On April 20, 2010, the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform claimed the lives of 11 workers and unleashed a torrent of more than four million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. A decade later, the practice of deepwater drilling remains widespread off the lengthy coasts of the United States. While government oversight was tightened in the wake of the environmental disaster, conservationists say the risks of a new leak could be growing as falling prices may lead to staffing cuts by the big producers. Today, oil rigs continue drilling off the shores of Alaska and California, but the vast majority (nearly 1,900) are in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coasts of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.Around 17 percent of the country’s crude oil and five percent of its natural gas comes from this huge maritime zone, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).Offshore drilling rigs, their productivity steadily increasing due to technological advances, have long been considered as the most profitable way for the United States to ensure energy independence. “Deepwater was drilling deeper than almost any well available at the time,” said Phil Flynn, an energy analyst with the Price Futures Group. “It was the equivalent of landing a man on the moon.” But in recent years deepwater drilling has lost some of its shine as new techniques for hydraulic fracking — injecting liquid deep into the earth to release natural gas at relatively modest cost — have gained ground.Following the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the US government strengthened regulations around deepwater drilling. Starting in 2011, former president Barack Obama’s administration created the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), separating its activities from those related to promoting the petroleum industry — two sometimes conflicting missions that up to then had both been managed by the same agency, the Minerals Management Service (MMS).The big petroleum companies were also required to provide greater guarantees that they were properly managing the risks linked to offshore drilling. In the meantime, those companies have developed increasingly effective systems for more rapidly containing any explosions that do occur.In 2010, the states around the Gulf of Mexico watched with mounting concern as it took BP nearly three months to halt the Deepwater Horizon leak, which fouled beaches, damaged tourism and killed millions of sea creatures. BP spent tens of billions of dollars to clean up the oil spill, settle various law suits, compensate companies that had suffered spill-related losses, and help restore the region’s environment.”All the other companies learned a lot from the bad experience that BP had and improved their operations internally,” said Donald Boesch, who served on the commission established by Obama to investigate the causes of the accident.”Some have developed more precautions and devoted more efforts than others into this,” added Boesch, a professor of marine science at the University of Maryland.President Donald Trump’s objective of making the United States the world’s top oil producer, a goal attained early in 2018, led to a weakening of the rules regulating the industry.The Trump administration’s “philosophy is more supportive of growth of oil production in the US, and deregulation,” Boesch said. In January 2018, the White House announced its intention to open almost all of America’s coastal waters to oil and gas drilling, a decision that sparked sharp resistance from several states and is the subject of several still unresolved legal battles. “Instead of learning lessons from the BP disaster, President Trump is proposing to radically expand offshore drilling, while dismantling the few protections put in place as a result of the catastrophic blowout,” said Diane Hoskins, a campaign director for the nonprofit Oceana, which works on ocean conservation issues. Oceana, in a report published Tuesday on the economic and ecological consequences of the Deepwater accident, concludes that a new disaster is more, not less, likely than it was 10 years ago.Oil-rig safety and governmental oversight have “not improved,” the report states, adding that “expanding this industry to new areas puts human health and the environment at risk.” The current crisis facing the petroleum industry — hit hard by the sharp drop in consumption and in world oil prices amid the global coronavirus pandemic, makes the picture even more worrisome, some analysts say.”If the companies are under financial stress, they have to cut costs by reducing the number of their employees. With that comes a risk,” Boesch said. “That’s what we saw during the Deepwater accident,” he added. “They were behind schedule drilling that well. Their decisions were affected by a desire to finish up quickly, so they cut corners.”I’m concerned the situation is set up so that it could happen again.”Topics :
Redding >> The College of the Redwoods women’s cross country team placed five runners in the top 12 to win the Think Pink Invitational on Friday in Redding.CR was led by freshman Mariah Smither, who placed third behind race-winner Talia Swangler of Butte and Sacramento City College’s Jasmine Loyola with a time of 19:32 on the 5K course.Following Smither across the finish line for CR were Amelia Wirt (20:30, 6th), Monica Mays (21:21, 10th), Maria Avila-Overton (21:24, 11th) and Tasawi Williams …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest ExactEmerge conversion components fit newer 1770NT, 1790 and DB planters John Deere is making it easier for customers with late-model John Deere planters to increase planting speed while improving accuracy and performance with the ExactEmerge Retrofit Kit. This conversion kit provides corn and soybean producers with the latest performance-enhancing ExactEmerge technology that allows them to significantly increase productivity and crop yields through more timely and accurate seed placement.