How to Create an Original Travel Video that Will Captivate Viewers

first_imgStep 1 — Avoid Trendy TransitionsTransitions simply move the viewer from one scene to the next. But, used improperly, they begin to show the seams in the project. While some creators have made very successful careers out of using motion-driven transitions, this technique isn’t for everyone. I believe zoom, warp, and swoosh transitions have their places in specific timelines; however, excessive use will detract your audience from the intended experience.The key is motivation before movement. Emotion before motion (we will get to this later). If there is no motive behind the cinematic elements you’re adding to a scene, they won’t translate. Transitions are like salt. A little dash enhances the flavor, but too much spoils the broth.Step 2 — Avoid Influences from Other Travel VideosThe mistake I learned from a year ago is still relevant today. Instead going to other travel videos for inspiration, watch documentaries, dramas, music videos, Vimeo staff picks — basically, anything else. By diversifying what you watch, you’re changing up how your brain will come up with ideas. For example, when creating my latest across-Canada video, I drew inspiration from the double-exposure effect in the opening credits of True Detective.Step 3 — Music Is King!The right track can motivate the entire video. For me, finding a killer song to incorporate in my films before beginning the edit changes the entire creative process. Music is a good way to convey emotion, so I spend hours on end listening to either my friends’ music or selections from PremiumBeat.com. From there, I pick a track that eventually influences the rest of the project.Step 4 — Sound Effects Connect with Your AudienceHave you ever watched a video that was captured, composed, and edited beautifully, but it still lacked something? The issue was probably good audio. If you skip the sound design, you’re robbing the audience of auditory immersion. For example, if your video shows a waterfall, but your audience hears only music, they’re not getting the full experience. If I’ve captured shots rooted to a specific meaning, I like to apply the slightest bit of sound design to give them a kick.Step 5 — Emotion Before MotionWhen you’re starting your edit, try to remember what the experience felt like. Experience always trumps cinematic trends. I usually ask myself How did you feel when shooting this? And then I follow it with How do you want the audience to feel? Remember, the most significant, most profound films are usually those that nail the emotion corresponding to their scenes.(Tip: sometimes, when I capture scenes or moments, I’ll pull out a little pocket journal to jot down the essence of where I was. Later, I’ll reference the note to properly apply that feeling to my edit.)Looking for more video production tutorials? Check these out.How to Export with Transparency from Adobe After EffectsHow to Properly Pancake Timelines in Adobe Premiere ProVideo Tutorial: Determining The Best Lens for Your ProjectTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio DifferentlyHow to Change the Color of Exterior Lights in After Effects Travel videos can be a dime a dozen, so what can you do (and not do) to make your video stand out in a crowd of look-alikes?You’re back at home after your vacation. You have a hard drive full of epic, experiential shots from the trip, and you’re ready to cut the footage together. For inspiration, you check out some trendy YouTube travel videos. There’s only one small problem — they all look the same. You get quickly overwhelmed by zoom transitions, six packs, and back-flips. Your motivation dwindles, and now all you can think about is that you don’t have a six pack.This is how I felt a little over a year ago. Other than what I saw on YouTube, I didn’t know anything about travel videos. So, like most others, I fell into the internet’s creative vortex, copying a trend rather than creating something authentic.In the following post, I’ll go over how I broke free from the cliches and share how you can get your own original results.last_img read more

