Lighting for Video: The Tools You Should Have In Your Lighting Bag

first_imgLighting your next film or video project? Make sure you have the right support tools to get the job done.In our series on Lighting for Video we’ve previously tackled different types of professional lighting instruments. Knowing which type of light to use (and when) is essential for getting the best picture. But’s it not just about the lights. Anytime you use pro lighting equipment you should be prepared with the right support gear to assist you on set.In this video, I cover my essential lighting support tools – gear that should be included in any professional lighting kit. A quick rundown of these tools includes:High quality multi-tool (I prefer the Leatherman Wave for durability, warranty and varied toolset)Metric and standard hex wrenchesAdjustable wrenchExtra bolts, nuts, screws and washers (these can be a lifesaver)Clamps: varied assortment of big, small, metal, plasticGlovesGaff tape and Industry Tape (Industry Tape is strong and won’t leave residue behind like other kinds of tape)High quality extension cordsVelcro cable ties for cord managementWhat gear is a MUST have in your lighting kit?Share your experiences and advice in the comments below!last_img read more

Color Grading: Bleach Bypass Looks in DaVinci Resolve

first_imgCreate extreme color looks in DaVinci Resolve. In this post we share a technique for achieving the stylized bleach bypass look, reminscent of films like 300 and Sin City.When in session, you may hear the client mention a bleach bypass look. It’s a bit of an antiquated term hailing back to days of film processing. Bleach bypass involved skipping the bleaching process during the film’s development, which retains its natural silver elements. This leads to an extreme grade that holds higher contrast and very little saturation. This look was popular in the nineties and was used for many music videos, and today retains its edgy, extreme nature in feature films like 300 and Sin City.This color grading look holds a sense of tension because it’s not the first place most commercial ads would head. Let’s create the bleach bypass effect in DaVinci Resolve.The first step, as always, is bringing your footage into Resolve and doing an initial correction on all of your shots. I stress the importance of this not only to make you faster at grading in general, but to arrive at a base consistency when working with your footage. While it’s a good idea to balance all the images beforehand, it’s especially important when imposing this extreme look which involves clipping the high and low registers. The scopes may become harder to read when the black and white values are off the charts, pegging somewhere beyond legal IRE values.The untouched source image, courtesy of Shutterstock:My initial balance. Good starting point, nothing too crazy:After you’ve balanced your timeline, create a new node and head to the Custom Curves in the bottom center of Resolve’s interface. Fashion an S-curve by making several points along the contrast curve at the high and low ends. Drag the bottom points down and the top points up. This will alter any corrections you perform on your color panel (you’re using a panel, right?) along this curve, acting like a filter.Set up a standard contrast ‘S-curve’ to filter your adjustments as you work through the grade:Now, we’ve quite quickly created a look reminsisent of bleach bypass, but we’ll tweak it a bit further. Its extreme nature will not make it a perfect fit for all projects, but its clear visual impact is the main reason it’s still used today.Next, bring the saturation down to somewhere around 15 or 20. Grading is subjective, and you’ll be working with different footage from job to job, so just tweak your grade to taste. Remember though, bleach bypass is extreme. Don’t be afraid to lose details in the black and whites. Not caring about what happens to the upper and lower registers is part of what makes the look so edgy. Bleach bypass can look dirty and unrefined, which for some projects, may be exactly what you want. If you just can’t bear to lose those details you can always salvage them by using the Soft Clipping feature that I’ve written about here.Soft clipping brings back the extreme high and low registers, making the values legal from a broadcast standpoint. Note here we’ve brought back some of the detail in her hat and cheek:You should now have dialed in your bypass look. Movies like 300 employ the look to give a definite edginess to their already brutal visuals. To achieve the look of Sin City, desaturate the image completely. If you want to pop certain details like the Yellow Bastard’s cartoonish yellow skin (fron Sin City) or a femme fatale’s lips, create a node before the bleach bypass grade and selectively qualify those values in a tutorial I describe here.Node #3 selects just the woman’s lips, then I’ve inverted the qualifier by making an Outside Node represented in #4. This is where I’ve taken the saturation to zero. Node #2 is my bleach bypass which sits on top of these other corrections. I also needed to add a window because my qualifier was picking up her nostrils and a bit of red in her eyes which was not desirable.Behold, our femme fatale with blazing red lips:With the color drained away, you may now be perceiving the image differently. Double-check to make sure the contrast is still where you want it, and increase or back it off as needed. Lastly, you can play around with how much of the effect is mixing in with your base grade by going into the Key tab and affecting the Gain parameter. This is a great tool to know about when clients ask you to “split the difference.” You can half the effect by typing .5 into the Gain parameter. In our example I’ve backed the grade off to .7 for a less extreme high-contrast look.Our client got cold feet that our look was too extreme. I’ve backed off the grade to .7 and now they’re happy again.Grab a still of your work and post it in the comments. If you’re looking for feedback let me know and I’m happy to give pointers.last_img read more

