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Fake law degree row: Delhi law minister detained

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New Delhi: Delhi Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar  was detained on Tuesday in a case relating to an alleged law degree, police said. An AAP leader, however, said the minister was arrested.

“Tomar has been detained and not arrested. This is in regard to the complaint by the Bar Council of Delhi in connection to the alleged fake law degree and enrolling himself as an advocate,” a police officer told  and added that he will be released in a few hours.

Delhi Police chief B.S. Bassi said he didn’t know anything about it as he was in a meeting.

The minister was taken to the Hauz Khas Police Station.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh, however, tweeted that the Delhi Police has arrested the minister without any notice or prior information.

Tomar told  that that he didn’t know why he was arrested.

“Around 30-40 policemen asked me to accompany me to the police station without any prior notice,” he said.

Tomar alleged that this was being done to tarnish the image of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Two cases are pending against Tomar in the high court, alleging that he had enrolled himself as an advocate on the basis of a “fake and bogus” graduation degree while the other plea sought cancellation of his election.

Bihar’s Tilak Manjhi Bhagalpur University, from where Tomar claimed to have obtained his law degree, had earlier told the court that the provisional certificate is not “genuine” and the document “does not exist in the university’s record”.

The serial number of the provisional certificate in the record showed the name of another person and not that of Tomar, said the university.

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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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