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Understanding Residency When Filing Servicemember Taxes

first_imgBy Carol ChurchMost of us prefer to get our taxes filed as quickly, simply, and painlessly as possibly, hopefully with the minimum paid and a maximum refunded. However, as we’ve emphasized in our blogs on service member taxes, it’s very important for members of the military to understand the special benefits, deductions, and options they have available that can help them to reduce their tax liability. One such benefit that can be confusing relates to state of residency for service members and spouses. State of residency is important because it can affect whether service members and their spouses pay state income tax.State of Legal Residence: Service MembersWhere an active duty service member files taxes is not based on where he or she is currently living, but rather on his or her state of legal residency, also often referred to as his or her home of record. This is the state the service member legally claims as his or her home state. Often, it is the state in which the member enlisted. This is the state in which the service member should file taxes.Flickr/Chris Waits. CC BY 2.0If there is any confusion about a service member’s state of legal residence, it can be located on his or her Leave and Earnings Statement.State of legal residency can be changed, but not without filing the proper paperwork. Note that it may sometimes may be in the family’s best interest to change state of legal residency (for instance, if a PCS takes you to a state with no income tax).State of Legal Residency: Spouses of Service MembersIn 2009, Congress passed the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) Under the terms of the law, military spouses (who are not in the military themselves) may also be able to claim legal residency in the same state as their spouse. This simplifies state income taxes and may help reduce tax liability.Qualifying to Claim Legal Residency in Another state as a Military SpouseIn order for military spouses to claim legal residency in a state other than the one in which they live, they must:Be living in the non-home state due to a PCS;Be living in the non-home state solely to be with their spouse;Have previously lived in the state they desire to claim as a home state and be able to prove residency thereNote: If the spouse plans to file taxes in a state other than the one in which they live, but the spouse earns income in the state where they currently reside, they may need to declare nonresidency for tax withholding purposes, so that their employer handles taxes correctly. If a nonresident spouse’s employer has withheld state taxes anyway, he or she may need to file a nonresident return with that state in order to receive a refund.Filing State Income TaxesSo, when servicemembers and spouses who live in a state other than the one where they hold legal residency file tax returns, how does state income tax work? It varies by state, but typically these laws help reduce tax liability for service members and spouses. To learn more about how each state handles the situation, visit this link from TurboTax.References:Bjej, H., & Business Consultants. (2016). Tax Considerations for Active Duty Military. Retrieved from https://www.thetaxadviser.com/issues/2016/dec/tax-considerations-for-active-duty-military.htmlH& R Block. (n.d.) Military taxes and residency. Retrieved from https://www.hrblock.com/tax-center/lifestyle/military/military-taxes-and-residency/H& R Block. (n.d.) The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) – Making Tax Time Easier for Military Familieshttps://www.hrblock.com/tax-center/lifestyle/military/military-spouse-residency-relief-act/TurboTax. (n.d.) Military Filing Information on State Websites. Retrieved from https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1899163-military-filing-information-on-state-websitesTurboTax. (n.d.) Military spouses and state taxes. Retrieved from https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1901516-military-spouses-and-state-taxeslast_img read more

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An Example to Follow: Military Fathers, Parenting, and Deployment

first_img[5] The National Fatherhood Initiative (2014). Deployed Dads: The Risks Facing Military Children and how You Can Help. Retrieved from: https://www.fatherhood.org/fatherhood/deployed-dads [3] Reaves, K. (2018). Dad’s 101 Preps Men for Fatherhood. Retrieved from: https://www.shaw.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1494731/dads-101-preps-men-for-fatherhood/ [2] Murray, L. (2019). Baby Center Childbirth Class Videos. Retrieved from: https://www.babycenter.com/childbirth-class [4] Military OneSource. (2019). The New Parent Support Program. Retrieved from: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/parenting-and-children/parenting-infants-and-toddlers/the-new-parent-support-program Return to article. Long DescriptionUS Air Force [Overwhelmed? ‘Dads 101’ offers pointers for new fathers by Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf, Oct. 19, 2011, CC0]Military families have their own unique set of challenges that they face. One of those common challenges is deployment and what that means for the parent being deployed and the family as a whole. With Father’s Day coming up, I wanted to highlight some resources I found and some things to remember that might help while dad is away on deployment. One article[1] I found from Military One Source gives ideas and suggestions for new fathers during deployment and how to deal with the stress of both. Some suggestions include:Creating a plan with your partner on getting to and from the hospital and arranging assistance for the weeks after the birth.Take parenting or birthing classes together. There are tons of online resources like this one from Baby Center. [2].Taking care of finances before leaving for deployment, including setting up power of attorney, and any car or home repairsThere can also be parenting training on base for deployed dads that are usually provided by an extension of a Family Advocacy office. This [3] article in particular highlights one such “Dads 101” class at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. To know more about the Family Advocacy Program and their New Parent Support Program, click here [4].Finally, for research on the struggles that military children face due to having a deployed dad, I suggest this quick article[5] from The National Fatherhood Initiative. It offers the top five risks that young children in military families may face.References[1] Military OneSource. (2018). Becoming an New Father While You’re Deployed. Retrieved from: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/parenting-and-children/parenting-through-deployment/becoming-a-new-father-while-you-re-deployed?inheritRedirect=true&redirect=%2Fparenting-and-children By: Jason M. Jowers Dads 101 cover photo 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.  Learn more about us at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-development, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page.last_img read more

