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  • Steps to Financial Freedom: Know the Score

    first_imgCarolyn Bird and Molly C. HerndonLast week, we discussed the first three steps PFMs can take with service members to get their finances on track: 1. Assess the situation; 2. Find the Motivation; and 3. Recruit Your Team. We also linked to free online tools that are useful in managing personal finances. This week, we’ll discuss credit scores and how you can guide your clients to improve their credit score..Step 4: Know the ScoreHaving service members identify their credit score is a vital step on the path to financial freedom. It is especially important for service members to know their credit scores well in advance of making a major purchase; such as, buying a home or car. Helping service members understand how their everyday decisions affect their credit score empowers them to build stronger credit scores. Credit scores are comprised of many factors. By asking a service member the following questions, PFMPs can assist service members in understanding how their actions may affect their FICO score:1. Payment history-35%. Are bills late and how often?2. Amounts owed-30%. Are you maxed out? How many accounts have balances?3. Length of credit history-15%. How long have credit accounts been opened?4. New Credit-10%. Are you opening accounts frequently? How many new accounts do you have?5. Credit types-10%. Is there a good mix of credit (credit cards, mortgages, or personal loans)?As a financial educator at your installation you can assist service members in receiving their FICO score at no charge. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation provides special access for PFMPs to allow service members and their spouses an annual free FICO score. Click here to learn more about this FINRA-supported program. Access to the free FICO score site is arranged through your service branch’s Headquarters PFMP.If your client discovers a low credit score, suggest the myriad of ways available to raise the score before making big purchases. Low credit scores mean higher interest rates which translate into larger monthly payments. Once service members understand this relationship, they will understand that raising the score quickly is in their best interest.Service members with a strong credit score may want to move forward with their purchase. Lets say the service member in your office is thinking of purchasing a car. There are several items to consider, in addition to credit rating, that you may want to share. The service member will need to decide what type of vehicle is to be purchased and whether it will be new or used. A review of the service members finances will either support the initial choice or may suggest a change in approach. Together, tally up the monthly expenses to determine the amount of money that is available each month for a car payment and car related expenses, including insurance, gas and maintenance. Refer the service member to websites such as www.edmonds.com and www.kbb.com, and to the credit union to research car prices before visiting auto dealerships. For help determining the best options for car insurance, click here. Many insurance companies offer military discounts and  the Insurance Information Institute has ways to lower car insurance costs. You may also suggest your client refers to http://www.nhtsa.gov/ to find out all the facts on their desired car before making a purchase. Fuel economy and safety features should be considered before making such a large purchase.Besides a car purchase, when else do clients typically come to your office seeking a credit score report?last_img read more

  • FD Announcement: Family Development Launches a Newsletter

    first_imgThis post was written by 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. Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Family Development is excited to announce the launch of a brand new quarterly Newsletter! Check it out below!What’s in it for you? Each issue will provide information about MFLN’s upcoming professional development opportunities, glimpses into what Family Development has in store for the quarter, webinar presenter bios, and introductions to our Family Development team.To access your newsletter, click here. To subscribe to our quarterly MFLN Family Development newsletter send an email to: MFLNfamilydevelopment@gmail.com (Subject: Subscribe) or click here.last_img read more

  • 10 Quick Final Cut Pro X Tips

    first_imgWhether you’re new to Final Cut Pro X or an experienced editor looking to sharpen your skills, don’t miss this video tutorial covering 10 quick FCPX tips.We’ve previously featured YouTube user Matt’s Macintosh for his great “Sky Color Correction” tutorial in Final Cut Pro X.  Now he’s released another FCPX video tutorial that’s a must-see for any Final Cut Pro X editor:TEN 10 SECOND FCPX TIPS.In this video Matt shows you his favorite Final Cut Pro X tips including:Copy and paste effects and attributes from one clip to another.Shortcut for view entire Final Cut Pro X timeline.Modify and customize Final Cut Pro X shortcuts.Color correct footage in FCPX that appears outside a mask.Using the share menu to export multiple still image formats.Duplicate works similar to “Save as” in legacy versions of FCP.Use duplicate to save space on your hard drive.Change audio from mono to dual mono.Where to look for FCPX plugins and effects?Where do custom Final Cut Pro X templates and effects live on your system?Take 2.5 minutes and learn these very useful FCPX tips!  Visit Matt’s Macintosh YouTube channel for more great videos on Final Cut Pro X editing, video production and Apple related topics.Got an FCPX tip to share?Leave it in the comments below!last_img read more

