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Bangalore airport handles 12.86 million passengers in 2013-14

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The Kempegowda International Airport at Bangalore reorded a 12.7 growth  - the highest since May 2008 -- in air traffic movements (ATM) at 118,575 in 2013-14 and handled 7.3 per cent more passengers at 12.86 million as compared to the previous year.
 
A press release from Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said the aircraft had witnessed an average of 325 ATMs per day. It handled 10.23 million domestic and 2.63 million international passengers during the year.
 
The airlines witnessed average daily passenger numbers of 35,259 travellers, with seat load factors of 69% for domestic and 75% for international flights, respectively.
 
The release said new domestic routes to and from Bangalore included Imphal, Agatti, Surat, Mysore, Puducherry, Guwahati, Belgaum, Tuticorin, Indore and Dehradun. 
 
Additionally, low-cost carrier SpiceJet started international operations to Bangkok in October. 
 
New connectivity includes Air Costa which started domestic operations to Vijayawada and Jaipur. 
 
In a major initiative, BIAL partnered with Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC) to start the ‘Flybus’ service from Bangalore to Mysore to develop the intermodal connectivity of the airport.
 
"The growth in traffic is a sign for us that this is an airport of choice for domestic and international travellers. Our focus will be to continue providing our passengers and airlines a seamless and unparalleled travel experience at this airport. This trend also reaffirms our commitment of making Bangalore a gateway to South India," BIAL Managing Director G V Sanjay Reddy said.
 
Cargo volumes handled at the airport grew by 7% as compared to 2012-13 to reach a total volume of 242,426 metric tonnes (MT) in 2013-14.  
 
The airport inaugurated dedicated cargo bays to serve freighter aircrafts and further improve the air cargo supply chain. The new cargo bays include six dedicated wide body freighter stands with seamless access to the cargo terminal. All the cargo stands are equipped with fuel hydrants and integrated leak detection system. 
 
The airport caters to Pharmaceuticals, Perishables (fruits and vegetables), Electronics, Engineering, Machineries, Automobile, Valuables, Textiles, Readymade Garments (RMG) and so on with origin across South India, addressing trade needs from South Asia, Asia, China, Europe, United States, Canada, Oceania and the Middle East. 
 
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David Blei chosen for 2013 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences

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David Blei, an associate professor at Princeton University, has been chosen for the 2013 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences.
 
He gets the awardd for initiating an approach to analyzing large collections of data using innovative statistical methods, known as “topic modeling,” that make it possible to organize and summarize digital archives at a scale that would be impossible by human annotation. 
 
"His work is scalable to collections of billions of documents. It has inspired new research programs across multiple disciplines, with applications for email archives, natural language processing, information retrieval, computational biology, social networks, and robotics as well as computational social sciences and digital humanities," a press release from Infosys said.
 
The award recognizes the finest recent innovations by young scientists and system developers in the computing field.
 
An endowment from the Infosys Foundation provides financial support for the $175,000 annual award. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) will present the award at its annual awards banquet on June 21 in San Francisco.
 
ACM President Vint Cerf said that Blei’s contributions provided a basic framework for an entire generation of researchers to develop statistical modeling approaches.
 
“His topic modeling algorithms go beyond the search and links approach to information retrieval. In an era of explosive data on the Internet, he saw the advantage of discovering the latent themes that underlie documents, and identifying how each document exhibits these themes. In fact, he changed the way machine learning researchers think about modeling text and other objects in the digital realm.”
 
Infosys CEO and Managing Director S D Shibulal said, “The innovative topic modeling method that David Blei has used to analyze data goes to show the capability in executing what was an unthinkable and mammoth task till a few years back. With ever-growing data generation, there is a simultaneous need to archive and interpret this data. Blei’s groundbreaking method has not only made this a simple task but will also help increase productivity significantly.”
 
The release said Blei led the research that resulted in the simplest topic model, known as LDA (Latent Dirichlet Allocation). 
 
"This statistical model provides a powerful tool for discovering and exploiting the hidden “topics” or semantic themes in the data. It is scalable to collections of billions of documents with thousands of themes, and applies equally well to images and biological sequences. Blei’s approach is based on a Bayesian framework (a mathematical method based on probability) that exploits hidden variables to draw out the latent thematic structure in the data. LDA has been characterized as the single most important method for analyzing large collections of data. He continues to expand the scope of topic modeling with powerful methods for simultaneously analyzing documents and user behavior," it said
 
In a landmark 2003 paper detailing the development of LDA, Blei and his co-authors Michael Jordan and Andrew Ng laid out their method for discovering patterns of word use and connection documents that exhibit similar patterns. The paper, Latent Dirichlet Allocation, has been frequently cited by the growing population of researchers in the topic modeling area.
 
Blei has written extensively on topic modeling and his pursuit of new statistical tools for discovering and exploiting the hidden patterns that pervade modern, real-world data sets. 
 
He will join Columbia University in the fall of 2014 as a Professor of Statistics and Computer Science. He will also be a member of Columbia's Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering.
 
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L&T Construction wins orders valued at Rs 1981 crore

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Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today said its Construction Division had won new housing orders worth Rs 1981 crore in March.
 
A press release from the company said the orders included one for a major residential project in Bangalore from one of south India's leading property developers which is also the company’s biggest residential order in this financial year. 
 
The scope of work involves civil, structural, MEP and finishing for 24 towers and 271 villas, the release said.
 
The towers will comprise two basements plus ground floor with levels varying from 18 floors to 29 floors. 
 
The project is scheduled to complete in 42 months, it said.
 
Another order has been received from a customer for construction of a
residential township in Gujarat. The project involves turnkey construction of 134 housing units. The construction includes civil, structural, MEP, finishes and other associated works. 
 
 “One of our key focus areas has been the growing potential in the residential sector and by winning these prestigious orders we have made significant inroads into this space,” said Mr. S. N. Subrahmanyan, Member of L&T's Board and Senior Executive Vice President (Infrastructure and Construction). 
 
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BJP inducts controversial Pramod Muthalik, reverses decision in five hours

Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik being welcomed into the BJP by senior party leaders in Bangalore on March 23, 2014
Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik being welcomed into the BJP by senior party leaders in Bangalore on March 23, 2014
In a major embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), its Karnataka unit admitted Mr Pramod Muthalik, the controversial chief of the Sri Ram Sene, into the party and then reversed its decision within five hours after the move attracted flak from across the country.
 
