Fact and Figures : Indian Election


 

File Picture: Arun Lodh

File Picture: Arun Lodh

Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were first used in Kerala, designed by Electronics Corporation of India Ltd. and Bharat Electronics Ltd. 

An electronic voting machine (EVM) can support 64 candidates, the highest number. If the number exceeds, then manual ballot would be  used.

1033 candidates contested for a single seat: Modaurichi assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu in 1996. The ballot paper looked like a  booklet.

Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) of Mayawati and George W Bush`s Republican Party (USA) :the same electoral symbol-the elephant.

Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s father and mother  share the same name Krishna. Krishna Bihari Vajpayee is his father’s name and mother’s name is Krishna Devi.

 

File Picture: Arun Lodh

File Picture: Arun Lodh

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the only parliamentarian of India to be elected from four different states i.e Uttar Pradesh (UP), Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Delhi.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the only Indian politician who had won from six different constituencies: Balrampur – 1957, 1967 (UP), Gwalior- 1971 (MP), New Delhi – 1977, 1980, Vidisha- 1991 (MP), Gandhinagar – 1996 (Gujrat), Lucknow – 1991, 1996, 1998 (UP).

In the year 1998 BJP ( Bharatiya Janata Party) won Lok Sabha(House of the People) seats for the first time in the states like West Bengal  and Tamil Nadu.

Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh  has always returned Indian National Congress (INC) during the parliamentary elections.INC leader and Union Minister Kamal Nath represented it1980, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998,1999, 2004,2009.

  Bomdila district in Arunachal Pradesh saw lowest voter turnout in a polling station. The numbers are just three.

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PMs of India


In April 21,1997,Inder Kumar Gujral replaced Deve Gowda as prime minister .But after 11 monthsMarch 18,98)the Congress party with drew support.

In April 21,1997,Inder Kumar Gujral replaced Deve Gowda as prime minister .But after 11 months March 18,98)the Congress party with drew support.

H.D.Deve Gowda became Prime Minister(June96-April 21,97).

H.D.Deve Gowda became Prime Minister(Jan 96-April 21,97).

In 1996(May16-May28)Atal Behari Vajpayee led BJP government collapsed when they failed to secure the majority mark in the lower house of the parliament.

In 1996 (May 16-May 28)Atal Behari Vajpayee led BJP government collapsed when they failed to secure the majority mark in the lower house of the parliament.

P.V.Narshima Rao led Indian National Congress(INC)completed five year term(91-96)despite major scams like JMM bribary.Rao inducted Oxford educated Manmohan Singh into his cabinet as finance minister.Dr,Singh liberasized country's stagnent economy.

P.V.Narasimha Rao led Indian National Congress(INC)completed five year term(91-96) despite major scams like JMM bribery.Rao inducted Oxford educated Manmohan Singh into his cabinet as finance minister.Dr,Singh liberalized country\’s stagnant economy.

After the downfall of V.P. Singh government,Chandra Shekhar became Prime Minister with the outside support of the Congress.But afterseven months,his government collapsed(90-91)

After the downfall of V.P. Singh government,Chandra Shekhar became Prime Minister with the outside support of the Congress.But afterseven months,his government collapsed(90-91)

Parliamentary election in India is round the corner. Lets talk about the importance of prime Minister in India’s Parliamentary Democracy:

In 1952,the Indian National Congress(INC)led by Jawahar Lal Nehru came to power by winning 364 of the 489 seats in Parliament.In 1957,Jawahar Lal Nehru returned to power for the second time(Tenure as Prime Minister 1947-1964).”

In 1989,V.P.Singh,a vetern politician and once a close confident of Rajiv Gandhi came to power with the support of the Left and the right(BJP).But after 11 months(1990)the BJP withdrew support from the minority government.

In 1989,V.P.Singh, a vetern politician and once a close confident of Rajiv Gandhi came to power with the support of the Left and the right(BJP).But after 11 months(1990)the BJP withdrew support from the minority government.

In 1984,her son Rajiv Gandhi became Prime Minister by winning the election with huge majority.

In 1984,her son Rajiv Gandhi became Prime Minister by winning the election with huge majority.

In 1979,Deputy Prime Minister Choudhery Charan Singh came to power.The indian National Congress(INC)supported his government from outside.But within a year(1980),the Congress withdrew support.

In 1979,Deputy Prime Minister Choudhery Charan Singh came to power.The indian National Congress(INC)supported his government from outside.But within a year(1980),the Congress withdrew support.

In 1977,the first non-Congress government led by Morarji Desai since independence was formed.But after two years(19790,Morarji Desai government lost power due to some internal conflict.

In 1977,the first non-Congress government led by Morarji Desai since independence was formed.But after two years(19790,Morarji Desai government lost power due to some internal conflict.

After the sudden demise of Lal bahadur Shastri,Indira Gandhi,the daughter of Jawahar lal Nehru became the first woman Prime Minister of India.The major achievement of Indira Gandhi was the bold decision taken by her to support Bengali speaking East pakistan's struggle for independence from urdu speaking West Pakistan.After 11 days of war Pakistan army was forced to surrender and independent Bangladesh was born.

After the sudden demise of Lal bahadur Shastri,Indira Gandhi,the daughter of Jawahar lal Nehru became the first woman Prime Minister of India.The major achievement of Indira Gandhi was the bold decision taken by her to support Bengali speaking East pakistan\’s struggle for independence from urdu speaking West Pakistan.After 11 days of war Pakistan army was forced to surrender and independent Bangladesh was born.

In 1964,Lal bahadur Shastri became Prime Minister of India(June 64-Jan.660.But India soon lost one of the finest Prime Ministers of India.He died at Thaskhant.

In 1964,Lal bahadur Shastri became Prime Minister of India(June 64-Jan.660.But India soon lost one of the finest Prime Ministers of India.He died at Thaskhant.

After the death of Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1964,Gulzarilal Nanda became the interim Prime Minister(May-June1964).He also served as acting prime minister from Jan11-24,66).

After the death of Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1964,Gulzarilal Nanda became the interim Prime Minister(May-June1964).He also served as acting prime minister from Jan11-24,66).

In 1952,the Indian National Congress(INC)led by Jawahar Lal Nehru came to power by winning 364 of the 489 seats in Parliament.In 1957,Jawahar Lal Nehru returned to power for the second time(Tenure as Prime Minister 1947-1964).

In 1952,the Indian National Congress(INC)led by Jawahar Lal Nehru came to power by winning 364 of the 489 seats in Parliament.In 1957,Jawahar Lal Nehru returned to power for the second time(Tenure as Prime Minister 1947-1964).

Dr. Manmohan Singh returns back to power for the second time.In 2004,Sonia Gandhi,the President of Indian National Congress(INC) shocked the nation by refusing the post of Prime Minister over the issue of her nationality and insisted Dr.manmohan Singh to become prime minister(2004-2009and 2009...)From then,the miled mannered,low profile but focused Manmohan Singh rules the country with iron grip.

Dr. Manmohan Singh returns back to power for the second time (2009-2014).In 2004,Sonia Gandhi,the President of Indian National Congress(INC) shocked the nation by refusing the post of Prime Minister over the issue of her nationality and insisted Dr.manmohan Singh to become prime minister(2004-2009and 2009…)From then,the mild mannered,low profile but focused Manmohan Singh rules the country with iron grip.

In 1980,The Indian national Congress(INC)led by Indira Gandhi returned to power with thumping majority.But in 1984,she was assassinated by her sikh body guards.Atal Behari Vajpayee became Prime Minister on March 19,1998.He completed his five year term in 2004 but lost to INC led United Progressive Alliance(UPA).

‘Many women don’t even know they’re underpaid’


Hi,

On average, full-time working women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Worse still?

Pic:Karen Arnold

Pic:Karen Arnold

. And because 51% of women report they are discouraged or forbidden from discussing their wages, they can’t take steps that would ensure they’re earning fair pay at work.

That’s why today, on Equal Pay Day, President Obama is taking action.

