Although first uploaded over 4 years ago, this behind-the-scenes shot of LOTR is taken the Internet by storm with its mind-blowing take on forced perspective with a moving camera.Forced perspective is ubiquitous with modern media – no doubt you’ve seen a pic of your friend on Facebook “holding up” the Leaning Tower of Pisa or balancing the Eiffel Tower on their palm. The visual trick makes an object appear closer or further, smaller or bigger than it really is.The same technique is often applied in film, but on a much more technical level. This clip of the Lord of the Rings behind-the-scenes is creating quite a stir in the online video production community, as it showcases the great lengths that were taken to force perspective in that film. In the book/film, Hobbits are smaller than humans…so this had to be demonstrated in the film either by special effects or forced perspective. Unlike many forced perspective shots that are merely camera lock-offs, Lord of the Rings utilized two seperate dollys running in tandem (one for the camera itself and the other for talent) to achieve the effect with a MOVING camera. A very clever effect that is pulled off successfully!
In this video tutorial, check out how you can use the VR Comp Editor in Adobe After Effects — including free 360° footage.One of the new feature additions to After Effects CC 2018 was the VR Comp Editor. However, because it is somewhat hidden, you may not have realized this powerful 360 plugin is even available in After Effects.(Hint: In After Effects, click on the Window option at top, then scroll all the way down to “VR Comp Editor.jsx” to launch the plugin.)Ready? Let’s dive into the tutorial. (Make sure you download the free 360° footage clips to follow along!) Download the FREE 360 Video FootageDownload Now!Right off the bat, let’s backtrack for a second because you may already know the VR Comp Editor by its previous name: “SkyBox Composer.” SkyBox Composer was one of a company called Mettle’s latest 360 plugins, just before Adobe acquired all of the SkyBox 360 Effects. The plugin is now the “VR Comp Editor.”You still might be wondering “What makes the VR Comp Editor so great?” For starters, you can use the VR Comp Editor to edit your 360° footage from a Point of View (POV) perspective. This allows you to add elements or remove objects much like you would for traditional “flat” footage. (So you don’t need to be well-versed in 360° footage to easily make changes.)Next, because you can edit from a POV perspective, we can stabilize and track 360 video, all directly in After Effects. You no longer have to worry about endlessly trying to level moving 360° footage. Now it’s as easy to stabilize 360° footage as it is any other video clip in After Effects. You can also add 3D layers like text and float them through your 360 scene as the camera moves. 5 Brands That Raised the Bar for Virtual Reality ContentHow to Use the Free GoPro VR Effects in Premiere ProNew 360 Video Effects in After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2018
Ready to start your own video production company? Here are 7 things to keep in mind.There’s never been a better time to start your own video production company. The state of the industry has been in a full-blown revolution for well over a decade, and video production continues to find new avenues.Whether you’re starting small and looking to shoot solo or DIY projects, or you already have a company vision and several partners or employees lined up, here are seven essential considerations that you’ll need to address to get your own video production company up and running.1. Name and LLCWhile this doesn’t have to be the first step you take (you can always gear up, find clients, and start working as an individual freelancer first), settling on a company name and filing the LLC paperwork should be your first official act of business. Choosing a name can be fun, but it can be more work than you’d think. You’ll need to find something clever that reflects yourself, but it also needs to be unique, and it can’t infringe on any other company’s name.Here’s a good resource to search for availability; you may also have to search in individual states or countries. For filing your LLC, you’ll have to register and incorporate your business with your local state government. This is very important, as it will ultimately protect you in case of damages or debt (but it can’t save you from bad business decisions). You should also consider setting up a business bank account and insurance in your new business’s name.2. WebsiteImage via SFIO CRACHO.You’ll need a website for your company. Video production websites vary in size and speciality, but having at least a simple and informative spot to share your company’s work contact info is a must. From there, you can build all manner of pages covering everything from pricing to blogging.Getting started is pretty quick, easy, and cheap — especially with templates available from the major hosting companies like Wix or Squarespace. You can also use social video channels like Vimeo or YouTube as your de facto websites when starting off. Even a strong Facebook page can help direct inquiries and potential clients your way.3. Relevant WorkOn your website, social media page, or in person, you’ll