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India unveils draft of Spacecom Policy-2020, Seeks feedback

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India has unveiled the Draft Space Based Communication Policy 2020 (Spacecom Policy-2020) with draft Norms, Guidelines and Procedures for implementation of Spacecom NGP-2020. Under the policy guidelines, Indian private sector players wanting to provide communication service inside and outside India using a space-based asset are liable for damages caused to other space objects in outer space and its environment. Releasing ...

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India Relaxes Covid-19 travel restrictions on Visa holders to travel

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi releases the special commemorative coin of Rs. 75 denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), through video conferencing, in New Delhi on October 16, 2020.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended the gradual relaxation of visa rules for more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals who wish to enter or leave India with immediate effect with their existing visas except electronic visa, tourist visa and medical visa. Foreign nationals intending to visit India for medical treatment can now apply for a medical ...

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Manmohan Singh Turns 88 and India turns to him with awe and admiration

The Speaker, Lok Sabha, Smt. Meira Kumar meeting the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi on February 22, 2014.(PIB)

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh on his birthday on Sept 26, 2020, the Twitterati woke up to the need of the hour for an academic who changed the course of battered Indian economy from socialism to market-driven economy, albeit, gradually. No wonder, #HappyBirthdayDrMMSingh trended on Twitter for about 15 hours, with over 150,000 tweets ...

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World Food Programme gets 2020 Nobel Prize for Peace

The World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger and promoting food security, was awarded 2020 Nobel Prize for Peace. In 2019, the WFP provided assistance to close to 100 million people in 88 countries who are victims of acute food insecurity and hunger. In 2015, eradicating hunger was adopted as one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. ...

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Glitch or Cyberattack Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Breakdown?

Citing a hardware breakdown, the Tokyo Stock Exchange halted trading for the entire day Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 with serious rippling effect on exchanges in Sapporo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka as well. Japan Exchange Group Inc., which operates the TSE, said it would announce any updates on resumption of trade on Friday later. All buying and selling has been frozen on the ...

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Ayush Ministry to conduct clinical study of Vasa and Guduchi for Covid-19 treatment

In view of the need for accelerated solutions for Covid-19, the Ministry of AYUSH has taken up a clinical study to assess the role of Vasa Ghana, Guduchi Ghana and Vasa-Guduchi Ghana in therapeutic management of symptoms in Covid-19 positive cases. The trials will be a “randomized, open label three armed” study, and will be conducted at the All India Institute of Ayurveda ...

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What Has Changed on Jupiter from 2006 to Now? Hubble captures all in detail

This (above) latest image of Jupiter was captured by Hubble Space Telescope on 25 August 2020, when the planet was 653 million kilometres from Earth, giving clues on updated weather report on the monster planet’s turbulent atmosphere. A remarkable new storm is brewing, and a cousin of the Great Red Spot is changing colour again. The tiny new image is ...

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Sony PS5: Priced at $400, India launch on Nov 19, Pre-Order from Sept 18

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Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) on Thursday announced November 12 as the launch date for its highly anticipated next-generation videogame system, PlayStation 5, which will be priced $399.99 or ¥39,980. SIE also revealed new updates to the PS5 game portfolio, including Final Fantasy XVI, Fortnite, Hogwarts Legacy, and a new God of War title. On November 12, PS5 will be launched ...

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NCB arrests Rhea after 3 days of grilling in Sushant Singh Rajput Suicide Case

Rhea Chakraborty

After three days of grilling, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday arrested Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty in connection with her alleged role in the drugs angle into the June 14 death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea has been charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and quickly whisked away for a mandatory medical test ...

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Taj Hotel Attack: Harvard learns new lesson in Tata’s recruitment style

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Taj Hotel terror attack has become a massive psychology case study in Harvard. Not one Taj employee abandoned the hotel during the attack but stayed right through the tragedy. They helped the guests escape and, in the process, many employees died. The attack on Nov. 26, 2008 by a group of terrorists struck a dozen targets in Mumbai, including the ...

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Telugu actor Jayaprakash Reddy dies of heart attack amid Covid-19 pandemic

Jayaprakash Reddy

Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy, best-known for his comic and villainous roles, died on Tuesday, aged 74. The actor suffered a cardiac arrest at his residence in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. The actor was last seen in Mahesh Babu starrer Sarileru Neekevvaru (2020). Jaya Prakash Reddy’s death has left the Telugu film industry in a shock and several condolence messages started pouring in ...

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Africa declared free from wild polio; Will South Asia be Next?

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The World Health Organization has declared Africa free of wild polio as no new cases of wild poliovirus have been recorded on the continent since 2016, but other types of the virus persist The continent’s last case of wild polio was recorded four years ago in northeast Nigeria. There are now just just two countries on Earth where the virus ...

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Pranab Da is no more, country mourns; ‘End of an Era’

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee died on Monday evening, his son Abhijit Mukherjee said in a tweet. He was admitted at the Army Research and Referral Hospital 21 days ago after his condition deteriorated following a brain surgery. Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted: “With a Heavy Heart, this is to inform you that my father Pranab Mukherjee has just passed away in spite ...

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South Asian Americans Upbeat Over Biden’s Selection of Kamala Harris as VP running mate

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By Osman Siddique The gravity of the current economic, political, and pandemic situations cannot be sufficiently underscored. Collectively, they set the bar impossibly high for Joe Biden in the selection of his vice presidential running mate. Fortunately, he cleared it with Sen. Kamala Harris, the right choice for this momentous decision. The broad appeal that Biden has amongst the electorate ...

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WATCH LIVE TODAY: Starlink Mission all set to take off today

Starlink mission

US private space agency SpaceX is targeting Friday, August 7 at 1:12 a.m. EDT, 5:12 UTC, for launch of its tenth Starlink mission which will include 57 Starlink satellites and 2 satellites from BlackSky, a Spaceflight customer. The standard vehicle Falcon 9 will lift off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In case you miss ...

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Russia completes Phase III trials, gets ready to first vaccinate doctors in October

Despite apprehensions on the sample numbers of human trials, Russia is preparing a mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus in October, after a vaccine completed clinical trials including Phase III trial on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said the Gamaleya Institute, a state research facility in Moscow, had completed clinical trials preparing the required paperwork to ...

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Japan, India scientists develop new approach to lessen severity of malaria

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A new approach focusing on a critical stage in the life cycle of one of the most common malaria parasites was developed by scientists at Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) in Japan, in collaboration with India and Swiss scientists. “The Plasmodium vivax malaria parasite can stay dormant in a person’s liver cells up to years following infection, ...

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