Quick Tip: Trim Clips to the Playhead in Premiere Pro

first_imgNow that you know how to fill in the previous clip, Ripple Trim the Next Edit to the Playhead by hitting Shift+W. Mind-blowing, right? So simple, so fast. Apply this shortcut to your workflow immediately!Know of any other easy shortcuts for Premiere Pro? Share in the comments below! This quick workflow fix will save you time and frustration in your next editing session. Here’s how to easily trim clips to the playhead in Premiere Pro.Deadlines are a big part of video production — and meeting them can sometimes prove rather difficult. Here’s an easy, basic tip for your next edit that’s guaranteed to help you salvage your patience and maintain happy video editor thoughts.Trimming a clip in the middle of your work can often mess up your audio sync. Luckily, there’s a simple way to trim your clip without having to manually drag the clips before or after your targeted clip.How to Execute a Basic Trim in Premiere ProTo put this technique to use, employ the shortcut Option+Q for Previous Edit to Playhead and Option+W for Next Edit to Playhead.How to Execute a Ripple Trim in Premiere ProLets say you want to use this same type of shortcut for trimming clips, but you don’t want the gap left in between clips. By simply pressing Shift+Q you can Ripple Trim the Previous Edit to the Playhead. The gap disappears with this shortcut.last_img read more

Six Videography Tips for Shooting in Bright Sunlight

first_imgIn this roundup, check out some tips for keeping your cool and shooting quality footage in bright sunlight for your next video project.Cover image by welcomia.It’s hot in the summer desert sun. After driving a few miles out of town, the west Texas landscape opens up and seems to stretch for endless miles in every direction. Pulling the car over on the side of the two-lane blacktop, I crunch across the dry earth to the edge of a snaking barbed-wire fence post to set up my camera and tripod.When shooting in middle of the day in bright sunlight, you have to be aware of more than the normal videography factors. Not only do you have your composition to compose, you also have to take care of yourself and protect your gear from overheating. From one solo videographer out in the fields to others in all types of bright light outdoor situations, here are some tips to keep in mind when shooting video in the bright sunlight.1. Stay Safe and CoolImage by Kristina Kokhanova.Number one: don’t die. Don’t get overheated, dehydrated, attacked by rattlers, or run over by a semi. Also, make sure your camera stays safe and cool as well. This means preparing accordingly and being ready for any setback or emergency. In the hot summer, shade isn’t just a style choice, it’s a precaution. In cold weather you can be more lax, but drinking and bringing plenty of water is always a concern.For some tips on keeping yourself and your camera safe in hot weather, check out this article. Safety should always be your foremost concern.2. Shade Your MonitorImage by Kolbakova Olga.After safety, your next biggest issue is visibility. For my trip, I was shooting on a Canon 5D Mark IV, which has a built-in monitor on the back of the camera. In bright sunlight, this quickly becomes a problem for viewing and setting your shots. Other cameras might have side-mounted monitors, which can turn or rotate. In any case, you’ll need to find a way to provide some shade so you can view your monitor optimality.You have some options here, whether it’s some brand-recommended monitor covers, a portable monitor to move and shade remotely (here’s a great hands-on review of one option), or a DIY fix with a towel or extra shirt to cover yourself and the monitor to check your shot.3. High F-StopImage by Aris Suwanmalee.If you’re new to this, you’ll quickly learn just how much bright light will push your camera’s F-stop to keep from blowing out your shot. Before applying some tricks to darken your light input (more on that below), you’ll need to know what this means for your shot. A high F-stop means a wider depth of field, which isn’t always a bad thing. For more information on what high and low F-stops mean for your shot, check out this in-depth resource.4. ND FiltersImage by happylemon.Once you understand lighting and F-stops, you may want to consider using neutral density (ND) filters. Some cameras may have these built-in, while others screw on to the end of your lenses. An ND filter will do more than just reduce light — it can also help to bring out image color and contrast while allowing you more control of your depth of field.Here’s a good article for more on ND and other filters.5. Keep Track of the Sun and ShadowsImage by Andrei Trentea.You could say trudging out under the middle-of-the-day, 100-degree, Texas sun is a terrible idea, and I’d be quick to agree with you. First off, you’re putting yourself in the harshest and most dangerous elements. Secondly, your shots may not have all the beautiful dynamics you get during a cooler magic hour shoot. However, sometimes you may want that middle-of-the day look, which can actually provide some beautiful compositions without shadows altogether.The sun is the most powerful dynamic in any outdoor daytime shoot. Keeping track of its location (and the shadows it casts) will give you more options for creating dynamic compositions.6. Pick Your SpotsImage by welcomia.As with keeping track of the sun and any shadows, shooting in bright sunlight requires you to know what you want then find the safest and best way to get your shots. If you know you want magic hour, you may want to get up in the early darkness to trek to your scouted locations so that you can be done by the time the sun starts to heat up. Use all the tools and resources at your disposal to keep yourself safe and shaded and your shots dynamic and awesome.For some more articles on videography tips and tricks, check out these articles.Shoot, Produce, Edit: The Rise of the Pro “Shreditor”Get Sharper Footage with These 7 Focus TricksRun-and-Gun Production Tips for Documentary Filmmakers7 Things All Video Professionals Should Share with ClientsEducate Yourself: 16 Must-Read Books for Filmmakers and Videographerslast_img read more

