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Sundar Singh Wins Javelin Throw Gold In World Para Athletics Championships

India has secured three Tokyo Paralympic Games quota, along with the bronze winner Ajeet Singh and Rinku.

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DUBAI (United Arab Emirates): Javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar has won India’s second gold defending his World Para Athletics Championships title in the men’s F46 javelin throw event in Dubai.

With this, India has secured three Tokyo Paralympic Games quota, along with the bronze winner Ajeet Singh and Rinku.

Gurjar came up with his season’s best effort of 61.22m to claim the top spot. Singh sent the spear to a distance of 59.46m to clinch the bronze while Rinku finished fourth.


While Yogesh Kathuniya added a silver for India in men’s discus throw F56 event with a best throw of 42.05m yesterday.

India now has two gold, two silver and a bronze in the Championships.

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The Final Peak? Google CEO Sundar Pichai Named CEO Of Google’s Parent Company Alphabet

An alumnus of Wharton, Stanford and IIT Kharagpur, Pichai was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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SAN FRANSISCO (United States): Google’s India-born Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai will assume the leadership role at its parent firm Alphabet after the internet giant’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped down from its active management, making him one of the most powerful corporate leaders of the world.

Page and Brin stepped down as CEO and president, respectively, of Alphabet, the company announced on Tuesday. Pichai, 47, the current CEO of Google and a longtime executive at the company, will take over as CEO of Alphabet in addition to his current role.

Considered as a significant shakeup in the Silicon Valley company, the shuffle comes at a time when Google is facing mounting scrutiny over its size, data privacy practices and potential impact on society.


With Alphabet now well-established, and Google and ‘Other Bets’ operating effectively as independent companies, it’s the natural time to simplify our management structure, the two Google co-founders wrote in a public letter.

We’ve never been ones to hold on to management roles when we think there’s a better way to run the company,” they said. “And Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President. Going forward, Sundar will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet. He will be the executive responsible and accountable for leading Google, and managing Alphabet’s investment in our portfolio of Other Bets,” said Page and Brin.

The co-founders will continue to serve on Alphabet’s board of directors. “We are deeply committed to Google and Alphabet for the long term, and will remain actively involved as Board members, shareholders and co-founders. In addition, we plan to continue talking with Sundar regularly, especially on topics we’re passionate about!” they wrote.



Page and Brin, who founded the internet giant over two decades ago, took lesser roles in day-to-day operations in the company in 2015 when they turned Google into Alphabet.

In his statement, Pichai made it clear that the transition will not affect the Alphabet structure or the work they do day-to-day.

I will continue to be very focused on Google and the deep work we’re doing to push the boundaries of computing and build a more helpful Google for everyone,” he wrote. “At the same time, I’m excited about Alphabet and its long term focus on tackling big challenges through technology,” he said in his email.

Pichai took over as CEO of Google in 2015 as part of the company’s broader corporate restructuring to create Alphabet.

Prior that, Pichai had held a variety of roles at the company, including overseeing Chrome, product chief of Google and head of the Android operating system. Endorsing the leadership role played by Pichai ever since he was made Google CEO, Page and Sergey said the Indian-American brings humility and a deep passion for technology to their users, partners, and employees every day. “He’s worked closely with us for 15 years, through the formation of Alphabet, as CEO of Google, and a member of the Alphabet Board of Directors.


He shares our confidence in the value of the Alphabet structure, and the ability it provides us to tackle big challenges through technology,” they wrote. “There is no one that we have relied on more since Alphabet was founded, and no better person to lead Google and Alphabet into the future,” they said.

Pichai was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He is an alumnus of Wharton business school, Stanford University and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

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NASA Locates Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander On Moon

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one-pixel shadow.

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WASHINGTON D.C. (United States): High-resolution images captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) during its flyby of the lunar region has located the debris of ISRO’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram Lander. The images suggest that Vikram Lander, as assumed, had a hard landing.

The area with debris belonging to the vehicle is visible in the image. It is visible in the image that debris scattered at more than a dozen places for several kilometres. According to NASA, Indian engineer Shanmuga Subramanian gave evidence related to the wreck to the agency.

The debris of Vikram Lander is outlined with green dots in the picture. At the same time, the blue dots show the difference in the moon’s surface after the crash.


The letter ‘S’ shows the debris of the lander identified by scientist Shanmuga Subramanian.

