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India planning to launch its own space station: ISRO chief

New Delhi, Jun 13: India is planning to launch its own space station, ISRO chief K Sivan has said.

The ambitious project will be an extension of the Gaganyaan mission.

"We have to sustain the Gaganyaan programme after the launch of (the) human space mission. In this context, India is planning to have its own space station," Sivan...

Modi govt pursuing bold strategies for universal Internet access by 2022: Ajit Pai

Washington, Jun 13: India is pursuing bold strategies to achieve the ambitious goal of universal Internet access by 2022, a top American official has said, highlighting the challenges in building broadband networks in rural areas.

"I commend Prime Minister Modi and the Indian government for their ambitious goals of universal Internet access by 2022 and fixed broadband...

Indiabulls moves SC for listing of plea against it alleging misappropriation of funds

New Delhi, Jun 12: The Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd (IHFL) on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking urgent listing of a plea filed against it in which it has been alleged that the company misappropriated Rs 98,000 crore of public money.

Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the company, mentioned the matter for urgent listing before a vacation...

Astronomical tourism in Chile aided by solar eclipse frenzy

La Serena, Jun 8: The total solar eclipse expected in northern Chile early next month is already drawing flocks of visitors eager to glimpse a rare view of the phenomenon through the region’s clear skies.

In Coquimbo, a region spanning the Pacific coast and the Andes, tourism demand has already eclipsed offerings of some services, forcing hotels there to...

Boeing wanted to wait 3 years to fix safety alert on 737 Max

Washington, Jun 8: Boeing planned to wait three years to fix a non-working safety alert on its 737 Max aircraft and sped up the process only after the first of two deadly crashes involving the planes.

The company acknowledged that it originally planned to fix a cockpit warning light in 2020 after two key lawmakers disclosed the company's timetable...

Researchers have found way to turn plastic waste into jet fuel

Washington, Jun 5: Plastic trash may one day help people fly as researchers have found a way to turn daily plastic waste products into jet fuel.

"There is a lot of hydrogen in plastics, which is a key component in fuel," said Hanwu Lei, Associate Professor at the Washington State University in the US.

To produce jet fuel,...

How US anti-monopoly actions against digital giants can impact India

New Delhi, Jun 4: The anti-monopoly actions against digital giants by the US government and Congress have the potential to affect India in significant ways because of their penetration in the country but New Delhi will have limited ability to exert similarly overarching control on them.

In the latest move, the Democratic Party-controlled House of Representatives Judiciary Committee announced...

Gold hits 2-month high as recession concerns burnish safe-haven appeal

Bengaluru, Jun 3: Gold prices rose on Monday to their highest in more than two months as heightened China-US trade tensions and Washington’s threat of tariffs on Mexico stoked worries of a global recession and drove investors to seek refuge in safe-haven bullion.

Spot gold was up 0.5 per cent at USD 1,312.37 per ounce at 0308 GMT, after...

84 airports to install body scanners by March 2020, says Centre

New Delhi, Jun 2: The Centre has directed 84 airports across the country to install body scanners by March 2020, replacing existing door frame metal detectors and hand-held scanners besides pat-down searches of passengers to detect metallic objects, according to an official document.

"Walk-through metal detectors and hand-held metal detectors cannot detect non-metallic weapons and explosives. Body scanners detect...

Indian writer wins USD 100,000 global book prize

Mumbai, May 30: Indian writer Annie Zaidi was on Wednesday announced as the 2019 winner of the USD 100,000 Nine Dots Prize, a prestigious book prize created to award innovative thinking that addresses contemporary issues around the world.

Mumbai-based Zaidi, a freelance writer whose work includes reportage, essays, short stories, poetry and plays, won for her entry ‘Bread, Cement,...