The Problem With One Donut

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The problem with eating one donut is that from that point forward, you give yourself permission to eat whatever you want. The day is already lost, so what’s the point of eating right the rest of the day?The problem with opening Facebook and scrolling through the stream is that one link leads to the next link, and pretty soon your quick check-in has stolen an hour of your time. There’s no reason to start anything else because you don’t have time before your conference call or meeting. You might as well hit Twitter while you’re browsing the Internet. Social is a donut.The problem with leaving your email open is that the notification that you received a new email will take you away from what you are doing—or what you should be doing. You might intend to take a quick look to make sure it isn’t something important, but before you know it you’re responding to some relatively unimportant email. Ten minutes in, you might as well finish writing the response, right? Email is a donut.The problem with the water cooler chatter is that there are so many things you want to share and so many things your peer group wants to share with you. There just isn’t enough time. That one comment about the sporting event or the new hot Sunday night television show turns into 20 minutes. Not enough time to start the project that needs your attention. The water cooler is a box of donuts.The decision to eat one donut isn’t often a decision to eat one donut. It’s a much bigger decision, with a greater impact.last_img read more

How To Improve Your Forecasts Now

first_imgYou have a deal that is near the end of your sales process. Your CRM settings suggest that you have a 90 percent chance of winning that opportunity. You know for a fact that they are still engaged with your competitor; this means you have a 50 percent chance of winning that deal. Unless of course your prospective client chooses to do nothing, reducing your odds of winning to a dismal 33 percent.Most of the numbers in CRMs used to indicate the likelihood of winning a deal at each stage don’t resemble the true percentages.In the example above, how would you behave if you believed you had a 90 percent chance of winning? Would you take a different set of actions if you knew it was a coin toss between you and the competitor your prospective client is still considering? What if your primary contact said, “We’re not sure we can even pull this off this year?” How would your strategy change if you were only at 33 percent, with a “no decision” as the most likely candidate to win?If you want more accurate numbers, you have to capture real data and study the results.Get SmartFirst, you have to pick a period and monitor the opportunities for a finite period. If you win 20 percent of the opportunities you competed for, that’s the real number you should use when looking at your total pipeline.Next, you have to study deals at each stage to know what percentage you win of deals once they reach that stage. Let’s say you win 3 out of every ten deals that make it to the presentation stage in your sales process; your likelihood of winning deals in that stage isn’t anything over 30 percent, regardless of the percentage you use in your CRM (A lot of companies use 50 percent or higher).You need to know what percentage of deals you win. You also need to know what percentage of deals you win at each stage if you are going to have a reasonably accurate forecast. Even when you have these numbers, context matters. If you have two competitors still vying for a deal and genuinely engaged with your prospect late in the process, your chances of winning aren’t greater than 33 percent—and they may be lower.A Real Sense of SecurityThe error too many salespeople, sales managers, and sales leaders make is believing that they win a higher percentage of late stage deals than they do. That false sense of security is what causes you to miss your goals.If you want to improve your sales forecasts now, start by doing better math. Then test every opportunity to ensure it is progressing the way you believe it is. 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 Nowlast_img read more

Don’t Buy the Hype. Study the Principles.

