NASA Planet TOI 1338 b Star Star CHENNAI MONDAY JANUARY 13, 2020 `5.00 PAGES 34 LATE CITY EDITION HIGH-SCHOOLER HELPS NASA FIND NEW EXOPLANET Seventeen-year-old intern Wolf Cukier was helping out the space agency discover worlds beyond our solar system ON JUST THE THIRD DAY, HE DID IT. BUT HOW? Cukier was tasked with analysing how two stars would cross paths creating an eclipse. He zeroed in on TOI 1338—a binary star system—and noticed, on third day of his internship, an object in the orbit of the two stars that was blocking light. He promptly alerted senior NASA scientists, who then spent months observing the object before confirming he discovered an exoplanet ■ 6.9 times WHAT HE SAW THROUGH THE TELESCOPE ■ “The planet blocked the light from those two stars, leading to a small dip in the amount of light that reached the telescope. That’s what I noticed at first,” Cukier told US media The new planet named ‘TOI 1338 b’ is 1,300 light-years away from Earth. NASA said it’s unlikely to sustain alien life BIGGER THAN THE EARTH IS THE SIZE OF THE NEW EXOPLANET CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Omni buses & flights cheaper than Suvidha trains this Pongal season B A N B U S E LV A N @ Chennai HIGHER & HIGHEST FARES collected by Railways are two and a half to three times higher this Pongal than usual fares during the festival season. Omni buses already charge `600 to `1700 more per ticket than regular fares from Chennai to Madurai, Tirunelveli WELLS’ POINT After envoys’ tour, US posts concerns over J&K situation EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE US State Department on Sunday said the recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir by envoys of 15 countries to assess the ground situation was a step forward, but expressed concerns over the continuing internet shutdown and the detention of political leaders in the Union Territory . A team of 15 envoys, including US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster, visited the newly-formed UT last week and interacted with senior military officials and representatives of the civil society . Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells on Sunday tweeted s ay i n g , “Closely following @USAmbIndia & o t h e r f o reign diplomats’ recent trip to Jammu & Kashmir. Important step. We remain concerned by detention of political leaders and residents, and Internet restrictions. We look forward to a return to normalcy (sic).” Wells will be in New Delhi for three days from January 15 to attend the Raisina Dialogue to advance the US-India strategic partnership. She is also expected to discuss topics of mutual interest with members of the business community and civil society . She will then fly to Islamabad, where she will discuss bilateral and regional issues with Pakistani officials. Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to drum up international support for its case against India’s withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 34 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 OF CITY EXPRESS TRAINS SL 3RD AC 2ND AC Nellai Exp (Regular ticket fare) H385 H1,005 H1,415 Special train H455 H1,235 H1,760 Suvidha Exp H1,445 H3,850 H5,645 and Thoothukudi. However, in Suvidha trains, a 3rd AC ticket from Chennai to Tirunelveli on Sunday or Monday cost `3,850. This is `500 more than a flight fare to Thoothukudi. The usual fare for a 3rd AC ticket is `1,005. Even, sleeper class fare in a Suvidha train touched a whopping `1,445 against the regular fare of `385. Shah plays the nationalism, temple cards In March 2016, with a view of increasing revenue, Railways gave up the policy of operating special trains at regular fares. Since then only special fare special trains or Suvidha trains are operated to clear extra rush. While special fare trains charge 30 per cent more than the base fare, Suvidha trains use dynamic pricing. The first 20 per cent of tickets are charged at base rate + tatkal charge (a minimum of `100 for sleeper class and `200 for AC class) and the next 20 per cent of tickets are priced at 1.5 times of base rate + tatkal charge and so on. For the last 20 per cent of tickets, passengers are charged 300 per cent over the regular fare along with tatkal charge. ENERGISING AT SWAMI VIVEKANANDA’S ROOM 1 @ Bhopal THE crack in the DMK and Congress alliance further widened on Sunday after KMDK leader ER Easwaran slammed Congress leaders for airing their differences over rural local body seat sharing in public. This comes in the wake of cross-voting in the indirect polls to the rural local body heads, which gave the ruling AIADMK more district and panchayat union chairpersons although the opposition alliance had more councillors. In Pudukkottai, alleged cross-voting handed the district panchayat president post to AIADMK, despite DMK having 11 councillors and Congress two in the 22 wards. On Saturday, DMK was shocked when AIADMK’s Jayalakshmi became district panchayat president with 12 votes while DMK’s Kalaivani got only 10 votes. It is