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Congress dominates Rajasthan urban bodies



Jaipur: The ruling Congress and the Opposition BJP were locked in a tight fight in the local body elections in Rajasthan. The election results are seen as a shot in the arm for the ruling Congress as it has emerged as the largest party. But, there is consolation for the BJP as it has managed to perform fairly well and regained some lost ground.

The ruling Congress won over 961 wards, leaving the BJP trailing with 737 places in the elections to the Rajasthan urban local bodies held on Saturday. The results declared Tuesday showed that the party dominated most of the 49 civic bodies which went to the polls on Saturday. The Congress won nearly half of the 2,105 wards in the contest in the first local elections held in Rajasthan after the party came to power in last December. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the results were as expected.

Reacting to the Rajasthan local body election results, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the results were as per the expectations of the Congress party. “It is a matter of great jubilation that people have given us the mandate considering our government’s performance. We are progressing in the direction.”

The election for three municipal corporations, 18 nagar parishads and 28 nagar palikas were held on Saturday. A total of 71.53 per cent voters had exercised their franchise in the election. A total of 7,942 candidates had tested electoral waters in the elections, including 2,832 women and 5,109 men.

Elections had been held in 49 of the state’s 196 civic our bodies within the first part. Of those, three are municipal firms, 19 are municipal councils and 27 are municipalities.


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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