Former Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar, BJP state unit president Prahlad Joshi and former Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa were amongst those who welcomed Mr Muthalik into the party this afternoon.
 
Mr Muthalik told journalists that he had joined the BJP to help Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi become the Prime Minister of the country and to strengthen development and national security.
 
Mr Muthalik and his organisation were said to be responsible for the infamous incident on January 24, 2009 when a pub in Mangalore was attacked in the night and women inside were beaten up as part of its moral policing agenda. 
 
A former convener of the Bajrang Dal, he has a host of cases pending against him.
 
Mr Muthalik had some days ago announced his plans to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Dharwad, where Mr Joshi is the BJP candidate.
 
The induction attracted strong criticism from the Congress as well as from women's rights groups.
 
Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni wondered how the BJP could justify such a move when its leaders talked about women's empowerment.
 
She said the way the BJP was "picking up anyone" to join the party only proved her party's contention that there was no pro-Modi wave in the country as claimed by the BJP.
 
"Women across the country should take a decisive call on this," she added. "They should register a protest vote," she said, urging people to take a stand against people who had failed to uphold their dignity.
 
The induction also caused disquiet in a section of the BJP, with Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar openly calling upon the partys central leadership to cancel Mr Muthalik's membership immediately.
 
By late evening, the central leadership of the party had come to the conclusion that Mr Muthalik's admission was untenable and that it would prove to be disastrous for it in the context of the coming elections.
 
Later, the Karnataka BJP unit announced that it had set aside the decision because the central leadership of the party had disapproved of it.
 
They said the decision was taken at the level of the state leadership, because it was competent to do so and it did not necessarily have to go to the central leadership.
 
"Now that the central leadership has disapproved of the decision, we have set it aside," they said.
 
They said their only aim was to prevent the division of the anti-Congress votes in the state. They also said they saw no problem with admitting Mr Muthalik in that he had expressed his desire to disband his controversial outfit and join the BJP and work within its framework.
 
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Controversial Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik joins BJP

Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik being welcomed into the BJP by senior party leaders in Bangalore on March 23, 2014
Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik being welcomed into the BJP by senior party leaders in Bangalore on March 23, 2014
Mr Pramod Muthalik, the controversial chief of the Sri Ram Sene in Karnataka, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of senior leaders of the state unit of the party here today.
 
Former Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar, BJP state unit president Prahlad Joshi and former Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa were amongst those who welcomed Mr Muthalik into the party.
 
Mr Muthalik told journalists that he had joined the BJP to help Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi become the Prime Minister of the country and to strengthen development and national security.
 
Mr Muthalik and his organisation were said to be responsible for the infamous incident on January 24, 2009 when a pub in Mangalore was attacked in the night and women inside were beaten up as part of its moral policing agenda. 
 
A former convener of the Bajrang Dal, he has a host of cases pending against him.
 
Mr Muthalik had some days ago announced his plans to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Dharwad, where Mr Joshi is the BJP candidate. His induction into the party is seen as a strategy to prevent the division of votes in north Karnataka, where he has considerable influence.
 
The induction attracted strong criticism from the Congress as well as from women's rights groups.
 
Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni wondered how the BJP could justify such a move when its leaders talked about women's empowerment.
 
She said the way the BJP was "picking up anyone" to join the party only proved her party's contention that there was no pro-Modi wave in the country as claimed by the BJP.
 
"Women across the country should take a decisive call on this," she added. "They should register a protest vote," she said, urging people to take a stand against people who had failed to uphold their dignity.
 
The induction has also caused disquiet in a section of the BJP, with Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar openly calling upon the partys central leadership to cancel Mr Muthalik's membership immediately.
 
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Kejriwal says ready to face Modi in Varanasi, will decide at rally on March 23

Karnataka people are fed up with both Congress, BJP: Kejriwal
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal said today that he was prepared to contest against Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
 
"The party has asked me to fight against Modi," he told a rally in Bangalore today.
 
"I am not here for a win or loss. I will go to Varanasi on March 23. If the people ask me to, I will fight," he said, indicating that the party would conduct a referendum of sorts in this regard.
 
"I am prepared for this challenge. The decision will be taken at the March 23 rally in Varanasi," he said. 
 
He said that if Mr Modi was really all that confident about his popularity, he should contest from only one constituency.
 
Earlier in the day, some hours before the rally, Mr Kejriwal, who resigned as the Chief Minister of Delhi last month after just 49 days in office, said on microblogging site Twitter: "“Many people asking me - will i contest against Modi ji? I will talk on this issue in today's rally at Bangalore."
 
The BJP had announced late last night that Mr Modi would be its candidate from Varanasi, a move that is calculated to emphasise that the Gujarat Chief Minister's appeal goes beyond his own state.
 
To accommodate Mr Modi in Varanasi, the BJP had to shift veteran leader Murli Manohar Joshi, the sitting MP from there, to Kanpur.
 
Mr Kejriwal has been saying for the past few weeks that he would contest the Lok Sabha elections against Mr Modi if he stood from outside Gujarat.
 
Mr Kejriwal, a former Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, had defeated three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the December 8 elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly while leading his party to a stunning performance on its electoral debut, winning 28 seats in the December 4, 2013 elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly.
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Mr Kejriwal hit out at the BJP in his speech today, ridiculing the party for re-admitting former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Badava Shramika Raitha (BSR)Congress MLA B S Sriramulu into the party while claiming to be against corruption.
 
He accused the Congress also of roping in corrupt leaders and said that left the voters in Karnataka with hardly any choice.
 
He said that, during his travels around India, people told him they want to remove the Congress because they attribute all the ills of the country to the rottenness in the system.
 
"AAP is here to give the country an option and an alternative politics which is corruption free," he said.
 
"People were unhappy with the BJP in Karnataka, so they chose the Congress, but what difference did it make," he asked.
 
He said that he had visited Gujarat to see for himself the development and governance claims made by Mr Modi and was shocked to find that nothing moved in the Government without paying bribes.
 
He talked about the various alleged scams during the Congress rule at the Centre.
 
Mr Modi said that when he asked people in different stats if they had visited Gujarat and seen for themselves the veracity of Mr Modi's development claims, they said they had seen it in the media.
 
"The media kept saying there has been development in Gujarat. So went to see for myself to learn about it. But I was shocked," he said, reeling out figures to contest Mr Modi's claims.
 
"By voting for the BJP instead of the Congress, our lives will not change, only the faces will change," he said.
 
