Friday, 28 January, 2022

Topic: ISRO

Devas fraud was a treacherous compromise with India’s security. SC verdict teaches many lessons

Supreme Court verdict upholding NCLT decision to wind up Devas has dented ISRO's credibility. But govt should not start treating every start-up with suspicion.

Antrix-Devas case: What was the dispute & why SC upheld NCLAT order to wind up Devas for fraud

Bench upheld tribunal’s finding that Devas was incorporated with ‘fraudulent motive to collude and connive’ with some officials of ISRO’s commercial arm Antrix for wrongful gain.

Rocket scientist S Somanath succeeds K Sivan as ISRO’s chief

Somanath, who is at present Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, will succeed Sivan who completes his extended tenure Friday.

India’s 1st space think tank takes off, wants to set stage for nation’s own unicorns by 2030

Spaceport SARABHAI, founded by space entrepreneurs and lawyers, plans to focus on enabling a supportive ecosystem for ISRO and private players to function together. 

Modi launches Indian Space Association, plan is to open up sector to start-ups & private firms

ISpA will support start-ups, and will work towards facilitating and enabling private players to work in tandem with ISRO, PM Modi said at the virtual event.

India’s private space sector is rising, but wait for Bezos-like ‘joy rides’ will be longer

India's space sector, dominated by ISRO, has seen a boom in private companies in past 3 years. But there are still many challenges to overcome, including flawed policy-making.

Chandrayaan-2 completes over 9,000 orbits around moon since launch in 2019, ISRO says

As the spacecraft completed two years around the lunar orbit, ISRO released data product, documents & data from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter payloads for analysis by academia and institutes.

​Moon lander, GSLV, end of PSLV’s 24-yr streak — what ISRO’s 3 ‘failures’ in 4 yrs mean

ISRO is hailed for its track record of impressive launches but a series of unsuccessful missions seem to have cast a shadow on its reputation.

Chandrayaan-2 confirms water on Moon surface, distinguishes H2O-rich areas from lunar deserts

Discovery of hydration on lunar surface was originally made by Chandrayaan-1, but low resolution of its mapper could not quantify between readings from OH & water molecules.

It’s a shock but we will recover, says ex-ISRO chairman Madhavan Nair on GSLV launch failure

Madhavan Nair, during whose tenure of six years from 2003 as ISRO Chairman 25 successful missions were accomplished, indicated that setbacks of this kind are not unusual.

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Covid isn’t behind us, but the world’s next big health emergency is already here

Covid has led to 5.6 million deaths, but antimicrobial resistance is likely to log 10 million deaths annually by 2050. Its treatment has led to antibiotics' overuse, which has spiked drug resistance.
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Italian Generali buys 25% stake worth Rs 1,250 cr in insurance JV from embattled Future Group

The stake sale, which will give Generali majority control over the JV, comes as the Future Group is locked in a prolonged legal battle with partner Amazon.


The Indian Army's Akash missiles on display during the 73rd Republic Day Parade, at Rajpath, in New Delhi | ANI

Not just 1st R-Day, 26 Jan 1950 also significant as Indian Army, Navy shed ‘Royal’ prefix

Both the ‘Royal’ prefix for the Navy and Air Force in India, as well as the absence of such a label for the Army, have their roots in British military and political history.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.