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first_imgDr. Victor Harris of the University of Florida will present the Personal Finance web conference on Tuesday, June 26 at 2 p.m. ET. “9 Important $kills for Talking About Money” will use research from Dr. John Gottman’s studies of couple communication.Talking about finances can be difficult, so many couples avoid the topic altogether, which leads to conflicts and disagreements. This web conference will provide strategies for successfully discussing finances and will give participants skills they can practice during the conference and at home.Our team and Dr. Harris have identified a number of online resources that support the topics to be discussed in this web conference. To review this list, click here. AFC-credentialed participants can earn 1.5 CEUs from AFCPE for participating in this 90-minute web conference.This web presentation will be the first the Military Families Learning Network has hosted on the Department of Defense’s Adobe Connect webinar hosting platform. To join the web conference, log in as a “guest” a few minutes before 2 p.m. ET on June 26.Do you have questions you’d like to share with our presenter? Leave them here in the comments and we’ll share them during the web conference.last_img read more

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first_imgBrowse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on November 4, 2013. By Barbara O’NeillHow will the Affordable Care Act apply to Veterans who sometimes use VA services?Veterans who qualify and receive VA benefits do not need to purchase coverage. VA benefits remain unchanged.Some may choose to sign up for coverage in individual state marketplaces to supplement their current VA coverage.last_img read more

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first_imgWe are excited to announce that effective January 2016 the MFLN has transitioned to the Adobe Connect based webinar platform hosted by the All Partners Access Network (APAN). Connect offers a host of innovative features that are certain to enhance your experience during MFLN learning opportunities. In addition to the ever-familiar chat pod, expect to see multimedia, polls, and perhaps whiteboard collaboration in the near future!Accessing MFLN webinars has never been easier. Security certificates are not necessary when logging in via Connect. You can now also take the MFLN with you wherever you go – mobile options are available for both Android and Apple devices. Visit the How to Join page for full information.Check out our upcoming events and “Connect” with us!last_img read more

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first_imgCreate awesome photography tools on the cheap! Check out these 7 great photography hacks using everyday items.When you’re on an indie-filmmakers budget sometimes you have to get creative. Luckily for us the good folks at COOPH have created this awesome video featuring 7 affordable camera hacks. If you haven’t watched it yet check out the video:Just to get an idea of how expensive each hack costs we’ve went ahead and priced out each technique so you can know how much to save. Most of the items on the list are probably just laying around your house.1. Timelapse Rig HackTools Needed: IKEA Egg Timer – $5.99Total Cost: $5.992. Arty Filter HackTools Needed: Rubber Bands – $.99, Sandwich Bags – $.99, &  Markers- $.99.Total Cost: $2.973. The Vaseline HackTools Needed: Vaseline – $1.49, Filter – $1.97Total Cost: $3.464. Flash Diffuser HackTools Needed: Xacto Knife – $3.99, Tin Foil – $.99, Tupperware – $.99, Transparent Paper – $.99Total Cost: $6.965. ND Filter HackTools Needed: Welders Glass – $3.82, Elastic Bands – $.99Total Cost: $4.816. String HackTools Needed: String – $.99, Tripod Mount – $3.99Total Cost: $4.987. Bokeh HackTools Needed: Cardboard – Free, Tape – $.99, Ruler – $.99, Xacto Knife – $3.99Total Cost: $4.98Know of any other cheap photo or video hacks?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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first_imgAt half the weight of the original stabilizer, the Ronin-M is a welcomed upgrade to the Ronin.Aside from amazing new camera announcements, NAB 2015 is also a great place to find new accessories to go along with those new cameras. One of the most exciting new accessories to be released this year is the DJI Ronin-M, a sequel to their wildly successful Ronin gimbal stabilizer.The DJI Ronin-MAt less than half the weight of the Ronin, the Ronin-M is a fantastic motorized gimbal stabilizer designed to work with any camera less than 8lbs. The stabilizer offers about 6 hours of battery life which could be an issue if you’re on set for a long time.The Ronin-M has been designed to be more compact than the original Ronin, making it a better choice for lightweight cameras or tight shooting situations.The good people at News Shooter have created this awesome demo video from NAB 2015.If you want to see footage of the DJI Ronin-M in action, check out this quick teaser trailer for Lifted, a short film that will be released Friday the 17th.Other notable specs for the DJI Ronin-M include:Fully removable handlesTwo regulated 12V P-taps, one 500mAH full-size USB connector, and a DJI Lightbridge connectorQuick release system for the top handle allows users to mount the DJI Ronin-M easily to jibs, cranes, tripods, and many more.Solid, one-piece, magnesium camera-support frame provides extreme structural rigidity.Fully compatible with the optional DJI Ronin Thumb ControllerPricing and AvailabilityThe DJI Ronin M is expected to be priced below $2,000 and will be available for pre-order before the end of the month.What do you think about the new DJI Ronin-M? Will it integrate well with your current setup? Share your thoughts in the comments below.News courtesy of No Film School.last_img read more