Accusing both parties of indulging in crony capitalism, he said they took land from the poor at low prices and gave it to industrialists.
 
He accused Mr Modi of openly indulging in white lies and the media of portraying all this as the truth.
 
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UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani formally joins Congress

Nandan Nilekani formally joins Congress
Former Infosys co-founder and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Chairman Nandan Nilekani formally joined the Congress here today, saying that the 125-year-old party was going to be around for a long time, reinventing itself every few years.
 
"Don't go by media reports. The Congress party keeps reinventing itself," he told mediapersons here today.
 
Mr Nilekani, 58, was nominated by the party yesterday, in its first list of candidates for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, to contest from Bangalore South, which has been a stronghold of BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar for a long time.
 
He was formally inducted into the party by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parameshwara, who handed over a party flag to him at the party office here before he filled in the membership form.
 
Mr Nilekani said the Congress was the party which fought for India's freedom and which, over the years, gave the people the technology revolution and a rights framework, among other things.
 
"It is a very strong party. I am committing to serve this party with my full capability," he said.
 
"I think I bring some unique experience," he said when asked about why people should vote for him.
 
“Three major things I was part of- first, from scratch I was co-founder of one of India’s largest companies (Infosys), so I know how to create jobs and I have created lakhs of them. Number two, from scratch, from an idea, I was part of the ID programme which gave 60 crore people identity. Nobody I know has done this anywhere. 
 
"Third, 1999 to 2004, I was chairman of BATF (Bangalore Agenda Task Force) where I got an opportunity to go into the nitty-gritty of local governance," he said. He said he was fully aware of urban government issues, about things like solid waste management and roads.
 
“I know every detail of how a city functions, so the fact that I have diverse experience, from private sector to government to city affairs, that I’m a clean and local candidate...Therefore people should vote for me,” he said.
 
"The constituency needs a clean, capable person," he said. "I think politics needs a change, needs new people, people with a clean image, people with experience in problem solving, people who are local. I satisfy all that," he said.
 
Mr Nilekani had launched his campaign informally several weeks ago, up as he is against a formidable rival, who has been returned from the constituency five times in a row from 1996.
 
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Jet Airways introduces direct daily flight from Bangalore to Abu Dhabi

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Private sector airline Jet Airways today launched a daily direct service from here to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
 
The new route is Jet Airways' first international flight from Bangalore to the Gulf, a press release from the airline said.
 
Flight 9W 504 will leave from Kempegowda International Airport here at 2030 hrs, and arrive at the Abu Dhabi International Airport at 2330 hrs. On the return leg, the flight 9W 503 will depart Abu Dhabi at 1030 hrs and arrive here at 1620 hrs.
 
A press release from the airline said the new flight would strengthen its growing international network in the Gulf region, enhancing flight connectivity beyond Abu Dhabi to immediate Gulf countries and to destinations in North America, Africa and Europe.
 
Furthermore, the evening departure of this flight will allow passengers to make convenient connections from several southern destinations on the airline’s domestic network to Abu Dhabi and beyond, via Bangalore, it said.
 
Jet Airways currently operates a daily flight each from Delhi, Kochi and Chennai and 11 flights a week from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi.
 
The airline had yesterday launched a daily direct flight from Hyderabad to Abu Dhabi.
 
The airline has deployed Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft on these routes.
 
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GMR Infrastructure-led consortium wins Rs 267 crore railway project

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GMR Infrastructure Limited today said a consortium led by it had won a contract worth Rs 267 crore for doubling of the rail line between Jhansi and Bhimsen railway stations in Uttar Pradesh.
 
A press release from GMR said its share of the contract was valued at about Rs 135 crore.
 
The work includes construction of roadbed, major & minor bridges, track linking, outdoor signalling and telecommunication (S&T) works, OHE, TSS and general eelctrical works from Jhansi to Erich Road.
 
GMR is the lead member of the consortium with Tata Projects and Kalindee Rail Nirman Ltd as the partner for OHE and Track works and S&T works, respectively.  
 
The project is scheduled to commence from April 2 and has to be completed within 42 months.
 
Rail Vikas Nigam Limited issued the letter of award to the consortium on February 20.
 
Mr. Arun Kumar Sharma, CEO GMR Urban Infrastructure & Highways, said:  “As a part of our Asset Light strategy, we are very happy to announce our first foray into the very promising railway construction sector. This win reflects our long term vision of building our EPC expertise in a niche segment like Railways, and will pave the way for similar projects in future."
 
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GMR, Temasek, IDFC Alternatives-led consortium rework investment in GMR Energy

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Infrastructure major GMR, Temasek and IDFC Alternatives-led consortium have agreed to restructure their existing investment in GMR Energy Limited (GEL).
 
A press release from GMR said here yesterday that these investors had investd Rs 1395 crore in Compulsorily Convertible Preference Shares (CCPS) in GEL in 2010. 
 
"GMR Group and the Investors have now agreed to restructure the terms taking into account the interest of both the parties," it said.
 
"Subject to satisfaction of conditions precedent, GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL) will issue CCPS worth INR 788.8 crore to Temasek and INR 347.8 Crore to the IDFC Consortium through a preferential allotment.  The residual investment of the investors in GEL will continue," the release said.
 
GMR Group Chairman G. M Rao said, “We are extremely happy to have Temasek and the IDFC Consortium as shareholders of GIL. This is the culmination of the long term partnership with the investors and demonstrates their confidence in the group. We are confident that together with the support from the investors, we will build a strong energy portfolio. This will also pave the way for value creation at GMR Energy and GIL as the power portfolio has almost reached the peak of its capex cycle and is getting into the operational phase."
 
Mr. Satish Mandhana, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer at IDFC Alternatives said: “GMR Energy has been our fourth investment with the GMR group in the past 10 years. This step is a clear demonstration of how the Investors and GMR  worked together to forge a win-win solution by being considerate of partnership obligations, in a very difficult and challenging external environment for the power sector. We look forward to a successful IPO of GEL in near future."
 
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Kiran Mazumdar Shaw appointed Chairperson of Board of Governors at IIM Bangalore

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
 
Biocon Limited Chairman and Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB).
 
Dr Mazumdar Shaw will succeed Reliance Industries Limited Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, who was the Chairman of the Board for the last eight years.
 
A press release from IIMB said that, at the meeting of the Board of Governors of IIM Bangalore held on February 11, Mr Ambani advised the Board of his decision to step down.  
 
