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Bihar to use 3 satellites for ‘longest human chain’ imagery

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Patna, Jan 11 

Three satellites, including one foreign and two of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will be used to click images of the “world’s longest human chain” of over 11,000 km on January 21 in support of prohibition in Bihar, officials said on Wednesday.

The state government has decided to form the world’s longest human chain in the state to demonstrate public support for prohibition. It will probably be the first of its kind event in the country.

“We will use two ISRO satellites and one foreign satellite to click the images of the world’s longest human chain in Bihar in support of prohibition,” an official in the Chief Minister’s Office here said.

Explaining the need for a foreign satellite, officials said clicking photographs of such a long human chain would not be possible using only ISRO satellite, in view of their positioning during the time.

According to officials, a five-member team of ISRO from Kolkata and Hyderabad held a meeting with state Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh on Wednesday to finalise things for satellite imagery of the huge spectacle.

The human chain is expected to be 11,292 km long covering almost the entire state.”The proposed human chain will be from east to west and from north to south Bihar that will cover all panchayats, blocks and districts,” the official said.

Millions of people will take part in the human chain. “They will hold their hands together for 45 minutes from 12.15 p.m. to 1 p.m.,” the official added.

Nitish Kumar imposed a total liquor ban in the state on April 5, 2016. After this, more than 16,000 people have been arrested on charges of either consuming or transporting liquor in the state.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a major constituent of Bihar’s ruling Grand Alliance, on Tuesday decided to support and join Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s proposed human chain to raise awareness about liquor prohibition in the state.

Main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party also decided to join the human chain after Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Nitish Kumar for his policy of imposing liquor prohibition in Bihar.

(IANS)

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North Korea suspends nuclear, ballistic missile testing

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Seoul, April 21: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Saturday announced the immediate suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests.

“From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Efe quoted Kim as saying.

According to the report, North Korea will also close a nuclear test site in the country’s northern side in a bid to guarantee transparency in suspending nuclear tests.

Having established a nuclear deterrent, North Korea can now turn to overhauling its economy, Kim said.

Pyongyang’s decision comes ahead of Kim’s April 27 summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the demilitarized zone that divides the two countries.

The last bilateral talks between the leaders of North and South Korea took place 11 years ago.

US President Donald Trump, who accepted Kim’s proposal for a meeting after months that saw the two men trade insults and threats, praised the announcement from Pyongyang.

“North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the World — big progress! Look forward to our Summit,” Trump said in a tweet.

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DJ Avicii dead at 28

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Madrid, April 21: World-renowned Swedish DJ and electronic music producer Avicii was found dead in Muscat, Oman, his agent said on Friday. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” Efe quoted Diana Baron as saying.

“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time,” Baron said. “No further statements will be given.”

Bergling had struggled with health problems, some caused by excessive drinking and was hospitalized for 11 days in 2012 for treatment of acute pancreatitis.

In early 2016, he announced his temporary retirement from touring, citing a desire to “explore other interests.”

“To me it was something I had to do for my health,” Bergling told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, adding that he had taken on board “too much negative energy” from the music scene.

Avicii achieved global fame in 2011 with the release of his smash hit “Levels,” which was followed by other chart sensations, such as “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother”.

He was known for his collaborations with other artists, including Coldplay, David Guetta, Lenny Kravitz, Robbie Williams and Rita Ora.

In 2014, he teamed up with Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean and Alexandre Pires on the official FIFA World Cup anthem, “We Will Find a Way”.

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IMF expects India’s role to expand in Indo-Pacific region

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United Nations, April 21: The International Monetary Fund expects India’s role in the Indo-Pacific region’s development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade reforms, Ken Kang, the deputy director in IMF’s Asia Pacific Department said on Friday.

“Given our robust growth forecast where we see India’s growth rising from 7.4 per cent in 2017-18 to 7.8 per cent in 2019, we do expect India’s role in the region to continue to expand,” he said at a news conference in Washington.

“That being said, India does have room to expand its export orientation and to reduce further trade and non-trade barriers,” he added.

“The statutory tariff rate in India is relatively high at about 15 per cent, and higher than those in the rest of the region,” he added. “So there is room to do more on trade reform.”

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