Jay Morse and Heidi Radunovich, PhDVictims of childhood sexual abuse often present a wide array of symptoms following childhood sexual abuse (CSA), and how these symptoms manifest varies from child to child. Yancey, Naufel, and Hansen (2013) wanted to know what factors impacted clinical presentation following childhood sexual abuse (CSA).[Flickr, Broken Hearted Boy 6 by Isa Sorensen, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Previous research suggested that factors unique to the individual, factors associated with the family, and factors related to the specifics of the abuse itself all seem to contribute to outcome. In previous research by the authors, the following types of presentation among CSA victims were noted:Highly distressed – Both parent and child report high levels of distress and behavior problems.Problem behaviors – Child does not report distress, but parent reports problem behaviors.Subclinical – Both parent and child report no clinical distress or behavioral problems.Self-distress – Child reports high levels of distress, but parental report is in the normal range.MethodologyParticipants were 101 children ages 7-18 who were in treatment for CSA through Project SAFE, a 12 week cognitive-behavioral group treatment program for victims of CSA. Archival data from the children and their non-offending parent or caregiver was used, and included the Children’s Impact of Traumatic Events – Revised (CITES-R – child completed), demographic questionnaire (parent completed), child history form (parent completed, Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ – parent completed), and Symptoms Checklist -90-Revised (SCL-90-R – parent completed).ResultsOne of the most important findings in this study is that attributional style, or how the children thought about the abuse, was correlated with clinical presentation of symptoms. Individuals in the highly distressed cluster had more negative attributions of the abuse than participants in the subclinical cluster. Mental health and coping of the parent were also associated with clinical presentation, such that parents of children and adolescents in the highly distressed group had higher reported symptoms over parents in the subclinical group. However, this study did not look at how this finding might occur – does parental coping impact child coping in this case, or might parents have less to cope with if their child is doing better? More severe abuse was associated with being in the high distress group, but how long the abuse lasted was not a significant predictor. It is notable that there were significantly fewer boys available for this study (consistent with lower reported levels of CSA among boys), but those who were in the study were more likely to be in the problem behavior group.ImplicationsIn this study, two key implications for treatment intervention emerge:How children and adolescents think about the abuse, and the causes behind it, can determine how they are functioning. Targeting negative attributions can be an important part of the therapeutic process.Parents or caregivers also need to be considered in developing a treatment plan. Considerations such as the mental health of the parent can play an important role in the treatment and recovery of the child or adolescent. References Yancey, C. T., Naufel, K. Z., & Hansen, D. J. (2013). The relationship of personal, family, and abuse-specific factors to children’s clinical presentation following childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Family Violence, 28(1), 31-42. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10896-012-9485-6This 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.
By Carol ChurchThe other evening, my kids and I were having a serious conversation at the dinner table. In fact, I was giving them The Talk.No, not that one! The “value of compound of interest” talk, of course. This time around, though, I added a little piece I hadn’t before: I told my daughter that truly understanding the importance of compound interest may be even more important for her than it is for my son.Why? Well, there are some cold, hard facts about women and money that everyone female of any age needs to know. Read on to learn more about some key differences between men and women when it comes to personal finance. There is so much to cover here that we’ve split this post into two parts!Part 1: Facts about Women and Financial Knowledge, Debt, and InvestmentsWomen have less knowledge and more worry about personal finance topics than men.Generally speaking, women are somewhat less financially literate than men and less able to answer financial questions correctly, though differences are not large. Women also tend to say that they do not feel confident about financial decisions. They express more anxiety about financial matters as well.However, women are more willing to admit what they don’t know and to change their behavior.Women are more likely than men to admit that they do not know the answers to financial questions (in fact, men are often overconfident). This can be seen as a positive, because when it comes to money, “knowing what you don’t know” can be a positive trait. Women also are more likely to change their behavior after being exposed to financial education!Women are just as likely to pay off their credit card bills. Women do tend to own more credit cards than men, perhaps because they’re more likely to hold “store cards.” However, overall, women are no more likely to carry credit card debt, although unmarried women with children are more likely to struggle in this area.Women are no more likely than men to use high-risk financial service.When it comes to risky services like payday loans, pawnshops, refund anticipation loans, etc there doesn’t seem to be evidence that one gender uses them more than the other.Women are more risk-averse than men when it comes to investing.Many studies seem to suggest that when it comes to money, women are more risk-averse than men. They may avoid putting their money anywhere where it seems like there is a risk of losing it (e.g., stocks).However, some have suggested that this view is too simplistic. Maybe women are not investing due to other barriers, such as a sexist financial industry and/or one that does not meet their needs. It may also be the case that if women had more money, they would take more risks!Women participate less in the stock market.This relates to the last point. Women