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Friday, September 18, 2015

did man land on the moon ?

see below a BBC report.
have u noticed ?

nothing about the return from moon.
the take off . how the gravity , however weak,
was overcome. 

nothing in any of the reports about the return
part of the journey.

did man really land on moon ?
or is it a grand lie ?

1972: Last Moon mission returns
The last manned space mission to the Moon is on its way back to Earth, bringing to an end the US programme of lunar exploration.
The two Apollo 17 astronauts, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, completed their third lunar walk after a short ceremony in which they bade farewell to the Moon and unveiled a small commemorative plaque at the Taurus-Littrow valley.
On it was written, "Here man completed his first explorations of the Moon, December 1972."
Eugene Cernan also read out loud the postscript: "May the spirit of peace in which we came be reflected in the lives of all mankind."
The plaque also bore the signatures of the astronauts and the US President Richard Nixon.
"This is our commemmoration," added Commander Cernan, "which will be here until someone comes back to read it again to further the meaning of Apollo."
His colleague, Dr Schmitt, called the voyages to the Moon man's "first evolutionary steps into the universe", and said, "I can think of no more significant contribution that Apollo has made to history."
Apollo 17 has already been hailed as the most successful of them all.
Commander Cernan and Dr Schmitt, the first trained geologist in space, gathered more material than ever before, spent longer on the surface and drove further away from the landing craft than in any previous Apollo mission.
They also set up six automatic research stations which will continue to operate after their departure.
The mission made one potentially ground-breaking discovery: an orange soil, found yesterday at the Shorty crater, is believed to be the first indication yet that there has been volcanic activity on the Moon.
During their last drive, the astronauts explored the base of the 6,000 ft (1,800 metres) high mountain known as North Massif. They then went north-east to the very different range known as the Sculptured Hills.
Twelve men have now walked on the Moon since Neil Armstrong stepped out of Apollo 11 in July 1969.
There are no plans at present for astronauts to return, although Nasa still hopes men might fly back to the Moon in the 1980s, possibly as a joint US-Soviet venture.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

srilankan war crimes

the 260  page  UN report lists and confirms egregious
 atrocities and makes 39 specific recommendations.

india is a friend and a neighbour . and the responsibility is huge.
india has to remain a friend , but need to denounce the crimes
and ensure they do not repeat. if possible as a friend. if not,
india has to play the role of a concerned neighbour .

reproduced below are  just 10 of the  recommendations


      Where  India can take direct action

1.        Set up a coordination mechanism among donors in Sri Lanka to ensure focussed and concerted efforts to support the transitional justice process;
2.        Apply stringent vetting procedures to Sri Lankan police and military personnel identified for peacekeeping, military exchanges and training programmes;
3.        In countries where there is a significant Tamil population, carry out an assessment of needs for psychosocial support for those who have been victims of violations and as necessary fund the development of such services;

     Where India should watch compliance

4.        Amend legislation to ensure that those who have received death certificates for the missing are not prevented from pursuing judicial cases to determine what happened to their loved ones;
5.        Adopt specific legislation establishing an ad hoc hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, mandated to try war crimes and crimes against humanity, including sexual crimes and crimes committed against children, with its own independent investigative and prosecuting organ, defence office, and witness and victims protection programme.  Resource the court so that it can effectively try those responsible;
6.        Take immediate steps to identify and disarm groups affiliated with political parties and sever their linkages with security forces, intelligence services and other Government authorities;
7.        Invite OHCHR to establish a full-fledged country presence to monitor the human rights situation, advise on implementation of the High Commissioner’s recommendations and of all HRC resolutions, and provide technical assistance;
8.        Initiate action to seek Supreme Court review of its decision in the Singarasa case[1]to affirm the applicability of international human rights treaties in domestic law and reinstate the competence of the UN Human Rights Committee to consider individual complaints;
9.        Develop a fully-fledged vetting process respecting due process to remove from office military and security force personnel and any other public official where there are reasonable grounds to believe that they were involved in human rights violations;
10.     Ratify the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, the Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court;