Sunday, December 1, 2013

India’s Mars mission’s escape velocity make it enter next orbit

1 12 2013
 
 
India
India’s maiden mission to Mars left Earth’s orbit early on Sunday and successfully entered the second phase of its 10-month-long voyage to the Red Planet after performing a crucial manoeuvre described as “mother of all slingshots”.
Clearing a critical hurdle to achieve a major milestone in the country’s space history, ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft or ‘Mangalyaan’ was placed in the designated Mars Transfer Trajectory in a 22-minute manoeuvre almost an hour past midnight without any hitch to tear itself away from Earth’s gravitational pull.
It marked the first step of the Mars mission’s 680 million-km-long voyage to its destination to put on course the India’s first ever inter-planetary space odyssey.
“Following the completion of this manoeuvre, the Earth orbiting phase of the spacecraft ended. The spacecraft is now on a course to encounter Mars after a journey of about 10 months around the Sun,” the Bangalore-headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) said in a statement.
During this manoeuvre, which began at 00:49 hours, the spacecraft’s 440 Newton liquid engine was fired for about 22 minutes providing a velocity increment of 648 metres/second to the spacecraft.
ISRO performed the trans-Mars injection, a “crucial event” intended for hurling its Mars Orbiter spacecraft into the planned orbit around the Sun.
It has planned four mid-course corrections in case of any deviation along its path to the Martian orbit before its expected arrival in the orbit of the Red planet in September 2014.
ISRO had performed five orbit-raising manoeuvres on its Mars Orbiter, raising the apogee (farthest point from Earth) of the spacecraft to over 1.92 lakh km, before it performed the “mother of all slingshots.”
The spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Spacecraft Control Centre at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in Bangalore with support from Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) antennae at Byalalu.
The success of the spacecraft, scheduled to orbit Mars by September, could carry India into a small club of nations including the US, Europe, and Russia, whose probes have orbited or landed on Mars. More than half of all missions to the planet have ended in failure, including China’s in 2011 and Japan’s in 2003.
ISRO’s PSLV C 25 successfully injected the 1,350-kg ‘Mangalyaan’ Orbiter (Mars craft) into the orbit around the earth some 44 minutes after a text book launch at 2.38 PM from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on November 5, marking the successful completion of the first stage of the Rs 450-crore mission.




Tejpal remanded in 6-day police custody

1 12 2013
 
 
Tejpal remanded in 6-day police custody, grilling begins
Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a woman colleague, was on Sunday sent to police remand for six days following which Crime Branch officials began grilling him.
Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Shama Joshi ordered six days’ police custody of Tejpal after the prosecution sought his remand for 14 days.
Public prosecutor Frances Tavera sought police custody of Tejpal saying his custodial interrogation was needed because of the nature of the crime involved.
Tejpal’s lawyers opposed the demand for police custody saying he was cooperating with the Crime Branch.
A woman journalist employed with Tehelka had accused its editor Tejpal of sexually assaulting her twice on November 7 and 8 in a lift in a five star hotel in Goa.
He has been booked under Sections 354A (outraging the modesty of a woman) and 376 (2)(K) (custodial rape) of IPC.
Tejpal, who was arrested at 9 PM yesterday after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by a District and Sessions judge, was brought to the magistrate’s court by Goa police crime branch before noon on Sunday.
In her 25-page order, District and Sessions Judge Anuja Prabhudesai has yesterday observed that, “The statement of the victim and the documents in the form of emails etc., details of which need not be reproduced here, prima facie indicate that the applicant, who was her mentor and father figure, had not only outraged her modesty but had misused his position, betrayed her trust and violated her body.”
The judge had said the applicant is not only an influential person but the record prima facie indicates that the applicant tried to influence the family of the victim and the possibility of the applicant interfering with the evidence cannot be ruled out.
Immediately after the magistrate’s order on Sunday, Tejpal was taken to the Crime Branch headquarters at Dona Paula for interrogation.
Police sources said that serious interrogation of Tejpal began only on Sunday.
Earlier, Tejpal spent the night in a police lock-up here with three persons, including two murder accused.
He was referred for mandatory medical check-up at Goa Medical College near here at 12:30 midnight.
The 50-year-old-journalist refused to talk to the media after emerging from the medical college.
He was accompanied by his lawyer and his family joined him outside the police headquarters, before he was taken to the lock-up at around 2 AM.
Police sources added that he remained calm after his arrest, during medical check-up and also in the lock-up.
He was supplied with a new pair of clothes by his family, as allowed by the ourt. The Crime Branch sleuths posted their guards outside the lock-up.
The dingy lock-up is located inside the Police Headquarters in Panaji, overlooking the office of the Director General of Police (DGP).
Tejpal’s arrest came ten days after it became public that he had allegedly sexually assaulted the woman.




