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first_imgUse different layers in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, or SpeedGrade to organize your grade and make easy adjustments, even on a large scale!One of the biggest advantages the Adobe suite has in color grading is the adjustment layer. When you use adjustment layers to your advantage in color grading, you’d be amazed at how easily you can organize your grade and set yourself up for success in future revisions.Here’s the trick: Remember how you grade in passes? Put the first pass (balancing and matching) directly on each clip. Put the look itself on an adjustment layer above the scene, extended to cover the entire scene, and use a different adjustment layer for each separate scene. Put the corrections from the last pass – fixing and enhancing the shots – on adjustment layers trimmed to the length of each clip that needs adjusting. You can put these above or below the look depending on what correction or enhancement you’re making.Premiere Pro, After Effects, and SpeedGrade all support adjustment layers, and can be graded in this method, as you can see in the examples below:Premiere Pro:After Effects:Speedgrade:It’s pretty common practice to do something like this by using multiple instances of a color correction plug-in in an NLE or in a program like After Effects to keep the different passes of your color grading separate. By taking this a step further and separating these passes out between the clip and multiple adjustment layers, you give yourself maximum flexibility for changes. Need to make adjustments to the look? If your look was a separate filter on each clip, you would have to go through the entire piece, clip-by-clip, and delete/paste/overwrite/adjust the look filter to change it to the new look. The scene-wide “look” adjustment layer makes changing the look super easy; you only have to update the effect once!You can use adjustment layers below the look but above specific clips to make the minor adjustments to the clip so that the look remains consistent across the scene. Not every shot will respond to the look in the same way, so making look-specific corrections on separate adjustment layers means that if you decide to change the look, you can easily identify the layers that were corrections based on that look and delete them or adjust further for the new look.If after a few revisions you notice that one shot just isn’t fitting right into the scene and the balancing and matching is slightly off, you know just where to look for that as well. Since the balancing and matching should be creatively independent (i.e. objective), you can put the balancing and matching directly on the clip and it should never need to be removed, just very rarely adjusted.It’s worth noting that you can do this effect in a few other NLEs like Smoke 2013 or AVID by using “gap” effects– FCP being a notable exception. Any program that has adjustment layers or gap effects can be leveraged in the color grading phase in this manner. Organizing and labeling your grade like this lets you come back to it at a much later date, or handle multiple crazy revisions with ease – without the chance of screwing up your balancing/matching or doing tedious clip-by-clip work repeatedly.Got your own color grading tips?Please share in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgNHK is set to demonstrate the very first United States broadcast of 8K video signal at NAB 2014.In our previous article we examined the difference between 4K and HD in regards to its relationship with 8K video. Recent announcements made by NHK have inspired us to examine 8K broadcasting more in-depth…8K BroadcastingNHK is one of the world’s leaders in future video technologies. They have been on the cutting edge of creating better viewing experiences in regards to video resolution. For example, they were testing HD signal at the 1984 Olympic Games, which was over 15 years before consumers were even buying HD TV’s.Fast forward to 2014 and NHK is the leading advocate for 8K broadcasting. Since 2012 they have been testing 8K video signal from their home in Japan. In January of 2014, NHK successfully transmitted a long distance broadcast of 8K signal with 22.2 surround sound from 27 kilometers (16.7 miles) away. The signal transfer happened on a single 6 MHz TV channel which shows it is possible to broadcast 8K signal using available airwaves.NHK Broadcasting Test in Japan via UbergizmoThis broadcast featured a data signal of 24 Gbits a second and has the ability to broadcast at 120 frames per second. Broadcasting the signal was possible due to Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM), a data encoding method used in wi-fi signals. They also use multiple input/output data signals that breaks the signal up into 6 smaller parts. In short, the signal is impressive and definitely futuristic.8K at NAB 2014NHK has recently announced that they plan to demonstrate 8K broadcasting at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in April 2014. The demonstration, if successful, will be the very first 8K broadcast to ever happen the the United States. The broadcast will be featured on a 350 inch television with 22.2 point surround sound. NHK will be playing recorded 8K footage from the Sochi Olympics. They will also be sharing some of their findings regarding 8K resolution.NHK 8K camera at the 2012 London Olympic Games via WhatHiFiWhere Can I See I the 8K Broadcast?If you are interested in seeing this historic broadcast, you can check it out at NHK’s booth in the Futures Park of North Hall at the 2014 NAB conference – booth N231. While your in Futures Park be sure to check out a live broadcast of HDR video presented by goHDR and the University of Warwick. A more detailed list of Futures Park can be found on NAB’s website. We’ll see you there!Have any comments about 8K broadcasting? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgFreelance video pros need to set clear client expectations around timelines, budgets, and production value… and then get it all in writing.Most of your clients will not have an intimate knowledge of video production or what it takes to create the images in their heads.Now that the tools for capturing video are more accessible than ever, non-professionals are making a lot of assumptions about your work based on their ability to pull out their iPhone. Whether you’re working with an aspiring artist wanting a music video or a large corporate client needing a video training series, to some degree, you’ll need to educate them on the process and the resources needed to get them to their desired goal — and that’s usually not a cell phone video.Creative PlanWorking out the creative plan. Image from Red Lemon Club.When you go in to talk to them about their project, be prepared to ask a lot of questions so you can understand their vision and advise accordingly. They need to tell you where will the video go, what the desired length is, and who the target audience is. You’ll also want to ask what the goals of the video are (to educate, entertain, excite?), the tone of the video, and what the core messaging needs to be.Kimbe MacMaster, with Vidyard, notes that all the stakeholders in any given project need to be on the same page if they want to be successful and even supplies a template for questions.Lay everything out ahead of time in a creative brief, send it to everyone who will be involved in the project and allow at least one meeting for walking through the brief and answering any related questions.Service Agreement: What is It?An example of a standard video production agreement. Image from NimiaThe point in the process in which most of the expectation management takes place is in the crafting of the service agreement. After the client agrees to move forward with you on the project, you’ll want to create a service agreement that, among other things, outlines the scope of the project, an engagement summary, and all the defined deliverables.  Video marketplace, Nimia, offers an example of a standard video production agreement (partially pictured above) that you can use as a resource for creating your own.Service Agreement: What’s Covered?1. Project Scope Project scope will include hiring talent, music selection or production, and a tentative production schedule. Examples of deadlines to include in this phase are script delivery, shoot date(s), and delivery of first and final drafts. To emphasize that the agreed-to deadlines are dependent on both you, the producer, and them, the client, you can use language like this: Any delays caused by the client including cancelled meetings, delays on creative feedback or direction, and especially delays from the final decision-makers, will cause delays to the final deliverable. Changes to the estimated project schedule may affect pricing.Here’s a quick tutorial/reminder about all the things to consider when managing the scope of your project: 2. Engagement SummaryThe engagement summary should state both what you’re going to do and what they’re going to do. This is where you protect yourself with limits on changes and revisions. For example:This proposal includes two rounds of revisions for the concept and script and two rounds of revisions for the final draft of the video.3. Defined DeliverablesDefined deliverables will be items like a storyboard, a script and, of course, the video. Include the formats expected for each deliverable and how it will be provided to them.4. The FeeOf course, note the fee for the project and when you’ll expect payment. For example: Client will be invoiced 50% of the project total at the start of the engagement. The remaining 50% will be invoiced when the final video is approved.Look at examples online and talk to your friends in the industry about what they put in their service agreements. Yours doesn’t need to look like it was written by an attorney, but it does need outline clear expectations on both sides. Don’t do any further work on the project until you get a signed copy back from them. No matter how well you know or trust the client, you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you wish you had something in writing and you don’t.Post-ProductionThe part of the process clients seem to have the hardest time wrapping their head around is post-production. They know the footage has been shot, but they don’t understand the bandwidth needed to process that footage, cut it, color it, add effects, and render it. I tell clients that for every hour we shoot on set, we’ll need 10 hours to process it (give or take). This isn’t always the case, and you can use your best judgement on what that number will be for your project. Just know that providing that expectation can help you get the time you need to get the footage where it needs to be for client approval.Chris Potter, co-founder of ScreenLight, reinforces that open communication and setting expectations will save time during video review. He also notes in 9 Ways to Improve Client Communication During Video Review that using your agreed-upon deadlines is another tool to help keep client revision under control.Creative review is a form of negotiation, and one thing that helps keep a negotiation moving forward is a deadline. A deadline can help force prioritization decisions. Anything can be done with enough time. But chances are, neither you nor your client has that luxury.Assuming you’ve talked to them about their vision in the creative planning phrase, and received concept and script approval from them, there shouldn’t be too many surprises at this point. Doing more on the front-end will allow you to shoot for the edit and save time (and stress) in post.Above all else, try to be transparent about the process and stay in contact throughout. As you reach milestones in the production timeline, reach out and let them know what’s going on. Your client will enjoy seeing what happens “behind-the-scenes” and you can demonstrate your expertise. Communicating with them will help build trust that will make them appreciate you and your work and could lead to more projects in the future. Interested in some more “client relations” tips? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat:Corporate Video: Getting Your Clients to CommitClient Feedback is Key to Creative Success5 Easy Ways To Make Your Clients Love YouGot any tips on setting expectations with clients? Let us know your methods in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgSherri Chung has scored some of your favorite TV shows, so we asked how her process works, how her career has developed, and what she wants in a project.Sherri Chung sat down with us to discuss her work, how she got where she is now, and the range of projects she has worked on.BLINDSPOT: Season 2. Pictured:  Sullivan Stapleton as Kurt Weller, Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe. (Photo by Matthias Clamer/NBC).PremiumBeat: It’s hard not to view your body of work in television — Blindspot, Supergirl, Riverdale — and not see a thread of material with strong, provocative, young women. Are you drawn to these projects or do these projects gravitate to you?Sherri Chung: I think they’ve been gravitating to me! I also think it’s a sign of our times right now — strong, young women make for a really great story. There’s vulnerability, but by making them strong, there is a beautiful juxtaposition. It’s a real joy to compose for these characters that are great role models.KEVIN PROBABLY SAVES THE WORLD scoring session composed by Blake Neely and Sherri Chung.PB: Most people don’t come to Hollywood and immediately begin composing for film and television. You’ve worked, both, as a composer’s assistant and as an orchestrator. What did these roles entail and how have they contributed to your success today?SC: I think they were pivotal. That’s something that I’ve always thought was important for me, and it is something I suggest to people trying to work in the composer industry. It is really good to get into the underbelly of things and work under, or alongside, composers who are further along in their careers than you are. You won’t have as much responsibility as they do, but you will have an incredible window into what they are doing.As an orchestrator, and assistant to Walter Murphy, I was able to go to his sessions every week and watch how he dealt with musicians. And, with handling his orchestrations, I was able to figure out how he was writing for this group. Sometimes, I was able to be privy to the other challenges he faced as a composer, including time and budget and other things you just don’t know about, when you first get here. I think that is really important to learn about the business side, along with the music side.BLINDSPOT scoring session composed by Blake Neely and Sherri Chung.PB: You’ve managed to nurture some wonderful, working relationships in this industry. What are the secrets to success when collaborating, such as you do, with Blake Neely, or build rapport, such as you have done, with Walter Murphy?SC: I do think that it’s important to recognize when there are opportunities to learn. Try to be a sponge, soak up what you can. I recommend that you try to read the relationship really well and know what your role is. If it’s support, be supportive, and be a team player.For working with Blake, he, of course, has many years of experience, so I have learned a lot from him. Initially, I served as his additional writer, so I had to match his stylistic threads. It was a dichotomy and balance, because I had to not rock the boat, but also, at the same time, bring my own personal approach.Now, as a collaborator, we have projects we are starting on together, like The Red Line. In these, there is even more room to add my personal voice, because we are starting it together.Ultimately, everything is relationship-based in this industry. So, it’s important to learn from each other, but, also, have the confidence to contribute. It’s about mutual trust and respect. PB: What are you looking for when you start a new project? How much of what you do is mined from the script, from the discussions on tenor and tone with the director, producers or writers, or from the actual footage?SC: When I am starting a new project, it’s an information intake heavy time. I try to be patient with myself — maybe I don’t have all the ideas right away. At the same time, as I begin to think about the project, I want to be receptive to the director’s ideas. I want to see her ideas visually, if I can. Maybe there is a sizzle reel, mood reel, or script that I can read. Or, if they want to send me music from other projects or films that they have really liked. I’m open to those things. It is an art form to put a story together, and almost everything is mined from those initial discussions. I’m trying to understand both the context of the story, as well as, the context of the person who made the story, and where they are coming from.Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase.PB: You recently composed the score for the Ellen Degeneres produced film Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. This is a character that originally appeared, in print, in 1930. That’s a long history of popularity. Are you a fan of the series? How did you choose the musical voice for such an iconic franchise?SC: I definitely knew about the series! What was really appealing about working on this particular character was that, by nature, the character was really groundbreaking. The fact that Nancy Drew was such a trailblazing character, especially for the time period of the 30’s, made it a really fun project to work on.I like adventures and stories that are adventurous. I think there was a thought in my brain to have elements in the music that seem classic, but also elements that seem present day, as well. So maybe, in that fashion, almost give a timeless sense when you mix the two. Specifically, I used elements from an orchestra, as well as, from a rock band. Not necessarily mixing those styles together, but using the different palettes for different moments that made sense. It was such a great opportunity to breathe life into her story, through music.PB: What’s next for you?SC: My next project is a limited series called The Red Line by Ava DuVernay, that is very different from the super heroes and mystical worlds that I’ve been scoring, recently. It is very rooted in today’s reality. It has some political statements and commentary on what is going on in the world and our society. I can’t wait for audiences to see it!Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Insights into the Cinematography of the Award-Winning Doc-Series “Tales By Light”The Costume Design Behind Star Trek, House of Cards, and Greek WeddingTom Cross on Editing First Man and Working with IMAX FootageInterview: Tips for Blending Documentary and Narrative in “The Drug Runner”Interview: Outspoken Comedian Tess Rafferty on Getting Politicallast_img read more

first_imgThis past week, one of my teams was working on a client issue. There was a flurry of emails sent back and forth, each one a draft of the message that might be sent to the client in an attempt to resolve the issue. Different people had different ideas about the right strategy and the right words, each of them different enough to cause many conversations.At some point, I remembered something that I know to be true: effectiveness is more important than efficiency. While there is nothing wrong with crafting a message, there is something wrong with choosing the wrong medium for the conversation. I had met the CEO a few times, and I decided to call him. It was 11:00 PM where he was, and he took my call. In just under twenty minutes, not only was the issue resolved, I would argue that our relationship was much improved.There is a difference between being efficient and being effective. Efficiency is doing things faster, with greater ease, and with less effort. Effectiveness is about producing an outcome.It is efficient to send an email, the effectiveness of which can only be measured by the outcome, the action or response of the party that receives it. If you seek effectiveness, then a different medium for that message might make for a better choice (I’d argue that face-to-face is the right choice for the most important conversations, especially ones in which you are asking for something).The Pareto principle, which seems to be some law of nature, shows that around 80 percent of your results come from around 20 percent of your actions. About 80 percent of your revenue likely comes from approximately 20 percent of your clients, plus or minus.This being true, it would make sense that effectiveness be the goal in the 20 percent of activities responsible for creating 80 percent of your results. Efficiency might be a better goal for the 80 percent of things that don’t move the needle.last_img read more

first_imgOdisha School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra on Wednesday asked the Controller of Examinations of the CHSE to probe into irregularities during the annual Plus-II mathematics paper.Mr Mishra said that questions on chemistry were found in the mathematics question paper packets when they were opened for distribution among examinees yesterday. Chemistry question papers in mathematics question paper packets were found at least in 14 examination centres, he said adding that the press, where the question papers were printed, would come under the purview of probe. “The government would not hesitate to black-list the printing press if it was found guilty,” Mr Mishra said adding that the Controller of Examinations of the Council of Higher Secondary Examination (CHSE) will probe under which circumstances the chemistry questions entered into the mathematics question paper packets. “The Controller of Examinations will also investigate whether there was any conspiracy,” Mr Mishra said. He said the Controller of Examinations has been asked to submit a report within two weeks. The official will visit the press where the question papers were printed and packed, he said. The irregularities which were detected across 14 examination centres had delayed the examination. However, the centres managed to conduct the examination after providing photo copies of the mathematics questions to the students.Mr Mishra said that the chemistry examination which was earlier scheduled for March 16 afternoon will now be conducted between 2 pm and 5 pm on March 30.last_img read more

