ISRO successfully carries out second Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre for Chadrayaan-2
The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully carried out the second Lunar bound orbit manoeuvre today at 1250 hrs as planned. Chandrayaan 2 had entered lunar orbit yesterday morning subsequent to which ISRO is now moving it gradually near the moon, using onboard propulsion system of the spacecraft.
At present, the satellite is positioned in 118 km by 4412 km orbit around the moon. ISRO will carry out three more Lunar bound orbit manoeuvres on August 28, 30 and September 1st and the lander and Rover of Chandrayaan 2 will touch down on the Moon surface on September 7.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Neeraj Dhingra, Director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP)
On World Mosquito Day, Malaria No More India, launched its flagship campaign India Against Mosquito in New Delhi to create a mass movement for collective action to build mass awareness and promote innovative solutions for controlling the mosquito – the common enemy for many diseases.
World Mosquito Day is celebrated every year on 20th August in the commemoration of Sir Ronald Ross’ discovery of malaria transmission by mosquitoes. Despite the progress being made by the country, India continues to struggle in its battle against the mosquito. An expert consultative workshop was held in the capital to discuss technical and communication challenges faced by the country.
The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Neeraj Dhingra, Director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), in the presence of other experts from the scientific and media backgrounds.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Dhingra stressed on the commitment to curb vector-borne diseases, “Improving health outcomes is a shared responsibility of all the stakeholders. Malaria No More India’s efforts to raise awareness and promote community action against the mosquito is truly commendable. Increased awareness and practical approaches to manage the vector can go a long way in setting the country up for elimination from mosquito-borne diseases.”
Malaria No More India Country Director, Dr. Sanjeev Gaikwad stated, “We want to make #IndiaAgainstMosquito campaign a mass movement. New and traditional media along with celebrities will play a major role making it a truly national movement. We will need high-level political commitment, media and society to participate in this campaign together, to be able to win the war with mosquitoes.”
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba was on Wednesday appointed as the next Cabinet Secretary for a tenure of two years.
Gauba, a 1982-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, will initially join as the Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat, before he takes over the charge of the country’s top bureaucratic from the incumbent P K Sinha.
“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Rajiv Gauba, IAS (JH:1982) as Cabinet Secretary with a tenure of two years from 30.08.2019 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has also approved the appointment of Rajiv Gauba as Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat from the date of his assumption of charge till he takes over as Cabinet Secretary,” according to an official order.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)
Some say they’ve noticed a drop-off in numbers. “It’s harder for students to miss out on school nowadays,” Berlin student Martha Stert, who attended more than 20 weekly Fridays for Future protests in 2018, told DW.
The 18-year-old — whose summer break finished at the beginning of August — says teachers have become stricter about missing class as the weekly protests have continued; and that the movement’s reputation has also been negatively affected by some students who use the strikes as an excuse to miss school.
But while Stert says she herself is struggling to attend protests as final year exams loom, she believes that younger students are just as enthusiastic and will keep up the momentum. “Protesting at school time” is an essential strategy, she said, as it’s the only thing adults “are going to take notice of.”
Orli Mastrocola-Simon, an 18-year-old final year high school student who has attended climate strike protests in Hobart in the southern Australian state of Tasmania, agrees. “A lot of people are definitely still involved, they are very enthusiastic and passionate,” she told DW as she also readies for exams.
While Mastrocola-Simon believes the movement also drew supporters because it was somewhat fashionable, many of her friends have since become committed activists who are traveling interstate to attend protests against the Adani coal mine, for instance.
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A Generational Issue
Moritz Sommer from the Institut für Soziologie, Freie Universität Berlin, and co-author of a working paper on the emergence of the Fridays For Future protest movement in Germany says part of the success of the movement is the fact that “Fridays For Future manages the climate issue as a generational issue.”
“These young people feel attached to each other, they feel that their future is in danger,” he told DW, adding that the movement grew up less through social media platforms than in the classroom.
Sommer’s Fridays For Future paper that was released this week includes evidence that most participants found out about the protests through word of mouth, not Twitter or Facebook.
