first_imgBy Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT[Flickr, Melissa and Dan by Rachel Adams, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Many of our previous posts have discussed the stressors and risk factors associated with military couples. It is well known that military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have prompted lengthy deployments as over 2 million US military service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks and 173 thousand military personnel were still stationed overseas as of December 31, 2012. These prolonged separations can have adverse effects on relationships as many military couples suffer from the loss of their loved ones’ affection, companionship, support, co-parenting, and so on. Furthermore, stressors experienced by military couples tend to place them at risk for other relationship struggles such as infidelity and mental health issues. Today we highlight recent studies that look at how military couples are faring compared to civilian couples, despite their increased vulnerability. Couple Communication:A recent study explored couples’ perceptions of their everyday discussions, perceived stress within the relationship, and topics that couple’s avoid [1]. The researchers found that of the 118 military couples and 94 non-military couples surveyed, military couples placed more importance on everyday interactions and talk than their civilian couple counterparts. Furthermore, the types of topics that both military and civilian couples avoid were found to be similar (i.e. prior dating experiences, negative behaviors within the relationship, and topics that cause conflict), however, it was civilian couples in the study who avoided these topics more frequently. Findings also revealed that communication patterns influenced how much stress military couples reported.Marital Status:Another study [2], analyzed military personnel records from male active duty service members between 1995-2005 and compared them to data from the 1998-2005 Current Population Surveys to explore the marital status of military and civilian men. In their attempt to ensure an accurate comparison, the researchers matched participant data from each group (military and civilian) in racial/ethnic composition, employment status, and educational level. Findings revealed that service members are more likely to be married when compared to civilians. Divorce, however, was not found to be more likely for military service members when compared to their civilian counterparts.Relationship Transitions:Other studies have explored stressful transitions within military (e.g. post-deployment, diagnosis of mental health issues) and civilian (e.g. infertility, diagnosis of terminal illness) couples that impact relationship dynamics. Findings suggest that transitions within a relationship can disrupt communication patterns leading to less openness, indirectness, and withdrawal within the relationship [3]. In addition, relationship transitions have been associated with more aggressive communications styles and increased criticism between partners [3]. In one study [3], 220 military service members experiencing post-deployment transitions were surveyed. Findings revealed that relationship uncertainty and interference (or when partners impede on each other’s goals) predicts whether couples engage in open or aggressive patterns of communication. Professionals working with military couples can be instrumental in promoting strength and resilience in those with whom they work. Having an awareness of the latest research that examines unique struggles and strengths of military couples allows for professionals to examine current practices used and tailor them to meet the unique needs of military couples they serve.References[1] Frisby, B., Byrnes, K., Mansson, D., Booth-Butterfield, M., & Birmingham, M. (2011). Topic avoidance, everyday talk, and stress in romantic military and non-military couples. Communication Studies, 62(3), 241-257.[2] Karney, B., Loughran, D., & Pollard, M. (2012). Comparing marital status and divorce status in civilian and military populations. Journal of Family Issues, 33(12), 1572-1594.[3] Theiss, J., & Knobloch, L. (2013). A relationship model of military service members’ relational communication during reintegration. Journal of Communication, 63, 1-21. This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member 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_imgBy Tabitha McCoy, MSFlickr [120225-A-ZZ999-068 by Minnnesota National Guard, February 25, 2012, CC BY ND 2.0]For many military service members and their families, deployments, geographical separations, and long distance relationships are a way of life. Understanding how vital communication is when separated, many military families utilize Skype or other online video conferencing technologies as a means to stay connected during long periods apart. But what about when it comes to parenting?  How does Skype influence a service member’s ability to foster meaningful relationships with their children through long periods of separation?  As military service professionals we recognize the importance of parental connection, especially when a service member is away.  Thanks to technology we are now equipped with tools such as Skype that help foster communication and connection during long periods of separation.  However as wonderful as technology may be, parenting via Skype does not come without it’s own unique set of barriers.  For starters, we are talking about utilizing Skype as a means to communicate and connect with children, sometimes very young children, perhaps even toddlers. Talking with a child versus an adult over Skype is going to look much different and while parenting in itself is no easy task, parenting over Skype can be even harder. In the article Parenting Over Skype: 7 Lessons from Military Families, readers are given lessons on how to effectively incorporate Skype as a way to stay connected during periods of separation as well as how to over come some of those unique barriers. Have reasonable expectationsDon’t push itFind ways to be part of your child’s routineDevelop rituals togetherAsk specific questionsKeep your interactions positiveShow appreciationIt is important to remember that stress levels can be high for military families during long periods of separation and feeling disconnected will only further hinder a service member’s ability to parent over Skype.  As military service professionals we can easily incorporate these lessons into our conversations with the military families we serve, helping parents to foster meaningful connections with their children…even over Skype. This post was written by Tabitha McCoy, MS, a clinical service professional at FamilyWorks Therapy Clinic at Valdosta State University and a member of the MFLN Family Development team.  The Family Development Teams aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgDiscover 7 pro tips for better shooting.Having worked as a director, cinematographer and editor I learned very quickly how important it is to shoot your film not only for the narrative that you are building in the present, but for the narrative that you, or your editor will build in post. Lucky for us, our friend Caleb Pike with DSLR Video Shooter has provided us with a great set of tips for shooting like an editor.“If you can think like an editor, and shoot like one while your out filming, you can do yourself a ton of help.”– Caleb PikeHere are the listed tips that Caleb goes through in the video:1. Transitional Shots (00:56)Utilizing transition shots gives the editor the ability to move from scene to scene without using harsh cuts. As Caleb points out you can find very creative ways to develop and film transition shots without the use of “artificial crossovers and fades”.2. Slate Your Shots (01:42)Metadata is pretty important to an editor. It not only helps you, the director, to keep everything organized on set, but it also helps the editor in post. On any film shoot you’re going to go through several takes of multiple scenes, so by slating and cataloging each slate you’ve already begun the metadata collection and organizing for your editor.3. Overlap Your Shots (02:16)Overlapping shots can make editing easier and its gives the editor more options to work with. To do this you want to film specific actions and tasks in several angles, and you want to be sure and film the action from beginning to end in each take. Total pro move.4. Get It On Film (03:09)When shooting interviews or filming a narrative sequence begin rolling before you say “action”, this way you can gather auditory information about the scene or you can ask metadata questions to your interview subjects. Such questions for your subjects would include asking their name, spelling of their name and title. Having this information in audio form can greatly help your editor when setting up interview titles and or just labeling the metadata.5. B-Roll (03:44)As Caleb says, “B-Roll, B-Roll, B-Roll, B-Roll. You can never have enough B-Roll….it doesn’t matter how important it is or whether you’ll actually use it. I’ve always been taught that, “It’s better to have it than not.”6. Practice A Lot (04:12)You can go to school for years to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking, but if you don’t get out there and practice then you’ll never improve as a shooter or editor. So, use any open time you can and begin filming anything you can think of to practice shooting and editing.7. Keep The Tone In Mind (04:31)Know your story. Know what it’s about and the tone you want to set through the visuals. This is extremely important as the tone will most often dictate how the transitions and b-roll will work.In addition to this article also see an article by Mentorless on 5 Things Cinematographers Can Do To Make Their Editor Happier, as well as The Art of Shooting B-Roll: Where to Start to Make Sure You Get What You Need.Do you have additional tips to add? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgGood audio can make or break your project, but with so many available options, how do you know which one you should use, and why?Choosing the right microphone can sometimes feel like choosing the right lens for your camera. There are plenty of options, each of which has different strengths and weaknesses. In this video, I want to simplify your selection process and show you some of my favorites.The first rule is to always avoid internal camera audio if you can. No matter what your budget is, try to at least purchase a lower-end external microphone for your video. This will immediately boost your production value. If you can afford a camera, you can afford a microphone.Let’s take a look. Here are some of my top choices.Getting Started“Very affordable” and “very versatile” are good ways to describe the RØDE VideoMic GO. It’s an affordable investment, and it will immediately improve the value of any production. You can always upgrade later, but this microphone is a good way to get started capturing better audio.Best Mic Ever!Image via RØDE.If you need a little more versatility for projects ranging from vlogs to video essays, the RØDE VideoMic Pro+ is a quality upgrade from the VideoMic GO. If you need something you can rely on for a broader range of recording conditions, I highly recommend this mic.Lav MicImage via Sennheiser.If you’re looking to expand your audio kit for more interview-style shooting, a great upgrade is a lavalier microphone. These are dynamite for documentary and guerrilla-style filmmaking. You can position them a number of ways for different types of recording, and they come in especially handy for run-and-gun style projects. I use mine nearly twice a week!Boom MicsIf you find yourself doing more interviews and cinematic-style shooting, I recommend investing in a higher-end boom microphone. I use both lavalier and boom microphone when filming interviews, since each offers a different kind of recording. When recording audio, it’s always great to have backups.Lower-End Boom Mic RecommendationRØDE NTG4Image via RØDE.Higher-End Boom Mic RecommendationRØDE NTG3Image via RØDE.While reading this list, I’m sure all you’re seeing is dollar signs and empty bank accounts. That’s totally fair — I see the same thing when I look at audio gear. However, the simple reality is that your video production will not grow unless you up your audio game.Audio RecordersThe last topic I want to cover is audio recorders. The Zoom H4n the Swiss army knife of audio recording devices, and if there’s one piece of gear on this list you should invest in it’s this!Image via Zoom.Last but not least is a little gem called your cell phone. Most of you have one, and the audio quality is good! If you’re in a pinch or don’t have the budget for expensive recording gear, a cellphone is still better than internal camera audio. I’ve used my iPhone7 on several video projects, and it’s done the trick perfectly!Looking for more video tutorials. Check these out.Video Tutorial: Give Your Projects Some Flare with Lucent WarmVideo Tutorial: How to Configure The ADR Panel In Resolve 15The Art of Finding the Right Song for your Film or VideoVideo Tutorial: Create a DIY Wireless China Ball LightMinimize Your Lighting Setups For Narrative Shootslast_img read more

