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ISRO in NASA Footsteps? To Allow Private Firms in Space Business to Make Rockets, Satellites Too

Now that ISRO is in a leading position to guide indegenous atellite launchers and undertake deep space exploration, Indian industry comprising public and private sectors will be allowed to make communication satellites and build rockets over the next five years, ISRO chief said on Wednesday. "We want the private sector and the public sector (state-run enterprises) to bring out launch ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Court cancels sect leader Rampal’s bail in 2006 murder case

Haryana & Punjab High Court dismissed sect guru Rampal’s bail in 2006 murder case on Thursday, opening new scope for severe charges against him. Otherwise, tight security arrangements were in place in Panchkula in Haryana and adjoining Chandigarh as the Haryana Police Thursday prepared to present controversial sect leader Rampal before the Punjab and Haryana high court. The security has ...

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International Men’s Day: Farhan Akhtar Marks it with Call for Gender Equality

‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ actor and famous film personality Farhan Akhtar has called for gender equality on "International Men’d Day", becoming the first man to be appointed UN Women’s South Asia Goodwill Ambassador. Farhan is also known for launching the the Men Against Rape and Discrimination (MARD) campaign last year after the gory death of Mumbai-based woman lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha’s death ...

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Hisar Update: Police round up 250 supporters, slap sedition charges against Godman Rampal

Controversial sect leader Rampal’s defiance of the law and the police has got him in bigger trouble. The self-styled godman has been slapped with fresh cases, his key aides have been taken into custody and over 250 of his trouble-making supporters have been rounded up by police. The fresh cases against Rampal include those of sedition, attempt to murder, criminal ...

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Wikipedia can Predict Outbreak, Spread of Disease

An increase in visits to Wikipedia pages about a disease can predict its next outbreak, a study suggests. Researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US examined 14 infectious disease outbreaks and used Wikipedia traffic data to compare if they could predict upsurges of diseases. The team was able to forecast all the outbreaks up to 28 days ...

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Riding High on Mars Mission Success, ISRO Gets Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2014

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which has made it to headlines in September with its Mars Orbit Mission Mangalyaan successfully entering the Mars orbit, ranking India along with the US, Russia and Europe, will be conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014. The jury headed by vice President Hamid Ansari has chosen ISRO for the ...

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Cost-Effective Method Likely to Lead for Quicker Surveillance of Ebola

A research finds a new cost-effective method to sequence genomes of the Ebola virus may lead to quicker surveillance of the disease and help West African nations rapidly and effectively track outbreaks with limited resources. “Since the cost of preparation and sequencing is relatively low, and samples are the most precious commodity, our approach provides a great initial strategy for ...

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Universe Did Not Collapse After Big Bang Due to Gravity, says Researchers

European researchers have found that gravity provided the stability needed for the universe to survive expansion during the Big Bang and said that is the reason it did not collapse. Physicists from the Imperial College London and the universities of Copenhagen and Helsinki investigated the interaction between the Higgs particle – discovered in 2012 and responsible for giving mass to ...

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NASA’s ‘New Horizons’ Gets Set to Wake up for Pluto Encounter

NASA’s Pluto-bound probe New Horizons spacecraft comes out of hibernation for the last time next month in preparation for a six-month encounter, including a first-ever close flyby of the mysterious dwarf planet on July 14, 2015. Next month’s wake-up call was pre-programmed into New Horizons’ on-board computer in August, commanding it come out of hibernation Dec 6. Work on the ...

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Ebola Fight: Gates Foundation Gives $5.7 Million

After World Bank has approved a grant, an aid of $5.7 million is provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation too for the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease. The foundation has decided to support efforts in Guinea and other Ebola-affected countries to scale up the production and evaluation of convalescent plasma and other convalescent blood products as ...

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Akash missile test-fired successfully

India Tuesday successfully test-fired the indigenously developed surface-to-air Akash missile for the second day from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Odisha, officials said. The test firing was part of the user trial by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The missile is an air force version. “The missile hit the para-barrel target. It was successful,” said Chandipur ITR director M.V.K.V. ...

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China-Made First Electric Plane RX1E Priced $163K to go into Production Soon

Chinese 2-seater RX1E, the first electric and eco-friendly plane developed by Shenyang Aerospace University, will go into production next year after receiving the due certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China by this year end. “The RX1E is scheduled to receive its airworthiness certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China before the end of this year, with production ...

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Harsh Drug Laws Stilfling India’s HIV Response

There is increasing evidence to prove that harsh laws and policies against drug use in India stifle the country’s HIV response, experts said on Tuesday. "Unsafe injection practices along with low condom use are putting people who inject drugs at dual risk for HIV. We can only successfully intervene and reach those vulnerable and most at risk if we proactively ...

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New Method to Make Drugs to Treat Cancer, Malaria

Scientists have developed a revolutionary new way to manufacture natural chemicals and used it to assemble a scarce anti-inflammatory drug with potential to treat cancer and malaria, a news release by the Australian National University (ANU) said on Tuesday. The breakthrough could lead to new and cheaper ways to produce rare drugs in large quantities. “We took small molecules and ...

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Volcanism Likely Triggered Flowing Liquid on Early Mars

The warmth and liquid flow on ancient Mars were probably episodic, likely to be related with brief periods of volcanic activity that spewed tons of greenhouse-inducing sulphur dioxide gas into the atmosphere, finds a new research. The work by scientists from Brown University in Rhode Island and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science suggests that periods of temperatures warm enough for ...

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