Indian Scientists Detect Crack In Earth's Magnetic Shield
- Numerical simulations performed by the GRAPES-3 researchers, including Pravata K Mohanty, indicate that the Earth's magnetic shield temporarily cracked due to the occurrence of magnetic reconnection, allowing the lower energy galactic cosmic ray particles to enter our atmosphere. Washington/Pune, Nov 3: The world"s largest and most sensitive cosmic ray monitor, located in India, has recorded a burst of galactic cosmic rays that indicates a crack in the Earth"s magnetic shield, according to scientists. The burst occurred when a giant cloud of plasma ejected from the solar corona struck Earth at a very high speed causing massive compression of the Earth"s magnetosphere and triggering a severe geomagnetic storm.
- The GRAPES-3 muon telescope located at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research"s Cosmic Ray Laboratory in Ooty in Tamil Nadu recorded a burst of galactic cosmic rays of about 20 GeV last year lasting for two hours. The burst occurred when a giant cloud of plasma ejected from the solar corona, and moving with a speed of about 2.5 million kilometres per hour struck our planet, causing a severe compression of Earth"s magnetosphere from 11 to 4 times the radius of Earth. It triggered a severe geomagnetic storm that generated aurora borealis and radio signal blackouts in many high latitude countries, according to the study published in the journal Physical Review Letters this week. Earth"s magnetosphere extends over a radius of a million kilometres, which acts as the first line of defence, shielding us from the continuous flow of solar and galactic cosmic rays, thus protecting life on our planet from these high intensity energetic radiations.
- Numerical simulations performed by the GRAPES-3 researchers, including Pravata K Mohanty, indicate that the Earth"s magnetic shield temporarily cracked due to the occurrence of magnetic reconnection, allowing the lower energy galactic cosmic ray particles to enter our atmosphere. Earth"s magnetic field bent these particles about 180 degree, from the day-side to the night-side of the Earth where it was detected as a burst by the GRAPES-3 muon telescope around mid-night on 22 June 2015. The data was analysed and interpreted through extensive simulation over several weeks by using the 1280-core computing farm that was built in-house by the GRAPES-3 team of physicists and engineers at the Cosmic Ray Laboratory in Ooty. Solar storms can cause major disruption to human civilisation by crippling large electrical power grids, global positioning systems (GPS), satellite operations and communications.
Lodha Panel Asks BCCI To Submit Report On Funds Mismanagement
- The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel on Thursday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to provide it a report that has pointed out mismanagement of funds by several of its full member associations. The report, formulated by accounting firm Deloitte, has said that mismanagement of funds and poor governance were being practised by four state units of the Indian board. The Justice R.M. Lodha panel also said that its decision regarding disbursal of funds for players" payments, allowances and other expenditures will only be decided after going through the report.
- The panel set a November 8 deadline for submission of the report that has placed Odisha, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Hyderabad under scrutiny. "With regard to the Associations of Orissa, Hyderabad, Jammu and Kashmir and Assam mentioned by you, you are directed to furnish the Report obtained by the BCCI from M/s Deloitte on State Associations, as well as any undertakings submitted by the State Associations pursuant thereto," panel secretary Gopal Shankarnarayan said on Thursday in reply to BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke"s letter dated October 28. "This shall be submitted within five days from today.
- It may be noted that the question of release of funds to these Associations is also governed by Para 20(i) of the Supreme Court"s order," he added. England tour being put in jeopardy by Thakur, Shirke: Lodha Panel source New Delhi: Obstinate attitude by BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke is putting the entire "England series in jeopardy" said a source close to the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha panel. While BCCI is yet to sign MoU with ECB regarding the clause including the financial aspects related to the series citing non-appointment of auditor, the source made it clear that the England Test series will be in a limbo if Thakur and Shirke don"t file their compliance report and appear in person before the panel.
Olympic Gold Quest Extends Assistance To Mary' Academy
- A long-time logistical supporter of five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist boxer M C Mary Kom, sports foundation Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) has now extended its assistance to her academy as well by covering the training expenses of seven boxers who are being groomed at the facility here. The academy is set to be inaugurated on November 8 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi but is already operational.
- "It was a wonderful experience to have been associated with OGQ as my sponsors in my training and competitions. They make a good team and build a good relationship with all athletes at a personal level. "They understand the requirements and mentality of sportspersons. I really respect the mission they are into. I am very happy that our association is extended towards my boxers, who are the future hopes," Mary Kom, who is also a Rajya Sabha member now, said. "They have always been ready for any help to the academy of any kinds. They have employed a Gym Trainer in the academy and periodically send their Sports Physiotherapist to assist and monitor the training sessions of our academy.