are significantly less likely than men to invest money in the stock market. Even women with substantial wealth may keep all their assets in checking or low-interest savings accounts. This can significantly disadvantage them over time.But when they do invest, they may be better at it.Women tend to “buy and hold” in mutual funds (generally a fairly profitable way to play things) rather than trying to trade all the time and/or time the market, which is a male practice that often doesn’t end well. As a result, recent studies find, female investors slightly outperform men.Are you surprised and a little worried yet? I felt this way after doing the research for this article. Stay tuned for part 2, where we’ll talk about how women’s earnings gap and tendency to take time out of the workplace creates additional financial concerns.Women and Money, Part 2Do you think you understand the differences between men and women when it comes to personal finance? Are you confident that the women in your own family are saving and investing adequately for the future? In Part 1 of this series, we went over some surprising facts about women and financial knowledge, debt, and investments. In Part 2, we’ll learn some facts about women and earnings, work, and retirement that may really make you think.
This post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website.  Craver, M. M. (2014). Shield Up!: How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying. Washington, DC: Magination Press. Retrieved from: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21992213-shield-up?from_search=true Return to article. Long DescriptionPixabay[Bullying Black and White by Anemone123 on May 9, 2017, CC0]Bullying is an ongoing problem that impacts children and youth on a daily basis. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 high school students reported being bullied on school property in the last year and bullying is also the most commonly reported discipline problem in public schools .What can we do to help turn the tide of bullying behaviors? First, we must be aware of the different types of bullying. Bullying is not always physical and includes verbal bullying like name-calling and teasing. There is social bullying that involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships like spreading rumors and embarrassing someone in public . Also, cyber-bullying falls into the realm of social bullying.Second, finding great resources can be beneficial that can provide strategies to stop bullying in its tracks. Stop Bullying.gov is fantastic resource that provides trainings and prevention techniques for service professionals, parents, and teachers. Most of their strategies focus on collaboration between mental health professionals, parents, and the school system to engage the larger community on bullying prevention.One great resource on how kids can implement change in their own schools is the book “Shield Up!: How Upstanding Bystanders Stop Bullying” by Marcella Marino Craver . Illustrated as a graphic novel, this book is an example of how bullying can happen and how it effects individual kids and their peer groups. The ultimate takeaway is what to do when bullying behaviors happen and how kind actions can change those behaviors. The book also includes a reader’s note where you can learn strategies for standing up to bullying behavior and how to practice kindness.It is important to understand the impact that violence such as bullying, teen dating violence, and school shootings have on youth. Be sure to watch this archived MFLN FD webinar from last year entitled “Polishing Our Protective Shields: Exploring Ways to Protect Youth from Violence.” CEU opportunities are still available.References Center for Disease Control (2018). Preventing Bullying. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/bullying-factsheet508.pdf Pixabay[Bullying Black and White by Anemone123 on May 9, 2017, CC0] By: Jason M. Jowers, MS  Stop Bullying.gov (2019). What is Bullying? Retrieved from: https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/index.html
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera makes it easier to capture great images on-the-go. Check out the features that make it stand out.With it’s RAW capabilities and sleek design the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has quickly become the go-to camera for filmmakers who are looking for a small, high quality camera at an affordable price. The BMPCC is the little-brother to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic 4K Cinema Camera but it still packs quite a punch for being a fraction of the price. Here are a few things you need to know about it:It shoots in RAWUnlike comparable DSLR cameras, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera natively shoots in a RAW lossless format. This is huge for color correcting. As a filmmaker, you don’t have to worry about details getting lost in compression.13 Stops of Dynamic RangeHow good is 13 stops of dynamic range? Well, a Canon Mark III shoots with only 10 stops of dynamic range and the “cream-of-the-crop” Arri Alexa gets 13.5. We’re not saying that a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera will get you Arri quality video, but as far as dynamic range goes it can get you pretty close.A 3.5 Inch DisplayA larger display means it’s much easier to monitor what you are recording. On the display you can also review clips straight from your SD card which is nice for on-set playback. The BMPCC also allows you to zoom in to get a better view of what you are recording.A Micro Four Thirds MountThis is an interesting advantage to DSLR lenses in that Micro Four Thirds lenses tend to be much smaller and more compact than DSLR lenses. As it stands right now, Micro Four Third lenses tend to be cheaper than comparable DSLR lenses too. There are also a lot of adapters for Micro Four Thirds mounts that can help your BMPCC take almost any lens avaliable.We’re Giving One Away for FreePremiumbeat, in partnership with FStoppers.com, is giving away a free Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera along with an awesome gear pack for a limited time. To find out more information about the giveaway go over to the contest page and enter. Each user can enter once a day and you get bonus entries if your friends sign up.Do you use a BMPCC on your productions? What do you think of it so far? Let us know in the comments below.
