Dr. Michael GutterConsider that each time you use the credit card, or realize you don’t know how much you have available for bills, or decide something costs too much or is not needed – your kids are watching. Recent studies have increasingly documented the important influence parents have on the eventual financial behaviors of their children; this includes the good, the bad, and the ugly.By Carissa RogersConsider how we can set a good example.Try to explain why you use a card when you do. The basic difference between a debit and credit card so they understand when you are spending family money.When you are planning to pay the bills, even it if is online, explain what you are doing and how you keep track of them. You don’t need to in depth while your kids are young. However as your kids finish high school, consider that they should be learning their own organization system.Give them goals to save for. This can start small such as saving money so they can spend it at an upcoming family trip, or for something big that they want.As an aside, my son dropped many hints that he wanted an iPhone. I told him not only was the phone an expense, but also so is the addition to our family’s bill. I told him that would be an extra $120 per year. About six months later after some birthday, chore, good grades, and good effort money, he walked up to me with his wallet and said “lets go to the store.” For what” He opens his wallet, pulls out $270.“Here is for my bill” handing me $120 and the rest is for the store. I looked at him, incredulously, and said, “Let’s go”So remember if you teach them to save, they will understand it. If you teach them to be organized with their spending, they will see that. And if you teach them to spend, they will understand that too!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on April 14, 2015.
By HLundgaard (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsWith the recent news of credit card fraud, the mobile phone industry has made a big push to get behind mobile payment. Mobile payment has been touted as a way to reduce credit card fraud because the cashier doesn’t have access to a physical card that would contain an individual’s name, credit card number or security code.If you are thinking about beginning to get in to the mobile payment system, but still concerned about security and fraud, here’s what you need to know.The two major smartphone platforms, Apple (Apple Pay) and Google (Google Wallet) have implemented their solutions in order to address credit card fraud. Apples system launched in 2014 while Google’s launched in 2011. Following are the details of how each addresses security and fraud.Apple Pay implementation of mobile payment security is to combine near-field communications (NFC) technology for payment processing and the iPhone Touch ID fingerprint reader or passcode for security. Your bank payment network creates a unique device account number specifically tied to the phone and to the credit card added. In the event of theft or a lost phone, you can place your phone in lost mode to suspend Apple Pay transaction. Apple Pay is reactivated once you unlock your phone with your pin code.Google Wallet implementation of mobile payments also uses NFC technology for payment processing but instead of a fingerprint reader like the Apple Pay’s implementation, you use a PIN that only you know. Google stores your credit card information on its server and transmit the encrypted data using secure socket layer technology. Google Wallet Fraud Protection covers 100 percent of all transactions. In the event of theft or a lost phone, you can go to the Google Wallet website and remotely disable your phone.Both Apple and Google offer similarities in how they address credit card fraud. They both use NFC which means that the phone and the receiver have to be very close to each other in order to begin the financial process transaction. They also implement security on the phone through the use of either fingerprint reader and/or passcodes. Both companies utilize tokenization which allows the credit card number to be unique and transaction specific. With the mobile payment industry expected to account for up to 50 percent of all U. S. digital commerce by 2017, these companies are aggressively promoting their platform as a way to provide consumer confidence in mobile payments as a measure in increasing security and preventing fraud.Author: Terrence Wolfork (+Terrence Wolfork,@trwolfork )This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on April 30, 2015. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
By Carol Trivette, PhDEngaging families can be simple at times yet very hard at others. One of the things that can make it hard for practitioners is when we do not know how families REAL feel about a situation. The situation might concern something you are doing or saying to the family. The situation might concern the child’s development or behavior. Or, the situation might concern how the family is changing during deployment or another major life event. But regardless of whether we know what the situation is or not, we might be unsure of what to do or say. If we knew what the parent was feeling, then we might know what to say. What if we carried around a set of emoji expression cards, then families could just hold up a card to indicate how they are feeling….mad, surprised, sad, or confused… maybe then we would know what to say? Would an emoji really help us know what to say next? Probably not.Emojis“Negative” emotions are a little daunting because we might not know exactly what is going on in a parent’s life, and we may worry that asking about it might be seen as disrespectful, intrusive, insensitive, or rude. Yet it is very awkward to know that something is wrong with a parent you are visiting and just continue with the conversation as if everything is fine.We want to be respectful, sensitive, responsive, collaborative, and flexible. What if we just put on a sincere emoji face and say to the parent, “It seems like something is up. Is there something you want to talk about?” Through these questions we are being honest (“it seems like something is up”), respectful (“is there something you want to talk about?”), and yet at the same time we are not pressuring the parent to talk. If the response is “No,” we can respond by saying, “Ok, but if you change your mind, I’ll be glad to listen.” This is respectful and sensitive (“OK”), while also demonstrating our willingness to be responsive (“I’ll be glad to listen if you want to talk”).If the parent indicates that they would like to talk about what is happening and they begin to share, then we need to be really good listeners. Remember “listen” has the same letters as “silent.” Respectful listeners do not talk over the other person, make light of the problem, or offer suggestions or solutions. Good listeners are quiet, attentive, and they reflect on what a person says to clarify. After a while if the parent indicates that advice is welcome, this is the time to start a collaborative, empowering conversation. You might begin by asking, “What have you thought might help?” or “What have you tried in the past that helped?” This response is respectful, because it does not appear that you have a magic answer and the implication is that the parent’s ideas or previous experiences might be helpful.Even in a world where parents routinely tell us what they are feeling with an emoji card, we probably still would not know what to say. But perhaps the next time you are in an awkward situation with a parent, you will think of an appropriate emoji. Then, try putting on a sincere emoji face and use one of these prompts to start a conversation. Just remember that you can only start the conversation, parents do not have to join it. It is their decision and we have to respect that. This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention 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, and YouTube.
Looking for quality and FREE Final Cut Pro X training? This series of FCPX video tutorials looks like a great way to get started or improve your Final Cut Pro X video editing.Video producer, director and editor Ben Consoli (of BC Media Productions) is a power Final Cut Pro X user. He recently released the first two videos in what appears to be just the start of an ongoing video tutorial series on editing with Final Cut Pro X.Ben’s got a straightforward delivery and high production quality make these tutorials stand out in the sea of lackluster free FCPX video tutorials. How many times have you clicked on a YouTube video tutorial only to have it hosted by an unknowledable teenager – these tutorials are not that!The first two tutorials cover Creating Blu-Ray Discs in Final Cut Pro X and How to Use Final Cut Pro X for Talking Head Interviews (no doubt, something many FCPX video editors are cutting).Marketing Tip: This is a great example of how sharing quality educational content can organically market your video production or photography business!Thanks to Ben for sharing these tutorials. We’ll be on the lookout for more in the future! Also, thanks to the great Final Cut Pro X blog FCP.co for the heads up on these quality FCPX video tutorials.
Looking to take your video production and filmmaking skills to the next level? These sites will help you step up your game in production, post production & color grading. We’ve rounded up some of the leading video production and filmmaking sites! Check out these terrific online resources to learn about the latest industry developments, get reviews on professional film/video equipment and improve your real-world production skills.Cinema 5DCinema 5D started out as a site focused on the Canon 5DM2, but now covers digital cinema cameras in general. They have camera reviews as well as a frequently updated news section. A good starting point for detailed analysis of cameras and workflow!Lights Film SchoolLight Film School offers an online film program, but they also blog about topics related to screenwriting, cinematography and directing. The blog has 4 sections: Daily Inspiration, Tutorials, Interviews and Product Reviews. They offer detailed articles here on process/technique and enlightening interviews with filmmakers. StillMotionStillmotion consists of a group of filmmakers that started doing weddings and now are doing high profile projects. They write about filmmaking and share their personal experiences. They have a 4 part video tutorial on process that should be required viewing on “how to tell stories”. They’ve also released an app, “SMAPP” (iOS), that has tools for creating shot lists, picking lenses and what gear to use.Fenchel & Janisch The focus here is on DSLR filmmaking, covering cameras, cinematography and post production workflows. They offer a combination of written posts and video tutorials, as well as free color grading presets for After Effects.Hurlbut VisualsShane Hurlbut is a well known cinematographer and recently filmed “Act of Valor”, the first big budget Hollywood feature filmed entirely on DSLR cameras. He writes about his experiences and shares tips to make you a better cinematographer/filmmaker.Ryan WaltersRyan is a skilled cinematographer who shares his knowledge of cameras and filmmaking/video production technique. His site is a great read for those wanting to stay current with cameras and cinematography gear.reTooledRetooled focuses on the post production side of things, with topics relating to Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Be sure to check out the detailed video tutorials for those looking to learn intermediate and advanced editing techniques.Aaron WilliamsAaron blogs about video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro and color grading with DaVinci Resolve. His site is a nice balance of tutorials and insights from his real-world experience editing and grading. The Post LabThe Post Lab covers post production with a focus on the independent filmmaker. It offers an insightful mix of news, interviews, and articles.Vashi VisualsVashi Nedomansky blogs about his experiences as a professional film editor. He has worked with well known filmmakers like the Bandito Brothers & Vincent Laforet. On his site, he shares his insights as well as a helpful template for Premiere Pro Editors. Bonus SitesHere are three popular filmmaking and video production sites you may already know and are certainly worth checking out:NoFilmSchool covers filmmaking for the indie/student filmmaker. Philip Bloom covers filmmaking from DSLR’s to high end digital cinema cameras. Philip often does in-depth cam and equipment reviews and shares his thoughts on the current state of cinematography and the video industry.Vincent LaForet also covers filmmaking from his personal perspective. He became known from the popular short film “Reverie” shot on the Canon 5DM2.
