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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.
ISRO chief K Sivan

First Gaganyaan spaceflight likely to carry only one astronaut, and it’ll be a man

When PM Modi announced Gaganyaan on 15 August 2018, he had said 'an Indian son or daughter' will carry the national flag on the trip in 2022.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan addresses a press conference in Bengaluru

Chandrayaan-3 on track, 4 astronauts selected for Gaganyaan — ISRO spells out 2020 plan

ISRO chief K. Sivan confirms land acquisition has been initiated for 2,300-acre land in Tuticorin to build the country's second spaceport.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan

India will send man to space by December 2021: ISRO chairman

K. Sivan says all technologies of the Chandrayaan-2 mission have proved accurate except for the soft landing.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan addresses a press conference in Bengaluru

ISRO chief K. Sivan’s tears reveal passion of a farmer’s son who’s now India’s ‘rocket man’

ISRO chief K. Sivan’s emotions are a reminder of how passion drove a humble Tamil Nadu farmer’s son to lead India’s most ambitious space mission so far, Chandrayaan-2. 
ISRO Chairman K Sivan

ISRO chief K Sivan defends space programme, says India ‘not at all poor’

Sivan underlines the need to use resources for the common man's benefit, cites the strength of India's economy and stresses on the importance of innovations.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan addresses a press conference in Bengaluru

As Chandrayaan-2 readies for landing, ISRO chief K Sivan says why it will be ‘terrifying’

Chandrayaan-2 lander will touch down near South Pole of the moon at 1:55 am IST on 7 September. 4 hours later, the rover will be deployed on the lunar surface.
Indian Air Force pilots

IAF gets to work, begins picking the Indians who will go to space on ISRO’s Gaganyaan

The IAF will initially shortlist 10 potential candidates, of whom, three, including a woman, will make up the crew for the mission.
ISRO chief K Sivan

Pilots might stand a better chance at being chosen for Gaganyaan mission

ISRO chief K Sivan said they were looking for people with flying experience to send on India's first manned space flight being planned for 2022.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan

ISRO announces Chandrayaan-2 launch in April, Gaganyaan could be in space by 2021

Speaking at a press conference, ISRO chairman K. Sivan also said that he hoped women astronauts would be part of the human spaceflight programme.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

India must keep Beijing on tenterhooks, and wisely use its economic statecraft

A knee jerk disruption in trade ties will hurt Indian businesses, especially at a time when the economy is beginning to re-adjust to the new normal of Covid-19.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

India’s fuel demand from cars to factories is beginning to bounce back

Provisional fuel sales in June climbed within 88% of 2019 levels from less than half in April in the midst of the world’s biggest lockdown, oil ministry said.

Defence

Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

India keeps tight watch on Pakistan as ceasefire violations rise at LoC amid China standoff

According to govt figures, April, May and June (as of 25th) have seen 387, 382 and 302 ceasefire violations, respectively — a three-fold rise since 2018.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.