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ISRO launches communication satellite GSAT-29

ISRO satellites


ISRO’s heavy-lift rocket GSLV-Mark-Three has proven its reliability by successfully launching the communication satellite GSAT-29.

It lifted off this evening at 05.08 hours from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

In a little over 16 minutes, it injected the country’s second high-throughput communication satellite GSAT-29 into the geostationary transfer orbit.

ISRO chairman Dr Sivan, in his congratulatory message to his fellow scientists, said, the GSLV Mark-Three has entered majestically into the list of operational launch vehicles today.

It will enable the Chandrayaan-II mission in January next and the Gaganyaan in the next three years.

Mr Sivan also said, the satellite GSAT-29 will help the Digital India programme in a substantive way in ensuring digital connectivity in remotest parts.

The GSLV Mark Three injected the satellite in an orbit closer to the earth at 190 km and farthest at 35,975 km.

Later, the satellite will be brought to the intended circular and geostationary orbit of 36000 km radius using remote manoeuvring by scientists.

The first test-flight of the 43.49-meter tall GSLV-Mark-Three rocket in June last year has also been a resounding success. It has one of the world’s most powerful cryogenic engines, that generates power as high as two megawatts.

Overall, this is the 67th launch from Sriharikota for the ISRO and the fifth launch this year.

The payload GSAT-29 is the country’s 33rd communication satellite built by the ISRO. It is in effect a high-throughput multi-beam satellite meant for hi-speed data transfer in the North East and other far-flung regions of the nation. It weighs 3423 kg during lift off and has an operational life of over ten years.

The multi-beam, high-throughput communication satellite GSAT-29 carries Ku and Ka-band transponders. They can ensure hi-speed data transfer without going for any extra bandwidth.


Football: India needs to play more Intl friendly matches against stronger teams, says Coach Constantine


Harpal Singh Bedi / New Delhi

India’s Chief football coach Stephen Constantine on Wednesday opined that India needs to play more international friendly matches with stronger teams in pre preparation for the AFC Asian Cup to be held in UAE in January next year.

Talking to media persons in New Delhi on the eve of team’s departure for Amman to play a friendly match against Jordon there on 17 November, the coach was of the view that the contest will provide his team a chance to experiment tactics and gain valuable experience.

The match against Jordan would prove to be extremely beneficial for the Indian National Team. “We want to do well in our preparation for the AFC Asian Cup and the clash against Jordan will aid us in that as Jordan are a good side and they have a number of good players in their ranks”, Constantine said.

“We have a plan that we would like to implement during the game and we have watched the teams a lot. We had watched China three to four times and we are prepared for the challenges that come our way”, he added.

Further elaborating, the coach said “We need to play teams like Jordan leading up to the AFC Asian Cup where we would be under pressure. Even the game against China was the same where if you commit a mistake around the 18 yard box, you can easily concede. However, both sides are good technical sides and both will present different challenges”

“Our preparation to the AFC Asian Cup will also include a match against Oman and another friendly in December which is yet to be fixed” he said

India have been draw in Group A of the AFC Asian Cup alongside hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain and face Thailand in their opening match on January 06.

The Indian squad will leave for Jordan tomorrow, after a three-day camp in the capital where 30 players were called by the coach including 18 year old FIFA U-17 World Cupper Komal Thatal.

However, the team will be without the presence of Sunil Chhetri who has been ruled out of the tie courtesy of an ankle injury.

“Sunil missing for the clash against Jordan is a big blow for us. He is a great player and has been fantastic for us. He is one of those players that is irreplaceable but somebody has to take his place for the match against Jordan”

“However it is a great opportunity for young players to step up and although you cannot find a player of his calibre and class we need to see if the young player step up and take this opportunity”

“We need to find somebody who will be there when we don’t have Sunil Chhetri so that there is no void left in the team”, Stephen informed.

“We deserved to be in the AFC Asian Cup and we are in the best position that India has been in, in some time. We will travel to Abu Dhabi with 28 players before the tournament starts and then we will drop 5 players”, the English coach stated.

“I am trying to cover all the bases and I don’t want my best players to remain injured and one of them right now is Sunil Chhetri”

Complementing the Indian backline, Stephen said, “We would be under pressure in the AFC Asian Cup and our backline has been pretty stable. We want to put out the best team in the AFC Asian Cup to win taking in consideration the factors of the other teams and their quality”

This will be the first time ever in their football history that, India will face Jordan. The friendly comes on the back of a goalless draw against powerhouses China in October 8 where India put up a superb performance to hold Marcelo Lippi’s men in a draw..

SC reserves order on pleas seeking court-monitored probe in Rafale deal

The Opposition parties led by the Congress have alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France.



The Supreme Court today reserved its order on pleas seeking court-monitored probe in the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph concluded the arguments advanced by various parties.

The petitioners have also sought registration of FIR in connection with the alleged irregularities in the deal.

Earlier in the day, the Apex Court refused to reveal the pricing details of the deal which have been submitted by the government in a sealed cover.

Centre defended the secrecy clause related to the pricing of the 36 Rafale fighter jets in the Court and said it cannot divulge details of the deal.

Attorney General KK Venugopal told the bench that these matters are for the experts to deal with. He said, the government has been saying that even Parliament has not been told about the complete cost of jets.

The top law officer said the Centre has given in a sealed cover the complete details of the Rafale jets, the weapons to be fitted on the aircraft and other requirements.

The Centre on Monday had submitted to the Apex Court in a sealed cover, the pricing details of the Rafale jets.

Defending the secrecy clause related to the pricing of the jets, Mr Venugopal said, the country’s adversaries may get advantages if the entire details on the pricing is disclosed.