want to promote your work as an example of your production company’s capabilities. If you’re just starting out, you can always use old video that you’ve already shot, or you can go out and create a fresh demo video. Ideally, once you get a client and do a job, this work will be one of your best examples moving forward.4. Find a Go-To Rental ResourceImage via Parachut.co.While many will say this is an absolute necessity, it’s actually very possible to start a video production company before you own your own camera. A project-by-project camera rental model is a great way to start a business if you’re looking to save hard cash at the beginning. If there aren’t any brick-and-mortar rental houses in your area, you can always consider some online rental platforms like LensRentals, BorrowLenses, ShareGrid, or one of these resources.5. A Good Base CameraThat being said, if you’re ready to invest and you’re shooting consistently, now is one of the best times to buy your camera. Not only is the mirrorless camera revolution heating up, but prices for cameras that have just recently been outpaced by newer models or updates are dropping to very reasonable levels. Here are some great resources to check out for your starting investment:The Best Mirrorless Cameras for Filmmakers and VideographersYou Can Build a 4k Cinema Camera for Under $1,500The 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000 6. Audio and Lighting SetupSimilar to the camera advice above, making hard investments in audio, lighting, and other video production gear is not always necessary. Until you’ve proven that you need to buy rather than renting additional gear, renting can be a great way to stay within your budgets even streamline your billing by passing rental costs directly to your clients.But, there are always great options once you’re ready to invest. Audio is pretty straightforward, as you’ll need a good mix of mics (shotgun, lapels, etc.) and audio recorders. However, lighting can be more open-ended, so you can mix and match kits and even use DIY and other creative options.7. Friends and ResourcesHaving worked both freelance and in-house at a small video production company, I can tell you that the mindsets aren’t very different between the two. When you’re starting solo, you have to think in terms of what you can accomplish by yourself versus what another person would add (and cost). Once you find yourself with a full-time team, the game becomes finding the best ways to maximize everyone’s time and effort.Either way, a strong network of shooters, editors, and producers is very helpful.Cover image via gnepphoto.Looking for more info on finding clients, pitching projects, and running a successful video production company? Check out these links.Five Filmmaking Tips for Getting Connected in a New CityHow to Approach Shooting Bar and Restaurant Promo VideosFreelance Tip: How Do You Know When to Turn Down a Job?5 Essential Rules for Working with a Second Camera OpFreelance Tip: How To Make Sure You Get Paid By Your Clients
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Dreams and daydreams are different. One moves you closer to becoming the best ever version of yourself. The other merely kills time and gives you something to talk about.Your DreamsYour dreams are aspirational. Your dream is who you want to be. It’s the best ever version of yourself. It’s the “YOU” that you are working hard on becoming. Your dreams are all the things that you are going to do and everything that you are becoming.You need big dreams. You need a big vision of yourself. But your dreams are only dreams if you take action to make them come true.People with big dreams don’t wait for permission. They act. They don’t wait for the conditions to be just right. They don’t wait for someone to recognize their gifts and give them permission to fly. They dive into the deep end of the pool and start making waves.Dreams are made of action. When there is no action, then they’re not dreams; they’re daydreams.Your DaydreamsYou can always tell someone with dreams from those with daydreams. The people with dreams are always busy taking actions to bring their dreams to life. The daydreamers, on the other hand, are always talking about what they’re going to do someday.The daydreamers are always waiting for something to change, for someone to give them permission, or for someone to recognize their innate talents and abilities. They’re happy to talk about what they’re going to do someday, who they’re going to be when they’re allowed. But it’s all for show. It’s all talk and no action.If you don’t take action to make bring your dreams to life, then they’re just daydreams. And daydreams won’t take you anywhere. They’ll never move you closer to your goals. They’ll never help you realize your ambition. And they’ll never help you become the best ever version of yourself.The only difference between a dream and a daydream is action. And the only difference between where you are now and your goals, your ambitions, and the best ever version of yourself is just action too.QuestionsMake a list of your dreams. What actions are you taking right now to make them a reality?Which of your dreams are really daydreams? What action do you need to take to make your daydreams your real dreams?
