Resource Discovery: NCADV Hope and Power for Your Personal Finances

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PdDThe National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), in collaboration with the National Endowment for Financial Education, has developed financial education materials designed specifically for domestic abuse survivors.[Flickr, On my kitchen table by Regina, CC BY-ND-NC 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015NCADV offers information on their financial education project and other useful financial education materials, information on obtaining copies of Hope & Power for Your Personal Finances, and other useful financial education materials on their website.Order the bookPersonal Finances for Domestic Abuse Survivors ProjectWebsite This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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Resources Shared: Estate Planning Basics & Advanced Directives

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonThe Personal Finance team hosted a very interactive webinar today, during which many of you shared resources in the chat box. We love hearing what resources you use in your work and we love linking those resources to your colleagues, however faraway they may be.During today’s webinar, Estate Planning Basics & Advanced Directives our presenters Dr. Barbara O’Neill and Attorney Mary Benzinger talked quite a bit about probate and probate avoidance techniques. A webinar participant shared a book he had read on the topic: 8 Ways to Avoid Probate. Another webinar participant shared that she had also read that book and found it valuable. Have you read this book? What other resources on probate can you share with us?While online resources are so commonly shared during our webinars, it was refreshing to have a hardcopy book recommendation. However, another webinar participant shared in the chat box that he regularly borrows books from his military installation’s library via the e-book lending program. Many civilian libraries have similar programs. Check your local branch’s website for more details. Another option is Open Library, which is open to account holders to borrow many modern titles.In addition to the resources you shared, our presenters compiled a bountiful list of resources related to estate planning topics before the webinar. This list includes links to the websites where more information on these topics can be found. What resources do you use that should be added to this list?If you missed today’s webinar, check the event page for the recording which is available now. It was a great session and we thank you for such active participation today!last_img read more

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Blackmagic Releases Eyeon Fusion 7 Free to VFX Artists

first_imgBlackmagic recently acquired professional VFX software Eyeon Fusion and is now giving it away for FREE.In  If you follow the VFX industry or industry related software than you are probably already familiar with the compositing/VFX/graphics program Eyeon Fusion. Eyeon Fusion is an incredibly powerful program with a ton of industry-standard effects and node based workflow. Eyeon Fusion was purchased by Blackmagic Design earlier in 2014. The acquisition came as a surprise to many in the VFX community. Consumers were left in the dark about the future of Eyeon Fusion…until now.Today Blackmagic announced that the latest version of Eyeon Fusion 7 is available for download on Blackmagic’s website for free. Yes you read that right. This announcement has huge implications for the VFX and motion graphics community, as previous versions of Fusion were $2,500 a license.The new version of Eyeon Fusion 7 will come in two varieties, Free and Studio ($995).  The difference between the versions is that Studio has been created and optimized for, you guessed it, studios by allowing such functionality as network rendering, project management tools, and third party OpenFX plugins.This is definitely an industry game-changer. The only downside to this announcement is that currently Fusion 7 is only available for Windows based machines, so if you use a Mac you are going to miss out on the fun (for now).Eyeon Fusion has been used on dozens of Hollywood features including Thor, Noah, Gravity, Edge of Tomorrow, and Avatar. It is a node based application, meaning unlike After Effects or Apple Motion, it doesn’t work by compiling layers on top of one another. Instead users link assets together using nodes (see picture). This way of working can be extremely beneficial if you work with 3D objects or work in the compositing world. If you want to learn more about how node workflows compare to layer based software check out our post on ‘Nuke vs. After Effects: A Realistic Comparison‘.Picture via Blackmagic DesignThere are also a lot of really good Eyeon Fusion tutorials and resources out there to help you get up-to-speed on how to integrate Eyeon Fusion into your current workflow. Including:Digital TutorsToolfarmVFXPedia via BlackmagicThis announcement also comes in the wake of Blackmagic releasing DaVinci Resolve Lite, a video editing and motion graphics application that’s also free to the public. We’ll be interested to see if this now ushers in a new wave of competition between software developers and hardware developers.If you know of any other awesome training resources for learning about Eyeon Fusion we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.Resources Eyeon Fusion via Blackmagic DesignBlackmagic releases free Fusion VFX software – Broadcast NowBlackmagic Design Releases Free Version of Fusion 7 – Studio Dailylast_img read more

