Going out to shoot on your own? Need to travel light? The following audio setup is perfect for one-man-band video production.In the following quick tip video, one of our favorite photo/video content creators, Knoptop, shares his trick for getting clear sounding audio when shooting on his own. For a dramatic improvement over audio simply captured ‘in camera’, try using an external recorder with a lavalier mic. On-board camera mics are typically pretty low quality and pick up unfocused sound (lots of ambient noise).Knoptop’s recipe for success is a Zoom H1 recorder (an industry favorite) and an Azden lavalier microphone. Check out the video tutorial below to see how he uses this setup for his video shoots – and a few other tricks for better sounding success. Thanks for sharing, Knoptop!
Starting with your first board, you can use Illustrator’s awesome toolset to create infinitely scalable vector art for your animation. If you take the time to make it as close as possible to what you want it to look like now, your client will be able to see a nearly-finished look, and you’ll have your graphics already created for you when you move to After Effects! Here’s an example from part of project I’m currently in the middle of:You’ll notice a few things in this setup:I have the relevant script lines above the board.There are red arrows and comments that give direction and notes for the client.My designs are pretty close to what the final will be.Script LinesFor my reference, I put the relevant script lines above each artboard in a text box. This helps me know what lines this panel references, and it’s easy to make a few changes and have these included for the client if needed. Also, even though the script lines are currently outside the artboard, I’ve created the text box to overlap with the artboard just a bit, which will make sure the script box is duplicated when I make a new artboard.Arrows and NotesWhen creating storyboards and style frames, bright red arrows and notes are a great way to indicate motion and give some context to your panels. I wanted my arrows to stand out from the rest of the art and make it obvious that they were notes, so I made them bright red, and grabbed a set of stock arrows that had a hand-drawn style as a differentiator (If you’re interested, the set I used was royalty free, and you can find them here). I also put my note text in a handwriting font, though of course that’s entirely optional.Polished DesignsThe typical animation workflow is to do some hand-drawn storyboards, then create a couple of key style frames, then move to animation. That process works well with this set-up. You can import your scanned storyboards and place one in each panel to easily create a multipage PDF (or just draw your storyboards right in Illustrator if you’d like). When it’s time to create your style frames, you have your storyboards in the right panels as a reference. Once you get your general style, however, I’d suggest finishing out your design in Illustrator rather than jumping right over to After Effects – while it might take you a little extra time, you’ll have a better set of drawing tools, a clear overview of what your whole project will look like, and you can easily transition your artwork over to After Effects when you’re finished.Setting Up LayersKeeping your file organized will save you some headache later. I’d recommend splitting everything into at least four layers: Doing an involved motion graphics piece? Use Illustrator to create your storyboards and style frames, setting you up to easily move to After Effects!If you work in After Effects a good bit, you’re probably familiar with Adobe Illustrator (if you’re not, then get familiar with it! It’s probably one of the most powerful and versatile tools Adobe has created). You probably know how to create and modify assets for use in After Effects, but have you ever thought of using it to plan a whole motion graphics piece from storyboard to style frames? With a little bit of setup, you can easily create client-ready storyboards and style frames that will transition perfectly over to After Effects when the time for animating comes.Creating the ArtboardThe first step is to set up your initial artboard. One of the great things about Illustrator is the ability to have multiple “pages” – called artboards – in one document. If you save the file as a PDF, each artboard shows up as a separate page in the PDF – perfect for sending to clients! Set up your initial artboard at your desired animation resolution (1920×1080 in the example below):You’ll end up with one artboard in the middle of your canvas (the total area Illustrator allows you to have artwork in). There’s a tool called the “Artboard Tool” (Shift + O), that allows you to select and move artboards around. I like to use that and shift the first artboard up to the top left corner of the canvas, allowing me to work from left to right, top to bottom from there.Illustrator does give you ability to create multiple artboards at once and can auto-arrange them into a grid for you, but I like to duplicate each artboard as I work, since style frames often use many of the same assets of the board before it (more on that in a bit): Notes – This is where red arrows and text for the client’s reference go. Having them on a separate layer allows me to easily turn them off when moving over to After Effects.Script – Keeping your script on a separate layer helps for the same reason as notes: you can easily lock or turn off the layer when copying/pasting assets or moving over to After Effects.Artwork – All of the actual designs go in this layer, except for…Backgrounds – I like to keep the backgrounds for all of the panels on a separate layer so that I can lock it when I’m working on a particular panel. If it wasn’t on a separate layer, the background would interfere with drag selecting objects and moving things around. One quick lock of the layer and this is no longer a problem. Just don’t forget to unlock it when duplicating an artboard or copying the panel to a new file for After Effects.Duplicating ArtboardsWhen you’ve got a panel finished and you’d like to make a new one, you can easily duplicate an entire artboard, allowing you to use a previous artboard as a starting point for your new panel. Using the Artboard Tool, and click and drag the artboard you want to duplicate to where you want the new artboard to be. Before you let go of the click, hold down option/alt, which will make a duplicate of the original artboard instead of moving it. A few things to note when doing this:Objects on locked or hidden layers aren’t moved/duplicatedOnly objects that intersect with the artboard are included. This is why I made sure the script text box overlaps with the artboard just a little – so that it would get duplicated with each new artboard.If you’re a neat freak and want everything to line up, hold shift as well when dragging to lock the move to one axis, then use the smart guides to line it up on the other axis.Moving Over to After EffectsWhen your artwork is all finished up, it’s a relatively simple process to move everything over to After Effects. One of the easiest way to do it is by by copying each frame to a separate .ai file, then following these steps to split each object in your artwork into separate layers for use in After Effects. Just make sure your Notes and Script layers are locked or hidden, and your background layer is unlocked.Hopefully this helps you create great looking style frames for your clients, then easily move over to After Effects for animations. Happy animating!Here are a few more articles that might help you up your After Effects game:5 Ways to Preview Audio in After EffectsRemove Warp From Warp Stabilizer Using After EffectsAfter Effects Quick Tip: Cropping a CompShort on time? Can’t fit storyboarding or animating into your schedule? No problem. Just head over to RocketStock and grab one of their curated customizable After Effects templates. They even have some freebies available!Do you ever incorporate Illustrator into your workflow? If not… What’s keeping you from doing so? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!
