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Mangalyaan crosses Moon's orbit en route to Mars
Report dated 03/12/2013 @ 5:52 PM
ISRO announced that its Mars Orbiter, Mangalyaan, which was placed in inter-Mars trajectory yesterday, has crossed the Moon's orbit and is now travelling beyond the Moon.
ISRO has planned mid-course corrections in the case of any deviation along its path to Martian orbit, before it is expected to arrive in the orbit of the Red planet in September 2014, making this the first time an Indian-made spacecraft is being sent into deep space.
The spacecraft is being continuously monitored from the Spacecraft Control Centre at Isro Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ITRAC) in Bangalore, with support from the Indian Deep Space Network antennae at Byalalu, in Chennai.
Gold smugglers back in business in India
Report dated 02/12/2013 @ 10:44 PM
The business of gold smuggling has raised its ugly head again, said to a result of the widening difference in gold prices between the domestic market and Dubai. The price gap is up to Rs.5 lakh a kg in the past few months.
The Mumbai airport customs has seized some 73 kg of gold worth Rs.19,71 crore between April and October this year, over double the amount it seized during the same period last year.
Customs officials say syndicates are trying various modus operandi to get the gold out of Mumbai airport without getting caught, including body concealment, hiding the precious metal in electronic items and in the battery slot of mobile phones.
But the authorities have been keeping a close watch on flights arriving from Dubai and Bangkok.
The crackdown at Mumbai airport has forced smugglers to move to other cities and in the last week over 40 kg of gold was seized in two separate incidents at Kolkata and Jaipur.
The Mumbai Jewellers Association says the government should bring down the import duty, which will minimise the price gap, and help in curbing smuggling.
Supreme Court sets out guidelines for determining 'live-in' relationship
Report dated 02/12/2013 @ 10:32 PM
A Bench of Justices has set out the guidelines for bringing a live-in relationship within the expression 'relationship in the nature of marriage' for the protection of women under the Domestic Violence (DV) Act.
The guidelines say that pooling of financial and domestic arrangements, entrusting the responsibility, sexual relationship, bearing children, socialisation in public and intention and conduct of the parties are also criteria to be considered. The definition of each criteria details parameters in each instance.
The verdict was passed by the Supreme Court while it was adjudicating a dispute between a live-in couple, where the woman sought maintenance from the man after the relationship had ended.
Tarun Tejpal finally arrested in sexual assault case
Report dated 01/12/2013 @ 2:23 PM
After his bail plea was rejected by a Goa sessions court, beleaguered Tehelka founder-editor TarunTejpal has been taken into custody. Tejpal was at the crime branch office when the court order was served. He was with his wife and daughter at the time.
Earlier in the day the sessions judge Anuja Prabhudesai pronounced the order rejecting Tejpal's bail. He did not go to court to hear the order but chose instead to go directly to the crime branch on the outskirts of the city.
The case was registered under various sections of the IPC. The alleged incident occurred at a resort in Bambolin during the ThinkFest in November.
All in all Tejpal's moves were seen to demonstrate that he is fully cooperating with the police.
Petition against awarding Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar, Rao
Report dated 30/11/2013 @ 2:22 PM
A petition was filed in the Madras high court by advocate Kanakasabai, seeking direction to halt the conferment of the Bharat Ratna on cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and scientist CNR Rao, contending that mandatory norms of presidential notification had been violated. Admission of the plea was adjourned to December.
Additional Solicitor General P Wilson, who opposed the matter for admission said norms for the Bharat Ratna award had been amended by the Centre, making sports persons eligible.
Kanakasabai also submitted that norms were violated as the PM announced the award to Rao and Tendulkar, and another press release from the PM's office congratulating them was released the same day, which is also contrary to the rules.
He contended that Rao as a scientist is eligible to receive the Bharat Ratna per existing norms, but Tendulkar does not meet the eligibility criteria. He also sought direction to quash the award granted to them.
The Bharat Ratna was instituted by the President in 1954 and was superseded by another presidential notification.