By Carol ChurchIn part 1 of this series, we talked about the important reasons why adult children need to talk about money and finances with aging parents. In this follow-up, we’ll get more specific as to how to make this conversation a little easier, as well as what to discuss.brfcs via Pixabay.com, CC0Experts suggest having this conversation on parents’ “home turf” at a time that is relaxed and neutral. This means avoiding big occasions like holidays, if possible. It may also be better to have a series of short talks rather than one long discussion. Children probably want to bring up the topic in advance so parents don’t feel blindsided and have a little time to prepare, talk amongst themselves, and locate documents.Consider who should be included. Would spouses of adult children be a good addition, or not? On the one hand, they may be seen as intruders, but on the other, their presence may motivate people to be polite.If parents are resistant, it may help to say that this topic is concerning you and that having the conversation will help you and allow you not to worry. Most mothers and fathers want their children to feel happy and will be at least somewhat open to this.Topics to Cover:Talk about how to know where the information isThere are many important documents whose location someone will eventually need to know. While it is not necessary for adult children to see and view all these items ahead of time, they at least need to know where to find a letter of instructions that explains where this information is. These essential papers and details include, but are not limited to:Marriage licenses, divorce papers, birth and death certificatesInsurance policies (health, life, and property)Social security cards and documentsBank account numbers and detailsInvestment and retirement account numbers and detailsHouse deed and mortgage informationFuneral and burial wishes, including details such as burial plot purchasesElectronic account details, such as a list of important passwords and sites frequently usedMilitary records and discharge papersCredit card account information, as well as account information for other recurring bills and accountsMake sure essential plans have been madeThe best-case scenario is for older adults to have all of the following in place. By the way, this applies to adult children, too. It may strengthen your case if you can tell them you have your own “house” in order.A willDying without a will leads to many complications for family members and can tie up assets for a long period during the probate process. Dying intestate (with no will) also means one cannot make any specifications as to what is done with money and belongings; the court makes these decisions based on the laws of your state.A health care proxyA healthcare proxy is a legal document designating someone to make healthcare decisions for a person who is not able to make decisions for her or himself. While these decisions may include deciding when to end life support, they also cover other choices about health care, such as where the person will receive care, what procedures he or she will have, and so on.A durable power of attorney for financesSimilar to a healthcare proxy, but for finances, this legal document names someone who can access the money and financial information of a person who is not competent to do so him or herself. If a POA has not been appointed and someone is no longer competent, a court will have to appoint someone to take on this task.A generalized estate planThough many families may think their assets are too few to require any assistance, experts advise that most people will benefit from creating a formal estate plan with the assistance of a financial planner. In some cases, a lawyer’s help will also be needed. Various DIY and online options also exist, but they may or may not be adequate or customized to your state.Talk more broadly about the financial situationIt’s often important to ensure that parents have enough money to get by and are not in danger of outliving their assets, even if major medical costs come their way. What will happen if they need daily in-home care? What if they need to move to a community that offers more services? Do they have long-term care insurance or sufficient assets to pay for this, or might it be necessary for them to move in with children, sell the house (or get a reverse mortgage) or get financial help from family? How do they feel about the various living options?On the flip side, if there are substantial assets, or if family has the belief that there are, it may be crucial to explain now what the situation is. For instance, perhaps trusts have been set up, a large charitable donation will be made, or a business will be split up or dissolved. Those with large estates may want to discuss strategies to avoid tax burden at the end of life.Another topic to discuss, if needed: how are they coping with organizing bills and papers and managing their financial needs? For some people, this is difficult at the best of times. For others, it has become overwhelming with age or poor health. They might welcome some assistance.Talk more generally about end of lifeThis is not a “money” topic, but usually ends up intertwined with these concerns due to the likelihood that those addressing a will and other estate issues will also consider end of life wishes. Encourage parents to talk about what they want as far as healthcare measures and to make those wishes known via a living will or advance directive. One easy place to get started is Five Wishes.Again, these