Diesel price hiked by 50 paise; petrol rates unchanged

1 12 2013
 
 
Diesel price hiked by 50 paise; petrol rates unchanged
Diesel prices have been hiked by 50 paise per litre on Saturday but there will be no revision in rates of petrol this fortnight.
The price increase, the 11th since January, excludes local sales tax or VAT and will be effective from Saturday midnight, oil companies announced. The price of diesel in Delhi will be hiked by 57 paise, including tax, to Rs 53.67 per litre, while it will cost Rs 60.70 a litre in Mumbai as against 60.08 currently.
There will be no change in petrol prices as oil companies decided not to pass on the 25-30 paise increase necessitated by depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar.
State-owned oil firms, which revise petrol prices on the 1st and 16th of every month based on trends in oil prices and currency exchange rate in the preceding fortnight, had left the rates unchanged even on 16th November.
Petrol prices were last revised on 1st November, when it was cut by Rs 1.15 a litre. It costs Rs 71.02 a litre in Delhi currently.
The government allowed oil companies in January to raise diesel prices in small doses every month to wipe out mounting losses.




Rajasthan Assembly poll turnout nearly 75 per cent

1 12 2013
 
 
Raj polls: Turnout nearly 75 per cent Updated on : 01-12-2013 08:04 PM
Nearly 75 per cent voters have exercised their franchise in Rajasthan Assembly polls on Sunday to decide the fate of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his bete noire BJP’s Vasundhra Raje among others.
The turnout was 74.38 per cent, the highest-ever in the desert state, the Election Commission said. The fate of 2,087 candidates, including Gehlot and Raje, was sealed in the Electronic Voting Machines after the exercise which saw police firing in the air at a few places to restore calm.
A pick up was also set ablaze and reports of attempt to capture a booth and malfunctioning of EVMs were reported from some places, officials said.
The voting was held for 199 out of 200 assembly seats up for grabs. Polling was adjourned in Churu constituency to 13th December following the death of BSP candidate Jagdish Meghwal.
Police fired in the air to disperse a group of persons trying to disturb polling at Saleempur in Dausa district, at Rein in Alwar and near Khumber-Deeg in Bharatpur, ADGP (Law and Order) Navdeep Singh said. No one was injured and the polling went on smoothly at these places, he said. “No untoward incident was reported within 200 metres of polling booths in the entire state,” the ADGP said.
A pick van was set ablaze by some persons at Fatehpur in Sikar district, the ADGP said. Some anti-socials tried to capture a booth in Rupwas area in Bharatpur district leading to suspension of the polling briefly.
“After a brief interruption, the polling resumed,” Bharatpur Collector Neeraj K Pawan said.
Gehlot, his wife, son and daughter-in-law cast votes at Vardhman Jain upper primary school in Mahamandir area in Jodhpur.
Gehlot is trying his luck from his home turf Sardarpura in Jodhpur district and chief ministerial aspirant Raje from Jhalarapatan constituency in Jhalawar district.
In 2003 assembly elections, the turnout was 68.18 per cent and in 2008, it was 66.49 per cent, Election Commission officials said.
No votes were cast in a polling booth in Dug assembly seat in Jhalawar district with the electorate boycotting the democratic exercise.
The Congress and the BJP fielded 200 candidates each and the BSP 195. As many as 758 Independents also threw their hats into the ring Some 50 EVMs were found faulty and were replaced, the officials said.
According to tentative figures, Jaisalmer recorded 77.50 per cent voting, Hanumangarh 74.14, Jhalawar 73.02, Ganganagar 72.60, Chittorgarh 70.31 and Banswara 69.58, they said.
Counting of votes will take place on 8th December.




Bhullar bags fifth Asian Tour title with win in Indonesia

1 12 2013

Bhullar bags fifth Asian Tour title with win in Indonesia
Three Indians in top-6

Jakarta, Indonesia, December 1, 2013: Gaganjeet Bhullar bagged his fifth Asian Tour title with victory at the Indonesia Open on Sunday. Bhullar shot scores of 64, 67, 69 and 69 to total 16-under-268 for the week. He Malaysian Nicholas Fung and Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat finished three strokes behind Bhullar in joint second.

Jyoti Randhawa claimed fifth place at 11-under-273 while Anirban Lahiri secured tied sixth at 10-under-274 to make it three Indians in the top-6. PGTI member Md Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh finished with a four-day total of 12-under-272 to bag fourth place.

Bhullar, who had a forgettable outing at the World Cup of Golf last week, fired a bogey-free 68 in the final round to come home the winner. He thus ended up being the wire-to-wire leader from round one till the very end.

Gaganjeet sank all his three birdies on Sunday on the back-nine – 11th, 13th and 14th. He was solid through the week having conceded only three bogeys and a double-bogey over the last four days. Interestingly, the 25-year-old had also won his first Asian Tour title in Indonesia back in 2009.

Bhullar has had a brilliant season so far. He had posted a runner-up finish at the Avantha Masters, a European Tour & Asian Tour co-sanctioned event, earlier this year. This win is expected to push him up on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, where he is currently ranked sixth.

Former Asia no. 1 Jyoti Randhawa fired a 69 to record his second top-5 on the Asian Tour in the last one month.

Anirban Lahiri, a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, posted a 68 in the final round in Indonesia to grab a share of sixth place.