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Wes Anderson’s Newest Film to Premiere in Germany

first_imgWes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.The premiere of the much anticipated “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, Wes Anderson’s latest creation, is set to take place at the Berlin Film Festival. The festival which is scheduled to take place from February 20th to March 2nd. Wes is no stranger to the Berlin Film Festival. Both The Life Aquatic of with Steve Zissou and The Royal Tennenbaums played at the festival in 2002 and 2005.The film centers around a famed hotel concierge Gustave H who is bequeathed a painting after his lover, Madame D, is killed. Gustave evades Madame D’s son Dimitri, with the help of the lobby boy Zero Moustafa and his love interest, Agatha.The star-studded cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, and of course Owen Wilson.As always audiences can expect to see a slew of perfectly composed shots, not to mention immaculate set design. The film is set to Release in the U.S. on March 7th and we are counting down the days…but if you can’t wait that long, hurry up and buy your plane ticket to Berlin.COUNTDOWN TIMER WIDGETlast_img read more

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Music Showcase: Royalty Free Music for YouTube Videos

first_imgAvoid copyright issues by using royalty free music in your online videos. Check out these handpicked tracks for your next YouTube or Vimeo project!Creating an online video? You’ll need music. But word of warning – you can’t just use any track you want.YouTube has become increasingly more aggressive over the last few years in protecting the copyrights of commercial music. If you use a copyrighted track in your YouTube video without permission/licensing, at the very least ads will run next to your video. Even worse, your video may be removed from YouTube altogether. Proper licensing of a commercial track is time intensive – and often prohibitively expensive.That’s where royalty free music and Premiumbeat come in. By licensing music from Premiumbeat.com your YouTube videos can run ad-free. Our Standard License covers ALL online usage – and allows you to use the same track in multiple videos FOREVER, without any additional fees.In this post, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite royalty free tracks from our team of world-class composers. For your convenience, we’ve divvied them up into two common types of online videos: 1) Music for Corporate & Product Explainer Videos  and 2) Music for Film and Movie Trailers.Have a listen below or click the ‘Buy’ links to license a track for your next project!Corporate videos can be engaging – with the right content and music. Here are a few of our favorite royalty free music that would go well in an industrial or corporate video, production demonstration video or company presentation:last_img read more

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Microsoft Unveils Their Own Hyperlapse ‘Warp Stabilizer’

first_imgThe new algorithmic hyper-lapse stabilizer from Microsoft is insanely complex and effective.With the advent and popularity of the software-based warp stabilizer it has never been easier to stabilize your shaky footage. However, have you ever noticed that on extra shaky footage the corners begin to bend and melt making it unusable? Now this may not be a major problem for people with steadicams or even steady-hands, but if you are using a GoPro or handheld camera you can get into hot water.The people at Microsoft have seen this problem and have created a specially designed algorithm to use when stabilizing hyperlapsed footage (footage that is sped up). Without getting too specific, the stabilizer works by creating it’s own perceived 3D model of what the scene looks like as the camera travels in space. Pixel detail is then blended together, smoothed and color-corrected. The result is an incredibly smooth hyperlapse video.In this video created by Johannes Kopf we get an in-depth explanation of how this stabilizer works:And here is what the final stabilized footage looks like:Currently, there’s no word on if or when this technology will find it’s way into your favorite video editing software. If you want to learn how to stabilize your shaky footage using the built-in Warp Stabilizer in After Effects check out lesson 9 of our Adobe After Effects Fundamentals Series.What do you think about this new tech?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Premiere Pro Tutorial: Setting Poster Frames

first_imgA quick change of your poster frame can help you better organize your editing workflow in a big way. Find out more in this Premiere Pro tutorial.In Premiere Pro, the default poster frame (or thumbnail) for your clips is the first frame of your selected video. While this may work for some videos, usually the first frame is not a great indication of what is going on in the clip itself. This can result in wasted time spent searching for the right video when a quick thumbnail change could have prevented the entire mess. This is especially true when working with multiple editors.The clips on the right are the same clips as the ones on the left, but with different poster images.In this quick Premiere Pro tutorial, we’ll show you how to set the poster image from the default first frame to a frame of your choosing. Let’s begin:1. Set the Project Panel to Icon ViewBy default, your project panel is probably in a list view, meaning all of your assets are listed without a thumbnail image. If you want to be able to see your poster frames, simply click the icon view button  at the bottom left hand corner of the panel. You should now be able to see a visual thumbnail of all your clips.2. Find Your Desired Poster FrameIn the icon view, you can scrub through your video files two different ways. The first is to physically use your mouse to scrub over the video from left to right until you’ve found your desired frame. The other is by selecting the clip and hitting the spacebar. You can use the same playback controls as the preview monitor, so keyboard shortcuts like J,K, and L work as well. Once you find your desired frame, simply hit the spacebar to stop.3. Right ClickWith your desired poster frame selected, right click on the video thumbnail.4. Set Poster FrameIn the dropdown menu, select Set Poster Frame. The current frame will now be your default thumbnail in the icon view.A special thanks to RocketStock for providing the clips in this tutorial. Go check them out if you are looking for awesome After Effects templates. They also have a few After Effects freebies for your editing pleasure.Want to learn quick tips in Premiere Pro? Check out a few of the following articles here on PremiumBeat:Quickly Applying Default Transitions in Premiere ProExporting Multiple Timelines in Adobe Premiere ProConverting Stereo Tracks to Dual Mono in Premiere ProHave any other tips for staying organized in Premiere Pro? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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9 Filmmaking Channels to Follow on Vimeo