“Producers realize that seed depth accuracy, spacing, and population are critically important. Crop residue management and timely planting also help to achieve maximum yield,” says Adam Sipes, product specialist with John Deere Seeding Group. “By retrofitting their late model John Deere planter with ExactEmerge components, customers can expect up to a 100% increase in planting speed, at least a 10 percent improvement in seed spacing accuracy, and improved performance on side hills, all without impacting depth control.”The ExactEmerge Retrofit Kits are available for model year 2011 and newer 1770NT CCS and 1790 planters as well as model year 2012 and newer DB Series planters. ExactEmerge conversion components includes meter and hopper assemblies, cartridge assemblies, 56v electric drives and row unit controller assemblies, scrapers, cartridge guards, and mounting hardware. Other components include planter controller with SeedStar 3 HP, backbone harness and tractor power generation harnessing, vacuum automation, and curve compensation capability.Kits require the use of tractor power generation and GreenStar 3 2630 Display for full operation. Depending on model of planter and tractor, additional components may be needed to complete the retrofit.“The ExactEmerge technology is revolutionizing the planting industry,” Sipes adds. “The Retrofit Kit now gives more customers the ability to incorporate much of this technology onto their existing late-model planters and gain these improvements for themselves.”For more information on the new ExactEmerge Retrofit Kits for late-model John Deere planters, see your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/Ag.
alex williams Tags:#enterprise#news Open-source search has some major advantages compared to its competitors. First of all, it’s free. Second, it stands up in comparison to the largest, proprietary search vendors. Third, there is a growing ecosystem around open-source search that makes it far easier to implement than ever before.The combination makes open-source search a potent alternative to Google and Microsoft, arguably two of the biggest players in the enterprise search market.Lucid ImaginationLucid Imagination considers itself a bit like Red Hat. The company provides services for Lucene and Apache Solr, open-source search technologies. This week, Lucid Imagination is releasing a certified version of Lucene 2.9. What this means is that Lucid has tested and debugged Lucene to make it palatable for organizations to implement.As a Lucid executive said today, it’s Lucene with a “shampoo and a blow dry.” It can be integrated quickly into an enterprise search environment. For example, a major online retailer downloaded the certified version and had it running within a few days across its Canadian, German and United Kingdom sites.Lucene is downloaded several thousand times a day. It is used by more than 4,000 organizations. Many organizations have switched to Lucene to replace proprietary search software products. Beyond the issue of cost, organizations are using Lucene’s flexible and scalable architecture for developing highly sophisticated full-text search applications.Compared to Lucene, Google Search Appliance prices according to the number of searches performed. This can get pretty costly for larger scale search efforts. The API can be customized to some extent but Google protects its core technology, which requires the customer to do some work arounds. Google is targeting enterprise customers to do search within Sharepoint and in a number of other ways in the Enterprise. Earlier this month, Google announced Commerce Search, a service designed for e-tailers to customize searches for their products.Microsoft is banking on Sharepoint to position its search functionality within the enterprise. In particular, with Sharepoint 2010, Microsoft will launch FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Based on the FAST search technology, it combines the FAST’s high-end search capabilities with SharePoint.But the issue here is again how much customization the customer can actually do with the search technology. Due to its proprietary nature, the customer has little control over how it can be customized. Customers are forced to wait to see what features Microsoft develops.No doubt, Lucene is a super-hot player in the enterprise search market. And who’s to gain? Enterprise customers who want world-class search at cost you just can’t beat. Even better is the fact that one company, Lucid Imagination, is dedicated to supporting Lucene. The company has the chance to score big in the market, especially with certified offerings such as what they are providing for Lucene 2.9. Open-source search is here to stay. The proprietary players in the market will continue to keep significant market share but open-source search has to be considered in the mix as more companies seek to take control of its search environments. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… adam popescu A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#CISPA#privacy#security Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The more things change the more they stay the same.With the strike of his pen Tuesday, President Obama signed an executive order aimed at bolstering the nation’s cyber defenses and improving security. Later that night, in his State of the Union address, the President preached about the need to protect the country from online threats and the value of the private and public sector coming together to face protect the nation’s critical infrastructure. In his speech, he urged Congress to get to work to make this happen.“Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks,” Obama said.Emboldened by the chief executive’s rhetoric, on Wednesday members of the House of Representatives reintroduced CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act), the highly controversial legislation that saw heavy opposition and online protest last year for its failure to protect the very privacy rights that the President’s current executive order claims to protect. The measure, which passed the House last year but failed in the Senate, amends the National Security Act of 1947 to add provisions concerning cyber threat intelligence sharing. That means CISPA offers legal protection for sharing personal data (such as private email correspondence) between the government and private companies – all without a warrant. Here’s the updated version of CISPA, introduced by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.).If enacted, this would give Federal agencies a blank check to search our private data. Our once “unalienable rights” as Americans are starting to look more and more alienated. Backing the bill are a host of major trade groups as well as tech giants like AT&T, Facebook, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Symantec and Verizon. Why do these companies support it? One of those supporters, Facebook, said the law would not make the company share any more of its own data than is required. Others have explained their support by saying that sharing major data about cyber attacks would help protect all companies. Backlash And Measured ResponsesIn the wake of this news, there’s been a major backlash online. Privacy advocate groups such as the ACLU, and the Center for Democracy and Technology, are all up in arms. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is asking people to contact their representatives to oppose the bill. The Internet nonprofit Fight For The Future has set up the protest website CISPAisBack.com as a resource to petition the bill, and provides info on CISPA and even phone numbers of representatives and a script to use when calling.There’s no denying that America is vulnerable online. In 2012, the number of attacks reported to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security grew by 52%, according to Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team. But while something significant must be done, our privacy should not be sacrificed in the process.Marc Rotenberg, the executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, calls CISPA a “civil liberties minefield.” Instead, he’s in favor of “the approach set out in the executive order: Transparent, collaborative, and under the direction of a civilian agency.”Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel at the ACLU, adds that the main danger of CISPA is that it makes companies exempt from all the privacy laws currently on the books. And in so doing, creates tremendous uncertainty when it comes to our personal data.“The idea of ‘information sharing’ isn’t necessarily offensive in and of itself, but the question is what info will be shared, who can it be shared with and what can be done with it?” Richardson asked.Richardson agrees with Rotenberg that such programs should remain in civilian hands, and future privacy protections must include sharing restrictions. Richardson doesn’t think CISPA meets those requirements, and hopes that as it moves along the legislative process, it will incorporate some of the amendments made to last year’s failed Senate bill. “The Senate bill is not perfect, but it’s a better alternative privacy-wise and hopefully the House will consider incorporating some of those protections.”But whether or not the new bill will incorporate those earlier changes is still a big question mark. “No one knows what will be in the final bill voted on by the Senate,” said Michael Hussey, the chief executive and founder of the personal search engine site PeekYou.Who Will Really Win And Lose?While Hussey and most Web companies and individuals want improvements, they are only seeking specific regulations to what kind of information can be shared, and regs geared to protecting people’s privacy. Hussey thinks major companies, like Facebook and IBM, are supporting the bill because that could keep them on top, and competitors out of or pushed down within the marketplace.“In this case, the largest players all stand to gain from open-ended legislation towards this end, likely at the expense of competitors and consumers,” Hussey emphasized.This is the first chapter in Book Two of the CISPA saga. There are many more to go through as the proposal begins its long route through Congress. If you are concerned about online privacy, it would be a good idea to monitor the progress of the bill, and make your concerns known to your Congressional representative.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Test footage from Apertus° show a promising future for the Axiom Alpha Prototype.Apertus° is a business that is trying to change the way cameras are created. Their goal: create an open source camera that can be shaped and developed by the filmmaking community. They started over 7 years ago and have just recently unveiled the test footage from their Axoin Alpha Prototype camera….The Axiom Alpha is currently in development but is showing real potential. If completed the camera will boast 4K footage, HDMI output and a super 35 sensor.Most notably, the image sensor on the Axiom Alpha features a smart dynamic range that creates HDR footage using a “Piecewise Linear Response Mode (PLR)“. This gives you more dynamic range than traditional linear or negative dynamic range. The following chart illustrates PLR mode:The video test below shows some of the first footage shot on the Axion Alpha. It was not color corrected in any way. In fact, Apertus states that the video doesn’t feature ‘beauty shots’, rather it was created to show the cameras potential. Apertus says that they have not yet:Calibrated the colors of the cameraCalibrated the white/black point (offsets) and linearization, leading to some vertical streak/curtain effectsCreated a Fixed Pattern Noise (FPN) profile (the Alpha prototype already supports this, however we have not yet found the time to actually conduct the required measurements)There are some red lines at the bottom of the image, this is due to unresolved minor incompatibilities between the Axiom Alpha HDMI output and the utilized recorderThey also are encoding in a 2:4:2 color space and experiencing some color shifts in some situations. That being said, the footage does make the future of the Axiom Alpha look extremely promising. What do you think of the Axiom Alpha? Share in the comments below.
