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Millions Across US grab once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity of Experiencing a Rare Total Solar Eclipse

Millions across USA experienced a rare total solar eclipse. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Total solar eclipse stretched from east coast of the USA to its west coast.

Solar Eclipse in USA
The moon is seen blotting out 81 percent of the sun during a solar eclipse in Washington, D.C., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Diaa Bekheet/VOA)
  • Millions of people across the USA witnessed the rare solar eclipse which covered all the 50 states of the USA.
  • An estimated 200 million people were in the path of totality during the total solar eclipse, which stretched from east coast of the USA to its west coast.
  • It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the most of them as such a total solar eclipse happened after 99 years in the USA.

Washington D.C. [USA], August 22, 2017: Millions of people across the United States watched a rare total solar eclipse which darkened the skies from the Pacific to the Atlantic for the first time in 99 years.

The eclipse began Monday morning in the Western state of Oregon, causing the temperature to drop significantly as the moon covered the sun.

An estimated 200 million people were within a day’s drive of Monday’s path of totality, which stretched from Oregon’s Pacific Coast, across the U.S. heartland, all the way to South Carolina’s Atlantic Coast.

Millions Across US Marvel at Total Solar Eclipse. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
Millions Across US Marvel at Total Solar Eclipse. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Cities, towns and parks across the path had prepared for an influx of people with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses to watch what NASA said it expected to be the most watched and documented eclipse in history.

More than 100,000 people gathered in Madras, a town in Oregon with a population of 7,000 and one of the first places to witness the celestial event. According to the Los Angeles Times, the National Guard had to be called in to assist with traffic jams in Madras because so many people wanted to view the eclipse there.

The total eclipse lasted longest near Carbondale, Illinois, at 2 minutes and 44 seconds.

“It’s chilling, it’s cool, it’s a life experience,” said Gregg Toland, who traveled from Palatine, Illinois, to the airport in Perryville, Missouri, to see the eclipse in the path of totality through his telescope.

“It’s something you’ll never forget,” he told VOA.

Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. Google Maps, NASA.
Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. Google Maps, NASA.

The path of totality, where the moon’s shadow completely covered the sun, was a band about 100 kilometers wide, which cut diagonally across the country. Those outside that narrow band could still see a partial eclipse, extending up to Canada and down to the top of South America.

Observers at Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory gathered to witness the partial eclipse. “Seeing it in person was actually pretty cool because I was watching videos on YouTube. Seeing it in YouTube and seeing it real life is a whole different thing,” Jason Salamanca told VOA.

“When you see it on TV, you see it through other people’s eyes, but when you see it with your own eyes, it’s like a very different experience. It’s something I’ve never seen before,” said Angie Salamanca at the Griffith Observatory.

Woman looks up at sun after getting special eclipse viewing glasses at the Smithsonian Air And Space Museum in Washington, D.C., Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Georgia Lawson / VOA)
Woman looks up at sun after getting special eclipse viewing glasses at the Smithsonian Air And Space Museum in Washington, D.C., Aug. 21, 2017. (Photo: Georgia Lawson / VOA)

Hundreds of people waited in a line outside the National Air and Space Museum in Washington to see the moon cover more than 80 percent of the sun over the nation’s capital.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Shawdi, who watched the partial eclipse outside the museum, told VOA. “Who knows when the next total eclipse will be, so it’s just great sharing this memory with everyone,” she said.

The first city to enter totality was Lincoln Beach, Oregon, at 10:16 a.m. Pacific time and the last city to exit the totality was Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. Eastern time.

NASA video of the total solar eclipse in Hopkinsville, Kentucky:

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun and completely blots out the sun’s light, except for the corona of its outer atmosphere.

From Earth, the moon appeared to be the same size as the sun. This was possible because while the moon is 400 times smaller than the sun in diameter, it is also 400 times closer to Earth than the sun. When the two lined up exactly, the skies went dark.

The next total solar eclipse to touch the United States won’t be for another seven years. Outside of the United States, the next eclipse will occur in 2019 and will be visible from the South Pacific, Chile and Argentina.

