SpaceX launch: Private rocket company successfully sends two NASA astronauts into orbit

The private rocket company SpaceX sent two NASA astronauts namely Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit on Sunday (IST). This is the first of its kind pilot project by the US Space agency, which is seeking to explore a new business model for itself. By collaborating with tech billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX, NASA will … Read more

‘Vigilante’ residents ostracising Air India crew for travelling abroad on coronavirus duty, national carrier seeks help from law enforcing agencies

Air India has sought the help of law enforcing agencies to protect its crew members alleging that they were being ostracised by vigilante residents welfare associations for visiting abroad. Concerned over the ill-treatment of its staff, the national carrier has issued a statement seeking help from police. It said, “We would like to appeal to … Read more

LIVE: India’s coronavirus death toll rises to 7 as two men die in Bihar and Mumbai

India’s coronavirus death toll rose to 7 as three more deaths were reported from Bihar and Mumbai. In Bihar, a 38-year-old man, who tested positive for COVID-19, has died in Patna. He had reportedly returned from Qatar recently. In another development, a 63-year-old man with underlying medical history became the second person in Mumbai to … Read more

Naveen Jindal-led JSPL takes lead in containing coronavirus spread

The Naveen Jindal-led Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) has decided to do its bit in containing the spread of coronavirus and to ensure that its employees, and their loved ones, are safe, secure, and well-protected. The company has announced several measures including the mandatory screening of every employee for body temperature. The JSPL has … Read more

Let’s stay strong and fight the #COVID19 outbreak: Virat Kohli’s message as number of positive coronavirus cases rises to 107 in India

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has urged his fans to stay strong and fight the menace of coronavirus outbreak as the number of people testing positive rose to 107 in India. Kohli tweeted, “Let’s stay strong and fight the #COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly remember, prevention … Read more

289 passengers of Dubai-bound Emirates flight offloaded after British national tests positive for coronavirus

Authorities at the Kochi airport in Kerala had to offload at least 289 passengers of a Dubai-bound Emirates flight after a British national tested positive for coronavirus shortly before the takeoff. The British national was travelling with 18 other members of his group. He was under surveillance for the virus while holidaying in the hill … Read more

Coronavirus claims second life in India after 69-year-old woman dies in Delhi

Coronavirus has claimed the second casualty in India after a 69-year-old woman, who tested positive, died in Delhi. Her death is being linked to the global pandemic. The woman was the sixth case to be reported for coronavirus in Delhi. This came a day after India recorded its first coronavirus death on Thursday after a 76-year-old man … Read more

India registers first coronavirus death after 76-year-old man dies in Karnataka, share markets face bloodbath globally

India registered its first coronavirus death on Thursday after a 76-year-old man died in Karnataka. Health officials in the state confirmed that the man, who died in Kalburgi two days ago, had died of coronavirus. “The 76 year old man from Kalburgi who passed away & was a suspected #COVID19 patient has been Confirmed for #COVID19. … Read more

Coronavirus pandemic: Cinema halls to be shut, IPL matches to take place behind closed doors and India-South Africa ODI matches in empty stadium?

The Indian authorities have taken unprecedented measures to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic after it emerged that this year’s IPL matches will be played behind closed doors. Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju told reporters that fans may not be allowed inside the grounds to watch IPL matches. Rijiju said that he was not stopping the … Read more

Indian government announces extraordinary steps to contain spread of coronavirus, suspends all visas including OCI till 15 April

The Indian government has announced extraordinary measures to contain coronavirus or Covid-19 disease. Key decisions taken by the Indian government’s ministry of health included suspension of all existing visas except ‘diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project visas, till 15th April 2020.’ The move will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13 March 2020 at … Read more

Former TERI chief RK Pachauri dies, aged 79

Globally renowned environmentalist RK Pachauri died on Thursday after a prolonged cardiac ailment. He was 79. He was the founder of TERI and head of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when it won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. According to his family, Pachauri had undergone a major heart surgery before succumbing to … Read more

WATCH- ISRO releases breathtaking photos and video of Earth captured by Chandrayaan 2

The Indian Space Research Organisation has released a set of photos of and a video of the Earth captured by Chandrayaan 2, India’s second moon mission launched last month. The ISRO took to Twitter to share a set of breathtaking photos and a video transmitted by Chandrayaan 2 while orbiting the majestic planet. The image below was how the … Read more

Parliament discusses water crisis as 21 Indian cities including Delhi likely to run out of groundwater by next year

The Indian parliament on Monday discussed the ongoing water crisis plaguing a large swathe of the country amidst a chilling warning that 21 Indian cities including the national capital Delhi will run out of groundwater by next year. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, in-charge of the newly created Jal Shakti Ministry, answered a question on the linking … Read more

Scientists reveal first ever real picture of Black Hole

In a remarkable development, scientists have revealed the first ever image of a black hole, which measures 40 billion kms across and is three million times the size of the Earth. Astronomers have termed this ‘a monster.’ While unveiling the image, scientists said that the black hole was 5 billion billion km away and could only … Read more

9 arrested tourists from Pune sent to judicial custody for molesting, clicking photos of minor girl in Goa

Days after three Madhya Pradesh brutally assaulted a girl in Goa by raping her in front of her boyfriend, the police in the western coastal state of India have arrested 11 tourists from Pune after they were accused of molesting and clicking photos of a minor girl. Those arrested are identified Ramesh Kamble, Sanket Bhadale, … Read more

Setback to India’s space programme as ISRO loses contact with GSAT-6A satellite

In a huge setback to India’s space programme,  the government-run Indian Space Research Organisation scientists lost contact with the country’s communication satellite GSAT-6A, which was launched on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle on 29 March. The ISRO said in its statement, “After the successful long-duration firings, the communication from the satellite was lost when … Read more

39 dead, more than 150 fishermen missing after cyclone Ockhi hits India

Cyclone Ockhi has claimed at least 39 lives while 167 fishermen were still missing after it  hit Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts. Joint Secretary in Union Home Ministry, Sanjeev Kumar Jindal, said on Tuesday that the cyclone was slowing down and would have no impact in Gujarat, where the first of the two-phased assembly elections … Read more

Navigation satellite launch fails after technical glitch: ISRO

The launch of India’s latest navigation satellite onboard its polar rocket failed today following a technical glitch just prior to its scheduled orbiting in space. The rare setback for the ISRO in India’s space history involving the workhorse rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) came shortly after a perfect lift off of the PSLV C-39 … Read more

Renowned scientist PM Bhargava, who returned Padma Award on intolerance, passes away

Renowned scientist Pushpa Mitra Bhargava, the founder director of CSIR-Centre for Cellular Molecular Biology (CCMB) here, who returned his Padma Bhushan award two years ago in protest against the NDA government’s stance towards liberal ethos in the country, died today. He was 88, CCMB sources said. The scientist, popularly known as P M Bhargava, had … Read more

TN CM announces Rs 10 lakh reward for Rifath and team

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh to Rifath Sharook and his team who developed ‘KalamSat,’ a 64 gram satellite that was launched by NASA. In a suo moto statement in Assembly, Palaniswami said “to further encourage,” Sharook and his team who brought laurels to India and … Read more