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Keep On Moving, Keep On Moving

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Today we celebrate the Engineers’ Day in India – it is the day to honour and cherish the memory of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, who was popular as Sir MV. He was a civil engineer and Diwan of the erstwhile Mysore State from 1912 to 1919. He received India’s highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955. Newsroom24x7 is marking this day by saluting Tapan Misra, the renowned distinguished scientist who has contributed immensely to India’s space programme. He would have been a huge asset for the nation and coming generations if he had headed the country’s space administration but destiny has something else in store for him, he loves his status as guru for the young minds and future scientists. Tapan is a great motivator, leader of men, innovator, inventor, scientist par excellence, visionary and an ideal teacher. We are reproducing below a piece from his facebook wall.

“चरैवेति चरैवेति”

“Charaiveti, Charaiveti” – Keep On Moving, Keep On Moving

Tapan Misra

Tapan Misra with Sunita Williams, Indian born Space Shuttle astronaut in a reception by Indian Ambassador in US in July 2012

I reached a point in scientific career, where feathers on our hats, do not mean much. However, I am delighted to share my recent patent which makes me feel proud. All my other patents concern microwave and sensor system technology and related signal processing methods and algorithms. But this patent is on hyperspectral data compression and representation, quite alien to my expertise.

Tapan Misra with NASA Administrator, acclaimed astronaut and former Space Shuttle Commander, Charles Bolden, who visited SAC in 2013 to specifically visit the lab where RISAT could be built at so much economical cost under leadership of Tapan Misra

Of late, I realised the biggest bottleneck in utilising hyperspectral imaging data is the data cube representation in X, Y and wavelength axes. For common users, the very sight of cube is enough to kill any interest. Our algorithm has two variants. The first one concerns significant data compression which can be implemented on board with little loss in data. This make high resolution, wide swath imaging quite feasible, from data transmission point of view. Other variant is more attractive to me, which allows single pixel classification, enabling representation of the potential of hyperspectral data in 2D format, a more understandable representation. My co inventor Litu did lot of analysis of performance of the algorithm over large datasets, enabling refinement with maturity of our understanding.

This algorithm can be tweaked for various applications with data series, like stock market variation over time, time series of weather data and many more things.

What mattered was that this work I indulged in at a particular low point of my career where management decisions were at variance with my technical contributions and merit.

Still, being seasoned administrator, I knew that emotional pain of any unfortunate decision is immediate, but merit of decision can only be understood with passage of time. My apprehension about rightness of the said decision came out correct with passage of time.

When many youngsters used to confront me about undesirability of the said situation, I used to console them that my experience says that technical contributions should not be held prisoner to certain unfortunate decisions or happenings, born out of certain misgivings either personal or professional or ignorance or jealousy or mix of any combination of all these factors. In those situations I get satisfaction that I must have done something really good to the people or organisation to deserve this in return.

Unfortunately in our scientific institutions, mortality of brain hits quite early, in late forties or early fifties. In the same period, gravitational attraction to chairs, cushioned or not, increases in same proportion. More brain deficient you are, more is your craving for chair. This craving turns many big men in science to behave ludicrously and some times viciously. As they cease to contribute intellectually, only achievement they long, is to occupy a chair at any cost. At the end of the day you are respected for your contributions rather than the number of chairs you warmed. The only way out of this vicious circle, to be alive mentally, is to keep contributing intellectually, as exemplified in the great aphorism of Aitareya Brahmana :

“चरैवेति चरैवेति” (“Charaiveti, Charaiveti” – Keep On Moving, Keep On Moving)

Tapan Misra is a distinguished scientist with Department of Space and a trailblazer, who is respected globally for his immense contribution to India’s space programme.

94,372 new COVID cases reported in India in 24 hours

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New Delhi: 94,372 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. Of this, Maharashtra alone has more than 22,000 cases followed by Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka with more than 9,000 cases each.

Nearly 57% of the new cases are reported from five States. These are also contributing 58% of the new recovered cases.

The total number of active cases in the country stands at 9,73,175 as on date.

Maharashtra has more than 2,80,000 cases followed by Karnataka with more than 97,000 cases.

