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Metal balls that fell from the sky in Gujarat might belong to a satelliteAhmedabad: Four spherical metal balls fell from the sky in some villages in Gujarat over the past few days, which some experts said were likely the debris of a Chinese rocket or fuel storage tanks of space launch vehicles.The hollow metal spheres, each of about 1.5 feet in diameter, fell between May 12 and 13 in Dagjipura, Khambholaj and Rampura villages of Anand district, and Bhumel village of neighbouring Kheda district, Anand's Deputy Superintendent of Police BD Jadeja said.No one was injured by these objects, which the Anand police have taken."Our primary analysis suggested that these metal balls might belong to a satellite. For further analysis, we have decided to consult the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as well as the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad," Mr Jadeja said.US-based astronomer Jonathan McDowell in a tweet on May 12 said these metal spheres are likely debris of the Chinese rocket Chang Zheng 3B, commonly known as CZ 3B. The debris might have fallen over Gujarat during the "reentry" of the rocket, he said.On May 12, McDowell tweeted, "The third stage from the Chang Zheng 3B serial Y86 rocket, which launched the ZX-9B communications satellite in Sep 2021, reentered today sometime around 0900-1200 UTC.""CZ-3B Y86's final orbital parameters are a bit uncertain due to its highly elliptical orbit with very low (100 km or so) perigee rapidly changing due to drag. But appears a fair match for the reentry over Gujarat at 1115 UTC May 12 from which debris has been found on the ground," he added.Retired ISRO scientist BS Bhatia said these metal balls might be the fuel tanks used in rockets and satellites to store hydrazine, a type of liquid fuel.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comUsually, empty storage tanks on a rocket are programmed to detach automatically and fall on the ground after the fuel is completely consumed."These large spheres might be the storage tanks for hydrazine. This is a very common fuel, primarily used to keep satellites in their orbit. This liquid fuel is also used in rockets," Mr Bhatia said.
A day after six persons were killed after an SUV rammed an autorickshaw and a motorcycle in Sojitra of Anand district, police on Friday booked SUV driver Ketan Padhiyar, son-in-law of sitting Congress MLA Punam Parmar, for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Police said that Padhiya will be formally arrested after he is discharged from a private hospital where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries. The accident took place on the state highway connecting Anand town with Tarapur Thursday. The driver, three passengers of the autorickshaw and two persons riding the motorcycle died, while Padhiyar suffered injuries. Following allegations that Padhiyar was in an inebriated state, police collected his blood sa-mples and are awaiting the report. Khambat taluka SDPO Abhishek Gupta said, “There was a nameplate of MLA Gujarat in the car but we are yet to question him as his formal arrest is pending. He has suffered injuries and when he recovers, we will conduct a Covid-19 test and arrest him as per the procedure.” Padhiyar has been booked under Indian Penal Code sections for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and for rash and negligent driving, Gupta said adding, “We are awaiting the blood test reports to confirm if he was under the influence of alcohol.”The victims were cremated in Sojitra and Boriyavi villages in the district Friday, as Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee President Jagdish Thakor offered condolences to the aggrieved families.At a media interaction in Gandhinagar, Thakor said, “We offer our deepest condolences to those who lost their loved ones. Our MLA (Parmar) has said that the incident is unfortunate and that the family will cooperate in the investigation… He has accepted that his son-in-law was driving the car…”
The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), the premier rural management institute founded by Dr Verghese Kurien, has applied for the Institute of National Importance (INI) or the national university status under the Ministry of Co-operation.IRMA, which is currently an autonomous and self financed institution, plans for a pan-India presence along with expansion from only two diploma programmes and one fellow programme to multiple programmes, soon.This special recognition, if granted, will not only allow it to open centres across the country but also receive funding from the central government.The Institute of National Importance (INI) is a status that may be conferred on a premier public higher education institution by an act of Parliament, an institution which “serves as a pivotal player in developing highly skilled personnel within the specified region of the country/state”.Also, this will be the fourth institute from Gujarat to get the INI status. In 2020, three institutes from Gujarat were accorded the Institute of National Importance status — Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Jamnagar, National Forensic Sciences University Gandhinagar and Rashtriya Raksha University Gandhinagar.“An application was submitted in January this year for the national university status,” IRMA Director Dr Umakant Dash told The Indian Express.On applying for the status under Co-operation Ministry instead of the Rural Development Ministry — since IRMA is a rural management institute, Dr Dash said that Rural Development Ministry already has the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) and various State Institutes of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (SIRDPR) under it, while the Co-operation Ministry has none.Union Minister for Home and Co-operation Amit Shah, during the IRMA’s 41st convocation ceremony on June 12, had said, “IRMA must contribute even more towards strengthening and development of the co-operative sector.”Dash added, “The need and demand for a National University was felt by the Central Government and thus it (suggestion) came from the Ministry. In December 2021, Shah had announced setting up of a National University in the Lok Sabha.”The premier Institute of Rural Management Anand was established in the year 1979, as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.It is registered as a deemed public trust under section 2(13) of the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950. Its flagship Post Graduate Diploma in Management PGDM Rural Management (RM) is recognised as equivalent to a Masters degree by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).Sharing details of the plans and preparations for expansion of IRMA, Dr Dash said that the institute is “mentally prepared”.“Though this expansion will be in a gradual manner depending upon the support from other state governments, within 2-3 years we are expecting to get a pan-India presence. We are mentally prepared. Also, consulting with various stakeholders to understand the requirements is on,” he added.
Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Vinai Kumar Saxena Saturday suspended and initiated disciplinary proceedings against former excise commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna (IAS officer) and deputy commissioner Anand Tiwari over their alleged involvement in the corruption in the formulation and implementation of Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.Krishna was the excise commissioner when the policy was formulated and implemented on November 17, 2021, and Anand Tiwari was the deputy commissioner to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.Besides them, the L-G also suspended and ordered major disciplinary proceedings against 2 other ad-hoc DANICS officers, the then Deputy Commissioners and 9 other officials of the excise department. Overall, 11 officers from the excise department have been suspended.The officials who have been suspended are Assistant Commissioner Pankaj Bhatnagar, Narinder Singh, Neeraj Gupta, Section Officer Kuljeet Singh, Subhash Ranjan and Suman and Dealing Hand Satya Brat Bhargav, Sachin Solanki and Gaurav Mann.“The LG has taken this decision in view of the serious lapses on part of the officers concerned, including irregularities in finalizing the tender and extending post-tender benefits to select vendors, as brought out by the Directorate of Vigilance (DoV) in its report after inquiry,” sources in the L-G’s office said.The action against the senior officers came following an enquiry report by the Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar and the vigilance department. The Chief Secretary, on July 8, had submitted a report to the L-G and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleging corruption and violations of ToBR Rule 57. The report also alleged major procedural lapses and the excise department giving undue benefits on the directions of Excise Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also under the lens of the CBI and Delhi Police’s EOW.Krishna was transferred after the excise department furnished its reply to the Chief Secretary on the seven questions he had raised regarding the excise policy.Following this report, the L-G, in July last week, directed Kumar to submit a detailed report on the role of the officers and civil servants in the illegal formulation and implementation of the policy.Sources said that the officers are also under the scanner as they did not inform the concerned authority despite knowing that “illegal activities were going on and changes were being made by Sisodia on behalf of the cabinet without the approval of L-G”.
A man allegedly died of a heart attack during a police raid as part of a drive against bootleggers in Dharmaj town in Gujarat’s Anand district Tuesday evening, resulting in an altercation between local residents and the policemen.The deceased, Vinod Talpada, 42, had allegedly taken to bootlegging recently and was in possession of two litres of undiluted country liquor when the police raided his residence at Talpada Vaas on Tuesday evening, said officials.While speaking to The Indian Express, Anand Superintendent of Police Ajit Rajiaan said that Talpada’s family told the police team that he was suffering from a seizure and was rushed to a private hospital.“A team of three policemen had raided the house of the deceased, based on a tip-off, as part of the drive against bootleggers. The man panicked and suffered palpitations. The senior police officer also arrived at the spot and at around 9 pm, he was rushed to a private hospital, where he passed away,” said Rajiaan.“The team has seized two litres of undiluted country liquor from his residence and we will book a case of prohibition shortly. The death was accidental,” he added.After Talpada started having palpitations and collapsed, local residents had a brief altercation with the police team. The police then decided to conduct a post-mortem examination of Talpada’s body by a panel of three doctors at the Shri Krishna Hospital in Karamsad.Rajiaan said, “The post-mortem has been completed and the body has been handed over to the family. They have accepted the body and begun the funeral rituals… There is no law and order problem in the town.”Vinod’s father, Shanabhai Taplada, told reporters that he was not at home when the police came. “I learned about my son’s health deteriorating and when he was taken to a government hospital, he was declared dead…”
Four persons who were arrested in Anand for allegedly trying to extort Rs 5 lakh from a person they met on a gay dating app were remanded to one-day custody on Tuesday. A fifth accused is yet to be apprehended, police said.According to a complaint filed at Anand town police station on Monday, the accused got in touch with the complainant on a gay dating app while he was visiting Anand on July 23. The accused and the complainant exchanged phone numbers and began chatting.The accused later called the complainant to meet in a hotel room in Anand, where the accused filmed obscene videos without his consent and blackmailed the complainant by threatening to share the videos on the internet, police said.Later the other accused joined the first accused and together they took away cash of Rs 4,500 from the accused and also a gold chain valued at Rs 40,000, the complainant told police. The accused also demanded Rs 5 lakh from the complainant, the FIR states.The arrested accused are Meru Rabari, Tanveer Juneja, and Shakti Bajipura from Surendranagar and Ashif Liyaqat from Botad. A fifth accused Kuldeep Tharola from Surendranagar is yet to be apprehended, police said.All accused have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 387 for putting a person in fear of death for extortion, 504 for intentional insult to provoke breach of peace, 506 (2) for criminal intimidation, 120B for criminal conspiracy and 323 for voluntarily causing hurt. According to the comp- laint, the accused have trapped several unsuspecting LGBTQ individuals in different cities in a similar manner earlier also using the popular gay dating app.