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NASA’s Aqua satellite catches Tropical Cyclone Gaja’s landfall

NASA JPL, Heidar Thrastarson

Caught in the act of landfall, Tropical Cyclone Gaja was seen by NASA’s Aqua satellite as it passed overhead and collected temperature information. The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Gaja on Nov. 15 at 3:29 p.m. EDT (2029 UTC) and analyzed the storm in infrared light. Infrared light provides temperature data ...

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India moves blueprint for Vision of $5 Trillion Economy

The Working Group tasked to develop a roadmap towards achieving a 5 trilliondollar economy by 2025 has prepared its report and it is being circulated to the stakeholders for further suggestions. Constituted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry with participation from government and industry, the Group held extensive and broad-based consultations ...

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Japan, Germany join hands for Mars Moon Exploration (MMX)

When it comes to expansion or exploration, Japan and Germany stand together as history has repeatedly shown us. Soon after launching a rover on asteroid Ryugu last month, Japan has announced its future vision to explore Mars moons in collaboration with the German space agency. JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and Germany’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), and the German ...

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GST collection in Sept 2018 cross Rs.94k Cr

The total gross GST revenue collected in the month of September, 2018 is Rs. 94,442 crore of which CGST is Rs. 15,318 crore, SGST is Rs. 21,061 crore, IGST is Rs. 50,070 crore (including Rs. 25,308 crore collected on imports) and Cess is Rs. 7,993 crore (including Rs. 769 crore collected on imports). The total number of GSTR 3B Returns filed for the month of August up to 30th September, 2018 is 67 lakh. The total revenue earned by Central Government ...

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LLP incorporation goes online in India

Without making round to government offices, one can start business by incorporating a company through an on-line process as the Central Registry Centre (CRC) for on-line incorporation of the company had come into existence since january 2016. It allows now two on-line forms that were introduced for the purpose, are Simplified Proforma for Incorporating Company Electronically (SPICe) and Reserve Unique ...

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HAL parody website takes on defence minister’s remarks

India’s state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore was caught in between its own minister and its proxy defender, a fake website, amidst the ongoing brouhaha over the capabilities of the Bangalore-HQ defence establishment. When Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman publicly humiliated the defence organisation HAL for not having capabilities to manufacture 126 Rafale combat aircraft, all the defence establishments run ...

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LIC to acquire controlling stake of IDBI Bank as Cabinet gives nod

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved in reducing Government of India shareholding in IDBI Bank Limited to below 50% by dilution. It has also approved acquisition of controlling stake by Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) as promoter in the bank through preferential allotment / open offer of equity, and relinquishment of management control by ...

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Schools, offices closed tomorrow on Vajpayee’s demise

More than 12 states and the central government have announced a holiday tomorrow, Friday, August 17, 2018 following the death of former Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee. The states include Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, UP, MP, Bihar, Assam, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, among others. Vajpayee breathed his last on Thursday at 5:05 ...

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India PM Narendra Modi unfurls Tricolour at Red Fort; Google joins with Doodle

Today, Wednesday, 15 August 2018, India celebrates her 72nd Independence Day. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the Tricolour at the Red Fort, Google and Youtube joined the celebration with livestreaming with many media outlets offering live updates. Doordarshan, India’s National Broadcaster, started LIVE STREAM of the 72nd Independence Day Celebrations from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort – ...

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Mystery of the 2000-year-old Basel papyrus mirror writing deciphered

Since the 16th century, Basel has been home to a mysterious papyrus. With mirror writing on both sides, it has puzzled generations of researchers. A research team from the University of Basel has now discovered that it is an unknown medical document from late antiquity. The text was likely written by the famous Roman physician Galen. The Basel papyrus collection ...

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‘Breakthrough’ algorithm exponentially faster than any previous one

What if a large class of algorithms used today — from the algorithms that help us avoid traffic to the algorithms that identify new drug molecules — worked exponentially faster? Computer scientists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a completely new kind of algorithm, one that exponentially speeds up computation by ...

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Forests may lose ability to protect against extremes of climate change: Study

A view of Białowieża Forest, Belarus-Poland. CREDIT: IUCN Elena Osipova

Forests, one of the most dominate ecosystems on Earth, harbor significant biodiversity. Scientists have become increasingly interested in how this diversity is enhanced by the sheltering microclimates produced by trees. A recent University of Montana study suggests that a warming climate in the Pacific Northwest would lessen the capacity of many forest microclimates to moderate climate extremes in the future. ...