Save time and quickly locate clips using the ‘Match Frame’ shortcut in Premiere Pro.If you don’t have the luxury of having an assistant editor or struggle to keep your video editing projects organized, you may have some difficulty trying to keep track of all the footage in your project (especially in the case of long interviews).Adobe Premiere Pro offers a quick tool that can find the source clip of any footage that appears in your timeline: Match Frame. This is perfect if you are editing a documentary, reusing a clip multiple times or if you simply wanted to change the in-and-out points of your edit.Here’s a quick step-by-step for anyone looking to save time using the ‘Match Frame’ feature in Premiere Pro:1. Find the clip you want in your timelineMove your current time indicator to the clip or frame in the timeline that you are trying to recall.2. Click ‘Match Frame’Click the ‘Match Frame’ button by going to Sequence> Match Frame from the top menu bar or hit “F”, the Match Frame shortcut.3. Quickly locate clips = time savingsYour source clip will pop up in the preview panel making it easy to access.Want to learn more quick tips in Premiere Pro? Check out our previous posts on Switching to Premiere and 10 Time Saving Tips in Premiere Pro.Have any other quick tips for Premiere Pro? Share in the comments below.
From Orson Welles to Ridley Scott, great filmmakers have developed signature styles that we know and recognize. Let’s look at the favorite focal lengths of famous directors and how they made them their own.Cover image via ShotonWhatDisclaimer: We acknowledge that all film directors use a wide variety of lenses and focal lengths in their films and throughout their careers. We are merely looking more in-depth at the focal lengths which may pop up time and time again in famous shots and films which we relate to famous directors’ legacies. Enjoy!When creating a film, the director is usually considered the one person with the vision to tell the story. All parts of production feed off the director in concert to bring that vision to life. One of the many, many decisions that a director must make going into each and every shot is on the focal length. If you look back through the cinematic histories of some of the most famous directors, you can uncover patterns and rules to how these directors have made systematic use of different focal lengths to elicit different feelings, themes and motifs to tell their story.Sareesh Sudhakaran at Wolfcrow.com put together a comprehensive breakdown of how nineteen famous directors have used specific focal lengths in their films and which ones are most representative of their work. You can watch his entire video here or at the bottom of this post, but here are his findings.Orson Welles: 18mm and 25mmOrson Welles in Touch of Evil via UniversalOrson Welles, like many directors of his era, mostly shot scenes with wide focal lengths and little movement. Instead, the characters moved within the frames between the composed fore and backgrounds. Sudhakaran points out that the two prominent focal lengths Welles used in his most famous films were 18mm (Touch of Evil) and 25mm (Citizen Kane). The wideness, while not too wide, allowed Welles to “get that deep focus and majestic blocking over long takes.”Image from Citizen Kane via RKOOther directors who often favored wide angles like 18mm and 25mm were Jean-Pierre Jeunet in Delicatessen and Roman Polanski in Rosemary’s Baby.Image from Delicatessen via UGCImage from Rosemary’s Baby via ParamountSteven Spielberg: 21mmImage via ParamountAccording to Sudhakaran, “Spielberg reportedly sees the world through 21mm,” which can be traced throughout his vast filmography. The Oscar-award-winning director makes heavy use of his preferred wide angle lens, letting the characters of his films move throughout their frames. His style is similar to Orson Welles, Sudhakaran argues, as he uses blocking within his shots better than anyone.Image from Munich via UniversalOther directors who make predominant use of the 21mm wide angle are Tim Burton and Martin Scorsese.Image from Edward Scissorhands via 20th Century FoxImage from Taxi Driver via ColumbiaThe Coen Brothers: 27mmImage via Working Title FilmsThe Coen Brothers join the long line of filmmakers who prefer the wide-angle approach. Although they vary film to film, Sudhakaran makes the case that 27mm is their true favorite focal length. Sudhakaran points out that David Fincher, like the Coen Brothers, is another director who varies his lenses but makes the most use of the 27mm.Image from Fargo via Working TitleDirectors like Wes