By: Bari Sobelson and Hannah HydeThe field of dietetics is rapidly changing. New information is often emerging on how to best manage diet. Additionally, dietary trends are changing with a lot of incorrect information circulating which can be difficult for our patients to navigate. It is crucial that we stay current on all of the changes, as it is our responsibility to help our patients translate science into action. As dietitians, we work with patients and clients to change behaviors that are a part of their daily lives and this is not always an easy task! Remember though, if the changes that our patients and clients were trying to make were easy they wouldn’t be coming to us! While our jobs center on getting others to change their behaviors, some of us may struggle with change within our personal lives because of perceived lack of time for activities, such as self-reflection and care. We help others change, but we acknowledge, recognize, and accept that change is hard for everyone. If this blog speaks to you from both a professional and personal standpoint, then we have an opportunity for you that you won’t want to pass up! If you are interested in learning how to navigate through change, join us for our free four-day virtual conference to LEARN strategies for managing change, GROW your understanding of your capacity for change and begin to THRIVE as you connect with colleagues facing similar challenges. To learn more information about this exciting opportunity, click here.This blog was written by Social Media Specialists Bari Sobelson of the MFLN Family Development Team and Hannah Hyde of the MFLN Military Caregiving Team. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Give your video projects a unique, stylized look with these FREE ink mattes from CreativeDojo!Premiumbeat blog friend VinhSon Nguyen from CreativeDojo.com has released a free pack of Ink Mattes. These unique textures can be used in a wide variety of video editing projects and are great for logo or title reveals.Details on the Ink Pack:20 Ink Mattes (.MOV)All 8 seconds long1920×1080 resolution60fpsPhotoJPEG compressionAs these are all video files (as opposed to filters or plugins), they can be brought into any video editing or motion design application (like AE, Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro). The pack contains “small ink mattes, large ink mattes, reversal mattes that bleed in and out, and many other variations” all in high resolution 1080 HD. To use the clips as a reveal, VinhSon recommends setting the ink clip on the top layer and choosing “layer matte inverted” from the blending modes. It’s a great way to create an organic ink look in After Effects!Jump over to CreativeDojo to snag the Ink pack download.Thanks for sharing, VinhSon Nguyen!
In today’s world, video editors are often expected to have Motion Graphics/VFX Skills. The following resources are beneficial for extending your graphics skill set. Check out the useful VFX freebies as well!The days of ‘just being an editor’ are over. Most editors are now required to wear multiple hats and juggle various video editing, motion design, encoding and color grading applications on a daily basis. On most freelance jobs I am often using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects for graphics tasks, Maxon Cinema 4D for 3D work, along with Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer for video editing.With the recent free addition of Cinema 4D Lite into After Effects Creative Cloud, more video editors will now be integrating 3D into their work. In this post, we’ve rounded up 10 resources will help you strengthen your After Effects and Cinema 4D skills – free After Effects templates, motion graphics plugins and loads of free training and tutorials!If you’re new to working with motion graphics, start with my previous post on “10 Free After Effects Training Resources” and check out the After Effects section on the Premiumbeat blog. MographMograph is a collection of forums for working in motion graphics.The site covers the art and business of the industry along with forums on resources, jobs, and tutorials. There’s also a reels and portfolio page where the best motion designers share their work – great for inspiration. Mograph is a good place to network to and learn more about the industry.VfxerVfxer is a Cinema 4D & After Effects resource run by a husband and wife team (Simon & Claire). Besides useful AE and Cinema 4D tutorials, they have sections on visual effects news, inspiration and free stuff (weekly mailing list).Be sure to check out their collection of 10 free pre-fractured 3D models that can be used in Element 3D or Cinema 4D.Greyscale GorillaGreyscale Gorilla is the brainchild of VFX guru Nick Campbell. Over the last few years Greyscale Gorilla has become a leading motion design and visual effects force online, with frequently updated tutorials, news and their own 3D and visual effects products.aescripts + aepluginsaescripts + aeplugins offers quality scripts and plugins for a variety of video editing and motion design applications (After Effects, Cinema 4D, NLEs). These are particularly helpful when you are looking to extend what you can do in an app. For instance, need to animate characters mouths in After Effects without losing your sanity? No problem, there is Auto Lip-Sync ($39.99)The scripts are affordable, with some even being ‘name your own price’.ToolFarm/AE FreemartMotion Graphics artist Michele Yamazaki runs/writes for both of these sites. AE Freemart covers cool resources for After Effects, including free After Effects templates and plugins. Toolfarm sells plugins but has evolved into a resource for editors/artists. They cover the latest motion design and visual effects news, as well as having a blog and free After Effects tutorials.LesterbanksLester Banks round ups the best of After Effects & 3D tutorials from the web. Most of these are intermediate to advanced and are aimed at the working editor/artist. This is a ‘must bookmark’ site for anyone that works in motion graphics and video editing on a daily basis.Imagineer Mocha TutorialsWhen tracking motion in your video footage, you can generally get better tracks quicker using Mocha AE (bundled with After Effects), rather than simply tracking inside of After Effects. It is a powerful app but can be a bit overwhelming at first for some editors. Check out these free tutorials for getting started with Mocha AE, as well as more advanced tutorials for their flagship app Mocha Pro (used for the face replacement in the popular TV show Grimm). School of MotionNew to Motion Graphics/VFX? Joey Korenman is a Creative Director who shares his knowledge of creating motion graphics on his website, School of Motion. The tutorials and articles cover most all the software tools of the trade (Photoshop, After Effects, Cinema 4D, & Nuke.)School of Motion is a good resource for those starting to learn After Effects & Cinema 4D. See our earlier post sharing School of Motion’s tutorial on using expressions in After Effects. Motion Graphics ExchangeMotion Graphics Exchange is a motion design resource with free After Effects templates, tips, presets, expressions, and scripts.You can search the site by category or topic – a helpful time saver. Say your looking for a wiggle script. Simply type in ‘wiggle’ and you’ll get a list of wiggle expressions and tips.HelloluxxTim Clapman is an expert on Cinema 4D and teaches classes at FXPHD. He offers advanced tutorials on Cinema 4D for those taking their skills to the next level. His work is high end and really inventive, so a bit of C4D experience is probably suggested before jumping into these terrific tutorials!MotionworksMotionworks combines free After Effects and Cinema 4D tutorials, with industry news and showcase of great examples of motion design projects. Aside from free training on the site, be sure to check out the in-depth paid training and tutorials for AE and C4D.Do you have a go-to Motion Graphics/VFX Resource?Be sure to add it in the comments below!
The ARRI SkyPanel is one of the most versatile LED lights available.I remember using LEDs during their infancy. They offered very little output, but they had a promising future. At the time, I couldn’t commit to using them heavily on set, especially as primary key sources.I shoot a lot of documentary-, corporate-, and interview-based material, so I need a great key light for these setups. For the last few years, I was still using HMIs that would get extremely hot and require a lot of modification. Then, sometimes, I needed to gel those HMIs to match color with tungsten sources. This would then increase the size of the setup and the grip package and increase my budget.Within the last year, LEDs finally started to catch up with HMIs in terms of output and quality. A big step in that direction was the release of ARRI’s SkyPanel S120, S60, and S30. Since their release, I’ve begun using these lights quite heavily — as have many other DPs. The equipment rental house I use in Atlanta recently had to double their inventory of SkyPanels in order to keep up with the demand.The SkyPanels offer a ton of amazing features. These lights will definitely increase your workflow and help you produce better (and more efficient) videos.Image via ARRI.Strong Output The best feature of the ARRI SkyPanel is strong output that is still soft. This is a combination that has never really existed in a package this small. The S60 has roughly the equivalent of a diffused 400-watt HMI. With this level of output, you can easily use this light in almost any situation that requires a soft area light. It provides enough output that you can even use a frame of diffusion, like Lee‘s Opal or 250, to make it even softer. However, even without extra diffusion, the light still casts beautiful, soft shadows, so you can feel comfortable using it to light a face. Here are some photometrics at five