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first_imgLearn how to duplicate yourself with this easy cloning effect. You’ll be beside yourself with joy!Top image: Jesse Eisenberg in The DoubleCreating a cloning effect is surprisingly easy. In a nutshell: you can create a cloning effect by overlaying two videos, as long as the backgrounds stay the exact same. A simple mask tool or cropping effect will do the trick.For example if we composited the images below:We could end up with a pretty convincing cloning effect that uses only a single mask.Creating a Cloning Effect in After EffectsCreated by Film RiotThis video tutorial from Film Riot shows how easy it is to create a cloning effect using After Effects. The tutorial is fairly straightforward — just mask out the areas around your cloned subject. It should be noted: if you want to create a cloning effect where the subject passes in front of another clone, you will need to do some potentially time-consuming rotoscoping.Creating a Cloning Effect in FCPXCreated by fordeetvCloning in FCPX is very similar to cloning in any other video editing application. All you need to do is simply layer both of your clone layers on top of each other and crop out the unnecessary parts of the video frame.You don’t need After Effects or FCPX to create a cloning effect. This technique will work in virtually any video editing application… just look for the pen tool or crop effect.Four Things to Consider When Trying to Clone YourselfWhen you get down to it there isn’t a lot that goes into creating a quick cloning effect, but there are a few things you might want to consider.1. Color Correction/White BalanceWhen working with cloned videos, you need to make sure your video camera is set to a custom white balance. If the video is set to auto-white balance, you might run into issues where the color of your videos don’t match. If you encounter this problem in post, you can usually fix it by using an automatic color correction tool like the Fast Color Corrector in Premiere Pro.2. ExposureIn line with white balance, you need to make sure that the exposure between your two video clips is consistent. The only way to guarantee that the exposure is 100% similar is to throw your camera into manual. If you don’t set a unified exposure, you might run into some issues where your video has a harsh seam. In the example above, you can see how unbalanced exposures can lead to an unconvincing cloning effect.3. Overlapping ActionIt’s super easy to create a cloning effect if one of your subjects is on the left and one is on the right. But if your subjects actually crossover or interact with each other, you’ll run into some very tedious and cumbersome issues. If your subjects end up overlapping, you’ll either need to rotoscope one out (which can take a lot of time) or rethink the way you are shooting your clone video. If your video requires overlapping action, you’ll probably want to shoot on a green screen instead.4. Lock Down Your TripodEven the slightest movements in your tripod will completely make this effect fall apart. When working on a cloning effect, lock down your tripod and keep an eye on any crew members getting near the camera. It’s usually best to work a little faster than normal, just to ensure that none of your environment accidentally changes on the shoot.5. PlaybackIf your clones have a conversation with each other, then you’ll need to record and playback your footage while on set. I recommend using a small handheld camera that can record quick audio. This will prevent you from having to dump your A-camera footage to an external playback system between shots. Simply record a shot with two cameras and playback so your actor can see when they’re doing the second take. You may need to work on the timing a little in order to get it right.Have you ever recorded a cloning effect? Share how you did it in the comments below.last_img read more