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The Leadership Playbook: What I Want in a Leader

first_imgIf I were hiring a leader, here is what I would want in the person I was hiring.A Compelling, Inspiring Purpose and Vision: If you are going to lead, you are going to have to create followers. So, where are you taking us? Why should we want to go there, and more still, why should I want to go there? A leader provides a clear, compelling vision that inspires others to act. Without that vision, you aren’t a leader; you’re an administrator.A Burning Desire to Win: For my money, I want a leader who loves a good fight. I want someone with a fire in their belly and an insatiable desire to win. A leader knows that her organization is competing, maybe against direct competitors, maybe for attention, maybe for donations. A leader can’t be someone who is okay with the losing; they have to hate losing, learn from it, and go back and compete again.An Unshakeable Optimism: No one wants to follow a pessimist. No one wants a leader who believes all is lost. That isn’t something a leader can be. A leader can’t be the person who is full of fear and loathing when it comes to the future. Optimism is what allows you to act. A leader recognizes negatives as a burning platform and makes the decisions to move the organization she leads into a better future.Impatience and a Sense of Urgency: Leaders know they are playing against a clock. They never believe they have enough time. A number of US Presidents (maybe all of them) have had calendars with the days they have remaining. They know that whatever they are going to get done has to be done now—if not sooner. They have to be impatient for results and lead their organization with a sense of urgency.An Extraordinary Emotional Intelligence: There are countless stories about great leaders who were nasty, foul, and completely lacking in emotional intelligence. They are exceptional, not so much as leaders, but in that they are the exception. Great leaders have very high emotional intelligence. They can work a room. They rely on their powers of persuasion and not their formal authority because they know persuasion is more effective. A leader is in the “people business,” and that means they need an extraordinary emotional intelligence.A Desire to Help Others Grow: A poor leader from a dominator hierarchy looks at their people as a means to an end. A great leader looks at their people as the end. They focus a good part of their time and attention on helping the people they lead grow and develop. A leader builds future leaders. They pull people up. They nurture people and teach others to do the same. A great leader knows that their legacy is how the organization performs after they are gone.last_img read more

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Three ex-wives thwart man’s fourth attempt at marriage

first_imgHe got lucky thrice, but a man in Uttar Pradesh ran into trouble in his fourth attempt at married life as his three previous wives, who he had divorced through triple talaq, have now accused him of raping a minor and also making their obscene videos.The three women approached police two days ago and alleged that 30-year-old Danish married for the first time in 2013 and made a smutty MMS of his wife.According to police, after a dispute with her, Danish began blackmailing his wife and her family by threatening to share the MMS on social media. He later pronounced triple talaq, a Muslim divorce practice, and married for a second time.The troubled second marriage lasted only a year and he divorced his wife.On October 24 last year, the accused went to his uncle’s house where he allegedly raped his 15-year-old cousin and later married her.BlackmailedHe allegedly again shot a dirty MMS and threatened her parents he would share it on social media if they protested.“On October 24, 2016 my nephew came to our house, and when everyone slept, Danish raped my daughter. When after hearing her screams we reached there, he offered to marry her and also threatened to kill her if we did not allow the wedding to happen,” the mother of the teenage girl said. She alleged that Danish not only used to torture and beat up her daughter but also did not allow her to meet her.After some time, Danish got rid of his third wife by handily pronouncing talaq thrice in quick succession.When the three women came to know of his plan to get hitched for the fourth time, they reached the office of Additional Superintendent of Police Dinesh Tripathi and narrated their woes.FIR under POSCO ActTripathi said an FIR has been registered against Danish under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. The matter is under investigation, he said.last_img read more

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Mild earthquakes hit Manipur, Himachal

first_imgA mild earthquake with a magnitude of 3.0 hit Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Thursday morning, the National Centre for Seismology said. The quake hit at 6.45 a.m. IST at a depth of 10 km.Hours earlier, a mild earthquake hit Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba region, which saw quake for three consecutive days last month.“An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.1 was recorded at 11.26 p.m. last night [June 14, 2017],” local Meteorological Office director Manmohan Singh told IANS.  No loss of life or damage to property was reported.Mr. Singh said the epicentre of the quake was Chamba region, bordering Jammu and Kashmir.Six mild quakes hit Chamba for three days simultaneously from May 19, 2017, two on each day, triggering panic among the people.Himachal Pradesh had suffered the most devastating earthquake in 1905 in the Kangra valley, killing more than 20,000 people. This map from the IMD shows the epicentre of the slight intensity quake that hit Himachal Pradesh on June 15, 2017.last_img read more

