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Misri Lal, 52, a farm labourer, stands outside his house with his family in Bhomada village, Sehore district, in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, India, on 11 September 2018. — Photo: ReutersNarendra Modi swept India’s 2014 general election with the slogan “Achhe din (good days) are coming”.Four years later, as Prime Minister Modi mobilizes to win re-election in May, he and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are being buffeted for a lack of jobs, falling farm prices and rural wages, a tax reform that led to unemployment and a demonetization exercise that sapped liquidity.Despite high economic growth, the fall of the rupee currency to record lows this year has led to a surge in prices of largely imported fuel, which is feeding into inflation. Nationwide protests have broken out because of the price rise.“There’s no improvement in our life – we eat two basic meals a day but struggle to save for soap and detergent,” Misri Lal, 52, said in Bhomada village in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state, where he earns $2 a day watching over a yellowish-green soybean farm.In a series of interviews in India’s political heartland, the northern and central plains, many people said they had been disappointed by Modi’s government. But in a nation of 1.3 billion people, it was difficult to estimate how far the disillusionment had spread and how much it could affect Modi and the BJP at the next general election.Despite its fitful performance on the economy, the BJP remains robustly Hindu nationalist, which plays well among many voters. Modi’s aides insist that the party will not suffer in the election next year and will repeat the 2014 performance.They also say the BJP will do well in three big state elections due later in 2018, which could signal how things will go in the general election.Opinion polls predict Modi will return to power next year, but said the gap against the opposition was narrowing.But “achhe din”, which has become synonymous with Modi and his rule, is being mocked on social media in India. A cartoon widely distributed on Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging platform had a man looking through a telescope for “good days”. Another had Modi sitting in front of a spinning wheel weaving “achhe din” stories.Some BJP officials privately say they are not quite sure of sentiment in the small towns and villages of rural India, where two-thirds of the people live.Lal, the farm hand, said he was a long-time BJP supporter but it was time for change.“We have always voted for them but people are angry now. It appears things will change this time around,” Lal said, his wife and two grandchildren looking on from near their tin shed in the middle of the unfenced soybean fields.RURAL PAINThe Modi administration has acknowledged that farmers are suffering in a country where agriculture is the biggest employer, engaging 263 million people or 55 percent of the total number of workers.“Trends in inflation clearly show that farmers are under distress due to un-remunerative prices and need to be compensated appropriately,” India’s farm ministry said in a report sent to states last month and seen by Reuters.Rural wages have weakened across India compared to a high growth period during the rule of the center-left Congress party which aggressively promoted a rural jobs scheme that guaranteed every citizen paid work for at least 100 days in a year. Economists say its impact has now leveled out.A boom in the construction sector had sustained the growth in wages but that has since slowed down dramatically, dragged by Modi’s November 2016 move to suck high value currency notes out of the system to combat corruption and then a sweeping goods and services tax (GST) that businesses are struggling to adapt to.Average inflation-adjusted growth in rural wages fell to 0.45 percent between 2015/16 and 2017/18, compared with 11.18 percent between 2012/13 and 2014/15, said India Ratings & Research, a unit of international agency Fitch.The Reserve Bank of India says that high growth in rural wages from 2007/08 to 2012/13 was followed by a phase of “significant deceleration”.