"The Board, accordingly, appointed Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw as the Chairperson of the IIMB Board with effect from February 11, 2014," it said.
 
Dr Mazumdar Shaw has been a member of the IIMB Board for the past several years. She is the first woman chairperson of any IIM Board.
 
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has notified this change.
 
Mr. Ambani thanked the Board of Governors, the faculty, the staff, the alumni and the students of IIM Bangalore for all support and their efforts in making IIMB a world-class institution.
 
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HAL delivers crew module for Human Spaceflight Program to ISRO

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The public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has handed over the first “Crew Module Structural Assembly” for the“Human Spaceflight Program” to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
 
An official press release said here today that the module would be further equipped with systems necessary for crew support, navigation, guidance and control systems by ISRO for experimentation in the coming GSLV-MK3 launch. 
 
“HAL takes pride in India’s space programmes and our Aerospace Division has produced this crew module in a record time to meet the requirements of ISRO," HAL Chairman R.K. Tyagi said.
 
Earlier, too, HAL has contributed to India’s space programmes such as “ISRO’s Mars Mission” by providing Satellite Structure, Propellant Tankages and supplied thirteen types of riveted structural assemblies, seven types of welded propellant tankages which include the cryogenic liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen tanks and cryogenic stage structures for GSLV D5. 
 
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CCEA approves financial assistance for revival of ITI Limited

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the revival plan of ITI Limited based on the recommendations of the Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprise (BRPSE).
 
The revival plan will be supported through financial restructuring by fund infusion of Rs. 4156.79 crore, an official press release said.
 
The CCEA has also approved regular monitoring of the implementation of the revival plan to be done by suitable committees which will be constituted at the Corporate level and unit level in ITI and by an apex committee to be chaired by Secretary (T), Department of Telecommunication.
 
Out of Rs. 4156.79 crore, capital grant of Rs. 2264 crore will be given in the form of equity for project implementation (CAPEX) for upgrading manufacturing infrastructure at various units and for new projects, the release said.
 
The balance amount of Rs. 1892.79 crore will be financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid for statutory liabilities and other commitments made by ITI such as redemption of preferential share capital of BSNL/MTNL, arrears due to 1997 pay revision, VRS, establishment cost during the implementation of revival plan and waiver of government guarantee fee. 
 
The revival plan is expected to be implemented over a period of 18 months. With the cleaning of the balance sheet to a certain extent, ITI will be able to raise resources for their operations and compete in the market. Further with upgrading of the manufacturing infrastructure at its plants, ITI will be able to manufacture new technology products in telecom / diversified fields and able to increase its market share., it said.
 
ITI Ltd., earlier known as Indian Telephone Industries Limited, was established in 1948 and was incorporated in 1950 under the then Mysore Companies Act, 1938 and later converted as the first PSU of the country to assist the Government in the sensitive and strategic telecommunication field. 
 
The Government of India holds majority equity stake in the company. The company was referred to the BIFR in 2004-05 and declared a sick company. 
 
The revival plan of ITI Ltd. is based on the improvement of its core competency in electronic/telecom equipment manufacturing by upgrading manufacturing infrastructure at all its manufacturing units and to simultaneously diversify into service projects (National Population Register, Data Centre, optical fiber laying projects, AMC business and so on). It is also involved in smart card manufacturing, solar panel manufacturing, battery manufacturing and LED product manufacturing to make each unit of ITI a separate profit centre and sustain profitability independently. 
 
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India's Mars Orbiter spacecraft to complete 100 days in space on Wednesday

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India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft, Mangalyaan, which is now on a 300-day journey to the Red Planet, will complete 100 days in space tomorrow.
 
Mangalyaan, which is India's first interplanetary probe, was launched by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25) at 1438 hours on November 5, 2013 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on India's east coast.
 
Subsequent to six orbit raising manoeuvres around the Earth following the launch, the Trans Mars Injection (TMI) Manoeuvre on December 1, 2013 gave the necessary thrust to the spacecraft to escape from Earth and to initiate the journey towards Mars, in a helio-centric orbit. 
 
In this long journey, the spacecraft has to travel 680 million km, out of which a travel of 190 million km has been completed so far.
 
The First Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre (TCM) was conducted on December 11, 2013.  The trajectory of the spacecraft, till today, is as expected, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said today. Three more TCM operations are planned around April, August and September this year.
 
An ISRO press release said the health of the spacecraft is normal. It is being continuously monitored by the ground station of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), located at Byalalu, near Bangalore.  
 
Except for a 40-minute break in the telemetry data received from the spacecraft to the ground station, data has been continuously available for all the 100 days, it said.
 
The propulsion system of the spacecraft is configured for TCMs and the Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI) Operation. On February 6, all the five payloads on the spacecraft were switched on to check their health.
 
"The health parameters of all the payloads are normal. Presently, the spacecraft is at a radio distance of 16 million km causing a one-way communication delay of approximately 55 seconds. After travelling the remaining distance of about 490 million km over the next 210 days, the spacecraft would be inserted into the Martian orbit on September 24, 2014," it said.
 
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KRSMA Estates announces entry into Indian wine market

One of the vineyards of KRSMA Estates in the Hampi Hills area of Karnataka.
One of the vineyards of KRSMA Estates in the Hampi Hills area of Karnataka.
KRSMA Estates, founded by Krishna Prasad and Uma Chigurupati, Managing Directors of the  Rs 1200 crore Hyderabad based pharma company Granules India, has formally announced its entry into the Indian wine market, with the launch of its first range of super-premium boutique wines.
 
The launch by KRSMA Estates has been much awaited ever since it created a history of sorts by bagging a double gold for its ‘Chardonnay 2013' and a gold for ‘Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, besides a silver for its 'Sauvignon Blanc 2013', at the ‘China Wine & Spirits Award 2013’. 
 
The company had also received good reviews from connoisseurs at the World Wine Symposium in November 2013, a press release from the company said.
 
KRSMA Estates has launched the Chardonnay 2013, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Sangiovese 2012 and Sauvignon Blanc 2012 priced at a range from Rs.750 to Rs.1500/bottle. Only 2000 cases of the wine have been produced, which will be available in the Bangalore market initially, before KRSMA forays into other domestic markets like Delhi and Goa as well as international markets this year, the release said.
 
KRSMA has partnered with outlets such as Madhuloka Liquor Boutique, Drops, Classic Alcobev, Dewar Wines and Cyber Wines to retail its first range and will soon be available at restaurants and hotels across the city, it said.
 
