first_imgLearn how to create a self pivoting 3D camera that will track an object in your scene!Straight out of a science fiction or crime thriller, this modeled security camera is not only photo realistic, it also moves and pivots like the real deal. Detail was given to the design to enable the security camera model to follow an object in your Cinema 4D scene.In this exclusive Cinema 4D video tutorial we’ll show you how to do it from start to finish – building the 3D camera model and automated camera movement. Watch the tutorial below and download the corresponding project file.Follow along! Download the free project files:[maxbutton id=”22″]This Cinema 4D video tutorial covers the following fundamentals:Modeling a CameraTexturingCreating GlassAdding Target TagsUsing NullsA security camera is a relatively simple object to model. If you want to learn more about creating more irregularly shaped objects check out our ‘Modeling Complex Shapes in Cinema 4D‘ post.If you want to learn more about modeling in Cinema 4D check out the Cinema 4D section of the PremiumBeat blog.Have any tips for using null objects in Cinema 4D?Share in the comments.last_img read more

first_imgHigh shutter speed is the secret ingredient of thrilling action cinematography. Here’s everything you need to know about the technique.Have you ever watched a war film or an action film and wondered why certain scenes look so clean and intense? Why certain scenes have an almost raw sharpness to them? It’s hard to explain — but you know it when you see it. This look is usually achieved one of two ways: high frame rate or high shutter speed.We’ve written about the use of high frame rate in film and video production before. Now let’s turn our attention to high shutter speed. Here’s a video from Story & Heart (via Vimeo Video School) that covers the differences between high shutter speed and high frame rate.The basics: higher shutter speeds introduce less light to the sensor. As less light is introduced, less motion blur is seen. This gives the footage a look of hyperreality. A sharpness and crispness that almost overwhelms your brain. Before we dive deeper, let’s look at the differences between capturing high shutter speed on a video camera versus a cinema camera.Shutter Speed vs. Shutter AngleShutter speed is calculated by fractions (speed) in video cameras such as DSLRs. In cinema cameras, it’s calculated in degrees (angles). Look at it like this: if you have a 1/50 shutter speed in a DSLR camera, that same shutter in a cinema camera would be a 172.8 degree shutter angle. Pro Video Coalition has a great breakdown on how to get an accurate calculation of both shutter speed and shutter angle.Here’s a quick and easy conversion chart from the article. The numbers below show the shutter equivalent between speed and angle.1/32 = 2701/48 = 1801/50 = 172.81/60 = 1441/96 = 901/120 = 72 Live SportsImage via ShutterstockSports videography might be the one area of the media industry where high shutter speed is used most. From the NFL to Red Bull Action Sports, high shutter speed is ubiquitous in the sports world.The technique ensures that audiences feel they’re missing none of the action on the field of play. Every moment and move is captured without motion blur, as seen in this (sadly non-embeddable) cinematic look of Super Bowl 50 from the NFL.Film and TelevisionHigh shutter speed really took hold of audience imaginations in the late 90s, thanks to Steven Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. Their use of the technique to vividly capture the horrors of World War II in Saving Private Ryan was a watershed moment.Video via MovieclipsBecause they used a high shutter speed (or, rather, a low shutter angle), every second of the action is crystal clear; there’s no motion blur to diffuse the image. This technique was replicated only a few years later in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster, Gladiator. Cinematographer John Mathieson used the technique to elevate the intensity of violence to another level.Video via MovieclipsPerhaps the best recent application of the technique is found in Mad Max: Fury Road. Director George Miller and cinematographer John Seale used high shutter speed — in conjunction with speed ramping and frame speed — to create a truly frenetic experience.Video via jenjaesxAlways consider your motivation when using high shutter speed. Sure, you can use it simply because it looks, well, cool. But using it to transform a viewer’s experience into something more immersive is even better.Using high shutter speed can really give you a powerful image. Putting substance over style and having proper motivation will prevent you from wearing out your audience’s senses.Have you had success working with high shutter speed? Do you enjoy seeing this technique in film and television? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgFree Animated Ribbon FontRocketStock is home to a ton of freebies I constantly use — everything from overlays to lower-thirds packages. They also have two animated typefaces that I often use. The first one is Ribbon, a simple animated font that I’ve used more than I care to admit. It’s really nice for end titles, when revealing a company name or product.A big bonus is that select characters are animated as well. So you get 26 uppercase letters, 26 lowercase letters, 10 numbers, and 16 symbols. You just drag-and-drop any of the pre-rendered letters or characters into your project, then you can change the color to whatever you need.The downside is that you only get one look, so it’s usually best for upbeat projects, as the font is very round. It can also be a bit tedious to drag each and every character, especially if it’s a long title. But for simplicity and good looking results, this one is still a contender.Free Animated Helvetica Neue TemplateThis second free RocketStock animated font is killer (if you already have Helvetica Neue installed on your machine). Helvetica Neue is a much more versatile font that works on a variety of projects.These animations are simple and clean. As a result, they work great on corporate and commercial projects. Like Ribbon, all letters, numbers, and select symbols are included. Again, it’s relatively easy to change the color of the animation by adjusting the hue and saturation.Again, these are drag-and-drop characters, so it’s not as easy as just typing out your words. But for quick titles, they are nice to have.Unfortunately, I just switched from a Mac to a PC, so I no longer have Helvetica Neue as a default font, so here’s one for the Mac users — and those of you who own Helvetica.Free Animated Titles and Motion GraphicsIn this PB freebie, you’ll find 21 different types of mograph tools, including eight animated titles for Premiere Pro.I’ve been using this for a mix of quick animated titles — and especially for product descriptions. Whenever you need to feature product specs or prices, I find these animated fonts super simple to use and adjust.What’s really nice about these free animated titles is that you can quickly type out (or copy and paste your text) directly in the Premiere Pro essential graphics panel.Hope you enjoy these free animated fonts as much as I do! Good luck on your next project.Looking for more free video assets? Check these out.How to Use FREE Cinematic Video Effects With Your Footage17 Awesome Typography Videos — FREE Assets IncludedWhy You Should Be Using Film Grain on Digital Video + 5 Free Film Grain OverlaysHow to Create the VHS Look in Premiere Pro + Free VHS Effect PresetsDownload Dozens of Free Sound Effects from Yellowstone National Park Check out these free, easy-to-use, drag-and-drop animated fonts that will make any video editor look like an animator or motion graphics pro.I will be the first to admit that animation is not a strength of mine. While I understand the fundamentals of animating text in After Effects, I often find that most of the projects I work on don’t allow me to spend too much time creating animated text from scratch. That’s why I often look for templates or pre-animated fonts.If I had more free time, I’d certainly go down a rabbit hole of tutorials, but I’m often in a time crunch, trying to get projects delivered to clients as quickly as possible. Here are a few free animated typefaces that helped me get my videos finished, in a flash.Most of these animated fonts are pre-rendered files that you just drag-and-drop into your NLE of choice. You’ll either stack the characters in layers (in Premiere Pro, FCPX, etc.), or you can bring them into an After Effects comp. In addition, you can adjust the scale and change colors.I’ll also toss in some animated titles, where you can type out your text and get animated reveals directly in Premiere Pro without even having to touch After Effects.Free Neon Animated TypefaceThis first animated font comes from Shutterstock. It’s a really fun, neon-style animation. It comes with 26 uppercase letters and 10 animated numbers.While you can find more detailed directions on the free animated neon font download page, it’s not necessary. It’s a simple drag-and-drop process that’s relatively painless — unless your titles are really, really long.I spelled my name, adjusted the position, tossed in a background, and exported a final title — all in under two minutes.Here’s a brief rundown. After you download the free animated font, import the files into your project — this can be in Premiere Pro, FCPX, DaVinci Resolve, After Effects, whatever.Drag the characters you need onto the timeline. I like to use the first characters on the top layer. It makes it easier for me to know which letters to move, in which direction.Adjust the position of each letter to properly space out the characters. You can also resize them, if needed, by changing the scale.So you don’t have to worry about transparency, the letters include alpha channels. I just dropped a photo in the background with a simple Ken Burns zoom in, and that’s it. Here’s what my final timeline looked like.last_img read more