meters to give you some reference on the light’s output:At 3,200KWith standard diffusion: 393 lux/37 fcWith light diffusion: 462 lux/43 fcWith heavy diffusion: 320 lux/30 fcWith intensifier: 511 lux/47 fcAt 5,600KWith standard diffusion: 416 lux/39 fcWith light diffusion: 489 lux/45 fcWith heavy diffusion: 338 lux/31 fcWith intensifier: 541 lux/50 fcColors and Gel Library The SkyPanel features an exceptional library of Lee and Rosco gels. If you want the exact color of Lee 1/4 CTO, for example, it’s programmed directly into the light, and you can correct the light color exactly to that gel. The light also allows you to adjust hues. If you want party gel colors, you can tune those directly into the LEDs without having to use and sort gels in front of the light.Overall, the ARRI SkyPanel is a very versatile light that you can use in most settings. As far as soft source LED lighting, it’s now my go-to choice on pretty much any set.Have you used the ARRI SkyPanel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
If you don’t know how to use them, DaVinci Resolve’s Auto Select controls can trip up your workflow. Here’s everything you need to know about this highly useful (but sometimes tricky) tool.Whenever you jump headfirst into new software, there’s always that one feature that keeps tripping you up, and it usually takes a bit of time to figure out what is going wrong. In DaVinci Resolve that feature is the Auto Select control.It might be one of the most important functions on the timeline because it will directly cause edits on the various tracks on your timeline to perform differently. The Auto Select is a multipurpose control that can increase the efficiency of an edit. What does it do? Its function is to allow editors to specify which tracks will undergo changes during an edit to multiple tracks.For example, in the screenshot below, I want to make an insert edit with the video and audio from the source monitor. I want the media to land in V1 and A1, so I have selected those tracks. I want the current media on those tracks to ripple forward, and I also need the score on A3 to remain as it is, and for the clip in V2 to continue the fade out.However, when I do so, the insert edit has affected all of the tracks with clips that extend through the marked area. It’s separated the video on V2, along with the score on A3, even though I was only inserting it to tracks V1 and A1. This is because the Auto Select is on for all tracks (it’s on by default). Now, let’s deactivate the Auto Select by turning off the Auto Select button on the track tools.Here, I’ve turned Auto Select off on tracks V2 and A3, and now when I insert edit, something a little different happens.Both the video and audio from the two deactivated tracks have been omitted from the process.We can see from this very simple edit that the Auto Select controls can be ideal for editing multiple tracks — or cause headaches if you only want to affect one track.An obvious question is Why not just lock the track? When you lock a track, you completely remove the ability to perform any edit on the track or the individual clips. There may be some circumstances when this is the better tool to use — perhaps locking down a score to remain in place. But this is precisely the point of Auto Select: you are not disabling edits, you’re just removing the track from a multi-track operation — and there are plenty of operations that will respond differently depending on the state of Auto Select:CuttingRipple cuttingCopyingDeleting clipsDeleting gapsSelecting edit pointsSelecting clipsMarking clipsMatch framePasting clipsPaste insertInsert editRipple overwrite editFinding gapsUsing the Selection Follows Playhead function.Further, you can also manually override the Auto Select function by manually clicking on a clip on a track that doesn’t have Auto Select active — an operation that isn’t possible with a locked track.If you’re an editor who loves to keep your hands on the keyboard as much as possible, you’ll be happy to know that you can manage up to eight video and eight audio tracks with shortcuts. You can turn each video track’s Auto Select on and off with keyboard shortcuts F1 through to F8, and audio tracks Ctrl+shift+F1 through to F8 (Option+CMD if you’re using a mac).Last year, when I was undergoing training on Resolve 12.5, the course leader said that Auto Select is one of those edit functions that you have to try and perform to understand how it works, and I want to echo those words. As with the Slip and Slide trim edits, Auto Select controls can be a little confusing when you’re simply reading about them. But once you open Resolve and perform a few multi-track edits with the Auto Select, you’ll see how beneficial the control is. If you’re here solely because your timeline has been playing up and you’re not sure why, well, now you have an answer.Lewis McGregor is a certified BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve Trainer.
