The annual solar eclipse, also called ‘Surya Grahan,’ is going to happen on June 21, this year. A solar eclipse takes place when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, obscuring the image of the Sun partly. It happens once a year. Since the diameter of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun, at the time of the eclipse, the Sun is observed as a ring of fire, called the annulus.
For India, this is the second annular eclipse after the one took place in December 2019. This time, people will be able to witness the eclipse.
Types of Solar Eclipses:
There are three types of Solar eclipses.
- When the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth, fall on the same straight line, it is a total solar eclipse. This phenomenon will be visible only from some regions of the Earth.
- When the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are not precisely in a straight line, a partial solar eclipse occurs.
- When the Moon is farthest away from the Earth, the annual solar eclipse takes place. Since the Moon is much smaller than the Sun, it does not entirely hide the Sun. It rather looks like a dark disc over another large disc of fire, thus showing the annulus.
What will happen tomorrow?
Not all the sky gazers are going to get an opportunity to witness the annulus, because it will be only a partial solar eclipse in some places of the country.
According to the Director of the M P Birla Planetarium Debi Prasad Duari, the path of the eclipse will start near Gharsana in Rajasthan around 10:12 am IST, and the phase of annularity will begin around 11:49 am IST and end at 11:50 am IST. The ring of fire will be visible for a minute from certain places of Rajasthan, Haryana, Dehradun, and Uttarakhand.
India will witness the next eclipse after 28 months from now on October 25, 2022.
This eclipse will also be visible over central Africa, the southern Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, Northern India, and South Central China, Young said. A partial eclipse will be seen over most of Asia, Africa, South, and East Europe, northern Australia, and parts of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, lasting about a period of 3.75 hours in total.
Zoe Chee, interim executive director of Astronomers Without Borders feels that amid the uncertain time of the pandemic, the celestial phenomenon can bring in peace and togetherness by experiencing the natural beauty. Astronomers Without Borders is distributing more than 5 million solar glasses across the US and Ethiopia, offering people access to witness the fantastic celestial phenomenon.
Do’s and Don’ts During the Eclipse
- Wearing safety solar viewing glasses or binoculars or solar filters are a must, as direct exposure of the naked eyes to the brightness of the ball of fire, damages the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive part of the eye. In some cases, it even causes blurry vision or temporary blindness.
- Pregnant women should not leave their houses. The UV rays that come out during the eclipse are harmful to the fetus.
- Restrain eating or drinking.
- Cooking, praying, and visiting temples is also prohibited in Hinduism. However, you can chant mantras, or read epics.
- Meditate intensely.
The solar eclipse is generally considered inauspicious as the significant source of energy, the Sun (also worshipped as God) is hidden.
59 Chinese Mobile Apps Banned in India; Here Are Others to Replace Them
The Indian GovernmentGovernment has banned 59 Chines apps stating that they pose a threat to the ‘sovereignty and security’ of the Indian system. Some significant and most-used apps like Tik Tok, WeChat, UC Browser, Helo, Club Factory, ShareIT are out of use now. Following the rising tension between the boundaries of India and China, the Indian Government has taken this decision.
They have been banned under the Section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009, as the officials feel these apps are engaged in activities, ‘prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.’
An official confirmed that this decision was taken after analyzing all aspects well. He said that these apps have some security and privacy issues that could lead to our data being stolen out of the country. A statement from the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has received many complaints about the users’ information being hacked and misused. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many such complaints from users, besides bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India.
Many Indian apps are happy with the ban and are welcoming it. They support the decision of the GovernmentGovernment and promise to lend a helping hand.
InMobi said it could expand its platform now. It is the owner of Roposo, a rival of Tik Tok. ShareChat welcomed the Government’sGovernment’s initiative. It is an Indian Social media.
The co-founder and CEO of Bolo Indya, a rival of the Tik Tok, Varun Saxena, welcomed the decision saying that this will widen the opportunities for Indian apps to expand their scope, all the while keeping in mind the Indian culture and data security at the highest priority.
If this is going to be the situation, either the Indian apps will replace or the American apps will. Also, some apps may take an idea from the engineering of Chinese apps. Still, it will lead to an overall slowdown of the ecosystem’s ingenuity anyway, says Deepak Gupta, founding partner at WEH Ventures, which has invested in Indian video blogging platform Trell.