Are your vector files pixelated in After Effects? Enable ‘Continuously Raster’.Adobe Illustrator is vector based, meaning you can adjust the scale of Illustrator files without a loss in quality (it uses a system of equations to calculate the shapes of your object rather than pixels).Both of these blocks are imported into After Effects, but the one on the right has “Continuously Rasterize” selected. However, if you’ve ever tried importing illustrator files into After Effects you may have realized that they remain pixelated when you scale them up in your composition. The enable/disable feature called “Continuously Raster” is unknown by many AE noobs, but is needed to get your vector files to scale smoothly in AE. In this quick tutorial we’ll show you how to use it.1. Import an .ai, .eps, or .pdf fileAfter Effects accepts all four of these vector formats.2. Move the vector file to your composition.Simply drag and drop.3. Select ‘Continuously Rasterize’.It’s the box that looks like a sun. If you can’t see it select the “Toggle Switches / Modes” button at the bottom of your comp layer. It should pop up now.If you follow these steps your vector files will be smooth when scaled up rather than pixelated. This technique also works with pre-comps, so if you happen to have something like text inside of a pre-comp but need to scale it up you can hit the “continuously rasterize” button and you will now be able to scale it up without it being pixelated.Have any other tips for using vector files in After Effects? Share in the comments below.
Want the versatility of stereo recording in your video without breaking the bank or too much setup? Then try out these 3 techniques.Stereo recording is an incredible way to increase the immersion of your project. Humans hear in stereo, with both a left “channel” and a right “channel” (your ears). Therefore, using stereo sound design draws a viewer in — even more than well-shot footage.With the affordability of decent sound recording equipment, you can capture stereo sound affordably. Our friends over at Deity Microphones recently made a video showcasing three techniques to recording quality stereo, using only two shotgun mics or two lavaliers.Let’s take a look. XY Stereo RecordingWith the XY setup, you will have two shotgun cardioid or supercardioid directional mics set up in an “X” pattern on top of each other. Make sure that the capsules on each mic are laying directly in line. To find the capsule on your microphone, hold it up to a light. There will be a black dot about a centimeter away from the end of the interference tube. You’ll want to cross them at a 90- to 130-degree angle to capture the full range.This setup is great for foley or indoor recording, since it doesn’t leave any holes or gaps in your recording area, and you can mix it to pan across the stereo track.ORTF Stereo RecordingORTF is basically the opposite of XY stereo recording. You want your capsules to be 17 cm apart, at a 110-degree angle. The stereo image on this style of recording is going to be much wider, which is great for what you will most likely be recording with this setup — the outdoors.Since it captures such a wide array of sounds, at a high bank angle, it’s the style that most pros use for room tone or outdoor soundscapes. When showing a clip of a park, where the left side of the image is a kid with his family playing, and the right side is a dog playing fetch, the wide sound footprint will translate supremely well to a stereo sound system, encapsulating the viewer in your location.Binaural Stereo RecordingBinaural recording is one of the more unconventional styles of recording, since you will actually be placing mics in your own ear, and using the acoustics of your eardrums to record sound. If that sounds literally insane to you, check out The Verge‘s explanation:To record in binaural style, take two lavaliers and moleskin them inside your eardrums, then hook them up to a stereo recording system. This bio-engineering hack will deliver 360-degree sound, which you can translate into a full stereo image in post-sound design. It will emulate what a human would hear in the actual location. With our surprising talent for locating sounds’ points of origin, it’s an incredibly fun technique to experiment with.(All images via Deity.)Cover image via guruXOX.Looking for more on filmmaking and video production? Check out these articles.7 Tips for Shooting Event Video and Photography at the Same TimeAre Bedsheets a Viable Option for Low-Budget Light Diffusion?The Whys and Hows of Tracking: Handheld vs. StabilizedDIY Filmmaking Tips: Building a Heavily Diffused $50 LightIndustry Spotlight: Working as a Production Assistant on Set
