Audi says they’ll hit Level 3 autonomy on the A8 by 2019

first_imgDavid Curry Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Tags:#Audi A8#Autonomous#driver assistance#driverless#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Audi has unveiled the late 2017 update to the A8, the company’s largest saloon car, which will be the first car sold with a Level 3 autonomous system onboard.In a press release, Audi claims that other vendors are selling Level 2 cars, which force drivers to remain focused on the road. The A8 differs in that respect, once drivers activate the self-driving system, they are allowed to take their eyes off the road.See also: Audi and NVIDIA commit to driverlessness by 2020The system will only work on highways when there is traffic, as Audi decides when the driver is allowed to press the button and the max speed is 60 kph (37 mph).To get the driver back in control, Audi deploys a variety of noises, lights, and vibrations. Visual and audio cues are the first warning, followed by tightening the seatbelt and hitting the brakes. If that fails to draw the attention of the driver, the system will turn on flashers and stop.A stepping stone to level 5Audi wants the A8 to be a stepping stone towards full autonomy, which is still a long way off. Even with the compromises on speed, however, the A8 will not be allowed to drive on any roads in Germany, China or the United Kingdom at the present time.Most countries are still against anything that allows the driver to take their attention off the road. Audi would need to receive approval for the car before selling it with the autonomous system, and even then it might be forced to add additional safety protocols.The carmaker expects the system to be available in Germany by 2019 and has not given an estimate for other countries. By that time, some suspect, we will have driverless taxis and shuttles on the road, which might make the compromise system look a bit outdated. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more

Why Businesses Need to Switch from Manually Signing of Docs to Digital Signing

first_imgHarsh Gala If your business manually signing documents, then you might have faced immense pressure with the bulk signing, risk of documents being tampered, etc.? This is the time when your organization should be looking for digital signing software solution as a business practice.The particular fact says that the employees are wasting about 20-30% of their time weekly in managing the document and signing it. It also highlights the cost incurred in papers.As punctuality plays a significant role, its reputation funnels down to the part where signing a document and handing over on time has been very crucial, it’s funny because we still find a business using the physical signing of the document in this era of digital transformation.So what’s the fix to this problem as the signing of Document is necessary?In today’s fast-paced world, going paperless with digital signatures is the way forward. Government legislation has ensured that digital signatures have the same legal validity as a handwritten signature.Here is where the digital Signing Software comes into existence. This helps in signing substantial business documentation with high-speed multi-signatory digital signing.What is Digital Signing Software?Digital Signing Software is a window application or software which allows signing PDF file using Digital Signature Certificate (DSC). Once configured the Signature Profile the digital signing software signs PDF file automatically according to your preferred location without any human intervention.Learn more about document signing software and why organizations should use this as their work process.  Every organization has that vision to move in the direction of paperless office; however, with the lack of proper awareness it gets a bit hazy. Let us dwell dipper into the next aspect that will help you realize the benefits of digital signing.Also, read How to convert the page to PDF file using PDFBook extensionAdvantages of Digital Signing Software1) LegalityMost important of the thing in a contract is, it should be legally valid across all parts of the world. And must be mutually agreed by the parties.According to the sources, there are more than 25 countries who have made this legal across country borders to make business easy. Digitally signed documents are legally valid in court-of-law. These new laws, if true, makes digital signing adaptation easy across business operations.2) SecurityAs you know, the manually signature on the documents can tamper for forgery. These documents can be misplaced or damaged during any unforeseen events.The benefit of signing documents digitally is, it can not tamper. The documents can be saved in digital ways to protect from different disasters. Digital signing uses a PKI technology that keeps your signature secure from been tampered.3) Bulk signingThe bulk Signing of the document is one of the features of the digital signing software which allows the user to sign bulk documents automatically. Where the user has to sign the bulk document, then they have to sign documents overnight back and forth.Once placed your document in a folder the software will sign your documents from that folder automatically and place in other folders.4) Time ManagementThe physical signing of the document is very much time-consuming. In the corporate world, all the documentation are done on the mail, which leads you to print, sign and then fax as per business processes. This is a very time-consuming process.As you do not have to print and scan documents for signing, you automatically save an enormous amount of time.5) Cost ManagementDigital Signing Software is much cheaper. Not having to pay postage, courier, storage, management, and other document handling fees is a plus.Through the software, the quantity of documents that can be signed is much cost effective.  This also eases your burden to sign multiple documents; hence your management can now focus on other vital issues.Having understood the advantages of digital signing software, business needs to try this software for their specific use cases. During this phase, they need to evaluate within inter-department and functionalities of any application.  Intelligent software that allows the creation of multiple signing profiles and enterprise capabilities to integrate within an SAP environment is the ideal choice for businesses.It would be amazing to know your experience of moving towards the paperless office. Harsh Gala is working as a Digital Marketing Executive. The passion for Technology has driven him to read and write an article on technology and other digital things. Why Productivity and Customer Experience go Han… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags: #Digital Signing#Document signing Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Want to add apps to your Dietetics practise?