Here is the complete list of the 59 banned Chinese apps:
4. UC Browser
5. Baidu map
7. Clash of Kings
8. DU battery saver
11. YouCam makeup
12. Mi Community
13. CM Browers
14. Virus Cleaner
15. APUS Browser
17. Club Factory
19. Beutry Plus
21. UC News
22. QQ Mail
25. QQ Music
26. QQ Newsfeed
27. Bigo Live
29. Mail Master
30. Parallel Space
31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
33. ES File Explorer
34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
36. Vigo Video
37. New Video Status
38. DU Recorder
39. Vault- Hide
40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
41. DU Cleaner
42. DU Browser
43. Hago Play With New Friends
44. Cam Scanner
45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
46. Wonder Camera
47. Photo Wonder
48. QQ Player
49. We Meet
50. Sweet Selfie
51. Baidu Translate
53. QQ International
54. QQ Security Center
55. QQ Launcher
56. U Video
57. V fly Status Video
58. Mobile Legends
59. DU Privacy
Chief Justice Out for a Morning Walk on Harley Davidson, Photos Viral
The Chief Justice of India was spotted on his Harley Davidson on Sunday morning in Nagpur amidst the public. He was up an early morning walk. A twitter user shared the pictures of the CJI on Limited Edition CVO 2020′ of Harley Davidson on his twitter handle, and it is going viral now. It is said that the CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde has a thing for motorbikes, and it has come to light far. However, it is said that the motorcycle does not belong to the Chief Justice himself.
It seems that the CJI was just checking out the bike of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member’s son in Nagpur. The hi-fi bike is in the name of Rohit Sonbaji Musale, son of Sonba Musale, who is a BJP leader from Nagpur. The picture was taken in Nagpur, which is the native residence of the CJI, who is also there right now due to the lockdown. He is attending hearings online through video conferencing. The last trial was the issue of Jagannathpuri Yatra.
#ChiefJustice of India Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde can not hide his love for #motorbikes specially when he is in Nagpur . Last year Justice Bobde fell off while testing @harleydavidson which fractured his ankle . pic.twitter.com/01JuEkZpra
— Pradeep Rai (@pradeepraiindia) June 29, 2020
However, there have been mixed feelings with the pictures. Some praise the CJI and call him ‘cool’ and ‘swagger.’ Some criticize him for not wearing a mask, while everyone around him is, and not following social distancing norms amidst the ever-growing coronavirus pandemic. Besides, he was also not wearing a helmet.
MERELY A COINCIDENCE!
Time: This weekend
Social Distancing: NO
Owner of Bike :Son of a BJP MLA
Person on the Bike: Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde!
Laws:We were on a break😂#ChiefJustice #bike #COVID19India #BJPdestroysDemocracy #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/4hdjq2wZb1
— Reyan Najmi (@iamreyan) June 28, 2020
It is also said that CJI Bobde is not only fond of bikes, but also has a passion for photography and reading.
UGC panel proposes discarding exams for students of final year across the country
UGC committee has proposed the government regarding the cancellation of the examinations for last year students in universities and institutes of higher education across several play notes of India and assessing them marks based on their previous semester examinations and internal assessments rather.
The committee is being constructed by the higher education controller to suggest alternative ways of evaluating university students in the pandemic of Covid-19, which has already caused massive disturbances in the country and schools and colleges.
Haryana University vice-chancellor R C Kuhad heads the committee he said that the final semester examinations which was planned to be taken in July in a maximum of the universities in the country as per the modified academic calendar are now may be carried further due to the threat of disclosure to lakhs of students, officers in the HRD ministry told The New Indian Express.
It has accordingly been proposed that examinations should be canceled, and marks for the final exam should be concluded based on the past achievements of every particular student.
The council has also said that the pupils who are not pleased with their final semester marks should be given to them based on the results of their previous examination, should be provided an opportunity to improve their scores by taking surveys later when the pandemic subsidiaries.
So giving regards to these recommendations, the UGC is soon predicted to broadcast detailed approaches for higher education institutes delayed this week, officials said. The suggestions are meant to be guidance over 40 central universities and hundreds of state, private, and supposed to be universities and colleges. The UGC council has also proposed that the new session scheduled in July for old pupils and in August for fresh batches should be postponed to October directly. The suggestions came at a time when technical institutions such as Indian Institutes of Technology are mulling over starting the new session only through online mode in the wake of the pandemic.
IITs, sources said, have asked the HRD ministry to permit Ph.D. students to go to the campuses while the B Tech and M Tech students are asked to stick to the online mode of learning.
AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe has said to TOI that a modification in the initial guidelines will be published, restraining in a sense about the COVID-19 circumstances across the states. He also reported that these guidelines would be made after discussing with multiple professional bodies like AICTE, Bar Council of India, Architecture Council, Pharmacy Council, among others, adds the report.
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