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first_imgColor correction tools like DaVinci Resolve are more affordable and accessible than ever, but working with color takes more than just the right software. Here are three tips for building a color correction suite that will improve your output.Top image via Digital ProductionMuch like editing bays, color correction suites come in all shapes and sizes. On the top level, a color room at a high-end facility might have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment in it, while an at-home setup will naturally be more modest. With that said, just because you might be working from home or from a small facility doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t follow the same principles as the larger color suites.You may not need a $30,000 color board or a 4K projector, but what you do need are a number of basic components that will make or break the quality of your work. Let’s take a look at three of the most important aspects of any color suite.1. Light ControlImage of The Vanity VFX color grading station in Toronto via BTL News If you come from an offline editing background, then you might be used to editing on your laptop on set, in a coffee shop, at the kitchen table, or anywhere else you can find space to set up shop. Unfortunately, things aren’t as simple when working with color, as ambient room light can pose big challenges when handling color work.Imagine attempting to color correct a photo on your iPhone in a dark room. Now imagine trying to color the same photo on your iPhone in broad daylight. Obviously you’ll have a much tougher time working outside, since the glare from the sun makes a perfectly clear view of your screen nearly impossible. The same principle applies inside your color room.Any little bit of light that seeps into your room through a window, door, or elsewhere will negatively impact your color session. Not only does ambient light make it more difficult to view your monitor properly, but it’s inconsistent nature will also throw off your results. For instance, you might start your session in the morning while the sun isn’t yet overhead — but by noon, it’s shining straight through the window. Whether you realize it or not, you’ll be compensating for this extra light in the room by making color adjustments in your footage.For these reasons and more, the first thing you need to do when setting up your color suite is control the light. Buy blackout blinds and install them on every window in your suite to block any and all uncontrolled light. With the house lights off, your room should be pitch black inside, so make whatever changes you need to ensure that your space achieves this.2. Room ColorImage via the Toast AgencyAmbient light isn’t the only variable that can affect your ability to see color objectively — the colors in your room can pose just as many challenges.If you’ve ever worked in a professional color suite, you know that almost all of them have walls that are painted grey. The reason for this is quite simple: if your room is any color other than a neutral grey, your eyes will adjust to the ambient color of the room. Therefore, you’ll be making inaccurate judgements when it comes to coloring your footage.Think of what happens when you wear blue sunglasses for more than a few minutes and then take them off — everything now appears yellow, or warm. This is because your eyes have an ability to “white balance,” so to speak, and this phenomenon can occur just as obviously when you’re inside your color suite.If you were to attempt to color a project in a room that’s painted a bright vivid color (let’s say cherry red), there’s no question that your images would all have a very distinct color cast to them. Your eyes would adjust to the red in the room pretty quickly. In an unconscious attempt to balance the color of the image to your eyes, you’d be inadvertently adding more red to your images than called for.So, if you plan on doing professional color work, be sure to paint your room neutral grey to avoid headaches and technical issues with your projects. It’s also ideal to use light fixtures that have a color temperature of 6500K for greater consistency and accuracy.3. Calibrated MonitorEven if your room is light controlled and painted neutral grey, you aren’t quite out of the woods yet. The other huge variable to consider when working on color projects your monitoring system set up — more specifically, how it’s calibrated.Regular computer monitors are not designed for critical color work. Some monitors are warmer than others, some have too much contrast, others are oversaturated, and so on. The bottom line is that a $150 monitor from Best Buy is never going to display colors to meet a professional standard, and attempting to use monitors like this to color with is ill-advised.If you’re serious about color, you really need to invest in a proper broadcast monitor that can take an SDI video signal and be calibrated professionally. You may not need to invest in a color board right away, or a huge office space to work in, but investing in a monitor is an absolute must. In many ways, your monitor is the heart of your color operation — so if there’s one area you’re going to want to invest your money, it’s here.Interested in learning more about color grading? Check out the color grading section of the PremiumBeat Blog.last_img read more

