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Most debris from anti-satellite test in March has decayed: DRDO chief

DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy's statement comes weeks after NASA was critical of the A-SAT test, saying the debris could damage the International Space Station.
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DRDO rules out A-SAT tests in lower earth orbits, but keeps options open in higher orbits

DRDO chief G. Sateesh Reddy said any decision on weaponisation of space will be taken by the government.
Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interceptor missile being launched by DRDO in A-SAT missile test, Odisha | PTI

DRDO’s February experiment a successful BMD trial, not a failed A-SAT test

DRDO denies claims in Tokyo-based magazine that before its successful A-SAT test on 27 March, India had failed in its 'first attempt' in February.

NASA is not the final word on space debris from A-SAT, says former DRDO chief Saraswat

NASA said it disapproved of India’s 27 March test of an anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile on account of the space debris it created.
Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interceptor missile being launched by DRDO in A-SAT missile test, Odisha | PTI

NASA says India’s A-SAT satellite test a ‘terrible thing’, has put ISS at risk

The A-SAT test by India last week resulted in about 400 pieces of orbital debris that could damage the International Space Station, a NASA official said.
Alok Nirantar | Sakal Media Group

Mission Shakti takes out model code even as an economist feels the election heat

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
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A-SAT success revs up India’s ballistic missile defence programme

With the A-SAT, India has developed a missile that can take out targets in extended ranges of the exo-atmosphere.
Sandeep Adhwarya | The Times of India

Modi govt does a ‘great job’ with A-SAT test as PM gulps down ‘Shakti tonic’

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
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Russian media is all-praise for Modi’s A-SAT, but British press is ‘furious’

International media organisations are divided in their opinion on India’s maiden A-SAT missile test.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | PIB

‘India declares war on space’ & other absurd things TV anchors said after Modi’s A-SAT speech

Why was the missile tested now? Why did PM Modi have to make the announcement? Modi neither said nor did the TV news channels ask.

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File photo | Dimple Yadav (R), Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (L) at a rally | Facebook/Dimple Yadav

Why Dimple Yadav touching Mayawati’s feet still riles upper caste Indians

Dimple Yadav’s gesture challenges the class system of Hindu society which categorises women and backwards of all castes as low and inferior.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

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IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.