Five states account for 60% of Total Active cases in the country viz. Maharashtra (28.79%), Karnataka (10.05%), Andhra Pradesh (9.84%), Uttar Pradesh (6.98%) and Tamil Nadu (4.84%).

1,114 deaths have been registered in the past 24 hours. Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of 391 deaths followed by Karnataka with 94 deaths, whereas Tamil Nadu has reported 76 deaths.

India also continues to report high number of recoveries exceeding 70,000 every day. Focussed, collaborative, responsive & effective measures of early identification through high & aggressive testing, prompt surveillance & tracking coupled with standardised high quality clinical care have in tandem led to this result.

78,399 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country. With this, the total number of recoveries has touched 3,702,595 taking the Recovery Rate to77.88%.

58% of the new recovered cases are being reported from five States, viz. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. Maharashtra continues to lead with more than 13,000 recoveries while Andhra Pradesh has contributed more than 10,000 to the single day recoveries.

India lodges protest against massing of Chinese troops along LAC

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Meeting of EAM with the Chinese Foreign Minister
September 11, 2020

Moscow: India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM), Dr. S. Jaishankar, focused attention on the recent incidents in eastern Ladakh and said these have inevitably impacted the development of the bilateral relationship between India and China and reiterated the need for urgent resolution of the current situation in the interest of both nations.

Jaishankar made this clear during a detailed discussion with the State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi in Moscow on 10 September 2020 on the current tensions in the India-China border areas. The meeting lasted two and half hours.

​In the meeting, the Indian side highlighted its strong concern at the massing of Chinese troops with equipment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The presence of such large concentration of troops was not in accordance with the 1993 and 1996 Agreements and created flash points along the LAC. The Chinese side has not provided a credible explanation for this deployment. The provocative behavior of Chinese frontline troops at numerous incidents of friction along the LAC also showed disregard for bilateral agreements and protocols. The Indian side clearly conveyed that it expected full adherence to all agreements on management of border areas and would not countenance any attempt to change the status quo unilaterally. It was also emphasized that the Indian troops had scrupulously followed all agreements and protocols pertaining to the management of the border areas.

India made it clear that the immediate task is to ensure a comprehensive disengagement of troops in all the friction areas. That is necessary to prevent any untoward incident in the future. The final disposition of the troop deployment to their permanent posts and the phasing of the process is to be worked out by the military commanders.

Putting the diplomatic foot forward, Jaishankar underscored that since the resumption of Ambassadorial level relations in 1976 and holding of boundary talks since 1981, India-China relations have developed on a largely positive trajectory.

During the discussion with his Chinese counterpart, India’s MEA said India has kept in focus incidents from time to time while reiterating that peace and tranquility has largely prevailed in the border areas. As a result, India-China cooperation also developed in a broad range of domains, giving the relationship a more substantive character.

Jaishankar said the Indian side recognized that a solution to the boundary question required time and effort, it was also clear that the maintenance of peace and tranquility on the border areas was essential to the forward development of ties.

At the end of their discussions, the Ministers reached an agreement on five points that will guide their approach to the current situation.

China is escalating the situation on LAC

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New Delhi: China continues to undertake provocative activities to escalate the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

This has been underscored in categorical terms through an official statement issued by India’s Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday 8 September 2020.

While asserting India’s commitment to disengagement and de-escalation of the situation on the LAC, it has been emphasised by India that at no stage has the Indian Army transgressed across the LAC or resorted to use of any aggressive means, including firing.

India has made it amply clear “it is the PLA that has been blatantly violating agreements and carrying out aggressive manoeuvres, while engagement at military, diplomatic and political level is in progress.

On 7 September 2020, it was the PLA troops that were attempting to close-in with one of India’s forward positions along the LAC and when dissuaded by the Indian troops, PLA troops fired a few rounds in the air in an attempt to intimidate the Indian side. However, despite the grave provocation, the Indian troops exercised great restraint and behaved in a mature and responsible manner, India has pointed out to set the record straight.

While emphasising that the Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility, China has been told that India is also determined to protect its national integrity and sovereignty at all costs. The statement by the Western Theatre Command of China is an attempt to mislead their domestic and international audience.