first_imgFlickr CC Clive Darra ios apps taken Aug 12, 2012By Joanna Manero, BS,Research Assistant, Graduate Assistant,Master’s Degree StudentIt seems like whatever task you can think of, there’s an App, or mobile Smartphone application, that can do just what you need.  Why wouldn’t there be?  The App industry is huge and positioned to clinch the market of 64% of Americans that own a Smartphone device.As healthcare professionals, it is our job to evolve and find innovative ways to reach our clients to give them the best and most up to date information.  Incorporating Apps in your current practice may help.  Tune into Justine Karduck and Kirsten DiFilippo’s webinar on Wednesday, September  21st at 11:00 AM EDT to learn about the evidence to support or disprove the use of Apps in nutrition education.  You will also learn how Apps can fit into your current practice, and how to evaluate an App.If you are new to using Apps in your practice and decide to give it a try, you may be wondering if Apps are regulated in any way.  Apple just launched a strict new set of guidelines for health and medical related Apps.   In addition to the guidelines already in place, the updated guidelines focus on privacy protection, inaccurate data, and preventing harmful behavior.  Apple has put emphasis on Apps that are used to diagnose or treat patients.  These features will now require FDA approval.   To learn more about the guidelines in place, visit the links below.These guidelines make our job of selecting Apps for practice a little easier. However, an App that works for one person may not work for the others.  It is important to understand your client and their goals.  Tune into the webinar to learn more about this process.Are you using Apps in your practice?  If so, leave us a comment below and tell us about your experience!References:http://mobihealthnews.com/content/apples-updated-app-store-guidelines-place-added-scrutiny-health-medical-appshttp://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DigitalHealth/MobileMedicalApplications/default.htmhttp://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/01/us-smartphone-use-in-2015/This was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

The Future for Cooperative Extension and What it Means for Military Families

first_imgUnder the Health and Science section of the Washington post is where you can find an article about the future of the Cooperative Extension system titled Cooperative Extension adapts to a less agricultural America.Upon reading it, a statement stood out:I sense the need for Cooperative Extension is stronger than ever,” says Thompson, who previously chaired the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.”Why is this statement and the future of Cooperative Extension system important to Military Families? There is reassurance that the Cooperative Extension system has been successful in the past (and will continue to be) a force multiplier in Military Family Readiness and Capacity Building based off history.In 2014, the Cooperative Extension system reached a milestone when celebrating their 100 year anniversary. The centennial was reassurance that  the organization’s mission areas were meeting the needs of communities and military families nationwide.Cooperative Extension Involvement in Military ProgramsThere are many levels of involvement by the Cooperative Extension Service when it comes to their educational programming, both on and off military installations:Local Community ProgramsConsultationSharing Resource MaterialsDelivering Special ProgramsOpportunities for CollaborationInitial collaboration between the military and Cooperative Extension began when the Navy Family Support Program Branch formalized family service programs in the Navy. “Cooperative efforts between the Navy and the Extension Service were critical to establishing effective family programs. By working with Extension, the Navy could quickly and efficiently reach out and address the needs of families. Building on this initial success, numerous military/Extension collaborations have developed.” (A Guide to Cooperative Extension System and Military Collaboration in Family Support)The FutureThe Cooperative Extension system will continue to make every effort to better leverage itself as a force multiplier in Military Family Readiness and Capacity Building.last_img read more

