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Trump lights diya as White House celebrates Diwali 2019

US President Donald Trump has followed the tradition set by his predecessor Barack Obama in 2009 and lit the light in White House marking the Festival of Lights, an Indian celebration. This was Trump’s third Diwali celebrations at the Oval Office. “For many Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists in the United States and around the globe, this sacred period is ...

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Cassini Takes Plunge Into Saturn, Scientists Cross-Fingered

NASA's Cassini spacecraft peers toward a sliver of Saturn's sunlit atmosphere while the icy rings stretch across the foreground as a dark band.(NASA)

In its line up for final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, Cassini has once again taken a proximal plunge into the surface of Saturn on June 29, 2017. The final plunge is scheduled for mid-September. The Cosmic Dust Analyzer’s (CDA) science team, in Germany adjusted the instrument’s settings this week based on experience in recent “proximal” passages between Saturn’s rings and ...

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Zika Virus Surveillance in India Widened Now: Centre

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Following the first zika virus positive test report from Ahemedabad and two more in surveillance tests, the government said it has announced immediate measures to tackle the cases and test equipment across the country. The sample was from a 34-year-old female patient admitted to hospital with complaints of fever following delivery of a healthy baby who had no travel history ...

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International Asteroid Day Today: More Than 16000 In Nearby Galaxy

Artist's concept of a near-Earth object. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA will mark the worldwide observance of International Asteroid Day at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) on Friday, June 30, 2017 with a special television program featuring the agency’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office and other projects working to find and study near-Earth objects (NEOs). There are more than 16,000 asteroids in the vicinity, according to NASA. The program will air ...

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New Algorithm Can Read Your Mind, Shows Study Using Brain Imaging Technology

Now brain imaging technology can read what’s going on in your mind by using machine learning algorithm developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania. The new algorithm can ‘read minds’ and identify complex thoughts with 87 per cent accuracy, they claim. Since the brain’s building blocks for complex thoughts are formed by various sub-systems and not language-based, by measuring ...

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NASA Denies Anonymous Video on Alien Life Discovery Announcement

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer took this photograph of an American flag in one of the windows of the International Space Station's cupola, a dome-shaped module through which operations on the outside of the station can be observed and guided. Throughout NASA's history, spacecraft and launch vehicles have always been decorated with flags.(NASA)

US space agency NASA has denied global hackers group Anonymous claim that it is going make announcement on the discovery of alien life, said a spokesman. Last week, the hacking group Anonymous posted a video on YouTube that said NASA is about to announce the discovery of life in our galaxy but NASA scientist beyond Earth. “Contrary to some reports, ...

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Google Job Search Engine Takes Off in US, India Next?

Google job search engine

The new Google for Jobs feature has been rolled out in US and India would soon be the next though both markets are entirely different in nature. It said 46% of US employers face talent shortage. In India, the situation is different as India has shortage of jobs in equal number. Google, which has a long history of using technology ...

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NASA Kepler Team Releases Catalogue of Exoplanets, 10 Similar to Earth

NASA has released catalogue of 4,034 planets of which 2,335 are exoplanets and ten planets found similar to earth in size and habitability. These 10 planets orbit with their star’s habitable zone, which is the range of distance from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet. Available on the NASA Exoplanet Archive, the ...

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AYUSH Ministry Clarifies on Sex During Pregnancy in Booklets

Yoga awareness campaign of the Ministry of Ayush with the help of human size Yoga mascots in the run up to the International Day of Yoga, at Metro Walk Mall, Rohini, in New Delhi on June 10, 2017.(PIB Photo)

With the Indian media going gaga over the brochure on “Mother and Child Care”, published by the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), the AYUSH ministry has given clarification that the advice to have ‘no sex’ was not true. Some news reports have drawn an assertion that the booklet puts forward the “prescription” that “pregnant women in ...

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UK and US Share Similar Mindset? How?