In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to build an inexpensive — and relatively simple — quasar-style light control using foam core.Tube lights are probably the fastest growing type of fixture on film sets, both big and small. They’re cheap, versatile, and you can rig them almost anywhere. They come in slim, no-nonsense versions like the $75 Quasar Daylight T8s, all the way up to the app-controlled RGB Digital Sputnik Voyagers.One thing that most tube-style lights share is built-in diffusion, which scatters the light from the line of LEDs over a wide area. Without this, the individual LEDs would be too harsh and specular. One downside of this design is that it makes the lights hard to control, illuminating your subject and whatever else is in the general direction.Light control cases — known as egg crates or grids — are available, but they can be expensive. The industry-standard DOP choice unit for a four-inch tube light is over $200. It does a good job controlling spill, letting you get the light where you want it, but spending more than the light on a controlled system is not always possible, especially if you have multiple lights or banks of tubes to control.One method I’ve found incredibly helpful is making your own light control with foam core. This isn’t as reusable as the pro version, but it’s much cheaper, and you can build and customize them to the light rig you’re working with. In this sense, it’s more like a strip of diffusion or gel than a piece of grip equipment.1. Foam CoreTo begin, get a piece of foam core the length of your light. You can use white if you want a little extra output, or black if you really want to cut back on the spill. If you’re rigging the light from a stand, you’ll want to take into account any other extra length.Make sure the foam core is as long as your light.2. Decide on the AngleA typical tube light gives a 180 degree throw. If you leave five inches on either side of the light, you’ll reduce this to around 90 degrees. If you’re looking for a more focused beam, you could use up to ten inches and get a 50 degree throw.Keep in mind, this’ll make the light larger to rig and take up more space.You’ll need to double this width. So, for the five inch version, cut your foam core ten inches wide.3. Scoring the Foam CoreThis’ll allow you to snap the foam down the center, giving you an A-frame shape.Score the foam core down the center and break it.4. Attaching the Foam CoreIf you’re placing your light above the subject, you can sometimes get away with just resting the light control on the light and let gravity do the work. I’ve used a grip clip to hold the light in place, but depending on the design, you may want to puncture the foam core with a screwdriver, then use zip ties to attach it more permanently.Attach the foam core to your light.5. Rigging Your LightYou can now hang, bolt, or otherwise attach your light to a stand or the set. You may want to cut through the foam core at certain places to allow access for something like the Matthews MQ Mount.You can now attach or mount your light.6. Shoot!Now, just place your light where you want it. If what you’ve made is going to live to fight another day, cut it off and store it with other expendables.Looking for more articles on lighting? Check these out.3 Lessons in Lighting from Cinematographer Robert RichardsonWhy Tungsten Lighting in Filmmaking Is Still Alive and Thriving How to Build and Use the Swiss Frame Book LightThe Best Scenario for Using Space Lights: An IntroductionGetting Your Lights and Camera in Impossible Places
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 Culture is what takes over when leadership and management isn’t around.Culture is what takes over in those moments of truth, when a decision makes a difference–for good or for ill.Culture is what happens when the organization’s real values are brought to life in the actions and behaviors individuals take when they are challenged and aren’t directed to do something.Culture is what the company belives about itself–individually and collectively. Culture is identity.A leader creates, nurtures, and protects a healthy culture. A healthy culture is built on caring.A leader may also create, nuture, and protect an unhealthy, diseased culture. Unhealthy cultures are built on fear.When a leader doesn’t create, nuture, and protect a healthy culture, an unhealthy culture can take root and grow on its own. A leader has to pull out by its roots any threat to the culture.When a culture is strong and healthy, a leader doesn’t need to remove the threats. Culture is self-policing. A strong, healthy culture rejects anyone and anything that undermines their positive values and sense of identity. But a weak, diseased culture destroys anything that tries to change or improve it–especially when it means giving up a diseased mindset.Establishing culture is the leader’s duty. Culture is purpose; it’s meaning. And it’s the area where a leader can make the biggest difference to company’s results–it determines who the organization is, what it stands for, and breathes life into it’s purpose.QuestionsWhat is culture?What is the role of the leader when it comes to culture?What does a healthy culture enable?What makes a culture unhealthy?