first_imgA deputy jailer posted at the central jail in Raipur was suspended on Saturday for a social media post alleging torture of tribal women by security forces in the State’s Maoist insurgency-hit Bastar region.Varsha Dongre claimed in the post last week that she had seen tribal girls being stripped and tortured at police stations in Bastar. The post read: “I have seen the torture. The tribal girls were given electric shocks on their breasts and wrists. I have seen the marks and I was horrified. Why are such small tribal girls being subjected to third-degree torture? Our constitution and law system do not allow such inhuman torture. It’s time for us to introspect and the truth will come out. The people getting killed on both sides [during the conflict between Maoists and security forces in Bastar] are Indians. The capitalistic system is being forced into Bastar, villages are being burnt, tribal women are being raped. Is it really being done to end the Maoism?” Ms. Dongre put up the post following the Maoist attack in Sukma which led to the death of 25 CRPF men.Inquiry orderedThough Ms. Dongre deleted the post after it went viral on social media, the jail department of Chhattisgarh police ordered an inquiry against her. Giridhari Nayak, Director General of Police, Jail Administration, Chhattisgarh police, said, “Varsha Dongre has been suspended and charge-sheeted after it was found in a preliminary inquiry that her conduct was in violation of service rules and other rules.”An officer of the same department revealed on condition of anonymity said Ms. Dongre was suspended because the language used in her post was “extremely offensive”.Justice for tribalsKnown to be an upright officer, Ms. Dongre had also opined that the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution should be applied in tribal areas and “so-called development” should not be imposed on tribals. “The tribals do not want the Maoists. They want the Maoism to end but the way our country’s security forces are targeting the dignity of their women and daughters, burning their houses and slapping false cases against them, where will they go for justice?” Ms. Dongre said in her post.Despite repeated attempts, Ms. Dongre could not be reached for her reaction to the suspension.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may not have nominated any Muslim candidate in the Uttar Pradesh election, but in Bengal the party has adopted a different strategy for the coming municipality elections. It has fielded more than 14% Muslim candidates in the seats it is contesting. Seven municipalities are going to the polls on May 14.Out of these seven, four are in the hills of the north, while three are in the plains of central and south Bengal. The BJP has not put up any candidate in the four hill municipalities and left all the seats for its alliance partner, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, while contesting in the rest of the civic bodies.The party is contesting in Raigunj municipality in North Dinajpur and Domkal in Murshidabad district in central Bengal; in south Bengal it is contesting in Pujali Municipality in South 24-Parganas. In Raigunj, Domkal and Pujali, the BJP has put up 10 Muslims in a total of 70 seats, thus fielding more than 14% Muslim candidates. Minority community candidates figure in seven out of the 20 seats it is contesting in Domkal and three out of 16 in Pujali.The BJP nominated fewer Muslims in both the 2014 Lok Sabha and 2016 Assembly polls in Bengal. In 2014, the BJP fielded a little over 2% Muslim candidates and in 2016 this was close to 5%.BJP’s State Minority Cell president Ali Hossain told The Hindu that they are now planning to field more Muslims in the 2018 panchayat polls “compared to Trinamool Congress and Communist party of India-Marxist.” An extensive study on the Muslim participation in polls by late Prof. Iqbal Ansari of Aligarh Muslim University, later taken forward in Bengal by a senior researcher of Pratichi Institute, Sabir Ahamed, indicates that 46 out of the 294 Assembly constituencies of Bengal have a Muslim “concentration” of more than 50%. The figure is 40-50% in about 16 seats; 30-40 % in 33 seats. The data indicates that in about one-third of the seats the Muslim vote is a factor in Bengal, where the Muslim population is a little over 27%.The State president of the BJP, Dilip Ghosh, said there is “no change of strategy in fielding more Muslim candidates” in the civic polls. “In the newly formed Domkal Municipality more than 90% voters are Muslims. In Pujali Municipality also there is a substantial Muslim vote…so we fielded Muslim candidates,” he said. The other reason is a change in the policy of the Muslims “to join the BJP.”“Earlier Muslims did not join the BJP; but now they are and hence we can field more Muslim candidates,” Mr. Ghosh said.last_img read more

first_imgPanaji: Goa Congress president Shantaram Naik on Saturday said toppling the BJP-led coalition government would not be his priority, but the Congress is sure that the government will collapse on its own.Talking to reporters at the Congress House after taking charge from his predecessor Luizinho Faleiro, Mr. Naik, who is shortly going to complete his term as the Rajya Sabha MP from Goa, said once the government collapses, the Congress will not shirk its responsibility in forming a government. “And may I mention that I was the first person to use an IPad while giving a speech in the Rajya Sabha. All others started later on,” Mr. Naik said. When asked about the BJP, which despite coming down from 21 to 13 in the Assembly election of February, formed the government, while the Congress has been languishing as Opposition, Mr. Naik said, “My priority is to build the party.”last_img read more

first_imgAHMEDABAD: With 280 deaths and 3,220 reported cases, swine flu has emerged as a major challenge for the Gujarat government.The flu killed more than 100 people in the last 10 days and more than 1,000 new cases were reported across the state, particularly in the cities of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat, which account for more than 60% of the cases and deaths.Authorities expect the death toll to rise sharply because as on Monday, as many as 1,981 people were under treatment in various hospitals across the state. “It is expected to go up because more than 150 new cases are coming in daily compared to those getting discharged,” said a senior medical officer in Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.To contain the spread of H1N1, Rajkot police commissioner has banned public fairs, which are organised in the festival season in August and September. Jamnagar administration has also cancelled permission to fairs.“We have directed the district administrations to take a call whether to allow public events with large gatherings because this viral infection is spreading rapidly,” a senior government official said, adding that the state authorities and civic bodies had launched a statewide awareness campaign.On Monday, the state government has constituted a task force to monitor the situation. All private and government hospitals have been given stock of Tamiflu, the tablet given to those diagnosed with H1N1 virus.last_img read more