Thidapa bags top honours at Hero Women’s Indian

1 12 2013
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Consistent Thidapa bags top honours at Hero Women’s Indian Open 2013

New Delhi, November 30: Thailand pro Thidapa Suwannapura maintained outright lead to win her maiden Ladies European Tour (LET) title at the seventh Hero Women’s Indian Open golf tournament at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Thidapa didn’t lose her concentration and led throughout the day to shoot a bogey-free four-under 68 in the final round for an aggregate of eight-under 208. She scored a three-stroke victory over first-day joint leader Valentine Derrey of France, who ran short of her maiden LET victory after a two-under 70 on Saturday.
“It’s an amazing thing to win at the Hero Women’s Indian Open. I didn’t think that I am going to win this tournament since this course is very tough. Even in the beginning of the round, I thought I didn’t have a strong chance. But I concentrated more on my game than other factors and won eventually,” said Thidapa.
Thidapa also ensured that the trophy remained in Thailand as last year it was her compatriot Pornanong Phatlum, who won her third Hero Women’s Indian Open title.  
Another Thai Saraporn Chamchoi made a late charge but a bogey on 16th crushed her title hopes as she finished third with Hannah Burke of England, who shot a fine 68.
DGC amateur Gauri Monga entertained the local crowd with her consistent round of two-under 70 to finish tied fifth in the company of US veteran Beth Allen, who shot the day’s best round of six-under 66, and England sensation Charley Hull (70). They ended their campaign five strokes behind the winner Thidapa.
Gauri’s finish is India’s second-best performance at the Hero Women’s Indian Open after Meghna Bal and Irina Brar finished tied fourth in the first edition of the tournament in 2007.
Earlier in the day, Thidapa, one of the three Thai golfers to play on the Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA), received challenge from Derrey and Saraporn, but she didn’t let the lead slip away from her hands.
Thidapa was off to a flying start when she picked a birdie on the very first hole. The steady golfer continued her excellent form, firing another birdie on nine. Playing in her group, Valentine emerged as a strong threat to Thidapa. The Frenchwoman started the day one stroke behind Thidapa but caught up with the Thai girl with birdies on fourth and sixth. Valentine slipped back after dropping a shot on seventh. She, however, picked up a birdie on eighth, but managed only pars on the remaining holes finishing for the runners-up position.
Even as Valentine was making a charge, it was Saraporn, who also emerge as potential threat for her compatriot. Coming from behind, Saraporn, who started the day with a bogey on the first, knocked in two birdies in succession on eighth and ninth. She was not a factor till then, but the 21-year old shot into contention with three birdies in a row (13th, 14th and 15th) to join Thidapa in the lead. But just when it mattered the most, Saraporn fumbled and dropped her shot on the 16th to slip out of contention.  
Thidapa, on the other hand held her nerve in crucial moments and shot birdies on 13th and 14th without dropping any shots thereafter ensuring her victory.
 “I was so focused on my game that I didn’t know that I had missed only one fairway today and also made no bogey. I knew it only when Vatentine and my caddie told me. I didn’t not make a lot of mistakes and that helped me win here,” said Thidapa.
Thidapa has retained her LPGA card, but she wants to play on LET as well. “I will prefer LPGA to LET, but will play on the European tour whenever I have a week off,” she said.    
Hero Women’s Indian Open
Delhi Golf Club
November 28-30, 2013
Final Scores:
208 – Thidapa Suwannapura (THA)  66 74 68
211 – Valentine Derrey (FRA)  66 75 70
212 – Hannah Burke (ENG)  73 71 68, Saraporn Chamchoi (THA)  73 70 69
213 – Charley Hull (ENG)  69 72 72, Gauri Monga (IND)  73 70 70, Beth Allen (USA)  74 73 66
215 – Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)  72 73 70, Ye Na Chung (KOR)  73 72 70
216 – Pennapa Pulsawath (THA)  73 72 71
217 – Klara Spilkova (CZE)  78 68 71, Maria Balikoeva (RUS)  73 74 70, Bo-Mi Suh (KOR)  70 75 72
218 – Gwladys Nocera (FRA)  75 72 71, Rungthiwa Pangjan (THA)  75 70 73
219 – Tanaporn Kongkiatkrai (THA)  76 74 69, Camilla Lennarth (SWE)  73 73 73, Mallory Fraiche (USA)  73 76 70, Nanthikarn Rakasachat (THA)  73 72 74, Hannah Jun (USA)  68 76 75
220 – Connie Chen (RSA)  76 70 74, Sophie Giquel-bettan (FRA)  73 76 71, Nontaya Srisawang (THA)  73 72 75
221 – Becky Morgan (WAL)  73 78 70, Neha Tripathi (IND)  74 75 72, Titiya Plucksataporn (THA)  70 75 76, Sarah Kemp (AUS)  71 75 75
222 – Grace Lee (KOR)  71 76 75, Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)  73 74 75, Liz Young (ENG)  76 74 72, Tandi Von Ruben (RSA)  73 77 72, Nikki Campbell (AUS)  76 70 76, Linda Wessberg (SWE)  73 76 73
223 – Gurbani Singh (IND)  78 75 70, Lucie Andre (FRA)  73 79 71, Smriti Mehra (IND)  77 73 73, Danielle Montgomery (ENG)  72 76 75, Vani Kapoor (IND)  73 78 72, Patcharajutar Kongkrapan (THA)  74 75 74, Noora Tamminen (FIN)  73 76 74
224 – Ann-Kathrin Lindner (GER)  75 74 75, Ridhima Dilawari (IND)  77 74 73, Sophie Gustafson (SWE)  71 75 78
225 – Sharmila Nicollet (IND)  75 78 72, Tiranan Yoopan (THA)  73 77 75, Felicity Johnson (ENG)  73 76 76
226 – Sahra Hassan (WAL)  76 74 76, Jaruporn Palakawong Na Ayutthaya (THA)  75 75 76, Rhea Nair (IND)  77 74 75, Wichanee Meechai (THA)  74 75 77, Kylie Walker (SCO)  72 75 79, Sophie Walker (ENG)  73 80 73
227 – Minea Blomqvist (FIN)  79 70 78, Maha Haddioui (MAR)  78 74 75
228 – Florentyna Parker (ENG)  74 79 75, Janya Morrakotphan (THA)  77 75 76, Holly Clyburn (ENG)  78 74 76
229 – Eleanor Givens (ENG)  74 76 79
230 – Emily Taylor (ENG)  79 74 77, Gursimar Badhwal (IND)  77 75 78
231 – Kiran Matharu (ENG)  75 73 83, Aditi Ashok (IND)  76 77 78, Sophie Sandolo (ITA)  74 78 79
232 – Maria Salinas (PER)  73 80 79
234 – Julie Greciet (FRA)  74 77 83
236 – Vikki Laing (SCO)  73 78 85
RTD – Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)




