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Cybersecurity

China hacked Indian govt teleconference in 2017 — US think-tank reiterates old report

Claims in CASI report are based on an Indian report about a high-profile government meeting, which was compromised by Chinese hackers in October 2017.
File photo of ISRO's PSLV-C47 lifting off with observation satellite Cartosat-3 and 13 nano-satellites of the US, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh | PTI

This is how govt plans to bring together ISRO, private players to boost India’s space sector

ISRO Thursday announced more details about IN-SPACe and the specific roles opening up for the private industry to increase public-private partnership.
A woman studies the moon's surface | Representational image | ThisIsEngineering | Pexels

IISc, ISRO develops sustainable process for making brick-like structures on Moon

It can exploit lunar soil, use bacteria, guar beans to consolidate the soil into load-bearing structures and eventually help assemble structures for habitation on the moons surface.
Nambi Narayanan

Justice for ISRO’s Nambi Narayanan — how fake ‘spy scandal’ ruined India’s interest

In episode 548 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta elaborates on the ISRO ‘spy scandal’ of the 1990s, a fake plot concocted by IB & Kerala Police.
A visual of the Hope Probe | Photo: emiratesmarsmission.ae

UAE sends Hope to Mars in the Arab world’s first mission to the Red Planet

Al Amal, or the Hope orbiter, will reach Mars in February 2021 and is expected to study the planet's atmosphere and create a weather map.
ISRO's scientists working for the launch at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota

Private sector can put Indian space mission into higher orbit. But ISRO must take it onboard

Private sector companies need access to ISRO’s centres and labs for research and development activities in order to achieve their full potential.
ISRO chairperson K. Sivan | ANI

Private sector can now build rockets, provide launch services: ISRO chief K Sivan

To facilitate the private sector presence in ISRO, the agency has launched the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre, an independent nodal agency.
Representational image | PTI

Why Indian space start-ups are feeling forced to set up base abroad

India makes a great place for building a space business as a startup. But several local startups are still searching for foreign shores.  
The GSLV Mk-III is slated to be the launch vehicle for Gaganyaan

First trial flight of India’s Gaganyaan mission may face delay due to lockdown

ISRO had earlier said it has planned two trial flights without crew ahead of Gaganyaan -- the first one around December 2020 and the second around July 2021.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan displays a model of Chanrayaan 2 orbiter and rover during a press conference in Bengaluru on 20 August. | PTI

Modi govt wants private sector in global space race, but it’s up to ISRO to make it happen

Right now, private players can only boast of delivering low-cost products and services to ISRO, but it needs to widen its customer base and develop more design capabilities.

On Camera

A participant at the 'Love World Peace Parade' in Berlin on 21 September

Why we’ll need masks even with a coronavirus vaccine

One study has shown that if everyone wears masks that are only 75% effective, the number of people infected by each coronavirus carrier will shrink fourfold.
Mukesh Ambani | Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

Investors continue to flock Mukesh Ambani, now KKR to invest $754 million in Reliance Retail

US private equity group KKR will hold a 1.28% stake in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Retail, valuing India’s biggest retailer at Rs 4.2 lakh crore or $57 billion.

Defence

Indian pilots climb out of a Rafale fighter jet that was operationally inducted into the IAF on 10 September 2020 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CAG report flags vendors’ ‘dilly-dallying’ on offsets deals, cites Rafale as example

The CAG made the observations in its latest report, which was tabled in Parliament Wednesday.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?