first_imgYou own the outcomes you sell because you made the promises. You made the commitment on behalf of your company, and you must stand with your client and get things done when problems arise. Things will always go wrong, and inevitably, the more important the client, the more that goes wrong–especially when you first start serving them.Owning the outcomes does not require that you take care of all the transactions. If billing, for example, gets your client’s invoices wrong, you are responsible for making sure they are corrected. But you are not responsible for tracking down the invoices and correcting them.Here’s the challenge for you and your company: when you aren’t selling, no one is doing that work for you. No one is going to pick up the slack and do your prospecting for you. No one is going to forgive you for missing your goal because you were busy doing someone else’s job.But, for a lot of people, it’s too late. You have been taking care of your client’s problems so long that you are no longer a salesperson. Instead, you are glorified customer service. You’ve abandoned your role as peer, and you need to reset.The first conversation you need to have is with your clients. You’re going to tell them, “I am going to speak to John in billing, I am going to give him this information, and he’ll call you if he needs more information, and then again when he has you taken care of. I’ll have him call me as well, and I’ll call you to make sure you are 100 percent.”The second conversation you are going to need to have is with your team. You say, “I told Joan you are going to call her with questions, if you need to, and then you’ll call her to let her know everything has been taken care of. Let me know it’s all good, and I’ll call her to make sure she is happy and doesn’t need anything else.”You’re going to repeat this, handing the problem off to the person or people who own them. You are then going to go about your real work, helping clients achieve outcomes they can’t get without you.“What happens if my people keep dropping the ball?” you ask. Then your sales leader is going to need to intervene to negotiate a more stable and permanent solution. That’s the outcome they own. 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 Nowlast_img read more

