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NASA TO USE CONVERTED BOMBERS TO CHASE TOTALITY

NASA TO USE CONVERTED BOMBERS TO CHASE TOTALITY

In a classic plowed sword movement, two WB-57 aircraft piloted by the air program in the air processed NASA salute the shadow of the moon as it rushes to the contiguous US states Monday, August 21 in a daring mission of the science.

“We are going to observe the total solar eclipse with two planes, each with visible infrared cameras that take high-definition video,” said researcher at the Southern Research Institute (SWRI) in the Amir Caspi project at Universe Today.

“This is going to be the observations of the highest quality to date (solar corona) of its kind, in search of a rapid dynamic movement in the solar corona.”

Total solar eclipses give researchers a unique opportunity to study the solar corona – the ghostly glow of the Sun’s outer atmosphere seen only during the whole.

NASA offers a battery experience during the eclipse, including plans to intercept the moon’s shadow using two planes near the largest screen point in Carbondale, Illinois. After leaving Ellington Field, near Houston, Texas, and operated by the NASA Johnson Space Flight Center, NASA is the only pending operator of the WB-57 aircraft.

Group photo of the NASA NB-57 fleet. Credit: NASA / Robert Markowitz
Flying at an altitude of 50,000 feet, the aircraft will intercept the 70-mile-wide shadow of the Moon. The shadow will move at 1400 miles per hour – twice the speed of sound – compared to the WB-57’s maximum aircraft speed at 470 miles per hour.

The flight extends the length of the screen from the 2 minute and 40 second views of the plant, up to a total of about 8 minutes between the two aircraft.

Both tactical bombers convert WB-57 Canberra follows the eclipse with dynamite (Night Airbourne Motion Imagery for terrestrial environments), two mounted tandem cardan 8.7-inch images, one for visible light and infrared. These are located on the nose of the plane and shoot at 30 frames per second.

This system was originally designed for about a decade to expel the United States space shuttle during re-entry after the Columbia disaster in 2003 and occasionally provided spectacular images SpaceX Falcon 9 Step 1 return during re-entry.

The solar corona is as bright as the full moon, and the team plans to make a “map” of the solar crown precisely in an effort to understand how the crown interacts with the solar photosphere and the chromosphere. Of particular interest is to understand how the energy of the waves and “nanoflares” heat the solar corona.

“What we expect to learn is what makes the crown so hot (with temperatures approaching a million degrees Celsius in general and regions from 4 to 10 million degrees Celsius above the sunspot regions, much Hotter than the dazzling photosphere) and keeps it under structure, “says Caspi.” Why do not we see a spiral disaster? “

Samsung Galaxy On Max quick review: Galaxy J7 Max version 2.0 for online buyers

Samsung Galaxy On Max quick review: Galaxy J7 Max version 2.0 for online buyers

Amsung launched the Galaxy J7 Max (and Pro J7 Galaxy), followed by the Galaxy Prime J5 last year (J7 and Galaxy Prime), India in June. The Galaxy J7 Max is part of the ever expanding universe of the Galaxy J Samsung series.

The Galaxy J7 Max, like all Samsung J Series phones, is only available offline. Just to make sure that online shoppers do not feel left out, Samsung has now launched the Galaxy is Max.

The Galaxy is Max, for all practical purposes, can be considered a Galaxy J7 Max 2.0 version for online shoppers. It is exclusively for your purchase in the Flipkart for Rs 16,900 Rs or 1 000 less than the original Galaxy J7 Max for obvious reasons.

One normal day, the Galaxy J7 Max happens as the Samsung series phone. But again, even the Samsung Series phones received a pretty drastic improvement over time, bringing it closer to the company’s S-line range.

Samsung has finally decided to give its J series, the accelerated procedure last year and with the Galaxy J7 Max, continued with the trend. The Galaxy is Max looks very similar to the Galaxy J7 Max, which means it looks (and feels) very high quality.

It is nice to see Samsung maintain a level of consistency in terms of design and construction materials in a large “chunks” of their phones that cost less than Rs 20,000, a segment that has seen Samsung make unique in full plastic mobile.

Like the Galaxy J7 Max, Max is the Galaxy also features an entirely metallic monocoque design – the upper and lower ends being plastic with polished metal finish to accommodate antennas – with a 2.5D glass curved forward.

It comes with front-mounted physical host buttons that work like a fingerprint scanner. Like the Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy One Max phablet is also a 5.7 inch.

The Galaxy Samsung Max is directly involved in the Moto G5 Plus, especially in the camera department

I know all metal means that the Galaxy In Max has a non-removable back cover and obviously a non-removable battery. This is nothing more than a small price to pay for what you get. Like the Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy’s Max also uses a 1080p display (IPS and not AMOLED), which should work for most users.

