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When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 
ISRO's GSLV-MkIII D2 mission carrying high throughput communication satellite GSAT-29 takes off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in Sriharikota

Govt clears Rs 10,000-crore Gaganyaan mission to send 3 Indians to space by 2022

Officially called the Human Spaceflight Programme, the first Gaganyaan launch will be in December 2020 to test an unoccupied vehicle.
virgin galactic

Just exactly where is the Final Frontier in space anyway?

Who gets to decide where space begins? The boundary shouldn’t be an arbitrary one.

Junk in space is a huge threat to everything from Internet to GPS & weather forecasts

More than 20,000 satellites, rocket pieces and collision fragments are orbiting earth & present a clear and present danger to satellite operations.
Indian Air Force pilots

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.
Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope

Pune telescope hailed for discovering one of farthest known galaxies

The Giant Metre-wave Radio Telescope has singularly detected several record-breaking objects.
People wait to check their names on the final draft of the state's NRC | PTI

The faces of the people left out of the NRC, and why you can’t click stars in space

Front Page As uncertainty ensued over the 40 lakh names missing from the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India said “no genuine Indian citizen should have any fear or panic in regard to the filing of claims and objections", The Indian Express reports.  The daily also tells us the stories of some of the people left out of the NRC: A school teacher, a pair of twins, former MLA, a BEd student, and a Delhi-based social worker have all been left out of the list. https://youtu.be/sSVdjD_JXtw Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has warned of an 'impending civil war and bloodbath' because of the NRC. BJP president Amit Shah has criticised her statements, saying the list will be implemented to the “last full stop". The Supreme Court stepped in to direct authorities not to "initiate any coercive action" against the 40 lakh people left out of the NRC draft, The Hindu reports. The...

Black hole 26,000 light years from us proves Albert Einstein’s theory right

Stars close to the supermassive black hole were found to be losing energy, a phenomenon predicted by Einstein almost 100 years ago.

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...
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. 

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.