- They are always there for any discussion, suggestion and planning," added her husband Onler Kom, who is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the academy. OGQ has also provided bicycles to the seven boxers to facilitate their local conveyance from school to the academy. "They have been sponsoring seven athletes of the academy, covering their training expenses and as a part of this project, they have provided bicycle to each of them for their convenience. Besides this, they have also extended their support to other athletes of the academy in their training kits," said Jimmy Levion, who is the Secretary of the academy. Agencies
Dravid Made Me Mentally Stronger : Pandya
- Ecstatic after his maiden call-up into the Indian cricket team, all-rounder Hardik Pandya said that India A coach Rahul Dravid"s guidance during the Australia tour has made him "mentally stronger". "For me, everything changed after my tour of Australia with the India A team. It is a tour that transformed me as a cricketer. I can"t but thank Rahul Dravid enough for his contribution. I understood that there is a mental aspect about the game that needs to be worked upon. He (Dravid) made me mentally stronger," Hardik told PTI during an interaction today. "I don"t think I have learnt more than what I did during those one and half months under Rahul sir. He would tell me about things that I need to try out. I was mentally strong but after interacting with him, I understood that I could get even better.
- If my bowling is being talked about today, it"s because of Rahul sir and Paras Mhambrey (India A bowling coach)." Terming it as the biggest day of his life, Pandya said: "Playing Test cricket is ultimate for anyone and I am no different. Yes, this is my biggest achievement till date. In fact, yesterday the Baroda team was travelling to Raipur for their Ranji game. I told the boys that let me stay back in Mumbai for a day. If I don"t get selected, I will join you guys next day.
- It was the happiest moment." Talking about his bowling, Hardik said: "The more you practise the craft, better you get at it. I bowled so much in Australia that it yielded results when I was back with the senior team. I became more consistent, hit the right length. The increase in pace has got a lot to do with the rhythm. If I am in rhythm, the pace will automatically increase by a few yards. The more I play at this level, the better I will get." Hardik has played white ball cricket (T20s and ODIs) at the highest level and he is confident that he can also make the red cherry talk.
- "The Red SG Test does more than the white kookaburra. So, as a bowler, I have more opportunity to use variations. I back myself as a proper new ball bowler and I believe that I can use the reverse swing to good effect also." Speaking about his batting, Hardik is realistic about his position in case he gets a look-in in the playing XI. "I used to bat at No. 3 for Baroda and then I have been batting at No. 5 in Ranji Trophy. I have to be realistic that in the Indian team, I can"t bat at No. 5. I would be probably batting at No. 8 or No. 9. I am perfectly fine with it. I am ready to bat at any position," Hardik said and there was an element of conviction in his statement.
Brathwaite, Dowrich Help Windies End Winless Streak
- West Indies secured their first victory since May 2015 as opener Kraigg Brathwaite capped a brilliant match with an unbeaten half-century in the third Test against Pakistan at Sharjah on Thursday. Brathwaite, who carried his bat in the first innings with 142 not out, was unbeaten on 60 as the West Indies passed their 153-run target without further loss after beginning the fifth day on 114 for 5. Shane Dowrich, who also finished with 60 not out, edged Mohammad Amir towards third man for a boundary as West Indies reached 154 for 5.
- Pakistan won the three-match series 2-1 after winning the first Test in Dubai by 56 runs and the second by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi. Brathwaite and Dowrich needed just 7.5 overs to score the 39 runs required. Brathwaite signalled his intent by driving fast bowler Wahab Riaz"s first ball of the day to cover for four. Dowrich soon got in on the act when he pulled leg-spinner Yasir Shah to the boundary to reduce the target to 29.
- Brathwaite pushed Riaz for two to reach his 12th Test fifty, finishing with six boundaries during his second unbeaten knock of the match, during which he faced 109 balls. Dowrich drove Riaz through the covers for his fifth boundary to complete his fourth Test half-century. His two boundaries off Amir"s final over completed the win and a 87-ball unbeaten stay at the crease in which he scored seven fours and a six. "We showed character and fight," said West Indies skipper Jason Holder. "This has been a long time coming, We are a young side in transition. We"ve done a lot of things good this series." Holder praised man of the match Brathwaite.