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U.P. becomes first State to endorse Centre’s triple talaq draft bill

first_imgUttar Pradesh has become the first State to endorse the Central government’s draft bill that makes instant triple talaq a cognisable and non-bailable offence.The draft law, which provides for three-year imprisonment and a fine to a man trying to divorce his wife by uttering “talaq” three times, got the State government’s approval at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on Tuesday night.“The Centre’s draft Bill on triple talaq has been endorsed by the Cabinet. The Centre had asked the States to send their respective views on it by December 10,” State government spokesman and Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said.Bill to be introduced in winter session of Parliament An official said the proposal is to be introduced as a bill in the winter session of Parliament beginning next week. There have been 177 reported cases of instant talaq before the judgement and 66 after the Supreme Court order this year. …Uttar Pradesh tops the list.” On August 22, the Supreme Court struck down triple talaq, calling the practice unconstitutional and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution, which provides for equality before the law.The draft ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ was sent by the Centre to the States as the practice continued despite the Supreme Court striking it down.The draft was prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.The woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue.Under the draft law, triple talaq in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — would be bad or illegal and void.The provision of subsistence allowance and custody has been made to ensure that in case the husband asks the wife to leave the house she should have legal protection.last_img read more

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Jairam Thakur vows to end ‘VIP culture’

first_imgHimachal Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Jairam Thakur on Monday said his government would not indulge in “political vendetta”, but would review ‘hasty decisions’ taken in the past three months by the Virbhadra Singh government. Talking to presspersons after his name for the top post was finalised on Sunday by the newly elected Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs, Mr. Thakur said his government would do away with the “VIP culture” promoted by the previous Congress government. Axe on officials“All the retired and blue-eyed bureaucrats who were re-employed by the previous government will have to go now,” he said.Mr. Thakur, who will be formally sworn in on Wednesday, distributed fruits to patients in Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital to mark the birthday of the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He said the priority of his government would be to pursue works of social good and alleviate suffering.Mr. Thakur later met delegations at the State Guest House at Peterhoff, visited Governor Acharya Dev Vrat to discuss Cabinet formation and took stock of the arrangements for the visit of the Prime Minister and the BJP president for the swearing-in at the historic Ridge Maidan. He said around 10 Chief Ministers had promised to attend the oath-taking ceremony.last_img read more

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Uproar in M.P. House over woman’s suicide

first_imgThe Opposition Congress on Tuesday created a ruckus in the Assembly demanding a debate on the “suicide” committed by a woman allegedly married to the son of State Public Works Department Minister Rampal Singh. The issue stalled the proceedings of the Assembly multiple times. Finally, the House was adjourned for the day. As soon as the Question Hour started, Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh said he had submitted an adjournment motion on a serious matter which needed to be debated upon. Responding to his demand, Speaker Sitasharan Sharma said the matter could be taken up after Question Hour. This led to a heated exchange between the Treasury Benches and the Opposition.Acknowledging that the matter was serious, State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said the police are investigating the case and asked the Opposition to desist from blaming anybody before the probe is over.The Congress MLAs demanded an immediate debate on the issue. State Legislative Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra said the Congress was raising the issue due to an “infighting” within the party. He questioned the Congress for “keeping quiet” on the issue of its MLA, Hemant Katare, who has been booked for raping a woman student. Amid the ruckus, the House was adjourned thrice.Later, the Congress members walked out of the Assembly and the Speaker transacted the listed business in the absence of the Opposition members. The Congress has alleged that the woman killed herself last Saturday as the Minister’s son, Girjesh Pratap Singh, was going to get married for the second time at the behest of his father, and was “pressurising her to return their marriage papers”.The party has demanded that Mr. Girjesh Pratap be booked for abetment to suicide. It has also demanded the Minister’s resignation from the State Cabinet.last_img read more

