first_imgBy Rachel Dorman, MS & Heidi Radunovich, PhDOvercoming stigma and barriers to seeking mental health treatment is not an uncommon issue for military members and their families. Identifying barriers can help shed light on strategies needed to overcome such obstacles and how to provide care for those who need it. In today’s blog we are going to learning more about barriers military wives encounter when seeking mental health treatment.[Flickr, 136th MEB Mobilization Ceremony by Texas Military Forces, CC By-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Lewy, Oliver, and McFarland (2014) conducted a study to learn more about military wives, their mental health needs, and barriers they may have to seeking mental health treatment. The study consisted of 569 female participants who completed an online survey. The survey examined depressive symptoms, nonspecific psychological distress, and barriers to obtaining mental health services. The study found that over half (51%) of the participants reported high levels of depressive symptoms, and another 27% indicated depressive symptoms, but at a lower level. The study also found that 37% of the wives surveyed reported serious psychological distress, and 44% did not receive the mental health treatment they felt they needed (higher than the general population). Those who were older and higher levels of distress were more likely not to get needed treatment.The most common barrier to seeking mental health treatment was finding time during the day to attend treatment (38%). Other barriers commonly mentioned included fears that the treatment would not be confidential (26%), concerns about how others in the community might perceive the treatment (19%), lack of knowledge of where to go for treatment (25%) and concerns about cost (19%). Over a third of military wives, 35%, reported concern that mental health providers would not understand the issues facing military spouses, and 29% expressed concerns about whether they could trust a therapist.[Flickr, 136th MEB Mobilization Ceremony by Texas Military Forces, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The authors recommend that clinicians seek education regarding best practices for serving military service members and their families, including programs such as RESPECT-Mil. The researchers also highlight that, because social media was found to be an effective tool in reaching military wives for recruitment in this study, it might also be an effective means of providing information about mental health services. To learn more about helping individuals overcome barriers to seeking treatment check out our previous blog, Shifting the Stigma: Mental Health and the Military References[1] Lewy, B., Oliver, C., & McFarland, B. (2014). Barriers to mental health treatment for military wives. Psychiatric Services, Brief Reports, p. 1 – 4. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.201300325This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

first_imgThis behind-the-scenes video shows how they successfully created an incredible rainstorm on-set for Aronofsky’s Noah.Image from FXGuideNoah is sweeping up the box office, an epic-sized blockbuster filled to the brim with special effects and cutting edge filmmaking techniques. The film blends CG with organic effects…one of the main ones being a torrential downpour of rain.A recent post by FXGuide give a ton of insight into how this amazing effect was achieved. Special effects supervior Burt Dalton says “We had an acre and a half to two acres that had to be fully engulfed in rain..It had to have continuous massive rain running through it, non-stop for long shots.” The 15 day rain shoot used over one million gallons of water, the largest practical rain effects setups every created.Three iPad controlled rainbars were constructed (100 X 40 feet) to douse this area and give it a realistic monsoon look. This behind-the-scenes video from FXGuide and Wired shows you how they pulled it off:Head over to FXGuide for a TON of details on this elaborate special effects setup. Pretty awesome, don’t you think?last_img read more

