Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten By: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University & MFLN Military Caregiving Concentration AreaOver the past few years, when June rolls around I have offered a blog on the theme of, “A Little Summer Reading.” Past blogs have focused on such topics as recent developments in healthcare and Medicaid. The idea of the “Little Summer Reading” series is to provide some reading suggestions on topics that are of interest to those who work with military families. A common thread that runs through all of these, and indeed much of our MFLN programming, is the close connection that exists between military and civilian life.The building blocks of our society and community, be they public institutions or public policy, or the stores, parks, and service organization that make up our communities are all shared ground. While aware of distinctions between the civilian and military world, I look for similarities and commonalities.In this regard, I am probably influenced by the work of the anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss. He sought to understand underlying similarities and structures across cultures. But the more I think about it, I might have also deeply influenced by my own childhood. I was raised as a child in a civilian family in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Many of my friends, mentors, and authority figures (that is my friends’ parents) were from military families. In our neighborhood, civilian and military distinctions were blurred at block parties, dinners, school functions, and backyard play. Living in this context, no doubt all the parents shared common concerns about work, home, and health.I have come across various publications that highlight the common ground between military and civilian families. One has to do with that must fundamental issues – the nature of work. The July issue of the Atlantic Magazine, has a feature article by Jerry Useem entitled, “At Work, Expertise is Falling out of Favor.” Ostensibly, it is about new staffing arrangements in U.S. Navy littoral combat ships. The new focus is on cross-training and multiple responsibilities. The article’s broader intent is to illustrate how the nature of 21st century work is placing great emphasis on “fluid intelligence” that enables employees to handle many tasks and responsibilities. This is a reflection of both the growing complexity of organizational systems and the downsizing of labor in favor of new technologies. The new military catchphrase is “minimal manning.” Civilian readers of this article will no doubt consider their own prospects in a time of rapid economic and technological change.If work is a constant concern for families, so too are the places they make home. Not too long ago, the magazine, Governing, which is devoted to state and local affairs and aimed primarily at public officials, offered an article entitled, “Where Housing is Least and Most Affordable for Military Families.” The challenges facing military families, especially those with lower pay grades and dependents, mirror those of the general public in attaining affordable housing. The problem is especially acute in rental housing. For various reasons, as discussed in a Forbes website article, rental housing has become more expensive in much of the United States. Given Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or transfer practices, this is a special concern to military families who rely greatly on off-base rental housing.For those with family members who may have special health care needs and require access to needed services and accommodations in educational systems, these pressures are intensified. This story emphasizes that military families are not immune to broader market trends in civilian housing. Indeed, they may be even more at risk.Along with employment and housing, military families are no different than civilian families when it comes to concerns about healthcare access and coverage. Big changes have been underway with TRICARE. Our MFLN Caregiving Team has provided information on these changes through overview and topic specific webinars. The big takeaway is that military healthcare is increasingly reflecting healthcare systems found in the civilian setting. While still an affordable and enviable health coverage benefit, TRICARE is being reformed in ways that mirror larger developments in healthcare service and delivery in the United States. Greater reliance on case management and managed care arrangements are an example of this, as the Defense Health Agency seeks to control utilization and costs. A lengthy and comprehensive review of these changes and their objectives can be found in the DOD’s own Evaluation of the TRICARE Program: Fiscal 2019 Report to Congress.Summer reading can be both light and heavy. The suggestions offered here are a mixture of both. But most importantly, they reveal how the common ground we find between military and civilian life when it comes to work, home, and health. New innovations and practices in military staffing will no doubt inform changes in the civilian workforce. The issue of affordable housing cuts across both worlds. Those in the military are seeing a healthcare system that reflects trends and practices in coverage and access provided “outside the gate.” Difference is important, but so too is recognizing all that we share. Over the past few years, when June rolls around I have offered a blog on the theme of, “A Little Summer Reading.” Past blogs have focused on such topics as recent developments in healthcare and Medicaid. The idea of the “Little Summer Reading” series is to provide some reading suggestions on topics that are of interest to those who work with military families. A common thread that runs through all of these, and indeed much of our MFLN programming, is the close connection that exists between military and civilian life.The building blocks of our society and community, be they public institutions or public policy, or the stores, parks, and service organization that make up our communities are all shared ground. While aware of distinctions between the civilian and military world, I look for similarities and commonalities.In this regard, I am probably influenced by the work of the anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss. He sought to understand underlying similarities and structures across cultures. But the more I think about it, I might have also deeply influenced by my own childhood. I was raised as a child in a civilian family in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Many of my friends, mentors, and authority figures (that is my friends’ parents) were from military families. In our neighborhood, civilian and military distinctions were blurred at block parties, dinners, school functions, and backyard