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At NAB 2019, Polar Pro just announced one of the best variable ND filters on the market, and it’s already selling like hot cakes.Polar Pro is slowly becoming one of my favorite companies. As with Aputure and Blackmagic Design, it seems they’re doing this crazy thing where they listen to their customers and make products that actually help people. So, that being said, the new “Peter McKinnon” branded filters are, quite frankly, super dope. Regardless of whose name is on the product, if something looks awesome and is a genuinely solid piece of equipment, by all means take my money.The filter is a fused, quartz glass, variable ND filter with apparently the lowest refractive index currently available. Here’s what Polar Pro has to say about how they made them and what they can do:Control your shutter speed in ever-changing lighting conditions. The VND Peter McKinnon Edition has laser etched stop indicators which precisely align two fused quartz glass elements to control the amount of light entering your lens. The controlled stop range eliminates cross-polarization and vignetting so your run-and-gun content is produced the way you intend it to be.The stop indicators are pretty rad, and they can really help you get the shot you want — perfectly exposed and consistent (as all things should be).Also, as you can see from their display at NAB, the cover for the filters is rubberized, adding a nice layer of extra protection to the filter when you’re not using it.There are two filter strengths available. The 2-5 stop filter runs for $249, and the 6-9 stop filter will set you back around $299. Since they announced these filters only a few days ago, apparently orders have been through the roof. As you can see on the site, the first and second shipments have already sold out. So, get in line I guess? Honestly, I’d be willing to wait. These things look pretty rad, and I’m sure we’ll start to see some reviews and videos in the near future.Here’s McKinnon himself talking about the new filters.McKinnon makes a good case for why these filters are different — and why you should consider using them in general. It’s clear a lot of thought and time went into making these things, and at the rate they’re selling, it seems to have worked. Here are the official specs from Polar Pro:Available in 2-5 and 6-9 stop variationsPreset stop range eliminates any chance of cross polarizationZero vignetting down to 16mm focal length lensesPure Fused Quartz ensures superior optical clarity over any glass on the marketIncludes a DefenderSlim cover for fingerprint-free installation(Side note, we recently put out a video on using Polar Pro filters for your drone. We’re pretty proud of it, so check it out.)Top Image via Polar Pro.Looking for more NAB 2019 coverage? Check out these articles.NAB 2019: LaCie Drops Their New 8TB Rugged RAID Shuttle DriveNAB 2019: Aputure’s New Gear — The 300d II, LEKO Attachment, and MoreNAB 2019: LiteMat Spectrum Shakes up the Light Panel GameNAB 2019: First Looks at the Sharp 8K Micro Four Thirds CameraNAB 2019: Deity Finally Releases Their New 2.4Ghz Wireless System
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 Now Everything matters.If you own a restaurant, the value that you create isn’t found only in the food you serve. It’s found in all of the little details. It’s found in your service. It’s found in your decor. It’s absolutely found in the cleanliness of your restaurant. But if everything is wonderful and your bathrooms are filthy, the mystique is ruined and the value diminished.I’ve been in a McDonald’s (not really a restaurant) where even the bathrooms were immaculate because the owner or manager had a sense of pride. I’ve also been in expensive restaurants where the service was awful and the restrooms were worse than a roadside rest stop. Without a sense of pride that extends to the last detail, the value is destroyed. It can transform an experience.What does this mean for you as a salesperson, a businessperson, and a success-minded individual? It means everything matters.You take pride in your ability to create value for your dream clients by developing the business acumen and the situational knowledge that earns you the right to be their strategic partner. But you also need to take pride in preparing for each and every sales interaction, something many people overlook. Being unprepared destroys value.You take pride in the consistency of your follow up. But you also need to take an equal pride in the quality of your follow up. Consistency can’t be overshadowed by poor quality. Poor quality responses, answers, or proof providers can destroy value.You take extreme pride in ensuring that that value you that you sold your dream client is delivered. It’s true that these big outcomes count for more than anything else. But you can die the death of a thousand paper cuts if that pride doesn’t extend to all of things that you might overlook—but that your client doesn’t.There is too little attention paid to small details. But small details are game changers, and improving them takes a little extra effort and lot of caring. Without a sense of pride, you create a lot less value than you might otherwise.QuestionsDo you have any examples of when value and experience was destroyed because of a lack of pride?How could that have been remedied?In what areas to you take great pride?In what areas could you stand to improve a little?