Anderson have made heavy use of wide lenses like the 27mm but in a different format. Wes Anderson likes to use anamorphic lenses, which, while wider, creates the same compression as a non-anamorphic lens.Image via The Royal Tenenbaums via TouchstoneAlfred Hitchcock: 50mmImage via WaldinaEver the perfectionist, Alfred Hitchcock preferred the 50mm for the majority of his films, as it was the closest to the “natural field of view” according to Sudhakaran. He even went as far as to have his film sets built to best accommodate the framing he would need for the 50mm field of view.Image via Psycho via ParamountFamous international filmmakers like Robert Bresson and Yasujiro Ozu also preferred the 50mm and would make adjustments to their sets to accommodate the lens.Image via A Man Escaped via GaumontImage via Tokyo Story via ShochikuRidley Scott: 75mm+Image via Indie RevolverRidley Scott is one of the rare directors who prefers to use long lenses. For 1979’s Alien, he used anamorphic 75mm and above. Sudhakaran also notes Scott’s affection for using zoom lenses and shooting spherical and cropped for widescreen. His shots are well-composed but lose some of the depth that accompanies wide focal length shots.Image from Alien via 20th Century FoxSudhakaran points out that one of the most famous directors in film history, Akira Kurosawa, is often believed to have used long zoom lenses as well, but actually worked mostly in the 35mm to 50mm range. Only occasionally would Kurosawa use telephoto for its extreme compression.Image from Yojimbo via TohoIf you’re interested, Sudhakaran has charted the preferred focal lengths of nineteen of his favorite directors which you can view below. You can also watch his video on the subject to get the full experience. What’s your favorite focal length to use? Was your choice inspired by one of the directors above? Let us know in the comments.
Step 1. Use HSL SecondaryAs Justin Odisho points out, it’s best if your talent is wearing something with a different color than the background so you’ll avoid changing their clothing too drastically (especially if you want any continuity in your film). So, create an adjustment layer, and put the clip on top of your original. Then open up the Lumetri color Panel, and then open HSL Secondary.Step 2. Capture the Right ColorTo distinguish the color you’d like to change in the scene, grab the Ink Dropper tool and drag it over to the image and pick a point (in this case, it’s a bright green tree). Since the trees are changing in color due to the different light, grab the Plus Ink Dropper and drag it over the area of leaves to capture the range of brightness in the green leaves. You can pull the sliders in or out to refine your adjustment and see exactly what color you’ve selected.Step 3. Open the Color WheelNow we’re going to change the colors, so open up the color wheel. If you want to use the tri color adjustment with Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights, you can, but Justin Plays with the one Color Wheel for this example. He recommends just playing around with the colors so you can easily decide what shade works best for your shot. Also, try not to go too saturated with your colors due to how fake the final product might look.Odisho recommends, since you’re already working with the Adjustment Layer, to just go ahead perform the basic color grading you need to while you’re already in Lumetri (thus saving you time down the road).Want to learn more about how color grading can save your shot? Check out our past coverage.Color Grading Footage in After Effects with LumetriThe Basics of Color Grading with CurvesColor, Black and White, or Hyperreal?DaVinci Resolve: Enhance Your Sky in Under Five MinutesHow to Color Grade Your Sunset Shots in Premiere Pro and After Effects Learn how you can change the color of the leaves in your footage with this easy-to-follow Adobe Premiere Pro color grading tutorial.Top image via Shutterstock.One of the most frustrating aspects of being pressed for time with a shooting schedule is the lack of wiggle room for shooting whenever you’d like. Often, you’re rushing toward a deadline with no days or hours to spare. You have to take what you can get when you can get it.However this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to settle for a shot you don’t want. Here are a few ways to alter the time or place of your shot during post-production. In this particular example, we’ll learn how to change your shot from summer to fall — all in Premiere Pro. For DaVinci Resolve users, check out our previous coverage here.Let’s get started.