first_img Have any other channels you’d like to add to this list? Let us know in the comments below! 8. Philip BloomAny filmmaking post would be incomplete without the perennial voice on all things film: Phillip Bloom. Bloom’s Vimeo page features his latest and greatest camera reviews, mini-docs and previews into his film adventures.9. Independent Filmmakers Independent Filmmakers is a showcase channel for Vimeo’s up-and-coming. The channel highlights everything from mini-docs, short films to animated features and is a great resource for inspiration or plain enjoyment. Hopefully this list will get your feed up to speed. If Vimeo isn’t your thing, be sure to check out our list of YouTube channels as well. 4. Jacob T. SwinneyThe talented Jacob T. Swinney’s video essays are of the highest caliber. You’ve probably seen his First and Final Frames or Tarantino’s Extreme Close Ups bouncing around as he is often featured on Slate, Fandor and Indiewire (to name a few).5.  MPCAs far as creative studios go, MPC is at the forefront of VFX and offers some really cool content. Their VFX breakdowns from their projects (everything from broadcast spots to The Martian) are always worth a look.6. Burger FictionAn under-the-radar selection, Burger Fiction is new on the scene but their videos are top notch.  Check it out for super-cuts on movie phone calls and the evolution of Iron Man.7. Everything Animated Everything Animated is a channel dedicated to everything animated (duh).  Created by Aziz Kocanaogullari, the channel pulls from all over the world to explore some of the most colorful, entertaining and inspirational animated films online. 3. FAT Lab The “Free Art and Technology” (F.A.T.) Lab is an organization “dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media.” Which basically means it’s a hipster hodge-podge of public domain mash-ups that are endlessly entertaining. 2. Film School A channel curated by cinemacuteo that shares video tutorials on everything from special effects, steadicam, lights and cranes. Film School fills in the gaps you may have missed in class. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, practical tips or the latest film essay super-cuts, here are nine filmmaking channels on Vimeo that you NEED to be following!Vimeo has done a great job of creating a platform that’s built with serious filmmakers in mind. Unlike Youtube, its community is supportive of those looking to get their work out there and enjoyed. It’s also a great place to check out the newest and coolest from your feed. So, if you’d like to sprinkle a little awesomeness in with the Vimeo Staff Picks, check out these nine channels below. 1. Documentary FilmOne of Vimeo’s most followed channels, Documentary Film is your one-stop shop for every documentary you’d ever like to see online. Pulling from the fertile Vimeo-grounds, this channel is the cream of the crop in terms of documentaries short and long.last_img read more

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Buying Guide: Stabilizers for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