first_imgThe challenge you have when you decide to improve your results is not that there isn’t information available to you that would help your progress—and quickly. There is more than enough information, and everything you need to know is already known. If a lack of information was your obstacle, it would easily be overcome.The results you want are not out of reach because you don’t have time to achieve them. All you have is time. What you do with that time is a decision that you make. It doesn’t matter where you are now or where you want to go. You have the time to accomplish much, more than you believe possible.The distance between where you are now and the results that you want are also not likely the result of your inability to do what is necessary. It is almost an absolute certainty that you can do what you would need to do to have what you want. Even if you lacked the ability to achieve your goal in the same manner as someone else, your human creativity and resourcefulness would be enough to get you there some other way.What prevents you from having what you want is an unwillingness to do what is necessary to have it. That unwillingness often comes from the strong desire to seek comfort over discomfort. Even if you have the information, the time, and the ability, the pull of what is comfortable drags you right back to doing what you’ve always done. It’s familiar, it’s easy, and it requires little effort—and all without the lack of the discomfort that goes hand in hand with growth.What should make you uncomfortable is being comfortable. The real danger isn’t in failing, losing, or taking more time than you expected to produce the result you want. The real danger is slipping back into what is familiar, and in doing so, producing a result that is far less than you are capable of and living with the regret of not becoming the version of you that comes after this one.last_img read more

