KOCHI l TUESDAY l JULY 23, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 20 l LATE CITY EDITION NORTH MOON Sea of Serenity Copernius crater Equator Tycho crater SOUTH LANDER MISSION SOUTH Chandrayaan-2 landing site near southern pole India’s lander Vikram will be soft-landing on south polar region of the moon, which has not been explored before Rover Ramp Landing skid NERVE CENTRE ROVER Vikram lander can communicate with IDSN at Bengaluru, as well as with the Orbiter and Pragyan rover Sola r pan el 48-DAY ITINERARY SOLAR POWERED 27kg Pragyan Rover will determine Navigation elemental camera Warm composition of electronics box moon’s surface Lift Off 05 INDIA OVER THE MOON 23 Trans Lunar Injection @ Sriharikota INDIA was ‘over the moon’ on Monday as GSLV-MkIII, in its very first operational flight, launched Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into the designated earth orbit. The spacecraft, weighing 3,850 kilograms, has begun its 48-day ‘gruelling’ journey to the moon, which is prone to be riddled with challenges. The move, experts say has put , India on course for the next big phase in space exploration. Though India’s lander ‘Vikram’ will be soft-landing on moon 56 years after Soviet Union’s Luna 9, this is a mission like none before. For, it will shed light on a completely unexplored section of the moon, the South Polar region. EXPRESS EXCLUSIVE Police pick up Saudi from leading mall A J AY K A N T H @ Kochi IN a swift operation on Monday , the police picked up a Saudi Arabian citizen from a major shopping mall in the city while he was attempting to make contact with a group of youngsters present there. The police found him distributing business cards to teenagers, asking them to interact with him on chat4truth.com. A team of officers led by City Police Commissioner Vijay Sakhare will interrogate the person, whose whereabouts have not been disclosed. “He was under police surveillance. Senior officers will question him on Tuesday,” said a source. The city police zeroed in on the person based on an intelligence input. “We’re verifying certain details of the person who is aged 49. No formal arrest has been recorded. We’ll be able to ascertain the purpose of his interaction with the youngsters at the mall only after a detailed interrogation,” said an officer. ● More on P5 As the entire world watched, the 43-metre tall ‘Bahubali’ rocket blasted off from the second launch pad in Sriharikota at 2.43 pm. Tension in the mission control room was palpable as the 640-tonne rocket took off, considering that the first attempt had to be called off due to a technical snag, about a week ago. Another delay would have resulted in the mission being suspended till September. Chairman K Sivan said the success was sweeter as it had come after a ‘fallout’ and serious technical glitch. “ISRO bounced back with flying colours,” he said announcing the successful launch. “It’s the beginning of a historic journey of India towards the moon.” He said the amount of RAIN TO KEEP LASHING NORTH, CENTRAL STATE 21 is the total death toll so far in the state work done in 24 hours following the technical snag was mind boggling. “The vehicle was brought back to normal... root cause of the technical snag was identified and corrected. Everything happened in 24 hours. In the next one-and-half days, required tests were conducted to ensure the corrections made were proper, in the right direction,” Sivan said. “The expert team constituted was on the job for the last seven days, to ensure every system functions properly. It’s my duty to salute all of them.” Minor detour The distance to moon is 3.84 lakh kilometres. Ensuring trajectory accuracy while covering such a people are missing 20cm Binoy again refuses to give blood sample for DNA test T’Puram: Binoy Kodiyeri refused to give blood sample to the Oshiwara Police for conducting DNA test citing his pending petition in the Mumbai High Court. Binoy had last week approached the court seeking nullification of the rape case. P5 20 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS have been shifted to relief camps RED ALERT FULL COVERAGE: P6 ORANGE ALERT Kannur and Kasaragod (for Tuesday) Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad (for Tuesday) and Kannur and Kasaragod (for Wednesday) rainfall received by Vadakara was the highest (recorded in 24 hours ending at Monday 8.30 am) T’Puram: Southwest monsoon will continue to pound the state, mainly north and central Kerala, for two more days, according to the IMD HOLIDAY The district collectors have declared holiday for educational institutions in Malappuram, Kannur, Kasaragod and Alappuzha (restricted) North Kerala has been receiving heavy rain for the past couple of days. A scene from Kozhikode city, where moisture and even darkness prevail during daytime at some places | T P SOORAJ | P5 LS passes Bill to amend RTI law amid protests @ New Delhi THE Lok Sabha on Monday passed the controversial RTI amendment Bill amid protests from the Opposition, which said the changes would make the law toothless. They were echoing the fears of RTI experts like former chief information commissioner (CIC) Sridhar Acharyulu, who recently wrote to MPs saying if the amendments are approved, information commissioners (ICs) would become appendages of senior babus. The bill seeks to end the fixed tenures of CICs and ICs besides allowing the government to fix their salaries. At present, CICs and ICs have fixed five-year tenures. The bill will now head to the Rajya Sabha, where the Opposition hopes to push the treasury to send it to a select committee for further scrutiny, as the NDA is seven short of majority there. The BJP’s current strength in