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Modi champion turns critic, and why Salman fans should be unfazed by Google search results

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint in the last 24 hours.
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ISRO to launch free satellite training programme for students from developing nations

Students expected from 45 countries for 8-week course. Chief says ISRO will launch satellites that meet quality standards

Should India lead the way and set up a colony on the moon or focus on Mars instead?

Ahead of ISRO’s Chandrayaan 2 launch later this year, and the planning for Mangalyaan 2 mission underway, there is global talk on going back to the moon. ISRO’s budding planetary exploration programme’s budget might eventually have to prioritise one over the other. What offers more?  ThePrint asks: Should India lead the way and set up a colony on the moon or focus on Mars instead? Taxpayers would invest in long-term space tech when current tech shows societal benefit Rachana Reddy Space engineer and previously worked with Indian space programme As much as I often dream of watching Earth-rise from a lunar colony or hiking in the Valles Marineris, I believe India should, in the short-term, focus on maximising the social potential of its already existing space technology know-how before investing into space exploration. ISRO had indeed taken up a multitude of initiatives towards social development even with its limited budget of $1.4 billion that accounts for only 0.05 per cent of...
Bangabandhu Satellite-1

With Bangabandhu-1 launch on SpaceX rocket, Bangladesh aims to compete with India in space

A Bangladeshi satellite in the vicinity could offer stiff financial competition to India when it comes to providing satellite-based services to other south Asian nations.
The launch of PSLV C31

The ISRO spy case that became a potboiler of ‘sex, spies and rocket science’

Scientist Nambi Narayanan in Ready to Fire: How India and I Survived the ISRO Spy Case writes about being accused of selling top-secret data to foreign nationals and his acquittal. 
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Tomorrow, ISRO’s second bid to launch satellite made with private help

The assembly, integration and testing for IRNSS-1I was done by a consortium of private companies led by defence equipment supplier in Bengaluru.
Launch of ISRO's GSLV-F08 carrying GSAT-6A communication satellite from Sriharikota | PTI

Chances of recovering lost satellite GSAT-6A may be possible, says ISRO

ISRO chairman says efforts are underway to establish contact with the communication satellite which lost link during the third phase of putting it into orbit.
Kashmir militancy

Plugged-In: Kashmir’s deadliest clashes in years, ISRO power failure, Dalit History Month

In the Valley of death: 12 militants, 4 civilians, and 3 jawans have been killed in Kashmir encounters. These numbers haunt the front pages of all major dailies
ISRO launches GSLV-F08 carrying GSAT-6A

Power failure haunts ISRO again as it loses contact with GSAT-6A satellite

The satellite’s engine was to be fired three times to place it in the correct orbit, but contact was reportedly lost after the second firing on 30 March
Fully integrated GSLV inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, Sriharikota | ISRO

ISRO launches rocket that will help prepare for Chandrayaan-2 and Mangalyaan-2

The GSLV features an improved engine and the communication satellite payload will provide improved connectivity to remote areas.

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.