first_imgThe militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on Tuesday warned cow vigilantes in the Kashmir Valley and called for “holding those responsible for attacks on Muslims accountable for their acts”.In an e-mailed statement to a Srinagar-based wire service, LeT chief Mehmood Shah referred to the recent attack on a Muslim family by cow vigilantes at Reasi in Jammu. “We condemn the atrocities being committed on Muslims at Reasi by BJP mobs. Such brutal acts, committed in the presence of police officers, are evidence of the Indian State depriving Muslims of their rights. Humans are treated worse than animals in the name of gau raksha,” he said. A video posted online showed a mob attacking a Gujjar family on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgThe BJP has won two key constituencies in Goa, with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane winning in the Panaji and Valpoi  bypolls, respectively.With this, the BJP, which doesn’t have a majority on its own in the Assembly, now has 14 seats in the 40-member House, and the coalition government that it heads has the support of 24 members. The Congress’s tally remains at 16.Mr. Parrikar got 9862 votes, while his nearest rival, Congress Secretary Girish Chodankar polled 5059 votes. Anand Shirdokar of the Goa Suraksha Manch polled 220 votes.In Valpoi, at the end of the fourth and final round, Mr. Rane polled 16167 votes, while his nearest rival Roy Naik of the Congress secured 6101 votes.In the elections held on August 23, 15,538 votes had been polled in Panaji, while 23,038 votes were polled in Valpoi.Rane says money power failed miserablyMr. Rane said that despite money power and some mine-owners working against him in the bypoll, he win  with a huge margin.Mr. Rane who left Congress party soon after the assembly election results in March to join the BJP, said the margin of his victory vindicated his decision.Congress candidate Girish Chodankar, who lost to Mr. Parrikar, said that given the kind of response he received from the people of Panaji, he felt he could win the election.However, he said the time was short and still the Panaji voters gave him 5000 votes. “Unlike in the past when Congress candidates in Panaji are accused of abandoning the voters and party rank and file after elections in Panaji, I am determined to work for the issues of Panaji’s people. I will take up their issues and fight for the same,” said AICC Secretary who lost the election to by a margin of 4803 votes.last_img read more

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday urged people to preserve the spirit of universal brotherhood on the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.“Let us preserve the spirit of universal brotherhood on this @UN International Day of Peace,” Ms. Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle on Thursday morning.The International Day of Peace is observed throughout the world on September 21 every year.The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace among nations and people.The theme for this year is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”.last_img read more

first_imgThe family of the juvenile, apprehended in connection with the murder of his seven-year-old school mate at Ryan International School in Bhondsi, claimed on Tuesday that the teenager had told the Legal Probation Officer that he had been framed in the case.Speaking to The Hindu, the juvenile’s father claimed that he, along with his wife, had gone to meet his son, who is at the Observation Home in Faridabad, on Monday. A woman Legal Probation Officer happened to reach there to prepare the Social Investigation Report. The father claimed that his son told the officer that he had not committed any crime and was beaten up by CBI officials to ‘confess’ to the crime. “I don’t know about the exact sequence of events narrated by my son to the lady officer, but he told her that he was being framed. He has told the same thing to us as well,” said the father. He claimed that his brother, waiting outside the observation home, spotted CBI officials as well.Though a senior Child Welfare Committee official denied that the officer had met the juvenile, the observation home officials claimed that the officer, Nisha Saini, had visited the home and met the boy separately for almost an hour.last_img read more

