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Surya Grahan 2018: When, where and how to see

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Partial Solar eclipse

New Delhi, July 12: On Friday, the 13th of July, the world would be seeing the stunning visual of a partial solar eclipse.

A solar eclipse takes place when the moon traverses between the earth and the sun, blocking it from view, partially or fully.

While a total eclipse sees the entire Sun being obscured by the Moon for a brief period of time, a partial eclipse, and this is the type that happens more frequently, involves only partially blocking of the Sun. This is the second solar eclipse of the year, the last solar eclipse of 2018 is said to occur on 11th of August.

The solar eclipse occurring on Friday is a partial eclipse that will be visible in parts of Southern Australia, such as Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart, as well as in Stewart Island on the far south of New Zealand. The eclipse would not be visible to many; those inhabiting the Pacific and Indian Oceans would be able to see the eclipse better. A small part of northern Antarctica would be able to watch the eclipse too.

Can the partial solar eclipse be visible from India?

People who want to witness the solar eclipse or the Surya Grahan in India may need special glasses, lenses and camera as the eclipse is not likely to be viewed with naked eyes.

What is the Timing of the Partial Solar Eclipse 2018?

According to Indian local time, the partial solar eclipse or Surya Grahan would begin on 13th July 2018 at 07:18:23 a.m. and go on till 08:31:05 a.m. The eclipse would last for a duration of 1 hour 13 minutes.

How to view the eclipse safely?

WARNING: Looking directly at the sun, even during an annular eclipse, can lead to blindness and other forms of permanent eye damage if you aren’t wearing proper eye protection.

To safely observe the sun or watch an eclipse, you need special protective eyewear or eclipse glasses. Basic sunglasses, even those with UV protection, will not sufficiently protect your eyes.

If you’re planning to document the eclipse with any photo equipment, there are special solar filters you can add to make sure the remaining ring of sunlight doesn’t take a toll on your vision.

The safest way to observe an eclipse is indirectly, using a pinhole camera that you can make easily at home.

If you must document one of these events, a simple, wide-angle snap should capture the moment, even if you’re using your smartphone camera.

Thus, July promises to be a treat for stargazers across the world with a line-up of a triple celestial delight – a partial solar eclipse on Friday (July 13), a lunar eclipse on the night of July 27 while Mars will come closest to earth in 15 years on July 31.

And the next solar eclipse of 2018 will occur on 11th August.

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Lok Sabha to discuss “No Confidence Motion” on July 20

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New Delhi, July 18: The Lok Sabha is scheduled to discuss “No Confidence Motion” moved by the opposition against the Narendra Modi government on Friday (July 20).

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday accepted a no-confidence motion.

“We have decided that we will send all 34 TMC Lok Sabha MPs on a whip to be present for discussion and voting of No Confidence Motion in the Parliament, on Friday, said TMC leader Derek O’ Brien.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party issued a three-line whip over #NoConfidenceMotion, also asks its allies in NDA to issue the whip.

Mahajan said she had received notices from at least six MPs seeking no trust vote against the Narendra Modi government and was duty-bound to put it to the consideration of the House.

She told the house that Kesineni Srinavas of the Telugu Desam Party was the first to give his no-confidence notice and asked members if it can be moved.

The speaker asked Srinavas to introduce the motion which was supported by over 50 members, including from the Congress and other opposition MPs.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government was ready to face the no trust motion and asked Mahajan that it may be tabled.

“Everything will be clear after the discussion. I want to make it clear in the House that the people of the country have full confidence on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.”

Meanwhile, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge asked the Speaker why the other members who had handed over their notices were not allowed to read them.

In response to this, she said rules allowed her to table the notice that was submitted first.

Mahajan further stated she read out the names of these members.

The Names include Mallikarjun Kharge, K.C. Venugopal (Congress), Tariq Anwar (Nationalist Congress Party), N.K. Premachandran (Revolutionary Socialist Party) and Thota Narsimham (TDP).

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Terrorist violence sees new high in Jammu and Kashmir in last 3 years: MHA

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New Delhi, July 18: A total of 256 incidents of terrorist violence — a steep hike from 2017 and 2016 — have taken place in Jammu and Kashmir in just six months of 2018, Home Ministry data presented in Parliament on Wednesday revealed.

Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the Rajya Sabha that 100 terrorists, 43 security personnel and 16 civilians have been killed in the 256 incidents in the strife-torn state between January 1 and July 8.

The data mentioned that 342 and 322 incidents of terrorist violence were reported in 2017 and 2016 respectively.

It said a total of 213 terrorists, 80 security personnel and 40 civilians were killed in 2017 while 150 terrorists, 82 security personnel and 15 civilians were killed in 2016 as a result of terrorist violence.

“As per reports, two youths from other states of the country have been found involved in stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir and in this regards two separate FIRs have been registered in 2018,” Ahir said while responding to a question.

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Bill against human trafficking introduced in Lok Sabha

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New Delhi, July 18: A Bill seeking to prevent trafficking, especially of women and children, provide rehabilitation to the victims and prosecute offenders was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, was introduced by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi.

Besides taking up prevention, rescue and rehabilitation, it covers aggravated forms of trafficking such as forced labour, begging and marriage.

The Bill provides for confidentiality of victims, witnesses and complainants and time-bound trials and repatriation of the victims.

It proposes to create institutional mechanisms at district, state and central levels. It calls for punishment ranging from 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine not less than Rs one lakh.

Officials said that human trafficking is the third largest organised crime in the world.

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