believed two Congress councillors and one DMK councillor cross-voted, especially after Congress won the vice president post, which it had sought, despite DMK’s candidate being in the fray P5 . Narendra Modi, PM Modi brings back graft charges on Didi E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kolkata PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday charged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was blocking the Centre’s flagship welfare schemes in the state as they would not fetch bribes. He also accused the Opposition of misleading the youth on the Citizenship Amendment Act. While addressing an event marking the 150th year of Kolkata Port Trust, which Mamata skipped, Modi hinted at a change of guard in the state in the 2021 Assembly elections with a quip, “I have a feeling the people of West Bengal will ‘LOOK AT YOUR MEMBERS FIRST’ ER Easwaran, leader of a minor ally, took direct aim at the Congress while speaking to reporters at DMK HQ in Chennai. “Even in Kongu region, Congress did not cooperate (with other parties in alliance),” he said, adding Congress leaders must first probe how their own members functioned. not be deprived of Central schemes for long.” Dwelling on why Central welfare schemes like Ayushman Bharat and Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi were not implemented in West Bengal, he sarcastically said: “When there is no syndicate or cutmoney involved, why would someone implement Central government schemes?” Modi was alluding to the rampant corruption in the Trinamool Congress, which forced Mamata to warn her party satraps last year not to collect cutmoney from the poor who seek access to government schemes. In the run up to the Lok Sab- Call it Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port The PM renamed Kolkata port after Jan Sangh founder president Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee. It drew criticism from the Opposition, which called him a name-changer instead of a game-changer ha polls, cut-money was one of Modi’s major planks in his rallies in West Bengal. It had high resonance among the voters. Earlier in the day, at Belur Math in Howrah, the headquarter of Ramakrishna Mission, EXPRESS READ Woman threatens to blow up Air Asia plane mid-flight 7 bombs hit base hosting US troops, 4 Iraqis hurt Kolkata: A Mumbai-bound AirAsia India flight was forced to return to Kolkata airport after a young female passenger threatened to blow up the aircraft midair. A probe found she wanted to return to Kolkata, and hence, pulled off the ploy. Baghdad: An Iraqi base, north of Baghdad, hosting US troops came under mortar fire on Sunday. Sources said four Iraqi soldiers were wounded. It wasn’t clear who fired the mortar bombs Plan to add 200 fighter jets to boost IAF New Delhi: The Centre is in the process of acquiring around 200 aircraft to cope with the depleting aerial inventories of the Indian Air Force, defence secretary Ajay Kumar (pic) said here on Sunday. The contract for HAL-manufactured 83 LCA Tejas Mark 1 A advanced fighter jets are in the final stages, he said. Apart from these, Expression of Interest (EOI) has been floated for another 110 aircraft, based on which a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be floated, Kumar said | P9 TEENSATION World Cup-bound at just 16, Siliguri’s Richa fulfils her father’s dream S R I N I D H I P R @ Chennai SILIGURI is a small town in northern West Bengal. That’s where Wriddhiman Saha is from. On Sunday one more crick, eter from this city in the foothills of the Himalayas made it to the Indian team. Meet Richa Ghosh, the latest teenager to enter the Indian women’s team. The batswoman is part of a 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup starting in Australia on February 21. A stellar outing in the recent women’s Challenger Trophy propelled the 16-year-old into the team led by Harmanpreet Kaur. “I’m happy to get this opportunity Batting is my strength. I . will try to contribute as much as I can,” said Richa, who was playing a local tournament in the outskirts of Kolkata when she got the news. Incidentally, she has a chance to emulate her idol Sachin Tendulkar, who made his international debut Richa Ghosh Modi generally goes on a walk every morning, but made an exception on Sunday. He instead took a stroll on the Math premises, said Math general secretary Swami Suvirananda As per the security protocol, I am not allowed to go anywhere I feel like. I am grateful to the government for allowing me to spend a night here Day after ‘cross-voting’ hurts oppn, crack in DMK-Cong alliance widens S K U M A R E S A N & K E Z H I L A R A S A N @ Chennai/Pudukkottai After overnight stay at the Math, he began his day with a cup of sugar-free tea, followed by upma and dosa for breakfast 3 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Prime Minister Narendra Modi (pic) doing pranayam at Swami Vivekananda’s room, at Belur Math on Sunday morning 2 Says Ram temple will be built in 4 months; attacks Kejri soft line on