News for the day – 4 December 2019

Headlines

  • P Chidambaram will be in parliament session tomorrow at 11 am : Karti Chidambaram

  • Cabinet has given approval for the launch of Bharat Bond Exchange Traded Fund. Fund to provide additional money for CPSUs, CPSEs & other Government organizations Bharat Bond ETF would be the first corporate bond ETF in the country

  • ‘Phew. At last after 106 days :)’ : Tweeted Karti Chidambaram after the SC judgement

  • Supreme Court grants bail to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in INX Media Case

  • Sundar Pichai takes over as CEO of Alphabet as Google founders step down

  • Application seeking a stay on the implementation of the Electoral Bonds Scheme of 2018 to be heard by the Supreme Court in January 2020 : Bar & Bench

  • Sabarimala – Supreme Court agrees to hear next week application seeking directions for the State of Kerala to ensure safe passage and entry of women in the temple

  • Chief of the Naval Staff & Vice Chiefs of Indian Army and Indian Air Force pay homage at the National War Memorial on the occasion of Navy Day

  • Schools across India will now be rated on the basis of their Fitness Quotient. Fit India School Rating System to be launched today: Kiren Rijiju

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After more than 100 days, SC grants bail to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in INX Media Case

‘Phew. At last after 106 days :)’ : Tweeted Karti Chidambaram after the SC judgement

  • Supreme Court grants bail to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in INX Media money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate.
  • Justice Bopanna said, ‘Gravity of an offence required to be kept in mind. Gravity of an offence to be gathered from the facts and circumstances of each case.’
  • P. Chidambaram to execute Bailbond of Rs. 2 lakh and also produce two sureties.
  • To co-operate in the investigation and not to make any statements to the press.
  • Cannot travel overseas and must not tamper or influence witnesses.
  • The Court adds that this order will not to have any bearing on other related cases.
Source : Bar&Bench

Sundar Pichai takes over as CEO of Alphabet as Google founders step down

@Sundarpichai :

  • I’m excited about Alphabet’s long term focus on tackling big challenges through technology.
  • Thanks to Larry & Sergey, we have a timeless mission, enduring values and a culture of collaboration & exploration – a strong foundation we’ll continue to build on.

A letter from Larry and Sergey

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Read More : https://blog.google/inside-google/alphabet/letter-from-larry-and-sergey/

If only there was some way of monetising these ‘exports,’ India would have a perpetual balance of payments surplus! : Anand Mahindra

@anandmahindra : 

  • India’s most robust export product is probably the ‘Global CEO.’
    It’s now a universal perception that Indian executives are leadership material.
    If only there was some way of monetising these ‘exports,’ India would have a perpetual balance of payments surplus!

 

 

On Navy Day, we salute our courageous navy personnel. Their valuable service and sacrifice have made our nation stronger and safer : PM Modi

@indiannavy :

Chief of the Naval Staff & Vice Chiefs of Indian Army and Indian Air Force pay homage at the National War Memorial on the occasion of Navy Day.

 

 

Schools across India will now be rated on the basis of their Fitness Quotient

  • Schools across India will now be rated on the basis of their Fitness Quotient. Fitness of students, teachers, fitness infrastructure and fitness activities will determine how fit the school is.
  • Minisiter for Youth Affairs & Sports, Kiren Rijiju and HRD Minister, Dr RP Nishank will launch the Fit India School Rating System today.

 

 

‘Enjoyed a mesmerising cultural evening’

@drharshvardhan – Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare

  • Happy to have chaired a meeting with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations.
  • Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, that is protecting generations, celebrates the good work being done in India on the vaccination front !
  • Various issues were discussed with Gavi team members, including India’s Contribution to Gavi corpus. Under Phase 2 (2017-20), India agreed for an enhanced contribution of US$2 million per annum for 4 years. This contribution will come to an end in 2021.
  • Gavi is a public-private global health partnership, comprising of developing nations, donor govts,WHO,UNICEF,World Bank, the vaccine industry, CSOs & private philanthropists, aiming to increase the access to immunization in the world’s poorest countries.
  • Enjoyed a mesmerising cultural evening with team members of GAVI and hundred other delegates at a gala dinner in Delhi !
  • Some moments of sheer ecstasy as GAVI team and other delegates sang and danced with the cultural troupe members.

Official “Theme Song” of the Khelo India Youth Games, Guwahati 2020

 

 

Tamil Nadu

@mafoikprajan : MLA-Avadi, TN Minister for Art, Culture Archeology & Museums
  • Delighted to visit Heritage Gallery of Southern Railway in Egmore while meeting the GM-SR for Avadi related devptal issues.
  • Absolutely breathtaking storehouse of memories including transporting elephants through wagons, UNESCO for NMR, Royapuram creation, …Must see for all!

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Pic Courtesy : @mafoikprajan

 

 

Off-Beat

8th International Sand Art festival underway at Chandrabhaga beach, Konark, Odisha.
Few Glimpses of the Sand Art Festival, Pictures shared by @sudarsansand.

