The name FAST referrers to the main structure of the gigantic instrument, which has 4,450 triangular 11-meter panels and measures 500 meters in diameter. For comparison, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which held the title of world’s largest radio telescope before FAST, has a 305-meter dish.Chinese scientists report that the giant dish is complete and has received its first signals from space. It will now take three years to calibrate the instrument to become fully operational. The facility, part of China’s drive to become a science powerhouse, was opened at a ceremony today.
The biggest radio telescope located in China’s Guizhou Province is now operational. Featuring a reflector the size of 30 football pitches, it took five years and $180 million to construct.
Called the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope’s (FAST), the telescope is located in a karst valley in Pingtang County, a mountainous area in southwest China.
China’s air force said today that it had flown more than 40 bombers and other fighter planes through a strait between Japanese islands on their way to drills in the Western Pacific.
Regular long range drills in the Western Pacific and patrols over the East China Sea air defence identification zone were for the Air Force to protect China’s sovereignty and national security. China drew condemnation from Japan and the United States in 2013 when it imposed an Air Defence Identification Zone in the East China Sea, in which aircraft are supposed to identify themselves to Chinese authorities.
China’s ties with Japan have been strained by a longstanding territorial dispute over a string of islets in the East China Sea, known in China as the Diaoyu and in Japan as the Senkaku.
Maharashtra’s Women Swimming Continues to Win Medal for the State on the Second Day of 70th Glenmark Senior National Aquatic Championship 2016
(1) Monique Gandhi wins Gold in the 1500 meters Freestyle Senior Women category for Maharashtra.
(2) Maharashtra Women’s 4*100m relay team win second Gold of the day .
(3) Trishna Karkhanis wins Silver medal in the 200m Butterfly Senior Women category for Maharashtra.
(4) Mr Sajan Prakash, the Indian Olympian breaks the National Record in the 200m Butterfly Senior Men’s category.
(5) Maharashtra on Second day of the event retained its Second position on the Medals Tally.
Mumbai, September 25, 2019: Maharashtra Women continues to dominate medal tally for the state on the Second day of 70thGlenmark Senior National Aquatic Championship. Monique Gandhi got Maharashtra the perfect start on Day 2 winning the gruelling 1500m Freestyle with a time of 18:21.13 beating Shruti Mahalingam from Tamil Nadu who swam a fantastic last lap to set up a rivetting finale. Shruti clocked 18:21.53 while the bronze was picked up by her state mate P M Abhishikta who finished with a time of 18:43.59.
The 4*100m relay in the Women’s category arguably witnessed the best race of the day. Maharashtra represented by Yuga Barnale, Monique Gandhi, Trisha Karkhanis and Rayna Saldanha won the race beating early leaders Gujarat and leaders after the third leg Karnataka. The event had the best swimmers in attendance. Manaa Patel proved her class by establishing a strong lead for Gujarat after the first backstroke leg. Monique Gandhi swam a fantastic breast stroke leg but Gujarat still maintained the lead at the half way stage. Damini Gowda provied her mettle in the butterfly leg by swimming a near flawless race giving Karnataka a slender lead over Maharashtra going into the final freestyle leg. The final leg was Rayna Saldanha all the way finishing extremely strongly to get Maharashtra the gold 04:36.31. Karnataka won silver with 04:38.33 while Gujarat won bronze with 04:41.41.
Earlier in the day Trisha Karkhanis won a silver medal in the 200m Butterfly with a time of 02:27.94. Damini Gowda of Karnataka dominated the race winning the gold with a time of 02:21.99 while Shishti Nag of Chattisgarh won bronze with a time of 02:28.11.
The 50m butterfly saw favourite Annie Jain who trains at the Glenmark SAI programme pipped to the post by Chahat Arora of Chandigarh who won gold with a time of 00:35.11. Annie finished at 00:35.39 for the silver while A.V. Jayveena of Tamil Nadu claimed bronze with a time of 00:35.40.
Olympian Sajan Prakash of Railways who was the first Indian to break the 2 minute barrier in the 200m butterfly repeated his feat to win the gold setting a new national record clocking a time 01:59.35 followed by team mate Supriyo Mondal who clocked 02:03.42 . Manoj Mitesh representing Services won bronze with a time of 02:07.04.
United States Federal Reserve kept its federal funds rate unchanged amid recent weak economic data and tepid inflation.
The Fed said in a statement released yesterday after the two day policy meeting. The Fed raised its target range for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 0.25-0.5 percent in December last year, the first rate hike in nearly a decade.
However, a slowdown in global economy since the start of this year and other global financial risks have made Fed policymakers cautious to hold off on any further rate hikes.
China’s Yangzhou city is set to host India Week celebrations from tomorrow with a business and investment meeting to be attended by CEOs of top Indian firms. The city in coastal Jiangsu province has been an important business partner for India in the Eastern China Region. Consulate General of India in Shanghai, Prakash Gupta, said companies in Yangzhou have shown keen interest in investing in India as part of the projects available under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. He said, Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China’s Yangzhou unit, Xie Zhengyi, will soon lead an investors’ delegation to India to explore opportunities for investment.
As part of Yangzhou’s International Cuisine Festival, an ‘Incredible India Pavilion’ will also be inaugurated tomorrow, showcasing select Indian food delicacies and for promoting tourism-related travel options for Yangzhou visitors to India.