Mute and DimThat’s pretty much all of the audio aspects that we’ve previously covered. Now, let’s take a look at what audio features we have here on the edit page. Underneath the video track area, is, of course, our audio timeline. If you right click on a track menu, you can change the audio track type from mono to stereo to 5.1 and so on. We can also mute and solo the track. I know this is a crash course covering just the basics, but I won’t tell you which buttons do what. I’ll leave that mystery up to you.However, if you ever want just to mute the entire timeline you can click the mute icon here. Likewise, you can simply lower the volume.The difference between muting or lowering the volume using this tool is that it only affects Resolve as a software operation. It’s a means of silencing the edit while you work or playback your material without having to mute Resolve from the OS volume bar. It doesn’t affect the audio levels on the timeline. So, if you render a video with the mute icon active, you still have audio on the given video.Next to the mute volume button, we have a dim button. This is useful when playing back your edit to someone. By hitting dim, the audio will slightly reduce in volume, allowing you to proceed with the edit at a more audible level. When clicked again, the audio will return to the normal levels. Again, this is non-destructive, and if you render your edit with this active, the audio will render at the levels set by the track mixer, not dimmed. In part 4 of our six-part video series The DaVinci Resolve 15 Crash Course, we take a look at what you can do with your audio on the edit page.Welcome to part four of the PremiumBeat Resolve Editing crash course. In this episode, we look at audio features on the edit page.Audio is often regarded as more important than visuals. An audio slip-up is easy to hear, whereas a visual slip-up can go unnoticed. After all, how often do we notice a crew member in the corner of the frame until someone points it out to us on YouTube.For a year or so, we’ve had the addition of the Fairlight audio page with a page dedicated to professional audio mixing. Not to be deceptive, but this isn’t going to be our primary focal point of the episode, and the same goes for the fusion and color pages. We’ll touch upon some features in our final chapter. Audio Feature RecapSo, there are a few audio features on the edit page that we haven’t covered. We’ll look at those but first, in episodes 1-3, we touched upon a few audio-related elements. Let’s quickly recap:If you want the audio element from a video clip currently in the source viewer, you just hover over the lower third of the video. Then, click and drag the audio waveform icon onto an audio track.On the timeline clips themselves, you can create a fade-in or -out by dragging the white handles inward. Then you can increase or decrease the audio level by moving this bar up or down. Or, if you open the inspector, you can adjust the volume with more control.If you find that your audio clips aren’t showing audio waveforms, don’t worry. You may have turned off the waveform display. To turn that back on, you just hit the timeline view options and make sure the audio waveform icon is highlighted white. Track MixerNow let’s have a look at how the track mixer functions on the edit page. As I mentioned in the initial tour of the edit page, you open the mixer by hitting the audio mixer button.If you initially only see a set of audio meters, click the ellipses and select mixer. If you’ve used an older version of Resolve, you may remember that we also used to have a clip mixer here. But, that feature has been removed.Here you’ll have an array of track mixers, and they’ll correspond to how many tracks you have on the timeline. However, there will be an extra mixer called main. You can use it to increase or decrease the levels of the overall mix.There’s no wizardry about using the levels. Merely push the fader knob up or down to increase or decrease them. On the Premiumbeat blog, we have a handy guide on what levels you should have your audio set to, so be sure to check that out if you get lost. Meanwhile, you’ll see that the audio levels are color coded to give you a visual indication of where your levels sit. Green is low, yellow is high, and red is very high, with probable clipping.Clipping is essentially when your audio is too loud to be properly audible. The audio waveform on the clips will give you a visual indication of when part of a clip is too high by changing the peaks to a lighter shade of the clip’s color.Pan MixerAbove the level mixer, we also have a basic pan mixer. Here you can pan the audio so it appears to be coming from a different direction.There are two ways you can use this tool. First, you click inside the box and then drag the blue square in the direction you want. So, if I want my audio to appear as if it were coming from the rear left, I drag the blue square to the bottom left of the square. Of course, to hear this exact pan, you need a monitor setup or headphones that can adequately hear the positioning of the audio. Otherwise, it sounds like it’s just coming from the left.If you double click the pan square, you are greeted with a pop-out pan display. This will offer further settings to fine-tune the effect. You can pan a specific clip by clicking on the audio clip, opening the inspector, activating the pan keyframe, and then animating as you see fit.EQ FunctionFinally, we have an EQ function on the mixer panel. However, this specific button was rendered useless in the latest update and to use it we need to head to the Fairlight audio page. But, we do have a basic EQ and pitch tools in the inspector.On the edit page, the effects and transitions for audio are on the effects panel. Now realistically, there are only a few ways to transition audio, such as a crossfade. To bring one onto the audio clip, drag and drop the transition onto an audio clip. As the name states, the only area you can position a transition is at the start or end of an audio clip. You can also press control T to have the default transition apply to the selected edit point. This shortcut works for the default video transition too. To make a transition the default, right-click and choose save as default.The audio effects work similarly. Find the needed effect in the effect’s library, then drag it onto the audio clip. You will be greeted with a pop-out user interface unique to the effect. For example, when we use reverb, we have a visualization of the reverbs effect on the frequencies of the audio signal.If you close the audio effects user interface but later want to adjust the parameters of the effect, you select the clip, open the inspector, and you’ll find the effects adjustable properties at the bottom. If you want to open the interface again, just hit this button.This pretty much covers the audio elements of the edit page. It’s pretty simple, right?Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Relaxing in Vermont” by Chill Study“Brooklyn Drive” by Chill StudyLooking for more on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these tutorials.How To Create A Sub Mix In DaVinci Resolve 14 – Video TutorialVideo Tutorial: How to Configure The ADR Panel In Resolve 15DaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Media PageDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit PageDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit Tools
