Cyclone Vardah : Isro Satellites Saved 10,000 Lives In Tamil Nadu
- MUMBAI : Two Isro satellites played a key role in saving a large number of lives mainly in Tamil Nadu when Cyclone Vardah unleashed its fury on Monday. An Isro official told TOI that data from the two satellites -— Insat 3DR and ScatSat-1- — helped predict the cyclone's movement, enabling authorities to alert the public. On account of the data provided by Insat-3DR and ScatSat-1, more than 10,000 people were rescued in Chennai, Thiravallur and Kancheepuram districts. "There could be more along the coast of Andhra Pradesh," he said. Rescue operations were executed by the National Disaster Response Force.
- Insat-3DR is an advanced meteorological satellite configured with an imaging system and an atmospheric sounder. It was launched on September 8 by the three-stage Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV). ScatSat-1, launched by the fourstage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on September 26, provides wind vector data products for weather forecasting and cyclone tracking. Though the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota experienced strong winds and heavy rains, there was no major damage to any of the facilities. Isro officials said this was due to precautions taken by spaceport officials.
Pakistan Successfully Test-Fires Cruise Missile
- ISLAMABAD : Pakistan army on Wednesday successfully test-fired an enhanced version of an indigenously-designed cruise missile that can hit targets at 700km with all kinds of warheads, bringing many Indian cities within its range. Called 'Babur' after Mughal invader and founder of the dynasty of same name, the missile is part of Babur Weapon System version- 2 because it is enhanced version of earlier missile. Army said in a statement that it incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy. "It is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which carries certain stealth features and is capable of carrying various types of warheads," it said.
- The missile is equipped with state-of-the-art navigational technologies of Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) and all time Digital Scene Matching & Area Co-relation (DSMAC), which enables it to engage various type of targets with pinpoint accuracy even in the absence of GPS navigation. "Babur Weapon System is an important force multiplier for Pakistan's strategic defence," it said. Chairman joint chiefs of staff committee general Zubair Mahmood Hayat, senior officers from strategic plans division, strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organisations were present at the launch.
- The chairman joint chiefs of staff committee congratulated the scientists and engineers on achieving yet another milestone of great value and significance. He appreciated the technical prowess, dedication and commitment of scientists who contributed to the success of this launch. Expressing his full confidence over the Strategic Command and Control System and the Strategic Forces' operational preparedness, General Zubair said that this test further strengthens Pakistan's Deterrence Capability. The President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan have congratulated the scientists and engineers on successful conduct of the missile test.
Sindhu Wins Opening Match At World Super Series Final
- DUBAI : Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu made a winning start to her maiden campaign at the prestigious BWF World Super Series Final, defeating higher-ranked Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in an entertaining opening women's singles Group B match on Wednesday. Sindhu, who recently clinched the China Super Series Premier and reached the finals at Hong Kong Open, eked out a 12-21, 21-8, 21-15 win over World No. 8 Yamaguchi in an exciting clash which lasted little over an hour. In the opening game, Sindhu conceded a 3-6 lead early on as she faltered with her strokes even as Yamaguchi grabbed points with her deception and riding on her rival's mistakes to go 11-5 up at the break. World No. 10 Sindhu looked slightly impatient and it affected her performance as Yamaguchi took a 14-7 lead.
- An accurate down-the-line smash by Sindhu, a mistake on the net and a baseline judgement error by the Japanese helped the Indian grab four points. Sindhu then won a video challenge to narrow Yamaguchi's lead to 14-11. Sindhu again committed a couple of unforced errors and then was left stranded by a cross court return from the Japanese, who led 17-12. Sindhu was visibly frustrated as she faltered at the net and then struggled with a low return as Yamaguchi raced to 20-12. The Japanese then sealed the opening game after winning a long rally when Sindhu netted with a low return. The sting was back in Sindhu's strokes in the second game as she took an early 4-0 lead. Yamaguchi narrowed it down to 4-6 and eventually drew parity at 7-7.
- However, Sindhu continued to nose ahead and entered the interval at 11-7 with a round-the-head smash which the Japanese could not put away. Sindhu's low cross-court return near the net at 14-7 even brought a smile and accolades from her mentor and chief coach Pullela Gopichand. The Indian next came up with a cross court smash on Yamaguchi's backhand and then played a deceptive stroke to gather two more points. She eventually grabbed 13 game point opportunity when Yamaguchi hit wide. The Japanese saved one before hitting the net to allow Sindhu make a comeback. The decider began with a fast-paced rally which Yamaguchi should have won but she ended up hitting it wide.
- Sindhu tried to neutralise her rivals deception by pushing her to the mid court and came up with a power-packed return to lead 6-3. Sindhu won another good rally with a cross-court net flick and then with Yamaguchi committing another judgemental error at the baseline, the Indian went into the break with a 11-7 advantage. The Indian continued her march after the interval and reached 17-12 with a return which left Yamaguchi sprawling on the floor. In the end, a sharp smash took Sindhu to 20-14 and she sealed the match when the Japanese hit long again.
Injured Sreejesh Using Junior Hockey World Cup To Hone Coaching Skills
- LUCKNOW : Down with an ankle injury since the Asian Champions Trophy in October this year, India captain PR Sreejesh can't afford to get back to action and is utilising the ongoing men's Junior Hockey World Cup not only to undergo his rehabilitation but also to pursue his career option after quitting the game, i.e. coaching. Sreejesh is currently with the India colts participating in the Junior World Cup as a goalkeeping consultant, a role which he feels will benefit him as well as junior goalkeepers Vikas Dahiya and Krishan B Pathak in the longer run. He has been training the Indian colts in the national camp in Bengaluru in the run up to the World Cup. But he later requested the team management to involve him with the team during the Junior World Cup which will not only be beneficial for him but for the Indian colts as well. "I was about to undergo my rehabilitation after the injury I sustained during the Asian Champions Trophy and then a thought suddenly came into mind to train with the junior side.
- I asked the coaching staff and Roelant (Oltmans) about it and they readily agreed," Sreejesh said on the sidelines of the tournament. "Apart from helping the junior goalkeepers, I foresee this opportunity to study and analyse myself. This opportunity will give me an idea about where I am making mistakes because teaching is all about learning," he said. Sreejesh said coaching has always been his passion but right now his role is all about fine-tuning. "Coaching is something I look upto after I finish my international career. But right now it's all about helping the juniors by sharing experience and tips. Now you can only do polishing for these people. You can't do any visible changes. You can bring in some confidence. "Being a goalkeeper, you can motivate them. Even they can relate to it, thinking that I've been in similar situations that they face.
- They will take my words seriously because of that," said the lanky Kerala lad, who is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in the world currently. "Goalkeeping is a different story in hockey. More than technical, it's about the mental part. In 70 minutes, you will get the ball twice or thrice. Now, if one concedes a goal early, he's going to get another chance after a very long time. "So I talk to them mainly about preparing themselves mentally for the match and how to control the negative or positive moments in the match. You can't make a couple of saves and be on a high. You need to keep your mind stable for rest of the match," an ever-smiling Sreejesh added. Dave Staniforth had been preparing the goalkeepers of the junior side ahead of the ongoing World Cup, a role which Sreejesh took over after the South African left following the completion of his short stint a day before the start of the tournament.
- Sreejesh too had to wait a lot for his chance and only got his break following a career-destroying eye injury to Baljeet Singh in 2009. "I just didn't play 10 or 15 tournaments and got into the senior team. I waited a lot. You need experience. You can't feel good about yourself by making a couple of saves, nor should you get demotivated after conceding a few of goals. You can't achieve everything overnight. You have to be patient," he concluded.