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23/06/2017 12:00:00 AM-11511207015313SriharikotaBy By Venkatachari Jagannathan (ians)India puts Cartosat, NIUSAT, 29 foreign satellites into orbit In yet another successful multiple satellite launch mission, India on Friday successfully put into orbit its own earth observation satellite Cartosat, nano satellite NIUSAT and 29 foreign satellites from 14 countries.<br />The rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle's (PSLV) main cargo was India's 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation with a design life of five years.<br />This satellite is similar to the earlier Cartosat-2 series.<br />The other 30 satellites weighing 243 kg were from 14 countries - Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US- as well as one Indian nano satellite, NIUSAT.<br />The whole mission got over in around 23 minutes.<br />According to ISRO, the images sent by Cartosat satellite would be useful for cartographic, urban, rural, coastal land use, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, change detection to bring out geographical and man-made features and various other land information systems and geographical information system applications.<br />One of the 30 co-passenger satellites is the Indian nano satellite 15 kg NIUSAT belonging to Nooral Islam University, Tamil Nadu.<br />The satellite will provide multi-spectral imagery for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management support applications.<br />Exactly at 9.29 a.m. the PSLV rocket standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 320 ton tore into the morning skies with fierce orange flames at its tail.<br />Gathering speed every second the rocket raced towards the heavens amidst the cheers of the ISRO officials and the media team assembled at the rocket port here.<br />The PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.<br />At the rocket mission control room Indian space scientists at ISRO were glued to their computer screens watching the rocket escaping the earth's gravitational pull.<br />Just over 16 minutes into the flight the PSLV rocket ejected Cartosat at an altitude of around 510 km.<br />It was followed by NIUSAT and the 29 foreign satellites.
22/06/2017 12:00:00 AM-112206965312AgartalaBy Our CorrespondentYoga Center has been inaugurated at Aralia“Yoga for All”- put this slogan in front, Vivekananda Yoga Center has been inaugurated by Sahid Choudhury, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister today at Aralia. Among the other dignitaries Ramu Das, MLA also remained present. With the affiliation of Tripura Sports council this yoga center has been started from today.<br />Some months back the common people of that area demanded to form a Yoga center and by supporting their demand finally this Yoga Center started its journey. After the inauguration Sahid Choudhury clearly said that there are no other alternates then Yoga to fight against various diseases as Yoga plays a crucial role in every one’s life.<br />He also said that to perform Yoga only some time from daily life is needed as a person can do Yoga at any part of his house as it is very much mandatory for all to spend at least half an hour daily behind Yoga as by this people can be cure from several diseases. Currently Yoga is becoming a mandatory subject in every school of the state.<br />Besides this also the physical instructors have been provided with training with the aim to put Yoga everyone’s daily life. Keeping this in mind the initiative has been started from the school where the students will be guided properly. MLA Ramu Das described the signified of Yoga while the people of that area looked very much delighted after this effort.
22/06/2017 12:00:00 AM-113206925311AgartalaBy Our CorrespondentTripura celebrates traditional Ambubachi festival with ‘Sindur Khela’Tripura along with rest of the states on Thursday celebrated the traditional Ambubachi festival with hundreds of women bee storm gathered at the Laxmi Narayan temple to perform traditional ‘Sindur khela’ to mark the beginning of the festival.<br />Ambubachi Mela is the most important and popular festival at the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam. Ambubachi Mela is also known as the Ameti or the Tantric fertility festival and has a close association with the tantric rituals and practices.<br />The festival is a ritual of austerities celebrated with ‘Tantric rites’ and celebrates the yearly menstrual cycle of the goddess Kamakhya. It is believed that the earth becomes impure for three days and during this time no puja, reading of scriptures, farming work is undertaken.