Discovery is about learning what your client needs, their strategic initiatives, their goals, and their outcomes. Discovery work is what allows you to neatly tie anything you propose to what your client needs and to tailor it to those specific needs.But you aren’t the only one who should be discovering. You create value for your clients by helping them discover things too.When your client doesn’t yet recognize the changes they need to make, you help them discover the gaps in their performance that they don’t yet see. You help them discover that they can do better.Ask yourself this question: How can I help my dream client see the performance gap that, if recognized, would compel them to engage in the process of change?You also help your client discover what they really need. In a lot of cases, we believe our dream clients already know what they need, but in more cases, you can create value for them through the sales process by helping them discover new possibilities, new ways to get bigger and better outcomes, and new opportunities. You can help them do things in a new way.Ask yourself this question: What is my dream client doing now that they could differently that would produce a better result?As your dream client goes through their process, the weigh their choices. This is the process of discovering the differences in solutions–and partners. You can help here by identifying choices and trade-offs. You help them discover what the risks and rewards of certain choices might look like, and you also help them discover what makes you different and why.Ask yourself this question: How do I help my dream client discover the best options available to them and how we differentiate ourselves around those options.Your clients want to make good decisions. They want to avoid risk, and they want to ensure they capture the benefit of their investment. You help them discover how they can mitigate that risk and how you can help. You help them discover and understand the commitments they must make to execute your solution and capture the value.Ask yourself this question: What do I need to help my client understand about their risks, how to avoid them, and how to succeed with my solution.Discovery isn’t only a stage of your sales process. It’s also the buyer’s process and it’s where you can create massive value as a salesperson.
The sales team knew that their pricing was very close to their competitor’s price. They knew that their solution was perfect for their dream client, but so was their competitor’s solution. The decision wasn’t going to be an easy one for the stakeholders charged with deciding.So this sales team decided to do what was necessary to swing the deal in their direction. After all, it was an enormous, game-changing opportunity, and more still, it was strategic. The team went back to their prospect and gave them an unimaginably large discount.The prospect was stunned. At first, they seemed pleased that this sales team came up with such a massive price reduction. It meant that the company was going to save serious money on the solution they were buying. All things being equal, the lower price should have been the deciding factor. But it wasn’t.It’s Not What You ThinkThe sales team got a call from the prospect. They had decided to go with the competitor. She apologized to the team and told them they did great work, but the decision was final.The price wasn’t the primary decision criteria the prospective client was using to make their decision. The stakeholders making the decision needed the outcome that the solution was going to provide them. The massive reduction in price meant that there would be a greater likelihood that the program wouldn’t be right, that it wouldn’t work as well as it needed to, and that it would take more time and effort to stand up.All told, the lower price meant the sales team’s solution was too risky.Shortcuts Aren’t Lower PriceBecause “price” is always going to be one of the factors considered in a buying decision, and because you are always going to be asked whether you can lower your price, it can feel like the price is the most important thing. And in some cases and for some buyers it is.Lowering your price isn’t a reliable shortcut for winning long cycle, relatively high-risk sales. A substantial reduction that isn’t traded against some different value gives the impression that you are buying the business and increases the perception of risk.Fewer people buy on price alone than you think. And far more buy on value, provided they are working with salespeople who will collaborate with them.
In most cases:Attitude: I would hire for attitude over experience. Someone with the right attitude can quickly gain experience. The person with a good attitude is a better hire than an experienced person with a poor attitude.Skills: I would also hire for skills before experience, too. Especially people skills. Someone who knows how to work with people is a better hire than someone who has experience but extremely poor people skills. Most of us produce results through and with other people.Character: A person with high character is always a better hire than someone with bad character, regardless of their experience. Severe character flaws eventually cause serious problems. Character flaws always eliminate any value in the person’s experience.Work Ethic: A person with a great work ethic is always a better hire than someone who is lazy. A hustler with little skills will outproduce an experienced person who refuses to do the work. Lazy people are never a good hire, no matter how much they know.Coachable: Coachable people are better hires than people who believe they know enough and have no real need to learn anything new. The coachable person can grow, but the non-coachable person will stagnate, becoming less effective over time.Willingness: The better hire is one who is willing to do whatever it takes over someone who is unwilling to do what is necessary. This is true even when the unwilling person has great experience. The experienced person may know what needs to be done, but not doing what needs to be done is the same as not knowing.When Experience MattersIn 1992, I had a brain surgery. In this case, I wanted the best person in the world for the operation I needed. I cared deeply about their experience with this particular type of surgery. I chose someone with extensive experience and a history of massive successes. I didn’t care about his attitude or his coachability.There are some cases where experience matters a great deal and some where experience outweighs almost any other factor. But most of the time, experience shouldn’t be weighted as heavily as it is in hiring decisions.