India will showcase investment opportunities to Chinese multinationals at the India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue next month. NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya told media that there will be deliberations on cooperation in the areas of highways, railways and urban development in view of India’s thrust on developing smart cities and push to infrastructure development in the country to achieve high economic growth. He informed that a big delegation of 220 businessmen and government officials led by National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Chairman Xu Shaoshi will participate in the two-day Dialogue on October 6-7, 2016.
There are five working groups under the dialogue– energy, resource conservation and environment protection,infrastructure, high technology and policy coordination. Panagariya said that Chinese multinationals are shifting their base from China to other countries in order to be more cost effective in view of high labour costs.
25 Sep 2016 01:28:42 standard time in your timezone
100 km (62 mi) NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
350 km (217 mi) WNW of Nuku`alofa, Tonga
393 km (243 mi) ESE of Suva, Fiji
452 km (280 mi) SSE of Lambasa, Fiji
507 km (314 mi) ESE of Nadi, Fiji
A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off Fiji today but there is no threat of a tsunami. US seismologists said, the offshore quake hit at 9:28 am local time and was centred around 100 km northeast of Ndoi Island in Fiji. Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there is no tsunami threat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday threatened Pakistan of “isolating it in the entire world” — the latest episode of his anti-Pakistan hate-mongering despite calls for restraint amid heightened tensions between the two countries.
“The time will come when we will have completely isolated Pakistan,” he said.
Spewing hatred against the neighbouring country, Modi accused Pakistan of being a ‘the epicenter of terrorism’ and claimed it was ‘exporting terrorism’ to the world.
“While India exports software, Pakistan exports terrorism across the world,” he said.
Modi’s address to a BJP rally, his first since the Uri attacks, took place in Kozhikode city in Kerala state.
But mid-way during his provocative speech, the Indian prime minister changed tone and challenged Pakistan to a battle of defeating poverty and illiteracy.
“Lets see who wins? Who is able to defeat poverty & illiteracy first, Pakistan or India?” he said.
Modi’s latest episode of anti-Pakistan vitriol comes on the heels of heightened tensions between the two countries.
Earlier today, a former Indian foreign minister asked the Modi government to exercise restraint.
Natwar Singh said that since India is a large country it should exercise restraint and not make emotional decisions. He also asked the Indian media to avoid sensationalizing news, and added that positive bilateral relations would benefit both countries.
Tensions are soaring high between the South Asian neighbours over the issue of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) since the militant attack in Uri which killed 18 Indian soldiers.
Pakistan has been calling on the international community to take notice of Indian army atrocities in Occupied Kashmir, while New Delhi without any proof accused Pakistan of being behind the attack on an army base at Uri which left 17 soldiers dead.
Over a hundred Kashmiris have been martyred and thousands injured as a result of Indian army atrocities since July 8 this year.
Pakistan is pursuing the Kashmir issue peacefully in the United Nations where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has held meetings with world leaders and will address the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz told reporters in London on Friday evening that India “does not speak about its atrocities, but only levels allegations at others”.
“Pakistan was accused within 12 hours of the Uri attack. India placed blame on Pakistan immediately after the attack without any inquiry. No sensible person will accept this,” he said.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office has said that its army is ready to protect the country, and that the nation is prepared to face any challenges.
On Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria stressed that Pakistan was a peace loving country. He said India has habitually blamed Pakistan for every incident while the country’s media was creating hype with irresponsibility. Geo news pakistan
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In a new feature by Ellen Barry in The New York Times, Barry reports on the secret lives of India’s factory girls: of love-letters, money, fever & freedom. Barry takes a deep look at women & work in India:
“The factory floor is going full throttle when the new girls walk in. Everywhere is the thrumming of sewing machines, the hum of fans, the faint burning smell of steam irons. On narrow tables that run between the machines, half-assembled Marks & Spencer miniskirts are thrust forward by fistfuls. The tailors, absorbed in the task of finishing 100 pieces per hour, for once turn their heads to look.
The new girls smell of the village. They have sprinklings of pimples. They woke well before dawn to prepare themselves for their first day of work, leaning over one another’s faces in silence to shape the edges of each eyebrow with a razor blade. Their braids bounce to their hips, tight and glossy, as if woven by a surgeon. On their ankles are silver chains hung with bells, so when they walk in a group, they jingle.
But it is impossible to hear this sound over the racket on the factory floor. The tailors glance up for only a moment, long enough to take in an experiment. The new workers — teenagers, most of them — have been recruited from remote villages to help factories like this one meet the global demand for cheap garments. But there is also social engineering going on.
A government program has drawn the trainees from the vast population of rural Indian women who spend their lives doing chores. In 2012, the last time the government surveyed its citizens about their occupation, an astonishing 205 million women between the ages of 15 and 60 responded ‘attending to domestic duties.’
Economists, with increasing urgency, say India will not fulfill its potential if it cannot put them to work in the economy. They say that if female employment were brought on par with male employment in India, the nation’s gross domestic product would expand by as much as 27 percent.”
This is the latest article in Barry’s series India’s Missing Women that explore why women in India are struggling to enter the work force, despite a prolonged economic expansion, rising education and declining fertility.
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