first_imgBeholder DS1 Handheld Stabilizer 3-Axis Brushless GimbalQuite the opposite of a vest stabilizer, the DS1 Handheld Stabilizer is small, compact, and easy to pick-up-and-go. It does offer two different stabilization modes that can easily be switched between for an endless variety of shots. The 3-axis gimbal is a slight notch below the Ronin but quite capable and easy to pick up. The motorized camera moves and adjustments keep the DS1 competitive with the top-of-the-line stabilizers and right above the non-motorized drop-off. Overall, the most intuitive option available.3-Axis Motorized GimbalSupports DSLRs Up to 3.7 lbSupports Mirrorless Up to 3.7 lbQuick Release BaseplateTool-Less Balance AdjustmentsTwo Stabilizing ModesMotorized Pan and Tilt AdjustmentUse Normal, Inverted, or BriefcaseIntegrated USB Port for Power3/8˝-16 Threaded Mounting HolePrice: $682.00 Steadicam SOLO Video Camera StabilizerSteadicam’s SOLO option is the most versatile of the bunch with its ability to convert into a monopod and optional arm and vest options. Its price point is below the premier stabilizing options, but the drop off for the majority of productions is minimal. The 3-axis gimbal is solid, but not motorized, and allows for a smooth array of motions. The counterweights may take a little bit to get used to, but once you find your ideal lens balances, you can work quite quickly. If versatility is your biggest factor, you can’t go wrong with the SOLO.Converts between Steadicam and Monopod3-Axis Gimbal10 lb Weight CapacityTelescopically Extends to Four SectionsIncludes QR Plate and CounterweightsFolds to a Portable 24˝Supports Optional Arm and VestPrice: $345.00 Glide Gear DNA 6001 Vest and Arm Stabilization SystemWhile the DJI Ronin might be the most versatile and pragmatic, the Glide Gear vest and arm stabilization system will be your most sturdy and reliable option. It’s not quite as expensive, but it’s still a bit pricey and packs a punch in its weight and set-up time. If you’re looking to upgrade to a bigger camera in the future, the sturdier vest stabilizers will be your best option — but for a DSLR or mirrorless, it might be a counterproductive luxury. Overall, it will give you the most confidence in your image stability with limited but secure motion.Load Capacity: 2 to 7 lbsStabilizer with Three-Axis GimbalEasy Release Camera PlateVest with Adjustable Chest PlateArm with Adjustable Tension KnobsArm Mounts on Left or Right SidePowder Coated Anodized AluminumCarrying Case for Vest & ArmCarrying Case for DNA 5050 StabilizerPrice: $689.00 Looking to purchase a stabilizer for your DSLR or mirrorless camera? Here’s a breakdown of your best options and price points to consider before you make your purchase.Top image via Der-SchweighoferUnless it’s your thematic intention, in today’s digital filmmaking landscape, there really is no excuse for shaky, unstable footage. Specifically with lightweight DSLRs and mirrorless cameras that don’t have hand mounts and are not suitable for shouldering, handheld shots with even the smallest amounts of movement can cause all types of problems.There’s only so much you want to do in post to fix these problems. So why not address them at the start by using a stabilizer — depending on what you’re trying to do, they can actually be quite affordable. If you’re ready to invest in yourself and your career, here are your buying options.DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal StabilizerLet’s start with the one of the top sellers. The DJI Ronin-M comes in at a hefty price tag, but is really at the forefront of stabilization-for-filmmaking technology. It’s custom-designed for DSLR cameras with a lightweight and quiet build so you can operate for hours and record audio from your camera. The balancing is responsive and customizable and even offers second-party controls via remote. If you’re serious about your investment, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything better.Load Weight: 8lbsThree Operation Modes· Underslung Mode· Upright Mode· Briefcase ModeBuilt-in independent IMU moduleDJI Specialized Gimbal Drive Motors with EncodersBluetooth ModuleUSB ConnectionPrice: $1,369.00 Roxant Pro Video Camera StabilizerOne of the most affordable options on the market, the Roxant “pro style” stabilizer is an across-the-board solid option for lightweight cameras, iPhones and GoPros. It’s not nearly the beast that the top-of-the-line stabilizers like the DJI Ronin are, but in a pinch and in small-budget productions, it’s quite capable to keep your footage from looking handheld and shaky. The weights are adjustable for finding the right balance for your camera and the aerodynamic design is great for lots of jerky movements. If you’re looking for something quick and cheap, it can work wonders.For use with Point-and-Shoot, DSLRs, Video Cameras, GoPros, SmartphonesWeighs 1.8 lbHolds up to 2.1 lbComfort grip handle3 separate counterweights, for precise adjustmentsPrice: $64.95If you’re still too tight on budget to buy a stabilizer for your arsenal, you can always consider some DIY options as well. Here’s a roundup on DIY Camera Stabilizers and Rigs for Under $25 to check out.Have any other stabilizers you’d like to recommend? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Panasonic Unveils Their New Mirrorless L-Mount Cameras

first_imgThe mirrorless camera wave continues to gain momentum as Panasonic reveals two new L-mount camera models forthcoming in 2019.In what already feels like the year of the mirrorless camera — with new models coming from Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, and Blackmagic — we’ve now got yet another contender for the mirrorless title. Panasonic just announced two new L-mount models.Here’s what we know about Panasonic’s new Lumix S1R and S1 models.The Panasonic Lumix S1RBased on reports from Photokina 2018, Panasonic has partnered (not for the first time) with both Sigma and Lecia to use the former’s full-frame L-mount SL system. Their flagship camera, the Panasonic Lumix S1R, promises a 47-megapixel sensor with the now-standard 4K at 60fps and 10-bit 4:2:2 video recording. More technical details are forthcoming over the next few months, leading up to the camera’s release in 2019.47-megapixel sensor.4K at 60fps.10-bit 4:2:2 video recording.Built-in image stabilization.Tiltable LCD.High-resolution EVF.The Panasonic Lumix S1Like many of their competitors, Panasonic is developing a companion camera in the Panasonic Lumix S1 that features a 24-megapixel sensor at a lower price point, but it will still reportedly include the same 4K 60fps recording and other video specs. Both cameras feature the same built-in image stabilization, a tiltable LCD, and high-resolution EVF.24-megapixel sensor.4K at 60fps.10-bit 4:2:2 video recording.Built-in image stabilization.Tiltable LCD.High-resolution EVF.Lens OptionsWe also know that while Leica lenses are already available (but pretty expensive), Panasonic is creating three new lenses specific to the L-mount series. While these first three should be market-ready when the S1R and S1 hit stores in 2019, another seven (to bring their lens line up to 10) should be ready by 2020. Here are the details on the lenses that will launch with the cameras.24-70mm standard zoom lens.70-200mm telephoto lens.50mm f/1.4 prime lens. All images via LUMIX LIVE @ Photokina 2018.For more camera news and updates, check out some of these articles:Nikon Releases Their First Full-Frame Mirrorless CameraEverything We Know About Canon’s New Mirrorless Cameras7 Filmmaking Cameras You Can Get for Under $1,000last_img read more

