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Blue Velvet (film)

Blue Velvet is a 1986 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. Blending psychological horror with film noir, the film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, is named after Bobby Vinton's 1963 song of the same name; the film concerns a young college student who, returning home to visit his ill father, discovers a severed human ear in a field that leads to his uncovering a vast criminal conspiracy and entering a romantic relationship with a troubled lounge singer. The screenplay of Blue Velvet had been passed around multiple times in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with several major studios declining it due to its strong sexual and violent content. After the failure of his 1984 film Dune, Lynch made attempts at developing a more "personal story", somewhat characteristic of the surrealist style displayed in his first film Eraserhead; the independent studio De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, owned at the time by Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis, agreed to finance and produce the film.

Blue Velvet received a divided critical response, with many stating that its objectionable content served little artistic purpose. The film earned Lynch his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director, came to achieve cult status; as an example of a director casting against the norm, it was credited for re-launching Hopper's career and for providing Rossellini with a dramatic outlet beyond her previous work as a fashion model and a cosmetics spokeswoman. In the years since, the film has generated significant attention for its thematic symbolism, is now regarded as one of Lynch's major works and one of the greatest films of the 1980s. Publications including Sight & Sound, Entertainment Weekly and BBC Magazine have ranked it among the greatest American films of all time. In 2008, it was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest American mystery films made. College student Jeffrey Beaumont returns home to Lumberton, North Carolina, after his father suffers a near-fatal stroke.

Walking home from the hospital, he discovers a severed ear. Jeffrey takes the ear to police detective John Williams and becomes reacquainted with the detective's daughter, Sandy. After eavesdropping on her father discussing the ear with a colleague, Sandy tells Jeffrey that it somehow relates back to a lounge singer named Dorothy Vallens. Intrigued, Jeffrey enters Dorothy's apartment by posing as an exterminator and steals a spare key while she's distracted by a man in a distinctive yellow sport coat, whom Jeffrey takes to calling "The Yellow Man". Jeffrey and Sandy attend Dorothy's nightclub act, in which she sings "Blue Velvet". However, Dorothy returns home early, discovers Jeffrey hiding in a closet, threatens him with a knife. Believing Jeffrey's curiosity to be sexual and aroused by his voyeurism, Dorothy forces him to undress and fellates him. Jeffrey retreats back to the closet when their encounter is interrupted by the arrival of a man named Frank Booth, who beats and subjects Dorothy to a variety of violent sex acts during the course of a roleplaying game in which he refers to her as "mommy" and himself as "baby" or "daddy".

It becomes apparent that Frank—a gangster—has abducted Dorothy's husband and child to force her into sex slavery. After Frank departs, Dorothy makes a romantic overture toward Jeffrey. A disturbed Jeffrey relays the experience to Sandy, who tells him about a prophetic dream in which robins descend from the sky to eat and kill insects that have overrun the world. Jeffrey returns to Dorothy's apartment, where she confesses an attraction to him and the two enter into a sadomasochistic sexual relationship in which Dorothy encourages Jeffrey to beat her, though he proves hesitant. Jeffrey observes Frank in the audience at one of Dorothy's shows and begins following him, observing him engaging in drug dealing and a meeting with the Yellow Man. Jeffrey tells Sandy about his observations and the two kiss. Frank catches Jeffrey and Dorothy together and abducts them, forcing Jeffrey to accompany him to the home of a criminal associate named Ben, holding Dorothy's family hostage. While Frank permits Dorothy to see her husband and son, he forces Jeffrey to watch Ben perform an impromtu lip-sync of Roy Orbison's "In Dreams", which causes Frank to suffer a breakdown.

Afterwards, he takes Jeffrey to a field, where he gives him a threatening, symbolic kiss before subjecting him to a violent beating. The next day, Jeffrey goes to the police station, where he realizes that Sandy's father's partner is The Yellow Man, murdering Frank's rival drug dealers and stealing their supplies from the evidence room for Frank to sell himself. Jeffrey confesses everything to Sandy and the two attend a party together where they admit their feelings for one another. On the way home, they assume it's Frank and his gang; as they arrive at Jeffrey's home, Sandy recognizes the car as that of Mike. Mike and his gang leap from his car. Before the fight can start, a naked and beaten Dorothy emerges. Though confused, Mike assumes that there's nothing between Jeffrey and Sandy, he retreats as the two whisk Dorothy to Sandy's house. Jeffrey asks Sandy to tell her father everything and returns alone to Dorothy's apartment, where he discovers her husband dead and The Yellow Man mortally wounded.