Even though they can make some people uncomfortable, disagreements and arguments are a critical part of business. Without disagreements and arguments you get groupthink, and you end up with mediocrity. When you have constructive conflict and disagree about what is right, you get a chance to explore new ideas, even ideas that make some people uncomfortable.But constructive conflict needs to be done in a way that is safe and beneficial to the organization. “Safe” means it can’t harm the individuals that make up the organization.Assume good intentions: When someone disagrees with the way something is being done and engages with others around that issue, it is imperative that you assume that person has good intentions. By assuming they have good intentions, you can shift your focus to the value of the idea, instead of evaluating the individual who is brave enough to bring up the idea.Don’t blame people for mistakes, problems, or challenges: A personal review is something different from constructive conflict, even though it might include some constructive conflict. When you blame the individual for the mistakes, the challenges, or the problems your business is experiencing, you cause people to operate from a place of fear. If you have to operate from fear, you are going to avoid constructive conflict because the repercussions are likely bad for you. Blaming people keeps organizations from solving their deepest problems, and it keeps them from growing.Focus on generating new ideas, withholding judgment about any idea: When you do have constructive conflict, it’s easy to dismiss another person’s ideas without giving them a fair hearing. You can very quickly get to all the reasons that something can’t or shouldn’t be done. But this isn’t how you solve problems. You solve problems when you generate new ideas and explore them before you choose one.The healthiest cultures invite arguments and disagreements. A culture that is strong can withstand the idea of change. There are no sacred cows that must be protected. And every issue is seen as an opportunity to grow, not something to be avoided because egos are too fragile or feelings too easily hurt. Constructive conflict is necessary, and it’s incredibly valuable when done well. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now
Your competitor might have a better product or a better price. You might believe that gives them a competitive advantage, but it doesn’t have to. You can tilt the playing field in your direction. Work Ethic: You can outwork your competitor. Honestly, it isn’t really going to be all that difficult to do. Most people do what is required of them, not what they need to do to succeed. Your commitment to out-hustle your fiercest competitors alone is enough for you to win. Do the work they won’t do. Do that work when they are sleeping.People Skills: A person with better people skills can develop the relationships that level the playing field—and level their competitors. The ability to connect, the fact that you are likeable, and the fact that you care can create a preference. All things being equal, being good with people is a serious advantage.Business Acumen: A better student of business makes a better salesperson. By educating yourself on your business, your client’s business, and the economy more generally, you are likely to know how to create greater economic outcomes. Greater business knowledge and experience is a competitive advantage.Trustworthiness: Following up on your commitments creates a sense of trust. So does knowing what you are talking about. Being client-focused and working as if you are already part of your client’s decision-making team creates a gap between you and any competitor that doesn’t generate the same level of trust.Patient Persistence: The willingness to stay the course long after it seems a lost cause levels the playing field, especially when it comes to winning your dream clients. There is a strong advantage in outlasting your competitors. Patient persistence doesn’t mean you hang back. It means you keep taking action over time and, eventually, you win.Better Sales Skills: Knowing how to sell will never hurt you. Sales acumen is still incredibly important in creating a competitive advantage. Winning by intention instead of through a series of happy accidents is what separates the professionals for the amateurs, and it can tip the balance in your favor in a contest.Desire to Win: There is no accounting for the desire to win. It is the kind of intangible that appears to be some kind of voodoo. There is something about heart, guts, and the will to win that gives someone who is fighting above their weight class an advantage in a contest. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
The ruling Janata Dal (United) on Tuesday removed Satish Kumar as vice-president of its Bihar unit for “anti-party activities”. Mr. Satish Kumar had criticised some senior leaders for convincing JD(U) president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to withdraw from contesting the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. “Satish Kumar has been removed from the post of JD(U) State vice-president,” party chief spokesman and MLC Sanjay Singh said. He said Sanjay Mandal was removed as State organisational secretary for the similar reason.Mr. Satish Kumar, a former MLA from Nalanda, was close to Mr. Nitish Kumar. He was credited with organising the ‘Chetna’ rally, the biggest ever by the Kurmi community, in Bihar in 1994. After the rally, Mr. Nitish Kumar was projected as a Kurmi leader, and he parted ways with Lalu Prasad. Mr. Satish Kumar was put in charge of the party in UP after the JD(U) decided to contest the Assembly polls.. Mr. Nitish Kumar addressed over six public meetings in UP. All of a sudden, the party withdrew from the contest.