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Bihar parties want ban on Bhagwat

first_imgBihar Opposition parties have asked the ruling NDA government not to allow the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat to visit Bihar. Mr. Bhagwat is scheduled to arrive in the State on Tuesday, his fourth time in the last 12 months, to participate in an RSS camp.“We demand that Mr. Bhagwat’s entry into Bihar be banned… Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should be vigilant as there was tension in various districts of the State after his visit in February this year,” said State Congress leader and Party MLC Prem Chandra Mishra. Alliance partner RJD too questioned Mr. Bhagwat’s frequent visits to Bihar. “Is it a coincidence that his recent visit had left a trail of communal tensions in different parts of the State?,” asked RJD leader Bhai Birendra. Social and communal tensions had erupted in eight districts of the State in March and the Opposition leaders had blamed Mr. Bhagwat’s 10-day stay in Muzaffarpur district a little before that. However, ruling party leaders wondered how the government could stop someone from visiting the State. “It’s a democratic country and no one can be barred from visiting any place,” said a JD(U) leader, preferring anonymity. The RSS chief will reach Patna on Tuesday morning and leave for Nawada to participate in a training programme for RSS workers. Earlier, Mr Bhagwat had visited Muzaffarpur for 10 days in the first week of February to address farmers of Bihar and Jharkhand on the benefits of organic farming. He also then made the controversial statement there preparing an Army took six to seven months, but the RSS cadres would be battle-ready in two-three days. A case was subsequently filed against Mr. Bhagwat in a local court by a resident of the town for “insulting the Indian Army.”last_img read more

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Give bail liberally: NHRC chief

first_imgJudges should be liberal in granting bail to prisoners who are under trial as it would be one of the ways to reduce overcrowding of jails, National Human Rights Commission chairperson Justice (retd.) H.L. Dattu said on Friday.Speaking during a discussion organised by the NHRC on prison reforms and prisoners’ welfare, Justice Dattu said there was a need for “sustained efforts” by all stakeholders to improve prison conditions in the country, according to an NHRC statement.“With reference to the overcrowding of jails resulting in denial of basic amenities to prisoners, he said that one way of reducing burden on the prison resources and other facilities is that judges must be liberal in granting bail to the under-trial prisoners as per the provisions of Section 436A of Code of Criminal Procedure and it should be a matter of right and not a charity towards them (sic),” the NHRC said.Open prisonsJustice Dattu also favoured the use of open prisons for undertrials, the NHRC said. He said that many jails were old, dilapidated and lacked facilities, including recreational ones, and this required to be looked into.With the objective of raising awareness about issues affecting prisoners, the discussion included participation from NHRC members, jail officials, legal aid organisations and outside experts.last_img read more

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Sexual harassment case against IIM-Rohtak director cancelled

first_imgMore than a month after a complaint of sexual harassment against IIM-Rohtak director, Prof. Dheeraj Sharma, the Rohtak Police have proceeded to cancel the First Information Report in the case saying that the “allegations levelled against him were not substantiated”.Station House Officer, Women’s Police Station, Garima, told The Hindu that no evidence was found against Prof. Sharma during the investigation spanning more than a month and the police had now moved the local court seeking cancellation of the FIR. The complainant, a former woman assistant professor of IIM-Rohtak, however, alleged that she was not satisfied with the investigation and the evidence produced by her was “overlooked”. She added that the police had failed to procure the closed-circuit television footage of two incidents — November 8, 2017 and March 9, 2018 — that could be a crucial evidence in the case. She said that she was not “shocked” by the recent developments since the accused was “influential”. The complainant said that she had also written to the IG, Rohtak, recently expressing her dissatisfaction over the investigation.Ms. Garima, however, said that there was no CCTV footage available related to the incident and the evidence submitted by the complainant did not prove her charges.The 35-year-old woman, in her complaint to the police, had alleged that Prof. Sharma began sexually harassing her soon after her appointment to the post of Assistant Professor on September 1 last year on a probation period of three years. The complainant, who was dismissed almost a month after she made an indicative complaint about Prof. Sharma’s behaviour to the institute’s board, had alleged in the FIR that the director would seek her views on extra-marital relationships and make indecent remarks on her private life, looks and clothes. She said, in the complaint, that he would ask her out for evening strolls and even groped her inside her cabin on one occasion.Following the complaint, a case was registered at Rohtak’s Women Police Station on charges of an assault to outrage the modesty of a woman and making sexually coloured remarks under the Indian Penal Code on May 29.last_img read more