  • Building a Home Video Studio? Follow These Tips

    first_imgWant to improve the look of your videos? The following tutorials prove that it doesn’t take a lot of money to make your video projects look like they were shot in a professional studio.Low budget productions, such as web shows or YouTube videos, often utilize simple setups. However, with a little bit of planning (and minimal investment in equipment and setup) it’s possible to give these low budget videos a high end studio look.PremiumBeat friend and video pro Caleb Pike (of DSLR Video Shooter) recently put together a behind-the-scenes look of his studio setup. Caleb regularly shoots video tips and tutorial videos for his popular YouTube channel, often against a seamless white/gray background. Check out his behind-the-scenes video, showcasing his gear choice and equipment setup. Lots of good tips and tricks here for anyone looking to get the most out of a small studio space.How to Setup a Video StudioFor an even MORE low-cost alternative, The Slanted Lens shares some DIY home studio hacks, including a homemade backdrop hanger (from plumbing parts) and light kids constructed from plastic buckets and a styrofoam cooler (very DIY). A few good takeaways here if you’re on a shoestring budget – but as you’ll see from the last few minutes of the video, the result is still pretty impressive.6 Tips for Setting Up a Home or Office Studio Thanks to Caleb Pike of DSLRVideoShooter and The Slanted Lens for sharing their videos!Got your own DIY studio tips to share? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

  • Video Tutorial: Start Shooting Better Slow Motion Footage

    first_imgPowder PowerMy favorite element to add to slow-motion footage is dust (baby powder). This looks great for anything sports- or action-related. It catches the air really nicely, and when your subject moves, it trails behind impressively, almost like a ghosting effect.Slo-Mo Fabric FlowAll fabrics look great in slow-motion. They catch the air very well and create a liquid motion when slowed down. I would use fabric in a dream-like sequence or if I’m shooting something fashion-related. You can create great a atmosphere by floating it in front of the camera.Paper PartyElements like paper, confetti, feathers, etc. look really good in slow-motion. They can fill a scene beautifully while creating a dynamic frame.  My tip is to scatter them across the shot and fill the scene to complement any of your subject’s movements.Slow LiquidIf you’re filming a higher frame rate, like 120fps, liquids read really well. Let’s say you’re shooting a sports advertisement: consider covering your athlete with thin layer of water so that it creates subtle water droplets when they move. You can also use water in a spray bottle to create a misty haze that views similarly to fog on camera. It ads depth to your coverage and emphasizes your subject.All of these techniques are base layers you can build upon to create bigger effects. Take each element and experiment with it until you find the approach that makes your slow-motion sequences elevate your footage.Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: How to Shoot Product Videos on a BudgetHow to Export Illustrator Icons to Use in After Effects and Premiere ProAnimate A ‘Top 10 Countdown’ Screen With After EffectsAnimate Clean Commercial Graphics in Adobe After EffectsHow to Animate a Text Stroke in Adobe After Effects Dissatisfied with your slow-motion footage? In this video tutorial, we take a look at a few ways you can improve the look.Are you not getting everything you want from your slow-motion footage? The trick is to use props and movement. Things that defy gravity or catch the air are pure gold when it comes to high-speed cinematography.last_img read more