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first_imgWe’ve previously covered offline editing and proxy workflows, but in this article, we’ll cover methods to make your 6K RAW editing more amicable.Although the Pocket 6K is budget and new user-friendly, the files the camera produces can be anything but. 6K BRAW media is a resource-heavy media that requires substantial processing power to play back.As a side note, when I started to initially film my review video (you can watch here), I decided to record in the highest constant bitrate quality possible. The files were so immense that the card Blackmagic supplied me wouldn’t even play back the media. I had to drop down to 8:1 to review what I’d shot.With that, it’s not going to be practical for most people to try and edit native 6K RAW files. This is especially true if you decide to add any sort of color grading or OFX effect, which requires more GPU processing. When the world was going crazy for cryptocurrency and there was a shortage of peripherals — especially graphic cards (GPUs) — we saw a rise in the price for many computer components. And, perhaps for the first time, it was cheaper to buy a pre-built custom PC than purchase the parts separately.I wanted a system that could handle 4K files at ease, and now I have one. But at 6K BRAW 3:1, I’m only moving at 17fps. And, even on the lowest recorded settings (12:1), I’m reaching 23fps. Perhaps usable to some extent, but not favorable when trying to edit.So, of course, we need to create edit-friendly files. We’ve covered offline editing and proxy workflows in the past, but in this article, we’re going to quickly skim over a few methods to make your 6k RAW editing a little more amicable.In theory, there are three methods we can use to do this in Resolve. However, we’re only going to focus on two. The first technique involves decreasing the resolution playback, which can be done in the Playback Menu under Proxy Mode. You can switch the playback from Half Resolution or to a Quarter Resolution.However, I’m going to say that if you have a low performing computer and are struggling to play back 6K in general, I’d suggest skipping this altogether. As noted by Uli Plank on the Blackmagic Forums:Red footage, a.k.a. R3D, for example, can be quite efficiently decoded at lower resolutions, due to its wavelet codec. DNG sequences, H.264, or BRAW (while the latter is easy on the CPU) don’t profit much from lower resolution since they need full decoding to produce an image.Ultimately, Resolve is still the original 6K BRAW file, and I’d bet money on Resolve pausing and dropping frames every so often.Realistically, you’re going to need to create a proxy file so you’re editing with less intensive media. There are two ways you can do this.Optimized MediaOptimized media is Resolve’s in-house system for taking your source clip and generating a proxy stored in Resolve’s cache folder.To optimize a clip, select the clip(s) that need to be optimized, right-click over a media file, and select Generate Optimized Media. Resolve will then create optimized media. If your system is unable to playback 6K RAW files, this process will likely take some time.When the clips have been optimized, there’s no visual indication to let you know that one clip is optimized and another is not. So, I suggest placing optimized media in a separate bin to keep track of the optimized media.Once Resolve generates the optimized media, make sure to select Use Optimized Media If Available on the playback menu. Likewise, for grading or zoomed-in analysis, you can flick between the optimized media and the source media by deselecting this option. As Resolve retains the link to the original files, the switch is instantaneous and involves no waiting.This should hopefully make the 6K BRAW files easier on your system. However, if you find that the generated media is still acting sluggish, you likely haven’t adjusted the Optimized Media and Cache settings in Project Settings>Master Settings. In this panel, you can set the parameters for how you wish your media to be optimized.I’d love to give you a one-for-all setting to go to, but that’s going to depend entirely on what your system is comfortable with. But, as a starting point, I’d look at using the DNxHR 444 codec.However, the optimized media is generated within Resolve’s database system, meaning you wouldn’t be able to move the files to a different NLE. More importantly, if you change the camera BRAW data, the optimized media will be discarded and you have to generate optimized media again (which can be a lengthy process).Therefore, the other — and honestly most suggested method — would be to transcode your media into edit-friendly files traditionally.Transcode MediaThere are two ways you can do this. First, when in the media page or media pool, select the 6K BRAW clips you’d like to be transcoded, then choose File>Media Management. The following pop-up menu should appear.First, select Clips (from Entire Project, Timelines, and Clips), then Transcode.You can now select the Render Destination, and as before, you need to set the transcoding options to render the 6K RAW files out as edit-friendly files. Again, DNxHR would be a good starting point, depending on your machine. Although, most computers should be able to play a 1080p DNxHR file, and if it can’t, well, time for a new PC.Alternatively (but I would suggest the above option), you could also add all the 6K RAW clips that you need to transcode to a new timeline. Head to the delivery page to transcode. When on the delivery page, there are two specific checkboxes you need to tick. First, you need to make sure you select Render Individual Clips. Secondly, on the File tab, you need to choose Filename Uses Source Name. Then, once again, select an edit-friendly preset and render your media.With both methods, you’ll need to import the proxy files back into Resolve. Then, before color grading and/or delivery, relink/replace the proxy clips with the 6K raw files, and you’d have sidestepped a lot of stuttered playbacks and huffing.Looking for more tips on working with DaVinci Resolve? Check these out.Working with Different Frame Rates in the Same File in ResolveHarnessing the Power of Facial Refinement in DaVinci ResolveWorking with Super Slow Motion in DaVinci ResolveNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Processing PowerLearn How to Fix a Variable ND Filter Vignette in DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