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Choosing To Compete for Transactions or Relationships

first_imgThere are two ways to think about acquiring new clients and new orders. You can start from a transactional approach or you can start from a more strategic, consultative approach. The distinction is important.TransactionalA transactional approach is centered on acquiring orders. Orders are, in fact, how you get paid. The client places an order, you deliver it, and you send an invoice. And for some of your clients, this transactional relationship may be enough.But when you play at the transactional level, you are perceived as transactional value. Fine, if this is what you want. Being transactional will get you some orders. But it won’t get you the relationship you need to produce bigger outcomes. Relationship  Acquiring the client relationship is what opens up the possibility of getting all of their orders—even though it takes longer and is a more difficult outcome to obtain.The DifferenceClient acquisition and order acquisition are different. Order acquisition is transactional. It’s about taking orders, and that puts you in a contest for price. If the transaction is what matters, then the value being created is only a low-level of value.If you are instead focused on client acquisition, you have the opportunity to dig deeper and find additional ways to create real value. A more strategic level of value. You get an opportunity to design a solution that solves a bigger, more future oriented challenges. This not only earns you the right to acquire all of the orders, it earns you the right to do so at a higher margin. You are earning that higher margin by delivering greater value.center_img When your approach is strategic and consultative, instead of focusing on orders you focus on developing deep, trusted relationships. Instead of focusing on order acquisition, you focus on understanding your clients needs so deeply, and creating so much value around those strategic needs, that instead of acquiring orders, you acquire all of your client’s orders.last_img read more

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₹285 cr deficit budget tabled in Arunachal

first_imgArunachal Pradesh Finance Minister Chowna Mein on Friday presented a ₹285-crore deficit budget for the 2017-18 fiscal with major thrust on women empowerment, infrastructure development and law and order. Tabling the budget in the Assembly, Mr. Mein said: “The Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) was estimated to be ₹21,414 crore in 2016-17. The share of central taxes have grown from the actual receipt of ₹7075.58 crore in 2015-16 to ₹ 8388.3 crore in the revised estimates of 2016-17.” Tax revenue “The State’s own tax revenue in the revised estimates of 2016-17 is ₹ 650.63 crore as against the actual receipt of ₹535.07 crore in 2015-16, growing at 21.59 per cent,” he said. “The non-tax revenue receipt in the revised estimates of 2016-17 is estimated at ₹506.79 crore as against an actual collection of ₹392.12 crore in 2015-16, showing a growth of 29 per cent,” he said. In the budget estimate of 2017-18, the State was projecting a revenue receipt of ₹14,599 crore and a capital receipt of ₹ 1,436.75 crore. “This is an increase of over 15 per cent from the budget estimates of 2016-17. Our share of central taxes has been pegged at ₹9,306.34 crore. We have projected the state’s own tax revenue at ₹742.94 crore and the non-tax revenue for 2017-18 at ₹ 536.29 crore,” the Minister said.Referring to the reforms in governance as proposed in the budget, Mr. Mein said the trinity of JanDhan, Aadhar and Mobile would be used for delivery of citizen services and moving towards a cashless and paperless economy.E-Office would be made functional along with computerisation of treasuries and a Chief Minister’s dashboard on an electronic platform to track progress of key products would be created, he said.IT initiatives“For IT initiatives, the budget proposes an allocation of ₹15 crore under the Digital Arunachal scheme,” Mr. Mein said.“The government will roll out a new industrial policy and will develop industrial estates in the foothill districts for which a budgetary allocation of Rs 15 crore has been proposed,” he said, adding an amount of₹10 crore has been proposed for developing a food park at Tippi in West Kameng districtlast_img read more

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Pune IPL team reaches out to its new fan base

first_imgPune: Soldiers housed in the Paraplegics Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) in Khadki, Pune, are cheering for the home team, Rising Pune Supergiant, in the IPL. But one team member is special for the soldiers. For a few years now, cricketer Rahul Tripathi has been visiting the soldiers at the centre with his mother, Saroj, bearing fruits and gifts. The Khadki institution houses soldiers forced to live in wheelchairs due to combat injuries. On Sunday, he visited the centre along with his teammates to launch the ‘Supergiants for Soldiers’ initiative, aimed at creating a support base for soldiers. The cricketers were left awestruck by a basketball-on-wheelchairs exhibition match, with the soldiers wheeling around furiously to get into position for a shot at the rim or to collect a rebound.Mr. Tripathi’s visits to the centre, close to his residence in Pune, were a result of his parents’ involvement with the institution. His father, Colonel A.K. Tripathi, says, “I am posted at the Command Centre, where each person is assigned one initiative. Helping out at the PRC was assigned to me, and my wife became involved. She fasts on certain days in the week, so I suggested gifting fruits on fasting days, and her visits became regular.”Tripathi, then a youngster working his way up the ranks in Maharashtra age group cricket, accompanied his mother whenever he was at home in Pune. He bonded with the soldiers, his visits bringing them joy and earning him their blessings.Col. Tripathi believes his son’s career took off after those trips to the PRC. “After a visit, he scored heavily in the next match. I feel those blessings were working. The donations began 2011 onwards. He kept coming here and his success in cricket continued.” The RPS batting sensation returned to the PRC as a celebrity of sorts on Sunday, clicking selfies and mingling with the combat veterans. He was happy to spend time with familiar faces. “I take away positive energy from here each time. Their courage to overcome difficulties is inspiring.” The 26-year-old’s stylish strokeplay when partnering with Ajinkya Rahane or Steve Smith, and the fact that he’s the only Maharashtra cricketer in the Pune playing squad, has made him a fan favourite at the MCA stadium. The Supergiants for Soldiers project, announced by CEO Raghu Iyer, aims at creating awareness and raising funds for the PRC through online fund-raising firm Ketto. The centre’s medical director, R.K. Mukherjee, said the facility needs wheelchairs, both manually and battery operated. He added that sport is a key aspect in the soldiers’ rehab. “There are soldiers here paralysed waist down, others with no movement in their limbs. We call them differently abled, not disabled, because at heart, they want to live life. Besides basketball, at which they excel, our soldiers take part in swimming, athletics, badminton, archery for paraplegics,” he said.last_img read more

