The Antartica coverup: India's worst kept secret

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    A desolate corner of the world, Antarctica and somewhere in this white wilderness is one of India's Research Station Bharti. Its here that a team of Indias scientists and engineers work--mapping weather patterns, monitoring satellites as they deliver crucial information and conducting research. The data monitored here helps scientists to work out plans to avoid catastrophes, one such natural calamity cyclone Phailin was to hit India in early October but days prior all hell broke loose on research station Bharti. TIMES NOW has access to a series of emails that points out just how this sub zero outpost was at risk. The team leader, a young lady is facing intense pressure and alleged harassment from two executives of the National Remote Sensing Centre putting at risk not just the mission but national security & interests. On the 4th of October the team leader of the Bharti sub station begins action to terminate ISRO and NRSC activities. She says the fuel situation at Bharti base is running critical and systems not in operation needed to be shutdown. 3 days later ISRO activities are terminated.

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    Probe on into shutdown at India's Antartica station

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    Seems like a one sided story.
    The only point the news story tries to hold onto is that the team leader in Antarctica is harassed by two NSRO officers. Where were the NSRO officers.
    The news article also says that the NSRO officers actions had threatened the life of people at Bharti station via their actions.

    Now, what was the harassment? how did they threaten the life? There is a big possibility of the team leader blowing events out of proportions.

    That was one article that did not give me any clarity on what happened so that I can even analyse the issue.

    The stupid editor's pay must be cut.
     
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    Or maybe it's not stupidity but the editor/journalist wrote that article with an intention of keeping it one-sided! Agree with your post, it is one-sided!
     
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    Young woman at a remote location harassed by men: only one thing comes to mind.

    Horny bastards.
     
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    More than meets the eye.

    Why not ask for transfer if she is a single women being harassed?

    Why does she have to shut down ISRO operations? The reason provided is the lack of fuel station. What does this have to do with the other two guys who harassed her.
     
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    India’s Antarctica mission partly shut

    The Indian Space Research Organisation team (Isro) in Antarctica is having issues interacting with each other, but its work has not entirely stopped, Isro’s National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) Director V K Dadhwal has admitted.

    Dadhwal’s statement comes soon after the Ministry of Earth Sciences ordered a probe into the alleged shutdown of Isro activities at the Indian Research Station “Bharathi” in Antarctica. The Isro station at Antarctica is part of the larger Indian research station Bharathi, which is overseen by the NRSC.

    DadhmaL says, “The Isro team is still in Antarctica. Yes, there is an issue. Let the team come back and we will talk to each one of them and work out what has been going on. The National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) will also speak to all members of the team to find out what the matter is.

    A committee has been set up by the NCAOR to talk to the team.” He also says, “Our team is still there. Work has not stopped. I assure you the Isro station is working.” Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Jaipal Reddy had ordered a probe into Isro activity factoring in national security and the status of the mission.

    It is believed the probe was ordered after the team leader allegedly ordered for the station’s power supply, which is obtained from diesel generators, to be cut off. A former chairman of Isro,said: “If shortage of fuel was the issue, why would the Isro station not take stock of fuel two months before it was to get exhausted and make arrangements for additional supply from South Africa? It is the most obvious thing to do. Unless there is some confusion or some issues, such a thing in Antarctica is unheard of.

    If power is switched off, people inside will freeze. So why was the power ordered to be cut off and why wait for diesel to get over?” The 17-member team is working at a satellite data reception station that receives data from over 20 Indian satellites and relays it to the NSRC Hyderabad. Apart from the station, Isro has established a communication link between Antarctica, Hyderabad and the NCAOR, Goa. The link is required for interaction and transmission of data between Antarctica and the mainland.

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