See what President Obama is doing to address the gap — then share the news.

Women deserve fair pay at work. Check out this graphic, and pass it on.

Thanks,

Cecilia

Cecilia Muñoz
Director, Domestic Policy Council
The White House
@Cecilia44

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Election Commission of India claims that Electronic Voting Machines can prevent Booth capturing


According to Election Commission of India, an Electronic Voting Machine consists of two Units – a Control Unit and a Balloting Unit – joined by a five-meter cable. The Control Unit is with the Presiding Officer or a Polling Officer and the Balloting Unit is placed inside the voting compartment. Instead of issuing a ballot paper, the Polling Officer in-charge of the Control Unit will press the Ballot Button. This will enable the voter to cast his vote by pressing the blue button on the Balloting Unit against the candidate and symbol of his choice.

…..EVMs manufactured in 1989-90 were used on experimental basis for the first time in 16 Assembly Constituencies in the States of Madhya Pradesh (5), Rajasthan (5) and NCT of Delhi (6) at the General Elections to the respective Legislative Assemblies held in November, 1998.

…..EVMs can record a maximum of 3840 votes. As normally the total number of electors in a polling station will not exceed 1500, the capacity of EVMs is more than sufficient.In case the number of contesting candidates goes beyond 64 in any constituency, EVMs cannot be used in such a constituency. The conventional method of voting by means of ballot box and ballot paper will have to be adopted in such a constituency.EVMs can record a maximum of 3840 votes. As normally the total number of electors in a polling station will not exceed 1500, the capacity of EVMs is more than sufficient.

:the EVMs are programmed in such a way that the machines will record only five votes in a minute. As recording of votes has necessarily to be through Control Unit and Balloting Unit, whatever be the number of miscreants they can record vote only at the rate of 5 per minute. In the case of ballot papers, the miscreants can distribute all the 1000 odd ballot papers assigned to a polling station, among themselves, stamp them, stuff them into the ballot boxes and run away before the police reinforcements reach. In half an –hour, the miscreants can record only a maximum of 150 votes by which time, chances are the police reinforcement would have arrived. Further, the presiding Officer or one of the Polling Officers can always press the “close” button as soon as they see some intruders inside the polling station. It will not be possible to record any vote when once the ‘close’ button is pressed and this will frustrate the efforts of the booth-capturers.

But,Political parties in India have been opposing the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for the past several months.Political leaders expressed reservations over the use of EVMs.Researchers from Michigan University and a Hyderabad-based scientist also observed that the EVMs are not tamper-proof.

In India,the office of the Prime Minister is based on constitutional law


 

First Prime Minister of India:Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

First Prime Minister of India:Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Parliamentary election in India is round the corner. Lets talk about the importance of prime Minister in India’s Parliamentary Democracy:

 
According to Constitutional experts,under the parliamentary democracy of India,the Prime Minister of India is the pillar of the Union Government.In India,the office of the Prime Minister is based on constitutional law.The Prime Minister of India is not only the head of the real executive,he is also the leader of the majority party in parliament.The Prime Minister is appointed by the Prisident.The president has little choice in this matter because he has to appoint the leader of the majority party in the house of the People(Lok Sabha) as the Prime Minister of India.The prime Minister may also belong to the Council of States(Rajya Sabha).

The Prime Minister has the power to summon and preside over the meetings of the Cabinet.He co-ordinates and supervises the activities of the different departments.In a cabinet meeting,the decisions are taken by majority votes.But the Prime Minister may ask his cabinet colleagues to consider the decisions.The prime Minister also plays an important role in foreign affairs.He plays a decisive role in the appointment of ambassadors,consuls and other diplomats.

The Prime Minister acts as the chief adviser of the President.The Prime Minister advised the President in the appointment of the ministers,the Judges of the Supreme Court and High Court and other important officials of the Government of India.He may also advise the President to summon and dissolve the House of the people and to seek a fresh mandate.The Prime Minister is the leader of the Parliament.In the House of the People, he makes policy statements on behalf of ministers.

Parliamentary election in India is round the corner


Parliamentary election in India is round the corner.All political parties whether left or right are gearing up for poll and set up strategies  to attract voters.
Lets talk about the parliamentary system of India:
The Central Legislature of India is known as ‘Parliament consists of the President and two houses.The lower house is called the House of the People(Loksabha) and the upper house is called the Council of states (Rajya sabha)The President of India is an internal part of the Union parliament because he summons and progress the House of parliament.He has also the power to dissolve the House of the People.No Bill can become an Act of parliament without the consent of the President.The House of the People is the popular chamber of Indian parliament .It consists of the representatives of the nation.The Constitution provides that the House of the people consists of not more than 545 members of whom 530-directly elected from the 25 states on the basis of universal direct adult franchise and 13 from 7 Union territories and 2 members are nominated by the President to represent Anglo-Indian Community.
Every citizen of India who is not less than 18 years of age is entitled to vote in the elections of the House of the people.The tenure of the House of the people is five years .The House of the people elects a speaker and a Deputy speaker from among its members .The speaker and in his absence the Deputy speaker presides over the meetings of the House.

Indian Election 2014


According to Indian Constitution, a non citizen cannot be a contesting candidate in the elections.

The minimum age for becoming a candidate for Lok Sabha(Lower House) election shall be 25 years.

According to section 62(5) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, no person contested an election will at any election if he is accused in any criminal case.

For parliamentary election a candidate is required to make a security deposit of Rs. 10,000 ($167).A candidate belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe is required to make a security deposit of Rs. 5,000 ($83.5).

A defeated candidate who fails to secure more than one sixth of the valid votes polled in the constituency will lose his or her security deposit.

There are six Political Parties as National Parties and fifty Political Parties as State Parties in different States.

According to Election Commission, a polling station normally covering not more than 1500 electors. However, in some cases, such number may exceed 1500 to avoid the breakup of any polling area in large villages or urban area. When the number exceeds 1600, another Polling Station should be set up.

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INDIA: Relief awarded only after long battle by acid attack victim


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On January 17, 2014, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) issued an urgent appeal (AHRC-UAC-005-2014, http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-005-2014)  for immediate intervention and financial assistance to a survivor of acid attack in the Indian state of Assam as per the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court of India in 2013. Women in Governance (WinG-Assam), a network of women activists in Assam, India, had apprised the AHRC about the acid attack on two young girls, Nirupama Kalita, aged 18, and Karishma Kalita, aged 12 and their mother and grandmother. They were attacked with acid while they were returning home from a local religious site on November 6, 2013, in Assam’s Darrang district. This caused serious injury. Karishma, her mother, and grandmother all suffered injuries, while it was Nirupama who suffered grievous injury. The victims were immediately admitted to Asamarik Medical College Hospital, Mongoldoi. Later, they were shifted to Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Guwahati, for appropriate treatment. Nirupama had already undergone four plastic surgeries and related treatment when the AHRC issued its Urgent Appeal. At the time, to continue better treatment outside the state, the family was in need of more financial resources.

However, it is only in March 2014, after a draining battle with judiciary and other justice delivery institutions, that the authorities have ordered compensation for the victims as per the mandates of law. The insensitivity of the state for the victims of the attack has only added to the trauma.

…….In order to raise awareness about the violence against women in Assam, WinG-India organized a public hearing in Guwahati on January 8-9, 2014, and this case was presented before the public domain. The jury members of the public hearing visited the chief justice of Gauhati High Court and appraised him about the case. Chief justice forwarded the case to Portfolio Judge of Darrang district.

On 20 January 2014, activists from WinG-Assam requested for the early payment of 3 lakh INR as compensation as per Supreme Court’s order to which the Portfolio judge replied that the ‘Supreme Court order requires to be examined first as though SC has laid such a verdict its not compulsory to follow the same’. The judge also asked for the bail documents of the accused when the activists demanded proper investigation by police. Procurement and submission of these documents required some time. On January 24, 2014, all the documents were submitted and they were asked to contact the Judge after Saraswati Puja holidays. Later, it was informed that the case has been admitted in the Gauhati High Court sou motu (Writ Petition (Civil) 749/14) and is still sub-judice.