Union minister Kiren Rijiju has said Chakma and Hajong communities cannot be granted Scheduled Tribe status in Aunachal Pradesh.“The issue of Chakma and Hajong is very sensitive and we cannot grant them Schedule Tribe status in Arunachal Pradesh. I have also filed an affidavit in Supreme Court on the matter” the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs said.On the issue he would do his best in his capacity at the central level, Mr. Rijiju said at the two-day state executive meeting of the BJP in the city on Thursday.On the Assam – Arunachal boundary issues, Mr. Rijiju said that he had already written to the ministry concerned and chief ministers of both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh should come forward with an amicable solution.He also said that the construction of a four-lane NH – 415 would soon be a reality and for that the central government had already assured to provide an extra package, a party release said here on Friday.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday directed the Chairman of the Railway Board to fix responsibility on “prima facie evidence by the end of day” into the derailment of the Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh.The minister said he was monitoring the situation closely and that restoration of tracks was his top priority.Over 20 people died after 14 coaches of the Utkal Express derailed near Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh yesterday evening. “Restoration is top priority. Seven coaches tackled. Also ensuring best possible medical care for the injured. Monitoring situation closely,” he said in a tweet.“Will not allow laxity in operations by the Board. Have directed CRB to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by end of day,” he tweeted.The minister, who has been keeping a close tab on the situation since yesterday, directed senior officials and medical personnel to provide assistance to injured passengers and all possible help to relatives of affected passengers.Mr. Prabhu had ordered an inquiry into the derailment yesterday. He said he was personally monitoring the situation and strict action will be taken in case of any lapse.The minister also announced ₹3.5 lakh ex-gratia compensation for those who lost their lives, ₹50,000 for the seriously injured and ₹ 25,000 for those who received minor injuries.
Kashmir witnessed a shutdown on Monday over the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) move to summon Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) president Yasin Khan and Kashmir University scholar Aala Fazil to New Delhi for questioning in an “illegal funding case”.Several supporters of Mr. Khan held a silent sit-in in Lal Chowk against his summoning. The NIA had asked Mr. Khan to asked present himself before the NIA on Monday.“We would continue our peaceful protest until Yasin sahab leaves the NIA headquarter,” said a protesting trader.The shutdown call by traders, supported by separatists, impacted the daily life in the Valley. There was a thin traffic on the roads as educational institutions, petrol pumps and banks remained closed. The authorities placed areas under five police stations in the old city under restrictions. Train service in south Kashmir was also stopped. Hurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “The NIA is resorting to coercive and intimidating tactics against people of Kashmir”.NIA raids continueMeanwhile, the NIA on Monday continued with its raids in Kashmir Valley.Police sources said two youth, one from Ganderbal and another from Baramulla, were questioned regarding their involvement in stone pelting.The NIA has registered a case in May regarding illegal funding from across the border to fuel violence in J&K. Seven separatist leaders are already in the NIA custody.Court grants bail to Jamaat-e-Islami spokesmanThe high court on Monday granted bail to Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) spokesman Zahid Ali Lone.“Freedom of speech and expression is the soul of our democratic and secular fabric. The might of our great India is not so weak that by using a few nonproductive and ego satisfying slogans the people will be scared even by a grain of fear that their levies will be put at a peril,” said Justice M. K. Hanjura, while granting bail.Lone’s lawyer Salih Pirzada said his client was arrested on August 4 “for raising slogans.” The police had alleged Mr. Lone’s objecting was “to induce the youth of the adjoining areas to indulge in rioting and join the militant ranks to accomplish the ultimate aim of seceding Jammu and Kashmir from the Union of India”.