  • Add Flavor to Your Footage by Implementing Color Science

    first_imgYou often hear about color science in camera circles, but what exactly is it referring to, and what effect does it have on your images?The term “color science” gets thrown around a lot in the camera world, but what is it and how does it effect the images we shoot? Let’s break it down.Color science, in the camera world, is very different from the science of color (or how the human eye interprets light of different wavelengths as color). Color science is also not the physiology of color, or how different colors affect our memories or emotions — but it is related. (We’ll get to that later.)Color science is how a particular sensor, or brand of sensor, changes the colors it reproduces. Built into the camera’s sensor, color science is essentially an internal LUT, or Look Up Table.It would be fair to ask why camera manufacturers would manipulate the colors coming off of the sensor. Why not just let the sensor capture the entire range of colors, giving everything to the photographer or filmmaker so they can manipulate it in post?Some companies do this. RED cameras were “color neutral” for a long time until moving to a more subjective color space with IPP2. Sony still produces very accurate — some would say sterile — images. What There Is vs. What We SeeWhy Canon, ARRI, and Panasonic cameras don’t produce “accurate” colors has to do with the physiology of color and the history of cinema. When ARRI designed their digital cinema camera (the Alexa), they weren’t trying to create accurate colors but, rather, colors that closely resembled those captured on 35mm film and chemical emulsion. This meant skin tones (where the yellows and reds shifted closer to orange, thereby flattening the skin, hiding color imperfections, and making skin tones) seemed more consistent.Canon followed closely with colors that emulate 35mm stills images. Canon pushed their colors even warmer and designed their cinema lenses to further enhance and complement their own look.Color Science is not simply a remapping of colors in the camera — it’s deeper than that. Different colors are affected at different intensities, so a dark red might be desaturated while a bright red might appear more yellow.A camera’s color science is built into the capture chain of the camera. Some of the elements of color science are corrective, rather than aesthetic, which may be a result of the maker trying to compensate for tints in the IR filter, Optical Low-Pass Filter, or some other part of the image chain. The first Blackmagic Ursa mini cameras shipped with a noticeable magenta tint in the captured footage, but a subsequent firmware update corrected it.“Pre-Graded” FootageColor science has become more important as turnaround times have become shorter. People want a camera to produce images that have high latitude but don’t need extensive grading in post. They want an “ARRI look” or a “Canon look” because that’s what their clients are paying for.There’s a reason why seven out of the eight films nominated for best picture were shot on ARRI cameras. That look has become the standard in narrative high-budget feature films, despite it having the lowest resolution and the highest cost of any brand.Aside from dynamic range (in which the Alexa excels), there is nothing to stop you mirroring the fabled Alexa color in your own films, regardless of what camera you choose to shoot with. I made a LUT that shifts the Canon colors into an Alexa color space, and the footage appears almost indistinguishable from each other. The question is Do you want to have to do this to everything you shoot? Shot after shot, film after film?If you like a certain camera’s look, surely it makes sense to shoot with that camera, and not have to do this extra step.RED, who for the better part of a decade had a very color accurate — some would say flat — color science, saw their customers going over to ARRI and decided to create a more filmic, “Kodak” look with their IPP2. You can even open up all of your old Red Raw files and debayer them into this new look, which just goes to show how much Color Science is a function of post processing — and not how the image is captured.Looking for more on filmmaking and video production? Check out these articles.Tips for Making High-Quality Small-Budget Video TutorialsQuick and Easy Compositing Tips for Adobe Premiere Pro A Rundown Of The Edit Page Changes in DaVinci Resolve 16How to Alter the Color of Your Video Using Lumetri CurvesHow to Use Calibration Tools for Footage, Sound, and Monitorslast_img read more

  • Why You Are Not Producing the Results You Want Now

    first_imgThe results you are producing now are feedback. Your results are evidence as to how well you are being served by your beliefs and your actions. Your beliefs and your actions up until this point have produced the exact results that you are experiencing right now.If you are not producing the results you want right now, then you have to take note of the feedback you are receiving, change your beliefs, and change your behaviors.Feedback LoopsNo matter what the area of your life, you are receiving feedback right now.If your relationships are not what you want them to be, there is feedback available to you. Unhealthy beliefs would have you believe the reasons your relationships aren’t what you wish is “their fault.” You might also be able to confess the other party’s sins, keeping careful score of all the ways you’ve been wronged. You can keep these beliefs and take the same actions you’ve been taking, but if your results haven’t changed before, why would they now?If you aren’t producing the financial results you want, then your beliefs and actions with money are informing you that changes are necessary. Some people’s beliefs around money are terribly unhealthy. They believe that money is scarce, that there isn’t enough, that someone would have to give them more for them to be better off financially. These beliefs and the accompanying behaviors literarily repel money away from them. Poor results provide feedback.This is thesalesblog.com, isn’t it? We are compelled then to speak about your sales results, are we not? Poor sales numbers are simply feedback. When you don’t put up numbers, there is something amiss. Your beliefs about sales and selling are not serving you. Since your actions precisely follow your beliefs, your actions—or lack thereof—are responsible for bad numbers.Change One, Change the OtherA lot of people will tell you they believe things that are in complete opposition to what you see them do.They will tell you that they believe prospecting is necessary to generate new opportunities. But they don’t prospect.They’ll tell you that they want to make more money, and then they’ll hit the snooze button 3 times and find ways to avoid responsibility to greater outcomes.Here’s the thing: to believe something and not act on it is the same as not believing it. To know the right thing to do and not to do it is the same as not knowing it. The result is the same for you as it is the person who doesn’t know any better.If you change your beliefs, you change your actions. That may help you produce the results you want. But if it doesn’t, it’s simply feedback that you need to change again and then try something else.last_img read more