first_img 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 A long, long time ago, customer-relationship management software was the answer to better sales results. The fact that salespeople could have access to all customer information in one place was going to massively improve sales results.Ask anyone today the percentage of deals they win because they use a customer relationship software program and they aren’t likely to understand the question.Every couple of years a new sales process brings to light some truth about sales that hasn’t yet been widely considered critical. These processes always contain a truth, and that truth is touted as the panacea for what ails the sales organization.The truth is valuable. But missed quotas and poor results persist nonetheless.Social selling was (and is) going to kill all other prospecting methods. Anyone crazy enough to actually pick up the phone and call their prospective client was (and is) going to be laughed right off the line. This revolutionary approach was (and is) going to build a pipeline, and everyone who adopts social is going to make their quota.“Above the funnel” activity is important, and the social tools have value. But social selling did not (has not) lived up to the hype.Now, some are suggesting SnapChat as a serious B2B play. Young people love it. They spend more time there than any other platform, and that makes it a vehicle to access their market. You don’t want to show up late to the gold rush.Teenage children aren’t known for their undying loyalty to the things they love as teenagers. Ask your daughters between the ages of 16 and 18 if they want you to buy them tickets to the One Direction concert. They’ve moved on.Fashion changes. The “now” thing doesn’t often hold. The “new” thing is hyped, and the old “now” thing fades.What underlies all of this hype is real and true. There is a principle worth observing, and principles last. New technologies come along that enhance our ability to communicate. They help us fill the top of the funnel and make our jobs as sales professionals easier. But they don’t change the core principles of sales.Don’t buy the hype. Just study the principles.last_img read more

Losing Traction with Your Dream Client

first_imgYour dream client answers the phone, and it feel like progress. They ask you a few questions about your company and what you do, and they sound interested. At the end of the call, they ask you to try them back in 6 months.You have a great first meeting with another dream client. They describe the challenges they are experiencing, and they suggest they need to make changes. At the end of the meeting, they tell you they will call you back in a couple weeks to reconvene.You get all the way through the sales process, and everything seems to be on track and well on the way to a won deal. After your final presentation, your dream client tells you they are going to talk it over with their team, and they’ll get back to you with next steps as soon as they discuss their decision.A lot of things your dream client says may sound positive, even when it is something less. It’s not likely that your dream client really wants you to call them back after you did enough discovery to establish yourself as a commodity. They’re mostly being polite as a way to make it easier to hang up the phone.The offer to call you back eliminates you asking for a meeting, and it allows your dream client to control the process, in this case, ending the process where it stands now, which is nowhere. If you counted up all the weeks you have waited for your prospective clients to get back with you, the average number would be closer to fifty weeks than two.At the end of the process, the meeting to talk things over with their team is a strong indication your dream client and her team still has unresolved concerns (see The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales).Those concerns would be more easily resolved with a subject matter expert than a group of people who don’t make the decision they are being asked to make often enough to know how best to make it, especially when the decision is important. Left with their fears and concerns, they often postpone the decision, retaining the status quo.last_img read more

J&K welcomes Modi’s remarks

first_imgJammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on Kashmir in his Independence Day speech.“I all along believed that dialogue and peaceful means only can help in resolving issues as the futility of violence has been established all around,” Ms. Mufti said, referring to PM’s remark that “not bullets or abuse can resolve issues but by embracing people of Kashmir”.The Mirwaiz, who was placed under house arrest, tweeted: “I welcome that Mr. Modi also believes goli [bullets] and gaali [abuses] will not help resolve Kashmir. If insaniyat [humanity] and insaaf [justice] replace these words, (a) resolution can become a reality.” Earlier in her I-Day speech in Srinagar, Ms. Mufti called for protecting J&K’s special status and expressed hope that the Supreme Court, hearing a case on Article 35A, will “continue delivering justice to J&K in its historical perspective”. Special status“Entire political class of J&K is united in defending and preserving the special status. I was happy to note there was an overwhelming consensus on this issue,” said Ms. Mufti.In a rare gesture, she praised former Chief Minister and Opposition National Conference president Farooq Abdullah. “Farooq sahib listened to me like an affectionate father on Article 370 and gave some suggestions on which I acted,” said Ms. Mufti.She also hoped “Pakistan would also understand the need for peaceful engagement with India”. “Good neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan are very crucial for J&K… Dialogue is only way out.”last_img read more

