Blackmagic Cinema Camera Price Slashed

first_imgBlackmagic Design makes a bold move and drops the price of their popular Cinema Camera to $1995!Blackmagic Design aims to pick up a wider user base of their popular Cinema Camera – slashing the price from $2995 to $1995.  Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty recently told the Hollywood Reporter ““Too many manufacturers make products that are way too expensive or too complicated.” This move will certainly entice video pros who are currently debating on a DSLR or Cinema Cam purchase.With the recently released Blackmagic Production Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Camera, the price drop of this earlier model seems logical. When the camera was announced at the 2012 NAB show many video professionals couldn’t believe the almost 3K resolution for $3000. This recent price drops will sweeten that deal even more.Get the Blackmagic Cinema Camera over at B&H for $1995.last_img read more

Pro Insights from Colorist Colin Travers

first_imgThe professional color work of Colin Travers can be seen in everything from TV spots to full-length features. Here’s his take on the industry.Images via Colin TraversColin Travers colors a range of material, from traditional spots, web content, music videos and short films. Recently he colored Here Alone, a feature that won the audience award at Tribeca Film Festival. Watch the trailer below:Colin’s a good buddy of mine. Being a freelance colorist in New York City like myself, we’ve worked in some of the same trenches over the years, but have never gotten competitive. Maybe it’s because there’s enough work to go around, but it’s also because Colin is a chill, unpretentious guy that doesn’t let something like ego get in the way.He was quick to tip his hat to colorists — Patrick Inhofer, Robbie Carman, Dan Moran, Warren Eagles, Alexis Van Hurkman, Steve Hullfish, and Larry Jordan — who were instrumental for his learning the craft. We first met through a mutual client of ours and the immediate kinship was mutual. To this day, we regularly talk about the industry. It was my extreme pleasure to put one of our recent conversations on the record.Have you been working a lot these days?I have. It’s been a mix of studio work and unsupervised stuff which I complete at home. Occasionally I’ll have the rare supervised session at home, but much less than in previous years because the relationship is already established and there’s a sense of trust with the client.What percentage of your jobs are at studios versus at home?I work 70% at studios, whether supervised with a producer or a client, and 30% at home, a majority of which is unsupervised. A lot of those latter jobs are for big agencies.That’s interesting. I think I’ve transitioned into more of a 50% studio/50% home situation. Give me your take on the whole client experience.Dealing with a lot of different personalities over the years, I’ve learned to deal with the room, whose voice to listen to and how to roll with the punches. Some places are really good with printing out names of everyone in the session, letting you know who to watch out for, who’s calling the shots. My dad’s a therapist, so maybe I’ve learned how to navigate personalities through him somehow? (laughs)Color is a language. For clients who haven’t been to many color sessions, it’s about getting the verbiage down. “Too hot” might actually mean “too bright.” “Too grey” could mean “not enough contrast” or “not enough saturation.”Who are you working with these days?Mostly post houses in New York, but also agencies, VFX facilities, and directors directly. I have some clients in Boston, Detroit and Atlanta which involves traveling there. At this point I’ve done remote work for studios all around the world.Talk about where your career is heading.In terms of future goals, it would be nice to keep working on features like Here Alone that people will remember and be impacted by, in addition to commercials which are a colorist’s bread and butter. Most of the time that would mean going staff, which means losing the freelance lifestyle. I’m open to staff, the right opportunity just hasn’t presented itself. I spend a lot of time wondering if it’d still make sense to be freelance decades from now. I think it would, with the speed and connections of the Internet growing. I’m trying to position myself for longevity, whether staff or freelance, keeping up on the tools and workflows, and constantly building on my connections.A lot of people understand what color grading is because they use Instagram and Resolve is free, and they know their project needs coloring. Some of those people don’t have the time or money to come to New York to supervise. Once uploading 4k material onto the Internet becomes less of a barrier, I could work remotely from the mountains or the beach. The other side of the argument would be that there would be thousands more people like myself doing it for less.What’s one of your biggest hurdles as a freelancer?I’d say scheduling, which is a challenge for any freelancer. You’re your own scheduler, producer, and client relations. It’s just a hustle, even though there are less freelance colorists in a large city than other freelance professions. It’s also important to keep our rates to a certain standard to avoid a race to the bottom.I know you’re on the Lift Gamma Gain forums quite a bit, but not really pushing the social media aspect of your brand, which for me is the opposite. It’s kind of funny that we’re pushing different aspects of our businesses.I try to read the Lift Gamma Gain forums once a day or three times a week. If you want to get more into the tech side of things, that’s on the Blackmagic Design forums where you can see stuff like crash reports.Any Resolve 12.5 features you’re excited about?Being able to move more than one point on a shape at once. I like the Grain OpenFX. There are a couple of keyboard hotkeys I’ve started using, like Show Current Clip with Handles and in the keyframes, to go from All to just Color. I do both of those constantly. I find the Spatial Noise Reduction is better.People in the forums are saying the log controls feel a lot different in Resolve 12.5, that they feel more natural, not so narrow. Even though I typically don’t use beta releases on paid jobs, there was just too much good stuff in 12.5 for me not to use it.Any features you wish were in there?I’d love to be able to point Resolve to a folder of XMLs and have them all import simultaneously, or drag-and-drop XML import. I also want to be able to add all the timelines in my bin to the render queue in one step.What do you see as the future of color grading?In the future, the lines between color and VFX will blur. Resolve’s integration of Fusion will make paint, rotoscoping and sky replacements more common and expected of a colorist. I’ll probably start some Fusion tutorials, but then you’ve got to start telling people that you’re capable of VFX. As these lines between color and VFX blur, you have to ask yourself how much of that work you really want to be doing. I could see Blackmagic adding a Fusion tab in a later version of Resolve.Speaking of learning, any advice for colorists just getting into the game?Staying relevant has always been the thing. My advice is to know your sh*t. Don’t get on forums and ask how to import an XML. There’s plenty of documentation on that. Look that stuff up. Read the forums and the books, do the tutorials, and of course get hands-on experience. That’s how I learned. There’s so much more stuff out now, much more than ten years ago. My advice is to take it all in, especially if you’re not learning from another colorist.Watch Colin’s recent AirBnb spot below:last_img read more