You will pay later for a lack of prospecting now. You may not have a problem tomorrow, next week, or next month, but when the lack of prospecting catches up with you, there is nothing you can do to make up for the time you lost.
If the whole is more than the part, it naturally follows that the part must be something less than the whole. The component parts of a professional pursuit plan (i.e., prospecting sequence or cadence) add up to something more than any one medium or message.I am romantic about the telephone. It reigns supreme among all the tools one might use to acquire a meeting. This being true, salespeople expect too much of the medium. They expect to be able to reach people by phone, complaining when they get voicemail, and wrongly framing an unreturned call as their being rejected, something that isn’t true. The phone is a critical and central part of a larger whole, even if it doesn’t always work.Email isn’t a great way to prospect. You send a message to a location already infested and overrun with unwanted messages. Most of the prospecting messages are so self-oriented and pitchy they are immediately deleted, the outcome of which means your email is suspect, and you are paying for the sins of your brothers and sisters. Like the phone, email is a part of the professional pursuit plan, but not very powerful by itself.No one has had more to say about the limited value of what was once described as “social selling,” especially now that very few are willing to describe themselves as a “social seller” or an advocate. Let’s put to the side the claims of “the death of the cold call” and the exaggerated claims of their effectiveness, and that the social tools are valuable for nurturing relationships by leveraging content to shape your dream client’s view of their business, their challenges, and their opportunities. Social is excellent above the funnel and through the process, but not exceedingly effective on its own.There are other choices of mediums and messages, all of which combine to produce a pursuit plan that generates meetings, helps lay the groundwork for opportunities, and builds your pipeline. It’s the combination of the parts that creates results and the sequences of the messages in a mix of mediums that prove more effective than any individual attempt.Phone. Voicemail. Email. LinkedIn. Blog post. Insight. Phone.Focus on the whole, and make each part a powerful part of something bigger, more meaningful, and sustainable. 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
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 In last week’s newsletter, I made note of the idea that humans live around 4,000 weeks, an idea that caused one of my relations to confront her aversion to Mondays, the very reason I initially did the math. This newsletter is also about time, and even though the idea here is equally important, it won’t be so heavy.We don’t spend enough time with our dream clients to effectively serve them. We spend too few hours face to face, and we spend too much time communicating to each other in mediums incapable of producing the outcomes we want, helping them solve their problems, and in doing so, winning their business.As markets are pulled in two directions, super-transactional or super-relational, the transactional approach of reducing friction, compressing the sales cycle, and eliminating as much real communication as possible is seductive. The super-transactional approach looks like more money faster, and without the messy and challenging work of engaging with human beings. In the business-to-consumer market, this is the Holy Grail. The super-transactional approach isn’t the best decision in many business-to-business markets, especially companies with a customer intimacy model, one in which they create value by solving problems.The metric I am more interested in capturing is hours spent in discussions with the prospective client, a number that may indicate whether the approach is not super-relational. Many believe that a complex B2B sales should take as few as two hours and a series of emails, and why wouldn’t they when their prospective clients give them so little of their time? (If you want to learn to control the process, gaining the meetings you need to do good work, check out The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales, and email me your receipt so I can send you the workbook).No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. My best guess is that a competitive displacement takes more hours, as does any complex sales (one in which the client is something they don’t often decide, and one of real importance). Instead of trying to reduce the hours you spend with your dream, you should be increasing that time, something that would do more to reduce the time it takes you to win their business—and a better choice than trying to avoid spending time with them, or allowing them to avoid spending time with you.I write this knowing that it’s fashionable now to believe that relationships aren’t meaningful or that one shouldn’t worry about anything but competency, but this is to misunderstand human behavior, including the fact that we don’t even know our subconscious minds, let alone another person’s. I am pushing back against the idea of prioritizing efficiency in sales over effectiveness.All things being equal, relationships win. All things being unequal, relationships still win. Your job is to make all things unequal by creating value.