play. Living in this context, no doubt all the parents shared common concerns about work, home, and health.I have come across various publications that highlight the common ground between military and civilian families. One has to do with that must fundamental issues – the nature of work. The July issue of the Atlantic Magazine, has a feature article by Jerry Useem entitled, “At Work, Expertise is Falling out of Favor.” Ostensibly, it is about new staffing arrangements in U.S. Navy littoral combat ships. The new focus is on cross-training and multiple responsibilities. The article’s broader intent is to illustrate how the nature of 21st century work is placing great emphasis on “fluid intelligence” that enables employees to handle many tasks and responsibilities. This is a reflection of both the growing complexity of organizational systems and the downsizing of labor in favor of new technologies. The new military catchphrase is “minimal manning.” Civilian readers of this article will no doubt consider their own prospects in a time of rapid economic and technological change.If work is a constant concern for families, so too are the places they make home. Not too long ago, the magazine, Governing, which is devoted to state and local affairs and aimed primarily at public officials, offered an article entitled, “Where Housing is Least and Most Affordable for Military Families.” The challenges facing military families, especially those with lower pay grades and dependents, mirror those of the general public in attaining affordable housing. The problem is especially acute in rental housing. For various reasons, as discussed in a Forbes website article, rental housing has become more expensive in much of the United States. Given Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or transfer practices, this is a special concern to military families who rely greatly on off-base rental housing.For those with family members who may have special health care needs and require access to needed services and accommodations in educational systems, these pressures are intensified. This story emphasizes that military families are not immune to broader market trends in civilian housing. Indeed, they may be even more at risk.Along with employment and housing, military families are no different than civilian families when it comes to concerns about healthcare access and coverage. Big changes have been underway with TRICARE. Our MFLN Caregiving Team has provided information on these changes through overview and topic specific webinars. The big takeaway is that military healthcare is increasingly reflecting healthcare systems found in the civilian setting. While still an affordable and enviable health coverage benefit, TRICARE is being reformed in ways that mirror larger developments in healthcare service and delivery in the United States. Greater reliance on case management and managed care arrangements are an example of this, as the Defense Health Agency seeks to control utilization and costs. A lengthy and comprehensive review of these changes and their objectives can be found in the DOD’s own Evaluation of the TRICARE Program: Fiscal 2019 Report to Congress.Summer reading can be both light and heavy. The suggestions offered here are a mixture of both. But most importantly, they reveal how the common ground we find between military and civilian life when it comes to work, home, and health. New innovations and practices in military staffing will no doubt inform changes in the civilian workforce. The issue of affordable housing cuts across both worlds. Those in the military are seeing a healthcare system that reflects trends and practices in coverage and access provided “outside the gate.” Difference is important, but so too is recognizing all that we share.
Here’s a roundup of FREE resources to help get your started video editing with Avid Media Composer, especially if you’re an experienced Final Cut Pro editor.Avid Media Composer is probably the video editing system you’ll hear about most frequently when watching behind the scenes featurettes of big Hollywood films or in interviews with network TV editors. This is largely because of its shared storage capabilities and the way in which its much easier for multiple editors to work on the same project at the same time. If you are starting out in the industry today and wondering which NLE to start learning, I would recommend starting with Avid. Its been around the longest, a lot of the big post production operations are already firmly embedded with it and if you want to one day be editing features and TV they’ll most likely be cutting on Avid. That said – it never hurts to know more than one editing platform!2 Hour Lecture with Long Form Documentary TV Editor Mark ChesakWhen you get started with this video jump to 6:30 and then sit back and enjoy a great lecture with editor Mark Chesak, who talks through some of the differences between Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer. He then goes on to share some of his editorial tips and tricks, especially when it comes to wrangling hundreds of hours of footage in giant documentary projects. This is a great introductory lesson for new Avid editors, especially those moving from FCP7.Tips for an FCP Editor Moving to AvidOliver Peters has some great tips for Final Cut Pro editors moving to Media Composer in this post in which he shares how Avid and FCP are actually more similar than they are different. This is a great post if you already understand FCP and are trying to figure out how to do similar things in Avid, for example working with multiple sequences and projects, ProRes and Avid’s ‘smart tool’.Steve Hullfish – Tips for FCP SwitchersSteve Hullfish has a great video tutorial course on Class on Demand ($99) for Final Cut Pro Editors moving to Avid. He’s also posted a three part blog series on Pro Video Coalition, sharing some insightful Avid ‘translations’ for FCP editors.In part 1 Steve shares the essential keyboard shortcuts you’ll need to actually get editing and how to remap the keyboard to a more Final Cut Pro friendly set up. For a taste of Steve’s Class on Demand class check out the tutorial below, which also walks through how to remap your keyboard in Avid.More Avid Media Composer TutorialsIf you want even more Avid Media Composer tutorials then check out this page on the Avid community site which lists where you can find some of the best tutorials on the web (including for Avid Symphony. Also included are a whole load of free PDF white papers on different Avid workflows, such as stereoscopic editing. There is also a link to a 32-part free video tutorial series from Kevin P McAuliffe over on Creative Cow on learning Avid Media Composer 6. Tons of great info!Have you recently made the switch to Avid?What things do you like/dislike? Share in the comments!
