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Rajnath’s first biography to hit stands in May



As election fever grips the nation, a new addition to the Indian political memoirs list will soon hit the stands. Home Minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh’s first political biography will release in May.

Written by film historian-author Gautam Chintamani, the book “Rajneeti” chronicles Singh’s five decade-career in Indian polity.

“In this odyssey, Singh has both witnessed and played a significant role in shaping the history of India,” author Chintamani said.

A statement on Wednesday announced the acquisition of the book by publisher Penguin Random House India.

It described the forthcoming biography as a gripping tell-all about “a politician who never shied away from doing the right thing”.

“The son of a farmer, he has spent decades in diverse roles and is universally respected for who he is,” is how publisher Milee Ashwarya introduces Rajnath Singh.

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Chintamani, who has previously penned ‘Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna’ and has made several award-winning documentary films, said that as a biographer of Rajnath Singh’s life, he “found a rare instance of a politician in contemporary India who has traversed the entire spectrum of the political journey”.

He said Singh who rose from being a humble cadre in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, had emerged in the post-Emergency period, and had even served jail time in the 1970s.

Now the Home Minister, Singh helmed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as its national president and saw its rise to power in 2014.

Publisher Milee Ashwarya called Singh one of the “handful of politicians who have grown from the grassroots and have made their way to the top echelons of power on the basis of their hard work, grit and determination” in the current political landscape.

The 344-page “Rajneeti: A Biography of Rajnath Singh” is priced at Rs 599 and is available for pre-order on e-commerce websites. It will be released in English.


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




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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