first_imgThere are some people who search for the perfect way to do something. They believe that there is some way to do something that exceeds all others and produces a certain outcome with absolute certainty. When they want some result, they want to discover the one right way that works 100 percent of the time, without fail.As it pertains to prospecting, they want the one right talk track that guarantees their dream client schedules an appointment with them on the first attempt. They want the perfect voicemail, the one that causes their prospective client to pick up the phone, call them back, and ask them for a meeting. They want words that allow them to overcome objections (which really mask their very real concerns) so they can put a date on the calendar. The perfect way would make acquiring appointments easy and certain.When it comes to discovery, they want the magic language that is so compelling to their dream client that they easily create a new opportunity. The perfect question should also pull out all the compelling reasons their prospect should change now. The perfect way would make selling much easier.Your dream client is going to ask you to sharpen your pencil. They have to be responsible to their company and obtain the best deal they can. The perfect way to handle a pricing conversation would be one single approach that works in every single case. No muss, no fuss, just a straight up agreement to a deal at the price you proposed.Selling is a complex, dynamic human interaction, which is to say, it doesn’t lend itself to a single right choice that covers all of the possible variables. Because there is not one right choice for every situation, there is no perfect way; there are only choices.Instead of searching for the perfect way, you should work on perfecting the one who is doing the searching by exploring all of your choices so that you can be more effective. You should also perfect your ability to understand how to help people make the decisions you are asking them to make. This is more difficult work, and it takes time. But the time you spend here will still be less than the time you spend looking for the perfect way. 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 Nowlast_img read more