Using the default tools from within After Effects you can create a realistic outer space scene, complete with dynamic lighting. Perfect for a documentary, fantasy or science fiction project.The earth from space shot is a ubiquitous Hollywood convention often used to show just how small we are in comparison to the grand scale of the universe. We see it all the time – in all genres of fiction films, television commercials and documentaries.If your own project calls for a grand ‘earth from outer space‘ shot, you can either purchase one from a stock footage library or create your own in a motion design app like Adobe After Effects. Purchasing the shot may save you time, but the downside is you won’t be able to customize and tweak the elements to your needs. The thought of creating an outer space shot from scratch in After Effects may seem like a daunting undertaking, but it’s actually not too complicated. In the following video tutorial by motion designer Rich Aguilar, you’ll see how to make a dynamic outer space shot in After Effects without the need for any third party plugins or filters. Using the After Effects 3D camera you can replicate motion through 3D ‘space’ and tweak the motion and timing to your needs (great for timing motion with music).Many thanks Rich for sharing!
5-Axis Stabilization for Steadier ShotsWith the new 5-axis stabilization, the a6500 can compensate for five types of camera shake, which extends opportunities to shoot steadier for photography and video. The new gyro sensor also allows for better stabilization that can add 5-steps-faster shutter speed. The stabilization transfers over into zooms to minimize camera shake and blur.Touchscreen for Better AF PositioningWhile the touchscreen will make things more intuitive and accessible for those new to the camera, the real advantages of the technology are in the autofocus (AF). The a6500 also offers lock-on AF and eye-focused AF options, making the touchscreen’s ability to track and pick your focus a huge upgrade. You can even use the touchscreen while looking through the viewfinder to shift the point of focus smoothly.4k Video and Ridiculous ISONone of this is new for the update, but the a6500 still offers top-of-the-line specs for its video capture and huge ISO range. If you’re comparing specs with others in its price range (more on that below), you’re going to be hard-pressed to find anything better. Specs for the a6500 include:24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor425 phase detection autofocus points100-51200 ISO range (25600 for video)4K video recordingBottom LineBottom line: the a6500 is going to come in at $1400 (€1700) and will represent an upgrade from the a6300. The stabilization will be a welcome added value, and the touchscreen will give you more flexibility — while hopefully keeping the functionality the same. If you’re familiar with the a6300, it might not be enough to make the jump. But if you’re looking for something new, it just adds to a very powerful and respected camera.Full Stats and Specs:4K video recording24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor5-axis image stabilization425 phase detection autofocus points100-51200 ISO range (25600 for video)Stills at 11 frames per second (buffer of 307 shots)3.5mm microphone input (no headphone output)You can check out — and find out where to buy — at Sony’s website here: α6500 Premium E-mount APS-C Camera.What do you think of the a6500? Let us know in the comments. Outdoing their previous a6300 installment, Sony’s new a6500 boasts an even faster camera with 5-axis stabilization, touchscreen, and faster processing.Sony continues to churn out quality mirrorless cameras with the latest installment of their flagship APS-C camera. The a6500, an update to the acclaimed a6300 released last February, is designed to be more accessible, more versatile, and faster. If you’re considering the a6500, here’s everything to know about the new features.