7 Free Filmmaking Books and Guides

first_imgWhether or not you’ve been to (or are currently attending) a film school, No Film School’s DSLR Cinematography Guide is an ultimate resource of beginner’s filmmaking knowledge. With a focus on DSLR cameras and digital filmmaking tips and techniques, the book is a hodgepodge of tutorials, interviews, gear news and all types of practical DSLR filmmaking advice. There’s also a Spanish version online when you subscribe to their newsletter.Download the eBook here.Have any other free filmmaking books to add to the list? Let us know in the comments! Looking to read up on filmmaking but not wanting to spend lots of money? Check out these totally free filmmaking books and guides!Jumping into filmmaking and video production and editing can be tricky — especially if you’re just starting out. While it will always be the best advice to simply go out and do it (even if you fail now and again), reading up on your craft can be a great way to continue your education.That’s doubly true when you’re looking to jump into specific problems you’d like to troubleshoot or speciality skills you’d like to learn. If you’re ready to develop your filmmaking skills, these seven free resources are some of the best around.1. PremiumBeat: 101 Filmmaking Tips & TricksThis free eBook is produced by yours truly, PremiumBeat. In addition to running a daily blog that offers pro tips, production and editing tricks, and filmmaking articles on a wide variety of subjects, we’ve highlighted 101 of our best tips & tricks for your eReading pleasure. All told, the books amounts to over 300 pages with in-depth details, diagrams, illustrations, and pictures on all elements of filmmaking , video production, and video editing.Download the eBook here.2. Shutterstock: The Explorer’s GuideShutterstock’s Explorer’s Guide to Travel Photography and Destination Video is a perfect companion piece for the modern-day adventurer. If you’re planning an upcoming videography (or photography) trip, this guide is a must-read for preparations in travel, cameras and lenses, gear and filters, adverse weather wear and on how to get the most best footage from your epic adventure.Download the eBook here.3. The Crowdfunding BibleWritten by Scott Steinberg, The Crowdfunding Bible is an excellent niche resource for funding your next project. The book (which is free online) is jam packed with real-world advice on how to build your crowdfunding campaign from concept to execution. While not specific to just film, the book’s focus is on all the tried-and-true tricks and methodologies behind building a successful campaign. A must read before jumping into funding your next project.Download the eBook here.4. Filmmaking Stuff: Take Action and Make Your Movie Now!Filmmaking Stuff provides exactly what it promises: filmmaking stuff! The book, written by Jason Brubaker, is a comprehensive and well-designed book that helps you slam your way through the world of filmmaking. The best part, Brubaker has been on all sides of production and distribution, so the advice is deep and personalized. A great read if you’re just waiting to be the next Scorsese.Download the eBook here.5. Kodak: The Essential Reference Guide for FilmmakersIf your looking for a subject matter expert on filmmaking, there’s no better resource than one of most proficient film makers. Kodak has been a mainstay manufacturer (as well as a very helpful resource) when it comes to the world of film. Their reference guide is a goldmine of in-depth analysis on practical techniques — as well as an abundant resource of technical specs and processes to keep with you.Download the eBook here.6. The Black and Blue: Becoming the Reel DealOver 200 pages of free advice and templates that can help you build your career in the camera department. Becoming the Reel Deal focuses on the technical (and non-technical) aspects of film and video production and the roles you could fill therein. The book starts from the beginning, with advice on film schools, all the way through setting your day rates and building your resume. This is the camera operator’s book of choice.Download the eBook here.7. No Film School: The DSLR Cinematography Guidelast_img read more