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‘Social security benefits elude migrant workers’

first_imgA latest study by the Patiala-based Punjabi University on rural-urban migration of workers in Punjab and Haryana has revealed that most migrant workers suffer from non-availability of social security benefits and spend the prime time of their life in cities with poor working and sanitation conditionsThe study titled ‘Rural-Urban Migration, Informal Sector Employment and Income Differentials: Reflections from two Indian States — Punjab and Haryana’ was completed recently by the Centre for Development Economics and Innovation Studies of Punjabi University, Patiala.“In both Punjab and Haryana, very low proportion of sampled migrants had access to benefits such as employees provident fund. Even protection from the occupational hazards was found to be less than 0.40% of migrant workers. Besides, benefits of State-specific social security could not be percolated to the migratory labour that belonged to other States,” said Lakhwinder Singh, professor of economics, a member in the study team. “In Punjab, the migrants from other States could not access the State’s ‘Atta Dal’ scheme and State-specific social pensions for the poor, aged persons, orphan children, destitute women. As most of these migrants have their ration or voter card registered at their native places they could not get benefits of the State-run social welfare schemes,” he added.The study is based on 3,962 selected migrant households from both the States — 1,992 from Punjab and 1,970 from Haryana. The study pointed out that rural areas of Punjab send 30% of workers to urban areas, whereas Haryana sends nearly 41% of rural workers to its cities. The majority, 70% in Punjab and 59% in Haryana, come from other States.last_img read more

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4 held in online ticket racket in U.P.

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police have busted a cyber-gang that was hacking into the website of the State’s road transport corporation and booking online tickets without payment.Four persons, including two minors, were arrested by the Special Task Force of the State police on Friday. The two adult accused were identified as Amit Kumar Bharti and Mudit Sharma, both from Kanpur.The matter came to light after the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) complained that it was not receiving payment in accordance to the number of online bookings made on its official website. This had been going on for several months, police said.The gang was busted after an operation by the U.P. STF. The accused had been exploiting the vulnerabilities of the online payment system of the UPSRTC website to book counterfeit e-tickets though a web application security testing software called ‘Burp Suite’, police said. They would then sell these tickets to common people at discounted rates through networks on WhatsApp groups and Facebook. “Through Burp Suite, a ‘man in the middle attack’ [technology] was used to tamper with the payment confirmation data going to the UPSRTC through payment gateway,” the STF said in a statement. Even when no payment was made, the website would allegedly get a fake successful payment confirmation. Amitabh Yash, IG STF, told The Hindu that the accused were exploiting some “flaws in the payment gateway of the bank”, which have been now patched up.Guru Prasad, the managing director of UPSRTC, said the hackers had caused it a loss of ₹9.42 lakh. The accused will face charges for cheating and under Section 66D of the IT Act.With a fleet size of over 11,833 buses, the UPSRTC operates over 24. 54 crore kilometers, catering to the travel needs of over 10.38 crore people, as per its website.last_img read more

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‘Kashmiris are not guinea pigs’

first_imgResponding to the reported spate of resignations by Jammu and Kashmir police personnel and the killing of three of their colleagues, the Congress on Friday said the NDA government was playing with the “crown of India” and treating the people like “guinea pigs” while using the State for its “laboratory politics.” Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi alleged that there had been a marked increase in ceasefire violations, deaths of security personnel, civilian killings and terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre and an “opportunistic alliance took shape in the State”.He said the while the UPA had brought the State and the people in the mainstream, the NDA government left them “midstream”. “There is a quantitative and qualitative change. The quantitative change is reflected in any of the four parameters — ceasefire violations, death of security personnel, civilian deaths, terror incidents,” Mr Singhvi said and claimed that 414 security personnel and 256 civilians have lost their lives since May 2014.Ceasefire violations“In the case of ceasefire violations, there is a 500% increase,” he added.Commenting on the NDA government’s Pakistan policy as a ‘No Pak policy,’ the Congress spokesperson, “It is knee-jerk, it is episodic, it is momentary, it is transient, it depends on the mood of the moment. This government has no moral right to continue. The government is playing with crown, with the pride of India.”last_img read more