first_imgThis is a riff from my friend, Chris Brogan, who has been doing this exercise since 2007. You choose three words (no more) to use as themes, or frames, for the coming twelve months. I have found this exercise useful, even when I didn’t honor some of the themes as well as I might have.My three words for 2019 are:Velocity: The word “velocity” is sometimes mistaken for the word “speed.” But “velocity” means speed in a certain direction, adding to speed the idea about how much ground you are actually covering. This word honors the idea of Polaris (a 2018 theme) which provided direction and adds speed of progress.Execution: No matter how good an idea is, your results will never be what they could be without deliberate, intentional, flawless execution. Execution is 99% of the results produced by a great idea. Sometimes you don’t need a new idea or a new strategy to improve your results. What is often missing is the relentless execution that never fails to improve your outcomes.Potential: I know the 40% idea Goggins refers to when he describes the point where most people quit. His belief is that once you reach the point where you want to quit, you are only at 40% of your real capacity. My own experience tells me this is true. As far as I can tell, no human being has ever reached their full potential, no matter what they have achieved. This theme is about deploying my resources to their full potential, and ensuring my projects and businesses reach their potential.My Past Year’s Three Words2018 Polaris (the North Star, direction), Via Negative (improvement by subtraction), and Leverage (more with less).2017: Integrated, Impeccable, and Essential.2016: Growth, Multiplier, and Focus2015: Order, Depth, and Lifestyle2014: Pivot, Frames, Margin2013: Platform, Lean, Tribeslast_img read more

first_imgThere are more ways to get a demo wrong than there are ways to make it compelling and useful. If what you sell requires you demo for your prospective clients, the following eight laws will allow you to rule your demo—and improve your odds of winning.A Demo is a Sales CallThe first—and most important—law when giving a demo is to operate as if it is a sales call (because it is a sales call). When you get this wrong, you behave as if the software is going to do all the selling for you (entering from the left). When you approach the meeting as a sales call, you start with the outcomes the software generates for your clients (entering from the right).Because the sales call includes a demo, you are likely to have different levels of stakeholders in the meeting. These stakeholders need different outcomes, and the four levels of value to speak to this fact, treating all levels as necessary. The end users care about the product and need to know it works. Other stakeholders want to know about the experience working with you and your company. Still, others care about strategic outcomes.Your ability to link what you share to the outcomes is what makes for a successful sales call, even if you call it a demo.Open StrongLike any sales call, a successful demo starts with a strong opening in which you 1). Thank the practice and the stakeholders for their time, 2). Share your agenda, 3). Suggest the next steps you will ask for at the end of the meeting, and 4). Invite the stakeholders to share with you any adjustments to the agenda they may want or need from you.The pro tip here is to preview how you intend to speak to the individual needs of the different stakeholder’s needs. The more you demonstrate you understand each individual’s needs and concerns, the more effective the demo, and the better the sales call.It also doesn’t hurt to have a sense of humor.Confirm AttendeesWhen you are meeting with a group of people from your dream client’s company, you want to acknowledge them and learn a little bit about how you might best serve them. Start by asking for the attendee’s name, title, and how long they’ve worked for their company. If you have done enough discovery that they know what to expect and you know enough about their needs, you can ask them to share what they need to see from a demo to be confident it can meet their needs and improve their experience.The more productive you are at making sure everyone gets to see and hear what they need to be confident in changing, the more effective your sales call (demo).Confirm Decision-Makers AttendanceOne of the significant problems you run headlong into when you provide a demo is that the person with seniority and authority often goes missing. What most people do when this happens is plow through the demo without addressing the fact that the person you need in the room is absent; pretending it is okay may be polite, but it doesn’t do anything to improve your chances of winning without a person you know is critical to the process.You ask if the person can join you, and if they cannot, you ask if someone can confirm a follow-up call where you can bring them up to speed. To make this work, you have to identify the person that will help you acquire that meeting and ask them directly for help. You do not have to wait until the meeting ends to recruit their help.Start with Why ChangeIt is natural to want to dive right into your demo. That is what you believe your contacts are there to see. You are better starting off by sharing the reason your product or service exists in the first place. You expect too much of your product or software if you believe it is going to answer the question, “Why should we change what we are doing now?“Differentiate your product or software by explaining how it improves your client’s lives by eliminating the difficulties they struggle with as it pertains to the outcomes they are charged with creating. However, it is important to remember that different stakeholders will have a different view of what that value is.Tie the Value to the Future StateYou might say something like, “You know how you have that one problem that causes you to have to do this difficult thing using that cumbersome process? Here is how we get that outcome without all that effort.”Alternatively, you say, “You know how you have struggled to acquire the new clients you need and have experienced more churn than you believe is warranted? The outcomes we help our clients generate reverse these trends.”The demo is not going to connect the dots between what you do and how it benefits your clients. It is your job to show them the connection between what your product or service does and how it ensures the outcome your dream client needs from you. This is pure sales. The demo helps support the conversation; the conversation doesn’t support the demo (see law number 1).Confirm the ValueYou want to ensure that the stakeholders are tracking with you and agree that what you are showing them will help them produce better results. One of the outcomes of a sales call is to ensure it was valuable for your clients. You also need them to share their questions and concerns, which means you must ask for them.Schedule Next StepsNo sales call is successful if you don’t gain a commitment to do what comes next. This is as true for a demo as it is for every other sales call you might make. You want to control the process, sharing what works best for your clients after a demo—and when they want the better results you just spent an hour or more discussing with them.Follow these laws and make your demo the best sales call your dream client has ever experienced.last_img read more