PANAJI: The Panaji Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) on Friday issued a notice to the Women’s Police Station, directing it to file a reply to a petition in a high profile domestic violence and dowry harassment case, on July 18.Suchitra Shirodkar, the mother of BJP Goa vice-president Anil Hoble’s daughter-in-law, has filed the petition seeking a court-monitored investigation into the criminal case registered against Mr. Hoble, his wife, Sandhya, and son, Milind. Ms. Shirodkar’s petition to the JMFC claimed investigating officer sub-inspector Sandhya Gupta has been derailing the investigation because the Mr. Hoble is politically well-connected. It said that based on her complaint, an FIR was registered on Wednesday against the three. Ms. Shirodkar says that she fears the police may not serious offences of unlawful restraint, illegal confinement and extortion against the accused. She has sought directions to the police to investigate the case properly, and that the court monitor the probe. Meanwhile, the Goa BJP on Thursday said Mr. Hoble was being targeted. “The BJP strongly condemns the attitude of the vested elements and the opposition Congress, who are trying to make capital out of a family matter to malign the name of the party and its vice-president Anil Hoble, who is a reputed leader of the bahujan samaj (masses) with a number of years of dedicated social service to his credit,” State BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said in a statement.
Security forces have arrested three Naxals during two separate search operations in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district.A joint team of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) was out on a search operation when it nabbed two of the rebels in Sargipal village on Saturday, Narayanpur’s Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said.The two cadres were identified as Sonu Netam (40) and Shankar Hemla (20). Based on Netam’s statement, a muzzle loading gun was also recovered from a nearby forest, he said.The duo was allegedly involved in setting ablaze a passenger bus after asking its occupants to alight near Sonpur village in the district last month, he said. They were also tasked with arranging commodities of daily use and meetings of the senior ultras, the SP said.The security personnel also nabbed another Naxal, Suresh Markam (24), in Devgaon village on Saturday, he said. Markam was allegedly involved in several offences, including attacks on police parties, he added.
Maharashtra Minister of State for Agriculture and Marketing Sadabhau Khot was formally expelled on Monday from the Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities. Mr. Khot, who was the tallest leader in the party after Mr. Shetti, is expected to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. The announcement was made by Swabhimani Paksha leader Dashrath Sawant who headed a four-member inquiry panel against Mr. Khot. Mr. Sawant said, “His actions have tarnished the party’s image. Besides, his activities have discredited the party’s standing among farmers.” Under the scannerLast month, Mr. Khot had been grilled by the core committee members of his party for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities. He then said he would never again appear in front of such ‘inquisitions’. The Minister was reportedly asked to clarify his stance on a number of thorny issues including alleged soft-pedalling on part of the BJP government to resolve the farmers’ agitation.The ouster marks the end of an eight-month-long rift between Mr. Shetti and Mr. Khot who have been comrades since 2004. Both of them are noted leaders in the farmers’ movement in the State and Mr. Khot has been associated with the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana since the 1990s. The rift came out in the open after Mr. Shetti censured Mr. Khot for failing to actively agitate with farmers and remaining conspicuously absent from the Swabhimani Paksha’s protest against the BJP government on the tur dal issue. Mr. Khot also reportedly failed to attend Mr. Shetti’s Atmaklesh Yatra (introspection rally), which was targeted at the State government.Mr. Khot was the only representative of the Swabhimani Paksha in the Fadnavis cabinet. Mr. Shetti joined hands with the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha election and has since publicly repented being part of the alliance. Mr. Khot gravitated towards the BJP following his spat with Mr. Shetti. Observers say with Mr. Khot’s expulsion, Mr. Shetti may consider pulling out of the BJP.Last month, there appeared to be a signal of cooling ties after Mr. Shetti, while speaking in Solapur, expressed confidence that Mr. Khot would not leave the Swabhimani Paksha. Ties hit rock bottomThe two have been at loggerheads following the Kolhapur Zilla Parishad elections. Mr. Khot was said to be disgruntled after Mr. Shetti objected to nominating his son, Sagar Khot, to contest the polls. In June, their relations hit rock bottom after Mr. Khot returned a sum of money that Mr. Shetti had once lent to help his family.