Exciting finish brings the curtains down on the JK Tyre Racing Championship

1 12 2013
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  • Vishnu Prasad clinches championship in JK Racing India Series (FB02) in his debut year
  • Rahil Noorani highest points finisher in JK Tyre-VW Polo Cup
  • Sarosh Hataria seals championship title in the Formula LGB 4 category

Greater Noida, December 1: The final round of the JK Tyre Racing Championship came to a thrilling finish in front of over 10,000 vocal spectators and motor sports fans at the Buddh International Circuit. After setting the tone on Saturday, the best drivers in India came up some spectacular high speed action as the country’s premier motor racing championship drew to a close with the crowning of champions.
Vishnu Prasad of Meco Racing became the first ever champion in the JK Racing India Series that was introduced this year by JK Tyre in technical partnership with Italian racing outfit, Eurointernational. In the Formula LGB 4, redoubtable Sarosh Hataria of Dark Don Racing took the champion’s title, while Rahil Noorani of Mumbai took the top honours in the JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup.
In the final two races of the JK FB02, Kolhapur-based, Chittesh Mandody, who clinched his maiden victory in this class on Saturday, came up with a stunning repeat performance by taking two more victories making a hat-trick of wins over the weekend. Arjun Maini, who was in the running for the championship along with Vishnu Prasad, finished third in the first race of FB02 class, which he followed by a third place finish in second race of the day. Championship leader, Prasad, finished second and third respectively in the two races, which was enough to ensure him the championship with 179 points. For his super effort in his debut year in the class, Prasad has earned himself a free test in European Formula 3 in Italy with Eurointernational.    
In the JK Tyre Volkswagen Polo R Cup, Gaurav Mehta won the first race of the day, with Jeffrey Kruger and Rahil Noorani in second and third places respectively. In the second race, Kruger was back at the top ahead of Noorani and Karthik Tharani. But being an invitation driver, Kruger’s points were not taken into account towards the championship. As a result, Noorani was crowned as the champion in the VW Polo R Cup with a total of 392 points. Prashant Tharani finished the year with 368 points in second place, while Angad Matharoo ended the season in third place with 312 points.
In the only race of the Formula LGB 4 of the day, Kartik Krishna took a fine victory ahead of Vishnu Prasad and Rohit Khanna. Despite finishing outside the top three, it was Hataria’s day, as he was formally crowned as the champion with 230 points, followed by Prasad at 162 points and Krishna in third place on the points table with a tally of 149 points.     
But it was the Ultima Queens, who brought the house down when they lined up on the grid for the final race of the day. Sheila Verschuur from The Netherlands once again repeated yesterday’s performance to clinch a fine victory, with Edina Bus and Lieette Braams-Van finishing in second and third places respectively.

          
JK  FB02 – Day 2 Race 1
Position
Driver
Time
1
Chittesh Mandody
24.05.329
2
Vishnu Prasad
24.13.588
3
Arjun Maini
24.13.727

JK Racing India Series FB02 – Day 2 Race 2
Position
Driver
Time
1
Chittesh Mandody
21.47.537
2
Arjun Maini
21.53.699
3
Vishnu Prasad
21.54.008

FLGB 4 – Day 2 Race 1
Position
Driver
Time
1
Kartik Krishna
23.04.811
2
Vishnu Prasad
23.05.616
3
Rohit Khanna
23.05.840

VW Polo R Cup – Day2  Race 1
Position
Driver
Time
1
Gaurav Mehta
12.06.831
2
Jeffrey Kruger
12.08.605
3
Rahil Noorani
12.11.745

VW Polo R Cup – Day 2 Race 2
Position
Driver
Time
1
Jeffrey Kruger
19.49.381
2
Rahil Noorani
19.59.032
3
Karthik Tharani
20.01.403