Orissa: Around 300 children lead anti-Posco agitation

first_imgIt is ‘force versus children’ in the battle for land to set up Posco’s proposed mega steel project in Orissa’s Jagatsinghpur district where the anti-displacement stir has entered the decisive phase.While a determined state government have accused the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), a body spearheading agitation against the South Korean steel major, of using the children as a “shield”, villagers sought to differ. “We involve children in the agitation to counter the state’s brute force which is trying to forcibly acquire land without consent of farmers,” PPSS President Abhay Sahu said.About 300 children are leading the anti-Posco stir for last 12 days as state government deployed more than 600 armed security personnel to enter into Dhinkia gram panchayat, considered as epicentre of the six-year-old movement.”I believe the children should never be used in agitation. The persons, be it their parents, should be held responsible for using them in this manner,” Orissa’s Women and Child Development (WCD) minister Anjali Behera told PTI. The minister said she would like to initiate action against persons involved in the practice. “It is cruel to make children agitate under scorching sun and heavy downpour,” the minister remarked.Jagatsinghpur Additional District Magistrate (ADM), S K Choudhury also demanded action against those who have ‘dragged’ children into the agitation. “We leave it to the civil society to consider whether anti-Posco brigade’s use of children is legal or otherwise,” Choudhury said. Not buying the logic of the powers-that-be, social activist Swami Agnivesh argued, “I don’t see anything wrong in children taking up the cause of their parents. Above all, they are not left alone to fight with the government.advertisement”The children are accompanied by their parents and seniors of the village,” Agnivesh told PTI. Striking a dissenting note noted child right activist Anuradha Mohanty said children must not be used in any form of agitation. “No one including their parents should be allowed to violate rights of children,” she said. The little ones, however, have their own argument.”Can the state government or Posco provide us a better future. It is our parents who will sustain us. If they are going to lose livelihood, who will give us protection,” said 11-year-old Rosalin Patra, a class-VII student of Gobindpur Upper Primary School.Like Rosalin, many students from Dhinkia High School and Patana Primary School have ‘voluntarily’ joined the ‘do-or-die battle’ against Posco project. Bapina Mandal, whose father was killed three years ago during an anti-Posco agitation says, “having already lost my father in the fight now it is left for me, my mother and elder sister to carry on the agitation on our own.”Admitting that children’s studies were affected due to their involvement in the agitation, PPSS leader Abhay Sahu claimed they have roped in teachers and provided black board and study materials to teach children at the dharna site.”Swami Agnivesh is a witness to facilities provided to children,” said the suspended sarpanch of Dhinkia and PPSS Secretary Sisir Mohapatra. Agnivesh recalled “during my visit to Dhinkia area, I taught children about the environment. They were dumping plastic water pouches here and there. I taught them to collect the plastic pouches and put all in a pit.”- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Haryana’s Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt bring glory for the state at Olympics 2012

