IIT-B's Satellite Pratham Gets A Signal From Space
- After one month of radio silence, the ground station at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, received a signal from Pratham satellite on the morning of December 17, suggesting that it was still alive and kicking. Pratham is the first satellite to be sent into space by an IIT. The satellite had received signals in the first few weeks after its launch on September 26, this year, but had gone quiet in November, due to technical difficulties, causing team members to worry if it was still operational. "The fact that we received a signal on Saturday suggests that the satellite has now stabilized and is back to collecting data," said Ratnesh Mishra, project manager of Pratham.
- While Mishra says that the incoming signal means that the satellite is functional, data transfer is yet to take place. The signal was also received by Ham communities across the world including in the Netherlands, Chicago, Brazil, and Indonesia. The satellite, the brainchild of two former aerospace engineering students, Saptarsi Bandyopadhyay and Shashank Tamaskar, was conceived in 2008 and since its inception, has had seven batches handle its project team. It was launched on an Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, on September 26, 2016. Eight members of the project team's 30 handle the ground station, which was built inside the Department of Aerospace Engineering building.
- The team of eight is responsible for monitoring the movement of the satellite roundthe-clock. The satellite passes over the ground station at least twice a day (usually in the morning) and this is when data will get uploaded.All the data will be made available to the scientific community on their official website: http:www.aero.iitb.ac.in/pratham The scientific objective of the payload of the 10-kg satellite is to measure the TEC (Total Electron Count) of the ionosphere, which in turn, will help give more accurate predictions of GPS (Global Positioning System) data. As electrons interfere with the GPS system, obtaining their count will help improve the accuracy of the system.
Andy Murray Wins Record Third BBC Sports Award
- LONDON : Britain's world number one men's tennis player Andy Murray won a record third BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday after claiming his second Wimbledon title and first ATP World Tour crown in a stellar 2016 season. Murray, who also retained his Olympic men's singles title in Rio de Janeiro, picked up the BBC trophy again after claiming it in 2013, when he won Wimbledon for the first time, and in 2015. "It's been a great year for British sport and I am so proud to have been a part of it," Murray, who led Britain to the Davis Cup semi-finals after their first triumph for 79 years in 2015, said via a video link from his training camp in Miami.
- The 29-year-old Scot, who joined boxer Henry Cooper and racing drivers Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell as the only double winners of the event last year, is now out on his own after a year in which he also reached the Australian and French Open finals. Although Murray lost to Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros, he became the first British man to reach the French Open final since Bunny Austin in 1937. He also lost to Serbian Djokovic at the Australian Open but finished the year as world number one. Triathlete Alistair Brownlee was runner-up and show jumper Nick Skelton third in the annual BBC awards.
- Brownlee, 28, became the first man to retain the Olympic triathlon title when he took gold in Rio, finishing ahead of brother Jonny, who claimed the silver. Skelton, 58, won the individual show jumping title in Rio 2016, becoming Britain's second-oldest Olympic gold medallist, 16 years after retiring with a broken neck in two places. In his acceptance speech, a delighted Murray revealed too much laughter that his wife Kim, who gave birth to their first child, daughter Sophia, in February, had voted for Skelton. "A huge thanks to my wife and my daughter - she won't know what this means yet but maybe in a few years she will. "Actually, I've got a bone to pick with my wife because about an hour ago she told me she'd voted for Nick Skelton. Not smart from her with Christmas coming up," he said.
IAS And DANICS Officers Go To MHA With `Injustice' Plea
- NEW DELHI : The associations of AGMUT cadre IAS and DANICS officers, which passed a resolution last week to "collectively raise voice against injustices meted out by the political executive of Delhi government" has now submitted a copy of the proposal to Union home minister Rajnath Singh. It is learnt that they have also shared their concerns with the ministry of home affairs (MHA), which is the cadre-controlling authority of AGMUT cadre IAS and DANICS officers. The stalemate between the elected government and the bureaucracy has only increased ever since the associations passed the resolution.
- First deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and then chief minister Arvind Kejriwal held press conferences to declare the resolution "politically motivated". The associations had submitted the resolution to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Sisodia last week."We met Singh on Sunday and handed over our resolution passed last week against `misbehaviour' by political executives of the Delhi government and other issues," an association member said. Both the associations had appealed to the Kejriwal government not to resort to "misdemeanour, unfounded allegations, mis-information" campaign against officers, un der any circumstances.
- In January , all DANICS officers' association had gone on a oneday mass leave after the city administration had suspended two of their colleagues. Alleging that PM Narendra Modi was "using LG and IAS and DANICS officers as pawns to target AAP-led state government", Kejriwal had hit back at the associations on December 15. Warning the officials to fall in line, the CM had alleged that IAS officials in the city were being "threatened (with action) by the Central Bureau of Investigation and Anti Corruption Bureau" and "provoked" by the PMO and LG to revolt against him.
Kuheli Crowned Women's 50m Rifle Prone National Champion
- PUNE : Veteran women's rifle shooter and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Kuheli Gangulee, on Monday won the Women's 50m Rifle Prone event at the 60th National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) here. Kuheli, representing CISF, shot a total of 626.5 points to clinch the national champion title. Maharashtra shooter Tejaswini R Sawant walked away with the silver medal, shooting a total of 625 points while Gujarat's Lajja Gauswami shot 618.3 to settle for the bronze. In the team event of the Women's 50m Rifle Prone event, the Maharashtrian Trio of Tejaswini R Sawant (625), Deepali Avinash Deshpande (614.3) and Shweta Devadi (609.5) bagged the gold with a total of 1848.8 points.
- Ruchira Arun Lawand (618.2), Tejaswini Mulley (612.9) and Jayshree Das (609.7) from Railways secured the silver, shooting a total of 1840.8, while BSF's Amandeep Kaur (615.5), Rubina (613.1) and Sonia Dadwal (611.8) claimed the bronze medal, earning 1840.4 points. In the Junior Women's 50m Rifle Prone event, Shirin Godara from Chandigarh shot a total of 615.2 to be crowned the national champion, while J&K's Shreya Saksena walked away with the silver with a total of 615.1 points. Tamil Nadu shooter Gayathri N grabbed 612.3 points for a bronze.
- In the team event of the Junior Women's 50m Rifle Prone, Tamil Nadu Trio of Gayathri N (612.3), G Varshaa (610.4) and M Aathirai (604.9) shot a total of 1827.6 to finish on top. Shrishti Mishra (607.1), Zenab Hussain Bandookwala (606.8) and Prasiddhi (603) from Madhya Pradesh won the silver with 1816.9 points. Maharashtra's Yashika Vishwajeet Shinde (609), Bhakti Bhaskar Khamkar (608.6) and Aishwarya Umakant Thenge (596.7) shot 1814.3 to end with a bronze medal.