Intended AudienceImage via Liu zishan.From an investor’s perspective, this is the most important aspect of your pitch — and your documentary’s overall success. Who is your documentary for, and why will the general public care enough to see it? These can be hard questions to ask yourself when you’re working on a passion project, but this is what drives the dollars and cents. When you’re choosing your subject, look for niche audiences you can reach out to as a base and then grow your own audience from there.Here are some more helpful things to consider for your intended audiences.DOCUMENTARY TARGET AUDIENCE Desktop Documentaries [PDF]Documentary Audience | Target Audience | Documentary FilmHow To Uncover The Proper Target Audience For Your FilmFinding an Audience, for a Cause Define the ScopeImage via crazymedia.While the scope of your project is liable to change, it’s important to know what your project is going to need in terms of resources, budget, and time. And we’re not just talking about production time — everything you do (from research and pre-production all the way through editing in post — and distribution) needs detailed planning for your initial pitches.Want to learn more about planning scope and scheduling? Check out some of these resources.How to Write a Documentary TreatmentSteps to Planning Your Documentary, Video and Media Outreach CampaignHow To Write A Documentary Treatment and Documentary ProposalHow to Plan an Unscripted Documentary What to Research In Order to Make a Great DocumentaryDocumentary Storytelling — Researching the storyTaking Stock of Film Research: How to Find—and License—Archival FootageHome — Documentary Film — Research Guides at New York University From the elevator pitch to the budget, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know to create the best documentary pitch possible.Cover image via F8 Studio.Inspiration for documentary projects can come from anywhere. We live in a rapidly changing world, and people people are hungry for stories and insights into different people, cultures, subjects, and concepts. From small slice-of-life micro docs to expansive multi-part series, documentaries can take many forms.However, to begin your own documentary project, you’ll need to pitch it to others — not just investors but also fellow documentarians, crew members, and even friends and family. So, let’s look at the five elements of the documentary pitch — and some helpful resources for each.Elevator PitchImage via SG Shot.Let’s start small. In any situation, on any project, you need to be able to sum up what it’s all about very succinctly. The “elevator pitch” is a shorthand description of your project that you can get across very quickly — something you can explain to a stranger in the time it takes to ride an elevator. If you get the chance to meet potential investors, this will make or break your project.Here are some resources for developing a successful elevator pitch.The Art of the Elevator PitchHow to Nail Your Documentary’s Elevator PitchWhat is the Two-Minute Elevator Pitch?THE ART OF A GOOD PITCH: By the Directors of Tribeca Film Know Your Subject Inside and OutImage via Hajakely.Documentary subjects can be any combination of people, places, or things — as well as ideas or concepts. To pitch your doc, you’ll need an expert understanding of your subject matter. Other than good old research, finding creative ways to dive into the world of your subject will pay off when pitching the documentary to others.Here are some resources for documentary research. Release Platform(s)Image via Georgejmclittle.Only after you’ve defined your intended audience will it make sense to make your release and distribution plans. While traditional theatrical releases may be few and far between for mainstream documentaries, the medium actually enjoys several other (and perhaps greater) platforms, like video on demand, streaming services, and an wide of documentary film festivals.Here are some more resources for release platform options.Independent Documentary Distribution in Turbulent TimesDo-It-Yourself Digital Distribution PlatformsHow to Build Your Documentary’s Distribution StrategyA Guide to Documentary Distributors
Everyone wants to win their dream client’s business, but very few want to pick up the phone and call them. Even fewer want to nurture the relationship, professionally persisting over time. Very few will do what is necessary to move their dream clients from the “dream” list to the “client” list.Everyone wants to beat their competitors and win their prospective client’s business, but no one wants to ask for all the commitments that would give them a competitive advantage. They want to win without doing the hard work of creating colossal, differentiated value. Only the true professionals embrace the “ask” and “control the process,” doing what it takes to serve their clients and to win.Everyone wants to win a deal without having to negotiate with their prospective client and without having to discount their offering. They’d rather negotiate with their own company to reduce their pricing. Only a small fraction take the time, or put forth the effort, to learn to justify the delta between their price and their competitor’s.Everyone wants to win deals faster, but almost none want to slow down to speed things up. The mark of the professional is that they increase the quality of what they do by being meticulous and precise in everything they do, wasting not a single motion, and in doing so, compress time.Everyone wants to be a trusted advisor, but few want to do the work of building trust by having a presence, making and keeping commitments, and demonstrating that they care. Far fewer want to do the reading, listening, and studying required to have the advice necessary to be any sort of advisor. Those who build trust and build their business acumen distinguish themselves, and having done so, occupy the position of trusted advisor.Everyone wants what they want, but few are willing to pay the price to get it.Some want someone else to do the work and give them what they want, feeling a sense of entitlement. They become bitter. Many wait, longing for luck to intervene on their behalf and deliver a miracle. They become disappointed. Still more take half measures, stopping short of what is necessary to produce the result they want. They become frustrated.Those who get what they want do the work.
