Monday, September 26, 2016

PSLV-C35 successfully launches SCATSAT-1

PSLV-C35 successfully launches SCATSAT-1 and other 7 satellites into respective orbits;
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty-seventh flight (PSLV-C35), launches the 371 kg SCATSAT-1 for weather related studies and seven co-passenger satellites into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). Co-passenger satellites are ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B, ALSAT-1N from Algeria, NLS-19 from Canada and Pathfinder-1 from USA as well as two satellites PRATHAM from IIT Bombay and PISAT from PES University, Bengaluru.
SCATSAT-1 was placed into a 720 km Polar SSO whereas; the two Universities / Academic Institute Satellites and the five foreign satellites will be placed into a 670 km polar orbit. This is the first mission of PSLV in which payloads were launched into two different orbits.
PSLV-C35 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota on Monday morning at 9:12 hrs (IST) on September 26, 2016.
This was the first mission of PSLV in which it launched its payloads into two different orbits. The co-passenger satellites were from the US, Canada and Algeria besides from Indian Universities.
ISRO’s SCATSAT-1 can generate accurate data on wind patterns over the ocean surface. It is a continuity mission for the Oceansat-2, which has exhausted its operational life. The expected lifespan of SCATSAT-1 is expected to be five years.
The seven other co-passengers in today’s mission included three small satellites from Algeria meant for earth observation, remote sensing and technology demonstration, a commercial high resolution imaging micro-satellite of an US agency, the nano-satellite NLS-19 of Canada to experiment on reduction of space debris and two nano-satellites of IIT, Bombay and the PES University, Bengaluru.

The Sagar media brief Daily

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Ek Maratha, Ek Lakh Maratha

The gigantic Maratha rallies in Maharashtra have flummoxed everyone. Neither the politicians nor the media know what to make of them.
Unprecedented crowds thronged the Pune Maratha Kranti Morcha on 25th September 2016. Even if the claims of 25 lacs are exaggerated, it is undoubtedly the largest gathering Pune has seen. In each city the Maratha Kranti Morcha is breaking records with their numbers. But that’s not the only thing unique about the Maratha Morcha. The most amazing thing is that it is a silent, peaceful protest, no speeches, no slogans. No wait, the most amazing thing is that it is led by 5 unknown girls who present the charter of demands at the end. In a country that believes one always needs a popular face to ensure success in any field – politics, or andolans, or Bollywood, or sports, the most amazing thing really is that no one knows who the leaders are. Another really amazing aspect is that any political leader or public figure who tries to hijack the Morcha is respectfully shown the figurative door. Basically it is a movement that on every count has left the people amazed.
Marathas are approximately 35% of the state population and are considered to be the ruling class. Almost every state assembly has had 60% to 70% dominance of Marathas since decades. They are also the land owning class. The Marathas dominate the state’s economy as they control the cooperative sector which runs everything from banks, to credit societies, to agriculture markets, to cotton and sugar mills. This power is concentrated in the hands of the few – some even claim that all cooperatives in the state are owned by less than 200 Maratha families.
Shrewd Maratha Congressmen of yore replaced the old zamindaari system with a modern one – the Maratha strongman in every area joined politics and became an Aamdaar (MLA) or Khaasdaar  (MP). They used every trick in the book, nay, they wrote the book, on how to scam and acquire control of government and public lands. These guys also became contractors, directly or through family members, and they won all government contracts making truckloads of money through corrupt practices. These same politicos floated and controlled cooperatives in every possible area that touched the lives of people – banks, mills, markets. They entered every business that people depend upon – education to transport to power generation. Today these few political families have a stranglehold on the state, and most of them are Marathas. So why then the protest? Because this power class has no connect with the Maratha masses.
The majority of the 35% of Marathas are tillers of small parcels of lands, they are the poor of Maharashtra whose livelihood is held to ransom by everything – from the weather to the rich ruling class. The Maratha Kranti Morchas are not just demanding reservations – they are demanding the right to survive.
Farmer Issues
Most of the Marathas are ordinary farmers. They are disconnected from the ruling class who has scammed every single resource of the state. Almost all farmer suicides were Marathas. Most farmers in the state had joined the Shetkari Sanghatana as there was a palpable need for organized protest. With the decline of the Shetkari Sanghatana’s various factions, these farmers who were left without any direction have now come together under the Maratha banner, and their issues remain agrarian. The BJP government has failed to make a single constructive step against the anti-farmer policies of the former UPA government – no security of MSP, crop insurance is a farce, and there is no move towards implementing Swaminathan Commission recommendations. Essentially the Maratha protest is a farmer’s protest since their needs have been neglected by every single political party in the State today.
Today farming is not a viable career – its only 11% of the GDP even though 60% of the population works on it. Hence the farmers want alternate careers for their children but the stumbling block here is education. In a bid to promote privatized education for its cronies, Maharashtra politicians have completely neglected public education. The Marathas feel in the race for seats in the few government institutions they are at the losing end due to reservation – and hence the demand for reservation. The solution to this issue is not just reservation – it is vast investment in education infrastructure and making education accessible to the last man. However, the BJP government, just like its predecessor the UPA, does not have education on its agenda – from ‘anganwaadis’ to Universities there is unprecedented corruption and there is not even an attempt being made to enhance the number of schools and colleges.
Law & Order
There is a breakdown of law and order in the state today and Kopardi is a flashpoint. I visited the victim’s family immediately after the incident and met the villagers. Both Maratha and Dalit members agreed that culprits should be dealt with severely and swiftly and no one felt that caste had any role to play in this most heinous crime witnessed in Maharashtra in recent times. What this incident really showed was the total absence of fear of law in Maharashtra today – the police is viewed as incompetent and corrupt and the government is seen as being unconcerned with justice. Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, commonly known as the Atrocity Act is indeed being misused to frame people – but so are a number of other acts. The misuse of a law does not reflect on the validity of the law, it reflects on the Government that is closing its eyes to the misuse. Just a few weeks back a journalist in Osmanabad was falsely framed under the atrocity act and despite appeals to the Chief Minister who looks at the Home portfolio, there was no response. If the Home Department fails to act against the corruption or inefficiency or excesses of the police, we have to admit law and order in the state has collapsed. There are almost weekly acts of serious atrocities against Dalits in Maharashtra, and there is a need to protect them so there is no question of doing away with this act. What needs to be addressed is vacuum in the Home Department where the common man cannot appeal against the false and fabricated cases or the wrongdoings and failures of the State Police.
So the Maratha Kranti Morcha, in my view is amazing because it is a fight for survival in a failed state that has ignored the farmers, the students and the victims of growing crimes. There is a dis-enchantment with all political parties today – the incompetent Congress has been replaced by the incompetent BJP and corrupt NCP has been replaced by the corrupt ShivSena and the rest of the traditional parties like RPI and MNS are merely small time opportunists. Since the Maratha Morcha has steered clear of all political parties and focused on issue based demands it has received this unprecedented support.
At the end of the day however, in this deeply caste based society it is a Maratha protest and it is knocking on the doors of Devendra Fadanvis,  a Brahmin Chief Minister in a state whose politics have been  dominated by Marathas, Dhangars, Malis and Vanjaras

