Plan Panel boost-off for space mission
India's ambition to explore the outer space seems taking off. The Planning Commission on Friday sanctioned Rs 12,400 crore for the lunar project.
“We support the project. It is a long term plan and good for the country,” said Planning Commission's deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia. The announcement came after a meeting of a task force on the space mission.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had inked agreement with Russia in December 2008 to collaborate for the human space mission. Russia was supposed to help in pre-project work, but there was no formal approval for it.
“It (agreement) was part of pre-project work for which we got Rs 95 crore,” said ISRO director Dr K. Radhakrishnan.
But it was on Friday that ISRO got a thumping support from Ahluwalia for the mission. The proposal has been sent to the Prime Minister's Office for final approval.
Russia would provide necessary equipment for the spacecraft to hover 275 kilometres above the earth's orbit before landing in either Arabian Sea or Bay of Bengal.
Prior to that, ISRO will send an unmanned spaceship in 2013 or 2014 as a preparatory spacecraft for the human mission. Two persons, yet to be selected for the mission, will undergo severe training for over a year.
“Their lifestyle and food habits will change,” said Radhakrishnan. They will have to live in conditions similar to space for more than a year and will get training on how to handle any exigency.
India joined the elite club of Russia, US, China and Japan in 2008 after its successful launch of the unmanned mission to moon, Chandrayan.
Karnataka home minister Araga Janendra said Friday he had only just received information about an alleged assault on two women in Anekal, a town in Bengaluru district. The sisters were allegedly stripped and assaulted at their home for failing to pay a debt. Multiple media reports have said the police refused to file a complaint for two days and only did so after videos of the assault were widely shared online.
A Maoist carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on The Maoist, Kamlesh's head was gunned down by Chhattisgarh police in an encounter in Bastar's Sukma district on Friday, police said. The Maoist, Kamlesh was a member of Malenger Area Committee of Darbha Division of CPI (Maoist), police said. On Thursday, neighboring Dantewada police gunned down Denga Deva alias Mahangu Deva, who was a member of Katekalyan Area Committee of CPI (Maoist).
The first monsoon showers that hit the semi-arid region of south Malwa on Thursday night brought respite for cotton farmers from the deadly whitefly but exposed the ill-preparedness of the civic authorities in the urban areas as several areas in Bathinda town were in knee-deep in water. Also read: Monsoon arrives in Chandigarh tricity, so does misery Low-lying areas, such as Power House Road and Sikri Bazaar, were waterlogged.
A mild earthquake was felt in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district early Friday morning - the third in the past seven days. News agency PTI said locals were woken up at around 1.15 am by a loud noise and tremors that were felt in Sampaje, Guttigaru, Ubaradka, Goonaka, Elimale, Sullia and nearby areas. Officials told PTI a report from the natural disaster monitoring centre is awaited. On Saturday (June 25), a 2.3 quake was recorded.
Over 15000 Porakarmikas (civic workers) on Friday began an indefinite strike in Bengaluru, demanding that their jobs be made permanent from the existing contract system and better salary to take care of their families. These civic workers are the backbone of every city corporation in Karnataka and especially Bengaluru which houses over 12million of the total 70million people in the state.