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government has written to the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry, expressing the apprehension that the release of Bollywood film Padmavati on December 1 could lead to serious “law and order problems” in the State.The Uttar Pradesh Home Department has appealed to the I&B Ministry to apprise the Central Board of Film Certification of the “public sentiments” against the alleged distortion of “facts” in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film.The State has requested the Censor Board to decide on the certification of the film based on public sentiments, and considering the threats of disruption and violence by various groups.In the letter, the State government has said that there is “public anger” against the “distorted manner” in which the “storyline” and “historical facts” are presented in the film. The screening of the film could lead to an “adverse impact” on peace, a government spokesperson said.The government has submitted that its resources to maintain law and order are stretched due to the ongoing municipal elections and the Barawafat festival, on December 2, when Muslim groups actively participate in taking out processions.Voting for the local polls is scheduled in three phases, on November 22, 26 and 29, followed by the results on December 1.“In such an environment, if this film is screened in its trailer launch, it could lead to widespread disorder and problems could arise. The release of the film on December 1 is not in the interest of peace and order,” the U.P. Home Department, which functions under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has said.The State government has informed the IB Ministry that some groups have asked cinemas not to screen the movie, and demanded that “distorted scenes” of Rani Padmavati be erased. They had threatened to indulge in vandalism and arson if the film was screened, the State government said.Meanwhile, the Karni Sena, a self-proclaimed Rajput outfit leading the protest against the film, has vowed not to allow its screening.Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi said the U.P. Home Ministry’s letter was the “impact” of the outfit’s campaign against the Bollywood film, which “depicted Padmavati in a dishonourable manner.” Mr. Kalvi said the government would have to be prepared to face the wrath of the Kshatriya youth if the film was allowed to be screened.“Ahimsa bahut zaroori hai, Hinsa toh majboori hai. Jauhar ki jwala hai, bahut kuch jalega. Rok sako toh is Padmavati ko rok lo,(non-violence is of utmost importance but violence is the last resort. A lot will burn in this fire of Jauhar. Stop this Padmavati if you can ),” he said in a press conference here.Director-General of Police Sulkhan Singh has issued a circular to district police chiefs instructing them to take all possible measures to prevent vandalism and violence. Officers have been asked to keep anti-riot equipment ready at all cinema halls, malls and multiplexes in the State, a police spokesperson said.Explaining the letter sent to the I&B Ministry, Mr. Adityanath said while it was not for him to decide on the certification of the film, he would “stop every act that can create a threat to law and order” in the State.He said the government’s priority was to ensure free and fair municipal elections. For that to happen, it was necessary for the police to be focused on the task at hand rather than be distracted by law and order problems created by the release of the film.Letter to RajnathThe Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking the smooth release of Padmavati. In the letter, film-maker and convenor of IFTDA Ashoke Pandit said as agitators had threatened to raze the cinema halls to the ground, adequate protection must be provided to the Padmavati team.The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has said it will take a stand on the controversial film only after watching it.In Kota, a senior functionary of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena threatened actor Deepika Padukone with physical harm if she incited public sentiments. Referring to the nose chopping of ‘Surpnakha’ in Ramayana, Karni Sena leader Mahipal Singh Makrana said while the Kshatriyas respected women, the Rajputs would not lag behind if the film was not banned and Ms. Padukone did not stop inciting sentiments with her provocative language. Ms. Padukone had reportedly said that nothing could stop the release of the film and that India had regressed as a nation. The SRKS has called for a country-wide bandh on December 1.Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil said on Thursday that the government was doing a security assessment of Ms. Padukone. It would provide security to theatres, if needed. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali had already been provided security, he said.Ajmer Dargah Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan joined the chorus of voices against the film and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban it as it hurt religious sentiments. Comparing Mr. Bhansali with Salman Rushdie, Taslima Nasreen and Tareq Fatah, the spiritual leader said Muslims should oppose the film.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

first_imgAhmedabad – The people of Gujarat and the State administration on Wednesday heaved a sigh of relief as Cyclone Ockhi dissipated over the Arabian Sea, sparing the poll-bound state.The cyclone was on Tuesday headed towards Gujarat after leaving a trail of destruction on the southern Indian coast. It passed the Mumbai coast, and much to the relief of the people in the Maharashtra capital, it just brought rains and there was no loss of life or damage to property.Turns into low pressureAs per an early morning release by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclonic storm first turned into a ‘deep depression’, then into a ‘depression’ and finally into a ‘low pressure’ area after midnight.“The depression over eastcentral and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea weakened into a well-marked low pressure area over eastcentral Arabian sea and adjoining areas of northeast Arabian Sea, north coastal Maharashtra and south coastal Gujarat at 23:30 hours on yesterday,” the release said.The cyclone dissipated over the sea before hitting the Gujarat coast, said Jayanta Sarkar, director of the MeT Centre in Ahmedabad.“The cyclone did not reach Surat at all. It dissipated into the sea before making a landfall on the southern coast. From a deep depression, it became a depression, then became a well-marked low pressure. Now, it is just low pressure. It may bring light to moderate rain in some parts of the State today,” he said.’Sea condition will be rough’As per the IMD release, the sea condition would be rough along and off south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts in the next 12 hours.“Fishermen along and off north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts are advised not to venture into sea during the next 12 hours,” the release said.Till Tuesday evening, there was a fear that Cyclone Ockhi may hit the Gujarat coast by midnight. However, the cyclone lost its strength and turned into a ‘deep depression’ when it was around 240 km away from Surat.It later turned into a ‘depression’ when it was still away from the coast and gradually weakened into a well marked low pressure by Wednesday morning.To face the eventuality in view of the cyclonic storm, the State government had deployed teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in several parts of south Gujarat and Saurashtra. It had also alerted the Air Force, the Coast Guard and the Navy.Amid his busy poll campaign schedule, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Chief Secretary J.N. Singh rushed to Surat on Tuesday to oversee relief operations.People shifted to safer locationsAround 1,600 people were also shifted to safer locations, as a precautionary measure.“Conducted review meeting with officials in view of Ockhi cyclone at Surat. Instructed them to leave no stone unturned to counter any adverse situation…No need to panic,” Mr. Rupani tweeted.last_img read more