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What makes dog man’s best friend?

From pugs to labradoodles to huskies, dogs are our faithful companions. They live with us, play with us and even sleep with us. But how did a once nocturnal, fearsome wolf-like animal evolve over tens of thousands of years to become beloved members of our family? And what can dogs tell us about human health? Through the power of genomics, ...

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Cyclone Prapiroon: NASA’s GPM satellite finds heavy rainfall on southwestern side

When the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, it saw very heavy rainfall occurring in one part of Tropical Storm Prapiroon. Tropical Depression 09W was located east of the Philippines when it was upgraded early today, June 29, to Tropical Storm Prapiroon. The tropical storm is in a favorable environment for intensification. ...

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NASA satellite Aqua caaptures formation of Tropical Storm Maliksi over Philippines

Tropical Storm Maliksi formed in the Philippine Sea, off the northeastern coast of the Philippines as NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard Aqua captured an image of the storm on June 8 that showed the circulation center over open waters of the Philippine Sea. Bands of thunderstorms circling the center extended over ...

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KCET 2018 results to be announced tomorrow, June 1

KCET 2018 results for admission to engineering seats in Karnataka will be announced on Friday, June 1 as COMEDK, the other entrance test for private engineering colleges was announced on Monday, May 28. Usually, the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) usually conducts its counselling first for the government seats in engineering and other allied seats spread over state’s aided and unaided ...

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Sauna bath daily reduces risk of heart disease by 61%, says study

Frequent sauna bathing is good as it reduces the risk of stroke, said a new international study. The study followed people taking a sauna for 15 years and found the frequent goers benefit more from it. Those taking saunda 4-7 times a week were 61% less likely to suffer a stroke than those taking a sauna once a week, said ...

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Mallya Dose? India approves MoU with UK on return of Illegal Migrants

Indian Cabinet has approved an MoU last month with the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland on the return of illegal migrants, in view of businessman and former MP Vijay Mallya’s escape from the tax dragon in the country. The MoU will facilitate that the Visa Free Agreement for holders of Diplomatic passports as well as liberalization of UK Visa Regime ...

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EPFO Introduces App for View of Pension Passbook Online

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has introduced a new service through ‘UMANG app’ that provides a ‘View Passbook’ option to check the details like any passbook. Once the pensioner enters the PPO Number and Date of Birth, the app will ask for a validation. Once the validation is successful, OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number of the ...

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Frequent sauna bathing brings down stroke risk, says study

Frequent sauna bathing can bring down the risk of stroke, said a new international study, based on a 15-year follow-up on people taking a sauna 4-7 times a week. the study found that they were 61% less likely to suffer a stroke than those taking a sauna once a week. This is the first such large-scale study and the findings ...

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UFOs floating in shape over Shrewsbury, claims ex-army officer

An ex-army officer has claimed that he has captured a streak of UFOs floating over Shrewsbury, in Pontesbury Hill and the witness assured the viewers that it was not a military aircraft. "Having served in the forces for over 30 years, I can bet my pension they are not known to the military. They moved slowly around the back of ...

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Stephen Hawking’s final theory on Big Bang published, What it says?

Professor Stephen Hawking’s final theory on the origin of the universe, predicting the universe is finite and far simpler than many current theories on it, has been published on Wednesday, April 2, 2018 in the Journal of High Energy Physics. The theory, worked in collaboration with Professor Thomas Hertog from KU Leuven, was submitted for publication before Hawking’s death earlier ...

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Cyclone Fakir to hit AP, Odisha coast today, Heavy rains to wreak Havoc

Tropical Cyclone Fakir tracked by NASA’s Aqua satellite, Heavy rains, tsunami-like waves likely on Indian coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha on Wednesday. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Fakir, southeast of La Reunion Island, that showed vertical wind shear affecting it in the Southern Indian Ocean. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC noted on ...

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‘102 Not Out’ to release on May 4 in Russia, Why?

Bringing back the old ties with Russia when Rishi Kapoor’s father Raj Kapoor had many fans there, the latest Kapoor film ‘102 Not Out’ starring Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role will hit the theatres in Russia, at a time when all Bollywood films get queued first in American theatres. Director Umesh Shukla’s forthcoming film "102 Not Out" will also ...

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