NAGPUR: The Maharashtra police’s Anti-Naxal Operation unit has claimed that by calling for “Bharat Bandh” on March 29, in protest of life imprisonment to former Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba, the Maoists have confessed that he was linked to them.The unit cited some banners that were put up by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Etapalli and Bhamargad area of Gadchiroli district in the State.The banners read, “Oppose the punishment of life imprisonment given to Prof. Saibaba, [JNU student] Hem Mishra and five others. Make sure the ‘Bharat Bandh’ of March 29 is successful.”The banned outfit also appealed to the people to unite and protest against “long punishments given to peoples’ leaders, who are fighting against corporate expansion, and against the policy of the State to give the country’s natural resources to the corporate houses.”Some pamphlets found in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, apparently issued by the CPI (Maoist), read, “Fight for your water, forest, and land and form a united ‘secular morcha’ to fight the Hindutva fascism. We will fight and defeat the operation Green Hunt.”A press statement issued by the Maharashtra ANO on Wednesday read, “The Maoists and their frontal organisations had tried to portray prof. Saibaba as an innocent wheelchair-bound professor, who has been implicated in a false case.”The Maoists have called for celebration of “Virodh Saptah” (Protest Week) between March 23 to March 29 and “Bharat Band” on March 29.The ANO said, “The investigating officer, Mr. Suhas Bawache, had received over 20,000 letters from more than 90 countries condemning the arrest of prof. Saibaba. Some organisations recently protested in Mumbai demanding the scrapping of the UAPA act under which he was convicted. They could not have asked for Saibaba’s release directly.”The special unit of Maharashtra police also informed that “secret meetings of Maoist supporters ” were organised in Nagpur, and Armori area of Gadchiroli last week, to create pressure on the police against prof. Saibaba’s jail term.The ANO also claimed that the Maoist ambush in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on March 11, which resulted in death of 12 CRPF men, was related to the professor’s conviction as it happened right after he was sentenced by a Gadchiroli court. It also appealed to people to not give any response to the “Bharat Bandh.”
Girls studying in a residential tribal girls’ school in the Dantewada district of south Chhattisgarh have accused some Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men of “indecent behaviour and molestation” inside the school’s premises during a Rakshabandhan programme organised by a local news channel on July 31.“On August 1, the warden of the residential tribal girls’ school, the District Education Officer of Dantewada, and some members of the district council, went to the District Collector with a complaint that some CRPF men had indulged in indecent behaviour with some girls in the residential tribal girls’ school during the programne. They complained that the girls were allegedly frisked by some CRPF men when they went to the washroom,” said Mr. Ajay Singh, DIG, CRPF, Operations, Chhattisgarh sector.
The ruling Congress in Meghalaya has suffered another jolt with State party president and four-time Chief Minister D.D. Lapang deciding to opt out of assembly poll race, due early next year. His announcement came a month after two senior leaders holding cabinet berths – deputy Chief Minister Roytre C Laloo and Roshan Warjri – expressed similar intentions. The 85-year-old veteran leader met All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Sunday to inform her about his decision.“She wished me well and said I should continue to keep the party united and share my experience and advisories with the workers and leaders,” Mr. Lapang said in a statement. The former CM also exchanged greetings with Meghalaya party in-charge C.P. Joshi during a meeting called to discuss the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress president. He had informed Chief Minister Mukul Sangma about his decision prior to his meeting with Sonia Gandhi on Sunday.Mr. Lapang had won the Nongpoh seat in the 1972 assembly elections as an Independent candidate. He later joined the Congress and was elected chief minister in 1992, 2003, 2007 and 2009. However, he never completed his tenure as the chief minister.