……..Police investigation in the case has progressed slowly and is incomplete even today. The case, registered under Sipajhar police station [case no 357/13 u/s 341, 326A and 34 IPC], betrays justice and there is negligence in investigations. The bottle of acid left at the spot of incident by the accused was not seized by the police even after they were repeatedly informed about its presence there. The maternal uncle of the survivor took the bottle and gave it for testing in a local laboratory where it was confirmed by experts as nitric acid. Nitric acid was stored in a 1 liter coca cola bottle, which was then concealed in a 3 liter mineral water bottle covered with black tape.

As a part of the police investigation, the suspects were arrested and released. They have been moving around freely in the locality, causing continuing threat to the safety and security of the survivors and family members. Corruption and negligence of duty by the police in this case cannot be ruled out.

The family members have been constantly requesting the police to expedite the investigation. To respond to such a request, the Superintendent of Police (SP), Mr. Jitmal Doleym, accused the victim of immoral character in order to assassinate her character. Following such remark, activists of WinG-Assam on 22 January, 2014 complained to the Additional Director General of Police (DGP) seeking action against the errant SP and also demanded speedy investigation. Additional DGP informed that SP Jitmal Doley has been transferred to another city and Mr. Ganjawala has been deployed at Darrang. He then over phone directed the new SP Ganjawala to handle the case properly. Authorities informed that they are to collect sufficient evidence soon.

…….The AHRC is concerned about several issues that relate to this case. Despite having clear guidelines regarding relief and rehabilitation for acid attack survivors, the authorities forced those that suffered such a harrowing attack to have to run from pillar to post to obtain the state-sponsored relief via litigation.

The long term consequences of such an attack include not only permanent physical damage but also debilitating psychological, social, and economic difficulties. The cruelty of an acid attack causes tremendous trauma to victims and a long drawn out process of redress and relief can only add to the pain. The protracted and insensitive response of the state exposes the state dishonesty towards its citizens.

For full report please visit:http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-047-2014

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American Budget 2015


The 2015 Budget Whiteboard

In case you missed it, the President released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget last week.

Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, is pretty handy with a dry-erase marker, and he took some time to sketch out the nuts and bolts of the President’s budget.

Want a better sense of exactly what’s in the budget? You should probably watch this whiteboard video.pic

Want to know how the President’s budget will continue to steadily bring down the deficit for the next ten years? You should watch this whiteboard.pic1Text and video courtesy: The White House

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A magazine style website where you have many categories (human trafficking, drug trafficking, atrocities, cross border terrorism, cyber crimes, etc..) in which you post the different topics. Post an article, should have an ability to add photos and videos. The website should be mobile optimized that works on Smartphone, Tablets and Desktops. And well formatted contact form to email the details for what a user is looking for. Also the website should be in multiple languages.
Responsive design supporting any screen size: laptops, tablets, cellphones
Web magazine with multiple categories and menu/sub-menu
Ability to add/edit/delete articles/news/blogs from the administrative backend. Only Users with privileges be allowed to post.
Ability to upload pictures/videos. Videos to be uploaded in your you tube channel and linked.
Comment system for every post using Facebook, twitter, linked login credentials and email notifications.
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Student film festival


Hello everyone,

The very best person to talk to about how modern technology is changing our classrooms isn’t me, or even the President.

It’s a student who is actually learning from those tools every day — accessing school assignments online, watching video lessons to learn a new concept, or even talking directly with other students around the world with new technology.

That’s why, a few months ago, the White House challenged students all across the country to create short films answering a simple question:

Why is technology so important in the classroom — and how will it change the educational experience for kids in the future?

The response was overwhelming. And today, the 16 official selections are going to be screened at the first-ever White House Student Film Festival.

You’re going to want to tune in for this one. Watch the official selections, then tune in today at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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Pic Courtesy: George Hodan

 

Watch Now

Today’s going to be a fun day, but this event speaks to something much bigger.

That’s because these students’ films all illustrate the critical conversation about education in our country right now: the importance of connecting our classrooms.

The fact is that right now, only around 30 percent of our students have the high-speed Internet access they need for digital learning. That means millions of kids across the country aren’t currently benefiting from the kinds of technologies that made the student films you’ll watch today possible.

The President’s ConnectED initiative is making sure that changes — by connecting 99 percent of students to next-generation, high-speed broadband within five years.

Want to see exactly why that’s so important? Just take a look at some of the incredible things kids can produce when they’re connected.

See the official film festival selections, then make sure you’re watching the event at 2:30 p.m. ET today.

Looking forward to continuing the conversation,

Secretary Arne Duncan
Department of Education

Text Courtesy: The White House

President calling


 

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Illustration Courtesy: J G Heck/Flickr

What $10.10 would mean for you

President Obama is calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. And the President has taken the first step by signing an Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors.

Raising the federal minimum wage will give millions of Americans a raise, and it’s long overdue — because no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.

Last week, we asked what raising the minimum wage meant to you.

The stories you shared are a strong argument for exactly how important it is that we get this done. Raising the minimum wage helps Americans young and old. It helps provide relief for those who are just scraping by, and it helps those saving for a rainy day. It’s the right thing to do, but don’t take our word for it.

Read these stories from folks like you — then forward them on, and submit your own.

Raising the minimum wage will allow me and my family to live comfortably, not worry about living from paycheck to paycheck.
Vennatte E., Huntsville, TX

It would give me a chance to save something for the future of my kids and grandchildren.
Malissa M., Bloxom, VA

This would help out single parents like me to help finish raising their kids alone on one income.
Idrissa S., Oglethorpe, GA

It will help me save money to go to the college of my dreams and help me lift the burden off my mother.
Shelby S., Long Beach, CA

The stories you share make a difference. Share your story and help spread the message: We need to raise the minimum wage.

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Photos: Inside the State Dinner


Recently, President Obama and the First Lady are hosting French President Hollande for a state dinner — concluding the first state visit by a French president in nearly 20 years.

 White House Chef Cris Comerford and Pastry Chef Bill Yosses took over the White House Instagram to give you a look behind the scenes — and inside the kitchen.
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Sochi 2014


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For daily updated of Sochi Winter Olympic Games visit:

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/news

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Women tourists often face harassment in the national capital Delhi and other cities


Pic Courtesy:Erik Abderhalden/Flickr

Pic Courtesy:Erik Abderhalden/Flickr

Peacock Media Communication a not-for-profit media house is going to launch a new initiative to aware foreign tourists how to avoid unpleasant experiences while visiting India. Women tourists often face harassment in the national capital Delhi and other cities like groping by unknown faces,molestation and often rape. A 51-year-old Danish national was gang raped in New Delhi a few days back. That incident happened when she lost her way. Like New Delhi, Calcutta the cultural capital of India, is not safe anymore for women. Incidents of rape and molestation cases reported almost everyday. According to a recent study, 1,152 women are raped every day in Democratic Republic of Congo i.e 48 women are raped every hour. I think we are in a similar situation.While travelling to Indian metros and other cities, foreign tourists always avoid getting into empty autos and cabs. Note down the registration numbers and even avoid empty public transport buses. Install a mobile SOS application Nirbhaya: Be Fearless©.For installation click https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smartcloud.nirbhaya&feature=search_result to seek help from others when you feel unsafe. Always keep an emergency (Police) help line number.When you see a man or group of men following you and passing lewd comments, keep shouting. Always carry pepper sprays and Swiss knife.Always travel with groups. Avoid desolate places. Avoid ‘unwanted friends’. Choose proper guide or companion or guard. Avoid lesser known guest houses or hotels.

For any suggestions and help while visitng Calcutta

peacockmediacommunication@india.com

Photos: What my day looked like


ob3Hey, all –

On Tuesday, President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address from the Capitol. He’s taking the lead on his own remarks, but as his chief speechwriter, I’ve been spending the week helping him craft what he wants to say.