first_imgWith this helpful video tutorial on ISO, you’ll be turning that dial to manual in no time.ISO is a funny measurement that can certainly be confusing to new filmmakers and photographers. In its most basic form ISO is a measurement of the sensitivity of your image sensor; higher ISO being more sensitive and lower ISO being less. When an ISO number is high (3200+), you can expect to see an overall brighter/noisier image. On some video cameras this is measured as gain.The following video created by the camera experts at Adorama gives us some better insights into how ISO works. It covers:Reducing NoiseShooting in Low LightDisadvantages of High ISO NumbersISO is just one of the three big factors in what is known as the “exposure triangle”.This video was first shared on Adorama’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing guys!As the video states increased ISO numbers have historically been associated with increased noise, but new cameras such as the Sony A7S offers incredible performance at high ISO numbers with minimal noise. So who knows, maybe in the future ISO is going to go the way of the dinosaurs, or the DV tape for that matter.If you want to be a real master at exposing your images be sure to read up on ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture, here on the Premiumbeat Blog.Have any tips for working with ISO? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgWhat challenges lay ahead for 4K and high frate rate filmmaking? Is 4K really necessary?Mark Ward with BBC News posted a really interesting article about 4K filmmaking recently. In the article he talked to Bruno Mahe, technical director at studio Illumination Mac Guff (designers of Despicable Me 2, The Lorax and others). In the article Mahe poses several concerns about the move to 4K technology in the film world. As a filmmaker currently working on a film that uses both 4K and HFR (high frame rate) I have to agree that there are challenges ahead, but all may not be lost.Where Are We at Today?In 2009 portions of the films The Knowing and District 9 became the first feature films to use 4K photography. Then one year later in 2010 David Fincher’s film The Social Network became the first feature film to be shot and projected in 4K. Now, just 4 years later, we find that nearly all feature film productions are using some sort of 4K film technology. Granted not all productions are being captured in 4K…some are using even higher resolutions.In 2011 Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey became the first film to be shot in 5K resolution 3D at 48 FPS (frames per second) using the RED Epic. Then just this year David Fincher’s Gone Girl became the first feature film to be shot in 6K through the RED Epic with the Dragon Sensor. Now James Cameron confirmed earlier this year that Avatar and its sequels will be shot in 4K at 48 fps.There is definitely a trend happening here. Cinema is doing what cinema has always done, reacting to the technology available. But for this article lets just focus on the vast majority of productions which are filming in 4K or higher, as well as HFR, and ask the questions.What are the workflow challenges facing filmmakers?What are the Challenges facing the VFX community?Where are we going from here? Above Image Credit: ‘Gone Girl’ from the Hollywood ReporterWorkflow Challenges Facing Filmmakers?One of the biggest challenge facing filmmakers is storage. When filming in 4K, storage goes up considerably, but then when HFR is added into the equation it goes up even more. For example, Eric Saindon of Weta Digital told FXGuide that, “On a film like Avatar we had about a petabyte of information – for Hobbit we’re about five to six times that information.” As filmmakers wanting to use this technology we need to be keenly aware of the data storage requirements of filming in 4K & HFR.Another challenge is computing power. Sure you can offline edit at lower resolutions to reduce the editing headaches, but at some point you will need to bring back the hi-res footage for finishing. Here you’ll work through the color correction, effects, titles, etc.  and all of these processes take computing power. In a 4K workflow iMacs and Mac Pros can work, but it can be challenging. What you would really need is a computing setup with at least 16-32g of RAM, 1 or 2 powerful CUDA rated GFX cards like the GeForce GTX and a RAID Storage setup like the Promise Pegasus.If you are not handling the post production process then a third challenge is the cost of that processing. While speaking on a panel gathered by the Hollywood Post Alliance on 4K film technology, Steven Kang, Sr. Engineer at Netflix, stated that post production costs for 4K processing are 10 to 15 percent higher than the same services for high definition. Phil Squyres, Senior Vice President of Sony Pictures, added by saying “After using 4K on pilots, I’ve been telling our producers that it appears from our early experience that shooting 4K is more like shooting film negative.” Shooting in film negative was not cheap, so again this is something that needs to be considered before you make the move to a 4K workflow.While there are a few challenges to filming in 4K and in HFR, these challenges are not overwhelming and can be remedied with careful planning.What are the Challenges for the VFX Community?With more and more films using visual effects to one degree or another, how does this new workflow affect the visual effects community?You would think that moving to a 4K environment would be a huge challenge for the visual effects community, however visual effects houses are usually equipped with high-end computing workstations, massive storage systems and so on. The work of actually processing the VFX may not be as troublesome for these operations as the cost to upgrade. As Eric Saindon told FXGuide, going from 24fps to 48fps was actually a helpful move saying that with 48fps animators can, “do much better animation so the subtleties of animation are brought through the 48, whereas the 24 we didn’t have quite the ability to do that.”As someone who has worked in 3D visual effects processing, having the expanded frames is incredibly helpful. However there are some drawbacks with using higher frame-rates. By using HFR with high resolution we’re reducing the margin of error when it comes to visual effects. Since the image quality is so heightened the need to add those finite details to the models is vitally important. The one thing we don’t want is the VFX work to stand out like a sore thumb. This was a common complaint by many during initial release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I only found a few instances where it was really distracting, but I truly believe Weta Digital stepped up their game in The Desolation of Smaug. Here is