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Delhi Budget: Sisodia presents Rs 60,000 cr budget for 2019-20

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Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday presented the fifth Budget of the Aam Aadmi Party in the Assembly proposing a total expenditure of Rs 60,000 crore by the Delhi Government in 2019-2020.

Sisodia, in his budget speech, dedicated the Budget to soldiers, including those martyred in the Pulwama attack, and their families.

“The Budget is to fulfil the dreams of the martyrs and to the soldiers and their families and their welfare,” he said.

Sisodia said the Budget estimates for 2019-20 is Rs 60,000 crore, which is double of the 2014-15 budget.
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“Delhi is a financially self-dependant state which generates 95 per cent of its resources by itself and does not depend on any financial assistance from outside,” he said.

The city Budget was of Rs 53,000 crore in 2018-19 and Rs 44,370 crore for 2017-18.

In the current proposed Budget, education again gets the highest allocation with 26 per cent.

“Our government has, since starting, kept about one-fourth of its Budget for education,” he said.

He also said that the share of the transport sector has been doubled in 2019-20.

“Rs 1,807 crore has been kept in the financial year 2019-20 for implementation of various schemes, programmes and projects of public transport which is nearly double than the revised estimates of 2018-19,” he said.

The Budget also allocated Rs 100 crore for implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendation of higher minimum support price for crops, he said.

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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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