YouTube Is Down, It's Not Just You

If you are wondering why YouTube is down for you, you are not alone, the world’s biggest video-sharing website is suffering an unknown outage currently and the users are unable to access the website.

The users who visit the website can see a 500 error along with a message saying, “500 Internal Server Error Sorry, something went wrong. A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation”, like the one seen below.

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According to the DownDetector, the YouTube came down around 6 pm GMT. However, we do not have any clear reason for the site coming down. People at Hackread are keeping an eye on this situation and once the website is up or if there is an official statement about the incident from Google about the downtime we will be updating this article.

Update:

After being offline for more than 2hours YouTube came back, but, there has been no word from Google on this incident and why the website was down. Stay tuned and we will update Google’s comment on this issue.

Why the Words 'The Clocks Are Ticking' Bring Relief, Not Tension to ISRO Every Day

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India’s navigation satellite system NavIC is similar to GPS, Glonass
  • Each satellite has three clocks & a total of 27 clocks for NavIC
  • The clocks are important to provide precise locational data

“The clocks are ticking.” Every morning this announcement brings relief and not tension to the Indian space agency team that is managing the navigation satellite system NavIC with only one rubidium atomic clock switched on instead of two in the six satellites.

The phrase signals that the atomic clocks – that provide locational data – in the six navigation satellites are functioning normally.

Three atomic clocks in the first navigation satellite IRNSS-1A have already failed.

Why the Words 'The Clocks Are Ticking' Bring Relief, Not Tension to ISRO Every Day

“The clocks are ticking well. It’s not possible to share the technical details of mission management for important reasons. ISRO is adopting various strategies so that best results are obtained from its satellite systems,” A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS on Saturday over phone.

Sources close to ISRO, on the condition of anonymity, told IANS that two more atomic clocks in the satellite system started showing abnormalities thereby taking the total number of failed clocks to five.

“Hence as a precaution and also to extend the operational life of satellites, the ISRO is running the NavIC system with one clock switched on instead of two. If the running clock fails then the standby clocks will be switched on,” sources said.

The initial plan was to keep two clocks in the satellite on while keeping the third one on standby.

Simply put, the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is similar to the GPS (Global Positioning System) of the US, Glonass of Russia, Galileo of Europe and China’s Beidou.

Each satellite has three clocks and a total of 27 clocks for the navigation satellite system (including the standby satellites) were supplied by the same vendor.

The clocks are important to provide precise locational data.

 

“The clocks are working well. The signals are good. The replacement satellite for IRNSS-1A will be sent up this year. Already our system is giving precise data even in areas populated with dense buildings and forest areas,” said Tapan Misra, Director, Satellite Applications Centre, ISRO.

According to him, space sector is an unforgiving business and hence mission management is important.

Misra said it is not only the atomic clocks in the Indian satellite navigation systems that have failed, the clocks in the European system Galileo too have failed as per reports.

The Indian space agency has signed up with several universities in the country to measure the performance of NavIC system, said Misra.

The Rs. 1,420 crores Indian satellite navigation system NavIC consists of nine satellites – seven in orbit and two as substitutes.

“We are already using the NavIC system for several applications. The replacement satellite for IRNSS-1A will be launched in July or August. There are also plans to expand the NavIC system by taking the number of satellites to 11 from seven,” Kumar said.

It is learnt that ISRO has got the atomic clocks replaced in the two standby NavIC satellites.

Starting July, 2013, the Indian space agency has launched seven navigation satellites. The last one was launched on April 28, 2016. Each satellite has a life span of 10 years.

The NavIC system was performing well till the three clocks in IRNSS-1A – the first satellite – failed some months back.

SBI not ruling out write-offs, post merger of five associates

MUMBAI: In the wake of ballooning bad loans, public-sector State Bank of India (SBI), isn’t ruling out write-downs or write-offs following the merger with five associates.

“There can be no assurance that the bank will not have to undertake write-downs or write-offs in connection with the merger, which could have a negative impact on its financial condition and results of operations,” according to SBI’s offer document for the recently conducted Rs 15,000 crore share sale through private placement, while highlighting the risk factors.

It further said that the bank “may also incur additional costs” towards integrating operations and harmonising functions pursuant to the merger.

“In particular, the absorption of over 70,000 employees of the merged entities is expected to increase employee benefit expenses, mainly accruing out of liabilities with respect to provision of additional superannuation benefits,” it said. Prior to the merger, SBI had 2,09,572 employees.

In the largest consolidation in the banking space, five associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank were merged on April 1, with SBI, putting the lender in the league of top 50 global banks.

SBI is currently in the process of integrating the merged entities’ operations with its own to leverage cost and operational efficiencies.

In its annual report, SBI said long-term benefits of the merger would significantly outweigh the near-term challenges.

“The resulting cost advantage, enhanced reach and economies of scale from this merger will help SBI sustain its mission of being an enduring value creator,” it said.