Today I took over the White House’s Instagram account to give you a look inside the State of the Union process.

Take a look at some of today’s photos:

obob1ob2Several other folks here are going to be giving you updates on preparations this week, too – so stay tuned.

Thanks,

Cody

Cody Keenan
Director of Speechwriting
The White House

P.S. — If you haven’t already, say you’re in for the 2014 State of the Union.

Text and Photo Courtesy: The White House

From the First Lady Michelle Obama


Pic Courtesy:Alex Johnson/Flickr

Pic Courtesy:Alex Johnson/Flickr

Hello, all –

Today, I met a young man named Troy.

Troy comes from New Orleans, where his family lived through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He couldn’t read until he was twelve, and would regularly cut school because the other students would tease him. When he did attend, he’d shove desks, start fights — anything to get him out of class.

But then Troy saw his younger siblings start down a similar path. And he decided to make a change. He connected with his fifth-grade teacher, and enrolled in a program called the Urban League College Track. With the support of College Track and his teachers, he worked hard and made his way into high school — and today, he’s a sophomore at Bard College, studying American Literature.

There are a lot of kids like Troy out there — kids with all the potential in the world — but far too many of them are slipping through the cracks. They’re not making their way to college — maybe because their parents never went, or because they’ve never been encouraged to believe they could succeed there.

It’s on all of us to help change that.

That’s why today, Barack and I hosted college and university presidents, business leaders, philanthropists, and representatives from organizations around the country who are helping more of our kids see their potential and pursue their education. They’re helping them navigate the financial aid and college admissions process. They’re working with them to find schools that match their ability and interests. And they’ve made real, concrete commitments to help make college a reality for more kids.

And here’s the thing: You don’t have to be a university president or an executive to do that. There is something that each and every one of us can do in our communities to help make sure our kids realize their potential and make their way into higher education. That could mean having a conversation with a young neighbor or a relative, serving as a mentor, or volunteering at a local high school to help students fill out their college applications.

So I’m asking you today to make a commitment of your own — and learn more about the commitments that universities and organizations from around the country are making, too.

I’m passionate about helping our young people because I see my story in theirs.

Neither of my parents graduated from college, but they always encouraged me to pursue my education and told me that college was possible. And I know that there are so many kids out there just like me: kids who have a world of potential but need some encouragement and support to make it through college.

That’s why I was so inspired by some of the commitments I learned about today.

Universities are taking steps like helping underserved students with financial literacy, or finding innovative ways for academic advisors to better support students who could use a helping hand. And many colleges are working with organizations like the Posse Foundation to give kids the social and academic support they’ll need to graduate.

These kinds of programs aren’t just good for these young people. They’re good for all of us. Because after everything these kids will have overcome to get to college — and get through college — they’ll have all the skills they need to thrive in our businesses, and law firms, and labs. And that’s not just good for them and their families, it’s good for their communities and our country. That’s why Barack is working every single day to expand opportunities to every single young person in America. And that’s why we’re working to rally the country around his “North Star” goal – that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

Reaching that goal begins with each of us doing our part as parents, students, educators, and citizens.

We can all help a young person realize his or her potential, so I hope you’ll learn more about the commitments that organizations and schools around the country are making — and then make a commitment of your own:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/college-opportunity

Thanks in advance for everything you will do on behalf of America’s young people.

First Lady Michelle Obama

Text Courtesy: The White House

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‘Your stories are powerful’


Picture Courtesy: Morguefile

Picture Courtesy: Morguefile

The very best people to describe what having new health insurance means — what it feels like — isn’t me, or any White House policy staffer. It’s not even the President.

It’s you. Or your neighbor, coworker, sister, or partner.

It’s anyone who woke up on the morning of January 1st with the peace of mind, security, and quiet dignity that comes with taking your health care into your own hands.

We’ve been hearing from a lot of you. Your stories are powerful, and they keep coming in.

Read what 10 different Americans had to say about what being covered now means to them. Then, join them and share a story of your own.

JoAnn S., Florida
“I haven’t had insurance in years and my husband had a shared insurance junk-type policy. The day I signed up on Dec 10, I actually cried when the application went through. I got my first premium notice in the mail yesterday and was never so happy to see a bill before.”

Gayla W., New Hampshire
“I lost my job last April. My partner and I both have pre-existing conditions so our only option was to COBRA my employer-provided plan — at a cost of $1,676 a month. It was a good plan, but now we have a comparable plan through the ACA for $87 a month. I can’t describe just how life changing this is for us. We can afford to live again.”

Stella R., California
“For me this makes all the difference between having good health or not. I recently had a CAT scan (which I had to pay out of pocket for) because I was losing a lot of weight. It turns out that something was found and now I will need to see specialists and have further procedures done to make sure it is not cancer. My first appointment is on January 6 with a specialist. If I did not have health insurance, I would not be able to see a specialist. It would wipe out any savings I have and leave me medically at high risk.”

Brian F., Florida
“I have not had Insurance for over 10 years. I had a pre-existing condition that made me uninsurable — even though I was perfectly healthy. The last quote I got was in 2008: It was $1,750 a month with a $10,000 deductible. There was no way to ever afford that. …This insurance changes everything for me. I do not have to worry anymore when I get a sore throat or an infected cut that I will have to go to the emergency room — run up thousands in bills and then have to file bankruptcy. This is a great day. Thank you for the ACA. It is a life changer.”

Elina K., Colorado
“My mom, who is 61 and works as a freelance Russian interpreter, went to the ER in November. She, her partner and myself are uninsured. Tests confirmed she had a major blockage and would need surgery. The mass appears to be cancerous and is pushing down on her internal organs. She has been in severe pain for weeks. … Last night, around 3 a.m., she was admitted to the hospital and will be having surgery which she had to put off until her ACA policy kicked in at midnight. She now has expert care in a facility that in less than 24 hours changed her medication and treated her symptoms with noticeable results. When my stepdad came home tonight, exhausted after spending all day at the hospital, all he could say was ‘thank god for Obamacare’ …It may well end up saving her life.”

Kendra S., Oklahoma
“Just this past October, my husband was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. This devastating news was compounded by the fact we were not insured, my husband could no longer work, and the rapid medical procedures that occurred quickly ran up thousands of dollars that we don’t have the money to pay. We quickly began researching the ACA, made an appointment with a local Community Care office and after many hours of research, to determine the coverage that we could afford. We are so grateful for the ACA. With the incredibly terrible stress that has befallen upon our family, at least now we know his medical expenses are covered.”

Rachelle L., Florida
“My 28-year-old daughter was able to get healthcare coverage on her own for the first time through the ACA. She has a pre-existing condition, a genetic kidney disease that prevented her from getting coverage in 2009 at the age of 24 when she had to come off of our policy due to the age requirement. Her Cobra payments were $650 a month because she could not get more reasonable private coverage due to her pre-existing condition. In 2010, she was able to come back on our BCBS plan because of the ACA and was able to remain there until she finished school. We signed her up through the website and paid for her plan directly through Cigna on December 2: $298/month for a silver plan with a $0 deductible! She received her new insurance card on December 27th for coverage starting Jan 1! We now have peace of mind that all of her medical needs will be covered at a reasonable cost.”

Curtis D., Washington
“Our new coverage has begun. I am 62, and my wife is 55. We are both self employed and neither of us have had coverage for the past seven years. Thankfully we are both pretty healthy, but it feels good to know we can schedule a checkup and take care of any lingering issues we’ve been putting off. Thank you for making improvements to the health care of the country.”

Kelly M., Maryland
“I have a new plan. I haven’t had insurance for years. When I applied for insurance before, I was denied for pre-existing conditions, even for plans with huge deductibles. I signed up on the Maryland Healthcare Exchange back in October, and by January 1st, I was holding an insurance card from Carefirst Blueshield and have already had my first doctor’s appointment. It works. I am proof. And I’m so grateful that I can take care of myself with dignity without having to go to the ER whenever I’m sick or have to spend half of my paycheck at an urgent care center. I can do all of the preventative measures that I have been putting off, and get back on the road to health. It’s a good feeling.”