The crucial Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha byelections in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday were marked by a poor average turnout of only 40.20%.If Gorakhpur recorded only 43% voting, the figure was even lower in Phulpur at 37.39%, as per Joint Chief Election Officer Ramesh Chandra Rai. It is a drastic fall from 2014 when Gorakhpur recorded 54.67% and Phulpur 50.20%, a dip of over 11% and 12%.In neighbouring Bihar, the turnout was slightly better — 57% in the Araria Lok Sabha constituency and 50.6% and 54.6% respectively in the Jehanabad and Bhabhua Assembly constituencies. The byelections concluded with no incidents of violence, but an FIR was filed against Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai for violating the model code of conduct by allegedly making a provocative speech during campaigning on Friday at Narpatganj in Araria. There were also reports of VVPAT machines not working at some booths in Bhabhua.The low voting percentages in U.P. will worry the BJP, which won both the seats in 2014 by margins of over 3,00,000 votes. Additionally, in both constituencies the turnout in the urban centres, considered BJP strongholds, was poor, with Allahabad North barely crossing 21%.The U.P. Chief Election Officer’s office said in a statement that while voting was peaceful, 114 VVPATS, 41 EVM balloting units and 38 EVM control units had to be replaced after “minor technical complaints.” The commission had deployed 4,728 EVM control units, 7,098 ballot units and 4,728 VVPATS for the polls, with the VVPAT facility available at all voting centres.In Bihar, the Narpatganj Assembly constituency’s Nodal Officer-cum-Circle Officer Nishant Kumar on Sunday lodged an FIR against the State BJP chief for violating the model code of conduct after Mr. Rai, also Lok Sabha MP from Ujjiarpur, allegedly said that “if the RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam wins the poll, Araria would become a hub of ISI [Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence].”The Bihar bypolls are being seen as a direct battle between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav. It was the first time Mr. Yadav had led the election campaign of his party in the absence of his father and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, who is lodged in Ranchi jail after being convicted in the fodder scam cases. For Mr. Kumar, this was the first electoral battle after he dumped the RJD to join hands with the BJP again.The Araria bypoll was necessitated by the death of RJD strongman Mohammad Taslimuddin. The BJP fielded Pradeep Singh, who had won the seat in 2009 and finished runner-up in 2014.The Jehanabad Assembly bypoll was caused by the death of RJD legislator Mundrika Singh Yadav and the party fielded his son Suday Yadav from there. The NDA fielded Abhiram Sharma of the Janata Dal (United), who had won the seat in 2010 when his party was an ally of the BJP. In Bhabhua the bypoll was held after the death of BJP MLA Anand Bhushan Pandey.
Five persons, including three pilgrims, were killed and 18 others injured on Friday in two accidents in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri and Ramban districts, police said. Three pilgrims were killed and 18 others injured when their mini bus overturned in Rajouri district, they said. The bus was on its way to the Shiv Khori temple when it overturned at the Triyath belt, police said. The injured have been admitted to the GMC hospital in Jammu, they said. In another incident, two persons, identified as Sanjay Singh and Manjeet Singh, were killed after their vehicle skidded off the road and plunged into a 300-feet deep gorge near the Karool Kundi area in Ramban district, police said. Their bodies have been recovered, they said.
Popular Bollywood and Assamese singer-actor Zubeen Garg has invited the ire of priests at Guwahati’s Kamakhya temple for advising them to stop animal sacrifice.Mr. Garg campaigned against animal sacrifice during his performance at a Bihu function near the temple complex on Monday evening. He took up the issue while referring to Bollywood actor-politician Govinda’s visit to the temple on Sunday, during which a buffalo was sacrificed.“Govinda could have sacrificed himself and not a buffalo to satisfy the Mother Goddess (Kamakhya). No deity wants to be satiated with the blood of animals. Animal sacrifice in the name of religion must end,” Mr. Garg said.His views have not gone down well with the Kamakhya priests. “A singer’s job is to sing, not preach about the age-hold rituals of one of the holiest Hindu temples. Mr. Garg should apologise for hurting religious sentiments,” Kabindra Sarma, chief spokesperson of the temple, told The Hindu.“From the President of India to the average farmer, millions of people visit the temple. Each has his or her own way of seeking the blessing of the Goddess, and animal sacrifice is one of them. We don’t need lecturing from anyone who has no respect for tradition,” Mr. Sarma said.