UK and US share a similar mindset when it comes to horizontal drilling for shale energy, say Cardiff University researchers and colleagues. Though an entire ocean separates the UK from the US, when the issue of fracking arises, the great divide — philosophically speaking — narrows considerably. Concerns about short-term and long-term impacts of horizontal drilling for shale energy are prevalent ...

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India ‘Reactivates’ Its Association Status with IEA

India has reactivated its association status with the world energy body International Energy Association and said both will work in the areas of mutual interests, including capacity building to meet supply side disruptions. Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan met Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of IEA on Thursday jointly with Minister of State for Power, ...

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ISRO Earned $4.5 Million, 76.5 Million Euros in Last 2 Years


Indian Space Research Organisation’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix) has earned a foreign exchange of 76.5 Million Euros and $4.5 Million from foreign countries through launching of their satellites on-board PSLV. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Space Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, informed the House that ...

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Shocked at ISRO Feat of Lofting 104 Satellites, Says Trump Nominee to Head CIA

US President Donald Trump’s nominee for National Intelligence, Dan Coats, told the Senate Hearing Committee that he was “shocked” to learn India’s space agency successfully launched more than 100 satellites in one go, saying that the US cannot afford to be laggard. “I was shocked the other day to read that India, on one rocket launch, deposited more than 100 ...

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WHO Applauds India on National Regulatory Authority 100% Compliance

WHO Assessment

World Health Organization has applauded India’s National Regulatory Authority which was declared “functional’ with a maturity level of 4, the highest level as per currently evolved definitions in respect of 5 functions, and maturity level 3 in respect of 4 functions. While, maturity level 4 indicates good results and sustained improvement trends, maturity level 3 reflects systematic process based approach, ...

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India Telecom 2017: Minister Calls for ASEAN-India Digital Partnership

india asean

India on Monday, February 20, 2017, offered the secure ICT products to ASEAN countries at competitive cost and also renewed its pledge to share “know how” and “know Why” as New Delhi is willing to provide long-term financing for buying Indian telecom products and services. Inaugurating the India Telecom-2017 in New Delhi, Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha said that Indian ...

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WHO Gives Maximum Marks to India’s Vaccination System

WHO, in its assessment of the status of the Indian vaccine regulatory system against WHO NRA Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT) for benchmarking found  Indian NRA as ‘functional’ with a maturity level of 4 or the highest level in respect of 5 functions, and maturity level 3 in respect of 4 functions. While, maturity level 4 indicates good results and sustained ...

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PSLV-C37 Launches 104 Satellites in One Flight, Sets New Record

In its 39th flight PSLV-C37, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 714 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite and 103 other satellites on Wednesday morning, February 15, 2017, at 9:28 am from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the 38th consecutively successful mission of PSLV, which weighed 1,378 kg, that lifted off from the First Launch Pad. Within ...

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China, India Behind 50% of Global Deaths Due to Air Pollution: Study

Representational Picture: The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge),Mr. Prakash Javadekar addressing the inaugural session of a workshop of Pollution Control Boards of States, in New Delhi on May 18, 2016. (PIB Photo)

China and India together contributed for more than half of the total global deaths due to air pollution in 2015, said a study by the U.S.-based Health Effects Institute (HEI). The report showed that air pollution caused more than 4.2 million deaths in 2015, making it the fifth highest cause of death. But just two countries – India and China ...

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Challakere in Karnataka: No Secret City But Hub of Nuclear Power, Says Report

Representational Photo: The DFP Awareness Rally organized, during the Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign, at Challakere, Chitradurga Dist, Karnataka on December 26, 2011.(PIB Photo)

Challakere in Karnataka is not only a hub for buses travelling to and fro Bangalaore and Bellary but also a hub for the Defence ministry, purported to be the nuclear city of future to generate the country’s nuclear power for submarines and weapons. Last year, the US magazine Foreign Policy, quoting a former PMO official, said it may trigger competition from ...