22/06/2017 12:00:00 AM-194206915310New DelhiBy Mohd Asim Khan (ians)Fasting days and feasting nights at Delhi's buzzing Jama MasjidThe silence was broken by a siren, followed by an azaan -- a prayer call -- from the Jama Masjid. It was time to break the daylong fast.<br />Minutes earlier, people had sat still with plates full of dates, fruits and snacks in front of them, uttering prayers under their lips. According to a Muslim belief, a prayer said just before the breaking of a Ramazan fast is always answered by Allah.<br />The humming turned into light banter as a sherbet, a fruity drink, quenched the parched lips and dried tongues. After the evening prayers, people spilled into the bazaar, filling every inch of it.<br />"We fetch special varieties of sevai (vermicelli) for Ramazan," Mohammed Ajmal of Haji Tea Stall shouted over the noise of a bustling bazaar.<br />"We have khimami, rumali, moti and bareek sevai which are prepared differently. Also we have three varieties of pheni (a kind of pre-fried sevai) and khajla," Ajmal said.<br />The shop claims to be selling these and other preparations for the last 50 years.<br />Both pheni and khajla -- which looks like a big round kachoris -- are dipped in hot milk and left overnight, to be consumed at sehri -- the pre-dawn meal Muslims have before starting their fast.<br />The smoke emanating from the open ovens grilling chicken and kebabs and the large pans frying fish and chicken send their appetising smell wafting through the air, adding to the overall aura of the place.<br />With Eid barely a week away, most of the people in the area are busy shopping for clothes and footwear to mark the end of Ramazan. The busy shopkeepers in busy streets have no time to relax as customers keep pouring in.<br />"We sell the finest of kurtas and shervanis and our kind of variety is not available in the entire old Delhi, let alone the Jama Masjid area," Mansoor Ahmed of Prince Majestic Kurta boasted as he pointed towards the mannequins displaying the kurtas.<br />"Our range starts from around Rs 900 and goes up to Rs 2,500 for a kurta. At this time, however, cotton kurta-pyjamas are in more demand due to the hot weather," he said.<br />A group of women were eyeing the stylish burqas and veils outside the Burhan Emporio.<br />"The frock burqa is in vogue these days. The overcoat burqas are also selling," Farhan, the boy manning the shop, said as he attended to a group of women haggling over the price.<br />The beggars, some of them children, keep pestering the passersby, especially those they deemed to be "outsiders" and hence soft targets for them. The locals would just shoo them away. A small crowd of "hungry" beggars was sitting outside an eatery, aptly called the Gharib Nawaz Hotel, patiently waiting for people to buy food for them.<br />"You can feed a hungry person for Rs 25," the man at the counter invites everyone.<br />With religious fervour at peak during Ramazan, the shops selling framed calligraphic art of Quranic verses, called tughra, is the centre of attraction for many. Muslims traditionally adorn their homes with such tughras.<br />"We sell them round the year, but during Ramazan we also keep them outside the shop to display prominently as a lot of people from outside visit this area," said Ajmal, the shop owner.<br />Meanwhile, the scent wafting from the nearby shop selling hot shahi tukras also attracted attention. Prepared with homemade butter, or desi ghee, the piping hot shahi tukras are an attraction for the sweet-toothed. The diabetics stay away from the shop.<br />The chicken and mutton biryanis sell by the kilogram, and usually there's a queue for the spicy fare. Rs 120 per kg is not too much to shell out for a wholesome meal.<br />"We come here quite frequently, but during this month it is special. The place is just buzzing with life and the aura is different. I make it a point to visit Jama Masjid at least once during Ramazan," said Kajal, a young student who visited the place with her friends. For many Delhites, it's the "in-thing" to do.
21/06/2017 12:00:00 AM-115206865309AgartalaBy Our CorrespondentWater level of rivers decrease, relief providedWater level started to decrease at different rivers of the state after two days of flood in five subdivisions.<br />Meanwhile reports reaching here said water level of all the important rivers across the state including Howrah, Katakhal, Khowai, Gomati, Manu and Feni River are flowing below the danger level.<br />Official sources said, the administrative authorities of different subdivisions provided relief materials to the affected people.<br />In West Tripura district out of 29 camps 25 have already been closed. Four are still functioning.<br />Relief materials were provided to 5.31 lakh in Khowai subdivision. As many as 17 families have left relief camps of Kailashahar Municipal Council out of 19 families who had taken shelter on June 19. Administration provided relief material to them.<br />In the mean time 7 camps out of 10 camps have been closed at Jirania subdivision. Altogether 425 families of 9 villages affected in Mohanpur and 765 families of 11 villages affected in Jirania subdivision.