first_imgSushil at his home in Baprola.Kushti mein tukke na laga kare hain (There are no flukes in wrestling)!” Diwan Singh explodes, indignant that anyone could ever insinuate that his son was a “one-win wonder”. Olympic silver-medallist Sushil Kumar’s father, a driver with Delhi’s Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, is thrilled about,Sushil at his home in Baprola.Kushti mein tukke na laga kare hain (There are no flukes in wrestling)!” Diwan Singh explodes, indignant that anyone could ever insinuate that his son was a “one-win wonder”. Olympic silver-medallist Sushil Kumar’s father, a driver with Delhi’s Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, is thrilled about his son’s unprecedented triumph at the London Games, but also a little wistful: “My boy was his best. He was within grabbing distance of the gold medal.”Sushil, 29, and his India teammate Yogeshwar Dutt, who won the 60 kg freestyle bronze medal in London, are the biggest success stories from the Chaudhary Devi Lal Sports Centre. The 83-acre Sports Authority of India (SAI) facility-a finishing school for wrestlers-in Sonepat’s Bahalgarh village, where India’s best hone their grappling skills in gruelling training schedules, has happily been rechristened the ‘Haryanvi Medal Factory’ by local residents.”Lajawab uplabdhi hai (It’s an unparalleled achievement),” says chief coach Anil Khokhar, 35, who has seen a distinct change in younger wrestlers at the centre. From simply striving to participate in international events, he says, “our boys have smelt blood. They all want to chase medals now. Sushil and Yogeshwar have shown them it can be done”.Unlike the father, who will just not settle for second spot, the sleepy village of Baprola, on the fringes of Delhi’s northwestern border with Haryana, is euphoric about their new hero, Sushil Kumar, silver medallist in wrestling at the London Olympics in the 66 kg freestyle category and a bronze-winner in Beijing in 2008 in the same event. Says Mukhtiar Singh, a veteran of many a past dangal (wrestling tournament), “This boy has made it all worthwhile. His victory makes me feel truly celebrated for the first time in all my 84 years.”The ‘Haryanvi medal factory’ is thriving even more with lavish monetary rewards from the state government.Every youngster in Baprola wants to follow Sushil into wrestling. Tenyear-old Ritik and his three friends walked 2 km from their homes to touch the feet of their champion, just back home from London, in keeping with the old akhara tradition. “Kushti ladoge kya (Want to wrestle)?” asks Sushil. All four nod vigorously, swelling visibly with pride.Eighty kilometres to the north along the monsoon-damaged road to Gohana in Haryana’s Sonepat district, the residents of Bhainswal Kalan stayed up the night to welcome their own champion. A thousand of them thronged Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport to carry the 29-year-old Yogeshwar Dutt home on their shoulders. A large settlement of nearly 20,000 residents, Bhainswal has a long tradition of sending its sons and daughters into teaching. But it’s taken the single-minded devotion and grit of a wrestler to bring home the accolades. Pleasantly tidy despite its large population of water buffaloes, every street in the village is paved with concrete and lined with street lamps that actually work.”All this is thanks to Yogeshwar’s successes,” says Rameshwar Vashishth, 63, a former teacher, recalling how the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government first took note of Bhainswal after the wrestler found a place in the Indian squad for the Beijing Olympics. “Every man, woman and child here owes this young man a debt of gratitude,” he says. So they all thronged his freshly repainted house in the centre of the village just before sunrise on August 14 when he drove in. “The first thing he did was to touch the feet of his biggest fan-our mother,” says his younger brother Mukesh Dutt, 26.”It rained on the day Yogeshwar was born,” says 59-year-old Sushila Devi, fondly hugging her favourite child. “I knew then he was meant for great things. You know how they say sapooton ke paer palaane mein hi pehchaane jaate hain (good sons indicate their path in the crib itself),” she says, quoting an old Haryanvi adage. And breaking a long and worrisome dry spell, there was rain yet again on the morning Yogeshwar returned from London, convincing all in Bhainswal that he is their luckiest charm.Yogeshwar at his home in Bhainswal.But besides luck, India’s Olympic triumphs are rooted in an age-old rural wrestling tradition that extends all the way from the Najafgarh villages in Delhi to Sonepat, Rohtak, Hisar, Bhiwani in Haryana and further across to Baghpat, Shamli and Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh. It is like a thriving cottage industry. Every other village here has an akhara where older pehalwans (wrestlers) teach youngsters the finer nuances of grappling, widely misconstrued as a rustic sport involving brute strength.”It’s all in the soil and water that God gifted our people,” says Suresh Malik aka Bhaddal Pehalwan, who trains 100 young boys at the Balraj Akhara, a private wrestling school in Bhainswal Kalan set up over three decades ago by Satbir Singh, a celecelebrated local wrestler. Malik starts them young. His youngest pupils like Harsh, Shivam and Rohit, all between nine and 13 years, fight hard to stay ahead amid the mustard oil and turmeric-infused loam that serves as the mat in their akhara.”Yogeshwar and I were about the same age and just 30 kg each when we first began training under Mahabali Satpal at Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium 15 years ago,” Sushil recalls. His guru’s older brother Chaudhary Dara Singh first spotted the champion, when he won the gold medal at the National School Games in Delhi at the age of 12. “I imagine that (the exhilaration of the school-time victory) is how it would have felt had I struck gold in London,” he says a trifle ruefully.For 17-year-old Praveen Kumar, who just rejoined training at the SAI Centre in Bahalgarh after six months of rehab to treat injuries sustained when miscreants pushed him off a speeding train on his way to his village near Shamli in January, Sushil’s silver medal has been inspirational. “Beijing was the beginning but London has shown the world that you cannot mess with Indians,” says the youngster who is back to a punishing workout from 4.30 in the morning until lights out at 10.30 p.m. every day.The results are evident. Fourteen of the 15-man squad of ‘Bahalgarh Boys’ that participated in the November 2011 Inter-SAI Games at Hisar came back with medals. Six of them struck gold at the national sub-junior wrestling tournament in May 2012.The ‘Haryanvi Medal Factory’ is thriving even more with lavish monetary rewards from the state government. Chief Minister Hooda not only announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore for Dutt but went on to proclaim similar prizes for every medallist even remotely connected with his state: Sushil because he speaks Haryanvi and trained here; badminton star Saina Nehwal and shooter Gagan Narang because their families are originally from Haryana.Back in Bhainswal and Baprola, both champions say they are not ready to hang up their boots. “I will go for gold in Rio 2016,” says Sushil, who is spending most of his 15-day break before the upcoming SAF Games Camp in September, watching YouTube re-runs of his failed final bout. “I have to spot where I faltered against the Japani (Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu),” he says. Relatively relaxed, Yogeshwar too heads for the computer when he gets the chance.As Diwan Singh reiterates, “There are no flukes in wrestling. It is all about keeping fit, training hard and perfecting tactics to be far superior to anything your opponent can possibly come up with.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

