By Barbara O’NeillWhat are the qualifications for assistance to service members under the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA)?To qualify for assistance under the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program, the service member must:live in the home or have lived there in the past 12 months;have a documented financial hardship;not have purchased a new house within the last 12 months;have a first mortgage that is less than $729,750;have obtained that mortgage on or before January 1, 2009;have a mortgage that is owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or serviced by a Home Affordable Modification Program participating servicer; andnot have been convicted within the last 10 years of felony larceny, theft, fraud or forgery, money laundering, or tax evasion in connection with a mortgage or real estate transaction.For service members, PCS moves qualify as a documented financial hardship, and thus they are able to take advantage of this government program.For more information, refer to navylegal.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/home-affordable-foreclosure-alternatives-hafa-program-may-make-life-easier-for-ServiceMembers/.Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on June 3, 2013.
Editcodes is a searchable database of over 200 of the most common errors for Macintosh video editing applications. Quickly get down to the bottom of FCP, FCPX, Avid and Premiere error messages!Thanks to our friends over at SpliceVine.com for tipping us off to an “under the radar” iOS app created by post production experts Digital Rebellion (we’ve posted extensively about Digital Rebellion’s great video editing support apps in the past). We’re not sure why video editing error messages have to be so cryptic – you’ve got to wonder if even the developers can keep them all straight! EditCodes aims to take some of the pain out of dealing with them.Sure, you can scour forums looking for an answer to your video editing error, but EditCodes puts all of the messages in one easy to search application. The best thing about EditCodes is that it breaks down the error code, citing what you need to do to resolve it.ErrorCodes is compatible with iPhone and iPad. The app is supported into the future with the ability for users to submit errors missing from the database (they will be included in future app updates). Video editing applications currently listed include Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere.Do more video editing and less head scratching! EditCodes is currently available for $2.99 from the Mac App Store.
Finally, a camera that has four built in lenses, onboard light and floppy disk drive. Where can we get one!?A floppy disk drive? That’s right. Touting the WALLEY POS-86 as the world’s most advanced camera, the team from Walley films pokes fun at the endless Kickstarter and product videos announcing the “next big thing”.We love that the Walley is “only 25 pounds” and it’s body is essentially a hollowed out CPU….while the creator remarks how “great care was used to define how the POS-86 feels in your hands.” To top it off the examples of videos shot with the camera are downright terrible (and the built-in camera effects – ha!)We got a good laugh from this parody…essential viewing for any tech or video buff. Great work Walley Films!Thanks to NoFilmSchool for tipping us off to this video. See their post here.
False color is one of the most effective exposure tools for digital cinematography out there. This quick tip explains how to understand your false color readout to achieve perfect exposure.Most digital cinematographers are well versed in common in-camera exposure tools such as zebras or histograms, but few are familiar with false color. Unlike the more common exposure tools, false color is a feature usually reserved for higher-end broadcast monitors or EVFs. As such, younger filmmakers usually have less experience with it. They don’t use it to their advantage on set the way they should.Using false color on your monitor will display an image from your camera that looks something like this:The concept of false color is quite simple: different luminance values are represented by distinct colors to give you a clear understanding of the exposure levels of every part of your image. For instance, 0 IRE (your black level) may appear pink, whereas 100 IRE (your white level) will appear as red. This means anything that shows as pink is clipped to black, and anything red is clipped to white.While it might appear daunting at first, once you understand how to read false color and what the different colors actually mean, you’ll be able to expose your image much faster and more effectively than with many other exposure tools.Color chart via Manhattan LcdThe key to exposing quickly and accurately using false color is to focus on skin tones first. Typically, skin tones should fall in the 70 IRE range, which will appear as light grey. Once you set your exposure so that your talent’s skin tone appears grey, you know the image is well exposed — at least as far as the talent is concerned. From there, you can simply scan the frame for any areas that are over or underexposed and make lighting or framing adjustments accordingly.This video from Aputure shows how to read false color on one of their monitors. It’s a great watch if you’ve never used false color before.How do you use false color on set? Share in the comments below.