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Security issues did not figure at New Delhi meeting, says BHU Vice-Chancellor

first_imgBanaras Hindu University Vice-Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi made a quiet visit to the national capital on Tuesday to attend a meeting of the university’s executive council here — the last meeting of the body during his term as V-C of the central university.Prof. Tripathi’s term ends about two months from now and he ceases to exercise powers to take executive decisions like selection of new faculty members now.“The meeting was fixed 20 days back and there were routine agenda points to be discussed,” Prof. Tripathi told The Hindu over phone. “There was no discussion on the security plan – which has already been set in motion — as it did not figure on the agenda.”Prof. Tripathi added that he had no meeting with officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development in Delhi. Sources in MHRD confirmed what he said.Interviews heldWhen BHU was tense on Sunday after police action on students and stone pelting by students the previous night, the administration conducted interviews for selection of teaching staff for various departments of the university.The day after the police action — when hostels were being vacated — interviews for the Hindi department and some other departments were held at the Recruitment and Assessment Cell at Holkar House of BHU, sources said.“The interviews should have been put off in view of the tension. But it seems they wanted these to happen before the V-C’s executive powers cease to operate,” said a professor of BHU, not wishing to be named.On Monday too, interviews to the History department and some other departments were held, sources in BHU said.“This round of interviews got over on Monday. Wherever required, selection committees were organised to take forward the recruitment process,” Prof. Tripathi confirmed to The Hindu.last_img read more

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2 held with ₹43.7 lakh in foreign currency

first_imgThe Customs officers at Goa International Airport on Monday morning arrested two Oman-bound passengers, including a foreign national, for allegedly travelling with foreign currency worth ₹43.7 lakh. Suspicious movement“The passengers had been moving around suspiciously in the departure hall before check-in formalities. On searching their baggage, officers found foreign currency equivalent to ₹43.7 lakh. They could not give satisfactory answers when confronted by Customs investigators,” a spokesperson of the Customs told reporters on Monday. The cash was in multiple foreign currencies, including U.S. dollars. Identities not revealedThe passengers were arrested under the Foreign Exchange Management Act. Their identities have not been revealed by the enforcement agency. The passengers were booked on an Oman Air flight and were working together, the officer said, in response to a question.last_img read more

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An election beyond individuals