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RJD leader Rabri Devi on Tuesday attacked the new JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar for denying her the status of leader of opposition in the legislative council under the “cover of rules” that RJD does not have the required number of MLCs needed for the post.“They wish to suppress the voice of opposition by doing this out of political considerations,” Ms. Rabri Devi, wife of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, told reporters outside the legislative council.“Earlier, the status of leader of opposition was given to the then RJD leader Gulam Gaus even when the party’s strength was 4-5 in the council. But, now they (JD(U)-BJP) are taking the cover of rules,” she said.“Let them deny the post (to RJD), we are the leader of masses.” The Bihar legislative council had in the first week of this August month rejected RJD’s request to appoint Rabri Devi as the leader of opposition in the upper house stating that the party did not have the required number of MLCs needed for the post.A strength of nine MLCs is required for the post of leader of opposition in the legislative council but RJD at present has only seven. Hence, its application was not in conformity with the rules, deputy chairman of Bihar state legislative council Harun Rashid had said while turning down the request.JD(U) spokesman and MLC Neeraj Kumar took a swipe at Devi on the issue. “She and her family cannot live without facilities,” he told reporters outside the legislative council.Ms. Rabri Devi was chosen as member of legislative council for the second time in 2012 and her tenure will end in 2018.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi are both members of the legislative council at present.
A day before his verdict in the rape case, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh shared a video message in which he urged his followers to maintain peace and that those who have reached Panchkula should return home. The Dera chief urged them to respect the law and maintain peace.
Close on the heels of Supreme Court questioning the tardy pace of trial in a case involving self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, the district administration has bolstered the security of the rape victim here.“Two more security personnel have been deployed at the residence of the rape victim and now half a dozen police personnel, including a lady constable, will remain on duty,” Superintendent of Police K.B. Singh said.
Marathas’ claimHowever, the Marathas of Vadhu-Budruk allege that the account was “a distortion of history” and that it was their ancestors who performed Sambhaji’s final rites.Accordingly, the Marathas, along with the gram panchayat authorities, took strong objection to the plaque, saying it falsified history as there was no documented evidence.On the same day, a complaint was filed by Dalit activists against 49 persons of Vadhu Budruk village under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, for damaging the board, police said. The gram panchayat of Vadhu Budruk also reportedly filed a cross complaint on the matter.“The Bhima-Koregaon violence was an act of provocation carefully calculated in advance by Hindutva outfits and designed to spark tension between Mahar [Dalit] and Maratha communities,” said Santosh Shinde of the pro-Maratha Sambhaji Brigade. The Brigade submitted a memorandum to the Pune Police Commissioner demanding a CBI probe into the issue.Similarly, Sachin Mali of the Kabir Kala Manch, who was present at the time of the clashes, said the villagers of Vadhu Budruk were instigated by rightwing forces to pelt stones at Dalits during the Koregaon-Bhima celebrations.“Several thousands of Hindutva activists were assembled to wreak havoc on the occasion. What were the police doing? Why wasn’t adequate security in place when the dispute at Vadhu-Budruk broke out on December 29? There were no ambulances or adequate security in place,” Mr. Mali told The Hindu.According to him, the clashes were planned to coincide with action in several adjoining villages like Sanaswadi, Shikrapur and Perne.One person, identified as Rahul Phatangale, lost his life in the violence between two groups that was marked by pelting of stones, and several persons were left injured. Scores of vehicle, including police vans, were torched.(With inputs from PTI) RPI supporters gathered at Chembur in Mumbai protesting killing of a person at Bhima Koregaon near Pune on Monday. The cyber crime cell of the city police issued a notification warning of “stern action against socially divisive social media posts”. Mobile phone jammers continued to be in operation in Koregaon-Bhima and surrounding villages. Pelting of stonesCommerce and commute in several parts of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad were thrown off-kilter as State transport buses were pelted with stones during demonstrations by Bhim Sainiks. Traffic had to to be diverted at a number of points. Traffic along the old Mumbai-Pune highway came to a grinding halt due to the demonstrations.By noon, the agitators had compelled several shops and establishments in vital parts of Pune to be shut even as curfew continued to be imposed in the village of Bhima-Koregaon and surrounding villages – the epicenter of the violence — 30 km from the city.There were reports of widespread stone-pelting in Ahmednagar district as well, with lockdowns being observed in several tehsils.Shutdowns were particularly tense in Marathwada where condemnations of the violence became violent.In Hingoli, two jeeps were burnt; a ‘Shivshahi’ AC bus of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) was damaged in Osmanabad district; and a State transport bus was pelted with stones in Parbhani district. A massive ‘rasta roko’ was staged along the Jalna-Sindkhed road. Mumbai, Pune and several other parts of Maharashtra, remained on edge a day after clashes marred the bicentenary celebrations of the historic 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon that concluded on Monday.Tremors of the violence, which left one person dead near Koregaon Bhima village, were felt across several districts in western Maharashtra as well as the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, as activists of Dalit groups, social outfits and Ambedkarite parties staged road blocks and issued condemnations of the January 1 violence.Local train services disruptedProtesters disrupted suburbs and local train services on the Harbour Line, blocked roads in several areas of Mumbai, forced shops to shut down and attacked a journalist of a television news channel.The Central Railway suspended suburban services between Kurla and Vashi on its harbour corridor and is running special services between CSMT-Kurla and Vashi-Panvel section.Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) continued to be in force across Pune, Aurangabad and other districts in Marathwada in a bid to preclude stormy clouds of a possible caste conflagration.“We have deployed two companies of the State Reserve Police Force [SRPF] along with several Quick Response Teams [QRT] of the police positioned at sensitive points in Pune city under supervision of senior police personnel,” said Commissioner of Police Rashmi Shukla.Also Read Devendra Fadnavis orders judicial inquiry into Bhima-Koregaon clashes Cause of the violenceWhile several outfits and parties issued urgent proclamations of restraint, some alleged that the violence was a carefully planned conspiracy by rightwing Hindutva groups.Organisers of the ‘Bhima-Koregaon Shauryadin Prerana Abhiyan’, a committee which held the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ on Sunday in which Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani and Radhika Vemula participated, alleged that the clashes were incited by right-wing outfits.According to sources, on December 29, a fierce dispute broke out between upper caste Marathas and Dalits in the village of Vadhu Budruk (around 4 km from Koregaon -Bhima) over a rudimentary plaque erected near the tomb of Govind Ganapat Gaikwad, a Dalit from the Mahar community. He is believed to have performed the final rites of the slain Maratha King Sambhaji (Shivaji’s son).Gaikwad had defied Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb to perform the last rites of Sambhaji after the latter was tortured and murdered by Aurangzeb in 1689.According to history, the Mughals had warned that whoever performed the last rites of Sambhaji would be killed, and no one stepped forward except Gaikwad. He apparently paid with his life for his deed.Also Read | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini How a British war memorial became a symbol of Dalit pride
The controversy and violent protests against the period film Padmaavat dominated conversations on and off stage on the second day of the Jaipur Literary Festival on Friday, with filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj and Nandita Das voicing support for director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.“There’s a gun to our heads. If you have to curb your thoughts, how can you be called a democratic, and free society?” Mr. Bhardwaj said in a conversation after his session, ‘Revolutionary Poets: On Hamlet, Haider and Shakespeare’s Ability to Speak Truth to Power’.The filmmaker, who has adapted three of Shakespeare’s plays to make the trilogy, Maqbool, Omkara and Haider, said, “When the Supreme Court says a film should be released and it is not released, then if it is not chutzpah (on the part of the Karni Sena), then what is it?”In defianceMore than anger, Mr. Bhardwaj expressed a sense of defiance when asked about the climate of censorship. “This is the best time for artistes. When they try to strangulate us, we will scream. It is time for us to scream,” he replied to huge applause from the audience.Recounting his experience of filming Haider,based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet that he set in Kashmir, Mr. Bhardwaj said he had a less difficult time shooting the film in Kashmir than after the film was made. “I was called an anti-national. That hurt more,” he said.Later, on being asked if the film industry had any plans to counter the stifling of creative thought as a collective, the filmmaker said, “We are not warriors that we will fight. What we want to say, we say through our films. We have no power; we are not taken seriously, and only considered as a glamour industry.”Role of state“I hope the state becomes more powerful to stop the violent protests. The protesters are getting away with breaking the law. That’s the scary part. No one has the right to violent protests. How will this country run if the system is not being respected?” Mr. Bhardwaj said.Later actor Nandita Das, speaking about her upcoming film on writer and poet, Sadaat Hasan Manto, said neither self-proclaimed custodians of culture nor the censor board should be allowed to decide what people should watch.“The whole concept of the censor board is faulty. How can a handful of people decide what the nation wants to see?” Her decision to make a film on Manto, a champion of free speech, was precisely with the intent to trigger a conversation on a subject so relevant to India today, she said.Speaking at a press conference here on the protests, Congress leader Salman Khurshid said, “If there is dissent, there must be opportunity to express that dissent. But they must remain within the four corners of permissible limit of free expression. We are all in committed to free expression, not free oppression.”