Twenty six out of 30 students from Super-30 coaching institute in Patna have cracked the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE), whose results were declared on Sunday.“This year, the result of Super-30 is a bit less than 100%. 26 out of 30 students have cracked IIT-JEE but still I’m happy for the students and their families”, founder of Super-30 and mathematician Anand Kumar told The Hindu.The institute, since its inception in 2002, has been coaching underprivileged children to enter the IIT, even giving them free food and accommodation. A total of 422 students out of 480 from Super-30 coaching institute have qualified in IIT-JEE since it was started. For the last four years, all 30 students from Super-30 qualified.Mr. Kumar has been featured in several national and international magazines, newspapers and documentaries for his work. His younger brother Pranav Kumar, mother and other family members help him run the institute. Recently, a Bollywood a biopic titled Super-30 starring Hrithik Roshan was announced.
A gruesome incident of honour killing of two teenaged lovers that took place more than a month ago in Odisha’s Koraput district has now come to light. The mutilated bodies of the victims were found on the railway track between Kotpad and Kusumi stations on June 21. Initially it seemed like a case of suicide, but police investigation revealed that the girl’s family had murdered the duo and thrown the bodies on the track. Both the victims were minors studying in the same school.Five persons, including the girl’s father and her brother, were arrested by the police on Tuesday.According to Koraput Superintendent of Police Kunwar Vishal Singh, the girl’s father had met him on July 10 and alleged that his daughter had been murdered. However, investigation and interrogation of the arrested persons revealed details of the gruesome plot.Same school Both victims were residents of Mundaguda village and students of Kusumi High School. They were allegedly in a romantic relationship which was opposed by the girl’s family. The police said her family members had initially planned to kill the boy but later decided to eliminate both of them.On June 20, the five located the youngsters together and dragged them to a deserted jungle area by the side of a railway track near Kusumi. According to police sources, the father, brother and three cousins of the girl warned the teenaged lovers to snap their ties or face dire consequences. When the youngsters refused, they were attacked with sticks and axes.According to the autopsy report, the boy received injuries from sharp-edged weapons on his legs and hands. He died on the spot. The girl was strangulated with her chunri, the police said.To make it look like suicide, their bodies were thrown on the nearby railway track that were later run over by passing trains.
Four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed when the bullet proof vehicle they were travelling in came under attack from alleged Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Saturday. Two others were rushed to a hospital.Bijapur goes for polls in first phase of Assembly Elections on November 12 in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected State.The troops were out for an area domination exercise in a bullet proof vehicle when the The Communist Party of India (Maoist) fired on them, followed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion, a CRPF official said.The incident occurred around 4 p.m. near Murdanda camp of the CRPF under Awapalli police station in Bijapur when the troops were about a kilometre away from their camp. The vehicle was carrying six personnel.The first phase of election will cover 18 constituencies in eight Maoist-affected districts – Bastar, Kanker, Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon and Rajnandgaon.
Youth leaders of Opposition parties and organisations joined hands to save the Constitution, which they said is being targeted under the guise of the Ram temple movement, on Sunday.“Religion is not in danger. An atmosphere is being created to pit Hindus against Muslims. The only thing in danger is our Constitution. The temple is being made an issue to hide failures of this government,” said Kanhaiya Kumar, former president of Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union and Communist Party of India leader. The ‘save the Constitution rally’ was organised by 14 different youth organisations across the country and saw participation from the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani and Patidar leader Hardik Patel. It was kicked off from Rajgruha in Dadar, the residence of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, and culminated at Chaityabhoomi near Shivaji Park. Mr. Mewani said, “Every youngster must join hands to save our Constitution. Discussions should be held on the Rafale deal, malnutrition in Jharkhand, employment and demonetisation. Not on Ram temple. When the BJP raise this issue, ask them about Achhe din and employment,” he said.Mr. Patel said, the way this government is pressurising the Supreme Court and CBI and other institutes shows that it wants to compromise the Constitution. “Drought in Maharashtra and farmers’ woes are the real problems. The temple issue is being hyped up to impact the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan elections,” he said.The youth of this country wants employment, Mr. Patel said. “How can the Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad organise programmes in huge numbers in Ayodhya when Section 144 is imposed?Aaditya Thackeray is a young leader. He should have led the protest march against farmer suicides in Vidarbha and Marathwada,” he aked.Maharashtra Youth Congress president Satyajit Tambe said that the association of all youth organisations will continue even in the future and joint agitations will be held to expose the government’s “anti-constitutional” and “anti-youth policies”.