Remembering that Frank has a police radio in his car, Jeffrey uses the Yellow Man's walkie-talkie to lie about his precise location i

Kunj Behari Lal Butail

Kunj Behari Lal Butail was an Indian National Congress leader,and a leading tea grower from Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. Butail was born on 2 April 1933 in Kangra district, he was married to Sudesh Butail and they have one son and three daughters. His grandson, Gokul Butail is entrepreneur, he represented the constituency of Palampur three times in the state assembly from 1966 to 1980. He was the first President of the Pradesh Congress Committee, when the state was formed. Butail was regarded as one of the masterminds in the state congress who gave new dimensions to the development of district Kangra, he was regarded as one of the arch rivals of his own Chief Minister Yashwant Singh Parmar whom he alleged of discrimination for the merged areas of state. He was offered Cabinet rank by Dr. Parmar but he refused to accept it. Butail was said to have cordial relations with the central leaders of the INC like Indira Gandhi. Leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel visited his house on many times owing to the closeness to his Uncle Kanhiya Lal Butail.

His younger brother Brij Behari Lal Butail has been a 5 time MLA from Palampur and is the current Speaker of the State Assembly. Butail was well known for his philanthropic efforts, he founded a premier educational institution, Lala Kanhiya Lal Butail DAV college for girls, a pioneer institution which serves the poor and under-privileged girls of the society. Bansi Lal Butail Girls School, another charitable educational institution established for the benefit of young girls of Palampur area was started by Butail. No fees is charged to the students-moreover most of their expenses like transportation and books is taken care of by the school itself. Butail managed and ran two big charitable trusts, Lala Gorimal Butail Trust and Bundla Tea Estate trust, which donated prime lands of Palampur and Shimla to hospitals and temples. Butail was instrumental in donating about 20000 square metres of prime land in Palampur to set up DAV Public School at Palampur, which today is one of the leading schools in the district.

He played a vital role in setting up the Tea Cooperative factories at Palampur and adjoining areas

Konongo, Ghana

Konongo is a gold bar mining and manganese mining community located in Ashanti, Ghana. The town serves as the capital of the Asante Akim Central Municipal; as of 2012, Konongo has a settlement population of 41,238 people. Konongo is about 53 kilometres from the Ashanti capital; the Gold mining town of Konongo has always been a lively town. It was a boisterous town many decades before the 1950s. Konongo was the commercial capital of the Kumasi East Council which became the Asante-Akyem District; the Gold mines, owned by British companies attracted many nationalities from the West African Sub-Region as well as other ethnic groups from the West African Sub-Region. Konongo Gold Mine Konongo Gold Mine is a suspended open pit mine in Ashanti and the Konongo Gold Mine produces bullion gold bars. In Raw Materials Data production data for gold for 6 years, between 1984 and 1992 can be found and the Konongo Gold Mine is controlled/owned by Signature Metals Ltd, Konongo Gold Mine is just one of 26,000 entities to be found in Raw Materials Data, the mining industry's most extensive database.

Konongo has manganese ores deposits estimated at over 1.7 million metric tonnes at Odumase near Konongo in Ashanti as the Ashanti manganese ores deposits have manganese content of 19.7%. Konogo-Odumase is the location of the Konongo-Odumase Senior High School, a coeducational second cycle institution, it was opened on 23 February 1953 In December 2017, over 100 students of the Konongo-Odumase Senior High School were displaced after a huge fire engulfed the school's boys’ dormitory on Saturday night. Professional footballer Sulley Muntari was born and raised in the town, as was percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah; some prominent lawyers from Konongo include: Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang Esq, a senior lecturer at the Ghana School of Law, Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi current Member of Parliament of Asante Akyem Central Constituency, S. K Boafo Esq, a private legal practitioner and politician, Richard Adu Darko Esq, a private legal practitioner and entrepreneur. Geology of Ghana Birimian Media related to Konongo at Wikimedia Commons