first_imgRajasthan Education Minister Vasudev Devnani has said that Brahmagupta-II discovered the law of gravity before Isaac Newton. Speaking at a programme at Rajasthan University here on Monday, he asserted that Brahmagupta-II came up with the gravitation law a thousand years ago.“We all have studied that Newton gave the law of gravitation, but delving deeper, we can find that Brahmagupta-II came up with the theory of gravitation 1,000 years before (Newton). Why don’t we include this fact in the curriculum,” Mr. Devnani asked. The Minister said the school curriculum was changed and close to 200 Indian personalities, including Rajput king Maharana Pratap, were included. He also stressed that education should be value-based. The Rajasthan Minister, who is not new to controversies, had last year claimed that cow was the only animal that exhales oxygen while quoting a research website.last_img read more

first_imgMoved by the plight of women whose husbands were killed by tigers in the Sunderbans, the West Bengal government on Friday said it would join hands with social organisation Sulabh International to ameliorate the misery of those ‘tiger widows’.According to reports, over 1,000 men have been killed by tigers in the past few years when they ventured inside the dense mangrove forest in the absence of toilets in their homes, and for collecting wood and honey. The hapless widows have been branded as “swami-kheko” (husband-eaters) by their superstitious in-laws.The Sunderbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest located between India and Bangladesh, has attained the dubious distinction of being home to a large number of widows. The initiative was announced at a workshop here attended by as many as 12 women from the Sunderbans. Widows from Nabadwip in West Bengal and from Vrindavan and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh too were present at the workshop which deliberated on the plight of these women and ways to erase the social stigma attached to them. Sulabh has earned praise for working for the widows of Vrindavan.last_img read more

first_imgThe Gujarat CID on Monday detained Amreli Superintendent of Police (SP) Jagdish Patel to question him regarding his role in the alleged extortion of 200 bitcoins worth ₹12 crore from a Surat-based builder. Jagdish Patel was taken into custody from his residence in Amreli district last night and brought to Gandhinagar by CID-Crime, which is probing the case.“Amreli SP Jagdish Patel has been detained by us for questioning. He has not been arrested yet,” Gujarat CID-Crime DGP Ashish Bhatia said.However, sources in the agency added that Mr. Patel’s arrest was just a matter of time. Though his name does not figure in the FIR lodged by the agency, sources stressed that his name is likely to be added at the time of arrest. His detention came after arrest of police inspector Anant Patel, who was the key accused in the case. Anant Patel was Police Inspector in the Local Crime Branch (LCB) in Amreli under Jagdish Patel.Besides Anant Patel, nine other policemen and a middleman from Amreli had been made accused in the case. Before Anant Patel, two constables and the middleman were also arrested by the probe agency.Notably, Jagdish Patel’s name does not figure in the FIR.On April 8, the CID-Crime registered a case against Anant Patel and others for allegedly kidnapping Bhatt and extorting bitcoins, a popular crypto-currency, and some cash from him.They were booked under IPC sections related to kidnapping, extortion, illegal detention as well as under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.Bhatt, in his compliant, had alleged he was kidnapped from near a hotel in Gandhinagar by the accused policemen on February 9.The realtor had claimed he was taken to a farmhouse near the state capital where Anant Patel beat him and forced him to digitally transfer 200 bitcoins worth crores of rupees.Police had earlier said they were verifying Bhatt’s claim of digitally transferring 200 bitcoins to Anant Patel. The exchange rate of one bitcoin is over Rs 5 lakh at present, as per the websites which track the prices of crypto- currencies. Bitcoin is a type of digital money that is issued and normally controlled by its developers and used and accepted among the members of the virtual community. The Centre has said it does not recognise bitcoin or any other crypto-currency as legal tender in India. PTI PJT PD RSY DV DV 04231137last_img read more

