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VB Chandrasekhar commits suicide



Chennai: Former Indian opener VB Chandrasekhar commits suicide on Thursday evening at his residence at Mylapore. His body was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his bedroom on the first floor.  The body, recovered after breaking open the door, had been shifted to the Royapettah Government Hospital for autopsy.

Family sources said Chandrasekhar who went up to his room upstairs in the evening after having tea with others in the house, did not turn up for long and when they knocked at the door, it was locked from inside. When he did not open the door for a long time his wife peeped from the window and found him hanging from the ceiling fan. There was no suicide note found in the room.

Her Wife and the reports claim that he was suffering from mental pressure due to the losses he was getting in the cricket company. He was very depressed over financial losses incurred on account of running the VB Kanchi Veerans, a team in the Tamil Nadu Premier League, modeled on the line of the IPL. The former cricketer was also running a cricket coaching center in the city.

“He was in neck deep debt, having invested Rs 3 crore in the TNPL team, VB Kanchi Veerans. He had even pledged his house as a surety and recently, the bank had issued a notice for recovery and he was depressed since then,” an investigating official said. He was friends with the cricket legend Rahul Dravid.

VB represented India in 7 ODI’s and was known for his attacking style of cricket. He was also a member of Tamil Nadu’s Ranji team which won the title in 1987. He achieved many feats in Cricket and his love for cricket could be seen by the franchise he supported. The BCCI and many former cricketers and current players have condoled the death.


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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