A few years ago, I spoke to a big sales organization. Their leadership team was brilliant. They were all on message, and the message was powerful. But it fell flat with the sales force. I wasn’t sure why it didn’t inspire them. For some reason it just didn’t resonate.It’s always nice to be invited back to speak, and I was fortunate to have an opportunity to speak to this same sales organization a year later. Their leadership team was once again brilliant in their delivery. They were all on message. But this time, the message was different. The salespeople seemed to enjoy their sales conference, but they weren’t inspired to act, and the message again didn’t seem to resonate.I was invited back a third time. As they were preparing me to incorporate my message into this year’s theme, I recognized that the message had changed a third time. That’s three changes in three years. It was then that I realized why nothing seemed to inspire or resonate with the sales force: the message changes every year.Two Kinds of Sales OrganizationsAs I have spoken to sales organizations, I have found there are two kinds of sales organizations.One type changes their theme and their message each year. This group believes that their organizational priorities need to change from year to year. They believe their theme needs to change, the message needs to change, and the content needs to change. Other than the people, it’s difficult to know it’s the same sales organization.The other type of sales organization doesn’t ever really change their message. Unlike the first group, these companies know exactly who they are, exactly what they do, and exactly why they do. They never really change the message because it doesn’t need to change. This group seeks better execution and more true believers. They know that their conference is about reiterating the message and winning hearts and minds.It’s hard to be inspired when every year the message changes. How can you believe that this year’s shiny object is going to solve all of your problems and bring success when “who you are” and “what you do” has changed three times in three years? The sales force simply waits you out. And they’re right to. If you really need to make change, you need to draw a line in the sand and stay on message until you get the change you need.The reason people are energized by the same message (even though it might be delivered using different words and ideas), is because it provides meaning. The repetition deepens the belief. It means the path you are on is the right path and that it leads to success.The trick is to stay on message.QuestionsDo you stay on message? Does your company stay on message? Or does the message continually change?How long does it take to execute real change? How much can you accomplish in a year?How do you stay on message while still providing inspiration and something to motivate your team?Why is “new” always so tempting?
Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Last year I chose the words platform, lean, and tribes around which to frame all of my goals and disciplines. I made major progress on platform and tribes, with much work still to be done. And I completely bombed on lean (until the end of the year, I didn’t increase my effeciency and effectiveness enough . . . and I am still learning).Here are the three words I am using for 2014.Pivot: To pivot means to shift directions. For me this is about broadening both what I do to create value and the ways in which I deliver it. It means exploring, creating, and sharing new content. It also means exploring and playing with different vehicles and formats for delivering that value.Pivot is my first word for 2014.Frames: Anyone who consults, coaches, trains, or teaches is using a framework of some kind. A framework is a process or a methodology used to generate some result. I like frameworks, but I don’t like a rigid adherance to a framework for rigidity’s sake. A frame should be principles-based and flexible enough to change when new information or new outcomes are needed.I am going to create more frames in 2014, including many for me personally. This is a new level of lean from last year.I am also going to refine my existing frames.Margin: The word “margin” can mean a lot of things. It can mean more uncommitted time available for friends and family. It can mean more uncommitted money and financial freedom. But for me it means the ability to be completely present in whatever I am doing without having to worry about what isn’t being done. This is a different level of commitment because it requires me to make and keep the commitment not to make some commitments.Margin is only created when you say “no” to something now because you want something different later.Margin is my final word for 2014.Go see Chris’s post today for his three words. What are you going to focus on in 2014?
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 Resisting the things you need to do to succeed doesn’t do anything to lessen the need to do them. What’s worse, however, is complaining and whining about having to do them. Heightening your negative emotional state makes things worse, as does the search for evidence that might absolve you from having to do the work.You can whine, complain, and commiserate with others that you shouldn’t have to prospect, especially using the telephone, but while you are whining, your competitor is dialing the phone—and they’re calling your dream client (or your existing client).Griping about your irrational competitor’s willingness to sell at a price that would be impossible for you to meet doesn’t help you to create greater value, nor does it help you to justify the delta. You can complain, but your competitor is working to sharpen their skills when it comes to value creation without complaint.Complaining about clients and prospects doesn’t do anything to help you produce better results, and it doesn’t do anything to help your clients produce better results either. The same clients that you whine about having to take care of are the clients your competitors are trying to take from you. Your competitor is grinding away trying to create a new opportunity inside your client, and your attitude towards your client can open the door for them.Whining and complaining don’t do anything to improve your results, but it does disempower you, and the negativity prevents you from doing the work you are capable of. Worse still, you have competitors who are willing to do the work that you whine about, who are indefatigable in their efforts to produce the results they need, and who are competing for you for new business—and to competitively displace you.Grinding > Whining.
