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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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Goblin, the hidden Planet Nine, lurking in outskirts of our solar system?

There is a growing evidence that our solar system has another Planet Nine or Planet X that is orbiting the Sun at a great distance. Astronomer Scott S. Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington and his team explained the orbital details of the planet, which they have nicknamed Goblin, while officially it is designated in 2015 as ...

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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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KCET 2018 extends 3rd round counselling dates; Awaiting Comedk to finish?

The ongoing battle for engineering course aspirants is on high tide with Karnataka CET 2018 counselling rounds extending the last date for option entry while Comedk, collecting more than double the fee is fast filling the quota. Ironic but the Karnataka government-backed engineering entrance test bodies have been paying little sympathy to the woes of students and parents who are ...

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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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35-year solar power contract enables lower prices

The world’s first 35-year day or night solar contract (ACWA Power’s with DEWA in Dubai) also had a record-low price for solar with storage – of just 7.3 cents per kWh. Energy developers always look to find ways to structure deals to reduce their costs. A key task in developing utility-scale renewable energy projects is finding every possible way to ...

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China archeo-tools suggest Man left Africa earlier than previously thought

Ancient tools and bones discovered in Shangchen in the southern Chinese Loess Plateau by archaeologists suggest early humans left Africa and arrived in Asia earlier than previously thought. The artefacts show that our earliest human ancestors colonised East Asia over two million years ago. They were found by a Chinese team that was led by Professor Zhaoyu Zhu of the ...

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Growing a dinosaur’s dinner, the way it was 150 million years ago

Scientists have measured the nutritional value of herbivore dinosaurs’ diet by growing their food in atmospheric conditions similar to those found roughly 150 million years ago. Previously, many scientists believed that plants grown in an atmosphere with high carbon dioxide levels had low nutritional value. But a new experimental approach led by Dr Fiona Gill at the University of Leeds ...

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84 endangered Amur leopards found in China, Russia

In a good and bad news to tiger conservationists, scientists estimate that 84 highly endangered Amur leopards are roaming in the wild across its current range along the southernmost border of Primorskii Province in Russia and Jilin Province of China. This new estimate of the Amur leopard population was recently reported in the scientific journal, Conservation Letters by scientists from China, Russia, ...

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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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New spider species found deep in southern Indiana cave

IMAGE: This is a female specimen of the newly described rare spider species Islandiana lewisi. Credit: Dr. Marc Milne Spiders are ubiquitous within our forests, fields, and backyards. Although you may be used to seeing the beautiful yellow and black spiders of the genus Argiope in your garden, large ground-scurrying wolf spiders in your yard, or spindly cellar spiders in your ...

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NASA infrared data reveals Tropical Storm Emilia is strengthening

IMAGE: On June 28 at 4:59 p.m. EDT (2059 UTC) the AIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite showed powerful storms with very cold cloud top temperatures (purple). Credits: NASA JPL, Heidar Thrastarson Infrared NASA satellite imagery provided cloud top temperatures of thunderstorms that make up Tropical Storm Emilia. Comparing those NASA temperature readings with another satellite’s data obtained the following day, forecasters ...

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How the scent of a male sensed to measure him up by female blackbucks?

At Tal Chhapar, a wildlife sanctuary in the heart of the Thar desert, a strange drama is staged twice every year. In the blistering heat of summer from March to April and the post-monsoon months of September and October, up to a hundred blackbuck males stake out territories on the flat land to entice females to mate with them in ...

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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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