With affordability and versatility in mind, we’ve scoured the market for 2016’s best mirrorless cameras for video production.Top image via ShutterstockMuch like the DSLR boom of the mid-2000s, filmmakers and videographers are flocking to the latest mirrorless cameras for video production. It’s easy to see why — these camera are affordable and can capture stunning footage in 4K. Here are the most popular mirrorless cameras for video production.Sony a7R IIThe Sony a7R II is a powerful all-purpose (photo and video) camera. If you’re looking for a real beast of a mirrorless camera, this is the one. The Sony a7R II is not just one of the best mirrorless cameras, but really one of the best overall cameras on the market.Here’s some a7R II footage from darwinfish105.Sony a7R II Specs:42MP Full-Frame CMOS SensorSony E-mountInternal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 GammaNTSC/PAL video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds4K up to 30fps1080p up to 60fps 325-Point Intelligent Hybrid AF System3.0″ 1.04m-Dot 3-Way Tilting LCD ScreenBuilt-in Wi-Fi ConnectivityMax ISO 51200Film Simulation and Grain Effect ModeThe Fujifilm X-T2 starts at $1,599 USD. Check out our Fujifilm X-T2 buying guide here.Panasonic Lumix GH4The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is certainly one of the most popular mirrorless cameras used by video producers. It’s a solid camera. It’s successor, the GH5, was recently announced for a mid-2017 release — so if you can wait to buy, there will most likely be a price drop coming soon.Here’s a look at some GH4 footage from Panasonic Lumix.Panasonic GH4 Specs:Micro Four Thirds2x Crop FactorVideo capture up to 220 minutes4K (4096 x 2160) up to 24fpsUHD (3840 x 2160) up to 30fps1080p up to 60fps 3˝ Touchscreen swivel OLED displayMax ISO 25600The MSRP for the GH4 is $1,499, but you can certainly find the camera around $1,200.Sony a6500The Sony a6500 is one of the newest cameras on this list. With its compact size, it’s great for shooters on the go — or it works great as a B-cam or action camera on set. It’s very easy to set and let it roll for 30 minutes straight.Here’s a look at some footage from Sony.Sony a6500 Specs:24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor1.5x crop factorSony E-mountNTSC/PAL video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 secondsInternal UHD 4K Video & S-Log3 Gamma4K up to 30fps1080p up to 120fps 3.0˝ tilting touchscreen LCDBuilt-in Wi-Fi with NFCMax ISO 51200The Sony a6500 starts at $1,399.Alternative: The previous Sony a6300 has dropped to $999. The camera also captures NTSC/PAL footage at 4K, up to 30fps and 1080p up to 120fps.Panasonic Lumix G85 (G80/G81/G8)The Panasonic Lumix G85 is the other new camera on this list. Depending on the market you’re in, the camera may also be called the G80, G81 or G8. The camera boasts a 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor with 5-axis in-camera image stabilization. It’s not officially called the successor to the G7 — but this camera pretty much is.Here’s a look at the G80/G81/G85 footage from Panasonic Lumix.Panasonic G85 Specs:Micro Four Thirds2x Crop FactorNTSC video recording4K up to 30fps1080p up to 60fps Max ISO 102,4005-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization3.0˝ LCD monitorBuilt-in Wi-Fi ConnectivityThe Sony a7R II is available for $3199.Alternative: You can also consider the Sony a7S II which is very similar at a lower price point — $2999.The Sony a7S II is more extreme in low light, with a max ISO of 409,600. It also captures 4K up to 30fps and 1080p up to 120fps. So it’s better for slo-mo. Here’s our full review of the a7S II.Fujifilm X-T2In July of 2016, Fujifilm announced the X-T2 — the update to the very popular X-T1 — and the company’s first foray into capturing 4K video. It’s not the best video camera on this list, but it’s well worth the mention.Here’s a look at some X-T2 footage from Fujifilm.Fujifilm X-T2 Specs: 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III SensorX-mountNTSC/PAL video capture up to 30 minutes4K at 30fps, 25fps, 24fps1080p at 60fps, 50fps, 30fps, 25fps, 24fps720p at 60fps, 50fps, 30fps, 25fps, 24fps 16MP Live MOS Sensor3.0˝ swivel LCD touchscreenBuilt-in Wi-Fi ConnectivityMax ISO 25600The Panasonic Lumix G85 starts at $899.What did we miss? What’s your go-to mirrorless camera? Share your opinions in the comments below.
