NASA launches Mars orbiter ‘Maven’

NASA launches Mars orbiter ‘Maven’

On 18 November, Maven was released from the Atlas V's upper-stage some 53 minutes after leaving the Cape Canaveral pad. The probe then had to open its solar panels and orientate itself into a cruise configuration. NASA launched its own Mars orbiter, MAVEN, which is also expected to reach Mars in November. Maven is going to study Mars' high atmosphere, to try to understand the processes that have robbed the world of most of its air. Evidence suggests the planet was once shrouded in a thick blanket of gases that supported the presence of liquid water at its surface. Today, the air pressure is so low that free water would instantly boil away.

Christmas Eve Spacewalk on ISS to gift it a coolant

Christmas Eve Spacewalk on ISS to gift it a coolant

NASA Successfully Completed repairs at International Space Station with Christmas Eve Spacewalk. Spacewalkers treated the International Space Station with a Christmas gift, a new ammonia-pump module that would fully restore the station’s critical coolant system. Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio completed the mission of replacing a refrigerator-sized faulty coolant pump with a spare unit in two spacewalks conducted on Dec. 22 and Dec. 24.

Mars Orbiter Mission ‘Mangalyaan’ heads towards the Red Planet

Mars Orbiter Mission ‘Mangalyaan’ heads towards the Red Planet

On 5 November, the India Space Research Organization launched its Mars Orbiter Mission ‘Mangalyaan’, which is expected to reach the orbit of Mars in September of 2014. This mission will make ISRO the fourth space agency to successfully send a probe to Mars. Only the USA, Russia, and the European Space Agency have successfully sent probes to the Red Planet. India’s mission is interesting because the probe actually used the Earth’s gravity to build up energy like a slingshot to give it the energy it needed to make its journey to the Red Planet. It left Earth’s orbit about 25 days after launch. Notably India’s mission was much less expensive than any other Mars mission. The 350-tonne launch vehicle also carried an unmanned probe.

Kudankulam nuclear plant starts generating power

Kudankulam nuclear plant starts generating power

After years of delay, marked by technical glitches and protests, the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli, south Tamil Nadu is finally a reality now. On 22 October at 2.45am nearly 160MW produced by unit 1 of the plant was connected to the southern grid. The significant synchronization process started as PM Manmohan Singh wound up his visit to Moscow after talks about possible future agreements for the supply of two more Russian reactors for the Kudankulam plant. While agreements have been signed for two 1,000MW units, talks are on with Russia to clinch a deal for two more 1,000MW units. When commissioned, the nuclear power plant would be the biggest in India in terms of capacity.

China: A competitor to India in commercial satellite launches

China: A competitor to India in commercial satellite launches

By successfully sending the first ever satellite of Bolivia to space, China has posed as a strong competitor to India in commercial satellite launches. On December 21, a Chinese Long March 3B rocket inaugurated the Bolivian space program by successfully placing Bolivia’s Tupac Katari (TKSat)-1 telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. Notably Bolivian President Evo Morales traveled to China to witness the launch, from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, indicating the project’s political importance in Bolivia.

Dr. C. N. Rao awarded Bharat Ratna

Dr. C. N. Rao awarded Bharat Ratna

The Indian government has decided to confer the country's highest civilian honour ‘Bharat Ratna’ to Indian chemist Dr. CNR Rao along with cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Rao's colleagues regard him as India's Mr or Dr Science, who has won all possible international awards in his field other than the Nobel Prize. Rao is an eminent scientist and a well recognized international authority on solid state and materials chemistry. He is currently the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. He has published over 1,400 research papers and 45 books. Rao's contributions to solid state and materials chemistry have been recognized by most major scientific academies around the world through conferment of memberships and fellowships.