  • Shore Up Your Deficiencies – Episode 4

    first_imgIf you want to make 2017 your best year ever, shore up your deficiencies.An Invitation: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/invitation-anthony-iannarino?trk=pulse_spock-articleslast_img

  • What You Gain from Cold Calling in Addition to Appointments – Episode 159

    first_imgThe goal of a cold call is to gain an appointment. But in making your calls, you gain much, much more.last_img

  • Why You Need to Displace Your Competitors

    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 There is a reason to focus on competitive displacements, even though they take time, and even though taking a client from your competitor requires effort. When you pursue a prospective client being served by your competitor, they have already made a number of decisions that a lead may not yet have made.Three DecisionsFirst, they have decided to buy what you sell. You no longer have to establish the need for what you sell. In other sales, you have to make a market, convincing people they need something they haven’t ever purchased. If you believe taking a client away from your competitor is hard, spend time trying to convince someone to buy something they don’t believe they need.Second, and even more important, is the fact that your dream client depends on what you sell, increasing the odds it is important to them—and even rising to being “strategic.” If they depend on what you sell to operate their business, there is continuity, i.e. they continually buy what you sell.Finally, when the first two are true, it is a certainty that there is an improvement available. There is always something your dream client wishes were better, and there are always internal and external factors that compel companies to change what they do and how they do it. There is an opportunity for a better future state for your prospective client, and that provides you with an opportunity of your own.Better Than LeadsThere are many who wish for more leads, better leads, leads they believe are “ready-to-buy.” This is the order-taker’s dream. A lead, however, is not likely to have decided to buy what you sell (least of all if the only factor that makes them a lead is that they downloaded a white paper). If they are not already using what you sell or some alternative, what you sell hasn’t yet become strategic to your lead.As markets mature, more and more salespeople and sales organizations are going to need to live, thrive, and survive in the red ocean. This is now true for the startups with the big idea that is going to change the industry they serve as they fight to displace other ideas and other priorities.For more on this idea, pick up Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away From Your Competition.last_img read more

  • Managing By the Numbers Alone

    first_imgIt’s easy to fall into the trap of leading and managing by the numbers. The objective numbers are real, concrete, unassailable. If goal was $1,000,000 and only $825,000 was achieved, there is a measurable gap of $175,000. Similarly, if the goal is 40 phone calls a day, a report showing that one made only 27 calls is objective proof they didn’t hit their number. But to lead and manage from this place is to misunderstand both leadership and management. It’s to abdicate your responsibility in both areas, and it is to miss the real picture, one that can only be found by broadening your view of results and how you generate them.The fact that you missed goal by $175,000 is a statement of fact. That fact, however, doesn’t explain why the person or team missed their goal. You need to open your aperture quite a bit wider to understand what you are seeing and what you need to change.If an individual misses their goal, managers and leaders often look first to activity, that being the easiest of all choices—and also the one that eliminates any responsibility on their part. In this view, the person should have simply worker harder, which may be true—or may be a partial truth. The real deficit may have the root cause of a lack of effectiveness, something more difficult to identify and correct. To see effectiveness issues, you have to observe the individual when they are working, and to correct effectiveness issues you have to be skilled in helping people change and gain new competencies.To get the best view of the cause of a poor performance, you have to look deeper, getting past the objective evidence to look at more difficult and subjective truths.What does the individual believe about their goal? Do they believe it is arbitrary and unfair? Do they believe their territory doesn’t support that goal or that they lack an offering that would get them there? Are their beliefs limiting the results?Did the person have a plan that should have allowed to reach goal? Did they execute their plan effectively? Are they equipped to reach those goals?Does the individual know what they want, why they want it, and how it contributes to the life they want for themselves and their people? Do they have a source of motivation, something or someone they are working for?Was their performance impacted by the people around them? Does the culture support them in reaching their goals, or is it an obstacle? Are they surrounded by negativity, cynicism, fear, or disempowered thinking?Did the processes in place serve them? Were the tools available to them creating the right effect when they came in contact with clients and competitors, providing them with a competitive advantage?Has the main thing they are supposed to changed so often they are no longer sure what to do?The score on the scoreboard is always right. It always reflects how well—or how poorly—you are playing the game. What it doesn’t tell you is in what areas you are playing the game poorly, nor does it tell you why each individual on your team may not be playing the game well enough to win and succeed. The numbers tell you “what,” but they don’t tell you “why” without a deeper look into the inputs, which are always human beings.In the end, the numbers are a reflection of your leadership, which means leading people is a better and more effective choice than managing by the numbers. Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Nowlast_img read more

