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Jaitley: Serious challenges to steel, power, discoms, sugar industries

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Kolkata: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said the steel, power and the sugar sector along with the discoms remain stressed sectors and the government is addressing the challenges involved. “There are serious challenges in steel, power, discoms and sugar these are the key areas where we are addressing the challenges of the industry,” he said during an interactive session of the Indian Chamber of Commerce here.

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With Chinese imports flooding the Indian steel industry, nearly all steel-makers in the country have posted a negative balance sheet for the quarter ended June 30 while power availability and its connectivity to rural areas remain a concern. However, the minister stressed on boosting the manufacturing sector to help India attain a 8-10 percent growth. “If we are able to increase our pace of manufacturing, our services are going to be reasonably high,” he said.

Thanking the rain-gods for being “kinder this year”, Jaitley said the agro-based industry will register “significant improvement” as compared to the last year. Further, the minister said changes in the Chinese economy will help India further its manufacturing capabilities. “There is a transformation of their (Chinese) economy taking place. Besides manufacturing, they are also getting into services and are also becoming consumption-oriented rather than export-oriented,” he said. Jaitley also said wages in China are increasing which might present a scope for India to enhance its manufacturing competitiveness.

(IANS)

 

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NASA Running out of Fuel Required for Deep Space Missions : What will be the future of Exploration Missions?

The supply of the critical resource could be exhausted within the next decade, putting in jeopardy NASA's future missions that would require this fuel.

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Washington, October 12, 2017 : The shortage of plutonium threatens NASA’s future mission to explore deep space, the US government has warned.

The break in production of plutonium 238 (Pu-238) between 1988 and 2015 could result in a bottleneck situation, where there is not enough of this scarce resource to power spacecraft during long-duration missions, Newsweek.com reported this week citing a government report.

NASA has long used radioisotope power systems (RPS) to generate reliable electrical power and heat energy for long-duration space missions, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report said.

But given NASA’s current plans for solar system exploration, the supply of this critical resource could be exhausted within the next decade, putting in jeopardy its future missions that would require this fuel, it warned.

RPS can operate where solar panels or batteries would be ineffective or impossible to use, such as in deep space or in shadowed craters, by converting heat from the natural radioactive decay of plutonium-238 (Pu-238) into electricity.

Missions such as Mars Curiousity rover and the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft use radioisotope thermoelectric generators as power source.

The production problems of Pu-238 and subsequent risks to NASA have been known for several years.

The Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies have been providing Pu-238 and fabricating RPS for NASA and other federal agencies for more than five decades decades

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DOE currently maintains about 35 kgs of Pu-238 isotope designated for NASA missions, about half of which currently meets the power specifications for spaceflight.

However, given NASA’s current plans for solar system exploration, this supply could be exhausted within the next 10 years.

Specifically, NASA plans to use about 3.5 kg of Pu-238 isotope for one RPS to power the Mars 2020 mission, the Government Accountability Office report said.

NASA may also use an additional 10.5 kg of Pu-238 isotope for its New Frontiers #4
mission if three RPS are used.

If DOE’s existing Pu-238 supply is used for these two missions, NASA would be forced to eliminate or delay future missions requiring RPS until DOE produces or acquires more Pu-238, the report said. (IANS)

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Court Asked Arvind Kejriwal if He Lied about Calling Arun Jaitley, a Crook

The court asked Kejriwal to abstain from "scandalous" and "indecent language"

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  • Arvind Kejriwal was asked to clarify if he lied about calling Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley a crook
  • The Chief Minister is now supposed to offer his defense to the Delhi High Court
  • Jethmalani says that the Chief Minister owes him two crores for his appearances

New Delhi, Aug 23, 2017:  Aam Admi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal was asked to clarify if he lied in court by pretending that he did not ask for abusive language to be used against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, mentioned NDTV report.

Previously, Kejriwal stated in the court that he had not instructed his former counsel Ram Jethmalani to use  “crook” to describe the union minister in court. But Jethmalani claims that the Chief Minister used harshly insulting words to attack Jaitley.

Jethmalani declared that according to Jaitley, Kejriwal had misled the court by denying the allegations. In fact, he says Jethmalani has written to him to insist that was the case.
The Chief Minister is now supposed to offer his defense to the Delhi High Court.

In 2015, Jaitley sued Kejriwal and five top leaders of his Aam Aadmi Party for defamation after they accused him of corruption during his 13-year tenure as the top boss of the DDCA, the powerful cricket association that handles Delhi and its surrounding areas.  In two separate cases – criminal and civil – Jaitley has sought damages of 10 crores.

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During court the proceedings last month, Jaitley complained to Jethmalani’s language and said ‘Kejriwal’s team is delaying hearings in the Delhi High Court.’

The court asked Kejriwal to abstain from “scandalous” and “indecent language.”

After the Chief Minister said that he had not approved the abusive words, the lawyer riposted in a blog: “Ask your conscience how many times you used worse abuses than a mere ‘crook.’ You have hundred times asked me to teach this crook a lesson.”

Jethmalani says that the Chief Minister owes him two crores for his appearances. It seems that, in his new enmity with Kejriwal, he has become an indirect ally of Jaitley.


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Indian Army vows to take Revenge on Mutilation of 2 Soldiers by Pakistan

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Jammu, May 3, 2017: Last week on Monday at 8:30 am, two Indian soldiers along with their captain were killed after Pakistani terrorists attacked an army camp in Kupwara.

The soldiers who were killed, trapped and ambushed were Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh, an army soldier, and Prem Sagar, a Border Security Force constable. Indian army’s Northern command reported that Pakistan used rockets and mortar bombs on 2 posts along Line of Control where these soldiers were patrolling.

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“Pakistan fired unprovoked on two army posts in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch along the Line of Control,” said the army. Following Pakistan firing that killed 2 soldiers, India retaliated with heavy mortar firing immediately.

Pakistan mutilated 2 Indian soldiers along the Line of Control when they were patrolling.(Twitter)

Calling India’s allegation as “false”, Pakistan has denied violating ceasefire and disrespecting Indian army. After India vowed revenge for the mutilation of its two soldiers killed in firing along the LOC and promised to respond strongly as well as firmly.

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According to NDTV report, Indian Union Minister Arun Jaitley has described the mutilation as “reprehensible and inhuman” calling them to be unfit even during wars. He further continued, “the incident is set to worsen ties between the two countries, which have been deeply strained after repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and the death sentence handed to Indian man Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in Pakistan last year.”

It is to be noted that last year in September, Indian soldiers have crossed the Line of Control late at night to attack staging areas for terrorists in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir and returned home safely before dawn under the banner of “Surgical strike”. This action came 10 days after “Uri Pakistani attacks” which left 19 military personnel dead.

– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of Newsgram, Twitter: @himanshi1104