Rafale fighter jets deal row in Supreme Court – UPDATES:

* The Air Marshal and Vice-Marshals can go back. It is a different war game here in court. You can go to the actual war rooms, says CJI Ranjan Gogoi after hearing senior Indian Air Force officials on the issue of Rafale deal.

* The more than 5-hour long marathon hearing has ended in the Supreme Court and it has reserved the order in the Rafale deal matter. The court today heard the Centre, the petitioners and the Indian Air Force in the case.

* The Centre tells the Supreme Court that there is no sovereign guarantee from the French government on the delivery of 36 Rafale jets, but there is a letter of comfort from the French Prime Minister.

* Supreme Court has asked Additional Secretary, the Defence Ministry, as to “why were the offset guidelines changed in 2015? What about the country’s interest? What if the offset partner doesn’t do any production?” AG Venugopal, meanwhile, says Dassault Aviation has not yet submitted details of the offset partner to the government.

Kishore Kumar, the versatile artist of Indian Cinema

Kishore Kumar

By Onkar Singh

Kishore Kumar was one of the versatile Indian playback singer, actor, lyricist-composer producer-director and screenwriter of Indian cinema. He remained active from 1949 until his death in 1987. He was famous for singing upbeat light songs, and light comical acting roles. However in his long career, he worked in almost every capacity in the Hindi films industry; not only as a singer and actor but also as a screenwriter, producer, director, and script writer.
Kishore Kumar was born in a Bengali family in Khandwa as Abhas Kumar Ganguly. His father Kunjalal Ganguly was a lawyer and his mother Gouri Devi came from a wealthy family. Kishore was the youngest of his siblings with the older three Ashok, Sati Devi, and Anoop.

After Ashok became a star at Bollywood, the Ganguly family visited Mumbai regularly. It was then that Abhas Kumar changed his name to “Kishore Kumar” and started his cinema career as a chorus singer at Bombay Talkies. His first film appearance was in “Shikari” in which his brother worked. Though he got into a lot of films after Shikari yet his real interest was in singing and he didn’t want to pursue acting as his career.

His few commercially success were Ladki, Naukri, Baap re Baap etc.

Credited of spotting Kishore talent goes to Music Director S. D. Burman who heard Kishore singing thus recorded his voice for Dev Anand’s Muniumji and a lot more. With this, his singing career grew and he recorded several songs thus adding them to his bucket list.

Kishor Kumar sang the most number of songs in his career for Rajesh Khanna. Kumar sang 245 songs picturized on Rajesh Khanna across 92 films which are an unbeatable record for a singer-actor combination. He also sang 202 for Jeetendra, 119 for Dev Anand and 131 for Amitabh in his entire lifetime

In the 1970s and 1980s, he also produced and directed a lot of movies. Pyar Zindagi Hai, Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi were some notable productions.

Kishore Kumar on coming to awards has received numerous awards in his lifetime. Starting from best playback singers to Filmfare awards.

Kishore Kumar occupies a special place in Hindi cinema. But, surprisingly, there have hardly been any in-depth biographies on him. A few years ago, there were talks in Bollywood about making a biopic. During a trip to Kolkata, actor Ranbir Kapoor once spoke of his eagerness to play the part. And it’s easy to see why. For an actor worth his salt, a complex, colourful character like Kishore Kumar’s would be the role of a lifetime.

Parliamentarians Pay Tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru


Staff Reporter / New Delhi

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan led parliamentarians in paying floral tributes at the portrait of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the Central Hall of Parliament House on his birth anniversary today.

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh; Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad; Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs & Statistics and Programme Implementation Vijay Goel; Chairperson of Public Accounts Committee Mallikarjun Kharge; Former Deputy Prime Minister and Chairperson, Ethics Committee (Lok Sabha), L. K. Advani; Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, Members of Parliament and former Members of Parliament paid tributes to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

The Secretaries-General of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Snehlata Shrivastava and Shri Desh Deepak Verma, respectively also paid floral tributes.

A booklet containing the profile of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, brought out in Hindi and English by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, was presented to the dignitaries.

The portrait of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was unveiled by the then President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, in the Central Hall of Parliament House on 5 May 1966.

NITI Aayog, UNICEF launches UNICEF-Atal Tinkering Lab Hackthon

It is meant to encourage children towards making new innovations



NITI Aayog and UNICEF today launched UNICEF- Atal Tinkering LabHackthon to encourage children towards making new innovations. The Hackthon is a 72-hour problem solving quest. The winners of hackthon will be announced on 20th of this month.

Speaking on the occasion NITI Aayogvice chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar said, Atal Tinkering Labs and Atal Innovation Mission are a bridge between innovation and schools across the country, providing solutions to grassroots problems.

UN Resident Coordinator in India Yuri Afanasiev, said, India’s ecosystem of innovation is inspiring anditis interesting to see how young people are producing low-cost, high-impact solutions.


India remembers Jawaharlal Nehru on his 129th birth anniversary



The nation remembers the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his 129th birth anniversary today. The day is also being celebrated as Children’s Day.

President Ramnath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Pandit Nehru on the occasion. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, we recall his contribution to our freedom struggle and during his tenure as Prime Minister.

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi also paid tributes to Pt. Nehru at his Samadhi-Shanti Vana in New Delhi.


British, EU negotiators reach agreement on terms of Brexit deal

Theresa May

British and EU negotiators have reached an agreement on the terms of a Brexit deal on a “technical level”.

The Press Association news agency citing a government source reported in London today that the draft will be examined by the British cabinet on Wednesday.

Ireland’s public broadcaster RTE cited two government sources said a text had been agreed to resolve the Irish border issue, a key sticking point.