  • ‘Caste, not BJP rule to blame for violence against Dalits’

    first_imgRamdas Athawale, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and Republican Party of India (A) chief, said on Saturday that Dalits were facing atrocities in many parts of the country. But he refused to lay the blame for it on the Centre and the BJP-ruled States.Mr. Athawale, one of the most prominent Dalit leaders in the Modi cabinet, said, “Dalits are facing atrocities. The recent case in Saharanpur shows it is wrong to link the violence with the new BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. Dalits suffered violence even under the watch of the Samajwadi Party government. Uttar Pradesh is a State known for violence. Nowadays, Dalits are retaliating to the violence; they should refrain from it. There should be harmony among all communities. I would again reiterate that the State governments are not responsible for such incidents. These clashes are taking place because of caste rivalries. What happened in Saharanpur should not have happened.” Speaking to reporters in Nagpur, Mr. Athawale praised the Narendra Modi government “for its three years of commendable work” and said Dalits were voting for the BJP in large numbers. He said, the Bharatiya Janata Party has become a party of bahujans (the majority) now.“Narendra Modi’s leadership has made it difficult for any other party to emerge now. Even the Dalits are voting for the BJP and that is why the party is winning almost everywhere. It is a party of bahujans now. “The Central government has done a lot of good work in the last three years and it took tough decisions such as demonetisation that benefited more than 80% of the people in the country. The PM has increased funds for memorials to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. He also keenly follows Dr. Ambedkar’s economic policies,” he said. ‘Reservation to stay’He also accused the Congress of “spreading rumours” against the Modi government. “The Congress party is anxious and frustrated because of losing power. It is making false allegations that the government wants to change the Constitution and repeal the reservation for Dalits. “The Constitution will never be changed. Only some amendments can be made. The reservation for Dalits will also stay. Those who want the reservation on the basis of caste repealed, should first make sure that caste is repealed,” he added.last_img read more

  • A free digital syllabus, thanks to Jalgaon teachers

    first_imgMumbai: In what could be termed a first-of-its-kind independent experiment in Maharashtra to promote digitisation, around 800 teachers from Zilla Parishad schools in Jalgaon district have created videos of 800 chapters from Class I to VIII textbooks to innovatively engage students.The videos are available free of cost to all schools affiliated to the State board.One chapter each“We have been looking for innovative ways to ensure education for our students in around 1,800 schools in the district. We decided to focus on individual subjects, and searched for the best teachers in each. Every teacher was assigned only one chapter and asked to present it in a digital format,” said Jalgaon ZP CEO Kaustubh Divegaonkar.The teachers worked on each chapter for over a month. Audio-video tools and technical help was made available to them. “Some of the tech-savvy teachers took up the responsibility of giving finishing touches to the videos,” he said.The teachers produced 800 videos and submitted them to the ZP. Class-wise CDs were then distributed in all schools. Teachers can transfer the videos to Android phones, and then project them on a white screen in classrooms.Negligible cost “A number of private companies supply such material at a very high cost, and with validity of only a year. We have created the material of exactly the same standard at almost negligible cost,” Mr. Divegaonkar said.The project was recently launched in the presence of Jalgaon Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil.last_img read more