first_imgFour-feet tall Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) commander-cum-recruiter Noor Mohammad Tantray, who security agencies believe had met Taliban’s Mullah Omar in early 2000 in Afghanistan, was killed in an operation in Pulwama on Tuesday.“The killing of Noor Mohammad Tantray alias Noora is an achievement. He was an active recruiter of local youth into militancy,” said Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan.A police official said Tantray was hiding in a cluster of houses at Pulwama’s Samboora. Security forces used explosives to attack the house he was hiding in. The body of Tantray, who was a mere four feet two inches tall, was recovered along with one weapon in the morning from the rubble of the house.“The area was cordoned off on Monday evening. In a fierce gun battle, the top JeM commander was killed. It’s a significant development,” said Mr. Khan.Two of Tantray’s accomplices, believed to be foreign terrorists, managed to escape under the cover of darkness, officials said, adding that efforts to track them were under way.Released on paroleThe house he was hiding in was blasted by the security forces.Tantray, a convict in the 2003 terror activities in Delhi, served a sentence at the Central Jail in Srinagar. He was released on parole in 2015 and joined the JeM immediately after the Aripal encounter in July, in which three JeM militants were killed.“Soon he became a key man of JeM in coordinating and organising attacks at different places, including the BSF camp attack near Srinagar airport this year,” said the police. The Jaish, which was left crippled in 2014 by the security forces, saw a revival this year because of Tantray, said a police official. According to the security agencies, Tantray received over 20 fidayeen squad members of JeM this year and “would fan out them and identify targets in south Kashmir”. He was being constantly tracked by the central security agencies to crack the Pathankot attack case since he was close to many handlers in Pakistan believed to be behind the attack in 2016.“It was in early 2000 that Tantray even met Taliban chief Mullah Omar in Afghanistan and struck a rapport with militant handlers in Pakistan,” a police official said.Following the encounters, hundreds of mourners, including armed militants, gathered for his funeral at Tral. Armed militants also joined the mourners to pay gun salute.IGP Khan said ‘Operation All-Out’ against militants would continue “to neutralize the militant leaders operational in Kashmir”.“They (militant commanders) were found actively luring the local youth towards the militancy,” he said. Around 190 militants are active in the Valley,” Mr. Khan said.last_img read more

first_imgThe principal of a Lucknow school, where a class I boy was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon allegedly by a class VII girl, was arrested on Thursday. Officials said the suspect had attacked the boy thinking that his death could result in a holiday. The boy, who had deep wounds on chest and stomach, is stated to be out of danger. The six-year-old was attacked in the school toilet by his senior on Tuesday, in a chilling reminder of the murder of a class II student at a Gurgaon school last year. The principal of the Lucknow school was arrested “for negligence and hiding evidence”. Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar said the principal “did not inform the police of the incident”. The SSP said the weapon used by the 11-year-old suspect had been recovered and she would be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board.last_img read more

first_imgThe Tripura government is planning to set up ‘Water ATMs’ in all schools, colleges and railway stations to ensure safe drinking water supply, a State minister said on Tuesday.Replying to a calling attention notice in the state Assembly, Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation (DWS) Sudip Roy Burman said the automated machines will dispense pure drinking water.Mr. Burman said the ground water level in the State was declining and rainwater would be harvested in the hilly areas, reverse osmosis water treatment plants would also be set up in key locations of Tripura.“We can’t simply go on exploiting our groundwater reserves. It has to be used scientifically,” he said.The West Bengal government had launched a similar ‘Water ATM’ project earlier this year. He said all the 8,723 habitations of the State are currently covered by safe drinking water supply.However, 18 among them were identified as ‘slip back’ habitations, which slipped back from fully covered ones. “We would resume water supply in those slip back habitations, we are working with that aim.” On the recent outbreak of diarrhoea at Kadamtala-Kurti and Pyaricherra tea gardens in North Tripura district, Mr. Burman, who is also the Health Minister of the State, said it occurred due to consumption of contaminated water.A disrupted pipeline had caused contamination of safe drinking water, he said.last_img read more