Justice Jayant Patel, former acting Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court and currently a judge in the Karnataka High Court has resigned from the Service. Though Justice Patel has not cited any reason for tendering resignation, sources said he was apparently unhappy since he was not made the Chief Justice in any High Court despite his seniority, and even after the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Gujarat High Court Bar Association have in the past raised the issue of his elevation as Chief Justice. It may be noted that as a senior judge of the Gujarat High Court, Justice Patel had ordered CBI probe in the controversial fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others and monitored the case for more than six months.It was during his monitoring that the CBI filed charge sheet in the case naming top officials of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Gujarat police for staging the fake encounter. In Karnataka High Court, he was due for elevation as Chief Justice or Acting CJ but was instead transferred to Allahabad High Court where he was to be the third senior-most judge. Justice Jayant Patel sent his resignation to the Chief Justice’s office and the same has been accepted.
Four women were feared drowned after a boat, carrying nine members of a family, capsized in the Ganga in rural Patna on Wednesday, police said.Five others – two men and three women – could be rescued.The boat was carrying members of the family based in Gaya district, who had come here to take a holy dip on the occasion of Magh Purnima, SHO Naseem Ahmed told PTI.The incident took place at around 10 am in Fatuha police station area.Efforts were on to trace the missing persons, the SHO said.
Haryana’s principal Opposition party, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), on Monday asked the Centre to take steps for an early completion of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. Leader of the Opposition in Haryana Assembly Abhay Singh Chautala-led delegation met Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari and impressed upon him the early completion of the SYL canal as directed by the Supreme Court. They also requested him to urge the Haryana government to follow the Supreme Court directive regarding compensation to the farmers whose land is to be acquired for the Dadupur-Nalvi canal and continue with the project.Mr. Chautala drew the attention of Mr. Gadkari to the fast depleting ground water in the State. “As it is, South Haryana has already become ‘dark zone’ and a worried Supreme Court has put restrictions on construction. North Haryana, the basmati bowl of the State, too has slipped in the ‘critical’ zone. Thus almost the whole of the State is sliding towards ‘dark’ zone and hence would become infertile and desert due to unavailability of water,” he said. This would have serious repercussions on the social and economic front, he added.Mr. Chautala said that Mr. Gadkari assured them that if the Dadupur-Nalvi canal project were scrapped, the Centre would contribute towards meeting the additional expenses.
The police in Belonia have arrested two people, including a former CPI(M) activist who had switched over to the BJP, in connection with the demolition of a statue of Vladimir Lenin on Monday. Based on video evidence, three others have been sent notice to appear before the police by Friday. Belonia, about 90km from State capital Agartala, is the headquarters of South Tripura district bordering Bangladesh.Video footageThe arrests on Wednesday came amid revelation that one of five people seen in the video footage pulling down the Lenin statue with bulldozer had taken the lead in demolishing a statue of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi – also in Belonia.This man, Manik Das, is a contractor who left Tripura during the 1988-1993 Congress rule and returned after the Left Front won the 1993 polls to allegedly terrorise Congress workers.“Manik Das is one of three people we have summoned under Section 41 of CrPC. The others are Suman Mazumdar, owner of the bulldozer and one Uttam Saha. They are expected to report within 48 hours,” Ipper Monchak, West Tripura district Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu.“We have already arrested the bulldozer driver and Raju Nath on basis of evidence gathered,” he said.
Mumbai: Pune-based real estate developer Kohinoor Group which has forayed into student housing segment through its start up entity Youthville Serviced Hostel, is planning a major expansion to cater to the growing need for quality hostel facility for students in education hubs across the country.The company’s maiden property in Pune is a girl’s hostel with a capacity of 150 beds. A second property with a capacity to house 600 students will be opened in Pune next year.“By 2019- 2020 we will be acquiring additional 600 beds and another 600 beds will be added the following year. By 2023- 24 we are aiming to have 25,000 beds pan-India,” said Vineet Goyal,Founder, Youthville Serviced Hostel.He said student housing was highly under-supplied across the country and students lack basic hygiene, food and other necessities.“At present student housing is functioning in an unorganised manner. Students are deprived of basic facilities, making their lives difficult. At Youthville we have addressed these inadequacies and created space where students can live comfortably,” Mr. Goyal said. “Student housing is in huge demand worldwide,” he added. Given the fact that student housing demand will stay strong in the future, the segment will be propitious for investors and real estate developers,” Mr. Goyal added.Currently the venture is funded by Kohinoor Group and the company is looking for investors to meet the expansion plans.Pune with steady rise in the student population has huge demand for student accommodation. Hostels charge between ₹97,000 to ₹2 lakh per student per year. Youthville charges ₹1,35,000 per bed in triple sharing basis per year and ₹1,83,000 in twin sharing accommodation.Along with accommodation the company provides high speed Wi-Fi, laundromat, fitness centre,cafeteria, music room, library, mini theatre, common kitchenette, doctor on call and housekeeping facility.Students need to pay for their food and transport. The company has also made provision for bike on hire.As per HRD ministry data there are about 35 million students currently studying in colleges and universities across the country. About 11 million of them come from other states to pursue higher education. These are the students who are under the radar of companies providing hostel facilities.