Mr Prasad and Ms Chigurupati have invested close to Rs 7 crores, ever since they forayed into the wine business and started KRSMA Estates in 2007. Majority of this has been in establishing a 170 acre vineyard, of which 45 acres are cultivated, with 30 acres yielding and a 80,000 litre high-end boutique winery, located 70 km from Hampi, so that the wines can be hand-crafted from vineyard to winery. 
 
They have also invested significantly in other aspects of production including importing equipment and machinery, packaging materials such as bottles from France and labels from Australia.
 
“Despite having emerged almost two decades back, Indian wines have not appealed to the global palate and have been struggling to create a place for themselves on the international wine map. With KRSMA estates, we aim to fill this gap and cater to a growing audience of discerning wine lovers and connoisseurs who have experienced some of the best brands from around the world. KRSMA will be amongst the first Indian wines that will cater to the tastes of a globally exposed audience and the international awards and response at global wine fairs reiterates our firm belief," Mr Prasad said.
 
"We have crushed five harvests since we established the vineyard way back in 2007, and winery in 2010, but this is the first time it will be available on shelves. A combination of iron-rich schist type soil, minimal rainfall, and cool night-time temperatures during ripening, provides us with flavoursome grapes; the most essential component for making good wine. We truly believe that good wine is first made in the vineyard. We want to place Hampi Hills on the world map and gain recognition for India as a producer of high quality wines,"  Ms Chigurupati added.
 
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The release quoted a Technopak report which said that the overall Indian wine market could be estimated at 9.75 lakh cases or Rs 175 crores at wholesale price. 
 
Though low penetration has resulted in low per capita consumption, the market is steadily growing at a CAGR of 20-25%. India’s wine consumption has increased drastically and it constitutes 45% of sales of alcohol in India. 
 
Domestic and imported markets account for 70% and 30% respectively. While imported wines have traditionally managed to attract customers, a slew of Indian winemakers and national brands are catching up.
 
Karnataka grows over 3,30,000 tonnes of grapes, produces 3.5 million litres of wine annually and has over 17 wineries. Karnataka comes second in the list of wine producers and Bangalore is third in the list of wine drinkers, after Delhi and Mumbai, it added.
 
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Sharma assures UAE its investors' legal interests will be protected

 
Union Minister of Commerce & Industry Anand Sharma today assured the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that the Government of India was addressing legacy issues faced by some of its companies such as Etisalat, Taqa, DP World and Emaar.
 
"We will do the best under the circumstances to protect the legal interests of the UAE investors, without violating any judicial orders," he said at a bilateral meeting with UAE Minister of Economy Sultan bin Sayeed Al Mansouri on the sidelines of the Partnership Summit 2014 at Bangalore.
 
An official press release said both leaders also discussed follow-up action on decisions taken during the inaugural meeting of the India-UAE High Level Task Force on Investment (HLTFI).
 
He told the UAE Minister that, as a follow-up action of that meeting, a bilateral agreement was signed in December 2013. 
 
Working Groups on seven themes -- Infrastructure, Investment & Trade, Energy, Manufacturing & Technology, Aviation, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Legacy Issues -- had been constituted by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion. 
 
All the Working Groups except the one on ICT have met and submitted their recommendations. 
 
The task force is co-chaired by Mr Sharma and Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. It was established in April 2012 as a platform to address mutual issues associated with existing investments between the two countries and to promote and facilitate investments between the two countries. 
 
Mr Sharma said it was now an opportune time for a visit by Sheikh Hamed for the second meeting of HLTFI in Mumbai. He formally invited Sheikh Hamed for the meeting to be held by the end of February 2014. 
 
The total trade between India and UAE crossed $75 billion in 2012-2013, the release added.
 
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Biocon collaborates with Advaxis for cancer immunotherapy

Biocon Biopharmaceuticals facility at Biocon Park, Bangalore.
Biocon Biopharmaceuticals facility at Biocon Park, Bangalore.
Biotechnology major Biocon Limited today said it had entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Advaxis, Inc., for co-development and commercialization of ADXS-HPV, a novel cancer immunotherapy for the treatment of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cervical cancer in women, for India and key emerging markets.
 
The Princeton, New Jersey-based Advaxis is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing the next generation of cancer immunotherapies. 
 
As per the agreement, Biocon will also have access to Advaxis’ innovative and proprietary immunotherapy technology that can be leveraged for the development of other novel therapeutics for various unmet medical needs, a press release from the company said.
 
“Biocon is committed to finding solutions for women’s health issues. This partnership will enable us to develop ADXS–HPV, a novel immunotherapy to combat cervical cancer in women. It is a promising technology that has the ability to suppress the tumor inside the micro-environment, and can be leveraged for developing several other novel therapeutics to address various unmet medical needs of patients in India and other emerging markets," Biocon Chairperson and Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw said.
 
“We are excited to partner with Biocon, one of the world's leading biotechnology companies and the largest biotechnology company in India to bring our innovative cancer immunotherapy for cervical cancer to women with few alternatives,” said Daniel J. O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer of Advaxis. “This agreement gives us reach into key markets where the number of patients with HPV-associated cancers is overwhelming.”
 
Dr. Abhijit Barve, President of Research & Development at Biocon said, “The clinical data generated so far with ADXS-HPV look very encouraging in patients with advanced metastatic disease who were resistant or refractory to existing therapies. The clinical responses were comparable to prevalent chemotherapy agents and this was achieved with very low incidence of adverse events. Hence ADXS-HPV is likely to offer patients a safe and effective alternate to chemotherapeutic agents.”
 
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According to the release, cervical cancer is one of the most frequent cancers in women in India. Over 366 million women of the age of over 15 years, are at a risk of developing cervical cancer. It is estimated that every year over 134,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in India and nearly 73,000 die from this disease. 
 
Approximately 7.9% of women in general are estimated to harbor cervical HPV infection at a given time, and 82.5% of invasive cervical cancers are attributed to high-risk HPV strains, the release said.
 
According to WHO, in 2008, there were over 530,000 new cases of cervical cancer worldwide, 90% of which were reported in developing countries. 
 
While globally there were over 300,000 deaths, the African region recorded over 50,000 deaths and Asian countries reported over 150,000 deaths for the year.
 
"ADXS-HPV has the potential to address this huge challenge in the developing world," the release said.
 