PANAJI: Representatives of Hindu organisations on Sunday warned the Goa government and the Archaeological Department not to neglect the Inquisition Pillar (haatkatro khamb) at Old Goa in north Goa, and vowed to safeguard the monument. As announced by them earlier, organisations and individuals led by the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) organised a tribute programme at the pillar on Sunday to mark Goa Revolution Day.The organisations said the pillar is a symbol of the identity of Goan Hindus who sacrificed their lives while opposing conversion during the “atrocious inquisition inflicted during the Portuguese rule”, and demanded that it be registered as a historic ancient monument of archaeological importance, and be preserved with immediate effect. HJS spokesperson Manoj Solanki said the pillar was mentioned in government documents till 2006, but a systematic attempt was being made to erase it from them. “If the Goa government does not preserve this historic pillar, Hindus will hold agitations and decide what steps should be taken to safeguard the same,” said Hindu Janajagruti Samiti national spokesperson Ramesh Shinde.Jayesh Thali from the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti said the pillar is a remnant of the Sree Saptakoteshwar Temple that existed during the reign of the Kadamba dynasty, which was demolished by the Portuguese. It was used to punish Hindus and criminals, giving it the name haatkatro khamb. Researcher and historian Prajal Sakhardande emphasised the historical importance of the pillar, saying that it has an inscription in Kannada. The pillar has been hit by vehicles twice, damaging its platform. Mr. Sakhardande demanded that the administration should preserve the pillar before another accident occurs.
Killing of officer a sign of things to come in Kashmir Security forces were up against a huge task as the school complex has over 400 rooms. “It took time clearing the rooms one by one. We wanted to be sure that the militants were hiding in the complex. It slowed the operation,” said a police officer.Combing operationThe operation gained pace in the morning when explosives were used to break into the complex. The firing stopped in the afternoon and the forces launched a major combing operation.One CRPF officer was killed and two others injured as militants opened fire on a CRPF patrol near Pantha Chowk area on the outskirts of Srinagar on Saturday afternoon and managed their entry into the school. Vulnerability to the foreThe operation has once again brought to the fore vulnerability on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which witnessed more than six attacks in the past one year. Meanwhile, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had claimed responsibility for the Pantha Chowk attack. LeT spokesman, Abdullah Ghaznavi said its men attacked on the CRPF party. CRPF officers and police officers carry the coffin containing the body of the CRPF officer who was killed in a militant attack at Pantha Chowk during a funeral procession in Srinagar on Sunday. | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad Security forces killed two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, holed up inside Delhi Public School here, in an 16-hour encounter on Sunday.An intermittent firing, which started around 5 p.m. on Saturday, continued in the night and the militants stay put inside the building. Security forces used flashlight disallowing the militants to escape.“Two militants were killed in the operation in the complex,” said a police spokesman. Both the militants were foreigners and were identified as Abu Talha and Abu Huraira.Three jawans of the Army’s PARA unit also suffered minor injuries.Also Read
The authorities on Saturday detained top separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, and foiled their scheduled ‘march’ to the National Investigation Agency headquarters in New Delhi “to court arrests”, as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Srinagar on his four-day visit.“People were being mobilised by the separatists for a rally. It would have created a law and order problem in Srinagar. We have put the separatists under detention to maintain peace,” said Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan .The separatists had offered to court arrests before the NIA “as a mark of protests against the NIA raids on separatist leaders, their supporters and relatives” in the past three months. Both Mr. Geelani and the Mirwaiz have been put under house arrest. JKLF chief Mr. Malik, who was detained aroud 12:30 a.m., was shifted to Central Jail, Srinagar, till September 11. “Had they moved normally like passengers go, we would have no problem in allowing them to go wherever they wanted to go. But we cannot allow anyone to disturb law and order and peace,” the IGP Khan.Rajnath arrives in SrinagarAs Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Srinagar on Saturday, security forces killed a militant in an ongoing operation in north Kashmir’s Sopore area.The militant, according to the police, was killed as security forces laid a siege of Reban village, Sopore, in Baramula district. “Militants opened fire as security forces fired warning shots in the village. One militant has been killed,” said a police spokesman.Internet services were suspended and schools closed in Sopore town “as a precautionary measure”.