The Essential Back to (Film) School Reading Guide + 3 Free EBooks

first_imgThe Filmmaker’s Handbookby Steven Ascher & Edward PincusThe Filmmaker’s Handbook covers it all, from start to finish, and in an accessible language for any level filmmaker. From pre-production all the way through to distribution, this book is a crash course for each step of the way. It even includes information for shooting on film and is full of tables and data rates in its wonderfully fat appendix.Making Moviesby Sidney LumetMaking Movies is a mixture of memoir and how-to by the Oscar-nominated director. He reflects on his experiences working with actors and handling the pressures on set. He also talks about his process for making creative decisions.Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and The Principles of Screenwritingby Robert McKeeI’ve often felt it’s best to know the rules behind story and structure before you break them. In this highly recommended read, McKee lays the groundwork for story structure and development. It technically covers screenwriting, but the meat and bones of this book are in studying the art of story.Film Directing Shot by Shotby Steven Douglas KatzI absolutely love this book! With so many ways to tell a visual story, Katz’s comprehensive manual is chock full of diagrams and storyboards that show, side by side, the different ways storytelling techniques play out on the screen.On Directingby David MametSpeaking to his own experiences as a filmmaker, this book is less of a how-to and more about Mamet’s theories and approaches to storytelling in the visual medium of filmmaking. Short and sweet to read, but packed with a lot of concepts that will challenge you to think more critically about the way you approach filmmaking.The Independent Film Producer’s Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebookby Erickson, Tulchin, and HalloranRecommended by my favorite (and the most crafty) executive producer I know, this is the book he loans to any and everyone coming to him with questions about producing or the business side of the industry (as I did). And since the book is addressing the subject from an independent viewpoint, it provides lots of solutions for those coming to filmmaking on a tighter budget.Directing the Documentaryby Michael RabigerI initially read this book for one of the only film classes I took in college, and I’ve had it with me ever since. Just like The Filmmaker’s Handbook, this is a start-to-finish full outline of the ins and outs of documentary filmmaking — and a great reference point for any documentarian.Screenwriter’s Bibleby David TrottierSure, you can find all that you need to know about screenwriting and formatting online these days. However, I personally have benefitted from having my copy of Trottier’s book around to help me structure my story and get my script into proper formatting shape. There are also lots of great insider tips on the world of professional screenwriting that would behoove anyone trying to break into that line of work.Technical RecommendationsAs a less-than-savvy technical soul, I am always looking for reference points for the more technical jobs on set. Though you cannot come close to learning what it takes to be a gaffer, grip or AC through a book alone (or film school for that matter), these handbooks below are great starting points for building your base knowledge and theories.Set Lighting Technician’s Handbookby Harry C. BoxCamera Assistant’s Manualby David E. ElkinsThe Grip Bookby Michael G. UvaThis is a popular book among the entire PremiumBeat staff, and you can read some of the tips and tricks in this article.FREE Filmmaking BooksIf you are on the hunt for a few free books for general filmmaking, take a look at these great options.101 Filmmaking Tips & Tricks: a FREE Filmmaking eBookby PremiumBeatFrom, this free filmmaking ebook, 101 Filmmaking Tips + Tricks, is a catalogue of 101 articles in eight chapters. It’s almost 300 pages loaded with pre- and post-production tips, gear insights, audio/video editing techniques, and more.DOWNLOAD 101 FILMMAKING TIPS AND TRICKSThe Explorer’s Guide to Travel Photography and Destination Videoby Shutterstock/Michael MaherThis comprehensive photo and video travel guide has everything you need to know about travel photography and destination video. From packing your bags to shooting the sunset in the Serengeti, this is your passport to success. You can read much more here, or download the book below.DOWNLOAD THE EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESTINATION VIDEOMotion Graphics Design Academyby Timo FecherThis is a free ebook for motion graphic designers, with over 200 pages of advice. Get the book here.You may not agree with the approaches and techniques of all these authors, but it is my hope that most of these books on the list will get you thinking more critically about the beautifully complex medium of filmmaking.Happy reading to you!Fore more free filmmaking books, check out this article: 7 Free Filmmaking Books and Guides No need for film school. Here are your book recommendations for every film department + 3 FREE e-BooksFall is near, with its pumpkin-flavored everything and college students flooding back into a city near you. It’s back to school, but even if your days in the classroom are done, don’t fret! I’ve got the books to keep your mind sharp and inspiration flowing well into the winter months!You don’t have to be in film school to study filmmaking. With the internet and all its resources (like your friends here at PremiumBeat), it is easier now than ever to learn all the skills you need to make films. But if you’re itching to go deeper and take the more old-fashioned approach, here is a list of some great film books to check out. From story to screenwriting to lighting: these books are the best in their categories.This list comes from recommendations straight off of film sets. I spoke with friends in a number of film departments to get their “go to” books.last_img read more