Adobe After Effects: Stylized Text Using Layer Styles

first_imgPut another copy of the same video on the bottom , and turn off the eye icon for that layer so we can see what we are doing.Right-click on the middle layer (the video playing through the text) and select “Apply Layer Styles>All”.Turn on the eye for Drop Shadow and Bevel and Emboss (adjust the settings to taste).Now turn back on the eye icon for the background layer to see the final result.Experiment with different layer styles in AE to get varied and creative looks.  To learn more about layer styles check out the Adobe help page.What tricks do you use to stylize your text in AE?Let us know in the comments! Use layer styles to spice up text in Adobe After Effects.  After Effects gives you tons of creative options for making stylized looks.If you’re looking to make the text in your video project ‘pop’ here’s a must-know tips for using the layer styles in Adobe After Effects.  In this post, we’ll take a look at the basics of using layer styles in After Effects and then go over a quick technique that uses layer styles to add flair to your text.AE Layer Style BasicsLayer styles let you apply drop shadows, bevels, etc. to video, stills, and text…adding style and pizazz to your project.  With text, you can also use layer styles to improve on-screen readability.  Layer styles first appeared in Adobe Photoshop but now they are also available in Adobe After Effects.If you go to use layer styles in your AE project, you might initially have a hard time finding them.  They do not live in the Effect Menu like standard effects, but rather are under the Layer Menu (or you can right click on a layer in the Timeline Panel and apply them there.)You can apply all AE layer styles at once by selecting ” Show All”, and then turn on the eyeball for each property to see the effect. You can also select just one property which turns on the eyeball for the selected layer.Click the “collapsed property” triangle beside a property to “uncollapse” it and reveal the property options.In After Effects you can create looks and then reuse them by saving them as an “Animation Preset” (this is similar to saving favorites in FCP 7).Select the Layer Styles and from the Animation Menu select “Save Animation Preset”. You can also apply presets from the Animation Menu or the Effects & Presets Panel.Using Layer Styles for a Stylized LookNow that we’ve covered the basics, lets create a stylized text look. This After Effects technique requires 3 layers (a text layer, a video layer to play through the text and a background video layer).  In this example I am using the same footage for the the matte and the background to create a bevel emboss look. Note: video playing through a text layer is called a track matte or traveling matte.First, create a text layer (thick fonts tend to work better).Put the video underneath the text layer.On the Video layer select “alpha matte” in the TrkMat pulldown. Track Mattes look at the layer above them, so the text has has to be above the video layer for this to work (press F4 if you don’t see Mode & TrkMat).The video now plays inside the text.last_img read more

3 Filmmaking Tips for Small Productions Teams

first_imgAre you watching the Vimeo Video School training series?  Check out a recent video tutorial where they share 3 must-know filmmaking tricks for tiny production teams.The Vimeo Video School continues to be a great resource of free video production and video editing tutorials for filmmakers and video production newbies.  Although the majority of the videos focus on fairly beginneer techniques, occassionally they’ll share gems that are useful for seasoned video production veterans, as well.  To top it off, most of the Vimeo Video School tutorial videos are quite entertaining…so there’s always that to keep your interest as well.The following video shares 3 tips for filmmaking with a really tiny cast and crew. We’re talking REALLY small, 2 or 3 people.  Although that’s the focus here the tips are of course applicable to larger scale productions.  The 3 topics highlighted include:Creating a swipe cut for smooth on-screen actionUtilizing a split screen to “fake” the number of actors avaliableRecording audio with a smart phone, as a wireless alternative to pro mic kitsOverall, like most of the videos in the series, this one is an entertaining, quick and worthwhile watch.  More info and written tutorial can be found here.last_img read more