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first_imgWe tend to think of the final close as being the most difficult to obtain. But this isn’t true. Here is a lis of the commitments you need to gain by degree of difficulty. These three commitments are relatively easy to gain. Even signing the contract is an easy commitment to gain, if you’ve done great work up until that point.Review Your Solution: Everyone likes to learn, and everyone likes to see something new. Gaining the commitment to review your solution in your presentation is easy after you’ve had a single conversation about your dream clients needs. This is the easiest of all the commitments you need to gain.Collaborate: The commitment to collaborate around a solution is one of the easier commitments to gain. Your dream client has ideas about how they need things to work, and they’re more than happy to share them with you.Signing the Contract: For all of the hoopla about closing and getting the final commitment, this isn’t anywhere near the most difficult client commitment to gain. If you’ve done good work up until this point, this is a very easy and natural commitment again.These commitments are more difficult to gain.Resolve Concerns: Your dream client will tell you they need time to make a decision. Without you being there to help provide them with information and insight, they will struggle to resolve their concerns. This commitment is more difficult to gain.Decision: The commitment to make a decision to act is one of the more difficult decisions you will have to gain. Even if your dream client knows and understands their need to change.Consensus: One of the biggest obstacles to a deal is getting everyone on your team clients team on the same page at the same time. Consensus is difficult. The status quo as many allies.These are some of the most difficult commitments you will need to gain to create and win an opportunity. None of these is the final “close.” Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Time – First Appointment: Your dream client is extraordinarily busy. They have more work than they have time. They’ve had too many experiences with bad salespeople to risk spending time with another one. They’ve changed providers three times and never gotten a better result. They’re comfortable with the status quo and they trust their problem more than they trust you. This makes time difficult to gain.Invest Enough to Succeed: If your customer was capable of getting the result they needed with their current investment they would not be speaking to you. They need help justifying the need to spend more to produce the real outcome they want.Execution: There is nothing more difficult for you or your client then executing. This is the most difficult commitment again because it requires that your customer change what they are presently doing.last_img read more

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now For many decades, salespeople were taught to find “the” decision-maker, that one person who had the authority to bind a company to a deal. They were taught that they needed to reach the C-suite if they were to create and capture opportunities. Most deals still need an executive sponsor of some kind, and all of them require someone with the authority to bind the company to a deal.Because we have focused for so long on authority, there has been a tendency for some to believe that other people are not as important to winning a deal, and such, they have not treated the with appropriate respect, preferring to look over the shoulder and up the organizational chart. This is a mistake, and it should be remedied.Treating people as if they are important is a hedge. The fact of the matter is, you don’t know who has what level of influence within their company, and whose ear they have.You might believe that someone’s title indicates that they are not necessary to a deal, when that person might be just the person you need to gain access to the person who would most value from what you do.You might mistakenly be ignoring someone because they don’t appear to have any influence, when they might very well be the person who her peers look to for advice in the area where you can help. You might believe that people who are lower on the organizational chart are somehow less important to winning a deal than people at the higher rungs of the ladder, but to believe this is to make a mistake.Even though you believe someone may not be integral to winning business, you should treat everyone as if they are important, as though wants and needs are important to you, and you should always consider their needs. You should do this because it’s the right thing to do. But if you don’t believe it’s true, do it anyway as a hedge against behaving in a way that hurts you later.last_img read more

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first_imgSituation at Panjab University turned tense on Tuesday after a protest by students against fee hike turned violent even as police and students clashed on the campus. Hundreds of students gathered outside the Vice-Chancellor office and started protesting against the fee hike for the 2017-18 session announced by the administration. Shout slogansMembers of Students for Society, Panjab University Students’ Union, Students’ Organisation of India and National Students’ Union of India shouted slogans against Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover and the Ministry of Human Resource Development. They were demanding roll back of the hike.The confrontation started after students attempted to push their way to enter the VC office and the police tried to stop them. “We issued them [students] warnings but even after repeated requests they tried to barge into VC’s office. Later they [students] resorted to stone-pelting and hence we had to use water cannon, tear gas and mild cane charge to control the situation,” Senior Superintendent of Police Eish Singhal told The Hindu. 52 held“Twenty-two policemen have been injured while 52 students have been arrested on charges of rioting and damage to public property,” he said. The Aam Aadmi Party criticised the HRD Ministry and the Panjab University authorities for hiking the fees. AAP State youth wing president Harjot Singh Bains said the government was forcefully trying to silence the voice of students. “The fee hike decision is unprecedented and contradicts the duty of the government to provide education. The government must immediately roll back fee hike.” said Mr. Bains.He urged Chief Minister Capt. Amrinder Singh to release the State’s share of funds to Panjab University so that the students and facility members would not suffer due to fund crunch.last_img read more