Over 120 Free Sound Effects for Videos, Apps, Films, and Games

first_imgDownload over 120 free sound effects, and use them in any commercial or personal projects! Explore these collections and get your free SFX packs now.Top image via Shutterstock.Do you need some free sound effects for a video you’re working on or an app you’re developing? We’ve rounded up all of our best free packs for you to download now — no matter what you’re working on.What’s the catch? Nothing. No catch. You are free to use all of these sound effects in any commercial or personal project. You only agree not to resell or redistribute these free sound effects. That’s it!Find the right free sound effects pack you need below, then simply click the button to visit the proper page to download each free SFX pack.20 Free Movie Trailer Sound EffectsWhen we first curated this pack of 20 free epic movie trailer sound effects, we wanted to help video editors of all levels create great movie trailers. We never imagined the tremendous response we’d get from readers like you!We have heard these elements in countless videos to date, and we can’t wait for you to share your next epic trailer with us. This pack of free trailer SFX includes sweeps, risers, slams, and intense atmospheres. Visit the page to get a copy of the twenty free trailer sound effects pack by clicking the button below.Get Free Movie Trailer SFX10 Free Glitch Sounds EffectsIn this pack of digital glitch sound effects from RocketStock, you’ll get ten free distortion SFX to accentuate your corrupted visuals. If you’re looking for glitch effects and transitions, be sure to check out RocketStock’s Corruption pack with 120 glitch and distortion elements.Click the button below to visit the RocketStock site for the ten free sound effects.Get Free Glitch SFX25 Free Explosion SFX + 15 Free FireballsThings get explosive with this big pack of 25 free explosion sound effects and 15 free video elements. The free Detonate pack includes blasts, bombs, mine explosions, and grenades.You can download all 40 free sound effects and explosion elements by clicking the link below.Get Free Explosion SFX30 Free Horror SFXThis curated collection of thirty free horror sound effects is perfect for any horror filmmaker. The free horror SFX pack includes risers, blood and guts, whispers, screeches, slams, and more.Click the button below to visit the RocketStock page with the thirty free horror SFX pack.Get Free Horror SFX15 Free Ambient Atmosphere SFXEstablish a scene with these 15 free ambient sound effects. Whether the action takes place near a busy street or quiet forest, this pack has plenty of punch to set the mood.The free ambient SFX pack includes background noises like birds, streets, coffee shops, electric hums, forests, waves, storms, and more. Get a copy now by clicking the button below.Get Free Ambient SFX29 Free Computer HUD SFXSci-Fi UI is a curated collection of twenty-nine free futuristic sound effects. The free SFX pack includes cursor clicks, alarms, beeps, scanners, and keypads. We selected these sound effects to complement the incredibly easy-to-use HUD elements in the RocketStock Interface pack. Interface includes over 400 HUD and display elements for any type of project.You can download the 29 free computer sound effects by clicking on the link below.Get Free Sci-Fi SFXHope these free SFX packs come in handy. Best of luck with your project!last_img read more

What A Leader Must Do

first_imgVision. Mission. Purpose. Then these:A leader must believe there is a way. Strategy is nothing without belief. And if you don’t believe, no one else will.A leader must be a teacher. A leader teaches business, teaches values, teaches strategy, teaches empathy, teaches tactics, teaches personal growth and development, teaches mentorship, teaches coaching, and teaches customer-focus.A leader must help their team understand why something must be done.A leader must trust her people to accomplish their missions using tactics of their own choosing. She must build a team of people she trusts enough to use their own resourcefulness and creativity to reach their goals and overcome the inevitable obstacles.A leader must instill a spirit, a confidence, an esprit de corpes in their followers.A leader must nurture, sustain, and protect a healthy culture.A leader must surround themselves with people who will tell them the ugly truth without fear, and the leader must reward their candor (and never punish it).A leader must collect and share stories of people doing things right, living the purpose, and living the values.A leader breathes life into the organization’s values by serving as an example of those values.A leader must build more leaders out his followers, knowing that every follower is someone else’s leader—or will be soon.A leader must make himself dispensable.A leader must be decisive. They must make the tough calls.A leader must do what is unpopular when it is necessary, and they must explain why they made the decision so that others may understand. This is especially true when people’s lives are effected by those decisions.A leader must care more than anyone else.A leader must go first when it comes to the most difficult challenges.A leader must be entrenched in the details.A leader must accept responsibility and must be accountable for the decisions they take.These are some things a leader must do.QuestionsWhat do leaders do?What makes a leader effective?What are a leader’s most important priorities?What would you want from a leader?last_img read more

The Phone Is Still the Very Best Tool for Booking Appointments.