VFX world influencer Michael Conelly gave PremiumBeat an in-depth interview on the unlimited possibilities of AR and VR technology.PremiumBeat: You’ve worked in the VFX world for a long time as a supervisor on projects such as Snow White and the Huntsman and Charlotte’s Web. What is your process? Are you normally involved with the producers and director during pre-production regarding what can be live action and what should be an effect?Michael Conelly: It varied quite a lot per show. Generally speaking, I was involved very broadly across the whole production spectrum — often on set, often involved in the design phase — but the bulk of my work came in the form of steering very large teams of artists, making sure they were all working in sync with the best tools for each phase of work, and that the kinds of assets they built fit the director’s vision and the producer’s time and budget constraints. It was a very complex job, but very rewarding for the enormous range of work I did from show to show.One might invent a new workflow or piece of software one day, then hand it off to a team and teach them how to use it. Deep in production, it’s more about making sure predictions are smoothly turning into actuals — that characters perform the way they need to, that render times are manageable, that shot complexity doesn’t overwhelm production, that change orders are folded smoothly into a complex flow of work. There’s a lot we could go into more detail on, but that’s the gist.Image via Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal Pictures).PB: What is AR/VR technology, and how is it transforming storytelling?MC: Broadly speaking, I’m far more interested in VR than AR, particularly as a storyteller. There are very few stories that are best told in my kitchen, or wherever I happen to be. There’s a very good reason that movie theaters go black before the movie starts. We want full access to your senses, we don’t want you distracted, and we don’t want you expecting that a story must somehow integrate with the physical world — where you find yourself — when the “play” button is pressed.As far as the technology, we could speak for a long time about what all is required for VR and AR to work seamlessly, but broadly speaking, VR technology is based on a computer knowing exactly where your eyes and hands are (the more of you the computer knows about the better). Once the computer knows where your eyes are, we can draw pictures for each eye that mimic the kind of perspective and parallax that you experience in the real world. So, we can make it seem to you (visually) that you’re seeing a whole other world that maps perfectly to how you’re moving your head and eyes and body. This is complex stuff. We need to update the image ninety times a second in order to trick your brain into thinking it’s really somewhere else. And if the images we draw don’t conform exactly to how you’re moving, it starts to feel really weird, really quickly. There are incredible issues with optics that need solving; there are issues with how to track your motions within a large room; there are issues with wanting to make sure you don’t walk into things in the real world, once you have the headset on. It’s all delightful when it syncs up. It’s engrossing and captivating in ways no other form of media can approach. From a storytelling standpoint, it’s an absolutely remarkable medium. I can think of no better way to transmit imagination from my head into yours.Video Playerhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/pbblogassets/uploads/2019/06/18130330/Caliban-Below-trailer-B.mp400:0000:0000:44Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.PB: Your Blackthorn Media has created a 360-virtual reality, interactive origin story called Caliban Below. What is the user experience and what are the new special effects — and how do they yield the emotional result you want with the story?MC: Caliban Below is a short story, which is part of a much larger project called The Abbot’s Book. So there’s some lineage to the piece, but it’s carefully constructed to work as a stand-alone experience, too.With each of the pieces we’ve made, we’re targeting a broad audience. We want to appeal to gamers (since they’re currently the most likely to have VR gear), but even more, we want to appeal to people who just like movies and TV. This is why we’ve been so pleased to present our work at film festivals. People have heard of VR, but most people still haven’t experienced it. So, the stories we make first and foremost are built for people who have never done VR before. We have an “on ramp” for the piece that orients our visitor — gives them a framework for the experience — it’s 1680AD, Northern Italy. And then, we teach them just the bare minimum necessary to have the story experience. We teach them how to move around with little teleports we call “blinking,” we demonstrate that their hands can interact with the world, and then we tell them that they will play the part of Caliban: “The scion of a broken lineage, struggling to understand his dark inheritance.” It’s a mystery. It’s a world to explore. A story is there to be found, and your place in it yields some wonderful moments of empathy and, I think, a very new and organic way of experiencing a story. People who go into this world don’t know what to expect, and they come out having a pretty sophisticated understanding of a much larger world, and a sense of generations that have preceded their visit to the place.In terms of “special effects,” I think