conversations may not be easy. The subject is tempting to want to avoid, and no time may feel like the right time to bring it up. But talking about these issues now will make matters much easier later on. The resources below may help.Resources:Family Caregiver AllianceFive WishesThe Conversation ProjectA Place for Mom: Financial DiscussionsReferences:Fowler, K. (2016). Caring for Elderly Parents’ Estate and Finances. Retrieved from http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/2-17-16-caring-for-elderly-parents-finances/Gillen, M., Mitchell, V., & Turner, J. (2015). Estate planning. Retrieved from http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy446Goetting, M., & Schmall, V. (2017). Talking with aging parents about finances. Retrieved from http://msuextension.org/publications/FamilyFinancialManagement/MT199324HR.pdfLawrence, B. Want control at the end of your life? Here’s what you need. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/decisions-future-documents-need-2/National Endowment for Financial Education. (2017). Prepare for Financial Changes as Family Members Ag. Retrieved from https://www.smartaboutmoney.org/Topics/Retirement-and-Aging/Aging-and-Money/Financial-Changes-as-Family-Members-AgeMerrill Edge. (n.d.) 5 tips for talking with your aging parents about their finances and health. Retrieved from https://www.merrilledge.com/article/5-tips-talking-with-your-aging-parents-about-their-finances-and-health
Get up to speed with the new features in Lightworks 11.5 with these quick walk-through tutorials.The latest version of Lightworks brings some great new features to this serious editing application. As of yet it’s still only for Windows and Linux, but the Mac version will appear (hopefully) this year. If you’ve not heard of Lightworks before, it is the only professional level non-linear editing software that is free to download.The free version is fully functional, but will only allow you to export to Youtube or Vimeo at 720p. The paid for professional version now comes in three payment options:Monthly – $7.99/£4.99Annually – $79.99/£49.99One-time fee – $279.99/£179.99New Features in Lightworks 11.5There are new features allowing for the customization of the user interface, including support for Retina Displays, modifying colors of the program, fonts and more. There are a huge number of new features which allow for a much greater range of flexibility and customizations to the editor’s personal preference (which I for one am a big fan of). There is now also support for AJA I/O devices (Kona and Io XT). These first two videos walk you through all the new user interface related features and their implications for using the software.Background Tasks in Lightworks 11.5You can now import, generate waveforms, render and export in the background. These features are incredibly helpful time-savers and it’s great to see them in this version.In this next video you can see how the new export options function. Export profiles allow you to export to presets in just a few clicks. The new preset in Lightworks is for direct upload to your Youtube account. Great for client reviews if that’s how you do it.Multicam Editing in Lightworks 11.5Lightworks allows you to create ‘sync groups’ (the Lightworks term for multicam functionality) and perform multicam editing tasks in a very quick and efficient way.Updated Effects in Lightworks 11.5Additionally, the built-in effects have been updated in 11.5, with a new curves based color correction tool. Lightworks also ships with numerous preset looks for quickly applying a specific style. A lot of the new features in Lightworks can be accessed in a new, right-click method.The last Lightworks feature that we’re excited about is the ability to make use of ‘macros’ to automate multiple keystrokes into one set of instructions (demonstrated in the next video). Carefully programmed macros can provide a huge efficiency boost for repetitive tasks.For a full list of all the new features in 11.5 download this PDF and check out the official announcement from Lightworks.
Hot Holiday Video Production Deals: LensesSigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens: $369 ($669)B&H is cutting $300 from the price of the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens for DSLRs. The quiet autofocus is one of the standout features of this great piece of glass.Rokinon T1.5 Cine Lens Bundle: $1,247 ($1,447)This Rokinon Lens Bundle features 24, 35, and 85mm lenses, all in one package. The aperture and focus scales are now on the side of the lenses, making the focus puller’s (or your) job much easier. As far EF-mount lenses go, these lenses are top notch and produce quite the image.Hot Holiday Video Production Deals: DronesWith the recent release of the Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic, and Inspire 2 (and that’s not even mentioning the Kharma drama), it’s tougher than ever to choose the right drone for your lifestyle. Of course, knocking a few bucks off the price helps.Right now it looks like eBay might have the best deal on drones. With Black Friday approaching, the word is that the Phantom 4 will be listed for $899 instead of the usual $1499. And that’s just the tip of the rumor iceberg.DJI Phantom 4: $1,199 ($1,299)With the Mavic possibly backordered until February, you can take to the skies immediately with the Phantom 4 for $100 less than usual. Check out our full review of the Phantom 4 and why it’s definitely worth your consideration.Phantom 3: $499 ($799)This is the most basic version DJI