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now When a sales organization has an opportunity to get their salesforce together in one place, they desperately want to give them product knowledge. This is a very good idea, but it is often executed in a way that makes it more likely that the salesperson will sell product instead of outcomes.Product knowledge training normally begins with teaching the salesforce about the new features, the things that make it better than the last version. This worked well for Steve Jobs who had a line up of super-sexy products and a market anxiously waiting to beat down the doors to buy them. But for most sales organization, there is no one clamoring to make a purchase.Features and BenefitsThe problem with features is that they are sexy. It’s what makes your product perform better. But when you lead with them, you are teaching the sales force to lead with them. This is what sticks.As new specs and features are being shared, product knowledge training moves to benefits. What’s the point of features with no benefits? So with each feature, the salesperson is given a list of all of the new performance benefits their customer or client can expect.But all of this is backwards, and it needs to be through a different lens, a different context. That context is customer problems and outcomes.Start with Problems and OutcomesInstead of starting with the product, the features, or the benefits, product knowledge training should begin with a description of the customer’s problems or challenges. It should begin by describing what the customer needs to do now and why they are struggling to do it. Opportunities are only created when a client recognizes a gap, a need. Your product knowledge training should begin by teaching them how to develop the problem and the need.Once you teach the sales force how to recognize the gap and help their client recognize it, you can teach them the features and benefits that they can apply to that problem. This is how you make product knowledge training effective.
And Then You Provide ProofProof is something you use to resolve your dream client’s concerns. It’s something your dream client uses to justify the decision to choose you.The page of logos that indicate the caliber of companies you do business with is impressive. But it isn’t the reason your clients buy from you. It’s what they use to describe your reputation when others ask them why they are considering buying from you.The proof of your ability to execute helps you provide your clients with the confidence that you will perform and that they will not risk failing. It answers a certain set of questions, none of which matter unless your dream client is serious about working with you.References are proof. You can drop names during your sales interactions, but until your client knows that they want to work with you, they don’t need your references.You want to provide this proof because you believe that it will help your dream client perceive the value that you can create for them. But it won’t. It does not serve that purpose.And Then You NegotiatePrice is always a factor in any deal. But it is rarely the dominating factor unless you make it so.Trying to negotiate price too soon makes price the factor. Promising to match or beat your dream client’s current price is one way to get your prospect’s attention. It moves the price negotiation to front of the process so you can get orders now. You might believe that it compelling, and to a few prospects (not your dream clients) it is compelling.First you win by creating value, and then you negotiate. The value you create determines your price.Some salespeople lead with price, negotiate for the business, and win orders only to find out that their pricing was all wrong. The client expected more, and the salesperson didn’t build the right investment to deliver it.It matters in what order we do things. First you win hearts and minds, then you resolve concerns, and then you negotiate. 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
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 My last post of the year for three years running is a Balance Sheet.AssetsIn 2015, I decided to put my personal health first. I exercised almost every day in 2015. In July, I hired a personal trainer and swapped writing at 5:00 AM every day for deadlifts, squats, floor press, and body weight exercises.I have eaten a vegetarian diet for a solid year, and on a lot of days, I have been “vegan until dinner.”I have taken up meditation and a spiritual practice with a teacher who has helped me see all the ways that I am my biggest obstacle.I have consistently been more patient, more compassionate, and more empathetic (even though my wife insists there is still a lot of room for growth).I finished editing my first book and agreed to a two-book deal with a major publisher (The books will be released in the Fall of 2016 and 2017).I had well over 1,000,000 page views here at The Sales Blog. I posted every day this year, making it six years running (Still minus those 13 days in Tibet.)With my mastermind group, I held my first live public event in Washington, DC.My greatest asset is my family. This year marked 20 years married to my best friend.Record sales in my businesses.DebitsEven though I am a vegetarian, I too often ate poorly. A lot of bad, easy-to-find food is vegetarian. I also haven’t done well with supplements, and I don’t drink nearly enough water.I haven’t treated time with the respect it deserves. Knowing how little you have, you shouldn’t waste a second.I let work get in the way of vacations because I wasn’t proactive enough in scheduling them.I haven’t planned my work well enough in advance. I didn’t delegate enough work. I didn’t automate enough work. And I didn’t eliminate enough work.I (still) haven’t moved fast enough on some opportunities.On balance, an excellent year.
