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Watch Indian Mars mission saga on National Geo
A documentary on the saga of Indian Mars mission will premiere on Thursday on the National Geographic channel, the American digital cable and satellite television network said.
 
"Millions of Indians can watch 'live' the Mars Oribter Mission, the country's first inter-planetary mission that was launched on November 5, 2013 and entered the red planet's orbit on September 14, 2014 in a maiden attempt," the channel said in a statement here on tuesday.
 
The hour-long programme to be telecast at 9 p.m. in English and Hindi with regional languages option will be repeated over the next 24 hours for maximum viewership, as it contains live action visuals, graphic representations and expert interviews.
 
"The documentary features all the drama, excitement, last minute preparations, countdown and the successful launch," FOX international channels (India) business head Swati Mohan said in the statement.
 
The documentary was made with the cooperation of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which undertook the historic mission.
 
"It was a proud moment for our team and the entire country, when the Orbiter entered the Martian orbit. National Geographic channel has partnered with us to showcase this historic journey and the science and technology behind it," said ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar.
 
The special film will also simplify the science behind the landmark mission, while experts explain nuances of the technology and demonstrate the nature of the inter-planetary mission.
 
"It has been our tradition to be the first to document all historic space exploration achievements through innovative programming," Mohan added.
 
In the recent past, the channel covered the Rosetta probe landing on a comet, and the New Horizons flyby of Pluto (Mission Pluto).
 
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Nifty, Sensex may be headed higher – Tuesday closing report
If Nifty holds Monday’s lows, it may head for 8,150
 
We had mentioned in Monday’s closing report that Nifty, Sensex may put in a small bounce and that if today’s lows hold, Nifty may be headed for 8,150. The major indices in the Indian stock markets were able to close with marginal gains. 
 
Choppy market conditions prevailed, as caution grew over Bihar election results, ongoing results season and heightened chances of a US rate hike. Initially, both the bellwether indices of the Indian equity markets opened in the positive territory. However, both indices ceded their initial gains as caution grew on the heightened chances of a US rate hike. Furthermore, investors were seen anxious about the Bihar election results and ongoing results season. Short covering was observed, as investors exited their investment positions after six consecutive sessions of losses at both the bellwether indices.
 
Sector-wise, S&P BSE consumer durables index plunged by 84.43 points, capital goods index receded by 80.11 points and banking index plummeted by 21.31 points.
 
On the other hand, the S&P BSE information technology (IT) index surged by 103.16 points, oil and gas index gained by 74.29 points and healthcare index rose by 41.33 points.
 
The top gainers and top losers of the major indices of the stock market are given in the table below:
 
 
The closing values of the major Asian indices are given in the table below:
 

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SC seeks suggestions to make judges' selection, appointment transparent
The Supreme Court on Tuesday invited suggestions for making the working of the collegium for appointment of judges to higher judiciary more transparent and criteria based, but noted the suggested changes could not travel beyond the parameters already spelt out in its 1998 judgment.A
 
While seeking suggestions, a constitution bench comprising Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel asked senior counsel Arvind Dattar and Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand to collate the suggestions including those on which there is commonality of views.
 
The suggestions have also been invited on the plea for setting up permanent secretariat of the apex court collegium including its composition and how and which kind of complaints trying to red flag an appointment should be entertained. However, it was made clear that anonymous complaints would go to the dustbin. 
 
After collating the various suggestions, Dattar and Anand would submit their report to the apex court which would hear the matter on November 5 (Thursday).
 
Both of them would also look into the suggestion sent by the eminent people including former judges and senior counsel including activists directly to the apex judges directly after October 16 judgment holding unconstitutional and void the constitution's 99th amendment paving way for setting up the NJAC and the National Judicial Appointment Act, 2014.
 
Dattar, who had appeared for the Madras Bar Association, had opposed the NJAC and Additional Solicitor General Anand represents the government.
 
At the outset of the hearing, Justice Khehar presiding over the bench said that since the pronouncement of the judgment on October 16 holding NJAC unconstitutional and void, they have received a whole lot of suggestions which are so diverse that the the task of reconciling them is difficult.
 
"Help us in the first step. We have received suggestions from diverse groups, eminent people like retired judges. They are so many and so diverse. We don't know how to proceed in the matter. Please tell us how to go about it without adding, subtracting, deleting (the existing collegium system) and maintaining it. We can't reinvent the wheel," he said.
 
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