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Bangabandhu Satellite-1

With Bangabandhu-1 launch on SpaceX rocket, Bangladesh aims to compete with India in space

A Bangladeshi satellite in the vicinity could offer stiff financial competition to India when it comes to providing satellite-based services to other south Asian nations.

What do religious fanatics & conspiracy theorists have in common? They believe fake news

It turns out that people who “endorse delusion-like ideation” are more likely to believe fake news — as are “dogmatic individuals and religious fundamentalists.”
Duststorm hits the capital | Twitter | @TrumpDiatribe

So, the superstorm warning was a dud. Here’s why the Met often gets it so wrong

Our most accurate models can predict weather only up to five days in advance, with nearly a 90 per cent probability of getting the next 24 hours spot-on.
Karttikeya Mangalam

How an IIT grad saved the life of a diabetic on a Moscow-New Delhi flight

Thomas already had some cartridges of short-term fast-working insulin, all he needed was a method to inject them. But he didn’t have one handy. This...
Massive storm at Cheet village in Agra district on Friday

Frequent thunderstorms and dust storms another gift of a warming world

The mechanisms for thunderstorms and dust storms are essentially the same; the only difference being that it’s a thunderstorm when there’s moisture, and a dust storm when it’s dry.
popular social media apps

For people with brain injuries, smartphones may come to their rescue in more ways than one

Smartphones have the potential to address the limitations of traditional memory aids. They are familiar to most people and are highly portable.
Ants | Nurcholis Anhari Lubis/Getty Images

Ants may just save the world from antibiotic resistance

Not only do ants produce their own antimicrobial agents, but they can also encourage other beneficial microbes to grow.

OnCamera

Illustration by Soham Sen/ThePrint

Blood, bodies and scars: What I saw after the 1983 Nellie massacre in Assam

On the anniversary of the Nellie massacre in Assam, which claimed thousands of lives in a few hours, I recall the horrid sights.

As Pakistan’s leverage with US, China, Saudi Arabia grows, is it even possible to isolate it?

Pakistan signed deals worth $20 billion with Saudi Arabia, even as India vows to isolate the neighbour diplomatically after the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy.

Defence

A Rafale fighter aircraft seen during rehearsals for fly-past ahead of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Base in Bengaluru

IAF deputy chief and other senior officers set to fly Rafale at Aero India

Even as political slug-fest continues over the deal, IAF is throwing its weight behind Rafale, the first of which is to be delivered in September 2019.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.