WATCH: Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather meet again at Lakers courtside

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants In a video posted by Pacquiao, he can be seen going over to Mayweather and shaking his hand before the two exchanged smiles.WATCH: Manny Pacquiao gets visit from Floyd Mayweather in locker ahead of fightThe Filipino boxing champion got a visit from Mayweather at his locker room on Sunday just before his welterweight defense.Earlier this month, the boxing rivals also met at Staples Center for Clippers’ Filipino Heritage Night.These meetings have only fueled the rumors that another megabout between the two rivals is happening soon.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Pacquiao had said that he is willing to fight Mayweather if the American boxer comes out of retirement.READ: Manny Pacquiao willing to fight Floyd Mayweather anew if he comes out of retirementBut when ambushed by Showtime’s Jim Gray from ringside after Pacquiao’s victory, Mayweather did not bat an eyelash when asked if he wanted to square off again against Pacquiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Rockets trading Carmelo Anthony to Chicago, but Bulls have no plans to play him Days after Pacquiao’s unanimous decision conquest of Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, where Mayweather was also in attendance, the two legendary fighters met again, this time at courtside at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMANILA, Philippines–The chance encounters between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are not yet over.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

160 people killed since 2011 in clashes between indigenous people and alleged Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants in Assam

first_imgClick here to EnlargeIn the first week of September, a video released by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the launch of a new group called Qaedat al-Jihad to wage jihad in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar and establish a new caliphate in the region. If that was not enough to,Click here to EnlargeIn the first week of September, a video released by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the launch of a new group called Qaedat al-Jihad to wage jihad in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar and establish a new caliphate in the region. If that was not enough to jolt security agencies in the country, Zawahiri named Kashmir, Gujarat-and surprisingly- Assam, as the focus of future al Qaeda activities.Initially, the mention of Assam created a stir across the state. But as the news was absorbed, analysed and put in perspective, the import of the threat facing the state, that has been roiled by ethnic and insurgent violence for decades, began to dawn.Nearly 160 people have been killed in Assam in the last three years between Muslims alleged to be infiltrators from Bangladesh and non-Muslims or “indigenous people”, as they are referred to. Eighty per cent of the 160 victims were Muslims. Fifty Muslims were killed this year alone, in fact all of them in May by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants for apparently supporting a non-Bodo candidate in the Lok Sabha polls. The violence, observers say, is a manifestation of a deeper realignment of identities in the traditionally troubled state-an ongoing upheaval which is witnessing all fragmented non-Muslim communities coming under a pan-Hindu umbrella seeking strength in numbers.Alarmingly, the realignment is playing into the hands of political forces looking for new openings to push their cause in the state and tensions are getting further stoked in a cycle where the line between cause and effect is getting erased. Zawahiri’s announcement, as a result, fell right into this pattern.advertisementBodies of victims killed in bodo-Muslim violence in Khagrabari,200 km from Guwahati, in MayThe BJP, which hopes to win the 2016 Assembly polls riding on the most communally provocative issue in Assam- the threat to the existence of locals from illegal Muslim Bangladeshi infiltrators-latched on to it and not unexpectedly. “The video proves what every person in Assam has been experiencing for decades. There is a design to turn Assam into an Islamic state and illegal Muslims are their playing fields,” says Bijon Mahajan, a senior Assam BJP spokesperson.The BJP has reason to raise temperatures, observers say. The party won seven Lok Sabha seats this summer, its best tally in the state, and the party’s then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi thundering in April that all Bangladeshi Muslims would be driven out after the party comes to power is seen as a key contributing factor. And unlike in other parts of the country where polarisation had little impact on the bypolls