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 The sales manager was speaking to his young business development representative about his results and his activity. The results weren’t there, and the activity was low, and certainly lower than the sales manager expected. When the sales manager asked the BDR why he didn’t have better results and greater activity, the salesperson told him that he was used to being held accountable for these things. Because the salesperson wasn’t being held accountable, he was coasting.Another manager interviewed a young salesperson who decided to the leave the company. When the manager asked the salesperson what he thought might be improved, the young salesperson told his manager that he wished he would have been accountable for removing deals from this pipeline when it was clear he should have stopped pursuing them. This salesperson wanted to succeed and, right or wrong, he didn’t feel he was being effectively led.What You Get WrongYou might think, “People don’t want to be micromanaged.” There is no part of accountability that requires one micromanage their team, those being two very different concepts. It is a mistake to conflate accountability to micromanagement.It’s also possible that you could believe that you shouldn’t have to impose accountability on “grown ups,” who should be capable of managing and leading themselves, especially when salespeople are given more autonomy than most other roles and should possess an equal amount of self-discipline.There is no doubt that these is always more work to be done than there are hours in the day. You have other duties and responsibilities that require your attention and your effort. You might think that shouldn’t have to hold people accountable when you are paying them, an unhealthy belief that always limits the success of a team and the individuals that make up that team.Accountability is a prerequisite of high performance.Your Leadership is RequiredNo one ever believes their best manager was the one who accepted their mediocre performance and stayed off their back. Neglect, in all its forms, is a lack of caring, and it is something that the person being neglected feels.If you reflect on the best leader you have ever worked for, you will recall that they held you accountable, pushing you to reach your full potential. You’ll also state that the individual you worked for prodded you because they cared about you personally and contributed to your growth and success.If you want your people to turn in the best performance they are capable of, you will hold them accountable for just that.
7.30 a.m.Peaceful polling began in Mumbai. Civic officials said that a mock poll was done on all voting machines by 6.30 a.m., and voter data list was cleared after careful vetting. In Nagpur, early voters included RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, his wife and mother vote in Nagpur’s Dharampeth area. | Photo Credit: Pavan Dahat Sachin Tendulkar and wife Anjali Tendulkar after voting in the Maharashtra civic polls in Mumbai on Tuesday. Former Union Home Minister and senior Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde cast his vote for civic body polls in Solapur.11 a.m.10% voting for Pune Municipal Corporation till 10 a.m. Nearly 27 lakh voters are expected to exercise their mandate across 41 panels for the 162-seat civic body.While no holiday has been given to IT sector professionals, many employees have been given a two-hour break during the voting period to cast their vote, informed Anil Patwardhan, president, Hinjewadi Industries Association.9.50 a.m.Mumbai witnesses cheerful nonagenarians who came out to cast their vote. Read more Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Julio Ribeiro, Joint Police Commissioner Deven Bharti, Election Commissioner K.S. Saharia, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta vote in Mumbai.Actors Anushka Sharma, Rekha, Shreyas Talpade, Prem Chopra, Shraddha Kapoor, Manyata Dutt; filmmakers Zoya Akhtar, Gulzar, Subhash Ghai and Kunal Kapoor are among the film celebrities who voted in Mumbai.Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, his wife Anjali and former cricketer Sandeep Patil also exercise their franchise. Meanwhile, in Nashik, some voters whose names were found missing from voters’ list in Mhasrul locality staged a rasta roko, police said.1.30 p.m.In Mumbai, NCP chief Sharad Pawar was among those who voted early as polling began at a brisk pace this morning.Pawar voted at a polling booth in Ward 214 here which incidentally doesn’t have an NCP candidate. – PTI1.20 p.m.“The release of list of voters got delayed and there was also a change in polling booths. All this may have an impact on elections,” BJP Mumbai unit president Ashish Shelar told reporters after casting his vote in suburban Bandra.He claimed that many voters have also not received their voting slip, which has prevented them from exercising their franchise.MNS Chief Raj Thackeray said that like people should exercise their right to cast their votes, political parties should also work as promised by them during poll campaigning.Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe said every election is different as per the context at the local and national level, and the social and political fabric is changing towards tolerance and local development issues. – PTI12.30 p.m.