Despite a ban, rat-hole mining remains a prevalent practice in Meghalaya, where a mine has collapsed and 15 workers are feared dead. What makes this method unsafe, and why is it widely followed? Last Week, the collapse of a coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills, trapping at least 15 workers who were still missing … Continued
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At 2,250 kg, GSAT-7A is the heaviest satellite launched by GSLV-Mk-II since it began using the indigenous cryogenic engine after carrying out early development flights with Russian cryogenic engines. Given its recent track record in launching satellites on its fourth-generation rockets, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles (GSLV), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was continuing a … Continued
The new telecom policy has been formulated, in place of the existing National Telecom Policy-2012 and aims to facilitate India’s effective participation in the global digital economy. The policy aims to ensure digital sovereignty and the objectives are to be achieved by 2022. Under the new telecom policy, the government aims to provide universal broadband … Continued
Military communication satellite GSAT-7A, due to be launched on December 19 from Sriharikota, is expected to add a new space-based dimension to the way Indian Air Force interlinks, operates and communicates with its aircraft as they fly and with command centres on ground, according to multiple sources. Although all Indian communication satellites offer capacity to … Continued
The 2018 G20 Buenos Aires summit, was the thirteenth meeting of Group of Twenty (G20), which was held on 30 November and 1 December 2018 in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  It was the first G20 summit to be hosted in South America. Agenda priorities G20 Argentina has put forth three agenda priorities … Continued
The Indian Navy joined a select group of naval forces in the world when it inducted its first non-tethered Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) system at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. The DSRV is used to rescue crew members from submarines stranded under water in the high seas. The second vehicle that is out for … Continued
The Government has invited suggestions from the public or stakeholders regarding the draft Space Activities Bill, 2017. The objective of the Space Bill is to facilitate the overall growth of the space activities in India with higher order of participation of public/ non-governmental/ private sector stakeholders. What are its provisions? The Bill provides for establishment … Continued
A week ago, at his annual Navy Day press conference, Admiral Sunil Lanba said Navy Headquarters was working on a second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier or IAC-2, which would give India a fleet of three aircraft carriers. His statement was unexpected because the government has deferred the decision on the proposal for IAC-2, which it reckons … Continued
More than a month after unknown predators began killing livestock in six districts of Manipur, experts roped in from Dehradun’s Wildlife Institute of India (WII) identified stray and domesticated dogs as the culprits. But the mystery of the nocturnal attacks was far from solved in some parts bordering Myanmar; the experts weren’t sure who or … Continued
The French launch vehicle Ariane 5 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 02:07 am (IST) carrying India’s GSAT-11 and South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellites, as scheduled. Ariane 5 is one of three launch vehicles operated by Arianespace along with Soyuz and Vega. About GSAT-11 Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) heaviest and most-advanced high … Continued