first_imgFirst, there is no other medium that allows you to convert your confidence that you can create value for your dream client should they agree to meet with you. Your confidence doesn’t come across the same way in an email. Email asks tend to be sterile, devoid of emotion, or too cute for their own good.Second, and equally important, is the fact that the communication is asynchronous. You can respond to your dream client’s questions and concerns, concerns they are likely to express as a method of getting you off their phone. Because you are on the phone, you have a shot at resolving that concern (provided you have the confidence). An email can be deleted or ignored. Any attempt to resolve a concern can feel like you are arguing.Third, the key to obtaining commitments is trading enough value in exchange for the time you are requesting. Offers that are spoken with confidence that they deliver value seem to be more effective than offers made over email. If the value proposition for the meeting isn’t exactly right, you have a chance to remedy that with an improvement to your pitch. When what you are selling is a meeting, there must be something that makes it worthwhile for your prospective client.Finally, your voice is unique to you. It can identify you, transforming you from a first and last name into a human being. Not only can the client hear your voice, they can get a sense of you as a person, what we might call your real voice, or personality if you are willing and able to share that over the phone. All these things are made more difficult over email.Email is about efficiency. But results in prospecting don’t easily lend themselves to improved efficiency. Results tend to follow effectiveness. If one medium is more effective, using it more often is a better choice than looking for shortcuts.last_img read more

Dedicated to the care of patients

first_imgK. Krishna Kumari, a nurse serving at the Rural Community Health Centre of Kukudakhandi in Ganjam district, has been conferred the prestigious Florence Nightingale Award for her outstanding service.She was the only one from Odisha among 35 nurses from across the country who were conferred the award by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 12. The award carries a purse of Rs. 50,000, a certificate, a citation and a medal.Ms. Kumari has decided to spend the award money on philanthropic work. “I will donate the money for the education of children of some deserving orphanage and an old age home,” she said.Because of her passion for social service, people of all ages know her as Krishna Aka of Krishna Apa (Aka and Apa mean sister). People of Kukudakhandi say when they reach Kukudakhandi CHC, they first seek out Krishna Aka/Apa as her presence brings them confidence.Speaking to The Hindu, Ms. Kumari said: “Be it duty hour or not, it is my habit to come out of my official quarter on the CHC premises whenever any needy patient reaches the hospital”.Long hours of nursing service as well as looking after her bed-ridden mother sometimes affects her own health. “But I get energised from the satisfaction I see on the faces of recovering patients and their relatives,” she said.She claims that after the marriage of her only daughter she now has more time to serve the patients.She hails from a not-so-well-to-do family. Her father was a peon at the Kukudakhandi block office. After completing secondary school, she decided to serve the people of her area. She become an Anganwadi worker in 1982. Later she took up Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM) training and joined a private hospital.She also contested the panchayat polls and got elected as a panchayat samity member of Kukudakhandi block. She left her post to join as a nurse at the Banthapalli sub-centre of Kukudakhandi CHC in 1999. Tribals and Dalits living in Banthapalli area still remember their ‘Krishna Didi’, who made regular visits on her scooter and worked late into the night. She also has a unique hobby. She helps poor aged persons take trips to famous religious places in Odisha and outside. At times, she accompanies them during these trips. “Their happiness provides me bliss,” she said.last_img read more

Two arrested for firing at Dalits in Saurashtra village

first_imgA day after people belonging to the upper caste opened fire on Dalits over a land dispute in Mevasa village in Saurashtra, the police arrested two persons on Thursday. The dispute was over a piece of agricultural land in the village.“We have arrested two persons involved in the firing that injured four persons from the Dalit community. We have filed a case of atrocity and launched an investigation,” a police officer from Khambhalia said.A mob had gathered on an agricultural land where a few Dalits were working. Asking them to vacate the land, two armed men started firing, injuring four. They are being treated at a government hospital in Jamnagar.The police officer indicated that more arrests were likely to be made in the case, as the complainant had mentioned several names in the FIR.last_img read more

Assam forms ‘State Capital Region’ around Guwahati

first_imgIn line with the National Capital Region, Assam will have a ‘State Capital Region’ encompassing Guwahati and its peripheral areas with the passing of a bill in the State Assembly on Friday.The Assembly passed Assam State Capital Region Development Authority (ASCRDA) Bill 2017 by voice vote to set up the regional authority for preparation of a plan for rapid development of the SCR.Introducing the Bill in the House, minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the SCR shall comprise the districts of Kamrup Metropolitan, Kamrup, Nalbari, Darrang and Morrigaon, fully or partly. Capital Guwahati is in Kamrup Metropolitan district.The authority and guidelines of existing Guwahati Municipal Corporation Development Authority (GMDA), Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and other urban authorities were not sufficient for desired development and growth of SCR, Sarma said ASCRDA will be the overall authority to direct, implement and monitor the development of SCR, said the state’s health, finance and education minister.last_img read more