Under the terms of the agreement, Advaxis will provide exclusive commercialization rights for ADXS-HPV to Biocon for India, and key emerging markets for all HPV-associated cancers. Advaxis will manufacture and supply ADXS-HPV to Biocon.
 
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Volvo bus fire: AP police arrest 4 employees of Bangalore travel firm

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The Andhra Padesh Police's Crime Investigation Department (CID) today said it had arrested four employees of Jabbar Travels, a private firm in Bangalore, in connection with the fire on one of its Volvo buses which killed 45 people, including an infant, on October 30 last year.
 
Additional Director General of Police (CID) T Krishna Prasad said that, during the course of investigations, a CID team had visited Bangaloe and arrested the four employees -- Syed Akram Ahmad, Shabbir Khan, Amanulah Khan and Mohammed Rafeeq -- who are being forwarded to judicial custody.
 
The bus was on a journey from Bangalore to Hyderabad when it hit a culvert in the median near Palem village in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh around 5 am on October 30 and burst into flames when its diesel tank was ruptured in the impact of the crash.
 
The bus, which belonged to Jabbar Travels, was said to be carrying about 52 people, including its driver and cleaner. There were six survivors, including the driver and the cleaner.
 
On the next day, the driver of the bus, Fairoz Basha, and Shakeen Jabbar, owner of the firm, were arrested and sent to judicial custody.
 
Mr Prasad said the CID investigation was based on a multi-disciplinary approach to examine the criminal culpability of, among others, Volvo, the manufacturers of the bus, and its distributors, the owners of the bus, the RTA authorities in Bangalore who gave the permit, the RTA authorities in Hyderabad, the bus operator, the National Highway authorities, and the National Highway contractors.
 
From the available evidence, the CID will slap relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act and the Indian Penal Code against the accused, he added.
 
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ISRO completes orbit raising manoeuvres on GSAT-14

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Scientists of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully completed the third and final orbit raising operation of its communication satellite GSAT-14 from the Master Control Facility at Hassan near here yesterday.
 
ISRO said the apogee motor was fired for 172 seconds and the east and west antennae of the satellite had been deployed successfully at 0918 hours and 1130 hours, respectively, yesterday.
 
The realised orbit is 35,462 km (perigee) by 35,742 km (apogee) with an inclination of 0.25 degree, it said.
 
Earlier, ISRO had carried out the first orbit raising operation on January 6 and the second on January 9.
 
With this, all the orbit raising manoeuvres for GSAT-14 have been successfully completed. 
 
The satellite is slowly being drifted to its designated orbital slot of 74 deg E. It will reach there on January 18, ISRO sources added.
 
GSAT-14 was injected into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) on January 5 by India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5), powered by an indigenous cryogenic upper stage (CUS).
 
The launch, in near perfect conditions, took place from the second launch pad at the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, near Chennai on the east coast, at 1618 hours on Monday.
 
The successful launched marked the success of twenty years of efforts by India to develop the cryogenic technology indigenously.
 
The cryogenic engine, developed after two decades of work by scientists and engineers of ISRO on this complex technology, is crucial for putting communication satellites heavier than two tonnes into GTO.
 
GSAT-14 will help provide many satellite-based communication services to the country, including tele-education and telemedicine. 
 
It is the 23rd geostationary communication satellite of India built by ISRO.  Four of GSAT-14’s predecessors were launched by GSLV during 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007, respectively.
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After its commissioning, GSAT-14 will join the group of India’s nine operational geostationary satellites.
 
The main objectives of GSAT-14 mission are to augment the in-orbit capacity  of extended C and Ku-band transponders and to provide a platform for new experiments.
 
Some of the new experiments flown on GSAT-14 are: Fiber Optic Gyro, Active Pixel Sun Sensor, Ka band beacon propagation studies and  Thermal control coating experiments.
 
GSAT-14 will be co-located with  INSAT-3C, INSAT-4CR and KALPANA-1 satellites. The 12 communication transponders onboard GSAT-14 will further augment the capacity in the INSAT/GSAT system, ISRO added.
 
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Sholay's Gabbar Singh's backstory explored in new comics, mobile shorts

Graphic India and Sholay Media and Entertainment have announced that, for the first time, fans of the epic film Sholay will now get to experience a new graphic novel interpretation of the backstory of one of Indian cinema's legendary villains, Gabbar Singh.
 
The comic book will imagine the legend of the infamous bandit, who has captivated audiences for more than three decades.
 
It journeys into his past and looks at the "tragic and twisted" story of revenge and redemption that turned an ordinary boy into India's most famous and feared villain.
 
A press release from Graphic India said the new graphic novel, titled "Gabbar", would be on sale in January across all major bookstores in India through its Indian publishing partner, Westland Tata.
 
In addition to the book, a motion comic episodic series of the same story will be released in English and Hindi exclusively across mobile devices, it said.
 
The release said that also included in the graphic novel is a series of “Sholay Shorts,” featuring all-new, original short stories based on characters from the movie including Thakur Baldev Singh, Soorma Bhopali, Sambha and more,  done in different artistic styles by creators across the country.
 
Graphic India recruited leading Indian artists and writers for the comics including, Saurav Mohapatra, Jeevan J. Kang, Edison George, Saumin Patel, Ashwin Pande and many more for the project.
 
Sascha Sippy, Chairman of Sholay Media and Entertainment said, “Gabbar Singh is without a doubt India’s most remembered cinematic character. The plans for Sholay moving forward in this space are immense! Our partnership with Graphic India has allowed some of India’s leading artists and writers the chance to reimagine the origins and characters of Sholay in new and exciting ways for comic books."
 
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“India’s greatest and most frequently quoted villain, Gabbar Singh, will finally have his own comic book,” Mr Sharad Devarajan, co-founder and CEO of Graphic India, said.
 
“Sholay is known and beloved by potentially hundreds of millions of people across the country and remains the quintessential film to define Bollywood cinema. We are thrilled to be working with Sholay Media and Entertainment to take these iconic characters into exciting new stories through comics and digital shorts for the first time," he said.
 
In addition to Gabbar, Graphic India is also releasing, “Sholay: The Graphic Novel,” which is the official graphic novel adaptation of the original film, retelling the epic story.
 
The novel tells the classic story of Thakur's quest for revenge against the bloodthirsty and maniacal "daaku", Gabbar Singh, and the bond of friendship between Jai and Veeru. 
 