a really awesome featurette from Weta Digital on the VFX process of the film:Film technology continues to expand and improve at a rapid pace. Case in point, the RED has released the Epic Dragon which captures 6K, NHK has announced an 8K camera, there are rumors of Sony working on an 8K camera, and finally a 18K camera developed by Forza Silicon is on the radar. We may not be living in a 4K universe for long.With distribution moving more and more to digital, more people are watching content on tablets, laptops and smartphones. So this begs the question, is there really a need to film in 4K or higher? For many filmmakers, especially independents, probably not.The need to have the latest and greatest 4K camera should be the top priority. The technology is getting cheaper, but it all comes down to what you are trying to accomplish as a filmmaker. Do you want your work to land you a big directing or cinematographer job? If so, then buy all means rent or find an affordable 4K camera.I was lucky enough to be given some advice by the legendary visual effects designer Douglas Trumbull. He told me that I as a filmmaker I need to be, “keenly aware of the advancements in my industry and if I don’t stay up to date with them then I’ll find myself being left behind.” As technology goes, so do the studios, for better or for worse.Have you worked with 4K HFR? Share your experiences in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgAfter a 2-year wait for the next generation of the URSA mini series, Blackmagic has finally released the successor to the indie filmmaking favorite.Out of nowhere, Blackmagic Design (in true Blackmagic form) decided to quietly release the camera that many of us have been waiting for — the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2.The announcement initially looked like a typical software update release video, wherein Blackmagic introduce some new features for their Pocket Cinema camera (including a Blackmagic RAW update) and a few updates to their Duplicator stacks.But then, out of nowhere, we get “one more thing” — reminiscent of Nintendo’s old tricks — and he just pulls the camera out from under his desk! It was there the whole time. And he knew. This man’s composure is astounding.What the New URSA G2 Brings to the TableWith an arsenal of side buttons and controls, the G2 URSA has just about the same body as its predecessor. It’s not a very big cosmetic update; the true innovation is within the camera — with new features such as an updated Super 35mm 4.6K image sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range that can record up to 120fps at full-frame 4.6K, and even up to 300fps in 1080 HD. This allows you to record gorgeous slow motion video without sacrificing video quality — other cameras in this league that will downgrade footage quality to 1080HD when rising up to 120fps. The G2 also comes with the ability to record in Blackmagic RAW, making it one of the cheapest cameras on the market that you can scale for use in both feature films and commercials alike.Blackmagic is well known for the color science in its sensors, and the G2 continues the Blackmagic tradition of extremely accurate skin tones and extremely lifelike colors. The Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science in their recent Pocket Cinema camera has been added to the 4.6K G2, and when coupled with RAW capabilites, it can produce feature-worthy dynamic range and color data.There’s also a brand new USB-C port for reliable recording onto flash disks that use the same port. A new feature actually allows you to edit directly off the SSD that you use for media storage.Full Specs Digital film camera with 15 stops of dynamic range.Super 35mm 4.6K sensor with Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science.Supports project frame rates up to 60 fps and off-speed slow motion recording up to 120 fps in 4.6K, 150 fps in 4K DCI and 300 fps in HD Blackmagic RAW.Interchangeable lens mount with EF mount included as standard. Optional PL, B4 and F lens mounts available separately.High quality 2, 4 and 6 stop neutral density (ND) filters with IR compensation designed to specifically match the colorimetry and color science of Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2.Fully redundant controls, including external controls that allow direct access to the most important camera settings such as external power switch, ND filter wheel, ISO, shutter, white balance, record button, audio gain controls, lens and transport control, high frame rate button, and more.Built-in dual C-Fast 2.0 recorders and dual SD/UHS-II card recorders allow unlimited duration recording in high quality.High speed USB-C expansion port for recording directly to an external SSD or flash disk.Lightweight and durable magnesium alloy body.LCD status display for quickly checking timecode, shutter, and lens settings as well as battery, recording status, and audio levels.Support for Blackmagic RAW files in Constant Bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 and 12:1 or Constant Quality Q0 and Q5 as well as ProRes 4444 XQ, ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy recording at 4.6K, 4K, Ultra HD and HD resolutions.Supports recording of up to 300 frames per second in HD, 150 frames per second in 4K DCI, and 120 frames per second at full frame 4.6K.Features all standard connections, including dual XLR mic/line audio inputs with phantom power, 12G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay and separate XLR 4 pin power output for viewfinder power, headphone jack, LANC remote control and standard 4 pin 12V DC power connection.Built-in high quality stereo microphones for recording sound.4-inch foldout touchscreen for on-set monitoring and menu settings.Includes full copy of DaVinci Resolve software color grading and editing software.Price: $5,995Our ThoughtsIf you already own the URSA Pro 4.6K G1, you may be thinking, “This is not the total design overhaul that I was expecting.” But I don’t think a re-design was even warranted. The G1 4.6K camera was close to perfect — it had everything you needed to record ultra-high quality video without breaking the bank. It was a solid camera to begin with, so a redesign would just be a moot point.The G2 URSA Pro 4.6K has enough new features to get us excited (300fps? Come on). Think of how cool that slow-mo would look), but it’s probably not enough to get people who just bought G1 Pros to go selling their cameras. However, if you’re on the market for a cinema camera that will last a very long time and produce extremely reliable results, you probably can’t go wrong with this new G2 URSA.The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is now available from Blackmagic retailers worldwide.All images via Blackmagic Design.last_img read more