  • Parking lot a must to protect Taj: U.P. to SC

    first_imgDust-free adequate parking facilities and an orientation centre are the immediate priorities for conserving the Taj Mahal, the Uttar Pradesh government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.NEERI paperThe State government, which fell afoul of the Supreme Court for building a multi-level parking lot within 1 km of the Taj, quoted a NEERI concept paper submitted on November 7 suggesting adequate parking facilities and an orientation centre at both the sides (East and West) of Taj Mahal as “immediate priority” for the environmental protection of the monument.“The State government is considering a separate micro level plan only limited to due protection and preservation of the monument of Taj Mahal. The State government is actively considering engaging expert / professional institutions in the field of environment protection and preservation like Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, or School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and/or other such similar reputed institution,” an affidavit filed by the Tourism department of the State government said.Demolition orderedOn October 24, a Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta had ordered the demolition of the multilevel parking at a site which is at a distance of 1000 m. from the Taj Mahal.Justifying the project, the State government termed it a “necessary sustainable developmental activity” undertaken to avoid vehicular movement in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal even beyond the prohibitory limit of 500 m. “This facility will ensure eco-gestation of vehicle due to increasing number of tourists visiting the Taj Mahal,” it reasoned.Clearance givenIt said the necessary permission/clearance of the Taj Trapezium Zone Authority and the Agra Development Authority had been obtained for the project. The Archaeological Survey of India had also not objected. For the 11 trees which would be felled, the government said it would plant 330 trees.The construction work on parking was started on June 18, 2016 after getting permission of the Taj Trapezium Zone Authority and the Agra Development Authority. The construction was stopped on May 20, 2017, it said.last_img read more

  • Alpesh Thakor calls for unity among OBCs

    first_imgThe three social activists who campaigned extensively against Prime Minster Narendra Modi and the BJP during the Gujarat elections will build a similar momentum in Madhya Pradesh where the Assembly elections are due to take place by this year-end.“This is my first tour of Madhya Pradesh after I became an MLA. Tomorrow (Tuesday), I will be addressing a rally in Satna district. In coming days and ahead of the elections I, Jignesh Mewani ji, Bhai Hardik Patel will be touring several Assembly seats of the State and will address rallies. The three of us had jointly built a momentum by voicing the concerns of the youth and the deprived sections in Gujarat. The momentum will be carried forward in Madhya Pradesh,” OBC leader and Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor told a press conference here on Monday. Ahead of the Assembly elections in Gujarat, the Congress had joined hands with Dalit rights activist Jignesh Mevani, OBC leader Alpesh Thakor and Patidar leader Hardik Patel who had helped the party give a credible fight in the State where the BJP is in power since 1990. In M.P. too, the party is locked in a direct contest with the BJP. The party is likely to adopt a model similar to the Gujarat one. The BJP had failed to work for the poor and the backward classes, said Mr. Thakor, adding that the three will expose the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.He added that he would try to bring the OBCs, SCs, STs and minorities on a single platform in the State and would carry forward the work started by a group of OBC youths from 29 Assembly seats to the other segments in six months.last_img read more

  • Three inebriated school teachers arrested in Bihar

    first_imgThree teachers of a private school were arrested for allegedly drinking liquor and creating public nuisance in Bihar’s Madhuabani district, police said. Complete prohibition has been in effect in Bihar since April 5, 2016 While patrolling, a police team found that three teachers of the school located at Saharghat bazar were creating a scene at the school premises in the evening of Wednesday. They were booked under various provisions of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act 2016 after they were found to have consumed liquor in the medical examination conducted at Benipatti hospital, the police said.last_img

  • Rabri, Tejashwi get bail in IRCTC hotels case

    first_imgA Delhi court on Friday granted bail to former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, her son Tejashwi Yadav and others in a corruption case related to the grant of maintenance contracts for two IRCTC hotels to a Patna-based firm allegedly for a consideration.Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad is also an accused in the case but he was not able to appear before the court as he is serving sentence in the fodder scam cases in a Ranchi jail. The court issued a warrant for his production on October 6, the next date of hearing.Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj granted bail to them on a personal bond of ₹1 lakh each with one surety of a like amount.Earlier, Rabri Devi along with her son Tejashwi Yadav and other accused persons appeared before the court on summons.last_img