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first_imgA month before the distraught farmers of Mandsaur launched an agitation demanding higher prices for their produce, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan had made a detailed presentation at a Niti Aayog meeting on doubling of farmers’ income while showcasing his State’s success in achieving double digit growth in the farm sector.Five-point agendaIn his presentation in April of this year, Mr Chouhan had mentioned five areas where the governments need to focus: decreasing the cost of cultivation; increasing productivity; shift in farm activities towards high value crops; better prices for farm produce; and risk mitigation through a comprehensive system of insurance and timely compensation.However, the agitation by farmers from the Malwa region in western Madhya Pradesh, considered the hub of soybean, pulses and spices cultivation, has shown that Mr Chauhan’s government did not apply his own prescription for the farmers of the State.In districts like Mandsaur, Neemuch and Ratlam, farmers, many of them small and marginal agriculturists with average land holding less than one hectare per family, have been complaining about the State administration’s apathy towards them.Plummeting prices“For last three years, we have been complaining about low prices of our produce. Since 2014, prices of soybean, methi, onion and pulses have plummeted by hardly any intervention by the government,” said 55-year-old Kachrulal Chadavat, a farmer from Barkheda Panth village, 20 km north of Mandsaur.Having voted overwhelmingly for the BJP in the parliamentary elections in 2014, the farmers of these districts have become bitter and vocal critics of the Centre, accusing it of adopting anti-farmers policies.According to Mr Chadavat, farming alone can no longer sustain a family. He and other farmers contend that instead of paying better prices to farmers, the Centre has allowed import of commodities to flood the market, leading to a crash in prices in the domestic market. The farmers blames a thriving nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and traders for the situation.Mr Chadavat cites the example of the fluctuating prices of soybean. “In 2005-06, we used to sell soybean at ₹5000 per quintal while the retail price of soybean oil was ₹55-60 per litre. Today, the soybean procurement price is only ₹2500-2700 while retail price of oil is ₹80 per litre,” he says pointing to the mismatch between the prices of raw commodities and the processed goods. “Lower procurement prices have led to this crisis in last three years,” said Ashok Rawat, who runs a seed shop in Naya Gaun near Neemuch.last_img read more

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first_img Militants will not target the highly guarded highways but will focus on interiors. The officer said that with the additional troops in place they would have room to dominate the areas to prevent major attacks.“Informants and security forces will be targeted, mostly single vehicles and small convoys. They will focus on the arterial roads and interiors,” the officer stated.Along with attacks within the Valley, infiltration attempts and to support them Cease-Fire Violations (CFVs) by Pakistan, are also expected to go up.One more battalionAn additional Army battalion was deployed along the Line of Control for counter-infiltration duties two months back, sources said.They said violence levels have been much higher this year even during the holy month of Ramzan. Attacks on security forces and infiltration attempts are being reported on a daily basis. Security forces estimate there are at least 200 militants in the Valley.This year till June 12, 77 militants have been killed — 32 on the LoC and 45 in the Valley. Last year for the same period 54 militants were killed.The CFVs by Pakistan during the same time have also gone up sharply. This year till June 12, 193 CFVs were reported while it was just five for the corresponding period last year. The CFVs for the whole of last year were 228. With Facebook banned, Kashmir’s youth reach out via Kashbook Mirwaiz’s team visits Ayub’s house Gruelling monthsOne senior officer said the Army believed violence and attacks in Kashmir could go up significantly after Eid, and go on till mid-September. There were two key events that the Army would be watching warily now: the annual Amarnath Yatra between June 29 and August 7 and the anniversary of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burwan Wani on July 8. (He was killed in 2016).“Between June 30 and July 8 they will try to build up the crowd for protests and may also resort to some violence. It will then continue till September,” a senior Army officer said.The bigger threat is from foreign terrorists in the Valley, estimated at 70 to 80. The officer said they were well trained and motivated to make their presence felt.To deal with the possible worsening of the situation, the Army has deployed five additional battalions, or 5,000 troops, in vulnerable areas beyond Banihal. Of these, three battalions will be on the National Highway ahead of Jawahar tunnel that links Jammu to Kashmir.Army sources said that with additional troops on the highway, existing troops got freed up and they were being moved into interior areas to “increase the number of company operating bases (COB).”According to Army estimates, the cycle of violence is expected to go on at least until September — till the United Nations General Assembly in New York attended by all Heads of States and where Pakistan traditionally raises the Kashmir issue. Another reason violence is expected to taper off after that is because the apple season begins by September-end. Once this ends winter will set in making infiltration and movement difficult. “So they would want to make maximum impact before that,” another officer said.Also Readcenter_img  Some seasoned hands estimate that most parameters for measuring Kashmir insurgency could go up about one-and-a-half times in the remaining part of 2017, compared with what has happened in the first six months of this year.“Violence will climb post-Ramzan and will go on till October. That is the peak season,” one official said. “In fact, in the remaining months of this year’s violence could breach all our expectations,” he cautioned.The death toll, including of security force personnel, militants and civilians, has crossed 150 this year, and it could well end up breaching the 2009 mark — of 375 casualties.The declining trend in militancy began in 2002-03, after a decade of extreme violence, and was maintained until 2013, when it began to pick up. “Since then, we have seen a year-on-year increase in militancy, and 2017 will end up being the worst year,” he said.Also Read Kashmir will witness a further flare-up of violence in the coming days, and 2017 could end up being the bloodiest year in over a decade, show latest indications. The beating to death of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammed Ayub Pandith is the latest sign of flared tempers and a further worsening of the situation there, several sources in the security establishment say.last_img read more