Continued improvements in digital camera technology are making low light and natural light more appealing for productions of all sizes.Cover Photo via Kimberly French.Filming with natural light isn’t a new practice, but digital filmmakers have faced more challenges in this regard than their celluloid counterparts. When digital cinema cameras first entered the scene, they simply didn’t have the same dynamic range as film. As a result, cinematographers couldn’t push the camera as far as they wanted to. Esteemed DP Emmanuel Lubezki in his interview with DPreview.com has the following to say:Unfortunately, the transition happened too early and the cameras weren’t ready. The digital cameras that came out in the beginning (around 15 years ago) were not even close to the high dynamic range of film. I worked with a few directors, including Michael Mann, to do tests with digital video imaging. For certain things, we liked and used it, but it was primitive and it wasn’t ready to take over and become the main technology for capturing images.Image via 20th-Century Fox.Since then (fifteen years ago), digital cameras have come a long way. I’m sure the purists will argue that digital is still not as a great as celluloid, but when the RED WEAPON can provide 16.5 stops of dynamic range, it sure expands how far you can push your images. With film, you can overexpose and bring the highlights back into the picture in the lab — to a degree. However, digital is somewhat unforgiving with highlights. Once they’re clipped, the data is gone. Therefore, most digital filmmakers expose for the highlights and enhance the shadows in post. This can be a problem because noise can creep into the image.Today, though, you can easily push many cameras to ISO 1600 and get completely noise-free shadows.Why Light Exterior Day Scenes?Film production crews light exterior scenes for several reasons: keeping the light consistent throughout the day, filling in shadows, and lighting compositions evenly. This allows filmmakers to expose for the bright highlights of the sky — the lights will illuminate the actors in the foreground.Image via AMC.However, since new camera systems have such wide dynamic ranges, coupled with powerful RAW processing, this is no longer necessary in many circumstances.We have an in-depth article on dynamic range here, but, in short, dynamic range refers to the range in which a camera can capture the brightest and darkest areas of an image without losing details. If you can capture the highlights in the sky and the shadows of the forest floor, you can film without lights.Tips For Filming with Natural LightLet’s say you’re going completely natural like Yves Belanger in Wild, a film that relied 95 percent on natural light — without any bounce boards or silks.There are still a few things to consider before ditching the lighting gear and going completely natural.Time of DayWhen the sun is highest in the sky, that’s when you’ll get the brightest light — but also the harshest. The midday sun creates defined shadows and plenty of opportunities to accidentally clip your footage — not to mention that your actors will be squinting if they are facing the sun. Make sure you film with the sun behind the actors.According to many, the best time of day to film (or photograph) is during blue hour or golden hour. These are the hours just after sunrise and just before sunset when the sun is low, which creates a beautiful, golden light. Terrence Malick makes great use of this in his films. In my video tutorial below, you can learn a lot more about this time of day and how to get the best results.Locations Locations go hand-in-hand with the time of the day. If you’re filming in of a forest, you’ll want as much available light as possible; therefore, it makes sense to shoot when the sun is at its highest. Likewise, if you’re going to film at golden hour, but the location is in a city center where a series of buildings obscure the evening sky, you may never see that golden sun. You need to choose your locations and shooting times carefully.“The less you use artificial light, the more you want to avoid it, because the scenes feel weak or weird or fake.” —Emmanuel LubezkiDo you have any tips for filming with only natural light? Let us know in the comments below.