this month, the BJP performed better than expected in Assam. It snatched the Silchar seat from Congress and significantly increased its votes in Jamunamukh and Lakhipur, both Muslim-dominated areas. In fact, it came second in Jamunamukh, the home turf of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal. Political experts say the BJP did not need to work too hard as there has always been a strong undercurrent of xenophobia against immigrant Muslims in the state.Badruddin Ajmal”The Muslim votes, both in Lakhipur and Jamunamukh, got divided between the Congress and the AIUDF while Hindus stood united behind the BJP. The growth and success of AIUDF, which represents in-your-face minority politics, has brought together non-Muslims in Assam divided along the lines of ethnicity and language,” says Nani Gopal Mahanta, associate professor, Gauhati University. That’s also the reason why Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi could not salvage his party in Silchar even after announcing Bangla as the official language in the Barak Valley ostensibly to woo the Hindu Bengali voters. In 2011, Gogoi won Barak Valley for the Congress by announcing refugee status to Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh, a plot hijacked by Modi in 2014.This sense of a threat from Islamist aggression coupled with a silent and systematic mission for Hindu resurgence, has turned Assam into a perfect laboratory for communally divisive politics. Assam’s location is strategically significant to Islamist terror groups as it shares a porous border with Bangladesh. “This is not a threat to Assam; it’s a national security issue.Once they cross over to Assam, miscreants can spread across the country,” says a top Special Branch officer. Political observers believe that Assam has turned into a fertile breeding ground for Islamist terror because of the rising Muslim population in certain districts, specially along the Bangladesh border, the economic backwardness of Muslims in lower Assam and violence against alleged illegal immigrants. And with assembly elections 20 months away, the battle lines are drawn.advertisementThe BJP is aiming to bring together Assamese caste Hindus, other non-Muslim communities and tribes under one platform against the common enemy-the “illegal Muslim immigrants”. The action plan for ‘Mission 84′- a three-fourth majority in the 126-seat Assam Assembly-is ready with illegal influx as the fulcrum. The BJP is also working on a strategy to engage tribal groups in the state and the Union Government is planning to give Scheduled Tribe status to six more communities, a move that would take the tribal population in the state to 40 per cent, besides consolidating BJP votes among tribals. The party plans to project Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, a tribal, as the next chief minister.Sarbananda Sonowal”This issue affects every indigenous person of Assam because it will change the demography of the state forever. There is no place for illegal Muslims from Bangladesh in the state. We have to finish the unfinished agenda of the Assam agitation. Our Prime Minister has made it crystal clear,” says BJP poll in-charge for Assam, Sudhanshu Mittal. Unlike the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) which led the Assam agitation in the 1980s, the BJP’s rhetoric is unambiguously aimed at Muslim infiltrators. Although not included in election speeches yet, the BJP is “softlaunching” its ‘Love Jihad’ campaign in Assam. “It’s a fact. Look at the number of women kidnapped in certain areas of Assam,” says a top Assam BJP leader who did not want to be identified. BJP leaders are also indulging in loose and dangerous talk about sex crimes targeting Hindu women in the state. This year, Assam has also witnessed a spate of incidents of meat being thrown at temples.Rumours of beef being discovered in a Narasimha temple in Silchar created tension, leading to clashes where at least 30 people, including the superintendent of police (SP) and six policemen, were injured. “This was just a rumour fuelled by some anti-social elements. Nothing actually happened in that temple,” says Diganta Bora, SP, Cachar.Similar incidents were reported from Dhubri and Dhing in Nagaon district around the same time. “There was no reaction in Dhubri as the Hindu population is minuscule but in Dhing there was tension. We later arrested some local youth who indiscriminately threw mutton bones after a drunken revelry,” says an IGP of Assam Police.RSS leader Uma Shankar Goswami, based in Hojai in the same district, however, refuses to buy the police theory and claims local madrasas are the hub of all anti-social elements and illegal weapons. More than 70 per cent of Hojai’s population is Muslim and it is also the hometown of perfume-baronturned politician Badruddin Ajmal, who runs several