first_imgProhibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were imposed and Internet services suspended in many ‘sensitive’ districts of Haryana today in the wake of the Jat body’s plan to ghearo the Parliament on March 20.The section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), prohibiting unlawful assembly, has been imposed in many sensitive districts, including Rohtak, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri and Hisar, where Internet services have also been suspended for indefinite period, official sources told PTI.Restrictions have been imposed on the movement of tractor-trolleys from one district to another, they said, adding that the Army has been called in to manage the situation.Meanwhile, All-India Jat Aarkashan Sangarsh Samiti (AIJASS), the body spearheading the agitation for reservation, remained firm on laying a siege to the national capital from March 20 as they alleged that their demands had not been met.AIJASS president Yashpal Malik said the Centre should intervene to resolve the issue.“From February last year, we have held talks on six occasions with the Haryana government. But our demands have still not been met,” he said.He also alleged that the Manohar Lal-led state government was “confused and not showing sincerity in resolving the issue”.Reacting on Mr. Khattar’s statement that the Jat body was “frequently shifting the goal posts and that Malik had made unilateral announcements in Panipat that they (Jats) were to have a meeting with the CM in Delhi yesterday”, the AIJASS president said, “Attempts are being made to weaken our agitation. This government looks utterly confused. Their statements are only complicating the situation.” “We wanted the Chief Minister to take a final call on our demands. It was decided that he will meet us in Delhi and discuss all issues with us. But the CM skipped the meeting despite being in Delhi,” he claimed.“Therefore, we have decided to continue with our agitation and we will now move to Delhi on March 20,” he said.On the imposition of prohibitory orders in the state, Mr. Malik said, “We have the right to protest. We have been doing so for the last so many days in a peaceful manner. The law of the land does not prevent us from going to Delhi to raise our point in a democratic manner.” Besides seeking quota, the demands of the Jats include release of those jailed during last year’s agitation, withdrawal of cases slapped during the protest and government jobs for the kin of those killed and injured while taking part in the stir.The Jats have been sitting on dharna in various parts of Haryana since January 29.last_img read more

first_imgJapan is going to build a war museum at the hillock at Maiba Lokpa in Bishnupur district, Manipur, where a Japanese camp was located during World War II. The Japanese ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, said about 70,000 Japanese soldiers had died in battles from March to June 1944 in Imphal and Kohima. He said that the mortal remains would be located for the last rites and sought the cooperation of the people. Twenty-five persons would be invited to Japan from Nagaland and Manipur. Besides, a seminar would be held in November to help students who want to study in Japan.Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh welcomed the plan to build a museum and promised all assistances to the Japanese government.last_img read more

first_imgRajasthan Police has arrested Indra Bishnoi, who has been evading arrest for the last six years in the sensational Bhanwari Devi murder case, in Madhya Pradesh. The case had grabbed headlines in 2011 after the name of the then Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna cropped up in connection with the murder of Bhanwari, an auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM). “A Rajasthan police team with the help of Madhya Pradesh police arrested Indra Bishnoi from Nemawar area last night,” Additional Superintendent of Police (Dewas) Anil Patidar told PTI on Saturday. She reportedly carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on her head. According to police sources, she was living with a family in Nemawar as a destitute. The CBI has so far filed three charge sheets against 17 accused including Maderna and former Congress MLA Malkhan Singh. Among the accused, 15 were in judicial custody, one was out on bail while Bishnoi was absconding. Bhanwari, posted as auxiliary nurse midwife at a sub- centre in Jaliwada village, around 120 km from Jodhpur, had gone missing on September 1, 2011. She disappeared after a CD allegedly showing Maderna in compromising position with the 36-year-old nurse was aired by some news channels. The CBI had said that Bhanwari was allegedly abducted from Jodhpur’s Bilara area on September 1, 2011 and murdered. Her body was handed over to another gang which burnt it in a limestone quarry and dumped the remains in a canal, it alleged. Maderna (65), who then represented the Osian assembly constituency, was arrested on December 2, 2011 in Jodhpur by the CBI along with Parasram Bishnoi, brother of Malkhan Singh.last_img read more