Kate S., Connecticut
“This healthcare reform is a life-changing event for my family. My husband and I have had to carry our own insurance for the past 25 years and, with the family insurance we had, we were paying $2,500.00 a MONTH for coverage, which we could not afford. Once the children graduated from high school, we had to take them off our policy because we could not afford it anymore. … We have never been high wage earners and the costs of our insurance have for years been an impossible burden. Now that the system is fair and goes by our income, we finally may be able to set money aside and save for our future.”

Simply put, for millions of Americans: Health reform matters.

If you’ve got a story of your own, share it with us here.

And if you don’t think stories like these ones get told enough — then do something to change that. Pass this on.

Thank you,

David

David Simas
Deputy Senior Advisor
The White House
@Simas44

Text Courtesy:The White House

Show your support


crime1An Immediate appeal to save India based Peacock Media Communication founded by Shanthanu Bhattachaarya, a not-for-profit new age publication organisation which want to promote atrocities against women, child sex and other relevant issues through their interactive international English web portal.We need at least $6500 to run the operation.Like The Voice of San Diego(www.http://voiceofsandiego.org/),we also going to produce an independent and not-for-profit digital (online) and print magazine( Bengali edition) which will provide crime and human rights related stories for the global community which relies on donations.So we need foundations and individual donors to back our non-profit venture. The media outlet will be run with shoe string budget and skeleton stuff with maximum seven to nine reporters and sub-editors but at the same time will stay stylish on a shoestring budget. We will generally use royalty free pictures and rely on freelance reporters budget and invite guest editors to edit a certain section for every issue. In fact newspaper industry across the world is facing serious financial trouble. Various media outlets are shedding staff and reducing services.Tumbling advertisement revenues and other factors are the main reasons behind this current scenario.we will highlight and thus make people aware of such global issues as human trafficking, drug trafficking, atrocities against the LGBT community, cross border terrorism, cyber crimes, forensic sciences, criminal psychology, atrocities against women, AIDS/HIV, domestic violence, corruption in high places, serial killing and other important human rights issues. It will be interactive in nature with additional content.We do agree with Mark Glaser,the executive editor of PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab that crowd funding can save journalism business.

http://shanthanubh.wordpress.com/support-crime-more-2/

‘Folks are getting back to work and the economy is getting stronger’


It’s not exactly a secret that Washington hasn’t worked as well as it should. Between the constant gridlock and partisanship, most people just tune this town out. That was especially true this year when the government literally shut down.

Yet, even in spite of all that, thanks to the grit of the American people, this country continues to move forward. After the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, folks are getting back to work and the economy is getting stronger.

And late this year, Washington took a cue — and managed to make some progress itself.

flagWhile it’s too early to declare a new era of bipartisanship, what we’ve seen recently is that Washington is capable of getting things done when it wants to. And there’s an opportunity next year for this town to do its job and make real progress.

Here are just a couple areas where there’s been progress made recently — check them out, and then take a look at our full 2013 year-in-review.

For the first time in years, both parties in Congress came together and passed a budget. This budget doesn’t include everything that everyone wanted — but our economy will grow a little faster, be a little fairer for middle-class families, and create more jobs because of it.

Our businesses created 2 million jobs in 2013. That’s more than 8 million private-sector jobs in just over 45 months.

The economy is growing. Just last week we learned that, over the summer, our economy grew at 4.1% — its strongest pace in almost two years.

We’ve cut the deficit in half since 2009. That’s four years of the fastest deficit reduction since the end of World War II — and it means we’re improving our nation’s long-term fiscal position while strengthening our economy.

We produce more oil in the U.S. than we import from abroad. Thanks to an all-of-the-above strategy, we’re reducing our reliance on foreign oil — and that means lower energy costs for consumers.

The American auto industry is thriving. Last month, the auto industry added more than fifteen thousand jobs. And just a few weeks ago, the United States sold its final stake in General Motors.

Americans are getting better health coverage. Since October 1st, more than 1 million Americans have selected new health insurance plans through the federal and state marketplaces. And millions more are getting better health care thanks to increased protections and benefits.

There’s a little less gridlock in Congress. Leaders in Congress took action so that executive and judicial nominees (except to the Supreme Court) can be confirmed with a simple majority vote. Now we’re filling critical vacancies, and the government will work better for Americans because of it.

So while the politics in Washington can be frustrating and change takes time, that’s no excuse for inaction. In the New Year, we need to help American businesses continue creating jobs, make sure Americans are ready for those jobs, and make sure those jobs offer the wages and benefits that give families a fair shot at financial security.

We also need to look out for those who are searching for a job. Congress needs to extend unemployment insurance, something we’ll be making a priority when members come back to work.

There’s a lot of unfinished business, but there are also things we can build on. If you saw some things in this list that you think more people should know about, then pass them on.

Thanks, and happy holidays.

Dan

Dan Pfeiffer
Senior Advisor
The White House
@Pfeiffer44

Text Courtesy: The White House

The (Gingerbread) White House


It weighs 300 pounds. It’s definitely bigger than a bread box. It’s got a working water fountain, and it’s edible.

It’s the Gingerbread White House.

We put together a time-lapse to show you how it came together — and to get you in the holiday spirit.

Watch the Video: http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/gingerbread-white-house?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email276-text1&utm_campaign=holidays

Text & Video courtesy: The White House

Happy Merry Christmas

Picture Courtesy:Anna Langova

Picture Courtesy:Anna Langova

Chander Pahar, a new big budget Bengali adventure film


Shot in South Africa,a new Bengali adventure film Chander Pahar is the journey of a Bengali boy named Shankar.Based on the novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay a noted Bengali writer.

chand1Directed by talented film maker Kamaleswar Mukherjee, Starring Bengali film super star  Dev, Martin Cito Otto, Nabeel Khan and others with African lions, elephants…

chand

Experimenting with unconventional news structure


Picture Courtesy:A. AlFadhly

Picture Courtesy:A. AlFadhly

Local news channels (TV stations) adopt the same time- tested news structure. Anchors deliver the news from behind desks on a studio set, like any other channel. Their styles are petty much the same. Most of their reporters are novice and mediocre. Experts assume that channel heads don’t  want to torn up the news structure.They should know that as the channel is not a market leader in news, they may have little to lose in.

Picture Courtesy:H.Assaf

Picture Courtesy:H.Assaf

Market leaders in news like ABP Ananda and Chabbis Ghanta may alienate some of their traditional viewers if they try to overhaul the existing news structures. But despite solid number one or number two in regional market, Media managers or Channel heads

Picture Courtesy:Ephe Drin

Picture Courtesy:Ephe Drin

of these TV stations have the guts to torn up news structure. TV stations select a prime time news cast and torn up it’s structure like anchor shoot with Jimmy jib, steady cam, use of hand held cameras, direct interaction with reporters.The news should more interactive in nature. Remove your regional tag and try to be global.

Arresting the “shooter”

U.K. ISPs ordered to block 21 pirate sites, including top torrent destinations


Andy Weir:Another battle has been won by copyright owners in the war against online piracy, as the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has succeeded in blocking access to numerous sites accused of being linked to illegal downloads of copyrighted content.

The BPI, the trade association which represents the interests of the music business in the United Kingdom, has obtained a court order instructing internet service providers (ISPs) in the U.K. to block access to 21 such websites with immediate effect. The list includes some of the most popular torrent sites, including Monova, Torrentz and BitSnoop.

Picture Courtesy: Jekub Krechowicz

Picture Courtesy: Jekub Krechowicz

The full list of sites that must be blocked is:

Abmp3
BeeMP3
Bomb-MP3
eMP3world
FileCrop
FilesTube
MP3Juices
MP3lemon
MP3Raid
MP3skull
NewAlbumReleases
RapidLibrary
1337x
BitSnoop
ExtraTorrent
Monova
TorrentCrazy
TorrentDownloads
TorrentHound
TorrentReactor
Torrentz

As BBC News reports, ISPs have until tomorrow, October 30, to comply with the order. Two of the U.K.’s largest ISPs, Virgin Media and BT, have already confirmed that they will do so.