schools, madrasas and hospitals in the region. It also houses one of the biggest centres of RSS which conducts examinations for pracharaks in the Northeast. “It was a well-designed plot and it hasn’t happened for the first time. The local media has started reporting these incidents now,” says Goswami, who claims that the RSS is working silently and at the grassroots level to awaken the sense of religious identity among Hindus.advertisementIn fact, the success of BJP’s ‘Mission 84’ depends on the groundwork of the RSS which was behind the saffron sentiment making inroads into Assam’s tea gardens. The party has already started enrolling new members and training them at district headquarters in the core principles of the BJP.But it is not as if the polarisation is one-sided. On September 9, during an assembly bypoll rally in Jamunamukh, Sirajuddin Ajmal, Barpeta Lok Sabha MP and brother of Badruddin, announced that the AIUDF chief would be the next CM of Assam. Sirajuddin’s statement was prompted by the growing base of AIUDF, which was founded in 2005 by Ajmal and has since projected itself as the saviour of Muslims. The largest opposition party in the Assembly is now expecting at least 35 seats in 2016 and hopes to be the kingmaker. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls it won three seats, the same as Congress, up from one in 2009.Ajmal, however, refuses to directly take on the BJP’s aggressive campaign against Muslim infiltrators, a vote bank that is increasingly shifting from the Congress to the AIUDF. “We support that anyone who entered Assam after March 25, 1971, decided by the 1985 Assam Accord as the cut-off year for detection of illegal immigrants, must be thrown out of India. Many organisations are creating panic among minority communities in Assam raising this issue of illegal influx. Let’s decide once and for all the actual number of Bangladeshis in Assam,” says Ajmal. He even goes a step further to warn al Qaeda’s Zawahiri to stay away from Assam. “They are not jihadis, they are terrorists. Assam’s Muslims are mature enough. We don’t need al Qaeda support to protect ourselves,” says Ajmal.But not all Muslims are assured. Ashiq Zaman, an IRS officer who runs an NGO called Muslim Youths Forum Against Communalism, Terrorism and Sedition recounts an incident during a visit to a relief camp of Muslim victims rendered homeless in 2012 in the Bodoland violence. “We went there to distribute clothes and books. Many youngsters asked if I could provide them with guns. These camps are the most fertile ground for spread of Islamist terrorism,” says Zaman.Some security officials and representatives of public interest NGOs fear a spike in violence before the assembly elections as militants who have signed ceasefire agreements with the government and are living in 22 camps across the state could be used as mercenaries by political groups. The Congress, crippled by the lacklustre performance of CM Gogoi, has joined issue and is further fanning tensions. “On April 1, immediately after Narendra Modi’s rally in Biswanath Chariali, a local BJP leader, Bhavdev Goswami, told a TV channel that BJP had the support of NDFB rebels. I’m sure the party will now use other terror outfits to execute its communal agenda in the state,” Congress MLA from Roha, Piyush Hazarika, told INDIA TODAY.Over the next 20 months, this blame game is expected to run along a track parallel to the tensions and violence. And religious insecurities could become the primary platform to win votes in what is becoming a communal cauldron. But the dread goes far beyond politics and is already spilling over to damage the social fabric of Assam.The fear of being outnumbered has created communal tension in the most cosmopolitan city of the state, Guwahati. IRS officer Ashiq Zaman, who hails from Goalpara, was refused a house on rent in Guwahati because he is a Muslim.TISS student Abul Kalam Azad recounts how he too had a harrowing time renting a house in Guwahati and when he finally found one, the landlord sternly warned him against consuming beef at home. In 2012, a Dhing college lecturer, who is into archaeological research, and his photographer friend from Delhi were held captive by Muslim villagers for three days when they went on a field visit to Vaishnavite saint Shankardev’s birthplace in Bordowa in Nagaon district.Their captors, suspected to be illegal immigrants, thought the duo was collecting evidence against them. They were eventually rescued by the police. Locals say these are not isolated incidents. And therein lies a larger threat to Assam, where religious intolerance could become the new dimension to further divide an already heterogeneous society and spill more blood.Follow the writer on Twitter @KDscribeTo read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada heroics in vain as Mumbai defend low score