first_imgThe Economic Survey assumes that other States will follow Uttar Pradesh’s example and waive farm loans, taking the full waiver amount to ₹2.2-2.7 lakh crore, according to the second portion of the survey released on Friday. The Survey’s own calculations find that only a few States have the fiscal space for such waivers, and so most will have to either cut expenditure or increase taxes. The total impact of waivers could be to lower demand by as much as 0.7% of the GDP, it said.“It is assumed that waivers will apply at the loan rather than household level, since it will be administratively difficult to aggregate loans across households,” Volume 2 of the Economic Survey, tabled in Parliament, said. “It is also assumed that other States will follow the U.P. model [of waivers up to ₹1 lakh for all small and marginal farmers]. On this basis, an upper bound of loan waivers at the All-India level would be between ₹2.2 and ₹2.7 lakh crore.”Four effectsThe Survey says the waivers will have four effects on aggregate demand: on private consumption impact via increases in private sector net wealth, public sector impact via changes in government expenditure/taxes, crowding out impact via higher borrowings by State governments, and crowding in impact via higher credit availability as bank NPAs fall.“Loan waivers will increase the net wealth of farm households,” the report said. “Since loan waivers are assumed to increase aggregate income by 28%, consumption is estimated to increase by 7% or about ₹55,000 crore.”The Survey estimated that for States with fiscal space, loan waivers would add about ₹6,350 crore to demand via the additional interest costs and for States without space, waivers could reduce demand by about ₹1.9 lakh crore.The Survey’s calculations show that while Andhra Pradesh, U.P, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh have no fiscal room to waive farm loans, States such as Maharashtra, West Begal, Karnataka and Gujarat have ample space.last_img read more

first_imgPune:The Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has crores to spend on publicity stunts and propaganda campaigns, but no money for farmers, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday. Attacking the State government’s ‘Mi Labharthi (I am a beneficiary)’media blitz as part of the Congress and NCP’s ‘Halla Bol’ yatra in Latur district in the arid Marathwada region, Mr. Pawar said, “No one has benefited from any of this [BJP] government’s promises. The much-touted farm loan waiver has come a cropper. Farmers are devoid of even basic amenities like round-the-clock electricity as opposed to states like Telangana which provide 24 hours electricity to their farmers.” Power billsThe NCP leader further alleged that the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Ltd. (MSEDCL) was forcefully recovering money from the farmers, which in turn was driving them towards suicide. Mr. Pawar visited Shahaji Rathod, a farmer from Ujani village in Latur’s Ausa Taluka at a local hospital and announced ₹1 lakh for his treatment.Mr. Rathod had recently attempting suicide in front of the local MSEDC office by consuming a poisonous substance as he was allegedly unable to pay his electricity bill. “The Rathod family runs a humble flour mill to make ends meet… Shahaji’s case is an example of the BJP government’s apathy towards the State’s farmers. What happened to the government’s ‘solar krishi pump’ scheme, which was scuppered after the distribution of a mere 2,200 pumps,” asked Mr. Pawar.last_img read more

first_imgIn an apparent retort to Rahul Gandhi’s suit-boot ki sarkar jibe, the BJP has claimed the Congress President wore a jacket worth USD 995 at a concert organised by his party in the poll-bound State of Meghalaya while being “indifferent” to the woes of people.In a tweet, the BJP alleged the Congress government in Meghalaya was mired in corruption. It said instead of attending a musical event, Mr. Gandhi should have given a report card of the State government.“So @OfficeOfRG, soot(pun intended!)-boot ki sarkar with ’black’ money fleeced from Meghalayan State exchequer by rampant corruption? Instead of singing away our woes, you could have given a report card of your inefficient govt in Meghalaya! Your indifference mocks us!,” the BJP’s Meghalaya unit tweeted.So @OfficeOfRG , soot(pun intended!)-boot ki sarkar with ‘black’ money fleeced from Meghalayan State exchequer by rampant corruption? Instead of singing away our woes, you could have given a report card of your inefficient govt in Meghalaya! Your indifference mocks us!— BJP Meghalaya (@BJP4Meghalaya) January 30, 2018  The party’s State unit also tweeted an image of a jacket similar to the one Mr. Gandhi wore having a price tag of USD 995 (little over Rs 63,000).The tweet, suggesting that the jacket worn by Mr. Gandhi was bought with black money, drew a sharp reaction from Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury, who alleged the BJP was leading a “suit-boot ki sarkar” at the Centre, and had no moral authority to question Mr. Gandhi.She said the saffron party was “frustrated” due to Mr. Gandhi’s “rising popularity”.Ms. Chowdhury accused the Modi government of being “idle”, and said it should rather focus on issues such as the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, and rising prices of fuel and vegetables.“Their frustration is directly proportionate to the rising popularity of Rahul Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi connects with the young. So, this idle and suit-boot ki sarkar has no right to talk about it,” she said.“Those who wove own name on suit, do they have any moral authority to question Rahul Gandhi’s jacket? How do they know the rate of the jacket? I will show the jacket can be bought at Rs 700. What will they say then?” she asked.Mr. Gandhi had mocked Prime Minister Modi with his “suit-boot ki sarkar” jibe when he wore a suit with his name finely embroidered on the stripes for a meeting with the then US President Barack Obama. The suit was later auctioned and bought for over ₹4.3 crore by a Surat businessman.Mr. Gandhi is in Meghalaya to campaign for the party for the upcoming Assembly polls.He had attended the concert in Shillong yesterday, apparently to reach out to the young voters.Dressed in blue denim trousers and a black jacket, he urged the youth to love and respect each other to make the country strong.last_img read more