A fake currency racket having its roots in Odisha’s Berhampur was busted by Bhubaneswar commissionerate of police on Sunday. Five persons were arrested and fake Indian currency notes of ₹2,000, ₹500, ₹200 and ₹50 denominations amounting to ₹4.65 lakh were seized from them.The arrested persons include the masterminds of the racket, Rameswar Moharana (43) and K. Ramesh (56), both hailing from Berhampur, and their associates from Khurda district — Pranam Bhoi (22), Dilip Bhoi (19) and Sarat Sahu (32).The associates revealed that the manufacturing unit was at Palur Bunglow Street in Berhampur.
While Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh insisted on Monday that nobody involved in sacrilege cases would be spared, the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine has decided to meet the Governor over the ‘deteriorating law and order’ situation in the State.‘Bid to divert attention’“The law would take its course in the matter of sacrilege cases,” Capt. Amarinder said while speaking to journalists at Zirakpur, adding that Akali Dal veteran Parkash Singh Badal was trying to divert the people’s attention from the findings of the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission, which had squarely blamed the previous (SAD-BJP) regime for the desecration of holy scriptures.On the proposed Congress rally in Mr. Badal’s home ground Lambi, Capt. Amarinder said he would expose the malicious intent of the Badals to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Punjab by exercising his party’s political right to hold a rally in any part of the State.Badal rallyNotably, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal had also announced to hold a rally in Patiala — the home town of Capt. Amarinder — on the same day as the Congress rally in Lambi.Senior SAD leader Daljit Singh Cheema said that a high-level joint delegation led by Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal and Punjab BJP president Shwait Malik will meet Governor V.P. Singh Badnore on Tuesday to apprise him of the alleged deteriorating law and order situation in the State.‘Petty politicking’“The situation is getting worse each day and the Congress government is busy in petty politicking. Its Ministers are busy in one-upmanship, which has left them with no time to concentrate on the problems of the State,” alleged Mr. Cheema.Mr. Cheema claimed that tension have been mounting in the State in run-up to the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections because under the pressure of Congress leaders, several officials are discriminating against the non-Congress candidates.“The polling has already been vitiated as a large number of nominations of Akali Dal candidates have been rejected without reason,” alleged Mr. Cheema.
Violence broke out in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar town on Wednesday as angry mourners clashed with police during the funeral procession of the senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary killed in Tuesday’s terror attack along with his PSO, prompting the Army to stage flag march in the area. No one was injured in the clashes, officials said. Curfew remained imposed for the second day in the communally-sensitive district following the killing of Chanderkant Sharma and constable Rajinder Kumar, even as police intensified search to nab the assailant. According to eyewitnesses, a large number of people came out of their houses to take part in the funeral procession of Sharma. In Dak Banglow area, an irate crowd held protests and raised slogans against Pakistan and militants. The group soon turned violent and pelted stones on police personnel deployed there. Police resorted to cane-charge and tear gas shelling to disperse the protesters and brought the situation under control. The slain RSS leader was cremated at Chowgan ground in a ceremony attended by Sangh leaders including its J&K chief Suchet Singh, BJP State president Ravinder Raina and former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh. SP office attackedAfter the cremation, the crowd turned violent again and stormed the office of the Superintendent of Police. The protesters ransacked some furniture and pelted stones. The Army conducted flag march in the city after the incidents. “There were incidents of violent protests (at two places). Some protesters entered the SP office and ransacked some furniture item. But the situation has been brought under control and curfew imposed,” SSP Kishtwar Shakti Pathak said.