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Sales has no rules, and you have to know them all. You have to make decisions. You have to decide to act, or not act. You have to choose to pursue one strategy, or attempt a different one, never being 100 percent certain which, if either, leads to success.Do you stick with the stakeholder that brought you in and helped you create an opportunity? Or, instead, do you switch your focus to a stakeholder further up the organization hierarchy, believing that you need executive engagement more than you need executive sponsorship.Do you increase the size and scope of your solutions to create so much differentiated value so as to block your closest competitor? Or do you limit your initial approach, knowing that increasing the size and investment, believing that your client will be cautious and make a smaller move than what they are capable of? Even though you know what’s right, that doesn’t mean you can necessarily win that way. Do you look at incremental change?There are no guarantees. You can do something that works perfectly in one opportunity while failing in another with a very similar set of circumstances. You can recognize a pattern that suggests that one course of action is better than another, winning in some cases, and losing in others.This is why you have to play the game. You have to do what you believe is the right thing to do, even though others will give you advice to the contrary. You have to take your very best shot, and you have to play your game, win or lose. You are responsible for the wins when you are right, and when things turned out the way you suspected they would. You are also responsible for your losses, whether you played the game the way you saw it, or whether you took someone else’s advice.In the end, you have to play. Do what you believe is right. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
Your company is not always going to execute as well as you want, or as well as your clients expect. Some salespeople feel embarrassed by the challenges of execution, using those challenges as an excuse to not continue selling. More successful salespeople hold themselves accountable for these failures and keep selling.Why Your Company Fails to ExecuteExecution is not easy. Every industry has systemic challenges that make it challenging to produce the results their clients or customers need. No company is immune to the problems that plague their industry, and none is free of mistakes and errors.As good as Apple is, they have a Genius Bar with a line of people who need help with their broken Apple products. Electronic hardware breaks and software crashes, even if you are Apple, and even if you have a market cap of one trillion dollars. There isn’t an airline that doesn’t have mechanical issues, oversold flights, and weather delays. While you may have better luck with one airline over another, you will not find one that doesn’t have these challenges. In every industry, there are universal challenges to executing, and none execute flawlessly.Other challenges can cause more difficult execution problems, but no less universal. Businesses go through periods where they lack the leadership they need to execute. Without absolving the company from their responsibility to have the right leaders in place, good leaders leave without a second thought about who can step into their role. And, without meaning to, people make hiring mistakes.Over time, the company you work for might have a period where it is resource-constrained, where it lacks the financial resources to execute well. The challenges of not having enough money may come from bad decisions, complacent leaders, poor sales results, or market forces. Over time, your company will go through a rough patch—and, given a long enough timeline, so will every one of your clients.If every company on Earth has problems and challenges, and if they are universal, why should you be so embarrassed by the problems that occur in your company that you stop selling? The answer is because you sold your client an outcome they are not getting, and you feel that you are accountable–and you are.How Not to Be EmbarrassedIf you don’t want to be embarrassed, take responsibility for the execution challenge, the failure, the missed deadline, or whatever execution problems your company may have. You want to be on your front foot (i.e., on offense) not your back foot (i.e., on defense). You sold the outcome, so you own the result. That fact that you call your client to deal with bad news demonstrates you know that you are accountable, and unpleasant as the call might be, you will have proven what kind of partner you are.The right way to deal with execution problems is to call your client, inform them of your failure, apologize for the harm it caused them, explain what your team is doing about it, and schedule to call them back to follow up and make sure you resolved their problem. Then you need to go back to doing the work of selling, without any loss of enthusiasm.While you are on the phone with your client, know that someone, somewhere in their company, is calling one of their clients or customers to deal with an execution problem in their own business.Good Times, Bad TimesI was once sitting in a meeting with a client who was praising my team and me for the excellent work we were doing for him. He was thrilled, and so were we. When he finished speaking, I thanked him for his business and told him how happy we were with their results. Then I promised our execution will not always be as good as it was during that time, and that the systemic issues in our business didn’t always allow for those results, but that we always do our best—even when things don’t go the way we wished.Not being embarrassed by the things that happen in the ordinary course of business is a grown-up’s view. It’s the view of one who is a leader, one who can be trusted. 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
In the backdrop of BJP MP Yogi Adityanath taking oath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, BSP supremo Mayawati today alleged that the saffron party wanted to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls not on its development plank, but by “polarising voters”.“BJP wants to contest the 2019 polls not on the issue of development, but by polarising the voters. That is why they have made an RSS man the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh,” she told reporters here.“I got the invitation but boycotted the oath-taking ceremony as the BJP has betrayed the backward castes and Brahmins by making him (Adityanath) the chief minister following the RSS agenda.As the BJP has not honoured any of its promises made in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it will be banking on its polarisation agenda in 2019,” she claimed.Regarding Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, an OBC, not becoming the chief minister, Ms. Mayawati said, “His (Maurya’s) name was put forward to garner OBC support. Had he not been made deputy chief minister, he would have got a heart attack. He has been betrayed and so have been the Brahmins, whose votes were taken by the BJP.I have been a chief minister. I know that deputy chief ministers have no role to play. It would have been better if they (Maurya and Dinesh Sharma) were made cabinet ministers with some departments.” The BSP chief also alleged that when Kalyan Singh of the BJP, also an OBC, was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the saffron party had “conspired”, so that he could not continue at the top post for long.Describing the BJP as an “anti-OBC” party, she alleged that it had “let the VP Singh government at the Centre fall” on the issue of reservation.“This state government has not been formed by honest practices. Besides tampering with the EVMs, it (BJP) has betrayed the OBCs and Brahmins,” Ms. Mayawati said.