A professor of Jammu University triggered a controversy by allegedly referring to freedom fighter Bhagat Singh as a “terrorist”, prompting authorities to set up a panel to probe the matter. While delivering a lecture at the department of political science on Thursday, Prof. Mohammad Tajuddin allegedly made the reference. Soon after the students took up the matter with the Vice-Chancellor. “Some students met the Vice-Chancellor on Thursday evening and told him about the incident. They submitted a CD as a proof,” Jammu University spokesperson Dr. Vinay Thusoo said. Taking immediate action, V-C Prof. Manoj K. Dhar ordered a probe and ordered disassociation of Prof. Tajuddin from teaching. “Following the complaint, the University on the same day constituted an inquiry committee, headed by University’s Dean Academic Affairs Prof. Keshiv Sharma,” Dr. Thusoo said. He said the committee has been asked to submit its report within 7 days. The matter triggered protests from students who demanded that the professor be suspended from the university. Prof. Tajuddin said his remarks were taken out of context and a 25-second clip was made from his two-hour lecture. Prof. Tajuddin said he was talking about Lenin (Russian revolutionary) in the lecture and in that context, mentioned that the state calls any violence against it as “terrorism”. “Someone took a 25-second video out of my 2-hour lecture. Terrorist word came in that. It was not what I meant. Still, if anyone is hurt, I am really sorry for it,” he said. “I also consider Bhagat Singh a revolutionary. He is one of the people who sacrificed his life for the country,” he said, adding that he did not intend to hurt anyone’s feelings and apologised.
National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah welcomed Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in the Lok Sabha that the Centre was ready to hold the Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir.“An important assurance on the floor of the House in the Lok Sabha. This should put to rest the motivated speculation that elections in the State will happen only after the general elections,” he wrote on Twitter.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik rolled out the transfer of funds to beneficiary farmers under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme at a rally in Puri on Friday.Stating that the KALIA scheme was being appreciated across the country, Mr. Patnaik said it will be a milestone in Odisha’s economic growth. The scheme covers more than 50 lakh farmer families including share croppers and landless families, he said.The scheme will help farmers improve agricultural activities and development of their families, said Mr. Patnaik, adding that he rolled out KALIA from Puri with the blessings of Lord Jagannath and no one can stop its journey. The scheme will show a new path to the entire nation, he added.More than one lakh farmers attended the rally. The government credited ₹5,000 each to the bank accounts of 12.45 lakh farmers across the State in the first phase during the day.The farmers will get their entitlement of ₹5,000 under KALIA for purchase of seeds, fertilizers and insecticides twice a year — once on Akshaya Tritiya for kharif season and on Nuakhai day for rabi season.The KALIA scheme, launched on December 31, has become popular because Lord Jagannath is called Kalia by the devotees, said Mr. Patnaik.While expressing gratitude to the farmers, the Chief Minister said, “You raise crops and provide food to the State. Your production is offered (to the Lord) as Mahaprasad. You’re doing a great job, a pious job. So, I named this scheme KALIA.” He added that farmers will get the cash assistance in six crop seasons over a period of three years. An amount of ₹10,180 crore will be spent under KALIA. Besides, crop loans up to ₹50,000 will henceforth be interest-free under the scheme. Also 10 lakh landless households will be supported with a unit cost of ₹12,500 to take up activities like small goat-rearing units, mini layer units, duck units, fishery kits for fishermen and women, mushroom cultivation and bee keeping.An annual financial assistance of ₹10,000 will be provided to vulnerable agriculture households and landless labourers. About 10 lakh such households will be covered over two years.
The People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM), a corruption watchdog turned political party, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking clarification on the reported military build-up along the State’s border with Myanmar.In a letter to the Prime Minister on Monday, the PRISM said Mizoram has no disturbed area necessitating militarisation. Mizoram has six international border districts — Champhai, Serchhip, Lunglei, Siaha, Lawngtlai, and Mamit — where there is neither disturbance nor law and order problems, it pointed out. “Army and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in some parts of Lawngtlai district in January. There is no official announcement made by the State or the Central government regarding their number or motive,” PRISM president Vanlalruata said.There have been reports of deployment of extra forces along Mizoram’s border with Myanmar following drive against extremist groups such as Arakan Army by that country’s military. Officials of Assam Rifles said the movement of extra troops was part of “routine exercises” along the border.