About 20 families of farmers who witnessed the landslip havoc of Kotrupi in Mandi on Sunday morning shifted to nearby villages, since the mud slide and fall of boulders have not stopped. They have demanded that since they have moved out the administration should help them in their rehabilitation somewhere else.After a cloudburst, an entire portion of a big hill came down and a number of houses and vehicles on the Mandi-Pathankot National Highway were buried in the debris.The authorities who are working overtime to restore the highway said it would take a couple of days more for traffic to resume. The highway connects the two important districts of Mandi and Kangra. Executive Engineer Anil Sangrai said the decision to allow vehicles to ply again on the highway would be taken by the district administration.The rescue operation by NDRF and Army personnel at the disaster site continued on Monday also but no more bodies were recovered. The administration had recovered 46 bodies on Sunday and 14 of them are yet to be identified, said Sandeep Kadam, Deputy Commissioner. Around 70 people have died in the State so far because of the monsoon fury and the recovery of some more bodies from the debris at Kotrupi cannot be ruled out.Meanwhile a village near the Mandi-Pathankot National Highway was on Monday declared unsafe and residents were asked to shift to safer places in view of threat of landslips. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation has suspended night services on 65 landslip-prone roads in Shimla district.(With PTI inputs)
A 21-year-old law student from Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district was raped allegedly y a ‘godman’ based in Rajasthan, police said on Thursday.Based on the woman’s complaint, a case was lodged against 70-year-old Swami Kaushlendra Prapannachari Falahari Maharaj with the women police station here on September 11, said Bilaspur Additional Superintendent of Police Archana Jha.The incident had allegedly taken place at Madhusudan ashram of the godman in Alwar, Rajasthan, on August 7, 2017, she said.As per the complaint, the parents of the woman, who is studying law in Jaipur, are followers of Falahari Maharaj for the past several years, the police officer said.On the baba’s recommendation, she did an internship under a senior lawyer in New Delhi for which she received a stipend of ₹3,000. Her parents asked her to donate the stipend amount to the baba’s ashram in Alwar, the ASP said.Following her parents’ advice, she went to the ashram on Raksha Bandhan in August. Citing occurrence of ‘grahan’ (eclipse) that day, the self-proclaimed religious guru advised her to stay in the ashram which she agreed to, Ms. Jha said.During the night, the baba called the woman in his room and allegedly sexually assaulted her, the ASP said, quoting from the complaint.The baba asked her not to tell anyone about the incident and threatened to harm her if she did so, she said. When the survivor came home here in September, she narrated the ordeal to her parents following which a rape complaint was lodged with the women cell, Jha added.A case was registered against the accused under IPC sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation), the police officer said.The survivor’s statement was recorded before a magistrate here and the case diary sent to the Alwar police for further action, she added.“Bilaspur police have sent the complaint here. We have registered a case of sexual exploitation and initiated investigation,” SHO Aravali police station, Hemraj Meena, said.He said that they visited the ashram of the accused from where it was found that he was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Alwar. He will be interrogated after permission from doctors, Mr. Meena said.
AHMEDABAD: BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday criticised the Congress for the “injustice” done to Gujarat during its rule, while starting the Gujarat Gaurav Yatra from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birthplace, Karamsad.The second part of the Yatra, the BJP’s road show ahead of the Assembly elections in December, will be started from Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace, Porbandar, on his birth anniversary on Monday. “Recently, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came to the State and questioned the Gujarat model of development. But I want to ask the Congress to explain why injustice was meted out to Gujarat generation after generation during the Congress regime,” Mr. Shah said.The rally was marked by attempts by Patidar community members to disrupt it. Mr. Shah cited instances of “injustice”, like Jawaharlal Nehru “sidelining” Sardar Patel, and Morarji Desai being denied the prime ministerial post during Indira Gandhi’s regime. “People of Gujarat want to know why the Congress has inflicted injustice on the those who were from Gujarat,” Mr. Shah said. He claimed that during the UPA regime, Gujarat was again treated unjustly as Congress president Sonia Gandhi was against the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Before the rally, Mr. Shah and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani paid tributes to Sardar Patel at his ancestral home. The Gaurav Yatra is meant to highlight the achievements of the BJP government in the State.