  • PM Modi to unveil Sardar Patel statue on October 31

    first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi is set to unveil Sardar Patel’s statue, the world’s largest, on his birth anniversary on October 31. The Prime Minister will arrive in Gujarat on the evening of October 30 and will stay overnight at the Gandhinagar Raj Bhawan. Final touches are being given to the Statue of Unity, as it is called, built by engineering and infrastructure major L&T on the river Narmada in South Gujarat. The ₹3,000 crore project is funded for the most part by the Gujarat government, with minor contributions from the Centre and Central PSUs.“This is a tribute to Sardar Patel, who united the country after Independence. This is not a party function. It’s a tribute by the nation and the State he was born in,” Gujarat’s Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said on Monday.The statue is made up of 1,700 tonnes of bronze, 1,850 tonnes of bronze cladding, 70,000 metric tonnes of cement and 24,500 metric tonnes of steel. Two high speed elevators inside can take tourists up to the statue’s chest from where around 200 visitors can view the Narmada river and Sardar Sarovar dam over it.last_img read more

  • Bt cotton seed probe delayed by Maratha protests

    first_imgWhile the agitations held for Maratha reservation helped the community win their demand, it has also delayed the probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into companies that have allegedly produced, stored, and sold unapproved Bt cotton seeds with herbicide-tolerant trasgenic gene (HTTG), according to the State government. On Saturday, the State government sanctioned a three-month extension to the SIT, led-by Krishaprakash, Special IG (Protection and VIP security), which is probing the role of companies such as Mahyco Monsanto Bio Tech (India) Pvt. Ltd., Monsanto Holdings Pvt. Ltd. and Monsanto India Limited over illegally producing, storing and selling unapproved Bt cotton seeds with HTTG. The SIT, formed on February 7, was expected to give its report within a month. It has been 11 months now and the report is still awaited. A government resolution said that one of the reasons for the delay is the focus on security provided to VIPs due to the changing law and order situation in the State as a result of the Maratha agitations at different places. In addition, the delay is attributed to additional responsibilities extended and the probe undergoing in police cases filed earlier.In India, Bt cotton seeds of Bollgard-I (since 2002) with Cry1Ac gene and Bollgard-II (since 2006) with Cry2Ab gene are approved for sale on a commercial scale. A company needs the approval of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) to commercially produce genetically modified seeds. Bt cotton seeds with HTTG are not approved by the GEAC. As per the report from the Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur, five branded Bt cotton seeds namely Jadu, ATM, Balbhadra, Arjun and Krishna-gold were found with HTTG. An FIR was filed in Nagpur on October 25-26, 2017. On November 17, 2017, the State government requested a CBI probe. On January 10, the Centre in a confidential letter asked the State government to form an SIT, which was subsequently formed in February. It had earlier received a five-month extension. The SIT is authorised to recommend action against the seed companies after inquiring their role. Mr. Krishnaprakash was unavailable for comment.last_img read more

  • Rajbhar predicts doom for BJP in U.P. LS poll

    first_imgOm Prakash Rajbhar, the BJP’s disgruntled ally in Uttar Pradesh, has predicted that the party would fare poorly in the State, 13 constituencies of which voted in the last phase of the Lok Sabha election on Sunday.Mr. Rajbhar, chief of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, said the Gathbandhan of the SP and the BSP would win a “large number of seats” in the State. “The BJP is suffering heavy losses,” he told the media after casting his vote in Ballia, adding that the alliance would be dominant in Purvanchal.Mr. Rajbhar, who has been on a warpath with the BJP after it denied him a ticket on his own symbol, said the party was “responsible” for its own losses as it did not take its ally along. Mr. Rajbhar is a Cabinet Minister in the Yogi Adityanath government. He ssaid the BJP would lose primarily due to his rebellion. “By not giving us one seat the BJP has damaged itself on 50,” said Mr. Rajbhar, who had been demanding the Ghosi seat for himself. The BJP, however, wanted him to contest on its symbol. His party fielded over 40 candidates in the election, most of them from the OBC community, including his own caste Rajbhars, and even supported the Congress on some seats. Going soloMr. Rajbhar had decided to go solo after months of acrimony with the BJP over his demand for sub-categorisation of the OBC quota.He said he would continue to build his party with “full force” for the 2022 Assembly elections in the State.last_img read more