currently has to offer — and even if you aren’t particularly that interested in owning a drone, the UAV’s low $500 price tag makes it a deal that’s tough to pass up.Hot Holiday Video Production Deals: AccessoriesTASCAM DR-40 4-Track Portable Digital Recorder: $149 ($179.99)Amazon and B&H are chopping prices on all kinds of TASCAM products, including the handy DR-40. If you’re in need of an external audio recorder or any minor accessories that go with audio recording, now’s the time to jump.Dell UltraSharp U2715H 27˝ Screen LED-Lit Monitor: $429.99 ($649.99)Video editors searching for a quality monitor at a decent price should take note of this 27˝ ultra-wide Dell monitor — now $200 cheaper.Davis & Sanford Magnum P343 Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head: $129.95 ($249.95)This tripod is a steal. The huge cut in price, combined with the device’s durability, make it a must-have this holiday season. Really, you can never have too many tripods on deck while in the field.Retailer SpecialsSome of the biggest names in the video space are offering up the goods for the holidays. On December 6th, Red Giant is offering 40% off of EVERYTHING. For ONE DAY ONLY. So don’t mess around. Plus, B&H is currently running all kinds of crazy sales on a rotating selection of video gear. Definitely worth checking out!If you’re looking for additional Black Friday/holiday-related deals, give these retailers a visit for good prices on filmmaking gear and on-set essentials:Home DepotLowesB&H Photo VideoAdoramaAmazonBest BuyTargeteBay Know of any other must-have holiday deals? Share in the comments below! The holidays are finally here! These great deals, discounts, and sales will make it easy to give the gift of essential video gear.Top image via DSLR BuzzGood news for anyone living the film and video life: Retailers are rolling out their end-of-the-year deals just as the holiday shopping season takes off. Whether its saving $100 on a new MacBook Pro or snagging a 64GB SD card for $5 less than usual, every little bit helps. Here are some of the better deals we found while browsing for holiday bargains.Hot Holiday Video Production Deals: CamerasPanasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera: $1,197.99 ($1,497.99)One of the best Mirrorless cameras currently on the market, now’s the time to scoop up the GH4. Given the announcement of the upcoming GH5, the price will most likely stay around $1,100, so its never a bad idea to be ahead of the curve.Sony Alpha a7R II Mirrorless Digital Camera: $2798 ($3199)Serving as Sony’s top-tier camera, the a7R is perfect for everything — the photos look stunning, and the videos look professional. With its full-frame CMOS sensor, this E-mount camera is versatile enough for videographers both in the field and in the studio.Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera: $2,499 ($2,799)Canon’s cutting prices up and down its DSLR lineup, so there’s never been a better time to add the timeless Mark III to your arsenal. Already got one? Here are a few other Canon DSLR deals you might like.Canon 80D Bundle: $1,399 ($1,799)Canon Rebel T5 Bundle: $449Canon 70D: $899 ($1199)
Standard VignettesThe first method is very simple; you’ll need Premiere Pro CC. Go into the Lumetri presets drop-down menu and click Vignette.Under Amount, drag your slider to the left, shifting your numbers to a negative value. This will add a vignette that surrounds your frame. Usually, there’s a sweet spot between -3.0 and -1.3.Shaped VignettesThe second method is a little trickier.You’ll first have to create a new black video layer and apply it over your footage.Then go into your effects panel and under Opacity, select the Circle Matte option. For the best results, create an oval that fits the subject you want to focus on.Once you’ve created your shape, press Invert. Next, adjust your Feathering options so that the edges of your shape are nice and soft.Continue to adjust the Feathering, and then adjust your Opacity to ensure your vignette isn’t too intense. You can also play with your Expansion parameters to adjust the scale and size. Vignettes are a great way to add subtle emphasis to your footage. Find out how with these three approaches.Top image via Shutterstock.One of the simplest ways to improve your visuals is to apply a vignette in post. Vignettes are a subtle way to direct your audience’s eyes to a specific subject in the frame, such as a landscape or a small object. There are three different ways I create my vignettes, so let’s take a look. Masked VignettesThe Final method is the most difficult one, but probably one of the most effective when it comes to interviews and narratives.Go into your effects bin and drag the brightness contrast effect on top of your footage.Next slide your brightness down so that your image gets really dark. Then bring up your contrast so that the darker tones in your shot don’t look too crushed.Once you’ve found a sweet spot, create a mask using the pen tool. The trick is to create the shape of your subject.Once the mask is ready, invert your selection so that the darker layer outlines your subject.Now feather the edges. I like to really crank my feathering to the max so that the mask is almost transparent. As above, you can adjust your opacity and expansion so that your vignette fits your image perfectly.Vignettes are a great way to enhance and sometimes save your footage. Keep in mind it’s their job to direct attention to your subject, not the other way around. Vignettes are most effective when you hide them in plain sight.
