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All about La Niña, reason why India could have a colder winter than usual this year

IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra has said winter this year will be colder than usual. The reason lies in the distant Pacific Ocean.
The RUDRAM anti- radiation missile was successfully tested Friday | Twitter | @ANI

India tests RUDRAM — here’s why first indigenous anti-radiation missile is important

DRDO Friday successfully tested the new-generation anti-radiation missile RUDRAM on a radiation target located on Wheeler Island off Odisha. 
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Why Indian app developers are most vocal in resisting Google’s 30% ‘gatekeeper’s fee’

Google has decided to strictly impose a 30% fee on all digital purchases through Play Store, but backlash from Indian firms has caused it to push back deadline.
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Why TRPs are important for broadcasters, and are also prone to ‘manipulation’

TRPs are an estimate of the number of people who watch a particular channel during a specific time period. The system is being questioned, again, after Republic TV case.
File photo of the signing of the Bodo Peace Accord in January | Twitter

As Assam grants Bodo language official status, here’s all you need to know on Bodoland struggle

The Bodo tribe has for over 3 decades been fighting for separate state but its rebel groups have abandoned an armed struggle with the signing of the Third Bodo Accord in January.
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Why 2020 Chemistry Nobel went to CRISPR-Cas9 tool that can ‘rewrite code of life’

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna won the first Nobel jointly awarded to two women for their work on developing CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique Wednesday.
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Covid trials only the latest, India’s place in vaccine history dates back to 19th century

India’s brush with vaccine development goes back to the 19th century, when a Ukrainian bacteriologist arrived in the country to test his vaccine for cholera.
Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) successfully flight tested on Monday from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha | ANI | Twitter

The SMART torpedo system and why DRDO is calling it ‘game changer’ in anti-submarine warfare

Defence experts say the SMART torpedo system will change anti-submarine warfare tactics to a large extent, if not completely.
The aftermath of the attack on Ganja, Azerbaijan's second largest city, by Armenian-backed forces on 4 October | Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan | Twitter

What’s Nagorno-Karabakh and why it’s led to clashes between Armenia & Azerbaijan after 30 yrs

The roots of the conflict go back to 1921, when Armenia and Azerbaijan became Soviet Republics.
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Why discovery of hepatitis C virus won its researchers a Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2020 was awarded to three US and UK virologists for contributing to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus.

On Camera

Why French President Macron’s clash of civilisations with Islam is misguided

Macron seems oblivious to a deepening problem at home: The old French model, which claimed to be superior to all social systems, is unsuited to an increasingly multi-ethnic society.

Revival in demand & business activity push Indian economy’s animal spirits up in September

Economists attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March hit the consumption of goods and services.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.