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Historian Ramachandra Guha resigns as BCCI Administrator

Historian Ramachandra Guha has tendered his resignation as BCCI administrator citing personal reasons. He submitted his resignation letter to Chairman of the Committee of Administrators of the BCCI Vinod Rai on May 28.

Ramachandra Guha was one among the four administrators appointed by the Supreme Court on January 30 to run the affairs of BCCI. The four member committee was headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai. The other two members are managing Director of Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) Vikram Limaye and former Indian women cricket captain Diana Edulji. 

Background

In its earlier order of January 2, 2017 the Supreme Court had removed Anurag Thakur as BCCI president, Ajay Shirke as BCCI secretary and disqualified all the board and its state association office bearers after they had failed to implement new norms set by the Justice Lodha Committee. The apex court held that Mr. Thakur and Mr. Shirke are unfit to continue at helm of BCCI for their obstructionist attitude and their incapacity to make affiliated State associations fall in line with Lodha committee.

Ramachandra Guha

Ramachandra Guha is a famous historian and writer. His research interests include social, political, environmental and cricket history. He also writes as a columnist in various newspapers including The Telegraph and Hindustan Times. His famous works include Gandhi Before India (2013), Patriots and Partisans (2012), Makers of Modern India (2010), India after Gandhi: The history of the world’s largest democracy (2007) etc.

He has been awarded with Padma Bhushan in 2009, (2009), Sahitya Akademi award in 2011 for India After Gandhi. For year 2011–12, he had also served as the Philippe Roman Chair of International Affairs and History at the London School of Economics.

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe to Explore Sun’s Atmosphere

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be launched in the summer of 2018 to explore the sun’s atmosphere. The purpose of the launch will be to study sun’s outer atmosphere and to understand how sun works. The name of the probe initially called the Solar Probe Plus has been renamed as the Parker Solar Probe in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker. This is the first time NASA has named a spacecraft after a living person. 

Astrophysicist Eugene Parker published a research paper predicting the existence of solar wind in 1958. At that time, it was thought that the space between planets was a vacuum. Parker’s theory of solar wind was later on confirmed by satellite observations.

Solar wind is the flow of charged gases from the sun.

Salient Highlights

The 10-feet high Parker Solar Probe will fly within 6.4 million km of the sun’s surface right into the solar atmosphere. The probe will be subjected to brutal heat and radiation that has not experienced by any other man-made probes previously.

The objective of the mission will be to study sun in detail and shed light on Earth and its place in the solar system. The mission will work towards determining the structure and dynamics of the plasma and magnetic fields at the sources of the solar wind.

This will be NASA’s first mission to the sun and its outermost atmosphere corona. 

The mission is scheduled to end in June 2025.

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Only 4 Indians Feature in ESPN World Fame 100 list

India captain Virat Kohli, former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and left-handed batsmen, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina are the only Indians who featured in ESPN’s ranking of the 100 most famous active athletes in the world.

In the list, Virat kohli has been placed in the 13th spot, Dhoni in the 15th spot and Yuvrai and Raina in the 90th and 95th places respectively.

The first place in the list was occupied by Portuguese footballer Christiano Ronaldo followed by Lebron James, soccer star Lionel Messi, tennis star Roger Federer, Phil Mickelson, Neymar, Usain Bolt, Kevin Durant, Rafael Nadal and Tiger Woods in that order.

Other prominent personalities who figured in the list includes Ryan Lochte, and Formula One champion, Lewis Hamilton, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray etc.

Methodology

The ranking system is based on a formula devised by ESPN director of sports analytics Ben Alamar. They are based on the parameters like endorsements, social media reach and other data. This is ESPN’s second annual ranking of the biggest name in sports. The first edition of the list was published in 2016.

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