the Rajya Sabha is 78 and that of the NDA is 116, while the majority mark is 123 in the 245-member House. KSU workers, police clash E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram THE Secretariat march organised by KSU-Youth Congress activists, expressing solidarity with the agitation over the University College issue, turned violent after they clashed with the police. Many got injured. The protestors pelted stones and bottles at the police, who returned in kind, resorting to lathi-charge and water cannon. Tension mostly erupted in front of the makeshift venue where KSU leaders, including state president K M Abhijith, were holding a fasting protest. P5 BLANKET BAN Soon, holding cryptocurrencies may land you in jail A N U R A D H A S H U K L A & J O N AT H A N A N A N D A @ New Delhi AN inter-ministerial panel has recommended that all privately circulated cryptocurrencies be banned. It has also suggested heavy fines as well as jail terms up to 10 years for those dealing in unauthorised digital currencies. “The committee notes with con- cern the mushrooming of cryptocurrencies almost invariably issued abroad and numerous people in India investing in these cryptocurrencies,” it said in a report submitted along with a draft bill to regulate them. The draft will be examined by the ministries and regulators concerned before a final set of recommendations will be placed before the Union Cabinet. The report suggests that the Department of Economic Affairs could set up a group along with RBI representatives and officials from other departments to look into an “appropriate model of digital currency in India”. According to the panel, headed by finance secretary S C Garg, an ‘official’ digital currency could be launched by the RBI. It suggests the government use distributed-ledger technology for loan-issuance tracking, collateral management, fraud detection and claims management in insurance, among others. 15 30-42 Lunar Bound Phase 1-23 Earth bound phase 23-30 Lunar Transfer Trajectory 25 30 30 43 35 Lunar Orbit Insertion Lander separates from Orbiter 40 44 Trans Lunar Injection The GSLV-MkIII being launched from launch pad-2 at Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, on Monday | PTI #Chandrayaan2 is unique because it will explore the south pole region of lunar terrain which is not explored by any past mission Prime Minister Narendra Modi We bounced back in flying colours after the earlier tech snag. Success is coming after a hollow. Entire globe was waiting for this success K Sivan, ISRO chairman 48 45 Beginning of powered descent 50 Landing SECRET OF SUCCESS 15% increase in the efficiency of rocket GSLV MkIII achieved by enchancing vehicle performance Karnataka talkathon on, nowhere close to voting Speaker keeps reminding govt to honour commitment to complete the confidence vote. Coalition seeks to buy time Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy of completing the proceedings by end of day ON the day Chandrayaan-2 took off, the on Monday the session was marred by de, Karnataka Assembly seemed to be sus- lays, protests and disruptions. pended in a timeless space — waiting for It was a day of delays with the Assembly a near-mythical trust vote. session itself starting an Would it happen or not? SUPREME COURT hour later than scheduled. TO HEAR 2 MLAS’ Discussions extended beyond The Speaker’s word that it PLEA TODAY won’t get delayed beyond 10.30 pm with dinner and diaMonday did not seem to hold betes becoming the matters The Supreme Court will good as the Assembly sat till of concern for the House. hear on Tuesday a fresh the late hours debating plea of two Independent While BJP insisted that they whether to vote or not. A fake Karnataka MLAs seeking are willing to sit all night for letter of resignation, a closed the trust vote Congress-JD(S) holding of the floor test canteen, the lack of vegetaMLAs insisted on an ad“forthwith” in the state bles, diabetic MLAs, everyjournment. Utter chaos was Assembly on the trust thing became a reason to motion moved by the CM witnessed late on Monday postpone, or not. night with a few members of For three days now, the the treasury benches exiting Legislative Assembly has been discussing the Assembly even as it was in session, unissues, both relevant and irrelevant to the able to bear hunger pangs. confidence motion moved by the chief Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy who , minister, but there is no sign of a trust spoke later in the evening, said everybody , vote. Despite assurances by the Congress including the media, was in a hurry to get legislature party chief Siddaramaiah and him to resign. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE EXPRESS READ 1,519 3 large distance poses many challenges as the flight path is influenced by factors, such as the non-uniform gravity of earth and moon, the gravitational pull of other astronomical bodies, solar radiation pressure and moon’s true orbital motion. The mission sequence has been reworked to ensure the lander gets to moon by September 6 or 7. This is to ensure that it breathes for full 14 Earth Days and performs in-situ measurements near the landing site. The path it takes, however, may differ. This is because the duration between launch and landing has been narrowed down to 48 days from 54 days as was originally planned. The delay has increased the travel distance by 6,000 kilometres. 10 20 The 48-day journey to moon’s southern polar region begins as GSLV-MkIII successfully launches Chandrayaan-2 into earth’s orbit; delay results in adoption of a longer route S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA 01
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