that’s the most special. There are all kinds of technical things going on under the hood, but the real magic of the thing is that this “recipe” for storytelling is purely experiential in a way that no other medium has previously achieved. You become this character, you live in this world that moves and changes as you go through it. And there’s a bit at the end, in particular, which engrosses and captures the visitor in a very unique way. I don’t want to give away the ending — it’s quite an effective and wonderful moment of living a narrative.Michael ConellyPB: With Caliban Below, the technology is engaging the viewer in a very immersive, unconventional way. You’ve collaborated with Game of Thrones sound designer Paula Fairfield – how does the use of movement and locations connect to music and sound?MC: I’m such a big fan of Paula. We’re great friends now, after years of collaboration, and I can’t say enough great things about her. She’s like a magician. So creative, so interested, so able to produce a tapestry of aural experience that is absolutely crucial to the end result. She really fell in love with the power of VR and audio as a medium along the way. I think she’s pretty hooked now, making her own stuff. I’m hoping to collaborate with her on a whole new project she’s dreamed up — we’ll see how that percolates in the coming months.Back to your question though, the sound is so massively important to Caliban Below. There are so many tiny details that you feel subconsciously, rather than in the front of your mind. A bird roosting in a ruin, for instance, can be a passing detail, but it instantly fires a host of associations, and helps you understand the world better: “Ah, this place is old; no one cares to clear the birds out. I wonder how long it’s been this way?” Somewhere else, there might be the sound of a trickle of water, and while we may not see it, that too can speak to important backstory. There are thousands of these moments that fly by, and they form a richness that helps sustain a complete illusion.Image via Caliban Below.PB: Where do you see the future of VR?MC: Oh, great question. We’ve been hoping that VR would take off as a mass medium sooner than it has. I continue to love it, but when you compare the audience size for VR versus TV or movies, the economics of it have been pretty janky.What I’ve continued to watch for is the “big boys” of the technology continuing to invest in it: Valve, Oculus, HTC, Apple, Google. Their interest in AR and VR evolves over time, but in general, the technology continues to improve. If the tech stagnates, then I think it would be hard to justify sticking with it. As it is, it’s moving slower than I’d like to see. But — and this is a big but — one of these days, it’ll be good enough and cheap enough that I think it finally will break through. That’ll be great to see.When used right, there really is no medium more potent for transmission of ideas and feelings. And so the future continues to be promising. I think it’ll get here someday, it’s just a question of when. It would be spectacular to see the budget of a Marvel movie funneled into a VR experience. The things you could do with a “proper” budget would be mind-bending and electrifying. With any luck, someday the market economics will support that evolution. Until then, we’ll have to make do. I think the love of the work shines through just fine today. With any luck, more is in store in the not too distant future. Til that fine day!Looking for more industry interviews? 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Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Success is an auditor. It measures the precursors to success to determine who gets to obtain it—and for how long. It is quite often that people misunderstand what success is measuring, mistaking luck and circumstances, things outside of their control with the things that are within their control.Talent: Some believe that talent is what is necessary for success. While ability is helpful, it doesn’t seem to weigh very heavily in success’s ultimate analysis. Countless people waste their talents, and in doing so, never achieve what their ability might make possible.Hard Work: Others believe hard work is the key to success. Success values hard work and rejects anything less. Hard work carries a lot of weight, but success finds it necessary but not sufficient. By itself, hard work is not enough.Resourcefulness: Of all the human attributes, this is the linchpin. It is creativity in action. It allows one to solve problems and adjust their strategies and tactics. When plan A fails, resourcefulness gets you through the rest of the alphabet. Sadly, ingenuity is not always enough by itself, even though success demands it of you.Pluck: The word indicates a sort of determined courage. It’s an indication of one’s spirit, that indescribable attribute that you recognize when you see it. If you want to get success’s attention, your big, bold goals and the courage to pursue them might be enough to draw its eye. Your courage matters, but you need something more.Luck: The very nature of luck prevents you from being able to command good luck somehow. Being born with talent is mostly luck. Being born with resources is also luck. If there were a way to will good luck, taking a lot of shots would rank among the best strategies, but success may smile on you for a minute, but luck isn’t sustainable.Success Values Persistence MostSuccess seems to value persistence with a weight more significant than most other