The phone has just the right amount of pixels, without having to go to the board, which means it is pleasantly sharp – if a little on the dark side – with good viewing angles. However, the screen is a bit reflective, which affects to a certain extent the external legibility.

In terms of hardware, the Galaxy En Max is powered by an Octa-Core MediaTek P25 Lite processor equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, also extensible. It runs the TouchWiz UI based on nougat, supports dual-SIM and 4G LTE (VoLTE compatible) connectivity.

Samsung is in charge of both functionalities, instead of three, to sell their new Galaxy phone is: Pay Mini, a camera that is – as it has an aperture of 1.7 – supposedly large in low light conditions and social camera.

While Samsung Pago Mini is compatible with Samsung Pago card for less credit / debit card, social camera is essentially a camera feature that allows users to beautify and filter on the fly while taking pictures and sharing them simultaneously on the media channels Social, from the application of the camera itself.

Dr Reddy’s Lab Q4 profit at Rs 312 crore

Dr Reddy’s Lab Q4 profit at Rs 312 crore

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has reported a three-fold increase in its consolidated net profit at Rs 312 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to `74 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. However, revenues declined by 5% to Rs 3,554 crore against Rs 3,756 crore due to price erosion in the US market, lower sales from its North American business and no new major launches. For the full year ended March, 2017, the net profit fell by 40% to `1,203 crore from `2,001 crore. The overall revenues were down by 9% at `14,080.9 crore as compared to Rs 15,470.8 crore in the previous year.Dr Reddy’s Laboratories a enregistré une augmentation de trois fois de son bénéfice net consolidé à Rs 312 crore pour le quatrième trimestre terminé le 31 mars 201El Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories ha informado de un aumento de tres veces en su beneficio neto consolidado en Rs 312 crore para el cuarto trimestre finalizado el 31 de marzo de 2017 en comparación con `74 crore en el trimestre correspondiente del año anterior. Sin embargo, los ingresos disminuyeron un 5% a Rs 3.554 crore contra Rs 3.756 crore debido a la erosión de precios en el mercado de EE.UU., menores ventas de su negocio de América del Norte y no nuevos lanzamientos importantes. Para el año completo finalizado en marzo de 2017, la ganancia neta cayó un 40% a `1,203 croreDr Reddy’s Laboratories has reported a three-fold increase in its consolidated net profit at Rs 312 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to `74 crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. However, revenues declined by 5% to Rs 3,554 crore against Rs 3,756 crore due to price erosion in the US market, lower sales from its North American business and no new major launches. For the full year ended March, 2017, the net profit fell by 40% to `1,203 crore from `2,001 crore. The overall revenues were down by 9% at `14,080.9 crore as compared to Rs 15,470.8 crore in the previous year.Dr Reddy’s Laboratories a enregistré une augmentation de trois fois de son bénéfice net consolidé à Rs 312 crore pour le quatrième trimestre terminé le 31 mars 201El Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories ha informado de un aumento de tres veces en su beneficio neto consolidado en Rs 312 crore para el cuarto trimestre finalizado el 31 de marzo de 2017 en comparación con `74 crore en el trimestre correspondiente del año anterior. Sin embargo, los ingresos disminuyeron un 5% a Rs 3.554 crore contra Rs 3.756 crore debido a la erosión de precios en el mercado de EE.UU., menores ventas de su negocio de América del Norte y no nuevos lanzamientos importantes. Para el año completo finalizado en marzo de 2017, la ganancia neta cayó un 40% a `1,203 crore de ‘2,001 crore. Los ingresos totales se redujeron en un 9% a `14.080,9 crore en comparación con Rs 15,470.8 crore en el año anterior.R Reddy’s Laboratories un aumento de tres veces publicado de su beneficio consolidado a Rs 312 crore para el último trimestre terminado el 31 de marzo 2017 comparativo a 74 crores en el correspondiente al año anterior. Sin embargo, los ingresos han disminuido de 5% por alcanzar 3 554 $ contra 3 336 crus suite a la erosión del precio del mercado americano, a la baja de las ventas de sus actividades en los Estados Unidos y la ausencia de nuevos lancements majeurs . Pour l’exercice terminé le mois de mars 2017, le bénéfice net a diminué de 40% à 1.203 crore par rapport à 2.001 crore. Los ingresos globales con un 9% a 14.080,9 crore par rapport à 15 470,8 crans Rs l’année précédente.7 comparativement à 74 crore au trimestre correspondant de l’année précédente. Toutefois, les revenus ont diminué de 5% pour atteindre 3 554 $ contre 3 336 crus suite à l’érosion des prix sur le marché américain, à la baisse des ventes de leurs activités nord-américaines et à l’absence de nouveaux lancements majeurs. Pour l’exercice terminé le mois de mars 2017, le bénéfice net a diminué de 40% à 1,203 crore par rapport à 2,001 crore. Les revenus globaux ont baissé de 9% à 14,080.9 crore par rapport à 15 470,8 crans Rs l’année précédente. de ‘2,001 crore. Los ingresos totales se redujeron en un 9% a `14.080,9 crore en comparación con Rs 15,470.8 crore en el año anterior.R Reddy’s Laboratories un aumento de tres veces publicado de su beneficio consolidado a Rs 312 crore para el último trimestre terminado el 31 de marzo 2017 comparativo a 74 crores en el correspondiente al año anterior. 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ARMY OFFICERS SAY COLONEL SUJEET BANERJEE MADE SEVERAL FUTILE ATTEMPTS TO ALERT COLONEL M.K. CHAKRABORTY OF THE IRREGULARITIES.