“GST and demonetization have really depressed the construction industry. I get only 20 percent of the work I used to get before demonetization,” said Chotelal Rajput, a construction contractor in the Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal, as he stopped by a busy roundabout where dozens of laborers gathered to be hired for daily wages.In Wai, a small town south of Mumbai, migrant worker Mithilesh Yadav said he voted for Modi at the last election but would not do so again.“The BJP was talking about bringing down inflation, bringing down petrol and diesel prices, but instead they are raising prices every day,” the 26-year-old said. “All tall claims made by Modi were just advertising and we fell for it. I won’t commit the mistake again.”IT’S JOBSMany political analysts say Modi’s failure to create tens of millions of jobs for the country’s youth – a promise which helped him secure the largest mandate in three decades in 2014 – would be the biggest threat to his bid for another term.“No one here will vote for Modi,” said Rakesh Kumar, a college graduate in the town of Kasba Bonli in northern Rajasthan state who says he has worked as a house painter because he could not get any other employment.Kumar said he finally found a job as a teacher in a private college last month but his paltry monthly salary of 8,000 rupees (about $111) meant his six brothers worked as manual laborers.The town voted overwhelmingly for the BJP in 2014.In Panipat, a town north of the capital Delhi, workers in textile mills said hundreds had been laid off because many small business owners could not cope with the complexities of the new GST regime and had shut shop.Gopal Krishna Agarwal, a BJP spokesman, said the country could not expect the Modi government to resolve all its problems in so short a time.“India has been independent for more than 70 years and we can’t say that problems that have persisted for around 65 years would go away in four and half years,” he said.“We’re not saying every problem has been solved but our focus and direction are correct.”The BJP is also confident about its prospects next year because of the fractured opposition. Rahul Gandhi of the Congress is Modi’s main opponent, but there are a host of regional parties that are likely to divide the opposition vote.India Today news magazine published a survey last month predicting the BJP would lose seats compared to 2014, but retain just enough to form a government with allies if the opposition remained divided. It predicted the BJP would win 36 percent of the vote and Congress 31 percent, but said smaller parties would get 33 percent.Gandhi told a group of journalists last month that a “robust opposition alliance” would be in place before the 2019 election and that a candidate of a unified opposition would go up against the BJP in each constituency.“More damage has been done to India by this government than any in the past and everyone recognizes the over-riding need to thwart them,” Gandhi said, referring to the BJP’s Hindu nationalist agenda that critics say has targeted the country’s minorities.Subhanshu Sethia, a college student in the northern town of Meerut, said Modi’s singular failure had been the lack of jobs.“Achhe din is only for the rich, the businessmen who get fat contracts, for the rest of us it has been a let down,” he said.“There is a war out there for jobs.”
Apple Music today unveiled its most-streamed songs and albums of 2018 — and not surprisingly, Drake was at the top of both lists (and had 3 of the Top 5 songs). Just an unsurprisingly, both lists are dominated by hip-hop, pop and R&B. The company also included its editorial selections for artist, breakout artist, song and album of the year.The lists appear in full below.Apple Music’s Top 100 Global Songs 41Camila CabelloNever Be the Same 48Gucci ManeMr. Davis 3Post Malonerockstar (feat. 21 Savage) 77Ariana GrandeGod is a woman 5Post MalonePsycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) 37Charlie PuthVoicenotes 9BlocBoy JBLook Alive (feat. Drake) 65Jay Rock,Kendrick Lamar,Future & James BlakeKing’s Dead 52French MontanaUnforgettable (feat. Swae Lee) 47Original Broadway Cast of HamiltonHamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) 67The Weeknd & Kendrick