first_imgMumbai Indians defeated Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 tie at a jam packed Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.Asked to bat first by the visitors, Mumbai posted 142/8 in their allotted 20 overs and then produced a superb bowling performance to restrict Delhi to 128/7 despite a tough challenge from the South African duo of Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris.Coming together when Delhi was reeling at 24/6, the two added 91 runs between them.Rabada scored 44 runs off 39 balls before being bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. The South African hit four boundaries and a six.Morris was the highest scorer among the Delhi batsmen, remaining unbeaten on 52 off 41 balls, hitting five boundaries and a six along the way.Pacer Mitchell McClenaghan was the most successful among the Mumbai bowlers with figures of 3/24. Young pacer Bumrah returned 2/21 while Hardik Pandya notched up figures of 1/23.The Delhi batsmen had only themselves to blame for the defeat as most of them fell to poor shot selection which put the visitors under pressure early in their innings.They had a disastrous start to their run chase and suffered a blow in the very first over when Aditya Tare was run out while attempting a quick single thanks to an excellent piece of fielding by Pandya.McClenaghan sent back Sanju Samson in the next over when Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma pulled off an easy catch at mid-off.He struck twice in his next over, getting rid of Shreyas Iyer and Corey Anderson.Iyer gloved a short-pitched delivery which was going down leg to hand an easy catch to Mumbai wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel, while Anderson was trapped leg before when he missed the line.advertisementAfter Mitchell Johnson had delivered a maiden over to put more pressure on the visitors, Bumrah dismissed Rishabh Pant when the left-hander edged one to Harbhajan Singh at first slip.There was more disappointment in store for Delhi in the next over when Karun Nair produced another poor shot, chopping at a Pandya delivery only to see the ball take the bottom edge and crash into the stumps.Rabada and Morris then got together to give Delhi a glimmer of hope. But when Bumrah bowled Rabada to leave Delhi struggling at 115/7 in the 19th over, the match was as good as over.Earlier, Delhi rode on an excellent bowling effort to restrict Mumbai to 142/8.Electing to bowl, they banked on their strong pace battery of Rabada, Morris, Pat Cummins, leg spinner Amit Mishra and an electric fielding effort from Samson to remove the top four — Patel (8), Jos Buttler (28), Nitish Rana (8) and skipper Sharma (5) cheaply.Patel and Buttler started well by raising a 37-run partnership before South African pace sensation Rabada broke through the defence of the Gujarat southpaw, crashing his leg stump with a yorker at 145 kms per hour.Buttler, who dispatched Morris for a consecutive six and four, was dropped on 11 the next ball by wicketkeeper Pant.The Englishman, however, failed to seize the advantage, getting out after facing 18 balls and hitting three boundaries and two sixes, when he was brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Samson.Coming in to bowl only in the eighth over, Cummins dealt another blow to Mumbai by getting the key wicket of Rana with his very first ball as his attempt to pull a short delivery from the Australian only ended at the hands of Corey Anderson at deep midwicket.Before Mumbai could do much to recover from the early jolts, leg-spinner Mishra struck with the wicket of Rohit, whose poor run with the willow continued to haunt the Mumbai Indians.Tottering at 60/4, Keiron Pollard (26) and Krunal Pandya could add only 24 runs in the next three overs before Mishra’s googly ended the latter’s 16-ball stay as his attempt to tickle the ball fine towards third man only resulted in a thin edge for stumper Pant to latch on to comfortably.With half the side back in the dugout by the 13th over, Mumbai’s hopes of posting a decent total rested on Pollard and Pandya (23).The West Indian clearly looked out of touch but managed to get two boundaries in Zaheer’s final over before Cummins got the better of him with a slower one off the first ball of the 18th over.Pollard, who added 36 for the sixth wicket with Pandya, faced 29 balls and helped the ball to the ropes on four occasions.Pandya did well to smash the ball out of the park twice but had little answer to some excellent death bowling by Delhi.advertisementRabada, bowling the penultimate over of the innings, displayed his football skills well to run Harbhajan (2) out while attempting a quick single before Nair effected Pandya’s run out in the final over.For Delhi, Mishra and Cummins were the pick of the bowlers picking two wickets each while Rabada chipped in with one.last_img read more