Rohingya children to get UNHCR cards in Bengal

first_img “The UNHCR refugee cards will be given to 24 juveniles who are staying in government homes. Twelve of them are at SMM Home in Liluah,” Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti, chairperson of the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights, told The Hindu.While there are no fixed settlement of Rohingyas in West Bengal, most of them are in prisons. The data available for the period till August 2015 show that 83 Rohingyas, including women and children, are lodged in prisons and 27 had completed their term.‘Rohingyas: The Emergence of a Stateless Community,’ a report compiled by the Calcutta Research Group and released in February 2016, states that the Rohingyas crossing over to India from Bangladesh preferred the camps in Jammu, Hyderabad and Delhi.UNHCR representatives had written to West Bengal prison officials on granting refugee cards to the Rohingyas lodged in the prisons. However, this time, it was the State government that approached the UNHCR for providing cards to children kept in juvenile justice homes.The State government planned to distribute UNHCR “refugee cards” to Rohingya children at SMM Home at Liluah on August 30. But the event was cancelled at the last moment as Minister for Department of Women and Child Development Sashi Panja did not turn up.Roshni Sen, Secretary of the Women and Child Development Department, refused to comment.Ms. Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti said the cards would be distributed in the next few days. Death toll in Myanmar violence nears 400 The West Bengal government will distribute identity cards issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to Rohigya children lodged in the juvenile justice homes of the State.The move comes at a time when there are reports that the Union government is planning to deport Rohingyas refugees.The UNHCR has issued identity cards to the Rohingyas in India so as to shield them from harassment and arbitrary arrests.The UNHCR says some 16,500 Rohingya from Myanmar are registered with it in India. The UNHCR issues ID cards to registered refugees and documents to asylum-seekers which help to prevent arbitrary arrests, detention and deportation. “The government issues long-term visas to refugees which ease their access to public services and employment in the private sector. Because of some recent changes to the documentation processes, some refugees have reportedly been facing challenges in accessing public services and opening bank accounts… It is important for refugees to have access to employment and basic services. The UNHCR advocates that the long-term visas and refugee cards continue to be recognised to facilitate their access to these services,” the UNHCR India office said in response to questions from The Hindu.Also Readlast_img read more

Son to lead LJP, says Paswan

first_imgLok Janshakti Party chief and Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan has declared that his son Chirag Paswan would be the next president of the party. Mr. Chirag Paswan is Lok Sabha MP from the reserved Jamui seat in Bihar.“After me, Chirag Paswan will head the LJP as he has the capability,” declared Mr. Paswan at the end of the two-day party national convention at Rajgir in Nalanda on Friday. Mr. Chirag Paswan also heads the party’s Parliamentary board. Berths for brothersOne of the LJP chief’s younger brothers, Pashupati Kumar Paras, recently became Minister for Animal Husbandry in the Nitish Kumar cabinet. His other younger brother Ramchandra Paswan is party MP from Samastipur.Though three of the six LJP MPS — Rama Singh, Veena Devi and Choudhury Mehboob Ali Kaisar — stayed away from the party convention, Mr. Paswan denied any differences within his party or the NDA over seat sharing for the 2019 general elections. “All coalition partners in the State are working together so that the NDA is able to bag all the 40 seats here,” Mr. Paswan said addressing local journalists.On corruption cases against RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Mr. Paswan said the former was paying a heavy price for pursuing vindictive politics and being an opportunist. “Lalu Prasad is paying the price for his sins…he pursued the politics of self-interest instead of social justice,” the Minister said. He said the RJD chief had scuttled his chances of becoming the Railway minister in 2004. “In the UPA government, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the then PM Manmohan Singh had offered me the portfolio of Railway Minister but Lalu Prasad had put pressure on them and scuttled my chance to grab the ministry for himself,” rued Mr. Paswan. Mr. Paswan further said he had never compromised on his ideology and did not hanker after posts. “I was offered the Chief Minister’s post thrice but I refused each time,” he said. Mr. Chirag Paswan said, “We’ve asked our cadres to work in accordance with the ideology of B.R. Ambedkar…we’re also laying stress on apprising the common people of the initiatives taken by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.”last_img read more

Demonetisation rolled out by a dictatorial government, says NCP

first_imgThe demonetisation of high denomination notes has not benefited the common man in any way, leaders of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said in Pune on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the note ban.The NCP, led by its top leaders Ajit Pawar and MP Supriya Sule, staged a rally in Pune against demonetisation. Party workers wearing black armbands and carrying placards marched through the city. The Central government “behaved like a dictatorship” in rolling out the note ban, said Mr. Pawar.“This move has not benefited the common man in any way. When it was launched, there was enthusiastic support from the public … A year later, people are thoroughly disillusioned and are vehemently opposing the Modi government. Where is the black money the government promised to bring back?” he said. Mr. Pawar said he agreed with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent remarks terming demonetisation a “monumental disaster”.Ms. Sule said, “The PM and the BJP claim that demonetisation has boosted digitalisation … the ruling party leaders ought to speak to the common man who is suffering as a result of their reckless policy.”last_img read more