first_imgA forest ranger found himself in a bind after a python briefly strangled him while he posed for pictures with the giant snake.Wildlife officer Sanjay Dutta was called in on Sunday by frantic villagers in West Bengal after they saw the 40-kg python swallowing a goat alive.Instead of placing it safely inside a bag, the ranger wrapped it around his neck and posed for pictures with stunned villagers.But panic spread as the huge snake wound itself around Mr. Dutta’s neck, forcing him to struggle to free himself from its vice-like grip. He escaped unscathed, but a little red-faced.The Indian rock python is a non-venomous species, but it can quickly kill its prey by constricting blood flow and can grow up to 10 metres long.West Bengal’s forest department has launched an official inquiry into the ranger’s conduct and flouting of safety protocols.But Mr. Dutta said he only wanted to save the reptile from the villagers who were readying to club it to death with sticks.“My first instinct was to rescue the snake. I carried it on my shoulders and held its mouth firmly,” Mr. Dutta.“I was not scared for even a moment (when the python tightened its grip) because had I panicked, it could have been fatal.”The forest ranger said he did not have a bag to carry the snake, which he transported to a safe location in his car and released into the wild.last_img read more

first_imgThe Rajasthan police on Monday arrested a 25-year-old man on charges of raping and killing a seven-year-old girl in Jhalawar district’s Mogya Beh village, where her body was found with injury marks on her neck on Saturday. The post-mortem had established that the minor girl was raped and strangled to death.The accused, Komal Lodha, a resident of the same village, was arrested after a forensic science team, a cyber expert and a dog squad from Kota joined the investigation and helped the police in finding clues to his identity.Known to the victimJhalawar Superintendent of Police Anand Sharma said the accused, who was familiar with the girl and her family, took her to a secluded place when she was going to answer nature’s call. After committing the crime, he allegedly strangulated the girl when she began crying and threw the body in an agricultural field near her home.Komal, a married man, had recently allegedly attempted to tease a girl in the village, after which her family members thrashed him, according to the police. He was let off when his family members apologised and no complaint was lodged with the police.The tribal-dominated Mogya Beh village falls in the Aklera block of Jhalawar district. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje represents Jhalrapatan Assembly constituency in the district, situated 330 km away from the State capital.The police have registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, while listing the matter in the “case officer scheme” to facilitate speedy trial. The accused will be produced in court on Tuesday with the request for police remand.last_img read more

first_imgAsif Nazir Dar, an engineering dropout, is remembered by locals and friends in Pulwama’s Panzgam area as a “polite and religious person who never participated in street protests”. Dar was found dead on September 8 outside Srinagar’s Kashmir University campus.Social media tussleSoon messages on social media platforms affiliated to the Islamic State said he had been killed on the orders of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo.However, a day later, another message was posted that Dar was killed by “Indian agencies.” Confirming the latter post, a senior J&K police official said Dar was the tenth militant influenced by the Islamic State (IS) ideology to be killed in the past 10 months in the Valley.The social media post showed him posing with a sophisticated weapon with the typical, black IS flag in the background.The latest death also challenges the police narrative that the strength of IS-influenced cadre in Kashmir is in single digits, and was limited to the unfurling of black flags at the funerals of militants.Dar alias Abu Anwar al-Kashmiri, according to the police, was the third amir (chief) of ISJK to be killed, after Eisa Fazli in March and Dawood Ahmad Sofi in June.“Numberwise their presence is minuscule. But it is the radical ideology propagated by this group that is spreading fast. Their numbers are nothing in terms of Hizbul, who have organisational backing from Pakistan, but they are a serious challenge… There are around four-five active members and all of them are identified. They were involved in snatching weapons from policemen,” said a senior Home Ministry official.The United Jihad Council has accused the group of “creating confusion” and warned it of “dire consequences”.At his funeral, Dar was wrapped in a black flag with IS inscribed on it. He was a Bachelor of Technology student at Jammu when he disappeared in January 2017. He reappeared online holding a rifle.Dar reflects the profile of most IS cadre killed or active in Kashmir at present — youth from well-educated and aspiring middle-class families, who avoid street protests but are known to discuss religious affairs. Dar’s father was an employee with the state-run BSNL; one of his brothers teaches at a government school while another is pursuing an MBA course.According to officials, Fazli who was killed in March was associated with both Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen and then with Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM). TuM, which was active in the 90s when militancy was at its peak in the Valley, has bounced back in the past few months. Fazli, who enrolled for a B.Tech course at the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) in Rajouri in 2014, went missing on August 17 last year.Later a video surfaced claiming he had joined Zakir Musa’s Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGuH), affiliated to the Al Qaeda. In May 2017, Musa a former Hizbul commander split from the organisation and pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda after he threatened “to decapitate and hang Hurriyat leaders” and warned against “calling Kashmir a political dispute but Islamic one”.Sofi, who was killed in June, had posted a 14-minute video in December where he trashed Pakistan’s ISI and said the various terror outfits — Hizbul Mujahideen, LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) were its “proxies”. He went on to pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the leader of IS.Hurriyat under fire“ISJK recruits are angry with the Hurriyat and the militant conglomerate United Jehad Council’s approach. They deem it too soft and are calling for a more hardline narrative and approach, in line with Sharia (Islamic jurisprudence),” a senior police officer told The Hindu.On March 12, Mohammad Taufeeq alias Sultan Zabul al Hind, a resident of Hyderabad’s Khamam district, was killed in Anantnag along with two local militants of the ISJK. In April, Qamer Uz Zaman, a resident of Jamunamukh town in central Assam’s Hojai, was seen posing with a gun in pro-militant online accounts. He was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police this week.On September 7, Delhi police arrested two Kashmiri men for allegedly collecting weapons for the ISJK. Since October, 2017 Al Qaraar, an IS-backed social media channel is engaged in fierce competition the Al Qaeda to promote its propaganda through social media.A senior Home Ministry official said Al Qaraar had some arrangement with Amaq, the official channel of the IS to air its messages on the latter’s platform.In February, Al Qaraar claimed that IS carried out two attacks in the Valley. The first attack referred to an encounter in the Zakura area on the outskirts of Srinagar on November 17, where a J&K police Sub-Inspector was killed, a Special Police Officer was injured and an alleged militant Mugees Ahmed was gunned down. At the time, TuM had also claimed responsibility for the attack. The second attack claimed by IS was on February 25 when Constable Farooq Ahmed Yatoo was killed by the group while he was guarding the residence of separatist leader Fazal Haq Qureshi in Soura, on the outskirts of Srinagar. That attack was also claimed by TuM and AGuH.last_img read more