Ahead of Ramzan, set to begin this weekend, residents of Dihana village in Nuh are a worried lot due to erratic power supply for the past four days.Though power and water shortage are nothing new for Nuh, one of the most backward districts in Haryana, locals said successive governments had ensured adequate electricity and water during Ramzan. BJP rule“The Congress government ensured at least 20-hours of power supply during Ramzan. However, we haven’t got more than 10-12 hours of supply during Ramzan since the BJP came to power two years ago,” said Dihana sarpanch Niyaz Mohammad.“Sitting in front of a cooler or under a fan in this extreme heat is indeed a big relief for those observing rozas. However, the present regime seems to be least bothered about our hardships. The power situationhere during Ramzan last year was pathetic and this year seems to be no different,” he said.Moolthan village sarpanch Sohrab said locals had met Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) officials and politicians seeking to improve the power situation in the region, but in vain. The sarpanch said a majority of the population in the region was poor and only four to five people in a village could afford inverters. “It’s really tough for the women and the children,” said Mr. Sohrab.Led by former Transport Minister Aftab Ahmed, the local Congress unit workers had staged a demonstration against the State government and burnt the effigy of Haryana Chief Minister M. L. Khattar on the issue earlier this week. Alleging that the government was unperturbed despite acute water and power shortage in Nuh, Mr. Ahmed demanded arrangements for adequate power and water supply during the holy month. 24×7 power supply DHBVN Palwal Superintending Engineer Krishan Swarup told The Hindu that the department had written to senior officials seeking 24×7 power supply in the region during Ramzan. “There are 42 feeders in Nuh and 20 in Palwal. We have sent a list to senior DHBVN officials seeking approval for 24×7 power supply to these feeders. We are expecting the approval by Friday evening. We have directions from the administration for uninterrupted power supply to this region.”
Pune: Former Deputy Chief Minister and senior National Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar on Friday hit out at the State government’s debt-relief scheme, saying the government was out to “hoodwink financially distressed farmers”. Speaking in Ahmednagar, Mr. Pawar alleged that the farm loan waiver would exclude deserving small and marginal farmers owing to the increasing number of hidden conditions the State kept adding to the scheme. “Deserving and needy farmers are getting ensnared by the hidden clauses in the so-called debt relief schemes announced by the Chief Minister. The very purpose of these waivers was to benefit the section of farmers with a debt repayment capacity of less than 50% of their total debts. And these are the ones who cannot avail of the waiver,” Mr. Pawar said. He said more than 40,000 small and marginal debt-ridden farmers in Ahmednagar are ineligible for the scheme.The NCP leader also lambasted the Shiv Sena for its “phoney” show of solidarity with the farmers, saying that its ostensible disaffection with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was equally false. “The BJP and Sena have come to power in the State after 15 years and have no intention of relinquishing it. The Sena’s pot shots at the BJP is mere theatrics,” said Mr. Pawar. Mr. Pawar’s attack on the Fadnavis government’s debt-relief efforts is in stark contrast to his uncle NCP president Sharad Pawar’s comments last month. The NCP chief had said the party would play a constructive role in providing relief to debt-ridden farmers despite an unsatisfactory loan waiver plan.