LamarPray For Me 38THE CARTERSEVERYTHING IS LOVE 54Post MaloneCandy Paint 14Post MaloneBetter Now 45Imagine DragonsThunder 51A$AP RockyTESTING 11Lil Uzi VertLuv Is Rage 2 77French MontanaJungle Rules 94Nicki MinajChun-Li 93Kodak BlackPainting Pictures 32A Boogie wit da HoodieThe Bigger Artist 96HalseyBad at Love 13Lil BabyHarder Than Ever 92A$AP FergStill Striving 16BazziMine Popular on Variety 29GunnaDrip Season 3 3Cardi BInvasion of Privacy 18Kendrick Lamar & SZAAll The Stars 50DJ KhaledGrateful 53OzunaOdisea 32Cardi BBartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage) 35Bruno Mars24K Magic 34Maroon 5Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B) 4XXXTENTACION? 36The WeekndCall Out My Name 39DrakeI’m Upset 1DrakeGod’s Plan 98benny blanco,Halsey & KhalidEastside 40NFLet You Down 47KhalidYoung Dumb & Broke 42XXXTENTACIONFuck Love (feat. Trippie Redd) 13Juice WRLDLucid Dreams 44MarshmelloSilence (feat. Khalid) 76J. ColeKOD 6Cardi B,Bad Bunny & J BalvinI Like It 87Kendrick Lamar,The Weeknd & SZABlack Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By 71Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman EnsembleThis Is Me 49Marshmello & Anne-MarieFRIENDS 30Luke CombsThis One’s for You 68Frank OceanBlonde 19Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia LineMeant to Be 53XXXTENTACIONchanges 9J. ColeKOD 23Nicki MinajQueen 56Post MaloneBall For Me (feat. Nicki Minaj) 805 Seconds of SummerYoungblood 16SZACtrl 59Cardi BBe Careful 89Maroon 5What Lovers Do (feat. SZA) 60Meek MillWins & Losses 62DrakeMob Ties 63G-Eazy & HalseyHim & I 78YoungBoy Never Broke AgainOutside Today 11Lil Baby & DrakeYes Indeed 66Hailee Steinfeld & AlessoLet Me Go (feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt) 17Dua LipaDua Lipa 68Kendrick LamarLOVE. (FEAT. ZACARI.) 38Khalid & NormaniLove Lies 86FutureDS2 (Deluxe) 36Shawn MendesShawn Mendes 64MiguelWar & Leisure 69Lil Uzi VertXO TOUR Llif3 39LogicBobby Tarantino II 98Lil PeepCome Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1 8Various ArtistsThe Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 79Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans 5Travis ScottASTROWORLD 31Rich The KidThe World Is Yours 75Kendrick LamarHUMBLE. 87Shawn MendesIn My Blood 96Anne-MarieSpeak Your Mind 91Adele21 7Chris BrownHeartbreak on a Full Moon 62Chance the RapperColoring Book 73EminemRiver (feat. Ed Sheeran) Apple Music’s Best Music of 2018 – Editorial SelectionsArtist of the year: DrakeBreakout Artist of the Year: Juice WRLDSong of the Year: I Like It – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J. BalvinAlbum of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves 8821 SavageBank Account 10Offset & Metro BoominRic Flair Drip 815 Seconds of SummerYoungblood 84Ed SheeranPerfect Duet (with Beyoncé) 976LACKEast Atlanta Love Letter 97ZAYNDusk Till Dawn (feat. Sia) [Radio Edit] 49BazziCOSMIC 15Juice WRLDGoodbye & Good Riddance 41H.E.R.H.E.R. 34Travis ScottBirds in the Trap Sing McKnight 82Imagine DragonsWhatever It Takes 58Lil PumpGucci Gang 2DrakeNice For What 43Lil YachtyLil Boat 2 40Playboi CartiDie Lit 95Bryson TillerTrue to Self 100Lil SkiesRed Roses (feat. Landon Cube) 25Lil SkiesLife of a Dark Rose 85Kanye WestAll Mine 37Ed SheeranShape of You 33MigosCulture 24G-EazyNo Limit (feat. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B) 266ix9ineFEFE (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz) 64Dua LipaIDGAF 15Migos,Nicki Minaj & Cardi BMotorSport 55J. Cole2014 Forest Hills Drive 56Bryson TillerT R A P S O U L 1421 Savage,Offset & Metro BoominWithout Warning 846ix9ineDAY69: Graduation Day 60Post MaloneCongratulations (feat. Quavo) 92Selena GomezBack to You 18Camila CabelloCamila 6Ed Sheeran÷ 79MiguelSky Walker (feat. Travis Scott) 99DJ KhaledWild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller) 83MacklemoreGEMINI 17DrakeNonstop 28Lil WayneTha Carter V 2Post Malonebeerbongs & bentleys 26G-EazyThe Beautiful & Damned 21MigosWalk It Talk It (feat. Drake) 24Kanye Westye 27Calvin Harris & Dua LipaOne Kiss 52Imagine DragonsEvolve 74Luis Fonsi & Daddy YankeeDespacito (feat. Justin Bieber) 85Various ArtistsLove, Simon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 90Famous DexPick It Up (feat. A$AP Rocky) 7XXXTENTACIONSAD! 