army’s attempt to replace its 1990s vintage imagery interpretation sys­tems that one officer terms “junk”. The blocked procurement pipeline is believed to now include a requirement for over 40 such systems, a glaring capability gap that has been repeat­edly flagged by army commanders in internal conferences.

One reason being given for the Col’s slow progress is the fact that Lt General Thakur, Major General Asija simply refused to join the probe. This left the court with no option but to issue arrest warrants against them. The warrants are with the district magistrates in Gurgaon and Noida where the two officers live after their retirement. The officers have so far refused to respond to the Col which was reconvened on June 23. Army officers say a fresh set of arrest warrants will now be served on them.

PAST IMPERFECT This is not Rolta’s first brush with controversy. In an April 2015 report, a California-based capital markets research firm, Glaucus Research Group, noted that “preponderance of evidence suggests that the vast majority of Rolta’s reported capital expendi­tures have been fabricated”. The report was an assessment of $500 million of junk bonds issued in the US market by Rolta’s Delaware subsidiary between 2013 and 2014 which had attracted inves- »- tors by offering tempting yields.

The group said that the IT firm’s reported spending in India was “dis­appearing into phantom prototypes, mysterious construction projects and computer systems of questionable authenticity and utility”.

It also flagged the fact that an ongoing Ministry of Defence inquiry had been omitted from its bond pro­spectuses, “which in our view is a material omission because the scan­dal could jeopardise future contracts with the Indian government. These incidents are further evidence of the lack of transparency or accountability at Rolta. ” Rolta has contested Glaucus’ findings, terming them “baseless”,

 

riddled with “factual errors” and “inaccuracies”. It referred to news reports cited by Glaucus of the defence ministry inquiry as making no express allegation or conclusion against the company or its officials. Accordingly, it is just an attempt to falsely imply the company’s complicity and impact its reputation, Rolta claimed.

The Col has photographs that show Colonel Chakraborty, director MI-17 and Colonel Banerjee’s boss, on a private holiday with Rolta execu­tives in 2009. Colonel Chakraborty did not return calls for comment.

Preliminary findings of the army Col seem to agree with what the MI

MI-17 DIRECTOR COLONEL M.K. CHAKRABORTY WITH ROLTA EXECUTIVES ON A HOLIDAY IN THAILAND, IN 2009

 

whistleblowers had said in their writ­ten complaints since 2011. The Col established contractual and financial discrepancies in the annual mainte­nance contracts concluded with Rolta after December 2008. Original con­tracts with Intergraph and Bentley and other third party software updates and upgrades were not pro­vided by Rolta despite the mandate for the supplier in the original contract. Rolta merged the costs of hardware and software in 2008, making it diffi­cult for the army to work out the loss to the exchequer due to the denial of software upgrades, officials familiar

 

with the Col say.

Company officials, however, strongly denied these findings. “Rolta has been providing comprehensive maintenance services to the Indian Army for two decades now and army users are completely satisfied with these services. There are no con­tractual and financial discrepancies in any annual maintenance contract with Rolta. In fact, army users have issued hundreds of letters appreciat­ing Rolta support services,” a compa­ny spokesperson said.

Rolta refutes it had withheld any deliverable that had been contracted for, a constant charge made by sever­al army whistleblowers. “Rolta provides comprehensive main­tenance services for integrated systems, as contracted,” the spokesperson told india today in a written response. “Rolta has met and exceeded all its contractual commitments, including supply of all software updates and upgrades. We categorically deny that Rolta has withheld or not provided any deliverable that has been contracted for.”

Responding to charges that it had pushed its software onto the Indian Army in the absence of competition from other soft­ware developers, the company spokesperson said that Rolta had followed due process in obtaining all required sanctions, its software had been tested by army users before induction by conducting an extensive pre­dispatch inspection and a joint receipt inspection, as per contractual provi­sions. “This software has been in sus­tained use at army formations for the last six-plus years and the company has received numerous appreciation letters from army user sites all over the country, which stand testimony to the quality of Rolta software and sup­port services.”