Two minors were among five persons rescued from a gufa or cave during the search operations launched early on Friday at the sprawling Satlokpur Dham, the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda complex here.A team of forensic experts from the IIT-Roorkee inspected the gufa, Deputy Director of Haryana’s Information and Public Relations Department Satish Mehra said. The head of the Dera, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, allegedly sexually exploited women inside the so-called cave, according to one of the rape victims, whose complaint led to his trial and conviction. A senior government official said the sanitisation process led to the recovery of an unregistered Lexus car, the OB van of a news channel, 1,500 shoes and 3,000 designer outfits belonging to Gurmeet Singh.Massive deployment An uneasy calm descended on the 700-acre complex as deployment began at 6.30 a.m. An estimated 5,000 policemen and 41 companies of the Army and paramilitary forces were part of the operation. Bulldozers, earthmoverss, trucks and heavy equipment could be seen moving to Satlokpur Dham.The search was monitored and videographed by retired district and sessions judge A.K.S. Panwar, the court commissioner appointed for the purpose by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.The Dera complex was divided into 10 zones for the purpose of sanitisation and searches, with each zone under the control of a senior officer.‘Dera currency’ Mr. Mehra said they had also seized “unnamed medicines,” old currency notes, plastic “Dera currency” notes, walkie-talkie sets, hard discs and CDs. The hard discs and CDs have been sent for forensic analysis,he added.On the persons rescued from the so-called cave, Mr Mehra said they could not provide “satisfactory answers” when asked about their presence there. “We are in the process of establishing the identities of the persons,” he told The Hindu. The minor boys hail from Kaithal (in Haryana) and Uttar Pradesh and have been handed over to the District Child Protection Officer, he added. “Regarding other three we are asking them about their whereabouts and will later send them home,” Mr Mehra said.Intelligence inputsAccording to a senior police official, there were intelligence inputs that Dera followers camping in the city may look for an opportunity to storm the complex. As a precautionary step the government had clamped down on mobile internet services till September 10.The main access point to the estate was shut and several truckloads of supporters of Gurmeet Singh were turned away.Ban orders“Prohibitory orders are in place from this point till the Dera. Jammers, too, are in place. We have been told to be ready for any eventuality. It could be like this for the next 18 to 20 days,” said a paramilitary official manning the barricades.“The route towards the Dera has been blocked since the verdict was announced but things were gradually returning to normal and police deployment in the city gradually receding until last night. Thankfully, there is no curfew on this side of the barricade like the last time,” said Rajnish Dabas, a resident, who apprehended sporadic violence “any time.”(With inputs from PTI)
Incarcerated Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Friday got provisional bail on medical grounds for six weeks from the Jharkhand High Court.On Thursday, Prasad was granted a three-day parole by the Ranchi jail authorities to attend the wedding of his elder son Tej Pratap Yadav.Prasad reached Patna late on Thursday evening. The wedding is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 12.Meanwhile, on Prasad’s behalf, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Prabhat Kumar appeared in the Jharkhand High Court seeking his bail on health grounds.Lawyers seek 12-week bailThey sought a 12-week provisional bail on health grounds but the court granted only six weeks.Though, Mr. Singhvi refused to speak to the media in Ranchi, Mr. Kumar said, “Prasad has been granted six weeks provisional bail on medical ground…it will be effective from the date of his release from the jail. The court has prohibited Prasad from holding any political rally during the bail period.”“After the expiry of his parole, Prasad has to come back to the Ranchi jail, and once the order reaches the prison, he will be released on provisional bail for six weeks for medical check-up,” said Prasad’s counsel.Prasad has been in the Birsa Munda Central jail after being convicted in different fodder scam cases since December 23, 2017.Prasad was meeting yoga guru Ramdev at his residence in Patna when the news of the provisional bail was communicated to him. Mr. Ramdev is scheduled to attend Mr. Tej Pratap’s wedding.“Its just a beginning of getting relief for our leader…we hope that Laluji will get relief from court in all cases in which he was sent to jail. We’ve full faith in judiciary,” RJD leader and party spokesperson Manoj Jha told journalists in Patna.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) surged ahead in over 80 % seats in the West Bengal panchayat polls held on May 14.Initial trends also indicated that the BJP has emerged as the primary Opposition leading in more seats than the Left Front, though the difference between the TMC and BJP remained huge.In Nadia district, which saw maximum violence during the polls, of the 2,691 gram panchayat seats that went to polls, trends were available of 1987 seats, of which the TMC is leading in 1,857 seats, the BJP in 87 and the Left Front in 15 seats.Similarly, in Malda district, out of 2,230 gram panchayat seats, trends are available for 1,188 seats. Out of this, the ruling TMC is leading in 1,039 seats, the Congress in 93, the BJP in 33 and the Left front in 11 seats.In Jhargram district, trends available for 633 out of 780 gram panachayat seats indicated that the TMC was leading in 581 seats, the BJP in 39 and the Left Front in 9 seats.The trends for panchayat samiti and zilla parishads also indicated that the ruling party is ahead in more than 90% seats.Over 20 people were killed in large scale violence that was reported during polling.Almost 34 % seats in gram panachayat and panchayat samitis has been won by the TMC without any contest. The Opposition alleged that their candidates were not allowed to file nomination.