Shanmuga Subramanian reviewed Vikram Lander’s last known velocity and position; he changed the location of debris as per the previous images are shown. A white dot appeared just a short distance from where Chandrayaan-2’s hard landing was being anticipated. He said that in some earlier photographs this point was not clear. It is quite possible that the Lander may have penetrated the surface of the moon.

The Chandrayaan 2 Vikram lander was targeted for a highland smooth plain about 600 kilometres from the south pole; unfortunately, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with their lander shortly before the scheduled touchdown on September 7.

Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team released the first mosaic (acquired Sept. 17) of the site on Sept. 26 and many people have downloaded the mosaic to search for signs of Vikram. Shanmuga Subramanian contacted the LRO project with positive identification of debris.



After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images. When the images for the first mosaic were acquired the impact point was poorly illuminated and thus not easily identifiable. Two subsequent image sequences were acquired on Oct. 14 and 15, and Nov. 11.

The LROC team scoured the surrounding area in these new mosaics and found the impact site (70.8810°S, 22.7840°E, 834 m elevation) and associated debris field. The November mosaic had the best pixel scale (0.7 meters) and lighting conditions (72° incidence angle).

The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 meters northwest of the main crash site and was a single bright pixel identification in that first mosaic (1.3-meter pixels, 84° incidence angle). The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field.

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one-pixel shadow.

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‘National Unity Day’ Being Observed Across The Nation Today

Sardar Patel was a visionary statesman, astute political administrator and the creator of India’s steel frame – the Civil Services.

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BHARAT: National Unity Day – Rashtriya Ekta Diwas – is being observed across the country today, on the occasion of the 144th birth anniversary of the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tribute to Sardar Patel at the  ‘Statue of Unity’ at Kevadiya in Gujarat this morning.

Since 2014, October 31st is observed as the National Unity Day and people from all walks of life participate in the ‘Run For Unity’.

At Kevadia Colony in Gujarat, where the Statue of Unity is situated, PM Modi administered a pledge on national unity to a large gathering. The Prime Minister also witnessed the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Parade’ by personnel of Gujarat Police and central armed forces.

He then visited a technology demonstration site and interacted with civil service probationers at Kevadiya:


Meanwhile President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri paid tributes to Sardar Patel at his statue at Patel Chowk in the national Capital.

Vice President has also paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary today. Mr Naidu said that Sardar Patel was a visionary statesman, astute political administrator and the creator of India’s steel frame – the Civil Services.

He said that Sardar Patel not only brought about geographical unity of the country by ensuring integration of more than 560 Princely States with the Union of India but also strongly believed in India’s social and cultural unity.



In Uttar Pradesh, a series of programmes to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel is continuing since yesterday. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya participated in a Kavi Sammelan organised in remembrance of the great leader at Meerut. Today, in each district headquarter, block and in villages, people from all walks of life will run together in the run for unity programme.

Various other programmes, including a public feast, fruit distribution, blood donation, cleanliness drives and seminars are also scheduled to mark the occasion. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will flag off the Run for Unity in Lucknow after paying floral tributes to the Iron Man of India.

All state ministers along with many Union ministers, including General (retired) V.K. Singh and Smriti Irani, will participate in the programmes in several districts. Gandhi Sankalp Yatras of BJP will also culminate today.

In Madhya Pradesh, a series of programmes have been organised to celebrate the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. AIR correspondent reports that central ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Thawarchand Gahlot and Fanggan Singh Kulaste are participating in a run for unity in Murena, Ujjain and Balaghat respectively.

Today, in each district headquarter, block and in villages, people from all walks of life will run together in the run for unity programme. Some other programmes, like blood donation, cleanliness drives and seminars on Sardar Patel’s contribution are also scheduled to mark the occasion.


State BJP and Congress are also organizing various programmes in memory of Sardar Patel. Gandhi Sankalp Yatras of BJP will also culminate today.

In Punjab and Haryana, Run for Unity was organised at various places today, with a large number of people from all walks of taking part. They also took an oath to work for national integration and harmony. A walkathon is also being organised for officers and employees of Doordarshan and Aakashvani at Chandigarh.

Several programmes have also been organized in Tamil Nadu in view of the Rashtriya Ekta Divas today. Many leaders, including Governor Bunwarilal Purohit, would garland the statue of Sardar Patel in Chennai.

Ekta pledge would be taken by staff in all government offices. Several “Run for Unity” programmes are being held in the city.

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