first_imgTwo doctors of the BRD Medical College Hospital, including in-charge of the encephalitis ward Dr. Kafeel Khan, had been suspended in connection with the death of more than 60 children there earlier this month.In-charge of the 100-bed AES ward Dr. Khan and in-charge of Anaesthesia Dr. Satish had been suspended after the State government’s approval, principal of the medical college Dr. P. K. Singh said.Criminal action The probe committee headed by Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar had recommended initiating criminal action against the then principal of the medical college Dr. Satish, Dr. Khan and M/s Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd.With this, seven persons had been suspended following the deaths in the State-run hospital due to alleged lack of oxygen supply. Besides the then principal Dr. Rajiv Kumar Mishra, three employees and a pharmacist had also been suspended, Dr. Singh said.last_img read more

first_imgThe J&K government on Friday decided to release all top separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, who are planning to court arrest at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday in protest against its recent raids in the State. A senior police official said “these separatist leaders are free to go wherever they want”. The decision comes ahead of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to the State on Saturday. The NIA has already clarified that they will not entertain the separatists since “they have not been summoned”, leaving it to the Delhi police to handle the situation.last_img read more

first_imgA number of Maratha outfits including the Maratha Kranti Morcha and the Sambhaji Brigade have announced their intention to demonstrate against senior India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist Dr. Medha Khole on September 25 for allegedly defaming her cook Nirmala Yadav.Dr. Khole is engulfed in a storm of controversy after she accused Ms. Yadav of ‘impersonating’ as a Brahmin to secure work in her household, drawing severe censure from activists and a number of social outfits.“Her [Khole’s] actions have needlessly contributed to the heightening of social tensions. Despite conferring with the Commissioner of Police, no FIR has yet been lodged against her…while the police caved in to Khole’s demands and lodged an FIR against the cook, they have been surprisingly tardy to lodge one against Khole based on Yadav’s complaint,” said Santosh Shinde of the Sambhaji Brigade.The groups plan to take out a formidable rally from Lal Mahal to the Commissioner’s office, demanding that an FIR against Khole be lodged forthwith and further action be taken against her.Ms. Khole filed a complaint against Ms. Yadav after she reportedly discovered that the cook was not of the Brahmin caste, but belonged to the Maratha community following the recently concluded Gauri Ganpati festival.The police said that Ms. Khole alleged in her complaint that Ms. Yadav had ostensibly ‘concealed her caste’ to secure the job as she was under severe financial stress.Ms. Yadav has denied this, stating that Ms. Khole had never asked her about her caste when she sought work with her in 2016.Ms. Khole claimed that her religious sentiments were allegedly hurt as she had wanted a married Brahmin woman to cook for family events like the death anniversary of her parents and the Gauri Ganapati festival.Under pressure, Ms. Khole on Saturday (September 9) last week withdrew her case against Ms. Yadav.“My complaint was related to cheating. But if I have hurt anyone’s feelings, I apologise and withdraw my complaint,” Dr. Khole said while withdrawing her complaint.Ms. Yadav (60) in turn has filed a cross-complaint against Khole for attempting to defame her and causing her mental and physical harassment. However, the police have yet to register an FIR based on it. A second complaint has been lodged against Dr. Khole at the Sinhagad police station by the Sambhaji Brigade.“I was deeply hurt by this blatant display of casteism on her [Khole’s] part, and shocked by the fury of her verbal and physical assault on me…my father was in the freedom struggle and I was bought up in a progressive milieu,” Ms. Yadav said, speaking after lodging her complaint against Dr. Khole.She announced her resolve to participate in the demonstration on September 25.On the evening of September 6, the Sinhgad police, on Ms. Khole’s insistence, had booked Ms. Yadav under sections 419 (cheating by impersonation), 352 (punishment for assault or criminal force) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), while alleging that it was Ms. Yadav who assaulted her — a fact that has raised the hackles of the protesting outfits.According to IMD sources, Dr. Khole has not been reporting to work for more than a year. However, the met department refused to give clear reasons for her prolonged absence.last_img read more