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now If you want to acquire greater business acumen faster, one way to do that is to start and manage your own business, in the popular vernacular what is called a “side hustle.” However, entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, even though many glamorize it in this new economy.If you are going to start your side hustle, there are some things to make sure you have in place for you begin.Customer or client acquisition strategy: How are you going to find and attract customers or clients you need to run a successful business? If there is one primary reason new companies fail, it would be the most fundamental of all failures, it is that they do not acquire enough customers. A website by itself is not a customer acquisition strategy.The ability to manage a sales process: It is your responsibility to help any prospective client or customer through a process that helps them decide to buy from you and become a customer (or client). Without knowing how to manage the sales process, you make customer acquisition difficult at best, impossible at worst.The time and energy to execute: Here’s the thing about a side hustle. It’s a side hustle. That means you have a main hustle providing your present income. It may also be what’s funding your side hustle. For most people, “side hustle” means working nights and weekends. That means giving up hours in front of the television watching sports, bingeing on Netflix, and potentially spending time with the most important people in your life.External resources: If there is one thing that enables the side hustle more than anything else in this new economy, it is the proliferation of people who can provide services necessary. Whether it’s editing content, bookkeeping, marketing support, or human resources, you will need other people to do some of the work of running a business so you can focus on client acquisition, sales, and execution.A business model: This might have come first on this list, because of its critical nature. It’s last on this list because you have to have a model that allows you to be profitable. Which means the money you spend on acquiring clients, providing services, and paying for the external resources you need cannot exceed your revenue.If you want to know why businesses fail, you will likely find on this list. If you want to know why most startups never make it out of the starting gate, is because they’re missing one or more of the things in the paragraphs above.
Your results are precisely what they should be—even if they are not what you want them to be, and if they are not what is required of you. The results you are producing now are the result of your beliefs and your behaviors, nothing more, nothing less. The effect follows the cause, and there is no way to reverse one of the fundamentals laws of our Universe (or at least the little cul-de-sac that is our solar system).Your BeliefsYour beliefs drive your actions, and your actions generate your results.If you believe that you can put off work until tomorrow, procrastinating, postponing, and avoiding doing what you must do now to produce the result you need in the future, that unfortunate belief will provide a particular outcome—albeit a negative one. Believing your clients, your customers, your employees, and your peers are the source of your problems and challenges will produce the result that follows treating people as obstacles, challenges, and problems. Resentment is born from this belief, and others feel it even when that is not your intention.Some businesses struggle because they suffer from the belief that customers should find them, the result of which is almost always too few customers and a company that will soon join the ash heap of history. Other businesses struggle when their leaders believe that their employees don’t need their leadership, neglecting them and leaving them to their own devices, with little or no development or coaching, and with nothing that resembles accountability.If you want better results, look first at your beliefs. Then, look at your actions.Your ActionsThere are two major categories when it comes to looking at the actions that tend to follow weak beliefs: 1) wrong actions, and 2) too little action.If your results are not what you want or need, the beliefs about what actions are necessary may be the culprit, i.e., traveling West to watch the sunrise. If what you are doing now would produce the results you seek, you would already be creating those results. If your strategy and tactics aren’t working, change your belief and change the actions. But before you change the activities you are taking, make sure you are doing enough; It’s possible your strategy and tactics are okay, but that you aren’t doing enough to produce the result.Your results perfectly reflect your beliefs and your actions. If you want different results, you have to change. 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
CBI raids Lalu’s premises, case registered Senior State BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had alleged irregularities but Mr. Prasad had refuted all allegations and said everything was done as per rules and regulations. Soon after the CBI raided the premises of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and his family members in connection with alleged irregularities in awarding the tender for the maintenance of two hotels in Ranchi and Puri on Friday morning, media persons started gathering outside the gate of 10, Circular Road in Patna, which is the official residence of Rabri Devi, Mr. Prasad’s wife.It was reminiscent of the fodder scam days in 1996 when the CBI raided Mr. Prasad’s residence when he was the Chief Minister of Bihar.However, Mr. Prasad left for Ranchi on Thursday to appear before a special CBI court in connection with a fodder scam case.Mr. Prasad’s sons, Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav, and Ms. Devi were present in the house.No family member stepped outside to brief the media. Party spokesperson Pragati Mehta was waiting outside, trying to get some information.“Its all a ploy to keep our leader Lalu Prasad under pressure. The BJP is behind all this as he has been advocating against fascist forces”, Mr Mehta told The Hindu outside the gate.Later, more police were called in to maintain order at the gate.Amid these developments, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar left for Rajgir in Nalanda district on Thursday to take rest as he hasn’t been well for sometime. Mr Kumar has called all top officials, including the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, and party spokespersons to Rajgir to mull over the CBI raid.On July 5, while addressing party leaders and workers, the RJD chief asked them what they would do if he was sent to jail and promptly told them, “every party worker will have to become Lalu Prasad”. “They [the BJP] want to send me to jail and I want to get them out of power”, he said at the party’s 21st foundation day meeting.Also Read