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Butterfly effect: Cyclone Titli flusters Odisha

first_imgThe severe cyclone in Odisha damaged mud huts and uprooted trees and electric poles in areas where authorities have moved nearly 300,000 people to higher ground. Twelve people are feared dead in a cyclone shelter hit by a landslip in Gajapati district, a day after Cyclone Titli hit the State, officials said. Villagers had moved to the shelter to escape the fury of Cyclone Titli, which whipped up winds with speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour.last_img

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Nitish may expand Cabinet soon for ‘social balance’

first_imgWith the BJP announcing that it would be contesting as many seats in Bihar as its alliance partner JD(U) in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to expand his Cabinet soon to accommodate leaders coming from the Extremely Backward Classes (EBC) and Backward castes. Mr. Kumar also met State Governor Lalji Tandon on Tuesday in what is being described as a “courtesy call”.The buzz in political circles is that a Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leader too could be inducted into the Cabinet to smooth the ruffled feathers of party chief Upendra Kushwaha, who, after meeting the Bihar in-charge of BJP Bhupendra Yadav in Delhi on Tuesday, had said that as an NDA partner, he was ready to accept losses (in the number of LS seats contested) but wanted to know why his party was being denied the benefits of the formation of an NDA government in Bihar. A women legislator is also likely to get ministerial berth in the Nitish Cabinet.The Nitish Kumar Cabinet presently has 28 Ministers, including the Chief Minister, but it can have 36 members given the State Assembly’s strength of 243 members. In July 2017, when Mr. Kumar parted ways with the RJD-led Grand Alliance and joined hands with the BJP again, the other allies — the RLSP, the Lok Janshakti Party and the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) — were offered one ministerial berth each in the Cabinet. The LJP made State party chief Pashupati Kumar Paras as the Animal Husbandry Minister, but HAM (S) rejected the offer and later switched to the RJD-led Grand Alliance. RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha wanted loyalist party MLA Sudhanshu Kumar to be inducted into the Cabinet, but party sources told The Hindu that the Chief Minister was eager to accommodate another RLSP MLA Lallan Paswan, who has been critical of Mr. Kushwaha, in the Cabinet which was unacceptable to the latter. The long-time political bitterness between Mr. Kumar and Mr. Kushwaha has been an open secret in the State.“So now, in the changed political scenario, Nitish Kumar may include RLSP leader Sudhanshu Kumar in the Cabinet under pressure from the BJP top leadership to keep Upendra Kushwaha within the NDA fold with seats being offered to him for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” a senior State BJP leader told The Hindu. Strong contendersMr. Kumar also has an eye on the Extremely Backward Classes and women voters to maintain the “social balance” of the Cabinet. Following the resignation of Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, there is no woman Minister in Mr. Kumar’s Cabinet.Meanwhile, ruling party sources said both Ashok Choudhary, a former Congress party leader and Education Minister who had joined JD(U) after being removed from the post of State party president last year, and Shyam Rajak, another JD(U) leader, were strong contenders for ministerial berths. Mr. Choudhary and Mr. Rajak are from the EBC community. Mr. Kumar on Wednesday also participated in the party’s Dalit-Mahadalit workers’ meeting in Gaya. The name of Ranju Geeta, a JD(U) MLA from the Bajpatti constituency in Sitamarhi district, is also doing the rounds for a ministerial berth. The BJP too could push the name of a leader representing the upper castes, as the Swarn Sena (representing the upper castes), of late, had been protesting against the BJP leaders at several places across the State against the amendments to the SC/ST Act and demanding reservation for the poor among them.last_img read more

