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GSAT-11 could be last Indian satellite to be launched by a foreign rocket

CHENNAI: If things pan out as intended, the 5.7-tonne GSAT-11 will be most probably the last heavy Indian satellite to be launched by a foreign space agency, according to K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The GSAT-11 communication satellite will be launched by Arianespace’s Ariane rocket soon. “We are working on a dual concept: Increasing the ... Read More »

India’s role needed to curb autonomous weapons use: ICRC

NEW DELHI: After the real threat of nuclear terrorism, the world is now faced with yet another emerging challenge from autonomous weapons like drones or weaponized robots which can be programmed to identify and attack any target. Autonomous weapon systems are those which can independently search, identify and attack targets without human intervention. Taking note of this new and growing ... Read More »

Maharashtra leads the way in toilet construction

NEW DELHI: Maharashtra has constructed the maximum number of individual household toilets under the Centre’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) scheme, followed by Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, according to official data. Till November last year, as many as 42.72 lakh household toilets have been constructed against the target of 66.42 lakh, recording an achievement of nearly 64 per cent. The ... Read More »

Congress, BJP learn that bailing on Bengaluru comes at a price

Last week, Bengaluru’s citizenry got a surprise in the form of a suggestion by Karnataka‘s industries and infrastructure minister, RV Deshpande. The veteran leader told the media he had submitted a proposal to the Prime Minister’s Office to make Bengaluru the country’s second capital, on the grounds that it was safe from natural calamities, attacks by external forces and would ... Read More »

PM Modi greets Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya on Statehood Day

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted the three northeastern states of Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya on their Statehood Day. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Modi said, “Best wishes to the people of Tripura on their Statehood Day. Tripura is blessed with a glorious history and industrious youngsters, whose aspirations we are committed to fulfilling”. Best ... Read More »

Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over ‘unprovoked firing’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan summoned India’s deputy high commissioner for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday over the alleged “unprovoked firing” by Indian troops across the Line of Control which resulted in the death of two people. The tensions have increased between the two sides due to ongoing skirmishes and Pakistan has summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh five times ... Read More »

How often does SC compliment HCs? Every now & then

NEW DELHI: The fulsome praise showered by the Supreme Court on the Delhi high court for deciding the sexual harassment case against film-maker Mahmood Farooqui may appear to be against the run of play because of the perception that HC verdicts are routinely overturned by the apex court. However, a quick scan of important cases heard by the apex court ... Read More »

Kangris in demand in Kashmir as power supply turns erratic

SRINAGAR: With electricity supply erratic this winter, kangri — the traditional earthen firepot woven in wicker — has emerged as an useful means to fight subzero temperatures in Kashmir. Sales of kangri have almost doubled this winter compared to last year, people associated with this trade claimed and attributed it mainly to the erratic power supply. The capping of subsidised ... Read More »

No one can touch a woman without her consent: Delhi court

NEW DELHI: No one can touch a woman without her consent, a Delhi court said and termed it unfortunate that women continue to be victimized by “lecherous and sexually- pervert” men. The court’s observation came while awarding five years jail term to Ram for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl. Additional sessions judge Seema Maini awarded rigorous imprisonment to Uttar Pradesh ... Read More »

10,000 evacuated as jawan, 2 civilians killed in Pak firing

JAMMU: Three people, including an Army jawan, were killed and nine others injured when Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region on Saturday. At least 12 people, including three BSF jawans, three Army soldiers and six civilians, have been killed in six ceasefire violations by Pakistan since January 3. ... Read More »