As the court of inquiry hurtles towards a long-awaited conclu­sion, the embattled whistleblowers in Military Intelligence hope to have proved them wrong.

ARMY SPOOKS UNDERTHESCANNER An army probe issues arrest warrants for two generals as it discovers discrepancies in a deal with a private firm. Result: No procurement of sensitive spying equipment.

 

By Sandeep Unnithan

Intelligence for refusing to join a two- year-old probe into irregularities in military intelligence procurements.n ongoing army investigation has revealed the complicity of army officials and irregulari­ties in a contract with a private sector software firm. The inquiry took a dramatic turn on June 5 this year, when a military court issued arrest warrants for former director general of military intelligence Lt General B.S. Thakur and Major General D.N. Asija (retired) of the Directorate of Military

The probe has simmered with­in the army for over two years. The army ordered a Court of Inquiry (Col) in 2013 after military intelligence offi­cials complained about irregularities in the procurement of satellite inter­pretation equipment from a Mumbai- based private sector software firm, Rolta India Limited.

The Ministry of Defence has placed
on hold a Rs 165-crore contract with Rolta to supply 27 Photogrammetry and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the army because of these complaints. The contract was to have been signed in 2011 but was stalled after the controversy broke out that year. The slow-moving probe has paralysed the army’s procurement of newer GI systems critical for process­ing spy imagery, say army officials. The

A ROLTA DISPLAY STALL AT THE DEFEXPO 2012 IN NEW DELHI


THE SLOW-MOVING PROBE HAS PARALYSED THE INDIAN ARMY’S

PROCUREMENT OF EQUIPMENT CRITICAL TO PROCESS SPY IMAGERY.

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The Col is looking into charges of irregularities in a Rs 165-crore deal for 27 spy satellite processing systems for military intelligence


army’s requirement for the systems is meanwhile mounting as old systems are in need of replacement.

Major General Asija’s refusal to join the probe, however, is curious given that he was one of the officers who recommended an inquiry in 2011. The inquiry conducted in Sena Bhawan by a brigadier-ranked offi­cer has, so far, established close links between the Directorate of Military Intelligence (MI) and Rolta.

The Col has not established any financial wrongdoing because the contract did not go through. It has, however, found certain procedural deviations where the Directorate of MI insisted, reportedly on specious grounds, that procuring systems from new vendors would create problems of interoperability and integration.

Lt General Thakur, who was DGMI between 2011 and 2013, let irregular­ities prevail in the directorate, army officials told india today. Lt General Thakur and Major General Asija did not return calls or messages seeking comment. Responding to a question­naire from india today, a Rolta spokes­person clarified that the company was not an accused in the army Col. The company strongly denied contractual and financial discrepancies in annual maintenance contracts and denied holding back contractual obliga­tions. “Rolta provides comprehensive maintenance services for integrated systems, as contracted,” said M.K.

 

Govind, senior divisional director, corporate marketing and sales, Rolta India Limited.

THE WHISTLEBLOWING SPOOK The controversy began in 2011 when a whistleblower in the MI directorate

IN THE DOCK

LTGEN B.S. THAKUR

Was direc­tor general military intelli­gence between 2011-2013 when the irregularities came to light. Served arrest warrant for not joining inquiry.

MAJOR GENERAL D.N. ASIJA

Was ADG military intel­ligence under Lt Gen Thakur, but one of the officers who ordered a probe. Served arrest warrant for not joining the inquiry.

detected irregularities in a Rs 165- crore contract for purchasing 27 mobile and static photogrammetry and GIS systems. The systems—for command and truck-mounted units for mobile formations—are used to create three-dimensional imag­es of ground data collected from spy satellites, drones and aircraft. These 3D images are laid over GIS software to create a digital library of military targets.

The case came to light quite by accident. Colonel Sujeet Banerjee was posted as officiating director of the Mi’s sensitive 17th directorate (MI-17) that dealt exclusively with spy imagery. He was a stand-in for Colonel M.K. Chakraborty who was away on a month’s leave. The directorate is the nodal agency for processing satellite photographs from various commands and sends it down to various army formations. MI-17 also receives spy imagery from the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) and the Defence Image Processing and Analysis Centre (DIPAC) within the Defence Intelligence Agency.

A majority of these imagery tasks were carried out by systems the army had procured for over Rs 500 crore from Rolta between 1996 and 2008. Colonel Banerjee found discrepancies in the annual maintenance contracts the army had signed with the firm. The software had been purchased from three foreign firms—Oracle,