tukde-tukde gang more time. Since carved granite pillars to support the structure and other materials HARPING on Hindutva and for the walls have already be nationalism ahead of the Del- built offsite, construction hi Assembly elections, Union would involve quickly assemHome Minister and BJP na- bling those knock-down units. tional president Amit What is not ready is Shah on Sunday asthe roof; it has to be serted a grand Ram built from scratch. temple would come Shah was addressup in Ayodhya within ing a rally as part of four months, and the BJP’s public outwarned those who reach programme on raise anti-national the Citizenship slogans would be put Committed A m e n d m e n t A c t behind bars. (CAA) at the Garrito CAA “ W h i l e yo u a l l son Ground in Jabal“Congress want a grand Ram pur, which was the leaders, listen temple to be built at epicentre of the recarefully... Ram Janmbhoomi cent anti-CAA/NRC Oppose it as (birthplace of Lord violence in Madhya much as you Ram) in Ayodhya, the Pradesh. Congress’s advocate- can, we will rest Turning to the isturned-politician Ka- only after giving sue of anti-national pil Sibal said Ram citizenship to all slogans at the JNU, those covered temple shouldn’t be Shah said the tukdeunder CAA,” built. Listen clearly tukde gang should Shah said Sibal bhai... a grand put behind bars. But sky high Ram temple Congress leader Rawill be built in four months in hul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Ayodhya,” Shah said. Minister Arvind Kejriwal His timeline though didn’t want to save them, he alleged. match that of other stake- “Listen Kejriwal, whoever holders who reckon the con- raises anti-national slogans struction might take much will be jailed,” he asserted. This has put passengers to hardship. Of the five special trains operated from Chennai to Tirunelveli/Nagercoil from January 10 to 20, four are Suvidhas. P Edward Jeni, general secretary of Kanniyakumari district railway users’ association, said this was a prelude to handing over high-demand sections to private companies. when he was 16. It was her father’s passion that drove Richa to cricket. Manabendra Ghosh played club-level and tur ned to umpiring after realising he would not make it as a player. He sowed interest in her by taking her to the grounds when she was just three. As she started showing promise, he put her in a coaching camp in Kolkata. It was a struggle for Manabendra. With two daughters — Richa’s elder sister is pursuing media science — and a bed-ridden mother, he gave up his business in 2016 to take better care of Richa’s cricket. Although based in Siliguri, he had to make frequent trips to Kolkata to see how his daughter was doing. “I had to give whatever time I had to her. I cannot open a business and shut it down temporarily when I was travelling. It takes 12-13 hours to reach Kolkata. If she is playing in any tournament in Kolkata, I quickly pack my bags. She is a small girl, we can’t leave her alone,” he said. At 11, Richa ma de it to the U-19 Bengal team. Eventually she broke in, to the U-23 side and also the senior team when she was 12 anda-half. She was named Bengal cricketer of the year in 2018. Squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodriguez, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Richa Ghosh, Tania Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy. Modi defended the CAA saying it had made the world aware of religious persecution of minorities in Pakistan. “The CAA is not about taking away citizenship. It is about giving citizenship. This is not an overnight law for giving citizenship. The leaders of the Opposition are misguiding youth and students,” he said. “We’ve only done what Mahatma Gandhi had said decades ago. Should we send these refugees back to die? Are they our responsibility or not? Should we make them our citizens or not?” he added, amid thunderous applause by the P9 gathering. SSI murder: Five held in Kollam EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kollam/Nagercoil/Tirunelveli FIVE youth, suspected to have ties with the alleged murderers of Kanniyakumari Special Sub-Inspector (SSI) Y Wilson, were detained by a joint team of Kerala-Tamil Nadu police from Palaruvi junction near Thenmala in Kollam district on Sunday. Kerala police handed them over to the ‘Q’ branch of TN police. Along with the personnel of the Kollam rural police and ‘Q’ branch, a team led by Thenmala circle inspector laid a trap based on specific intel. Police followed the suspects’ vehicle from a Thenmala hotel, and created a vehicle block on a national highway When the suspects . stopped, the team swooped in and overpowered them. “None of them has a direct link to the murder,” said Kollam Rural Superintendent of Police (SP) Hari Sankar. Meanwhile, Kanniyakumari SP Shreenath said, “As the two suspects have been identified from CCTV footage, a team is inquiring with their relatives. Those in contact with the two men are also under the scanner.” P5
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