first_imgDevendra FadnavisChief Minister Fadnavis single-handedly tackled the entire Opposition, and campaigned extensively to secure victories for the BJP in local body polls. For every protest he faced, be it from the Marathas, OBCs or farmers, he doused the fire through discussions and promises. He largely stayed clean, without any personal allegations of corruption. He handled the government and party machinery effectively. Suffering constant attacks from the ally Sena, he neither lost his temper nor gave them an upper hand. Often seen as impersonating the ‘Modi’ style of functioning, he has steered the ship well.Uddhav ThackerayMr. Thackeray managed to be part of the government as well as emerge as the most bitter critic and opponent of the BJP. Despite threats of his party representatives switching sides and joining the BJP, Mr. Thackeray managed to control the party. He launched a fierce attack on the State government, and even announced that his party would contest all future polls independently. Thus, he ensured that the Opposition parties in Maharashtra did not get the mantle they were aspiring for, throughout the year. Raju ShettyMr. Shetty, a farmers’ leader and an MP from Hatkanangle in western Maharashtra, deserted the ruling BJP over its anti-farmer policies. Emerging as a prominent force for farmers to rally around in their protests against the government, Mr Shetty led protests in almost all districts of Maharashtra, as well as Madhya Pradesh and other States. Mr. Shetty’s party suffered in-fighting and his former trusted aide joined hands with the BJP. But he remains a force to reckon with, as the face of farmers’ distress in the State. Nana Patole Mr. Patole, a former BJP MP from Bhandara-Gondia constituency in Vidarbha, resigned from the post as a mark of protest against what he termed as the authoritarian functioning of PM Narendra Modi and the anti-farmer policies of the government. Mr. Patole then joined the Congress, but decided not to contest the bypoll. He, however, campaigned for the NCP and ensured that the BJP candidate lost the election. Mr. Patole is turning out to be the resurgent Congress’ face in the eastern belt of Vidarbha as well as a leader representing farmers at the national level. Prakash AmbedkarBe it opposing the ‘Urban Naxals’ theory floated by the government, or joining hands with the AIMIM, Mr. Ambedkar remained in the news and at the centre of political discussion throughout the year. His call for a Statewide bandh after the Bhima-Koregaon riot at the start of the year, and his direct attack on right-wing activist Sambhaji Bhide sprung him into the limelight. His alliance with AIMIM has not gone down too well with Opposition parties. With his forays across the State, Mr. Ambedkar may turn out to be the spoilsport for many in 2019.Chhagan BhujbalMr. Bhujbal was nowhere in the political theatre as the year began, being behind bars for an alleged Maharashtra Sadan scam. But his release on bail in May changed that. Said to be instrumental in securing Upendra Kushwaha’s entry in the Congress-RJD alliance, Mr. Bhujbal is now one of the most powerful OBC leaders in the political arena. The leader of RLSP, that recently quit the NDA, was Mr Bhujbal’s aide in the Mahatma Phule Samata Parishad. The NCP may see a resurgence in north Maharashtra thanks to him.last_img read more