How to Use the Free GoPro VR Effects in Premiere Pro

first_imgDownload the FREE 360 Video FootageDownload Now!Looking for more Premiere Pro tutorials? Check out the following.New 360 Video effects in After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2018How to Layer Text Behind Objects in Adobe Premiere ProPrecision Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro’s Trim ModeExport Youtube-Ready Subtitles From Premiere ProHow to Blur a Face in Premiere Pro In this tutorial, we will take a look at GoPro’s free virtual reality effects for Adobe Premiere Pro. Including free 360° footage!GoPro recently released their new 360° camera called Fusion, which can film 5.2K resolution 360° videos. Coinciding with the Fusion camera release, GoPro has also released some free VR/360° plugins for Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. The best part is that you can use these plugins with any 360° footage, so they are not limited to footage from the Fusion 360° camera. (Here are quick links to directly download the GoPro VR plugins for Windows and for Mac.)Image from GoPro.You can use the GoPro VR plugins for basic 360° effects, as well as creating “Overcapture”-styled videos. You’ve likely seen Overcapture in the marketing videos for the GoPro Fusion camera. What Overcapture essentially means is that you can reframe a traditional shot from your existing 360 footage. This creates a lot of versatility because you can control the field of view, direction, etc. — all in post. You can also create abstract looks like the “Tiny Planet” effect.The GoPro VR plugins consist of three effects: Horizon, Layers, and Reframe. Two of these effects, Horizon and Layers, are both quite similar to two Immersive Video effects recently implemented into Adobe CC 2018.The GoPro VR Horizon effect allows users to reorient their 360° equirectangular footage, which works the same as the Immersive Video VR Rotate Sphere effect. The GoPro VR Layers effect allows users to project layers such as text or logos correctly onto 360° footage. This works in the same manner as the Immersive Video Plane to Sphere effect. However, the GoPro VR Reframe effect is all-new to Premiere Pro. It allows users to “reframe” their 360° footage in a lot of cool ways. It works great for creating quick Point of View (POV) shots or abstract looks all inside of Premiere Pro.Ready? Let’s dive into the tutorial. (Make sure you download the free GoPro Plugins and free 360° footage clips to follow along!)last_img read more

Working with a Green Screen Is Easier than Ever — Here’s Why

first_img1. Start with the Right GreenIf you’re going to shoot outside and you don’t have control over the brightness, start with the right material, and get a proper chroma key green. If you’re shooting inside, get a digi green, which will give you a nice, clean green. If you have RGB-capable LEDs and can light with green, you’ll get the right exposure with much less brightness, and as a result, have less spill.2. Separate from Your SubjectIt’s important to have your green screen and your subject at least six feet away from one another, so you’re not contaminating your subject with spill from the green. You also want to light them separately (i.e. you want to light the green screen with green and your talent however you desire, but ensure that there is a clean separation between the two).3. Raw Is KingShoot in at least 422, but most probably raw. Raw has a whole separate channel for the green screen, so you can avoid color contamination, or chroma sub-sampling that will mess up the edges of your key.4. Expose the Background ProperlyYou need a 30-40 percent brightness green screen for a clean key. The easiest way is to see a consistent line across your waveform — if your camera is capable of displaying one. You should do this even if your subject is dark. Light the background and foreground separately.5. Eliminate Motion BlurYou also want your shutter speed above 1/100 or 90 degrees if you’re using that measurement. This reduces motion blur and stops the green from being dragged into the blurred elements of your main subject. If you’re not aiming for that Saving Private Ryan staccato motion, you can add motion blur back in post, but it’s going to be a lot easier once you’ve keyed your subject.6. Let the Software Do the WorkNew keying software, like the Delta Keyer in DaVinci Resolve, can give you a single-click key because they use artificial intelligence to analyze your image and make educated guesses about the right settings. You really can have a “one-click” key if everything else is exposed correctly.This took only five minutes to get a beautifully keyed-out background. You can do green screen almost as easily as you can color grade your footage, so absolutely experiment with it! See how you can push back the limits of storytelling, expand the world you’re creating, and generally push your filmmaking to a whole new level.Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Stabilizing GoPro Footage with the Unique ReelSteady GO AppQuality vs. Quantity: What Should You Record While Traveling?Editing Tips: Sorting Footage and Creating Quality TimelinesFrom The Wizard of Oz to Transformers: 100 Years of Color GradingCreative Uses for Bokeh Overlays + Free Prism Bokeh Pack In recent years, working with a green screen has changed. Take a look at a few new factors that have made the process easier than ever.When I was directing TV commercials ten years ago, green screen was a much-used-but-incredibly-painful, process. Green screens were made of plastic, they were very shiny, and they would often develop creases. The only option was to light them with tungsten or fluorescent light, which spilled green everywhere and clashed with skin tones. Once you got footage into post-production, you had to overlay multiple different keyers, with different ranges, as well as use garbage mattes to finesse the shot. You did all this difficult work to get something usable, and you usually had to manually rotoscope out things that went wrong. It was hard, finicky work, and it wasn’t something you looked forward to doing.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Pay for Success in Advance