first_imgA new bell in Srinagar’s Holy Family Catholic Church is ringing in the spirit of harmony after the previous one went silent half a century ago.The 105 kilogram bell was inaugurated on Sunday at a short ceremony at 11.30 a.m. in the church located on Srinagar’s M.A. Road by representatives of Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Sikhs.The Parish priest Father Roy Matthews officiated.“It is a joyous moment for all of us. Kashmir has a rich composite culture and harmonious coexistence is the very essence of Kashmiriyat. So I see this against that background, with representatives of various religions joining us in our happiness. At the same time, we want to send out a message at the national, international and local levels that we are one here and we love and accept each other as we are,” said Father Matthews.Representatives of several religions were present, “to jointly ring the new bell for the first time in the past 50 years,” said church committee spokesman S.M. Rath.The British-era church, built in 1896, had lost its original bell in a fire sparked by “an arson incident” on June 7, 1967.The bell, the largest of its kind in the State, was a gift from a Kashmiri Christian family. Kashmir hosts a small Christian population, and has three main churches in Srinagar and Baramulla. The Christian population, as per the 2011 census, is 0.28% in the State.Around 30 Catholic families live in the Valley. “This ceremony is a historic occasion for the microscopic Christian community in Kashmir,” said the spokesman.Arab-Israeli warThe arson of 1967 was triggered by the Arab-Israeli war, and the church was rebuilt a few years later. The new bell is made of cast iron and was installed by local carpenters and labourers, aided by those from outside.On Sunday, as the bell rope was pulled by the representatives jointly, a group of children from different religious backgrounds sang in chorus.Pandits should returnGyani Jaipal Singh, a Sikh representative, said he joined in “to keep peace and harmony alive in Kashmir.” Haji Manzoor, another representative, said, “This act sends a message to those [Kashmiri Pandits] who migrated from the valley [in the early 1990s] to return.”Last year, the church members had a muted Christmas celebration in the wake of more than 90 civilian deaths in protests across the Valley.last_img read more

first_imgSecurity forces gunned down two alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Bijapur district of south Chhattisgarh on Friday morning.“The district police and the Central Reserve Police Force’s CoBRA 204th battalion were conducting a joint anti-Maoist operation under Gangaloor police station limits of Bijapur today. At around 7.30 am, the Maoists fired some rounds at our troops near Manduvandi-Kowadegoan forest area. Our troops retaliated the fire immediately. During the search of the area (after the encounter), two dead bodies in Maoist uniform were recovered,” said a police official.The deceased, who are yet to be identified, include a woman. The security forces also recovered one 303 rifle, one 12-bore rifle and one pistol from the site of the encounter.According to sources, the encounter was not a chance one but an intelligence-based operation.last_img read more

