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Euphoria in Panneerselvam camp; DMK, Congress welcome SC verdict

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Chennai:  The AIADMK faction led by acting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam erupted in joy on Tuesday after the Supreme Court restored the conviction of party General Secretary V.K. Sasikala and two of her relatives in a disproportionate assets case. Opposition parties like DMK and Congress have termed the apex court’s decision as historical. “Justice has prevailed. We are happy,” former AIADMK MP K.C. Palaniswamy said. According to AIADMK’s Palaniswamy, the legislators supporting Sasikala will now shift their loyalty to Panneerselvam. “If she has a plan B-projecting somebody else for the post of Chief Minister, she – will not succeed,” Palaniswamy said.

Speaking to reporters here, DMK Working President M.K. Stalin said: “Justice has been restored. Now the Tamil Nadu Governor should take steps to have a stable government in the state.” “It is a historical judgement. Justice has been delivered against corruption after 20 years of struggle,” Tamil Nadu Congress spokesperson Gopanna said. Exuding happiness at the judgement, DMK’s former MP Thamarai Selvan said: “The judgement was expected as the Karnataka High Court justice Kumaraswamy’s decision acquitting late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and others was riddled with holes and inconsistencies.”

A Supreme Court division bench on Tuesday set aside a Karnataka High Court order staying Sasikala’s conviction by a trial court. Meanwhile, security has been tightened at the beach resort near here where AIADMK legislators supporting Sasikala are being housed for the past several days. The AIADMK party in an attempt to ring fence Sasikala tweeted: “Whenever Amma (Jayalalithaa) faced trouble, Sasikala took it upon herself. She is doing it again now. Justice will prevail.”

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Nasa finds Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram with help of Indian engineer

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New York: NASA has found the crash site and debris of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander following a tip from an Indian space enthusiast who examined pictures of the area of the moon taken by a US orbiting camera.

The site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC), NASA and Arizona State University announced on Monday confirming the find.

The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.

One of them, Subramanian, contacted the LROC project with a positive identification of debris, it said.

Arizona State University (ASU), where the LROC project is located, said: “After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”

When the images for the first mosaic were acquired on September 17, the impact point was poorly illuminated and could not easily be identified, it said.

But two image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.

The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and casts a one pixel shadow.

The university said that based on Subramanian’s tip, the LROC team scoured the surrounding area in the new mosaics and found the impact site and the debris field.

The impact site is located at 70.8810 degree S, 22.7840 degrees E, at an elevation of 834 metres, it said.

“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.

Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a softlanding near the moon’s south pole.

In a statement NASA said: “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.”

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