Musk vi­sion: Delhi to Tokyo in 30 min­utes!

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - Agen­cies let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

ADE­LAIDE: Fu­tur­ist and in­ven­tor Elon Musk on Fri­day un­veiled am­bi­tious plans to send cargo ships to Mars in five years and use rock­ets to carry peo­ple be­tween Earth’s ma­jor cities in un­der half an hour.

The ves­sel would both take off and land ver­ti­cally, like a space rocket. A trip from Tokyo to Delhi would take 30 min­utes, and from Bangkok to Dubai 27 min­utes, ac­cord­ing to Musk’s cal­cu­la­tions.

“Once you are out of the at­mos­phere, it would be as smooth as silk, no tur­bu­lence, noth­ing,” he said. “There’s no weather... and you can get to most long-dis­tance places in less than half-an­hour. If we are build­ing this thing to go to the Moon and Mars, then why not go to other places on Earth as well.”

Musk showed off plans for a planned in­ter­plan­e­tary trans­port sys­tem, co­de­named BFR (Big F**king Rocket), which would also be able to bring satel­lites into or­bit and crews to Mars.

At least two cargo ships would land on the Red Planet in 2022, with the key mis­sion of find­ing the best source of wa­ter — cur­rently mooted as a way to power rock­ets, he


CHANDIGARH: Par­gat Singh Sa­toj, a pri­mary school teacher at vil­lage school in Pun­jab’s San­grur dis­trict, has won the pres­ti­gious 2017 Dha­han Prize for his novel ‘Khabar Ik Pind Di’ (News of a Vil­lage) that car­ries a cash award of 25,000 Cana­dian dol­lars (Rs 13 lakh).

Par­gat, 36, who lives and teaches at Sa­toj vil­lage, said he got the news early morn­ing. “What makes me very happy is that this award for Pun­jabi fic­tion cuts across bor­ders. A writer — such as I, this time — gets the award for fic­tion in Gur­mukhi, and an award is also given to a Pun­jabi writer writ­ing in Shah­mukhi script in Pak­istan,” he told HT.

Two sec­ond prizes of 5,000 Cana­dian dol­lars each have gone to Ali An­war Ah­mad of Pak­istan for his col­lec­tion of short sto­ries, ‘Tand Tand Maili Chaadar’ (The Soiled Sheet), and Nach­hat­tar Singh Brar of Sur­rey, Canada, for his novel ‘Kaagzi Vi­aah’ (Pa­per Mar­riage).

Talk­ing about his novel — which is his fifth book af­ter two other nov­els and a col­lec­tion each of short sto­ries and poems — Par­gat says that it tells the story of life in a Pun­jab vil­lage, which too is treated like a char­ac­ter, and its story ac­com­pa­nies the story of those who peo­ple it. Be­fore this, his novel Tee­viyan (Women) re­ceived the na­tional Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar.

The Dha­han Prize was es­tab­lished five years ago in Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia (Canada), where Pun­jabi peo­ple, lan­guage, and cul­ture have a rich his­tory. Pun­jabi is now the third most spo­ken lan­guage in Canada. The prize has been es­tab­lished by the Canada In­dia Ed­u­ca­tion So­ci­ety in part­ner­ship with the de­part­ment of Asian stud­ies in the fac­ulty of arts at Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia, and is cur­rently funded by an en­dow­ment from Barj Singh and Rita Dha­han, and their fam­ily and friends.

An­nounc­ing the award, Barj Singh Dha­han said in a mes­sage, “The 2017 Dha­han Prize re­cip­i­ents are im­pres­sive and in­flu­en­tial per­son­al­i­ties in the world of Pun­jabi lit­er­a­ture. Their sto­ries and char­ac­ters are colour­ful and cap­ti­vat­ing. Each book is an ex­cel­lent con­tri­bu­tion to Pun­jabi lit­er­a­ture, lan­guage and cul­ture.”

Jas­pal Singh, sec­re­tary of Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi and chair­man of the Gur­mukhi com­mit­tee of Dha­han Prize, said, “This is a pres­ti­gious lit­er­ary award, and the first prize car­ries a sub­stan­tial cash award that sur­passes that of even the pan-In­dian Jnan­pith Award.”

A new di­men­sion is be­ing added from this year.

Em­i­nent critic and ed­i­tor of ‘Sir­jana’ jour­nal, Ragh­bir Singh, who is also chair­man of the Dha­han Trust, said, “This time the first-ever youth awards for Pun­jabi stu­dents in Canada are be­ing given in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bri­tish Columbia schools to stu­dents for trans­lat­ing Pun­jabi sto­ries into English.” The youth win­ners will be an­nounced at the Novem­ber 4 at the award cer­e­mony.


Par­gat Singh Sa­toj of Pun­jab’s San­grur got the top award of 25,000 Cana­dian dol­lars (~13 lakh), while Ali An­war Ah­mad of Pak­istan and Nach­hat­tar Singh Brar of Canada got the sec­ond prize.

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