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New sight from space, floating plastic islands

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First Image of a Black Hole

Einstein predicted blackholes in the early 1900s but their weirdness stopped him

The recent close-up images of a black hole fall straight from Einstein’s 1915 theory of general relativity.
ASAT Missile

DRDO rules out A-SAT tests in lower earth orbits, but keeps options open in higher orbits

DRDO chief G. Sateesh Reddy said any decision on weaponisation of space will be taken by the government.
ASAT Missile

A-SAT success revs up India’s ballistic missile defence programme

With the A-SAT, India has developed a missile that can take out targets in extended ranges of the exo-atmosphere.
Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interceptor missile being launched by DRDO in A-SAT missile test, Odisha | PTI

Mission Shakti cements India’s position at the ‘Space NPT’ high table

The timing of the A-SAT missile test is reflective of New Delhi’s desire to not allow a repeat of the NPT experience.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | PIB

‘India declares war on space’ & other absurd things TV anchors said after Modi’s A-SAT speech

Why was the missile tested now? Why did PM Modi have to make the announcement? Modi neither said nor did the TV news channels ask.
Video grab of PM Modi's announcement of the success of Mission Shakti | PTI

India’s A-SAT missile strike added to space debris like Kanpur adds sewage to Ganga

By conducting anti-satellite test, India has joined the club of irresponsible nations that lack global citizenship ethos and suitable environmental concerns.
PM Narendra Modi | Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

India set to develop ‘credible’ space deterrence after A-SAT test without fear of sanctions

Experts say no question of sanctions on India after the test 'because there is simply nothing on international regime on this'.
Screengrab from PM Narendra Modi's live telecast| PM Narendra Modi / Twitter

India takes space leap, shoots down satellite 300 km away: Modi

PM Modi announced that India has become only the fourth country after US, Russia, China to have this capability.
Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov | Wikipedia

Russian cosmonaut who pulled off first spacewalk today 54 years ago beat death many times

Alexei Leonov became the first human to walk in space on 18 March 1965, but the return to Earth of him and his partner was nothing short of a miracle.

On Camera

File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Wikimedia Commons

China’s on India’s side in Pangong, Hot Springs. ‘Difference in perception’ line suits it

China has, over the years, specialised in salami slicing. In Sept 2017, then Army chief Bipin Rawat had cautioned that China was silently taking over territory.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

Defence

File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.

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.