The Chhattisgarh police arrested five Maoists in Narayanpur district on Tuesday.“Maoist Bajaru Noharu, Mangatu Nag, Arjun Yadav, Amaru Patai and Sukhlal Potai were arrested and produced before a court on Tuesday. [They were all] recruited by senior Maoist commander Ramu, Vinod and Navin. They were working in the Maoist organisation for last 15 years,” Narayanpur district police said in a statement. All five carried monetary rewards on their heads.Meanwhile, an exchange of fire took place between the police and the Maoists in Dantewada district on Tuesday. The Maoists fled, leaving behind a cache of IEDs and other material.
A security man stands at the entrance of a multiplex next to signs which say they will not be screening “Padmaavat” in Ahmadabad on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: AP “For us safety of patrons is important. Depending on the scenario, we will see if the atmosphere is safe, then we will play it (in these four states). Things could change (but) at the moment we are looking at safety of people,” Deepak Asher, president of the association, told PTI.Even in the states where the film would be released, private security guards would be deployed outside cinema halls besides police, he said.Karni Sena warns of ‘Janta curfew’Lokendra Singh Kalvi, the chief patron of right-wing outfit Shree Rajput Karni Sena, on Wednesday, announced that a ‘Janta curfew’ will be imposed on theatres screening the movie. “Those who watched the film on the invitation by the censor board few days back have said that there is a dream sequence between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati in the film. We have been demanding that there should be no dream sequence and no romantic scene between the two,” he said.Members of the Karni Sena damaged windows of two Rajasthan roadways buses and blocked a road in Kalwar area in Jaipur. “One bus was on its way to New Delhi from Sikar and the second was coming from New Delhi. Windows of the buses were damaged but there was no report of any injury,” said a policeman of Neema Ka Thana Police Station in Sikar district.SP Jalore Vikas Kumar said nearly 50 people assembled in Bagoda for protests, prompting the authorities to seal a few areas in the town. “People have been demonstrating against the film. But the situation is peaceful now,” Mr. Kumar said.In Chittorgarh, a few women were prevented from entering Chittor Fort for holding a protest, Deputy SP Gajendara Singh said.Bus torched in HaryanaA Haryana Roadways bus was set on fire in Bhondsi village allegedly by Karni Sena activists. A police official in Gurugram said there was no loss of life in the incident.Prohibitory orders have been imposed in Gurugram as a precautionary measure, though no incident of violence were reported in the city on Wednesday. Hundreds of Karni Sena supporters staged protests near the Khidki- Daula toll plaza on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway. Police removed the agitators from the scene and ensured ssmooth flow of traffic.Meanwhile, rumours spread across Gurugram that pubs and bars have been asked to shut down from Wednesday evening. The Gurugram Police rubbished these reports as rumours and informed through their twitter handle that educational institutions and offices will work as usual tomorrow.Protests in LucknowIn Lucknow, Rajput groups protested near near malls and theatres. A number of activists of the Karni Sena staged protests outside two malls in Gomti Nagar area. The police used mild force to disperse protesters gathered outside Gomti Nagar police station after a few activists were detained.“The security around cinema halls have been increased. We will not let anyone take law in his hand,” a senior police official said. An alert has been sounded and all the district police chiefs have been asked to remain vigilant across Uttar Pradesh.NH-3 blocked brieflyProtests spread to Madhya Pradesh too where as many as 200 activists belonging to various fringe outfits blocked National Highway-3, which links Agra with Mumbai, near Pigdambar crossing in Kishanganj area in Indore district and broke glass bottles on the road.Heated arguments ensued between the protesters, who included members of Karni Sena, and the police when the Rajput group members tried to stop vehicles as part of their protest.Around 50 Karni Sena activists armed with sticks burnt an effigy of Bhansali on Indore-Depalpur road, police said. A police officer said the road was cleared after the protesters were given a warning.Agitations were also carried out in Sagar, Guna, Bhopal, Ratlam and other towns in Madhya Pradesh against the movie.Theatre vandalised in JammuA group of men protesting against the movie vandalised a cinema theatre on Canal Road in Jammu and even tried to set it on fire.The protesters broke furniture and other fixtures and lit the fire before theatre staff and onlookers doused the flames. Police chased away the mob. Karni Sena members burn an effigy at Beawar in Rajasthan on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: PTI As violent protests against the release of film Padmaavat continued on Wednesday, the Multiplex Association of India said its members would not screen the period drama in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa.The decision of the association, which represents about 75 per cent of the multiplex owners in the country, came as Rajput outfits and other fringe elements vandalised malls, burned vehicles, and issued open threats to theatre owners and public in their bid to stall its release, claiming distortion of history.Earlier in the day, theatre owners in Gujarat said ‘Padmaavat’ will not be screened in any of the multiplexes or single screens in the State till the row over the film is resolved, even as police arrested 50 people in connection with the violence outside malls in Ahmedabad last night.The Gujarat Multiplex Owners Association said the decision has been taken for the safety of customers as well as to save their property.