Army holds flag march in Shillong Curfew in parts of strife-torn Shillong has been relaxed for seven hours on Sunday. The relaxation made people in 14 localities under curfew scramble for essentials and provided a window for stranded tourists to exit the Meghalaya capital.“Curfew has been relaxed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in view of the improvement in law and order situation since Saturday evening. But night curfew across the city will remain until further orders,” P.S. Dkhar, Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, told The Hindu on Sunday.Mr. Dkhar said local taxi and private vehicles have been plying but long-distance transport services, particularly to Guwahati, remain affected. “We do not know how many tourists are stranded in Shillong, but we are trying to ensure they can return home safe,” he said.Most of the tourist hotels are in Police Bazaar area, close to the trouble-torn area.Also Read Shillong has been a popular tourist destination after the 1990s when communal violence – Bengali and Nepali communities were the worst affected then – had much of Meghalaya burning. There were hardly any clashes until last Thursday, triggered by a row over parking of a State transport bus in the Them Iew Mawlong locality, often called Punjabi or Sweeper Lane as well as Harijan Colony.About 500 residents of the locality, mostly women and children belonging to families of Dalit Sikhs employed as sanitation workers by the municipality, have taken shelter at Shillong’s Garrison Ground under the jurisdiction of Army’s 101 Area.“We are not aware of people taking refuge. At least the Army did not inform us,” Mr. Dkhar said.Fiery social media posts saying a local tribal man had been killed in Punjabi Lane had triggered the violence on Thursday evening, though the police had earlier in the day contained a minor clash between the driver and conductor of a State transport bus and women of the locality who had thrown stones at the bus for blocking their way to a water source.Petrol sale restrictedThe authorities in East Khasi Hills and adjoining Ri-Bhoi districts have restricted the sale of petrol in jerrycans and bottles after miscreants lobbed Molotov cocktails, damaging a house and a two-wheeler showroom.Police said nine motorbikes were burnt around 10:30 p.m. when miscreants attacked a showroom in Mawblei area with petrol bombs. A shop in Punjabi Lane was also damaged similarly earlier.A report from Nongpoh, a town halfway between Guwahati and Shillong, said a truck with Punjab registration was torched at Umran nearby on Saturday. The truck, carrying CGI sheets from Nepal, was Tripura-bound.The highway bypassing Shillong is the lifeline for southern Assam, Mizoram and Tripura besides parts of Manipur.Call to shift Harijan ColonyViolence in Shillong has revived the call to shift the residents of Harijan Colony, one of 12 localities the city administration identified as slums.The Meghalaya State Development Report, 2008 said most of the slum pockets are located in low-lying and water-logged areas amid poor sanitary conditions and unhygienic surroundings. In 2011, the State government claimed to have set a target to reduce slum areas by at least 75% within a decade, and said some of the slums should be de-notified by 2021.That year, the government also said slum dwellers were ready to be shifted to 64 dwelling units at Lumphira in Nongmynsong on the outskirts of the city while construction 536 more dwelling units was on. The focus was on rehabilitation of Harijan Colony that the government said had more than twice the 200 families it was designed to accommodate.On Saturday, the tribal headmen of 12 sensitive localities met Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on the issue of shifting the residents of Harijan Colony. While the headmen wanted the colony to be vacated immediately, Mr. Sangma said a report has been sought from the Urban Affairs and Revenue departments on the status of the rehabilitation policy.North Shillong MLA Adelbert Nongrum, whose constituency encompasses the colony and the 12 localities, said the process of vacating should be done by way of negotiation. “We should avoid any kind of communal backlash over this issue,” he said, but felt the colony needed to be shifted as “it is in a market area”.The MLA favoured building a commercial complex in the area to accommodate hawkers, especially the local people.People’s Democratic Party, one of the ruling allies of National People’s Party and BJP, said the government should shift the colony by Tuesday. Paul Lyngdoh, leader of United Democratic Party (UDP) – also in the ruling alliance – accused the previous Congress-led government for failing to resolve the “Punjabi Lane issue because of vote-bank politics”.Congress leader and former Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh reminded UDP that it was a partner in the previous government and said all parties must be on the same page to sort out the issue now instead of blaming each other.Residents of Punjabi Lane, however, are not keen on moving to the outskirts. “There has been an effort to evict Dalit Sikhs from here for the past 25 years,” Gurjeet Singh, general secretary of the locality’s gurdwara said, seeking the Centre’s intervention in dealing with the situation firmly.