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first_imgTwo persons died and six others went missing after a boat capsized on the Vena river in Nagpur district of Maharashtra on Sunday evening.According to some officials from Kalmeshwar Tahsil office, eight young boys from Nagpur had gone to Vena river near Chichbhavan village of Kalmeshwar Taluka for a picnic on Sunday.Three local villagers, who provided the boat to these boys, were also on the boat when the accident took place. When the boat capsized, all three villagers managed to swim to safety, but the boys could not swim.”Two dead bodies have been recovered and six others are still missing. We fear that these boys also drowned but we will have to wait for the recovery of their bodies,” informed a police sub inspector posted at Kalmeshwar police station.One of the deceased  boys was identified as Rahul Jadhav, a resident of Wadi area of Nagpur.Search and rescue operations are on to find the missing boys.last_img read more

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first_imgThe BJP today announced the names of Jaswant Singh Yadav, a minister in the Rajasthan government, and Ramswarup Lamba as its candidates for bypolls to the Lok Sabha seats of Alwar and Ajmer in the state. Yadav will contest from Alwar and Lamba, son of former Union minister Sanwar Lal Jat, from Ajmer, the party said in a statement. The bypoll to be held on January 29 was necessitated by the death of two BJP parliamentarians – Sanwar Lal Jat from Ajmer and Mahant Chandnath from Alwar. Meanwhile, Shakti Singh Hada and Manju Basu will be the party’s candidates for the assembly bypolls in Mandalgarh and Noapara constituencies in Rajasthan and West Bengal respectively, the statement added.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a writ petition seeking a probe by an independent agency into Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s alleged role in the 2007 Gorakhpur communal violence. He was the Gorakhpur MP then.A Division Bench of Justices Krishna Murari and Akhilesh Chandra Sharma said it did not find any discrepancies in the investigation or in the State government’s decision to refuse sanction to prosecute Mr. Adityanath. The petitioners, Gorakhpur-based activist Parvez Parwaz and lawyer Asad Hayat, alleged that the State machinery failed to carry out a fair probe. The case dates back to January 2007 when communal clashes broke out in Gorakhpur and adjoining areas after a Hindu youth was killed in a clash during a Moharram procession. Mr. Adityanath allegedly delivered a hate speech then, calling for revenge against the minority community.last_img read more