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis casts his vote. 12.25 p.m.Voting till 11:30 a.m.:Pune – 19.5%Mumbai – 16.04%Thane – 19.30%Solapur – 24%Akola – 15%Pimpri Chinchwad – 20.73%Nashik – 18.5%Ulhasnagar – 12.87%Amravati – 19.58%Nagpur – 16.00%11.50 a.m.A voting machine malfunctions in ward no. 21 at Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, causing activists from the Raj Thackeray – led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena to stop the voting process.11.15 a.m.8.07% voting recorded up to 9.30 a.m. in Mumbai.Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, wife Rashmi and sons Aditya and Tejas voted at a booth near their residence in suburban Bandra.MNS Chief Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena’s Manohar Joshi cast their votes at a polling station in Shivaji Park, Mumbai.Union Minister Nitin Gadkari cast his vote for Nagpur Municipal Corporation polls, at a booth located in Nagpur’s Town Hall. Elections for 227 municipal wards in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), in which 2,275 candidates are in the fray, began at 7.30 a.m. on Tuesday.Over 1.95 crore voters across the State are entitled to exercise their franchise to choose representatives for 10 city corporations, while over 1.80 crore people can cast their votes in the zila parishad and panchayat samiti polls.The districts going to polls in the second phase are Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune, Solapur, Nashik, Amravati and Gadchiroli. Elections are being held in 118 panchayat samitis in these districts.The 10 municipal corporations include Mumbai, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Solapur, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur.As many as 43,160 polling booths have been set up.Counting of votes will be taken up on February 23.Updates are from our reporters Sharad Vyas, Shoumojit Banerjee, and Sonam Saigal and with PTI inputs.6.45 p.m. | Mumbai records 52.17%Mumbai records 52.17% turnout in the Maharashtra civic body polls as voting ends at 5.30.p.m. Polling figures for the other municipal corporations are Thane 53.11% , Ulhasnagar 46.83%, Nashik 52.63%, Pune 49.52%, Pimpri-Chinchwad 51.86%, Solapur 44%, Akola 51.62%, Amravati 42.39% and Nagpur 49.95%.6.30 p.m. | Nagpur records Nagpur 49.95% turnoutNagpur records 49.95% turnout as voting concludes at 5.30 p.m., reports our correspondent Pavan Dahat.5 p.m. | Mumbai records 41% turnoutPTI reports:First eight hours of polling sees 42.8% turnout in the 10 municipal corporations across Maharashtra.The turnout for Zilla Parishads is 48.25% till 3.30 p.m.Mumbai records 41.32%, closer to the overall figure of 45% in 2012. Poll officials expect overall percentage to eclipse that of the last time when voting ends at 5.30 p.m.3 p.m. | 17% voter turnout in first four hoursAbout 17% voters have exercised their franchise in the first four hours in the 10 Corporations, PTI reports quoting officials.The 11 Zilla Parishads record 23.9% voting till 11.30 a.m. Polling is underway in 43,160 polling stations spread across the State.NCP president Sharad Pawar is among the early voters in Mumbai. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray votes in Bandra along with his family.BJP leaders Ashish Shelar, MP Poonam Mahajan and Shaina NC, Sena leader and former Chief Minister Manohar Joshi and MNS chief Raj Thackeray vote in Mumbai. Nitin Gadkari speaks to the media at a polling booth in Nagpur. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat shows the indelible ink mark after voting in Nagpur on Tuesday. BJP leader Shina N.C. after voting at Pedder road in Mumbai on Tuesday. Actor Paresh Rawal did not find his name in the voting list at Juhu for the BMC elections. Fashion designer Shaina NC arrived to cast her vote at Napean Sea Road polling booth on a cycle; she could not find her name in the voter’s list as well.9.45 a.m.Pune civic polls: Robust turnout to high-stakes. There were complaints of names missing from voter lists in some corners of the city.Incumbent Mayor Prashant Jagtap of the NCP cast his vote from the city’s Wanowrie panel.Union Minister Prakash Javadekar casts his vote at P. Jog School at Kothrud, Pune.8.30 a.m. RSS Supremo Mohan Bhagwat cast his vote at Nagpur. | Photo Credit: S. Sudershan
Two members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, the police said.“Their bodies were recovered after the gunfight with the Special Task Force and the District Reserve Guard near Hasnar village. Two 315 bore rifles… were recovered from the spot,” said D.M. Awasthi, Special Director-General of Police, Anti-Naxal Operations unit.Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told The Hindu that the gunfight occurred in the morning and lasted an hour after the forces chanced upon a Maoist camp.Improvised Explosive Devices, Maoist uniforms, codex wires, sewing machine and Maoist literature were recovered.The police arrested a Maoist commander in Bijapur district. Rakesh Sodi, local guerilla squad commander in Madded area, was arrested in the Punnur forest during a search, the Bijapur police said. Rakesh Sodi carried a reward of ₹3 lakh on his head.