first_imgSince May 12, Sachin Ghanmare, chief of Congress party’s Bhandara city unit, has had little sleep. He also claims to have shelled out ₹20,000 of his own money.The 32-year-old has been moving constantly from one part of Bhandara district to the other to canvass for the Nationalist Congress Party’s Madhukar Kukade, candidate for the May 28 Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha bypolls.Asked why is he working so hard when the candidate doesn’t even belong to his party, Mr. Ghanmare says, “Our senior leader Praful Gudadhe asked us to make all-out efforts for this election, which is why the entire Congress unit, workers, and supporters are working hard for the NCP here. We are even spending from our own pockets for this campaign to reach out to the people.”Mr. Gudadhe, a senior councillor in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, has been camping in Bhandara since the election date was announced. “Every election has to be taken seriously, even if it is for your alliance partner. This election is important because Nana Patole resigned from this seat by standing up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi which no one has dared to do,” Mr. Gudadhe told The Hindu. Beyond individualsThe situation is similar in Gondia district where the Congress MLA from Nagpur district Sunil Kedar has been camping for over 20 days now, canvassing for the NCP candidate along with local Congress MLA Gopal Agrawal. “This is not an election of individual candidates. This is an election of people and ideologies which is why I am camping here,” said Mr. Kedar. The NCP leaders and workers, however, seem less active than the Congressmen in both the districts.Not enthusiastic“There is no feel of an election this time around. Even people are not interested and the high temperatures, with the mercury touching the 45 degree Celsius mark, is making people stay away from the campaign. Also, there is lack of resources and enthusiasm as compared to if Bhayiji (Praful Patel) had contested. Very few vehicles have been made available for canvassing this time. There was little money for election material and banners posters,” an NCP worker from Gondia told The Hindu.“Things are different when you contest, and your own party is in power. For the first, the NCP is contesting from this seat when we are not in power either in the state or at the Centre,” said Kalyani Bhure, the Bhandara district president of NCP’s women’s wing. Another reason for the indifference of NCP members is the candidate’s overall profile. The NCP has fielded 67-year-old former MLA Madhukar Kukde in a constituency which is perceived to be a traditional seat of senior NCP leader Praful Patel. Mr. Patel has been openly saying that he will contest next year’s Lok Sabha elections.Internal contradictionsThe BJP is already trying to cash upon these internal contradictions. “We are telling people that they are electing a permanent MP who will again contest next year unlike the NCP candidate who has been made a scapegoat for 10 months,” said BJP MLA from Tumsar, Charan Waghmare.The lack of resources and indifference of NCP has fuelled speculations of possible understanding between Mr. Patel and the BJP.“Mr. Patel has an understanding with Gadkari (union minister) which is why the NCP has fielded a weak candidate who won’t pose any challenge to Mr. Patel in his traditional seat. This is the reason why the Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh has fielded a candidate from this seat,” alleged Sandip Nandeshwar, the leader of Prakash Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh.Mr. Patel, however, denied the allegations and said the NCP was working very hard for this by-election. “I have been campaigning in all parts of the constituency. Ajit Pawar and Dhananjay Munde also came to address rallies here. Is it an election of resources or issues and principles? We have got a far superior and popular candidate. Both party workers are working enthusiastically. It’s a canard (lack of resources for NCP workers and their indifference) being spread by a few people and you are believing it. Nothing is lacking in terms of what needs to be done. The Bharipa BMS candidate has been put up by the BJP to try and divide secular votes,” Mr. Patel told The Hindu.Where the Congressmen can be seen trying to put up a fight by pooling all their resources, the BJP is confident of a win with its well-oiled election machinery.“We have doubled the booth workers. Now, almost 25 booth workers are working full time and with full dedication for one booth. Also, people feel that this election has been imposed on them and they will teach a lesson to those who betrayed them,” said BJP’s Bhandara unit chief Tarik Qureshi.The saffron party has also posted one outsider observer for every circle in the district who will monitor the working of booth workers on 18 booths and will report to the party high command.The only thing that could go against the BJP is the caste equation here.The NCP’s candidate is from Kunbi community, the most prominent community in this constituency with over three lakh voters whereas the BJP has fielded Hemant Patle from Powar community which has around two lakh votes here.However, the BJP candidate is not worried about caste calculations.“We are fighting on development plank. Had caste been the factor, Praful Patel would not have won a single election from here. We are focusing on polling booths and we are sure of a convincing win,” claimed Mr. Patle.The Congress-NCP combine is hoping for a Kunbi consolidation along with Dalits and Muslims but the Teli community, with around 2.5 lakh votes, could decide the outcome of this seat which is likely to witness low voter turnout on May 28.last_img read more

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Punjab paves way to enact law on ‘office of profit’

first_imgThe Punjab government on Tuesday paved the way for the enactment of the law to enable MLAs to hold several new categories of ‘office of profit’.The Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) (Amendment) Bill, 2018, will be tabled in the upoming session of the State Assembly, after the State Cabinet gave a nod to it.An official statement said with the amendments proposed in the Bill, various categories of ‘office of profit’ will be added to the current list of positions and offices which the MLAs can hold without inviting disqualification.“The amendments, aimed at addressing the complexities of modern day governance, include incorporation of a new Section 1A to provide for the definitions of ‘compensatory allowance’, ‘statutory body’ and ‘non-statutory body’. As per Section 1(A), ‘compensatory allowance’ would mean any sum of money payable to the holder of an office by way of daily allowance, any conveyance allowance, house rent allowance or travelling allowance for the purpose of enabling him to recoup any expenditure incurred by him in performing the functions of that office,” said the statement.Besides, additions have also been made to the categories of ‘offices of profit’ under Section 2 of the said Act under the Bill. “The Bill amends Section 2 to include the office of chairman or member of a committee, set up temporarily for the purpose of advising the government or any authority on a matter of public importance or for making an enquiry if the holder of such office is not entitled to any remuneration other than compensatory allowance,” said the statement. It added that this also includes the office of chairman, director or member of any statutory or non-statutory body, if the holder of such office is not entitled to any remuneration other than compensatory allowance.Punishment for sacrilegeThe Cabinet also approved amendments to CrPC and IPC to make sacrilege of all religious texts punishable with life imprisonment. “The Cabinet has given nod to insertion of Section 295AA to the IPC to provide that “whoever causes injury, damage or sacrilege to Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Srimad Bhagwad Geeta, Holy Quran and Holy Bible with the intention to hurt the religious feelings of the people, shall be punished with imprisonment for life,” the statement added.The Cabinet also approved the constitution of Punjab State Higher Education Council by bringing a Bill in the State Assembly.last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi meets Manohar Parrikar at Goa Assembly complex

