ISRO chief on a mission to cut expenses on launches: Times Quest

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The Department of Space (DoS) is anticipating an increase in financial outlay in next month’s Budget, even as its new Secretary K. Sivan said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was working to reduce the cost of its satellite and launch vehicle missions. Speaking to The Hindu, Dr. Sivan, who formally took charge on January 22 as DoS Secretary and ISRO Chairman, said the space body was trying to lower the cost of satellites by using miniaturized avionics, advanced electronics and the recently tested EPS — electric propulsion system — among others.   Launch vehicles…

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How to survive in Moscow without sunshine

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Imagine only getting six minutes of sunshine in a whole month – sounds pretty depressing, doesn’t it? Well, if you live in the Russian capital you don’t have to imagine it – that’s exactly what happened. Moscow had its darkest December on record in 2017, getting just six minutes of sunshine instead of the normal one hour per day. So what’s it like living through it, day after day? BBC Russian’s Oleg Boldyrev offers us an insight. I saw the Moon… once One Thursday evening in late December I looked…

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Payal Singhal opens doors to her first store in New Delhi- Times Quest

The past few years have seen New Delhi’s Mehrauli district evolve into a melting pot that houses countless ateliers and multi-brand stores established by Indian designers. Payal Singhal adds to the repertoire, as her eponymous label celebrates the launch of their second store in the country, which is housed in the area. The store is will be run in association with Carma, the multi-designer platform. Delhi’s fashion set has shown much love and appreciation to the collections doled out by the designer over the years, and it comes as no surprise that she chose the capital…

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North Korea missile developers hit by US sanctions – Times Quest

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The US has placed sanctions on two North Korean officials it says have led the development of nuclear missiles. The US treasury named the two men as Kim Jong-sik and Ri Pyong-chol, and said both were “key leaders” of North Korea’s ballistic missile programme. The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday in response to ballistic missile tests. North Korea said the move was “an act of war” and tantamount to a total economic blockade. The new US sanctions will block any transactions by the two men carried…

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Obama warns against irresponsible social media use- Times Quest

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Former US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media, in a rare interview since stepping down in January. He warned that such actions were distorting people’s understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation. “All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the internet,” he said. Mr Obama was quizzed by Prince Harry on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Obama on the extremes of social media The former president expressed concern about a future where facts…

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Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma Wedding Confirmed, Twitter In Meltdown

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are now a married couple, the duo confirmed on Monday by tweeting images of their wedding. The Indian cricket captain and the Bollywood star tied the knot in a private ceremony in Tuscany, Italy, ending all speculation and suspense surrounding the event. According to reports, a grand reception is planned in Mumbai on December 26. Following the confirmation, Twitter went into a frenzy with wishes pouring in from all parts of the world for the newly wed couple. Almost at the same time, Virat and Anushka…

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IAF Wants Brimstone & ASRAAM On Its Hawk Trainers

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Times Quest | Defense Updates Air Force is exploring the possibility of slinging six Brimstone and a pair of ASRAAMs on its over 120 Hawk jet trainers. Senior MBDA officials tell Livefist that the IAF is engaged in detailed discussions on a potential program that the company says will be a low-cost/time that involves modifications that can be conducted on site with kits in a ‘matter of days’. Arming India’s Hawks has been a notion tossed about by the IAF for years now, but so far the proposition has fundamentally…

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Google Announces 4 New Indian Startups for Fresh ‘Launchpad Accelerator’ Batch

Google on Friday announced the four shortlisted Indian startups for its hands-on mentorship programme ‘Launchpad Accelerator’. With this batch, a total of 30 Indian startups have so far joined the class. The shortlisted startups – BabyChakra, m.Paani, NIRAMAI and SocialCops – will join a group of startups shortlisted from all over the world at the Google Developers’ Launchpad Space in San Francisco in the US. Class 5 of the mentorship will kick off on January 29 and will include two weeks of all-expenses paid training, as part of the the full six-month programme.…

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