1. MoonlightAny time you’re shooting exteriors at night and need a blue tint to your shot, consider using a cyan or blue gel over your daylight-balanced LED. This will give your shot a moody, mysterious bluish tint, creating the appearance of a moonlit scene. You don’t have to use this only for exterior shoots; you could also point your light down through a window for that nighttime silhouette shot you’ve always wanted.2. Party ScenesOne of the most stressful shoots you’ll ever encounter is an extra-filled party scene. The coordination and timing are feats in and of themselves, so nailing the lighting and the camerawork is just an additional frustration. When lighting a party scene, consider using gels you can quickly turn around for an added sense of flash and unpredictability. Once you’ve figured out the appropriately contrasted colors to work with, coordinate with your crew to figure how how they can adjust the lights however you see fit.3. SunsetsThere’s nothing better than capturing that perfect shot during golden hour. However, the problem with “golden hour” is how brief it is. So, consider stacking your 1/2 CTO on top of your Straw gel, and then put this on top of your tungsten LED. This will give you a slightly tinted-yet-warm light that mimics a dreamy Malick-esque look.4. CandlelightCapturing perfect candlelight or firelight is one of the most difficult shots to pull off — especially if you’re working with a super tight budget. So, to recreate flames burning in a dark setting, place one or two full CTO gels over your tungsten LED. Then dim the lights and bring them back up to simulate a flame. If you want an even more realistic effect, wave a cucoloris in front of the light.5. Reds and BluesThese two colors are powerful enough to suggest serious tonal shifts and emotional cues to the audience. One can signify both romance and tension. While the other can simulate feelings of loneliness or seduction. The two opposing colors can also work wonders when spilled into each other (which is becoming a popular trend in many shows and movies).6. Urban JungleCityscapes at night have traditionally appeared on camera with a yellowish, florescent streetlight look. To achieve this look, try using oranges and greens (specifically Sodium Vapor Orange and Green) to bring out a barren cityscape. Ted suggests using a cyan blue at the same time to recreate some of your favorite desaturated looks from science fiction films.For more on lighting and working with gels, check out our past coverage here:Lighting 101 A quick Guide for Lighting FilmLighting a Scene Solely with Practicals7 Steps for Lighting a SceneQuick Lighting Tip: Carry the Lamp Here are some techniques for simulating different lighting temperatures and shapes using gels.Top image via A24.Determining lighting and color temperatures, which gels look best, and which gear to use are considerations you don’t want to leave until the last minute on set. There are a few situations wherein you won’t have time to match the correct lighting of the sun — or to figure out a new way to capture a certain aesthetic for your film. Aputure brings us a stellar look at how you can recreate some difficult lighting setups with the use of a few different gels.
You need to keep a clean pipeline. There is no benefit to cluttered pipeline full of junk.You might let your pipeline get messy because you are too lazy to invest a half hour cleaning it up, but that’s not probably true. The real reason you don’t clean it up is that you would lose the sense of security that comes with having a nice, full pipeline of opportunities. But unless your pipeline is clean, the sense of security it provides is a false sense of security.You’ll Have Something to Talk AboutIt’s embarrassing to work in sales and not have deals to talk about. There are pipeline review meetings, forecast meetings, and opportunity reviews. You can’t show up with nothing. You need something to talk about. You need to show you are working on something, even if it is really a non-opportunity. Without opportunities, you are exposed.A pipeline full of non-opportunities is usually the sign of a prospecting problem. The clutter is normally a list of receptive contacts or leads with little potential to buy. Their receptivity means that they are willing to talk to you about their business and what you sell, but it doesn’t mean that you have a real opportunity. It’s not enough.If you talk about the same prospects over and over again without any real movement to speak of, these non-opportunities are really just providing you with a false sense of security. They don’t belong in your pipeline.I Don’t Want to Miss OutSome of what is in your pipeline may be companies that used to use a lot of what you sell. They used to be your dream client. But their business changed, and now they no longer use as much of what you sell—or maybe they don’t use any at all.When you visit with these former dream clients, they share an optimistic vision of their future. Someday soon, they tell you, they will come roaring back from their downturn. They are full of hope and confidence. Just like they’ve been over the last three years. But, no movement.You hope they do come back from their downturn. And you want to be there when they do. So you spend a lot of time with them so you know you are first in line to get orders when they come back to life. You don’t want to miss out.The uncomfortable truth is, you aren’t missing out on anything. Past users, regardless of how much they spent, aren’t opportunities. Their past isn’t always an indication of their future. And keeping clients that fit this description in your pipeline is about you having a full pipeline, not about you having a real pipeline.QuestionsHow old are some of the opportunities in your pipeline?How many conversations have you had about opportunities that still haven’t moved?Do you have what used to be good prospects in your pipeline? Prospects that haven’t spent in your category in years and no longer have a need to?How do these non-opportunities provide you with a false sense of security?What do you have to do to have real confidence?