 

 

News for the day – 3 December 2019

Headlines

  • Rajya Sabha passes the SPG Bill. HM Amit Shah says ‘This Bill hasn’t been brought keeping in mind the Gandhi Family. There’s no connection between the two’

  • TN Chief Minister EPS visits the Mettupalayam tragedy site

  • The State Govt. must provide Government job to the family members of the deceased : MK Stalin

  • Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan representing Muslim parties sacked from further appearance in Ayodhya review : Bar & Bench

  • Chennai Engineer Shanmuga Subramanian (@Ramanean) on his twitter handle shares that NASA has credited him for locating the Vikram Lander debris

  • The Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander debris has been found by our NASA Moon mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter : NASA

  • The Govt has taken care of Article 370 without creating any new problems in Jammu and Kashmir : PM Modi in Jharkhand

  • Major fire breaks out at sand mining baron Sekar Reddy’s office in T.Nagar, Chennai

  • Ministry of Civil Aviation Launches Round 4 of Regional Connectivity Scheme – UDAN. Focus on Priority Regions NorthEast Region, Hilly States, J&K, Ladakh, and Islands

  • A proud moment for Indian Navy, Sub Lieutenant Shivangi created history as the first woman Naval pilot

  • Delhi Commission for Women, Chairperson, Swati Maliwal is on an indefinite strike at Jantar Mantar. She has also written to PM Modi over crimes against women in the country

  • Leaders pay tributes to Bharat Ratna, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the First President of Independent India on his birth anniversary

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‘Provide Government job to the family members’ : MK Stalin

  • DMK President MK Stalin met the family members of the 17 people who were killed in a house collapse at Mettupalayam in Tamil Nadu.
  • He demanded the State Government must provide Government job to the family members of the deceased.
  • He said the Rs 4 lakh solatium announced by the TN CM to the kin of the each of the deceased is not enough.

In Lok Sabha today DMK MP Kanimozhi demanded better facilities for students in hostels

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Rajya Sabha passes the SPG Bill. HM Amit Shah says ‘This Bill hasn’t been brought keeping in mind the Gandhi Family’

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Pic Courtesy : RSTV
  • This Bill hasn’t been brought keeping in mind the Gandhi Family. There’s no connection between the two. The SPG has been taken away after proper threat assessment on them.
  • The Special Protection Group isn’t just for the security of the PM, it will also take care of the communications, the health, the bugging in his office and home and further more.
  • The SPG is formed by CRPF, ITBP, SSF, police and other such forces. I want to tell everyone that these three protectees are being protected by people who’ve been part of the SPG even today.
  • Chandrasekhar Ji’s security was taken away as well. VP Singh’s security, too, was taken away. Narsimha Rao went through the same. IK Gujral, too, went through it.
  • Recently, Manmohan Singh Ji’s security was reduced as well. Congress did not do anything or raise any voice.
  • Laws should be same for everyone; it can’t be specially made for just one family. We aren’t against the family, we’re against family-ism.

The Chandrayaan2 Vikram lander debris has been found : NASA

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This image shows the Vikram Lander impact point and associated debris field. Green dots indicate spacecraft debris (confirmed or likely). Blue dots locate disturbed soil, likely where small bits of the spacecraft churned up the regolith. “S” indicates debris identified by Shanmuga Subramanian. This portion of the Narrow Angle Camera mosaic was made from images M1328074531L/R and M1328081572L/R acquired Nov. 11.
Credits: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University.

The Chandrayaan 2 Vikram lander was targeted for a highland smooth plain about 600 kilometers from the south pole; unfortunately the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with their lander shortly before the scheduled touchdown (Sept. 7 in India, Sept. 6 in the United States).  Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team released the first mosaic (acquired Sept. 17) of the site on Sept. 26 and many people have downloaded the mosaic to search for signs of Vikram. Shanmuga Subramanian contacted the LRO project with a positive identification of debris. After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images. When the images for the first mosaic were acquired the impact point was poorly illuminated and thus not easily identifiable. Two subsequent image sequences were acquired on Oct. 14 and 15, and Nov. 11. The LROC team scoured the surrounding area in these new mosaics and found the impact site (70.8810°S,  22.7840°E, 834 m elevation) and associated debris field. The November mosaic had the best pixel scale (0.7 meter) and lighting conditions (72° incidence angle).

The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 meters northwest of the main crash site and was a single bright pixel identification in that first mosaic (1.3 meter pixels, 84° incidence angle). The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.

Source & Pic Credit : NASA

Chennai Engineer Shanmuga Subramanian on his twitter handle shares that NASA has credited him for locating the Vikram Lander debris

Chennai Engineer, Shanmuga Subramanian, used lunar images from NASA’s Moon’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and studied them to locate the debris of the lander.

Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan says he has been sacked from Babri case

@RajeevDhavan :

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The Govt has taken care of Article 370 without creating any new problems in Jammu and Kashmir : PM Modi in Jharkhand

Addressing a rally in Jharkhand ahead of the second phase of polling on December 7, PM Modi said ‘We abolished Article 370, we have taken hard decisions. We took care of it without creating any new problems in Jammu and Kashmir’.

@narendramodi :

  • Thank you Jharkhand for the affection!
  • Here are glimpses from today’s rallies in Khunti and Jamshedpur.
  • The people of Jharkhand do not want an unstable and corrupt Government of Congress and JMM.
  • They want a development oriented government of the BJP.

 

NCP leader Supriya Sule raised the issue of social security for media personnel

@supriya_sule :

During the Zero Hour in the Parliament, I spoke about the difficult conditions in which the Reporters, Cameramen and their team have to work while covering the News.

 

Sub Lieutenant Shivangi created history as the first woman Naval pilot

A proud moment for Indian Navy, Sub Lieutenant Shivangi created history as the first woman Naval pilot. The coveted “Wings” were presented to her by VAdm AK Chawla, FOCinC (South).

As the first woman pilot to enter the naval aircraft cockpit Sub Lt Shivangi opens yet another avenue for other aspiring youngsters.A proud moment for her being shared by Vice Adm AK Chawla and her parents.

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Pic Courtesy :@indiannavy

 

India wins three more medals in athletics to take their overall tally to 23 at the South Asian Games in Nepal

@KirenRijiju : 

India won three more medals in athletics to take their overall tally to 23 at the South Asian Games in Nepal. India won gold (Sarvesh Anil KU) and silver (Chetan Balasubrahmanya) in men’s high jump while Kavita Yadav won silver in women’s 10,000m

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