82Mac MillerSwimming 35Bruno MarsFinesse (Remix) [feat. Cardi B] 63Justin TimberlakeMan of the Woods 25XXXTENTACIONMoonlight 28Ed SheeranPerfect 1DrakeScorpion 45Lil PumpLil Pump 59Kane BrownKane Brown Apple Music’s Top 100 Global Albums 44RussThere’s Really A Wolf 57Rae Sremmurd,Swae Lee & Slim JxmmiSR3MM 46Daniel CaesarFreudian 43XXXTENTACIONJocelyn Flores 30Dua LipaNew Rules 89Sam SmithThe Thrill of It All 48Selena Gomez & MarshmelloWolves 70The ChainsmokersMemories…Do Not Open 95YGBIG BANK (feat. 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj) 91Post MaloneRich & Sad 5421 SavageIssa Album 20The WeekndMy Dear Melancholy, 31TygaTaste (feat. Offset) 55Ella MaiBoo’d Up 58YoungBoy Never Broke AgainAI YoungBoy 42Future & Young ThugSUPER SLIMEY 12KhalidAmerican Teen 61FutureBEASTMODE 2 83Logic1-800-273-8255(feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid) 27EminemKamikaze 72Imagine DragonsBeliever 74BeyoncéBEYONCÉ (Platinum Edition) 78Taylor Swiftreputation 51Sam SmithToo Good at Goodbyes 67Calvin HarrisFunk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 70Gucci ManeI Get the Bag (feat. Migos) 93Rich The KidNew Freezer (feat. Kendrick Lamar) 71Bebe RexhaAll Your Fault, Pt. 2 – EP 72P!nkBeautiful Trauma 76Little MixGlory Days: The Platinum Edition 22Kodak BlackProject Baby 2: All Grown Up 75Trippie ReddLIFE’S A TRIP 90Ty Dolla $ignBeach House 3 10XXXTENTACION17 21Ariana GrandeSweetener 86Drake & Michael JacksonDon’t Matter To Me 19YoungBoy Never Broke AgainUntil Death Call My Name 81FutureHNDRXX 65Lil Baby & GunnaDrip Harder 73FutureFUTURE 61Travis ScottButterfly Effect 80RudimentalThese Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen) 69Wiz KhalifaRolling Papers 2 4DrakeIn My Feelings 29Cardi BBodak Yellow 33MigosStir Fry 46Rich The KidPlug Walk 57Kodak BlackRoll in Peace (feat. XXXTENTACION) 66PnB RockCatch These Vibes 88Adele25 50Lil DickyFreaky Friday (feat. 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Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 20, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. There’s never been a better time to start your own company, and the explosion of online tools has gone a long way toward reducing startup costs.But they can also be a huge time suck, a deep rabbit hole that gets you lost in maximizing process at the expense of product.We’ve been down a few rabbit holes launching NerdWallet, a media startup focused on finanical tools, to find the right software tools to get the job done. The process is ongoing — we try, discard and try again. And while there are some amazing applications out there, we have also learned that sometimes a trusty spreadsheet can do the job rather than an online tool that over promises and under delivers.When judging what software is right for your startup, think about these questions:1. Does it meet our business needs? Don’t get more than you need. With the profusion of products, it’s easy to pick up a case of “tool-itus.” Keep tools to an absolute minimum to avoid death by a thousand pinpricks.Related: 6 Tools Your Business Should Invest in for 20142. Does it save money and time? We generally think about using software tools in terms of time saved. If we are spending a lot of time working admin on a no-cost tool is that time really worth it’s “free cost?” It’s important to manage expenses, but ultimately, you have to grow the top line — and spending a little cash on a better tool may be worth it in the long run.3. Does it make employees’ jobs easier? Software tools are only as good as an employee’s adherence to using it. If they don’t use, or feel resentful using it, then it’s both hurting productivity and morale.As a media startup, here are the products we’ve tried (some we’ve dropped, others we continue to use) but all have been essential in our learning curve and scaling needs. While these were specific for media, many (if not all) can be used at other types of companies.Publishing tools. When starting out, content providers usually choose among one of the “Big Three” free content-management systems: Drupal, WordPress and Joomla. We chose WordPress, because of its off-the-shelf ease and ubiquitous presence. (The company powers