Earlier this year, a report indicated that piracy in the U.K. was on the rise, with a 16% increase in illegal downloads and streaming over the previous quarter.

Article Courtesy: Neowin.net

Documentary with contemporary issues


Picture Courtesy:Philipp Pilz

Picture Courtesy:Philipp Pilz

I recommend a video by Erika Brekke, a freelance video journalist based in San Francisco She makes documentaries that deal with contemporary issues.This is the example of perfect shot composition like LS (Long Shot), Mid shot and Close ups.

http://www.onearth.org/media/video-art-at-the-dump-from-trash-to-treasure

Shot Composition


Picture Courtesy:Michal Zacharzewski

Picture Courtesy:Michal Zacharzewski

For perfect shot composition follow the guidelines of veteran  news videographer Bill Mecca, a  award winner former Television and radio journalist and a faculty member of mass communication of a legal college.

http://blip.tv/video-quick-tips/video-quicktips-episode-6-3774828

Pic Courtesy:Keith Syvinski

Pic Courtesy:Keith Syvinski

 

Peacock Media at a glance


peacockPeacock Media Communication
65,Block-C,Bangur Avenue,Calcutta-700055,West Bengal,India

Email:peacockmediacommunication@india.com,crimeandmore@india.com Ph:+919883202758/9681961445

Peacock Media Communication emphasizes on E-books and E-magazines.It is a new company (August,2013) interested in interactive web portal, Private Investigation,Digital News Research and Media Ethics,conduct workshop on digital copy right,e-books and e-magazines,print publication. It is a sole proprietorship company founded by Mr. shanthanu Bhattachaarya an experienced journalist for over 15 years.

For full power point budget:peacock media projection

PDF version:Peacock media Project

Management

Editor

Shanthanu Bhattachaarya

shanthanuShanthanu Bhattachaarya, a Calcutta-based (India) digital news researcher and investigative reporter. He has been working as a journalist for more than 15 years. Presently he is working as an online news researcher and associate editor of a small and independent publication house based in  Calcutta,India. He had worked as a news researcher for various news-based programs, for example Khas Khabor Aaj Ki,Aaj Ki Baat, News Post Mortem etc. He considers Deborah
Potter and Theresa Collington Moore as his mentors because in the early days of his career, he was inspired and motivated by their works and learnt much from them about media ethics and news research.

peacock Media Communication

Peacock Media Communication emphasizes on E-books and E-magazines.It is a new company (August,2013) interested in interactive web portal, Private Investigation,Digital News Research and Media Ethics,conduct workshop on digital copy right,e-books and e-magazines,print publication.It is a proprietorship company founded by Mr. shanthanu Bhattachaarya an experienced journalist for over 15 years.

Peacock Media Communication provides private investigation, crime related web portal which will aware people about cyber crime,atrocities against women and other relevant issues. We also provide guidance to produce high quality e-books and e-magazines.We also organize workshops relating to digital copyrights.

For Crime and more world it’s a global market because it is a international interactive web magazine. For Investigation it is a domestic market.glass

Management

Management team:

Shanthanu Bhattachaarya Proprietor and Editor,Marilyn Z. Tomlins, an eminent crime writer based in Paris, France.

Private Investigation:

Peacock Media Communication’s private investigation division provides services like Husband/wife cheating cases, Undercover operations,stalking suspects,Tracking Missing Persons,Property Verification,  Pre-Employment Verification,Employee Integrity Checks, Round the Clock Surveillance,Social Issues etc.

Adult Content Section:

lilyPeacock media Communication’s adult content section will regularly hi-lights news and views of  Adult film industry in America and Europe, award ceremonies, interviews of adult film stars for the web-zine Crime & More World. But our approach will be different. We do agree with experts that It is an art and a business and needs to be done correctly, We would also have regular features without sensationalize anything like how the Adult movie industry in America cope up with AIDS menace,Actors are professional people, they know how to work the camera.adult films

Web-zine (Web Portal):

crimePeacock Media believes that Digital International (Online) magazine should be the top priority for communications and spreading awareness. For our proposed English crime and human rights Digital magazine which will  highlight and aware people about the global issues like human trafficking,Drug trafficking, atrocities against LGBT community, cross border terrorism,Cyber Crime,Forensic sciences,criminal psychology,Atrocities against women, AIDS/HIV, Domestic Violence, Corruption in high places, serial killer and other issues that matter the most.It will be interactive in nature with additional contents.

Print Magazine:75cb2-aditi

Peacock Media also believes that two worlds (Digital and Print) can co-exist and support one another. Many readers still prefer to consume printed articles. Some experts still believe that the notion ‘death of print’ have been greatly exaggerated. I also believe that the printed word have greater impact than digital one. For the reason, I want to  produce 64/68 pages high-quality, full-color monthly magazine routinely in Bengali language because it is our mother tongue and subsequently in other languages in India. For example,  Women trafficking is major problem in West Bengal. According to one estimate,half a million Indian children under age 16 are exploited in the sex trade. So we think that awareness is necessary to eradicate these kind of crime against humanity like sex slave. We want to promote community awareness by connecting people.

book coverPublication:

It is Peacock media’s great pleasure to announce that they and Raven Crest Limited of London, England have signed an agreement to translate and publish “Die in Paris” by Marilyn Z Tomlins into Bengali.Peacock Media has a plan to publish fictional/non-fictional books (based on real stories) specially crime related on regular basis.It also has a plan to introduce high quality e-books, e-magazines in different languages.bookcover1

Business Model:

Revenue comes from clients both individual and corporate who hire us for private investigation, advertisement from web portal (magazine) Crime & More World.

 

 

Sex sells!


Do you think that actually sex sells-trending internet culture? Submit articles/comments about the subject.

Pic Courtesy:Belovodchenko Anton

Pic Courtesy:Belovodchenko Anton

An immediate appeal


For more details visit:http://shanthanubh.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/crime-more-world-an-open-budget/
PEACOCK MEDIA COMMUNICATION

Sabotage Obamacare !


US Capitol Building

US Capitol Building

We’re now three days into a shutdown of the federal government. Real Americans are being hurt, and our economy is paying the price. Reports have come out detailing how hundreds of thousands of people don’t know when their next pay check will come. Millions of Americans, including veterans and seniors, are at risk of losing the benefits they’ve paid for, earned, and rely on.

For all that, we’re exactly where we were Monday night: If Speaker Boehner dropped his demands to sabotage Obamacare and instead put a routine budget funding the government to a simple yes-or-no vote, it would pass — just as it did in the Senate. In fact, since the shutdown began, enough House Republicans now publicly say they’ll support a bill like this that we know it would get a bipartisan majority.

We don’t need to wait another day: it’s time for the House to just vote — without further delay.

We’re asking everyone to let us know how the government shutdown is affecting them. Will you take a moment now to make your voice heard?

As the President said earlier this morning, this shutdown is a crisis manufactured by a small faction of one party in one chamber of one branch of our government. Republicans have tried and failed more than 40 times to prevent Obamacare from coming online, but they won’t even schedule one vote to reopen the government they were elected to run.

Keeping the government open isn’t a compromise, it’s their job.

The President is willing, if not eager, to negotiate over how to enact policies that will strengthen the middle class, further cut the deficit, and even improve the Affordable Care Act. But he’s been clear that he won’t negotiate when Republicans are playing political games that hurt our economy.

Speaker Boehner could end this shutdown today — he just needs to put the interests of the American people before a failed partisan agenda.

Please take a moment to tell us how the government shutdown is affecting you.

Thank you,

David

David Simas
Deputy Senior Advisor
The White House

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Right to shoot video in public


A camera crew on the move in Beirut a day or two after the bomb blast that killed Rafik Hariri, the former Prime Minister of Lebanon.