And while some political groups have supported and tried to influence the movement that has been credited with helping Green parties get their highest vote at the European elections in May, Sommer said the strikes are managed through school councils, not political parties. In this way, they have been able to appeal to a broad church by being politically non-partisan.
“A year ago, would anyone have believed that there would be a movement like this,” a German Fridays For Future activist who is simply known as Simon, told DW.
Even in week 52 of the protests on August 16, when much of the northern hemisphere was still in a summer slumber, there were at least 1000 strikes in 99 countries — including in Berlin, where hundreds turned out barely a week after school returned.
In Ottawa, Canada, a small group of four weekly protesters have grown to up to 20 outside Parliament Hill in the capital.
“It’s difficult to ask youth who have never taken part in any form of civil disobedience to stand up and fight against world governments they’ve seen as allies,” Mia Beijer, who co-founded Future Rising Ottawa this January at the age of 15, told DW.
“But with the knowledge and information so easy to obtain, more and more youth are standing up and taking part in the youth climate movement, and we are becoming more and more connected.”
Like in Australia, where students have actively targeted the prime minister, Scott Morrison, who last year said that “kids should go to school” — and who famously carried a piece of coal into parliament to extol the virtues of the fossil fuel —Canadian protesters are pressuring their political leaders to create change.
While the incumbent Liberal party under Justin Trudeau has, according to Beijer, “purchased old, leaky pipelines and given subsidies to several fossil fuel companies and corporations,” she is concerned that “even the Green Party is showing signs of weakness when it comes to the environment and making meaningful changes for our future.”
“We haven’t seen enough dramatic change, from any world government, to steer us away from the climate apocalypse we are all heading towards,” Beijer said. “So we will continue to strike, march and protest until we are no longer terrified to dream about what is to come in our futures.”
Simon from Fridays For Future in Germany says the strategy is working. “I believe the movement is helping put the climate crisis high on the political agenda,” he told DW, noting that since the protests began, a “climate emergency” has been declared in countries such as Great Britain, France and Canada, as well as in various cities across the world.
“Mobilization continues,” said the authors of a July report titled Protest for a Future. “This wave of climate protest mobilization is unique in its tactics, global scope and appeal to teenage school students,” the report’s editors Mattias Wahlström, Piotr Kocyba, Michiel De Vydt and Joost de Moor added, pointing to a long future ahead for the movement.
This longevity will be further assured as the movement broadens, says Sommer, adding that the “Global Week for Future” climate strikes planned from September 20 will symbolize the next phase of an “astonishing” protest movement. In Germany, major trade unions, for example, will join the school strikers in one of their biggest mobilizations.
“We hope adults from all walks of life will join the young all over the world,” said Simon of the upcoming intergenerational climate protests organized by Fridays For Future.
‘No one is too small’
But above all, the movement will stay true to Thunberg’s motto that “no one is too small to make a difference” — also the title of her best-selling book.
Typical is 14-year-old Mary Ellis Stevens of Charlotte, North Carolina, who has maintained a weekly school strike for climate outside Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center for 19 weeks — often on her own.
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept,” reads her Twitter bio.
Reposted with permission from our media associate DW.
Since the launch of the first Realme device over a year ago, the company has continuously pushed the boundaries of price-to-performance. The Realme 5 series pushes those boundaries even further. And, while there are several good smartphones in the sub-Rs 15K price range, only one can go head-to-head against the Realme 5 Pro.
Realme CEO Madhav Sheth compared the Realme 5 Pro with the Galaxy A50 and Redmi Note 7 Pro. However, since these phones were released a little while ago, they don’t make for a fair comparison. But we found a phone that does- the Vivo Z1 Pro.
Realme 5 Pro
Vivo Z1 Pro
Snapdragon 712 AIE
Snapdragon 712 AIE
6.3-inch FHD+ LCD
6.5-inch FHD+ LCD
5,000 mAh, 18W fast charging
4,035 mAh, 20W fast charging
16 MP, f/1.8 + 8 MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP, f/2.4
48MP, f/1.8 + 8MP, f/2.25 + 2MP + 2MP
Android 9 Pie, Funtouch 9
Android 9 Pie, ColorOS 6
Design – Vivo Z1 Pro
Both the Realme 5 Pro and Vivo Z1 Pro have an excellent look at feel to them. However, the punch-hole notch on the Z1 Pro looks more modern than the more traditional waterdrop notch on the 5 Pro.
