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Pakistan to send its first astronaut to space in 2022

Pakistan's minister for science & technology Fawad Chaudhry said it will use the help of China's satellite launching facilities for the mission.
Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Photo: Graham Crouch | Bloomberg

India must boost start-ups to catch up with China’s private space firms

Chinese space start-ups raised 555 million US dollars in 2018 alone, India was nowhere close. A govt push could create jobs & boost tax revenue.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Nehru’s belief in science fuelled India’s ‘audacious’ space programme

Nehru’s closeness to Vikram Sarabhai and Homi Bhabha, and his belief in science, were behind India’s space and atomic programmes.

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Social sciences

Covid-19 put brake to academic activity, but digital libraries can ensure continuity

Covid-19 has paced up the transition to distance learning. While institutes are racing to shift courses online, students are engaging en masse with e-books.

Can India balance its domestic pharma needs and also be a global player in Covid-19 fight?

India has lifted the ban on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients, including anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.


A picture of items found on the dead terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector. | Photo: By special arrangement

Masala tikka-flavoured snacks to AK-47s: What 5 slain Lashkar terrorists brought from Pakistan

Indian Army calls Pakistan's complicity in aiding and abetting infiltration, especially at a time when the world is fighting coronavirus, 'reprehensible'.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.