first_imgThe State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has submitted its report to a Pune court in an alleged land grab case involving former State Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse of a prime plot belonging to the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in Bhosari.Sources said the agency, which submitted the report on Friday, had allegedly failed to find “definite proof” that Mr. Khadse had misused his office as Revenue Minister to seize a three-acre plot in the possession of the MIDC for his private use.Mr. Khadse, reacting to the development in Mumbai, said the agency had given him a clean chit. Speaking in Mumbai, he remarked that his two years in political wilderness were his “trial by fire.” “The accusations against me had no substance. But during my ‘trial’, I have come to know my friends from my enemies. I do not want to speak now of those who turned against me, despite my contribution towards building my party in Maharashtra,” said the BJP leader. He said he had voluntarily resigned from his post, and not due to pressure from any party. ‘Premature to comment’However, whistleblower Hemant Gawande, who first filed a complaint against Mr. Khadse in May 2016 in the case, said nothing definite can be said till the ACB reveals what the report says. “The ACB is the investigative agency directed by the High Court to investigate this case. It is not the final authority. It is too premature to comment on anything as I have not received any official notification about the report being submitted,” he told The Hindu. In May 2016, Mr. Gawande’s complaint, among other factors, had eventually contributed to Mr. Khadse’s resignation from the State Cabinet. In April last year, the ACB had lodged an FIR against Mr. Khadse in compliance with the Bombay High Court’s directive.The ACB had lodged an FIR under Sections 13 (1) d, 13 (2) and 15 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and Section 109 of the Indian Penal Code against the former minister, his wife, Mandakini, son-in-law Girish Chaudhari, and Abbas Rasool Ukani, the original owner of the plot.last_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday asked the West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC) as to whether it conducted any probe into the fact that a large number of seats in the local body elections in the State went uncontested. Out of a total 58,692 posts for gram panchayat village, zilla parishad and panchayat samiti, 20,159 had remained uncontested in the violence-marred local polls held in May this year. A Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud told the State poll panel that the issue of huge number of uncontested seats has been bothering it. It asked the poll panel as to whether any inquiry was conducted in this regard. “It is your (poll panel) constitutional duty to conduct free and fair elections,” it said. Senior advocate Amrendra Sharan, appearing for the poll panel, said that 33% of nearly 50,000 panchayat seats going uncontested in the State was not “an alarming situation”. He cited U.P. where almost 57% panchayat seats went uncontested and the figure was 51%, 67% and 27.6% in Haryana, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh respectively. The hearing would continue on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgOne person has been arrested and six are absconding in connection with the video on social media of a schoolgirl being stripped and molested in Bihar’s Saharsa district. The video is said to be two months old but was posted on social media on Monday and has gone viral since.Filmed on mobile phoneThe district police arrested Pankaj Yadav, 20, for filming the incident on his mobile phone while his friends stripped and molested the girl at a secluded place. The police said Pankaj has confessed to his crime and search is on for the others. Soon after the video went viral, the district police took suo moto cognisance and an FIR was registered against seven persons visible in the video. “We got to know about the video on Monday and immediately started an investigation and arrested Pankaj Yadav from the Town police station area…others too would be nabbed soon,” said Saharsa SP Rakesh Kumar.The 40-second video shows six men dragging, molesting and abusing a schoolgirl. The girl is seen pleading with them but they catch and molest her. She finally breaks down before them but the perpetrators do not leave her.War of wordsEarlier, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had slammed the Nitish Kumar government over the video and said Bihar once again has been shamed because of such incidents. “After Nalanda, Gaya, Madhubani, Jehanabad, Rohtas, Sasaram and Ara, now a video from Saharsa has gone viral …Chacha (uncle) wake up,” tweeted Tejaswi Yadav. However, on Tuesday, the JD(U) leaders addressing journalists alleged: “Since the video is two months old, it is Tejaswi Yadav who has been shaming Bihar by tweeting on such viral videos…it is to defame the government that such videos are being dug out and posted on social media.” JD(U) spokesperson Sanjay Singh said: “This video has been made viral by RJD men.”last_img read more

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad has requested the jail authorities to shift him to paying ward of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, as the jailed leader is unable to sleep all night due to the constant barking of stray dogs in the campus.“Mr Prasad is not being able to sleep whole night as dogs bark outside in the hospital premises… the bathroom too stinks”, said RJD MLA Bhola Yadav, close aide of Prasad.“We’ve requested the hospital authorities to shift him to paying ward of the hospital and we’ll pay the charges required for it”, he added further.Prasad suffers from blood infection, diabetes and other diseases. The medical authorities have done several tests and all the reports are likely to come by Monday evening.Convicted in three fodder scam case, Prasad on August 30 had surrendered in special CBI court in Ranchi, which had sent him to RIMS for medical assistance. He was on provisional bail since May 11 on medical ground and had got treatment for various ailments at Mumbai, AIIMS in Delhi and RIMS as well.However, on August 24 the court dismissed his bail extension request and asked him to surrender by August 30.If all medical tests would be normal, Prasad could be shifted to Birsa Munda Central jail of Ranchi.last_img read more

