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Delhi's Jan Lokpal to have power to probe central officials
The central and Delhi governments may be headed for a showdown with the AAP's Jan Lokpal bill giving the proposed ombudsman the power to probe even central government officials.
 
According to the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill 2015, a copy of which is in the possession of IANS, the Jan Lokpal may proceed to inquire or investigate into the allegation of "corruption" occurring in the national capital territory of Delhi" and a Delhi minister held this meant any central government functionary.
 
Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra told IANS that Lokpal will have the power to investigate the prime minister if he committed corruption in Delhi.
 
"The Jan Lokpal proposed by us will be able to probe against anyone who has done corruption in the national capital. It does not matter whether he is central government official or state government official," Mishra told IANS.
 
A source said that the bill is likely to be tabled in the Delhi assembly on Monday.
 
Other measures of the proposed bill include the chief minister also coming under the purview of the ombudsman. However, for filing false complaints with Jan Lokpal, there will be "rigorous imprisonment which may extend to one year or with fine which may extend to Rs.1 lakh or with both".
 
The panel responsible for selecting Jan Lokpal will consist of the Delhi High Court's chief justice, Delhi chief minister, leader of opposition in Delhi assembly and the speaker.
 
The bill says that the lt. governor will appoint a three-member body having a chairperson and two members to be known as the Jan Lokpal.
 
The ombudsman will have a five-year term.
 
The bill also says that Jan Lokpal may, for the purpose of conducting any inquiry or investigation, utilise the services of any officer or organisation or investigation agency of the central government or any other state or union territory governments. The probe has to be completed within six months.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Festa De Diu: Asia's longest beach festival to start from 1st December
Running over 77 days between 1st December 2015 and 15 February next year, the Festa De Diu is expected to attract over 35 lakh tourists from across the globe
 
Festa De Diu 2015, the longest beach festival in Asia, is all set to commence from 1 December 2015. President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the 77-day long festival. The organisers, UT Administration of Daman & Diu and Ferriswheel Entertainment Pvt Ltd, expect about 35 lakh tourists to visit this year's festival. 
 
Designed to become the longest running beach festival, Festa De Diu comprises various exciting elements  like 60 luxury beach tents, Spas, 5-star category restaurants, adventure sports  like bungee jumping, zip lining, and hot air balloon, community outreach workshops, carnivals, Jam sessions, concerts, fashion shows and much more. 
 
 
During the 77-day festival, there are 140 live events planned with over 300 artists  like Malaika Arora Khan, Kailasa Band, Milind Soman, Indian Ocean, Hard Kaur, Neeraj Shridhar, Ankit Tiwari, Benny Dayal, and Darsheel Safary.
 
 
Besides variety of entertainment options, Festa De Diu 2015, also offers specific themes every week. Some of the themes include Diu Liberation Week, Music Week, Children's Week, Festive Week, Fitness Week, India Week, Party Week, Art Week, Comedy & Theatre Week, Patriotic Week, Youth Week and DIU Special Week.
 
 
The Festival is demarcated under four zones- Cave, Beach, Diu Fort and Amphitheatre and bookings can be done from its website www.festadiu.com.
 
Below is the schedule of performance during the Festa De Diu…
 

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Space cups give ISS astronauts zero-gravity espresso experience
 Last year when Italy sent an espresso machine up to the International Space Station (ISS), researchers wondered how astronauts would sip their double shot espresso in a zero-gravity situation in space.
 
They came up with six funky-looking cups from a 3D printed transparent polymer that are making spending time in space a more enjoyable experience.
 
The astronauts' responses when testing out the cups range from “Hey, you can smell the coffee,” to “This is eerily like drinking on Earth”.
 
The uniquely-designed cups simply elicit happy eruptions of laughter because the astronauts readily confess they hadn't expected it to work.
 
The cup works so well that the crew is able to cruise around, do flips and even toss them back and forth -- while drinking beverages such as fruit juice, fruit smoothies and coffee.
 
“Wetting conditions and the cup's special geometry create a capillary pressure gradient that drives the liquid forward toward the face of the drinker,” explained Mark Weislogel, senior scientist and professor of mechanical engineering at Portland State University.
 
Unlike drinking a beverage from a bag, “your nose is closer to the beverage, which makes it easier to actually smell it while drinking,” he added.
 
An astronaut can drain the cup in sips or one long gulp in much the same manner as on Earth… without tipping their head, without gravity.
 
“It is a stable situation -- even though drinking scalding liquids from open containers while aboard the International Space Station is generally considered a safety concern,” Weislogel added.
 
Of the six cups currently aboard the orbiting laboratory, five hold 150 mL drink while the sixth is a 60 ml cup specifically intended for espresso.
 
The cups are complexly shaped and demonstrate that specific control of liquids can be maintained in low-gravity environments -- but with completely different fluidics principles at play than on Earth.
 
“We're enjoying watching the astronauts have fun, but also collecting plenty of data on large capillary interface configurations, stability, flow rates, transients, etc.," Weislogel noted.
 
“We have received great support for this project from US astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren and Japanese astronaut Kumiya Liu,” he added.
 
Last year, it was big news when Italy sent an espresso machine up to the ISS for Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian European Space Agency astronaut.
 
This, of course, inspired a team of researchers to study the related strange fluids phenomena in low gravity -- such as espresso crema formation and settling, capillary interfaces and containment of potentially hazardous drinks within a spacecraft.
 
The next step for the team is to apply their knowledge of low-gravity capillary fluidics phenomena to design more reliable life-support systems for the space station and future spacecraft.
 
The team presented the findings at American Physical Society's 68th annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, this week.
 
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