The Jammu and Kashmir government was warned by the main opposition party in the state, the National Conference (NC) of severe consequences if it implemented the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in its present form, saying the party would not accept the new tax regime till adequate safeguards were put in place. “Our position is that till we get the constitutional, administrative and economic safeguards, NC will not accept the GST…They (government) should not do it (implement GST in its present form). But if they still do it, they will have to face the consequences,” said senior NC leader, Abdul Rahim Rather. Rather, accompanied by party state spokesperson Junaid Mattu, was addressing a press conference. Mattu said the party would safeguard the special status of Jammu and Kashmir as guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution. “We will do everything we can to safeguard it. If they (government) still are adamant to apply GST in its present form), we will explore other options to fight,” he said. Hitting out at Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu’s statement that the state Assembly was likely to pass the GST bill by July 6, Rather asked if the government had made up its mind, adding, “what is the fun of calling a special session of the legislature?”
Inter-faith couple face saffron fury The musclemen of Hindutva “We are proud that we did not let a Muslim boy manipulate a Hindu girl into marrying him. We would never let Muslim boys marry Hindu girls,” Mr. Dungar told The Hindu.This is the second attack of its kind on inter-religious couples. It comes four days after a similar incident occurred in Hapur in western U.P., where Sangh Parivar workers tried to assault an inter-religious married couple living together in a rented accommodation.Police had to resort to lathi charge to disperse the mob that tried to snatch the man while they were escorting the two to safety.The woman had called the police against the “harassment” of Hindutva groups. The police told the Hindutva activists that it was not a case of “love jihad” as the woman married out of her own will and was living with him willingly. An interfaith couple, whose attempt to register their marriage was disrupted by Bajrang Dal workers on Wednesday, were produced before a court in Faridabad on Thursday but were let off after the woman testified that she was not abducted as alleged by her uncle.Krishna, 21, who hails from Greater Noida, said she had gone to Meerut with Saddam, a 24-year-old labour contractor from Shamli, out of her own volition. They planned to register their marriage at a court there.But before they could do so, Bajrang Dal workers reached the court premisesand tried to attack Saddam. The police lathicharged the Bajrang Dal activists when they turned on the policemen protecting the couple.Superintendent of Police Man Singh, told The Hindu that the Meerut police handed over the couple to the Haryana police, who had arrived in Meerut looking for them.Also Read According to the Faridabad police, Krishna who is second-year BA student at the K.L. Mehta Women’s College, became friends with Saddam three years ago when she was pursuing B.Tech from an institute in Greater Noida.But the two remained in touch even when she dropped out of her engineering course midway to go and live with her uncle, who is a head constable in Delhi police.Facilitating ‘love jihad’After Krishna eloped with Saddam on Wednesday, her uncle reported the matter to the police and a case was registered under Section 346 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code at the SGM Police station in Faridabad.The coordinator of the Bajrang Dal in western Uttar Pradesh, Balraj Dungar was furious with the police for “not cooperating” with his group. He accused the police of facilitating “love jihad”.Second such attackAlso Read
Former Jharkhand Minister Gopal Krishna Patar was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in Ranchi for allegedly conniving with Naxalites to get his political rival and MLA Ramesh Munda killed in 2008, an NIA spokesperson said.Mr. Patar shot to fame after he defeated Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief Shibu Soren in the Tamar bypoll, forcing him to step down as Chief Minister in 2009. Mr. Patar was a Minister in the Arjun Munda government.Once with the Janata Dal (United), Mr. Patar joined the BJP in 2014. When he was denied ticket, he fought the 2014 election as an Independent but lost.