first_imgPune: Girls outscored boys yet again in the Maharashtra Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or Class X exams, results for which were announced by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) on Friday.The pass percentage for girls was an impressive 91.7% as against 87.27% for boys.The cumulative pass percentage was 89.41%, higher than last year’s 88. 47%.As many as 17, 51, 353 students appeared for the three-week long exam process this year, which commenced on March 1 and ended on March 24. It was conducted across nine divisions and 4,657 centres in the State.The total number of students who appeared for the exams this year is lower than that of last year’s 17.66 lakh, but higher than 2016’s 17.27 lakh students.While Konkan division recorded a pass percentage of 96%, the highest among the nine divisions, Nagpur registered the lowest pass percentage of 85.97%.The two most populous divisions, Mumbai and Pune, recorded robust pass percentages of 90.41% and 92.08% respectively.This year the results have been declared almost a week earlier than in 2017.last_img read more

first_imgNRC list: Govt will help all genuine citizens, says Sonowal Mohammed Nurul Islam is one of several Assam government school teachers and officials engaged in family tree verification, a vital part of the updating of the 1951 National Register of Citizens (NRC). But he is possibly the only NRC investigation officer entrusted with weeding out illegal migrants while carrying a Doubtful-voter (D-voter) tag.Therein, rights activists say, lies one of the many tales of a random selection of “foreigners” in Assam to be allegedly harassed or fleeced until proven a citizen by the court.Doubtful voters, or D-voters, are those who have been disenfranchised during electoral roll revision for their alleged lack of proper citizenship credentials with their cases pending in one of 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) across Assam. Once adjudged a foreigner, a person is sent to any of six detention camps — within jails — before deportation.Also Read  A resident of Kalgachia in Barpeta district of western Assam, Mr. Islam is a postgraduate teacher at Paschim Moinbari Higher Secondary School in the Baghbor area of the district. He was engaged as one of the 4,300 investigation officers in February.“As soon as I get released, I will fight the D-voter tag slapped on me in 1997. Besides not getting adequate leave to pursue my case, I took 21 years to find out which FT was handling it. I have been told to wait for a month or two after July 30,” Mr. Islam told The Hindu.The complete NRC draft, containing the names of most of 3.29 crore applicants, is scheduled to be published on Monday.This will include the 1.9 crore names, minus 1.5 lakh whose documents were later not found to be in order, that figured in the first draft published on December 31, 2017. 52 Bangladeshis sent back from Assamcenter_img  Pushed backAccording to data placed in the 126-member Assam Assembly in February, the State now has 1,25,333 D-voters. Since 1997, the tribunals have declared 20,578 D-voters as foreigners with 29,663 others having been “pushed back” and 75 deported to Bangladesh.Organisations such as the All Assam Minority Students’ Union and All Bodoland Territorial Council Bengali Students’ Federation said the frequency of serving D-voters’ notices increased after the NRC exercise was undertaken in September 2013.In southern Assam’s Katigorah, for instance, notices were sent to 1,440 people under one police station.In May, a FT served a notice to Kishore Nath, a BJP legislator from southern Assam’s Barkhola constituency, on suspicion he was a doubtful voter. His wife Nilima and four brothers were served notices too.“This is ridiculous, as we have been living in Assam for three generations,” he said, threatening to take the officials involved to court.In July 2015, BJP legislator from Silchar, Dilip Paul’s brother and his wife were asked to prove their citizenship. Mr. Paul’s parents had settled in Silchar in 1950.  NRC legacy data“Imagine what went through the mind of an NRC investigation officer who applied for NRC with uncertainty because of the ‘D’ voter tag despite his father, Abul Hussain, having NRC legacy data for figuring in the 1966 electoral rolls,” Mr. Islam said.The 1951 NRC and electoral rolls up to March 24, 1971 are together called legacy data, and a code is generated for anyone listed in those documents.Mr. Islam was marked as a D-voter — done by a district electoral registration officer or Assam Police’s border wing tasked with detecting foreigners — in 1997, a few months after the Election Commission listed 3.7 lakh people as D-voters following intensive revision of rolls in Assam. Many of them were later found to be Indian citizens.Also Readlast_img read more

