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SpaceX gets the nod to put 12,000 satellites in orbit

SpaceX got the permission this week from US authorities to put a constellation of nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit in order to boost cheap, wireless internet access by the 2020s. The SpaceX network would massively multiply the number of satellites around Earth. Since the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik, was established in 1957, humanity has …

Delhi's air quality 'very poor' after a brief respite

After a brief respite, Delhi’s air quality damaged again to ‘very poor’ category on Friday as a dispersion of pollutants slowed down, authorities said. The overall air quality index was measured at 315 which falls in ‘very poor’ category, according to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR). Sixteen areas recorded ‘very poor’ air quality …

PM Modi pays heartfelt tribute to Indian soldiers on the 100th anniversary of WWI, reaffirms commitment to world peace

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction today with beneficiaries of the “Ujjwala Yojana”, a government scheme to provide cooking gas cylinders to the poor, had some lighter moments. PM Modi “snagged” an invite to the home of a Tamil Nadu woman for idlis and dosas and also laughed when a woman in Odisha shared that she …

Ananth Kumar’s passing leaves a void for the BJP in Karnataka

Union Chemicals & Fertilisers and Parliamentary Affairs Minister HN Ananth Kumar, who demised away on Monday, was a product of the Emergency era. Incarcerated for around 30 days in the Central Jail in Bengaluru, he came in contact with BJP leaders Atal Behari Vajpayee and LK Advani, who were also lodged there. His association with …

Yellow alert for TN as cyclone 'Gaja' approaches

A ‘yellow alert’ has been alarmed for the Tamil Nadu and South Coastal Andhra Pradesh coasts on Wednesday ahead of the landfall of cyclone ‘Gaja’ expected the day after. The cyclone has moved westwards and is situated 740 km east-north-east of Chennai and 830 km east-north-east of Nagapattinam, a noon update by India Met Department …

Smart cities, IT to feature in Modi’s talks with East Asia Summit partners

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss matters related to smart cities, IT, communication, maritime cooperation and terrorism with 17 other leaders participating in the East Asia Summit in Singapore this week and review the progress of the negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Modi will also hold a regular meeting with US Vice-President …

Mallikarjun Kharge moves SC against Centre’s decision of sending CBI Director Alok Verma on leave

Terming the Centre’s decision of transferring CBI Director Alok Verma on leave as “illegal”, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday moved the Supreme Court and stated that the government’s move was in violation of the CBI Act, PTI reported. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suo moto action of sending CBI director Alok Verma on leave is illegal and is …

IMF say monitoring the situation in India; bats for RBI's independence

The IMF has stated it was monitoring the reported rift between the RBI and the Centre in India and expressed its opposition to any move that compromises the independence of central banks anywhere in the globe. There were reports of creating tension between the Ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) over …

india votes

India has voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution on the utilization of death penalty, saying it goes against the statutory law of the country where an execution is carried out in the “rarest of rare” cases. The draft resolution, taken up in the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, Cultural) of the General Assembly Tuesday, …

India a tough trade negotiator, says Trump

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday explained India as “very good negotiators” as he celebrated Diwali in the White House along with top Indian-Americans and said he is “grateful” for his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The United States has deep ties to the nation of India and I am grateful for my relationship …

tata Trusts, Social Alpha launch programme for entrepreneurs

The Tata Trusts and Social Alpha announced the starting up of the Social Alpha Entrepreneurs for Impact (E4i) programme, a 12-month fellowship programme, on Tuesday. E4i is designed to bring together entrepreneurs and innovators, and foster collaboration among the top educational, technical and philanthropic institutions. The programme looks to accomplish the lab-to-market journey by enabling …

SC commences hearing on pleas in Rafale case

The Supreme Court on Wednesday commenced its intense hearing on pleas seeking a court-monitored probe into the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. A bench inclusive of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph is also likely to peruse the pricing details of the jets submitted by …