Graphic India is a character entertainment company focused on creating leading characters, comics and stories through mobile and digital platforms.  Founded by media entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman, it is owned by U.S. comic book company, Liquid Comics and CA Media LP, the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group, LLC (TCG).
 
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ISRO completes first orbit raising operation of GSAT-14

 
Scientists of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully completed the first orbit-raising operation of its communication satellite GSAT-14 from the Master Control Facility at Hassan near here yesterday.
 
ISRO said the liquid engine on board the satellite was fired for 3,134 seconds during the operation.
 
"After the operation, expected perigee is 8,843 km, apogee is 35745 km and inclination is 7.44 degrees," it said.
 
The remaining two orbit raising manoeuvres are slated for today and January 9 to place the satellite in geostationary orbit.
 
GSAT-14 was injected into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) on January 5 by India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5), powered by an indigenous cryogenic upper stage (CUS).
 
The launch, in near perfect conditions, took place from the second launch pad at the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh, near Chennai on the east coast, at 1618 hours on Monday.
 
The succsessful launched marked the success of twenty years of efforts by India to develop the cryogenic technology indigenously.
 
The cryogenic engine, developed after two decades of work by scientists and engineers of ISRO on this complex technology, is crucial for putting communication satellites heavier than two tonnes into GTO.
 
GSAT-14 will help provide many satellite-based communication services to the country, including tele-education and telemedicine. 
 
It is the 23rd geostationary communication satellite of India built by ISRO.  Four of GSAT-14’s predecessors were launched by GSLV during 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007, respectively.
 
After its commissioning, GSAT-14 will join the group of India’s nine operational geostationary satellites.
 
The main objectives of GSAT-14 mission are to augment the in-orbit capacity  of extended C and Ku-band transponders and to provide a platform for new experiments.
 
Some of the new experiments flown on GSAT-14 are: Fiber Optic Gyro, Active Pixel Sun Sensor, Ka band beacon propagation studies and  Thermal control coating experiments.
 
GSAT-14 will be positioned at 74 deg East longitude and co-located with  INSAT-3C, INSAT-4CR and KALPANA-1 satellites. The 12 communication transponders onboard GSAT-14 will further augment the capacity in the INSAT/GSAT system, ISRO added.
 
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India's GSLV-D5 with indigenous cryogenic engine to be launched on Sunday

India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, which will flight test the indigenous cryogenic upper stage again after a failure nearly three years ago, is slated to lift off on Sunday from the Sriharikota spaceport with the aim of injecting the 1982 kg communication satellite GSAT-14 into a geosynchronous transfer orbit.

ISRO begins countdown for launch of GSLV-D5
India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5), which will flight test the indigenous cryogenic upper stage (CUS) again after a failure nearly three years ago, is slated to lift off this afternoon from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh with the aim of injecting the 1982 kg communication satellite GSAT-14 into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO).
 
The cryogenic engine, developed after 20 years of work by scientists and engineers of ISRO on this complex technology, is crucial for putting communication satellites heavier than two tonnes into GTO.
 
The 29-hour countdown began at 1118 hours yesterday and the launch is scheduled at 1618 hours today.
 
Preparations for GSLV-D5 Second Stage (GS2) propellant filling operation commenced at 1148 hours yesterday and completed in about six hours,  Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) sources said.
 
Propellant filling operations of GSLV-D5 strap-ons began yesterday and were completed this morning. Preparations for propellant filling operations of the cryogenic stage were in progress, they said.
 
The Mission Readiness Review (MRR) team and the Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) had, on December 28,  cleared the GSLV-D5/GSAT-14 launch.  
The vehicle was moved from the vehicle assembly building to the umbilical tower (the launch pad) that morning.
 
The launch was earlier scheduled for August 19 but was called off on that day due to a technical probem.
 
A press release from ISRO on that date had said the launch was called off because a leak was observed in the UH25 fuel system of the liquid second stage during the pre-launch pressurisation phase on the vehicle, just two hours before the scheduled lift-off.
 
This will be the eighth flight of GSLV and its fourth developmental flight.  
 
The first flight test of the indigenous CUS on GSLV-D3 had ended up as a failure on April 15, 2010 when it deviated from its path and splashed into the sea.
 
GSLV-D3 would have put the 2200 kg GSAT-4, an experimental advanced technology communication satellite that carried communication and navigation payloads, into GTO.
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On December 25, 2010, India's space programme suffered yet another setback when the launch of GSLV-FO6, meant to place its heaviest communication satellite GSAT-5P in orbit, failed when the rocket exploded within a minute after lift-off from Sriharikota.
 
Less than a minute after lift-off, the launch vehicle developed a snag in its first stage and, as scientists at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) watched in disbelief, exploded into flames.
 
The launch vehicle was meant to inject the 2310 kg GSAT-5P into GTO.
 
On May 12 last year, ISRO successfully conducted the acceptance test of the indigenous cryogenic engine for the GSLV-D5 flight for 200 seconds. The test was conducted at the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) test facilities at Mahendragiri. The performance of the engine was as predicted, an ISRO press release had said at that time.
 
ISRO sources said that, after reaching GTO, GSAT-14 will use its own propulsion system to reach its geostationary orbital home and will be stationed at 74º East longitude. GSAT-14 will help provide many satellite-based communication services to the country including tele-education and telemedicine. 
 
The mission will be launched from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan  Space  Centre at Sriharikota (SDSC SHAR). The flight duration of GSLV-D5 is 17 min 8 sec.
 
The 49.13 metre GSLV-D5 will have a lift-off mass of 414.75 tonnes and a lift-off thrust of 6773 kilo Newton. It will target an orbit with perigee of 180 ± 5 km and apogee of 35975 ± 675 km with an inclination of 19.3 ± 0.1 deg.
 
According to ISRO, GSLV is a three-stage launch vehicle with solid, liquid and cryogenic stages. It is designed to inject 2 Ton class of communication satellites into GTO. The four liquid L40 strap-ons as well as the second stage of GSLV use storable liquid propellants. 
 
GSLV-D5 vehicle is configured with its first and second stages similar to the ones flown during earlier GSLV missions. The third stage is the indigenous cryogenic stage. The metallic payload fairing with a diameter of 3.4 metre is adopted for GSLV-D5.
 
ISRO sources explained that a cryogenic rocket stage is more efficient and provides more thrust for every kilogram of propellant it burns compared to solid and earth-storable liquid propellant rocket stages. Specific impulse (a measure of the efficiency) achievable with cryogenic propellants (liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen) is much higher compared to earth storable liquid and solid propellants, giving it a substantial payload advantage. 
 