Centre awaiting Siang report: Kiren Rijiju

first_imgUnion Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has said that the Union government will wait for the final report of the Central Water Commission on the unusual darkening of the Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh before blaming any man-made activity by China.The Siang enters India from Tibet, where it flows for about 1,500 km as the Tsangpo and becomes the Brahmaputra after it flows into Assam. Reports have blamed tunnel construction by China in Tibet for the unusual darkening of the river and a surge in silt downstream. China standMr. Rijiju told The Hindu that China had clarified that a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Tibet was responsible for the darkening of the river. “The study is being carried out by the CWC and other experts are looking into it. As per the current information, China has reported that darkening was caused by some natural phenomenon like an earthquake. The final report hasn’t come, let us wait for the final study,” he said. Mr. Rijiju represents Arunachal Pradesh in the Lok Sabha. On December 19, Ripun Bora of the Congress told the Rajya Sabha that the Assam Chief Minister had twice written to the Prime Minister to take up the matter with China at the bilateral level, but no action had been taken. “There is an abnormal change in the Brahmaputra during the past one month and poisonous, muddy, turbid water is flowing in the river. As a result, a lot of wild animals and aquatic life have died. This has also resulted in loss of livelihood for many people. This catastrophe has jeopardised the Brahmaputra valley civilisation. The main reason for this is China is constructing 1,000-km tunnel, connecting South Tibet and Desert Taklimakan in Jhingjiyang Province. This is the longest tunnel in the world. And, China has constructed a 200-metre-wide, 13-km-high big dam at Yarlung Tsangpo to divert the Brahmaputra,” Mr. Bora said. Excess siltAs reported earlier, official reports of the colour of water in the Siang, in Tuting, changing emerged from the Arunachal Pradesh office of the CWC on November 10 and it attributed it to excess silt. What caused the deluge of silt, however, wasn’t specified. But the water at Tuting was still potable, according to the CWC. Earlier, Masood Hussain, Chairman, CWC, had said that the agency’s preliminary reports did not find traces of cement or high alkalinity in the river — or signs of construction.last_img read more

Court directs ACB to lodge FIR against Garg

first_imgAdditional Sessions Judge Sherin G. Paul on Monday directed the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), Directorate of Vigilance, to register a First Information Report (FIR) against former Goa Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sunil Garg, who has been accused of taking a bribe by businessman Munnalal Halwai. The court passed an order on a criminal miscellaneous application filed by the complainant before the special court in September 2016, seeking directions to the police to register an FIR on the complaint he had filed in August 2016.Mr. Halwai had requested for the sanction for prosecution before competent authorities: the Goa Chief Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs and Central Vigilance Commission. However, none of them responded to his plea even after a year, he told the court.He said the ACB had not registered an FIR even after a recommendation to this effect from a Deputy Superintendent of Police of the ACB to the State Chief Secretary on February 22, 2017. The Deputy Inspector General of Police, ACB, had also recommended filing an FIR, Mr. Halwai told the court, before submitting documents obtained under the Right to Information Act. On August 11, 2016, Mr. Halwai had filed a complaint with the ACB, Directorate of Vigilance, accusing the then IGP of demanding and accepting a bribe of ₹5.5 lakh in exchange for filing an FIR in a cheating case Mr. Halwai had filed at the Ponda police station. The complainant had also filed a complaint with the Goa Lokayukta, who had started an inquiry.Mr. Garg, who had denied the allegations, has since been transferred to Arunachal Pradesh.last_img read more

Parrikar to be back in Goa in the third week of May: BJP leadership

first_imgGoa BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar on Thursday said that ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently undergoing treatment in the U.S., would be returning to Goa in the third week of May. A BJP State executive meet on Thursday also expressed confidence in Mr. Parrikar’s leadership and slammed the Congress for trying to engineer political instability in the state while the CM is ailing. “Chief Minister is responding well to treatment. Yesterday, Chief Minister spoke to me and all key office bearers. He is coming in the third week of May,” Mr. Tendulkar told press persons on the sidelines of the meeting at a city hotel. A political resolution passed during the executive committee meeting has also indicated the return of Mr. Parrikar soon to active State politics. “In spite of the health-related issues of our leader Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the State administration is working efficiently. It is heartening to state that there is speedy recovery as regards the ailment of the Chief Minister. It is expected that he will shortly resume the duties and continue to lead the government and the State of Goa,” the political resolution said.The State executive which met under Mr. Tendulkar also underlined the need for political stability,while criticising the Opposition Congress for attempts to destabilise the government. “The state executive of the BJP Goa strongly denounces the policies of the Opposition parties to destabilise the government in the present hour of crisis. Further the BJP re-affirms that the Opposition party is not only frustrated but is bereft of any issue to raise against the present popular and stable government,” the political resolution stated. The State executive, in its political resolution “appealed to the people of Goa to be vigilant and not fall prey to any of the tactics or foul play by any sections of Opposition parties in disturbing the peace, harmony and stability in Goa.” Meanwhile, when asked for the ruling BJP’s response to the police arrest of a local person for fake post on Facebook about Mr. Parrikar, BJP spokesperson and South Goa MP Narendra Savoikar on Thursday said that it is inappropriate for anybody to post any information about a constitutional functionary without verifying its authenticity, and after following due process of law if the police have arrested somebody for such a thing based on a complaint lodged, then he would just say, “The law should take its own course.”last_img read more