factors. It seems to favor those who are willing to keep going when others quit. It also seems to require your persistence to be deployed as the natural response to missteps, mistakes, and setbacks. It’s a test to see whether you are prepared to pay the price in full and in advance for what you say you want.Persistence is used to sort out all the dabblers, dreamers, and do-nothings, those who talk a big game but play a small one. It is used to challenge those with the talent to reach their full potential, judging their persistence by their willingness to excel when they could easily coast.So you worked hard for weeks. Congratulations. The ability to persistently and doggedly work hard over an extended period is evidence of your willingness to grind it out and persist. Believing you have paid the price and deserve your success is evidence that you haven’t paid the price.You’ve been resourceful. You have been willing to figure things out, and you are moving closer to your goal. Success will see this as evidence that you are ready to give up what you wished worked for something better and reward you, but not the first time you adjust your approach. Success is not that easily impressed.You’re plucky. When you have crashed into adversity, you were not dissuaded. Your courage will be rewarded. Eventually, anyway.Luck isn’t quickly or often rewarded by itself. It is fleeting, and as far as success is concerned, it will carry some weight, but not if you aren’t ticking all the other boxes above. Success is happy to crown a few one-hit wonders, but luck doesn’t provide for much more than that.If you want success, whatever that means to you, you are going to have to persist, longer than you want, and longer than seems reasonable. You are going to have to keep going when you want to give up, and when others tell you it’s time to quit, something they would have already done, were they you. Your persistence separates you from those who want something without being willing to pay the price in full and advance.The secret is that there are no secrets. Just keep going.
Both the Congress and the ruling Janata Dal (United) are gearing up to organise rallies in Patna to showcase their strength, ahead of the Lok Sabha election. The Congress will be organising its ‘Jan Akanksha Rally’ on February 3 on its own after a gap of several years, while the JD(U) too will hold a rally to share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a gap of nine years.The roads, bridges and electric poles here have been adorned with posters and billboards of Congress leaders inviting people for the scheduled rally. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be attending the rally, along with other Grand Alliance leaders. This will be Rahul Gandhi’s first visit to Bihar after assuming charge as Congress president. Chalo chale, Rahul ko sune (let’s go to hear Rahul Gandhi); Takht badal do, taj badal do, Chor-chaukidar ka raj badal do (change the podium, change the crown, change the regime of protector who himself is a thief) are some of the slogans written on these posters with pictures of State Congress leaders. The State Congress leaders, including president Madan Mohan Jha, State in-charge of the party Shaktisinh Gohil, have been visiting different districts to mobilise people for the proposed rally. “It will be a historic rally which will herald the end of NDA rule in the country”, said Bihar Pradesh Campaign Committee (BPCC) chief and party’s Rajya Sabha MP Akhilesh Singh.RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) supremo Upendra Kushwaha and others are also expected to participate in the Congress rally. However, there have also been talks of murmuring between Congress party and RJD over numbers of seats to contest in the state in upcoming Lok Sabha poll. Apparently enthused with the recent assembly poll results in three Hindi-heartland states, the Congress party is said to have been demanding 16 seats while, the RJD has offered them 10 seats. In last 2014 LS poll, Congress had won just two seats of Kishanganj and Supaul. “All the allies in Grand Alliance have to be taken care…everyone has to sacrifice from their quotas in the larger interest to defeat BJP”, said senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari. However, party leader and younger son of Lalu Prasad, Tejaswi Yadav recently had said “there was no confusion over seat sharing in GA in Bihar…let the time come and everything will be declared”. The state Congress leaders too said “the confusion over sear sharing among GA alliance partners is only in media…but, yes after the assembly result of three states our position has gained strength and moreover, we’re the national party”, said a state Congress leader. “What happened in Uttar Pradesh will not be repeated here in Bihar”, he assured further.Similarly, the JD(U) too has been gearing up for a counter rally to be held either on February 24 or March 4. The date has not been finalised yet but “Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the rally is almost final,” said a party leader. “The moment everything will be finalized we’ll let it know to media”, CM Nitish Kumar said recently. It will be after a gap of nine years that PM Modi and Mr Kumar would be sharing the stage for an election rally in Patna. The last time the two leaders shared stage for an election rally was in 2010 in Punjab. Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan too will participate in the proposed rally.
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