Home ministry held a series of consultations with the law ministry on Article 35(A), which has been challenged in the Supreme Court by the way of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) last month.The constitutional validity of Article 35A, which prohibits a non-J&K resident from buying property in the State and ensures job reservation for J&K residents, has been challenged in the Supreme Court by an NGO. J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her political rival Omar Abdullah have strongly objected to any tinkering with it.Ms Mufti met home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday and is learnt to have discussed the subject.Home ministry is learnt to have told Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal that the issue being discussed in the apex court was a matter of interpretation of law for which “no affidavit was required.”Mr. Venugopal had informed the SC on July 17 that the government wanted a “larger debate” on the subject and the matter was transferred to a three-judge bench. While the State government had submitted a counter-affidavit, Centre did not do so, leading to apprehensions that it was in favour of challenging Article 35A.“The AG has been briefed that the validity of Article 35A is a legal issue. Whether it is to be treated as a procedural issue as per the PIL or a substantive issue as per the Constitution has to be decided by the court,” said a senior home ministry official.The official declined to comment whether the Centre will support or oppose the petition.“AG is not appointed to say the Constitution is wrong. The former AG Mukul Rohatgi was also briefed on the subject and it has been a consistent opinion of both the AGs that this is a issue of law and no affidavit is required to state the Constitution,” the official said.Article 35A was added by a Presidential Order in 1954 under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which grants special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.Ms Mufti had said earlier that “any attempts to tinker with Article 35(A) would have repercussions and India will not get a shoulder to carry its national flag in J&K.”Mr. Abdullah had said that those seeking a debate on the special status accorded to J&K are “playing with fire” as the issue is linked to the State’s accession to India and they are “two sides of the same coin.”
The hunt for Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung has triggered a showdown between West Bengal and Sikkim.Late on Friday evening, West Bengal police launched a raid at Namchi in Sikkim and arrested six people. One person was allegedly killed in Sadam area near Namchi allegedly in the police action. Pratap Pradhan, SP, Sikkim South, said a murder case had been registered in connection with the death. The West Bengal police neither had arrest nor search warrants and had not even intimated the Sikkim police about the raids, he said.Bail grantedThe raid came within hours of the West Bengal police issuing a look-out notice against Mr. Gurung, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri and youth wing president Prakash Gurung. However, Mr. Gurung and his associates managed to give police the slip. The West Bengal police could not bring those they had arrested in Sikkim back to the State either. “We had applied for transit remand of the accused but they were granted bail by a court in Sikkim,” Manoj Verma, IG, Darjeeling, said.The development triggered war of words between the political leadership of both the States. West Bengal Tourism Minister Gautam Deb, who is also president of the Darjeeling District Trinamool Congress, accused Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling of trying to “give protection to Bimal Gurung”.“It is unfortunate that our neighbouring State is protecting those against whom cases have been lodged under serious Section like UAPA [Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act],” Mr. Deb said. ‘Don’t bully Sikkim’The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), the ruling party in Sikkim, also came out with a press statement condemning the action of the West Bengal police and welcoming the move of the Sikkim Police. “Sikkim is a peaceful State where there are hardly any incidents of violence. It is not the way West Bengal police should behave. West Bengal government should not try to bully Sikkim,” P.D. Rai, SDF MP, said.This is not the first time when differences between two States have come out in open. Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling had written a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in June 2017 putting his weight behind the demand of separate State of Gorkhaland which is being raised by the GJM. The Trinamool Congress leadership then had come out against the move asking the neighbouring State not to meddle in the affairs of West Bengal.
Careful driving of an Ola cab driver helped a woman and the baby who was delivered on the back seat safely reach Kamala Nehru Hospital in Mangalwar Peth.On October 2, Kishori, an expectant mother, was experiencing anxious moments. Her husband Ramesh Singh booked an Ola cab to take her to hospital.Realising that the woman was due to deliver soon, Yashwant Galande drove cautiously mindful of bumps. “When we reached Timber Market, I heard the cry of the baby. Fortunately, as it was a national holiday, I didn’t have to face the dreaded Pune traffic,” Mr. Galande told The Hindu.The family has thanked Mr. Galande. In fact, Mr. Galande drove the happy mother with her newborn home after they were discharged on Thursday afternoon.Ola has gifted the baby and the mother free rides for the next five years which can be availed of by a special coupon, named after the baby.