A 44-year-old police constable shot himself dead with his AK-47 rifle during Republic Day function at a government senior secondary school in Jagraon, 45 km from Ludhiana.Manjit Singh died on the spot, police said. The constable was deputed as gunman of the Jagraon City police station SHO. The constable was depressed because of some family problems, police said. They said investigations were in progress. The body has been sent to a civil hospital for post- mortem, they said.
The police have arrested 16 people including a Facebook instigator in connection with Friday night’s lynching of two adventurers by a mob at a village in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong district on suspicion that they were khupadhora or child-lifters.The mob had bludgeoned Niloptal Das, a 29-year-old sound engineer and engineering dropout Abhijeet Nath, 30, to death at Panjuri Kacharigaon under Dokmoka police station. They had driven to the village, about 200 km east of Guwahati, in an SUV asking for directions to a waterfall.Videos of their lynching, uploaded on social media, have triggered protests in Guwahati besides generating anger on the streets. Given a history of ethnic violence in the State, the BJP-led coalition government has advised restraint to ensure the incident does not lead to a communal backlash.The village where the two non-tribal men were killed is dominated by the Karbi and Bodo tribal people.“Apart from 15 villagers, we have arrested one Bhupendra Terang from Diphu (district headquarters) for propagating the child-lifter scare on Facebook,” Karbi Anglong Superintendent of Police GV Siva Prasad said.“We are also holding meetings at various levels to ensure no one fans communal passion. Besides, we are asking a cross-section of communities to visit villages and educate people about potentially dangerous social media posts and forwards,” he said.On Sunday, CM Sarbananda Sonowal held a meeting with Chief Secretary TY Das, Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia and other top officers to assess the law and order situation triggered by rumours. “People found circulating rumours would be dealt with very firmly,” Mr. Sonowal said.“Some mischievous elements are trying to create trouble through hate messages. We request request people to inform the police if they come across such messages,” Mr. Saikia said.The police chief added that Additional DGP Mukesh Agarwal was monitoring the investigation while ADGP Harmeet Singh was tracking rumours of the khupadhora and ‘monkey-man’ kind on social media.Music-mad campersSahil Abbas Khan, who studied audio engineering with Nilotpal at SAE Institute in Mumbai, recalled his friend as a great cook and a greater human being who would never even harm a fly. “He worked magic with mouth organs and percussion instruments,” Mr. Khan said.Colleagues also remembered him as an incorrigible outdoors man, rushing off to the hills and jungles at the slightest of pretext.Nilotpal’s Facebook page has photos of camping and biking in Europe and the Himalayan states in India. “This time, he had come home all the way from Goa on his (350cc) motorcycle. Nothing happened until he decided to explore his own State,” his brother Jyoti Prakash Das, unable to come to terms with the lynching, said.More popular as Neel in the music circuit, Nilotpal had joined SAE Mumbai after attaining a commerce degree from Delhi University. He shifted to Goa where he was into disc-jockeying and participating in musical events such as the 2nd World Mouth Harp Festival in 2014.Music and love for nature had brought Nilotpal and Abhijeet, a businessman, together. The two had planned to check out some remote areas of Assam to record sights and sounds after Nilotpal came home on vacation in mid-April.“My son was fond of ornamental fish and dogs. Little did I know that he would pay with his life for his love for nature,” Abhijeet’s father Ajit Nath, a district agriculture officer posted in Morigaon district, said.The two friends had left home early morning on that fateful day. Their destination was Kangthilangso, which boasts of a waterfall. They ran into a mob while asking for directions on the way back about 8 pm.