A camera crew on the move in Beirut a day or two after the bomb blast that killed Rafik Hariri, the former Prime Minister of Lebanon.

A freelance news photographer was arrested Friday and charged with obstruction after he was ordered to stop videotaping police. An officer told the photographer, Phil Datz, to “go away,” after which he moved down the street and resumed taping. Despite being a credentialed member of the press and standing in a public area around other people, he was arrested and charged with obstruction of governmental administration.

….. Plaintiff Simon Glik, a lawyer, brought a civil action against three Boston police officers “for arresting him because he used his cellphone to videotape an arrest,” and charging him with violating the Massachusetts Wiretap Act. Prosecutors later dropped charges.

A lawyer for the city of Boston told justices: “the First Amendment is not unfettered. The Commonwealth [of Massachusetts] has the ability to regulate time place and manner [of the recording]. If there is a First Amendment right, assuming that there is,” the story says. He defense lawyer says there’s not a clearly established First Amendment right to record “public individuals in a public place.”

Glik’s lawyer told justices if they ruled people don’t have the right to shoot video in public, the implications would be “staggering.” The story quotes him: “The rights of the media and of individuals like Simon Glik to record public events are coextensive,” he argued. “A ruling that this wasn’t clearly established would have staggering implications.”

(Courtesy:News Videographer)

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Adult film actors and actresses are not prostitutes


wasteAdult film actors and actresses are not prostitutes. They are performers and they know they should shoot good movies is an art and a business and needs to be done correct.Performers get tested every 4 weeks in the adult industry. It is safer than meeting a person out in the normal world.

Jamie Gillis, Aldo Ray,John Leslie,Paul Thomas, Jerry Butler, Jennifer Welles, Georgina Spelvin,Desireé Cousteau,Samantha Fox,Veronica Hart,Kelly Nichols, Rachel Ashley,Gloria Leonard. We salute them because they were the pioneers that allowed the industry to become what it is today which is a legitimate business. They broke the walls of conservative America.

Adult film actors and actresses are all professional people. They understand how to work the camera.They are passionate about their profession.

Adult films in America and other European countries use Multi camera and same techniques as regular movies.

Adult film industry has make-up artists, technicians,camera assistants,assistant directors as regular movies.

According to experts,adult film industry changing very fast and unless you keep up you will be out of work just as fast.

Las Vegas  Picture Courtesy:Alex Grichenko

Las Vegas
Picture Courtesy:Alex Grichenko

The annual AVN award  is given by Adult Video News (AVN), an industry trade magazine, to honor exceptional performance in various fields of American adult movies. It is dubbed as ‘ Oscars of Adults’.This year (2013),the award went to Lily Carter as the best actress for her outstanding performance in Wasteland and best actor Steven St. Croix for New Sensations Couples. Best 3D release award went to Jailhouse Head 3D. Awards have been divided into major categories like Best All-Girl Series, Best All-Sex Release, Best Anal Sex Scene, Best non-sex performance, Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene, Best Big Butt Series, Best Oral Sex Scene.

The 2014 AVN awards show will be held on January 18,2014 at the Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas.

It is noteworthy to mention that according to one estimate, 2 million (20 Lakh) women being trafficked in India, large section of them including under age girls are forced to act in porn films illegally. In India producing X-rated films is illegal. So I don’t even want to mention such illegal acts. I only write on my blogs about the Adult film industries in America and Europe where production houses are abide by the rules and regulations set by the respective governments and the adult film industry.

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Visit Calcutta during Autumn Festival


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Peacock Media Communication offers foreign tourists who want to visit Calcutta during festive season, an unique tour in various puja pandals(makeshift temples) in and around Calcutta, the cultural capital of India.
The four days of Puja (Autum Festival)  will start from October 10, the sixth day of the full moon that follows the Mahalaya and ends up with the Bijaya Dashami. According to Hindu scriptures, Durga is the wife of God Shiva, the Hindu Goddess emerged when evil forces threatened the very existence of the Gods.Durga killed the powerful demon Mahishasur.puja
Durga Puja is celebrated with joy all over India especially West Bengal.People send Durja Puja gifts to dear ones and express good wishes to them. Durga Puja is celebrated in the autumn months of September-October.
Local TV news channels air special programs during the festive time.Icons of the face of Goddess Durga have become a permanent feature on their screen. The special Puja editions of Bengali magazines normally hit the stands by the auspicious day of Mahalaya.

crime Peacock Media Communication, 65, Block-C, Bangur Avenue, Calcutta-700055, Email: peacockmediacommunication@india.com Mb:+919681661810,+91968136181puja2

Address to the Nation on Syria


Picture Courtesy:Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

Picture Courtesy:Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

Good evening –

I just addressed the nation about the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war in Syria. Over 100,000 people have been killed.

In that time, we have worked with friends and allies to provide humanitarian support for the Syrian people, to help the moderate opposition within Syria, and to shape a political settlement. But we have resisted calls for military action because we cannot resolve someone else’s civil war through force.

The situation profoundly changed in the early hours of August 21, when more than 1,000 Syrians — including hundreds of children — were killed by chemical weapons launched by the Assad government.

What happened to those people — to those children — is not only a violation of international law — it’s also a danger to our security. Here’s why:

If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons. As the ban against these deadly weapons erodes, other tyrants and authoritarian regimes will have no reason to think twice about acquiring poison gases and using them. Over time, our troops could face the prospect of chemical warfare on the battlefield. It could be easier for terrorist organizations to obtain these weapons and use them to attack civilians. If fighting spills beyond Syria’s borders, these weapons could threaten our allies in the region.

So after careful deliberation, I determined that it is in the national security interests of the United States to respond to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike. The purpose of this strike would be to deter Assad from using chemical weapons, to degrade his regime’s ability to use them, and make clear to the world that we will not tolerate their use.

Though I possess the authority to order these strikes, in the absence of a direct threat to our security I believe that Congress should consider my decision to act. Our democracy is stronger when the President acts with the support of Congress — and when Americans stand together as one people.

Over the last few days, as this debate unfolds, we’ve already begun to see signs that the credible threat of U.S. military action may produce a diplomatic breakthrough. The Russian government has indicated a willingness to join with the international community in pushing Assad to give up his chemical weapons and the Assad regime has now admitted that it has these weapons, and even said they’d join the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits their use.

It’s too early to tell whether this offer will succeed, and any agreement must verify that the Assad regime keeps its commitments. But this initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the use of force.

That’s why I’ve asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path. I’m sending Secretary of State John Kerry to meet his Russian counterpart on Thursday, and I will continue my own discussions with President Putin. At the same time, we’ll work with two of our closest allies — France and the United Kingdom — to put forward a resolution at the U.N. Security Council requiring Assad to give up his chemical weapons, and to ultimately destroy them under international control.

Meanwhile, I’ve ordered our military to maintain their current posture to keep the pressure on Assad, and to be in a position to respond if diplomacy fails. And tonight, I give thanks again to our military and their families for their incredible strength and sacrifices.

As we continue this debate — in Washington, and across the country — I need your help to make sure that everyone understands the factors at play.

Please share this message with others to make sure they know where I stand, and how they can stay up to date on this situation. Anyone can find the latest information about the situation in Syria, including video of tonight’s address, here:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/syria

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

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Plagiarism not acceptable


copyTo run a small media house,  we know our  budget. We can not spare a single penny in promotional and other activities. So I concentrate on consent. we know that we can not buy pictures and articles. We should use only royalty free pictures and pictures with due courtesy. As journalists, we should know how to use the internet properly. We can not or should not use articles or pictures without prior permission . For this purpose, we use meta and academic and scholarly search engines.Google may be a popular search engine but as professionals, we should keep in mind that plagiarism is not acceptable in any form of journalism.