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first_imgReacting to reports of political turbulence in the NDA in Bihar, Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday that the alliance is intact in the State. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s phone call to his erstwhile ally Rashtriya Janata Dal patriarch Lalu Prasad started the speculation that the Janata Dal (United) may jump the ship. Several JD(U) leaders were also taking swipes at the BJP and projecting their own party as the senior partner in the alliance.“NDA was and is intact in Bihar,” Mr. Paswan told The Hindu. He had refused to comment on the events on Wednesday. He said that following the reports he spoke to Mr. Kumar and BJP leaders on Wednesday night to clear the air. “The CM clarified that the phone call to Lalu ji was nothing but a courtesy call to enquire about the health of a senior leader,” he said. The LJP leader also played down reported differences among the Bihar allies over sharing of seats in the Lok Sabha polls and said it would be sorted out when senior leaders meet.He described the RJD as “full of dirt” where nobody would like to go, adding that the Bihar Chief Minister had made four calls to Mr. Prasad or his associates in the last few weeks to enquire about his health.‘Avoid political prism’Mr. Paswan said that the phone call should not be seen through a political prism. “On July 12 we will have further discussions when BJP president Amit Shah will come to the State,” he added. Though Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, also a member of the BJP national executive, said the full itinerary of the party chief was not yet known, party sources said Mr. Shah is likely to meet the leaders of other NDA constituents as well, including Mr. Kumar. The BJP president had met Mr. Paswan recently.The seat-sharing issue in NDA has become ticklish due to the coalition’s changed equation after the JD(U)’s return to its fold.In the 2014 general election, when Mr. Kumar had broken away from the NDA, the BJP-led alliance had won 31 out of 40 seats, with the BJP bagging 22 seats, the LJP six and the Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party winning three.If none of them yields any of their respective seats, only nine will be open to negotiations as against 25 that the JD(U) had contested in 2009 as an NDA constituent.Although the JD(U) won only two seats fighting separately in tie-up with the Left parties in 2014, it put up a much improved show in the subsequent Assembly elections when it won 71 seats out of a total of 243.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgPunjab’s main Opposition, the Aam Aadmi Party, on Wednesday postponed a legislators’ meeting to August 24 to frame a strategy for the upcoming Assembly session to allow the party’s rebel faction to participate. The meeting was scheduled to be held on Wednesday. It was deferred after a group of the AAP’s dissident MLAs, led by ousted Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira, alleged that the meeting was deliberately called on Wednesday to coincide with their volunteers’ convention at Kotkapura. “We have postponed the meeting of our party legislators to August 24 (and it will be held) at 11 a.m. at the Vidhan Sabha,” Dirba MLA and LoP in the Punjab Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema said. “Kanwar Sandhu on Tuesday said that they (the rebel faction) wanted to attend the meeting but it was deliberately scheduled for Wednesday so that they could not attend it. Therefore, we postponed it and they are now welcome to (join) the meeting,” he said. Invitations for the meeting will be sent again to all the MLAs, he added. When asked how the party will put up a united face in the Assembly in the wake of the ongoing infighting, Mr. Cheema ruled out the possibility of any embarrassing situation. “They (rebel group) may do whatever they want to do outside. But in the Vidhan Sabha they will have to go by the party line,” he asserted. The three-day Assembly session will be held from August 24 to 28. The AAP plunged into crisis after Mr. Khaira was sacked as the Leader of the Opposition in July. Since then, the crisis has only deepened with the dissidents forming an ad hoc Political Affairs Committee (PAC) and naming Mr. Khaira as the interim chief of the party’s State unit.last_img read more

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first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday welcomed the Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to withdraw ‘general consent’ to the CBI for carrying out raids and investigations in the State. “[Chief Minister] Chandrababu Naidu has rightly barred the entry of CBI in his State… Previously there was no such need but times have changed because instructions are being sent to the CBI from the BJP party office. There are such provisions, we have read the Constitution as well,” Ms. Banerjee said at a core committee meeting of her party in Kolkata.last_img read more

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first_imgWidespread rain that lashed large parts of southern and western Odisha districts due to cyclone Phethai has spelt doom for the farmers.Rainwater entered fields where standing crops were yet to be harvested while harvested crops have also been damaged. During November and December, farmers harvest Kharif paddy crop. But the unseasonal rain has hit the prospects of a good harvest.Rain was reported from Gajapati, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Kalahandi and Balangir districts.“We will not be able to cut paddy for next 15 days and it will be damaged in the field. Last year also, unseasonal rain had caused extensive damage,” said Darpan Pradhan, a farmer in Balangir district.In many market yards, crop in gunny bags was soaked due to incessant rain. Farmers apprehend that they would not get appropriate MSP for the paddy due to loss of quality in the rain.“We had issued instructions to all Mandis to protect crops by polythene cover. The government is keeping a close watch on the situation through emergency control rooms,” said Bishnupada Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner.The State has received an average 8 mm rainfall while average 30 mm rainfall was recorded in 10 districts.In view of forecast for heavy rain, the government had made arrangements of temporary shelters in 174 places in Gajapati district.Meanwhile, a high level committee chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved the additional assistance from National Disaster Response Fund of ₹1023.59 crore to Odisha for damages to life and property caused by cyclonic storm ‘Titli’ in recent months.last_img read more