one in every six webpages.)With its dominance, WordPress has far more ways to customize your site with more than 31,000 plug-ins. That’s both good news and bad news: How do you sift through them all for what’s right for your site? It can be tricky. To get a sense of which of the “Big Three” is right for your company, there is a great comparison tool on WebsiteSetup.org.Project and product management. Keeping track of collaboration on various projects and product development becomes essential when you grow from more than a dozen employees. Fortunately, there are a number of project management tools out there.We started with Trello, a project-management platform with a free option (can upgrade to “business class for $500”). It was easier to use when starting from scratch, but as we grew, we started bumping into problems with customizing it to our needs. After the engineering team began using Kanban Tool, the rest of the company began using it as well. We found its flexibility for the disparate areas of our business worth its nominal price: between $5 and $9 per user per month.Related: Most Essential Social Media ToolsCustomer-relationship management. We use Salesforce, which can cost anywhere between $5 and $300 per user per month, to manage and track our customer relationships. To be honest, it was more software than we actually needed. While Salesforce has the flexibility to customize almost every single element of the system, the more options often increases complexity, rather than reducing it. For new users, it can be intimidating, and small startups rarely have the resources for comprehensive training right off the bat. This means that users self-select into those willing to invest to learn vs. those who revert to their original ways (read: manual) we were trying to move away from in the first place. That said, for larger, more complex companies, it may be worth the investment. There are lighter weight and cheaper CRM tools that we could have used, among them Nimble, Streak — a free tool which touts itself as “CRM inside Gmail” — and Relate IQ, which will run you $49 to $99 per user per month and claims to build better “relationship intelligence.”Related: Tools to Keep Remote Employees Motivated and ProductiveOur PR team is experimenting with Nimble (free for personal use and $15 per user per month for businesses), which aggregates contacts from Gmail and social-media accounts like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Like our migration to project-management tool Kanban Tool, this highlights an effective way to pilot a new tool: Have one team use it and if it proves to be useful implement company wide. Traffic acquisition and on-site analytics. The first step in most online businesses is getting traffic to your site in the first place. When you think about how traffic arrives at places, a common starting point is organic search traffic. SEMRush (a service that runs between $70 to $150 per month) and MOZ (one that will set you back $49 to $99 per month) are tools that both help to see how you rank for key search terms and how to better capture users. SEMrush is a SEO keyword search tool that helps to better capture organic search traffic. MOZ is not only great with SEO but also emulates Google’s domain-authority ranking and gives you a sense of what competitors are doing better than you.Once the traffic arrives, you need to know what it’s actually doing there. Are they leaving because your signup form is too complex? Or abandoning their shopping carts because of expensive shipping charges?Google Analytics is an obvious tool every online startup must master. It’s free, gives you a ton of insight and helps you figure out what is actually happening on your site. There are a host of tools out there that help you to make better sense of people coming to your website. As KISSmetrics (a service costing between $150 and $500 per month) puts it: “Google Analytics tells you what’s happening. KISSmetrics tells you who’s doing it.” Which is a fair statement of what it does. It gives more insight at a personal user level of the behavior of users.Related: 5 Tools For Entrepreneurs to Grow Their Online Presence in No Time Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read