14 days agoEverton standing by Marco Silva

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton standing by Marco Silvaby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton do not plan on sacking Marco Silva at this stage of the season, according to reports.The Portuguese is under immense pressure with the Toffees sitting second bottom after eight games.The Toffees have failed to register a point since their 3-2 win over Wolves on September 1.Silva was booed by a section of the away support after last weekend’s loss to Burnley.But Sky Sports says the club have no plans to part ways with the former Watford man. last_img read more

10 days agoWest Brom still waiting for Barcelona to cough up for Louie Barry

first_imgWest Brom still waiting for Barcelona to cough up for Louie Barryby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are still waiting for Barcelona to cough up for Louie Barry.England youth international Barry rejected a three-year contract at The Hawthorns to join Barcelona in July, says the Express & Star.The Spanish giants have to pay just £235,000 for the youngster – a figure set by FIFA for 16-year-olds who move abroad.But last month it was revealed the Baggies were considering reporting the La Liga side to football’s world governing body due to their failure to stump up the cash.Barcelona had also failed to respond to Albion’s requests for the money.Now it is understood the two clubs are in dialogue over the cash. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’

first_imgArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’by Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar was the best teammate he has ever had.The pair played together for three seasons at Benfica, and the Argentine had a profound impact on his then Brazilian teammate.”A lot of players have helped me in my career,” Luiz said at a commercial event with Arsenal. “But Pablo Aimar stood out.”We must always be open to learning, whether it’s with younger players or those with more experience.”One day, Pablo came into my room and began to teach me how to pass from a ball in defence to one in attack.”He taught me how to create spaces and how to hide a pass to try to get it between the lines.”This was advice I had never had before.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Both sides in Quebec ABI smelter lockout agree to resume negotiations minister

first_imgMONTREAL – Management at the ABI aluminum smelter in Becancour, Que., agreed on Friday to restart negotiations with its 1,030 locked-out employees.The announcement was made by Quebec Labour Minister Dominique Vien, who told reporters she had “satisfactory” meetings with both sides at her office in Quebec City.“Very good meetings, we are very satisfied,” she said. “Both sides are aware of the economic issues and they are ready to sit down again.”Management at the ABI smelter locked out its employees on Jan. 11. The smelter is 75 per cent owned by Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Corp. and 25 per cent by Montreal-headquartered Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.A mediator is expected to contact both sides and schedule a meeting, Vien said, adding the dispute is between a private company and its employees and the government can’t interfere.She said, however, that she asked both sides to choose representatives who are competent to negotiate and who have a mandate to reach a deal.The union said Friday it has never stopped wanting to negotiate.Alain Croteau, head of the Quebec section of the United Steelworkers, said “we have been waiting for a call for one month.”Local union president Clement Masse said “as soon as the employer says they are ready to return to the negotiating tale, we will return.”Masse said he’s ready to work on the company’s offer but he won’t submit the same one that was recently rejected by 80 per cent of his members.last_img read more