first_imgIn a bid to check the spree of illegal encroachments on the hill slopes of the district’s eco-sensitive Pavana dam area, the Western Bench of the National Green Tribunal has issued notices to the State Environment Department, and 53 other people, including many celebrities.A Bench comprising Justices S.P. Wangdi and Dr. Nagin Nanda was acting on an environment interest litigation (EIL) filed by Sanjay Vishwanath ‘Bala’ Bhegade, a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Maval, around 18 km from the city.“The area [in Maval Taluk] under the water catchments of the Pavana Dam, surrounded by hills, has been declared as an ‘eco-sensitive zone’ by the committee formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in 2000 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Pronab Sen,” reads Mr. Bhegade’s petition.However, recently, a number of diamond merchants, cricketers, industrialists and Bollywood personalities have built luxurious villas and farm-houses on the hills, said advocate Asim Sarode, counsel for the petitioner.“The illicit constructions are shearing away the natural contours on the hilltops and hill-slopes, and the rampant felling of trees was causing permanent damage to the environment,” said Mr. Bhegade.Mr. Bhegade also alleged that the constructions had already disrupted water channels, forcing streams and rivers to alter their natural flowing path, posing a serious risk of landslides. “Earlier, some villagers had approached government authorities to apprise them of the situation. But other than sending notices to the owners of the illegal constructions, no action was taken. Hence, I have filed this EIL,” Mr. Bhegade said. Despite the ecological damage and a significant reduction of forest and green cover area, the taluk still retains its importance as a forest area rich in biodiversity, as is noted by the Madhav Gadgil and Kasturirangan panels on the ecological preservation of the Western Ghats, Mr. Sarode said.The tribunal also reprimanded the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board for the rise in encroachments in the area. The next hearing is set for August 6.last_img read more

first_imgAt least four alleged cattle smugglers transporting a dead buffalo were assaulted by a mob here in the early hours of Wednesday, the police said.Villagers allegationVillagers alleged that the men were caught in village Nagla Mandhata while they were transporting the buffalo’s carcass in a pick-up van.They were, however, rescued by the police who intervened in time, Hasayan SHO Jitendra Kumar said.‘Animal poisoned’The owner of the buffalo alleged that the animal had been poisoned by the fourcattle smugglers.Tough actionSuperintendent of Police Sushil Ghule said tough action would be initiated if it was found that they were cattle smugglers.The incident, which took place before dawn in Hathras district, about 200 km from Delhi, assumes significance as it came against the backdrop of a backlash over the death of a man attacked by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan.Centre’s advisoryThe Centre had put out an advisory on Tuesday asserting that States need to take measures against such incidents.last_img read more

first_imgWest Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party president Dilip Ghosh’s vehicle was attacked Thursday at Sitalkuchi area of Cooch Behar district by unidentified miscreants.Mr. Ghosh is in the district to take part in the saffron party’s ‘Rathyatra’. He was attacked when he was on his way to Mathabhanga in the district.“TMC leaders attacked my car and shouted slogans demanding that I should go back. Some of my party workers were injured during the violence. The police were watching merely as mute spectators,” he said after the incident at Sitai More in Sitalkuchi.Senior TMC leader Rabindranath Ghosh termed the allegation as baseless and said the attack was a fallout of infighting in BJP.The district police administration said they are looking into the incident.Save Democracy RallyBJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to kickstart the party’s ‘Save Democracy Rally’, comprising three ‘Rath Yatras’, in the state.BJP has claimed that the Rath Yatra would be a “game changer” in West Bengal politics and Shah had set a target of winning 22 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, several top BJP leaders and chief ministers such as Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Raman Singh, Yogi Adityanath, Uma Bharati and Giriraj Singh will participate in the campaign.Mr. Modi is likely to attend four rallies to give a thrust to the party’s campaign in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.last_img read more