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday filed a chargesheet against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for falsely framing in an arms case the father of the minor girl from Unnao who accused him of rape.Nine others were named in the CBI chargesheet, including three policemen — then station officer of Makhi police station Ashok Bhaduria, sub-inspector Kamta Prasad Singh and constable Amir Khan.The MLA’s brother Atul Singh Sengar and their aides Shailendra Singh, Vineet Mishra, Birendra Singh, Ram Sharan Singh and Shashi Pratap Singh have also been named. The MLA is accused of framing the minor’s father in an Arms Act case in collusion with the local police.The CBI had on April 12 registered a case regarding the matter under criminal conspiracy and various sections of the Indian Penal Code — 166, 167, 193, 201, 218 — and Section 3/25 of the Arms Act.The minor girl’s father died during judicial custody in April allegedly of injuries suffered during an assault by the MLA’s brother and his aides. After the assault, he had been arrested by the Unnao police for the illegal possession of arms and sent to judicial custody on the complaint of the MLA’s side.This is the third chargesheet filed by the CBI in the case and the second against the MLA who was on Wednesday named as an accused in the rape case. The legislator from Bangermau in Unnao faces charges under Sections 363 ( kidnapping), 366 (abducting and inducing a girl), 376 (punishment for rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and also relevant sections of the stringent POCSO pertaining to sexual assault.The CBI on July 7 had named Atul Sengar in the chargesheet in connection with the death of the minor’s father. Other accusedThe other accused in the alleged murder case are Vineet Mishra, Birendra Singh alias Bauwa, Ram Sharan Singh alias Sonu and Shashi Pratap Singh, all residents of Sarai Thok Makhi in Unnao district. They face charges of murder and criminal intimidation, among others.While the CBI did not name the MLA in the death case of the minor’s father, it said it was investigating his role.
A day before Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje embarks on her 40-day-long ‘Gaurav Yatra’ (March of Pride) from Rajsamand district, the Congress here on Friday accused her of failure on all fronts of governance and misleading the people of Rajasthan ahead of the Assembly elections. There was hardly anything in the BJP rule to feel proud of, said Congress leaders.While AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot said Ms. Raje’s march should be described as ‘Vidaai Yatra’ (Farewell March), Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said the party would ask one question on each day of the yatra to expose the ‘misrule’ of the BJP. He said a ‘march of accountability’ would be more appropriate for Ms. Raje at this stage. At a press conference, Mr. Pilot asked the first question: “Why is the expenditure on ‘Gaurav Yatra’ being inflicted on the people of Rajasthan?” He said the ruling BJP was misusing public money for recovering lost ground in the election year.“The State government has instructed the Public Works Department to bear expenses for holding public meetings and asked the Collectors to make arrangements for the yatra. The BJP is launching its election campaign by spending the hard-earned money of the public… it is immoral,” said Mr. Pilot.Ms. Raje flagged off a modified mini-bus, decorated as a ‘chariot’, in which she will be travelling during the yatra, at her official residence here on Friday. The yatra will cover 165 of the State’s 200 Assembly constituencies, covering a distance of 6,000 km, while 134 public meetings will be organised during the march.‘Bid to control damage’ Mr. Gehlot, the former Rajasthan Chief Minister, said the yatra would turn out to be an ‘unsuccessful attempt at damage control’. “The BJP will be voted out of power this time because all sections, including farmers, labourers, minorities, Dalits, tribals, women, employees and unemployed youths are distressed,” he said, adding that the farmers were forced to commit suicide for the first time in the BJP rule.
The Opposition Congress in Goa on Wednesday claimed that it had the support of over 21 legislators in the 40-member Assembly, giving it enough strength to form the government in the State. The Congress, which was the single largest party with 16 MLAs, had already staked claim to form the government. The Opposition party’s claim came at a time when Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, 62, is admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi for a pancreatic ailment. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar said the Congress had enough support to form the government in Goa. “We have the required numbers. I am not going to tell you whom we are in discussions with, but we need the support of 21 MLAs and we have more than that,” he said. The Congress legislators, led by Mr. Kavlekar, met Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday and demanded a floor test by the BJP-led government to prove its majority.
While the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has decided to conduct an independent probe into the blast at the encounter site at Kulgam on Sunday, which left seven civilians dead, the CPI(M) on Thursday questioned whether the security forces violated the standard operating procedure (SOP) laid down in 2012.CPI(M) MLA M.Y. Tarigami said the incident in Kulgam “has deeply shaken the whole of Kashmir”. “Legitimate question of the people is whether this tragedy could have been averted. The SOP of 2012 makes it mandatory on security forces to sanitise the encounter site before leaving. Why was it not done in Larro, Kulgam? Strong voices are emerging in and outside the State that a credible enquiry should be held to fix the responsibility so that such tragedies could be avoided in future,” said Mr. Tarigami.He asked authorities to “issue clear cut direction to the law enforcing agencies to desist from using excessive force”. “The Centre, led by the BJP, continues to refuse to draw lessons from the previous mistakes. It has compounded the problem in the past four years and thereby deepened the alienation and mistrust among the people further,” said Mr. Tarigami.He said the Centre’s “disastrous policy is alienating more sections of the population and driving a number of youth to militancy”.Meanwhile, an official said SHRC chairman Justice Bilal Nazki has sought a report from the authorities on the Kulgam blast within four weeks. He has also directed officials to “carry out an on-spot investigation”.