first_imgSuccess is an outcome that you pay for in advance. Hustlers know that they have to pay the price in advance for what they want, and they never worry about the price. They know that the greater the outcome, the more they will have to pay to achieve it. The hustler pays the full price in advance. The non-hustler, on the other hand, believes they can have success without paying for it.Hustlers often want financial success. But they don’t believe that they should only create more value once they are paid more money. In fact, they believe that by creating more value they will be worth more money, and they focus on creating that value. The non-hustler believes that they should only do more work once they are paid some greater amount of money.The hustler pays in advance by showing up early, staying late, and working harder than anyone else. The hustler looks for ways to create more value in everything do, putting more effort, more energy, and more care into everything they do. The non-hustler does the minimum required and not one bit more.The hustler can’t be outworked. The hustler knows that the harder they work, the larger the payment they are making towards their success. The hustler is paying the interest, the principal, and an additional payment. The non-hustler refuses to any more than anyone else, and by doing so isn’t making any payment towards a future results. The non-hustler is making an interest-only payment, never paying down the principal.But hustlers don’t only apply this principle to financial success. They apply to every aspect of their life.If a hustler’s goal is new customers, they work to build and nurture those relationships, aggressively creating value for their would-be clients. They know when they’ve paid enough they’ll have the client. The non-hustler believes that they should only create value for clients and prospects once they are being paid.If a hustler’s goal is to strengthen their family relationships, the hustler does whatever it takes to invest their time and emotion now, knowing that this is their legacy. .Only when you pay in full for what you want will you have it.last_img read more

The Only Thing Stopping You From Improving

first_imgSo what stops you from improving your performance? It isn’t anything financial, because no money is necessary. The only price you pay for improving yourself is an investment of time, and investment of energy, and an investment of your focused attention.You are the only one standing in your way.What should you be improving now?What investment do you need to make to improve in that area?How would it help you to improve that area of your life now? Most of the things you can do to improve your performance produce positive financial results and cost nothing, or something close to nothing.Reading is essentially free. You can go to a public library and read any book you want. If they don’t have it, they’ll order it for you. You can read magazines on the shelf at the bookstore. You can read most everything on the Internet for the cost of your bandwidth.Studying doesn’t cost you anything either. You can take notes, review those notes, write your own ideas about what something means, and argue these ideas with other thoughtful people. Throughout most of history this is how great minds improved themselves. Their employers didn’t send them off for professional development.You can work a lot harder and a lot smarter. It is both possible and free to close your browser window and produce something of value. It costs absolutely nothing to close your inbox, and all of your email messages will still be waiting for you when you reopen it. You can work harder and improve your performance and your results without spending one thin dime.Interacting with other human beings provides an endless stream of learning. The experiences you have offer you lessons about what works, what doesn’t work, and why. Observing the experiences of other people provides a lot of learning opportunities too, if only for the people observant enough to notice and aware enough to know to watch for the lessons.You don’t need a gym membership or a trainer to improve your physical well-being. Most of what you need to do you can do with a pair of shorts, a t-shirt, and some gym shoes. You can feel better, have more energy, and live a much more vital life with almost no financial investment at all.last_img read more

