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Congress fields ex-CM Madhu Koda, wife in Jharkhand

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Congress has announced names of three of the seven candidates from Jharkhand for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The party has fielded former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay from Ranchi, Sukhdeo Bhagat from Lohardagga and Geeta Koda from the Chaibasa seats. Geeta Koda and Sukhdeo Bhagat are legislators in the state assembly.

As per the seat-sharing between the parties in the opposition Grand Alliance, the Congress will contest in seven of 14 Lok Sabha seats.
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Geeta Koda is wife of former Chief Minister Madhu Koda. Madhu Koda had hogged the limelight for two reasons. He became the Chief Minister of Jharkhand in September 2006, despite being an independent legislator, with support from the JMM, Congress and RJD.

The second reason for Koda’s coming into limelight was the corruption charges against him.

It is alleged that Koda and his associates were involved in a Rs 4,000 crore scam. The Income Tax Department had raided his premises in 2009, and he was later sent to jail. He is facing cases registered by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
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Madhu Koda had floated his own party and fought the 2009 polls, when he was elected to the Lok sabha from the Chaibsa seat. His wife became the legislator from the Jagannathpur assembly seat in 2009.

Last year, Madhu Koda’s party merged with the Congress.

The BJP accused the Congress of promoting corruption in the politics.

” Everybody knows how Madhu Koda plundered the state as the Chief Minister. As he cannot fight polls fearing conviction, Congress is banking on his wife to get a Lok Sabha seat in the state,” BJP spokesperson Rabi Bhatt told IANS.

The Congress refuted these charges and said that Geeta Koda is a two-time legislator and she has been given the ticket considering her political carrier and her popularity with the voters.

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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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