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Jeff Bezos reveals his company's lunar lander

Time to go back to the moon & stay: Jeff Bezos unveils his Blue Origin’s lunar lander

Amazon's Jeff Bezos unveiled Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lander, and said he hoped moon missions can commence by 2024.
Electric cars in China

China is soaring ahead in the electric vehicle race

New energy vehicles accounted for just over 4% of all 28.1 million automobiles sold in China last year. That’s a higher rate than the US and Europe.

Elon Musk would ‘love’ to bring Tesla to India this year, or next

Musk said challenging government regulations have so far delayed Tesla's entry in India, the world’s fourth largest automobile market.

A key source of funding for India Inc. founders is drying up

NBFCs are no longer lending to founders who want to expand their empires by pledging stakes in their firms.
The Crew Dragon at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California

SpaceX launches historic test of craft meant to carry humans to space

The successful launch of the Crew Dragon craft is being seen as a milestone for Elon Musk's goal of enabling humans to live on other planets.
SpaceX Falcon 9

Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches second rocket of the year with three payloads

Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched Thursday from Florida with three payloads including an Indonesian satellite and an Israeli lunar lander. 

Elon Musk protege Yusaku Maezawa takes break from Twitter to focus on ‘actual job’

In one of the highest profile stunts on Twitter this year, Maezawa said he would pay out 100 million yen to 100 people who shared one of his tweets.
A company logo hangs outside a Tesla Inc. store in Bern, Switzerland

Indian ex-employee of Tesla charged for stealing Rs 67 crore from company

Salil Parulekar allegedly stole Rs 67 crore from Tesla by falsifying financial documents to divert payments from one supplier to another.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

Economics can fix global climate problem that fuel-efficient engines can’t

Setting aside escapist solutions, we should understand why corrective action has not followed better understanding of the climate problem.

Wan Gang will loom larger than Elon Musk when the history of electric cars is written

Gang has fomented a revolution by advocating use of government money, including subsidies, to help create a world champion industry of electric cars.

On Camera

Shoppers walk through South City Mall in Kolkata | Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Wrong to raise alarm over slowdown in India’s consumption

Consumption cannot bail out an ailing economy. It is the consequence of a good or bad economic environment, no matter which way we calculate GDP.
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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
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.