In resort politics, Cong. plays victim card

first_imgThe 43 Congress legislators from Gujarat, staying at Eagleton Golf Resort on the outskirts of the city for the past two days, were paraded before the media on Sunday evening. Party leaders claimed that they had brought the MLAs before the media to “prove” there was unity and to put an end to speculation about bickering in the party.Desperate to keep its flock together ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat on August 8, the Congress has accused the BJP’s central leadership of misusing the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate to split the party in Gujarat.Price per MLA“We came here to save democracy in Gujarat. The ruling BJP is poaching our 22 MLAs for ₹15 crore each. The Modi government is trying to split the Congress in Gujarat by misusing the CBI and the ED,” Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil told presspersons at the resort. While Mr. Gohil addressed the press conference, the MLAs sat behind him along with Karntaka’s Power Minister D.K. Shivakumar.“We are confident of the victory of our party candidate” in the crucial elections,” Mr. Gohil said. Following the exit of six party MLAs, the Gujarat Congress shifted its remaining 43 MLAs to Congress-ruled Karnataka. The move was to ensure a safe passage to the Rajya Sabha for Ahmed Patel, Congress veteran and close aide to party president Sonia Gandhi.“I am here with my colleagues. We are living like a family. You (BJP) are talking about differences between us? Just see how we respect each other. There is no internal problem between us,” Mr. Gohil said.Countering criticism for bringing the legislators to the resort to Bengaluru when parts of Gujarat were reeling under heavy rain and floods, Mr. Gohil said the MLAs were brought after party leaders learnt of the BJP’s attempts to poach them using “money and muscle” power.“We are not in any panic. The BJP government, instead of focussing on providing relief to flood-affected people, is poaching our MLAs,” he alleged. Controversy over resort The 77-acre resort is allegedly on government land. Following a Supreme Court ruling, the Karnataka government decided to collect ₹982 crore as market value of the land from Chamundeswari Build Tech Private Ltd., promoters and developers of the resort. The State Cabinet had decided to recover the land if the promoters failed to pay the fine. The choice of the resort has raised serious questions over the proximity between the proprietors and the Congress. Party insiders here said that in the move to accommodate the Gujarat Congress MLAs in Bengaluru ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was “repaying his debt” to Mr. Patel.A debt repaid?About a month ago, Mr. Siddarmaiah said Mr. Patel was responsible for his entry into the Congress after he quit the Janata Dal(S), headed by former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, in 2006. Mr Siddaramaiah said no Congress leader from Karnataka had offered him a place in the party then.last_img read more

Police kill 2 Maoists in Chhattisgarh

first_imgTwo alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) (CPI-M) were killed during a gun battle with the police in the Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on Sunday.“An exchange of fire took place today morning between the Maoists and (a joint team of) the District Reserve Guard and the Special Task Force of Chhattisgarh police near Kasaram village under the Kistaram Police Station limits of Sukma. Two Maoists were killed in the encounter and their dead bodies recovered along with weapons,” said Assistant Inspector General of Police Devnath of the Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) unit, Chhattisgarh.In a separate incident, the Maharashtra Police destroyed a Maoist camp on the border of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, and recovered weapons and horses.“A special police team headed by Additional Superintendent of Police (Operations) Mr. Maheshwar Reddy, launched an anti-Maoist operation in the Abujhmad area on the border of the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra and the Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh after receiving some specific inputs about a Maoist camp in the area. This team had an encounter with the Maoists near the Tundewra and Kupnar villages and forced them to flee from the spot of their camp, leaving behind weapons and six horses. Six weapons and other material of daily use were recovered from the campsite,” Gadchiroli district Superintendent of Police in a press release.This is the first time horses have been found in a Maoist camp.last_img read more

Bimal Gurung booked under UAPA in connection with twin blasts, says Police

first_imgThe police have filed two cases against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung and several other GJM leaders under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in the past 24 hours.The GJM leaders were booked on Saturday night over a grenade attack on the Kalimpong Police Station. One policeman was killed in the attack while one was injured, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma said.They were also charged over a bomb attack earlier in the day in Darjeeling’s Chowk Bazar area. Apart from Mr. Gurung, GJM leaders Prakash Gurung, Praveen Subba, Barud Thapa, Dawa Lepcha and others have been named by the police.GJM leader Swaraj Thapa denied the allegation and said “those who are against the demand of Gorkhaland are behind the incident”.Meanwhile, GJM president Bimal Gurung has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and denied the allegations made against him and other leaders in the Chowk Bazar incident.“The blast,” the GJM leader suspects, “is the handiwork of the Bengal government to bring disrepute to the Gorkhaland cause and our leaders and to portray our movement as being anti-national”.Trinamool Congress Darjeeling district president Rajen Mukhia dismissed Mr. Gurung’s claims.last_img read more

MLA claims temple was demolished

first_imgThe Taj Mahal was built by demolishing a Shiva temple, a legislator from Uttar Pradesh’s ruling BJP said here on Thursday as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the 17th century monument.The Mughals first demolished the temple and then built the Taj Mahal, Agra North MLA Jagan Prasad Garg told reporters at the complex. “Several historians believe there was a Shiva temple at the same place where the Taj Mahal is located. Mughals first demolished the temple and then built the Taj,” Mr. Garg said.He, however, added that the BJP believes in the Taj Mahal and acknowledges its importance. “It is the world’s seventh wonder. The Taj Mahal is visited by millions every year and Agra is famous due to this monument,” he said. BJP MLA Sangeet Som had earlier called the Taj Mahal a “blot on Indian history” and BJP MP Vinay Katiyar said it was originally a Shiva temple.Historians and archaeologists have rubbished the temple theory.last_img read more