first_imgThe Chhatra JD(U), student wing of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumars party, won the president’s post in the Patna University Students Union (PUSU) elections, the results of which were declared in the early hours of of Thursday. Putting up its best-ever performance, the student body of JD(U) also won the treasurer’s post while the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of RSS bagged the other key offices of vice president, general secretary and joint secretary. This is only the second time in the history of Chhatra JD(U) when its candidates have won key posts in PUSU elections. Previously, the student body had won the joint secretarys post in 2012. The PUSU polls this year witnessed fierce campus rivalry between the Chhatra JD(U) and the ABVP, with allegations of JD(U) national vice-president Prashant Kishor meddling in the elections putting the partys relations with its ally BJP under strain. Incidentally, both Mr. Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi a senior BJP leader had been PUSU leaders.Hailing the victory of Mohit Prakash and Kumar Satyam for the posts of president and treasurer respectively, JD(U) spokesman Neeraj Kumar tweeted “poll results have placed a mirror before those who have become synonymous with lumpenisation of politics. Patna University students have voted in favour of politics that is free from corruption and imbued with the virtues of character and good conduct.” For the other top posts, the ABVP winners are Anjana Singh (vice president), Manikant Mani (general secretary) and Raja Ravi (joint secretary). Polling had taken place for the PUSU elections on Wednesday and counting of votes continued through the night.last_img read more

first_imgA day after the Supreme Court indicated that BSP chief Mayawati might have to repay the money spent on erecting statues and memorials in parts of Uttar Pradesh, the senior leader urged media to not “distort” the oral observation of the court.“Sure to get justice in this matter also. Media and BJP leaders please stop kite flying,” Ms. Mayawati said on Saturday.Taking to Twitter, Ms. Mayawati said marvellous memorials and parks “built to honour hitherto ignored great Sants, Gurus and great men born in deprived and oppressed Dalit and OBCs are new grand identity and tourist attraction of Uttar Pradesh which gives regular income to government.”“We are of the tentative view that Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent on her statues and party symbol to the State exchequer,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi orally observed on Friday, while hearing a petition alleging that crores worth of public money was spent by then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on these acts of self-aggrandisement.last_img read more

first_imgTimely flow of intelligence and planned action by security personnel led to the peaceful conduct of polling in the Maoist-affected district of Malkangiri in Odisha on April 11.A month before the first phase of the Lok Sabha election, the district police had reliable information about entry of one military platoon of the outlawed CPI(Maoist) organisation from Chhattisgarh for violent activities during the polling process.Malkangiri Superintendent of Police (SP) Jagmohan Meena said that a week before the polls, intelligence reports hinted at Maoists concentrating in the Dandakaranya region, including areas of Malkangiri and Dantewada in adjoining Chhattisgarh. Death of a BJP MLA and five security men in a landmine blast triggered by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh on April 9 also enhanced caution in Odisha.All sensitive polling stations were sanitised before polling parties reached there. Helicopters were used to transport polling parties and EVMs to the erstwhile cut-off area of Balimela reservoir. There were reliable inputs about Maoists’ plan to ambush polling parties for the Mudulipada area, where six booths had been clubbed for security reason. Two days before the start of polling, Special Operation Group teams reached the area to keep a watch from tactical positions.To reduce vulnerability, polling teams were sent to Mudulipada booths on April 10 night. On April 11, at 2 p.m. while polling was on, Malkangiri SP received information about the Maoists’ plan to ambush and loot EVMs between Mudulipada and Khairaput during the return journey of the polling parties. In this remote hilly jungle terrain vulnerable to IEDs, it is hard to secure road after evening.After discussing with the administration, the Chief Electoral Officer and the police officers, a route map was drawn for safe return of the polling parties on foot, Mr. Meena said. The SOG teams received coordinates of the path through satellite phone. They had to walk this 15 km least treaded hilly jungle path with polling parties and EVMs. The team’s movement was continuously monitored from the district police headquarters. On April 11 late night, the team started its return journey from Mudulipada.As it is hard to walk through the hilly jungle at night, the polling teams took shelter at a safe place. On April 12 early morning, they started walking to the safe region and reached Khairaput at 10 a.m. to be transported to Malkangiri town. During the Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections in Odisha in 2014, Maoists had looted EVMs from 15 polling booths in the district. Due to their threat and abduction of officials, panchayat elections could not be held in remote areas of Chitrakonda block in 2017.last_img read more