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday defended his decision to conduct dope tests on government employees and police personnel, saying such tests were held in the Army too.“The current situation in the State, where addicts are resorting to using concoctions due to scarcity and high price of drugs, has warranted such harsh steps,” he said, while taking to journalists after the passing-out parade at the Police Recruit Training Centre in Hoshiarpur.‘Supply lines choked’“Mounting pressure on drug smugglers and the mafia has choked the supply lines and is forcing addicts to go for concoctions, which are resulting in deaths,” said the Chief Minister.Capt. Amarinder said that his proposal for giving death penalty to first-time drug smugglers and peddlers was also aimed at eliminating the drug menace.“The increase in tip-offs received by the police and the large number of youth coming to drug treatment and rehabilitation centres shows that the people are worried about the deaths being caused by the use of concoctions. They are actively joining the government’s campaign against drugs,” he said.SIT probeOn allegations of involvement of former Akali Dal Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in a drugs case, the Chief Minister said that the SIT formed to probe the matter had submitted its report to the court.
Weeks after launching the Samajwadi Secular Morcha, Shivpal Singh Yadav on Tuesday announced his new political party, which has been registered with the Election Commission as Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia.Earlier, Mr. Yadav had said his front would contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 elections.His aide and former Minister, Sharda Pratap Shukla, said the new party would become a big force in the State.Mr. Yadav launched the Morcha on August 29 after falling out with his nephew and Samajwadi Party president, Akhilesh Yadav, complaining about neglect in the Samajwadi Party.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday reiterated that the BJP must fulfil it’s promise of building a Ram temple in Ayodhya and not keep it as a “jumla”. He said the BJP will go down from “280 Lok Sabha seats to two if it fails to fulfil the promise”.Addressing Sena workers in Mahad in neighbouring Raigad district, Mr. Thackeray said, “The bricks collected for Ram mandir were in reality not for the temple, but were steps to take you to power. Say once that [the construction of] Ram temple was a jumla and you will be reduced to two seats from 280.”“The 2019 polls are fast approaching. I am not concerned about what will happen (to political parties), but about what will happen to the people and the country. I am travelling across the State for water, but Modi is roaming the world. We are facing a drought of water but not of false promises,” said Mr. Thackeray. He said neither has inflation decreased nor has employment increased after the BJP came to power with a majority in 2014. Mr. Thackeray asked party workers to go to the masses and ask them if they had received the benefits of any schemes announced by the Narendra Modi government.“Maharashtra should get a Sena chief minister this time, I will tour the State to ensure that. The government has declared drought but when will drought relief measures be provided?,” he asked.Mr. Thackeray’s attack comes at a time when Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has been consistently claiming that both parties will be contesting next year’s elections together, despite their present differences. The Sena, however, has declared it will not ally itself with any party.
The West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Tuesday witnessed noisy scenes over reports of deaths of Sabar community members allegedly due to starvation and malnutrition, with members of the Congress and Left parties staging a walkout.The Opposition MLAs wanted a discussion on the deaths, which was not accepted by Speaker Biman Banerjee. Both parties decided to boycott the proceedings for the entire week. Earlier in the day, while participating in the House proceedings, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rubbished the reports as “fabricated” and said the government was providing food grains to every poor person.“Two people have died of illness and old age, others have died due to liver problems caused by excessive consumption of liquor,” she said. Meanwhile, a delegation of six civil rights activists of the Right to Food Campaign visited the hamlet of Sabar community at Purnapani Lalgarh in Jhargram district. “The people were so scared to speak that they ran into the forest,” said Anurdha Talwar, one of the members of the delegation.