VOA’s Kane Farabaugh, Carolyn Presutti and Elizabeth Lee contributed to this report.


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4 Ships Banned From All Ports For Violating North Korea Sanctions

South Korea's naval ships
South Korea's naval ships take part in a military drill for possible attack from North Korea in the water of the East Sea, South Korea. voa

The U.N. Security Council has banned all nations from allowing four ships that transported prohibited goods to and from North Korea to enter any port in their country.

Hugh Griffiths, head of the panel of experts investigating the implementation of U.N. sanctions against North Korea, announced the port bans at a briefing to U.N. member states on Monday. A North Korean diplomat attended the hour-long session.

Griffiths later told several reporters that “this is the first time in U.N. history” that the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against Pyongyang has prohibited ships from entering all ports.

He identified the four cargo ships as the Petrel 8, Hao Fan 6, Tong San 2 and Jie Shun.

According to MarineTraffic, a maritime database that monitors vessels and their moments, Petrel 8 is registered in Comoros, Hao Fan 6 in St. Kitts and Nevis, and Tong San 2 in North Korea. It does not list the flag of Tong San 2 but said that on Oct. 3 it was in the Bohai Sea off north China.

Griffiths said the four ships were officially listed on Oct. 5 “for transporting prohibited goods,” stressing that this was “swift action” by the sanctions committee following the Aug. 6 Security Council resolution that authorized port bans.

That resolution, which followed North Korea’s first successful tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, also banned the country from exporting coal, iron, lead and seafood products. Those goods are estimated to be worth over $1 billion – about one-third of the country’s estimated $3 billion in exports in 2016.

The Security Council unanimously approved more sanctions on Sept. 11, responding to North Korea’s sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion on Sept. 3.

These latest sanctions ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates, and cap its crude oil imports. They also prohibit all textile exports, ban all joint ventures and cooperative operations, and bars any country from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers-key sources of hard currency for the northeast Asian nation.

Both resolutions are aimed at increasing economic pressure on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – the country’s official name – to return to negotiations on its nuclear and missile programs.

Griffiths told U.N. diplomats that the panel of experts is getting reports that the DPRK “is continuing its attempts to export coal” in violation of U.N. sanctions.

“We have as yet no evidence whatsoever of state complicity, but given the large quantities of money involved and the excess capacity of coal in the DPRK it probably comes as no surprise to you all that they’re seeking to make some money here,” he said.

Griffiths said the panel is “doing our very best to monitor the situation and to follow up with member states who maybe have been taken advantage of by the tactics deployed by DPRK coal export entities.”

As for joint ventures and cooperative arrangements, Griffiths said the resolution gives them 120 days from Sept. 11 to close down.

But “in a number of cases, the indications are that these joint ventures aren’t shutting down at all but are on the contrary expanding _ and therefore joint ventures is a major feature of the panel’s current investigations,” he said.

Griffiths also asked all countries to pay “special attention” to North Korea’s Mansudae Overseas Project Group of Companies, also known as the Mansudae Art Studio, which is on the sanctions blacklist and subject to an asset freeze and travel ban.

According to the sanctions listing, Mansudae exports North Korea workers to other countries “for construction-related activities including for statues and monuments to generate revenue for the government of the DPRK or the (ruling) Workers’ Party of Korea.”

Griffiths said Mansudae “has representatives, branches and affiliates in the Asia-Pacific region, all over Africa and all over Europe.” Without elaborating, he added that “they’re doing an awful lot more than producing statues in Africa.” (voa)

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Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner Used Private email Account for White House officials

Jared Kushner
Jared Kushner is senior advisor at the White House .

Washington, Sep 25: US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner has occasionally used a private email account for correspondence with fellow administration officials, his lawyer confirmed.

“Fewer than a hundred emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account,” counsel Abbe Lowell told CNN on Sunday night.

Politico news had first reported Kushner’s use of a private account and said it was set up in December and was used to sometimes trade emails with senior White House officials, outside advisers and some others about media coverage.

Lowell said that the emails on Kushner’s private account were “usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal, rather than his White House, address”.

Federal law requires that all White House records be preserved, including emails.

