BHUBANESWAR l wednesday l september 28, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE EDITION Nasa’s dramatic smash hit of spacecraft into asteroid The collision was intentional and designed to test whether space rocks that could threaten Earth can be intercepted Impact expected to alter rock’s orbit Scientists to keep tracking dimorphos The US space agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) probe smashed into the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos, a small body 160 metres in diameter. DART’s camera returned images right up to the moment of impact. Researchers expect the impact to shorten Dimorphos’ orbit by about 1%. Dimorphos orbits a larger 780-metre asteroid called Didymos ■ ■ However, it will take some weeks before scientists on the Nasa mission know for sure whether their experiment has worked Post impact, which happened 11 million km away from Earth, the team will observe Dimorphos using ground-based telescopes to confirm its orbit around Didymos has indeed been altered 22,000 km/hr The speed at which NASA’s spacecraft crashed into asteroid Dimorphos CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Cong carrot and stick to resolve Raj revolt S h a h i d F a r i d i @ New Delhi farewell, friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays respects to former Japanese premier Shinzo Abe during the state funeral, at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday Abe, 67, was assassinated by a gunman on July 8. Modi also had a private meeting with Akie Abe, the widow Abe, at the Akasaka Palace Earlier in the day, Modi had a fruitful meeting with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida, where they discussed various bilateral issues Representatives from over 100 countries, including heads of state and governments, attended the funeral CAG flags ASI on missing heritage antiquities in State D i a n a S a h u @ Bhubaneswar THE Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has pointed out shortcomings galore in maintenance and inventory of protected heritage in Odisha by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). In its follow-up report on performance audit of preservation and conservation of monuments and antiquities in India, the CAG said despite the Culture Ministry’s directive that all ASI museums should adopt a rotation policy and verify antiquities at least once in a year, none of the three sitemuseums at Konark, Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri adhered to the same. Physical verification of antiquities at the site-museum of Konark was not conducted from 2016-17 to 2019-20. In De- cember 2015, an expert committee had reported that 13 antiquities were untraceable from the museum. While four antiquities could be traced later, the others are still missing. It also noticed that antiquities of the site-museum were lying at the monument (Sun Temple) instead of being placed at the museum. In Ratnagiri site-museum, out of 3,540 artefacts, 92.9 per cent (3,288) were kept in reserve. Only 1.7 per cent (60) of the objects was digitised. The report further pointed out instances of antiquities being protected as monuments in Jajpur district. These include three colossal ‘Matrikas’ and as many Buddha sculptures. Against the notified four colossal Matrikas (sculptures) in Jajpur, only three were shown in the ASI Continued on p5 inventory . The Congress leadership on Tuesday tried a carrot and stick approach to deal with Ashok Gehlot’s refusal to hand over Rajasthan chief ministership to his detractor and former deputy Sachin Pilot. While on the one hand senior party leaders engaged the chief minister and continued efforts to persuade him to resign and enter the race for the party president’s post, on the other, the ground is being prepared for taking disciplinary action against Gehlot’s closest ministers Shanti Dhariwal and Mahesh Joshi, who spearheaded the rebellion against signing a resolution authorising interim Congress president Sonia Gan- dhi to appoint a new chief minister after Gehlot’s nomination as a presidential candidate. Sources said senior leaders, including Ambika Soni, are still trying to convince Gehlot to take up party presidency after relinquishing the chief minister’s post. He has been told that the party leadership is ready to put the ugly episodes of Jaipur behind and get on with the organisational elections. Party leaders at Delhi have not lost hope of Gehlot acceding to the high command’s wishes. They did not rule out the possibility of Gehlot visiting Delhi to meet Sonia soon to resolve the differences. Gehlot is not averse to giving up chief ministership and entering the presidential race. Gehlot loyalists in firing line Shanti Dhariwal: Minister for Urban Development and Housing. Convened meet of MLAs in Gehlot camp at his home on Sunday ahead of the CLP meet scheduled for 7.30 pm. Their numbers swelled from about 25 around 6 pm to beyond 70 later Dharmendra