Maharashtra biennial polls unlikely to throw up any surprise

first_imgThe July 16 biennial elections for 11 Legislative Council seats is likely to be a smooth sailing for all contestants as none of the major political parties have fielded any extra candidate.The Election Commission has announced the polls as the terms of 11 Members of Legislative Council ends on July 27. The MLCs will be elected by Members of Legislative Assembly. As per the existing numbers, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena can elect five and two members respectively. Opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are in a position to send two and one MLC respectively. The 11th candidate is likely to be elected on a consensus basis between all parties.On Wednesday the BJP announced that it was fielding Animal Husbandry Minister Mahadev Jankar, senior party leader and sitting MLC Vijay alias Bhai Girkar, Nanded (rural) district president Ram Patil-Ratolikar, Koli Mahasangh president Ramesh Patil, and former president of Yavatmal Zilla Parishad Nilay Naik. Except for Mr. Jankar and Mr. Girkar, the other three are new faces.The Shiv Sena has named sitting MLC Anil Parab, and party spokesperson Manisha Kayande as its candidate.The Congress is fielding Sharad Ranpise and Dr Vajahat Mirza from Yavatmal, while former MLC Babajani Durrani from Parbhani filed his nomination on Wednesday as the NCP candidate.Peasants and Workers Party’s (PWP) Jayant Patil is the 11th candidate. “Nobody wants to create a mess by putting an extra candidate. I am sure the election will proceed smoothly and unopposed,” said Mr Patil.last_img read more

Centre urges Odisha to use Puri Rath Yatra to carry Swachh Bharat message

first_imgWith Odisha placed at the bottom of Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) coverage in the country, the Centre has urged the State government to use the forthcoming Shree Jagannath Rath Yatra festival in Puri as a platform to spread the message on twin-pit toilet access and usage.“Given the slow progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in Odisha, which is our common concern, this could be a significant opportunity to provide much-needed acceleration to the programme,” wrote Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in a letter addressed to Odisha Chief Secretary A. P. Padhi recently.“Utilising the auspicious occasion with the twin-pit toilet usage messaging will go a long way in helping Odisha reach ODF status through behavioural change of millions of rural citizens attending the festivities,” said Mr Iyer. The Ministry suggested the State government declare the 2018 Rath Yatra as the Swachh Rath Yatra. Worst performerOdisha has been the worst performer in executing the SBM in the country. Since October 2, 2014, when the mission was launched, only 38.08 lakh household toilets have been constructed, and IHHL coverage in Odisha has been estimated at 57.82%. Bihar has slightly better coverage than Odisha with 58.9%. As many as 18 States and Union Territories have already achieved 100% coverage. Uttar Pradesh, a bigger State, has achieved 79.14% coverage of households with IHHL.As far as Open Defecation Free (ODF) villages are concerned, Odisha figures among five lowest performing States. Only 23.42% villages in Odisha have qualified for the ODF tag.While neighbouring Chhattisgarh has already achieved the 100% milestone, only two of Odisha’s 30 districts have been been declared ODF.last_img read more

West Bengal Assembly passes resolution to rename State as ‘Bangla’

first_imgThe West Bengal Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution to change the name of the State as ‘Bangla’ in three languages — Bengali, English and Hindi.The proposal has been pending since August 2016, when the Assembly passed a resolution to change the name to ‘Bengal’ in English, ‘Bangla’ in Bengali and ‘Bangal’ in Hindi. The Centre, however, turned it down in 2017, objecting to having three names in three languages.Education Minister Partha Chatterjee moved the resolution which was unanimously passed.Participating in the discussion, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she had personally taken up the issue with the Home Ministry. “They said that there cannot be three different names and we should stick to one name. “Even though we wanted three names, we have to follow instructions. Let us pass resolution for Bangla,” she said.When the fresh proposal comes to the Home Ministry, it will prepare a note for the Union Cabinet for an amendment to the Schedule 1 of the Constitution, officials said in Delhi. Thereafter, a Constitution Amendment Bill will be introduced in Parliament, which has to approve it with a simple majority, before the President gives his assent to it, they said.last_img read more