PANAJI: The Ministry of Railways has given its in-principle approval for major capacity augmentation of Konkan Railway at an approximate cost of ₹4,980 crore, and the proposal is in the process of sanction.The Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) achieved a net profit of ₹61 crore for 2016-17, and has registered a growth of 69% in the annual turnover over last three years, said a press release issued by KRCL spokesperson L. K. Verma on Sunday, to mark its 27th anniversary. The Ministry has decided to provide more financial support to Konkan Railway. On December 16 last year, it had approved an increase in the authorised equity share capital from ₹806.47 crore to ₹4,000 crore. At their meeting on February 28 this year, shareholders of the corporation unanimously passed a resolution to this effect. Five-year planThis will enable the corporation to execute various capital expenditure projects, including the Roha-Veer part doubling, route electrification, doubling of traffic capacity, construction of new crossing stations and additional loop lines. The projects are likely to be completed in a phased manner over five years.Work to construct 10 new railway stations on Konkan Railway routes is also in progress.The KRCL covers four States: Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala, over a stretch of 740 km. The corporation is also setting up the George Fernandes Institute of Tunnel Technology in Goa and the Ramkrishna Hegde Institute for Skill Development at Udupi in Karnataka.
In a bid to check the illegal drugs trade in the State, the Punjab Cabinet on Friday gave the approval for enactment of the Punjab Forfeiture of Illegally Acquired Property Act, 2017, that would empower officers to attach and seize properties of drug offenders acquired through illicit trafficking of narcotics drugs, smuggling and trade of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.“The Act will empower officers to attach, seize or forfeit properties. It will enable them to crack down on properties acquired through illicit trafficking of narcotics drugs, smuggling and trade of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985,” said an official spokesperson.Tackling militancyThe Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, also approved the creation of a Special Operation Group (SOG) to check militant threats, with non-fiscal incentives for those personnel who join the new force.“The SOG will contain, counter and neutralise militant threats like fidayeen attack, hostage situations and armed infiltration to save precious lives and properties,” said the spokesperson. The Punjab Cabinet also gave its nod to the government’s ‘Connect with Your Roots’ (CYR) programme to reach out to youngsters of Punjabi origin settled in other countries.“The programme, aimed at young boys and girls of Punjabi origin, whose parents, grandparents or great grandparents are settled abroad in various countries across the globe, will seek to connect them with their ancestral roots and cultural heritage of Punjab,” the spokesperson added.The Cabinet also decided that the winter session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha (Assembly) will be held for three days from November 27 to 29. “The Punjab Governor has been authorised to convene the third session of the 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha as per Article 174 (I) of the Constitution of India,” the spokesperson said.
A petition was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday, seeking to disqualify four legislators of the Bharatiya Janta Party from the Assembly who were appointed as chief parliamentary secretaries in the Haryana government. This comes a day after President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the recommendation of the Election Commission to disqualify 20 MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi for holding offices of profit. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had last year set aside the appointment of the four MLAs — Shyam Singh Rana, Kamal Gupta, Bakshish Singh Virk and Seema Trikha — as chief parliamentary secretaries in the Haryana government. The MLAs later resigned from their position. The petitioner, J.S. Bhatti, demanded disqualification of the four BJP MLAs on the lines of the disqualification of the AAP MLAs in Delhi. Reacting on the issue, Haryana Chief Minister Mahohar Lal Khattar said the situation in the Haryana was different from that in Delhi. “There was no such law in Delhi. We already have a law in place, but the Court said this is not correct so we have removed them [MLAs],” he said.
U.P. and Bihar bypoll results | As SP wrests Gorakhpur, Phulpur from BJP, Akhilesh calls on Mayawati
The BJP scored a zero in the bypolls to three Lok Sabha constituencies, two in U.P. and one in Bihar. The Samajwadi Party wrested the Gorakhpur and Phulpur constituencies in U.P., while the RJD retained the Araria seat in Bihar.Results of two Bihar Assembly bypolls too were announced on March 14. While the RJD won the Jehanabad seat, the BJP retained the Bhabhua constituency.The Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency was once a stronghold of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Ten nominees were in the fray in in Gorakhpur and 22 in Phulpur. Mr. Adityanath has represented the Gorakhpur seat five times.Before him, his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath held the seat.Phulpur, once represented by the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 Lok Sabha election and Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya won the seat.Here are the updates:8:00 p.m.: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has reached BSP supremo Mayawati’s residence in Lucknow. 