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MHA sanctions Delhi Minister’s prosecution

first_imgThe Ministry of Home Affairs has granted sanction to the CBI to prosecute Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain for allegedly acquiring assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, a government official said on Thursday. The case was registered last year. “The AAP government’s efforts to regularise unauthorised colonies are linked with the investment in agricultural land by Mr. Jain. Regularisation will convert these agricultural lands into residential and commercial land, which would provide huge returns on the investment by Mr. Jain,” the official claimed. Shell companiesThe official said that Mr. Jain floated and acquired several shell companies in Delhi, including Akichan Developers Private Limited, Indo Metal Impex Private Limited, Paryas Infosolutions Private Limited and Manglayatan Projects Private Limited, in 2009-10 and 2010-11. “Mr. Jain laundered black money amounting to ₹16.39 crore from 2010 to 2015 through 54 shell companies of three hawala entry operators of Kolkata,” the official said. Over 200 bighas of agricultural land were purchased in the names of companies controlled by Mr. Jain in the vicinity of unauthorised colonies at Karala, Auchandi, Nizampur, Budhan, and other areas of Delhi in the past five years, the officer said.“On being prosecuted by the Income Tax Department, Mr. Jain surrendered ₹16.39 crore which was laundered using shell companies under Income Declaration Scheme, 2016 in the name of [his alleged associates] Vaibhav Jain and Ankush Jain. On enquiry, it was found that both of them were in no way connected with the shell companies floated or acquired by Mr. Jain,” the official said.Reacting to the Centre’s nod, the AAP alleged that Mr. Jain was being hounded for trying to legalise unauthorised colonies.last_img read more

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Assam poet’s collection to be translated into Italian

first_imgA collection of 10 English poems by Guwahati-based Saikh Md Sabah al-Ahmed has been selected for translation into Italian. Naples-based Italian writer and poet Giorgio Moio would be translating the poems, which will be published in the January 2019 issue of Frequenze Poetiche, a popular publication that gives space to young and established poets across Italy and beyond.Mr. al-Ahmed said Mr. Moio was fascinated by his genre of poems after Arunav Barua, another Guwahati-based poet, emailed him the collection. Mr. Barua was the first from Asia whose poems were translated into Italian. A poet, lyricist and columnist, Mr. al-Ahmed teaches English and Social Science at Don Bosco School in Guwahati’s Panbazar area. He is also the public relations officer of the school.Mr. al-Ahmed has so far authored three books including his debut anthology of poems titled ‘Tranquil Musings – Collected Poems’, which was reviewed by eminent litterateur Dr. Mamoni Raisom Goswami and released at the Asia International Literary Festival in December 2010.His other two books are ‘Contemporary Chronicles – Polity, Society & Culture’ (2012) and ‘Past of the Present – A Historical Quest’ (2012). His forthcoming book, ‘The Crimson Enchantress’ is the biography of Dr. Goswami.“The Sahitya Akademi has invited me along with 100 writers from across India for the National Young Writers’ Festival in Guwahati on December 29 and 30,” he said.last_img read more

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Gehlot presents budget, vote-on-account estimates

first_imgRajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday presented the vote-on-account of ₹86,906 crore in the State Assembly in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and submitted the budget estimates for 2019-20 with a total expenditure of ₹2,31,654 crore and revenue receipts of ₹1,67,449 crore.Mr. Gehlot, who also holds the Finance portfolio, said since the budget for the next financial year could not be passed before March 31 because of the Lok Sabha elections, the vote-on-account would facilitate expenditures during the first four months. The expenditure heads include elections, drinking water, relief from natural disasters and cooperatives.Mr. Gehlot said the revenue expenditure during 2019-20 would be ₹1,90,753 crore and revenue deficit ₹23,3024 crore. The fiscal deficit as percentage of the Gross State Domestic Product in 2019-20 is likely to be 3 and the debt to GSDP ratio is expected to be 33.96.Mr. Gehlot said the “flawed policies and short-sighted approach” of the previous BJP government had pushed the State behind on various economic parameters. “Even in the realm of social security pensions, the previous regime’s actions were guided by political considerations,” he said, adding that the State had been derailed from the path of progress during the last five years.Debts and liabilitiesThe Chief Minister said the total debt on the State in 2013-14, when the Congress was voted out of power, was ₹1,29,910 crore. As per the revised estimates for 2018-19, the debts and liabilities were estimated to increase by 138%, touching ₹3,09,385 crore.Mr. Gehlot threw light on various decisions taken by his government after coming to power, while pointing out that the farmers’ loans had been waived, bonus of ₹2 per litre paid to milk producers supplying milk to cooperative dairy federations, old age pension increased and wheat and rice supplied at ₹1 and ₹2 per kg respectively to the below poverty line and Antyodaya families.last_img read more

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