Denial by Daniel


According to media reports, Daniel Weber, husband of Sunny Leon, the adult superstar and CEO of SunLust Pictures Inc ‘fiercely protecting’ Sunny on the set of Jackpot.He didn’t even allow journalists to interview her on the set. They are now camping in Goa for the new Bollywood film.The film is directed by Kaizad Gustad.

danielBut Daniel denied the report. He said to shanthanubh.wordpress.com, “I think we all know that this is not true, Sunny had a full day of interviews and those who did not get time in the day to have 1/1 interviews are now upset. Its to bad that the spread untrue reports when they don’t get there way.”
He also added, “As far as being Protective, I am Sunny’s manager and my job is to keep her day organized and running smooth. If the press needed more time them may be this should be coordinated with production.”

Copy right !


Image Courtesy:Piotr Siedlecki

Image Courtesy:Piotr Siedlecki

According to experts like Daniel Scocco,don’t copy material just because you are not making a commercial use. A lot of people wrongly think that if they credit the author of an article or image they are not violating the copyright law.Use other materials that are not subject to cop. Alter the picture is not the solution.

 

Experts believe that you can get anything from search engine like Google images but using them will almost certainly violate someone’s copyright.

The real story of a brave heart


cinema1Barun Biswas, a school teacher was murdered by the gangsters for his crusade against those rapists who raped hundreds of women at Sutia in North 24-Pargana district, around 80 km from Calcutta during 2002-2003. On July 5 2012, Barun was shot dead when he was entering Gobordanga railway station which is 8 km away from Sutia with full public view. No body dared to help him out of fear. His protest under the banner of Sutia Protibadi Mancha against the Sutia gang rape and rehabilitation for the rape victims earned him kudos from all quarters. Pratibadi Mancha  keeps  the movement alive under the leadership of Nanigopal Poddar.

cinemaNow a new Bengali film Praloy (cyclone) is based on the life of Barun Biswas played by talented Kahaani famed actor Parambrata Chatterji. The film revolves around a young brave heart who is ready to do anything to protect the dignity of women. Banarjee  is playing protagonist as Binod Bihari in the film.

Broadcasting news need proper light and sound


 

Photo Courtesy: Hans Christian Berge/ Flickr

Photo Courtesy: Hans Christian Berge/ Flickr

I do agree with Angela Grant,a renowned multi media journalist that sound is nearly the most important part of any news video. She suggests that it would be more trouble than it’s worth to use your voice recorder to capture audio. This is because you’ll have to go back in post production and properly sync up the audio with the video. Otherwise you’ll get that poorly-dubbed-Japanese-kungfu-movie effect.You’ve got to spring for a tripod! Nothing says image stabilization better than these three-legged friends (tripod).


Lighting is also important for any news videography. On-camera light is perfect for interviews .According to her, unfortunately, there will be times you can’t use your light or it just isn’t doing much of anything for you. This is why more expensive, higher-quality video cameras are good: They can deal with low light situations much better than consumer-grade gear.
 
But at the same time, we should be cautious to cover a sensitive story-someone who has just lost his or her loved one or a accused person or one who has been an eyewitness to a tragedy.The question that a senior Journalist asks for himself is how do I do it and still retain my journalistic ethics.
 Don’t ever shoot anybody without his or her permission-I agree with others that this strategy doesn’t apply to most other situations,but I myself apply this strategy where emotions are running high and the person whose visuals we want to take,is an ordinary person not a public figure.
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Intolerance !


Photo: Arun Lodh

Photo: Arun Lodh

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Intolerance is a species of violence and therefore against our creed.”
Conspiracy, staged incident are the pet words of Mamata Banarjee, the chief minister of Bengal and the supremo of TMC, the ruling party. She and her party leaders alleged that gang rape to farmers suicide every incident that has happen in Bengal, a section of media is hand in glove with the opposition party to malign her government by providing ‘false’ stories.Even ordinary people like Farmer Shiladitya Chowdhury, who was arrested for questioning the chief minister  at a rally in West Midnapore about rising fertilizer prices. Recently she rebuked protesters mostly women and dubbed as opposition Communist party of India (Marxist) supporters. Their only ‘crime’ was that they were asking that what took her 10 days to visit the village Kamduni, around 40 kms away from Calcutta, where a college girl was gang raped and murdered by miscreants.

Media monopoly is a worrying trend in Bengal. Political interests led to further monopolization of private media. Local media in Bengal particularly those who are not market leaders in news or new entrants in the market try to keep ‘Didi’ (Mamata Banarjee) in good humor.Even some senior journalist behave like party spokesperson.

Watch dog like the print media in India


Photo courtesy:Roland Tanglao / Flickr

Photo courtesy:Roland Tanglao / Flickr

For the past 3 years, we have a watch dog like the print media in India in the form of The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) which may not have the punitive powers,but can give warning and sought explanation from the private television news and current affairs broadcasters. In the past,TV news channels often ignore the basic code of conduct.

Few years back, a national news channel carried out a ‘sting operation’ where they falsely implicated a mathematics teacher of Delhi claiming that she was luring students into the flesh trade.Later,Police found that she was framed and the reporter who conducted the ‘sting operation’ was arrested.
The Editor’s Guild of India set up a sub-committee to consider the draft broadcast Services Regulation Bill and Content Code for the electronic media. I follow the code of Ethics and professional conduct and guidelines adopted by Radio and Television News Directors Association, Radio and Television Digital News Association,Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
The code of ethics adopted by NBA is similar to Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTDNA) of USA which is the largest association for electronic journalists, representing local and network news executives in radio, television and digital media.

Picture Courtesy:Jason Ilagan/ Flickr

Picture Courtesy:Jason Ilagan/ Flickr

According to NBA, Viewers can make a complaint to the Authority in regard to a program broadcast by a Member-Associate Member of the NBA.There are some variation but the basic is same i.e Professional electronic journalists should operate as trustees of the public, seek the truth, report it fairly and with integrity and independence, and stand accountable for their actions. So far, I believe NBA has done a commendable job in this regard.
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Enjoy kissing day !


Saturday (6 July) is International Kissing Day.Originated in UK, now couples around the world celebrate International Kissing Day by smooching each other. Happy Kiss day.

Picture Courtesy:TheeErin/Flickr

Picture Courtesy:TheeErin/Flickr

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Something different


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Picture Courtesy:solrac_gi_2nd/morgueFile

A senior Journalist once told me that you should remember your target readers. But, I think as we are not market leader, we should torn up the existing structure. We must try something new for change. We do believe that we should create our own identity. We may have little to loose in experimenting with unconventional content. We proudly declare that our’s is a small, independent magazine, run on a shoe-string budget and with skeletal staff. But we are here to produce a professional, commercially viable magazine.

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Movie piracy: a few words


Picture Courtesy: Reinis Traidas/Flickr

Picture Courtesy: Reinis Traidas/Flickr

Due to online movie piracy, the film industry across the world face huge losses. There are various legal websites which permit users to download movies. Some movies particularly older ones  are fall under the category of public domain which means that their copyright had expired and can be download free of cost.

But download of movie in any form is not illegal. Legally downloading movies are on the websites sanctioned by the movie studios or production houses which have an option to download a movie for a fee.

Picture Courtesy:Ben Sutherland / Flickr

Picture Courtesy:Ben Sutherland / Flickr

To curb illegal downloading some studios of Hollywood offer services like ” Video on Demand” and give permission to  download  new release films for a certain period of time with a certain fee like vudu.com, rentmoviesondemand.com, indemand.com/movies, curzoncinemas.com/film_on_demand. Generally, illegal copies are usually filmed in a crowded movie theater on opening night. The sound quality is just terrible. Illegal downloading of movies are redistributed through the internet just hours after the movie’s release.

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Infringement of copyright


Before downloading any picture from any website, we should remember certain things. According to experts:

  • google1Any modification of someone’s image, small, large, is still an infringement of copyright.
  • Even you credit the image, copyright laws don’t release you from the liability.
  • Without the owners permission, You can not or should not hosted the image in your website.
  • Even immediate removal of any image from your website or blog site, it still under the copyright infringement.
  • Manipulate or cropping of a image,is still an infringement of copyright.
  • Even when  you take a photo of a photo, remember it’s not your copyright.
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