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Why IAF fighter pilots are the natural choice for ISRO manned missions

There's the passion for flying, of course, but there are many other factors as well. ThePrint explains.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

What is wrong with Bloomberg comparing Modi to JFK?

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ISRO launches GSLV-F08 carrying GSAT-6A

Chandrayaan-2 to be launched in Jan 2019: ISRO chief

The window period to launch the mission starts on 3rd January, 2019 and ends on 16th February, 2019.

Should ISRO be launching a new TV channel or focus instead on social media?

In an effort to increase its outreach, ISRO has announced that it will soon launch a TV channel. Meanwhile, the space agency continues to remain largely inactive on social media.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Modi’s space dream: India still doesn’t know the difference between tech & science

We celebrate ‘scientific achievement’ and wrap engineering & technology in the Tricolour. But truth is Indian science is in a sorry state.

Modi’s I-Day speech: Should ISRO focus on human spaceflight or refine robotic missions?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech announced a manned mission to space by 2022. This comes over half a century after Americans, Russians, and the Chinese have already sent humans into space. This sudden announcement may distract us from robotic missions and developing more relevant tech. ThePrint asks: Should ISRO focus on human spaceflight or refine robotic missions? What Apollo did for US, this space mission could do for India Prateep Basu Co-founder of SatSure, and former scientist at ISRO. (His views are personal and do not reflect the opinions of his current or former employers.) Human spaceflight makes a much bigger statement and will have more strategic ramifications than any robotic mission. The benefits of human spaceflight are far reaching. During the Apollo programme, 60,000 patents were created, which led to very useful and interesting innovations. It also led to a sophisticated industrial complex that was build around it. ISRO now has...
The International Space Station seen over New Zealand

Modi says ISRO eyeing human spaceflight in three years. The claim may not be far off

The space agency recently tested a crew bailout system, and a prototype was just developed for the Indian ‘vyomanaut’.

How this simple, God-loving Indian Muslim left behind such an enduring legacy

All communities loved and trusted him, but he rose to be the Muslim most loved by India's Hindu majority in our entire history, possibly since Mughal Emperor Akbar.
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ISRO to assemble 27 satellites in 3 years with the help of 3 new vendors

In a bid to increase capacity building activities, Spacecraft Assembly Integration and Testing by ISRO is a big cut.
The launch of PSLV C31

ISRO seeks to tap the south side of the moon for waste-free nuclear energy

It will launch a rover in October to explore virgin territory on the lunar surface and analyse crust samples for signs of water and helium-3. 

On Camera

Customers have their temperature checked at the entrace to a Co.opmart supermarket during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. | Photographer: Maika Elan | Bloomberg

We shouldn’t assume there will be a post-Covid-19 era

On the World Vs Virus podcast, historian Niall Ferguson said that we shouldn’t assume that there will be a post-Covid-19 era.

Lancet HCQ study row: Did WHO, experts rush to damn the drug due to Trump, Modi politics?

Medical journal The Lancet has admitted that questions have been raised about the data published in its earlier paper on hydroxychloroquine drug.

Defence

Indian and Chinese soldiers during a military exercise in Meghalaya last year | Representational image | ANI

‘Unprecedented’ — India, China deploy Lt Gen-rank army officers to solve border row

India’s 14 Corps Commander will meet the chief of China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District on 6 June after other rounds of talks failed to resolve the month-long border row.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.