Months after Gorakhpur tragedy, accused doctor languishes in jail

first_imgThe wait for bail continues for Dr. Kafeel Ahmad Khan, languishing in jail for eight months in connection with the death of infants in a Gorakhpur hospital allegedly due to lack of oxygen. On Friday, a single Bench of the Allahabad High Court fixed April 25 as the next date for hearing the bail plea, citing that the application filed by Dr. Khan’s lawyer was “not on record”.“Counter affidavit filed… is placed on record. Sri [Sadaful Islam] Jafri, counsel for the applicant (Dr. Khan) pointed out that he has filed a reply on March 30, 2018, but the same is not on record. Office shall trace it and restore the same on the record,” Justice Yashwant Verma said.Dr. Khan, then nodal officer of the National Health Mission and an assistant lecturer in the paediatric department of Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur, was initially hailed as a hero for using his resources to supply oxygen to the hospital during the crisis hour. However, he was later charged with attempt to commit culpable homicide, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy. The additional charges of corruption and private practice have already been dropped for lack of evidence. Mr. Jafri said his client’s argument was that he was not the in-charge of the 100-bed ward in the hospital where 30 infants died over 48 hours last August. “Our contention is that the deaths were not caused due to our negligence,” Mr. Jafri said. The lawyer added that no arguments had taken place in the bail plea yet.Health woesMeanwhile, Dr. Khan’s family is frustrated with the delay in securing bail and has alleged that his health is deteriorating in jail as authorities are overlooking his health concerns and denying him proper treatment. Two days after his wife Shabista Khan approached the media with concerns over Dr. Khan’s health, he was taken to the Gorakhpur district hospital for a check-up on Thursday after he complained of chest pain and uneasiness. Dr. Khan suffers from a cardiovascular ailment.As he was being escorted to a police vehicle, Dr. Khan pleaded innocence. “It (Gorakhpur hospital tragedy) was a total administrative failure. I am being framed,” he said, adding the doctors had no role in purchasing oxygen.His brother Adeel Khan says the authorities in Gorakhpur district jail are not providing him a proper check-up outside the jail citing security reasons. “There are no cardio specialists in jail. His blood pressure is shooting up regularly. On March 25 he also underwent angiography after complaining of chest pain. The results showed slow blood flow and he had to be admitted till March 29. Yesterday, only an ECG was conducted. The Echo test and blood tests were not done,” said Mr. Adeel Khan.Gorakhpur jail superintendent Dr. Ramdhani dismissed the family’s allegations. “We are treating him as per the advice of the doctors. He is healthy and even plays badminton in the jail compound,” he said.Dr. Khan’s wife and brother are now planning to take the issue to New Delhi and are scheduled to address the media on Saturday along with H.S. Bhatti, president of the AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association.last_img read more

Sidhu takes more flak for ‘Captain’ jibe

first_imgMore Punjab Ministers on Sunday criticised Navjot Singh Sidhu over his jibe at Amarinder Singh, demanding he apologise to the Chief Minister and “learn how to respect elders”, even as the former cricketer’s wife said his statement was being twisted.On Saturday, three Ministers — Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi — called for Mr. Sidhu’s resignation from the State Cabinet.‘Unfortunate’On Sunday, the State’s Women and Child Development and Transport Minister Aruna Chaudhary said, “What Navjot Singh Sidhu said about Captain Amarinder Singh is unfortunate. Such things should not have been said by him,” she said.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was in the Army and served as a captain during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War.Ms. Chaudhary said, “Capt. Amarinder Singh is our undisputed leader. He is captain of the party in the State. He was chief ministerial candidate in the last Assembly elections and, under him, the party returned to power with an overwhelming majority. At the same time, Rahul Gandhi is captain of the entire Congress, no one is disputing this fact. But what Mr. Sidhu has said about Captain sahib is unfortunate.”Mr. Sidhu had mocked Capt. Singh’s disapproval of his recent visit to Pakistan with, “Rahul Gandhi is my captain. It is he who sent me to Pakistan. Rahul Gandhi is the captain of the Captain [Amarinder Singh] also.”last_img read more