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‘Secret Nuclear city’ is Pakistan’s Imagination: India

Representational Photo: The DFP Awareness Rally organized, during the Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign, at Challakere, Chitradurga Dist, Karnataka on December 26, 2011.(PIB Photo)

India has refuted Pakistan’s allegations about a secret nuclear city with weapons calling it an imagination of Islamabad, which is a “diversionary tactic” to cover its own failure to stop state-sponsored terrorism that has come under global radar now. Reacting to Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria’s reamrks on Thursday saying, “India is building a secret nuclear city,” and it ...

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Indian American Student Finds Simpler Solution to World Water Problem


Indian American student Chaitanya Karamchedu’s project has potential to revolutionize the method to purify salt water into safe drinkable fresh water and no wonder, many firms are vying for its commercial use. Chaitanya from Portland, Oregon in the US, is a senior student at Jesuit High Schoo, has hit upon the idea more scientifically. “Sea water is not fully saturated with ...

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TeamIndus Among 5 Finalists for Google XPRIZE to Land Rover on Moon

TeamIndus rover

XPRIZE and Google have announced that five finalists including India’s TeamIndus will be launching their verified moon vehicles to vie for $30 million lunar prize in the competition to land an unmanned spacecraft on the surface of the Moon. The duo have also announced that a $1 million Diversity Prize will be split among 16 Google Lunar XPRIZE teams, to ...

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Cabinet Approves Ratification of 2nd Period of Kyoto Protocol

climate change

The government of India has officially approved to ratify the Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol on containing the emission of Green House Gases (GHGs), becoming the 65th country to ratify the second commitment period of the Protocol that was adopted in 2012. Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by India is believed to encourage other developing countries also to undertake ...

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ISRO to Explore Space With Japan Agency JAXA


The Indian Cabinet has been apprised of the MoU signed between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for cooperation in the field of outer space exploration, which was signed on November 11, 2016 during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Tokyo. The MoU seeks to pursue future cooperation in outer space exploration activities and ...

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Gondwanaland Never Isolated for 30 Million Years: New Study


Gondwana land or Indian subcontinent that remained isolated for 30 million years before thrusting itself north to give rise to Himalayas — is not a theory in tact but there are some missing middle in it, showed a research by a group of researchers from Germany, Poland and India. Based on tiny insect fossils near Surat, which are similar to ...

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Pinaka Guided Rocket Successfully Test-Fired

Pinaka DRDO

The Pinaka Rocket converted to a Guided Pinaka was successfully test-fired from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur on Thursday, said the ministry of defence in a statement. The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, which evolved from Pinaka Mark-I is equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit and has been transformed to a Guided Pinaka, which has considerably enhanced the range and accuracy ...

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India has Nobel Potential But Lacks Nurturing Scientists

India Nobel Series

India has a great potential to be a scientific power and should invest more in basic and fundamental researches, said several Nobel laureates who spoke to a huge gathering of scientists, students and general public as a part of the first Nobel Prize Series being held in Ahmedabad in conjunction with the biennial summit of Vibrant Gujarat on Tuesday. The ...

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Pentagon Tests Micro-Drone Swarm Technology

micro drone

U.S. military has successfully tested more than 103 micro-drones released from 3 F/A-18 Super Hornets, in what it said the largest-ever test for the cutting-edge “swarm” technology. The swarm of 103 Perdix micro drones, too small and of battery-powered were launched from three separate Super Hornets at China Lake in California, by the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office, or SCO, in ...

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India to Allocate Dwarka Land for 2nd Diplomatic Enclave in Delhi

Indian Cabinet has approved the transfer of 34.87 Hactares of land in Sector 24, Dwarka, New Delhi from Delhi Development Authority to Land and Development Office (L&DO) for the purpose of allocating it to the proposed Second Diplomatic Enclave in the national capital. Currently, there is only one Diplomatic Enclave in Chanakyapuri, where land has been allotted to the Embassies ...

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