Ultima Queens – Day 2 Race 1
Position
Driver
Time
1
Sheila Verschuur
15.38.173
2
Edina Bus
15.46.466
3
Liesette Braams – Van
15.55.484

Championship Points Standings: JK Tyre Racing Championship

JK Racing India Series – FB02
Position
Driver
Team
Total Points
1
Vishnu Prasad
EuroInternational

2
Arjun Maini
EuroInternational

3
Chittesh Mandody
EuroInternational


FLGB  4
Position
Driver
Team
Total Points
1
Sarosh Hataria
Dark Don Racing
230
2
Vishnu Prasad
Meco Racing
162
3
Kartik Krishna
Dark Don Racing
149


JK Tyre Racing Championship 2013 Round 4
VW Polo R Cup
Position
Driver
Team
Total Points
1
Rahil Noorani
Volkswagen
392
2
Prashanth Tharani
Volkswagen
368
3
Angad Matharu
Volkswagen
312

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CONGRESS GOVTS DECELERATES THE PACE OF DEVELOPMENT IN DELHI-SUKHBIR

1 12 2013
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•        NDA committed to realise Vajpayee’s dreams of making the national capital as world’ most well planned city
•        Congress making mockery of Delhi people by Quoting Delhi as a developed city
New Delhi, December 1
President Shiromani Akali Dal and Deputy Chief Minister Punjab Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today lashed at Congress for decelerating the pace of development initiated by NDA and BJP governments to make the capital of world’s largest democracy as most well planned city of the world. He said that Congress led centre and Delhi governments manipulated the development plans to fill the coffers of its coterie.
          Addressing an election rally in the favour of BJP candidate Mr. Rajiv Babbar at Tilak Nagar , Mr. Badal said that the last BJP government had scaled a complete layout plan for the overall development of Delhi and NDA government did its best to complete the work on these plans in a time bound manner. He said that even Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was also set up during the BJP government of Delhi in May 1995 and total ground work and planning was done by BJP government in the subsequent two-three years. Mr. Badal said that former Prime Minister Attal Bihari Vajpayee had also expressed his desire to develop this city as a model of excellence while inaugurating the Delhi metro in December 2002. He said that these were not just the dreams as Delhi has such a high potential that it could be easily developed as one of the top 10 well planned cities of the world and NDA was committed to realise these dreams.
Expressing surprise over tall claims of Congress party, Mr. Badal questioned that how a party could pat its back for development after 15 years of rule in Delhi, when the state was still facing the shortage of basic amenities like water supply and sanitation. He said that speed of the city was still hanged in the heavy traffic jams and everyone used to think twenty times before travelling from one place to other. He said that after NDA rule the speed of development in Delhi dangled as Congress led UPA in collusion with Delhi government handed over these projects to its friendly companies and shared the booty. He said that Congress was making a mockery of Delhi people by quoting Delhi as a developed state as the common man of the city has been contained in the trap of distresses only due to corrupt and mismanaged policies of Congress’ Delhi government. He said that congress has only two things in its basket and those were corruption and inflation.
          Mr. Badal appealed the voters of Delhi for the record victory of SAD-BJP candidates to ensure the overall development of the state. Later, Akali President known for his micro poll management held a number ‘Nukar Meetings’ with prominent personality in Hari Nagar and Rajaouri Garden areas.