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 We (still) live in a culture that insists that all results should be fast and obtained without any real effort. But insisting on fast results doesn’t actually produce fast results. Most of the time, the reason one needs fast results is that they haven’t been doing what was necessary to produce the results for a long period of time.The less time you have to acquire the new client and the new revenue that you need, the less likely you are to reach your goal.You can’t win new business without opening new relationships. You can’t build those relationships in a single day. But you can work on some of those relationships today. And you can work on even more of them over the course of a week.You can’t make all of the sales calls necessary to reaching your goals today, or even this week, for that matter. But you can meet with a few of your dream clients and move those opportunities forward.You can’t get the the top rung of the ladder without all of the steps in between. You can’t reach your goals without passing through all of the little milestones along the way, and you won’t hit those milestones without consistently taking the necessary actions. But you can start climbing, taking one step and following it with the next.You overestimate what you can do in a short time and underestimate what you can do over a longer period of time. Each day that you take the small actions that move you closer to your goals makes you better than yesterday. These daily small steps move you closer. It takes effort, and you don’t always notice it’s working. But taking consistent actions daily is the fastest way to produce real and lasting results.
I started this series for my three children. There are ideas here that I want them to know. One thing is true: the little things really are the big things. These things, more honored in the breach, are big things.Be Respectful of Others: Be respectful of other people. Don’t do anything that suggests to other people that you do not believe they are important, regardless of their station or position in life, and regardless of who they are.Listen Without Interrupting: Don’t speak while another person is speaking. Wait until they finish speaking before you speak, regardless of how long they speak. While listening, give the person your full and undivided attention.Give Sincere Compliments When Deserved: When someone deserves a compliment, give it. When they have accomplished something remarkable, congratulate them. Do not fake sincerity by complimenting someone as a way to gain something from them.Express Your Gratitude: Say “thank you” for any kindnesses great or small. When a great kindness is given, send a thoughtful, written expression of gratitude. When possible, return the kindness in kind.Avoid Criticism: Don’t criticize or mock others, even those with whom you disagree. Instead, say nothing. Don’t speak poorly of people not present. By doing so, you are signaling your character to those who are listening, and also what to expect from you when they are absent.Assume Good Intentions: When you don’t understand why someone is doing something that you believe to be incorrect or harmful, believe first that they are acting out of good intentions. First, it is likely that they are. Second, by assuming good intentions, you can deal with the action instead of the individual.Take Thoughtful Actions: Take thoughtful actions when possible. If you are thinking of another, send them a note. If you see something that you know they would enjoy, send it to them. Offer small kindnesses wherever and wherever possible.Put Down Your Phone: When you are in the company of others, put down your phone. Don’t allow distractions to become more important than the person or people with whom you are visiting.These things speak to your character. They say more about you than your accomplishments.Photo credit: gullevek Watch・Think・Read via photopin (license). Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
A few years ago, I was asked to speak to a group of salespeople. They were running a boiler room, and when I researched the company before joining them for a phone call I discovered that they took money from their prospective clients without delivering the value they promised. There was enough evidence to make me believe that the practice was widespread, and what I found was credible enough to give me pause. As I looked more deeply into the company, I also found complaints about sexual harassment and poor treatment of women inside the company. There were too many of these complaints to ignore.On a phone call with the CEO, I suggested I wasn’t the right speaker for his group. I tried to leave it at that and bow out without having to explain my reasons. But I was pressed by the executive I was speaking to for an explanation of my lack of interest in speaking to his company. I shared with him what I found when searching for information about his company in preparation for the meeting. He didn’t do much to deny anything I said but instead said, “I am offering you money. I will pay you, and you will speak.” Politely, I again refused. He pushed back, insisting that money should be enough of the motivation for me to speak to his company. I told him that money wasn’t enough for me to change my deepest held values.This individual offered to double the money and double the work. Clearly, he believed that everyone has a price and that he merely hadn’t found mine. By doing so, I was even more convinced that what I discovered about the company was true. I refused his offer and hung up the phone, only to have one of his lieutenants call me to ask me how I could refuse his offer. Nothing I said made any impact, and I eventually hung up.I was not interested in helping them. I was not interested in helping this group of people to steal faster. Nothing I would have said would have changed the culture of the organization.It doesn’t make sense to possess a “whatever it takes” attitude towards making money. It doesn’t make sense to compromise your values, especially for something you can obtain without having to do so, even if it means you must work harder, and even if it will take longer. Your character is worth more than money, and in the long run, so is your name.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Monday flagged off an ambulance service that would cater to cows. Under the ‘Gauvansh Chikitsa Mobile Vans’ service, the ambulance would rescue ill or injured cows and transport them to ‘gau shalas’ or take them for treatment to the veterinary doctor. A “gau seva toll-free number” was also released so that common people can come to the help of such cows. A veterinarian will be present in the ambulance along with an assistant.Mr. Maurya, who posted pictures of the event on his Facebook page, flagged off five such ambulances from his official residence in Lucknow.In its initial phase, the service will be first available in Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Mathura and Allahabad. The ambulance service is being run in collaboration with the MNREGA Mazdoor Kalyan Sanghathan, an organisation that says it works for labourers and others employed in the informal sector. Its president Sanjay Rai said the organisation has a presence in five states.According to the brochure released by Mr. Rai, his organisation plans to take action against those people who abandon their cows once they stop giving milk, and also against municipality officials if cows are forced to eat polythene or plastic items dumped on the streets. A similar project was a few days ago reported in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh, which is also ruled by the BJP. In 2015, 10 such cow ambulances were also deployed for service by an industrialist-cum-social worker.
