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Indian space programme on Thursday attained a new height when the experimental flight of its heaviest rocket GSLV-Mark-III successfully launched an unmanned crew module, which later splashed down in the Bay of Bengal as expected. Scientists at the Mission Control Centre in Sriharikota jumped up in joy as the crew module got detached from the Launch Vehicle and descended into the Bay of Bengal, 600 km from Port Blair, where the Indian Coast Guard was stationed to retrieve it. The success of this mission was all the more significant as it gave a big boost to ISRO's plans for a full-fledged launch ...
SpiceJet was granted a reprieve on Wednesday after the Government asked the suppliers to give it more time to pay its bills. The oil cos. also began supplying jet fuel to the airline after it paid cash for the purchases. Controlled by billionaire Kalanithi Maran, the airline needs at least $300 mn to stabilize consultancy CAPA estimates. SpiceJet had been put on cash-and-carry about six months back, which meant fuel will be supplied to the aircraft only if they pay for it, the company officials said. SpiceJet used to buy about Rs 5.5 crore worth of fuel daily from BPCL. The airline is racing against time to avoid meeting the same fate as Kingfisher.
India has offered all possible help to Pakistan in the wake of yesterday's massacre in the Army-run school in Peshawar. 141 people including 132 students and 9 staff members of a school were killed in a terror attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif over telephone late last evening and strongly condemned the brutal terrorist attack. Prime Minister said, the people of India shared the heart-rending pain and sorrow of the bereaved families and stood with them in solidarity in this hour of immeasurable grief. He also hoped that the children who had witnessed the horrific attack and loss of their friends...
In a historic decision, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a series of steps aimed at normalising relations with communist-ruled Cuba with which the US had severed diplomatic ties decades ago imposing a series of sanctions on its island neighbour. The steps being taken include instructions to re-establish the US Embassy in Cuban capital Havana, relaxing of trade and travel restrictions and review of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. "We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests. And instead we will begin to normalise relations between our two countries. Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on January 8. "On the morning of January 8, the Prime Minister will first inaugurate the 'Salt Mound' structure near Mahatma Mandir before officially inaugurating the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. He will be accompanied by MoS for External Affairs, General (retd) V K Singh and many dignitaries," state Finance Minister Saurabh Patel told reporters. The day is held to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of the country. Patel said Modi is expected to hold one-to-one interactions with various dignitaries including chief ministers of different states, after delivering the inaugural address.
In the Dubai Super Series Finals, the season ender tournament of the Badminton, Indian shuttlers, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth opened their campaign on a positive note yesterday.
In a high voltage game, fourth ranked Saina stunned her nemesis and world number two Shixian Wang of China 21-17, 21-18 in women's singles event. She will take on 8th seeded Bae Yeon Ju of South Korea today in her second group match.
In the men's singles event 8th ranked Srikanth, defeated Kento Momota of Japan 15-21, 21-16, 21-10. He will take on Tommy Sugirato from Indonesia today in a group match. This Dubai Super Series Finals is a round robin tournament consisting of elite 8 players in the world.