Gujarat writes off farmers’ power bills

first_imgA day after newly-elected governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh announced farm loan waivers, the Gujarat government on Tuesday followed suit and announced a ₹650-crore waiver for energy bills of 6.22 lakh households in rural areas of the State.As per a Gujarat government press release, the state government will waive off electricity bills of connection holders in rural areas to the tune of ₹650 crore, which will benefit 6.22 lakh households, mainly farmers, small businesses below poverty line families.“Total 6.22 lakh connection holders in rural areas across the state will benefit with this waiver,”Gujarat’s energy minister Saurabh Patel said while announcing the major move aimed at wooing farmers and rural folk who have apparently grown disenchanted with the state administration. The State power companies had snapped power connections due to power theft and non-payment of dues amounting to ₹650 crore across the state. “These are domestic, agricultural as well as commercial connections in villages,” Mr. Patel said.“This is a stunt by the BJP ahead of voting in Jasdan assembly constituency,” Gujarat Congress President Amit Chavda said.“Why not provide 24-hour electricity to farmers?” asked Mr. Chavda., adding “dues waiver is a lollipop and farmers are not impressed.”It may be noted that Gujarat also is witnessing agrarian crisis owing to deficit monsoons and lower minimum support prices (MSP). The ruling BJP suffered electoral debacle in the last assembly polls held in December 2017 when the opposition Congress captured rural areas in Saurashtra and North Gujarat regions.last_img read more

No ticket for the tainted: RJD to Congress

first_imgIn a curious role reversal, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), often accused of harbouring its share of Bihar’s history-sheeters, is pleading with alliance partner Congress not to field tainted candidates in the Lok Sabha election.Several history-sheeters are making a beeline for joining the Congress or as partners in the alliance — prominent among them are Anand Mohan, Anant Singh, and Pappu Yadav, whose wife Ranjeet Ranjan is a Congress MP. Mr. Yadav, leader of the Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) and MP for Madhepura, met Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday. The JAP has demanded the Madhepura and Purnea seats. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has publicly expressed his opposition to some of these characters entering the alliance through the Congress route. “Speculation regarding certain people as potential candidates of the Bihar alliance is disturbing for us. But we are confident that the Congress leadership will be sensitive to our concerns,” said Manoj Jha, RJD member in the Rajya Sabha. “The RJD-Congress alliance is not an opportunistic alliance and both parties are clear about the challenge ahead for the country. We are together with a purpose and that glue is very strong,” Mr. Jha said. Shaktisinh Gohil, AICC in-charge of Bihar, did not rule out an understanding with Pappu Yadav, but said he was not joining the Congress. “Pappu Yadav is not a member of the Congress, and he has his own party.” he said. Mr. Gohil said the Congress alliance with the RJD was moving smoothly.Meanwhile, RJD chief Lalu Prasad is cold to the proposal to field former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai as a CPI candidate.last_img read more

Supreme Court orders not followed in Assam’s NRC exercise: All Assam Minority Students’ Union

first_imgThe All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) on Sunday said the claims and objections round of the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was not being conducted as per the Supreme Court’s instructions as well as the Standard Operating Procedure set by the Centre in November 2018.The union said this was being done to harass minorities. Appeals to NRC State coordinator Prateek Hajela for action against “whimsical” officials handling NRC service centres had fallen on deaf ears, it said. “According to sub-clause 3.2 of the Standard Operating Procedure, any person filing false objections is liable to be imprisoned up to five years and fined up to ₹50,000 under clause 17 of the Citizenship Act of 1955. Leave apart punishment, the NRC authorities are not providing the addresses and other details of the objectors in the notices to people whose citizenship is being doubted. This is against rules,” AAMSU adviser Azizur Rahman said.Over 40 lakh excludedOf the 3.29 crore people who applied for inclusion in the updated NRC, 40.07 lakh were excluded. While 36 lakh of those left out had re-applied, about 3 lakh objections were filed against those who were included in the draft published in June 2018. About 2.5 lakh of such objections were filed on December 31, 2018, the last day of the claims and objections round. “The ground-level officers who head the NRC centres need to keep separate registers for claims (by people in NRC seeking corrections or changes) with complete details of each claimant and objector. We are not being told if this is being done,” Mr. Rahman said.The union also said the NRC authorities were calling people for hearing at short notice despite clause 5 of the Standard Operating Procedure making it clear that a notice should be served at least 15 days prior to hearing. The Supreme Court has set July 30 as the deadline for publishing the complete, error-free NRC.last_img read more