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India plans more moon,
deep space missions

What is India News Service, Monday, 13 December 2004, 1400 hrs IST

With its maiden lunar venture off the ground, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans more missions to the moon and planets like Venus and Mars in the next two decades.

Though ISRO is tightlipped about the projects at the moment, sources told Deccan Herald that the space agency has \93in principle\94 agreed to carry out more lunar missions besides sending out probes to planets. The first mission Chadrayaan-I is scheduled to be launched around September, 2007.

\93The name Chandrayaan-I itself suggests more moon missions in future. ISRO had completed the groundwork in the ninth plan and the tenth plan has witnessed the first moon missions. Other moon missions will take shape in the subsequent plan periods. In principle we have agreed to more deep space missions in future,\94 a Space Commission member said.

Ensure gender justice, CJI tells courts: Chief Justice of India R. C. Lahoti today asked the courts to be more sensitive to the rights of women and achieve the goal of \93gender justice\94 by treating them on an equal footing with men. To that end, he recommended the appointment of more judicial officers and lawyers.

Woman\92s \91moral character\92 no defence for accused in rape case: The Supreme Court has held that a rape accused cannot be allowed to take the \93loose morals\94 of a woman as defence for acquittal.

Advani warns against BJP's Congressisation:  Party president LK Advani on Sunday cautioned the party's future generation against the prevalent political culture of groupism and sycophancy.

Hurriyat leaders allowed to go to Kathmandu: Eight Kashmir leaders, belonging to the separatist camp, left here today to attend the Pugwash Peace conference in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Committee to review organ transplant act: Despite all governmental efforts, organ donation has not picked up due to a combination of inadequate banking facilities and lack of public awareness. 

Notices to Centre, EC on immigrants: The Supreme Court yesterday issued notices to the Centre and the Election Commission (EC) on a public interest petition seeking to arrest influx of illegal immigrants, especially from Bangladesh which has \93dangerously\94 changed demography at least in Assam and West Bengal.

Fast-attack craft Bangaram launched: A sophisticated Fast Attack Craft (FAC) \91Bangaram\92, a 46 metres variant of the high-speed vessels to be commissioned as an Indian Naval Ship, has been launched. 

Grants delayed for service organisation: Baba Amte said that the Rs 84.42 lakh grant allotted for his leperosy rehabilitation ashram has not been released by the Maharashtra government.

Sachin equals Gavaskar\92s record: Sachin Tendulkar added another feather to his glittering cap by equalling compatriot Sunil Gavaskar\92s world record of 34 Test centuries.

Bay of Bengal countries tie up to counter terrorism: BIMSTEC member States yesterday decided to enhance information and intelligence sharing regarding terrorism and transnational crime and to take effective steps to deny sanctuary and transit facilities for terrorists.

M S Subbulakshmi is dead

Bharat Ratna M.S. Subbulakshmi, legendary Carnatic musician, died in Chennai late on Saturday. She was 88. The end came at 11.30 p.m.

"You sing like an angel": Running hands over her singing throat, the blind and deaf Helen Keller exclaimed: "You sing like an angel!" Over seven decades, three generations of listeners have known the same exaltation in Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi.

MS merges into music of eternity: President A P J Abdul Kalam led the nation in bidding a solemn farewell to M S Subbulakshmi, hailed as god\92s gift to Carnatic music, as her mortal remains were consigned to flames on Sunday evening.

A voice that enchanted: "Child, you carry the veena in your throat," said veena maestro Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer. "Suswaralakshmi, Subhalakshmi," (goddess of perfect tone and auspiciousness) pronounced Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Yehudi Menuhin was enraptured.

MS\92s prized possessions contain Mahatma\92s hand-written letter: Gandhiji\92s death left a void left in MS\92s life, which was replaced by the love and affection showered on her by Jawaharlal Nehru.

Epitome of bhakti: "I dwell not in Vaikuntha, not in the hearts of Yogins or in the sun, where my bhaktas sing, there be I, Narada," said the Lord. MS was an epitome of bhakti in every sense.

Untouched by fame: The world need not learn about M.S. Subbulakshmi from me. Today her music is relished by people all over the world. 

End of an era: The nightingale of Carnatic music has passed into history.


Etah cops as ghost-busters: The UP Police seem to have discovered a new calling! They are trying their hand at ghost-busting, butting into the domain of tantriks. In an interesting incident, a retired Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) has commissioned the Etah police to help exorcise the "Ghosts" haunting his house.

Indo-Pak Punjab Games end with a bang: Athletes, officials and dignitaries from the two Punjabs congregated at the floodlit YPS stadium to say goodbye to the city which hosted the inaugural edition of the Indo-Pak Punjab Games.

Ministry\92s expansion on Dec 15: The decision to expand the Cabinet came after Chief Minister Dharam Singh had a telephonic conversation with JD(S) president H D Deve Gowda.

Kargil headed for showdown between judiciary and executive: The Deputy Commissioner has been sent a \91show cause\92 for violating its directive and passing a no-confidence motion against the KHDC ex-chairman.

Airport project hits a trough: The JD(S) believes that \91kickbacks\92 have been given over the last few years while giving permission for the Bangalore International Airport.

Notices to Centre, EC on immigrants
: The Supreme Court yesterday issued notices to the Centre and the Election Commission (EC) on a public interest petition seeking to arrest influx of illegal immigrants, especially from Bangladesh which has \93dangerously\94 changed demography at least in Assam and West Bengal.


Colombo blast kills 2: Two persons were killed and 19 were injured when a grenade was thrown during a musical show featuring Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan here tonight. The hand grenade exploded close to the stage. India has condemned the terrorist attack and blamed the government for its failure to provide protection.

Pak in touch with Benazir, Nawaz Sharif: Efforts are being made for national reconciliation and the government is in contact with a number of important politicians, including those outside Pakistan, said Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.

Aamir Khan in Pakistan
: Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is in Pakistan to raise funds for a cancer hospital being built by former cricketer Imran Khan in Lahore. Mr. Aamir Khan emphasised the need for building trust and friendship between the two countries.


India planning deep space missions:  The country's space research organisation is looking at expeditions to the moon and planets like Venus. 

M S Subbulakshmi passed away: One of the world's most celebrated vocalists died in Chennai. 

Blast killed two at film nite: Shah Rukh Khan's music nite in Colombo became the target of a terrorist bomb attack.