Rathore Very close to Gehlot. State Tourism Development Corporation chairman. He is a political appointee. Was involved in the show of strength against the high command’s diktat But he does not want Pilot as his successor. He says he would hand over the chief ministership to any one from the 102 MLAs who had stayed loyal to the party when Pilot had walked out, but not the latter. While talks were still on with Gehlot, the party leadership de- Mahesh Joshi: Congress Chief Whip. PWD Minister. Coordinated with loyalist MLAs, asking them to reach Dhariwal's house on Sunday night. Now says AICC observer Ajay Maken misread their actions cided to take disciplinary action against Rajasthan parliamentary af fairs minister Dhariwal, who had called the MLAs to his residence and prevented them from meeting Congress general secretary incharge of Rajasthan Ajay Maken and central observer India not on same page for price cap on Russian oil Y e s h i S e l i @ New Delhi India has not had any issue in defence supplies from Russia and might not endorse a price cap on Russian oil, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar indicated after his meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Tuesday . “Oil price cap on Russian crude is a G7 initiative,” he said suggesting India may not be on the same page. “Past few months the energy market has been under stress, not so much the pricing but availability is an issue. Our concern is that energy market is under stress. Regarding buying of military equipment we have no problem of getting spares from Russia. Where we get our military supplies from is not an issue. We look at possibili- ties across the berth and exercise a choice which we believe is in our national interest. Having said that, we have also taken military aircraft from US, France and Israel as we have a tradition of multisourcing,’’ said Jaishankar. Speaking about the Ukraine war, he said: “We have taken the position privately, publicly, confiden- tially and consistently that this conflict is not in anybody’s interest.” Blinken sought to justify the US’ $450 million F-16 aid to Pakistan, saying the programme helps it deal with terrorist threats emanating from Pakistan or from the region. “We’ve a responsibility and obligation to whomever we provide military equipment to, that it’s maintained and sustained,” he said. Highest honour Phalke award for veteran actor Asha Parekh EXPRE S S NEW S S ERVIC e @ New Delhi veteran actor Asha Parekh, 79, will be honoured with the Dada Saheb Phalke award for 2020, the highest recognition in the field of Indian cinema. The award is in recognition of her exemplary lifetime contribu- tion to Indian Cinema, said Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur. President Droupadi Murmu will present the award at the National Film Award ceremony to be held in the national capital on Friday . A five-member jury of Asha Bhosle, Hema Malini, Poonam Dhillon, Udit Narayan, and T S Nagabharana nominated her. Having started acting at the age of 10, Parekh is considered one of the most influential actors of all time in Hindi cinema, who was the highest paid during her heydays. Parekh is best known for her films Dil Deke Dekho, Kati Patang, Teesri Manzil, and Caravan. Also a director and producer, she had helmed the acclaimed TV drama Kora Kagaz. Parekh was given the Padma Shri in 1992. She also headed Central Board for Film Certification from 1998 to 2001. Mallikarjun Kharge. Besides, a show-cause notice was issued against the party’s chief whip in the state Mahesh Joshi who failed tp make any effort to bring the MLAs together to meet the two central leaders. Dhariwal had also openly accused Maken of trying to persuade MLAs to support Sachin Pilot. He said Maken had come with an agenda to install Pilot who was considered a “traitor” by a majority of party MLAs because of his earlier bid to form a government with the help of the BJP . Sonia had asked the two central observers to submit a report on the Jaipur rebellion. Maken has already termed the behaviour of MLAs in the Gehlot camp as indiscipline. Nadda meets Catholic priests during KL visit E x p r e ss N e ws S e r v i c e @ Kochi BJP chief J P Nadda had a couple of days ago met a few top Catholic priests in Kottayam district of Kerala, it is learnt. It was a private meeting and no politics was discussed, the sources said. “No politics were discussed. That was a sort of a private meeting,” claimed highly placed sources. When asked about the political significance of the meeting, the source reiterated that there was nothing political but added “we will reach out to everybody .” Another source said top priests of Kottayam and Changanassery archdioceses of the Catholic Church attended the meeting held at a place near Caritas hospital there. Besides Nadda, a few top BJP leaders were also present. However, there was no official reaction from the church.
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