23082023-TTC-01.qxd 23-08-2023 00:26 Page 1 13 GOVT LOSING REVENUE DUE TO GST: BIBEK DEBROY BUSINESS /thetribunechd CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 143 NO. 232 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 wednesday | 23 august 2023 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Shooting for the moon today FIRST TO SOUTH POLE Chandrayaan-3 will attempt soft landing on lunar surface Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 22 India is on the cusp of scripting history with the country’s third lunar probe, Chandrayaan-3, gearing up for the final phase of its 40-day space odyssey that is set to come to an end on Wednesday when the “Vikram” lander with the “Pragyan” rover in its belly starts its descent to the moon. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today announced that live telecast of the landing operations as monitored at the mission operations complex (MOX) at ISTRAC (ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network) will start at 5.20 pm on Wednesday. Success of the mission will make India the first country in the world to land its spacecraft on the lunar south pole. “The mission is on schedule. Systems are undergoing regular checks. Smooth sailing is continuing. The MOX is buzzed with energy & excitement!” ISRO said in a post on X. The state-run space agency also released images of the moon captured by the lander position detection camera (LPDC) from an continued on page 10 5.47 PM 800 M ALTITUDE LANDER BEGINS DESCENT FOR TOUCHDOWN 30 KM ALTITUDE 6.8 KM ALTITUDE 6.04 PM OF TERROR PLAN B In case of a hiccup, landing will be delayed by four days to Aug 27; site will be 400 km from primary landing spot 150-100 M ALTITUDE Onboard sensors & cameras scan surface for obstacles; lander picks spot & descends to surface LANDER MAKES SOFT LANDING ON MOON’S SURFACE Data may open up ‘array of possibilities’ Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 22 “Presence of water in the lunar south pole is confirmed. Chandrayaan-3 may shed light on the volume and extent of water that can be found on the moon. This can open up a whole range of possibilities,” Jayant Murthy, MAY FIND FROZEN WATER Many craters in lunar south pole aren’t exposed to sunlight. These may have frozen water. Jayant Murthy, PROF, ❝ INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ASTROPHYSICS, BENGALURU senior professor at the Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Astrophysics, said while Pragg holds his own against world No. 1 Carlsen, first game ends in draw Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 22 Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa held his own against the world No.1 Magnus Carlsen in the opening game of the FIDE World Cup Chess as he secured a draw in the first classical game of the final in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Tuesday. The evenly matched game ended after 35 moves as both players agreed to a draw. 0 VELOCITY In terminal descent phase, 2 engines bring velocity to a naught; lander begins descent in vertical position 1.68 KM PER SECOND 350 M PER SECOND In powered braking phase, 4 In fine braking phase, 2 engines thruster engines retrofire to shut, other 2 give reverse thrust reduce velocity; lander is placed for slower descent; lander gets horizontally into diagonal position 17MINS R Praggnanandhaa Carlsen will have the advantage of playing with white pieces in the second game on Wednesday. Praggnanandhaa ran into time trouble midway through the first game as 90 minutes were given as per the rule for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game. And the 18year-old took a lot of time after 25 moves as time on his clock read 18 minutes left as opposed to 30 minutes for Carlsen. Later, Praggnanandhaa claimed he was not under any pressure in the first game. “I don’t think I was in any trouble at all,” continued on page 10 talking to The Tribune today. On whether the payloads aboard “Vikram” lander and “Pragyan” rover would be able significantly help research with regard to the amount of water present in the south pole, Murthy said this could be revealed only after studying the data sent by instruments continued on page 10 IN BRIEF Biden to visit India from Sept 7-10 for G20 meet WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden will travel to India from September 7-10 to attend the G-20 summit, the White House announced on Tuesday. PTI Nuh admn turns down plea for yatra on Aug 28 GURUGRAM: The Nuh authorities have denied permission to right wing outfits for the resumption of the unfinished ‘Jalabhishek Yatra’ on August 28. INSIDE ‘Little’ govt help, villagers pitch in to plug breaches Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service PM Narendra Modi is greeted by Indian diaspora in Johannesburg. ANI Join India’s growth story, PM tells BRICS nations Sandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 22 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India will be the growth engine of the world and called upon the approximately 40 leaders attending the BRICS summit in South Africa to join in India’s growth story. “India will soon become $5 trillion economy and its reforms have helped in the ease of doing business,” the Prime Minister said while speaking at the concluding ceremony of the BRICS Business Council. PM Modi hoped the summit would provide a useful opportunity to identify future areas of cooperation and review institutional development. It will also weigh the expanding of membership. PM Modi said he was looking forward to the deliberations and meetings with world leaders even as he was continued on page 10 Jalandhar, August 22 Over 10 breaches in embankments along the flooded Sutlej and Beas in Doaba have been plugged with public effort mainly. Even the strengthening of bundhs is being undertaken by people themselves with Drainage Department employees allegedly failing to perform their duty. There were seven breaches in Jalandhar, including those in Phillaur and Shahkot, and three in Hoshiarpur. In Sultanpur Lodhi, long stretches of embankments (bundhs) gave away. At all these places, people brought in trailers loaded with sand, filled up sacks and then used tractors and poclain machines for compaction. Environmentalist and MP Balbir Singh Seechewal and hundreds of volunteers started the movement. They managed to plug a 300-foot Cancer inn on nullahkeeps fears afloat Subhash Rajta Tribune News Service A drain below the inn. TRIBUNE PHOTO Shimla, August22 Like a few other buildings in Shimla, Ashray Rotary, an inn for cancer patients and their attendants, has been built on a nullah near Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital. While it’s a comfortable and cost-effective facility for cancer patients coming here from across the state for treatment, there are apprehensions the nullah flowing right Shimla facility offers economical stay to patients from across HP beneath it could be a safety concern at some point in time. “The nullah and a natural water source underneath the building have been properly channelled. So, we do not see the nullahcausing any problem to the building,” said Adarsh continued on page 10 GADKARI LAUNCHES INDIA’S OWN CAR SAFETY TEST NATION MONSOON FURY Punjab minister says all his teams working 24x7 breach in five days. Though officials maintained that the breaches would be plugged once the water level receded, villagers were not convinced. They chose to take the task upon themselves. Leaders of religious places also joined in with their workforce as did Baba Sukha Singh of Sarhali. Since the marooned villagers did not get any help in plugging a breach in a bundh in Sultanpur Lodhi, volunteers with the support of local MLA Rana Inder Partap Singh pitched in for the work. With more experience and ideation, several villagers became expert in the job. As more machinery was required continued on page 10 edit: sewa in punjab Kin of youth who died while fleeing Libyan mafia await his body New Delhi, August 22 Twentyone-year-old Tony had no idea of the fate that awaited him abroad when he bid farewell to his family in Punjab. He was part of a group from Punjab and Haryana promised jobs in Italy, but sold off by Dubai-based agents to Libyan traffickers. He died while trying to flee the traffickers and his kin have since been awaiting his body. INSIDE c m y b
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