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday met Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (63), who has been suffering from a pancreatic ailment, at the latter’s chamber in the Assembly complex in Panaji and enquired about his health.The meeting comes a day after Mr. Gandhi said the “Goa audio tapes”, cited by the Congress to attack the Central government on the Rafale issue, were authentic and Mr. Parrikar was in possession of “explosive secrets” that gave him power over Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Mr. Gandhi arrived in the Assembly premises around noon, soon after the House was adjourned after Goa Governor Mridula Sinha’s address, which was boycotted by Congress members. Meets party MLAsAfter meeting Mr. Parrikar, Mr. Gandhi went to the Opposition lobby in the Assembly and held a meeting with his party MLAs for 10 minutes.The Congress chief refused to talk to waiting mediapersons, saying, “I am getting late.”Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, who accompanied Mr. Gandhi to meet Mr. Parrikar, said, “It was a courtesy visit to enquire about Parrikar’s health. There was no discussion other than enquiring about his health condition.”Mr. Kavlekar said Mr. Gandhi had an informal discussion with the party MLAs as he would be arriving in Panaji next month to address party workers.Mr. Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi were on a private visit to Goa.last_img read more

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Voting since 1951, 103-year-old eager to cast ballot again

first_imgJeevan Das, 103, who cast his vote in India’s first general election in 1951, is excited to exercise his franchise again this year. The centenarian claims he has never failed to vote in any election. “I have not missed a single election ever since the process began in the country. Be it a municipal election or the Lok Sabha polls, I have always made it a point to cast my vote. I am eagerly waiting to vote this time too,” Mr. Das said. “I was 35-years-old then. Common people like us did not even know what voting meant. We just knew that we are free after the independence struggle and voting is something which will make us even more free,” he said. Recalling the old times, Mr. Das said a lot has changed over the years, including women going out to vote.Women voters “Women did not use to go out much. I would go with my father and elder brother while our wives and my mother stayed home with the kids,” he said. What has not changed, however, is that people still vote keeping the prime ministerial face in mind, said Mr. Das, who lives in Arjun Nagar area here with his son. “Even then people did not vote to elect representatives for their constituencies but for the Prime Minister. Like today people will either vote for Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi, back then people voted for Jawaharlal Nehru,” he said. The centenarian feels that unlike differently-abled people, not much has been done to make voting easier for the elderly. “The election process in the country has undergone a tremendous makeover over the decades and has changed for good. But still there are no facilities for elderly people. They have so many options for differently-abled people but not for us,” Mr. Das rued.‘Voting at home’ He said it would be a lot more convenient if authorities could arrange for people above 80 years of age to vote at home. “These days people do not live that long so the number of such people would be less and making arrangements for them will not be a difficult task,” he added. Polling will be held across 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab, including Jalandhar, in the seventh and last phase of general elections on May 19.last_img read more

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Congress asks EC to act against deputy Goa CM Sardesai

first_imgThe Congress has demanded that Goa deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai be booked for sedition for his recent statement urging “youngsters to weaponise themselves”. In a letter to the Election Commission late on Monday evening, Vivek D’Silva, North Goa district Youth Congress president, said Mr. Sardesai’s comments exhorting the youth to weaponise themselves to force the State government to fulfil their demands clearly showed “an intent to wage war against government duly instituted under the Constitution of India, and also against the people of Goa”. The statement, Mr. D’Silva said, attracts Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code. He further wrote that this was also an indirect attempt to threaten voters in Panaji constituency which is going for polls on May 19. “The said words have been made by Mr. Sardesai with intent to excite dissatisfaction and to create hatred amongst the people of Goa against the government,” the complaint stated.last_img read more

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NIH ends funding for experiments using ‘random source’ dogs

first_imgAs of today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will no longer fund research on dogs procured from pounds, breeders, and other so-called random sources. The move is in response to a 2009 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, which concluded that cats and dogs acquired from such places were not critical for biomedical research, and that using them could damage the reputation of the research enterprise with the public. NIH ended funding for random source cats in 2012.Dogs and cats enter U.S. research laboratories via two main sources: Class A and Class B dealers. Class A dealers—typically large, corporate entities—only sell animals they raise themselves, while Class B dealers—typically smaller, “mom-and-pop” operations—sell animals that they obtain from other sources, such as pounds and breeders. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has policed both types of dealers since the 1960s, but the Class B system has long been plagued with charges that some of its dealers sell stolen and abused pets. 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Responding to the NAS report, the agency launched a pilot program to see if Class A dealers could provide the same types of dogs that Class B dealers usually provide—that is, mature, large, and well-socialized animals. NIH found that Class A dealers could indeed provide these animals. As a result, the agency announced late last year that, as of 1 October, 2014, it would not fund the procurement of dogs from Class B dealers. (All such projects funded before this date may continue.)“We’re very pleased that NIH has taken this action. It’s long overdue,” says Cathy Liss, president of the Washington, D.C.–based Animal Welfare Institute, which has pushed for the more humane treatment of laboratory animals. But she notes that random source cats and dogs can still be used by researchers and educators who don’t rely on government money. Since 1996, her organization has been pushing Congress to pass the Pet Safety and Protection Act, which would effectively outlaw the use of all random source dogs and cats in the United States. “Only then,” she says, “we will eliminate this blight on research.”last_img read more