It is now more than two months since former Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan was arrested and lodged in Kolkata’s Presidency Jail. The controversial former judge, who reportedly threatened police officers with legal action when they came to arrest him in Coimbatore in June, appears to have mellowed with time. Justice Karnan was awarded a six-month prison sentence by the Supreme Court for contempt of court in May 2017.Overcoming the initial despondency of his first few days in jail, Justice Karnan is now mostly in a jovial mood, sources said. “He is treated with respect by the jail officials and inmates alike, and is on cordial terms with them,” Justice Karnan’s lawyer Mathews J. Nedumpara told The Hindu. Time passes rather more leisurely in jail, unlike the days he spent at his Kolkata residence mostly occupied with the contempt motion initiated against him by the Supreme Court, and in briefing the press on it. With ample time on his hands, he has “gone back to his days as a law student.” Lawyer’s robe“Now Justice Karnan spends his days mostly reading judgements and books on law, in his preparation to work as a lawyer after his release,” said Mr. Nedumpara.Justice Karnan has also developed a taste for Bengali food in jail, especially rice and fish curry, which has made matters easier for him since they are common to both south Indian and Bengali food.
More than 4,200 people recommended ‘Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan’ for a Padma award in 2017, while the self-styled godman and now rape convict proposed his own name for the honour five times.According to the list of recommendations or nominations for the Padma Awards 2017, the Union Home Ministry received 18,768 applications.The highest — 4,208 recommendations — including two from ‘Saintgorge William Sonet’ and ‘India Saintgorge’, both from Hissar in Haryana, were received for conferring any one of the three Padma awards on the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda chief, reveal documents accessed by PTI.All for GurmeetAll recommendations were marked in the name of ‘Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan’, also known as ‘rockstar baba’ and ‘guru of bling’, and almost all had come from Sirsa in Haryana, the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda.Self-recommendationGurmeet Ram Rahim, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two followers this week, recommended himself five times. While his address was given as Sirsa thrice, on the other two applications, he gave Hissar in Haryana and Ganganagar in Rajasthan, as his address.The overwhelming majority of those who recommended the Dera chief’s name for the highest civilian honour in the country used single names like Abha, Aditya, Akbar, Alfez, Baljinder, Milky, Gajal Komal, Jony, Jesse and Ishwar.Padma awards seek to recognise exceptional achievements in art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, civil service, trade and industry.
A group of farmers in Boisar in Palghar district of Maharashtra staged a protest against the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, expressing apprehension that they would lose their land on account of it.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched the project in Ahmedabad on Thursday.Also Read Japanese Industrial Townships will come up in 4 states, says Modi The farmers waved black flags and raised slogans against the project outside Boisar railway station. They alleged that the BJP-led government was going ahead with the project without taking farmers into account. Kaluram Dodhade of Bhoomi Sena, who took part in the protest, said, “Palghar has mostly small farmers, and if their land is acquired for the project, they will be ruined.”The demonstration was organised by Shetkari Sangarsha Samiti and Advasi Ekta Parishad.Palghar DSP Majunath Shinge said, “It was a symbolic protest and there was no law-and-order situation.”District Collector Prashant Narnavre said the agitation was carried out peacefully.