AIDS – Guj Ranks 5th, 10th in Population & 8.6 Lakh Infected

1 12 2013
December01, 2013 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_states_and_union_territories_of_India_by_population
While Gujarat rank high at 5th Place in Number of AIDS cases though
rank 10th in Population. So Gujarat Ranks on Top in AIDS definitely.
Gujarat has over 6.3 crore population presently and over 1.32% AIDS
infection rate points to 8.6 lakh people already carry AIDS virus.
0.33% or 2 lakh plus population is AIDS Inflicted against national
average of 0.27%.
Gujarat is among top ranks in Malnutrition, Cancer, AIDS, Under Weight
Children, TB, etc but Low in Education just over 1% are selected for
Civil Services.
Serial Rapes ASARAM or Patan PTC are exclusive to Gujarat contributing
to higher than average AIDS cases.
Ravinder Singh
Inventor & Consultant
Progressindia008@yahoo.com
State ranks 5th in number of cases in India
Shayar Rawal TNN
Ahmedabad: Gujarat has a higher HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate than
the country average and ranks fifth in the country in number of cases.
Gujarat has an adult prevalence rate of 0.33% against the all-India
0.27%.
    According to statistics made available by Gujarat State AIDs
Control Society (GSACS), there are 20.9 lakh people living with
HIV/AIDS of which 1.27 lakh are in Gujarat.
    GSACS statistics reveal that the adult prevalence rate was 0.27%
in the country, while it was 0.33% in Gujarat.
    Gujarat has the fifth largest number of HIV/ AIDS cases. States
with more cases are Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra, Karnataka and Tamil
Nadu.
    According to GSACS, a total of 5.2 lakh people were tested in the
general category between April 1 and October 13 this year. Of these
5.2 lakh, 6,855 people tested positive which is 1.32% of those tested.
    Interestingly, Ahmedabad tops the number of people testing
positive in all categories — general, pregnant women and sex workers.
In the same period in 2013, a total of 4.37 lakh pregnant women were
tested, and 463 were found positive.
    According to GSACS officials, the high prevalence rate is because
of rapid urbanization followed by the large numbers of migrant
labourers from within the state as well as from other states.
    The state also has the longest coastline with lots of ports and
the largest ship breaking yard, both of which attract migrant
labourers and truck drivers.
    GSACS has planned a series of event to work on decreasing the
prevalence rate.
    A training for 120 people was conducted by the society this month,
for distribution of a multi-drug regimen, a new treatment for
distribution of a multi-drug regimen, a new treatment for HIV/AIDS
patients. This will be gin from March next year.
Patan gang rape Guj HC upholds conviction of six
Lifers For Five, Sentence Of One Reduced
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court on Saturday upheld the trial court
judgment convicting six teachers in the Patan gangrape case in which a
19-year-old Dalit student was repeatedly raped over a period of time.
The trial court had sentenced all six to life imprisonment. The high
court upheld the life sentence of five teachers but reduced the
punishment of one, Atul Patel, to 10 years.
    The high court bench of Justices Akil Kureshi and Z K Saiyed
observed that the gang rape of the student of PTC-DIET was a clear act
of misuse of power as the student was in the teachers’ custody and her
career depended on them.
    The bench concurred with the punishment of life imprisonment given
to Ashwin Parmar, Manish Parmar, Mahendra Prajapati, Kiran Patel and
Suresh Patel as the accused had been found guilty of gang rape under
IPC Section 376(2)(G).
    However, in the case of Atul Patel, the court found his offence
“solitary” in nature as he had been exonerated from the charges of
criminal conspiracy and gang rape by the lower court. The high court
jailed Atul Patel for 10 years for the offence of rape.
    Special public prosecutor Manisha Lavkumar Shah said she was
satisfied with the verdict.
    “The court has accepted all our contentions and upheld that there
was enough corroborative evidence. The court even upheld conviction
for criminal conspiracy and for unnatural sex,” the public prosecutor
said.
    Arguing as party-in-person before the high court did not help
Ashwin Parmar who was the prime accused in the case. The judge had
earlier warned the convict that not having legal assistance could
prove risky in a criminal appeal. The court had even offered him legal
aid by appointing an amicus curiae.
    On February 4, 2008, the Dalit girl — with other female students
of Patan PTC College — had gone to complain to the police about the
crime committed by the six accused teachers.
    The teachers were arrested and tried in a fast track court.
Sessions judge S C Srivastava found them guilty and sentenced them to
life imprisonment on March 6, 2009.
SENTENCED
Gujarat high court on Saturday confirmed life imprisonment to five
teachers of DIET-PTC, Patan for gang-raping a Dalit student. The court
reduced the quantum of punishment for one to 10 years.
In February 2008, a 19-year-old PTC-DIET student in Patan accused six
of her teachers of repeatedly gang-raping her for six months. On
February 2, the survivor fainted at prayer time as a result of the
continuous physical abuse, leading to public outrage. A case was filed
two days later and the trial court convicted all six on March 6, 2009.
A month later, the convicts challenged the verdict in Gujarat high
court
ASHWIN PARMAR
TAUGHT Psychology CONVICTED FOR LIFE For conspiracy (120 B) & gang
rape (376 2 (G))
SURESH PATEL
TAUGHT Social Science CONVICTED FOR LIFE
For conspiracy (120 B) & gang rape (376 2 (G))
MANISH PARMAR
TAUGHT Drawing CONVICTED FOR LIFE
For conspiracy (120 B) & gang rape (376 2 (G))
MAHENDRA PRAJAPATI
TAUGHT Science CONVICTED FOR LIFE
For conspiracy (120 B) & gang rape (376 2 (G))
ATUL PATEL
TAUGHT Maths CONVICTED FOR
10 years for rape (376)
KIRAN PATEL
CLASS TEACHER CONVICTED FOR LIFE
For conspiracy (120 B), gang rape (376 2 (G)) & unnatural sex (377)
 