Kasganj may echo in U.P. session

first_imgThe budget session of the Uttar Pradesh Legislature commencing today may witness acrimonious scenes with a determined Opposition planning to corner the State government on the law and order front, especially the Kasganj communal flare-up.The month-long session will commence with a joint sitting of both the Houses.Besides the address to the joint sitting by Governor Ram Naik today, the government is scheduled to present the budget for the next fiscal on February 16, the Assembly secretariat said on Wednesday.This will be the first full-fledged budget of the Yogi Adityanath government, which came to power last year with a thumping majority.Hitting out at the government, Samajwadi Party spokesman Sunil Singh Sajan said, “No businessman will invest in a State where there is a problem of law and order. A State whose capital is unsafe, and a State where even the police is not safe, how the business community can feel that they will be safe?”Mr. Sajan, an MLC, also condemned the recent statement of U.P. Minister Satyadev Pachauri that the Kasganj violence was “minor incident”.He said, “The U.P. government is on back foot (on Kasganj violence), and it is calling the violence a minor incident. Are they waiting for any major communal violence in the State?”Mr. Pachauri had said on February 3 said that such “minor incidents happen often… everywhere” and held the district authorities responsible for the incident.Mr. Sajan said that his party will grill the government on alleged attempts to communalise and vitiate the atmosphere leading to Kasganj-like incidents.‘Dismal law and order’SP leaders are chalking out a plan to seek answers from the government over different issues including the “dismal law and order situation and a sense of insecurity among women”, he said.Congress Legislative Party leader in the U.P. Assembly Ajay Kumar ‘Lallu’ said, “We will definitely raise the Kasganj violence issue in both the Houses. The issue of law and order is a big and serious one. The people in the government must be sensitive to such incidents.”last_img read more

SC bends water policy rules for ‘sophisticated, burgeoning’ Bengaluru

first_imgFor a “sophisticated and global” Bengaluru, the Supreme Court admittedly digressed from the iron rule of the National Water Policy that places outside a river basin should not enjoy the water from the river. Allocating Karnataka 4.75 TMC water from Tamil Nadu’s share for use in Bengaluru, a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra reasoned that Bengaluru deserves a leeway.The apex court said Bengaluru’s “exclusive attributes” make it “incomparable in many ways not only to other urban areas in the State, but also beyond”.‘Nerve centre of significance’“The city of Bengaluru has burgeoned over the years and has grown today into a progressively sophisticated, sprawling, vibrant and a much aspired seat of intellectual excellence particularly in information technology and commercial flourish. It has transformed into a nerve centre of contemporaneous significance. Its population is daily on the rise, thus, registering an ever- enhancing demand for all civic amenities,” the judgement explained.The judgement, for one, pointed to how the Cauvery Tribunal “drastically reduced” Karnataka’s share of the river water on the ground that only one-third of Bengaluru falls within the river basin. The tribunal had also presumed that Bengaluru’s groundwater supply would meet 50% of its drinking water requirement.“The view of the Tribunal ignores the basic principle pertaining to drinking water and is thus unsustainable. Keeping in mind the global status the city has attained, an addition of 4.75 TMC is awarded to Karnataka,” Chief Justice Misra wrote in the judgement he authored.Karnataka had produced materials to show that Bengaluru would require a projected 30 TMC in the next 20 to 25 years. The water requirement for the urban population is 8.70 TMC.last_img read more

Curbs on coal mining fuel Meghalaya’s campaign

first_imgAbout 30% of the 374 candidates in the Meghalaya Assembly elections scheduled for February 27 are either owners of mines or have stakes in the largely unregulated coal mining and transportation industry.That explains why the ban on rat-hole mining by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in April 2014 and restrictions on limestone extraction — are major poll issues in four of Meghalaya’s 11 districts.The campaign in the State and Nagaland ended on Sunday.16 crucial seatsThe coal and limestone belts in these four districts and a part of a fifth account for 16 of the State’s 60 seats. The ban has affected the local economy and the lives of some 2.5 lakh people dependent on the sector, though green activists claim coal and limestone are being mined and transported clandestinely.The BJP, in a bid to capitalise on the “resentment” against the Congress-led coalition government for “not doing enough” to combat the ban, has promised a permanent solution within 180 days of forming the next government in the State.“The Mukul Sangma government not only failed to address the issue but also took three years to submit a mining policy, underscoring a lack of commitment,” Nalin Kohli, BJP’s in-charge for Meghalaya, said.Mr. Sangma’s pet constituency, Ampati, is in the coal mining district of South Garo Hills. His wife Dikkanchi D Shira, seeking to retain the Mahendraganj seat for the Congress, owns a coal mine.‘Cong. has abdicated’The contention of the BJP as well as the National People’s Party (NPP), a major regional force, is that Mr. Sangma’s Congress could have used Meghalaya’s status as a Sixth Schedule State to get the NGT ban lifted.“People of Meghalaya largely depend on coal but the State government under Mr. Sangma’s leadership failed to let mining resume,” NPP chief Conrad Sangma has said at rallies in Chokpot and Mawshynrut, two coal-rich constituencies.The anger is most apparent in the East Jaintia Hills where most of the candidates are coal mine owners or are backed by them. The district, bordering Bangladesh, has two constituencies — Khliehriat, arguably the hub of mining activities in Meghalaya, and Sutnga-Saipung.“In Meghalaya, people own land, not the government for imposition of bans. But the Mukul government could invoked Para 12 A(b) of the Sixth Schedule that would enable the President of India to exempt Meghalaya from the provisions of central mining laws,” Justine Dkhar, the BJP’s candidate for the Khliehriat seat, said.Mr Dkhar had won the seat as an independent in 2013, but joined the BJP after being assured of a lenient coal mining policy> the industry was worth ₹400 crore annually at its peak.In the adjoining Sutnga-Saipung constituency, the top three contenders — the NPP’s Hopeful Bamon, who had won the seat in 2013 as an independent, BJP’s Hambertus Nongtdu and Shitlang Pale of Congress — all have stakes in coal mining.The Congress meanwhile has accused rivals of distorting facts. “NGT had banned illegal coal mining in view of its effect on environment and health, not coal mining as a whole,” Mukul Sangma had said earlier.The State’s Lok Sabha member and lead Congress campaigner, Vincent Pala said it would be wrong to say his party was blind towards the hardship faced by those associated with coal and limestone mining. “The Congress is no less concerned than the others,” he said.last_img read more