Himachal Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said on Thursday that the Assembly elections were peaceful and no incidents of violence were reported. A total of 11,283 VVPAT units were used in all polling booths of the 68 constituencies out of which 297 were replaced, he said, adding this was well within the technical limits.Voting in some booths of Bilaspur Sadar, Naina Devi and Rekong Peo was disrupted when the button against the name of a particular candidate did not respond and record the voter’s choice. Supporters of the candidate protested the glitch which was later rectified.Shyam Saran Negi, the well-known first voter of the country, cast his vote in Kinnaur. A red carpet welcome was laid for the centenarian at the polling booth and he was escorted by the DM of Kinnaur. Mr. Negi, has used his electoral franchise for the 29th time in India.Former Union Minister from Congress and now senior BJP leader Sukhram cast his vote in Mandi along with his son and grandson, all of whom have now joined the BJP. Talking to reporters the octogenarian leader said the present Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was responsible for this plight of Congress in Mandi as well as the entire State.Mr. Virbhadra Singh voted in Rampur with his family, although he is contesting the elections from Arki in Solan and his son from rural Shimla. Senior Congress leader Kaul Singh Thakur voted in his native constituency of Drang in Mandi and said people would send him for ninth time to the State Vidhan Sabha.The BJP’s chief ministerial face Prem Kumar Dhumal voted along with his son Anurag Thakur and wife in Samirpur.Sixty sitting MLAs were among the 337 candidates fighting for a seat in the 68 member Assembly. As many as 7,525 polling booths were set up and 37,605 personnel deputed for poll duty in the state, which has a total of 50,25,941 voters.Security arrangementsA total of 17,850 personnel of police and Home Guards and 65 companies of central paramilitary force had also been deployed.The Congress and the BJP, led by Mr. Dhumal, contested all 68 seats. The BSP fought for 42 seats, the CPI(M) 14, the Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI three. There are also 112 independents in the fray. Dharamsala had the maximum number of candidates at 12.
The Delhi High Court today refused to pass an interim order on a plea for a stay on former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav’s disqualification as a Rajya Sabha member.Justice Vibhu Bakhru, however, allowed Mr. Yadav to draw allowances, perks and retain his bungalow as an MP, but restrained him from attending the Winter Session of Parliament. The session, which started on Friday, is scheduled to go on till January 5. The court also sought the response of the Rajya Sabha chairman besides member Ram Chandra Prasad Singh, who is leader of the JD(U) in the Upper House, on Mr. Yadav’s plea challenging December 4 order of the chairman disqualifying him as an MP. The court has fixed the main petition for hearing on March 1 next year. The order came on Mr. Yadav’s plea challenging his disqualification on several grounds, including that he was not given a hearing before the December 4 order was passed. Mr. Yadav had sought interim relief to attend the Parliament session.
The Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said bilateral talks over sharing drinking water from the Mahadayi river with Karnataka will be held only after the Karnataka elections.The party had faced criticism from environmental activists, civil society members and Opposition parties after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar wrote to Karnataka BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa to discuss the release of water from Mahadayi.Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in North Goa on Sunday, Goa BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar said the party was fully with Mr. Parrikar’s stand, but added, “The CM has already indicated that this will happen only after the Karnataka elections. Therefore, the question does not arise of using the issue for elections.”Flak from all partiesAfter Mahadayi Bachav Abhiyan (MBA), an organisation working against the diversion of water to Karnataka, the Opposition as well as allies of the government have joined those criticising Mr. Parrikar for his willingness to discuss the issue with Karnataka.On Sunday, All India Congress Committee secretary Girish Chodankar said Mr. Parrikar must first provide regular drinking water to his constituents in Panaji before providing drinking water to others.Anand Shirdokar, president of the Goa Suraksha Manch, attacked Mr. Parrikar for offering to hold talks when the matter is in a tribunal, and Goa has till now said it will only go by the verdict of the tribunal.“It is clear that Mr. Parrikar has been pressurised by his party boss Amit Shah,” said Mr. Shirodkar.Government ally Goa Forward Party has also expressed reservations over the CM’s letter, and alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, which had a central committee meeting on Sunday, has strongly opposed the move too. “The government must maintain status quo on the issue till the tribunal verdict is out,” MGP president and former Minister Deepak Dhavlikar told reporters after the meeting.Impact on caseMBA secretary and a member of the National Wildlife Board Rajendra Kerkar told The Hindu that the organisation fears that Mr. Parrikar’s sudden “surrender” could weaken Goa’s strong case in the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal.