Search and rescue, and relief operations are in full swing in the Lakshadweep islands, battered by cyclone Ockhi since Thursday. Ten navy ships and eight aircraft have been engaged in search and rescue, and relief operations. These include the INS Shardul, the INS Sharda, INS Kolkata, INS Kalpeni, INS Chennai, INS Nireekshak, INS Kabra, INS Sagardhwani, INS Jamuna and INS Trikand. Several houses have suffered damage, PTI reported, after trees were uprooted and communication lines were disrupted on Saturday as rains, accompanied by strong winds lashed the islands. Coconut trees have been uprooted in various places and houses damaged in eastern Kalpeni and Minicoy, official sources told PTI. The breakwater jetty, the embarkation and disembarkation point to Kalpeni island have also suffered severe damage.Meanwhile, early on Sunday morning, a dead body was washed ashore Kalpeni island. In a separate incident, four people reportedly swam to Suheli – an uninhabited island near Kalpeni – after their boat capsized. (With inputs from S. Anandan)
Technology has come to the aid of workers engaged in manufacturing of green bangles in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. The installation of a modified bangle kiln in Unch village, near Nadbai, has rescued them from toxic fumes which were earlier a major cause for respiratory diseases among them.Labourers belonging to the Kachera clan have been manufacturing and selling green-coloured glass bangles for several decades in eastern Rajasthan, as women wear them as an important symbol on auspicious occasions and during rituals.These workers have traditionally been fabricating kilns of mud and clay and using tudi, made of vestiges of mustard crop, as fuel for heating these furnaces. The oval-shaped kilns produce smoke and fumes in huge quantity as well as high flames caused by melting of glass.Bharatpur-based Lupin Foundation has taken an initiative for modernisation of conventional kilns with the assistance of the Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. The modified kiln does not allow emission of fumes and toxic gases and its firebricks protect workers despite the kiln’s temperature touching as high as 1,400 degree Celsius.Poisonous elements emitted by the conventional kilns, on the other hand, directly enter into the bodies of labourers and cause diseases like asthma and tuberculosis, besides reducing their average age to less than 45 years.Less fuel consumptionLupin Foundation’s Executive Director Sita Ram Gupta said on Monday that the modified kilns, with a high chimney for releasing fumes, would consume only 50% of the fuel used earlier and increase the bangle production twofold. With a comfortable seating arrangement for workers, their efficiency will also improve.An earlier initiative for fabrication of modern bangle kilns with white clay in collaboration with the State government’s Science and Technology Department did not completely resolve the issue of emission of fumes. Scientists from RuTAG visited the district recently and suggested modifications in kilns after studying their operations.The fabrication of modified kilns is likely to be taken up in a dozen other villages in the nearby tehsils. Mr. Gupta said it would have a favourable impact on the region’s environment and promote the green bangles business in Unch village worth ₹2 crore every year, besides giving employment to more workers.
The all-party meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu on Sunday failed to arrive at a consensus on holding panchayat polls in February, in the wake of prevalent hostile atmosphere fuelled by six civilian deaths in January.“The majority of the leaders are for panchayat polls but were of the opinion that the situation was not feasible for holding it [soon] and suggested its deferment,” Rural Development Minister Haq Khan said after the meeting.Mr. Khan said the Cabinet would consider the views gathered on Sunday and “take a final call.”The meeting was attended by leaders from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, the National Conference (NC), the BJP, the Congress, the CPI(M), the PDF, the National Panthers Party, the Awami Itihaad Party and the Democratic Party Nationalist.Ms. Mufti on December 25 last year announced that grassroots elections will be held from February 15. However, six civilian killings during counter-insurgency operation in January cast a shadow on the prospect of holding the polls this month.‘Heightened tension’A senior police officer said the death of six civilians in January, of which three died in Army firing on stone-throwers on January 27, has “further heightened tension in volatile areas in south Kashmir.”“In March last year, we faced a similar situation during the bypolls for Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha polls. Just 11 days before the Srinagar bypoll, three civilians died near encounter in Budgam, impacting the voter turnout,” said the official.Srinagar witnessed only 7.14% turnout in April last year and eight people were killed in clashes on the day of polls, forcing the authorities to cancel the Anantnag by-polls later.“The government failed to hold the Anantnag by-polls in time. Instead it announced panchayat polls. We are not against it but the government has to ensure a conducive security situation,” NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar said.CPI (M) leader M.Y Tarigami said if the government was sceptic about people’s participation, it “should take serious confidence building measures on the ground. The government has to regain peoples’ trust first.”Jammu and Kashmir conducted its first panchayat polls in 2001 after four decades. The fresh elections were due in 2016 but the government failed to conduct them due to volatile situation in the wake of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhwan Wani’s killing.As Ms. Mufti announced fresh dates, separatist leaders called for its boycott.