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India’s maiden human spaceflight mission ‘Gaganyaan’ would be a major turning point in the country’s space programme and permit New Delhi to catch up with global players, former ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair said. He also showed confidence that ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) would be able to undertake the venture by 2022, the targeted …

NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar Wednesday made a case for adopting a middle path with regard to data protection, stating “data nationalism” may be the anti-thesis of global growth. He stated access to data is crucial for achieving faster growth which is now being driven by the digital economy. Talking at the ‘Raisina Dialogue …

India is hopeful to wholly operationalize the strategic Chabahar port in the Sistan-Balochistan province of Iran soon, and the government has allowed an Iranian bank to open a branch in Mumbai for related transactions, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. Mr.  Gadkari, after Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif visited him, stated the …

State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has created a profit of Rs. 7,334 crores in the last four years, according to details provided by the government in Lok Sabha Wednesday. The company has made a net revenue of Rs. 58,651 crores between the financial year 2015-16 and September last year, as per the details. …

The indigenously developed and built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is on final induction after going all the tests, said a confirmed official on Monday. “LCA Tejas and Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) are on final induction after going through each of the tests,” said DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy in a radio …

The finance ministry has exempted rupee payments done to the National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) for crude oil imports from a steep withholding tax, according to a government order reviewed by Reuters. The exemption, put in place December 28 but backdated to November 5, will permit Indian refiners to settle about $1.5 billion of outstanding …

If Matt Chasen gets his way, there will be a time – in the not-so-distant future – when commuters are able to order an air taxi that whisks them across town in minutes, bypassing traffic-jammed streets below. For now, however, the chief executive of LIFT Aircraft will have to use his start-up’s electric-powered vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft, …

More than 300 exhibitors, covering top global and domestic players from the defense industry, have confirmed their participation in Aero India 2019, a defense official said on Sunday. Aero India 2019 will be held in Bengaluru from February 20 to 24 and the defense exhibition will look for the participation of top fighter-jet manufacturers, defense …

A trial run of a freight train on the newly-accomplished 306-km-long section, from Madar in Rajasthan to KishangarhBalawas in Haryana, of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC), was carried out at the New Sakhun railway station on Sunday, a statement from the DFCCIL said. This formed part of the first phase (Phase I) of the …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday set up a comprehensive pension management software SAMPANN to facilitate pensioners of the telecom department. SAMPANN, an acronym for System for Accounting and Management of Pension, will assist in the timely disbursement of pensions, he said at a public meeting in Varanasi. PM Modi said the Centre is utilizing …

To make trains more protective by eliminating human errors, Central Railway has developed an AI-powered robot which would click pictures and record videos of the under-gears of trains and transfer them to engineers for repairs and maintenance. The mechanical branch of Central Railway’s Nagpur division has developed the robot called USTAAD (Undergear Surveillance Through Artificial …

Karnataka lawmakers cutting across party lines today staged a protest inside Parliament complex seeking building of the Mekedattu dam on the Cauvery, an issue opposed by Tamil Nadu’s DMK and AIADMK that have been disrupting proceedings in both Houses. To counter the protest by the Tamil Nadu parties, lawmakers from Karnataka, comprising from the Congress …