Camera – Realme 5 Pro
In terms of optics, the Realme 5 Pro just about pips ahead. The top-end 48-megapixel sensor coupled with ultra-wide, portrait and ultra-macro lenses offer more functionality than the triple camera array on the Z1 Pro. However, the 32-megapixel selfie camera Vivo uses does trump the 16-megapixel camera on the 5 Pro.
Battery – Vivo Z1 Pro
When it comes to the battery, the Vivo Z1 Pro has the upper hand with its 5,000 mAh battery. While the battery capacity on the Realme 5 Pro is less than that of the Z1 Pro, the Realme device gets 20W VOOC 3.0 quick-charge support.
Display – Vivo Z1 Pro
The only aspect of the Vivo’s screen which gives it the edge over the Realme 5 Pro is the size of the screen. For LCD panels, both screens are pretty much what you’d expect.
Price – Realme 5 Pro
Both the Realme 5 Pro and Vivo Z1 Pro offer excellent value for money. In terms value, Realme just about edges it, coming in at 1K less than the Z1 Pro.
Connected devices are challenging consoles at the world’s largest online gaming fair, as hundreds of thousands of fans jostle to see top e-sports stars in action and give feedback that can decide whether a new release is a hit or a flop.
The Gamescom Fair in Cologne, Germany, opened to the general public on Wednesday after a series of sneak-peek events to whet the appetite of a rising generation of enthusiasts who spend more time on gaming than they do watching television.
Fans got an up-close look at their heroes demonstrating forthcoming releases, with developers and industry analysts observing queues and interviewing visitors to assess which might turn out to be hits.
It has been well established that Google is not afraid to kill services and features. Most of the time they get rid of things that few people use, but occasionally something really popular will get the cut. This week, Google is killing two features that, thankfully, fall into the former category: Google Play Music gifting and YouTube Messaging.
Google Play Music has been put into limbo as the company focuses on YouTube Music. Eventually, YouTube Music will replace Play Music. The latest update to the Android app removed the “Send gift” feature. This allowed people to give the gift of 1, 3, or 6 months of a Play Music subscription from inside the app. The support page says “Google Play Music subscriptions can no longer be purchased as gifts, but you can still gift subscriptions from the web app. YouTube Music doesn’t have an equivalent feature at this time.
Next up is Messages on YouTube. Added in 2017, the messaging features in YouTube allowed people to share videos and have conversations directly in the YouTube app. This was never a terribly popular feature as most people rolled their eyes at Google adding yet another messaging service. YouTube Messaging will be removed on September 18th, 2019. Google recommends using the “Share” button on videos to send videos going forward.
Are you upset about the removal of these two features? Did you Google Play Music gifting or YouTube messaging?
With all the news coming out of Gamescom 2019 this week, one question begs an answer; Should Microsoft make an Xbox Phone? Imagine Windows 10 Mobile coming back but with ridiculous specs similar to the Asus ROG Phone 2. But instead of being another attempt at Windows Phone, you use your phone to play Xbox games. No need for game streaming to your phone from the Xbox One, just sign directly into your Xbox Live account from your phone and start playing games.
ASUS ROG Phone 2 (screenshot from Unbox Therapy)
An Xbox Phone is likely an idea that will never come to fruition; instead, Microsoft may look to release their own mobile gaming device similar to the Nintendo Switch. Provided the phone specifications are there, Xbox Phone would be a better choice for gamers if they want to experience Project xCloud and play Xbox games natively, without the need for using another app or mobile operating system. Don’t get me wrong, the Nintendo Switch is a great gaming platform, but I think people would love to have the regular features of a smartphone too.