Delhi Smart, Intelligent & Safe City 2013-18

1 12 2013
Delhi education system contributes 143 IAS Officers to Civil Service
in India every year 10 times per capita, per capita income of Delhi is
around Rs.250,000 presently, practically every house has 2-3 motor
vehicles and public transport is adequate, though not well connected,
Internet, Broad Band, Telecom, DTH services are up to 10X higher than
national average, household electricity consumption in Delhi is 3500
Units or three time of Mumbai– 10 times of MP or 3-4 times Gujarat, it
is common knowledge Delhi has more Cars than all big cities of India
combined. Delhi Metro is among the best in the world compared to Lame
Duck suburban services other Metro Cities.
Value of real estate has gone up 10X in 10 years points to rising prosperity.
Even an Economically Weaker Section house in Dakshinpuri sold by DDA
for few thousands is worth more than a large House in Los Angeles.
Water Supply is a big challenge because NGOs affiliated to opposition
sabotaged Renuka, Lakhwar & Vyasi Dams that are to ensure over 2000
cusecs to even 5000 cusec river flows even summer months as Upper
Yamuna Basin shall utilize over 7 BCM more water going waste to sea in
the absence of Storage Dams – for regulation of floods, and maximize
water availability. These Dams can be built in 2-3 years. Yamuna
waters flowing in river shall dilute sewage and accelerate biological
digestion 10 fold, penetration of Sun Light shall kill almost all
harmful organisms.
Delhi Smart, Intelligent & Safe City 2013-18
1.  SMART GARBAGE DISPOSAL – AVOID RAW FOOD IMPORTS:  Garbage is a big
problem in Delhi – 10,000 tones per day is largely food waste. Delhi
imports raw fruits and vegetables, generates most of the waste unlike
developed countries where 80% of fruits and vegetables are processed
at farms leaving behind all the fruits and vegetable waste to be
recycled as fertilizers.
2.  SMART FOODS: PROCESSED, HYGIENIC & NUTRITIOUS FOODS IMPORT: Delhi
shall import processed foods, fruit juices and half cooked rotis from
neighboring states, delivered like milk every day in the morning. This
shall boost income of farmers and rural economy. Instead of Rs.60 per
kg for raw vegetables – 500 gm of cooked Vegetables shall be delivered
for more or less same price. Women in Delhi are educated and very high
percent are working shall save up to two hours of cooking duties.
Every housing block shall have a corner Food Shop or Store so that
foods are available most of the time within walking distance or can be
ordered.
3.  SMART INFRASTRUCTURE: Delhi shall introduce INFRASTRUCTURE ACT to
make sure Public Funded Under Used or Unused Infrastructure is put to
optimum use. Delhi government shall publish Infrastructure Report on
Weekly or monthly basis. Any entrepreneur shall apply and make use of
under use Infrastructure. Best Broad Band, Internet, IPTV services etc
shall be provided to consumers.
4.  SMART INDUSTRIES: R&D BASED POLLUTION FREE INDUSTRIES BE PROMOTED.
Manufacturing Industries be shifted to neighboring states.
5.  SMART HOUSING:  New Rent Act empowering property owners to make
full use of their properties shall add 10% to Delhi GDP.
6.  SMART ELECTRICITY:  Delhi shall reduce Transmission Losses to 6%
world standard. Consumers shall be provided with SMART Energy monitors
on hire or Paid Bases to enable them monitor Energy Use any time –
guide them to reduce Energy Use by Self Regulations.
7.  SMART TRANSPORT:  All Transport Services shall be interlinked. Bus
Stops shall be located next to Metro Stations, Feeder Service by
Electric Vehicles & High Capacity Electric Trolley Buses be provided.
New Railway Terminal Stations be built and New Delhi Station Be
Expanded. New Railway terminal be installed at NOIDA connected to
DADRI so East Going trains by pass Delhi Region and save time.
8.  SMART SECURITY:  High Resolution CCTV be installed in each RWA or Block.
9.  SMART EDUCATION:  Education Policy shall provide Enrollment of
Children within 1-2 kilometers. Rotation of Teachers Every Three Years
shall ensure Uniform Standards. Incentives provided to high performing
teachers. Sports for 1-2 hours be compulsory every day. Teachers are
to be remotely monitored by Parents of children, to compare teaching.
All Professional Colleges are to match Global Standards Introduce
Latest Syllabus.
10.  SMART WATER SUPPLY: Delhi shall provide 24 hour Treated Potable
water supply. EXISTING LINES Shall be improved and HDPE pipes shall
ensure CONTAMINATION FREE water supply at Full Pressure. Smart meters
shall monitor supply at important junctions. Tube-wells if required
shall supply HARD WATER to fill up Over Head Tanks at night 10 AM to 5
PM for Flushing Toilets.
11.  SMART RENEWABLES:  Delhi homes shall have SolarPV and Solar Water
Heater program. Combined Heat & Power Generators be promoted and run
at full power particularly at peak times.
12.  SMARTEST POWER GRID:  Just 1% or 2% largest consumers shall be
subjected to power cuts or power supply restricted than entire feeder
Load Shedding.
13.  SMART TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT:  Car Pooling, Opening RWA Gates during
8 AM to 8 PM to reduce Traffic Congestion ‘CCTV Cameras to Look At
Traffic From Security Point of View’. No Parking allowed in Congestion
Zones. Severe penalty to be prescribed for Vehicles Blowing Horns and
or Making High Noise when passing through Residential Colonies, near
School & Hospitals.
14.  SMART PARKING:  Boundary wall of Houses be Demolished or
retracted to ensure MAXIMUM parking space for House Owners – Parking
on Road to attract Parking Tax or Periodical Fee depending on size.
15.  SMART DRAINAGE SEWAGE:  All Open Drains and Sewage be carried in
PIPES to provide clean environment. Top of the Sewage and Drains can
be used by light traffic, play grounds etc.
Ravinder Singh*
Inventor & Consultant
Y-77, Hauz Khas,
New Delhi – 110016
*Ravinder Singh is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy




VHP TO CEC FOR VIOLATION OF MODEL CODE BY CONGRESS

1 12 2013
  
New Delhi. Nov 30, 2013. Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP) today sent a letter to the Chief Election commissioner shri V.S.Sampath requesting him to take action against the ruling congress party for the Union Cabinets decision clearing a policy to provide compensation for minority youths falsely implicated in terror cases. In his letter, the state secretary General VHP shri Satyendra Mohan said that the impugned resolution by the government on the basis of religion is not only prohibitory by Articles 15(1) and 16(2) of the constitution but also marks many questions on the functioning of our police & Judiciary system. Free,fair & speedy trial and compensation for damages is the right of every citizen of the country, why it is being given to Muslims only?, he asked.