China to invite Mamata again

first_imgA senior Chinese official in Kolkata said on Friday that his country will again extend an invitation to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to visit China and the dates for the proposed visit were being worked out. Ms. Banerjee was scheduled to visit China in June but she had cancelled it abruptly hours before starting her trip on June 22. She attributed the cancellation to “non-confirmation of political meetings at the appropriate level”. She was to address a meeting of CEOs of Chinese firms in Shanghai to invite them to invest in West Bengal. Ma Zhanwu, Consulate General of China in Kolkata, said, “We are hoping that the future visit will happen.”last_img

Kashmir lends a helping hand

first_imgWith memories of the 2014 floods still fresh in their minds, scores of volunteers and groups in the Kashmir valley have launched multiple relief exercises for the marooned population in Kerala. Sehar Iqbal, a volunteer with the Srinagar-based Sajid Iqbal Foundation, told The Hindu that her group is working with a local volunteers’ network in Mananthavady in Kerala to reach out to the affected population of Wayanad and Kodagu.“These areas are only accessible from Bangalore. We procured 1,500 blankets and sent them on Sunday. Our five volunteers are in Bangalore for procurement, sorting and packing,” said Ms. Iqbal. Abdul Hamid, chairman of Rahim Greens, is ready to send the first batch of relief material through Athrout, a relief organisation, which was very active in J&K during the 2014 floods.Meanwhile, J&K Governor N.N. Vohra on Sunday spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and expressed “sorrow and sympathy”. He promised an assistance of ₹2 crore on behalf of the State government, said an official spokesman, adding that a Kerala Flood Relief Fund was also being set up. National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah has also announced that he would donate his one month salary to the relief efforts in Kerala. “I appeal to my colleagues in the NC and others to remember what we went through in 2014 and do their own bit, however small, to help,” said Mr. Abdullah. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also expressed concern over the devastating floods. “We pray that this ordeal comes to an end soon,” said the Mirwaiz.last_img read more

Woman gang-raped by 4 men in Ballabgarh

first_imgA 21-year-old woman was gang-raped allegedly by four men in Ballabgarh here late on Tuesday night. The accused, who are yet to be identified, allegedly held the woman’s male friend hostage as they took turns to rape her.The victim and her friend work with private companies and come from middle-class families, said the police.The incident comes close on the heels of the gang-rape case in which a teenager was drugged and sexually assaulted in Rewari on September 12.SIT probeA Special Investigation Team headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ballabgarh City, has been constituted to investigate the matter. The police said sketches of the alleged culprits would be released soon.According to the police, the woman and her friend were on their way to a market on a motorcycle around 8 p.m. when the vehicle broke down at a secluded place near the Agra Canal.While the two were figuring out what to do, four men accosted them and dragged them to a forest area nearby. Two of the accused held the man hostage even as the other two took turns to rape the woman behind the bushes. Later, the duo watching the friend also assaulted the woman, stated the complaint lodged by the victim.Around 11 p.m., the woman contacted her family and reached Police Post Sector-3 to report the matter. “Since it was a rape case, the police took the victim to the women’s police station in Ballabgarh where a complaint was promptly registered and she was sent for medical examination to the civil hospital,” said Faridabad Police spokesperson Sube Singh. The medical report of the victim is awaited but a case has been registered on charges of gang rape, causing hurt and criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code. The victim’s statement was also recorded before a magistrate.Though media reports claimed the victim was made to run around for registration of her complaint as the police squabbled over jurisdiction, the police denied the allegations.Faridabad Police Commissioner Amitabh Singh Dhillon, along with several senior officers and a Forensic Science Laboratory team, visited the spot on Wednesday.last_img read more