first_imgA journalist working for a vernacular daily in Chatra district of Jharkhand was allegedly abducted and beaten to death by unknown persons late on Monday night. Chandan Tiwary, 32, who was working as a reporter with Hindi daily Aaj, had earlier lodged a complaint with the local police apprehending threat to his life. The police have constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe the incident.“Following an exposé on irregularities in the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and construction of sheds for goat-rearing, I’ve been threatened with dire consequences by Mahesh Dangi, husband of the local mukhiya… I fear a threat to my life from Mahesh Dangi, Mohd. Serajul and a teacher, Devaki Dangi,” Chandan had said in his complaint to the police on April 6.He was abducted by motorcycle-borne men from Pathalgadda on Monday night. Hours later, he was found critically injured in the Baltharwa forest under the Simaria police station. He was taken to the Simaria Referral Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Son of a labour union leader Raghuwar Tiwary, Chandan hailed from Dumbi village in Chatra district. His family members alleged that the Tritiya Sammelan Prastuti Committee, a Maoist splinter group, was behind the murder.“Our correspondent Chandan Tiwary was beaten to death. He had earlier filed a complaint with the police about a threat to his life, but he was not provided any security. His family should be given compensation,” Amit Kumar Agrawal, resident editor of the newspaper, said.Chatra Superintendent of Police Akhilesh B. Variar said the murderers would soon be arrested. Deputy Commissioner Jitendra Kumar Singh said a medical board has been constituted to conduct the post-mortem examination.last_img read more

first_imgThere was no question of seeking any permission for a public rally in Ayodhya, said Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday while clarifying that he was not visiting the place with the intention of playing politics.“I have already stated right from the start that I am not going to hold a public rally in Ayodhya. I am going there to seek blessings from saints and participate in rituals along the Sarayu River and then offer worship to Lord Ram,” said the Sena chief, speaking at the Shivneri Fort, the birthplace of the Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji.Sena leaders, however, claim that they have been denied permission for holding a rally in Ayodhya by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh.“I have said several times in public rallies that they [the BJP] bring up the Ram Temple issue only during election time. How long will the BJP keep fooling people over this? I, too, want a definite answer as to when will the work [on Ram temple] finally commence. This is the objective of my visit to Ayodhya,” Mr. Thackeray said, taking potshots at the BJP.Mr. Thackeray reached the fort in Junnar taluk, 95 km from the city on Thursday morning where he was welcomed by enthusiastic Shiv Sainiks amid a boisterous dhol tasha display.The Shiv Sena chief took a handful of soil from the fort in an urn, which he said he would be taking with him during his November 24-25 visit to Ayodhya.“Chhatrapati Shivaji is idolized by a great many Hindus. Hence, the soil of Shivaji’s birthplace, which I’ll be carrying with me on my Ayodhya trip, perfectly encapsulates the emotions and the sentiments of our community. I hope that my visit there will expedite the process of the Ram Temple,” Mr. Thackeray said. He further said he would speak to the media in detail only after his return.Mr. Thackeray has needled the BJP on the Ram temple issue several times in the past month, daring his coalition ally to “come clean” and “confess” before the public that building the temple was not possible for them.Addressing a pre-election rally of Shiv Sainiks in the temple town of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district last month, the Sena chief had targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, remarking that the BJP was continually deceiving people on the Ram Mandir issue.last_img read more

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday demanded that the inquiry into the ‘missing’ Rafale files begin with Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Addressing a meeting of the party’s booth committee workers near here on Friday evening, Mr. Gandhi said like the “missing” Rafale files, the Goa government, headed by the ailing Mr. Parrikar was also “missing”. “If you want to start an inquiry, start it with Mr. Parrikar. He said clearly before his Cabinet, and it is taped, that Rafale files are with him and Narendra Modi cannot remove him as Goa Chief Minister because the day he did that he(Parrikar) will bring out the Rafale files in the open,” Mr. Gandhi said. Mr. Gandhi in a sustained attack on the Prime Minister also questioned the need for the Union government to hurriedly get rid of the director of Central Bureau of Investigation.He attacked the Modi government for problems created by demonetisation to common people, and also said that the present rate of unemployment was the highest for the last 40 years in the country. Mr. Gandhi said that after destroying the tourism industry in Goa with demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax, Mr. Modi wants to help a “crony capitalist” friend, and turn Goa into a coal hub. “First, Goa was a tourism centre, now Narendra Modi has started making Goa a coal centre for his crony capitalist friend,” Mr. Gandhi said, in reference to protests at Vasco in South Goa against pollution caused by coal handling in Mormugao Port berths. Exuding confidence that Congress would form a government in Goa and other States soon, Mr. Gandhi said his party would work towards resuming mining industry with a roadmap of sustainability.last_img read more