creative business strategy consultant to top management Reach him at http://s.wwwshiningconsultingcom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: December 17 2016 5:22 pm Shah Rukh Khan has thanked director Ashutosh Gowariker for helming the 2004 critically acclaimed film Swades which featured the superstar in the lead role Related News Shah Rukh Khan has thanked director Ashutosh Gowariker for helming the 2004 critically acclaimed film Swades which featured the superstar in the lead role As the film clocked 12 years today the 51-year-old actor posted a sweet message on Twitter praising the entire cast and crew of the movie “Yeh jo Des hai mera Swades hai mera… Can’t thanks Ashutosh enough for such a lovely film Whole cast/crew had such faith in goodness and Indianness” he wrote Swades inspired by a true story was a remake of Kannada movie Chigurida Kanasu with Shiva Rajkumar in lead role Meanwhile Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies and internet TV network Netflix have inked a long-term deal that will give the web streaming giant’s more than 86 million viewers exclusive access to Bollywood superstar’s upcoming as well as past films It is first of a kind deal between Netflix and an Indian production house and the first title that will come on Netflix is Dear Zindagi which was released theatrically on 25 November Can’t be a better day to welcome my friend who has given me one of my best films ever Give him love @ashgowariker pictwittercom/GUu1ajZmQd — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) December 17 2016 Yeh jo Des hai mera Swades hai mera. 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