first_imgThe J&K police on Thursday arrested a man for killing a 12-year-old boy in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. “The accused, Abrar Majeed Reshu, was stalking the elder sister of the deceased boy. The girl’s father had turned down Abrar’s marriage proposal. This infuriated him and he targeted the boy,” police said.The body of the victim, Faisal Hussain Misger, was found in an orchard in Ganderbal on September 18. The accused has confessed to his crime.last_img

first_imgKamal Nath waives farm loans up to ₹2 lakh after assuming office as M.P. Chief Minister Congress leader Kamal Nath (72) was sworn in as the 18th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh in Bhopal on Monday.Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office to him.On Friday, the Governor invited Mr. Nath to form a government.The Congress on Thursday named Mr. Nath, the nine-time Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara, to head the State Congress Legislature Party, after hours of hectic parleys held by party president Rahul Gandhi with senior party leaders.Mr. Nath, who has held several portfolios in the Union Cabinet, was appointed the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president on April 26 and was at the forefront in steering the party to a win in the November 28 Assembly polls.Also Read  The results were declared on December 11.The Congress, which won 114 seats, has the support of one Samajwadi Party legislator, two Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs and four independents, to cross the majority mark of 116 seats in the 230-member Assembly.The BJP, which ruled the State for 15 years, got 109 seats in this elections. Its Shivraj Singh Chouhan was the State’s longest serving Chief Minister since taking charge in 2005.Those present at the swearing-in ceremony included Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his deputy Sachin Pilot, MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s M.K. Stalin, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav and Mr. Chouhan were also present.last_img read more

first_imgOn September 6, 2011, Sanju Ram’s life changed forever. Back then, he was a Havaldar with the Dogra Regiment of the Army. He was posted in Jammu and Kashmir, on deputation with 62 Rashtriya Rifles.On that fateful autumn morning eight years ago, Mr. Ram was on a routine patrol with other soldiers when, around 10, a deafening explosion left him unconscious. It was a landmine blast. “Two days later, when I woke up in the 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar, both my legs had been amputated,” recalls Mr. Ram, who retired in 2018, following the recommendation of the medical board.“Since then, my life has never been the same. After prosthetic implants, my whole existence now feels ‘artificial’. My artificial legs can in no way replace the original limbs. It’s not easy to cope. For almost everything I am now dependent on my family members. At times, it can be really so frustrating,” he says.“I had to curb even my normal my eating habits to ensure that I do not put on extra weight. I can hardly relish my mutton curry these days, for fear that it would increase my weight, which I simply can’t afford these artificial limbs. I cannot do any field work now. It’s a struggle even to play ball with my children,” says the wheelchair-bound soldier.Mr. Ram lives in Jogindernagar’s Makrana locality in Himachal Pradesh. He says he has stopped going to Karkuhi, his native village in Mandi district, because he finds it “humiliating that a soldier should be carried on a palanquin by others to reach his own village.” Karkuhi is 23 km from his residence.“I have not visited my village for over three years now,” Mr. Ram says. “If I go, my relatives would have to carry me in a palanquin from the closest motorable road. That’s about 2 km of uneven roads to my ancestral house. I have therefore stopped visiting, though my mother, who is now very old, stays there.”His family has been a great source of support, Mr. Ram says, praising his wife Sumna Devi. “It took me months to come to terms with the new reality that the whole family was facing,” says Ms. Devi, a housewife.Inside his three-room house, built on an uneven hill terrain, Mr. Ram manages to move around on his own. But outdoor mobility remains a hurdle. Needed, help“High-tech customised prosthetics are available in the market but they are too expensive for me. If the government were to offer some kind of subsidy on such artificial limbs, it would be really helpful, especially for people like me who have undergone double amputation,” said Mr. Ram.last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi will address two back-to-back election rallies in West Bengal on April 3, BJP leader Mukul Roy said on Sunday.Mr. Modi will speak at a public meeting at Siliguri in north Bengal at 1 p.m., followed by another rally at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade ground at 3 p.m. on the same day, Mr. Roy said. “The party is fully prepared to hold the two election rallies of Mr. Modi on the same day. It is a historical day for the BJP to organise such big meetings of the Prime Minister back-to-back,” he said. Mr. Roy added that no other party has shown the “courage” to hold two meetings on the same day. Senior BJP leaders including Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh would also visit West Bengal for campaigning before the general election next month.last_img read more