first_imgA 37-year-old contractual sanitation worker suffocated to death after he got trapped inside a drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Wazirabad on Sunday. Teams of the National Disaster Management Authority, the National Disaster Response Force and the Delhi Fire Service were deployed to trace the worker after he went missing. His body was pulled out late in the evening. According to the police, a call was received at 3.15 p.m. about a sanitation worker, hired to clean a clogged drain, being trapped inside. A police team rushed to the spot and also alerted the fire department. When fire department personnel failed to trace the missing worker, the NDRF and the NDMA were called in.Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad said the worker, identified as Krishan, was a resident of Sri Ram slum cluster. “We will register an FIR under relevant sections of the IPC at the Wazirabad police station. We are trying to trace the contractor,” she said. The workers told the police that they had been hired by a contractor, identified as Anil, at ₹400 per day and had not been provided safety kits. The cleaning work started around 9 a.m. with two workers entering the drain at a time. “Around 1.45 p.m. Krishan and I entered the drain and on the way back I found that he was missing. I tried to locate him but could not. I immediately informed the other workers and the contractor,” said Manoj, adding: “When we failed to trace him, we informed the police. But by the time the police reached the site, the contractor had fled.” “The drain is full of toxic gases, our oxygen cylinder ran out in just two hours. How could the workers clean the drain without any safety gear?” asked a NDRF man, who wished not to be named.last_img read more

first_imgSenior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has said the police firing incident at Mandsaur, in which six farmers were killed during the previous BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, will be re-investigated and no clean chit has been given to anyone in the case. A controversy had erupted when Home Minister Bala Bachchan told the Assembly earlier this week that the 2017 police action was in “self-defence” and “to protect government and private properties”, virtually endorsing the stand taken by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan administration. The written statement had left the State Congress, which had made the Mandsaur police firing a key election issue, red-faced. The Congress came to power in Madhya Pradesh last year after a gap of 15 years. “The police firing in Mandsaur district that left six farmers dead in June 2017 (during an agitation) will be reinvestigated. No clean chit has been given to anyone in it,” Mr. Singh told reporters on Wednesday night on the sidelines of a function near here. “BJP men and officers (considered close to the party) are still sitting pretty in lower rung in the (Congress) government. These people were behind such a reply on the floor of the Assembly,” the Rajya Sabha member claimed. Mr. Bachchan’s reply Monday had riled the former Chief Minister, who had publicly expressed his displeasure. Talking to reporters on Tuesday, Mr. Singh had said the “clean chit” given to the BJP by the Congress Minister, whose statement virtually “justified” the police firing on farmers, was not acceptable to him. As the row gathered pace, the Congress government scrambled to control the damage. On Tuesday evening, the Kamal Nath administration took a U-turn, claiming it had not given any clean chit.last_img read more

first_imgIn his last public meeting related to election at Paliganj in Patna district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attacked opposition parties on corruption issues.“Whether it Congress party or corrupt family of Bihar they gobble-up thousands of crore rupees of poor people…these mahamilawati (contaminated) people do not understand the pain of poor people. Even though the people of Bihar put their trust in them for decades, what did they do for Bihar?” PM Modi said.The NDA candidate from Patna and Patliputra, Sahib Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ram Kripal Yadav, along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other senior State BJP leaders were present on the dais. Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi during an election rally at Paliganj near Patna on May 15, 2019.  | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar  While making a veiled reference to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family, PM Modi said, “they even betrayed their own caste… they engaged the young bright youths of their caste in dabangai (arm twisting activities).” The mahamilawati (contaminated) opposition parties practice only negative politics, he said, adding that removing Modi is their only agenda.PM Modi said that NDA government introduced 10% reservation for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) for their development. He listed development works and welfare schemes of NDA government for the common people. “When they see roads, electricity, metro, AIIMS, medical colleges, then they feel development,” he said. “India has the cheapest Internet in the world as part of Digital India campaign by the NDA government,” he added.PM Modi announced that his government has decided to form a separate ministry for the fishermen community.Raising the issue of terrorism and nationalism, he said “now our brave sons will enter into terrorists home and strike” as the crowd cheered.last_img read more