AAP to contest all seats in Rajasthan

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday announced its first list of 63 candidates for the Assembly election in Rajasthan, while inviting suggestions from the public on its draft manifesto, which would also be released shortly. The party would contest from all the 200 seats in the State.AAP State coordinator Devendra Shastri said here that three of the declared candidates would shortly be changed for various reasons. The lists comprising the rest of the candidates would be released after the meetings of the party’s campaign committee to be held during the next few days.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal would address a public rally at Ramlila Maidan here on October 28 amid indications that several disgruntled leaders of the both the BJP and Congress might join the AAP at the event. Mr. Shastri said the rally would be a significant occasion for spelling out the party’s vision and policies for Rajasthan.Mr. Shastri said the Jaipur Municipal Corporation had “deliberately delayed” the allotment of venue for the rally on the pretext of seeking permission from the Election Commission. “The municipal officers, under pressure from the BJP government, harassed the AAP functionaries for more than a week. There is no provision for getting the EC’s permission for allotment of a place for a public meeting,” he said.The AAP State unit was in a confident mood after the BJP leader and Kisan Mahapanchayat founder, Rampal Jat, joined the party earlier this week. Mr. Jat, a former BJP general secretary, said the ruling party had failed to keep its promises made to the farmers and had “completely ignored” the rural populace facing difficulties in all spheres of life.The 63 candidates declared by AAP so far include farmers’ ideologue Giriraj Singh Khangarot (Malpura), National Council member Sunil Agiwal (Bhilwara), chartered accountant M.P. Choyal (Ladpura), medico Bharat Gupta (Malviya Nagar, Jaipur) and activist Ashok Jain (Anta). Mr. Shastri, a former journalist, will contest the polls from Civil Lines constituency in Jaipur.last_img read more

Two men booked under NSA in Madhya Pradesh for ‘illegally’ transporting cows

first_imgMadhya Pradesh’s Congress government slaps NSA on three men accused of cow slaughter Authorities in Agar Malwa district of Madhya Pradesh have booked two men under the National Security Act (NSA) for alleged illegal transportation of cattle and disruption of public peace, a police official said on Friday.The incident comes close on the heels of the Kamal Nath-led government invoking the stringent NSA against three persons accused of cow slaughter in Khandwa district.“The two accused — Mehboob Khan, a resident of Lambikheda in Ujjain district, and Rodumal Malviya of Agar Malwa — were arrested on Thursday under the NSA for transporting cows illegally and disrupting public peace,” Kotwali police station in-charge Ajit Tiwari said.After their arrest, a court sent the duo to the central jail in Ujjain, he added.Also Read  According to police, Agar Malwa town had witnessed tension on January 29 in the bus stand area when the two accused were carrying cows in their vehicles. People had protested against them, after which the market was shut. The duo was later booked by the police.“They were found to be involved in such activities in the past as well, which had led to disruption of peace in the area,” Mr. Tiwari said.The NSA was invoked against them by District Collector Ajay Gupta after Agar Malwa’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Manoj Kumar Singh sent a report on the matter.“In the past, four cases of illegal transportation of cows were registered against Mehboob and three cases against Rodumal, because of which the administration imposed the NSA against them,” he said.Talking to reporters in Mandsaur two days back in connection with the Khandwa case, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh had said it is the police who decide which sections should be applied and invoking the NSA appeared unnecessary in that case.last_img read more

Goa Minister knocks official’s mobile down, later regrets

first_imgAfter a video showing Goa Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai knocking off a ringing mobile phone from the hands of the Chief Officer of the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) went viral on social media, the Minister on Monday expressed regret claiming he had lost his cool due to the disturbance while discussing a serious issue. In the video, Mr. Sardesai, who is Minister for Town and Country Planning, is also seen commenting on Siddhivinayak Naik, Chief Officer, MMC, as an useless officer, in front of other officials.“Throw away the phone,” Mr. Sardesai can be seen shouting the moment the phone in Mr. Naik’s hand started ringing. Later the Minister threw away the officer’s mobile phone to the ground. The incident happened during a field inspection by a team of officials led by the Minister in South Goa. “You do not do any work. You are useless and your chairperson is also useless,” Mr. Sardesai is also heard saying in the video. The Congress criticised Mr. Sardesai calling the video an “ample proof of abuse of power by the minister.” “The legislative wing is trying to subdue the executive by treating them as peons. This action by the Minister smacks of dictatorial attitude,” said Congress spokesperson Trajano D’Mello.Mr. Sardesai told presspersons: “I was irritated with the ringing phone when a topic of such seriousness being discussed. I regret that I lost my cool and have expressed regrets to the concerned officer.” Meanwhile, Mr. Naik accepted his mistake for not keeping the phone on vibration mode, and claimed that someone getting irritated over it was obvious. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more