The Congress government in Rajasthan has accused the Centre of adopting a “discriminatory attitude” towards the State’s farmers, reflected in the lower targets set for procurement of mustard and gram on minimum support prices in comparison with the national average. A ceiling of 25-quintal purchase on a day has been set for the farmers.‘Increase limit’State Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana has taken up the matter with Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, requesting him to enhance the procurement limit by 40%. In a letter addressed to Mr. Singh, Mr. Anjana said the Centre should allow the purchase of 14.35 lakh metric tonnes of mustard and 8.65 lakh tonnes of gram to give remunerative prices to farmers.Mr. Anjana said the procurement targets of 5.50 lakh metric tonnes for mustard and 4.17 lakh metric tonnes for gram were insufficient and would fail to provide relief to farmers. The difference in MSP and market prices for the two crops ranged between ₹700 and ₹1,000 per quintal, he said.
When you are dealing with a deadly poison that can be found in food and is a potential terrorist weapon, you want the best detection tools you can get. Now, researchers in France have demonstrated an improved method to detect the most deadly variant of the botulinum neurotoxin, which causes botulism. Their test provides results faster than the standard method and accurately detects even low concentrations of the toxin.Botulinum neurotoxin—one of the deadliest poisons known to humans—is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This toxin can be found in improperly canned foods and is considered a potential terrorist weapon due to its ability to kill at very low concentrations if added to food, water, or the air supply. Individuals who become sick from the toxin develop progressive paralysis that is fatal 60% of the time if left untreated. But if a patient receives treatment in time, the likelihood of death falls to less than 5%.Unfortunately, the current standard blood test for detecting the botulinum toxin in adults is slow—and gruesome. Blood from the patient is injected into mice; if the rodents develop symptoms of botulism and die, the test is positive. But it can take as long as four days to get results from the mouse test, which limits its usefulness in situations where treatment decisions need to be made quickly. What’s more, the patients who have the least amount of time to spare often don’t test positive at all. The botulinum toxin moves out of the blood and into muscle as the disease progresses. 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So he and his team set out to design a new test that took advantage of the molecular processes behind the botulinum neurotoxin’s paralyzing effect. They focused on botulinum neurotoxin A, which causes most of the botulism cases in the United States. (Botulinum neurotoxins B, E, and F can also cause disease.)Botulinum neurotoxin A causes paralysis by breaking apart a protein called SNAP-25, which helps nerves and muscles communicate. Lévêque and his team affixed SNAP-25 to a tiny chip and exposed it to blood containing the A toxin. Then, the researchers introduced an engineered antibody that reacts with SNAP-25 only after it has been dismantled in the manner particular to the A neurotoxin. If the antibody reacted with the chip, they knew the blood sample contained A toxin. Using this method, Lévêque and his team could detect the toxin in a matter of hours, instead of days, and at much lower concentrations than the mouse test, they report in an upcoming issue of Biosensors and Bioelectronics.Attaching SNAP-25 to the chip proved to be a key advantage of the new method, Lévêque says. This trick allows the test to react directly to a patient’s blood, which means very little precious time is wasted preparing the sample for analysis. “Sample preparation often represents a bottleneck” in clinical tests, Lévêque explains. His team’s test, on the other hand, “is very simple, as samples just need to be diluted and introduced into the apparatus.”The new test “is very fast and sensitive,” says Luis Polo-Parada, a medical nanotechnologist at University of Missouri, Columbia, who was not involved with the research. However, he cautions that additional labs will need to confirm the test’s effectiveness before it will be ready for use in patients. Both Polo-Parada and disease detection researcher Markus Kalkum of the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope in Duarte, California, who was not involved with the research, hope the test will be expanded to cover the B, E, and F neurotoxins, too. Lévêque says his group is already working on that.