The state-wide shutdown called by the Congress and other opposition parties against rising fuel prices received a lukewarm response in the State.While Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers damaged a Pune Municipal Corporation bus in the city’s Kumthekar road area in the morning, it was business as usual for most shops and establishments across the city.Most petrol pumps, however, remained shut for security reasons. Schools and colleges continued to function normally. Robust security ensured that commute was not hit in Pune city. The Congress, NCP and MNS, took out major rallies.NCP MP Supriya Sule led the rally in Pune while senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil headed his party’s protest in Ahmednagar district. The ‘bandh’ received a marginally better response in Solapur district, with shops in Pandharpur taluk downing shutters in support of the shutdown. Bus services, however, were thrown awry in Nashik.The protest fared better in Marathwada. Protests and sit-ins were observed throughout Aurangabad, Beed and Jalna whereCongress workers were seen raising slogans against the Modi government, and mocking the BJP-led NDA for the sky-rocketing fuel prices.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra on Saturday announced the dates of elections to the urban local bodies in the State despite a boycott threat by the regional parties. The National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party described the decision as “unfortunate”.“The municipal polls will be conducted in four phases on October 8, 10, 13, 16,” Mr. Kabra said.There urban local bodies have remained without members due to repeated deferment of [elections], owing to growing militancy and rising civilian casualties in the past few years. These polls will be followed by the panchayat polls that will begin in November,” he said.“The elections to two municipal corporations, three municipal councils and 72 municipal committees in the State shall be held from October 8 to 16. The last elections to the municipal bodies were held in 2005 and their five-year term expired in 2010.”He said the EVMs would be used for the elections. “Of 1,145 wards, 90 wards have been reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 38 wards have been reserved for the Scheduled Tribes, which includes 31 and 13 wards reserved for SC and ST women. Around 322 wards have been reserved for women belonging to the open category,” he said.Kashmiri migrants will be allowed to vote through postal ballot. Around 17 lakh voters will particiapte in these polls.Protests continueThe decision to hold these polls comes despite the NC and the PDP announcing to stay away from the urban local bodies and panchayat polls in J&K, asking the Centre to clear its stand on Article 35A, which defines State Subject laws, before the Supreme Court.PDP spokesman Rafi Mir told The Hindu: “It’s an unfortunate decision. We were expecting that Governor Satya Pal Malik will hold an all-party meeting. It seems the decision was taken without taking public or political parties’ opinion on board. We stand by our decision to stay away from these polls.”NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said these polls would have no credibility. “Unfortunately, no one was taken into confidence while announcing these polls. Such polls will serve no purpose and will only damage the idea of democracy. Any election is held to allow parties and people to participate. We saw three militants being killed in Jammu on Friday and five people, including a civilian, being killed on Saturday. In such an atmosphere, what message is the Centre giving by holding these elections,” Mr. Sagar asked.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he can’t leave aside his public relations exercise even for five minutes.The Congress chief was addressing a public rally in Dhule district of north Maharashtra.“Our prime minister tells the media that India is united after the Pulwama terror attacks, but immediately targets Congress,” Mr. Gandhi said.“India’s prime minister can’t leave aside his public relations [exercise] even for five minutes. That is the difference between him and us,” Mr. Gandhi said.The Congress leader accused Mr. Modi of misusing solemn occasions to target the Congress.“He [Modi] does the same [engage in PR exercise] at the war memorial opening,” Mr. Gandhi said, referring to Mr. Modi opening an all-out attack on the Congress during the opening ceremony of the National War Memorial in Delhi recently.Mr. Gandhi also ridicules Anil Ambani on the Rafale aircraft deal, saying the industrialist can’t even make a paper plane.Slamming Mr. Modi over the Rafale deal, Mr. Gandhi said under the Chowkidar’s watch, Rs 30,000 crore went into Anil Ambani’s pockets.