China enters Moon Club

China enters Moon Club

Earlier this month, the Chinese probe Chang’e-3 landed on the Moon, along with its companion Moon rover, Yutu. China watched as the nation's first lunar rover rolled across the moon's surface. It was a moment of national pride for China which was included in Moon club, when images of the six-wheel rover, dubbed Jade Rabbit, were transmitted live back to Earth, showing the red and gold Chinese flag on the moon for the first time. "Now as Jade Rabbit has made its touchdown on the moon surface," the state-run Xinhua news agency said, "the whole world again marvels at China's remarkable space capabilities." Chang’e-3 is part of China’s overall effort to put a person on the Moon in 2025. The country is also currently working on building a space station in Earth’s orbit.

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Vivid manifestations of Hindutva thought were seen in 2013: Bhaiyyaji Joshi

Abhijit Mulye
Nashik, December 30 : 


undefinedThe passing year put before us vivid manifestations and acceptability of the Hindutva thought amongst the intelligentsia of our society, SarKaryavah (General Secretary) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) Shri. Suresh (Bhaiyaji) Joshi told NewsBharati here today.  

Vivekananda 150th birth anniversary:growing acceptance of Hindutva  

Vivekananda Saardhashati (150th birth anniversary) celebrations started on 12th January 2013 got overwhelming response from all cross sections of the society. Through various symposia, lectures, seminars and other similar kind of events, efforts were made to reach out to the thought leaders of the society. These efforts were received very well and we could see a broader, brighter manifestation of the Hindutva thought through such interactions. We realized that the thought leaders of the society have a much more acceptance to Hindutva than what was perceived earlier, Joshi elaborated.

Rise of AAP is a clear signal to all political parties

In a special interview for the ‘Recap 2013’ section of NewsBharati, Shri. Joshi elaborated on various topics that made news in 2013. When asked about the much talked of success of Aam Aadami Party in Delhi assembly elections and the discussions regarding the new political culture that followed it, Joshi said that this is a clear signal for all the political parties that they should be more careful in choosing candidates.

Dignity of women: Not by law alone: it is a social responsibility

While speaking about the crime against women in our society, Joshi said that, these crimes are an outcome of ill, degraded minds. We, as a society, need to look into the ‘Samsakara’ factor or the values that are inculcated through our societal institutions like family, educational institutions, and media. We will have to ensure that right values are inculcated into the society and this won’t be possible merely by passing some legislation. He said, “Legislation is not an alternative to value system.” Joshi also expressed concern over the demands to nullify recent Supreme Court verdict regarding article 377. He said, homosexuality does not have social sanction in India and does not have any standing in Indian culture. Hence, any attempts to get legal status for that “would not be acceptable”.

Safety and security of Hindus all over the world is responsibility of Bharat 

When asked about the attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Joshi said that, it has always been our demand that Indian government should ensure safety and security of Hindus world over. Indian government should convey its concern over such cases to the respective country.

Weak and meek foreign policy towards neighbors

While speaking about the Chinese and Pakistani aggression on the borders along India during the year, Joshi said, such incidences are not new to us, in the sense that they are obvious side effects of the weak external affairs policy which our government has adopted. If we feel that such incidences should not repeat in future, we will have to have our foreign policy corrected. “Any lapse in internal or external security is always a danger. India should take all such actions by Pakistan and China very seriously. India should not bow to any kind of pressure from any international forces or groups. And our external policy needs to have correction in this regard”, he said.Joshi appreciated Indian government’s tough stand in the Devyani Khobragade case and said, this might be an effort to weaken and demoralize India. Government should ensure that nobody dares any such attempt in future.

Government machinery should be more trained to handle natural disasters

Joshi expressed deep condolences towards the lives lost in the natural calamity that hit the state of Uttarakhand earlier this year and said, “We need to ensure that the development plans are made after a due consideration to the geological and geographical factors and are implemented flawlessly”. He praised Indian military forces for their efforts during the calamity and also commended the way in which the voluntary organizations across the nation started relief and rehabilitation operations in the region. He expressed displeasure over the response of the government machinery and said government machinery should ensure proper and complete training in disaster management.