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Chandrayaan-2 leaves Earth’s
orbit, moving towards moon
After revolving around the earth for
nearly 23 days since its launch, India’s
lunar lander-orbiter craft
Chandrayaan-2 was put in the path of
the moon on Wednesday by scientists
from the Indian Space Research
It is scheduled to travel further until
Tuesday, when its orbit will be altered
to make it revolve around the moon.
The mission is the country’s first
lunar soft-landing attempt. The
landing itself is slated for Sept 7.
Vellore district split into three,
Nov 1 to be Tamil Nadu Day
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K.
Palaniswami announced yesterday that
Vellore district would be split into
Vellore, Ranipet and Tirupattur.
With this, the total number of
districts in the state will become 37.
The chief minister also announced
that Nov 1 will be celebrated as Tamil
Nadu Day. The state was created on
Nov 1, 1956.
Wing Commander Varthaman
receives Vir Chakra
Indian Air Force Wing Commander
Abhinandan Varthaman was conferred
the Vir Chakra, India’s third-highest
wartime medal, on Independence Day.
He was held captive for three days
after an aerial combat with Pakistani
fighter jets on Feb 27.
Mirage fighter pilots Amit Ranjan,
Rahul Basoya, Pankaj Bhujade, B.K.N.
Reddy and Shashank Singh, who were
part of the operation to strike a
Jaish-e-Mohmamed terrorist training
camp deep inside Pakistan’s Balakot
on Feb 26, were awarded the Vayu
Upset UP farmers lock 200 cows
More than 200 cows were ushered into
a government primary school in Uttar
Pradesh’s Sambhal district on Tuesday
as lessons were going on. The incident
took place in the Gonhat village.
The farmers were upset as the stray
cattle were destroying their crops and
they thought it was best to lock them
in the school.
As the terrified students locked
themselves in their classes, police had
to be called in to pacify the agitated
farmers and the cattle were later
Museum on Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu opens in Kolkata
The world’s first museum dedicated to
the life and teachings of 16th century
saint and social reformer Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu was inaugurated on
Tuesday in Kolkata.
The museum is a three-storey
structure built on 1,350 square metres
and includes galleries and a library.
Each floor is dedicated to different
phases of the saint’s life starting from
his birth, his marriage, journey
throughout the country and sainthood.
Thousands in UP throng to see
‘Bandariya Baba’ living on tree
Thousands of people are thronging to
see “Bandariya Baba” who lives on
the top of a tree in
The man in his
late 60s has
and eats and sleeps
on the tree at
Sujauli in Bahraich
Dressed in saffron robes, the man
said he is a staunch devotee of Lord
Hanuman and has been bestowed with
Yogi’s office in Lucknow to be
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi
Adityanath’s office in the state capital
will be made bulletproof in the wake
of inputs given by intelligence agencies
about a possible threat to him.
A senior official said that
Mr Adityanath’s office located on the
fifth floor of the newly-constructed
Lok Bhawan will now have bulletproof
The office will be fully secured and
entry to the floor will be restricted.
Alwar court acquits all six
accused in Pehlu lynching case
Almost two years after Pehlu Khan
was lynched by a mob of cow
vigilantes, the Alwar sessions court in
Rajasthan on Wednesday acquitted all
six accused in the case, giving them
the benefit of the doubt as the police
investigations had serious
The Rajasthan government said it
will appeal the verdict in the High
Court. Khan’s advocate Kasim Khan
said the case has not been investigated
properly and that the police produced
a chargesheet under political pressure.
“We shall study the judgement and
will chalk out our strategy,” he said.
Modi bears all, sniffs dung
Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi hit Indian television
screens like never before on
Monday, talking about his life
and the environment – and
smelling elephant dung – with
adventurer Edward Michael
Grylls, popularly known as
The Discovery Channel
programme Man Vs Wild saw
Mr Modi seek to burnish his
credentials as a protector of
nature, telling his story to
Mr Grylls at Jim Corbett
National Park in Uttarakhand.
Mr Modi told his Twitter
followers on Monday that his
adventures with Mr Grylls
would “throw light on
and climate change”.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with British adventurer Bear Grylls in the Man Vs Wild
celebrations in Singapore
High Commissioner Jawed Ashraf along with
diplomatic, military and consular staff sing the national
anthem after the Indian flag was hoisted at the High
Commission of India grounds in Singapore on
Independence Day yesterday. Prime Minister Lee Hsien
Loong in a congratulatory letter to Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi said: “India has made
remarkable progress since independence. Today you
stand proudly on the world stage, brimming with
innovation, talent and ideas. As we join India in
celebrating this auspicious occasion, I also take great
satisfaction in the excellent ties between our countries.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered
an Independence Day speech yesterday that
mainly focused on his government’s decision to
remove the special rights accorded to the
disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
He also talked about his aim to turn India
into a US$5-trillion economy within five years
by spurring wealth creation, boosting exports
and tourism and spending 100 trillion rupees
(US$1.4 trillion) on infrastructure.
But he did not touch on sagging demand that
has hit parts of the economy in recent months,
especially the auto sector.
Mr Modi said special constitutional status for
the state of Jammu and Kashmir had encour-
aged corruption and nepotism, while creating
injustice for women, children and minority
communities in India’s only majority-Muslim
“Today every Indian can proudly say ‘One
Nation, One Constitution’,” he said, while
speaking from the ramparts of the historic Red
Fort in New Delhi.
Critics of his policy say it will bring a
backlash from Kashmiri Muslims who had val-
ued the previous ban on non-residents buying
property in the state, part of which is claimed by
Pakistan, and benefited from the reservation of
state government jobs for residents.
Since the Aug 2 decision, the region has been
under a clampdown, with Internet and phone
links cut off by authorities, movement restricted
by police roadblocks and more than 500 local
leaders and activists detained.
Wearing a flowing bright saffron-coloured
turban, Mr Modi, who won a landslide election
victory in May, also highlighted his govern-
ment’s ban on some Muslim communities’
practice of allowing a husband to instantly
divorce his wife.
Perhaps the most controversial announce-
ment in his speech was the creation of a new
post of chief of defence staff to ensure better
coordination between India’s army, navy and air
force, along the lines of Western military forces.
Defence experts have long called for such a
post, recommended by a government panel in
1999, after India came close to war with
Pakistan over Kashmir.
“Our forces are India’s pride,” Mr Modi said.
“To further sharpen coordination between the
forces, I want to announce a major decision...
India will have a chief of defence staff.”
However, he did not address the weakening
economy and calls by industry for a swift
package of government measures to stimulate
India’s growth rate has fallen to 5.8 per cent
for the three months ended March 2019, its
lowest in 17 quarters, while research group
CMIE estimates the jobless rate rose to 7.51 per
cent in July from 5.66 per cent a year earlier.
Mr Modi said he would invest 100 trillion
rupees in infrastructure over the next five years
and a further 3.6 trillion to improve water
infrastructure and pipe clean water to every
Modi creates chief of
defence staff post
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