11.40 a.m.: UP Lok Sabha bypoll: SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 8,199 votes in Phulpur after seven rounds of counting: Officials.11.15 a.m.: With the BJP candidate leading in Araria by-poll, the state party leader and minister in Nitish Kumar cabinet, Nand Kishore Yadav said NDA will win all three seats, two assembly and one Lok Sabha by-poll. The RJD candidate Suday Yadav in Jehanabad had taken a comfortable lead over his rival Abhiram Sharma of JD(U).10.16 a.m.: BJP still leading by 1212 votes at Araria.10.10 a.m.: BJP candidate from Araria Lok Sabha seat Pradeep Singh is leading over his rival RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam by 2321 votes. Araria is a keenly contested Lok Sabha by-poll between two rivals NDA and Grand Alliance.10.02 a.m.: In Bhabhua assembly by-poll, BJP candidate Rinki Rani Pandey, wife of Rajesh Pandey whose death had necessitated the poll, is ahead of her rival Congress candidate Shambhu Patel by 3000 votes.10.00 a.m.: BJP ahead in Gorakhpur, SP leading in Phulpur by 1400 votes after round 1.8.45 a.m.: Early trends show Rashtriya Janta Dal lead on Araria Lok Sabha, Jehanabad assembly while BJP lead in Bhabhua assembly.(With inputs from Amarnath Tewary and Omar Rashid)Uttar PradeshThe Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur witnessed 43% polling while Phulpur saw a turnout of 37.39% till 5 p.m. on March 11, Election Commission sources said.The bypolls were necessitated after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively following their election to the state legislative council.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said the BJP was getting widespread support from the people.Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in the Gorakpur bypolls, the priest-turned-politician noted that the public believes in the mantra of development and governance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Bihar57% polling was recorded in the by-election to the Araria constituency in Bihar on March 11, a senior poll official said.The by-poll in Araria is being viewed as a test for the ruling JD(U)-BJP combine as well as the opposition RJD-Congress alliance, ahead of the big battle in the general elections due next year.In the Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies, where by-polls were also held, the voter turnout was 54.03% and 50.06% respectively after polling ended at 5 p.m., Bihar Chief Electoral Officer Ajay V. Nayak said.This is the first electoral battle in the state since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD(U), walked out of the alliance with the RJD and the Congress and joined the BJP-led NDA last year. 6.40 p.m.: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav thanks BSP leader Mayawati for her support on both Lok Sabha seats.Mr. Akhilesh Yadav attributes the Samajwadi Party’s win in the bypolls to the support from the Dalits, farmers, labourers, women and the unemployed, saying that it is a victory for social justice.“Governments which trouble people are brought down, this government brought problems and led to fear among the people,” says Mr. Akhilesh.This is a mandate against both the Centre and State governments, people have come together to bring “bad days” for the BJP, says Mr. Akhilesh Yadav.6.00 p.m.: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has congratulated the winners in U.P. bypolls. “Congratulations to the winners of today’s by-elections. It is clear from the results that voters have a lot of anger towards the BJP and will vote for any non-BJP candidate who has more chances of winning,” he tweets in Hindi. “The Congress is keen on rebuilding the party in Uttar Pradesh, but that will not happen overnight.”5.45 p.m.: Samajwadi Party’s Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel defeats BJP’s Kaushlendra Singh Patel by 59,460 votes to win Phulpur Lok Sabha bypoll, PTI reports quoting an Election Commission official.5.40 p.m.: U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath says he accepts “the verdict of the people”. “This result is unexpected, we will review the shortcomings. I congratulate the winning candidates,” ANI reports. PTI quotes Mr. Adityanath as saying: “BJP’s performance in two Lok Sabha by-elections is lesson for us.” 5.35 p.m.: RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam wins the Araria Lok Sabha seat defeating BJP’s Pradeep Kumar Singh by a margin of 57358 votes.4.45 p.m.: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claims SP leader Naresh Agrawal’s induction cost the BJP dearly in U.P. “I don’t consider that the SP-BSP tie up has worked. I believe that Lord Ram was angry with you (the BJP) the day you (the BJP) rolled out the red carpet for the SP leader, who has criticised Lord Ram,” he says. – PTI4:15 p.m.: Even as results are coming in for Araria, BJP’s Pradeep Singh congratulated his rival Sarfaraj Alam of the RJD. Mr. Singh also said internal sabotage by local party leaders was the reason for his defeat. He said the party will review their performance and take proper action against those leaders.3.30 p.m.: RJD in Araria leads by over 40,000 votes.2 p.m.: After 14 of 35 rounds in Phulpur, the SP has 1,55,314 votes while the BJP has received 1,34,819 votes. Praveen Nishad of SP extends margin by 14,648 votes in Gorakhpur over BJP at the end of ninth round of counting.1.25 p.m.: In Araria, after the ninth round, RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam has taken a comfortable lead of 16,000 votes over BJP candidate Pradeep Singh.1.15 p.m.: In the eighth round in Araria, RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam takes lead of 3,556 votes over his rival BJP candidate Pradeep Singh. NOTA has received 4,000 votes so far.1.05 p.m.: After Round 11 in Phulpur, SP has 1,22,247 votes and BJP has secured 1,06,534 votes. SP looks to be running away with it in Phulpur. In 2014 BJP’s Keshav Prasad Maurya, now a deputy CM in UP, had won by over 3 lakh votes, securing more than 50 per cent. Congress a distant fourth in Phulpur with 5,668 votes only.12.55 p.m.: In a neck-and-neck contest in Araria, the BJP candidate