Joint Press Release ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting With The United Nations Secretary-General

Joint Press Release ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting With The United Nations Secretary-General and The President of The 71st Session of The UN General Assembly

NEW YORK, 22 September 2016 – ASEAN and the United Nations today reaffirmed commitment to strengthen their comprehensive partnership by effectively implementing the new five-year Plan of Action (2016-2020) between ASEAN and the UN, including the realisation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
This commitment was made at the ASEAN-UN Ministerial Meeting held at the UN Headquarters in New York. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR, and was attended by the United Nations Secretary-General, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, the President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Peter Thomson, the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN, Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh, and senior officials of ASEAN and the United Nations.
Download the full Statement here.
September 25th, 2016|Statement & Communiques

Injury curtails Eidur Gudjohnsen and Andre Bikey’s FC Pune City campaign

Pune, 26 September 2016: – The Rajesh Wadhawan Group and Hrithik Roshan co-owned Indian Super League club FC Pune City on Monday announced their marquee player Eidur Gudjohnsen has picked an ankle injury in his left leg and midfielder Andre Bikey injured his tendon that effectively ends their campaign with the club for the season.
FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said this was a big loss for the club. “Eidur is the leader of the team and both him and Andre are excellent players and amazing human beings. It’s a rude shock to me to learn about their injuries and their presence will be missed by everyone in the club. Eidur is very disappointed himself. We wish both players a speedy recovery and hope to see them on the pitch soon. As for the club, we need to look ahead now and prepare ourselves for the new reality. I am sure our team and coaches will fight this challenge with renewed vigour and confidence!
What was an exciting start to my new journey in India with FC Pune City, has come to an abrupt end unfortunately. Just a few days back, on my left ankle, what I thought was a niggle, turned out to be more than that. After getting it checked and having multiple opinions, I have been advised that it needs more extensive rehabilitation. The team doctors as well as the league doctors recommended that if I want to continue playing in future, as I intend to do, I must give myself some time off the field to recover,” said Gudjohnsen.
Expressing his disappointment, Gudjohnsen wished his best to all his fans, team management and his teammates. “My heartfelt gratitude and best wishes go to the FC Pune City management, my team mates and coach Habas who put so much faith in me as their marquee player. The fans and people here who gave me a warm welcome, deserved more from me, but unfortunately my campaign with FC Pune City has to end for now. I look forward to being back in the near future and wish FC Pune City the best of luck for ISL 2016.
Head coach Antonio Habas said, “The injuries to Eidur and Andre both are unfortunate developments for us. Eidur had a very good pre-season training stint with us in Spain where he showed us his formidable skills. But then injuries are a part of every sport and football is a team game so we have to move on. Eidur leaves behind a lot of valuable inputs that came with his experience and the boys have learnt a lot from his presence during the pre-season training in Spain. We wish both all the best for their future.”

Giving his expert opinion on their injuries, FC Pune City Team Doctor, Dr. Ajit Maparisaid, “Bikey has a near complete tear of the central tendon of the left thigh at the proximal musculotendinous junction. Eidur has Achilles tendinosis of the left leg with nearly 40% thickness insertional tear involving the deep anterior fibres of the tendon at the calcaneal attachment. This basically means that for both these players, continuing to play in this condition can have an adverse effect on their long-term ability to play. Hence rest and recovery is recommended.”


Preliminary Earthquake Report
  • 26 Sep 2016 05:19:58 UTC
  • 26 Sep 2016 14:19:58 near epicenter
  • 26 Sep 2016 09:19:58 standard time in your timezone
Location27.471N 128.560E
Depth40 km
  • 113 km (70 mi) NNE of Nago, Japan
  • 134 km (83 mi) SW of Naze, Japan
  • 137 km (84 mi) NNE of Ishikawa, Japan
  • 141 km (87 mi) NNE of Gushikawa, Japan
  • 1129 km (699 mi) S of Seoul, South Korea
Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 6.4 km; Vertical 6.2 km
ParametersNph = 168; Dmin = 75.8 km; Rmss = 1.02 seconds; Gp = 42°
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