A Delhi court on Thursday transferred the case against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in the matter of the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar to a designated fast-track court.Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh transferred the case to the designated court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal as per a Supreme Court judgment which said that cases against politicians would be heard by a fast-track court, and fixed May 28 as the date for further proceedings.“Since he is a sitting Member of Parliament, matter is being sent to the special designated court for politicians, that is ACMM Samar Vishal. Matter be taken up on May 28,’’ Mr. Singh said.The Delhi police had on May 14 accused Mr. Tharoor of abetting Pushkar’s suicide, and chargesheeted him under Sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. While Section 498A entails maximum punishment of three years in prison, Section 306 attracts a maximum jail term of 10 years.The MP had termed the chargesheet “preposterous” and said that he intends to contest it “vigorously”.The court is yet to take cognisance of the chargesheet and summon Mr. Tharoor.
Farmers belonging to Nindar village, 20 km from here on Monday staged a novel protest as part of the 10-day-long ‘gaon bandh’ (rural shutdown), to draw the government attention and the public at large to their plight.The farmers, who had stopped the supply of vegetables and milk to the cities, distributed vegetables free of cost to the poor. They also served cold milk to the passengers travelling on the Sikar-Jaipur highway.Farmers of Nindar and nearby villages of the Chomu region, including Rajawas, Jairampura, Jalsu, Modi and Chatarpura, took part in the initiative.The Nindar Bachao Yuva Kisan Sangharsh Samiti activists, led by its convenor Nagendra Singh Shekhawat, said they were ready for a prolonged struggle to get remunerative prices for their produce. “We have stopped vegetable and milk supplies to Jaipur since June 1. We will intensify our agitation if the government does not respond to gaon bandh,” said Mr. Shekhawat.Nindar village had made headlines in October last year when its residents dug pits and trenches and buried themselves waist-deep in the mud for a month to protest against acquisition of land for a housing project.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday reviewed the security situation in Kashmir during a visit to the valley, and army officials briefed her on the operational preparedness and counter-infiltration grid. Ms. Sitharaman was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on her visit, army officials said. The defence minister visited the forward areas in the frontier district of Kupwara. She was briefed by the commanders on ground on the operational preparedness and counter-infiltration grid, they said. During her interaction with the troops, the defence minister lauded their round the clock sharp vigil along the Line of Control and professionalism. She also asked them to remain alert for any eventuality to defeat nefarious designs of hostile forces, the officials said.
Scholar and activist Prof. Anand Teltumbde on Monday demanded a judicial probe into the entire Bhima-Koregaon episode, including the recent arrests of activists across the country for suspected Maoist links and to also to take to task all those responsible for it.Prof. Teltumbde, whose official residence at the Goa Institute of Management (GIM) campus in Sanquelim in North Goa was searched as part of the recent raids across the country on Dalit intellectuals, writers and human rights activists, was delivering a talk on ‘Decimating Dissent: The Truth behind Bhima Koregaon’, organised by Dakshinayan Abhiyan at Margao in South Goa on Monday.“There should be a judicial commission’s probe into this (Bhima-Koregaon) episode and whoever did it should be taken to task. In a democracy, the State taking a posture and acting against citizens is unpardonable,” he said.Reacting to the search of his residence, he said the police could not find anything. “The search by the police was absolute fabrication and utter nonsense. They raided my residence because I had attended the Paris convention organised by the Department of Amercian Studies in Paris in April this year. But it was not funded by Maoists; neither did it have a Naxal link,” Prof. Teltumbde said. He said he had filed a defamation suit against the Pune police.On the historical background of the Bhima Koregaon protests, he said the Green Revolution was a capitalist strategy, which reduced the Dalits” to a rural proletariat. Through the post-Independence land reforms, the Congress, a “somewhat metropolitan party”, and created a class of rich farmers in rural areas that would be allied to them, he said. “They (the Brahmin landlords) were replaced by these people (the cultivators) and all kinds of markets were created. The Dalits were utterly dependent on the farm wages of the rich farmers.” He said the battle of Koregaon-Bhima of the early 19th Century was largely unnoticed and only became popular after Babasaheb Ambedkar started visiting the obelisk that was erected by the British in memory of slain soldiers in the battlefield, which included soldiers from the Mahar clan.On the legacy of the battle, Prof. Teltumbde said: “When Ambedkar came on the scene, the recruitment of Mahars in the British military was stopped. In that context, Bhima Koregaon came in handy for the Mahars to claim that they too belonged to a martial race who had sacrificed a lot.” Mr. Ambedkar’s father too was a part of this movement, and when Mr. Ambedkar entered public life, he picked up this issue, and go to the obelisk to pay his respects. “Before that, it was not noticed by anyone. It was under cantonment control,” he said.