Even if Windows Phone is dead, Microsoft could decide to release an Android phone with a focus on Microsoft apps. While there are endless rumors about the Surface Phone, it appears doubtful that such a phone would ever be released. Microsoft has made it clear that Windows Phone is dead, as Microsoft continues to push out their apps on Android and iOS. Microsoft wants people playing Xbox games. Microsoft keeps buying developers left and right and makes Xbox more accessible to everyone with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Xbox Play Anywhere, and Project xCloud. Microsoft makes it easier to play games on your Windows 10 PC, Xbox One, and your smartphone.
We’ve seen what Project xCloud can do on Android and iOS, but what if Microsoft could find a way to make happen with an Xbox Phone? While Microsoft already has a patented gaming controller, I believe Microsoft and Xbox could work together and quickly figure out a way to integrate its own unique controller scheme into their own phone. I think Microsoft can figure out a way to make an Xbox Phone without the need to carry around extra accessories.
As we found out with our hands-on comparison of Project xCloud, playing Xbox games on a phone is weird. Personally, I think the logical next step for Microsoft is to make an Xbox Phone. I doubt there are many people out there that want to carry a controller with them any time they want to play games on their phone using Project xCloud. What do you think? Take our poll below
New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling believes the Black Caps can take plenty of positives into the second Test against Sri Lanka, despite a six-wicket defeat in the first match of the series.
Dimuth Karunaratne scored a century in Galle to inspire Sri Lanka to a comfortable victory, ending a run of seven straight Test defeats to the Black Caps.
Tom Latham’s drop let Karunaratne off the hook early on day five, and though the hosts eventually lost their skipper when he edged Tim Southee behind, Sri Lanka had already done the bulk of the work in pursuit of their 268-run target.
Watling, though, insists New Zealand played well in spells throughout the first Test, suggesting missed chances to dismiss Sri Lanka’s key figures were crucial in deciding the outcome.
“We’re in a good space, we’re very disappointed to have lost that match,” Watling told a news conference ahead of the second Test in Colombo.
“We’d got ourselves into a good position to win it and obviously, we let it slip a fraction. We felt like we played some pretty good cricket over the five days.”
“We lost some key phases of that game. We know it’s tough to play in sub-continent conditions and then it’ll all happen, and you can lose wickets.
“It’s about taking it that little bit deeper. We had a few good starts in the first innings and probably should have scored about 350 on that surface, but we let Sri Lanka back in the game and that cost us.
“We bowled really well in the first innings and put them under a lot of pressure. Even in the second innings we missed a few chances that could have changed the game.
“Our spinners bowled really well, asked a lot of good questions, but we didn’t quite take those opportunities.”
Watling, who scored 77 in the second innings, added New Zealand cannot entirely blame themselves for the defeat.
“Nobody is trying to drop a catch or miss anything. They were pretty tough chances. We have to give a lot of credit to Sri Lanka’s batsmen, especially their opening partnership,” he said.
“They took it deep enough to win the Test match and hopefully we can look to make some more inroads into the top order and put the middle order under some more pressure.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka bowler Akila Dananjaya were both reported for suspect bowling actions in the first Test.
They will undergo testing within 14 days from the reporting date – August 18 – though they are permitted to bowl in Colombo.
Manchester United were expected to make a consistent and strong start to their season after the thumping 4-0 victory against Chelsea on opening day.
That was a fixture riddled with positives for the Red Devils who seemed to have defensive stability as well as offensive swagger, a first in quite a while.
Monday saw them travel to the Molineux and take on Wolverhampton Wanderers, a team against whom Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a horrid record. While the Norwegian gaffer was successful in securing a draw this time around, the game could have easily gone the other way.
United took control of the game early on with Anthony Martial finding the back of the net in the first-half in a brilliant display of offensive pressure and team play.
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The away side’s other attempts during the game couldn’t be translated as well.
When Wolves came back onto the pitch in the second-half, the dynamic of the game shifted in their favor. After hitting the woodwork, the home side were able to equalize through a Ruben Neves freekick. However, United had the opportunity to win the game when Paul Pogba won a penalty later in the half.
The Frenchman decided to take the kick himself, ahead of Marcus Rashford who had scored from the spot against Chelsea. However, the World-Cup winner’s shot was saved by Rui Patricio.