Police have arrested three of the five accused in the Alwar gang-rape case of April 26, which has caused widespread outrage in Rajasthan because of video-recording of the crime and the release of footage on social media. The State government shunted out Alwar Superintendent of Police Rajiv Pachar late on Tuesday night following allegations of “failure to take prompt action in the matter”. The Station House Officer of Thanagazi police station, Sardar Singh, was also suspended and four policemen were sent to the Police Lines as a disciplinary action.Those arrested were identified as Indraraj Gujjar, Ashok and Mukesh, while two of the accused were absconding. Inspector General of Police (Jaipur Range) S. Sengathir said here on Wednesday that Mukesh, additionally charged under the Information Technology Act, had recorded the crime and uploaded the videos on social media.Mr. Sengathir said 14 police teams had spread out to different areas and launched the hunt for the remaining accused. The victim – a Dalit woman – was allegedly raped in front of her husband after the couple was waylaid on the Thanagazi-Alwar bypass road and dragged to a deserted area.The State government has released an interim relief of ₹4.12 lakh for the victim under the provisions of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The first information report in connection with the crime was also registered on May 2 under the SC/ST Act and Section 376-D (gang rape) of Indian Penal Code.Protests erupted in Thanagazi on Wednesday as residents blocked the Alwar-Jaipur State highway demanding immediate arrest of all the accused. In Jaipur, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Kiroril Lal Meena led a protest march to the Chief Minister’s residence. Police stopped the march at the Civil Lines railway crossing.BJP State president Madan Lal Saini alleged that the Alwar police had “deliberately delayed” action because of the May 6 polling for the Lok Sabha election.
A team of officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) visited the Sun Temple in Konark and the Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha, on Friday to assess the damage to the heritage structures caused by Cyclone Fani. In a statement here, the ASI said the team of top officials visited Konark on Friday morning and found that there was no structural damage to the monument. But, the team found some dislocation of the scaffolding, which is being put back in place. “More than 200 trees have been damaged which are being cleared. The electrical and illumination systems, including Internet access, have gone out of order, restoration of which will take some time. The monument will be opened to the public in next two or three days. The chemical cleaning and consolidation of the eastern face will be completed on priority. The monument will be restored to normal within about a fortnight,” the ASI said. Later in the day, the team was on its way to the Jagannath Temple.“The State government had sought help from the ASI to assess the damage caused to these world heritage monuments. The team will also suggest the restoration exercise needed for the monuments and the surrounding areas,” the ASI said.
Asserting that the Congress will be losing the Lok Sabha election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday claimed that the party has fielded “two batsmen” to defend the naamdar (dynast). In a veiled dig at Congress leaders Mani Shankar Aiyar and Sam Pitroda, Mr. Modi said they were tasked by the party to take responsibility for its poor poll show. “One says hua to hua (it happened, so what) on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, while the other one, who has been behind the curtains after abusing me during the Gujarat elections, is attacking me again,” he said. While Mr. Pitroda faced the wrath of party president Rahul Gandhi for his remarks, Mr. Aiyar in an article raked up his controversial neech remark against Mr. Modi, saying his comments turned out to be prophetic.‘Live example’ Referring to the huge gathering at the meeting, Mr. Modi said that it was a “live example of what would happen on May 23”. “The Congress has understood this very well. That is why it has started preparing for the results. Now you will think, when the BJP-NDA is winning, what the Congress will prepare? Its preparation is uska thikra, party mein, kiske sir mein phode (on whose head the defeat should be thrust upon),” Mr. Modi said. “The Congress can’t say that they lost elections due to naamdar, which will be against the principles of vanshvad (dynasty). It was only after the fifth phase that the two nearest darbaris (courtiers) of the family started batting on their own,” he added. “They don’t have the courage to not take the field and play the match without asking the captain. There is an exodus in the Congress to become martyrs (take blame).” The Congress, Mr. Modi said, has proposed to do away with the sedition law, which would embolden terrorists, Naxalites and their supporters. “But the BJP will not allow that to happen. Our government attacked the terrorists in their den.” Warning the tribals against mahamilawati (adulterated) thoughts, Mr. Modi said his government was committed to the indigenous people. Two-time BJP MP Nishikant Dubey is contesting from Godda LS seat, under which Deoghar falls, and is facing Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) candidate Pradip Yadav.