Regarding concerns that some of the emails might not have been preserved since Kushner was not using a White House account, Lowell told CNN: “All non-personal emails were forwarded to his official address, and all have been preserved, in any event.”

During his campaign, Trump repeatedly criticised Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server to send and receive an email during her tenure as Secretary of State.(IANS)

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NRI Man accused of Rape charges for Cohabiting with her legally married wife in USA

Lakhs of Indian origin NRI men face immediate arrest on account of false complaints of heinous crimes by disgruntled wives

NRI man charged under section 376 Rape
‘No Fault’ Divorce in the USA is not acceptable as per Hindu Marriage Act. Pixabay

Sep 14, 2017: The quandary of the outcast wives is evident in a country like India. NRI husbands have been known for leaving their wives in India and flying to abroad. These wives are being shunned by the society as well. While the problem is grim and sincere, some NRI husbands are also succumbing to the victimization of blackmailing from their wives. Such is the perplexity of the USA based Sachin Jain, who claims that he was erroneously accused of rape charges in India.

Newsgram contacted Sachin Jain for further inquiry into the matter.

According to him lakhs of NRI’s face immediate arrest on account of false complaints of heinous crimes by disgruntled wives.

In a unique case of its kind, an NRI, Sachin Jain who is residing in the USA for last 9 years, has been accused u/s 376 on charges of Cohabitation in the USA with his own legally married wife. A FIR u/s 376 (Rape) has been registered in this regard by the Delhi Police on the orders of Metropolitan Magistrate Chhavi Kapoor of Karkardooma Courts of Delhi. Under this case, the wife allegedly filed a complained in the Karkardooma District court claiming to have cohabited with the NRI man after ex parte divorce obtained in the USA. The couple that is still married as per applicable Indian Laws got a divorce decree from Superior Courts of New Jersey, USA on the grounds of ‘Irreconcilable Differences in marriage.’ This type of Divorce decree also known as ‘No Fault’ Divorce in USA and European Countries is granted by foreign courts without arguments and submission to the court by another party.

As per the Hindu Marriage Act, such tribunal is not functional in India and hence, the couple who got divorce decree in the USA are still legally married in India. The Divorce Decree granted by USA Courts on account of ‘Irreconcilable Differences in marriage’ is unrecognized in Hindu Marriage Act 1955 and section 13 of Civil Procedure Code. This has been iterated couple of times by various High Courts of India after the landmark judgment of Supreme Court in the case of Y. Narasimha Rao And Ors vs. Y. Venkata Lakshmi And Anr on 9 July 1991

As per section 44a of Civil Procedure Code 1908, India has reciprocal agreements with only 11 countries in the world which allow India and the other country to accept each other’s court judgments as it is. There is no reciprocal agreement in place between India and USA for accepting each other’s judgments. Due to no reciprocal agreements, India does not give any recognition to the judgments and decrees passed by the USA.

The Humble Metropolitan Magistrate of Delhi District court, without knowing this fact that the judgments provided by USA court can not be taken into cognizance, and the fact that couple is still married as per Indian Laws ordered the Delhi Police to register a FIR u/s 376 which gives unlimited power to Delhi Police to arrest the accused immediately, open Look Out Circular (LOC) against the accused, issue Red Corner Notice taking help of Interpol. This makes an innocent person terrorist and criminal jeopardizing his career, job, and life.

After a FIR u/s 376 is registered against an NRI, he is faced with another challenge of corruption, extortion, blackmailing in the name of this legal terrorism. The complainant wife and her lawyer start blackmailing the NRI husband asking for an exorbitant sum of money in crores to settle the matter out of court.

Sachin says, “I request to the Supreme Court of India, to create special courts for dealing with NRI related matters where expert judges with full knowledge of International Private Laws should take up the matter for hearing. The lower judiciary would also be saved from passing erroneous orders against applicable Indian laws”

He concluded, “Due to complex International Private Laws, the lower judiciary in India without full knowledge of applicable laws governing marriage and divorce in India sometimes commit grave errors and passes unbelievable orders jeopardizing the career and life of innocent NRIs living far away from their country of birth for livelihood.”

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