first_imgA team from Bihar Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), aided by Pune ATS, has arrested a Bangladeshi national, alleged to be a terror suspect, from Pune’s Chakan industrial area in connection with the Pulwama terror strike.According to sources, the man, identified as Shariat Mandal, is believed to be an associate of the two Bangladeshis — Khairul Mandal and Abu Sultan — arrested on Monday by the Bihar ATS in Patna. Their interrogation led them to Mandal.All three are alleged to have affiliations with terror outfits like the banned Jama’at-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and the Islamic State in Bangladesh.Mandal, who was reportedly working as a construction worker in Chakan, was produced before the sessions court and later taken to Bihar for further questioning on a transit remand. Bihar ATS, acting on inputs from Intelligence Bureau (IB), had earlier seized from Khairul and Abu Sultan photocopies of letters pertaining to troop deployment of central forces in Jammu and Kashmir after the Pulwama strike, besides bogus PAN cards and ISIS posters.The duo allegedly entered the country illegally without valid documents, and had travelled to a number of States in a bid to recruit youngsters into proscribed terror outfits.last_img read more

first_imgIn the industrial belt of Jajmau, at the city’s periphery, there’s visible anger at the government. In the name of cleaning the Ganga, the tannery industry has been vilified and strangulated, workers claim.Ahead of the Kumbh Mela this January, the Yogi Adityanath government ordered the tanneries shut — to prevent their effluents from contaminating the Ganga.However it’s over a month since the Kumbh Mela ended and the closure hasn’t been lifted. “Effectively, it’s been six months since we’ve operated. Business is down by nearly 80%,” says Naiyer Jamaal, who runs the Makhdoom tannery here and a former secretary of the Small Tanners Association. “In spite of being non-operational, we’ve been slapped with a bill of ₹8.4 million by the Pollution Control Board for operation and maintenance of the effluent treatment plant.”In a rally earlier this week, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav proclaimed that “however many crores (of rupees) it takes, we will open the tanneries and also clean the Ganga…there are livelihoods at stake here.”The Jajmau tanneries, of which 260 are operational out of the registered 405, employ about 200,000 workers. Through the closure of tanneries there’s also been an effect on allied industries that supply chemicals for the tanning industry, said Anees, a tanner.Ram Kumar, the Samajwadi Party nominee for the Lok Sabha polls, said the tapping of the Sisamau naala was a “trick” played by the government to deceive people into believing that the Ganga had been cleaned in Kanpur. “It’s because the tanneries are shut there’s less load on the sewage lines. This hides the fact that the promised treatment plants haven’t been developed. In several villages, overloaded sewer lines overflow into dwellings,” he claimed, “This is a major poll issue and the residents will reflect their dissatisfaction with their vote.”In March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that his government was making the “impossible possible” as far cleaning the Ganga was concerned. This was based on the city administration’s claim to have prevented sewage and industrial effluents in the city’s most infamous drain, the Sisamau naala, that spewed about 140 million litres of muck everyday, from emptying into the Ganga.Kanpur contributes the highest pollution load among all of the cities of Uttar Pradesh, which itself accounts for 75% of the pollution load in the Ganga. Consequently, Kanpur has garnered about ₹1,000 crore of funds — more than any other city — from the ₹20,000 crore-plus Namami Gange Programme, the government’s flagship programme to clean the river.However many BJP voters don’t see Namami Gange-work as a key factor ahead of polling on Monday.Satya Dev Pachauri, the BJP candidate for the Kanpur city constituency and a Minister in the current dispensation, says, “Promoting industry, improved solid waste management, and having a metro rail” are the major prongs of his campaign. “My victory will strengthen Modiji and make our country stronger,” the two-time MLA adds. The Ganga cleaning progress doesn’t feature in the BJP’s list of achievements.The prospects of the BJP will not be dimmed by the tanner’s unrest, says Mr. Pachauri. “We cannot allow the tanneries to pollute and authorities — from the National Green Tribunal to the Central Pollution Control Board — have pointed to the excessive chromium content from tanneries. How can that be ignored?” he asks.last_img read more

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