Pradeep Singh has again taken lead of 6,605 votes over his rival Sarfaraj Alam of RJD.12.50 p.m.: RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav said: “10 rounds counting done in Araria, RJD is leading by margin but administration just showing results of three rounds. Why is that? How long they will hide the defeat of BJP and Nitish Kumar.”12.30 p.m.: SP leads by 3760 votes after 5 rounds, party has 74077 votes so far. SP complained to the Election Commission, alleging that the district administration in Gorakhpur is trying to ensure a BJP win through foul play. “The district administration is working under the pressure of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and throwing out SP observers and journalists from counting zones to ensure that the BJP wins,” said the letter signed by Naresh Uttam Patel, UP Samajwadi Party president.12.15 p.m.: RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam leads by 1,379 votes over BJP candidate Pradeep Singh in Araria Lok Sabha seat.12.10 p.m.: In Phulpur, SP leads by over 12,000 votes. The counting in Gorakhpur is slow. After three rounds, the SP is ahead in both the Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.12.05 p.m.: After three rounds of counting, the Samajwadi Party is leading in Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency by over 1,500 votes.11.50 a.m. Rinky Rani Pandey of the BJP leading by 2,729 votes in the Bhabua Assembly constituency. RJD’s Suday Yadav leading by around 1,200 votes in the Jehanabad Assembly seat, according to the early trends.Read more Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav reaches BSP chief Mayawati’s residence in Lucknow on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt 7.10 p.m.: Praveen Nishad of the SP wins Gorakhpur seat by 21,961 votes.7.00 p.m.: The Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bye-election results are a “lesson”, says Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, citing over-confidence and the inability to understand the equation between the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as prime reasons for the BJP’s defeat.Read more
A special court on Friday sent Sudipta Sen, the main accused in the ₹ 2,000 crore Saradha chit fund scam, and co-accused Debjani Mukherjee to 14 days’ judicial custody after they were brought for interrogation from a Kolkata jail to Guwahati.Mr. Sen and Ms. Mukherjee were produced before the court in connection with a 2014 case against them by the State’s Enforcement Directorate (ED). There are similar cases against Mr. Sen, arrested from Kashmir’s Sonmarg in 2013, in West Bengal, Odisha and other states.“The duo was sent to Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital for health check-up before being produced in court,” an officer of Panbazar police station opposite the hospital, where they were brought initially.Officials said Mr. Sen and Ms. Mukherjee would be lodged at the Guwahati central jail before the next hearing on April 6.ED officials had earlier quizzed Mr. Sen, who was Saradha’s chairman and managing director, at Kolkata jail in 2015.
Until 2014, the Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra was represented by Praful Patel, senior NCP leader and a minister in the Manmohan Singh cabinet.In 2014, he was defeated by the BJP’s Nana Patole by a huge margin. Mr. Patole came in the limelight in 2017 when he openly revolted against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and quit BJP to join Congress. He was appointed as vice- president of the Maharashtra unit of Congress earlier this year.In 1952, when this constituency was only restricted to Bhandara district Dr. B.R. Ambekdar had contested a Lok Sabha by-election from this seat.In the 1999 Lok Sabha election, prominent Congress leader Shrikant Jichkar lost from this seat by a narrow margin.However, this high-profile constituency is now witnessing a fight between low-profile leaders for the by-election to be held on May 28.The by-poll was necessitated due to the resignation of Mr. Patole as MP in November last year.The Congress-NCP alliance has fielded 67-year-old NCP leader Madhukar Kukde, a Kunbi, whereas the BJP has fielded 59-year-old Hemant Patle. Both candidates have been MLAs from various constituencies in the Gondia district.However, speculation is rife as to why over Mr. Patel not contesting this election as it was on his insistence the Congress party gave up the seat for the NCP and pacified Nana Patole.During a program in Gondia before Mr. Kukde’s candidature was announced, Mr. Patel had said that he would not like to contest “only for eight to ten months”.Mr. Patel also doesn’t appear to be as active on the ground for this election as he usually is for his own election.According to some Congress sources, if the NCP candidate gets elected, it would be difficult for Mr. Patel to deny him a ticket during the Lok Sabha polls next year which Mr. Patel is eager to contest from this seat.“Mr. Kukde’s candidature makes it clear that Mr. Patel doesn’t want to create any competition to him in this constituency. The goodwill, which he shares with many BJP leaders, is also quite visible. The NCP machinery isn’t really active for this election and senior NCP leaders, including Mr. Patel, are attending nominal campaign rallies,” a Congress leader from the district said.Mr. Patle of the BJP is from the Powar community, a dominant community in this constituency.Though Shiv Sena has still not made its stance clear, it has not fielded a candidate.During his recent visit to Nagpur, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said his party would support the BJP in Bhandara-Gondia if the BJP supported Shiv Sena in Palghar Lok Sabha seat which also goes to polls on May 28.In all 18 candidates are in the fray for this by-election but in the absence of a candidate from Shiv Sena and the Bahujan Samaj Party, it’s a straight contest between the Congress-NCP alliance and the BJP.