Make caste census report public: RJD

first_imgThe Rashtriya Janata Dal on Tuesday demanded that the BJP-led government at the Centre make the caste census report public so that “it would be clear which caste has how much population”. The party also alleged that the “BJP wants to create a rift between the Dalits and backward class people in the country”.‘Anti-reservation’“We demand the caste census report be made public as we all should know which caste has how much proportion in country’s population…the BJP wants to create a rift between the Dalits and backward class people as they [BJP] are anti-constitutional and anti-reservation,” alleged RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. He asked, “why the SC/ST Act was kept out of the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution?”. “They [BJP] want to scrap reservation in a very clever way but we and the people of the country are aware about it and we’ll not sit idle but keep raising this issue and give them a befitting reply in the coming elections,” said Mr. Yadav in Patna after a meeting of the party leaders to mull over strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. All senior RJD leaders, MPs, MLAs and district presidents were present at the meeting which was organised for the first time after party chief Lalu Prasad was jailed in fodder scam cases.The Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, said: “Dalits are being victimised in the BJP-ruled States… whether its Koregaon or those Dalit families whose bridegroom are not allowed to ride horses…those who are sitting in power (BJP) are the most casteist people and creating communal strife in society.” He also charged that the recent bandh call given by the upper caste groups against amendments in reservation on September 6 was “in fact, sponsored by the BJP and the RSS”. “We know their [BJP] design and we’ll not let them succeed,” he added.Booth level panelsAt the meeting, the RJD leaders discussed about strengthening of the booth-level committees and agendas for the Sangharsh Samiti under senior party leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh. A three-member committee of senior party leaders — Shivanand Tiwari, Jagdanand Singh and Mangani Lal Mandal — was constituted to form the opinion on topical issues. The meeting was presided over by former Chief Minister and party’s national vice-president Rabri Devi.last_img read more

Scant rainfall triggers rice price hike in Manipur

first_imgRice price has gone up in Manipur amid reports of failure of paddy crops due to scant rainfall and pest attack on plants. Reports say one kg of nutritious rice is being sold at ₹45 instead of ₹38 in and around Imphal.Director of Agriculture P. Rajendra said steps have been taken to mitigate water shortage. He said the government would purchase pumps to provide water to the parched fields.Though there was some rain in the State, farmers said it was too little and too late. In view of a drought-like situation, aggravated by the insect attack on crops, owners should not collect their share of paddy this time, demanded the farmers. Several farmers had to burn their standing crop to stop the pests from destroying plants in adjoining fields.Government sources said there is no reason to panic as there is enough stock of rice in warehouses. An official said additional trucks would be used to lift Manipur’s quota of rice from Assam. The farmers said some of them had been given water pumps but there was no source of water. Kumbi legislator S. Bira, who had distributed water pumps to farmers, said steps were being taken to ensure that there was no shortage of irrigation water in future.Officials said many rice mills were closing down as there was no paddy available.last_img read more

Arunachal on high alert after second landslide in China in 13 days

first_imgThree central Arunachal Pradesh districts have been put on high alert after China let India know about a major landslide blocking the Yaluzangbu (Yarlung Tsangpo, which becomes the Brahmaputra in India) on Monday, the second such disaster in 13 days in Tibet.The Yarlung Tsangpo flows into Arunachal Pradesh at Siang and meanders through three districts — Upper Siang, Siang and East Siang — before meeting two other rivers to form the Brahmaputra in Assam downstream.In a message to the Central Water Commission on Tuesday morning, the Chinese authorities said a landslide happened on Monday at the same location where a landslide had blocked the Yarlung Tsangpo on October 17. The barrier formed that day gave way two days later without causing any damage to the downstream districts of Arunachal Pradesh.“We have been warned of a fresh landslide that might cause a flash flood. The administrative heads of the districts flanking the Siang River have been alerted to take precautionary measures,” Bidol Tayeng, the State’s Disaster Management secretary, told The Hindu from Itanagar.The quantity of water discharged from the landslide-induced barrier in the Yarlung Tsangpo this time is less than the discharge on October 19-20, officials said.“The water discharge may not cause any damage or loss of lives and properties along the Siang River but the water level needs to be constantly monitored for 3-4 days from Tuesday. There may be no danger but people living along riverside should be alerted,” an alert issued by Mr. Tayeng’s department said.It advised the people not to venture into the Siang for fishing, bathing, boating, picnic or any other activity in the river.last_img read more