Releasing the letter to media, shri Vinod Bansal, Media Chief of VHP Delhi said that this decision of the Union cabinet on 28th Nov. 2013 i.e. just three days before date of polling in Rajasthan & 6 days before polling in the state of NCT of Delhi is a pre-poll exploitive stunt meant to influence the minority community to attract voters. The said religion-based compensation would divide the country. The impugned resolution by the government on the basis of religion is prohibited by Articles 15(1) and 16(2) of the constitution. In his letter VHP demanded action against Congress, the ruling party, for misusing its official position for the purpose of its Election campaign thus is a blatant violation of the model code of conduct and the patently unconstitutional. The Congress party is taking this action for political benefits by seeking votes on the basis of religion, hence, it should be debarred from fighting the elections, VHP added.

This is to note that the report that recommends the policy will be tabled in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. The Centre gave its go-ahead to the ATR on the 18th annual report of the National Commission of Minorities for the year 2010-11. This was supplemented with a note from the minority affairs ministry prepared this year. The MHA, however, was of the opinion that adequate constitutional and security safeguards were already available to those accused of terrorism to seek legal remedies.
Regards


Vinod Bansal
Media Chief
Vishwa Hindu Parishad-Delhi
Mo. 9810949109




8th Asia Gas Partnership Summit

1 12 2013

Hon’ble Minister of P&NG, Hon’ble MoS of P&NG and Textiles to grace the occasion

High-level delegations from Turkmenistan and Tanzania to attend
46 speakers from 16 countries to address the Conference
New Delhi, December 1: Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will inaugurate Asia’s premier natural gas event, the 8th Asia Gas Partnership Summit (AGPS), on 3rd December, 2013. Hon’ble Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dr. M. Veerappa Moily and Hon’ble Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas & Textiles Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi will also grace the occasion.
Among the foreign dignitaries for the 8th AGPS are Hon’ble Minister of Oil and Gas Industry and Mineral Resources of Turkmenistan, Mr. Muhammetnur Halylov, and Hon’ble Members of Parliament from Tanzania Mr. Victor K. Mwambalaswa and Mr. Sumar Ahmedali Shaffin.
The 8th AGPS is being organized by GAIL (India) Limited and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). It will bring together a host of industry leaders from across the globe over two days and is expected to witness the participation of over 46 speakers from 16 countries and more than 800 delegates.
The two-day conference with the theme ‘Asian Gas Market: Challenges and Opportunities in the Changing Paradigm’ will have six business sessions and a special session and feature some of the best speakers and experts in their areas.
The inaugural session will be followed by the theme session which will be chaired by Hon’ble Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dr. M. Veerappa Moily and the speakers will include Hon’ble Minister of Oil and Gas Industry and Mineral Resources of Turkmenistan, Mr. Muhammetnur Halylov, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Mr. Vivek Rae, Executive Director, International Energy Agency, Ms. Maria Van Der Hoeven and President, International Gas Union, Mr. Jerome Ferrier.
During the other sessions, deliberations will take place on some of the significant issues of the industry including ‘Understanding the Asian Gas Market: Global Consumers’ & Producers’ Perspective’, ‘Commercial & Operational Implications of Evolving Gas Trade’, ‘LNG Shipping – Current State & Future Developments’, ‘Emerging Gas Sources: Implications for Asian Gas Markets’ and ‘Asian Gas Market in the Global Context’.
The other major features of the event are Master Classes on LNG Shipping and LNG Trading, Pricing & Hedging Strategies.
The participants from international organizations and companies will include top officials from International Energy Agency, International Gas Union, BG Group, Carrizo Oil & Gas of the US, PetroChina Company Limited, GDF Suez of France, Shell, Total Gas & Power and Natural Gas Fenosa of Spain, besides others.
The theme of the 8th AGPS, ‘Asian Gas Market: Challenges and Opportunities in the Changing Paradigm’, reflects the increasing demand for cleaner and more cost-efficient sources of energy due to high economic growth in the Asian economies. Already a major market for the international natural gas business, these high growth nations will continue to be aggressive contenders for global energy resources. Asian countries, including India, are set to play a key role in the global energy market and offer significant potential for growth of the natural gas industry.
The demand in the region is expected to increase at a CAGR of 4.2 percent and reach nearly 1,111 bcm by 2035 from the current level of around 450 bcm. The 8th AGPS is expected to play a significant role in exploring ways to bridge this growing demand.
As in the previous year, a special report on the knowledge paper prepared by knowledge partner McKinsey & Company, India will be released during the event.
The AGPS, being organized since 2003 with the support of the International Gas Union, is today emerged one of the must-attend business conferences in the region.
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