The “last prince of Awadh” who lived in abject penury was found dead on September 2 in Delhi’s ‘Malcha Mahal,’ a Tughlak-era hunting lodge tucked deep inside a patch of forest overrun by moss and disrepair.The news of the death was broken by a section of the media on November 6, over two months after a team of police officers found Cyrus lying motionless inside the derelict 14th century structure.He was the last surviving member of a family that traced its lineage to the royals of Awadh — a claim that was never verified.Cyrus had been staying here since 1985, after his imperious mother Begum Wilayat Mahal, who allegedly swallowed crushed diamonds to kill herself in the early 1990s, forced the then Union government to provide them accommodation that behove their royal antecedents. The Begum started camping in a first class waiting room of the New Delhi Railway Station in the 1970s, demanding recognition for the sacrifice made by her family during the 1857 war of independence. Sometime in 1985, the Begum and her two children — Cyrus and his sister Sakina — moved into the lodge, which was then known as ‘Bistadari ruins’.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday blamed the media for raking up non-issues such as the Mahadayi water dispute and shortage of beef in the State.Mr. Parrikar, in his post-Cabinet briefing here on Wednesday, said, “Mahadayi is neither my issue, nor his [Prime Minister Modi’s] issue. It is not Goa’s issue either. This issue has been created by you [the media] to create news. It is not an issue for me.” The dispute was sparked following Mr. Parrikar’s letter to Karnataka BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa offering to discuss the sharing of drinking water on humanitarian grounds.Mr. Parrikar’s letter to ahead of the Karnataka Assembly polls triggered protests both in Goa and Karnataka. A group of 21 NGOs in Goa, including Mahadayi Bachav Abhiyan, has demanded Mr. Parrikar to withdraw his letter.The Chief Minister also accused the media of playing up the shortage of beef in the State after meat traders went on a strike for four days in protest against harassment by cow vigilante groups and government officials.
Five members of a family were killed and two others injured in mortar shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pir Panchal Valley on Sunday morning. Five soldiers were injured in an exchange of fire.An Army spokesman said in Jammu that the Pakistani Army opened “an unprovoked and indiscriminate firing” from 7.45 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. near the LoC in the Balakote sector of Poonch.“Small arms and 81-mm and 120-mm mortars were used by Pakistan to attack innocent civilians, their homes and livestock. The provocation has resulted in the loss of five precious and innocent civilian lives,” Lt. Col. Devender Anand said.Effective retaliationThe Army said it “retaliated strongly, effectively and proportionately to the dastardly act.”Mohammad Ramzan, 35, his wife Malika Bi, 32, Abdul Rehman, 14, Mohammad Rizwan, 12, and Razaq Ramzan, 7, were killed in a mortar shell explosion near their home in Devta Dhar village. Two other injured members of the family — Mehreen, 6, and Noureen,12, — were airlifted to a Jammu hospital, where their condition was said to be critical.House guttedPoonch Deputy Commissioner Tariq Ahmad Zargar said: “The house was gutted in the shelling.”In the afternoon, five soldiers were wounded in Pakistani shelling at Mendhar in Poonch. The injured soldiers were airlifted to Udhampur for treatment, a police officer said.Mr. Zargar appealed to the people living in vulnerable areas to shift their families to safer places identified by the district administration.“Construction of 40 community bunkers are at a finishing stage here. A process to build individual household bunkers in targeted areas will be started soon for the safety of civilians,” he said.The Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported that nine persons were injured on the other side of the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.Official data suggest that Jammu and Kashmir witnessed 192 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan this year.“The unusual escalation resulted in a high death toll. The casualties in January 2018 alone equalled the figure for the entire 2017. And 2017 itself was an exceptional year for ceasefire violations, as it saw a six-fold increase from 2015,” said the report released by the BJP leader and former Union Minister, Yashwant Sinha, and his Group of Concerned Citizens.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah expressed shock over the casualties. “The incident is heart-wrenching. It has caused a wave of shock among the people. Dialogue and reconciliation are the only means of getting the State and the region out of this vicious cycle of blood-spilling,” Ms. Mufti said. Mr. Abdullah demanded adherence to the 2003 ceasefire agreement. “The ceasefire agreement has been restricted to papers. We demand that the pact, extended as a confidence-building measure to the people of Kashmir, be adhered to,” he said.All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said he was “saddened and distressed” by the deaths. “Such tragic situations can easily be avoided if India and Pakistan realise the futility of hostility and adopt a realistic and humanistic approach.”
Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre and the BJP government in Chhattisgarh were adopting an anti-Odisha approach on the Mahanadi water-sharing dispute.Launching his party’s ‘Save Mahanadi’ campaign from Jharsuguda district, Mr. Patnaik criticised the BJP leaders of Odisha saying that they were supporting the Chhattisgarh government but shedding crocodile tears in the State.Observing that Mahanadi was the lifeline of Odisha, Mr. Patnaik said that if the BJP leaders had compassion for Odisha and Odia people, then they should oppose the constructions the Chhattisgarh government was carrying out over the river. The BJD government had moved the Supreme Court and a Tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute as per its demands, he said.Mr. Patnaik said that there was no shortage of water in the Mahanadi during the monsoon season. But the river was drying up in other seasons and the water level at Hirakud reservoir was declining due to construction of several barrages over the river by the Chhattisgarh government, he added.Stating that the crisis will not end with the construction of barrages by Odisha, Mr. Patnaik said that water will not be available in the entire 500-km stretch along the river for the rabi season, which would also affect the lives of the fishermen community.The people have realised that those who are supporting barrages are applying double standards, Mr. Patnaik observed.He said that the Odisha government had constructed many mega lift irrigation projects on the Mahanadi and more such projects will be undertaken in future. Some barrages will be constructed on the river by the State government, but requisite care will be taken not to displace people, he said.Maintaining that Mahanadi was the pride of Odisha, the Chief Minister announced that they will not allow the river to dry up.Insisting that the movement to save Mahanadi was not the BJD’s fight alone, Mr. Patnaik urged other parties to rise above political considerations and participate in the campaign and protect the rights of the people of the State.The campaign, which will continue for about a fortnight covering as many as 15 of the 30 districts of Odisha, will end at Paradip where the Mahanadi flows into the Bay of Bengal.
The Odisha police seized the hangar, belonging to the Indian Metal and Ferro Alloys (IMFA), a family-controlled company of former Member of Parliament Baijayant Panda, at the Biju Patnaik airport here on Monday.Mr. Panda is accused of flying his helicopter low over the eco-sensitive Chilika Lake. The Chilika Development Authority had lodged an FIR with the Arukhakuda marine police station stating that a chopper was flown unauthorised “at a dangerous height” endangering wildlife on September 15.“We had sought the exact location of the helicopter. It was found that the helicopter belonged to IMFA,” Sarthak Sarangi, Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu over phone.“Subsequently, we sealed the hangar,” said Mr. Sarangi.
Bulandshahr cow slaughter case solved, claim U.P. police At a media event in Delhi on December 7, the Chief Minister termed the incident an accident. ‘Incident part of a larger conspiracy’Earlier, soon after the violence on December 3, he had said the incident was part of a larger conspiracy and all those involved in it should be arrestedThe violence, which occurred over an incident of alleged cow slaughter, claimed two lives including that of a police inspector.On December 19, responding to questions on the issue, Mr. Adityanath said those whose political ground had receded were embracing each other to hide their shortcomings. Wednesday was the second day of the brief winter session spread over four sittings.Both the Assembly and the Legislative Council were adjourned on the first day of the current session on Tuesday after condoling the deaths of former Chief Minister N.D. Tiwari, BJP legislator Patel Ram Kumar Verma and Union Minister Ananth Kumar. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday hit back at the Opposition for stalling the the legislature proceedings on the issue of law and order, saying the Bulandshahr violence, was a “political conspiracy” hatched by those who have lost political ground.The Question Hour in both Houses of the legislature witnessed uproar. Slogans were raised by the Samajwadi Party and Congress members over various issues, including the plight of farmers and the law and order situation in the State, causing repeated adjournments.“The December 3 [Bulandshahr] violence is a political conspiracy [hatched] by those who have lost political ground,” he told reporters after the Assembly was adjourned.”It was a political conspiracy which has been exposed… peace and order will be maintained at all cost… the administration and government have repulsed the designs [of conspirators] sternly,” Mr. Adityanath said.Also Read
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