However, cryogenic stage is technically a very complex system compared to solid or earth-storable liquid propellant stages due to its use of propellants at extremely low temperatures and the associated thermal and structural problems. 
 
According to them, oxygen liquefies at  –183 deg C and hydrogen at –253 deg C. The propellants, at these low temperatures, are to be pumped using turbo pumps running at around 40,000 rpm. It also entails complex ground support systems like propellant storage and filling systems, cryo engine and stage test facilities, transportation and handling of cryo fluids and related safety aspects.
 
ISRO’s Cryogenic Upper Stage Project (CUSP) envisaged the design and development of the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage to replace the stage procured from Russia and used in GSLV flights. The main engine and two smaller steering engines of CUS together develop a nominal thrust of 73.55 kN in vacuum. 
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During the flight, CUS fires for a nominal duration of 720 seconds. Liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid hydrogen (LH2) from the respective tanks are fed by individual booster pumps to the main turbopump to ensure a high flow rate of propellants into the combustion chamber. Thrust control and mixture ratio control are achieved by two independent regulators. Two gimbaled steering engines provide for control of the stage during its thrusting phase.
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The sources said that, based on its performance during the earlier missions, end-to-end design of GSLV as well as indigenous cryogenic stage systems have been re-examined and some new features introduced. In addition, indigenisation  of many critical systems has been accomplished, they said.
 
GSAT-14 is the 23rd geostationary communication satellite of India built by ISRO.  Four of GSAT-14’s predecessors were launched by GSLV during 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007, respectively. After its commissioning, GSAT-14 will join the group of India’s nine operational geostationary satellites.
 
The main objectives of GSAT-14 mission are to augment the in-orbit capacity  of extended C and Ku-band transponders and to provide a platform for new experiments.
 
Some of the new experiments that will be flown on GSAT-14 are: Fiber Optic Gyro, Active Pixel Sun Sensor, Ka band beacon propagation studies and  Thermal control coating experiments.
 
GSAT-14 will be positioned at 74 deg East longitude and co-located with  INSAT-3C, INSAT-4CR and KALPANA-1 satellites. The 12 communication transponders onboard GSAT-14 will further augment the capacity in the INSAT/GSAT system, ISRO added.
 
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Infosys appoints B G Srinivas, U B Pravin Rao as Presidents

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IT services major Infosys has appointed Mr. B. G. Srinivas and Mr. U. B. Pravin Rao as Presidents of the Company, reporting to Mr. S. D. Shibulal, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director.
 
These appointments are effective immediately, a press release from the company said here yesterday.
 
It said the business portfolios will be realigned under the two Presidents. In addition, Mr. Srinivas will focus on global markets and Mr. Rao will focus on global delivery and service innovation.
 
According to the release, Financial Services, Insurance, Manufacturing, Engineering Services, Energy & Communications, Infosys Public Services, Infosys Lodestone, Strategic Global Sourcing, Marketing and Alliances will report to Mr. Srinivas.
 
Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods and Logistics, Life Sciences, Resources & Utilities, Services, Growth Markets, Cloud & Mobility, Quality & Productivity and Infosys Leadership Institute will report to Mr. Rao.
 
The release said that, in view of these changes, the Executive Council, as a forum, will cease to exist with effect from April 1, 2014.
 
“These changes will further enhance our focus on deepening client relationships, increasing market share, creating service differentiation through innovation and agility in execution," Mr Shibulal said.
 
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India's navigation system GAGAN certified for RNP0.1 operations

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India has provisionally certified the country's ambitious Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) programme –  GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system – to RNP0.1 (Required Navigation Performance, 0.1 Nautical Mile) service level.
 
The certification, done on December 30, 2013, will enable aircraft fitted with SBAS equipment to use GAGAN signal in space for en route navigation and non-precision approaches without vertical guidance over Indian air space.
 
India is the fourth country to offer safety of life, space-based satellite navigation services to the aviation sector in the world.
 
The availability of GAGAN Signal in space will bridge the gap between European Union’s EGNOS and Japan’s MSAS coverage areas, thereby offering seamless navigation to the aviation industry, a press release from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
 
The GAGAN System, jointly developed by ISRO and Airports Authority of India (AAI), is a giant leap forward in the development of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) services in India and will pave the way for more growth and enhancement in the days to come, it said.
 
The GAGAN System is poised to achieve APV1/1.5 level of certification in the near future to offer precision approach services over the Indian land mass. 
 
The GAGAN signal is being broadcast through two Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites – GSAT8 and GSAT10 – covering the whole Indian Flight Information Region (FIR) and beyond. An on-orbit spare GAGAN transponder will be flown on GSAT-15, the release added.
 
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Yeddyurappa returns to BJP, merges his KJP with it

File photo of former Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa.
File photo of former Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa.
Thirteen months after he snapped his four-decade-old link with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a bitter and emotional parting of ways, former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa returned to the BJP and merged his Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) with it here today.
 
The announcement by Mr Yeddyurappa, 70, came after a delegation of Karnataka BJP leaders met him here today and formally invited him back to the party.
 
"We have decided to merge KJP with BJP," he told journalists, with senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar, once seen as his bitter rival, and state BJP chief Prahlad Joshi by his side.
 
Sources in the two parties said the formalities of the merger would be completed within three or four days.
 
Mr Yeddyurappa is perceived to be close to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his return to the party was widely expected after the latter was named by the BJP as its Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
 
Mr Yeddyurappa belongs to the influential Lingayat community and had led the BJP to its first victory in a southern state when he formed the government in Karnataka six years ago.
 
"I whole-heartedly welcome Yeddyurappa to BJP, and together, from tomorrow itself we will travel the entire state and rebuild the confidence among the workers of both the parties," Mr Joshi said.
 
Efforts to bring the two parties together had gathered pace after they suffered a defeat in the May 8 Assembly elections, which saw the Congress return to power.
 
Mr Yeddyurappa, who was Chief Minister for 38 months, had been asked by the BJP leadership to quit afer he was indicted by the state Lokayukta in an alleged mining scam.
 
He claimed he had been assured that he would be made the Chief Minister again after he got relief from the court in the mining scam case and that the party leadership did not honour their promise. 
 
"They deceived me," he said on November 30, 2012 when he quit the party finally.
 
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