Javed Mustafa Mir, former Minister in the Mehbooba Mufti’s Cabinet, quit the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday and was mulling the option of joining the Congress.The three-time MLA from central Kashmir’s Chadoora said he has put forth his resignation before Ms. Mufti. He refused to divulge the reasons for exiting the party, saying the resignation was his “personal decision”.“It is my personal decision,” said Mr. Mir, who served as Revenue Minister in the PDP-BJP government but was later dropped by Ms. Mufti from her Council of Minister in 2016.Sources said Mr. Mir wass mulling the option of joining the Congress.He became the fourth former PDP Minister to quit the party since the PDP-BJP government fell apart in June last year.Earlier, former Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, former Law Minister Basharat Bukhari and former Information Technology Minister Imran Ansari had resigned from the party after expressing dissatisfaction with the leadership.Meanwhile, another PDP leader Abbas Wani, who represented the party from Tangmarg constituency, joined Sajad Lone’s People’s Conference. Three MLAs from the PDP have joined Mr. Lone’s party so far. Two PDP MLCs also resigned from the party.At least 10 prominent faces have left the party, denting the PDP’s prospects in the coming Assembly polls.Meanwhile, the PDP on Sunday asked National Conference president Farooq Abdullah to clear his position on the Ram Mandir and Article 35-A.
The little boy could soon be back. El Niño, a periodic warming in the waters of the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, will probably emerge in the coming months, according to a forecast issued yesterday by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). If strong, the El Niño event could not only wreak havoc on weather around the world, but could also trigger a resumption of global warming that has been seemingly stalled for the last 15 years.The prediction center found that there is a 58% chance that El Niño will emerge within the next 3 months. By the early fall, that probability rises to 78%. “We’re more confident than we ever have been,” says Michelle L’Heureux, a climate scientist at the prediction center, located in College Park, Maryland.El Niño is defined as a temperature anomaly of at least half a degree Celsius in the waters of a region of the equatorial Pacific. Once the warm water reaches the surface, it interacts with the atmosphere, creating weather patterns that can cause droughts, storms, fires, and floods throughout the world. 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He has been monitoring sea levels with satellite altimetry data and has noticed about a 20-centimeter difference between the western and eastern tropical Pacific.In the past 15 years, Trenberth says, winds associated with La Niña—El Niño’s sister effect—have piled up warm water in the western Pacific, near the Philippines. Those winds have largely collapsed this year, and so those waters are moving back east. “It’s been waiting to slop back, and is now doing so, and will be very hard to stop,” he says. He also points out that NOAA based its prediction mostly on data from April—and says more recent data show strong signs that waters off the coast of Peru are continuing to warm. “I don’t think we’ve seen anything like this before,” he says.For Anthony Barnston, it’s still too early to say how strong the event could be. Barnston is a climate scientist at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society in Palisades, New York, which jointly issues the El Niño forecasts with NOAA’s CPC. He says that May is an uncertain time for tropical weather systems and that unstable winds could as easily undermine the gathering El Niño as they could strengthen it. “There’s been a lot of buzz in the media about a superstrong event and I think that has been premature,” Barnston says.The impacts of El Niño vary across the globe, by season and location—and they are not all bad. In southern California, for example, El Niño typically brings heavy rains—and that could be a blessing for a region suffering from severe drought.For climate scientists, a major question is whether the coming event will be big enough to flip the world into the warm phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), a 20- to 30-year climate cycle that is related to El Niño or La Niña conditions. For nearly the past 20 years—probably since 1997 to 1998—the PDO has been in a cool phase, and La Niña conditions have typically prevailed. There is tenuous evidence that a strong El Niño event could push the PDO back into a warm phase—one in which El Niño events would be more common. That could allow heat from the ocean to be released into the atmosphere—causing a jump in atmospheric global warming, Trenberth says: “This could be a very important year.”
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